Kalibo (Philippines): The Philippines coast guard said seven rowers drowned and 14 others were rescued when their dragon boat overturned Wednesday after being lashed by strong waves during a practice run off a popular resort island. Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the accident happened off Boracay island in the central Philippines’ Aklan province where a local dragon boat team was practicing ahead of a rowing competition. Survivors of the accident, including a Chinese and a Russian, were brought by coast guard personnel and authorities to a hospital, Balilo said. The boat capsized less than half a kilometer (a third of a mile) from the nearest beach. Friends, supporters and fellow rowers expressed shock and offered prayers for the sudden deaths in the team’s Facebook account. Dragon boat rowing using Chinese-style canoes adorned with dragon designs and manned by a team of paddlers and a drum beater on board have long been popular in the Philippines, with teams competing in domestic and Asian competitions.
New Delhi: The World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand in July still fresh in his mind, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said he struggled to hold back his tears when Mahendra Singh Dhoni got out in that match at Old Trafford. Chasing 240, Chahal walked into bat after Dhoni fell in the 49th over against New Zealand in the rain-affected semi-final which India lost by 18 runs. Dhoni stitched a 116-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja to get India close after they were tottering at 92 for 6 at one stage. But Dhoni’s dismissal, run out on 50, crushed India’s hopes of reaching the final. “It was my first World Cup and when Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) got out and I was going in (to bat), I was trying to hold back my tears. It was so depressing,” Chahal said at the 10th edition of India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit here. “We played so well for nine games but suddenly we were going out of the tournament. Rain wasn’t in our hands and so it won’t be right to say anything (about the interruption). It was the first time that we really wanted to go back to the hotel as soon as possible from the ground.” India had earlier topped the league stage with seven wins from nine games. Since the 50-over World Cup, Chahal has played only one ODI and has also been ignored from India’s T20 scheme of things ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup.