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Booming super league

Booming ‘super’ league culture makes India’s sports market sizzle

Booming super league culture makes India’s sports market sizzle. Boxing, badminton, poker, pool, every sport imaginable is rebranding in India as a “super” or “pro” franchise-based competition chasing a slice of an emerging billion-dollar entertainment market dominated by cricket’s Indian Premier League.The star-studded Twenty20 tournament has inspired a raft of glitzy new sports leagues seeking

Lakshmanan runs personal best but fails to qualify

world athletics championship: Lakshmanan runs best but fails to qualify. India’s Govindan Lakshmanan bettered his personal best mark but it was not enough to qualify for the final round of the men’s 5000m race in the World Athletics Championships here.    The 27-year-old clocked 13 minutes 35.69 seconds, nearly one second better than his earlier personal best

Mary Kom returns to action after one-year hiatus

Mary Kom returns to action after one-year hiatus

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. Mary Kom, an Olympic bronze-medallist, will compete in the 51kg category at the tournament scheduled from June 20 to 26.“I have returned to 48kg


The Japanese code: Even Sakshi Malik finds it tough to crack

No Indian woman wrestler could get past the Japanese in the ongoing Asian Championships and Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik feels the giants from far east would be impossible to beat at least in this lifetime. Sakshi, Vinesh Phogat and Divya Kakran lost to Japanese wrestlers in the gold-medal bouts of their respective weight divisions to

Britain's Olympic legend Wiggins retires

Britain’s Olympic legend Wiggins retires

London: Five-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling after being hit by doping rumors in the past three months. “I’ve met my idols and ridden alongside the best for 20 years,” the 36-year-old, who became Britain’s first Tour de France winner in 2012, said on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency. “This

Yogeshwar’s Olympic bronze upgraded to silver

New Delhi: Star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics has been  upgraded to silver after runner-up Besik Kudukhov of Russia was found guilty of doping violation. “This morning I came to know that my Olympics medal has been upgraded to silver. I dedicate my medal to people of the nation,” Yogeshwar tweeted.

Polish athlete puts Olympic medal up for sale

WARSAW, Poland :  Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who took silver at the Rio Olympics, said that he auctioned off his medal this week to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer. The 33-year-old world champion wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to auction his prize after receiving a letter

Olympic flag handed over to Tokyo for 2020 Games

Rio de Janeiro: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) handed over the Olympic flag to the governor of Japan’s capital city Tokyo, which will host the next edition of the Games in four years. Governor Yuriko Koike accepted the flag towards the end of the 2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremony at the Maracana Stadium here on

PM wishes Indian Olympic contingent

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wished the Indian contingent for giving their best at the Rio Olympics and also congratulated the host nation Brazil for hosting a memorable Games. “Want to specially wish the Indian contingent at #Rio2016. Every athlete gave his or her best,” he wrote on his twitter handle. “Special gratitude

Yogeshwar Dutt bids for gold

Chandigarh: Today our star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is participating in Men’s freestyle 65 kg wrestling event. All Indians from different parts of world will be witnessing this champion grab for gold. To send pray and love to Yogeshwar Dutt, kapishwar akhada(wrestler’s arena) near Chandigarh’s sukhna lake organised a Holi ritual of hawan for him and prayed

Bolt, Phelps exit leaves Olympic void

Rio de Janeiro:  Twin titans Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps have mined a trove of Olympic gold, changed the sporting landscape and left a huge hole that starts in Rio and goes around the world. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach hailed the two superstars as “icons”. But he will leave the 31st Olympic Games

Wrestling world champions Akgul, Sadulaev bag Olympic titles

Rio de Janeiro:  Turkey’s world wrestling champion Taha Akgul claimed the men’s freestyle 125kg title at the Rio Olympic Games, while Russian Abdulrashid Sadulaev added the 86kg gold to his medal collection. In the men’s heavyweight final, Akgul on Saturday posted a 3-1 victory over Komeil Ghasemi of Iran. Akgul scored two of his points

Cheruiyot wins Olympic women’s 5,000m gold for Kenya

Rio de Janeiro:  Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot set a new Olympic record, clinching gold in the women’s 5,000 metres race at the Rio Olympics. The 32-year-old on Friday clocked 14 minutes 26.17 seconds to beat the previous mark held by Gabriela Szabo of Romania by more than 14 seconds, Xinhua news agency reported. Kenya’s Hellen Onsando

Indian Women 4X400m relay team bows out, men disqualified

Rio de Janeiro:  Indian athletics contingent rounded off their dismal show in the Rio Olympics with a below-par effort from the 4x400m relay quartets, which saw them crash out of their respective heats here today. The women’s team finished seventh in their Heats even as the men’s team faced embarrassment of being disqualified. Women’s team

Breaking- Sandip Tomar walks out of wrestling

India’s star wrestler Sandip Tomar lost the against Viktor Lebedev of Russia in Freestyle 57kg round of 16. He loss the game by

US Olympic Committee apologises for swimmers’ behaviour

Washington: The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has publicly acknowledged that four of its swimmers made a false police report and created a story of being held at gunpoint and later apologised to the organisation of the Olympic Games and Brazil for the swimmers’ behaviour. “The behaviour of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it

Brazil police pull two US Olympic swimmers from airplane

Rio De Janeiro: Brazilian police pulled two US Olympic swimmers off a US-bound plane in a row over their claim of having been victims of an armed mugging, officials said. “We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities,” said Patrick Sandusky, spokesman

Celebrities hail Sakshi Malik’s olympic win

Mumbai: A string of celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra have praised wrestler Sakshi Malik, who has ended India’s long wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics. Malik clinched the bronze medal in the Women’s Freestyle 58kg category on Wednesday night even as the Indian challenge in

Bolt expects tougher battle in Olympic men’s 200m final

Rio de Janeiro: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt admitted he will need to improve himself in order to break the world record in Thursday’s 200m final at the Rio Olympics. The seven-time Olympic champion qualified fastest in 19.78 seconds to edge out Canadian Andre de Grasse by two hundredths of a second on Wednesday, Xinhua news

US’ Rollins wins Olympic 100m hurdles gold

Rio de Janeiro: Brianna Rollins secured the women’s 100m hurdles gold medal at the Rio Olympics as the United States claimed each of the top three places in final. Rollins, who turns 25 on Thursday, gave herself the perfect birthday gift by winning in 12.48 seconds at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, reports Xinhua Nia