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Why Romanian Simona Halep pulls out of Wimbledon 2021?

Reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has pulled out of Wimbledon 2021 because of a calf injury.She join Naomi Osaka in withdrawing.

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Reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has pulled out of Wimbledon 2021 because of a calf injury. She had earlier withdrawn from the French Open after injuring herself during a match at the Italian Open in mid-May.

In the Instagram post, Simona said “It is with great sadness that I’m announcing my withdrawal from The Championships as my calf injury has not fully recovered,” Halep, who had beaten Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the 2019 Wimbledon final.

Halep secured her second Grand Slam singles crown beating Serena Williams in 2019 — due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Grand Slam event was cancelled last year. She joins four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in withdrawing.

“I gave it everything I had in order to be ready to play Wimbledon and after having such special memories from two years ago, I was excited and honoured to step back on these beautiful courts as defending champion.”

However, with doubts also over the fitness of world no.1 Ashleigh Barty, it could be like cheery on the cake for the 39-year-old Williams as she seeks a record-equalling 24th singles Grand Slam title.

“Unfortunately, my body didn’t cooperate and I’ll have to save that feeling for next year. I can honestly say that I’m really down and upset about having to take this decision. This period has been difficult but to miss the last two majors has made it even more challenging mentally and physically,” She added.

“We will see what the future holds but I’m hoping it will make me a stronger person and athlete. Thank you to everyone at Wimbledon for your understanding and support.”

Halep’s withdrawal came shortly before the start of the draw at the All-England Club. The Wimbledon is set to start on Monday.

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Is there any similarities between Wrestler Sushil Kumar vs Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Murder case?

Today not only in India but across the globe, players or athletes from any sports Cricket, Football, Boxing, or Formula One are not able to control their activities after earning huge fame.

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Today not only in India but across the globe, players or athletes from any sports Cricket, Football, Boxing or Formula One are not able to control their activities after earning huge fame. In other words, they are completely failed to protect that legacy which they have achieved by doing hard work.

There are plenty of sports legends performing at the top levels. They are all very well compensated and enjoy the fringe benefits that accompany fame and being at the supreme position of their profession. We hold these athletes up and admire them for their talent.

But, when these sports personalities representing their country wore the uniform of criminals, it is very heartbroken and demotivates not only thousands of youngsters but also their parents and their dreams.

Do you know! The entire episode has shocked the nation and made people curious to know the exact reason behind the former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu’s involvement in the 1988 road rage case. Similarly, in the same fashion the Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar’s involvement in the murder case.

Sushil Kumar Case:

A flat in Delhi’s Model Town is the reason behind the entire incident, according to the sources. Sushil Kumar and his associates are named in the FIR lodged for the murder of former junior national wrestling champion Sagar Dhankhar at the Chhatrasal Stadium in the national capital.

The victim, Sagar Dhankhar, was beaten during a fight involving rival wrestlers at the capital’s wrestling academy on 4 May, and later died in the hospital. Dhankhar, as well as being a former junior national champion, was the son of a Delhi police officer.

After his involvement in the murder case, the licensing branch of Delhi police has suspended his arms license.

The FIR lodged against Sushil Kumar and his associates have invoked the following sections under the Indian Penal Code:

Section 302: Punishment for murder

Section 308: Attempt to commit culpable homicide

Section 365: Kidnapping or abducting with an intention to keep in confinement

Section 325: Voluntarily causing grievous hurt

Section 323: Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt

Section 341: Punishment for wrongful restraint

Section 506: Punishment for criminal intimidation

Navjot Singh Sidhu Case:

On December 27, 1988, former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu and his friend – Rupinder Singh Sandhu – had entered into an argument with the victim, Gurnam Singh, over a parking space in Patiala. The two allegedly dragged Mr. Gurnam out of his car and hit him. He died soon after in the hospital.

In the autopsy, the reason for death is a Heart attack. A trial court had discharged Mr. Sidhu, but the Punjab and Haryana High Court held him guilty of culpable homicide in 2006 and sent him to jail for three years in the road rage case.

The cricketer-turned-politician and his friend then approached the Supreme Court. In 2007, the Supreme Court suspended Mr. Sidhu’s sentence and granted him bail. The suspended sentence enabled him to contest the Lok Sabha bypolls from Amritsar.

Earlier this year, a bench headed by Justices Chalemeswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul let the two off with a fine of 1,000 rupees, because “there was no evidence to prove that that the death was caused by the single blow” dealt by Mr. Sidhu.

Similarities between the case:

Wrestler Sushil Kumar and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu are the building blocks of the nation.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu are inspirations of many young generations.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu are the masters of their game.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu are pride of the nation.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar is behind the bar while former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was also behind the bars in a road rage case.

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Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open has an important message to convey..

The world No 2 ranked Osaka announced her withdrawal from the French Open on June 1. The sporting fraternity is divided over her obligations towards the game. However, there is a much bigger issue at hand. 

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The world No 2 ranked Osaka announced her withdrawal from the French Open on June 1. The sporting fraternity is divided over her obligations towards the game. However, there is a much bigger issue at hand.

Players withdrawing from a tournament is not news nor is it something new. Earlier, in the day Petra Kvitova withdrew from the French Open due to an ankle injury during her media obligations on Sunday after her first-round victory over Greet Minnen.

Sad Day for Tennis: 

However, for the world ranked No 2 Naomi Osaka who chose her mental wellbeing and withdraws rather than fulfill her media obligations is a message that can’t be ignored and should get sidelined in the whole discussion of what a player’s obligation ought to be – to promote the game — as Mithali Raj stated.

Yes, while it is important for the players to promote the game that they are playing, one has to see the bigger picture here. This last one-and-a-half-year has been tough for everyone around the globe.

Stress and Anxiety played a major role

For some, it has been tougher. Stress and anxiety have played a huge role in the minds of the people due to the lockdown restrictions imposed by various Governments across the world. The question here is not about media obligations or to further a sport that is already played the world over.

The issue here is about a player who is talking about her mental state. The present pandemic has definitely been tough on the athletes who have to train around the year six to seven hours a day. For them to be cooped inside the home is more of a mental challenge than a physical one.

We all remember the video that went viral last year of Virat Kohli playing cricket where he lives with Anushka Sharma during lockdown last year; it just goes to show that players need to be constantly in touch with the game. Being away can cause worry as has been the case with Osaka.

One has to also remember that few celebs or for that matter athletes actually come out in the open and talk about their mental status. The fact that Osaka has been brave enough to do so and chose her health over the game says a lot about what this present pandemic has done.

Mental Health needs to be addressed: 

Over the years, there have few athletes who have opened up and talked about their mental health. Andrew Luck, the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts announced his retirement.

He said at a Press conference in August 2019: “The only way forward for me is to remove myself from football and this cycle I’ve been in. I’ve come to the proverbial fork in the road, and I made a vow to myself that, if I ever did again, I would choose me.”

 

Black Lives Matter Mask: 

Since the start of the US Open, Osaka has walked on the court wearing masks with the names of Black Americans who have died in encounters with police or due to racial injustice.

During this year’s U.S. Open, Naomi Osaka wore seven different face masks for each round of the annual tournament.  Osaka wore masks with the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijiah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Philando Castile, and Tamir Rice.

Naomi Osaka needs to be given a hall pass!

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Recall and remember some of the greatest rivalries of legends in Formula One history

The rivalries have something to showcase their leadership and teach how to respect the competitor in the battleground.

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The most high-profile professional sports like Cricket, Football, Tennis are put on hold due to COVID. Likewise, Formula 1 has been put on hold during the pandemic.

But the greatest Formula One rivalries in the game can’t be put on hold. The rivalries have something to showcase their leadership and teach how to respect the competitor in the battleground.

At the end of the day, Formula One is about winning titles, not teammates getting along. Alonso once reckoned something like it doesn’t really matter teammates crash. The fastest F1 car with great speed in the meter will always win in the end.

In the near future, the Indian F1 Grand Prix will definitely change the face of motor racing in this country of 1.2 billion where all sports take a backseat to cricket.

Let’s have a quick look at some of the greatest rivalries of Formula One-

Sebastian Vettel vs Fernando Alonso

The career trajectories of both drivers are almost the same. Vettel and Alonso achieve great success at the start of their careers with Renault and Red Bull racing respectively.

Also, the youngest ever Formula One Champions at one stage in their careers. Meanwhile, both are always coming under the belt of the greatest rivalries of F1.

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Fernando Alonso, who is mercurial and romantic is a double champion with Renault in 2005 and 2006. The mechanical and relentless Sebastian Vettel is with the supreme Red Bull conquering the previous two seasons.

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are looking to add another prestigious crown with their respective teams. German driver Vettel, on his part, is hoping that the new Aston Martin project and the 2022 budget cuts could bring him back into contention.

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Spanish driver Fernando Alonso would be hoping that with Alpine GP could for one final time battle for the crown before he declare a final day in F1.

Michael Schumacher vs Mika Hakkinen

The greatest rivalries in the history of Formula One between 1998 and 2000, the sports had ever witnessed. Both Schumacher and Hakkinen respected each other on the battleground.

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The Flying Finn and former F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen’s strength is purely based on raw speed, Hakkinen is regarded as the fastest man in Formula One.

In contrast, Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher and McLaren’s Mika Hakkinen are both seem more disciplined and controlled – and less emotional.

Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg

The greatest Formula One rivalry between Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is likely to be remembered as the defining battle in the era of 2010s.

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The explosive nature of their rivalry caused tough competition and great tensions within Mercedes.

In the majority of weekends, they fought for victories and crowns in what was effectively an intra-team contest for three seasons.

However, Lewis Hamilton surpassed many of Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 records and became one of the most successful drivers in history in the process.

Sebastian Vettel vs Mark Weber

The relationship between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Weber was not a healthy one. There are Several high-profile incidents like the Turkish GP crash and the Multi-21 controversy caused the relationship to totally disastrous with Webber leaving the team at the end of the 2013 season.

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In the five seasons, the two were teammates at Red Bull racing Sebastian Vettel dominated, racking up 44 poles, 38 wins, 61 podiums with four straight world championships, and a second place.

Meanwhile, Australian former driver Mark Webber scored 13 pole positions, nine wins, and 40 podiums leading to three third-place finishes in the drivers’ championship.

Ayrton Senna vs Alain Prost

Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna and Frenchman Alain Prost were the leading leaders of great F1 duels on different occasions of their careers.

The greatest Formula One rivalry took a U-turn during the 1988, 1989, and 1990 seasons, when both drivers were like supreme power in the sport and had their ultimate face-off at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix.

As teammates, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost registered 25 victories from 32 races over the 1988 and 1989 seasons, signifying the pure dominance the drivers had over the competing field and other manufacturers.

Ayrton Senna had 14 wins and 26 pole positions whilst Prost had 11 victories and 4 pole positions.

To conclude, Senna is regarded as higher than Prost because Brazilian was faster. He was fighting against the status quo, Alain Prost was representing it.

He was more charismatic. Hence, Senna died young, on the track, while still performing well on the track.

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