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Indian flag shown upside down in Glasgow Commonwealth Games



Indian flag shown upside in Glasgow Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW: India has hit the headlines for reasons other than sporting in the just-begun Commonwealth Games here after it came to light that the country’s flag was shown upside down in the official song for the 11-day event.

The official song titled “Let the Games Begin” is also the Glasgow Children’s 2014 anthem for Unicef.

The song features the flags of all the participating countries but the makers have blundered while showcasing the tricolour.

India, who finished second in the medals in the previous edition of the event in Delhi, has sent a 215-strong contingent this time.



Punjab Paralympian Rajinder Rahelu wins CWG silver




JALANDHAR: Punjab powerlifter Rajinder Rahelu stole the limelight on the penultimate day of the 2014 Commonwealth Games winning silver in the men’s heavyweight powerlifting competition on Saturday.

Rahelu, whose legs were affected with polio, picked up a total of 180.5 kg to get the silver, while Nigerian Abdulazeez Ibrahim clinched the gold with a lift of 197 kg. Malaysian Jong Yee Khie got the bronze with a lift of 178 kg. An Arjuna awardee, Rahelu hails from Jalandhar and had also won bronze at the Athens Para-Olympics in 2004. He had, however, narrowly missed out on a medal at the London games two years back.

Punjab powerlifter Rajinder Rahelu stole the limelight on the penultimate day of the 2014 Commonwealth Games winning silver in the men's heavyweight powerlifting competition on Saturday.

Rahelu’s family, wife Jaswinder Kaur and 6-year-old daughter Riddhima, celebrated his win at their home village in Mehsampur, which is near Phillaur. Working as a coach with the Punjab sports department, Rahelu trains the specially-abled powerlifters at an academy in Gohawar village near Goraya.

Recollecting Rahelu’s struggle to the top, Dr Manjit Singh, director physical education at the Ramgarhia College in Phagwara, says, “He (Rahelu) would come on a tri-cycle to our college where he practiced regularly. As his tri-cycle could not go everywhere, he would move around walking with his hands and I feel this grit has taken him so far. It was also encouraging for other sportspersons in the college.”

“Looking at his hard work and keenness for the game the college also decided to waive all his fee and he also turned out to be gem,” he added. Polio-afflicted when he was just one year old, Rahelu was trained by Captain Piara Singh in his formative weightlifting career. He has been a national champion in his weight category for eight consecutive years, from 1998 to 2006, and has a gold in the 2002 Asian Championship to his credit.

The Jalandhar man’s struggle for economic sustainability came as late as 2010, when, after several pleas, the Punjab government finally decided to employ him as a coach.


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    Bindi Bains wins bodybuilding championship for the third time




    By Rattan Mall

    YOU just can’t beat Bindi Bains Mackoruk when it comes to discipline, determination and dedication.

    The 43-year-old personal fitness trainer bagged the trophy in the figure category in her height class for the third successive year at the 2014 Bikini, Figure, Fitness, and Physique Championships held July 5 in Edmonton.

    Bindi, who has two sons aged 9 and 13, competed in the Masters (age 35 and above) category. She spared no effort to try and net a Pro Card to turn professional. For this year’s competition she started preparing as early as last October and put on 10-12 pounds by March. Then from April to June she worked on developing lean muscle mass.

    She noted: “This year I had broader shoulders, broader back – I brought the best package that I’ve had.”

    But in the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation (CBBF) winning first place in your height category doesn’t automatically get you a Pro Card. They ultimately select just one bodybuilder from four categories and Bindi didn’t get it.

    But Bindi is determined to try again next year. She said: “That’s my goal. I am going to keep going until I get it.”

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    She added: “Even if I became a Pro, it’s not about the fact that I have a Pro status and in the future I can make money. For me, it’s that title. For me, it’s that accomplishment. I’ve achieved the most I can at the amateur level.”

    Bindi pointed out: “Competing is very challenging for a family. It takes away a lot of time from your spouse and kids.” But her husband, Chris, and her sons, Isaiah and Ayden, have been very supportive. She noted: “Sometimes it meant dropping everything and going to training. Towards the end, I was training three times a day.”

    BINDI, who came to Canada at the age of three, was a youth counsellor in the Vancouver school system for a decade. She struggled with fitness and weight issues as a teenager, “which was lack of guidance and knowledge around fitness and definitely a poor South Asian diet.”

    She said: “Today, I try to help people eat clean. It’s not Indian food that’s bad, it’s the way we cook it. So it’s a misconception – Indian food’s bad. Well, you can take the same Indian food and cook it with better options.”

    She also cautioned people not to look for “quick fixes.” She said that if you lost a lot of weight in a short time with one of those fad diets, “that’s pretty much a red flag that it’s not permanent,”

    She added: “The weight will come back as soon as you go back to your normal diet. But people look for that because they do not want to go through the long term process, especially if they have a certain date coming up.”

    Bindi said: “The way I promote my training is: it’s going to take longer, your progress is going to be slow but it will be long term.”

    She recommended eating four to five times a day with a break of just two or three hours between each meal. She also suggested consuming three to four litres of water a day. She added: “It flushes all the toxins from your body. You start with two litres and move your way up. It also depends on your level of activity.

    Bindi underscored the need for doing any kind of physical activity for at least 30 minutes every day: walking, climbing stairs, even gardening or cleaning your house.


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    SO what problems do South Asian women face when it comes to keeping fit?

    Bindi noted: “Time is a huge one. They are so busy with family responsibility. So many South Asian women live in extended families. … It’s not just about taking care of themselves and their kids – the onus is on them to also take care of the in-laws. … Sometimes they have full time jobs as well.”

    And, of course, there are the cultural restrictions. But Bindi added: “It’s slowly changing and I am finding more and more women are trying to take care of themselves and getting out there to get fit.”

    She said: “I have moms bringing me their teenage daughters, saying ‘we’re here to get her fit,’ and I look at them and I am like ‘okay, so what about you? You guys wanna do a mother-daughter thing?’ And you often hear ‘oh no, I am done’ … as if life is done!”

    Bindi stressed that it wasn’t too late for moms to do something about their own health. She noted: “It’s not about having muscles – it’s just about being healthy. Our community has so many health issues- diabetes, high blood pressure and so on.”

    Bindi’s counselling background definitely comes into play in her role as a personal fitness trainer. She elaborated: “Counselling is where I need to get into their head. I think fitness is more mental than it is physical because you need that mental focus to not eat those foods – 80 per cent is diet – because you could work out all you want, but you are not going to see success.”

    YOU can contact Bindi by email at or go to her website Bindi trains at World Gym in Surrey at 7130 Scott Road. Phone: 604-592-3090.

    Bindi Bains Mackoruk Photos by Simon Lau for CBBF

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    FIBA to Review Ban on Turbans in Basketball Games



    Geneva:  Trying to douse the hurt sentiments of Sikh and Muslim players, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is ready to review its rule which prevents cagers from wearing headgear for religious reasons.

    A controversy erupted at the FIBA-sanctioned Asia Cup in China this month after two Indian Sikh players were told to remove their turbans ahead of the game and the world governing body said today that its policy-making board will review the issue at an August 27 meet in Sevilla ahead of the World Cup.

    “FIBA’s Central Board, which is ultimately responsible for changes to the Official Basketball Rules, will review these requests and decide how to proceed in the best interest of the sport,” the 214-nation governing body said in a statement.

    Indian players, Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh, were told to remove their turbans by Chinese referees before playing Japan on July 12. The players argued that the rule had never been enforced on them before.

    India’s sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal had expressed ‘shock’ and ‘outrage’ over the incident and asked the IOC to send guidelines to Olympic sports federations.

    Current FIBA rules prevent players wearing “headgear, hair accessories and jewellery,” allowing only a 5-centimeter headband to control hair and sweat.

    “This measure was established more than 10 years ago for two main reasons: safety on the basketball court and uniformity of equipment within a team,” FIBA said in a statement.

    “As a result, the wearing of a turban or a headscarf, just like any other object or accessory to be worn on a player’s head, is not authorised in official FIBA competitions.”

    The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and India’s government had this week called for an end to the ban.

    “We take seriously American athletes’ right to compete and believe that reasonable steps can be taken to accommodate athletes of all religious beliefs,” said the USOC, which was urged to intervene by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

    In 2012, football’s governing body FIFA changed its rules to allow female Muslim players to wear head scarves, after a campaign by executive committee member Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.

    ~Press Trust of India

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