‘Full of rats’: Olympic champ claims corruption common practice in sports ministry

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe former shuttler claimed it was very easy for the ministry’s officials to embezzle billions of rupiah earmarked for various program, such as through hotel discounts during the national training camp program.He explained the ministry had to book hotel rooms to house 500 to 1,000 athletes for the program. While a hotel room usually costs Rp 500,000 (US$33.70) a night, the officials can get discounts from booking many rooms at the same time.“They can embezzle Rp 100,000 for each room, multiplied by 1,000 people a day. The program can last for more than a month. Imagine how much they can get!” said Taufik.Read also: Olympic medalist admits to delivering bribes to former sports minister Topics : After admitting his role in a bribery case implicating former Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, retired Indonesian shuttler Taufik Hidayat later claimed that such corrupt practices were very common in the ministry.Taufik, who won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, retired as a badminton player in 2013. Between 2016 and 2017, he served as the deputy chairman of Satlak Prima (Gold Program), a national sporting program under the ministry for elite athletes that was dissolved in 2018.“No matter who serves as the minister, it will never change unless half of the ministry is reformed. It [the ministry] is full of rats [corrupt officials],” Taufik said in an interview with mentalist-cum-YouTube-personality Deddy Corbuzier.center_img While claiming that he had experienced and witnessed such illicit practices, Taufik added that he had no tangible proof of such crime.Youth and Sports Ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewa Broto regretted Taufik for making such claims. He went on to say that Taufik had put his name as a badminton legend at stake for accusing the ministry of corruption.“We are in the fasting month of Ramadan. We forgive Taufik for talking like that. We just need to prove [that he’s wrong] by doing our work,” Gatot said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.During a hearing against Imam last Wednesday, Taufik admitted to the court that he acted as an intermediary in the bribery case implicating the former minister.Taufik said he had delivered Rp 1 billion to Imam’s personal assistant, Miftahul Ulum, in January 2018. Miftahul is also a suspect in the case.Taufik, however, claimed he did not know that the money was a bribe and denied that he had accepted some of the illicit money in the crime.The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) indicted Imam for accepting Rp 11.5 billion in bribes and other gratuities worth Rp 8.64 billion from the ministry and Indonesian Sports Council (KONI) officials pertaining to the disbursement of a state grant for the organization. (nal)last_img read more

Arsenal target Matthijs de Ligt orders Mino Raiola to seal Barcelona transfer

October 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgRaiola represents De Ligt (Picture: Getty)But in talks with his agent, Raiola, De Ligt has made it clear he only wants to join Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRaiola, whose impressive client list includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, is renowned across the footballing world as one the most expensive agents to deal with.But De Ligt, 19, has told his agent he has no interest in a big-money move and is not motivated by financial gain. Arsenal target Matthijs de Ligt orders Mino Raiola to seal Barcelona transfer Comment (Picture: Getty)The news will come as a blow to De Ligt’s other suitors, with Unai Emery reportedly a massive fan of the centre-back.Emery will not have a massive transfer kitty to play with in the summer, but thought De Ligt could be the answer to his side’s defensive woes, despite Ajax setting a £70million asking price.Arsenal will have up to £100m to spend on signings if Emery delivers Champions League football and raises some funds through player outgoings.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Mar 2019 4:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link695Shares De Ligt wants to join De Jong at Barcelona (Picture: Getty)The chances of De Ligt making the switch to Arsenal took a hit last week after Marc Overmars snubbed interest from the Gunners to sign a new deal with Ajax.Arsenal had hoped Overmars would accept the position of technical director at the club, but the Gunners were knocked back.Overmars has worked with De Ligt at Ajax as club director and would have been in a unique position to negotiate with his former side had he joined Arsenal.It seems though De Ligt is determined to follow current Ajax team-mate Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona after the Spanish giants confirmed the midfielder would join them at the end of the season.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Arsenal are tracking De Ligt (Picture: Getty)Matthijs de Ligt only wants to move to Barcelona and has reportedly told his agent Mino Raiola to forget about any other possible destinations.Several of Europe’s top clubs are chasing the Ajax star, with Arsenal and Manchester City tipped to make a move for De Ligt.Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have also been credited with a transfer interest, as De Ligt has established himself as one of the world’s brightest talents in the last 12 months. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Baldwinsville wrestlers rally, defeat Hannibal 43-42

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Tags: Baldwinsvillewrestling Whether it was a reflection of where the programs stood or a strong display of character, the Baldwinsville wrestling team found an exciting way to win its 2019-20 season opener.The Bees trailed Hannibal by 15 points with three bouts left last Wednesday night, but won them all and, gaining the “criterium” point, defeated the Warriors 43-42.Twelve bouts were in the books and Hannibal had won seven of them to create a 42-27 advantage before Jarred McMonagle accepted a forfeit at 99 pounds.In the penultimate bout at 106 pounds, Aiden Cali claimed a tough 8-5 decision over Hannibal’s Jack Lamson, but that still meant it was 42-36 going into the 113-pound finale.Needing a pin, Mason Clark got it, putting Ben Alton’ s shoulders on the mat 45 seconds into the second period, and since B’ville now had won eight bouts to Hannibal’s seven, it got the tie-breaker.Max Naples had opened at 120 pounds by pinning Dominic Greenwood in 3:40, but the Warriors fout of the next five bouts, only interrupted at 145 pounds when Liam Fitzgerald edged Hunter Dumas 10-9.B’ville began to comeback with Ryan Hemund’s 68-second pin over 160-pound opponent Drew Butterfield. Tyler Southworth got a forfeit at 170 pounds and Fred Pickard, at 195 pounds, pinned Elijah Wirth in 1:45.When 285-pound heavyweight Naseim Perez lost 8-5 to Santana Salvador, it marked Hannibal’s last win before the Bees made its comeback in the lighter weight classes.Then B’ville ventured to Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday for the Andersen Tournament, where it finished ninth in a 19-team field with 78.5 points as Peru (162 points) took top honors.Just one Bees wrestler got to the finals – Perez, who pinned Newark’s Connor Simizon in 2:19 in the semifinals, only to drop the title bout to Canastota’s Mike Leibl in a 59-second fall.Cali got third place at 106, edging Fairport’s Chris Cialini 4-2 in the consolation bracket final. B’ville takes on West Genesee Wednesday before heading to the Phoenix Round Robin this Saturday at 10 a.m.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Eagles Target Win against Czech Rep in Last Friendly

September 8, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTechnical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, admitted at the team’s pre-World Cup camp in Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria, thata win is the ultimate target this afternoon.“We will go for victory that would boost spirit and earn teamconfidence ahead of our first match in Russia. It would not be an easypick but we will work hard for it,” observed the Franco-German gaffer.The game is holding against a backdrop of consecutive losses in friendly matches against Serbia and England with Nigeria’s first match of the FIFA World Cup against Croatia only nine days away.Earlier, Eagles defeated Argentina and Poland in their first two friendly games of the preparation for the battle in Russia. Their only draw was against DR Congo.Super Eagles Midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo also said yesterday that the friendlies have sort of prepared the team for the opposition to face when the World Cup begins.“The friendly games we have played have exposed us to many things and also made us better,” he noted in an interview with a news agency from Russia.“We are in a tough group but we won’t be cowed by Argentina and Croatia big names. We are here to make our nation proud and we will achieve that,” the former Warri Wolves player concluded.Wednesday’s encounter at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium – a multi-use facility in Rannersdorf, a city in the sub-division of Schwechat, outside Vienna – will be the third official meeting between Nigeria and Czech.Nigeria and then Czechoslovakia drew 1-1 in a group phase match at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, with Vizek scoring for the Czechs in the first half and Henry Nwosu equalising for the Eagles with six minutes left on the clock.Nigerian forward Emmanuel Osigwe had a goal from a long range free-kick disallowed.The Czechs edged their second meeting in Rabat on 11th December 1996by two goals to one – as part of the King Hassan Cup Tournament.INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIESNigeria vs Czech Rep (2.00pm)Belgium vs Egypt (7.45pm)Norway vs Panama (8.00pm)Belarus vs Hungary (8.00pm)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles players and their handlers have set sight on victory today as Nigeria takes on Czech Republic in the last warm-up game in Austria before heading to the World Cup in Russia. Kick off time is 2pm Nigerian time.With tough Group D opposition with countries like Croatia, Iceland and perennial nemesis, Argentina at the Mundial kicking off in eight days from today, Eagles need the victory to rev up their morale.last_img read more

BiH’s Football Team to gather Today in Vienna ahead of Two important Matches

August 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) football team will meet today in Vienna ahead of upcoming matches with Austria and Spain.Robert Prosinecki, head coach of BiH’s team, should have available at players he counted on in the previous two games, except for Asmir Begovic, who injured leg and Goran Zakaric who injured his shoulder.A subsequent call was sent to Kenan Piric from Maribor.Earlier in November, Prosinecki announced a list of names of the players he has called for the upcoming matches against Austria and Spain.On November 15th at the Ernst-Happel Stadium in Vienna, BiH national team will be a guest to the selection of Austria within UEFA’s League of Nations. Three days later, there will be a friendly match with Spain at the Gran Canaria Stadium in Las Palmas.The list includes 24 players, namely: Ibrahim Šehić (Erzurumspor), Asmir Begović (Bournemouth) and Vedran Kjosevski (Željezničar) as goalkeepers. Ognjen Vranješ (Anderlecht), Toni Šunjić (Dinamo Moskva), Ermin Bičakčić (Hoffenheim), Ervin Zukanović (Genoa), Eldar Ćivić (Sparta Prag) and Bojan Nastić (Genk) as defense.Amer Gojak (Dinamo Zagreb), Muhamed Bešić (Everton/Middlesbrough), Gojko Cimirot (Standard Liege), Miralem Pjanić (Juventus), Elvis Sarić (Suwon Bluewings), Rade Krunić (Empoli), Goran Zakarić (Partizan), Haris Duljević (Dynamo Dresden), Edin Višća (Basaksehir), Deni Milošević (Konyaspor) and Sanjin Prcić (Levante) as midfielders.Edin Džeko (Roma), Kenan Kodro (Copenhagen), Rijad Bajić (Basaksehir) and Ermedin Demirović (Sochaux) as forwards.In Group 4 of the UEFA Nations League, BiH is ranked first with a maximum of nine points, the other is Austria with three, while Northern Ireland has zero points.Match with Austria will start at 20:45 in Vienna, while in the Las Palmas, the match will start at 19:45. Gathering the Dragons is planned for November 12th  in Vienna.last_img read more

ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM THE LETTERKENNY AC RELAY FOR LIFE 5-MILE RUN

December 25, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTHE sun came out in Co Donegal this evening as more than 200 runners took part in the well-organised 5-mile charity run for Relay For Life.The Letterkenny AC event, a perfect warm-up for the North West 10k next month, saw Paddy Brennan from the club first across the line in a time of 25.47.Finn Valley AC’s Teresa McGloin was the first woman across the line in 28.40. All the results are below:Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Club1 389 25.47 Patrick Brennan – Letterkenny A C2 309 27.35 Kevin Ferry – Letterkenny A C3 315 27.44 Ivan Toner – Letterkenny A C4 320 27.54 Neil Gibbons – Letterkenny A C5 161 28.21 Brian Crossan – Individual6 323 28.27 Garvan Walker – Letterkenny A C7 313 28.29 Paul Toner – Letterkenny A C8 182 28.35 Gerard Mc Granaghan – Letterkenny A C9 164 28.40 Teresa Mc Gloin – Finn Valley A C10 12 29.01 Humphrey Murphy – Letterkenny A C11 347 29.04 John Daly – Letterkenny A C12 375 29.05 Joe English – Letterkenny A C13 160 29.08 Brian Ferry – Individual14 141 29.23 Barry Meehan – Letterkenny A C15 200 29.46 Marcus Mc Clintock – Letterkenny A C16 167 29.57 Gerry Mc Monagle – Letterkenny A C17 439 30.00 Michael Logue – Rosses A.C.18 174 30.35 Hugh Duffy – Cranford A C19 17 31.04 John Gibbons – Letterkenny A C20 338 31.07 Paul Gamble – Individual21 316 31.44 Glen Duncan – Letterkenny A C22 6 32.01 John Conlin – Individual23 322 32.12 Gareth Mc Laughlin – Inishowen A C24 342 32.17 Lee Gildea – Letterkenny A C25 440 32.27 Hugh Daly – Letterkenny A C26 334 32.34 Jason King – Letterkenny A C27 346 32.39 Raymond Birch – Individual28 314 32.41 Kevin Toner – Letterkenny A C29 188 32.44 Kevin Piper – Individual30 142 32.54 Kieran Coyle – Letterkenny A C31 298 32.58 Mark Gallagher – Individual32 447 32.59 Barry Coyle – Individual33 339 33.10 Michael Maguire – Individual34 480 33.21 Noel Lynch – Letterkenny A C35 460 33.30 Kieran Mc Monagle – Individual36 326 33.33 Marie Boyle – Individual37 190 33.35 Anthony Mc Daid – Individual38 290 33.40 Garvan Mc Closkey – Letterkenny A C39 197 33.41 Denis Sheils – 24/7 Triathlon40 198 33.45 Thomas Mc Bride – Individual41 179 33.50 Paul Cosgrove – Letterkenny A C42 165 33.55 Gerard Devine – Individual43 327 33.59 Ritchie Raymond – Letterkenny A C44 472 34.05 Seamus Morrison – Letterkenny A C45 289 34.10 Gabriel Mc Crossan – Letterkenny A C46 329 34.15 Darren Beecroft – Individual47 13 34.16 Brian Mc Monagle – Letterkenny A C48 14 34.17 Terry Mc Cauley – Individual49 187 34.29 Mark Curly Coyle – Individual50 18 34.34 Paul Mc Groary – Individual51 140 34.38 Michael Mc Ginty – Individual52 446 34.41 Terence Gallagher – Individual53 297 34.49 Hugh Gallagher – Letterkenny A C54 137 34.50 Nicola Doherty – Individual55 398 34.51 Lester Dobson – Letterkenny A C56 337 34.52 Michael O’Hara – Individual57 20 34.55 Eamonn Patton – Letterkenny A C58 442 35.00 Stephen Gallagher – Individual59 196 35.01 Paul Mc Monagle – Individual60 361 35.04 Shane Keaveney – Individual61 317 35.05 Phil Boyle – Letterkenny A C62 397 35.16 Fintan Bonner – Individual63 394 35.29 Deirdre Diver – Rosses A.C.64 176 35.35 Boyd Robinson – Individual65 191 35.36 Hugh Ferry – Individual66 300 35.53 John Doherty – Individual67 359 35.58 Davin Doherty – Individual68 343 35.59 Helen Mc Cready – Rosses A.C.69 462 36.01 Kieran Doherty – Individual70 163 36.03 Cliodhna Dunne – Finn Valley A C71 448 36.09 Neil Barrett – Individual72 473 36.12 Kieran Mc Hugh – Individual73 310 36.21 Maeve Gallagher – Individual74 373 36.40 `Damien Mc Crory – Individual75 8 36.53 Liam Mc Laughlin – Individual76 357 36.57 Declan Watters – Individual77 183 37.00 Mark Bolton – Letterkenny A C78 370 37.05 Nuala O Hagan – Individual79 483 37.12 Andrew Mc Govern – Individual80 378 37.30 Philip Nicholson – Individual81 162 37.35 Mark O Kane – Letterkenny A C82 341 37.37 Michael Sheils – Individual83 168 37.39 Paul Lee – Individual84 175 37.40 Catherine Mc Kinley – Individual85 311 37.43 Michelle Duffy – Individual86 362 37.48 Damien Daly – Individual87 371 38.15 Cathal Roarty – Letterkenny A C88 324 38.24 Fiona Coyle – Individual89 345 38.25 Jonathan Scanlon – Individual90 351 38.32 Fin Begley – Individual91 356 38.36 Martin Cafferky – Individual92 358 38.36 Conor Pearson – Individual93 374 38.42 Anthony Mc Crea – Individual94 177 38.49 Philip Robinson – Individual95 344 38.56 Maura O Grady – Individual96 193 38.58 Laura Corbett – Letterkenny A C97 349 39.17 Amanda Mc Nulty – Letterkenny A C98 350 39.26 Sheila Mc Gahey – Individual99 481 39.31 Harry Curley – Individual100 321 39.34 Lat Doherty – Individual101 186 39.44 Joe Boyce – Individual102 195 39.47 Colin White – Individual103 443 39.49 Lisa Dalton – Individual104 10 40.18 David Diver – Individual105 312 40.19 Grace Friel – Individual106 352 40.32 Serena Mc Daid – Individual107 192 40.35 Pat Mc Dermot – Individual108 332 40.58 Gerard Doherty – Individual109 360 41.57 John Hall – Individual110 11 42.14 Justin Fleming – Individual111 199 42.14 Suzanne Mc Cluskey – Individual112 166 42.19 Barry Creagh – Individual113 348 42.20 Ruth Mc Crudden – Individual114 181 42.42 Brahim Elassaad – Individual115 354 42.56 Kathleen Kellis – Individual116 470 43.01 Elaine Gallagher – Individual117 471 43.02 Davy Gallagher – Individual118 390 43.03 Orla Nallen – Individual119 363 43.31 Trevor Porter – Individual120 368 43.44 Edith Neely – Individual121 488 43.47 Patrick Ryan – Individual122 325 44.00 Jimmy Gildea – Letterkenny A C123 333 44.02 Malachy Canning – Individual124 331 44.17 Mary Higgins – Individual125 134 44.20 Bernie Crossan – Individual126 441 44.21 Mary Bonner – Individual127 400 44.22 Catherine Crawford – Individual128 367 44.22 Jimmy Gallagher – Individual129 319 44.35 Patricia Nulty – Individual130 353 44.41 Fiona Wasson – Individual131 393 44.42 Rosemary Daly – Individual132 369 44.43 Irene Mc Fadden – Letterkenny A C133 395 44.51 Brenda O Neill – Individual134 291 45.09 Caoimhe Wherrity – Individual135 139 45.12 Jackie Ireland – Individual136 301 46.23 Roisin O Donnell – Individual137 143 46.23 Stacey Hegarty – Individual138 450 47.05 Noelle Sweeney – Individual139 376 47.05 Michelle Sibbald – Individual140 340 47.10 Kieran Mc Hugh – Individual141 299 47.22 Gary Boyle – Lifford A C142 136 47.39 Ann Tinney – Individual143 474 47.50 Lorna Mc Gettigan – Individual144 336 47.52 Sophie Kelly – Individual145 451 48.03 Eoghan Mc Laughlin – Individual146 189 48.03 Niall Doran – Individual147 169 48.40 Fiona Blaney – Individual148 295 49.27 Olivia Gillen – Individual149 296 49.27 Aileen Mc Cullagh – Individual150 294 49.27 Sinead Kelly – Finn Valley A C151 379 49.28 Linda Mc Cann – Individual152 452 50.15 Sandra Mc Cann – Individual153 335 50.15 Kerryann Mc Glynn – Individual154 453 50.17 David Mc Cann – Individual155 178 50.18 Antoinette kelly – Individual156 381 51.20 Martina Mc Brearty – Individual157 355 51.28 Bernie Brennan – Individual158 135 51.28 Marjorie Russell – Individual159 318 51.59 Darina Ferry – Individual160 292 52.31 Deirdre Bonner – Individual161 293 52.31 Joanne Tinney – Individual162 372 53.56 Helena Kenny – Individual163 180 54.50 Donna Mc Bride – Individual164 479 57.52 Tina Lynch – Individual165 482 57.52 Chris Kenny – Individual166 184 58.31 Catriona Costello – Individual167 185 58.33 Dolores Mc Daid – Individual168 377 58.57 Richard Ward – Individual169 328 64.22 Brid Brown – Cranford A C170 391 64.31 Jane Stone – Individual171 330 65.46 Iris Mc Knight – Individual172 172 65.46 Bridie Devenney – Individual173 173 65.46 Amanda Spratt – Individual174 484 68.33 Anne Marie Mc Brearty – Individual175 485 68.33 Cora Mc Bride – Individual176 486 68.47 Louise Dunne – Individual177 487 68.47 Dawn Houston – Individual178 170 69.22 Megan Clay – Individual179 171 69.22 Sophie Moore – Individual180 463 72.26 Sally O Donnell – Individual181 456 72.26 Susanna O Donnell – Individual182 399 74.28 Loraine Moss – Individual183 365 74.28 Claire Mc Glinchey – Individual184 366 74.28 Roisin Boyle – Individual185 489 75.29 Afric Doherty – Individual186 364 75.35 Lorraine Toye – Individual187 478 77.37 Yvonne Brogan – Individual188 445 77.37 Sophia Boyle – Individual189 461 77.37 Jackie Gibbons – Letterkenny A C190 396 77.37 Colette Mc Monagle – Individual191 449 77.38 Kathleen Mc Daid – Letterkenny A C192 459 77.38 Shona Mc Daid – Individual193 387 77.38 Martina Mc Laughlin – Individual194 386 77.39 Martina Doherty – Individual195 466 78.02 Mary Murray – Individual196 465 78.02 Mark Murray – Individual197 384 78.03 Jackie Boyle – Individual198 383 78.04 Martina Boyle – Individual199 382 78.04 Pete Dabel – Individual200 380 78.04 Liam Mc Cann – Letterkenny A C201 388 78.04 Tati Mc Namara – Individual202 457 78.06 Richard Mc Namara – Individual203 458 78.06 Afraic Doherty – Individual204 138 79.57 Isobel Boyle – Individual205 455 79.57 Bernie Walsh – Individual206 444 80.17 Lisa Brown – Individual207 392 80.17 Susan Patterson – Individual208 477 80.17 Leanne Brown – Individual209 194 90.05 Bridget Moran – IndividualTotal :209ATHLETICS: RESULTS FROM THE LETTERKENNY AC RELAY FOR LIFE 5-MILE RUN was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket 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