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General News Rio Olympics 2016 - News & Updates
Rio Olympics have not even started and India has already defeated Pakistan - Here's how!

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LAHORE: Pakistan`s sporting decline has left the vast South Asian nation that once prided itself on producing the world`s best hockey players facing up to an Olympics for which they don't even have an athlete representing the country.

While none of the Pakistani athletes managed to book a spot at Rio, India have 118 representatives participating in the quadrennial event. The gap between the two nations at this sporting extravaganza has never been so drastic.

Cricket, which remains a wildly popular game in Pakistan, is probably the reason most other sports have shrunk in popularity as the successes of the 1980s and early 1990s have become a distant memory. India, though, has still managed to produce quality in other sports as well.

In dilapidated gyms and crumbling sports fields Pakistani athletes lament the dated equipment and obsolete training methods which leave them struggling against foreign foes who adhere to the latest science-based techniques.

Female athletes have an even bigger mountain to climb: most young girls in the deeply conservative Muslim nation are pressured by their families to stop exercising in public, while those with family backing face the wrath of their communities. "We are behind the rest of the world," said Inam Butt, a Pakistani wrestling champion who won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. "Our budget, training and facilities are just nothing. How can we compete?"

Butt, like other athletes, says the future will remain bleak until Pakistan`s government starts pouring money into sport.

The seven participants due to represent Pakistan at next month`s Rio Olympics have all been given wildcard entries and stand "no chance" of winning medals, according to Arif Hasan, the Pakistan Olympic Association president.

"They are more or less going for the participation and gaining the experience. Let`s hope next time will be better," he said.

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Reliance Jio backs largest ever Indian Rio Olympic contingent

The Rio bound Indian Olympic contingent will be sponsored by ‘Reliance Jio’, the digital services arm of Reliance Industries Limited, which has won the rights to be the ‘Principal Partner’ at the quadrennial extravaganza.

This is yet another key milestone in the company’s endeavour to empower and support national sporting talents.

Olympic Games is the single largest global sports event and Reliance Jio’s partnership with IOA is an expression of our nation’s unwavering faith for our sporting heroes.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has a long cherished history of its association with sports in India, promoting and developing various disciplines over the last three decades.
In the past seven years, the corporate and its joint venture partner IMG Worldwide have worked closely with the Football and Basketball federations in India.

In addition, the CSR arm of the company – Reliance Foundation, has been progressively running multi year grassroots development programs in football and basketball under Reliance Foundation Young Champs and Reliance Foundation Junior NBA initiatives, introducing over half a million children to sports and providing enhanced training through robust scouting programs.

Commenting on the association, Reliance Jio spokesperson said,”Reliance Jio is honoured to be part of India’s largest ever contingent for the Olympic Games 2016. Our association with Indian Olympic contingent is a natural progression stemming from our corporate philosophy of unwavering faith and belief in today’s young generation, and empowering them through sports.

“Each one of these athletes qualified to represent India at Olympic Games, is our national hero. The Reliance family, on behalf of its 1.3 billion countrymen wishes our athletes the very best.”
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Massive! China to send its largest ever Olympic contingent to Rio – a total of 416 athletes

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Massive! China to send its largest ever Olympic contingent to Rio – a total of 416 athletes

SHANGHAI: China will send 416 athletes to Rio de Janeiro next month, its largest overseas delegation in Olympic history, continuing its pursuit of medals that saw it take second spot in the table behind the United States four years ago.

The country will send 256 women and 160 men to compete in 26 sports, the government said during a ceremony unveiling the team in Beijing on Monday, state news agency Xinhua reported. It fielded 396 athletes in the London 2012 games.

"This is the largest ever Olympic delegation China has sent overseas," Cai Zhenhua, deputy director of China`s General Administration of Sport, was reported by Xinhua as saying. He added that the delegation has 711 members including 29 foreign coaches.

Local fans were assured by the inclusion of popular Chinese swimmer Ning Zetao, the recent subject of rumours that he had been cut from the squad for taking on too many commercial engagements. He is first Asian swimmer to win the 100 metres freestyle at the world championships.

The youngest member of the delegation is 14-year-old Ai Yanhan, who will compete in the women`s 200m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay, while the oldest is 39-year-old Beijing Olympics shooting champion Chen Ying.

Notable omissions include five-time Olympic gold medallist and gymnast Zou Kai and teenage gymnast Liu Tingting, who was due to compete in her first international competition but pulled out due to an injury suffered during training last week.

Weightlifting Olympic champion Liao Hui, who missed the 2012 Olympics after failing a drugs test, also announced his retirement on the Twitter-like Weibo platform on Monday.

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Russia name squad despite ban threat

Moscow: Russia`s Olympic Committee pressed on Wednesday with its preparations for the Rio Olympic Games despite the threat of a ban for state-run doping hanging over the country.

At a meeting in Moscow the executive board approved a 387-strong team -- including star names like pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, hurdler Sergei Shubenkov and tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova -- to compete at this summer`s games starting on August 5.

The team`s line-up includes the 68 track and field athletes, whose fate hinges on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, which is set to rule on Thursday on whether the IAAF had grounds to impose a blanket ban on Russia`s athletics federation.

"We today confirmed the composition of our team including the track and field athletes," committee chief Alexander Zhukov told the press.

"The court decision will likely be tomorrow and tomorrow we will find out."

Zhukov insisted that Russian sportsmen were still "capable of competing for medals" at the event in Rio and said they were training in Russia, Portugal and Brazil.

The preparations come despite a mammoth scandal that sees Russia under threat of a blanket Olympic ban following bombshell allegations of state-controlled cheating.

An independent WADA commission led by Canadian investigator Richard McLaren detailed an elaborate cheating scheme run by Russia`s sports ministry with help from the FSB state intelligence agency.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would study "legal options" before deciding whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games following emergency talks on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the committee said Wednesday it would decide "within seven days" on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over rampant state-run doping.

The IOC ordered a disciplinary commission to look into what McLaren`s commission called a "state-dictated failsafe system" of drug cheating that included Russia`s secret service swapping dirty urine samples for clean ones through a hole in a wall in Sochi.

The IOC -- which faces a race against the clock to reach a final decision on Russians in Rio -- said it "will explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice".

Moscow has blasted what its sees as political interference in sports over the doping scandal and insists individual athletes should be punished but not the entire team.

A Russian diplomatic source said Wednesday that the current scandal "came against the backdrop of Washington calling for two years for Russia to be isolated, politically, economically and not in sports."

"The aim of this is to pressure Russia in any way, she said.

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Saina Nehwal seeded fifth; PV Sindhu, K Srikanth get ninth seed

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New Delhi: Star India shuttler Saina Nehwal has been seeded fifth while her compatriot P V Sindhu is seeded ninth in the women's singles at the upcoming Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro.

Kidambi Srikanth, meanwhile, has received a ninth seeding in the men's draw.

Saina is world no. 5 and Sindhu is ranked 10th in women's singles, Srikanth's ranking is 11th in the world in men's singles.

The seedings are based on today's (July 21, 2016) World Rankings for the final confirmed Olympic qualifiers, and will be used for the draw on July 26.

Each singles category has 13 seeds. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei and Spain's Carolina Marin are the top seeds in men's and women's singles, respectively.

Lee, runner-up at the last two Olympics and winner of two BWF World Superseries titles this season, is followed in the seedings by two-time World champion Chen Long (2; China) and two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan (3; China).

In women's singles, two-time World champion Marin heads a competitive field ahead of two Chinese -- Wang Yihan (2) and defending Olympic champion Li Xuerui (3).

Thailand's in-form Ratchanok Intanon (4), winner of three World Superseries titles this year, is also seeded ahead of the London Olympic bronze medallist Saina.

There are only four seeds in each of the three doubles categories and none of the Indian pairs figure in the seeding list.

The men's singles draw will consist of 41 players in 13 groups, while 40 competitors will be divided into 13 groups in women's singles. Each group will have one seed.

The draw in doubles will have four groups of four pairs. Each group will include a seeded pair.

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India will be sending its strongest ever contingent of 120 athletes to the 2016 Rio Olympics to be held from August 5 to 21 in Brazil. With 36, the tack and field squad is the strongest, followed by hockey (32) and shooting (12).

The chief medal hopes once again rest with the shooters who haven't disappointed ever since Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the silver at Athens 2004. The shooting squad, led by Abhinav Bindra, Jitu Rai and Gagan Narang, is closely followed by wrestler Yogeswhar Dutt, archer Deepika Kumari, Saina Nehwal in badminton, the mixed doubles tennis pair of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza and the men's hockey team to contribute to the medals tally.
India won six medals at London 2012 and will hope to better that number and return with its biggest medal haul at the Olympics.

Here's the full list of the 120-strong contingent:



1. Deepika Kumari (Individual and Team event in Recurve)
2. Laxmi Rani Majhi (Individual and Team event in Recurve)
3. Bombayla Devi (Individual and Team event in Recurve)


4. Atanu Das (Individual Recurve)



5. Dharambir (200m)
6. Muhammad Anas Yahiya (400m & 4x400m Relay)
7. Jinson Johnson (800m)
8. Ankit Sharma (Long Jump)
9. Renjith Maheswary (Triple Jump)
10. Inderjeet Singh (Shot Put)
11. Vikas Gowda (Discus Throw)
12. Nitendra Singh Rawat (Marathon)
13. Gopi Thonakal (Marathon)
14. Kheta Ram (Marathon)
15. Manish Singh Rawat (20Km Race Walking)
16. Gurpreet Singh (20Km Race Walking)
17. Ganapathi Krishnan (20Km Race Walking)
18. Sandeep Kumar (50Km Race Walking)
19. Arokia Rajiv (4x400m Relay) 20. Kunhu Muhammaed Puthanpurakal (4x400m Relay)
21. Dharun Ayyasamy (4x400m Relay)
22. Mohankumar Raja (4x400m Relay)
23. Lalith Mathur (4x400m Relay)


24. Dutee Chand (100m)
25. Srbani Nanda (200m)
26. Nirmla (400m & 4x400m Relay)
27. Tintu Luka (800m)
28. Sudha Singh (3000m Steeple Chase)
29. Lalit Shivaji Babar (3000m Steeple Chase)
30. Manpreet Kaur (Shot Put)
31. Seema Punia (Discus Throw)
32. OP Jaisha (Marathon)
33. Kavita Tungar Raut (Marathon)
34. Khushbir Kaur (20km Race Walking)
35. Sapana (20km Race Walking)
36. Poovamma Raju Machettira (4x400m Relay)
37. Anilda Thomas (4x400m Relay)
38. Jisna Mathew (4x400m Relay)
39. Aswani Chidananda Akkunji (4x400m Relay)
40. Debashree Mazumdar (4x400m Relay)



41. Kidambi Srikanth
42. Manu Atthri
43. Sumeet Reddy


44. Saina Nehwal
45. PV Sindhu
46. Jwala Gutta
47. Ashwini Ponnappa



48. Shiva Thapa (56 kg)
49. Manoj Kumar (64 kg)
50. Vikas Krishan (75 kg)

GOLF (3)


51. Anirban Lahiri
52. SP Chawrasia


53. Aditi Ashok



54. Dipa Karmakar (Artistic - Individual Alround)



55. PR Sreejesh (captain)
56. Rupinder Pal Singh
57. VR Raghunath
58. Kothajit Singh
59. Surender Kumar
60. Harmanpreet Singh
61. Danish Mujtaba
62. Chinglensana Singh
63. Manpreet Singh
64. Sardar Singh
65. SK Uthappa
66. Devinder Walmiki
67. SV Sunil (vice captain)
68. Akashdeep Singh
69. Ramandeep Singh
70. Nikkin Thimmaiah


71. Navjot Kaur
72. Deep Grace Ekka
73. Monika
74. Nikki Pradhan
75. Anuradha Devi Thockcha
76. Savita
77. Poonam Rani
78. Vandana Katariya
79. Deepika
80. Namita Toppo
81. Renuka Yadav
82. Sunita Lakra
83. Sushila Chanu (captain)
84. Rani Rampal
85. Preeti Dubey
86. Lilima Minz

JUDO (1)


87. Avtar Singh (90 kg)



88. Dattu Bhokanal (M1x Men's Singles Sculls)



89. Abhinav Bindra (10m air rifle)
90. Kynan Chenai (Trap)
91. Mairaj Ahmad Khan (Skeet)
92. Prakash Nanjappa (50m pistol)
93. Gagan Narang (10m air rifle, 50m rifle prone, 50m rifle 3 positions)
94. Jitu Rai (10m air pistol, 50m pistol)
95. Chaini Singh (50m rifle prone, 50m rifle 3 positions)
96. Gurpreet Singh (10m air pistol, 25m rapid fire pistol)
97. Manavjit Singh Sandhu (Trap)


98. Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle)
99. Ayonika Paul (10m air rifle)
100. Heena Sidhu (10m air pistol, 25m pistol)



101. Sajan Prakash (200m butterfly)


102. Shivani Katariya (200m freestyle)



103. Achanta Sharath Kamal (Singles)
104. Soumyajit Ghosh (Singles)


105. Mouma Das (Singles)
106. Manika Batra (Singles)



107. Rohan Bopanna (Men's Doubles)
108. Leander Paes (Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles)


109. Sania Mirza (Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles)
110. Prarthana Thombare (Women's Doubles)



111. Sathish Kumar Sivalingam (77 kg)


112. Mirabhai Chanu Saikhom (48 kg)



113. Yogeshwar Dutt (Freestyle 65 kg)
114. Narsingh Pancham Yadav (Freestyle 74 kg)

115. Sandeep Tomar (Freestyle 57 kg)
116. Hardeep (Greco-Roman 98 kg)
117. Ravinder Khatri (Greco-Roman 85 kg)


118. Sakshi Malik (Freestyle 58 kg)
119. Vinesh Phogat (Freestyle 48 Kg)
120. Babita Kumari (Freestyle 53 kg)
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Swimmer Gaurika Singh to become the youngest Olympian at Rio, aged 13

Nepali swimmer Gaurika Singh, already a seasoned international competitor at 13, is poised to become the youngest Olympian in Rio when she hits the water in the 100m backstroke heats on Sunday.

"That`s quite cool, a bit unreal, too," said Singh, who will be 13 years and 255 days old.

It`s not surprising the London-based schoolgirl, who swims for English club Barnet Copthall, is undaunted by the prospect. She has already lived through the 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal, leaving nearly 9,000 dead.

"It was terrifying," she said of the experience she endured with her mother, Garima, and younger brother Sauren while they were back in Nepal for the national swimming championships.

The family, in a fifth-floor apartment of a building in Kathmandu, sheltered under a table before using the stairs to leave the building as the aftershocks rumbled.

"Fortunately, it was a new building so it did not collapse like others around," she said.

A friend of Singh`s father later set up a charity to help rebuild schools and she donated her winnings from the restaged championships.

"They made me a goodwill ambassador," said Singh, who returns to Nepal about once a year to visit family.

She swam the 100m backstroke at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, last August, and won four medals -- three bronze and one silver -- at the South Asian Games in India in February.

"It`s unbelievable that she`s the youngest Olympian in Rio and amazing how she copes with all the pressure," said her father, Paras, who will be in Rio to cheer on the precocious star, who will be aiming to improve her own national record of 1min 07.31sec in the 100m back in Rio.

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