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CONFIRMED: Blackburn Rovers appoint Tony Mowbray as new manager

first_imgBlackburn Rovers have appointed Tony Mowbray as their new manager.The 53-year-old succeeds Owen Coyle, who parted company with the club on Tuesday after eight months in charge.Mowbray has signed an 18-month contract at Ewood Park and takes over a side sitting 23rd in the Championship, three points adrift of safety.David Lowe has been promoted from the academy to assistant manager under Mowbray, while former Rovers midfielder David Dunn will take on the role of first-team coach.Mowbray was last in charge of Coventry City.He left the Sky Blues in September after 18 months in the job, with the club bottom of the League One at the time.He has previously managed Middlesbrough, Celtic, Hibernian and West Brom.His first game in charge of Blackburn will be on Friday night, for the crucial Championship clash away to fellow relegation battlers Burton Albion.last_img read more

SHOCK REPORT! Inter Milan to make move for ‘homesick’ Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

first_img1 Inter Milan are planning a shock move for ‘homesick’ Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, according to reports in Italy.The former Juventus boss has made a superb start to life in England with Chelsea almost certain to win the title having opened up a ten-point lead at the top of the table.And Conte could even steer his side to the double with the Blues set to face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter final next month.However, Inter believe they can lure the Italian boss back to his homeland.It has been reported Conte is suffering from home sickness in west London and would be open to heading back to Serie A.Conte has been hailed for his new-look 3-4-3 formation this term, which has been the foundation for the side’s title bid.So the Stamford Bridge club would be rocked should he decide to walk away from the club after just 12 months in charge.Inter are currently sixth in Serie A after a disappointing campaign and it has been suggested that current boss Stefano Piolo is living on borrowed time. Antonio Conte may be tempted by a move back to Italy, according to reports last_img read more

Jewelry store charms customers

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Charmed JewelryBUSINESS ADDRESS: 24201 West Valencia Blvd. #2004-A, Valencia, CA 91355PHONE: (661) 260-3789E-MAIL: OWNER: Richard Kim and Denise LowryESTABLISHED: 2006NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: FourDESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We re a fine jewelry store specializing in one-of-a-kind, hard-to-find items, custom and designer jewelry, thousands of charms and Gemological Institute of America and European Gemological Laboratory certified diamonds. We have old-fashioned customer service, complimentary beverage service and free gift wrapping every day.IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes. WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? We noticed that no one carried a good selection of charms in-store. Most stores in the mall carried the same mass-produced jewelry, and customer service seemed to be a thing of the past. We wanted to offer a unique alternative in fine jewelry.WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Working in the business for more than 20 years, we saw what was lacking in the industry.HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? A year and a half.WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? We established and researched the construction of the store, demographics, location, cost of goods and miscellaneous expenses. We contacted suppliers and vendors and gathered liquid assets.WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $600,000 from my life savings, family loans and a second mortgage.WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Our past experience in the business — Richard s 21 years and Denise s 23 years.WHAT HADN T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? What a terrific response and welcome we would receive immediately from the community. Everyone says what a breath of fresh air. What unusual pieces, great service and family atmosphere.WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $250,000WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To expand and branch out into other areas, offering more of Southern California our unique concept and fine jewelry-shopping experience.To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Allardyce: Liverpool have ‘fear of winning league’ as they did under Rodgers

first_img MONEY no dice 3 shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 “It looks like a little bit of fear to me.”Liverpool failed to challenge at the top end of the table the year after their unsuccessful title bid, and Rodgers was sacked early into the 2015/16 campaign.He returned to English football last week as the new Leicester City manager, but was beaten on his first Premier League match since October 2015 with Watford downing the Foxes on Sunday afternoon. RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Rodgers watched on from the sidelines as Liverpool’s title challenge collapsed REPLY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Liverpool vs BURNLEY (March 10)FULHAM vs Liverpool (March 17)Liverpool vs TOTTENHAM (March 31)SOUTHAMPTON vs Liverpool (April 5)Liverpool vs CHELSEA (April 14)CARDIFF vs Liverpool (April 21)Liverpool vs HUDDERSFIELD (April 26)NEWCASTLE vs Liverpool (May 4)Liverpool vs WOLVES (May 12) Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Liverpool have nine Premier League matches remaining until the end of the season, with home clashes against Tottenham and Chelsea the hardest scheduled fixtures REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions center_img Liverpool’s failed title challenge summed up in one image Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card They remain with just one defeat to their name in 2018/19, but Liverpool have drawn with Leicester, West Ham, Manchester United and Everton since the end of January, and they now sit behind Manchester City with the same number of games played for the first time since December 7.Jurgen Klopp’s side have the easier run in, but Liverpool’s recent results – last week’s 5-0 rout of Watford aside – have many favouring City to finish top and claim back-to-back Premier League titles.It was City who also pipped Liverpool to the title on the previous occasion they were serious challengers, under Brendan Rodgers in the 2013/14 season. The Etihad club finished two points clear of Liverpool, who were struck by nerves in the final weeks after sitting top on the back of an 11-match winning streak.Chelsea rocked up at Anfield and won 2-0 in a match which will go down in history due to Steven Gerrard’s fateful slip, while the Reds then let a three-goal lead slip in the final 11 minutes of a trip to Crystal Palace to all but end their chances of winning a first ever Premier League title. Klopp claimed Liverpool’s Merseyside derby performance was hindered by the wind “Liverpool have only lost one game this season, and it looks to me like the fear of winning the league is as it was with Brendan [Rodgers] a few years ago.“That is the big hurdle Klopp certainly faces – ‘how do I mentally get my team over the line to try and win the league’.“We thought they’d overcome those jitters in midweek when they won 5-0 [against Watford], but there were one or two moments yesterday where you thought they were going to win the game – but clinically they weren’t good enough. Liverpool’s remaining fixtures BEST OF 3 Liverpool are starting to show the same ‘fear of winning the league’ as they did under Brendan Rodgers the last time they came close to ending their championship drought, according to Sam Allardyce.The Reds dropped more points on Sunday with Everton holding them to a 0-0 draw in the second Merseyside derby of the season. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Rodgers’ side failed to deal with the pressure on them to end this championship drought, and Allardyce believes this current Liverpool side are suffering from the same kind of fear.“The pressure is enormous,” Allardyce told Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

Investigation continues after Pekin Man’s Shooting Death

first_imgThere is no information about how he was shot. Yesterday morning at 10:52 am, the Pekin Town Marshall and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call at the victim’s home in Pekin.The call was in reference to a male with a gunshot wound. Officers at the scene summoned Indiana State Police Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators to the residence to assume the investigation. Investigation is continuing. The Indiana State Police is still investigating the death of a 50 year old Pekin man yesterday in a shooting accident.Darryl Thornton, 50, 1124 North Anna Street, Pekin, was found by police yesterday morning.last_img read more

Free Pixie Dust for the Kiddos

first_imgShare This!Last week we reported that much of the princess merchandise in the Magic Kingdom has moved from Castle Couture to Sir Mickeys. If you’re facing the castle with Prince Charming Regal Carousel directly behind you, Sir Mickey’s is on your left.In addition to buying gowns at Sir Mickey’s, you can also pop in for a quick, and totally free, wish incantation and a big dousing of pixie dust. Girls and boys are both welcome.Just ask any cast member inside Sir Mickey’s for Pixie Dust and you’ll be escorted to the register where they keep the pixie dust wand. The cast member will ask your child to close their eyes, make a wish, and the cast member will say, “With a little bit of faith, trust, and pixie dust, may all your wishes and dreams come true,” and then they will sprinkle your child with an enormous amount of glitter.I’ve witnessed this process many times and I have never seen a cast member out of character while performing this brief but precious process. It’s a great way to add a lovely memory to your trip and it won’t cost you a thing. Has your child been Pixie Dusted? Is this something you’d like to try? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

AU conflict resolution praised

first_img24 January 2006African leaders have been praised for their “relentless work” towards curbing internal conflicts on the continent.“Your continued efforts in peace building and conflict resolution have contributed to creating the necessary conditions for Africa’s development,” said Professor Firmino Gabriel Mucavele, the new chief executive of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).Mucavele was presenting his progress report to the Nepad steering committee at a meeting of Nepad’s implementation committee in Khartoum, Sudan on Monday.“We have witnessed the successful resolution of conflict in Cote d’Ivoire, ongoing efforts in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and successful elections in Tanzania, Liberia and Burundi,” Mucavele said.Mucavele has succeeded Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu of South Africa, who stepped down in August 2005 after heading Nepad since its inception in 2001.Nepad projectsMucavele said that progress had been made in moving the continental programme from just “a concept” towards the implementation of a number projects in countries across Africa.Among these projects is the US$205-million Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy), a 9 900km-long undersea fibre-optic cable between South Africa and Sudan which will be online by the end of 2007.There is also the Nepad e-school initiative launched in Uganda, Lesotho and South Africa; as well as the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) project, which has offered Ghana US$1.8-million for the fortification of wheat, flour and oil.Other projects include a $60-million fisheries seed grant from the World Bank, which will be used to help formalise and foster sustainable management of large marine ecosystems in selected countries, and an agri-business and market development enhancing programme that will cost an estimated $1-billion over a five years.The Japan International Cooperation Agency, in collaboration with the African Development Bank, has also invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the development of much-needed infrastructure on the continent.More than 38 projects in various countries have already been commissioned, including a $40-million project in Angola for the rehabilitation of the Mocamedes railway. The African Development Bank has also committed $522.7-million for an infrastructure development project to kick-start from the first quarter of 2006.Africa Action PlanMucavele said that Nepad had also made strides in strengthening its relationship with the international world, especially the G8 countries.Through its draft Africa Action Plan, Nepad had successfully engaged the G8 to deliver on their promises by pledging extra support for Africa’s developmental initiatives, he said.The Africa Action Plan was born out of a consultative process involving African ministers of finance, the African Union, regional economic communities, experts, partner institutions and G8 partners.It is a framework for Nepad’s implementation that includes “commitments already made by African leaders towards achieving their development objectives, as well as pledges of the international community, including the G8,” Mucavele said.He said the plan would need about US$110-billion annually for the next 10 years if its objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals, were to be achieved.“African countries are already committing about $37-billion per year, and the private sector and African non-profit organisations are committing $30-billion per year,” Mucavele said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Police: Jefferson City man dead after multi-state chase, murder

first_imgThe suspect behind shots fired in Jefferson City on Tuesday night may be behind a multi-state car chase and a murder before he died.JCPD investigated shots fired near East Elm and East Dunklin a little before 8 p.m. They found broken glass, but no people were hurt.Authorites say Leslie Austin, 39, sped away from the shots fired with two kidnap victims, including 33-year-old Danielle Smith.Officers spotted Austin’s SUV in eastern Missouri’s Franklin County, leading to a chase that crossed into Illinois. A few miles east of St. Louis on Highway 140, authorities say Austin shot and killed 67-year-old Gregory Price as he tried to hijack the victim’s car.The kidnap victims got away. Smith was shot several times.The cops say Austin wound up on a dead-end road, shot at them some more, and was killed. It’s not clear whether officers killed him, or he shot himself.last_img read more

Kohli and Dhoni have tremendous mutual respect, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndian team director Ravi Shastri has quashed reports of unrest in the dressing room over captaincy issues and said Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have “tremendous” mutual respect between them.”What people don’t realise is that there is tremendous mutual respect there between Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni,” Shastri was quoted as saying by on Monday.”When M.S. was at his prime as India’s Test captain, Virat was only a youngster. There were times when Virat’s place wasn’t certain in the side and MS stuck by him. Such things are not forgotten. I can sense and see that respect without anyone having to tell me.”The reports of conflict within the Indian camp were sparked following the team’s first-ever One-Day-International (ODI) series loss to minnows Bangladesh as Test skipper Kohli expressed concern over the team’s decision-making.”Not too happy with the way we have played. We have been sort of doubtful in our decision-making and that shows on the field,” Kohli earlier said, fuelling speculations of a rift within the team.His comments followed team-mates Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin’s vocal support for ODI skipper Dhoni, whose personal coach has claimed “groupism” within the team as the reason for India’s loss.Asked about the biggest change Shastri as a director brought into the dressing room, the 53-year-old said: “Honesty and openness. I told the boys, ‘Whatever you want to say, say it in the dressing room, not behind anyone’s back’.””A conscious effort was made to bring this honest environment about. I cannot say if I did it or not but I have seen massive improvement. The players have opened up much more from when I joined the team. There is trust there and there are benefits there. I told the guys, ‘Whatever is on your mind, rather than keeping it all bottled up, get it out’.”advertisement”There is also mutual trust among the group. They want to play for each other and genuinely enjoy each other’s success. That is the healthiest quality a team can have.”Shastri’s involvement with the team has been lauded by a lot of players and he is said to have brought in a lot of positivity into the outfit.”It’s basically about making them believe in their own abilities and that as a unit they are one of the best in the world. When it’s constantly mentioned and when you have results to prove it, it becomes infectious and is transferred from one player to another,” said Shastri, who played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs for India, scoring 3,830 and 3,108 runs respectively.”In the eight months that I have been with the team, we have won about 75 to 80 per cent of the ODIs,” Shastri, who has 151 Test and 129 ODI wickets to his credit, added.The former Mumbai star is confident that the team will bounce back after the 1-2 series loss to neighbours Bangladesh.”Yes, we had a bad loss against Bangladesh but you learn from that and bounce back. This team has been through some tough terrain, in England and Australia, and they would have learned a hell of a lot from those tours,” he said.last_img read more

Leander Paes on Wimbledon win: Winning Grand Slam special to me

first_imgHe refused to pick a favourite among his 16 Grand Slams but veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes said lifting the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Swiss legend Martina Hingis does rank among the most special triumphs of his career.Paes and Hingis, seeded sixth, drubbed the fifth seeded Austrian-Hungarian team of Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1 6-1 in the lop-sided summit clash which was over in just 40 minutes on Sunday.”It’s not about which one is the best among all of them but coming out and playing like that in one of the most prestigious courts that we have grown up knowing and winning a title in a Grand Slam without losing a set, that’s very special,” Paes said in the post-match press conference.It was Paes’ eighth mixed doubles title and second with Hingis after the Australian Open early this year. The 42-year-old Indian has eight men’s doubles crowns in his Grand Slam collection.”To be able to play this game for so many years and play with two of the greatest female players (former partner Martina Navratilova and now Hingis), it is fantastic. They epitomise greatness, they are the greatest on this planet across any sport,” Paes said.”We can talk of female athletes in other sports as well but to me in tennis, Martina Hingis and Martina Navratilova are right at the top. The champions that they are off the court is what I really respect,” he added.For Hingis, it was her second title in as many days, having won the women’s doubles with Sania Mirza. Overall it was the 18th Major title for the Swiss and third in mixed doubles.advertisementThe Swiss was lavish in her praise for Leander.”Leander is a great person, we practiced together and made each other better…With Leander, we played TeamTennis (in the United States) for the last two years. And Sania, I have been partnering since March. It’s been a great ride for me. I feel already like quarter India,” she laughed.last_img read more

Peter Cech stands firm as Arsenal and Liverpool play out goalless draw

first_imgLiverpool’s 100 percent start to the season ended with a hard-fought goalless draw against top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Petr Cech — at fault for West Ham United’s goals in a 2-0 opening-weekend defeat — in the first half after he produced a string of stunning saves to keep an impressive Liverpool at bay.Arsenal improved and enjoyed the better of proceedings in the second half but were unable to breech a stingy Liverpool defence which has yet to concede in three matches this season.Liverpool sit third with seven points — two behind early pace-setters Manchester City — while Arsenal, touted as serious title contenders before the season, have had an indifferent start and are ninth with four points.Bounce back “When you start your first game with a new club and everything goes wrong for you individually you need to go back to work and bounce back and this is what I tried to do,” Cech told Sky Sports.Also read: Barcelona open with win; Chelsea rebounds  “I was in the right place at the right time and I helped the team overcome difficult moments in the first half. It’s hard to believe after all the chances it finished 0-0″Having been humbled 4-1 on their last visit to the Emirates Stadium, Liverpool made an early statement on a wet night in north London with Philippe Coutinho rattling the crossbar in the third minute.That early scare brought Arsenal to life and only the narrowest of offside decisions denied Aaron Ramsey an opening goal five minuets later.advertisementInexperienced defence Arsenal were without experienced defenders Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and their replacements Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers looked nervous against the physical Christian Benteke and skilful Coutinho.Also read: Romero wants De Gea to stay at Man United Arsenal commanded the majority of possession but it was Liverpool who carried the greatest threat against the hosts’ disjointed defence.Cech was called into action to deny first Benteke, with a stunning reaction save, and Roberto Firmino in quick succession.Cech had to be at his brilliant best again to tip Coutinho’s goal-bound shot onto the woodwork as Arsenal desperately held on before halftime.The Gunners came out with far more conviction after the break and Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud combined to create a the space for Alexis Sanchez to fire against the post.Liverpool were proving a tough nut to crack with Giroud, Ramsey and substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all denied by Simon Mignolet as the visitor’s defence stood firm.last_img read more

SCS to be key issue of discussion at East-Asia Summit, ASEAN

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Nov 12 (PTI) South China Sea will be a central issue of discussion both at the East-Asia Summit as well as at the ASEAN-US Summit to be attended by US President Barack Obama next week, his top aide said today.”Obviously, this (South China Sea) will be a central issue of discussion both at the East-Asia Summit as well as at the ASEAN-US Summit and the other engagements that we have throughout our visit to Asia,” National Security Advisor Susan Rice told reporters.”Our view has always been that these disputes need to be resolved through peaceful, legal means, and that the establishment of and implementation of a code of conduct agreed among the leaders of the region, the states of the region and, in particular, the claimants would be a positive step forward,” she reiterated in response to a question.”This, though, is not a US agreement or US code, its one that would need to be implemented by the parties involved. And Im confident that this will continue to be something that we and others encourage, but I dont expect it to be a concrete outcome of this particular visit,” Rice said ahead of Obama?s trip to the region next week. PTI LKJ ZHlast_img read more

Rio Olympics: World boxing body dismisses fixing fears

first_imgThe International Boxing Association (AIBA) has dismissed allegations of corruption within the organisation and demanded proof after a British newspaper reported that some bouts in the Rio Olympics could be fixed.According to The Guardian, citing multiple sources, a group of senior referees and judges met before a major championship to decide on how to score certain bouts having earlier relied on hand and head signals to select a winner.”We reiterate that, unless tangible proof is put forward, not just rumours, we cannot further comment on these allegations,” the paper quoted the sport’s global governing body as saying.”Our role is to ensure a fair and transparent competition and that the thousands of spectators and millions of fans enjoy an amazing tournament with 13 great and undisputed gold medallists.'”It is not a matter for AIBA to interfere with the decision made by the judges under sporting rules.”Irish judge Seamus Kelly, one of the sources named in the report, said he had been asked to fix bouts at the Arab Games in Doha in 2011 using signals and that his fellow officials were afraid to speak out.”People are afraid… because if they are judges they will be sidelined and won’t get to go to the Olympics or other championships. If they are officials, they fear their country’s boxers will be targeted,” he said.AIBA executive committee member Terry Smith said he was not aware of the allegations and challenged officials to take up the matter using established channels within the organisation.advertisement”I wish they’d confide a little bit internally,” he added. “I would like them to challenge it where it takes place. These are the types of rumours we certainly don’t want with the Olympics coming up.”last_img read more

Ducati opens exclusive dealership in Chennai

first_imgLuxury motorcycle brand Ducati announced the launch of its much-anticipated dealership and service facility in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. With this dealership, Ducati has expanded its network to eight markets thereby further strengthening its sales and service network in Southern India.The 2500 square feet showroom has been established by VST Group in the heart of city T Nagar, Chennai. The 6000 square feet service facility which is equipped with ultra-modern equipment along with a team of qualified and trained service personnel to ensure excellent levels of service is in the Guindy Industrial Estate, Guindy. At this dealership, VST will sell the entire range of Ducati motorcycles available in India. The diverse product portfolio comprises of twenty-seven models across seven different categories namely the Italian manufacturer’s iconic Monster range, the provocative XDiavel, the extremely versatile Multistrada and Hypermotard family, the high-performance Panigale superbike and the Sport-road bike, SuperSport. The six Scrambler variants also include the recently launched Mach 2.0 and Café Racer. Ducati fans can also select from the complete range of apparel and accessories of both Ducati and Scrambler brand.Chennai is a major addition in Ducati’s growing network in the country with already operational dealerships established in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kochi and Kolkata.Ducati’s current motorcycle range starts with the Scrambler Ducati Icon at Rs 7,23,000 (Ex-showroom India).last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd decide to sell Dean Henderson

first_imgMan Utd decide to sell Dean Hendersonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to sell Dean Henderson.The Sun says United will spark an auction for Dean Henderson at the end of the season — and hope for a £20million payday.The England Under-21 keeper is showing his potential on loan at Sheffield United — despite his howler gifting Liverpool victory at Bramall Lane yesterday.The new deal to keep David De Gea at Old Trafford means that Henderson faces a long wait for his crack at the No 1 job.And a recent extension on the 22-year-old’s contract means there will be a big price on his head.Henderson wants to star for club and country.So he will be more open to a clean break if the right move comes up. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

In her quest for world title, Vinesh Phogat gets toughest possible draw

first_imgIn her quest for world title, Vinesh Phogat gets toughest possible drawVinesh Phogat will take on Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattsson in the opening round of women’s 55kg freestyle event at World Championships, starting in Kazakhstan on Monday. advertisement Press Trust of India Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 18:26 IST Vinesh Phogat has been pitted against Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattsson (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat opens campaign against Sofia MattssonIf Vinesh survives the 1st-round test, she will take on reigning world champion Mayu MukaidaCoach Andrew Cook said Vinesh will benefit from facing tough opponents in early roundsTension was palpable in the Indian camp after the country’s biggest medal hope Vinesh Phogat was pitted against Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattsson in the “toughest possible” draw for the World Championships here on Monday.Vinesh had recently beaten Sofia, a six-time World Championship medal winner, on way to the Poland Open title-win last month, but facing the formidable Swede in the very first round is a different proposition.The 29-year-old Sofia won the last of her fourth European Championship gold medal in 2016 and the seasoned campaigner will surely be a threat to India’s hopes.She is ranked five in the world in 55kg, which is a non-Olympic category.If Vinesh, who is ranked sixth in 53kg, manages to get past Sofia, she will likely have to lock horns with world number two (in 55kg) and reigning world champion, Mayu Mukaida.If that hurdle is crossed, world number one and last edition’s silver medallist Sarah Ann Hildebrandt will await the Indian in the quarterfinals.That she is a bit worried could be felt as Vinesh walked into the training area grim-faced.The coaches around her did their best to keep her cheerful.”If you want to be World Champion, you will have to beat the best in business. Why fear?,” said Vinesh’s personal coach Woller Akos.India’s national coach Kuldeep Malik, too, looked a bit tense but remained hopeful.”Whenever she has got a tough draw, she has ended up winning a medal. Lets see,” he said.India’s foreign coach Andrew Cook was of the view that facing tough opponents early would enhance Vinesh’s prospects to reach the medal round.advertisement”One of those girls will surely be in final,” said the American.In the other Olympic category, Seema Bisla, the world number three, will clash straight in the 50kg pre-quarterfinals.She will face the winner of Qualification match between Nigeria’s Miesinnei Mercy Genesis and Azerbaijan’s Mariya Stadnik.In the two non-Olympic categories, Lalita will open her campaign against Monglia’s Bolortuya in the 55kg pre-quarterfinals.In the 72kg, Komal Bhagwan faces Turkey’s Beste Altug in her qualification round.Also Read | India vs Pakistan encounter most watched match globally during World Cup 2019Also Read | Entire nation is proud: PM Narendra Modi on Pankaj Advani’s 22nd world titleAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow Wrestling World ChampionshipsFollow Sofia Mattsson Nextlast_img read more