Basketball Club BURCH was founded on the 21st of July 2014. This is the first basketball team in B&H that was established by a private university, in this case the International Burch University, which is based in Sarajevo.This way, the International Burch University aims to implement the education method where, besides quality education, they offer a chance to students to show their sports talent as well. Each player of the Club is the student at one of the faculties on the International Burch University and at the same time a user of athletic scholarship, which demonstrates the importance of this project of education of young people without neglecting their professional sports career.Trophies at the StartTrophies at the very beginningRight after the establishment, the club became a member of the Basketball Association of Sarajevo, and participated in its first professional competition season in the A2 league of B&H, Group South – season 2014/15 in which they convincingly won the 1st place with 16 wins and only 3 losses, with goal difference +329, and thus won playoff with clubs from A2 league group North. BC Burch achieved to play in finals and thus qualified for the higher rank of competition, the A1 league of B&H, where they will compete in the season 2015/2016. Besides competing in official championships, basketball players are regular participants of the University Students League of Sarajevo (UNSA League), where they regularly play in the finals of the competition.ST
First boxing competition in Somalia since civil warMogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Somalia has held its first boxing competition in more than three decades, with young fighters in the conflict-torn nation dreaming of a career in international rings.The three-day lightweight boxing competition that wrapped up Sunday took place in the capital Mogadishu, where athletes squared off in a ring set up on a basketball court surrounded by ruined buildings that bore witness to the country’s long conflict.The fighters were cheered by dozens of enthusiastic residents of the capital, many of whom had never seen or heard of boxing before in a country where football and basketball are far more popular, even before the war when such competitions were rare.“Boxing in Somalia stopped after the civil war and it is now reviving with the fact that the country is recovering from the war,” said Awil Gelle Ahmed, deputy chairman of the country’s national boxing federation.The last Somali competition he could recall was in 1982.“There are significant changes which affect the political and security situation of the country and this competition is part of the changes.”Ahmed said the competition involved four teams of two people, all from Mogadishu as “we don’t have access to other regions in the country.”The winner was 21-year-old Mustafa Mohamed Nur, who told AFP: “This was a big day for me, I have become the first Somali to win a boxing competition inside the country since the civil war.” Another fighter, 21-year-old Abdiasiz Ali Shirad, said he had begun boxing in 2014.“I want to become like Mohamed Ali and Malik Hawkins so that I can be a national boxer, this is my ambition and I want make my dreams come true,” he said.Somalia collapsed into civil war in 1991 and since then has endured successive rounds of conflict involving clan-based militias, foreign armies and, latterly, Al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists the Al-Shabaab who stage regular deadly attacks on the capital.Because of the conflict, many Somali athletes compete internationally for adopted nations.Britain’s most successful track athlete Mo Farah was a Somalian refugee, and title-winning female boxer Ramla Ali and her family fled Mogadishu during the war.“I’m very happy to see this development which was missing for a long time. Now that the boxing competition is back I think our boxers can compete with counterparts worldwide,” said spectator Mohamed Ahmed Abdulahi.Share on: WhatsApp
D’Urban St fatal stabbingMatthew Parks of East La Penitence, Georgetown, was on Wednesday before the Chief Magistrate, charged with the stabbing death of Roger Allen following an alleged row over cigarettes.It is alleged that the 20-year-old man killed 22-year-old Allen on September 13,Matthew Park2018, following an argument. He was remanded to prison and is expected to make his next court appearance on October 10.Guyana Times had previously reported that Allen, a Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) employee, was killed when he allegedly attacked the defendant at his place of work on D’Urban and Chapel Streets, Georgetown. Allen had reportedly visited a minimart where Parks worked and the two had an argument over cigarettes. The security of the said minimart was called and had Allen escorted from the establishment. Later the same say, Allen allegedly returned to the minimart armedRoger Allenwith a knife and a piece of wood. He reportedly attacked the suspect who fought with him, managing to disarm him of the knife. The man then allegedly proceeded to stab Allen to his body but before doing so, he also received a blow to his body. Both men fell to the ground but were picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where Allen succumbed to his injuries. A post-mortem examination report showed that one of Allen’s arteries was severed which caused him to lose a significant amount of blood.The mother of the now dead man, 61-year-old Donna Whyte of Lot 60 Freeman Street, Georgetown, explained to this publication that she was informed that her son was involved in a scuffle with the young man and was taken to the hospital.According to her, Allen who works with the disconnection crew at GWI had earlier disconnected his friend’s water, which led to an argument.
The journey began 10 years ago, in 2007, when a young man was grappling with obesity. After years of training, Nagender Singh is now a much-recognised athlete, a three-time participant of one of the most challenging triathlon races in the world, the Ironman.The 32-year-old athlete is back from the Ironman championship that was recently held in South Africa. Notwithstanding his excitement, Nagender, while speaking to India Today Online, got candid about the scenario of athletics in India.Ironman done and dustedThe Ironman is by far the most gruelling challenge, whereby the participant is expected to swim 2.4 miles (3.86 km), bike 112 miles (180.25 km) and run 26.2 miles (42.2 km). It was in 2015 that Nagender ran his first marathon. During the same year, he also became the only athlete to represent India at Ironman. This year marked his third consecutive participation at the event. When asked about his experience, he said, ”It was exceptional. Ironman turned out to be very good in terms of its arrangement. We were all very well taken care of.”Picture courtesy: Facebook/Nagender Singh But success always comes at a cost. Nagender had to go through months of strenuous preparation to achieve his goal. ”The day you do an Ironman is like a party but the training for the same is tedious. I had to train for more than 25 hours a week. I used train for 10 hours on weekends and about 2-2.5 hours on weekdays, which included swimming, riding and running.” Nagender trains at the Gurgaon-Faridabad road and occasionally at Fitness First. ” It is quite a task, especially in Delhi, given the extreme weather conditions. It takes a lot to prepare your body for such challenges. Reebok aided with a wonderfully designed sport shoe, Floatride. I really appreciate their efforts,” he said.advertisement”The athletes I came across at Ironman were much stronger andwell-trained, compared to the ones back home. And that is preciselybecause they are much better equipped with proper training, nutritionand other facilities. For example, every town in South Africa has biking or cycling tracks, something that we still lack here. Youngsters overseas are put to training at atender age of 4 or 5, whereas we start training quite late in life,” remarkedthe athlete. Also Read:World’s 1st all-female special forces unit is a revolution that happened by chanceThe secret to good lifeOne of the prerequisites for a man to accomplish the journey from being overweight to a successful sportsman, is to maintain good health. And how does Nagender ensure that? ”I focus on quality calories. My diet majorly consists of avocados and other fruits and locally grown vegetables. Food cooked in coconut oil is always better than vegetable oil. One thing that I completely avoid is sugar.”And that is not all. Nagender is also gradually mastering the art of juggling between personal life and work. And the key to that is time management, “It is always important to give your 100 per cent in everything you do and I make sure I spend quality time. I like to prioritise things. I also wake up early, around 4:30 every morning, just to have more hours of the day to myself.”Picture courtesy: Facebook/Nagender Singh On Indian athletes getting their due exposureAre athletes in India being supplied with adequate resources? ”Not quite,” revealed Nagender, an employee of the Public Works Department (PWD). One of the videos from Ironman, doing the rounds on social media, also talks about how Indian sportsmen were not provided proper bicycles for the race. ”Most of the policies framed are just on paper. Sportsmen are often denied the facilities they require. For instance, travelling expenses for a sportsman is meant to be reimbursed. But that does not happen in reality, ” he added.What could be the explanation behind such a situation? ”Athletics is not given much of priority in our country. Firstly, there is too much politics involved. I believe the sports federation should be run by athletes and not politicians. Secondly, most of the resources are invested in promoting commercial, expensive sports like cricket. Athletes here can achieve a lot better if various sponsorships and support from private organisations come our way. Besides, the ratio of interest in such feats, as compared to our population is much less. It is always encouraging for an athlete to get his due recognition. It would give him or her a lot of mental strength and that would definitely reflect in the performance,” expressed Nagender.advertisement