By Rajiv BisnauthAFTER being dormant for some time, the existing lawn tennis court at the Everest Cricket Club (ECC) ground will be ready for competitive action by October 15. This disclosure was made yesterday by president Manzoor Nadir, after the club received two timely donations from Insurance giants, Assuria Insurance and New India Assurance companies for the rehabilitation of the Court with immediate effect.Speaking at the simple, but significant handing-over ceremony yesterday at the club’s pavilion, Nadir, a former government minister, pointed out that the demand for the sport by young potential lawn tennis players has driven the club to refurbish the court.“With the demand for younger players, we see the need to reestablish the lawn tennis programme at Everest. ECC is not only a cricket club. In our constitution lawn tennis is another significant part of the club’s activities and in the constitution is imbedded a lawn tennis committee. I emphasised lawn tennis because we have a very active table tennis programme in the club,” Nadir revealed.The club president further stated that immediate works will include the installation of solar lights, new mesh, repainting inside of fence and branding by those who will contribute towards the rehabilitation of the court, along with the repainting of the two side screens.Nadir further stated that the executives intend to make Everest a major lawn tennis venue, with the possibility of making a hard court which is a criterion listed by the International Lawn Tennis Federation.Brand Manager of New India Assurance, Selma Rahman, indicated that the Assurance Company is pleased to be on board with the development of the sport. She encouraged the club to continue the upward mobility so that sport can reach a new level locally.Anthony Niranjan, Motor Supervisor of Assuria Insurance Company, in his remarks, said the company is happy to be part of the rehabilitation exercise of the court, since such a move will not only allow the sport to develop, but also enhance the club’s reputation.
Gordon was banned indefinitely in December for violations of the NFL’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.A Pro Bowler, Gordon – who would become an unrestricted free agent if and when he is reinstated – made five appearances for the Seahawks last season after he was released by the Patriots in November.”It’s not in our hands,” Carroll said. “Josh did a really good job with us last year. He fit in really well. He was part of this team by the way we opened and embraced his coming to us but also by the way he adapted. So we are very open to that thought and we’ll see what happens. I don’t know. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen on that.” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Seattle is monitoring Antonio Brown as they weigh up a move for the seven-time Pro Bowler.The free agent receiver will serve an eight-game suspension after breaching the NFL’s personal conduct policy following a January incident in Florida. The 32-year-old wide receiver is looking for a new home after being cut by the Patriots, who axed Brown after just 11 days and one game in September. Seattle has emerged as a possible destination and Carroll addressed the Seahawks’ rumoured interest in Brown on Monday.”What I’d say to you is what we always say because it’s what we always do and who we are,” Carroll said. “[General manager] John [Schneider] is competing at every turn. There’s never been a process, unless we just missed it, that we weren’t involved with to understand what the chances were of helping our club. He’s all over it. He understands what’s going on right now, as much as you can. It’s a very complex situation. We just need to see where it fits somewhere down the road. That’s all I got for you.”MORE: Antonio Brown promises ‘best season of my career’MORE: Why is Antonio Brown suspended?Having entered the league with the Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.Carroll, meanwhile, said the Seahawks are “very open” to reuniting with star wide receiver Josh Gordon.