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Honoured to be awarded Khel Ratna, says Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra

New Delhi [India] : Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra on Wednesday said that he is honoured to be chosen for the prestigious Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award.“Very honoured to be awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna alongside some outstanding sportspersons. Aap sabhi ke sahyog aur support ke liye tahe dil se dhanyavad. Koshish ye hi rahegi ki aise hi apne performances se desh ke liya aur success haasil kar paun! Jai Hind,” tweeted Neeraj Chopra. Earlier this year, Neeraj Chopra had bagged a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and the javelin thrower brought India its first medal in athletics at the mega event.Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on Tuesday announced the list for National Sports Awards 2021. The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati…

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Indian men’s hockey team hits turf for first time post bronze medal win at Tokyo Games

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Bronze medallists from the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian men’s hockey team resumed training at SAI Bengaluru on Monday. The team hit the turf for the first time after their podium finish at the Tokyo Games and looked all charged and pepped for their upcoming international engagements.All covid protocol guidelines are strictly being adhered to in the camp. The players have gone through the Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and are staying in separate rooms as per the quarantine rule. They are undergoing outdoor training in a different slot and are not mixing with other campers of SAI Bengaluru. The revised SOPs of the SAI allows for outdoor training.The men’s hockey team is likely to participate in the Asian Champions Trophy scheduled to be held in Dhaka in December this year, Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in Birmingham in July 2022,…

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India hockey star Rupinder Pal Singh hangs his boots

India hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh has decided to hang his boots and make way for the young brigade. Having been a part of India’s historic journey to a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, Rupinder said he is happy and content after winning a medal in the showpiece event. New Delhi [India], September 30 : Taking to Twitter, Rupinder made the announcement on Thursday. “I would like to inform you about my decision to retire from the Indian hockey team. The past couple of months have undoubtedly been the best days of my life. Standing on the podium in Tokyo along with my teammates with whom I have shared some of the most incredible experiences of my life was a feeling I will cherish forever. I believe it is time for me to make way for young and talented players to experience every…

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Must start thinking about how to better ourselves for 2022 calendar, says hockey skipper Manpreet

It’s been a month since the Indian men’s hockey team won the historic bronze medal by beating Germany 5-4 at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Skipper Manpreet Singh believes now it’s time to stop basking in the glory of the achievement in Tokyo and it’s time to reset their focus and start planning for a busy 2022 calendar. New Delhi [India], September 6 : “I think these past few weeks have been great with people showering us with all their love and praises. Now, I feel it’s time we rest our bodies and mind. We have enjoyed all the felicitations, the honour and accolades we received has been overwhelming but now we must start thinking about how to better ourselves for the 2022 calendar,” stated the captain in an official Hockey India release. With the all-important Asian Games scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang,…

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Video of Neeraj Chopra taking back javelin from Arshad Nadeem goes viral, fans question Pak athlete’s behavior

Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra might have won hearts with his performance at the showpiece event, but footage from moments leading up to the finals of the competition show Neeraj on the lookout for his javelin. New Delhi [India], August 26 : The video doing the rounds on social video further shows the Indian athlete spotting his javelin in the hands of Pakistan athlete Arshad Nadeem and then rushing towards him to take it back before his first attempt on a historic night. While the turn of events leading into the throw didn’t hamper Neeraj’s prospects of winning the gold, many fans questioned the motive behind Nadeem picking “someone” else’s javelin.“In this video, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem caught red-handed with #NeerajChpora’s Javelin. Why would anybody pick someone else’s Javelin just before the throw? What was he even thinking?” one of the users tweeted. Another…

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SAI hosts dinner for Indian para-olympics contingent, gives warm send-off

New Delhi [India]: Sports Authority of India (SAI) hosted a farewell dinner for the Indian contingent flying out to Japan for the Paralympics slated to begin on August 24 in Tokyo. The dinner was held on Friday at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLN) hostel here. A total of 54 para-athletes from across nine sports disciplines will be featuring in the showpiece event. This is India’s biggest ever contingent to the Tokyo Paralympic Games. The send-off dinner on Friday and cake were prepared by the hostel chef and his team for the athletes departing for Tokyo. “Farewell dinner organized for #Paralympics bound contingent at SAI’s JLN Hostel, Delhi. The special dinner and cake was prepared by the Chef of the JLN Hostel for the athletes heading to Tokyo. Our best wishes to them for,” SAI tweeted. India’s powerlifters Jaideep Kumar…

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‘Success doesn’t get to your head and loss doesn’t stay in your mind’: PM Modi lauds Neeraj Chopra

New Delhi [India], August 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for his resilience and confidence in the Tokyo Olympics.Neeraj created history as he became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics. He threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold medal at the Tokyo Games. The Indian Tokyo Olympics contingent had on Monday gone to 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, the official residence of PM Modi to have breakfast with him.While interacting with Neeraj, PM Modi hailed the star athlete and said, “When you threw your second attempt, you celebrated straight away, this can only come on the back of a lot of confidence.”To this Neeraj replied, “Sir confidence comes from training, my training was good so I was confident as soon as I threw the javelin…

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If I would’ve left Sanayev, he might have won the bout: Dahiya tells PM Modi

New Delhi [India], August 18 : Ravi Dahiya might not be happy with his performance in the Tokyo Olympics but Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavished praise on the wrestler for bagging a silver medal in the Games.Ravi Dahiya won a silver medal after losing to Russia’s Zavur Uguev in the finals of Men’s freestyle wrestling 57 kg category on August 5. During the final minute of the game, Dahiya was trailing 5-9 and it was then that, Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev was seen biting the Indian on his arm when the Indian grappler had pinned him down.The Indian Tokyo Olympics contingent had on Monday gone to 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, the official residence of PM Modi to have breakfast with him.While interacting with Dahiya during the event, PM Modi pointed out how the wrestler turned the game in his favour during the final few seconds.PM…

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Odisha sponsors hockey for 10 more yrs

Bhubaneswar (Odisha): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday felicitated the Indian national hockey teams that scripted history, with their brilliant performance at the Tokyo Olympics. In recognition of their achievement and their potential to be the top teams in the world, the Chief Minister announced that Odisha will continue to sponsor Indian hockey teams, for another 10 years. Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, said, “We, in Odisha, are elated that our partnership with Hockey India has led to this great achievement for the country. I believe, Odisha and Hockey are destined to become synonymous.” “We will continue our partnership with Hockey India. Odisha will support the Indian Hockey teams for 10 more years. This will herald a new era of Indian Hockey and bring back the glory to the nation,” he added.The Chief Minister felicitated captain Rani Rampal and the women’s…

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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…

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PM Modi fulfils promise, has ice-cream with PV Sindhu

New Delhi [India], August 16 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday fulfilled his promise and had ice cream with two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu when he hosted the Indian athletes at his residence today.Back in July when the PM had a video interaction with many Tokyo-bound Indian athletes, he had spoken about how Sindhu was barred from having ice cream before the Rio Olympics and if she was doing the same this time around.“Being an athlete requires a rigorous schedule and hardwork. I asked @Pvsindhu1 about her love for ice-cream and also interacted with her parents,” Prime Minister Modi had tweeted.During the interaction, Sindhu said, “Since I am preparing for the Olympics, I have to do some sort of diet control. So I don’t eat ice cream so much, only once in a while.”After which, PM Modi promised that he would have ice…

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Indian Tokyo Olympics contingent meets PM Modi over breakfast today

New Delhi [India], August 16 : 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.PM Modi is hosting the Olympics contingent for breakfast today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the Olympic athletes after the conclusion of his Independence Day speech at the Red Fort in the national capital.Athletes of the Indian contingent who had participated in the Tokyo Games, including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, India’s first-ever Gold Medallist in track and field, Mirabai Chanu along with officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), were among those present at the Red Fort on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day.PM Modi in his Independence Day speech on Sunday applauded the Indian Olympic athletes and said the country was proud of them for bringing glory to…

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Honoured to attend Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort: Neeraj Chopra

New Delhi [India], August 15 : Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, India’s first-ever Gold Medallist in track and field said it was an honour for him to attend the 75th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort on Sunday.Olympians, including Neeraj, PV Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu along with two officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) attended the 75th Independence Day celebrations. “It was an honour to attend the Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort today. As an athlete and a soldier, my heart is full of emotion when I see the national flag flying high. Jai Hind,” Neeraj Chopra tweeted.Indian men’s hockey player Mandeep Singh said he witnessed the best Independence Day celebrations on Sunday.“Special day to remember witnessed the best Independence Day celebration,” Mandeep tweeted.Star boxer Maty Kom extended greeting from the Red Fort to her fans and followers.“My warm greetings to…

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32 Olympic winners invited to 75th Independence Day Celebrations

New Delhi [India]: Thirty-two Olympic winners, including javelin thrower Subedar Neeraj Chopra, India’s first-ever Gold Medallist in track and field, along with two officials of Sports Authority of India (SAI) have been invited to participate in the 75th Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort on Sunday.Around 240 Olympians, support staff, and SAI and sports federation officials have also been invited to grace the Gyan Path in front of the Ramparts. In Tokyo, India recorded its best-ever medal haul in the recently concluded Olympics by bagging a total of seven medals – one Gold, two silver, and four bronze. The Nation is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, marking the 75th year of Independence from the foreign rule. The whole country has been gripped by patriotic fervour. A series of events are being organized across the country by different ministries of the Government of India,…

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President lauds India’s Tokyo Olympics performance, says women scripting success in all walks of life

New Delhi [India], August 14 : President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said that India’s sportspersons have brought laurels at Tokyo Olympics with their stellar performances and women players and athletes have achieved world-class excellence in playgrounds overcoming many adversities.In his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, the President said along with sports, epoch-making changes are taking place in the participation and success of women in all walks of life. “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. Our daughters have achieved world-class excellence in playgrounds overcoming many adversities. Along with sports, epoch-making changes are taking place in the participation and success of women in all walks of life. From higher educational…

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Will always try to keep doing my best for our country: Neeraj Chopra to PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Javelin Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra in a reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier tweet said on Friday that he will always try to keep doing his best for India.Taking to Twitter, Neeraj replied to a message posted by the Prime Minister after his getting gold medal at the Olympics. “Dear sir, thank you for your kind wishes. I will always try to keep doing my best for our country,” he said. PM had tweeted moments after Neeraj’s historic performance on August 7. “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.”Neeraj also replied to the tweet of President Ram Nath Kovind. “Thank you sir. I am glad I was able…

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Looking forward to upcoming competitions, says Lovlina Borgohain

Guwahati (Assam) [India]: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who won a bronze medal at Tokyo 2020, was felicitated by Assam Olympic Association and Assam Amateur Boxing Association on Friday. The boxer said she is now looking forward to upcoming competitions and wishes to get better with each passing event.“Looking forward to upcoming competitions. In my semi-final bout at Olympics, I identified my weaknesses, so am working on them now,” Lovlina said at the felicitation event. The felicitation took place in Guwahati, where the boxer was conferred accolades, ‘Gamosa’ (traditional Assamese stole), and a reward.Earlier on Thursday, Lovlina received a grand welcome at the Guwahati airport from the state government. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was present at the airport to receive her. Taking to Twitter, he said that the boxer has ignited a billion dreams with her success in Olympics.Lovlina took the bronze medal after…

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Badminton star PV Sindhu to start training academy in Visakhapatnam

Tirumala (Andhra Pradesh) [India], August 13 : Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist PV Sindhu is going to start a training academy for the youth in Visakhapatnam.The Indian badminton player feels the younger generation of the country is lagging behind when it comes to participation in sports. “I’ll start a training academy at Visakhapatnam very soon for youth, with state govt’s support. Many youths lagging behind in sports as they don’t have proper encouragement,” Sindhu said here after offering prayers at the Tirumala temple in Andhra Pradesh on Friday.Earlier this month, the badminton player had become the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. She defeated China’s He Bing Jiao in the bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics.Sindhu has made it clear that she will not be resting on past laurels and is already looking to give her best at the 2024 Paris Olympics.…

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Olympic Gold medallist Neeraj Chopra rises to number 2 in world rankings

New Delhi [India]: Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has gained 14 places to become world number two in the latest world rankings after his sensational show in the Tokyo Olympics.Neeraj Chopra created history on August 7 as he became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics. He threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to pick the yellow metal at the Tokyo Games. The 23-year-old athlete is only behind German athlete Johannes Vetter who has a 1396 score as per the latest update issued by World Athletics.Meanwhile, Neeraj has a score of 1315 in men’s javelin throw after his Tokyo Olympics gold. The star athlete’s historic golden throw in the Olympics has been listed as one of the 10 magical moments of athletics (track and field) in the Tokyo Olympics by the World Athletics.“Most…

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His words of wisdom and motivation shall always stay with me: Mirabai Chanu after meeting Tendulkar

New Delhi [India], August 11 : Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu was left inspired after meeting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday.“Loved meeting @sachin_rt Sir this morning! His words of wisdom & motivation shall always stay with me. Really inspired,” the Indian weightlifter tweeted. “Equally happy to meet you this morning, @mirabai_chanu! It was wonderful talking to you about your inspiring journey from Manipur to Tokyo. You’ve got places to go in the coming years, keep working hard,” Sachin Tendulkar replied to Chanu.Chanu opened India’s medals tally at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics after she bagged a silver in the Women’s 49kg category.The Indian weightlifter last week received a rousing reception in Imphal as she arrived in her native state Manipur, after a sensational show at the Tokyo Games. Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur had felicitated India’s first medal winner…

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Odisha CM felicitates hockey players

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday felicitated the players from the state who were part of the Indian hockey team in the just concluded Tokyo Olympics. The function was held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) [India], August 11 : Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Deep Grace Ekka, and Namita Toppo were part of the Indian teams which created history at the showpiece event. The Chief Minister handed over the cash award of Rs 2.5 crore to Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas. He also handed over the offer letter for appointment as Deputy Superintendent of Police in the State Police department. He appreciated the performance of the players in winning a bronze medal for the country.The Chief Minister handed over a cash award of Rs 50 lakh each to Deep Grace Ekka and Namita Toppo, who were part of the Indian women’s…

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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…

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Cash Awards for Olympians

Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has informed that the state government will honor Tokyo Olympics medal winners and participating state players besides gold medallist Neeraj Chopra with cash awards worth Rs 32.67 crore in a special function to be held in Chandigarh on August 12. Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], August 11 : Rana Sodhi said that Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will honour the Olympic players, while Governor VP Singh Badnaur would be the special guest on this occasion. The Sports Minister said that the Chief Minister has also increased the cash award money for the Olympic medalists with a view to further promote sports in the state. Neeraj Chopra who has deep roots with Punjab, would be honoured with an increased amount of Rs 2.51 crore instead of Rs 2 crore which was announced earlier.Rana Sodhi said that…

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Neeraj Chopra’s collection of cars and bikes

Bringing pride to the country by winning the first-ever track and field medal at Tokyo Olympics, and that too, a gold, Neeraj Chopra is the country’s new hero. Apart from gold medals and javelins, the Olympic hero loves fast bikes and cars. Here’s what his garage looks like. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F One of his first purchases, the Pulsar 220F is fast, sleek and a popular pick among bike lovers in India. The Harley Davidson 1200 Roadster A more beastly addition to his garage, Neeraj bought this one after winning a medal in the Asian Games in 2019. Along with his bikes, Neeraj owns a couple of cars. His collection is complete with a tractor. The Mahindra XUV700 is set to be the latest addition to his garage, as Anand Mahindra promised it as a gift to him after his success in the Olympics.

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89 indoor stadiums in Odisha

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: In a major boost for the development of sports in the state, the Odisha Cabinet has approved 89 multi-purpose indoor stadiums with utility for sports, disaster shelters, and field hospitals on Monday under the “State Sports Infrastructure Development Project”.The total cost of the project would amount to Rs 693.35 crores and would be completed in the next 18 months. This will provide In recent years, Odisha has been recognised as a leading destination for sports events and the promotion of sports. Under the 5T initiative, this project has been taken up to ensure the transformation of the Sports sector in the state.With this project, the image of Odisha as an emerging Sports powerhouse will be further strengthened.“State Sports Infrastructure Development Project” is proposed for ensuring the provision of quality sports infrastructure across ULBs of the State. As part of the project,…

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Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra returns back to grand welcome

New Delhi [India]: Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Monday arrived back home to a thunderous and grand welcome after winning a gold medal at the recently-concluded Tokyo Olympics.Javelin thrower Chopra on Saturday had won a gold medal and this was the first medal won by an Indian athlete in track and field in the Games. Upon arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport here in New Delhi, Neeraj was swamped by supporters and they played dhols to give a thunderous response to the 23-year-old’s historic feat back in Tokyo.Neeraj somehow made his way from the crowd and he quickly entered his car to make his way out of the airport.This year the Games were held with COVID-19 induced restrictions and all events were held behind closed doors.About 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries competed in Tokyo Olympics. India recorded its best-ever haul at the Olympics…

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‘Haven’t thought about biopic, there are more things to come in my story,’ says Neeraj Chopra

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra feels there are more stories about his life that can be unearthed in the future and his biopic can wait as the Olympic gold medallist vows to focus on upcoming tournaments.Neeraj Chopra on Saturday scripted history as he threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold at the Olympics. He 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 many advocated on social media that Neeraj himself can play in his biopic, the star athlete just wants to focus on his game as of now.“Don’t know about the biopic. I want my focus to be on the game and after I stop playing these will look good,”…

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Paris 2024: In a first, closing ceremony of Olympic Games features celebrations from next host city

Tokyo [Japan]: For the first time ever, the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games featured “live and spectacular” celebrations from the next host city of the mega sporting event on Sunday. At the Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, flag-bearers of all countries entered the stadium to mark the end of 17-days of the Games, which saw the participation of athletes from over 200 countries.People of Paris and France embraced their role as hosts of the Games during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. For the first time ever in a handover ceremony at the Olympic Games, the national anthem of the next host country was delivered on film as part of Paris 2024’s presentation. “For the first time ever, the #ClosingCeremony features live and spectacular celebrations from the next host city, @Paris2024, as the people of Paris and…

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Tokyo Olympics: Jason Kenny becomes first Great Britain athlete to win 7 gold medals

Shizuoka [Japan], August 8 : Jason Kenny became the first Great Britain athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals after storming onto the podium in the men’s Keirin final, 1/6th place of the track cycling on day sixteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games here at Izu Velodrome on Sunday.The legendary cyclist from Great Britain was in a league of his own in the final, moving early to win the race by 0.763 seconds. Kenny, whose wife Laura has also tasted gold at Tokyo 2020 to add to her four golds from previous Games, won his first-ever gold medal at Beijing 2008 with a victory in the team sprint. He has gone on to amass a further six more golds in a spectacular Olympic career. Malaysia’s Mohd Azizulhasni Awang – bronze medallist in Rio – took an impressive silver, with Harrie Lavreysen of the…

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India’s medals tally at the Tokyo Olympics

Day 15 highlights: India put together their best-ever medal haul as Neeraj Chopra made history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics at the Olympic Games when he clinched the first position at Tokyo 2020 with a throw of 87.58 metres in the javelin competition. Bajrang Punia on the other hand added another chapter to India’s glorious history in wrestling history by winning the bronze medal in men’s freestyle 65kg, beating Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan 8-0 on points for his first medal at the Olympics. Aditi Ashok came excruciatingly close to a historic Olympic medal at the Tokyo 2020 in women’s individual strokeplay (golf), finishing fourth. Aditi finished 15 under and needed a birdie in the 72nd hole to force bronze medal playoff with Lydia Ko, but that was not to be as Ko got a par score on the 18th, forcing a silver…

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Neeraj Chopra dedicates his gold medal to Milkha Singh

Tokyo: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who on Saturday scripted history after winning gold in the men’s javelin throw at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, dedicated his medal to legendary Milkha Singh. The 23-year-old Chopra, who hails from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana threw a best attempt of 87.58m in the finals to end India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics. Neeraj also became only the second individual Indian athlete after Abhinav Bindra to win an Olympic medal. Bindra had won the gold in shooting in the 2008 London Olympics. With his feat, Chopra also fulfilled legendary Milkha Singh’s dream to win a gold medal in track and field at the Olympics. “I dedicate this medal to Milkha Singh. Hopefully, he’ll be watching this from the heavens,” Chopra said after his gold medal. Milka Singh, one of India’s greatest-ever…

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Tokyo Olympics: BCCI announces cash reward for medal winners; Neeraj Chopra to get Rs 1 crore

New Delhi [India]: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah on Saturday announced a Rs 1 crore cash reward for star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra after his historic gold medal-winning feat in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.Jay Shah also announced that Indian athletes Mirabai Chanu and Ravi Dahiya who have won silver medals in the Games will get Rs 50 lakh each from BCCI. The governing body of cricket will give Rs 25 lakh each to bronze medal winners — shuttler PV Sindhu, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and wrestler Bajrang Punia.Also, the Indian men’s hockey team will get Rs 1.25 crore for their sensational show which saw them claiming a medal after 41 years in the sport.“INR 1 Cr. – First place medal medallist@Neeraj_chopra1 50 lakh each – Second place medal medallists @mirabai_chanu& Ravi Kumar Dahiya 25 lakh each – Third…

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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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History Made! Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold Medal In Javelin Throw At Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics: Neeraj Chopra picks first gold for India in track and field Tokyo [Japan], August 7 : Indian javelin thrower Neeraj 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 at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.Neeraj began his quest for medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of first attempt. He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m. While he wasn’t able to improve any further, it was enough to get him the coveted medal. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events. As a result of this win, India has now won seven medals in the multi-sporting event. In…

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Tokyo Olympics: Anurag Thakur, Rijiju hail ‘brilliant’ Bajrang Punia after wrestler bags bronze

New Delhi [India], August 7 : Sports Minister Anurag Thakur praised Bajrang Punia for his bronze medal-winning display in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. He said India is thrilled beyond words after the star grappler clinched a bronze medal.“BRONZE for BAJRANG !!! YOU DID IT ! India is thrilled beyond words. I am so proud of you, loved watching your dominating performance and spectacular finish,” Thakur tweeted. The Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju also congratulated wrestler Bajrang for bagging the bronze medal. “India strikes 6th Olympic medal at #Tokyo2020 !Congratulations to our star wrestler@BajrangPunia bhai on winning Olympic Bronze Medal! We are so proud of you,” Rijiju tweeted.Bajrang defeated Niyazbekov 8-0 in the bronze medal match. As a result of this win, India has equalled its tally of six medals recorded at the London Olympics 2012. In the ongoing Tokyo…

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Tokyo Olympics, Boxing : Hebert delivers KO for gold while Surmeneli stamps dominance in women’s welterweight

ANI | Updated: Aug 07, 2021 15:19 IST Tokyo [Japan], August 7 (ANI): Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey defeated China’s GU Hong 3-0 to clinch the first Olympic gold in women’s welterweight while Brazil’s Hebert Sousa knocked out Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak in the third round after losing first two rounds in men’s middleweight to claim the top prize.Busenaz Surmeneli won the women’s welterweight gold medal match against GU Hong in a thrilling duel that highlighted two opposite boxing styles. With Gu being deducted a point, Surmeneli took the reins to prevail in the second round after losing first. The Turkish boxer then did enough in the last round to win the match 3-0 (overall points) — after Gu had a point deducted in the second — and claimed the first-ever Olympic women’s welter gold in history. In men’s middleweight, Brazil’s Hebert Sousa won a spectacular gold, after landing…

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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…

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Tokyo Olympics has shown it is possible to keep COVID-19 pandemic at bay, says IOC adviser

Tokyo [Japan], August 7 : Brian McCloskey, chair of the Independent Expert Panel for the Olympics, stated that Tokyo 2020 has proven that it is possible to “keep the pandemic at bay”.Basic anti-COVID-19 measures and a good testing scheme made a “safe and secure” Games possible, said Brian. “We have shown it is possible to keep the pandemic at bay. And that is a very important lesson from Tokyo to the rest of the world,” McCloskey, a leading health adviser to the sporting event, said on Saturday during a press briefing as per Kyodo News. The organising committee of the games has said over 600,000 tests have been carried out, with the cumulative total of those COVID-19 cases standing at 404 after another 22 people were added on Saturday.As for the daily count, released on Saturday, no athletes tested positive for the second straight…

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Tokyo Olympics: Aditi misses medal by a whisker

Tokyo [Japan], August 7 : Golfer Aditi Ashok narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal after finishing a brilliant 4th in the women’s individual stroke play at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.The 23-year-old rolled in five birdies to be placed a famous fourth on fifteen-under 201 ahead of Australia’s Hannah Green and Denmark’s Pedersen who tied for fifth. The Indian finished the final day with 68 (-3) at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. World Number one, the United States of America’s Nelly Korda clinched gold with 17 under par. Meanwhile, Japan’s Mone Inami and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko were playing for bronze and silver.In the first 8 holes of the course, Aditi had a flawless start with 3 birdies which included back-to-back ones on holes 5 and 6. Nelly Korda who was sailing very comfortably in the final round, had a horror show when she…

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Allyson Felix bags bronze in women’s 400m, sets record by winning 10th Olympic medal

Tokyo [Japan]: American legendary athlete Allyson Felix earned her 10th Olympic medal when she clinched bronze in the 400 meters event in the ongoing Tokyo Games on Friday.Shaunae Miller-Uibo bagged the gold as she won the second consecutive 400m Olympic gold medal. According to Olympics.com, five years ago, Miller-Uibo had made headlines when she dove at the line to edge Allyson Felix by 0.07 and claim her maiden title.Again lining up against Felix, Miller-Uibo removed any doubt about the winner coming out of the bend with a commanding lead which she held to win in a new personal best of 48.36 seconds.Meanwhile, Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic claimed the silver medal with a time of 49.20.Racing on Miller-Uibo’s outside, the 35-year-old Felix produced a run that belied her years as she finished in third place to win a record 10th medal becoming the…

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Indian men’s relay team finishes 4th in Heat 2, misses qualifying for finals

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian men’s 4x400m relay team finished fourth in Heat 2 registering a time of 3.00.25 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Friday.The Indian team comprising Amoj Jacob, Arokia Rajiv, Naganathan Pandi, Nirmal Tom Noah, and Anas Muhamad Yahiya broke the Asian record but failed to qualify for the finals. The Indian side finished ninth overall out of 16 teams as they missed out on qualifying for the final by a whisker.Earlier in the day, India’s Gurpreet Singh dropped out of the men’s 50km race walk event after competing for around 35Km as he was cramping due to the gruelling heat and humidity.At halfway point of 25km, Gurpreet was in the 49th position with the time of 2:01:54.Earlier on Thursday, India’s KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar, and Rahul had a disappointing show in the men’s 20m race walk as they were not able to…

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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…

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Odisha promises grand welcome to hockey teams

Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behra on Friday said the performance of the Indian hockey teams in Tokyo will inspire future generations and promised them a grand welcome back home. Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], August 6 : “Indian women’s hockey team lost the Bronze medal match but it won the hearts of millions of Indians. There will be a grand welcome for both the men’s and women’s hockey teams. The performance of both the teams will inspire future generations,” said Behra in a tweet. The minister also said that the development of hockey infrastructure in Odisha and help offered by the state government has benefited Indian Hockey.“Over the last few years, infrastructure development in Odisha and help offered under the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has created immense potential in youngsters, be it the grassroots coaching, sponsorships of training camps. It will help youngsters aspiring to play…

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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 2020: Indian Women’s Hockey Team lose 3-4 against GB in bronze medal match

Tokyo, Aug 6: The Indian Women’s Hockey Team lost 3-4 after putting up a valiant effort against Rio Olympics Gold Medallists Great Britain in the Bronze Medal match here at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Friday.The Great Britain side controlled most of the proceedings in the opening minutes of the match and took a 2-0 lead by the 24th minute.However, Gurjit Kaur (25′, 26′) and Vandana Katariya (29′) struck three goals in quick succession to help India take the lead at 3-2 just before the half-time whistle. Great Britain regained the momentum in the second half and scored a goal in each of the third and fourth quarters to seal a Bronze Medal at the Tokyo Olympics.Great Britain made an aggressive start in the opening minutes of the first quarter and earned a Penalty Corner in the second minute of the match, however, their…

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Tokyo 2020: Bajrang storms into semis, Seema Bisla bows out

Tokyo, Aug 6: India’s Bajrang Punia entered the semi-final of men’s free-style 65kg wrestling event at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after beating Iran’s Morteza Ghiasi by fall in the quarter-finals, here on Friday.With the win, Punia guaranteed a medal match for himself at Tokyo. Even if he loses in the semis, he will compete in the bronze medal match.The Indian grappler will now face Azerbaijan’s Haji Aliyev in the semis at the Makuhari Messe Hall.Aliyev defeated Daulet Niyazkebov of Kazakhstan to enter the final four.Earlier, Bajrang marking his Olympic debut survived a close shave and defeated Ernazar Akmataliev of Kyrgyzstan in the round of 16 to enter the quarter-finals.Meanwhile, another Indian wrestler Seema Bisla bowed out of Tokyo Olympics following her 3-1 opening-round loss to Sarra Hamdi of Tunisia in the women’s 50kg weight class.Hamdi later lost her quarter-final bout to the world champion…

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Russian boxer Batyrgaziev clinches gold in men’s featherweight at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo: The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) claimed its first boxing gold at the Tokyo Olympics as Albert Batyrgaziev defeated Duke Ragan of the United States in the men’s featherweight final on Thursday. The No 2 seed Batyrgaziev won the bout with a split decision 3-2. Batyrgaziev started confidently and kept pushing forward in the first round, gaining favourable 10-9 scores from four judges out of five. In the second round, the Russian outpunched his opponent in accuracy and got four more 10-9, which almost secured the victory. It’s too late for Ragan when four judges scored in favour of him in the last round. “I’m happy that I managed to prove to everyone and to the judges that I deserved this victory,” said Batyrgaziev. “There are no easy rivals at these Games because taking part at the Olympic Games is already a serious feat.…

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Tokyo Olympics: Bajrang Punia qualifies for quarterfinals after defeating Ernazar Akmataliev

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia progressed into the quarter-finals of the men’s freestyle 65kg event at the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Ernazar Akmataliev of Kyrgyzstan here at the Makuhari Messe Hall A — Mat A on Friday. The bout between Bajrang and Akmataliev ended with a score of 3-3 but the Indian prevailed because he had the criteria with him (higher point-scoring move, a 2-pointer in the first period) in the 1/8 Final.The number two seed Indian started the match very aggressively but Kyrgyzstan’s grappler defended well with his upper body strength. Soon, the referee took notice of Akmataliev’s passivity and incurred a shot clock against him which gave Bajrang his first point of the match. Ernazar soon pegged one back against Indian and levelled the match. In the dying seconds of the first half, Bajrang took the benefit of a leg slip…

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Tokyo Olympics: Indian women’s hockey team misses out on bronze after losing to Great Britain

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian women’s hockey team went down fighting against Great Britain 3-4 in the bronze medal match here at Oi Hockey Stadium — North Pitch on Friday. With this loss, the Indian women’s team finished fourth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, meanwhile, team Great Britain captured their third consecutive Olympic medal.Great Britain started the match with a storming pace giving no chance whatsoever to the Indian forwards and in sequence creating very good opportunities for their forward line. But Indian goalkeeper Savita Punia rose to the occasion with some brilliant saves and made sure to lead the team goalless into the second quarter. The GB team soon made their dominance count as in the second quarter after a brilliant run from the right flank by ES Rayer, they forced an own goal from Indian defender Deep Grace Ekka. Soon, the GB team doubled…

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Tokyo Olympics: Wrestler Seema Bisla loses against Sarra Hamdi in 1/8 Final

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian wrestler Seema Bisla lost to Tunisia’s Sarra Hamdi here at Makuhari Messe Hall A — Mat B in the Women’s Freestyle 50kg, 1/8 Final, on Friday. Tunisia’s Sarra Hamdi edged Seema 3-1 to cruise into the quarter-finals of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.The 29-year-old Indian started the cagey match on a not-so-good note as she incurred a shot clock for passivity which gave the Tunisian a point going into the second half of the match. In the second half, Sarra struck again after pushing the Indian out of the mat. But soon after sustaining the second shot clock of the match, Seema earned her first point of the match by pushing Tunisian out of the mat.In the last 20 seconds of the match, Seema charged against Hamdi but it was the Tunisian who prevailed as the referee gave another point in favour…

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Tokyo Olympics: President, PM congratulate wrestler Ravi Dahiya for winning Silver medal

New Delhi [India], August 5 : President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated wrestler Ravi Dahiya who bagged a Silver medal in Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.“India is proud of Ravi Dahiya for winning the wrestling Silver at #Tokyo2020. You came back into bouts from very difficult situations and won them. Like a true champion, you demonstrated your inner strength too. Congratulations for the exemplary wins & bringing glory to India,” tweeted Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country takes great pride in Ravi Dahiya’s achievement.“Ravi Kumar Dahiya is a remarkable wrestler! His fighting spirit and tenacity are outstanding. Congratulations to him for winning the Silver Medal at #Tokyo2020. India takes great pride in his accomplishments,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi.Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated Dahiya.“Congratulations to Ravi Dahiya for the Silver medal in the #Olympics. He has distinguishing…

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Tokyo Olympics: Deepak Punia misses out on bronze

Tokyo [Japan], August 5 : Grappler Deepak Punia was not able to win a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 86kg category at the Tokyo Olympics after suffering a defeat at the hands of Myles Amine of San Marino here at the Makuhari Messe Hall A Mat B on Thursday. Punia suffered a 2-4 defeat on the basis of points in the bronze medal match.In the first period, Punia went on to take an early 2-0 lead and the pressure was on his opponent. In the same period, Amine scored one more point to bring the scoreline to 2-1 and a crucial three minutes were in store. However, Punia lost control in the dying minutes of the game and he had to come back empty handed.Earlier on Thursday, Ravi Dahiya settled for silver after going down against the Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Zavur Uguev…

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Tokyo Olympics: Wrestler Ravi Dahiya bags silver in men’s 57 kg freestyle category

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya on Thursday settled for silver after going down against Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Zavur Uguev in the men’s 57 kg freestyle category at the Tokyo Olympics.Uguev dominated the match and didn’t give any chance to the Indian grappler to come out with flying colours as India lost the chance to win its first gold medal in wrestling. Despite starting off cautiously Uguev got off to the mark and doubled his lead within seconds.Ravi might have equalled the scoreboard at 2-2 but Uguev showing off his immense power again took the lead as the Indian wrestler trailed 4-2 after the conclusion of the first period.Uguev came firing on all cylinders and further extended his lead as he gave no chance to Ravi to dominate the game.At one point, Uguev was leading the match 7-2 when Ravi earned two more…

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Tokyo Olympics: Odisha CM congratulates Indian men’s Hockey team for winning bronze medal

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], August 5 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday congratulated the Indian Men’s Hockey team for winning bronze medal at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, adding that the team performed brilliantly against tough opponents like Germany.Patnaik said, “Congratulations to the Indian Men’s Hockey team on winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The team performed brilliantly against tough opponents like Germany. The entire country is proud of the achievements of our team.” The Chief Minister said, “It is inspiring to know about the hard work and sustained focus, in spite of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Hockey has brought together every Indian together across the globe. This team will inspire thousands of kids to choose hockey and sports as a career. This is the start of a new era of Indian hockey.”It took 41 years, but the dream of…

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Dedicate this bronze medal to all COVID-19 warriors, says hockey captain Manpreet

Tokyo [Japan], August 5 : India men’s hockey skipper Manpreet Singh on Thursday dedicated the bronze medal win at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics to all the COVID-19 warriors who have been working to save lives during the pandemic.It took 41 years, but the dream of every Indian was finally realised on Thursday as the men’s hockey team beat Germany 5-4 to win the bronze medal here at the Oi Hockey Stadium — North Pitch. “And, now the long waiting dream has been fulfilled. This was a collective effort, from all the players, coaches and support staff. Their unrelenting backing has resulted in a positive outcome today. I dedicate this victory to the COVID warriors, who have been working relentlessly to save lives. This medal came after 41 long years and I’m confident that my team will continue to improve and perform better in the…

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Your hard work has paid off: PM Modi tells hockey team skipper Manpreet and coach Reid

New Delhi [India], August 5 : Minutes after the Indian men’s hockey team won the bronze medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to skipper Manpreet Singh and coach Graham Reid and said that the hard work put in by them over the months had finally paid off.“Many many congratulations to you and the entire team, you have made history. The entire country is filled with joy. Your hard work has paid off. You have done a lot of hard work, please wish the entire side on my behalf. The entire country is happy, congratulations coach Reid, you have created history. My best wishes are with you,” PM Modi was heard saying to Manpreet and Reid in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of SAI Media. PM Modi had also spoken to Manpreet and Reid after the Indian…

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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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Lovlina Borgohain: A fairytale filled with Dedication and Valour

By Subhro Majumder From training with an LPG cylinder because of lack of equipment to working in the paddy fields in order to maintain her fitness during the lockdown, before a stint with Covid-19 and the second wave derailing her Olympics preparation, Lovlina Borgohain has punched out numerous odds. The ethos in her commitment can be gauged by her own words as she says “Bhoi asile kintu bhoi korile medal nahe” (you cannot win medals without overcoming your fear). Lovlina scripted history in her quarterfinal match against former world champion Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei by securing another medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics. “I don’t take the pressure, I know a billion Indians are praying for me, I am happy I could give them another Olympic medal,” she said after her successful stint. The match made her the third Indian after Vijender…

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Anshu Malik loses repechage, bows out of Tokyo 2020

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian wrestler Anshu Malik bows out of Tokyo 2020 after losing to Russian Olympic Committee’s Valeria Koblova in the Women’s freestyle 57 kg repechage here at Makuhari Messe Hall A Mat B on Thursday.Russian Olympic Committee’s Valeria Koblova defeated Indian by 5-1. Participating at her maiden Games, Anshu fought bravely but couldn’t stand a chance against the seasoned pro. Celebrating her 20th birthday, Anshu started the match on the front foot but the Rio 2016 silver medalist held her defence as she took a narrow 1-0 lead going into the second half of the bout.Valeria Koblova got her second ‘shot clock’ in the second half which saw Malik opening the scoring in the match. In the last 30 seconds of the match, Koblova turned the match into its head as she captured 4 points and progressed into the bronze medal bout.The Russian…

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USA’s Sydney McLaughlin shatters women’s 400m hurdles world record to win gold

Tokyo [Japan]: USA’s Sydney McLaughlin created a new world record with a phenomenal run in the women’s 400m hurdles final here at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday. The new Olympic champion broke her own world-best mark of 51.90, storming past compatriot Dalilah Muhammad down the home straight to win the Olympic gold medal in 51.46 seconds. Dalilah — the Rio 2016 Olympic champion — took silver, going under 52 seconds in a time that also broke the former world record (51.58). Femke Bol of the Netherlands finished third in a new European record of 52.03.McLaughlin entered the final as a clear favourite, having broken Dalilah’s world record at the US track and field trials in June. However, in Muhammad, she had a worthy — and brilliant — adversary. She was the reigning Olympic gold medallist and an athlete she has swapped the first position…

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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 Olympics: PM Modi speaks to Rani Rampal, coach Marijne, raises their spirits after semis loss

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to India women’s team captain Rani Rampal and coach Sjoerd Marijne and asked them not to lose heart on losing the semi-finals against Argentina in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.PM Modi said that the Rani Rampal-led side is a skilled group of athletes who have worked very hard and that they must look ahead. He also said that wins and losses are a part of life and that they must not be disheartened by the loss against Argentina.The Indian women’s hockey team might have taken an early lead, but the side stumbled to a 1-2 loss in the semi-finals against Argentina in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics here at the Oi Hockey Stadium North Pitch on Wednesday. The Rani Rampal-led side will now face Great Britain in the bronze medal match on Friday.India went on to…

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Rani Rampal’s journey: Steered by unimaginable struggle into the biggest stage

By Arijit Das Rani Rampal, the captain of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team. Yes, this is the name that every Indian is aware of today. While trying to know this daughter of a cart puller and a maid, we tried to go back to her village Shahabad Markanda in Kurukshetra. In Kurukshetra, Rampal is known for her undying passion and dedication towards hockey. It is said that during her childhood, her family couldn’t even afford her a new “hockey stick”. But this couldn’t stop her from playing. She picked up a broken stick and started practising. At a nearby academy, Rani would spend hours watching the game. Her early years were marked by economic hardship; her family had to contend with power cuts, slept starving frequently, and during rains, their home was frequently flooded. The veteran striker, who captained Team India at the 2017…

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Spirited hockey women lose 1-2 to Argentina in semifinals

India still have a chance to win the bronze medal as they will take on Great Britain in the third-fourth place play-off match on Friday. Tkyo, Japan , August 4 : The Indian women’s hockey team put up a gritty performance but it was not enough to secure a maiden Olympic final berth as it lost 1-2 to world no.2 Argentina in a hard-fought semifinal of the ongoing Games here on Wednesday. The Indians fought valiantly and gave Argentina a run for their money by taking the lead in the second minute through a penalty corner conversion by Gurjit Kaur. But the Las Leonas bounced back strongly with skipper Maria Barrionuevo’s (18th, 36th minutes) twin strikes from penalty corners to secure the hard-fought win. The bunch of 18 fearless and determined Indian women had already done the unthinkable when they stunned three-time champions Australia…

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President and PM congratulates Lovlina Borgohain

New Delhi [India], August 4 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain after she won the Bronze medal in the women’s welterweight category (64-69kg) at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said: “Well fought Lovlina Borgohain! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determination are admirable. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze. Best wishes for her future endeavors. #Tokyo2020”. Busenaz Surmeneli defeated Borgohain by a unanimous decision of 5-0. All five judges gave decisions in the favour of Turkish pugilists as she stamped her dominance.Lovlina started round one with a good strategy as she didn’t let the Turkish boxer take charge. But soon, Busenaz showed her class and demolished the defense of the Indian as judges ruled the round in her favour.The second round started just where the first one left…

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Tokyo Olympics: Anurag Thakur and Kiren Rijiju praise Lovlina Borgohain after boxer wins bronze

New Delhi [India], August 4 : Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of Law and Justice, praised India boxer Lovlina Borgohain after she won the bronze medal in the women’s welterweight category (64-69kg) at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.Taking to Twitter, Thakur wrote: “Lovlina, you gave your best punch! India is extremely proud of what you have achieved ! You’ve achieved a medal in your first Olympics; the journey has just begun!” Rijiju also took to Twitter and wrote: “Well done @LovlinaBorgohai ! #Boxing #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #Cheer4India Dear @LovlinaBorgohai you have made our country proud! Congratulations on winning Olympic Bronze medal! We are extremely proud of your achievement! #Cheer4India.”He further tweeted: Dear @LovlinaBorgohai, you have made our country proud! Hearty congratulations on winning Olympic Bronze medal! We are extremely proud of your achievement! #Cheer4India.”Busenaz Surmeneli defeated Borgohain by a unanimous…

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Lovlina Borgohain settles for bronze after intense semi-final defeat at Tokyo Olympics

Lovlina, the two-time World and Asian championships bronze-medallist, lost all three rounds by unanimous decision, ending her debut stint at the Games with a bronze.  India’s Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) settled for bronze after suffering a 0-5 defeat to world champion Busenaz Surmeneli in an intensely fought Tokyo Olympic semi-final on Wednesday. Lovlina, the two-time World and Asian championships bronze-medallist, lost all three rounds by unanimous decision, ending her debut stint at the Games with a bronze.  The 23-year-old from Assam, who started her career as a Muay Thai practitioner, has become only the third Indian pugilist to ensure a podium finish at the Games after Vijender Singh (2008) and M C Mary Kom (2012). Earlier on Friday, Lovlina had assured India a medal by defeating Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals. She started the match strongly by securing the first round with a 3:2 split…

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‘I will definitely play in Paris Olympics and give it my best’: PV Sindhu

New Delhi [India]: India shuttler PV Sindhu has made it clear that she will not be resting on past laurels and is already looking to give it to her best at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Having returned to the country after clinching bronze at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, Sindhu said she is enjoying herself and wants to keep improving.“I will definitely play Paris (2024 Olympics) and will give my best and play 100 per cent. We have a lot of time. Currently, I’m enjoying the moment and cherishing it,” she told ANI on Wednesday. Sindhu said she has learnt from every coach she has trained under and is thankful to all of them for helping her improve with every passing day.“I learned a lot from every coach. Every coach has different skills and different techniques. It’s very important you grab as much as you…

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Deepak Punia cruises into Tokyo Olympics quarters in Freestyle 86kg category

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian grappler Deepak Punia progressed into the quarter-finals of Men’s Freestyle 86kg at the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor here at Makuhari Messe Hall A — Mat C on Wednesday.Deepak Punia comfortably overcame the challenge of Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor by the Technical Superiority of 12-1. The Indian never faced any real problems against Ekerekeme as he cruised into the next round of the competition. The second-seeded Indian started the rather cagey contest with caution as he gathered two points against the Nigerian’s defense in starting moments of the match. Agiomor soon took one point but Punia ended the first half on high with another two-pointer takedown.Starting the second half, the silver medalist at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships, read the Nigerian game brilliantly and gave no chance whatsoever to him as the 22-year-old Indian demolished all defenses of Ekerekeme. Deepak…

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Anshu Malik loses to Iryna Kurachkina in 1/8 Final

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian wrestler Anshu Malik lost to Belarus’ Iryna Kurachkina in the Women’s freestyle 57 kg 1/8 Final event here in Tokyo Olympics at the Makuhari Messe Hall A Mat B on Wednesday.Iryna Kurachkina defeated Indian teenager Anshu 8-2 to advance in the quarter-finals at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Participating at her maiden Games, Anshu fought bravely but couldn’t stand a chance against the seasoned pro. The Belarusian, a two-time bronze medalist at the World Wrestling Championships, made sure to use her experience against the Indian teenager as she comfortably took down Anshu with one-leg takes and took the four points in the first half.Starting the second half, the 19-year-old Anshu gave some spirited fightback to Kurachkina by throwing her out of the mat as she registered her first two points at the Games. But the 27-year-old made sure that the Indian…

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Tokyo Olympics: Ravi Dahiya enters quarterfinals in Men’s Freestyle 57kg category

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya stormed into the quarter-finals of the men’s freestyle 57kg category after overpowering Colombia’s Oscar Eduardo Tigreros Urbano here at Makuhari Messe Hall A — Mat A on Wednesday.Fourth-seeded Ravi comfortably overcame the challenge of Oscar Eduardo by the Technical Superiority of 13-2. The 23-year-old Indian drew the first blood by snatching two points but Colombian Oscar Eduardo soon stormed back and levelled the match by 2-2. In the last moments of the first half, Indian gained a one-point lead going into the second essay.But coming into the second half, the bronze medalist at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships gave no chance to Oscar and wreaked havoc upon him with some solid attacks. Ravi managed to put an unanswered 10 points in the second period against the Colombian.Earlier on Tuesday, grappler Sonam Malik bowed out of the ongoing Tokyo…

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Tokyo Olympics: Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra qualifies for men’s final in first attempt

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra progressed for the men’s final here at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday after attaining an automatic qualification in the Men’s Long Throws Qualification — Group A.Qualifying performance of 83.50 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) will advance to the final of the men’s javelin throw. However, these 12 performers will be a compilation of competitors from Group A and B. The Group B qualification round will take place later in the day and the remaining throws of Group A are also happening. Neeraj Chopra who was throwing the javelin in 15th position in the group threw a monstrous throw of 86.65m and automatically qualified for the final after just his first attempt. Finland’s Lassi Etelatalo was another thrower who automatically qualified in the first attempt.The men’s Javelin throw final will be on August 7 at…

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Shivpal Singh fails to qualify for javelin throw final in Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo [Japan]: India’s javelin thrower Shivpal Singh failed to qualify for the men’s final here at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday after an underwhelming show in the Men’s Long Throws Qualification — Group B.Qualifying performance of 83.50 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advanced to the final of the men’s javelin throw. However, these 12 performers were a compilation of competitors from Group A and B in which Shivpal failed to register his name. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem automatically qualified for the final after he registered the 85.16m mark in his second attempt. Germany’s Julian Weber and the Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch were other throwers to qualify from Group B with a ‘Q’ mark.In his first attempt, Shivpal registered a throw of 76.40m. After the first attempt, he was placed at the ninth spot. In the second attempt, the 26-year-old registered a throw…

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Tokyo Olympics, Day 12: Women’s hockey team, Lovlina eye medals; Neeraj Chopra in action

Tokyo [Japan], August 3 : Javelin throwers Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh will be in action on day twelve while boxer Lovlina Borgohain will compete in the semifinals in the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.Lovlina (69kg) has assured India a bronze after storming into the semifinals. Meanwhile, Neeraj said he is happy that he is finally getting to represent the country at the Olympics.“I am looking forward to what will be my first experience at the Olympics. I have had a fair share of highs and lows over the past few years, and I’m happy that I am finally going to be able to represent my nation at the biggest sporting stage of them all,” said Neeraj in an official release in July.“I feel the junior athletes having access to the institute are extremely lucky and thank brands like Bridgestone for supporting IIS in this…

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Indian men’s hockey team to face Germany for Bronze in Tokyo Olympics on August 5

Tokyo [Japan]: The Indian men’s hockey team will face Germany in the Bronze medal play-off match on Thursday in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.India’s hopes to play in an Olympic final were dashed on day eleven of the ongoing Tokyo Games as a formidable Belgium squad came back from a 1-2 deficit to beat the Manpreet Singh-led side 5-2 on Tuesday. It was a hat-trick by Alexander Hendrickx (19′, 49′, 53′), and goals by Loick Luyaert (2′) and John-John Dohmen (60′) that helped Belgium book a place in the final.For India, Harmanpreet Singh (7′) and Mandeep Singh (9′) scored the two goals. India’s hunt for a medal, however, will continue when they play the Bronze medal play-off match on Thursday.In another semifinal, Australia defeated Germany 3-1 to reach the summit clash of the Tokyo Games. As a result, India will face Germany for third place…

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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.

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Russian wrestler Musa Evloev wins Olympic Gold in Greco-Roman 97 Kg tournament

Tokyo, Aug 3: Russian wrestler Musa Evloev defeated Armenia’s Artur Aleksanyan in the final of the Greco-Roman 97kg weight category and won a gold medal at Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. Bronze medals went to Poland’s Tadeusz Michalik and Iranian wrestler Saravi Mohammadhadi.

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No time for disappointment: Skipper Manpreet and Sreejesh shift focus to bronze medal match

India will face the losing team from the other semifinal, between Australia and Germany, in the bronze medal play-off match on Thursday. Tokyo, Japan, August 3 : The 2-5 loss to Belgium in the Olympic semifinals on Tuesday is disappointing but Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh and star custodian P R Sreejesh said the side has no time to dwell on the heartbreak as it has to refocus for the bronze medal play-off on Thursday. The eight-time winners of Olympic gold, the last of which came way back in 1980, fell short against world champions Belgium, losing 2-5 in the semifinals here on Tuesday. “It is really hard for me right now because we came with a winning mindset, but unfortunately we didn’t win the match. Now we need to focus on our next bronze-medal match and we need to work and…

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Grappler Sonam Malik loses to Bolortuya Khurelkhuu, bows out of Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo [Japan]: Grappler Sonam Malik bowed out of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after losing to Mongolia’s Bolortuya Khurelkhuu in women’s freestyle 62kg event here at the Makuhari Messe Hall A Mat B on Tuesday.Sonam scored one technical point each in the first and second periods and this gave her good momentum in the match. However, Khurelkhuu stormed right back into the match as she registered two technical points in the second period, bringing the scoreline level to 2-2. Bolortuya was adjudged as the winner on the basis of separation criteria.Earlier in the day, the Indian men’s hockey team suffered a defeat at the hands of Belgium in the men’s semi-final.Javelin thrower Annu Rani also failed to qualify for the women’s final after finishing at the 14th spot in Qualification Group A.

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Tokyo Olympics: Javelin thrower Annu Rani fails to qualify for finals

Tokyo [Japan]: Javelin thrower Annu Rani failed to qualify for the women’s final here at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday after an underwhelming show in the Women’s Long Throws Qualification — Group A.Qualifying performance of 63.00 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) will advance to the final of the women’s javelin throw. However, these 12 performers will be a compilation of competitors from Group A and B. The Group A qualification round will take place later in the day. In her first attempt, Rani registered a throw of 50.35m. After the first attempt, Rani was placed at the ninth spot.In the second attempt, the 28-year-old registered a throw of 53.19m and by the time everyone was done with their second attempt, Rani slipped to the 14th spot.Annu registered a throw of 54.04m in her third and final throw and she was placed…

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Cuba’s Mijan Lopez makes history by sealing fourth straight Greco-Roman wrestling gold

Tokyo, Aug 2: Cuba’s Mijan Lopez defeated Iakobi Kajaia of Georgia 5-0 to claim the gold medal in wrestling men’s Greco-Roman 130kg category at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. Lopez, 38, is the first male wrestler to win four Olympic gold medals. Riza Kayaalp of Turkey and Sergei Semenov of ROC took bronze.

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Tokyo Olympics: Both our hockey teams have given splendid performances, says Thakur

New Delhi [India], August 2 : Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, on Monday congratulated the Indian women’s and men’s hockey teams on reaching the semi-finals of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.India defeated Australia 1-0 on Monday in the quarter-finals and as a result, the women’s team reached the semi-finals of the Olympics for the very first time. On Sunday, the men’s hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 to enter the semis of the Olympics for the first time in 49 years. “Both our hockey teams gave splendid performances, congratulations and best wishes to them. We also wish them on behalf of 135 crore Indians for forthcoming important games. PV Sindhu won bronze medal yesterday. Mirabai Chanu won silver earlier. Lovlina gave a terrific performance. This has given hope to India. I am happy that India’s daughters have won two medals…

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Tokyo Olympics: Indian women’s hockey team created history, says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

New Delhi [India], August 2 : Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday congratulated the Indian women’s hockey team as they made it to the semi-finals for the first time in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.In a tweet, Priyanka Gandhi wrote, “Girls scripted history. Hurray.” Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Monday congratulated the Indian women’s hockey team for making history and reaching the semi-finals of the Olympics for the first time. India beat Australia 1-0 as they moved into the semis at the Tokyo Olympics.“Splendid performance. Women’s hockey team is scripting history with every move at #Tokyo2020. We are into the semifinals of the Olympics for the 1st time beating Australia. 130 crore Indians to the women’s hockey team — we’re right behind you,” tweeted Thakur.Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju also congratulated the team for reaching the semi-finals in what was a splendid display…

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Tokyo Olympics: With Indian women’s hockey team creating history, fans compare coach Marijne to ‘Kabir Khan’

New Delhi [India], August 2 : As the Indian women’s hockey team stunned Australia in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, fans started to compare coach Sjoerd Marijne to the fictional character ‘Kabir Khan’ portrayed by Shahrukh Khan in the Bollywood movie ‘Chak de India’.India beat Australia 1-0 as they moved into the semis of the Tokyo Olympics. This is the first time that the women’s hockey team has reached the semi-finals of the Games. “Sorry family, I coming again later (sic),” tweeted Marijne alongside a photo with the entire hockey squad.As soon as he posted the photo on Twitter, fans started comparing him to Kabir Khan and how the reel story transformed into a real story.“Two people who transformed Indian women’s hockey team. Kabir Khan (reel life). Sjoerd Marijne (real life),” tweeted one user.Many users also shared a GIF of Shahrukh Khan…

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Tokyo Olympics: Sincere encouragement from PV Sindhu made me cry, reveals Tai Tzu Ying after losing final

Tokyo [Japan], August 2 : World No. 1 women’s shuttler Tai Tzu Ying thanked all those who supported her — including India shuttler PV Sindhu — after losing a nail-biting final against China’s Chen Yu Fei here at the Musashino Forest Plaza on Sunday.Chen Yu Fei reclaimed China’s major event supremacy in women’s singles after nine years, achieving gold and glory at Tokyo 2020 in a match of fluctuating fortunes. The top seed withstood a severe test from Tai Tzu Ying, eventually capitalising on a rash of errors from the World No.1 to take the title 21-18, 19-21, 21-18. India’s Sindhu added a second Olympic medal to her tally, powering past He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 in the bronze medal play-off.“I stepped on this dream stage for the third time and finally made it to the finals, but I couldn’t stand on the highest…

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Victories of PV Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu will motivate youth to take up sports: Nisith Pramanik

New Delhi [India]: After shuttler PV Sindhu and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won medals for India at Tokyo Olympics, Nisith Pramanik, Union Minister of State for Sports on Sunday said their victories will motivate the youth of the country to take up sports as a career.Speaking to ANI, Pramanik congratulated Sindhu and her coach for the shuttler’s victory in Tokyo Olympics and said, “It’s a matter of great joy. I’d like to congratulate her, her family, and her coach. Youth of the country will be motivated by her feat. I believe she will win more medals in the future.” He said India’s one ‘daughter’ Mirabai Chanu started the journey of winning medals for the country in Tokyo and another ‘daughter’ Sidhu took forward.“We saw the way Mirabai Chanu performed and tried to give her best performance. We also witnessed Sidhu writing history. Today the Government…

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Tokyo Olympics: Sindhu loses semi-final clash, to play for bronze on Sunday

Tokyo [Japan], July 31 : India shuttler PV Sindhu will not be able to return with a silver or gold in the women’s singles event after losing to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying in the semi-finals of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1 on Saturday. Tzu-Ying defeated Sindhu 21-18, 21-12 in the semifinals. Sindhu will now play for bronze on Sunday.The Indian shuttler matched her opponent shot for shot, but it did not prove to be enough as Tzu-Ying ended up taking the first game 21-18. Sindhu needed to win the next game to stay alive in the semi-final. The number two seed Tzu-Ying continued from where she left off in the first game and despite Sindhu throwing her best shots, it was not enough and the Indian shuttler lost the semi-final clash in straight games. The entire match…

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Tokyo Olympics: Boxer Pooja Rani bows out after losing to Li Qian in quarters

Tokyo [Japan], July 31 (ANI): Boxer Pooja Rani (75kg) on Saturday got thrashed by China’s Li Qian as the Indian bowed out from the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Li Qian won the bout 5-0.The Chinese boxer advanced to the semi-final of the showpiece event after defeating Pooja. The Rio bronze medallist got off to a good start as she won the first round. All five judges gave her a 10 while Pooja bagged nine points. The Chinese boxer took the first round 5-0 against Pooja. In the second round also, Li Qian replicated the same and didn’t allow Pooja to get over her. The ace boxer clinched the essay 5-0 over the Indian pugilist.Pooja needed a comeback in the last round but she couldn’t weather the storm as Li Qian won the final round again with a similar scoreline to end the Indian boxer’s campaign.Earlier…

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Tokyo Olympics: Djokovic loses bronze medal match to Pablo Busta

Tokyo [Japan], July 31 : World number one Novak Djokovic missed out on a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics as he lost against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta here at the Ariake Tennis Centre Court on Saturday.Carreno defeated Djokovic 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in a three-set affair and as a result, Spain added a bronze medal to its kitty. The bronze medal match between Djokovic and Carreno lasted for two hours and 47 minutes. The number six seed Carreno outclassed Djokovic in the first set, and the Serbian did not have any answers to what was being thrown at him. After losing the first set, the world number one was under pressure to win the next two sets.The Serbian staged a comeback in the second set, however it was not easy as the match went back and forth in the second set. However, in the…

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Tokyo Olympics: Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur ranks second, qualifies for final

Tokyo [Japan]: India discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur qualified for the finals after finishing second in the women’s discus throw qualification event here at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.Kamalpreet was only the second thrower who achieved the automatic qualification of 64.00m after USA’s Valarie Allman as the latter threw 66.42m in her first attempt. Meanwhile, Kamalpreet’s compatriot and veteran athlete Seema Punia failed to qualify for the finals. Playing in her maiden Olympics, Kamalpreet threw her first attempt at 60.29 and improved massively by 63.97 on her second. But it was her third attempt that secured her automatic qualification in the 15 players’ field in Group B.Earlier, taking part in Group A, Punia was the first to get going in the group. No one made the automatic mark from Group A as the qualification rules stated that the qualifying performance of 64.00 (Q) or at least…

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All eyes on PV Sindhu as India aims for another medal at the Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo [Japan]: Golfer Anirban Lahiri will kick start day eight of the Tokyo Olympics for India but all eyes will be on star shuttler PV Sindhu, who will play an all-important semi-finals match on Saturday.Sindhu on Friday stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s singles event after defeating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in two straight sets. Star boxer Amit Panghal will make his Olympics debut when he competes in the round of 16 in the men’s 52kg category.In the morning, Seema Punia and Kamalpreet Kaur will lock horns in women’s discus throw qualification, archer Atanu Das will compete in men’s individual 1/8 eliminations.Day eight of the Tokyo 2020, will also see former World Champion Tejaswini Sawant’s Olympic debut, with the seasoned shooter accompanying yet another Olympic debutant Anjum Moudgil, in the Women’s 50M Rifle 3 Positions (3P) qualification round.Anjum had officially debuted during the Mixed…

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Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza finishes at 7th place on Day One

Tokyo [Japan], July 30: Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza was placed at the seventh in dressage on Day One of the competitions in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Friday.Fouaad and his horse Seigneur Medicott registered 28 penalty points. Oliver Townend of Great Britain topped the table with 23.60 penalty points. Louise Romeike of Sweden is tied with the Indian equestrian on points (28.00). Just three days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, Fouaad had changed his horse. Medicott, lovingly known as Micky had helped Fouaad win the two silvers at the Asian Games and they both share a strong emotional connect with each other.At first, Fouaad picked Dajara 4 for the Olympics but in the last few gruelling weeks of competing and practise, Mirza felt that Dajara 4 had undergone a lot of pressure.This prompted the change in the final entry with Seigneur Medicott…

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Indian sailors Vishnu Saravanan, Nethra Kumanan bow out of Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 30: Indian sailors Vishnu Saravanan and Nethra Kumanan failed to make it to the medals round in their respective events at the Tokyo Olympics here on Friday. Vishnu Saravanan could manage an overall 20th position in the men’s laser standard while Nethra Kumanan could get the 35th position in the women’s laser radial after 10 qualifying races each at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour . Only the top 10 sailors can compete in the medal round. The 23-year-old Nethra Kumanan who became the first ever female Indian sailor to qualify for the Olympics, recorded a best finish of 15th in the third of 10 qualifying races. In the men’s 49er the pair of KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar sit 17th on the overall leaderboard. Their final three qualifying races take place on Saturday, July 31.

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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…

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Boxer Lovlina Borgohain storms into semis, assures India of 2nd medal at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 30: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) assured India of their second medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after she beat Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei in her quarterfinal bout, to enter the semi-finals here on Friday.This will be India’s second medal at Tokyo after Mirabai Chanu’s silver in weightlifting.Borgohain, a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, outclassed Chen 4-1 to make the last-four.Lovlina had beaten Germany’s Nadine Apetz in the Round of 16. She will now face reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey.With this win, Lovlina became their Indian boxer to clinch a medal at Olympics Games.Vijender Singh (2008) and M C Mary Kom (2012). had won bronze medals for India in the past.Earlier, Simranjit Kaur (60kg) lost to Thailand”s Sudaporn Seesondee in the pre-quarterfinals to bow out of the Tokyo 2020.The 26-year-old Indian, seeded fourth, went down 0-5 in her Olympic debut.

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Tokyo Olympics: Dutee Chand fails to progress to semis in women’s 100m

Tokyo [Japan]: Sprinter Dutee Chand on Friday failed to progress to the semi-finals of the women’s 100m events here at the Olympic Stadium.Running in heat 5, Dutee finished with a timing of 11.54 and was 7th and as a result, she failed to qualify for the semi-final. Shelly-Ann Frasher-Pryce topped the heat 5 with a timing of 10.84 while Ajla del Ponte finished at the second spot with a timing of 10.91.The first three in each heat qualified for the semi-finals and the next 3 fastest (all heats combined) advanced to the semifinals.Earlier, India’s Avinash Mukund Sable failed to qualify for the men’s 3000m steeplechase final here at Olympic Stadium.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. He had clocked his PB at 24th National Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships…

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