For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Hong Kong: Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the men’s singles second round without playing a shot after his opponent Kento Momota’s pull-out while Sourabh Verma entered the main draw of the Hong Kong Open after clinching straight-game wins in his two qualifying clashes in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Srikanth was to play against Momota in the first round on Wednesday but the Japanese world number one pulled out of the tournament on Tuesday. The reasons for his withdrawal were not known. A few days back, the 24-year-old Momota had beaten Taiwan’s world number two Chou Tien-chen to claim his 10th title of the year at the Fuzhou China Open.World number 10 Srikanth will now face either compatriot Sourabh or Frenchman Brice Leverdez, who will clash in the second round on Wednesday, to reach the quarterfinal. Sourabh, seeded fourth in the qualifiers, first defeated Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-15 21-19 before getting the better of Lucas Claerbout of France 21-19 21-19 in the final qualifying round. In the mixed doubles, the Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa rallied from a game down to beat the Thailand duo of Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Savitree Amitrapai 16-21 21-19 21-17 in a 55-minute match and advance to the second round.But in another mixed doubles first round match, the Indian duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 10-21 18-21 to the third seeded Thai pair of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai to bow out of the tournament. The other Indians featuring in the men’s singles main event will start on Wednesday. B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, H S Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap are those in fray in the competition. Sourabh’s brother Sameer will be up against Tzu Wei Wanf of Taipei. B Sai Praneeth too has a tough opening round encounter against third seed Shi Yu Qi of China, while Prannoy and Kashyap will take on China’s Huang Yu Xiang and Kenta Nishimoto of Japan.Also Read | Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma Exit Hong Kong Open Badminton TournamentIndian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth jumped one spot to 10th while Srikanth slipped thee places to be at 13th in the latest BWF rankings issued. Sai Praneeth, who had won bronze at the World Championships in August, moved to top 10 while Srikanth, who was at 10th in the previous week, dropped out of the top bracket. Sameer Verma also moved up one place to be at 16th in the men’s singles rankings headed by Japanese Kento Momota. In the women’s singles rankings, P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal remained unchanged at sixth and ninth respectively. In the men’s doubles, the pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty rose two places to be at seventh. The Indian duo have been in fine form in recent months, reaching the final of the French Open in October and the semi-final of the China Open recently.
The International Grand Committee of Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ is co-chaired by Zimmer and Damian Collins, Chair of the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, Bob Zimmer, has announced that at least nine countries, including Canada, will be taking part in the second gathering of the International Grand Committee.According to Zimmer, on May 28, representatives from Argentina, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine will be joining Canada to discuss how they can protect citizen rights in the age of big data.Zimmer says having these countries on board will represent 355 million citizens, and will contribute to better protection of citizens in this digital age.- Advertisement -“Together we represent over 355 million citizens from around the world. As lawmakers, we are all examining ways to protect our citizens from threats to our democracies in the digital age. That is why it is important that we continue to come together as a group to share our knowledge and best practices for tackling these global issues.”Some of the witnesses that have confirmed their participation in the International Grand Committee include former CEO/founder of Blackberry, Jim Balsillie, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Daniel Therrien, and Chair of the United States Federal Election Commission, Ellen Weintraub.Invitations were also sent out to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey.Advertisement Zimmer says he finds it quite encouraging to see that Zuckerberg and Dorsey have been talking about improving the safety of social media platforms.“It has been encouraging to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly acknowledging that more needs to be done to stop the spread of harmful content on their platforms, as well as to protect their users’ privacy and data.”Zimmer hopes that Zuckerberg and Dorsey, along with other platform executives, take advantage of this important conversation.“I hope that they, and other platform executives, will take advantage of this unique opportunity and come to Ottawa to be a part of this important conversation.”Advertisement