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A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks near a banner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.(AP)

Indian para-athletics team for Tokyo Paralympics to be picked on June 15-16

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2021 07:41 PM IST
The trials will be conducted as per strict safety guidelines of the government and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of COVID-19.
File Photo PV Sindhu.(REUTERS)
File Photo PV Sindhu.(REUTERS)

Coach creating match situations for me in training: Sindhu on Olympics prep

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2021 12:58 PM IST
The lack of competitions before the Olympics is a major concern for Indian shuttlers but not so much for PV Sindhu, who trusts her Korean coach Park Tae Sang to create match situations for her in training itself.
File photo of wrestling.(HT Photo)
File photo of wrestling.(HT Photo)

WFI finalises training-cum-competition trip to Europe

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2021 06:49 PM IST
The wrestlers -- both men and women -- were to assemble at the SAI centre in Bahalgarh on Tuesday, but now, as per the plan devised by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), all of them will travel to Warsaw in the last week of May.
File image of Narinder Batra.(File)
File image of Narinder Batra.(File)

'Conducting Olympics will send strong message that we've moved beyond COVID'

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2021 02:39 PM IST
The Tokyo Olympics, which was scheduled to be held last year, was postponed because of the pandemic.
Petition with 350,000 signatures wants Tokyo Games cancelled(Twitter)
Petition with 350,000 signatures wants Tokyo Games cancelled(Twitter)

Petition with 350,000 signatures wants Tokyo Games cancelled

AP | , Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 05:40 PM IST
The Olympics are scheduled to open in just 10 weeks on July 23 in the midst of a pandemic with Tokyo and other areas under a state of emergency. Cases continue to rise in Japan, where less than 2% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
KT Irfan, Indian Olympian 20km walker during an award presentation ceremony.(Hindustan Times)
KT Irfan, Indian Olympian 20km walker during an award presentation ceremony.(Hindustan Times)

Olympic-bound race walker Irfan & four others return negative in 2nd COVID test

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 01:25 PM IST
Irfan was among five athletes who had tested positive for COVID-19 at the SAI's Centre of Excellence in a weekly test conducted on May 7.
Olympic ring in Tokyo(Getty Images)
Olympic ring in Tokyo(Getty Images)

Fear Of Missing Out keeps athletes onside for Tokyo

Reuters | , Sydney
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2021 03:56 PM IST
With IOC President Thomas Bach having made it clear another postponement is not an option, cancellation would be the only alternative to proceeding.
File Photo of Kenyan runner Timothy Cheruiyot.(REUTERS)
File Photo of Kenyan runner Timothy Cheruiyot.(REUTERS)

Kenya's Cheruiyot adjusts to reality of preparing for the Olympics in a pandemic

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 03:09 PM IST
Timothy Cheruiyot was one of the top contenders for an Olympic gold in Japan after an impressive 2019, when he won the world title in Doha.
File Photo of Neha Goyal.(Special Arrangement )
File Photo of Neha Goyal.(Special Arrangement )

Women's hockey: Young Goyal aspires to realise her Olympic dream in Tokyo

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 01:23 PM IST
Representing India at the Olympic Games is every athlete's dream and she is no exception, says women's hockey team mid-fielder Neha Goyal, insisting that she would do all it takes to make the cut for the showpiece event.
Will the Tokyo Olympics go on?(Getty Images)
Will the Tokyo Olympics go on?(Getty Images)

Frustration in Japan as leader pushes Olympics despite virus

PTI | , Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2021 07:59 PM IST
More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled. And a swimming star has faced pressure to drop out of the games.
FILE PHOTO: Kei Nishikori(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Kei Nishikori(REUTERS)

Japan's Nishikori adds voice to Olympic concerns

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 02:04 PM IST
Japan's top-ranked men's tennis player Kei Nishikori added his voice to concerns about staging the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July, as the country battles a surge in COVID-19 cases.
File Photo of Naomi Osaka. (REUTERS)
File Photo of Naomi Osaka. (REUTERS)

COVID-19: Naomi Osaka 'not sure' if it's appropriate to stage Tokyo Olympics

ANI | , Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 02:00 PM IST
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka wants to play in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics but she isn't "sure" whether the quadrennial event would go ahead as planned.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran of India (File Photo)(Getty Images)
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran of India (File Photo)(Getty Images)

Ahead of Tokyo, more lockdown blues for athletes

By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:52 AM IST
  • With less than 80 days to go for the Olympics, India's table tennis contingent is back to figuring out how to train under severe restrictions.
Australian Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell receives the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane, (REUTERS)
Australian Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell receives the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane, (REUTERS)

Olympics-Australia starts vaccinating athletes ahead of Tokyo Games

Reuters | , Sydney
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 12:02 PM IST
Australia has been relatively slow to roll out vaccines to the general population but Olympic and Paralympic athletes have been allowed to jump the queue before they travel to the July 23-Aug. 8 Games.
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.(Reuters File Photo )
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.(Reuters File Photo )

Olympics-Amid opposition, Japan PM says has "never put Olympics first"

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 08:59 AM IST
  • Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo until the end of May and is struggling to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, raising further questions about whether the Games should go on,
Kamalpreet after setting a new record in the Federation Cup in Patiala(HT Photo)
Kamalpreet after setting a new record in the Federation Cup in Patiala(HT Photo)

Punjab farmer’s daughter eager to harvest a Tokyo Olympics discus medal

By Shalini Gupta, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 10:43 PM IST
The 22-year-old from the remote Kabarwala village threw a national mark to qualify for Olympics and is confident she can make the podium
Nethra Kumanan.
Nethra Kumanan.

India’s Tokyo-bound sailors pray for smooth passage to train in Europe

By Rutvick Mehta, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 12:36 PM IST
  • Three of the country’s four sailors to qualify for the Olympics have completed travel formalities but hope the Covid situation does not worsen before their departure.
File image of Rahi Sarnobat(Screengrab)
File image of Rahi Sarnobat(Screengrab)

I think I perform better under pressure: Olympic-bound shooter Rahi Sarnobat

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 06:05 PM IST
Sarnobat is part of the 15-member Indian team that will depart for Zagreb, Croatia on May 11 for a training-cum-competition tour, from where it will fly directly into Tokyo for the Olympics.
File image of Abhishek Verma.(File)
File image of Abhishek Verma.(File)

Asian Games bronze gave me confidence I can achieve more: Abhishek Verma

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 05:18 PM IST
A late bloomer, 31-year-old Verma won his first international medal -- a bronze -- in 10m air pistol in 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
Indian wrestler Seema Bisla(Twitter)
Indian wrestler Seema Bisla(Twitter)

Wrestler Seema Bisla qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 05:07 PM IST
Indian wrestler Seema Bisla has secured a Tokyo Olympics berth in women's 50kg after reaching the finals of the World Olympic Qualifier in Bulgaria on Friday.
Anjum Moudgil(Twitter)
Anjum Moudgil(Twitter)

Not safe to do individual training in India, Croatia is safer: Moudgil

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 03:54 PM IST
The Olympic-bound 15-member Indian team will depart for Zagreb on May 11 for a training-cum-competition tour in that country and from there it will directly fly to Tokyo for the Olympics, which opens on July 23.
A man wearing a face mask cycles past the logo of the Tokyo Olympics.(AP)
A man wearing a face mask cycles past the logo of the Tokyo Olympics.(AP)

WHO hopes Tokyo Olympics can go ahead despite extension of state of emergency

Reuters | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 11:44 PM IST
Japan on Friday extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until the end of May to stem a surge in coronavirus cases, but Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated that it was still possible to host the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Vishnu Saravanan.(Vishnu Saravanan/Instagram)
Vishnu Saravanan.(Vishnu Saravanan/Instagram)

Sports Ministry to spend 73.14 lakh on Olympic-bound sailors' European stint

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 03:57 PM IST
Saravanan, included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) after securing his Tokyo berth at the Mussanah Open Sailing Championships in Oman, will train with his coach in Malta for 28 days.
Indian wrestler Sumit Malik(HT Archives)
Indian wrestler Sumit Malik(HT Archives)

Malik one win away from Olympic qualification; Dhankar, Kadiyan ousted

PTI | , Sofia
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 07:20 PM IST
In his 125kg Qualification bout against Kyrgyzstan's Aiaal Lazarev, Malik was trailing 1-2 till the last 25 seconds but got a push-out point towards the end and won on criteria, when the scores were tied at 2-2.
A health worker prepares a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine during the third phase of vaccination at a school in Chhatarpur, New Delhi, India, on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)
A health worker prepares a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine during the third phase of vaccination at a school in Chhatarpur, New Delhi, India, on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

India's Olympic-bound shooters, coaches, officials receive Covid-19 vaccine

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 07:15 PM IST
The shooters were to get vaccinated before leaving for Zagreb, Croatia on May 11 to participate in the European Championship.
File Photo of Amit Dhankar(Twitter)
File Photo of Amit Dhankar(Twitter)

Dhankar in focus as Indian wrestlers make last attempt to qualify for Olympics

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 12:41 PM IST
Amit Dhankar eyes Tokyo berth as Indian wrestlers make last attempt to qualify for Olympics.
File Photo of a Tokyo Olympics venue(Getty Images)
File Photo of a Tokyo Olympics venue(Getty Images)

Olympics-Tokyo organisers bid to allay Sapporo test event concerns

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 08:03 PM IST
Tokyo Olympic organisers acknowledged on Tuesday that Sapporo residents were concerned about a marathon test event being held in the northern Japanese city amid a rise in COVID-19 case.
File Photo of Tokyo Olympics Torch(Twitter)
File Photo of Tokyo Olympics Torch(Twitter)

Olympic torch relay detour; diving test event opens in Tokyo

PTI | , Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 11:25 AM IST
A leg of the relay on Okinawa's resort island of Miyakojima set for Sunday has been canceled altogether with cases surging in Japan. Other legs on Okinawa will take place.
File Photo of Mirabai Chanu. (Getty Images)
File Photo of Mirabai Chanu. (Getty Images)

Lifter Mirabai Chanu hopes progress in work leads to Tokyo Olympics medal

By Avishek Roy
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2021 10:53 PM IST
  • Five years on from Rio, Mirabai Chanu is a mature lifter and will go into the Tokyo Olympics better prepared.
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