NEW DELHI: Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh smashed the half marathon world record by 20 seconds on Friday to win the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) event in the United Arab Emirates on Friday.Yeshaneh crossed the finish line in one hour, four minutes and 31 seconds at the World Athletics Gold Label road race, eclipsing the previous record of 1:04:51 set by Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei in Valencia in 2017.Marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei finished second, and her time was also two seconds inside Jepkosgei’s mark.Both Yeshaneh and Kosgei were wearing a version of Nike’s Vaporfly shoes, which have featured in several other track and road records in the last three years.Some earlier models of the shoe were banned by World Athletics last month, but the latest one launched by Nike complies with the rules to limit carbon plate usage and sole thickness for elite races.“I didn’t imagine this result,” said Yeshaneh, whose previous best of 1:05:46 had stood as the Ethiopian record for five months between 2018 and 2019.Rosemary Wanjiru was third in a time of 1:05:34, and the next five women completed the race inside 67 minutes.Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie won the men’s race in 58:58, 18 seconds clear of compatriot Alexander Mutiso in second place. AgenciesAlso Read: Ethiopians clinch Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017 racesAlso Watch: Oil India Ltd (OIL) confers Shikshya Ratna Puraskar 2019 to Teachers in Duliajan
StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit SBC Global and Esports Insider have teased the launch of the ESI Super Forum for next year’s Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge (20-23 March).Following on from the success of the Esports Insider Forum Series, held at Fnatic’s Bunkr between July and October, the ESI Super Forum has been confirmed as a stand alone event for the second full day of #bofcon2018 (Thursday 22 March).It has been designed to provide a thorough explanation of the opportunities and challenges that exist within the worlds of traditional sports and esports, as the two become increasingly intertwined. The agenda will not be confined to gambling, with panel discussions and workshops covering whether an esports team is a worthy investment, why and how sports clubs should get involved, the Olympic debate, case studies of the Overwatch League, sponsorships and plenty more. Overall, there will be six panels and workshops comprising more than 30 experts in the space, while there will also be an esports business exhibition zone, meeting rooms, tournaments and plenty of opportunity to network throughout the day and into the evening at the event’s official closing party at Under the Bridge.This conference’s focus on the convergence of traditional sports stakeholders and esports comes at a pivotal time. We’re seeing evermore team owners and players from the worlds of the NBA, the NFL, the NHL, football, and more entering the space, from securing stakes or outright buying teams and franchises in leagues to launching their own companies. This week for instance there was news of the Gerard Piqué backed eFootball.pro signing a partnership with Konami. We can take the Overwatch League as an example of this sports meets esports phenomenon too; of its twelve franchises, eight of them have ties to traditional sports team owners or players. New York Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon is tied to Houston Outlaws, Los Angeles Gladiators are owned by the Kroenke Group, which has stakes in Arsenal FC, the LA Rams and four Colorado teams, while their neighbouring side Los Angeles Valiant is owned by the Immortals organisation which has seen investment from the co-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. Finally, The Anschutz Group is involved in LA Galaxy, LA Kings and the LA Lakers.There are plenty more ties between major sports clubs and their owners in both the Overwatch League, for which franchise slots have reportedly cost upwards of $20m (£15.2m), and elsewhere in teams across League of Legends, Dota 2, CS:GO, Rocket League, FIFA and other titles. Undoubtedly, esports organisations could learn something from the business models and organisational structures in sports which have lasted the test of time and found ever more inventive ways of monetising, whilst these same clubs and sports bodies would do well to take a note out of some of their esports counterparts when it comes to new ideas and fan engagement. One of four packed-out ESI Forum Series events looked at the opportunity for football clubs specifically in esports, and why they’re entering. The session saw VfL Wolfsburg FIFA pro David Bytheway, Fnatic CEO Wouter Sleijffers and Sky Sports commentator Gary Taphouse discuss the topic, with the key takeaway being that there are far more rewarding opportunities for teams should they venture beyond the realms of just FIFA.There’ll be plenty more in-depth insight for both those in and around esports at the ESI Super Forum, and any stakeholders from the sporting world who are considering making the leap, or indeed are already involved in the world of esports, should find it an exceptional opportunity to learn and make some strong contacts whilst doing so. Sam Cooke, Editor-in-Chief at Esports Insider, commented: “We received some great feedback from the ESI Forum Series, where we tackled topics including football clubs entering esports, the challenges and opportunities of esports betting, merchandise and apparel and a look at sponsorships more broadly. “With the ESI Super Forum we’ll be building on this, and focusing the event on a key area which we feel has not been amply attended to in the esports conference space – that is the where traditional sports and esports meet.“As with our Forum series, we’ll provide a place to educate people on both sides, generate some ideas and discussion, give all attendees plenty of networking time and ensure everyone has a fun day whilst doing so. In order to ensure this happens, we’ll have esports tournaments, food throughout the day, London’s best coffee and a tiptop official closing party to round it all off!”Those attending Betting on Football 2018 will gain full access to the ESI Super Forum on Thursday March 22nd (10-6pm) and the shared after party (7.30pm till late). For those solely interested in the ESI Super Forum, you can head here for more information and to secure tickets. Anyone with any questions about the event, or for those interested in sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact Sam Cooke on [email protected] get tickets and further information about the event, visit the website HERE. Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Share Share
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has transferred all cases pertaining to Aircel-Maxis scam, involving P Chidambaram and his son, from Special Judge OP Saini to Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, who is trying INX-Media cases against the father-son duo.All pending matters related to this case will be handled over to Special Judge Kuhar from October 1, since judge Saini is getting retired at the end of September. “Chief Justice and Judges of this Court (high court) have been pleased to order that cases pertaining to 2G Spectrum scam pending in the Court of O P Saini, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge (PC Act)(CBl), Rouse Avenue Courts Complex, New Delhi be transferred and allocated to the Court of Special Judge (PC Act) (CBI)-09, Rouse Avenue Courts Complex, New Delhi presently presided over by A K Kuhar with effect from October, 1, 2019 which shall be the designated Court to undertake the trial of the said 2G Spectrum Cases in addition to matters already pending before Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’the Court of A K Kuhar,” the order issued by the high court said. Judge Kuhar is currently presiding over the special court to try lawmakers in the national capital including Congress leader D K Shivkumar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and his family members, former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members, among others. The Supreme Court had appointed Judge Saini to try all cases pertaining to the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam on a day-to-day basis. In 2G spectrum case all the accused were acquitted by the special court in December 2017. Prior to that, the court had also discharged former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi in Aircel maxis case. He had recently granted anticipatory bail to P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram in Aircel maxis case.