New Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) The Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu today launched the National Sports Talent Search Portal, a government initiative to unearth sporting talent from every nook and corner of the country. Under the initiative, a child or his parents, teachers or coaches can upload his bio data or video on the portal. The Sports Ministry will select talented players and impart training to them at Sports Authority India centres. Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday made a mention of the portal launch during his Man ki Baat radio programme. Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said that the provision of infrastructure and training facilities and establishment of academies would be critical to India becoming a strong sporting nation. “We need to create good infrastructure for sports in all states and nurture sporting talent from an early age. Across the length and breadth of the country, we need more training academies and coaching centres to turn our young men and women into sports stars and role models for succeeding generations,” he said. “Barring cricket and hockey earlier as team sports, our success in sports events is sporadic and more on account of individual effort and excellence, rather than any state patronage and encouragement. That must change. Be it Sania Mirza, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, PT Usha, Milkha Singh or Abhinav Bhindra, all of them did themselves and the nation proud through perseverance and tenacity,” he added. Talking about the Portal, Naidu said, “The platform of National Sports Talent Search Portal will be a game changer and enable the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India select the best. “This initiative will not only help in identifying the best talent, but will also provide a level playing field to all the applicants and create a competitive environment.” As one-seventh of humanity, there is no dearth of talent in our country, especially with more than 450 million youth. In fact, we are overflowing with talent but in order to harness it, we have to put in place a robust system to spot and nurture talent, and develop world champions.” Naidu also praised shuttler P V Sindhu for winning the silver medal in the World Championships yesterday. “Sindhu has shown that India can compete at the highest level. She should not feel disappointed (despite the loss in the final). She has proven that she is a role model for the future generation.” Sports Minister Vijay Goel said he hoped the initiative will go a long way in unearthing talented children in the country. “It has got a big boost to sports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the National Talent Search Portal at his Man ki Baat radio programme. The message has gone to all over the country. He also praised the Sports Ministry,” Goel said. “Today, the Vice-President launched the programme. I feel it is great achievement of the sports ministry. There will be transparency in this portal and we will get more talented children through this portal,” he added. He said the ministry has also decided to introduce 1000 scholarships of Rs 5 lakh each for eight years. Asked about Indias best performance in the Badminton World Championships in which P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal won a silver and a bronze each, he said, “Women have gone ahead of men (in sports). Whether it was in Rio Olympics or in badminton, women have been doing better than men. “I am a bit said because India could have the first badminton world champion had she (Sindhu) won. But I will say both Sindhu and Saina Nehwal gave their best and there was nothing lacking from their end.” He said all the stakeholders, including the Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations, should play their roles for the development of Indian sports. “States will have to play a big role in the development of sports in the country. Sports is a state subject and we are bringing the subject in the Concurrent List (of the Constitution of India). “IOA and NSFs will have to work with more responsibility, it is not that you will become office bearers and after that you will not work. All the stakeholders will have to work there own job.” Goel refused to give any hint on whether hockey wizard Dhyan Chand would be named a recipient of Bharat Ratna, the countrys highest civilian award, this year. “It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to name a Bharat Ratna. I understand that whatever decision will be taken, the Prime Minister will take it. We (Sports Ministry) have no role in this decision. Whatever role is there, that is for the Prime Minister.” PTI PDS AH PDSadvertisementadvertisement
Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham do not deserve to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds after they failed to translate a dominant performance at PSV into victory.Spurs were 2-1 up and coasting only to lose Hugo Lloris to a 79th-minute red card after a charge outside his area and foul on Hirving Lozano. The 10 men would concede a late equaliser to Luuk de Jong to leave the Spurs manager admitting it was “nearly over” in terms of progress from the group. His team have taken only one point from their first three games.Pochettino was unhappy at the decision to show a straight red card to Lloris while the Slovenian referee, Slavko Vincic, also disallowed a first‑half Davinson Sánchez effort for offside against Harry Kane. The Spurs striker did not look to be interfering with play. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest news Share on WhatsApp Mauricio Pochettino Champions League Read more PSV Eindhoven Topics Share on Facebook Reuse this content European club football Tottenham Hotspur Share on LinkedIn But Pochettino said his team only had themselves to blame. He lamented their lack of clinical edge in front of goal and how they took their foot off the pace in the closing stages, suddenly slowing the tempo and losing their aggression up front.“If you don’t win this type of game it’s difficult to deserve to qualify,” Pochettino said. We completely dominated and we had the chances to kill the game. We need to be more aggressive and score more than two because you can always concede when the result is tight.“It’s not difficult to analyse the game. That’s the reality. We didn’t deserve [it]. We didn’t force it and that’s why our feeling is so bad. It was under control, we were playing well and the PSV fans were disappointed. But we played to keep possession [towards the end] and not to be aggressive in the last third.“In football you cannot allow your opponent the time to be alive. If you do, you pay. When you play so much better and dominate the game and create the best chances, if you cannot kill the game and it’s open, you can concede.”Pochettino refused to blame Lloris and he preferred to complain about the decision to dismiss him. “In my opinion, no [it was not a red card] but we can’t blame the referee. Why should Hugo apologise? No. One day, when I was young, I made a big mistake and my manager said to me: ‘You don’t need to apologise.’ Only those on the pitch can make a mistake. Anyway, it wasn’t a mistake – it was an action and a sending-off. It can happen in football.”Tottenham finish their Group B campaign with the return against PSV at Wembley, another home tie against Internazionale and a trip to Barcelona. “It is nearly over,” Pochettino said. “We only have one point. It will be very difficult. We need to win the three games we have to play and also have some results that help us.”The midfielder Christian Eriksen said: “It feels like a defeat. We should have finished the game off with all the chances we created. A few mistakes led to their equaliser. The referee didn’t want to give us a goal, it was a proper goal [by Sánchez]. I know Harry wasn’t offside. Everything went against us. With the referee today, anything could have happened. It went against us but we should have finished the game off – we made it difficult for ourselves.“There are not many games to play in the Champions Leagueand we threw it away. We played good football but if you can’t finish the game off then every game is going to be really tough. It was a must-win and we didn’t get the win. Our hopes of qualification are very far off.” Hugo Lloris sees red as PSV thwart Tottenham in Champions League draw Share on Twitter Share via Email
Kolkata: Renuka Mondal (40), a resident of Gaighata in North 24-Parganas died of dengue on Saturday.The victim had been suffering from fever for the past few days. She was taken to Habra State General Hospital. The family members later wanted to shift the patient to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. On the way to the hospital the patient started vomiting blood and the patient was taken to a private hospital in Duttapukur. On last Friday night the patient was again shifted to another private hospital on VIP road where the patient died on Saturday. The death certificate confirmed that the patient died of acute hemmeorage with dengue shock. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing some cases of dengue deaths in the districts, the North 24-Parganas administration has taken up massive anti-dengue drive as precautionary measures. All the municipalities and Panchayat functionaries have been instructed to undertake rigorous campaigns to combat dengue and other mosquitoes-borne diseases. Following the order of District Magistrate, the administrative officials have initiated the process of using drone to conduct surveillance in the affected areas of the district. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAwareness campaigns are being conducted throughout the district particularly in the affected areas of Habra and adjoining parts. People have been urged to ensure that there is no empty cups, broken furniture and other used materials are kept on the rooftop or in nearby areas. The schools authorities and other educational institutions, central and state government offices have been asked to clear the roofs regularly. The officer-in-charge of different police stations have been requested to ensure that there is no accumulation of water in the area. The district administrative officials are taking report from time to time on the implementation of anti larvae drive. All the Panchayat officials and municipalities have been asked to spread awareness among people through leaflets.