Defending Champion Karen Khachanov Knocked Out of Paris Masters

first_imgPARIS: Karen Khachanov’s Paris Masters title defence ended at the first hurdle on Tuesday as the Russian lost 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-5 to German Jan-Lennard Struff.Khachanov beat four top-10 players, including Novak Djokovic in the final, to win the 2018 tournament, but was knocked out after an indifferent second-round display this time around.The early exit ends the world number eight’s slim hopes of qualifying for next month’s ATP Tour Finals in London.Struff, ranked 36th, will next face either former Bercy winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Italian tenth seed Matteo Berrettini in the last 16.The defeat brings a close to an up-and-down season on the ATP Tour for Khachanov.The 23-year-old has broken into the world’s top 10 for the first time, although he is now likely to drop out next week, and also reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final in June at the French Open.But he has failed to reach an ATP final in 2019, despite making the last eight at tournaments seven times.Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov booked his spot in the second round for the first time when his opponent Gilles Simon retired injured with the opening set level at 2-2 in their match.The 20-year-old Shapovalov, who won his maiden ATP title in Stockholm a fortnight ago, will play Monte Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini in round two. (IANS)Also Read: Novak Djokovic Overpowers David Goffin to Reach Japan Open FinalAlso Watch:BTAD Army Football League 2019-2020last_img read more

AFN Congress, Board Deny Amendment of the 2017 Constitution

first_imgIbrahim Gasau Members of the Congress and Board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) are yet to come to term with the purported amendment of 2017 constitution as claimed by the federation Preident, Ibrahim Gasau recently.The AFN boss had in a memo to 37-member state associations including the Federal Capital Territory on August 7th, 2020 said that the 2017 constitution was amended at a congress of the federation in Awka, Anambra State on December 4th, 2019 and that the constitution ”that was forwarded to the World Athletics (WA) was the AFN Constitution 2017 (as amended).”But African 400m record holder and Olympics 400m and 4x400m medallist who is also the chairperson of Ogun State Athletics Association, Falilat Ogunkoya, rejected Gusau’s claim in the memo. ‘Which constitution was amended? I didn’t receive any proposal from the AFN to that effect. The constitution of the AFN is clear on how and when the constitution can be amended,” observed Ogunkoya.In the same vein, the Chairman of Ekiti State Athletics Association, Samuel Fatula, said the reports of the purported amendment is a joke carried too far.“The AFN constitution that was adopted in 2017 made it clear that member-state associations must receive any proposal for the amendment of the constitution at least three months before the congress where the amendment is sccheduled to hold.“I am the chairman of Ekiti State Athletics Association and a member federation of the AFN. I want to categorically state here that I did not receive any proposal for the amendment,” said one of the two Nigerian track and field statisticians recognised by the international body of statisticians.”The only correspondence I got was the notice for the congress in Awka but didn’t attend because it ran foul of the provisions of the AFN constitution which stipulated a 60-day notice before a congress could be convened,” added Fatunla.While national 5000m record holder and Chairman of Plateau State Athletics Association, Timon Gunen, corroborated Fatunla’s claim and denied receiving any such proposal.Members of the board of the AFN as well as the secretariat of the federation are all unaware of the amendment which Gusau said in his memo of August 7,2020.“This is news to us,” said Maria Worphil, Professor Emmanuel Ojeme, Himma Charles, ex-internationals Rosa Collins and Brown Ebewele and Olympians, Gabriel Okon and Tafida Fidelis Gadzama, all members of the board of the federation.“If there is going to be any amendment to the constitution, the board of the AFN will first discuss it before our recommendations are passed down to member state associations through the Secretary General of the federation.The AFN constitution is clear on this.’ “Article 10.1.3 also clarifies thus: All proposals as well as recommendations of the council related to such proposal shall be sent to member state association by the Secrertary General at least three (3) months prior to the congress. This provision has not been complied with and what transpired in Awka where the so-called congress was held was a sham,’ added Mrs Worphil, a former member of World Athletics Women’s Commission.A top official at the secretariat of the AFN confirmed that the AFN neither received a proposal for an amendment to the constitution nor the board met to dicuss any such proposal.“At all the board meetings held in 2019, the issue of amendment of the 2017 AFN constitution never came up; it was neither mentioned nor discussed,” he said and quoted article 10.1.2 of the AFN constitution to back his stand.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Top 3 moments from Mark Coyle’s time at Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse Director of Athletics Mark Coyle is leaving SU after 11 months on the job to take a position at the University of Minnesota, SU confirmed on Wednesday morning. Minnesota announced on Wednesday morning that he was a finalist for its AD position and he will take the position, according to ESPN.Here are three memorable moments from Coyle’s time at Syracuse.MORE COVERAGE:Storify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departureSyracuse University Director of Athletics Mark Coyle leaving for Minnesota Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 11, 2016 at 1:58 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus First press conferenceCoyle had the Iocolano-Petty football wing auditorium erupting in applause from the start of his first press conference on June 22 — less than a month before he officially became Syracuse’s director of athletics. He spoke to the media, Board of Trustees, members of SU administration and SU head coaches for about 15 minutes saying, “My expectations are simple. … We’re going to get our degrees, and we’re going to compete for championships. And I want to make sure that we all understand that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFiring of Scott ShaferCoyle said he’d take time to evaluate the Orange’s football programs and almost exactly four months later, on Nov. 23, he fired head coach Scott Shafer with the team sitting at 3-8 and on an eight-game losing streak. There was still one game left in the season.“Scott has worked tirelessly to educate our students on and off the field and to build our program,” Coyle said in a statement. “However, I feel a change in leadership is needed at this time. A national search will begin immediately.”Hiring of Dino Babers and Babers’ inaugural press conferenceBabers, the former Bowling Green head coach, was hired as head football coach on Dec. 5 and held his opening press conference on Dec. 7. Coyle said Shafer was fired before the end of the season to give more time to find a new coach. He also mentioned that he skipped  the basketball team’s trip to the Bahamas to continue searching for a football coach.“We wanted a leader who had a proven track record and a strong commitment to student welfare,” Coyle said in a press release on Dec. 5. “Dino’s background as a former student-athlete combined with his head coaching experience, and dynamic offensive mind make him a great fit for our program. We are committed to building a winning Syracuse Football program and today reinforces that commitment.”“I wanted to make sure we found the best fit for Syracuse football,” he added at the press conference. “And how I define best fit was, simply, I wanted someone with tremendous honesty and integrity. I wanted somebody who would be focused on our students and the welfare of our students. I wanted somebody who was innovative and had an exciting brand of football. And I wanted somebody who had a commitment to winning. And I’m confident we’ve found that person in Coach Babers.” Comments Related Stories Syracuse University Director of Athletics Mark Coyle leaving for MinnesotaStorify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departureSyracuse AD Mark Coyle: ‘We’re going to get our degrees, and we’re going to compete for championships.’5 things Mark Coyle said at Dino Babers’ introductory press conferenceMark Coyle speaks with The Daily Orange in Q&Alast_img read more