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Race walker Reshma Patel shatters national U-20 record | More sports News

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BHOPAL: Uttarakhand athlete Reshma Patel marked her 10000m race walk debut with a national U-20 record en route to winning a gold medal to showcase her talent on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old Patel clocked 48 minutes 25.90 seconds in the event on the second day of the National Federation Cup Junior U-20 Athletics Championships at the TT Nagar Stadium.
She improved upon Priyanka Goswami‘s earlier national record time of 49:16.51 set in 2014.
Tamil Nadu’s national U-20 champion Jeswin Aldrin recorded a personal best of 7.51m with his opening effort to win long jump gold. Bhupendra Singh (Haryana) was second with 7.44m.
Kolhapur athlete Vikas Anand Khodke broke the meet record in the 110m hurdles, clocking 14.00 seconds in the final, winning by two-hundredths of a second from Usaid Khan of Uttar Pradesh.
Khodke clocked a better time than the national U-20 record with 13.80 seconds in the heats but the wind of 3.3m/s meant that J Surendhar’s mark of 13.92 seconds (Bengaluru, 2010) stood.
Madhya Pradesh’s Ikram Ali Khan fouled three of his six throws but his best effort of 55.07m earned him gold in the discus throw.


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Confidence will go through the roof if we beat India, says England coach Silverwood | Cricket News

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GALLE: England head coach Chris Silverwood on Tuesday said that the confidence of his side will go through the roof if they are able to defeat India in the upcoming four-match Test series.
India and England are set to lock horns in four Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is. The first and second Test will be played in Chennai, beginning February 5.
“The one thing Australia has shown is India will be a difficult team to beat. It’s a great challenge for us. Do I think we can beat them? Yes. I always take the positive side of things. I think we can beat them, but we know it’s going to be a hard-fought contest. If we come out on top of this one, confidence again will go through the roof for us. I respect the fact they are a fine side with some really good players. We’re going to have to be at the top of our game,” said Silverwood during a virtual press conference.

“We are going there with our eyes open. We know it is going to be a tough challenge. We know they are an excellent team, especially in their own conditions, and we respect that. But I think it is an exciting challenge. We are in a good place. We are constantly growing. But we completely respect how big a challenge it is,” he added.
For the first two Tests against India, England management has decided to rest Jonny Bairstow. After the first Test, Jos Buttler would also return home. Former England players like Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen have said that England should play their best possible XI, rather than rotating their players.

Speaking about the rotation policy, Silverwood said: “We have got to look after our people. We are spending a lot of time locked in hotels and bio-secure bubbles and it is not easy. It is good we are being proactive. I am perfectly happy with the system at the moment. We have decided that we need to look after our players and I do believe we have been proactive. I would ask them to understand why we do what we do. It is in the best interest of each player and to get the most out of them, long-term.”

When asked whether Bairstow will come straight into the playing XI for the third Test against India, Silverwood replied: “Bairstow will come back into the group then the rest is down to selection. We don’t make any guarantees to anybody. I don’t think you can, you don’t know where you’ll be at any given time. I do think it’s right he has a rest. Jonny is very busy, a multi-format player and we’ve got to look after him, give him a bit of time at home to chill out. He did well – Jonny asked me the same question and I said he’d done very well. He went in during some difficult periods of the game and applied himself well on what we’re testing wickets. I was pleased with him.”

The England cricket team will depart for India from Sri Lanka on Wednesday and the side will be arriving in Chennai. The touring party will then quarantine for six days in the team hotel. Ben Stokes, Rory Burns and Jofra Archer have already arrived in Chennai and they have begun their quarantine period.
The practice for the full squad will commence for the first time on Tuesday, February 2. On Monday, England had defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second Test to win the series 2-0. Joe Root was awarded both Man of the Match and Series for his impeccable form with the bat.
England squad for first two Tests against India: Joe Root (Yorkshire) (captain), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).
Reserves: James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Amar Virdi (Surrey).


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IOC wants ‘safe and secure’ Tokyo Games, outlines vaccine stance | Tokyo Olympics News

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LAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday it was determined “safe and secure” Tokyo Games would go ahead and that while it urged participants to be vaccinated, that was only part of its Covid-19 “toolbox”.
The statement from the IOC came on the eve of its executive board meeting on Wednesday when Tokyo will be on the agenda. The Games were originally scheduled for last summer but were postponed in the face of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The IOC and Japanese organisers rescheduled the Games for July 23 to August 8 this year. After the last executive board meeting, the IOC released a statement on December 12, the same day the Pfizer vaccine was approved in the United States, expressing “full commitment” to staging the Games.
Since then, the emergence of more infectious strains and the problems of global vaccination have sparked debate on the viability of the Games and the ethics of allowing participants to jump the vaccination queue.
Japan declared a state of emergency on January 7. The host country, where a quarter of the population is over 65 and 12.5 percent are over 75, reportedly plans to start mass vaccinations in May.
IOC president Thomas Bach has said there would be “neither a vaccine obligation nor a priority to athletes” for the Games.
On Monday, Denis Masseglia, president of the French Olympic Committee said that “for legal reasons” the IOC could not make vaccination obligatory even if they wanted to.
While Tuesday’s statement repeated that vaccination “will not be obligatory”, it also said the IOC wished “to encourage and assist their athletes, officials and stakeholders to get vaccinated in their home countries…before they go to Japan.”
“This is to contribute to the safe environment of the Games, but also out of respect for the Japanese people.”
The statement was careful to stress the IOC did not want athletes to receive vaccine priority.
“Vaccines are one of many tools available in the toolbox, to be used at the appropriate time and in the appropriate way,” it said.
It added that other “countermeasures” included: “immigration procedures, quarantine measures, testing, personal protective equipment, contact tracing.”
That array is likely to discourage athletes from travelling to Tokyo without being vaccinated.
“The IOC continues to strongly support the priority of vaccinating vulnerable groups, nurses, medical doctors and everyone who is keeping our societies safe,” the statement said.
“When vaccination is made available to a broader public, the IOC calls for Olympic and Paralympic teams to be vaccinated given their role as ambassadors” adding that the UN General Assembly recently passed a resolution declaring sport has a role “as a contributor to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.”
The statement said that Bach had held consultation calls with the National Olympic Committees on Friday to discuss both Tokyo and the Winter Games scheduled for Beijing in 2022.
It added that “the IOC is also continuing to consult with the World Health Organization, to make every effort towards staging safe and secure Games.”
“The IOC is guided by four principles: firstly, to organise Olympic Games in a safe environment for everyone. Secondly, vaccination priority should be given to vulnerable groups, nurses, medical doctors and everyone who is keeping our societies safe. Thirdly, we encourage all the Olympic and Paralympic participants who are offered vaccination to accept it, also as an act of solidarity with the Japanese hosts and their fellow participants. Fourthly, vaccination will not be obligatory.”
“Athletes are important role models, and those taking the vaccine can send a powerful message that vaccination is not only about personal health, but also about solidarity and consideration for the wellbeing of others in their communities,” the statement concluded.


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