18 Nov
2019

Semenya feels sorry for Dutee, tells her to focus on training

first_img(EDS: Changing intro and headline) By Philem Dipak Singh London, Aug 8 (PTI) There is no one better than Caster Semenya who can relate to the plight of Dutee Chand and the South African says the Indian sprinter should focus more on training while describing the discussion on her gender test as “boring and nonsense”. Semenya, the Rio Olympics champion in women?s 800m, feels sorry for Chand since the Indian, just like her, is facing a gender test row. After winning the gold medal in the 2009 Berlin World Championships, questions were asked about Semenyas gender and she ended up spending 11 months on the sidelines. The IAAF conducted a verification process before reinstating her. Asked what she told Dutee when they met in Rio, Semenya said, “We did not talk much. We just exchanged ways and greetings and say how are you? That is it. She is a nice girl. She just needs to focus more on training and doing better for herself. I feel sorry for her, she is still young. But we are not the same, I do my things my own way.” The Hyperandrogenism Policy of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) bars female athletes with high levels of testosterone from competing on the ground that they have an unfair advantage over their peers. Dutee was banned by the Athletics Federation of India in 2014 under this policy but she challenged it in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne in Switzerland. In July 2015, the CAS overturned the ban and also suspended Hyperandrogenism Policy for two years. The world?s top sports tribunal asked the IAAF to provide conclusive evidence to prove the policy. As the two year period ended last month, the IAAF has decided to go back to the CAS to submit fresh evidence. The hearing is expected towards the end of next month. Semenya won a bronze medal in the women?s 1500m on Monday at the ongoing World Championships and is favourite to win gold in the 800m race later this week. Semenya, 26, dismissed this talk of gender testing as ?boring? and ?nonsense?. “For me I have no time for this talk. It has been nearly nine years and it is boring. I focus on the future, not the past. For me it is quite boring if you keep on asking me about one question. There is nothing I can do, you have to understand that I am an athlete and I focus more on running and nothing else,? she said. When reminded that the IAAF is set to submit fresh evidence at the CAS and a favourable decision for IAAF could jeopardise her career, Semenya said, “I really don?t have time for nonsense. I do not think about something that might happen in eight months. I don?t focus on the IAAF.” “It?s their business. My business is to train hard and see what I come up with in competition. Those are the writings that I?ve been seeing since 2009. Sometimes you get annoyed or you get bored. Such situations are a waste of time for me.” PTI PDS AT BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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14 Nov
2019

Guardiola delighted with clinical Man City as title nears

first_imgGuardiola Clinical Man City delight Guardiola as Premier League title decider nears Russell Greaves 03:37 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Guardiola Manchester City Premier League Everton v Manchester City Everton A win over Everton on saw the league leaders move ever closer to becoming champions, and they could wrap it against Manchester United next week Pep Guardiola revelled in Manchester City’s dominant 3-1 win over Everton as his side closed to within one victory of the Premier League title.First-half goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling wrapped up the victory, ensuring Yannick Bolasie’s strike after the break was merely a consolation.City – beaten 4-0 in this fixture last season – can now claim the title by beating bitter rivals Manchester United next weekend, with a Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool to negotiate before that. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A delighted Guardiola, who sealed his 50th Premier League victory , told BT Sport : “We knew we must win all games. We did our job in the first half – it was so, so good.”We controlled the game and it was a huge victory. It was the first time as a manager I was able to beat Everton.”It was a long time we weren’t together [during the international break] so you always think ‘what could happen’, but it was good.”We were clinical especially in the first half. Everybody committed to win the game. Now it is one more game and we will be champions.”[For] the fans it is significant. It is special. It is important we win – no matter where. Of course the most important thing is these two games.”Happy 50th @premierleague win, boss!   #mancity pic.twitter.com/GVdND5q2Dm — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 31, 2018 With the Carabao Cup in the trophy cabinet and the top-flight crown imminent, conquering Europe is the key to City’s treble dreams and Guardiola knows his side face a tough challenge against Liverpool, the only team to beat them in the league this season.”We have to go to Anfield with good feelings,” he added. “Now we have a few days to prepare for this game.”last_img read more

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