The ‘spot-fixing’ scandal that has rocked Pakistan cricket has shocked former ICC President Ehsan Mani, who is baffled how a bookie managed to get in touch with the players despite restrictions imposed by the anti-corruption unit.”This latest scandal has come as a total shock to me. It is so bad for the image of cricket which we are trying to globalise,” Mani told ‘Geo Super’ channel.”How this happened is beyond me, what was the Pakistan team management or the ICC anti-corruption unit doing?” he added.Mani said wondered what the ICC was doing considering that a tabloid such as ‘News of the World’ has uncovered the links between the middleman and players.”It is a sad day for cricket. It took a long time for cricket to regain its credibility after the match fixing scandal in the 90s. I just hope all that is being reported is not true,” Mani added.The former ICC President’s comments came after the ICC and London metropolitan police confirmed the arrest of a 35-year old Pakistani man who allegedly paid money to some Pakistani players for ‘spot-fixing’ during the ongoing fourth Test at Lords against England.The metropolitan police visited the Pakistan team hotel last night and questioned the players and manager Yawar Saeed for taking their statements.Television footage showed the detectives leaving the hotel with plastic bags with some items in them apparently taken from the players rooms.Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Tauqir Zia said the controversy is saddening.advertisement”I don’t know what to say the only thing we can now do is take immediate damage control steps. I hope these allegations are not true but the fact is that the image and credibility of Pakistan cricket has already been damaged,” Zia told PTI.He called on the government to instruct the board to call back the concerned players and officials after the fourth test and hold a proper inquiry at home.”No one can say match-fixing does not take place in international cricket. When we held an inquiry when I was Chairman they were players from other countries involved in it as well,” he stated.This is not the first time that Pakistani players have been accused of fixing in matches and in 2000 the board had banned former captain, Salim Malik for life and fined five other players for their involvement in match-fixing.
Cash used in the spot-fixing scandal during last week’s Lord’s Test is understood to have been found in the belongings of Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt, a report said.According to a report in the Daily Mail, Scotland Yard officers would question Butt on Friday over how marked notes were discovered from his hotel room and in his locker at the Lord’s cricket ground.The money is believed to have been part of 150,000 pounds handed over by an undercover News of the World reporter to the alleged fixer Mazhar Majeed, the newspaper said.The cash, given to Majeed for fixing three no-balls of the Lord’s Test between Pakistan and England, is understood to have been secretly marked so that it could be later identified by police.According to the report, the recovered money was undergoing forensic tests to confirm police suspicions that it came from the News of the World sting.”Early indications suggest the money found in possession of Butt originated from the sting. There are good reasons to believe this was the case,” the newspaper quoted sources as saying.The revelation came after the International Cricket Council had charged and provisionally suspended the tainted Pakistani trio — Butt, pacer Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer — from all forms of the game pending a decision on the charges.
Click here to EnlargeOn Wednesday, November 30, the mood is noticeably less tense during the 2G trial in Justice O.P. Saini’s court. All the accused are present, as required by the court, but most of them have been given bail. Young (and well paid) lawyers race about, black robes flying.,Click here to EnlargeOn Wednesday, November 30, the mood is noticeably less tense during the 2G trial in Justice O.P. Saini’s court. All the accused are present, as required by the court, but most of them have been given bail. Young (and well paid) lawyers race about, black robes flying. Their elders wear a look of quiet satisfaction. Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra talks animatedly with his lawyers. Realty mogul Shahid Balwa, in a natty pinstripe suit, fiddles with his Blackberry, as his assistants form a protective ring, keeping him safe from inquisitive media and curious bystanders. A question is addressed to Kanimozhi, the DMK MP and daughter of party supremo M. Karunanidhi: “What was jail like?” “Sorry, I just came out yesterday. Don’t want to talk about it,” she replies. Relaxed, she tells an associate, “I’m getting used to it,” referring to her much-awaited freedom.When the 2G high-networthies were put behind bars in Tihar jail earlier this year, nobody thought they would be inside for long. Now that the judiciary has finally granted bail to almost all, there is inevitable curiosity: what was jail like for people who lead five-star lives? Between the tight-lipped corporate honchos, their friends, jail sources and lawyers, an unexpected picture of life in prison is emerging: harsh, no frills, but not really intolerable.According to one narrative, the high point of life in Tihar for many of them was meeting Kobad Ghandy, the Maoist ideologue. On and off, they had bumped into him in the ‘mulaqat’ room, in canteen queues or within the precincts of jail number three. The captains of capitalism reportedly “did not interact much with other prisoners”. But they discovered intellectual value in one of India’s most wanted rebels: “We learnt a lot from him.” Prison, as the cliche goes, is a great leveller. On November 23, when the first five corporate bosses received bail, they burst into “last-time” jokes with boyish glee. The food they had bought from the jail canteen for lunch in the Patiala House Courts lockup was dubbed the “last lunch”. The bus journey from the court to jail in the evening became “the last ride”. And the hours they spent behind bars, before jail officials called out their names in alphabetical order at 8 p.m. for release, was hailed as the “last lockup”. Publicly, however, they were all tight smiles and clipped tones. Sanjay Chandra officially pledged to “prove his innocence”. Bail was overdue, said DB Realty promoter Vinod Goenka’s lawyers, as he stood in silence. The three top officials of Reliance ADA Group- Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair-gave monosyllabic answers, from “No comment” to “We’re happy”.advertisementClick here to EnlargeWith almost all the 2G accused out on bail, lawyers are congratulating each other. But ‘freedom’ hasn’t yet sunk in for most of the 2G biggies. There are no parties in the pipeline. The trial continues. The everyday grind of attending court is relentless. They have serious charges to answer to, in response to the CBI’s 80,000-page chargesheet. It was, however, that chargesheet that kept them busy in jail. They treated the chargesheet like a business project-gathering information and planning a way to beat the odds. “In jail, they would pore over the 2G case papers, examine all documents, study themconstantly, prepare arguments to defend themselves and brief the lawyers,” says one of their attorneys.Beyond the initial shock and embarrassment, the bosses did not really crack, say lawyers who met them. “Since undertrials don’t have to wear uniforms, although belts and ties are not allowed, they were all well-dressed, be it in jail or court,” says a lawyer. No shorts, sandals, khakis or kurtas for them. “Spruced and sharp in branded shirts and T-shirts, most of the time they looked like CEOs in business casuals, relaxed yet pulled together.” Corporate analysts say people take more care of their dress in times of uncertainty and intense competition because it helps their sense of stability. Their lawyers are unanimous: “Most of them found strength from somewhere. They were all contributing to the case fully.” Weather brought the first dose of harsh reality that is prison. Heat hit hard in June. The boiling Delhi summer, untempered by coolers and ACs, played havoc with bodies used to better lifestyles. The 8’x10′ rooms, with 12-inch-thick concrete walls made of stone and cement, sizzled. The slow-moving ceiling fans made it worse by stirring up the pungent air. At night, mosquitoes, spiders and rodents kept them awake. Most bore it stoically.advertisementWhat added to the burden of summer was the unbearable monotony of prison life-from 5.30 in the morning, when the cells were unlocked till 8 in the evening, when they were locked in again. The courts were closed for three weeks in June. The daily trips to the courts, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., where they could catch a glimpse of the world outside, including family and lawyers, ground to a halt. The legal teams disappeared and families could come just twice a week. There was no movement in the case. As undertrials, they had no work. In between continuous head counting, lives just revolved around tea, washing clothes, bathing, exercise, lunch, reading in the library, watching some television in the evening, dinner and going to bed. But by June, the food improved, as south Indian fare hit the menu of VIP jails-number one, four and six. The standard rice-dal-chapati-sabzi meals three times a day, became more varied. Idli, dosa, sambar and rasam spiced up the puri-bhature-samosa-namkeen canteen menu.Exhaustion, sickness, nausea, crushing headaches added to the normal medical woes of middle-aged men. Advanced diabetes, heart problems, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, hyperparathyroidism and arthritis made Pipara most susceptible. He fainted in court in May, had to be hospitalised for a renal failure and lost 33 kg. Karim Morani, director, Cineyug Films, went through repeated cycles of illness-from low blood pressure and low sugar to cardiac issues. It helped to have a few privileges. Compared to some of the other prisons in the country, Tihar can be called cushy. In Chhattisgarh prison, human rights activist Dr Binayak Sen had to speak to his wife through double-grille windows, jostling for space to talk for a few minutes. In Tihar, kiosks with microphones allowed them to talk to visitors. VIP prisoners could meet visitors and lawyers in the offices of senior jail authorities. “The room would have one officer in one corner and sofas, rundown yes, but sofas,” according to a lawyer. Kanimozhi famously met her father, M. Karunanidhi, in the jail superintendent’s air-conditioned room and was allowed to speak for an hour. They got separate cells consisting of two 8’x10′ rooms, furnished with TV sets and attached toilet and bathing space.They were allowed to walk freely in the ward grounds during the day. They were also allowed the luxury of home-delivered food, if they wished. And, as is the tacit custom in Tihar, they could work the system of paying other convicts to do personal chores, from cleaning the cell to fetching odds and ends. But privileges did not immure them from the inhuman treatment of prisoners around them. They were not beaten up in jail, like ex-Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, whose hand was fractured-allegedly by inmates for not eating with them (and by jail guards for sitting on a dharna for quality food, according to his wife). But the psychological torture of prison stared at them from every corner. The inmates of jail number three, for instance, had to cope with the screams of agony coming from the convict barracks right next to it every night. In women’s jail number six, where Kanimozhi was lodged, a violence-prone co-prisoner would break out into fisticuffs at the slightest of provocations, even if an inmate supported a rival cricket team.advertisementThe long, gruelling days turned out to be a lesson in survival of the fittest. Literally for some: former telecom minister, A. Raja did yoga religiously, went for morning walks and played badminton with jail officials. Balwa spent hours walking, often inside his cell. Raja and Balwa, in jail number one, bonded and bantered over sport, books and food. They kept themselves busy in all the available activities, report jail officials. But survival wasn’t just about bonhomie. Competitive to the core, the corporate czars were ever alert to the way their 2G colleagues and lawyers were fighting individual cases. “Every day at court, they were not just fully immersed in the way their cases were progressing but also looking over their shoulders at what others were saying or arguing,” says a lawyer. It helped to have supportive spouses. None of the wives missed a single day at court, nor did Kanimozhi’s husband. They were clearly the motivating force behind their spouses, intensely involved in the legal proceedings, participating in every decision.A lawyer, who worked closely with some of the accused, sums up: “Once they got over the anger and sadness of landing in jail, they took the hit, pulled themselves up and did the best they could with life in prison.” Tackling risk in an adverse environment is, after all, what they know how to do best.
It was dream come true for Rumandla Nishant, who bagged the fourth rank at the all India level in the IIT-JEE 2012, results of which were declared on Friday. For, he could achieve what his father R Sridhar could not: entering into the prestigious IIT to pursue degree in engineering.Nishant, who is also incidentally an All India topper in the test under OBC category, is on cloud nine for achieving the rank. “When the IIT authorities announced my marks two weeks ago, I was told I would be the topper as I got 373 marks out of 480. But I was never bothered about the rank, but was sure I would get some good rank. I am quite content with the fourth rank,” he said.Nishant attributed the success to his parents – Sridhar, an engineer working with Warangal Municipal Corporation and Revathi, an employee with State Bank of Hyderabad, besides his teachers at Narayana Academy, Basheerbagh branch in Hyderabad.”They never put any pressure on me. And whenever I felt bored of studies, I was allowed to go out and play table tennis, my favourite sport,” he said.Sridhar recalled that Nishant never used to study for two or three hours during his school days. “Of course, he had to put in 10 hours of study in the Intermediate. But he enjoyed his studies and that is the secret of his success,” he said.Nishant wants to pursue his B Tech in Computer Engineering or Electronics at IIT Mumbai. Incidentally, his elder sister Shravya also got 100th rank in the IIT-JEE last year and got into Engineering Physics (Nano Technology) in IIT-Mumbai.advertisement”When I was pursuing my engineering in Osmania University, I used to dream about studying in IIT. Now, my children have fulfilled my dream,” Sridhar said.Y Sai Suman Jagadeesh, who secured all India fifth rank in the IIT-JEE 2012, is extremely jubilant over his performance. “Hard work paid rich dividends. I am thankful to my parents, lecturers at Narayana Academy and all my friends who helped me do better and better in every examination,” he said.Jagadeesh, who wants to be an electronic engineer, hails from a middle-class family in Nellore. Both his parents – Y Hare Ram and Usha Rani – are science teachers in Government Zilla Parishad High School, Nellore.”Right from the childhood, he used to excel in all talent tests. He stood state first in the Vigyan Bharati talent test when he was in fourth class. We thank Lord Venkateshwara of Tirumala for blessing him with such a good rank,” Hare Ram said.All India 21st ranker and first ranker among girls in the IIT-JEE I Jeevana Priya was not available for comment as she was away in Mumbai to take part in the International Physics Olympiad competition.Her mother Mani Manjari, a home maker, is surprisingly not very happy with Priya’s performance. “In a way, we are all disappointed, including Priya. We expected that she would figure among the top five rankers in the country. She is upset,” Mani Manjari said.However, even if Priya got the top rank in the IIT-JEE, she would not have joined in any of the IITs in the country. For, she has already got admission in the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.”She got a very good rank in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and got the seat in MIT to pursue her undergraduate and post-graduate courses. She will be flying to the US very soon,” she said.
Nesthy Petecio (red) INQUIRER FILE PHOTOTeam Philippines is fielding veteran Nesthy Petecio and two others in its search for the gold in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships slated to begin Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Accompanying Petecio, who settled for the bantamweight silver medal in the 2015 edition held in Wulanchabu, China, are light flyweight Judelyn Casin and flyweight Aira Villegas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The 25-year-old Petecio of Davao is aching to get back at Thai Peamwilai Laopean, who ruled the 54kg division of the biennial event, which will run up to Nov. 8.Accompanying the boxers sent by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines are coaches Roel Velasco and Violito Payla and team manager Patricio Gaspi, also the national head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors More learning, more success Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
FEU head coach Olsen Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad bid goodbye to Far Eastern University, and if there’s one person who is saddened to see the two leave is head coach Olsen Racela. Racela and the Tamaraws failed to enter the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals after losing to Ateneo, 88-84, in their rubber match and this will forever be in the former PBA star’s mind as he regrets not seeing his seniors play for a title.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 FEU alum Santos says Tams should learn from Final 4 loss Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’03:43UAAP Season 80 Preview: FEU Tamaraws02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout Healso apologized to Trinidad, who began the tournament as a starter but fell out of the rotation through the course of the season.“Ron’s growth is actually a reflection of the team’s growth, wherever Ron went the team went with him,” said Racela. “There’s a bright future for him, he’s a good role player and many will be interested in him.”“I also apologized to Jojo for what he went through this season. He started for us, fell from the rotation, and started for us again but you didn’t hear anything from him. It’s all team for him and I appreciate it.”ADVERTISEMENT “I would like to apologize to these two because I couldn’t bring them to the Finals in their last year,” said Racela in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “These two are very good players, not just good players, but very good people.”FEU, which finished fourth in Season 80 after a 7-7 record in the elimination round, was able to force Ateneo, the top-seeded team with a 13-1 slate, to use its twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals with an 80-67 beating in the first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAteneo, though, battled back in the second game to secure a win in overtime and set up a Finals date with defending champion De La Salle.Racela, who just finished his first head coaching year at FEU, said Dennison was the reflection of the Tamaraws’ growth. View comments
Weights from LA: Jorge Linares 135Lbs – Mercito Gesta 134.8 Lbs. WBA Lightweight Championship #LinaresGesta pic.twitter.com/IzFZ6pDaiw— WBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) January 26, 2018Mercito Gesta doesn’t let his stature in the lightweight division deter his unwavering confidence ahead of his title fight against WBA, The Ring World lightweight champion Jorge Linares.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingDespite being the no. 26 boxer in the division as per BoxRec and no. 15 in WBA’s ratings, the 30-year-old challenger is confident he will soon wear the black-and-gold belt.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Time to ‘act now’ as road gets tougher for free-falling NLEX Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is my second opportunity for a World title and I have nothing to lose, I am going to become the new World champion,” said Gesta as per WBA’s official Twitter account. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ .@JorgeLinares : “I am in a great moment and I do not want anyone to take it from me”.@TheRealMGesta : “This is my second opportunity for a world title and I have nothing to lose, I am going to become the new world champion”.#LinaresGesta pic.twitter.com/koYTQBbcWy— WBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) January 26, 2018Gesta (31-1-2) clocked in at 134.8 lbs while champion Linares was at 135 lbs, the limit for the lightweight division.This fight marks Gesta’s first title fight since 2012 when he lost to Miguel Vazquez for the IBF belt.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid And if Gesta is new to the World title scene, Linares is the polar opposite.Linares (43-3) will go to his seventh straight World title fight and 13th overall.And in the 12 title fights the 32-year-old Venezuelan featured in, he tacked a record of 12-2.“I am in a great moment and I do not want anyone to take it from me,” said Linares.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Then known as the Shakey’s V-League, the innovating tournament became the launch pad of several of the country’s biggest stars, including the biggest of them all: Alyssa Valdez.The former Ateneo stalwart has become the face of Philippine volleyball, her skills taking her to several tournaments abroad, both as a star for national teams and as an import for other countries’ club teams.The ex-Lady Eagle has also blazed the trail for other volleyball superstars so that they now are able to match their counterparts in men’s basketball in terms of celebrity status.Anywhere there’s a volleyball game—whether it’s collegiate or club competitions, fans now go wild over seeing their favorite stars in action. They take photos, hunt for autographs and chat up their idols, who end up making a huge impact on their lives.But that works both ways, too.ADVERTISEMENT FILE PHOTO – Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA year before it celebrates 15 years of existence, the Premier Volleyball League embarks on a new journey amid a sea of challenges.The rise of a rival league has gave the need to develop newer stars to beef up its roster of teams. There is also the need to build more relationships with corporate sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Tabal sets out for sixth straight Milo marathon championship LATEST STORIES Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy “When a fan approaches me, it also brightens my day,” said Valdez, who once brought a fan to tears by simply giving her life advice during a radio guesting at Inquirer’s live sports talk show, Sports IQ.Valdez isn’t the only star to come out of the PVL program.San Sebastian’s Grethcel Soltones, a feared hitter, also grew her game in the courts of the PVL, along with the likes of Myla Pablo, Jia Morado, Steph Mercado, Wensh Tiu and Michele Gumabao.Jaja Santiago and her equally towering sister, Dindin Manabat, also starred in the PVL before moving on to other leagues, local and foreign. The two are now playing as imports in Japan.Rachel Daquis, the former FEU star who ventured into part-time modeling once turned heads in the Shakey’s tournament.The legends of the game managed to grab their share of success in the early years of the PVL’s forebear, the V-League.Angeli Tabaquero, now an assistant coach with the Adamson Lady Falcons in the UAAP, strutted her wares in the V-League, helping University of Santo Tomas dominate the early years of the tournament.The list of the other big names go on: Charo Soriano, now a regular campaigner in beach volleyball, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet, Mary Jane Balse and others can trace some of their success to the PVL.And as it wraps up yet another successful tournament, the league is ready to grow some more.How far it will go? No one knows. But one thing’s for sure: When history views the PVL decades from now, it will see a league that championed the talents of women’s athletes and gave them a league of their own to shine. —INQUIRER SPORTS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the greatest challenge is to remain true to the vision of the league’s original founders when it wanted to highlight women’s sports by giving the country’s top volleyball athletes a playground of their own.“When we started out, we really wanted an outlet for these girls’ talents even after their collegiate years,” Ricky Palou, president of tournament organizer Sports Vision, told the Inquirer in a previous interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe league has gone way beyond that. It has served as a prep-up of sorts for teams playing in the collegiate leagues, providing them with preseason competition that tests their squads before the varsity wars begin.It has also served as the birthplace of stars. Read Next View comments In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims
Archer Trisha Deb, shooter Shagun Chowdhary and wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Babita Kumari shared their experiences at the Mail Today-PC Jeweller I Am Shakti Women Safety Summit in New Delhi on FridayEvery woman who chooses a career in sports has a story to tell, and four of them got together to share the tales of their struggles at the Mail Today-PC Jeweller I Am Shakti Women Safety Summit on Friday.At the session titled ‘Fitter/Stronger/Healthier’, shooter Shagun Chowdhary, wrestling cousins Babita Kumari and Vinesh Phogat and archer Trisha Deb, who have brought glory for the country in the recent Commonwealth and Asian Games, narrated just how they became trailblazers in their respective sports in a male-dominated society.They were joined by former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi, who gave hitherto unknown insights into how sports played a major role in grooming her. Not many would know that the former top cop has played tennis at the top level and is an ex-Asian champion in the sport.”Tennis prepared me for everything in life. I was actively into the sport and it gave me the confidence to face any crisis. It helped me learn and explore so many things at an early stage, be it multi-tasking, time management, arranging my own conveyance, and opening up to the world,” Kiran said.Trisha, who won two bronze medals in compound archery at the Asian Games, revealed how her family managed finances. “Archery is an expensive sport, and my mother had to sell her jewellery to buy my equipment. I always wanted to make my country proud and I am happy I am able to do that now, and also support my family financially,” said the Kolkata archer, who has now moved to Punjab because of lack of facilities in West Bengal.advertisementHailing from a state, Haryana, where most women are treated as second class citizens, Babita and Vinesh have dreamed amid adversity. “There were people in the village who would wonder what we girls are doing in wrestling. They would say many things to our parents. But my parents were there to tackle all that and just asked us to focus on our sport,” said Babita, who won a gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.Belonging to a family of wrestlers helped their cause. “When my cousin Geeta won a medal at the CWG, she got a car from the Haryana government and my uncle told me, ‘do you see this? You have to get this too’. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with wrestling,” Vinesh said.Shagun, who hails from Jaipur and was part of the women’s double trap team that won the Asiad bronze, said the attitude around women’s sports needs to change.”When it comes to women, people feel that sports are just a hobby. When you tell them that you are a shooter and compete for India, the next question would be, ‘what else do you do?’. That mentality has to change,” she said.