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Badminton World Federation cancels China Masters & Dutch Open from revamped calendar

In May, the BWF had unveiled a revised calendar to salvage the remainder of the season, disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic which is showing no signs of abating.

Sports Ministry to remove Rs 2 lakh salary cap for Indian coaches for better results

Chief National Coach of the Indian badminton team Pullela Gopichand hailed the move, saying it will attract many talented coaches & eminent ex-athletes to join the profession.
File photo of cyclists participating in Tour de France

Team kits, sponsors — virtual Tour de France to look eerily like the real thing

Unlike the three-week, 21 stage real-life event, the virtual cycling event will feature six stages of nearly one hour each over three weekends, beginning 4 July.
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What are mixed martial arts and why China could post these fighters on Ladakh border

The MMA fighters have been posted in Tibet’s capital Lhasa, and could help boost China’s hand-to-hand combat capabilities on the borders.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan retired from all forms of cricket in January this year | Photo: ANI

Doing your job sincerely is patriotic, not abusing someone on Twitter: Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan opens up about being trolled on social media, the culture within the Indian cricket team and on celebrities staying quiet on controversies.
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‘Bone-headed decision’: Djokovic slammed for hosting tournament after 4 test Covid positive

Two players and Djokovic’s own fitness trainer are among those who tested positive. The charity tournament's finale has now been suspended.
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IPL 2020 could be held in empty stadiums, says BCCI president Sourav Ganguly

In a letter to all the affiliated units, Ganguly seemed confident of an IPL this year despite its current status of being suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

English soccer clubs face $1.3 billion hit from coronavirus shutdown

Empty stadiums and lingering safety fears, coupled with three months of no live soccer is expected to weigh heavily on the revenues of football clubs this year.
Cricket

ICC approves substitutions for players during Test matches if Covid-19 symptoms show

The Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee said regulation for Covid-19 replacements will not be applicable in ODIs and T20Is.The Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee said regulation for Covid-19 replacements will not be applicable in ODIs and T20Is.
Saint Lucian cricketer Darren Sammy

‘You guys know who you are’: Ex-West Indies skipper Darren Sammy alleges racism during IPL

The Saint Lucian cricketer posted a video on Instagram, alleging he was called ‘kalu’ by his team members but did not know then what it meant.

On Camera

Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot | ThePrint

Congress loses big when a Pilot or Scindia rebels but the ‘privileged’ are ultimate losers

Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia became ministers in Congress at an age when others like them were trying to make a name for themselves in student and youth organisations.
Inflation

Credibility of India’s statistics back in question over official inflation data

Economists aren’t buying the Statistics Department’s methodology for calculating India’s consumer price inflation numbers for April and May.

Defence

Lt Gen Panag and his daughter Gul Panag at the launch of his book, The Indian Army, Reminiscences, Reforms and Romance, on ThePrint's e-venue Soft Cover | ThePrint.

Indian Army will need another division in Ladakh to keep China out, says retd Lt Gen Panag

Former Northern Army commander Lt Gen Panag also said the strategic Darbuk-Shyokh-Daulat Beg Oldie would be rendered non-operational in case of a war with China.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.