“The realization of 100 million overnight stays a week earlier compared to last year is an excellent result of Croatian tourism and a clear fact that our country occupies a stable position in a very competitive international market. In order to maintain the positive trends, we are already working very intensively on the preparation of the 2020 tourist year, while a large campaign is still underway to promote the post-season, for which we are already making great announcements. “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that the results achieved so far confirm that Croatia is increasingly perceived in many emitting markets as a meaningful year-round tourist destination. According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and in the nautical charter, u This weekend, the number of 100 million overnight stays in Croatia was exceeded, a week earlier than last year. “The positive indicators so far on the realized tourist traffic, but also the financial ones, are proof that Croatia is excellently positioned on the world tourist market. We will continue to lead our tourism policy in the direction of sustainable and responsible tourism with the aim of improving the quality of the entire offer, ” said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. In the same period, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and Italy, and the destinations where the highest number of overnight stays were realized were Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin. In the current part of the year, ie from January 1 to September 22, according to the first and incomplete data of the eVisitor system, 18,3 million arrivals and almost 101 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia, which is an increase of 4 percent in the same period last year. arrivals and 2 percent overnight stays. As they point out from the CNTB, the results confirm that the Croatian tourism sector is achieving extremely positive results in this very challenging and demanding tourist year.
Gautam Gambhir feels sorry for Ambati Rayudu after his exclusion from World Cup squad. Rishabh Pant has missed out from the World Cup squad. Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar are included in the World Cup squad. “I think there should be no debate about Rishabh Pant’s exclusion but more about Ambati Rayudu,” Gambhir told PTI during an interview here Tuesday.”It is very, very unfortunate that someone averaging 48 in white-ball cricket and is only 33 has been left out. That for me is more heartbreaking than any other selection decision,” said the outspoken Gambhir.Rayudu was called India’s first-choice No.4 by captain Virat Kohli a few months ago but low scores in the home series against Australia last month led to a rethink by the selectors. Gambhir was not picked for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and for a brief period contemplated quitting.”I feel sorry for him as I was in a similar position in 2007 when they (erstwhile selectors) didn’t pick me and I know how difficult it is not being picked for the World Cup. Ultimately for any young kid, it is a childhood dream to be a part of the big event. So, I feel more sorry for Rayudu more than any other cricketer, who hasn’t been picked.”However, Gambhir, who has been Pant’s first first-class captain, felt that this omission can’t be termed a setback at all as he had not grabbed the opportunities presented before him.”This is not a setback at all. Why is it a setback? He has not consistently been part of white-ball cricket. He got his opportunity but unfortunately couldn’t grab it. So it cannot be termed a setback,” said Gambhir. Gambhir had captained a successful franchise side (Kolkata Knight Riders) for seven years. What does a captain tell a player in the midst of an IPL season when he takes such a hit. Can a player focus on the IPL?”He (Pant) is playing Test cricket. He should be happy about it. And one thing I have tried to maintain is that you have got to stay in the present.”For all that Rishabh knows, there may be someone sitting at home and thinking that he could have been in his position (playing for Delhi Capitals). Playing for Delhi Capitals, you are in a position to take your team to the playoffs.”You have age on your side, so just keep performing. He was never a part of white ball cricket consistently and it was the selectors’ call between him and DK. He shouldn’t think too much about it,” added Gambhir. The 38-year-old didn’t want to dwell too much on the pros and cons of having Karthik in the side now that he has been selected. But he feels Karthik being a consistent second-choice keeper in white ball cricket went in his favour apart from experience.”Dinesh was a backup keeper in white-ball cricket for a long time. Possibly he is being seen as a better keeper compared to Pant as (Chairman of selectors) MSK (Prasad) has said. He has also deemed a better finisher. Probably that’s how they think.”But if you ask me, I had said my second keeper was Sanju Samson as I feel he is one of the best going around. He has the quality to be No 4 for a very long time,” said Gambhir.”It’s up to the selectors…I mean whether to go with Rishabh Pant or experience of DK. Now we have to back whoever is going as it’s not important who has gone but the focus should be on bringing the World Cup home.”The Indian team looks devoid of a Plan B in the current set-up but Gambhir believes that it is the duty of the captain and the coach to ensure that they have one.”It’s up to the captain and coach to decide whether to have a Plan A, B or C or not. I am not in that situation so I don’t know what plans they have in store.” If they feel this is the best 15, then we must try and support them. Right now, it’s not about who’s going and not going, it’s about bringing back the World Cup,” he concluded. highlights New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Monday. The selection committee has gone with four specialist batsmen, two wicket-keepers, three all-rounders, two wrist spinners, and three speedsters. And even when the squad looks balanced, two renowned names missed out – Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant.The former’s omission from India’s World Cup squad after just three failures is “heartbreaking” but there should be no debate on Rishabh Pant’s exclusion as he didn’t grab his chances, feels former India opener Gautam Gambhir. Veteran Dinesh Karthik being favoured over Pant has been roundly criticised with Sunil Gavaskar calling it a surprising move. But the hero of the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup final said Rayudu not making the cut is the most unfortunate bit about the squad announced on Monday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
After winning eight state championships at Stevens Point Area Senior High School, it was naturally assumed that UW track and cross country star Chris Solinsky would stay close to home to pursue his college career. However, Solinsky wasn’t thinking that way.”I wanted to get as far away from home as possible,” Solinsky said. “I had five schools in mind, Wisconsin being one of them. But I really wanted to get out of this state and see what was out there for me.”After narrowing down his choices to Michigan, Stanford, Oregon, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, Solinsky decided he would take the hour-and-a-half drive south from Stevens Point to check things out.The rest was history, which also happens to be his major.”Things just clicked on my visit here,” Solinsky said. “I kind of knew after my visit here, but I still wanted to keep my options open when I went to the other schools. Meeting the coaches and guys on the team, … it felt a lot like high school.”I felt like I could be comfortable here, so that’s why I came.”Solinsky fit in right away.Two months into his freshman year, he was the top freshman finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, and the second-best UW runner with a 15th place finish. His time was good enough to earn him an All-American honor. But he didn’t stop there. The following spring, Solinsky earned two more All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor meet, finishing 6th in the 3,000 meters and 8th as a member of the distance medley relay team.In one year, he garnered three All-American honors. “It’s pretty unbelievable when you think about it,” Solinsky said.Over the next two and a half years, the senior went on to earn 10 more All-American honors between cross country and track, two of which came just three weeks ago when he took second in the 3,000 meters and won his first 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In sum, he has three Big Ten titles, four individual NCAA titles and two national championships, one in track and one in cross country.However, Solinsky said he never pays too much attention to all his awards — not even his recent Track Athlete of the Year honor. He just tries to be the best runner he can.”You never think about this kind of stuff when you come in,” Solinsky said. “Each one of those national championships have such a unique feeling. These last three, I went out there to try to establish myself as a great runner. I want everyone I race against to know that if they want to beat me then they have to be a great runner.”Although Solinsky has established himself as a great runner, there is still one race he wished he could have back.After finishing third overall at the 2005 NCAA cross country race, Solinsky was looked to as the obvious favorite the following season in his last collegiate cross country race. But come race day, Solinsky was subpar, finishing fifth on the team and 73rd overall with a time of 32:15, almost three full minutes slower than the year before.”I think that made him hungry,” said UW track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe. “He was embarrassed, and it made him hungry to get back out there for the track season. Chris is an awful good cross country runner, but he’s just simply better at track.”Solinsky couldn’t agree more with his coach.”I would probably agree with that,” Solinsky said of his revival during track season. “In high school, I was better at cross country. But being a bigger guy out there, it’s easier for me to excel on the track than out on the cross country course.”With only one season left and the NCAA outdoor meet a mere two months away, Solinsky is preparing for whatever comes next in his running career.”I’m going to keep pursuing it as long as I can,” Solinsky said. “I keep telling people that as long as I’m able to run, I’m going to run. This summer is the world championships in Japan, so we’ll see what happens. I know I have it in me — we’ll just have to see what happens.”