Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to share the following updates from the fifth week of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Please note that moving forward, the weekly COVID-19 wrap-up will be exclusively available through EC’s website, Facebook and Twitter channels.EC’s key actions this week:Met with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to review legislation limitations and current program/funding barriers that restrict equine commercial farm businesses from accessing current and future assistance, as well as to review the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the equine and equestrian sectors. In response, AAFC is creating an COVID-19 working group specific to the equine sector to determine the appropriate relief strategies and resources.Met with Sport Canada to share a report outlining the close relationship with AAFC and the critical support needed for sport activities, equestrian facilities, competition organizers and Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs).Met with FEI Group IV (Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Bermuda; Canada; Cayman Islands; Haiti; U.S. Virgin Islands; Jamaica; Trinidad and Tobago; United States of America) to share experiences and solution strategies.Shared additional resources for fitness and education activities, mental health and Coach training via the EC Insider.EC is making every effort to ensure continuous, thorough and up-to-date communication concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. EC’s complete statement on COVID-19, including regular updates, can be found on our website here. For the running list of cancelled/postponed clinics and events, click here. Tags: Equestrian Canada, COVID-19, Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.
Indian cricket has been blessed with some terrific captains over the years especially since the turn of the millennium when Sourav Ganguly took over the reins and turned his team into a hungry bunch of boys who wanted to win at all cost. Team India’s record in the longest format was always a worry whenever they travelled abroad but the momentum started to shift in their favour slowly but surely. (Kohli, Root are the best right now, says Ian Botham)Rahul Dravid then took over from where Ganguly left and kept the momentum going. Anil Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni together helped India clinch the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for the first time. And now that all the legends have retired, the responsibility lies on the young shoulders of Virat Kohli, Indian cricket’s latest wonder boy. (Virat Kohli-led Indian Test team ends year on top)In a very short span of time Kohli has managed to bring back memories of the Ganguly era when the team was being led by a captain who feared nobody and took on every challenge that came his way. Kohli’s talent and passion for the game was never doubted by anybody but everybody wondered how he would fare once he took over from Dhoni, India’s most successful captain in history. (Virat has to wait for ODI captaincy: Ganguly)Two years and 20 Test matches later we have got our answer, and the future looks bright for Indian cricket. Kohli is yet to lose a Test series and is tied at the third place with Mohammad Azharuddin for most victories. It’s still early days but Kohli already has a better winning percentage than any other captain India has ever had. (What happens when Virat Kohli walks out to bat in an Indian stadium?)advertisementThe win at Chennai was Kohli’s 18th successive unbeaten match as captain, a feat which even Dhoni or Ganguly could not manage. It is now the longest unbeaten streak for an Indian captain helping Kohli match Sunil Gavaskar’s feat of 18 consecutive undefeated matches. (Virat Kohli exclusive: Don’t compare me with Sachin Tendulkar)Kohli’s hot-streak as captain has been such that even his contemporaries have not been able to match up to him. His records speak for himself. Australia captain Steve Smith for example, recently suffered a crushing series defeat at home against South Africa. In 18 Tests, Smith has won 9 and lost 5 and the defeat against the Proteas have raised a few eyebrows in Australia. Smith’s own batting average has increased from 58.49 to 60.93 this year but the team graph is on a decline. (How Kohli inspired England’s teenage genius Hameed)South Africa’s stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis has certainly made a very good start. Du Plessis has delivered the results whenever he has been asked to lead the side and has showed that he can become the full-time skipper if need be. He has lead the team to three Test wins out of five and suffered just one loss. (Have lost all adjectives for Virat Kohli, nobody at par with him: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)This year Kohli has taken his game to an all new level both in terms of his batting and his captaincy. With a win percentage of 63.63, Kohli is head and shoulders above captains from the other three top Test playing nations – England, Australia and Pakistan. In 2016 Mts Won Lost Drawn Win % W:L Virat Kohli (IND) 12 9 0 3 75.00 – Steve Smith (AUS) 10 4 5 1 40.00 0.80 Alastair Cook (ENG) 17 6 8 3 35.29 0.75 Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK) 9 4 5 0 44.44 0.80 Overall Mts Won Lost Drawn Win % W:L Virat Kohli 22 14 2 6 63.63 7.00 Steve Smith 18 9 5 4 50.00 1.80 Alastair Cook 59 24 22 13 40.67 1.09 Misbah-ul-Haq 51 24 16 11 47.05 1.50With great power comes great responsibility and Kohli has ensured that he leads by example. He has the highest average among the top four captains this year and is just behind Cook in terms of runs scored in 2016.Batting record as captain (in 2016): Mts Runs Avg Hs 100s 50s Virat Kohli 12 1215 75.93 235 4 2 Steve Smith 10 914 60.93 138 3 5 Alastair Cook 17 1270 42.33 130 2 7 Misbah-ul-Haq 9 532 35.46 114 1 4Virat Kohli now has scored 2111 runs in 22 Tests as captain with the help of 8 hundreds, including three double centuries this year.