World Badminton Championships: B Sai Praneeth Enter Quarters, HS Prannoy Loses

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Basel: India’s B Sai Praneeth dished out a superlative performance to stun world no 8 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and progress to the quarterfinals but H S Prannoy’s fight ended with a narrow loss at the BWF World Championships here on Thursday.World No 19 Praneeth, who had reached the finals at Swiss Open this year, took just 42 minutes to dispatch sixth-seeded Anthony of Indonesia 21-19 21-13 to set up a likely clash with another Indonesian Jonatan Christie, seeded fourth and the reigning Asian Games champion. Earlier, Prannoy showed glimpsed of brilliance, especially in the opening game, but couldn’t stop World No 1 Kento Momota from registering a 21-19 21-12 win, his fifth victory over the Indian in as many encounters.In the opening game, Praneeth quickly erased a 0-3 deficit to move to an 8-5 deficit. The Indian, who has had success against Anthony at the 2018 Asia Team championship and 2017 World Championship, kept his stranglehold to enter the break with an 11-8 advantage.After the interval, Anthony managed to turn the tables at 14-12 and also threatened to undo the good work of the Indian but Praneeth got his bearings in time to pocket the opening game with three straight points from 18-19.In the second game, Praneeth zoomed to 6-2 but Anthony made his way to manage an 11-8 lead at the breather. After the break, the Indian reeled off six straight points to make it 14-12. He kept marching ahead as Anthony crumbled.Earlier, Momota dominated the proceedings initially against Prannoy as he moved from an 8-4 lead to grab an 11-7 advantage at the break.Prannoy started putting pressure on his rival after the breather with an attacking game to claw back at 12-12 and kept snapping at Momota’s heels.At one stage, after the end of the 57-shot rally, an exhausted Prannoy was left frustrated on the floor following a perfect net return from the World No 1. The point gave Momota a two-point cushion at 19-17.But the Indian stuck to his guns and a precise straight smash helped him to level at 19-19.Momota, however, upped the pace to grab the game point with a return on the backline and then sealed it with a powerful smash.After the change of sides, Momota once again found his way out of tricky situations to run up a lead of 11-5 at the break. Prannoy tried his best but Momota ensured he had the last laugh as he converted soon after gaining nine match points. Anthony Sinisuka GintingBadminton World ChampionshipsBWF World Championships B Sai PraneethHS Prannoy First Published: August 22, 2019, 9:15 PM ISTlast_img read more

Eldorado Gold granted permits for mining project in Halkidiki

first_imgMining giant Eldorado Gold got the green light to move forward with a controversial investment in Halkidiki, after an arbitration panel ruled in its favour. The Canadian company was in dispute with the Greek state over the mining project at Madem Lakkos, which saw its permit procedure put on hold, following claims that Eldorado’s 2014 technical report on the Madem Lakkos metallurgy plant violated the environmental terms of the 2003 contract it signed with the Greek state.“We believe this decision provides a foundation to allow us to advance dialogue with the Greek government in order to define a mutually agreeable and clear path forward for our Kassandra investments,” reads the statement of Hellas Gold, the canadian company’s branch which controls the Halkidiki Mines. The company is planning its next moves, with a meeting with Environment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis to take place after orthodox Easter.“We look to the Greek state to fulfill its obligations under the transfer contract including issuing the outstanding permits for the Skouries project,” notes the company in its statement, stressing that “the full, efficient and responsible development of the Kassandra assets will benefit the Greek state and its citizens, the local communities, our shareholders and our teams of Greek employees.”In its initial response, the Ministry stated that it will honour the pledge to respect the panel’s ruling but set three criteria that must be fulfilled to make sure that the mine will “produce pure gold,” and called the investment to proceed with the widest possible social consensus. This was seen as a nod to the significant proportion of locals who oppose mining in the forested country’s north because they believe the activity would hurt the regional tourism industry, destroy the area’s rich vegetation and pose a contamination risk to the groundwater. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more