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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Del Bosque: Raul could go to Euro 2012

Saturday - Apr 14, 2012, 05:58pm (GMT+5.5)
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Madrid -  Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has not ruled out the prospect of taking former Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez to this summer's European Championships to be  co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

Raul has not played for Spain since Del Bosque took charge of the national team following the 2010 World Cup. The 35-year-old has been in sparkling form for German side Schalke 04 making

29 appearances for the club this season and scoring 14 goals with two assists.

However, his continued good form this season, which included three goals against Athletic Club Bilbao in the Europa League, has once again brought Raul back into the spotlight and with  David Villa recovering from a fractured leg and Fernando Torres still searching for form at Chelsea, Raul is suddenly being talked of seriously as a possible inclusion in the national team.

When asked about whether or not he would take Raul to the Euro 2012 at a memorial dinner late Friday night, Del Bosque admitted that Raul was "potentially open to selection", Xinhua  reported.

He also added that he hoped Villa, who broke his leg in the World Club Championships in December, would have recovered in time.

"That is our hope, but it is still not certain, although we will wait as long as possible for him," said Del Bosque, who also highlighted the importance of the coach's role in football.

"All of us coaches have a big repercussion in society and if football is a passion and a vocation above anything else, I understand that we have the responsibility to look after the sport and to take care of it," he concluded.





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