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A pedestrian walks past the Olympic rings outside the Japan Olympic Museum near the New National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo | Photo: Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg

Tokyo Olympics become biggest sporting event halted by virus

The postponement will be first since modern games began in 19th century and make Tokyo 2020 Olympics the biggest sporting event called off due to COVID-19.
The sun sets behind the Olympic rings installation at Odaiba Marine Park on March 18, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan | Photographer: Clive Rose/Getty Images AsiaPac | Bloomberg

Tokyo Olympics set to be the first one to be postponed in the history of the games

Japan PM Shinzo Abe said the Olympics will have to be postponed if safety can’t be guaranteed for spectators and athletes due to the pandemic.
Former India cricketer and suspended Baroda women's head coach Atul Bedade (highlighted) | Photo: BCA website cricketbaroda.com

India A player among 3 #MeToo complainants as Baroda women’s head coach gets suspended

Coach Atul Bedade, who played 13 ODIs for India in the 1990s, is accused of sexual harassment and public shaming. BCA appoints independent inquiry committee.
IPL

Amid coronavirus panic, sports ministry hints at IPL being held behind closed doors

This step comes after the health ministry issued an advisory to avoid large gatherings. The Supreme Court refused to hear an urgent plea seeking to postpone the tournament as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

India Open badminton tournament to be held without spectators amid coronavirus outbreak

The India Open tournament, a crucial event for the Tokyo Olympic qualification, will be aired on YouTube, while Hotstar will show the matches quarterfinal onwards.
Hardik Pandya | Facebook

Hardik Pandya returns for ODI series against South Africa after six-month injury lay off

Along with all-rounder Pandya, senior opener Shikhar Dhawan and seasoned seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also returned to the Indian squad for the three-match ODI series against South Africa.
Australia's Meg Lanning celebrates after beating India in the women's T20 World Cup Sunday | @T20WorldCup | Twitter

Australia win record 5th Women’s T20 World Cup as India collapse under pressure

India, in their maiden ICC Women's T20 World Cup final, were bundled out for 99 while chasing a challenging target of 185 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Former India opener and top run scorer in domestic cricket Wasim Jaffer | Twitter @WasimJaffer14

Wasim Jaffer, all-time top run-scorer in domestic cricket & former India opener, retires

Jaffer finishes his career as the only batsman to score over 12,000 Ranji Trophy runs, to go with nearly 2,000 runs in 31 Test matches.
Representational image of an Army officer in Gulmarg

Kashmir gears up to host first-ever Winter Games amid coronavirus scare

The four-day event, which will be held in Gulmarg, a popular skiing destination, will be inaugurated by Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Saturday.
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur (left) and England captain Heather Knight (centre) speak to umpires as rain forces the abandonment of their ICC Women's T20 World Cup semi-final in Sydney | Photo: ICC (via ANI)

India make Women’s T20 World Cup final, but ICC faces backlash for lack of reserve day

England were knocked out of the first semi-final in Sydney without a ball being bowled due to rain, as India had topped their qualifying pool.

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Tablighi Jamaat will have to change its ways in post-Covid world order

Jamaat’s religious puritanism can’t be an excuse for endangering public health, nor can its criminal negligence in keeping infected foreign preachers be condoned.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

5 Special Forces men, 5 terrorists: How a deadly hand-to-hand fight at the LoC unfolded

Five commandos of the elite 4 Para were killed in action after they eliminated 5 terrorists from Pakistan in close combat in J&K’s Keran sector.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.