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Abhinav Mukund

On Wednesday night, Indian opener Abhinav Mukund, who is touring with the Indian team in Sri Lanka, became the latest sportsperson to speak out on the subject when he posted an emotional tweet about fair not being the “only lovely or handsome.”

Mukund said about being abused on social media for his outlook colour. Talking about his past, he wrote “I have been playing cricket since the age of 10 and I have gradually climbed up the ladder to where I am right now. It is an honour to get the chance to represent the country at the highest level.”

“I am writing today not to garner sympathy or attention but…with the hope to change the mindset of people on an issue I feel strongly about.”

Abhinav Mukund

Talking about the people who were obsessed his skin from a young age, Mukund said “I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me. Anyone who follows cricket would understand the obvious.”

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“I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades. It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoor. I come from Chennai, probably one of the hottest places in our country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground.”

Abhinav Mukund

People have been calling his name in the different subject. “I have laughed and shrugged it off because I had bigger goals! Affected young, I toughened up because this was never something that would pull me down. There were many times when I chose not to dignify these insults with responses.”

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He concluded, “With the rise of social media, it has gone to a magnitude that I see people hurling abuses left, right and centre at something I have absolutely no control over. Fair isn’t the only lovely or handsome guys.”

“Stay true, stay focussed, be comfortable in your own skin.”

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Jonty Rhodes

Former South African Test and one-day international cricketer Jonty Rhodes said that AB de Villiers wanted to leave from Test cricket earlier but was persuaded by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to stay till 2016

Jonty is currently in India for a period with Tamil Nadu Premier League franchise Ruby Trichy Warriors as a mentor. He has always been frank about his vision on South African cricket. However, he shares a pleasant with De Villiers.

Talking to Cricbuzz, Jonty said “I think he wanted to retire a while back from Test cricket, but Cricket South Africa persuaded him to stay on. Before 2016, he was talking to people about his Test future. In South Africa, people are critical because they don’t see the IPL mechanism.”

Jonty Rhodes

Jonty said that South Africa cricket fans do not recognize the concept of IPL. “They think cricketers are trying to make as much money as possible and it’s often at the expense of national call-ups.”

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Explained about playing against India, Jonty said “When we used to play against India, Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh were outstanding and Harbhajan Singh was probably the third best. Dhoni and Virat Kohli are physically strong. Fitness has certainly improved and so is the athletic ability.”

Jonty Rhodes

Comparing Virat Kohli with De Villiers and Rohit Sharma, he said “I have only seen skipper Kohli as part of Mumbai Indian’s coach on a couple of occasions. Rohit looks like a laid back guy. But he is like a duck on the water. All you see is the duck above.” He added, “From a captaincy perspective, de Villiers is just another nice guy. He hasn’t done anything different.”

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He concluded talking about great fielding abilities, “Peter Kirsten. We didn’t have any televised international cricket when I was at school during the apartheid era.”

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Jose Mourinho

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho said that chase of Gareth Bale was “game over” after the Wales forward started in Real Madrid’ 2-1 Europan Super Cup on Tuesday.

On the eve Mourinho said of the contest between the Champions League and Europa League holders that he would “fight with other clubs” to sign Bale if he did not start the game in Skopje.

Coach Mourinho said to BT Sport, “Clearly the club wants him, the manager wants him and he wants the club so clearly game over before it had even started, as everybody knows he is going to stay.”

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez also lined out selling the player he brought to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2013 for world record fee of 85.5 million pounds. The Madrid chief said to the reporters “I can’t contemplate selling him, he’s a Real Madrid player, he’s important to us and he’s one of the best in the world.”

Jose Mourinho

Bale started up front alongside with Karim Benzema in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and place on the pass for Isco to net Real’s second goal. He hardly missed out on scoring himself as he thundered a shot against the bar later in the second half.

Bale said “I’m not reading anything, although people tell me bits and bobs. I’m enjoying my football and playing as much as I can and winning trophies.”

Jose Mourinho

He added, “It is obviously great to keep adding to the trophy collection. It was a difficult game but I think we played well and controlled the game very well. We want to keep winning and every game we still have the hunger and desire.”

The Portuguese coach said “I think we did well, I think we lost to one goal which shows the result was really short (tight) and one of their goals was an offside. With a good VAR system, it would be 1-1 and extra time. We were playing a team full of fantastic players but we discussed (contested) the result until almost the end. We gave them a fight but have reasons to leave optimistic and proud.”

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Ravindra Jadeja

Indian international cricketer, Ravindra Jadeja is likely to miss out in the upcoming third Test match against Sri Lanka begins on Saturday in Pallekelle after a one-match ban by ICC. After fitting as a No.1 bowler in the ICC charts during the home Test series against England, on Tuesday Jadeja became as the top all-rounder in the longer format and replacing Bangladesh’s Shakib AI Hasan.

Skipper Virat Kohli said of Jadeja after he walked away with the Man-of-the-Match honour in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday. “Jadeja can give you a very quick 60-70 anywhere at any stage of the game, it can really turn the game. Remember Lord’s, remember Dharamshala against Australia, those are very important innings, the 90 against England in Mohali.”

“He’s bowled so much that the other discipline (batting) was left behind, but now he’s catching up in that as well. It’s only going to do good to him.”

Ravindra Jadeja

Talking about Jadeja, former leg spinner Narendra Hirwani said to TOI on Tuesday, “Jadeja was always a good line and length bowler. When he came to the NCA, he told me that he had a tendency to pitch it short when he was trying to vary his pace. I told him that is happening because of his slow arm speed.”

“Since he was known to be a good thrower of the ball from the deep, I asked him to start spinning the ball while throwing the ball without reducing the arm speed. I then made him bowl those variations without cutting down on his arm rotation at the nets.”

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He added, “He bowled around 200-250 deliveries in the nets for six or seven days in a row without reducing his arm speed. What he did at the NCA nets, he replicated it in the Test matches against England and Australia with great success. It has increased his confidence and now he is doing the same against Sri Lanka.”

Ravindra Jadeja

Speaking about Jadeja’s hard work, Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak said “He always strives to improve himself. He is very accurate and the variations he has added to his bowling have made him more effective.”

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“I know be bats very low down the order since we have good batsmen. So I think he feels the pressure when he has to bat with No.9 or No.10. But I have told him to stop thinking where he is batting. If he can realize his batting potential, then he would emerge as the most dangerous cricketer in the Indian team,” added Kotak.

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Pujara

Indian international cricketer Ajinkya Rahane has dropped the beans on the serious look he displays on and off the pitch while interviewed by his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara said that Rahane is quite similar to him and talks very less to remain cool and calm. However, Rahane said that marrying Radhika has certified that he has started talking a lot more.

The 29-year-old Indian vice-captain said that “I have started talking more ever since I got married. But I have been the quiet types right from the beginning and that has to do with my family background and also maybe because I do a lot of meditation and all.”

“I think this nature helps a lot on the field, especially in the Test format. Staying calm has helped me perform across all formats and has also helped me in my decision-making. But yes, I used to be a lot quieter earlier.”

Pujara

Rahane wasn’t going to let Pujara have all the fun and he was quick to ask the Saurashtra batsman about his love for FIFA to which he said. “I enjoy playing FIFA on PlayStation. You don’t play much, but Virat (Kohli), Wriddhiman (Saha), Shikhar (Dhawan) and KL Rahul play a lot of FIFA and I think I make a lot of noise there.”

Pujara said he has slowly started to sled on the field, “I am still learning the art of sledging. Sledging is something which has to be done if the need arises because at times the bowlers do need some help, but it can’t be personal. So, if we can help as fielders and talk to the batsmen, then a little bit of sledging… At some stage, you do need to sledge.”

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Speaking about their partnership in the India innings, he said: “I wanted to take my time initially, but then I wanted to look for the bad balls because we felt that the wicket was going to become dangerous.”

Pujara

“I was visualizing the scenario from the dressing room and wanted to unsettle the spinners. The moment we started using our feet, their spinners weren’t quite sure where to land the ball. To gain momentum, you need to take risks as playing defensively could put undue pressure on the lower order batsmen.”

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Talking about his fitness, he said “I haven’t had sweets and chocolates for a long time. But I love having a Japanese and Chinese cuisine. It is also important to understand that while we often say that carbs shouldn’t be consumed, what needs to be kept in mind is the climate conditions. So, when the team is playing in say Sri Lanka or the West Indies, you need to have carbs as well.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo

The Spanish club’s Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Monday that when Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid in the Champions League final in June appear as sharp and he is now ready to face Manchester United in the European Super Cup.

Ronaldo was certified to report for pre-season training later than his team mates after playing in the Confederation Cup with Portugal and missed out the Liga team’s tour of the United States, instead of going on a promotional tour of Asia.

The 32-year-old Real footballer Cristiano stopped playing for Real after a 4-1 win against Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff and reported emerged from Portugal which he wanted to leave Real after being blamed of tax avoidance by the Spanish authorities.

Ronaldo has made no public statement following the unique report in Portuguese newspaper Record even Spanish media said that he had decided to stay at Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is likely to stay in Madrid after joining up late with the squad but coach Zidane said that the creative Portuguese forward player had every chance of playing against his old side United.

On Monday, coach Zidane said in a news conference ahead of the game in Skopje, “What has impressed me the most is that he is the same condition as in the final and two months ago, that’s what I care about the most and what he cares about.”

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He added, “The fact he has come with us here means a lot, and it means he is ready to play. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we’ll see if he does. Many things have happened and there has been a lot of noise as usual, but he is calm.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

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The professional Portuguese has joined United in an 18 aged after making an impression in a pre-season friendly at Old Trafford. He left United to join Real Madrid when offered of 80 million pounds of fee in 2009 and won two Liga titles and three Champions League trophies.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said about Ronaldo “He is a very important player for our squad and, regardless of the number of days he’s spent training, it was important that he travelled with us because he has an important role. Even if he doesn’t play, his presence is important.”

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Neymar

On Friday, union FIFPro said the Paris St Germain is paying a fee to Neymar was a record of 222 million euros after Barcelona shows just how wrong the transfer system is.

FIFPro is seeking the European Union to ban the transfer fees which says focus on power in the hands of a few mega-rich clubs, to the detriment of most players and the sport itself.

The General Secretary of FIFPro Theo van Seggelen has said in a statement that “The world record transfer of Brazilian Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is the latest example of how football is ever more the domain of a select group of rich, mostly European-based clubs.”

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FIFPro said that the leading clubs establish their position in the market by increasing transfer fees and therefore creating barriers against other clubs to compete with them.

Neymar

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General Secretary said, “Football’s enormous wealth is trapped, research shows, within a few leagues and clubs when it could be redistributed more efficiently and fairly to help protect competitive balance.”

Van Seggelen added, “The transfer rules governed by FIFA are anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal. Changes were needed “in order to protect the rights of players as workers and safeguard the best interests of the game.”

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Neymar

Former Santos player Neymar has signed a new agreement to Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday in against of his father for 222 million euros ($263 million). Neymar move from Barcelona was made against the wishes of his father and agent, said Neymar Sr.

Neymar did not get bigger on the exact nature of their disagreement. But in an Instagram post, the video said that, the second time in his life that he was opposed to his father wishes.

The Brazilian striker Neymar said “I formed an attack with (Lionel) Messi and (Luis) Suarez that has gone down in history. I have won all that a player can win. But a player (me) needs challenges. And for the second time in my life, I’ll contradict my father. Dad, I understand and respect your opinion but my decision has been taken. I ask that you support me as you always do.”

The Brazilian boy has signed a deal for five-year with the French after they caused the release clause in his Barcelona contract. Neymar said the decision to leave the club was his and his alone in June 2013.

Neymar

Neymar said “I feel in my heart that the time has come for me to leave. It’s a very hard decision but I made it with the maturity I accumulated throughout those 25 years.”

Neymar’s father is one-half of their company NN Consultoria and the guiding light behind the money-spinning offshoots that have helped the Brazil striker become one of the world’s highest grossing athletes.

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Their business and publicity ventures have established so profitably that Neymar is sometimes referred to as Neymarketing. Neymar will be presented to Paris St Germain fans on Saturday.

Neymar

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According to the media report, the Brazilian boy could earn around 555,000 euros per week. Neymar added in the Instagram video that “PSG will be my new home for the next years and I will work to honour all of the trust in my football.”

“I’m counting on the support of all of you who have been with me since 2009. Fans, friends, professionals who are with me, and my family who suffered a lot with some problems that took place during that period in my career. Today you deserve peace.”

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