RIO OLYMPICS

  • 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...
  • Sushil to compete in 74kg in Rio Games, Yogeshwar in 65kg January 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Putting to rest all speculations, it was confirmed on Wednesday that star wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt will compete in 74kg and 65kg categories respectively at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to avoid faceoff against each other. However, in the FILA competitions, including the world and the continental...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Is Michael Phelps coming back? July 29, 2013

    Barcelona, Spain: When Michael Phelps walked away from swimming after the London Olympics, he was adamant about one thing: His career was over. Now, it sounds like he's not so sure. While saying he's never been happier with his life and certainly doesn't miss the grind of what it took to...
  • Young Indian fencer Bhavani Devi wants to make a mark May 6, 2013

    India's 19yearold fencing hope Bhavani Devi eyes recognition for herself and the sport in the country. ...
  • Michael Phelps rules out Rio Olympics comeback March 12, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Legendary swimmer Michael Phelps has ruled out the possibility of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, saying he is "happier" in retirement. Speaking ahead of Monday night's Laureus World Sports Awards here, Phelps said he was relishing the opportunity to dedicate time to other projects. "I am having...
  • Tennis rules may change for 2016 Rio Olympics December 11, 2012

    Rome: Tennis officials are considering adding thirdset tiebreakers at the 2016 Rio Olympics after marathon matches in London this year. Also, bronzemedal matches could be eliminated to lighten the loads of players entered in multiple events. ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti told The Associated Press at the European Olympic Committees meeting...
  • Focus now to win gold in Rio Olympics: Vijay Kumar November 12, 2012

    Kolkata: Silver medal winner in shooting in London Olympics, Vijay Kumar on Monday said his main aim is now to win a gold in the Rio Olympics in 2016. Speaking to reporters after being felicitated by the West Bengal government and Calcutta Sports Journalists Club for winning the silver medal...
  • Usain Bolt to cut down on his training programme October 24, 2012

    Rio de Janeiro: Sprint champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica has revealed plans to diminish his training programme in a bid to prolong his career. Bolt, 26, said Tuesday his best chance of adding to his haul of six Olympic gold medals was to avoid overexerting his body between now and the...
  • 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...
  • Mary Kom aims gold at Glasgow Commonwealth Games October 11, 2012

    Chennai: London Olympics bronzemedallist woman boxer M C Mary Kom is now aiming for a gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Sharing the dias with wrestlers Vijay Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt while interacting with students of Vellamal School here on Thursday, the fivetime world champion talked about her future...