(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs)By K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 18 (PTI) Yoga fever today gripped China ahead of the third International Day of Yoga as thousands of enthusiasts performed asanas in the Communist nation where scores of events have been lined up to organise the second biggest celebrations of the day in the world after India.Though yoga, which originated in India, has become immensely popular over the years in China vying with ancient indigenous physical fitness martial art form Tai Chi, it got an official sanction when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi here in 2015 at a joint event during the latters visit.China also backed Indias move in the UN to make June 21 as International Yoga Day, giving a fillip to hundreds of yoga clubs and organisations.Beijings iconic Great Wall as well as numerous parks, lakes and resorts across China have become venues for the both official and unofficial yoga events being held with active support of the Chinese government.A first yoga college has come up outside India with joint collaboration of India and China in Yunnan Minzu (Nationalities) University in Kunming, which has also lined up several yoga events.”Since UN declared yoga day, June 21 has become a yoga festival day in all big and small cities in China,” Manmohan Singh Bhandari, an Indian yoga expert who along with his Chinese wife Yin Yan runs a yoga training school Yogi Yoga, told PTI here.Yoga now has become a trend with people practicing in parks. During this time of the year, yoga is being taught free all over China, said Bhandari who hails from Rishikesh.advertisementHis Yoga Yogi school has centres all over the country.The Indian Embassy here which has yoga specialist Umesh Babu besides Indian Consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou will organise dozens of events. The main event would be held at the Great Wall on June 20.”In terms of the quality of participation of Yoga practitioners from India, the number of events at different locations in China and the expected outreach to Chinese Yoga lovers, the series of events planned for this year are poised to reach new heights,” the embassy said.For the first time ever, the Embassy, in collaboration with the Ministry of AYUSH and the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), has invited a group of 20 young Yoga ambassadors with expertise in performing advanced routines in Hatha Yoga.These young Yoga ambassadors – 10 girls and 10 boys between 22 and 30 years of age ? will capture the imagination of Chinese Yoga lovers with their dexterity and poise in demonstrating advance Yoga techniques. The yoga ambassadors will enable a direct connect with the younger population in China attracted to yoga, the embassy said in a statement.Meanwhile, Wenzhou today became the sixth city in Chinas eastern region to host the celebrations jointly organised by Consulate General of India, Shanghai along with Wenzhou Municipal Peoples Government.The celebrations were held at the scenic Dongtou Wanghai Pavilion and more than 1,000 yoga lovers from all over Wenzhou participated in the Yoga session.Yoga celebrations would be held across 12 cities in eastern China from June 17 to 25.In his inaugural address, Vice Mayor of Wenzhou Wang Chi, recalled the close association that Wenzhou city has had with India, including the recent establishment of the sister city relationship between Wenzhou and Lucknow on April 24.Given the natural sea side beauty of Dongtou county, he said that it would provide a natural platform to the long term and sustainable practice of Yoga.Consulate General of India, Shanghai arranged through Krishnamachari Yoga Mandiram a leading Indian Yoga teacher who conducted the Yoga session for over 1,000 Yoga practitioners, based on the Common Yoga Protocol sent by the Department of AYUSH.The event was extremely well received by the large number of Yoga follower community in Wenzhou, and was supported by the India China Economic Culture Center of Wenzhou.A delegation of Uttar Pradesh government officials who had participated in the India China (Wenzhou) Leather Dialogue Forum on June 17 also attended the celebrations.In the eastern China region of Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu, yoga celebrations are being organised by Consulate General of India, Shanghai from June 17 to 25, one day each across 12 cities with theme of “Ten cities, Ten Days, Bringing together 20,000 Yoga Lovers closer to India ? promoting healthy and harmonious lifestyles”.A special demonstration of yoga has also been held at the Opening Ceremony of BRICS Sports Meet in Guangzhou.Over a thousand people have taken part in the curtain raiser events in the Eastern China Region organised by the Indian Consulate in Shanghai.advertisementOfficials said that as compared to the last year, participation has doubled with youngsters showing more enthusiasm.The Indian Consulate in Guangzhou organised two big yoga festivals with Yoga Gurus from India. Other events included a five-day camp in Chengdu, India-China Yoga College, cities of Dongguan, Zhongshan and Foshan. PTI KJV UZM ZH AKJ CPS
WC Qualification Europe Republic of Ireland vs Moldova: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 19:31 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty WC Qualification Europe Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland v Moldova Moldova The Boys in Green play the first of two crucial matches as they attempt hold on to their slim chances of booking a place in Russia next year The Republic of Ireland take on Moldova in their penultimate World Cup qualifier, with a crunch showdown against Wales to follow three days later as they aim to keep their hopes of reaching the tournament alive.Martin O’Neill’s team are currently third in Group D, five points behind leaders Serbia and one point behind second-place Wales, meaning that their chances of automatic qualification are slim. Indeed, due to the nature of reaching the play-offs, even a second-place finish may not be enough.However, the Boys in Green remain determined to give their fans something to cheer about in their final home game of the cycle and set themselves up nicely for a crucial meeting with Wales in Cardiff next week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Republic of Ireland vs Moldova Date Friday, October 6 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football, as well as being available to stream live using Sky Go. Viewers in Ireland will be able to watch live on RTE 2 or online using the RTE Player. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the game will not be shown live on television, but it can be watched in full on a delayed broadcast on ESPN Deportes. However, it will be available to stream live online using WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream ESPN Deportes WatchESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Republic of Ireland players Goalkeepers Randolph, Elliot, Doyle Defenders O’Shea, Ward, Clark, Keogh, Christie, Duffy, Long Midfielders McGeady, Whelan, McClean, Hoolahan, Brady, Hendrick, Meyler, Arter, O’Kane, O’Dowda, Hourihane Forwards Long, Murphy, Hogan, Maguire Ireland are without a number of key players for the games against Moldova and Wales with captain Seamus Coleman still on the road to recovery from a broken leg, while Jonathan Walters is ruled out due to a knee injury.Kevin Doyle was named in the initial squad but withdrew following his abrupt retirement, while Keiren Westwood also pulled out due to injury. Everton midfielder James McCarthy was included, despite objections from his manager Ronald Koeman, but he will play no part against Moldova. Daryl Horgan, David McGoldrick, Aiden O’Brien and Jonny Hayes will also miss out.Potential starting XI: Randolph; Ward, Clark, Duffy, Christie; Meyler, Arter, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Long. Position Moldova players Goalkeepers Cebanu, Pasceno, Koselev, Mitu Defenders Epureanu, Bordian, Racu, Bolohan, Posmac, Graur, Rozgoniuc, Ojog Midfielders Gatcan, Cebotaru, Dedov, Cojocari, Antoniuc, Ionita, Tigirlas, Pascenco, Ivanov, Cociuc, Anton, Paireli Forwards Ginsari, Ambros, Platica Moldova are without the talents of veteran attacker Igor Bugaiov, who scored when the sides met in Chisinau last October. However, they are able to call upon the majority of the squad who kept Wales scoreless until the 80th minute last month.They will look to the leadership qualities of Istanbul Basaksehir defender Alexandru Epureanu at the back as they mount a resistance, while the experience of midfielder Artur Ionita, who plays in Serie A with Cagliari, will also be an asset.Potential starting XI: Cebanu; Rozgoniuc, Epureanu, Posmac, Bordian; Anton, Ionita, Dedov, Pascenco, Graur; GinsariBETTING & MATCH ODDS Ireland are 1/8 favourites to win at home according to dabblebet, with Moldova priced at 16/1 to record an upset and a draw is available at 15/2.Click here to see all the markets available, including first goalscorer, for the World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Moldova.GAME PREVIEW Ireland began their qualification campaign well, wrapping up 2016 with a historic away win over Austria, but they seem to have taken their eyes off the prize in 2017, failing to win any of their four qualifiers this year. Among those results was a disappointing away draw against Georgia, which was followed by a deflating home defeat to Serbia.The upshot of their dismal 2017 displays is that O’Neill’s men are facing the possibility of failing to qualify for the World Cup, with a place in the play-offs not even guaranteed should they win their remaining matches.Despite that looming prospect, the Football Association of Ireland have extended the former Aston Villa boss’ contract, which may help to settle the squad somewhat, and there is a sense of defiance within the camp about their chances.Having underwhelmed in their last two games, O’Neill will be keen for his players to use the home match against Moldova as a statement of intent with a decisive game against Wales on the horizon.