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No knowledge of sports in Parliament, everyone just wants gold medals, says Rijiju

Rijijiu was responding to some parliamentarians who felt social media sensations like Jyoti Kumari, Kambala jockey Srinivas Gowda and Rameshwar Gurja were Olympic prospects.
Hockey Olympian Balbir Singh ‘Senior’

Olympic gold medalist Balbir Singh Senior suffers multiple cardiac arrests, remains critical

The 96-year-old hockey icon was admitted to a Mohali hospital last week with fever & breathing trouble. But his Covid-19 test came negative.
US President Donald Trump speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, 24 Sept | Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Trump rules out change in poll date, New Zealand to lift lockdown & other global Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

Covid shut IPL, Olympics, but sports will return in bubbles, with drones, bigger screens

Suitable regions with necessary facilities should be selected and teams be housed in sealed hotels for the season, thus creating a corona-free bubble.
Woman wearing a mask crosses a Tokyo Olympics sign | Bloomberg

Tokyo Olympics gets a new date, to begin 23 July 2021

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach had earlier this month agreed to delay the 2020 Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Woman wearing a mask crosses a Tokyo Olympics sign | Bloomberg

Why coronavirus is not just a risk to 2020 Tokyo Olympics but beyond as well

The current scenario means a complex global event like the Olympics, with multiple vulnerabilities, must become less centralized and more risk-averse.
Dhanraj Pillay

In India, you have to go to war for your rights: Former hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay

In 'Dear Me', a compilation of letters written by Indian sports stars to their younger selves, Dhanraj Pillay reflects on the battle with sports bureaucracy.

Indian Olympic Association withdraws threat to boycott CWG 2022, to bid to host 2026 or 2030

The country's apex body for Olympic sports had considered pulling out of the Commonwealth Games 2020 after the federation's decided to axe the shooting event.
Team Russia at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Olympics | Commons

Why Russia won’t feature at Tokyo Olympics next year or 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup

World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia for 4 yrs. The country won’t be allowed at any major sporting event except Euro 2020, which it will host.
Muhammed Anas Yahiya | @airnewsalerts | Twitter

In Hima-Dutee euphoria, we’re forgetting India’s fastest rising sprinter: Mohd Anas Yahiya

Anas has qualified for September’s World Championships, but even he, like Hima Das & Dutee Chand, is some way from qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Banks have not a signed a single agreement for RBI’s debt recast scheme for high value loans

Tepid response to the debt recast scheme is being seen because there is lack of awareness and reluctance by banks, say bankers.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.