London Olympics 2012

  • Bhupathi getting used to new partnership with Bopanna 03-01-2012 07:50 PM

    Chennai: Indian tennis veteran Mahesh Bhupathi asserted that playing from the deuce court would not pose much of a problem for him while partnering Rohan Bopanna, and with more practice the pair would be ready for the challenges ahead. Bhupathi, like Bopanna, has always played from the ad court (left-hand...
  • Impressive shooters raise hopes of Olympic success 29-12-2011 04:56 PM

    The success story that started at the turn of the millennium continued for Indian shooting in the year 2011 as well, with nine marksmen making the cut for the London Olympics. While Gagan Narang and Hari Om Singh had booked their tickets to London last year itself, seven others emerged...
  • Weightlifters fail to shine as dope menace recedes 29-12-2011 04:24 PM

    For once, doping did not take centre-stage in Indian weightlifting, but the country failed to impress at the world stage in 2011, with London Olympics qualification still uncertain, even though there was unprecedented success to savour in the Commonwealth Championships. None of the lifters tested positive for banned drugs in...
  • Saina confident of good show in 2012 23-12-2011 04:20 PM

    Hyderabad: Her narrow losses in various tournaments notwithstanding, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says she had a reasonably good year considering the injuries that plagued her. "Last year (2010) was fantastic, I am very happy with those victories. This year, it was kind of tough for me because I came...
  • NADA bans six relay team athletes for doping 23-12-2011 03:13 PM

    New Delhi: The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has imposed a one-year ban on the women's 400 metres relay team comprising six Indian athletes for taking illegal drugs. The ban will get over before the 2012 London Olympics, said Anish Dayal, the lawyer representing the athletes. Dayal said that a complete...
  • Rs. 260 cr allocated for London Olympics: Maken 08-12-2011 02:37 PM

    New Delhi: The government has allocated a budget of approximately Rs. 260 crore for the participation of Indian athletes in the 2012 London Olympics, Sports Minister Ajay Maken told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Replying to supplementaries, the minister said Indian athletes would participate in 16 sports, including aquatics, athletics,...
  • Self-belief made the difference: Djokovic 06-12-2011 03:32 PM

    London: World No 1 Novak Djokovic believes it was not improvements to his game but his mentality that helped him win three grand slam titles in 2011. Reflecting on a hugely successful season, Djokovic believes it was his new-found maturity which made the difference. "It's true that I have improved...
  • Saina has learned from her mistakes: Gopichand 05-12-2011 12:43 AM

    New Delhi: The mentor, Pullela Gopichand and protege, Saina Nehwal seem to have made up and the former All England Champion is happy that his favourite ward has learnt from her past mistakes as they embark on 'Mission London'. "We had a few issues, but it's good that she came...
  • Venus, Serena aim to defend Olympic title 03-12-2011 08:52 PM

    Milan: The Williams sisters want to defend their Olympic doubles title in London next summer. Serena Williams said on Friday that she and sister Venus are eager to go for their third Olympic gold together after victories at the 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing Games. First up, the sisters will...
  • Qureshi rules out bitterness with Bopanna 30-11-2011 06:50 PM

    Karachi: Pakistan tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi on Wednesday ruled out any bitterness with India's Rohan Bopanna after their split on the ATP doubles tour, saying his former doubles partner is his friend and will even come to attend his wedding. Qureshi, 31, joined hands with Bopanna in 2007, and were...
  • It was Paes who wanted to split: Bhupathi 30-11-2011 02:50 PM

    New Delhi: A partnership that promised much and delivered three grand slam titles. The duo that reunited for the second time earlier this year, has decided to go seperate ways for the third time in a little over a decade. After having confirmed the decision to split, Mahesh Bhupathi in...
  • 'Olympics will be high pressure situation' 11-11-2011 02:49 PM

    Hyderabad: Gagan Narang on Thursday conceded that the burden of high expectations is new for the shooters as they prepare for the London Olympics but promised to deliver at the biggest sporting extravaganza. Expectations from the shooters have grown by leaps and bounds ever since Abhinav Bindra won that elusive...
  • Pillay urges HI, IHF to call truce 05-11-2011 10:06 PM

    Kolkata: Former India captain Dhanraj Pillay on Saturday said the warring Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) should sort out their issues as it is hampering the country's preparation for the 2012 Olympics. India need to get their act together if they want to give a shot at the...
  • Beckham, Giggs to play at Olympics: report 23-10-2011 01:32 PM

    London: New Team GB coach Stuart Pearce is set to include both Ryan Giggs and David Beckham in his squad for next summer's Olympic Games in London, according to reports. Former Manchester United star Beckham, 36, is set to link up with his old teammate Giggs as two of three...
  • Three Indian boxers qualify for London Olympics 04-10-2011 10:57 PM

    New Delhi: Indian boxers packed a powerful punch as Commonwealth Games medallists Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Jai Bhagwan (60kg), along with rookie teen sensation L Devendro Singh, qualified for the London Olympics by advancing to the World Championships' quarter-finals with contrasting wins in Baku, Azerbaijan on Tuesday. While Manoj rallied...
  • IOA's meeting fails to solve HI-IHF impasse 04-10-2011 09:37 PM

    New Delhi: The urgent meeting convened by the India Olympic Association on Tuesday failed to resolve the dispute between Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) over the issue of governance of the game in the country. The meeting was convened following FIH's threat to shift the Olympic qualifiers...
  • Rs. 6.85 cr to fund sportspersons for Olympics 13-09-2011 04:54 PM

    New Delhi: The sports ministry on Tuesday said that it has allocated Rs. 6.85 crores from National Sports Development Fund to 22 sportspersons under Operation Excellence 2012 for the London Olympics. The biggest beneficiary is double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi, who has been granted Rs. 97.37 lakhs. Among other shooters,...
  • Trap shooter Shagun nails 2012 Olympic berth 09-09-2011 12:00 PM

    New Delhi: Indian trap shooter Shagun Chowdhary qualified for the 2012 London Olympics with a fourth place finish in the Women's Trap event in the Shotgun World Championship in Belgrade, Serbia on Thursday. Shagun made it to the six-member final from a strong field of 68 and even took a...
  • London 2012 to be the first live 3D Games 31-08-2011 11:05 PM

    London: Next year's London Olympics will be the first live 3D Games, camera provider and worldwide partner Panasonic said on Wednesday. The agreement with the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) will produce the first HD (High Definition) 3D live broadcast from an Olympics and more than 200...
  • Powell eyes Olympics to end title drought 28-08-2011 01:14 PM

    Daegu: Luckless Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell knows that at age 28 he may have squandered his last real chance at a World Championship title, but he has now fixed his sights on the 2012 London Olympics to find redemption. As the fastest man in the world this year, Powell arrived...
  • Hope to win medal in London Olympics: Jwala 27-08-2011 10:20 AM

    Hyderabad: Buoyed by the bronze medal in the recent World Championship, ace doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta on Friday expressed confidence that she would win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics. "I am happy to have won the bronze. I hope to win more medals for the country," she told...
  • Riots: London to review security for Olympics 09-08-2011 11:52 PM

    London: As riots prompted questions inside and outside Britain about London's ability to hold the 2012 Olympics, the government on Tuesday said the security plans for the mega sporting event will be reviewed. Home secretary Theresa May insisted that law and order agencies will do all that was necessary to...
  • No riots effect on Olympic plans: BOA 09-08-2011 05:28 PM

    London: Even as violence grips the Hackney area of east London - one of the five boroughs for the 2012 Games - the British Olympic Association (BOA) on Tuesday assured that plans for the quadrennial extravaganza will not be affected by the riots. The unrest, which started on Saturday night...
  • Shot-put: Om Prakash qualifies for Olympics 29-07-2011 01:50 PM

    New Delhi: Indian shot-putter Om Prakash Karhana on Friday qualified for the 2012 London Olympics as well as next month's World Championships after winning gold in an IAAF meet at Szombathely in Hungary. Karhana registered a personal best of 20.04 metres to cross the 20-metre qualifying mark for the London...
  • London reveals medals for 2012 Olympics 28-07-2011 09:41 AM

    London: The thousands of athletes striving to compete at London 2012 now know what treasure awaits at the end of their long and tortuous journeys after the medals for next year's Olympics were revealed in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday, one year before the start of the Games. Measuring 85mm in...
  • London ready to mark Olympic 1-year countdown 27-07-2011 09:20 AM

    London: The countdown to London 2012 entered its final year on Wednesday with diver Tom Daley poised to make a splash before the world and its Olympic athletes are formally invited to join the party next July. The opening of the wave-shaped Aquatics Centre, with Daley due to make the...