Tokyo Olympics: Semifinal Clash Against Argentina “The Toughest Test”, Says Indian Women’s Hockey Captain Rani Rampal

The Indian women’s hockey team put up a fantastic display of skill and tenacity during their 1-0 victory over Australia in the quarterfinal match of the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. High on confidence and self-belief after the momentous victory, the Indian women’s hockey team has now firmly set its sights on the all-important semifinal encounter against Argentina on Wednesday. Much like the Indian team, Argentina has also gone from strength to strength in the competition, securing the semifinal berth after a convincing 3-0 victory against Germany in the…

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Tokyo Olympics: Brazil Edge Mexico On Penalties To Reach Men’s Football Final

Brazil players celebrate their penalty shootout victory over Mexico in Kashima on Tuesday.© AFP Reigning Olympic men’s football champions Brazil sealed a return to the final as they defeated Mexico 4-1 on penalties on Tuesday following a goalless draw after 120 minutes in Kashima. Brazil goalkeeper Santos saved from Eduardo Aguirre in the shootout before Johan Vasquez smacked the post with Mexico’s second attempt. Dani Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier all scored for Brazil, who await either Spain or hosts Japan in Saturday’s final in Yokohama. Mexico, the 2012 gold medallists,…

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‘Tokyo Olympic heat has had impact, using 18 squad is key’

The need for utilising all 18 players under the rejigged IOC rules has been key, with fatigue becoming a factor in Tokyo as games piled up over a short timeframe at the Olympic Games, according to leading coaches. Surprise was expressed after GB men and women reached the quarter-finals without utilising the extra two playing reserves, who were able to play regardless of squad injuries. Speaking on The Hockey Site’s Tokyo Daily, Adam Commens, high performance director at Belgium Hockey, said: “You can’t underestimate the impact of the heat and…

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‘The best players were all at Tokyo Olympics’

‘The best players were all at Olympics’, insists Alexander Zverev Olympic champion Alexander Zverev has defended the strength of the draw at the Tokyo Games, saying the best players “were all there”. The 24-year-old identified world number three Rafael Nadal as “the only one who did not come” and pointed to the fact the Spaniard also missed Wimbledon. Four other top 10 players – Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, Roger Federer and Denis Shapovalov – did not feature at the Games. World number five Zverev defeated Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 on…

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Tokyo Olympics: Shah Rukh Khan Reacts To Women Hockey Coach’s “Coming Again Later” Tweet

Tokyo Olympics: Sjoerd Marijne with the Indian women’s hockey team after their win vs Australia.© Twitter The Indian women’s hockey team stunned Australia 1-0 in the Tokyo Games quarterfinals on Monday to reach the semifinals of the Olympics for the first time. Coach Sjoerd Marijne played a huge role in the team’s performances at the Games this year. He took to Twitter to share a picture from the team bus after their historic win, with the message “Sorry family, I coming again later”. Marijne soon got a reaction from…

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Marijne rides the crest of a wave as India reach Tokyo semis

After dancing and jumping in a circle with his Indian players, Sjoerd Marijne sprints to the dugout after the quarterfinals won at the Games in Tokyo. There he grabs his cell phone. Bent over the arrangement, he stares at the screen, visible from a distance, he tells his story emotionally. The joy and disbelief splashed from his face. ‘I only wanted one thing: to call my wife and children’, Marijne explains a little later in the mixed zone. The emotions have subsided by then, but when he mentions his wife and children, his eyes…

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Tsitsipas hails ‘unbelievable experience’ at Tokyo Olympics

Stefanos Tsitsipas hails ‘unbelievable experience’ at Tokyo Olympics Despite disappointing results, Stefanos Tsitsipas has expressed that he thoroughly enjoyed his Olympics debut this summer. The Greek superstar came into the Olympics as one of the favourites for gold in the men’s singles, but fell to Ugo Humbert in the round of 16. Tsitsipas also bowed out before the medal rounds in the mixed doubles, with he and partner Maria Sakkari downed by eventual bronze medallists Ashleigh Barty and John Peers. “Win or lose, these are the kind of milestones as…

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Tokyo Olympics: Keep Emotions In Check, Avoid Cards, Graham Reid Tells Indian Men’s Hockey Team Ahead Of Semifinal

India men’s hockey team chief coach Graham Reid has told his players to keep their emotions in check and avoid cards against a strong opponent like Belgium in the Tokyo Olympics semifinals on Tuesday. India have made the semifinals of the Olympics after four decades with their last medal coming in the 1980 Summer Games. While Reid expressed that he was happy with the 3-1 victory against Great Britain in the quarterfinal on Sunday, he highlighted that getting two green cards and one yellow card in the game is something…

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Tokyo 2020 ends in disappointment for Orange after thriller

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic tournament has ended in a big disappointment for the Dutch team. After a disappointing group stage, the Orange squad lost in the quarterfinals, despite a good game, after shoot-outs by Australia, the number 1 in the world. After fourth place in Rio 2016, national coach Max Caldas says goodbye for the second Olympic Games in a row without a medal and leaves for Spain. The quarterfinals against Australia became a true thriller, with the Aussies taking the lead twice but the Orange fighting back (2-2) and having to…

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Tokyo 2020: Novak Djokovic suffers back-to-back defeats as he fails to land Olympics singles medal

Djokovic was beaten (Picture: Getty) Novak Djokovic’s hopes of a singles medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were dashed on Saturday after he suffered defeat to Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match. Djokovic had seen his Golden Slam bid evaporate on Friday when he collapsed from a set and a break up to lose to Germany’s Alexander Zverev and he failed to pick himself back up to claim bronze. The world No. 1 was beaten 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 by the Spaniard as he lost back-to-back singles matches…

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