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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 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:

Young Blues fan makes heartwarming gesture, gifts Tarasenko stick to another youngster

Young Blues fan makes heartwarming gesture, gifts Tarasenko stick to another youngster

(Champiospk )Every young fan at a hockey game thinks of the moment a puck comes sailing into the crowd and they make a great grab to take home a souvenir. That’s a moment that kid will never forget. So imagine instead of a puck, it’s a stick, and instead of catching the stick, he or she is handed it by one of the best players on the home team. That’s exactly what happened in St. Louis this past weekend, as post-game a young fan leaned over the railing and held his hands out only for Vladimir Tarasenko, arguably the best Blues player, to hand off his stick as a souvenir.

The young fan who snatched it up and was ready to leave, but instead of taking off with his newfound treasure, the young man, who was wearing a Jori Lehtera jersey, spotted a youngster in a Tarasenko jersey and did the selfless thing: he walked back down the stairs, up to the kid and passed off Tarasenko’s stick

The story doesn’t end there, though. The Blues caught wind of the young fan’s gesture and took to their Twitter account to seek him out. “Anyone know the young fan in the (Lehtera) jersey?” the Blues asked via Twitter. “We’d like to reward him for his nice gesture.” In less than a day, the Blues had located the fan and contacted his family. What exactly the team did for the youngster isn’t known, but we’re sure St. Louis took care of him. It’s nice to see the Blues rewarding him, too, because after giving away a prize like that from Tarasenko in order to make another young fan’s wish come true, he deserves everything that comes his way.

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, 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

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 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, 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.

John Mooney Announces Retirement from International Cricket

John Mooney Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Ireland(Championspk )The 33 year-old told Cricket Ireland Head Coach John Bracewell of his decision earlier today. “I’ve decided to call time on what has been a wonderful career in the green of Ireland,” said Mooney. “At this stage of my career, I’m beginning to think about what comes next, especially commitments to my new gym and personal training business. I’ve always given 100% to the team, and it wouldn’t be fair on them to keep going if I’m not fully committed. “I’ve also been playing internationally for 14 years and over the past few seasons have found that the intensity and demands of the modern game have placed a considerable strain on my body. It’s also become increasingly difficult to spend such long periods of time away from my wife and young family. Mooney is one of only four Irish players to play in three World Cups, along with the O’Brien brothers and Irish skipper William Porterfield. He admitted those competitions held a special place in his heart. “I’ve some fantastic memories having played in three World Cups – the first of which in 2007 included my elder brother Paul. In 2011 I also had what I described as my ‘Ray Houghton moment’ hitting the winning runs against England.” The North Dubliner paid tribute to those who had helped him in a memorable career in which he won 182 caps. “I’ve worn the jersey with pride and passion in the last 14 years and would like to thank my family, team mates, support staff and Cricket Ireland who have helped me during what has been an incredible journey.” Irish skipper William Porterfield paid tribute to Mooney saying: “There are few players who have worn the Irish jersey with as much pride as John Mooney. His passion, fighting qualities and enthusiasm meant he was always someone I was glad was playing for me rather than in the opposition ranks. “He would always put the team first no matter what you asked him to do, should that be opening the bowling or fourth change he always put the side first. He epitomises what it means to put on the Irish Jersey. “Of course he’ll always be remembered for the game against England in Bangalore but for me his bowling display in the ICup win over Afghanistan summed up for me what he was all about. He led the attack after Trent went off injured and took 10 for 81 on a batting paradise in difficult conditions. I would personally like to thank him for everything that he has done for Irish cricket.” Cricket Ireland Head Coach John Bracewell thanked Mooney for his commitment and service to Irish cricket: “John Mooney has been an iconic figure for Irish cricket where his passionate and talented displays played an integral part in our success. “His longevity in a 14 year career is testament to both his talent and his consistency – he rarely let his team down and it’s no coincidence that he was involved in so many key moments in Ireland’s triumphs over the years. “I’d like to thank him for his efforts over an illustrious career, and wish him and his family all the very best in the future,” concluded Bracewell. Mooney played 182 times for Ireland in all competitions, including 64 ODI’s and 27 T20I’s. He scored 2605 runs at an average of 23.68, which included nine 50’s and one hundred – against The Netherlands. He also took 144 wickets at 27.29, which included a Man of the Match ten wicket haul against Afghanistan in 2013 as Ireland claimed their fourth ICC InterContinental Cup title.

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.

England’s win over Pakistan in third ODI being investigated for corruption unit after suspicious betting patterns emerge

England’s win over Pakistan in third ODI being investigated for corruption unit after suspicious betting patterns emerge

Dubi(Championspk)England’s victory over Pakistan in the third one-day international in Sharjah last Tuesday is being investigated for corruption.

Following an erratic performance by Pakistan it is understood that investigators from the ICC’s anti-corruption unit have requested data from international betting markets about irregular betting patterns.

England won the match by six wickets after Pakistan collapsed from 132 for two to 208 all out, including three farcical run-outs. They then dropped three catches in the field and missed a stumping.

Officials were tipped off after the toss in Sharjah that the illegal Indian betting market, worth billions of dollars per game, was expecting Pakistan to underperform.

It has also emerged that officers were warned about potential corruption before the series began.

Rumours were rife among bookmakers in the country, and the ICC received intelligence that there could at least be an attempt to manipulate the betting odds in favour of syndicates who would be betting huge sums.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan used his Twitter account to question Pakistan’s performance.

THE PAKISTAN COLLAPSE IN TUESDAY’S ODI 19.3 overs Pakistan captain Azhar Ali is run out after a dreadful call for a single from Mohammad Hafeez, who had pushed Adil Rashid to backward point. Azhar was comfortably beaten home by James Taylor’s return.

30.3 overs Sarfraz Ahmed throws his wicket away, slogging Moeen Ali straight to sub fielder Chris Jordan at deep midwicket. It’s the start of a collapse of 7 for 73.

32.2 overs Mohammad Rizwan pushes Ali into the leg side, then sets off for a gentle single while Shoaib Malik remains unmoved at the other end. Rizwan gets halfway down the pitch, and fails to get back before Jason Roy’s underarm throw is collected by Jos Buttler.

35.4 overs Iftikhar Ahmed pulls Chris Woakes straight to deep square-leg and is caught to leave Pakistan 145 for 6.

39.3 overs Anwar Ali slogs Reece Topley straight up in the air. Ali takes the catch: 156 for 7.

41.2 overs The third run-out of the innings. This time, Wahab Riaz and Shoaib Malik get in a muddle – with Malik beaten by Chris Jordan’s pinpoint direct hit

He wrote: ‘3 run outs and a few iffy shots from Pakistan. Never seen that before!!’ He followed that with: ‘They must all think we are stupid.’

Vaughan, who later deleted the tweets, was criticised by ex-Pakistan batsman Rameez Raja. ‘Vaughan’s comments are highly irresponsible and I think he is just looking for cheap publicity to stay relevant on social media,’ Raja said.

‘Pakistan’s running has always been bad and we all know Mohammad Hafeez particularly isn’t great between the wickets. The team tends to panic whenever it’s under pressure and it is nothing new.’

An Anti-Corruption and Security Unit source said: ‘After comments like that we couldn’t ignore it but we also had other reasons to look into it.’

The chief reason is suspicious betting patterns — one of the key signposts for fixing. The ICC have been told that twice the ‘normal’ amount of money was wagered on Pakistan to lose in a game which attracted more than £20million in bets on Betfair, the international betting exchange.

The day before the Sharjah match, England were rated as strong favourites to win. Seasoned odds watchers would argue that was an extremely rare event for any England one-day team in Asia, where they traditionally struggle

Corruptors with prior knowledge of a batting collapse can make huge sums of money by just a small change in odds.

The scam works in exactly the same way as insider trading on the stock market with fixers profiting from a sudden shift.

Pakistan were favourites to win in Sharjah when they were only two wickets down but the clatter of wickets which followed produced what is known as a ‘flip flop’ when the betting odds are reversed in dramatic and rapid fashion.

Claims of fixing in Sharjah are a grim reminder of one of cricket’s grubbiest eras. In the 1990s it is now widely accepted that a plethora of ODI matches in the United Arab Emirates were tainted.

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said on Friday night: ‘I am aware of these allegations. We may have lost [in Sharjah on Tuesday] but we lost fair and square. I’m satisfied my players have done nothing wrong, and that there is nothing in these allegations.



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