Federer not keen on his kids following in footsteps

first_imgRoger Federer. APRoger Federer says he’s a big believer in kids playing sport, but he’s not keen on his own children following in his footsteps.The Swiss great and wife Mirka had identical twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in 2009 and another set came along five years later, Leo and Lenny. ADVERTISEMENT They are occasionally seen watching their dad ply his trade, but after years travelling the world on the tennis tour, the 36-year-old would prefer not to have to do it all over again.“I mean, I hope they don’t just because we don’t need another 25 years on tour,” he said at the Australian Open when asked if he would encourage them to be professional players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he added: “No, I’m just a supportive parent. I can’t tell which direction they’re going to go. “If there’s going to be anything in sports or somewhere in finance or business, I have no idea where they’re going to go. All I know is I’ll be incredibly supportive of them.” MOST READ Suarez Navarro rallies into Open quarterfinal Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I think it’s great for them to do sports early on in their life. I think it’s good for them,” he said.“Winning, losing, that comes a little bit later, but you learn a lot from that. I did anyway. I think also you make a lot of friends through sports.“You get to know yourself a bit better. It’s healthy. You move around. You go outside. I’m a big believer in these things.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He did reveal they already play tennis, not because he has been encouraging them, but because their friends all do and he doesn’t want them to feel left out.“I’m happy they all do play tennis a little bit because basically literally all our friends who have kids as well, they all play tennis,” he said. “I wouldn’t want my kids to be the only ones who don’t play tennis, so with my wife we have sort of a little requirement on things they have to do in their life, and tennis is unfortunately one of them. “It’s not because we want them to. It’s because I think it would be a pity if they played no tennis at all.”Despite the reluctance for his children to follow in his footsteps, Federer, who is chasing a 20th Grand Slam in Melbourne, is a great believer in kids playing sport more generally, believing it can teach them a lot.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:59DOH: Breastfeeding, proper knowledge of child feeding can combat malnutrition00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

I could have been a footballer: Ranbir Kapoor

first_imgRanbir KapoorHe won over both the masses and the critics with his good looks and acting chops but while growing up Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor had his heart set on being a football player.He let that dream go but the 28-year-old actor is now campaigning to make sports a part of school curriculums across the country with the ‘Fit India Movement’, a campaign launched by NDTV in collaboration with Nirmal Lifestyle.”I loved football, but I did not have anybody to guide me about making it a career. If Indian children have the coaches and the facilities that are available abroad, we will be world champions,” said Kapoor who is the brand ambassador of the campaign.The actor was in Delhi to launch the first phase of the campaign called ‘Marks For Sports’ and shared the stage with ace shooter Gagan Narang, billiards champion Pankaj Advani, Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, boxing champion Vijender Singh and former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.”It all begins at the school level and Marks for Sports is a campaign that will help discover the talent that our children have and sports teaches you so much. Other than making you fit, it teaches you discipline, motivation and team spirit,” said the actor who entered the venue on a bicycle.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal sues ex-French sports minister over doping allegations

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal has sought 100,000 euros in damages from former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot after she levelled doping allegation against the Spanish tennis maestro.Roselyne Bachelot, who served as Minister for Health and Sport of France between 2007 and 2010, had alleged that Nadal’s seven-month injury break in 2012 was due to the failed drug test.However, neither Nadal nor Bachelot were present at the court hearing, which took place in Paris on Friday.Nadal’s lawyer, Patrick Maisonneuve, informed the court that the doping allegations levelled by Bachelot could have had “major consequences” for his client, concerning his “existing or future sponsors”.The lawyer further told that Nadal had asked him to put the matter to rest by passing on his medical file, which clearly reveals a very serious left knee injury.On the other hand, Bachelot’s lawyer Olivier Chappuis argued that the International Tennis Federation’s anti-doping programme was at fault and that the governing body “has always been astonishingly lax”.”There is a vast gap between the success he enjoys and the weakness of anti-doping controls.What sponsor has abandoned Rafael Nadal because of these comments? None,” he claimed, suggesting the court award symbolic damages to Nadal if his client is found guilty of one euro,” Sport24 quoted Chappuis, as saying.It should be noted that the 16-time Grand Slam champion has never failed a drugs test and had defended his training methods and out-rightly rejected to have used any banned substance in order to speed up his recovery from injury.advertisementA verdict is likely to be declared on November 16.last_img read more

Committee of Administrators to meet Mithali, Harmanpreet after World T20 controversy

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) is likely to hold a meeting with Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and senior-most player Mithali Raj after the latter’s controversial exclusive from the Women’s World T20 semi-final vs England. The matter that was not well received by fans on social media completely blew out of proportion after Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta made unsavoury against Harmanpreet.India’s campaign at the Women’s World T20 came to a distasteful end as England strolled past them by eight wickets into the final against Australia. Australia, on Sunday, thrashed England by eight wickets to lift their fourth World T20 title.Mithali Raj might give her point of view in writing to BCCI GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karin, who is also in charge of women’s cricket, according to a top BCCI official.A senior BCCI official said on condition of anonymity, “It is understood that a meeting will be held soon here and CoA is likely to speak separately to Harmanpreet, Mithali, Ramesh (coach Ramesh Powar), manager Trupti Bhattacharya and tour selector Sudha Shah to understand what led to Mithali’s omission.”Also read – Women’s World T20: Mithali’s exclusion raises questions after India’s semi-final lossCoA chief Vinod Rai was also unhappy with the players’s agents making public comments about team selection.”The comments made by people who appear to be associated with the Indian women’s team have been viewed with concern. Such statements made in the media are totally uncalled for,” Rai told news agency PTI on Sunday.advertisementHis comment came after Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta labelled Harmanpreet as “manipulative, lying, cheat” on Twitter. She also tweeted there was politics behind Mithali’s omission even as her account ‘@annishasays’ was deleted later.Even Mithali’s personal coach came out and said that Mithali was “terribly disappointed” with being axed from the playing XI in the semi-final.”The BCCI has a hierarchy of officials specifically dedicated to the redressal of genuine grievances of players,” said Rai.”This is the appropriate mechanism that should be utilised. Issues that have been the cause for the performance of the Indian women’s team will be appropriately addressed.”However, he urged people associated with the women’s team to maintain restraint.”All players, the team management and persons associated with them must maintain decorum and follow the proper protocol,” Rai further said.It is learnt that issues like alleged bias in team selection will be looked into, considering that strained relations between Harmanpreet and Mithali is an open secret in the Indian cricket fraternity.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

Taseko tries again showdown looms

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government turned them down once, but a Vancouver-based mining company is trying again to push through a controversial mining project.Taseko Mines says it wants to revive its prosperity mine project in British Columbia’s interior, near Williams Lake, B.C.The federal government initially turned down their proposal last year, saying any mining projects would damage the environment.In a recent news release, Taseko says its new proposal will not impact the environment and wildlife.Rising gold and copper prices will bring in more money to save the environment.First Nations group in the region are again opposing Taseko’s plans.Chief Marilyn Baptiste says no matter how the company spins it, the mine will damage their territory.last_img read more

Vancouver police deputy chief tells Pickton inquiry things getting better

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Pickton inquiry heard once again Tuesday from the deputy chief of the Vancouver police department.Doug Lepard told the inquiry things have changed between his force and the RCMP since the cases of women going missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside were being reported back in 1999.Here is part of the testimony.last_img

PACE Coaching Project gets close to deadline

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Parent and Child Early (PACE) Coaching Project is quickly reaching its deadline at the end of August to accept new participants.The PACE project is working with their partner agency in the North, the Fort St. John Child Development Centre. The Project is looking for parents of children aged 15 months to 34 months which the parents recognize the child has some sort of social communication delay, that would like to participate in the program.Pat Mirenda Ph.D., BCBA-D, Project Director for PACE shares, with young children there is a lot of reasons for a social delay to be happening such as late talkers. The project is looking specifically for children whom social communication delays put them at risk for the autism spectrum disorder, according to Mirenda.The first step in the process for parents that reach out to the project is to screen the child for Autism Spectrum Disorder with a 20 question interview to find out ‘could’ the social communication delay be because of Autism shared Mirenda.If it could be, according to Mirenda information is given to the parent to find out it really is as this is a whole different process. The child/ parent are then eligible for the study. The study is explained to the parent and asked if they want to participate.The program does assessments and then delivers one of two interventions with a 50/50 chance of receiving either-or.One is being apart of 24 weeks of parenting coaching, receiving one on one coaching from a coach in the community to learn strategies to help the child with social development skills. The other is a monitor group in which there is no coaching yet access to books and online modules made for parents to support social development. Both groups receive a service to help answer the question, does parent coaching make a difference verse access to materials which is less intensive and expensive.Parents only have until the end of August to sign up. Mirenda shared it is important to get in touch right away.To contact PACE Coaching Project; CLICK HERElast_img read more

India striving to list Azhar as global terrorist: Sources

first_imgNew Delhi: India continues to work with the UN Security Council sanctions committee on the listing of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist and will show patience on the issue, official sources said Saturday, days after China blocked a proposal at the world body to ban the JeM chief. They also said steps taken by Pakistan in the last few days, against terror groups are cosmetic in nature. “India continues to work with the UNSC’s sanction committee on listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist,” official sources said. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day India believes “terrorism is a major issue for China. They know a number of terror groups are based in Pakistan”, sources added. On China blocking Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist, sources said India will show patience as long as it takes. On Beijing continuing to oppose Azhar’s listing as global terrorist, government sources said there are issues which China needs to resolve with Pakistan. On Wednesday, China for the fourth time blocked the bid in the UN Security Council to designate the chief of the Pakistan-based terror group as a “global terrorist” by putting a technical hold on the proposal. The Chinese move was termed “disappointing” by India.last_img read more

Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in 1st for Asia

first_imgTaipei: Taiwan’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation. Lawmakers comfortably passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive permanent unions” and another clause that would let them apply for a “marriage registration” with government agencies. The vote — which took place on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — is a major victory for the island’s LGBT community and it places the island at the vanguard of Asia’s burgeoning gay rights movement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThousands of gay rights supporters gathered outside parliament despite heavy downpours, waving rainbow flags, flashing victory signs and breaking into cheers as the news filtered out. In recent months conservatives had mobilised to rid the law of any reference to marriage, instead putting forward rival bills that offered something closer to limited same-sex unions. But those bills struggled to receive enough votes. Gay rights groups hailed the vote on Friday, saying the ability to apply for a “marriage registration” — known as Clause Four — put their community much closer to parity with heterosexual couples. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The passage of Clause Four ensures that two persons of the same-sex can register their marriage on May 24th and ensure that Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and to successfully open a new page in history,” said the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights. Two years ago Taiwan’s top court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violates the constitution with judges giving the government until May 24, 2019 to make the changes or see marriage equality enacted automatically. Other key sections of the law were still being debated and voted on Friday, including what, if any, provisions there will be for same-sex couples to adopt. That resulted in more muted celebrations outside parliament as gay marriage supporters continued to keep a close eye on voting.last_img read more

Moroccan Parliamentary Delegation Pays Visit To Zaatari Moroccan Field Hospital

first_imgAmman  –  A Moroccan parliamentary delegation paid on Friday a visit to the Zaatari Moroccan field hospital, set up by the Royal Armed Forces in the Syrian refugees camp in Al Mafraq province (northeast of Jordan).The visit is on the sidelines of the participation of a large Moroccan parliamentary delegation to the tenth session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, which will kick off on Saturday in the region of the Dead  Sea (Amman West).Nine Moroccan MPs, who were accompanied by the Ambassador of Morocco to Jordan, visited the various departments of the Moroccan hospital and learned of the medical services provided to the Syrian refugees.last_img read more