• Cheers, boos and a carnival atmosphere as flame goes out on Rio Olympics

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    RIO DE JANEIRO (theguardian): The curtain fell and finally there was a sense the Games had managed to capture the imagination, despite several reminders of the problems encountered in Rio Perhaps appropriately at the end of a by turns stormy and thrilling fortnight, the 2016 Olympics closed amid driving rain and fireworks with a ceremony that was largely celebratory in tone. The International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach declared that Rio had staged a "marvellous Olympic Games in the marvellous city" as the flame went out on South America's first Games, one with perhaps the most troubled build up of any ...Read More


  • Sakshi to be India's flagbearer at Olympics closing ceremony

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    Delhi: Wrestler Sakshi Malik, who opened India's account at the Rio Olympics with a bronze medal in the women's 58 kilogram freestyle category, will be carrying the flag at the closing ceremony on Sunday. The other Indian medallist P.V. Sindhu, who captured silver in the women's singles category of the badminton competition, has already left for India. "Sakshi and P.V. Sindhu have been the medallists for us and both displayed immense courage and determination during their competitions. Sakshi started the account for us and later Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal. Sind...Read More


  • When Sakshi Malik ran into PV Sindhu after their moments of glory

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    Delhi: Wrestler Sakshi Malik shared a photograph of herself with PV Sindhu and the shuttler's coach Pullela Gopichand. I's the final day of Rio Olympics. For the Indian contingent, the Rio Games haven't been as productive the previous edition in London. However, Rio will hold a special place in our memories as it showcased the steely resolve of women athletes in the country. Two girls, Sakshi Malik and Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, among others stood out with their inspiring performances this year. While wrestler Sakshi came from behind and toppled her opponent in the final seconds to clinch a Bro...Read More


  • FAIR PLAY AWARDS RECOGNISE TRUE OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS IN SPORTSMANSHIP

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    Olympic: THE OLYMPIC GAMES ARE ABOUT MORE THAN THE WIN, THE MEDALS OR THE RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCES. AT THEIR CORE, THE GAMES ARE ABOUT THE OLYMPIC VALUES OF EXCELLENCE, FRIENDSHIP AND RESPECT. THEY ARE ABOUT FAIR PLAY AND HUMAN SPIRIT. Nobody has epitomised these values more at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 than runners Abbey D'Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (NZL) and, beyond the Games, the Norwegian men's handball team. The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), with the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), presented them with Fair Play awards today at the Olympic Club in the...Read More


  • Rio 2016: Silver for India's golden girl, Sindhu puts up tough fight

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    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): PV Sindhu went down fighting to Spain's Carolina Marin in the gold medal match of the badminton women's singles at the Rio Olympics on Friday, clinching silver for India's second medal at the Games. Sindhu won the first game 21-19, recovering from a 16-19 deficit to win five points on the trot and take the game. But two-time world champion Marin jumped out to a quick lead in the second game and held on to it, using her favourite combination of a drop shot followed by a smash at the net to win quick points. In the deciding game, Sindhu fought hard to erase Marin's initial lead to trail ...Read More