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Tokyo conveys concerns to Beijing as Chinese ships enter Japanese waters

Tokyo [Japan]: Japan has conveyed its concerns to Beijing after a Chinese naval ship sailed in Japan’s waters of its southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima.A Chinese naval ship had sailed in Japan’s waters earlier this week off its southwestern prefecture, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Friday. The Chinese survey ship was spotted sailing off the southwestern prefecture on Wednesday and Thursday in the so-called contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters, reported Kyodo News citing the ministry.A Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane spotted the ship heading toward Japanese waters from the contiguous zone south of Yakushima Island around 8:40 pm on Wednesday.The Japanese government conveyed concerns about the vessel’s action to China through diplomatic channels, said officials familiar with the matter, Kyodo News reported.In recent times, China has ramped up maritime activities in the South China Sea.On Friday, four Chinese coast guard ships also entered…

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Activists protest in Tokyo over China’s human rights violations against minorities

Tokyo [Japan]: More than 50 activists on Wednesday representing different backgrounds held an hour-long protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo taking forward their call to Japan and the international community to hold China accountable for the human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Inner Mongolia.Protesting under the banner of 100 Days to the “#GenocideOlympics”, the activists highlighted the suppression of the democratic voices in Hong Kong by the Chinese authorities and urged the world community to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. The protesters further addressed the Chinese atrocities against the minority ethnic regions of the country and the “dangerously aggressive” military actions in the Taiwan Strait.The protest furthers opinion polls in Japan that concluded that almost 90 per cent of the people in Japan opine negatively of China.It is not often that Chinese actions are a part of the political…

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Women’s hockey team felicitated

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday felicitated the Indian women’s hockey team that participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Addressing the hockey team, Chouhan said, “The heart of India (Madhya Pradesh) heartily welcomes you all. I want to tell you that though you might have lost in the Olympics, all of you have won the hearts of the people in the country.”He further expressed his confidence in the women’s team to reach great heights in future and clinch gold in the next Olympics. Chouhan also hosted a lunch for the women’s hockey team at the chief minister’s residence. The Indian women’s hockey team fought hard against the best teams in the world and earned their best-ever finish at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The team, after losing against Great Britain 3-4 in the bronze medal match, finished fourth…

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Abhinav Bindra presents Neeraj Chopra with a puppy named ‘Tokyo’

Abhinav Bindra has presented Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra with a puppy named ‘Tokyo’. New Delhi [India], September 22 : The 5-time Olympian and Beijing 2008 gold medalist Abhinav also hoped that the new puppy will motivate Neeraj to get him a sibling named ‘Paris’ in the 2024 Olympics. “Was a pleasure to meet and interact with India’s golden man @Neeraj_chopra1! I hope that “Tokyo” will be a supportive friend and motivate you to get a sibling named Paris for him in 2024 !” Abhinav Bindra tweeted on Wednesday.Last week, banking on his booming popularity, Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra showcased his new avatar on-screen through his acting skills. Featuring in an advertisement, the 23-year-old javelin thrower can be seen depicting how people are now behaving in front of him after his success in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Neeraj’s success on the final day of…

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Indian athletes’ performance in Tokyo has increased awareness about para-sports: Deepa Malik

New Delhi [India]: Deepa Malik, the President of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) feels Indian athletes’ outstanding show in the recently concluded Paralympics have further increased the awareness about para-sports.Indian contingent on Sunday finished their campaign at the Paralympic Games at an all-time high by securing a total of 19 medals which includes 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals. “Medals in Paralympics have also increased the responsibility. We have not only stamped our authority on the field but we have also increased awareness about para-sports,” Deepa Malik told ANI.Prior to the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had interacted with the para-athletes. The PCI chief praised PM Modi and thanked all the coaches who helped the Indian contingent achieve a historic feat.“I want to give credit to PM Modi as he joined our movement. He also interacted with…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Shuttler Pramod Bhagat beats Japan’s Daisuke, enters final

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian shuttler Pramod Bhagat on Saturday entered the final after defeating Daisuke Fujihara of Japan 21-11, 21-16 in the men’s singles SL3 semi-final of the Tokyo Paralympics.Bhagat, the world number one, dominated the proceedings and won the match in straight sets to reach the final. Daisuke had taken a two-point lead but it was for a short period of time as Bhagat came back to seal the first Game 21-11.In the second Game, Bhagat again dominated the proceedings and took an early lead in the essay.Bhagat then took a three-point lead as the scores reached 7-4 with the Japanese shuttler giving a tough fight to the Indian athlete. He then completed the win in the second game in just 21 minutes.On Friday, Indian duo Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli defeated N Saensupa and Siripong Teamarrom 2-0 in mixed doubles SL3 SU5 Group…

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Tokyo Paralympics: India’s Tarun Dhillon beats Thailand’s Teamarrom in men’s singles SL4 group stage

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian shuttler Tarun Dhillon on Thursday began his Tokyo Paralympics journey with a 21-7, 21-13 win over Siripong Teamarrom of Thailand in men’s singles SL4 – Group B match.Tarun defeated Thailand’s shuttler in two straight sets to complete the win in 23 minutes. The Indian para-badminton player won the first round easily but was made to work harder in the second essay. He will lock horns in his next match on Friday.Earlier in the day, Noida District Magistrate and para-badminton player Suhas L Yathiraj defeated Jan Niklas Pott of Germany 21-9, 21-3 in men’s singles SL4 – Group A.Suhas, who has become the first civil servant from the country to represent India in the Tokyo Paralympics, dominated the proceedings and completed the match in 19 minutes with a straight-set victory.Niklas Pott had no answers to Suhas’ shots. Suhas will lock horns in…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Dislocated my meniscus last night, didn’t think I’ll participate, says Sharad

Tokyo [Japan]: After winning a bronze medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics in the men’s high jump event, Sharad Kumar revealed that he was battling through an injury on the eve of the event.Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar won silver and bronze respectively in the men’s high jump final at the National Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday. They were both Sport Class T42. “It was very bad for me, I was crying the whole night. The fact that I landed on my meniscus, and that was dislocated. I did not even think that I will be able to participate, I spoke to my parents in the morning saying it is done and I am being punished for some sin that I have done. I do not know what it is, that is when my brother and few friends told me just go and participate,…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Mariyappan Thangavelu clinches silver, Sharad Kumar wins bronze in high jump

Mariyappan cleared 1.86m while the American gold winner Sam Grewe succeeded in soaring above 1.88m in his third attempt. Kumar took the bronze with an effort of 1.83. Tokyo, Japan, August 31 : Defending champion Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar won a silver and bronze respectively in the men’s high jump T42 event as India’s medal tally at the Paralympics touched an unprecedented 10 here on Tuesday. Mariyappan cleared 1.86m while the American gold winner Sam Grewe succeeded in soaring above 1.88m in his third attempt. Kumar took the bronze with an effort of 1.83. The third Indian in fray and 2016 Rio Paralympics bronze-winner, Varun Singh Bhati ended seventh out of nine competitors after he failed to clear the 1.77m mark. The T42 classification is for athletes with a leg deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement…

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Paralympics: Shooter Singhraj clinches bronze

Para-shooter Singhraj settles for the Bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1. tokyo, Japan, August 31 : Indian shooter Singhraj Adana claimed the bronze medal in the P1 men’s 10m air pistol SH1 event of the Paralympics here on Tuesday. Adana shot a total of 216.8 to finish the event in the third place after qualifying for the eight-man final as the sixth best shooter. However, Manish Narwal, who topped the qualifications with 575, was eliminated in the seventh place when it mattered the most. Hovering around the top three, Adana dropped out of contention with his poor 19th shot but managed to get back in the reckoning with his 20th attempt as China’s Xiaolong Lou got 8.6. China, though, dominated the finals with defending champion Chao Yang (237.9 — Paralympic record) and Huang Xing (237.5) winning…

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Tokyo Paralympics: PM Modi congratulates Nishad Kumar for silver medal in high jump

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated para-athlete Nishad Kumar for his silver medal win at the high jump event in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics.“More joyful news comes from Tokyo! Absolutely delighted that Nishad Kumar wins the Silver medal in Men’s High Jump T47. He is a remarkable athlete with outstanding skills and tenacity. Congratulations to him,” said the Prime Minister. With a jump of 2.06 meters, Nishad won the silver medal and also created an Asian Record at the event.Earlier in the day, India’s para table tennis player Bhavina also won silver as she lost the gold medal match to China’s Zhou Ying 3-0 in the women’s singles – Class 4 in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics.With this silver medal, Bhavina is the first table tennis player ever to win a medal at the Paralympics for India and the second female athlete after…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Paddler Bhavina Patel storms into gold medal match, beats China’s Zhang Miao 3-2

Tokyo [Japan]: India’s para table tennis player Bhavina Patel continued her dream run in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday as she stormed into the gold medal match after defeating Zhang Miao of China 3-2 in her Class 4 match.Bhavina created history by becoming the first Indian to enter the finals of the Paralympic Games table tennis competition. Bhavina got off to a bad start as Zhang took the opening game 11-7. The Chinese paddler took five straight points in the first essay to move ahead. The Indian paddler then levelled the match at 1-1 after winning the second game 11-7. The second game saw a neck to neck to fight with Bhavina leading the charge with a score of 8-6 before sealing the second essay 11-7.Bhavina then came all guns blazing and started the third game on high as she took a lead…

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Japan to continue evacuation from Kabul undeterred by blasts

Tokyo, Aug 27: Japan will continue to evacuate its citizens and diplomatic staff from Kabul despite the deadly blasts that rocked the airport, claiming many lives, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Friday. On Thursday, the Afghan capital was hit by a series of terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of at least 60 people and injured over 1,300 others, according to the Afghan health ministry. The Islamic State-Khorasan terrorist group (banned in Russia) reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks. Commenting on the attacks, the official said that Tokyo vigorously condemned them and offered condolences to the families of the victims. No Japanese citizens were injured in the attacks, he added.

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Tokyo Paralympics: India’s paddler Bhavina Patel beats Joyce de Oliveira, storms into quarters

Tokyo [Japan]: India’s para table tennis player Bhavina Patel on Friday qualified for the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Paralympics after a scintillating 3-0 win over Joyce de Oliviera of Brazil in her Class 4 round of 16 match.Bhavina defeated Joyce in three straight sets 3-0 (12-10, 13-11, 11-6) to clinch the game and move into the next round. Joyce started the game on a high as she took a lead but Bhavina came back strongly to save a game point and take the first set 12-10.The Indian paddler continued to dominate the match and took the second game 13-11 against the Brazilian. Bhavina was trailing at one point with a score of 7-10 and saved all three game points to seal the game 13-11.In the third essay, Bhavina came back from 0-3 to seal the game 11-6 and move into the quarter-finals with a…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Paddler Sonalben Patel loses against Lee Mi-gyu

Tokyo [Japan]: India’s para table tennis player Sonalben Patel lost against Lee Mi-gyu of South Korea in Group D of women’s singles — Class 3 in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday. Mi-gyu defeated Sonalben 3-1 (10-12, 11-5, 11-3, 11-9) and the entire match lasted for just 30 minutes.Sonalben had won the opening game in a closely fought affair but she was not able to carry forward the momentum, and she ended up losing the next three games. She had on Wednesday lost her opening Group D game against China’s Qian Li by 3-2. World number 4 Qian Li defeated Sonalben in five sets by 3-2 (9-11, 11-3, 15-17, 11-7, 11-4) in 36 minutes.Earlier on Thursday, India’s para table tennis player Bhavina Patel defeated Megan Shackleton of Great Britain 3-1 in a thrilling match of Group A in women’s singles — Class 4.Bhavina saved…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Vinod Kumar, Tek Chand among 5 Indian athletes to attend opening ceremony

Tokyo [Japan]: Discus thrower Vinod Kumar and javelin thrower Tek Chand are among the five Indian athletes who will attend the Tokyo Paralympics opening ceremony.A total of 54 para-athletes from across nine sports disciplines will be featuring in the Paralympic Games. This is India’s biggest ever contingent to Paralympic Games. The Paralympic Games is scheduled to be held between August 24 and September 5.Thangavelu Mariyappan, Rio 2016 Gold Medal winner, will be the flag bearer of India in the opening ceremony.Powerlifters Jai Deep and Sakina Khatun are the other para-athletes who will attend the Paralympics opening ceremony.Gursharan Singh, India’s Chef de Mission, Deputy Chef de Mission (CDM) Arhan Bagati, and coach of para-athletics team Satyanarayana are among the six Indian officials who will attend the opening ceremony.During the opening ceremony, the Indian contingent will enter the stadium from gate number five.Meanwhile, Vinod Kumar has…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Break in training for a week means you start from zero, says archery coach Kuldeep

New Delhi [India]: The COVID-19 pandemic halted the sporting action across the world on numerous occasions in the last couple of years and India’s para archery coach Kuldeep Vedwan was quick to point how the breaks between the practice could possibly nullify all the efforts of the archers.Harvinder Singh and Vivek Chikara will represent India in men’s recurve individual while Rakesh Kumar and Shyam Sundar Swami will lock horns in men’s compound individual. Also, Jyoti Baliyan will feature in women’s compound individual events in the Tokyo Paralympics. The Indian coach maintained since the archers are continually training in the camp organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) they are in the groove for the Tokyo Paralympics.“I want to thank Sports Authority of India (SAI) and our federation as during COVID also our camp was organised. And if there were breaks between, our athletes…

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Home chef service trend grooming in Japan

Tokyo [Japan] : Restaurants in Japan are facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerging as a solution to this, the idea of “In Home Chef” is becoming popular. Under this idea, professional chefs cook at home and people enjoy restaurant-quality meals. But unlike food delivery services, customers can discuss their requirements with the chef when he visits them. “Cooking is sometimes smooth and sometimes not, because situation depends on the available tools in family kitchen and ingredients. Also, when there are limitations of materials it is a challenge to create the menu,” said an In Home Chef. Working parents are also finding In Home Chef service very helpful.It is easy to order using online subscription service in which the chef prepares meals for three to four nights for a fee of about 70 dollars per visit, not including food costs. “The food that…

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Paralympic Games Torch Relay set to arrive in Tokyo on August 20

Tokyo [Japan]: The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay has begun its final stretch as the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on August 24 fast approaches.After touring through 43 of Japan’s 47 prefectures the Paralympic flame has begun its final journey to Tokyo Stadium for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games. With the concept of “Share Your Light”, flames have been gathered during flame lighting festivals in towns and cities across Japan as excitement builds in anticipation for the Paralympic Games on August 24. The Paralympic Torch Relay now moves to Shizuoka, Chiba, and Saitama, which will see flame lighting ceremonies held across the three prefectures while the torch flame will also visit municipalities across these areas.After its journey through these three prefectures, the flames from 46 prefectures will be brought together in Tokyo, along with the Heritage flame from Stoke Mandeville, Great…

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Indian contingent leaves for Tokyo Paralympics

New Delhi [India]: Indian contingent for 2020 Paralympics departed for Tokyo from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport in the wee hours of Wednesday.Ahead of departure, Tek Chand, a Javelin thrower, said, “I will try my best to win a medal. There were few hurdles but it is part of life. I overcame them. Today, I am going to play for the country.” Vinod Kumar, Discus thrower, said that people should not be disabled from mind and heart.“I will be playing on August 29. We will try to win as many medals as possible in the Paralympics. This is for the first time that 54 players are going to the games. We shouldn’t be disabled from mind and heart,” Kumar told ANI.Speaking to ANI, Deepa Malik, the president of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), said that the Indian team looks in great shape.“Prime Minister Narendra…

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Our para-athletes are examples of how our remote areas are full of talents, says PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday not only interacted with the Indian para-athlete contingent for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, but also their families, guardians, and coaches via video conferencing.Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports; Information & Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur was also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the para-athletes for their self-confidence and willpower. He credited their hard work and said he is hopeful after interacting with the para-athletes that India will create new history at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.The Prime Minister said New India does not put pressure athletes for medals but expects them to give their best. Referring to the recent Olympics, the Prime Minister said that country is firm with the athletes in their efforts whether they win or miss.The Prime Minister discussed the importance of mental strength…

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Tokyo Paralympic: PM Modi to interact with Indian contingent today

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will interact with the Indian para-athlete contingent for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.“I look forward to interacting with India’s contingent at the #Paralympics tomorrow, 17th August at 11 AM. These are remarkable players who have shown outstanding skill and tenacity. I would urge sports lovers to watch the programme tomorrow,” PM Modi tweeted on Monday. According to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, as many as 54 para-athletes from across nine sports disciplines will be heading to Tokyo to represent the nation. This is India’s biggest-ever contingent to the Paralympic Games, it said.Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur will also be present during the interaction. The Tokyo Paralympic Games is scheduled to be held between August 24 and September 5.India will start its campaign on August 27 with men’s and women’s archery events.

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Indian para-athletes will create history in Tokyo Games, says Deepa Malik

New Delhi [India]: Deepa Malik, the Rio Paralympics silver medallist, has backed the Indian contingent going to the Tokyo Paralympics to create history. India is sending its largest-ever contingent to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo — 54 para-sportspersons across nine sports disciplines. Deepa Malik, the President of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), was quick to point out that the rise in the number of athletes’ participation has made the contingent “stronger”.“That itself depicts how strong the contingent is going to be, especially when we have at least 24 of our 54 athletes in top three rankings in the indigenous local trials within India,” an elated Deepa told ANI.“When we talk about para-badminton, shooting they are seeded in top rankings, so I am very very hopeful that this is a very strong contingent and is going to create history this time.“I have worked very…

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Tokyo Paralympics: Torch relay taken off public roads over COVID

Tokyo [Japan], August 10: The torch relay for the Tokyo Paralympics will not take place on public roads for August 20-24 legs in Tokyo due to the COVID-19 situation, the metropolitan government said on Tuesday.In the run-up to the Opening Ceremony, the Paralympic Games decided to host a series of flame festivals for the Paralympic Torch Relay. Spanning across all of Japan’s 43 prefectures as well as in Stoke Mandeville in the United Kingdom – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement – the flame will be brought together to create a single flame at a Flame Gathering Event in Tokyo on 20 August. The relay for the Paralympics in the Japanese capital planned to have 700 runners tour a course of around 35 kilometres. The flame gathering events at the metropolitan government’s building, which put together flames collected in 62 municipalities in the capital,…

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

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

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Tokyo registers over 4,000 COVID-19 cases

Tokyo [Japan] : The Japanese capital currently hosting the last Olympic day has lodged over 4,000 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours — a new single-day record for Sunday when fewer tests are usually done than on other days, the city administration said. The daily increment in Tokyo is topping 4,000 for the fifth straight day, with a record 5,042 COVID-19 cases confirmed on Thursday. Tokyo registered a total of 4,066 new infections on Sunday, the administration said, adding that one more COVID-19 patient has died over the given period. Another 151 people are in serious condition. Japa has been witnessing a sharp rise in the number of infections per day against the backdrop of the Tokyo Olympic Games. On Saturday, the country set a new record of 15,753 daily COVID-19 infections.

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

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

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Mamata congratulates Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for winning Gold Medal at Olympics 2020

Kolkata, Aug 7: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday congratulated Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for winning the Gold Medal at the Olympics 2020 and said History has been scripted. “History has been scripted! Beyond proud of Javelin thrower @Neeraj_chopra1 for winning the Gold Medal at the #Olympics2020!,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page. “Today, the entire nation shall rejoice in this glorious victory! Many, many Congratulations to you!” she added. Neerj today created history by becoming the second Indian to win an individual gold medal in Olympics after shooter Abhinav Bindra. Neeraj is the first Indian in over 120 years, and the first athlete from independent India, to win an Olympic medal in a track-and-field discipline. Neeraj won the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event with a throw of 87.58m in his second attempt.

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Tokyo 2020: Neeraj Chopra clinches historic gold medal for India

Tokyo, Aug 7: India’s Neeraj Chopra clinched the historic Olympic gold medal in the men’s javelin throw at the Tokyo 2020, here on Saturday. Chopra threw a best of attempt of 87.58m to win the Olympic gold. With this, he became only the second individual Indian athlete after shooter Abhinav Bindra to win the Olympic gold medal. The gold medal is also India’s first Olympic medal in track-and-field events. Neeraj’s medal took India’s medal count at Tokyo 2020 to seven – making it their best-ever haul at a single Olympics. Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch won silver and fellow Czech Vitezslav Vesely won bronze medal.

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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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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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Tokyo reports over 3,700 cases amid Olympic 2020

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

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Mission Tokyo: Women in the Olympics are Owning the Podium

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

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Olympic medallist PV Sindhu arrives in India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico wins women’s 100m hurdles at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Aug 2: Puerto Rican hurdler Jasmine Camacho-Quinn continued her top form at Tokyo 2020 by winning the women’s 100m hurdles final here on Monday. Camacho-Quinn finished the race in 12.37 seconds after breaking the Olympic record in the semifinals on Sunday at 12.26. World record holder Kendra Harrison of the United States came second in 12.52, followed by Jamaican Megan Tapper with 12.55.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another 21 new COVID-19 cases detected at Tokyo Olympics

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

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

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

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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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BFI wants Lovlina to win Gold at Tokyo Olympics

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

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic knocked out of Tokyo Olympics

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

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COVID-19: Tokyo reports highest single-day spike with 2020 summer Olympics underway

Tokyo [Japan] July 29 : Tokyo on Thursday reported an all-time high record of 3,865 new COVID-19 cases, with summer Olympics 2020 underway.Tokyo marked a record daily high for a third straight day and this figure is nearly double than that of a week ago. The daily tally topped 3,000 for the first time on Wednesday with 3,177 cases, NHK World reported citing the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Indicating that the coronavirus is spreading at an unprecedented speed, Tokyo officials said “81 people are in serious condition, which one more than on Wednesday.”Meanwhile, the Tokyo Olympic organising committee on Thursday reported 24 more COVID-19 cases associated with the games, the highest daily count since the committee began compiling infection data from the start of this month.The 24 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 193, included three athletes from overseas in Tokyo for the Olympics.The numbers…

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

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

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Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu vanquishes Mia Blichfeldt, enters quarterfinals

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

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

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

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Sai Praneeth crashes out after losing against Caljouw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PV Sindhu beats Ngan Yi to enter elimination round

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

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

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

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

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

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Tokyo Olympics: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain one win away from a medal

Tokyo : Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain overcame a tough challenge from Germany’s Nadine Apetz to register a win in the women’s 69kg (welterweight) category in the round of 16 bouts here on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Borgohain a two-time world championship bronze medallist, won the bout by a 3:2 split decision at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena. Lovlina will next face Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen in the quarter-finals on Friday.

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US swimmer Jacoby wins women’s 100m breaststroke at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 27: Lydia Jacoby of the United States won the women’s 100m breaststroke in her Olympic debut here on Tuesday. The 17-year-old beat South African Tatjana Schoenmaker to second in the final sprint, clocking one minute and 04.95 seconds for the gold. Schoenmaker, leading for the majority of time, had to settle for a silver in 1:05.22. Olympic and world champion Lily King took the bronze in 1:05.54.

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Why India should not read too much into the group stage defeats against Netherlands and Australia in Hockey

By Puneet Tripathi The Indian women’s hockey team faced a huge task against the rampaging Netherlands team in its first game at the Tokyo Olympics. After the first two quarters ended in a draw, the much-fitter and physically dominant Dutch eves came out roaring, scoring four goals to take the match away. Captain Rani Rampal scored India’s only goal in a 5-1 defeat.  For India, goalkeeper Savita Punia showed a lot of brevity and tenacity to keep the attacks at bay for most of the game. The dominance can also be gauged by the fact that the Dutch team got six penalty corners, while India got none. At regular intervals, India showed flashes of counter-attacks and with a little more luck, the score would’ve been a little more respectable. The men’s team, after beating New Zealand 3-2 in their opening game, faced Australia in…

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Russia survive Asian fightback to take team gold

Russia ended Asia’s domination of the Olympic gymnastics men’s team event on Monday when they survived a ferocious fightback from China and Japan at the Tokyo Games to claim the gold medal for the first time in 25 years. Russia, competing in Tokyo as representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) because the country has been stripped of its flag and anthem for doping offences, posted a winning total of 262.500 points to go top of the podium for the first time since 1996 Atlanta Games. What was expected to be a tight, tense battle between defending champions Japan, Russia and China was exactly that as the three powerhouses swapped places over the six rotations. The ROC managed to snatch victory only after Nikita Nagornyy, the last athlete to compete, delivered a pressure-packed floor routine to secure gold for his team by 0.103 of…

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Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker fail to qualify for medal round, finish seventh

Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker on Tuesday finished seventh as the Indian duo missed out on a top-4 finish, failing to qualify for the final of the 10m air pistol mixed team events at the Tokyo Olympics. While Saurabh ended up with a total score of 194 out of a possible 200, Manu could gather only 186 as her last three shots earned her 8,10,8. In his first series, Saurabh shot a total of 96 while Manu shot 92 as the two were at the eight spots. In series 2, Saurabh shot 98 but Manu gathered 94. Earlier, the young pair finished first in the Qualification stage 1 with a score of 582 to advance into stage 2.  While Saurabh and Manu topped the qualification stage 1, the other Indian pair Yashaswani Deswal and Abhishek Verma couldn’t make it to the second stage as they…

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Tokyo Olympics: Indian women’s Hockey team go down 0-2 against Germany in second game

Tokyo. The Indian women’s Hockey Team fought valiantly against Germany but still ended up losing their second match 0-2 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Monday. After scoring in the first quarter, Germany took complete control of the match and scored a goal in the third essay. The side then kept the Indian women’s hockey team at bay and the squad in Blue failed to find the net despite getting a penalty stroke. Germany ended the first quarter with a lead of 1-0 as Nike Lorenz’s opened the tally through a penalty corner. Germany had started off well and maintained its dominance in the opening quarter. The Indian team penetrated the German circle for the first time in the second quarter but failed to net a goal. The Indian team penetrated the German circle for the first time in the second quarter but failed to…

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Poor execution costs India women; lose 0-2 to world no.3 Germany in Tokyo Olympics women’s hockey

The Indian women’s hockey team fought valiantly but poor execution proved to be its undoing, leading to a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Germany, a second consecutive setback for the side at the Tokyo Olympics here on Monday. After the 1-5 drubbing at the hands of world no.1 Netherlands, the Indians lifted their game but it was not enough to get past world no.3 and Rio Games bronze-medallists Germany in their second Pool A match at the Oi Hockey Stadium. The team was guilty of wasting a lot of opportunities, including a penalty stroke by Gurjit Kaur in the third quarter while luck also didn’t favour the Rani Rampal-led side. Skipper Nike Lorenz (12th minute) and Anna Schroder (35th) were the goal scorers for Germany, who registered their second win on the trot having beaten Great Britain 2-1 in their first match. Indian…

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Swimmer Sajan Prakash finishes fourth in Heat 2, 24th overall

Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash failed to qualify for the men’s 200m butterfly semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics after finishing fourth in Heat 2 here on Monday. Prakash, who clocked a personal best of 1:56:38 in Italy last month to breach the A mark for Olympic qualification, could only manage 1:57.22 to finish 24th among 38 swimmers. The top-16 progressed to the semifinals. Prakash will compete in the 100m Butterfly on Thursday. The other Indians at the Olympics, Maana Patel and Srihari Nataraj have already exited the competition.

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Indian boxer Ashish Kumar bows out of Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 26: Indian boxer Ashish Chaudhary (75kg) crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics after losing to China’s Erbieke Tuoheta in the round of 32 match, here on Monday. On his maiden Olympic appearance, the Asian Championship silver medallist Ashish went down 0-5 in the bout by unanimous verdict at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena. Ashish is the third Indian boxer to bow out of the Tokyo 2020 after Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) also exited with opening-round losses. However, Indian boxing queen MC Mary Kom registered a convincing win in the women’s flyweight (51kg) category on Sunday. On Wednesday, Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) will be the lone Indian boxer in action when she takes on Germany’s Nadine Apetz in the last-16 stage. On Tuesday, Lovlina Borgohain will face Germany’s Nadine Apetz in the women’s welterweight (69kg) in the last-16 stage bout.

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India’s skeet shooters bow out of Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 26: India shooters Angad Bajwa finished 18th in the qualifiers with a score of 120 and Mairaj Ahmad Khan ended at 25th spot with 117, to bow out of the men’s skeet event of the Tokyo Olympics, here on Monday.Vincent Hancock of the USA won his third Olympic gold with a score of 59 out of 60 in the men’s skeet final, with Denmark’s former world champion Jesper Hansen winning silver and Kuwait’s Abdullah Alrashidi repeating his bronze-winning effort from the previous Rio Games.India’s Air Pistol and Air Rifle shooters will compete in the mixed team events on Tuesday.Notably, both the 10m air pistol mixed team and 10m Air rifle mixed team competitions make their Olympic debuts.India’s 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team:– Saurabh Chaudhary & Manu Bhaker– Abhishek Verma & Yashaswini Singh DeswalIndia’s 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team:– Divyansh Singh Panwar &…

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

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

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

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

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Zhang Yufei claims sliver of women’s 100m butterfly

Tokyo, Jul 26: Zhang Yufei of China claimed the silver medal in 55.64 seconds, only 0.05 seconds after gold medalist Margaret Macneil of Canada, in the women’s 100m butterfly final Monday. Emma McKeon took the bronze for Australia in 55.72 seconds. The top four all swam sub-56 seconds, with Torri Huske finishing fourth with 55.73. Macneil, the 2019 world titlist, continued the story of the world champion winning the event in the past four Olympics Games. Macneil became the third Canadian woman to win gold in swimming at the Olympic Games. The gold was also the first gold medal for Canada in butterfly events at the Olympic Games. The previous two medals were silver, for one in the men’s 100m butterfly in 1972 and another in the women’s 100m butterfly in 2016. Li Bingjie snatched the bronze for China in women’s 400m freestyle, after…

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

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

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Bhavani Devi goes down fighting on Games debut

Bhavani Devi’s Olympic debut ended with a second-round defeat in the women’s individual sabre event but the Indian trailblazing fencer bowed out of the Tokyo Games with much promise, here on Monday. The 27-year-old Bhavani, the first fencer from the country to qualify for Olympics, began her campaign with a confident 15-3 win against Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi but bumped into world number three and Rio Olympic semifinalist Manon Brunet in the next round, which she lost 7-15. Bhavani’s aggression yielded points against Azizi but French Brunet used all her experience to negate the tactics of the Indian, who lost two points for going out of the arena. The Indian could score only one point each in the first two periods but came back well in the third. Brunet was sharp and had better technique as she scored points from distance. After trailing 2-8…

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Sharath Kamal moves into 3rd round with 4-2 win over Tiago Apolonia

Veteran India paddler Sharath Kamal on Monday registered a convincing 4-2 win over Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia to advance through Round 2 of men’s singles table tennis at Tokyo Olympics. After losing the first set 2-11, Sharath picked momentum to clinch the next two. Apolonia, however, won the fourth set to level the match. Sharath and Apolonia were tied 4-4 in the fifth set before Indian coach Saumadeep Roy called for a timeout. The ploy worked in India’s favour as Sharath took an 8-5 lead and eventually grabbed the fifth set to make it 3-2. Sharath, who is representing India for the fourth time in the Games, will next take on Olympic champion Ma Long of China. The Indian had received a bye in the first round.

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Tokyo Olympics: Indian archery team reaches quarter-finals after 6-2 win over Kazakhstan

The Indian trio of Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav and Tarundeep Rai on Monday booked their place in the quarter-finals of the archery men’s team event as they defeated Kazakhstan 6-2 in the 1/8 Elimination round at the Yumenoshima Park. India clinched the first set with a score of 55-54; taking a 2-0 set-point lead in the match. The second set also belonged to India as the archers stretched their lead of set point to 4-0. The Kazakhstan troika of Denis Gankin, Ilfat Abdullin, Sanzhar Mussayev took the third set 57-56 but the fourth went in India’s favour with both Pravin and Atanu hitting 10’s to make it 56-64. It will now be a tough test for Indian archers in the quarter-finals as they face mighty South Koreans. 

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India lose 1-5 to Netherlands in Tokyo Olympic hockey opener

The Indian women’s hockey team fought valiantly in the first two quarters before losing steam to go down 1-5 against world no.1 Netherlands in their opening pool match at the Tokyo Olympics here on Saturday. Felice Albers (6th, 43rd) scored a brace for Netherlands, while Margot van Geffen (33rd minute), Frederique Matla (45th) and Caia Jacqueline van Maasakker (52nd) were the other goal getters for the three-time champions and reigning Olympic silver medallist. India’s lone goal was scored by skipper Rani Rampal in the 10th minute. It was a closely-contested affair till the first two quarters with the brave Indian defence, led by goalkeeper Savita Punia, showing tenacity to thwart Netherlands’ persistent raids. The Indians too showed spark in between and mostly relied on counter attacks to surprise their opponents. As expected, the Netherlands took the lead in the sixth minute through Albers, tapping…

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

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

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India kickstart Tokyo Olympics campaign with 3-2 win over New Zealand

The Indian men’s hockey team made a winning start to their 2020 Tokyo Olympics campaign with a 3-2 victory over New Zealand in their Group A game. Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty stroke while Harmanpreet Singh scored twice through penalty corners to give India the win. New Zealand led early in the first quarter of the game through Kane Russell in the 6th minute, but Rupinder equalised for India four minutes later. The Indian team did look a little rusty in the opening quarter of the game, with New Zealand making significant penetrations into the D. India took the lead for the first time in the game through Harmanpreet Singh in the second quarter, and extended the lead to two goals in the third. The Kiwis also pulling one back courtesy of the first open-play goal of the game from Stephen Jenness, building up…

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Moment of silence held at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach have arrived for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games. Naruhito attended the 1964 Tokyo Olympics as a 4-year-old, watching the marathon and equestrian events. Bach won a gold medal in fencing at the 1976 Montreal Games. They were followed by a delegation chosen to carry the Japanese flag into the stadium before the host nation’s national anthem was performed by singer Misia. Tributes were paid to those lost during the pandemic, and the Israeli delegation was killed at the Munich Games in 1972. A moment of silence was offered inside the stadium. With a blaze of indigo and white fireworks lighting the night sky, the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has started. It began with a single female athlete at the centre of the stadium, kneeling. As she stood, the shadow behind her took…

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Hockey: Men fancy chances against lower-ranked New Zealand; women set for tough Dutch test in opener

The men would be seeking to reclaim a glorious past, while the women would be aiming to script some history of their own when the two Indian hockey teams begin their Olympic campaign here on Saturday with expectations from both at a high. Men will be up against eighth-ranked New Zealand, followed by the women’s clash with the Netherlands. Indian men’s hockey has a rich history in the Summer Games having won the gold an unprecedented eight times in the past, the last of which came way back in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. A slump followed but the last few years have seen a resurgence in fortunes. With a current world ranking of four, the Indians are considered a bright medal prospect this time around in Tokyo. But it would be easier said than done as India are placed in a tough Group A…

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PM Narendra Modi cheers for Indian contingent during Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

As the coronavirus-delayed Olympic Games finally started on Friday with the opening ceremony, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi cheered for the Indian contingent in Tokyo. A total of 19 Indian athletes, including flag-bearers iconic boxer MC Mary Kom and men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh, besides six officials, participated in the opening ceremony. The nation has a 228-strong delegation in Tokyo, including over 120 athletes. Modi “caught a few glimpses” of the event and wished luck to the Indian athletes. “Come, let us all #Cheer4India! Caught a few glimpses of the  @Tokyo2020 Opening Ceremony. Wishing our dynamic contingent the very best. #Tokyo2020,” wrote Modi on Twitter. Earlier, Modi had interacted with Olympic-bound Indian athletes, urging them to not get bogged down by pressure and give their best in Tokyo. The Prime Minister had spoken to several athletes including Mary Kom, badminton ace PV Sindhu, shooters…

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

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

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Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari finishes 9th in rankings round

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

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

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

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20 Indian athletes, 6 officials to take part in Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

The list of 20 attendees includes four paddlers, including Manika Batra and A Sharath Kamal, and as many sailing team members. A total of 20 Indian athletes from seven sports and six officials will participate in the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday as COVID-19 concerns and competitions lined up the next day led to a majority of the contingent deciding to stay away from the event. Athletes from sports like shooting, badminton, archery and hockey, will skip the ceremony as the Indian delegation is not willing to expose them to the risk of contracting the virus with their events lined up on Saturday. From hockey, only flag-bearer, men’s team captain Manpreet Singh, will participate in the ceremony. The list of 20 attendees includes four paddlers, including Manika Batra and A Sharath Kamal, and as many sailing team members. Lone fencer C A Bhavani Devi,…

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Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga says world should see safe Olympics staged

Tens of thousands of athletes, officials, games staff and media are arriving in Japan amid a local state of emergency and widespread opposition from the general public. The world needs to see that Japan can stage a safe Olympics, the country’s prime minister told sports officials Tuesday ahead of the Tokyo Games. Tens of thousands of athletes, officials, games staff and media are arriving in Japan amid a local state of emergency and widespread opposition from the general public. Events start Wednesday — in softball and women’s soccer — two days ahead of the formal opening ceremony of an Olympics already postponed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. “The world is faced with great difficulties,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told International Olympic Committee members in a closed-door meeting at a five-star hotel in Tokyo, adding “we can bring success to the delivery…

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

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

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

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

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PV may win Gold: Gopichand

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

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Japan tops Australia in softball as Games open

Host Japan got off to a winning start when the Tokyo Olympics got underway after a one-year delay, beating Australia 8-1 Wednesday in softball behind 39-year-old pitcher Yukiko Ueno, who won the 2008 gold medal game against the United States. The game was played in a nearly empty stadium. Fans were barred from the Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, which caused a one-year delay. Many in Japan have questioned whether the Olympics should take place at all with low levels of vaccination in the nation. Ueno allowed two hits over 4 1/3 innings and struck out seven, throwing 85 pitches for the win. Minori Naito and Saki Yamazaki hit two-run homers off loser Kaia Parnaby and Yu Yamamoto, who had three RBIs, added a two-run drive against Tarni Stepto in the fifth that ended the game under a routing rule. Ueno started Australia’s…

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