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People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk near a banner of Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic games in Tokyo Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP)

Japan minister says "anything can happen" with Tokyo Games

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:43 PM IST
  • Kono's statements contradict the official government position and that of the local organizing committee. They have both said repeatedly the games will take place and will be “safe and secure.”
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Agnes Keleti, former Olympic gold medal winning gymnast, reacts to fireworks going off on her birthday cake in Budapest.(AP)
Agnes Keleti, former Olympic gold medal winning gymnast, reacts to fireworks going off on her birthday cake in Budapest.(AP)

'I love life': Oldest living Olympic champion turns 100

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 04:05 PM IST
  • The Holocaust survivor and winner of 10 Olympic medals in gymnastics — including five golds — celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday in her native Budapest, punctuating a life of achievement, adventure, tragedy and perseverance which, she says, passed by in a flash.
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Deepa Malik, seen with her daughters, overcame her handicap caused by cancer, becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. Deepa won silver in the shot put F-53 division on Monday.(HT Photo)
Deepa Malik, seen with her daughters, overcame her handicap caused by cancer, becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. Deepa won silver in the shot put F-53 division on Monday.(HT Photo)

Deepa Malik’s zest for life lands her Paralympic shot put silver

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2016 11:28 PM IST
Left wheelchair-bound after three surgeries for cancer in the spinal cord, Deepa Malik never gave up, landing silver at the Rio Paralympics.
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Before one can talk of lofty things like Olympic winners and increased medal counts, there is a need for India to figure out the basics.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Before one can talk of lofty things like Olympic winners and increased medal counts, there is a need for India to figure out the basics.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

All-round excellence built through science is missing in Indian sport

By Sukhwant Basra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2016 11:34 AM IST
As the PM looks to a task force to map India’s sporting future, HT highlights what our major drawbacks are.
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The Indian contingent marches at the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.(PTI File Photo)
The Indian contingent marches at the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.(PTI File Photo)

Coaches not spared as sports body reviews India’s ‘lacklustre’ Rio performance

By PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2016 06:54 PM IST
Athletes have not been spared the blame in Sports Authority of India’s review of the country’s “lacklustre” Olympic performance even as it suggested a three-pronged strategy, including a through evaluation of coaches, for an improved performance in the 2020 Tokyo Games.
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Lochte, 32, has been suspended until mid 2017.(REUTERS)
Lochte, 32, has been suspended until mid 2017.(REUTERS)

Lochte banned for 10 months for fabricating Rio robbery story: Reports

By AFP, Los Angeles
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2016 10:17 AM IST
US swimmer Ryan Lochte has been hit with a 10-month suspension following his bogus gunpoint robbery story during a drunken night out at the Rio Olympics, two separate media reports said Wednesday.
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Confetti falls during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.(REUTERS)
Confetti falls during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.(REUTERS)

In pics: Rio Paralympics opens with samba, wheelchairs and protests

By AFP, Rio De Janeiro
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2016 09:27 AM IST
Rio de Janeiro opened the Paralympic Games on Wednesday with samba, parading wheelchairs, giant balloons -- and political protests -- at the famed Maracana stadium
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The secretary of drinking water and sanitation believes Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu’s association can boost the mission.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The secretary of drinking water and sanitation believes Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu’s association can boost the mission.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Sindhu, Malik, Dipa may be new faces of PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission

By PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2016 06:45 PM IST
PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, besides Olympian Dipa Karmakar, are likely to be the new faces of the Swachh Bharat Mission for creating awareness about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative.
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Marathon runners Kheta Ram, right, and Gopi T have set their sights on breaking the national record.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Marathon runners Kheta Ram, right, and Gopi T have set their sights on breaking the national record.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

After personal bests in Rio, Army marathon runners target elusive record

By Navneet Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2016 07:11 PM IST
They missed setting a new national record but Gopi and Ram established new personal bests and have come back with a lot of positives from the Games.
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For Lalita Babar, the 3000m steeplechase final in Rio was her last race of the season.(PTI)
For Lalita Babar, the 3000m steeplechase final in Rio was her last race of the season.(PTI)

Indian athletes pack up after Rio while rest of the world find fresh highs

By Navneet Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2016 08:04 PM IST
India’s athletes wind down their season after the Rio Olympics while top competitors around the world go on to set fresh marks.
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PV Sindhu and Pullela Gopichand in coversation with Shekhar Gupta during the 'Off the Cuff' show.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)
PV Sindhu and Pullela Gopichand in coversation with Shekhar Gupta during the 'Off the Cuff' show.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)

Told myself, ‘no more bronze medals’: Sindhu on Rio Olympic silver

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2016 11:49 PM IST
Sindhu realised there was a word of salvation for India at such Games which she could not keep out of her head --- bronze.
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Vikas Krishan (red) lost to Melikuziev Bektemir of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals in Rio.(PTI)
Vikas Krishan (red) lost to Melikuziev Bektemir of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals in Rio.(PTI)

Rio disappointment behind him, Vikas eyes 2nd World Championships medal

By PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2016 11:49 PM IST
Vikas Krishan says he is now aiming to become the first Indian to clinch two medals at the World Championships next year irrespective of whether a national federation takes shape or not.
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Australia’s Cate Campbell helped her team to medals in the 4x100m medley and freestyle relays but could not finish on the podium in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.(Reuters)
Australia’s Cate Campbell helped her team to medals in the 4x100m medley and freestyle relays but could not finish on the podium in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.(Reuters)

Decline in Australia’s Olympic results, especially in the pools

By Bihan Sengupta | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2016 06:15 PM IST
In the last four Olympic Games, Australia has managed to win 17 gold medals in swimming. Rivals USA, on the other hand, won 16 in Rio itself.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sports Minister Vijay Goel pose with Olympic medal winners and Khel Ratna Awardees in New Delhi on Sunday. The players are silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu (2R) bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik (R), gymnast Dipa Karmakar (2L) and ace shooter Jitu Rai (L).(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sports Minister Vijay Goel pose with Olympic medal winners and Khel Ratna Awardees in New Delhi on Sunday. The players are silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu (2R) bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik (R), gymnast Dipa Karmakar (2L) and ace shooter Jitu Rai (L).(PTI)

PM Modi hosts Sindhu, Sakshi and other National Sports awardees

By PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2016 08:41 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted the National Sports awardees, including Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu and bronze winner Sakshi Malik, at his 7 Race Course Road residence on Sunday.
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Indian pistol shooter Jitu Rai could not replicte his superb showing at the 2014 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, failing to win a medal at the Rio Olympics.(PTI)
Indian pistol shooter Jitu Rai could not replicte his superb showing at the 2014 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, failing to win a medal at the Rio Olympics.(PTI)

Shooter Jitu Rai feels lucky to get the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2016 07:41 PM IST
Jitu Rai will be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna with PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar
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Manoj Kumar lost to eventual gold medallist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan.(REUTERS)
Manoj Kumar lost to eventual gold medallist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan.(REUTERS)

Bitter Manoj appeals for PM Modi’s intervention in Indian boxing mess

By PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2016 07:55 PM IST
The 29-year-old from Haryana, a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was included in the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme only in June when he qualified for the Games.
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Sachin Tendulkar presenting the BMW cars to the Olympic champions in Hyderabad on Sunday.(ANI video screengrab)
Sachin Tendulkar presenting the BMW cars to the Olympic champions in Hyderabad on Sunday.(ANI video screengrab)

Sachin presents BMW cars to Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa, coach Gopichand for Rio feat

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2016 12:50 PM IST
Silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu and bronze winner grappler Sakshi Malik, along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand were presented BMW cars by in Hyderabad on Sunday.
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Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has shown that proper systems can produce tangible results. His wards have now won medals on successive Olympics, besides consistently impressing at world events.(REUTERS)
Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has shown that proper systems can produce tangible results. His wards have now won medals on successive Olympics, besides consistently impressing at world events.(REUTERS)

Give marks to put sports on a par with studies: Pargat Singh

By Pargat Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2016 10:32 AM IST
The world over, a three-tier system is followed and we have to adopt this. In India too we have this, but it’s restricted to policies.
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Dipa Karmakar at the recently concluded Rio Olympics(Reuters)
Dipa Karmakar at the recently concluded Rio Olympics(Reuters)

Dipa Karmakar welcomes PM Modi’s announcement of Olympics task force

By ANI, Agartala
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2016 04:30 PM IST
Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of setting up a task force to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games, and expressed hope that it would yield positive results.
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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the men's marathon in Rio.(AP)
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the men's marathon in Rio.(AP)

Security diminishes charm of Olympic marathon races

By N Ananthanarayanan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2016 03:26 PM IST
Watching the race live as men and women pound the roads in one of the most grueling competitions helps appreciate the extent to which humans are willing to push themselves.
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Despite reaching Rio at least ten days before his event, Sharma claims he wasn’t able to adjust to the local weather conditions.(HT Photo)
Despite reaching Rio at least ten days before his event, Sharma claims he wasn’t able to adjust to the local weather conditions.(HT Photo)

Potential finalist, long jumper Ankit Sharma peaked too early and flopped in Rio

By Navneet Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2016 12:42 PM IST
Sharma said multiple factors were responsible for his poor form during his Olympic debut. To start with, he was not able to cope with the pressure at the athletics stadium in Rio.
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India's Narsingh Pancham Yadav was not allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics after CAS upheld WADA’s appeal to ban the wrestler.(PTI)
India's Narsingh Pancham Yadav was not allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics after CAS upheld WADA’s appeal to ban the wrestler.(PTI)

Wrestling body to take action against Narsingh if sabotage claim is not proven

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2016 11:53 AM IST
VN Prasood, the secretary of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), has now said the governing body is open to taking action against the wrestler if his police case against the junior wrestler, who Narsingh claims spiked his food, is not proven in court.
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Tirkey says coach Roelant Oltmans has transformed the players’ fitness levels and mindset. This proves coaches should be given a free hand to train.(AFP)
Tirkey says coach Roelant Oltmans has transformed the players’ fitness levels and mindset. This proves coaches should be given a free hand to train.(AFP)

Give equal opportunities to hockey players for Olympic success: Tirkey

By Dilip Tirkey | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2016 10:32 AM IST
Youngsters need same facilities as core group players.
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Since Jaisha is not permitted to travel, the probe into the allegations of official apathy levelled by her will be delayed.(PTI)
Since Jaisha is not permitted to travel, the probe into the allegations of official apathy levelled by her will be delayed.(PTI)

Jaisha’s swine flu diagnosis delays probe into allegations of Rio apathy

By PTI, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2016 01:33 PM IST
The probe into allegations of official apathy levelled by Rio Olympics marathon runner OP Jaisha has been delayed as the athlete is recovering from swine flu and will need at least a week’s rest.
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PV Sindhu’s silver and Sakshi Malik’s bronze was an underwhelming medal haul for a contingent of 118. India should consider the example of countries that focus on select disciplines to win medals consistently.(REUTERS)
PV Sindhu’s silver and Sakshi Malik’s bronze was an underwhelming medal haul for a contingent of 118. India should consider the example of countries that focus on select disciplines to win medals consistently.(REUTERS)

Lessons from Rio: Like Japan and Jamaica, India must focus on select sports

By Manoj Bhagavatula | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2016 12:55 PM IST
Sports federations can learn from nations like Japan, Hungary, Cuba and Jamaica, which focus on select disciplines to ensure medals on a consistent basis.
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Youngsters taking a selfie with Rio bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik in Rohtak on Thursday.(Manoj Dhaka/HT Photo)
Youngsters taking a selfie with Rio bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik in Rohtak on Thursday.(Manoj Dhaka/HT Photo)

Dipa was fabulous, I was heartbroken she didn’t win a medal: Sakshi Malik

By Hardik Anand | Hindustan Times, Rohtak
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2016 12:25 PM IST
Tired, jet-lagged and sleepy, Sakshi Malik sits in drawing room at her house, as she does not want to disappoint thousands of children coming in to meet her to click selfies and take autographs. Taking time out off her visitors, she speaks to HT.
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Lochte, 32, lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp, following his apology for an “exaggerated” story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.(AFP)
Lochte, 32, lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp, following his apology for an “exaggerated” story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.(AFP)

Ryan Lochte signs new endorsement deal as legal woes continue in Brazil

By Reuters, Rio De Janeiro
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2016 10:04 AM IST
Brazilian police recommended he be charged with falsely reporting a crime, while Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops said it had signed Lochte for a television commercial and print ads.
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Coaches should draw motivation from Pullela Gopichand and Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bisheshwar Nandi, says Milkha Singh.(PTI)
Coaches should draw motivation from Pullela Gopichand and Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bisheshwar Nandi, says Milkha Singh.(PTI)

Strong coaching base at grassroots level a must: Milkha Singh

By Milkha Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2016 09:46 AM IST
Coaches should be paid well and made accountable.
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Nikolai said that Jaisha had never used personalised drinks during marathon competitions and she said a clear no when asked by him whether she would need them in Rio.(PTI)
Nikolai said that Jaisha had never used personalised drinks during marathon competitions and she said a clear no when asked by him whether she would need them in Rio.(PTI)

Jaisha said she’ll use normal water provided by organisers, says coach

By PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2016 06:45 PM IST
Nikolai said that Jaisha had never used personalised drinks during marathon competitions and she said a clear no when asked by him whether she would need them in Rio.
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While the troubles of Dutee Chand are well documented, the hardships endured by Ramesh are relatively unknown.(PTI)
While the troubles of Dutee Chand are well documented, the hardships endured by Ramesh are relatively unknown.(PTI)

Dedication to athletes keeps Nagpuri Ramesh, coach of Dutee Chand, going

By Amit Kamath | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2016 01:40 PM IST
While the troubles of Indian sprinter Dutee Chand are well documented, the hardships endured by the sprinter’s coach, Ramesh, are relatively unknown.
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