Indian men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh on Tuesday said that his team will tour Belgium to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers match against Russia.In a favourable draw, the Indian men’s team was on Monday pitted against lower-ranked Russia in the final round of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers. The men’s team will play back-to-matches against Russia in Bhubaneswar on November 1 and 2 to make it to the Tokyo Games.”First, we will play with Belgium and there is the (Olympic) qualifying round match later. We should not underestimate Russia as well because they have a very good defence. They also want to qualify for the Olympics,” Manpreet told PTI here.Eight-time Olympic champions India are ranked five in the world while the Russians are placed 22 in the FIH world rankings. India had mauled Russia 10-0 during the FIH Series Final in Bhubaneswar earlier this year.The Indian women’s team, on the other hand, has been drawn against United States of America, and the two sides will take on each other on the same dates as men’s matches in Bhubaneswar.Speaking about the preparations, the women’s team captain Rani Rampal said, “Our team is very well prepared for that match. We are focusing on how to perform well. Our focus is not on the US team but on us, how better we perform.”Rampal said the fitness of the team was beyond anybody’s imagination, which will help them face any team in the world.”We have been playing together for a quite long time and now we have to implement the coordination in the match as well,” she added.advertisementThe coaches of the men’s and women’s teams too were equally excited about the matches lined up till November.”We will prepare for these games like we prepare for the Olympic Games. So, we are looking forward to a good challenge for us,” said men’s team head coach Graham Reid.Women’s team head coach Sjoerd Marijne expressed his satisfaction over the fitness of the players.”The fitness of the girls has improved significantly. They are very fit. It has been a long process but now we are there where we want to be,” he said.Also Read | Will not beg Bharat Ratna for my father: Dhyan Chand’s sonAlso see:
Italian defender Davide Zappacosta has suffered a serious knee injury which is likely to keep him out for the rest of the season.The right-back, who is currently on loan from Chelsea at Roma, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during what has been described by the Serie A side’s medical staff as a “non-contact” incident in training.“During Friday’s training session, defender Davide Zappacosta suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, in a non-contact incident,” Roma said in a statement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “The club would like to offer its sincerest sympathies to the player, and wishes him a quick and full recovery.”The 27-year-old moved to Italy at the start of this season despite Chelsea’s transfer ban, which didn’t prevent outgoings. Newly appointed manager, Frank Lampard, wanted to create a path to the first team for 19-year-old right-back Reece James, as part of his plan to develop the club’s best youth players.Chelsea protected their investment in Zappacosta by offering him a new deal in August and a contract which runs until 2022. The defender is set to return to Chelsea in January when the loan deal can be terminated as the club will now look to help their player recover from this injury and aid his return to fitness once he is able to begin his rehabilitation.Zappacosta has 13 caps for the Italian national team, and played a big part in Chelsea’s Europa League triumph last season under Maurizio Sarri.He started every group game as the side remained unbeaten in the competition, and appeared in the second half of the dramatic semi-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge.On joining Roma, he appeared as a late substitute in their first game of the season, but subsequently struggled with a calf injury and hasn’t made their Serie A squad since.He was an unused substitute in Roma’s recent meeting with Wolfsberger AC in the Europa League, but this latest injury now means he will be unable to build on that opening day substitute appearance.Roma are set to face Cagliari on Sunday in the club’s return to Serie A play.
Australia-based sustainability service provider, ERM, says it has completed the acquisition of CSA Global, providing additional capabilities to address mining clients’ issues and challenges across the full life cycle of their business.CSA Global provides technical and management consulting services, as well as independent corporate advice to mining and exploration companies, and financial and legal groups worldwide. The business, headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, has offices that serves clients across Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.This is the second acquisition ERM has made this year after, in January, acquiring SustainAbility Ltd, a think tank and advisory firm “that inspires business to lead the way to a sustainable economy”. The company also signed a strategic partnership with eVision Industry Software, a Wolters Kluwer business, to enhance innovation, accelerate operational excellence and improve safety performance for clients, in February.Founded in 1984, CSA Global has grown to serve a diverse range of clients, comprising junior, mid-tier and major mining companies, the financial services industry, and development agencies and governments.ERM said: “Employing over 100 people, and complemented by an extensive network of expert associates and partner groups, CSA Global has supported mineral projects around the globe. CSA Global is recognised as one of the leading specialist mining consultancies in the world.”ERM said the company is already considered a leading provider of sustainability services in the mining sector, “helping companies operate more safely, efficiently and as stewards of society and the environment”.It added: “The addition of CSA Global’s services and expertise provides additional capabilities to address clients’ issues and challenges across the full life cycle of their business. This, coupled with ERM’s global implementation capability and access to its 5,000-plus subject matter experts, will provide a world leading service to mining companies anywhere in the world.”Keryn James, ERM Group Chief Executive, said: “At a time when our clients in the mining sector face major challenges on numerous fronts from investors, customers and broader public sentiment, the acquisition of CSA Global further strengthens ERM’s capability to help our mining clients address their most complex challenges whether that be their business strategy, highly technical exploration or operational issues.“CSA Global’s already well-founded technical reputation and the two firms’ strong alignment around clients and services creates a powerful capability and service offering that will materially add value to our clients’ business.”Jeff Elliott, CSA Global’s Managing Director, said: “We are very happy and excited to join the ERM Group, to combine forces, and enhance what we are each doing in the mining sector. CSA Global is passionate about geoscience and exploration and mining practices, and ERM is passionate about sustainability in mining practices. It is a very good strategic fit, both culturally and operationally; our mining services are complementary across geographies, clientele and capabilities.“Combining our businesses provides the opportunity to offer our clients a far broader range of services, across the entire life of mine value chain, with greater scale, leveraging ERM’s global infrastructure and with the combined value of our broad networks. We believe it creates a world leading position as an advisor to the mining industry.”