Three thoughts on Italy’s goal-fest win over Japan

first_imgAmazing what a little bit of rest can do. The 3-0 scoreline in the opener against Brazil was somewhat harsh on Japan, which arrived in Brasilia jet-lagged and exhausted after flying from its qualifier against Iraq in Qatar.Against Italy, the Japanese came flying out of the gate and befuddled the Azzurri in the first half hour. The muggy, humid Recife air didn’t help Italy, which was simply unable to implement its possession-game against a Japan team that blended brawn (Makoto Hasebe), intuition (Shinji Kagawa) and flair (Shinji Okazaki).Japan raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to a generous penalty and a gorgeous strike from Kagawa. Italy tried to weather the storm, hoping that Japan’s tempo would flag and, toward the end of the first half, it did. The Azzurri capitalized, halving the deficit through a Daniele De Rossi header and then hitting the post with Emanuele Giaccherini.Times like these, you wonder what is said at halftime in the dressing rooms. Whatever it was, luck shone on Italy after the break. Giaccherini’s cross was turned past his own goalkeeper by Atsuto Uchida. A few minutes later, another dubious penalty, converted by Mario Balotelli, gifted Italy the lead, 3-2.But again Japan turned it on. Kagawa tormented Italy’s right flank. Okazaki, playing wide rather than up front, seemed a man reborn. Japan’s equalizer came on set-piece, when Okazaki beat Riccardo Montolivo at the near post, but by that point Zaccheroni’s crew had built up so much credit that they fully deserved it.And, in fact, Japan could have gone ahead. Buffon delivered a trademark miracle on Keisuke Honda. Okazaki then hit the post after some brilliant build-up play. Then, because this can be a cruel game, Sebastian Giovinco scored Italy’s late winner. But make no mistake about it, you probably have to go back to the Euro 2012 final (when Spain hammered Italy 4-0) to find the last time a team played this well against Prandelli’s Italy.————-Japan’s Zaccheroni has a reputation as a bookish, tactical wonk. Cesare Prandelli is more of a player’s coach. On the night, the former won hands down. Prandelli needs to thank his lucky stars and go over what went wrong on a day when so much — apart from the final score — did go wrong.The original game plan, keeping possession and slowing the tempo in muggy Recife, might have made sense (that’s why Alberto Aquilani was picked ahead of Claudio Marchisio and Christian Maggio preferred to Ignazio Abate), but you have to understand what you’re dealing with. Neither Aquilani nor Maggio looked capable of withstanding the heat or the pace of the game, which is why both were substituted.That one’s on Prandelli. To his credit, sending on Giovinco gave Italy some quickness and creativity in the final third, but it also meant conceding the midfield. The last thing he would have expected is for the Azzurri to have only 45 percent possession against Japan. Not this Azzurri team. Not one coached by Prandelli. Is it back to the drawing board?No. But it may be time for a tweak. Because the reality is that Italy faces Brazil next and then, most likely, Spain. Get it wrong again in those games and it will be very painful.Prandelli has always asked to be judged by the way Italy performs, not by the final score. That’s exactly why he needs to figure out what’s wrong and fix it. Quickly.————-I’m sure it was all just a big coincidence. No doubt about it. Referee Diego Abal makes a bad call early in the first half, awarding a penalty after Italy goalkeeper Gigi Buffon rushed out and got to the ball before Shinji Okazaki. Keisuke Honda converts from the spot and Japan are one-nil up.Then, early in the second half, Makoto Hasebe blocks Sebastian Giovinco’s shot, the ball ricochets from his leg to his arm (possibly …) and Abal again points to the spot. As stinkers go, it was an even worse call than the one in the first half.Two horrid calls, one for each team, one before half-time, one after.We’ll never know if the second penalty was a make-up call for the first. Only Abal can tell us that and FIFA frown upon officials speaking to the media.But that sure as heck is what it looked like. The possibility of make-up calls is precisely one of the reasons why FIFA originally decided NOT to show instant replays on the stadium big screens. Now, it seems, they’ve reversed themselves and decreed that, yes, replays of contentious incidents are OK.Again, did Abal peek up at the big screen after the first penalty and think to himself “Uh-oh, I just made a big mistake?” Who knows. But you either introduce instant replay as part of the officiating process or you leave it out entirely. These half-measures help nobody.last_img read more

NBA players, teams stunned as league suspends season following coronavirus positive test

first_imgThis has officially hit the fan! At this point I just want to get home to my wife and family and stay inside till this is over with. Very isolating feeling right now and it sucks!! Hopefully these actions can stop the spread and ensure that soon life can resume for everyone.— Sam Dekker (@dekker) March 12, 2020Without a doubt, there was one word of the night: “Wow.”wow bro wow— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) March 12, 2020Wow— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) March 12, 2020Wow— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) March 12, 2020Players weren’t the only ones to react. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s visceral response to learning that the league was suspending the season was caught on camera during Wednesday’s game with the Nuggets.Mark Cuban reacts moments after the NBA season was suspended.— ESPN (@espn) March 12, 2020​Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle addressed the media after his team’s 113-97 victory over the Nuggets. He wasn’t exactly concerned when he heard the league was suspending the season.Rick Carlisle’s immediate reaction to learning the season was suspended: “My thoughts were we need to win this f—ing game.”— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 12, 2020 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Sporting events affected as COVID-19 spreads Prior to the NBA’s decision, Clippers guard Lou Williams urged the league to not take a halfhearted approach.If you’re gonna take precaution, if any. Take all precautions 🤷🏾‍♂️— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) March 12, 2020During the Hawks’ game against the Knicks, Vince Carter checked in for Atlanta after the league had announced play would be suspended and knocked down a 3-pointer in the final seconds. Some speculated it could be the final points of his career, depending on how long it is before the season resumes.With the NBA season suspended until further notice, Vince Carter checks in and drills a three in the final seconds.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020Pelicans players reportedly refused to play their game vs. the Kings after the Gobert news because Courtney Kirkland, one of the referees for the game, was part of the officiating crew for Monday night’s game between the Jazz and Raptors. The game was postponed.This has everything to do with the Pelicans players. Word spread about official Courtney Kirkland, and it was a tipping point.“Our guys don’t want to play,” one Pelicans source tells @TheAthleticNBA— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) March 12, 2020 Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball decided he wasn’t going to let the postponement keep him from getting in a good workout.Lonzo Ball wanted to go on the court and get shots up after the game was postponedGoing to miss you @NBA— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) March 12, 2020Magic guard Evan Fournier tweeted that he spoke with Gobert by phone and suggested people remain calm.Was just on the phone with Rudy. He is doing good man. Lets not panick everyone. Love you all❤️— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) March 12, 2020Kevin Durant appeared to be confused about the whole situation, tweeting this head-scratching— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) March 12, 2020 Jamal Crawford and Jamal Murray both offered up prayers.Praying for everyone !— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) March 12, 2020Prayin for @rudygobert27🙏🏽 hope big fella is doing ok— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) March 12, 2020Former NBA player Sam Dekker was riled up and said he hopes these incidents will lead to more people treating the outbreak seriously. The NBA announced Wednesday that the 2019-20 season will be suspended indefinitely following a coronavirus diagnosis of a Jazz player — reportedly Rudy Gobert. All games after the conclusion of Wednesday’s schedule are postponed until further notice while the league tries to figure out what steps it should take next.Here’s a look at how players, coaches and team owners around the league reacted to the season being suspended.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: The concepts of fitness

first_img Exercise refers to a subset of physical activity – planned, structured, repetitive movement of the body designed specifically to improve one’s health and to maintain physical fitness. Fitness depends on such physiological factors as the heart’s ability to pump blood and the size of muscle fibres. Only exercise will significantly improve fitness. The World Health Organization recommends that individuals include a moderate amount of exercise on most, preferably all, days of the week (Fit and Well, 6th Edition 2005). Exercise increases your social well-being, especially if it’s in the form of a sport. – Boosts confidence. – Helps you cope better with difficult people and situation. – You will meet people, make good friends. – Develops team work and cooperation. Mental benefits Physical fitness is the ability of the body to carry out everyday activities without excessive fatigue and with enough energy remaining for other tasks. This means that as well as performing our normal daily tasks, we can also perform additional physical activities, including sports. Being fit is central to our health and sense of well-being. If we are healthy and fit, then the physical, mental, and social aspects of our lives are working well. Fitness is critical to success in sports. Physical fitness consists of health-related fitness and sports performance-related fitness. Exercise helps you to look good and feel good. – It burns up stored body fat, so your shape improves. – Gives superb muscle tone. – Strengthens back and abdomen. – Strengthens bones. – Keeps joints flexible to encourage efficiency. – Strengthens heart and lungs, so you won’t get tired easily. – It helps to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, back pain, cancer. – Slows the ageing process. This is the level of physical fitness necessary for the demands of regular sporting activity. We may be fit from a health-related perspective but not be fit for sports. Each sport activity makes its own particular demands on the body. To be successful in sports, it is important to have health-related fitness and also to be as fit as possible in the performance-related components below. – Explosive strength (power) – the ability to combine speed and force in one explosive act. – Speed – the ability to move all or parts of the body as quickly as possible. – Agility – the ability to change direction of the body at speed. – Coordination – the ability to carry out a series of movements smoothly and efficiently in response to your senses. – Balance – the ability to maintain equilibrium when stationary or moving. – Reaction time – the ability to respond to a stimulus quickly. – Timing – the ability to coincide movement in relation to external factors (to act at the right moment). Social benefits Definition of fitnesscenter_img Physical benefits In order to have good health, we should eat sensibly, engage in regular physical activity, get the required rest and sleep, limit alcohol intake, resist smoking and other social drugs, and improve our ability to cope with stress. It is important to adapt a healthy lifestyle for us to maintain our health. The following health-related fitness components are important for the human body to work efficiently: – Cardiovascular endurance – the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply fuel and oxygen to the muscles. – Muscular strength – the ability to exert an external force or to lift a heavy weight. – Muscular endurance – the ability of the muscles to repeatedly exert themselves. – Flexibility – having a wide range of motion in the joints. – Body composition – having the relative percentage of muscle, fat, bone, and other tissues of which the body is composed. – The ability to cope with stress. Health-related fitness Benefits of exercise Performance-related fitness Exercise helps your mental well-being, too. – It is stimulating and enjoyable. – It relieves tension and stress, which can cause high blood pressure and heart disease. – Relieves aggression. – Relieves boredom and provides a challenge. – It helps you sleep better, so you feel more rested. – Boosts self-esteem. All these benefits mean that exercise helps you to meet the demands of your environment more easily. In other words, it makes you fitter. You can work harder, feel less tired, and enjoy life more. The way to improve your fitness is through exercise. The more easily you are able to meet demands, the less likely you are to suffer stress, fall ill, or injure yourself.last_img read more


first_imgIndoor Hurling/Camogie Competitions:All entries have now been received for these competitions. The competitions will be divided into four sections based on geographical location with the top team in each section qualifying for the county finals. Divisional reps will be in contact with the respective schools in their area to arrange their blitz. There is an Ulster Indoor competition for the county winners of the camogie competition. Children must be U-12 by 1st July 2013 to be eligible for these competitions so it will mainly be 5th class children that can participate.Football Fixtures: The fixtures for all the football competitions have now been drawn and can be viewed on the website- We have included a Roinn 6 this year due to the huge entry of schools in the 1-3 teacher category. Roinn 6 will be for 1-2 teacher schools. Schools are encouraged to arrange as many blitzes as they so wish with other schools in their section in order to allow the children as much playing time as possible.           GAA: SCHOOLS NOTES was last modified: November 19th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Schools noteslast_img read more

South African sisters ride for rhinos

first_img10 July 2015Two sisters from Cape Town, Vanessa and Victoria Wiesenmaier, are cycling 6 000km from China to Singapore to save rhinos. They set off in April, and yesterday were speeding along the Mekong.They have called their campaign Buy No Rhino, taken from the Wildaid slogan: “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”“We will be travelling through Vietnam, China and Thailand, the main consumer markets driving the demand for rhino horn,” say the sisters. “Especially in these countries we want to reach the people! Even if we cannot change a whole culture, we will sow a seed of change.”Only with demand reduction will the rhino have a chance of survival, say Vanessa (30) and Victoria (35).Extinction threatThe two African rhino species, the black rhino and the white rhino, are threatened by poaching. If the development of the past years continues it is expected that the rhino will become extinct in the near future. The war against rhino poaching will be won in Asia, not in Africa, they say of their decision to take the fight to the market.The poaching of rhinos has reached a crisis point, they say. Designed to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino, the Buy No Rhino Bike Tour, is taking the sisters through China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and, finally, Singapore. Along the way, they are urging consumers to stop buying rhino horn.Vietnam, China and Thailand are the main consumer markets for rhino horn. For their campaign, the Wiesenmaiers are working with Project Rhino KZN, partners of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, to educate youth in hopes of curbing the demand for rhino horn.In Vietnam, the sisters teamed-up with Operation Game Change, a joint alliance between the governments of the United States and Vietnam aimed at ending wildlife crime, especially rhino horn.Save our rhinosThey give presentations at various stages along the way, promoting discussion on rhino poaching, rhino horn trafficking and how to stop the global urgent issue. They are also rolling out a Rhino Art project at schools and collecting signatures for the World Youth Wildlife Declaration, which will be presented to the Cites 2016 summit in Cape Town.According to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, the number of rhinos poached in South Africa is spiking, with 1 215 poached in 2014 – up from 1 004 in 2013 and 668 in 2012. Operation Game Change says this is a rise from just 122 rhinos poached five years earlier.The Wiesenmaiers said the poaching of rhinoceroses was gruesome, Voice of America reported. Poachers tranquilised the animal and then cut off the horn. When the rhino woke up it slowly bled to death.In Asia, consumers buy horn products they believe cure everything from cancer to hangovers. At tens of thousands of dollars per kilogram, the horns are a luxury item sometimes given to bosses and officials. “To know that these animals are killed for pure greed and money, for some funny belief that the horn is a status symbol, that’s a tragedy,’ said Victoria.Personal issueSpeaking from the Laos-Vietnam border, she told Voice of America the issue was personal. A friend in South Africa had four of the six rhinos on his reservation slaughtered; he decided to leave the carcasses out so that people could see the results of poaching.“We saw live rhinos before that, so to see this crumbled, dead thing, it was really shocking, it was disgusting.”Vietnam is the biggest consumer of rhino horns in the world, and on their journey, Vanessa and Victoria are targeting schools, where they give a presentation about the harms of the horn trade, hold a discussion and then have students create artwork on the topic.It is hoped the children will be more open-minded and pass on the message to their parents. Vietnamese businessmen, celebrities, and state officials are “the strongest driver of the current rhino poaching crisis”, according to a 2013 report by wildlife group Traffic.South Africa and Vietnam are the key countries involved in the supply and demand sides of the rhino trade, respectively.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Harvest update and 2020 outlook with Mycogen Seeds🎙

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dave Russell talks with Melissa Bell, Commercial Agronomist with Mycogen Seeds. They talk about stalk quality, ear molds, useful data in a year like 2019, what farmers can expect from Mycogen Seeds and what farmers should be thinking about when selecting seed for 2020.last_img

10 mistakes to avoid while geocaching

first_imgGeocaching should always be fun, so make sure to avoid the following ten mistakes, that way you can focus on the most important part—finding geocaches!Mistake #1: Forgetting to bring a penA classic mistake that still gets the best of us! Keep an extra pen in your car, your jacket, or near your phone so you’ll always have one handy.Mistake #2: Not reading the cache descriptionGeocache descriptions can contain important information about the hide. They may describe the area, share pertinent details, list any TOTT (tools of the trade), or drop subtle hints to help make the find more fun. Mistake #3: Not checking the latest activityTake a look at the activity log on the cache page before heading out. It’s helpful to know if a cache was recently found or has a string of DNFs. The Geocaching® app and new search map both share the last found date without needing to click into full cache details.Mistake #4: Not using your geo-sensesGeo-senses are honed over time but they’re key to geocaching! Just like trusting your intuition, geo-senses guide you to the cache. For example, you’re getting close to the cache and spot a small side trail heading in the right direction, or perhaps you spot a small stack of unnaturally parallel branches and…sure enough, the geocache you’re  looking for is right underneath! Mistake #5: Forgetting to make a List*Lists keep your geocaching life organized, so before you head out for an adventure remember to make a List! Additionally, Lists sync automatically with the Geocaching® app so you can either make changes on the website or on the go through your phone.Mistake #6: Not CITO-ing (Cache In Trash Out®)Always leave the trail better than you found it. Quality geocaching extends beyond the cache itself and we all play a part in making geocaching better for everyone.Mistake #7: Not being safeBe sure to tell someone—a friend, partner, or family member—where you are going, how to get in touch, and about what time you expect to return. Set a turnaround time and make sure you check back in upon your return so they don’t worry!Mistake #8: Not staying aware of your surroundingsThere are many reasons to stay aware: keeping an eye out for muggles, ensuring you have enough daylight, and not trampling plant life. However, one of the most important reasons to stay sharp is that trails look different when you turn around. Make sure you know which way you’ve come so you can make it back safely.Mistake #9: Not wearing the right shoesYou might be tempted to wear your flip flops or sandals—especially in the warmer months, but these won’t do you much good once you’re hitting the trail. You never know when that perfectly level path is going to change to mud, get steep, or become slippery.Mistake #10: Letting mistakes ruin your geocaching outing Now that you have seen all the ways to avoid making mistakes while geocaching, it’s time to let you in on a secret—there will probably be mistakes anyway. The trick is not to let this get you down. Embrace the fact that you can’t always control everything and have a great time anyway!What else would you add to this list? How do you prepare for geocaching adventures? Share in the comments!*Lists are a Premium member feature. Learn more about Lists.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedSix geocache outing planning mistakes you don’t know you are makingApril 30, 2019In “News”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”How to host the best New Year’s event for Last/FirstNovember 28, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

Can Music Save MySpace?

first_imgYesterday, amid all the news of Twitter’s arrival into both Microsoft’s Bing and the Google search engine, another major announcement was being made. MySpace is giving up on trying to be a major social network. According to MySpace CEO, Owen Van Natta, Facebook is no longer their competition. “We’re focused on a different space,” he says. That “different space,” as it turns out, is music…and it really isn’t all that different, especially considering MySpace’s roots. If anything, this major overhaul of the social network is an attempt to return the site to becoming the popular entertainment hub it once was. MySpace: Remember When it Was “A Place for Music?” When MySpace hit the scene back in 2003, local bands – especially indie rock bands – were among the first to create profiles on the social network. Their presence immediately began to attract a young, hip crowd of users who were interested in following pop culture, and, in particular, the up-and-coming artists they discovered while browsing through the network. Only eight months after its launch, MySpace began to experience exponential growth, as its users created profiles and friended others who would then, in turn, invite more users to join the social network. Thanks to the “network effect,” MySpace soon became the place to be online. Everyone was there. But at the same time that MySpace was having its heyday, another social networking site was being created. Although still in its infancy in 2004, a Harvard student named Mark Zuckerberg began writing the code for what would eventually become Facebook, now the world’s largest social network. Over recent months, we’ve seen the mass exodus from MySpace to the more popular – and more populated – Facebook. Studies have shown that those left actively engaging on MySpace now tend to be younger, lower-income users. Researcher Danah Boyd pointed out, somewhat controversially, that the differences between the two networks, MySpace and Facebook, went further than age and income – they involved your “social class,” too. Tired of being compared to Facebook in this way and certainly tired of hemorrhaging its users, MySpace CEO Van Natta has plans to turn the sinking ship around. After taking over the company six months ago, he’s been busy arranging new partnerships for the one-time king of social networks. These partnerships aim to bring the focus back to music, and less on socializing. New Music Initiatives: iLike, Videos, Artist DashboardsOne of the most notable new initiatives involves MySpace’s iLike integration. After being acquired by MySpace in August, many wondered why iLike wasn’t becoming a part of the MySpace network. Actually it was, but Van Natta didn’t want to disclose that information at the time.But now, the iLike acquisition is beginning to make sense. Through iLike music video widgets, now popular installations on other social networks like Facebook and Orkut, the videos – and, most importantly, their ads – can be streamed on other sites while the revenue generated returns to MySpace. Even though many of the users watching these videos now may be lost forever to MySpace, they’re helping the company regain its footing through their streams.MySpace’s entire music video vault, one of the most popular features on the social network, has also been integrated with iLike. In August, comScore reported 45 million people watched 340 million videos during the course of the month. It only makes sense for MySpace to capitalize on that activity, which is why the company has now launched MySpace Music Videos, an online video archive where users can not only watch videos from their favorite artists, but with a click, purchase the song or ringtone from Amazon or iTunes. Meanwhile, pre-roll, post-roll, and overlay ads help to monetize the content. In addition, to cater to the musicians, bands, and labels who make MySpace their home, the network has also launched “Artist Dashboards.” These online analytical tools track the fans’ demographics by age and location, the total number of plays per song, profile views and more. Every artist with a MySpace profile is given free access to these tools. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Is it Enough?The question that remains, of course, is whether or not MySpace’s re-branding efforts will be enough to keep the site from going under. Although MySpace still had a healthy 64 million users in August of this year, that number is 12 million fewer than it did at the same time last year. Meanwhile, Facebook climbed to 300 million worldwide that same month. Can MySpace entice people to come back to the network through its new music-based initiatives? It’s too soon to tell at the moment whether the strategy will work or not, but it’s definitely the network’s best shot. By capitalizing on what remains the most popular activity on MySpace to date (music and video), the company hopes to become more of a niche site for socializing around music instead of a site for just socializing. The newly launched features are just a part of the company’s overall efforts in this direction, too. Still to come are concert ticket and merchandise sales, although no details or launch dates have been given for those features as of yet. While these efforts may not ever allow MySpace to reclaim its status as the number one social network – that ship seems to have sailed – they could definitely help the network maintain profitability. And at the end of the day, that’s all that’s really needed. It’s not about how many users you have, it’s about how much money you can make off of those that you do. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#music#social networks#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Leaders Treat the Disease

first_imgA leader looks past the symptoms to the root causes of the disease. A leader looks past the presenting problem to find the source of the problem. Treating the symptoms doesn’t cure the disease. Eliminating the presenting problem doesn’t address the source of the problem. Treating only the symptoms may actually allow the disease to worsen.In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to look at the symptoms as the problem. It is tempting to focus on eliminating the symptoms, believing that things will be better when the symptoms disappear. Dealing with the symptoms seems easier and more immediate.By dealing only with the symptoms, you don’t have to face the source of your problem. You don’t have to face the harsh reality of what is required. You don’t have to have the difficult conversations. You don’t have to face your constraints. You don’t have to face your limitations, including your personal limitations as a leader.Leaders look past the symptoms to find the root cause of their challenges. They know that unless the root cause is addressed, treating the symptoms is only a band-aid and that the symptoms will reappear, often at the most inopportune time. Leaders force the conversations, face their constraints, and breakthrough their limitations.Facing the source of problems instead of the symptoms is how leaders propel the organizations they lead forward to greater results. It’s also how leaders help the people they serve to grow.last_img read more

Career in sports

first_imgThe India-Pakistan cricket match during the T20 world cup this year brought the country to a stand still. Work came to a halt and all people could talk about was the match. A few days later when the Indian team lifted the world cup, there was a sense of euphoria,The India-Pakistan cricket match during the T20 world cup this year brought the country to a stand still. Work came to a halt and all people could talk about was the match. A few days later when the Indian team lifted the world cup, there was a sense of euphoria and victory in the nation. Celebrations went on for days and it felt like we had won a war. Such is the importance of sports in our country.Though it is true that cricket is more popular than other sports, but with the exceptionally good performance of the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, other sports are seen in a new light. A career of a sports person is accompanied with its share of glamour and fame but this does not come easy. Focus, hard work and determination are important for a player to excel. Being on top of your game and making sacrifices to reach there are just part of the journey.Developing an interest in a particular sport is important from an early age. Falling in love with the game and enjoying it is key to developing a career in that field. Proper training is required once you realise you want to develop your talent in a particular sport. Apart from facilities, it is crucial to find a good coach at the right age. Once you are on the right track, no one can stop you from turning professional and making a career in this field.This industry has many other opportunities and one can be part of the sports brigade by choosing to work in a sports related field. Opportunities that can be found within both public and private sectors offering sports enthusiasts a place in this dynamic industry. Sports media and marketing, team administration, coaching, sports engineering, sports medicine and nutrition and sports law, are few options to choose from.”We are in-charge of everything outside the game for a sports person, such as, events, media, branding and public appearance. We are the spokesperson for the players we represent and the office for all non sport related matters,” says Latika Khaneja, Director, Collage Sports Management, while discussing a career in sports management. Since this is still a nascent industry, what shape and trajectory of growth it acquires depends on new entrepreneurs that have entered the field and find reasonable space to innovate along the way.Another line of work emerging is the overlap of sports and other professions. One can specialise in a profession, such as, law, medicine and journalism and then focus on sports. Discussing medicine and sports, IPS Oberoi, sports orthopedic, Aretemis Health Institute, Gurgaon, says, “A sports physician can either be a team doctor or a specialised physician. They look after sports injuries. The remuneration depends on their experience. It may range from anything between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh per annum.”The advantages of a career related to the sports industry is that you are working with people who are passionate about their work. They are mostly young people looking for a challenge because this industry is still away from the conventional thing to do. As these professions are still evolving and have no set definitions, there is room for innovation and originality. These professions can be pretty lucrative also.But there is a flip side to all this to. Sports is still seen as a nonconventional career. Often, youngsters come in only for the glamour and not for the hard work. Finding promising sports persons who are committed and dedicated, is also a challenge. Players and games usually have their share of ups and downs with long lull periods. This being a young industry is highly competitive and keeps one on their toes.The best way to enter any of these fields and decide what you want to specialise in, is to seek a sports-related internship. In the sports industry, internships are critical to young professionals seeking their first job in sports.Today some of the smartest young minds are engaged in sports and sports related activities. An eye for detail, commitment, hard work, efficiency, honesty and the willingness to excel are a prerequisite for anyone wanting to make it big in this industry. All game Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, 28, World Boxing Champion.With an inborn passion for sports and a desire to follow your dreams, a career as a sports person can be very lucrative but full of challenges. To excel in this highly competitive career one has to be on top of their game and be prepared to beat all odds. “Being a sports person keeps you healthy, earns you honour and fame. But, at the same time, one has to work very hard, make sacrifices and sometimes even miss out on spending time with family and friends,” says Mary Kom, boxer. Training and acquiring skills are very important in this field. One should choose a specialisation and start working on it from an early age. A number of institutes in India provide training in different sports. Aspirants with sporting abilities can join these institutes after completing their schooling. Excelling in this field and accomplishing your goals gets you a lot of fame and popularity but one has to be prepared for the hard work and sacrifices. The work hours are very long and include Saturdays, Sundays and even holidays. ” If you are gifted and on track don’t give up. You will excel in life,” adds Kom.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more