Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Mayweather unfazed by ‘dirty’ McGregor Mayweather unfazed by ‘dirty’ McGregor LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Aside from the probability of receiving a high kick, Kimmel also asked the 40-year-old boxing icon about the possibility of a second fight, this time inside the Octagon under MMA rules.“As of right now, we gotta get past August 26,” Mayweather said. “Once we get past August 26, then we can talk about other things.”A clip of Mayweather’s full interview is available below.  /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next In a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mayweather was asked what would happen if his opponent decides to throw a kick or any other MMA technique during their 12-round boxing showdown on Aug. 26.“That’s a fine, that’s a huge fine,” he told host Jimmy Kimmel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I don’t think he’d want to lose, probably 90 percent of his money or even more. I don’t know what it’s gonna be, but it’s gonna be a heavy fine,” he added.Although it remains highly unlikely that McGregor would throw such a blatant illegal strike, the brash Irishman is known to be as unpredictable as it comes. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief It’s just over a week away from one of the most anticipated bouts in boxing, as undefeated fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns to the ring to face off UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.The former is known to be the ultimate boxing tactician, while the latter is a complete mixed martial artist, adept in using both his arms and legs in combat.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Derrick Rose moved to tears after watching video tribute from Chinese fans

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ It seems like a long time ago when Derrick Rose was terrorizing opposing NBA defenses with his acrobatic drives to the rim and devil-may-care play style.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut after undergoing multiple major surgeries over the past few years, Rose—although still a terrific player—has certainly lost some of the explosiveness that earned him the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Despite averaging 18 points per game with the dysfunctional New York Knicks last season, Rose was not heavily sought after by NBA teams this off-season.Still, his troubles did not affect his popularity in China, as his jersey was the top seller in the country two years ago, alongside Kobe Bryant’s, according to Sports Illustrated.Check out the touching tribute below. /raRELATED STORY:Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption The three-time NBA All-Star was visibly moved to tears after being shown a video message from strangers who professed their love for him and wished him luck in Cleveland.“I didn’t mean to cry,” Rose said, as he wiped the tears from his eyes while being interviewed by the Chinese media. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Although his stock has certainly dropped for NBA teams this season, the 28-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers guard remains one of the more popular figures abroad, as evidenced when he recently made a trip to China for an Adidas promotional event. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View comments La Salle, FEU strong picks Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Mbala vows comeback after lackluster Game 1

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC While he acknowledged Ateneo’s defensive schemes, which held him to a career-low output in points and field goal attempts with seven shots, the 6-foot-7 Cameroonian insisted he could have played better.“They played good defense,” said Mbala, who put up 28 points in La Salle’s second-round win over Ateneo. “I average 20 points per game but they held me to eight points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Expect me to be more aggressive offensively [in Game 2]. They (Eagles) were able to get in to my head, that is something that shouldn’t happen again.”The Eagles made the big run that gave them enough buffer to weather La Salle’s last rally when Mbala was on the bench nursing four fouls. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s part of the game,” said Mbala. “We don’t want to look for excuses why we lost. They wanted it more than us.”Chiz Ikeh and Isaac Go took turns in guarding Mbala, but the Eagles also clogged the paint each time the big Cameroonian attacked. With Mbala struggling, Aljun Melecio picked up the cudgels with 24 points. But La Salle’s guns fell silent in the last 2:35 of the game, allowing the Eagles to seal the win.Mbala said they have no recourse but to play the game of their lives this Wednesday.“Obviously if we lose the next game then it is over,” said Mbala. “We are not going to go out here just to have a mediocre game. We have to win or everything we’ve been doing throughout the season will just go to waste.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nazareth-NU, La Salle-Lipa seal title tiffcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Expect a more aggressive and assertive Ben Mbala in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 finals.Limited to just eight points in the 70-76 defeat to Ateneo in the championship series opener at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night, the reigning Most Valuable Player from La Salle center vowed a resounding comeback this Wednesday when the fierce rivals square off anew at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

PBA summons Mila’s Lechon for dismal display in 47-point roasting

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’ PLAY LIST 02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Vicente blasts UE starters after blowout loss to UST PBA IMAGESIn the wake of its four-game losing start in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Mila’s Lechon will be summoned to the Commissioner’s Office to explain its side following its humiliating 55-102 defeat to Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.Officials from the league’s technical committee confirmed that the team management, led by coach Jesse Ricardo, will meet PBA commissioner Willie Marcial on Friday in the league office in Libis after yet another pitiful loss from Mighty Roasters.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next Making matters worse was Ricardo being assessed with a technical foul for calling excessive timeouts with 2:44 remaining in the game and with the Jawbreakers already leading, 99-53.The Mighty Roasters have lost their four games by an average of 26.25 points, with this 47-point rout being their worst defeat in the conference. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding They stumbled to their fourth straight defeat, but questions were raised following the 47-point thumping after players seemingly showed complete lack of effort in the second half.Mila’s Lechon actually played superb in the first two quarters, shocking Zark’s-Lyceum with an 11-3 start and staying in step thanks to its 42-percent shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was a different story after the halftime break as the Mighty Roasters showed little to no willingness to play defense, allowing the Jawbreakers to stage a 23-0 run and break the game wide open, 67-41, in the third period.Zark’s-Lyceum coach Topex Robinson also related from his players that they were being encouraged by their foes to run the score up, which translated to 38 turnover points from 30 miscues from Mila’s Lechon. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Gilas draws much-needed spark from youthful Ravena

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena is the youngest player in Gilas Pilipinas and he showed that youthful energy kn sparking the Filipinos’ win over Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Gilas was down, 20-4, midway through the first quarter when Ravena singlehandedly started a revolution against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT He was also given the task to be part of the closeout crew with Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, and Gabe Norwwod.“I guess the preparation is just a matter of playing together, trusting the system, and trusting yourself as well, so all of us can step up in the big stage,” said Ravena. “The trust your coaches and your teammates give you is a big help.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Read Nextcenter_img Romeo vows to be ‘ready’ for Gilas in 3rd window Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And the rally began with a 3-pointer by Ravena, three simple points that became the foundation to a massive 37-6 run that gave Gilas a 41-26 lead at the 4:58 mark of the second quarter.The 24-year-old PBA rookie said spending time with his older, and better, teammates allowed him to perform under the bright lights of Fiba.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In terms of preparing for the big stage, I think it was a big thing that every day you get to spend time with the best players here in the Philippines,” said Ravena in Filipino after their 89-84 win Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Ravena finished with 13 points, eight coming in the first quarter, a period that the Philippines ended with a 22-21 lead, with five assists and two steals. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

Batangas grabs solo 2nd

first_imgTeam Batangas made short work of AMA Online Education, 95-76, to take solo second in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Jared Bautista topscored for Batangas with 22 points, while Joseph Sedurifa and Cedric Ablaza combined for 27 points and 15 boards.Batangas coach Eric Gonzales believes his team, which improved to 3-1, had made the most out of the lessons learned from last conference.“It’s a big thing that they absorbed what you want in a team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStill, Gonzales thinks that there are still things that his players need to improve, such as their discipline and timing.“Whenever we play defense at the backcourt, that’s where we create offense for the opponent,” said Gonzales.Batangas—which started strong with a 17-4 run in the first quarter—spoiled another solid outing of AMA’s Andre Paras, who grabbed 22 rebounds on top of 10 points and four blocks. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Benjie Paras proud to see son Andre prosper in D-League Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH In the second game, Centro Escolar University tripped Zark’s Burgers, 78-62, for a 2-2 record.Rodrigue Ebondo, who already posted a double-double in the first half, finished with another stellar performance of 23 points, 21 rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist to lead CEU. —KRISTOFER PURNELLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Perpetual prexy cries foul over Altas’ game forfeiture

first_imgLATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bong Ravena thought son Kiefer was bound to become a coach Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Prince Eze. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPerpetual president and CEO Antonio Tamayo broke his silence and backed up his team’s claim that the NCAA committed a huge mistake when it decided to allow the game between the Altas and the St. Benilde Blazers to push through on July 11 despite already acknowledging the former’s problems with their uniforms.“They were wrong to allow our team to play and penalized us twice by slapping us a technical foul and gave the other team a free throw before the game started and then forfeit it later,” Tamayo said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Perpetual were meted a technical foul for wearing its dark uniform despite it being designated as the light team for the tiff.The game ended with the Altas winning, 69-65, but the NCAA management committee (Mancom) decided to overturn the game and handed the victory to the Blazers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTamayo acknowledged that his side was also at fault for not having its white jerseys in time, but the game should have resulted in a forfeiture right from the get-go.Perpetual has already filed its counter-protest over the Mancom’s decision on Wednesday. Mancom chairman Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian and the rest of the Board are still convening on Monday afternoon to find a resolution for the issue.But for Tamayo, the power should have been vested on commissioner Bai Cristobal to make the necessary action.“The league should empower Commissioner Bai Cristobal and let him decide anything related to basketball matters,” he said. “I believe they should not forfeit the game under the process undertaken by the commissioner.”The Altas are currently at the cellar with a 0-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READlast_img read more

McGregor’s biggest rival: ‘No way’ Conor beats Mayweather

first_imgView comments While McGregor’s win ended Aldo’s 10-year winning streak, nobody found it to be as utterly improbable as a potential victory over Mayweather (49-0), the most successful boxer of his generation. McGregor worked relentlessly to get under Aldo’s skin during the months before their fight, and Aldo recognizes the similarities in the mental game McGregor is playing against Mayweather.McGregor calls himself “Mystic Mac” due to his ability to predict the results of his fights. While he has been wrong before — such as in his submission loss to Nate Diaz last year — he has shown a remarkable ability to back up his boasts with results.McGregor vowed to stop Mayweather within four rounds during their uproarious promotional tour last month, but Aldo is among those who don’t think even McGregor believes it. Aldo saw the posturing and insult-trading as something else entirely.“It’s a joke,” Aldo said. “He’s just looking for the money.”Aldo spoke while in Los Angeles to support Brazilian boxer Esquiva Falcao, who fought on the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko’s victory over Miguel Marriaga.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES “There is no way McGregor can defeat Mayweather,” Aldo said. “Mayweather has done this his entire life, and it’s a different sport.”The way Aldo sees it, McGregor has obvious motivations for the spectacle that will occur Aug. 26 in Las Vegas — and those motivations don’t include boxing glory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“After the Mayweather fight, he’ll get lots of millions of dollars,” Aldo said. “Probably he’ll never fight again.”Aldo was the most dominant champion in mixed martial arts until McGregor set his sights on the Brazilian star several years ago. McGregor embarrassed and infuriated the champ with his loquacious showmanship during the buildup to their December 2015 bout — and then McGregor stunned the UFC with a 13-second knockout of Aldo, flattening the feared 145-pound star with one punch. WATCH: Cavs unveil fresh Nike jerseys for upcoming season Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters McGregor never defended the featherweight belt that he took from Aldo, who reclaimed that 145-pound title last year with a win over Frankie Edgar. Aldo lost the belt again in June to Max Holloway, who stopped him in the third round in Brazil.Aldo said he doesn’t plan to move up to lightweight, but hopes to reclaim the featherweight belt from Holloway, who received praise from Aldo. The loss to McGregor stings much more.“(McGregor) can say whatever he wants, but he was a lucky guy,” Aldo said. “One punch and he finished it. No skills.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Irish boxer Connor McGregor, background, touches US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr on the head, during a press conference to promote their upcoming fight, at the SSE Arena, in Wembley, London, Friday July 14, 2017. (Scott Heavey/PA via AP)LOS ANGELES — Conor McGregor became known as a fighter with a mystical ability to defy the odds because of his stunning upset victory over Jose Aldo, the former UFC featherweight champion.Aldo says there’s zero chance McGregor can beat the daunting odds he faces when he steps into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Khade’s mistake costs him rare medal

first_imgLike ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh at the 1960 Rome Olympics and former track queen PT Usha at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, Virdhawal Khade missed what could have been only the second medal in swimming at the Asian Games on Monday. It turned out to be a yet another case of never before Khajan Singh and never after him.India’s fastest swimmer managed only the fourth spot in the 50m freestyle after clocking 22.87, just 0.03 seconds behind the bronze medal winner Japan’s Rammaru Harada who had clocked 22.84 sec at the Aoeti Spors Complex pool here. Predictably, the winner was Wu Shi Lu at 22.37 sec from the host nation who pushed another Japanese Masayuki Kishida to the second spot for silver.It was, indeed, a disappointing day for India and that gloom could have been lifted by Khade and given greater impetus to swimming had he not committed the blunder of stretching to touch the pad, rather than plunging for another stroke. “It was the biggest mistake of my life,” admitted Khade. He as well as the Indian officials present at the pool knew how it has cost the country a precious medal, more so in swimming where India have not won a medal after Khajan Singh. That was way back in 1986 at Seoul.Since then it has been a big struggle for Indian swimmers to make a mark. Monday was the day when Khade could have done that besides overcoming the disappointment of not winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games back home.advertisement”The boy’s potential was never in doubt. We all along knew Virdhawal was capable of winning us a medal, but for the crucial mistake,” said Virendera Nanavati, the secretary-general of the Swimming Federation of India (SFI).Drawn in lane two after qualifying in Heat 6 at 22.98, he had in the final two Chinese in Qiang Run Shi and Wu Zhi besides the two Japanese and a Korean, Taipei and a Hong Kong swimmer. Except for the Taipei and Hong Kong swimmers, all others, including Khade, clocked sub-23 seconds.The difference between the winners and Khade was all of them had been coming after hard practice for the Games. To Khade’s credit, it must be said that he had the pressure of performing in front a home crowd at the New Delhi Games. Just before that he had to compete in the Nationals which was the qualification event. Instead, he should have been allowed to train in the US.One SFI official, who did not want to be quoted, admitted that if Khade had continued his practice in the US and come for the CWG, he would have done well both at home and here. He said this without blaming the authorities for the mistake. Whatever the case, both Khade and India lost a precious medal on Monday.last_img read more