Milkha Singh’s words were inspiring: Jhajharia

Para-athlete Devendra Jhajharia, who became the first Indian to win a gold medal at Para World Athletics Championship, said that legendary Milkha Singh’s inspiring words worked wonders during his endeavour to achieve success at the highest level.

“I idolize Milkha Singh as he was one of the first person who told me to get deeply involved with athletics. He once told me that I should be able shut myself out from the rest of the world when I am competing inside the stadium. I should only concentrate on my target,” javelin thrower Jhajharia said. “Also I am indebted to him as he found me deserving enough to get the prestigious Arjuna Award when he was the chairman of the Awards Committee.”PTI

Martino sees Messi input in Barca move

Gerardo Martino on Tuesday credited Lionel Messi with having had input in Barcelona’s decision to appoint him as coach. 50-year-old Martino comes in from Argentine outfit Newell’s Old Boys — where Messi started out before moving to the Catalan club in his early teens. “It took me by surprise (but) I have no doubt that Jorge (Messi’s father) and Lionel were involved. (Barca) will surely have asked their opinion — though I don’t know to what extent” any input would have swayed the Barca board, Martino said.AFP.

Austrian Grand Prix to return in 2014

Formula One will return to Austria in July 2014 after an 11-year break, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz said on Tuesday.

The last time a Formula One race was held in Austria was in 2003, when Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher took the chequered flag at the A1 Ring, as the since-modernised Spielberg track was then called.AFP

Boe upset over IBL snub

Exasperated at being snubbed at the IBL players’ auction, Denmark’s Mathias Boe on Wednesday vowed to not visit India after appearing in Thomas Cup next year. Boe, who won the All England Super Series in 2011 with compatriot Carsten Mogensen, had a base price of USD 50,000 but the 33-year-old did not find any takers.

Boe, who is London Olympics men’s doubles silver medallist, said next year’s Thomas Cup would be his last assignment in India. “Didn’t get sold to IBL. …I have supported the event all the way though, and almost left the national team to participate,” Boe wrote on his twitter page. “After Thomas cup next year I will never set my feet in India again or support any events from their side,” he wrote.PTI

Okimoto wins 10-km gold

Poliana Okimoto she held off Brazilian compatriot Ana Cunha in the final sprint to win the women’s 10-km open water gold at the world championships on Tuesday.

An exhausted Okimoto failed to complete the event at Hyde Park’s Serpentine lake in London last year but had plenty left in the tank this time around .

Chinese diving duo Qin Kai and He Chong combined for gold in the men’s 3m synchronised springboard event on Tuesday.

Qin and He racked up 448.86 points.Reuters

Isinbayeva to retire after World Championships

Russian pole vault queen and double Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva announced on Tuesday she would be retiring after her home world athletics championships, which take place in Moscow in August.

“My career will come to its end at the world championships,” Isinbayeva told after winning the national title at Moscow’s Luzhniki arena.

“For me it will be a really nostalgic moment. I want to enjoy a joyful career finish and will show my best at the world championships.”

“It was here in Luzhniki that I won my first title and here my career will come to an end… ” she added.AFP

We won’t lose Rooney,

says Moyes

Manchester United boss David Moyes on Tuesday said Wayne Rooney is coming back to fitness after a hamstring injury and moved to reassure fans the striker is not leaving the club.

“So far as I know, he is coming back, he is jogging,” Moyes told reporters in Japan. “We are not going to lose him.”

The start of Moyes’s stewardship has been dominated by talk about Rooney, the subject of a bid from United’s rivals Chelsea.AFP