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Building an efficient system to win Olympic medals: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore speaks to the Hindustan Times on several issues ranging from age-fraud to Tokyo Olympics.
File image of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.(Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times)
File image of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.(Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 11, 2019 10:32 AM IST
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Pune | ByAbhishek Paul

Key lessons for the Indian hockey team

Instead of mourning over the loss at the recently concluded World Cup, India should start preparing for other tournaments, says former hockey stalwart Sardar Singh.
Instead of reacting to the quarter-final loss, India should look forward to future competitions like the next World Cup and a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says former Indian captain Sardar Singh(Odisha government)
Instead of reacting to the quarter-final loss, India should look forward to future competitions like the next World Cup and a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says former Indian captain Sardar Singh(Odisha government)
Updated on Dec 24, 2018 03:15 PM IST
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Bajrang Punia eyes medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Revealing more about his plans for the Tokyo Olympics, the Asian Games gold-medallist said that he is currently focused on performing well in the 2019 Wrestling World Championship
File image: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia reacts after winning the World Championship 2018 semifinal match in Budapest.(PTI)
File image: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia reacts after winning the World Championship 2018 semifinal match in Budapest.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 21, 2018 05:46 PM IST
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Georgia | ByANI

Time for India to move on

The Hockey World Cup is over, but there are many more tournaments to look forward to, says former hockey stalwart Sardar Singh.
It’s time to erase the disappointment of the Hockey World Cup by winning lots of matches in the future, says Sardar Singh.(Odisha government)
It’s time to erase the disappointment of the Hockey World Cup by winning lots of matches in the future, says Sardar Singh.(Odisha government)
Updated on Dec 20, 2018 02:55 PM IST
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Tata Open: Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan handed top billing

Sharan, who briefly became India’s number one doubles pair, and veteran Bopanna recently joined forces, keeping in mind the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
File image of Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna.(IPTL Image)
File image of Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna.(IPTL Image)
Updated on Dec 19, 2018 05:35 PM IST
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Pune | ByPTI

With Olympic boxing on the ropes, Japan fighters fear dashed dreams

The International Olympic Committee said last month it was suspending preparations for boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Games over governance concerns, leaving Japanese boxers in limbo.
This picture taken on December 7, 2018 shows amateur boxers attending a boxing training session at Takushoku University in Hachioji. - The International Olympic Committee said this month it was suspending preparations for boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Games over governance concerns(AFP)
This picture taken on December 7, 2018 shows amateur boxers attending a boxing training session at Takushoku University in Hachioji. - The International Olympic Committee said this month it was suspending preparations for boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Games over governance concerns(AFP)
Updated on Dec 19, 2018 12:48 PM IST
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Hachioji (Japan) | ByAFP

Tattoos still give Japan the needle as 2020 Tokyo Olympics loom

Tattoos still provoke deep-rooted suspicion in Japan as the country prepares to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Tattoos still provoke deep-rooted suspicion in Japan as the country prepares to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.(Photo by Natalie Rhea Riggs on Unsplash)
Tattoos still provoke deep-rooted suspicion in Japan as the country prepares to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.(Photo by Natalie Rhea Riggs on Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 17, 2018 06:28 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse | ByAgence France-Presse, Tokyo

Hockey World Cup: Asian players don’t want to be defenders because of lack of recognition - Japan coach

Though Japan have not qualified for the World Cup since the 2006 edition, the 59-year-old is quite confident that his fast-rising team will be on the podium at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at home.
India's captain Manpreet Singh controls the ball against Canada during the field hockey group stage match between India and Canada at the 2018 Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on December 8, 2018(AFP)
India's captain Manpreet Singh controls the ball against Canada during the field hockey group stage match between India and Canada at the 2018 Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on December 8, 2018(AFP)
Published on Dec 11, 2018 09:12 PM IST
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Bhubaneswar | BySandip Sikdar

Hockey World Cup: Surender Kumar wary of Belgium attack

Avoiding late goals is one of areas Indian team has worked on and it will be put to test against strong teams like Belgium on Sunday.
Surender Kumar is wary of Belgium attack and what they can do.(Getty Images)
Surender Kumar is wary of Belgium attack and what they can do.(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 01, 2018 04:59 PM IST
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Bhubaneswar | BySaurabh Duggal

Hockey World Cup 2018: Champions Australia survive Ireland test in World Cup opener

For Australia, hoping to become the first nation to win three successive titles, Friday’s match will be a wake-up call. Half of their side is playing for the first time in the World Cup, with the aim of preparing them for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Australia's players celebrate after scoring a goal during the field hockey group stage match between Australia and Ireland at the 2018 Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on November 30, 2018(AFP)
Australia's players celebrate after scoring a goal during the field hockey group stage match between Australia and Ireland at the 2018 Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on November 30, 2018(AFP)
Updated on Nov 30, 2018 08:32 PM IST
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Bhubaneswar | BySaurabh Duggal

Artistic Gymnastics World Cup: Dipa Karmakar claims bronze in vault event

Dipa Karmakar, who had an injury-marred campaign at the Asian Games, scored 14.316 to secure the bronze in the tournament, which is also a part of the eight-event qualifying system for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Dipa Karmakar participates at the Rio Olympics 2016.(HT Photo)
Dipa Karmakar participates at the Rio Olympics 2016.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2018 10:27 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPTI

On comeback trail, Li Xuerui eyes 2020 Tokyo Olympics high

Li Xuerui is aiming a top finish at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships here in her maiden appearance despite the presence of India’s Saina Nehwal.
Xuerui Li of China celebrates a point win over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand.
Xuerui Li of China celebrates a point win over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand.
Updated on Nov 22, 2018 08:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | BySharad Deep

Nozomi Okuhara downs Ratchanok Intanon in Hong Kong Open final

Nozumi Okuhara went on to say that she would spend the next year working to secure her place at next year’s Olympics alongside world number two Akane Yamaguchi.
Japan's Nozomi Okuhara hits a return against Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon during their women's singles final.(AFP)
Japan's Nozomi Okuhara hits a return against Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon during their women's singles final.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 18, 2018 04:51 PM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAFP

World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom, Sarita spearhead Indian challenge

MC Mary Kom and Laishram Sarita Devi are strong contenders for the gold in their respective weight categories in what is possibly the last world championships of both their careers.
Mary Kom will compete in the 48 kilogram category at World Boxing Championships.(HT Photo)
Mary Kom will compete in the 48 kilogram category at World Boxing Championships.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2018 09:27 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByIndo Asian News Service

Boxing will survive the test of time: Billy Walsh

Currently touring India with the US team, Billy Walsh is optimistic that boxing will survive the current impasse that has put the sport’s future in doubt for the Tokyo Olympics.
As head coach of Ireland boxing, Billy Walsh has taken the sport to new heights in his native country.(Getty Images)
As head coach of Ireland boxing, Billy Walsh has taken the sport to new heights in his native country.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 11:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAvishek Roy

Gold is gold, silver is silver - second-best will not do for this champ, says Satish Kumar, super heavy-weight

He feel that the boxers do not get the level of support they should be getting.
Sathish Kumar during the practice session of National level boxing championship in Pune on Tuesday.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/ HT PHOTO)
Sathish Kumar during the practice session of National level boxing championship in Pune on Tuesday.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/ HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 31, 2018 04:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByPranav Shahaney

Christine takes four-shot lead at halfway mark

Christine is now driven by the desire to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and a strong finish at the DLF Golf and Country Club will further her cause.
File picture of Christine Wolf(Getty Images)
File picture of Christine Wolf(Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 20, 2018 08:44 AM IST
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Gurgaon | ByRobin Bose

Eye on Tokyo Olympics 2020, Dutee Chand to train abroad

Dutee Chand, who improved on her national record to clock 11.29s in June, bagged silver in 100m and 200m at the Jakarta Asian Games.
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand speaks during a press conference in Hyderabad.(AP)
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand speaks during a press conference in Hyderabad.(AP)
Updated on Oct 04, 2018 07:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

Hockey India drops its High Performance Director David John from selection panel

In a letter to his Secretary General Rajinder Singh, the HI chief said John will not be a part of the selection committee which will pick the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup in November-December.
File picture of the Indian men’s hockey team(AFP)
File picture of the Indian men’s hockey team(AFP)
Published on Oct 02, 2018 09:09 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPTI

Sachin Tendulkar inspired me to make comeback after Commonwealth Games snub: Sardar Singh

Sardar Singh was eager to continue till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but destiny had other plans as he called time at 32, after a disappointing Asian Games campaign where India failed to defend its title.
Sardar Singh announced his retirement from the international hockey, for giving 12 long years in the service of the game.(PTI)
Sardar Singh announced his retirement from the international hockey, for giving 12 long years in the service of the game.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2018 08:01 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Indian coaches not good enough to produce Olympic champions: Vinesh Phogat

Winner of gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, Vinesh who clinched the top spot in Jakarta in the 50kg category, said she was scouting for a personal coach in a bid to bring home a medal from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Vinesh Phogat celebrates after winning the gold medal in women's freestyle 50 kg wrestling at the 2018 Asian Games.(PTI)
Vinesh Phogat celebrates after winning the gold medal in women's freestyle 50 kg wrestling at the 2018 Asian Games.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 11, 2018 08:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySharad Deep

Funds for 2020 Olympics will be distributed with surgical precision: Rathore

Speaking on the sidelines of a function to felicitate medal winners of the recently-concluded 18th Asian Games in Indonesia, Rathore elaborated on the initiatives, that he feels, have put India on the path of becoming a sporting powerhouse.
Indian sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore(AFP)
Indian sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore(AFP)
Updated on Sep 05, 2018 04:57 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPTI

Asian Games 2018: Brother’s sacrifice pays the dividend

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 02, 2018 10:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNavneet Singh

Asian Games 2018: India beat Pakistan 2-1, win bronze in men’s hockey

The Indian team, which has been unbeaten in nine matches against their archrivals, showed some nerves as it came out for the bronze medal match, in which it had to survive some nerve-wrecking moments in the fourth and last quarter.
India took the lead in the match against Pakistan in third minute through Akashdeep Singh.(AP)
India took the lead in the match against Pakistan in third minute through Akashdeep Singh.(AP)
Updated on Sep 01, 2018 11:44 PM IST
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Jakarta | BySharad Deep

Asian Games: Indian women go down to Japan in hockey, clinch silver

India were playing in the final for the first time since 1998, when they had finished runners-up to South Korea. The Indian women’s team had finished with the bronze medal in 2006 and 2014.
Jakarta: Japanese players celebrate after scoring a goal against India in the women's hockey final match at the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Aug 31, 2018.(PTI)
Jakarta: Japanese players celebrate after scoring a goal against India in the women's hockey final match at the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Aug 31, 2018.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 31, 2018 08:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Asian Games 2018 loss is big setback, road to Olympics is lot tougher now, says hockey coach Harendra Singh

It was a heartbreak for the Indian men’s hockey team as they went down to Malaysia 6-7 in the penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals at the Asian Games 2018 on Thursday.
India's players react after losing to Malaysia during the men's field hockey semi-final match at Asian Games 2018.(AFP)
India's players react after losing to Malaysia during the men's field hockey semi-final match at Asian Games 2018.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 30, 2018 09:51 PM IST
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Jakarta | ByPress Trust of India

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 organizers say venue delays won’t hit test events

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced last month construction of the Olympic Aquatics Center and the Sea Forest Waterway will be delayed by two months.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot
Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot "Miraitowa," left, and Paralympic mascot "Someity" celebrate during the countdown event of Tokyo 2020.(AP)
Updated on Jul 28, 2018 05:16 PM IST
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Associated Press, Tokyo, | ByAssociated Press

Tokyo introduces futuristic mascots for 2020 Olympics

The official mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled at a ceremony in Tokyo. The mascot for the Olympics is named Miraitowa while the Paralympic mascot will be known as Someity.
Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike introudce the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa and Paralympic mascot Someity.(REUTERS)
Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike introudce the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa and Paralympic mascot Someity.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 22, 2018 10:39 AM IST
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Tokyo | ByAgence France-Presse

Indian professional golf tour, PGTI, to be eligible for world ranking points

The Official World Golf Ranking board’s decision allows Indian players to earn vital points in the domestic circuit that is key to qualifying for major tournaments, including the Olympics.
The decision was ratified by the Official World Golf Ranking board on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
The decision was ratified by the Official World Golf Ranking board on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 20, 2018 11:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Carnoustie (Scotland) | ByJoy Chakravarty

Wrestler Sakshi Malik eyes Asian Games gold, targets Tokyo Olympics

A surprise bronze medallist at Rio Olympics two years ago, Sakshi Malik is confident she has enough fight in her to compete at world level and mount a strong challenge at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.(Getty Images)
Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 18, 2018 04:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySandip Sikdar
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