Islahuddin wants bilateral ties to arrest Pakistans slide

first_imgShillong, Feb 13 (PTI) World Cup winning Pakistan captain Islahuddin Siddiqui today called for resumption of bilateral ties with India to arrest the sliding fortunes of their field hockey team. The three-time Olympic gold medallists have for the first time failed to qualify for the mega event, and Islahuddin said the two nations must put aside their rivalry and “unite in competition” to rise ahead. “We must keep in mind that our fight is not against each other. Our fight is rather against Australia and European nationals. The more we play together and unite, the better it would be for the sport,” the former Pakistan captain under whom they completed a treble in 1978 winning the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Asian Games, told PTI today. Four-time world champions, Pakistan had finished a distant eighth in the World Hockey League in Antwerp, Belgium last year that had created a furore back home. “Hockey is in our blood and the sport wont die in Pakistan. Weve taken up various development programmes at junior level and you will see a different Pakistan in two years time,” the former right winger added. At present, India play against Pakistan in tournaments and events organised by the FIH as the relations between both the teams turned sour after obscene gestures were made by some of their players following their Champions Trophy semifinal win in December 2014 in Bhubaneswar. Hockey India had demanded an apology from Pakistan for the incident and also wanted an undertaking assuring they would reprimand players if they repeat their antics in future. “The chapter is now closed and the issue is resolved,” Siddiqui, who was the chief selector then, said. “Weve come here to the South Asian Games with a message of peace and solidarity. Not only in hockey but I believe India should consider resuming ties in cricket too. “There is no problem about safety issues in Pakistan. Security is a concern all over the world. If we could come to Guwahati and Shillong with such a big delegation why should there be a problem for India to travel to Pakistan,” he said. “Its the people who choose the government and people of both the countries want to play against each there. Then why bring politics to sport?” he asked. Here in India as the Chef de Mission of Pakistan contingent, he said some of their medal hopes were dashed after 10 sportspersons could not get visa. Sri Lanka have overtaken the previous editions runners-up Pakistan in the medals tally and theyre likely to finish third in this edition of the regional showpiece event. “Lets not talk about the past, we could have done better but we have won the hockey title (beating India) and Im too happy for the boys. It was not a full-strength side and we did well. I want to thank India, especially (SAI chief) Injeti Srinivas for making it memorable,” he signed off. PTI TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

21-year-old Doon girl bags Miss World Bodybuilding title

first_imgBhumika Sharma has brought laurels to the country by winning the Miss World Bodybuilding title, at the recent World Championship held in Venice.The girl from Dehradun scored maximum points in three categories, which were individual posing, body posing and fall that enabled her to clinch the Miss World title and the gold medal at the World Championship.She was one of the 27 Indians who participated in the championship; however, she was the only female bodybuilder.Image courtesy: TwitterYou will be surprised to know that bodybuilding was not her original choice. She was more interested in pursuing shooting as a career.More about Miss World Bodybuilding champion:Her mother Hansa Manral Sharma was the head coach of the India women’s weightlifting team and her father Vishwavijay Sharma, a businessmanHer parents wanted her to become a shooter. However, three years ago during a shooting event in New Delhi, a chance meeting with a bodybuilding coach made her change her mind and opted for bodybuildingSince the 21-year-old is the only child it took her a while to convince her parents to let her pursue bodybuildingHowever, they did gave their consent to her. Her mother keeps a tab on her schedule and shares tips from time to time. While her coach, Bhupendra Sharma ensures she remains impressiveImage courtesy: FacebookShe follows a grueling schedule at the gym for up to seven hours a dayBhumika’s next aim is to clinch the Miss Universe title for bodybuildingBhumika is the only woman bodybuilder from Uttarakhand who has made mark in the national and international arenaOrganised by National Amateur Body-Builders’ Association (NABBA) of United Kingdom, bodybuilders from 60 countries will participate for the Miss and Mr Universe titles, at the championship which is scheduled to be held in December this year.advertisement(Main image source: Facebook)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more