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Indian Hockey Team Need Psychological Training After Commonwealth Debacle


New Delhi:  The Indian men’s hockey team floundered in the semifinal, missing penalty corners and rushing things up inside the circle to lose to lower-ranked New Zealand. England beat India 2-1 in the bronze playoff. Execution was also a big issue as the women were walloped 6-0 by England in the bronze playoff. India’s hockey teams went to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games confident of fighting for gold, only to botch the script and end up fourth.

However, Indian hockey’s high performance director, David John, blamed the players for succumbing to pressure. He now wants the federation to add another full-time member to the support staff – sports psychologist.

“The players failed to handle pressure at crucial junctures of the competition. It resulted in the teams returning empty-handed from the Games,” John said.

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BCCI Defends Its Decision On The Body Not Being Brought Under RTI

New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials have defended their stance against the cricket body being brought under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act). They argued that the Board was not substantially funded by the government -- one of the criteria for an organisation to be made accountable under the law.

The Law Commission has said the BCCI falls under the definition of a public authority, declaring that non-consideration of the role played by the board in regulation of cricket as monopolistic has resulted in it flying under the radar of public scrutiny and encouraged opacity and non-accountability.

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Bravo Equates Virat Kohli With Legendary Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo

New Delhi: West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo on Monday heaped praise on India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper ViratKohli and equated him with legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
"It's (equation with Virat is) good. Virat actually played under-19 (cricket) with my younger brother Darren and I always tell my brother that Virat is a person he shall look up to, I am not saying that because I am here," 34-yer-old Bravo, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, said.
"I actually asked Virat to talk to my brother personally about batting, about cricket. When I see Virat, I see Cristiano Ronaldo of cricket.
"For me as a cricket player to play against him and to watch him play when he represents India, even RCB, I admire the talent that he has, the passion he has for the game, for the sport when he plays. So hats off to him and he deserve all the achievement," he added. Legendary football player Cristiano Ronaldo represents Spanish Club Real Madrid and is a winner of five-time Ballon d'Or.

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India Ready To Take On The World With New Found Sports Stars

New Delhi: India appears to be ready with its next crop of stars to challenge the world from the teen shooting trio of Manu Bhaker, MehuliGhosh and AnishBhanwala, the historic table tennis performance by ManikaBatra to the arrival of a very confident Neeraj Chopra on the big stage. The exuberance of youth, the endurance of experience and a bit of usual drama that is signature Indian sports - the country’s Commonwealth Games campaign was all this and much more with a medal count that turned out to be the third best ever.
The redoubtable SainaNehwal provided the final day golden touch with her women’s singles gold, much like the 2010 Games where her top finish was a shade more significant for it took the overall tally to 100.

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India Hopes To Get Medal In Boxing And Free-Style Wrestling

New Delhi: India will be looking to add more medals to its tally on day 10 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games with boxer Manoj Kumar in the 69 kg group and BajrangPunia in 65kg free-style wrestling. These two will be the key individuals on whom India’s medal hopes rest. The Indian men’s hockey team will also be determined to give the country more reasons to smile.
Meanwhile two Indians have been banned from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and have been asked to return home as they have breached the anti-syringe policy.Manoj Kumar is assured of a medal in boxing but he will be determined to avoid a bronze and at least secure a silver or gold in boxing. Indian men’s hockey team will take on New Zealand in the semi-final and a win will give them a shot at gold. BajrangPunia is India’s best bet in wrestling. India are currently third in the medal’s tally behind Australia and England.