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Not upset with India's performance in Rio: Vijay Goel

Updated: Aug 27, 2016 11:53 IST

New Delhi [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): Despite the country sending a contingent of 119 athletes to the Rio Olympics this year and managing to win only two medals, a silver and a bronze, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Saturday said that he was not upset with India's performance at the prestigious quadrennial event.

Speaking to ANI, Goel said, "Although we won only two medals, we had some 15-20 athletes who showed immense improvement in their performances. We are not upset with our overall performance but we want to improve and promote sports culture in our country."

"It is the prerogative of the government to promote sports in the entire nation and that's why Prime Minister Modi has made the announcement of the task force that would be a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of our sports persons," Goel added.

The Sports Minister said that the task force would also allow them to take suggestions from other people and then the ministry would implement those suggestions.

Prime Minister Modi yesterday announced setting up a task force to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games of 2020, 2024 and 2028.

The task force--which will include experts from both within the country and abroad--will prepare an overall strategy for sports facilities, training and selection of athletes for the upcoming games.

The task force will prepare the overall strategy for sports facilities, training, selection procedure and other related matters.

The team will comprise of members who are in-house experts as well as those from outside.

Prime Minister Modi said that the task force will be set up over the next few days.

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu's silver and wrestler Sakshi Malik's bronze ensured India did not return home empty handed from Rio.

A heartwarming performance by trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed a medal by a whisker, was also a highlight of the prestigious games for the nation. (ANI)

Not fair to compare me with Kohli: Umar Akmal

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 15:27 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): Playing down his comparison with Virat Kohli, middle-order Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal believes it is absolutely unfair to liken him with the Indian skipper since they both bat at different numbers.

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Pune [India], Feb.22 (ANI): Riding on the euphoria of a fairytale 19-match unbeaten streak, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday insisted that his side is not bothering about Australia's recent form and is rather focusing on their own strength in the four-match series beginning tomorrow at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.

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Christchurch [New Zealand], Feb.22 (ANI): Veteran batsman Ross Taylor struck a blistering century before bowlers came to the fore as New Zealand grabbed a narrow six-run win over South Africa in the second ODI of the five-match series at the Hagley Oval here on Wednesday.

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Talat Ali tipped for Pakistan manager role

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 11:33 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): If reports are to be believed, former Test batsman Talat Ali could be the next manager of the Pakistan team which will tour West Indies next month.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.22 (ANI): After being missed out on earning a contract from Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises in the auction ahead of its 10th season, veteran all-rounder Irfan Pathan penned an emotional letter to his fans and followers.

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London [U.K], Feb.22 (ANI): Striker Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City claimed a comfortable 5-3 win in their first competitive meeting against Monaco in an all-time Champions League classic at the Etihad Stadium here last evening.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.22 (ANI): Two field goals from Manpreet Singh saw Ranchi Rays thrash Delhi Waveriders 6-2 in their Hockey India League (HIL) encounter at the Shivaji Stadium here last evening.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday congratulated the Indian Women's Cricket Team for winning the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2017.

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London [UK], Feb. 21 (ANI): England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has emerged as the most expensive overseas player in the Indian Premier League's (IPL) history, has insisted that the amount of Rs. 14.5 crores that the Rising Pune Supergiants are paying him is a "life-changing" one.

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Mumbai [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): Mumbai's middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav has been asked for an explanation by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) after retweeting a post on the micro-blogging website that questioned his omission from the team for the Inter-state T20 tournament.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 21 (ANI): Shaharyar Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has insisted that a positive message would be sent across the international cricketing community if they can successfully host the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore.

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Dhoni to lead Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy

Updated: Feb 21, 2017 19:42 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare National One Day tournament, beginning February 25.

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Colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb. 21 (ANI): The Indian Women's team on Tuesday came out with yet another stupendous performance as they defeated South Africa by a solitary wicket to clinch victory in the thrilling final of the ICC 2017 Women's World Cup Qualifiers here at the P Sara Oval.

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Pune [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): India head coach Anil Kumble has insisted that his team are wary of Australia's aggressive style of play but said that the hosts would put together strategies in place to counter that during the four-match Test series starting on February 23 here at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): With a vision to promote and develop professional boxing in India, IOS Boxing promotions on Tuesday announced the signing of 13 more boxers to their pool.

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Pune [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has insisted that his team are ready for the "big challenge" which they would face in the four-match Test series against India beginning Thursday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.

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Barbados [West Indies], Feb.21 (ANI): West Indies opening batsman Kieran Powell, who played his last international game in June 2014, has been recalled in the 15-member ODI squad for three-match series against England beginning March 3 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

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BMC polls: Sachin Tendulkar casts his vote

Updated: Feb 21, 2017 13:58 IST

Mumbai [India], Feb.21 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar today cast his vote, along with his wife Anjali, at a polling booth in Mumbai along with his wife to cast their votes in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb.21 (ANI): Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been recalled in the 16-member Test squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka beginning March 7 at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

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Dubai [UAE], Feb.21 (ANI): Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella has been suspended for two limited-over matches after he was found guilty of 'showing dissent at an umpire's decision' during Sunday's second T20I of the three-match series against Australia in Geelong.

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