Kolkata, July 26: Former Indian football team captain and Dronacharya awardee coach Syed Nayeemuddin on Thursday said the All India Football Federation (AIFF) should “respect” the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) decision not to allow the national football team to participate in the coming Asian Games.”They must be having some problem for that reason they are not allowing,” Nayeemuddin told IANS on the sidelines of an event at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club here.The AIFF, football’s parent body in the country, has expressed resentment over IOA’s snub at its executive committee meeting in Mumbai.The IOA, earlier this month, omitted the men and women’s football teams from the Asian Games contingent, stating they don’t stand a chance to win medals in the continental event to be held in Indonesian twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang.”The IOA must be thinking differently,” Nayeemuddin said when asked about the snub, despite India’s recent good showing under coach Stephen Constantine.”They want athletes to go there and become champions. We have to respect the decision. We have to take it sportingly,” said Nayeemuddin, who also at various points of time coached city soccer heavyweights Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting.Nayeemuddin, who captained the Indian team to the bronze in the 1970 Asian Games, said present national squad skipper Sunil Chhetri and his boys should do well in the Asian Cup next year.”I think they will do well. We have a lot of expectations from them and I hope they will do well,” said the Arjuna awardee.Nayeemuddin, though, criticised the authorities for failing to give enough exposure to Indian coaches, and went to the extent of saying that though Constantine was good, he would like to see someone from the country guide the national team.”He is doing well and I respect him but my question is, why not our own coaches? We should give our coaches ample opportunity,” Nayeemuddin said. IANS
BiH football player Miralem Pjanić said to sportsport.ba that he was happy for participating at the charity event organised by Edin Džeko.Pjanić commented his injury: ‘The situation is not very good. It is still early to talk about but I am satisfied with therapy and the injury is getting better, but I’m not 100% ready.’On the question what chances are of him playing against Greece, he said that the chances are very slim.Nonetheless, BiH team manager Safet Sušić said that he hopes that Pjanić will play on Friday in Zenica.Sušić added that the chances that Sejad Salihović plays are also very slim.On Friday, 22 March, BIH is playing a very important match of the World Cup qualifications against Greece. BiH is currently the first team of the group with the same amount of points as Greece.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Regulators have found serious safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Iowa where several combative patients have assaulted employees.An inspection found that employees at the Independence Mental Health Institute struggle to manage violent outbursts due to inadequate emergency plans, low staffing, poor communication and ineffective safety shields that staffers haven’t been trained to use.The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation in June after a series of attacks against staff members. A union representing employees said the hospital faced an urgent safety crisis.Inspectors found seven serious and three minor safety violations. They proposed a $72,770 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services, which operates the facility, and ordered it to fix the problems.The hospital treats patients with severe and complex psychiatric needs.
Tottenham are in Colorado preparing to take on the MLS All-Stars in a pre-season friendly.Last year, the same opposition beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in a match where some tough tackles angered manager Pep Guardiola so much he refused to shake the hand of opposite number Caleb Porter in a post-match strop.But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said he will not repeat the snub with this year’s manager, Pablo Mastroeni, when the match finishes. “I watched the game. It was a very tough game for Bayern Munich,” he said, referring to the 2014 clash.“I think we need to understand that for the All-Stars it’s a very important game. For us it’s the same. We need to compete. I would never deny a handshake to the opposing coach.”