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A man drives past the New National Stadium, the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics, on 3 June 2021 in Tokyo | Photographer: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images via Bloomberg

How does a country boost its Olympics medals tally? By hosting the games

Analysis of Olympics held from 1992 through 2021 shows that the single most powerful driver of medal tally is hosting the event, and how many years since a country last did it.
Indira being escorted from the quayside to the warehouse before she was taken to the Tokyo Zoo. | Photo Credit: Public.Resource.Org/Flickr

Nehru sent Indira as a ‘gift to the children of Japan’. She stayed in Tokyo’s Ueno zoo

In ‘Orienting: An Indian In Japan' journalist Pallavi Aiyar explores the various facets of Japanese culture and the common history between the two counties.

New book offers in-depth, quirky account of an Indian in Japan

‘Orienting: An Indian In Japan' by Pallavi Aiyar, published by HarperCollins, will be released on 7 August on ThePrint's SoftCover.
A gymnast from the Japan contingent at Tokyo Olympics | Bloomberg

Support rises in Japan for Tokyo Games as country racks up gold medals

Previously plagued by concerns over the pandemic and a list of scandals, positive remarks about the Olympics have risen significantly in Japan since the opening ceremony.
A man drives past the New National Stadium, the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics, on 3 June 2021 in Tokyo | Photographer: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images via Bloomberg

3 athletes among 24 new Covid cases reported at Tokyo Olympics, total rises to 193

Tokyo recorded an all-time high of 3,865 positive cases prompting the organisers to defend the Olympics stating they were not responsible for the city's Covid surge.

How future Olympic legitimacy is being served up on a skateboard in Tokyo

The debut of skateboarding at the Tokyo Games has put a focus on the legitimacy of adding newer, unconventional sports. It is a sign that the Olympics are growing up.

World no 2 Naomi Osaka out of Tokyo Olympics after straight-set loss in tennis

Japan's star athlete Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron in the opening ceremony, won her opening two matches following a 2-month mental health break but lost in the third round.
A worker sweeps in front of a banner for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan | Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg

Can’t cancel, can’t hold – Tokyo Olympics was going to help Brand Japan, now it’s a headache

The Tokyo Olympics 2020 is a tale of loss – for many infected players, for Japan’s economy that really needed a boost, and the fight against a hovering virus.
File photo of China President Xi Jinping | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Why it’s impossible for Beijing to become the master of East Asia

As Kennedy found to be true in the US-Soviet Cold War over Berlin, America’s enemy will look for signs of its half-heartedness, to divide the US from its allies.

4th Covid emergency & fan-free Olympics leave Japan hotels facing 1 million cancellations

The setback puts pressure on hotel industry that bet big on the Games serving as a springboard for Japan’s economic goal of attracting 40 mn overseas visitors a year.

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In Pakistan, no civilian govt won a battle with media. Last military govt also paid price

Going it alone on key policy fronts is a familiar aspect of PTI’s governance. This is what happened in the case of PMDA when no media stakeholder was consulted.

Sony India signs deal to buy Zee Entertainment, will own 53% of merged entity

Move came after Zee shareholders sought removal of key officials. However, Zee CEO Punit Goenka, whose removal was sought, will lead the merged entity.


Air Marshal VR Chaudhari | Twitter/@PIB_India

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari appointed as next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Chaudhari, presently serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, will take charge after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria on 30 Sept, the defence ministry said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.