Widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his time, Germany’s Oliver Kahn will play his last match at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata later this year. He is expected to bid goodbye to professional football when his team Bayern Munich takes on Mohun Bagan in front of an estimated 1,20,000 football lovers of Kolkata.
After observing several young cricketers in various cities in India, former India coach Greg Chappell said that the weight of the bat that most youngsters were using was having a negative impact. “The tendency among the youngsters to use heavier bats makes them bottom-handed. This makes them push the ball rather than hit it,” said Chappell.
India’s decline in world hockey was foretold as early as the 1970s by the then IHF President, Ashwini Kumar. He proposed the idea of employing the services of a foreign coach to train the players. But the idea of a foreign coach training the Indian team, once the best in the world, was disliked by many experts who shot down the proposal.
Famed long distance runner Haile Gebreselassie has said that he will not run in the marathon event at the Beijing Olympic Games because of the pollution at the venue. The Ethiopian world champion who suffers from asthma has decided to run only in the 10,000 metres.
England footballer Frank Lampard belongs to a family of well known football players. His father was a good player while his uncle Harry Redknapp is also a former West Ham United player and currently manages Premiership side Portsmouth. Lampard’s cousin, Jamie Redknapp, played for the England team.