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first_imgLONDON, CMC – West Indies’ Jason Holder was among 10 captains who took a break from team preparations on Wednesday to meet the Queen and Prince Harry, as historic London erupted in colorful and musical celebrations as it prepared to welcome Thursday’s start of the 12th ICC World Cup.Dressed formally in his West Indies team blazer, Holder joined his contemporaries at Buckingham Palace for the event, which marked the final day before hostilities began in the May 30 to July 14 showpiece, which will spawn 10 cities across the country.The skippers then paraded before their flags on the Mall, the popular thoroughfare which leads to the Palace, where a massive celebration was held involving celebrities like great former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards and celebrated Jamaican Olympic sprinter, Yohan Blake.Former Australia captain, Michael Clarke, who lifted the World Cup trophy four years ago in Melbourne, said the tournament would be a very competitive affair.“Some of the greatest memories of my career were playing in this competition so to have been able to have held this trophy up as captain in 2015 was very special,” said Clarke.“I think there’s five or six teams that can win it. England are in great form and their preparation has been outstanding so they are obviously the favorites.”England, the current world number ones and heavy tournament favorites, will raise the curtain on the World Cup when they clash with South Africa at the Oval on Thursday.West Indies, meanwhile, open their campaign on Friday when they take on Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.The Caribbean side are coming off a powerful showing against New Zealand in Bristol on Tuesday when they amassed 421 to come away with a 91-run victory in their final official warm-up.“Any win is a good win especially with the position we’re in. We’re building towards something special in the World Cup and to get this momentum going into the first game against Pakistan I think is key,” Holder said following the victory.“It was really good to see batsmen make full use of the surface and credit to everybody.”West Indies won the first two editions of the World Cup in 1975 and 1979 under legendary captain Clive Lloyd but have failed to make an impression since.In the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, West Indies were good enough to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament before bowing out to New Zealand.last_img read more

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first_imgIn the Team PNG rooms, motivational messages from students of various schools in PNG have been placed on the walls, providing a welcome reminder to the athletes of the great support from home.The first two Team PNG athletes to arrive, Raymond Ovinou of judo and Thadius Katua of boxing, have gotten straight into their training sessions at the Games training venues.Katua had a sparring session with a boxer from Thailand.His performance against the more experienced boxer was pleasing, according to coaches Allan Nicolson and Joe Aufa.Katua will be competing on August 6th, the day after the opening ceremony of the Games.Ovinou is also looking forward to competing and has been following his strict daily training regime with the help of coach Richard Glied.They have, however, been able to experience some of the other features on offer at the Village, including the polyclinic with free dentistry and optometrist, the fully-equipped gym, swimming pool, hair salon and Samsung house where they tried out the virtual reality rollercoaster ride.Over the next few days, the other Team PNG athletes will be arriving to make the contingent complete.They will be arriving in time to take part in Team PNG’s official Games Village welcome ceremony on the 4th of August.last_img read more

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