Image Courtesy: Getty/SifyAdvertisement d7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsq0suWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8f5nWould you ever consider trying this?😱6h5yy6Can your students do this? 🌚484a0Roller skating! Powered by Firework When you’re talking about endurance in the world o Tennis, the one veteran that we Indians always recognize is none other than the veteran Leander Paes. Still going strong at the age of 46, the Kolkata boy has been the pinnacle of consistency, not having the word ‘retire’ in his dictionary. However, that just may be the case till the net year, as the legendary doubles star has stated that he will retire from the sport in 2020.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/SifyEight times doubles and ten times mixed doubles Grand Slam title winner, Paes has made the country proud at the highest stage. Partnering with the likes of Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Lukáš Dlouhý and of course his compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi, with whom he won his first French Open and Wimbledon in 1999. With achieving the career Grand Slam at the 2012 Australia Open, Paes has bagged a monumental 55 doubles titles in his career.However, age had takes its toll on the former world no. 1, as Paes had started to decline to the 70s back in 2018, to a slip to to no. 105 at present.Advertisement On Christmas Eve this year, the 1996 Summer Olympics bronze medalist posted on Twitter about his plans to retire in 2020.“I want to announce 2020 as my farewell year as a pro tennis player,” Paes wrote: “I am looking forward to the 2020 tennis calendar where I will be playing a few select tournaments, travelling with my team and celebrating with all my friends and fans around the world.”Advertisement Born to Indian hockey legend Vece Paes and former basketball team captain Jennifer Paes, Leander thanked his parents: “Firstly, I want to thank my parents for their genetics, guidance, discipline, environment they created and unconditional love they have always shown me throughout my life. I would not be who I am without your unstinting support and belief in me.”The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Arjuna Award winner, Paes was honoured with the Padma Shri award 2001, and the Padma Bhushan 2014.Paes also thanked Jacquie and Maria, his elder sisters, and his daughter Aiyana.Along with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Paes set a record at the 2019 Davis Cup last month at Kazakhstan with his record breaking 44th victory against Pakistani youngsters Mohammed Shoaib and Hufaiza Abdul Rehman.Finally, he stated his wish for the Indian tennis fandom to use the hashtag ‘#OneLastRoar’ and post their favourite ‘Leander memories’. Also read-Leander Paes in the record books as India rout Pakistan in Davis Cup tie“If Leander Paes can win Grand Slams at 42, I can at least play some cricket at 36”: S Sreesanth optimistic about his return to cricket Advertisement
Topics : Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it has permanently revoked the license of Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports and slapped it with a fine of $2.7 million over alleged “monopolistic” practices.Subscribing to beIN, the Arab world’s leading sports channel which has exclusive rights to several key tournaments, has been difficult for Saudi fans since the kingdom’s 2017 boycott of Qatar.Just days after Riyadh and its allies cut ties with Doha, Saudi Arabia banned the sale and distribution of beIN receivers and blocked Qatari websites as well as all transactions with its former ally. In 2018, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Competition (GAC) said it was revoking the broadcaster’s license and imposing the 10-million riyal ($2.7 million) fine, according to local media.On Tuesday, the GAC said a Saudi administrative court had upheld the decision.The GAC said beIN had “abused its dominant position through several monopolistic practices” that violated the kingdom’s competition law.In a statement, BeIN dismissed the decision as “nonsensical”, which it said had come after “sham legal proceedings”. “The very idea that permanently banning a leading competitor from a market could in any way promote competition is plainly absurd,” beIN said in a statement.BeIN has alleged that since August 2017 a vast and sophisticated Saudi bootlegging network known as “beoutQ” illicitly transmitted its programs via Riyadh-based satellite provider Arabsat.The World Trade Organization ruled earlier in June that Riyadh had failed to protect the intellectual property rights of beIN by refusing to take action against beoutQ.The ruling could have serious implications for a proposed 300-million-pound ($370-million) Saudi-backed takeover of English Premier League club Newcastle United.English Premier League football chief executive Richard Masters admitted last month that the proposed takeover involving Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) was “complicated”.
By Manash Pratim BhuyanAstana, Jun 9 (PTI) Chinese President Xi Jinping today told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he watched Aamir Khan- starrer sports drama Bollywood film Dangal and liked it.Dangal, which was released in China on May 5, has broken several records in the Chinese movie industry and raked up over Rs 1,100 crore.It became only the 33rd film in China to cross a whopping collection of one billion yuan (USD 147 million). It continues to play in over 7,000 screens across China.Xi said Dangal is doing well in China and he himself watched it, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said after the talks between the two leaders on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), where India and Pakistan today became full members of the grouping.Dangal has also become the first top-grossing non- Hollywood film in China.The film is inspired by the real-life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who went against a patriarchal society to train his daughters to become champion wrestlers.Aamir Khan had recently said he hoped the film would be loved in China but never dreamt of such a spectacular success.”I always believe that language is not a barrier when it comes to creative endeavours and its success in China has proved that,” Aamir had said.Jaishankar said both Modi and Xi also deliberated on enhancing cultural cooperation between the two countries. Xi also talked about upcoming Yoga Day celebrations in China. PTI MPB CPS AKJ CPS