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Ronaldinho, Robinho to lead Brazil

Ronaldinho and Robinho will try to lead Brazil to their first Olympic gold medal in football at the Beijing Games.
Agencies | By HT Correspondent, Sao Paulo
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2008 11:05 PM IST

Ronaldinho and Robinho will try to lead Brazil to their first Olympic gold medal in football at the Beijing Games.

Ronaldinho, Robinho and 16 other players were summoned by coach Dunga on Monday, 15 days before the squad is scheduled to begin its preparation for the tournament. The Olympics is the only significant title Brazil have never won. The Brazilians won the silver medal twice, in 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul. It won the bronze in 1996 in Atlanta.

Dunga picked Fluminense defender Thiago Silva as the third allowable player older than 23 in the roster, in addition to Ronaldinho and Robinho.

Rowers to train in Shanghai

New Delhi: The three-member Olympic-bound Indian rowing team will leave for Shanghai on Wednesday for a 20-day practice stint in preparation for the Beijing Games next month.

They will proceed to Beijing after the stint to get acclimatised to the conditions in the Chinese capital before the rowing events start from August 9 to 17.

The three rowers — Bajrang Lal Takhar (Single Sculler [M1X]), Manjit Singh and Devender Kumar Khandwal (Light Weight Double Scullers [LM2X]) accompanied by coach Ismail Baig, will leave on Wednesday night from Hyderabad.

Sunitha ready for Games

New Delhi: She might not be sizzling on the ITF circuit these days but Sunitha Rao reckons her consistent performance has prepared her well for the big occasion — the Beijing Olympics — where she will pair up with Sania Mirza to compete in the women's doubles event.

Sania and Sunitha have been given a wild card entry into next month's quadrennial extravaganza by the International Tennis Federation. "I feel I am prepared to play. I play against these girls on a regular basis anyway and I believe in myself, so I think I'll do well," Sunitha said from the United States.

Badminton dates advanced

New Delhi: The Badminton World Federation has advanced the date of the draw for badminton competition of the Olympics next month from August 4 to July 26 with an eye to ensure better television coverage.

Torres withdraws

Omaha (Nebraska): American Dara Torres, who is the oldest member of the U.S. swimming team, has dropped the 100-metre freestyle from the events she will compete in at Beijing. The 41-year-old Torres was the surprise of the trials when she qualified for her fifth Olympics.

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