Red House overall champion in IISJ Annual Ahletic Meet

Updated 04 December 2012
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Red House overall champion in IISJ Annual Ahletic Meet

International Indian School Jeddah Boys section 9-12 Block held its Annual Athletic Meet on Thursday with zeal and spirit of sportsmanship.
Mohamad Ragib Quraishi, the head of the chancery and school observer was the chief guest. The chairman of the managing committee, Khursheed Akhtar, and other committee members graced the occasion.
Red House won the overall championship. The meet began with the recitation of the verses from the Holy Qur’an. The head boy of the school, Master Vazim Latheef, welcomed the gathering. The chief guest hoisted the school flag and the house flags were hoisted by the respective house masters.
The head boy led the marchpast with the chief guest taking the salute with marked briskness, agility and perfection. Rizwan Abdul Razzak, the sports secretary, administered the oath to the participants to respect the laws that govern the games and to participate in the true spirit of sportsmanship. The chief guest lit the sports flame and passed it over to Faris Ayoub the captain of the school athletic team who represented KSA for All India football championship. It was carried around the arena by Basim Mohammad Ismail and Nikhil Ramesh, the under 16 and under 19 individual champion respectively in the CBSE Cluster Meet last year.
The chief guest declared the Annual Athletic Meet open and various athletic events followed. A total of 617 young promising sportsmen participated in under 16 and under 19 categories representing Red, Blue, Yellow and Green Houses.
The highlights of the day were the staff and students’cabinet events — the tug of war — male staff versus students’cabinet and 200 meters students’ cabinet race .These exhilarating events were won by the staff under the captaincy of Ghous Mohiuddin, HOD of physical education department, while Vazim Latheef, the head boy of the school, came in first, Ayman Aslam, captain of Yellow House, second and Sachin Suresh, the cultural secretary, was the third in the captains only race.
Red House totaled 251 points in winning the overall championship trophy. Yellow House was the runner-up with 217points.
Nikhil Ramesh, of 12-B3 under 19 Green House, and Faizan Riyaz, of 10-B9 under 16 Yellow House, emerged as individual champions.
The winners were honored by the chief guest, chairman, members of management committee, principal, vice principals, controller of examination, administrative officer, HMs and house masters during the prize distribution ceremony.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic rules out international return at the World Cup for Sweden

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic rules out international return at the World Cup for Sweden

  • The LA Galaxy star had dropped hints he was ready to return to international duty at this summer's World Cup.
  • 36-year-old retired from the Swedish team after the 2016 European Championship

Ending weeks of speculation, the Swedish football federation announced Thursday that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
“I spoke with Zlatan on Tuesday. He said that he has not changed his mind regarding the national squad,” the managing director of the national squad, Lars Richt, said in a statement after the player dropped numerous hints of a possible return.
“It’s a no,” Richt added.
In an appearance on ABC television’s late night Jimmy Kimmel show on April 18, the new star of LA Galaxy teased fans that he may come out of retirement to play in the showpiece.
Known for his swagger, Zlatan said “it wouldn’t be a World Cup” if he didn’t play, clearly forgetting he has not played in one since 2006, before adding: “I’m going to the World Cup, yes.”
The 36-year-old retired from the Swedish team after the 2016 European Championship. He said last month he wanted to concentrate on settling into his new life in Major League Soccer before thinking about the World Cup.
Following an injury-blighted stay at Manchester United, the father of two became the latest in a long line of aging stars to leave European football for the US.
The 6ft 4ins (1.95m) striker tweeted on April 15: “The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhöga (sky high).”
He later told Swedish media that “high odds — that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.”
Ibrahimovic had just weeks earlier become a global brand ambassador for Swedish betting company Bethard, prompting some Swedish commentators to lament that his World Cup teasing was nothing more than an advertising gimmick.
“It feels like the whole thing was just aimed at building up his brand in the US and it even seemed at times like he thought it was funny,” Daniel Nannskog, a commentator for Swedish public broadcaster SVT, said.
At home in Sweden, Ibrahimovic’s possible World Cup return elicited mixed reactions.
Sweden coach Janne Andersson has been coolly indifferent.
“It doesn’t change anything for me,” he said last month.
“Zlatan is very welcome to call me” if he wants to join the squad, Andersson added.
Richt declined to specify whether the team had asked Ibrahimovic to join.
He “has always said that he won’t play and he quit the national team,” Richt told AFP.
Some Sweden fans would love nothing more than to see the country’s most prolific goal-scorer — he notched 62 goals in 116 games — don the blue-and-yellow kit again.
But others argue he has no place on a squad that managed to qualify without him, memorably eliminating World Cup giants Italy in a playoff.
Ibrahimovic has 31 winners’ medals in spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
But his 2017 season and ultimately his United career was brought to a premature end by cruciate ligament damage suffered in April.
He never returned as a regular in the United side.
In trademark style, he announced his arrival in Los Angeles with a full-page advert in the LA Times reading simply: “Dear Los Angeles, You’re welcome.”