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Russia hails re-election of ex-deputy PM to chess physique



MOSCOW: The re-election of a Russian former deputy premier as head of the worldwide chess federation was a “victory” for Moscow, the Kremlin mentioned on Sunday.

The re-election of Arkady Dvorkovich as FIDE president was “clearly excellent information and a really important victory,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov was quoted by the TASS information company as saying.

“It’s very cool. This is a crucial organisation, with a number of work to be completed, and we hope Dvorkovich might be profitable on this work,” Peskov mentioned.

Within the race for the highest job at FIDE, 50-year-old Dvorkovich, — who served as deputy prime minister underneath President Vladimir Putin from 2012 till 2018 — noticed off Ukrainian challenger, grandmaster Andrii Baryshpolets, who accused him of being a part of Moscow’s “warfare machine”.

However a crushing majority of 157 out of 179 nationwide chess associations voted for his re-election in a gathering in India. Baryshpolets, who challenged Dvorkovich with working mate Peter Heine Nielsen of Denmark — coach of Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen — gained simply 16 votes. There have been 5 abstentions and one invalid vote.

Quite a few Russian officers have been hit with sanctions since Moscow despatched troops into Ukraine in February, and Russian rivals have been banned by quite a few worldwide sports activities governing our bodies.

Dvorkovich, 50, who was first elected as FIDE president in 2018, appeared to criticise Russia’s offensive in Ukraine in March when he mentioned that his “ideas (go) to Ukraine’s civilians”. However following the backlash that the remarks sparked in Russia, he back-pedalled, saying there was “no room for Nazism or the domination by some nations of others”.

Traditionally, Russia has exercised an infinite affect on the earth of chess since Soviet occasions, when the sport was certainly one of a lot of areas of confrontation between the communist bloc and the West.




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Usman Wazeer knocks out Thai boxer to assert WBO Youth title



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Usman Wazeer on Wednesday made the nation proud as he knocked out Thailand’s Somphot Seesa to assert the vacant WBO Youth 147lbs world title within the Highland Boxing Present in Bangkok.

The 22-year-old Usman, who beforehand received all of his eight skilled bouts, was high of the invoice within the present as he began confidently within the first spherical, in accordance with info obtained right here.

He stored on exerting strain to unsettle his 23-year-old opponent. A flurry of proper and left robust blows ultimately noticed him knocking out Somphot Seesa within the sixth spherical.

Nicknamed ‘Asian Boy’, Usman has additionally moved to the WBO’s welterweight world rankings after the win. He grew to become the Asian welterweight champion for the WBA after flooring down hard-hitting Phatiphan Krungklang in June this yr in his hometown in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Joe Root shares his pleasure over enjoying Check sequence in Pakistan



England’s aggressive strategy to Check cricket beneath skipper Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum has paid wealthy dividends at house and batsman Joe Root is eager to see the way it fares overseas in several circumstances.

Casting apart warning and taking the sport to the bowlers in an strategy that has been dubbed ‘Bazball’, England have chased down intimidating targets with fearless batting to win six of their final seven Exams, all on house soil.

They subsequent go to Pakistan for a three-test sequence in December adopted by two Exams in New Zealand in February and Root instructed Sky Sports activities he hoped England would go from energy to energy with their attacking model of cricket.

“The problem for us now could be to maintain going for it, hold attempting to discover new areas within the format and see how far we will take it,” he mentioned.

Touching upon the upcoming Check sequence with Pakistan, whereby the English aspect will likely be touring Pakistan to play three matches in direction of the top of this 12 months, Root highlighted how thrilling the chance was.

“I’m actually excited [for the Test series against Pakistan]. I’ve by no means been earlier than. If you have a look at among the video games which have been there within the final couple of years, the groups touring there, it has seemed nice so actually wanting ahead to getting on the market,” he mentioned, “I’m actually excited to do one thing totally different. Having performed the sport for 10 years in worldwide cricket, to now get the chance to play there’s a actually thrilling likelihood.”

“You are feeling like you possibly can win video games from anyplace while you’re enjoying like this. I feel that’s essentially the most thrilling factor and makes us such a harmful workforce to play in opposition to.

“It might be actually thrilling to try to do it in several circumstances and see the place we go this winter, the place we go overseas onto totally different surfaces in several elements of the world.”

Root was changed by Stokes as Check captain however he nonetheless desires to assist mentor the youthful gamers within the aspect.

“I’m actually excited simply to get my enamel into attempting to attain as many runs as I can for Ben and the workforce and see the place we will get to as a aspect,” he added.

“As an skilled participant within the workforce I’ve nonetheless obtained a job in main in a distinct capability, serving to with among the youthful batters and youthful guys and hopefully that can profit us as nicely.”

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Cameron Inexperienced retained in Australia squad for West Indies T20Is



All-rounder Cameron Inexperienced has been rewarded for his performances in India with a spot within the Australia Twenty20 squad for 2 World Cup warm-ups towards West Indies in Queensland subsequent week.

Opener David Warner, all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis in addition to paceman Mitchell Starc all return to the squad after lacking the journey to India, the place Inexperienced was a standout as Australia misplaced the sequence 2-1.

Inexperienced, who stood in for the rested Warner as skipper Aaron Finch’s opening accomplice in India and scored two half centuries, was not included within the squad for Australia’s World Cup title defence.

Marsh, who had an ankle drawback, and Stoinis, who had a facet difficulty, are each coming back from damage and chief selector George Bailey mentioned Australia have been taking a “cautious method” to any niggles because the event approaches.

“To have 4 key gamers return provides us the flexibility to take a conservative path with any minor points and resolve these effectively in time for the World Cup,” he mentioned in a information launch.

World Cup squad members Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar are being rested for the West Indies matches however Bailey anticipated them to be again for a three-match warm-up sequence towards England the next week.

Australia play West Indies on the Gold Coast subsequent Wednesday and on the Gabba in Brisbane two days later. Their World Cup marketing campaign begins towards New Zealand in Sydney on October 22.

Squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Cameron Inexperienced, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner and Adam Zampa.

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