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Boxing, tennis, TT draws revealed; limited contingent at Olympics opening ceremony

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Boxing draw

9 Indian boxers – the nation’s largest ever contingent for the self-discipline — have been handed relatively robust draws on Thursday

Prime seed and world no.1 Amit Panghal (52kg) obtained a bye into the Olympic Video games pre-quarterfinal, the place he’ll face the winner of the bout between Botswana’s Mahommed Rajab Otukile and Colombia’s Herney Rivas Martinez.

Within the girls’s competitors, six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) will sq. off towards Dominica’s Miguelina Hernandez on July 25 and if she wins, would then face Colombian third seed Lorena Victoria Valencia.

Additionally getting a bye was former Asian Video games bronze-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg), who’s the primary tremendous heavyweight from India to make the Olympic minimize. He’ll face Jamaica’s Ricardo Brown within the pre-quarters and if he wins, it will likely be prime seed Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan. Jalolov is the reigning world champion, moreover being a three-time Asian champion.

Ashish Chaudhary (75kg) will likely be up towards China’s Erbieke Touheta, Manish Kaushik (63kg) will likely be up towards Britain’s European silver-medallist Luke McCormack of their opening rounds.

Vikas Krishan (69kg) will tackle Japan’s Mensah Okazawa within the spherical of 32 and if he crosses this hurdle, he will likely be combating Cuba’s third-seeded Roniel Iglesias. Iglesias is the 2012 Olympic gold-medallist and in addition a former world champion.

Pooja Rani (75kg), in the meantime, will tackle Algeria’s Ichrak Chaib and if she progresses, China’s second seed Li Qian. Qian is the reigning Asian champion and the 2018 world champion.

Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Simranjit Kaur (60kg) each obtained byes and will likely be dealing with Germany’s Nadine Apetz and Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee within the pre-quarters.

Boxing begins July 24


Ugandan weightlifter who went lacking seen sporting outdated India monitor jacket

In a relatively curious incident, Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko, who was despatched again to his nation 4 days after he fled throughout pre-Olympics coaching, was seen sporting an India monitor jacket at the airport. The 20-year-old, who was present in central Japan, was seen clad in a purple monitor prime with India written on the again whereas making his means by way of the Narita airport in a report aired by NTV channel in Tokyo.

It seemed just like the equipment that Indian athletes wore throughout the 2018 Commonwealth Video games in Gold Coast. Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) secretary common Rajeev Mehta made it clear that the attire was not the nation’s official equipment for the Tokyo Video games

Background on the Ssekitoleko story —

Ugandan officers and teammates raised an alarm on Friday final week after Ssekitoleko failed to point out up for his COVID-19 check and was not present in his lodge room both. As per reviews, Ssekitoleko arrived in Japan earlier than his qualification for the Video games had been confirmed. On July 5, he was knowledgeable by the Worldwide Weightlifting Federation that he had not obtained the quota for the Olympics. On studying this, Ssekitoleko had reportedly fled his lodge room, abandoning a be aware saying he did not need to return to his personal nation. He was discovered within the Yokkaichi metropolis, 170 km east of his host city in western Japan and was despatched again to Uganda on Wednesday.


Limited contingent at opening ceremony

A complete of 20 Indian athletes from seven sports activities and 6 officers will take part within the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday as COVID-19 considerations and competitions lined up the following day led to a majority of the contingent deciding to keep away from the occasion.

Athletes from sports activities like capturing, badminton, archery and hockey, will skip the ceremony because the Indian delegation shouldn’t be prepared to reveal them to the danger of contracting the virus with their occasions lined up on Saturday. From hockey, solely flag-bearer, males’s workforce captain Manpreet Singh, will take part within the ceremony.

The record of 20 attendees embrace the 4 desk tennis athletes, the 4 sailors, lone fencer C A Bhavani Devi, lone gymnast Pranati Naik and swimmer Sajan Prakash, moreover as many as eight boxers.

The general contingent measurement being 228, together with officers, coaches, different assist employees and alternate athletes in view of the COVID-19.

The six officers who will likely be a part of the occasion are India’s Chef de Mission Birender Prasad Baishya, Deputy Chef de Mission Dr Prem Verma, Workforce physician Dr Arun Basil Mathew, supervisor of desk tennis workforce MP Singh, boxing coach Muhammad Ali Qamar and gymnastics coach Lakhan Sharma.


Tennis draw

Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina will play the Kichenok twins — Nadiia and Lyudmyla — of Ukraine within the opening spherical of the ladies’s doubles occasion in Tokyo. Mirza had paired up with Nadiia after coming back from her maternity go away to win the Hobart Open final yr.

Sumit Nagal will face Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin within the opening spherical of the boys’s singles occasion. A primary-round win may see him face second-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev, who takes on Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in his opening-round match.

Each occasions begin July 24.


Desk Tennis draw

India’s desk tennis gamers paddlers have been handed robust draws with the blended doubles pairing of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra pitted towards third seeds Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching of Chinese language Taipei on Saturday.

Batra, ranked 62, although obtained a straightforward first spherical in her singles occasion, the place she is going to face Nice Britain’s Ho Tin-Tin, ranked 94. If Batra wins, she is going to subsequent face Ukraine’s Margaryta Pesotska.

Within the males’s draw, Sharath and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, seeded twentieth and twenty sixth respectively, acquired first-round byes. Their opponents for the second spherical will depend upon the winners of first-round matches.

Nevertheless, Sharath — if he wins his second-round match towards both Portugal’s Tiago Apolania or Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo — is slated to fulfill Rio Olympics champion China’s Ma Lengthy, seeded second, within the third spherical.

Sathiyan will meet both Puerto Rico’s Brian Afanador or Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Grasp in his second-round match on Sunday. If he wins there, he faces Japanese teen sensation Tomokazu Harimoto, seeded third, within the third spherical.

Sutirtha Mukherjee will tackle Linda Bergstroem of Sweden within the first spherical and, if she wins, will face Portugal’s Yu Fu within the second spherical.


Judo draw

India’s lone judoka at the Video games, Sushila Devi Likmabam has been handed a tricky draw at the Tokyo Video games as she is going to open her maiden Olympic marketing campaign towards 2012 London version bronze medallist Eva Csernoviczki of Hungary within the spherical of 32

Sushila, who competes within the 48kg class, had certified for her maiden Video games by way of continental quota.

Sushila’s bout is on July 24

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