Football is the most widely followed sport in Spain and through initiatives such as these, LaLiga World hopes to mobilise support for other sports. The Spanish chess team is in India to prepare for the 43rd Chess Olympiad in September 2018 by practicing with and playing against the Indian team. Girona FC Coach, Eusebio Sacristán also played a friendly match against the Chess Team Coach, David Martinez.It has been a highly memorable trip to India for the LaLiga side, who on the pitch beat Melbourne City FC 6-0 in their opening fixture of the Toyota Yaris LaLiga World tournament. The final fixture of the three team tournament will see hosts Kerala Blasters face Girona FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. However, the Spanish side are looking to leave their mark off the pitch as well as on it, as they become the first LaLiga side to make the trip to India.Bernardo Espinosa, Girona FC player, said, “It was a wonderful experience to get to meet professional chess players and experience the sport with them. I was thrilled to see how well prepared these players were and people also got see us in other ways apart from football.”David Anton, Spanish chess player, said, “It was a good experience to mix football and chess. We had the opportunity to meet some of the best players of Girona FC and I think they enjoyed the experience of playing chess and learning more about the sport can also help them to make decisions on the pitch.”S.L. Narayanan, Indian chess player said, “When such popular teams come to India and promote a niche sport like chess, it really boosts the chess culture in India and the world. It was great interacting with the players and we hope to see more LaLiga teams come to India and interact with us.”Advertisement AdvertisementLaLiga side Girona FC currently in India for the Toyota Yaris LaLiga World Tournament have swapped a ball for chess pieces as they played a friendly chess tournament against the Spanish and the Indian national chess teams as a part of LaLiga World’s initiatives to promote other sports through football.
With a reformed action, Sunil Narine may be a shadow of With a reformed action, Sunil Narine may be a shadow of of his former self as the Trinidad offspinner conceded 45 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Aussie veteran Brad Hogg, too, has been expensive but Gambhir has backed both, saying they are wicket taking bowlers. “I thought Sunil bowled pretty well in Bengaluru. We all knew it is going to be a difficult ground for any bowler to bowl and the way he handled himself was brilliant. To go for 10 runs per over on that wicket and on that ground is pretty par and good. We have seen that bowlers have gone for 15 runs as well,” he said. “As far as Hogg is concerned, it was just one of those off days when Glenn Maxwell took him on and we all know how Hogg can be. He is always an attacking bowler and a wicket taking bowler. There would be situations where he will go for runs but he is always someone who ends up taking wickets and that is what we want. That is the biggest plus point we have got. We have got bowlers who can take wickets at any point of time. Thats how we try and control the game as well. “Piyush Chawla, Narine all are attacking bowlers. They are not defensive bowlers. There could be days when they will get hammered and go for more than 10 runs per over but most of the times they look to take wickets,” Gambhir added. Nursing a finger injury, Narine missed their last match, against Kings XI Punjab and Gambhir said they would assess the offspinners fitness. Having won four out of their six successive away matches in three weeks, KKR have adjusted to the different kind of surfaces on offer and Gambhir was all praise for the team. “I think when you have played in Wankhede, Hyderabad and Delhi where it was a good wicket, it was coming on nicely on to the bat, and coming from Bengaluru which was a very high scoring game. Coming to Eden Gardens, you have to get used to the pace of the wicket and we have not practiced after coming from Bengaluru. Once we were playing in Bengaluru obviously we were looking to get 180-190 and that was a par score in that kind of wicket. “May be 160 was a good score on this wicket so we had to get used to this as well. The way the entire batting line-up adjusted has to be given a lot of credit. 165 was a very good total on this wicket especially playing in Bengaluru and playing here. That is what professional players do, they get adjusted to the wicket as soon as possible and that is how it helps the team as well.” (MORE) PTI TAP CM CMadvertisement
Lombok Earthquake | An update from our Indonesia officeLombok Earthquake | An update from our Indonesia officeEsteemed friends and business partnersFollowing last night’s earthquake which hit Lombok island, Asian Trails Indonesia would like to update you on the current situation and we are working to try and minimise the impact on our guests currently on Lombok and the Gili Islands.Currently there are 82 reported deaths which we believe to be locals, with no fatalities to foreign nationals currently reported.The North East of Lombok where the earthquake hit was the most affected. Some hotels in Senggigi area and on the Gili Islands have received some light damage, but fortunately no one has been harmed. Most guests slept outside on elevated ground due to the risk of further tremors and a tsunami warning which since has been lifted.There is currently a lack of boats from the Gilis to Lombok mainland but we are already moving affected guests from Gili islands to Lombok since the early morning hours and make sure that they are in safe hands until they can board the next flight. We are now waiting for the government to confirm extra flights out of Lombok and will look to move clients off of Lombok once these flights are confirmed.The earthquake was felt quite strongly in Bali and some minor damage has been reported on the island, but Bali is considered safe, with no reported casualties. We will be in contact with agents who have clients on Lombok and the Gili islands, as well as those due to travel to Lombok to discuss the options available and provide the best possible solution for them.Please bear with us a while we await news from the government regarding the extra flights from Lombok and for us to find alternative accommodation for clients upon their return to Lombok.We would like to stress that although the earthquakes can be felt from Bali that is considered to be safe and we do not foresee any cause for concern with clients currently in Bali.We are monitoring the situation closely and will update you accordingly.If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service manager, Mr Marek Bis, at email [email protected] or alternatively, contact us anytime at [email protected] or at +62 (0) 361 285 771 during office hours or our 24/7 hotline outside of office hours at +62 (0) 811 386 9377.Kindest regardsAsian Trails IndonesiaSource = Asian Trails Indonesia