Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:21 pm Post subject: SPORTS RELATED ISSUES
Ismaili athlete to compete for Tajikistan at Rio Paralympics
7 September 2016
When the Paralympic Games open in Rio today, the people of Tajikistan will be pinning all their hopes on Romikhudo Dodikhudoev.
The 26-year-old, who is due to run in the Men’s 100 metre and 400 metre Athletics events, is the country’s only athlete at the 2016 Paralympics. He wants his participation in the Games to be a source of hope for all people with disabilities in Tajikistan.
“My participation at the Paralympic Games is an indication that I have a strong spirit, that I am capable of achieving high goals, despite my physical disability,” says Dodikhudoev, whose friends call him Roma. “I want to show all the handicapped people that their physical disabilities should not stop them from achieving their goals.”
Since the age of five, Dodikhudoev has suffered from osteomyelitis — a bone infection that was once considered incurable. The International Paralympic Committee classifies him in the T45-47 category of the Running and Jumping discipline: “Upper limb/s affected by limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.” But he’s never let his physical constraints become a barrier.
Dodikhudoev’s interest in sport began at the age of 11 with a passion for football. Then a student at Dushanbe’s Boarding School #1, he dreamed of becoming an international athlete.
Hard work, the support of friends and an enduring love of sport helped him to succeed despite his physical handicap. When he was 14, Dodikhudoev played basketball with a team that would win repeated victories against even able-bodied athletes.
Recognising Dodikhudoev’s strength and speed, a trainer recommended that he represent Tajikistan on the international stage. In 2014 he took part in the Asian Para Games in Incheon, Korea, where he ran 6th in the 200 metre event and 7th in the 100 metre.
“Roma is a hard-working guy,” says Gairat Negmatov, his trainer. “Despite all the challenges with sports facilities and uniforms, he doesn’t miss his workouts.”
“In addition to that he has a regular job. He is an industrial-climber — he cleans high buildings.” He works a second job driving a taxi.
Dodikhudoev participated in 2015 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Games in Sochi, Russia and placed 4th amongst athletes from 44 countries. His achievements in Incheon and Sochi put him on the path to Rio.
Follow Romikhudo Dodikhudoev’s progress at the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio as he competes in the Men’s 100 metre and 400 metre Athletics events.
Mayor Suggests London Could Eventually Host M.L.B. Games
Major League Baseball has hosted regular-season games in Mexico, Japan and, most recently, in Australia in 2014. Commissioner Rob Manfred has said he was interested in expanding baseball overseas.
Another possibility for future growth may be Europe. The Mets hosted the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on Sunday, and he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before their game against the Minnesota Twins.
Khan told British reporters on Wednesday that the Mets’ owners were receptive to playing a game in London and that Manfred was interested in doing so, perhaps as soon as 2018. According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, the operators of Olympic Stadium, home to the West Ham United soccer club, talked with M.L.B. about hosting games next summer but ran out of time.
Will Women Play Major League Baseball? (And Not Just on TV)
The new Fox drama “Pitch,” about the first female pitcher in Major League Baseball, proclaims that it is “a true story on the verge of happening.”
The heavily promoted show, which premieres Thursday, already is drawing praise for its groundbreaking premise. But it also raises questions about just how true and how on the verge the story line really is. Could a female pitcher make it into the major leagues anytime soon? And if so, why hasn’t she yet?
From a scientific standpoint, the answer is yes, she can. While there are some physical obstacles to a woman’s pitching in the major leagues, they aren’t insurmountable. The larger challenges may be social and cultural, as girls struggle to find opportunities and acceptance in a traditional boys’ sport, and boys struggle with the social consequences of being struck out by a girl.
With a Single Baseball, Seeking to Connect All 312 Hall of Famers
From his pocket, Mr. Carhart pulled out a faded baseball with the words “The Hall Ball” written in black marker. He nestled it next to the flimsy grave marker and snapped a picture with his phone.
With that, Mr. Torriente became the 287th Hall of Famer that Mr. Carhart has paid homage to since he began his Hall Ball project six years ago.
His mission is to connect with all 312 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, living and dead, by putting the ball in the hand of every living member and visiting the grave of every deceased member, and taking a commemorative photograph.
He has already visited the grave sites or other significant locations for 227 inductees, he said, and has met 60 living members, including Mike Piazza, the Mets catcher who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in July.
Humera Azam from Hunza (GB) selected for U-16 National Women’s Cricket Team
Pamir Times is the pioneering community news and views portal of Gilgit – Baltistan, Kohistan, Chitral and the surrounding mountain areas. It is a voluntary, not-for-profit, non-partisan and independent venture initiated by the youth.
Islamabad: Humera Azam from the Hussaini village of Gojal Valley, District Hunza, has made the region proud by getting selected for the national Under-16 cricket team. Daughter of Muhammad Azam, a renowned player of the Shah Talib Sports Club, Humera is fourteen years old. She has studied at Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee School (Hussaini), and Al Amyn Model School (Gulmit), till grade 10th.
She developed interest in cricket at a very early age, getting her first lessons from her father. She used to play in her picturesque village with her cousins and friends. With unflinching support from her parents, Humera got selected in the Shah Talib Sports Club’s women team in 2015, and won the best player award this year during a tournament.
Muhammad Azam, Humera’s father, is a cricket player
She has now been selected by the Pakistan Cricket Board to represent the nation in the women’s Under-16 Cricket Team. She will be part of the team touring England in December this year.
Shah Talib Sports Club (SSC), created by the local youth, is a government registered club which promotes healthy extra-curricular activities for energetic youth of Hussaini Gojal and other villages of the region.
Many other players from the club have won honors; Wasim Akram, a member of the club, won Gold Medal in All Sindh Taekwondo Championship, Ali Rehman and Saeed Anwar represented Punjab University in swimming.
It is pertinent to note that Diana Baig from Hunza is part of the national women’s cricket team.
The youth of Gilgit-Baltistan, girls and boys, have great potentials to excel in all fields of life. Given the opportunity, they have proven their mettle in all walks of life, from education to sports.
Olympics History Rewritten: New Doping Tests Topple the Podium
After disclosures of an extensive, state-run doping program in Russia, sports officials have been retesting urine samples from the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, in Beijing and London. Their findings have resulted in a top-to-bottom rewriting of Olympics history.
More than 75 athletes from those two Olympics have been found, upon further scrutiny, to be guilty of doping violations. A majority are from Russia and other Eastern European countries. At least 40 of them won medals. Disciplinary proceedings are continuing against other athletes, and the numbers are expected to climb.
Anyone looking at the record books for the Beijing and London Games might think them an illusion. Medals are being stripped from dozens of athletes and redistributed to those who were deprived a spot on the podium.
“The numbers are just impossible, incredible,” said Gian-Franco Kasper, an executive board member of the International Olympic Committee. “We lose credibility. Credibility is a major concern.”
Chapecoense Soccer Team’s Plane Crashes, Leaving Brazil Devastated
RIO DE JANEIRO — After climbing the ranks of Brazilian soccer, the team was on its way to face one of its biggest tests yet: a chance to win the final of the Copa Sudamericana, an international competition for South American soccer.
But over the mountains near Medellín, Colombia, the plane carrying the members of Chapecoense, a soccer team from a scrappy industrial city in southern Brazil, made an emergency call on Monday night after experiencing an electrical failure, the authorities said.
Moments later, it crashed into the mountains with 77 people aboard.
Only six people survived the crash, aviation officials said: three players, two crew members and a journalist who was accompanying the team. The rest were presumed dead, a devastating turn for one of the most remarkable success stories in the tumultuous, scandal-plagued world of Brazilian soccer.
SYDNEY, Australia — When young men loiter on street corners or in shopping malls throwing out insults or physically intimidating passers-by, we condemn their behavior as antisocial. When Australia’s top athletes do the same, we celebrate their “wit” and “spirit.”
Sporting prowess is the highest form of status for young men and boys in Australia, as it is in many other places. And in Australian sport there is no pinnacle higher than the national cricket team, which has won four of the last five world cups.
For a cricketing superpower, Australians have a poor on-field reputation. Mutually respectful competition has been replaced by ugly belligerence. Derogatory, threatening or racist remarks are not only a routine part of the Australian game, they have become a form of psychological warfare used to establish dominance over opponents.
The practice is called “sledging,” apparently drawn from the phrase, “as subtle as a sledgehammer.”
Sledging isn’t a problem only in Australia. It represents an ugly strain of male-to-male interaction that may be as common in American fraternities and English pubs as on Australian cricket fields.
There is a crucial difference, though, between dorm louts and playing-field bullies. Organized sports operate according to a set of commonly agreed rules and values. At their highest level, they represent an ideal version of society: a pure and fair contest between the best athletes a nation can produce.
That’s why international athletes exert such a powerful social influence on young people. In Australia, there are few more potent role models for young men than first-class cricketers.
For the sake of our boys and girls, it is time to stop celebrating abuse in cricket, or any other sport, and call it out for what it is: boorish behavior that tars the game, demeans its participants and diminishes our societies.
The male administrators, scouts and board members who control the game have a responsibility to establish a more respectful playing culture. Their young charges, at the peak of their fame and sporting prowess, are unlikely to change without pressure from above.
LONDON — Britain is shuddering from the revelation of yet another child sexual abuse scandal. What has shocked the nation even more profoundly this time is that it happened in soccer: the national game, a source of pride.
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