Aug 7, 2021

Konnichiwa Tokyo

11,500 athletes will compete for 339 medals across 33 sports at 42 venues in Tokyo between July 23 and August 8,. India, too, has a strong representation with a 121-member team that includes several medal hopefuls.

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Odisha: Fostering future legacies for sport and state

Given the rising popularity of sports in Odisha, the state’s infrastructure development module, designed to host state-, national- and international-level competitions, will help athletes climb the next rung of the sporting ladder.

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How will athletics look at the Olympics in the post-Usain Bolt era?

Olympics 2020: No single athlete has emerged as an iconic and compelling to watch as Usain Bolt since his retirement in 2017. However, Tokyo may just provide a few stellar performances that could generate and sustain interest in track and field in the immediate perspective.

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Olympic legends: Cathy Freeman – Born to Run

Australia's Cathy Freeman, an Aboriginal who was 400m world champion and silver medallist at Atlanta 1996, dressed in a luminescent white bodysuit, lit the Games flame at the Sydney 2000.

Football

Lionel Messi finds his salvation at Copa America

Argentina’s years of stuttering from one final failure to another were finally eradicated after an edgy 1-0 win over nemesis Brazil at the Maracana Stadium. And as the veil of expectation finally lifted, an exultant Lionel Messi was flooded with emotions hitherto unknown.

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Olympic legends: Kristin Otto – The Most Decorated

Never before had a female athlete won more than four gold medals at a single Games. At Seoul 1988, Kristin Otto took part in six events and won all of them with the utmost ease.

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Olympic legends: Ian Thorpe – The Thorpedo

At 22, Ian Thorpe was the most titled Australian in Olympics history and also the greatest Olympian his country had ever produced. Then he retired from the sport altogether.

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Olympic legends: Mark Spitz – Superlative Seven

Mark Spitz won the maximum number of gold medals in a single Games until then – seven in all and each with a world record to boot at Munich 1972.

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Olympic legends: Nadia Comaneci – The Perfect 10

Montreal 1976 will always be known for the perfect 10 turned in by the 14-year-old Romanian Nadia Comaneci in the team part of the gymnastics competition for the first time.

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A year late, the Tokyo Olympic Games are here

Seldom would so many have prayed for an event rather than their favourite teams or players. Tokyo will tell us about the power of prayer.

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Olympic Legends: Jesse Owens – The First Superstar

Jesse Owens' haul of four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Games has often been portrayed as a big boost to the fight against racism as they took place under the close scrutiny of Adolf Hitler.

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Olympics: Top 10 athletes to look out for in Tokyo

The Olympics is a different beast altogether. While some athletes succumb to the pressure and demands of the showpiece event, others rise to the occasion. Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, we look at 10 global athletes who could make a splash at the Games.

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Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom goes for gold in boxing

London bronze medallist Mary Kom, India's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, begins her quest for an Olympic gold medal with her women’s flyweight boxing round-of-32 bout at 13:30 India time on July 25.

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Olympic legends: Michael Phelps – The Phenom

The “Baltimore Bullet” Michael Phelps, diagnosed with ADHD as a child, ended his career with 28 medals – 23 gold – from five Olympic Games that he owes to his mother Debbie.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: The 1983 World Cup team has lost a family member

It’s not been the best of months for the Indian sporting world, but hopefully there will be joyous news coming out of Tokyo to make up for the sad news of the last few months.

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MM Somaya: Indian hockey has hit a purple patch

The world’s best coaches and scientific training have given Indian hockey a refreshingly new identity, Moscow Olympics gold medallist MM Somaya writes ahead of the country's hockey teams' opening games at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Anjali Bhagwat on India's shooting at Tokyo Games: Perfect teamwork, superior planning

I am confident about the performances of our shooters, but let us not make any predictions about medals. No focusing on the outcome; being in the moment is the key!

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Novak Djokovic goes for the Golden Slam at Tokyo Olympics

A “Golden Slam,” a feat even rarer and achieved only by Steffi Graf in 1988, beckons the splendid Serb if he captures a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. That would cement Djokovic’s status as the GOAT, and he looks unstoppable.

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Aparna Popat: India's Olympic medal chances in badminton seem as bright as ever

The credentials and preparations of India’s badminton players – B. Sai Praneeth, P. V. Sindhu and the pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty – and the absolute support provided to them inspire a lot of confidence.

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PV Sindhu: Hope to be back from Tokyo with gold!

I cannot say if the Tokyo Olympics is the best chance for me to win a gold medal or not; I am just hoping for the best.

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Olympic legends: Usain Bolt – The Greatest

Athletics was never the same after the Jamaican arrived, and he changed it for the better.

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Olympic legends: Carl Lewis – The King

At Los Angeles 1984, Carl Lewis had gold pickings in the 100m 200m, long jump and the 400m relay – a feat similar to what Jesse Owens had done exactly 48 years before and one that until then had remained without parallel.