National Inter-State Athletics Championships to begin sans top stars

first_imgSome of India’s top stars will be giving it a miss as the 59th National Inter-State Athletics Championships begin here on Tuesday with the likes of sprinter Dutee Chand and triple jumper Arpinder Singh eying World Championships qualifications.The World Championships will be held in Doha next month.Most of the athletes who are currently training in Europe have decided to skip the event. They include the likes sprint sensation Hima Das, Asian champion shot putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, javelin throwers Shivpal Singh and Annu Rani and top male quartermiler Mohammed Anas (in individual 400m event).Anas will, however, run in the men’s 4x400m relay race with the other national team members as the country seeks to make sure it qualifies in the event for the World Championships.”The men’s 4x400m relay team is now ranked 15th in the world and only the top 16 will qualify for the World Championships. So we cannot missed out and the the national top quartet, including Anas, will run in the men’s 4x400m relay race in the meet. There will be at least three teams in the race,” AFI Secretary C K Valson told PTI.Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is recovering from the elbow surgery he underwent earlier this year.Despite the recent suspension of accreditation of National Dope Testing Laboratory where the samples of Indian athletes were tested earlier, the NADA’s Dope Control Officers are reaching on Tuesday, according to the organisers.”NADA dope collectors are reaching at 8 am tomorrow,” Uttar Pradesh Athletics Association secretary and AFI treasurer P K srivastava said.advertisementValson also said the federation got a letter from NADA that six Dope Control Officers will come for dope sample collection.Hima, who has recently won six gold in Europe, albeit in mediocre fields, is yet to qualify in her pet 400m event or 200m for the September 28 to October 6 World Championships. Toor (area champion), Anas, Shivpal and Annu have already qualified.Hima’s name has been entered in both 200m and 400m from Assam but sources said she is not returning from Czech Republic to run in this championship.Dutee, the reigning World Universiade 100m dash champion, is also yet to qualify but she is likely to make the cut for the World Championships even if she fails to touch the qualifying standard.The number of women’s 100m runners in the World Championships is four and she currently stands at 40th position in the world list.National record holder in long jump, Murali Sreeshankar, who has already qualified for the Worlds, is among the star attractions in this championships.The Athletics Federation of India had announced that the four-day meet will be the qualifying event for the World Championships selection, but still a lot of stars have been given exemption, taking some sheen out of the tournament.The Worlds qualification period is till the midnight of September 6.On the first day, the women’s 200m and the men’s 5000m races could provide the fireworks at the PAC Stadium. Though as many as nine finals are scheduled on the day, these two events could hold maximum interest.Dutee’s decision to focus on the 100m will leave the 200m field open for the likes of Tamil Nadu’s Archana Suseendran and V Revathi to battle with Odisha runner Srabani Nanda.Archana, the fastest Indian over the distance this year, will lead their bid to stop the clock inside 23.02 seconds, the World Championships qualifying mark.Archana, who clocked 23.18 seconds in the Indian Grand Prix V in Patiala on August 16, could face stiff competition from Srabani Nanda, who has trained overseas for a while and has a year’s best of 23.53 seconds, clocked in Kingston, Jamaica, on June 22.Navjeet Kaur Dhillon is likely to attract most attention in the women’s discus throw competition on Tuesday. The Punjab thrower will be looking to improve on her year’s best show of 57.47m achieved in April in the Asian Championships in Doha. With Kamalpreet Kaur, the only Indian who has thrown beyond 60m not competing, West Bengal’s Suravi Biswas will have to challenge Navjeet Dhillon.Of the two men’s finals scheduled for Tuesday, the 5000m could be the most interesting event to watch. The entry list boasts of intense competitors like G Lakshmanan (Tamil Nadu) and Gavit Murli Kumar (Gujarat) — both will be out to regain their spot in the national camp — Maharashtra’s Kalidas Hirave and Kisan Tadvi.The meet, originally slated to be held in Kolkata in July, was rescheduled after the West Bengal Athletics Association expressed its inability to host it.advertisementTuesday’s finals: Men’s: 5000m and Pole Vault.Women’s 200m; 5000m; Discus Throw; Hammer Throw; High Jump; and 20km race walk, Mixed 4x400m relay.Also See:last_img read more

Windstar Appoints Maritime Executive Michael Inman as Director of Risk Management and Compliance

first_imgNew expert hire reflects that traveler safety is at the forefront for the award-winning cruise line  Seattle, WA, October 05, 2017 — Windstar Cruises has announced that they are welcoming seafaring safety specialist Michael Inman as the newest member of the boutique cruise line’s highly accredited leadership team. Bringing with him a diverse spectrum of experience from both the U.S. Coast Guard and the cruise industry, Inman will report directly to Windstar President John Delaney and work alongside fleet and technical operations officials to further maintain and enhance the luxury line’s high standards for safety and traveler welfare. “Michael Inman is no stranger to the Windstar family,” explained Delaney. “He’s worked with us in a large capacity over the last nine months, consulting on our new Alaska voyages and has given us critical support with respect to safety, environmental, and regulatory issues. Given his extensive professional experience in these areas, there is no doubt that his vast knowledge and expertise will help us meet our critical objective of safe operations everywhere we sail, every day, and on every ship.” Inman’s distinguished career with the U.S. Coast Guard involved leading complex operations across drastically different geographic areas including the Caribbean Sea, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and North Pacific Ocean. His day-to-day work life involved commanding multiple Coast Guard vessels and their crews, overseeing emergency search and rescue missions and spearheading intense international law enforcement efforts including counter drug, human smuggling and mass migration. He also helped plan and expand Coast Guard operations in the Arctic, influencing national level policy and decisions. Inman’s in-depth knowledge of maritime operations in Alaska will continue to provide Windstar with significant advantages for any upcoming Alaskan itineraries, which begin in May 2018. Having served as the Captain of the Port for Southeast Alaska, Sector Juneau – an area known for its limited port facilities while remaining a number one cruise ship destination with over 1 million passengers visiting the region yearly – Inman oversaw more than 12,000 miles of coastline and was responsible for all marine safety, law enforcement matters, environmental protection policies, aids to navigations, and national security issues. Most recently, Inman worked for Holland America Group for five-and-a-half years, focusing on safety, occupational safety and environmental issues for a fleet of more than 30 cruise ships. Inman also led the marine safety investigation program while at the cruise line and played a key role in supervising emergency response, maritime regulatory audits, environmental compliance and safety management systems. Educated at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Inman is also an associate fellow of The Nautical Institute and a board member for both the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network and The Puget Sound Maritime Historic Society and Youth Maritime Training Association. Inman joins the 130 employees on the Windstar corporate team, based at the Seattle headquarters for the six-ship fleet, which offers more than 300 cruises annually sailing to 170 ports worldwide. To learn more about Windstar Cruises, visit  About Windstar Cruises Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting 170 ports throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, sailing year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific, and adding newly announced Alaska, Canada, New England, Asia and Arabia. The boutique cruise line is the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation and the small ships are known for offering an intimate private yacht-style experience, unique itineraries and exclusive access to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in boutique small ship cruising with a total of 1,242 passenger berths. All ships in the fleet have recently undergone multi-million dollar transformations to embody casually elegant small ship travel. The all-suite Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride serve 212 guests in all-suite accommodations; while sailing ships Wind Spirit and Wind Star sail with up to 148 guests, and Wind Surf serves 310 guests. The small ships cruise to hundreds of quaint and popular ports worldwide. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra’s entities also include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, railway and tour companies. More information: read more