Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next time

first_imgMOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Alvin was awesome tonight, he really gave us a show tonight,” said Pumaren. “I was really praying that he’ll get 50 but we’ll take 49.”“And Alvin is unlike any other player I’ve coached like [Jun] Limpot, Allan [Caidic] in the amateurs. Alvin will look like someone who isn’t listening to anything you’re saying but once they play he knows it.” Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol had just set the record for the most points scored in a single game for the UAAP this century with 49, and he did that not only against defending champion La Salle but also on a bum right ankle.And although the husky forward laughed and smiled saying he wasn’t aiming to get to that high of a number, Pasaol is confident he can reach 50 in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“Hopefully I can play at a hundred percent on Saturday [against University of Santo Tomas], and maybe even score 50,” said Pasaol in Filipino after losing to La Salle 106-100 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPasaol reached 49 points with around a minute remaining in the game and he needed just one more free throw to get to half-century but the ball clanked off and he never got the opportunity to shoot for it again.“Actually I don’t have any words on my performance, I think I just played my best and did what Manong [head coach Derrick Pumaren] asked me to do to just play my game.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight READ: La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosionPasaol may be lost for words on what he just did, but the man who owned the record prior had a lot to say.National University head coach Jeff Napa was the previous owner of the record when he put up 43 points against Adamson University back in 2002 and he said that Pasaol should strive harder to exceed 50.“I’m happy for him, but it would’ve been better if they won,” said Napa who led the Bulldogs to a 98-90 win over the Soaring Falcons 15 years ago. “What he just did should serve as a motivation not only for his personal career but for his team also.”For Pumaren, what he saw in Pasaol was unlike any other.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Austria ‘willing to wait’ for SMB top pick Standhardinger

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But despite the fanfare surrounding Standhardinger’s entry to San Miguel, Austria is still putting a premium on team chemistry.“We still don’t know yet what we could have from him since he’s going to Hong Kong, but once he joins us, we’re expecting great things from him. The important thing here and what we’re after for is to have good chemistry. It took us a long time to have that and now that we do, it’s just a matter of blending him in to our team,” he said.But based on what Austria had seen so far, it looks like chemistry issues won’t be that much of a problem.“Based on what we saw, he’s a good fit for our team. He’s really a hardworker and that’s what we like from him. He could give a lot of help for our team because you know, that’s what we’re always aiming for. We’re always looking for excellence.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fajardo hopes Beermen will win more titles with Standhardingercenter_img MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Austria and the Beermen have every reason to want Standhardinger, who won’t make his PBA debut until midway through the next season due to his commitments with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the Asean Basketball League, on the team.The Fil-German big man quickly became a hot commodity the moment he bursted into the Philippine basketball scene as a member of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Jones Cup, Fiba Asia Cup and Southeast Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Fajardo hopes Beermen will win more titles with StandhardingerStandhardinger forms a fearsome frontline with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and joins an already stacked roster featuring Mythical First Team members Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Arwind Santos. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel head coach Leo Austria said picking Christian Standhardinger first in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft will be worth the wait.“I think I’ve said it before that for a talent like Christian, we’re willing to wait even for one or two more years. It’s still okay for me as long as we’ll have him,” Austria said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Conor McGregor named EA Sports UFC cover athlete for 2nd time

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The sports arm of video game developer Electronic Arts confirmed the designation through a teaser of the upcoming game—which looks as realistic as it has ever been.“EA SPORTS UFC 3 introduces a new generation of fighting for fight fans powered by Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech, a revolutionary new gameplay animation technology that delivers the most fluid and responsive motion in EA SPORTS UFC history,” the company said in a press release, as relayed by MMA Fighting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game will also feature a new career mode called the “G.O.A.T.,” which allows players to promote upcoming fights, create heated rivalries and pave their way to become the “Greatest of All Time.”“Two belts, two covers—EA SPORTS got it right again,” McGregor said in the release, referring to himself, who claimed both the UFC Lightweight and Featherweight titles last year. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next #KicksStalker: ‘Long Live The King’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “It’s an honor to be on the cover and I can’t wait to play the game.”The game will be available on both Xbox One and Playstation 4 platforms in February 2018. /raRELATED STORY:Conor McGregor apologizes for homophobic slurADVERTISEMENT UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor remains as the poster boy of mixed martial arts as he is once again the face of the EA Sports UFC 3 video game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Archers unleash fury after Ayo fumes

first_imgGo moves on from costly miss in Ateneo loss to La Salle And that proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Ayo, who took off his jacket and slammed it to the floor in frustration.“I always thrive in anger and hatred. I’ve always been there. My players can say that and that’s how I was raised,” he said. “Personally, anger or hatred fuels my adrenaline and it helps me in making right decisions.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis players responded as La Salle got its act together and went on a decisive 10-0 run to finish the game and hack out a 79-76 victory.“They executed the game plan because we’re not going to quit. We’re not just going to wait there and allow them to beat us. We’re going to do our part, we’re going to compete, and we’re going to do whatever it takes, just to win, in the right way, of course,” he said. “There were lots of distractions, I can say that, in the first round,” admitted Ayo, whose team finished at No. 2 with a 12-2 slate. “But we were able to overcome them and we were able to focus when the second round came. It’s just being focused and being committed to the objective, which is to win the championship,” he said.The Green Archers head to the Final Four against No. 3 Adamson riding a seven-game winning streak.Ayo is confident coming into the duel but he is also wary of the challenge the Falcons present.“It will be a dogfight, for sure. They’re going to prepare against us. Our last game in the second round was close, it was decided less than a minute or two. So for sure, it will be difficult for us. We’re going to prepare against them.”Armed with a twice-to-beat edge, the Green Archers take on the Soaring Falcons on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games De La Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAldin Ayo couldn’t seem to solve what’s puzzling La Salle that it can’t shake off Ateneo on Sunday.Whatever the Bicolano mentor did for the first 30 minutes wasn’t working and the Green Archers found themselves down 12 in the fourth quarter and by seven, 69-76, with 2:24 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Novice surfer masters a pro move: Punching a shark to escape

first_imgA British doctor who arrived in Australia two months ago to work, Fry said Tuesday he had recently watched a YouTube video in which Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning described his famous escape from a great white shark during a surfing competition in 2015.“So when it happened, I was like: ‘Just do what Mick did. Just punch it in the nose,’” Fry told Nine Network television. “So Mick, if you’re watching or listening, I owe you a beer. Thank you very much.”Fry, 25 and a surfing beginner, was in the water with three doctor friends when he was attacked off AvocaBeach, 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of SydneyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was out surfing and I got this massive thud on my right-hand side; it completely blindsided me,” Frysaid.“I thought it was a friend goofing around. I turned and I saw this shark come out of the water and breach its head,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “So I just punched it in the face with my left hand and then managed to scramble back on my board, shout at me friends and luckily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in,” he added.Fry said he wasn’t conscious of his injured and bleeding arm until he reached the shore.“I didn’t really notice it at the time because when you’re surfing, all I’m thinking was: ‘I’m about to die. I’m literally about to die,’” Fry said.“So I thought … ‘get in as fast as possible, ride the wave for as long as you can and then just start paddling for your life,’” he added.Fry’s friends drove him to Gosford Hospital, where they all worked, to be treated. The beach was closed for 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Lifeguards spotted the 3-meter (10-foot) shark that attacked Fry close to shore and would use drones on Tuesday to check that it had left the area, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.Fry said he could not return to the ocean for a week due to his injuries, but “after then, I’ll be racing to get back in.”Fanning was competing at the J-Bay Open in South Africa two years ago when he was knocked off his board by a shark yet escaped unscathed. The video of the attack and Fanning speaking about it has been viewed more than 24 million times on YouTube. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump hopes swift return of UCLA players detained in China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES In this image made from video, surfer Charlie Fry is interviewed as he talks about being attacked by a shark at Avoca Beach, Australia, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Fry, a novice surfer, mastered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws. (Channel 9 Australia via AP)CANBERRA, Australia — A novice surfer mastered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Blatche, Fajardo, Castro lead Gilas roster vs Japan

first_imgMOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Also in the squad are veterans Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, and Japeth Aguilar, returnees Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, sophomores Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and rookie Kiefer Ravena.Raymond Almazan, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz will sit out the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas will take on Japan on Friday night at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo. Russia pulls basketball World Cup bid, blames negative image Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNaturalized center Andray Blatche, four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, and veteran playmaker Jayson Castro will spearhead Gilas Pilipinas it its opening assignment against Japan in the first leg of the Asian qualifiers of the 2019 Fiba World Cup.Coach Chot Reyes bared his 12-man roster on Thursday on the eve of the Philippine team’s clash against the home team.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Change of culture priority for Tang; challenge is to get Blazers to respond

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve been trying to change the environment for the most part. You can still see the immaturity in our team. I think now that we’ve been able to compete not just with NCAA teams, but also the UAAP teams, we’re not letting them get an easy win from us,” he said.Tang shared that it’s been hard to get the shift in mentality without the team tasting victory. But he’s willing to play the long game with a brighter future of St. Benilde in mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For the most part, the change of environment and culture has to be evident with us getting wins. If you don’t get wins, there’s no change in whatever you’re trying to build up with. But at the same time, the question for us is how are we’ll be able to get there? It’s a process wherein we got to keep explaining to them the small details, up to the nitty-gritty ones where we’re telling them why weren’t we able to get over that hump,” he said.Despite the Blazers bowing out of the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with a paltry 1-7 record, Tang believes that the foundation has already been laid out and it’s now up to the players to continue staying on the path the coaches have paved for them. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: 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 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde coach TY Tang knows the challenge that awaits him with the Blazers.With the team in the cellar for the past two seasons, the rookie mentor knows that the goal for him this NCAA Season 93 is to take away the squad’s losing culture.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick leads San Beda past rival Letran MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “The challenge is making them respond to that. That’s something that us coaches, the whole coaching staff, has been trying to do for the longest time, for the last six months,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to polish it given a few more weeks entering the NCAA season.”last_img read more

Stallion forces draw on leader Meralco

first_imgF2 steadies ship in time, turns back fighting Sta. Lucia Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FC Meralco Manila dropped points for the second straight match after the Sparks were held to a 1-1 stalemate by a gritty Stallion Laguna side Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Playing their third game in eight days, the Sparks ran out of steam after a strong start, allowing Stallion substitute Jess Melliza to equalize at the hour-mark for a second consecutive draw.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Meralco, which battled the Davao Aguilas to a 2-2 stalemate in Tagum City last Wednesday, remains on top of the table with 17 points from seven matches. A first victory remained elusive for Stallion, which has three points from six matches, although coach Ernie Nierras’ men finally ended a three-game scoreless spell.“For us, it’s a setback,” said Sparks coach Aris Caslib, who missed James Younghusband (injury) and Simon Greatwich (suspension). “We were expecting young players to step up for this game, but the demands of the match were very high.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSkipper Phil Younghusband gave the Sparks the lead from the penalty box in the 14th minute but Stallion tied the match in the 60th minute when Fitch Arboleda set up Melliza for the equalizer. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Seema draws inspiration from her ‘shooter’ mother

first_imgAmong the many parents who keep dropping in daily at the Commonwealth Games Village, Prakashi Tomar is very special. You may not realise it when you meet this ‘grandmotherly’ 73-year-old from Johri village in Baghpat district (Uttar Pradesh), but she took up shooting as a sport when she was 60 and went on to win district and state honours.Seema Tomar (right) with her mother Prakashi Tomar (left) and a villager.The spunky mother of eight has been the inspiration for her daughter, Seema Tomar, who became the first Indian woman to clinch a shotgun medal (silver in her case) at the ISSF World Cup in Dorset (UK) in June this year.The performance of the world No. 7 in the women’s trap event hasn’t matched up to her billing in the 2010 Games. But Prakashi Tomar was glowing with maternal pride as her daughter took her around the Games Village.Johri (population 12,000) made national headlines when its Rifle Club, set up in 1998 by local marksman Raj Pal Singh, gave the village women a chance to take a shot at shooting.Prakashi was the first to bring home a gold medal, which she lifted at the 10m air pistol event in the veterans group of the national shooting championships in Chennai. That was in 2001. In the same year, sister-in-law Chandro Tomar, then 66, became the star of 67th Rural Olympics at Qila Raipur in Punjab.Seema Tomar did not have to look far for a role model, but it wasn’t easy for Prakashi and Chandro to enter what was entirely a man’s domain in a village where conservative mindsets still prevailed. “Women in our village generally do household work,” Prakashi said. “But seeing our dedication they let us try our hand at shooting.” At this point, the normally reticent Seema chipped in.advertisement”At the village we are treated like royalty and everything is taken care of,” she said, adding that her inspiration was her mother. Seema started shooting in 2001 at a 10m range with a pistol that Rahul Gandhi had donated to the village.She moved on to the air rifle in 2004 – her favourite event in the double trap – and her performance in the sport got her a clerk’s job in the Corps of Signals. “Without the army’s support,” Seema says, “I couldn’t have come this far because shooting is a very expensive sport.”But both Prakashi and Seema have a complaint. “The government has done nothing for us,” they say in unison. “This year, after the shooters won medals (at the ISSF World Cup), they sent us to international camps. Before that we had to even pay for food at training camps.” Seema was also not happy with the sanitary conditions in the Games Village.”The level of hygiene could have been better,” she says. “The toilets in other countries I’ve been to are much cleaner.” Seems like the Games organisers have a lot of cleaning up to do.last_img read more