RIO OLYMPICS

  • Brazil aim for best ever medals haul in Rio Olympics 3 days ago

    Brazilian Minister of Sports George Hilton says everything is on track for the 2016 Rio Games, including the host country's goal of a top-10 finish in the medals table for Brazil's best ever Olympics haul. Hilton told Reuters that all venues are now on schedule, pollution problems are being addressed, environmental...
  • Indian sports ministry identifies 45 athletes for Target Olympic Podium Scheme 1 week 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,...
  • Martina Hingis back in Fed Cup after half a lifetime away April 16, 2015

    The last time Martina Hingis appeared in the Fed Cup for Switzerland she was a 17-year-old four-times grand slam champion with the world at her feet. Half a lifetime later, aged 34, she returns to the team competition this weekend in a World Group playoff tie in Poland having re-launched her...
  • SAI sees a record 100 athletes qualifying for Rio Olympics April 16, 2015

    New Delhi: In a rather ambitious projection, Sports Authority of India (SAI) sees a record 100 plus athletes qualifying for next year's Rio Olympics. "Though qualification process has barely started, our own assessment is that if women's hockey team qualifies we should comfortably cross the 100 mark. As far as number...
  • Michael Phelps targets Rio 2016 Olympics April 16, 2015

    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 April 13, 2015

    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...
  • Jwala Gutta vents ire for being left out of funding scheme April 2, 2015

    New Delhi: India's premier women's doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta on Thursday lashed out at the Indian government after finding herself left out of the scheme to fund the country's top prospective medal winners at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Jwala's doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa -- 2011 World Championships bronze medallists --...
  • 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...
  • Looking to improve wrestling's medal tally in Rio: Satpal Singh January 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Ecstatic to be named for the Padma Bhushan award, India's most decorated wrestling coach Satpal Singh says the honour has motivated him to work harder and his aim now is to improve the country's medal tally in wrestling in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Satpal, who was on Sunday named...
  • 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....
  • Shooting: Jitu Rai to train in Rio one year before Olympics January 13, 2015

    Mumbai: Ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai to train as well as compete in shooting events at Rio de Janeiro in the middle of August this year as he prepares to take a shot at a medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. "I will be going to Rio one year before...
  • 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...
  • I will use the ban period to rectify my technique: Sarita Devi January 3, 2015

    Guwahati: Banned from competition fora year, Asian Games bronze medallist L Sarita Devi on Saturday said she would utilise the period by taking corrective measures in her technique so that she can be ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics. "I will positively use the year by practising and working on my...
  • Main aim is to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics, says Mary Kom November 20, 2014

    After clinching an elusive gold medal at the Asian Games in Incheon, star woman boxer MC Mary Kom is confident of getting back into the ring next year by recovering from her current injuries and qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. "Yes, that (qualifying for Rio Games) is my main...
  • The ball is now in Terry Walsh's court, says SAI November 19, 2014

    With Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal agreeing in principle to Terry Walsh's demands, the ball is now in the Australian's court to take a call on whether to continue as India's chief hockey coach and the SAI expects him to make up his mind in the next 4-5 days. In a major...
  • 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....
  • Chad Le Clos confident of beating Phelps again in Rio Olympics October 31, 2014

    Singapore: Chad le Clos, one of the few men to have beaten Michael Phelps at the Olympics, has thrown down the challenge to his old rival, urging him to get back into training so they can have a rematch at Rio in 2016. The South African pulled one of the biggest...
  • TOP is a great initiative by sports ministry, says Rahul Dravid October 28, 2014

    With an aim to increase India's medal tally in 2016 and 2020 Olympics, the Sports Ministry has decided to start a "Target Mission Olympic Podium Scheme". ...
  • 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. ...
  • Seema Punia eyes medals in Worlds and Rio Olympics October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Her career revived after winning a gold at the just-concluded Asian Games, star discus thrower Seema Punia on Monday said that she is not content with her feat in Incheon and is eyeing a medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Seema, the only individual gold medallist among track and...
  • 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...
  • Asiad hockey gold extra special, Olympics next target: Sports Minister October 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Congratulating Indian men's hockey team for winning a 'historic' gold at the ongoing Incheon Asian Games, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday said that the government will provide every possible help to hockey for 2016 Rio Olympics. India beat archrivals Pakistan 4-2 in a nervy shootout to regain the...
  • I hope to maintain momentum till Rio Olympics: Jitu Rai September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: He has just become the first Indian shooter to win five international medals in a calendar year but Jitu Rai remains hungry for more and wants to achieve as many podium finishes as possible in the runup to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 25yearold Rai last week won an...
  • Bopanna open to playing with Paes at Rio Olympics September 12, 2014

    Bangalore: India's doubles star Rohan Bopanna says the bitterness that had developed between him and Leander Paes in the buildup to the 2012 London Games is "long gone and over" and he was not averse to the idea of pairing with his senior compatriot for the Rio Olympics if there...
  • 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...
  • Oltmans eyeing Asian Games to earn direct berth for Rio Olympics January 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Hockey India's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans has set his sights on winning the gold medal in this year's Incheon Asian Games which would give the erstwhile champions of the game a direct ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Oltmans said the senior men's team showed signs of improvement...