Trinidad’s Nakhid questions credentials of Platini

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):FIFA presidential candidate David Nakhid, the former Trinidad and Tobago captain, is questioning the credentials of rival Michel Platini, who is also seeking to replace Sepp Blatter as president of the world’s football governing body.Nakhid, who is seeking the support of the Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) 25 FIFA nations, is also questioning Platini’s long-standing association with Blatter and his ability to enact changes to a global body that has been rocked by scandal.Platini, the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), has been a FIFA executive committee member for 13 years.”Platini has been positioning himself as a reformer, but how can that be?” Nakhid said.”Those who are vying for the post should be scrutinised and looked at. How can someone claim to be free or not tainted when he has been part of the circle that has basically brought football down a sorry path?”Promise of consultationsNakhid has focused his campaign on a promise to consult rather than impose changes to the 32-team World Cup and to ensure that richer nations spread their wealth to the developing world.He also wants to overhaul FIFA’s management structures to ensure that technocrats rather than people like disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner would sit on audit and finance committees.”There has not been the scrutiny placed on (Platini) as has been placed on, for example, Sepp Blatter,” Nakhid said.”On several occasions, I was blacklisted by Jack Warner for the national team because I advocated the rights of players who were inadequately paid. We need to change that type of leadership from that maximum power leadership. Something that involves consultation, that will lessen the corruption, that goes on and increase expertise.”Nakhid needs the support of five of FIFA’s 209 federations by October 26 to compete in the FIFA presidential elections carded for February 26.”I fought against Jack Warner since I was 24 years old,” said Nakhid, who played in Europe between 1988 and 1995 for Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Waregem in Belgium and PAOK in Greece.”I fought against him when everyone was afraid to fight against him and I paid the consequences. Now, it’s in vogue to do it.”Nakhid moved to Lebanon to join Al Ansar before signing up with the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer between 1997 and 1998.Before ending his career at Al Ansar between 2000 and 2001, he played at Al Emirates in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 80 | More #WaterDrama18

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 80th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, brings together Matt Reese, Joel Penhorwood and Ty Higgins to talk the latest issues hitting Ohio ag.The team recaps the latest #WaterDrama18 following the quarterly meeting of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Ohio Corn and Wheat’s Tadd Nicholson talks about the decision to table the motion.Joel chats with Yvonne Lesicko, VP of Public Policy with the Ohio Farm Bureau, to talk about the organization’s take on Issue 1.Ty hears from George Secor, CEO of Sunrise Cooperative about a new development in their ongoing sagas that touch thousands of Ohio farmer-owners.last_img

Bindra shoots gold at Grand Prix of France

first_imgShooting ace Abhinav Bindra on Sunday bagged gold medal in 10 metre air rifle event in the first Grand Prix of France Air Rifle Competition in Fleury Les Aubrais, some 128kms from Paris.Bindra shot 596 in the qualification and 102.9 in the final to aggregate 698.9 and finished ahead of local hopes Valerian Sauveplane (698.3) and Etienne Germond (695.7).The Beijing Olympic gold medallist had a sequence of 9.9 10.5 10.4 10.6 10.6 10.2 10.6 10.4 9.9 9.8 in the final.Bindra, who was on Thursday issued an ultimatum by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to participate in the ongoing National Games in Ranchi, is assured of a place in the Indian squad for the first two World Cups, according to national coach Sunny Thomas.The shooter was training in Munich prior to the competition in France and is expected to compete in the trials scheduled from March 1-10 in New Delhi during a camp for the shooters in the national squad.Bindra created history by becoming the first Indian to win an individual gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.-With PTI inputslast_img read more