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Chinese table tennis goes on war footing for Tokyo 2020



Chinese table tennis goes on war footing for Tokyo 2020

SHANGHAI: Chinese table tennis has gone on a war footing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, vowing to dock coaches their pay and demote them if they fail to keep the country at the pinnacle of the sport.

China top the men’s, women’s and team world rankings, while the country has won all 12 gold medals on offer across the last three Olympics.

But open dissent broke out in 2017 when three of China’s top men pulled out of a home tournament in protest at the removal of head coach Liu Guoliang.

The highly respected Liu has been back in favour since last autumn and this week labelled himself “commander-in-chief” as the Chinese Table Tennis Association laid out in stark terms its determination to clean up once more in Tokyo.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, Liu — now CTTA chairman — deployed more militaristic bombast as he “vowed to advance and retreat with the team”, according to state news agency.

A points-based system of rewards and punishments for coaches under Liu’s new regime was “the most stringent in history”, agency declared.

The 43-year-old Liu said that he would forgo his salary for the year if any of the coaches under his watch fall short of the required number of points under the new assessment system.

The coaches will similarly be hit in the pocket and demoted to a lesser post if they fail to reach the benchmark, which will be based on China’s performances in international competitions this year.

As hosts, Japan will be a major threat at the Games, particularly in team events, Chinese table tennis bosses warned.





CWC 2019: England bats against Afghanistan




MANCHESTER: England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat first against Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday after being passed fit to play in the World Cup pool match.

Morgan was given the all-clear after suffering a back spasm that meant he was unable to bat in the tournament hosts’ eight-wicket win over the West Indies in Southampton on Friday.

World Cup favourites England made two changes from that side, with James Vince replacing Jason Roy after the in-form opener was ruled out with a hamstring tear that could sideline him for at least two pool fixtures.

And with Tuesday’s match being played on a used pitch that should aid turn, England decided to drop paceman Liam Plunkett, who was reportedly unwell on Monday, and recall off-spinner Moeen Ali.

“The wicket looks really good,” said Morgan. “It doesn’t look a great deal used — everyone at Old Trafford has done a magnificent job to get it ready.

“It played well the other day (when India beat Pakistan) — plenty of carry for the seamers and a hint of turn for the spinners.”

Rank outsiders Afghanistan made three changes from the side that lost to South Africa by nine wickets.

Top-order batsmen Hazratullah Zazai, fast bowler Hamid Hassan and medium-pacer Aftab Alam were all dropped, with Afghanistan recalling Najibullah Zadran, Dawlat Zadran and spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

England, bidding to win the World Cup for the first time, are currently fourth in the 10-team table with only the top four at the end of the 10-team round-robin stage qualifying for the semi-finals.

Afghanistan are bottom of the standings, with four defeats in four matches.


England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wkt), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), Joel Wilson (WIS)

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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Loss against India: Resolution seeking resignation of PCB chairman, others submitted



Ehsan Mani

LAHORE: A resolution was tabled in the Punjab Assembly today seeking removal of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and other responsible for the defeat against India in ICC World Cup 2019 yesterday.

Pakistan lost against arch-rivals India by 89 runs in the mega clash in Old Trafford, Manchester.

The resolution, submitted by PML-N leader Aziza Fatima, stated that people of the country were angry over Pakistan’s defeat against India.

It further stated that neither the PCB planned for the world cup nor it could induct extraordinary player in the team due to which disappointment prevails among the masses.

The resolution further demanded all the responsible including the PCB chairman and chief selector be removed immediately.





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2022 Hangzhou Asian Games submission of mascot proposals to continue till July 15



Asian Games 2022

BEIJING: The organizing committee for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and Asian Para Games will continue to accept submission of proposals for the design of official mascot till July 15.

The organizing committee for the games launched a campaign to solicit ideas for official mascots starting from April 16, running for three months until July 15. The result will be announced by the end of 2019, Secretary of Hangzhou Municipal Committee Zhou Jiangyoung said on Monday.

The applicants from all over the world are welcomed to participate in the design of the mascot, as to contribute their wisdom and strength to the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games and to create a brand-new and classic mascot image, he said in a statement issued here.

The 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 10 to 25, 2022. The mascot, as an important part of the brand image and landscape of large-scale sports events, is the liveliest visual image symbol, which has been welcomed and loved by the public.

The design for the mascots shall comply with the pursuits of the Olympic movement and also reflect the history, culture and innovative vitality of the host city of Hangzhou.

He added that the mascots should embody the spirit of dreams, innovation, joy and perseverance and that they should be lively, adorable, and friendly, in such a way that will allow them to make an impact on people of different culture backgrounds, genders and ages.

The final winning plan will receive a RMB 120,000 bonus.

According to the official website of the Hangzhou Asian Games Committee, the Hangzhou Asian Games is the third Asian Games held by China after Beijing and Guangzhou.

At present, 37 major competitions have been confirmed, including 28 Olympic projects and 9 non-Olympic projects, and 55 competition venues and facilities.







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