Sardar Singh is not new to responsibilities. He has been the face of Indian hockey for years now, often singlehandedly holding the team together in tough situations. Sardar has seen a lot of changes during his career – from coaches being axed to top players retiring; from not qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to making it to London four years later.Even after years of hard work, the midfielder’s love for the sport remains undiminished. With the team set for its next challenge – the Incheon Asian Games – Sardar is hoping to not just guide his team to a gold medal but also make a significant contribution to the team’s cause. “Besides the additional responsibility as skipper, I have always tried to ensure that my contribution as a player is not undermined. I never miss training sessions. I try to improve my performance every day,” Sardar told MAIL TODAY before the team’s departure to South Korea.So focused is the captain on the task at hand that he has even stopped using social networking sites to avoid distraction. “I have not been using my Facebook account for quite some time. My Twitter account is being managed by my fiance Ashpal Bhogal. I have tried to stay away from distractions.” Optimistic as always, Sardar feels the month-long camp was useful and the team is determined not to settle for anything except the gold medal. “We have prepared well and are just waiting for the Asian Games to start,” Sardar said.advertisement”With the way we have been training, the team deserves a gold medal. Of course, there are good teams like Korea, Pakistan and Malaysia, but I have full confidence in my team.”The skipper says his team might have an advantage in Incheon since they have been playing according to the new four-quarter format in the Hockey India League for two years. “All of us have played in the Hockey India League. So, we have a fair idea about the format,” he said.
Defeated Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey said his tournament run had convinced him he could beat the world’s best players, and next year he planned to go one better and make the final.Querrey was beaten by Croatian Marin Cilic on Friday after a Wimbledon adventure that has seen him play a string of five-set matches, vanquish world number one Andy Murray and become the first American man to reach a grand slam singles semi-final since 2009.”It’s been a fun run,” the 29-year-old who hails from California said in typically understated fashion.”It’s given me some confidence … I feel like I’ve really had some ups over the last year, and hopefully there are more of those to come,” he added. “I feel if I play well, my level is at a high enough point where I can beat those top guys.”Asked how he might fare at Wimbledon next year, he said: “Pencil me in for a final, and hopefully that will happen.”Cilic had beaten Querrey in their previous four matches, but the American said his opponent had played better than ever before in the semi-final.”I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today,” he said. “He just does everything really well, he did seem to play at a really high level.”Cilic will face the winner of the match between seven-times champion Roger Federer and Czech Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final, and Querrey said the Croat would a handful for anyone.”If he plays well and plays big, he can give anyone trouble. If he plays Roger, Roger’s the favourite in that one obviously. But Marin can give him some trouble.”advertisement
Mahbubnagar: Member of Parliament Manne Srinivas Reddy has demanded that the Centre established Kendriya Vidyalaya schools and Jawahar Navodaya Schools in Mahbubnagar district. The MP gave a representation to Union Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokrial recently in this regard and urged him to ensure that the school are established without delay. “At present we are having only one Kendriya Vidyalaya school in Mahbubnagar headquarters. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us It is catering to the needs of only those living in the local area. The people in Narayanpet, Kodangal and Makthal areas too are demanding for schools to ensure that their children get quality education, he said. He appealed to the Union Minister to to set up a second KV school in any of the three backward constituencies in the district. Similarly, there is only one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) School in Nagarkurnool district, he said, and urged the Union Minister to set up a second Navodaya school anywhere between Shadnagar and Devarkadra.