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June 29, 2017
Check out the main contenders at this year's Tour de France
A look at the main Tour de France contenders ahead of Saturday's first stage, a 14-km individual time trial in Duesseldorf:
June 28, 2017
Narsingh questions Sushil's appointment as national observer
uspended wrestler Narsingh Yadav objected to Sushil Kumar's appointment as a national observer, raising conflict of interest allegations in a letter to the Sports Ministry.
PHOTOS: Bold and bare -- athletes take centre stage in nude shoots
Here is a list of athletes, some of who just turned up the heat while some created ripples with their bold photos. Scroll down to find out who these athletes are...
FIFA set to shift India's U-17 World Cup games from Mumbai to Delhi
FIFA is set to shift India's Under-17 World Cup matches from Mumbai to Delhi as the apex soccer body has taken the host government's request 'very seriously'.
June 27, 2017
Can Vijender defeat this Chinese boxer?
'Boxing is a sport and sometimes one punch can make a difference.'
Srikanth speaks on his return from Aus Open Super Series title triumph
Srikanth credits Gopichand for all recent success - the two back-to-back Super Series titles and says, 'My focus is on World Championships, not thinking of rankings'
Delhi Golf Club denies entry to Meghalaya woman for 'looking like maid'
Tailin Lyngdoh is a Governess to Health Advisor in Assam Government, Dr. Nivedita Barthakur who was also invited for lunch at the Delhi Golf Club by a member.
June 26, 2017
Aditi Ashok records career-best finish on LPGA tour
Leading Indian golfer Aditi Ashok secured a career-best tied 25th finish in LPGA's Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Arkansas.
Army doctor from Maharashtra pedals to history in US
Eleven days, 18 hours and 45 minutes after setting out from California, Srinivas Gokulnath created history by becoming the first Indian to complete what is considered to be the toughest cycle race in the world -- the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in the solo category.
June 25, 2017
Ankush claims gold, Devendro gets silver at Mongolia tourney
The fast-rising Ankush Dahiya (60kg) clinched a gold while the experienced L Devendro Singh (52kg) settled for a silver medal on the final day of the
PM Modi, Sachin lauds Australian Open winner Srikanth
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, among others, lavished praise on Kidami Srikanth for claiming the Australian Open title with a stunning win over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long.
Srikanth set to receive a swanky TUV300 from Anand Mahindra
Noted industrialist and diversified business conglomerate Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra on Sunday said he would 'personally' hand over a TUV300 to shuttler Kidambi Srikanth for winning the Australian Open Super Series title.
Srikanth overcomes stomach bug to win his 2nd successive title
'Since I arrived in Sydney I have gastroenteritis and have had diarrhoea, so I have not been at my best physical condition'
Congratulate Kidambi Srikanth!
Join us in congratulating Srikanth on his wonderful achievement.
Super Srikanth lifts Australian Open Super Series
Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth notched up his second successive Super Series title with a stunning straight-game triumph over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long in the Australian Open summit clash in Sydney on Sunday.
June 24, 2017
Devendro, Ankush in final of Mongolian boxing tourney
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (52kg) advanced to the final along with the young Ankush Dahiya (60kg) on another mixed day for Indian boxers at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia on Saturday.
Ageless Gatlin beats the youngsters in US 100m final
Gatlin stormed to the lead in the final 20 metres and defeated favoured youngster Christian Coleman in the 100 metres final at the US nationals/world championships trials on Friday.
Srikanth reaches final of Australia Super Series
Ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth's dream season just got better as the India made it to his third successive Super Series final beating Yuqi Shi 21-10 21-14 at the Australian Open, in Sydney on Saturday.
June 23, 2017
How 'Goldfinger' Narang plans to produce Olympic champions
The selected shooters would be mentored by top international coaches and receive training at state-of-the-art facilities, including sports science support, for a full year.
Mary Kom bows out in quarter-finals
The 34-year-old, a five-time World champion and an Olympic bronze-medallist, struggled to connect clean punches against her taller rival and was even warned once for excessive bending.
Sixers take Fultz with top pick of youthful NBA Draft
The first seven picks of the draft entered as college freshman and 18-year-old Frenchman Frank Ntilikina was taken by the New York Knicks with the eighth choice.
Srikanth in semis; Saina, Sindhu bow out of Australia Open
Kidambi Srikanth continued his fine form to enter the men's singles semi-finals but Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu bowed out of the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament in Sydney, on Friday.
June 22, 2017
Sport Shorts: Bolt to race in Monaco; Devendro in semis
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.
WBO sanctions Vijender title's bout against Zulpikar in August
World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has sanctioned WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title between Vijender Singh and China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali in first week of August in Mumbai.
Australian Open: Srikanth to face Praneeth in quarter-final
After losing the first game, the 24-year-old Indian rebounded strongly to clinch a 15-21, 21-13, 21-13 win over Wan Ho in a gruelling second-round clash that lasted almost an hour.
June 21, 2017
Sports Shorts: Pope Francis gets jersey from US football Hall of Famers
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
I have moved closer to wrestling after marriage: Sakshi
Sakshi, who married to fellow wrestler Satyawart Kadian post the Games, settled for silver in the women's 60kg class in the continental championship held in the national capital this year.
Woman accuses co-athlete of rape at Bhopal's SAI centre
The woman who lodged the complaint in Rohtak Mahila Thana recently, which was later transferred to Ratibad police station, stated that she and the accused used to live in the SAI academy after they got the admission in 2013, according to police.
Srikanth, Saina, Sindhu advance at Australian Open
India's shuttlers enjoyed a mixed day at the Australian Open Super Series as Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, P V Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth progressed to the second round but four others were knocked out in the first round itself, in Sydney, on Wednesday.
Olympian Bindra's tweet directed at Kohli?
The tweet came after Anil Kumble's resignation from the post of India's Head Coach earlier in the day.
June 20, 2017
Tendulkar welcomes 'Tamil Thalaivas' to Pro Kabaddi League
The Chennai franchise which is set to make it's debut in the fifth season of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), has been named 'Tamil Thalaivas'.
Tiger Woods receiving 'professional help'
Tiger Woods said on Monday he is receiving "professional help" to manage his use of the medications he takes to relieve back pain and insomnia following his arrest for driving while intoxicated last month.
June 19, 2017
Will Vijender become Asian King of Boxing?
Vijender Singh's proposed double title fight against Oriental Super middleweight champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali is back on track for an August showdown.
Major change as Brooks Koepka wins US Open
The winds of change were blowing at the U.S. Open on Sunday as Brooks Koepka sailed to a four-stroke victory at Erin Hills, making it the seventh consecutive major that has crowned a first-time winner.
June 18, 2017
Indian wrestlers bag three medals at Jr Asian C'ships
On the last day of the competition, Sharvan bagged the yellow metal in men's 60kg freestyle category, beating Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghaei of Iran 9-2 in the final.
Congratulations pour in for Indonesia Open champ Srikanth
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated shuttler Kidambi Srikanth after he clinched his second Super Series Premier title by lifting the Indonesia Open men's singles trophy in Jakarta.
Indonesia title much-needed boost ahead of World C'ship: Srikanth
'I think it was a fantastic game for me. I started off really well in the first game but he was playing well in the second game, leading 11-6 at the break and fighting it out. But overall, I think my game was going great, my attack was going well for me'
Super Srikanth clinches Indonesia Open title
World No.22 Srikanth beat the Japanese qualifier 21-11, 21-19 in a 37-minute clash of the $1,000,000 event.
US Open Golf: Fowler back in the thick of action
Fowler birdied the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to lift himself to 10 under par, two strokes off the pace at a generous ErinHills layout that has been softened by rain.
June 17, 2017
Indonesia Open: Srikanth enters final, Prannoy's fight ends in agony
Indian shuttler K Srikanth dished out a gritty performance to stun world No.1 Korean Son Wan Ho to reach the finals of the $ 1,000,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier in Jakarta on Sunday.
US Open: Crowded leaderboard but world top three miss cut
Paul Casey rode a rollercoaster to a four-way share of second-round lead at the U.S. Open on Friday but it was the end of the line for the world's three top-ranked players.
June 16, 2017
McDonald's ends Olympics sponsorship deal early
US fast-food giant McDonald's Corp has ended its 41-year-long Olympic Games sponsorship deal three years early, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday.
When Prannoy played one of the best matches of his career
India's H S Prannoy described his stunning win over Olympic champion Chen Long as one of the best of his career and credited his better fitness.
IOA hints India may bid for 2032 Olympic Games
The Indian Olympic Association president Narayanswami Ramachandran on Friday claimed that the government has agreed to consider the possibility of India bidding for the hosting rights of the 2032 Olympic Games.
Prannoy stuns Olympic champ Chen Long, Srikanth also enters semis
Indian shuttler H S Prannoy continued his giant-killing spree to stun World and Olympic Champion Chen Long of China to enter the semi-finals of the Indonesia Super Series Premier along with Kidambi Srikanth, in Jakarta, on Friday.
Huge drama at Oslo Diamond League!
World champion Dafne Schippers was involved in a bizarre women's 200 metres at the Oslo Diamond League meeting on Thursday when the Dutchwoman false-started, was allowed to race and won, was then disqualified and finally reinstated.
June 15, 2017
Shooter Heena slams chief pistol coach
'I did work with him for few a days because my Federation asked me, saying 'just give him a chance and see if it works for you'. But it was sort of miserable. I don't want to work with him. I don't find him competent enough'
Indonesia Open: Prannoy stuns Lee; Saina, Sindhu ousted
H S Prannoy stunned World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in straight games to storm into the men's singles quarterfinals but India suffered huge setback in women's event with both Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu crashing out of the Indonesia Super Series Premier in Jakarta on Thursday.
June 14, 2017
Srikanth, Prannoy advance at Indonesia Open
Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy advanced to the second round of the men's singles competition at the US$ 1,000,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier in Jakarta, on Wednesday.
'UTT league will benefit the sport of table tennis in India'
World men's No.7 Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong believes that the Ultimate Table Tennis league, which will begin from July 13, will benefit the sport in India.
Baba Ramdev wrestles with Olympic champ Sushil
Ramdev took to his official Twitter handle to share the pictures of him performing yoga with the wrestlers.
June 13, 2017
Brazil thrash Australia 4-0 in Confederations warm-up
Australia got off to a terrible start when centre back Bailey Wright gave away possession with the second pass of the game, allowing Diego Souza to hammer home a low shot to groans from most of the 49,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Mixed day for Indian shuttlers at Indonesia Open
Sindhu, Saina advance to 2nd round; Reddy-Ponnappa out
All you need to know about NBA champion Golden State Warriors
Profile of the Golden State Warriors, who beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday to win their second NBA championship in three seasons.
Warriors beat Cavaliers to clinch NBA title
The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 on Monday to win their second NBA championship in three seasons and cap a near-perfect run through the playoffs.
June 12, 2017
Jordan Olympic shoes sell for record $190,373
The Converse shoes were said to be used by the NBA legend in the gold medal game against Spain in the 1984 Olympics, according to ESPN.
Para-athlete accuses for cruelty, Railways clarify
International para-athlete turned social worker Suvarna Raj on Sunday alleged that she was allotted an upper berth on a Nagpur-Delhi train even though she is physically handicapped.
Shooting WC: Jitu Rai, Heena Sidhu bag gold in mixed team event
Ace shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu brought joy to the Indian squad competing at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rife/Pistol stage at Gabala, Azerbaijan, when they clinched gold in the 10m mixed team air pistol event by beating Russia 7-6 in the finals on Monday.
June 11, 2017
'Greatest' Bolt to leave unmatched legacy
Usain Bolt is without question the greatest ever track athlete and the Jamaican's involvement in athletics after his retirement will be paramount to ensure its relevance to a younger generation, according to Sebastian Coe.
Fireworks in Jamaica as Bolt wins final 100 metres race on home soil
Usain Bolt recovered from a moderate start to win his final 100 metres on home soil, clocking 10.03 seconds at the 2nd Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on Saturday.
June 10, 2017
First Formula E win for India's Mahindra team
Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist won the first of two Berlin ePrix races on Saturday to hand India's Mahindra team a maiden victory in the Formula E electric series.
Archery: India return with a bronze from World Cup Stage II
Having lost the men's and women's team events in the morning session, Verma and Dahal were India's only hope to sign off with a medal and the duo did not disappoint.
June 09, 2017
Sports Shorts: Kane looks to 'role model' Ronaldo; Raonic parts ways with coach
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday
Not so fast young man, Bolt cautions De Grasse
Usain Bolt has cautioned Canadian young gun Andre De Grasse to temper his expectations of dethroning him at the world championships in London in August.
June 07, 2017
Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand?
The Sports Ministry has written to the Prime Minister's Office, requesting Bharat Ratna for the late Dhyan Chand in what can considered be its latest push to bestow the hockey legend with India's highest civilian honour.
June 06, 2017
Paralympian probed in connection with man's death
However, the athlete was allowed to go after the enquiry on Sunday.
June 04, 2017
Praneeth wins Thailand Grand Prix Gold title
Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth lifted his maiden Grand Prix gold title by posting a come-from-behind victory over Indonesian Jonatan Christie in the
June 03, 2017
Sports Shorts: Federer to make comeback in Stuttgart on June 14
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday
Saina bows out, Praneeth advances to final in Thailand
It was a day of mixed results for India as B Sai Praneeth sailed into the final with a straight-game win but Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal's campaign ended in the semi-final of the $120000 Thailand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Bangkok on Saturday.
June 02, 2017
DRI arrests national-level shooter for smuggling guns, wildlife
Bishnoi is alleged to be the kingpin of a global syndicate involved in smuggling of fire arms and wildlife.
Thailand Grand Prix: Saina, Sai Praneeth advance to semis
Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth sailed into the semi-finals of the of the $ 120000 Thailand Grand Prix Gold after registering a straight-game win over local player Kantaphon Wangcharoen in Bangkok on Friday.
June 01, 2017
Mouma-Manika create history at World TT Championships
Manika Batra and Mouma Das made history by becoming the first Indian pair to reach the quarter-finals of the World Table Tennis Championships in Dusseldorf, on Thursday.
Sports Shorts: NBA star LeBron James's home vandalized with racial slur
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday
This mother of teenagers conquered Everest 5 times
'When I am at the top I always feel I am blessed and closer to god.'
May 31, 2017
Saina, Praneeth register easy wins at Thailand Open
Title-contenders Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth advanced to prequarter-finals of the Thailand Open after notching up straight-game wins in the women's and men's singles competition respectively.
Historic first for India as Aditi, Sharmila tee up at LPGA
This week's ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey will mark a historic moment for Indian women's golf as Aditi Ashok and Sharmila Nicollet will be teeing up at the event for the first time ever.
Isinbayeva quits as Russian anti-doping chief
Isinbayeva was under pressure to quit as head of RUSADA's supervisory council after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) called for her removal, one of four steps it said were necessary for RUSADA to retrieve its right to oversee the testing of Russian athletes.
Sports Shorts: Mahrez says wants to leave Leicester; 'Woods needs help'
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
May 30, 2017
How money speaks more than medals
If you don't have power in a game you are masters of, the world will walk all over you, notes Shekhar Gupta.
Sports Shorts: City chairman on Aguero's future at the club
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
Woods 'asleep at the wheel' of stopped car before DUI arrest: Police
Woods had "extremely slow and slurred speech" after being awoken by a Jupiter police officer, who found the golfer's car stopped in the right lane of the roadway and still running, the report said.
May 29, 2017
Golfer Tiger Woods arrested in Florida
Golfer Tiger Woods was arrested in South Florida on Monday morning on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to media reports.
Boxing queen Mary Kom all set to return to action
Out of competitive action for over a year, five-time world champion M C Mary Kom will return to the ring in an invitational tournament to be held in Mongolia next month.
May 28, 2017
Sarita, Pinki return to amateur boxing after apologizing
The two boxers, who had signed up with the Indian Boxing Council (IBC), will be re-joining the national camp after submitting letters of apology to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for abruptly leaving the amateur circuit.
India's Bhavani Devi strikes gold at World Cup Fencing C'ship
In the final, she beat Sarah Jane Hampson of Great Britain 15-13 on points.
Arsenal down 10-man Chelsea to lift FA Cup
Arsenal denied Chelsea the double with a 2-1 victory in an enthralling FA Cup final.
May 27, 2017
Rohit fails dope test, to be stripped off Asian youth medal
Young javelin thrower Rohit Yadav is set to be stripped of the silver medal that he won at the Asian Youth Athletics championship after he tested positive
How kabaddi challenges cricket's might
Kabaddi may now be behind only cricket in the popularity stakes.
May 26, 2017
Sports Shorts: Rooney decided on United future; Rossi recovering
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday.
India bow out of Sudirman Cup after losing to China
India's campaign at the Sudirman Cup ended after they went down 0-3 against top seed and 10-time champions China in the quarter-finals of the mixed team championship in Gold Coast.
May 25, 2017
Sports Shorts: Rooney left out of England team for World Cup qualifier
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday
Indian athlete suspended after meldonium found in room
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) carried out a search at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala last month and seized containers of the substance from the athlete's room, its director general Navin Agarwal told Reuters by telephone.
May 24, 2017
Mohun Bagan say won't submit ISL bid document
The former I-League champions collected the Invitation To Bid document on the last day and Thursday is the submission deadline.
Frenchman Cottalorda to coach Indian women boxers
The 41-year-old, who is a member of the European Boxing Confederation's coaches commission, will be joining the boxers in the first week of June.
Sindhu elected as member of BWF Atheletes' commission
The 21-year-old Indian topped the ballot with 129 votes as she led a trio of women onto the BWF Athletes' Commission.
Sudirman Cup: India shuttlers qualify for knockout stage
The Indian badminton team sealed a place in the knockout stage of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship, despite Indonesia pulling off a stunning 3-2 victory over Denmark in the last match of the Group 1D in Gold Coast, Australia, on Wednesday.
Barcelona star Messi loses appeal in tax fraud trial
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
May 23, 2017
Rs 47 crore spent in Pro Kabaddi auction
The Pro Kabaddi player auction netted a consolidated price of Rs 46.99 crore for 227 players selected over two days of intense bidding between 12 franchises.
No, no never! That's what Sakshi said about Bollywood
Sakshi made it clear that she has no plans of entering Bollywood.
Former MotoGP champion Hayden dies after cycling accident
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden died five days after the American was hit by a car while cycling in eastern Italy, his Honda World Superbike team said.
May 22, 2017
World Cup: Shocking! Ace shooter Jitu fails to qualify for final
Ace shooter Jitu Rai failed to make it to the final of the men's 10m Air Pistol at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup (Rifle/Pistol), in Munich, on Monday.
Moscow FIDE: Harikrishna finishes tied 10th
Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna ended his campaign at Moscow FIDE Grand Prix with a draw against GM Teimour Radjabov.
'Pakistani players not welcome for Pro Kabaddi League'
The government made it clear that it will not allow Pakistani players to compete in the Pro Kabaddi League, slated for next month, unless the neighbouring country stops 'sponsoring terrorism'.
May 21, 2017
Djokovic names Agassi as coach
Novak Djokovic confirmed he will be coached by Andre Agassi at the French Open after being humbled by German youngster Alexander Zverev in the final of the Italian Open on Sunday.
Chess Roundup: Harikrishna wins against Ian; Vaishali wins gold
Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna beat Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in his eighth round tie in the Moscow FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow.
Veteran Gatlin claims 100 metres victory at Japan Golden Prix
Veteran American sprinter Justin Gatlin fended off the challenge of a host of Japanese hopes when he won the men's 100 metres at the Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki on Sunday, crossing the line first in 10.28 seconds.
How can unfit doctors treat athletes: Mary Kom on IOA row
In the wake of the ongoing enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against two doctors who were sent by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to the Rio Olympics, Indian boxer and Rajya Sabah Member of Parliament Mary Kom on Sunday said that those who are not qualified should not be sent for competitions.
May 20, 2017
Sports Shorts: Harikrishna holds Tomashevsky in FIDE Moscow GP
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday
Errant boxer Vikas deposes before BFI disciplinary committee
'I have been told by the committee members that I should now join back training and start preparing for the World Championships. I think the committee members are empathetic towards whatever happened'
World Cup Archery: Indian men win gold in Compound Team event
Competing as a team for the first time, India defeated 10th seeded Colombia's Camilo Cardona, Daniel Munoz and Jose Carlos Ospina 226-221 in a one-sided final this morning.
May 19, 2017
Nepotism? CBI launch probe into 2 undeserving medicos in Rio contingent
It is alleged that Dr Pawandeep Singh and R S Negi did not have requisite qualification and experience but were sent with the Indian contingent for the 2016 Rio Games.
Moscow chess: GM Harikrishna goes down fighting to Gelfland
Coming into the day at the back of a splendid win and a day's rest, the World No. 16 Indian, playing with black pieces, could not maintain his momentum and despite giving a tough fight in a game that lasted for 52 moves, failed to avert his second loss of the campaign.
Archery World Cup: Indian compound team enter final
India's compound men's archery team advanced to the final of the season's first World Cup, in Shanghai, on Friday.
WADA could bar Russia from Olympics
Russia could be banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if proposed changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code announced on Thursday are fast-tracked.
The 12-year-old goalie who will represent India
Sujal Kahar is all set to represent India at the Football for Friendship tournament in Russia.
May 18, 2017
Former MotoGP champion Hayden in intensive care after accident
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden spent a second day in intensive care on Thursday after colliding with a car while cycling in eastern Italy.
Mallya to remain India's top representative in FIA
Vijay Mallya remains India's top representative in world motorsport body FIA at a time when he is facing extradition to India over charges of unpaid debts and money laundering.
Sports Shorts: Juventus win Coppa Italia; Monaco claim Ligue 1
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.
May 17, 2017
Former MotoGP champion Hayden hit by car in Italy
Media reports said the "Kentucky Kid", who won the MotoGP championship on a Honda in 2006, is in a serious condition.
Sports Shorts: Boost for Real Madrid as Nacho's suspension lifted
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday.
May 16, 2017
Sports Shorts: Cavani named best Ligue 1 player
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
AP govt amends Act to appoint Olympian PV Sindhu as Group-1 officer
Certain provisions in the Andhra Pradesh (Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalisation of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure) Act, 1994, prevented the appointment of the badminton player as any recruitment in public service should only be through the AP Public Service Commission, selection committee or employment exchange.
Drug cheat Ben Johnson ad draws anger
A disgraced athlete ero returns... to much dismay.
May 15, 2017
Mohd Anas smashes national record, qualifies for World C'ships
The 22-year-old Anas clocked 45.32 sec under hot and humid conditions at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. He also qualified for the World Championships to be held in London in August. The entry standard for the World Championships stands at 45.50secs.
May 14, 2017
Asian C'ships: Grappler Sumit takes silver as India end with 10 medals
After conceding a point, the Indian grappler was quick to pull back two points by overpowering his opponent and throwing him out of the mat.
India claim 2 medals at World Para Athletics Grand Prix
Ramudri Someshwara Rao won a gold medal in the 200m race and Hokato Sema bagged a bronze in shot put.
Chess: Harika settles for a draw in Rd 4 in Malmo
World No. 10 Indian, playing with black pieces, had to be at her defensive best to avoid conceding the game.
May 13, 2017
Sports Shorts: Pique illness leaves Barca short-staffed
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday
Asian Wrestling: Punia bags India's first gold
Bajrang Punia (men's 65kg) posted an impressive victory on the penultimate day of the Asian Wrestling Championship on Saturday.
May 12, 2017
Sakshi settles for silver at Asian Championships
Star grappler Sakshi Malik bagged a silver medal for India in the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championship after losing to Japan's Risako Kawai in women's 60kg category in New Delhi, on Friday.
Sports Shorts: Under-fire Sharapova gets Navratilova backing
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday.
Wrestlers Sakshi, Vinesh, Divya in gold medal round of Asian C'ship
Competing for the first time in women's 60kg category after jumping up the weight division from 58kg, Sakshi hardly broke a sweat en route to the final.
After football Sachin Tendulkar pads up for Pro Kabaddi
The cricket icon is a co-owner of the Chennai franchise, one of the new teams added to the sport league
May 11, 2017
Sindhu rested for Thailand Open, Saina to play the three big series
India will be sending full teams for the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold (May 30-June 4), Indonesia Open Super Series (June 12-18) and Australian Open Super Series (June 20-25).
Asian Wrestling: Anil, Jyoti bag bronze for India on Day 2
Anil Kumar also faced a similar fate during the quarter-finals of 85kg, going down to Japan's Atsushi Matsumoto 0-7, but was fortunate to enter the bronze medal round after the Japanese grappler ensured a place in the gold medal round.
Vijender terminates agreement with Queensberry Promotions
WBO Super Middleweight Asia Pacific champion Vijender Singh, who has been unbeaten in the professional circuit, has decided to terminate his agreement with Queensberry Promotions with immediate effect.
Sports Shorts: Dortmund's Bartra returns to training after bus attack
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.
May 10, 2017
Asian Wrestling C'ship: Harpreet bags bronze
Harpreet bagged his second successive bronze medal at the Asian Championship after defeating Junjie Na of China 3-2.
Sports Shorts: Totti declines to confirm retirement at end of season
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday.
Honeymoon over for golf star McIlroy
After a five-week layoff that saw him wed American Erica Stoll in an Irish castle, soak up the sun on a Caribbean honeymoon and strike a new multi-million dollar equipment deal, Rory McIlroy is keen to start a new chapter in his life at The Players in Florida this week.
Why did Vikas Krishan pull out of the Asian Championships?
Why did Vikas Krishan give his opponent a walkover in an Asian Championship semi-final?
May 09, 2017
Bindra lashes out at NRAI after shooters stranded at airport
Bindra said that the official team manager left the athletes "to fend for themselves".
Want to become an NBA star? Here is your chance...
'This initiative is not about finding more sponsors or marketing partners. It's about developing elite basketball prospects'
Tour de France champ unhurt after hit-and-run case
The 31-year-old three-time winner of the world's biggest bike race, tweeted a picture of the twisted remains of his "totaled" training bike, saying he had been deliberately knocked off by the driver.
Why panels like Lodha are needed for all National Sports Federation
India's greatest ever Olympian Sushil Kumar strongly feels that panels similar to one headed by Justice RM Lodha to clean up the Board of Control for Cricket in India mess, is required to bring in more accountability and transparency in functioning of National Sports Federations (NSF).
Vikas won't be allowed to compete in World Series of Boxing
Indian boxer Vikas Krishan, who forfeited his semi-final bout in the Asian Championships, won't be allowed to compete in the World Series of Boxing and will have to explain his no-show to a disciplinary committee of the national federation.
Fit-again Kashyap racing against time for CWG qualification
After missing out on Rio Olympics last year due to a knee surgery, a fit-again Parupalli Kashyap is racing against time to regain his place in the Indian team and defend his title at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
May 08, 2017
Leander Paes, Rhea Pillai fail to resolve dispute
The Supreme Court, on Monday, said it cannot force ace tennis player Leander Paes and his estranged live-in partner Rhea Pillai to arrive at a settlement in a maintenance case.
Sports Shorts: Maradona head coach of UAE's Al-Fujairah
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Monday.
May 07, 2017
Kavinder, Manoj, Satish qualify for World Championships
Third seed Satish Kumar (+91kg) and sixth seed Manoj Kumar (69kg) were among the three Indian boxers who qualified for the World Championships after winning their respective box-offs at the Asian Championships in Tashkent, on Sunday.
May 06, 2017
Olympians oppose new athletics world record proposals
A proposal for new world record ratification rules that could have a retroactive effect faced opposition from the World Olympians Associations (WOA) on Friday, who said it would cast suspicion on all past performances.
Asian Boxing Championships: Shiva, Sumit settle for silver
Fourth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) became the first Indian boxer to clinch three consecutive Asian Championships medals, while Sumit Sangwan (91kg) notched up his maiden podium finish as both boxers settled for silver medals at the continental showpiece, in Tashkent, on Saturday.
Kipchoge runs fastest marathon but...
Eliud Kipchoge ran the quickest recorded marathon on Saturday, crossing the line at the Monza Formula One track in two hours and 25 seconds but missing out on an ambitious attempt to break the two-hour barrier.
May 05, 2017
BFI to seek answers from Vikas over Asian C'ship walkover
However, the Indian did not report for weigh-in on Friday morning.
BAI finally gives shuttlers prize money for 2014 Commonwealth Games!
Saina was awarded a cheque of Rs 25 lakhs for her title-winning performance at the Australia Super Series in 2016, besides becoming the first Indian to become the World No. 1 and reaching the finals at All England champion in 2015.
Asian Championship: Shiva in final, Vikas settles for bronze
Fourth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) stunned Olympic bronze-medallist and top seed Dorjnyambuug Otgondalai of Mongolia to enter the Asian Boxing Championships final, in Tashkent, on Friday.
May 04, 2017
Pakistan says India should not be given international sporting events
The National assembly's Standing Committee on Sports in Pakistan observed that in recent months, India had been trying to isolate Pakistani sportspersons by depriving them a chance to compete in international events.
May 03, 2017
Vikas, Shiva in semis, qualify for World C'ships
Top seed Vikas Krishan (75kg) and fourth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) were among the four Indian boxers who qualified for the World Championships and assured themselves of medals by advancing to the Asian Championships semi-finals, in Tashkent, on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Maradona to visit Kolkata for a 2-day trip in September
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
'India can't have sporting ties with terrorism-sponsoring Pakistan'
'Terrorism and sports can't go along and Pakistan should understand that'
India denies visa to Pakistan wrestlers for Asian Championship
The Pakistan Wrestling Federation on Tuesday claimed that its national team has been denied visa by the Indian High Commission for the upcoming Asian Championship scheduled to be held in New Delhi from May 10-14.
Trickster Ronaldo puts Real on verge of Champions League final
The Portuguese forward put his team on the verge of their third final in four years and took his tally to 103 goals in the competition as he helped Madrid vanquish their neighbours at the Santiago Bernabeu.
May 02, 2017
Asian Boxing C'ships: Shiva, Sumit enter quarters
Shiva, a World Championships bronze-medallist and a two-time medallist at the Asian meet, edged past Kyrgyzstan's Omurbek Malabekov in a split verdict to make the last-eight stage, where he will face Chinese Taipei's Chu-En Lai in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Sports Shorts: Europe calls for new record ratification laws
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
The Indian runner who made history in Boston
'I ran with the Indian flag throughout and, believe me, it is a fantastic feeling.'
Italians and racism in sport: UN hails Pescara's Muntari for walk-off
Muntari said he had complained that parts of the crowd, including a group of children, had hurled racist insults at him from the start of his Italian team's game at Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.
First Look! Mommy-to-be Serena rocks the red carpet at Met Gala
The mother-to-be showed off her baby bump in a flowing green gown as she entered with fiancé Alexis Ohanian.
May 01, 2017
After Saina, biopic on PV Sindhu
Ace shuttler PV Sindhu, the first Indian woman to bag a silver medal at the Olympics, is the latest athlete whose story is set to be portrayed at the big screen.
Asian Boxing Championship: Vikas, Gaurav advance to quarters
Top seed Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) advanced to the quarter-finals, giving India a good start at the Asian Boxing Championships in Tashkent on Monday.
April 30, 2017
Chinappa beats Pallikal to win historic Asian Squash title
Joshna Chinappa held off a fighting Dipika Pallikal 13-15, 12-10, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4 in 78 minutes to win her biggest title till date.
Sensational victory! Anthony Joshua knocks out Wladimir Klitschko
Anthony Joshua delivered one of the great nights in British boxing annals by stopping Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to be crowned IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Bindra on how India can emerge as a sporting nation
The Indian shooters fired a blank at the Rio 2016 Olympics with Abhinav Bindra missing the medal by a whisker but the 2008 Beijing Olympic champion said he has high hopes for Tokyo.
April 29, 2017
Asian Squash: It's Joshna vs Dipika in summit clash
The two Indian women made the final of the tournament with contrasting victories on Saturday
April 28, 2017
Advani loses in Asian Snooker summit clash
India's top cueist Pankaj Advani lost to China's Lv Haotian in the summit clash of Asian Snooker Championship in Doha on Friday, as he failed in his bid to win the continental double of billiards and snooker titles in the same year.
Sindhu knocked out of Badminton Asia Championships
Sindhu, seeded fourth in the tournament, lost 21-15, 14-21, 22-24 against her eighth-seeded Chinese opponent in the quarter-final contest that lasted one hour and 17 minutes.
Ghosal, Chinappa sails into Asian Squash C'ships semis
The experienced Ghosal, seeded second in the tournament and ranked 30th in the world, needed just 43 minutes to thrash the 10th-seeded Malhotra. Ghosal kept his rival on the run with an array of shots and dominated the proceedings.
Weightlifter Sushila Panwar fails dope test
After Panwar's 'A' sample was found positive, the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) suspended her provisionally.
Sports Shorts: Mallya optimistic; Rooney hopeful of future
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday
April 27, 2017
'Vinod Khanna ji, Om Shanti!'
Sports fraternity pays homage to legend Vinod Khanna
Government mulls jail term for doping under new law
Sports Minister Vijay Goel said he fears that doping may fast spread to the junior level and it needs to be curbed by creating fear in the minds of athletes.
Sindhu sails into quarter-finals with another easy win
The Rio Games silver winner easily notched up a 21-14, 21-15 win over unseeded Japanese Aya Ohori in the second round match that lasted just 40 minutes.
Sports Shorts: Dortmund stun Bayern; PSG sweep aside Monaco
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.
April 26, 2017
Nita Ambani made member of IOC's prestigious Olympic Channel
India's first woman International Olympic Committee member Nita Ambani has made it to two important commissions of the global sports governing body, including the prestigious Olympic channel.
Asia Championships: Sindhu wins, Saina bows out
PV Sindhu cruised into the second round but compatriot Saina Nehwal bowed out fighting in the Badminton Asia Championships.
Sports Shorts: Ennis-Hill not expecting apology; F1 to ditch 'halo' protection
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday.
Check out who is set to play Saina Nehwal in biopic...
Shraddha Kapoor is all set to essay Saina Nehwal in a biopic based on the badminton champion's life that will be directed by Amole Gupte and produced by Bhushan Kumar.
Another face-off: Pak criticises India for 'non-sporting approach'
Blaming India for their pull out from the Asian Squash Championships, Pakistan have lodged a complaint with the World and Asian squash bodies, alleging that the hosts deliberately delayed visas to their team.
April 25, 2017
Sports Shorts: EB's Ali suffers heart attack; Harikrishna loses
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
Barcelona Open: Evans, Edmund through, home favourite Robredo loses
Edmund sailed through in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 against world number 70 Jeremy Chardy and will face fourth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria.
April 24, 2017
Vijender Singh won't participate in Amir Khan's pro-league
Vijender, who is promoted by IOS Boxing Promotions, is the reigning WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion and is expected to defend his title for a second time next month after the IPL.
This inspirational 100-year old was just short of Bolt's record mark!
With a jaunty victory dance, 101- year-old Man Kaur celebrated winning the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland on Monday, the 17th gold medal in the Indian athlete's remarkable late-blooming career.
April 23, 2017
Bekele hampered by shoes in London defeat
Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele partly blamed his state-of-the-art Nike shoes for his failure to win the London Marathon on Sunday.
Yogeshwar Dutt's search for grand swansong continues
In the twilight of his career and prone to injuries like never before, ace Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is still eager to continue and insists that the thought of retirement has not even crossed his mind yet.
This boxer in fighting in hijab
Muslim teen boxer in US wins right to fight in hijab.
Sad that India is No. 3 in doping: Mary Kom
Five-time boxing World champion M C Mary Kom on Saturday said it is very disappointing that India ranks number 3 in doping and urged the government and Sports Authority of India (SAI) to do more to curb the menace.
April 21, 2017
Sports Shorts: Tiger undergoes back surgery; Former England defender Ehiogu dies
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday.
A glimpse into the mind of Tiger Woods
'The ball barely made it to the hole, giving rise to a heady exhilaration and bemusement that only Woods' adroitness could -- and perhaps still does -- invoke.'
Can you guess which athletes rocked the Time most influential list?
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James were among seven sports figures named to Time Magazine's annual list of the world's most influential people, which was announced Thursday.
Here's why this Rio Olympic champion is BANNED
Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion Brianna Rollins was handed a one-year suspension for failing to properly file whereabouts information for out-of-competition testing, the US Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday.
Sports Shorts: Olympic high jumper Mason dies in motorbike crash
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday
April 20, 2017
Rankings: Sindhu back in top three, Praneeth achieves career-best 22
Earlier this month, Sindhu had attained her career-best world number two ranking after clinching her maiden India Open Super Series title.
Farah injection before 2014 London Marathon was not recorded - doctor
British teenager has both legs amputated after F4 crash
The 17-year-old, who smashed at speed into the back of another car that had halted on the track, was trapped in the wreckage for more than 90 minutes before being extricated and flown to hospital.
April 19, 2017
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in jail cell
Former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in the jail cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, just days after being acquitted of a second murder charge.
Sports Shorts: Bayern keeper breaks foot; Djokovic survives shock
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday.
April 18, 2017
This runner won despite stopping to return a rival's water bottle
Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at the Boston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance.
April 17, 2017
BEST Sports PHOTOS of the Week!
From Shraddha Kapoor gyrating at the opening ceremony of an IPL match to breathtaking moves on the soccer field, here are Images that made memorable sporting moments
Sports Shorts: Sainz given three-place grid penalty for Russian GP
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Sunday
Olympians Malik, Karmakar in Forbes' list of young super achievers
India has 53 achievers on the list, second only to China which has 76 honorees.
April 16, 2017
Anyone misbehaving with our soldiers should be shot: Yogeshwar
Yogeshwar Dutt on Sunday said that anyone who goes against the country and misbehaves with our soldiers should be shot dead.
Coach Gopichand points out how Praneeth can continue winning
Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, on Sunday, said his ward B Sai Praneeth needs to be consistent and hoped the win at Singapore Open will take his
Praneeth beats Srikanth to clinch maiden Super Series title
April 15, 2017
Singapore Open: It's Srikanth vs Praneeth in final
For the first time in the history of badminton, two Indians will clash in a Super Series final with Kidambi Srikanth taking on B Sai Praneeth at the
April 14, 2017
Singapore Superseries: Marin ousts Sindhu in quarters
Indian Ace shuttler PV Sindhu suffered a crushing defeat against World No 3 Carolina Marin in the quarter-finals of the of the Singapore Open Superseries tournament on Friday.
April 13, 2017
Squash round-up: Joshna ousted in quarters at World C'ships
Chinappa lost 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 3-11 to Camille in a 70-minute marathon tussle on Wednesday.
Olympians Sakshi, Karmakar receive Padma honours
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar and discus thrower Vikas Gowda were the other sport spersons to receive the honour on Thursday.
April 12, 2017
PM Modi leads tributes to BAI chief Das Gupta after demise
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the tributes that poured in for Badminton Association of India president Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta, who passed away in Lucknow after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday.
World champ Shubenkov of Russia cleared to compete as neutrals
The sport's governing body said on Tuesday that the seven had all met the "exceptional eligibility criteria" after satisfying the board that they have been training in an environment that passes the necessary anti-doping requirements.
Sindhu advances to Round 2 of Singapore Open
The fifth seeded Indian will face Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani next.
April 10, 2017
Rankings: Grapplers Sakshi, Sandeep break into top-10
In the men's freestyle category, Sandeep Tomar also broke into the top-10, reaching the seventh position in men's 57kg.
Saina withdraws from Singapore Open
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has pulled out of the US$350,000 Singapore Super Series to spend more time in training to improve her game ahead of the hectic international circuit.
US Masters: Garcia beats Rose to claim Green Jacket
Spain's Sergio Garcia ended nearly two decades of major disappointment when he beat England's Justin Rose in a playoff to win the US Masters on Sunday, donning the Green Jacket on what would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, the late Seve Ballesteros.
April 09, 2017
Augusta Masters: Rose, Garcia lead as Spieth lurks
Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, conjured up seven birdies, including two at the last two holes, in a day's best round of 67.
April 08, 2017
Snoop Dogg on a mission in Augusta to make golf cool
Rapper Snoop Dogg this week said that while the US Masters may be the most prestigious tournament in golf, it suffers from a coolness deficit, something he plans to change when he brings his brand of "hip hop flavor" to the staid tournament.
April 07, 2017
Olympic marathon champion fails drugs test
Jemima Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, has tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test carried out by the IAAF, the sport's governing body said on Thursday.
World No. 1 Johnson pulls out of US Masters
World number one Dustin Johnson pulled out of the US Masters in Augusta on Thursday after sustaining a back injury in a freak fall.
April 05, 2017
Malaysia Open: Sindhu, Saina crash out in first round
India's top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, on Wednesday, suffered shocking first-round exits from the Malaysia Open Super Series in Kuching.
Is India ready for a Poker Sports League?
Come May, the Deltin Royale, which boasts of the country's largest poker room, will play host to India's first Poker Sports League.
Here's why McIlroy will think twice before golfing with Trump again
Rory McIlroy received plenty of criticism for golfing with US President Donald Trump this year and on Tuesday the Northern Irishman said he would "think twice" before accepting a second invitation.
April 04, 2017
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar has knee surgery, to miss Asian C'ships
Karmakar underwent an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in Mumbai and will not participate in the Thailand meet scheduled from May 18.
Sports Shots: Barca star Rafinha set to miss crucial month
A summary of sports stories from across the globe
An honest letter to Tiger Woods
Change your game. You should play with a new game of shorter drives and enter tournaments where length off the tees is not so critical, writes Siddharth Shriram in a note to the golfing great.
Russian hackers compromised athletes' medical records says IAAF
TUEs are issued by sports federations and national anti-doping organizations to allow athletes to take certain banned substances for verified medical needs.
Mother Nature ready to throw everything at Augusta Masters
For the first time in 11 years, opening practice at the Masters was suspended and the merchandise shop can expect a run on umbrellas with more rain forecast for later in the week.
Ahead of Masters, Golf has a new controversy over rules
World number eight Rickie Fowler and reigning PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker are the latest to criticise the controversial rule a day after American Lexi Thompson lost the year's first LPGA major after a surprising penalty.
April 03, 2017
Top-ranked Johnson, Spieth, McIlroy three to beat at US Masters
Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are the three clear favourites for the year's first major championship.
IOC denies covering up 2008 Olympic doping cases
The IOC said it had not detected any significant abuse of clenbuterol after finding "very low levels" of the banned substance during re-testing of samples from the Beijing Olympics.
Olympic medallist Sakshi ties the knot with fellow wrestler Satyawart
The two had got engaged in October last year and according to reports, they had agreed upon the wedding before Malik had left for Rio to compete in the Olympics.
April 02, 2017
Here's what Sindhu said after beating Marin
Newly-crowned India Open Super Series champion PV Sindhu feels that winning the hard-fought first game against Carolina Marin proved to be crucial in the final outcome of the match.
Congratulate PV Sindhu!
In front of her home crowd, Sindhu beat the Rio champion in straight games.
Super Sindhu conquers Marin to win her maiden India Open title
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu beat Olympic and world champion Carolina Marin in the Indian Open final, in New Delhi, on Sunday.
Gopichand promises more Sainas and Sindhus before Tokyo Olympics
Gopichand, who shaped Sindhu and Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal among others, believes it will take some time for the next big star to emerge.
April 01, 2017
India Open: Sindhu enters final, sets up title date with Marin
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu set up a mouth-watering summit clash with Rio Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin after a hard-fought win over World No 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semi-finals of the India Super Series, in New Delhi, on Saturday.
Here's why things did not work out between Sushil and WWE
Sushil Kumar will not be joining the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) after its vice-President Canyon Ceman revealed that things did not work out with him.
March 31, 2017
Sindhu trumps Saina to enter India Open semis
PV Sindhu fought back in the 2nd game to down compatriot Saina Nehwal 21-16, 22-20 and book a berth in the Yonex-Sunrise India Super Series badminton tournament at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi on Friday.
March 30, 2017
Padma honours for Kohli, Dipa Malik among other sports stars
Images of the Padma Shri conferred on sports stars on Thursday
India Open: Sindhu to meet Saina in quarters
The Hong Kong Open finalist, Sameer reached the quarter-finals with a shocking 21-17, 21-15 win in a 40-minute match.
IOC disqualifies four Russians from London Olympics over doping
The IOC said all four -- Victoria Valyukevich, a triple jumper who was eighth in the women's competition, hammer throwers Gulfiya Khanafeeva and Mariia Bespalova, and weightlifter Khadzhimurat Akkaev, who did not compete due to a back injury, had tested positive for anabolic steroid turinabol.
Ready for bigger kabaddi extravaganza?
The Pro Kabaddi League will now have 12 teams, over 130 matches and 13 weeks of competition.
March 29, 2017
India Open: Saina, Sindhu, Sameer sail into second round
Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal made a resounding start to their women's singles campaign but it was Sameer Verma who hogged the limelight with a stunning straight-game win over Korean Son Wan Ho in men's event in the opening round of the India Super Series in New Delhi on Wednesday.
A belated Olympic medal for India's Anju Bobby George?
According to reports, Anju (finished 5th) along with fellow long jumpers, Australia's Bronwyn Thompson (4th) and England's Jade Johnson (6th), have urged a probe into the long jump event at the Athens Olympics.
March 28, 2017
Europa League could be United's best route to Champions League: Fergie
'Jose's been a bit unlucky because they've been absolutely brilliant in most of their home games and drawn (seven of) them. If they had got the wins they would be challenging for the league, no doubt about that'
March 27, 2017
Who will shine at Indian Open? Saina or Sindhu
Olympic medallists Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu will be the cynosure of all eyes when the seventh India Super Series badminton tournament gets underway
Hamilton expects a close season, a 'best v best' duel with Vettel
Lewis Hamilton lost a battle but regained a rival after Sebastian Vettel won Sunday's Australian season-opener for Ferrari.
BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings you some pictures that summarise the happenings in the sporting world in the week that was.
Mary Kom not willing to retire yet, eyes comeback at Asian Championship
Five-time world champion and London Olympics bronze-medallist woman boxer MC Mary Kom is eyeing a comeback to the ring at this year's Asian championship in Vietnam before deciding her future course of action.
March 23, 2017
Chetan Chauhan bats for cleanliness
Chetan Chauhan - once India's opening batsman, is now sports minister in Uttar Pradesh's government headed by Yogi Adityanath.
Shotgun WC: Ankur Mittal wins double trap gold in record-equalling feat
Mittal ended with 75 points out of possible 80 in the six-man final to win India's first medal in the competition while Willet managed 73.
March 22, 2017
Jamaican duo charged with anti-doping rule violation
Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer and world championship relay medallist Riker Hylton have been charged with breaching anti-doping rules, Jamaican athletics officials confirmed on Tuesday.
Nadia Comăneci is such an inspiration!
Nadia Comăneci made a superstar entry at the Times of India Sporting Awards.
March 21, 2017
India won't bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games, says IOA
India will not bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games since it's too late to make a proposal when so many nations are already in contention, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narayanswami Ramachandran clarified.
PHOTOS: Stars descend in all their glory at Sports Awards night
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the personalities that graced the event:
Dismal show by India in men's trap event at WC Shotgun
The Indian trio of Zoravar Singh Sandhu, Kynan Chenai and Birendeep Sodhi could not make it through to the six-man final round of the competition, failing in the qualification round.
March 18, 2017
Former racing champion Ashwin Sundar dies in mishap
Former national racing champion Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha died in a mishap at MRC Nagar in Chennai, on Saturday.
March 17, 2017
Olympian Bindra reveals he suffered from neurological condition in 2014
Bindra, who won a gold medal in 10m Air Rifle event in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was speaking at a session at the India Today Conclave 2017 in Mumbai.
Lip-smacking Champions League quarters: Barca draw Juve
Barcelona were pitted against Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final draw made on Friday to set up a repeat of the 2015 final which the Spanish side won 3-1.
Birthday girl Saina pledges Rs 6 lacs to families of slain CRPF jawans
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has decided to donate Rs 6 lacs -- Rs 50,000 each -- to the families of the 12 Central Reserve Police Force jawans killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh last week.
March 16, 2017
Kashmiri kickboxing champion slams govt for lack of facilities
Tajamul Islam, the eight-year-old world kickboxing champion from Bandipora district, has hit out at the Jammu and Kashmir government for not providing proper training facilities and equipment for her and other sportspersons from her district.
Swiss Open: Prannoy advances to quarterfinals
Defending champion H S Prannoy eked out a thrilling win over China's Qiao Bin to advance to the quarterfinals of the $120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Basel on Thursday.
Badminton champ Jwala Gutta now part of SAI governing body
The 14-time national champion said she is looking forward to play her role in the development of sports in the country.
March 13, 2017
Kohli, Karmakar, Clarke greet fans on Holi!
Among the cricketers, Australia's David Warner, Steve Smith and West Indies' Chris Gayle also wished the fans on Instagram.
WADA is just 'fox guarding hen house'
Speaking to Reuters during a WADA meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tygart said as long as sports bodies were represented on WADA, the anti-doping organisation could not deliver on its promise to crack down on cheats.
CAS tribunal upholds lifetime ban on Russian doping doctor
Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) still has significant work to do to get its suspension lifted, the World Anti-Doping Agency said on Monday.
March 12, 2017
Chawrasia defends Indian Open title
SSP Chawrasia clinched his fourth European Tour title on Sunday when he won the Indian Open for the second successive year with a seven-shot victory over Malaysia's Gavin Green.
March 11, 2017
Bopanna-Cuevas knocked out by Djokovic-Troicki
Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas yet again failed to click as a team, losing the closely-fought opening round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters to Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki, in Indian Wells
Saina, Sindhu fail as India return empty handed from All England
Saina Nehwal crashed out of the All England Championship after her gallant fight against World No. 3 Korean Sung Ji Hyun ended with a narrow 20-22, 20-22 loss in the women's singles quarter-finals of the Super Series Premier event in Birmingham.
March 10, 2017
All England Championship: Sindhu crashes out
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu failed to overcome World No 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and crashed out of the All England Championship.
Infantino defends referee for awarding Barca questionable penalty
After losing 4-0 in the first leg in France, Barcelona scored three times in the last seven minutes to win a thrilling last 16 home game 6-1 on Wednesday and march into the quarter-finals.
March 09, 2017
Sindhu, Saina storm into quarters of All England
Ace Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal on Thursday stormed into the quarter-finals of the All England Open Badminton Championships after their straight-game victories over their respective opponents in the women's singles event in Birmingham.
Sports Shorts: Fraser-Pryce announces pregnancy, to miss world champs
The two-times Olympic 100m gold medallist and three-times world 100m champion said she will return to competition in 2018.
All England C'ships: Saina sails into second round
Eight seeded Saina defetaed Okuhara 21-15, 21-14 late last night to improve her head-to-head record to 6-1 against her Japanese opponent.
March 08, 2017
Pacquiao vs Amir Khan bout shelved
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao's proposed fight against Britain's former world light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has been postponed, according to the Filipino's promoter, Bob Arum.
All England Championships: Sindhu sails into second round
PV Sindhu dominated from start to finish and smashed her way into the second round of the prestigious All England Badminton
These women have scaled the fence in Kabul
In Kabul's national sports stadium, two young women fencers take guard, their faces covered with protective wire masks as they stand off warily, foils circling before they thrust at their opponent.
March 06, 2017
STUNNING Sports photos of the weekend!
There is never a dull moment in the sporting world and this weekend was no different.
March 05, 2017
PHOTOS: Underdog Bellew stuns Haye in heavyweight clash
Underdog Tony Bellew stopped former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in the 11th round of their thrilling clash at London's O2 Arena.
March 04, 2017
Rio medallist Sakshi hits out at Haryana government
Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik, on Saturday, claimed that she has not yet received the incentives promised to her by the Haryana government.
March 03, 2017
Did vote-buying help Rio secure 2016 Olympic hosting rights?
IOC ethics committee looks into Rio payment claims
ISSF WC: Indo-US pair claims bronze, hosts end on a high
The duo of Hayden Stewart and triple Olympic champion and skeet legend Kimberly Rhode of the USA won the top prize in the event defeating Argentine siblings Federico and Melisa Gill 29-26 in the gold-medal match.
Kashmiri sportsman held in US for sexually abusing minor
Indian sportsman has been arrested here on charges of sexually abusing a minor girl, days after he arrived in the US from Kashmir for a snowshoe competition.
March 02, 2017
Despite criticism, NRAI says mixed gender events will benefit India
'An example is mixed pair test event over here in air pistol (which Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu won). So we have the best chance of picking up an extra medal in the two air events. That's why I believe it is in our interest, this change. I am not worried about it'
March 01, 2017
Budapest withdraws bid to host 2024 Olympic Games
Budapest ended its bid to host the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday, citing a lack of unity after a political movement opposing the move collected more than a quarter of a million signatures to force a referendum on the issue.
Shooter Jitu gets going when the going gets tough
Jitu Rai on Wednesday said he 'enjoys' fighting his way back from difficult situations.
Shooting World Cup: Jitu Rai clinches gold, Amanpreet bags silver in 50m-pistol
Jitu Rai, on Wednesday, continued his imperious form in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup as he won gold in the 50m-pistol event at Karni Singh Shooting Range, in New Delhi.
Russia never had state-sponsored doping: Putin
Russia has never had a state-sponsored doping programme, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, after the association of National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) called for a temporary blanket ban on Russia from international sport.
Swimming legend Phelps demands anti-doping reform
Michael Phelps urged US lawmakers on Tuesday to push for a reform of the global anti-doping effort in sport after a career in which the Olympic great said he was never confident he was competing against clean athletes.
February 28, 2017
Shooting World Cup: Bronze for Jitu Rai in Air Pistol event
This is Rai's second medal having claimed the top prize in 10m air pistol mixed event with Heena Sidhu on Monday.
February 27, 2017
Shooting WC: Mittal bags silver; Jitu-Heena triumph in mixed event
There was some cheer for India after two barren days as the duo of Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu triumphed in the 10 metre mixed team air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup.
February 26, 2017
Mo Farah coach used prohibited drug infusions, says newspaper
Alberto Salazar, the coach of Britain's Olympic champion Mo Farah, has been accused of using prohibited infusions of supplements to improve the performance of his runners, the Sunday Times reported citing a leaked United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report.
Shooting World Cup: Poor finish costs Rajput a medal
A poor transition from prone to the standing series cost Sanjeev Rajput dear as he finished fifth in the 50 metres rifle 3 positions event.
Get ready for super fight! Pacquiao vs Amir Khan
Britain's Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan is likely to drop back to welterweight to fight Manny Pacquiao, who holds the WBO title at the weight.
February 24, 2017
Shooting World Cup: Ghatkar wins bronze, Deepak finishes 5th
Pooja Ghatkar overcame technical issues to clinch the women's 10m air rifle bronze medal as hosts India opened their account on a positive note in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi.
Vijender's opponent develops cold feet at the last minute
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's scheduled opponent for his next fight, China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali, on Friday, backed out.
February 23, 2017
Federation wants mixed gender shooting events for Tokyo Games
The International Shooting Sport Federation plans to introduce mixed events in air pistol, air rifle and trap for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to help achieve the IOC's goal of 50 percent female participation in the Olympics Games
Hungary to withdraw Budapest's 2024 Olympic bid
Mayor Istvan Tarlos had suggested the city might quit the race after local opponents of the bid last week submitted a quarter of a million signatures.
February 21, 2017
I am innocent, says rape-accused Olympian Rajput
India's ace rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput has finally broken his silence on an allegation of rape against him and said he has been falsely implicated in a case which has shaken his world.
When President Trump played golf with Rory McIlroy
World number three Rory McIlroy, eyeing a comeback next week from injury, continued his tune-up with a round with US President Donald Trump in south Florida on Sunday, it was reported.
February 19, 2017
Farah bows out indoors with European record
Mo Farah ended his indoor career with a new European record, winning the 5,000 metres at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday in a time of 13 minutes 09.16 seconds.
February 18, 2017
Mo Farah says Birmingham will be his last indoor race
Mo Farah will end his indoor running career with a 5,000 metres at Saturday's Birmingham grand prix, the British Olympic champion said on Friday.
February 17, 2017
Badminton Rankings: Sindhu rises to career-best World No 5
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu continued to reach new heights as she became the second Indian woman to break into the top 5 in the latest BWF World Rankings.
Budapest could consider withdrawing 2024 Olympic bid, says mayor
Hungarian political movement Momentum has collected over 200,000 signatures in its campaign, which could be sufficient to force a referendum, daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet reported.
Taj Mahal visit on NBA superstar Kevin Durant's bucket list
NBA superstar Kevin Durant will be visiting India later this year, aiming to support Indian basketball and see the Taj Mahal, which has been on his bucket
February 16, 2017
China's Zulpikar stands in line of Vijender's second title
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will be in contention for a second belt when he takes on China's WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali.
Jamaican sprinter Carter files CAS appeal
Embattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after he was retroactively found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
AOC backs Hackett even as he alleges 'angry' brother beat him
Australian swimming great Grant Hackett has posted a photo of himself on social media with cuts and bruises to his face and accused his brother of assault, a day after the triple Olympic champion was arrested for a disturbance at his family home.
February 15, 2017
Olympic swimming great Hackett arrested after 'breakdown'
'He's been receiving treatment from a doctor. He's big and powerful when he's not happy. We decided he needed some treatment but there was no way he was going to go and get treatment this morning, so we called the police.'
PHOTOS: Bolt wins top honour at Laureus for record-equalling 4th time!
Images from the Laureus World Awards held in Monaco on Tuesday
I have no reason to stay in athletics, says Bolt
'I've just done everything I wanted to do in the sport'
February 14, 2017
US wrestler in Mexico channels hatred of Trump in the ring
The anger is all in the fun of the sport of "lucha libre," which pits rule-breaking bad guys, or "rudos," against noble "tecnicos," he said. After the match, fans line up to get photos with the blond wrestler and have him sign autographs for their kids.
Laureus honour for Olympic 2016 refugee team
A refugee team that competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics with 10 athletes from countries including Syria and South Sudan was named on Monday as winner of a Laureus Award for sporting inspiration.
US lawsuit seeking $100 million from Lance Armstrong heads to trial
The US Justice Department has accused Armstrong of defrauding the government by accepting millions of dollars in sponsorship money from the US Postal Service (USPS).
February 13, 2017
What's age got to do if you are a champion?
A staggering number of athletes across sports seem to have found their best game in their 30s, 40s.
February 12, 2017
US plays wrong version of German anthem
German tennis has responded with outrage after the United States Tennis Association made the embarrassing error of playing the Nazi-era version of Germany's national anthem during a Federation Cup tie in Hawaii.
Arjun-Shlok win men's doubles title in Iran
Arjun Madathil Ramachandran and Ramchandran Shlok notched up the men's doubles title at the 26th Iran Fajr Badminton Tournament.
Mary Kom juggles boxing and Parliament
Mary Kom says being an active boxer and a Parliamentarian at the same time is no laughing matter as the twin jobs are exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure.
Caster Semenya not thrilled about upgrade
Caster Semenya is not excited about the prospect of having her 2012 Olympic and 2011 world championships silver medals upgraded to gold in the wake of Mariya Savinova-Farnosova doping ban, the coach of the South African 800 metres athlete said on Sunday.
February 11, 2017
Bolt fires 'All-Stars' to Nitro Series win
Usain Bolt fired his team of international 'All Stars' to victory in the inaugural Nitro Athletics Series in Melbourne on Saturday, capping the glitzy event with a dominant win in the 4x100m relay to pip hosts Australia in the final standings.
February 10, 2017
Under Armour-sponsored athletes oppose CEO's pro-Trump comments
Professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland, and wrestler turned-actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson joined National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry in opposing comments made by the chief executive of their sponsor Under Armour supporting US President Donald Trump.
Tiger Woods drops out of two PGA Tour events due to back spasms
Tiger Woods will not compete in two scheduled upcoming PGA Tour events due to nagging back spasms that forced him to pull out of an event in Dubai last week, the former world number one said on Friday.
'Cultural' change needed in Russia to lift ban: Coe
Russia still needs to demonstrate a "cultural shift" in its commitment to clean sport if its track and field athletes hope to compete under the nation's flag again, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said on Friday.
Glory and shame in Track and Field
The 23-year-old world champion crossed the line in the Ras al-Khaimah half marathon three seconds quicker than the mark set by fellow Kenyan Florence Kiplagat in Barcelona two years ago, although the new record remains subject to ratification.
February 09, 2017
Here's an idea to boost India's prospects in Olympics...
Sports Ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy which includes a portal for promising sportspersons, top level committee to select promising players and a task force to prepare a comprehensive action plan.
Tiger Woods admits: 'I don't think I will ever feel great'
Tiger Woods has accepted that he will 'never feel great' again after suffering a number of back and knee injuries in recent years.
February 08, 2017
Change in Olympic events will hit shooting's ecosystem: Narang
Unlike some of India's top pistol shooters, Gagan Narang is not 'deeply saddened' but ready to embrace change in Olympic events.
Dibaba runs fastest ever women's 2,000 metres
Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba ran the fastest ever women's 2,000 metres at the indoor Miting Internacional de Catalunya meeting in Sabadell, Spain on Tuesday.
Harper-Nelson banned after not checking medication properly
Beijing Olympics 100 metres hurdles champion Dawn Harper-Nelson has been banned for three months after she tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Tuesday.
Japan chief questioned over Tokyo bid payment, claims report
Tokyo prosecutors have questioned the president of the Japan Olympic Committee over controversial payments made to a Singaporean consulting firm during the bidding for the 2020 Summer Games, Kyodo News agency reported on Wednesday.
February 07, 2017
Russia set to miss world championships as doping ban continues
Russian track and field athletes look certain to miss out on this year's world championships after an IAAF task force recommended on Monday that the country's ban should run until November.
February 06, 2017
PHOTOS: Lady Gaga soars over Super Bowl stage
Standing atop the roof of Houston's NRG Stadium with drones illuminating an American flag in the night sky behind her, Lady Gaga kicked off her Super Bowl halftime set on Sunday by singing "God Bless America" as a subtle message of inclusion and unity in a deeply divided United States.
February 05, 2017
Ranchi Asian Athletics winners to qualify for World C'Ships
The winners of various events at the Asian Athletics Championships to be held in Ranchi from June 1 to 4 will automatically qualify for the World Championships in London in August, the world body IAAF has said.
Asian Junior Squash: Indian boys clinch gold!
The Indian boys had won the title for the second time, having won in 2011 after defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in Colombo.
Iran will issue visas for US wrestlers
Bahram Ghasemi, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, issued a telegram message on Sunday noting that visas would be issued for the Americans partly because of the decision by a US federal judge to "halt the execution of discriminatory restrictions against the entrance of Iranian citizens to America", IRNA reported.
February 04, 2017
PHOTOS: Bolt sprinkles star-dust as athletics goes Hollywood
The Nitro Series promised to make athletics a show and the sport's ultimate show-man Usain Bolt capped its first meeting in Melbourne on Saturday by propelling his team of international "All-Stars" to a crowd-pleasing win in the 4x100 metres relay.
Thwarted machete attack clouds Paris 2024 Olympics bid
Questions about staging a safe and secure Olympics in France were raised on Friday after the Paris 2024 bid suffered an untimely setback when a French soldier wounded a man armed with a machete as he tried to enter the Louvre museum.
Golfer Aditi finishes sixth after rough final day
Nevertheless, the 18-year-old Indian showed that she is one of the star players in the women's circuit, as it was her eighth top-10 in last nine starts, including two victories.
Yogeshwar Dutt, the man who wrestles and tweets
In his most recent gesture, Yogeshwar Dutt refused dowry and took just Rs 1 as shagun for his wedding.
February 03, 2017
Here's a list of cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics
The three cities bidding for the 2024 summer Olympics submitted on Friday the third and last part of their bid books to the International Olympic Committee which will pick the winner in September.
PHOTOS: Saurav Ghosal gets hitched
Diya, 30, tied the knot with Dipika's friend and squash champion Saurav Ghosal.
February 02, 2017
Bolt confirms he won't return for 2018 Commonwealth Games
Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt has no plans to extend his career beyond this year's world championships in London and has ruled out a return to Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Brilliant! Tokyo follows in Rio's footsteps, to make special medals
20 Olympic medals to be made from 'recycled' mobiles
February 01, 2017
Russia lose London Games 4x400m women's relay medal over doping
Russia was stripped of their women's 4 x 400m relay silver medal from the London 2012 Olympics after Antonina Krivoshapka tested positive for drugs in the re-testing of her sample, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.
Substantial hike for India's sports budget
The Sports Ministry budget on Wednesday got a substantial hike of Rs 350 crore in the union budget for 2017-18, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament.
Life goes on for 'disappointed' Bolt after losing medal
Sprinting great Usain Bolt is refusing to dwell on the disappointment of losing his Beijing Olympics 4x100 metres gold medal after his Jamaican team mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned stimulant.
Trump ban fallout: 2 Kashmir athletes denied US visa
Two snowshoers from Kashmir have alleged they have been denied visa to the United States of America due to "current (US) policy" even as the American Embassy in New Delhi maintained that Indians are not affected by the recent executive order of President Donald Trump.
January 31, 2017
A streaker, Federer and others who made news in the last 24 hours!
The last 24 hours have been a follow-through to that and other sporting events across the world. Rediff.com brings you five Best Sports Photos of all the action that sum up memorable events of the last 24 hours.
Poverty-stricken Asian Games gold medallist boxer gets SAI aid
Dingko Singh, who made Manipur proud by clinching a gold medal in boxing at the 1998 Asian Games is fighting for his survival as he is going toe-to-toe with bile-duct cancer.
USOC say foreign athletes not affected by Trump travel ban
The US Olympic Committee said on Monday they were told by the US government that President Donald Trump's ban on visitors from some Muslim-majority countries should not impact athletes travelling to the United States for international events.
January 30, 2017
India names former gold medallist Bindra in Olympics task force
India's only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was named on a panel entrusted with the task of preparing the blueprint for the country's success at the next three Games, the sports ministry said on Monday.
Paralympics gold medals Jhajharia finds a 'fan' in Bindra
India's only para-athlete to win two Paralympics gold medals, Devendra Jhajharia is overwhelmed to have found a 'fan' in country's Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, which he feels would motivated him to go for his second yellow metal at the upcoming World Championships.
Is the current system making athletes beg for awards?
India's leading table tennis player Sharath Kamal, who was ignored for Padma Shri, feels the existing awards application system makes the athletes beg for the honour.
Here's what Oly champ Mo Farah had to say on Trump's travel ban
Sir Mo Farah took aim at United States President Donald Trump's new executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Somalia - has upended the lives of many families across the world.
January 29, 2017
Sarita wins on pro debut; Pinki, Poon make winning starts
Celebrated Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi comfortably outpunched Zsofia Bedo of Hungary to make a winning start to her professional career in the IBC Fight Night at the at the Khuman Lampak Stadium, in Imphal on Sunday.
Sindhu, Sameer win Syed Modi Grand Prix titles
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and National champion Sameer Verma began the new season on a resounding note by winning the women's and men's singles crowns respectively at the USD 120,000 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Lucknow on Sunday.
Russian whistleblower Stepanova makes slow return
Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova made a sluggish return to international indoor athletics, finishing last in an 800 metres at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.
Football returns to battle-scarred Aleppo after five-year absence
Some semblance of normality returned to battle-scarred Aleppo for a few hours on Saturday as local soccer clubs Al Ittihad and Horiyah met in the first derby in the city for five years.
January 28, 2017
Syed Modi GP: Sindhu in final, Srikanth stunned
Defending men's champion Kidambi Srikanth suffered a shock defeat but Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu did not face any trouble as she sailed into the women's singles final with a straight-game victory on an exciting day in Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Lucknow on Saturday.
Serena Williams, the Greatest Of All Time
A quick guide into the life of Serena Williams, the GOAT - The Greatest of All Time!
5 players who wowed us at the Australian Open
5 exceptional players who surprised us at Melbourne.
January 27, 2017
When Olympic champion Mo Farah delivered on his promise
Four-time Olympic champion distance runner Mo Farah has revealed that the promise he made to his two kids of bringing back a gold medal each for them from Rio Olympics gave him extra motivation to win both the 5,000 and 10,000m races.
The good, bad and ugly part of Tiger's first PGA Tour in 17 months
Tiger Woods produced the good, the bad and the ugly in his first PGA Tour start in 17 months on Thursday while Olympic champion Justin Rose set the early pace in the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
Bolt and Jamaica team-mates ordered to return relay medals
Usain Bolt and his Jamaican team mates who won the 4 x 100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Games have been told by the country's Olympic Association to return their gold medals following Nesta Carter's failed drug test.
January 26, 2017
Syed Modi GP: Sindhu, Srikanth sail into quarters
Star India shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth notched up comfortable victories but it was young Mumbai player Harsheel Dani who hogged the limelight at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold when he stunned H S Prannoy in straight games to storm into the quarter-finals in Lucknow on Thursday.
What more should I do? Advani after Padma Bhushan snub
Hurt at missing out on Padma Bhushan award for the second year in a row, 16-time world champion cueist Pankaj Advani says he does not know what he needs to do more to receive the coveted civilian honour.
January 25, 2017
Bolt stripped of Beijing gold after relay teammate tests positive
Carter was found to have taken the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday.
Eight sportspersons to get Padma Shri honour
Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik, Virat Kohli are in the list
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal to face Dimitrov in semis; Serena sets up Lucic-Baroni reunion
Images from all the action on Day 9 at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday
January 23, 2017
Indians at Australian Open: Paes-Hingis ease into quarters
Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis sailed into the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open with straight sets win over Australian duo Matt Reid and Casey Dellacqua, in Melbourne on Monday.
January 22, 2017
Saina Nehwal lifts Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal notched up her first title after a career-threatening injury by claiming the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold with a hard-fought victory in the summit clash in Sarawak, Malaysia, on Sunday.
January 21, 2017
Back in form! Saina storms into Malaysia Masters final
India's Saina Nehwal produced a dominating performance to notch up a straight-game victory over Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin and storm into the final of the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold.
January 20, 2017
Malaysia Masters: Saina advances to semis, Jayaram loses
Former World No 1 Saina Nehwal stayed on course for the women's singles title at the season-opening Malaysia Masters after she advanced to the semi-finals of the $US 120,000 Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Sarawak, Malaysia.
January 19, 2017
Will football without offside rule be a possibility?
FIFA technical director Marco van Basten would like to see how football works without offside and limit the number of fouls a player can commit during a game.
Saina, Jayaram reach Malaysia Masters quarters
Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram continued their good run and reached the quarterfinals of the season-opening Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Sarawak on Thursday.
Baba Ramdev takes on Olympic medallist in 'dangal'
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday showed his wrestling prowess as he defeated 2008 Beijing Olympic silver medalist Andrey Stadnik in a promotional bout of the 2017 Pro Wrestling League in New Delhi.
January 17, 2017
Gambhir, Kaif spring to 'Dangal' actress's defence
'To me whole @zairawasim episode smells of sexual bias. Can someone say d same thing 2 @aamir_khan @BeingSalmanKhan @iamsrk?' tweeted Gambhir.
Sakshi's next target: Win Olympic medal in Tokyo; equal Sushil's record
The 24-year-old admitted that life has completely transformed after the Olympic medal in Rio and it feels good when people recognise her.
January 15, 2017
PHOTOS: Simbu, Kitur emerge winners at Mumbai Marathon
Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu won the men's elite full marathon event while Kenya's Bornes Kitur bagged the women's title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai, on Sunday.
Chennai edge past Mumbai to win Premier Badminton League title
Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk produced a superb comeback against Ajay Jayaram in the deciding fifth rubber to help Chennai Smashers edge out Mumbai Rockets 4-3 in a thrilling final to clinch the Premier Badminton League season 2 title.
January 14, 2017
Inspiring! This Marathoner wants you to break free
Partially paralysed but with unbreakable will power and determination, Nihad Panju has beaten the odds to become a fitness freak and is all set to run his 4th Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
January 13, 2017
Sports Ministry revokes IOA suspension
The Sports Ministry on Friday lifted the suspension on the Indian Olympic Association with immediate effect after it removed the corruption-tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents following widespread outrage.
China faces one-year ban after trio stripped of Beijing golds
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it had disqualified weightlifting gold medallists Cao Lei (75kg), Chen Xiexia (48 kg) and Liu Chunhong (69kg) from the Beijing Games after they tested positive for prohibited substances.
January 12, 2017
Murray joins Bolt, Ronaldo in running for Laureus award
The contest for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award promises to be one of the most competitive ever with the likes of Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Murray vying for top honours.
January 10, 2017
Want to work hard to stay No 1: Marin
She might have won almost all big events in a short span of her international career but Olympic champion and World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain says she is still hungry for titles.
Jwala expresses desire to join BAI to change fate of doubles players
'I want to join the association in the administration, may be as an advisor to address the plaguing issues of Indian doubles'
IOA drops Kalmadi, Chautala; to regain Sports Ministry's recognition
Facing a severe backlash for appointing scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents, the Indian Olympic Association has been forced to revoke its controversial decision.
Why Tiger Woods texts McIlroy at 4am
World number two Rory McIlroy has said he still resents the Olympic Games for forcing him to choose between Britain and Ireland and revealed that Tiger Woods sends him texts in the early hours.
January 09, 2017
Fit-again Geeta Phogat ready to Dangal in Pro Wrestling League
After days of speculation on her fitness, former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Geeta Phogat was on Monday declared fit to take part in the Pro Wrestling League.
Bungle in Dangal: Babita out of PWL, Geeta doubtful
The Pro Wrestling League's star quotient took a massive hit on Sunday after one of the Phogat sisters, who are in the limelight following a blockbuster biopic on their struggle, was ruled out of the ongoing season.
January 08, 2017
PBL: Delhi Acers beat Chennai Smashers to register first win
Defending champions Delhi Acers defeated Chennai Smashers 5-2 to register their first win of the Premier Badminton Premier Season 2 at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium, in Bengaluru on Sunday.
January 07, 2017
PBL: Marin sees off Ponnappa as Hyderabad beat Bengaluru
Rio Olympics gold medallist Carolina Marin won her trump game after facing some anxious moments against Ashwini Ponnappa as Hyderabad Hunters defeated Bengaluru Smashers 4-3 in a sea-saw Premier Badminton League contest in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Agut to face Medvedev in Chennai Open final
Second seed and world number 14 Roberto Bautista Agut outclassed Benoit Paire in a lop-sided semi-final to set up the singles title clash of the ATP Chennai Open with young Daniil Medvedev, who rallied to reach his maiden ATP final, in Chennai on Saturday.
Gasquet inspires France to second Hopman Cup title
Kristina Mladenovic and Richard Gasquet beat Coco Vandeweghe and Jack Sock of the United States on Saturday to win France's second Hopman Cup title in Perth.
Indian sweep medals at U-19 British Junior Open squash
It turned out to be a dream tournament for India as the boys the medals, winning a gold, silver and bronze, in the U-19 category in the prestigious British Junior Open.
Sania ends 91-week reign as World No 1 despite Brisbane title
Her doubles partner, Bethanie-Mattek Sands now wears the 'Miss World No.1 crown'
January 03, 2017
'Sports code must give primacy to athletes'
In the backdrop of the developments surrounding cricket in India, sixteen-time world champion in cuesports Pankaj Advani feels that any sports code would only yield results if athletes and measures to support them are given primacy.
'Performance in 2016 was steady, will look to build on'
India chess ace Vishwanathan Anand said his performance in 2016 was steady and will look to build on it in the present year.
My movements are still sluggish: Saina
Back in action after recovering from a knee injury, star shuttler Saina Nehwal says she needs good match practice to be at her best in the prestigious All England Championship in March.
Ethiopia's star marathon duo ready to conquer Mumbai
The 26-year-old Abshero, a former world junior cross country champion, would be looking to make a big impact on his first trip to India with a personal best time of two hours, four minutes and 23 seconds, the best among those who have entered the race.
January 02, 2017
PBL: Saina loses to Marin but Awadhe rout Hyderabad 5-0
Saina Nehwal lost to reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin but her side Awadhe Warriors still beat Hyderabad Hunters in a Premier Badminton League encounter at the Gachibowli indoor stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.
Telangana Govt allots plot to Olympic silver medallist Sindhu
The land is located in Shaikpet village of Hyderabad district.
January 01, 2017
PBL: Olympic champ Marin beats Sindhu as Hyderabad pip Chennai
Olympic champion Carolina Marin kicked-off the second edition of Premier Badminton League, on Sunday, in style winning a closely contested encounter against PV Sindhu guiding Hyderabad Hunters to 4-3 win over Chennai Smashers.
Tendulkar, Sehwag, Sania wish fans a Happy New Year!
With the hope that 2017 will be a prosperous and peaceful year, Indian sports personalities took to Twitter to wish their fans a Happy New Year.
December 31, 2016
Ronda Rousey's effort to reclaim her title ends in failure
Ronda Rousey's effort to reclaim her UFC bantamweight title ended in spectacular failure as champion Amanda Nunes stopped her after just 48 seconds of the first round of their title fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday.
You can call him Sir Andy Murray from now on...
Olympic athletes, Posh Spice and Andy Murray honoured in Queen's New Year List.
Bindra backs IOA suspension in 'age of good governance, ethics'
"Change in Indian sport will only happen if mandated. A law is necessary in India. A good step by @IndiaSports & @vijaygoelbjp to suspend IOA," he further tweeted.
2016 Rewind: India's women shine bright; Kohli enjoys dream run
An Olympic campaign saved by the fortitude of three women, a cricket team that rediscovered itself under a bold and zealous Virat Kohli -- Indian sports in 2016 was a dramatic mix of highs and lows wherein athletes mostly raised the bar but administrators found new ways to embarrass the country.
Another year of utter disappointment for Indian athletics
An overview of India's underwhelming performance in athletics
December 30, 2016
IOA refuses to comment on Sports Ministry's suspension
Majority of the Indian Olympic Association's top brass was unreachable after the Sports Ministry decided to suspend the national Olympic body for appointing the scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as its life-presidents.
Sindhu vs Marin battle to kick-off PBL's new season
A keen contest is on the cards when world's top woman shuttler Carolina Marin crosses swords with India's PV Sindhu in the inaugural match of Premier Badminton League between Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers on Sunday.
Government suspends IOA for appointing Kalmadi, Chautala
Cracking the whip on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the Sports Ministry on Friday suspended the Olympic body till the time it reverses the decision to appoint the scam tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala its Life Presidents.
Batra quits as IOA vice-president in protest over Kalmadi, Chautala
Senior functionary Narinder Batra on Friday resigned as the associate vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association as a mark of protest against the IOA for not taking back its decision to appoint scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as honorary life presidents.
FLASHBACK! BEST Sports Photos from 2016 - Part 3
As we prepare to cruise into the New Year, Rediff.com gives you a glance back, through photos, into all the sporting moments that made the last 12 months memorable.
Why Geeta's coach Sondhi is unhappy with Aamir Khan
Former Indian wrestling coach P R Sondhi has conveyed his 'displeasure' to film star Aamir Khan for allegedly demeaning the character of wrestling coach in the recently-released Bollywood movie Dangal.
VOTE! The best Indian sportsperson of 2016
As the year 2016 draws to a close, vote for the best Indian sportsperson of the year.
December 29, 2016
Friday deadline for IOA to reply to Ministry's show-cause notice
The Indian Olympic Association has been given time till Friday to reply to the show-cause notice issued by Sports Ministry which has threatened derecognition of the sports body if it does not reverse its decision to appoint scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as Life Presidents.
Chautala offers to resign if IOC disapproves his elevation
Abhay Singh Chautala on Thursday offered to relinquish the life presidency of the Indian Olympic Association, but only if the International Olympic Committee has reservations about his elevation to the position.
IOA to consult IOC over Sports Ministry's show-cause notice
The Indian Olympic Association will not abide by Sports Ministry's direction to reply to the show-cause notice by Friday on the controversial elevation of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents as it will first consult its parent international body.
'IOA have violated their own constitution'
Sports Minister Goel hits out at IOA chief N Ramachandran for making Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala life presidents
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Woods youngest among Forbes' top-20 wealthiest American celebs
Golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and former NBA player Michael Jordan are among the 20 wealthiest American celebrities, Forbes reported on Wednesday.
Kalmadi, Chautala appointments gets political tone
'The biggest question is why members of parliament and senior party functionaries of the BJP still supporting Suresh Kalamadi when they were opposing him for opposing the Congress Party'
Former world number one Ivanovic retires at age 29
The Serb has been out with injury since August and dropped to 63 in the world rankings, having won just 15 matches in 2016 -- the most recent in June.
December 28, 2016
'Uncle Mahavir was 10 times stricter than <em>hanikarak bapu</em> Aamir'
Olympian Vinesh Phogat says, albeit in a lighter vein, that uncle Mahavir Singh Phogat was '10 times stricter' than the hanikarak bapu Aamir Khan portrays in 'Dangal', a movie based on the life of the well-known coach and his proteges.
Sports ministry issues show-cause to IOA, threatens derecognition
The Sports Ministry on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to the Indian Olympic Association, threatening to derecognise the body if it does not reverse its decision to appoint scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as Life Presidents.
Russia's anti-doping body says did not admit to dope conspiracy
Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA said on Wednesday that comments made by its director general about sports doping has been distorted and taken out of context, the TASS news agency reported.
Kalmadi backs off, Chautala defiant; Ministry furious with IOA
"He has taken the decision to step aside. He had no idea that the IOA was going to do this yesterday and has declined any post till his name is clear," Kalmadi's lawyer Hitesh Jain told a TV channel.
Calls grow for Kalmadi, Chautala's ouster from IOA
Former Sports Minister Ajay Maken termed IOA's decision 'sad and painful', and urged the ministry to take act against the move.
Chautala hits back at Goel, says he has failed as Sports Minister
Tainted former IOA President Abhay Singh Chautala lashed out at Vijay Goel for criticising his appointment as Life President of the national Olympic body, saying the Sports Minister should first focus on his job as he has failed to fulfil his responsibilities.
This Kashmiri boxer wants to emulate Mary Kom
Taking inspiration from Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom, a budding Kashmiri pugilist is breaking all stereotypes in the state.
Russian officials acknowledge doping conspiracy: NYT
Russian anti-doping officials have for the first time acknowledged a massive doping conspiracy in their country that has rocked world sport, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
'Appointments of Kalmadi, Chautala as IOA life members unacceptable'
The Government on Tuesday expressed shock at the appointments of Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam accused Suresh Kalmadi and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala as life presidents of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
December 27, 2016
CWG scam-accused Suresh Kalmadi appointed Life President of IOA
Commonwealth Games corruption scandal tainted Suresh Kalmadi was on Tuesday made the Life President of Indian Olympic Association in its Annual General Body Meeting in New Delhi.
Pressure nothing compared to growing up rigours: Geeta Phogat
Geeta Phogat might be feeling the pressure of making a comeback at the upcoming Pro Wrestling League after a long injury lay-off but the celebrated grappler said it is nothing compared to the "tough training" she and her siblings went through during their formative days.
Sindhu feels more responsibility after Rio silver
Olympic silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu admitted that there is more responsibility on her shoulders post the Rio Games as everyone now wants her to achieve more laurels for the country.
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December 26, 2016
Dangal's real-life hanikarak bapu: Mahavir Singh Phogat
The man who inspired Dangal tells Saurabh Duggal how the quest for an Olympic gold began.
December 25, 2016
PM lauds cricketers, junior hockey team in 'Mann Ki Baat'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the national cricket team and the junior hockey side for their recent successes, saying that their performances have done done the country proud.
Sindhu's historic medal; Saina's heartbreak in 2016
P V Sindhu cemented her position as a dominant force on the world stage with an Olympic silver medal while Saina Nehwal continued to battle with injuries in a year, which saw Indian badminton take giant strides at the global platform.
December 24, 2016
Consistent Advani continues to rule the green baize in 2016
Pankaj Advani has won a staggering eight world titles in the last three years and he continues to go about his business unassumingly, as if he is expected to lap up the trophies every season.
Olympic debacle makes it a forgettable year for Indian archers
Archery was one discipline which generated a lot of hype in the run-up to the Olympics and the let-down was one of the big blows to India's hit-and-miss overall campaign of one silver and one bronze medal show in Rio 2016.
December 23, 2016
Kvitova determined to play again after knife attack
Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said on Friday she would do everything she could to return to tennis after suffering a hand injury in a knife attack that will keep her out of the sport for at least six months.
Chawrasia's allegations are false, rubbish: IOA
The Indian Olympic Association reacted with shock at the allegations made by one of the country's top golfers SSP Chawrasia, who had lashed out at the national Olympic body and Sports Ministry for the shoddy the treatment meted out to him and others during the Rio Olympics.
Sindhu is capable of reaching World No 1: Padukone
Former All England champion Prakash Padukone tipped PV Sindhu to be the world number one in the near future, but Saina Nehwal's coach Vimal Kumar was of the view that both the Olympic medallists could dominate world badminton in the next 5-7 years.
Need 2 National camps in a foreign country every year: Sakshi
With her sights firmly set for the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games, Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik feels that quality preparation can only happen if there are at least two extended camps in foreign countries every year.
Dipa Karmakar and the watershed year for Indian gymnastics
She embodied the Olympic spirit despite missing out on a coveted podium finish and while she was at it, Dipa Karmakar gave Indian gymnastics some unprecedented moments of glory in what can be called a watershed year for the sport.
Keshavan storms to gold medal at Asian Championship
Despite a crash in training that hampered his preparation, India's five-time Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan put in a dominating performance to clinch the gold medal at the Asian Luge Championship in Nagano.
'Dangal will add to the momentum of women's wrestling'
'Sakshi's medal will do to women's wrestling what Sushil's 2008 Olympic medal did to wrestling in general.'
Sakshi saves Indian wrestling blushes in controversial 2016
A bitter court battle, followed by an embarrassing dope scandal, before some redemption through an Olympic medal -- Indian wrestling in 2016 mirrored the script of a Bollywood potboiler in which Sakshi Malik emerged as the new star on the horizon.
December 22, 2016
It has been a fantastic year, says Sindhu
Describing the year that's coming to an end as "fantastic" for her personally, Rio Olympic Games silver medal-winning shuttler Pusarla V Sindhu said she was now targeting the no.1 world ranking among women after reaching a career-best six at present.
'IOA, ministry treated us like servants at Rio Olympics'
Top Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia has lashed out at the Indian Olympic Association and Sports ministry for not yet receiving the full amount of promised Rs 30 lakh earmarked as preparatory money for the Rio Olympics.
Teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok makes waves in breakthrough year
Eighteen-year-old Aditi Ashok was the brightest star on the country's golfing circuit this year and was fittingly named the Ladies European Tour's Rookie of the Year for becoming the first Indian to win two back-to-back titles in her first year on the tour.
December 21, 2016
Great year for Sindhu, but she can do even better: Gopichand
Hailing Pusarla V Sindhu's excellent show right through 2016 that saw her becoming the first and only Indian shuttler to win a silver medal in the Olympic Games, chief national coach P Gopichand said his lanky ward is capable of scaling greater heights.
AIBA honours Mary Kom, Vikas Krishnan
The legendary M C Mary Kom and former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan shone bright at the International Boxing Association's 70th anniversary gala in Montreux, Switzerland, picking up different awards for their performances.
I'm underrated because I'm a woman, says Serena Williams
Former world number one Serena Williams believes the only reason she is not in the conversation for being 'greatest tennis player of all time' is simply because she is a woman.
What it takes to be a Dangal wrestler
'Some of the good wrestlers are making really good money.'
December 19, 2016
Premier Badminton League season 2 from Jan 1-14
The 2nd season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) has been scheduled to be held from January 1-14, 2017 with Hyderabad hosting the opening games and Delhi the finale.
Sarita turns professional but wants to continue in amateur too
In a first for women's boxing in India, former world champion and Asian Games bronze-medallist L Sarita Devi has decided to turn professional but will not give up on the amateur circuit either if the Boxing Federation of India allows her.
December 18, 2016
Check out champion Vijender's plans for 2017
After successfully defending the WBO Asia-Pacific title India's boxing star Vijender Singh will next be on the prowl for a new belt and could possibly be challenging for the Commonwealth or the Oriental crown in the next couple of months.
December 17, 2016
Vijender KOs Cheka to retain Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title
Vijender Singh knocked out Tanzanian Francis Cheka inside 3 rounds to defended his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title on Saturday.
World Super Series Final: Sindhu ousted in semi-finals
Rio Olympic Silver medallist P V Sindhu's brilliant run at the BWF World Super Series Final came to an end after she suffered a narrow defeat against World No 5 Korean Sung Ji-Hyun in the women's singles semi-finals, in Dubai on Saturday.
Why Vijender will be wary of Cheka tonight
Against the more seasoned Francis Cheka, Vijender Singh faces a tricky battle that he is favoured to win.
December 16, 2016
Super Series Final: Sindhu avenges Olympic loss to Marin, makes semis
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu avenged her heart-breaking loss at the Rio Games to two-time World Champion Carolina Marin with a thrilling straight-game victory in a do-or-die, women's singles Group B contest and sealed her place at the semi-finals of the BWF World Super Series Finals in Dubai on Friday.
Will Vijender defend his WBO middleweight title on Saturday?
Confident but not complacent ahead of his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title defence this Saturday, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh has been working with a strength coach -- John Joyce -- to prepare for the face-off against former world champion Francis Cheka.
December 15, 2016
Second loss for Sindhu at World Super Series Final
World No 2 Carolina Marin of Spain also figures in her same group and Sindhu will have task cut out when she faces the Spaniard on Friday.
How Sindhu changed into the 'Dragon Slayer'
Once labelled mild and fragile, P V Sindhu has undergone an astounding transformation at Pullela Gopichand Academy - a mix and match of different exercises, on-court training and yoga that make up Sindhu's days, most of which begin with her starting practice at 4:15 am -- that is helping her slay the world's best, writes Nikita Puri
December 14, 2016
Sindhu wins opening match at World Super Series Final
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu made a winning start to her maiden campaign at the prestigious BWF World Super Series Final, defeating higher-ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in an entertaining opening women's singles Group B match in Dubai on Thursday.
Vijender's Olympic bronze medal is nothing: Cheka
India's boxing sensation Vijender Singh will defend his WBO Asia Pacific title against Tanzanian Francis Cheka, who has lost all his bouts away from home.
December 13, 2016
Murray, Kerber named ITF players of the year
Briton Andy Murray and Germany's Angelique Kerber were named ITF World Champions on Tuesday, capping stellar years for the men's and women's world number ones.
Sindhu eyes maiden BWF Super Series Final crown
In sizzling form after clinching the China Open and finishing runners-up at Hong Kong, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu will look to sign off the year with another crown when she competes in the season-ending World Superseries Finals starting in Dubai from Wednesday.
No stopping Advani as he wins 11th World Billiards title
Pankaj Advani beat Peter Gilchrist 6-3 in the final to claim his 16th world title overall.
December 12, 2016
I want to continue for another 3-4 years: Mary Kom
MC Mary Kom pulled no punches as the celebrated Indian boxer announced her intention to stretch her career by another "three-four" years and while the 2018 Asian and Commonwealth Games remain her "main focus", Tokyo Olympics, she said, is also not out of the radar yet.
Advani to meet Gilchrist in World Billiards final
Ten-time World champion Pankaj Advani, on Monday, decimated Myanmar's Aung Htay 5-0 to storm into the finals of the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Bengaluru.
December 11, 2016
Saina says she was not fully fit in Hong Kong and Macau
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, who has been on a comeback trail after undergoing a surgery on her right knee, said that she was not fully fit in her last two tournaments but played in them as she wanted to test herself against top players in that physical condition.
December 10, 2016
Advani in pre-quarters of 150-Up World Billiards Championship
Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani blanked Sasan Lashkari 3-0 to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the 150-Up format in the IBSF World Billiards Championship, in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Korea Open: Kashyap knocked out in semis
Indian shuttler P Kashyap's good run at the Korea Open came to an end after he suffered a narrow defeat against top seed Son Wan Ho in the semi-finals of the Grand Prix Gold tournament in Jeju, Korea, on Saturday.
China's Chen banned for two years for doping at Rio
Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi has been banned for two years after failing a drug test at the Rio Olympics, the sport's governing body (FINA) said.
December 09, 2016
Real's Ronaldo, Modric, Benzema rested for Deportivo game
Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in Real Madrid's game against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday after the prolific Portuguese forward was left out of the squad on Friday.
Kashyap fights back to march into Korea Open semi-finals
Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap advanced to the semi-finals of the Korea Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after edging past Korea's Jeon Hyeok Jin in a three-game thriller in Jeju, Korea on Friday.
Over 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from conspiracy to conceal doping
'We are now able to confirm a cover up that dates back until at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Olympic Games. It was a cover up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy'
Mary moves back to 48kg light flyweight division
The fire back in her belly after overcoming the Rio Olympic heartbreak, celebrated Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom has decided to go back to the light flyweight 48kg division amid speculation that it is among the two categories that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is pushing for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
December 07, 2016
Ethics Board extends IAAF officials' suspension
Three senior athletics officials have had their provisional suspension from the sport extended by the IAAF's Ethics Board as it continues its investigation into their alleged involvement in a suspected cover-up of Russian doping cases.
Play stopped at Ladies European Tour event after caddie dies
The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament was suspended on Wednesday 7after the death of a caddie on the course, the Ladies European Tour said in a statement.
IBSF World Billiards: Kothari upsets Advani, Gilchrist in semis
December 06, 2016
Korea Masters: Kashyap moves into second round bye
India's Parupalli Kashyap reached the second round of the men's singles competition at the $120,000 Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold in Jiju, Korea on Tuesday.
Federer, Serena skip IPTL due to 'economic climate'
International Premier Tennis League founder Mahesh Bhupathi, one of India's most successful doubles player, confirmed the absence of the two star players.
December 05, 2016
Parikh shocks former champion Gilchrist at World Billiards
In the first upset of the tournament, India's Siddharth Parikh on Monday shocked multiple-time World champion Peter Gilchrist in a closely fought battle 500-483 at the 2016 IBSF World Billiards Championship in the 500 long-up format.
Another high for India's golf sensation Aditi
India's golfer Aditi Ashok scripted another piece of history in her fast-rising career by clinching partial playing rights on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour with a tied 24th finish in the Qualifying Tournament in Florida.
'Ronaldo doesn't have the brilliance of Messi'
Former Real Madrid and England manager gives a clear explanation to the Messi vs Ronaldo debate
December 04, 2016
Woods starts fast again, struggles at finish in Hero event
For a third day in a row, Tiger Woods treated his fans to a rousing start in his much anticipated return to competition but lost momentum over the closing stretch at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday.
December 03, 2016
IAAF overwhelmingly passes sweeping reforms
A sweeping reform package that changes how the scandal-hit governing body of world athletics operates was overwhelmingly passed at a special Congress on Saturday.
World Squash C'ship: Indian women blank Canada, finish 9th
India defeated Canada 2-0 to finish ninth in the World Women's Team Squash Championship in Paris on Saturday.
Rio Olympic champions Bolt and Ayana win IAAF awards
Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana were crowned as the IAAF's athletes of the year on Friday.
Sindhu achieves career-best rank of 7, Saina back in top 10
Rio Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu jumped two places to achieve her career-best ranking of seven, while Saina Nehwal was also back in the top 10, in the latest BWF World Ranking.
December 02, 2016
India's campaign in Macau ends as Saina, Sai crash out
Top seed Saina Nehwal and her compatriot B Sai Praneeth crashed out of their respective quarter-final matches to draw curtains on India's challenge at the the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Friday.
December 01, 2016
'Some way to go before Saina aspires to win big tournaments again'
Star India shuttler Saina Nehwal, who has recovered from a serious knee injury sustained during the Rio Olympics in August and is back on the international circuit, is still not at her physical best and needs more time to reach that high level, feels her coach Vimal Kumar.
Saina, Praneeth enter Macau Open quarters
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal survived an early scare from Indonesia's Dinar Dyah Ayustine to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Thursday.
Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team ran out of fuel
The plane that crashed in Colombia virtually wiping out an entire Brazilian football team was running out of fuel, had no electrical power, and was preparing for an emergency landing, according to the pilot's final words.
November 30, 2016
Saina battles into the second round of Macau Open
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Wednesday fought hard to defeat Indonesia's Hanna Ramadini and enter the second round in the women's singles event of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.
6-yr-old Kashmiri boy clinches gold at Asian Karate C'ship
Days after eight-year-old Tajamul Islam scripted history by becoming the first player ever from the sub-junior category to win a gold medal at the World Kickboxing Championship, another Kashmiri boy has made the country proud.
Possible for Saina to get back to the top, says Padukone
Asked about Saina Nehwal, whose 2012 London Games bronze medal winning show was a path breaker for Indian women's badminton, Padukone is confident that the 26-year-old former World number one will be regain her best form.
November 28, 2016
With Dubai Super Series in focus Sindhu pulls out of Macau Open
Saina Nehwal will lead India's charge in the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament which begins in Macau on Tuesday after three-time champion P V Sindhu pulled out of the event to prepare herself for the Dubai Super Series Finals.
Demonetisation fallout: Pro Wrestling League 2 postponed
Demonetisation has hit Indian sports as well with the second edition of Pro Wrestling League (PWL) being postponed from its original scheduled start of December 15.
Nothing comes easy in boxing: Vijender Singh
Vijender Singh will defend his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title against Francis Cheka in New Delhi on December 17.
India lose to Egypt in World Women's Team squash opener
India witnessed a disappointing start to its campaign at the World Women's Team Squash Championship as they were crushed 0-3 by top seed and title-favourite Egypt in their opening Pool A league match, in Paris on Monday.
World Snooker: Advani storms into quarters
Defending his 2015 title, Advani stayed on course with identical victories in the last-32 and the Round of 16 matches. The ace cueist overcame Pakistan's Babar Masih and then Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia with 5-3 scorelines.
November 27, 2016
Soccer legend Maradona mourns 'second father' Castro
For soccer great Diego Maradona, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro was more than a friend and fellow Latin American legend, he was "a second father."
Sindhu, Verma lose in final of Hong Kong Super Series
India's hopes of winning twin titles in the Hong Kong Open Super Series were dashed on Sunday when Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and national champion Sameer Verma lost their respective final clashes in contrasting fashion in Hong Kong.
November 26, 2016
Shuttlers Pranaav-Sikki reach Scottish Open final
Top seeds, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy are just one step away from notching up their second Grand Prix title of the season as the duo reached the finals of $55,000 Scottish Open, in Glasgow on Saturday.
Maradona pays tribute to 'friend, wisest man of all' late Fidel Castro
Former Argentina football captain Diego Maradona has paid his respects to his Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro who died on Friday night.
Aditi Ashok on a roll, wins inaugural Qatar Ladies Open
Indian teen golfer Aditi Ashok shot a final round of three-under 69 on a weather-hit last day to notch up her second successive victory on the Ladies European Tour at the inaugural Qatar Ladies Open in Doha on Saturday.
Super day for Indians Verma and Sindhu at Hong Kong Super Series
Sameer Verma stunned World No. 3 Jorgensen to enter the final, while Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu brushed aside local shuttler Cheung Ngan Yi's challenge to make the title round, her second final seven days.
Sachin strikes gold at Youth World Boxing Championships
World Junior bronze-medallist Sachin Singh (49kg) became only the third Indian boxer ever to strike gold at the AIBA Youth World Championships with a stunning unanimous victory over Cuban national champion Jorge Grinan in the summit clash at St Peterburg, Russia, on Saturday.
November 25, 2016
Ilyin stripped of Beijing, London weightlifting golds for doping
Kazak weightlifter Ilya Ilyin has been stripped of the gold medals he won at the Beijing and London Olympic Games after failing doping tests in re-analysis of samples, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.
Aditi in joint lead at Qatar; closes in on second title in row
Aditi Ashok put herself in line for a second straight title as she moved into shared lead at the end of the third round of the Qatar Ladies Open, in Doha on Friday.
Mary Kom set to receive 'Legends Award'
Celebrated Indian boxer M C Mary Kom is all set to add another honour to her glittering career when she receives the 'Legends Award' from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on its 70th anniversary on December 20.
World Youth C'ships: Sachin in final, India assured of silver
Indian boxer Sachin Singh (49kg) advanced to the AIBA Youth World Championship finals after notching up an impressive victory in the last-four stage in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.
HK Super Series: Sindhu fights way into semis, Saina knocked out
Rio Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Super Series after posting a hard-fought victory over Singapore's Xiaoyu Liang even as Saina Nehwal bowed of the competition on Friday, ending all hopes of a Saina-Sindhu semi-final battle.
Sindhu topples Saina in BWF world rankings
PV Sindhu jumped two places to grab the ninth spot, while former World No. 1 Saina, who is on a comeback trail after recovering from a serious injury, slipped five places to 11th spot.
November 24, 2016
Saina, Sindhu enter quarters of Hong Kong Open
Newly-crowned China Open champion P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal entered the quarterfinals of the women's singles competition at the Hong Kong Open Super Series tournament on a fruitful day for Indian shuttlers in Kowloon.
November 23, 2016
Saina, Sindhu enter second round in Hong Kong Open
On a comeback trail, Saina Nehwal made a resounding start to her campaign at the Hong Kong Super Series, advancing to the second round of women's singles with a hard-fought win over Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.
November 22, 2016
NBA to launch training academy in NCR next year
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has planned to launch NBA AcademyIndia, an elite basketball training centre in the National Capital Region (NCR), next April for the top men and women prospects from across the country.
379 Indian sports persons failed dope tests in last 4 years
sportspersons returned positive in 2013 while the number of dope offenders in 2014 and 2015 were 95 and 120 respectively.
November 21, 2016
Zaripova stripped of London Olympic steeplechase gold medal
Zaripova, who tested positive for turinabol, was among 12 athletes, including seven medallists, who were disqualified from their events following re-testing of samples, the IOC said.
Youth Boxing World C'ships: Sachin punches his way to pre-quarters
Asian Championships quarter-finalist Sachin (49kg) advanced to the pre-quarters of World Youth Boxing Championships with a comprehensive second-round victory in St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday.
It's a star-studded evening as wrestlers Geeta Phogat-Pawan Kumar wed
The stars descended at the wedding ceremony of Olympian wrestlers Geeta Phogat and fellow wrestler Pawan Kumar on Sunday.
Bhullar pips Jeev to win Indonesia Open
Jeev Milkha Singh of India, a two-time Asian Tour number one, threatened briefly before settling for tied second place, his best result since 2012, after making bogey on the 17th hole to finish on 72.
November 20, 2016
Reedie re-elected for a second term as WADA president
Reedie, 75, has been involved with WADA since its foundation in 1999 and was elected its third president in 2013.
Dream come true, says Sindhu after emulating Saina
Ecstatic after clinching her maiden Super Series Premier title at China Open, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said she was left speechless with emotions as she has finally realised a long-time dream.
Congratulate India's golden girl PV Sindhu on her triumph!
Congratulate Indian badminton's golden girl P V Sindhu who continued her golden run in 2016 as she triumphed at the China Open to win her maiden Super Series title
Sindhu triumphs in China to claim maiden Super Series title
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title after edging out Sun Yu of China in the finals of the China Open badminton tournament in Fuzhou on Sunday.
November 19, 2016
World Youth Boxing C'ships: Sachin in round 2
Asian quarter-finalist Sachin (49kg) scored an emphatic victory over Mexico's Gustavo Antonio Alvarez to enter second round of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday.
Jeev takes lead at Indonesia Open
Jeev Milkha Singh produced a bogey-free round of 66 to take an outright lead into the final round of the Bank BRI-JCB Indonesia Open on Saturday.
Sindhu rallies to reach China Open final
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu is just one step away from clinching her maiden Super Series Premier title having reached the final of the China Open after registering a come-from-behind win over Korea Sung Ji Hyun at the $700,000 tournament in Fuzhou, China, on Saturday.
Bolt's 100m record will be easier to break than 200m: Asafa
Out of the two world records held by track superstar Usain Bolt, his 100m dash timing of 9.58 seconds stands more likely to be broken than the 200m mark of 19.19secs, his fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell said on Friday.
November 18, 2016
Pope Francis, Schweinsteiger win prizes at BAMBI Awards
Germany soccer coach, Joachim Loew, was recognised with an "Integration" award and former skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger a honorary service accolade at the BAMBI Awards in Berlin on Thursday.
Indians off to mixed start at Youth Boxing World C'ships
Asian silver-medallist Ashish (64kg) was through to the second round but Srinivas (69kg) was ousted following an opening-round defeat as India's campaign at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships got off to a mixed start in St Pteresburg, Russia on Friday.
Guardiola defends Rooney over late-night socialising
Pep Guardiola became the latest high-profile Premier League manager to defend Wayne Rooney on Friday after the England captain apologised following the release of pictures of him socialising in the early hours while on international duty.
Sindhu quells Bingjiao challenge to reach China Open semi-final
Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu advanced to the semi-finals of the China Open after defeating local favourite He Bingjiao in straight games at the $700,000 Super Series Premier event, in Fuzhou, China, on Friday.
November 17, 2016
Sindhu survives scare to enter quarters of China Open
Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram advanced to the quarter-finals after registering thrilling three-game wins over their respective opponents in the second round of the China Super Series Premier, in Fuzhou, on Thursday.
Sprinter Dharambir handed eight-year ban for doping
Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh, who was barred from representing the country in the Rio Olympics at the last minute for failing a dope test, has been slapped an eight-year ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency.
November 16, 2016
China Super Series: Saina 'satisfied' despite first round loss
Saina Nehwal's comeback may have ended with a gruelling opening round loss at the China Super Series Premier in Fuzhou but the London Olympics bronze medallist said she was satisfied with the way she played.
Indian badminton manager from Arunachal denied visa by China
'When I checked with the Chinese Embassy about the status of my visa application, I was told by embassy officials that since I belong to Arunachal Pradesh, an approval from Beijing is required'
Saina loses in comeback match, Sindhu through at China Open
Making a comeback after a three-month injury lay-off, Saina Nehwal struggled to make an impression as she went down to Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the first round of the China Open Super Series.
November 15, 2016
Los Angeles 2024 bid plays down concerns after Trump win
Los Angeles, bidding to host the summer Games for a third time after 1932 and 1984, was seen as the front-runner in the race with Paris and Budapest until Trump's election this month.
Demonetisation fallout: Pune International Marathon postponed
In the wake of Centre's decision to demonetise currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500, the organisers of the Pune International Marathon (PIM) have postponed the run and has been rescheduled for January 2017.
Rajya Sabha MP Mary Kom backs government's demonetisation move
Olympic bronze-medallist boxer and Rajya Sabha MP M C Mary Kom supported the government's decision to demonetise 500 and 1000 rupee notes, saying the move will stall the juggernaut of corruption.
November 14, 2016
Pistorius moved to different prison to aid rehabilitation
South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has been moved to a prison better suited to his rehabilitation while serving a six year jail term for murdering his girlfriend, a prison service spokesman said on Monday.
Vijender's next pro bout will be anything but easy
Ex-world champ Cheka 'ready to put Vijender in his place'
November 13, 2016
Teen golfer Aditi Ashok scripts historic Women's Indian Open victory
Teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok scripted history as she became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title by clinching the Hero Women's Indian Open in Gurgaon on Sunday.
November 11, 2016
World Cup qualifiers: Wales' Ramsey could start against Serbia
Aaron Ramsey, a player that Wales manager Chris Coleman believes has the talent to represent any international side, will start Saturday's World Cup Group D qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff.
Pacquiao's WBO welterweight bout in graft spotlight
The Philippines' anti-graft agency has initiated an inquiry into whether the police chief broke the law by visiting the United States last week to watch boxer Manny Pacquiao's WBO welterweight victory, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
November 10, 2016
I should not think that I have to win every match: PV Sindhu
Rio Games silver medalist P V Sindhu says her performance at the Olympics has helped her to deal with failures and she realises now that she needs to work harder to win medals at big-ticket events like the World Championship and All England.
November 09, 2016
Long distance runner Ayana named alongside Bolt for IAAF awards
Jamaican Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson both made the shortlists for the IAAF's World Athlete of the Year awards on Wednesday after cleaning up the sprint golds at the Rio Olympics.
PBL: Marin tops price list, Saina unsold at player auction
Olympic champion, Spain's Carolina Marin turned out to be the costliest buy of the second edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL), while Kidambi Srikanth fetched the highest amount by an Indian at the players' auction, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
November 08, 2016
Marin, Sindhu & Saina to go under hammer for PBL 2
Top shuttlers, including Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain and Rio silver medallists P V Sindhu, will be for grabs when the high-profile Players' Auction for the lucrative Premier Badminton League (PBL) gets underway in New Delhi on Wednesday.
November 05, 2016
Historic! India women's hockey team clinch maiden Asian Champions Trophy
The Indian women's hockey team lifted its maiden Asian Champions Trophy title with a thrilling 2-1 win over China in the final, in Singapore on Saturday.
Gold for grapplers Tomar, Satyawart, Ritu Phogat at Singapore event
Rio Olympian Sandeep Tomar, Amit Dhankar and Satyawart Kadian have bagged gold medals in their respective men's freestyle categories at the Commonwealth Wrestling championships in Singapore.
Bindra-led panel to monitor two national camps: NRAI
In a departure from regular practice, the National Rifle Association of India, which is aiming to restore sanctity of national camps, will let the Abhinav Bindra-led Rio Games Review Panel to supervise two of the four technical national camps slated early next year.
November 04, 2016
India to host 2020 Asian Beach Games subject to govt approval
India is set to host the sixth edition of Asian Beach Games in 2020 in Maharashtra subject to government approval, the Indian Olympic association said on Friday after its executive council meeting in Chennai.
November 03, 2016
Govt gives World Cup winning Kabaddi players Rs 10 lakh each
Acknowledging their World Cup winning feat, the Sports Ministry on Thursday announced a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh each for the members of the Indian Kabaddi team, led by Anup Kumar.
What is the FIFA poppy row all about?
England and Scotland are planning to defy a FIFA ban on players wearing poppies during their World Cup qualifier on November 11, their Football Associations said on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Cubs end 108 year title drought to win World Series Baseball
The Chicago Cubs shed themselves of the "Curse of the Billy Goat" and ended a 108-year wait for a World Series title by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings on Wednesday in a thrilling Game Seven classic.
November 02, 2016
Somewhere in my heart I feel, it's end of my career: Saina
Making a comeback after undergoing a knee surgery, top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says that she sometimes feels her badminton career could come to an end due to the injuries she has suffered.
Ministry issues directive with aim to boost medal tally at 2020 Games
In a bid to ensure that medal prospects for the 2020 Olympics get sustained help for the next four years, the Sports Ministry has directed the National Sports Federations (NSFs) to identify potential medallists by the end of this month.
Shuttler Pratul Joshi wins maiden Bahrain International Challenge
Young Indian shuttler Pratul Joshi clinched his maiden international title by notching up a hard-fought win over Aditya Joshi in the $17,500 Bahrain International Challenge badminton final at Segayya in Bahrain.
PHOTOS: How your favourite sports stars celebrated Halloween
As the world celebrated Halloween on Monday, our favourite tennis stars and footballers didn't want to be left behind in all the celebrations.
Bitburger Open GP: Easy opening round wins for Verma brothers
India's Verma brothers -- Sourabh and Sameer -- advanced to the second round of the men's singles competition of the $120,000 Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Saarbrucken, Germany.
November 01, 2016
No funding for National Sports Federations who don't register
The Sports Ministry has made it mandatory for all the National Sports Federation (NSFs) to register themselves with NGO-PS Portal to receive grants.
October 31, 2016
Dipika suffers shock defeat in Wadi Dagla Open
India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal Karthik was stunned by qualifier Mariam Metwally of Egypt in the first round of the Wadi Dagla Open, a PSA world tour event, in Cairo on Monday.
India's Palpreet Singh picked in NBA D-League Draft
Palpreet Singh, winner of the ACG-NBA Jump National Finals, India's first national basketball talent search program, was selected 11th in the fourth Round of the NBA D-League Draft held in New York.
Sania stays atop rankings; Prajnesh sees big leap
India woman's tennis ace, Sania Mirza continues to hold on to her be world number one ranking in doubles, thanks to her consistent performance.
October 30, 2016
India has infrastructure, but not enough coaches: Saina Nehwal
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Sunday said India has adequate infrastructure for badminton but don't have enough coaches and academies.
October 29, 2016
Shooter Heena Sidhu pulls out of Iran event due to hijab rule
India's pistol shooter Heena Sidhu pulled out of the Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran due to the compulsory hijab rule for all women athletes.
October 28, 2016
BFI gets Sports Ministry recognition as boxing parent body
In a massive fillip to the recently-formed Boxing Federation of India, the Sports Ministry has granted recognition to the body which was voted to office last month.
World Squash C'ship: Saurav Ghosal advances to second round
India's national champion Saurav Ghosal defeated Adrian Waller of England in the opening round to set up a clash against second seed Gregory Gaultier of France in the PSA men's world squash championship in Cairo on Friday.
Early exits for Sindhu, Prannoy at French Open
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu suffered another second round defeat when she went down fighting against He Bingjiao of China in the women's singles competition at the $300,000 French Open Super Series badminton tournament in Paris on Friday.
Pakistan team preparing for Junior World Cup In India
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Friday said the training of its team for the Junior World Cup in the Indian city of Lucknow is in full swing, even as it awaited clearance from the government.
Olympic legend Michael Phelps is secretly married
Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps, unbeknownst to the world, competed at the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil as a married man, having quietly wed his fiancée, former Miss California Nicole Johnson, weeks earlier, court records made public on Thursday showed.
October 27, 2016
Marriage prep likely to keep Yogeshwar out of Pro Wrestling 2
With Sushil Kumar's chances of participating in the second season of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) next to nil, another star India wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is also likely to opt out of the upcoming event taking the sheen away from the tournament.
Resolution passed to transfer sports to Concurrent List: Goel
In a significant but tricky move, Sports Minister Vijay Goel has said that a resolution has been passed to transfer sports from the State List of the Indian Constitution to the Concurrent List in a meeting of the National Sports Federations called by the government in New Delhi.
Three Kazakh weightlifters stripped of gold medals from 2012 Olympics
Three Kazakh weightlifters have been stripped of the gold medals they won at the 2012 London Olympics after failing doping tests, the International Olympic Committee said.
October 25, 2016
Will play China Open after consulting Matthews: Saina
Back to training after going through a rigorous rehabilitation process, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal said she is working hard to make a return at the China Super Series Premier but will take a call only after consulting her physio Heath Matthews.
No Olympic medal upgrade for wrestler Yogeshwar
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt's chances of the London Olympics medal being upgraded from bronze to silver is all but over but Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) claimed it was unaware of the development.
October 24, 2016
Liverpool have no defensive problems, claims Klopp
'I think 70-80 percent of the goals we have conceded are from set pieces. But they are all different and we are still working on it and we defended against Manchester United brilliantly'
PV Sindhu looks to bounce back at French Open
Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu will look to shrug off the disappointment of last week's second round exit at Denmark Open and eye her maiden Super Series women's singles title when she competes at the French Open this week.
October 23, 2016
Guardiola equals his worst record as manager as City draw
Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Lahiri finishes third as Thomas wins CIMB Classic title
Anirban Lahiri was searching for a maiden PGA Tour win at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course but the five-shot swing after he lodged his tee shot in a tree left the Indian with too much to do and he had to settle for a tie for third, four strokes back.
October 22, 2016
PM Modi leads accolades as India celebrate Kabaddi WC triumph
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the accolades for the Indian kabaddi team after it triumphed in the 2016 World Cup, its third in a row, on the back of a memorable second-half fightback against Iran, in Ahmedabad, on Saturday.
India maintain dominance, win Kabaddi WC for 3rd straight time!
India triumphed in the Kabaddi World Cup for a third straight time as they staged a remarkable fightback to overcome a tough Iran 38-29 in the
Lahiri continues blazing form in pursuit of maiden PGA Tour title
Anirban Lahiri moved into position to record a first PGA Tour victory when the Indian fired an exquisite third round seven-under 65 at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course to storm four shots clear of the field at the CIMB Classic on Saturday.
October 21, 2016
Kabaddi WC: India crush Thailand to enter final
India streamrolled a hapless Thailand 73-20 to storm into the final of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, in Ahmedabad, on Friday.
Ministry blames coach for Jaisha's water fiasco at Rio Olympics
The Sports Ministry inquiry committee, which was probing long-distance runner O P Jaisha's complaint of not being provided water during the Rio Olympics marathon event, has blamed her coach Nikolai Snesarev for the fiasco.
October 20, 2016
Sindhu loses in 2nd round as India's campaign ends
Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu suffered a narrow loss against Sayaka Sato of Japan in the women's singles to draw curtains on India's campaign at the Denmark Super Series in Odense, on Thursday.
Champions League PIX: Bayern crush PSV; PSG down Basel
Images from the UEFA Champions League matches played on Wednesday
Kabaddi WC: Bangladesh smash Argentina 67 -26
With nothing but pride at stake, Bangladesh crushed Argentina 67 -26 in the last match of group A in the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup 2016.
Sindhu enters second round at Denmark Open
Rio Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu made a resounding start to her campaign at the Denmark Open, defeating China's He Bingjiao in straight games in the women's singles event of the $700,000 Premier Super Series badminton event in Odense.
October 19, 2016
Bolt up against Farah for IAAF World Athletes of Year award
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is set to retire after the World Championships in London next year, has been shortlisted for the 2016 IAAF World Athletes of the Year award.
Start of 'acche din' for Indian boxing?
Entrusted with the task of undoing four years of damage, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh says the bickering that has ruined the sport is not very difficult to control and he is confident of bringing in a professional approach in the set-up with his corporate experience.
Manjrekar's attempt to troll Sania on Twitter backfired... and how!
Sanjay Manjrekar loves to court controversy. Or so it seems. After taking a dig at the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Twitter on Tuesday, the former India batsman took a swipe at tennis ace Sania Mirza.
Saina returns to training after knee surgery
India badminton player Saina Nehwal thanked her team of physios as she returned to the court for a training session on Tuesday.
October 18, 2016
Kabaddi World Cup: India enter semis with huge win vs England
India confirmed their place in the semi finals with a thumping 69-18 win over England in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
CBI registers case over wrestler Narsingh Yadav's dope test
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case in the doping scandal involving international wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was barred from participating in the Rio Olympics after banned substances were found in his urine samples.
Champions League: Napoli eye last 16 place and small slice of history
Napoli could become the first team in Champions League history to qualify from their group after only three games on Wednesday, providing welcome relief from their recent troubles.
Thuram criticises FIFA for ending anti-racism project
French World Cup winner Lilian Thuram has criticised FIFA's decision to dissolve its anti-racism task force, telling Reuters he found the decision "shocking".
Here's your chance to support these champs
Milkha Singh is supporting the Indian Wheelchair Basketball team's crowdfunding campaign to travel to Thailand for the Asia Oceania championship.
Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC's Athletes' Commission
In a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission.
Iran stunned by minnows Poland in Kabaddi World Cup
Iran's unbeaten streak in the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup came to a grinding halt after they were stunned by minnows Polland 25-41 in their league clash at the TransStadia in Ahmedabad on Monday.
South Korea to host some 2020 Olympics events, claim media
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is looking into hosting rowing and canoe/kayak sprint events for the 2020 Summer Games in South Korea if agreement cannot be reached to keep the enue for the races in Tokyo, Japanese media said on Tuesday.
This Indian Navyman ran the toughest marathon on earth
Not everyone completes the Badwater Marathon.
October 17, 2016
Three charged after death of sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter
Authorities in Kentucky have charged three men, including a father and son, in connection with the shooting death of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter outside a restaurant over the weekend, police said.
World Games: Wrestlers bag four medals
Indian grapplers clinched four medals, including a gold, at the just-concluded sixth edition of the Tifsa World Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
PV Sindhu to return to court in Denmark after Rio success
Expectations will be sky-high when Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu returns to international circuit this week, spearheading the Indian campaign at Denmark Open Superseries Premier badminton tournament starting in Odense from Tuesday.
Kabaddi World Cup: Iran edge past Japan to go top of table
Iran survived an early scare as they edged past Japan 38-34 to record their fourth successive win of the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup at the iconic 'The Arena by TransStadia' stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
October 16, 2016
Dutch Open: Shuttler Jayaram loses in final
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram failed to notched up his third straight title in the Dutch Open badminton tournament as he went down fighting in the summit clash, in Almere, Netherlands, on Sunday.
US sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter shot dead
US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter has been killed in a shooting in the US state of Kentucky.
Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik gets engaged
Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik got engaged to fellow wrestler Satyawart Kadian in Rohtak on Sunday.
Title retained, boxer Neeraj set to break into WBC rankings
Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat is all set to break into the WBC's world rankings after retaining his welterweight Asia title by outpunching Australian Ben Kite in New Delhi.
Sourabh clinches Chinese Taipei title
On a comeback trail after recovering from a series of injuries, Sourabh Varma clinched the men's singles title at the Chinese Taipei Open
October 15, 2016
Kabaddi World Cup: India thrash Argentina
India cruised to a comfortable win over Argentina as their raiders flexed their muscle to notch a record 54 point margin win.
Will Sushil Kumar be new WWE sensation?
India's double-Olympic medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar, on Saturday, conceded that he has met top officials of the WWE but ruled out any immediate move to professional wrestling.
Respect government stance on Indo-Pak ties: Bindra
Sport and politics should not be mixed in an ideal world but in reality it can't happen in certain cases, feels champion shooter Abhinav Bindra amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri terror attack.
Chinese Taipei Grand Prix: Sourabh storms into final
Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma stormed into his third successive summit clash after notching up a straight-game victory over local favourite and top seed Hsu Jen Hao in the men's singles semifinals of the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Taipei City, on Saturday.
Kabaddi World Cup: England hammer Argentina 68-28; Poland thrash USA
A terrific raiding performance by England saw them record a comfortable 68-28 win over Argentina in the Group A clash of the Kabaddi World Cup at the The Arena by TransStadia` in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Sri Sri signs on Sindhu to endorse health drink
This is only the second endorsement in the baba-led space by a celebrity after wrestler Sushil Kumar featured in an ad last year for Patanjali Ghee.
Top seed Jayaram marches into Dutch Open semis
Defending champion Ajay Jayaram continued his dominant run at the Dutch Open, reaching the semi-finals of the men's singles competition of the $55,000 Grand Prix tournament in Almere, Netherlands.
October 14, 2016
Dutch Open: Pranaav-Sikki reach semis
Indian combo of Pranaav Cherry Chopra and Sikki Reddy continued their rampaging run as they reached the mixed doubles semi-finals of the Dutch Open Grand Prix, in Almere, Netherlands, on Friday.
Will this be Bolt's last race in Jamaica?
Jamaica's Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will run his last race on home soil at next year's Racers Grand Prix, he said on Friday.
Chinese Taipei Grand Prix: Shuttler Sourabh makes semis
Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma is one step away from making his third successive final as he entered the men's singles semi-finals of the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix following a hard-fought win over Japan's Kento Horiuchi, in Taipei City, on Friday.
Series of felicitation programs has not distracted Sindhu
Set to return to the international circuit at Denmark Open, India ace shuttler P V Sindhu, on Friday, said winning the silver medal at Rio Olympics has given her a lot of confidence and she would look to play without any pressure in the upcoming events.
October 13, 2016
Jayaram makes last eight at Dutch Open
Defending champion Ajay jayaram reached the quarter-finals of the Dutch Open Grand Prix badminton tournament after notching up an easy straight game win over Norway's Marius Myhre in the men's singles competition, in Almere, Netherlands, on Thursday.
Mairaj finishes 4th at Shotgun World Cup Final
India's Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished 4th at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final in Rome on Thursday losing a shoot-off against Egypt's Azmy Mehelba in the skeet event.
'Devastated' skier Johaug returns positive test
Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug says she is 'devasted' after her country's skiing federation confirmed the 28-year-old had returned a positive test for a banned substance found in sunburn cream on Thursday.
British Board of Control suspends Fury's licence
The association overseeing professional boxing in Britain suspended heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury's licence on Thursday.
Dipa Karmakar to return BMW, take another car
India's trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar on Thursday denied reports that she was returning the BMW car presented to her by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar for her historic performance at the Rio Olympic Games.
Paracyclist Mehta left bleeding after mistreatment at Bengaluru airport
As if the 'psychological hurt' was not enough, Indian paracyclist Aditya Mehta was also left bleeding after being forced to remove his prosthetic limb as part of a security check at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, on Thursday.
October 12, 2016
Jayaram, Kashyap enter 2nd round of Dutch Open
India's Ajay Jayaram, Parupalli Kashyap and Lakhanee Sarang entered the second round of the men's singles event of the Yonex Dutch Open badminton tournament in Almere on Wednesday.
India hoopster Amjyot Gill signs up for NBA D-League
India's most talented international basketball player Amjyot Singh Gill is all set to soar higher. After dominating in the Asian circuit over the last two years, the power forward from Chandigarh has signed the standard NBA Development League player contract making him eligible to get drafted into the D-League.
Kabaddi WC 2016: India record first win after crushing Bangladesh 57-20
India produced a dominant team performance as they eased past Bangladesh 57-20 in a must-win crucial Group A clash of the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup here at the Arena by TranStadia on Tuesday.
Karmakar mulls returning BMW presented by Tendulkar
It looks like Dipa Karmakar, India's Olympic gymnast has a new problem on her hands and it has nothing to do with gymnastics-related infrastructure or the sport at all.
Johnson named PGA Tour Player of the Year
American Dustin Johnson was named the PGA Tour's Player of the Year on Tuesday after a sensational 2015-16 season in which he celebrated his breakthrough victory in a major championship.
Russian Olympic chief Zhukov to resign
Russian Olympic chief Alexander Zhukov intends step down as head of the national Olympic Committee to focus on parliamentary work, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
October 11, 2016
Doping: Russian Lysenko stripped of 2012 Olympic hammer gold medal
The double world champion, who now competes under the name Beloborodova, had already been banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for doping earlier this year.
Rome withdraws from bid to host 2024 Olympics
Italy's Olympic Committee has officially withdrawn its bid to stage the 2024 Games in Rome after the city council voted to oppose the project, committee chief Giovanni Malago said on Tuesday.
October 10, 2016
PHOTOS: Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt gets engaged
London Olympics medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, got engaged to Sheetal Sharma in a private ceremony.
We represent country, armed forces protect nation, says Tendulkar
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, on Monday, launched the Marathi version of the book 'Four Miles to Freedom - Escape from a Pakistani POW camp' penned by Faith
Tiger Woods still 'the man'
As Tiger Woods prepares for his PGA Tour return at this week's Safeway Open, the big question is whether he will be able to recapture his previous greatness.
Olympic medallist first mocks Islam then apologises for offensive video
Double Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith has apologised for a leaked video in which he and fellow gymnast Luke Carson appeared to mock Islam.
PHOTOS: Saina Nehwal visits Film Nagar Temple
On a recovery path after her recent knee surgery, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal visited the Film Nagar Temple in Hyderabad.
October 08, 2016
Indian shuttlers advance to Russia Open finals
Indian shuttlers Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and Siril Verma continued their impressive run to storm into the finals of women's and men's singles events at the Russian Open Grand Prix here on Saturday.
Jitu finishes 6th in 10m air pistol in ISSF World Cup
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai finished sixth in the men's 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup Final in Bologna, Italy, on Saturday.
Sporting leaders back proposals to give more powers to WADA
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants to give more power to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the fight against drug-cheating by athletes, it said on Saturday.
October 07, 2016
Kabaddi World Cup: Korea stun favourites India
Korea's Jang Kun Lee produced a remarkable comeback as they beat favourites India 34-32.
Woods set to return to PGA Tour next week
Tiger Woods will make his long-awaited return to competitive golf at next week's Safeway Open in Napa, California, the PGA Tour said on Friday.
Russia Open: Ruthvika, Siril, Pranaav-Sikki enter semis
Indian shuttlers Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and Siril Verma notched up contrasting
Sakshi steers clear of 'allowing Pak players' controversy
Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik, on Friday, said athletes have the right to compete against fellow rivals anywhere in the world.
October 06, 2016
India aim to keep kabaddi World Cup trophy in the country
The Kabaddi World Cup is all set to begin, in Ahmedabad, on Friday, with organisers and players of competing countries expressing confidence of taking the game to new heights of popularity across the globe.
Russian Chicherova stripped of 2008 Olympics high jump medal
Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova was officially stripped of her 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal after she tested positive for banned substances in re-tests of samples, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.
Jitu Rai shoots silver at World Cup
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai shrugged off the disappointment of a poor Olympic campaign by clinching a silver medal in the 50m pistol event of the ISSF World Cup final, in Bologna, on Thursday.
WADA urges athletes to check accuracy of hacked data
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday that some of the athlete data leaked by a Russian cyber espionage group has been changed from its initial form, and has asked "affected parties" for feedback on any inaccuracies.
AIBA sidelines referees and judges used at Rio, pending investigation
Boxing body AIBA has sidelined all 36 referees and judges used at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics until an investigation has been concluded, it said on Thursday.
Is Fury dragging boxing 'through the mud'?
Wladimir Klitschko has accused world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of throwing boxing into disrepute after the Briton twice called off a fight against the Ukrainian, briefly retired from the sport and admitted to substance abuse.
Paralympian Deepa Malik told to 'chill' on flight, airline says sorry later
Malik, who was travelling on Vistara's Mumbai-Delhi flight UK 902 on Tuesday when the incident happened, also complained to the airlines about "poor handling" of wheelchair-bound passengers by the airline staff.
October 05, 2016
How NRAI plans to revive Indian shooting after Rio debacle
Criticised for lack of planning, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) decided to accept the recommendations of Abhinav Bindra-led review committee, which looked into Indian shooters' flop show in Rio Olympics, in 'toto' and said it will form a separate panel to ensure the implementation of the suggestions.
October 03, 2016
PHOTOS: Tendulkar felicitates Indian Paralympics medal winners
Four Indian Paralympics medal winners at the Rio Games last month -- Devendra Jhajharia, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Deepa Malik and Varun Singh Bhati -- were on Monday felicitated by a host of personalities, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Newly fashioned US team end Ryder losing streak
A more team-oriented US Ryder Cup squad took care of business on Sunday, completing a 17-11 thumping of Europe to snap a losing streak and validate changes in their approach to golf's top team competition.
October 02, 2016
EPL PHOTOS: Tottenham score shock win over City; United held at Stoke
Manchester United were denied by a spirited Stoke City performance as Joe Allen pounced late to secure the visitors their first point at Old Trafford since 1989 in a deserved 1-1 Premier League draw.
Indian golfer Bhullar ends long wait with win in Korea
Ganganjeet Bhullar ended a long trophy drought with a one-stroke victory at the Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea on Sunday for his sixth title on the Asian Tour.
October 01, 2016
India must narrow focus to boost medal hopes in Tokyo: Padukone
After bringing home just two medals from the Rio Olympics, India needs to be realistic in its preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Games and should narrow its focus to a handful of sports, says former All England badminton champion Prakash Padukone.
Heavyweight world champion Fury 'tests positive for cocaine'
Heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury has tested positive for cocaine, ESPN reported on Friday citing a leaked letter sent by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).
Scottish boxer dies after suffering severe bleeding in bout
Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after the 25-year-old suffered serious injuries in a welterweight bout in Glasgow on Thursday.
September 30, 2016
Badminton Ranking: Saina climbs up to 5th, Sindhu 8th; Srikanth enters top 10
In women's singles, both Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu climbed up the ladder despite not playing in any recent tournaments.
September 29, 2016
Boxing icon Pacquiao admits drug use as a teen
Philippines boxing icon Emmanuel 'Manny' Pacquiao says he took all kinds of drugs as a teenager but fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte, whose vicious anti-drugs campaign has led to the killing of more than 3,000 people, mostly users and pushers, in three months.
Korea Open: Jayaram reaches quarters
Ajay Jayaram emerged as the lone survivor at the Korea Open after nothing up a convincing straight-game win over China's Huang Yuxiang to advance to the quarter-finals of men's singles of the Super Series event, in Seoul, on Thursday.
Government announces Rs.90 lakh cash awards for Rio Paralympians
The government has announced cash awards of Rs. 90 lakhs for Rio Paralympics 2016 medal winners.
September 28, 2016
Doping: WADA defends TUE system after leaked data
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Wednesday defended the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system after some athletes' confidential medical data was leaked by a group of Russian hackers, shedding light on potential abuse.
Pole vault star Isninbayeva to stand for Russian athletics presidency
Twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva will stand in the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) presidential election this year, she said on Wednesday.
Boxing Federation of India announces nationals
The newly elected President of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) Ajay Singh, on Wednesday, announced that senior men's and women's nationals will be held
India's Palpreet Singh signs NBA Development League contract
Palpreet Singh, the winner of India's first national basketball talent search program, has signed the NBA Development League contract.
Tal Memorial Chess: Anand crushes Mamedyarov, jumps in joint lead
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand crashed through the defences of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan to jump to joint lead after the end of the second round of 10th Tal Memorial Chess tournament in Moscow.
Saina's recovery on track, eyes comeback in November
Her recovery from a knee injury going on smoothly, India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal is hoping to return to the courts by the end of next month.
September 27, 2016
Punjab invites Pakistan to participate in World Kabaddi cup
Amid growing tension between India and Pakistan following Uri terror attack, Punjab has invited Pakistan along with other countries to participate in the 6th World Kabaddi Cup starting from November.
WWE star 'The Great Khali' shares his dream
After creating waves on the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) circuit in the US, Dalip Singh Rana, also known as "The Great Khali" on Tuesday said his aim is to take the WWE kind of wrestling to every city in India.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
The start to the 13 Tests long season could not have been better for India. A convincing win in their 500th Test over New Zealand with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja weaving their magic on a turning track to hand India a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.
Finally, light at the end of the tunnel for Indian boxing...
he days of turmoil in Indian boxing are over and the newly-elected federation will be welcomed into international fold this year itself, said International Boxing Association (AIBA) vice-president Edgar Tanner expressing confidence that the country's administrative revival will stand the test of time.
September 26, 2016
OP Jaisha water row: 'Report will be ready by next week'
Sports Minister Vijay Goel, on Monday, said that the report on the allegations made by marathon runner O P Jaisha that she was not properly looked after by the Indian officials during the Rio Olympics would be ready by next week.
Will boxer Fury be stripped of all his titles?
Tyson Fury will be stripped of his world heavyweight titles, UK's leading boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said while casting doubts over his return to the ring.
Baseball world mourns death of Miami Marlins star Fernandez
Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez, one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball and a hero to Miami's Cuban community, was killed in a boating crash early on Sunday in Florida, the US Coast Guard said. He was 24 years old.
American football player in Canada killed in shooting
An American player in the Canadian Football League (CFL) was killed in an early morning shooting outside a nightclub in the western city of Calgary, the gaming body said on Sunday.
Olympians punished in 1968 get redemption with White House invite
Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the two African-American athletes sent home from the 1968 Olympic Games for their raised-fist protest on the medal podium, will receive a long-awaited moment of redemption at a US team event at the White House this week.
Obama, Woods remember Palmer as 'pioneer' in golf
Golfing great Arnold Palmer died on Sunday, aged 87. His death left the golfing fraternity in mourning. Tributes flow...
Golfing great Arnold Palmer dies at 87
Arnold Palmer, one of golf's greatest players whose immense popularity drew a legion of fans known as "Arnie's Army" and helped propel the game just as television was coming of age, died on Sunday at age 87, the US Golf Association and golf media reported.
September 25, 2016
Berlin marathon: Bekele wins in near record time
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele narrowly missed out on a new world record when he out-sprinted Kenya's Wilson Kipsang to win the Berlin marathon in the second fastest race of all time on Sunday.
Boxing elections: Singh elected BFI president, Kowli back as secretary
Expected to end four years of administrative turmoil in Indian boxing, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) was elected to office with businessman Ajay Singh winning the Presidential poll by an overwhelming margin.
September 24, 2016
Here's how you can contribute towards India's Olympic performance
The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) has invited suggestions from all stakeholders and general public for improving performance of India in Olympics and other mega sports events.
Services, Railways fume at being left out of boxing polls
Livid at being ignored for elections to put together a new federation on Sunday, two of Indian boxing's biggest stakeholders -- Railways and Services Sports Control Board -- have lodged a protest with the Sports Ministry.
Now, Indian golfers adopt anti-doping rules
Indian golfers will now come under the ambit of international anti-doping rules as the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) which marks 10 years of its inception, on Saturday, took the initial steps in implementing the international doping guidelines.
September 23, 2016
After Rio Paralympics gold, Jhajharia aims for treble in Tokyo
The gold medal in men's javelin throw F46 category in the Rio Paralympics made Devendra Jhajharia the most successful Indian para athlete ever but he is in no mood to stop here and is eyeing for a treble in the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Paralympic medal winners to be recommended for Padma awards
In a bid to give increased recognition to their achievements, the medallists from the Rio Paralympics will be recommended for the Padma awards this year by the Sports Ministry.
Japan Open: Srikanth loses in quarters
India's challenge at the Japan Super Series came to a grinding halt when shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the tournament after suffering a defeat in the quarter-finals of the men's singles event here on Friday.
How India can win 50 Olympic medals in 2024
The NITI Aayog has big plans for Indian sport.
Messi injury a worry for Barca and Argentina
The rest of Barcelona's squad will have to do "a little bit more" to make up for the absence of five-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi for the next three weeks, according to captain Andres Iniesta.
September 22, 2016
PM Modi delighted to meet Rio Paralympians
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met the Indian athletes who took part in the Rio Paralympic Games, including the four medallists, and applauded them for making the country proud with their achievements.
Indian shooters finish second in Junior World Cup
Lakshaya and Kismat Chopra along with Manavaditya Singh Rathore on Thursday bagged the team bronze in the Men's Trap event as India ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup with a total of 24 medals to grab the second place in the overall standings.
Srikanth advances to quarterfinals of Japan Open
Rio Olympics quarterfinalist K Srikanth emerged as the lone survivor at the Japan Open after he reached the last eight stage of the men's singles competition at the Super Series event in Tokyo on Thursday.
Serie A: Juve go top, Napoli frustrated at Genoa
Champions Juventus returned to the top of Serie A with a 4-0 home rout of Cagliari on Wednesday, while former leaders Napoli dropped to second after being held to a goalless draw at Genoa.
New mayor kills off Rome's 2024 Olympics bid
Rome's new mayor, Virginia Raggi, pulled the plug on the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics, saying staging the summer games would bury the Italian capital under mountains of debt and tonnes of cement.
Mongolian coaches banned for three years for Rio strip
Two Mongolian wrestling coaches who stripped off in protest at the judging at last month's Rio Olympics have been suspended for three years, the sport's international federation said on Wednesday.
September 21, 2016
Cuba volleyball players found guilty of rape in Finland
Five volleyball players from the Cuban national team were found guilty on Tuesday of aggravated rape of a woman while they were in Finland in July for a World League tournament prior to the Rio Olympics.
Japan Open: Shuttlers Jayaram, Prannoy, Srikanth make second round
It was a mixed day for Indian shuttlers at the Japan Super Series as Ajay Jayaram, H S Prannoy and K Srikanth fought their way to the second round of the men's singles competition in Tokyo on Wednesday.
'This celebrity status is only because of my medal'
The Rio Olympics bronze medalist shared the stage with Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha during the Whisper 'Like a Girl' campaign.
September 20, 2016
Jitu, Sanjeev, Mairaj to represent India in ISSF WC Finals
Ace shooters Jitu Rai, Sanjeev Rajput and Mairaj Ahmad Khan will represent India at the season ending ISSF World Cup Finals to be held in the cities of Bologna and Rome in Italy next month.
Kashyap to face Srikanth in opening round at Japan Open
Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap advanced to the main draw of the men's singles competition of Japan Super Series after registering twin victories in the two rounds of the qualifiers in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Nadal, Farah speak out after hackers leak more WADA records
Tennis World No 5 Rafael Nadal and Olympic champion Mo Farah have spoken in defence after Russian cyber espionage group Fancy Bears leaked their medical data on Monday.
WADA leaks: Russian hackers publish medical data for Farah, Nadal
Documents relating to Farah, and published on the fancybear.net website, showed that the distance runner had no active Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) at the time of the Olympics.
September 19, 2016
Coach Nandi reveals how he got the best out of gymnast Dipa
Dipa Karmakar's coach Bishweshwar Nandi never used corporal punishment over his ward during a career spanning more than 15 years, but he used to attack the the star gymnast "psychologically" to stir up her emotions, that resulted in a historic fourth place finish in Rio.
Cycling: Data leak boosts Froome, puts Wiggins in spotlight
Chris Froome's credibility as triple Tour de France champion has only been boosted by the hacking of his private medical information, according to a South African physiologist who carried out tests on the Briton last year.
ISSF Junior World Cup: Indian shooters continue medal-winning spree
Indian shooters got off to a positive start on day one of the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun), clinching seven medals, including three golds, at Gabala in Azerbaijan on Sunday.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
A mix of interesting events, coupled with big, shocking results, in the sporting world, grabbed headlines last week.
Mapping the 2016 Paralympics: How countries fared at the Games in Rio
The Rediff Labs team analysed the data from Rio 2016 Paralympic Games' official website and created the above map with a total number of medals won by each country.
Why seeing Nadal makes me happy and sad
'And that was what I missed the most when I saw Nadal play in Delhi, the banter with my mom, because she's gone and I won't get to share that moment with her.'
September 18, 2016
Will wait 30 mins for you but win us a medal in Tokyo: Big B to Dipa
Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who finished a historic fourth in Rio Olympics vault, aspires to beat reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles of US in Tokyo Games four years later.
Tiger Woods is by far the best golfer, says Kapil Dev
An avid golfer himself, cricket great Kapil Dev on Sunday said Tiger Woods is by far the best golfer who continues to inspire millions to the sport.
Basketball: India beat Chinese Taipei to finish 7th in Asia Challenge
The Indian men's basketball team upstaged Chinese Taipei 80-68 in a classification match to finish seventh in the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 in Tehrah on Sunday.
ISSF's Junior World Cup: Indian shooter grabs gold
Young Indian shooter Subhankar Pramanick clinched the gold medal in 50-metre rifle prone event at the ISSF Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and
Belgian Open: Shuttler Sourabh falls at final hurdle
Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma fell at the final hurdle as he lost to Lucas Corvee of France in straight sets in the summit clash of the Belgian International badminton tournament in Leuven.
Paralympics tragedy: Iranian cyclist death casts pall over Games
Iranian cyclist Sarafraz Bahman Golbarnezhad has died after crashing in the C4-5 event at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, the first such death at the Games since they began in 1960, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has said.
September 17, 2016
Basketball: India lose to Japan 66-77, to play for 7th spot
Indian hoopsters lost their fifth place classification match against Japan 66-77 in the FIBA Asia Challenge Basketball Championship in Tehran on Saturday.
Australian rower Brennan 'beyond disappointed' by WADA data hack
Australian Olympic champion rower Kim Brennan has spoken of her deep disappointment that her integrity as a clean athlete has been called into question over a shot of adrenaline administered in a medical emergency.
When coach Nandi channelised Dipa's temper to her advantage
Star gymnast Dipa Karmakar's coach Bisweshwar Nandi has dismissed the notion that it would have been better had the medalists and other top performers at the Rio Games been given financial before their sojourn to Brazil.
September 16, 2016
India finish 2nd with 8 medals on final day of Track Asia Cup
India ended their campaign in the Track Asia Cup at second position by bagging eight medals, including two gold, on the final day of the competition at the Cycling Velodrome in IG Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.
Amit Saroha misses a bronze in Rio Paralympics
India's Amit Kumar Saroha missed the bronze medal by a whisker in the men's F51 club throw competition at the Rio Paralympic Games on Friday.
Putin says WADA leaks raise a lot of questions
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) records leaked by hackers raised a lot of questions with healthy athletes seemingly taking banned substances, TASS news agency reported.
Russia doping: McLaren says final report still several months away
The final version of a report which has already revealed a system of state-sponsored doping in Russia is still several months away, its author Richard McLaren said on Friday.
CBI takes charge of wrestler Narsingh's dope case
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) said that the CBI has started its probe into the doping scandal of dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav after the PMO referred his case to the investigation agency.
Dhoni sheds light on how India can win medals at Olympics
Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that a combination of proper infrastructure and guidance along with passion can help India in becoming a 'sporting nation'.
Belgian Open: Shuttler Sourabh makes semis
Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma reached the semi-finals of the Belgian International Challenge after an easy victory over Kieran Merrilees of Scotland in the men's singles competition in Leuven, Belgium, on Friday.
Paralympics medalists Deepa Malik asks Sachin Tendulkar to meet her
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar showered praise on Deepa Malik, who created history by becoming the first-ever Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.
September 15, 2016
South Africa to appeal Pistorius murder sentence again
South African state prosecutors will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to challenge Oscar Pistorius' six-year murder sentence after failing with a similar bid at a lower court, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday.
AFC U-16 C'ship: UAE scrape past India in opener; Iran beat Saudi
India began their campaign AFC U-16 football championships campaign on a disappointing note, losing 2-3 to United Arab Emirates at the Nehru Stadium in Margao on Thursday.
Froome has 'no issue' with exemption leak in WADA hack
Triple Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he has "no issue" with his private medical records being leaked in a cyber attack by Russian hackers on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Kiev to host 2018 Champions League final
Kiev's Olympic stadium will host the final of the 2018 Champions League, the first final of Europe's top club competition to be held in Ukraine, UEFA said on Thursday.
Davis Cup: Ramanathan faces Nadal challenge in opening singles
Rafael Nadal to play against Ram Kumar Ramanathan on the first day of their Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in New Delhi on Friday.
Hackers release another batch of athlete data?
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday that another batch of athlete data has been leaked by the same Russian cyber espionage group that published confidential data earlier this week.
Racing driver Zanardi wins gold, 15 years after losing legs
Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi won his third Paralympic gold medal on Wednesday, a day before the 15th anniversary of the Champ Car crash that cost the Italian both legs and nearly his life.
September 14, 2016
Basketball: India vanquish Kazakhstan to enter Quarters
The Indian basketball team defeated Kazakhstan 100-90 in its last Group E game to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 in Tehran on Wednesday.
Sports Min non-committal on Khel Ratna for paralympic medallists
Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday refused to commit if medallists of the ongoing Rio Paralympics will be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award -- the highest sporting honour in the country.
PICS: Usain Bolt's first day at work
After becoming the first person to win all three events at three consecutive Olympic Games, Usain Bolt has a surprise for his fans.
6-year-old daughter inspired Jhajharia to second Paralympics gold
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia has revealed that a "deal" with his six-year-old daughter propelled him to win a record second gold medal in the
4 crore cash reward for Deepa Malik
The Haryana government has announced a cash reward of Rs. 4 crore for Deepa Malik, who scripted history by winning silver in the women's shot put F53 event at the ongoing Paralympics in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
PM Modi, celebrities hail Jhajharia's 2nd gold in Paralympics
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cricketers such as Virendra Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif congratulated the athlete for his stupendous feat at Rio.
Bolt leaves door open to 2017 sprint double at worlds
Usain Bolt has left the door open to running in both the 100 and 200 metres at next year's world championships where he said he will be more focussed on protecting his legacy than topping his world records.
Rio Paralympics: Javelin thrower Jhajharia creates history, wins another gold
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record to clinch
Protesters disrupt Lochte's debut on dance competition
'Dancing with the Stars' host Tom Bergeron said on Tuesday he was shocked and unnerved by protesters who shouted "liar, liar" and rushed the stage after a live performance by Ryan Lochte, the gold-medal US swimmer who made up a story about being robbed at the Rio Olympics.
September 13, 2016
Williams sisters let off by WADA despite positive dope test?
Claiming to have accessed WADA's database, Fancy Bears' hack team claimed to have leaked dozens of files allegedly relating to United States athletes on the internet.
Russian javelin thrower Abakumova stripped of her 2008 Olympics silver
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday sanctioned four Russian Olympians who competed at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games for failing drug tests, including silver medalist Maria Abakumova.
I dared to dream and worked hard: Deepa Malik
The first Indian woman to clinch a Paralympic medal, a thrilled Deepa Malik says her F-53 shot put silver is a result of being daring enough to dream.
India's cagers pull off huge upset over higher-ranked China
In a rare feat, the Indian men's basketball team stunned formidable China in its second-round group E encounter to stay in contention for a quarterfinal berth in the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran on Tuesday.
Meet Deepa Malik! First Indian woman to win a medal at Paralympics
India's Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shotput F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
PHOTOS: Saluting Paralympians and their undying spirit
At Rediff.com, we would like to salute their undying spirit...
September 12, 2016
PM, Tendulkar laud 'phenomenal, inspirational' Deepa Malik
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sporting icons Sachin Tendulkar and Abhinav Bindra, India showered accolades on Deepa Malik, who created history by becoming the first-ever Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.
Deepa Malik first woman to win Paralympics medal with shot put silver
India's Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shotput F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
Govt-backed athletes should set up academies, centres: Sports Min
Touched with Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu's gesture to donate Rs 30 lakh from his prize money to his school, Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday said that all athletes backed by the government should try to set up academies or centres of their own to inspire the youth.
Mariyappan India's flagbearer in Paralympic closing ceremony
Thangavelu Mariyappan, who became only the third Indian ever to clinch a gold medal in the Paralympics, will be the country's flag-bearer at the closing ceremony of the Rio Games on September 18.
Belgian Paralympian says not ready for euthanasia
Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort has said she is still considering euthanasia but contrary to media reports, will not be ending her life immediately after the Games in Rio.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik rises to top-5 in world rankings
Riding on her bronze medal finish at the Rio Olympic Games, Sakshi Malik entered the top-five in the latest UWW (United World Wrestling) rankings, rising to a career-best 4th position in women's 58kg category.
September 11, 2016
Chinappa climbs to 10th in PSA rankings
Indian squash player Joshna Chinappa rose to 10th while Deepika Pallikal remained static at 19th in the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings.
Dipa Karmakar hails Paralympic Games medal winners
Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed out on an Olympic medal by a whisker in Rio de Janeiro recently, on Sunday showered praise on Thangavelu Mariyappan and Varun Singh Bhati for winning gold and bronze in the Paralympics.
Rio Paralympics Games: Archer Pooja finishes 29th
Indian archer Pooja finished the ranking round at the 29th spot with a total of 513 points in the Recurve archery event of the Paralympics Games on Saturday.
September 10, 2016
Check out why Sports Minister met boxing star Vijender
Sports Minister Vijay Goel, on Saturday, met former Olympic bronze-medallist Vijender Singh to discuss the way forward for Indian boxing, which has been severely hampered by administrative wrangling in the past four years.
PM Modi leads country in lauding Paralympic medallists
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to India's lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra, congratulatory messages poured in from all corners for Rio Paralympic Games' T-42 high-jump gold-medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu and bronze medal winner Varun Bhati.
Mariyappan Thangavelu wins high jump gold at Paralympics
There was double joy for India at the Rio Paralympics on Saturday, as high jumpers Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati won gold and bronze. Thangavelu scripted history, becoming the first Indian para-athlete to win a gold medal in the men's high jump-T42 final, on Day 2 of the Games at the Olympic Stadium.
September 09, 2016
'Ibrahimovic born for Manchester derby'
If ever a fixture was made for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic it is Saturday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford, according to his former Barcelona team mate Thierry Henry.
Advani wins historic bronze at 6 Red Snooker World Championship
Pankaj Advani became the first Indian cueist to win a medal at the prestigious Sangsom 6 Red Snooker World Championship after taking the bronze following his semi-final loss to Chinese Ding Junhui, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday.
'I won because of my technique, not my power'
It's a sport that is synonymous with power for most, but India's Rio Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik says her achievements on the mat are not just because of brawn but also brain.
Sports Ministry to appoint observer for boxing federation's elections
The Sports Ministry will depute an observer for the much-awaited elections, scheduled for September 25 in Mumbai, to constitute a new Boxing Federation of India.
Belarus delegate banned for carrying Russian flag at Paralympics opening
A member of the Belarus delegation who carried a Russian flag at the Paralympic opening ceremony to support his country's near-neighbor that is banned from the competition was stripped of his accreditation, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Thursday.
September 08, 2016
Sports Ministry begins thorough probe into Rio debacle
The Sports Ministry on Thursday said it has started a "thorough review" of India's dismal outing at the Rio Olympics and is also seeking feedback and suggestions from the athletes who competed in the quadrennial extravaganza.
Belarus delegate carries Russian flag during Rio opening ceremony
The Belarus team carried Russia's flag as well as their own at the Paralympic Games opening ceremony, in a show of support for their near-neighbours, who were banned from the competition in Rio de Janeiro.
Saina Nehwal vows to return stronger in December
India's leading badminton player Saina Nehwal says she wants to come back into competitive action stronger after recovering from a knee surgery and indicated that her best may be yet to come.
Pankaj Advani cruises into last 16 of 6 Red World Championship
The Indian cueist, who maintained a clean slate in the group stage with an all-win record, trounced Germany's Lukas Kleckers 6-0.
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, brand ambassador of India?
Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian woman Olympian in gymnastics who finished fourth in the Rio Games, should be made the brand ambassador of India, former Indian football captain Prasun Banerjee said in Agartala on Thursday.
Tiger Woods intends to make competitive return next month
Tiger Woods announced on Wednesday that he hopes to make his competitive return to golf next month, beginning with the PGA Tour's Safeway Open in Napa, California, after spending more than a year on the sidelines.
US swimmer Lochte gets ten-month ban over Rio scandal
American swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months, US media reported on Wednesday, following a scandal involving the US Olympic athlete and three other swimmers at the Rio Games.
September 07, 2016
Sindhu: This is just the beginning; there is a lot more to come
'I didn't think before the start of the Olympics that I would make it to the final and win a medal.' 'I just thought of going there and giving my best, taking one match at a time.'
Kashyap wins on return; Prannoy, Jayaram also in round 2
A fit-again P Kashyap of India resumed his journey in international badminton by notching up a comfortable win, while H S Prannoy and Ajay Jayaram also advanced to the second round of Indonesia Grand Prix Gold in Balikpapan, Indonesia on Wednesday.
After triumphing in Brazil, Sikki-Pranaav eye CWG medal
Ecstatic after clinching a maiden Grand Prix title at the Brazil Open, the Indian mixed doubles pairing of N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra have set their sights on winning a medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Has Bolt proposed to his long-term girlfriend?
After sparking controversy with his late-night antics following his triumphant Rio Olympics campaign, legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt seems ready to settle down as he strongly hinted that he has proposed to long-term girlfriend Kasi Bennett.
Friendly: Smolov goal gives World Cup hosts Russia win over Ghana
Fedor Smolov's 20th-minute goal gave Russia their first win under new coach Stanislav Cherchesov as the 2018 World Cup hosts overcame Ghana 1-0 in a friendly in Moscow on Tuesday.
September 06, 2016
'With that score I would have won a bronze at the Olympics'
-year old Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra had recently scripted history by becoming the first Indian athlete to become a world champion at any level when he won a gold medal at the U-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on July 23.
Unlike Olympics, no TV coverage for Rio Paralympics in India
Unlike the Olympics that was widely covered, the Rio Paralympics set to begin tomorrow will not have any television coverage in India as it failed to attract any national broadcasters after a city-based NGO on Tuesday highlighted the "discrimination" of the para athletes.
'We have forgotten the art of physical literacy'
'We have lost the importance of physical movement. It is important we encourage kids to take up sport.'
Less awareness in sports led to only 2 Oly medals: Mary Kom
London Games bronze medallist boxer M C Mary Kom on Tuesday described her trials for Rio Olympics as "unfortunate" and said things probably would have been in her favour had there been more competitions for women.
No gold for Yogeshwar as World body clears London Games winner
Yogeshwar Dutt's London Olympics bronze medal will not be upgraded to gold after the United World Wrestling (UWW) on Tuesday made it clear that the top-place finisher in men's 60kg freestyle -- Togrul Asgarov - never tested positive for a banned substance.
'People who taunted me now want to click selfies with me'
'People taunted me, saying 'You are a woman, why are you wrestling?'
UP CM Akhilesh to request CBI probe into Narsingh saga
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday assured wrestler Narsingh Yadav that his government will request the centre to order CBI probe into the doping scandal, which has led to the grappler being handed a four-year ban.
September 05, 2016
Call for Boxing elections on September 25 in Mumbai
With a view to break the impasse over the governing of boxing in the country, newly-formed and registered Boxing Federation of India has called for elections in Mumbai on September 25.
Shuttlers Sikki-Pranaav win Brazil Open Grand Prix title
Indian mixed doubles pair of Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra clinched their maiden Grand Prix title, bagging the Brazil Open with a straight games victory over Canadian combo of Toby Ng and Rachel Honderich at Foz do Iguacu in Brazil, on Sunday.
Spain's Hortelano hospitalised after car crash
Spanish athlete Bruno Hortelano has suffered a serious hand injury in a car accident in Madrid and undergone an operation, his agent said on Monday.
September 04, 2016
Badminton: Pawar loses Brazil Open final
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar went down fighting against Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia in a thrilling men's singles final of the Brazil Open Grand Prix, in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, on Sunday.
Time to hand over the baton to the younger generation: Bindra
'The role of sports science, sport medicine is incredibly important in modern day sport. We can't do without it'
Fourth place at Rio Games was a great closure to my career: Bindra
'You can never break performance into black and white, there will always be grey and that's the nature of sport'
PHOTOS: Star turnout for Yuvraj's fashion label launch
It was a starry night as India's top sports and Bollywood celebrities came out in large numbers to support Yuvraj Singh, who launched his own clothing line YWC in Mumbai, on Saturday.
September 03, 2016
'If any woman reaches final at Olympics after 33 years, it is big'
India's steeplechase specialist Lalita Babar, who finished 10th in the recently-concluded Rio Olympics, said the transition from being a marathon runner to a steeplechaser wasn't an easy one.
China Open: Indian challenge ends as Ghosal, Chinappa out
The Indian challenge at the China Squash Open ended with the elimination of Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa following their respective defeats in the quarter-final round in Shanghai.
September 02, 2016
I don't think my silver will be upgraded to gold: Yogeshwar
Speaking exclusively to Aruneel Sadadekar/Rediff.com, the Haryana-based wrestler shed light on the latest reports of Asgarov testing positive and Sakshi Malik's bronze medal feat at the Rio Olympics.
China Open: Ghosal downs World No 8 to reach quarters
India's Saurav Ghosal upset world number 8 Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia to advance to the quarter-finals of the PSA China Open in Shanghai.
These girls have power
Manavi Kapur goes behind the scenes to find out what it takes to be a successful woman wrestler.
September 01, 2016
Russian athletes blocked from competing as neutrals at Paralympics
Russia's disabled athletes will not be allowed to compete as neutrals at this month's Rio de Janeiro Paralympics after their country was banned because of a state-sponsored sports doping programme.
Cuba's discus thrower Barrios stripped of Beijing silver medal
The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it has disqualified two athletes from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including a Cuban discus silver medalist, after retesting of samples found evidence they had used banned substances.
August 31, 2016
Salman fulfills promise, to pay Olympians through IOA
Bollywood actor Salman Khan lived up to his promise of paying Rs 1.01 lakh to all the participants of Rio Olympic Games and has requested the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to send him details of the athletes.
Yogeshwar's sample will be tested before upgradation to silver
Star India wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt will have to wait to know whether his bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics is upgraded to silver till the time his sample is cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Jaisha to train from next week ignoring medical advice
Athlete OP Jaisha is confident that she can start her training next week having recovered well from H1N1 fever which she contracted during the Rio Olympics even though the SAI doctor has advised her a month's rest.
NEEDED! A complete revamp for Indian boxing
Indian boxing's biggest names are demanding an all systems reboot to halt the sport's decline after a medal-less Olympic campaign in Rio and their roadmap goes beyond having the much-delayed national federation.
Gopichand's journey: From failing in IIT to champion player and coach
Chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, who guided Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu to Olympic medals in the successive Games, says he was lucky that he wasn't good in studies and it was a flunked IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) exam that paved his way to be a successful sportsperson.
Yogeshwar wants late Russian's family to keep London silver
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is not keen to collect the upgraded silver medal from 2012 London Olympics on humanitarian grounds given that the original second place finisher's positive dope test came after his death.
17 million watched Sindhu vs Marin clash on TV!
The Rio Olympics gold medal contest in badminton women's singles between India's P V Sindhu and Spain's Carolina Marin attracted 17.2 million TV viewers, according to the broadcasters.
Did this Indian couple fake Everest summit photos?
Nepal on Tuesday banned an Indian couple from mountain climbing in the country for 10 years after they tried to fake a successful ascent of Mount Everest with digitally altered photographs, officials said.
Disgraced Olympic swimmer Lochte to dance with stars
Disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is joining the 'Dancing With the Stars' cast, ABC television announced on Tuesday, as the gold medalist said he thought reaction to his tale about being held up at a Rio de Janeiro gas station had been blown out of proportion.
Team manager quits over hidden camera scandal
The manager of South Korea's national swimming team has resigned as an investigation continues into a scandal involving the alleged installation of hidden cameras to take pictures of female athletes, the national federation has said.
Czech Olympic champion gymnast Vera Caslavska no more
Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska, whose seven gold medals made her the country's most decorated Olympic athlete, has died at the age of 74 after a long illness, according to text messages sent by the head of the Czech Olympic Committee to co-workers.
Mary Kom and Sarita Devi: The untold story
'Mary just stopped talking to me. Maybe she did not like the fact that she was the gold medallist, but it was me (Sarita), not her, who was getting all the attention.'
US Open, Day 2: Ivanovic knocked out; Nishikori advances
Former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic suffered a shock 6-7(4), 1-6 loss against Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic in the women's singles first round at the 2016 US Open on Tuesday.
August 30, 2016
Over 100 Russians file cases to compete in Rio Paralympic Games
More than 100 Russian Paralympians have individually filed cases to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in order to be allowed to compete at next month's Games in Rio, Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) Vice President Pavel Rozhkov said on Tuesday.
Girls made India proud at Rio Olympics: PM Modi
Showering praise on Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said these "daughters" were the saving grace of India at the Rio Games.
Van Basten quits Dutch national team for FIFA job
'I have agreed with Danny Blind to stay as an assistant until the end of the year'
PIX: Meet 100-year-old Indian who won gold at Masters Games track meet
In a gripping tale of unwavering dedication and passion towards the sport, a 100-year-old Indian runner has become the talk of the town after she picked up a gold medal in the 100-metre race at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, Canada.
Yogeshwar's London Olympics bronze upgraded to silver
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt's bronze medal from the London Olympics was upgraded to silver after silver medallist from the 2012 Games -- deceased Besik Kudukhov of Russia -- was stripped off his medal for using banned substance.
August 29, 2016
Need to build sports culture to win more medals: Gopichand
Pullela Gopichand, who has coached Olympic medallist shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu, on Monday said that India can win a bagful of Olympic medals only if sports culture is built in the country through nurturing talent at the grassroot level.
CRPF to appoint Sindhu as Commandant and brand ambassador
Country's largest paramilitary force CRPF has decided to appoint Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu as it's brand ambassador and bestow the honorary rank of Commandant on the ace badminton player.
'I will show the world how to win a medal without a federation'
The coveted Olympic medal eluded him yet again, but, far from being bogged down, boxer Vikas Krishan says he is now aiming to become the first Indian to clinch two medals at the World Championships irrespective of whether a national federation takes shape or not.
'Did Sachin T pay for the BMWs he 'gave away' to Rio athletes?'
Shobaa De has raked up another row and is being trolled again for questioning the gifting of the BMW cars to Rio Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu and her coach P Gopichand as well as Olympian gymnast Dipa Karmakar.
BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com takes you through a photographic journey of all the exciting sporting moments that unfolded over the last seven days.
PHOTOS: Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa, Jitu conferred Khel Ratna
It was a celebration of woman power in sports as Olympic stars PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar were on Monday conferred India's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -- along with shooter Jitu Rai in a gleaming awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
Shameful! Hockey Olympians made to sit on train floor
A shameful incident saw some of the four Indian women's hockey team players made to sit on the floor of the train while returning back home from Rio Olympics.
WATCH! Auto driver gifts shooter-daughter Rs 5 lakh gun
Despite a meagre income, Ahmedabad-based auto-rickshaw driver has gifted his 27-year-old daughter, who is a national-level shooter, a German-made rifle worth Rs 5 lakh, a corpus he had kept aside for her marriage.
August 28, 2016
PHOTOS: PM Modi hosts 'inspirational' athletes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, hosted the National Sports awardees, including Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu and bronze winner Sakshi Malik, at his 7 Race Course Road residence in New Delhi.
Manoj Kumar appeals PM Modi to sort out boxing mess
Bitter about the administrative mess which he feels cost him a medal at the Rio Olympics, pugilist Manoj Kumar says Indian boxing is on death bed right now and desperately needs intervention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Why Big B feels we should be proud of our athletes
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan says we all should be proud of our athletes as they bring greatest glory to the nation.
Sachin lauds Rio winners, hopes journey doesn't stop
Lauding PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik for winning medals at the Rio Olympic Games, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday, said it is the beginning of a wonderful journey for the duo.
PHOTOS: Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa, Gopichand presented swanky BMW
Rio Olympics silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu and bronze winner grappler Sakshi Malik along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and badminton coach Pullela
August 27, 2016
Dipa Karmakar, associations welcome PM Modi's Olympics Task Force
India's gymnastics heroine Dipa Karmakar has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of setting up a Task Force.
Who is to be blamed for boxer's medal-less campaign in Rio?
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu says the
August 26, 2016
PM Modi announces Task Force to prepare India for next Olympics
With India getting only two medals in the Rio Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, announced the decision to set up a Task Force to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation in the next three Olympics.
'Narsingh would have won the silver if he had competed in Rio'
Continuing to back dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav, a top Wrestling Federation of India official on Friday claimed the 74-kg freestyle wrestler would have clinched the silver medal had he taken part in the Rio Olympics instead of being banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Ethiopian marathoner stays put in Rio, vows to fight for land rights
Ethiopian silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa, who did not return home after staging a protest against his government at the Rio Olympics, said on Thursday he feared for his life if he went back and vowed to keep up his fight for land rights.
Judge rejects prosecutors' request to appeal Pistorius sentence
South African Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday rejected an application by state prosecutors to appeal Oscar Pistorius's six-year murder sentence, saying the petition had no reasonable prospects of success.
Boxer Sarita Devi producing champions in her academy
India's premier boxer legend Sarita Laishram Devi has started an endeavour to train young talents from her state of Manipur, with many budding boxers undergoing training at Sarita's boxing academy.
I didn't even expect to be in the fourth position at the Olympics: Dipa
'Our performance went really well though I am sad I couldn't manage a medal but I am happy to secure 15+ in the first level'
August 25, 2016
Olympic athlete OP Jaisha tests positive for swine flu
India's marathon runner OP Jaisha, who had triggered controversy after returning from Rio Olympics, has tested positive for swine flu on Thursday.
U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte to be summoned to testify in Brazil
U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who has apologized for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Games, will be summoned to testify before Brazil's Justice Department, Fox News reported on Thursday.
Expected at least two to make it to Round 2, says former TT ace Kamlesh
Conceding that the performance of the Indian team in the Rio Olympics table tennis competition was not up to his expectations, former national coach Kamlesh Mehta, on Thursday, said it does not mean they should not have taken the flight to Brazil.
Bindra to probe shooters' Rio Games debacle
India's first and only individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra was named Chairman of a five-member review committee to probe the shooters' Rio Games debacle but has rescued himself from questioning them as he was himself a part of the team.
FC Goa to train in Rio de Janeiro ahead of season
As a part of FC Goa's pre-season training and conditioning, the team will assemble at head coach Zico's football academy, Zico 10 in Rio de Janeiro, to prepare for the third season of the Indian Super League (ISL).
Badminton Rankings: Saina drops to No 9; Sindhu remains No 10
India's leading badminton player Saina Nehwal has dropped four places to be No 9 in the latest world rankings while P V Sindhu remains No 10 despite winning a silver medal in the Rio Olympics.
Putin says ban on Russian Paralympic team is cynical, immoral
A ban imposed on Russia's Paralympic team to compete in Rio is cynical and immoral, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, while saying that Moscow acknowledged its mistakes and would improve the national anti-doping system.
Blatter appears at CAS for appeal against ban
Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has pledged to accept the verdict as he made his final appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his six-year ban from all football-related activities.
Twist in Jaisha row: Coach claims she refused personalised refreshments
The controversy stoked by marathon runner O P Jaisha took an interesting turn with Indian athletics contingent's middle and long distance coach Nikolai Snesarev, on Thursday, asserting that she herself had said no when asked by him if she would need personalised refreshment during the race in the Rio Olympics.
Ireland star Keane to hang up international boots
Ireland's most prolific goal-scorer Robbie Keane announced his retirement on Wednesday after an 18-year career in which he scored 67 goals for his country to put him 15th on the list of all-time international marksmen.
Sindhu sidesteps minister's offer, says Gopichand is 'the best coach'
India's Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu, who captured the imagination of the entire nation by winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, has ignored Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali's offer for a 'better coach', saying that her current guru Pullela Gopichand is the 'best coach' for her.
US 'keeper Solo 'saddened' by six-month ban
She was handed ban for mocking Sweden, calling them "a bunch of cowards" at the Rio Olympics
August 24, 2016
Rio Olympics was like a cold war, says Russian swmimmer
Russian Yulia Efimova, who won two Olympic silver medals this month after being cleared to compete in Rio following a doping ban, has compared swimming in the Games to being at war.
Sehwag slams Piers Morgan for mocking India's performance in Rio
British journalist and television show host was heavily criticised on social media after he made fun of India's performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Bindra may head panel to review India's shooting debacle at Rio Olympics
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has come up with a proposal to set up a special committee, to be headed by Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, to carry out a comprehensive review of the shooters' below-par performance at the Rio Games.
Haryana CM forgets Sindhu's name, calls her from Karnataka
In a faux pas, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar forgot Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu's full name and also wrongly called her from Karnataka.
Brazil didn't mess up Olympics, nor did it make most of them
The enduring images of the Games will be not just the great sporting achievements - from US swimmer Michael Phelps' 28th Olympic medal to Usain Bolt's historic sprint 'triple triple' - but also the organizational problems, empty seats and crime.
Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo, governor calls for unity
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike brought the Olympic flag to Japan from Brazil on Wednesday and called for all parties to work together to host a successful Summer Games in 2020.
Brazil police say IOC's Hickey discussed illegal ticket sales
Brazilian police said on Tuesday they had uncovered emails between detained International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Hickey and the British owner of a ticketing company they said masterminded a scheme selling Olympic tickets illegally.
Sakshi named brand ambassador of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' initiative
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday felicitated Rio Olympics bronze medal winner and wrestler Sakshi Malik.
OP Jaisha water row: Was there mismanagement on government's part?
Backing long-distance runner OP Jaisha's claim of having no support from the Indian officials at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP KTS Tulsi on Wednesday said that the incident revealed 'gross mismanagement' on the Centre's part.
Sakshi accorded grand welcome, presented Rs 2.5 crore cheque
Haryana on Wednesday honoured its 'daughter' Sakshi Malik by appointing her as brand ambassador of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign and presenting the Olympic bronze medallist a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore.
League Cup: Liverpool rout Burton; West Brom, Watford booted out
Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion and Watford were knocked out in the League Cup second round by lower-league opponents on Tuesday as a strong Liverpool side crushed championship Burton Albion 5-0.
August 23, 2016
SAI, NADA officials involved in Narsingh conspiracy: WFI President
Refusing to budge from its stance, the Wrestling Federation of India floated a new theory on Tuesday, alleging that some junior officials of the Sports Authority of India and National Anti Doping Agency are responsible for Narsingh Yadav being handed a four-year ban for doping.
Athlete Sudha tested positive for Swine Flu, not for Zika virus
Rio Olympian and Indian long distance runner Sudha Singh, who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here for a suspected Zika virus infection, has tested positive for swine flu and will be out of action for at least two months, doctors said on Tuesday.
Grand welcome awaits Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik
A grand welcome awaits Rio Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik when she arrives home on Wednesday, with hectic preparations underway to give her a rousing reception at her village Mokhra Khas in Rohtak district.
Inquiry to probe apathy in marathon runner Jaisha's case
The Sports Ministry constituted a two-member committee to probe the allegations of official apathy leveled by marathon runner O P Jaisha, who claims to have been denied water refreshment during her event at the Rio Olympic Games.
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Russia loses appeal against Paralympics ban
Russia has lost its appeal against its ban from next month's Rio Paralympics because of a state-sponsored doping programme, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sports highest tribunal, said on Tuesday.
Marathoner Raut contradicts Jaisha's claim of AFI apathy at Rio
Contradicting marathon runner OP Jaisha's claim of official apathy in the Rio Olympics, co-runner Kavita Raut on Tuesday said that the Athletics Federation of Indian (AFI) had provided her with an option of having energy drinks during the race and, therefore, she has no complaints against the apex body.
Narsingh's fate sealed; CAS deems he 'intentionally' took banned substance
Dismisses sabotage angle, saying: "...all in all found the sabotage (s) theory possible, but not probable and certainly not grounded in any real evidence'
What needs to be done to produce medal-winning gymnasts?
India's gymnastics queen, Dipa Karmakar's coach Bishweshwar Nandi expects a more solid sports policy and bigger effort from SAI and the government
Khel Ratna for Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and Jitu
In an unprecedented move, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting award, will be conferred on four athletes this year. The Sports Ministry announced on Monday that Olympic medalists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik will be honoured alongside trail-blazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar and ace shooter Jitu Rai.
After Speedo, Ryan Lochte loses Ralph Lauren sponsorship
US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp, following his apology for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Games.
August 22, 2016
Jaisha alleges official apathy at Rio Olympics, AFI refutes charge
Marathon runner O P Jaisha on Monday alleged that Indian officials did not arrange for water and energy drinks during her race in the Rio Olympics run under scorching heat despite designated stations being given for the country, a claim denied by Athletics Federation of India.
My career all but over if ban not reviewed, says Narsingh
Dope-tainted Narsingh Yadav admitted that his career would be over if the four-year ban imposed on him by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) is not reviewed and said that the country should take up his case as India lost out on an Olympic medal in wrestling.
PHOTOS: Moments that stood out at the Rio Olympics!
Here is a flashback of the top moments from the just concluded quadrennial Games...
Rio Olympics: Stunning sporting moments
After the curtain have come down here are some of the stunning moments from the Rio Olympics that made everyone stand and cheer.
Wrestling: Furious Mongolians strip off over bronze medal defeat
Two Mongolian coaches stripped off and hurled their shoes in protest on Sunday after their wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig was denied victory for running away from his Uzbek opponent in the dying seconds of their bronze medal contest.
Population size has nothing to do with sporting excellence
'No country can go from zero to hero at the Olympics.'
WATCH! Rio silver medallist Sindhu returns home to hero's welcome
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu arrived, in Hyderabad, to a grand welcome at Hyderabad International Airport.
Tales of the expected and unexpected from Rio Olympics
In gymnastics, Biles and Uchimura soared while China crashed.
How Phelps and Lochte stand out for right and wrong reasons
Two swimmers made the biggest waves in Rio, Michael Phelps racing to retirement as the greatest of all time and US team mate Ryan Lochte slipping out of the country before police could stop him.
Sindhu set to receive a swanky BMW from Tendulkar
While bronze medallist Sakshi would soon be seen driving her new, customized Mahindra Thar, a brand new BMW awaits new badminton sensation Sindhu.
MAPPED: Which nations won medals in Rio?
India finished 67th.
PIX: Rio passes Olympic flag to Tokyo
Rains failed to dampen the famous Rio carnival spirit as this Brazilian city bid an emotional farewell to the thousands of athletes of the world in a colourful closing ceremony to bring down curtains on the 31st Olympic Games.
How Indian athletes fared at Rio Olympics
Performance of Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics.
It's a wrap! Bolt conquers, Farah delivers but too many empty seats
Usain Bolt delivered. Mo Farah, Elaine Thompson, David Rudisha, three world records and a dominant United States played their part too, as athletics enjoyed being back in the limelight.
Did Narsingh Yadav intentionally dope?
While handing down a four-year ban on Narsingh Yadav, the Court of Arbitration for Sports has ruled that the wrestler failed to produce any 'real evidence'
PHOTOS: Rio bids a colourful goodbye to 2016 Games
A bit of melancholy and unbridled joy converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief for having pulled off South America's first Games.
Gopi, Kheta Ram clock personal bests in marathon
The Indian duo of Thanackal Gopi and Kheta Ram put up an inspired show and clock their personal best timings to finish 25th and 26th respectively in the men's marathon at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
India's Olympics report card: Sindhu, Sakshi save the blushes
Two unassuming young women saved India the humiliation of returning empty-handed from the Olympics for the first time since Barcelona in 1992 with awe-inspiring performances at Rio.
IOA chief Ramachandran awarded Olympic Order
Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran was awarded the Olympic Order for outstanding service to the Olympic movement on Sunday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 16 at Rio Olympics
The gold medallists on Day 16 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday.
August 21, 2016
Sakshi to be India's flag-bearer at Games closing
The first Indian woman grappler to win an Olympic medal, a bronze in the 58kg freestyle at Rio, she was the obvious choice as P V Sindhu, India's only other medallist, who bagged a silver in the women's singles badminton, left for Hyderabad on Saturday.
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva earns IOC spot despite opposition
Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, a fierce critic of a Russian track and field ban at the Rio Olympics, was elected an International Olympic Committee member on Sunday but a third of the votes were against her.
Kenya's Kipchoge triumphs in men's marathon
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the men's Olympic marathon with a dominating performance, running alone into the Sambadrome and finishing in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds.
WFI demands CBI probe into Narsingh Yadav doping scandal
Left red-faced by the four-year ban imposed on Narsingh Yadav by the Court of Arbitration (CAS), the Wrestling Federation of India has demanded a CBI probe into the doping scandal that has jeopardised the grappler's entire career.
Wrestling: Shock defeat for Yogeshwar in qualification round
In a massive heartbreak for India, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt slumped to a shock defeat in the men's 65kg freestyle qualification round bout against Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia at the Rio Olympic Games.
Rio double shows I didn't just fluke it in London: Mo Farah
Britain's Mo Farah warned he aims to keep winning after becoming the first man in 40 years to retain the two Olympic distance crowns.
China blame 'fierce' competition for worst slump in 20 years
China blamed fierce competition for their Rio flop and promised to examine their "shortcomings" after slumping to their worst Olympic performance in 20 years.
Our sport is alive and strong, says IOC chief Coe
IAAF President Sebastian Coe gave a ringing endorsement to the Olympic athletics programme on Saturday, acclaiming a "remarkable week" that showed athletics is "alive and incredibly strong".
Russian Kolodko stripped of London Games shot put silver
Russian Evgeniia Kolodko has been stripped of her shot put silver medal from the London 2012 Olympics after testing positive for banned substances in a re-test, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday.
Any danger to whistleblower Stepanova not an IOC issue: Bach
Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova may be in danger after her revelations on doping in her country that triggered a massive scandal and forced her to flee, but it is not the International Olympic Committee's responsibility, the IOC said on Saturday.
Serie A: Higuain gets Juve going in 2-1 win over Fiorentina
Juventus launched their bid for a sixth successive league title after their record signing Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to grab a trademark winner in a 2-1 success over Fiorentina on the opening day of the Serie A season.
Is it time to call him Sir Mo Farah?
Rio repeat proves London was no fluke, says Farah
Park silences doubters with golf gold at Rio
Inbee Park has two words for doubters who thought she should sit out the Olympics and give her spot to another South Korean: gold medal.
Murray beats Raonic, to play Cilic in Cincinnati final
Sizzling hot Andy Murray roared into his seventh successive final with a commanding victory over Canadian Milos Raonic at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Saturday.
Rio Olympics: United States reclaim men's 4x400m title
LaShawn Merritt ran a blistering anchor leg to return the men's 4x400m title to the United States, and win his third Olympic gold medal, in the final athletics event of the Rio Games on Saturday.
First Look! When India's Olympic champions met!
This is a photograph that is sure to set off a billion smiles.
Record-breaking Ethiopian Ayana brushes doping suspicions
Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana was supposed to be enjoying a glorious Olympic debut after shattering the women's 10,000 metres world record last week but the occasion was somewhat marred by immediate questions about whether she was clean.
I'm sorry. I over-exaggerated what was happening to me: Lochte
US gold medalist Ryan Lochte admitted to Brazil's largest broadcaster Saturday night that he had exaggerated his story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio -- but insisted he did not lie.
Basketball: US rolls past Spain to win sixth gold
The United States women's basketball team thumped Spain 101-72 to claim a sixth straight gold medal on Saturday to rubber-stamp their credentials as one of the greatest Olympic sporting dynasties of all time.
US win sixth straight gold in women's 4x400 relay
The United States won the Olympic women's 4x400 meters relay gold medal on Saturday in 3 minutes 19.06 seconds, their sixth straight victory in the event at the Games.
Farah completes distance double-double with 5000m gold
Briton Mo Farah became only the second man to retain both Olympic track long distance titles on Saturday when he produced an utterly dominant performance to add the 5,000m gold to the 10,000 he collected a week ago.
Rio Olympics: Neymar hands Brazil elusive soccer gold
Neymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil's first men's soccer gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a draw following extra-time on Saturday.
South Africa's Semenya takes 800 meters gold
Caster Semenya of South Africa took the gold medal in the Olympic 800 meters on Saturday in a personal best time of 1:55.28 seconds.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 15 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Day 15 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday:
August 20, 2016
Brazil prosecutors too slow to catch up with US swimmer Feigen
A Brazilian judge provided another twist to the saga of four US swimmers embroiled in a scandal at the Rio Games, suspending permission for one of the athletes, Jimmy Feigen, to leave the country - even though he had flown home hours earlier.
Golfer Aditi richer with Olympic experience, finishes 41st
India's teen golfer Aditi Ashok rounded off yet another week with a card of five-over 76 to end her campaign at the 41st spot in the women's golf event at Rio Olympics.
Can Yogeshwar Dutt deliver a gold medal for India?
Widely expected to clinch one last medal for India at the Rio Games, London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt is trying hard not to let the Narsingh Yadav episode affect him ahead of the men's 65kg freestyle event on Sunday.
China's Chen defeats Lee to win badminton gold
China's Chen Long stepped out of compatriot Lin Dan's shadow to spoil Lee Chong Wei's hopes of a golden Olympic swansong and win the men's badminton title in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Don't think Produnova is a death vault, says Dipa Karmakar
Experts may think it is the 'Vault of Death' but trailblazer Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar doesn't agree and says she will continue performing the Produnova despite the dangers that come with the daredevil act.
Saina likely to be out action for four months
Saina Nehwal, who underwent a knee surgery at a Mumbai hospital, is likely to be out of action for four months in a big setback for the badminton
Rio: Australian athletes released by police after agreeing to fine
Several Australian Olympic athletes were taken for questioning by Brazilian police late on Friday for entering the basketball arena without proper accreditation to watch a semi-final game between Australia and Serbia, an Australian team official said.
All hail the 'GREATEST' Usain Bolt
The runners who have lost to Usain Bolt for the past dozen years showered the Jamaican superstar with praise on Friday, after he completed his historic "triple-triple" in what he has said will be his final Olympics.
WATCH! Dipa gets a hero's welcome in return to India
Fresh from her historic feat at the Rio Olympics, gymnast Dipa Karmakar touched down in the country to a rousing welcome, in New Delhi, on Saturday.
Highlights of Day 14: Sindhu clinches silver; others disappoint
P V Sindhu became the country's first-ever woman silver medal winner in the Olympic Games after coming second best against world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in a pulsating clash for the gold in the badminton singles on Day 14 of competition.
Rio 2016 quiz: Guess these Indian Olympians
Take our quiz to know who's who of the Indian contingent.
Olympic mission accomplished! 9 finals, 9 gold medals for Bolt!
Usain Bolt has enthralled hundreds of thousands in stadiums in Beijing, London and Rio as well as billions around the world.
Felix gets record fifth gold as US win relay
Allyson Felix became the first woman to collect five athletics gold medals.
In Isinbayeva's absence Greece's Stefanidi vaults to glory
Greece's Ekaterini Stefanidi won the Olympic pole vault on Friday and her country's first athletics gold since the 2004 Athens Games.
Coach Gopi will return Sindhu's phone, let her enjoy ice-cream
When it boils down to matters of discipline, Pullela Gopichand has no peers with PV Sindhu learning it the hard way since her formative years at the legendary coach's academy.
There you go...Bolt is the GREATEST!
Usain Bolt drew down the curtain on his brilliant Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles for a third successive Games when Jamaica successfully defended the 4x100 metres relay crown on Friday.
The Indians who made us proudest in Rio are all women
'Sakshi Malik's medal is her individual and singular accomplishment.'
Uttam's Take: Games Vijay Goel plays
Uttam Ghosh's take on Vijay Goel's antics in Rio.
#LochteGate means lesser-known swimmers may miss their pay day
Veteran swimmer Ryan Lochte's brush with Rio police has already hurt his appeal to sponsors - but for two lesser-known team mates, it means they may never get a chance to sign their first major deal.
Bolt seals triple-triple as Jamaica win relay; US disqualified
Usain Bolt secured a sweep of the three men's sprint titles for a third successive Olympics when Jamaica successfully defended their 4x100 meters relay title in 37.27 seconds on Friday.
What Bolt can do after retirement...
As he blazes through the Rio Games aiming for his historic third batch of three sprint gold medals, Jamaica's Usain Bolt has been clear this is his last time on the Olympic track, where he feels he has nothing left to prove.
'Hats off to Sindhu for the kind of effort she's put in'
Pullela Gopichand salutes P V Sindhu on her superb showing that saw her return with a silver medal from the Rio Olympics.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 14 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Friday, Day 14 of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Lochte apologises, team mate pays fine for lying to Brazil police
US Olympic gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology on Friday and his team mate Jimmy Feigen agreed to pay 35,000 reais ($11,000) to a charity after Brazilian police said they lied about being robbed at gunpoint at the weekend.
India's Olympic wonder women: From Usha's 4th to Sindhu's silver
Following P V Sindhu's silver and Sakshi Malik's bronze medals at the Rio Games, we look at India's women athletes, who have been at the forefront of India's Olympic dreams.
Russia's legendary pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva retires
Barred from competing at the Rio Games, Russia's double Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva announced her retirement on Friday and said whoever won the women's pole vault in her absence would not have achieved a proper gold medal.
Will appeal to the Prime Minister: Narsingh
Banned for four years and disgraced after being eliminated from the Olympics Village, dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav vowed to take his battle to the Prime Minister's Office.
August 19, 2016
Sindhu will perform better in future, says her father
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will learn from her mistakes and perform better in future, her father P V Ramana said on Saturday.
Why Silver medal has turned Sindhu into hot property
When Pusarla Sindhu won a gold medal at the 2012 Asian junior badminton championships, her cricketing hero Sachin Tendulkar presented her with a car.
Saina to undergo knee surgery on Saturday
Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who made an early exit from the Rio Olympic Games, will undergo a knee surgery in Mumbai on Saturday.
Sandeep Kumar finishes 34th in men's 50km Walk
The 30-year-old Indian clocked 4 hours 7 minutes and 55 seconds, which was 26:57 seconds behind the timing of gold medallist Matej Toth of Slovakia.
Really happy to win a silver: Sindhu
P V Sindhu said she is happy to win a silver in the women's singles badminton event after her gallant attempt to win a coveted gold for India ended in heart-break at the Rio Olympics.
Bindra, Tendulkar, Anand hail PV Sindhu's historic feat
India's biggest sporting legends Sachin Tendulkar, Abhinav Bindra and Vishwanathan Anand hailed PV Sindhu for her valiant performance in the Olympic final against world number one Carolina Marin.
BAI announces 50 lakh cash reward for Sindhu
Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta announced a reward of Rs. 50 lakhs for P V Sindhu after she settled for a historic silver medal at the Rio Olympics.
Sindhu loses to Marin; is first Indian woman to win Olympic silver
India's PV Sindhu went down fighting to Spain's World No 1 Carolina Marin in the women's singles badminton gold medal match at the Rio Olympics on Friday.
Lee defeats nemesis Lin to reach badminton final
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei shrugged off eight years of Olympic heartbreak on Friday to defeat his nemesis Lin Dan 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 and reach the final of the men's badminton after another classic encounter.
US swimmer Feigen to pay $11k to Brazil charity over robbery dispute?
US Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen will pay $11,000 to a Brazilian charity to settle a dispute over what police called a fabricated story about him and his teammates being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio games, ABC News reported on Friday.
Rio Games: Tracking Sindhu's march to India's Olympic history
India's PV Sindhu scripted history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to reach the final at the Olympics when she shocked Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in straight games in the women's singles at the Rio Games on Thursday.
Saina misses out on IOC membership
Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has failed to get elected as one of the four athlete members of the International Olympic Committee, finishing sixth in the race to become a member of Athletics Commission of the global governing body of sport.
Iranian girl lands breakthrough taekwondo bronze
Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin kicked and punched down opponents and barriers as she became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal by taking taekwondo bronze in the 57kg category on Thursday.
'Like Produnova, I want to invent a skill that will bear my name'
'I have probably made the Produnova vault more famous than Elena Produnova ever did'
Okuhara wins women's badminton bronze
Japan's Nozomi Okuhara will be awarded the women's singles badminton bronze medal after China's Li Xuerui pulled out of their clash with a knee injury, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday.
We couldn't convince CAS on conspiracy: WFI chief
Wrestling Federation of India, on Friday, conceded that it was not being able to convince the Court of Arbitration for Sports' panel that grappler Narsingh Yadav was a victim of conspiracy and sabotage, and that was why he lost the case and was ejected from the Rio Olympics with a four-year ban.
PHOTOS: Usain Bolt cements his greatness
After his Olympic sprint double at the London 2012 Games, Usain Bolt declared himself a "legend". After winning both events for a third time he opted for "the greatest".
Will Sindhu strike GOLD? Send your best wishes...
P V Sindhu is hoping to become India's first-ever woman Olympic gold medallist across all sporting disciplines when she takes on World champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the final of women's singles badminton event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Friday, August 19
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Friday.
Is De Grasse the rightful heir to Bolt's crown?
While the people who run athletics are dreading the day Usain Bolt leaves their stage, Canadian Andre de Grasse must be licking his lips at the prospect after emerging as the man most likely to fill the void.
Narsingh devastated at CAS verdict, says will prove innocence
His dream of representing the country in Rio Olympics shattered after a verdict of the CAS, a devastated Narsingh Yadav, on Friday, said that he will do everything to prove his innocence.
Highlights of Day 13: Sindhu shines; Narsingh ban dampens spirits
Shuttler P V Sindhu scripted a new chapter in Indian Olympic history with unprecedented feat but the embattled Narsingh Yadav's dreams lay in tatters after being slapped with a four-year doping ban on a bitter-sweet day for the country at the Rio Games.
American Eaton retains decathlon title
American Ashton Eaton won his second straight Olympic decathlon gold medal on Thursday, extending his reign in a sport whose champion earns the title of the world's greatest athlete.
'Narsingh defeated by compatriots rather than opponents'
Dejected by the four-year ban imposed on Narsingh Yadav by CAS, the Indian Olympic Association has said that the embattled wrestler has been
'What else can I do to prove to the world? I am the greatest'
"I don't need to prove anything else. What else can I do to prove to the world? I am the greatest" Bolt told reporters.
Bolt wins third successive 200m GOLD!
Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the men's 200 meters gold for the third successive Summer Games on Thursday, crossing the line in 19.78 seconds at the Rio Olympic stadium.
Rio 'robbery' incident cuts short Lochte's commercial victory lap
The week after winning his sixth career Olympic gold in Rio, US swimmer Ryan Lochte should have been doing a victory lap, cashing in on his performance with fresh sponsorship deals.
US embarrassed! Says sorry as swimmers leave Brazil to jeers
Two US Olympic swimmers flew home from Brazil on Thursday after a local crowd jeered them, calling them "liars" and "fakes", and police accused them of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Games.
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav's Rio hopes dashed, banned for four years
Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Botched relay adds to Schippers' Rio misery
Dafne Schippers' Olympic disappointment turned into a nightmare as she took responsibility for a botched relay handover that cost her a chance for redemption at the Rio Games.
Barred from Games, Russia's Isinbayeva to join IOC athletes' body
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva was elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) athletes' commission on Thursday, despite being barred from the Rio Games over doping allegations.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 13 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Day 13 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday:
Canoe bronze medallist suspended 'after failed drug test'
Moldovan canoe sprint bronze medallist Serghei Tarnovschi was provisionally suspended from the Rio Olympics on Thursday, after he failed a pre-Games drug test.
Brazil police consider charging US swimmers with vandalism
Brazilian police are considering charging a group of US Olympic swimmers with vandalism and giving false testimony, Rio's police chief said on Thursday, accusing them of lying about an incident that has marred South America's first Games.
Aditi Ashok raises hopes of medal at Rio
Teen Indian golf sensation Aditi Ashok raised hopes of a medal after going just three strokes off the pace at tied seventh after the second round of the women's Individual event at the Rio Olympics on Thursday.
August 18, 2016
'Marin is a very tough opponent...it's not going to be easy'
Pusarla Sindhu sent Indian fans into a frenzy by blasting through Japan's Nozomi Okuhara to reach the gold medal decider for the women's singles at the Olympic badminton on Thursday.
Athletics: Clement wins 400m hurdles but Culson in tears
Kerron Clement, of the United States, held off fast-finishing Kenyan Boniface Tumuti to win the men's Olympic 400 metres hurdles.
Sindhu shocks Okuhara to enter Rio Olympics final
P V Sindhu became the first Indian shuttler to reach the final at the Olympics when she shocked Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in straight games in the women's singles at the Rio Games on Thursday. The two-time World Championships bronze medallist scored a sensational 21-19, 21-10 victory over the All England champion in 49 minutes.
Grappler Babita eliminated after losing opening bout
Babita Kumari started her campaign in the women's 53 kg class wrestling at the Rio Olympics on a losing note on Thursday.
Colombian club owner banned for one year for punching referee
The owner of Colombian top flight club Boyaca Chico has been banned for one year for punching a referee after disagreeing with the official's decisions during a game.
Saina hospitalised to treat injured knee
India ace Saina Nehwal was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad to undergo treatment for her knee injury which affected her progress in the badminton event of the Rio Olympics.
In middle age, Rio's golden oldies teach youth a lesson
A group of athletes in Rio has found the secret to enhanced performance and it has nothing to do with doping.
Cincinnati: Murray and Nadal roll; Kerber wins
Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray picked up where he left off in Rio by drubbing Argentina's Juan Monaco to take his place in the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Bronze medalist Sakshi set to receive Khel Ratna
Olympic bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik is all set to be conferred with the country's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
Mongolian Olympians left unpaid as country wrestles with crisis
As mostly sports-mad Mongolians cheer on the country's two medalists at the Rio Olympic Games, deepening economic troubles at home mean the new government cannot afford to pay its athletes.
Rio becomes unsafe for Olympians as British athlete held at gunpoint
A British Olympic team athlete was involved in an incident of theft in Rio de Janeiro while returning to their accommodation, the British Olympic Association said on Thursday. Enduring slavery, civil war: Tale of a South Sudanese marathoner at Rio
South Sudanese Olympic athlete Guor Marial may not be a hot medal tip for Sunday's marathon, but the former slave's road to Rio is one of the most astonishing stories of the games.
A windfall awaits bronze medallist Sakshi Malik
A windfall of cash rewards and incentives, amounting to at least Rs 3.5 crore, fittingly awaits Rio Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik.
All you need to know about Sakshi Malik: From Rohtak to Rio!
Haryana wrestler Sakshi Malik has come a long way in her fairy-tale journey to etch her name in the sporting history of the country.
'Beti Bachaon, Beti Padhao' slogan has gone a step ahead as 'Beti Khelao'
Brimming with pride at their daughter's historic achievement at the Rio Olympics, female wrestler Sakshi Malik's parents, on Thursday, urged all fathers to encourage their daughters, who wants to take up sports, saying the grappler's feat should set an example for all and sundry.
On Day 13, Sindhu bids for second medal for India
A day after unheralded grappler Sakshi Malik opened India's medal count with a
Sakshi thanks Sushil, Yogeshwar Dutt
Sakshi thanked Olympic medalists Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt for showing wrestling the way.
'Vinesh has ligament tear, will take one week to recover'
Women wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who was stretchered off during her quarter-final bout at the Rio Olympics, has suffered a ligament tear and will take at least a week to recover, India's chef de mission Rakesh Gupta said on Thursday.
'Sakshi is reminder of what can happen if you don't kill a girl child'
"Admirable preparation by wrestler Sakshi Malik for the Rio Olympics. My best wishes are with her," Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate her.
How De Grasse surprised 'lazy' Bolt...
Usain Bolt admitted to being surprised by Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse's final burst of speed in Wednesday's Olympic 200 meters semi-final.
It's 1-2-3 for USA: Rollins leads medal sweep in 100 hurdles
Brianna Rollins of the United States won the 100 metres hurdles gold in a time of 12.48 seconds on Wednesday, leading compatriots Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin in the event's first ever Olympic podium sweep.
Jamaica's Thompson secures sprint double
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson completed a memorable sprint double on Wednesday after storming to victory in the women's 200 metres final, blowing away the field with a season's best run of 21.78 seconds.
Highlights of Day 12: Sakshi breaks open medal chest
Sakshi Malik ended India's frustrating medal drought with a dramatic bronze-winning effort on Day 12 of the Rio Olympic Games on Wednesday.
Brazil police stop US swimmers from boarding flight home
Federal police in Brazil stopped U.S. Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger from boarding a flight to the United States at Rio de Janeiro's international airport on Wednesday, O Globo newspaper reported on its Web site.
Bronze medal is result of my 12 years of hard work: Sakshi
After ending India's agonising wait for an Olympic medal at the Rio Games with a bronze medal, Indian women wrestler Sakshi Malik said it was the result of her 12 years of persistent hard work.
Sakshi Malik wins bronze, India's first medal at Rio Olympics
Sakshi Malik got the better of Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the 58kg freestyle bronze medal play-off to earn India its first medal at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday night.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 12 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Day 12 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
Semenya cruises in 800m heats; Farah survives scare
Hot favourite Caster Semenya qualified for the women's 800metres semi-finals at the Rio Olympics with supreme ease on Wednesday and will no doubt be braced for another wave of discussions about her gender should she go on to take the gold medal on Saturday.
Bahraini overtures to Kenya-born runners attract controversy
Every year, hordes of foreign runners flock to Kenya's high-altitude training camps in the hope that some of the nation's long distance-running magic will rub off on them, embracing the motto, 'if you can't beat them, join them'.
Neymar scores fastest goal in Olympic history as Brazil rout Honduras
Neymar scored a brace, including the fastest goal in Olympic history, Gabriel Jesus got two more and Marquinhos and Luan added one each as Brazil swept past Honduras 6-0 into the final of the men's Olympic soccer tournament on Wednesday.
Judge orders US swimmer Lochte, teammate not to leave Brazil
A Brazilian judge has ordered US swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen not to leave the country, saying they gave conflicting accounts of how they were robbed at gunpoint outside the Rio Games at the weekend.
Reflective China braces for diminished haul at the Rio Olympics
Defeats in sports dominated by China at previous Olympics have left the country in an unfamiliar third place on the medals table, with some predicting that Rio 2016 could witness the lowest haul in two decades.
Europe's top Olympic official arrested in ticketing probe at Rio Games
Brazilian police arrested Europe's top Olympic official in an early morning raid of his beachfront hotel in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, in connection with an investigation into ticket touting at the Olympics. The police said they had discovered evidence linking 71-year-old Irishman Pat Hickey to an international scheme to illegally pass Olympic tickets to touts who were reselling them at well above their original price.
August 17, 2016
Boxing scoring controversy: Referees, judges dropped
Olympic boxing's governing body has removed some judges and referees from the Rio Games after a controversy over fight decisions and the new professional-style scoring system. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) said in a statement that it had reviewed all decisions in the 239 bouts to date and found "less than a handful" were not at the level expected.
Hockey: Dutch women reach final after shootout win over Germany
The Netherlands came out top in a sudden death shootout against Germany on Wednesday to go into the final of the Olympic women's hockey tournament and keep the target of a third successive gold medal in their sights.
Injury ends Vinesh Phogat's campaign
India's woman wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat fell by the wayside at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday. Malik was beaten in the 58kg quarter-finals while Phogat was stretchered off after suffering a knee dislocation during her 48 kg bout at the same stage.
Tintu Luka crashes out in 800m heats
Tintu Luka failed again on the big stage, unable to make it to the semi-finals in the women's 800 metres run after finishing sixth in her heat at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Srikanth loses to Lin Dan after gallant fightback
India's Kidambi Srikanth played his heart out before going down fighting against two-time defending champion Lin Dan in the quarterfinals of the men's singles badminton event at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Ace shooter Jitu Rai recommended for Khel Ratna
Asian Games gold medallist Jitu Rai has been recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for his exploits in pistol shooting in the last two years although he couldn't win a medal in the Rio Olympics.
'Sindhu has the surprise factor'
'The Chinese will be gunning for revenge now after Sindhu's victory.'
How Britain has dominated cycling...
As Britain's track cyclists left Rio's velodrome on Tuesday with their saddle bags laden with gold, their rivals were left scratching their heads wondering just how they managed to keep peaking at the Olympics.
Georgian lifts gold as Iran cry foul
Security forces were called to the Olympic weightlifting arena on Tuesday after Iranian coaches reacted furiously when Georgia's Lasha Talakhadze beat Behdad 'Salimi' Salimikordasiabi with a world record tally in the men's super-heavyweights.
Why there is a desperation to end India's poor run...
Eleven days of action have failed to bring India, that won a record six medals in London four years ago, a single podium finish and there's growing desperation to end this poor run.
I'm just focused on my next match: PV Sindhu
A visibly elated PV Sindhu rated her win over London Olympics silver medalist Yihan Wang as one of the best moments of her career hoping that she could maintain her good form against Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics.
PHOTOS: Simone Biles slips on beam; shows she's human...
Simone Biles's all five-gold medal Rio Olympic dream is dashed on the balance beam after Wevers upstages her to win beam gold.
On Day 12, all eyes will be on shuttler Srikanth
Kidambi Srikanth, the centre of attention in the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, can take heart from Hyderabad city mate P V Sindhu for his men's singles quarter-final clash against Chinese badminton icon Lin Dan.
Sindhu can do better, says coach Gopichand
Indian badminton national coach Pullela Gopichand feels PV Sindhu can do much better in terms of her defensive ability as she faces world number three Nozomi Okuhara in the Olympic semi-finals on Thursday.
PIX: When an Olympic runner stopped to help competitor...
This was a moment that helped to restore faith in the ideals of sportsmanship.
Klishina seeks Russian redemption in long jump final
Russia's Darya Klishina booked a place in the Olympic long jump final on Tuesday, keeping alive her country's slim hopes of an athletics medal in Rio following the exclusion of its track and field squad over doping allegations.
Kenyan Kipyegon shocks Dibaba to win 1,500m gold
Kenya's Faith Kipyegon won the women's Olympic 1,500 meters on Tuesday after unleashing a devastating second half of the race to leave Ethiopia's world record holder Genzebe Dibaba trailing in her wake.
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McLeod wins 110 meters hurdles gold for Jamaica
Jamaican Omar McLeod raced to victory in 13.05 seconds on Tuesday to become his country's first ever Olympic 110 meters hurdles champion.
Why India is doing badly at the Olympics
'It is not the external world that is stopping Indians from winning medals. It is our culture.'
Highlights of Day 11: Sindhu's win overshadows Narsingh's dope saga
Shuttler PV Sindhu raised serious hopes of breaking India's long-awaited medal quest in the Rio Olympics by storming into the semifinals of the women's singles event with a stunning straight games win over London Games silver medallist Wang Yihan of China.
Sindhu shocks world No. 2 Yihan to enter Rio Olympics semis
P V Sindhu caused the biggest upset in the women's singles of the badminton tournament at the Rio Games, shocking China's world No 2 Wang Yihan 22-20, 21-19 to enter the semi-finals on Tuesday night.
Boxing: Conceicao secures golden first for Brazil
Robson Conceicao won host Brazil's first ever Olympic boxing gold medal on Tuesday, the lightweight drawing inspiration from a vociferous home support to secure a unanimous points victory over Sofiane Oumiha of France.
Cancer-survivor Lange wins gold for Argentina
Argentine helmsman Santiago Lange and crew Cecilia Carranza Saroli won gold in the Nacra 17 mixed-sex catamaran class at the Rio 2016 Olympics after a fast medal race that saw wind pick up smartly on the Pao de Acucar course on Guanabara Bay.
Sweden beat Brazil in shoot-out to reach women's soccer final
Sweden beat Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after the teams were locked goalless following extra-time on Tuesday to reach the final of the women's football tournament at the Rio Olympics.
Biles wins record-equalling fourth gold with floor victory
Simone Biles showed off her sassy moves and explosive tumbles on the floor exercise to win a record-equalling fourth gold at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.
American Claye hops, skips and jumps to the altar in Rio
Draped in an American flag, Will Claye dropped to one knee in front of long-term girlfriend Queen Harrison and asked her to marry him. She said yes.
August 16, 2016
'Stars align' for American Taylor to claim second Olympic gold
Christian Taylor of the United States retained his Olympic men's triple jump title on Tuesday, recording the longest jump of the year to claim the podium top spot.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 11 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Day 11 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.
Usain Bolt eases into 200m semis in 20.28s
Defending champion Usain Bolt eased through Heat 9 of the 200 metres in 20.28 seconds at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. Nigeria's Ejowvokoghene Oduduru took second place.
Badminton: Danes end Chinese reign in women's doubles
Giant-killing Danes Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl stunned China's second-ranked pair in the semi-finals of the women's badminton doubles at the Olympics to end the Asian nation's 20-year stranglehold on the title.
Croatia's Sandra Perkovic bags gold in women's discus
Croatia's Sandra Perkovic overcame nerves and early fouls to successfully defend her Olympic discus title, winning with a best throw of a 69.21 metres.
This gold medallist didn't know he won until a friend called him!
Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands won the men's marathon swimming event off Rio's Copacabana Beach on Tuesday in a race so close that he did not realise he had won until a friend called from home to give him the good news.
Wrestler Hardeep exits in Greco Roman first round
India's Greco Roman wrestler Hardeep Singh lost his opening round bout in the 98 kg category by technical points to Turkey's Ildem Cenk at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.
Narsingh's Rio participation in doubt after WADA rejects 'clean chit'
The World Anti Doping Agency has rejected the National Anti Doping Panel verdict on wrestler Narsingh Yadav after he was given a clean chit to compete in Rio Olympic Games, according to reports on Monday.
Former FIFA President Joao Havelange dies aged 100
Joao Havelange, who was the president of the world's football governing body FIFA from 1974 to 1998, has died at the age of 100.
'I can't understand why they booed in such an outrageous way'
Russia's Evgeny Tishchenko won the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal to a chorus of boos from the crowd after beating Kazakhstan's Vasily Levit on a unanimous points decision.
If something happens to me, it is not an accident: Stepanova
The Russian runner who helped expose a system of state-backed doping in her country says she fears for her life and has been forced to move after hackers tried to find her location.
Cycling: Italy's Viviani recovers from crash to win omnium gold
Elia Viviani's Olympic gold medal hopes seemed to have vanished in a tangle of legs and carbon fibre after a crash during the finale of the men's omnium but the Italian recovered to claim an emotional victory.
Gay athletes at Rio Games bring hope to LGBT cause in Brazil
Dressed as a mermaid with shells covering his nipples, Brazilian Murilo Sousa voiced hope that the record number of openly gay athletes at the Rio Games would boost acceptance in his South American nation, amid a backlash over same-sex marriage.
Women's Hockey: Netherlands, New Zealand, Britain and Germany in semis
Defending champions Netherlands will face Germany, while Britain take on New Zealand in the women's hockey semi-finals of the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Tuesday, August 16
Badminton players P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth carry India's medal hopes on Day 11 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Recap: Srikanth, Sindhu bright spots but India suffer more humiliation
A recap of the performance by Indian athletes on Day 10 at the Rio Olympics on Monday
Record-creating Da Silva soars to dramatic pole vault gold
Thiago da Silva won Brazil's first athletics gold of their home Games on an extraordinary, unforgettable Monday night in Rio, producing an Olympic record of 6.03 metres in the pole vault to beat hot favourite Renaud Lavillenie and send the fans into raptures.
Discus Throw: Seema crashes out of Rio Games after 20th place finish
Discus thrower Seema Antil added her name to the long list of Indian athletes who have crashed out of the Rio Olympics on Monday after finishing a lowly ninth in her Group B qualifying round, and 20th overall.
Kiribati weightlifter adopts unique style to spread message at Rio
Pacific islander dances to raise climate change awareness
Miller dives over line to deny Felix 400m gold in photo finish
Bahamian Shaunae Miller launched herself over the finishing line with a desperate dive to pip Allyson Felix to the women's Olympic 400 metres gold medal by the narrowest of margins on Monday.
Defending Champion Rudisha retains 800m title
Kenya's David Rudisha stormed to victory in the Olympic 800 metres final on Monday, retaining his title with a devastating final-lap sprint.
Cycling: Fire threatens mountain bike course
A fire was threatening the course that will stage the Olympic mountain bike competition on Monday after a controlled rubbish burn spread out of control in high winds.
'Sorry' Vikas stops short of blaming banned federation for ouster
'I'm really sorry to have let you down'
Vikas Krishan halted in quarter-finals by Uzbekistan's Melikuziev
Former Asian Games gold medallist Vikas Krishan took a pounding from second seed Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals of the men's middleweight (75 kg) and bowed out of the Rio Olympic Games on Monday night.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 10 in Rio
India's report card on the tenth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Sindhu in quarter-finals after easy win over Tzu Ying
P V Sindhu had things her way before making it to the quarter-finals in the women's singles badminton competition with a 21-13, 21-15 victory over Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying at the Rio Olympics on Monday night.
Egyptian judoka sent home over handshake refusal with Israeli
Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of Israeli Or Sasson following the end of their bout, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.
Overhead TV camera falls in Olympic park, injures two
An overhead television camera suspended by cables crashed to the ground in the Olympic Park on Monday, lightly injuring at least three people among the crowds below, the latest in a string of mishaps to hit South America's first Games.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 10 at the Rio Olympics
Bahrain's Ruth Jebet blew away the competition to win the women's 3,000 metres steeplechase gold on Sunday, but narrowly missed out on the world record.
My attack really worked, says Srikanth after beating Jorgensen
Having stunned world No. 5 Jan Jorgensen in straight games, Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth said he was well-prepared with his strategy against the Dane that helped him secure a quarter-final spot at the Rio Olympics.
August 15, 2016
Sehwag wants plane and train to be named after Dipa, Lalita!
Indian athletes have so far (Monday) not being able to win a single medal at Rio Olympics. But there are two performances- Dipa Karmaka's historic 4th place finish in Artistic Gymnastics and Lalita Babar finishing at a respectable 10th spot in 3000m Steeplechase- because these performances have come in events in which India had no significant performances in the past.
Dipa was inconsolable after returning to Games Village: Coach
No one knows whether Dipa Karmakar believed in the old adage "Smile when it hurts most" but her resplendent smile after missing out on what would have been a path-breaking medal in Indian sport belied the storm brewing up in her mind.
PHOTOS: 7 agonizing injuries at the Rio Games
The 2016 Rio Olympics has witnessed some scintillating performances, wherein many young athletes achieved glory for their nation.
I could have bettered my timing, says Lalita Babar
Lalita Babar feels she could have bettered her timing after the long distance Indian runner capped her fairy-tale journey in the Rio Olympics with a top-10 finish in the 3000m steeplechase final on Monday.
Lalita Babar 10th in Steeplechase; Maheswary, Nanda flop
Lalita Babar failed to reproduce her fine showing in the qualification round and finished 10th in the women's 3000m Steeplechase final as Indians continued to disappoint in track and field at the Rio Olympics on Monday. Babar clocked 9:22.74 seconds, nearly three seconds outside her National record of 9:19.76s, set in the qualification round on Saturday.
Srikanth shocks world No 5 to enter quarter-finals
Kidambi Srikanth's hopes of a medal in the men's badminton competition at the Rio Olympics remain alive. India's sole men's singles player in the tournament scored hard-fought 21-19, 21-19 victory over world No. 5 Jan Jorgensen to enter the quarter-finals on Monday.
Poland's Wlodarczyk sets women's hammer world record
World champion Anita Wlodarczyk improved her own world record with a throw of 82.29 metres in the women's hammer final at the Rio Olympics on Monday.
These athletes get a hero's welcome at home...
Singaporeans waved flags and cheered for swimmer Joseph Schooling on his return to the island city state on Monday after winning the country's first Olympic gold medal.
Hockey captain Sreejesh apologises for letting the nation down
Indian hockey team's captain PR Sreejesh has apologised for letting the nation down after his team's 1-3 loss to Belgium in the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
Russia's Klishina to compete after appeal upheld
Russian long jumper Darya Klishina will compete at the Rio Olympics after her ban from the Games was struck down by sport's highest court on the eve of her event.
On Day 10, India's medal hopes rest on Lalita, Krishan
Woman steeplechaser Lalita Babar carries the fervent hopes of the sports fans to finally open India's medal tally on day 10 of the Rio Olympics on Monday.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Monday, August 15
India's schedule on Day 10 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Monday.
Spanish marathoner swimmer mingles with crowd at Copacabana
Erika Villaecija did as thousands of Rio de Janeiro's residents and visitors did on Sunday afternoon - she went to the city's famed Copacabana Beach.
Here's how Russia's Mustafina won on bars
With the help of a toy monkey and an afternoon nap, Russia's Aliya Mustafina finally ended the US women's stranglehold on gymnastics in Rio by winning the asymmetric bars for a second successive Olympics, with a routine full of grace and power.
PHOTOS: A proposal on the podium...
China's He Zi received the shock of her life when team-mate and boyfriend Qin Kai rushed up with a diamond ring during the medal ceremony of the women's 3 metre springboard event, marking the second marriage proposal of the Olympics.
Rio crowd boo Gatlin, cheer Bolt
American Justin Gatlin felt the full force of the crowd's ire on Sunday and scowled back in response before finishing second to Usain Bolt in the Olympic 100metres final to miss his shot at becoming the oldest man to win the event at age 34.
Two more medals to go and I can sign off as immortal: Bolt
'Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.'
PHOTOS: Bolt celebrates with other champs!
Jamaica's Usain Bolt roared into Olympic history, capturing an unprecedented third consecutive 100 metres with a time of 9.81 seconds on Sunday to confirm his place in the greatest athletes.
Bolt makes history in Rio; wins third successive Olympics 100m gold
Jamaica's Usain Bolt won his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres with a time of 9.81 seconds on Sunday.
Brilliant Van Niekerk smashes 400m world record
Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa won the men's 400 metres gold in a world record time of 43.03 seconds at the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday.
Whitlock bags historic gymnastics golds; Biles shines again
Max Whitlock ending the long wait for a champion by claiming victory in the floor exercise and pommel horse finals.
Jaisha, Kavita finish way behind in women's marathon
O P Jaisha and Kavita Raut, India's best distance runners and medallists at the Asian Games in the past, found themselves out of depth in the women's marathon at the Rio Olympics and finished way behind in the 150-plus field on Sunday.
After four years my target will be gold, says Dipa Karmakar
Trailblazing Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar said that she's not disappointed at missing out on a historic bronze in the vault final of the Rio Olympics and that she's satisfied of her performance.
Dipa will be stronger and better in Tokyo, says proud father
Dulal Karmakar is a proud man today even if her daughter Dipa missed a historic Olympic medal in gymnastics by a whisker in Rio Games, saying the 'Produnova' girl will come better and stronger in 2020 Tokyo Oylmpics.
Chawrasia, Lahiri end up way down
India's campaign in golf at the Olympics ended on a disappointing note as SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri finished tied 50th and tied 57th respectively after going through contrasting days at the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 9 in Rio
India's report card on the ninth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Amitabh, Sehwag laud gymnastics star Dipa Karmakar
Dipa Karmakar's historic 4th place finish in Artistic Gymnastics drew praise from the entire nation. The Tripura girl performed with exceptional grit but missed out on a medal by a narrow margin.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 9 at the Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists from Day 9
Dipa delights, but misses Vault bronze by a whisker
Dipa Karmakar missed a bronze medal by a whisker, finishing fourth in the women's vault final at the Rio Games on Sunday. Nonetheless, the Tripura gymnast made history, coming up with the best-ever performance by an Indian gymnast at the quadrennial Games.
August 14, 2016
India's hopes of medal in hockey dashed by Belgium
A lacklustre India squandered a one-goal advantage and went down 1-3 to Belgium in the quarter-finals of the men's hockey competition at the Rio Olympics on Sunday. The eight-time Olympic gold medallists took the lead through a fine field goal from Akashdeep Singh in the 15th minute before Belgium scored three field goals through Sebastien Dockier (34th, 45th minute) and Tom Boon (50th) to dash India's hopes of their first medal after their last gold in 1980 at Moscow.
US swimmer Lochte says gun held to forehead in taxi hold-up
US gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte was robbed in a taxi hold-up in Rio de Janeiro after leaving a party where he had been celebrating the end of the Olympic swimming programme.
India's shooting campaign ends after Narang, Chain fail to progress
Rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to progress to the finals of the men's rifle 3-position to crash out of the competition and end India's shooting campaign at the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday.
Boxing: Manoj Kumar loses 0-3 in pre-quarters
Former Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Manoj Kumar (64kg) put up a spirited show but could not match the power of fifth seed Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in his pre-quarterfinal bout to bow out of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Saina administered dexamethasone injection to curb pain: Vimal
A knee inflammation affected Saina Nehwal's movement in her second group game on Sunday that led to her crashing out of the Rio Olympics, and her personal coach Vimal Kumar said that the star player had to be administered a dexamethasone injection after the opening round match to curb the pain but it didn't have desired results.
I played with a heavily strapped knee: Saina
After a shocking exit from the Rio Olympics, Saina Nehwal cited an inflammation in her right knee as the reason for her hampered on-court movement.
Saina shocked; Sindhu, Srikanth keep badminton medal hopes alive
In one of the biggest upsets for the India, medal hope Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Rio Games after suffering an straight-game loss upset against lower-ranked Maria Ulitina of Ukraine in her second Group G match at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
Tripura waits for Dipa's performance in Rio
Excitement and expectations has reached a feverish pitch in Tripura as the people from the small north-eastern state will watch their favourite daughter Dipa Karmakar vault into history during the finals at the Rio Olympics, on Sunday night.
It's time for the wrestlers to shine in Rio
A turbulent run-up to the Rio Games behind him, Narsingh Yadav will be eyeing a
Who is to blame for Indian shooters' dismal show?
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh took upon himself the blame for the shooters' dismal outing at the Rio Olympics, saying it was a mistake on his part to allow the athletes to train with personal coaches.
PM Modi has words of encouragement for athletes in Rio
India might be medal-less in the ongoing Olympics so far, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the athletes competing in Rio should not get disheartened as 'victory and setbacks are all a part of life'.
Kohli backs Olympic contingent; lashes out at critics
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has thrown his weight behind India's Olympic contingent, which is yet to win a medal at the Rio Games, saying that the athletes have given their heart and soul to be there despite not getting top-class facilities that other nations provide.
The world expects a Bolt of lightning
Usain Bolt is perhaps the only man who can salvage a dismal year for athletics with one final flash of lightning, says Dhruv Munjal.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Sunday, August 14
India's schedule on Day 9 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday.
United States wins 1,000th Olympic gold medal
The United States won its 1,000th Olympic gold medal on Saturday when the American women's 4x100 metre medley relay team clinched victory at the Rio Games.
Thompson keeps 100 meters title in Jamaican hands
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson surprised even herself by storming to victory in the Olympic women's 100 meters on Saturday as compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce failed in her bid to win a third straight title.
Lalita shines before Sania-Bopanna stumble in tennis
India were left to rue a missed opportunity in tennis with Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna's losing in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles after Lalita Babar became the first woman in three decades to enter the final of a track event, on Day 8 of the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday.
Farah sprints to 10,000m defence at Rio Olympics
Britain's Mo Farah recovered from an early fall to sprint clear of the field in the home straight and retain his Olympic 10,000 metres title with a brilliant tactical display on Saturday.
Golden send-off for Phelps as US wins 4 x 100 relay
The United States won the men's 4x100 metres medley relay on Saturday after Ryan Murphy had given them a world record start that propelled Michael Phelps to a 23rd gold medal in his final Olympic race.
Blume wins Denmark's first swim gold since 1948
Denmark's Pernille Blume beat the favorites to win the 50 meters freestyle in 24.07 seconds on Saturday and give her country a first Olympic swimming gold medal since 1948.
Badminton: Attri-Reddy beat Japanese duo to win last group game
The Indian pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy beat Japanese duo Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa 23-21, 21-11 to win their 2nd group B match on Saturday.
Rio Olympics: Chawrasia tied 22nd, Lahiri joint 57th in third round
Indian golfers SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri were placed tied 22nd and joint 57th after posting two-under 69 and four-over 75 respectively in the third round of the Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 8 at the Rio Olympics
Drysdale wins close single sculls gold
How Indian athletes fared on Day 8 in Rio
India's report card on the eigth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Narsingh Yadav will be tested after Aug 19 bouts: Coach
Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has no further hurdle in his path for his 74kg freestyle bout on August 19 as his coach said he would not have to appear for any reinstatement test.
Rio Olympics: Germany cruise into semis with 4-0 win over Portugal
Rampant Germany hammered Portugal 4-0, with four players sharing the goals, to progress to the semi-finals of the Rio Games football tournament on Saturday.
August 13, 2016
Sole Russian athletics competitor at Rio suspended from Games
Russia's sole track and field competitor at the Rio Olympics, Darya Klishina, has been suspended from the Games, a source told Reuters on Saturday.
Stepanova records illegally accessed after WADA hack
Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova's electronic account at the World Anti-Doping Agency has been illegally accessed, WADA said on Saturday.
Ethiopia's Diro finishes 7th after losing shoe, gets final entry
Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro got tangled up with two other runners in Saturday's 3,000m women's Olympic steeplechase and stopped to tear off her damaged right shoe and sock, but she kept on running to finish seventh.
Badminton: Jwala and Ashwini lose all their three group matches
Already out of medal contention, India's women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered their third successive loss in their final Group A match against Thailand's Supajirakul Puttita and Taerattanachai Sapsiree in the badminton event.
Lalita tears national mark to enter women's 3000m Steeplechase final
Lalita Babar qualified for the women's 3000m steeplechase final after finishing fourth in the qualifying Heat 2 with a national record time, while compatriot Sudha Singh was eliminated in the Olympic Games on Saturday.
'Sluggish' Bolt does enough to win 100m heats
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt won his 100metres heat after what he called a "sluggish" start on Saturday, but looked pained after the race as he prepared to fend off the challenge of American Jason Gatlin for the Olympic crown.
Shooters Mairaj, Gurpreet fail to advance
India shooter Gurpreet Singh failed to make the final of men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol after finishing seventh in the qualification round at the Rio Games.
Why THIS picture went viral today...
Joseph Schooling, a bespectacled lad of 13, posing beside Phelps.
Most heart-warming story from the aquatics pool in Rio...
Moments after becoming the first male swimmer to win an Olympic gold in the same event 16 years apart, 35-year-old Anthony Ervin said he would look to make the United States swimming team for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Bolt v Gatlin: Cracker of a contest on the cards
Always the crown jewel in the Olympic athletics programme, the Rio 100 metres final is shaping up to be extraordinary for many reasons.
Why Schooling will cherish win against Phelps for rest of his life...
A journalist obliged by asking Schooling how it felt to become "the go-to butterflier in the world right now", the 21-year-old hesitated and glanced to his left at Phelps.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Saturday, August 13
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Saturday.
I want nothing less than a gold, says boxer Vikas
Just one win away from winning an Olympic medal after a comprehensive victory over his opponent in his pre-quarterfinal bout, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan says he wants nothing less than a gold in the Rio Games.
Indians at Rio Olympics: Focus on Sania, Bopanna on Day 8
India's focus on day eight will be centered around tennis mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna who are to take on the US pair of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram, on Saturday night, in the semi-finals at the Rio Olympics.
Dutee Chand flops; Anas and Ankit also crash out
Sprinter Dutee Chand, who made it to her first Olympics after fighting the odds arising out of a 'gender test', finished a disappointing seventh in her 100m heats on the opening day of athletics event, in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday.
I'm ready to retire, says Phelps
No means no. No amount of cajoling, arm-twisting and pleading by his team mates and swimming fans around the world will make Michael Phelps change his mind about retiring after the Rio Olympics.
Highlights of Day 7: Tennis, boxing bring smile after spate of failures
India lifted its sagging morale as Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna cruised into the semi-finals while pugilist Vikas Krishan advanced to the quarters on a day the shooters, archers, shuttlers and track and field athletes suffered reverses at the Rio Olympics.
Carter steals shot gold to deny Adams
American Michelle Carter stunned champion Valerie Adams with a throw of 20.63 meters on her final attempt to win Olympic shot put gold and deny the New Zealander a third successive title on Friday.
Ledecky smashes record in 800m to take freestyle treble
Katie Ledecky of the United States destroyed the field in the 800 meters freestyle on Friday and broke the world record to complete a rare Olympic swimming treble.
Schooling denies Phelps a 23rd
Joseph Schooling won the men's 100 meters butterfly final on Friday to secure Singapore's first Olympic gold medal and deny Michael Phelps a 23rd in the last individual race of the American's extraordinary career.
We lost to 'cowards', says US keeper
US goalkeeper Hope Solo called Sweden "a bunch of cowards" after they knocked the United States out of the Olympic women's football tournament on penalties on Friday.
Vikas Krishan storms into quarter-finals
India boxer Vikas Krishan stormed into the quarter-finals of the men's 75kg category after beating Turkey's Onder Sipal by unanimous decision in a clearly dominating bout.
Sania-Bopanna enter semi-finals, one win away from medal
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna subdued Britain's Andy Murray and Heather Watson with remarkable ease to breeze into the mixed doubles semifinals of the Rio Olympic Games here.
Chawrasia tied 30, Lahiri tied 51 after Rd 2 at Olympic golf
An erratic SSP Chawrasia brought home a second successive even-par 71 to lie tied 30th while Anirban Lahiri carded a disappointing two-over 73 to be placed tied 51st after the second round of the golf event at
Egyptian booed for not shaking hands with Israeli at Rio Games
Egypt's Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson after their judo match at the Rio Olympics on Friday, drawing boos from the crowd and stirring a debate about intolerance at the Games.
American Rhode wins record sixth medal in six Games
American shooter Kim Rhode won the bronze medal in women's skeet shooting on Friday, an honour that put her in an elite record-holding group of just five other athletes who have won a medal in six different Olympic Games.
Swimming: Gulf women aiming to break down barriers
Nada Albedwawi dreams of one day swimming on a relay team but she knows that can only happen if enough other Emirati women take the plunge.
Bhokanal qualifies for Final C after finishing 2nd in Semis
Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal Baban clocked 7:19.02 minutes to finish second in men's singles sculls semi-final C/D 2 and qualify for Final C at the Rio Olympics on Friday.
German coach suffers life-threatening injury in taxi crash
Germany's canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze is fighting for his life after sustaining serious head injuries in a car crash earlier on Friday, the German Olympic team (DOSB) said.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 7 in Rio
India's report card on the seventh day of the 2016 Olympics.
August 12, 2016
Gowda, Manpreet, Johnson disappoint on Day 1 of track and field
Indians had a disappointing outing on the opening day of the track and field events at the Rio Olympics, Vikas Gowda, Manpreet Kaur and Jinson Johnson failing to progress to the next round, on Friday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 7 at the Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medal winners on Day 7 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday:
'Oly committee warning to cancel accreditation of Goel biggest insult.'
Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad said Rio Olympics Organising Committee's warning that it will cancel the accreditation of Sport Minister Vijay Goel over his alleged violation of protocols is the "biggest insult" to the nation and had brought it a "bad name".
Rio Games: Ethiopia's Ayana shatters world record to win 10,000m
Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana smashed the world record to win the Olympic 10,000 metres title on Friday, blowing away the competition in one of the greatest ever long-distance races at the Games.
Squash star Dipika Pallikal lifts Australian Open title
India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal warmed up for the World Doubles Championship, which begins in Darwin on Monday, by winning the PSA Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday.
Jwala-Ashwini out of Olympics after second defeat
The experienced Indian pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were eliminated from the women's doubles at the Rio Olympics after losing their second successive Group A match on Friday. In a rollercoaster game against the Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek, Jwala and Ashwini went down 16-21, 21-16, 17-21 in 48 minutes.
Shooters Narang, Chain Singh flop in 50m Rifle prone
Seasoned marksmen Gagan Narang and Chain Singh flopped in the 50m Rifle prone position event at the Rio Olympics on Friday, finishing 13th and 36th respectively. While Narang, who won bronze in 10m Air Rifle at the London Games, signed off with a total score of 623.1, Chain finished way down in the qualification round with a score of 619.6.
Atanu exits in pre-quarter-finals; Indian archers draw a blank at Rio
Atanu Das failed to make the most of opportunities that came his way in his men's individual recurve pre-quarter-final and bowed out of contention, as Indian archers drew a blank at the Rio Olympics, on Friday.
Bulgarian athlete Danekova 'shocked' after positive dope results
The Rio Olympics athletics programme suffered its first doping setback as Bulgarian runner Silvia Danekova has tested positive for EPO, sources told Reuters on Thursday.
First round matches are always tricky: Saina
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal said that unheralded Brazilian opponent Vicente Lohaynny "surprised her" as the first round at major events are always "tricky and difficult to play".
My body is in pain, my legs are hurting, I'm tired: Phelps
Michael Phelps of the United States won the Olympic 200 metres individual medley on Thursday to capture the 22nd gold medal of his career and become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Games.
PHOTOS: Check out the first 'dead-heat' at Rio Olympics
Canadian Penny Oleksiak and Simone Manuel of the United States were inseparable at the finish and even more united in joy after a stunning 100 metres freestyle dead-heat rewarded both with Olympic gold on Thursday.
Diminutive Biles stands tall among greats
Since making her debut at the 2013 world championships, the 19-year-old American has become an unstoppable force. Last year she became the first woman to win a "three-peat" of all-around golds at the worlds.
Chinese swimmer Chen fails doping test at Rio Olympics: report
Chinese Olympic women's swimmer Chen Xinyi tested positive for a banned substance at the Rio Olympics on August 7, state media said on Friday citing the country's swimming association, the latest doping scandal to mar competition at the Games.
10 Track & Field events you must not miss at the Rio Olympics
Ten days of athletics competition at the Rio Olympics begin on Friday. Check out the 10 events not to miss at the Olympic Stadium.
Rio badminton: Srikanth downs Mexica's Munoz in opener
World No. 11 Kidambi Srikanth overcame some stiff resistance in the second game from lower ranked Mexican rival Lino Munoz before winning his Group H clash in straight games in the badminton singles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Thursday night.
No reports of misbehaviour against me in Rio, says sports minister
India's sports minister Vijay Goel on Friday defended the allegations of misbehaviour levelled against his entourage by the Organising Committee stating that nothing of that sort has happened.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Friday, August 12
Check out India's schedule on Day 7 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday.
Phelps wins 200m individual medley for 22nd Olympic gold
Michael Phelps of the United States won the Olympic 200 metres individual medley on Thursday to capture the 22nd gold medal of his career and become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Games.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 6 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the sixth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Coronation complete as Biles wins all around gold
Simone Biles' triumph made her the fourth successive American to win the title -- following the successes of Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Gabby Douglas -- which is the longest winning streak by a country in the Olympic discipline. Cycling: Britain win gold in men's team sprint
Britain won the men's track cycling team sprint gold for the third consecutive Olympics after defeating New Zealand on Thursday, with Callum Skinner anchoring them to victory in the first event of the track programme. PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 6 at Rio Olympics
Poland's Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozlowska and Natalia Madaj edged past Britain's Katherine Grainger and Victoria Thornley in the final meters of the race to snatch the gold medal in the women's double sculls at the Olympic rowing regatta on Thursday.
Don't ask about past, just want to win Olympic medal: Narsingh
Overcoming the dope scandal, which almost derailed his hopes of competing at the Rio Olympics, wrestler Narsingh Yadav said he would want to forget about the toughest phase of his life and solely focus on winning a medal on August 19.
Topsy-turvy day for India on day 1 of Olympic golf
India's Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia had a topsy-turvy start to their campaign at the Rio Olympics as they carded a three-over 74 and even-par 71 respectively in the opening round of the golf competition in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
With only one Russian in the fray, Americans eye a bumper haul
The United States is expected to run away with the athletics competition in Rio, taking podium spots often the preserve of Russians such as double pole vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva and 110m hurdles world champion Sergei Shubenkov.
Athletics: Less than 10 percent of champions retain title
Usain Bolt has somewhat skewed the picture by making it look so easy but when it comes to retaining an Olympic athletics title, history shows that it is an extraordinarily difficult thing to achieve.
Dipika in final of Australian Open squash event
Top seed Dipika Pallikal entered the finals of the Australian Open squash event, a PSA world tour event, after posting a 6-11 11-6 11-7 11-4 win over Hana Ramadan of Egypt.
August 11, 2016
Saina, Sindhu win opening matches easily at Rio Games
The London Olympics bronze medallist beat world No. 73 Brazilian Vicente Lohaynny 21-17, 21-17 in 39 minutes, while Sindhu, a two-time World Championships bronze winner, had things her way against Laura Sarosi of Hungary, winning 21-8, 21-9 in 27 minutes.
Inderjeet claims discrepancy in dope result, NADA denies
Indian shot putter Inderjeet Singh, who returned positive for banned substances last month, alleged that his dope samples might have been tampered with as the National Anti-Doping Agency gave him two different results on the same sample collected on June 29, a claim denied by the NADA.
Rowing: Poles snatch win over Britain in women's double sculls
Poland's Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozlowska and Natalia Madaj edged past Britain's Katherine Grainger and Victoria Thornley in the final meters of the race to snatch the gold medal in the women's double sculls at the Olympic rowing regatta on Thursday.
Shiva Thapa no match for Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez
The 22-year-old Indian pugilist, competing in his second Olympics, was no match for fourth-seeded Cuban Robeisy Ramirez in the opening round and lost 0-3 while also sustaining a cut above his left eye.
Rio OC threatens to cancel Sports Minister Vijay Goel's accreditation
The Rio Olympics' organisers have threatened to cancel the accreditation of India's Sports Minister Vijay Goel if unaccredited people accompanying him do not end their "aggressive and rude" behaviour.
Jwala-Ashwini thrashed by Japan's world No. 1 pair in opener
The Indian combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa disappointed in their opening outing in the women's doubles at the Rio Olympics badminton event, losing in straight games to the world No. 1 Japanese pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto on Thursday.
India's challenge in women's archery over after Bombayla, Deepika lose
India's challenge in women's archery at the Rio Olympics ended on Thursday after Laishram Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari were beaten in the pre-quarter-finals. While Deepika was blanked 0-6 by world No. 2 Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei, Bombayla lost 2-6 to world No. 18 Alejandra Valencia of Mexico.
Rio 2016: Indian boxers get new kits, no threat of disqualification
Threatened with disqualification for not wearing vests bearing their country's name, India's boxers at the ongoing 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have got their kits replaced as required by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and will now compete without any hindrance.
Will India's track and field athletes live up to expectations?
For a discipline that has given Indian athletes only the Olympian's tag, the country's track and field participants will begin their campaign in the Rio Olympics on Thursday, with little hope to break the 116-year-old medal jinx.
Isinbayeva to run for Russian athletics federation chief
Yelena Isinbayeva is to run for president of the Russian athletics federation (ARAF), the double Olympic pole vault champion said.
USA's basketball stars survive Australia scare in Rio
Carmelo Anthony came to Team USA's rescue with a record-breaking effort on Wednesday as the defending Olympic basketball champions beat Australia 98-88 in a thrilling encounter to extend their overall winning streak to 20 games.
Is Ukraine's Verniaiev 'perfect' heir to Uchimura's throne
Ukranian Oleg Verniaiev nearly dethroned the man he calls "the king of gymnastics" on Wednesday, coming within a razor's edge of denying Japan's Kohei Uchimura a second straight Olympic gold medal in men's all around gymnastics.
When bikini-clad women were replaced by fans in jackets
Damp beach volleyball players and a bundled up crowd found out the hard way on Wednesday that grim rain and wind can even beat down on Rio's picture-perfect Copacabana beach.
Rio Olympics: Will Sania and Saina sizzle on Day 6?
The shuttlers led by Saina Nehwal will make their first appearance in the Olympic Games on Thursday along with men golfers as India still waits for its first medal after five days of fruitless labour in this Brazilian city.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Thursday, August 11
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Thursday.
'Absence of Russia would not forever cloud Rio'
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe announced a shake up of the organisation on Wednesday aimed at ensuring there can be no repeat of the corruption scandals that have dogged athletics' governing body during his first, tumultuous, year in office.
Ledecky takes third gold; Efimova makes second final
Freestyle queen Katie Ledecky made sure of her third swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics, and fourth of her career, after anchoring the US women to victory in the 4x200 meters relay on Wednesday.
Golden night for Kazakhstan: Balandin, Rahimov take gold
Dmitry Balandin of Kazakhstan snatched a shock victory in the men's 200 meters breaststroke on Wednesday as the Central Asian country grabbed two Olympic gold medals in the space of an hour.
Highlights of Day 5: Archery, boxing lift Indian spirits at Rio
Women archers were on target in the individual events, while Manoj Kumar scripted a triumph of the underdog in the boxing ring on the fifth day of the Rio Games.
Police patrols beefed up at Rio Games as security concerns mount
Rio Olympics organizers stepped up police patrols on Wednesday as security concerns mounted over the threat posed by street violence, with a Games bus being hit by stones and a security patrol coming under fire near Rio's international airport.
Uchimura wins gold, first all around gymnast in 44 years to do an encore
Kohei Uchimura left it late -- very, very late -- before a heart-stopping horizontal bar routine lifted him into the pantheon of greats as he became the first gymnast in 44 years to win back-to-back Olympic all around titles on Wednesday.
Weightlifting: Ahmed earns landmark podium for Egypt
Jubilant teenager Sara Ahmed became the first Egyptian woman to stand on an Olympic podium when she finished third in the women's 69kg at Riocentro on Wednesday.
Rio Olympics: Britain oust champions China to claim first diving gold
Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears dethroned reigning champions China to claim their country's first ever diving gold medal in the men's 3 metre springboard event on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 5 at the Games
American Kristin Armstrong became the first cyclist to win the same road event at three different Olympic Games on Wednesday.
Boxing: Manoj Kumar stuns Evaldas Petrauskas to enter pre-quarters
Former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) stunned ex-Olympic bronze-medallist Evaldas Petrauskas in a fiercely-contested opening bout to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the Rio Games.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 5 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the fifth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Archery: Deepika in pre-quarters of women's individual recurve
Deepika Kumari advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual recurve event as Indian archers rounded off a good day in office at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Canoe: Great Britain's Clarke takes gold
Dark clouds and drizzle were just what Britain's Joseph Clarke needed to make him feel at home and win gold on the frothy whitewater of Rio's K-1 slalom course on Wednesday.
Fencing: Canadian upsets Italian 'idol' to make history
A year ago Eleanor Harvey was not sure she would make the Rio Games, but on Wednesday she stunned one of her heroes in Canada's strongest individual fencing performance ever at the Olympics.
Rio Olympics: Move over Leonidas, here comes Michael Phelps
After 2,160 years of history, give or take a decade, the greatest athlete of ancient Greece is no longer alone on his pedestal.
Stats: Record-breaking women's time trial champion Kristin Armstrong
American Kristin Armstrong became the first cyclist to win the same road event at three different Olympic Games on Wednesday, taking gold in the women's 29.7km time trial.
Pacquiao confirms November 5 fight against Vargas
Manny Pacquiao confirmed on Wednesday he will come out of retirement to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5 in Las Vegas.
Refugee wins over fans in clash with world champion
When Congolese refugee Popole Misenga stepped out to face the defending world champion in Wednesday's under 90-kilogram Judo competition he figured he'd be on the floor immediately.
Security beefed up at Games after officials say bus hit by stones
Rio Games organizers stepped up police patrols around the Olympic Park on Wednesday after two people were injured when a bus was hit by what security officials said were stones hurled by vandals.
Shooting: Veteran Aldeehani wins gold in men's double trap
Six-time Olympian Fehaid Aldeehani battled wet and blustery conditions to win the gold medal in the men's double trap event on Wednesday.
Track and Field star Felix still aiming for the triple encore at Rio
The disappointment of missing out on an individual Olympic double has not left Allyson Felix, but the world 400 metres champion could still win three gold medals at the Rio Games.
Police find second bullet in equestrian centre at Rio Games?
Police have discovered a second bullet inside the Olympic equestrian centre close to the stable area, a security source said on Wednesday, the second time a stray shot has been picked up at the venue over the past week.
Cycling: Golden farewell for Cancellara as he wins time trial
Swiss Fabian Cancellara rode off into a golden retirement with a second Olympic time trial title after a masterful ride that eclipsed Tour de France champion Chris Froome on Wednesday.
'I was breastfeeding so could not have doped'
Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya protested her innocence after winning the silver medal in the women's time trial on Wednesday, a week after almost flying home because a previous doping ban looked like ruling her out of the Olympics.
Rugby: Fijians send NZ packing, Japan shock again to reach semis
Rugby powerhouse New Zealand were knocked out of the inaugural Olympic sevens tournament in the quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 12-7 loss to top seeds Fiji.
August 10, 2016
At sprawling Rio Games, even spectators are worn out
Less than a week into the Olympics and people are looking tired around Rio de Janeiro.
American Armstrong wins third straight time trial cycling gold
Veteran American Kristin Armstrong claimed a third consecutive road time trial gold to deny former Russian doper Olga Zabelinskaya what would have been a controversial triumph on a rain-soaked course at the Rio Games on Wednesday.
I had prepared well, but was unlucky: Jitu Rai
His Olympic medal aspiration blown away by the 'wind', Indian shooter Jitu Rai's Russian coach Smirnov Pavel said efforts should be made to set up ranges in windy conditions in the mountains.
Lifter Sivalingam out of medal contention
India's weightlifting campaign at the Rio Olympics ended in disappointment, with Sathish Kumar Sivalingam finishing fourth in the men's 77kg Group B category on Wednesday.
Judoka Avtar Singh's Olympics campaign over
Indian judoka Avtar Singh bowed out of the Rio Olympics after losing to the Refugee Olympic Team's Misenga Popole in the second round of the men's 90kg elimination Round of 32 on Wednesday.
Jitu Rai exits after failing to make 50m Pistol final
Ace marksman Jitu Rai flattered to deceive before crashing out of the Rio Olympics, failing to make it to the final of men's 50-metre pistol, his pet event, on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Asian Games gold medallist finished 12th in the six-series qualifying round after being placed fourth at the end of the fifth and penultimate series at the Olympic Shooting Centre.
Bombayla impresses on way to Individual Recurve pre-quarters
Archer Laishram Bombayla Devi advanced to the pre-quarter-finals in the women's individual recurve competition, defeating Chinese Taipei's Lin Shih-Chia, at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Lahiri, Chawrasia eye medals as golf returns to Olympics
Reigning Asia No. 1 Anirban Lahiri and Indian Open winner SSP Chawrasia will carry the country's medal hopes when they tee off here tomorrow as golf makes a return to Olympics after a gap of 112 years.
PHOTOS: Counting Michael Phelps's 25 Olympic medals
The greatest Olympian ever now has 25 (gulp!) Olympic medals, including two silver and two bronze medals.
Narsingh has left for Rio: WFI President
'WADA had never intervened in Narsingh's matter and no clearance is required.'
'Wardrobe malfunction' could not stop Phelps from winning 21st gold!
Even a late 'wardrobe malfunction' could not stop Michael Phelps from winning his 21st Olympic gold medal for the United States in the Rio pool on Tuesday.
Indian shuttlers Rio campaign: Hopes pinned on Saina Nehwal
Four years after a bronze at London Games made her the toast of the nation, Saina Nehwal will once again carry a billion hopes when she along with the other six shuttlers, including doubles exponent Jwala Gutta, begin their campaign at the Rio Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, on Thursday.
Other teams can only marvel at US dominance
The US women's gymnastics team, anchored by all around world champion Simone Biles, won the team gold medal at the Olympics on Tuesday by the widest margin ever.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Wednesday, August 10
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Wednesday.
In PIX: Michael Phelps, the father...
Michael Phelps shared the limelight with his three month old son Boomer.
Rio Olympics bus hit by gunfire, no one seriously hurt
A bus carrying journalists at the Rio Games was hit by gunfire on a highway between Olympic venues on Tuesday, witnesses said. No one was seriously injured in the incident.
Highlights of Day 4: Archery, hockey give India reason to smile
Archer Atanu Das and boxer Vikas Krishan entered the pre-quarterfinals, while the men's hockey team stood up to the challenge posed by Argentina to virtually sew up a last-eight spot on a reasonably successful day for Indian athletes in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Phelps wins historic 21st Olympic gold
USA swimmer Michael Phelps wins men's 200-meter butterfly, his 20th Olympic gold.
Phelps's selfie puts Atlanta barbershop on world map
Michael Phelps, poses with a crowd of smiling barbers and customers after getting a haircut on his way to the Olympics.
Two tales of struggle and answering the call of the Olympic dream
Indian Judoka, Avtar Singh's parents take maiden flight to cheer son, who will go up against Pople Misenga from the Olympic Refugee Team. Read on about the intense and interesting story of both Judokas...
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 4 at the Games
China continued to put up dominating performances in the pool, this time taking gold in women's 10 metre synchronized diving on Tuesday.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 4 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the fourth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Boxer Vikas Krishan beats American Conwall to advance to Round of 16
India's Vikas Krishan out-punched American Charles Conwall to win his middleweight (75kg) preliminary bout 3-0 at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.
Judo: Slovenia's Trstenjak wins gold, France on the board
Slovenia's Tina Trstenjak defeated Clarisse Agbegnenou of France in the women's -63kg category at the Rio Games on Tuesday, becoming her country's second Olympic champion in judo.
China grab gold in women's 10 metre synchronized diving
China's Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia claimed gold in the women's synchronized 10 metre platform diving event at the Rio Games on Tuesday, with Malaysia and Canada respectively taking the silver and bronze medals as the venue's pool turned a bright green hue.
Russia under siege: 'We don't react ...not guilty of anything'
Weakened and bruised by sport's biggest doping scandal in decades, Russia is under siege at the Rio Games.
Judo: 'Kelmendi OK to refuse France drug test'
Judo's governing body said that athletes were not obliged to take unscheduled drug tests when training in France in June and that those who refused, including Kosovo's gold medallist Majlinda Kelmendi, subsequently tested negative the next week.
Russian great Salnikov claims atmosphere in Rio like 'Cold War'
Russian swimming chief Vladimir Salnikov said on Tuesday the atmosphere surrounding his team at the Olympics reminded him of the Cold War, and criticised American breaststroke champion Lilly King for attacking the integrity of her Russian rival.
Canoeing: France's Gargaud Chanut wins C1 gold
French paddler Denis Gargaud Chanut won Olympic gold in the canoe slalom C1 final on Tuesday as world champion and favourite David Florence surprisingly failed to feature.
No Greek tragedy here: Korakaki takes gold, second medal
Greek shooter Anna Korakaki took the gold medal in the women's 25 metre pistol event on Tuesday, two days after she won a bronze and became the first woman to win a medal in shooting for Greece.
France takes first gold in team eventing; Germany win individual gold
France won its first gold medal of the Rio Games in eventing on Tuesday in a dramatic show jumping final, rising two places from the cross country phase after riders from Australia and New Zealand knocked rails down.
Rio Olympics: Sania-Bopanna draw Stosur-Peers in mixed doubles round 1
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, who are touted as India's best bet for a tennis medal in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, have been seeded fourth and will be up against the Australian duo of Samantha Stosur and John Peers in their opening mixed doubles match at the Games.
Rio Olympics: Japan stun All Blacks in rugby sevens opener
New Zealand hopes of becoming the first Olympic rugby sevens champions suffered a major setback on Tuesday when they lost their opening match to Japan and Sonny Bill Williams for the tournament to an Achilles injury.
Raised in the favela, racism inspires Brazil's golden girl to greatness
Brazil's first gold medallist of the Rio Olympics basked in her new-found fame on Tuesday, with Judoka Rafaela Silva taking aim at the racism that first threatened to defeat her and then became the affront that spurred her to greatness.
August 09, 2016
Rio Olympics: Murray in third round, Djokovic's campaign ends
Britain's Andy Murray enjoyed a routine win over Argentina's Juan Monaco to ease into the third round of the tennis tournament at the Rio Games on Tuesday, while Spain's world number nine David Ferrer was knocked out.
Rio Olympics: China questions gold medal obsession
A scarcity of gold medals in the first few days of the Olympics is leading China to reflect on its past obsession with finishing first, amid agreement that being champion is no longer everything.
Speeding Rio Games bus injures three reporters inside
A Rio Olympics media bus, driving above the speed limit, hit a speed bump injuring three reporters travelling inside it, with one being taken to hospital, a Games official said on Tuesday.
Shooting: Heena Sidhu fails to qualify in 25m pistol event
Shooter Heena Sidhu, from whom a lot was expected in the run-up to the ongoing Olympic Games, put up yet another flop show to finish a distant 20th in the 25m pistol event for women in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.
Australia 'won't apologise to China' in Olympics doping row
Australia will not apologise to China after Mack Horton called his rival and fellow Olympic swimming gold medallist Sun Yang a ''drug cheat'', delegation head Kitty Chiller said on Tuesday.
Archer Atanu Das in last 16 of Individual Recurve
Atanu Das provided the silver lining on another disappointing day for Indians at the Rio Olympics, entering the pre-quarter-finals of the Individual Recurve event on Tuesday.
Why India can still hope for medals in Rio
>There's still hope and plenty to play for, says Rediff.com's Aruneel Sadadekar.
Brazil women's rugby player accepts Olympic marriage proposal
Brazilian women's rugby player Isadora Cerullo melted hearts when she accepted a marriage proposal from her girlfriend at the medals ceremony for the first Olympic rugby sevens competition on Monday. Rower Dattu Bhokanal crashes out in quarter-finals
Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal finished fourth in the quarter-finals of the men's single sculls to be out of medal reckoning in the Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.
Milkha holds IOA responsible for India's poor show in Rio
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh lashed out at the Indian Olympics Association, holding it responsible for the poor performance of the Indian sportspersons at the ongoing Rio Olympics.
IOA goodwill ambassador Salman refers to Dipa Karmakar as 'Deepika'
Salman Khan, whose appointment as IOA's goodwill ambassador in April was slammed by Olympic medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, seemed to have no clue about who Dipa Karmakar was and how she fared so far at the Rio Games.
Have Brazilians crossed line in taunting US athletes?
US women's soccer star Hope Solo has been mocked for voicing public concerns over the Zika virus -- crowds chant "Zika! Zika" when she touches the ball during Rio Olympics.
Dutch gymnast expelled for night of drinking in Rio
Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been expelled from the Olympics for "gravely" violating team rules by going out for a night of drinking in Rio after qualifying for the finals of the rings event, the Dutch team said.
PIX: 'Brazilians are very passionate, very vocal, very loud'
Brazilians brought a soccer fan's raucous attitude to the Rio Games on Monday, wildly cheering their own athletes, booing and mocking opponents -- and creating uncomfortable moments for Olympic athletes unaccustomed to no-holds-barred partisanship.
Wish India's darling Dipa Karmakar a happy birthday!
Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing eighth in the qualifying round, will compete for a historic medal in the finals on August 14.
Bindra, Jwala slam Shobhaa De for mocking India's athletes in Rio
Shobhaa De took to Twitter to post a harsh and stinging message for the Indian athletes currently competing at the Rio Olympic Games.
Swimming great Phelps ready to reclaim lost butterfly gold
On Monday, the 31-year-old proved he is in fighting form for his 200 metres butterfly rematch with Chad le Clos, the South African who four years ago denied him a third consecutive gold medal in the event.
Pissed off Phelps backs Lilly King
Michael Phelps backed compatriot Lilly King's attitude toward Russian Yulia Efimova at the Olympics on Monday and said more people should follow her lead.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Tuesday, August 9
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Tuesday.
I am at peace with my decision to retire: Bindra
Abhinav Bindra's body language belied any emotions whatsoever on what was the final day of an illustrious career as he made it clear that he was done with aiming bull's eye and ready to move to the next phase of his life although he does not know what it is.
'I'm converting my shooting range into vegetable garden'
Abhinav Bindra announced his retirement from the sport that had brought him world-wide attention and fame after he won the gold in the same event in Beijing in 2008, saying he's 'done' and will now convert his shooting range into a
PIX: In search of star power, media lap up Usain Bolt show...
As a dozen scantily clad Brazilian Samba dancers gyrated on to the stage, rocking peacock-style headdresses and glittery thongs, Usain Bolt was not about to be intimidated or upstaged.
Japan end China's reign as team champions
Not even the curse of the pommel horse could halt Japan's march to the men's team gymnastics title at the Rio Olympics on Monday as China's eight-year reign as champions came to an end after a day of slips, trips and stumbled landings.
Have faith, it's getting cleaner, assures Bolt
Usain Bolt waltzed in to sprinkle a bucket of stardust over Rio on Monday, and while there were Samba smiles and dancing girls, the biggest name at the Olympics could not escape the ever-present specter of doping.
Hungary's Hosszu claims second gold; wins 100m backstroke
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the women's Olympic 100 meters backstroke on Monday to claim her second gold of the Rio Games, edging out Kathleen Baker of the United States.
Kosovo gold medallist refused drug test before Rio
The International Judo Federation said on Monday that Kosovo's judo gold medallist Majlinda Kelmendi had refused to take an unscheduled drug test in France ahead of the Rio Games but that the procedure looked "questionable" and any sanction given would not be applied outside France.
Sun responds to drug taunts with freestyle gold and more...
Sun Yang became the first Chinese swimmer to win the Olympic men's 200 metres freestyle gold medal on Monday.
Here's what Bindra's trainer has to say after near medal miss
Shooter Abhinav Bindra's technical trainer Heinz Reinkemeier denounced Indian media's 'obsession' for Olympic medal and emphasised that an effort can be categorised as 'good performance' even without a medal.
Rio police arrest Namibian boxer for attempted sexual assault
Brazilian police have arrested a 22-year-old boxer who was the flag bearer for the Namibian national team on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a room maid in the Olympic village, the second boxer detained on such charges at the Games.
'Marta better than Neymar!' Brazil warming up to women footballers
Brazil's women's football team was greeted by hundreds of adoring fans in Manaus on Monday, as their performances and fame all of a sudden eclipsed that of their struggling male counterparts.
Paralympics ban for Russia different from IOC decision: Bach
Russia's exclusion from next month's Paralympic Games in Rio is a different situation from the IOC's decision to allow some Russian competitors to take part at the Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Monday.
Beach Volleyball PHOTOS: Mixed fortunes for Brazil
Brazil's male and female beach volleyball pairs enjoyed mixed results on Monday, with the men losing to Austria but the women crushing Argentina to book a place in the final 16.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 3 at the Games
Hosts Brazil won their first gold of the Rio 2016 Summer Games after Rafaela Silva won the women's-57kg judo event on Monday.
Rio to make new flags for China after criticism over flaws
The Rio 2016 organising committee is making new flags for China after Chinese citizens watching the ceremony on television complained that the stars were incorrectly positioned.
Cycling: Australians crash in training for team pursuit
Australian track cyclist Melissa Hoskins was taken to hospital after crashing in training for the women's team pursuit at the Olympic velodrome on Monday.
Russia sees politics behind Paralympics ban, vows to appeal
The same scandal has led to 109 out of 387 athletes originally included in the Russian team for the Rio Olympics being banned, including its entire track and field squad.
'Somebody had to be fourth, and I am fourth!'
Abhinav Bindra's quest for a second Olympics medal ended in disappointment, as he lost a tense shoot-off in the men's 10 metre Air Rifle event on the third day of competition at the Rio Games on Monday.
Sailing: Regatta sets sail on dirty water, tricky winds
Olympic sailing began an 11-day regatta on Monday with near perfect winds as competitors showed little fear of heading back into waters criticised for sewage-borne pathogens and floating garbage.
Rugby: Australia clinch inaugural women's sevens gold
Australia won the first women's rugby sevens Olympic gold medal by beating New Zealand 24-17 in the final at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio on Monday.
Saudi royal vows to break 'societal norms', get more women into sport
A US-raised Saudi Arabian princess freshly appointed to increase female participation in sport plans to help licence gyms and modify outdoor spaces for women in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom, she said in an interview on Monday.
American fencer makes history, wears hijab in Olympics
Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics with a hijab, which she wears to adhere to the tenets of her Muslim faith.
Brazil police detain director of THG Sports for illegal ticket sales
Brazilian police said on Monday they had detained a director of international sports hospitality company THG Sports and a woman working as an interpreter at the Rio Olympics on charges of fraudulent marketing of tickets for the Games.
Rio: Net-savvy Canadian teen medal winner has data issues
Canada's Penelope Oleksiak came to the Olympics hoping to get to a final and gain experience for the next games in Tokyo in 2020.
August 08, 2016
Rio Games: Indian swimmers Sajan, Shivani finish 41st and 28th
Young Indian swimmers Sajan Prakash and Shivani Kataria expectedly made inglorious exits in their respective events at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 3 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the third day of the 2016 Olympics.
Germany sink India with late goal
The Indian men's hockey team's habit of conceding late goals continued to haunt them as reigning double Olympic champions Germany scored seconds from the final hooter to steal a 2-1 victory in a thrilling Pool B match at the Rio Olympics on Monday.
Italy's Campriani takes 10m air rifle gold, Bindra misses medal
Italy's Niccolo Campriani won gold in the Olympic men's 10-metre air rifle on Monday with a score of 206.1 after Serihy Kulish of Ukraine made his final shot poorly, widening what had been a razor-thin gap between the two.
Manavjit, Chenai fail to qualify for Trap semi-finals
Trap shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai were unable to improve upon their opening day's performance and failed to qualify for the men's trap semi-finals at the Rio Olympics on Monday.
Abhinav Bindra misses 10m Air Rifle medal by whisker
Abhinav Bindra narrowly missed a medal in the men's 10m Air Rifle event at the Rio Olympics, losing a nail-biting shoot-off against Ukrainian marksman S Kulish after the two were tied third at 163.8 in the race to reach the medal round.
It's OK to cry: Phelps consoles Held
When American Ryan Held needed a supportive shoulder to lean on after claiming an emotional first Olympic medal on Sunday, he found just what was needed in the man who has collected more than any other athlete in the history of sport.
Vikas to open India's Olympic boxing campaign
An American ended his Olympic dream in 2012 amid controversial circumstances and Vikas Krishan will have redemption on mind when he takes on another American Charles Conwell in his opening bout to kick off India's boxing campaign in the Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, on Tuesday.
Here's why Phelps has those big red circles all over his back
It might look like a giant case of chicken pox but in fact the most decorated swimmer, Michael Phelps, is hoping these spots will lead him to innumerable podiums at the Rio Olympics.
I'll be fine, says Van Vleuten after horror smash
Annemiek van Vleuten suffered three fractured vertebrae and a concussion after a horrifying high-speed crash in the Olympic women's road race on Sunday but the Dutch rider said she will be fine and was more disappointed at missing out on a medal.
When gymnastics undisputed Queen wished Dipa Karmakar...
India's Dipa Karmakar received a big boost when she was wished luck by none other than three-time world champion Simone Biles.
In practice, I perform way better than this: Dipa Karmakar
"I'm happy but wish I could have done a bit better. In practice, I perform way better than this," Dipa karmakar said.
Why this Aussie swimmer is hated in China...
Chinese web-users unleashed their fury on the social media accounts of Australian Olympic gold medallist Mack Horton, demanding he apologise for calling swimming rival Sun Yang a "drug cheat".
How strong winds, doping and VIP robbery is plaguing Rio Olympics
Damaging wind gusts, a fresh doping controversy and the robbery of a visiting government minister presented the Rio Games with a perfect storm of problems on Sunday, forcing organisers to scramble to keep the world's biggest sporting event rolling on.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Monday, August 8
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Monday.
Steeplechaser Sudha Singh confident ahead of Rio
14 Asian Games bronze medalist and national record holder Sudha Singh wants to make amends for a disappointing outing at the London Olympics.
More records fall as legendary Phelps wins his 19th Olympic gold
Michael Phelps won the 19th gold medal of his Olympic swimming career on Sunday after helping the US men's team to victory in the 4x100 metres freestyle relay.
Gymnastics: Simone Biles leads way for sensational Americans
Simone Biles showed the world why she is an Olympic champion-in-waiting as she and her American teammates blew away the opposition by almost 10 points in women's gymnastics qualifying at the Rio Games on Sunday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 2 at the Games
China got its first gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics thanks to some sharp shooting skills by Olympic debutant Zhang Mengxue on Sunday.
Deepika blames India's quarter-final ouster on 'windy conditions'
After failing to deliver when it mattered most, India's ace archer Deepika Kumari blamed her mediocre showing in the 4-5 defeat to Russia in the quarter-finals of the women's recurve competition at the Rio Olympics on windy conditions.
Historic! Dipa Karmakar qualifies for vault finals
Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar scripted history as she became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the qualifying round in Rio de Janeiro.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 2 in Rio
Check out how Indian athletes fared on the second day of the 2016 Olympics.
Youngest at Rio Olympics, 13-year-old rips suit but wins her heat
The youngest competitor at the Rio Olympics ripped her swimsuit minutes before her race on Sunday but still managed to beat her two rivals.
August 07, 2016
Zlatan gives Mourinho first trophy at Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's winner ensured that Jose Mourinho's reign at Manchester United got off to a winning start as the FA Cup holders beat champions Leicester City 2-1 in England's Community Shield season curtain-raiser at Wembley on Sunday.
Russia banned from Rio Paralympics over doping
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday banned all Russians from its own Games next month because of the widespread doping culture that it says has polluted sport in the country.
Rio Olympics: China's first gold won by woman shooter
First-time Olympian Zhang Mengxue secured China's first gold medal of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday by winning the women's 10-metre air pistol event and extending China's gold medal streak in the sport.
Rio Olympics: Second day of rowing postponed due to weather problems
The second day of the 2016 Olympic rowing regatta was called off on Sunday due to problems caused by rough weather, organisers said.
Indian women archers pipped by Russia in Recurve quarters
Deepika Kumari failed to deliver when it mattered most as Russia beat India in a closely-contested quarter-final 5-4 via the shoot-off in the women's recurve archery competition at the Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday.
Sandhu, Chenai disappoint; Sidhu exits 10m Air Pistol in qualification
Indian shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai were placed at the 17th and 19th spots after the first day of the Men's Trap qualification event at Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Oscar Pistorius suffers injuries in jail, rushed to hospital
South African track star Oscar Pistorius, serving six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend, was treated in hospital for minor wrist injuries on Saturday before being returned to custody, a prison service spokesman said.
Sachin Tendulkar meets IOC president Thomas Bach
Sachin Tendulkar has met International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on the sidelines of the Rio Olympics, which the Indian cricket icon termed as "wonderful".
Brazilian pride soars after opening ceremony and first medal
To begin with, the opening ceremony drew praise from all quarters. Then there were parties all over Rio de Janeiro and finally, the hosts nation Brazil's first medalist.
Mudranov predicts more gold for Russia
Beslan Mudranov won Russia's first gold medal at the Rio Games in judo and fired a warning shot that his country had plenty more to prove.
Campbell sisters power Australia to record and relay gold
Australia's women, powered by sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, beat the United States and Canada to win the Olympic 4x100 metres freestyle relay in world record time on Saturday, retaining the title they won in London four years ago.
Hungary's Iron Lady finally strikes gold...in a new world record
Five times a world champion but without a single medal from three previous Olympics, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu finally struck gold on Saturday and demolished the 400 metres individual medley world record as well.
Here's what cost Jitu a medal in 10m air pistol...
India's biggest medal hope Jitu Rai got a wake-up call when he finished eighth in the finals as the much-fancied shooters drew a blank in the pistol
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu fails to complete her event
India's Saikhom Mirabai Chanu turned in a highly disappointing performance at the Rio Olympics, as she could not get an overall total in women's 48kg after failing to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in clean & jerk section. In a field of 12 lifters, she was one of two who did not finish (DNF) her event.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 1 in Rio
Results of the Indian athletes on Day 1 at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Syrian refugee Mardini a winner in the water at Rio Olympics
She shrugged off a suggestion that all the attention around her might have prevented her from just enjoying the experience of the Games.
Archery: South Korea restore order with men's team gold
South Korea's archers routed the United States to win the men's team gold at the Rio Olympics on Saturday and restore a dynasty broken by the Americans at London four years ago.
Rio 2016: Early exits for Ivanovic, Radwanska and Venus Williams
Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic exited the Olympic Games in the first round on Saturday, though the Serb refused to blame the wind or soaring temperatures that some players said were making it tricky to play in Rio.
Cycling: Van Avermaet wins thrilling men's road race
Belgium's Greg van Avermaet snatched gold in a thrilling and incident-packed men's Olympic road race, out-sprinting Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang alongside the Copacabana beach after a spectacular day of racing along Rio's coastline on Saturday.
French gymnast Said suffers horror leg break at Rio Olympics
French gymnast Samir Ait Said discovered the perils of pursuing his Olympic dreams when he suffered a broken leg that was left dangling from below his knee following a crash landing from the vault during men's qualifying at the Rio Games 2016, in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Rio 2016: UK's Peaty breaks own world record in 100m breaststroke
Adam Peaty demolished his own world record in the heats of the 100 meters breaststroke on Saturday as he launched a bid to become the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal for 28 years.
Rio 2016: Jitu Rai finishes 8th in men's 10m air pistol
Star Indian shooter Jitu Rai was way off the mark in the men's 10m Air Pistol final, finishing a lowly eighth to bow out of the competition in the Rio Olympics on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.
Huge queues and angry fans mar the start of Rio Games
The Rio Olympic Games got off to a shambolic start on Saturday as fans queued for hours at security checkpoints to enter venues, with some missing their events and many athletes competing in front of eerily empty stands.
Hockey grapples with Olympics 'wake up call' in Rio
The FIH has responded by introducing a number of changes to the way hockey will be played and broadcast at the Rio Games.
August 06, 2016
Rio 2016: India's best hope Jitu Rai qualifies for 10m Air Pistol final
Leading medal hope in shooting, army's Jitu Rai, qualified for the men's 10 m air pistol by finishing sixth out of 46 competitors in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Rio 2016: I'm a soft target and people want to take potshots at me, says Paes
An emotional Leander Paes did not hide his disappointment after losing the first round men's doubles match with Rohan Bopanna stating that he has "become a soft target" and that is the reason why people are "taking potshots" at him.
Rio bomb squad blows up backpack near cycling course - official
A loud blast was heard near the finishing line of the men's cycling road race at the Rio Olympics on Saturday but there were no signs of panic or injuries and the race continued, a Reuters witness said.
Two shot dead at Rio Olympic sites
Police shot a mugger near the stadium where the Rio Olympics opening ceremony took place and a woman was killed close to another Olympic site, police said Saturday.
Rio 2016: Paes-Bopanna crash out in first round
Leander Paes's dreams of winning a second Olympic medal went up in smoke as he and Rohan Bopanna made an inglorious exit in the opening round of the men's doubles competition, losing in straight sets to the Polish pair of Marcin Matkowski and Lukasz Kubot 4-6 6-7 (6-8)
Table Tennis: India's campaign ends in first round
Mouma Das' Olympic appearance was short-lived as the Indian veteran lost to higher-ranked Romanian, Daniela Dodean Monteiro, in the first round of the women's singles table tennis competition in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Tendulkar lands in Rio Games Village to cheer for India
One of his cherished memories was being in the Commonwealth Games village in Kuala Lumpur way back in 1998 and Sachin Tendulkar had that same feeling of deja vu as he dropped in at the Olympic Games athletes village in Rio on Saturday.
Meet the first gold medal winner of Rio Olympics
American teenager Virginia Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday, holding her nerve to clinch the women's 10m air rifle event.
Medal Table: Rio Olympics 2016
The medal tally at the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Olympics: Shooters Chandela, Paul crash out in qualification round
India's shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul were way off the mark in the 10m Air Rifle Women's event, finishing way behind the leaders to bow out in the qualification round, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday.
Rio Olympics: Rower Bhokanal enters quarter-finals
Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal entered the quarter-finals of the Men's Single Sculls
5 talking points from Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony
The Rio 2016 Olympics have opened with a colourful and pulsating ceremony at Maracana stadium on Friday night.
One of the funniest things at the Olympic Games...
It is safe to say Michael Phelps has no need for a lifeguard watching over him in the Olympic pool but the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 18 gold medals among his career haul of 22, will have one anyway at the Rio Games.
Cypriot, Greek competitors test positive for drugs
Cypriot weightlifter Antonis Martasidis and an unnamed Greek competitor have tested positive for banned substances and have been expelled from the Rio Olympics, their teams said on Friday.
Rio Olympics: A beginner's guide to rowing
As India's Dattu Bhokanal will be competing in the men's singles sculls rowing event fat the Rio 2016 Olympics, on Saturday, here is a beginner's guide.
No obstacle insurmountable for Dipa Karmakar's coach
When Bisweshwar Nandi caught his first glimpse of the Olympic rings after touching down in Rio with his gymnastics protege Dipa Karmakar, he felt an instant surge of adrenaline.
Dipa aims to touch greater heights in Rio
She has already grabbed a piece of history by becoming the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics and Dipa Karmakar would aim to touch greater heights when she competes at the Rio Games, in Rio de Janeiro.
Olympic hoodoo still haunts Deepika Kumari
Archer Deepika Kumari expressed bewilderment after a dismal show during the women's team event where the Indian team finished a dejecting seventh in the qualification round of the Rio Olympics Games.
Meet Iran's first female flagbearer
Iran had one of the best moments of the Rio Olympics opening ceremony when archer Zahra Nemati carried the Iranian flag into the Maracana Stadium on Friday.
Vanderlei de Lima lights cauldron; Gisele steals the show
Brazil unfurled a vast canvas celebrating its rainforest and the creative energy of its wildly diverse population in welcoming the world on Friday to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, all to the pounding beat of samba, bossa nova and funk.
PHOTOS: Rio 2016 flag bearers
Rediff.com presents the most popular flag bearers. Take a look...
In favela above opening ceremony, pride and disappointment
Residents of the Mangueira favela or slum, which overlooks the Maracana Stadium where the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony was held, expressed a mix of pride and disappointment as the Games opened in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
Watch: Bindra leads India at Parade of Nations in Rio
Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, who is competing in his fifth Games, led the Indian contingent at the parade of nations during the Open Ceremony of the Rio Olympics on Friday night.
PHOTOS: Rio kicks off Games with ode to forests, favelas and funk
Fireworks light up the night sky above the Maracana as some 50,000 spectators present, and some 3 billion people tuned in around the world as Brazil lifted the curtain on its second major sporting event in two years, after the 2014 soccer World Cup.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Saturday, August 6
The Indian contingent's schedule in the Rio Olympics for Saturday.
August 05, 2016
IOA announces Rs 50 lac cash award for Rio gold medallist
The Indian Olympic Association, on Friday, announced a Rs 50 lac cash award for the gold medal winning athlete in the Rio Olympics.
Russian Stepanova to not appeal Rio ban
Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over her ban on running as an independent athlete at the Rio Olympics, she said on Friday.
Pele will not light Olympic cauldron due to muscle pain
Brazilian soccer legend Pele will not light the Olympic cauldron at Friday's opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, a spokesman for the 75-year-old, three-time soccer World Cup winner said.
Rio Olympics: Brilliant Kim sets 72-arrow world record
South Korea's Kim Woo-jin made the most of perfect shooting conditions to set a 72-arrow world record in the Olympic archery at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Friday and fire an ominous warning at challengers to his gold medal claims.
Rio Olympics: Moroccan boxer arrested for sexual assault
A Moroccan Olympic boxer was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted two women in the Olympic Village, Rio de Janeiro police said on Friday.
Rio Olympics: Archers Deepika, Bombayla, Atanu advance to round of 32
India's Atanu Das showed fine composure and skill to bounce back from a poor start in his maiden Olympics to finish fifth in the qualification round as archery got the underway at the Rio Olympics in Brazil's historic Samba street in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
Torch begins final race to stadium from beneath Rio's Christ
The Olympic torch was raised before Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Friday on the final leg of its journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, as Brazil excitedly put the final touches to seven years of preparations.
Champions League draw: City face Steaua Bucharest in playoff
Pep Guardiola's ManchesterCity will play Romanian side Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League playoff round after the draw was made in Nyon on Friday.
Lifter Mirabai aims for medal at Rio Games
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will have an outside chance of a podium finish for India when the weightlifter begins her campaign in the women's 48kg category at the Rio Olympic Games on Saturday.
First Look: What the Indian contingent will wear at the Games Opening
Rediff.com presents the attire of the Indian Contingent for the Opening Ceremony at the Rio Olympics 2016.
Will Semenya go on to the track with distinct advantage?
Caster Semenya is seen as a near-certainty for Olympic gold on the track in Rio and her expected success in the 800 metres looks just as sure to bring up further examination of her running credentials.
Landmark Olympic moments that changed history
There are moments at the Olympic Games that have a sporting significance, and then there are those that leave an indelible mark on humanity.
Will boxers pack a punch? Tough draw for Shiva, Manoj
A tough draw will put their grit to test when the three-member Indian boxing team begins its Olympic campaign, aiming to lift the gloom that pervades the sport back home owing to the long-standing administrative mess.
Indian shooters in Rio: Will Jitu open medal campaign?
A star-studded Indian shooting contingent will begin their Rio Olympics campaign
PIX: Stars we spotted at the Rio Olympics
Prior to the kick-off of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, Rediff.com spotted some of the biggest names in sport at the Olympic Village. Check it out.
Why Brazil athletes are not dope tested ahead of Rio...
Brazil's athletes were not subject to dope tests for almost a month before the Rio Olympics, the country's sports ministry has said while refuting allegations it was a political decision to ensure the Games were not plunged further into crisis.
Russia says 271-strong team will be cleanest at the Games
Russia will be represented in most sports at the Rio Olympics, with 271 of its sportsmen and women cleared to participate ahead of the opening ceremony, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) head Alexander Zhukov has said.
Rio Olympics celebrated with a doodle fruit!
As the Rio Olympics is all set to go underway, the search engine giant celebrates it with an interactive doodle.
PIX: Party time in Rio after rollercoaster run-up to the Games
With a little bit of chaos and a last-minute sprint on preparations, Rio de Janeiro was ready on Friday to revel in a moment seven years in the making: the opening of the Olympic Games.
Rio mess: No jerseys for hockey team; no room for Paes
While every other team practises their hardest in the few hours left for the Rio Olympics 2016, the Indian contingent was left looking for rooms, extra pair of jerseys and assembling chairs.
India's strength at the Rio Olympics
India will be represented by a record 121 athletes, including 54 women, at the Olympics.
Muscle pains could keep Pele from lighting Rio cauldron
Pele's doctors have given him the go ahead to light the Olympic cauldron on Friday, but muscle pains may bar the Brazilian soccer great from the torch ceremony that opens the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Video: How well do you know the Olympics?
We asked youngsters in Mumbai a few questions on the Olympics.
August 04, 2016
Check out these Olympic firsts!
The Olympics is not just about sport, but tradition.
At 41, it's mission possible for Tom Cruise fan Chusovitina at Olympics
Chusovitina may not want to look old for her Hollywood hero but in a sport over-populated with teenagers, she is almost pre-historic as her gymnastics lifespan of competing in seven successive Olympics defies logic.
Indian archers eye redemption at Rio Olympics
Indian archers would look to make amends for the flop-show in London when they take aim in the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Friday -- archery and football kick-start before the official opening ceremony of the Games.
Rio Olympics: Djokovic to play Del Potro in first round
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will face Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, the player who denied him a medal in London, in the opening round of the Rio Olympics after the draw was made on Thursday.
Meet the first Indian woman to be elected as IOC member
The International Olympic Committee on Thursday announced that Nita Ambani, has been elected as an individual member of the IOC, and will become India's first woman to join the prestigious body.
Constrained by war, Syrian athletes dream of Olympic glory
Syria's Olympic Committee is sending seven athletes to compete in Rio this month, in athletics, swimming, judo, table tennis and weightlifting.
Mischievous Phelps leaves door ajar for sixth Games
A mischievous Michael Phelps hinted the Rio Games may not be his last. The most decorated Olympian of all-time said on Wednesday he is excited his infant son Boomer would be in the stands to watch "the potential" last races of his career.
Focused Indian archers to skip Rio Games opening ceremony
Focused on winning their first ever Olympic medal, the Indian archers will skip the much-awaited opening ceremony of the Rio Games on Friday.
Military training helps Pakistani shooters reach Rio Olympics
Two members of the small Pakistani contingent participating at the Rio Olympics have the country's military to thank for much of their training.
NBA D-League tryouts: Will Punjab's Palpreet leave a lasting impression?
Palpreet Singh Brar, standing 6'9 can be an intimidating figure. But sit with him for a chat and his easy-going demeanor and straight-faced humour will have you alter any perceptions harboured of the 21-year-old.
IOC nod for Russians: 11 boxers, 29 swimmers cleared for Rio Games
All 11 Russian boxers who qualified for the Rio Olympics have been given the all clear to compete at the Games, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said on Thursday.
The Olympic Quotient III
Check out Bikash Mohapatra's Olympic Quotient III!
American rivals to feel 'full wrath' of lightning quick Bolt
Usain Bolt is promising to let American sprinter Justin Gatlin "feel his full wrath" as he zones in on an unprecedented treble-treble of gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
India's woman wonders at the Olympics
Rediff.com presents India's Olympic wonder-women...
PHOTOS: Torch alights on Rio shore ahead of Olympic opening
After a 20,000-km (12,400-mile) journey through the vast nation, the torch crossed Guanabara Bay in a sailboat piloted by former medalists, in a nod to one of the competitions where the host country has claimed Olympic glory.
August 03, 2016
Shooters face headaches all of their own at Rio Games
Security concerns around the Olympics present a unique set of headaches for the shooters.
Rio Games: Pokemon chasing proves costly for Japanese Olympian
Kohei Uchimura's bid to become the first gymnast in more than 40-years to win back-to-back Olympic all-around gymnastics golds began with a costly error as his as addiction to Pokemon Go landed him with a near $5,000 phone bill.
Wolfsburg's Draxler going to Arsenal?
Julian Draxler has said he wants to leave German side VfL Wolfsburg, a month after the club claimed he was "100 percent certain" to stay.
Swimming champ Phelps to be US team flag bearer at Rio Games
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 18 gold medals among his career haul of 22, will carry the US flag in Friday's opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.
Vijender rises to No 10 in WBO rankings
Vijender Singh broke into the World Boxing Organisation's (WBO) rankings at No 10 after being crowned its Asia Pacific super middleweight champion in Delhi last month.
All you wanted to know about the Rio Olympics venues
The battle for Olympic medals will take place in 32 venues in Rio de Janeiro.
Check out the Rio Games schedule
Find below a detailed look at the Rio Olympics schedule.
'Narsingh will go to Rio and return with gold'
'We have ensured that whatever he eats or drinks comes in a packaged form and is thoroughly checked.'
Nadal confirms he will play at Rio 2016
Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will play at Rio 2016 despite suffering with a wrist injury as he prepares for the Olympic Games.
Bolt invites favela kids to training base in Rio
Access to Usain Bolt has been scarce for the media desperate to speak with arguably the biggest star of the Rio 2016 Games as he prepares to defend his three Olympic titles.
World wrestling body clears Narsingh for Rio
Wreslter Narsingh Yadav's chances of participating in the Rio Games have been boosted after the United World Wrestling, gave him a clean chit.
Copacabana beach perfect setting for volleyball
They have played for Olympic gold in parks, next to car parks and on royal parade grounds, but at the Rio Games beach volleyball will actually be played -- on a beach.
Brazil to deploy military to tourist sites, stadium
Brazil said on Tuesday it was deploying the military to patrol the emblematic tourist sites in Rio de Janeiro to guard against the "minimal" chance of an attack, though security at the Olympic stadium appeared slack three days before the Games.
8 legends to watch in Rio
In Rio, over 10,000 athletes will compete for the biggest prize in sport -- an Olympic gold medal.
PIX: Indians upbeat at welcome ceremony in Rio
A short display of Brazilian culture, including their music and dance, greeted the Indian contingent at the formal Welcome Ceremony in the Games Village for the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Why this swimmer plans to shun social media...
Emily Seebohm is turning off the Twitter taps, and saying farewell to Facebook, as the Australian swimmer seeks success at this month's Rio Olympics.
Australia and US rivals ready for Rio duel
The big beasts of Olympic swimming have rolled into Rio, with Michael Phelps and the mighty US team following their Australian rivals, and the buzz of expectation is building.
Will Pele light the Olympic flame at opening ceremony?
Pele has been invited to light the Olympic flame at the Rio Games on Friday but the Brazilian soccer great is checking with his sponsors to see if he is free to lead the torch ceremony in the Maracana stadium.
Another dope shock for Indian athlete?
If reports are to be believed, a renowned track and field athlete from Haryana has failed a dope test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) last month.
'Shadow of death' hangs over Rio before Games
A sharp increase in police killings has cast "a shadow of death" over Rio de Janeiro as it prepares to host the Olympic Games, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
Rio Olympics: Government assures support to Narsingh
Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday said that the government will provide all support to help dope-cleared wrestler Narsingh Yadav represent the country at the forthcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
August 02, 2016
Rukna Nahi Hai... a tribute to the Rio-bound athletes
A record contingent of 121 athletes, including 54 women, will represent India at the Rio Olympics.
Will WADA give all clear to Narsingh for Rio Olympics?
A day after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was exonerated of doping charges by the National Anti-doping Agency (NADA), its parent world body WADA said that it will review the case.
Shot putter Inderjeet fails 'B' sample test too; Rio hopes virtually over
Shot putter Inderjeet Singh's confirmatory B sample also returned positive for banned substances, virtually ending his hopes to compete in the Rio Olympics.
How childhood beating led Serugo to Rio Games
Ronald Serugo had a thought beaten into him - some boxing skills might be good.
Lego presents Olympic model of Rio city ahead of games
Lego, the world's biggest toymaker, has developed a large model of Rio de Janeiro city to celebrate the host of the 2016 Olympic Games, set to open in a few days.
India will win 1 gold. How true are these Rio predictions?
The world's two largest economies, the United States and China, will again win most gold medals at the Olympics and Britain will push Russia into third place in the overall standings, Goldman Sachs predicted in a survey released on Monday.
Meet Gaurika Singh, the youngest Olympian at Rio 2016
The youngest athlete at Rio 2016, swimmer Gaurika Singh, has only just become a teenager. However, she is a 13-year-old with some decidedly serious life experiences.
Rio opening ceremony will represent a slice of life in Brazil
The Rio de Janeiro Olympics opening ceremony on Friday will break with the recent tradition of large-scale and expensive shows, featuring a low-emissions cauldron and an "analogue" experience, executive producer Marco Balich said on Monday.
World's 'Second Fittest Woman' ready for Rio
Australian weightlifter Tia-Clair Toomey is unlikely to win a medal at the Rio Olympics but she can claim to be the fittest woman there.
PHOTOS: Sania, TT squad at Rio Games Village
Tennis star Sania Mirza arrived at the Games Village of the Rio Olympics and so did the table tennis squad while the Indian hockey team won its practice match against Spain.
Meet the seven smallest nations at the Rio Olympics
An astounding 11,400 athletes will travel from more than 200 countries to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Quotient II
Quizmaster Bikash Mohapatra is back with the second Olympic Quotient!
August 01, 2016
'I was on the right side and confident of getting justice'
A relieved Narsingh Yadav has said he is eager to go to the Olympics now and win a medal for the country.
Sushil and coach make dramatic u-turn on Narsingh
Ace wrestler Sushil Kumar's coach Satpal Singh made a complete U-turn on his stance against Narsingh Yadav after the latter was cleared of dope charges by WADA on Monday.
NADA clears Narsingh in dope scandal, says wrestler a victim of sabotage
Tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav was exonerated of doping charges by the National Anti-Doping Agency panel, probing the positive tests on his urine samples on Monday. It ruled "there is no negligence on the athlete's part and he is a victim of sabotage".
India marksman Nanjappa battles career-threatening illness to Rio Games
Indian shooter Prakash Nanjappa will compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games three years after being told by doctors that his career was over.
India's hockey coach complains about facilities at Olympic Village
The Indian hockey teams at the Olympics are facing a shortage of chairs and Television sets at the Games Village and chief coach Roelant Oltmans has complained that the players' apartments are not properly furnished.
Why IOC is defending Russian presence in Rio...
Partial sanctions against Russian athletes over the country's state-run doping system are preliminary, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Sunday, defending the organisation's position amid vocal criticism.
Will 'distracted' Mahrez stay with EPL champions Leicester?
Speculation about a possible transfer to Premier League rivals Arsenal has unsettled LeicesterCity winger Riyad Mahrez, manager Claudio Ranieri has said.
How troubled Rio Games are finally coming together...
Rio de Janeiro will deliver a successful Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Sunday, despite delays in preparations, lack of funds and the country suffering from its biggest political and economic turmoil in decades.
Rio theft: Computer, shirts stolen from Australia's Olympic village
Team shirts and a laptop computer belonging to a cycling official have been stolen from the Australian building in the athletes' village at the Rio Olympics, team chief Kitty Chiller said on Sunday.
PIX: India's latest check-ins at the Rio Olympics village
Promising gymnast Dipa Karmakar, the women's hockey team and shooter Heena Sidhu on Sunday checked into the Olympic Village to further boost the Indian contingent at the Rio Games beginning on August 5.
India's London Olympics heroes... Where are they now?
These athletes made India proud four years ago.
July 31, 2016
Sindhu will take it one game at a time at the Rio Olympics
Adapting to the conditions in Rio and changing on-court strategy in match situation will be the key to success, according to ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu, who is aiming to add an Olympic medal to her two World Championship bronze medals.
First-ever refugee team ascends to Rio's Christ statue
Members of the first-ever Olympic refugee team visited Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ statue Saturday, with smiles as wide as their arms were outstretched, imitating the landmark's open embrace as they posed for photos.
Two Russians appeal ban from Rio Olympics
Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev have launched an appeal against the ruling banning them from next month's Rio Olympic Games even though they have never failed a doping test.
PM conveys best to Rio contingent, says 200 Olympians target for 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished luck to the Rio-bound Indian contingent and exuded confidence that they will not only clinch medals but also win hearts with their conduct during the Olympic Games starting on August 5.
July 30, 2016
The wait continues! Narsingh's doping verdict deferred to Monday...
The suspense over wrestler Narsingh Yadav's participation in the Rio Olympic Games was prolonged further after the National Anti-Doping Agency deferred its final verdict on the doping scandal to Monday.
Gameiro joins Atletico from Sevilla on four-year deal
French striker Kevin Gameiro has joined Atletico Madrid on a four-year deal from fellow La Liga side Sevilla, the Champions League finalists said on Saturday.
Rosberg on pole for home German grand prix
Nico Rosberg will start his home German Grand Prix on Sunday from pole position after setting the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday.
Why this US sailor is cleaning Rio's bay before Olympics
Bobbing on Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay in a blue and white fishing boat, American sailor Brad Funk uses a plastic bin to scoop rubbish from the waters where Olympic sailing races will take place next month.
Rogers Cup: Wawrinka, Nishikori in last four; Halep, Kerber to face off
Swiss second seed Stan Wawrinka advanced into the semi-finals at the Rogers Cup with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 victory over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson at the Aviva Centre in Toronto on Friday.
FIFA probe: Ex-Guatemalan chief pleads guilty to US bribery charges
A former president of Guatemala's football federation pleaded guilty on Friday to charges he received bribes to award lucrative media and marketing rights for football matches, the latest development in the US corruption investigation into world football's governing body FIFA.
Australia team safe after Rio Olympic Village fire evacuation
The Australian team said they evacuated their building at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro because of a fire in the basement on Friday, one week before the Games open.
Russian weightlifters barred from Rio Games
Russia's weightlifting team has been barred from competing at the Rio Olympics in August over doping offences, the sport's governing federation said on Friday.
Indian contingent settling into the Olympic Village in Rio
With the much-awaited Olympic Games getting underway next week, the Indian contingent members have begun trickling into the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro.
July 29, 2016
Indian Hockey teams arrive in Rio with Olympic glory in sight
Determined to put up a top-notch performance at the 2016 Olympic Games, the Indian men and women's hockey teams arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
F1 tightens flag rules for qualifying
Formula One qualifying will be halted under "double-yellow" conditions starting during this weekend's German Grand Prix in a tightening of rules aimed at avoiding a repeat of the controversy surrounding Nico Rosberg's pole in Hungary.
Soccer: Northern Irish striker Lafferty charged for betting
Norwich City and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has been charged with a betting offence, the Football Association said on Friday.
Will Narsingh be left off with only a warning?
A day after Narsingh Yadav's dope scandal hearing completed, there was no clarity over when the NADA's Anti-Doping Disciplinary Penal will announce its final verdict, which will decide the wrestler's Rio Olympics fate.
AIBA disappointed with elections delay in Indian boxing
"Disappointed" with India for not holding elections to form a new boxing federation despite specific deadlines, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has set September 25 as the "final" cut-off for the country to have a new body.
South African swimmer Le Clos plays mind games with champion Phelps
Ahead of his much-anticipated clash with the celebrated Michael Phelps at the Olympics Aquatics Stadium in Barra da Tijuca, South African Chad Le Clos has announced that he's the best out there.
'Archer Champia's experience would have come handy at Rio Games'
Former Olympian and chief coach Limba Ram says the Archery Association of India has done 'grave injustice' to Mangal Singh Champia, who was denied a place in the team for the Rio Olympics.
Rogers Cup: Sania-Martina storm into quarters; Bopanna ousted
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis produced a sublime performance as they marched into the quarter-finals of the women's doubles event at Rogers Cup in Toronto on Friday.
WHO chief going to the Olympics, says Zika risk low
The risk of Zika virus infections at the Olympic Games is both low and manageable, the chief of the World Health Organisation said on Friday, a week before the event kicks off in Rio de Janeiro.
I am a living legend, says Usain Bolt
By his own charismatic admission, Usain Bolt is a living legend.
Rio Olympic torch relay riot deepens woes
Barely a week before the Rio Olympics opening ceremony, organisers are scrambling to put the final pieces in place.
Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas.
July 28, 2016
'I am hopeful that the NADA panel will give a right decision'
Despite not having enough evidence to prove the allegations of a sabotage, Narsingh Yadav put up a brave face sounding hopeful that the NADA panel will give a proper verdict on his doping scandal.
Narsingh to learn his fate on Saturday or Monday
The suspense over wrestler Narsingh Yadav's Olympic participation was on Thursday prolonged further after the National Anti-Doping Agency deferred its final verdict on the doping scandal surrounding him to Saturday or Monday at the end of a two-day hearing in New Delhi.
Indian athletes start arriving in batches in Rio for Olympics
With little over a week left for the beginning of Rio Olympics, the Indian athletes have started arriving in batches here for the sporting extravaganza.
Police team visits SAI centre to probe Narsingh's dope case
A police team on Thursday visited the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre here to hold investigations in the wake of Dope scandal allegedly involving embattled Narsingh Yadav ahead of his proposed Olympic run.
Nadal's injury situation "delicate", says Ferrer
Rafa Nadal's injury situation is "delicate" ahead of the Rio Olympics, according to Spanish team mate David Ferrer. 'Narsingh can replace Rana after green signal by NADA'
The Indian Olympics Association (IOA), on Thursday, said that it will not object to wrestler Narsingh Yadav replacing Praveen Rana in the Rio Olympics if he is cleared by NADA in an ongoing dope scandal.
How the Rio Olympics ban has affected these Russian athletes
Here is the current state of play among the 28 Olympic sports.
India's long-serving national boxing coach hints at retirement
He stopped short of saying retirement but India's long-serving national boxing coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu has hinted at stepping down from his position after next month's Olympics, saying that he wants to 'rest' post the Rio campaign.
Usain Bolt arrives in Rio for shot at immortality
Jamaica's Usain Bolt has landed in Rio de Janeiro more than a week before the Olympics opening ceremony to fine tune his preparations for his attempt at an unprecedented triple-triple of gold medals in the men's sprints.
How Russia's synchro stars provide bright contrast their doping scandal
Two namesake coaches who have propelled Russian synchronised swimming to one medal after another hope to blow rivals out of the water once again at the Rio Olympic Games.
No thanks for the London memories, says Campbell
Australian swimming has moved on from the debacle in the London pool four years ago and it's 'disrespectful' to keep reminding the Olympic team about it in the leadup to Rio de Janeiro, 100 metres freestyle world record holder Cate Campbell has said.
Unsung Olympic heroes return to take limelight
Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite will be favourite to defend her Olympic title when modern pentathlon enjoys a rare share of the global sporting spotlight on the final weekend of the Rio Games.
Wrestling federation satisfied with Narsingh's hearing
Narsingh Yadav's chances of representing India at the upcoming Olympics might have diminished further after a second failed dope test but the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is still hopeful of a favourable verdict by the NADA panel, saying that his lawyers, on Wednesday, presented a strong case.
July 27, 2016
Shot putter Inderjeet's June 29 sample is clean: Sources
The dope sample of shot putter Inderjeet Singh taken on June 29 during National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Hyderabad has returned clean but the case relating to his earlier A sample which came out positive still stands, according to sources.
Green Tribunal refuses to order demolition of Siri Fort Sports Complex
The National Green Tribunal has refused to order demolition of the Siri Fort Sports Complex, including its squash and badminton courts, in Delhi, but held that the entire complex and its various constructed portions would not be put to any kind of commercial use or non-sport activities.
Why most Brazilians believe Rio Olympics will hurt the country
Around 60 percent of Brazilians believe the games, expected to cost about 40 billion reais ($12.2 billion), will bring more harm than good to Brazil, while 32 percent believe the games will bring more benefits to the country than losses.
After creating history Neeraj eyes Tokyo Olympics
Disappointed but not disheartened to miss out on a Rio Olympic berth, sensational javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, on Wednesday, said he is looking to put in the hard yards to earn India a medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
IAAF to Russia: Rio athletics ban will stand
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has received a reply from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), saying the exclusion of Russian track-and-field athletes from the Rio Olympics cannot be reversed, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
NADA to decide Narsingh's fate on Thursday
Narsingh Yadav's chances of making it to the Olympics will be known on Thursday. The National Anti-Doping Agency's disciplinary panel adjourned its hearing on the dope scandal surrounding the wrestler on Wednesday evening, even as he failed a second dope test and lodged a police complaint against two fellow-grapplers.
Narsingh's doping scandal reaches police
The alleged conspiracy in the Narsingh Yadav dope scandal began to unravel, on Wednesday, with the wrestler identifying two fellow grapplers as the saboteurs,
Man who 'spiked' Narsingh Yadav's food identified?
The man who could have possibly 'spiked' wrestler Narsingh Yadav's food supplements has been identified.
First time at the Olympics... they offer hope at Rio
Meet first-time Indian athletes hoping to make an impression in Rio.
Why Sushil Kumar cannot go to Rio...
Sushil Kumar later ruled himself out of the running to take Narsingh's spot at Rio.
Olympics boxing: New dawn, same old controversy
The professionals, whose arrival ends 112 years of amateur exclusivity but continues the sport's long tradition of controversy, will be harder to spot.
Praveen Rana named replacement but there is hope for Narsingh
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) of India has replaced Narsingh Yadav with Praveen Rana in the 74kg category of wrestling for Rio Olympics.
Narsingh's Olympic dreams all but over!
Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday said that doors are almost shut for dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav to go to Rio Olympics and said it is time for the conspiracy theories to stop.
Narsingh fails second dope test; Rio Olympics hopes fade
Narsingh Yadav's hopes of competing in the Rio Olympics appeared bleak after he failed a second dope test, which was conducted on his samples on July 5.
Which is the toughest sport at the Olympic Games?
An Olympic event since 1900, water polo has recently been gaining in popularity across the United States but has a long tradition in Eastern Europe, whose national men's teams are perennial medal contenders.
'Drug cheats will compete in Rio Olympics'
Russian drug cheats will be competing at next month's Rio Olympics, the whistleblowers who helped uncover the country's doping scandal have told the BBC.
Can Brazil end the long wait for elusive gold?
There are 28 sports at the Olympics but many home fans will be happy if the hosts win just one as their young soccer team seek to finally secure the only international title that has so far eluded Brazil.
Now Maharashtra CM bats for Narsingh
Raising doubts on the possibility of foul play in the Narsingh Yadav doping scandal, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hinted the wrestler may have been 'tricked or framed', while asking the Union Sports Minister to look into the case.
July 26, 2016
Wrong to point fingers at us, says Sushil Kumar's coach
Rubbishing rumours that he had engineered the dope fiasco surrounding Olympic-bound Narsingh Yadav, a fuming Satpal Singh said it was wrong to point fingers at him and his protege without any proof.
Did Putin play a role in getting Russian judo team approval for Rio Games?
The International Judo Federation -- which lists Russian President Vladimir Putin as its honorary president -- will allow the sport's Russian squad to participate in the Olympics, its head told Reuters on Tuesday.
What's the easiest thing to win at Rio Olympics?
Rio can still pull off a dazzling Games, but organizers are scrambling to sell some 1.7 million tickets, or 28 percent of the scaled-back total made available for sale.
Can Froome add Olympic gold to Tour triumph?
Bradley Wiggins has backed Chris Froome to emulate his 2012 Tour de France and Olympic time trial double success but felt his former Sky team mate's task is more difficult as next month's Games are in Rio de Janeiro.
No promotion, no sponsors but boxer Manoj keeps punching
A promotion promised six years back hasn't come through even now and the sponsors also never quite warmed up to him but Olympic-bound boxer Manoj Kumar says his stubborn streak prevented him from quitting the sport during what seemed like a never-ending dark phase.
Check out The Olympics Quotient
Presenting an interactive quiz on the greatest sporting show on earth.
Dutee Chand: What a runner! What a life!
Behind sprinter Dutee Chand's rise is a hidden journey filled with pain and hardship.
Yogeshwar throws his weight behind Narsingh
Olympic medal winning wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt joined the chorus of support for Narsingh Yadav, caught in a dope scandal, saying that the matter should be investigated thoroughly.
Australia hails quick fix of problems in athletes' village
Australia's Olympic delegation in Rio de Janeiro said on Monday that organizers had made "fantastic" progress in fixing problems with unfinished housing, although officials admitted that only two-thirds of the buildings had passed full safety checks.
IOC has 'no interest in clean sport'
A Russian whistleblower who helped uncover the biggest doping scandal in decades has told Reuters that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is more concerned about protecting the organisation than ridding world sport of drugs cheats.
Brazil hope to kick sand in US face
Home favourites Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca will be out to prove American Kerri Walsh Jennings's dream of a fourth successive Olympic gold is built on sand when beach volleyball returns to its spiritual home at the iconic Copacabana beach.
Shot putter Inderjeet too fails dope test; cries conspiracy
Just a few days after wrestler Narshing Yadav was caught for doping, another Rio Olympics qualified athlete Inderjeet Singh, a shot putter, has failed a dope test.
Will China's Wu become the most decorated female Olympic diver?
China's Wu Minxia will make her bid to become the most decorated female Olympic diver at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Phelps, the greatest Olympian? No, says historian
An Olympic historian disagrees with a widely held consensus that American swimmer Michael Phelps is the greatest ever Olympian.
July 25, 2016
FIFA ethics panel bans ex-head of German FA for one year
FIFA's Ethics Committee has banned Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the German Football Association, for one year for failing to report potential misconduct surrounding the award of the 2006 soccer World Cup in Germany.
Seven Russian swimmers ineligible for Rio Games: FINA
FINA has ruled that seven Russian swimmers, including breaststroke medal hopeful Yulia Efimova, are ineligible to compete in the Rio Olympics, world swimming's governing body said on Monday.
Former India footballer Marto Gracias passes away
Former India football player Marto Gracias died in Mumbai on Sunday following a cardiac arrest, according to informed sources.
'Narsingh's Rio dreams virtually over; no chance for Sushil too'
Sports Minister Vijay Goel has hinted that Narsingh Yadav's prospects of participating in the Rio Olympics is virtually over, but said the wrestler will be given a fair chance to defend himself.
Exclusive! Narsingh Yadav speaks out!
'My roommate and training partner Sandeep (Yadav) has also tested positive, which has confirmed my suspicion.'
Russian whistleblower out of Rio Games after controversial decision
Yulia Stepanova, the key whistleblower in the Russian doping scandal that almost led to her country being completely excluded from the Rio de Janeiro Games, will miss the Olympics after the runner was controversially ruled out due to her doping past.
Kremlin hails IOC decision to allow clean Russian athletes at Rio
The Kremlin said on Monday it welcomed the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which allowed clean Russian sportspeople to compete in next month's Rio Olympics.
Here is how Sushil reacted to Narsingh Yadav's positive dope test...
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has said the dope scandal surrounding fellow wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was picked ahead of him for the Rio Olympics, is "unfortunate".
Phelps, Bolt will not be the only big stories at Rio Olympics
When record Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the king of sprinting Usain Bolt resume their hunt for world records and gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month they will not be the only big stories in town.
What spurs this Indian boxer to triumph at Rio Olympics...
Vikas Krishan Yadav has learned from the bitterest experience that he can leave nothing to chance in the Olympic ring and it is a lesson the Indian boxer will carry with him to the Rio Games.
Wrestling federation throws its weight behind Narsingh
The Wrestling Federation of India, on Monday, threw its weight behind Narsingh Yadav, whose Olympic participation is in serious doubt after a failed dope test, saying the grappler is a victim of conspiracy.
PHOTOS: Rio scrambles to be ready for Olympics as athletes arrive
Olympic organizers are still scrambling to finish everything from a beach volleyball venue to a new subway line, set to open just days before the opening ceremony. At the village, where lines formed Sunday as athletes began checking in, work crews were still making last minute repairs.
Why this long jumper is calling IOC 'spineless'
Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has branded the International Olympic Committee's decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russia at next month's Rio Games as "spineless" and expressed surprise that more athletes were not speaking out.
'Failed test of Narsingh's roommate raises suspicion'
With Narsingh Yadav's roommate Sandeep Yadav at the Sports Authority of India Sonepat camp also testing positive for the same banned substance, Wrestling Federation of India said that it strengthens the conspiracy theory and indicates at a clear case of sabotage.
Why Australians are staying away from Olympics Village
The Australian Olympic team refused to move in to Rio de Janeiro's village for athletes on Sunday, saying the accommodation was "not safe or ready" for next month's games."
PHOTOS: Rio Olympics open doors at Athletes Village
Athletes Village opens officially, on Sunday, meaning 10,500 athletes and another 7,000 staff members will start trickling into the luxurious layout.
Tour de France: Froome seals great status with third title
Briton Chris Froome cemented his status as one of the greatest Tour de France riders when he secured his third title on Sunday after a three-week rocky ride.
Here's why WADA is 'disappointed' by IOC decision on Russia
The International Olympic Committee's decision to reject calls to ban all Russian competitors from the Rio Olympics could lead to "lesser protection for clean athletes," the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Sunday.
Russian Olympic team has 13 athletes with doping history
Russia's Olympic team has 13 sportspeople with a history of doping, R-Sport news agency quoted Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov as saying on Monday.
July 24, 2016
IOC will not impose blanket ban on Russia for Rio Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record but will leave decisions on individual athletes' participation with their sports federations, it said on Sunday.
How Sushil reacted to Narsingh's failed dope test
Sushil, who is yet to make a formal statement on the matter, put out a cryptic tweet after the controversy broke out.
It's a conspiracy against me: Narsingh
His Olympic dream in jeopardy after a failed dope test, wrestler Narsingh Yadav claimed innocence, saying that the scandal is a conspiracy against him.
Javelin thrower Chopra creates history
Neeraj Chopra scripted history by smashing the junior world record in javelin throw en route to a gold medal with a stunning effort of 86.48m at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Meet the second oldest Aussie to make Olympic debut
Sixteen years after being an unused reserve at her home Sydney Olympics, Australian rider Sue Hearn will finally make her Games debut at the age of 60 in Rio.
'Narsingh has brought shame to India,' says Sushil's coach
With Narsingh's participation in serious doubt, Aruneel Sadadekar/Rediff.com spoke exclusively to Sushil Kumar's coach Satpal Singh.
Big Blow! 'Rio-bound wrestler Narsingh fails dope test'
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) Director General Navin Agarwal confirmed that they found two samples taken fromNarsingh Yadav positive for dope.
Dipa Karmakar: Vaulting from primitive beginnings to the Olympics
As the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar knows she has to pull off something spectacular if she wants the world to take notice.
This mother and son are out to make history in Rio
The Rio Olympics will be the eighth Games for Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze, but it will be the first time when she will be joined by a very special team mate - her own son.
July 23, 2016
Vijender calls on the country to pray for Rio-bound athletes
Worried about the administrative logjam in Indian boxing, recently-crowned WBO Asia Pacific champion Vijender Singh pleaded with the officials to put together a new federation at the earliest for the sake of country's pugilists.
Brazil holds terror suspects, seeks leads about possible Olympic threat
Brazil held 10 presumed Islamist militants in isolation cells at a maximum security jail on Friday as police combed their computers and mobile phones for information about possible threats to next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Phelps hoping Rio swansong hits the right notes
Having ended his career once in London on what he considered a sour note, Michael Phelps enters the Rio de Janeiro Olympics pool for his second swansong determined to bow out on his own terms.
Sports can be a means for national integration, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for promotion of sports in the country, saying that this can go a long way in helping national integration.
Bolt shines on London return but hurdler Harrison takes the glory
Usain Bolt delivered on his top billing by winning the 200metres at the London Diamond League on Friday but the Jamaican was upstaged for once as American sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison broke one of the oldest world records in the book.
July 22, 2016
ISL final row: FC Goa's fine reduced, 15-point penalty revoked
In a massive reprieve for FC Goa, the Appeals Panel of Indian Super League, on Friday, revoked the 15-point penalty imposed on the club for "bringing disrepute" to the event following last year's final besides reducing the Rs 11 crore fine and lifting the ban on the franchise owners.
45 Beijing and London Games athletes test positive after retest: IOC
Forty-five athletes have failed dope tests after their samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games were re-analysed, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.
Russia's Olympics ban will scare drug cheats, says Bolt
The ban on Russia's track and field athletes from the Rio Games will scare drug cheats and help cleaning up the sport, Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt said.
Brazil arrests 10 for 'amateur' terror plot against Rio Olympics
Brazil arrested 10 people on Thursday suspected of belonging to a poorly organised group supporting Islamic State (IS) and discussing terrorist acts during the next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
July 21, 2016
Saina seeded No. 5 at Rio Olympics; Sindhu 9
India's No 1 shuttler Saina Nehwal has been seeded fifth and compatriot P V Sindhu ninth in the women's singles at the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the men's draw, Kidambi Srikanth, who is ranked world No 11, is seeded ninth.
Why Indian boxing is taking a beating
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu explains how the administrative mess in Indian boxing is hurting.
Why Putin won't fire sports minister over doping scandal
The reason: Vitaly Mutko has delivered victories on the sports field for the past decade and a half to match Putin's ambition of restoring national pride, and the Russian leader stands by the people who give him loyal service.
South Africa to appeal Pistorius six-year murder sentence: Radio 702
The South African government will appeal Oscar Pistorius's six-year murder sentence, Talk Radio 702 said on Thursday.
Russia's appeal against Rio Olympics athletics ban rejected
The ruling by the CAS, sport's highest tribunal, will be taken into consideration by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as it ponders whether to impose a blanket ban on Russia from all sports.
China asks Rio-bound athletes to sign no-drugs pledge
China has asked Olympic-bound athletes and coaches to sign a pledge not to use banned drugs and pass a written test, as it seeks to enforce its zero-tolerance stance on doping, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
Usain Bolt targets third sprint sweep to close Olympic chapter
Usain Bolt is determined to concrete his legacy by capping eight years of sprint dominance by defending his 100, 200 and 4x100 metres relay titles in Rio in what he has said will be his final Olympics.
July 20, 2016
What connects Barca star Neymar and Deepika Padukone?
Vin Diesel is back in the xXx movie franchise and this time he returns with not one, but two beautiful surprises in the film.
Premier Futsal: Kolkata 5's, Bengaluru 5's settle for 1-1 draw
In a match that witnessed some twists and an orange card flashed, two strong sides Bengaluru 5's and Kolkata 5's settled for a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested game on the second day of the Goa leg of the Premier Futsal in Mapusa, Goa on Wednesday.
Tour de France: Zakarin wins 17th stage, Froome keeps lead
Chris Froome took another big step towards a third Tour de France title when he dropped his main rivals in the finale of the 17th stage, a 184-km mountain trek won by Russian Ilnur Zakarin on Wednesday.
Gymnastics judges banned over flawed judgements
Three gymnastics judges have been banned and five more given warnings for biased or unsatisfactory scoring at recent events, the sport's world governing body announced on Wednesday.
Dola hopeful of Indian archers breaking Olympics jinx at Rio
Former World champion Dola Banerjee expects India's archers to break their Olympics medal jinx at the Rio de Janeiro gathering from August 5 to 21.
'IOC reluctant' to ban Russia for Rio Olympics'
The IOC seems reluctant to ban the entire Russian team from next month's Olympic Games, despite mounting concern over doping violations, the co-author of the report that led to Russia's ban from track and field events said on Wednesday.
Refugee athletes get sponsorship at Rio Olympics
Visa Inc, operator of the world's largest payments network, said on Wednesday it had signed sponsorship deals with all ten members of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) refugee team, essentially becoming their first corporate sponsor.
Why Ethiopia ignored this Olympic gold medallist for Rio Games...
Triple Olympic gold medal winner Kenenisa Bekele said he was bitterly disappointed to be left out of Ethiopia's team for the Rio Olympics and blamed members of the country's athletics federation he said knew nothing of the sport.
What Indian shuttlers must do to win medals at Rio...
India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says the draw hardly matters if the shuttlers are focused on gunning for a medal at the Olympics. He believes that it will boil down to two good back-to-back matches under pressure to earn a medal at the Rio Games, starting August 5.
Why this Kenyan runner is going the distance for Israel...
Chemtai, a diminutive 27-year-old and a marathon novice, gained Israeli citizenship earlier this year through her coach, Dan Salpeter, after the two married in Kenya. They will be in Rio next month.
Why Rio risks empty Olympic legacy...
The largest athlete's village in the history of the Games is a visceral monument to now-faded optimism. Planned when Brazil was booming, its harnessing of private sector wealth was meant to set the gold standard for a sustainable Olympics. Instead, the worst recession in generations pushed the luxury apartments out of reach.
Why Cavendish pulled out of Tour de France...
Britain's Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Tour de France to manage his workload ahead of the Rio Olympics, his Dimension Data team said in a statement on Tuesday.
When will Tiger get out of the Woods?
Tiger Woods has shut it down for the rest of the professional golf season, bringing into question his playing future as the best golfer of his generation will be away from the sport for over a year when, and if, he returns.
IS threat to Rio Olympics: Brazil to deploy 85,000 troops
'All threats related to the Rio 2016 Games are being meticulously investigated, particularly those related to terrorism.'
July 19, 2016
IOC delays decision on banning Russia from Rio Olympics
Russia's participation in the Rio Olympics remains in the balance on Tuesday after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would 'explore legal options' for banning the country from the Games.
AFI fumes at discus thrower Punia for training in Russia ahead of Olympics
Top discus thrower Seema Punia's decision to train in Russia to prepare for the Rio Olympics has left the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) fuming as that country is now at the centre of an unprecedented doping scandal.
Why half of Brazil is opposed to hosting the Olympics
The Datafolha polling institute survey published in the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper also found that 63 percent of those asked in the latest poll think the Olympics will bring more costs than benefits, up from 38 percent three years ago.
China says expects tough challenge for medals at Rio
China expects strong pressure to win medals at next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro from teams which have begun to better challenge its dominance in sports like badminton, state media said on Tuesday.
Sochi effect: Should Russian gymnasts be banned from Rio?
Russian gymnasts must be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games and not tarred with the same brush as the country's banned track and field athletes, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said on Monday.
Russian doping's first casualty
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suspended Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh, who was named in a report on the doping of Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the government said on Monday.
How the world of sport reacted to Russian doping
Here are some reactions from the world of sport on of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Will IOC chief Bach step up and do what's right?
Thomas Bach's response to a report that found Russia concealed hundreds of positive doping tests ahead of the Sochi Winter Games will determine his legacy as International Olympic Committee president, athletes leaders said on Monday.
Why are these wrestlers suing WWE?
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc was sued on Monday by Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and dozens of other retired male and female wrestlers seeking to hold it responsible for neurological injuries they claimed to suffer by participating in its bouts.
PHOTOS: It's crazy, chaotic at Tour de France!
Highlights from all the stages of the the Tour de France cycling race.
IOC vows 'toughest sanctions' on Russian athletes and organisations
With the Rio Olympics less than three weeks away, the IOC on Monday promised "the toughest sanctions available" after a report found Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping tests in many sports ahead of the Sochi winter Games.
July 18, 2016
Tour de France: Sagan pips Kristoff for third stage win
World champion Peter Sagan claimed his third 2016 Tour de France stage victory when he pipped Alexander Kristoff on the line at the end of the 16th stage, a 209-km ride from Moirans-en-Montagne on Monday.
WADA says IOC should consider ban on Russian athletes in Rio
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday recommended that the IOC and International Paralympic Committee should consider banning all athletes entered by the Russian Olympic Committee for next month's Rio Olympics.
Spotlight on Salman Khan at IOA's Olympic contingent send-off
The Indian Olympic contingent was given a warm send-off on Monday, but it was Bollywood actor and IOA's Goodwill Ambassador Salman Khan who turned out to be the cynosure of all eyes, instead of the 20-odd Rio-bound athletes present on the occasion.
Russia helped cover up doping among its athletes at Sochi Games
Evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the Sochi Olympics was confirmed on Monday in a report by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Be careful what you wish for, Amir Khan warns Vijender
"Be careful what you wish for, kid", was British boxing star Amir Khan's response to Vijender Singh and his promoters as they proposed a possible showdown between the two in the coming months.
Thai badminton ace Ratchanok cleared of doping violation
World number four Ratchanok Intanon has been cleared of an anti-doping violation, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Monday, paving the way for the Thai medal hope to compete at the Rio Olympics.
Saudi Arabia to send four women to Rio Olympics
The Saudi Olympic Committee has approved four female Saudi athletes to compete as part of the conservative Gulf kingdom's team at the Rio Olympics, a spokesman said on Sunday.
Nadia still turning heads 40 years on from perfect 10
She was once the ponytailed Romanian teenager excited at the thought of owning coloured socks and eating bubble gum yet Nadia Comaneci went on to captivate the world by performing an Olympic feat that continues to stir the emotions four decades later.
Mary Kom 'excited' ahead of Parliament debut
'I am feeling so nervous. I will be among so many big politicians.'
Froome toying with Tour de France rivals
Chris Froome has been so strong on this year's Tour de France that at times he appears to have been toying with his rivals.
British Open: Stenson lands first major at Troon
Record-breaking Swede Henrik Stenson became the first Scandinavian male to capture a major when he won the British Open on Sunday, beating Phil Mickelson in an extraordinary final-round duel.
July 17, 2016
Vijender hints at showdown with Amir Khan
Elated and exhausted in equal measure after being crowned the WBO Asia Pacific champion, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh says he will savour the triumph for a while before looking at the possibility of a showdown with Pakistan-origin British star Amir Khan, who is keen for a face-off with him.
PM Modi, President, Dhoni congratulate Vijender
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modicongratulated Vijender Singh on clinching the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight
Some athletes want total Russia ban if doping report damning
Several anti-doping agencies, including those of the United States and Canada, want a complete ban on Russia competing at the Rio Olympics if next week's key report into allegations of state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics is damning, they said on Saturday.
Tour de France: Cavendish powers to 30th win as Froome retains lead
Mark Cavendish claimed his 30th Tour de France victory and fourth in this year's race when he left sprint rival Marcel Kittel trailing at the end of the 14th stage on Saturday.
'I am sure Vijender will win a World title'
Vijender Singh's UK-based promoter Francis Warren tells Rediff.com's Harish Kotian that he can't wait to see the Indian boxing sensation get a chance to challenge for the World title.
What next for 'King' Vijender after smashing India debut
After becoming the first Indian to win a pro title, Vijender Singh said the real journey starts for him now in his quest to become the World champion in the professional circuit.
PHOTOS: Mary Kom, Rahul Gandhi, Sehwag in 'Vijender's corner'
Getting a ringside view of the action were Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Indian Premier League commissioner Rajiv Shukla, Olympic champion boxer MC Mary Kom, star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, cricketers Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.
July 16, 2016
Vijender wins WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title
In front of a packed arena, in his first pro bout that lasted all ten rounds, Vijender Singh beat Kerry Hopes 98-92-98-92 and 100-92 in a close contest to win the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title fight in New Delhi on Saturday.
Vijender: 'I'll look for a knockout early on'
In Australian Kerry Hope, Vijender Singh faces a plucky opponent who has the potential to surprise the home favourite
'Vijender will knock Hope out in 4 or 5 rounds'
'He has been in Bollywood movies, he has been in the Olympics three times, he has been all around the world fighting.'
Vijender 'prepared to fight 10 rounds' against Hope
'I have not fought in a 10-round fight before, but my training will help me give my best till the end.'
July 15, 2016
Tour de France: Dumoulin wins 13th stage; Froome extends overall lead
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) won the 13th stage of the Tour de France, a 37.5-km individual time trial from Bourg-Saint-Andeol on Friday.
'Indians are prepared for Zika virus'
The dreaded Zika virus may be of serious concern to some taking part in next month's Rio Olympics, but Indian shot put hopeful Inderjeet Singh just
Paddler Batra seeks ace shuttler Saina's advice
Given a chance national women's table tennis champion Manika Batra is keen to get tips from her idol, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, ahead of her debut in next month's Rio Olympic Games.
Why no Pakistan athletes have qualified for the Rio Olympics...
The seven participants due to represent Pakistan at next month's Games have all been given wildcard entries.
Tour de France continues in sober mood after Nice attack
The Tour de France continued in a low-key but defiant mood under heightened security on Friday, with riders, spectators and race officials observing a minute's silence for the scores of victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice.
Working on my half smashes to get closer to my goal: Saina
Bolstered by Australian Open triumph, India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal says she is now working on her half smashes under the watchful eyes of coach Vimal Kumar to get closer to the goal of winning a gold medal at next month's Rio Olympics.
Park is back and hopes to make a splash at Rio
Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan is confident of winning a medal at next month's Rio Games despite the lack of preparation time following his qualification drama.
Australian Kumar to miss Rio after failed dope test, to fight ban
Australian wrestler Vinod Kumar failed a doping test during an Olympic qualification event in Algeria in April and is set to be dropped from the team for the Rio Games.
'Vijender is poised to break into the big league'
'If a person whom Vijender had thrashed earlier is now a World champion, why can't Vijender be champion now too?'
July 14, 2016
Mickelson grabs golf history, equaling record-low 63
Phil Mickelson grabbed a piece of golf history at the British Open on Thursday, capturing a share of the record for the lowest score in a major championship -- and coming within fractions of an inch of taking the record outright.
Ronaldinho, Giggs in star-studded Premier Futsal
Football superstars Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will showcase their skills in front of Indian fans when the Premier Futsal begins amid hype and anticipation in Chennai on Friday.
Rio's Olympic security force complains of lack of pay, beds
Officers who form part of the security force for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are complaining about delayed salaries and unfurnished accommodations, where many are forced to sleep on the floor. Can't keep dwelling on the past: Bopanna on teaming with Paes
Forget the past and communicate as much as possible -- that's how Rohan Bopanna plans to make his partnership with Leander Paes click in next month's Olympics as he feels there is no point in holding on to the bitterness which has marred Indian tennis.
FIFA Rankings: Portugal climb two places; Wales, Iceland see big jump
Cristiano Ronaldo-led Euro 2016 champions, Portugal inched closer to the top-five after climbing two places to 6th in the FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.
Olympic medallist Vonn will watch Rio Games from home
Olympic gold medallist Lindsey Vonn has been spotted wearing eye-catching attire, and attending award functions.
USA's Felix hopes that the race in Rio is clean
The crackdown on athletes caught up in recent doping scandals is a step in the right direction for the sport, Allyson Felix says, but the American sprinter is still worried it will not be a level playing field at next month's Rio Olympics.
Despite rape probe, Cuba's volleyball team to compete at Olympics
The Cuban men's volleyball team will compete in the Rio Olympics despite the detention of six of its players in Finland over a suspected aggravated rape, an official at the National Sports Institute (INDER) said, according to website Cubadebate and other state-run news outlets on Wednesday.
The National Anthem inspires this Olympian
'I would not be running had it not been for the army.'
What the German sailors are worried about in Rio Olympics...
German Olympic sailors, one of whom was infected last year by a flesh-eating bacteria after a test run in Rio de Janeiro's sewage-tainted Guanabara Bay, said this week they are less worried about health risks than racing effectively in shifty winds and wild currents while avoiding floating debris.
Blanket ban on Russia for Olympics would not be fair: IOC chief
Athletes from one sport should not be punished for the sins of those from another, the IOC president said on Wednesday, cooling speculation that Russia could be banned from the Olympics altogether for systematic doping.
Islamist planned attack on French Olympic team: intelligence chief
A Brazilian Islamist militant was plotting an attack against the French delegation at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the head of a French intelligence agency has said.
July 13, 2016
Tour de France: Froome on the attack again as Sagan takes stage
Chris Froome showed again he will attack his rivals on every terrain as the Briton extended his overall lead in the Tour de France with a surprising move in Wednesday's 11th stage, which was won with panache by world champion Peter Sagan.
India's Rio Olympics-bound sportspersons dope-free: NADA
National Anti-Doping Agency Director General Navin Agarwal says all the Rio Olympics-bound sportspersons have undergone testing for banned substances and are dope-free. He, however, conceded that there were issues regarding testing of a few Rio-bound sportspersons as they were not available at the 'whereabouts' provided by them as mandated under the Anti-Doping Administration Management System (ADAMS) of the World Anti-Doping Agency, but NADA was able to get their testing done later on.
Vijender does the 'Dishoom' with John ahead of title bout
Vijender Singh believes his bout against Australia's Kerry Hope -- for the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight crown -- will go a long way in determining the future of pro boxing in the country.
Pistorius could compete in 2020 Paralympics
Disgraced South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius may compete at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, according to the country's Olympic committee chief. Attacking Saina Nehwal eyes success at Rio
Adapting quickly to playing conditions at the Rio Olympics will pose the biggest challenge for players, says Saina Nehwal, who is aiming to better the badminton bronze she won in London four years ago.
Brazil customs workers to strike ahead of Rio Olympics
Tax auditors plan to down tools every Tuesday and Thursday until the government issues a decree to raise their wages.
Boxer Pacquiao to come back from retirement later this year?
Manny Pacquiao is planning to fight again later this year, just three months after announcing his retirement from boxing, ESPN reported on Tuesday.
Dutch swimmer beats cancer to punch ticket to Rio Olympics
Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in February and had surgery in March, will take part in her fourth Olympics after being named on Tuesday in a 17-strong squad for next month's Rio Games.
Deepika, Serena inspire fans to 'sweat with sport'
The new Da da ding Nike ad, featuring actor Deepika Padukone, has gone viral. It has been appreciated by most but panned by some, and despite the mixed reviews it has nearly crashed the internet.
July 12, 2016
Tour de France: Matthews wins stage 10, Froome retains yellow
Michael Matthews completed his set of grand tour victories when he prevailed in the 10th stage of the Tour de France at the end of a royal breakaway on Tuesday.
Barcelona sign centre back Umtiti on five-year deal
Barcelona have signed centre back Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyon for 25 million euros ($27.75 million), the La Liga winners said on Tuesday.
I'm no traitor, insists cleared Russian Klishina
Long jumper Darya Klishina, the only Russian athlete cleared to compete in this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, says she does not feel a traitor.
India's top golfers won't miss Rio Olympics
Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia will be representing the nation at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Meet Bangladesh's first athlete to qualify for Olympics
Golfer Siddikur Rahman has become Bangladesh's first athlete to qualify for Olympics after finishing 56th in the final eligibility rankings for the Rio Games.
10 Biggest Sports Surprises of 2016
16 is at the halfway stage and the year has already seen some stunning sporting wins, underdogs emerging triumphant on the biggest stages of them all.
Greatness calling Biles at Rio Olympics
In a nod to the domination of her sport, Simone Biles has already entered the debate as the greatest gymnast of all-time even though she has yet to turn a single somersault on the Olympic stage.
Despite injury, Bolt headlines Jamaica's Rio team
Sprint king Usain Bolt was named to the Jamaican Olympic team in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m races despite an injury that kept him from qualifying at trials, the Jamaican Olympic Association said on Monday.
July 11, 2016
3 more Indian athletes, including Maheswary, qualify for Rio Olympics
Three track and field athletes, including veteran triple jumper Renjith Maheswary, on Monday booked their berths for next month's Rio Olympics with national record breaking performances in the fourth Indian Grand Prix in Bengaluru.
The 'big' WBO Asia title is no big deal for me: Vijender
It is the the biggest fight of his emergent professional career, but Indian boxing star Vijender Singh said the WBO Asia title contest against Kerry Hope is no huge deal for him and he is taking it as just another stepping stone in the circuit.
I have some unfinished business, says Phelps
One of the most decorated Olympians of all time, American swimming legend Michael Phelps has sent out a warning to his rivals, saying he still has "some unfinished business" left going into the Rio Olympic Games.
Russia's Maria Sharapova to miss Rio Olympics
Maria Sharapova will miss next month's Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday decided to defer its decision on the Russian multiple grand slam champion's appeal against a two-year doping ban until September.
July 10, 2016
Tour de France: Dumoulin wins stage, Froome carries lead into rest day
Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands attacked near the foot of the final climb to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France in extreme weather conditions as Alberto Contador pulled out of the race on Sunday.
IAAF turns down 67 Russian applications to compete as individuals
The IAAF's Doping Review Board has turned down applications from 67 Russian athletes to compete internationally as "neutral" individuals, following a blanket ban on the country's track and field athletes for systematic doping.
India's 4x400m relay teams qualify for Rio Olympics
The Indian men's and women's 4x400m relay race teams virtually qualified for Rio Olympics after clocking impressive timings at the 3rd Indian Grand Prix athletics event in Bangalore on Sunday.
Krishna Poonia fails to qualify for Rio Olympics
Krishna Poonia has failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics as she could not touch the qualifying standard in the competitions she took part in the United States.
Russian jumper cleared to compete as neutral athlete in Rio
Russian long jumper Darya Klishina has been cleared to compete internationally as a neutral athlete after a successful appeal against a blanket ban on her country's track and field athletes for systematic doping.
Grapplers Sandeep, Narsingh bag medals at Spanish GP
Rio-bound Indian grapplers, Sandeep Tomar and Narsingh Yadav won the silver and bronze medals in 74kg and 57kg respectively at the Spanish Grand Prix Wrestling championship in Madrid on Saturday.
July 09, 2016
Tour de France: Inventive Froome takes charge after stunning attack
Briton Chris Froome stunned his passive rivals to snatch the overall leader's yellow jersey in the Tour de France when he won the eighth stage with a lightning attack on the final descent on Saturday.
Russian swimmer Simonova gets four-year doping ban
Russian breastroke swimmer Vitalina Simonova has been suspended for four years after testing positive for a banned substance, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced.
How India's sprint ace Dutee is gearing up for Rio Olympics
Rio Olympics-bound Indian sprinter Dutee Chand said she is working hard to improve her speed endurance so that she doesn't taper off in the last 40 metres of the 100m event during next month's mega-event.
Badminton: Jayaram outclasses Pawar to enter US Open semis
It was a tough day for the Indian shuttlers barring Ajay Jayaram, who sailed into the men's singles semi-finals with a comfortable win over compatriot Anand Pawar in the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in El Monte.
Another top golfer withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika fears
World number two Dustin Johnson has become the latest golfer to withdraw from next month's Rio Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus.
July 08, 2016
CAS clears way for swimmer Park at Rio Olympics
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared the way for former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan to compete at the Rio Games after upholding his appeal against a Korean Olympic Committee doping ban, Yonhap news reported on Friday.
July 07, 2016
'Bolt is important but he's not the only athlete.'
The prospect of Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt missing the Rio Olympics through injury will rightly give organisers and fans palpitations.
Babos-Shvedova stun Sania-Martina in Wimbledon quarter-finals
Defending champions Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis suffered a shock defeat in the women's doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon, beaten by Timea Babos of Hungary and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-5 on Thursday.
Is Brazil ready to stage successful Olympics?
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer is optimistic that the country will stage a successful Rio Games, despite facing health and financial turmoil ahead of the August 5-21 Olympics.
Slow and injured, Stepanova's comeback falls flat
Yulia Stepanova's much-heralded return to action turned into a damp squib on Wednesday when the Russian whistleblower, running as an independent athlete, dropped out of her 800 metres heat with a foot injury having been off the pace throughout.
Will withdrawals hurt golf's future at Olympics?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) may reconsider golf's place on the programme due to the growing number of big-name withdrawals from the Rio Games, former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has said.
July 06, 2016
KP labels Pistorius sentence as 'pathetic'
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has labelled the South African court's decision of handing Oscar Pistorius a six-year jail term for killing his girlfriend as 'pathetic' and 'shambles'.
Pistorius defence team say will not appeal six-year sentence
Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will not appeal a six-year prison sentence given by a South African High Court judge on Wednesday for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his defence team said.
Oscar Pistorius jailed for six years for murder of girlfriend
South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius was sent to prison for six years on Wednesday for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the latest twist in a trial that has gripped the world.
Russia names athletics team for Rio despite ban
Russia has named a track and field team for the Rio Olympics which includes gold medallists Yelena Isinbayeva and Ivan Ukhov among 68 athletes who are hoping an IAAF ban on them competing will be lifted by sport's highest court later this month.
July 05, 2016
Should athletes caught for doping be banned for life?
Double Olympic champion Valerie Adams feels the suspension on Russian athletes from the Rio Games is a positive step towards eradicating doping and the New Zealand shot putter has called for a life ban on drug cheats.
One month to go for Rio Olympics!
Rio de Janeiro, on Monday enters the one-month
Sprint queen Meares on track for more Rio glory
The turn of the Olympic cycle has ushered in a new generation of riders plotting to overthrow track queen Anna Meares, but the seasoned Australian is confident of being in top gear to defend her sprint title at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Is IAAF a corrupt institution?
A distraught Alysia Montano called her career 'a farce' and branded the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) "a corrupt institution" after crashing out of the US Olympic trials on Monday.
Boxer Neeraj one win away from Olympic qualification
World Boxing Council Asian champion Neeraj Goyat was the lone Indian left in fray for an Olympic berth after he entered the semi-finals even as other two bowed out following first round losses in the International Boxing Association's
July 04, 2016
Rio Olympics: CAS decision on Russian athletes by July 21
The Russian athletes say they are being punished despite having competed without doping and that they should be eligible to race at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month.
Blake completes Jamaican sprint double in Bolt's absence
Olympic double silver medallist Yohan Blake completed the sprint double at the Jamaican Championships when he easily won the men's 200 metres on Sunday.
Euro 2016: Germany's Khedira out of semi-final v France
Germany's holding midfielder Sami Khedira will miss their Euro 2016 semi-final against hosts France on Thursday after he sustained an adductor muscle injury in their quarter-final win over Italy, coach Joachim Loew said on Monday. PHOTOS: PM Modi gives Rio-bound athletes a special send-off
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, met the Indian athletes who will represent the country at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and wished them luck.
Canada Open Grand Prix: Praneeth, Manu-Sumeeth win titles
It was double bonanza for India at the Canada Open as B Sai Praneeth and Rio-bound men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy clinched twin crowns after winning their respective title clash at the $ 55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Calgary, Canada.
Euro: France end Iceland fairy tale in 5-2 quarter-final decimation
France decimated Iceland in a 5-2 win to end the Nordic nations Euro 2016 dream run in the quarter-final on Sunday.
July 03, 2016
6-Nation hockey: India draw with Spain in final game
India played out a 1-1 draw in their final match of the 6-Nations invitational hockey tournament in Valencia, on Sunday.
Contador crashes in Tour de France first stage
Alberto Contador's Tour de France chances suffered an early blow on Saturday when the Spaniard crashed with about 80 km left in the first stage.
Road to Rio a bumpy one for Franklin
Missy Franklin was the 17-year-old darling of American swimming in 2012, returning home from the London Olympics with four gold medals and being hailed as the sport's brightest young star.
Rio Olympics: Injured Bolt to learn fate on Thursday
Usain Bolt is still in contention to compete in the 200 metres at next month's Olympics in Rio despite missing his country's trials through injury, the Jamaican athletics team boss said on Saturday.
PM Modi to meet Rio-bound athletes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the Indian athletes who will represent the country at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 02, 2016
Australia's Cate Campbell breaks 100m freestyle world record
Australian swimmer Cate Campbell broke the women's 100 metres freestyle world record at the Brisbane Grand Prix on Saturday, sending an ominous warning to her rivals at next month's Rio Olympics.
Austria GP: Nico Rosberg to take grid penalty after crash
Nico Rosberg's hopes of a third successive Austrian Grand Prix win took a hit on Saturday when he crashed in final practice and damaged his Mercedes' gearbox, incurring a five-place grid penalty.
Shuttlers Jayaram, Praneeth reach Canada Open semis
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and B Sai Praneeth advanced to the semi-finals of the $55,000 Canada Open Grand Prix badminton tournament after notching up contrasting victories in the men's singles competition in Calgary, Canada.
India's quarter-miler Nirmala Sheoran punches ticket for Rio Olympics
Indian quarter-miler Nirmala Sheoran on Friday secured her Rio Olympics berth after clocking an impressive 51.48 seconds in the women's 400 metre category in the National Inter-State Senior Athletics championships at the G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.
Phelps, Lochte add chapter to rivalry, Clary closes book
Michael Phelps outdueled Ryan Lochte to win the 200 metres individual medley at the U.S. Olympic trials on Friday while Katie Ledecky suffered her first setback on the road to the Rio Games.
Bolt pulls out of Olympic trial final, doubtful for Rio Games
World record holder Usain Bolt withdrew from Jamaica's Olympic trials minutes before the men's 100 metres final on Friday.
July 01, 2016
Jayaram, Prannoy in last 8 of Canada Open
India's shuttlers continued their good run at the Canada Open. Six singles players, including Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy, qualified for the quarter-finals in the US $55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Calgary.
Gurpreet scripts Indian football history!
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's ground-breaking journey through uncharted territory reached the most important milestone as he became the first Indian
Mary Kom to be part of Vijender's WBO title fight
Five times World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom will be part of Vijender Singh's bout for the WBO Super Middle-weight Asia Pacific Championship Title, to be held at the Thyagaraj Stadium, in New Delhi, on July 16.
Here's how the famed Korean archers are preparing for Rio Olympics
South Korean Olympic archers will be hoping to avoid striking out in Rio after they announced plans to conduct open training sessions in a baseball dome to harden themselves for potentially hostile environments at the August 5 to 21 Games.
Russian doping whistleblower Stepanova eligible to compete
Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova's application to compete as an individual athlete has been accepted, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Friday.
6-Nation hockey: India has no option but to beat Argentina
Indian men's hockey team lost 0-1 to New Zealand to slump to its its second defeat in the six-nation Invitational tournament and will now face the
New Zealand to replace banned Russian sculls team at Rio Games
Russia's men's quadruple sculls crew have been banned from the Rio Olympics after one of their members failed a doping test in May, the world governing body FISA said on Friday.
Bolt race marred by series of false starts; moves into 100m semis
Usain Bolt negotiated a series of delays and a false start in his own race before easily winning his quarter-final of the 100m in 10.15 seconds at Jamaica's national championships on Friday.
June 30, 2016
Russian star Isinbayeva applies to compete at Rio Olympics
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has applied to world athletics governing body IAAF to compete at the Rio Olympics despite Russia's ban, athletics authorities in Moscow on Thursday.
Saina moves up to fifth, Jwala-Ashwini slip four places
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal moved one place up to occupy the fifth spot while P V Sindhu remained unchanged at 10th in the latest Badminton World Federation Rankings issued on Thursday.
Former Boston Marathon champ Grigoryeva banned for doping
Former Boston Marathon winner Lidiya Grigoryeva has been banned for 2 1/2 years for doping.
'Golfers dream of green jackets, not Olympic gold'
An Olympic gold medal was not the pinnacle of the sport for golfers according to world number four Rory McIlroy, and he had no concerns about his decision to withdraw from the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Indian shuttlers march on at Canada Open
India witnessed another fruitful day at the Canada Open as all its shuttlers, including Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy, entered the third round of the $55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Calgary, Canada.
Olympic champ Phelps swims his way to Rio Games
Michael Phelps gifted himself an early birthday present by winning the 200 metres butterfly at the US Olympic swim trials on Wednesday to punch his ticket to the Rio Summer Games.
Body parts wash ashore next to Rio Olympic venue
Parts of a mutilated body washed up on the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, police said, just meters (yards) from where beach volleyball athletes will compete in the upcoming Olympics.
'Will change London bronze to Rio gold'
'It is important to keep new tricks in your bag to win at the biggest event of world sports.'
June 29, 2016
Phelps pulls out of 100 freestyle at US trials
Michael Phelps continued to trim his program at the U.S. Olympic swim trials, scratching from the preliminaries of the 100 metres freestyle on Wednesday.
We are taking steps to address Zika virus risk: IOA
Many top athletes around the globe might be pulling out of the Rio Olympics due to Zika virus concern but chef de mission of the Indian Olympic contingent Rakesh Gupta said they are taking every possible step to address any possible risk.
'Saina Nehwal can turn Olympic bronze into gold medal'
Saina Nehwal is better equipped to win a medal in Rio in August than the Indian shuttler was when she claimed a bronze at the London Olympics four years ago, former All England champion Prakash Padukone said.
This Palestinian swimmer glides past obstacles to reach Rio Games
Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can't wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August, but participation, rather than a podium finish, is probably the best she can hope for.
How are the Rio Olympic gold medals made
Ask athletes what goes into Olympic gold medals, and they will likely say sweat and years of training. For Brazil's National Mint the answer is simpler: recycled silver.
'Champions silver is a big boost'
'The silver medal at the Champions Trophy has instilled the confidence that we can match or even beat some of the best teams in the world.'
Hurdles champion Pearson pulls out of Rio Olympics
Australia's Olympic champion high hurdler Sally Pearson has pulled out of the Rio de Janeiro games after tearing her hamstring in training.
For some golfers Olympic thrill trumps Zika fears
When it comes to golfers and their interest in competing at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a curious gender divide is emerging which, at first glance, is counter-intuitive.
6-nation hockey: India rally to beat Ireland
Putting behind their disappointing opening match loss against Germany, a valiant India rallied from a goal deficit to register a 2-1 win over Ireland in their second game of the six-nations invitational hockey tournament.
June 28, 2016
World No.1 golfer Day withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika fears
The world's top-ranked golfer Jason Day on Tuesday withdrew from August's Rio Olympics, citing fears over the Zika virus.
Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup
Ace shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinched the silver medal in the men's 50-metre rifle 3 position event at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Ajerbaijan, on Tuesday. The Indian marksman scored 456.9 to win the silver medal in the last World Cup before the Rio Olympic Games.
I'm eagerly waiting to knockout Kerry, roars Vijender
Vijender Singh said he is doing high intensity training ahead of his much-awaited title fight at home and hopes to 'knockout' Australian Kerry Hope early for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship crown.
Is Rio on your mind? Plan ahead is the mantra!
Come August and the world's finest athletes from 206 countries will be out to prove their best at the Olympics.
'Just wait and see, Mary Kom will be back soon!'
'It is performing for my country which motivates me every day.'
June 27, 2016
Jwala-Ashwini pair eyes Canada title ahead of Rio Games
Rio-bound Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will look to boost their confidence ahead of the Olympic Games when they start their title defence at the Canada Open badminton tournament, starting in Calgary on Tuesday.
Man arrested in Brazil for attempt to douse Olympic torch
A man has been arrested for trying to extinguish the Olympic torch by throwing a bucket of water over it as it passed through his farming town of Maracaju in central Brazil, an officer at the local police station said on Monday.
Vikas Krishan feels he's good for bronze at Rio
Vikas Krishan, one of the three Indian boxers to qualify for the Rio Olympics, is confident of winning a bronze medal at the upcoming Games, which could be his last.
How a pizza pole helped Bindra win gold at Beijing Olympics
Abhinav Bindra's insane search for perfection had pushed him to climb, as a simulation of sorts, a 40-feet high 'pizza pole' that saw him conquer his 'fear' and go on to win a historic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
June 26, 2016
Advantage England over Lanka before rain abandons game
Rain forced the abandonment of the third one-day international between England and Sri Lanka on Sunday with the hosts' hopes of taking a 2-0 lead thwarted just four overs into their run chase at Bristol. Three more Indian athletes qualify for Rio Olympics
Quartermiler Mohammad Anas and long jumper Ankit Singh booked their Olympic tickets with national record shattering efforts while 200m specialist Srabani Nanda also qualified for the Rio Games in various competitions aboard on a memorable day for Indian track and field athletes on Sunday.
Moto3: Mahindra makes history with epic first win at Assen
Italian teenager Francesco Bagnaia made history at the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen on Sunday, fighting every inch of the way to claim not only his first Grand Prix win, not only the first win for the Mahindra Moto3 team, but the first ever in the history of the sport for an Indian constructor.
PHOTOS: Kohli, Bachchans, Ranbir kick off Pro Kabaddi's 4th season
It was a starry evening in Mumbai as some of India's most followed sportsmen and Bollywood stars graced the opening ceremony of the fourth season of the Pro Kabaddi League, on Saturday.
Archery: Das edges past Talukdar to qualify for Rio Olympics
The Archery Association of India (AAI) on Sunday selected Atanu Das to represent the country in the men's recurve event at the Rio Olympics after conducting trials in Bengaluru.
'Vijender is an amateur, not in my league'
Former European champion and an experienced Australian boxer Kerry Hope dared India's knockout king Vijender Singh ahead of their WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight championship title to be held in New Delhi on July 16.
Sushil reveals he was advised to retire after Beijing Olympics
In a country where winning an Olympic medal is a rarity and bagging two in a row a distant dream, India's lone double-Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar revealed that he was advised to 'bow out on a high' after his bronze-medal feat at the 2008 Beijing Games.
June 25, 2016
Swiss Shaqiri's stunning goal counts for nothing eventually
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri finally made his mark at Euro 2016 with an astonishing goal but was unable to savour the moment as they were knocked out by Poland on penalties on Saturday.
Exclusive! Dutee Chand on her journey to the Olympics
India sprinter Dutee Chand, who qualified for the Rio Olympics, at an event in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Saturday, tells Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com that she gives her best when pushed by better and faster athletes.
Boxing is dead in India, says Mary Kom
India's most decorated woman boxer MC Mary Kom today rued that the sport is as good as "dead in India" because there has been no competition happening with national association in a limbo.
Kerber eyes German Wimbledon-Euros double
Angelique Kerber is looking forward to a potential German sporting double over the next fortnight, aiming to win Wimbledon as one of the favourites while also cheering on her national football team at Euro 2016. ISSF World Cup: Shooter Jitu Rai pips three-time Oly champ to win silver
Jitu Rai pipped three-time Olympic champion Jongoh Jin of Korea to clinch the silver medal at the ISSF Shooting World Cup, in Baku, on Saturday.
Dutee Chand defies the odds to make Rio 100m
Dutee Chand qualified for Rio Olympics in the women's 100m event after meeting the qualification mark at XXVI International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty.
The REAL motivation behind Paes's bronze in Atlanta Olympics
Leander Paes, one of the 12 individual Olympic medal winners that India has produced in its sporting history, says that surviving the Centennial Park
June 24, 2016
Premier League says Brexit will not harm its appeal
Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not harm the prestige of the world's most popular domestic soccer competition, the Premier League said on Friday.
World Cup: Pooja Ghatkar finishes fourth in women's 10m Air Rifle
India's Pooja Ghatkar continued her good run, registering her second 4th place finish of the year in a World Cup stage on day three of the sixth and final International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) at Baku, Azerbaijan on Friday.
Three Indian pro boxers register for AIBA Olympic qualifiers
Three Indians, including World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian title-holder Neeraj Goyat, have registered for the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) Olympic Qualifying tournament for professional boxers scheduled to be held in Venezuela from July 3 to 8.
Pistorius says murdered girlfriend would want him to go free
Oscar Pistorius said that Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he was convicted of murdering on Valentine's Day 2013, would want him to go free, in a television interview due to be broadcast on Friday.
Through to Olympics, injured Vikas, Manoj settle for bronze
Assured of an Olympic berth, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) settled for a bronze medal in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament.
Vijender's Olympic hopes end as Vikas qualifies for Rio
With Vikas Krishan making the cut for Olympics in the 75kg category, the door is shut on the much celebrated Vijender Singh, who was eyeing qualification to the Rio Games ever since the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allowed professional boxers to compete in the quadrennial showpiece.
June 23, 2016
Boxers Manoj Kumar, Vikas Krishan qualify for Rio Games
Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan (75kg) qualified for the Rio Olympics after advancing to the semi-finals of the AIBA World qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Thursday.
Russian athletes to file suit against IAAF ban
Russian athletes will file a class action suit against a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Russia says weightlifting ban is a 'psychotic episode'
Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko said a decision by the International Weightlifting Federation to ban Russia weightlifters from the Rio Olympics was like "a psychotic episode", R-Sport news agency reported on Thursday.
'Rio water worries overblown'
The last thing members of Brazil's Olympic sailing team want to talk about is the water.
Russia faces another Rio ban over dope tests
Russia's weightlifters face being banned from the Rio Olympics, subject to confirmation by the International Olympic Committee, in another collective doping punishment to hit the country.
Heartbreak! No Mary Kom at Rio Olympics
It's final. The speculation over Mary Kom, the five times world champion's, participation at Rio is over.
IOC is intimidating Kenyan athletes, says former champion
By forcing Kenyan athletes to undergo additional drugs tests before allowing them to compete in Rio, the International Olympic Committee is trying to intimidate his countrymen, a former running champion said on Wednesday.
June 22, 2016
Hockey India rally behind captain Sardar
Hockey India sought ten weeks' time to respond to the Delhi Commission for Women's notice on the allegations of sexual harassment against hockey captain Sardar Singh but firmly threw its weight behind the Indian captain by questioning the complainant's 'belated' charges.
Hurt Anju resigns as Kerala Sports Council president
Hurt by allegations of corruption levelled against her by state Sports Minister E P Jayarajan, India's lone athletics World Championship medal winner Anju Bobby George today resigned as President of the Kerala Sports Council.
IOA, ad-hoc committee pursue AIBA Olympics wildcard for Mary Kom
In a last-ditch attempt to fetch M C Mary Kom a berth at the Rio Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association and ad-hoc committee administering boxing in the country have officially sent a request for a wildcard entry to the celebrated boxer who could not make the cut via the qualifiers.
Euro 2016: Is Croatia the favourites now?
Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic believes his country are now one of the favourites at Euro 2016 after beating Spain to win Group D.
Golfer McIlroy withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears
Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy will not compete in this summer's Rio Olympic Games, citing health fears over the Zika virus, he said on Wednesday.
Hard working Nehwal senses GOLDEN Rio opportunity
Saina Nehwal eschews the 'natural talent' tag thrust upon her by Indian media and says only hard graft and good coaching have given her the chance to turn the Olympic badminton bronze she won four years ago in London into gold at the Rio Games.
Brazil extends $850 million emergency loan to Rio for Olympics
Brazil's government authorized an emergency transfer of 2.9 billion reais (US $850 million) on Tuesday for the cash-strapped state of Rio de Janeiro to help pay for infrastructure projects and security for the Olympic Games in August.
Boxer Vikas closes in on Olympic berth
Vikas Krishan (75kg) became the third Indian
June 21, 2016
IOC discusses more crackdowns on drugs cheats before Olympics
Leading sports powerbrokers gathered at the International Olympic Committee's headquarters on Tuesday morning to discuss further crackdowns on drug cheats before the Rio Games.
IOC offers Rio lifeline to Russian track and field athletes
Individual Russian track and field athletes assessed as clean will be able to compete for their country in Brazil, the Olympic Games' top official said on Tuesday, diluting a blanket ban the sport's global federation had called for.
Olympic Qualifiers: Devendro in semis; Manoj, Sumit enter QFs
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) stormed into the semi-finals, while Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) entered the quarters to be just one win away from clinching Olympic berths at the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament in Baku on Tuesday.
Australian Paralympic sailor robbed at gunpoint in Rio
An Australian Paralympic sailor and team official were robbed at gunpoint while training in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, raising fears about the security of athletes and tourists in the leadup to the Olympic Games.
Pro boxers who compete in Rio Olympics will lose titles: IBF
Professional boxers who compete at this year's Olympics will be stripped of their International Boxing Federation titles, the IBF said in a statement on Monday.
Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt granted bail to appeal rape sentence
A South African high court on Monday granted disgraced former grand slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt bail while his lawyers appeal a six year sentence for rape and sexual assault handed to the former tennis star in 2015.
June 20, 2016
Olympic qualifier: Devendro in quarters, Manoj in last-16
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) stormed into the quarter-finals, while the experienced Manoj Kumar (64kg) entered the last-16 stage in the International Boxing Association's World Olympic Qualification tournament after notching comprehensive victories in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Russia says doping whistleblower competing at Rio would be 'absurd'
It would be "absurd" if Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova was allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics while clean Russian athletes are barred from the Games, R-Sport agency quoted Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Monday.