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China will successfully hold 2022 Beijing Olympics despite Omicron concerns

Beijing [China] : China will successfully hold the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games on schedule, despite the worldwide spread of the new Omicron coronavirus strain, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday.“Regarding the impact of the Omicron strain on the Winter Olympics, I think it will definitely bring some prevention and control challenges, but thanks to China’s experience in preventing the spread of and combating COVID-19, I am fully confident that the Winter Olympics the games will be successfully held in accordance with the schedule,” Sputnik quoted Zhao as saying. The Games are scheduled for February 4-20, 2022.The WHO, on November 27, named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’.The World Health Organization has warned the Omicron variant, which has already been confirmed in Europe, Canada, Israel and Hong Kong, maybe more transmissible or evade…


Biden ‘considering’ diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden has said that his administration was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, reported NBC News.Asked about the possibility of the boycott during an Oval Office meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Biden responded that it was “something we are considering”, according to NBC News. The White House usually sends a delegation to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics but under a diplomatic boycott would not send the delegation.The diplomatic boycott call has been advocated by top US lawmakers in the US. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had called for such a boycott, a move to protest against China’s abuses of human rights, said CNN.Human rights activists have raised their voices against China’s detention of Uyghur people in Xinjiang province and crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.


Winter Olympics flame on its way from Rome to Beijing

Athens [Greece]: The Olympic flame for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 is on its way to Beijing.During a ceremony in the historic Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Tuesday, it was handed over by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) to the organisers of the next Games. The ceremony, which took place 24 hours after the lighting of the flame in Ancient Olympia near the Temple of Hera, was attended by International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-Presidents Ser Miang Ng and Nicole Hoevertsz; the IOC’s Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission Chair, Juan Antonio Samaranch; and IOC Honorary Member Sam Ramsamy.The Chinese delegation was led by IOC Vice-President, Special Representative and Vice-President of Beijing 2022 and Vice-President of the Chinese Olympic Committee Zaiqing Yu. The ceremony was hosted by Hellenic Olympic Committee President and IOC member Spyros Capralos.Due to the COVID-19 countermeasures, the ceremony was held under strict…

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IOC Executive Board make decisions relating to Beijing 2022 in Greece

Athens [Greece]: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) on Saturday met in Athens, Greece, ahead of the flame-lighting ceremony for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Monday, October 18.The IOC EB made decisions relating to the Beijing 2022 Games and received updates on the preparations. The IOC Executive Board decided to approve the change of nationality for one athlete in view of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Jack Gower – Alpine Skiing – has changed his nationality from Great Britain to Ireland. The IOC EB granted the requested exemption to the three-year waiting period, with the prior agreement from the International Federation (IF) and National Olympic Committees concerned, in accordance with Bye-law 2 to Rule 41 of the Olympic Charter.With the lighting of the Olympic flame for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 to take place on Monday, a brief…

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PM Modi urges people to participate

New Delhi [India], September 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited citizens to participate in the e-Auction of gifts and mementos received by him.Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote, “Over time, I have received several gifts and mementos which are being auctioned. This includes the special mementos given by our Olympics heroes. Do take part in the auction. The proceeds would go to the Namami Gange initiative.” PM Modi also shared the link to the portal set for the e-auction.The gifts presented to PM Modi for the third edition of the e-auction include sports gear and equipment presented by winners of the Tokyo Paralympics and the Tokyo Olympic Games.The third edition of the e-auction of gifts presented to PM Modi is being held from September 17 to October 7 through the web portal Other interesting artefacts include replicas of the Ayodhya…


Future of Indian sports is in hands of coaches, says Anurag Thakur

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The future of India’s sports lies in the hands of coaches, said Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, and Information and broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur on Sunday.As per an official release, the Minister visited the Netaji Subhas Southern Centre, Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru and participated in the Teachers’ Day Celebration of the 58th Batch of NIS Diploma in sports coaching. Reiterating the Central government’s renewed focus on sports, the Union Sports Minister addressed the coaches and athletes at the event and said, “Future of India’s Sports lies in the hands of Coaches; On the occasion of teachers’ day, let’s resolve to nurture and polish athletes with best of training and ensure they bring forth star athletes of Olympian standards.”According to the release, there are currently over 160 athletes undergoing high-performance training at the Bangalore Centre of the SAI…


Will decide on participation in Wrestling World C’ships after Friday: Ravi Dahiya

New Delhi [India]: Tokyo Olympic silver-medallist Ravi Dahiya on Wednesday said that he will decide on his participation in the upcoming Wrestling World Championships after Friday, August 27. “I have not decided on the participation yet, this decision will be taken by me after the August 27 meeting,” Dahiya told ANI.World Wrestling Championships are set to be held in Oslo, Norway from October 2-10.Ravi Dahiya had won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics after losing to Russia’s Zavur Uguev in the finals of Men’s freestyle wrestling 57 kg category on August 5.Dahiya cruised into the 57kg final with a series of magnificent wins, but lost 4-7 to Russian Olympic Committee’s Zavur Uguev in the summit clash.On August 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Ravi Dahiya and his coach Anil Maan after the Indian wrestler won the silver medal in the ongoing Tokyo…


Urge everyone to support girls who want to enter field of sports, says Mirabai Chanu

Patiala (Punjab) [India]: Tokyo Olympics silver-medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Wednesday said that everyone should support girls who want to enter the field of sports.“When I started, I was just 14 years old, I had to go through many problems. Earlier, were not many facilities and my family had to go through a lot. I had to deal with hardships but my family fully supported me during my training days. My parents always encouraged me to follow my dream. I am happy that I could fulfil their dream. I received a lot of support from the government. I request everyone to support girls who want to enter the field of sports,” Chanu told ANI. “I have been lucky that my family loves sports, the support of family is really important. The government always supports us now, I hope they keep supporting us in the…


Players will be trained at 18 academies for Olympics: MP CM

Bhopal, Aug 20: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Friday that the state dispensation has decided to search for fresh talent and train them at 18 sports academies. “Our objective is to churn out contestants who will bring laurels to the country and the state in the Olympics or at various other world-level or national competitions. I appeal to interested youth to register themselves through the campaign. Our eyes are on the 2024 Paris and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics,” Mr Chouhan said in a message. Till date, in excess of 50,000 aspirants have applied for online registration.


Family, friends await Neeraj Chopra’s arrival in hometown, grand celebrations planned

Panipat (Haryana)[India], August 17 I): With Olympic Gold medallist Neeraj Chopra heading home to Samalkha in Panipat on Tuesday, a grand feast is being organised by the family for around 30,000 people. This will be Neeraj’s first visit to his hometown after he won the coveted medal at the Tokyo Olympics.The whole village and distant relatives have been invited for the grand celebration. “He will be receiving a grand welcome, I have prepared ‘churma’ for him. We will keep his gold medal in the temple, as it is after the blessings of God that he has reached these heights. I am looking forward to his arrival,” says Neeraj’s mother Saroj Devi. Another distant relative of Neeraj said: “We have made all the preparations. The welcome will be grand and all the relatives and the whole village is invited. The gold medal will be kept…


Indian Men’s Olympics Hockey team presents autographed hockey to PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: The Indian Men’s Hockey team, that went to the Olympics, on Monday presented an autographed hockey to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he hosted the Indian athletes at his residence today. The men’s hockey team had won a medal after 41 years at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics. The Indian Tokyo Olympics contingent on Monday went to 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have breakfast with him. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, India’s first-ever Gold Medallist in track and field, badminton player PV Sindhu were also present. PM Modi fulfilled his promise and had ice cream with Sindhu. The Prime Minister also interacted with the Indian wrestling team that went to the Olympics. PM Modi in his Independence Day speech on Sunday applauded the Indian Olympic athletes and said the country was proud of them…

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President lauds Olympic team

New Delhi, Aug 14: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday lauded the performance of Indian players at Olympic, specially the women players. Addressing the nation on the eve of 75th Independence Day, the President said: “In the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, our sportspersons have brought laurels to the nation with their stellar performances. India has won the highest number of medals in the 121 years of its participation in the Olympics”. India won 35 medals in the Tokyo Olympics this year, its highest tally so far. “Our daughters have achieved world class excellence in playgrounds overcoming many adversities,” he said. The President said along with sports, epoch-making changes are taking place in the participation and success of women in all walks of life. “From higher educational institutions to armed forces, from laboratories to playgrounds, our daughters are making their mark. In this success of…


Hockey skipper Manpreet Singh loves to binge on butter chicken, Neeraj Chopra says fruits are his ‘comfort food’

New Delhi [India], August 13 : While fitness is of utmost importance for athletes, the Indian men’s hockey skipper Manpreet Singh loves to have butter chicken when it comes to picking his favourite comfort food.However, Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is pretty strict on his diet as he sticks to fruits when it comes to comfort food. Neeraj, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and Manpreet gave some interesting answers in a candid rapid-fire round shared by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on his Twitter on Friday.“A Candid Rapid Fire Round with Olympic Medalists @Neeraj_chopra1 @LovlinaBorgohai @manpreetpawar07 Check this out,” Anurag Thakur tweeted. The Indian men’s hockey team ended a 41-year medal drought by clinching the bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics and the skipper said he called his mother right after the win to inform her.“I called my mom as my father’s dream was to see me win…


Was shattered after losing bronze medal match, but team performed well at Olympics: Vandana Katariya

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], August 11 : India women’s hockey player Vandana Katariya on Wednesday said that her side was shattered after losing the bronze medal game against Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics, but nonetheless, they performed really well at the Games.“We were shattered after losing the bronze medal match, didn’t win a medal but have won hearts. The team performed well at the Olympics,” Katariya told reporters on Wednesday upon arriving in Dehradun. Katariya was welcomed to a thunderous response as she arrived in her hometown of Dehradun on Wednesday morning.The Indian women’s hockey team moved up to the 8th position according to the latest FIH world rankings.The Indian eves, who faced three losses in the initial matches, went on to pull off arguably the biggest upset as they beat World No.3 Australian side in what was their first-ever quarter-final of the Olympics.During…


On this day in 2008: Abhinav Bindra became first Indian to win individual Olympic gold

New Delhi [India]: It was on this day, 13 years ago, when Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal.Bindra had achieved the feat during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 10-metre air rifle shooter was seen at the top of his craft. The shooter had shot a 10.8 on his last shot and this sealed the gold medal for the Indian. Before this shot, he was tied with Finland’s Henri Hakkinen and if he had shot anything less than 10.8, he would not have won the gold medal.Having started his Olympic journey in Sydney back in 2000, the 37-year-old shooter qualified in three Olympic finals including his golden journey of Beijing in 2008 (Athens being the other one) in his pet 10m air rifle, while he missed out in Sydney and London.Bindra, in 2017 had officially announced his…


ICC to push for cricket’s inclusion in Olympics, Los Angeles 2028 ‘primary target’

Dubai [UAE], August 10 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed its intention to push for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympic Games going forward, starting preparations for a bid on behalf of the sport with the primary target being its addition to the Los Angeles 2028 itinerary.According to the apex body, a working group to lead the bid has been assembled by the ICC. ICC said thirty-million cricket fans live in the USA, making LA 2028 the ideal Games for cricket to make its return to the Olympic competition.Cricket, till now, has made just one appearance in the Olympics, way back in 1900 in Paris when only two teams competed at the event – Great Britain and hosts France – meaning the sport’s inclusion in 2028 would mark the end of a 128-year absence.ICC Chair Greg Barclay said the addition of cricket…


Tokyo Games: We fulfilled responsibility as Olympics host, says Japan PM

Nagasaki [Japan]: Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday said the country has fulfilled its “responsibility” as host nation of the Tokyo Games. The Japanese Prime Minister also thanked the citizens and expressed his “sincere appreciation” for the people of the country.“Although the Olympics were postponed for a year and held under various restrictions, I believe we were able to fulfill our responsibility as host country,” Kyodo News quoted Suga as saying. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Japanese people for their understanding and cooperation,” he added. Suga was presented with the Olympic Order in Gold by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 closing ceremony on Sunday. This year the Games were held with COVID-19 induced restrictions and all sports were played behind closed doors. (ANI)

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Olympics Organising Committee reports 26 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hrs

Tokyo, Aug 8: Tokyo has logged 26 new COVID-19 cases related to the Olympic Games over the past 24 hours, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said on Sunday.Among those who tested positive were personnel, volunteers, contractors, as well as media representatives. No athletes got infected over the given period.The update brings the total tally of COVID-19 cases confirmed at the Games since the beginning of July to 436, including 286 Japanese citizens and 150 foreigners.The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, initially scheduled to take place in 2020, was postponed for one year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The sporting event kicked off on July 23 and will end on August 8.


Subedar Neeraj Chopra created history by winning gold : ARMY

New Delhi [India], August 7 : Indian Army top brass on Saturday congratulated Subedar Neeraj Chopra on winning the country’s first-ever gold medal in athletics at the ongoing Olympics.The “Entire Army was proud of his achievement,” Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said. The Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, said that the 23-year-old athlete did the armed forces, and the nation proud. Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal is the second for India in the individual category after Abhinav Bindra, who bagged the top prize in the 19m Air Rifle shooting event in ChinaGeneral Rawat, said, “Neeraj Chopra has proven that when there is the WILL there is a way. He has done the Armed Forces and the Nation proud like many other Olympians who have created history in TOKYO 2020.”He added, “We are confident you will continue to reach greater heights in the years…

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Golden Boy : Life story of Neeraj Chopra, Years old dream fulfilled

By News Desk with inputs from agencies. Tokyo:  Life story of Neeraj Chopra; Neeraj Chopra has become the first Indian player to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He put India’s first gold medal in the bag with an 87.58m javelin throw. Neeraj threw 87.03 meters in his first attempt, 87.58 in the second and 76.79 meters in the third attempt. Earlier, India had won six medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Also, Neeraj has become only the second player to win gold for India in the individual event of the Olympics. Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal for India in the 10m rifle shooting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Life of Neeraj Chopra Chopra won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where she set a new Indian national record of 88.06m and served as the flag bearer…


What Neeraj Chopra has achieved today will be remembered forever: PM Modi

New Delhi [India], August 7 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for scripting history with his gold medal-winning feat at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.“History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold. #Tokyo2020,” tweeted PM Modi. Chopra created history on Saturday as he became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics. He threw a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold in Tokyo. Neeraj began his quest for a medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of the first attempt.He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m. While he wasn’t…

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Typhoon expected to approach Tokyo on the last day of Olympics

Tokyo [Japan], August 7 : A typhoon is expected to approach Tokyo and its neighboring areas from the Pacific on Sunday, the final day of the Tokyo Olympics, reported Kyodo News.Typhoon Mirinae was moving over the sea south of the Japanese archipelago at 30 kilometers per hour as of noon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on Saturday as it warned of strong winds and high waves. The closing ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. local time in Japan. The final day will also feature competitions including track and field, volleyball, water polo, boxing, handball, and basketball.After 19 days of competition, where emotions of sport have triumphed, the official handover between Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 will be one of the highlights of the Closing Ceremony at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. The Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, will hand the…


Wildfire threatens hometown of Olympic Games in Greece : Civil Protection

Athens, Aug 6: A resurgent wildfire spreads near the ancient Greek site of Archaia Olympia, threatening to consume a site famed as the birthplace of Olympic Games, Nikos Hardalias, the deputy minister for civil protection and crisis management, said on Friday.“We have a new fire front today in Ancient Olympia. There are 310 firefighters deployed there,” Hardalias said at a briefing.The site of the Olympics birthplace saw one of the worst wildfires over the past few days. Residents from 32 nearby settlements were evacuated. The fire approached the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and the International Olympic Academy.The Greek authorities are evacuating people from Lake Marathon in eastern Attica, which is a major source of water for Athens.The wildfire situation in Attica and Euboea is getting worse due to strong winds.Greece and other countries in the southeast Mediterranean region are experiencing the worst heatwave since…

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Tokyo 2020: Bajrang loses to Aliyev in semis, to fight for bronze

Tokyo, Aug 6: India’s Bajrang Punia lost 12-5 to Azerbaijan’s Haji Aliyev in the men’s freestyle 65kg wrestling semifinal match at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics, here on Friday. The loss means Bajrang will be competing for the bronze medal on Saturday. He will face the winner of the repechage round bout between Senegal’s Adama Diatta and Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov. If he manages to win, it would be India’s second medal in wrestling in Tokyo, with Ravi Kumar Dahiya winning a silver medal in the 57kg category on Thursday. Up against Haji Aliyev, Bajrang looked to go on the offence early and earned the first point of the bout through a passivity penalty on Aliyev. However, the Azerbaijan wrestler made a comeback, scoring back-to-back takedowns and took a 4-1 lead into the second period. Thereafter, Aliyev scored another four points by getting hold of…

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Naveen congratulates Indian Women’s hockey team for putting a brave fight against Britain in Tokyo Olympics

Bhubaneswar, Aug 06: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today spoke to the Indian Women’s hockey team through video conferencing and congratulated them for putting up a brave fight against Britain in Tokyo Olympics. India women Hockey team lost to Britain 3-4 in a tough fight for the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Great Britain were the Gold medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics and number 4 in world ranking. After the Match the Chief Minister while talking to the team members said, “Girls, you have worked very hard and played very well. You lost a game, but won our hearts. Congratulations to all of you because of the hard work you have put in and playing so well,” he said. “You will be coming over here (Odisha) on August 17. We will all meet then,” Mr Patnaik said. In return a team member…


Give Rs 3 cr and DSP job to Hockey Olympic bronze medalists : Sukhbir

Chandigarh, Aug 6: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday asked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to give a cash reward of Rs 3 crore to all hockey players of Punjab who were part of the bronze medal winning men’s team at the Tokyo Olympics. In a statement here, the SAD chief also asked the Congress government to offer a job of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the Punjab Police to all hockey players of Punjab who represented the country at the Tokyo Olympics. Simultaneously Rs one crore should be given to all representatives from the State who had part of the Indian contingent at the Olympics, he said. Mr Badal said it was a great honour that as many as ten players from Punjab were part of the men’s hockey team. He said the boys had not only…


Bajrang Punia loses in the semi-final, to play for bronze

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia faced a crushing defeat in the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics at the hands of Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan in the men’s freestyle 65kg event on Friday. Tokyo [Japan], August 6 Aliyev defeated Bajrang 12-5 as the former dominated proceedings from the word go. The Indian grappler will now play the bronze medal match on Saturday.The Indian grappler might have started the game on a high, but Aliyev’s two-point move gave him a 2-1 lead against Bajrang. He further extended his lead as he took the scoreline to 4-1 with the same set of moves over Bajrang. After the first period, Bajrang trailed 1-4 against Aliyev. In the second essay, Aliyev came all guns blazing as he went on a point-scoring spree taking the lead of 8-1. Bajrang came back strong and hard registering four points but the Azerbaijani wrestler…

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Tokyo Olympics: Punjab minister announces Rs 1 cr cash reward for each men’s hockey team players from state

New Delhi [India], August 5 : As the Indian men’s hockey team clinched bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Minister of Sports & Youth Services in Punjab, Rana Gurmit S Sodhi on Thursday announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore each for players from state.“On this historic day for #IndianHockey I am delighted to announce a cash award of Rs 1crore each to players 4m #Punjab. We await ur return to celebrate the much deserving medal in #Olympics. #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020 #IndvsGer #Hockey #IndianHockeyTeam @capt_amarinder @Media_SAI,” read a tweet by Rana Gurmit. The Minister praised the team on the historic victory against Germany and tweeted, “An absolutely Gripping Match! Our boys have done it in #Tokyo2020 Bringing an #Olympic medal home after 41 years #BronzeMedal #India #Punjab is proud of this Brilliant Team Play #HockeyIndiaTeam All 5 scorers #Punjab. Simranjeet Singh @rupinderbob3 @13harmanpreet Hardik…

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TT board issues show-cause notice

New Delhi [India]: The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) will be issuing a show-cause notice to paddler Manika Batra for refusing to take guidance from the national coach Soumyadeep Roy during the Tokyo Olympics, confirmed federation secretary Arun Banerjee on Wednesday. “We have today in our meeting decided that the show cause notice will be issued, Manika Batra has 10 days to reply, accordingly will take action, mostly will issue the notice by tomorrow but the decision has been taken,” TTFI secretary Banerjee told. Earlier, Banerjee had made it clear that Manika Batra’s refusal to have national coach Soumyadeep Roy by her side during matches at the Tokyo Olympics will be taken up for discussion once the contingent returns to India. Banerjee said the executive committee will decide on the course of action that needs to be taken since it was unprofessional for…

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Tokyo reports over 3,700 cases amid Olympic 2020

Tokyo [Japan]: Tokyo on Tuesday reported 3,709 new cases of coronavirus amid Olympic 2020 in the city while eighteen more people associated with the Tokyo Olympics have been tested positive.New cases had topped 3,000 for five consecutive days in Tokyo and doctors have also criticised the government’s response to the increasing cases, Kyodo News reported. Overall 12,017 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country which is the second-highest single-day record.A day earlier, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga decided that only patients with severe cases of COVID-19 can be admitted to hospitals, making a policy U-turn.Meanwhile, Japan on July 31 declared a state of emergency to Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka, and Okinawa Prefectures and applied priority measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to Hokkaido, Ishikawa, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Fukuoka Prefectures till August 31.“We ask people to refrain from going out or…

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Mission Tokyo: Women in the Olympics are Owning the Podium

By Subhro Majumder This year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo will undoubtedly be remembered for the unusual conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic – the year-long delay, the disrupted training regimes, the missing audience. However, it should also be remembered for some of the remarkable displays of women’s autonomy. Women athletes have been making headlines for taking control of how they – and we – experience the event looked forward to by the entire world. The women in Tokyo are participating in a significant shift in sports, one that celebrates not only women’s physical strength but also their political power and personal liberty – qualities that, in the past, have often been sharply limited for women almost everywhere, but particularly in the sports world. From strict regulations requiring feminine clothing – with an emphasis on modesty in the past and on skin-baring in the…

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Assam Assembly to be adjourned for 30 min on Wednesday for Lovlina Borgohain bout in Tokyo Olympics

Guwahati, Aug 3: Assam Assembly would be adjourned for thirty minutes on Wednesday during the semi-final bout of Lovlina Borgohain in Tokyo Olympics. Lovlina Borgohain will be taking on world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the welterweight women’s boxing semi-final at the Tokyo Olympics. Lovlina Borgohain has already assured India of another Olympics medal after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen in the quarter final of the women’s welterweight category. Lovlina Borgohain, a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, is also the first female boxer from Assam to qualify for the Olympics.


Olympic medallist PV Sindhu arrives in India

New Delhi [India], August 3 : Ace shuttler PV Sindhu on Tuesday arrived in India after a spectacular show at Tokyo Olympics.Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. She defeated China’s He Bing Jiao in the bronze medal match. She received a warm welcome at Delhi Airport on her arrival. Sindhu and her coach Park Tae-Sang were welcomed by the general secretary of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), Ajay Singhania at Indira Gandhi International Airport.Officials of BAI and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) were also present.“BAI would like to thank the Government, Sports Ministry, and SAI for their efforts and support,” the association said in an official statement.“I am very happy and excited. I am thankful to everyone including the Badminton Association for supporting and encouraging me. This is a happy moment,” Sindhu said in a…

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US Wrestler Stock Mensah wins freestyle 68kg Gold among Women at Tokyo Olympics

Moscow, Aug 3: US female freestyle wrestler Tamyra Marianna Stock Mensah defeated Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu in the -68 kg weight category final at Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday and won a gold medal. Bronze medals went to Ukraine’s Alla Cherkasova and Meerim Zhumanazarova from Kyrgyzstan.


Tokyo Olympics an experience I will not forget, journey doesn’t stop here: Sindhu

Tokyo [Japan]: After winning a bronze medal in the women’s singles of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, India shuttler PV Sindhu on Monday said she would not be able to forget her experience at the Games and her journey does not stop here. Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. She defeated China’s He Bing Jiao in the bronze medal match at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1.“I appreciate all the well wishes and words of support from the bottom of my heart. I carried it all the way through and it means the world to me, just as this medal means everything for me to represent our nation. The Tokyo Olympics has been an experience that I will not forget, from preparing for 5 years to stepping in the medal podium — each moment is forever etched with…

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PV Sindhu : Her life is a journey of success & failures inspiring millions of Indian Girls

By Puneet Tripathi Puneet Tripathi is a sports journalist based at Delhi. He has been associated with NewsX and other reputed Media Houses since last more than 7 years. There are talents who do not have the drive. There are players who have the drive but are low on talent. And then there’s PV Sindhu, who is part of the rare bracket with both talent and relentless drive. The Indian shuttler broke several records when she defeated China’s He Bingjiao 21-13, 21-15 to win a bronze at Tokyo Olympics. This was her second Olympic medal, after winning the silver at Rio Olympics in 2016. En route to the bronze medal, she has become the only Indian woman ever to have two Olympic medals. She did not just eclipse every other Indian – she also joined a coveted group of badminton players in the history…


Tokyo Olympics: Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza finishes 23rd in final

Tokyo [Japan], August 2: Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza and his horse Seigneur Medicott finished 23rd in the individual eventing jumping and missed out on a medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Monday.Mirza came 23rd out of 25 with a final score of 59.60. “The #Equestrian Individual Eventing Jumping final comes to an end @FouaadMirza and #SeigneurMedicott finish 23rd. No medal here, but an inspirational performance from the duo this #Olympics. Great future ahead for them!” SAIMedia tweeted.Meanwhile, Germany’s Julia Krajewski became the first individual female athlete to win Olympic gold in individual eventing with a near-flawless final jump with her Amande de B’Neville.While individual eventing became a mixed event in Tokyo 1964, no woman had ever won gold in this event – until now, reported Olympics.comAfter competing in the dressage and cross country over the past three days, it all came down to…

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Dutee Chand bows out of Tokyo Olympics after finishing last in her heat

Tokyo, Aug 2: Ace Indian sprinter Dutee Chand crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics after her early exit in the women’s 200m event at the Olympic Stadium on Monday. Competing in the heats, Dutee clocked 23.85 seconds to finish seventh and last in what was her first run over the distance for the season. The 25-year-old Chand’s personal best in the 200m is 23.00s, set at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Namibia’s Christine Mboma won the heats with a timing of 22.11 seconds, a new national record, while Gabrielle Thomas of the US was second in 22.20 seconds. Niger’s Aminatou Seyni came in third with a timing of 22.72 seconds to secure the three automatic qualifying slots for the semi-finals. The top three finishers from each heat along with the three fastest timings across the seven races make the semi-finals. Earlier, Dutee bowed…


Sonu Sood Becomes Brand Ambassador Of India At The Special Olympics

Indian actor and philanthropist Sonu Sood has always been a step forward to aid those in need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ‘Dabangg’ star has added another feather to his cap by becoming the brand ambassador of India at the Special Olympics to be held in Russia. Sonu announced the news on his Instagram account with a picture of him wearing the jersey and posing with the Special Olympics Red Ball. He wrote, “Feeling proud today as I’m chosen to be the Brand Ambassador for India at the #SpecialOlympics to be held in Russia! I’m sure our champions will make us proud and I wish them all the best! Jai Hind.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sonu Sood (@sonu_sood) The virtual event of the inaugural session was viewed by over 500 athletes, coaches, families, officials and volunteers. Opening up…


Olympics: Need courage and mindset to come back after losing opening matches, says Rani Rampal

Tokyo [Japan]: India women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal was proud of the Women in Blue as the team executed their plans well against Australia and booked a historic berth in the final four of the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal in the match during the first half through a penalty corner in a very tightly contested match.“I am super proud of the team especially each individual player. Before the game, we just said one thing to each other, give it all that you have then we will see what will happen, just don’t focus on the semi-final or final. We just concentrated on sixty minutes and we put all our energy and focus on our jobs,” Rani Rampal told reporters after the match. “By scoring the goal in the first half and then defending it especially against a…

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IOC says no positive doping tests among Russian athletes at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Aug 2: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has not registered any positive doping tests among Russian athletes at the Tokyo Games, IOC Spokesman Mark Adams told reporters on Monday. According to Adams, Russia has fulfilled 85 percent of all recommendations. On Saturday, Travis Tygart, the chief executive officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), called for making the results of doping testing of all Russian athletes participating in the Tokyo Games public and criticized the IOC as he considered the punishment of the Russians not harsh enough. Last year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Russian athletes cannot compete in major international competitions under the national flag until December 16, 2022, over alleged violations of the anti-doping code.


T20 format enough to take cricket into Olympics, didn’t need ‘The Hundred’: Ian Chappell

Melbourne [Australia]: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell reckons that the T20 format is enough to take the sport into the Olympics and the newest addition ‘The Hundred’ was not really needed.The Hundred is an England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) brainchild, and it is featuring eight teams taking on each other. The first match in the competition was played between the women’s teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21. The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that is seeing (both men and women) featuring in the tournament.“Apart from reducing the number of balls to obtain a terrestrial television deal, the reasoning behind the Hundred could well be that it improves the chances of cricket fulfilling the Olympic dream. This is often cited as a way to spread the game’s popularity to a wider audience. Surely the T20 format could achieve that…

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Olympics : Lahiri finishes at T-42 rank

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri on Sunday ended his Tokyo Olympics journey as he finished at Tied 42nd in the men’s competition. The PGA Tour star was left frustrated on Saturday as he was not able to keep his foot on the pedal at Kasumigaseki Country Club’s East course after an opening 67 on Thursday was followed up with an uneventful 72. Golfer Udayan Mane’s journey also came to an end as he finished at rank 56. “#Golf update Golfer Anirban Lahiri ends his #Tokyo2020 journey, finishing at T42 rank. We wish him best of luck for his future competitions!” SAIMedia tweeted.

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PV Sindhu wins bronze, becomes first Indian woman to win two medals at Games

Tokyo [Japan]: Shuttler PV Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. Sindhu defeated China’s He Bing Jiao in the bronze medal match of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1. Sindhu defeated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 in the bronze medal match that lasted for 52 minutes. Sindhu had earlier returned with a silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.The 26-year-old Sindhu is now just the second Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals. Wrestler Sushil Kumar also has two medals as he returned with a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics 2008 and a silver at the London Olympics 2012. In the match between Sindhu and Bing Jiao, the former was dominant in the first game and she did not give her opponent any chance, winning it 21-13. Continuing from where she…


Tokyo Olympics: Emma McKeon becomes first female swimmer to win 7 medals at single Games

Tokyo [Japan], August: Emma McKeon created Olympic history on Sunday after Australia upset two-time defending champions, the United States, to secure the women’s 4x100m relay gold medal here at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. In a close race, the Australian team of Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell won the race with a new Olympic record time of 3:51.60, pushing the USA into second. The USA quartet finished at a time of 3:51.73 while Canada claimed the bronze in 3:52.60.This was McKeon’s seventh medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a feat that no other female swimmer has ever achieved at a single Games. 27-year-old McKeon has now won four gold in Tokyo along with three bronze, overtaking East German Kristin Otto’s six medal-haul in 1952 which was later matched by American Natalie Coughlin in 2008. Earlier on Saturday, United States’ swimming great Katie…


I can play till 40: Mary Kom on making a comeback

New Delhi [India]: Mary Kom, the face of India’s boxing contingent, might have bowed out of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics but the ace boxer has no plans to retire.In the bout, Mary Kom faced a shocking defeat — split decision — at the hands of Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia to bow out from the tournament this week. When asked about making a comeback, Mary Kom said “Yes, yes. Why not? I still have the age. I can play till 40. Valencia won the match 3-2. Colombia’s pugilist advanced to the quarter-finals of the showpiece event after defeating Mary Kom in the women’s flyweight (48-51kg) category. Despite clinching the two rounds Mary Kom had to face defeat in the match.After the match, Mary Kom thought she had won since the ace boxer had clinched two rounds after going down in the first essay.Talking about her defeat…


Olympics: Vandana Katariya becomes first Indian woman hockey player to score hat-trick at Games

Tokyo [Japan]: Vandana Katariya who scored three of India’s four goals against South Africa in the final pool A hockey game became the first Indian woman to register a hat-trick at the Olympics here at Oi Hockey Stadium — South Pitch on Saturday. The 29-year-old forward’s three goals made sure that the women’s hockey team’s hopes to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics remain intact as it will now depend on the outcome of the Ireland and Great Britain game.“She shoots, she scores! Vandana Katariya scored 3 of #IND ‘s 4 goals in their match against #RSA to become the first Indian woman to register a hat-trick at the Olympics!” Tokyo 2020 for India tweeted. In their five Group Stage matches, India won two and lost three. Katariya scored her first two goals in the starting two-quarters of the match and…

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Another 21 new COVID-19 cases detected at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 31: The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee reported 21 new Games-related COVID-19 cases as of Saturday.There are no athletes among those newly infected. The ones who tested positive are contractors and personnel involved in organizing the event.The total number of COVID-19 cases at the Tokyo Olympics has reached 241 since July 1.The Olympics will end on August 8.

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Ledecky wins her second gold at Tokyo 2020 in women’s 800m freestyle

Tokyo, Jul 31: World record holder Kathleen Ledecky of the United States added another gold to her colletion, winning the women’s 800m freestyle here on Saturday. The defending champion enjoyed a safe lead before touching home in eight minutes and 12.57 seconds This the is the fourth medal for Ledecky at Tokyo 2020, as the 24-year-old freestyle specialist had her first gold at Tokyo 2020 over the 1,500m distance following two silvers. Ariarne Titmus of Australia, gold winners in 200m and 400m freestyle, took the silver despite a late comeback effort in 8:13.83 and European champion Simona Quadarella of Italy won the bronze in 8:18.35. China’s Wang Jianjiahe, 19, finished fifth with a time of 8:21.93.

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BFI wants Lovlina to win Gold at Tokyo Olympics

Bengaluru, Jul 30: The Boxing Federation of India is pinning hopes on debutant Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) to win gold medal at Tokyo Olympics after she stormed into the semifinal by defeating Chinese Taipei’s former world champion Nien-Chin Chen. “I have said to Lovlina today, this is just a start. She needs to plan carefully and ensure she wins gold for India. Lovlina is symbolic of a young, new, and fearless India. I am sure that young boxers like her will ensure many more Olympic medals in the future,” BFI BFI President Ajay Singh said in a statement. With this win, Lovlina has assured India of their first boxing medal at the mega sports event. Lovlina is a born fighter as she recovered from covid last year and was admitted to the hospital, but she braved all the hardships to achieve the milestone of reaching…


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic knocked out of Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo [Japan]: Number one seed Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic on Friday was knocked out of the men’s singles event in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after losing the semi-final clash. Germany’s Alexander Zverev defeated Djokovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the men’s singles event.As a result of this loss, Djokovic would not be able to achieve the Golden Slam (all four Grand Slams and Olympic gold) in the same year. Djokovic had brought out his A-game to the court in the first set, and he ended up winning it 6-1. However, disappointment followed for the Serbian as he lost two back-to-back sets and as a result, he bowed out of the tournament.Djokovic had won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year and now he would look to win the US Open, beginning August this year.Earlier, top seeds Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka were…


Indian mixed relay team finishes 8th, bows out of Games

Tokyo [Japan] : India’s Mixed Relay team finished last in heats with their season-best time of 3:19.93 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. The Indian quartet of Muhammad Anas Yahiya, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan, and Rajiv Arokia finished eighth in the heat to bow out of the quadrennial event. Earlier in the day, MP Jabir failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the men’s 400m hurdles. Running in heat fifth, Jabir finished seventh in the seven players field with a timing of 50.77. Also, Avinash Mukund Sable failed to go in the next round of the men’s 3000m steeplechase final. Running in heat 2, Sable finished with a timing of 8:18.12 on 7th position and improved on the National Record of 8:20.20. The string of defeats continued as Dutee Chand too failed to progress to the semi-finals of the women’s 100m event. Running in heat…

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Sindhu defeats Yamaguchi, storms into semis

Tokyo [Japan] : India shuttler PV Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s singles event after defeating Japan’s number four seed Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1 on Friday. Sindhu defeated Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20. The quarterfinal clash between Sindhu and Yamaguchi lasted for 56 minutes. The first game was more close than the scoreline suggested and Sindhu had to bring out the best in her to win it 21-13. The scoreline in the first game might not indicate how closely it was fought, but Yamaguchi made her fight for every point. The star Indian shuttler was just one more game away from progressing to the semi-finals. Yamaguchi made Sindhu toil hard in the second game, and for every point, the Indian shuttler had to be at her best. In the end, the number six seed Sindhu…


Deepika Kumari bows out after losing to top-seed An San

Tokyo [Japan]: Star Indian archer Deepika Kumari bowed out of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after losing to South Korea’s An San in the women’s individual quarter-finals here at Yumenoshima Park on Friday. Top seed San defeated world number one Deepika in an absolutely dominating fashion 6-0 to march into the semi-finals of the individual event. 20-year-old San is aiming for her third gold medal at Tokyo after finishing top of the podium in the mixed team event and the women’s recurve team event. Korean An San had a brilliant start to the first round as she aimed at three 10s while Deepika shot 7-10-10. San carried that momentum in the second round and clinically shot 9-10-7 to which Indian responded with 10-7-7. The dominance of the South Korean continued in the third set as she gathered 26 as opposed to 24 of Deepika. Match…


Tokyo Olympics: Bronze assured for India as Lovlina Borgohain storms into semis

Tokyo [Japan]: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) assured India a bronze after storming into the semi-finals of the women’s welterweight (69-75kg) category in the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen in the quarterfinals here at the Kokugikan Arena on Friday. Borgohain defeated Nien-Chin Chen by a split decision of 4-1. Five judges gave split decisions in the first round but following two rounds, all judges anonymously stamped Lovlina’s dominance.The Indian pugilist very narrowly took Round 1 (3-2) and this created pressure on her Taipei opponent. Lovlina maintained her charge in Round 2, and she smartly defended Nien-Chin’s punches with her excellent footwork. The 23-year-old did not relent and maintained her rhythm in third as she assured India its third medal in boxing at Olympics. She also became just the second woman after Indian legend MC Mary Kom — bronze in the 2012 London…


Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom surprised after being asked to change jersey minute before bout

Tokyo [Japan]: Boxing legend Mary Kom has revealed she was surprised after being asked to change her jersey by the organizers just a minute before her bout against Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia at Kokugikan Arena on Thursday. “Surprising..can anyone explain what will be a ring dress. I was ask to change my ring dress just a minute before my pre qtr bout can anyone explain. @PMOIndia @ianuragthakur @KirenRijiju @iocmedia @Olympics,” Mary Kom tweeted on Friday.Mary was asked to change her jersey right before the bout. The jersey said ‘Mary Kom’ but the organisers said only the first name is to be there and she was given a blank jersey. In the bout, Mary Kom faced a shocking defeat — split decision — at the hands of Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia to bow out from the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Valencia won the match 3-2. Colombia’s pugilist advanced…

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Mary Kom shocked and upset

Tokyo [Japan] : Mary Kom, the face of India’s boxing contingent, was “shocked and upset” to learn about her Tokyo Olympics exit on Thursday. Mary Kom faced a shocking defeat — split decision — at the hands of Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia to bow out from the tournament. Valencia won bout 3-2. However, Mary Kom thought she had won since the ace boxer had clinched two rounds after going down in the first essay. “I thought I have won but after some time I saw Kiren Rijiju’s tweet, I was shocked and upset at the same time (to know that I have lost the match),” Mary Kom told reporters two hours after the bout. After Mary Kom’s defeat, Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of Law and Justice, said the boxer was a clear winner but judges had their “own calculations”. “Dear Mary Kom, you lost…

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I just tried to maintain my focus: Atanu after memorable win against Jin Hyek

Tokyo [Japan], July 29 : India’s No. 1 men’s recurve archer Atanu Das has stated that he just tried to maintain his focus in a nerve-wracking shoot-off against South Korea’s Oh Jin Hyek as he cruised into the third round of men’s individual event here at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field on Thursday.“It was a tense moment. I’ve faced shoot-offs before. I knew he was shooting first, and if he would shoot a nine, I could win it,” World Archery quoted Atanu as a saying. “I just tried to maintain my focus. It was a tense moment, a win or lose situation. So I just went for the win.” “We’re giving out best, so let’s see what happens,” he added.Aiming first in the shoot-off, Jinhyek shot a 9 to which Atanu replied with a brilliant 10 and sealed the match. With this win, Atanu has…

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Italy wins gold in women’s lightweight double sculls at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 29: Italy won gold in women’s lightweight double sculls at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The time of Italy’s Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini was 6 minutes 47.54 seconds. France’s Laura Tarantola and Claire Bove took silver with 6:47.68. The Netherlands’ Marieke Keijser and Ilse Paulis won bronze (6:48.03).


Indian Boxer Satish Kumar punches his way to QFs after defeating Ricardo Brown 4-1

Tokyo [Japan]: India boxer Satish Kumar progressed into the quarter-finals of the men’s super heavyweight (+95kg) category in the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Ricardo Brown of Jamaica in the Round of 16 here at the Kokugikan Arena. Satish defeated Ricardo Brown by a split decision of 4-1 on Thursday. Kumar took the first round comprehensively as all judges voted in his favour. Boxing in red, the Indian pugilist continued from where he left off and thrashed Brown with some quality right hook and body shots during the second round.With knockout as his only option in the third round, Brown was kept at the bay for almost most of the round by the Indian. Satish didn’t take any chances as he bagged the match by some smart defence and marched into the next round. Earlier on Wednesday, Boxer Pooja Rani (75kg) stormed into the quarter-finals…


Tokyo Olympics: Archer Atanu Das cruises into next round after beating Yu-Cheng Dang 6-4

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian archer Atanu Das progressed to the next round of the men’s individual archery event after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Yu-Cheng Dang in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics here at Yumenoshima Ranking Field on Thursday. Das defeated Yu-Cheng Dang 6-4 in the 1/64 eliminations round.Atanu Das took the lead in the match, helped by a 10 in his first arrow. Deng replied with an 8-9-9. A similar story unfolded in Set 2 but for Taipei’s archer who leveled the match against Das. The next set went to Indian who regained the lead by shooting 9-10-9 to which Dang replied with a very poor 7 in the last arrow. The fourth set went back and forth but it was Yu-Cheng who forced the match into the decider. In the final set, Chinese Taipei’s Yu-Cheng Dang shot a 7 on his last arrow again which…


Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu vanquishes Mia Blichfeldt, enters quarterfinals

Tokyo [Japan]: Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in the Round of 16 matches of women’s individual event in the Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 3 on Thursday. Sindhu defeated Mia Blichfeldt 21-15, 21-13 in just 41 minutes to cruise into the quarter-finals.Sindhu started well in the match after trailing 0-2 as she held the advantage throughout, taking an 11-6 lead into the mid-game interval. Mia gained some ground after the interval as Danish closed the gap to just two points but Sindhu came roaring back and later took six points in a row to finish the first set in 22 minutes — 21-15. In the second set, Sindhu continued with her momentum from the first, and with some beautiful cross-court downward shots, she took the lead by 5 points in the mid-game interval. Blichfeldt tried to…


Tokyo Olympics: Indian Men’s Hockey team conquer Argentina 3-1, set foot in Quarter Finals

Tokyo [Japan]: India men’s hockey team defeated defending Olympic Champion Argentina by 3-1 in their fourth group A game here at Oi Hockey Stadium- North Pitch on Thursday.With this win, the Indian men’s hockey team has qualified for the quarterfinals in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. India started the match at a good pace as defenders gave no clear-cut chance to defending champion to find that rhythm in midfield. Dilpreet Singh had India’s best chance in quarter one but it was kept out by the Argentine goalkeeper by a very good save.India’s finishing was not clinical even in the second quarter and it remained scoreless after the end of the first half.In the third quarter, the pressure by Indian forwards finally delivered as Varun Kumar gave the team a much-needed breakthrough after converting a very well worked penalty corner. In the dying minutes of the…


Indian boxer Pooja Rani reaches quarter-finals

Tokyo, Jul 28 : Indian boxer Pooja Rani outpunched Ichrak Chaib of Algeria 5-0 in the women’s 75kg round of 16 bout and advanced to the quarter-finals at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, on Wednesday. Pooja, a two-time Asian Championships gold medallist, was simply too good for the 20-year-old from Algeria and she won the contest by unanimous decision at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena. She will now face fellow Li Qian of China, also a Rio 2016 bronze medallist in the quarter-final on Saturday. A win against the second-seeded Qian will assure Pooja of a bronze medal. Other Indian boxers MC Mary Kom and Lovlina Borgohain have also won their first-round bouts.

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Sai Praneeth crashes out after losing against Caljouw

Tokyo [Japan]: India shuttler Sai Praneeth lost his second Group D match against Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands in the Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 3 on Wednesday. Caljouw defeated Praneeth 21-14, 21-14 in straight games. With this loss, Praneeth has failed to qualify for the next stage as he lost both his group stage matches. In the first game, Praneeth was the one in the lead, but Caljouw staged a comeback and he took the first game 21-14. A similar story unfolded in the second game, as Praneeth was not able to capitalise on a good start, and in the end, he ended up losing the match in straight games. Earlier on Wednesday, star shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Hong Kong’s Ngan Yi Cheung in her second Group J match of the Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza…

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Deepika Kumari defeats Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez 6-4 in neck and neck fight

Tokyo [Japan]: World No. 1 archer Deepika Kumari defeated USA’s Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics here at Yumenoshima Ranking Field on Wednesday. The India archer defeated her opponent from the US 6-4 in the 1/16 eliminations round. Deepika was disappointed in the first set as she registered a score of 25 while the opponent from the US scored 26 to take a 2-0 lead. In the second set, Deepika was able to make a comeback and hence she brought the scoreline level to 2-2. Continuing from where she left off, the Indian archer dominated the third set, and she went on to take a 4-2 lead in the match. Deepika was not able to wrap up the match in Set 4 as Fernandez made a comeback, bringing the scoreline level at 4-4 and the match progressed to the fifth and deciding…


Tokyo Olympics: World number one Kento Momota defeated, out of tournament

Tokyo [Japan]: Japan shuttler Kento Momota on Wednesday was knocked out of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after the world number one failed to progress from Group A in the men’s singles event. On Wednesday, Momota was defeated by South Korea’s Heo Kwang-hee. The South Korean defeated Momota 21-15, 21-19. Momota had won his first match of Group A against Timothy Lam 21-12, 21-19, but he failed to rise to the occasion in his next match, and as a result, he has bowed out of the ongoing Olympics in the men’s singles event. Earlier on Wednesday, India shuttler Sai Praneeth lost his second Group D match against Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands in the Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 3. Caljouw defeated Praneeth 21-14, 21-14 in straight games. star shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Hong Kong’s Ngan Yi Cheung in her second…

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Vij expresses hope badminton player P V Sindhu will win gold medal in Tokyo Olympics

Chandigarh, Jul 28: Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij has expressed hope that India’s badminton player P V Sindhu will break her previous record of Rio Olympics and win gold medal for India this time at the Tokyo Olympics. Mr Vij tweeted on Wednesday that ‘PV Sindhu enters pre-quarterfinals in Badminton at Tokyo Olympics. Hope she breaks her own Rio Olympic record and wins gold medal for India this time.’ It is noteworthy that India’s star badminton player P V Sindhu performing extraordinarily well in the Tokyo Olympics. She has managed to make it to the pre-quarterfinals with an easy win. India’s badminton star PV Sindhu has crossed another milestone in the Tokyo Olympics. She defeated Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong 2-0 in her match today. Sindhu won the first game 21-9 and the second game 21-16. This is Sindhu’s second win in this…

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Britain wins men’s 4x200m freestyle relay gold at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 28: Britain won the men’s 4x200m frestyle gold at the Tokyo Olympics in an European record time of six minutes and 58.58 seconds here on Wednesday. Russian swimmers finished second in 7:01.81 and the bronze to the Australia team a mere 0.03 seconds behind. The United States, who has won consecutive Olympic golds in the event since Athens 2004, finished in the fourth place, with a tired Zach Apple who just swam the men’s 100m freestyle semifinal earlier in the morning.

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PV Sindhu beats Ngan Yi to enter elimination round

Tokyo [Japan], July 28: Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Hong Kong’s Ngan Yi Cheung in her second Group J match of the Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 2 on Wednesday.Sindhu defeated Ngan Yi Cheung in straight sets 21-9, 21-16 to cruise into the elimination round of women’s singles. The 26-year-old Indian wasted no time in the first set and won it with ease. The first set (21-9) lasted for just 15 minutes. In the second set, Cheung as expected tried to pull the match away from Sindhu, but the Indian showed her guile and captured important points to clinch the win in straight sets. Sindhu has progressed into the knockout rounds.This was the second successive win for the 2016 silver medallist who earlier on Sunday started her Tokyo campaign on a good note after defeating Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova 21-7,…

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Tokyo Olympics: Great Britain beats India women’s hockey team 4-1

Tokyo [Japan], July 28: The Indian women’s hockey team suffered a third successive defeat in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics as Great Britain won the encounter 4-1 here at the Oi Hockey Stadium — South Pitch on Wednesday.Great Britain got off the blocks very quickly as Hannah Martin opened the scoring from the team’s first circle entry of the match inside just 75 seconds. The Indian team got better as the first quarter progressed to create few chances here and there, but GB’s defence assured their team went ahead without conceding a goal into the next fifteen minutes. In the second quarter, Hannah Martin again prevailed for GB as she scored her second goal of the match. Indian goalkeeper saved the first shot but Martin converted on the second chance as the ball crept in between the feet of Savita.India responded in quite a fashion…


Tokyo Olympics: Archer Tarundeep comes back into the game to beat Hunbin, moves into round of 16

Tokyo [Japan], July 28: India archer Tarundeep Rai showed grit and determination to make a comeback and win against Ukraine’s Oleksii Hunbin here at Yumenoshima Ranking Field on Wednesday. Tarundeep defeated Hunbin 6-4 to march into the round of 16.Both archers shared the points in the first set after aiming 8-8-9. Hunbin started with two 10s in the second round and that was enough to seal the set even as Rai finds the target with his 3rd. Tarundeep started gaining ground after sharing points in the third round and then won the fourth set by a very impressive 8-8-10 in response to which Ukrainian managed to shoot a 7 off the final arrow of that round.The Indian then managed to seal the comeback in the decider after holding his nerves and scored a brilliant 10-8-10 to progress into the next round.Earlier on Saturday, India’s…


Russian swimmer Yevgeny Rylov wins gold in 100m backstroke at Tokyo Olympic games

Tokyo, Jul 27 (UNI/Sputnik) For the first time in 25 years, Russia’s Yevgeny Rylov won the Olympic gold medal in swimming for the Russian national team, defeating others in the 100-meter backstroke at the Tokyo Olympic Games.Rylov swam the distance in 51.98 seconds, setting a European record.Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov (52.00) won silver. American Ryan Murphy (52.19) took bronze.

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India at Olympics Day 3: Archers hit Korean wall, TT veteran Sharath advances, fencer Bhavani makes a mark

India’s Olympic campaign on day 3 of the competitions was littered with disappointments in archery, shooting, boxing and tennis. Veteran paddler A Sharath Kamal turned back the clock to make the next round and fencer C A Bhavani Devi showed some spark in her debut but India’s Olympic campaign on day 3 of the competitions was littered with disappointments in archery, shooting, boxing and tennis. The 39-year-old Sharath defeated world bronze-medallist Tiago Polonia of Portugal, prevailing 2-11 11-8 11-5 9-11 11-6 11-9 in 49 minutes to set up a clash with Olympic and world champion Ma Long from China who is arguably the greatest table tennis player of all time. But the women’s singles campaign in the same sport came to an end with both Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee losing their respective preliminary round matches. Loss awaited India’s first ever fencer in the…

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Mirabai Chanu Comes Home To Big Welcome with Silver Medal

Tokyo Olympics: Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu landed in Delhi from Tokyo, days after winning the silver medal in women’s 49kg category. Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu landed in Delhi on Tuesday and received a warm welcome.© ANI/Twitter Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who won the silver medal in women’s 49kg category at Tokyo Olympics, arrived in Delhi on Monday. She was pictured at the airport. News agency ANI reported that she underwent a mandatory RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport. Chanu brought home India’s second medal in weightlifting as she lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg), finishing behind China’s Hou Zhihui Chanu ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics. Previously, Karnam Malleshwari had won the bronze medal at 2000 Sydney Games.


India Star Paddler Manika Batra Knocked Out By Austria’s Sofia Polcanova

India star paddler Manika Batra bowed out of the women’s singles event after losing her Round 3 match against Austria’s Sofia Polcanova here at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym — Table 1 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Monday. Sofia Polcanova defeated Batra 4-0 as the match lasted just 27 minutes. Batra and Polcanova did exchange some great points to start the match but it was Austrian who prevailed against Manika’s rally and took the first set 11-8. The second set was all Sofia from the start who cleverly neutralised Batra’s reverse spin and took the round in a blink of an eye. The 11-2 set lasted for just 4 minutes. Batra’s lethal forearm continued to be missing in the third round against the Austrian’s stern defence as she again failed to put any fight and her opponent took the set 11-5. In the next one,…


India’s Mirabai Chanu To Be Awarded Gold Medal If China Weightlifter Zhihui Hou Fails Dope Test

As per the rules, the athlete who has won silver, will be awarded the gold if an athlete who won the gold medal fails the doping test. China weightlifter Zhihui Hou who won the gold in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020 on Saturday, will be tested by anti-doping authorities and if she fails the doping test, India’s Mirabai Chanu, who had bagged the silver medal in the Women’s 49kg category, will be awarded gold. As per the rules, the athlete who has won silver, will be awarded the gold if an athlete who won the gold medal fails the doping test. “She has been asked to stay in Tokyo and the test will be done. The test is definitely happening,” a source in the know of developments told ANI. Mirabai Chanu, hailing from a modest background in Manipur’s Imphal opened India’s medal count on…

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Tokyo Olympics: India’s tennis campaign ends after Sumit Nagal’s loss to Medvedev

Tokyo, Jul 26: India’s tennis campaign at the Tokyo Olympics came to an end after Sumit Nagal lost to world No 2 Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the men’s singles second round, here on Monday.Medvedev- the finalist at the Australian Open and US Open, defeated Nagal 6-2, 6-1 to reach the third round.The 23-year old Nagal had defeated Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the first round to become the first Indian since Leander Paes at Atlanta 1996 to win an Olympics men’s singles tennis match.Other Indians in the competition, Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina too crashed out after losing their opening match in the women’s doubles to the Kichenok sisters on Sunday.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: India men’s archery team loses to South Koreans in quarters

Tokyo: The Indian trio of Pravin Jadhav, Atanu Das, and Tarundeep Rai failed to rise to the tough challenge against South Korea in the quarter-final of the men’s archery team event here at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field on Monday. The South Korean team comprising Kim Je Deok, Kim Woojin, and Oh Jinhyek defeated the Indian team 6-0 to reach the semis. The Koreans put immense pressure on India from the first arrow as they shot 10-10-9 for a 29 and India responded with 8-10-10. Korea then proceeded to shoot 10-10-10 to capture 2 points. In the second set, India responded well as they started with 9-10-10 and 10-10 but an 8 from Das on the last arrow handed another 2 points to the Koreans. The Koreans gathered two 59s in two sets. The Koreans kept their cool and captured the third set with ease as…

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Facebook connects fans to Olympic Games across its family of apps

Facebook has announced to let people enjoy Tokyo Olympics 2020 via new features across its main platform, Instagram and WhatsApp to help people discover content and cheer on their teams. Facebook has announced to let people enjoy Tokyo Olympics 2020 via new features across its main platform, Instagram and WhatsApp to help people discover content and cheer on their teams. In select countries, fans will have access to highlights from Tokyo 2020, athlete profiles and interviews throughout the course of the Games via official Olympic broadcasters’ Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts. This includes NBC Universal in the US, Eurosport for parts of Europe, and beIN in the Middle East and North Africa. “In select territories including India, Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Spanish-speaking Latin America, fans can see the day’s highlights from Tokyo on the official Olympics Facebook Page,” the company said on Friday. On…


India’s women’s hockey team loses 1-5 to the Netherlands

In their first pool match at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, India’s women’s hockey team fought courageously for the first two quarters before losing steam and falling 1-5 to world no. 1 Netherlands. Felice Albers gave Netherlands the lead in the sixth minute before the advantage was evened out by India skipper Rani Rampal in the 10th minute. The Indians defended bravely in the first two quarters to go into the half time locked at 1-1 but the break seemed to have broken their momentum as the Dutch came out all guns blazing after the change of ends and pumped in three goals to nip any chance of an upset in the bud. Margot van Geffen (33rd minute) restored Netherlands’ lead soon after resumption before the three-time Olympic champions and reigning silver medallist scored two goals in quick succession through Albers (43rd) and Frederique…

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Mirabai attributes success in Olympics to people’s support, Manipur CM assures job

Imphal, Jul 24: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today assured to provide Rs one crore to Mirabai Chanu and a job in Manipur for winning a silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics. Mr Biren spoke to Mirabai and informed her that he will not yet announce the position she will be given. It will be a good one, he said. Mirabai said she will continue to play for the nation and expressed gratitude to all who were behind her. She said it was due to the support given by the people that she could get a medal in the Olympics. Mirabai said she had worked hard for the Rio Olympics also but she could not cope with the pressure. This time she was fully concentrated in the task and the entire focus was to win for the country. Meanwhile, congratulatory messages came from…

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Indian sports fraternity hails Mirabai Chanu on historic silver medal at Tokyo Olympics

Mirabai Chanu won the silver medal in Weightlifting (49kg category) on the opening day of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won India’s first medal in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, claiming silver in the women’s 49kg weightlifting. Mirabai had a total lift of 202kg – 87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk as she finished second behind China’s Hou Zihui 210kg (94 & 116) who set an Olympic record in snatch. The diminutive Mannipuri broke down after realising that she has secured a medal and hugged head coach Vijay Sharma in jubiliation. She later broke into a punjabi bhangra too to celebrate the historic podium finish. As Mirabai won the silver medal in Tokyo, the Indian sports fraternity hailed her tremendous achievement. Abhinav Bindra, who is the only Indian to win a gold medal in individual event in Olympics history,…


I belong to whole India, says Mirabai Chanu after historic silver medal at Tokyo Olympics

Mirabai Chanu says she don’t just belong to Manipur but whole India and is happy to win India their first medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A confident smile never leaving her face, Mirabai Chanu ended India’s over two-decade long wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics, clinching the 49kg category silver medal five years after leaving the same platform in tears following a disastrous debut. With her historic triumph, she ensured that India was second on the medals tally for now, a feat that has never been achieved before by the country. The diminutive iron lady from Manipur lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With this, she exorcised the ghosts of the 2016 Games where she had failed to log a single legitimate lift, leaving her shattered. “I am very happy, I…


Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu wins India’s first medal at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo: Star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the first medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics here on Saturday . The lifter from Manipur created history by winning the silver medal in the women’s 49 kg category. She had a total lift of 202 kg. China won gold with 210 kg while the lifter from indonesia took bronze with 194 kg. In the snatch, Chanu lifted 84 kg in her first attempt and 87 kg in her second. But she failed her third attempt at 89 kg. In the clean and jerk, Chanu started with 110 kg. She set a new Olympic record with 115 kg in her second attempt. It broke the previous Olympic mark of 114 set by the Chinese just minutes earlier. But with the Chinese setting yet yet another new Olympic record at 116, Chanu failed her third attempt at 117 kg.…


Weightlifting: Mirabai Chanu creates history; wins silver medal in Tokyo Olympics 49kg category

Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the silver medal in Weightlifting (49kg) category to open India’s medal account at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai Chanu created history by clinching India’s first silver medal in weightlifting in Olympics’ history. Chanu won the medal in the 49kg category. The 26-year-old lifted 87kg in snatch and xxkg in the Clean and Jerk event to score a total of 202 during the 49kg category final to create Indian history.  ith the silver medal, Chanu has also opened India’s medal account at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. China’s Hou Zhihui clinched the gold medal in the event, while the bronze medal was won by Indonesia. In the final, China’s Zhihui created an Olympic record by lifting 94kg in the snatch event. She led the table after the end of snatch, while  topped the Clean and Jerk tally.  This was Chanu’s second appearance…


Chinese shooter Yang Qian wins first gold of Tokyo 2020 in women’s 10m air rifle

Tokyo, Jul 24: Chinese young gun Yang Qian claimed the first gold of the Tokyo Olympics with a victory in women’s 10m air rifle here on Saturday. Russian markswoman Anastasiia Galashina took the silver and Nina Christen of Switzerland bagged the bronze. Yang, who was ranked sixth in the qualification, scored 251.8 points in the final, beating Galashina’s 251.1 points to set off Team China to a fine start in Tokyo. “I am very happy and proud to win this gold,” said the 21-year-old in a calm tone. The result set the bar for future Olympic competitors as Tokyo 2020 is the first games under new competition rules for the event. Trailing by a mere 0.1 point ahead of the final two shots, Yang saw the gap widened despite a 10.7-point shot, as her rival made an impressive 10.8. However, when it came to…


Tokyo Olympics is declared open

The Tokyo Games opening ceremony has begun, in a nearly empty National Stadium, on Friday. After a year of chronic postponement and a build-up plagued by scandal and controversy, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics began on Friday in a mostly empty stadium.After a countdown, pink fireworks exploded into the air, followed by a film of athletes practising at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The ceremony in the 68,000-capacity stadium is taking place before just a few hundred officials and dignitaries, including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, French President Emmanuel Macron and US First Lady Jill Biden. The emperor will officially declare the Games open.


Tokyo Olympics linked COVID infections go past 100, organisers announce 19 new cases

The total number of cases directly linked to the Games stood at 106 on Friday with 11 of them athletes. The COVID-19 cases associated with the Olympic Games breached the 100-mark on Friday with the announcement of 19 new infections and the Czech contingent seemed among the worst hit after a fourth athlete — road cyclist Michal Schlegel — tested positive for the virus. The Tokyo Olympic organisers, in their daily COVID-19 update, announced that three athletes, 10 Games-concerned personnel, three mediapersons and as many contractors associated with the event have been found positive. The total number of cases directly linked to the Games stood at 106 on Friday with 11 of them athletes. The Czech contingent reported its sixth overall case even as it investigated breach of health safety protocols while travelling to Japan. “The fourth athlete and the sixth Czech member of…


Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari finishes 9th in rankings round

Tokyo, Jul 23 : World No 1 Archer Deepika Kumari opened India’s campaign on the inaugural day of Tokyo Olympics and finished at 9th spot in women’s individual ranking round, here on Friday. The Indian archer scored 663 points out of a possible 720, hitting 30 10s and 13 X’s in her 72 arrows. Deepika will now complete in the first elimination round against Bhutan’s Bhu Karma. Karma, a Rio Olympian, is 193rd in the world rankings. The Olympic record of 673 points in the qualification round was broken by the top four archers – Korea’s An San (680), Jang Minhee (677), Kang Chae Young (675) and Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia (674). The Indian men’s trio of Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav will take the field next for the men’s ranking round.


Tokyo Olympics organizing committee Says 19 More People, Linked to Games, Caught COVID-19

TOKYO, July 23 : The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Summer Olympics said on Friday that 19 more people linkCZXaed to the games had been diagnosed with COVID-19, including three of them in the Olympic village. According to the organizers, three aUNIthletes, three journalists, 10 members of the Olympic delegations and three contract holders have tested positive for the coronavirus. The total number of people linked to the games, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, has reached 110, including 56 Japanese citizens and 54 people from other countries.

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From Copa America to Olympics, Richarlison nets 3 for Brazil

The jig of joy seven minutes into his Olympic debut showed just why Richarlison was so determined to be allowed by Everton to come to Japan. Even if it meant doing double duty with Brazil and extending the season even further and delaying his entry into the new English club Premier League campaign. Wearing the famed golden No. 10 Brazil jersey, the 24-year-old forward isn’t wasting time with his Olympic opportunity. Just 11 days after losing the Copa America final to Argentina in Rio de Janeiro and now 10 time zones away with Brazil’s under-23s team, Richarlison scored a hat trick inside the opening half-hour against Germany on Thursday. It helped Brazil open the men’s soccer tournament with a 4-2 victory. And it started in the 7th minute by netting the rebound after his initial shot was blocked by Germany goalkeeper Florian Müller before…

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Sushil Kumar to get TV in Tihar

The Tihar authorities on Thursday agreed to provide a television for two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who is lodged in the jail in connection with the Chhatrasal Stadium brawl.    The Tihar authorities on Thursday agreed to provide a television for two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who is lodged in the jail in connection with the Chhatrasal Stadium brawl.  Sushil was arrested along with co-accused Ajay Kumar on May 23 from outer Delhi’s Mundka area. He and his associates allegedly assaulted wrestler Sagar Dhankar and two of his friends Sonu and Amit Kumar on the intervening night of May 4 and May 5 over a property dispute. Dhankhar, 23, succumbed to injuries later.  Earlier, Kumar had written a letter to the jail authorities to provide him a television so that he could watch wrestling matches.  According to the police, Kumar is the “main culprit…

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Tokyo Olympics 2021: India’s full schedule releases, Journey to begin from Archer Deepika Kumari

New Delhi: The Tokyo Olympics is going to start on 23 July, in which 127 players from India will show their strength to win the medal. Last time 117 Indian players participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but only 2 medals came into account. This time the numbers are expected to increase, But before that, it is also important to know which player’s match is going to take place. The schedule of Indian athletes has been released.  The full schedule of the Indian athletes: ARCHERY:- 23 July Women’s Individual Qualification Round (Deepika Kumari) – 5:30 am  Men’s Individual Qualification Round (Atanu Das, Praveen Jadhav, Tarundeep Rai) – 9:30 am  24 July Mixed Team Elimination (Atanu Das, Deepika Kumari) – 6:00 am 26 July  Men’s Team Elimination (Atanu Das, Praveen Jadhav, Tarundeep Rai) – 6:00 am  27 July to 31 July  Men’s and Women’s Individual Elimination…


Tokyo Olympics 2021: IOA to attend opening ceremony with 50 participants

Tokyo: Around 50 people will attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics from the Indian side which is scheduled to be held on Friday in view of the COVID-19 concerns in the Japanese capital. “Indian Olympic Association has almost decided to participate in the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics with 50 attendees,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta told ANI. “We will try to limit the number of officials and athletes within 50 or 50 in the opening ceremony. The figure will be around 50.” In the ceremony, India is at serial number 21 in the march past. The sequence of march past is as per the Japanese alphabet and only six officials can participate from each participating nation. Earlier on Wednesday, Mehta stated that in the meeting of Chef de Mission of all the participating nations, it has been reiterated that the Tokyo…

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PV may win Gold: Gopichand

Pullela Gopichand said that PV Sindhu has a chance to better her performance from the last Olympics. Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand expects Indian athletes to claim an unparalleled double digit medal haul at the Olympics and has declared world champion P V Sindhu as one of the favourites to win a gold. India will be fielding its biggest-ever Olympic contingent — more than 120 athletes — at the Tokyo Olympics which begins on Friday. “I do believe that this time around, we would have, hopefully, India’s biggest medal tally till now. We could surpass what the Indian team did in London which is six medals and hopefully get to double digit is what I am hoping for,” Gopichand said. “Because there has been a lot of support and help from the government and I just wish that with that kind of a…


Tokyo Olympics | World leaders from 15 nations to attend opening ceremony

Leaders who have already promised their attendance are French President Emmanuel Macron, Mongolian PM Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene and US first lady Jill Biden among others. Leaders from around 15 countries are expected to attend Friday’s opening ceremony of the COVID-hit Tokyo Olympics. Reports in Japan have suggested that those attending the ceremony in person could be as low as 1,000 due to the pandemic. The decision to limit the number of attendees during the opening ceremony at the National Stadium here was taken in view of the organisers’ efforts to control the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japanese government Katsunobu Kato was quoted as saying by ‘Kyodo’ news agency. He said around 70 cabinet-level officials are also set to visit Japan, adding that there is still uncertainty over the number of VIPs attending the opening ceremony. World leaders who have already promised their…

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Indian Gymnast Pranati Nayak’s Journey From Midnapore To Tokyo

Nayak won a bronze in women’s vault at the 2019 Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Mongolia. It was India’s only medal from the event. Pranati Nayak is the only Indian gymnast at Tokyo Olympics. With many tournaments being canceled she qualified through the continental quota. This is her Olympic debutante and will carry the legacy of Dipa Karmakar ahead. Nayak, a simple girl from Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal dreamed of the Olympics from the time she learned about it. Her journey from her village to Tokyo is one that will inspire many young talents in the country. Mastering The Sport Truly a remarkable athlete Nayak won a bronze in women’s vault at the 2019 Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Mongolia. It was India’s only medal from the event. Nayak has also mastered all four categories in gymnastics- Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam,…


WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished gymnast Pranati Nayak success in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics

Pranati, the only gymnast representing the country in this year’s Olympics, is from Pingla in West Bengal’s in Paschim Medinipur district. “Heartiest congratulations to our very own Pranati Nayak, who is the only gymnast representing India at #Olympics2021!,” the chief minister tweeted. “Pranati hails from a small town in Medinipur. Owing to her hard work, she has already won many accolades and I am confident of her success this time as well!,” she added. The 26-year-old Pranati, daughter of a bus conductor, is the second woman gymnast from India to qualify for the Olympic Games.

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