Athawale says Indo-Pak CT final appears fixed, seeks probe

first_imgNagpur, Jul 1 (PTI) Union minister Ramdas Athawale today said the ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan appeared “fixed” and demanded a probe into the matter.The Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment also batted for 25 per cent reservation for Dalits and tribals in cricket and other games, saying these sections have never got due recognition in sports.”How could the cricketers, who played so well in the entire tournament, did not perform in the final match (in London on June 18)?” the RPI(A) leader asked.Pakistan hammered India by 180 runs in the final to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.”Those who did not perform should be rested and eligible cricketers from the Dalit community should be given a chance in the team,” he said, adding the RPI(A) demands 25 per cent reservation in cricket and other sports for Dalits and tribals.”It appears that the match was fixed and we demand an inquiry into it,” he told reporters at Ravi Bhavan here.On the recent attacks by cow vigilantes, Athawale said lynching people in the name of rau raksha (cow protection) was wrong.”They are not gau rakshak, but manav bhakshak. These people should not take law into their own hands. If they come to know about cow slaughter and have any doubts about it, they should first find out if the cow was already dead,” he said.He said the police should take action against those who lynch people in the name of cow protection.advertisementOn the GST roll out, Athawale said the new tax regime was a revolutionary step taken by the NDA government.”The Congress and all the political parties supported the passage of the GST Bill. But the Congress should have attended the GST launch programme held in Parliament,” he said.”The GST will boost development and progress in the country,” he said.On the issue of separate Vidarbha, he said the RPI(A) will stage protests in front of district collectorates across the (Vidarbha) region on August 25.”Our party has always demanded a separate Vidarbha. The BJP too has always supported this cause, but it should now take a decision on it, as it is in power both in the state and at the Centre,” he said.”I will meet Prime minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister Nitin Gadkari to discuss this issue,” he said. PTI CLS NP GVSlast_img read more

2014 Peter Wilson Memorial Championships

first_imgNew South Wales Hunter Western Hornets Regional Touch is set to embark on one of the biggest tournaments that they have ever had. The 2014 Peter Wilson Memorial Championships will consist of over 100 junior teams battling it out at the annual event.Host club, Nelson Bay Touch Association, along with Hornets are working hard in preparation for this year’s milestone event, with grounds in great condition and facilities ready to go.Clubs will feature in all state age divisions (Under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Boys and Girls), with a high attendance rate from many Hornets affiliates. Clubs sending teams to this year’s event include; Maitland, Singleton, Scone, Muswellbrook, Beresfield, Wallsend, Newcastle City, Doyalson Junior, Central Coast, Peninsula Junior, Berkeley Vale and host club Nelson Bay. In addition, the tournament will feature Forster Tuncurry from the Northern Eagles during Saturday’s games.In addition to the teams, there will be in excess of 500 officials, coaching staff and volunteers helping this event run smoothly, with some even travelling from clubs such as Parkes, Orange, Dubbo, Bathurst, Coolah and more.Event organisers are very happy with this year’s contingent and are looking forward to another large scale event. While the event is always large, members of the Touch Football community are encouraged each year to attend, with previous attending clubs such as Port Macquarie, Taree and Sydney clubs always taking a lot out of this event in the lead up to the New South Wales Junior State Cup.The event will be held at the Tomaree Sports Complex (Home of Nelson Bay Touch Association) Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay, on Saturday, 1 February and Sunday, 2 February 2014. Tournament highlights include the finals series for all divisions, the Dean McManus (18’s Boys) and Gai Taylor (18’s Girls) perpetual trophies, as well as the annual title of Peter Wilson Memorial Club Champions, all to be announced on the Sunday afternoon.For further information, fixtures and results of the event please visit and stay up-to-date with regular feeds, highlights and photos of the event on our Facebook page – Related LinksPeter Wilson Champslast_img read more