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Updated by Vinod Bathini, Fri Jun 8, 2012 @ 11:32 AM
Cricket gets Olympic approval
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Twenty20's push to be part of the 2020 Olympics has received a major fillip with news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has voted to have the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved. However, while cricket - along with power boating sport climbing - can now bid to join the 2020 games the ICC currently has no imminent plans to have the format included.

"They are recognised federations by us, which now means that they can take part in IOC events," said IOC director of communications Mark Adams during a meeting in Vancouver ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, welcomed the development. "The ICC is extremely proud of the recognition given to our great sport by the IOC which we always considered to be our first step in becoming a part of the Olympic family," Lorgat said. "At this stage, no consideration or decision has been made regarding participation or applying for approval to participate in the Olympic Games."

Cricket received Olympic "recognition status" in 2007 and faces a stiff battle from other sports, such as golf, karate and baseball, to become part of the programme. The ICC has also been wary of pushing for Twenty20 at the 2020 games. David Morgan, the ICC president, had visited Beijing to meet with IOC officials in 2008, while cautioning the sport to think carefully about a push for a spot at the Olympics.

One of the game's more outspoken advocates of taking cricket - in specific Twenty20 - has been Adam Gilchrist, who at last year's Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's pushed for the game to be included in the 2020 games. The proposal has also received backing from Steve Waugh, Stephen Fleming, Kumar Sangakkara, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh.

Cricket was part of the 1900 Olympics in Paris and has not appeared since, but will feature at this year's Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/447930.html

Posted by Vinod Bathini, Fri Feb 12, 2010 @ 7:39 AM 0 Comments
Volunteers are needed to fill positions
Volunteers are needed to fill positions for Team Management, Coaching Staff and Selection Committee
Nazim Shirazi : February 04, 2010

Dear SCCA Members,

All great achievement has been characterized by extreme care under strong and efficient management. As such SCCA is in the process of recruiting coaches, managers and selectors for 2010 season and beyond. A lot of work and dedication is needed and required to lay a solid foundation for our youth and provide guidance to our senior team to give them the best chance of playing to their potential. Hence, we have to think creatively and must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted which is playing without proper preparation and failing at the higher level. One of the main reason is lack of preparation due to limited resources in personnel to manage and train our cricketers throughout the season. That is about to change and as such we are recruiting qualified personnel to help improve our overall standard of cricket.

Once the committees are formed, the new coaches and managers will be given guidance, instructions and assignments by the senior team management at Woodley. SCCA will hold training camps for the youth and the senior team along with the new coaching staff, the managers and selectors. Those who take up the positions will be required to attend the training camps at Woodley. The dates for the camps will be announced after the committees are formed. If you have the ability, the qualification and the time to help SCCA, please confirm by Friday, February 12th, 2010.

The following positions are open for the Team Management, the Coaching Staff and the Selection Committee for the Youth & Senior Team combined.

Youth & Senior Coaching Staff: Five coaches
Youth & Senior Team Management: Five managers
Youth & Senior Team Selectors: Five selectors

For the Youth Team please contact:
Mr. Abdulghani Ahmed
ha ... @hotmail.com
Telephone: 714-209-6746

For the Senior Team please contact:
Mr. Nazim Shirazi
st ... @freightco.com
Telephone: 909-456-0475

We believe all dreams can come true for our association if we have the courage to pursue them together. Should you have any question please free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Nazim Shirazi
Chairman
SCCA Team Management Committee

http://www.sccacricket.org/News/201002/coachesneeded.aspx

Posted by Vinod Bathini, Fri Feb 5, 2010 @ 5:03 AM 0 Comments
Haiti Donation Drive - UCR
The PCA of Campus Health Center at UCR is holding an Operation Haiti Donation Drive until February 12, 2010. As a token of our contribution, we, at ISA UCR (Indian Student's Association) are planning an event, in conjunction with the Campus Health Center, which will include going around different neighborhoods around UCR, to collect material (old expendables like clothes and other such material only) as donation for the relief for Haiti victims.

Join them on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/UCR-Preventive-Care-Advocates/151822933621?ref=mf


Indian Student Association: http://www.isaucr.org/
Posted by Vinod Bathini, Sun Jan 31, 2010 @ 1:15 PM 0 Comments
What football and basketball can teach cricket
Twenty years ago English football suffered arguably its worst disaster when 96 Liverpool fans died in or as a result of a stampede at the Hillsborough ground in Sheffield. The tragedy, seen in hindsight, stemmed from the public perception of football - a sport by, for and of hooligans - and the consequent reaction: hostile stadiums, hostile policing. From the debris of that disaster has arisen the most valuable, global club-based sports tournament, which has become a benchmark for the rest of the competition.

That rebirth was not accidental. Hillsborough forced the British authorities - notably the Thatcher government - to look at football in new light. The prescription came from the Taylor Commission investigating the Hillsborough tragedy: the way ahead for football, was as a family game, a more wholesome form of entertainment suitable for a weekend afternoon. That required a transformation of the football grounds from medieval human cages to modern, all-seater theatres. That in turn required money. The clubs certainly didn't have that kind of money, nor did the Football Trust, and so, in 1993, was born the Premier League and the deal with Murdoch's Sky Television that brought in the money. That brought in the stars, and as the Premiership imported talent it exported itself - first to Europe and the Americas, then to Asia and Africa.

To read the rest of the article please go here: http://www.cricinfo.com/decadereview2009/content/story/442972.html

Posted by Vinod Bathini, Sun Jan 24, 2010 @ 7:17 AM 0 Comments
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