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 Japanese waters around the Senkakus, marking the first intrusion in the area since Oct. 20.
The Japanese government termed the Chinese action “a violation of international law. It is truly regretful, and we cannot accept it.”
Top government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said Japan has lodged a protest with China because the islets are “no doubt an inherent territory of our country historically and based on international law.”
China claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea and has overlapping territorial claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
Meanwhile, China’s military has criticised the latest operation as the latest proof of the United States’ “militarization of the South China Sea,” adding that it had tracked the vessel and warned it off, Japan Times reported.
China on September 1 implemented a revised law that enables its maritime safety agency, which belongs to the transportation ministry, to order foreign vessels to leave what Beijing claims as its territorial waters if it judges their presence to be a security threat.

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 debate in the general elections in the country, however, in the run-up to the elections in 2021, China and its actions have been a part of the debate.
These differences and public opinion have come to the forefront just months ahead of Japan and China marking 50 years of resumption of diplomatic relations shows the deep level of disquiet in Japanese society about China’s actions within that country, as well as those impacting its neighbours like Japan.
With a view to sending a strong message to China, the Japanese parliament members are expected to discuss the passage of a resolution criticising China for its “genocide” in its ethnic minority regions.

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 at the Olympics. (ANI)

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 the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has turned the track and field star into a household name across the country. Securing the first-ever Olympic Gold medal for India in a track and field event, javelin thrower Neerajs sensational on-field performance has translated seamlessly into a digital phenomenon, making the 23-year-old athlete hugely popular on social media.
Since the day on which Neeraj won the Olympic Gold, his stock has skyrocketed on social and digital media. According to a report by research consultancy firm YouGov SPORT, Neeraj Chopra recorded over 2.9 million mentions from over 1.4 million authors, making him the ‘most mentioned’ athlete globally on Instagram during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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 the para-athletes and hence 135 crore Indians joined us,” Malik said.
“I want to thank all coaches, athletes who won medals and performed well in the Paralympics. I also thank the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for its support.
“We were dominant in athletics but this time we performed well in Table Tennis, Shooting and Archery as well,” she added.
Further speaking about how more para-athletes could be helped, Deepa said, “I feel we need to make a helpline centre where people (differently-abled) who wants to play sports and represent India in the tournaments to spread awareness. Also, more coaches should be roped in for para-sports.”
India had sent its biggest ever contingent of 54 para-athletes across as many as 9 sporting disciplines at the Games.
Since making its first appearance at the Paralympics in 1968, India had won 12 medals in total till the 2016 Rio edition.
The country has now massively improved upon that entire number by 7 medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 alone.

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 match to move to the semi-finals.

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 his second group stage match on Friday.
Meanwhile, shuttlers Palak Kohli and Parul Parmar went down 0-2 against second-seeded Huihui MA and Hefang Cheng of China in their first Group B match.

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, it does not matter,” said Sharad while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference organised by Eurosport.
“I am feeling great because I had an injury last night, every jump was like a war. Last night, I cried, cried and cried. I read Bhagavad Gita last night. We do not have control over such things and that is how I entered the arena today. Getting a medal is icing on the cake, but as I entered the arena today, I thanked God that I was able to participate in such a big event,” he added.
Talking about the rainy conditions during the event, Sharad said: “The fact that it was raining during the high jump was very very dangerous for us athletes. But the fact that we managed to do it, that was something, we just had our tactics on. It was a dangerous situation. I even tried to talk to the officials and say we might have to call it in, but it just went on.”
Mariyappan Thangavelu clinched silver after leaping the mark of 1.86m. This is his second medal at the Games, having already won a gold in Rio 2016. The Rio 2016 silver medalist, United States of America’s Sam Grewe clinched gold after successfully jumping the 1.88m mark in his third attempt. Another Indian and Rio 2016 bronze medalist Varun Singh Bhati finished seventh with a season-best leap of 1.77m.

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 in the legs. The athletes compete in a standing position.

Earlier in the day, shooter Singhraj Adana fetched a bronze in the men’s 10m air pistol SH1 event.

India have so far won two gold, five silver and three bronze medals.

The 26-year-old Mariyappan was touted as a sure shot medal for India after rising to fame with his gold in the Rio Games five years ago.

The Tamil Nadu athlete suffered permanent disability in his right leg after it was crushed under a bus when he was only 5.

Raised by a single mother after his father abandoned the family, Mariyappan battled abject poverty growing up as his mother worked a labourer before becoming a vegetable seller.

Kumar, who hails from Patna, Bihar, suffered a paralysis in his left leg as a two-year-old after being administered a spurious polio vaccine.

He is a two-time Asian Para Games gold-medallist.

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 the gold and silver medals respectively.

Before his 9.1 saw him slip to fourth, Singhraj had moved up to the third place as the Chinese shooter endured a low series.

As the pistol is held with one hand only, athletes in SH1 category have an impairment affecting one arm and/or the legs, for example resulting from amputations or spinal cord injuries. P1 is a classification for the men’s 10 air pistol competition.

Some shooters compete in a seated position, while others take aim in a standing position as defined in the rules.

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 PCI chief Deepa Malik to achieve this feat. Deepa had won silver at Rio 2016 in women’s shot put.

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 of 5-0 in the essay. She then wrapped the game 11-4 to move closer to the finals.
In the next game, Zhang came back strongly and won by 11-9 and took the match into the decider. But Bhavina held her nerves to finish the game off in style.
Bhavina had on Friday become the first Indian to enter the semi-finals of the Paralympic Games table tennis competition. The 34-year-old Gujarat-based paddler defeated the defending champion and veteran Borislava Peric-Rankovic of Serbia 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 in just 18 minutes in their women’s singles quarterfinal Class 4 category.

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.

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 3-0 win.
Bhavina had defeated Megan Shackleton of Great Britain 3-1 in a thrilling match on Thursday.
Also, 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 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.

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 the game point in the fourth game and then took the lead to clinch the match. With this 3-1 win (11-7, 9-11, 17-15, 13-11) Bhavina qualified for the next round.

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 been reclassified in the T/F52 category ahead of the Games.
And thrower Tek Chand has been classified in the T/F55 category, though at the previous classification he had been classified in the T/F54 category.
Satyanarayana, the chairperson of Indian Para Athletics, was happy that Vinod Kumar’s classification was as per expectation.
“Vinod Kumar’s re-classification in his own category is a great news. India’s chances of winning a medal in this category are bright and any change here would have been a big blow to Vinod Kumar and the Indian contingent,” said Satyanarayana in a statement.
“Tek Chand on other hand has been classified in one category above and hence his competition will be that much tougher, but we are sure that he will give his best,” he added.

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 practised on the ground because when we stop practising even for one week, the break actually takes us a month back. If you don’t practice even for a week, you have to again start from zero. This also works psychologically and affects the athletes on the mental and physical levels,” said Vedwan while replying to a query from ANI.
Archer Harvinder shed light on the athletes’ training routine at the SAI centre where they have been practising hard for about eight months.
“We are practising here and our training is going on nicely at SAI Sonepat for the last ten months. We start the day with yoga and breathing exercises and the train respectively,” said Harvinder.
When ANI asked how the recent performances will have an impact on the final showdown, Harvinder said: “After June (2019) championship, we got more than two years for practice and that experience will be helpful, I also won a gold medal in Para Asian and worked on my weakness.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the para-athletes on Tuesday and coach Kuldeep said interaction with the PM has boosted the players’ morale.
“Rakesh and Jyoti have performed well recently. We felt really nice when PM Modi spoke to our athletes. This is the first time we are seeing that a Prime Minister is directly talking to athletes,” said Kuldeep.
“Our archers will perform well and you can see there is a different type of wave in athletics after Neeraj Chopra won gold in the Olympics. He has broken every barrier and I hope our athletes will also bring a medal,” he added.
Deputy Chef de Mission (CDM) Arhan Bagati while giving some insights about life in the Games Village said: “There are some cases and rules are strict, mask wearing is a must and we have to update regularly about our whereabouts. We need to give saliva samples every day and if we deviate, we can be suspended.”
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 Paralympic Games.

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 chef prepares for us at home is very helpful and it is delicious so all the family feel happy. And during the time when the chef is cooking I can go to hair salon or play with my kids making toys or spend other time with my family,” said a customer who opted the In Home Chef service.
After preparing the meal chef explains each dish.

This way it is possible to accommodate each household’s various requirements, such as making special prepared meal for people receiving nursing care with special dietary restriction.

“Before, I used to work in the hotel or restaurant so customers came because they knew me or wanted to taste my cooking, but now it is challenging as I have to prepare different menus for each family according to their taste. So, the situation is different also the kitchen is different,” said another In Home Chef.
Due to coronavirus situation in the country, restaurants in some areas in Japan are asked to shorten their business hours, so more chefs are accepting the idea of taking their professional skill to customer’s home.
In this way they can keep their business going on and make more people familiar with their delicious food.

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 Britain, to light the official Paralympic Flame on August 20.
There will also be Paralympic Flame Festivals in 62 municipalities across Tokyo — so the whole prefecture is represented in the single flame. After the Paralympic flame is lit, it will be passed from torchbearer to torchbearer at several alternate flame lighting ceremonies held between August 20-24 across Tokyo.
Then finally, the flame will arrive at the Paralympic Games opening ceremony.

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 Modi sent his wishes along with the Sports Minister, Anurag Thakur. I’m delighted. I’m in a different role as I’m not playing this year but it is a different feeling to work alongside para-athletes. The team looks in great shape. I wish them all the best for the games,” she said.
54 para-athletes from across 9 sports disciplines will be heading to Tokyo to represent the nation. This is India’s biggest ever contingent to the Paralympic Games.
Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Indian para-athlete contingent for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, their families, guardians, and coaches via video conferencing.
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.

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 along with physical strength in the field. He praised the para-athletes for overcoming their circumstances and moving forward despite them. Keeping in mind the issues like lack of exposure and stress of new place, new people, and international settings, three sessions were conducted through workshops and seminars on sports psychology for the contingent.
The Prime Minister said that India’s villages and remote areas are full of talent and the contingent of para-athletes is a living example of that. He said we have to think of our youth and ensure that they should get all the resources and facilities.
PM Modi told the athletes that they strengthen the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat. “Whatever state, the region you belong to, whatever language you speak, above all this, today you are ‘Team India. This spirit should permeate every part of our society at every level”‘, the Prime Ministers stressed.
The Prime Minister said that earlier, giving facilities to Divyang Jan was treated as welfare, today the country is working for this as part of its responsibility. That is why the parliament enacted a law like The Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act to provide comprehensive security to the Divyang Jan. He said ‘Sugamya Bharat Campaign’ is the biggest example of this new thinking.
Today hundreds of government buildings, railway stations, train coaches, domestic airports, and other infrastructure are being made Divyang friendly. Efforts like the standard dictionary of Indian Sign Language, Sign language translation of NCERT are changing lives and giving confidence to numerous talents all over the country, concluded the Prime Minister.
54 para-athletes from across 9 sports disciplines will be heading to Tokyo to represent the nation. This is India’s biggest ever contingent to the Paralympic Games.

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.

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 hard with the athletes in the role of the president and I am very proud to accompany the athletes,” she added.
The PCI president feels the para-athletes have become accustomed to the new normal and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic won’t hamper the players’ performance during the Tokyo Games.
“The current set of athletes have become accustomed to the new normal. In the last two years they have been training, winning their games and securing their rankings on top three positions despite the COVID-19 challenges,” Deepa pointed out before giving a virtual send-off to the Indian para-athletes.
Neeraj Chopra has brought the javelin throw event to the centrestage after his sensational show in Tokyo Olympics. The Rio Paralympics silver medallist has high hopes from the para-athletes who will participate in the javelin throw event. She feels India will go one step ahead and could bring multiple golds in the event leave alone the total medals.
“Absolutely,” replied Deepa when asked about Devendra Jhajaria prospects, who has two gold in the Paralympics.
She further said, “Our javelin arm is so strong we have eight javelin throwers and I’ll be least surprised if we have multiple golds only in javelin throws along with world records.
“I am really keeping my fingers crossed and I wish all the best to Devendra it was wonderful to win a medal alongside him in Rio Olympics. I’m rooting for every athlete,” Deepa signed off.
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.

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, will be held without spectators.
“The relay was scheduled to visit places of interest in respective regions and there were lots of runners looking forward to the event, so it is extremely disappointing,” Kyodo News quoted a metropolitan government official as a saying. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5.
The Paralympic flame will also tour Shizuoka, Chiba and Saitama before the climax of the Paralympic Torch Relay from 17 August to 24 August; the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
To mark the start of the Paralympic Games, the three Agitos – the symbol of the Paralympic Games – will be in full display at the Odaiba Marine Park off the shores off Tokyo Bay.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 shot at goal was brilliantly saved by Indian Goalkeeper Savita. Navneet Kaur made a brilliant run on the right flank in the 6th minute of the match and passed the ball to Rani, however, the latter couldn’t find a way to tap the ball into the goal.
Great Britain got dangerously close to the Indian goal in the 8th minute, however, the Indian defence stood tall and ensured that the ball is kept away from the goal. The Great Britain team continued to put pressure on the Indians and earned a Penalty Corner in the 10th minute, however, they couldn’t carry out the drag-flick as they failed to trap the ball. Great Britain took two shots in the final minutes of the first quarter, however, Savita carried out two brilliant saves and ensured that the deadlock was not broken.

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 Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan, which ended Seema Bisla’s hopes of re-entry into the competition via repechage.
Notably, the repechage rule in wrestling allows grapplers who have lost early in the competition a second chance, should their victor make it to the final.
The 28-year-old Seema Bisla had won a bronze medal at the Asian championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan and sealed her place for Tokyo 2020 with a win at the world Olympic qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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 as Surmeneli dominated all the way through it. And to make it worse for Borgohain, she sustained a penalty in that round. The last round was more ruthless and clinical from Busenaz as she brutally buried any chances the 23-year-old Indian had of making a comeback.

You have done the nation proud: President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind 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.
“Congratulations to Lovlina Borgohain! With your hard work and dogged determination, you have done the nation proud. Your Bronze medal in boxing at the Olympics Games will inspire the youth, especially young women, to battle with challenges and turn their dreams into reality,” the President said in a tweet. Borgohain took the bronze medal after she lost the women’s welterweight (64-69kg) semi-final bout to Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli in the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. Busenaz Surmeneli defeated Borgohain by a unanimous decision of 5-0. All five judges gave decisions in the favour of Turkish pugilist as she stamped her dominance.
Borgohain 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 defence of the Indian as judges ruled the round in her favour.
The second round started just where the first one left as Surmeneli dominated all the way through it. And to make it worse for Borgohain, she sustained a penalty in that round. The last round was more ruthless and clinical from Busenaz as she brutally buried any chances the 23-year-old Indian had of making a comeback.

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 decision of 5-0. All five judges gave decisions in the favour of Turkish pugilist 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 defence of the Indian as judges ruled the round in her favour.
The second round started just where the first one left as Surmeneli dominated all the way through it. And to make it worse for Borgohain, she sustained a penalty in that round. The last round was more ruthless and clinical from Busenaz as she brutally buried any chances the 23-year-old Indian had of making a comeback.

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 travelling for non-essential, non-urgent reasons, and to be as careful and restrained as possible regarding returning to their hometowns during the summer and other travel,” PM’s Office of Japan tweeted a few days back.
“We will continue to do everything in our capacity to implement measures to prevent infections and administer vaccines,” added the tweet.

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 present – to restrictions on what events women were allowed to compete in, the scope of women’s sports has been shaped, historically and now, by the notion that they must be shielded and swayed.

In the Tokyo Olympics, more women than ever before are swimming, running, flipping, jumping, shooting and pedalling their way to glory. Of the approximately 11,500 athletes, roughly 49 per cent are women. But 120 years ago, there might as well have been a sign saying ‘No Girls Allowed’ painted on the entrance to the first modern Olympics, when 241 athletes, all men, from 14 countries gathered in Athens, Greece.

To well understand the difference between that world and the one in which we live now, let us have a look at some women who have been a source of inspiration for all sportspersons around the world, irrespective of their gender.

Latisha Chan

Latisha Chan, the Taiwanese tennis player is known for her triumphs in doubles competitions, having won a total of 33, including one in the 2017 US Open for women’s doubles, three mixed-couples in 2018 and 2019 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

She set off to be the second Taiwanese world number one doubles player in 2017 when she reached a career-high ranking of 50. At this year’s Tokyo Games, she teamed up with her sister Angel Chan for women’s doubles in tennis.

Hend Zaza

At just 12 years of age, Hend Zaza from Syria became the youngest athlete to compete in the Tokyo Olympics and one of the youngest to ever quality in the history of the Games. The table tennis prodigy is the youngest Olympian in 52 years since 11-year-old Beatrice Hustiu, who competed in the 1986 Olympics for figure skating.

Zaza is also the first Syrian to compete in table tennis via qualifications instead of an invitation. She had a rank of 155 in the entire world when she won the women’s singles title at the Western Asia Olympic Qualification Tournament in Jordan. The tournament earned her a spot at the Games.

PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu has metamorphosised as one of the most beloved sportspersons in India. The badminton star became the first Indian woman to win two Olympics medals, with her latest one being a follow-up to the silver at the previous Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. In the third-place play-off, the 26-year-old defeated He Bingjiao of China 21-13, 21-15.

Sindhu’s Olympic display has ensured that she would be considered one of the greatest ever Indian sportspersons.

As per the words of the founder of the Olympic movement, French aristocrat Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the Games were created for “the solemn and periodic exaltation of male athleticism” with ‘female applause as reward.’ Implying that the reason for women not participating in the Games was self-explanatory, Coubertin said “as no women participated in the Ancient Games, there obviously was to be no place for them in the modern ones.”

Since then, we have come a long way. In an Olympic first, in 2012, every participating country sent at least one woman contestant to the Games in London. And the Tokyo Olympics is becoming a testimony of women’s autonomy. As a large segment of the event still awaits to be witnessed and as we edge closer to the one in Paris in 2024, the future beckons while making the Olympic flame look bright.

About the author

Subhro Majumder is a Content Writer who is a sports and technology enthusiast. His other varied interests often sway him into reading about history, politics and international relations.

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 video by BAI after returning to India.
Sindhu defeated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 in the bronze medal match that lasted 52 minutes. Sindhu had earlier returned with a silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016. The 26-year-old is now the second Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals.

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 of the game. She is also only the 4th athlete globally to win multiple medals in the women’s singles badminton category at the Olympics.

With former South Korean player Park Tae-sang coaching her since 2019, the 26-year-old has added several dimensions to her game. For instance, she has worked very hard on her defensive skills and her netplay attributes that have helped her gain more control against any opposition.

The journey

She started early and went to the All England Open Championships as a qualifier at the tender age of 16. In 2012, she won the Asian Junior Championships, defeating Nozomi Okuhara 18-21, 21-17, 22-20. She won the bronze at the World Championships in 2013 in China, winning India’s only medal at the event.

The love for the World Championships didn’t stop there. She replicated her feat in 2014 in Copenhagen. Both displays were full of raw power and clearly showed signs of tremendous talent and perseverance. The same year, she lifted the bronze at Asian Games and Uber Cup. The world was getting to know her, gradually.

She prepared for the Rio Olympics in style, winning the gold at the South Asian Games in the women’s team event and the silver at the women’s singles event. In August, she made her debut at the quadrennial event, reached the final and even won the first set against Spaniard Carolina Marin, only to go down fighting and settle for silver. Her game still had some minute ironing, and she kept working on it. She won another silver medal at the 2017 World Championships, held in Glasgow.

2018 for Sindhu was a year of silver, literally. After coming second best at Gold Coast, she replicated the same at the Asian Games in Jakarta. Another silver medal made entry into her cabinet at the World Championships in Nanjing. She was not just knocking on the door; she was almost forcing it open. The moniker ‘Silver Sandhu’ was hanging on her and she was desperately tried to get rid of her.

She did, and she did it in style! The girl from Hyderabad became the first Indian in history to win the BWF World Championships. She defeated Nozomi Okuhara yet again and joined Zhang Ning as the only other player with five BWF medals. “I wanted to win that final at any cost. I did not know how I would do it, but I knew that I had to achieve it,” PV Sindhu had stated later.

At Tokyo, she made it to the semi-finals but faced an inspired Tai Tzu-Ying. After the defeat, she won the bronze by defeating Bingjiao in straight sets to register her name into the legends of not just badminton, but sports globally.

Sindhu, for several experts including former Indian hockey player Viren Rasquinha, has become India’s greatest ever Individual athlete with her heroics. Her temperament, her willingness to get better and her drive to win at major tournaments make her one of the country’s elite. With the Paris Olympics in 2024, can Sindhu make it three in three? We’ll have to wait and watch.

About the Author

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.

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
After competing in the dressage and cross country over the past three days, it all came down to the jumping section of the eventing competition.
Great Britain’s Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser won silver while Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos had a flawless jump in the final to clinch bronze in his eighth Olympic Games.

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 so far. Women’s hockey team performed spectacularly well today, the men’s hockey team also gave a superb performance,” Thakur told reporters.
In what comes as a historic day and possibly the greatest moment for women’s hockey in India, Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal in the match during the first half through a penalty corner in a very tightly contested match. On Sunday, the men’s hockey team also reached the semi-finals after Manpreet Singh’s side defeated Great Britain 3-1.
Shuttler PV Sindhu also scripted history on Sunday as she returned with a bronze in the women’s singles event. As a result, she became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. She had earlier won silver at Rio Olympics 2016.

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 from the Women in Blue.
The Indian women’s hockey team created history on Monday here at Oi Hockey Stadium — North Pitch — as they qualified for the semi-finals of the Olympics for the very first time after defeating Australia 1-0.
In what comes as a historic day and possibly the greatest moment for women’s hockey in India, Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal in the match during the first half through a penalty corner in a very tightly contested match. The Indian players looked to give it their all as they ensured Gurjit’s effort didn’t go in vain. The Australians threw it their all, but the Indian women refused to buckle even though the Aussies kept piling the pressure with each passing minute

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 from the movie Chak de India as the entire country continues to marvel at the achievement of the women’s hockey side.
In the Bollywood film ‘Chak de India’, Shahrukh Khan’s character ‘Kabir Khan’ guides the women’s team to the world title. In the film, Shahrukh is famous for playing the coach who guides the women’s team to the title in the world championship. The movie is often said to be inspired by the story of former India hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi. But the former goalkeeper and the makers had clarified that it wasn’t his story and the makers didn’t have an idea about Negi’s story when the scripting was done.
In what comes as a historic day and possibly the greatest moment for women’s hockey in India, Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal in the match during the first half through a penalty corner in a very tightly contested match.

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 podium. There is always a little regret, but imperfections always exist, so I have the motivation to pursue better result,” she wrote on her Instagram in Chinese.
“Maybe I won’t have another chance to participate in the Olympics, but I’ve achieved this goal, just not so perfect. I just want to tell myself: Tai Tzu-Ying, you’re great! Thank you to all of you who have supported me, the results are always brutal and only acceptable but I try my best.”
“Thank you to all who helped us during this period, and thank you to the representative office in Japan who sent a secretary to help us with various issues at the hotel. Thank you to my team. During the epidemic, we couldn’t go home together and trained for a long time.”
Sharing a little story after her match, Tai Tzu wrote: “After the game, I was still satisfied with my performance. Later, Sindu ran over and hugged me, held my face, and told me: I know You’re very uncomfortable and you’ve been very good, but today isn’t your day. Then she held me in her arms and said: She knows all about it. That sincere encouragement, made me cry….. really sad because I tried really hard. Thank you again for your support and encouragement. Thank you all for walking with me till now.”

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.

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.

Roger Federer pulls out of Tokyo Olympics after knee ‘setback’

Roger Federer will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics, writing on social media Tuesday that he “experienced a setback” with his knee during the grass-court season.

Federer had said before Wimbledon that he would make a decision about going to the Summer Games after the Grand Slam tournament ended.

The 39-year-old from Switzerland lost in the quarterfinals at the All England Club last week to Hubert Hurkacz.

Federer had two operations on his right knee in 2020 and went more than a full year between matches. He returned to Grand Slam action at the French Open and then pulled out of that tournament after three victories, saying he wanted to be rested and ready for the grass circuit — especially Wimbledon.

On Tuesday, he said in a post on Twitter that because of the setback, he has “accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.”

Federer won a gold medal alongside Stan Wawrinka in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in singles at the 2012 London Olympics, losing to Britain’s Andy Murray in the final at the All England Club.

Federer sat out the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games because of problems with his left knee.

“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer,” wrote Federer, who turns 40 on Aug. 8.

The U.S. Open, the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, is scheduled to begin on Aug. 30 in New York.

Federer joins a growing list of tennis stars who are not going to Tokyo, where COVID-19 cases have been rising as the July 23 opening ceremony approaches.

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are among the players who will not be competing for medals.

Novak Djokovic, who tied Federer and Nadal for the men’s record by winning his 20th major championship at Wimbledon on Sunday, said after the final that he was 50-50 on whether to go to the Games.

On the eve of Wimbledon’s start, Federer was asked where things stood for him in Tokyo.

“My feeling is I would like to go to the Olympics. I would like to play as many tournaments as possible. But I think we decided now, let’s just get through Wimbledon, sit down as a team, and then decide where we go from there,” he said then. 

“I wish I could tell you more. In previous years, it was definitely easier. At the moment, things are not as simple as in the past. With age, you have to be more selective. You can’t play it all.”

‘Voice of table tennis’ Adam Bobrow lists 10 paddlers to watch at Tokyo Olympics

New Delhi: Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Adam Bobrow, who is known as ‘The Voice of Table Tennis’ has listed the Top-10 paddlers to watch out for at the much-awaited Games, beginning July 23.

Tokyo Games will feature 339 events in 33 different sports and a total of 50 disciplines including table tennis, which has been a part of the Olympics since 1988.

Adam, who will be one of the official commentators at the Tokyo Games, also runs a YouTube channel and has featured many top TT players on his channel which enabled TT enthusiasts to know more about their favourite players and the sport.

China has been the most dominant country when it comes to TT, however, the upcoming Tokyo Olympics could bring surprise for the fans with paddlers from other parts of the world making notable performances.

Adam’s top-10 paddlers to watch at the Olympics are:

Mima Ito (Japan): At only 20, Mima is not only the youngest in the Japanese Olympic team but by far the greatest threat to Chinese dominance. She has the most dominant serves in the game.

Her unique serves often don’t come back and there is a reason the crowd loves the coined phrases ‘Mima punch’ and ‘Mima smash’. Known as ‘Mima-chan’ the World No 2 is just 4 feet 9 inches but powerful and is one of the main reasons why women’s game has been increasingly fascinating to watch over the last 5 years.

Tomokazu Harimoto (Japan): Japanese sensation Harimoto has already been considered to be GOAT and has defeated Olympic champion and TT great Ma Long even before turning 15.

The fight in Harimoto has been taking down notable names since he was only 11 years old and he has shattered almost every age-related record this sport has to offer. The 18-years-old paddler’s battle cries will make it very clear from the start of the match, that he came to conquer and not to rest for a single point.

Adriana Diaz (Puerto Rico): ‘The Pride of Puerto Rico’ Adriana is not quite an unknown name to TT enthusiasts in India with her impressive performances in the country’s premier TT league, Ultimate Table Tennis.

Adriana was also the first-ever Puerto Rican paddler to be invited to play in the Chinese Super League.

With the entry into the Top-20 in the world, she shattered all the records in Puerto Rico TT history and her personality, swag and super creative style of play make her spectacular to watch. Interestingly Adriana is one of four TT playing sisters in the Diaz family and her elder sister Melanie has also qualified to compete in Tokyo.

Liam Pitchford (England): As England’s top player, Pitchford has beaten two of the top three Chinese national team players in recent years. The World No. 15 has been producing some remarkable performances recently.

His bold and risky style combined with his scarily versatile backhand makes him a danger for any opponent. No one is safe with Pitchford on their half of the draw.

PM Modi Motivates Indian Athletes For Tokyo Olympics 2020

New Delhi: Prime Minister Modi is in conversation with Indian athletes going to the Olympics through video conferencing. PM Modi began the interaction by congratulating Dipika Kumari on her gold medal in Paris. 

WATCH LIVE Interaction :

PM Modi also spoke with Mary Kom. He said that Mary is a well-known athlete in India. He asked who is her favourite athlete, on which Mary Kom said, “Muhammad Ali is my favourite boxer.”

Ashish Kumar, an Indian boxer who lost his father to Covid-19 recently spoke about how he motivated himself to play well. “My family and friends motivated me to get back to sports. I was Covid-19 positive in Spain, but the facilities were made available for me. Still, it took a long time for my recovery. Then I returned to India where my coaches helped me recover and get back in rhythm.”

PM Modi said how Sachin Tendulkar prioritised the game even after losing his father. “You are just like him, (Sachin Tendulkar) an inspiration to many. The country has a lot of expectations from you,” PM Modi said to Ashish Kumar.

PM also interacted with PV Sindhu, On being asked if the ice-cream ban by Pullela Gopichand  (PV Sindhu’s father) is still there – Yes, the ice-cream control is still there. It is important for an athlete to maintain a diet for fitness purposes but I do eat it sometimes, not a lot though.

Then in Marathi PM Modi asked Pravin Jadhav “kasa kaay?” meaning how are you doing in Marathi. Later on he asked about how did Pravin switched from Athletics to archery. PM said that Pravin’s parents are champions as well. Pravin said, “I will not allow my past to become a hindrance for my Olympics dreams. PM Modi lauds his remarkable strive.”

While talking to Neeraj Chopra,  PM Modi says not to be bogged down by the amount of expectations. Neeraj is a javelin throw player who has won a gold medal in Asian Games 2018. 

On July 17, the first batch of players from India will leave for Tokyo, where the Olympics is to commence from July 23. Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur and Kiren Rijiju are also present in this video conferencing along with the Prime Minister. 

The PMO has said that this time 126 athletes from 18 sports are going to participate in the Tokyo Olympics from India. This is by far the highest number of athletes participating in any Olympics from India.  Prime Minister has also taken interest in the preparations of the athletes and also made sure that the facilities are apt of Indian players in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. He had also mentioned the inspirational performance of some athletes in his radio program Mann Ki Baat. At the same time, Modi appealed to the people of India to come forward and wholeheartedly support the players going to take part in the Olympics.

There are many notable participants at the Olympics this year for India. Sajan Prakash and Srihari Natraj are the first swimmers from India to qualify for the Olympics. Netra Kumanan is also India’s first representative in sailing. 

India will have high hopes from PV Sindhu, Neeraj Chopra, Saurabh Chaudhary, Vinesh Phogat and others. 

IOA ropes in ‘Dhyana’ as meditation partner for Tokyo Olympics

New Delhi : The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Monday announced partnership with Dhyana, the startup behind the smart ring that measures the quality of meditation, for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The IOA said it has acquired smart Dhyana rings and Dhyana’s health management services for the entire Indian contingent for the Tokyo Olympics and is working to prioritise mental wellness and improve focus of the players amidst the ongoing pandemic.

Developed by national badminton chief coach Pullela Gopichand and biomedical technology entrepreneur Bhairav Shankar, the smart Dhyana ring is capable of measuring the amount of time one is actually focussing while in a meditation session, a release said.

The ring continuously track Heart Rate Variability (HRV), or the gap in between two consecutive heartbeats, which is further broken down into the three fundamentals of every meditation session – the quality of breathing, focus and relaxation.

‘The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is going to be extremely challenging owing to the exceptional circumstances it is being held in.

I have always relied on the benefits of meditation throughout my entire career – both as a player and as a coach, and am confident that data-driven meditation with the help of Dhyana will greatly benefit the Indian contingent to prepare better and help them unlock their full potential,’ said Pullela Gopichand, Director of Dhyana.

Dhyana rings have been used by Pullela Gopichand to help his students achieve their ‘mindfulness goals’,- which range from improving focus, productivity to overall mental health.

This will be the first time any country has adopted a meditation partner for the Olympic Games.

‘IOA is proud to team up with Dhyana to provide state-of-the-art medical-grade technology to the Indian contingent headed to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games”, said Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General, IOA.

“With Dhyana’s support, we will provide each member of the team with the wearable meditation device which is capable of providing crucial biofeedback during meditation. Data-driven and measured meditation can help athletes in ensuring that they meditate properly for a certain amount of time every day, thereby easing stress and improving their focus and concentration,’ he added.

Missed natural feeling of being in world-class event but staying positive for Tokyo: Neeraj Chopra

Starved for competitive exposure in the build-up to the Olympics, star India javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has found a unique way to ensure that his mind feels ready for his maiden appearance in the Games.

“I listen to slow music and imagine that I am in a competition, taking part and throwing in the Olympics, so that I don’t feel completely new in my first competition,” Chopra revealed in an online interaction from his training base in Upsala, Sweden.

Touted as one of India’s strongest bets for a medal in Tokyo, Chopra said his build-up to the Games has been quite challenging given the lack of competitive exposure but he is trying to stay positive for the big event.

The 23-year-old Chopra said he has missed the ‘natural feeling’ of being in a world-class field, except for one occasion, in the run-up to the Games which open on July 23. He meditates to keep himself focussed when not training.

That one time was the Kuortane Games event in Finland on June 26 where he won a bronze with a performance of 86.79m in a star-studded field comprising, among others, Olympics gold favourite German Johannes Vetter, who won the event with a massive throw of 93.59m.

“I had a new experience in Finland. During the run-up, I felt the real experience of a top-level competition, the kind of natural feeling which gives you the best performance comes after you take part a lot of world class events,” Chopra said from his training base.

“For me, that was the only time,” he added.

Talking about the challenges that came with the restrictions that came into force because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chopra said he has tried to stay positive nonetheless.

“I did not get good international competitions when I wanted and there had to be several changes in training and competition schedule.

“But, I am in positive frame of mind because a lot depends on the performance of the day. I am just hoping to give my best and realise my dream of winning a gold for the country.”

Chopra, who has pulled out of the June 13 Diamond League at Gateshead due to visa issues, has taken part in only three international events since June 10.

He won’t participate in competitions anymore before travelling to Tokyo on July 26.

“Getting the UK visa (to take part at Gateshead) was difficult for Indians due to COVID-19 situation in India. So, I decided to miss the Diamond League. There is no time for competition now.

“I can have some intensity training for another week. After that I will have light training.”

He said he was focusing on improving his technique.

“The performance in Finland was also not my best, there were technical issues, the height of the javelin was an issue. My javelin could not reach the venue that day and I could not use it. I had to use another javelin.

“At the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, the height of the javelin was an issue though I won gold in both. I am working on reducing the height of the javelin so that it can cover more distance.”

Dwelling on his technique further, he said, “Sometimes, my javelin went out of the sector. I have made improvements in these technical things.”

He said he was working on throwing the javelin “on the line” and not on a high projectile path.

Asked about the pressure of expectations on him, he said, “I could handle pressure well during the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. But the Olympics is altogether another level. I am trying not to take any pressure.

He said the Khel Ratna nomination will inspire him to better his performance in the Olympics.

“It’s the fourth time (nomination). I could not get the award for three times, that means my performance was not good enough. So, I will have to better my performance in the Olympics to get the award.”

The qualification round of the javelin event is scheduled for August 4 and the final on August 7.

“The qualification will not be easy, the qualifying mark will be 84m or 85m. Every competitor will get three attempts. Those who qualify for final will get two days for rest, it is good time for recovery.”

Chopra rewrote his own national record during the Indian Grand Prix 3 with a throw of 88.07m in March at the NIS Patiala. A few days later, he threw 87.80m during the Federation Cup at the same venue.

His 86.79m effort at Kuortane Games was his third-best performance this season.

In his previous two competitions in Europe, Chopra had come up with the best effort of 83.18m to win an event in Lisbon, Portugal on June 10 before a below-par performance of 80.96m at the Karlstad Grand Prix in Sweden on June 22.

Tokyo Olympics: PM to interact with Indian athletes’ contingent on July 13

New Delhi, Jul 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the Indian athletes’ contingent bound for Tokyo Olympics on July 13 at 1700 hrs via video conferencing.

The interaction by the Prime Minister is an endeavour to motivate the athletes ahead of their participation at the games, an official said.

PM Modi had recently reviewed the preparations for facilitation of India’s contingent at Tokyo-2020 and also discussed the inspirational journeys of some of the athletes on Mann Ki Baat, besides urging the nation to come forward and wholeheartedly support them.

The Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur, Minister of State Nisith Pramanik and Law Minister Kiren Rijiju will also be participating in this interaction.

Before the reshuffle of the Council of Ministers on July 7, Mr Rijiju was the Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports.

The Tokyo Olympics to begin on July 23.

A total of 126 athletes across 18 sports disciplines from India will be heading to Tokyo. This is the biggest-ever contingent India is sending to any Olympics.

The 69 cumulative events across the 18 sport disciplines that India will participate in.

For the first time in its history, a Fencer from India Ms Bhavani Devi has qualified for the Olympic Games while Nethra Kumanan is the first-ever female Sailor from India to qualify for an Olympic Games.

Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj are the first Swimmers from India to qualify for an Olympic Games by achieving the ‘A’ Qualification Standard in Swimming.

Olympics – PM Modi reviews India’s preparation

PM reviews India's preparation for Tokyo Olympics

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reviewed preparations for facilitation of India’s contingent at Tokyo Olympics and discussed the logistical details, their vaccination status, the multi-disciplinary support being given to them.

He will also interact with the Tokyo-bound athletes on July 13 to motivate them for their participation in forthcoming Games.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, “Reviewed preparations for facilitation of India’s contingent at @Tokyo2020. Discussed the logistical details, their vaccination status, the multi-disciplinary support being given”.

In his other message he said, “On behalf of 130 crore Indians, I would be interacting with the Olympics bound athletes on 13th July to wish them luck. Let us all #Cheer4India.”

The interaction will be held virtually, the Government officials said.

The Tokyo Olympic will be held from July 23 to August 8 this year.

The first batch of 120 athletes of India’s Olympic squad is to depart for Tokyo on July 17 by a charter Air India flight, the officials added.

In view of the raging Covid-19 cases, the Tokyo Olympics will be held under a state of emergency in Japan without spectators and the Indian Government has also decided not to send any officials with the contingent owing to the restrictions.

The Indian Embassy at Tokya has been assigned the responsibility to take care of the Indian squad during their stay there.

Mary Kom, Bajrang Punia, and Manpreet Singh to be India’s flag bearers at Olympics

Celebrated boxer M C Mary Kom and men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh will be be flag bearers at opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics.

Also, wrestler Bajrang Punia will be flag bearer at the closing ceremony on August 8.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has communicated the decision in this regard to the Organising Committee of the Games.

In a first, India is having two flag-bearers — one male and one female — at the upcoming Tokyo Games to ensure “gender parity”.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has communicated the decision in this regard to the Organising Committee of the Games.

In a first, India is having two flag-bearers — one male and one female — at the upcoming Tokyo Games to ensure “gender parity”.

This was recently informed by IOA chief chief Narinder Batra.

The country’s lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra was the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Tokyo Games are scheduled to open on July 23 and over 100 Indian athletes would be gunning for podium finishes at the showpiece, which was postponed by a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At its executive board meeting last year, the International Olympic Committee had made provisions for flag-bearers from both genders at the opening ceremony.

“…the IOC Executive Board also decided that there should be – for the first time ever – at least one female and one male athlete in every one of the 206 teams and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team participating at the Games of the Olympiad,” IOC chief Thomas Bach had said

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