Triple Olympic gold-medallist, Leslie Claudius, who is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, is responding to treatment and doctors are hopeful of recovery. Earlier, his son, Brandon, had said that the hockey great was critical.
The 85-year-old Claudius was admitted to hospital for the second time, three days after he was discharged after being treated in another hospital for 12 days. Born in Bilaspur in 1927, Claudius was part of India's Olympic gold-medal winning side in London 1948, Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956, before leading India to a silver-medal finish in Rome (1960).
Support for Chautala
New Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association elections are still 18 days away, but top officials of some National Sports Federatio-ns (NSFs) have come out in support of their candidate. Presidents of the Badminton Association of India, Wrestling Federation of India and Weightlifting Federation of India said in a statement on Tuesday that they were supporting Abhay Singh Chautala, who is contesting for the president's post.
Meanwhile, the Indian Hockey Federation will not take part in the elections as the IOA gave all three votes to Hockey India.
Athletes to appeal
New Delhi: The 11 athletes who were handed two-year bans by a NADA panel for flunking dope tests, including Asian Games bronze-medallist wrestler Mausam Khatri, are expected to appeal against the decision.
Wrestlers Rajeev Tomar, Joginder Singh, Sumit Sehrawat, Rahul Maan, Gursharanpreet Kaur and Mausam Khatri, two track and field athletes, Saurabh Vij and Akash Antil, and swimmers, Amar Muralidharan, Jyotsana Pansare and Richa Mishra, tested positive for a stimulant in the run-up to the CWG.
Footballer no more
New Delhi: Former Delhi footballer Arunesh Sharma passed away on Monday following a brief illness. He was 67 and is survived by his wife and two daughters. Arunesh represented Delhi in the senior nationals in 1967 and 1969. He also represented the India junior team in the Asian Youth Championship in Bangkok in 1967.