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New Era Newspaper Thursday November 23, 2017

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22 SPORT Thursday, November 23 2017 | NEW ERA Sharapova named in India housing fraud probe Facing the law... Maria Sharapova is under investigation in connection with a fraud probe in India. Week UK /TN527 COMING SOON! Watch the space FIXED Speedlink Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, police and a lawyer said Tuesday. development is alleged to have taken millions of “We have registered a case of cheating on directions from the court,” lo- said Sharapova and the - structure Development, were named in the case. The 30-year-old tennis star travelled to India in 2012 to launch the luxury high-rise apartment complex – Sharapova – which pro- told would house a tennis and a helipad. project quotes Sharapova as saying her goal was to “make the owners feel like they own something special and different”. endorses any product agent for that company. No one would have invested in the project if Sharapova’s name was Singh, a lawyer representing the complainant. The project in Gurgaon – a satellite city of the capital New Delhi – construction work was ers collected millions to the developers went unanswered. Sharapova has not yet commented on the case. Sharapova made almost million in 2015, ac- $23 million of that coming from endorsements. She has had a stop-start season since her controversial return to the – Nampa/AFP

Thursday, November 23 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 NNOC awards scholarships to promising athletes Well equipped... Some of the recipients of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games and 2018 Youth Olympic Games scholarships during yesterday’s handover ceremony. From left, Lance Potgieter (gymnastics), Ronan Wantenaar (swimming), Adrian Grobler (archery), Matias Hamunyela (boxing), Hafeni Asino (wrestling) with NNOC president Abner Xoagub. Photo: NNOC Staff Reporter Windhoek The Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) announced the recipients of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games and 2018 Youth Olympic Games scholarships during a handover ceremony held in the capital yesterday. Nine scholarships were awarded to events in order for them to qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, while seven scholarships will make provision for athletes to train at high performance facilities to enable them to qualify for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. Athletes representing archery, athletics, boxing, cycling, equestrian, gymnastics, rowing, triathlon, swimming and wrestling federations formed part of the recipients. The monetary value for the Tokyo 2020 scholarship consists of US5 per month for each athlete, while US,500 per athlete has been granted to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games. Athletes were screened according to the international criteria set by Olympic Solidarity that required individual athletes to practise at international level in a sport included on the Summer Olympic Programme. Other criteria required athletes to technically demonstrate and prove their potential to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, abide by the standards of sporting ethics as established by the Olympic Charter and the International Olympic Committee, and equally abide by the World Anti-Doping Code (an athlete should have never been convicted of an anti-doping rule violation). NNOC secretary general Joan Smit said the Olympic Committee would closely monitor the progress and results of every athlete on a regular basis and reassess the athlete’s suitability to the programme. “As per the requirements set out by Olympic Solidary, the NNOC is obligated to submit quarterly evaluation reports providing a true account of the athlete’s progress and their chances of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Games,” stated Smit. Athletes are allowed to utilize the scholarship to fund attendance to appropriate training facilities, a coach specialized in the relevant sporting discipline, regular control, accidental and illness insurance, board and lodging, pocket money and limited travel costs for the athlete to participate in relevant Olympic Olympic scholarships commenced on September 1 and will be renewed periodically, provided that athletes qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games. THE RECIPIENTS: Tokyo 2020 scholarships Maike Helga Diekman (rowing), Jonas Junias Jonas (boxing), Matias Hamunyela (boxing), Tristan de Lange (cycling), Jean-Paul Burger (triathlon), Nestori Thomas (boxing) and Tryagain Ndevelo (boxing). Youth Olympic Games 2018 scholarships Adrian Grobler (archery), Sade de Sousa (athletics), Ivan Geldenhuys (athletics), Alexander Miller (cycling), Nadine Fleming (equestrian), Lance Potgieter (gymnastics), Heleni Stergiadio (swimming), Ronan Wantenaar (swimming) and Hafeni Asino (wrestling). The Weekend DISCOUNTER All your specials for the weekend, in one section! #TalkToUs Contact Ms. Bernadette Nyambe: Tel: +264 61 208 0318 | Email: bnyambe@nepc.com.na

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