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Olympic Games: India’s top medal contenders


New Delhi: India is sending its largest-ever 228-member strong contingent to the Tokyo Olympics in the hope of bettering its medals haul over previous Games. With 120 athletes competing across 85 events, the country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton. India returned with a meagre two medals from the 2016 Rio...

No fans, fewer athletes: Tokyo Olympics set for unusual start


Tokyo: One of the strangest Olympics in history will get off to an equally unusual start when the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony takes place in front of thousands of empty seats on Friday. Just 1,000 dignitaries will be present at the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium for the traditional extravaganza, usually a time of celebration for the...

Chahar’s fighting 69 helps India win series against Sri Lanka


Colombo: Pace bowler Deepak Chahar hammered 69 off 82 deliveries and shared an unbeaten 84-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bring India back from the dead and win the second One-day International by three wickets for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Sri Lanka had made 275/9 in their...

England name Robinson, Hameed in squad for India Tests


London: Pace bowler Ollie Robinson, who was recently caught in a racism controversy, has been picked in England's 17-member squad for the first two Tests against India next month. Fast bowler Jofra Archer, however, was left out as he is yet to fully recover from elbow injury. The squad also includes opener Haseeb Hameed...

India to host Australia, New Zealand in next WTC cycle


New Delhi: The Indian cricket team will play two tough away series at the start of their 2021-2023 World Test Championship 2 (WTC) campaign, beginning with a five-Test series in England from August 4 and then in South Africa, also this year. However, beyond that India will have it a bit easy as they play...

Sindhu to start campaign against Polikarpova Ksenia of Israel


New Delhi:  World champion PV Sindhu will open her campaign in the Tokyo Olympics against Polikarpova Ksenia of Israel on July 25. Sindhu, who had lost to Spain's Carolina Marin in the 2016 Olympics final, has been clubbed in an easy Group J, also comprising Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi. Ngan Yi is ranked 34th in the...

India launches official cheer song for Tokyo-bound contingent


New Delhi: Sports Minister, Anurag Thakur, launched the official cheer song for the Tokyo-bound Indian contingent in a virtual event. The song, titled 'Hindustani Way', has been sung by young pop singer Ananya Birla and composed by veteran Indian music composer AR Rahman. Besides Thakur, Rahman and Ananya, the others present on the occasion were...

Don’t get bogged down by expectations: Modi tells athletes


Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Tokyo Olympics-bound Indian sportspersons not to get bogged down by the pressure of huge expectations and try and put up their best performance without bothering about the results. "Don't take the pressure of winning, just tell yourself one thing that we will do our best. I will...

Ahead of T20 WC, India lags behind in preparation as a unit


New Delhi: Even as other cricketing nations are learning to gel as a team ahead of the T20 World Cup in October-November by playing multiple limited-overs games, especially T20 Internationals, the Indians are banking on a hastily-arranged tour of Sri Lanka and the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to get into...