MPs demand answers as India muscle at 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham by organizing archery and shooting events 4,000 miles away … six months before the main event!
- Organizers of 2022 Commonwealth Games are confronted with whims of MPs
- They will have to explain why archery and shooting will be held in India
- The farcical move was proposed after India threatened to boycott the Games
Organizers of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham is about to grill MPs after it has been confirmed that archery and shooting will take place in India. The sports will take place in Chandigarh in January 2022 – six months before the main event.
The farcical movement was proposed after India threatened to boycott the Games because shooting and archery originally remained out of schedule.
It recently emerged that the cost of building the Athletic Village in Perry Bar would exceed its £ 493 million budget, with the bill for moving a bus depot from £ 2 million to £ 15.5 million.
Sportsmail understands that the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee could hold a hearing with organizers before the end of the summer. The new chairman of the committee is Julian Knight, whose constituency Solihull is 30 km away from the Alexander Stadium, the main location of the Games.
Sources have told Sportsmail that he would like to check the progress of the plans. Although India's events are organized and funded separately, there is criticism of how the move affects the legitimacy of the games.
But Ian Reid, president of Birmingham 2022, said: & # 39; There is a long tradition of Commonwealth championships held throughout the world, with different sports, so it's great that India has this tradition continue. & # 39;
Birmingham promotes academic boss Kristjaan Speakman as technical director as club further changes after Garry Monk's departure
Birmingham City is set to undergo further change with Kristjaan Speakman expected to act out of his role as academy manager to become the club's technical director, Sportsmail understands.
Speakman, who has been in his current position since 2011, has developed a close relationship with Xuandong Ren, the president of Birmingham, and a promotion follows after the resignation of Garry Monk. Beale, which was finally confirmed on Thursday, and it is understood that Speakman played a factor in that decision.
Beale also left after a series of disagreements with Ren on the way to Birmingham's youth development.
However, a club statement acknowledged Beale's contributions over the years. & # 39; Beale played an important role in the development of players such as Nathan Redmond and Demarai Gray, & # 39; it said.
Speakman has been working at the Birmingham coaching staff since 2006 and was given the key role of academy manager eight years ago.
He will now be heavily involved in transfers from the first team alongside Ren and director Gannan Zheng, known as Edward.
Pep Clotet, assistant to Monk, remains in charge as caretaker manager, but there are suspicions that Xavi Calm, who arrived as Under-23s coach from Birmingham & # 39; s sister club UE Cornella in the Spanish third rank, is being prepared for the lead role that was once embedded in English football.
& # 39; I grew up in this area & # 39 ;: Moeen Ali admits that it is & # 39; very special & # 39; for him will be to captain the local side of Birmingham Phoenix in inaugural Hundred
- Moeen will be his local side captain Birmingham Phoenix in the first Hundred
- The English all-rounder plays with fellow world cup winner Chris Woakes
- He said it was & # 39; special & # 39; to lead the side of Edgbaston after growing up there
England all-rounder Moeen Ali will be captain ] Birmingham Phoenix in the first season of The Hundred, the club has announced.
The 32-year-old, who started his career at Warwickshire, is one of the two World Cup-winning players in the men's team – the other is Chris Woakes – who will play in Edgbaston.
& # 39; Every time I come to Edgbaston, I have to go back to some great first memories of coming here at a very young age, & # 39; said Ali.
& # 39; I grew up in this area and the very first male captain of Birmingham Phoenix is in a new and inclusive competition that will reach communities and welcome them. very special for me. & # 39;
Ali has enjoyed domestic success in Twenty20 cricket, Captain Worcestershire to Vitality Blast Finals Day in each of the last two seasons and winning the tournament in 2018.
He added: & # 39; Worcestershire is where I have developed as a player and as a leader and captain of them in controversial games such as on Finals Day will shape the way I will lead the Birmingham Phoenix.
& # 39; It will also help that I also have my Rapids teammate Pat Brown, because he is one of the best young white-ball bowlers in the country and when you add players like Chris Woakes, we have a strong local flavor that can certainly bring the title home. & # 39;
Andrew McDonald becomes head coach of the men's team and supports Moeen & # 39; s leadership to & # 39; to inspire the next generation & # 39 ;.
The Australian said: & # 39; Moeen is a fantastic all-rounder and has the experience and temperament to lead the team.
& # 39; He's in Volved in the local community in Birmingham and I know how much of a popular figure he's in Worcestershire.
& # 39; I am sure his efforts on and off the field will help the next generation from our region and beyond to get involved in cricket. & # 39;
Juventus becomes the newest top club to track the progress of Birmingham star Jude Bellingham in the midst of interest from Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal
- Jude Bellingham has lit up the championship and is tipped with a move
- The 16-year-old has many suitors, including Manchester United and Chelsea
- Juventus is the newest club that is interested shows, the will of Bayern Munich joins
The 16-year-old midfielder is one of the smartest talents in the English game and has lit up the championship this season, making 28 league games and scoring four goals.
Blues cannot offer Bellingham a professional deal until he turns 17 on June 29 and they are ready for the elite Champions League to fight for his signature.
Now Juventus, winners of the last eight Series A titles, keeps a close eye on Bellingham as they try to build a team for the future.
Fabio Paratici, the main football officer at Juventus, has a strong network of contacts within English football and has helped attract players from there such as Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez, Patrice Evra and Aaron Ramsey.
But Juventus faces a difficult task of winning the race, as Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have all shown a strong interest in Bellingham, who still earns £ 145 a week as a scholar at St. Andrew & # 39; s.
It is also thought that Bayern Munich has shown an interest, while Bellingham is getting better in the championship.
Blues boss Pep Clotet said: & We are aware of the interest in him. He was watched from the beginning since he was 13 or 14.
& # 39; Before the Middlesbrough competition, half of Europe was here. He is used to it and I am used to it.
& # 39; I have always said that it is very good that clubs show an interest in our players, because this means that we have good players. & # 39;
Chelsea & # 39; joins Manchester United in a race to sign £ 50m Birmingham wonderkid Jude Bellingham & # 39; while Man City, Real Madrid and Barcelona also keep an eye on the 16-year-old ace
- Chelsea will fight it out with Manchester United for Jude Bellingham
- Birmingham City wonderkid could offer a mammoth war in the summer
- The total would be a potential record amount paid for a 16-year-old player
- Their pursuit of Bellingham would be a move for Jadon Sancho
The Blues would be willing to spend £ 35 million plus £ 15 million add-ons to sign it
The 16-year-old is set to cause a bidding war in the summer, while continuing to attract the attention of Europe & # 39; s biggest clubs with its striking performance this season.
United ventured his luck in the January transfer window to sign Bellingham but saw their £ 30 million bid knocked back by the championship equipment.
Now Chelsea is ready to take everything out of the closet to sign the teenager and will submit a mammoth bid of £ 35m plus £ 15m in add-ons to secure his services, according to The Sun .
A £ 50 million bid for Bellingham would be the most a club has ever made for a 16-year-old. That honor goes to Pietro Pellegri who cost Monaco £ 18 million in 2018 .
Bellingham is enjoying a breathtaking season with Birmingham having so far made 28 league games – four times too.
The central midfielder radiates calmness that bellies his age, while his spatial consciousness in and out of possession is a pleasure to behold. Bellingham also has an eye for goal, as his count of four shows this season.
He broke the record of Trevor Francis as the youngest debutant of Birmingham when he made his bow at 16 years and 38 days.
Any move from Chelsea of United to Bellingham has no bearing on their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, who is likely to cost more than £ 100 million this summer.
Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid also keep an eye on the Englishman for the window that opens again in the summer.
Andreas Weimann spent eight years with Aston Villa at the start of his career so that it would have stung the Austrian To help gift bitter rivals Birmingham City three points this way.
The Bristol City frontman scored the unfortunate own goal which brought their winning run to a halt after the promotion hopefully threw away the perfect start.
Jamie Paterson took advantage of a defensive foul from Birmingham to score within the first minute, but Bristol, who could have moved third in the championship table, strangely ran out of steam.
Scott Hogan equalized Birmingham before the Weimann disaster, and the Lee Johnson side could not deliver the required response, even though there was an hour left.
And Lukas Jutkiewicz made sure that the three points would go back to the second city with his 100th career goal.
] It was an eighth game undefeated in competition and FA Cup for Birmingham, which left their scorching December well behind.
After four consecutive league wins, all with clean sheets, the confidence was sky high the Bristol scores anyway without being offered any gifts.
But Marc Roberts felt generous, his head was not completely switched to the game in the first minute when he hopelessly trailed a back pass to his keeper Lee Camp.
Thanks to Paterson, who had started a forward burst to place Camp. Is a kick under some pressure, but instead Roberts & # 39; assist & # 39 ;, locked the keeper and went home. The clock on the large screens of Ashton Gate reads only 40 seconds.
Paterson watches a player transformed after returning from a loan period in Derby County. After scoring only once for the Rams, he now has three goals in five championship games back in City ed.
It was the perfect start and the home team was in charge of the opening for 20 minutes, encouraged by their noisy vocals in the corner. Weimann sent a volley over the crossbar after a nice long ball from Jack Hunt who got the defensive cold from Birmingham.
But there was an imperceptible and unexpected change in momentum that made Birmingham able to come back strong in the match.
They had a good chance of equalizing when Ivan Sunjic pushed a low cross on the second attempt and the shot by Jude Bellingham on the line was blocked by Ashley Williams.
Bristol City (4-1-4-1): Bentley; Hunt (Wells 58), Williams, Baker, Dasilva (Benkovic 58); Smith (c); Eliasson, Massengo (Nagy 66), Paterson, Weimann; Diedhiou
Unused substitutes: Wollacott (GK); Henriksen, D & Dowda, Rowe
Manager: Lee Johnson
Scorer: Paterson 1
Birmingham City (4-4-2): Camp; Colin, Roberts, Clarke-Salter, Pedersen; Bela (Harding 76), Sunjic, Gardner, Bellingham (Boyd-Munce 89); Hogan (Dean 82), Jutkiewicz (c)
Unused substitutes: Trueman (GK); Montero, Keita, Concannon
Manager: Pep Clotet
Scorers: Hogan 23; Weimann own goal 30; Jutkiewicz 90 + 2
Referee: Keith Stroud
But halfway through the first half, the visitors reached their level. Gary Gardner jumped on a loose ball in midfield and pecked a searching diagonal wide at Jeremie Bela on the right. Due to the run of Hogan for him, he could only knock against the floor.
Hogan was alert and tapped home at the nearby post, the Aston Villa borrower followed his goal on debut against Nottingham Forest last weekend.
Bristol seemed to withdraw into their shell and Birmingham grew in confidence at the same time. By the time they moved forward just after half an hour, no one in the shut down stadium was surprised.
It was 16-year-old Bellingham who retrieved the ball on the right-hand side and curled it in a cross in front of Hogan's forehead, which had been shot to the front post.
Instead, Weimann, the former Villa player, saw the ball shave off his head, past Bentley and in his own net before he put his head in it, his hands.
But if something Birmingham looked more likely to add a third goal, with Bela firing over and in the end after nice build-up by Kristian Pedersen.
There was finally a bit of impetus from the hosts as we entered the last 20 minutes, with Paterson a free kick 25 meters away right in the wall.
Famara Diedhiou wasted a golden opportunity to go too late and raised his shot over the bar when completely clear due to William & # 39; s damn pass over Birmingham's defense.
But the win was sealed in six seals for two minutes when Jutkiewicz neatly dipped the ball over Camp after Benkovic was unable to handle a long ball, which led to a massive exodus around Ashton Gate.
Birmingham City 2-2 Coventry (4-1 pens): Blues seal spot kicks win St Andrews tenants in hectic FA Cup replay to set up a fifth round to Leicester City
The last round of landlords versus tenants went all like Coventry did their best to make themselves at home again.
Amadou Bakayoko was the first to deliver a bloody nose to Birmingham and it seemed that his goal would be enough to see the League One high-fliers to meet Leicester. But until deep into injury time, Harlee Dean led an equalizer to give the equalizer extra time.
Punishment beckoned when Maxime Biamou found space and time to collect the Callum O & Hare pass and defeat Lee Camp to break the deadlock. Again Birmingham came back with a comical equalizer from a crossing of Jeremie Bela who ended up in the net and thus to penalty & # 39; s.
Lee Camp saved mock-ups from Jamie Allen and Liam Walsh and Birmingham were finally home sweet. Bakayoko & # 39; s second half opener was greeted with the arrival of a blue glow on the field and wild parties of the "visiting" supporters.
It seemed as if stalemate would become the constant theme of this cup duel, in which the teams played a draw in the first game. Bakayoko scored his fifth goal of the season after a pass from Zain Westbrooke, his shot beating Lee Camp.
The champion club should have been further behind a few minutes later when Maxime Biamou hurried his shot when he made contact with Fankaty Dabo's cross. The ball went over the bar. Birmingham was shaken and went looking for the equalizer to maintain their chances.
They will claim that they should have been anyway ahead, when Biamou seemed to act just before half-time. The days when Josh McEachran was promoted as a superstar of the future are long gone and, as is so often the case when a player reinvents himself, something goes wrong.
Leaving the scene of this competitive Cup tie on a stretcher after just fifteen minutes with what looked like a serious injury to his left leg after just five starts this season emphasized his bad luck.
This match appealed to the imagination of both sets of fans for the first draw, but there was a clear sense that this was rather a case of an unwanted extra match.
Coventry still brought in 4,515 fans even if the League One promotion remains the priority and goalkeeper Marko Marosi joined the roster of heroes when he denied Jeremie Bela. Bakayoko could also have netted when he spanned and shot himself in the area, but Kristian Pedersen managed to wipe away.
Coventry midfielder Zain Westbrooke was also in the wars. He had an early bloody nose and had to take to the field for a clean shirt and treatment.
The League One side thought they had done the same with Birmingham, but the Championship side dug deep and in the extra time Dean rose to the cross of Jacques Maghoma and led the equalizer to make the draw alive hold.
Man United has rejected & # 39; £ 20 million bid for Jude Bellingham because Birmingham City is looking for more than £ 8.5 million at the front & # 39;
According to ESPN the Red Devils & # 39; bid was rejected due to the structure of the deal and it is now unlikely that an agreement will be reached before the deadline of 11 p.m. for the window of Friday January transfer .
The £ 20 million offer from United is said to consist of a £ 8.5 million cost up front – the rest comes through numerous add-ons.
However, it is claimed that Birmingham wants more than that for the 16-year-old who has glittered in the championship so far – in his debut campaign as a professional footballer.
Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are two of the other clubs that are also interested in the teenager.
The central midfielder breathes calmness that bends his age, while his spatial insight into and out of possession is a feast for the eyes. Bellingham also has an eye for purpose.
He broke the record of Trevor Francis as the youngest debutant in Birmingham when he made his bow at 16 years and 38 days.
Manchester United goal Jude Bellingham continues to impress while 16-year-old Birmingham helps earn FA Cup replay with Coventry
- Jude Bellingham impressed when Birmingham was held to a draw by Coventry
- The 16-year-old is physically light, but posed a major threat in the FA Cup tie
- Birmingham has confidence in the talented Manchester to retain United target
Whenever 16-year-old Jude Bellingham was flattened of the ball by a man in a Coventry shirt, a certain tragicomedy with Michael Owen and Neville Southall came to mind.
The year is 1999 and Owen, starring in a BBC Two & # 39; Soccer Skills program, repeatedly scores past a young boy before shamelessly celebrating in the celebration, screaming & go inside & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Well done & # 39 ;, Southall barks back at the Liverpool and the spire of England, & he is 13 & # 39 ;.
Bellingham is not much older. A meager thing, he got occasional grass tasting when he went shoulder to shoulder with League One opponents in this FA Cup draw.
But the goal of Manchester United, estimated at £ 30 million by his club, would not have been bullied in submission. He constantly looked for the ball, ran from box to box, spread the game. He was a clear spark in an otherwise dull aimless draw, moves like a gazelle and invited both managers to greet his maturity in their press conferences after the game.
Bellingham & s positional consciousness was particularly impressive – he had a talent for creating a five-yard circle of space around him – and there was a precision to his death.
Bosses of Championship Birmingham seem to be convinced that he will still be in their books by the time this fourth round replay rolls around – which will also be held in St Andrew & # 39; s.
The side of Pep Clotet was classified as the away team on Saturday, due to their groundshare with Coventry and the fact that the men of Mark Robins & # 39; home & # 39; were drawn for this collision.
During the rest period, replace Callum O & # 39; Hare – on loan from Aston Villa, making him an enemy to Birmingham fans, the purpose of his mercy of everyone from three meters was out. Yet he missed – a poorly timed swing of the boot that will surely haunt him for years. With this, the tenant and the landlord shared the loot in St. Andrew's.
Coventry 0-0 Birmingham: Sides sharing St Andrew & # 39; s will play there again after Sky Blues championship opponents in Midlands FA Cup hold derby
- Coventry and Birmingham drew 0-0 in their FA Cup fourth round draw on Saturday
- The Sky Blues played hosts in St Andrew & # 39; s, usually the home of Birmingham
- Tickets were split between fans of both clubs while sharing a stalemate
- The League One side fought late against their champion opponents
A bizarre and unique FA Cup tie, and one that will take place completely in this stadium.
Birmingham was classified as the away team in their own stadium, due to their groundshare with Coventry and the fact that the Sky Blue side was pulled home for this collision
As a result, the & # 39; visitors & # 39; of the championship in yellow and they used the dressing room. Their supporters were in the distance and looked at the seats where they usually sit.
How quirky it was, this also acted as another reminder for Coventry of their homelessness. With in Ricoh Arena, due to a legal dispute, & # 39; home & # 39; competitions require 44-miles round trip.
Their problems put the moans of fans of Manchester United in perspective. While they are fifth in the Premier League and claiming their club back, Coventry just wants a place to call home.
St. Andrew & # 39; s will have to do it now. With a lack of quality on the field, Birmingham pokes fun with their situation. & # 39; What do you have to be like? We move away. & # 39;
Neither party could find the breakthrough on a worn turf, which means that a new meeting is needed in February. Birmingham will at least be able to call itself the home team on that occasion.
In midfield, 16-year-old Jude Bellingham from Birmingham played in midfield and went from box to box. – the apparent £ 30 million target of Manchester United.
The men in yellow had the ball in the net within four minutes when Lukas Jutkiewicz defeated Marko Marosi, but he was supposed to have contaminated the Coventry goalkeeper.
During a pause in the game, thousands of supporters began to sing in Sky Blue: & # 39; You should be home. & # 39; To which those in the dark blue answered: & # 39; You have no land. & # 39;
Jutkiewicz then brought the attention back to the game by testing Marosi.
After some complicated complicated play from the League One side, Jordan Shipley was then unable to apply the finishing touch when his shot found the side net.
Overall, the first half lacked quality. You know that the procedures have been largely boring when the referee decides there is no stopping time to add to the 45.
Coventry boss Mark Robins brought Callum O & # 39; Hare on loan – the attacker from Aston Villa. You can imagine the reception he received from fans in Birmingham. The only thing O & H had to do for Hare was tapping the ball into an empty net, but he missed it completely and it ended 0-0. the willingness to shoot and a remarkable passage of 16-year-old Manchester United target Jude Bellingham.
Jefferson Montero, the winger of Birmingham, borrowed from Swansea, forced Coventry goalkeeper Marko Marosi to divert his shot back in the beginning of the second half after Bellingham was blocked.
But Coventry became stronger as the second half went on and striker Maxime Biamou forced Biamou to save goalkeeper Lee Camp.