Parker to make Fury wait

first_imgThe British duo have been named on a shortlist of possible opponents for Parker, who is likely to defend his WBO heavyweight belt on April 8 after claiming the vacant title with a points win over Andy Ruiz Jr this month.Parker’s promoters, Duco Events, are seeking ‘clarification’ on whether Fury is the WBO mandatory challenger and will continue to assess a number of alternative fights.”We are looking at every option,” Duco Events’ director David Higgins told Sky Sports. “As a boxing promoter, the worst thing you can do is only negotiate with one party.”That might give the Fury camp the misguided idea that they have got a lot of leverage – they are the only cab on the rank – they’re not. We will look at any opponent, if the deal is right.”When the WBO ordered Parker-Ruiz, it was agreed then that the next fight would be David Haye. We’re puzzled, but he seems to have done a runner and gone a different direction. Maybe he was worried that Joseph would beat him.”That leaves Hughie Fury as the possible mandatory. We are seeking clarification on that situation as well, but if we were to unify, we would chase [Deontay] Wilder. We are basically in the process of weighing up the options and the pros and cons of each.”Duco Events have teamed up with influential Top Rank boss Bob Arum and will be holding further talks with him next month as they plot Parker’s next move.”I would hope by middle of January we will have a better idea which way we are heading,” said Higgins.”I’m going to head to LA in early January, so I will probably catch up with Bob Arum in Beverly Hills. Then we’ll chat about all the options and come to a decision.”Haye was originally in pole position to face Parker, but opted for a big domestic clash with Tony Bellew on March 4, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Higgins remains open to a possible fight with the Londoner later this year.”We will fight David Haye, anywhere, any time, but that’s a question for David Haye,” said Higgins.”Certainly if Haye has his fight and wins, and Parker wins, then we would be happy to look at Haye next. That’s up to David Haye.”last_img read more

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Reinier’s limbo

first_imgReinier Jesus (18 years old) was in Valdebebas this morning, as AS could know. The club had cited the Castilla players and the Brazilian has undergone tests to detect whether or not he has coronavirus, an exam through which all Real Madrid workers will pass.The test results will be obtained within two days, from which time the club will decide what to do with Reinier. He has not communicated anything to him yet, so the playmaker works out with a specific plan in his new house, in La Moraleja, since he has left the provisional in which he settled with his family upon landing in Spain. 19 The logical thing would be that Reinier was called for the training of the Zidane team between now and the end of the season. One of the great tricks that Madrid played to convince him and make him discard the rest of the offers of European front-row suitors was that, show you the advantages of finishing your training in Valdebebas, straddling Castilla and sessions with the elderly.Future to be decidedThe end of the course for the subsidiary, according to the decision of the RFEF this past Wednesday, It is a setback on the road map. Reinier, like the rest of the castillistas, remains in limbo, without competition. These are months in which, due to the scenario in which Raúl’s boys have been seen, he would be without playing. The return to football for the Zidane team opens the door to a daily master’s degree in Valdebebas, in training. Reinier’s acclimatization had been magnificent. He played three days in Segunda B, with a beautiful presentation, attending like an artist in the first goal from 2-0 to Sanse. Before the Pontevedra he succumbed, again holder, along with his peers, but in the 4-0 against Coruxo he left a double and wanted more. Another question is what will happen to your future. Madrid has covered the quota of non-community members for the League with Vinicius, Militao and Rodrygo, which closes the door to the incorporations of Reinier himself and Take Kubo. It is still early and no final decision has been made; the footballer has not given his approval to anything and dreams of making a place for himself in the Zizou squad. However, all parties see a transfer to a Primera as the most natural step. Ronaldo already tried it for his Valladolid in February …last_img read more

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Reports – Argentine international set to sign for Old Trafford giants

first_imgLong-term Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan could finally be on his way to Old Trafford, claim reports in Portugal.The Benfica attacking midfielder is currently preparing for his final game for the club against arch rivals Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Super Cup on Sunday.According to sports daily newspaper Record, Gaitan will then leave Portugal to finalise a move to the Red Devils, although Valencia are also eager to land the 27-year-old.But United will have first refusal on the Argentina international, who has made 124 appearances in five seasons at Benfica, scoring 25 goals. 1 Nicolas Gaitan last_img read more

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Reading South Africa’s state of mind

first_imgTim CohenAt critical times in South Africa’s political unfolding, the void created by directional uncertainty has been filled with books. In a way, a brief scan of the new books on the shelves of bookshops provides a snapshot view of the current state of any nation.  I remember, in the early 1990s during South Africa’s transition period, the shelves seemed overflowing with advice, biography and opinion. The biographies, particularly of politicians, were really a kind of vicarious introduction for people who knew each other only vaguely; the new histories set the scene for the battles which would take place in the future over the negotiating table.Many of the books at that time were scenario planners of some kind or another. One popular book concerned something called the Mont Fleur Scenarios, which used a catchy bird analogy: the Ostrich pretended nothing was wrong, the Lame Duck meant negotiations would continue but unsatisfying slowly; the Icarus succeeded but flew to high too quickly and came crashing down to earth. But Flamingos take off slowly and fly high together; everyone is focused on gradualism and inclusiveness.South Africa is going through another period of political upheaval, and the changes are once again reflected in the bookshops – especially now at Christmas time as publishers and retailers hope to corner as much of the present buying trade as possible. Except, this time there are some notable differences. One of the most obvious is that there is a whole new category of books: memoirs and quasi-memoirs. Many of the old bulls of the previous era seem keen to make a stab at posterity.This charge is led by Mark Gevisser’s Thabo Mbeki: the Dream Deferred, an extraordinary book about former president Thabo Mbeki which took a mammoth nine years to research and write. The book is extraordinary not so much for what it says about Mbeki’s recent history, but more for the background and history of the Mbeki family, which is beautifully recorded with painstaking and intimate detail. All this history is oddly revealing about what would become the former president’s vaulting ambitions and curious blind spots.In this category, a book about finance minister Trevor Manuel by former journalist Pippa Green called Choice, not Fate has just been published, and several others on other leading characters of the transition are in the works.Personally, I found one of the best in this category to be Shades of Difference: Mac Maharaj and the Struggle for South Africa, which was an odd kind of joint writing project between the ostensible author Pardraig O’Malley and former underground operative and one-time transport minister Mac Maharaj. The book was so absorbing because it is focused on the life of an extraordinary character whose successes and failures provided an oblique view on South Africa’s recent history.Maharaj was nothing if not hot-headed. He actually resigned from the African National Congress (ANC) several times, only to rejoin it again to ultimately become a key negotiator and successful and practical minister. The stories of his torture and making keys for his Robben Island cell are among the most terrifying, inspiring and heart-warming of all “struggle” stories.One the other side of the aisle, former leader of the opposition Tony Leon’s autobiography On the Contrary has been the surprise hit of the latest batch of writing on South Africa’s recent past. The personalities of Leon and Mbeki are so absolutely chalk and cheese, so much so that they were totally unable to bridge their political differences, not that they tried very hard.Leon’s history as a politician was marked by moments of vigorous fury and deep sarcasm which many in the ANC interpreted as a kind of suppressed racism. Mbeki, who cherishes civility, treated Leon with outright contempt, and Leon was often criticised for contributing to this poor relationship.But his book is even-handed, thoughtful and insightful. Although his tone was almost unbearably sharp while he was in office, with the benefit of hindsight it’s obvious how often his immediate judgements in fact turned out to be correct.There are also some revealing kiss-and-tell books about government written by insiders, the leading example of which is Andrew Feinstein’s After the Party. No publishing vista would be complete without a book of scandalous revelations, but Feinstein’s book has won plaudits for the passionate defence of democracy which underlies the critique.Some of what you might call old era books are still being published, notably a wonderful book by lawyer Peter Harris called In a Different Time about an old treason trial that took place in a town called Delmas.Another book that seems a bit like a through-back to the transition era scenario books is an interesting co-authored book by former secretary general of the National Union of Mineworkers  James Motlatsi and former chief executive of gold company AngloGold Ashanti. The book is called Do It and is interesting not only because it merges the ideas of two notable characters, but also because it extends beyond big economic issues into the personal and has suggestions on how people should live their lives. Oprah beware!One big difference between the current publishing splurge and the early 1990s is the number of books that focus not on the big picture, but on sub-issues, particularly focusing on the most complex and difficult social issues. The most obvious are books on HIV/Aids, such as Three-Letter Plague by Jonny Steinberg, and crime, such as A Country at War with Itself by Antony Altbekker.This new focus on specific topics rather than generalities reflects a progression of sorts toward a greater focus on some of the more intractable issues of governance. The theoretical has become practical.Those elegant flamingos all flying in unison look less like a the most preferred scenario than like oddly coloured, strangely shaped bird-like creatures. They are generally doing what they are supposed to be doing, but sleek swallows they are not.  Yet, neither is their much evidence of ostriches and Icari either, so perhaps a page as been turned on the era of simplistic and slightly patronising scenarios.Tim Cohen is a freelance journalist writing for a variety of South African publications. He is currently contracted as a columnist to Business Day and the Weekender, where he worked for most of his career, and financial website Moneyweb where he writes on business and corporate activity for an associate site called Dealweb. He was the 2004 Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.last_img read more

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South African pop star is the new Powerpuff Girl

first_imgPopular singer Toya Delazy has been cast as the voice of the fourth Powerpuff Girl, to star in the next series of the much-loved Cartoon Network show.Shrouded in mystery until her debut in the forthcoming new season at the end of September 2017, a new member of The Powerpuff Girls is voiced by popular South African singer Toya Delazy. (Image: Cartoon Network)CD AndersonThe new season of The Powerpuff Girls, set to air in the US at the end of September 2017, will feature a new black Powerpuff team member, as yet unnamed, voiced by the South African singer. The new character will join Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup in their continuing fight against “evil knuckleheads”, while balancing schoolwork and being millennial feminist icons.The show, created by artist Craig McCracken in 1998, has been critically acclaimed for its mix of high art and pop culture visual references, combined with humourous, youth-oriented social commentary about fighting injustice, the importance of friendship and embodying strong feminist ideals.Over the course of the forthcoming five-episode arc, titled the Power of Four, Delazy’s character will be introduced with great fanfare and lots of action. Producers hope that the new character will prove popular enough with global audiences to extend her stay with the team.This is not Delazy’s first collaboration with the show – in 2016, she recorded a catchy South African version of its theme song, which featured in broadcasts of the series in Africa.Earlier this year, The Powerpuff Girls was the inspiration for an art exhibit in Cape Town, featuring visual interpretations of the characters by 10 South African artists. The exhibition was a collaboration between Cartoon Network and Rock Girl South Africa, a local NGO that advocates for the rights of girls and women. It included works by Tandiwe Tsabala, Tyla Mason, Ndumiso Nyoni and Anja Venter.In addition to being one of Cartoon Network’s most popular shows globally, it has a keen young female audience across Africa.“The show and Cartoon Network are [huge] across Africa… reaching an audience of more than 4.9 million viewers [in 2016/17] in South Africa alone,” Colman Murray, business development director of Turner Broadcasting Africa, Cartoon Network’s parent company, told News24 at the exhibition.The addition of Delazy’s new black character will hopefully help build on that popularity.“Toya is… a perfect fit for The Powerpuff Girls brand,” Turner Broadcasting European and African vice-president Jaime Ondarza told News24 at the announcement of Delazy’s casting. “She is confident, bubbly and quirky – all the values that we are familiar with, love and appreciate [about the Girls and our audience].”While most of the new character’s details are under wraps, including what she looks like, her name and where she fits in the Powerpuff canon, Ondarza promises that the new addition will have a significant role to play in the new season. “We have a lot of surprises up our sleeves [for her story].”Delazy herself is ecstatic about the new role, fulfilment of a lifelong dream. Posting some Instagram images of her recording for the show, she wrote: “History was made… and just like that I became a Powerpuff Girl.”South African fans of the show voiced their delight with the new African addition to the team across social media.Tweets about toya delazy powerpuff #WCW TOYA DELAZY https://t.co/783FrzYoQW pic.twitter.com/YwVX3xe6fQ— mygirlsquad (@mygirlsquad) September 13, 2017The new season featuring Delazy’s character will premiere in South Africa and the rest of Africa on Cartoon Network (DStv channel 301) shortly after its US broadcast.Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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The Shreditor’s Guide to Film and Video Pre-Production

first_imgOther ResourcesImage via Shutterstock.Although you may take care of all the producer responsibilities in the beginning of a project, be prepared to put back on your producer hat time from time throughout production. If anything goes wrong during the shoot and additional needs pop up, you will need to manage them as a client-friendly producer.You’ll also need to be the one to make sure you’re fully taken care of during production. If you need to bring on a PA or 2nd or 3rd shooter, it’s your job to figure things out — not to mention little things like providing craft services for yourself and clients, printing out scripts, keeping copies of receipts, and even managing clients on-set.Here are several more pre-production resources to have ready at your disposal.The 3 Most Important Tasks For A Director During Pre-ProductionWhat All Producers Need to Understand About Working With Directors5 Tips for Planning Your Audio in Pre-Production10 Free Apps for Filmmakers ScriptingImage via Shutterstock.As part of your role as producer, it’s up to you to outline a project and come up with a script. While you may associate scripts with narrative films, using a script for everything from corporate films to animations to even documentaries can be very helpful for your shooting and editing counterparts. Final Draft is perhaps the industry standard, but there are several free options that work just as well.Here are some resources for writing, refining, and accessing your scripts on the go.6 Free Scriptwriting Resources for Your Next ScreenplayHow to Break a Script Down Into a Shot ListNeed to Table Read a Script? There’s an App for That.Pro Insight: Highlighting Scripts Looking for more on production? Check out these articles.What Does a Film Producer Do?Small Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean FilmmakingThe Video Producer’s Secret Weapon: the Shot ListFinding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the Table BudgetingImage via Shutterstock.One of the biggest headaches for most filmmakers is dealing with budgets and proposals. If you truly embrace the shreditor lifestyle, budgeting will unfortunately be one of your biggest concerns, as it drives your project. However, budgets don’t have to be scary. With the right resources, they can be organized, manageable, and beneficial for your production.Also, in your producer role, it’s helpful to set up a professional bank account, either under your name or an LLC. This will help you keep your personal finances separate from your work expenditures. Apps like Mint are also another great way to keep your budget tight and organized.Here are some additional resources to help with your budgeting.An Overview of the Film BudgetFilm Budget Planning: How to Effectively Budget a Script BreakdownHow to Build a Video BudgetThe How and Why of Video Production Budget & Templates StoryboardingImage via Shutterstock.Once you have your script, your inner director of photography should be gearing up to partner with your inner producer for a chance to storyboard your shoot. Storyboards can vary from quick sketches to in-depth diagrams that include everything from camera movements to lighting set-ups to focal lengths. As a producer, you can use some handy apps (like this one) to digitize your storyboard process.Here are some more storyboard resources,  including a free storyboard template!Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video ProjectsCreating a Storyboard Edit in Premiere Pro CC 2015Storyboarding Your Film: Tips for Your Next ProjectThe Unifying Power of Storyboardscenter_img Do you tackle your video production projects entirely on your own? Here’s everything you need to know about working as a “shreditor.”Cover image via Shutterstock.For those of you who are unsure what a “Shreditor” is (and if you might be one yourself), check the definition below (or read up on the term in this article). If you find the concept of producing, shooting, and editing to be your ideal workflow, this series is for you.Shreditor {sHred-uh-ter, -tawr} noun: a film and video professional who produces, shoots, and edits as a one-man script-to-screen filmmaker.As a shreditor, you obviously have many hats to wear. While each could easily be a full-time role, it’s important to understand how they operate singly as much as they do together. Let’s dive into the first role — producer — and what you need to succeed in your quest to become an ultimate video production Shreditor.Concept DesignImage via Shutterstock.From the very beginnings of a project, a good producer needs to be able to work with a client to find the crux of the project and how video can be most helpful. Very often, clients will have something in mind, but you should still be prepared to work with them to refine the concept and design the right approach. It’s helpful to have a strong understanding of the various types of film and video production products. Here’s a breakdown of the main types of projects you may need to produce.Narrative: shorts and features.Documentary: shorts (or micro) and features.Television: broadcast news, scripted program, talk shows, web-series.Corporate: Promos, recruiting, explainers, training.Event: weddings, parties, company events.Social: vlog, video essays, promos, live streams. SchedulingA good producer needs to be highly organized and reliable. One of the best ways to do this is by mastering the art of scheduling and keeping a solid calendar. Whether it’s Outlook or iCal, there are plenty of great resources available — as well as more production-specialized resources (like this and this) to consider.Check out these additional resources and tips for production scheduling.15 Pro Tips to Create a More Encouraging Production Schedule5 Scheduling Tips That’ll Help You Keep Momentum up During ProductionHow to Plan an Effective Shooting ScheduleScheduling and Budgeting Your Film Location ScoutingImage via Melty Cone Video.Before you begin your project, you’ll need to pick out your location(s). You may or may not have a studio available to you with a cyc wall, so it’s important to have resources at the ready should you need to rent a place. Things like background noise, lighting availability, and room for setups need consideration. Again, your producer self will appreciate keeping things like this organized with some handy apps and resources.5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationLocation Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For FreeFree Location Fact Sheet for Film and Video Productionslast_img read more

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After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the 17th tee, during day three of Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, England, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Three courses stage the tournament, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. APST. ANDREWS, Scotland — After completing only the second winless season of his 10-year professional career, Rory McIlroy will put his clubs away for six weeks and plot a way to regain his aura of old.McIlroy finished a frustrating, injury-hit 2017 season with an even-par 72 at St. Andrews in his final round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ McIlroy said he will not start hitting balls again until the end of November, and will focus on rehab and “getting my body right.” A rib injury sustained at the SA Open in January forced him to have six weeks off, and the problem resurfaced at times.Putting and wedge play have been his biggest weaknesses this year, said McIlroy, who added that “basically all areas of my game could get a little bit better.”McIlroy turned pro in 2007 and failed to win a title the following year. Since 2009, he has won 21 titles worldwide.ADVERTISEMENT “It summed up my whole of 2017: Not much happening,” McIlroy said. “Couldn’t get out of neutral.”Former top-ranked McIlroy, who has had two spells out of action this year because of injury, has dropped to No. 6 in the world — behind players like 24-year-old Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and rising Spanish star Jon Rahm, who is age 22. The last of McIlroy’s four majors came at the PGA Championship in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel I’m a much better player than I was in 2011 and 2012, when I was able to win a couple of majors,” the 28-year-old McIlroy said. “I feel I can do better than that in the next 10 years and that’s why these next three months are very important for me to put some really good things in place, step away and just reassess where I’m at and where I need to be.“The landscape of the game has changed a bit since I started to win majors. You have young, hungry guys now who are fearless and playing the game how I basically came out and played a few years go. It’s about gaining an advantage again here and there. Just reassessing everything and making sure I’m not leaving any stone unturned and do everything I can to get back to (being) the best player in the world.” View commentslast_img read more

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Incentives for winning medals at Asian Games

first_imgThe countdown for the Asian Games has begun.With the quadrennial extravaganza set to kick off from November 12, Samsung India announced its incentive programme for the medallists at the Asian Games during a felicitation ceremony on Wednesday.The extraordinary performers will get goods worth Rs 2.5 lakh from the company. The Commonwealth Games medallists also received the cash prizes for their efforts in Delhi.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Randhir Singh eulogised the CWG medallists and exuded confidence that India will come up with a similar performance at the Asian Games.” Indian athletes performed exceptionally well in almost all the events they participated in the Commonwealth Games.They won medals in some of the most competitive events and performance was good even in new sports like netball, lawn bowls and rugby sevens. I am looking forward to witness more of such performances from our athletes at the Asiad,” said Randhir at the event.Randhir also praised the government for sending the largest ever Indian contingent to China.” I am happy that the government approved a contingent comprising 609 athletes which also includes 249 female athletes. This will surely motivate our athletes to give their best at the Games,” he said.Brimming with confidence after their successful run at the Delhi Games, hockey captain Rajpal Singh and boxer Suranjoy Singh sounded confident of winning medals for the country.Rajpal said that there are certain areas where the team still needs to improve but the players are really motivated to do well.” We are satisfied with our performance as we played well against the top teams in Delhi.advertisementYes, there are certain areas where we need to work, but we expect to go there with a positive attitude. We are pitted against Japan and Pakistan in our pool.Both the teams are strong so let’s see how successful we will be,” Rajpal told MAIL TODAY . ” We will also focus to qualify for the London Olympics to be held in 2012. The team is trying its best to reduce the errors as the penalty corner conversion needs to be improved if we want to win big matches,” he said.Discussing the newly introduced Global Positioning System ( GPS) in hockey, Rajpal said the use of technology would surely help in improving their game.Commonwealth Games gold medallist Suranjoy feels that India has a very good chance to win more medals at Asian Games. ” All the boxers are training very hard. I hope to win this time as well as after the Games I got enthused to improve my record. The competition in China is surely higher than the CWG but all the boxers are working hard to win medals,” Suranjoy said.Akhil, who is not part of the Asiad squad, backed Suranjoy and said that the pugilists have been through a tough training regime which leaves them with a good chance to bag some medals in Guangzhou.” India won a gold at the 1998 Asian Games and we want to repeat the feat in this edition. I feel India has produced some of the best boxers in the recent past and boxing is becoming a popular sport in the country. Good performance by our boxers has really helped the sport grow faster,” Akhil said.World Champion wrestler and CWG gold winner Sushil, who has pulled out of the Asian Games due to injuries, said the wrestling team is capable enough to do better even in his absence.” Wrestling team is in a great shape. All of them are working hard and let’s hope they get some medals too,” said Sushil.last_img read more

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Neither court nor CoA but elected bodies should run Indian cricket: Amicus Curiae

first_imgSupreme Court appointed amicus curiae PS Narasimha is confident that BCCI is moving towards forming a democratically elected body which should actually govern the game rather than the Court or its appointed bodies.Narsimha recently submitted a report in the apex court after meeting representatives of various state associations and having made some headway where stakeholders are now getting ready for an election.In another pertinent point, the former Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India made it clear that the composition of nine-member apex council was never in Lodha Committee’s mandate.”Ultimately, it is for the organisers (officials) of cricket to take care of the game. It is not for courts to take care of the game. It is not for the lawyers to take care of the game. It is not for the Court appointed committees to continue to take care of the game,” Narsimha told PTI during an exclusive interview.”It is for the cricket organisers to do it and these organisers are the elected bodies. Now the reforms require that they associate cricketers also. They take care of the game that’s all. I think things are moving positively. The process of reforms commenced long back has taken time. Now it is time for implementation,” Narsimha said.The amicus said that his near “135 hours of mediation” with the state units have been “fruitful” as the matter is now nearing a “good conclusion”.”It seems to be near to that good conclusion we are thinking of to the litigation. So I think this mediation has resulted in some kind of a gateway of holding elections and putting in place a democratically elected BCCI,” Narsimha sounded confident.advertisement”My experience has been wonderful and all state units were enthusiastic in their response,” said the senior advocate, making it clear that at no point did he feel that any of the associations tried to scuttle the whole mediation process.Asked if it was good thing that Committee of Administrators (CoA) has now run Indian cricket for more than two years, Narsimha replied: “That question is really not relevant today because now we are at a stage where we are at the verge of resolving those issues and everyone lent a very positive hand.”He also clarified that the combined tenure for any office-bearer in state and parent body is 18 years.”The total number of years in BCCI is 9 years and in State association is also 9 years. So the total is 18 years. The last judgement made an observation which seemed to have created confusion as to whether it is 9 or 18.”One of the main issues was the composition of apex council and Narasimha agreed that the grievance of the state associations on the subject was a genuine one.”In BCCI, there are 36 members general body whereas some state associations have even 2000 voters and some even had a different composition with clubs and universities”So there are different types of entities and each one needed a representation. State associations are active bodies and they need man power. Therefore they need a larger number of executives to execute,” the amicus reasoned.He then agreed that the Lodha panel didn’t have the mandate to decide on the composition of the apex council.”I thought confining (apex council composition) as a matter of rule to nine for every state association is something that number one not logical and secondly, it wasn’t the mandate of Lodha Commission. Thirdly, it wasn’t the direction of the court. I spoke to CoA and told them that the system won’t work if you confine it to nine-member Apex council for state associations.”After a lot of deliberations, CoA also agreed it must be varied from place to place and importantly independence and character of the state association to the large extent was retrieved back,” said Narasimha.While a lot of associations spoke in favour of holding elections, Narasimha said that it is something for the “CoA to take note of”.”Once they fix the date for BCCI elections, automatically, working backwards, states will be holding their elections and send their representatives (to AGM). My role is not so much about holding elections.”On a personal front, it was an “unusual job” for him as a lawyer.”My cup of tea as a senior advocate is completely different from what the court asked me to do in this case,” he said smilingly.”My faith in the goodness of people is what helped me to execute this job and it happened naturally. Associations felt that they could convey to me their large number of grievances. I patiently heard them and could understand some of their frustrations. I only took them back to the question as to what they want in the best interest of cricket,” he concluded.advertisementAlso Read | Diana Edulji wanted to give away IPL winners’ trophy but eventually convention followedAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Team India: From mute golden goose to vocal stakeholderlast_img read more

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