RelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The immediate past Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, has thrown his weight behind his successor, Sunday Dare, to assist him to succeed in his new assignment. Dalung made this known when the new Minister paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Abuja. Dalung extolled Dare’s humility and respect as exemplified in the visit, pledging that he will always be available for consultation. He promised to support the new Minister in whatever manner and give advice where necessary to enable him to succeed. He said: “I am humbled to receive you at my residence today. It is a reflection of your humility, simplicity and sincerity. I will assist in anyway to ensure that you succeed because if you fail, it will reflect negatively on the capability of Nigerian youths especially in the eyes of elders.” Dalung likened the Youth and Sports sub-sector to a complex war zone with divergent and deeply entrenched interests but with prayers and determination, he assured that his successor will triumph. He said: “In the sports sector, there are so many parties with different conflicting interests and they are always swarming around to try to influence any sitting minister to see and do things their own ways. “The population of youths in Nigeria is on the increase daily and we must do all in our capacity to empower them. These are the complex interests you are going to face but with prayers and determination you will finish well.” Dare said he had planned the visit earlier but learnt his predecessor had traveled. He welcomed Dalung’s support and promised to consult with him as often as necessary. Observers have commended the unique and exemplary understanding between the two Ministers, which they say underscores the notion that government is a continuum. They are confident that such cooperation can only be a plus for youth and sports development in the country urging the new Minister to build on the far reaching reforms introduced in the sector by his predecessor.Tags: solomon Dalungsports developmentSunday Dare
Mumbai: Sunil Chhetri led the Indian team to win Intercontinental Football Cup title with a 2-0 score over Kenya during Summit Clash, at Andheri sports club in Mumbai. It was Chhetri’s 102nd international match and scored 8 out of 11. The star for India during the second half was Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
Former four-time national champion and Arjuna awardee, Subramaniam Raman, who will be the Mentor of Table Tennis Centre of Excellence, lauded the efforts of Gaudium Sportopia as an integrated facility and added that it is an ideal facility to produce many Olympic medallists for the future.READ | CSK pays heartfelt tribute to Thala Dhoni on completing 15 years in international cricketGrowth of basketball in the countryWhile the platform addressed the importance of infrastructure and coaching for medal-winning Olympic sports, an interesting insight was provided by Leo Bruno, Mentor, Basketball Centre of Excellence when the conversation veered to the growth of basketball in the country. Suman Ray WATCH US LIVE “If alphabets, words and sentences is called literacy, we need to move beyond alphabets and numerals, and focus on physical literacy because we, as a nation, have come down physically,” said Gopichand. “In this era of gadgets, such a sporting revolution in schools is indeed a boon,” said the Arjuna awardee.Echoing what the coach of two Olympic medallists said, chess guru and Mentor of the Chess Centre of Excellence, RB Ramesh congratulated the vision and its implementation, and said, “We have already produced many Grandmasters in chess. Instead of looking for an ideal system, we need to make the best of what is available and such initiatives can become a great contributor to improving the sporting system.” COMMENT Last Updated: 23rd December, 2019 00:00 IST Olympians And Top Coaches To Train In Rs 180 Crore Gaudium Sportopia Olympians, cricketers and top coaches came together to celebrate the official launch of Gaudium Sportopia, the 180 crores first-of-its-kind centre. Written By Out of a mammoth total investment of 180 crores INR, 45 cr has been spent exclusively in creating 25+ world-class and fully equipped professional sport academies to be set up in Hyderabad, built on close to 20 acres of land dedicated to indoor and outdoor sports as the centre and the sports hostels looks to be fully operational by 2020 as one of the country’s leading sporting excellence centre. READ | Lakshya jumps 9 spots to career-best 32nd in badminton rankingsREAD | Manchester City still Liverpool’s biggest threat in Premier League glory: Jamie Redknapp “When the NBA came to India, one of our aims was to make kids love basketball. The passion is definitely there but it needs the support of educational institutes like it is in the American system, where the sport is connected to colleges and universities, which brings about more players.” First Published: 22nd December, 2019 20:21 IST Olympians, cricketers and top coaches came together on Sunday, December 22, to celebrate the official launch of Gaudium Sportopia, the 180 crores first of its kind centre of excellence for sports in India, where they will train the young and budding talents. India’s chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, table tennis coach Subramaniam Raman, chess guru RB Ramesh were the key speakers along with Leo Bruno, Technical Director, NBA Basketball Schools India, and Sean Jamison, Wanderers Sports Medical Centre, South Africa at the panel discussion conceived and conducted by Prasad Mangipudi, Mentor to Gaudium Sportopia.The stalwarts emphasized how a sporting revolution has been brought about by the premier institution through an excellent merging of education and sports.READ | Mahesh Bhupathi: Young players need expert coaches to rise in international levelImportance of Physical literacyWhile laying out the roadmap, the 2001 All England Open champion, who is also the Mentor of Badminton Centre of Excellence at Gaudium Sportopia, stressed on the importance of physical literacy. SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US LIVE TV India’s top cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, Mentor – Cricket Centre of Excellence, harped on the importance of creating a sense of responsibility in children. read more
Former Attorney General (AG) Anil Nandlall has approached the court to compel the David Granger-led coalition Cabinet to stop meeting and resign.The proceedings were filed on Monday. However, a date is yet to be fixed for hearing of the Fixed Date Application.In the court documents seen by Guyana Times, Nandlall is asking for an order compelling the Cabinet, including the President, to resign consequent of the Government being defeated by the vote of a no-confidence on December 21, 2018— which is in accordance with Article 106 (6) of the Guyana Constitution. He is also seeking a Mandatory Order compelling the Cabinet, including the President, to give effect to the resignation of the Cabinet, including the President, which occurred by operation of law following the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM).The former AG is also seeking a Conservatory Order, or an order restraining the Cabinet, inclusive of the President, from meeting, making decisions, or performing the functions of Cabinet, consequent of the successful passage of the motion as outlined in the Constitution.Article 106 (6) states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by a vote of majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly”.In his affidavit, Nandlall posited that as a politician and elected representative of Guyanese, he has a public, parliamentary, political and constitutional duty to ensure that the laws of Guyana are obeyed and complied with, especially by the Executive.“I file these proceedings in the discharge of those duties and am clothed with the requisite locus standi to do so,” the Opposition Member of Parliament stated.Nandlall pointed out that provisions of Article 106 (6) clearly mandates and compels the Cabinet, inclusive of the President, to resign once it is defeated by a vote of no-confidence.However, nine months after the passage of the motion, Cabinet has failed and neglected to resign in accordance with the unambiguous prescription and mandate of Constitution, and continues to function in contravention of Article 106 (6).He noted that in January 2019, multiple legal challenges were launched against the validity, legality and constitutionality of the said No-Confidence Motion, and despite the courts— including the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)— ruling that “upon the passage of this motion of no confidence in the Government, the clear provisions of Article 106 immediately became engaged” as well as a recent letter from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who requested the President and his Cabinet to resign and dissolve Parliament, the Head of State did not accede to the request.“It must be emphasised that the Leader of the Opposition did not request the President to resign from the Office of the President but to simply resign as a Member and the Chairman of Cabinet. Since then, numerous Members of the Government, inclusive of the Attorney General (Basil Williams), have publicly stated that the Cabinet, inclusive of the President, will not resign, thereby continuing to perpetuate a breach of Article 106(6) of the Constitution,” he outlinedTo this end, Nandlall reminded the Court that it is the guardian of the Constitution, and has an inherent duty to grant appropriate remedies whenever the Constitution is likely to be, is being or has been contravened.The People’s Progressive Party Opposition, of which Nandlall is an Executive Member, has been contending that Guyana is in a constitutional crisis as the government continues to delay the hosting of early elections which was triggered by the passage of the NCM.According to Article 106 (7), “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.This meant elections were to be held since March 21, 2019. However, with the legal challenges, that timeline was on pause but was subsequently reinstated after the July 18, 2019 CCJ ruling, which validated the passage of the motion.Against this backdrop, the Opposition was pushing for a September 18, 2019 polling day. But President Granger had insisted that he cannot set a date without first being advised by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on its preparedness to host General and Regional Elections.GECOM had come under heavy criticism for deliberately delaying the elections by going ahead with the controversial House-to-House Registration. The constitutionality of this exercise was then challenged in court.In fact, Chief Justice Roxane George earlier this month ruled that the conduct of House-to-House is not unconstitutional or illegal. However, she noted that GECOM cannot operate as it would in a normal elections cycle. Given that the NCM triggered early elections, the Chief Justice had stated that there are other methods that can be used to sanitise the voters’ list in a timely manner, such as Claims and Objections.She had also ruled that it would be unconstitutional for GECOM to remove qualified persons already on the voters’ list. The Opposition had said this was a signification victory since the House-to-House exercise was aimed at creating a new National Register of Registrants (NRR) Database.Nevertheless, the Justice Claudette Singh-led Elections Commission on Tuesday announced that the registration exercise would be scrapped at the end of this month, and the information gathered thus far will be merged with the existing databaseIt was noted that GECOM would then move to an extensive Claims and Objections exercise before a Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) is extracted.President David Granger read more