Powell to use reprieve to compete at nationals

Sprinter Asafa Powell ( above ) plans to compete at the Jamaica Track and Field Championships this week, a year after testing positive for a banned drug during the same event.

The former 100 metre world record holder was slapped with an 18-month ban by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission following a positive test for Oxilofrine.

But Powell has been given a temporary reprieve by the Court of Arbitration for Sport while he appeals the suspension, allowing him to run in the nationals. A hearing on his appeal is scheduled for July 7 and 8.AFP

Ghosal gets top billing in CCI-PSA Squash

India’s No. 1 men’s player Saurav Ghosal ( below right ), currently ranked 16th in the world by the Professional Squash Association, has been given the top billing in the USD 25,000 CCI-PSA International squash championship, commencing here on July 1.

Apart from national champion Ghosal and world No. 30 Ong Beng Hee of Malaysia, who is the second seed, the other top players include 2013 runner-up and world No. 47 Mohd. Ali Anwar Reda of Egypt, world No. 44 Abdullah Al Muzayen from Kuwait and Christopher Gordon of US, among a host of overseas players.

Also in the fray are India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar, ranked 75 in the world, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (80), Ravi Dixit, Ramit Tandon and Kush Kumar.

The champion in the six-day tournament would take home USD 4,500 or 19 per cent of the total prize fund, explained former national champion and PSA’s India representative Ritwik Bhattacharya.

“This tournament is good because in India there is a lack of big events where Indians get a chance to earn ranking points. Saurav (Ghosal) has to reach the final and win it but Beng Hee will be quite a challenge,” Ritwik said.PTI

India wins two silver medals at Wushu Championship

India have won two silver and one bronze medal in the seventh international Wushu Championship that concluded in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Punjab’s Rishav and Krunal from Gujarat have won a silver medal each while Rushikesh, also from Gujarat won the bronze medal in the meet held at the Matve Sports Hall, according to Indian team leader Shivendra Dubey.

Participants from Iran, Russia among others competed in the meet.

Wushu is a sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts.PTI

TT squad seeks full-time physio and psychologist ahead of CWG

Indian paddlers are seeking full-time services of a physio and mental trainer to give their best in the next month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The players take the help of physio and trainer based at National Institute of Sports, Patiala, whenever they are training there but sorely miss full-time experts while playing overseas.

“Last week we were playing in Japan and we had to take help of physios from other countries. If we get access to physios and mind trainers all the time, I think it is bound to help us perform better,” a top player of the Indian men’s team said.

Table Tennis will be one of the 13 disciplines in which India participate at the Glasgow Games starting July 23. The sport fetched five medals including a gold at the 2010 edition in New Delhi.

Sports Authority of India (SAI) recently interviewed candidates for the two roles and has managed to hire men for some of the Commonwealth disciplines.

“We have finalised some four to five mental trainers for the Commonwealth disciplines. We will surely meet the requirements of the table tennis players but their federation has to approach us first,” SAI secretary Neeraj Kansal said.

Dhanraj Choudhary, secretary general at the Table Tennis Federation of India, said the federation will soon submit a list to SAI stating their requirements for the CWG as well as the Asian Games.PTI

Pankaj Advani gets top billing

Pankaj Advani ( above ) who finished the league phase on Tuesday with an all-win record and without dropping a frame in his four matches, was named top seed in the knock-out round of the IBSF 6 Reds World snooker championship. Along with Advani, Kamal Chawla and Dharmender Lilly also joined six other Indians in the knock-out phase that commences on Thursday. In the team championship, all the five Indian men’s pairings qualified for the knock-out stage as did two other combinations of Syed Saleem and Nadeem Ahmed, and Rafath Habib and Nadeem Azeez in the Masters section.IANS