Warriors-Magic cheatsheet: Is Durant primed for a repeat performance?

first_imgTwo days after a monster performance from Kevin Durant lifted the Warriors (14-7) past the Kings, the champs will take on a young Orlando Magic (10-10) squad.About the matchup…Where/when: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Projected Magic starters: Aaron Gordon, Wesley Iwundu, D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic How the Magic are doing: Through 20 games, Orlando sits tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference in a season in which the primary goal is to develop young talent.T …last_img

BMX glory for Khayelitsha teen

first_imgWorld number six Anita Zenani hopes toimprove her ranking and bring home amedal at the World BMX Championshipsin Denmark.(Image: BMX South Africa)Brightly painted containers at theVelokhaya Oval provide comfortablefacilities for the BMX club.(Image: Safmarine)MEDIA CONTACTS • Debbie OwenLCA media manager+27 21 788 9962Janine ErasmusAnita Zenani, 13, from Khayelitsha township in the Western Cape, will represent South Africa at the World BMX Championships in Denmark from 27 to 31 July 2011.The petite teenager has been cycling for just over two years, but has already made her mark in the sport.At the 2010 world championships, held in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, she came sixth in her age group. This was Zenani’s first competition outside her club, Velokhaya in Khayelitsha. She was also the top-placed female South African competitor in this event.While her world number-six ranking has been the highlight of her career so far, Zenani sees it as a challenge to improve her standing.She is excited about her first overseas trip, which she views as a great learning opportunity.Zenani and Velokhaya’s operations manager Sipho Mona will fly to Copenhagen thanks to sponsorship from the Sun International hospitality group and shipping company Safmarine, as well as community support.“She impressed us so much we wanted to help her,” said Christelle Horne, HR manager for Sun International. “We wish her every success and we know that she will make South Africa proud in Denmark.”In an interview with Velokhaya, Zenani said: “The Danish cycling community has supported Velokhaya in the past, donating funds to our project, so I am looking forward to meeting these people who, I am told, love cycling just like me!”Zenani added that she practises for two hours every weekday, and that her training for the big event has focused on getting out of tight corners without losing time or falling over.With better equipment, the youngster is optimistic about her chances: “I feel I have a good chance of improving my ranking because, unlike last year, I will be riding with cleats.”She also hopes that her new Salvo First Fire bicycle frame will take her to victory in Denmark.As a girl competing in a male-dominated sport, she doesn’t believe she has any disadvantages as long as she has confidence in herself and puts in her best effort. Her hero is multiple South African and All African BMX champion Sifiso Nhlapo, and her ambition is to become a professional BMX rider, or a lawyer.Zenani took part in the main Cape Argus cycle tour for the first time in 2011 – previously she had competed in the junior tour.Discipline and hard work Velokhaya arose out of the Life Cycling Academy (LCA), an organisation founded in 2003 by former postman Amos Ziqubu and gym owner Glyn Broomberg.Through the LCA, the pair planned to motivate children living in disadvantaged communities and help them acquire respect and status, craved by many young people, through healthy means rather than crime.As a South African Post Office employee in Khayelitsha, Ziqubu did his rounds every day on a bicycle. It wasn’t long before he developed a love for cycling, and was inspired to cycle competitively. He also decided to promote the sport in his community and play a part in transforming cycling in South Africa.Today, with activities such as the BMX team riding and cycling safety programmes for schools, the LCA has given hundreds of children a new outlook on life, and shown them that discipline and hard work really does pay off.Although the LCA works in poor communities, often in schools, it also has a top-notch competitive cycling team whose members all come from the communities it serves. Their success is an inspiration to their peers.At the Velokhaya BMX Oval, opened in the township in 2008, over 60 youngsters have a safe environment in which to practise their moves. The oval’s buildings, which include a club house, office and commentary box, were constructed from recycled shipping containers donated by Safmarine as part of its Containers in the Community project.By giving the children the facilities to keep busy after school, instead of lingering on the streets, the LCA teaches values of teamwork, a healthy lifestyle and respect for themselves and their fellows. The youngsters also learn leadership skills.last_img read more

Safety tips for travellers in South Africa

first_imgCrime in South Africa, like many other places in today’s world, can be a problem, but all you need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.South Africa has many unique attractions for global visitors. As with most destinations, there are dangers to be aware of, but with the right precautions taken, tourists can avoid these and enjoy their visit. (Image: Wikipedia)Know where you’re going before you set off, particularly at night, watch your possessions, don’t walk alone in dodgy areas, lock your doors at night.And, like anywhere else, there are some areas of the major cities that are known to be more risky than others. It is easy to avoid these and still have a good time.If you cannot avoid such areas, then don’t wear visible jewellery or carry cameras and bags over your shoulder. Limit the amount of money you carry on you and keep mobile phones and wallets tucked away where no one can see them.Check beforehand that the areas you plan to visit are safe by asking hotel staff or police.Other sensible advice is not to hitchhike, or don’t accept or carry items for strangers.Make sure when leaving South Africa or travelling within the country that you wrap your luggage in plastic wrap. There are wrapping stations at most international airports.Important South African safety advice includes avoiding deserted areas at night; securing valuables such as photographic equipment and wallets on your person; and leaving expensive, flashy jewellery locked in your hotel safe while out and about.If you intend travelling to malaria areas, take the necessary prophylaxis before you leave home.Watch videos by South African Tourism on highlights, attractions and travel advice.  Vehicle safetyWhen driving a private vehicle, either borrowed or hired, take some simple precautions to avoid car hijackings or “smash-and-grabs”.As a driver, be on the alert when coming to a halt at traffic lights or stop streets, as well as when arriving at or leaving any premises. Car doors should always be locked, and valuables are better kept in the boot or under the seats.Plan your route beforehand. Make sure the map you consult is a current one.When parking at night, choose well-lit or security-patrolled parking areas. Street security guards will usually ask whether they can watch over your car, and in return should be paid a small fee – anything from R5 upwards.In rural areas, watch out for wild or farm animals – road signage will warn you when you need to take care.Only use reputable tour operators and travel and transport services. If you’re not sure, ask your hotel to recommend a service provider for you or contact the National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345.ATM safetyWhen using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in South Africa, practise the generally accepted safety precautions you would employ when at home.Never accept an offer from a stranger to help you with your transaction. Be alert and watch that no one steals your card when you turn your back.If your ATM card is withheld by the machine, approach the bank to release it, or call the helpline number that can be found at the ATM.When using a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter to bring a portable credit card machine to your table. If your card is declined, check with restaurant management that the second machine used belongs to the establishment. Report stolen or lost cards immediately.Hotel safetyNever leave your luggage and other possessions unattended. Know where your things are.Remember to store valuables in the safety deposit box and keep your room locked at all times.Don’t leave your room keys lying around; rather hand the key in at the desk when you leave.EmergenciesDial 10111 from a landline for the police and briefly explain what happened. This call is free from any phone box or landline. If you are using a cellular phone dial 112 and your call will be transferred to the appropriate emergency service.If you’re in your hotel room, contact the emergency number provided or the front desk.For further assistance, contact the National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345.Lost passportsIt’s a good idea to travel with certified photocopies of your valuable documents, keeping the originals in a safe place.If you lose your passport, report the loss as soon as possible to the South African Police Service, as well as to your country’s embassy or consulate in South Africa. For a full list of embassies and consulates, visit the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Source: Dirco, South African Police Service, South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Innovation: Decline in Startups Threaten US Economy

first_imgStartups and small businesses in the US have a history of driving innovation. But they are in trouble. Economist Tyler Cowen said that “these days Americans are less likely to switch jobs, less likely to move around the country, and, on a given day, less likely to go outside the house at all the economy is more ossified, more controlled, and growing at lower rates.” Small businesses and startups in the US are struggling. Studies by the Kauffman Foundation and Brookings Institution have found that the number of new businesses declined in the US 44 percent since 1978. More businesses are shutting down rather than starting up. John Dearie, executive vice president for policy at the Financial Services Forum, said that “new businesses are disproportionately responsible for the innovation that drives productivity and economic growth, and they account for virtually all net new job creation. I would say, as a policy person, this is nothing short of a national emergency.”center_img Patrick Barnhill, President of Specialist ID, said that “small businesses are more innovative because of their company structure. The small structure allows for quick decision-making without the hassle of going through layers of approval, which can slow down company processes. Small businesses also have to be more creative than their larger counterparts due to a much smaller budget. This forces out-of-the-box thinking and innovation.” But starting a company is risky and takes some amount of funding which is often difficult to get. Americans are becoming more complacent.last_img read more

Musings on Lawsuits, Spiritual Energy, and Metal Roofs

first_imgAs most people in the green building world have recently learned, Henry Gifford has filed a class action suit against the USGBC and several executives of the organization. His claims include fraud and monopolistic practices. He claims that the USGBC is attempting to monopolize the building industry at the expense of anyone who doesn’t have a LEED AP credential. He does have a point that being a LEED AP has no direct correlation to whether or not you know anything about how buildings work or perform. It mainly means that you passed a test, although the newer iteration of the accreditation does require some experience with green building.Regardless of the merits of his suit, I feel humbled by the curmudgeonliness of his lawsuit. I do plenty of complaining, both verbally and in writing, about the USGBC and LEED, as well as the NAHB and any other group I happen to have in my sights. But filing a class action suit—now that is being a world-class curmudgeon. Although I don’t know Henry very well, I have met him and heard him speak. I’m very impressed with his wealth of knowledge, particularly about how boilers and heating systems work in mid- and high-rise buildings, two subjects I know very little about.The real costs of lawsuitsAccording to a crisp analysis of the suit by BuildingGreen, his chances of success are not clear, but that is pretty much the case with most lawsuits. I have always been of the opinion that in business you may have to sue someone for one reason or another, but if you actually go to court, the chances of winning anything are pretty slim. And beyond the lawyers’ fees, your time, and having to absorb all those costs—and maybe more if you lose—there is the spiritual energy loss. When you run a business or a practice, you need to focus on your core work and your clients. The time you spend with lawyers takes away from that work on your business. Even if you win the lawsuit, your business probably suffers in the interim. Through most of my 25-year career as a contractor, I worked hard to avoid prolonged legal fights, and many times either walked away from unpaid bills or even paid people to go away, just to get back to the business of my business: making very objective, financially based decisions that ultimately worked out better than fighting extended legal battles.Enough of this, now back to my problemsThis all leads me to my pending new home project. As I mentioned in my last post on it, the powers-that-be have decided that a standing seam metal roof is not appropriate in my historic district. While this happens to be a complete pile of irrational crap, I am stuck with this decision, unless I either continue to appeal at another hearing or choose to sue them. I probably have a good case for a lawsuit, as they have already set a precedent by recently allowing a corrugated metal roof. But I have to decide if it is worth my spiritual energy to go through a fight with my neighbors. I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I will keep you posted. RELATED ARTICLES Green From the Start – Home EditionGreen From the Start: Home Edition Volume 2What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate Green From the Start Redux, or Trying to Build Green in a Historic DistrictGreen From the Start: Small Victory DepartmentFinally! Starting Construction At My Houselast_img read more

Loyalty Eventually Serves You

first_imgYour dream client is ferociously loyal to your competitor. They have deep relationships, relationships that aren’t going to be diminished by the normal, everyday challenges that come with the territory in your industry. In fact, a good part of their relationship was built on how they’ve handled problems and challenges.The prospective clients who are loyal to your competitors refuse your request for a meeting because they are loyal, just like many of your clients are loyal to you and your company. This loyalty, the relationship, locks you out. For now, anyway.The threats to loyalty are many, and they present opportunities.Unresolved Problems and Challenges: The day-to-day problems aren’t going to cause your dream client to drop your competitor and start working with you. Mature businesspeople know that there are always problems, and they know that their business is no different. It’s the unresolved problems and challenges that persist that build to the point where they start to damage the business that give rise to a defection–and your opportunity for a competitive displacement.Neglect and Complacency: Nothing reduces loyalty like neglect and complacency. Neglect is proof that you no longer care. A lack of caring will destroy loyalty faster than almost anything. Complacency is different than neglect. It’s a form of arrogance, in this case, a belief that you no longer need to pay attention to your client and will suffer no consequences for having done so.New Stakeholders: The loyalty your dream client had to their partner belonged to the person who is no longer there. New stakeholders make changes. One of the things that new stakeholders change with very few repercussions is an existing supplier. Those unresolved problems and challenges, the neglect and the complacency, make changing a long time partner easy.It might take you years to win your dream client. It might take decades. Regardless of when you are finally given an opportunity and win your dream client’s business, that same fierce loyalty that locked you out now locks out your competitors–if you can keep it.The same mistakes your that give rise to an opportunity and allow you to competitively displace your competitor are the same mistakes that provide them with the same.last_img read more

Heading for the Bush

first_imgWinston Churchill perched on the roof of the Air Ministry in the midst of the deadly Blitz of London by German warplanes “to watch the fireworks,” as he famously quipped, is among the most elevating mental snapshot of World War II.Long after the staged “Top Gun” style landing by President George W. Bush on an aircraft carrier has receded from the ephemeral public memory, the presidential images that will endure from 9/11 will be those of Vice President Dick Cheney being grabbed by Secret Service agents and whisked off to an underground bunker under the White House, where he has seemingly taken semi-permanent shelter since, and of President Bush being secreted away at airforce bases in Louisiana and Nebraska.There were eminent security reasons for both men to be cautious against an enemy whose identity was originally unknown, as indeed there were for Churchill to avoid the roof of the Air Ministry, because of a deadly and all too well known enemy. Indeed, the threat to Churchill in overruling his security detail was real and imminent. By contrast, there was never any credible threat to either Bush or Cheney. London was a mighty dangerous place during the Blitz of late 1940 through mid 1941. Close to a million buildings in London took a hit from Nazi planes and tens of thousands of Londoners were killed in the air strikes.Churchill’s courage in defying the Nazi planes was not just a testament to his bravery, but it also epitomized leadership in a time of war, and as Bush constantly keeps harping, this is war.Bush’s and Cheney’s fear and paranoia, by contrast, embody the cowardice of their leadership and policy in the wake of 9/11. The made-for-TV images of cowboy Bush with the bullhorn at Ground Zero and the Top Gun style landing sketched by his handlers are designed to construct a fiction of Bush’s presidential courage. In truth, Bush’s cowardice in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, and his administration’s policies since, have fed the public hysteria and fear so rampant in the country, which in turn is prodding Americans to surrender their most cherished democratic principles and traditions at the altar of security.Given America’s military might, there was never a question of the country capitulating to terrorists on the physical front. The real question is whether America will continue to live up to its ideals. The engine of hate that Al Qaeda and their ilk feel toward America is borne not from its military superiority, but rather its celebration of the human spirit and individual liberty, which these Islamic extremists mistake for licentiousness and promiscuity.As president, Bush could have defied the terrorists by standing resolute in preserving the most open society in human history that we have ever fashioned. He fell prey instead to the fear and paranoia that engulfed him and his administration at the start of this crisis. The ruthless and illegal rounding up of hundreds of innocent Muslims, the detentions of suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay in conditions that violate both the minimal norms of democratic societies, as well as the Geneva Convention, the unAmerican PATRIOT Act, the ludicrous color warning system and crass displays of police power in public squares are designed to keep Americans on edge and in a perpetual state of anxiety.Whatever the original motivations may have been for these tactical responses, they now serve only crass political purpose. The real war on terror is, and has to be, fought with precision and intelligence, and for the most part, quietly. The purpose of this all too public war and the frontal assault against the civil liberties of citizens and non citizens alike in this country is to mask Bush abysmal failures in dealing with both the economy as well as his much-touted war on terror. It’s time Americans rise up to reclaim their freedoms and courage from the hands of those whose instinctive reaction in a crisis was to race for the bush.  Related Itemslast_img read more

LOOK: Netizens abuzz over confirmed McGregor-Mayweather bout

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Fil-Am fan who asked Klay Thompson to sign toaster invited to Dubs’ victory parade LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire This won’t be good for anyone except for those making money off it. Terrible idea. Mayweather will work McGregor like a heavy bag. https://t.co/teaCRxdZbp— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) June 14, 2017 The much-anticipated announcement sent shock waves in social media, with fans and professional athletes alike sharing their two cents on one of the biggest matches ever in combat sports.In true McGregor fashion, the Irish UFC lightweight champion reignited the rivalry by taking a jab at his counterpart’s age.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Floyd/Pac had 4.4 million. I’ve seen estimates as high as 5.0 million for Mayweather-McGregor. seems like it will be close at least. https://t.co/FnukVWxw86— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) June 14, 2017 Mayweather v McGregor will last two rounds. Three, maybe, but only if Floyd wants it to. pic.twitter.com/iNe1T6Grzj— Rob AF. (@RobForbesDJ) June 14, 2017 Several athletes, on the other hand, expressed their desire to participate in the historic card, including retired NFL-wide receiver Chad Johnson and UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miotic, who called out his boxing counterpart Anthony Joshua.I want to fight on Mayweather-McGregor undercard— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) June 14, 2017 — #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) June 14, 2017Others, meanwhile, weighed in on the blockbuster fight’s effect on boxing’s future.  /raThere’s no way Conor vs. Floyd on August 26 doesn’t hurt Canelo vs. GGG three weeks later. Mac vs. May is obviously the bigger fight.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 14, 2017 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hey @anthonyfjoshua let’s have a proper tussle and still have time for tea and crumpets before the main event! #MayweatherMcGregor— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 14, 2017Elite female striker Chris “Cyborg” Justino also expressed her desire to face female boxing champion Cecilia Brækhus in the undercard.Imagine @FloydMayweather vs @TheNotoriousMMA #MayweatherMcGregor with @criscyborg vs @1LadyCecilia on the #lasvegas event! @MayweatherPromo https://t.co/HLq18LYhDR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken After almost a year of endless teasing, the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. crossover bout is finally set in stone.READ: Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fightADVERTISEMENT THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017Pundits, meanwhile, are already questioning McGregor’s chances, this being his first professional boxing match. The fact that he’ll be facing an undefeated defensive tactician only made people doubt his chances of victory even more.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Man, much respect to Floyd Senior still getting a few rounds in at the gym. I hope I can still train at that age.Respect. pic.twitter.com/Q2jv4Lffgd— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 13, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ McGregor is going to get battered, I reckon. Tbf though, I’d let Mayweather knock me out for a few million. https://t.co/L03DBwoxF9— Kirk McKeand (@MckKirk) June 14, 2017Twelve rounds of defensive boxing with Connor throwing hard and missing a lot. The build up will be fun though! https://t.co/UpXY55x3OH— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) June 14, 2017 View commentslast_img read more

Nick Kyrgios lights up damp first day at French Open

first_imgAustralian Nick Kyrgios did his best to enliven a damp and dismal Parisian day with eye-catching play and habitual rants as the French Open began without some of its familiar settings on Sunday.The volatile 17th seed mainly let his racket do the talking during an impressive 7-6(6), 7-6(6), 6-4 defeat of Italian debutant Marco Cecchinato, although he did receive a code violation for snapping at a ball boy in the first set KVITOVA SURVIVES EARLY SCAREWomen’s 10th seed Petra Kvitova was another early starter and was nearly sent packing in the opening skirmish on Philippe Chatrier Court, the twice Wimbledon champion coming within a game of defeat by Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic.She eventually won 6-2 4-6 7-5 in two hours 16 minutes watched by ticket holders wrapped up in colourful anoraks and with a multitude of umbrellas primed for action.BEEFED UP SECURITYLong lines of fans formed outside Roland Garros as security was visibly beefed up in light of November’s deadly attacks in the city and once inside the historic grounds there was a feeling that things were not quite where they should be.Three courts, numbers seven, nine and 11, which used to flank the Chatrier showcourt, have disappeared, replaced by a muddy hole in the ground — the start of a controversial re-development that will included a new stadium court by 2020.NO ROGER FEDERERLeafing through their programmes the fans would also have noticed the name of Roger Federer absent from the men’s draw for the first time since 1998 after the Swiss 17-times grand slam champion withdrew injured.advertisementWith rain dogging players and spectators throughout, an anti-climactic opening day was called off at around 6.30 p.m. local time with only 10 of the 32 scheduled matches completed.KYRGIOS ENTERTAINSAt least Kyrgios, enjoying a consistent year which hints at a more level-headed approach, provided some entertainment for those huddled together on Court One.The volatile 21-year-old fired down 17 aces and fended off two set points in the second-set tiebreak before dispatching 124th-ranked Cecchinato and setting up a second-round clash with Dutch lucky loser Igor Sijsling.The match was not without some of the outbursts that have made Kyrgios one of the most talked-about players on Tour.Towards the end of the first set he barked at a ballboy and was warned by umpire Carlos Ramos.”A code violation for saying ‘towel’ loud?” Kyrgios said in a fiery exchange with Ramos.”Now I’ve seen it all. That’s bullshit… are you kidding?”There was a maturity about his display though and he produced his best tennis when he needed it — saving one set point with a nonchalant drop shot before taking control.Kvitova, a semi-finalist in 2012, began confidently in light drizzle that followed the torrential early-morning rain, but from a position of strength got bogged down on the damp clay.Kovinic served for the match at 5-4 in the third set but Kvitova roused herself to rattle off three games in a row.”Definitely the serve,” Kvitova, who racked up 10 double faults, said when asked what she needed to improve on.Her fellow Czech Lucie Safarova, a surprise runner-up last year to Serena Williams, dropped only two games as she made short work of Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko.Home favourite Benoit Paire, one of 16 Frenchman to start in the main draw, produced a topsy-turvy display against Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot before winning in five sets.Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, the women’s fourth seed, did not make it on court for her match against Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova while men’s fifth seed Kei Nishikori did, but was interrupted by the rain when he was leading by two sets.last_img read more

Ministry will give complete funding to Hockey India: Rathore

first_imgBhubaneswar, Dec 10 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today announced that his ministry will provide “complete funding” to Hockey India as they prepare for a triple Major next year — Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Cup.”From hereon, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Cup are all Olympic preparatory tournaments besides being major competitions. The ministry will give complete funding to Hockey India in terms of whatever they need. 2018 is the year of sports in India,” Rathore told reporters during a press conference on the sidelines of HWL finals.Rathore congratulated the young Indian team for retaining the bronze medal in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final.”In the past few months, our hockey teams performance has been good. In this tournament also, the comeback has been good. Indian team is the youngest in terms of average age, which helps build endurance, speed and bench strength,” the Olympic silver medallist said.Rathore reiterated that the Central Government will do everything possible in its capacity to support the athletes and raise the bar of sports in the country.”All the schemes until now the focus was on infrastructure funding. Its the easiest thing to do. But how do you bring players to practice in those stadiums. That funding was missing. Khelo India programme is funding those soft sponsorships,” he said.”Every year we will fund 1000 players, give them Rs 5 lakh for the next 8 years and keep adding 1000 every year.”He also said that India is among the top five countries in the world where there are incentives, job reservations, meritorious pensions for deserving athletes. PTI SSC KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more