The Indian women badminton team is out of the medal race in the 2018 Asian Games as they lost 1-3 to Japan in the Women's Team quarterfinal event here on Monday. Out of the four games, only P.V. Sindhu was able to win as she defeated Akane Yamaguchi 21-18, 21-19. In two other women's double affair, Sikki Reddy, who teamed up with Arathi Sara, went down in straight games to Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hiroto 15-21, 6-21. The other pair comprising P.V. Sindhu and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 13-21, 12-21 to Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahasi. In another single, Nozomi Okuhara beat Saina Nehwal 21-11, 23-25, 21-16 as Japan advanced to the semifinals. --IANS kk/in (This story has not been edited by Business
Gaurika Singh was thrust into the international spotlight as the youngest athlete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she captivated people with her story of earthquake survival. Singh is not even the youngest member of the Nepal swimming team in Jakarta, as she's two months older than teammate Tisa Shakya. ''I'm happy not to be the youngest this time because it kind of helps,'' Singh said.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Gaurika Singh was thrust into the international spotlight as the youngest athlete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she captivated people with her story of earthquake survival.
Two more gold-medal winning Olympic gymnasts have come forward to claim they were sexually abused by convicted pedophile Larry Nassar. BOSTON — Slogans and buzzwords aren't enough to fix the mess USA Gymnastics is in. USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry finally emerged from behind the curtain Sunday, holding her first extended question-and-answer session with the media since taking over Dec. 1. But she offered nothing of substance, and if she responds to athletes' concerns as vaguely and indirectly as she responded in the 22-minute session, the organization is in the wrong hands. Perry talked repeatedly about forging a path forward and making sure athletes, past and present, know that USA Gymnastics
On Day 1of Asian Games 2018, Wrestler Bajrang Punia won India's first gold medal while shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar bagged a bronze medal at Jakarta and Palembang. Punia clinched the gold medal in the men's freestyle 65-kg category defeating Japan's Daichi Takatani 11-8 in the final. It was Bajrang's second successive gold medal at the Asian Games after his triumph in Incheon 2014 in the 61-kg category. But it was a day to forget for veteran star Sushil Kumar as the double Olympic medallist suffered a shock defeat to Adam Batirov of Bahrain in the first contest of the men's 74-kg freestyle category. Sushil seemed sluggish and off-colour right from the start during his rather lacklustre 3-5
After waiting so long to win this title, Sun Yang really wanted to see his flag flying at the Asian Games. Sun, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time world champion, had straddled the lane rope and held both arms up in triumph after touching the wall in 1 minute 45.43 seconds Sunday on the first night of finals. The 6-foot-7 (2-meter) Sun got off the podium, walked to some officials and demanded they do it again.
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)
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
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.
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
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
Japan topped the medal standings in the first Asian Games in 1951 and continued their dominance until the 1982 New Delhi Games where China took over as the new leaders. It will need a miracle to deny China a 10th successive Asiad at the top of the medal tally despite the inexperienced look of their 845-strong squad even though Japan will mount stiff competition in swimming, gymnastic, track and field, and table tennis. "Not only these four sports, in various sports China is still number one in Asia," Yasuhiro Yamashita, who heads Japan's 1000-plus contingent, including 752 athletes, told a news conference.