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Seven athletes selected at GAIL Indian Speedstar Season

After a series of trials across the country, the Season II of GAIL Indian Speedstar culminated today with selection of 7 athletes, who will now be trained to compete in international athletic events.The grand finale of this grass root athletics program was held at Thyagaraj Sports Complex. Starting with over 1,13,000 aspirants initially, as many

Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC’s Athletes’ Commission

Hyderabad: In a rare honour for an Indiansportsperson, star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission.Saina has received a letter to the effect from the IOC President Thomas Bach last night. “Following your candidature for the elections of the IOC Athletes’ Commission during the Olympic

Athletes face problems during trials for district-level team of athletics

Ludhiana: A large number of athletes who had arrived at Guru Nanak Stadium here on Saturday for their participation in the ongoing trials for the district-level team of athletics were seen facing problem of finding drinking water for them. There was not even any arrangement for their refreshment. As a result, many players were seen less

We should be proud of our athletes: Big B

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says weall should be proud of our athletes as they bring greatest glory to the nation.The 73-year-old actor shared his views on social media about sports and said people should understand an athlete before pointing out fingers at them.”Sport, sports people bring the greatest glory to a nation .. they need

Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa, coach Gopichand presented BMW cars

Hyderabad:  Rio Olympics silver medallistshuttler P V Sindhu and bronze winner grappler Sakshi Malik along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand were today presented BMW cars by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar here. Hyderabad District Badminton Association president Chamundeshwarnath gifted the luxury cars to the four sportspersons for their outstanding achievement in the

Rio bids farewell to athletes in colourful closing

Rio de Janeiro:  Rains failed to dampen thefamous 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 here. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach declared the Games closed to mark the

Saina fails to get elected as one of four athletes as IOC member

Rio de Janeiro: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has failed to get elected as one of the four athlete members of the International Olympic Committee as she finished sixth in the race to become a member of Athletics Commission of the global governing body of sport. Saina got 1233 votes in the election in which

Isinbayeva pledges to defend athletes’ rights as IOC commission member

Rio de Janeiro: Russia’s Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has pledged to defend athletes’ rights in her capacity as member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. “I would like to thank Alexander Zhukov (Russian Olympic Committee President) and his staff who helped me with my campaign. Naturally, I will work for the

India can't take Aussies lightly: Tendulkar

For good results, one should support Indian athletes: Tendulkar

New Delhi:  Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said in order to produce good results, it is important to support the Indian athletes. He said in the ongoing Rio Olympics, people should continue supporting the athletes who haven’t performed as per expectations, so that they can perform well in the future. “Some results were not

Sachin thanks countrymen for supporting Indian athletes in Rio

New Delhi: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkartoday thanked the countrymen for backing the Indian athletes participating in the Rio Olympics, saying all sportspersons need support when chips are down. Fielding its biggest ever contingent at the Olympic Games, India has pocketed just one bronze medal so far, far away from the double digit medal hope as


Salman to give Rs 1,01,000 cheque each to athletes

Mumbai: Superstar Salman Khan, the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent at this year’s Olympics in Rio, will present a cheque of Rs 1,01,000 to each of the athletes. “As a gesture of appreciation for our Olympic athletes, I will present each one with a cheque of Rs 1,01,000,” Salman, 50, tweeted. The “Sultan” star,

Rio 2016 organisers lament Brazilian crowds booing rival athletes

Rio de Janeiro:  The Rio 2016 organizing committee has expressed its sorrow at the way some Brazilian fans have been booing athletes from other countries during the Games. At a press conference on Wednesday, the Rio 2016 spokesperson, Mario Andrada, said; “Booing is not the right way to help anyone. We are continuing to work

Ghana’s disabled athletes ask for support ahead of Paralympic Games

Accra:  Three Ghanaian athletes billed for next month’s Rio Paralympic Games have called upon the government for support as they prepare for the quadrennial event. Alem Mumuni, Ghana’s first paracyclist at the Olympics, Charles Narh Teye (powerlifting), and Yusif Amadu (high-jump), mostly sealed qualification to the multi-sports event through personal struggles and financial support from

Indian embassy reception a flop with athletes

Rio de Janeiro: It was a reception on India’s Independence Day arranged by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports as well as the Embassy in Brazil. But it left the athletes very unhappy. The reason: They expected good food to be served at the late afternoon reception, or at least decent Indian snacks, since

India look forward to athletes, boxer Vikas on Day 7

Rio de Janeiro:  After drawing a blank overthe first six days vis-à-vis opening the coveted medal chest, India would be keenly watching action on day seven at the Rio Olympics today with Blue Riband athletics events making its bow. It was a largely disappointing sixth day yesterday in which shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu

Acid tests await India’s track and field athletes

Rio de Janeiro:  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 here tomorrow with little hope to break the 116-year-old medal jinx. With the history-chasing Usian Bolt once again set to take centre stage in arguably the

Stinging criticism: Brazilians taunt US athletes over Zika

Rio de Janeiro: After months of dire predictions from abroad about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, some Brazilian fans are doing some stinging of their own: They’re booing US athletes and taunting them over the fears that kept some competitors at home. From the beach volleyball arena to the soccer stadium, boisterous Brazilian fans are having

Rio organisers apologise to athletes, tourists for robbery

Rio de Janeiro: The Rio 2016 organising committee has apologised to tourists and athletes who were robbed in the city and advised them to be alert in order to be safe. China has warned its citizens visiting Brazil for Olympics of possible robbery and theft after a Chinese athlete complained that his luggage had been

Rio 2016: Mexican president sends off Olympic athletes

Mexico: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met with the country’s athletes competing at the 2016 Olympic Games as part of the delegation’s official send-off. Pena Nieto on Thursday thanked the 126 Olympic and 66 Paralympic athletes for their dedication and hard work, reports Xinhua At the event, which was preponed due to Pena Nieto’s trip

ASOIF against blanket ban of Russian athletes at Rio Olympics

Moscow: The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) on Tuesday announced that it stands against the banning of the entire Russian Olympic team at the Rio Games starting from August 5. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren, released a report on Monday on the results of