PREMIUM F&B sellers compromise taste amid soaring sugar prices

first_imgfood-and-beverage food-business sugar price-hike coffee bread cake coffee-shops Google Linkedin Forgot Password ? Facebook Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Fitri Ramandani, a 17-year-old assistant to a Thai beverage seller, was only able to find a pack of sugar from a small warung located close to her cart in Kayu Putih district in East Jakarta. She had gone to several other small stores in the neighborhood, only to find empty shelves.She used to buy a kilogram of sugar for Rp 14,000 (98 US cents). As nearby warungs and convenience stores increased their prices by around 14 percent to Rp 17,000 per kilogram, she had to raise her budget for sugar. But due to financial constraints, she could recently buy only 2 kg of sugar to last her cart two days, from the usual 4 kg.”It’s difficult to keep the business going,” Fitri said on Friday. “It’s currently the rainy season, so we are seeing fewer customers. The rising prices make it harder.”Some of Fitri’s customers have been complaining… Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

Hughes: Bielema overly-protective of players

first_imgEver go through a frustrating time that perhaps forced you to behave in a somewhat harsh manner, to the point where you suspect you might be acting harsh and become self-conscious and worry if your colleagues are saying anything unflattering about you and your erratic behavior consequently worsens? (Exhale.)Some might call that paranoia.And it’s the scenario that comes to mind when I consider the recent behavior of Wisconsin’s football head coach Bret Bielema, which may surprise those not involved in Madison’s media scene.You see, every week, Wisconsin’s offensive players speak to the media on a specific day, usually Tuesdays.Last week, after dismissing new offensive line coach Mike Markuson after only two games on the job, no offensive linemen – except for captain Ricky Wagner – was made available to the media, along with Markuson’s replacement, Bart Miller.In all, only Montee Ball, Jeff Duckworth, Danny O’Brien, Jacob Pedersen and the rest of the offense’s assistants were available, when usually the entire offense is at the media’s disposal. No James White, Jared Abbrederis or Brian Wozniak et. al.Then, after benching quarterback O’Brien against Utah State Saturday, Bielema made all quarterbacks off limits this week. No Joel Stave, Curt Phillips or O’Brien (Not even Thad Armstrong!).But never fear. Bielema assured his weekly press conference-goers a starting quarterback has been determined and nobody will be talking to them about it.“They already know,” he said. “They already know what’s going on. You won’t talk to them, but they know.”There are two reasons why Bielema would shield members of his team from the media, neither of which I think are rational in these contexts: He’s either paranoid about dissent or overly-protective.Before getting into specifics, there’s a general reason for him not to behave this way. To describe it charitably, UW’s been disappointing in all three games this season. Its list of things to fix grows weekly. Fans are not happy and critics are feasting. By firing people, benching people and then keeping things hush-hush, one could reasonably question Bielema’s confidence in the team in several ways.He needs transparency. And there’s little reason for him to turn it down.If he’s paranoid about someone speaking out against him – why would he be? If there’s anyone who’s got something to pick with Bielema over this past week, it would presumably be Markuson, who’s out of a job.But in an interview with SiriusXM College Sports Nation after his removal, Markuson didn’t express any resentment. He said the firing surprised him, but didn’t slam his former boss like he could have. He also managed to say he thought O’Brien and Miller would serve the Badgers well.And Bielema has already allowed Stave and O’Brien to talk to the media since swapping the two. O’Brien, who already has experience losing a starting job while at Maryland, told reporters after the game he’d be “supporting the hell” out of whoever plays. He did also say he didn’t expect to be in a quarterback battle that week.As for Stave, when asked what he expected to come next after finishing the game versus Utah State, he simply said he didn’t know and wasn’t worried about it.So yeah, doesn’t exactly sound like either are about to make off-field headlines.It’s fine that Bielema doesn’t want to tell who the starter is, obviously. He probably just wants to keep his next opponent, UTEP, in the dark about what signal-caller they’ll be facing. And given the complete and total lack of creativity, inspiration and buoyancy the offense has shown against three unranked teams, the Badgers might just need all the strategic advantages they can get.But there’s still such a thing as being overly-protective and that means Bielema shouldn’t fence off his quarterbacks. If he were worried the media’s inquiries would distract whoever ends up being the starter, it’s puzzling why he would allow them to speak Saturday night.It’s not like we’re dealing with Big City media here, where they travel like schools of fish. Madison’s is a bit more modest in size and isn’t abrasive in interviews. In both situations, with the quarterbacks and offensive linemen, 10 or 15 minutes with the media would probably suffice and then everyone gets three full days to be hunky-dory by kickoff.There’s just something to be said about a coach who is willing to make tough decisions but is unwilling to allow those affected to speak on it.Unless the ship gets righted, the microscope will only focus more on Bielema. Should that happen, he would be wise to allow his players to speak, whether they have different opinions or not. Transparency is a healthy thing.Otherwise, I’ll keep imagining Bielema hiding behind a thinly leafed bush in the hallways of Camp Randall, waiting for two players to walk past so he can pop out with a wild look on his face and say, “what have you been saying about me”?Elliot is a fifth-year senior majoring in journalism and philosophy. Do you think Bielema should loosen up? Tell him about it via email ([email protected]) or twitter (@elliothughes12).last_img read more

New infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup

first_imgConstruction in progress on upgrades to Cape Town International Airport to accommodate the thousands of visitorsexpected during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Rodger Bosch, For more free photos, visit the image library.)South Africa is pulling out all the stops to make sure the first Fifa football World Cup to be held on African soil will raise the bar for all future editions of the tournament.The 2010 Fifa World Cup will be more than the world’s biggest sports gathering – it will also be a means to improve the lives of South Africans and citizens of other African countries.Given this, it is intent on improving infrastructure, from transport and healthcare to safety and security, as well as leaving a lasting legacy for the country and the continent long after the final whistle has blown.Sections in this article:LegacyStadiumsInternational Broadcast CentreHealthcareFundingTransportRelated articlesUseful linksLegacyThe South African government has committed itself to investing in the infrastructure, logistics, communications and security that will be needed to ensure that the 2010 Fifa World Cup is a resounding success.It has promised the millions of fans who will be coming to watch the event that they will be safe in South Africa, with R6.8-billion earmarked for crime prevention and justice services.Like many other countries, it will use this opportunity to speed up its plans to develop public transport.In November 2006 the African Legacy Programme, a joint initiative of the Local Organising Committee and the government, was devised in response to one of the main inspirations behind South Africa’s preparations for 2010 – that being to leave a legacy for the African continent.The programme aims to:support the realisation of African renaissance objectives, including programmes of the African union such as Nepadensure maximum and effective African participation at the 2010 world cupstrengthen, develop and advance African footballimprove Africa’s global image and combat afro-pessimismSouth Africa has made an undertaking that the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will not be confined to the host country, and has made the continent-wide legacy one of the core focus areas of preparations for the event. The African Union is actively involved in this continent-wide initiative.The government is collaborating with African countries on a number of projects which will contribute to the African legacy. These fall in the areas of:peace and nation-buildingfootball support and developmentenvironment and tourismculture and heritagecommunication and telecommunicationcontinental security cooperationBy 2010, South Africa will have built better sports facilities, a better public transport system and a better roads and telecommunications infrastructure.But working for 2010 is also about building the country in ways that go beyond improving infrastructure: it’s about developing football and the youth, promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, and fostering pride in the country and continent.A major focus of this infrastructure development is, of course, the building or improving of the match venues and their environs. The hosting of the World Cup will leave a legacy of sports and recreation facilities in South Africa, in the form of 10 state-of-the-art stadiums and the development of other recreational facilities.Providing sports facilities in communities that have not had such facilities before is a key benefit of hosting 2010. The World Cup will leave first-class venues for soccer, following apartheid-era neglect. But the upgraded facilities will also benefit sport and recreational activities in general.In addition to the World Cup match sites, cities and provinces are also investing in the upgrading and development of other sports venues, some of which may be used as training venues. For instance, Johannesburg has allocated R337-million (US$42.4-million) to upgrade the Orlando Stadium and its surrounding precinct in Soweto and R69-million ($8.9-million) to upgrade the Dobsonville Stadium and its precinct, over a period of three years.An additional R227-million ($28.5-million) has been budgeted to upgrade the Rand Stadium, the Cecil Payne Stadium in Roodepoort, Rabie Ridge Stadium and Ruimsig Stadium.Already Safa House, the home of the South African Football Association, has been completed. It was officially handed to the association on 31 January 2007.As the government works to deliver its guarantees for the World Cup, it will use this opportunity to accelerate the improvement of social services in key areas, including immigration and health services. In particular, programmes to strengthen the provision of emergency medical services will be fast-tracked.In addition, cities have planned their own legacy projects. Johannesburg, for example, has identified seven.These are providing street furniture in the inner city; greening of underdeveloped soccer fields; an indoor sports centre; upgrading of Diepkloof Hostel; greening of Klipspruit River; Bus Rapid Transit system; and establishing the Soweto Theatre.In Cape Town, a new electrical substation is being built in Green Point to ensure enough power for the stadium and surrounding area.Other municipal service upgrades are in the pipeline and the new owners of the V&A Waterfront are investing R7-billion in the precinct, six new hotels are planned, while other private sector companies are also investing.The city aims to ensure that rail, rapid bus transport and a recapitalised taxi service move people about efficiently and reduce private car use during the tournament and in the long-term.In terms of safety, integrated operations and operations centres between all law enforcement agencies, intelligence, technology, training and extra resources will improve security, safety and law enforcement. Ellis Park, Loftus Versfeld, Free State Stadium and Royal Bafokeng Stadium were all used to successfully host the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. (Images: standard of stadiums is crucial to hosting World Cup matches, while smaller stadiums need to be upgraded to be used as training venues.In all, 10 stadiums have been earmarked for the World Cup, with five of them being built. They are:Soccer City (Johannesburg, Gauteng province) – major upgradeEllis Park Stadium (Johannesburg, Gauteng province) – minor upgradeGreen Point Stadium (Cape Town, Western Cape province) – new constructionDurban Stadium (Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province) – new constructionNelson Mandela Stadium (Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, Eastern Cape province) – new constructionLoftus Versfeld Stadium (Pretoria, Tshwane municipality, Gauteng province) – minor upgradeRoyal Bafokeng Stadium (Rustenburg, North West province) – upgradeFree State Stadium (Bloemfontein, Manaung municipality, Free State province) – upgradeMbombela Stadium (Nelspruit, Mbombela municipality, Mpumalanga province)Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane, Limpopo province)Of these, four can be used to host the Fifa World Cup tomorrow. Ellis Park, Loftus Versfeld, Free State Stadium and Royal Bafokeng Stadium were all successfully used to host the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. (Image: Rodger Bosch, Broadcast CentreA staggering 26.4-billion people watched the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany; many more are expected to watch in 2010.Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban all bid to host the IBC, but the cabinet approved Joburg’s bid. The city is now awaiting Fifa’s ratification of the cabinet’s decision.The event will be also be broadcast in high definition television and fully broadcast on mobile phones, while there is already a strong movement towards electronic newspapers and multimedia reporting.The IBC will be the media nerve centre for the World Cup. It will provide coverage to a cumulative audience of more than 30-billion viewers, and the government will use the construction of the IBC to enhance South Africa’s migration to high definition television and new broadcasting technology. Construction in progress on the new Natalspruit Hospital east of Johannesburg. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, South African government is making every effort to ensure that health and medical services are adequately prepared for the World Cup.The Department of Health has set up a multi-sectoral and intra-governmental health technical task team that includes 15 expert workgroups, a national programme unit and nine provincial programme managers.The Health World Cup Unit was finalising a master plan based on the inputs from these workgroups. Guarantees the department has made involve providing adequate healthcare infrastructure, including 24-hour emergency medical treatment and disaster management in the host cities.Some R286-million has been budgeted to make sure it delivers on these guarantees.In October 2007 the health department said progress had been made in improving a select service that would not only improve service delivery during the tournament but would also leave a legacy for the country. These include initiatives such as the improvements made in the emergency medical services, emergency centres, stadium medical facilities and port health services.Improvements have started, including modernising and expanding the ambulance fleet, modernising communications centres, expanding aero-medical services and enhancing emergency care training.“Hospital systems are being strengthened and in addition to mass causality preparation, certain public and private health facilities are being designated as primary centres for the tournament. A comprehensive bed bureau will also be established at each designated hospital linking it with the provincial health operations centre, providing a real time picture of bed availability,” the department said.FundingBillions of rand have already been committed by the government for upgrading infrastructure, with the bulk of developments taking place in the host cities, it was said during a briefing by the Financial and Fiscal Commission in October 2007. The commission was briefing the Public Works Portfolio Committee.To date, R17.4-billion ($2.2-billion) has been made available to the different provinces for use in the construction and revamping of stadiums.The government has said that all developments, transport infrastructure in particular, is not only aimed at 2010, but well beyond in an effort to create sustainable infrastructure growth.The commission recommended that a 2010 World Cup Legacy Management Policy should be introduced. Legacy projects linked to the World Cup are set to benefit the nation with improvements to infrastructure such as roads and public amenities. Construction on Park Station, a central node of the Gautrain rapid rail system, in the Johannesburg inner city. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, TransportThe plan is for host cities to have efficient public transport in place in time for the World Cup.Already Johannesburg and Tshwane have announced their bus rapid transit (BRT) systems. Joburg’s project has been named Rea Vaya, or “we are moving”.With BRT, the cities aim to provide faster, safer and more reliable transport than current public transport, making it more affordable. It involves the construction of “bus way corridors” on dedicated lanes and modernised technology.In Gauteng the BRT systems will intergrate with the Gautrain, and in all cities they will work with already existing public transport programmes, such as Metrorail.Construction of the infrastructure in Tshwane is scheduled to begin towards the end of 2008 and trial runs are scheduled to be made in late in 2009. The system is expected to start full operation early in 2010.In Johannesburg, the new system will consist of 330 kilometres of special public transport lanes and intersections, running north and south of the city, and west and east.The BRT foresees exclusive median bus lanes; separate, closed median stations about 500 metres apart; bus frequencies of three to five minutes apart in peak times and 10 minutes apart in off-peak times; a GIS-based control centre; smartcard fare technology; buses running from 5am to midnight; and a model that incorporates incumbent taxi and bus operators..The first phase of construction, Phase 1A, will be completed in time for the African Confederations Cup in April 2009. This route will run from Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto to Jeppestown, and further north to Sandton. Phase 1B, to be completed in April 2010, in time for the World Cup, will comprise 86 kilometres and 102 stations. It will connect Dobsonville to Parktown, through Rosebank, and up to Rivonia, with a link east to Alexandra.The full system of 330 kilometres, to be completed by 2013, will run from Orange Farm in the south, right through to Midrand in the north, with routes going west to Protea Glen in Soweto and Westgate, and passing through Northgate and Fourways.The BRT will also run to the airport, and to Southcrest, through City Deep, in the southeast. A circular inner city route will service residents and workers.Government spending on transport has already reached R9-billion. A vastly improved public transport system is one of the legacies that South Africa will secure from the hosting of the World Cup, as the opportunity will be used to fast-track an efficient, sustainable and affordable public transport system that will benefit commuters and the economy in the years following the event.In Cape Town, R1.9-billion ($239-million) has been budgeted to improve transport infrastructure, including strategic transport corridors and major routes, while the rail system, long-distance public transport facilities and inner-city distribution system will receive major upgrades.The Airports Company of South Africa is spending R1,2-billion ($150.9-million) on upgrading Cape Town International Airport to cope with visitors during the tournament and with a steadily increasing amount of traffic through the airport. An airport to city link is also proposed.GautrainThe Gautrain Rapid Rail Link is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network being constructed in Gauteng. It comprises of two links, namely between Tshwane and Johannesburg, and between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton, northern Joburg. Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by about 80 kilometres of rail.Construction has started on the southern portion of the project, including Park Station, Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro, Midrand, Rhodesfield and OR Tambo International Airport Stations, and south of Midrand.It is steaming ahead through Joburg’s Modderfontein and road and intersection upgrades and traffic diversions to accommodate the construction activities are on the go, mostly near Sandton, Rosebank and Park Stations.Construction and completion will take place in various stages. The Sandton to OR Tambo International Airport as well as the link between Sandton and Midrand will be completed and tested in 45 months, in time for the World Cup.The remaining five stations, inclusive of the links between Sandton and Johannesburg’s Park Station and Midrand to Hatfield, will be completed and tested in 54 months, by 1 March 2011.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] Related articles World Cup 2010: fast facts Fifa World Cup host cities Ten stadiums for the 2010 World Cup Football in South Africa Useful links Fifa 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa South Africa 2010 2010 National Communication Partnership – 2010 South African Football Association Host city websites Johannesburg Cape Town Durban Pretoria Port Elizabeth Bloemfontein Rustenburg Nelspruit Polokwanelast_img read more

‘Boxing will fade away when Pacquiao retires’

first_imgRobredo: 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 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For his part, Senator JV Ejercito said the unfair decision on the Pacquiao-Horn fight was a “huge blow” to the boxing world.He believes boxing’s popularity will decline once Pacquiao retires from the sports.“Sa tingin ko pagka-retire ni Senator Pacquiao, boxing will slowly fade ,” Ejercito said in the same forum.“Matatalo na sila ng MMA (mixed martial arts) because MMA and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is becoming more exciting than boxing tapos magkakaroon pa ng mga ganitong decisions that are very questionable so malaking dagok sa boxing ito,” he said.The senator also lamented how some Filipinos rejoiced Pacquiao’s loss.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Boxing will fade away when Pacquiao retires’1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “He’s a Filipino. Ihiwalay natin ang politics sa boxing. I really feel bad that there are some people who find joy or who are even celebrating in his loss,” he said.Pacquiao backed the request of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) to the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to thoroughly look into the possible miscalls of the referee and the errors made by the judges in the fight.Pacquiao said he has accepted the decision but as a leader and a fighter, he has “the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”“I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino Kingad puts win streak on the line against Hexigetu in ONE “If you’re going to ask Pacquiao to retire after his match with Horn, you definitely did not watch the fight,” Sotto said in Filipino during the Kapihan sa Senado on Wednesday.“Paano pagre-retire-in ’yung di naman natalo as far as the real fight is concerned,” he said.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 starsSotto, who personally watched the controversial fight in Brisbane, said Pacquiao was a victim of “dagdag-bawas” from the judges who scored the boxing match.“Parang eleksyon kung minsan ’yan eh, ’yung natalo nadadagdag bawas eh,” he said. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Some colleagues of Senator Manny Pacquiao in the Senate do not want him to hang up his gloves yet.Protesting the results of Pacquiao’s welterweight bout with Australian Jeff Horn, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Pacquiao should call for a rematch with his 29-year-old opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

WA Super League Series Starting Soon

first_imgIt’s that time of the year again, with the 2008/2009 WA Super League Series starting on 2 November.It is a tournament for Perth Metropolitan affiliates, with the best from the clubs battling it out over 10 rounds, plus finals. There are Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, with Mixed One Day Tournaments included during the tournament as well. The Series starts in Brighton, with the tournament being shared between seven locations across Perth and outer districts throughout the course of the series. Five teams will play off for the Men’s Open title, with Southern Stars vying for back to back premierships. Perth Brothers will be the favourite in the Women’s Open’s and Mixed divisions after taking out the 2007 titles. The finals will be played in Fremantle on 18 January 2009.For further information, please visit – read more

9 months ago​Cardiff manager Warnock: I still want striker signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Cardiff manager Warnock: I still want striker signingby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff boss Neil Warnock is still hopeful that he will be able to sign a striker this month.The veteran boss knows that is side must score more goals if they are to remain in the Premier League, having only netted 19 in 21 games so far.”I’d still like another striker, even with the lads that are here, because something like this might happen again,” Warnock said in his press conference. “We’re very thin on the ground in that area and we’ve got to try and get more goals into the team.”Cardiff are only a place and two points off the drop zone. last_img read more

12 days agoBrighton striker Aaron Connolly mixed emotions for Republic of Ireland debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton striker Aaron Connolly mixed emotions for Republic of Ireland debutby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Aaron Connolly was left frustrated with his Republic of Ireland debut.The 19-year-old Albion striker went off the bench with just 11 minutes remaining of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Georgia.He had two chances to score, forcing a solid save from keeper Giorgi Loria and then firing into the side-netting in a cameo which lit up an otherwise attritional 0-0 Group D draw in Tbilisi.Connolly said: “Like every striker, I feel I have to score that at 0-0 in a game like that. I should have scored. It’s disappointing, but I feel proud as well.”The confidence levels are quite high because of last week (scoring twice against Tottenham) and I felt if I came on, I would make an impact.”I feel like I did but I feel like I should have scored as well. It’s disappointing.” last_img read more

Temporary and extreme weather response shelters open in BC

first_imgVICTORIA B.C. – The Government of B.C. is opening additional shelter spaces across the province for people experiencing homelessness so they have a safe and warm place to stay.Partnering with municipalities and non-profits in approx 65 communities, the Province is providing more than 1,400 temporary shelter spaces which will be open every night and offering meals.Fort St. John is the only community in Northeast B.C. that will receive part of this funding. A total of 26 spaces will be available a the Fort St. John Salvation Army building on 99 avenue. 750 extreme weather response shelters are available from Nov. 1, 2018, to March 31st, 2019. These shelters only open at the discretion of the community depending on weather conditions and how many spaces to make available depending on the capacity of the existing shelters and need.Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing says “Temporary and extreme weather shelters are crucial to ensuring the health and safety of people living on the street and getting them out of the cold and wet weather,”. She goes on to say, “These shelters not only have the potential to save lives – they also assist people in accessing the support and services they need to achieve housing stability.”Both the temporary and extreme weather shelter spaces add to the almost 2,000 permanent year-round spaces throughout B.C. There is room to add more of these shelters if needed.Learn More:To learn more about the Province’s emergency shelter program, visit: see a map of permanent and temporary shelters in B.C., visit: read more

Vijender injured in training, professional US debut delayed

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian boxing star Vijender Singh’s much-awaited professional debut in the USA, scheduled for April 12, was Tuesday postponed after he injured himself during a sparring session in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old, India’s first Olympic and world championships medallist in boxing, was to make his US debut at the Staples Center on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla undercard. It was to be an eight-round contest and his opponent was yet to be decided. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I got hurt during a sparring session on Friday. My left eye has received two kinds of stitches and doctors have told me they would remove the just the external stitches on coming Friday,” Vijender told PTI from his training base. Vijender is so far unbeaten in his 10-bout pro career and claimed the WBO Asia Pacific super welterweight title during his stint with England. The celebrated Indian turned professional in 2015. “I can’t recall the name of the guy I was sparring with but I got hit by his elbow. It is disappointing to be held back by something like this but I believe rab jo karda ae changa hi karda hai (Whatever God does is always for the best). So, I am sure he has a better plan for me,” he added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAsked if the new schedule for his debut US fight has been decided, the Haryana pugilist said, “It will only be known once my injury heals. It is going to take some time. My trainer (Freddie Roach) was furious with the boy who accidentally hit me. But it’s all part of life and I am never the one to sulk.” “Because apart from this, I am really enjoying training here. I am really looking forward to make a name for myself here.” Vijender, represented in India by IOS Boxing Promotions, relocated his training base to Los Angles earlier this month after signing up with the legenday Bob Arum’s ‘Top Rank Promotions’. He is training at the ‘The Wild Card Boxing Club’ under Roach, a 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) inductee. In his 32 years as a trainer, Roach is widely regarded as one of the best boxing coaches of all time. Roach has been mentor to 36 world champions including the likes of Mike Tyson, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division world champion Miguel Cotto and multiple world champion Oscar de La Hoya. Roach has also trained former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan.last_img read more