Asian News International New DelhiOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 18:59 IST India’s Avinash Sable in action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAvinash Sable has become the first Indian after 1952 to qualify for the Olympics in this eventSable’s coach Amrish Kumar said that he could have qualified for the event in the first round onlyHe clocked 8 minutes 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00.India’s Avinash Sable, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in men’s 3000m steeplechase event, is ecstatic on achieving the feat, for which he worked “really hard.””I am feeling very happy after qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I came into this tournament with the aim of qualifying for the event. I have worked very hard for achieving this. My coach helped me in my training,” Sable told ANI.Sable has become the first Indian after 1952 to qualify for the Olympics in this event.Sable’s coach Amrish Kumar said that he could have qualified for the event in the first round only, but the luck did not go his way.”We could have qualified for the Olympics in the first round, and if we would have done so, then we would have fought for the top six in the second round. He is the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics after 1952. It is a very happy moment for us,” Kumar said.Sable demolished his own national record for the second time in three days though he finished 13th in the final race of the World Championships in Doha.He clocked 8 minutes 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00.Also Read | Avinash qualifies for Olympics after smashing 3,000m steeplechase national record for second timeAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow Avinash Sable Really happy after qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Avinash Sable after World Championship heroicsAvinash Sable, who has become the first Indian after 1952 to qualify for the Olympics, is ecstatic on achieving the feat.advertisement Next
The cargo vessel was hijacked following a Hollywood-style chase on November 26, 2010.Since then, one crew member, an Indian, has died from cholera. While the others, seven Pakistanis including the captain, seven Sri Lankans, six Bangladeshis and one Iranian have survived the ordeal, each losing 20kg to 30kg.The pirates have agreed to refuel the ship and provide the supplies and provisions to reach the closest port. The two parties finally agreed on $50 per person per day as the expenses incurred by the pirates.Although the agreement has raised hopes of the families finally seeing their loved ones, there is still one obstacle to be overcome — arranging the amount and transferring it to the pirates within the April 20 deadline. Somali pirates have agreed to release the crew of a ship hijacked in November 2010 which includes seven Sri Lankans, the Gulf News reported.The cargo ship MV Albedo was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Although, no ransom is being paid, the representatives of the families, led by senior political leaders from Pakistan have successfully negotiated with the pirates to pay the expenses incurred by them since they were captured. “We have been in contact with the pirates through the tribal leaders of Somalia for the past several months and we made it clear to them that we are unable to pay the ransom, but we have agreed to pay the expenses incurred by them over the last 17 months,” said Ahmad Chinoy, Chief of the Citizens Police Liaison Committee in Sindh, Pakistan, who has been at the forefront of negotiations. The pirates had initially demanded a ransom of $10 million (Dh36.7 million), which the owner declined to pay and the families couldn’t afford.