The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has a registered The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has a registered testing pool of 42 track and field athletes who were required to provide their “whereabouts” for the dope control officers to visit them and take samples. “If you failed to give samples three times under ADAMS, you are not present at the place you provided, then you will be suspended. A far as I know a few athletes missed once but they gave samples second time around,” Sumariwalla said. NADA sources told PTI that all the Rio-bound track and field athletes have been tested at least once. Reports have said that the likes of discus thrower Seema Punia and shot putter Inderjeet Singh have resisted dope testing for long. On quarter-miler M R Poovamma who failed to qualify for her individual 400m race but made it to the 4x400m relay, Sumariwalla said, “She left it very late in her efforts for Rio qualification. She should have started a bit earlier instead of making a last minute effort. “I would want my athletes to qualify for Olympics one year prior so that they keep on improving their personal bests in the run-up to the Games. That way we can win medals. That would be our approach in 2020 and 2024 Olympics.” PTI PDS PDS
Running, jogging and triathlons are in. Football, paintball and horseback riding are out. So are sports that can be enjoyed with a beer — or three.That’s the quick take on the latest survey from the Sport & Fitness Industry Association, released Monday. The group — a partnership of six industry associations — fielded nearly 20,000 surveys in January and February, asking Americans (both individuals and households) about their physical activity last year. Overall activity was flat, a turnaround from declines in recent years.Individual sports and activities, though, showed bigger changes, some of them dramatic. The number of people who participated at least once in adventure racing or a traditional triathlon increased by more than 25 percent last year compared with the year before. Meanwhile, nonmotorized scooter-riding and non-inline roller skating experienced big declines.Even with such a big sample, year-by-year changes in individual sports may not mean much. I limited the analysis to activities with an estimate of at least 2 million participants last year, but that still means a change of 10 percent could be a difference of just a dozen or so respondents. And that’s when looking at total participants. The group also reports more regular participants, but that means an even smaller sample size. (Also, as I noted when writing about this survey in a recent piece, the survey is fielded only in English, which could skew results for activities that are unusually popular or unpopular among U.S. residents who are less comfortable speaking to strangers in English.)We get a more reliable picture when looking at five-year trends.Triathlon and adventure racing still top the gainers list. Kayaking, trail running and yoga are other solitary or noncompetitive endeavors increasing in popularity. Meanwhile, activities popular in bars or in other venues where beer often is sold — including pool, darts and bowling — are losing ground. So are all varieties of football — though touch football sustained the biggest percentage decline, suggesting concussion fears aren’t solely to blame.To sum up: We’re bowling alone — or together — less often, but running, paddling or posing more.
Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise speak at Z100’s Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York CityTheo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartMediaKatie Holmes and Jamie Foxx have been allegedly in a secret relationship from a very long time. It was earlier speculated that the rumored couple has parted ways but as per the latest update, these two are taking everything very slowly — which means that they both do not want to disrupt their respective families because of it.From her marriage with Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes has a daughter Suri Cruise. We have never seen the teenager hanging out with her mother’s alleged boyfriend. It was recently speculated that Jamie has an amazing relationship with Suri. An alleged insider stated that Katie’s daughter Suri loves Jamie as he makes her laugh and since he himself has daughters, he knows pretty well how to talk with girls about their private lives.In addition to this, it was stated that Katie is pretty close to Jamie’s daughters as well and when Jamie is not in town, she has dinner with them. However, a recent report Us Weekly suggests that Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are enjoying their courtship and do not wish to hamper their respective lives.”They keep it private and protect it for the most part because they don’t want to disrupt either of their families,” an alleged source revealed to the magazine. “Jamie rarely has her over his house and they mostly hang out separately from their kids.” Jamie Foxx and Katie HolmesGetty Images”Katie and Jamie have great chemistry and a romantic relationship,” the source added.During the Oscars charity gala, it was revealed that Jamie Foxx referred to himself as a “single” guy, which made many to think that Jamie and Katie have parted ways. But if the recent reports are to believe then everything is going great between these two and they just do not want to rush into anything that will jeopardize their long-term affair.That being said, both Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx have never publicly acknowledged their relationship with each other. Yes, these two were photographed together on multiple times in recent years but they both have chosen to stay quiet when it comes to their relationship. Even before the pictures surfaced, these two and their respective reps have dismissed all the news about their alleged relationship.
Share Marjorie Kamys CoteraRep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, on the House floor Aug. 2, 2017.What you need to knowTravis County prosecutors’ months-long legal battle against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes drew its last breath Monday. Here’s what you need to know: • “Felony charges should not have been pursued,“ said Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore on Monday in announcing that her office was dropping its case against Dukes. At hand were allegations that the Austin Democrat had abused public office, stemming from claims Dukes had falsified entries on travel vouchers to get money for expenses she was not entitled to. A grand jury handed her 13 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges in January because of it — which had carried a possible punishment of up to 28 years in jail and fines of up to $138,000.• Where the two sides left it: In addition to dropping the felony charges, Moore said her office agreed to drop the misdemeanors if Dukes repaid the state around $1,500 to reimburse a former staffer who had babysat the lawmaker’s daughter, plus a couple additional fines. In a statement, Moore also acknowledged that charges against Dukes would not have been filed had Texas House officials been clearer from the start about travel reimbursement policy.• What does this mean for 2018? Dukes made clear in a Facebook post Monday night she is looking forward to running for a 13th term to House District 46 in 2018 — a race that has already drawn several hopefuls who had been banking on competing for a vacated seat. The Austin American-Statesman reports that at least four Democrats are still planning to challenge Dukes for the slot in 2018, including former Austin City Council member Sheryl Cole. Now, your take• In the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, 47 percent of Texas voters identify with the GOP, while 42 percent side with Democrats. Also, while voters think the country is headed in the wrong direction by a two-to-one margin, the outlook appears to be more optimistic when we’re talking about the state: 43 percent say Texas is on the right track, while 40 percent say it’s headed down the wrong path. Do you think Texas is headed in the right or wrong direction? Tell us with #MyTexasTake on Twitter and Facebook.