Read Other Sports News

Djokovic to start 2023 in Adelaide ahead of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic will open his 2023 campaign in Adelaide as he prepares for a shot at a 10th Australian Open crown a year after having his visa revoked on the eve of his title defense. The 21-time major winner has been granted a visa by the Australian government and has been listed to play at the Adelaide International, which starts Jan. 1. Serbia isn't contesting the inaugural United Cup team competition, leaving Djokovic free to play regular warmup tournaments head of the Jan. 16-29 Australian Open. He'll be joined in the men's draw at Adelaide by Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada and Andy Murray. Also Read: Novak Djokovic clinches record-equaling 6th title, defeats Ruud in final Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka will headline the women's draw. Immigration Minister Andrew Giles last month confirmed Djokovic had been granted a visa to compete in Australia in January. The 35-year-old Serbian had been facing a possible three-year ban after being deported last January over his stance against COVID-19 vaccination. Djokovic has won the Australian Open a record nine times, including the last three times he played. Rafael Nadal won this year's title in Djokovic's absence. Djokovic was not vaccinated against COVID-19 when he arrived in Melbourne ahead of the 2022 tournament, but Australia has since lifted strict rules for unvaccinated travelers. 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

07 December,2022 12:20 PM IST | Melbourne | PTI
Pic/AFP

IOC to conduct extra boxing qualifiers for Paris 2024 Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday discussed and gave final touches to the delivery model for the Paris 2024 Olympic boxing competition and Olympic qualifiers, opening up an increased number of qualification opportunities in comparison to Tokyo 2020. The Executive Board of the IOC discussed the Olympic qualification system for boxing for 2024 designed by the IOC in close collaboration with boxing experts. The EB on Tuesday decided that the two extra qualification events will be held after the completion of regional competitions to give boxers another clinch to bag quota places. The "Paris 2024 Boxing Event Regulations" for the qualification tournaments and the Olympic Games are due to be published as early as possible in 2023, the IOC said in a statement on Tuesday. The IOC will be conducting the boxing competitions at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 and thus also the qualification programme, just like it did for the Tokyo 2020 Games after it suspended the recognition of the International Boxing Association due to concerns over its governance, lack of transparency financial matters and allegations of mismanagement of refereeing and judging during competitions. Also Read: PT Usha set to be elected as Indian Olympic Association chief "The new qualification system was approved by the IOC EB in September and is based on direct qualification through selected competitions, including the use of regional multisport events as Olympic boxing qualification tournaments," the IOC said. "Following the continental phase of the quota place allocation, two world qualification tournaments are planned to be held in 2024, with the goal of providing a balance in terms of the geographical opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024," it said. On Tuesday, it noted that the Olympic qualification system focuses on achieving a fair process for all NOCs -- with the same number of qualification events available to their boxers, regardless of weight category; an increased number of qualification opportunities in comparison to Tokyo 2020; reviewing the quota place distribution per weight category in comparison to the International Boxing Association (IBA)'s proposal, and reviewing the quota place distribution per qualification tournament in comparison to IBA's proposal. The IOC also announced that testing at the Olympic qualification tournaments will be carried out in addition to IBA's existing anti-doping programme. Anti-doping tests at qualification tournaments will be done in close collaboration with the International Testing Agency (ITA), which conducts the tests at the Olympic Games. 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

07 December,2022 12:18 PM IST | Lausanne | IANS
Mirabai Chanu. Pic/PTI

Mirabai clinches silver at World Championship despite wrist issue

Star Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu was not at her best due to a wrist injury but still won a silver medal at the World Championships with a total lift of 200kg, on Wednesday. The Tokyo Olympic silver medallist, competing in 49kg category, managed to lift 87kg in snatch and in clean and jerk her best effort was a lift of 113kg. The Indian finished behind China's Jiang Huihua, who won the gold with a total effort of 206kg (93kg+113kg) while her compatriot and Tokyo Olympics champion Hou Zhihua 198kg (89kg+109kg) took home the bronze medal. "We were not taking any pressure for this event. This is the weight Mira lifts regularly. From now we will start increasing the weights and improving," head coach Vijay Sharma told PTI. Chanu, the 2017 world champion, had hurt her wrist during a training session in September. She had also participated in the National Games with the injury in October. "We couldn't do much (about the injury) because we didn't want to skip the World Championships. Now, we will focus on her wrist because we have a lot of time before the next event," Sharma said. While the 11-lifter field was highly competitive, most lifters refrained from stretching themselves. Zhihua even skipped her final clean and jerk attempt to settle for bronze. Competing in her first international tournament since the Commonwealth Games, Chanu had an underwhelming snatch session. She started with an 84kg lift but her second attempt of 87kg was deemed a no lift. Expectedly, Chanu didn't go for the much-awaited 90kg lift. In her final attempt, the 27-year-old, who had her wrist bandaged, wobbled a little but was able to hoist the 87kg barbell, which is a kilogram less than her personal best in the section. Fifth after the snatch section, Chanu set the highest clean and jerk entry weight but her first attempt of 111kg was deemed a no lift as her left elbow wobbled a little. Also Read: PT Usha elected as President of Indian Olympic Association The Indian camp challenged the decision but the judges upheld it. However, Chanu, the world record holder in the category, succeeded in her final two attempts of 111kg and 113 kg to collect the overall and clean and jerk silver. He also took silver in snatch category. It is the Manipuri's second Worlds medal, she had won a gold in 2017. Medals are awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift in continental and World Championships. But, just one medal for total lift is awarded in the Olympics. The 2022 World Championship is the first qualifying event for the 2024 Paris Olympics, where weightlifting events will be cut from 14 at Tokyo Games to 10. However, it is an additional event and not a compulsory one. Under the 2024 Olympic qualification rule, a lifter has to compulsorily compete in the 2023 World Championships and the 2024 World Cup. Apart from the above, the lifter also has to participate in three of the following events -- the 2022 World Championships, the 2023 Continental Championships, the 2023 Grand Prix 1, the 2023 Grand Prix II and the 2024 Continental Championships. 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

07 December,2022 10:28 AM IST | Bogota (Colombia) | PTI
Representational images. Pic/iStock

Khelo India Women's Hockey League: Sports Authority of India 'A' beats Citizen

The Khelo India Women's Hockey League 2022 (U-16) Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (Final Phase) began on Monday with a competitive first day of hockey as Sports Authority of India 'A', HAR Hockey Academy, Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High-Performance Centre, Pritam Hockey Academy, Sports Authority of India 'B' and Salute Hockey Academy all began their campaign on a winning note. In Pool A, Sports Authority of India 'A' secured a comprehensive 28-0 victory against Citizen Hockey XI, in the first encounter of the day. Kajal (2', 3', 5', 26', 34', 44', 45', 56', 57') led the offence for SAI with nine goals. Binati Minz (9', 11', 28', 29', 31', 38') netted six times while Dipika Barwa (14', 17', 27', 43) was clinical with four goals. Karuna Minz (16', 19', 49') also scored a hat-trick. Captain Tanujja Toppo (14', 59') and Jyoti Xaxa (22', 51') scored braces while Anju Majhi (11') and Tanisha Ekka (41') scored a goal each. In the second Pool A encounter, HAR Hockey Academy defeated Smart Hockey Academy Raipur 15-0. Kirti (7', 15', 20', 27', 31') led the attack with five goals. Pooja (11', 14', 18', 37') scored four goals in quick succession, while Skipper Shashi Kasha (5', 12', 26', 45') also secured three goals for herself. Finally, Seema (24') and Diksha (60') scored one goal each. The third and final encounter of Pool A, saw Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High-Performance Centre beat Gumanhera Riser's Academy, 3-1. Captain Anushka Bawre (5'), Nirmala Senbar (7') and Neharika Toppo (43') all scored for Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High-Performance Centre and Preeti (26') was the sole scorer for Gumanhera Riser's Academy. Also read: Australia down India 5-1, seal hockey series In the fourth game of the day and the first clash in Pool B, Pritam Hockey Academy beat Sports Authority of Gujarat 12-0. Ravina (1', 7', 18', 32', 41') was outstanding for Pritam Hockey Academy with five goals. Khushi (39', 49', 59') also scored a hat-trick and Riya (17', 23') found the back of the net twice. Sakshi (31') and Bhavya (33') also contributed to the scorecard. The pool B clash between Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Salute Hockey Academy was forfeited in favour of Salute Hockey Academy. The sixth and final game of the day was a Pool B clash where Sports Hostel Odisha were defeated by Sports Authority of India 'B', 1-3. Mutum Priya Devi (29', 33', 37') scored all three goals for her team, while Archana Xalxo (40') scored the only goal for Sports Hostel Odisha.   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

06 December,2022 03:43 PM IST | Lucknow | ANI
Representational images. Pic/iStock

Lone ranger HS Prannoy eyes glory at maiden World Tour Finals

Star Indian shuttler HS Prannoy will look to display fearless brand of badminton in his quest for glory against the best in the business on his maiden BWF World Tour Finals appearance from Wednesday. With double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu skipping the event due to an injury, Prannoy emerged as India's lone representative at the year-ending tournament, which was moved from Guangzhou, China, due to the rise in COVID-19 infection. One of the most consistent Indian players in the circuit this season, Prannoy has been clubbed in Group A along with Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, Japan's Kodai Naraoka and China's Lu Guang Zu. "I am excited to start my BWF World Tour Finals campaign. It's my first time in the year-ending championships and I hope I can perform well," said the third-seeded Prannoy, who recently conferred with the Arjuna award. While Prannoy has got a decent draw and will fancy his chances of making it to the semifinals from the group stage, it will not be an easy task as he doesn't hold a good record against his group opponents. Also read: BWF World Championships 2022: HS Prannoy knocked out in quarterfinals Prannoy has a dismal 1-5 record against the world No. 1 but he would take confidence from the fact that he had defeated the Dane in their last meeting last year in Indonesia Masters. Against the 21-year-old new sensation Kodai Naraoka, Prannoy had suffered a loss in their only meeting in Singapore Open in July. The Indian had lost to China's Lu Guang Zu too in his only meeting at French Open. However, Prannoy, who has been nominated for BWF's 'Most Improved Player of the Year' award, is known to raise his game in big-ticket events and has been a revelation this year. He played a stellar role in India's epic Thomas Cup win in May and also produced a runner-up finish at the Swiss Open Super 300, besides reaching the semifinals at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 and Malaysia Masters Super 500 event. His fine run in the world tour events earned him a direct qualification to the season finale for the first time in his career and he would look to make the most of the opportunity this week. While defending champion Axelsen is certainly the most difficult hurdle on his way, Prannoy can ill-afford any slip-ups against the other two opponents. Axelsen has swept the season, claiming an overwhelming 39-match winning streak - a world record in the discipline - and five Super Series titles. Among others in the field, Chou Tien Chen, Jonatan Christie, Anthony Ginting, and Loh Kean Yew are all capable of going the distance in the event. But Prannoy, who is fondly called 'the beast' by his friends, could be the dark horse, especially for his ability to create upsets. The world number 12 hasn't won a title for over five years and he will look to end things on a high ahead of the new season. For India, Sindhu is the only one to win the prestigious title, while Sameer Verma reached the last four in the 2018 edition. In women's singles, defending champion An Se Young, world champion Akane Yamaguchi, Olympic champion Chen Yufei and He Bingjiao, who claimed Denmark Open and French Open titles, are all strong contenders. Tai Tzu Ying and Ratchanok Intanon might not have had a great season, but their past years' achievements will keep them in contention.   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

06 December,2022 03:22 PM IST | Bangkok | PTI
Representational images. Pic/iStock

Sukant Kadam wins gold at Peru Para Badminton International

World No.3 Sukant Kadam smashed his way to gold medal at the recently concluded Peru Para Badminton International. The ace shuttler defeated Singapore’s Chee Hiong Ang. Also Read: India’s Pramod Bhagat storms into quarter-finals in Tokyo, Sukant Kadam wins too Sukant maintained his dominance right from the word go in the finals. He defeated Ang in straight sets with a score line of 21-14, 21-15. The match lasted 32 minutes. 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

06 December,2022 09:20 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
Sania Mirza with sister Anam

Sania helps sister Anam make it through life

India tennis star Sania Mirza’s sister Anam has emphasised on the importance of having a sister in her life. On Sunday, she Instagrammed this picture with Sania and wrote: “I don’t know how people make it through life without a sister. I would never be able to.” Also Read: Have Sania Mirza, Shoaib Malik parted ways?

06 December,2022 09:16 AM IST | Mumbai | A Correspondent
Representational images. Pic/iStock

Odisha CM launches trophy tour of FIH Hockey Men's World Cup 2023

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched the trophy tour of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023 in Bhubaneswar with handing over the trophy to Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey. Wishing the trophy tour a grand success, Chief Minister Patnaik said, "I hope the Hockey Men's World Cup Trophy Tour will build excitement for the World Cup across India. We will be hosting 16 teams and the matches will be played in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela." He said it will be a memorable World Cup for the teams and the fans. Odisha sports and youth services minister Tusharkanti Behera, secretary general Hockey India Bholanath Singh, state sports secretary R. Vineel Krishna, executive director of Hockey India Srivastava and officials and hockey players were present on this occasion. Also read: Hockey India announces Trophy Tour ahead of Men's World Cup The trophy will travel across 13 states and one union territory before returning to Odisha on December 25, thus giving the fans and public a chance to engage with the prestigious trophy before the winning team lifts it. In the next 21-days, the trophy will journey across West Bengal, Manipur, Assam, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Chattisgarh. Once back in Odisha, the Hockey Men's World Cup Trophy will tour across all the districts. The trophy will also visit 17 blocks of Sundergarh district which is famed for being the cradle of Hockey, officials said. The last leg of the tour will be in Rourkela before finally returning to Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar where the finals will be played on January 29, 2023, they 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

05 December,2022 01:17 PM IST | Bhubaneswar | IANS
Representation pic

India go down 4-5 to Australia, lose series 1-4

India suffered a 4-5 defeat at the hands of Australia in the fifth and final hockey Test to lose the series 1-4 here on Sunday. Tom Wickham (2nd, 17th) scored a brace for Australia, while Aran Zalewski (30th, Jacob Anderson (40th) and Jake Whetton (54th) were the other goal getters for the home team.  Skipper Harmanpreet Singh (24th, 60th), Amit Rohidas (34th) and Sukhjeet Singh (55th) scored for India. India had lost 4-5 and 4-7 in the first two Tests before winning the next match 4-3. The visitors lost the fourth game 1-5. Also Read: Harmanpreet Singh: We can avoid getting cards 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

05 December,2022 08:43 AM IST | Adelaide | PTI
Representation pic

Kadam, Sivan, Kaur and Gupta enter singles final in Peru

Four Indian shuttlers, including Sukant Kadam, sailed into the singles finals at the Peru Para Badminton International in Lima. Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan (SH6), Mandeep Kaur (SL3) and Nehal Gupta (SL3) also entered the summit clash in their respective categories on Saturday. World No. 3 Sukant eased past Guatemala’s Raul Anguiano 21-10, 21-12 in a lop-sided semi-final. He will face Singapore’s Chee Hiong Ang in the final. Sukant has beaten Chee in their last two meetings. Also Read: India’s Pramod Bhagat storms into quarter-finals in Tokyo, Sukant Kadam wins too 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

05 December,2022 08:35 AM IST | New Delhi | PTI
Representational image. Pic/iStock

Anjum Moudgil wins women's 3P silver at President's Cup

India's Anjum Moudgil won silver in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions event at the season-ending ISSF President's Cup in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday and was adjudged the second best athlete of the year in the discipline. Shooting at the Egypt International Olympic City (EIOC) range, Anjum went down 14-16 to German Anna Janssen in the gold medal match. This was India's second medal in the tournament after Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil won gold in the men's 10m air rifle competition on Friday. On Thursday, Anjum had set a new national record in women's 3P when she shot 591 in qualification to finish fourth and make it to the ranking round. Also read: FIFA World Cup 2022: France wary of Robert Lewandowski factor The Indian rifle ace topped the eight-strong field on Saturday with a solid 412.9, a good 1.8 points ahead of Anna, who shot 411.1 to finish second and enter the title clash alongside Anjum. Among those that the duo left behind was Switzerland's Nina Christen, the reigning Olympic champion, who finished fifth with a score of 354.3. In the final, both shooters fought hard and were tied 14-14 in their quest to be the first to reach 16 points. Anjum had the opportunity to strike gold when Anna shot a 9.9 in her final attempt, but an 8.8 put paid to all her hopes.  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

04 December,2022 11:57 AM IST | New Delhi | PTI
Load More Articles
This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK