CWG chit-chat: Sardar reprimanded for 'inappropriate physical conduct'
Indian men's hockey captain Sardar Singh was officially reprimanded for inappropriate physical conduct against an opposition player during his side's group match against Australia at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The incident happened during India's match on Tuesday when Eddie Ockenden was hit on the face. India lost the match 2-4.
Following video evidence, the appeal jury at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre found that Sardar had no intention to cause the injury to Ockenden but had behaved inappropriately, the organisers said in a statement on myGamesInfo 2014 website.
The official reprimand has no immediate consequences.
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Image: India hockey captain Sardar Singh
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Here is why this Aus boxer is demanding headguard return...
Australian boxer Daniel Lewis has called for the return of headguards after failing a medical check and being ruled out of his Commonwealth Games welterweight quarter-final on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Lewis, who was due to face India’s Mandeep Jangra, suffered a badly cut eye in his round of 16 win against Nigeria’s Kehinde Ademuyiwa on Monday.
"For all these people debating about headgear for amateurs, bring the headgear back 100 percent,” Lewis said on Facebook.
“When you have to fight five times in a week this... ruins people’s dreams.
“Got up at 6am this morning to lose weight. I made it and was ready to go to war only to be told by the doctor my journey is over. They won’t let me fight with the cut.
“I had two fights, two comfortable wins with one TKO and a stupid elbow ruins it all. My mum and dad paid to fly to the other side of the world to watch me win gold.”
Last year the sport's governing body, the International Boxing Association, removed the requirement to use headguards citing medical experts who said it would help reduce concussions.
Lewis’s quarter-final opponent Jangra was given a walkover into the semi-finals and is guaranteed medal.
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Silver fern gives Adams the desire to keep on winning
After winning her third shot put Commonwealth Games title to secure her 54th successive competition victory, double Olympic champion Valerie Adams revealed it was wearing the silver fern of New Zealand that keeps her pushing for more honours.
The 29-year-old four-time world champion eased to her third Games title, adding to the gold medals she won at Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010 with a throw of 19.88 metres on a chilly night in Glasgow on Wednesday.
Having won every major honour in the sport, Adams could be forgiven for easing off but it is the duty of representing her country and defying the dominance of European athletes that inspires the towering Kiwi to maintain her unbeaten run that stretches to nearly four years and nine major championships.
“My country motivates me,” Adams, who was the flag bearer for her country at the opening ceremony, told reporters.
“I’m so proud to be a New Zealander and wear the silver fern.
“Obviously I come from a very small country. Track and field is a very dominated by Eastern Europeans countries, especially in the throwing events, so I just try to keep winning (for them).
“I’m pretty happy today, winning the gold medal. Three peaks -- Melbourne, Delhi and Glasgow. I’m pretty stoked."
Adams has endured a difficult year, with a shoulder injury meaning she has struggled to train probably and, unusually for her, throw the shot beyond 20 metres.
“I had to work hard to be at the top this year. It’s been challenging physically for me” she said, having finished first in five Diamond League meetings this year.
“Now I can’t wait to sing our national anthem at the medal ceremony.”
Adams emulated her compatriot Valerie Young, who is the only other woman to win a individual event three consecutive times at the Commonwealth Games. Young’s triumphs also came in the shot put, in 1958, 1962 and 1966.
Image: Gold medalist Valerie Adams of New Zealand poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Shot Put at Hampden Park during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday
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