USOC Chairman Larry Probst (Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images/AFP)Los Angeles — The US Olympic Committee wants to bid for the Winter Olympics, but is still mulling whether it would be better to seek the 2026 or 2030 Games.“I put a stake in the ground that we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC chairman Larry Probst told reporters on Friday as he discussed talks at the USOC Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next “Ideally, that’s probably 2030, so that there’s no confusion with preparations for 2028,” Probst added, referring to the Summer Games awarded to Los Angeles.The United States last hosted the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUSOC board members discussed the pros and cons of possible 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic bids on Friday, Probst said, adding that officials still need more information from the International Olympic Committee on the bidding process.Probst said the USOC wants to be part of the discussion if the IOC decides to award the 2026 and 2030 Olympics in one vote — as it did last month in choosing Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 2018 Winter Games start in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Summer Games of 2020 will be held in Tokyo. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pirates still peerless LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In that case, the USOC could be interested in entering the next round of bidding.If so, they would need to select a bid city by next March, Probst said.Salt Lake City, Denver, Reno-Tahoe on Nevada’s border with California and other cities have expressed interest.“We really need more discussions with the IOC to understand their process and timing before we determine what our process is going to be,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.Probst said he has interpreted remarks from IOC president Thomas Bach about selecting a “more traditional” venue for the Winter Games as an indication that he wants them held in Europe or North America.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ
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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES To put in perspective how fast his rise has been, at this time last year, Chung was ranked outside the top 100 and barely made the cut-off for the main draw at the Australian Open.He was also the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in 2010, and he was aiming to be the youngest major finalist since Juan Martin del Potro won the title at the 2009 U.S. Open.“I think (I have) a lot of confidence,” he said. “I played lots of good players in last two weeks. I can play, like, more comfortable on the court with the great players like Roger. I think I can play better next time.”Federer also believes Chung’s future is bright, though he’s hesitant to make predictions given what he experienced when he rose through the ranks, being labeled a future No. 1 and multiple Grand Slam winner at a young age.“In a way it’s funny and cool, but it’s not so cool in hindsight,” he said. “Afterward, anything you achieve is normal. I find it disappointing. Getting to No. 1, winning Grand Slams, winning Masters 1000s, it ain’t normal. It’s extraordinary.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers South Korea’s Hyeon Chung receives treatment from a trainer during his semifinal against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Hyeon Chung may have limped out of this year’s Australian Open, but his upbeat mood made clear he firmly believes he’ll be a contender at another major very soon.Chung had a devastating end to his unexpected run at Melbourne Park, forced to retire from his semifinal against Roger Federer on Friday night with blisters on his feet that were so painful, he said afterward he could no longer walk.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City But the 19-time major winner is highly impressed by Chung’s remarkable speed and court coverage, saying he reminds him of his rival, Djokovic. However, he noted that Chung’s game, which features clay-court style sliding on hardcourts, could take a toll.“The question is with that kind of a game, you just got to take care of your body, also the schedule,” Federer said.He also believes Chung showed his great mental strength in the way he dealt with his injury in their match.“Today I’m sure he was having a lot of pain with his feet,” he said. “And you couldn’t tell almost. I like that about the idea of hiding any problems from the opponent. That was very impressive, to be honest.”Chung’s ranking is set to rise into the top 30 next week, just a couple spots below another of his idols, Kei Nishikori of Japan, a former U.S. Open finalist. If Chung continues on this path, he could soon be Asia’s top-ranked player, another milestone in his young career.“I enjoyed two weeks so far, on court and off court,” he said. “I’m just really happy.” Wozniacki, Halep both hoping 3rd time is lucky in final Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding But the 21-year-old Chung is already looking at the big picture and just how impressive his achievement in Melbourne has been. He upset No. 4-seed Alexander Zverev and six-time champion Novak Djokovic en route to becoming the first Korean tennis player, male or female, to reach the semifinals of a major.Now, less than a month into the new year, he’s going to have to re-evaluate his goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think I already make few goals, because in Korea, like, I make highest ranking in Korea, highest result in Grand Slam,” he said. “I made two goals.“Next goal is I want to finish the season without injury. I have to (have) a good recovery.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
RR Garcia vs Carlo Lastimosa. PBA IMAGESWhen TNT needed a hero against Kia, backup point guard RR Garcia heeded the KaTropa’s call.Jayson Castro abruptly left the game with almost two minutes remaining after hitting the floor hard and Garcia took it upon himself to wear the boots of the once best point guard in Asia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nothing personal as Marcelino twins get one over former team Read Next Garcia also knew he had to make up for the blanks he fired for most of the game where he finished on a 5-of-15 shooting clip.“I had a really bad start, but I know I was confident in myself even though I kept on missing earlier in the game,” said Garciam who had four of his five field goals in the fourth quarter.TNT had an 81-70 lead midway through the fourth but saw it dissipate to just two, 85-83, after Kia’s furious dash that Jackson Corpuz capped off with a layup with 1:35 remaining.That was before Garcia took over in the final moments for TNT in Castro’s absence.“I know I have to be ready whenever I am called,” said Garcia. “We can’t just rely on kuya Jayson.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia drove twice to the basket, and hit as many layups in the final 1:22 that propelled TNT to a 90-85 win over the Picanto.READ: TNT halts Kia to climb to third seedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There was no one else who would step up, it would either be me or kuya Kelly [Williams],” said Garcia in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Williams, who finished the game with 23 points and eight boards, could’ve been the closer but the backup guard was ready to take over in the clutch. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Magic stun reeling Cavs as LeBron says he’s staying put 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brooklyn ended the run with a pair of free throws but Paul then was fouled behind the line and made all three. He scored the final basket of the period to make it 96-86 when Nene freed him for a layup with a devastating pick on Caris LeVert, knocking him out of the game.TIP-INSRockets: Eric Gordon returned after missing 2½ games with low back stiffness, scoring 13 points. … D’Antoni said F Trevor Ariza (left hamstring strain) still had a little way to go before coming back, saying there was no timetable yet for his return.Nets: LeVert was being evaluated for a possible concussion. … Brooklyn remained without starting F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson because of a right groin strain. Quincy Acy, who had been starting in his place, was sidelined with a sprained right middle finger.HELPING HANDSThe Rockets’ star backcourt got plenty of help from Clint Capela (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Green (16 points). Also, the Rockets outscored the Nets by 17 points during Nene’s 14½ minutes on the court.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Miami on Wednesday.Nets: Visit Detroit on Wednesday. Read Next Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — That’s 15,000 points for James Harden, with plenty more to come the way these Houston Rockets can run it up.Harden scored 36 points, reaching a milestone along the way, and the Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-113 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum View comments Chris Paul added 25 points for the Rockets, who kept right on rolling in their first game since their nationally televised romp in Cleveland on Saturday.“It’s all coaching out there. You saw that, right?” Houston’s Mike D’Antoni said. “Chris Paul, James, you got those two guys, it’s one or the other. It’s unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBoth teams made 16 3-pointers in an entertaining shootout between D’Antoni’s Rockets and the Nets of Kenny Atkinson, who assisted D’Antoni in New York and has the Nets trying to do some of the things Houston does on offense.But it’s one thing to be like the Rockets and another to beat them. Houston simply went to another gear when Brooklyn took the lead late in the third quarter and never stopped scoring long enough in the fourth to let the Nets get too close. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “In the first half they were making shots. Second half, especially at the end of the third quarter, we had to lock down, get stops and push the lead ahead,” Harden said.DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points for the Nets and Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 points and nine assists. Brooklyn has lost seven of its last eight.“We never found a solution to stop them, obviously,” Atkinson said. “They made a lot of tough shots.”The Nets had an 84-80 lead when Dinwiddie hit from nearly 10 feet behind the arc with 3:38 remaining in the third. The Rockets charged back with 11 straight points, including two 3-pointers by Gerald Green, to go up 91-84.“We just started getting stops on defense,” Paul said. “All game long it seemed like they were just too comfortable, and they played well. I think you got to give them a lot of credit. They moved the ball well, and then we just locked in defensively, started making some shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The Lady Warriors opened their quarterfinal bid with a scrambling 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14, 15-10, victory over the Air Force Jet Spikers.Pocari and Creamline clash on Tuesday with the winner virtually clinching the third seed in the semifinals. Perlas and Air Force collide for the right to stay alive in the race for a Top Four place.BaliPure and the Power Smashers already qualified for the semifinals after topping the double round elimination.ITC woesMeanwhile, the league and Pocari Sweat Sunday called on the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., to act on its request for the ITC (International Transfer Certificate) of its import replacement as the Lady Warriors fight for one of the last two semifinal berths.Pocari team manager Eric Ty said Krystal Rivers is set to take over Edina Selimovic, who is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. But Rivers cannot play without an ITC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Nursing a minor ankle injury, Valdez delivered back-to-back kills to break the 13-all count in the decider and ultimately rescued the Cool Smashers, who gave the Perlas Spikers a lifeline with errors late in the deciding frame.Valdez finished with 21 hits, while Thai reinforcement Kuttika Kaewpin scattered 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingCreamline’s other import, Laura Schaudt, had four block points and finished with eight points.Perlas took a 2-1 lead behind Rupia Inck and Katherine Bersola’s steady play, but the challenge fizzled out as soon as Valdez took over in the deciding set. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arcilla, Patrimonio seek open repeat BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Our new import is here but to the person withholding access to our team’s FIVB account, please act with decency and register our import,” said Pocari team manager Eric Ty.The same ITC problems forced the league to play all Filipino majority of the elimination round.“I am really dismayed with LVPI and how it has been handling the ITC problems,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision. “The Premier Volleyball League has been encountering these problems the last three years. It just shows the weakness of the LVPI leadership.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Hurting and all, Alyssa Valdez still found a way to bail out Creamline on Saturday night at the start of the quarterfinals of Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The former Ateneo star stood at the forefront of the Cool Smashers’ strong finish as Creamline outlasted Perlas, 25-16, 9-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-13 for a share of the lead with Pocari Sweat in the single-round quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT
Filipinos bag another silver in sepak takraw PH squash team after their 2017 SEA Games gold medal match. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine men’s squash team, which upset Malaysia in the semifinals on Monday, surrendered to Singapore, 2-1, in the final Tuesday night at National Squash Center here in Kuala Lumpur Sports Center.The Filipinos settled for another silver, the other in women’s doubles, in the penultimate day of competition.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Reymark Bergornia dropped the opening match, 11-1, 11-3, 11-16, to Pang Ka Hoe. But Robert Andrew Garcia equalised after beating Benedict Chan, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, in the second match.That left David William Pelino to carry the fight for the gold but he succumbed to the faster and craftier Samuel Kang, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5, in the deciding match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
ShootingMen’s 50m rifle prone qualification: Hariom Singh, Surendra Singh Rathod, Gagan Narang (6.30am) Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol qualification stage 1: Gurpreet Singh, Vijay Kumar, Rahul (6.30am) Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol qualification stage 2: Gurpreet Singh, Vijay Kumar, Rahul (10am) Women’s 50m rifle prone final: Meena, Tejaswini Sawant, Lajja Gauswami (8.45am)TennisMen’s team semi-final: India vs Chinese Taipei (7.30am)SwimmingMen’s 50m freestyle heats: Arjun Jayaprakash, Virdhawal Khade (6.45am) Men’s 100m breaststroke heats: Sandeep Sejwal (7.15am) Men’s 200m backstroke heats: Rohit Havaldar, Rehan Poncha (7.45am) Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay heats: India (7.50am)Cue sportsWomen’s 6-red snooker singles preliminary match: Pillai Viswanathan (7.30am) Women’s 6-red snooker singles pre-quarterfinals: Chitra Magimairajan) Women’s 9-ball pool singles preliminary match: Neena Praveen, Meenal Thakur (5.30pm) Men’s carom 3 cushion singles last-16 match: Goel (10.30am); Dharminder Singh (2pm)WeightliftingMen’s 69 kg: K Ravi Kumar (2pm)HockeyMen’s preliminary group B: India vs Hong Kong (12pm)Water PoloWomen’s Group A match: ndia Vs Kazakhstan (12pm)ChessMen’s individual round 5: Sasikiran Krishnan, Surya Sekhar Ganguly (12.30pm) Women’s individual round 5: Harika Dronavalli, Tania Sachdev (12.30pm) (All are Indian timings)
Four members of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) have sneaked into Mumbai recently to carry out “violent” attacks with the aim of causing “destruction”, police said on Thursday night.Police also released the photograph of one of them and issued an advisory to the citizens of this metropolis to remain alert.”The four were identified as Abdul Kareem Moosa, Noor Abu Ilahi, Walid Jinnah and Mahfooz Alam. The four recently sneaked into the city to carry out extremely dangerous activity,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told a news conference. Roy also released a sketch of Jinnah.The strikes were being planned in connection with possibly the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s festivities, he added.Roy said he had no information on the nationalities of the four persons.On Tuesday, the Centre had sounded a terror alert for Mumbai and Ahmedabad following specific Intelligence inputs that the LeT teams may have entered the two western cities to carry out strikes.The four persons are in the age group of 20 to 30 years, Roy said.”The four persons are planning violent attacks that is going to cause destruction,” the JPC (Crime) warned.The information of the plans by the terrorists are “fairly specific”, he said, adding “We believe the threat is serious.”Roy also said Mumbai Police has formed Special cells in a bid to “neutralise” the four terrorists. He did not want to speculate whether more than four LeT men have entered the metropolis which witnessed the country’s worst ever terror strike in November 2008 killing 166 people.advertisementThe police have set up dedicated phone number — 022-22633333 — to enable the people pass on information about the militants and in the event of an emergency.”Citizens can call up at the dedicated number or at 100, if they spot the one whose photo was released,” Roy said.In September, police released photographs of two suspected foreign terror suspects–a clean-shaven Kalimuddin Khan alias Rameshwar Pandit (28) and bearded Hafij Khijir Ulla Sarif (25) sporting a skull cap–on the eve of Eid and Ganeshotsav festivities. But the duo could not be traced.A Crime Branch source said that Kalimuddin was a Pakistani and Sarif was from Bangladesh and both were suspected to be members of terror outfit HuJI.Police were taking utmost precautions and massive deployment of police have been made at all sensitive locations, worship places and crowded places to ensure safety of the citizens, Roy said.Several police teams have been formed to track the four who are believed in aged between 20 to 30 years, police sources said.”On the eve of Ganesh festival, we had released the photographs of two terror suspects and alerted the citizens.The ten-days of the festival went off peacefully. Now also we feel that the citizens will remain and help us in all possible way and we hope everything goes fine,” Roy said.Asked if it was the same input given by Central agencies two days back, Roy said, “We are not in a position to reveal our sources.”Asked if security agencies lost track of the four due to which they had to issue advisory and release the photo, Roy replied, “We have not lost their track. But we want to keep the citizens alert as well.” He refused to divulge as to how the LeT men entered the city.Security forces launched “house-to-house” searches in some specific areas in Mumbai, sources said.A three dimensional security apparatus– land, air and water — has been put in place, particularly around the Taj Mahal Hotel, one of the sites of the 26/11 carnage.Roads near the iconic Taj remained closed from today for 15 days and the area is under complete surveillance.Similar security arrangement was in place near Taj during the visit of US President Barack Obama, who stayed in the plush hotel, in early November.Parking on the roads around Taj has been banned for the same period and the cars of guests of Taj and residents around the hotel would be allowed but only after thorough checking.The residents would be soon provided with security stickers for their cars to avoid inconvenience.Colaba area, particularly the places, including the Gateway of India, where large crowds are expected during the festivities, would be under complete surveillance through high resolution CCTVs.The sea-front up to five nautical miles was being guarded round the clock by police armed with advanced boats and sophisticated equipment, police said.Police are also co-ordinating with Navy and Coast Guard officials who are conducting air surveillance.