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India set to host its maiden WBC India Championship


New Delhi: In a major milestone, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has endorsed the Indian Championship fight between the country's two top women boxers -- Chandni Mehra and Suman Kumari -- which will take place in Jalandhar, Punjab on May 1. The winner of the fight, which is part of the LZ Promotions India Unleashed-Fight...

Japan organizers may postpone Olympic fan limit decision


Tokyo: Tokyo Olympic organizers are considering delaying the decision on how many spectators will be allowed to enter venues as the country struggles with another wave of coronavirus infections. The organising committee may make the decision in June instead of drawing up a basic policy on capacity by the end of April. The organizers need to...

Mishra’s four-wicket haul powers DC to win over MI


Chennai: Leg-spinner Amit Mishra's four wickets for 24 runs helped Delhi Capitals (DC) ease to a six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in an Indian Premier League match here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The win put DC second on the points table, just behind Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). While both teams have six points,...

Tokyo marks 100 days to go until Olympics amid Covid spike


Tokyo: Tokyo marked 100 days to go until the postponed Olympics amid lingering uncertainty over whether the Games can be staged safely amid the Covid-19 pandemic.   The Olympic host city has been under a month-long semi-state of emergency over the pandemic amid a growing number of new infections.   "During this period, we will put our efforts...

Hockey legend Balbir Singh jr passes away at 88


New Delhi: Balbir Singh Junior, who was part of the Indian hockey team that won silver at the 1958 Asian Games, has passed away at the age of 88. The hockey great played alongside the likes of Balbir Singh Donsanjh, popularly known as Balbir Singh Senior, as well as Leslie Claudius, Prithipal Singh, Balkishan and...

Babar ends Kohli’s reign as No.1 ODI batsman


New Delhi: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has climbed to the No.1 spot in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) rankings for ODI batsmen, thus ending his India counterpart Virat Kohli's nearly three and a half year reign at the top of the rankings. Babar's player of the match effort of an 82-ball 94 in Pakistan's third...

Sailor Kumanan makes history, qualifies for Tokyo


Mussanah (Oman): Chennai-based Nethra Kumanan created history, becoming the first Indian woman sailor to secure an Olympic quota place by taking an unassailable lead in the Laser Radial event in the Mussanah Open Championship on Wednesday. Thanks to Kumanan's massive 21-point lead over her closest competitor, all that the 22-year-old needs to do on Thursday...

England done and dusted, now the IPL


The Indian cricket team has done magnificently well with their resounding win over England in all formats of the game. The Test series was important since a convincing series win was required for India to qualify for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in June. India, having lost the first Test match, came...

Fresh Covid cases in Europe hit athletes’ training plans


New Delhi: Travel restrictions and a spike in coronavirus cases across Europe has temporarily halted exposure-cum-competition plan for the core group of Indian athletes, says Adille Sumariwalla, president of the Indian Athletics Federation. "It's a worrying factor. We had plans to send Olympic hopefuls to Europe soon after the National Federation Cup athletics meet (that...