The distinct advantage of being a former player

first_imgDear Editor,The recent act by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) to recognise the historic feat achieved by our national team is highly commendable and worthy of much praise.The young team that won Guyana’s first Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championship gold at the recently-concluded event in Suriname undoubtedly deserved the accolade for an outstanding performance, playing unbeaten throughout the competition.All this was achieved in the face of the many obstacles that were placed in front of them prior to leaving these shores to participate in the Championship, but instead of arriving in the Dutch territory as mere competitors, the team’s determination to prove that they were worthy of support must have served as a positive inspiration for their superb performance.The sport of basketball has been experiencing a lean period in terms of fan support, but the GABF executive headed by the indomitable Nigel Hinds went about the business of affording the teams every opportunity to prepare adequately unperturbed by low turnouts and piecemeal sponsorship and must be having the last laugh now.Hinds, a former national basketball and hockey player, showed how much he cared about the sacrifices that were being made by the players and their respective families and was determined to get the team to the Championship at all costs.In Guyana, many other administrators might have ‘thrown in the towel’ and abandoned the effort to get the team to the Championship and in the process, lose the opportunity to make history, but the determined GABF President aided by his understanding of the kind of damage not attending the Championship could cause an athlete’s psyche, especially after putting in the hard work to compete at a high level, was not prepared to face those players with news that they could not participate due to financial constraints.News of that kind can also affect the game’s viability and sustainability and cognisant of the sport’s struggling fan base, it probably would have been unreasonable to deny them the chance to compete.Hinds’s request for support from the Government failed to get approval, but even then with a huge cost attached to getting the team to Suriname, taking care of accommodation, transportation and meals, he stood his ground, even putting his integrity on the line, promising that they will participate in the Championship.It was a bold statement, but as it turned out, it was the right call and the rest is history; they made their President and the whole of Guyana proud.What is instructive about the GABF President’s resolve is that it rubbed off on the team and the coaching staff, but, more importantly, it clearly demonstrated the advantage of being a former player.He showed the kind of love that is associated with being a good parent; he went through that phase of preparation and knew how crucial it was to reward them for their dedication and commitment and in return they rewarded him with the ultimate achievement – the gold.While we agree that being a former player does not necessarily transform someone into an excellent administrator, having that background provides a distinct advantage because of that yearning to pull out all stops to make it possible.Sports in Guyana are hungry for more individuals like Hinds; our athletes are being held back by some who are immersed in their importance rather than the athlete and are unwilling to go the extra mile to fulfil the dreams of our youths.Hinds’s demonstration of sacrifice should serve as a shining example to other administrators and who knows? We may begin to see more and more outstanding results across the sports spectrum.Yours respectfully,Rawle Welchlast_img read more

Donegal apprentices celebrate at annual graduate ceremony – Pic Special

first_imgGraduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship, were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD on Friday.The event was co-hosted by SOLAS, Donegal ETB and Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB.Speaking at the presentation, Minister McHugh noted the growing demand for people with vocational skills and praised the high quality of the Irish apprenticeship system and its success in developing highly skilled workers, like those receiving the Advanced Certificate. He said: “The skills learned through an apprenticeship are invaluable and offer real job opportunities. Businesses need employees with strong practical skills, and apprenticeships and vocational training are key to delivering these.”Andrew Brownlee, CEO, SOLAS, spoke of the apprenticeship programme and drew particular attention to the calibre of the Irish apprenticeship system which is recognised nationally and internationally.“You have completed a comprehensive apprenticeship that is recognised at home and abroad as one of the best in the world. An example of the standards achieved by apprentices during their apprenticeship is the success obtained by the Irish Team at successive World Skills Competitions. This is a remarkable achievement and it proves beyond doubt that our apprenticeship system and our apprentices are among the best in the world”.At the most recent World Skills Competition held in Russia in August, four gold medals, one bronze medal, a Best of Nation medal and seven Medallions for Excellence were achieved by the team of 17 young apprentices, trainees and students who represented Ireland. Among the team of 17 were Donegal apprentices, Christopher Kehoe and Jack O’Donnell. Christopher Kehoe completed his final training in Letterkenny Training Centre under the direction of Welding Instructor and World Skills Expert Cathal McGee.Cathal also accompanied the Irish Team to Russia as their World Skills Expert in Welding. Jack O’Donnell completed his final training in Gaoth Dobhair Training Centre under the direction of Plumbing Instructor John Sweeney. Both Christopher and Jack won Medals of Excellence at the championships.The Advanced Certificate Craft is at Level 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications and is an internationally recognised qualification.There has been an increased focus on Apprenticeships in recent years. Apprenticeship in Ireland has traditionally been the path to skilled occupations in a range of sectors such as construction, engineering, motor and electrical. However, under the guidance of the Apprenticeship Council, the apprenticeship system in Ireland is expanding.Things are changing, with an expanded model of apprenticeship, in which a wider range of occupations are attracting more people into apprenticeships. New apprenticeships have been launched in sectors such as auctioneering and property services, finance, biopharma, ICT, logistics and hospitality with more in development across a range of sectors. Alongside this, we are seeing an increase in the number of new apprentices being registered across all of the current trades. This is a testament to the high regard which the apprenticeship system in Ireland is held. It has long been respected as a comprehensive and successful career and education route for people of all ages.Representing the Education and Training Boards, Anne McHugh, CE, Donegal ETB said “We are delighted that so many young people have received their Advanced Certificate Craft here today. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the young people, their families, the companies with which they work with and of course, the staff in our Training Centres who support and work so hard with them during their time with Education and Training Boards.Both Donegal and Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education and Training Boards are delighted that Government policy is so strong in the area of Apprenticeship and we are very much committed to working with SOLAS to promote the development and growth of apprenticeship activity both regionally and nationally.Also, as part of our future plans, we intend working closely with employers and other bodies to achieve the best possible outcomes for our young people”. Donegal and MSL ETB are currently rolling out a new training initiative across the Northwest. Skills to Advance which was developed by SOLAS, is aimed at upskilling people in employment.An example of this is the development of a strategic partnership between Donegal ETB and a national health services innovations company where the ETB are currently running a Diploma in Professional Administration (Level 6) to upskill operational staff within the company with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the Donegal base.Evening course provision in both ETBs is also being utilised to provide Skills to Advance training for many workers in counties Donegal, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim.Concluding the ceremony, Andrew Brownlee congratulated the apprentices who received their Advanced Certificates Craft on their achievement of being recognised as highly skilled craftspeople and wished them every success in their careers.Graduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Pictured is Anne McHugh CE Donegal ETB speaking at the event. Photo Clive WassonGraduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Geoffrey Browne, Chairman Donegal ETB speaking at the presentation event. Photo Clive WassonAndrew Brownlee, CEO, SOLAS, speaking as graduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGraduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGraduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDonegal apprentices celebrate at annual graduate ceremony – Pic Special was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aston Villa v QPR: Kranjcar and Hill start

first_imgNiko Kranjcar and Clint Hill start for QPR in the vital game against fellow strugglers Aston Villa.Hill comes in at left-back for Yun Suk-Young, who picked up a head injury during Saturday’s 4-1 win at West Brom.And Kranjcar starts in place of Eduardo Vargas, who will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee ligament injury against the Baggies.Aston Villa v QPR: five key battlesAaron Mitchell is in Rangers’ matchday squad for the first time. Mitchell is named on the substitutes’ bench along with fellow youngsters Michael Doughty and Reece Grego-Cox.Villa are without Alan Hutton, Scott Sinclair, Ashley Westwood and Aly Cissokho, but former Fulham man Kieran Richardson has been passed fit to play. Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Richardson, Cleverley, Delph, Sanchez, Grealish, Agbonlahor, Benteke Subs: Given, Baker, Okore, Weimann, Cole, N’Zogbia, Lowton. QPR: Green, Isla, Onuoha, Caulker, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Hoilett, Henry Mitchell, Doughty, Grego-Cox.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Without Technical Assistance, Policy Efforts Fall Flat

first_imgFrom guest blogger Alison Corwin, New EcologyWe at New Ecology are very excited to be involved with the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) as our mission is to promote development solutions that deliver positive economic, environmental, and social returns. The NSP program recognizes the importance of promoting development that protects environmental quality and eliminates pollution and waste, provides direct, meaningful economic opportunities for communities, and builds civic capacity to ensure a healthy future.By implementing greening strategies in the rehabilitation of existing affordable housing stock, there is great potential not only to reduce energy and water use, making it more sustainable from an environmental standpoint, but to develop a meaningful economic opportunity as well. The energy and water savings reduce operating costs in the long term, helping to ensure the housing remains affordable in the future.New Ecology NSP experience: training is criticalOur experience with NSP Technical Assistance tasks thus far has spanned a broad spectrum, from working with design teams on project specifications and plans to larger policy initiatives; these requests reflect the diverse nature of assistance desired by NSP grantees.One project in particular further enforced the idea that training is a critical function of successful policy implementation. The task was to revise a previous policy written on a county level for rehab projects needing to meet the greening standards for NSP. What we found was that the existing policy had included items unrelated to greening — for example, accessibility, fire protection, marketability, and so on — which made for a cumbersome set of guidelines.New Ecology recommendation: targeted policies for single-family and multifamily housingWe determined that the most effective approach was to write a policy that focused solely on greening and specifically on single-family homes as they comprise the current majority of housing stock receiving NSP funding. However, we recommended that a separate multifamily standard be written to account for the nuances for that particular type of building.While the final policy requires action that will create energy and water efficient, healthy and durable homes, we have found that the reality is without proper education and training for local architects, builders and contractors related to the criteria set forth, implementation of greening policies will likely have mixed success.It is critical that the NSP grantees seek technical assistance to support the provision of training around new policies if we are to truly implement greening on a level that will have widespread impact.last_img read more

Former scribe Piñol urges sports officials to focus on grassroots

first_imgMOST READ UP scores stunner over UST, ends four-game skid Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Piñol, a former sportswriter, columnist, and boxing analyst, urged the in Philippine sports authorities to put their focus on honing homegrown talents in hopes of being a power again in the international stage.“The PSC and POC should concentrate on developing homegrown talents. But like in agriculture, there should be a roadmap to tackle this development,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis roadmap, Piñol said, is essential in pinpointing where direction Philippine sports will go to in the next years.“We don’t only look for tomorrow’s needs, but we need to look at what needs to be done for the future,” he said. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Focus on homegrown talents rather than relying on imports.That was the message  of Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol when he delivered the keynote speech in the 2017 SMC-Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol was the guest speaker at the 2018 PSA Awards night. Photo by Trsitan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPiñol was the guest of honor in the annual awards for Philippine sports, where 2017 World 9-Ball champion Carlo Biado, 2017 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup women’s titleholder Krizziah Lyn Tabora, and International Boxing Federation superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas were feted as the Athletes of the Year.Also among the 105 honorees were Mr. Basketball June Mar Fajardo, Mr. Volleyball Marck Espejo, Ms. Volleyball Dawn Macandili, Mr. Golf Clyde Mondilla, NSA of the Year Triathlon Association of the Philippines, Executives of the Year Ramon S. Ang of San Miguel Corporation and Ernesto Echauz of Standard Insurance, and the 2023 Fiba World Cup bid team led by SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan which received the President’s Award. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Party is over for Alagiri and friends

first_imgIt is celebration time in Madurai! For, so swift and sudden has been the change that it has lifted the people of this temple city from their despondency. With a new government taking over, the air of freedom seems all pervasive in the former fiefdom of M K Alagiri.”What next?” is the question that invariably lingers in the minds of the people, who are secretly gleeful at the increasing discomfiture of the Union Minister.With his close aides in jail, the DMK patriarch’s elder son is rattled at the prospect of his turn being perilously close. These were the people with whom the ‘Prince’ ruled the southern districts, holding his court in Madurai. Now his wings have been clipped. The sheen of invincibility too has vanished, resulting in his isolation.Alarm bells started ringing when the police first laid their hands on ‘Pottu’ Suresh, a school drop-out turned Man Friday of the Union Minister. Widely seen as the alter-ego of his master, he came to wield immense power with many bureaucrats, seeking transfers and plum postings, waiting for his appointment. So much so, Jayalalithaa chose to call him Deputy CM as Alagiri was considered the CM of the Southern districts.It was a meteoric rise for someone who was an unsuccessful roadside vendor close to two decades ago. Earlier, Suresh was known with the prefixes ‘nighty’ and ‘bajji’ for selling women’s accessories and then hot ‘bajji’ in the Town Hall Road. Sporting a huge tilak (‘pottu’ in Tamil) after associating with netas, it became his new identity. His final destination was Alagiri and within a short period of time, he edged out old timers and entered the Minister’s inner circle. “Pottu’s words are mine and should be complied with,” was Alagiri’s reported diktat.advertisementNone of the DMK leader’s courtiers, who gained prominence and power, had any stature. Neither were they from the party ranks nor from the family association. The less said the better about their vice- like grip. In spite of their humble beginnings, they have come to flaunt huge wealth which, even the DMK old timers could not digest. Worse, they were despised by the public for unleashing a reign of terror. The more notoriety they earned, the more dependable they became for their master.Doing his bidding without any hesitation is their only creed. No wonder, with the DMK’s crushing defeat in the assembly poll Alagiri’s cronies were expected to face the music. But, none had expected that the crackdown would expose and disarm the ‘ Prince of Madurai’ so soon.His lieutenants who landed in prison include, ‘Attack’ Pandi, an accused in the Dinakaran attack case, G Thalapathy, former MLA, and ‘Essar’ Gopi, accused in the murder of former DMK Minister Tha Kiruttinan. Those awaiting police action include Deputy Mayor P M Mannan, also an accused in the Kiruttinan case.These are only samples as the list is not exhaustive.More than keeping them as henchmen, the DMK satrap went a step ahead by elevating them as senior functionaries in the party. Ever since the pyrrhic victory in the 2009 Tirumangalam bypoll, which was the beginning of the cash for vote syndrome, Alagiri’s writ was never challenged. Despite their criminal background, he got his associates elevated to the DMK Executive Committee as well.Though the Dinakaran and Kiruttinan cases ended in acquittal, the spectre of their revival has come to haunt Alagiri and his associates.As the noose is tightening around Alagiri, no tears are shed either in the party or in the city, which he has made his home for well over two decades. ‘He who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind’ is the reason proffered by the ordinary citizen about the fate that has befallen the DMK strongman and his associates.A man is judged by the company he keeps. It is more so in public life where none can escape scrutiny of one’s conduct.This is particularly true of Alagiri, who, given a long rope by his octogenarian father, turned out to be a law unto himself.He has no literary or intellectual pretensions like his father, who keeps the company of discredited writers and poets, to sing paeans. If the Dravidian movement could be called as anti- intellectual and anti-democratic for parading the halfbaked as scholars and thugs as leaders in the public domain, Alagiri could well be seen as its logical culmination.Wily Marans bunk DMK rally When the DMK took to the streets protesting Jayalalithaa’s ‘politics of vendetta’, one man invited the wrath of party workers by being conspicuous by his absence – Dayanidhi Maran. Both the Marans have flown to distant Indonesia where they are holidaying with their families. The DMK rank and file is not ready to forgive the indiscretion of the duo, who are seen as parasitic time servers. Their grouse is that the Marans consider themselves above the party. Having enjoyed power, they were expected to stand by the party at the time of distress is the chorus in DMK circles.advertisementMaybe mounting troubles could have forced them to stay away from the massive protest in which over one lakh party workers, led by the M K Stalin, courted arrest. With the patriarch taking a back seat, it was left to his younger son to shoulder the leadership. Even a limping Khushboo was seen getting into the police vehicle, raising the morale of the party which is reeling under the ruthless crackdown by the AIADMK government.And this being the first major agitation of the DMK after the humiliating electoral defeat, Maran junior’s absence was not taken kindly.Further, this has marginalised him after his exit from the Union Cabinet. “Are they attempting to make peace with the czarina in order to protect their business interest?” is also a question that is doing the rounds.Babus to face music nowAfter the netas, it’s the turn of babus who ruled the roost during the Karunanidhi regime to face the music. ADGP Jaffer Sait, former state Intelligence chief, has been placed under suspension. This follows a vigilance raid last week at the residences of Sait, his relatives and close associates.He has been charged with acquiring a prime plot in the name of his wife under the social worker category and building flats for sale together with another aide of Karunanidhi. In the run-up to the assembly poll, the EC transferred him to West Bengal following allegations by the Opposition. He preferred to go on leave and was vacationing in Bangkok. The buzz in the corridors of power is who will be the next to face the music.Left gets it wrong, againOnce again the Marxists have proved that they are twice removed from reality. On the emotive issue of Eelam, the CPI(M) has been treading the beaten path, by calling for unity among Tamils and Sinhalese. But, in the aftermath of the colossal human tragedy in Sri Lanka, the party’s formulation has made it a laughing stock among the pro-Tamil groups.In mobilising public opinion it is no match for its Dravidian counterparts. Concerned at the CPI too marching ahead of it in raising this issue, the party General Secretary Parakash Karat came here last week to parrot the worn out formulations. Even its sympathisers are red faced at the party living in the past. Will the Marxists see sense?Jaya seeks to revive dam dispute With Jayalalithaa back in the saddle, the Mullaiperiyar (Mullaperiyar in Kerala) dam issue could gain added momentum.advertisementIt is the lifeline of the six southern districts of Tamil Nadu which are facing the threat of desertification as storage level has been brought down to 136 in 1979 following Kerala raising safety concerns. Later the dam structure was strengthened as per Centre Water Commission guidelines. But, storage is no more the bone of contention with Kerala now pressing for a new dam even after the Supreme Court ordered reverting storage to the original 152 ft in phases.As a first step towards protecting her turf, Jayalalithaa has opposed the Centre’s Dam Safety Bill, objecting to certain clauses which she finds are detrimental to the state. As in all other issues, her bte noire Karunanidhi stands discredited.He had called off a fast due to pressure from the Congress. This presents her an opportunity to outsmart the old fox. Further, it would help her to rob the wind out of the sails of Vaiko and other pro-Tamil parties whose voice has turned shrill against Kerala.last_img read more

10 months agoHazard insists Chelsea still in the title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard insists Chelsea still in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard insists they’re still in the title race.Hazard struck in victory at Brighton yesterday.He said, “I like scoring, but it’s not important to me, the most important thing is winning the games. “That’s why I’m on the field, we knew before the match that we had to score a third goal, when you’re 3-0 it’s harder for the teams to come back, but we did not concede the goal and the pressure came up. “We managed the game well. We want to be at the top of the standings at the end of the season, we know that Man City and Liverpool are good teams but we do not want the gap to be big.” last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd pull trigger on Martial one-year extension

first_imgMan Utd pull trigger on Martial one-year extensionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have triggered a one-year option in Anthony Martial’s contract. The Frenchman is now under contract until 2020, however, the club have begun negotiations to further extend that deal.Martial is United’s top goalscorer with eight this season and has established himself as a regular starter after previously falling out with manager Jose Mourinho.Juventus, Chelsea and Tottenham have all expressed an interest in the 23-year-old. However, Goal claims Martial is open to remaining at Old Trafford beyond 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months ago​Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia ban

first_img​Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia banby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has received a one game international ban.The player is under fire because of comments that he made on social media.He posted a video on Instagram after a game against Spain in November, where he insulted the team and Sergio Ramos.According to UEFA, Lovren acted in a way that was not compliant with the body’s disciplinary rules.UEFA can punish anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct”.Lovren will miss his nation’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

PS Narasimha to resolve disputes of cricket administration in BCCI SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday appointed senior advocate P S Narasimha, who is assisting the apex court as an amicus curiae in the BCCI matter, as mediator for resolving various disputes related to cricket administration in the country. A bench of Justices S A Bobde and A M Spare was informed by Narasimha that former apex court judge Justice (retd) D K Jain has assumed charge as the ombudsman of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “The game must go on,” the bench said, asking Narasimha to act as mediator in the cricket administration disputes. It also asked Narasimha to look into the dispute relating to release of funds by the court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to various cricket associations. Besides, it restrained all other courts in India from entertaining or proceeding with any matter pertaining to BCCI and state cricket associations. The apex court had on February 21 appointed its former judge Justice Jain, as the first court-appointed ombudsman for BCCI. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty Justice Jain emerged as the first choice among the six former apex court judges whose names were placed before a bench in an envelope. In the previous hearing, the counsel appearing for some of the state cricket associations had told the court that CoA has not released funds to them. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Maharashtra Cricket Association, had said the condition was “precarious” as their stadium has been attached in a court proceeding and they have not been given funds by the CoA. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for a state cricket association, had argued that for the last three years, “not a single penny has been given to the state cricket associations”. Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the CoA, had told the bench that funds were released directly to the respective vendors for the works done by them. “As long as people are playing the game and cricket is going on, we are not concerned,” the bench had observed. It had asked Narasimha to advise the CoA to release funds to the state cricket associations for cricketing purpose. “At the moment, let CoA be re-constituted and they can seek advise of P S Narasimha and then release funds. We are not going to loon into the accounts,” the bench had said, adding, “We think that CoA is not utilising the services of amicus. Let them do it”. The apex court, had on February 21 appointed Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge as the third member of the CoA for BCCI. In 2017, the apex court had appointed a four-member CoA, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai, to run the affairs of BCCI and implement the court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body. The other three members of the CoA were — former Indian women cricket captain Diana Edulji, historian Ramachandra Guha and banker Vikram Limaye. Following the resignations of Guha and Limaye, the CoA presently has only two members — Rai and Edulji. The two-member CoA has been divided on several matters including the recent controversy involving cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul. Pandya and Rahul had attracted widespread criticism for their alleged misogynistic comments on TV Show ‘Koffee with Karan’. Rai had reportedly recommended a two-match ban on Pandya and Rahul, but Edulji had taken the matter to the BCCI legal cell which refused to call the players’ actions a violation of the code of conduct and recommended the appointment of an ombudsman. The CoA chief and Edulji had also reportedly differed on the controversy relating to exclusion of Indian women cricketer Mithali Raj from the playing 11 in the crucial semi-final match of the recently concluded women’s world cup.last_img read more