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Paris 2024 to be last Olympics hockey tournament on watered turfs: FIH | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Forty-eight years after hockey was first played on watered artificial surface at the Olympics, the sport will adopt a greener and sustainable technology that will allow hockey to be played on a non-watered pitch."The 2024 Paris Olympic Games hockey tournament will be the last to be played on a watered turf," FIH's Sport and Development Director, Jon Wyatt, told TimesofIndia.com on the sidelines of the Men's Hockey World Cup in Odisha."Good progress has been made by a number of hockey turf manufacturers in the development of new turfs that do not require any watering, but aim to maintain the performance levels required for elite hockey," said Wyatt.As recently as June last year, one of these new turfs, which don't require to be watered, was used for the Hockey5s event in Lau...
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Deeply concerned and disturbed by wrestling fiasco: IOA chief PT Usha | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president PT Usha on Thursday said she is "deeply concerned and disturbed" by the sexual harassment allegations by renowned wrestlers against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, saying the national Olympic body will do everything possible to safeguard the interest of the country's women athletes.Celebrated Indian wrestlers, including Olympic medallist Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik besides Vinesh Phogat and others are staging a sit-in protest for the last two days at Jantar Mantar here against the WFI president, accusing him of sexual exploitation and intimidation and have demanded that the federation be disbanded."As a woman and former athlete and presently a sports administrator, I am deeply concerned and...
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Treating sports as extracurricular activity caused huge loss to country: PM Modi | More sports News – Times of India

BASTI (UP): Treating sports merely as an extracurricular activity had caused a huge loss to the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday while inaugurating a sports event where he also urged athletes to include millets in their diets.The pitch for the coarse grain comes as the world marks 2023 as the International Year of Millets.The Prime Minister said that at one time sport was considered as a means of passing time and so the mentality that games are not important took root, as a result a lot of talents kept away from the playgrounds.Second phase of Saansad Khel Mahakumbh begins today in Basti, UP. It is unique celebration of sports and sportsmans… https://t.co/fMJz2057tK— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1674029093000But this mentality is changing now, he said.He also adv...
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I’ve set short targets, World Cup medal is the first in that list: PR Sreejesh | Hockey News – Times of India

ROURKELA (Odisha): Had India not held onto their 5-4 lead and resultantly finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics a little over a year ago, a lot would have looked different at the 2023 World Cup beginning in a day's time here in Odisha. But India managed to avoid that scare, when veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh thwarted the last throw of the dice by the Germans in the dying seconds.The pent-up emotion of generations across 41 years turned into a picture on the field at the Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo. And while the Indian team soaked in the historic moment amid tears of joy, Sreejesh climbed up the goal post to sit like Mufasa, the Lion King, overseeing his kingdom.Had it not been for that bronze-medal return to the Olympic podium after more than four decades, Sreejesh and a few others of ...
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India ready to bid for 2036 Olympics: Anurag Thakur | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India will bid for hosting the Olympic Games in 2036. A roadmap for the same will be presented before the full members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the IOC Session in Mumbai in September next year, union sports minister Anurag Thakur informed here on Tuesday.In an exclusive interview, Thakur told TOI that the government will back the Indian Olympic Association's (IOA) bid for hosting the Games and that Gujarat's Ahmedabad will likely be the 'host city' with world-class sporting infrastructure available there. The union minister said that with India having previously hosted the 1982 Asian Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games, the next logical pit stop for the country was the Summer Olympics."If India can host the G20 Presidency in such a big way, I am sure ...
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IOC raises prospect of boxing being pulled from 2024 Paris Olympics | Boxing News – Times of India

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday raised the possibility of boxing being excluded from the 2024 Paris Games, saying its Russian-led world body showed it had "no real interest" in the sport or its athletes.The International Boxing Association (IBA) was stripped of involvement in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and boxing is not on the initial programme for the 2028 Los Angeles Games, pending reforms demanded by the IOC.Qualifying for the Paris 2024 boxing tournament is being organised by the IOC but it said that concerns regarding the IBA mean it will take further decisions that "may have to include the cancellation of boxing for the Olympic Games Paris 2024".An IOC spokesperson said: "The recent IBA Congress has shown once more that IBA has no real interest in the sport of b...
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Kenneth Powell the ‘Gentleman Sprinter’ who blazed the tracks | More sports News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Kenneth Lawrence Powell, who passed away on Sunday, was one of India’s top sprinters in the 1960s and 70s, who blazed the tracks around the world soon after the heroics of ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh. “Powell complained of breathlessness and we rushed him to the hospital on Sunday morning, but he didn’t respond to treatment. He was healthy and went to bed after watching the World Cup quarterfinal match between England and France,” family sources told TOI. He is survived by his wife and former athlete Daphne, daughter Michelle and son Geoffrey. His second son Gavin passed away recently. The 82-year-old Powell, who hailed from Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) and the first athlete from Karnataka to represent India at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, was India’s flag-bearer at the 196...
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‘If the Chinese and Koreans can do it, why can’t we?’ – Mirabai Chanu: A silver worth the ‘pain’ | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A wrist injury at the National Games this year had made it difficult for Mirbai Chanu to even grip the barbell. With the World Championships just two months away then, the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist had no choice but to manage the injury. And Chanu did that well. A second World Championships medal, a silver in the 49kg weight category, was worth all the 'pain'. An 87kg lift in Snatch and 113kg in clean and jerk was enough to put Chanu at second place on the podium with a total of 200kg. But that's where she and her coach Vijay Sharma put a fullstop to adding more iron plates. They didn't want to risk hurting the wrist more, with still a year and a half left in the Paris 2024 Olympics qualification cycle for weightlifting, which began on August 1, 2022. Extremely humbled ...
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Want to qualify for FIH Pro League 2023-24 season through Nations Cup: Savita | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian women's hockey team skipper Savita wants to qualify for the Pro League 2023-2024 season through the upcoming FIH Nations Cup, a tournament which will also help in preparation for next year's Asian Games. The FIH Nations Cup is an important fixture in the international calendar with its promotion and relegation system. The champions of the event will be promoted to the FIH Hockey Pro League from 2023-2024 season. In the FIH Nations Cup to be held in Valencia from December 11 to 17, India are grouped in Pool B alongside Canada, Japan and South Africa, while Pool A consists of Ireland, Italy, Korea and hosts Spain. "We have been working really hard for the FIH Women's Nations Cup 2022. We are determined to win the tournament as it will also allow us to participate in the ...
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Better late than never: Sharath Kamal on winning Khel Ratna at 40 | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: At 40, the prestigious Khel Ratna award came pretty late for Sharath Kamal, but the star table tennis player on Saturday said the recognition was "better late than never", and it will inspire him to give one last shot at Olympic glory. Sharath was on Friday recommended as the only athlete for this year's Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award, the country's highest sporting honour, for his stupendous performance in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, where he won four medals, including three gold and one silver. "Really proud moment. At this age getting this award, inspiring so many millions across different sports is really wonderful. It's come pretty late in my career but better late than never," Sharath told PTI. "For the amount of sacrifice and the work I have put in, especial...
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Boxing’s exclusion from Olympics will cause loss of focus and direction among kids: Roy Jones Jr | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Legendary American pugilist Roy Jones Jr feels boxing's exclusion from the Olympics will lead to countries like India losing hope of unearthing "a new star" in the sport as aspiring boxers will no longer have focus and direction. In a major blow, boxing has been left out of the initial list of sports for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, a decision made due to a number of governance issues. One of the most successful boxers of his generation, Jones wrote an open letter to the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Committee, urging them to reconsider the decision regarding boxing's exclusion earlier this month. In his letter, the 1988 Olympic silver medallist suggested that leaving out boxing from the sporting extravaganza would be similar...
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PM Narendra Modi declares 36th National Games open at dazzling ceremony | More sports News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: The 36th National Games was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a glittering opening ceremony on Thursday evening in the presence of over 100,000 ecstatic spectators. In keeping with the Olympic convention, but with a modern twist, Gujarat's swimming star Maana Patel brought in the symbolic Torch of Unity into the arena and handed it over to the Prime Minister. Honorable Prime Minister, Shri. @narendramodi declares the #36thNationalGames open! #NationalGames2022 https://t.co/Ekm5jwEa1q— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) 1664462526000Watched and applauded by several current and past sports icons, including Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, Olympic medallists PV Sindhu, Ravi Dahiya, Mirabai Chanu, Gagan Narang, former national hockey captain and new HI chief Dilip Tirkey along wi...
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IOA-IOC meeting fruitful, solution on logjam likely: Sources | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The meeting between the Indian officials and their counterparts at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, went off well on Tuesday as a resolution on amendment of IOA constitution in order to hold its elections before December could be achieved, according to sources. While issuing a final warning to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to hold elections by December or face ban, the IOC, earlier this month, had called for a joint meeting on Tuesday "in order to agree on a constructive solution and establish a roadmap leading to the elections of IOA". "The meeting went off well. It was a constructive and fruitful meeting. A plan is there and I think we can have a solution. Let's see," a source privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anony...
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‘IOC’s latest move casts shadow over India’s bid to host major events’ | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) renewed threat to ban India over its national Olympic body’s failure to address “ongoing internal disputes, governance shortcomings and court cases” has put the country’s hopes of hosting the 2030 Youth Olympics and 2036 Summer Olympics in jeopardy. IOC’s warning on Thursday has come as a rude wakeup call for the Indian sports officials, who have been nurturing hopes of presenting a blueprint of the proposed Olympic projects before the world body’s top leadership during its visit to India in 2023 for the IOC Session. “IOC is very serious about its warning and there’s every possibility that the country might face global suspension if the elections weren’t held by December this year. By postponing the IOC Session until September, the ...
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Was shocked to see the next year’s BWF calendar, says Kidambi Srikanth | Badminton News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Athletes across sports have often complained about a busy schedule hampering their physical and mental fitness and ability to keep producing top notch performances. It has been a problem with badminton, where the Badminton World Federation normally chalk out a choc-a-block calendar. On Thursday, former world No 1 male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth pointed out his concern at the overloaded international badminton schedule in 2023, highlighting how it would make things difficult for badminton players in an Olympic qualification year. As per the BWF official website, there are 31 events scheduled in the World Tour calendar for 2023-24, with an increased number of Super 1000, Super 750, and Super 500 tournaments interspersed throughout the season. The race to the Paris Olympics qualific...
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Chinese badminton star ordered to throw Olympic semi in Sydney 2000 | Badminton News – Times of India

COPENHAGEN: Former Chinese badminton champion Ye Zhaoying claims she was forced to throw her semi-final at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 to increase the chances of a gold medal for one of her compatriots, in an interview broadcast on Saturday by Danish television TV2. Twenty-two years later, the former world number one, who won bronze in Australia, says she was pushed by the team management to lose her match against Gong Zhichao so as not to "tire her too much" ahead of a final against Danish champion Camilla Martin. "They asked me to do this. They told me not to let it look like I was losing on purpose. But at the same time, they wanted me not to tire Gong Zhichao too much," Ye alleged on TV2. "They wanted me to lose in two sets, not in three sets, so that I wouldn't tire her out too muc...
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Carolina Marin on badminton comeback trail after dashed Olympic dreams | Badminton News – Times of India

TOKYO: A horror injury wrecked Carolina Marin's Tokyo Olympics dream but now the Spanish badminton star is aiming for a record fourth world title and gold at the 2024 Paris Games. Marin was the hot favourite for the Tokyo title last year until a knee injury in May forced her to miss not just the Olympics but also the world championships in her home town of Huelva five months later. The 29-year-old returned to action in May this year and she is making up for lost time at the world championships in Tokyo this week. Marin staved off four match points to book her place in the quarter-finals with a 16-21, 21-15, 22-20 win over China's He Bingjiao on Thursday, letting out a wild scream of celebration after sealing the deal. She insisted a record fourth world title was not at the forefront of ...
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Jeremy to bulk up to 73kg, will fight Achinta Sheuli for Olympic qualification | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Commonwealth Games gold medallist lifters Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Achinta Sheuli will clash for the lone 73kg spot in the Paris Olympics as the former's 67kg doesn't feature in the 2024 Games. With the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) scrapping 67kg from the Paris Games, Jeremy, who won the gold in the category at the CWG, will bulk up to compete in the 73kg weight class. However, India already has representation in the weight division in Sheuli, who is the national record holder and reigning CWG champion in the 73kg division. The two will now go head to head in a bid to seal qualification for the 2024 Olympics as only one lifter per country is allowed in a weight class. "I will increase my weight to 73kg," Jeremy, who is in the US for a three-and-half week strengt...
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IOC to consider cricket’s inclusion in 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games | Cricket News – Times of India

LAUSANNE: Cricket's much-anticipated inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics received a shot in the arm as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shortlisted it for a review along with eight other sporting disciplines. Cricket has only featured once at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, with Great Britain and hosts France as only participants. According to ESPN Cricinfo, The development comes a day after the International Cricket Committee (ICC) was formally invited by both the LA28 and IOC to submit presentation in order to make their case considered. However, a final decision is expected to be announced ahead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai sometime in mid-2023. The other eight sports in consideration for the showpiece event are baseball/softball, flag ...
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It will be a good rivalry with Jeremy Lalrinnunga for Olympics: Achinta Sheuli | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

Not happy with gold, Sheuli says attaining personal best was his goalBIRMINGHAM: It has been a windfall of medals for Indian weightlifters here. After Mirabai Chanu showed the way with a gold on Saturday, Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Achinta Sheuli followed with two more top positions. Achinta lifted 313kg (143kg in snatch + 170kg in clean and jerk) late on Sunday to smash the CWG record in the 73kg category. TOI caught up with the 2 0-year-old on the sidelines on Monday. Excerpts:Has the feeling of being a gold medal winner sunk in yet?It is a proud moment for me. But I was also trying to break my personal best in the process, and not being able to do that was a bit disappointing. You hold the clean and jerk and overall Indian record in the 73kg category, but the snatch is missing. Were you ...