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Sep 5, 2013

Olympics-Firm IOC tells India to exclude tainted officials

NEW DELHI, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected India’s compromise formula and insisted the Asian nation must exclude tainted officials from office in order to overturn its Olympic ban.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was suspended by the IOC last December and told to amend its constitution, introducing a clause barring tainted officials from contesting elections.

Sep 5, 2013

Rupee slump costs India only European Tour event

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A currency slump and slowing economy have cost India its biggest golf tournament after sponsors pulled out of the country’s only European Tour event on Thursday.

The Avantha Group, which sponsored the first four years of the tournament, said it would have required a substantial hike in prize money, apart from a right slot in the European Tour calendar, to attract top talents for the 2014 and subsequent editions.

Aug 25, 2013

IOA leaves door ajar for tainted officials

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) left its door ajar for corrupt officials on Sunday, sidestepping a directive from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to bar tainted officials from contesting its elections.

The IOA remains suspended from the Olympics for going ahead with its December 2012 election in which Lalit Bhanot, who spent 11 months in jail on corruption charges, was chosen as its secretary general.

Aug 14, 2013

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

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian organisers hope the absence of China’s superstars will not take the shine off a new $1 million (646 thousand pounds) 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 14, 2013

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

NEW DELHI (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 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.