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Sanjay Govil’s vision for cricket in America

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Entrepreneur Sanjay Govil is a major fan of sports uncommon to most Americans — he bought an Indian badminton team, the Delhi Acers, whom ended up as champions of India’s Badminton Premiere League. Now the Indian American businessman, who himself hails from Delhi, is seeking to use the same model to bring cricket to the U.S.

Fighting against the odds is something Govil is all too familiar with — in 1999, with no angel investments from any venture capitalist firms, Govil used $1,000 of his own money to found Infinite Computer Solutions, for whom he now serves as chairman. During Infinite’s initial public offering on the Bombay Stock Exchange, the company’s anticipated trading value was expected to be $50 million, instead, on its first day of trading, Infinite raised $1.8 billion.

Forever an avid cricket fan, Govil envisions a scenario where cricketers are regarded as highly by the populous as NFL and MLB athletes.

“It would be really amazing to see players here in the US compared to the greats of the sport across the world,” he said. “Cricket has an interesting history in the United States, elbowed out by baseball, but there is a rich cultural history that I’d love to see start again.”

“Sports is a great unifier and equalizer,” Govil said when asked why he would be prepared to make such a substantial financial commitment to sports. “The idea to merge my passion for sports with business was definitely a mixing of business with pleasure, but I anticipated that it would be a good business decision as well,” he added.

His decision to purchase the aforementioned Delhi Acers was a bit sporadic, and happened because he “grew up in Delhi and there is always the sentiment of home team pride.” Always the businessman, the investment was a no-brainer because “badminton is rapidly growing to be one of the most popular sports in the global arena.”

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Modi to visit New York City, Houston in September

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be returning to the United States to attend a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. And then will take a day to visit Houston for the first time, where an event for him to connect with the diaspora is being planned.

A series of racially-charged tweets by President Trump directed at four minority female members of Congress received near universal condemnation by Democrats. Mr. Trump in the tweet said these members should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three of the four women Trump targeted were born in the United States.

In an epic championship match, England defeated New Zealand to become the World Champions for the first time in cricket history.

And in an another amazing contest — the top two seeds and tennis legends Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played the first-ever five set tiebreaker in a major Grand Slam. It was the longest match ever played at Wimbledon and Djokovic edged Federer in that tiebreaker to win his fifth Wimbledon championship.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian American family of four killed at home in Iowa

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DES MOINES (Diya TV) — Investigators in Des Moines, Iowa say the Sunkara family, an Indian American family of four, were found dead in their home over the weekend. All four had gunshot wounds. There is no suspect in custody.

The 5th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated around the world this weekend. Thousands flocked to the Washington Monument in Washington DC, where yoga enthusiasts of all ages took part in the event, including representatives from the White House, US Department of State and the Ambassadors of Nepal, Mauritius and Myanmar.

The alums of the Indian Institutes of Technology gathered in Silicon Valley for their annual conference, featuring talks by Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of Ola Cabs.

India is now 7-0 against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup games, after winning by 89 runs in a match interrupted by rain.

And we spoke to Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia after his team won their first NBA title. Nav told our Ravi Kapur exclusively he will part of the championship parade and even received a ring from the owner.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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