Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Nov 2019 12:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link801Shares Advertisement Comment Emiliano Martinez could find himself in hot water (Picture: Getty)Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez could find himself in hot water after ‘liking’ a social media post that was calling for Unai Emery to be sacked.The Spaniard is clinging onto his role at the Emirates following a run that has seen the Gunners win just one of their last seven matches.The Arsenal board, at least publicly, still appear to be backing Emery but there’s only so long that the bad results can continue before they act.Emery’s decision to strip Granit Xhaka of the captaincy is said to have ostracised members of the squad, while there are doubts about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suitability for the role.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd reserve goalkeeper Martinez has put himself in the firing line after ‘liking’ an ‘Emery out’ social media post on Instagram.The post urged users to ‘like’ if they were in the ‘Emery out’ camp and Martinez duly obliged in a move that is unlikely to go down well at the Emirates.Alexandre Lacazette was recently guilty of a similar crime but the Frenchman retracted his actions and has since defended Emery’s reign.Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi told fans to stick with Emery this week but the Spaniard has lost large areas of support in recent weeks.The Gunners face Southampton at the Emirates after the international break and a negative result could see Emery lose his job.MORE: Kurt Zouma praises Olivier Giroud’s reaction to losing Chelsea place Arsenal star Emiliano Martínez ‘likes’ social media post calling for Unai Emery to be sacked Advertisement
For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community development and revitalization, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Lawrence CountyNew Castle: $257,500 to assist low and moderate-income homeowners in two neighborhoods with needed emergency repairs. Government That Works, Press Release, Restore Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $5 million in new funding to support 42 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.“These projects will better the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians through infrastructure, beautification, and quality of life improvements in cities and towns across Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects complement the priorities set forth by the administration to improve infrastructure and communities across the commonwealth, but pales in comparison to the improvements that could be made through Restore Pennsylvania.”Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, foster effective public-private partnerships, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.“Supporting initiatives that encourage revitalization and business development in our communities is critically important to the economic prosperity of Pennsylvania,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “The Keystone Communities program is so vital to improving people’s lives, pushing our business sector forward, and growing Pennsylvania’s economy.”Since January 2015, the Wolf Administration has approved more than $27 million through the Keystone Communities program to fund hundreds of projects statewide, including façade grants for businesses, accessible housing projects, public infrastructure improvements, and other projects to strengthen communities and downtown districts.Restore Pennsylvania, the $4.5 billion bipartisan proposal funded through a commonsense severance tax, will aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs and is the only plan to make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. The plan would further bolster community improvement efforts like those currently being invested in through the Keystone Communities program and would help replicate those projects across the state.The following projects were approved, totaling more than $5.5 million in state support:Allegheny CountyBest of the Batch Foundation: $300,000 to construct a new educational complex located in Munhall Borough. Best of the Batch Foundation has created The Clubhouse as a safe environment for kids to have after-school activities, recreation, and receive guidance.FCP Services, Inc.: $210,638 to excavate and stabilize the 3,500-square-foot basement floor and foundation of the Depot building, part of a larger project to reclaim a blighted building in the central business district of Tarentum Borough.Hilltop Alliance: $41,026 to stabilize and enhance two anchor buildings located in the first block of the Hilltop neighborhood of Allentown’s East Warrington Avenue business district.Mon Valley Initiative: $500,000 for rehabilitation and construction of a mixed-use project at the intersection of Miller and St. Clair Avenues in the Clairton.Armstrong CountyArmstrong County: $100,000 to continue the delivery of an accessible housing program throughout the county.Bedford CountyDowntown Bedford, Inc.: $350,000 grant-to-loan funding to renovate a historic vacant building located at a major downtown intersection in the designated Keystone Main Street area in Bedford.Berks CountyReading: $234,266 to revitalize a pocket park located near Penn Street.Blair CountyAltoona-Blair Development Corporation: $313,000 grant-to-loan funding for improvements to the former Vipond building.Bradford County/ Wyoming CountyPennsylvania Route 6 Alliance: $103,000 to implement a façade improvement program targeting both the Route 6 Corridor and the Endless Mountains Heritage Region.Bucks CountyQuakertown: $50,000 façade grant for a façade improvement program in the designated Keystone Main Street area of Quakertown Borough, benefiting at least ten storefronts.Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County: $50,000 façade grant for a façade improvement program in downtown Bristol, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Venango CountyOil City: $50,000 to continue collaborative efforts with Oil City Main Street in the implementation of a façade improvement program in the designated Keystone Main Street area, enhancing storefronts, expanding potential for job retention and creation, increasing pride in the community, and enriching the overall viability of the business corridor for up to ten properties. Centre CountyBellefonte: $500,000 grant-to-loan for the rehabilitation of the Gamble Mill building. Philadelphia CountyCity of Philadelphia: $250,000 for renovations to the Happy Hollow playground at the Happy Hollow Recreation Center in Germantown, to address the failing conditions of the playground and to restructure its layout, install new site furnishings and lighting, replace equipment, purchase and install safety surface material and new outdoor fitness equipment.South Street Headhouse District: $11,549 for professional services that will collect and analyze data related to the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) activities and design a website to promote those activities. Westmoreland CountyRedevelopment Authority of Westmoreland County: $150,000 to support the Westmoreland County Homeownership Program in providing accessible housing services including accessibility modifications like ramps, stair lifts, and entrance door modifications to allow individuals to stay in their home. Clearfield CountyClearfield Revitalization Corporation: $50,000 to continue the façade improvement program in the designated Keystone Main Street District of Clearfield, benefiting at least ten storefronts.Coalport Streetscape Committee: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program in Coalport, benefiting at least ten storefronts.DuBois Renaissance, Inc.: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program in the downtown area of DuBois, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Luzerne CountyDowntown Hazleton Alliance for Progress: $30,000 to create a welcome center on the ground floor of the PSU Hazleton LaunchBox at 13-15 W. Broad Street. The space is designed to serve as a pop-up shop for start-up culinary and retail businesses, but it will also double as a welcome and information center for the downtown. New State Funding Will Support 42 Building Restoration, Façade, and Housing Projects Across Pennsylvania Elk CountySt. Marys: $50,000 for a façade grant program focused on the downtown area and State Route 255, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Northampton CountyGreater Easton Development Partnership: $50,000 for a façade improvement program in collaboration with the Easton Main Street Initiative to be awarded to property and business owners in the form of matching grants for renovations, restorations, and repairs to existing building façade, and new signage, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Lackawanna CountyUnited Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania: $25,000 to create a neighborhood revitalization plan for the Pinebrook section of Scranton. Lancaster CountyCity of Lancaster: $100,000 to improve sidewalk conditions, pave the street, and install piano key crosswalks along five blocks of Howard Avenue in southeast Lancaster.Main Street Mount Joy: $50,000 for a façade grant program, which will complement the current downtown revitalization plan, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Montour CountyDanville Business Alliance: $50,000 to launch a professional, cohesive marketing, branding, and wayfinding investment in signage. Chester CountyWest Chester Business Improvement District Authority: $10,000 for the development of a five-year revitalization strategy in downtown West Chester. December 30, 2019 McKean CountyCity of Bradford: $300,000 to implement a two-phased streetscape project to improve the function, design, safety, and walkability of the historic district. Improvements will include sidewalk replacement and curbing, milling and paving, installation of new decorative light poles, refurbishing the existing light poles, replacing blacktop repair areas, and adding new pavement markings. Mifflin CountyDowntown Lewistown, Inc.: $142,155 to implement a downtown connector project along West Water Street. Improvements include construction of sidewalk and curbing as well as ADA accessible ramps. This connector will serve as an important link from the Kish Riverwalk to the Victory Park and the recently completed segment of the Juniata River Trail. Indiana CountyIndiana County: $62,808 to demolish the former G.C. Murphy building located in Blairsville Borough. The site, when cleared, will be used as a green space and community gathering area. Delaware CountyLansdowne Economic Development Corp.: $50,000 to assist in the construction of the Lansdowne Maker Space, a 2,500-square-foot tech-based maker space.Upper Chichester Township: $25,000 to create an economic development action plan for the Boothwyn Town Center. Lebanon CountyLebanon Foundation, Inc.: $50,000 to implement a new façade improvement program in the designated Keystone Main Street District of the City of Lebanon, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Susquehanna CountySusquehanna County Housing/Redevelopment Authority: $388,500 for the first phase of a construction project that includes environmental remediation, demolition of a blighted former school building, asbestos removal, underground storage tank removal, site preparation, and construction of a duplex housing unit for individuals 55 and older in Hallstead. Schuylkill CountyTamaqua: $25,000 to obtain a professional consultant to complete a community and economic development plan that engages the community in the planning process and creates positive connections within it. Franklin CountyMainstreet Waynesboro, Inc.: $50,000 for a façade grant program in the downtown area, benefiting at least ten storefronts.Downtown Chambersburg: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Washington CountyNational Road Heritage Corridor: $115,000 to identify design and planning projects in collaboration with the City of Monongahela that will create an attractive gateway and pedestrian-friendly walkway to the Monongahela River, including installation of ADA accessible curbing and sidewalks, new light posts and trees, signage, and public art for the arch at the Second and Railroad Streets intersection. Northumberland CountyShamokin: $50,000 for a façade improvement program in collaboration with the Shamokin Redevelopment Authority, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Erie CountyOur West Bayfront: $82,200 to assist 18 income-eligible homeowners with emergency repairs to ensure the homes do not become blighted.ServErie: $49,900 to implement a façade assistance program to homeowners within a five-block span on East 6th, 7th, and 8th Streets from Parade to Wayne Streets, benefiting at least ten storefronts. Dauphin CountyCamp Curtin YMCA: $150,000 to construct affordable housing in uptown Harrisburg. The project will construct five new homes on one vacant lot on the corner of Woodbine and Jefferson Streets. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Press Association In a statement, Leinster said “a suitable agreement” had been reached for 26-year-old Douglas to leave the province. The 14 times-capped lock was one season into a three-year deal, and speculation Down Under is that he will now join the Brisbane-based Queensland Reds. Kane Douglas could challenge for a place in Australia’s World Cup squad after being released from his Leinster contract with immediate effect. The Wallabies are currently in Argentina preparing for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against the Pumas, but it is thought Douglas could now commence training with the national squad building towards two appointments with world champions New Zealand next month. “Leinster Rugby can confirm that a suitable agreement has been reached to release second-row Kane Douglas from his contract with the province with immediate effect,” Leinster said. “Douglas made a total of 20 appearances for Leinster last season before missing the tail-end of the season with a back injury. “Leinster Rugby would like to wish Kane and Jennarly the best of luck as they return home, and wish Kane well as he competes for World Cup selection with the Wallabies.”
Villa sacked Tim Sherwood last week and, in his first job since leaving Lyon in 2014 after turning down Newcastle earlier this year , Garde is confident the club can survive but knows the size of his task. “I’m not a dreamer or a magic man, I have strong ideas,” said the former Arsenal midfielder, who has appointed former Bastia coach Reginald Ray as his assistant. “I haven’t the certainty we will stay in the Premier League because the situation we are in is difficult but I have a strong belief we will do it. “Maybe that was why I stopped at Lyon – because you need strong energy for what I want to do – but now I think there are things I want to change. That is not saying what went on before was wrong. “There is not only one way to win games but I have my ideas and a strategy that I want to implement. “In football, things can change. If I didn’t think I could change things I would have said ‘No, this job is not for me’, but I’ve got the hope that we can do it. I don’t know what happened before, I was not inside and I can’t judge. I can only focus on what will happen from now on.” Villa signed 13 players in the summer under Sherwood but Garde has spoken to Villa chairman Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox about their January transfer plans. Four players joined from Ligue 1 and while Garde admitted that is enough from France for now he knows he must be prepared to spend in the window. He said: “We had this kind of discussion, but for the moment this is not the priority. I’m not silly, I know that in January it’s a transfer window and until then I will have the time to evaluate the players. “We will also have the time to win games. We would have played 10 games by then and I think if we need something the owner will be behind me.” The new boss takes over with Villa four points from safety following seven straight defeats in the Barclays Premier League. They are bottom of the table and host leaders Manchester City on Sunday in Garde’s first game in charge. Remi Garde insists he is not a magician as he tries to make Aston Villa’s relegation fears disappear. Press Association
Bhubaneswar: Olympic silver medallists Belgium clinched their maiden World Cup title after beating three-time champions Netherlands in sudden death after the shootout in the pulsating gold medal match at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday.Belgium have now become the sixth nation to lift the World Cup.After playing a goalless draw in regulation time, the tie headed for the shootout which also failed to yield a result as both sides were locked at 2-2 after the five shots.In sudden death, Belgium’s Florent van Aubel scored in his very first attempt to guide his side to the gold medal before Joreon Hertzberger of the Dutch side missed the chance and had to settle for the silver.The tie started with both sides tightening their respective defence in the first quarter and neither were adventurous enough, like they are known to be, to attack at full strength.The second quarter witnessed a similar style of play even though both sides would have loved to head to half time with a goal’s advantage.After the breather, both sides stepped on the gas in the third quarter but the outcome hardly changed and the deadlock continued till the end of the final quarter, taking the contest to the shootout. IANS Also Read: India Knocked Out Hockey World Cup 2018
LAHORE: Driver Meher Muhammad Khalil became a hero when militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team bus on a busy street in Lahore in 2009, holding his nerve under gunfire to whisk them to safety.Eight years later he is ready to welcome Sri Lanka back for militancy-wracked Pakistan’s first cricket match against a top international team since that terrible day.The bus ambush, in which eight people were killed and eight wounded, including seven Sri Lankan players, drove cricket and most other international sports from Pakistan for years.But security has now improved, and Sri Lanka agreed Monday to go ahead with its visit to Pakistan this week for a Twenty20 match in Lahore on Sunday , despite fears expressed by some players.Khalil says the hype surrounding Sri Lanka’s return has sharpened his memories of the assault on the morning of March 3, 2009 as he drove the team to Qaddafi Stadium.Two elite police vehicles were in front of the bus as he eased on to Liberty roundabout in the heart of Lahore when Pakistani Taliban militants opened fire, spraying bullets along the convoy.“First I thought it was fireworks for our guest team,” he told AFP, standing in the street where the ambush began.“Then a man came in front of me (and) fired straight at me with a Kalashnikov… I realized, it’s not fireworks.”The militants shot the drivers first, he said, killing the two in the lead vehicles on the spot.Khalil saw their vehicles skid one to the left and one to the right, opening a path down the center — and then he hit the accelerator. “They fired intensely on the vehicle, and also lobbed a hand grenade and fired a rocket,” he said, but both missed.He does not remember hitting the brakes, he said, until he had driven the bus right inside Qaddafi Stadium.A security cordon was thrown up and he and the players stayed there until a Pakistani military helicopter airlifted them right out from its grassy pitch.In the harrowing aftermath, Khalil was awarded medals and given cash prizes from grateful Pakistani and Sri Lankan officials.But Pakistan’s security continued to deteriorate, and the Taliban kept gaining ground.Khalil’s newfound VIP status just made him a target, he feared, and by the end of the year he had fled the country, first to Morocco then to South Africa.By 2013, however, he had returned to Pakistan, and once more drives a bus in Lahore.Pakistan’s fortunes, meanwhile, have improved, with a dramatic uptick in security in recent years, although militants still carry out spectacular attacks.The growing confidence led to a visit by minnows Zimbabwe in 2015 — a small step in cricket terms, but as the Pakistani national anthem rang out in Qaddafi Stadium for the first time since 2009, a giant leap for home fans.It was followed by the final this March for the hugely popular Pakistan Super League, where fans held up banners proclaiming “Pakistan wins today.”And last month a World XI side led by Faf du Plessis visited for three T20 matches, with the foreign players hailing the series as “more than cricket.”International Cricket Council (ICC) officials acknowledged that Pakistan had made “tremendous strides,” though there was still a long way to go.The T20 finale comes at the end of a series otherwise played in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan have held their “home” internationals since the ambush.Sri Lanka’s return, officials hope, will represent another turning point.“See what a brave nation they are,” Khalil said, his eyes glittering. “That this incident happened to them and still that team is coming to play in our country.“The whole of Pakistan should give them protocol (respect) and welcome them very warmly.”Sri Lankan officials have said they agreed to the game after assessments by Sri Lankan and Pakistan authorities, independent security experts and the ICC.The country’s cricket chief, Thilanga Sumathipala, has previously appealed for an end to Pakistan’s isolation and urged other teams to come to play.Khalil, however, urged caution, calling for “foolproof security” for all foreign players in Pakistan.The Sri Lankan players had been nervous the night before the ambush, he said, describing a conversation with batsman Kumar Sangakkara that evening.“Sangakkara asked me: ‘Mr. Muhammad, are we people safe in Pakistan?’““I told him nothing will happen, and if, God forbid, something happens then thousands of people like me will sacrifice our lives for you.”The next day, after their worst fears came true with Sangakkara among the wounded, he visited the Sri Lankan player in hospital.“He told me, ‘You are a great man… You are my hero,’” Khalil said.
THE International Cricket Council (ICC) has offered its condolences following the death of former West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes at the age of 95.In a statement, ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney remembered ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Weekes as a top batsman of his era and one whose performances will be long remembered.Manu Sawhney: “Weekes is a distinguished name in cricket and he was an integral member of one of the best Test sides ever. We all know of the ‘The Three Ws’ that comprised Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott and Weekes, and the reputation they had during the 1940s and 50s.“His attacking batting contributed in making the West Indies such an attractive side to watch. To be in that team itself was such a big honor, but there were times when Weekes really stood apart with his distinct style. On behalf of everyone at the ICC, I send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.”Weekes played 48 Test matches from 1947 to 1958, aggregating 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61. Known to show quick footwork and fluent stroke-play, Weekes slammed 15 centuries, which included a record five in consecutive innings in 1948.One of those centuries came at home against England and four on a tour of India. He almost got a sixth consecutive century but was unlucky to be run out for 90 at Chennai.Weekes’s cousin Bam Bam Weekes and son David Murray played international cricket while a few other relatives played first-class cricket.Weekes officiated as an ICC match referee in three Tests and four One Day Internationals, all in 1994.
After USC’s victory against Arizona, junior quarterback Matt Barkley’s record-breaking 468 passing yards (surpassed Carson Palmer’s previous best of 448 passing yards) and sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods’ career high (255 receiving yards) days were well-chronicled.But just as essential, if not more so, to the Trojans’ win was the play of freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee.Lee notched eight receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown, and came up short of a second score on his 45-yard grab in the fourth quarter.Lee now has 21 receptions, 323 receiving yards and three touchdowns on the year. USC coach Lane Kiffin has spoke glowingly of the former Junipero Serra High School standout.“It was great to see Marqise take the step of a true freshman to the next level.” Kiffin said. “[He] actually came up and had X-rays and missed a series … Then he came back and put himself in even though they were questioning whether he could play. It says a lot about him as a true freshman.”As Lee continues to improve and become the No. 2 option on an offense looking for more consistency outside of Woods, the Trojan offense figures to become even more potent in the long run.Woods, Lee’s former teammate of at Serra, noted his performance through five games so far.“Marqise is a great player,” Woods said. “His play is excellent through five games. I look forward to him getting better and keep putting up numbers for this offense.”Despite the offensive explosion, the biggest plays for the Trojans might have come on the other side of the ball.USC’s defense intercepted Arizona quarterback Nick Foles twice in the first quarter. Coming into the game, however, Foles had completed 210 passes in a row without being intercepted.He had also tossed 10 touchdown passes without throwing an interception against top-ranked teams in Oklahoma State, Stanford and Oregon.Though Foles committed two early turnovers, he still managed to throw for 425 yards and four touchdowns.—Coming into their matchup with the Wildcats, the Trojans had only forced three turnovers (one interception by redshirt sophomore cornerback Torin Harris and two forced fumbles). Junior safety T.J. McDonald was the recipient of both of Foles’ interceptions and acknowledged his plays changed the momentum of the game.“I knew he didn’t have any picks coming into this game so I knew it was going to be a challenge for us not only to stop the passing attack, but to get some turnovers,” McDonald said postgame. “It pumped up the whole team and the offense was able to put some points on the board.”Despite the win, McDonald said he knows the defense needs to show some improvement if USC expects to win its next few games.“Today, our offense did a great job and picked us up,” McDonald said. “We definitely want to play better, but we’ll go into the film room, make sure we fix our [mistakes]. We got two weeks before our next game, but we’ll come out two weeks from now and we’ll be ready to go.”
The USC football team released its final spring depth chart Monday morning following the completion of spring practices.Coach Lane Kiffin did not decide on a second-string quarterback as he stated after the spring game, listing redshirt freshmen Cody Kessler and Max Wittek as co-second-string signal callers behind senior Matt Barkley.No clarity · The depth chart did not clear up the backup quarterback spot as freshmen Max Wittek (above) and Cody Kessler are co-second stringers. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanSophomore tackle Aundrey Walker broke into the starting lineup claiming the left tackle job. The fight between Walker and redshirt junior Kevin Graf for the left tackle job was one of the primary storylines throughout spring practice. Graf will continue to start at right tackle.Freshman fullback Soma Vainuku and Walker are the only new offensive starters from the 2011 squad. Walker will replace 2011 All-American tackle Matt Kalil, who entered the 2012 NFL draft.Defensively, sophomore J.R. Tavai was named starting nose tackle and redshirt sophomore George Uko was named starting defensive tackle, replacing departed tackles DaJohn Harris and Christian Tupou.Senior Devon Kennard and redshirt senior Wes Horton will team up as the team’s defensive ends. Then-junior Nick Perry, a first team all-conference selection at defensive end last season, also declared for the 2012 NFL draft.Junior Nickell Robey is still locked in at one cornerback position, but the other side features a three-way tie between senior Isiah Wiley, senior Brian Baucham and redshirt junior Torin Harris.Senior safety Jawanza Starling — who started alongside senior T.J. McDonald in 2011 — is listed as a co-starter with junior Demetrius Wright.Recently cleared transfer defensive back Josh Shaw is listed as the third-string free safety behind McDonald and senior Drew McAllister.No incoming freshmen are placed in the depth chart with spring-roster players, but Nelson Agholor is listed under wide receiver and tailback.
1 month ago Haryana to host 4th edition of Khelo India Youth Games, announces Kiren Rijiju The motto of the “Freedom Run” is to encourage fitness and help citizens get freedom from obesity, laziness, stress, and other lifestyle diseases. In the past as well, Fit India has organized multiple events on a large scale to promote fitness. Some of these include events such as the Fit India Plog Run and Fit India Cyclothon, and are aimed at taking the message of fitness to the masses.”Actively organise state level khelo India games to identify Talent”:RijijuThe sports ministry has always been in the forefront of promoting sports at all levels and identifying talents from the grassroot levels. One such initiative was ‘Khelo India’ where sporting talent would be identified and trained in the Khelo India State Centre for excellence. Read | AP reports 9996 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally now over 2.64 lakh Individuals and organizations that are interested in the same can register for the event at the website of fit India. The event is being organized in order to mark the 74th Independence day of India on August 15 to 151st birthday of Mahatama Gandhi on 2 October. “The fit India freedom run is yet another endeavor to strengthen the Fit India Movement envisaged by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and involve our citizens to embrace fitness as a way of life. The event, at the present moment, is even more important since staying fit is the key to buildinging a strong immunity, which is the need of the hour to fight the COVID-19 disease,” said Minister Rijiju in a statement. 1 month ago Kiren Rijiju remembers late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as Rafale jets touchdown Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju will launch the Fit India Freedom Run, one of the largest countrywide run on August 14. The mega event, scheduled from August 15 to October 2, boasts of an extremely unique concept. In light of the current pandemic situation and social distancing norms, the government has encouraged participants of the event to run at their own pace, at any place they wish to and at any time of the day as per their convenience.The motive behind introducing this unique run is “to encourage fitness while one is following the norms of COVID-19”. “Additionally, they(participants) can break up their run over seven days within the period. The total kilometers clocked can be accessed through a Global positioning system(GPS) watch or manually,” said a release from the ministry. FOLLOW US Read | Punjab reports 36 more deaths; 1,035 new cases take tally to 27,936 WATCH US LIVE (With Inputs from ANI and PIB) First Published: 13th August, 2020 22:15 IST COMMENT WE RECOMMEND Read | Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami to honour frontline workers engaged in fighting COVID-19 LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 13th August, 2020 22:15 IST Kiren Rijiju To Launch Fit India Freedom Run On 14 August To Promote Fitness Amid Pandemic Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju will launch the Fit India Freedom Run, a unique event on August 14 1 month ago Respecting and accepting people from other regions key to national integrity: Kiren Rijiju 1 month ago Actively organise state-level Khelo India Games to identify talent: Kiren Rijiju to states Saksham Dangi 1 month ago Kiren Rijiju plans to mobilise 1 crore volunteers from sports depts to fight Covid-19