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'It's a now-or-never situation for me': Tarundeep Rai

It's a "now-or-never situation for me", says veteran Indian archer Tarundeep Rai as he seeks to win a maiden Olympic medal in his fourth appearance at the Paris Olympics 2024 while also serving as the team's unofficial mentor. The 40-year-old Rai has won medals in every championships at the global and continental level but not the Olympics. He has two silver at the World Championships (2005, 2019), nine World Cup medals, including three gold, a silver and a bronze in Asian Games, two silver and a bronze in Asian Championships. "It's emotional every day. It's the fourth time. It's a now-or-never situation for me, and that's what I tell my teammates too. Maybe someone playing his first or second Olympics should think like it's now or never. You have to put in an effort as if it's going to be your last," Rai told PTI in an interview. The veteran archer from Sikkim was part of the Indian teams at the 2004 Athens, 2012 London and 2021 Tokyo Olympics. He exited in the first round in the individual event in Athens, and in the second round in both 2012 and 2021 editions. In Tokyo, the men's team, which had Tarundeep Rai in it its ranks, reached the quarterfinals. "Olympics is a dream for everyone, and I'm no different. You need an extreme level of preparation for this, and you have to put in a lot of hard work to qualify and win a medal. The colour of your sweat sometimes turns red," Rai said ahead of the Paris Olympics 2024. "This Olympics, I'm playing with a three-year gap. Positive sign. Many changes. Tokyo, whatever I lacked, the objective is to rectify. Will do my best," said Rai who hails from Namchi in Sikkim. Also Read: Australia ready to pounce as USA bid to shore up Olympic swimming dominance More or less regular at the Olympics since debuting back in 1988, the Indian archers will be aiming to fetch their maiden medal as they began the country's campaign here on Thursday with the qualification rounds. "There are always expectations. We had the potential to win, but for small margins, we have returned empty-handed," Rai rued. "We have kept that in control (this time). Coaches, management, players' mentality, we have kept that in check. Everyone is in their best form." For the first time since London 2012, India will have a full six-member squad after both the men's and women's teams qualified on the basis of rankings. This means they will compete in all the five events. Rai failed to make it to the Hangzhou Asian Games last year and said it was a wake-up call for him. "Yes, the Asian Games was a realization period and gave me a lot of positive vibes. If that did not happen, maybe I would not have made it to my fourth Olympics and reached here. "That shock made me aware of my weaknesses and what I needed to work on. I took that positively and worked on it." Rai said he has set up an academy in Sikkim to pass on his knowledge to the future generation. "Coaching or not, you have to give something back to the sport. This is one thing we have lacked. Transfer of technique, transfer of experience. Senior archers leaving should come back. This gap we have to fill up. "I don't want my 28 years of experience to go waste, sitting idle at home. The AAI should also think about it. An experienced person in the coaching field can give a youngster that experience. It's about giving back. We have to fill that gap. I want to contribute to Indian archery in the future." (With agency inputs)

24 July,2024 04:15 PM IST | Paris | mid-day online correspondent
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Paris Olympics 2024: Mirabai Chanu starts training in France

Tokyo Olympics silver medal winner Mirabai Chanu started her training in France for the Paris Olympics 2024. She has started her preparations at La Ferte-Milon. Union Sports Minister Mansukh Mandaviya shared a video of Mirabai Chanu and urged people to cheer for the country's athletes. Also Read: Joe Root inches closer to number-one spot in latest ICC Test Rankings "Catch our Tokyo Olympic silver medalist and #TOPSAthlete@mirabai_chanutraining at the prestigious La Ferte-Milon, France, ahead of the #ParisOlympics2024! With the days getting closer, we all get ready to #Cheer4Bharat!," tweeted Mandaviya. Taking to X: Catch our Tokyo Olympic silver medalist and #TOPSAthlete @mirabai_chanu training at the prestigious La Ferté-Milon, France, ahead of the #ParisOlympics2024! With the days getting closer, we all get ready to #Cheer4Bharat! pic.twitter.com/FFsHNSLR13 — Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) July 23, 2024 In the Tokyo Olympics 2021, Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal in the 49 kg category with a combined lift of 202 kg. With this, she became the first Indian weightlifter to win a silver medal at the Olympics. Earlier in 2000, Karnam Malleshwari won a bronze medal. India will start their Paris Olympics 2024 journey on July 25 with 112 athletes set to feature in 16 sports. A 29-member athletics team led by Neeraj Chopra will represent a large chunk of the contingent that will be travelling to France for the Olympics. There will also be a 21-member-strong shooting contingent, which will be the second-largest team sent by India for any sport at Paris 2024. This is the biggest shooting team India has sent in its Olympic history, with 15 shooters sent during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics being in second place, as per Olympics.com. India's Mirabai Chanu will feature in the women's 49 kg category on August 7. India will compete in 16 sports at the Paris Olympics 2024 namely, archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, equestrian, golf, hockey, judo, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis and tennis. (With ANI Inuputs)

24 July,2024 04:13 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Australia ready to pounce as USA bid to shore up Olympic swimming dominance

Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel spearhead the United States' bid to retain supremacy in the Olympic pool from Saturday against a formidable and confident Australia, amid simmering tensions over a Chinese doping scandal. The mighty USA have long-owned Olympic swimming, collecting 30 medals, including 11 gold, to top the table at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games, ahead of Australia with nine gold and 20 in total. They are unbeaten on the gold medal front since 1988, but Australia stunned them by claiming more titles at the world championships last year to set up a blockbuster showdown over an intense nine days in La Defense Arena. Adding spice, the US contested that they won the duel at the worlds in Fukuoka, claiming they were best courtesy of their higher overall medal count. That saw recently-retired Australian legend Cate Campbell brand them "sore losers", which prompted 23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps to encourage his compatriots to "make them eat every word" in France. Australian head coach Rohan Taylor attempted to dial down the rivalry, and expectations. The decorated Ledecky, a seven-time gold medallist, is still the woman to beat in the 800m and the 1500m freestyle, but has lost her invincibility over 400m. Six swimming world records tumbled in Tokyo and the first at Paris Olympics 2024 could come on the opening night with Ledecky attempting to reclaim her 400m crown against Australia's Ariarne Titmus and Canada's Summer McIntosh. Known as "The Terminator", Titmus beat Ledecky in a thrilling Tokyo final then broke the American's long-standing world record in 2022, only for McIntosh to better the mark last year. The Australian hit back to reclaim the world record months later and swam the second fastest time in history last month. "I don't think about the result or the magnitude of the Olympic Games," said Titmus. "I just think about putting together eight great laps." Titmus will also race the 200m freestyle -- as world record holder -- and 800m where she will also face Ledecky in the American's quest for a fourth straight title. More world records will be on the line in the women's 100m and 200m backstroke, with Australia's Kaylee McKeown and American Regan Smith dominant and at the peak of their powers. Superstar Dressel won five gold medals in Tokyo but stepped away from the sport in 2022 to tend to his mental health. While the 27-year-old will not defend his 100m freestyle gold, he qualified for the 50m free and 100m butterfly and remains a significant contender in both. Another big-name veteran looking to turn back the clock is British breaststroke king Adam Peaty. Like Dressel, he took time out to deal with depression but is back and in form as he seeks to become the first swimmer since Phelps to win the same race at three consecutive Olympics, in the 100m. "Obviously now I do it to win, I want to be the best. I am the best," Peaty said. But a crowded field is planning to dethrone him, led by China's Qin Haiyang who won all three breaststroke events at the 2023 world championships. Qin is one of 23 Chinese swimmers implicated in a major doping scandal which only came to light this year and continues to hang over Paris Olympics 2024. They all tested positive for trimetazidine -- which can enhance performance -- ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, but were not sanctioned. Instead, WADA accepted the explanation of Chinese authorities that the results were caused by food contamination. An independent investigation cleared the world anti-doping agency of any wrongdoing, but not before an ugly war of words with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Eleven of the Chinese swimmers, including butterfly specialist Zhang Yufei, who won two golds in Japan, and another gold medallist in Wang Shun, are in France. The hosts have their own star in Leon Marchand after his sizzling 4:02.50 in the 400m medley last year shattered Phelps' 15-year-old world record. A five-time world champion, Marchand will also be heavy favourite in the 200m medley and 200m butterfly as he bids to cement a burgeoning reputation. (With agency inputs)

24 July,2024 03:15 PM IST | Paris | mid-day online correspondent
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Paris Olympics: Archers aim to break medal jinx, aim for first Olympic medal

A different year and another Olympics, but for Indian archers, the target will be the same -- fetching their first ever medal at the Paris Olympics 2024. More or less regular at the Olympics since debuting back in 1988, the archers will kick off the nation's Paris Olympics 2024 campaign on Thursday with the qualification rounds at the Les Invalides gardens. For the first time after London 2012, India will have a full six-member squad after both the men's and women's teams qualified on the basis of rankings. This means they will compete in all the five events. Veterans Tarundeep Rai and Deepika Kumari, appearing in their fourth Olympics, will lead their young teammates, hoping to securing at least a top-10 finish in the qualification round to ensure a favourable draw. Each archer will shoot 72 arrows and the scores in the qualification round of 128 athletes from 53 countries will decide the seeds for the main knockout competition beginning with the women's team finals on Sunday. The qualifying round will be crucial for the Indians, who have often slipped in the seedings and ended up losing to heavyweights Korea, tipped to top the qualifications. At the Tokyo Olympics, all the male archers finished outside the top-30 and got the ninth seeding as a team. Deepika, the sole woman archer there, also got a ninth place in rankings. Both ended up losing to top-seed Koreans in their respective quarters. On form front, India will have high hopes from the men's team, which won a historic World Cup this year in Shanghai, upsetting Korea for the first time in a final. They will have the experience in Rai and Tokyo Olympian Pravin Jadhav, while debutant Dhiraj Bommadevara will be on a high after beating Tokyo Olympics silver-medallist Mauro Nespoli of Italy en route a bronze at the World Cup Stage-3 in Antalya just a month back. Individually, debutant Dhiraj is seen as a bright prospect as he has tasted success by winning the Asian Games team silver last year, albeit with different teammates. Also Read: Dining with Federer to pep talk with Rathore, Sharath's 5 best Olympic moments Known to be "ice cool" in tough situations, Dhiraj would look to overcome the bitter memories of Hangzhou Asian Games where he botched up his release twice to exit in the individual quarters. Deepika will fight against herself in a redemption act. All eyes would be on her especially after her stunning comeback to win a World Cup Stage-1 silver in Shanghai in April this year, less than 16 months after becoming a mother. Last time in Tokyo, An San of Korea was her nemesis as she went on to become the gold-medallist. There is no An this time, but they have another Korean in Lim Si-hyeon who has defeated Deepika twice this year including in the Shanghai World Cup final. "If she gets going, Deepika churns out perfect 10s at ease. But at the same time, she suffers from inconsistency and makes silly mistakes at crunch times. If she overcomes her mental blockade, there is no stopping her," India's high performance director Sanjeeva Singh said. Dhiraj and Deepika, if they manage to top their ranking rounds, would be an exciting prospect for the recurve mixed team. Dhiraj's composure and Deepika's skills would complement each other well at the highest level. The women's team, on the other hand, will be low on experience barring Deepika. Ankita Bhakat and Bhajan Kaur, who have been Indian regulars in this Olympic cycle and won a World Cup Stage-4 bronze here in 2023, are slated for their respective Games debut. They have together won the Asian Games bronze last year and will look to draw inspiration from that. Twenty-six-year-old Ankita, who hails from Bengal but represents Tata Academy, is relatively more experienced having won a clutch of World Cup team medals including a gold and silver, both in Paris in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Also Read: Rats, a sole worry for Olympic hosts Paris The archers Olympic build-up was marred by their foreign coach Baek Woong Ki's return to India after not getting accreditation to enter the Games. The South Korean, who was contracted by the Archery Association of India for the Olympics at an approximate annual contract of Rs one crore, had accompanied the team to their 10-day preparatory camp in Jaux. But he had to return after AAI failed to procure an accreditation for him as the sports body was engaged in a blame game with national federation (IOA). While there would be no Baek, India will have men's and women's team coaches in Sonam Singh Bhutia (Army) and Purnima Mahato (Tata) whose archers have made the side. In absence of Baek, it remains to be seen how the Indians will cope with crunch moments especially while taking on arch-nemesis Korea in the knockouts. Indian archers have never been able to go past the quarterfinal hurdle. The script has been the same all these years, barring in Sydney 2000 where India could not qualify for the Games. In terms of cumulative performance, the best ever show was at the last Olympics in Tokyo where the India men's team, mixed team and Deepika individually, all fell by the wayside in the quarters. India were awarded the team quotas after topping the men's and women's rankings among non-qualified nations in the Olympic cycle. The men's team finals will be on Monday, while the individual eliminations will get underway on Tuesday. The mixed team finals are slated for next Friday, followed by women and individual finals over the same weekend. (With agency inputs)

24 July,2024 02:44 PM IST | Paris | mid-day online correspondent
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Dining with Federer to pep talk with Rathore, Sharath's 5 best Olympic moments

Achanta Sharath Kamal has been the face of Indian table tennis for over two decades now. And the 42-year-old will mark a record fifth Olympic appearance at the Paris Olympics 2024. He is also the male flag-bearer for the Indian contingent. The multiple-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist had played a pivotal role in helping India create history as the men’s team qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time in history. And Sharath pointed out time and again that qualifying as a team could become the catalyst of growth for the sport in India. The table tennis supremo, who has also been the mainstay of Chennai Lions team in the Ultimate Table Tennis, has been inspiring numerous young table tennis players pursuing a dream of playing for the country. During an interview with Ultimate Table Tennis, Sharath, who made his Olympic debut at the 2004 Athens Games, spoke about his top five Olympic moments as he prepares to give his best shot at a medal at Paris Olympics 2024. Unexpected lunch alongside tennis legend Roger Federer Going to the first-ever Olympics is a special moment for any athlete. It is about soaking in the atmosphere, feeling the special vibe of the Games village and interacting with sportspersons from various disciplines. And understandably, Sharath’s top of the chart Olympic moment is when he shared a table with Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer in the dining hall in 2004. And watching the camaraderie between him and USA’s Andy Roddick was just the icing on the cake. “One day I was just out for lunch and as I was entering from this side, there was another person coming from the other side with a tennis bag and hair let loose. I feel like I have seen him somewhere. I couldn’t recognise who he was with his hair let loose. We pass each other, we actually cross paths. He goes to give his bag at the baggage keeping area. I walk in, take my plate looking at what to eat and it suddenly strikes me. Man, it’s Roger Federer. “I was very shy then. So, I took something to eat and searched for him. He was sitting at one of the tables all by himself. I went as close as possible. I didn’t want to get in his place but still got close and I was eating [on the same table]. And then suddenly, a guy comes in with a reverse hat and shorts and they are clapping hands. I look at him and it’s Andy Roddick,” Sharath recalled. Taking a game against legendary Ma Long China’s Ma Long is regarded as one of the greatest table tennis players of all time and was coming into the Tokyo Olympics as the defending champion. The Tokyo Games had been postponed by a year due to the Covid pandemic and it had been a real struggle for Indian sportspersons to prepare well for the Games due to a long lockdown and the subsequent second wave. Sharath had gotten the better of Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia in the second round and was facing Ma Long in the third. “The match against Ma Long was one of the best I have ever played in my career. Out of the five times I have played with him, I have won just one set against him and that was in Tokyo. And I am very proud of what happened there, especially coming in after Covid. “India had a very tough situation especially after the second wave. People in the rest of the world started their training back and, mid-way in the lockdown in India, we were still confined to home workouts, I was playing on my terrace. It was very tough. I was training all the time in India with the limited resources we had. From that difficult mindset to getting to the Olympics and doing my best, I really feel I did well.” Sharath won the second game 11-8 but went down fighting 4-1 (7-11, 11-8, 11-13, 4-11, 4-11) in the match. Later, Ma Long went on to win the gold medal. Also Read: Rats, a sole worry for Olympic hosts Paris Knee injury couldn’t dampen Sharath’s spirits Sharath had qualified for his second successive Olympics and had worked hard to prepare himself for the 2008 Beijing Games by training in Europe with other top players. But just before the start of the competition, he slipped and fell during training and damaged his knee. However, instead of getting disheartened by the injury, Sharath decided to fight it out and reached the second round after beating Spaniard Alfredo Carneros. In the second round, he faced his good friend Chen Weixing of Austria and pushed his much higher ranked opponent to five sets. Experiencing the ‘Mamba’ mentality Although he was making his second Olympic appearance in 2008, he was still in awe of the big international stars whom he could only see at the Olympics stage. And in Beijing, the special moment for him was to watch US basketball legend Kobe Bryant in person at the opening ceremony and witnessed the ‘Mamba’ mentality from up close. Pep talk with Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore before he clinched historic silver India may be aiming to reach double figures on the medals chart at the Paris 2024 but in 2004, at Sharath’s first Olympic Games in Athens, winning even one medal would have been considered a big deal 20 years ago. He was moving around the Games village in the evening with team coach and now Table Tennis Federation of India Secretary General Kamlesh Mehta when the latter asked him if he knew the person they were passing by. Mehta then introduced Sharath to Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who was considered to be India’s best medal prospect at Athens and was scheduled to compete in the Double Trap final the next day. Also Read: Athletes enjoy first days at Olympic village ahead of Games “Probably I disturbed him in his alone time but he was sitting outside and relaxing. Coach Kamlesh Mehta said, ‘Come, let’s go and wish him.’ And then we both went and he spoke very nicely, asked about my match etc. He went on to win the medal and after he won the medal, it was so easy for me to go and look at the medal because I had already spoken to him the night before.” India will feature in the team as well as individual events of table tennis in Paris and Sharath, in his fifth Olympics appearance, will be aiming to win that elusive table tennis medal for the country. After the Paris Olympics, top table tennis stars from the world will engage in a high-voltage action in the IndianOil Ultimate Table Tennis 2024 in Chennai from August 22 to September 7. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. 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24 July,2024 12:53 PM IST | Paris | mid-day online correspondent
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Tiger Woods' son, Charlie, misses cut at US Junior Amateur after shooting 82-80

Tiger Woods watched his son, Charlie, shoot a 10-over 80 and miss the cut at 22 over through two rounds at the U.S. Junior Amateur. The 15-year-old Woods, who earned a spot in the 264-player field last month, finished near the bottom of the pack on Tuesday. The top 64 players advance to match play, which begins Wednesday. The 36-hole championship match is Saturday. Woods did fare better on the Oakland Hills South Course, which Ben Hogan dubbed "The Monster," than he did with an opening 12-over 82 on the North Course. Woods got off to a solid start on Day 2, handling the challenge of teeing off in front of about 500 people standing between him and steel girders that will be part of a new clubhouse. His game, and the clubhouse, are under construction. Woods was 1 over through four holes when a storm stopped play for more than an hour. When play resumed, he closed the front nine by playing five holes in 8 over, including a triple bogey on the par-4 18th, where he had two pitches land on an elevated green only to roll back down the hill. He finally got his fifth shot to stay on the green. The junior amateur usually draws a few hundred fans toward the end of the six-day tournament, but Charlie and his famous father attracted a relatively large crowd. Tiger was surrounded by more people, including police officers, protecting him than were following most of the other groups on the course. He had his own gallery, which included fans taking photos of themselves with one of golf's all-time greats in the background. Hundreds of people walked behind Charlie on the fairway, and completely circled the 10th green, his first hole of the day. Also Read: Golf is in safe hands with Kaps as head of PGTI Charlie, who will soon start his sophomore year of high school in Florida, played his way into the tournament with many of world's top juniors by shooting a 1-under 71 to win his qualifier. Tiger, who was 14 when he qualified for his first U.S. Junior, became the only player to win the tournament three times in a row in the early 1990s. He joined his son in suburban Detroit this week after matching his highest 36-hole score as a professional at the British Open, missing the cut for the third straight time in a major. Tiger wore shorts, exposing his legs that were battered in a car crash three years ago, and was mostly expressionless whether his son hit an excellent or poor shot. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

24 July,2024 10:37 AM IST | Bloomfield Township (US) | AP | PTI
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Rats, a sole worry for Olympic hosts Paris

While the Paris Olympics is set to be a festival of socialising and intermingling, city authorities are keen for visitors not to encounter any of the capital’s notorious furry inhabitants.  The French capital’s abundant rat population is no joke for the city’s residents—and could be an embarrassment as the Olympics spotlight falls on Paris. “All of the Olympic sites and celebration areas were analysed [for rats] before the Games,” deputy mayor Anne-Claire Boux, who has responsibility for public health, told AFP.  As well as ordering a deep clean to remove any food residues that might tempt the scurriers from their underground lairs, the mayor’s rodent specialists also worked to close up exit points from the sewers. “Where there were areas with lots of rats, we put traps in place ahead of the Games,” Boux said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

24 July,2024 08:48 AM IST | Paris | AFP
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Athletes enjoy first days at Olympic village ahead of Games

Australian beach volleyball player Taliqua Clancy got an unexpected surprise walking around the athletes’ village at the Paris Olympics on Monday. Among the legions of other athletes from around the world, one figure stood out: French President Emmanuel Macron. “We got to see him which was cool. I was hanging around hoping to get a selfie, but I had to come here” for a news conference, she told reporters, laughing. She probably wouldn’t have got close enough, anyway, because Macron’s security team ushered her away. Artacho del Solar gave her first impressions of the village, where more than 14,000 athletes and officials are staying. “It has been amazing so far, it feels very safe,” she said. “We had a walk around today, had some good old photo of the rings.” This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

24 July,2024 08:48 AM IST | Paris | AP | PTI
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Iran slams Israel’s participation at Paris

Iran condemned on Tuesday the “reception and protection” of Israeli athletes at the Olympic games in Paris, demanding their exclusion over Israel’s handling of the Gaza war.  Israel’s delegation, which headed to France on Monday ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony, is being tightly protected in the French capital amid growing international outrage over the high civilian casualty toll and unfolding humanitarian crisis in Gaza.  “Announcing the reception and protection of the apartheid terrorist Zionist regime’s delegation means giving legitimacy to the child killers,” Iran’s foreign ministry said in a post on X.  “They do not deserve to be present at the Paris Olympics because of the war against the innocent people of Gaza,” it added, calling on organisers to ban Israel.  The Gaza war was triggered by the October 7 attacks on Israel by Iran-backed militant group Hamas. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

24 July,2024 08:48 AM IST | Tehran | AFP
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Aussie water polo player tests COVID-19 positive in Paris

An Australian water polo player has been isolated at the Paris Games following a positive COVID-19 test, as confirmed by the country’s Olympic team chief, Anna Meares, on Tuesday.  The athlete’s name has not been disclosed, but close contacts are being closely monitored and tested to prevent any further spread of the virus. Despite this setback, the team is training as planned.  “We were due to have two players from water polo with us; however, currently, we have had one athlete from their team isolating with COVID, which was detected last night,” Meares stated during a news conference. “As a precaution, they’re not joining us this morning. I must emphasise that we treat Covid no differently than other bugs like the flu. This is not Tokyo. The athlete is not particularly unwell and is still training but sleeping in a single room,” he added. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

24 July,2024 08:47 AM IST | Paris | IANS
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LeBron scores final 11 points for US in 92-88 win vs Germany

On Friday, LeBron James will carry the US flag. But first, he carried the US men’s basketball team. Again. James scored the final 11 points for the Americans down the stretch, and the four-time reigning Olympic gold medallists held off World Cup champion Germany 92-88 in London on Monday night in their final tune-up before the Paris Games start later this week. Announced earlier in the day as the male flagbearer for the Americans in Friday night’s opening ceremony down the River Seine—the female flagbearer will be revealed Tuesday—James had 20 points for the US, while Joel Embiid scored 15, Stephen Curry had 13 and Anthony Edwards finished with 11. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

24 July,2024 08:47 AM IST | Paris | AP | PTI
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