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Tokyo Olympics 2020 LIVE Updates: India Take On Great Britain In Women’s Hockey Pool A Match


Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian women’s hockey team are yet to taste victory in the competition.© AFP

PV Sindhu, Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Ma Long among others compete on Wednesday as the Tokyo Olympics caravan rolls on. While Indian acer shuttler Sindhu will play her group stage game, Long will play the men’s singles quarterfinal and Djokovic and Medvedev will compete in men’s singles third round. For India, the women’s hockey team will kick off proceedings against Great Britain before Sindhu plays Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong in women’s singles group stage. Indian archers including Deepika Kumari, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav will also be in action, as will be boxer Pooja Rani. India will also pose a challenge in sailing and rowing events.

Here Are The Live Updates From Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Tokyo Olympics, India schedule: PV Sindhu, Boxer Pooja Rani, Archers And Women’s Hockey Team In Action Today


Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu will take on Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in her group match.© AFP

The Indian women’s hockey team and ace shuttler PV Sindhu headline India’s campaign on Wednesday. Indian women’s hockey team will start off the day for Team India when they face Great Britain in their Pool A fixture from 6:30 AM IST. Sindhu will face Cheung Ngan Yi in her women’s singles group stage fixture. Shuttler Sai Praneeth will also have his men’s singles fixture on Wednesday while archers Deepika Kumari, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav will be in action. Indian boxer Pooja Rani will take on Ichrak Chaib of Algeria in women’s middleweight (69-75kg). Other than the aforementioned events, athletes from the Indian contingent will participate in rowing and sailing as well.

Here’s a list of Indian athletes who will be in action on Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics:

India vs Great Britain (Hockey) – Women’s Pool A

Time: 6:30 AM IST

PV Sindhu vs Cheung Ngan Yi (Badminton) – Women’s Singles Group Play Stage

Time: 7:30 AM IST

Tarundeep Rai vs Oleksii Hunbin (Archery) – Men’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations

Time: 7:31 AM IST

Arjun Lal Jat, Arvind Singh (Rowing) – Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Semifinals A/B 2

Time: 8:00 AM IST

Ganapathy Kelapanda, Varun Thakkar (Sailing) – Men’s Skiff, 49er, Race 02

Time: 8:35 AM IST

Pravin Jadhav vs Galsan Bazarzhapov (Archery) – Men’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations

Time:12:30 PM IST

Deepika Kumari vs Karma (Archery) – Women’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations

Time: 2:14 PM IST

B Sai Praneeth vs Mark Caljouw (Badminton) – Men’s Singles Group Play Stage

Time: 2:30 PM IST

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Pooja Rani vs Ichrak Chaib (Boxing) – Women’s Middle (69-75kg)

Time: 2:33 PM IST

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Tokyo Games: Naomi Osaka “Disappointed” After Painful Home Defeat In Olympics | Olympics News






Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka conceded the pressure of trying to win an Olympic gold at home was a “bit much” after a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Marketa Vondrousova ended her title dreams on Tuesday. Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron and was one of the faces of the Games, struggled in an error-strewn display that blew the draw wide open after the earlier exits of world number one Ashleigh Barty and third seed Aryna Sabalenka. “How disappointed am I? I mean, I’m disappointed in every loss, but I feel like this one sucks more than the others,” said the four-time Grand Slam winner.

Asked what went wrong, she replied: “Everything — if you watch the match then you would probably see. I feel like there’s a lot of things that I counted on that I couldn’t rely on today.”

The third-round defeat follows a turbulent few months for Osaka, who abandoned her French Open campaign in May after refusing to attend press conferences, citing the need to preserve her mental health.

Osaka also skipped Wimbledon, saying she had been battling depression and anxiety, before returning in Tokyo for her first Olympics, including her starring role at the opening ceremony.

But ultimately the sky-high expectations placed on the world’s highest-paid female athlete proved tough to handle.

“I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this. I think it’s maybe because I haven’t played in the Olympics before and for the first year (it) was a bit much,” said Osaka.

After looking assured in the first two rounds after her eight-week hiatus, Osaka made a dreadful start under the centre court roof at a rain-hit Ariake Tennis Park and never recovered.

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She dropped serve five times against the 42nd-ranked Vondrousova, who will face Spain’s Paula Badosa in the quarter-finals.

“I’ve taken long breaks before and I’ve managed to do well,” Osaka said. “I’m not saying that I did bad right now, but I do know that my expectations were a lot higher.

“I feel like my attitude wasn’t that great because I don’t really know how to cope with that pressure so that’s the best that I could have done in this situation.”

Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up, called it “one of the biggest wins of my career”.

Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina, the highest-ranked women’s player left in the competition, recovered to defeat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova, seeded fifth, slumped to a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Italy’s Camila Giorgi.

There were also third-round wins for Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Garbine Muguruza while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ended the run of Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, who dumped Barty out in round one.

Earlier, men’s third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the third round as he avenged last month’s Wimbledon loss to Frances Tiafoe, winning 6-3, 6-4.

Kei Nishikori will now single-handedly take on the challenge of becoming Japan’s first Olympic tennis champion after Osaka’s exit.

The 2016 bronze medallist overcame a second-set wobble to defeat American Marcos Giron 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-1.

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Former world number four Nishikori could be a quarter-final opponent for Novak Djokovic, who resumes his quest for gold against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Wednesday.

Britain’s Liam Broady upset Polish seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. He will meet Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who beat 11th-seeded Aslan Karatsev in three sets.

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Sri Lanka vs India: Eight Contacts Of Covid Positive Krunal Pandya Return Negative Results, 2nd T20I To Go Ahead As Scheduled, Say Sources


Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the second Sri Lanka-India T20I.© AFP

The second T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo will go on as scheduled on Wednesday July 28, sources told NDTV, after eight close contacts of Krunal Pandya, India all-rounder who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, returned negative test results. However, Pandya will remain in isolation and he will not travel back home with the rest of the team on July 30, sources said. After Krunal’s positive test result, the second T20I, which was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday, was postponed to Wednesday.

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Tokyo Games: Moroccan Boxer Youness Baalla Tries To Bite Opponent In Olympics Defeat


Tokyo Games: Morocco’s Youness Baalla and New Zealand’s David Nyika fight during a bout.© AFP

Moroccan heavyweight boxer Youness Baalla attempted to bite David Nyika’s ear during his defeat to the New Zealander at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. The 22-year-old was subsequently disqualified for unsportsmanlike behaviour, although he was already out of the Games anyway following his unanimous-points loss in the round-of-16 bout. A Tokyo 2020 statement called Baalla’s actions “intolerable”, saying that he “very clearly intended to bite the ear/face of his opponent in the third round of the bout”. Footage shows Baalla trying to bite Nyika’s right ear as the two boxers hold each other.

Nyika, a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist who has already fought as a professional, said: “He didn’t get a full mouthful.

“Luckily he had his mouthguard in and I was a bit sweaty.

“I was bitten on the chest at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (2018), but come on man, this is the Olympics.”

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Tokyo Olympics: Manika Batra Refusing National Coach’s Help Is Act Of Indiscipline, Says Table Tennis Federation Of India


Tokyo Olympics: Paddler Manika Batra in action at the Tokyo Games.© AFP

Table Tennis Federation of India (TTF) on Tuesday called Manika Batra‘s decision to not take the help of national coach Soumyadeep Roy during her matches at the Tokyo Olympics as a brazen “act of indiscipline” and she will certainly face action when its Executive Board meets early next month. Roy, who is a 2006 Commonwealth Games team event gold medallist and an Arjuna awardee, is the only coach who travelled with the four-member team to Tokyo. Manika had taken her personal coach Sanmay Paranajpe to the Games but he was only allowed to train with her and the player’s request for his Field of Play access was denied by the organisers.

“It is surely an act of indiscipline. She should have let the national coach sit court-side during her matches just like the other players did. Roy has been one of India’s best players and is a reputed coach now.

“The Executive Board will meet soon virtually and decide on the action against her for this indiscipline,” TTFI secretary general Arun Kumar Banerjee told PTI from Tokyo.

What action TTFI takes against its high-profile player is yet to be seen but it is certain that attendance of all India players will be made mandatory for national camps.

Manika attended the national camp in Sonepat ahead of the Games for just three days when the camp lasted more than three weeks.

Incidentally, G Sathiyan, who lost in the opening round in Tokyo, also chose to train with personal coach like Manika. However unlike Manika, Roy was seen sitting in Sathiyan”s corner during his second round encounter.

India’s campaign at the Games ended on Tuesday when veteran Sharath Kamal went down fighting against reigning champion Ma Long of China in the round of 32.

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Manika, ranked 62, also did well to reach the round of 32 after beating world number 32 in the second round. Roy happens to be personal coach of Sutirtha Mukherjee who lost in the second round in her maiden Olympics.

“Manika played well and we are proud of her achievements but she did wrong by not having Roy by her side,” added Banerjee.

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Tokyo Games: Simone Biles Says “Mental Health” Concerns Led To Olympic Final Withdrawal | Olympics News


Tokyo Games: Simone Biles at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, during the ongoing Olympics.© AFP





Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles said “mental health” concerns had led to her withdrawal from the women’s team final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. Biles exited the final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre after a lacklustre opening vault and walked off the competition floor before returning a short time later. “I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and my wellbeing,” the 24-year-old American said after her team were beaten by the Russian quartet in her absence.

The US team immediately withdrew her from the rest of the final.

After she joined her teammates to collect their silver medals, four-time Olympic champion Biles confirmed she had not been injured.

She said: “I just don’t trust myself as much as I used to, and I don’t know if it’s age. I’m a little bit more nervous when I do gymnastics.

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“I feel like I’m also not having as much fun, and I know that this Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself,” she said, as she began to cry.

“It just sucks that it happens here at the Olympics Games… with the year that it’s been, I’m really not surprised the way it played out.”

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Tokyo Games: Vinesh Phogat Misses Flight For Olympics After Overstaying EU Visa, To Reach On Wednesday, Says Report


Tokyo Games: Vinesh Phogat will be aiming to put in a good display for India.© AFP

One of India’s biggest medal hopes at the Olympics, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, on Tuesday missed her flight to Tokyo from Frankfurt after it was discovered that she had overstayed her EU (European Union) visa by one day. Phogat, who was training in Hungary with her coach Woller Akos ahead of the Games, were to reach Tokyo on Tuesday night but she was stopped at the Frankfurt Airport before boarding the connecting flight to the Japanese capital. However, IOA sources told PTI the issue has been sorted and she will be in Tokyo on Wednesday.

“It was an oversight and something not done on purpose. Instead of 90 days as per her Schengen visa, it was calculated that she had been in the EU for 91 days after she landed in Frankfurt from Budapest.

“The matter was taken up by SAI swiftly and Indian consulate in Frankfurt reached the airport to sort out the matter. Vinesh will be in Tokyo tomorrow,” the sources revealed.

Vinesh, who has also expressed a requirement for physio’s accreditation at the Games, is staying the night at a hotel in the Frankfurt airport premise and will leave for Tokyo at 12.15 PM local (German) time.

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“She has also taken a fresh RTPCR test at the airport since there is one day delay in her arrival (with 72 hour test requirement before departure) and the local organising committee has been duly informed about. She will be tested at the Tokyo airport anyway,” sources added.

Vinesh is seen as a gold medal contender in the 53kg women’s freestyle category and is the top seed. Her competition starts August 5. The 26-year-old is the reigning Asian Games and Commonwealth Game champion and won bronze in the World Championships.

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Tokyo Games: Watch “Future Olympian” Show Off His Skateboarding Skills | Olympics News


Tokyo Games: The Olympics Twitter handle posted a skateboarding video of a kid.© Twitter





With skateboarding events making a debut in the ongoing Tokyo Games, the official account of Olympics took to social to share an adorable video of a little boy showing off his skills in a quirky video. In the ongoing Games, Japan’s Yuto Horigome came out on top in the Men’s Street Skateboarding Final. Meanwhile, Japan’s Momiji Nishiya — all of 13 years old — won gold at the Women’s Street Final. In the video, the boy can be seen showing his skateboarding skills, despite falling a few times. The video which was posted on Twitter, has been captioned as, “A future Olympian? Never give up #StrongerTogether”.

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Skateboarding made its debut appearance at the ongoing Olympics in Tokyo. It has also been provisionally approved by the IOC for the 2024 Games in Paris.

The Tokyo Games was originally scheduled to be held in 2020, but was postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The opening ceremony was held on July 23, at the National Stadium, despite anti-Olympics protests taking place outside the venue in the same time.

Emperor Naruhito officially opened up the marquee event.

In the medals tally, the United States are currently on top of the leaderboard with nine golds, five silvers and eight bronzes, taking their account to 22 medals.

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China (21 medals), Japan (16), Russian Olympic Committee (16) and Great Britain (10) are the other countries on the top portion of the ladder.

India are currently 37th, with only a silver medal courtesy of weightlifter Mirabai Chanu in the women’s 49kg category.

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Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu Breaks Down On Meeting Mother After Returning Home In Imphal


Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu won silver in women’s 49kg category in weightlifting.© AFP

It was an emotional homecoming for newly-crowned Olympic silver-medallist Mirabai Chanu, who broke down on meeting her mother in Imphal on Tuesday before being felicitated by Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh at the airport. Much like the reception at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Monday, Chanu was met with media frenzy at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal. A stringent training regimen after the 2016 Rio Games had limited Chanu’s visits to home for the past five years.

Chanu, who won the silver medal in the women’s 49kg category on Saturday, was seen hugging her mother Saikhom Ongbi Tombi Leima and her father Saikhom Kriti Meitei with tears rolling down her face as security guards formed a ring around her.

The now famous gold earrings, shaped like the Olympic rings, that Chanu sported at the Games were a gift from her mother who sold her own jewellery for them five years ago ahead of the Rio Games in the hope of bringing the weightlifter luck.

The 26-year-old hails form Nongpok Kakching village, which is around 25km from Imphal.

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From the airport, Chanu went to attend a Manipur state government felicitation, which was hosted by the chief minister.

The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The diminutive weightlifter has six siblings, three sisters and two brothers.

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