At 35-years-old with a lot of mileage, Ranidel de Ocampo may not be the same player he once was, but Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the veteran forward still has a lot left in his tank.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDe Ocampo, who was traded to the Bolts as the main piece of a three-team deal on Monday, is in his 13th PBA season and will turn 36 in December.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I don’t really look too much on age. I believe Arwind is 35-years-old an he’s playing one of his best basketball right now,” Black, who shared four titles with de Ocampo at Talk ‘N Text, told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments “We’re not going to ask him to play 40 minutes for us, we just need him to play his role as a floor spacer and post-up.”Black also thinks de Ocampo can still play for “another four years if he wants to.”“I personally feel he’s not the type of player who depends on athletic ability. He is a very intelligent player.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Santos, who has been playing really well for the San Miguel Beermen this season, is actually 36.De Ocampo, who joined Meralco in practice for the first time Monday, was a star during his nine year stay with Talk ‘N Text where he won six championships and two Finals MVP awards.Black is convinced de Ocampo is still one of the best big men in the PBA.“Ranidel is still one of the best, if not the best stretch four in the league today,” he praised.The champion coach added he doesn’t plan on using de Ocampo for an extended period of time on the court. What Black expects from him is to do what he does best: Shoot 3s and post-up.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding
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Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDon’t tell Greg Slaughter that he had a bad game because all that matters for him is the victory.Despite shooting 1-of-6 from the field to finish with only three points in Game 2, the Cebuano giant had no regrets over his performance in Ginebra’s 86-76 win over Meralco on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president NCAA: Peaking Arellano secures 4th place playoff LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “I just hope it’s inspiring to people who got major injuries like that. When I first got that injury, it was kind of disappointing for me because it’s my first game back. It took a long time and I was separated from the team for a while, but I hope it just shows that you can always come back stronger from a setback,” he said.But Slaughter is not content with just bagging the BPC plum as he looks forward on winning his first PBA title with the Gin Kings holding a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.“Individual award or not, we want to win the championship. That’s just been our goal since the beginning of the conference. We’re up 2-0 so we’ll look to get one more on Wednesday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It was just how the game went tonight, but I was still able to contribute on the defensive end,” said Slaughter, who also hauled down six rebounds and three blocks in his 33 minutes of action. “It’s not about any numbers, it’s just about getting the win for the team.”Slaughter knew that after his stellar play in Game 1 in Lucena, it was expected that the Bolts would be putting more attention on him, but he is more than willing to be the decoy and let his teammates pick up the slack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When you’re on the court, no matter what the stats are, you just got to find a way to make a contribution to the team,” said Slaughter.The 6-foot-11 center, who received the Best Player of the Conference award prior to the game, hopes that his succesful comeback from a devastating injury can serve as inspiration to others. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night.It was Cleveland’s second straight win since adding George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in trades, and their fourth straight victory overall.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Thunder: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kane leads Spurs’ recovery in 2-2 draw at Juventus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Thunder trimmed their deficit to five in the final minute and could have come closer, but Alex Abrines missed a 3-pointer, and Nance got free for a dunk to seal the win for Cleveland.The Cavaliers led 62-57 at halftime. James had 16 points, four rebounds and five assists, and Smith had 15 points on five 3-pointers. Adams scored 15 points before the break for Oklahoma City.TIP-INSCavaliers: A double foul was called on Nance and Oklahoma City’s Raymond Felton after they got tangled up in the second quarter. … Cleveland shot 54 percent in the first half and 51 percent overall. … Committed just seven turnovers.Thunder: Westbrook was issued a technical foul in the first quarter. It was his 12th of the season. … Had just two turnovers in the first half. … Outrebounded the Cavaliers 51-41.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host the Washington Wizards on Feb. 22.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH J.R. Smith added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Thunder 148-124 on Jan. 20 with a very different roster.Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for the Thunder. Steven Adams added 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points. Westbrook and Anthony had missed the past two games with sprained ankles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames scored 14 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, including two 3-pointers, to give Cleveland a 78-68 lead. He was 6 for 6 from the field during that stretch. The Thunder responded with an 8-0 run to get back into the game. Cleveland took a 91-87 edge into the fourth quarter.The Cavaliers took control in the fourth, and a layup by James after driving on George pushed the Cavaliers ahead 115-106 with 49 seconds to play. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Coming in, it was a matchup of two of the hottest teams in the NBA. The Jazz had won 12 of 13 games but couldn’t find easy baskets against the Rockets scrambling defense.Gobert scored 17 and Donovan Mitchell had 16 to lead the Jazz, who were 7-of-29 from 3-point range – including the Jazz rookie who was 1-of-9.“We just weren’t together,” Mitchell said. “Unforced errors — I had eight turnovers out of 22. That’s damn near half. Just mental mistakes.”Rockets missed 15 of their first 17 3-pointers themselves but the cold spell didn’t last as Trevor Ariza hit back-to-back long balls to give the Rockets their first lead of the second half at 59-57. Stifling defense helped stretch that to a 77-65 advantage early in the final period with Harden on the bench for much of a 14-2 run.When Mitchell drove for a dunk with 4:30 left in the second quarter, the Jazz took their largest lead at 44-29.The Rockets won all four meetings with the Jazz this season by double digits.The contest began a stretch where Rockets play six of seven on the road but Houston remains on a pace for the best record in franchise history even with a depleted roster. Ryan Anderson was out with a groin injury and Eric Gordon and Clint Capela missed the game with illness. Brandan Wright sat with a sore knee.“This is probably our best win of the year because we were short-handed and we grind it out. I didn’t know how we were going to win, and they figured out a way,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.TIP-INSRockets: Joe Johnson, who was traded by Utah at midseason and then signed with Houston, received applause when he entered the game in the first quarter. … Harden and Jae Crowder banged knees in the final minute of the second quarter. Harden rocked on his back and grimaced but then played the rest of the half. … The Rockets scored a season-low 39 points in the first half.Jazz: Backup PG Raul Neto missed his third straight game with a right ankle sprain. … As the first half came to an end, Joe Ingles and Harden hand fought, bumped and talked trash. Ingles, the NBA leader in 3-point percentage, missed four of his five of his attempts beyond the arc and scored 6 points. … The Jazz held the Rockets to fewer than 10 3-pointers for the first time since Oct. 23.LET’S JUST HOOP Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) and James Harden (13) celebrate in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Time and again in the fourth quarter, Luc Mbah a Moute saw 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert guarding him on the perimeter.His eyes lit up.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Mbah a Moute saw Denver center Nikola Jokic guard him for a while on Sunday night admitted it threw him off. Against the Jazz, he was ready.“I watched the tapes this morning and saw how I could exploit it if ever that kind of matchup happened again. … The opportunity presented itself so I was already prepared for it and I took advantage,” Mbah a Moute said.The Jazz seemed determined to limit Harden and run the Rocket’s top shooters off the 3-point line but Mbah a Moute exploited the open shots and lanes to the basket to keep the Jazz at bay.Mbah a Moute went 7-for-7 and Chris Paul added 15 points for the streaking Rockets, who trailed by as many as 15 in the first half.“That was a big grind-out game for us. We got here and didn’t know what guys were going to be out, so it was just next-man-up,” Paul said. “We expect Luc to take and make those shots. We trust each other.”ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Ingram has 21 points as Lakers show off depth, beat Hawks Paul said they play a certain style no matter who’s out there on the court. Before the Rockets went out for the opening tip, Paul wasn’t worried about who was injured and if they might have odd rotations. “Alright, we got who we got. Let’s just go hoop,” he said to his teammates.ALPHA DOGS ARE BARKINGD’Antoni isn’t concerned about motivating the Rockets. “Hey, you know your alpha dogs are hungry. They play. They love to play basketball. James (Harden) loves to play, so he’s ready to go every night he can. … and the chemistry’s really good.”UP NEXTRockets: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.Jazz: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ After all, he had a feeling this might happen and the Rockets forward took advantage.“I just slowed down and took what the defense gave me,” Mbah a Moute said. “It’s always fun to make them pay for a mismatch and make shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMbah a Moute scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and James Harden had 26 points to lift the Houston Rockets to their 13th straight win, 96-85 over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.Playing the second side of a back-to-back set at high altitude, nothing seemed to come easy for the Rockets but the Jazz committed 22 turnovers, many of them unforced, to ease the pressure. View comments
PSL: Petron stays unscathed, turns back F2 in Finals rematch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “After our game against Adamson, I couldn’t sleep, I didn’t feel right, so I texted coach and told him ‘I am sorry, you had expectations put on me, so I will get back in the next game.’”Dy added that De Jesus’ comment not only struck a chord with her, but with the whole Lady Spikers team who had to be reminded that they were the defending champions for two years running.“Coach would always say to us ‘who are you? You’re the defending champions right?’ so we realized that ‘yeah, we are the defending champions,’” said Dy. “So coming into this game, we just remembered who we are.” “We really played badly in that loss, so whatever he says to us we’ll just accept it.”And Dy personall wanted to make up for her lackluster performance against Adamson where she scored just eight points.Dy responded with a season-high 21 points, the first time she breached the 20-point mark this season, and that included 11 spikes, seven blocks, and three service aces.READ: UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed“I played really bad against Adamson, it was a really bad game for me,” said Dy, whose team improved to 5-2 to get a share of the second seed with Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH That ripple turned into an uproar that would only be quelled when the Lady Spikers got back on the winning track, which became reality when La Salle trumped Ateneo, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, in its first round capper in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Kianna Dy said De Jesus’ comments riled them up even further and motivated them to avenge their shock loss to the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: De Jesus blasts Lady Spikers after 2nd loss: ‘You don’t belong in UAAP’“Coach never gives us any praise for whatever we do, he will always look at our mistakes,” said Dy in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I think it was an eye-opener for us but we know that we deserved that comment.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving When De La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus lashed out at his players with the “barangay” label after their loss to Adamson University, the comment caused a ripple in the Lady Spikers’ locker room.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
MEDAL WINNERSWEIGHTLIFTING Women’s (48kg): 1. Augustina Nwaokolo (NGR) 175 kg; 2. Soniya Chanu (IND) 167 kg; 3. Sandhya Rani Devi Atom (IND) 165 kgMen’s (56kg): 1. Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim (MAS) 257kg; 2. Sukhen Dey (IND) 252kg; 3. Srinivasa Rao (IND) 248kgWINNERSSQUASHMen’s singles (Rd I): Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Michael Hopkins (JER); Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt Shopon Pervez (BAN); Saurav Ghosal (IND x11) bt Ian Rukunya (UGA)BADMINTONMixed team pool (Gr D): India bt KenyaTENNISMen’s singles (Rd I): Rohan Bopanna (IND) bt Robert Buyinza (UGA) Women’s singles (Rd I): Rushmi Chakravarthi (IND) bt Pinki Monthla (LES) Mixed doubles (Rd 1): Leander Paes/Sania Mirza (IND) bt Stacey Nykita Roheman/Alberton Richelieu (LCA)TABLE TENNISWomen’s team event: India bt Sri Lanka Men’s team event: India bt VanuatuLAWN BOWLSWomen’s pairs: India bt Cook IslandsARCHERYQualifiers: Women’s individual recurve: Deepika Kumari; Dola Banerjee Men’s individual recurve: Rahul Banerjee; Jayanta TalukdarLOSERSSQUASHMen’s singles: Ryan Cuskelly (AUS x14) bt Sandeep Jangra (IND)LAWN BOWLSMen’s triples: Australia bt India Women’s pairs: Australia bt India SWIMMING Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay final: India finish 6th Women’s 200m freestyle: Surabhi Tipre; Arti Bajarang Ghorpade Men’s 50m backstroke: Balakrishnan M Badrinath; Praveen Tokas Men’s 400m freestyle: Anandrao Mandar; P Gagan Women’s 200m individual medley: Pooja AlvaARCHERYMen’s 400m freestyle: Jignas Chittiboma; CR Srither; Ritul Chaterjee Women’S individual compound: Gagandeep Kaur; Jhano Hansdah; Bheigyabati ChanuTABLE TENNISWomen’s team event: India lose to New ZealandDRAWHOCKEYWomen’s (Gr A): India 1 Scotland 1
Vijender Singh (75kg) took just over a minute to pull off an intimidating knock-out win and assure himself of a second successive Commonwealth Games medal but it was curtains for defending champion Akhil Kumar who was beaten by Olympic bronze-medallist Bruno Julie in the boxing quarterfinals of the event on Sunday.Asian silver-medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Asian bronze-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) and nine-time national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) were the other three boxers who assured India of medals at the event.The raucous crowd at the Talkatora Stadium had not even settled down after giving him a thunderous welcome before world number one Vijender knocked out Elias Nashivela of Namibia within just a minute and 22 seconds of entering the ring.India’s Vijender Singh is declared winner after beating Namibia’s pugilist Elias Nashivela during the quarterfinals of 75-kg boxing event of Commonwealth Games at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo:PTIThe 24-year-old Olympic and World Championship bronze-medallist was leading 2-0 against an immensely intimidated rival who seemed too wary of even approaching the local favourite for an attack. The blow that left Nashivela dazed was a powerful left hook.”When you have a ranking of world number one, rivals do get intimidated but I never take anyone lightly. I wanted to play three full rounds but it ended up being a knock-out,” Vijender said.”The fight is on for a gold and I have to beat my rivals for that. My reputation alone won’t get me points but yes the crowd support and the atmosphere gives me a lot of energy and at times ends up affecting my rivals,” said the dashing Haryana-lad, who had won a silver in the previous edition of the Games.advertisementHe will now face England’s Anthony Ogogo, who defeated Yves Ulysse of Canada 6-2.”I have heard he is a tough customer and I am sure the crowd will get to see a good, competitive bout,” Vijender said.Earlier, Jai, a Commonwealth Championship gold-medallist, blanked Waheed Sogbamu of Nigeria 10-0, Dilbag thrashed Botswana’s Moabi Mothiba 11-3 and Manoj defeated Kenya’s Blackmoses Mathenge 6-2 to join Amandeep Singh (49kg) and Suranjoy Singh (52kg), who won their quarterfinal bouts yesterday, in assuring themselves of their maiden CWG medals.”A medal here would be life-changing for me especially if it ends up being a gold medal. I would get fame and there would be financial benefits as well,” said an elated Jai, who had almost given up boxing before Vijender motivated him to return to the national camp in 2008.
Ronjan Sodhi ended Indian shooters’ gold drought at the ongoing Asian Games by grabbing the yellow metal in the men’s double trap individual event in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sodhi shot 186 (139+47) to win the gold after qualifying second.The silver went to United Arab Emirate’s Shaikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum (182), while the bronze was bagged by Qatar’s Hamad Ali Al Marri (181) who finished on the podium after winning a shoot-off.The other Indians in fray, Asher Noria (134) and Vikram Bhatnagar (130) could not make it to the finals after finishing 11th and 16th respectively in the qualification round.Sodhi, Noria and Bhatnagar had clinched a bronze in the team event earlier in the morning.The Indian trio combined for a score of 403 after shooting 139, 134, 130 respectively.The Indian shooters’ medal count at the ongoing Asian Games now stands at one gold, two silver and four bronze.Sodhi, in fact, has been in fine form this year winning two silver medals in the Delhi Commonwealth Games last month.Earlier this year, the Arjuna awardee shot a perfect 50 hits out of 50 clays to set a new world record score of 195 and clinch the gold in the Double Trap event of the ISSF World Cup held at Lonato, Italy.- With inputs from PTI
Every sporting champion needs a break from time to time to recharge the batteries ahead of the next challenge. Shotgun ace Ronjan Sodhi is no different and wishes he could have a few more days off to spend time with his family.Asian Games double trap gold medallist Sodhi has been on a break since he got back from Guangzhou, and finally picked up a gun for the first time on Friday, in preparation for the upcoming national championship, to be held in the Capital in January.”For sure, I wanted to take a longer break because the last two years have been very busy for me. But with the Nationals coming up, I was also itching to get back to the range. I know that from now till the London Olympics in July 2012, I won’t be able to take a break. But double trap is a very competitive event nowadays so I have to prepare myself accordingly,” he told M AIL TODAY from Jaipur, where he is training for the Nationals.The next year is going to be crucial for all shooters, with quota places for the Olympics up for grabs. The four ISSF World Cups will give two quota places each, while the Asian Championships and World Championships will also carry a few spots.”My target is to grab a quota place as early as possible and, with the first World Cup in March, the months of January and February are very, very important for me. I’ve been lucky to have had a sustained run of form in the last two years, where in 19 competitions, I’m averaging 141.2 (out of 150).advertisement”But I don’t want to let up on my preparations because shooting is always about your scores relative to those of your competitors and, no matter what score I shoot, I want that quota place,” Sodhi said.”Once I get that, I plan to train at the London Olympics range, or some other range near London if that is not ready, around the month of August to get used to the conditions we are going to get at the Olympics.” Dwelling upon the reasons for his unprecedented success this year, Sodhi said: ” I think once you are confident about your technique, you become mentally stronger too. Which is why the training that we got thanks to the Commonwealth Games ( CWG) was amazing, because the government allowed us to train abroad whenever we wanted. We got access to all sorts of conditions and machines, which made a difference because shotgun is an outdoor event. I feel I have grown a lot as a shooter in this past year.” Asked which of his victories tasted sweetest, Sodhi made a startling choice.”The World Cup Finals would be a logical choice, but my favourite moment was winning the Lonato World Cup because that is the Mecca of shotgun shooting.”Italy is the home of shotgun and the audience there is special – with all the major gun manufacturers and ammunition makers in attendance – and that’s why all the biggest names in the world compete there,” Sodhi said.The attention Olympic sportspersons are now getting in this cricket- mad country is something that pleases Sodhi.”I think it’s high time Olympic sportspersons got the recognition they deserve. Look at sports like wrestling, boxing and badminton – people are drawn to the sports because of our athletes’ success. The CWG was definitely a great boost in that regard,” he said.Sodhi had dedicated his Asiad gold to his son, Suryaveer, and wants to see him take up a sport when he grows up.”He is just two- and- a- half now but is fond of guns – they are his favourite toys. I’m not going to push him into shooting, though if he does take it up, he will have more facilities than I did growing up. If not shooting, I really want him to take up any sport because that teaches you a lot of things you need in life to grow as a person,” he said.
A top Delhi Police official on Wednesday said that militants’ threat perception to the cricket World Cup will be taken into account while providing security for the four matches to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla starting next month.Delhi Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the World Cup matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla.Karnail Singh, joint commissioner of police ( northern range) gave the assurance a day after he and other top police officers discussed the World Cup security arrangements with the Delhi and District Cricket Association ( DDCA) officials.With this second meeting between the DDCA and the Delhi police – the first one was held at the Police Headquarters on December 27 – over the security and traffic arrangements and the tickets for Delhi matches going into print on Thursday, the preparations for the World Cup have begun in the right earnest here.” The DDCA officials have told us about their requirements and we also apprised them what we would be requiring. Basically, we discussed what needs to be done during the matches. Security for matches at the Kotla has never been a problem in the past,” Karnail Singh told M AIL T ODAY . When asked about the steps that would be taken to meet the threat perception from certain militant outfits, he said: ” We will be having the threat perception in mind while providing the security.” Delhi Police have told DDCA officials that all people, who would be on official duty during the matches, will have to be verified, whatever their numbers may be. All employment and deployment will have to have the police’s permission.advertisementSpecial care will be being taken to scan all the items that will be taken inside the stadium. For this purpose, DDCA will hire big scanner machines to check items like the food, beverages, huge television equipment and cameras etc to ensure safety for all.As part of the security steps, 39 items, including plastic water bottles and coins, will be banned inside the stadium. Some of the other things that will not be allowed, include sharp- edged items, alcohol, pens, pencils, lathis , hard and long sticks for carrying flags ( only slim ones will be allowed), musical instruments, balloons, whistles, papers, binoculars, cameras and laser lights etc.” Spectators will be allowed only paper cups to drink water. We will publish advertisements in newspapers well in advance so that spectators know exactly what all they can’t take inside the stadium,” Ravinder Manchanda, a member of the DDCA security committee and joint secretary ( club), told M AIL T ODAY . ” We will also be very strict while designating people on duty during the matches. In the past, we have made many duty cards but this time we will cut down on numbers; only the minimal required people will get the cards,” he said.The Board of Control for Cricket India ( BCCI) has said that it will fully rely on the local police for security at all eight venues hosting World Cup matches.DDCA will, however, hire private security personnel for checking tickets at the turnstiles and they will also be posted at corporate boxes.However, the capacity of the stadium, which is 47,000- plus, will not be reduced. The tickets will carry detailed instructions on the ‘ dos’ and ‘ donts’ as well as the names of banned items.Only the vehicles of players and match officials – umpires and match referee – would be allowed inside the stadium.While space for only 250 VVIP cars will be allowed in the park in front of the main Kotla gate, spectators will have the parkand- ride facility.Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police ( traffic), said that two spots have been identified for spectators to park their vehicles.” Mata Sundari Marg and Shanti Van, which are in the vicinity of the Kotla, can accommodate quite a large number of vehicles. There will also be shuttle services from two Metro stations – the New Delhi railway station and Pragati Maidan,” Garg told MAIL TODAY . ” We have asked DDCA to arrange for buses and Qualis jeeps in association with the Delhi Transport Corporation to ferry spectators from the Metro stations,” he said.Kotla will host the South Africa- West Indies ( Feb 24), West Indies- Netherlands ( Feb 28), Kenya- Canada ( Mar 7) and India- Netherlands ( Mar 9) matches.