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Aug 14, 2013

Badminton-India’s shuttle dreams riding on new $1 million league

NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Indian organisers hope the absence of China’s superstars will not take the shine off a new $1 million badminton league, which players and officials believe will grow the game and help foster future Olympic medallists.

The franchise-based Indian Badminton League (IBL) kicks off in New Delhi on Wednesday and organisers hope it will generate the same kind of commercial success enjoyed by the country’s money-spinning Twenty20 cricket competition, the Indian Premier League.

Aug 6, 2013

Discipline rejig may cost India 30 Commonwealth medals in Glasgow

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India stand to lose at least 30 medals in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the absence of disciplines that generated nearly one-third of their record haul at the Delhi Games three years ago, according to the sports ministry.

The 2010 Delhi Games, plagued by allegations of graft and mismanagement, is remembered more as India’s $6 billion public relations disaster, a feeble response to China’s near flawless hosting of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Jul 1, 2013

Tainted Kalmadi loses top Asian athletics job to Qatari Al-Hamad

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Tainted sports administrator Suresh Kalmadi lost his bid for a fourth successive term as the head of the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) on his Pune home turf on Monday.

The AAA named Dahlan Al-Hamad as its sixth president with the Qatari prevailing over Kalmadi, who spent nine months in jail on corruption charges that swirled around the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Jun 5, 2013

Honda powers Japan to Brazil, South Korea close in

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals after a last-gasp home draw against Australia on Tuesday, while arch-rivals South Korea also conjured up a late equaliser in Beirut to inch closer to a spot in Brazil.

The 62,000-plus crowd at Saitama stadium survived anxious moments before playmaker Keisuke Honda converted an injury-time penalty as Japan salvaged a draw to grab one of the two direct qualifications from Group B.

Jun 5, 2013

Soccer-Honda powers Japan to Brazil, S. Korea close in

June 4 (Reuters) – Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals after a last-gasp home draw against Australia on Tuesday, while arch-rivals South Korea also conjured up a late equaliser in Beirut to inch closer to a spot in Brazil.

The 62,000-plus crowd at Saitama stadium survived anxious moments before playmaker Keisuke Honda converted an injury-time penalty as Japan salvaged a draw to grab one of the two direct qualifications from Group B.

Jun 2, 2013

BCCI chief Srinivasan stands down after IPL scandal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Beleaguered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan stood down on Sunday in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal that has hit the game and led to the arrest of his son-in-law last month.

The May 16 arrest of three cricketers, including former test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, for allegedly taking money to concede pre-determined number of runs in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches has exposed Indian cricket’s soft underbelly and sparked nationwide outrage.

Jun 2, 2013

Indian cricket board boss steps down after spot-fixing scandal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Beleaguered Indian cricket board (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan stood down on Sunday in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal that has hit the game in India and led to the arrest of his son-in-law last month.

The May 16 arrest of three cricketers, including former test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, for allegedly taking money to concede pre-determined number of runs in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches has exposed Indian cricket’s soft underbelly and sparked nationwide outrage.

Jun 2, 2013

Cricket-Indian board boss steps down after spot-fixing scandal

NEW DELHI, June 2 (Reuters) – Beleaguered Indian cricket board (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan stood down on Sunday in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal that has hit the game in India and led to the arrest of his son-in-law last month.

The May 16 arrest of three cricketers, including former test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, for allegedly taking money to concede pre-determined number of runs in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches has exposed Indian cricket’s soft underbelly and sparked nationwide outrage.

Jun 2, 2013

Cricket-Indian board boss steps down after spot-fixing scandal

NEW DELHI, June 2 (Reuters) – Beleaguered Indian cricket board (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan stood down on Sunday in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal that has hit the game in India and led to the arrest of his son-in-law last month.

The May 16 arrest of three cricketers, including former test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, for allegedly taking money to concede pre-determined number of runs in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches has exposed Indian cricket’s soft underbelly and sparked nationwide outrage.

May 31, 2013

Shocked Tendulkar wants ‘sincere’ steps in scandal probe

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar is shocked by the spot-fixing scandal swirling around the country’s popular Twenty20 league and urged authorities to get to the bottom of the controversy on Friday.

The May 16 arrest of three cricketers, including former test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, have exposed Indian cricket’s soft underbelly.