Lemar, a year to zero

first_imgLess than half the market valueSimeone has never thrown in the towel with Lemar and has continued to give him opportunities. The last, including him as a great surprise in the eleven to receive Liverpool after two months without being a starter. And against the English he was fine, serious in defense, concise with the ball and helping the best version of the Lodi course … until falling injured and having to be replaced at the break. On that February 18, his last minutes of the course arrived, although he overcame his physical problems to be at Anfield and see the victory and the classification to the quarters sending Vitolo to the stands. In the 1,035 minutes this course has been played by Lemar He has not provided any goals or assistance. Zero figures for a signing with so many expectations set upon arrival. Its market value has decreased for the specialized page Transfermarkt from the 70 million to which it rose in its incorporation to the 30 that fell in March. A collapse that makes it difficult for Atlético to recover the investment made to become one of the most promising players in Europe. JAVIER SORIANO & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Lemar controls the ball during the match against Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano.JAVIER SORIANO (AFP) Thomas Lemar has failed to take the step forward that was expected for the 2019-20 season. If your discreet first season at Atlético understood adaptation, so far this year, played until the braking of all competition caused by the coronavirus health crisis, it has not been for the better. What’s more, its performance has involved. So much so that in This April will be a year without goals or assists of the 24-year-old footballer. Since his arrival at the club in the summer of 2018 there is the feeling that Lemar’s confidence has been declining game after game and his red and white stage has fallen without brake. The Frenchman came to the team as the most expensive signing in his history (70 million, a figure that João Félix surpassed this summer with his € 127.2 M) after proclaiming himself World Cup champion and left a fantastic official debut with a great performance in the European Super Cup against Real Madrid. Hence, asking for the ball on each play, haggling, showing himself, breaking lines with his passes and hoping for the fans as the player who could reprise the role of Arda Turan as a pause, quality and tempo of the team from the band, it has become a shy and inconsequential footballer. Lemar closed the 2018-19 season with 43 games played, 31 of them starting, 2,613 minutes played (the seventh signing of the Cholo era that plays the most in his first year), three goals scored and six assists. His last goal was achieved on April 20 to give Atlético a victory in Ipurua against Eibar and his last goal pass on April 24, four days later, with a measured center for Griezmann’s header against Valencia. Two good consecutive games, with special brilliance against the Che team, which reactivated the illusions of seeing a good version of the Frenchman, since it left flashes of brutal quality. A quality that captured with a magnificent assistance to João Félix in preseason that served to defeat Juventus and that he gave hope to see the best Lemar in his second exercise, already without his supporter Griezmann in the squad. However, after starting the course as a starter in the midfield, forming an attack front with João Félix and Diego Costa and going on to participate in several games from the midfielder, he became less relevant until he was relegated to the bench with the explosion of Correa, who, leaving the bench, took advantage of every minute he stole from the Frenchman. center_img At 24, he still has a great future ahead, but his lineup is shining less and less. Atlético faces a summer without great movements in its squad, with the additions close to the income obtained from sales. And Lemar can be one of those players who provides an economic injection to reinforce the team. He has a name in the Premier League, with teams like Arsenal or Manchester United interested, But the figures that are handled are far from those 70 million paid.If everything runs smoothly, and the competition can be resumed to finish LaLiga and play the Champions League,Lemar will have a few months to claim and earn the option to follow or raise the interest of teams of the highest draft. With the postponement of the European Championship to 2021, the Frenchman has to increase his performance to keep going into Deschamps’ plans. At the moment Lemar is signing a season that in terms of sensations and statistics is far from expected.last_img read more

SA Ambassador Champions ‘Respect for Culture’

first_imgSouth Africa’s Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Masilo Mabeta, is calling on Africans, including Liberians, to join his country in building respect for the African Culture.Alerting Africans on the importance of their culture is an initiative undertaken by the South African Government, to make people of the continent show solidarity to one another and to reflect their significance to other peoples of the world. Ambassador Mabeta spoke to journalists recently at the South African Embassy near Congo Town, Monrovia.The South African diplomat underscored the importance to avoid the form and manner in which African cultural values are overlooked in most countries. He made specific references to dress code, food, songs, amongst others.According to Amb. Mabeta, belief that traditional ideas and industrial commodities from Africa are not beneficial to contemporary development, keeps Africans in bondage on their own continent.He said locally made products in most African countries do not have attractive values anymore, “because people do not give preference to them as to how they would be improved.”He noted that if Africans with knowledge in certain professional areas are allowed to teach in universities their knowledge, Africans will know the value of their locally produced commodities and culture.Ambassador Mabeta then frowned on the idea of investing in foreign materials when Africans are competent to produce same, stressing that the lack of empowerment for locals makes it hard for African products to be given value.He said that Africans who design and produce African cloth did not learn the art in school such a brilliant idea, but can produce materials using their local equipment; an act, which he commended.Ambassador Mabeta said using such people to teach their ideas in school will get students to specialize in textile and other areas and as well produce African materials that will make most countries on the continent industrious.In addition to problems affecting Africans, the South African diplomat noted that because cultural values are not respected, Africans are divided on tribal and sectional lines, thus making it difficult to be united.Prior to briefing journalists, Ambassador Mabeta said, he had travelled to some parts of Liberia including Maryland, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Nimba Counties to have an insight of the country.“My travel to these counties entails that I did not only come to Liberia to reside in the capital Monrovia, but to reach other parts to make South Africa’s presence felt among all Liberians.According to him, the tour to the counties made him to learn about the people living there and their culture likewise.He described the visit as worthy, because it opened the corridor for the local people in those parts of Liberia to realize that South Africa was not only here for central government, but for all Liberians without discrimination.South Africa is expected to celebrate its national and freedom days the latest part of this month.  The freedom day marks freedom from Apartheid rule with the first black African leader, Nelson Mandela, taking over as President of that country in 1994.The national day is in commemoration of the country’s independence that can be marked by many cultural activities, and words of inspiration for national and foreign leaders.The celebrations would have been held last April, but was postponed because of election currently underway in that part of Africa.A credible diplomatic source told this paper that parliamentarians are elected by the people of South Africa, and the parliamentarians subsequently elect the president.“The country will soon have a new president therefore, South Africans want to celebrate these days with the new president,” our source said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Same old Clippers lose again

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The Clippers would like to think the All-Star break gave them a chance to regroup and come back ready to turn around their disappointing season. Unfortunately for them, things aren’t quite that easy in this difficult season. The Suns made the fourth quarter irrelevant, going up 92-68 through three quarters. They led 17 at halftime, 14 in the first quarter, and Steve Nash returned from a four-game absence and often made the Clippers’ defense look silly. “They didn’t make it look worse than it was,” the Clippers’ Elton Brand said. “That’s how bad it was.” Nash didn’t play in the fourth quarter, but had 13 points and 12 assists. He had eight points and seven assists in the first quarter, when the Suns shot 77.8 percent from the field. Shawn Marion finished with 31 points and nine rebounds, and by the second half, the Clippers basically had no chance. Cuttino Mobley (strained groin) and Chris Kaman (flu) were out, and no one made up for their absence enough to make it competitive. In their first game back since the break, the Clippers’ slide continued as they lost a fourth consecutive game with a 115-90 defeat against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Nine months ago, the Clippers took the Suns to Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. On Tuesday, the Suns took them to school. center_img Sam Cassell, in particular, was nowhere to be found. In the second half, he did not play at all and finished with two points. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said he had an abdominal strain, but if the game got close, he could have reinserted him. Corey Maggette had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Brand added 17 points. The only Clipper who had significantly more production than normal was second-year guard Daniel Ewing, who scored 16 points. With the Clippers struggling and the trading deadline Thursday, the team is not expected to make a move, even though Maggette’s name is a common part of rumors. “I don’t see us making any deals,” Dunleavy said. “Obviously, every team should be looking for anything with potential that could help you. But I don’t see anything on the horizon.” Dunleavy said teams are making lowball offers, nothing that would make the Clippers better. Maggette is likely to stay, even though he has called out Dunleavy on what he, and media members and heaps of fans, see as misuse of the small forward. “We’ve been talking about this since last year and now this year,” Maggette said. “It is what it is. The best thing I can do is go out there and play and play to the ability I can. Like I said, I’ll let (management) handle the business aspect, and I’ll play basketball.” Joe Stevens can be reached at joe.stevens@presstelegram.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Johnson, ex-NBA great, dies

first_imgJohnson played Toros player Jamar Smith in a game of 1-on-1 after practice and everything seemed normal, player Anthony Fuqua said. “He was being coach Johnson out there, talking trash, playing basketball, dribbling around and shooting,” Fuqua said. “Everything seemed fine. We’re all in shock. Johnson, a five-time All-Star and one of the top defensive guards, was part of the last Boston dynasty. He spent 14seasons in the league and retired after the 1989-90 season. He played on title teams with the Celtics in 1984 and 1986 and with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. “Whether he was leading his teams to NBA championships or teaching young men the meaning of professionalism, Dennis Johnson’s contributions to the game went far beyond the basketball court,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “Dennis was a man of extraordinary character with a tremendous passion for the game.” In the 1984 Finals, Johnson guarded Magic Johnson effectively in the last four games. In 1985, he hit a last-second jumper against the Lakers that won the fourth game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AUSTIN, Texas – Dennis Johnson, the star NBA guard out of Pepperdine who was part of three championships and teamed with Larry Bird on one of the great postseason plays, died Thursday, collapsing after his developmental team’s practice. He was 52. Johnson, a Compton native who coached the Clippers at the end of the 2002-03 season with an 8-16 record, had been coaching the Austin Toros of the NBA’s Development League. center_img Johnson was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at Austin Convention Center, said a spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him for 23 minutes before he was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. last_img read more

NO SERVICES WILL BE LOST AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL AFTER FLOODING

first_imgAll services provided by Letterkenny General Hospital prior to last month’s flooding disaster will be fully restored.That was the message from Deputy Joe McHugh following discussions at the hospital yesterday afternoon with Bill Maher, Chief Executive of HSE West.“I can confirm today that all services previously provided at Letterkenny General Hospital are to be restored as they were before last month’s flash flooding of the hospital. “This was confirmed to me at a meeting in the hospital yesterday with Mr Bill Maher, CEO of HSE West, and with Seán Murphy, Manager of Letterkenny General Hospital. It has also been confirmed that the planned new endoscopy unit, funding for which was announced in early July, will be put in place as intended prior to the flooding,” said the Fine Gael TD.Deputy McHugh at the hospital with Health Minister James ReillyThe Donegal Deputy said he is confident in the capabilities of hospital management, staff, patients and the community to overcome the enormous challenges that face us over the next nine months.“The task for Letterkenny General Hospital is to deliver high quality health services at a site that will be under refurbishment. This will involve unavoidable disruption for patients and staff, which must be minimised.“I know from speaking with people working in the hospital and from speaking with people in the community, that they do not want a rushed job. It is important that the refurbished building will be fit for purpose, and that last month’s disaster will never happen again. “This work is already underway with design, engineering and architectural teams being appointed. It is also encouraging that local sub-contractors are working on the construction of temporary accommodation for A&E services at the hospital, a number of whom I met at the hospital yesterday,” he added.The Carrigart-based politician also made the point very strongly that the people of Donegal want answers as to why the hospital flooded last month.He said there must be be full accountability and disclosure and that he awaits the independent engineer’s professional assessment.“I also raised public concerns about kitchen services at the hospital. HSE Management assures me that a new state-of-the-art kitchen will be fully constructed.“I am in continuous contact with the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, about the hospital. Minister Reilly has visited Letterkenny General Hospital twice since last month’s disaster, and he is monitoring the situation closely. “It is encouraging for the people of Donegal that existing services will be restored and secured, and that plans to roll out further additional services remain in place.”NO SERVICES WILL BE LOST AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL AFTER FLOODING was last modified: August 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deputy joe mchughLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

QB Cerda takes Oilers’ reigns

first_imgIt won’t take long for Montebello High School second-year football coach Nishil Shaw to determine his team’s chances for improvement on last season’s 3-7 overall record and 2-3 mark in the Almont League. “We open with Pioneer, a team we’ve managed to skim by the past two seasons,” Shaw said. “Then we get (four-time defending Del Rio League champion) Santa Fe and (perennial Del Rio League contender) El Rancho. “We’ll find out very quickly just where our program is for the coming season.” Another indication will come from the performance of quarterback Rene Cerda, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound junior who began last season as a back-up, but finished strong as the starter in the last five games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “He was on the bench and then got his first start in our league opener against Schurr,” Shaw said. “He played well for just being a sophomore, and he got better each week. He finished the season with seven touchdown passes in five games.” Cerda got his feet wet in the 47-7 loss to eventual two-time defending league champion Schurr, then led the Oilers to victories over Keppel and San Gabriel. Although the Oilers lost to Bell Gardens and Alhambra, Cerda finished big with five TD tosses against Bell Gardens, and he helped force Alhambra into overtime in the season finale. “He’s accurate, he gets rid of the ball quickly, he doesn’t panic and he’s very coachable,” Shaw said of Cerda. “Montebello has always been a running team, but we like our quarterback and we need to use him more.” One of Cerda’s main targets will be returning wide receiver Gabriel Diaz, a 6-0, 175-pound senior who had eight touchdown catches and earned second-team all-league honors in 2004. Senior Chris Barrios (5-9, 175), who mostly played wide receiver a year ago, will switch to running back and share responsibilities with senior James Rangel (5-9, 155). center_img “(Rangel) sat out last year, but he started as a sophomore, and he’ll play much stronger than his size might indicate,” Shaw said. Rangel, Oscar Reyes (junior, WR, 5-8, 145) and Joey Rosales (sophomore, RB/WR, 5-7, 145), are newcomers who “are very athletic and talented and give us added depth,” Shaw said. Reyes is up from the junior varsity and Rosales was on the freshman team last season. Other returners expected to contribute early include Richard Montelong (senior, OL, 6-2, 230, second team all-league), Carlos Tesillo (senior, DL, 6-1, 265, seven sacks) and Jason Sarinana (junior, DE, 5-11, 240). Other newcomers competing favorably for playing time include Justin Perez (senior, LB, 5-8, 195), Josh Hernandez (junior, LB, 5-9, 180) and Gilbert Cerda (senior, safety, 5-9, 150). “Last season, (the loss to) Santa Fe (14-0) took something out of us (emotionally),” Shaw said. “This year, we don’t want that to happen. We have potential to be good, but we need to take care of the ball, play good defense. “We’ve got some size, and if we can stay healthy on the offensive line, we can compete. We have skilled receivers to go with our passing, and we hope to spread the ball around. “At the same time, we’re young, and we still have guys coming from rock bottom two years ago. In many instances, we’re relying on kids who have little or no varsity experience.” — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at roger.murray@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SC Villa target top spot at home to URA

first_img“It is one of those games that we need to win, said SC Villa head coach Wasswa Bbosa.“It has big implications at the top of the league because if we win it, we are back on top but if we fail, we fall back in the race for the tittle.“The boys understand the importance of the game too especially the fact that we lost our last game to KCCA.“We will do all we can to win and hopefully luck will be on our side against a very good URA Side.URA them selves have all to do especially in the second round as they find them selves only six points off the relegation, a scenario that is undesired for the tax collectors. Match Facts.Villa enter the game in second position on the log with 33 points from 17 games while URA are eighth, 10 points behind the Jogoos having played the same number of games.The two teams played out a goaless draw in the first round, the first scoreless fixture between them in more than eight years.URA have won only one of their last eight meetings with Villa, a 3-0 victory in Lugazi on 15-May-2016.Paul Nkata’s side have also managed one victory away to Villa in their last eight trips, 4-0 in September 2013.Villa have gone three games minus victory in the top flight(D2 L1), the last time that Wasswa Bbosa’s side won a league fixture was against Proline in a 2-1 home win dating back to 20th December.Villa is unbeaten in Masaka, winning 13 out of the 17 matches they have hosted their(D4).URA’s 1-0 win at home to Bright Stars was their first victory in the last four league games(D1 L3).Nkata’s men have struggled on the road this season, winning only two of the eight games they have played on the road, 2-0 at Masavu and 2-1 against Vipers.Away to the sides above them, URA have lost two, drawn one and won one of the four games they have played so far this season.Comments Both teams drew 0-0 in the first leg at Mandela National stadium: PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGAAzam Uganda Premier leagueSC Villa vs URAMasaka Recreation Grounds, Masaka04:00pm16 time record league champions will have to spot on their mind when they host URA today in the Azam Uganda premier league.Villa in second at the start of the match seat only two points behind leaders Vipers despite the Kitende based side playing one more game than the Jogoos.center_img Tags: KCCAsports topvillalast_img read more

SA on growth, investment path: Zuma

first_img24 January 2013 No one can say they are uncertain about the direction that South Africa is taking, President Jacob Zuma said in Switzerland on Wednesday.“Together as business, government, labour and the community sector, we must tackle our three fierce enemies – poverty, unemployment and inequality,” he said during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) annual meeting in Davos.He said the ruling African National Congress’s (ANC’s) 53rd national conference had adopted the National Development Plan, which would play a key role in determining the country’s policy direction.“The conference has thus set the tone and provided the line of march, not only for the next five years, but until 2030.”South Africa was a country of many opportunities, and was a destination of choice for investors, Zuma said, adding that the country had “achieved a comprehensive political freedom and stability and consolidated our constitutional democracy.”Speaking on one of the findings of the Census 2011 report, Zuma said income distribution and growth was still racially skewed in favour of “white compatriots”.“This is a cause for concern for all of us. It compels us to work together with all our social partners to attack head-on the triple challenges,” he said.“All these challenges will be easier to tackle now under a climate of policy certainty. They are easier to tackle if there is unity in action.”Zuma said infrastructure development was a flagship project, given its capacity to create jobs.“Domestically there are roads, dams, power stations, schools, hospitals and more that are being built or refurbished. All these provide enormous opportunities for the business sector.”He told delegates that South Africa was stable, friendly, resilient and able to solve its problems.“That is the type of country and society that we are presenting to the world,” he said.“We are presenting a South Africa that is open for business and which is open to provide entry into the African continent, a fast-growing region which is proving many Afro-pessimists wrong.”Sapalast_img read more

When – And Why – You Should Say “No” To $1 Million

first_imgHow to Get Started in China and Have Success Tags:#startups#Venture Funding Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… john fearoncenter_img Guest author John Fearon is CEO of Dropmyemail.com, which backs up emails in the cloud.As a CEO/Founder of a startup, you might very well find yourself seeking to raise $1 million.Imagine your investors say “Yes” and you get the money. Is it really time to celebrate?That depends on the valuation of the deal. Many startups struggle to get the proper valuation with the right amount share dilution with their initial rounds of funding. It can be tough to balance the need to keep the lights on at your struggling startup versus the loss of company control and a lower eventual payout.Greedy investors have been known to take advantage of this to get a bigger stake of your company at a lower valuation.If you find yourself in this situation, you should bit the bullet and call off the party. Just say “No” to the investment.Every “No” Gets You Closer To A “Yes”In most sales bibles, it is decreed “every ‘No’ gets you closer to a ‘Yes.’” The more people you pitch to, the more doors you knock on, the more cold calls you make, the more sales you will close. Don’t be afraid to be turned down by investors or turn them down. Keep knocking on potential investors’ doors and you will get there.Remember the much fancied “80/20” rule, where 20% of the people you speak to will give you 80% of your desired funds. If you need $200,000, you need to speak more than 20 potential people about it to have a chance to land the 4 – 5 investors you need.Why “No” Is A Good ThingIf you’re pitching your startup to investors and you’re getting an overwhelming amount of Yeses – it is likely that you have set the price too low. Assuming that your startup is doing well and there is significant interest from investors, you should be able to value your company higher.Multiple interest from investors is an indication that you should maximize your opportunity. To avoid cheapening your company’s valuation, set the appropriate price point, once again, according to the 80/20 rule. If more than 1 in 5 investors agree wholeheartedly to your offer, stop and readjust until you reach at least that ratio.Know When To StopRaising money for your startup can be absolutely critical to keep the business going. It is also necessary to know when to stop searching for capital.If you raise cash equal to the total amount if your company’s valuation, you no longer own your company. Fund raising efforts should aim to keep valuations at levels that leave sufficient portions of the company to the founders. Ideally, you want to ced 15% – 20% of total valuation per funding round and retain 25% – 30% for when your company eventually cashes out – either by being acquired or even with a public offering.That means you want to raise enough to get to the next stage – not to pad the bank account. Each round of funding should have a goal (to hire more developers, set up an overseas office, create a major publicity blitz, etc). Don’t sacrifice more equity just to feel secure – there are always future rounds to find the cash you may need.No Time To WasteWorking 24/7, startup founders do not have the benefit of free time. Every second has to be well spent – you can’t afford to waste time raising excess cash. It can take 1-2 days to pitch your business and weeks to get an for an answer.Keep in mind, if 4 in 5 investors turn you down, you could waste 4 – 8 days just retelling your story and business plan. If you’re running out of time and money, it’s acceptable to lower your valuation to a get deal done to keep the business afloat.To keep meetings productive for all sides, be upfront with your potential investors about how much you want and how much time they have to respond. Focus on those investors who have the funds and track record to give your company what it needs.No More Investors Than NeededThough you may request the same investment from every one you approach, each investor will come in with different amounts and offerings. Besides money, investors can open up their network to introduce others to fund your company. Their advice could also be invaluable to your business.Always pick and choose carefully – not all investors add value to your company. Some will bring excessive headaches – like asking for monthly or even weekly reports. They may insist that you change your strategy and pivot when it’s not really necessary. They may say they are protecting their investment, but the founders’ standpoint, it will seem more like non-productive micro-management.Summary Of NosStartup life is a hard path. It is only human to yearn for positive re-inforcement instead of rejection, especially from investors. But valuations are subjective – it will be whatever you and your investors agree upon. And saying “Yes” too early usually won’t get you the best valuation for your company.So as you raise funds and set valuations for your startup – it actually makes sense to eek out refusals. In fact, the more “Nos” you get, the better off your startup may be.Hold out for the right valuation, regular stock dilution and appropriate investors. And revel in the surprising power of saying “No” to $1 million. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

Milkha Singh: You can honour national champions but why degrade the Arjuna Award?

first_imgNo Thanks: Milkha Singh has sent officials into a tizzyMilkha Singh has kicked up a row by refusing the Arjuna Award and by his outburst against sports mandarins. He explains to Special Correspondent Ramesh Vinayak why receiving the award is not an honour.Q. Why did, you reject the Arjuna Award?A.,No Thanks: Milkha Singh has sent officials into a tizzyMilkha Singh has kicked up a row by refusing the Arjuna Award and by his outburst against sports mandarins. He explains to Special Correspondent Ramesh Vinayak why receiving the award is not an honour.Q. Why did, you reject the Arjuna Award?A. Because this prestigious award has been reduced to a tamasha. The Sports Ministry has placed a one-time best athlete on the same pedestal as those whose only claim to fame is national championships in lesser known sports. Giving me the award 40 years after the Padma Shri is like bestowing a matriculation certificate after a postgraduate degree.Q. Whom do you blame for this?A. Umaji is not at fault. My grudge is against the ministry babus and the Indian Olympic Association officials who are in the selection committee. They should have informed her about my achievements.Q. But the sports minister says the selection was on merit and that it was meant to lift sport standards?A. That’s not correct. I am in the same list in which dopers and sifarishis (recommended people) figure. This is adding insult to injury. What are the achievements of the SAI deputy director for them to have been equated with mine. The half-marathon is not even a recognised sport. You can honour national champions but why degrade the Arjuna Award? There are thousands of national champions. Would you give the award to everyone? This is ridiculous. So many Asian Games gold medal winners didn’t get it.Q. Is scrapping the Arjuna Award and removing perks an answer?A. No. The answer is laying down clear guidelines and following them rigorously. Why not have prominent, sportsperson on the selection panel? Besides, most sports persons are poor so the monetary benefits are needed.advertisementlast_img read more