Atanu Das to lead the revival of India’s to recurve Archery at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Atanu Das one of India’s most successful male archer. In spite of his achievements, he remains understated and uncomfortable in facing up to public adulation or media glare.

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27-year-old archer says, “The success at the World Championship proves that we are back on track but the biggest challenge now is to ensure that our preparations are meticulously planned till the Olympics.” Das, along with Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav, finished second behind China at the World Championships in the Netherlands last month to earn quota places for the Olympics.

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Atanu Das to lead the revival of India’s to recurve Archery at Tokyo Olympics 2020

 “Atanu has always been very talented but I think there has been a remarkable transformation since 2015 when he realized that he could become one of the very best in the world. He became more focused and more serious about archery,’’ recounts Rahul Banerjee, who represented India in the 2012 London Olympics and a former teammate of Das. “The first time everyone started taking notice about this precocious talent was when he was selected for the Youth Olympics in 2010,’’ says Banerjee.

“I had first noticed Atanu when he was just 15 at the sub-junior nationals in Chhattisgarh. I had offered him to join the Army Sports Institute in Pune but he had already joined the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur,’’ says Mime Singh Gurung, one of the coaches with the current Indian archery team. Ironically, Gurung is now busy drawing the roadmap ahead for Das and other Indian archers in lead up to the Olympics.

 Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, and Pravin
Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, and Pravin

At Rio Olympics, Das was the lone male archer from India and had performed creditably reaching the pre-quarters before losing a very tight contest against South Korea’s Seungyun Lee. The score sheet 28-30, 30-28, 27-27, 27-28, 28-28 reflected how agonizingly close Das was to make it to the last eight.

“It had convinced me that more than the skills, it was important for me to learn how to hold on to your nerves in crunch situations. So, in the last couple of years, I have been more focused on mental conditioning. Before practice sessions, I make it a point to visualize tense match situations so that I am more prepared when I am actually facing an opponent in close battles.’’

This came in handy during the match against Canada at the World Championship for a place in the Olympics. India held an advantage of 4-2 going into the last set (2 points are awarded for winning a set, 1 point if the set is tied). In a tense finish, Atana had to hit a perfect 10 with his last arrow to level the set and win the contest. He did not lose his composure and signed off with a 10 to book a berth for Tokyo.

Indian recurve archers had returned empty-handed in the last two Asian Games and their dwindling fortunes had raised an alarm.

“We just fared poorly and there were no excuses. It was important for us not to spend too much time in mourning over it. We were not completely off-target. It was just that we were found wanting in crucial moments of the matches,’’ explains Das.

Asserts Gurung said, “My observation was that the archers were not taking pre-tournament training very seriously and there was a need to enforce a bit of discipline. We made it mandatory for the archers to attend all the practice sessions.’’

 “We keep a very close eye on each other’s performance – be it during matches or even during practice sessions. It always helps when you can discuss what has gone right or wrong with someone you are close to. But I always get very tensed when Deepika is shooting in competitions. At times, it is too difficult to watch,’’ reveals Das.

Indian women’s Faile to take place In Olympic 2020

India’s women team failed to qualify for the Olympics but women archers will get an opportunity to make it to the Olympics in the individual events through the Asian Championships this year and the Stage 3 and the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Berlin next year. This could mean Das and Deepika could become the first husband-wife pair from India to take part in the Olympics archery event.

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Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020

World Sailing has dismissed claims the name of the one-person class will be changed from laser to ILCA Dinghy at next year’s Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo due to an ongoing equipment dispute. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Sailing in Olympic 2020 can get Olympic Sailing Tickets online.

In a statement, World sailing revealed it had not endorsed or pre-approved the proposed name change of the Laser to the ILCA Dinghy it comes despite the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) claiming last week that all class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the new name.

Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020
Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020

The ILCA is currently locked in a row with its largest manufacturer Laser Performance, the world’s biggest producer of small sailboats and the main supplier of laser boats in Europe and Asia after it ended a building agreement with the company.

It is thought to be the reason behind the sudden name change as Laser Performance held the rights to the laser trademark. The laser has been the equipment used for one-person events at the Olympic Games since Atlanta 1996.

But the dispute has led to concerns it may be replaced by another boat for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

“World Sailing’s Board of Directors and senior management team have continuously maintained a position that World Sailing will deal with any applications for class rule changes when they are made by ILCA to World Sailing.”

Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020
Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020

Olympic World Sailing has established no class rule change requests connected to the name of the boat and if formally made World Sailing will process any applications in accordance with the relevant World Sailing regulations.

Regarding the issue of the World Olympic Sailing’s equipment policy, Olympic Sailing has not accepted any individual class or manufacturer’s position concerning production and intellectual property rights. 

“What World Sailing has done, and continues to do, is to listen carefully and note our stakeholder’s positions in this area.”

A sailing test event for Tokyo Olympic 2020 was held in September and a further competition is planned for Enoshima in August. World Olympic 2020 Sailing had before been critical of their sport’s preparations for Tokyo Summer Games 2020.

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Hong Kong’s teenage triathlon sensation Oscar Coggins ready for Tokyo Olympic 2020

 The 19year-old now looks to the biggest stage in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Hong Kong native Oscar Coggins started playing in mini triathlons at 14 he also got the Osgood-Schlatter disease, in young kids, it’s a common cause of knee pain. Fans from all over the world who want to watch the live-action can buy Olympic Triathlon tickets online.

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Hong Kong’s teenage triathlon sensation Oscar Coggins ready for Tokyo Olympic 2020

Coggins said:

“It was a huge issue, I wasn’t thinking about quitting or anything as I wasn’t hugely invested in the sport at that age anyway. But for about a year, my first year of doing triathlons I had knee issues.”

And then just as quickly as the knee pain started, as is often the case with Osgood-Schlatter disease, it stopped. Coggins wasted little time in his first triathlon at 15 pain-free completing 4rth in a local tournament against athletes as old as 19. Coggins said it was definitely a watershed moment for him when it comes to triathlons which contains a 1.5 kilometer swim a 40km bike ride and a 10km run as per Olympic length.

He said:

“I also felt like, ‘OK, I’m OK at this too.’ I wasn’t doing a lot of training at that time, and I thought, ‘I’m not very far off these guys.’”

By the end of 2014, Coggins had made the U20 Hong Kong National Team and found himself progressively getting better and enjoying triathlons more. He was already training with 26 Coaching, the best training group that specializes in running, swimming and triathlons and had developed a close-fitting social network with some of his friends also in the sport.

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Hong Kong’s teenage triathlon sensation Oscar Coggins ready for Tokyo Olympic 2020

Coggins said:

“Even without the results, I really started to enjoy the sport, it’s definitely a really demanding sport and I really enjoy that about it. Just the level you have to push yourself to be good at it.”

Coggins, who has 190 centimeters height, did not get the attention; though, as in 2015, he came second at the Hong Kong National Championships. The 16-year-old boy was Competing against men of all ages, made a push for gold and was suddenly on everyone’s radar. He then covered the year off with a second-place finish at the New World International Triathlon in Hong Kong, once again lining up in the best male category.

He said:

“That was really a big race for me, I’d had some sporadic results throughout that year. So it was really good to start putting everything together and have a good overall performance.”

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Pakistan to face Olympic 2020 hockey qualifier ban if Federation fails to pay a first settlement fee

Pakistan will be banned from the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualification events later this year if the country’s governing body fails to pay the first installment of a settlement fee demanded by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) the August deadline. Olympic hockey fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Hockey tickets online.

Pakistan to face Olympic 2020 hockey qualifier ban if Federation fails to pay a first settlement fee

The FIH announced today that it had reached a settlement agreement with the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) after disciplinary proceedings were opened against the body. It came after the nation was thrown out of the Pro League for failing to fulfill their fixtures. Half of the undisclosed amount must be paid to the FIH by July 2020, the first part of which is due on August 19.

Pakistan “may not enter the FIH Olympic qualifiers for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020” if the PHF fails to pay, the FIH said in a statement.

The country can only book a place at Tokyo 2020 games through the Olympic qualifiers, due to be held in October and November, owing to their Pro League debacle. It meant they could not enter the Hockey Series events, which also offer a pathway towards next year’s Games in the Japanese capital.

They will need to be among the top two teams who have not already booked their Tokyo 2020 place before the end of the Continental Championships in 2019 to claim a spot at the qualifiers. It is thought the ruling only applies to the men’s team as the women’s side did not enter the Pro League.

The other half of the amount will be invested by the PHF in “youth development and/or grassroots development activities in Pakistan within the next two years”.

The FIH revealed it had asked the Asian Hockey Federation to provide documentary evidence” this was being implemented by monitoring the PHF’s use of the money.

“The FIH came to today’s proposal in view of protecting the development of the game in Pakistan while making it clear that jeopardizing one of our events cannot be accepted,” FIH chief executive Thierry Weil said.

“Considering the circumstances, we think this is the best possible outcome and wish that Pakistan hockey will soon flourish again.”

Pakistan to face Olympic 2020 hockey qualifier ban if Federation fails to pay a first settlement fee

Pakistan finished on the men’s hockey podium at every Olympics from Melbourne 1956 to Barcelona 1992. They won gold three gold medals during that time – at Rome 1960, Mexico City 1968 and Los Angeles 1984 – but have not claimed a medal since the Games in the Spanish city. Pakistan failed to qualify for the Olympic hockey tournament for the first time at Rio 2016.

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ITALY IS MOST FAVORITE AFTER WINNING FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S WATER POLO TITLE

Italy and former winners Spain showed their stellar performances to reach the men’s water polo final at World Aquatics Championships and qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Italy Secured a fourth  FINA World Championships by beating  Spain 10-5. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Water Polo Tickets online.

The opening day was right away the most vital one at the FINA/LEN World League Europa Cup as for 4  teams the beneficial part of the journey ended right here in the famous Mladost pool. The losers in the quarter-final couldn’t make an impression on the first Olympic berth on offer – only the winners kept the chance to fight on for a place in the Tokyo tournament.

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ITALY IS MOST FAVORITE AFTER WINNING FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S WATER POLO TITLE

Spain who won their last title in 2001 face 2011 champions Italy when Croatia play Hungary for third place. Spanish goalkeeper Dani Lopez made a string of excellent saves while his team found opening in Croatia’s armor to carve out a halftime lead.

Attacks by Blai Mallarach and Alvaro Granados gave Spain a 4-goal lead at the end of the 3rd period and a late Croatia fightback fell short as they ran out of time. Maro Jokovic, the game’s highest score gainer with 3 goals cut the deficit with 14 seconds left but Spain held on to the dismay of Croatia captain Andro Buslje.

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ITALY IS MOST FAVORITE AFTER WINNING FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S WATER POLO TITLE

Buslje told:

“It was our worst performance of the tournament as we were totally bereft of ideas in attack, we missed a great chance to book our Olympic berth now but we’ll have another chance in the qualifiers. We have to focus on the bronze medal match now and finish on the podium if we can.”

Hungary, who have 3 world and 9 Olympic titles seemed to be cruising after turning all of their extra-man shots in the 1st interval to surge into the lead. But the Italians twisted the competition around in the second as Francesco Di Fulvio and Argentine-born Gonzalo Echenique obtained an advantage at halftime.

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USA 3×3 Basketball Men’s Team takes their first Step to Tokyo Olympic 2020

The celebration began for the USA men’s 3×3 basketball team. Team USA won its first men’s FIBA 3×3 World Cup championship Sunday, defeating Latvia 18-14 to capture the gold medal and finish off a perfect week in which it won all seven games. Olympic 3X3 Basketball Fans from all over the world can book summer Olympic 3×3 Basketball Tickets online from our one of the most trusted online ticketing market platform.

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USA 3×3 Basketball Men’s Team takes their first Step to Tokyo Olympic 2020v

“It’s a heck of a feeling,” Hummel said. “I’m so proud of our team.”

The U.S. secured a berth in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will be held in spring 2020 at a venue still to be determined and will send the top three teams per gender from that tournament to Tokyo. The top four men’s and four women’s teams on the 3×3 federation ranking list on Nov. 1, 2019, will also earn spots in Tokyo.

While it has been contested at the past three Summer Youth Olympic Games, 3×3 basketball will make its Olympic entrance at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Hummel, a two-time All-American at Purdue, led the American effort. He was the third-leading scorer in the tournament, scoring 46 points in seven games. Joining him were Canyon Barry, Damon Huffman, and Kareem Maddox. Barry totaled 39 points and Huffman had 32. Hummel, Huffman, and Maddox played together as Ariel Slow & Steady in May as they won the 3×3 national championship.

Team USA began the World Cup with its first-ever win against three-time defending world champion Serbia. The team followed that up with six consecutive victories, including 22-8 over Poland in the semifinals on Sunday. The Americans also defeated Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands in pool play, and third-seeded Slovenia in Saturday’s quarterfinals, 21-14.

The World Cup, previously called the FIBA 3×3 World Championship, began in 2012; the U.S. men earned silver in 2016.

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New Zealand Olympic Committee starts the campaign ahead of Tokyo 2020

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) has launched the Tokyo 2020 Earn the Fern campaign as part of the final year of preparations for the Games. Olympic Games followers who want to witness live action of the Olympic Games can Buy Olympic Tickets online.

The campaign will feature across NZOC’s social media channels and will feature a series of videos showcasing what it means for Kiwi athletes to represent the country on the world stage.

New Zealand Olympic Committee starts the campaign ahead of Tokyo 2020
New Zealand Olympic Committee starts the campaign ahead of Tokyo 2020

NZOC said. “Featuring elements of Japanese language artistry and culture as well the symbols, languages, and scenery of Aotearoa Earn the Fern represents 100 years of New Zealand Olympic history and the pohonui pride and whakakoha respect we have for Aotearoa our team and the host nation to which the New Zealand Olympic team will travel.”

The Tokyo 2020 campaign follows on the back of the highly successful Earn the Fern public campaigns conducted for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The year to go was marked on Auckland’s Piha beach with a celebration involving 12 New Zealand athletes from nine sports who worked with an artist to create a stylized silver fern on the black sand.

New Zealand Olympic Committee starts the campaign ahead of Tokyo 2020
New Zealand Olympic Committee starts the campaign ahead of Tokyo 2020

Tokyo Summer Games 2020 will feature new sports and disciplines many of which are youth-focused and Waddell believes these new events will ensure the Olympic Games inspire more people.

He said. “There’s an opportunity for us to qualify athletes from surfing BMX freestyle, 3×3 basketball, karate and more so it’s really exciting to have these new sports involved.”

In the year ahead of an Olympic Games training focus and preparation go up a notch and the level of competition at World Championships and other qualifiers is intense Rugby sevens athlete Tyla Nathan-Wong won silver at Rio 2016 and is looking forward to the challenge of Tokyo 2020.

 “The next year of training and preparation is really where the medals are won and lost so I’ll be working extremely hard and hope to make it over there.”

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Iraq and South Korea among qualifiers for Olympic 2020 football qualification tournament

Japan, Iraq and South Korea are among the qualifiers to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championships, which will choose the continent’s councils at next year’s Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo. Olympic Football fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Football Tickets online.

Iraq and South Korea among qualifiers for Olympic 2020 football qualification tournament

The three nations were Asia’s participants at the Rio 2016 Olympics and ensured they remained in contention for next year’s Games.

Iraq topped in Group C of the qualifying event by thrashing Turkmenistan and Yemen, as well as a sketch with host nation Iran. Iran also progressed to the tournament after finishing as one of the four best runners-up.

A late comeback from South Korea saw the London 2012 bronze medalist recover from 2-0 down to draw with Australia. The outcome saw the South Korean evade elimination from the competition, with the draw putting them through as Group H winners on seven points.

Australia progressive as runners-up on the same points tally having earlier beaten Cambodia and Chinese Taipei. Japan sailed through qualification as they tired Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Macau in Group I without yielding a goal.

Bahrain and Vietnam were the only other nations to progress from their groups with a perfect record of three straight wins. China, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan, North Korea, and reigning AFC under-23 champions Uzbekistan also advanced by winning their groups.

Both Syria and Saudi Arabia settled places at the Championships by finish among the best four runners-up.

Iraq and South Korea among qualifiers for Olympic 2020 football qualification tournament

The 15 qualifiers are usual to join host nation Thailand at the tournament, due to take place from January 8 to 26 next year.

The top three nations of the tournament will qualify for the Olympic Games. Japan is already assured of a place in the Olympic football tournament as the host nation.

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Mathieu Van Der Poel Wish to Go over a Grand Tour after Tokyo Olympic 2020

Amstel Gold Model winner Mathieu van der Poel has said he really wants to ride a Grand Tour, making hints that he could ride one of the three-stage races soon after competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. Olympic Mountain Bike Fans from all over the world can book summer Olympic Mountain Bike Tickets online from one of the most trusted online ticketing market places.

Mathieu already decided to go Tokyo after coming second in the UCI mountain bike World Cup in Germany

After escaping from his spring Classics season, people are already asking the young Dutchman what his race calendar next year will look like, the 24-year-old saying that Paris-Roubaix will be added to the races he plans to ride.

Van der Poel won Dwars door Vlaanderen, De Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race in 2019, having only raced one of the spring Monuments, the Tour of Flanders, where he finished fourth. The Corendon-Circus rider will therefore try and add a Monument to his already impressive palmarès, having won one national road race championship as well as two cyclocross World Championships.

“My Classics program will look about the same as it is now, only Paris-Roubaix is added,” Van der Poel told Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. “The combination with the Amstel Gold Race is not simple, but I want to try it.”

Van der Poel will also look to add an Olympic title to his list of career achievements, having now officially won a place at the 2020 Games in Tokyo after coming second in the World Cup mountain biking in Albstadt over the weekend, after accruing enough UCI points.

Mathieu Van Der Poel
Mathieu Van Der Poel Wish to Go over a Grand Tour after Tokyo Olympic 2020

Although his sights will be set on victory in Japan, Van der Poel can’t help but look to future opportunities after the Olympics, specifically riding a Grand Tour.

“I really want to ride for once,” Van der Poel said, apparently grinning. “When? It might come soon after Tokyo.”

The Dutchman has three Grand Tours to choose between, with the Vuelta an España following directly after the Tokyo Olympics, with 2021’s Giro d’Italia or Tour de France most likely showing a more truthful prospect, even if the 2020 Vuelta starts in his homeland’s city of Utrecht and then spends the next three days in the Netherlands.

“The Tour de France remains the largest and for me the easiest I think,” said Van der Poel. “In the Giro and Vuelta there is even more climbing and that is the least appealing to me now.”


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Tokyo Olympic 2020 – Things you need to know about Sport Climbing

Last weekend 450 of the world’s best rock climbers organized in the outskirts of Moscow at the CSKA Sports Complex for the second stop on the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s (IFSC) World Cup tour. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Sport Climbing in Olympic 2020 can get Olympic Sport Climbing Tickets online.

All eyes were on Czech climber Adam Ondra the reigning king of really hard rock climbing and a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. A week prior Ondra had made a win at the first bouldering World Cup of the 2019 season proving he deserves to be considered a frontrunner for competitive climbing’s first Olympics.

Tokyo Olympic 2020 – Things you need to know about Sport Climbing
Tokyo Olympic 2020 – Things you need to know about Sport Climbing

With rock climbing’s debut in the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo less than 16 months away, the effects are already being felt. Top athletes are vying for Olympics slots while a rush of business dollars and media attention bears down on the emerging sport. While most of the competitors in Moscow were not household names the high level of competition highlighted how far the nascent sport has come.

“It’s going to be different says Canadian climber and Combined World Cup winner Sean McColl. I don’t think competitive climbing will settle down until it’s been in three or four Olympics. Right now everything is still evolving.”

Tokyo Olympic 2020 – Things you need to know about Sport Climbing
Tokyo Olympic 2020 – Things you need to know about Sport Climbing

When it was formally announced in 2016 that climbing would be a medal sport in the Olympic 2020 the format was derided by many throughout the climbing world. At the Tokyo games, climbers will compete in three disciplines bouldering, lead climbing, and speed climbing for one combined set of medals per gender. In particular speed climbing’s inclusion was widely criticized.

“I think what tipped the scale for me and actually made I decide to try and qualify for the Olympics was the fear of regretting not having tried it Megos wrote in a recent email. Considering my age and the fact that I want to shift my focus more on outdoor climbing in the future the Tokyo 2020 will be my first and last chance to ever compete in the Olympics.”

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