Aug 21, 2021

Tokyo Miracle

Mirabai Chanu not only carried the aspirations of 130 billion Indians on her shoulders, but also landed a silver in the 49kg women’s weightlifting to give the country a never-before moment at the Olympics: India got on to the medals tally on the very first day of competition.

Briefing

Statsman

Dhawan’s dhamaka against Sri Lanka

During his unbeaten match-winning knock of 86 in the first Colombo RPS ODI on July 18, he became the 63rd batsman, and the 10th Indian, to score 6,000 runs in ODIs. He is the fourth-quickest to do so.

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A hub of footballing action

Odisha hosting the Federation Cup in May 2017 at Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium was a turning point as the event created a buzz and fanfare among football fans. It was just a glimpse into the football action the state would see in the coming years.

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Stars of the Tokyo constellation

With much of the world still reeling under an unprecedented pandemic, the citizens of the Olympics host city weren’t too keen about organising it all and spectators are not allowed inside the venues. Yet, the 32nd Olympics has produced several stars. Sportstar picks 10 of them from the first week of action.

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EPL 2021-22: Manchester City will be the side to beat

Manchester City is the only outfit since Manchester United in 2008-09 to successfully defend the title (2018-19) and it enters the coming season with the confidence that it can do so again, when the Premier League kicks off on August 13.

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Fakhar Zaman: The best cricket is Test cricket

“White-ball cricket is there and popular, but Test cricket is the cricket,” says Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman.

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Tickle your tastebuds in Tokyo — Part II

You’ve certainly heard how tasty and healthful Japanese food is — the secret to the Japanese people living longer than the rest of the world. In a day or simply a meal, a healthy Japanese diet can comprise modest servings of more than 15 different foods.

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Cover story: Mirabai Chanu - An Olympic legacy etched in silver

Only a lifter knows the importance of having a strong foundation and the resultant confidence it provides to shine in life. This is how Mirabai Chanu built hers.

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Mirabai Chanu: There’s no shortcut to success

The 25-year-old found some time from her hectic schedule to speak at length about her extraordinary journey in the last five years that saw her march on through struggle and pain to achieve her target of climbing the podium in Tokyo.

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Making of an Olympic medallist: Mirabai Chanu's coach Vijay Sharma's methodology

“It’s a long journey of eight years. The good thing about our combination is that she understands what I want to do and does it even before I tell her about it. I never had any differences with Mira. She does not question what I ask her to do,” says the champion weighlifter’s coach, Vijay Sharma.

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Women pioneers of India's Olympic movement

Not one, not two, but four incredible women — Nilima Ghose, Mary D’Souza, Dolly Nazir and Arati Saha — represented India at the 1952 Helsinki Games. They were independent India’s first women representatives at the Olympics.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar column: Sportspersons are fitter today, but earlier ones were no slouches

They may not have had sculpted bodies like the ones today, but hey, their legs and lungs were as good, if not better than the ones today, and yes, some of their hearts were absolutely bigger than the ones today.

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A time for introspection: How India fared in week one of Tokyo 2020

How India fared across archery, boxing, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis and tennis in the first week of the Tokyo Games.

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Stakeholders unite to take Kerala sports to greater heights

The speakers at the Sportstar Kerala Sports Conclave stressed on the way forward for sports in the state.

Last Word

India's skyrocketing expectations at the Olympics!

We, Indians, are no longer satisfied with participation in Olympics now. We want a podium finish. And if we don’t get it, we want our athletes to pay the price. Ban them. Ask them to return the money spent on training and worse, if social media is indication.

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World of cricket: Isuru Udana retires to Ben Stokes' sabbatical

After a COVID scare, rain played spoilsport in two T20Is between Pakistan and the West Indies, while the Rajasthan Royals owners have acquired a majority stake in the Barbados Tridents.

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Olympics 2020 Diary: From Tokyo, with love

Speaking of hospitality, each and every volunteer at the Games has managed to sport a smile – even outdoors when the temperatures soar to the 30s.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2020-21 NBA title: The Freak inherits the earth

Giannis Antetokounmpo, versatile play and some luck were the keys to the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2020-21 NBA championship triumph.

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PV Sindhu: I am very happy to add another Olympic medal

Another Olympic medal for P. V. Sindhu. For a country desperate to see an addition to its medals’ tally, the world champion’s bronze medal victory qualified for a huge celebration.

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NRAI president says "everyone will be evaluated" after shooters struggle at Tokyo Olympics

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh said everything "humanly possible" was done to prepare the shooting team for the Tokyo Olympics and that he was perplexed by their performance so far.