From Kenya to Canada: The Story of Kenya’s Only Ice Hockey Team

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In Kenya, there is only one ice hockey team, and they have nobody to play against. Every Wednesday and Sunday, the Kenya Ice Lions take to the first-ever ice rink in East and Central Africa: a 1,400-square-metre rink at the Panari Sky Center Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Located next to Nairobi National Park, is where the Ice Lions take to the rink and play the game they love.

In Canada, it is sometimes taken for granted that Canadians can always find someone to grab a stick, find some ice and play a game. Tim Hortons heard the story about the Kenya Ice Lions and decided to share our love of the game by bringing them to the birthplace of hockey.

“In Canada – and as a company – Hockey is part of our DNA,” says Jorge Zaidan, Head of Marketing, Tim Hortons Canada. “We are so inspired by the story of the Lions. Despite having no other teams to play against, the players on the Kenya Ice Lions’ passion for the game is unwavering. Their shared passion and love of the game knows no borders.”

Moved by their love for Canada’s favourite sport, Tim Hortons flew 12 members of the senior Ice Lions team to Canada to have the opportunity to finally play their first game ever against another team. After dressing in brand new CCM hockey equipment and personalized jerseys, they discovered they were in for an even bigger surprise: Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon were joining them on the ice as teammates.

“I was honoured to be able to join the Ice Lions as they played their first game against another team,” said Sidney Crosby, captain of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. “One of the things I love about hockey is how it’s able to reach so many people from so many countries around the world and bring them together.”

“While we played alongside the Ice Lions for their first game, we know it won’t be their last,” said Colorado Avalanche star, Nathan MacKinnon. “The team’s genuine passion and excitement for hockey is contagious – they were amazing teammates and it was great to play with them.”

“It is a dream to not only have the chance to play in Canada, but to play – for the first time – in full gear alongside two of the greatest players of the game,” says Benard Azegere, captain of the Kenya Ice Lions.” When we first started playing in Kenya, we didn’t even have full equipment, but now not only do we have that, we can say we’ve played a real game with some All-Star teammates.”

Tim Hortons made a donation to Kenya’s Youth Hockey League to help ensure that the Ice Lions’ passion for the sport lives on for the next generation. To see the full video of the Kenya Ice Lions hockey game with Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon, please visit https://youtu.be/CqYfhY5gVl8.

STAR SPORTS’ NEW TVC ‘PANGE WAALA PADOSI MAGNIFIES THE SPIRITED RIVALRY BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN

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Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the Unimoni Asia Cup has unveiled a new TVC as part of the ongoing #KnockThemOut campaign. The tournament scheduled to begin on 15th September will see Asian neighbours take on each other.

Star Sports’ latest TVC, designed for India v Pakistan clash scheduled on 19th September, is a tongue-in-cheek take on how both the teams view each other as their fiercest on-field rival. Historically, India vs Pakistan cricket matches across formats have created some great significant moments, making it one of the biggest sporting rivalries in the world. Staying true to it, and with a twist on an age-old ‘Neighbourhood Rivalry’, the film pits Omi Vaidya who plays the ‘Pange waala padosi’ and Naveen Kasturia who plays a newly moved in neighbour against each other. The two neighbours, a clever metaphor for the two teams, try to knockout each other during the course of the TVC making the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 the quasi-battleground on which these two neighbours would want to settle scores and emerge triumphant.

The defending champions India will start off their campaign against the winner of the Asia Cup qualifier on 18th September before taking on their arch-rivals Pakistan on 19th September. The tournament guarantees a riveting battle for the Asian supremacy between these neighbours. Interestingly, given the format of the tournament, fans may witness possibly 3 India-Pakistan clashes in the tournament.

Fans can catch the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 live on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar.

Gokulam Kerala FC Ties Up With Leading Sports Nutrition Brand Fast&Up

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Fast&Up, a leading sports nutrition brand by Aerometric Sports Products Private Limited, has been announced as the official nutrition partner of professional football club Gokulam Kerala FC. The club began competing in the I-League, the first division of Indian football, in the 2017-18 season.

Fast&Up is dedicated to offering athletes and fitness enthusiasts quality nutrition to boost energy during training, speed up recovery and improve overall performance. Each product is easy-to-use and practical, therefore it does not hamper one’s routine. They are available as effervescent tablets that can be consumed as a flavoured drink to ensure faster absorption and better bio-availability.

“To facilitate rigorous training and performance, nutrition is a critical factor in an intense sport like football,” says Vijayaraghavan Venugopal, CEO, Aeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited. Commenting on the tie-up, he said, “We hope to have a long association with Gokulam Kerala FC and look forward to creating more awareness around nutrition to empower India in its march towards becoming a successful football nation.”

Speaking about the brand association, Adith, physiotherapist for Gokulam Kerala FC, said, “To keep our players at peak performing conditions through practice and match sessions, we need to have nutritional supplements as a key component of the team’s fitness regime. I am very confident about choosing Fast&Up for the players at GKFC and strongly recommend that they use the products to improve their performance.”

NABBA/WFF Universe athletes from Assam felicitated

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The athletes from Assam who made a mark in the NABBA/WFF Universe competition held in Singapore on 1 July were felicitated by the NABBA/WFF Assam on Saturday at Guwahati.

 

Gold medallist in the Men Sports Model (  above 30 ) category and first Indian Pro Card winner Achyut Kalita, Silver medallist in the Men Bodybuilding Superbody category Shariful Alam Saikia, Bronze medallist in the Men Bermuda Model ( 30 years above) category Manoj Mahanta, 4th position holder in the Men Superbody Category Kushal Changmai and Quinn Buragohain who was placed among  the top ten in Women Bikini Model ( above 30 years) category were felicitated on the occasion. NABBA/WFF India president Dhiraj Mohan Das presided over the proceedings of the felicitation meeting. He spoke at length about the experience with NABBA/WFF and the future plans of the organisation.

 

The athletes narrated their experiences at the competition and how it had given them international exposure and motivation for the future. NABBA/WFF Assam secretary Jayanta Bez, vice president Diganta Kakati, Ramen Chamua and international Bodybuilder Nirnajan Kumar also graced the occasion. Several other organisations and individuals also felicitated the athletes.