Govt not to intervene in Sushil vs Narsingh battle: Sonowal

first_imgPatiala, May 16 (PTI) Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today ruled out intervention in the Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav selection battle for the Rio Olympics, saying that the matter is for the Wrestling Federation of India to decide. The WFI had sought the Ministrys intervention to resolve the raging furore over whether to give the Olympic ticket to Narsingh, who clinched the quota berth, or hold trials to present double Olympic-medallist Sushil a chance in the 74kg category. “Government has nothing to do with it. The Federation, which is an autonomous body, is the final authority. We stood by the national sports code and respect the autonomy of all sports Federations,” Sonowal, who is here on a visit to the NIS to take stock of the Olympic preparations, told PTI. Narsingh booked the Rio berth at last years World Championships in Las Vegas. Sushil, on the other hand, had to sit out of the event owing to an injured shoulder. As per rules, the quota berth is for the country and it was expected that trials would be held to pick between Narsingh and Sushil before the Games. However, with Narsingh staking his claim for the Olympics, the WFI is in a fix as it fears demands from other wrestlers in the remaining seven weight categories. Sushil, on his part, has already taken the matter to the doorsteps of Prime Ministers Office. The 32-year-old has also appealed to the Sports Ministry, IOA, WFI and fans to give him a chance to undergo a trial for the Rio Games. PTI ACB NES PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Young athletes with asthma at increased risk of stigmatization study finds

first_img Source:https://uwaterloo.ca/news/news/asthma-can-lead-stigmatization-young-athletes Sep 11 2018Children with asthma are at increased risk of stigmatization, according to a study at the University of Waterloo.The study identifies the need for educating coaches when it comes to addressing the inclusion and management of athletes with asthma.“We have found that some coaches don’t fully understand the nature of asthma so kids can end up feeling stigmatized,” said Francesca Cardwell, PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. “Most coaches will say that they understand asthma and are inclusive, but we know from other work that some kids report that their symptoms are questioned or that they are penalized, especially in competitive sports.”Related StoriesNew app helps improve the lives of children with asthmaImproper inhaler use common in children with asthmaGrowing up on farm with animals may half risk of asthma and allergies, suggests studyThe focus group-based research, led by Cardwell and Susan Elliott, a health geography professor at Waterloo, assessed the effectiveness of an online module that informed coaches on the risks and practices associated with coaching players suffering from an allergic disease.The module users were surveyed to gather perceptions and assess its usefulness. Interviewed coaches found the module relevant, but admitted that they would tend to prioritize other, more relevant, educational modules for various reasons, including interest, issues with funding and time commitment.The results also showed that while most coaches were aware of broader asthma management techniques, they lacked knowledge about more specific solutions such as the Air Quality Health Index.“Although coaches found the education module valuable, it seems that understanding and managing players with asthma isn’t perceived as relevant,” Cardwell says. “But in fact, air quality is important for everyone. If coaches are educated on this topic, it can positively influence inclusion, health, team dynamics, and long-term performance both for the team and the individual.”In a society that strives to create healthy and inclusive communities, it is important to focus on critical everyday activities and to remember how geographical conditions, such as air quality, affect these functions. As climate change manifestations such as fires, droughts, and storms grow in frequency and intensity, the challenges of air quality will become increasingly relevant in all aspects of life.last_img read more

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