20 Oct

Doctor Smith’s casebook

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22 Sep

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist says she has defected

first_imgRelatedPosts Trump instructs US Navy to destroy Iranian boats harassing it at sea Four journalists sentenced to death by rebels COVID-19: See list of countries Nigerian Government officials can’t visit Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has said on social media she had left her homeland. Taekwondo champion, Kimia Alizadeh, said this was because she had had enough of being used by Iranian authorities as a propaganda tool. She won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Alizadeh implied in an Instagram post that she had now moved to Europe. She wrote on an account she has used for some time, but it was not immediately possible to verify her location. “No one has invited me to Europe and I haven’t been given a tempting offer. “But I accept the pain and hardship of homesickness because I didn’t want to be part of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery,” she said. In a reaction, Mahin Farhadizadeh, a deputy Iranian sports minister, said: “I have not read Kimia’s post. “But as far as I know she always wanted to continue her studies in physiotherapy,” the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. Alizadeh said the Islamic Republic’s authorities had attributed her success to their management and the fact that she wore the Islamic veil, which is obligatory in Iran. “I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran whom they’ve been playing for years… I wore whatever they told me and repeated whatever they ordered. Every sentence they ordered I repeated,” she wrote. “None of us matter for them, we are just tools”. She said that while the government exploited her medals politically, officials would humiliate her with remarks such as “It is not virtuous for a woman to stretch her legs!” Alizadeh said at the time of her medal in the 57kg category that it had made her happy for Iranian girls. On Sunday she appeared torn by her decision. “Should I start with hello, goodbye or condolences? Hello oppressed people of Iran, goodbye noble people of Iran, my condolences to you people who are always mourning,” she wrote. In the past week, 176 people, many Iranians with dual citizenship, were killed when the Iranian military mistakenly shot a Ukrainian airliner down. Also, at least 56 died in a stampede at the funeral for an Iranian military commander killed by a US air strike. Alizadeh is the third top Iranian sports person to stop representing the country in recent months. In December, Iran’s Chess Federation said top rated chess champion, Alireza Firouzja, had decided not to play for Iran over its informal ban on competing against Israeli players. Three months earlier, the International Judo Federation said Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei had refused to return home over fears for his safety. This was after he ignored orders from his national federation to pull out of fights to avoid a potential final meeting with an Israeli.Tags: IranKimia AlizadehMahin Farhadizadehtaekwondolast_img read more

20 Sep

QPR’s Redknapp: Rio could be a boss

first_img His career has been so good he will just get on with it. He’s a laid-back character and is always confident in his own ability, so I’m sure he will be okay.” Having blossomed as a teenager in Redknapp’s West Ham side and reunited with the 67-year-old at the tail-end of his career, many would think Ferdinand’s potential management style would mirror that of the QPR manager. But Redknapp insists he would be much more of a cool customer – or he could opt out all together and stick to a career as a television pundit. “No, not really. He’s very laid-back and doesn’t get upset very easy,” Redknapp replied when asked if Ferdinand would be a similar type of manager to himself. “He’s just himself and is a very confident boy and was like that when I first signed him. I knew what he was going to become. I had no doubts about that. “Or he could go into TV – it’s probably easier and sounds a better bet – there is no aggro!” Eduardo Vargas returns to the squad this weekend having missed the Newcastle match as his wife gave birth but Adel Taarabt (groin), Sandro and Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) remain sidelined. Boss Nigel Pearson insisted Leicester’s owners understand their current situation but knows he needs to bank more points. The Foxes go to QPR on Saturday having failed to score in their last five games to slip into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. They are goalless in their last 500 minutes of action following last week’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland. And, ahead of Saturday’s Loftus Road showdown with rock-bottom Rangers, Pearson insists owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha knows the difficulties in the top flight. He said: “I speak to the owners and of course they would like more points, they’re human beings, but there is an understanding of where we are. “It is about getting ourselves into a situation where we are in a position to win games. “We haven’t done that recently so that’s made it more difficult but I continue to work in a positive fashion. “It’s up to others to pick the bones out of where we’re at and what we’ve done. You have a realistic appreciation of what we’ve done and my views don’t change as rapidly as other people’s.” Leicester won the Sky Bet Championship last season, with QPR promoted via the play-offs, but both have struggled to adapt to the top flight. They prop up the table, along with Burnley to ensure all of last season’s promoted sides are in the bottom three. The Foxes have won just twice this term and are winless in their last seven games and Pearson knows his players have found it hard to adapt. “It’s never easy for players to make that adjustment from being a side used to winning games,” he said. “There are different types of pressure but there is always pressure in the sense that, if you are winning games, the expectation is there for you to do well. “That can be a burden, as it is when you are not winning games. It’s been a difficult adjustment but let’s not kid ourselves, players are always under pressure to perform. “The players remain in very good spirits and I have no qualms they are not only capable but will improve our form and that’s the most important thing. “It’s not about losing faith or confidence in anyone who got us into the Premier League. We have proved capable in some games but the margins and small and we have not always found the answers. “All three sides have found it difficult to make that adjustment.” Pearson is without Dean Hammond (calf) while Matt Upson is closing in on a return but is not match fit after a lay-off with a foot injury. Rangers, like City, have won just twice and Pearson did not downplay the game. He added: “All three sides are all fighitng very hard and all have confidence in their own squads. It will be an important game for us, as it will be for them.” QPR boss Harry Redknapp has backed Rio Ferdinand to make it as a manager – but only if the former England captain opts for the difficult option when he retires. A niggling groin injury, loss of form and a three-match ban handed down by the Football Association following an ill-advised Tweet have seen Ferdinand sidelined since the 2-0 defeat to former side West Ham on October 5. He returns for the weekend visit of Leicester, although Redknapp admits a lack of match sharpness may lead to Ferdinand only warranting a place on the R’s bench despite fellow defender Richard Dunne missing out through suspension. During his time out of the side Redknapp believes Ferdinand has been a great presence around the training ground and feels that he has shown fledgling signs of his managerial credentials. “He’s a good lad and I think he’s management material one day,” said Redknapp. “He’s a good person and I like him a lot. he’s a good person to have around the place because he’s a good pro and a good trainer, and sets a good example to everybody on the training pitch. “He talks to the younger players. The kids look up to him and know what he’s done. They see what good shape he keeps himself in – he’s not fat and overweight, lazy.” Ferdinand revealed in an interview on the Jonathan Ross Show that he intends to call it a day at the end of the current campaign and Redknapp does not believe he has to win anyone over between now and May. “I don’t think Rio has to prove anything to anybody really,” he said. The 36-year-old moved to Loftus Road in the summer having spent over a decade winning trophies at Manchester United and has found the transition into a team fighting for survival a difficult one. Ferdinand played in QPR’s opening seven Premier League fixtures, with only one win and a solitary clean-sheet recorded during that time. Press Associationlast_img read more

8 Sep

IAAF Diamond League: Okagbare Stumbles in Oslo, Places Fourth

first_imgReigning Commonwealth Games champion, Michelle Lee Ahyle came third in a new personal season’s best time of 11.06 seconds.For her fourth placing run, Okagbare-Ighoteguonor was rewarded with $3,000 and five points to bring her total haul in three races to 14 points to place third behind Ahoure who now has 20 points against the 16 hauled by Marie-Josee Ta Lou who won in Doha and Eugene to make it a clean sweep of the three races decided so far by Ivorians.Meanwhile, Okagbare-Ighoteguonor has been provided with an instant opportunity to respond when she lines up on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm for the fifth leg of the money-spinning event.Interestingly, the Nigerian will line up against six of the athletes she competed against last night in Oslo. Will this be an opportunity to out-run the speedy Ahoure who denied the Nigerian the African 100m record, breaking the 10.79 seconds she (Okagbare-Ighoteguonor) ran in 2013 by 100th of a second the following year?She will also strive to run faster than the record-breaking British girl, Asher-Smith and of course, Ahye with South Africa’s Carina Horn who placed sixth (11.22 seconds) in Oslo also in the mix in Stockholm.This is will be Okagbare-Ighoteguonor first race in Stockholm while it will be the second for Ahoure who won the 200m event last year. Horn is also making a return trip following her first appearance in 2015.Missing for the second race running however is Ta Lou who holds the world lead at 10.85 seconds.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram For the second time in one week Nigeria’s greatest sprinter of all time Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor failed to live up to the incredible height she has set for herself this season after placing fourth in a rather disappointing 11.12 seconds at the Bislett Games in Oslo, the fourth leg of the 14-leg IAAF Diamond League series.Last weekend in Hengelo, Holland, the former Commonwealth double sprints queen ran 23.03 seconds in the 200m, a performance the television commentator described as below par and disappointing following the blistering 22.04 seconds she ran in March in Abilene, Texas to top the world list for the year.At the Fanny Blankers Koen race in Hengelo, Oslo was a one-off but she failed to rise up to the challenge as she was not only betterred for the second time in three races by Cote D’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahoure who ran 10.91 seconds to win the race but also by Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith who raced home second to a new 10.92 seconds personal best British record.last_img read more

30 Aug

Interwetten strikes virtual partnership with Golden Race

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Interwetten signs Yakubu as first Nigeria ambassador July 14, 2020 Related Articles Sports betting and online gaming operator Interwetten has agreed to integrate a range of virtual sports and games from Golden Race after the duo secured a new agreement.Under the new agreement with Interwetten, Golden Race has continued to build upon its European growth strategy, with its services now available across 50,000 shops and featuring on more than 400 websites.Martin Wachter, Golden Race CEO & Founder, stated: “Thanks to this partnership Golden Race will reach Interwetten’s big audience with the latest virtual sports and games. It is a very important alliance for us and we are very proud, as it is known that Interwetten only partners with the best software companies.”Interwetten customers will gain access to the Golden Race virtual results lobby function, where players can combine all sports – something which distinguishes Golden Race from the other virtual sports providers in the industry.Mario Bilic, Interwetten Head of Product Management, Content and CRM, emphasised: “This is a very important move. We are a big platform with a complete portfolio and this alliance with such an important provider as Golden Race makes us even bigger and more complete. “I am happy that our audience will be able to enjoy the amazing solutions Golden Race is developing.” Interwetten named main sponsor for Greek Super League August 4, 2020 PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

3 Jan

WATCH! James Rodriguez’s World Cup wonder goal copied by South Korean striker

first_imgMin-Kyu Joo, a striker for Seoul E-Land FC, scored a sensational goal for the South Korean club earlier this month that was almost identical to James Rodriguez’s effort against Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup which landed the Colombian the FIFA Puskas Award for best goal of the year.last_img