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Tendulkar wishes good luck to Vijender for title fight

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Tendulkar wishes good luck to Vijender for title fightMumbai : Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar wished good luck to India’s star boxer Vijender Singh who will fight for the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title against Australia’s Kerry Hope here on Saturday.

Vijender, who won his first six professional bouts outside India, will fight for the first time in front of his home fans in New Delhi.

The 43-year-old former India batsman, besides wishing the 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist boxer, also said he is sure the 30-year-old Delhi lad will make the nation proud by winning the bout.

“Wishing all the very best to @boxervijender. You will surely make our nation proud. #RingKaKing,” Tendulkar tweeted on Saturday.

Vijender will face an opponent who has an experience of 30 bouts, of which he has won 23, out of which two were by knock-outs.

The Beijing Olympics bronze medallist has won all his six fights so far, but Hope has more experience and is a better calibre fighter than Vijender’s previous opponents.

The 34-year-old has been a professional boxer for 12 years and has been involved in 30 fights over that period with a record of 23-7. That, along with the fact that he is a left-hander — a distinct advantage in most sports — makes the Australian of Welsh origin a dangerous opponent.

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Gulam Bodi sentenced to five years in prison

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Former Proteas batsman Gulam Body has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a match-fixing scandal, which rocked South African cricket in 2015.

The 40-year-old had pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption in 2018, admitting to being a link between players – mostly his teammates at the Lions – and bookies during the 2015 Ram Slam T20 competition.

Bodi, who played two ODIs and one T20I, was charged under the Act after being banned by Cricket South Arica for 20 years for his role in the 2015 Ram Slam T20 scandal. The CSA, however, said none of the fixtures were affected by fixing after the plans to fix matches were foiled.

He was initially banned from all cricket-related activities for 20 years, while the other players involved – Jean Symes, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and Thami Tsolekile – also received suspensions which effectively ended their playing careers.

According to reports, the 40-year-old pleaded guilty to eight counts of corruption relating to sporting activities, and begged the court for mercy after he was told he could be jailed for as many as 15 years. The sentencing was delayed on several occasions – at one point because his lawyer withdrew from the case due to Bodi’s lack of funds.

The report further said that according to court documents, Bodi had been approached by Indian “bookmakers” as early as 2014.

Bodi’s prison sentence is the highest sanction received by a South African sports personality in relation with match-fixing.

His scandal followed some 15 years after the high-profile one involving late former Proteas captain, Hansie Cronje, who was handed a life-long ban for his actions, but escaped criminal prosecution.

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