Marc Buoniconti: It’s time to ban youth football

first_imgView comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Buoniconti is thinking about calling for a ban on “Little League football” and perhaps extending it through high school. He fears that the hitting inherent in the game is too dangerous for kids, even if no concussions have been sustained.Buoniconti is not speaking for the Miami Project, for which he has raised nearly a half-billion dollars for research into the treatment of spinal cord and brain injuries. That organization, founded in 1985, has not taken a stand on including such a discussion in its efforts.“This is my personal opinion, I don’t even have any evidence to suggest that is what happens with children who play football,” Buoniconti says. “It’s just my opinion that children playing football, continually hitting their head, whether it is concussion or repetitive hitting, is detrimental to their health.”While acknowledging that helmet manufacturers are trying to develop safer equipment, Buoniconti finds that a losing battle.“No matter what you do, you are always going to hit the head,” he says. “The head leads the body and no matter how you try to protect the head, it’s just the type of game where the velocity is just too fast and people are too strong, and there is nothing they can do to really protect the brain. The equipment just doesn’t exist.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Buoniconti has written a book titled “Undefeated: From Tragedy to Triumph.” He notes that it was both a painful and uplifting exercise to tell his life story. The book discusses his family’s fund and the advances the Miami Project has made through the decades in the search to find a cure for paralysis.And now, perhaps, Buoniconti has another cause toward which he could devote his unflagging energy.“Just think about it,” he says, “the brain of a child is in the earliest developmental stages at this time in their life. (It is) the most critical and important time of their brain development and they are repetitively hitting their head constantly day in and day out. I believe over a longer run, they are going to find out that it is not just concussion that causes brain damage, just that repetitive hitting of the head over and over again is also causing damage.“So I would like to start the conversation of thinking about that type of research to try to understand early childhood development of brain function, whether or not this impact is really going to cause damage. Because I think someone is going to have to stand between the player and the field, especially with these children, and I would like to start that conversation about doing that type of research to protect our kids.”Buoniconti will host the 32nd annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to honor the Miami Project, part of the Miami Miller School of Medicine, in New York on Monday night. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games League-leading Ateneo rises to 4-0, keeps UE winless As he has learned more about concussions and has seen his father, Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, have significant cognitive issues in recent years, Marc Buoniconti is adamant that children should not play football.“For me, my opinion has changed 180 degrees,” Buoniconti told The Associated Press. “Years ago I would always tell people that absolutely I will let my son get on the field, play football; I love football. The things you learn at football — the teamwork, the camaraderie, learning how to win, how to lose, the practice, the discipline — everything is so important that you learn in football that you can apply to your life.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was amazing for me what I learned on the football field was so instrumental when I went to the Citadel because of all I had to go through there with all that training and discipline that it really prepared me.“But the more I learned about concussion through the research, through the experience of my father, I honestly can no longer tell parents that their loved ones should play football. I just can’t do it in my heart.” LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  In this Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 photo, Marc Buoniconti talks during an interview in New York. On the right is a photograph of the former Citadel player with his father, Nick Buoniconti. Buoniconti wants to see youth football banned. A former college player who was paralyzed during a game and now a spokesman for the Miami Project, Buoniconti believes children’s brains are put in jeopardy with every hit. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK — A victim himself of the sport, Marc Buoniconti wants youth football banned.He hasn’t always felt that way. Now, as his Buoniconti Fund and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis also researches head trauma, the former college linebacker paralyzed from the shoulders down in a game nearly 32 years ago has a different view.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berth

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the scores tied at 114-114, Castro missed a long triple against the defense of J’Nathan Bullock but Rice was there to salvage the two points underneath giving TNT a 116-114 lead with 10 seconds left.“It was a hard-fought victory, and we knew all along that going into the series facing Rain or Shine we will have a hard time,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “It just so happened we came out the better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRain or Shine had a chance to either win or tie the game but Bullock’s pass to Beau Belga went out of bounds with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.“The breaks of the game favored us in the end.” Quinto, Nambatac honor late juniors coach with impressive showing Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City There were 16 lead changes and 16 ties overall in the game but the final six minutes saw the lead change hands five times and the scores knotted up four times.One of those lead changes happened when Bullock put Rain or Shine up 114-112 at the 46-second mark after sinking two free throws.Castro then tied it at 114-114 from the stripe as well after Bullock fouled him with 41 seconds left in the game.Rice led all scorers with 34 points for TNT to go along 16 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro put up 20 points and 12 assists, with four happening in the fourth period.Bullock led the Elasto Painters with 30 points while Belga added 18 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESGlen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro made the biggest plays down the stretch to tow TNT past Rain or Shine, 118-114, and into the semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The second seeded KaTropa, who had a twice-to-beat edge, lost the first game to the pesky Elasto Painters, 106-102, and needed a strong finish in the do-or-die match to set up with a semis date with Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Who’ll replace Romeo?

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort GALLERY: Askren, Aoki face off for ONE: Immortal Pursuit Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES That game will be played Down Under, and so will the return match against the Taiwanese also in February. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Calvin Abueva will lead Reyes’ frontline against Japan, which is also tall and agile because of Takeuchi and Brown.Reyes would have to decide on whether or not to include Kevin Alas on the roster since the other guard he has in the pool, Kiefer Ravena, seems to be a shoo-in owing to very impressive showings ever since making the Gilas team in the Jones Cup last July.Jayson Castro, twice voted as Asia’s best point guard, could slide into the No. 2 spot, which also gives Reyes the option to include Alas in the team as a back-up to Ravena.After the Friday game, Team PH returns home the following day and will play Chinese-Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Philippines is shooting for no less than a sweep of its first two games for the momentum heading into a clash with world power Australia in February.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo from Fiba.comChot Reyes makes the final three cuts in his 15-man pool Thursday on the eve of Gilas Pilipinas’ first round clash with Japan in the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifying series at Komazawa Olympic gym in Tokyo.Team Philippines has been in the Japanese capital since Tuesday as Reyes and his staff continue to figure out which best 12-man team can compete with the hosts that will be bannered by naturalized player Ira Brown and talented center Joji Takeuchi.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The match against the Japanese is set at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila), and the Philippines will be playing that game without its leading scorer in the last Fiba Asia Cup, Terrence Romeo.Romeo did not make the trip because of a nagging leg injury, and Reyes would have to find the right combination that would come up with the 17.8-point average that the 5-foot-10 point guard churned out in Lebanon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Not yet, we’re still deciding,” Reyes said in a text message to the Inquirer Wednesday afternoon, one day ahead of the Fiba deadline.The team managers’ meeting, slated Thursday afternoon, is the final day for both teams to decide as Japan will also trim down a 14-man pool. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Hotshooting GlobalPort routs Blackwater for 2nd straight win

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Just a week removed from its first win, GlobalPort continued to show it’s more than just a one trick pony after humbling Blackwater, 101-76, for its second straight win Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT More than the stellar offensive outburst, Jarencio celebrated the way the team has been playing defense as GlobalPort once again held the opposition below 80 points.“We hit our target, which is to hold them to 80 points below. That’s always been our target,” he said. “We just told the players that they have to play good defense all the way and this is the result of that.”Mac Belo carried the load for Blackwater with 17 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, but his efforts went down the drain as the Elite succumbed to their second straight defeat and fell to a 2-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The Batang Pier blew the game wide open with a big second quarter surge then led by as as high 31 points numerous times in the fourth frame and never let the Elite come within 20 points.After Globalport nailed 11 of 17 attempts from three in the first half, it was it easy for the boys of coach Pido Jarencio to come away with their second straight victory and level their record at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSean Anthony shot 6-of-10 from downtown en route to a 22-point performance, all but one coming in the first half, that went  with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.Stanley Pringle also added 17 markers, 11 boards, and five dimes, while Kelly Nabong got 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists for Batang Pier, who shot a 13-of-29 from three in total. View comments MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities SBP targets bigger audience, brings Fiba 3×3 World Cup to PH Arena Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo scores 41 points as Bucks torch Nets

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) goes up for a dunk as Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 41 points and 13 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-91 on Friday night.Antetokounmpo returned after sitting out two games to manage chronic pain in his right knee. He sealed it late, dribbling between his legs before hitting a jumper over Quincy Acy and drawing a foul. Antetokounmpo made the free throw, and hit a 3-pointer on the next possession.ADVERTISEMENT Khris Middleton added 21 points for the Bucks in their second game since coach Jason Kidd was fired Monday. They also beat the Nets for the ninth consecutive time.DeMarre Carroll and D’Angelo Russell had 14 points apiece for Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMilwaukee built a 26-point first-half lead. Brooklyn, which had just 35 points at the half, scored 37 in the third quarter and got within seven points late in the period.The Nets, coming off a one-point loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, struggled offensively throughout the first half, connecting on just 26 percent of their shots, including 4 of 20 from 3-point range. Milwaukee led 58-35 at the half. The Bucks opened on a 16-2 run and led 33-15 after the quarter, led by Antetokounmpo with 11 points.TROUBLE FOR BROWNPolice officers used a stun gun on Bucks rookie guard Sterling Brown and arrested the 22-year-old Friday after a confrontation at a pharmacy parking lot. “It’s a personal issue I’m dealing with right now,” Brown said before the game. Brown had what appeared to be a bruise and scratches on the right side of his face. Officers contacted a man believed to be Brown after seeing a vehicle parked across two handicapped parking spots while doing a business check at about 2 a.m. Asked if there could be any discipline for Brown, coach Joe Prunty said: “We believe it will be resolved quickly.” Brown entered the game midway through the first quarter.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn shot just 22 percent in the first quarter, including 2 of 13 from 3-point range. … Rondae Hollis-Jefferson limped off the court midway the second quarter with a strained right groin and didn’t return. … Brooklyn made buzzer-beating 3-pointers at the end of the first and second quarters.Bucks: G Malcolm Brogdon missed the game due to right calf soreness. … Former Milwaukee player Vin Baker has been hired as an assistant coach. Baker most recently served as a pre- and postgame analyst for Bucks telecasts and served as a volunteer coaching assistant. … Milwaukee Brewers players Josh Hader, Brett Phillips and Jacob Barnes sat courtside.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LeBron’s triple-double leads Cavaliers past Pacers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Nets: At Minnesota on Saturday night.Bucks: At Chicago on Sunday. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next View comments MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

NBA: Heat guard Dragic gets All-Star call in place of Love

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic (7), from Slovenia, drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade (9) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 91-89. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic will replace injured Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love in the NBA All-Star Game.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver named Dragic to replace love on Team LeBron — the team captained by Cavs superstar LeBron James in the new-format exhibition.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Hotshots brace for crucial stretch They will be taking on a team captained by Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry in the All-Star Game in Los Angeles on February 18.The two captains picked their own teams in a first for the All-Star Game, which has previously been played in an Eastern Conference v Western Conference format.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith its first All-Star nod, Dragic becomes the first player from Slovenia to earn the honor.The 10-year veteran is averaging team highs of 17.0 points and 4.8 assists per game for the Heat, who owns the fourth-best record in the East. Love, a five-time All-Star, will be sidelined after breaking his left hand in a loss to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. /kgalast_img read more

End of the road for Ceres in AFC Cup

first_imgUAAP Wednesday games to push through Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Facing a deficit that even the strongest teams can’t overcome, the Busmen were knocked out of the competition after a 1-1 draw with Istiklol of Tajikistan in the second leg of the inter zone semifinals at Panaad Stadium here. A 0-4 loss away in Dushanbe three weeks ago meant the Busmen fell 1-5 on aggregate and sent Istiklol to the inter zone finals where it will face either Bengaluru of India or 4.25 of North Korea. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingReturning from suspension, Spanish defender Super Herrera gave Ceres a glimmer of hope with a header off a corner in the 34th minute. But Dimitri Barkov pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break, leaving the Busmen with an even tougher climb.Still, it was an impressive run for the Busmen after they survived a tough group stage and ousted former champion Johor Darul Ta’zim in the Asean zonal semifinals. The Busmen became the ASEAN representatives in the inter zonal semifinals after stunning Home United of Singapore in the zonal finals. It also meant that the Busmen were one of the six teams remaining in the competition that initially started with 52 clubs from 29 countries. MOST READcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Emotions are empty,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “We left it all there on the pitch. It was a good game from us with the 1-1 but we knew after the 4-0 in Dushanbe that it was going to be tough. We needed a miracle.”The Busmen set out with a more attack minded formation with coach Risto Vidakovic going with three at the back. The home side still enjoyed plenty of possession but hardly created a clear cut chance early on. Herrera found the breakthrough off a corner from Manny Ott, but Istiklol also looked threatening with Roland Muller needing to produce some fine saves to keep the Busmen in the tie. Barkov snuffed the life out of the comeback with an instinctive strike inside the box just before the halftime whistle. “I’m sad and disappointed,” said Schrock. “But we showed that we deserved to be in this competition.”ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros’ historic AFC Cup run came to an end last Tuesday night at the hands of a big, strong and organized side from Central Asia. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Multi-cuisine at Games Village

first_imgAthletes and delegates from all over the world will descend on the Capital for the Commonwealth Games, but they will be made to feel at home going by the variety of cuisine available at the Games Village.The dining room at the Games Village.Master chefs from India and overseas will provide delicacies for the residents and there is something to suit every palate.The dining area is divided into various sections on geographical lines. Hence, one has a ‘Western Flavour,’ ‘Asian Flavour’, ‘Indian Flavour’, ‘Vegetarian Flavour’, ‘African Flavour’ etc.Also, there is a separate section for salads, Italian pastas and pizzas, fruits and snacks as well as liquid refreshments.”We have divided the cuisine on geographical basis into six sections-Caribbean, American, Asian, Indian, continental and Oceania,” Ajay Grover, consultant for catering in the Organising Committee said.So, one encounters typical north Indian delicacies such as chhole-bhathure alongside chowmein. A little distance away, one finds African grilled fish and fried chicken next to Italian pasta.”We have been working on this for the past one year,” Grover said, adding that the menu does not include beef.”It is one of the largest dining areas in the world and we can serve nearly 2,300 people at one go. The facility is open 24 hours a day and we can serve up to 40,000 people in a day.” There are as many as 2,500 personnel operating the kitchen and the dining area at the Village, with 250 of them being chefs.”About 14-15 of the staff is from overseas with about seven or eight foreign chefs,” Grover said.advertisementThe catering contract was awarded to Australian firm Delaware North Company, which also worked at the 2006 Melbourne Games.With the nutrition and safety aspect of food being vital, samples are regularly tested in laboratories and there are nutritionists at hand to ensure that the athletes take in the right kind of food.The raw material for the food also comes from all over the world.”Certain fruits which are not available in India at this time of the year will be brought from as far as Africa. Lamb will be sourced from New Zealand,” Walter, a supervisor, said.”A total of 120 dishes will be served in a day within a six-day cycle,” he said.The number of people served will be steadily increased.”We started with food for 50 and by the time the athletes start arriving, we will be up to our optimum capacity,” Rick Aylett, director at Delaware, saidlast_img read more

World Cup 2011: Proteas look to weave spin web over NZ

first_imgSpin is expected to play a crucial, even dominant, role when South Africa clash with New Zealand in the third World Cup quarter- final here on Friday.South Africa captain Graeme Smith gave enough hints that he might include all three spinners – leg- spinner Imran Tahir, left- armer Robin Peterson and offie Johan Botha – in the XI, encouraged after watching Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and other spinners snatch eight of the 10 West Indies wickets on Wednesday afternoon at the Sher- e- Bangla Stadium.Smith’s New Zealand counterpart Daniel Vettori is, however, relying on his top order batsman to deliver the goods in the knock- out game.Vettori’s confidence must have been boosted after big- hitter Brendon McCullum recovered from a knee injury to keep wickets too.Vettori’s troublesome knee, due to which he missed the matches against Canada and Sri Lanka, is better and he will return to lead the side again in the most important game so far for a team that has so far failed to meet expectations.Going by the captains’ views, it’s going to be a battle between South African spin – not to forget their fast bowlers – and New Zealand batting. Even Vettori can exploit the pitch if it continues to provide as much assistance as it did to Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez.While New Zealand will be battling to put behind their indifferent form in the league stage, South Africa will be looking to lay the ghosts of the past World Cups and shrug off the chocker’s tag once and for all.advertisement’ Chocker’ and ‘ jinxed’ are the words that have often described the South African teams over the years, since their reentry into international cricket in early 1990s, for their tendency to lose crucial matches. And these words are likely to keep reminding Smith and his players on Friday that they have another opportunity to prove their critics wrong.Smith – and premier all- rounder Jacques Kallis – would take motivation from Dhaka city where South Africa won a major ODI title in 1998, though the venue was Bangabandhu Stadium.In the final of the ICC Knock- Out Tournament, as the Champions Trophy was then called, Kallis bagged five wickets and scored 37 in the final against the West Indies to win the man- of- the- match and man- of- the- tournament awards.Going by the two teams’ performance in the league stage, South Africa start as favourite to win the day- night encounter and inch closer to that elusive World Cup. But history will count for nothing and it is the form of the day that will come into play.Both teams fared differently in the league, with South Africa topping Group B with 10 points and the Kiwis just managing to scrape through from Group A, finishing fourth with eight points. Significantly, South Africa lost only one match, to England, but that narrow defeat again raised the ‘ chocker’ issue.South Africa started with a sevenwicket win over the West Indies and demolished the Netherlands before running into England and losing by six runs in a nail- biting thriller.However, they recovered and won a close game against India and that result would have given them the much- needed confidence. They didn’t have difficulty in brushing aside Ireland and Bangladesh to ease into the quarter- finals.New Zealand began their campaign on a high note by thumping a hapless Kenya before Australia thrashed them. Vettroi’s side bounced back with a 10- wicket win over a weak Zimbabwe and surprised Pakistan and expectedly beat the lowly Canadian side.Although the Kiwis lost to Sri Lanka, they made it to the second stage as anticipated.South Africa may be in form now, but the local fans would support New Zealand as Smith’s team defeated Bangladesh to shut them out of the quarter- final race.last_img read more