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#HumaraVictoryPunch: Anurag Thakur cheers for Indian athletes in Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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#HumaraVictoryPunch: Anurag Thakur cheers for Indian athletes in Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Wednesday started a new initiative #HumaraVictoryPunch to boost the morale of Indian athletes in the Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 and the event will run up to August 8. The Olympic games were to be held last year but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thakur posted a video on Twitter and he captioned the post as: "Tag 5 friends/family members to show your support for the Indian Olympics Team. I nominate @KirenRijiju, @virendersehwag, @akshaykumar, @NSaina, and @vijayshekhar. ये है मेरी टीम और ये #Tokyo2020 Olympics में हमारे खिलाड़ियों को cheer करने के लिए #HumaraVictoryPunchTag 5 frien… https://t.co/qR8Iui1rUO— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) 1626874729000In the video, Thakur says: "I...
First batch of athletes to depart for Tokyo Olympics on July 17: IOA
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First batch of athletes to depart for Tokyo Olympics on July 17: IOA

The first batch of India’s Olympic-bound athletes will depart for Tokyo on July 17, IOA President Narinder Batra revealed on Thursday while expressing disappointment at the Games organisers’ refusal to allow them to check in earlier than that. The IOA wanted the first batch of athletes and officials to leave on July 14 and serve three days of mandatory quarantine on reaching Tokyo. More than 120 athletes are bound for the Games. But in a letter to Kate Yoneyama, Regional Manager (Asia and Ocenia, NOC Relations) of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG), Batra wrote with the necessary approvals still pending, IOA was left with no other option but to send the first batch on July 17,” Batra stated. He, however, did not divulge the strength o...
First batch of Olympic-bound India athletes to leave on July 14: IOA
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First batch of Olympic-bound India athletes to leave on July 14: IOA

Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta on Saturday said first batch of the country’s Tokyo-bound Olympic athletes will leave by an Air India chartered flight on July 14. Mehta further informed that the rest of the contingent will travel between July 16 and 19. Upon reaching Tokyo, all athletes and officials will have to serve three days of quarantine. “We will have three days of quarantine. The day of arrival is termed as the zero day. After quarantine, we can move around,” the IOA official said at an event organised by the YOUTHINK Foundation and Sunshine Senior Secondary School here to felicitate some of the Indian athletes, who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. “The first batch of the Indian contingent, comprising athletes and officials, for the O...
India in Tokyo Olympics: List of athletes who have qualified so far
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India in Tokyo Olympics: List of athletes who have qualified so far

A total of 115 Indian athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics so far, which begin on July 23. The men’s and women’s hockey teams form the biggest fraction of the contingent, followed by shooting and athletics. Shooting Shooting is set to be one of India’s best bets for a medal at the Tokyo Games. If India’s London Olympics performance of six medals is to be matched or bettered, shooters need to account for multiple medals. 10m Women’s Air Rifle – Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela 10m Men’s Air Rifle – Divyansh Singh Panwar, Deepak Kumar 10m Women’s Air Pistol – Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal 10m Men’s Air Pistol – Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma 25m Women’s Pistol – Rahi Sarnobat, Elavenil Valarivan 50m Women’s Rifle 3 Position – Tejaswini Sawant 50m Men’s Rifle...
Injury scare for Bajrang Punia ahead of Tokyo Olympics
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Injury scare for Bajrang Punia ahead of Tokyo Olympics

India’s star wrestler Bajramg Punia on Friday suffered a right knee injury while competing in a local Russian tournament, less than a month before the start of Tokyo Olympics. However his coach Shako Bentinidis assured that there is not nothing to worry about. Competing in Ali Alyev tournament, Bajrang was up against A Kudyev in the semifinal when he sustained the injury. It all started with a right leg attack that Bajrag launched on the Russian but Kudyev got hold of Bajrang’s right leg and pulled him. With Bajrang lying on his back on the mat, Kudyev went for a pin but the Indian, writhing in pain, had given up by then. The referee immediately stopped the bout and called the physio. Bajrang was struggling to stand and was seen limping as he forfeited the bout. “He is fin...
Daily tests, isolation add to Indian athletes’ Tokyo Olympics tribulation
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Daily tests, isolation add to Indian athletes’ Tokyo Olympics tribulation

In a move that will impact athletes and officials travelling from India and those who will compete at Wimbledon as well as the Diamond League in London, the Tokyo Olympics organisers have imposed stricter restrictions on travellers from countries where different variants of Covid-19 have been identified. According to an advisory issued on Friday, athletes travelling from India have been instructed ‘not to interact or train with athlete(s) from another country’ for the first three days upon reaching the Japanese capital. Moreover, they will have to get themselves tested for Covid-19 every day for the seven days immediately before departure, and every day after arriving in Tokyo. This means that some athletes, like hockey players, will have to undergo Covid tests for at least...
India to lose one Tokyo Olympics wrestling quota after Sumit Malik fails dope test
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India to lose one Tokyo Olympics wrestling quota after Sumit Malik fails dope test

Sumit Malik was one of the athletes unveiling India’s uniform for the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday afternoon. By late evening, it turned out the wrestler might not be able to don the blue jersey himself. On the day The Indian Express reported that one Olympics-bound wrestler had failed a dope test, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) confirmed that it was Malik. The heavyweight wrestler tested positive for a prohibited substance during last month’s Olympic qualifying tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. United World Wrestling (UWW), the sport’s governing body, provisionally suspended the 28-year-old for six months on Thursday. Unless the UWW expedites the hearing process to finish it before the Games begin on July 23, Malik will not be able to compete in Tokyo. Even if the proc...
Unbreakable Seema Bisla set for Tokyo
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Unbreakable Seema Bisla set for Tokyo

Sushila Devi made it a point to call her parents in Gudhan village once news came through. Ever since her younger sister Seema Bisla was little, Sushila and her husband Nafe Singh had looked after her at their home in Rohtak. On Friday, when Sushila made the call, the message was clear: Bisla will be staying in Rohtak for three months more. After all, now that Bisla had won an Olympic quota, she will need to prepare for it. Around 5000 km away in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Friday, Bisla grappled and won the semi-final against Poland’s Anna Lukasiak 2-1 to become the fourth Indian woman wrestler to seal a quota for the Tokyo Olympics. A few hours later, she went on to earn gold in the 50kg event of the Olympic qualification tournament by beating Ecuadorian Lucia Guzman, who concede...
Seema Bisla becomes fourth Indian female wrestler to qualify for Tokyo Olympics
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Seema Bisla becomes fourth Indian female wrestler to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Seema Bisla on Friday became the fourth Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Games by reaching the final of the 50kg competition even as Sumit Malik settled for a silver medal after conceding his final bout due to a knee injury at the World Olympic Qualifiers. Seema booked an Olympic berth for herself after a close 2-1 win over European Championship bronze medallist Anna Lukasiak of Poland, showing tremendous defensive skills in the semifinal. After giving away a point on passivity, Seema pulled off a quick take down in the first period for a 2-1 lead, which she kept till the end to earn the quota. She will now fight for gold against Ecuador’s Lucia Yamileth Yepez Guzman on Saturday. #WrestleSofia 50kg semifinal results: #Tokyo2020 🎫➡️ 🇮🇳 & 🇪🇨 🥇Seema SEEMA 🇮🇳...