Embed from Getty ImagesMany Tottenham fans on Twitter fear the continuing absence of defender Toby Alderweireld could cost them at Chelsea on Saturday.The Belgian centre-back has been out for more than five weeks with a knee injury and boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend.With left-back Danny Rose suspended, some Spurs supporters, already licking their wounds from their team’s group-stage exit in the Champions League, are preparing themselves for the worst.I’d back us to get a result vs any side in the PL if our strongest team is available. Dreading Saturday without Rose & Alderweireld. #thfc— Sean (@Tottingham_Sean) November 23, 2016Thought Alderweireld’s injury was ‘not a big issue’?? Out since 15 Oct. And no sign of return. No Rose & no Toby vs CFC?? Christ. 🙈🙈🙈 #THFC— SpursAli (@SpursAli) November 23, 2016I’m more bothered about the state of our defence for Saturday rather than going out last night! #THFC— John Hall ™ (@JohnHall1985) November 23, 2016I dread to think what Chelsea will do to us Saturday, really believe we could be on the end of a thumping #COYS— James Aust (@JamesAust22) November 23, 2016I’ve been saying that since the City game we’ve been poor… I fully expect Chelsea to destroy us Saturday if we don’t up our game #COYS— Martin Lee Grant (@Mar10LG) November 22, 2016Meanwhile, other Tottenham fans have been critical of Pochettino’s team selection in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Monaco, accusing the manager of prioritising the Chelsea game over Champions League progression.Poch got it wrong in Dortmund last year, got it wrong again last night. Brace yourself for Chelsea away #THFC fans. It’s not gonna be pretty— CaryLad (@ATottenhamFan) November 23, 2016We let Chelsea get under our skin before they even played us. #disappointing #THFC— Joval Aubee (@JayAubee) November 23, 2016Poch resting players for Chelsea, complete idiot. Team selection was unforgivable – as was conceding 14secs after equalising #THFC #Spursy— Jonesy (@MJ_THFC) November 22, 2016What can Pochettino conjure up at the Bridge on Saturday evening. Down to pride, players must show that & passion, owe us one. #THFC #COYS— Alf Love (@alf_love47) November 23, 2016they need to smash chelsea to pieces to for this to be accepteable, not forgiven but acceptable. i doubt they will #THFC— Farj73 (@farj73) November 22, 2016 See also:Chelsea skipper Terry sidelined by new injury Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
2 September 2015South Africa’s coastal city of Durban has been named as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The announcement took place Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday after a unanimous vote by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).It will be the first time the event is held on the African continent.“Over more than eight decades, many great Commonwealth cities, nations and territories have hosted the games in order to build peaceful, prosperous and sustainable communities, inspired by the actions and achievements of our Commonwealth athletes, and underpinned by our values of humanity, equality and destiny,” said outgoing CGF President HRH Tunku Imran.“Our friends from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa are now primed to make the most of that responsibility and opportunity, and it gives me very great pleasure to welcome the South African City of Durban as proud host of the XXII Commonwealth Games. As a movement, we stand together to welcome and support the very first Commonwealth Games on African soil.”South Africa ended up being the sole bidder after the Canadian city of Edmonton withdrew its bid because of financial concerns related to the oil price.Bid Committee Chairman, Mark Alexander expressed his thanks to the CGF for awarding the games to Durban. “It will accelerate the progress the city is making in construction and development, and in building a more inclusive citizenry,” he said.See the delegates break out in song in New Zealand:Already inspiring @thecgf delegates at the 2022 Host City announcement @Durban2022pic.twitter.com/7b5zbtNMxo— Helen Phillips(@HelenPhillips05)September 2, 2015“Through the Games we aim to build greater social cohesion, create opportunities for empowerment, boost prosperity and ensure equality, while also fast-tracking economic growth in our country. The Commonwealth Games in Durban will be a game changer for the city,” added Alexander.Durban’s mayor James Nxumalo said it was a huge step. “Today marks a gigantic leap in the affirmation and positive trajectory for the continent of Africa,” he said. “It is a moment to seize and firmly anchor our position as a decisive force in sports worldwide.”We’re ready“Durban’s vision supports and contributes to South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan and is rooted in the desire to engage citizens (especially young people), athletes and the Commonwealth,” reads the Durban 2022 website.“The Games concept features a compact venue plan centred on the sporting super-precinct of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and adjacent coastline, providing excellent opportunities for innovative sport presentation and enhanced athlete experience. The Opening Ceremony would take place on Mandela Day, 18 July 2022.”Trending on TwitterThe hashtags #ReadyToInspire and #Durban2022 quickly became the top trending topics on Twitter on Wednesday morning.It was celebrations all around for South Africans and many took to Twitter to show their pride and excitement.We are proud to announce that we are the official Host City for @[email protected] #ReadyToInspire – GO #Durban!pic.twitter.com/20T7KOz4JY— Durban Tourism (@durbanxperience) September 2, 2015#Durban the very first city to host the Commonwealth Games on African soil @Durban2022#ReadyToInspire pic.twitter.com/8Rwl0Vh7Qe— Durban Chamber (@DurbanChamber)September 2, 2015About the gamesThe Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport, international event for athletes from many territories that were part of the British Empire.They were first held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada, where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in six sports and 59 events. The Games take place every four years; the only years they skipped were 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.From 1930 to 1950, the Games were known as the British Empire Games; from 1954 until 1966, they were called the British Empire and Commonwealth Games; and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games. At the 1978 Games in Edmonton, the name was changed to the Commonwealth Games.SAinfo reporter
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VVS Laxman shocked his team-mates and fans on Friday by announcing his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.Laxman was expected to play some part in the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand, for which he was picked by the BCCI earlier this month. Speculation was that the first Test of the series, to be played on his home ground in Hyderabad, would allow for a fond farewell for the ‘Miracle Man’ of Indian cricket.However, Laxman dashed all hopes of a grand send-off by quitting with immediate effect.Annoncing his decision, Laxman thanked his family, his mentors, his team-mates and his fans.134 tests and 86 ODIs later, here is what the stylish batsman had to say at a press conference in Hyderabad where he announced his decision: 16 years since my intenational debut and I feel it’s time for me to call it a day.I have always kept the nation’s ambitions ahead of my personal aspirations and would like to keep doing so.I would like to contribute to the team’s success so I think it is the right time to give opportunities to the youngsters waiting in the wings.Fortunate to have played in an era where Indian cricket played some of the best cricket not only at home but also across the world.I would lke to thank all my teamates, and all others involved with me oer the course of my career.I would like to thank all those who gave me the freedom and independance to pursue my brand of cricket.Announcing his retirement with immediate effects, Laxman indicated that he will not play the New Zealand series.Getting emotional, Laxman reminiscised and said , “I always wanted to become a doctor, but my inner voice somehow picked up on cricket as my path in life.It was a very tough decision and till late last night I was not too sure. The “Very Very Special” batsman, who has been out of form for the last two seasons, reportedly told his close friends in the field and a couple of sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket and would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series for which he was picked up.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman, who made his debut in 1996 against South Africa, has played 134 Tests scoring 8,781 runs, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He has also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds. (with inputs from Mail Today)advertisement