ATHLETICS

  • Camp Nou to host Barcelona's Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao 4 days ago

    Madrid: Barcelona will have home advantage for its Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao after Spain's football federation voted on Wednesday for the Camp Nou as the venue. Both finalists had originally asked to play the May 30 decider at Real Madrid's 81,000-seater Bernabeu stadium. However, the venue for Copa...
  • Paralympic Committee forms probe panel 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) on Monday constituted a three-member enquiry committee to investigate the reasons for gross mismanagement at the ongoing 15th National Para-Athletics Championships. In a shocking case of official apathy, differently-abled sportspersons participating in...
  • Paralympians use rooms without toilets, forced to sleep on floor at national event 1 week ago

    Ghaziabad: The three-day National Para Athletic Championship which concluded on Sunday has been labelled a national shame. The participants were forced to use filthy toilets which doubled up as bathrooms and dormitories with no beds. There was a sheer lack of basic disabled friendly infrastructure in the National Para Athletics...
  • Sports Ministry shocked at apathy towards para-athletes 1 week ago

    The Sports Ministry expressed shock and concern at the apathy shown by the 15th National Para-Athletic Championship organisers wherein the participants have been denied proper accommodation at the event. ...
  • Para-athletes face official apathy, Sports Ministry promises action March 22, 2015

    Taking a strong view of the shocking incident of differently-abled sportspersons taking part in a national event being put up at unfurnished and unhygienic accommodations, Indian Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday sought a report from the organisers and promised to take action within 24 hours. Sonowal said he has asked...
  • Usain Bolt cruises to win in 400 metres race March 15, 2015

    Jamaican Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt cruised to victory in his first individual race of the season, clocking 46.37 seconds over 400 metres at the GC Foster Classic in Kingston on Saturday. Bolt, the world record holder at 100 and 200 metres, used the race as part of his build-up for...
  • Real Madrid lose 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao, put La Liga lead in jeopardy March 8, 2015

    Barcelona: Spanish league leader Real Madrid lost 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, stumbling for a second straight week. Aritz Aduriz rose to head in the only goal in the 26th minute, and strike partner Inaki Williams outshone Madrid's star-studded attack led by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Ballon d'Or holder was left...
  • Oscar Pistorius lawyers to challenge appeal ruling February 24, 2015

    South Africa: Oscar Pistorius' lawyers will challenge a judge's decision to allow an appeal against his negligent killing conviction by prosecutors, who want the Olympic runner convicted of murder. Lawyer Brian Webber said on Tuesday in a statement that Pistorius' defense team has applied for permission to argue against Judge Thokozile...
  • Messi nets one, plays part in four more as Barcelona beat Bilbao 5-2 February 9, 2015

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a decisive 5-2 away victory over Athletic Bilbao Sunday, bringing his team to within just a point of Real Madrid, which is at the top of the La Liga standings. It took the four-time World Player of the year just 15 minutes to get Barca...
  • Artists benefit more from National Games: PT Usha February 2, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: As yet another National Games progresses amid organisational lapses and controversies, legendary sprint queen PT Usha feels that the event has transformed into a carnival in which artists benefit more than sportspersons. Though the Games has helped improve the sports infrastructure at the grassroot level, Usha felt the event would...
  • India's greatest ever athlete Milkha Singh in search of new Milkha January 22, 2015

    Milkha Singh came on board in search of the fastest Indian, an intiative designed to scout, develope and hone young athletes with an eye on the future. ...
  • Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in Copa del Rey quarter-finals January 21, 2015

    Barcelona: A matchup worthy of the final will knock out Barcelona or Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. Barcelona host Atletico on Wednesday in the opening leg, less than two weeks after Lionel Messi ended a scoring drought for a 3-1 win in the league. That broke...
  • Sacked after 2011 dope scandal, Yuri may return as coach January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Ukrainian track and field coach Yuri Ogrodonik, who was sacked by the government after the doping scandal in 2011, is likely to return to the country to prepare Indian athletes for 2016 Rio Olympics after his name was cleared "in principle" by the sports ministry recently. Ogrodonik's contract was...
  • Obsession over an Olympic medal not helping India: Advani January 15, 2015

    Kolkata: Indian cue sports star Pankaj Advani on Thursday remarked Olympic achievement has become national "obsession" and urged the athletes to change their perception to excel in their respective disciplines. "Our country is starved of Olympic medals and the government announces ridiculous incentives for an Olympic medal. I think our country...
  • Athletic Bilbao beat Celta 4-2, Malaga top Levante 2-0 in Copa del Rey January 7, 2015

    Barcelona: Striker Aritz Aduriz scored two goals and set up another to help Athletic Bilbao beat Celta Vigo 4-2 in the Copa del Rey's round of 16 on Tuesday. Malaga also seized control of its tie against Levante with a 2-0 victory at home thanks to brilliant goals by Juan Pablo...
  • Yearender: Swimming, athletics endure dope tainted year 2014 December 25, 2014

    Beijing: The fight against doping went into its climax in the second half of the year when top names from track and field, swimming and badminton fell from grace. The anti-doping in the first half of 2014, however, had got its fair share in the limelight when six offenders were exposed...
  • David Moyes wants more improvement from Real Sociedad players December 15, 2014

    David Moyes has seen signs of progress at Real Sociedad since he took over last month, but believes that there is still a lot of room for improvement. Moyes was denied victory in his first Basque derby on Sunday when Sociedad let slip an early lead and drew 1-1 at home...
  • Pretoria judge allows prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict December 10, 2014

    Pretoria: A South African judge, on Wednesday, granted prosecutors the right to appeal against the acquittal of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius from murder charges. Pistorius was jailed for five years in October for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee athlete claimed in his defence that he accidentally shot Steenkamp thinking...
  • Benat Etxebarria guides Athletic Bilbao to 2-1 win at Getafe November 29, 2014

    Barcelona: Athletic Bilbao midfielder Benat Etxebarria set up one goal before adding a second from a late free kick to secure a 2-1 win at Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday. Etxebarria found Mikel San Jose to glance in his corner kick in the 36th minute as the two connected...
  • La Liga: Athletic Bilbao rise to ninth thanks to dynamic Aduriz November 22, 2014

    Aritz Aduriz nodded the first goal and set up another as Athletic Bilbao beat Espanyol 3-1 to climb to ninth in La Liga on Friday. Bilbao were on top but needed some luck to take the lead in the 29th minute when Aduriz's header deflected off Christian Stuani and went...
  • Para-athlete Sharad Kumar fighting for recognition despite gold at 2014 Asian Games November 6, 2014

    Two years back in 2012, Sharad Kumar was banned for taking steroids at the Malaysian Open Para-athletics Championships but the differently-abled high-jumper silenced all his critics by clinching a gold medal at the recently concluded Para Asian Games in Incheon. However, to his dismay, no one has come forward to...
  • Need to improve running technique, says triple-jumper Arpinder Singh November 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medal winning Indian triple-jumper Arpinder Singh on Sunday said he is focusing on improving his running technique that affected his performance at the 17th Asian games in Incheon. Arpinder managed a best leap of 16.41 metres, considerably below his national record setting best of 17.17m,...
  • Asian Games 2014 medallists felicitated October 28, 2014

    The laurels keep coming in for India's Asiad and Commonwealth Games medallists - last evening several athletes were felicitated at a function in the capital. ...
  • South Africa prosecution to appeal Pistorius conviction, sentence October 27, 2014

    South Africa's state prosecutors will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year jail sentence handed down last week on Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday. "Oscar Pistorius judgement, NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence," NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube said...
  • Para-swimmer Sharath breaks PT Usha's 28-year record at Asian Games October 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Para-swimmer Sharath Gayakwad scripted history at the Asian Para-Games in Incheon, South Korea, by winning six medals to go past sprint legend PT Usha's record of most medals by an Indian in a multi-discipline event. "London 2012 Paralympian swimmer Sharath Gayakwad created history at the 2014 Asian Para Games...
  • PT Usha accepts PM's invitation to train athletes from Gujarat for Olympics October 20, 2014

    India's most successful sprinter, PT Usha on Monday accepted to scout and groom sporting talent in Gujarat, in response to a request from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Usha, nicknamed the Payyoli Express after the Kerala village where she was born, said the invite from Modi came last year when he...
  • Justin Gatlin fails to make list of finalists for IAAF award October 17, 2014

    Facing a backlash over his doping past, American sprinter Justin Gatlin has failed to make the list of finalists for the IAAF world athlete of the year award. Gatlin, undefeated in the 100 and 200 meters this season, was among the original 10 nominees for the prize. But, after a two-week...
  • PM Narendra Modi meets India's Asian Games medallists October 14, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met India's medal winners from the recently concluded Asian Games in Incheon. ...
  • Lack of funds hurting Seema Punia in Rio Olympics preparation October 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Asian Games gold medallist discus thrower Seema Punia Antil said that lack of funds is proving to be a hindrance to her dream of winning a 2016 Rio Olympics medal for the country. "I am ready to give my best to realise my dream of winning gold for...
  • Athletics: My Asiad gold a slap on my critics' face, says Mandeep October 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Back into the limelight after serving a two-year ban due to a dope offence, two-time Asian Games gold medallist Mandeep Kaur on Saturday said that she has silenced her critics who thought her career was over with her feat in the just-concluded Incheon Games. Punjab girl Mandeep was a...