CLOSING CEREMONY – 12 AUGUST 2012
London 2012 Olympic Games, popularly known as 2012 Summer Olympic Games, will be held in London from 27th July to 12th August, 2012. Thus, London will earn the distinction of hosting the modern Olympic Games for the third time. The previous two occasions were in 1908 and 1948.
London was selected for the Olympic Games through bidding process during the 117th IOC meeting held on 6th July 2005 in Singapore. Other contenders were Moscow, New York, Madrid and Paris.
Around 8 million tickets were made available for the Olympic Games. The website for the sale of tickets was opened on 15th March 2011. Ticket prices vary from £20 for a single event to £2,012 for the special seats at the inauguration ceremony. Demand for the tickets was huge.
Although unintended, the 2012 Olympic Games will take place during the month of Ramadan (20th July to 19th August 2012), which is disadvantageous for Muslim athletes, who fast from dawn to dusk during the Holy month. Hence, many Muslim countries have appealed to reschedule the Olympic Games.
Around 13,500 armed forces and 10,000 police will cover the security of the Games. That apart, Naval ships, fighter jets and missiles will be in place to counter any potential security threat. The total cost of security cover is estimated to be around 553 million sterling pounds.
With flawless arrangements and meticulous planning, 2012 Olympic Games will turn out to be most spectacular and memorable world event.
Race : 15:00
The Buddh International Circuit was inaugurated on Tuesday unveiled amid much fanfare ahead of the widely-anticipated inaugural Indian Grand Prix and was described as “one of the best in the world” by the country’s first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.
Seating Capacity and tickets available as of 18th October 2011
Concerts on the Indian GP Weekend
Organisers of next month’s 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India have announced that American pop icon Lady Gaga will be the star attraction at the post-race party that will follow Formula One racing’s inaugural outing in the country at the all-new Buddh International Circuit.
The five-time Grammy Award winner, who has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, will also be making her first Indian appearance when she performs on October 30.
Other acts confirmed for concerts on the Friday and Saturday of the race weekend include celebrated DJ Roger Sanchez, German DJ-producer Tom Navy and top producer and musician Edward Maya.
That is all in addition to the recently-announced F1 Rocks™ in India concert, which will see US rock gods Metallica play their first show in the country at Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon on the Friday (see www.f1rocks.com for more information).
EVENT: F1 Rocks in India with Vladivar Vodka
ARTIST: MetallicaDATE: Friday 28 October 2011
VENUE: Leisure Valley Ground
For tickets : Visit Ticketgenie.in
Let the race begin
Are the 5 red lights ready to go off
There has been much speculation about the readiness and preparation of the track for the on October 30 showpiece but all that was put to rest when the 5.4-km long racetrack, Jaypee’s Buddh International Circuit, was formally opened in the presence of Manoj Gaur, the chairman of Jaypee Group, Vicky Chandhok, president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and Karthikeyan.
Gautam Buddha’s touch
The track got its name from spiritual leader Gautam Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Incidentally, the track is located in the Gautam Buddh Nagar District.
Spread over 875 acres, the fastest lap time on the track is expected to be under 1 minute 27 seconds with average speeds crossing 210 kmph. There will be a total of sixty laps in the race.
The Chennai-born Karthikeyan warmed up for the home GP by driving a Mercedes safety car for a couple of laps to get a feel of the track.
“Hum mein raftar jeete bar bar”
On the occasion, the theme song of the event was also released, sung by leading Bollywood and Indipop singers Leslie Lewis, Daler Mehandi, KK and Lucky Ali. The number is a racy one in sync with the nature of the event. The race tune is “Hum mein raftar jeete bar bar”.
For the assembled mediapersons, a car show was organised where Neel Jani, the Swiss racer of Indian origin, burnt the rubber in a Red Bull Racing car at the Jaypee circuit.
Big Guns behind the Indian GP
On 18 August, 2011, Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel’s CEO Sunil Mittal announced that Airtel would be the title sponsor of the Indian Grand Prix, and also unveiled the official logo of the Airtel Grand Prix of India.
Other official partners include :-
Bookmyshow.com is the official online ticketing partner.
Hero MotoCorp Limited announced it’s sponsorship of Indian Driver Narain Karthikeyan and his team HRT F1 for the event.
Mercedes-Benz announced its partnership with Buddh International Circuit to the become official automotive partner of the event.
Mercedes-Benz along with Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) will set up a driving academy at the circuit by January 2012.
TAG Heuer launched its limited edition watch for the Grand Prix
RE Rogers was announced as the logistics partner for the event.
Lodestar UM’s will provide all media solutions across TV, print, outdoor, radio and digital media.
Automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra Limited announced the provision of the intervention and support vehicles required during the event.
Mudra India was announced as the creative partner of the Grand Prix.
Puma was announced as the official merchandise partner for the Grand Prix.
Shoaib Akhtar is a former Pakistani right arm fast bowler in cricket, who is regarded as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket. He set an official world record by achieving the fastest delivery, when he clocked in at 161.3 km/h (100.2 mph) in his bowling speed, twice at a cricket match against England. His ability to bowl fast yorkers and quick bouncers have made him one of the best fast bowlers in cricket.
However, he has been involved in several controversies during his career, often accused of not being a team player. Akhtar was sent home during the Test match series in Australia in 2005 for alleged poor attitude. A year later, he was embroiled in a drug scandal after testing positive to a banned substance. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on court appeal. In September 2007, Akhtar was banned for an indefinite period for his fight with Pakistan team mate and fast bowler Mohammad Asif. On 1 April 2008, Akhtar was banned for five years for publicly criticizing the Pakistan Cricket Board. In October 2008, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan suspended the five year ban and Akhtar was selected in the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 Quadrangular Tournament in Canada. Pakistani judge, Rana Bhagwandas stated once that, Akhtar is a legend of Pakistan cricket.
He retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup.
Well this ad has come out there in the open post the launch of his book Controversially Yours: An Autobiography, The tell-all autobiography by the controversial Pakistani cricketer. Shoaib Akhtar has been one of the most colourful personalities in world cricket, both on and off the field, and the book is as colourful and controversial. This autobiography is the inside story, from his stint as a cricketer to match-fixing and ball tampering to the intrigues of the Pakistan cricket board.
Akhtar has claimed in the book that batting maestro Tendulkar was afraid of facing his deliveries and he along with Rahul Dravid lacked the “art of finishing the game”, which has raised the pitch and sales of the book, with a large amount of protests all across India, with sharp comments being made against their favorite son.
The first Formula One race in India will be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. The first event is scheduled to take place on October 30, 2011 as the 17th race of the 2011 Formula One season.
The race track is 50km from Delhi, and the track will be roughly 5.14 kilometers (3.19 miles) and will be designed by F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke.
The track will be spread in an area of 875 acres. The initial seating capacity is speculated to be around 150,000. However there are plans to increase the seating capacity to 200,000 later on. The sprawling circuit will be a part of Jaypee Green Sports city and will also be used for hosting one or more rounds of Moto GP championships in the year 2012. The 10-year contract for the race has been given to the Indian construction company Jaiprakash Associates.
The track in all has 16 largely medium speed corners where F1 cars will lap at an average speed of 210 km/h. The back straight will let F1 cars reach 320 km/h making it one of the fastest tracks in the world. The expected F1 car lap time is 1 minute 17 seconds. The organizers have also taken feedback from teams which have done the track analysis via simulators leading to modification of the turn 7 in order to maximize overtaking opportunities into banked turn 10. A grand stand with a capacity of 13,000 will overlook the turn 10 and turn 11 giving the F1 fans an opportunity to be a part of the action.
India’s first ever F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan helped light the F1 fire in India, and Vijay Mallya’s takeover of Spyker F1 and subsequent rise of Force India as a strong mid-field team set the stage for Karun Chandhok’s F1 debut this year, a move that Chandhok himself says could not have been possible without Ecclestone’s intervention.
Tickets worth 12.5 million rupees ($273,768) were snapped up in the first 3 hours of sales. The organizers are expecting a full house.
Length : 5.14 km
Area : 875 acres
Seating : 1,50,00
Corners : 16 Medium Speed Corners
Average Speed: 210km/h
Top Speed: 320km/h
Lap Time: 1 min 17 secs
Grand Stand : 13,000 Seating Capacity
Experts are also of the view that once the Indian Grand Prix kicks off, it has the potential to generate around $170 million in revenue and employ as many as 10,000 people. The opportunity in advertising tie-ups between manufacturers and F1 cannot be overlooked either. The race was to coincide with the important Diwali holiday, when consumer spending is typically at its highest and many are travelling, so economic prospects are excellent. This will serve as an instant boost to the Indian hotel & tourism industry and global profile as a whole.
You can like out Facebook page here to stay updated about the Grand Prix
When Lewis Hamilton began, he started off with radio controlled cars which he used to play around with and gradually went to win championships with adults. Now when I said championships I still mean radio controlled car championships. He was eight years old then in 1993.
I pretty much get an idea of Lewis was more a guy who took everything very seriously, he went on to win the BRCA championship the following year. Well who brought him the car, it was his dad Anthony Hamilton who still hangs around the Mclaren Mercedes pit almost at every race. Like every other parent’s policy,rewards came with hard work, so with Hamilton’s father assured him complete support as long as the performance in school continued.
Behind every successful kid….
At Christmas,Anthony gifted Lewis a go-kart, he was a complete six year old. With Go Karting races,Lewis needed a manager which was filled in by his father. Anthony was an IT Manager and a contractor. To support Lewis’ racing career, he at times had to go to the extend of 3 jobs. On March 14 2011, Simon Fuller who is a British artist manager, television producer and creator of the Idol franchise was appointed Manager of the then World Champion Lewis Hamilton, until then it was Anthony Hamilton all the way.
The Dream Run had started…..
Now this fact what I am about to mention is certainly hard to adjust, it is like a bolt from the blue and an apt salute to the Genius,In December 1995, at the age of ten, he approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at the Autosport Awards ceremony and told him, “I want to race for you one day … I want to race for McLaren.” Less than three years later McLaren and Mercedes-Benz signed him to their Young Driver Support Programme. After winning the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries, and GP2 championships on his way up the racing career ladder, he drove for McLaren in 2007, making his Formula One debut 12 years after his initial encounter with Dennis.
So distinct was this sportsman if you search for Autosport Awards 1995 you will ending finding more pictures of Lewis Hamilton and a faint hint of any associated awards ceremony. Have a look at that special ceremony in the video below.
Key moments from India’s six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
The toss caused confusion all around on Saturday and had to be performed twice before the start of the World Cup final.
Nobody, including match referee Jeff Crowe, appeared to hear Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara’s call the first time. Sangakkara won the second toss and elected to bat first.
The experienced Mahela Jayawardene held the Sri Lankan innings together with a classy unbeaten 103 off just 88 deliveries.
The right-hander was the only Sri Lankan batsman to cross 50 for his team on Saturday and did that with utmost ease and deft touches.
Sri Lankan batting changed gears very quickly during the last five overs of their innings — the powerplay — and added 63 runs for the loss off Nuwan Kulasekara’s wicket.
The finish took the Sri Lankan total to a challenging 274 for six but in the end it proved to be inadequate.
Gautam Gambhir steadied the Indian innings with a solid knock of 97 after they got off to a wobbly start, losing openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in quick succession.
Gambhir missed out on a deserved hundred by just three runs while trying to up the run rate and was bowled by Thisara Perera.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, struggling for runs during the whole campaign, produced a master-stroke by promoting himself in the batting order ahead of in-form left-hander Yuvraj Singh.
Dhoni’s decision was based on the Sri Lankan bowling attack, which included three off-spinners — Muttiah Muralitharan, Suraj Randiv and Tillakaratne Dilshan — and the Indian captain wanted to guard Yuvraj against them.
Dhoni remained unbeaten on 91 off 79 balls and blasted a huge six over long-on to take India past Sri Lanka’s total.
Sri Lanka’s attack looked blunt as their main weapon Muttiah Muralitharan, who played his last international match on Saturday, went wicketless in his spell.
The game’s highest wicket-taker in both tests and one-day internationals gave away 39 runs from his eight overs which proved a bit too costly for Sri Lanka.
Japan’s NTT Docomo Thursday said it will invest about Rs 800 crore more in Tata Teleservices through a rights issue of the Indian mobile phone services provider.
The additional investment is part of Docomo’s strategy to expand its business presence and revenue streams in India’s rapidly growing market, it said in a statement.
Shares of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra), the listed subsidiary of Tata Teleservices surged following the announcement. At 12:00 hrs the shares were traded at Rs 17.35 on National Stock Exchange, up 6.1% from previous close.
Tata Teleservices will use the funds to expand its coverage as well as strengthen the quality of its third generation or 3G network launched in November last year, it said.NTT Docomo had bought 26% stake in Tata Teleservices in November 2008.Tata Teleservices offers GSM mobile services under the Tata Docomo brand, and CDMA based mobile phone services under the Tata Indicom brand.
This is a very special video by Nike, with a sort of pledge being taken by all our great cricket heroes including Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan,Harbhajan Singh.
Really very nostalgic moments captured in this video and surely does not fail to charge you up and specially made for the moment, as we enter the semi final stage against Pakistan, BLEED BLUE !!!!!!!
Bring on Pakistan. Let the whole of Punjab reverberate with India, India! And thank God, and Yuvraj Singh for that. But spare a thought for Ricky Ponting-a three-time World Cup winner.
The combination of India’s youthful experience has prevailed over what in business would be called jaded core-values. Australia opted for an all-out pace attack in conditions that eminently suited the guiles of spin.
Indian have earned the right to play arch-rivals Pakistan in Yuvraj’s home ground, Mohali, largely thanks to Yuvi’s late order exploits with the bat. Promising innings from Sehwag and Tendulkar were curtailed; Team India grew nervous; there were almost three run outs, which fortunately resulted in only one. Yuvraj had been promising to be this team’s fulcrum for nearly a decade, but has delivered decisively only now. He was useful with the ball, and a grand finisher with the bat.
Could captain MS Dhoni have made a more inspired selection? Suresh Raina may have been fairly inconsequential on the batting scorecard, but he did save almost a dozen runs on the field. Ravichandran Ashwin looks like a lollipop chucker who’s disturbed by the undertaker in his dreams. Yet he bowled an inspired spell that begs the question why he didn’t deserve an automatic selection all along the tournament? In the middle overs, sensing that the pitch was receptive to spin, Dhoni opted for a triumvirate spin attack and brought on Zaheer Khan just when he had to pick up a few much-needed wickets.
It was only fitting that India, a team that has consistently challenged Australia in all forms of the game, and unseated it from the top of Test rankings, put the current world champions out of the tournament.
But India need to take home the lessons. A shirtback of a pitch doesn’t do justice to the supreme batting lineup that India possesses. Harder the batting conditions get, greater the chance for India’s vaunted batting lineup to shine. Against Pakistan’s superlative bowling attack, they can’t afford such risks. Mohali will certainly offer more to Umar Gul and Co. Can we stand up?