Miffed weightlifters Jyotsna Mukherjee and Chay Adok to return Bangla Gaurav award

first_imgIndian veteran weightlifters Jyotsna Mukherjee and Chay Adok have decided to return their ‘Bangla Gaurav’ award, expressing discontent with the West Bengal government for allegedly giving secondary treatment to the sport in the state.Jyotsna, who received the honour in 2015, said on Saturday that there is not even a single weightlifting academy in the state which makes it difficult for budding weightlifters to train as they come from poor families.”How can I keep the award when my brothers and sisters are crying. See, weightlifting people come from poor families. There is no state academy that could provide training facilities to them. Usually, one needs to spend around Rs 2-3 lakhs on weightlifting training. Without the government’s help, we cannot do anything,” Jyotsna told ANI.The weightlifter said that they are trying since 2012 to get a state academy for weightlifters but no attention is being paid to their demand.She said that they took the matter to the sports minister as well, but even that did not yield any result.”We requested them for an academy. Youngsters are not able to train. They are from poor families. But the government did not pay heed to our requests. We are trying since 2012. With the sports minister, we conduct a meeting every month. But they will do what they think is right without considering our demand,” she said.Adok, who is also an Arjuna awardee, suggested a transformation in the state weightlifting association management.The weightlifter said that proper elections should be conducted to decide people for top managerial positions in the association.advertisementAlso Read | Returning from injury, Mirabai Chanu wins gold in first competitive meetAlso Read | Deepa Malik, other Haryana para-athletes seek job assurance from chief minister KhattarAlso Read | India clinch four medals in Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournamentlast_img read more

Steve Smith on replacing Ajinkya Rahane as RR captain: Owners felt need for change

first_imgSteve Smith praised Ajinkya Rahane’s leadership qualities in the Indian Premier League after replacing the Indian cricketer as captain of Rajasthan Royals on Saturday, but admitted that the owners of the team wanted a change at the helm after their six defeats in eight matches this season.The change in captaincy was announced by Rajasthan Royals just minutes before their crucial clash against Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.”Ajinkya has done a terrific job over the last year and a half,” Steve Smith said at the time of toss and added, “the owners thought there should be a change in the leadership, and he’ll be part of the leadership group as well.”Rajasthan Royals are currently placed at seventh in the points table, having picked mere four points from eight matches. Only Royal Challengers Bangalore, having played a game more than Royals, have fared worse than the Men in Pink.Rajasthan Royals’ two wins have come against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. They last suffered a defeat against Kings XI Punjab, by 12 runs, on Tuesday.”Ajinkya is and will always be a true Royal. He led the team to the play offs in 2018 in a very challenging scenario and that will go down as one of the great comebacks of the IPL. He remains a key part of our side and leadership team and will extend support wherever required to Steve.”Steve is one of the most innovative and successful captains in the world, in all formats of the game. We are confident he can lead the Royals to success,” said Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals.advertisementIn the match against the in-form Mumbai Indians, Steve Smith will be making a comeback as a captain in professional cricket after being sacked as Australia captain last year following the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.Smith was barred from the IPL last season due to his involvement in the ball-tampering controversy and was handed a one-year ban from all forms of competitive cricket by Cricket Australia, while also being barred from captaining the side for 24 months.Smith had earlier succeeded MS Dhoni as captain of Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017 and led the team to the final that season before he rejoined the Royals in 2018 after the franchise’s two-year suspension from the IPL got over.Also Read | RR vs MI Live Score, IPL 2019: Mumbai lose Rohit early after Rajasthan bowlAlso Read | IPL 2019: Steve Smith takes over Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya RahaneAlso Seelast_img read more