Conte: ‘Inter not like my Juve’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Antonio Conte has insisted that this Inter side are nothing like his first Juventus team. “We weren’t in Europe that year…” Speaking at a Press conference ahead of the game against Bologna tomorrow, the former Italy CT was asked about similarities between his current squad and the Juventus team of 2011-12. “No, we weren’t in Europe that year,” he asserted. “You can’t make comparisons, the only similarity is that we always play at 1,000mph. If we take our foot off the pedal, we don’t win. We are not built to wait.” Pressed on a potential bid for Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, Conte refused to be drawn into any speculation. “I’m not talking about players from other clubs, out of respect for my players. I have great affection for those who helped me win important things, but it ends there.” Conte worked with Matic at Chelsea during the 16-17 campaign, winning the Premier League together. last_img read more

Athens and myth-making: A reality check on Olympics 2004

first_imgSporting spectacle: The beach volleyball stadium at AthensWhen in Greece manufacture the myths. The Olympic Games are particularly prone to myth-making which through the passing of time tend to turn into truths.Athens has produced some that are old, some that are new and some that only seem to get stronger.,Sporting spectacle: The beach volleyball stadium at AthensWhen in Greece manufacture the myths. The Olympic Games are particularly prone to myth-making which through the passing of time tend to turn into truths.Athens has produced some that are old, some that are new and some that only seem to get stronger. Here is a reality check on the Olympics 2004.Myth: The Olympics enrich a city and give it sporting infrastructure for the ages. Reality: The Olympics plunge a city into debt and sporting facilities fall into disuse. Athens will need between nine and 11 years to pay its Euro 36 billion bill. As for the shining stadia built all around the city, the examples of Atlanta and Sydney are instructive. In Atlanta, they have pulled down the Olympic stadium where Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame and put up a new one for the Atlanta Braves baseball team.Four years after Sydney, the state-of the-art facilities in Home bush Bay are under-used. The claim that the Games give a city a boost in tourism is also a hollow one. “When did anyone go to a city because the Olympics were held there?” asks Craig Neff, assistant managing editor of the prestigious Sports Illustrated magazine.The upset: Puerto Rico beat the NBA Dream TeamMyth: The Olympics are about peace, love and putting your best foot forward. Reality: The Olympics are a giant squabbling ground for personal vendettas and national antagonism. Note how Swedish athletes threatened to boycott Athens if the truant Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou were allowed to compete. When the International Olympic Committee’s dope-testers came looking for Kenteris and Thanou, the two went missing from the Games village. The delays in their formal hearings have angered the Swedes who have demanded that the pair be banned. There is little love between the Greeks and the rest of the world’s athletes. An Iranian judoka refused to contest against an Israeli in protest against Israel’s treatment of the Arabs and was later accused of deliberately turning up overweight for the bout.Myth: The Games have been welcomed home. Reality: The Greeks are putting up their best show but are waiting for the Games to get over so that they can see what the new Athens with its improved roads and metro system looks like. Ticket sales have been sluggish, most stadia half full and even on the big night of the men’s 200m freestyle swimming final, there were empty seats in the stands. Less than three million of the total of 5.3 million tickets have been sold, with only eight events being totally sold out.Match over: Roger Federer lost to the unseeded BerdychMyth: The power structure in world sport is inflexible. Reality: The Olympics are the quake zone of world sport. Which is how the Iraqis can beat Portugal in soccer, Puerto Rico with one NBA star can trump an all-star outfit from the US, and South Africa’s unheralded relay team can dump much water over the hopes of pool powers USA and Australia in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Michael Phelps called the Olympics “emotionally draining”-the key to how and why the favourites stumble and the stage becomes set for the underdogs to give them a bloody nose. Even multimillionaire tennis players find themselves cut to regulation size.World No. 1 Roger Federer was dumped in the second round by Tomas Berdych, unseeded Czech wild card.Scoring a goal: Indian hockey team routed South AfricaMyth: The hockey team is a poor discard of Indian sport. Reality: The Indian hockey team has the rock stars of world hockey. You have to see it to believe it. Gifted, unpredictable, temperamental, they draw crowds wherever they go. They are India’s identity card in world sport-respected, irrespective of how they perform. There were only two total ticket sell-outs in the hockey competition; both on days when the Indians played. It is a global constituency waiting to be tapped and like cricket, the sport’s global health could take off should India find its feet and its glory days again.Genetics: Mohini Bharadwaj shows it does not countMyth: Genetics is everything which is what Indians lack. Reality: Training and resources are everything. Nothing wrong with Indian genes as the US has produced not one but two world-class gymnasts of Indian origin, medal-winning Mohini Bharadwaj and Raj Bhavsar. The name of South African’s fetching beach volleyball star Leigh Ann Naidoo gives her ancestry away but there is more. The tallest man in the NBA is China’s Yao Ming. Thailand’s Udomporn Polsak may be petite but she is also a 53-kg weightlifting champion.Tradition is fine, but at the Olympics training and preparation make the difference.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

QTF Appoints Shuker as Chairman

first_imgQueensland Touch Football (QTF) has appointed Mr Gavin Shuker as Chairman of the QTF Board following the recent resignation of Ian Haig from the role.Mr Shuker was identified as the logical candidate to continue the work undertaken by the Board over the past year under Haig’s leadership.Shuker has a significant history with the sport as an elite player and coach; captaining both the Queensland and Australian Men’s Open teams in the past as well as most recently leading the Australian Men’s 30’s team to victory at the FIT World Cup.“QTF is undergoing some change at the moment, as we have done for the last couple of years and the opportunity to be a part of the ongoing transformation is exciting. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie in front of us,” Shuker stated following his appointment.QTF CEO Jamie O’Connor said he was equally excited by the appointment and the prospect of working with the new Chairman and noted the different approach that Mr Shuker would bring to the role.“Gavin will bring a different skill set to the position to what the organisation has had previously. His background in the sport is practically incomparable but it is his unique view, his business sense and ability to develop relationships that are his greatest strengths I believe,” O’Connor said.Shuker will take the chair ahead of this weekend’s QTF Board meeting.For more information contact QTF CEO Jamie O’Connor on 0419 574 052.Related Filesqtf_appoints_shuker_as_chairman-pdfRelated LinksQTF Chairman Announcedlast_img read more

Dragovic happy to be given another chance by Puel

first_imgAleksandar Dragovic was featuring a lot in the starting eleven of Leicester earlier this season but then, Wes Morgan came back after an injury and the Austrian had to sit on the bench.The former Bayer Leverkusen player admitted that it was very difficult for him not to be playing for a long period of time but he is happy that he was given another chance to prove himself in the Premier League games.The Austria international spoke about this season as he said, according to Leicester Mercury:“I am happy to be back in the first team after a long time.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I always give my best in training and I want to improve every day in training because Wes Morgan is always the perfect captain and a perfect player.”“I was happy the coach gave me the chance to play and we will see next week what happens.”“I got a kick and I was a little bit tired also.”“I got one-minute recovery, which was important, and I told Wes I was okay and he didn’t have to warm up. I was okay.”last_img read more

NJC Pays Courtesy Call on Parliamentary Secretary

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 5, 2017 – Nassau – Officials of the National Junkanoo Committee (NJC) and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Wednesday (October 4, 2017) paid a Courtesy Call on Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe (centre), at the Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street.The NJC officials updated Parliamentary Secretary Parker-Edgecombe on a number of the new initiatives they have planned for the upcoming Junkanoo season at both the Junior Junkanoo and Adult Parades levels. Junkanooers are “in the heart of their seasons” preparing for the upcoming parades.Pictured (from left) are: Ellery Deveaux, Cultural Officer, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Adrian Carter, Director of Communications and Public Relations, National Junkanoo Committee; Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe; Kishlane O’Brien, Co-Chairperson, National Junkanoo Committee and Dr. Dwight Marshall, Co-Chairman, National Junkanoo Committee.(BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)Press Release: BISlast_img read more