KARACHI: Aiming to make a mark on the boxing ring, 47 boxers from different regions of Karachi – aged 14 to 20 – participated in the two-day Karachi women’s boxing championship.
The event is organized by the Sindh Boxing Association in collaboration with the South Karachi District Municipal Corporation. Boxers from the South, West and Central districts of Karachi participated in the event.
On the opening day of the championship, 15 fights were held during which enthusiastic female boxers demonstrated their strength, skill and passion for achieving something.
“This championship is the first step for them to realize their dream of doing something for the country,” said Asif Azeem, the championship organizer.
And, what are the dreams for these girls?
“To win medals for Pakistan in all international events,” replied the girls.
“We can be like Laila Ali, Marry Kom or other top boxers. If they can do it, why can’t we? “Said a boxer who participated in the tournament.
Boxing was once one of the fastest growing sports in Pakistan, but in recent years, it has been on the decline due to the lack of interest and politics that is common in the Boxing Federation.
Pakistan introduced women’s boxing in 2015 and Razia Banu emerged as Pakistan’s first female boxing star.
“It’s nice to see girls interested in boxing, it’s not only a sport but it can also help them in self-defense. They have role models like Mehreen and Razia who have made the country proud, ”said Asghar Baloch, vice president of the Pakistan Boxing Federation and well-known boxing organizer.
“We currently have about 100 girls in our pool but we are making all efforts to increase this number because our target is to have at least 1,000 girls playing this sport. “In Karachi, Liyari has a good number of boxers and there are girls from Balochistan and other parts of the country who are progressing too,” he said.
Asghar added that championships at the grassroots level would help not only in raising the standard of play but also in promoting boxing among the masses.
ASSISI: While away from home to focus on honing their skills during the 52 day exposure trip, Indian men and women boxing the team celebrates Diwali with coaches and support staff in Assisi, Italy. The 27-member Indian contingent, who have been training in a bio-safe environment in Italy since last month, celebrated the festival of lights in the traditional way as well as enjoying Indian dishes. “Everyone loves to be with family during festival time, but the Indian team is also our family and we had a great time today. We have Indian style food cooked for us at this special occasion such as poori, kheer and everything that makes us miss a little. home, “the boxer World Championship silver medalist Amit Panghal word in a statement. Meanwhile, the Asian Games bronze medalist Pooja Rani said it was a ‘great celebration’ in the middle corona virus the plague. “It is a great celebration especially during these difficult times of COVID. Everyone is enjoying the celebration and because we have been training here in a bio-safe environment, things like this make us more positive and happy. The focus will now be on back to training as we wanted. to make the most of this opportunity, “he said.
Live coverage of the final sessions, including England vs Belgium and Wales vs Germany in the semi-finals which kicked off at 6pm at the Sky Sports Arena with the final soon after to find out who will be crowned World Darts Cup winners
Last Updated: 11/8/20 7:31 pm
Michael van Gerwen was unable to perform at his best due to nerves stuck in his lower back when Holland was sent off by Germany at the World Darts Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The world number one was somehow able to compete on Sunday afternoon after seeking medical advice and although showing no visible signs of pain at the oche, he was clearly not at his best as the Dutch bid for a fifth title was ended by Germany.
Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp will now prepare for the semi-final meeting with Wales, while England will face Belgium.
Sunday’s Quarter-Final Results
Canada 1-2 Belgium
England 2-1 Austria
Wales 2-1 Australia
Netherlands 1-2 Germany
The Netherlands suffers a shock going out to Germany
The four-time champions face Germany in the much-awaited quarter-final tie of the afternoon.
The German pair Clemens and Hopp advanced to the last eight having lost just one leg when Clemens took on Danny Noppert first.
Clemens got off to a brilliant start as he made a classy 156 payoff to take a 2-0 lead, but having lost D16 to go further forward, Noppert made him pay off before leveling up with 15 legs of arrows.
The next two legs went with throws before Clemens fired a maximum of 140, and ended with D8 to claim a 4-3 win to add pressure to the injured MVG.
But Van Gerwen, who had been checked in hospital just hours earlier, produced the items to beat the former youth world champion 4-1 and gave us a matched winner.
Noppert held off for 104 to stop a straight throw before sinking the top to double the lead for the Netherlands. However, Germany hit back to level 2-2 before the next two legs left with throws to send the game into the decider.
Germany had the advantage of the pitch but failed and after Van Gerwen failed to score the winner, Clemens held back his nerve to reach D10 for a famous win.
Wales digs deeper to beat Australia
Pre-tournament favorite Wales took on Australia in a delicious quarter-final fight and it didn’t disappoint.
Gerwyn Price and Simon Whitlock did it with a hammer and brace as they shared the opening four legs before ‘The Wizard’ made an 11-dart throw. Price responded with his own 11-darts by pulling out 96 with a neat combination of two arrows to send the contest to the final round.
Whitlock sped away only to miss three match darts in D10 to allow Price to steal the opening rubber with D12.
Derbyshire-based Damon Heta appeared to be increasing the heat on Jonny Clayton in second singles.
It was even for the first four legs and then Heta nailed D8 to break the pitch before holding off the pitch to seal a 4-2 win and take us all the way.
Wales opened their doubles encounter on the front foot when they were two legs up, but Heta made a D1 to give the Aussies hope of resurrection. Price then pinned the D10 for a 3-1 lead before sinking the D6 to seal victory.
Semi-Final & Sunday Final
England vs Belgium
Wales vs Germany
England or Belgium vs Wales or Germany
Live Darts World Cup
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England beat hosts Austria
Top seeds England managed to qualify for the showdown with Belgium after ending hosts Austria’s hopes in a thrilling quarter-final.
Michael Smith faced Mensur Suljovic in the first half and after having a bit of luck to hold off the throw in the first leg, he plowed heavily to break his opponent’s serve in the following game. He then took 72 to walk away from victory.
But Suljovic fought back in an extraordinary way. He held off throws before piling up at the 177th and 50th finish as well before sending rubber to the deciding leg with a majestic maximum and an 81 checkout. He secured a stellar 87 wins over the bulls to record a 4-3 win.
It was left to Rob Cross to save British chops against Rowby-John Rodriguez. The 26-year-old was clearly on fire and he opened up with 160 punches before nailing a solid ton. Cross hit back in the next set but he was pushed back as soon as Rodriguez had 92 to take a 3-1 lead.
Cross cleared 66 to stay alive and after Rodriguez missed a match dart, the former world champion pinned on a D4 to send him on penalties. The tension ran through both players with the more important double fault. Rodriguez missed three more darts of the game before Cross pulled himself together to land a D6.
The first five legs of double action went with throws before Suljovic pinned the pinnacle to send us into another final leg determinant. Smith grabbed three of the match darts but Austria were unable to take advantage, leaving Cross to finish the job for England thanks to a D10.
Belgium sneaks past Canada
Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh ended the Canadian journey as they both made it through to the last four on the Salzburgarena stage.
Huybrechts, a former finalist in 2013, opened the match with a brilliant performance to beat Jeff Smith 4-1.
‘The Hurricane’ averaged an excellent 108.32 arrows in a blistering dart display.
Canada, playing in their first Darts World Cup quarter-final since 2016, needed a lift and Matt Campbell did it with an opening 160 salvo before breaking Van den Bergh’s serve with a 64 finish.
Hamilton’s ‘The Ginga Ninja’ continued his clinic finish by nailing 120 to make it 3-0. Van den Bergh blocked the pitch in the fourth leg but Campbell won the decisive doubles after pinning D19 in a shock 4-1 win.
In a drama-heavy pairing match, there were four throw breaks in the opening four legs before Huybrechts pinned on D4 and D8 to seal a 4-2 success and qualify for his sixth World Cup semi-final.
Don’t miss the arrow thrown at the Darts World Cup. The action continues tonight starting at 6pm Sky Sports Arena when we had coverage of the remaining two sessions as the new champions were crowned.
Tamsin Greenway provides his perspective on what the British Vitality Roses will take from their New Zealand Test and where their focus needs to shift to a future series.
First things first, I think it was a very positive series for England and very important to keep going.
I know that the players and the team have to go through a lot for that to happen. They’ve all handled that side amazingly and it’s really worth it when we see the performances they’ve put out there.
Without the eight players who play in the Suncorp Super Netball, there is a feeling that the world champions will really take him to England and it will be a very challenging tour in terms of performance.
As a result of that perception, I think many people were quite surprised by the steps of the English players who took to the courts. It was a wonderful statement for them to go out there fearlessly and use that thought as motivation to show everyone what they were made of.
That fearless attitude appeared in all three matches. The inexperienced young English players have shown they can go to the next level, and audiences in the Southern Hemisphere will surely remember some English names by now.
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England’s confidence was boosted by their shooters and their high goal percentage at Tes, but that was led by excellent defensive work across the pitch. The Roses defense rocked the Silver Ferns and that meant they couldn’t play with the freedom and creativity they normally do.
I know that prior to the tour, UK head coach Jess Thirlby talked about it as a show and development tour. These are two goals that I think are quite difficult to achieve at the same time because you try to win games but also try to get the people on the pitch.
Personally, I think England are close to striking a balance between chasing the win and giving the players exposure, there are only a few key changes that could have been made differently.
I was thinking about the second Test when the momentum was clear with England. I want to see how long the players on the pitch can stay and what they can achieve as a result of that.
However, if exposure is key then I hope the England management team gets the answers they want. If they do, that means they can move forward and start building the squad clearly, instead of throwing the net too wide and not investing entirely in key positions and players.
Of course, you want to have a lot of talent and make sure you have players coming in, but you can’t take the six players who all play C / WD to the World Cup. At some point, you have to decide who two or three players are your focus on, and you have to give them the opportunity out there to learn, perform and build connections, because every game between now and the Commonwealth Games is very important.
I think the UK have found their answer for the next GA at Sophie Drakeford-Lewis. What’s interesting is he has so much to learn, but he’s still brilliant in New Zealand and making a real impact. Sophie made her name known and I think she will only continue to improve.
With so much potential, and adding it to a long list of other UK GAs – Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Eleanor Cardwell and Nat Haythornthwaite – does the UK really need to keep trying more combinations here? Or can they focus on it and start looking at the next crop below it in support, like Kira Rothwell for example.
It’s the same as some of the other positions – take the midfield battle between Amy Carter and Gabby Marshall.
I understand the need to bring in players, but if you already have Serena Guthrie, Jade Clarke in the squad … then Beth Cobden will be back and Laura Malcolm who can play WD / C, as well as Jodie Gibson, Layla Guscoth and Vicki Oyesola all covered, the decision hard to make about who you want to build your next squad for.
If Australia can leave Kate Eddy and Amy Parmenter, and New Zealand can leave the Toeava Map, then I think Britain must also be ruthless at some point, otherwise no one gets the amount of time and input they need.
Moving on to another key invention for England, Razia Quashie looks very comfortable on the international stage, and she does it against a very tough opponent.
Geva Mentor has been the world leader for so long in GK’s position and the truth is (sadly) he won’t be playing forever. That means Britain needs to start figuring out who their next GK is and what I love about Raz in New Zealand is that she gets better and better with each Test.
In the third game, he took the lead for interception and he kept England in that game for a long time. Raz really started thinking about what the units in front of him were doing and what balls he could enter and win. He really stood out from the tour and that’s something England should really love.
As for Silver Ferns, it is a very interesting series for them. I think it’s fair to say that everyone expected them to be better, or at least more consistent than before, yet they still got clean results.
They also managed to get all their players out on the field and improved from the first game to the last. You can see they try a lot of things, it’s not perfect at all, but they are brave enough to change the starting lineups and the tactical play, which all depends on Dame Noeline Taurua and her wits.
I think it’s important that we all remember that New Zealand has lost many key players, also in key positions. With new faces in the position, it will take time for them to reach the level and tactical play they had at the World Cup.
New Zealand is no different from any other team in the world – they still bring players in and have them learn on the job. They won all three Tests, but they were clearly unhappy with the way they played. This group will only get better.
So how is the UK moving forward now? I think they have a great opportunity in New Zealand, and now is the time to start strengthening and strengthening some of the combinations that have worked.
The coaches should have seen enough of the Vitality Nations Cup in January, from their own camp and from this series to start to break down and focus on the specific players who will step up, compete and mix with those who will return to the competition. troops.
I hope that the next time Vitality Roses has an international Test series, there is a bit of consistency on the pitch in terms of combinations. I also hope that the focus shifts from performance and development, to purely performance, because this next group to come is very interesting and has shown us all how much potential they have.
Razia Quashie, Fran Williams, George Fisher and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis all seized their chances with both hands during the three British Test series in New Zealand against the world champions
By Emma Thurston
Last Updated: 02/11/20 1:35 pm
When Vitality Roses England returned from New Zealand, we saw four players take their chances with both hands against the world champions.
Jess Thirlby’s outfit heads to New Zealand not playing competitive netball since March, and then they find themselves having to navigate a tour without their head coach being there in person.
Although none of the three matches resulted in a win, the touring party did make life uncomfortable for the world champions and they asked questions throughout the match.
Of Thirlby’s group of 16 players, 10 had 15 caps or less on tour and when the heat started, a number of less experienced players stepped up. Here we look at four in particular …
The final test of the series is the most open-ended show of Razia Quashie’s talent.
He finished with six gains and four interceptions and finished his third 60-minute series appearance in style. Needless to say, The Roses head coach Thirlby was quick to praise him after the final whistle.
“I thought Razia had grown up [in this series], “Said Thirlby Sky Sports.
“He’s been there or around the squad for a while now so he’s not really new to that [Test netball], but in this context he seized his opportunity.
“To be able to reproduce his standards during every match, from start to finish, is impressive. I think that would be one of the best positives for us to take.”
Razia Quashie’s partnership with Fran Williams, and being able to leave her in the field to really grow, is great. I have spoken with both of them and I can feel that they really enjoyed the opportunity and time together.
Quashie, who was introduced to netball by her mother, is a natural reader of the game and has previously said she wanted to emulate Geva Mentor’s footwork and style.
An element of fun for Thirlby is that Quashie isn’t distracted by the best shooter in the world right now, Maia Wilson. Instead, he saw it as a challenge and worked hard with Fran Williams to annoy Wilson as much as possible.
QUASHIE !!! He is extraordinary & has great potential. Drakeford-Lewis has also really improved since the African Nations Cup.
The rest of the British defensive unit is also very good when it comes to captain Silver Ferns and their great shooters.
The frenzy of Fran Williams was clear for all to see, as was his ability to take the ball higher on the pitch and provide The Roses a vital turnaround.
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Williams may only have 16 caps to his name, but being part of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 squad means he has accumulated a wealth of experience over that time.
It’s clear Thirlby was also impressed by the 22-year-old’s leadership style, having made him his vice-captain for the series.
It’s a role he will continue to take when he returns to Wasps Netball and his competitive nature means that the presence of others in the England squad will only further his development.
After hearing about their Test series against New Zealand, George Fisher will be one of the most excited members of the England squad due to his move to Southern Steel next season.
From the moment he stepped onto the pitch in Hamilton, it was clear he was out to impress his new head coach and New Zealand netball fan.
Fisher turned to the post confidently and physically, he looks fitter than he has ever been before. During the first lockdown, former Saracens Maverick put some workouts at home on social media and in New Zealand, it was clear they had paid dividends.
“I think he raises his hand in terms of his ability to shoot and go to the post, I like his accuracy,” Southern Steel head coach Reinga Bloxham told Bridget Tunnicliffe at RNZ in New Zealand.
“It’s great to see his muscles against our physical defense and not shy away from that.
“It’s something we talk about when he will come to this competition, so for him to experience that before he goes to ANZ it will be very important for us to progress.”
Sophie Drakeford-Lewis took this tour to New Zealand after making only two appearances for her country. During this tour however, she really stamped her authority on the field and did it to a large extent, while fighting off intimidating opponents at Jane Watson.
Watson is a tough defender and with the ability to make an attacker think they are an option before he pounces.
Across three Tests, Drakeford-Lewis defended his own test. He uses his speed to cut through the Silver Fern’s zone and make the correct moves inside the circle, ensuring that he is either his own choice or the shooter.
Finally, right down to his shot, young GA maintained his fluid style well in the face of significant pressure and made 23 of 27 attempts on goal.