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Olympic Channel reaches landmark agreements with International Sports Federations

Olympic Channel reaches landmark agreements with International Sports Federations

ISLAMABAD(Championspk )Olympic Channel Services (OCS) today announced that it has to date reached cooperation agreements with 27 International Sports Federations (IFs) to collaborate on content for the Olympic Channel, marking another significant step on progress toward launch. Click here to Read More …

IOC awards 2018-2024 broadcast rights in New Zealand and Pacific Island Territories

IOC awards 2018-2024 broadcast rights in New Zealand and Pacific Island Territories

(Championspk)The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded SKY Network Television Ltd the right to broadcast the XXIII Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games 2024, the host city of which has yet to be elected. Click here to Read More …

The Inter-Board Sports enter quarters stage Pakistan

The Inter-Board Sports enter quarters stage  Pakistan

(Championspk)Islamabad Inter-Board Sports enter quarters stage Pakistan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Peshawar beat their Karachi counterparts 3-1 to win the table tennis title in the All-Pakistan Inter-board Sports Competition at the Pakistan Sports Complex here on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Lahore and Peshawar reached the badminton final after defeating Rawalpindi and Islamabad with the identical margin of 2-0, respectively.

In hockey, Swat and Islamabad won their respective semi-finals.

Swat overpowered Multan 2-1 while Islamabad managed to defeat Abbottabad 4-3.

badminton pre-quarterfinals, Lahore beat BIE Karachi 2-0, Gujranwala bea Abbottabad 2-0, Bahawalpur beat Mirpur Khas 2-0, Rawalpindi beat Sahiwal 2-0, Peshawar beat DG Khan 2-0, Faisalabad beat Peshawar 2-0, Swat beat Bannu 2-1 and Islamabad beat Multan 2-0.hockey pre-quarters, Swat beat DG Khan 1-0, Multan beat Mardan 4-2, in table tennis pre-quarters, Karachi beat Lahore 3-0, Gujranwala beat BISE Larkana 3-0, Bahawalpur beat Mirpur Khas 3-0, Sahiwal beat Bahawalpur 3-0, BISE Peshawar beat Mirpur 3-0, Swat beat Karachi 3-1, Multan beat Islamabad 3-0 and Karachi beat Gujranwala 3-1.

Candidate Cities 2024 deliver vision, concept and strategy plans to IOC

Candidate Cities 2024 deliver vision, concept and strategy plans to IOC

(Championspk )The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received the four Candidature Files from Los Angeles (USA), Rome (Italy), Budapest (Hungary) and Paris (France)* for hosting the Olympic Games 2024. Today was the deadline for part one of the Candidature File: Vision, Games Concept and Strategy to host the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad 2024.

The Candidature Process 2024 is the first to be launched following the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. The new Candidature Process encourages the Cities to present Olympic projects that best match their sports, economic, social and environmental long-term planning needs. It calls for the use of existing facilities where possible, and provides flexibility for the venue concept to meet local sustainability and legacy needs and ambitions.

“Los Angeles, Rome, Budapest and Paris are all submitting projects fully in line with Olympic Agenda 2020. It is impressive to see how they have incorporated the Olympic project into the long-term development plans of their city, region and country. Coming from different starting points, for all four there is a clear focus on sustainable development, legacy and in particular how the facilities are going to be used after the Olympic Games. We are delighted to have four extremely strong candidatures and look forward to a fascinating competition”, IOC President Thomas Bach said.

Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director Olympic Games/Olympic Candidatures, commented: “Following Olympic Agenda 2020, the Candidate Cities are making use of an extremely high percentage of existing and temporary venues, possibly the most ever. The plans received indicate very thoughtful consideration of what the Cities and their people need for the future. The IOC has significantly simplified the Candidature Process, symbolised by the fact that the submissions arrived for the very first time on a USB key only, instead of thousands of pages of paper documents.”

The new Candidature Process features a progressive submission of information to allow planning to develop organically and at an appropriate pace. The three stages each address different elements of the Cities’ proposals:

Army Polo Championship Finals

Army Polo Championship Finals

( Championspk)The spectators were treated to a fine brand of Polo during Army Polo Championship Finals held at Lahore Garrison Polo grounds. Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif was the Chief Guest and awarded prizes to the winners of Army Polo and Tent Pegging Championship. Commander Lahore Corps Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali was also present. The Rawalpindi Zone knocked Mangla Zone to runners up position in the stunning finals and took the elusive title of 2016 champions after an invigorating contest which ended with 9-5 (score). Third spot was claimed by Pakistan Rangers Punjab, winning the earlier fixture. The final could not have been a more fierce fight between two incredible teams, Rawalpindi Zone and Mangla Zone. The players and ponies jostled for the lead continuously with each taking their turn at the top. In the end it all came to a head in the last chukkar when Asfanyar Pataudi scored 5 spectacular goals. Hence, consolidating his team position and taking Rawalpindi Zone’s score to 9 goals, 4 goals ahead of Mangla Zone and secured victory and 2016 title for this consistently high quality team. The team Captain of Rawalpindi Zone, Major General Asfandyar Pataudi received the Army Polo Championships trophy, while the team Captain of Gujranwala Zone, Lt Col Ali Zaman received the Tent Pegging Trophy. Earlier, the spectators were enthralled by equestrian games. The remarkable horsemanship by Army Tent Pegging teams and tilting tunes of Army band added colour to the concluding ceremony of Army Polo and Tent Pegging Championship.

The Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016 are coming!

The Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016 are coming!

(Championspk)The second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games will take place from 12 to 21 February in Lillehammer, Norway, and here is how you can keep up with all the action.

For the first time at the Winter YOG, live coverage will be available through the IOC’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/Olympics, along with daily on-demand coverage of the sporting action and the festivals happening around Lillehammer, showcasing some of the biggest names in music, arts and culture.

For fans in Norway, there will be daily live coverage and highlights on NRK, along with a one-hour magazine show produced by local media students which will be featured on www.lillehammer2016.no

You don’t have to be in Norway to catch all the action as broadcasters around the world will also be showing the young athletes’ achievements from the second Winter YOG.

In an Olympic first, the International Olympic Committee is working with Worldwide TOP Partner Samsung to bring the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016 to life through virtual reality (VR) coverage. The Opening Ceremony on 12 February will be the first ever Olympic ceremony streamed live in VR, and Samsung Gear VR users will be able to enjoy immersive angles of the Olympic torch lighting, the Parade of Nations and other ceremony highlights. Throughout the Games, the IOC will offer, in collaboration with Samsung, daily VR sporting highlights to provide a captivating Winter YOG experience. In order to access the VR content from Lillehammer, viewers will need a Samsung phone and compatible VR gear. Visit olympic.org on your mobile phone for a direct link to the Youth Olympic Games VR experience. GearVR headset users will also be able to access all the Lillehammer 2016 content by downloading the NextVR app from the Oculus store.

On social media, be a part of the biggest YOG work of art using #iLoveYOG on any of your posts about the Youth Olympics and follow the latest highlights, results, amazing images and info on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Russian and Chinese fans can also follow on Sina Weibo and VK. All the latest stories, galleries and results will feature on Olympic.org, the Lillehammer 2016 website and social media platforms. All this content can be found on the official Lillehammer 2016 app, available on Android and in the App Store.

Olympic fans will also be able to follow live chats with some of their favourite Olympians at the heart of the Youth Olympic Village. For the first time, the IOC has also teamed up with popular YouTubers Tom Scott and Domestic Geek, who will produce exciting content at the YOG to reach new audiences.

Australia takes giant stride on journey towards Asian football integration

Australia takes giant stride on journey towards Asian football integration

News desk( Championspk )In 2005, Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy sat at a press conference in an expensive hotel on Sydney harbour’s foreshore, alongside Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam, and announced that Australia would join world football’s largest body.

The announcement, which ended three decades of lobbying, saw Lowy, somewhat comically, call his first meeting with the Qatari powerbroker as “love at first sight”. That particular relationship, of course, broke down in spectacular fashion in the wake of the 2022 World Cup bid.

What has endured, however, is Australia’s affiliation with Asia, one that continues to strengthen. The recognition received by Australia at Sunday’s AFC Awards in New Delhi further cements its entrenchment within the world’s biggest and most diverse football region.

Australia officially departed the Oceania Football Confederation on the final day of 2005. The timing of the move meant Australia qualified for the World Cup as an Oceania representative, but were an AFC member by the time Germany 2006 came around. It is scenario that is never likely to be repeated.

Not that the decade-long ride in Asia has been smooth sailing. Far from it. There was a stumbling debut on and off the field at the 2007 Asian Cup. And most notably, there have been comments in previous years from some high profile officials suggesting Australia’s place was not within the AFC.

Even if those views have ongoing resonance in some quarters, Australia’s status within the confederation has been further shored up over the past 12 months.

Australia’s hosting of the Asian Cup in January was an enormous success, and provided further evidence of the country’s value to the confederation. It was an unqualified success on the field and, perhaps more importantly, off the field

The continental championship followed on from Western Sydney Wanderers winning the AFC Champions League in another milestone moment for Australia’s Asian odyssey. Some A-League clubs struggled to give the competition and its culture due respect in years gone by, and it is not a coincidence that two clubs who truly embraced the competition – Adelaide United and the Wanderers – enjoyed success.

And the recognition of Australia at the AFC annual awards is a further fillip.

Meanwhile, India’s hosting of the event is somewhat of a metaphor for the latent untapped potential within Asian football. The world’s second biggest nation has much work ahead of it, but there are tiny signs of fresh sprouts, something that may be kick-started further in 2017 when the nation’s hosts its first global football tournament – the Under-20 World Cup.

Australia collected two awards on Sunday evening in New Delhi with Ange Postecoglou named coach of the year, while the Socceroos were awarded team of the year. Elise Kellond-Knight was short-listed as women’s player of the year, only for that award to be, somewhat oddly, postponed at the 11th hour until the recipients are on hand.

But perhaps the most significant recognition for Australia didn’t arrive in the form of a gilded trophy. Australia were nominated as one of three national associations of the year, an honour ultimately awarded to Japan. It nevertheless is an important step for Australia as they continue to find their feet amid the byzantine cultural layers of Asian football.

Notable too, is the individual acknowledgment of Postecoglou and Kellond-Knight. Both boast a 21st century football sensibility, and are emblematic of Australia’s changing mindset and willingness to embrace modern thinking in the game. Australia’s physical capabilities, which are sometimes accentuated in Asia, will continue to be of benefit. But the perception towards Australia’s style of football should have changed in the past few years, although of course perceptions are invariably the hardest shift to make, perhaps even more so in football. Postecoglou’s style is unapologetically aggressive in its pro-active manner. Bu

it is controlled and planned aggression, one based on thought as much as brawn. Possession is key in Postecoglou’s mantra and gifted ball-players are highly prized, perhaps more so than has ever previously been the case in the national team’s history.

Kellond-Knight’s nomination is in some ways even more significant. Rarely does a defensive midfielder receive appreciation in a world where goalscoring and headline-making is invariably prized above all else. The Gold Coast-raised Kellond-Knight was arguably the most important cog during the Matildas’ run to the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals last June.

In many ways Kellond-Knight is a shining example of the modern footballer. Technically-minded and possession-orientated, she has adapted the modern role as a defensive midfielder which once was largely focussed on breaking up play, but now is equally concentrated on creativity.

And Kellond-Knight says the Matildas have developed their football in line with the type of game they most often face – Asian football. Japan unexpectedly won the 2011 Women’s World Cup based on technique and possession.

And the Matildas brand of football has changed markedly in the 10 years they have been facing Asian opposition on a regular basis. “We come up against Asian nations more than we do against European nations so naturally you play a style of football that you are used to playing,” says Kellond-Knight. “Facing a European opponent is chalk and cheese to an Asian opponent.

“[Women’s] football in Asia has definitely grown in leaps and bounds. When Japan won the World Cup that was the turning point and made it blatantly obvious that Asian football is one of the best styles and most competitive in the world. That is inarguable.”

Much has evolved within a single decade – a relatively short period within football’s history. And Australia has much to gain through further integration within Asia

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir in Bangladesh on redemption road

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir in Bangladesh on redemption road

Bangladesh ( Championspk )Mohammad Amir’s last appearance on a cricket pitch outside his native Pakistan led to a six-month sentence in a British prison for corruption. Five years on, the paceman was the headline act in the opening match as Bangladesh’s Twenty20 league staged its own comeback after a fixing scandal. But as Amir and the Bangladesh Premier League look to turn over a new leaf, one of cricket’s most respected figures, Kumar Sangakkara, says the game could “die” if spectators are not convinced matches are clean. Amir, playing for the Chittagong Vikings against the Rangpur Riders, took 4 for 30 on Sunday, delighted to be competing once more against stars such as Pakistan’s Test skipper Misbah ul-Haq whom he bowled with a perfect yorker at Dhaka’s national stadium. Amir, now 23, was jailed in 2011 after admitting bowling no balls the previous summer against England at Lord’s in exchange for cash. His captain Salman Butt and fellow bowler Mohammad Asif were jailed for similar offences. Their hopes of returning for Pakistan look bleak, given they are in the autumn of their careers. But Amir, who has been playing Pakistan domestic cricket since earlier this year, told AFP recently he saw the BPL as “the first step towards reviving my international career” as he eyes next year’s World T20 in India. Although Amir has refused to talk to the media in Bangladesh, he said before his departure from Pakistan that he was “really thankful to the team for choosing me and I will try my best to give them my 100 percent.” His comeback remains controversial, with Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez refusing to sign for the Vikings with Amir in its ranks. As Amir struggles to rebuild trust, the BPL faces a similar challenge after its 2013 edition was blighted by a scandal involving players and a team owner. Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful, New Zealander Lou Vincent and Sri Lankan Kaushal Lokuarachchi were handed lengthy bans. And Shihab Jishan Chowdhury was also convicted of trying to fix the outcome of a match involving his Dhaka Gladiators team. An embarrassed Bangladesh Cricket Board cancelled last year’s edition but now believes its house is in order. Chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the BCB always had “zero tolerance” of corruption but felt compelled to do more after 2013. It now has its own anti-corruption unit and runs an extensive education programme for players which includes addresses by police. “A lot of things happened because of a lack of education, players not being aware of the consequences, not only for themselves but for the nation as a whole,” Chowdury told AFP. Soft targets Sayeed Uzzaman, the journalist who broke the scandal, said the BCB deserved praise for bringing crooks to justice but feared the game remained vulnerable. “The players are soft targets,” said Uzzaman, of Dhaka’s Kaler Kantho daily. “The bookies offer them a thousand times more (than they are paid by their teams).” While Amir is back playing in front of packed crowds, Ashraful keeps fit with nets in his backyard, still dreaming of an eventual international recall. Neighbours are happy to bowl at the 31-year-old who set the record for the youngest player to hit a Test century but Ashraful is full of regrets. “I’ve lost almost everything I worked for … I hope young cricketers will look at me and learn a lesson,” the one-time golden boy told AFP. The local underworld was thought to have got its hooks into Ashraful long before he was caught and made a tearful confession. Now he urges players against falling into the same trap. “My advice to any young cricketer would be say, very clearly, no.” Just say no His view is echoed by Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s former captain who recently retired from international cricket. “It’s very simple advice that I have for anyone, it’s basically just say no and once you’ve said no you report every single approach,” he told AFP while training for his BPL team, the Dhaka Dynamites. “It’s the responsibility of players as well to ensure the game stays clean. “Cricket, or any sport for that matter, has to uphold the public trust because if the crowds don’t come to watch, if they feel cheated, cricket will die.” Gambling is illegal in Bangladesh but, as in most of South Asia, bookmakers routinely operate from backstreets — often controlled by crime syndicates. Every country has its tale of fallen heroes, including South Africa whose late captain Hansie Cronje was exposed as in the pay of bookies. The cash-rich Indian Premier League was hit by a fixing scandal involving the son-in-law of the then head of the board in 2013. While authorities say the punishments of players such as Amir and Ashraful have been a deterrent, few believe the corruption beast has been slain. Only last week, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis had to insist a defeat against England in an ODI was not fixed after claims the match was under investigation by the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). In a recent in-house interview, the ACU’s head acknowledged fixing could never be wiped out. “I think the frank answer has to be never totally and absolutely eradicated,” said Ronnie Flanagan.

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