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Grand Nehru Stadium in Photos July 29, 2010

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Commonwealth Games Delhi is just 66 days to go. And this tuesday, the completely remodelled Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremony of the games is about to be held, is been inaugurated by Indian Sports Minister MS Gill and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. This stadium was remodelled at the cost of Rs.960 crores. The stadium had delayed opening because of the delay in the construction of underground tunnel to the stadium.

This stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies, lawn tennis,weightlifting and athletics events. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000. Kalmadi said the world will recognise India’s potential through Commonwealth Games. This stadium was constructed on 1982 for the Asian Games. The process of remodeling it for Commonwealth Games begin in January 2008. This stadium spans over a area of nearly 4 lakh sq.metres. It has internationally standard high strength steel erection. There is a tunnel of 150 m which connects the two ends of the stadium. It has integrated facilities for Training and Warmups. The competition lanes have Class-I certification. The entire building is earthquake resistant. All the stadiums are conducting the games now completed and inauguarted except the the one for weightlifting.

Though delayed, We are now almost ready to host the games. Let’s Come out and play!

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It’s finally Spain! July 12, 2010

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Spain's striker David Villa (C-R) kisses

And South Africa has successfully hosted this grand sporting event. At the end, Spain takes the cup finally. It was an great entertaining match yesterday.

The closing ceremony was grand and entertaining. The match was in full speed from kick-off. Spain had good control over the ball in mid-field, but was not able to finish any shots on goals as Netherland’s defenders are good inside their  area. As far as the match is concerned, there was 14 yellow cards, of which 9 went to Netherland players. Netherlands players were not playing fair yesterday. They commited too many fouls giving away bunches and bunches of free kicks to Spain. Xavi of Spain was not in full form out there. And David Villa doesn’t seem to play well. The defender Puyol of Spain really played a good match. All the midfielder and defenders of Spain really well with some nice passing tatics. Robben of Netherland missed nearly 3 shots on goals and was really disappointed.

There was no goals even after second half. The first extra time also went in the same manner. Then, in the second extra time, Spain’s Golden Boot Competitor, David Villa went to the stands as her was replaced by Torres as substitution. The finishing came from Spain’s Andres Iniesta at the 26th minute of the extra time. That’s the golden moment for this finals. Spain, then holded on to the next 4 minutes and broked the Netherland’s attempt to strike back..

Final whistle was blown,  it’s finally Spain, who proved that they are not only European Best, but also the best in the world. It’s a good deserving win for Spain. Netherlands doesn’t deserve this time…

As I predicted yesterday, Thomas Muller of Germany won the Golden Boot for his five goals and also won the best young player of this finals. Casillas, the second goal-keeper cum captain to capture the world cup.

Glimpse of the Clash!

FIFA World Cup 2010 : The Fever’s Finals! July 11, 2010

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Who is the 'Champ'?

The football fever has reached the climax. Today, at Johannesburg, Spain and Netherlands will battle for one ultimate pride. It’s already clear that we are going to crown a new champions tonight. Spain is the European Champions and Netherlands have not lost a single match in this tournament.

Comparing the past matches between these two teams, Spain has won in 4 occasions in their 8 head-to-head meetings. Netherlands have won in 3 matches, while the other one is a draw. Netherland has scored 12 goals against Spain, while Spain has scored 10 goals. It’s not an easy job to predict the winner in this finals (as we are not ‘Octopus’).

As far as World Cup experience is concerned, Spain has made 12 World Cup appearances, while Netherlands have only 8. But, these past statistics don’t matters. What the players exhibit today will only matter. I support Spain. But, the truth is I haven’t seen any matches of Spain in this World Cup. I support them because I like Spain’s Rafael Nadal (World No.1 Tennis Player). Also, Nadal will be on Johannesburg today to support his team.

Who will win the Golden Boot?

That’s the big question. It depends on David Villa of Spain and Sneijder of Netherlands. If both of these man, doesn’t score tonight, then Germany’s Thomas Muller will take the Golden Boot.. My favourite for this honour is also Muller.

Anything may happen today, but, it’s surely going to be history!…

India’s Engineering Marvel! – In Photos July 5, 2010

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India is ready to welcome all the foreign visitors for the XIX Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010. India’s greatest sporting event is just 90 days to go. Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, inagurated by our honourable Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi on July 3. Thus, T3 is the eighth largest passenger terminal in the world. This terminal can handle 34 million passengers annually.

When a passenger arrives at this terminal, he can experience India inside the airport. The interior designs of the airport stand for the rich cultural heritage of India. You must see the photos in the slideshow in this post. You will also admire India…

I don’t need to write more than this, but, this photos can speak for me. Enjoy the slideshow.

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Nadal is the new “King of Grass” July 4, 2010

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The New "King of Grass"

Rafael Nadal, World No.1 Tennis Player, won his second Wimbledon Title tonight. This was Nadal’s Eighth Grand Slam title(5 French Open, 1 Australian Open, 2 Wimbledon Titles).  In the finals, he beat the Czech man, Tomas Berdych by 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. I thought that Tomas will be a tough competitor for Rafael Nadal. Tomas attracted me in the way he served to Federer and Djokovic. Nadal was little bit not so strong in serves. Nadal hits only few aces in his matches. This made me think that this final may go upto 5 sets. But, thanks to Nadal’s extra-ordinary forehand shots.

Nadal won the French Open title last month. This is Nadal’s second back-to-back straight win in Wimbledon and French Open(2008 and 2010). I was upset very much and even halted watching Tennis last year when he lost the French Open and pulled out from Wimbledon last year due to his knee injuries.

With this 8 Grand Slams he level with Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall. That too, he has done in a young age of 24.

Nadal has won 7 matches in 10 head-to-head matches he played with Tomas. And he has won the last 6 matches with him, all in straight sets. Nadal got the prize money of 1 million pounds. Tomas was awarded 5,00,000 pounds.

Nadal won this match without any pain. Nadal didn’t lost any service games in this match. Tomas doesn’t seem to trouble Nadal too much. Nadal looked on full throttle. Nadal looked weak in the opening matches. He even struggled losing two sets in the second and third round matches. He won in straight sets in the first and fourth round matches. He lost the first set in his quarter-final match with Soderling. But, he was unshaken in this year ‘s tounament after that. He beat Andy Murray in straight sets at semi-final. Nadal has proved that he can give his best in any surfaces.