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2022: A year of many firsts for Indian sports | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The year 2022 will be remembered by Indian sports fans. It was a year of many firsts and historic achievements by Indian athletes on the world stage - a good follow-up to an almost equally impressive 2021 which saw the country's stars shine bright at the Tokyo Olympics.Here's a relook at the peaks Indian athletes touched in 2022.1. Neeraj Chopra stamps his mark on the World Championships and Diamond LeagueMaintaining that ideal run in 2022 after winning the gold medal at the Olympics in Tokyo the previous year would have been a difficult task for Neeraj Chopra. But the Indian men's javelin throw champion rose to the occasion, and what a rise!Neeraj Chopra roared back into the international circuit to win a silver medal and set a national record at the Paavo Nurmi Games. Neera...
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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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Gold rush in Jordan: Lovlina, Parveen, Saweety and Alifiya win Asian Championships titles | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Lovlina Borgohain looked at ease as she struck gold in her maiden appearance in the middleweight division while three other Indian boxers were also crowned Asian champions in Amman, Jordan on Friday. World championship bronze medallist Parveen Hooda (63kg), Saweety (81kg) and Alfiya Khan (81+kg) packed a power punch to clinch the yellow metal in their respective categories. Minakshi, on the other hand, concluded her maiden Asian Championships campaign by clinching a silver medal in the flyweight division (52kg) as Indian women boxers signed off with a haul of seven medals. LOVLINA GETS 🥇! 🥳✅Proud of you champ 👌#AsianChampionships#PunchMeinHaiDum#Boxing https://t.co/2Fk1S1UYBO— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) 1668171428000Parveen continued to impress as she notched up a faci...
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Special being back where it changed for me: Neeraj Chopra returns to National Stadium at ‘Thank You Tokyo’ | More sports News – Times of India

TOKYO: Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made a trip down the memory lane by attending the 'Thank You Tokyo!' event, coming back to the National Stadium, a venue where he was pushed to stardom following his Tokyo Olympics 2020 gold medal triumph. As per the Olympics.com, the Olympic champion was in the Japanese capital on Sunday to attend the event, which was organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in collaboration with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Japanese Olympic Committee to commemorate the successful hosting of the global sporting event last year. The people of Japan were also appreciated for making the event a huge success despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost 18,000 people turned out to watch the event, which involved a serie...
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TOISA 2021: Meet the nominees – Mirabai Chanu – Times of India

The Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) 2021 awards ceremony will be held on October 14. Ahead of the ceremony the jury meet was held in the capital. The evaluation period for TOISA 2021 was from January 1 to December 31, 2021. All achievements during this time period were considered by the jury. Meet one of the big contenders for the TOISA 2021 Female Weightlifter of the Year award - Mirabai Chanu, who won a silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai ChanuDate of Birth: August 8, 1994 Birth Place: Nongpok Kakching, Imphal, Manipur Sport:WeightliftingEvent: 49 kg Major Achievements in 2021:Tokyo Olympics: Silver Asian Weightlifting Championships (Tashkent): Bronze Mirabai Chanu started 2021 on a good note when she won the bronze medal at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashke...
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Calmer Atanu Das puts Tokyo disappointment behind, wins National Games gold | More sports News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Olympian archer Atanu Das put behind his Tokyo Games disappointment by claiming the gold medal in men's individual recurve at the National Games on Thursday. For over two months after his failure to win a medal at Tokyo, Atanu went on vacations, talked to his wife Deepika Kumari about starting a family to ensure that there was more to life for them than just archery. He changed his approach in training and even travelled to different locations to get back into his groove. On Thursday evening, at the Sanskardam Sports Complex near Ahmedabad, the West Bengal archer's tribulations came to an end as he beat Gurcharan Besra of Services 6-4 in the final and whooped like a child. "The upcoming year is very important for us. This gold is reassuring that my preparations are on the rig...
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TOISA 2021: Meet the nominees – Neeraj Chopra – Times of India

The Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) 2021 awards ceremony will be held on October 14. Ahead of the ceremony the jury meet was held in the capital. The evaluation period for TOISA 2021 was from January 1 to December 31, 2021. All achievements during this time period were considered by the jury. Meet one of the big contenders for TOISA 2021 Sportsperson of the Year award - Neeraj Chopra:Date of Birth: December 24, 1997Place of Birth: Khandra, HaryanaSport: Athletics (Javelin Throw)Current World Ranking: 2 (As on September 30, 2022)Major Achievements in 2021:Tokyo Olympics: 87.58m - GoldMeeting Cidade de Lisboa (Portugal): 83.18m - GoldFolksam Grand Prix (Sweden): 80.96m - GoldKuortane Games (Finland): 86.79m - BronzeFederation Cup (Patiala): 87.80m - GoldIndian Grand Prix 3 (Patiala):...
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Injured PV Sindhu to miss National Games, will be present at opening ceremony | Badminton News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will not participate in the National Games as she has not recovered fully from an ankle injury, but the ace shutter will be present at the opening ceremony. Sindhu, who is on the path to recovery after sustaining an ankle injury during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, is going to be in Gujarat for the opening ceremony on September 29 along with other sports stars. Badminton action begins in Surat on October 2. "It is unfortunate that I will not be competing in the Games due to my injury. Had I been fit, I would have definitely represented my state (Telangana)," Sindhu said. "The National Games is a great opportunity for all the athletes and everyone I have spoken to is excited about it. I am sure the badminton matches will be very exc...
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UWW doctors used bandage for knee-ankle injuries on my injured skull: Bajrang Punia | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bajrang Punia on Thursday blamed the United World Wrestling's (UWW) mat doctors for derailing his World Championships campaign after they applied the bandage meant to protect ankle and knee on the wrestler's injured skull, which blocked his vision and made him conscious about the taping coming off during bouts. Bajrang, who won his record fourth medal (men's 65kg category) at the Worlds in Belgrade, informed that he had to change the bandage after every bout for the fear of blood coming out of his wound and the match referee awarding his opponent a walkover. "The bandage applied to cover my injured skull was the one used to tape an injured knee or ankle. They didn't have the proper taping with them to cover my skull. I hadn't cut my hair or shaved for the Worlds. So, when I r...
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Dutch Athletics team member at 2016 & 2020 Olympics blames cheap chicken after testing positive for doping

Dutch 4×100 relay Solomon Bockarie, who tested positive for the growth hormone GHRP-2 during an out-of-competition check earlier last month, has insisted that he didn’t consume any banned substance to his knowledge. “I don’t know how this product got into my body,” Bockarie was quoted by the Netherlands public broadcaster, NOS. “I only know one thing for sure. And that is that I have not used doping. If anyone is vehemently against using banned stimulants, it’s me.” “I have a lot of questions about this check and the results,” said Bockarie. “Let me emphasize that an athlete is at all times responsible for the substances found in his body. But in this case, so much is unclear that I would like some clarification.” A report from NOS further suggested that Bockarie’s spokesperson Robbin P...
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National Sports Day: Neeraj Chopra appeals to every Indian to play a sport, stay active and healthy | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of National Sports Day on Monday, Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra appealed to every single Indian to play sports and stay active. Neeraj took to Twitter to wish people and wrote, "On #NationalSportsDay, I appeal to every single Indian to play a sport, stay active and healthy. Let's make India a great sporting nation! On #NationalSportsDay, I appeal to every single Indian to play a sport, stay active and healthy. Let's make India a… https://t.co/Oy5VzYQDG7— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) 1661778665000Last week, the javelin star made a stunning comeback from injury to win the javelin throw competition at the Lausanne Diamond League with a best throw of 89.08m. With his best throw at the event, Chopra became the first Indian to clinch the prestigious ...
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Neeraj Chopra gifts his Tokyo gold medal-winning javelin to Olympic Museum | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With Neeraj Chopra back in the field once again, the star javelin thrower donated his Tokyo 2020 gold medal-winning javelin to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland on Saturday and said that he is hopeful that its presence can serve as an inspiration for the younger generation. The track and field athlete was also joined by Olympic gold medallist shooting star Abhinav Bindra. "It was an honour to visit and donate my Tokyo 2020 javelin to the Olympic Museum yesterday. I hope its presence can inspire the younger generation to keep working hard towards their dreams," tweeted Chopra. It was an honour to visit and donate my Tokyo2020 javelin to the Olympic Museum yesterday. I hope its presence can… https://t.co/jhnXsWV04V— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) 1661701663000He furt...
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Neeraj Chopra to compete in Lausanne Diamond League on Friday | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has recovered from the "minor" groin strain injury he had suffered last month and is set to take part in the Diamond League Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on August 26. A good show in Lausanne can ensure Chopra a berth in the Diamond League Finals in Zurich on September 7 and 8 as he is at fourth spot in the standings. The top six in the standings will make the Zurich Finals. The Lausanne event is the last leg which has a men's javelin throw competition. The 24-year-Chopra had pulled out of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games last month due to the injury he had suffered during the final of the World Championships on July 24 in Eugene, USA, where he had won a historic silver. He pulled out of the Birmingham CWG (July 28-August 8)...
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CWG 2022: Will India stop the Aussie juggernaut in men’s hockey? | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

The Australian juggernaut has rolled on since hockey was introduced at the 1998 Commonwealth Games with the Kookaburras emerging as the undisputed six-time champions. India challenged the Australian title charge twice - 2010 and 2014 - but fell woefully short. Come Monday, will India be third time lucky? A lot has changed since the teams last met in a CWG final. When Australia blanked India 4-0 in Glasgow 2014, India's current chief coach, Australian Graham Reid, was in the champions dugout then. This time round, he will play a pivotal role as India look to dethrone the mighty Aussies. The odds are stacked against India, who lost the last meeting between the two sides 1-7 in a group match at the Tokyo Olympics last year. But current form and not history will decide the winners and to wi...
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CWG 2022: Boxers Nitu Ghanghas, Amit Panghal storm into finals | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Indian boxer Amit Panghal (51kg) displayed his class as he reached his second consecutive Commonwealth Games final while Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) also remained on course for a gold in her maiden appearance here on Saturday. Panghal, who is vying to win the yellow metal after his silver in the last edition, came from behind to beat an aggressive Patrick Chinyemba of Zambia with a 5-0 unanimous decision win. 2️⃣/2️⃣ for 🇮🇳 2018 Asiad gold medallist @Boxerpanghal puts up a heroic performance to eke out his 🇿🇲 opponent in… https://t.co/i48stTpli7— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) 1659781222000Nitu, on the other hand, prevailed over Canada's Priyanka Dhillon as she notched a RSC (Referee Stops Contest) win in the minimum weight category. Such was the 21-year-old Nitu's confidence th...
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I beat better throwers than me for Olympic gold, cut-throat competition now at World Championships: Neeraj Chopra | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Neeraj Chopra likes to keep things simple. In fact, the 'no complications' mantra is synonymous with independent India's only track and field Olympic gold medallist. "In athletics, it's very simple. If you are throwing, it should be the farthest; if you are jumping, it should be the highest; and if you are running, it should be the fastest" is how Neeraj put it during this interaction. There can't be a simpler way than that to put things into perspective. Neeraj, in fact, is a master of that -- keeping things simple. In a couple of days' time, Neeraj will be at the second biggest stage after his Olympic triumph -- the ongoing World Championships in Oregon, USA, where he will run in to throw the spear to a distance that could potentially fetch India only its second World Champ...
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The girls want to work hard and go again: Janneke Schopman | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

BENGALURU: From also-rans to podium contenders, the Indian women's hockey team covered the distance at the Tokyo Olympics last year. But once the euphoria around their fourth-place finish ended, it was back to the grind for the team. Much has changed in the last year. Sjoerd Marijne made way for Janneke Schopman as the head coach. Wayne Lombard quit as the scientific advisor. The face of the team and skipper Rani Rampal has been sidelined - battling injuries - which has seen goalkeeper Savita Punia assume leadership role. In their first major outing after the Tokyo Games - the World Cup - the team finished a disappointing ninth recently. They were let down by lack of on-field conversion of opportunities and poor success rate in penalty corners. In the six matches they played, India earn...
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Exclusive: Won’t lie, there’s a bit of pressure heading into the World Athletics Championships, says Neeraj Chopra | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: No athlete is immune to pressure. Some get bogged down by the enormity of the occasion, others battle past their inner demons to conquer the emotions. Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra is one of them. Even if the Tokyo Games gold medallist doesn't want to be fluttered by the talks surrounding his elusive 90 metre-mark, he can't help but feel the pressure. Still, the javelin thrower has been putting up an unflappable demeanour ahead of the all-crucial World Athletics Championships in USA's Oregon from July 15 to 24 to become the country's first track and field athlete to finish on the top of the podium at the global meet. "Some of the athletes simply accept that they are under pressure ahead of an event. Others just shut themselves out. I have never said that I don't feel the pre...
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In-form sprinter Shericka Jackson ready to wipe away ‘third Jamaican’ tag

Jamaican women sprinters, most often in the form of Elaine-Thompson Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, have ruled the roost for over a decade but Shericka Jackson has already shown her credentials as she bids to emerge from their superstar shadow. Thompson-Herah completed the “double-double” when she took 100 and 200 metres gold at the Tokyo Olympics having done the same in Rio, while Fraser-Pryce has won the world 100m title four times and the Olympic 100m title twice. Both though had to concede the limelight at this year’s Jamaican trials as Jackson completed an extraordinarily high-class double. Jackson, who started racing the 100m seriously last year, blasted to victory in 10.77 seconds and though Fraser-Pryce, the only woman to go faster this year, missed the final, the 35-year-old...