first_img1 The 18-year-old scored twice in three minutes Marcus Rashford is the name on the lips of all Manchester United fans at the moment.The 18-year-old scored twice on his Red Devils debut in the Europa League on Thursday, after only finding out he was starting five minutes before kick-off following Anthony Martial’s injury.And he did it again in the first half against Arsenal on Sunday, scoring twice in three minutes, leading to comparisons to Lionel Messi who took far longer to do that against the Gunners on Tuesday.See below for the best instant reaction to Rashford’s brace!last_img

first_imgSKY TV pundit Paul Earley believes Mayo’s defence remains suspect ahead of the clash with Donegal this Saturday.The former Roscommon player says the doubts are understandable.“They’re fair comments because they’ve leaked goals at crucial stages in big games over the last few years that have lost them big games,” said Earley who will be in studio for Sky’s coverage this weekend (thrw So stand out are these moments Earley doesn’t need to rack his brains to remember them.“Go back to the All Ireland final against Dublin where they were on top early on, a long ball goes in the keeper and full back go for it and Bernard Brogan gets a fist in between the two of them. That shouldn’t happen”“It’s those incidents that have highlighted to a lot of people that there’s a deficiency in the full back line when the pressure is on  and they need to sure that defence up in a big way.“I’m not sure if they have the personnel changes to do that so perhaps, and we don’t know what they’ve been doing behind closed doors in the last six months, perhaps they’re going to drop players back and put up a defensive screen against teams, I thought last week when Galway brought players back Donegal struggled to open them up,” Earley told Newstalk from the launch of the 2015 Texaco Asian Games.  PAUL EARLEY: MAYO STILL HAVE SUSPECT DEFENCE was last modified: August 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMayoNewstalkPaul EarleySKY TVlast_img read more

first_img11 November 2003So, the outcome I suspect most were expecting happened. The Springboks were beaten in the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup by New Zealand, and the All Blacks, England, France and Australia qualified for the semi-finals. Beyond that, though, what does one make of South Africa’s World Cup campaign?There can be no doubt that the better team won when the Springboks and the All Blacks clashed in Melbourne. The New Zealanders were better than South Africa in all aspects of play, barring the lineouts, and produced a very good all-round performance to down Corne Krige’s team 29-9.To put it in a different perspective, former Springbok coach Nick Mallett was scathing in his assessment of South Africa’s performance in the game, calling it a mugging, not a match.In that performance, the Boks were in many ways their own worst enemy: they had to make twice as many tackles as the Kiwis, but missed seven times more tackles than Reuben Thorne’s men missed.The fact that they had to do so much more tackling than the All Blacks is testament to New Zealand’s domination which, surprisingly to some, started up front as the New Zealand pack outmuscled the Bok pack.Many people had felt in the run-up to the quarterfinal showdown that for South Africa to win they would have to control the All Blacks up front. When that didn’t happen, the writing was on the wall.Poor Derick Hougaard, facing a great team, was put under tremendous pressure at flyhalf as Joost van der Westhuizen received poor quality ball behind the scrum. Hougaard was forced to kick often and, because he was under such pressure from the Kiwi forwards, many of his kicks were not well directed.By contrast, his opposite number Carlos Spencer revelled in the space he was given, and directed the All Black game like a master conductor, with imaginative and exciting ideas and skills.Marked differenceThere was a marked difference in the finishing of the two teams. The All Blacks made it count when they had the opportunity to score tries, while South Africa failed to capitalise on the few chances they created. It highlighted the gap between the two teams.Despite the fact that the Springboks had not performed up to their fans’ expectations in the last year, a quarterfinal elimination was nonetheless a disappointment. Looking at South Africa’s results, they were predictable: wins over Georgia, Uruguay and Samoa, all teams ranked below the Springboks, and losses to England and New Zealand, the two top ranked teams in world rugby.However, the predictability of those results is maybe what is so disappointing: a country with South Africa’s rugby pedigree and history should be able to challenge any team, in any competition, anywhere, any time.It wasn’t all doom and gloom, though, so let’s take a look at some of the good and some of the bad.On the positive side, the Springboks, for the most part, played better rugby than they had done throughout most of 2003. Their 60-10 demolition of a Samoan team that had pushed England very hard in a 35-22 loss was a fantastic all-round performance but, when comparing the Boks to teams like the English and New Zealand, I felt they were under-prepared.For the last three years it seems that all South African rugby has focused itself on is the Rugby World Cup: finding the right combinations and identifying the style of play that best suits the Springboks. Yet when RWC 2003 finally rolled around there was a lot about the team that was not yet settled.One cannot lay the blame solely at the feet of coach Rudolf Straeuli, as he wasn’t the man originally chosen to lead South Africa at the World Cup. However, England and New Zealand found a recipe to improve their standards since the 1999 World Cup; why couldn’t South Africa do the same?Experimenting with combinationsOne point I want to make, as a Springbok rugby fan, is that I cannot agree with the idea of trying out combinations in Test matches, where the coach is prepared to sacrifice a win just to experiment for possible later success at the Rugby World Cup.I would guess that I am not alone in wanting to see South Africa’s best team playing at all times. The merits of that are, however, debatable. There are many coaches who would disagree with me, I am sure.On the subject of Straeuli not being the coach originally chosen to lead the Boks to the World Cup, the administrators must be held responsible for the lack of continuity. Harry Viljoen, it is clear in retrospect, was definitely not the man to lead South Africa in rugby’s showcase competition, yet the administrators went after him to do the job, even though he had some reservations.I believe South African rugby’s administrators have a lot to answer for beyond that too, and that much of the blame for South Africa’s poor results in recent years must lie with them.South African rugby fans have all too often seen examples of the way the sport’s administrators manage the game; it’s called crisis management. It has at times been embarrassing, at other times frustrating, and at other times it has caused anger. There doesn’t appear to be a long-term plan in place. If there is one, it is either not working or it is not being properly implemented.Take a look at almost any successful team and you will find behind it good administration. Take a look at any poorly run team and you will see that the results, almost always, echo the poor administration.Mallett’s viewsNick Mallett, writing in the Sunday Times, was clear in his thoughts on the matter, and I, as a rugby fan who keeps a pretty close eye on the sport, agree wholeheartedly with his assessment. Mallett said that from being the best team in the world in 1995, South African rugby has gone backward. Well, to put it in his terms, from being the best team “to a rabble”.He said that administrators such as Rian Oberholzer, Silas Nkanunu, Mveleli Ncula and the board of SA Rugby haven’t sold the game to the South African public, but have instead been at the heart of failures, both at a Super 12 and international level. Mallett also criticised provincial union administrators as playing a big part in this administrative failure.A very passionate and outspoken man about rugby, Mallett said South Africa needs a national coach, who would appoint a performance director, assistant coaches and development coaches. Unfortunately, he opined, the SA Rugby executive doesn’t have any idea how to appoint a national coach.Any person that can add two and two together would realise that Mallett’s dismissal as Springbok coach was due to a personality clash; he was sacked after he criticised ticket prices, not because he wasn’t a good coach.So, sure, he doesn’t like the SA Rugby executive and the feeling, no doubt, works the other way around. However, that dismissal is indicative of a lack of professionalism at the top level, and I feel the former Bok coach does make some very good points.The goodTime to draw a breath and bring in some of the positives I spoke about much, much earlier…Despite the less than glowing results, a lot of good young players are beginning to make their mark in the green and gold, and there is optimism for the future.Even without looking at the performances of South Africa at the World Cup, it is worth acknowledging the achievements of the country in winning the under-21 and under-19 World Cups in the past two years. That bodes well. South Africa certainly is producing talented young players.In Australia, at the World Cup, players like Joe van Niekerk, Juan Smith, Bakkies Botha and Ashwin Willemse provided some pretty good reasons to smile, and they could become fixtures in the Springbok team for years to come.Derick Hougaard wasn’t at his best, but he has already shown that he too has all the tools that could turn him into the answer in the Springboks’ number-10 jersey. It’s a critical position that hasn’t been adequately filled since the retirement of the great Henry Honiball – who, let it be noted, was never on the losing side when he started a game at flyhalf against New Zealand.For the most part, the Springbok pack performed well at the World Cup, but there were plenty of questions in the backline, where things failed to click. Considering the number of centre combinations used in recent times – too many for me to even begin adding up – that is not surprising.There was a definite gap between the flow of Springbok backline moves and the moves of teams with greater experience of playing together. Continuity of selection is so important ,and again it showed that constantly fiddling and tinkering with a line-up is a hindrance.South African rugby needs consistency in selection, in development, in coaching, and in leadership, but it doesn’t exist, and I believe this has hurt Springbok rugby. I cannot fault the passion of the players. If it came down to a will to win, I certainly feel South Africa would have produced a better record than it has in recent years, but that hasn’t been the case.Success breeds success, and SA Rugby needs to focus on putting a world class winning team on the field of play. Winning is, after all, the tradition of Springbok rugby. From that success will follow the rewards whereby rugby will be properly sold to the South African public. Right now, that public is disillusioned. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgOdisha’s Kandhamal Haldi (turmeric), famous for its healing properties, is a few steps away from receiving GI tag as the Geographical Indications Journal has advertised its application seeking objections.Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing, based at the district headquarter town of Phulbani, had moved for registration ‘Kandhamal Haldi’ which was accepted under sub-section (1) of Section 13 of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.Turmeric is the main cash crop of tribal people in Kandhamal. Apart from domestic use, turmeric is also used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.last_img

first_imgNearly half of mammal species surveyed in a new study practice infanticide. Of the 260 species studied, 119 kill their own young, researchers report online today in Science. Infanticide was most likely to occur in species in which the female was capable of breeding at any point in the year. The findings suggest that a male kills unrelated offspring in order to shorten a female’s postpartum infertility phase, so he can mate with her sooner—a hypothesis confirmed by the observation that males will often mate with the mothers of children they’ve killed. (Human hunting may also play a role, as appears to be the case in bears.) However, females can use sexual promiscuity to create confusion about the paternity of offspring and discourage infanticide. Oddly enough, scientists believe this leads to larger testicles in males: When females are promiscuous, sperm competition increases, and evolution selects for males with the largest testicles capable of producing the most sperm. Sure enough, the team found larger testes in species that have been practicing infanticide for longer. That may explain the absurd size of the gonads of the male mouse lemur, seen above.last_img read more

first_imgThe Traditional Knowledge Digital Library has succeeded in revoking nine patents wth the EPO recently. As someone who led earlier patent fights that took years, do you think the TKDL is more effective?You don’t need a digital library to fight a case. Whatever is being digitalized is the evidence. It doesn’t become evidence because it is in digital form. So I think it is a misconception to imagine that just putting it into the digital form now adds additional weight, because absolutely the same material in black and white is available, which is how it would have been taken to the court. That is what works and the power of what we started in 1994 with the neem case was that we really compelled them (patent offices) to recognize that the evidence doesn’t have to be in English. It could be in Urdu. You translate it. Putting it in digital form in fact can do the opposite. It’s just making it that much easier for biopiracy. You are now making the information more accessible.But I understand that TKDL is not publicly accessible. It is only available to the patent offices? Which is part of the problem, because the real fight in my view is to equip all your people to use that knowledge more. Why is it that we have a secret of our national heritage? It should be our public knowledge first. The best defense against biopiracy is in fact to use it and make it more available to the public of India, so more people continue to use it. The more it stays in the public domain as a living tradition the more stupid a piracy claim becomes. Closing the information from your own public is totally wrong. An effort of this scale should be in the public domain for the Indian public. It should be digitalized for keeping a living tradition alive within India. The school kid should know this is your heritage. So how do we solve the problem of biopiracy?Piracy is basically claiming illegally someone else’s property as yours, something that exists as if it’s your invention. That has to be solved through law. We involved ourselves in the neem, basmati and the wheat case, because we wanted public education on this issue. But every time we did it, we also said that this has to be solved by making biopiracy illegal. Now all the effort the Government of India is undertaking by, like you are saying, going after nine cases. Well it should spend that kind of effort to just tell the United States that sorry piracy of Indian knowledge is not acceptable, or piracy of Amazonian knowledge or African knowledge. As we have put in our intellectual property laws no to biopiracy, you must do so in yours. Also the traditional knowledge digital library only focuses on traditional medicines, whereas what’s being commercialized on a very large scale today is agro bio diversity. Things like basmati, wheat, hundreds of patents on crops, so many of which come from India, crops that can survive floods, that can survive drought, that have strong tolerance in case of cyclones and hurricanes. None of that is covered in any way by the library. You have already shut that out of requiring protection.There are still outstanding patents on neem in the US?Many, and again we took that one case of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and W R Grace over a joint patent. We did it for political public education, but there are other cases, many, many other cases and within a month we will have a list of the new piracy claims and we are going to publish them. Part of the reason we are doing it is to show that this digital library is not helping the citizen know better what’s going on. It’s not helping the Indian citizen to have access to their own knowledge and it is the duty of our government to share that knowledge and keep it alive as living traditions. When they started the digital library, I was saying you can’t be weak on the legal front and digitize your knowledge in a period of piracy, because it is like putting a label on everything precious in your house saying please look at this. I have an antique worth $1 million, this painting is worth $5 million. It is facilitating biopiracy. Because it is happening without an accompanying legal rewriting of the law, international law. Everywhere the U.S. is bullying to keep biopiracy alive and legal.TDKL Director VK Gupta says the problem of biopiracy in India has been entirely resolved by the library. No not at all. I had a student from a law school who wanted to work on this project and I said first thing is to find out how many new case have been found and he said we don’t give this to anyone in India. There may be legal challenges within India about the inadequacies of the steps taken by the Government of India.TDKL’s contention is that now they have these agreements with the US patent office so the examiners are able to tap into the database when a patent application is filed? If you are at the inspection stage and if there was due diligence it is fine, but then how come 85 cases of neem happened in the U.S.? And one thing that needs to be recognized is that the U.S. decided that economic globalization is a U.S. project, but it has been outsourcing all production and manufacturing to China and a bit to India. The US decided that it is going to make its money through royalties in intellectual property and not through production and manufacturing, which can happen anywhere in the world. But the money should come back to the U.S.They have given their patent offices this incentive in a way to grant as many patents as you can. I might not be exact, but from what I remember something like 90% of applications are now granted. Now that trend is not going to change because of the digital library in India. That will only change when the US starts to do production back home and stops to depend fully on income coming from royalties rather than from actual production. The digital library is not a magic bullet to solve all these multifaceted problems related to patent monopolies and biopiracy.What incentive you think US will ever have for changing this regime?I think there is only one incentive and that is first of all a movement that I think is already growing around the issue of the knowledge commons and biological diversity. The fact that last year the economics Nobel Prize went to an economist who has worked on the commons is a sign that this idea that not everything has to be privatized is growing and these debates that have taken place through cases of neem, etc., are a challenge to all of this. This is the only place where this will get resolved in the long run — when the American people realize that this system is hurting them as ordinary people, that’s the incentive. As long as Washington thinks that the interests of their corporations, whether through piracy or monopoly, are the only things they need to protect, then nothing will change.Pat Mooney of the ETC Group said that the Indian government has been very passive on the biopiracy issue in international forum. Do you agree? Well, in earlier days India was aggressive and then along the way India really thought it had to play the role of a satellite of the US and the power equation shifted. That’s when the nuclear deal got signed. That’s when India started to take either a quiet stand or actually openly support the US. India has been on the wrong side of many issues, even Copenhagen…. For a long time, India stood for national sovereignty in a very, very clear way, in a strong way. India has to remember that position. It forgot it in Copenhagen, it forgot it in intellectual property platforms. It will just to have to remember it again. There is just too much at stake for the people of India and people of the third world.Independent of patenting, companies can commercially exploit the knowledge. What can we do about that?I think it’s absolutely wrong to take benefit of someone’s knowledge. It’s wrong to patent it or even without patenting it to derive profit and exclude the original community group culture from whom you have taken that knowledge and for that I definitely feel prior informed consent negotiations are very important.What is that supposed to mean?You don’t commercialize without checking with the community or culture from where you are taking this. Can I commercialize this? What should be the distribution? What is to be the contribution to access benefit sharing?As I understand it the numbers we are talking about are 1-2% of the profits should be shared with these communities.I don’t think anyone should fix that. The communities should have the right to fix it. There may also be a sacred part, for which there should be no commercialization. This is what happened with dragon’s blood, the Amazonian plant that healers use, that is patented. But the argument that won that case was that this is a healing plant for spiritual healers and you can’t commercialize it. Communities should have the right to say sorry it is a sacred plant you can’t commercialize it and if they say yes commercialize, then they should decide the sharing through a democratic allocation?That will be complicated.So what if it is complicated. The complication is being created by those who want to commercialize their knowledge rather than go through complicated processes, because life is going on, people are using the plants, they are using the seeds and the crops. It’s big commercial interests that are interfering in that process. They jolly well should go through a series of hard steps. Why should it be easy for them?   Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgCoach Ravi Shastri was a relieved man after Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar stitched together a record eighth-wicket partnership to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Kandy.India, chasing a Duckworth-Lewis target of 231 in 47 overs, had their backs to the wall when they slipped from 109/1 to 131 for seven before Dhoni reprised his finisher’s role and Bhuvneshwar proved a perfect foil as they bailed out India with an unbeaten century partnership.Dhoni’s risk-free 45 not out included only one boundary while Bhuvneshwar hit a six and four fours in his unbeaten 53.Shastri, who was appointed India’s coach till 2019 World Cup in July after Anil Kumble’s resignation, took to Twitter to express his feelings.”Witnessed a jail break in Kandy exactly half an hour to midnight #TeamIndia #SLvIND,” Shastri tweeted.Witnessed a jail break in Kandy exactly half an hour to midnight #TeamIndia #SLvIND Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 24 August 2017Former India batsman VVS Laxman was in awe of “iceman” Dhoni and “gritty” Bhuvneshwar.”Finally a good game in this series??Congrats Team India on the win??Sensational partnership between iceman @msdhoni & gritty @BhuviOfficial,” Laxman wrote on the microblogging site.Finally a good game in this series???Congrats Team India on the win???Sensational partnership between iceman @msdhoni & gritty @BhuviOfficial ???- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 24 August 2017The smile says it all – Skipper @imVkohli with @BhuviOfficial & @msdhoni #TeamIndia #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) 25 August 2017Great Composure & Brilliant Chase @BhuviOfficial & @msdhoni . Cannot be more proud of the result today ????????? #bleedblue #IndvsSL #TeamIndiaadvertisement- Murali Vijay (@mvj888) 24 August 2017Absolutely loved the way @BhuviOfficial & @msdhoni bhai got us home tonight. Beautiful Chase ???#TeamIndia #INDvSL- Karun Nair (@karun126) 24 August 2017Well done boys congratulations ??????@bcci @ICC @ICCLive @ESPNIndia- Mohammed Shami (@MdShami11) 24 August 2017Congratulations India. A special spell from Dananjaya but great nerves from Dhoni.Bhuvi’s spirit was a delight to watch. Well done !#INDvSL- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 24 August 2017Missed the game last night, what an unbelievable effort from @msdhoni and @BhuviOfficial to rescue us from a difficult situation. ??????- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) 24 August 2017last_img read more

first_imgDon’t we all love the look of box-fresh trainers, all clean and glowing ready to shine on our feet as we flaunt them off for the first time?Well, now it seems like days of wearing clean white sneakers are gone. Because if Gucci’s new collection is to be believed, then dirty and distressed sneakers are the new fashion statement and that too an expensive one. Gucci’s Distressed GG canvas sneakersIn a recently launched campaign, Gucci inaugurated its collection of ‘scuffed, dirty and vintage sportswear-inspired’ sneakers, and their price is more than our monthly salaries. The sad part, it basically looks just like the dirty sports shoes we used to wear to school.These incredible shoes are priced at USD 870, which is Rs 63,258 in Indian currency. Because who cares about dirty shoes if you can trade your soul, and probably kidney too, to buy it.Available in four different designs and three colourways, the company called the shoes ‘a pastiche of different influences that span across decades.’ Close up of Gucci’s new sneakersThese luxurious shoes are part of the brands Cruise 2019 collection and are inspired by classic trainers from the 70s.It also has some amazing features like treated vintage, distressed effect (so that you won’t have to worry about washing your shoes. EVER!), oval enameled metal Gucci logo and a Gucci vintage logo (so that everyone knows you have traded your soul to buy it).It even comes with a bi-colour sole, probably because with such an amazing price may be it also offers durability that will definitely outlast the apocalypse (since dirt is not a worry).advertisementEven Twitterati was left confused with this new trend. Here are some best reactions:I really don’t get these Gucci dirty sneaker trendbysamiiryan (@thesamiiryan) January 11, 2018I’m not gonna stop u from wearing slightly dirty Gucci sneakers with an Old Navy hoodie BUT I will judge uAB Green (@theABGreen) May 24, 2016When ur born rich a f but don’t wanna be a called a snobby daddy’s boy at school=Gucci’s New Vintage Sportswear-Inspired Dirty Sneakers Cost $870 USD #gucci #guccifromthehood K (@nadiakhairinas) November 7, 2018I’m afraid this is the limit for me. Hanley (@DigitalJazz) November 7, 2018Saw these Gucci white sneakers with a “vintage, distressed effect” in store earlier and they look even more absurd IRL than the stock pic ¥99,360 (US$740 in the US) for what is essentially dirty looking white leather shoes (@ratzillacosme) December 20, 2017I really don’t like the way fashion trends work.A lot people wear dirty, white sneakers because it’s all they can get, but they make it stylish or cool because they have to…Brands like Gucci see these trends & capitalize, selling a dirty white sneaker for $800Dimitri Moore (@dimiimoore) December 17, 2017Rich people really have nothing better to do with their money Dirty, my mistake, distressed sneakers for $740. But they’re Gucci so… Genes (@SunsetSoFresh) November 16, 2017So, are you ready to sell your kidneys (or any other part of your body) to buy these amazing shoes?ALSO SEE | These chappals cost Rs 45k. But the product reviews are pricelessALSO SEE | People are paying Rs 2 lakh for a sweater to just go toplessALSO WATCH | This $32K Bavarian Dirndl is the Ultimate Oktoberfest Outfitlast_img read more

first_imgTopics news Read more Punishment for cocaine use while playing sport does not fit the crime World Cup 2018 Sean Ingle Share on Messenger Peru Cas had said earlier on Thursday that it would not intervene in Guerrero’s legal campaign to play at the World Cup but that it would “not object” if a federal judge decided to freeze the ban.The captains of the teams drawn to play Peru appealed to Fifa to lift the ban. The France captain, Hugo Lloris, Australia’s Mile Jedinak and Denmark’s Simon Kjaer said the ban was disproportionate given Cas acknowledged Guerrero did not knowingly ingest cocaine or seek an advantage.The judge, Christina Kiss, took into account that, at 34, Guerrero should not miss his first opportunity to play at the World Cup.“This decision does justice, at least partially, and I’m grateful to the Swiss court,” said Guerrero, who has not formally been cleared of doping and could yet serve the remainder of his ban. Guerrero had the right to a supreme court appeal because CAS is under the jurisdiction of Swiss civil law.Xhaka ‘relieved’ after injury scareArsenal’s Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka said he was “very relieved” after learning a knee injury he suffered in training will not threaten his World Cup participation. Xhaka sustained an injury to his left knee in a challenge while training in heavy rain with his international team-mates in Lugano on Thursday, the Swiss Football Federation said. But an MRI scan that evening showed he had suffered only a bruise to the bone. “I’m very relieved,” Xhaka said on the Swiss FA website. He will miss Sunday’s friendly with Spain, but is not a doubt for the World Cup. He could be back for Swizerland’s second warm-up match against Japan, with their World Cup campaign starting against five-time champions Brazil on 17 June. PA Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter World Cup Share via Email Share on Facebook Peru, who are making their first World Cup appearance since 1982, are in a group with France, Denmark and Australia.The interim ruling puts the ban imposed by the court of arbitration for sport on hold until a full consideration of the case. Cas had imposed the ban in May, upholding an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Mikel John Obi: ‘If Nigeria were organised we’d have won World Cup’ The captain of Peru has been cleared by a Swiss supreme court judge to play at the World Cup despite a doping ban. Paolo Guerrero tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine at a World Cup qualifier against Argentina in October. He argued the stimulant had not been performance enhancing and was accidentally consumed in contaminated tea.Switzerland’s supreme court said it has granted an interim order to freeze Guerrero’s 14-month ban for a positive test. “Paolo Guerrero can take part in the World Cup,” the court said. Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more