Tag: 夜都官方网站

Religion and fashion can go together: Mariam Farid

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Doha, Sept 27 (PTI) Leading Qatari woman athlete Mariam Farid, who competes wearing a hijab, says she would never compromise on her identity but would not mind blending a bit of fashion with religion. At a young age of 15, Mariam had played a significant role in Qatar winning the bid in November 2014 to host its first ever IAAF World Championships. As Qatar’s ambassador, she had delivered an emotional speech, convincing the panel to accept their bid which emphasised on breaking barriers and changing the western world’s perception about the Arab world. Four years after that successful bid, Mariam is now preparing herself to deliver on the promise when Doha will host the Championships next year. She is aiming to produce a strong show in the 400m hurdles event. “In the beginning, I used to wear a long shirt and then a short shirt but now I try to find something easier and comfortable. It’s (Hijab) not going to make me less faster. Even if it slows me down, it is, what makes me comfortable, this is my identity. It should not bother anyone,” said Mariam. To prove her point that running with her body covered, won’t compromise her speed, she cites example of Australian athlete Cathie Freeman, who became the women’s 400m Olympic champion in 2000 while running with full body-kit, her arms and head covered. And she is not the only one who wears hijab. In 2016, when Kariman Abuljadayel became the first Saudi woman to compete in the 100 metres at the Rio Games, she also wore full body-kit.advertisement However, Mariam would like to modify the hijab, a must for women in many Islamic countries. Maybe 10 years down the line when she is done with athletics career, she wants to manufacture hijabs that would complement the beauty of a woman. “I want to start my own business, which helps in empowering and inspiring younger generation of women. None of the brands are appreciating women wearing hijab in sports. It will be a good idea to open the doors,” she said. “Recently Nike gave me a hijab. Whatever it is, but it looks bad (laughs). We need brands like Nike and Adidas to do (design) something beautiful for us.” So how different the hijab, she wants to introduce, would be from the one worn now? “Beautiful. I should not look awkward. Just because I am wearing a scarf, it should not make me look less beautiful. It should be fashionable. Of course, religion and fashion can go together.” Coming from a family of seven, which has five doctors, Mariam says she does not feel pressure to perform before the home fans. “A champion is not made in one day or one year. It takes years. I started three-four years back. I don’t feel pressure. One year to go, nothing is impossible.” When Mariam, all of 20 and without a major medal in her kitty, says that she is her own role model, the Qatari may sound cocky. However, the strong-willed hurdler says it is important to be confident because If you are not, people around you will try to break you. “Not everyone wants to see you happy. Majority would want see you fail. I don’t want to sound arrogant but I am my own role model. I feel I can do whatever I want to do. I have my own goals and passion,” she said. What makes her so confident at such a young age? “That’s my character. I don’t accept people telling me that I can’t do this or that,” said the communications student at Northwestern University in Doha. Supremely-confident Mariam, coached by Tunsian Awatef Hamrouni, admits that she has flaws too. “I am not patient enough. This part is killing me. Coach says it will take lot of time (to do well in big championships). I am confident, one day, I will do something big. “400m hurdles is easy to succeed fast. I am tall and it helps me to jump easily. Jumping the hurdle is break for me from running. So I have a break at every 10 hurdles, It’s easy for me.” She also insists that the Arab world is not how the West looks at it. “Western world have this stereotype that we don’t do sport. We (women) sit at home, we are not allowed to move outside. It’s a perception and its wrong. Yes, it was not in our culture, 15-20 years ago but now we have strong teams, where a lot of girls are playing,” she said adding that they do train with boys too.advertisement Mariam says hosting World Championship will break a lot of stereotypes. “It’s very powerful message to the Arab world, to the Muslims and to the people in this region, that we are not less than anyone. No one could imagine that a small country like Qatar could host world championships.” PTI AT ATKATKlast_img read more

Matthew Ebden downs John Isner but Sam Stosur suffers more Australian Open woe

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Topics Speaking after the match, Ebden credited the boisterous crowd for his victory. “He [Isner] is such a great player and so tough to beat so I had to stay composed and find a bit of extra positivity and energy and I think I got that from the crowd, so thank you.“I am working hard and trying to be my best… it’s nice to get some rewards. I’ve been playing better the last six months, I [just] want to keep it going.”Ebden will need to produce another standout performance if he is to advance beyond the second round; he will now face Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who advanced in straight sets over the lowly-ranked Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria.For Stosur, it was an all-too familiar story. She found herself a set and a break up, and she even had match point at 6-5 in the second, only for debilitating nerves in front of her home crowd to bite yet again. The Australian women’s No3 was desolate after falling in a three-set epic to Puerto Rico’s Rio gold-medallist Puig 6-4, 6-7, 4-6.On an afternoon filled with more hope than disappointment for the locals, Stosur was in far from her best form and her groundstrokes caught the frame as often as they were middled. Yet again, her proven talent is still to be displayed in front of an adoring home crowd.“I think everyone else makes a bigger deal about it than what I do personally,” she said later when asked whether her playing on home soil was an issue. “But, look, I was one point away. I’d be in the second round if I won one more point.“Unfortunately that’s the way it goes sometimes. Obviously I do everything I can to try to have a better result here in Australia. For whatever reason, it just won’t happen for me. I’ll come back next year and do it all over again.”An emotionally-attuned Margaret Court Arena crowd were reassuring more than buoyant, with regular cries of “c’mon Sam” and “we’re with you, Sam” following errors more often than winners.Stosur began the first set shakily, regularly pushing flatter groundstokes well beyond the baseline, while her service returns also frequently found the middle of the net.At times Puig appeared to play Stosur into form, some longer rallies eventuating in the US Open winner hitting the ball more cleanly.Stosur appeared to grow in confidence as the first set progressed, however, serving well into the corners of the service box and leaving her opponent frustrated at a lack of returning space.Some of the most tense tennis of the match came in the second set, with Stosur down a break point on her service game at 4-3, only for a late out call to bring her back to deuce. The Australian responded emphatically with an ace, but in typically erratic fashion, double-faulted to gift her opponent another break point opportunity. This time Puig hit the tape, and Stosur put away the short ball with confidence. But after another mistimed groundstroke found the frame, Stosur was forced to defend a third break point. The rally that followed was one of the highlights of the match; Puig eventually breaking Stosur’s valiant resistance with a lob that sailed agonisingly over the Australian’s head.Down 4-5 in the second, Stosur steadied to hold easily, but had multiple opportunities to break Puig’s serve at 5-5, none of which were converted. Under significant pressure at 5-6 down in the second set, Stosur again served strongly to force the tiebreak.Puig began the tiebreak by missing an easy volley, allowing the one-sided crowd back into the game with vigor. They were soon quieted as Stosur lost the next four points in succession. She would rally for a crowd-lifting match point, but a forced error allowed Puig back into the game and the Puerto Rican bravely pulled off a forehand winner to force a deciding set.In the last Stosur regained some much-needed composure, as if more accustomed to being down and almost out than in the box seat. Games favoured traditionally to serve, until Stosur fell down a crucial break at 3-3.Down 4-5 with Puig serving for the match, tournament organisers called on AC-DC to rally a disheartened and increasingly-empty stadium. It worked; one of the longest rallies of the match ended with a deep, backhand winner from Stosur that brought the crowd to their feet. Her next two backhands, however, hit the net, before a mini-capitulation brought about the seemingly-inevitable. Despite the loss, Stosur was farewelled with a rousing reception, prompting Puig to apologise to the crowd. “I just want to thank the crowd for being such an amazing support to Sam,” she said on court. “Australia loves her, and she should know that. There will be other chances.”Gavrilova’s comprehensive late-night win over Falconi came after she dropped her opening service game, but she never looked back after that, reeling off nine straight games to put herself in a winning position. “I’m really happy with the way I played today,” she said after booking a second-round clash with Belgian world No.36 Elise Mertens. “All I thought about was competing today and I did that well. “I’m not putting expectations on myself, and nor does my team. All I do is go out and fight every point.”Earlier on Monday, local wildcard entrant and world No334 Jason Kubler thrilled an equally-vocal crowd on court eight, giving 10th seed Paulo Carreno Busta an almighty scare in his four-set 5-7, 6-4, 7,5, 6-1 loss.In a match that lasted three and a half hours there was little to separate two men so far apart in ranking. The Spaniard looked uncharacteristically nervous, down 4-1 in the third set before rallying to close the crucial set out 7-5. With that opportunity gone begging, Kubler’s nerves showed with a poor fourth set, 11 double faults and just 59% of first serves landing in proving the difference. Olivia Rogowska was another Australian winner on day one after she beat compatriot Jaimee Fourlis 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, while John Millman saw off Croatia’s Borna Coric in straight sets 7-5, 6-4, 6-1. Home aspirations at the Australian Open were given an unlikely boost on day one of the year’s first grand slam, with a patriotic crowd spurring Matt Ebden to the biggest win of his career against the American 16th seed, John Isner.But those same fans gathered inside Margaret Court Arena were unable to lift Sam Stosur during the next match, as her first-round losing streak at Melbourne Park continued for a third successive year with a three-set defeat to the reigning Olympic champion, Monica Puig. Share on Facebook Australian Open 2018 Australia sport Australian Open … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Belinda Bencic beats Venus Williams in the Australian Open first round – as it happened Share via Email Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coveragecenter_img Tennis Share on WhatsApp news Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Read more Support The Guardian Better news for Australian women came late at night under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, when Daria Gavrilova disposed of the American qualifier, Irina Falconi, in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the second round.Ebden’s tightly-fought contest lasted just over two hours, with the 32-year-old, a mixed doubles champion with Jarmila Gajdošová here in 2013, prevailing 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.Ebden was eliminated in the first round in his last Australian Open appearance, in 2016, and has never made it past the second round of a singles draw at a major. He has likewise never won a career singles title – nor beaten a player in the top 20 in a grand slam. Australia’s No2 men’s player benefitted from a cool head under pressure, winning all four of his break point opportunities. Unsurprisingly, he was out-served by Isner, who managed 24 aces to 13, but the world No16 won only one of his three break point opportunities, failing to capitalise on a superior number of winners overall.It was a disappointing result for Isner, who has won 12 career titles and been a quarter-finalist at his home grand slam in the US; he had been expected to advance in an open draw here. Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Favilli completes €7.5m Juventus return

first_imgTransfers Favilli completes Juventus return in €7.5m deal Alex Fisher 21:48 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andrea Favilli Ternana Ascoli Serie B 10212017 Getty Images Transfers Juventus Serie A The Ascoli striker is heading back to Turin, where he spent the 2015-16 season on loan, with a permanent agreement having been put in place Juventus have completed the signing of former loanee and Italy Under-21 international Andrea Favilli from Ascoli for an initial €7.5 million (£7m/$9m).Having impressed at Livorno, Favilli spent the 2015-16 campaign on loan at Juve, making one first-team appearance against Frosinone as a replacement for Alvaro Morata.Favilli also scored 22 goals for Juve’s youth side during his season-long loan before returning to Livorno. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The 21-year-old was loaned to Ascoli in 2016 and made his move permanent 12 months later, Favilli netting five times in 12 Serie B appearances in 2017-18.He returns to Juve having signed a five-year contract with the Bianconeri that will see Ascoli receive a hefty initial payment, with €1.25m in add-ons should certain conditions be met before June 2021.”This is the team that gave me a great opportunity a few years ago,” said Favilli.”Coming home is always nice.”Last season was a bit unlucky, but I worked hard and now I’m fine and I’m ready for the new season.”last_img read more