26 Nov
2019

Yuvraj Singh’s promise to cancer survivor: I will hit six sixes again

first_imgFlamboyant India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, whose six sixes in an over remains one of the most cherished moments in Indian cricket’s folklore, said he would try and achieve the feat again. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)Yuvraj had smashed up and coming England pacer Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over during a league game in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa.Yuvraj, India’s hero in the 2011 World Cup and a cancer survivor, gave some vital tips to 17 young kids, who fought their own battles against the deadly disease, during an interaction in Mohali on Sunday.Yuvraj, who hit a 24-ball 42 to guide his Indian Premier League team Sunrisers Hyderabad to a seven-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab , interacted with a group of children at the PCA stadium on Sunday night.Can Yuvraj live up to his promise? When a young kid asked Yuvraj if he will again hit six sixes, the 34-year-old, who hails from Chandigarh, said: “You pray, I will hit six sixes again.”The left-handed batsman, however, said he doesn’t know how he hit those six sixes.”Many years have passed since then.”Yuvraj still an inspiration One of the kids, aged 8, said that cricketers like Yuvraj are a great inspiration for him.”I love cricket and seeing Yuvi and Suresh Raina in action gives me immense joy,” he said.Yuvraj also said that the fight with cancer teaches people not to take life, family or friends for granted.”Think of it as a blessing in disguise that you have an opportunity to live again,” he told them.advertisementYuvraj was Player Of The Tournament in 2011 World Cup, the same year when he was diagnosed with Cancer, which he later defeated successfully to make a comeback into the Indian team.last_img read more

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19 Nov
2019

Former Rio mayor Eduardo Paes probed for bribery in Olympics contracts

first_imgBrazil’s Supreme Court has opened an investigation into former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, who is accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes for contracts related to last year’s Olympic Games, court documents showed on Wednesday.The accusations came from plea bargain testimony by former executives at engineering group Odebrecht SA that the court plans to release on Wednesday after Justice Edson Fachin opened cases against nearly 100 politicians on Tuesday.One executive testified and provided corroborating documents to show Paes solicited payments of more than 15 million reais ($4.8 million) in 2012 in return for Olympic contracts, according to the court.A media representative for Paes called the accusations “absurd” and said he had never accepted any kind of compensation for public works while in office.In December, Paes called off plans to teach at Columbia University after a state court froze his assets in a case investigating whether he improperly waived an environmental fee for construction of an Olympic golf course, an allegation he denied.Last month, police arrested two officials in the Rio state government accused of taking bribes in return for a contract to build a new subway for the 2016 Olympics.last_img read more

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