Swiss Squash Champion says India Unsafe for Women, refuses to travel to India for World Championships

The World Junior Squash Championships are currently underway in Chennai. But the contingent from Switzerland is a depleted with one, with their top-ranked player Ambre Allinckx not coming to India for safety reasons.

A report in the New Indian Express states that Allinckx’s parents did not want her to come to India after reading reports about the number of crimes against women in the country.

Pascal Bhurin, the Swiss coach, was quoted as saying in the report, “Ambre Allinckx is our top-ranked women’s player. She couldn’t make it because her parents did not want her to travel to India.”

He added, “They have been reading reports on the internet about how unsafe India is for women and didn’t want to take the risk of sending their daughter over. However, we have not experienced any disturbance so far.”

It has been reported that teams from Iran, Australia and the United States of America have also expressed concerns regarding the matter and that the players in the contingents have been advised to dress conservatively in order to keep a low profile.

Most recently, 17 men were arrested in Chennai for raping an 11-year-old.

Andrew Shelley, the Chief Executive of the World Squash Federation (WSF), responded to the report as well. He was quoted as saying on the tournament’s official website, “Of course the views and choice of every parent must be fully respected. However, there are over 250 players and officials from 28 countries, including a full squad from Switzerland.”

“Like the WSF, they all have complete confidence with the security arrangements made by Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets Association at the Championship Hotel and playing venues to ensure the safety of the players at this event,” added Shelley.

Source: IndiaTimes, New Indian Express

Arbaaz Khan, Raj Kundra and Vindu Dara Singh: Celebrities caught in IPL cricket betting scandals

Bollywood actor and superstar Salman Khan’s brother Arbaaz Khan on Saturday confessed to the police that he had indulged in betting in some of the IPL matches. He was summoned to the police station for questioning in connection with the investigation into an IPL betting racket. His name came up during the interrogation of bookie Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad.

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Speaking to the media after his interrogation after he was let go by the cops after 6 hours of a grueling session face to face with Sonu Jalan, Arbaaz Khan said, “I answered all the questions asked by police. It’s an ongoing investigation and i will continue to co-operate with the probe.”

Interestingly, Arbaaz is only the latest celebrity to be caught in an IPL scandal. Sources report that Malaika Arora, Arbaaz’s ex-wife, rushed to Galaxy apartment to meet actor and filmmaker after he returned home post the interrogation in IPL betting scam by Anti Extortion Cell, Thane, Mumbai.

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Many celebrities have been involved with IPL and with its heady mixture of glamour and sports, the annual tournament provides more drama than a typical Bollywood movie even when the actual cricket is not being played.

In 2013, three Rajasthan Royals players – Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were suspended on charges of spot-fixing (‘fixing’ a particular outcome of a part of a match and not the entire match).

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After further investigation, Vindu Dara Singh, son of late wrestler and actor Dara Singh, was arrested for his alleged links with bookies. He was released on bail 13 days after his arrest. He claimed innocence. After Arbaaz Khan’s confession, it is possible that Vindu may be summoned again.

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband and former co-owner of Rajasthan Royals Raj Kundra was also questioned by the Delhi police for his alleged links with illegal betting. He admitted betting on his own team and was suspended by BCCI from the team. Later, the Supreme Court banned him for life from all cricketing activities for good measure.

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In India, betting in sports is illegal and a punishable offence. This is not the case with other cricket playing nations like Australia, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand.

Source: Indian Express

IPL betting: After Arbaaz Khan, Thane cops to question Vindu Dara Singh, accused in 2013 IPL scandal

The investigation into the IPL betting case has taken a new twist, with police saying that they will widen the net in interrogating more people from the film fraternity, a Zee News report suggests.  On Tuesday, the anti-extortion cell of the Thane Crime Branch arrested Jalan, alias Sonu Malad, one of the country’s leading cricket bookies. He was arrested in connection with a betting racket that was busted in Dombivali on May 16.

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Sources are also saying that after Arbaaz, Thane Police may also summon Vindu Dara Singh. Sonu Malad is likely to have told interrogators that he met Vindu twice with his aide Prem Taneja. Taneja is also a bookie who was arrested along with Vindoo by Mumbai Crime Branch in IPL fixing and betting case.

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In May 2013, Vindu allegedly told the police that he placed bets on Gurunath Meiyappan’s behalf. After his release from jail, 13 days after his arrest, Vindu maintained innocence. However, his summons will probably reveal more in the murky fixing scandal.

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After Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad was arrested on Tuesday, he reportedly told the cops that he had befriended Arbaaz Khan, who in turn introduced him to other Bollywood stars.

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Earlier on Friday, Arbaaz Khan was summoned to record his statement by Thane police in connection with betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His name reportedly came up while the police were innterrogating bookie Sonu Jalan who was arrested on Tuesday.