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How IPL got suspended, And What Is Next For BCCI?

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season came to a grinding halt on Tuesday, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), announced the temporary suspension of the league amid a spike in Covid-19 cases inside their bio-bubbles.

The BCCI released a statement a day after reports stated a breach in multiple bio-bubbles. On Monday, the media reported that Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy from the Kolkata Knight Riders tested positive for the virus. Following this, their match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, scheduled for the day, was indefinitely postponed.

In the following hours, the situation grew ominous after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji also tested positive for Covid-19. The number of cases increased the next day as Delhi Capitals (DC) Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Wriddhiman Saha tested positive.

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) lodged by the BCCI require those who have contacted an infected person to undergo a strict quarantine period and return three negative RT-PCR tests during the time frame. The teams affected – based in Ahmedabad and Delhi – went into week-long isolation following the positive infections.

The suspension seemed inevitable on Tuesday morning as fear of contracting the virus was rife amongst players and support staff. It was later reported that Covid-19 also infected several ground-staff in Delhi, where the dearth of medical resources has rendered thousands of people helpless and gasping for breath.

The BCCI, in its press release, said that the BCCI did not want to “compromise” the safety of the players, support staff and others involved in the tournament. “These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times”, the statement said.

The BCCI added that it would do everything in its capacity to ensure the safe return of all participant and thanked the “…healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.”

Restart Window

The IPL is unlikely to restart in the coming months as India faces the grisly second wave of Covid-19. On Monday, a report by ESPNCricinfo highlighted the possibilities of shifting the remaining season to Mumbai. The rationale was the city had seen a steady decline in positive Covid-19 cases earlier this week. However, the report stated that the BCCI would face a significant challenge in setting up new bio-bubbles and finding hotels for teams involved.

With the situation unlikely to improve imminently, September might emerge as a possible window to resume the league, two months before the commencement of the T20 World Cup. India hosts New Zealand before the World Cup, and the gap of 4 months would offer substantial time for the BCCI to strategise their modus operandi. However, travel restrictions on travelling from India may still prove to be insurmountable even for the BCCI.

The Immediate Challenge

Given that the BCCI’s immediate responsibility is to ensure a safe return for all the participants and their families to their respective residence, the board and the franchises were also faced with the task of sending their overseas players to their respective nations. Many countries have either imposed or are contemplating a ban on travel from India.

Australia has imposed a ban on travel from India. Most Australian players and staff involved are headed to the Maldives until the travel ban, which runs till May 15, ceases. Once the players return to Australia, they will need to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

New Zealand is still allowing its citizens back, with several New Zealand players and staff who were part of the IPL set to return home, on Friday, via a chartered flight. The New Zealand contingent was split into two groups: return home and the other set to participate in their upcoming series in England and in the T20 blast in June.

8 of the 11 England nationals, part of the IPL squads, returned home on May 5. The players will undergo a strict 10-day quarantine period in Government approved hotels, as per the UK Government’s policy.

Shakib Al Hassan and Mustafizur Rehman were to arrive in Dhaka on Thursday. It was understood that both were put on a chartered flight by their respective franchises.

Most of the 13 South Africans part of the tournament has already returned home, with the remaining set to return on Friday. Most franchises have already confirmed the return of their respective South African players.

The West Indian nationals, including Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, were scheduled to fly on a chartered flight from Delhi to the Caribbean on May 6. As for the rest of the players, the CEO of Cricket West Indies has said that they are communicating with the BCCI, franchises and players’ agents to ensure their quick and safe return.

 

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Why Are Underprivileged Players Performing Better At Olympics?

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India is competing at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 started from July 23, 2021, to Aug. 8, 2021. On day twelve of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, all the teams had been doing very well. India has secured sixty-fourth place out of the eighty by achieving one silver and one bronze medal in the Women’s forty-nine-kilogram Weightlifting & Women’s Singles Badminton Olympics 2020.

This year’s Tokyo Olympics has given India some historic moments. Both Indian Men and Women Hockey teams have qualified for the quarter-finals and made their place in the semi-finals this year. It was a landmark moment for India after 49 years, and India made it so far in the Olympics. 

When we look at the Olympics more, we know that several players around the globe who have been representing their nations are from underprivileged backgrounds. Since we started growing up as individuals, we have seen the struggle of disadvantaged people in society. It is not always necessary to be successful with all the amenities and availability of the best resources. Often, help, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and persistence are essential to achieving goals. One of the most important qualities is to stay grounded. It’s not always a good thing to expect such kind of behaviour in a real-life. 

At times, few people in the same society cannot even afford the necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter. Yet, with the minimalist things, big dreams and complete dedication, they become some of the most incredible gems of this world by representing their nation globally. In the same way, in the Olympics, many such underprivileged players. These players’ performance in the Olympics is impressive as compared to any other privileged players.

It may be the situation because their goal is not to succeed in the Olympics and bring medals for their nation. Their goals may be to take the Olympics as a chance to improve their lifestyle and give assurance to their family. Many Olympians have secured this opportunity to represent their country in the Olympics after an incredible amount of hard work. Their families have supported them to meet their needs and make all the required games accessories available.

It doesn’t mean that privileged players don’t understand the importance of what they have in their life. We must remember that the person who looks privileged right now might have been less privileged at some moment. The dedication towards their field of career has made them what they are today. 

So we must understand that being privileged and underprivileged is one of the prisms when we look at the performance of the athletes in the Olympics.

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Indian Hockey Teams Break The Olympics Jinx

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Indian Women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympics semi-final after defeating the Australian team 1-0 in the quarterfinals.  The Indian women’s hockey team registered a historic victory at the Tokyo Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team scored the victory goal in the 22nd minute of the game. The goal was scored by Gurjit Kaur scored from a short corner.

After losses against Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain, India staged a great comeback to secure its place in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. The women’s hockey team created history by becoming the first-ever Indian women’s team to reach the semi-finals at the Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after defeating the United States by 6-5 in the qualifiers.  Australian team gained back-to-back three penalty corners, but the Indian defence, led by Savita and Deep Grace Ekka, stood strong in front of the goal. The Australian team was surprised by India’s pace and determination and therefore they panicked while defending.

In the last eight minutes of the game, the Indian team was under tremendous pressure. The Australian team had secured four more penalty corners, but they failed to breach the Indian defence.

Gurjit said they are very happy. Qualifying for the semi-finals is the result of the hard work that they had put in for several days. In 1980, they were qualified for the Games but this time, they made the semi-finals. It is a proud moment for them. Their team is just like their family, they always support each other and found support from the country as well.  she further added.

Meanwhile, on August 1, 2021, the Indian men’s hockey team, defeated Britain by 3-1 in the quarter-final to secure its spot in the semi-finals at Tokyo Olympics. Indian hockey team led by Manpreet Singh has created history at the Tokyo Olympics. The team qualified for the semi-finals for the first time since the 1972 Olympics. Goals from Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Hardik Singh made sure that India reached their first Olympic semi-final since the 1972 Games. It became challenging for India when skipper Manpreet Singh was suspended for six minutes, and he had to sit out.

Britain got the advantage of Manpreet’s suspension. But they did not make it count as Hardik Singh scored the third goal in the 57th minute. In the final three minutes despite pushing continuously, Britain was unable to score another goal and was eliminated. Indian players became emotional on the turf after they made it to the semi-finals.

Manpreet Singh said they are very happy because they reached the semi-final after a long time. The tournament is still remaining and they need to keep their feet on the ground and focus on the next match. said Manpreet.

This is a very big day for India, both the hockey teams have reached the semi-finals and it is a really big accomplishment. They used to meet them when both men’s and women’s teams were in Bengaluru. Their confidence was always high, they knew that they would reach the semi-finals, only two steps are remaining to win but reaching the semi-finals is a very big accomplishment, said former Sports Minister Rijiju. Indian Men’s hockey team has reached the semi-finals after 49 years. It is a very big thing and as a nation, everyone should celebrate, he added.

The gold medal matches of both the men’s and women’s teams will take place on August 6 and 7 respectively.

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P.V. Sindhu Creates History At The Tokyo Olympics

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Olympian shuttler PV Sindhu wins bronze in the shuttle race against Chinese shuttler Hebing Jiao. The PV Sindhu legacy has made India proud. Exceptional achievement as the first Indian woman and the only Indian athlete to win two consecutive medals at the Olympics, the Silver at Rio Olympics 2016 and the Bronze at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Sindhu dominated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to bounce back from her semi-final loss to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Despite the heartbreaking loss, her confident demeanour in the bronze medal match was evident right from the start. Sindhu’s exemplary smashes caused problems for He Bing Jiao, but also her excellent ability to retrieve made sure that the He Bing Jiao had to work twice as hard to win points.

In game one, Sindhu excelled because of her speed, power, and guile, defeating Bing Jiao 21-13. After gaining an early lead in the first, she landed on her feet in the second to take a 4-1 advantage, which she extended to 11-8 at the half. Even though He Bing Jiao came close to making it 11-11, Sindhu once again came out strong and started to pull ahead. Despite He Bing Jiao’s best efforts, Sindhu remained unmoved as she won two more consecutive points to finish it off at 19-15.

The defence has always been Sindhu’s weakness, but in this game, it was much stronger. Pusarla’s Coach Park Tae-Sang Told PTI “For Sindhu defence has been a weakness, there is no problem with her attack. Every player, every coach knows that and today her defence was 200%. It was superb. The entire tournament, barring yesterday, she has been very good in defence,” “We have been working every day on her net play and defence and I am happy it worked”.

Coach Park Tae-Sang’s international career as a player ended in 2002 with him earning a gold medal at the Asian Games. After turning professional coach in 2013. In late 2019, after the abrupt departure of women’s coach Kim Ji Hyun, he took over the duty of training Sindhu after serving as a national coach for the Korean badminton team for five years from 2013 to 2018.

Speaking after winning the bronze medal match against He Bing Jao, Badminton World Federation (BWF) quoted Sindhu as saying, “It makes me feel really happy because I`ve worked hard for so many years. I had a lot of emotions going through me should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final? But overall, I had to close off my emotions for this one match and give it my best, my all, and think about the emotions. I`m really happy and I think I`ve done really well. It`s a proud moment getting a medal for my country.”

In addition, Sindhu said that the focus will now be on the Paris 2024 Olympics.

On an emotional Instagram note, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying revealed how PV Sindhu encouraged her after the match. China’s Chen Yufei defeated Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-Ying in the women’s singles final. After finishing second at the Tokyo Games, Tai had to settle for the silver medal. After the medal ceremony, she revealed how PV Sindhu offered her words of encouragement after the final loss.

She hugged Tai and told her she did a wonderful job in the final, Tai wrote on Instagram. Sindhu’s encouragement after the final made her cry, the Chinese Taipei shuttler added. “PV Sindhu hugged me and told me I know you are sick but you did very well, but today was not your day,” “She held me in her arms and said she knew it all. That sincere encouragement made me cry,” she added.

From being the first Indian to become Badminton World Champion to winning medals for India in two consecutive Olympics, she has indeed built a legacy.

 

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