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Danny Blind has been named the head coach of the Netherlands national team from August 1, taking over from Guus Hiddink, under whom he served as assistant coach until recently.
The Dutch football association KNVB had announced last week that the 68-year-old Hiddink had left his position as head coach, reported Xinhua news agency.


The KNVB reached an agreement with Blind about the change of position. Blind will also serve as head coach from 2016 until August 1, 2018, as already agreed last year, with a moment of evaluation scheduled after the 2015-16 season.
“We are pleased that we have quickly found a suitable successor to Guus Hiddink soon after his departure. We wish Danny and his staff every success,” said KNVB director Bert van Oostveen in a press release on Wednesday.
Blind, the father of current Dutch international Daley Blind, responded from his holiday address: “Together with the staff and players, I’ll be working hard to ensure qualification for next year’s European Championships. (IANS)

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‘Mukkabaaz’ actor Vineet Kumar Singh wants to help struggling boxers

Actor Vineet Kumar Singh, who is playing lead role Anurag Kashyap's forthcoming "Mukkabaaz", says he wants to help real life boxers who are struggling.

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Vineet Kumar Singh, the hero of the movie 'Mukkabaaz'. Wikimeadia Commons
Vineet Kumar Singh, the hero of the movie 'Mukkabaaz'. Wikimeadia Commons

Actor Vineet Kumar Singh, who is playing a struggling boxer in filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s forthcoming movie “Mukkabaaz”, says he wants to help real life boxers who are struggling.

Asked if knowing the sport closely brought any changes in his mind, Vineet told IANS: “Of course, I would love to contribute something to them. In the ‘akhada’ (wrestling arena), where I used to practise, I saw so many boxers.”

Boxers still face challenges even after winning championship, Pixabay
Boxers still face challenges even after winning championship, Pixabay

“Some, who are struggling even though they are champions, and some are forced to retire, some are the victim of politics. I also made friends with them. So I want to help them with my limited capability so that awareness can be created.”

In the film, the actor fought with some of the real boxers and that made him think like a boxer.

“In the film, there was no action choreography and I fought against some of the boxing champions like Neeraj Goyat, Deepak Tanwar and Sandeep Yadav. So yes, I want our country to have more such champions, and as an actor and sports enthusiast, I want to support these kind of sports individuals who have always been ignored,” he said.

“Mukkabaaz” is set to release on January 12, 2018. IANS Live

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Sachin Tendulkar endorses sports on social media

Tendulkar was supposed to speak on 'Right to Play and the Future of Sports in India' in the Upper House but he wasn't able to as the house was adjourned.

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Sachin credited full support to the sports in India
Sachin credited full support to the sports in India

New Delhi, Dec 22: A day after being forced to leave the Rajya Sabha without making his debut speech, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Friday took to social media to speak on the overall environment of sports in India.

In a video posted on his social media accounts, Tendulkar praised the northeast in particular for having a ‘vibrant sporting culture’, saying India must move on from being a ‘sport-loving’ nation to ‘sport-playing’ nation.

“It is my endeavour to transform India from being a spor