Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 3 August. These were the first Olympic Games ever to be held in South America.
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  • Our first target is to qualify for finals: Dipa's coach
    Business Standard India

    Our first target is to qualify for finals: Dipa's coach

    Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar's coach Bisheshwar Nandi, who is in Jakarta for the 18th edition of the Asian Games has expressed confidence that the former would give her best performance, while saying that their first aim is to qualify for the finals of the women's artistic gymnastics event in the quadrennial tournament. Speaking to ANI, Nandi heaped praises on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for saving gymnastics in the country. Talking on Dipa's preparation for the Asian Games, he elucidated, "Dipa's full training began 15-20 days after the Commonwealth Games (in Gold Coast, Australia) ended. I taught her a new vault. She is perfect in 5.4 value. As she has just recovered from her (knee)

  • With Imran Khan as PM, Pakistan athletes hope for 'tabdeeli' in struggling sports scene
    Business Standard India

    With Imran Khan as PM, Pakistan athletes hope for 'tabdeeli' in struggling sports scene

    Newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan promised "tabdeeli" (change) during his intense election campaign and its cash-strapped athletes are now heavily relying on the former cricketer to revive the struggling sport scene in the country. Olympic sports in Pakistan have been facing acute shortage of funds and recently its hockey team threatened to pull out of the ongoing Asian Games due to non-payment of daily allowances. The country's tennis team arrived here only a day before the competition and that too without a captain and coach. The shooters, too, are not able to give their best due to lack of funds. "The expectations are definitely high from Imran Khan. I have voted only for the

  • The Economic Times

    India opens medal count at Asiad with bronze in rifle mixed team

    India opened its account in the 18th Asian Games with a bronze medal after Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar cracked under pressure to finish third in the rifle mixed team shooting event here today. The Indians aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver. The strong Chinese pairing of Ruozhu Zhao and Haoran Yang ended with a score of 492.5. Chinese Taipei's Yingshin Lin and Shaochuan Lu claimed the gold, scoring 494.1. Korea and Mongolia finished fourth and fifth respectively in the event held for the first time at the Games. It was a maiden Asian Games medal for Chandela, who will

  • Asian Games: Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony
    IN

    Asian Games: Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - A spectacular pyrotechnic show, including a simulated volcanic eruption, lit up the Jakarta skyline on Saturday night as Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the continent's elite athletes in the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games. The country's president Joko Widodo made an unorthodox and dramatic entrance to the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, riding a motorbike onto the stage before officially opening Indonesia's second hosting of the Asiad. “We are proud, we are honoured by the arrival of the special guests from 45 countries,” Widodo told a crowd of 50,000 packed into the same arena where the 1962 Games were opened. “During the 18th Asian Games we, the nations of

  • Japan: Asian Games a proving ground for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
    Associated Press

    Japan: Asian Games a proving ground for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan is shooting for a record 30 gold medals when hosts the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and the Asian Games are the proving ground.

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    Olympic gymnasts Ross and Kocian: we were abused by Nassar

    BOSTON (AP) — Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross watched the women they won Olympic gold with step forward one by one over the last 18 months to detail their abuse at the hands of disgraced former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar. The more their Olympic teammates talked, the more Kocian and Ross began to examine their own interactions with Nassar. Over time they realized their experience mirrored those of hundreds of other women who were abused by Nassar under the guise of treatment. They realized they hadn't been spared but instead were victims, too. It took months for them to process and even longer to go public. Yet they're doing it now — months after Nassar was sentenced to an effective

  • Gophers Volleyball Cautiously Looks Towards Mpls. Final Four
    CBS Minnesota

    Gophers Volleyball Cautiously Looks Towards Mpls. Final Four

    Gophers Volleyball Cautiously Looks Towards Mpls. Final Four The Minnesota Gopher volleyball team has reason to be optimistic. They are just that good, Mike Max reports (1:40). WCCO 4 News At 6 – Aug. 18, 2018

  • Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony at Jakarta, highlights - as it happened
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    Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony at Jakarta, highlights - as it happened

    Highlights : The Asian Games 2018 is here and nations from all around the continent will be vying for top honours in 40 sports and 462 gold medal events. Following their Commonwealth Games success in 2010, India grabbed their best medal haul at the continental games the same year in Guangzhou, China, winning 14 gold medals, 17 silver and 37 bronze. Neeraj Chopra lead the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games. 19:58 hrs IST That's the ceremony Phew! What a ceremony that was, huh. Thank you for sitting through it with us, and do join us tomorrow for more live coverage of the Asian Games 2018. Until then, goodbye! 19:22 hrs IST Esports Debut Esports debuts as an official demonstration

  • Back to his best, Indian rower Bhokanal targets Asiad gold for late mother
    Business Standard India

    Back to his best, Indian rower Bhokanal targets Asiad gold for late mother

    Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal, the favourite to win single sculls gold at the Asian Games, is back to his best after a traumatising period during which he lost his mother. The strong rowing contingent expectedly has not attracted much attention but they can significantly contribute to India's medals tally at the Games. Indian rowing technical director Nicolai Gioga expects medals in seven events including singles sculls where Bhokanal will be vying for the gold. His average time has been hovering around the 7 minute mark and two weeks ago while training in Pune he also produced the time he clocked in Rio Olympics -- 6:54.96. At Incheon Asian Games four years ago, Iran's Mohsen Shadi won the

  • Asian Games: Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony
    IN

    Asian Games: Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - A spectacular pyrotechnic show, including a simulated volcanic eruption, lit up the Jakarta skyline on Saturday night as Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the continent's elite athletes in the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games. The country's president Joko Widodo made an unorthodox and dramatic entrance to the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, riding a motorbike onto the stage before officially opening Indonesia's second hosting of the Asiad. “We are proud, we are honoured by the arrival of the special guests from 45 countries,” Widodo told a crowd of 50,000 packed into the same arena where the 1962 Games were opened. “During the 18th Asian Games we, the nations of

  • Games-Asia's Olympic champions vie for gold in Jakarta pool
    Daily Mail

    Games-Asia's Olympic champions vie for gold in Jakarta pool

    JAKARTA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - China's medal machine Sun Yang heads a handful of reigning Olympic champions, and host of aspirant Tokyo 2020 gold medallists, looking to make a statement in the Asian Games pool over the next week. While the Asiad does not often provide world class competition in the big Olympic sports - Kosuke Kitajima in 2002 was the last swimmer to post a world record time at the Games - it can provide valuable experience for aspiring champions. Sun, Singapore's Joseph Schooling, Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan and Japan's Kosuke Hagino all won one or more golds in the Incheon pool four years ago and followed up with Olympic titles in Rio in 2016. Japanese breaststroke specialist

  • Asian Games 2018: India finalise tennis doubles combination after Leander Paes' pull-out
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    Asian Games 2018: India finalise tennis doubles combination after Leander Paes' pull-out

    The Indian tennis contingent squad has finally figured out its doubles combinations less than 24 hours before the start of competition at the Asian Games here tomorrow, a far from ideal scenario courtesy Leander Paes' sudden withdrawal. Unhappy with the team selection, Paes pulled out of the event last-minute throwing captain and coach Zeeshan Ali's plans haywire. The singles entries were already decided and so was the doubles pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan. The other doubles and mixed doubles combinations were finalised after an intense training session yesterday evening. The two events have always been crucial for India at the Games where the country collected five medals four years