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Lin Dan celebrates after defeating Sameer Verma of India.(Getty Images)

Olympics postponed, Lin Dan calls time on glorious career

By Sandip Sikdar | NEW DELHI
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2020 11:47 PM IST
With the Tokyo Games delayed by a year, Lin Dan realised it would be too much to ask of his 36-year-old body, becoming the latest retirement—and probably the biggest—caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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This picture taken on October 21, 2019 shows a logo during a logo presentation ceremony for Paris 2024 Olympic Games.(AFP)
This picture taken on October 21, 2019 shows a logo during a logo presentation ceremony for Paris 2024 Olympic Games.(AFP)

Paris 2024 organisers vow to not change Olympic ‘DNA’

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 09:36 PM IST
Tony Estanguet, in a conference call Wednesday, added that his committee would not bow to external criticism to change the DNA of the Summer Games in four years’ time.
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File image of Sun Yang.(AP)
File image of Sun Yang.(AP)

Banned Chinese swimmer Sun Yang lodges appeal with Swiss federal court: Report

By Reuters | London
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 11:31 AM IST
Swimming World said the three-times Olympic champion’s appeal had been registered by the Swiss federal court on April 29.
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A woman walks into the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal.(REUTERS)
A woman walks into the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal.(REUTERS)

WADA wants answers after banned Sun’s ‘Olympic training call-up’

By AFP | Shanghai
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 11:37 AM IST
Unless he is successful with an appeal, the 28-year-old will not be eligible for the Tokyo Games in 2021 and his career is effectively over.
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Great Britain's Mo Farah during the press conference.(Action Images via Reuters)
Great Britain's Mo Farah during the press conference.(Action Images via Reuters)

Mo Farah caught up in controversy over 2014 London Marathon injection

By Agence France-Presse | London
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2020 04:05 PM IST
The four-time Olympic champion had been asked by USADA whether he had been injected with L-carnitine, a naturally occurring amino acid, as part of its investigation into his former coach Alberto Salazar.
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Snell was the first man since 1920 to win the 800 and 1,500 at the same Olympics. No male athlete has done so since.(Getty Images)
Snell was the first man since 1920 to win the 800 and 1,500 at the same Olympics. No male athlete has done so since.(Getty Images)

Olympic mile, 800-meter champion Peter Snell dead at 80

By AP | Wellington
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 09:56 AM IST
Snell, who is regarded as one of the greatest middle-distance runners, won the 800 meters at the 1960 Rome Olympics aged 21, and the 800-1,500 double at the 1964 Tokyo Games.
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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, celebrates after a successful attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna, Austria, October 12, 2019.(REUTERS)
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, celebrates after a successful attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna, Austria, October 12, 2019.(REUTERS)

Eliud Kipchoge breaks mythical two-hour marathon barrier

By Dharmendra | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2019 10:52 AM IST
On a specially prepared course inside the vast Prater Park in Vienna—part of the Vienna Marathon’s course also runs through the park—Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge finished the marathon distance of 42.195km in 1hr 59 min 40.2 seconds.
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Sumit Nagal returns to Roger Federer during the first round of US Open.(AP)
Sumit Nagal returns to Roger Federer during the first round of US Open.(AP)

Sumit Nagal: Not a product of system but despite it

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 06:10 PM IST
Taking a set against the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) at a Grand Slam is bound to attract attention. No wonder, people from all walks of life including sporting greats have suddenly started talking about Nagal and Indian tennis.
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HS Prannoy defeated Lin Dan in the World Championships.(Twitter)
HS Prannoy defeated Lin Dan in the World Championships.(Twitter)

Prannoy, Praneeth march into pre-quarters of World Championships

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 11:13 PM IST
H S Prannoy stunned multiple-time Olympic and world champion Lin Dan in a hard-fought match while Sai Praneeth outplayed Lee Dong Keun to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the World Championships.
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China's Sun Yang waves as he leave the pool following the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Friday, July 26, 2019.(AP)
China's Sun Yang waves as he leave the pool following the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Friday, July 26, 2019.(AP)

‘I’m just protecting athletes’, insists China swim star Sun

By Agence France-Presse | Gwangju, South Korea
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 09:57 AM IST
After reclaiming his 400 and 200 metres freestyle world titles earlier this week, both Australia’s Mack Horton and Briton Duncan Scott staged dramatic podium protests, refusing to shake Sun’s hand, provoking a furious reaction from triple Olympic champion.
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South Africa's Caster Semenya before the women's 800m.(REUTERS)
South Africa's Caster Semenya before the women's 800m.(REUTERS)

Caster Semenya denies she refused to run in Rabat, blames event organiser

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2019 01:39 AM IST
Semenya was free to run after Switzerland’s top court on Wednesday rejected an IAAF request to re-impose rules obliging her to lower her testosterone before competing in certain events.
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File image of Caster Semenya(REUTERS)
File image of Caster Semenya(REUTERS)

Caster Semenya loses case against IAAF

By Dhamini Ratnam & Rudraneil Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2019 10:00 AM IST
A three-member panel of judges at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the appeal in a complicated judgement that called the rules ‘discriminatory’ but also ‘necessary’.
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Caroline Wozniacki(AP)
Caroline Wozniacki(AP)

Wozniacki and Keys to meet for Charleston title

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2019 10:05 AM IST
Dane Wozniacki, showing confidence after a recent illness, defeated Martic 6-3 6-4 before American Keys turned back Monica Puig 6-4 6-0 in a semi-final that was delayed for more than an hour by rain.
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Srikanth Kidambi plays a shot against Chinese Huang Yuxiang.(PTI)
Srikanth Kidambi plays a shot against Chinese Huang Yuxiang.(PTI)

Malaysia Open: Kidambi Srikanth seals quarterfinal spot, PV Sindhu loses

By Press Trust of India | Kuala Lumpur
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 05:29 PM IST
PV Sindhu blew a 13-10 advantage in the opening game to go down rather meekly 18-21 7-21 to world No 10 Sung Ji Hyun for her third straight defeat to the Korean.
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File image of Sai Praneeth.(AFP)
File image of Sai Praneeth.(AFP)

Sai Praneeth stuns Olympic champion to move to Swiss Open final

By PTI | Basel
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 11:48 PM IST
World number 22 Praneeth initially faced stiff resistance from the former Chinese world number one and Rio Olympic gold medallist Chen Long before prevailing 21-18, 21-13 in the semi-final clash.
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File photo of Dipa Karmakar.(AP)
File photo of Dipa Karmakar.(AP)

Just go for very short training abroad: Nadia Comaneci advice for Dipa Karmakar

By PTI | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 11:41 PM IST
Gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci suggests that Dipa Karmakar does not need to change anything or move overseas to be able to challenge for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics but train for a week or two abroad just for a change in environment
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File image of Andy Murray.(AFP)
File image of Andy Murray.(AFP)

Andy Murray could make return after hip surgery, says mother Judy

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2019 01:32 PM IST
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said before his first round exit at the Australian Open last month that the tournament could be his last as a professional due to severe hip pain.
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Andy Murray of Great Britain breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne.(AFP)
Andy Murray of Great Britain breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne.(AFP)

‘The pain is too much’: Tearful Andy Murray says he may retire after Australian Open

By Reuters | Melbourne
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2019 08:10 PM IST
Overcome with emotion, Andy Murray wept at a media conference as he revealed that he had initially planned to quit after playing this year’s Wimbledon tournament but now felt Melbourne Park might end up his swansong.
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FILE PHOTO: Central Coast Mariners' Usain Bolt waves to fans after the match.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Central Coast Mariners' Usain Bolt waves to fans after the match.(REUTERS)

Usain Bolt’s Australian football dream collapses

By AFP | Sydney
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 09:18 AM IST
The eight-time Olympic champion had been trying out with the A-League side for an indefinite period since arriving in August, hoping to fulfil a childhood dream to become a soccer player.
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File image of Usain Bolt.(REUTERS)
File image of Usain Bolt.(REUTERS)

Bolt ‘offered cut-price deal’ in Australia - media

By AFP | Sydney
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2018 09:34 AM IST
The eight-time Olympic champion has been on trial with the A-League side since arriving in August to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
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Usain Bolt applauds the fans after the match.(REUTERS)
Usain Bolt applauds the fans after the match.(REUTERS)

Usain Bolt offered contract by Central Coast Mariners: Report

By Omnisport | Melbourne
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2018 04:31 PM IST
Usain Bolt’s representatives have confirmed to Omnisport that Central Coast Mariners have offered the former sprint star a deal.
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Image for representation(AFP)
Image for representation(AFP)

Olympic champion says WADA ‘bullied’ her over Russia opposition

By AFP | London
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2018 10:54 AM IST
Scott, a Canadian former Olympic cross-country skiing champion, last month resigned from the panel that recommended lifting the ban on RUSADA
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File image of Usain Bolt.(AP)
File image of Usain Bolt.(AP)

Usain Bolt looking to his first football start in Sydney

By AFP | Sydney
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2018 01:04 PM IST
Bolt said the coach of his Central Coast Mariners, Mike Mulvey, had indicated he would be in the starting line-up in a friendly against Macarthur South West United in Sydney.
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Gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge celebrates during the winning ceremony for the 45th Berlin Marathon in Berlin.(AP)
Gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge celebrates during the winning ceremony for the 45th Berlin Marathon in Berlin.(AP)

Kenyan marathon master Eliud Kipchoge smashes world record

By Agence France-Presse | Berlin
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2018 05:55 PM IST
Eliud Kipchoge, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195km race, took 1min 18sec off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto.
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Central Coast Mariners' Usain Bolt in action.(REUTERS)
Central Coast Mariners' Usain Bolt in action.(REUTERS)

Play Usain Bolt in defence, says Spain’s World Cup-winning coach Vicente del Bosque

By Agence France-Presse | Sydney
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2018 11:30 AM IST
Usain Bolt made his debut late last month in a 20-minute cameo as a substitute during a friendly, starting in his favoured left wing position.
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Jakarta: India's Amit Panghal gestures after he was declared winner against Paalam Carlo (unseen) of Philippines in the Men's Light Fly (46-49kg) boxing semifinal bout at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Aug 31, 2018.(PTI)
Jakarta: India's Amit Panghal gestures after he was declared winner against Paalam Carlo (unseen) of Philippines in the Men's Light Fly (46-49kg) boxing semifinal bout at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Aug 31, 2018.(PTI)

Asian Games 2018: Brother’s sacrifice pays the dividend

By Navneet Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2018 10:21 AM IST
Amit’s golden run at the Asian Games once again demonstrates that local, makeshift academies in the country have been laying good foundation across disciplines.
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India's Amit Panghal (in blue) gestures after defeating Uzbekistan's Hasanboy Dusmatov at Asian Games 2018.(PTI)
India's Amit Panghal (in blue) gestures after defeating Uzbekistan's Hasanboy Dusmatov at Asian Games 2018.(PTI)

Asian Games 2018: Amit Panghal beats Olympic champion to win 49kg Boxing gold

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2018 01:32 PM IST
Amit Panghal overcame reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov to clinch the 14th gold medal for India at the Asian Games 2018.
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Eight-time Olympic sprinting gold medallist Usain Bolt is seen during a training session with the Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia, August 28, 2018.(REUTERS)
Eight-time Olympic sprinting gold medallist Usain Bolt is seen during a training session with the Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia, August 28, 2018.(REUTERS)

Nervous Usain Bolt prepares for football debut

By AFP | Sydney
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 11:34 AM IST
The Jamaican is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side
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Usain Bolt is set to train with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners.(AP)
Usain Bolt is set to train with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners.(AP)

Usain Bolt’s demand from Central Coast Mariners - A black Hyundai car

By Agence France-Presse | Sydney
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2018 09:56 AM IST
Central Coast Mariners have agreed to help the eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt achieve his long-held dream, letting him train with the club indefinitely in his pursuit of a playing contract
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India won the gold medal in men’s hockey at the 1948 Olympics.(Getty Images)
India won the gold medal in men’s hockey at the 1948 Olympics.(Getty Images)

This day that year: 70 years ago, India won first Olympic gold after independence

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 04:57 PM IST
The Kishan Lal-led Indian hockey hockey team, depleted by the partition, beat all odds to win 4-0 against Great Britain at the Empire stadium in London (now the Wembley).
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