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Ministry hits out at HI for fielding second-string SAG team

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first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI) The Sports Ministry today slammed Hockey India for fielding a second string team in the ongoing South Asian Games, saying the players are busy making money and have forgotten the Olympic spirit. Most established players of the Indian team are busy playing the Hockey India League (HIL) which has coincided with the 12th South Asian Games. “The money angle has become so important that the athletes have forgotten the Olympic spirit. India and Pakistan are two top teams in the region, it is an emotional match for the public. It would have been good preparation for the top players (bound for the Rio Olympics),” sports secretary Rajiv Yadav told PTI today. Asked if he plans to take any action against Hockey India: “We had requested Hockey India to field a strong team but that did not happen. It is not about taking action against the federation. We want federations to learn themselves rather than we instructing them. The Games are held in the Olympic spirit and it would have been good preparation for the boys going to Rio,” Yadav said. India have qualified for the Olympics but Pakistan have not. Pakistan had beaten India 2-1 in the league stage of the competition in Guwahati. The South Asian Games are finally happening after a gap of six years and multiple delays. The event was supposed to take place in 2012 in New Delhi but was postponed due to Assembly elections in the national capital. After that, the Indian Olympic Association was suspended by the International Olympic Committee between December 2012 and February 2014, leading to further delays. After the IOAs suspension was revoked by the IOC, Kerala was tipped to host the Games but the event was handed to Guwahati and Shillong last year before another round of postponement. “It was a huge challenge to organise the event, especially in places like Guwahati and Shillong. But all stakeholders have done a good job. The Games have been cost effective as well and have turned out to be cheaper than the National Games held in Kerala last year. The overall cost has come to Rs 308 crore,” said Yadav. The Kerala Games were organised at a cost of Rs 340 crore. PTI BS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgofficial veldheer contract: $6.5 millioin going to $7 mil if he starts 16 games. $8 mil if he goes to the pro-bowl. $17 mil guaranteed. 5 yr— doug franz (@doug987FM) March 12, 2014 The free agency period officially began at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. Before 1:30 p.m., Veldheer had already sent out tweets thanking Raiders coaches and fans, and he changed his Twitter avatar to the Cardinals logo.Thank you #raidernation for 4 great years. You guys are awesome. I was blessed that Mr. Davis brought me into your community.— Jared Veldheer (@Veldheer68) March 11, 2014 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reported that $17 million of Veldheer’s contract is guaranteed, and that he’ll get a $6.25 million signing bonus.Our own Doug Franz reported some additional figures on Veldheer’s contract via Twitter Wednesday morning.center_img The Arizona Cardinals hope to have finally found their left tackle.Former Raiders OT Jared Veldheer reached agreement on a 5-yr, $35M deal with Cardinals, per ESPN league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014 Veldheer, 26, played four seasons with the Raiders, and was a starter for most of them. A third-round pick out of Hillsdale, the 6-foot-8, 321-pound tackle played in five games last season due to a torn triceps tendon suffered in the preseason. According to ProFootballFocus.com, though, Veldheer was “knocking on the door of the top-tier guys” prior to the injury. He is their fourth-highest rated free agent — third-highest rated free agent tackle, coming in behind Eugene Monroe and Branden Albert. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more