For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Sunday alleged that Narinder Batra-led Indian Olympic Association (IOA) ‘lacks vision and competence’ after the national football team was not cleared for participation in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.”It’s clear the IOA lacks the vision and competence to understand that football is a global sport played by 212 countries and that the top 5 teams in Asia play in the FIFA World Cup where the level of competition is far superior to the Asian Games,” the AIFF said in a statement.This will be the first time since the 1994 Hiroshima edition that an Indian team will not take part in the football competition of the Asian Games, which is an U-23 event with three over-age players being allowed.As per IOA regulations, only those national teams which are ranked between 1-8 at the continental level, were cleared for the Games.Accordingly, ‘Blue Tigers’, who are currently ranked 14 in Asia were denied an opportunity despite a string of good performances in international matches of late.India have qualified for the marquee Asian Cup after a gap of eight years, having last played 2011.“In fact, the premier football competition in Asia is the AFC Asian Cup where India has qualified after 8 years. IOA’s stance and myopic view comes in sharp contrast to the support of both the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India, both of whom who have been hugely supportive of Indian Football and recognised AIFF’s efforts in the last 3 years,” AIFF said.It was also learnt that AIFF president Praful Patel had called up Batra, secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and the tainted Lalit Bhanot (Chairman, Preparation Committee, Asian Games) explaining them the circumstances and also sent letters.“However, disregarding all facts, the IOA chose to stick to its original stance of sending teams ranked between 1-8 to take part, thus turning a blind eye to Indian football in the continental Games.“It is indeed a sad state of affairs for sport in India that the IOA is unable to distinguish the specific needs of each sport in the country. The IOA was never even bothered to even once discuss with the AIFF the strategy and plans for developing football in India,” the AIFF alleged.
The No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (31-4-2, 20-2-2 Big Ten) will take on a challenge with the No.3 Colgate Raiders (33-5-1, 19-3-0 ECAC) in the Frozen Four semifinals Friday night from Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.The game versus Colgate will be a single elimination match held at a neutral site and will be the first time the two teams have faced each other all season. Wisconsin has struggled on neutral ice this season comparative to their overall record, going just 2-2-0 in these games.Wisconsin has already had an incredible year, as they were ranked No. 1 for most of the season until their loss last week in the WCHA Final Faceoff.Colgate’s Jessie Eldridge will be the player for the Badgers to look out for in this match. The junior leads her team in both goals with 21 and points with 43 on the season.Women’s Hockey: Badgers looks to finish season strong at WCHA Final Faceoff before NCAAsThe Badgers are getting ready to face the Bemidji State Beavers for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Faceoff as Read…Wisconsin goaltender Kristen Campbell will be the final line of defense against Eldridge. Campbell has been impressive on the year, recording 12 shutouts this season with her last one coming just a week ago versus Minnesota.On offense, Baylee Wellhausen could be valuable for Wisconsin in this match as the senior has scored five of her 10 goals this season from Minneapolis, a location the Badgers have frequented four times on the year.This game comes on the heels of an impressive victory in the NCAA Quarterfinals against rival Minnesota in Madison. Badger star Abby Roque was the leading scorer in the game with two goals for a 4-0 route. While the Badgers fell to Minnesota just a week earlier in the WCHA Final Faceoff, they were able to once again take care of business in the LaBahn Arena to finish off an undefeated home season at 17-0-0.Women’s Hockey: Roque, Campbell named WCHA Players of the YearThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s (29-3-2-0, WCHA 20-2-2-0) spectacular season has yielded two end-of-season Western Conference Read…Roque has been phenomenal all season, earning WCHA Offensive Player of the Year honors leading the team with 40 points and 29 assists.If the Badgers can win tomorrow, they will advance to the championship game for the seventh time in less than two decades since the tournament began. The championship will be on Sunday versus the winner of Ohio State and Clarkson, who the Badgers lost to 3-0 in last year’s finals.Puck drop will be at 7 p.m. with live coverage available on the Big Ten Network.
Celtic and Liverpool are awaiting the draw for the playoff round of the Champions League qualifiers.Both of the British sides are seeded – and will find out their opponents at around 11am.Celtic could face Qarabag, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Slavia Prague, Astana or NK Rijeka. Photo © Pixabay While Liverpool will play Steaua Bucharest, Young Boys, Hoffenheim, Nice or Istanbul Basaksehir.