Other Sports I have put my injury behind, says Axelsen after winning India Open

first_img“It has taken a lot of time and Srikanth here knows how an injury can take a toll and how long it takes to come back to normal fitness and level of play. So I am just happy the way I came back.”It is great to win the tournament. I don’t know what to say. It is always a confident booster, especially after the All England final, it is nice to win here.”Srikanth too have battled with ankle issues for the last couple of years. Axelsen and Srikanth had a 4-3 head-to-head record before the final match with the Indian getting the better of the Danish shuttler at the 2017 Denmark Open. Asked about their on-court rivalry, Axelsen said: “Srikanth beat me in Denmark last time, so I thought it was nice of him to allow me to win here in India.Maybe next time, it should be like I win in Denmark and he wins in India and I will be cool with that.”Talking about the summit clash, Axelsen said: “It was easier to control in the first game and in the second game Srikanth stepped up. We were so close, and it is small things which makes the difference. So you never know what would have happened if Srikanth had won the second game. “You need a little bit of luck. I had a lucky net chord. That’s how sports is, it is fragile.” It was after 17 months that Srikanth had reached the finals of a BWF World Tour event and the Indian said he was satisfied with the way the week has panned out for him.”I’m just happy with my performance in the last week. I just want to take it the way it comes. I know I was trailing in most of the matches but somehow I wanted this kind of momentum. I wanted these kind of wins. I want to continue this form now,” he said. highlights Viktor Axelsen believes he has put his ankle injury behind him.He recovered to win the Indonesia Open Super 1000.Axelsen had to undergo ankle surgery early last year. New Delhi: Former world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark Sunday said he has finally put his ankle injury behind him following the title win at the India Open here. After winning five titles, including the World Championship and BWF Super Series Finals in 2017, Axelsen had to undergo an ankle surgery early last year, which forced him to miss the All England Championships. He recovered to win the Indonesia Open Super 1000 but has struggled in the second half of the year. The former world no. 1, however, made a promising start this year with a title win at the Barcelona Spain Masters and a final appearance at the All England before claiming the India Open crown.”Now I can say that I have put the injury behind me,” Axelsen told reporters after defeating Kidambi Srikanth in straight games in the final Sunday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Models of Pride conference to be held this weekend

first_imgModels of Pride, a free annual conference focused on issues relating to LGBTQ youth, will be held on campus this Saturday.Empower · Rainbow flags adorn lamp posts placed along Trousdale Parkway last October in honor of national LGBT Heritage Month. – Razan al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan“The conference is designed for LGBTQ youth to be a day of empowerment, of personal development and helping them see themselves as leaders both for their own lives and also the LGBTQ community as whole,” said Kevin McCloskey, the program operations manager of the conference coordinator, LifeWorks.Now in its 22nd year, Models of Pride will host a string of activities and engagements aimed to foster a greater sense of community and awareness among LGBTQ youth in the Los Angeles area.Events will include an entertainment hour marked by celebrities such as Alex Newell from Glee, more than 100 workshops for students and parents, as well as a college and resource fair. Lunch and dinner will also be served, as well as a dance at night. Nearly 2,000 people are expected to attend Saturday’s festivities, with more than 1,200 being youth of ages 24 and under.The free conference is funded primarily through private sponsors such as Toyota and USC, the latter of which donated $10,000, according to Rev. Kelby Harrison, director of the USC LGBT Resource Center.The conference has been held on USC’s campus since 2010, and McCloskey cited the university’s support as both a sponsor and host as indicative of the school’s commitment to being a premier option for LGBTQ students.“I think USC wants to be known as a place that is a welcoming place for LGBTQ students and is a safe place and diverse place, and this conference is a good way to make that statement.”The conference is also utilizing USC personnel resources, primarily the LGBT Resource Center and the Queer and Ally Student Assembly.Harrison explained that the center is the conference’s on-campus partnering office and helps with facilities scheduling and university facility rentals for Models of Pride. The conference’s event will be held in various buildings throughout the campus, including Bovard Auditorium, Taper Hall of Humanities, Tutor Campus Center and Von KleinSmid Center.QuASA students members will be stationed throughout campus to help attendees locate specific event and workshops.“Our role is to help them out with guiding people at the conference — we’re [serving] as USC ambassadors,” said Dylan Lee, assistant director of QuASA.The conference was created in 1993 as the brainchild of the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and LifeWorks, the youth development and mentoring program of the L.A. LGBT Center, assumed hosting in 2010.Now in its fourth year at USC, McCloskey stressed the conference’s motive to serve ultimately as a means of youth empowerment.“I want people to feel less alone after being part of this conference. I want them to feel bigger, part of a community, to feel empowered to live their best life and be a part of making our world a bigger and better place for all people, and especially those who identify as LGBTQ,” he said.last_img read more

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