Tyre maker CEAT to be title sponsor of Ultimate Table Tennis

first_imgMumbai, Jul 4 (PTI) Indias leading tyre manufacturing brand and flagship company of RPG Enterprises, CEAT, has come on board as the title sponsor of the inaugural edition of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) to be held later this month.With this new association, the league will be called CEAT UTT, said a media release from the company today.”Table tennis is a very dynamic sport and we are very happy to come on board as the title sponsor for Ultimate Table Tennis which has the potential to revolutionise the sport in India,” stated Anant Goenka, Managing Director, CEAT Ltd.Apart from the title sponsorship, CEAT would continue to help the players in different ways like they do with other Indian sports.”CEAT has been actively involved with various other sports in India for a while now and we are very grateful to them for coming on board as the title sponsor. This is another boost in our endeavour to bring about a revolution in table tennis and help the sport grow to greater echelons in India,” said Vita Dani, owner of UTT.UTT will commence on July 13 in Chennai, then will move to Delhi from July 21 leading to the two semi-finals and final to be held here from July 26-30.The league will have 24 of the best Indians as well as 24 world-class international players competing against one another through six clubs.Each club will have eight players ? four men and as many women – with an equal mix of overseas and Indian players, apart from a foreign and an Indian coach. PTI SSR RSYadvertisementlast_img read more

French in NBA Endure Heavy Hearts

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares TORONTO — New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca admitted he had a hard time focusing on basketball late Friday.The Frenchman was worried about the safety of his family in Paris after deadly terrorist attacks. He didn’t get confirmation they were all safe until after New Orleans’ 100-81 loss at Toronto, and he was especially concerned for a cousin who was at the soccer friendly rocked by suicide bombers.“It’s just a crazy world. You think you’re safe, you’re just walking down the street and the next thing you know, people start shooting,” Ajinca said. “My prayers go to my family and friends.”Ajinca wrote “Pray for Paris” on his sneakers, and asked his Twitter followers to “Pray for my family and friends” before the game.“During the whole game I was trying to get this out of my mind so I was able to stay focused,” Ajinca said after he had 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss.“It felt weird. I was thinking about it the whole game.”Less than 24 hours after the attacks, the wounds still hurt.After Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi used Twitter to express his condolences on Friday, he issued a long statement on Saturday thanking friends and fans for their support.But the Frenchman who played on the 2014 national team and sometimes writes tweets in French, was still shocked by what happened in his homeland.“While I am comforted in that my family and friends in that area are safe, I’m pained by the loss suffered by my country and those affected by this horrific event,” Mahinmi said in a statement released by the Pacers. “It both saddens and sickens me that some have little or no regard for human life, not only in this particular circumstance but also in everyday life.”He acknowledged that the game against Minnesota on Friday was tough to get through.Mahinmi wasn’t the only NBA player with French ties who struggled with his emotions.In Chicago, the Charlotte Hornets’ Nicolas Batum and Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah shared a moment prior to their game. Batum played for France at the 2012 Olympics. Noah’s father is former French tenis star Yannick Noah. Batum and Noah asked about each other’s families before tipoff, and both had good news to report.“Still a tough day for us,” Batum said after Chicago’s 102-97 win. “I think about it all game. I wanted to do a good game to show them in my way, we’re strong.”Batum said he stayed on his phone as long as possible before the game trying to locate his family. He has a sister who lives near the site of one of the attacks.“I talked to my sister and some friends and everybody is all right,” Batum said. “They’re shocked. They told me Paris is like a war outside. Everybody is outside. The police is outside. The army is outside.”Noah, who lived in Paris from 1988-98, called family before the game to confirm everyone was OK.“A lot of people died for no reason,” he said.NBA arenas around the league held moments of silence for the victims in Paris. French players Boris Diaw and Kevin Seraphin were among the many players who tweeted their thoughts for victims and the country. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James also weighed in and offered his condolences.“Our world right now is having so many different tragedies, so many different innocent people and victims are losing lives over nonsense, and hopefully at some point in time people will realize that’s not the way to live,” James said.DANIEL GIRARD, Associated Press___AP freelance writer Patrick Rose in Chicago contributed to this report.last_img read more