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Bihar girl turns down trial offer from cycling federation

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Updated: May 24, 2020 3:34:41 pm


Cycling girl Jyoti Kumari had cycled 1200 km with her injured father sitting on the carrier of her cycle to reach home. (Screenshot/BBCNewsHindi)

Jyoti Kumari, who caught worldwide attention after she had been forced to cycle more than 1200 kilometres to reach home amidst a nationwide lockdown earlier this month, has turned down the offer from India’s cycling federation to appear for a trial.

“I wish to complete my studies first. I also feel physically weak now after such a long arduous journey,” the 15-year-old told The Hindu.

Speaking from her home in Bihar’s Sirhulli, where she reached after a seven-day journey – with her injured father sitting on the rear carrier of her bicycle – from Gurugram on May 16, Jyoti said, “Earlier, I could not continue my school education because of my family problems and I was occupied with domestic work…but now I wish to complete my matriculation first.”

Following the news of Jyoti’s feat, the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) had reached out to her, saying they wanted to give her a trial at the IGI Stadium complex in New Delhi and that they would bear all expenses for her to appear at a trial.

“She must be having the strength and physical endurance. We want to test it,” CFI chairman Onkar Singh had said earlier this week.

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The New York Times reported Jyoti’s story of being invited for a trial as that of a ‘lionhearted girl…inspiring a nation’. US President’s daughter Ivanka Trump had also tweeted the story as a heartwarming one. Jyoti, however, has other priorities.

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Markham partially reopens sports, cultural facilities

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Preventing the spread of COVID-19 isn’t the only factor driving the partial reopening of sports and cultural facilities in Markham this month.

Residents will get their rec fix based on demand since council is not prepared to hit them with the required tax increase deemed necessary to open all of the city’s centres under current coronavirus protocols, Mayor Frank Scarpitti said.

“The operation of these facilities is already heavily subsidized by property taxpayers,” Scarpitti said, adding “council is not prepared to further burden residents with higher property taxes by reopening all of our community centres resulting in additional cost for services and dramatically less customers due to COVID-19 protocols.”


By offering recreation programs based on demand, it allows the city to evaluate services in order to control costs, he added.

Services will gradually resume at select arenas and soccer domes, pickleball, badminton and table tennis will restart at the Pan Am Centre, while the Aaniin Community Centre and the Angus Glen Tennis Centre will be open to sports groups and registered participants only.

If the city had resumed full operations at all of its recreation and cultural facilities, while also meeting the COVID-19 protocols, Scarpitti said it would have required a doubling of subsidies and an increased cost to taxpayers that would be the equivalent of an additional six per cent property tax rate increase.

Appointment-only visits will be implemented at cultural venues such as the Markham Museum and Varley Art Gallery. 

All programming at the Flato Markham Theatre has been cancelled, however, for the fall of 2020 due to current COVID-19 protocols.

Scarpitti thanked Markham residents for their continued co-operation with COVID-19 health and safety measures in effect in all reopened cultural and recreation facilities. The measures are in accordance with the province’s limits on facility capacities, York Region’s directive on the mandatory use of masks or face coverings and City of Markham policies.

“I am confident we will find a good balance between reintroducing safe and enjoyable recreation programs and cultural services, while minimizing the impact to our property taxpayers,” he said.

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Colorado Schools select sports moving to the fall

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COLORADO — The Governor’s office is giving schools the option to move football, field hockey, and sideline spirit to the fall, which was originally slated to start in the springs due to COVID-19.

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) requested variances for remaining fall sports but they are still being considered by the Governor’s response team.

“I think they looked at the numbers and they looked at what can be done to safely put students back on the field,” Bert Borgmann, Assistant Commissioner with CHSAA.

Originally, the athletic schedule put in place for this school year was for football, field hockey and cheer to kick off in the spring. Schools like Harrison School District Two are sticking to that format.

“The original plan gave our athletes the opportunity to get on a field and participate, “said Dave Hogan. “There were state championships there and there were there for everyone.”

But others like D11 are bringing Friday night football back this fall. D11’s Athletic Director, Chris Noll says it’s partly due to the lessening of current restrictions.

“We just felt like we need to get the kids back to some normalcy,” said Noll. “We feel we can return safely.”

Regardless of what each school choses to do, CHSAA has a schedule for both seasons.

“A champion will be crowned in both A and C seasons and if there are some limited teams in C there will be some different types of scheduling that will be created,” said Borgmann.

Prior to the decision, several students and parents voicing their concern on there not being football in the fall.

“The reality of recruiting is, if you are high school senior at this point and don’t have a Division One offer, you’re not getting a Division One offer,” said Borgmann.

As for other fall sports who didn’t get lumped in with this current variance like boys soccer and girls volleyball, CHSAA says the governor’s office has yet to approve.

“We were disappointed we wanted our volleyballers to have an opportunity, they will compete till just be in season C,” said Noll.

As of Thursday, Harrison, Sierra, Canon City and the Classical Academy have decided to not move to the fall.

Response from the Governor’s Office:

“CDPHE responded to the requests that were submitted to the agency on Saturday of this past week, which included requests for football, field hockey, cheer and dance and volleyball. CDPHE provided conditional approval for the increased rosters for all of the outdoor sports that were listed in the letter, but denied the request for variances related to indoor sports. Soccer was not one of the sports included in Saturday’s letter.”

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Coronavirus: Big White Ski Club cancels annual ski, board and sport swap – Okanagan

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has waylaid yet another popular event: Big White Ski Club’s annual ski, board and sport swap.

The popular event was scheduled to take place Oct. 23-24 at New Life Church along Harvey Avenue in Kelowna.

This week, though, organizers said this year’s gathering has been cancelled because of coronavirus guidelines and concerns.

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“This was a difficult decision to cancel our 50th annual ski, board and sport swap, but Covid-19 restrictions on group sizes and safety protocols would make it impossible to operate our largest fundraiser of the year,” said club president Dave Willoughby.

Funds raised by the swap help support around 150 youth athletes, says Willoughby. But this year’s cancellation is expected to have a significant impact on the non-profit club’s finances.

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Willoughby, however, is hopeful the swap will take place next year.

For more information about the Big White Ski Club, including how to donate, click here and here.




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