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A file photo of Bajrang Punia.(AP) PREMIUM

For Bajrang Punia, it’s never over till it’s over

By Avishek Roy, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2021 10:32 PM IST
  • World No 1 wrestler in 65kg, Bajrang Punia’s frenetic explosion of action on the mat will be crucial in his bid to win a medal in Tokyo.
Karmakar is one of the only five women who’ve successfully landed the Produnova(PHOTO: INSTAGRAM)
Karmakar is one of the only five women who’ve successfully landed the Produnova(PHOTO: INSTAGRAM)

I’m excited to be back on the mat, says Dipa Karmakar

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Navneet Vyasan
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 07:50 PM IST
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar feels India has a strong contingent for the Tokyo Olympics with a remarkably consistent track record backing them
Ayaka Takahashi(olympics.bwfbadminton.com)
Ayaka Takahashi(olympics.bwfbadminton.com)

Japan’s Olympic doubles champion Ayaka Takahashi announces retirement

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 12:12 PM IST
Takahashi and Matsutomo defeated Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the Rio Olympics in 2016 to claim the women’s doubles gold medal and secure their nation’s first ever badminton title.
Goalkeeper Savita of India looks on during the Hockey Women's Pool A match between India and South Africa on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Hockey Centre.(Getty Images)
Goalkeeper Savita of India looks on during the Hockey Women's Pool A match between India and South Africa on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Hockey Centre.(Getty Images)

We were ‘raw’ in Rio but will be a much stronger side in Tokyo: women’s hockey goalkeeper Savita

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 12:57 PM IST
The Indian women’s hockey team had created history when they qualified for Rio Olympics after a gap of 36 years. But that joy was shortlived as they crashed out in the group stages.
Goalkeeper Savita of India looks on during the Hockey Women's Pool A match between India and South Africa on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.(Getty Images)
Goalkeeper Savita of India looks on during the Hockey Women's Pool A match between India and South Africa on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.(Getty Images)

My best is yet to come, want to put Rio Olympics nightmare behind me: Savita

Bengaluru | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 04:44 PM IST
The Indian women’s hockey team had qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after a gap of 36 years but suffered a heartbreaking elimination at the group stage itself.
Hedaya Malak Wahba, Egyptian Taekwondo practitioner and 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist, works out at her home as she trains for the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo, Egypt June 4, 2020. Picture taken June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh(REUTERS)
Hedaya Malak Wahba, Egyptian Taekwondo practitioner and 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist, works out at her home as she trains for the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo, Egypt June 4, 2020. Picture taken June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh(REUTERS)

Taekwondo: Olympic medallist Heday Malak adjusts to training in living room amid Covid-19

Cairo | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 01:54 PM IST
Egypt’s Olympic bronze medallist Hedaya Malak says she imagines her living room is a taekwondo hall as she tries to adjust to training from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep in shape for her third Games.
File image of PV Sindhu.(AP)
File image of PV Sindhu.(AP)

Former Indian players can double up as coaches to handle paucity of foreign coaches: PV Sindhu

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 06:12 PM IST
The Olympic silver-medallist was addressing the newly-appointed Assistant Directors of the Sports Authority of India through an online session.
(Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)
(Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Ghar ka khaana lifts my mood like magic, says wrestler Vinesh Phogat

Hindustan Times | By Pooja Bhula
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2020 09:58 PM IST
The 26-year-old medallist adds that the injury that forced her to bow out of the Rio Olympics taught her a lot, forced her gaze inwards, made her stronger.
Representational image.(BWF)
Representational image.(BWF)

No plans to change Tokyo qualification period because of coronavirus: BWF

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2020 05:26 PM IST
Many top players such as two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, London bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and Rio Olympics quarterfinalist Kidambi Srikanth are racing against time to book their ticket to Tokyo.
File image of Sakshi Malik.(Getty Images)
File image of Sakshi Malik.(Getty Images)

Sakshi Malik settles for silver at the Asian Wrestling Championship

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 08:35 PM IST
Sakshi did not make a successful start to her campaign as she lost her opening match to Japan’s Ruike. However, she quickly redeemed herself to beat Korea’s Ohyoung Ha by technical superiority which helped her reach the semi-final.
File image of Abhinav Bindra.(Getty Images)
File image of Abhinav Bindra.(Getty Images)

Indian shooters have realistic shot at winning medals at Tokyo Olympics: Abhinav Bindra

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 06:25 PM IST
The number of Olympic quotas stands at a record 15 after a highly successful 2019 that saw Indian shooters top all the Rifle-Pistol World Cups and the season-ending World Cup Finals. This was after they drew a blank at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin, Iran’s only female Olympic medallist.(AP Photo)
Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin, Iran’s only female Olympic medallist.(AP Photo)

‘Used by authorities’: Iran’s only female Olympic medallist has ‘defected’

Dubai | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 07:51 AM IST
Taekwondo champion Kimia Alizadeh, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, implied in an Instagram post that she had moved to Europe.
File image of India hockey player Sunita Lakra.(ANI/ Twitter)
File image of India hockey player Sunita Lakra.(ANI/ Twitter)

Sunita Lakra announces retirement from international hockey

New Delhi | By ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 01:29 PM IST
The 28-year-old defender has been a vital member of the Indian squad since 2008. She represented the country in the last Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics.(Getty Images)
Tokyo Olympics.(Getty Images)

Rio Games judges barred; display of Rd scores in Tokyo

New Delhi | By Navneet Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 10:55 AM IST
The decision was taken by the Boxing Task Force (BTF) constituted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to conduct the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers and the boxing competition at the 2020 Olympics.

I cried, slept and cried again: Vinesh Phogat on Rio injury

By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 07:55 AM IST
The 25-year-old also took a leap of faith after switching to 53kg from 50kg ahead of the World Championships.
File image of PR Sreejesh in action.(Hockey India)
File image of PR Sreejesh in action.(Hockey India)

PR Sreejesh opens up on retirement talks, says ‘not planning anything yet’

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2019 06:33 PM IST
At 33, Sreejesh is at the twilight of his career but the lanky custodian from Kerala has not planned anything yet about his future.
United States women's hockey team head coach Janneke Schopman (R) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Marine Sjoerd (L) as the two captains Rani Rampal of India and Kathleen Sharkey of the US look on.(PTI)
United States women's hockey team head coach Janneke Schopman (R) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Marine Sjoerd (L) as the two captains Rani Rampal of India and Kathleen Sharkey of the US look on.(PTI)

Apprentices the key in the battle of Dutch masters

BHUBANESWAR | By B Shrikant
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 01:26 PM IST
As the Sjoerd Marijne-coached India take on the Janneke Schopman-trained US team in a do-or-die clash for both, the hosts would be hoping to forget the disappointment of the failed Olympic bid at the Jakarta Asian Games last year.
Representational Image.(Twitter)
Representational Image.(Twitter)

Olympic boxing trials new judging system to ‘regain trust’

Tokyo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 07:07 PM IST
The new system, where judges’ scoring is updated in real time on a screen, will be tested at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium, where the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition will be held.
Xuerui Li of China(Getty Images)
Xuerui Li of China(Getty Images)

Ex-Olympic champion Li Xuerui bids adieu to int’l badminton

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 07:05 AM IST
The 28-year-old Chinese shuttler won the gold medal in London Olympics in 2012 where she defeated Wang Yihan in the final in three games.
Dalilah Muhammad of USA(Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Dalilah Muhammad of USA(Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Six Tokyo Olympic contenders post Doha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shijith P Kunhitty
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 08:59 AM IST
Here’s our list of six athletes who can blaze through records at the 2020 Games—each of their winning marks in Doha is better than the mark that fetched gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Sakshi Malik with her bronze medal during the Rio Olympics.(PTI)
Sakshi Malik with her bronze medal during the Rio Olympics.(PTI)

Sakshi Malik dropped from Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), wrestler Ravi Dahiya included

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 05:17 PM IST
Sakshi, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been struggling for long and has been dropped from the Scheme. She had crashed out in the opening round of the 62kg women’s category in Nur-Sultan.
File photo of Kento Momota.(AP)
File photo of Kento Momota.(AP)

Japan’s Kento Momota wins Korea Open

Seoul | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2019 02:23 PM IST
Momota, with over 300 wins under his belt, saw his career descend into controversy in 2016 when he was suspended for more than a year for visiting an illegal casino.
Vinesh Phogat shows her bronze medal at the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.(PTI)
Vinesh Phogat shows her bronze medal at the Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.(PTI)

Used frustration of last Olympics to motivate myself: Vinesh Phogat after winning World Championship medal

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 07:58 PM IST
Vinesh was one of India’s biggest hopes going into the 2016 Rio Olympics. But she had to end her campaign in tears in the quarter-finals when a career-threatening knee injury forced her to be stretchered off the mat.
Dipa Karmakar (IND) of India competes on the floor exercise during the women's qualifications(REUTERS)
Dipa Karmakar (IND) of India competes on the floor exercise during the women's qualifications(REUTERS)

Amid row, fresh gymnastics trials for world meet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Navneet Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2019 09:18 AM IST
Although Dipa Karmakar’s impressive showing in the 2016 Rio Olympics shone a light on Indian gymnastics, uncertainty has ruled the sport since the sports ministry derecognised the federation because of factionalism.
File image of PV Sindhu(REUTERS)
File image of PV Sindhu(REUTERS)

Up to players if they want to take up coaching in future: PV Sindhu

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 11:48 PM IST
Indian national coach Pullela Gopichand had recently said that current crop of players moving into coaching once they are done with their playing careers would help in solving the problem of a lack of indigenous coaches.
India's gold-medallist Pusarla V. Sindhu after winning her women's singles final match against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland(AP)
India's gold-medallist Pusarla V. Sindhu after winning her women's singles final match against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland(AP)

PV Sindhu scripts history: Five greatest wins of Indian shuttler’s career

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2019 07:10 PM IST
PV Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final on Sunday.
Sakshi Malik, a wrestler who represented India during Rio Olympics and won the bronze medal, practises at her residence.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Sakshi Malik, a wrestler who represented India during Rio Olympics and won the bronze medal, practises at her residence.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Sakshi Malik and the art of fighting back

Hindustan Times, Rohtak | By Avishek Roy
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 10:36 AM IST
Not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions in the Rio Olympics, Sakshi clamped shut the jaws of defeat and emerged with her neck intact and a bronze medal draped around it.
File image of PV Sindhu(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
File image of PV Sindhu(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Sindhu, Sameer make impressive starts at Australian Open

Sydney | By PTI
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 05:56 PM IST
World No 5 Sindhu, a silver medallist at Rio Olympics and 2017 and 2018 World championship, defeated Indonesia’s Choirunnisa 21-14 21-9 in a lop-sided contest in women’s singles.
File image of Eunice Kirwa.(Twitter)
File image of Eunice Kirwa.(Twitter)

Olympic marathon silver medallist Kirwa suspended for doping

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 05:17 PM IST
Kenyan-born Kirwa, who switched allegiance to Bahrain in 2013 and finished second at the Rio Olympics in 2016, tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO), a banned blood-boosting hormone that improves endurance.
Image for representation(Getty Images)
Image for representation(Getty Images)

Boxing chiefs hit out at IOC over Tokyo threat

Gold Coast | By AFP
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2019 02:44 PM IST
A decision on whether it will run the boxing programme in Tokyo is set to be made on May 22. If barred, the IOC has said it will step in to ensure the sport still appears in the Japanese capital.
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