The young people of Gianda Chiefdom, in Kpogbahn Statutory District #4, Grand Bassa County, have organized the Mighty Gianda Sports Association, (M-GISA), with Mr. Olu Diggs as the head of its interim leadership.According to Mr. Diggs, M-GISA will foster unity and reconciliation and development in the chiefdom. He noted that the association already has soccer and kickball teams and is considering organizing volleyball and basketball teams.He is calling on the youth of Gianda Chiefdom and those living elsewhere in the district to support the association for its growth.Diggs also urged officers and members, as well as supporters of the association to exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship and dedication for the betterment of M-GISA.He, however, said M-GISA needs materials, including footballs, jerseys and called on organizations and residents in the district to identify with them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Leander Paes, who is fresh from the US Open success, has arrived in New Delhi to lead team India against the No. 1 ranked team Czech Republic in Davis Cup tie, starting on Friday.The 21-ranked home team will be seen battling over the next three days to earn a place in the elite World Group.Also read: Yuki Bhambri to start India’s campaign against Czech in Davis Cup Paes, an experienced Davis Cup campaigner, in an exclusive interview to India Today said the top-seeded Czech Republic team had great depth in their singles and doubles team and that the Indians will count on home advantage to mat the Czechs.”You are looking at the Czech team which has won Davis Cup thrice, and twice in the last two years. Even though Tomas Berdych, who is a great singles player, is not there, the depth in the Czech team is phenomenal, both in singles as well as doubles. I think we are the underdogs here.”The Czechs have never lost to India in three meetings, although their last tie was way back in 1997 and they are expected to maintain their perfect record this time around as well.India’s highest-ranked player at No.125, Yuki Bhambri was drawn against Lukas Rosol in the first singles with Somdev Devvarman locking horns against Jiri Vesely in the second singles.Also read: India cannot rely on heat alone in Davis Cup tie against Czech Republic – Anand Amritraj “Our boys have their work cut out. Both Rosol and Vesely are very strong singles players. This one is a tough tie for us,” Paes said.advertisement”If we go into Saturday being 2-0 up or even at 1-1, it will be great for us. When the level comes to world group playoffs, the quality of tennis is high, and that is when I enjoy playing for my country.” Paes said.Recounting US Open winLeander Paes won his third Grand Slam title of the year at the Flashing Meadows with his mixed doubles partner Martina Hingis. The Indo-Swiss pair beat American duo Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to add the New York crown.”It’s been a fantastic year, it’s been tough, but great. To win one grand slam in a year is great, to win three is phenomenal.”A calendar slam would have been greatPaes and Hingis had previously won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but went down fighting in the quarters Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik and Romanian Horia Tecau 7-6, 3-6, 6-10.Also read: Paes in high spirits ahead of Davis Cup battle “In fact, we lost to a hot pair in the French Open quarters. It would have been intriguing to see what would have happened if we had got through that day. Winning the calendar slam would have been great,” Paes said.Leander said he was ready to hunt an Olympic medal at Rio next year. “Preparations for the olympics are going fantastic,” Leander said.Leander Paes, right after his US Open win, has joined the Indian Davis Cup team. When asked if he found the schedule hectic, Leander said, “The life of a professional athlete is really tough. Long flights, hotel stays and this has been no different, I have been doing this for 27 years.””If you win, people think your schedule is great, if you lose, they will think it’s rubbish,” the tennis star said.