The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games is the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympics and is known as Lausanne 2020. This is an international multi-sport event for teenagers going to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland starting from 9th January 2020 till 22nd January 2020.Lausanne is the home to the International Olympic Committee who will be organizing the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics with a total participation of 1,880 young elite athletes from all over the world. The opening ceremony of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games will be taking place on 9th January 2020, Thursday at the Vaudoise Aréna stadium in Lausanne, Switzerland.The official mascot of the 2020 Winter Olympics is the Yodle. It was unveiled on 8th January 2019 at the CIG de Malley right before the Lausanne HC and HC Davos match. It has been created by ERACOM and has been inspired by a combination of cow, Saint Bernard dog, and a goat.Regarding the matter of tickets, tickets have to be bought for the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. Apart from this, all the other events would be free to watch.Over 70 nations will be participating in around 81 events at the Stadium Vaudoise Aréna. Following will be the events and the location in which they will take place:Lausanne:Vaudoise Aréna Opening and closing ceremonies Ice hockey finals Figure skating Short Track speed skating Lausanne campus - Olympic village Le Flon – Medal ceremoniesJura: Prémanon, FranceSki jumping Biathlon Nordic Combined Le Brassus - Cross-country SkiingAlps: LeysinSki Freestyle (Halfpipe, Slopestyle)Snowboard (Halfpipe, Slopestyle) Les Diablerets – Alpine skiing Villars-Sur-OllonSki CrossSnowboard CrossSki Mountaineering Champéry – Curling St. MoritzSpeed skatingBobsleighSkeleton LugeMedal ceremoniesRead More: Darts Rules: How To Play Darts | Players and equipment | ScoringThe Youth Olympic Games is going to feature a total of 8 sports and 16 disciplines. The 16 disciplines include Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-country skiing, Curling, Figure skating, Freestyle skiing, Ice hockey, Luge, Nordic combined, Short track speed skating, Skeleton, Ski jumping, Ski mountaineering, Snowboarding, and Speed skating.As of now, Total 73 nations have qualified athletes. About 12 NOC's have been scheduled to make debuts in the Winter Youth Olympics. These include Albania, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Haiti, Hong Kong, Kosovo, North Korea, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkmenistan. This list includes three countries that have never competed at the Adult Winter Olympics and these are Haiti, Qatar and Turkmenistan.Russia has been banned from all the International sports for four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency on 9th December 2019. The decision was taken after it was found that the data given by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency was manipulated by the Russian authorities.The Ski mountaineering is the newest sport that has got the approval for the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. This sport basically includes scaling the mountains on skis and skiing back down. An equal number of male and female athletes will be featured just like in the case of Buenos Aires. Out of the total 81 events, 13 events will be mixed team events (NOCs), 34 men's events, and 34 women's events. The Ski mountaineering and the women's Nordic combined will be featured for the first time in an Olympic event. A mixed-NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament and a women's doubles in luge will also feature for the first time.A total of 1,880 athletes aged between 15 and 18 years will be participating. More than 3,000 volunteers will be there to help in the Games. This time, 2020 Lausanne's venues will be spread across more than one city unlike Buenos Aires 2018. ABOUT THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMESThe Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is a sporting event for young athletes participating from across the world. But, the popular elite event also includes some educational activities focusing at: Protection of the athletes working on enhancing the performance providing assistance to the athletes outside of sportsThe program is based on the Olympic Games. It includes various sports, disciplines including breaking, sport climbing, 3-x-3 basketball, 3-x-3 ice hockey, mixed-gender, and mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) events.There are various activities apart from the sports including interactive activities, workshops, team-building exercises, etc. These activities will help the athletes in exploring the various other cultures, developing various skills, and helping them improve the methods of training as well as performance.The previous Summer Youth Olympic Games held at Buenos Aires in the year 2018 had featured a total of 4,000 athletes and had an achievement in the sphere of gender equality. The previous Winter Youth Olympic Games had taken place in Lillehammer in the year 2016 and had featured a total of 1,100 athletes.Just like the Olympic Games, the YOG are also held every four years. The first summer Youth Olympic Games was held from 14th August till 26th August 2010 in Singapore and the first winter Youth Olympic Games was held from 13th January till 22nd January 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. After this, the next YOG was held in Nanjing, China (in the year 2014), Lillehammer, Norway (in the year 2016) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (in the year 2018). After this, the next Winter YOG is going to be held in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne, in Switzerland in January 2020.The Olympic Channel is going to stream about 300 hours of action that will take place in the 13 days in Lausanne, Switzerland. A Winter YOG channel is made available on the olympicchannel.com, YouTube and various other devices including the Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Android TV, and the Roku.The daily live show will be shown featuring the news, highlights of the events, trending news and stories, the fun interviews and much more on various sources such as Facebook, Twitter, olympicchannel.com. Interestingly, a daily podcast on the Olympic Channel will feature the athlete and famous people interviews.Read More: Upcoming Sports Events in 2020
SYDNEY: Organisers of the women's Olympic soccer qualifying tournament, which quickly relocated to Sydney after the deadly Coronavirus outbreak, were forced to switch matches due to quarantine restrictions imposed on Chinese players.More than 200 people in China have died of the influenza-like virus, with nearly 6,000 infected after it appeared late last year in Wuhan, central Hubei Province.On Thursday, the World Health Organization said the outbreak was a public health emergency.The Chinese women's team arrived in Australia on January 29 and quarantined in Brisbane even after February 5. According to the Chinese Football Association, neither of the players has been positive for the virus.They were originally scheduled to play their first match against Thailand on February 3, but the organizers said on Friday that they will now play their first match on February 6.The Australian Football Confederation said in a statement on Friday that an additional day is already scheduled for February 12, when China will play against Australia."As always, the health of all participants, from players and officials to fans and contractors, remains the first priority," said James Johnson, CEO of the Football Association."This new coordination allows us to organize these matches with this priority in mind, and we now hope to welcome all teams and organize a successful tournament."Many other international sporting events, including boxing championships and the qualification of the basketball for this year's Tokyo Olympics, have been cancelled, postponed or transferred from China. The four-team championship which includes China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand was transferred from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, to Australia by the Asian Football Confederation.Read More: Schedule of Hockey Test Event in the Olympic
The IOC is planning meetings with Japanese public authorities, global sports officials, broadcasters and sponsors that will deal with scenario planning for the Olympics, which are scheduled to start July 24. Canceling the games is not under consideration.It will take the International Olympic Committee up to four weeks to consider postponing the Olympic Games in Tokyo amid increasing criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes Canada, saying it will not send a team to the games this year and the track and field leader, the most important sport in matches that also require delay.The International Olympic Committee is planning meetings with Japanese public authorities, global sports officials, broadcasters and sponsors who will be responsible for planning the Olympic Games scenarios, which are scheduled to begin on July 24. The cancellation of the games is not under consideration.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has sent a message to athletes explaining the decision and why it could take so long while acknowledging that an extended schedule may not be popular."I know this unprecedented situation leaves many of your questions open," he wrote.“I also know that this rational approach may not be consistent with the feelings that many of you must go through.”But just hours after the announcement, World Athletics President Seb Coe sent a message to Bach saying that hosting the Olympics in July "is neither feasible nor desirable".He revealed a number of reasons, including competitive fairness, the possibility that athletes will be overly trained if given a tight schedule, and the uncertainty caused by orders in many countries that ban people from gyms and other training venues."No one wants to postpone the Olympics, but ... We cannot hold the event at any cost, and certainly not at the expense of athletes' safety," he wrote."The decision about the Olympics can become very, very clear." Then on Sunday evening, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that it would not send athletes to Tokyo unless the matches were postponed for a year, making it the first country to threaten such a move. The committee said in a statement that it is not safe for athletes to continue training."In fact, it is against public health councils to urge all Canadians to follow it," the committee said.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also urged the International Olympic Committee to take a speedy decision, adding that the delay would be inevitable if the games were not fully implemented.But it is possible that a decision will not be made before next month.The International Olympic Committee said the scenarios under consideration "relate to amending the current operational plans for the Games to continue on July 24, 2020, as well as changes in the start date of the Games."The change in strategy came after Bach's phone call with members of the Executive Council.Bach has steadfastly said that the organizers are fully committed to opening the games on July 24th although athletic training, qualification events and game preparations are increasingly disrupted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.Criticism of the situation has increased in recent days by Olympic gold medalists and the International Olympic Committee member last Tuesday before Bach finally recognized the possibility of developing an alternative plan.The National Olympic Committees of Brazil and Slovenia later called for a delay until 2021. The Norwegian Olympic Committee said it did not want athletes to go to Tokyo until the global health crisis was brought under control.The governing bodies of swimming in the United States and tracking two of the top three sports in the summer games have asked their national Olympic officials to push for a delay."There is a significant increase in cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 in different countries on different continents," the International Olympic Committee said."This (Council) led to the conclusion that the International Olympic Committee must take the next step in planning its scenario."The International Olympic Committee said last week that nearly 4,700 of the 11,000 Olympic Games venue had not yet been allocated.Bach acknowledged the problems that come with a compact or radically changed classification table, but also outlined several reasons why the IOC was unable to rush to make a decision.It included the availability of venues that are scheduled for use this summer but might not be available at a later time and the disruption of future events in the individual sports.“A decision about a postponement today could not determine a new date for the Olympic Games because of the uncertain developments in both directions: an improvement, as we are seeing in a number of countries thanks to the severe measures being taken, or a deteriorating situation in other countries,” Bach said.Read More: Tokyo Olympics 2020 Updates
Men's World Boxing ChampionshipsIndia lost the rights to host the 2021 Men's World Boxing Championships to Serbia on Tuesday after the International Boxing Association claimed that the national federation had not paid host fees, which claimed that AIBA "acted in haste".The Indian Boxing Association acknowledged the delay but blamed "procedural complications" arising out of AIBA's failure to solve "problems" regarding the account to which the funds would be transferred.An estimated $ 4 million was due to be made on December 2 last year.“After New Delhi failed to fulfill its obligations to pay the host fees as stated in the terms of the host city agreement, AIBA terminated the contract. Therefore, India will have to pay a cancellation fine of $ 500,000,” said in a statement.The elite competition, which would have happened for the first time in the country, will be held in the Serbian city of Belgrade."Serbia has everything to organize a major event for athletes, coaches, officials and, of course, for boxing fans," said Mohamed Moustahsane, AIBA President.BFI is chaired by Ajay Singh, who also owns Spicejet Airlines. AIBA has been suspended by the IOC due to poor financial management.“The AIBA account was frozen in Lausanne. AIBA was planning to make some previous payments through an account in Serbia. Since Serbia is on the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF countries), Indian banks do not usually do so by sending money to Serbia. AIBA may not solve these problems, "read statement from BFI to PTI."We have reason to believe that the decision to relocate the WCH-2021 was taken quickly without proper consultation with the BFI ... the punishment is shocking and surprising."Both sides are working towards a friendly settlement. BFI is confident that the penalty will be suspended and that we will host the world championship in the future," he added.The National Authority held the Women's World Championship in 2018 and won the rights to host the Asian Championships later this year just a few weeks ago.AIBA said she was glad to have found a new host for the event, which will take place in the Olympic year now that the Tokyo Games have been postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic."It is a major step towards the new competition system and also the financial stability of our organization, which will depend less and less on Olympic funds," said Mustafa."Because of the rescheduling of the 2020 Olympics, the AIBA Executive Committee will discuss with the host country the possible dates to adjust," he added."We believe that we will maintain the planned schedule and will hold the world championship in 2021 after the Games if the pandemic situation is under control." The head of the Serbian Boxing Federation Nenad Borovcanin welcomed the Championship back to Belgrade after 43 years."After the 1978 historical championship in the capital, Yugoslavia, this is the second time that our nation has returned as a host. I firmly believe that the Serbian Boxing Federation will do a great job of organizing this tournament ..." he said.Read More: AIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
Two-time Olympic and Arjuna Olympic winner Sanjeev Rajput relies heavily on his resolute determination, indomitable spirit, and extensive experience in beating the "super typhoon" of the Covid-19 epidemic and putting his best for an elusive medal in the Tokyo Olympics. He trains day after day at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in Delhi under a tight system that follows all Covid guidelines and regulations as closely as possible."It's a very difficult and tense situation, but the game has to go on. Maybe I had this last chance to win a medal for the country in the Olympics and I'm not going to let it pass. It's the most important stage in my life, I have participated in two Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, and after Nine years the Olympics will be very different, and they will be different for everyone. It will also be very important to everyone because there has never been such an Olympic Games after a five-year hiatus. I am anxious but I am not afraid. I train almost every day from 8 in the morning until 2 in the evening in the Shooting range Karni Singh is in Delhi with my coach. He is very happy with my progress. I think you are on the right track. Winning the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup last month boosted my confidence, ”said Sanjeev, who aims to clinch a medal in the 50m centers for the men's 3 rifle In the Olympics, to Insidesport.co in an exclusive interview after completing his training. Wednesday afternoon."I am improving in the final. My performance in the qualifying rounds is always good. Now I am experimenting with my technique and technique, as the lead-up to this year's Tokyo Olympics is the most important stage in my life. Ultimately, I need a lot more work to make changes, and I don't need To focus on improvements. I did well, I'm on my knees, and I was exposed in mixed-team standings. There is a different kind of pressure in the final, there are limited shots and many times the little things are overlooked. Athletes will need to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols. In the case of shooting, there is a possibility that the testing will be limited to only Japanese athletes. Amidst these difficult circumstances, my experience may be essential in addressing these problems. Young shooters can win a game. Or two, but when there are a lot of ingredients, the experience is beneficial, ”noted winner Arjuna.Reflecting on the current situation of Covid and the lockdown in Delhi, Rajput said he is grateful to the Sports Ministry and NRAI for giving him the opportunity to continue this practice. "I practice alone. Then the issue of social distancing does not arise. Only my Ukrainian coach is supervising my practice. We are working on stability and some basics that will help me prepare physically and mentally for the mega event."Together with Tejasweni Sawant, Rajput won the gold medal at the 50m 3-position rifle mixed teams event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi last month. He won four golds and two silver medals in the Commonwealth Championship, two silver and two bronze medals in the Asian Games, one gold, and one silver and one bronze in each in the Commonwealth Games for his silver triple accompaniment. A golden shooting in the ISSF World Cup.Also Read: EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE FOOTBALL: REAL, CITY AND CHELSEA COULD FACE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL BAN: UEFA OFFICIAL
In an editorial on Wednesday, Japan's Asahi Shimbun, the official partner of the Tokyo Olympics, called for the summer games to be canceled, citing public safety risks and tensions in the medical system from the COVID-19 pandemic.Poll after poll shows that a majority of the public is against holding the Games this summer, worried about the arrival of tens of thousands of athletes and officials in a country that has been largely closed to foreigners since last year. And where the vaccinations were done. Medical associations protested against the games, investors spoke of the benefits of neglecting them, and uncommitted businessmen such as Masayoshi Son called for the games to be canceled.The fact that Asahi, one of Japan's most respected newspapers, has split from the ranks with other partners, is likely to intensify the focus on the viability of the games."We ask Prime Minister (Yoshihide) Suga to assess the situation calmly and objectively and decide on canceling the event this summer," the left-wing daily newspaper, which often criticizes Suga's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said.Citing the government's slogan in the games, the newspaper added, "We are far from a situation in which everyone can be confident that they will be" safe and secure. "Unfortunately, this is not the reality. "Several other major daily newspapers in Japan, such as Nikkei, Mainichi, and Yomiuri, are also official partners of Tokyo 2020.Asahi's editorial was widely shared on social media, and it got more than 30,000 tweets late in the morning.Much of Japan, including the host city Tokyo, remains under the third state of emergency that is expected to extend beyond this month, and while Japan is rid of the ravages of the Coronavirus in overseas countries, it is struggling to control the fourth wave. From infections. Across the country.More than 5% of the country's population received vaccinations and there were around 719,000 infections and 12,394 deathsA public health professor and advisor to the New Zealand government said Tuesday that going forward with the Games was "absurd".The United States issued a travel advisory for Japan on Monday, but Japanese officials said it would not affect the Games, and the White House said on Tuesday it was sticking to the decision to hold the Games as planned.The Australian softball team will arrive in Japan on June 1 to take part in a pre-Olympic training camp in Gunma, about 150 kilometers northwest of Tokyo.Also read: IPL 2021 May Resume In 3rd Week Of September In UAE Wrestler Sagar Dhankad's murder: Police probing Sushil Kumar's connections with gangster Neeraj Bawana
TOKYO: For competitors contending at the Tokyo Games, the Olympic Village will be practically all they see, with exacting Covid rules keeping them from leaving the compound but to prepare and contend. Their visit to the town will likewise be more limited than expected: contenders can just a brief time before their occasion and should leave within 48 hours of winning or losing. This is what a normal day may look like at Tokyo 2020's waterside small scale city: Also Read: Wimbledon 2021 Novak Djokovic Wins Twentieth Grand Slam With Sixth Wimbledon TriumphThe town is worked to rest up to 18,000 Olympians, mentors and authorities. They should awaken invigorated, regardless of Tokyo's 4:40 am dawn, on account of thick dark out draperies. As in numerous Japanese homes, space is restricted, nonetheless - single rooms measure only nine square meters (100 square feet), and copies 12 square meters. The beds and segment dividers are produced using strong recyclable cardboard, to be cleaned up after the Games when the 21 pinnacles are transformed into extravagant homes. Maybe not all that great if your neighbour wheezes, in any case... Time for a day by day Covid test - a prerequisite for everybody remaining in the town. They will regulate the spit antigen tests themselves and afterwards submit them for handling. A positive outcome and a second sure on a more exact PCR test mean an excursion to the fever facility, a little prefab structure in the focal point of the town. At the centre, a third test decides whether you are out of the Games and need to disconnect or go to the clinic. Neglecting to wear a veil can be simple, particularly promptly toward the beginning of the day - however, they are obligatory in the town, aside from when dozing and eating.Read More: Lionel Messi Led Argentina Beat Brazil To Win Copa America End 28 Year Long WaitImage Credit: Twitter
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interfaced with India's Tokyo Olympics-bound unforeseen and paid attention to competitors' motivating stories in front of the show-stopper. Modi requested that the competitors not be hindered by assumptions and do as well as they possibly can at the Games. Bowmen Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav, spear hurler Neeraj Chopra, runner Dutee Chand, veteran fighter MC Mary Kom, star shuttler PV Sindhu, tennis pro Sania Mirza and paddlers Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra were a portion of the competitors who included in the virtual collaboration. PM Modi stretched out all the best to them in front of the Games in Tokyo, starting from July 23. He likewise had a word with the competitors' folks throughout the communication. Modi told star toxophilite Deepika that the country is placing down its trust in her. You're world number 1 at this point. Your excursion is extremely unique," Modi said. "My excursion has been accepted all along, I began with a bamboo bow and afterwards moved to current bow step by step," Kumari said in answer. "...There are assumptions, yet one expects the most from oneself. Along these lines, I am zeroing in on my training and how I will perform," she added. Also Read: India To Send A 228 Strong Contingent To Tokyo Olympics With 119 Competitors In ItModi additionally asked boxing symbol Mary Kom to name her number one competitor. In answer, she named boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, as her motivation. Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh have been named India's banner carriers at the initial function of the Tokyo Olympics. Runner Dutee Chand said, "I have three sisters and one sibling and individuals used to explain to my mom why she was bringing forth such countless young ladies. We had little food to eat and my dad's pay was additionally extremely low. I was thinking on the off chance that I play well I can find a decent line of work in the public authority area." Spear hurler Neeraj Chopra said, "Sir, I have consistently been a major enthusiast of the Indian Army. I played for 5-6 years before I was approached to join the Army and I have been focussing on my game from that point forward. The Army and the Indian government is furnishing me with each office that I need and I'm giving it my everything." Modi, further, likewise addressed the guardians of PV Sindhu and commended them for support their girl during her excursion to progress. Modi likewise got some information about limitations in her eating routine and how mentor Gopichand removed her telephone and kept her from having frozen yoghurt during Rio Olympics. "I'm certain you will make progress this time as well," the Prime Minister told Sindhu. "I'm certain that you will make India pleased by scaling new statures," Modi further said to every one of the competitors. In the interim, IOA President Narinder Batra likewise affirmed that the Indian Olympic unexpected to be the 228-in number. "The all-out Indian unforeseen for Tokyo Olympics will be 228. There will be 67 male competitors and 52 female competitors. We are battling for 85 decoration occasions," Batra said in the virtual communication. Association sports and youth issues serve Anurag Thakur, pastor of state Nisith Pramanik and law serve Kiren Rijiju were likewise a piece of the cooperation. Also Read: What Daily Inside Tokyo Olympic Village Will ResembleRecently, PM Modi had surveyed arrangements for the help of India's unexpected at the Tokyo Olympics and talked about "the calculated subtleties, their immunization status, the multi-disciplinary help being given." The principal clump of the Indian unexpected will withdraw for Tokyo on July 17 through a contract flight. The unforeseen will highlight more than 120 competitors at the masterpiece. With rising worry over the pandemic in Japan, the Tokyo Olympics will be held under a highly sensitive situation in Japan without observers from July 23 to August 8.
India will send a 228-in number unexpected to the Tokyo Olympics, including 119 competitors, Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra said on Tuesday. Out of the 119 competitors, 67 are male and 52 are female members, Batra said before Prime Minister Narendra Mode collaborates with the country's Olympic-bound competitors. "The complete Indian unexpected for Tokyo Olympics will be 228. There will be 67 male competitors and 52 female competitors. We are battling in 85 decoration occasions," Batra said during the virtual communication. This will be India's biggest ever unexpected of competitors at the Olympics. "The principal unforeseen will leave for Tokyo on July 17. It will have 90 competitors and authorities altogether." Also Read: What Daily Inside Tokyo Olympic Village Will ResembleThe cruising group of four competitors and mentors was the first from the Indian unforeseen to arrive in Tokyo on Tuesday. The mariners had shown up at the Japanese capital straightforwardly from their preparation bases in various nations across Europe. Since they are coming from Europe, they won't confront the stricter limitations forced on different competitors showing up in Tokyo from India due to the Covid-19 circumstance in the country. The boxing and shooting crews will likewise show up in Tokyo from Italy and Croatia separately. Star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will arrive in Tokyo on July 15 or 16 from the United States. The forthcoming Olympics, in which on location onlookers won't be permitted attributable to the pandemic, is booked to be held in the Japanese capital from July 23 to August 8
Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize victor Muhammad Yunus will get the Olympic Laurel at the Tokyo Games, the second time the prize has been granted, the IOC said Thursday. Yunus, whose spearheading miniature loan specialist has been hailed for cutting neediness across the globe, will be respected for "his broad work in sport for advancement", the International Olympic Committee said in an explanation. The 81-year-old business analyst turned globe-jogging VIP speaker won the Nobel in 2006. He will be given the honour at the Tokyo 2020 opening service on July 23. The Olympic Laurel was made five years before perceiving tries in culture, instruction, harmony and advancement through sport, as per the IOC. Also Read: ICC Announced New Points System For Next World Test Championship CycleIt was given interestingly at the 2016 Rio Games to Kenyan previous Olympian Kip Keino, who opened a youngsters' home, a school and a competitors' instructional hub in his nation of origin. Yunus established the Grameen Bank during the 1980s and shared the Nobel Prize with the miniature loan specialist. His drives incorporate the Yunus Sports Hub, an organization of social undertakings that advance improvement through sports. Yunus experiences confronted lawful difficulties as of late after he was sacked in 2011 as head of Grameen Bank. His allies say he has been focused on by Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheik Hasina, who blamed him for "sucking blood" from the poor with exorbitant financing costs. In March 2020, he was fined $88 after conceding that a social business firm he set up had overstepped work laws.Also Read: Olympics: PM Narendra Modi Collaborates With Tokyo Bound Indian Competitors Certain They Will Make The Nation ProudPicture Credit: Twitter
World number one Novak Djokovic has affirmed that he will contend at the Tokyo Olympics. While Djokovic is set out toward Tokyo, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are among the top men's players who will not be contending in the Olympics. Djokovic finished the third leg towards accomplishing the Golden Slam last end of the week when he added the Wimbledon title to his Australian Open and Roland Garros wins in 2021. No man has at any point won the four pummels and an Olympic gold around the same time, with Germany's Steffi Graf the solitary player to achieve the accomplishment in 1988. Also Read: India Visit Through England Cricket Need To Live With Covid 19 For Not So Distant Future Says ECB Boss Tom HarrisonDjokovic, 34, posted on Twitter that he had booked his flight and was pleased to address Serbia at the Olympics. After he won Wimbledon on Sunday for his record-tying twentieth vocation Grand Slam title, Djokovic said he couldn't say whether he planned to play in Tokyo. "I'm extremely pleased to pack for Tokyo and join our public group in the battle for the most brilliant decorations on the Olympic fields," Djokovic, who won a bronze award at the 2008 Beijing Games, tweeted. "As far as I might be concerned, the game for Serbia has consistently been unique happiness and inspiration and I will put forth a valiant effort to satisfy us all! We should go." In the wake of succeeding at Wimbledon, Djokovic said he was "50-50" about contending at the July 23-Aug. 8 Games following the coordinators' choice to forbid fans from joining in and the limitations on the number of individuals he can take to the Games. Yet, the 34-year-old said on Thursday he had booked his trip for Tokyo
The Indian shooters will have their first instructional meeting in Tokyo in front of the Olympic Games on Monday. The Indian shooting unexpected arrived in the capital city last week and have recuperated from the stream slack after a long departure from Europe where they were preparing ahead of the pack up to the Games. The National Rifle Association of India on Sunday said the shooting unforeseen of 15 individuals has settled down well at the Games Village and are content with the offices and food accessible. Indeed, the shooters went through the day investigating the town, gathering their endowments, visiting selfie-focuses and inviting their countrymen from different games, other than making up for lost time with much-required rest. The shooting crew has been offered twin-sharing beds at the Games Village as they gear up for what vows to be their greatest tests. A ton is anticipated from the Indian shooters as they are hoping to bob back after drawing a clear 5 years prior at the Rio Games. Also Read: Tokyo 2020: World No 1 Novak Djokovic Affirms He Will Contend At Olympics"The rifle group has booked a transport for 6.55 am to go for training," said senior rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput to the Press Trust of India, who will show up in his third Olympics. "It's an ideal opportunity to go look at the reach," he added.They will go through their first instructional meeting on Monday at the Asaka Shooting range. "The group has settled down well in the town. The climate is acceptable and we are partaking in some genuinely necessary rest after a long excursion. We anticipate starting preparing from Monday," said public rifle mentor Deepali Deshpande. The shooters additionally said that courses of action for food and all the other things were phenomenal furthermore mandatory wearing of veils, there were no limitations on development inside the town for any competitor. Also Read: Five Awesome Android Games Like COD Mobile With PvP Multiplayer Modes
India tennis star Sania Mirza said that she was amazingly glad to prepare for her fourth Olympic appearance at 34, adding that she could have just longed for this at the start of her profession. Sania brought up that playing at the Olympics is something that each competitor longs for and she was glad to be on the plane to Tokyo to contend in her fourth Olympics. Sania Mirza is good to go to turn into the primary Indian lady to highlight in four Olympic Games when she takes to the court in the ladies' occasion in Tokyo in the wake of meeting all requirements for the masterpiece occasion through her secured positioning. In the wake of bringing forth her first kid, Izhaan, in 2018, Sania Mirza made a triumphant rebound in January last year as she won the Hobart International WTA occasion. Also Read: Tokyo 2020: World No 1 Novak Djokovic Affirms He Will Contend At Olympics"Playing at the Olympics is something that any competitor just dreams of. To have the option to play four of them is something that I could have just longed for toward the start of my profession. So it involves incredible pride," Sania Mirza disclosed to India Today Consulting Editor, Sports, Boria Majumdar in a meeting while at the same time venturing out to Tokyo. Sania Mirza had missed out on her lady Olympic decoration just barely five years prior in the 2016 Rio Games when she slammed out of the blended duplicates bronze award match with Rohan Bopanna. "If someone had advised me at the last Olympics that I'll have one more shot at it, I would have dismissed it," Mirza further added. Sania Mirza will collaborate with Olympic debutant Ankita Raina in women's doubles.Also Read: India To Send A 228 Strong Contingent To Tokyo Olympics With 119 Competitors In It
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra said that he likes to utilize Prime Minister Narendra Modi's way of thinking of not squeezing the competitors who are in Tokyo for the Olympics in light of which he will not uncover the number of awards he is anticipating that India should win this time. "On decorations I'll say what the Prime Minister said, don't put any pressing factor. Simply give your 100% and I am certain the competitors will return with brilliance," Batra revealed to India Today on the trip to Tokyo from India alongside tennis star Sania Mirza, who is participating in her fourth Olympics. "Coming to Sania it is a major honour to address the country in a fourth Olympics. Simply shows that you are so devoted to your nation and game," said Batra. Also Read: Sania Mirza Pleased On Contending In 4th Olympics Been Waiting For This Since BeginningBatra will be in Tokyo for the term of the Olympics and said he is expecting to guarantee that the competitors have an agreeable stay during the Games. "Our responsibility is to guarantee that competitors have an agreeable stay when they go there. That is the thing that I plan to do while I am in Tokyo," he said. The Olympics start on Friday and will go on till August 8.
The pandemic-deferred Tokyo 2020 Olympics is set to get in progress from Friday in what the top of the World Health Organization said was required as 'a festival of expectation'. Rising Covid-19 cases in having a city of Tokyo has projected a shadow over the world's biggest game, which is occurring generally without observers. Japan this month concluded that members would contend in void settings to limit wellbeing chances. Indian competitors in the Olympic town are battling a double conflict, and are feeling the squeeze. First is the pressing factor of moving toward games that start in two days and the second is that of Covid-19. Each competitor, including the shooting crew individuals, the tennis crew, and the hockey group are completely centred around remaining safe and are unbendingly following all bio-secure and cleanliness conventions encouraged to them. Also Read: Tokyo 2020: World No 1 Novak Djokovic Affirms He Will Contend At OlympicsNobody needs to hazard anything since five years of exertion will go to no end if something occurs. On the off chance that a solitary competitor gets contaminated, the whole group can be placed in disengagement and it has effectively occurred with the South African football crew, where numerous players are currently in disconnectOlympics and Japanese authorities have produced on with the games exhibition despite resistance in the country to facilitate more than 11,000 competitors and the staff and media that accompany them in the midst of rising Coronavirus contaminations. Highlighting the scaled back Games because of the pandemic, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will just meet with under 20 country pioneers uninvolved in the Olympics, down from upwards of 120 initially booked. Japanese homegrown media report that administration counsellor Shigeru Omi said Tokyo day by day Covid-19 diseases may spike to a record level of 3,000 in the primary seven day stretch of August. That would cause a very high danger of tension on the all-around extended clinical framework.Also Read: Shikhar Dhawan Finishes 10,000 Runs In International Cricket As Opener
Novak Djokovic realizes how close he is. Not simply to making history and turning into the main man to accomplish a Golden Slam by winning every one of the four significant tennis competitions and an Olympic singles gold decoration around the same time. Of course, that is at the forefront of Djokovic's thoughts as he enters the Olympic competition beginning Saturday. However, the greater finished result would be the consequence of such an accomplishment that is weighing most vigorously on him outperforming Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to be viewed as the best tennis player ever. The objective is incredible to the point that Djokovic would even not like to think about the results. "I would prefer not to be essential for the discussion. I would prefer not to be contrasted with anyone, the highest level Serb said Thursday. It's as yet an extremely long approach to likely noteworthy accomplishment. "I realize that there is a ton of things on the line. I know there's a set of experiences on the line. I'm advantaged and inspired to be in this position. I've endeavoured to be here. In any case, we should discuss history if everything goes incredible here," Djokovic added. Also, Read: ICC ODI Rankings Shikhar Dhawan Bounces 2 Spots To Sixteenth Virat Kohli Static At The Second Spot"At this moment all centre goes to the following test." In Serbia, the discussion is as of now finished. Olympic advisory group head of mission Natasa Jankovic presented Djokovic at the group's news meeting as "the best tennis player ever." By winning Wimbledon this month, Djokovic coordinated with Federer and Nadal with his twentieth Grand Slam title having opened the year by catching the Australian and French Opens. He is just one of them to have won each Slam twice. He is the main one to hold each of the four significant titles at the same time, something he did over the finish of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. The solitary tennis player to accomplish a Golden Slam was Steffi Graf in 1988. "I'm not in contact with Steffi, but rather on the off chance that you can interface her, I would be enchanted to ask her how she did it, Djokovic said, reviewing how he momentarily worked with Graf's significant other, Andre Agassi. "At the point when I was contemplating her (Golden Slam), I didn't imagine that would be feasible. Yet, at this moment it appears to be increasingly more practical for me. Obviously, that is one of the objectives and dreams. Making matters more clear for Djokovic is that neither Federer nor Nadal are playing in Tokyo. However, that likewise was the situation finally year's U.S. Open, where Djokovic was precluded for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. "I have not experienced such a large number of enormous competitions in the previous 15 years without Roger and Rafa playing, Djokovic said. So it's somewhat bizarre, to be straightforward because I'm accustomed to seeing somewhere around one of them." Djokovic will open against No. 139 Hugo Dellien of Bolivia on the hard courts of the Ariake Tennis Park. A big part of the best 10 men's players is not in Tokyo, with Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov additionally missing for different reasons. "Yet at the same time, the absolute best parts on the planet are here," Djokovic said. "(Daniil) Medvedev, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, (Alexander) Zverev, (Andrey) Rublev. Those are the folks who are in the main 6-7 on the planet and they are the greatest possibility for winning a decoration. Djokovic had straightforwardly thought to be passing on the Olympics, having won a bronze award at the 2008 Beijing Games. Eventually, his longing to address Serbia and accomplish something exceptional was excessively incredible. Also Read: Shikhar Dhawan Finishes 10,000 Runs In International Cricket As Opener"It's the most uncommon, most memorable game throughout the entire existence of the game," Djokovic said of the Olympics. "Addressing your nation, being essential for an aggregate group is something that I treasure. It's something that empowers me actually and gives me a ton of certainty and extraordinary energy for my very own presentation.
Australia's Ariarne Titmus crushed five-time Olympic hero Katie Ledecky of the United States to win the gold decoration in the ladies' 400 meters free-form at the Tokyo Olympics with the second-quickest time in history on Monday. Titmus, who followed by almost a full body length at the midway characteristic of the eight-lap race, turned on the speed to contact shortly, 56.69 seconds. Ledecky was the guarding Olympic hero and world record holder. She agreed to the silver this time in 3:57.36 - the fourth-quickest time at any point recorded. Ledecky has been the predominant power in ladies' swimming however in the first of three no holds barred standoffs with Titmus at these Games, it was the Australian who won with a greatly coordinated swim. Ledecky lost an individual Olympic last interestingly in the wake of winning the 800 free at the 2012 London Games, then, at that point catching three additional golds in the 200, 400 and 800 free at Rio de Janeiro five years prior. Ledecky will get one more break at Titmus in the 200 free, and the American is intensely preferred to rehash in the 800 and add another gold in the 1,500 — another occasion for the ladies at these games. "I can barely handle it, I'm attempting to contain my feelings," said Titmus, who commended her opponent for increasing present expectations in the game. Also Read: Novak Djokovic Knows History Is On The Line At Tokyo Olympics"I said thanks to her, I wouldn't be here without her. She set this mind-boggling standard. All credit to her for the swimmer she is. "In the race, I attempted to remain as made as possible and I can't really accept that I pulled it off," she added.
Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt sponsored his perseverance to assuage two youthful superstar rivals as he conveyed a staggering late flood to break clear on a boiling run leg and take gold in an exciting men's Olympic marathon on Monday. Blummenfelt was important for an enormous gathering of just about 40 that fell off the 40km bicycle leg together however looked everything except a top pick among some youthful speedsters. Notwithstanding, he burrowed profound to continue to drive at the front as the gathering was trimmed down to three, preceding flooding clear in the last kilometre to complete in 60 minutes, 45 minutes and 04 seconds to take Norway's first award in the game. Also Read: ICC Announced New Points System For Next World Test Championship CycleAlex Yee's silver made Britain the best country in the Olympic marathon, which joined the program in 2000. Individual 23-year-old Hayden Wilde of New Zealand additionally ran unequivocally to take bronze, while Briton Jonny Brownlee, who won silver in 2016 and bronze in 2012 and was expecting to finish the set without his twofold top dog sibling Alistair, couldn't exactly hold tight and completed fifth. Blummenfelt said he realized he needed to "break" his speedier opponents to win gold. "I don't actually have the leg speed if it descended the floor covering against these folks, so I realized I needed to drag it out from around five minutes away and go super hard and full scale and ideally it is sufficient to break them," he said. "It was an extraordinary inclination to acknowledge I'd got a little hole." Humiliating FALSE START:The race started with an extraordinary and humiliating bogus beginning as a media boat floated before the barge at simply some unacceptable second hindering the course to the water of around 33% of the 56-man field as the rest made a plunge. Jetski riders, in the long run, pulled twelve back after they hammered out around 200 meters, unaware of the caution horns and whistles. The field moved away neatly at the subsequent endeavour and every one of the primary expectations was in touch emerging from the water after the 1,500m swim. A gathering of 10 split away for the initial not many laps of the 40km bicycle leg however the pursuing pack, in the end, brought them in to shape a goliath gathering of 37 before the finish of the fifth of eight laps. Every one of the primary competitors was in there and without any slopes of note to split things up, the race, as was generally anticipated, boiled down to one major run standoff. Yee was the British 10,000m hero on the track in 2018 and after he conveyed a devastating run leg to win the last ITU race before the Games in June he looked top pick as he ran emphatically at the front. Pushing the speed in the warmth the gathering thinned down to three however it was the immensely experienced 27-year-old Blummenfelt, who is the world record holder for the half-Ironman marathon distance, who had the solidarity to break clear. Acknowledging he was unable to be gotten he practically moved his direction down the completing straight, before imploding, completely spent. "It's the second I've been dreaming about for such countless years and seeing the end goal and the blue rug and contacting that tape - to be really ready to assemble it on the day - is something I'm truly glad for," he said. Yee was correspondingly pleased and said: "I'm right ecstatic. I was at that point somewhere down in the well and delved that smidgen in my spirit. It wasn't sufficient to get Kristian however it was sufficient to get silver." Also Read: ICC ODI Rankings: Shikhar Dhawan Bounces 2 Spots To Sixteenth Virat Kohli Static At The Second SpotWilde typified the incredible soul among the competitors, setting aside the effort to assist with dragging Blummenfelt away the floor and the two depleted competitors staggered away from the completion.
Indian shuttlers Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy arose successfully against the England pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in their last Group A match yet passed up fitting the bill for the quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics, in Tokyo on July 27. Positioned tenth on the planet, the Indians beat the world number 18 group 21-17 21-19 in a 44-minute Group A men's copies match at the Musashino Forest Plaza. Notwithstanding, they couldn't make it to the knockout stage as they completed third in Group A behind the highest level Indonesian group of Marcus Gideon Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and world number three Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang of Chinese Taipei. Every one of the three groups completed on similar focuses with two successes each and when the number of matches dominated was considered to recognize the qualifiers, the Indians lost. Also Read: Tokyo Olympics Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt Floods Past YoungstersChirag and Satwik's straight-game misfortune to the Indonesians on July 26 expense them.Minutes before the Indian pair stepped on the court, Lee and Wang had finished a three-match dominant over Sukamuljo and Gideon in the previous gathering match, delivering the aftereffect of India's challenge against Britain insignificant. Just the best two sets of each gathering advance to the quarterfinals. In London Olympics, Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta too had persevered through a comparable destiny when they bowed out after the focuses won and lost were considered after they attached with the other two sets in the gathering stage. The Indian pair glanced in a decent cadence. They opened up a limited 5-3 lead however the English pair came before long pushed forward 11-10 at the break. Chirag and Satwik gradually began to overwhelm the procedures and at last, got the initial game when Lane hit wide. They again walked to a 6-3 lead in the subsequent game and guaranteed they have a two-point advantage at the stretch. The Indian couple kept its nose ahead at 16-13, riding on the blunders of their adversaries. The English pair prearranged a smaller than normal rebound, drawing equality at 18-18 and took a lead after Satwik got an arrival of serve. Also Read: Novak Djokovic Knows History Is On The Line At Tokyo OlympicsThe Indians, in any case, were ready as they got the match point and changed it easily over to end their mission on a high.
Russian men swimmers finished America's strength in the 100m backstrokes while Kaylee McKeown gave Australia's ladies another Olympic gold to celebrate at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday. Tom Dean won gold and colleague Duncan Scott the silver in the 200 free-form as the two British swimmers left their adversaries afterwards, Brazil's Fernando Scheffer taking the bronze. "It's stunning. It's a little glimpse of heaven having gold around my neck ... I contracted COVID twice over the most recent a year ... sitting in my level in segregation, Olympic gold was 1,000,000 miles away," he said. Also Read: Shikhar Dhawan Finishes 10,000 Runs In International Cricket As OpenerIn the men's 100 backstrokes, an occasion won by US swimmers at the last six Games, Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov took best positions on the platform with Rio champion Ryan Murphy of the United States coming third. McKeown conveyed a staggering late fightback in the ladies' 100 backstrokes to pip Canada's Kylie Masse and add to Ariarne Titmus' gold in the 400m free on Monday just as the group gold in the 4x100 free-form hand-off. The 20-year-old McKeown's time was only two-hundredths of a second short of the world record she set in the Australian preliminaries in June. McKeown would more likely than not have had the option to contend at Tokyo if the Games had been hung on time last year with her dad battling with mental disease. He passed on in August. "It's not really what I have experienced, everybody has their own excursion. It just so happens I have made some intense memories," she said when gotten some information about her arrangements. In another race that went last possible minute - Lydia Jacoby of the United States won gold in the ladies' 100m breaststrokes, the 17-year-old Alaskan completing in 1:04.95, 0.27 seconds in front of Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa. Also Read: Tokyo Olympics Australia's Ariarne Titmus Shocks American Katie Ledecky
There's no halting PV Sindhu at the Olympic Games. The Rio Olympic silver medalist broke no perspiration as she slid into the Round of 16 of Women's Singles badminton at Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday, July 28. PV Sindhu, cultivated sixth at the Games, concocted a clinical exertion against lower-positioned Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong in her last Group match. Sindhu required barely 30 minutes to beat Chueng 21-9, 21-16 at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo. Sindhu completes on top of three-lady Group J with 4 focuses from 2 matches. She has not dropped a game so far at the Tokyo Olympics. Sindhu started her mission with an agreeable straight-match dominant over Ksenia Polikarpova on Sunday. Also, Read: Shikhar Dhawan Finishes 10,000 Runs In International Cricket As OpenerThe match against Cheung Ngan Yi, a veteran on the visit was a precarious issue for Sindhu. Yet, the Indian shuttler began solid. She was looking sharp and hitting Victor freely. Sindhu was prevailing from the rear of the court just as at the net. A couple of misleading shots worked for the Hong Kong shuttler yet Sindhu scarcely at any point got off second stuff however fixed a straight-match dominate. Also Read: India In England Virat Kohli Drives A Middle Wicket Instructional Meeting In DurhamSindhu will next face Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark. The Indian shuttler has a 4-1 straight on record in 5 gatherings against the Denmark shuttler. In their last gathering - Swiss Open 2021, Sindhu pounded Mia in straight games. in the semi-last. In any case, at the Thailand Open recently, Sindhu lost to Mia in 3 games in the Round of 32. Sindhu is probably going to confront Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the quarter-last if she goes past Mia in the following round. Sindhu is the solitary Indian excess with a decoration chance in badminton at the Tokyo Olympics. India's copies matching of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty passed up quarters billet notwithstanding a solid show in the gathering stages.
Atanu Das crushed double cross Olympic gold medallist Oh Jin Hyek in a blending Round of 32 conflicts of men's individual segment at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. The match went into a shoot-off where Das struck a 10 because of the Korean's 9. With the success, the 29-year-old Indian booked a spot in Round of 16. Goodness Jin Hyek discovered two 9s to take the main set 26-25 preceding Das three progressive 9s to tie the subsequent set. The third set likewise was a bind with Das hitting three progressive 9s once more. Das improved of Hyek in the fourth set to even out it 4-4, compelling the match to go to a shoot-off. Also Read: Tokyo Olympics PV Sindhu Rages Into Pre Quarterfinals Das and his better half Deepika Kumari have now made it to the Round of 16. They are the two Indians left in the conflict. Prior to that day, Das saw off an extreme test from Chinese Taipei's Deng Yu-Cheng in a five-setter to move into cycle two. Both the players won two sets each after some extreme shooting to be secured 4-4 and in the decider to they were going in a dead heat till 19-all. Yet, the toxophilite from Chinese Taipei disintegrated under tension, failing a 7 as Das, who had slipped behind new kid on the block Pravin Jadhav in the positioning round on Friday, held his nerve to seal a 6-4 success in the wake of penetrating in a 9 in the yellow ring.Also Read: India In England Virat Kohli Drives A Middle Wicket Instructional Meeting In Durham
Indian rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh finished their Tokyo Games crusade in the eleventh situation in the men's lightweight twofold sculls occasion, the best at any point result for the country in the Olympics here on Thursday. The Indian pair timed 6:29.66 to complete fifth in the Final B, which was not a decoration round, and end at eleventh by and large at the Sea Forest Waterway. Ireland, Germany and Italy won the gold, silver and bronze, separately, after the Final A race later in the day. Also Read: Archery: Atanu Das Overcomes Koreas Double Cross Olympic HeroOn Wednesday, Arjun and Arvind had neglected to meet all requirements for the decoration round in the wake of completing 6th and toward the end in the subsequent elimination round. They had timed 6:24.41 to complete toward the end in the six-group elimination round 2. The main three sets in every one of the two elimination rounds had equipped for the decoration around. Arjun and Arvind have, nonetheless, created the best-ever Olympic execution by Indian rowers by coming to the elimination rounds. Also Read: India In England Virat Kohli Drives A Middle Wicket Instructional Meeting In DurhamWhile Arjun expects the job of the arbour, Arvind is the group's stroker. The two had completed fifth in their warms on Saturday. The occasion remembers two rowers for a sculling boat utilizing two paddles each.
Neeraj Chopra's phenomenal show at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ensured that he secured 14 places in the world rankings. Neeraj, who won gold in the javelin throw, India's first medal in track and field, currently ranks second with 1,315 points. Germany's Johannes Witter, who missed a medal at the Olympics, continues to lead with a score of 1,396. Before the current ranking was revealed, Neeraj was ranked 16th in the world. At the Tokyo Games, Neeraj threw 87.58 meter to take gold and became India's second individual gold medalist at the Olympics.While strong favorite Vetter finished ninth in the final, Neeraj threw better than two athletes from the Czech Republic to finish on the podium. Jakob Vadlejch took silver with a best time of 86.67 meters, and former world champion Vitezslav Vesely won bronze with a throw of 85.44 meters. "It's an incredible feeling. It's the first time India has won a gold medal in athletics, so I feel great. We only have one gold in other sports. Milka Singh wanted to hear the national anthem in a stadium. He is no longer with us but his dream has been fulfilled."Neeraj said after his historic victory.Also Read: Billion-dollar online gaming industry seeks clarity on valuation, taxation
Odisha Chief Minister Naveenn Patnaik announced his sponsorship of Indian hockey for another 10 years after the teams' impressive performance at the Tokyo Olympics. Each player has been awarded 10 lakh and each supporting staff 5 lakh by the state government. "You made us all so proud of your energetic fight in Tokyo. These are very emotional moments for India to witness the revival of Indian hockey. For nearly four decades, hockey fans have been eager to see India win a medal in the Olympic Games". Mr. Patnaik Congratulates to the hockey teams. "The way the whole country has been glued to the screens to watch team games, it's pretty clear that there is more to hockey than just sport. In this pandemic, it's remarkable that our teams have worked so hard despite all the challenges and come out victorious. " Noting that in these times of crisis, the teams have brought smiles on the faces of crores of Indian, Mr. Patnaik said: “We in Odisha are happy that our partnership with Hockey India has led to such a great achievement for the country. I believe Odisha and hockey are destined to become synonymous. Odisha will support hockey teams for another 10 years." After Sahara's sponsorship of Indian hockey ended, Odisha went through its public sector unit, Odisha Mining Corporation, to sponsor national teams (men / women, junior / old) in 2018. The sponsorship was 140 crore for a period of five years. Mr. Patnaik gave13 different awards. While Harmanpreet Singh won the player with the most goals scored, PR Sreejesh was awarded for saving the most goals. Each team presented a framed jersey signed by the players to CM. The government also awarded 50 lakh rupees to Hockey India. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Patnaik and the people of Odisha for showing their love and affection for the sport. With your continued support, Indian Hockey looks forward to building on the achievements of the Tokyo Olympics and continue this steady rise to take it back to the elite level where it belongs,” said Narinder Dhruv Batra, president of the Indian Olympic Association. Odisha Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera, departmental Secretary R. Vineel Krishna and chairman of the Odisha Hockey promotion council Dilip Tirkey were present.Also Read- ICC T20 World Cup 2021 complete schedule: India to face Pakistan on October 24
Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk auctioned her Tokyo Olympics silver medal for $ 125,000 to help heart surgery for an eight-month-old baby in her home country. Poland abka Polska's convenience story company bought Andrejczyk’s silver medal for $ 125,000 and after winning the bidding war, she asked the javelin star to keep her medal. The baby will now undergo surgery at Stanford University. Maria Andrejczyk won silver with a 64.61-meter throw, while Australian Kelsey Lee Barber took bronze with a record of 64.56, her best performance this season. She was behind China's Liu Shiying, who won the gold medal after throwing 66.34 meters. Andrejczyk, who finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics and the favorite after reaching the world-leading 71.40m in May, struggled to find that form.The Polish Javelin star has opened up about his decision to auction his medal, saying it didn't take long to make his decision because he wanted to help him by auctioning off his prized possession. "It was the first fundraiser I ever participated in and I knew he was the right person," she wrote on her Facebook page on August 11 in her native language. This fundraiser for a Polish boy named Miloszek. He has a serious heart defect and needs surgery. "He already has a head start from Kubus — a boy who didn’t make it in time but whose amazing parents decided to pass on the funds they collected," she wrote on social mediaAlso Read- Five reasons why online games are so popular in India
Olympic bronze medalist Bajrang Punia will not compete in the upcoming World Wrestling Championships after recommending a six-week rehabilitation program to treat a ligament he suffered in his right knee in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics. The World Championships will be held in Oslo, Norway, from October 2 to10, and Punia will not be able to begin his mat training until his rehabilitation program is completed. Punia recently underwent an MRI scan to find out the extent of his injury in Russia in June before the Olympics and consulted with Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, who runs the Center for Sports Medicine at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. "It's a ligament tear and Dr. Dinshaw asked me to go through a six-week rehab program. I won't be able to compete in the world championships," Punia told PTI. There are no ranking series events organized for the rest of the year and Punia said his season is over. "The World Championship was the only major tournament on the calendar this year. I don't see myself competing in any other tournament this season." Punia was injured in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics when he participated at Russian tournament, Ali Aliyev in June. He had lost his semi-final match against AbulMazhid Kudiev, who grabbed the Indian's right leg and threw it roughly in the first half of the match. This impact had an effect on Bajrang's right knee and he immediately left the mat, but he competed in the Olympics and won a bronze medal in the 65kg category. "As it was my first Olympics and I had a dream of winning an Olympic medal, I participated in Tokyo despite the pain," he said. Bajrang said he has not consulted any particular physical therapist for his rehabilitation. "I'm doing it myself in a Sonepat. Dr. Dinshaw recommended some exercises that I do every day now in the gym. The mat training time will also go to rehab." The 27-year-old said he wants to continue with his Georgian coach Shako Bentinidis, who has now left for his country Since the Indian Wrestling Federation has not offered him a new contract.Also Read- Odisha FC sign Malaysian international Liridon Krasniqi on loan
Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said that India is among a group of countries interested in hosting the Olympics in 2036, 2040 and beyond. The International Olympic Committee recently announced that Brisbane will host the 2032 Summer Games. Even after the Australia, Brisbane was chosen last month to host the 2032 Summer Games, the IOC has a waiting list of suitors to host the Olympics in 2036, 2040 and even beyond, Bach said in a report. Ambitious host countries include Indonesia, India, Germany and Qatar. "And this is just the ones which come to my mind". So, we really are in a very good position for the long term. Bach said according to the Wall Street Journal. Bach's comments came at a time when the multi-million-dollar costs of hosting the Games have sparked controversy. The recently held Tokyo Games also faced an outcry over the amount of money spent to host the Olympics. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Rajiv Mehta has confirmed to PTI that they have already shown interest in hosting the showpiece event. "In a meeting of the International Olympic Committee via video conference before Tokyo Olympics, the IOA expressed interest in hosting the Olympics in 2036 and beyond," Mehta said. Delhi's Chief Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia said in March this year that they would do their best and develop the infrastructure for a successfully bid to host the 2048 Games, to celebrate 100 years of independence. India has also shown interest in hosting the 2032 Olympics as part of a long-term hosting strategy that also includes the 2030 Asian Games and the 2026 Youth Olympics. Qatar and Riyadh awarded the Asian Games of 2030 and 2034 in December.Also Read- Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Bajrang Punia to skip wrestling world championships in October
Avani Likhara created history on Monday at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She became the first Indian shooter to win a Paralympic medal, she also became the first woman to win an individual gold medal in the country's history at the Paralympic. 19-year-old Avani Likhara made an impressive debut at Paralympic Games She created world record and setting a new Paralympic record with 249.6 in R2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 final. The teenager, who suffered spinal cord injuries in a car accident in 2012, began shooting in 2015. Initially, her father introduced her to archery and shooting, but Avani Likhara wanted to make her mark on archery after reading Abinav Bindra's autobiography. And it was a special moment for Avani Likhara on Monday, as her idol, shooter great Abinav Bindra was among the first to congratulate her on winning the historic gold medal. "Gold it is! Brilliant display by @AvaniLekhara to win India its first Paralympic gold medal in shooting. Immensely proud ! Many Congratulations on your shot at history," Bindra wrote in a social media post. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the Lekhara gold as a "really special moment for Indian sport." "Phenomenal performance @AvaniLekhara! Congratulations on winning a hard-earned and well-deserved Gold, made possible due to your industrious nature and passion towards shooting. This is truly a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes for your future endeavors," PM Modi said. Several sports stars joined the bandwagon to celebrate the Golden Girl of India from the Tokyo Paralympic Games.Gold it is! Brilliant display by @AvaniLekhara to win India its first Paralympic gold medal in shooting. Immensely proud ! Many Congratulations on your shot at history ! #Praise4Para #Tokyo2020— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 30, 2021Phenomenal performance @AvaniLekhara! Congratulations on winning a hard-earned and well-deserved Gold, made possible due to your industrious nature and passion towards shooting. This is truly a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes for your future endeavours.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 30, 2021It's a Golden Day!! #GoldenGirl @AvaniLekhara wins India's First medal in @ShootingPara & it's a #GOLD!!! Avani has equalled the World Record to achieve this feat! This is unparalleled, first Indian Woman in @Olympics or @Paralympics ever to win GOLD.#Praise4Para #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/hxJoP1edCi— Paralympic India #Cheer4India #Praise4Para (@ParalympicIndia) August 30, 2021She has created history. The first ever woman from India to win a #Paralympics #Gold Wow #AvaniLekhara on the outstanding feat. Also equals the current WR to win the Women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 final! #Tokyo2020 #ShootingParaSport pic.twitter.com/saehkl2tJt— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 30, 2021Also Read- India vs England: Wounds of 2014 hurt Virat Kohli again
Sumit Antil, who has participated in able-bodied events including the Indian Grand Prix, said his goal is to qualify for both the Paralympic Games and the Olympics in 2024 and he will begin his training once he returns to India. Indian javelin thrower Sumit Antel now wants to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Paris Olympics three years from now. The 23-year-old from Sonipat shown his impressive performance on Monday when he broke his own world record not once but five times to take gold in the men's F64 javelin with a throw of 68.55 meters. Antel, who has participated in able-bodied events including the Indian Grand Prix, said his goal is to qualify for both the Paralympic Games and the Olympics in 2024 and will begin his training once he returns to the country. During my training, I have been touching the 70m-mark. And I dream of throwing between 75 to 80m and that should be enough to compete amongst the able-bodied athletes. “I wish to take part in both the Olympics and Paralympics. That’s my dream,” Antil, who lost his left leg below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2015, said in a release issued by Paralympic Committee of India (PCI). “Once I return from Tokyo, I will be training for that for sure,” he added. If Sumit is allowed to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics, he will compete against countryman Neeraj Chopra, who recently won gold medal in men's javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics. Interestingly, as the son of a JWO officer in the Indian Army, Antel competed against Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra in the able-bodied 3rd series of the Indian Grand Prix on March 5 at Patiala, where he finished seventh with a best throw of 66.43 meters. On Tuesday, Antel broke the previous world record of 62.88 meters, which is also set by him, five times a day. His last throw was a foul. His series read 66.95, 68.08, 65.27, 66.71, 68.55 and foul.Also Read- Shooter Avani Lekhara First Indian Woman To Win Gold At Paralympics"At the 2019 World Para-Athletics Championships, I settled for silver. I always wanted to win the gold medal," said Antel, who was inspired by Neeraj Chopra medal show. "My coach told me to be aggressive at the Paralympic Games. I'm glad I was able to finally come out with a good performance and inspire the upcoming generation." It was very hot and humid that day in Tokyo, but Antil never looked bothered. "During the pandemic, I got special permission from the Sports Authority of India to train at home. I was prepared for all conditions - hot and humid. I trained late at night and this paid off well," said Antel, who hails from Sonepat. The Haryana athlete now hopes that Paralympic gold will give him a job once he returns to India. "Currently, I am unemployed and I am doing full-time training but I hope to get a job after this. Let's see what happens when I return to India," he signed off.Also Read- US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka kicks off title defence with straight sets win over Marie Bouzkova
The problems are endless for Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, who is accused in the murder of wrestler Sagar Rana at the Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi.A Delhi court on Tuesday denied bail to Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar in the Chhatrasal Stadium murder case.Additional Sessions Judge Shivaji Anand refused to grant relief to Kumar after hearing the arguments of both the prosecution and defense at length.Kumar had sought relief from the court asserting that police built a false case against him and presented a "guilty image" of him.The 38-year-old wrestler was arrested on May 23 and is lodged in jail since June 2, 2021. Kumar, along with others, allegedly assaulted former junior national wrestling champion Sagar Dhankar and his friends at the stadium in May over an alleged property dispute.Dhankar succumbed to the injuries later. According to the post-mortem report, he died due to the “cerebral damage resulting from blunt object impact”.Two of Sagar's friends were injured in a fight that took place at the stadium on the middle night of May 4-5 due to a property dispute in the Model Town area of Delhi.The accused were identified as Bhupender (38), Mohit (22), Gulab (24), residents of Haryana's Jhajjar district and Manjeet (29), a native of Rohtak district, they said.They are active members of the Kala Asauda and Neeraj Bawana gangs and were arrested from Delhi’s Kanjhawala area on Tuesday night.Also Read- Taliban set to ban womens sports in Afghanistan, claims report
Indian hockey touched a new peak on Wednesday, making a virtual clean sweep of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) awards, with drag-flick sensation Harmanpreet Singh being crowned the 'FIH Player of the Year' in the men's category, PR Sreejesh winning the 'Goalkeeper of the Year' award and the men's hockey chief coach Graham Reid getting the 'FIH Coach of the Year' award. Former Indian women's hockey chief coach Sjoerd Marijne got the 'FIH Coach of the Year' award in the women's category. The voting-based annual awards had six Indian players and two coaches in men's and women's categories. This is the first time that all nominees from India have won the prestigious awards in their respective categories. Drag-flick sensation Harmanpreet Singh was the top scorer in India's bronze medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He was nominated for the award along with Belgium's Arthur Van Doren and Alexander Hendrickx as well as Australia's Jake Whetton, Tim Brand and Aran Zalewski. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur won the 'FIH Player of The Year' award in the women's category. She was nominated alongside Argentina's Agustina Gorzelany and Agustina Albertarrio. The other nominees for the award were Netherlands' Eva De Goede, Frederique Matla and Maria Verschoor. Sreejesh, who won the 'Goalkeeper of the Year' award, had come up with a career-best performance at the Olympic Games. The other nominees in this category were Belgium's Vincent Vanasch and Australia's Andrew Charter. Goalkeeper Savita won the award for the best goalkeeper in the female category. Savita, who was also the joint-vice captain of the women's team at the Olympics, was outstanding in guarding India's post and played an instrumental role in the team finishing fourth in Tokyo. The other nominees in this category were Great Britain's Maddie Hinch and Argentina's Belen Succi. 2020-21 FIH #HockeyStarsAwards results announced! Olympic Success Wave continues for India with @TheHockeyIndia winning big.A record number of almost 300’000 fans casted their votes for this year's Awards.CONGRATULATIONS to all winners and nominees!— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) October 6, 2021In the FIH 'Rising Star of the Year' category for men, Vivek Sagar Prasad won the award for the second consecutive time. He was nominated along with South Africa's Mustaphaa Cassiem and Australia's Sean Findlay. In the 'FIH Rising Star of the Year' category for women, Sharmila Devi won the award with maximum votes ahead of Great Britain's Fiona Crackles and Argentina's Valentina Raposo. Graham Reid got the 'FIH Coach of the Year' award. He was nominated along with Australia's Colin Batch and Belgium's Shane McLeod. Congratulating the award winners, Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam said, "This is a great moment for Indian hockey as all our Indian nominees for the FIH Stars Awards have been announced winners. After the historic performances in Tokyo by both the Indian men`s and women`s hockey teams, the support from Indian fans from across the globe has been overwhelming. We thank everyone who supported the nominees by voting for them. "This is a big moment for us and these awards will definitely inspire future generations to take up the sport professionally. On behalf of Hockey India, I congratulate all the award winners and wish them success in their future endeavours."Also Read- Sagar Rana murder case: Delhi court denies bail to Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar
An unprecedented 11 sportspersons have been recommended for this year's rechristened Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna by the national sports award's selection committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Mukundakum Sharma. This is the first time that many names have been recommended for a single edition of the Awards Ceremony. Last year, the government honored a total of 74 athletes with the National Sports and Adventure Awards in different segments. The awardees included five in the Khel Ratna category and 27 for Arjuna. This year, a total of 72 names have been recommended for the Khel Ratna, Arjuna (35), Dhyan Chand, Dronacharya (regular) and Dronacharya (lifetime). The list doesn't include names of athletes, corporates and sports promotion boards and top-performing universities recommended for the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar (RKPP), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) trophy and Tenzing Norgay award. Among those who have been recommended for the Khel Ratna - India's highest sporting honour - include tokyo olympics gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, silver-winning men's freestyle wrestler Ravi Dahiya, Tokyo olympics bronze medallist woman welterweight boxer Lovlina Borgohain and men's hockey team's goalkeeper P R Sreejesh. Five para-athletes, who created history by winning gold each at the Tokyo Paralympics, have also been nominated for the Khel Ratna. These include Pramod Bhagat (para-badminton), Sumit Antil (para-javelin), Avani Lekhara (para-shooting), Krishna Nagar (para-badminton) and Manish Narwal (para-shooting).KHEL RATNA: Neeraj Chopra (athletics), Ravi Dahiya (wrestling), PR Sreejesh (hockey), Lovlina Borgohain (boxing in olympics), Sunil Chhetri (football), Mithali Raj (cricket), Pramod Bhagat (parabadminton), Sumit Antil (para- javelin), Avani Lekhara (para-shooting), Krishna Nagar (para-badminton) and Manish Narwal (para-shooting).ARJUNA AWARD: Arpinder Singh (triple jump), Simranjit Kaur (boxing), Shikhar Dhawan (cricket), Bhavani Devi (fencing), Monika (hockey), Vandana Katariya (hockey), Sandeep Narwal (kabaddi), Himani Uttam Parab (mallakhamb) ), Abhishek Verma (shooting), Ankita Raina (tennis), Deepak Punia (wrestling), Dilpreet Singh (hockey), Harmanpreet Singh (hockey), Rupinder Pal Singh (hockey), Surendra Kumar (hockey), Amit Rohidas (hockey) , Birendra Lakra (hockey), Sumit (hockey), Nilakanta Sharma (hockey), Hardik Singh (hockey), Vivek Sagar Prasad (hockey), Gurjant Singh (hockey), Mandeep Singh (hockey), Shamsher Singh (hockey), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (hockey), Varun Kumar (hockey), Simranjeet Singh (hockey), Yogesh Kathuniya (para-athletics), Nishad Kumar (para-athletics), Praveen Kumar (para-athletics), Suhash Yathiraj (para-badminton), Singhraj Adhana (parashooting), Bhavina Patel (paratable tennis), Harvinder Singh (para-archery) and Sharad Kumar (para-athletics).DHYANCHAND AWARD: OP Jaisha (athletics), Divya Singh (basketball), KC Lekha (boxing), Abhijeet Kunte (chess), Davinder Singh Garcha (hockey), Vikas Kumar (kabaddi), Nir Bahadur Gurung (para sports athletics), PS Abdul Rassak (volleyball) and Sajjan Singh (wrestling) DRONACHARYA (REGULAR): Jai Prakash Nautiyal (para-shooting), Mahaveer Prasad Saini (para-athletics), Pritam Siwach (hockey), Radhakrishnan Nair (athletics), Sandeep Sangwan (hockey) ), Sandhya Gurung (boxing), Sujeet Maan (wrestling) and Subramanian Raman (table tennis).DRONACHARYA (LIFETIME): Ashan Kuamr (kabaddi), Bhaskar Chandra Bhatt (hockey), CR Kumar (hockey), Jagrup Rathi (wrestling), S Muralidharan (badminton), Sarkar Talwar (sports cricket), Sarpal Singh (hockey), Tapan Kumar Panigrahi (swimming) and TP Ouseph (athletics).Also Read- Afghanistan Captain Mohammad Nabi before PC: 5 minute mei English Khatam Ho Jayegi
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have rewarded Olympic Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra with Rs 1 crore for his remarkable achievement- winning gold in the javelin throw at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings also presented a special jersey with the number 8758 (highlighting his medal-winning effort of 87.58m) as a mark of respect rewards declared for neeraj chopra, who joined Abhinav Bindra as only the second individual gold medalist in the sports olympics. "The entire nation is proud of Neeraj for his stupendous achievement. By becoming the first Indian to win a medal (gold) in the track and field, he has set a benchmark and is an inspiration for the next generation. 87.58 is a number that will forever be etched in Indian sporting history and it`s an honour for us to present this special jersey to Neeraj. We wish he brings more glory to the nation," CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said in an official statement.The one with the Golden boy @Neeraj_chopra1 ! Super happy to hand our to the arms that made us proud!Read : https://t.co/qiiw18aLH6#WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/rMpHwWD2F7— Chennai Super Kings - Mask Pdu Whistle Pdu! (@ChennaiIPL) October 31, 2021The 23-year-old athlete, after receiving the award and special jersey, mentioned that the past two months have been an opportunity for him to experience new things and also thanked the Super Kings management for the support. "Thank you so much for your support and for the prize. It feels good. The last two months have been hectic and an opportunity to experience new things. I never thought that I`ll get so much love after winning gold. It was completely unexpected and it feels good. Hopefully, I`ll work hard and get good results," Chopra said. Meanwhile, automaker Mahindra today handed over the keys of the limited-edition Mahindra XUV700 Javelin Gold Edition model to Neeraj Chopra, who won Gold at the Javelin competition at the Tokyo Olympic 2021. Neeraj Chopra shared the photograph of the SUV on his social media handles. Thank you @anandmahindra ji for the new set of wheels with some very special customisation! I'm looking forward to taking the car out for a spin very soon. pic.twitter.com/doNwgOPogp— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) October 30, 2021The automaker had previously handed over the keys of the same model to Sumit Antil, Gold medal winner for F64 Men's javelin throw at the recently concluded Paralympics 2021. Mahindra handed over the keys to the special edition XUV700 to mark the occasion of the commencement of the deliveries of the new SUV from October 30. The Mahindra XUV700 Gold Edition is designed by Pratap Bose, EVP and Chief Design Officer, M&M and is a custom-made version of the newly launched XUV700 that won the SUV of the Year and Car of the Year categories at the inaugural Zee Auto Awards 2021.Also Read- Attacking Someone Over Religion Is Most Pathetic: Kohli backs Shami
For some of India’s top stars, 2023 was the year when they had to pause, reflect and reboot. In some cases, to recover from injuries; in a few others, to rediscover lost form. All in the hope that when the big day comes, they’ll be ready and recharged for the challengeIn Odisha at the World Cup in January, after India lost the shootout against New Zealand to fall short of the quarterfinals, Manpreet Singh was on his knees, staring down at the turf in disbelief. It wasn’t supposed to end this way, for the team that won bronze at Tokyo Olympics. It was, to put it mildly, a disaster to go out that early.In Hangzhou at the Asian Games in October, when the final was deadlocked 0-0 against Japan with five minutes left to go in the first half, India were getting a bit desperate for the opening goal. As a rebound fell to him at the edge of the circle, Manpreet Singh unleashed a powerful reverse flick that flew into the roof of the net. He was on his knees again. Only this time, his teammates were mobbing him as he celebrated a rare and significant goal. India would go on to win the match 5-1.“Kya bolein yaar, I score only rarely,” Manpreet tells with a big smile. “When the ball came to me, I was only thinking of hitting the target. The coach tells me when I get into the circle, ‘you don’t shoot enough. So when you get a chance, go for it, your reverse hit is brilliant.’ That’s all I had in mind. And it flew well off my stick.”Indeed, 2023 was one of two halves for the Indian men’s hockey team. At a home World Cup, a chance to end the 48-year-old wait for a medal went begging. But as the year drew to a close, they clinched the title at the Asian Champions Trophy and the gold medal at Hangzhou Asian Games, which also sealed their place at the Paris Olympics.And Manpreet personified that arc better than any.The 2012 Olympic Games campaign was a nadir in Indian hockey as they lost all six matches to finish last, but for a 20-year-old Manpreet it was personally harrowing too. There were reports of cliques in the squad and of Manpreet being targeted. So when Manpreet says the disappointment of the 2023 World Cup was alongside that of London 2012 for him, it says a whole lot.“We were all quite disappointed. In the match against New Zealand, we didn’t play well at all. In a crucial match, we were not able to do our best. We will forever remember that we didn’t step up that day,” the 31-year-old says.But if 2012 was a campaign of chaos, 2023 hurt because there was a general sentiment that this team was really good and capable of a podium finish. “Handling the pressure of crucial matches, dealing with the presence of home crowd… that match against NZ, we should have done better, because there was confidence in us from the nation. We were confident too, but it will always remain hurtful that we couldn’t deliver,” Manpreet says.Siddharth Pandey, hockey commentator and FIH Level 2 certified coach is someone who has kept a close eye on this Indian team in recent years as a broadcaster. “What happened with Manpreet at the World Cup was in line with what happened with the rest of the team, where multiple things went wrong,” Pandey tells this daily. “Crucially, Hardik Singh’s injury had a huge impact on the team and Manpreet lost a crucial supporting act in the midfield. Then there was the pressure of playing in front of family and thousands of fans. We are usually good away from home these days.”For someone who has achieved quite a lot in Indian hockey, as a player and leader, the World Cup disaster could potentially have been seen as a stopping point. But Manpreet went back to the drawing board. After a few Pro League matches, the team got a break and Manpreet was driven to bounce back. As Rohit Sharma said after the men’s cricket team’s home World Cup heartbreak, it wasn’t easy to move on but athletes have to find a way.“Spending time with the family definitely helped,” Manpreet, a doting father to a girl now, says. “Like Rohit said about how even going out and meeting people was difficult, such a disappointment is huge. We athletes put in all our efforts for years and years, for that one big day in a tournament. When you don’t succeed, you feel despondent. It takes a while to heal. But then you have to start thinking… what next? We can only change what happens in the future.”It started with fitness. Though he was on a break, Manpreet told his family that he’d not be indulging in his diet. One of the fittest athletes there is, Manpreet went about focussing on staying in the best shape possible. “I definitely had to reboot. And when we returned to the camp, the senior players got together and said ‘Whatever has happened, we can’t change. But we can learn. The mistakes we made at the World Cup shouldn’t be repeated’.”Adding a new dimensionWhile he is no longer the team captain, Manpreet – unsurprisingly – doesn’t add much weightage to it, insisting that the likes of himself and PR Sreejesh are there to share the burden with Harmanpreet Singh. Pandey goes to the extent of saying that being a leader without being the captain has liberated him.“He’s a father now, he’s in a good space personally. The Manpreet of 6-7 years ago was still very disciplined on the pitch every time he played, but was quite outgoing,” Pandey says, adding he saw a version of Manpreet at ACT who was enjoying his game, and took up attacking responsibilities that weren’t quite his forte earlier.New head coach Craig Fulton came in and initially had Manpreet playing in the defence. But it wasn’t new to him, he started his national journey as a defender on the left side. “His fundamentals were sensational, that’s why we had the nickname ‘Korean’ for him,” Pandey recalls. “Then he transitioned into being a wonderful central defensive midfielder across coaches. And now he has added a dimension that not a lot of people thought he had, which is shining as a central attacking midfielder.”Graham Reid’s era saw Manpreet evolve into one of the best guarding midfielders in the game, who was terrific at ball retrieval and starting transitions by receiving the ball into space. Fulton, after the initial shift, brought him back to midfield and gave him the freedom to go forward too. It was evident in Chennai, where Manpreet was player of the match in two of India’s matches, driving masterfully through the midfield.“He can now be the extra man creating overloads in the circle as he was when he scored the opening goal in the Asian Games final. You can see the number of aerials he receives at the baseline, making runs from deep. Under Reid, he was a ball retriever and he was the guard responsible for counter control, and was brilliant at it. Now Fulton has entrusted something new with him, and he is delivering. He is now a 3-dimensional hockey player, and to do that at 31 is quite impressive, and to add to that he is supremely fit,” Pandey says.At the Asian Games, one of the standout features of India’s play was assists for players at the second post and the number of 1-2 passes they made to open up scoring opportunities. Fulton’s philosophy is built on control and a defend-to-win mantra but within that, he is enabling the attackers to dovetail with each other, something the Manpreet-Hardik-Vivek axis is crucial for.“I found joy in going forward, I have a lot of freedom. My understanding has gotten better with other players, when Hardik goes forward I know I have to focus on counter control. And vice versa. Craig also believes that whenever we get the chance we have to use our Indian skills. Our ability to beat players is one of the best in the world, so whenever we can, we must use that ‘Indian masala’,” he adds with a smile.As Indian hockey looks ahead to 2024, Manpreet might not be the captain, but he is leading the way by evolving and setting high benchmarks that youngsters must aspire to. As Pandey says, “For him to have started his journey at a damaging event like London 2012 to now be months away from a fourth Olympics appearance, that’s an incredible career graph. Whatever happens in Paris, Manpreet goes down as an all-time great.”What 2023 taught, what 2024 meansFor someone who has seen many highs and lows in the constantly dramatic world of Indian hockey, Manpreet – and the rest of the Indian team – got a rude reality check at the Odisha World Cup. The defeat against New Zealand was a tough pill to swallow and outgoing coach Graham Reid called for the need to have a mental conditioning coach.In came Paddy Upton, to join new head coach Craig Fulton, who has plenty of experience working with Indian athletes. While Manpreet was aware of the need to reboot personally, there was an acknowledgment that India needed help in handling high-pressure situations.“When Paddy came in, the conversations were about focussing on the controllables. You can’t control the weather, you can’t control the fans turning up at a venue… don’t worry about the result, focus on the steps to get there. To remain stable ahead of a big match, when the pressure is on,” Manpreet says, about moving on from the World Cup heartbreak.Unlike in 2018, the qualification for Paris 2024 has been taken care of early and the Indian men’s team can now fully focus on fine-tuning their game. It would involve using the Pro League matches to full effect. Their dominance at the Asian level is not in doubt still, but there are bigger targets to check off for Fulton, Harmanpreet, Manpreet, and Co. Lessons must be learned from Odisha 2023 as they look ahead. Also Read: Upcoming games 2024 for console and PC