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Indian mens team to tour Belgium ahead of Olympic qualifier vs Russia


first_imgBengaluru: Indian men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh on Tuesday said that his team will tour Belgium to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers match against Russia. In a favourable draw, the Indian men’s team was on Monday pitted against lower-ranked Russia in the final round of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers. The men’s team will play back-to-matches against Russia in Bhubaneswar on November 1 and 2 to make it to the Tokyo Games. “First, we will play with Belgium and there is the (Olympic) qualifying round match later. We should not underestimate Russia as well because they have a very good defence. They also want to qualify for the Olympics,” Manpreet said here. Eight-time Olympic champions India are ranked five in the world while the Russians are placed 22 in the FIH world rankings. India had mauled Russia 10-0 during the FIH Series Final in Bhubaneswar earlier this year. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Indian women’s team, on the other hand, has been drawn against United States of America, and the two sides will take on each other on the same dates as men’s matches in Bhubaneswar. Speaking about the preparations, the women’s team captain Rani Rampal said, “Our team is very well prepared for that match. We are focusing on how to perform well. Our focus is not on the US team but on us, how better we perform.” Rampal said the fitness of the team was beyond anybody’s imagination, which will help them face any team in the world. “We have been playing together for a quite long time and now we have to implement the coordination in the match as well,” she added.last_img read more


Police across Canada probing bomb threats as US authorities dismiss hoax


first_imgTORONTO — Police forces in major cities across Canada are investigating multiple bomb threats, as authorities in the U.S. say similar threats sent to dozens of locations appear to be a hoax.Police in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as several RCMP detachments, are all investigating multiple threats.One busy subway station in downtown Toronto was briefly evacuated this afternoon due to a threat received in the area, but was up and running again within hours.A spokesman for Toronto police says it’s not clear whether the threat, or any of the others received across the city, were related to those in other locations.Meantime, law enforcement agencies across the U.S. dismissed a series of threats, which they said were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money.Some of the email threats received in the U.S. had the subject line “Think Twice,” and a demand for a payment in Bitcoin. The Canadian Presslast_img read more