OLYMPICS 2016

  • Indian sports ministry identifies 45 athletes for Target Olympic Podium Scheme 11 hours 56 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Forty five athletes from six disciplines have been identified as potential medal winners for the 2016 Rio Olympics and they will be integrated into the "Target Olympic Podium Scheme" (TOP), a sports ministry release said on Monday. The 45 athletes were chosen from sporting disciplines athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting,...
  • Michael Phelps targets Rio 2016 Olympics 4 days ago

    Michael Phelps will not compete at the world championships but the 18-time gold medallist will attempt to add to his Olympic legacy by competing at next year's Rio Games. Since coming out of retirement two years ago there had been widespread speculation Phelps, considered the greatest swimmer of all-time, was targeting...
  • Hockey: Lack of an experienced back-up goalkeeper a worry for India 1 week ago

    Ipoh: India's PR Sreejesh is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment, but the lanky Kerala lad feels that the absence of an experienced back up custodian is a major cause of worry for the team going into next year's Rio Olympics. A day after proving...
  • Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela qualifies for Rio Olympics April 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela on Saturday qualified for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after clinching a 10m air rifle bronze in the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Changwon, Korea. After qualifying fifth for the final round, Chandela shot a score of 185.6 to finish third in...
  • 1.2 million tickets for 2016 Rio Olympics sold April 8, 2015

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilians have snapped up about 1.2 million tickets for next year's Rio Olympics a week after tickets went on sale, organisers have said. According to tickets sales, the most popular sports are volleyball, football and basketball, reports Xinhua. A total of 7.2 million tickets will be sold with some...
  • Jamie Dwyer wants to win gold in Rio before signing off April 6, 2015

    Ipoh: Jamie Dwyer has got all the trophies in his cupboard which a hockey player dreams of while picking up the stick and the legendary Australian now aspires a "fairytale" finish to his illustrious career with a gold medal in 2016 Rio Olympics. Dwyer, the greatest-ever hockey player from Australia, has...
  • Abhinav Bindra, Gangan Narang in action as India seeks Olympics quotas April 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Jitu Rai, Abhinav Bindra and Gangan Narang will spearhead the Indian shooting contingent as it seeks to earn a few Rio Olympic quotas at the ISSF rifle/pistol World Cup beginning in Changwon, Korea on Wednesday. It will be the year's first Olympic quota event after the World Championships in...
  • Mary Kom decides to quit boxing after Rio Olympics March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Olympic medallist pugilist MC Mary Kom on Monday said she has decided to quit boxing after the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as her body would not be able to cope with the rigours of the sport any further. The 32-year-old has been giving hints for some time that she...
  • Appoint an Indian coach for national hockey team: Michael Nobbs January 20, 2015

    Mumbai: Former India hockey coach Michael Nobbs said it was perhaps a good time to appoint a home grown product to take up the national coach's job ahead of the Rio Olympic Games, for which the squad has already qualified. "I wouldn't worry about the coaches -- they come and go....
  • Boxer Mary Kom mulls retirement after 2016 Olympics January 12, 2015

    Guwahati: Olympic Bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom on Monday said she may retire after 2016 Olympics in Brazil though she's yet to take a final decision. "I have not taken a final decision but maybe I will not continue after Rio Olympics. I may retire," Marykom said. "Training is very important...
  • Shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu targets Olympic quota October 31, 2014

    Manavjit shot a top class 123/125 in qualifying, shot 15/15 in the semis, yet missed out on a podium finish after finishing 4th....
  • Jwala Gutta focussed on fitness, 2016 Olympics October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Top doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta said on Sunday that she is focussing on improving her fitness to achieve consistency in performance, to realise her ultimate dream of winning an Olympic medal in 2016 Rio de Janeiro. "I am happy with my on-court performance. I just need to keep fit....
  • Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt eyes gold in 2016 Rio Olympics October 14, 2014

    Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who brought home an Asian Games gold after a gap of 28 years, said that his main target is to win a yellow metal at Rio Olympics. ...
  • Wrestler Yogeshwar eyeing World Championships gold and direct berth in Rio Olympics October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Happy to have ended India's 28-year-long wait for a wrestling gold at the recent Asian Games, star grappler Yogeshwar Dutt is now aiming for a yellow metal at next year's World Championships and thereby earn an automatic berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics. "Next year my main target will...
  • Is Brazil ready to host Olympic Games in 2016? June 6, 2014

    The 2016 Olympic Games are still two years away, but the list of problems are growing for the officials. ...
  • Fraser-Pryce targeting third straight 100m Olympic gold April 8, 2014

    Kingston: Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is aiming at Rio 2016 to become the first female sprinter to win 100 metres gold at three straight Olympics, her coach Stephen Francis has said. The pint-sized Jamaican captured the gold in Beijing in 2008 - her breakout year - and followed up by defending...
  • Rio Olympics a real target, says Leander Paes December 30, 2013

    Chennai: 14 Grand Slam trophies, an Olympic medal and 53 titles on the ATP tour makes him one of the greatest tennis players India has produced but veteran Leander Paes on Monday refused to be labelled as great. "I don't have a great serve, a great forehand or backhand. I just...
  • Rio Olympics to have new women's wrestling categories December 18, 2013

    Geneva: The wrestling world's governing body, FILA, announced on Tuesday that two weight categories will be added in the women's section in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The two new categories will replace a weight class in men's freestyle and GrecoRoman section, reports Xinhua. This change, going into effect in...
  • Usain Bolt may reconsider plans to retire after 2016 Olympics November 18, 2013

    Monaco: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt may ditch plans to retire from the track after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The World and Olympic champion said there is a possibility that he would compete at the 2017 World Championships in London, making a return to the track he set alight...
  • Indian hockey will be a strong contender in 2016 Olympics: Oltmans September 13, 2013

    New Delhi: A silver medal in the recent Asia Cup has virtually assured India a place in next year's World Cup and the team's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans feels the erstwhile champions of the game will be a force to reckon with in the 2016 Olympics. India lost to defending...
  • I will come back for Rio Olympics: Yelena Isinbayeva August 14, 2013

    Moscow: Russian pole vault legend Yelena Isinbayeva has ruled out retirement for now and said she is just taking time off to start a family. The remarks were made after Isinbayeva clinched the gold with a 4.89 metre leap at the Moscow Worlds on Tuesday, her best outdoor effort in...
  • Olympic ban no bar, Indian channel bags broadcast rights for Rio August 1, 2013

    Lausanne: Despite India serving a ban from the Olympic fold, the International Olympic Committee has awarded broadcast rights of several important multisporting events, including 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, for seven South Asian countries to an Indian channel. 'STAR India' has been handed the braodcast rights for the XXII Olympic Winter...
  • Anand hopes for IOCIOA conflict solution before Olympics December 17, 2012

    Kolkata: Fivetime world champion chess Grand Master Viswanathan Anand on Monday hoped the conflict between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will be sorted out before the 2016 Olympics. "We still have a couple of years to solve the problem, so I am not too concerned,"...
  • Systemic changes needed for 12 medals in Rio: Sachin October 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Iconic cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has advocated "systemic changes" in Indian sports so that "12 medals in next Olympics in Rio or 20 in 2020 is not a pipe dream". Tendulkar, who has expressed a desire to promote sports in educational institutes, said sports in curriculum...
  • Wrestler Sushil Kumar aiming for gold in Rio October 13, 2012

    Nagpur: After improving his 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze to silver in London, Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar has set his target on gold in the next Games in Rio de Janerio. Interacting with the 65th batch of trainee officers of Indian Revenue Service (IRS) at the National Academy of Direct Taxes...
  • Four dead, 22 missing in Rio buildings collapse January 27, 2012

    Rio de Janeiro: At least 22 people were still missing on Thursday after rescuers recovered four bodies from the rubble of three buildings that collapsed in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Mayor Eduardo Paes said. Paes told a news conference six others had been pulled alive from the rubble. Wednesday night's collapse...
  • Not even the Obamas could sell Chicago for 2016 October 2, 2009

    Copenhagen: Chicago and Tokyo were the first cities to be eliminated from the running to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, with the US city raising more than a few eyebrows around the world as it received the fewest number of votes. The International Olympic Committee gathered at Denmark's modern...