Oct 072017
 

In the aftermath of the Vegas shooting, two things occurred. First, after the identity of the shooter was revealed, there was a collective gasp of relief from minority groups who already feel singled out as terror suspects in public settings. Secondly, as per the usual pattern following a shooting massacre in the US, the sales of guns shot up. While the blood was still drying on the streets of Vegas, the first thought on the minds of some Americans is that they better act quick before the government takes their guns away. Gun rights have been integral to US culture since the birth of the nation and with Trump and the Republican party in charge, that isn’t likely to change any time soon. Trump is a burgeoning friend of the gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA). While prayers and thoughts are offered, flags are flown at half-mast and everyone is told not to politicise the issue, the status quo is likely to prevail. The powers that be will parrot the NRA’s laughably predictable talking points until the public loses interest. You see, “the killer was a lone wolf and such random acts of violence cannot be prevented by tougher gun restrictions.” Perhaps 100% prevention is impossible, but why not try to make it just a little more difficult to acquire a truckload of automatic weapons? This is something that continues to puzzle the rest of the world. The Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, owned a total of 42 guns. Twenty-three [Read More…]

Jun 182017
 
Mayweather says fight with McGregor is what people want

LOS ANGELES: Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather says he has no problem coming out of retirement to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in what some are predicting will be one of the richest fights in history.  “McGregor is a tough competitor.  People all around the world demanded this fight so I had to give them what they wanted to see,” Mayweather told BSOTV in an interview that aired Saturday.  “They asked for this fight. I was in retirement, but they wanted me back and I´m back.” Mayweather was making his first public comments since Wednesday´s announcement of the much-discussed fight which will take place August 26 in the US boxing capital of Las Vegas.   The 40-year-old Mayweather has been retired since beating Andre Berto in September 2015 and improving his career record to 49-0. The matchup with McGregor gives Mayweather a chance to reach the 50-0 career milestone.  Asked about financial details of the fight, Mayweather said both sides are pleased.  “Both parties are very happy,” Mayweather said.  “He´s very happy, I´m very happy and I can´t wait.” But many boxing experts have slammed the event as an exhibition spectacle, pointing to the fact that the 28-year-old McGregor has never had a professional boxing match and only dabbled in the sport as a teenager.  The pair have yet to get together face-to-face since the announcement but they are expected to announce a promotional tour soon that will take them to a couple of major US cities.  “You´re supposed to [Read More…]

May 192016
 
India grapple with wrestling selection dilemma

NEW DELHI: India are grappling with a dilemma over who to select between the logical candidate or a sentimental favourite as the country’s representative in men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling at the Rio Olympics. Since winning India’s quota place by capturing a bronze medal at last year’s World Championship in Las Vegas, Narsingh Yadav had more or less taken his ticket to Brazil for granted. With the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) also backing the 26-year-old, it seemed his place was certain until double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar approached the Delhi High Court on Monday demanding a match between the pair to determine who should compete in Rio. “As asked by the court, we heard Sushil and noted his point. We’d submit our observations and will wait for the court’s instruction,” WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar told Reuters on Thursday. Wrestling maintains a low-profile in cricket-obsessed India but the selection conundrum has snowballed into a crisis, largely because of Kumar’s lofty stature in the world’s second most populous country. The 32-year-old has been the face of Indian wrestling since winning the 66kg freestyle bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games, which he upgraded to a silver four years later in London. Kumar is the only Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals but his hopes of a third hit a stumbling block with his move into the 74kg category, the same as Yadav, who is desperate to step out of his illustrious compatriot´s shadow. With only one quota place per country [Read More…]

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