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Praful Patel disappointed with I-League clubs dropping out of Super Cup

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 18:27 IST Praful Patel, president of AIFF, expressed disappointment at the I-League clubs’ refusal to turn up for the Super Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPraful Patel, president of AIFF, expressed disappointment at the I-League clubs’ refusal to turn up for the Super CupThree days before the start of the Super Cup last month, seven I-League clubs pulled out of the tournamentPatel, a member of parliament, said his first priority is the betterment of Indian footballPraful Patel saturday said his unprecedented election to the FIFA Council means more tournaments, international friendlies and exposure for India, besides a chance to operate in close proximity to the developed football nations.All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Patel won with a record-breaking margin, securing 38 out of the 46 votes at the 29th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress in Kuala Lumpur.”This signifies India’s place in world football. This will give us more voice. We would look to get more tournaments, international friendlies, exposure for our kids,” Patel told PTI during an interview.The responsibility as a #FIFA Council member is huge. I would not only be representing my own country but the entire continent. Thank you all for your confidence for rapid progress of football in #[email protected] @theafcdotcom @FIFAcom #AFCCongress2019 #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/P6KxbE57boPraful Patel (@praful_patel) April 6, 2019This will also help in terms of football education, coaching and providing exposure to India’s players abroad.The 62-year-old, a member of parliament, at the same time, expressed disappointment at the I-League clubs’ refusal to turn up for the Super Cup.”Despite my busy schedule because of the general elections back home and today’s FIFA Council, I assured them that I would meet from April 11 to 14,” Patel said.”But, despite my assurance, they acted in a manner that is unbecoming of sportsmanship. What is the point of having this meeting now since they have pulled out of the Super Cup,” he added.He may have become a member of the prestigious FIFA Council but Patel said his first priority remains the betterment of Indian football.advertisementHonoured and humbled to be the first Indian to be elected as a member of the #FIFA Council.In this new role and as the #AIFF President, I shall work to the best of my abilities to strengthen the game of #football worldwide and among #Asian [email protected] @FIFAcomPraful Patel (@praful_patel) April 6, 2019″Regarding the future road-map of Indian football, we are all working hard in the right direction, I can assure you all.”Three days before the start of the Super Cup last month, seven I-League clubs pulled out of the tournament citing unfair treatment by the AIFF, plunging the game into chaos.The AIFF chief assured the aggrieved clubs that he would meet them and try to address their concerns. However, some of the clubs were not fully convinced by Patel’s assurances.Though he is disappointed with the clubs’ attitude back home, Patel said his induction into world football’s apex body will definitely further the game in India.”This will also help us to sign more and more Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the developed football nations,” the seasoned administrator said.If his election to the FIFA Council was not unprecedented enough, Patel also addressed the delegation for the 29th AFC congress on behalf of its president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who was mourning the demise of his mother.Patel was accompanied by AIFF general secretary Kushal Das and senior vice-president Subrata Datta.The AIFF chief was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election which was held during the 29th AFC (Asian Football Confederations) Congress in the Malaysian capital.A total of five candidates, including Patel, was elected in addition to the AFC president, and one female member for the term 2019-2013.Under Patel’s leadership, AIFF has been awarded with the AFC’s President Recognition award for grassroots at the AFC Annual Awards in 2014 in Manila, and was given an award for the AFC Best Developing Member Association at the in 2016.Also Read | AIFF president Praful Patel becomes first Indian to be elected as FIFA Council memberAlso Read | Super Cup 2019: AIFF turns down I-League clubs’ request to replay qualifiersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Roulstons to build new medical centre in Port Dover

Roulston’s Pharmacy has announced plans to build a new medical centre in Port Dover.Roulston’s owners Blair Snow, Mark Stephens, and Steve Flexman said this week they have received approvals for the renovation and expansion of their current location at 414 Main Street. The project is expected to break ground this spring and be completed in October.“We at Roulston’s Pharmacy are committed to meeting the need for a new medical centre in Port Dover,” Flexman said in a news release. “For several years, the residents and physicians of Port Dover have expressed that they would like to see a health centre that is well equipped, and centrally located. Blair, Mark and I feel that we can make this happen.”Roulston’s has three other locations in Norfolk County – one in Delhi and two in Simcoe, including the Wellness Centre on Donly Drive that includes a pharmacy and medical offices.The expanded Port Dover location will house the office of Dr. Harold Hynscht and also provide space for up to six physicians and other health care services.Physicians now practising as the Port Dover Family Health Organization Association will move to the Roulston’s Health Centre, said the release. They are currently housed in the Norfolk County Medical Centre on St. George Street.Association members are “excited to make a move to a modern office, which will improve accessibility and comfort for patients visiting their health professional,” Dr. Alison Malo said in the release.The building will not be at full capacity when it first opens but the leaders of the project don’t anticipate that will be the case for long.“Our experience with the Roulston’s Wellness Centre shows that physicians are willing to relocate to Norfolk County if provided with contemporary facilities, and a collaborative environment,” Stephens said.The new health centre’s expanded parking lot will occupy the southeast side of the Roulston’s property and the vacant lots of 400 and 404 Main St. – formerly Burchams’ Service station.“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Burcham family,” said Snow. “Being aware of parking shortfalls in Port Dover, we felt it was important to ensure our development increased the number of parking spaces available on site.”The current pharmacy and Hynscht’s medical office are expected to remain open during the construction. read more