“Militarisation Of Football”: Army Training, Drills For Chinese Players


'Militarisation Of Football': Army Training, Drills For Chinese Players

Players being inspected by a soldier during military-style training sessions in Shanghai. (AFP)


Chinese national squads and a top league team have packed young footballers off to military camps for drills and Marxist-style “thought education” as a campaign to promote Communist Party values spreads even into the sporting world.

Chinese fans have watched the militarisation of football with a mixture of anger and bemusement after pictures emerged of players getting their hair shaved and throwing themselves bare-chested into the snow.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) spirited away more than 50 under-25 national squad players in October for several weeks of intensive army drills, swapping their football boots for combat boots and military fatigues.

The move, underlining desperation to improve the perennially underachieving Chinese national side, was particularly controversial because it meant some of China’s finest young players were not involved in the final games of the league season.

A second batch of players was packed off in early November, and this week a national squad of under-19s was set to don camouflage and head to the barracks, suggesting that the boot camps may become a fixture.

Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai Shenhua — home last year to Argentine striker Carlos Tevez — followed suit with its under-19 players, combining football training with marching and other aspects of an austere military life.

Under the watchful eye of the drillmasters of airforce unit 94778, the young players were subjected on Monday to “thought-education”, the club said on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.


Players marching with a soldier during military-style training sessions. (AFP)

They “examined propaganda materials, visited the unit’s hall of history, soldiers’ barracks and took part in basic military formation drills”, it said.

The players were also plonked down to watch the evening news on state television — a nightly hymn to the Communist Party — before hitting their bunks.

‘Strengthen ideology’

The CFA has been characteristically coy on the thinking behind the boot camps, but the Beijing Evening News said: “In several previous warm-up matches, some of the national team were criticised for not working hard and having no sense of honour.”

The Beijing Youth Daily, citing the CFA, said that the camps will “strengthen young players’ ideology”.

President Xi Jinping has conducted a broad campaign to bolster the ruling Communist Party that has drawn comparisons to past mass political campaigns under former leader Mao Zedong.

Government departments, businesses and organisations across the country have signed up to the drive by conducting indoctrination sessions focusing on Marxist values and “Xi Jinping Thought”.

Earlier this year, players for the national team began appearing in matches with bandages covering their tattoos, which the Xi government frowns upon in its purity campaign.

But frustrated Chinese football fans accused the CFA of putting politics before football as it took dozens of domestic players out of action for the critical last few games of the season.

Pictures subsequently emerged online of the under-25 players with buzz cuts and wearing military garb as they sat in a whitewashed room watching the senior national team’s 0-0 with India on television.


A soldier teaching marching techniques to Shenhua players. (AFP)

A red banner at the front of the room exhorted them to be upstanding members of the public.

Soccer News reposted pictures on Weibo said to be of the players baring their teeth and leaping half-naked into the snow.

China’s World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, whose final assignment with the team will be the Asian Cup in January, has not commented on the army-style initiative.

As part of Xi’s efforts to make the country a footballing powerhouse, China made the 70-year-old Italian one of the best-paid coaches in the world when they hired him in October 2016.


authorities Collects Rs 20,165 Crore training Cess in April-January

Government Collects Rs 20,165 Crore Education Cess in April-January

New Delhi: government today stated it has amassed Rs 20,165 crore through education cess inside thefirst ten months of the current economic.

Of this, Rs 14,509 crore turned into amassed underneath direct taxes and Rs 5,656 crore underneathindirect taxes, Minister of nation for Finance Jayant Sinha stated in a written respond in the Rajya Sabha.

through the education cess, the authorities had amassed Rs 35,986 crore in 2014-15, Rs 33,902 crore in 2013-14 and Rs 30,642 crore in 2012-thirteen.

training cess changed into added to fulfil the dedication of the authorities to provide and finance universalised quality fundamental, secondary and higher schooling.

The primary training cess changed into added in 2004-05, at the same time as the secondary and highersecondary training cess become brought in budget 2007-08, Sinha said.

“The proceeds of education cess are… spent on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and mid-day meal scheme of theauthorities,” he brought.

(This story has no longer been edited by way of NDTV body of workers and is automobile-generated from a syndicated feed.)
story first published on: March 15, 2016 20:05 (IST)

Tags: education cess, Jayant Sinha, secondary and better schooling, indirect taxes, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

the united states Olympic cycling group is training with smart glasses

while the usa biking crew heads to the Olympics in Rio this summer time, it’ll have an ace up its sleeve:schooling with clever glasses. Solos has worked with the team to create augmented reality glasses thatdisplay important information in mid-ride (including cadence and coronary heart price), making itperfect for athletes looking to push themselves a little harder. It talks to not unusual cycling apps, too,including MapMyRide, Strava and TrainingPeaks. however, the nice component may be the provision — Solos is running a crowdfunding campaign to get ordinary cyclists the use of the eyewear.

As I write this, you could pledge $250 (commonly $four hundred) to get the glasses as soon as they shipin October. you may need to act speedy if you want the concept of getting Olympian-authorized bikingrecords continually within sight, mind you. The glasses will generally sell for $500, which is a lot to askunless you spend most of your days racing on two wheels.

Google Buys Synergyse, Will combine Google Apps training This year

Google Buys Synergyse, Will Integrate Google Apps Training This Year

Google has received a enterprise generation startup based by using an Indian-foundation entrepreneur as a part of its plans to scale schooling services for Google Apps to its clients and customerscustomers.

Varun Malhotra is the founder and CEO of Toronto-based totally Synergyse, which became released in 2013 with an goal to educate customers the way to use Google Apps.

Google did not disclose the monetary info of the deal. Google Apps Operations Senior Director Peter Scocimara said in a weblog publish the day prior to this that Google and its heaps of Google Apps clientshad been “excited” approximately Synergyse.

The Google Apps product suite, which includes Gmail, Calendar, force and doctors, become built toprovide cloud-primarily based productivity and communications and is now utilized by greater than million paying businesses round the world, Scocimara stated.

“As more companies sign on, we desired an elegant way to scale our schooling services to our clientsand our customerscustomers,” he said adding that Synergyse builts a virtual instruct interior of the Google Apps interface. With voice and textual content interactive modules which might be searchable bytopic inside its apps, Synergyse will help customers arise to speed quicklysuch as whilst newcapabilities are rolled out.

He said Synergyse may be joining Google, and the organisation intends to make the product available as an vital a part of the Google Apps providing later this 12 months.

by using providing the proper help at the proper time, Synergyse will assist our clients with theimportant venture of alternate management inside the organization, and bolster the education and helpapplications we already offer today,” he said.

Synergyse said by using becoming a member of the Google Apps group, it may accelerate its taskbecause the employer might be working nearer with the teams that construct Google Apps.

in line with his profile on his generally page, Malhotra specialises in training and method and has over 10 years of revel in within the organisation space.

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