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Dope no problem as Russia names Maria Sharapova in Rio 2016 Olympic squad
26.05.16 - team pt
Dope no problem as Russia names Maria Sharapova in Rio 2016 Olympic squad



The Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) has named dope offender and suspended star Maria Sharapova among four tennis players, who will compete in women's singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
 
Apart from Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavliuchenkova, and Darya Kasatkina were named, reports Tass.
 
The regulations for the Games say countries can enter four women players having the biggest points in international ratings.
 
However, there is still uncertainty about Sharapova's participation.
 
Sharapova was suspended from competitions as of March 12 after testing positive for banned substance 'Meldonium' and the International Tennis Federation has not considered her case yet.
 
The president of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpishchev, earlier said the issue of endorsing her participation in Rio would be decided during the French Open.
 
Russia are expected to apply for her participation in the Games before June 6 and it is important to understand now if there will be an opportunity to put another player into the list of competitors if Sharapova is not permitted to perform at the Games.
 
If substitution is possible, then Sharapova will be replaced by Yekaterian Maksimova, No. 5 in the ratings among Russian women players.




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Mary Kom fails to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics
21.05.16 - pt team
Mary Kom fails to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics



MC Mary Kom's, five-time world champion, hopes of a second successive Olympic appearance are all but over after she went down in the second round of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships at Astana, Kazakhstan.
 
Mary Kom (51kg), who was a bronze-medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, lost 0-2 to Germany's Azize Nimani in the second round of an event from where only the semifinalists would make the cut for the upcoming Rio Games.
 
Outside chance to qualify
 
According to NDTV report, however, Mary has an outside chance to still qualify for Olympics. If China's Ren Cancan and Chinese Taipei's Lin Yu-ting, gold and bronze medallists respectively at the Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympics Qualification Tournament, finish with a medal at the World Championships.
 
"Right now she (Mary) has not qualified. The only possibility for her to qualify is if No. 1 (Ren Cancan) and No. 3 (Lin Yu-ting) from the Asia/Oceania Olympics tournament finish with a medal in Astana," says Nicolas Jomard, AIBA Senior Manager Corporate & Media Relations, AIBA.
 
Nimani will next be up against top seed Davide Marzia of Italy, who got the better of Hungary's Katalin Ancsin.
 
In an exciting contest, Mary Kom took off aggressively but Nimani managed to keep her at bay by fighting from a distance.
 
In fact, Nimani hardly attempted any attack on the Indian in the opening two minutes but managed to connect a few counter-jabs to take the initial edge.
 
Mary Kom continued to be aggressive in the second round as well, connected much better but failed to get the judges' nod, who again ruled in favour of Nimani on a split decision.
 
Gaining in confidence, Nimani stuck to her game-plan and forced Mary Kom to let her guard down.
 
The diminutive Manipuri threw herself aggressively at the German, whose punching was far from clean. Nimani's defensive tactics frustrated Mary Kom, who quite literally threw herself at the German to connect.
 
However, the determined attack failed to yield the desired results for her as Nimani was declared winner on a split vote.
 
The tournament is the final qualifying event for women boxers in the three Olympic categories of 51kg, 60kg, and 75kg and has 12 Rio tickets on offer.




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Sushil Kumar is angry; takes the bout to High Court
17.05.16 -
Sushil Kumar is angry; takes the bout to High Court



Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar has knocked the doors of High Court seeking a selection trial to decide who will represent India in the men’s 74 kg freestyle category at Rio Olympics to Delhi High Court.
 
Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed Wrestling Federation of India ( WFI ) to give a hearing to Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar , who has sought a selection trial to decide who will represent India in the men's 74 kg freestyle category at Rio Games.
 
"This court directs that in the meantime, the petitioner (Sushil) shall be given a hearing by the President, Vice President, Secretary and coach of respondent number 4 (WFI)," Justice Manmohan said.

According to PTI report, the court also sought the response of the Sports Ministry and WFI and asked them to file their affidavits. The court has now fixed the matter for further hearing on May 27. The court's direction came while hearing a petition filed by Sushil, who was present in the court room, seeking a direction to WFI to conduct a selection trial for selecting the wrestler who will represent the country in 74 kg freestyle category.

The counsel appearing for Sushil told the court that the Olympic medalist was injured when a Wrestling Championship was held last year where another athlete Narsingh Pancham Yadav had won a medal. He said that as Yadav had won the medal in Wrestling Championship, the Olympic berth was given to him in the category. 

He said that as per the scheme of government of India for promoting wrestlers to win medals at the Olympics, Sushil has been getting funds for his training. "The petitioner (Sushil) has received the funds even after Narsingh Yadav had won a bronze medal in the Championship.’’

"I have a reason to go for a shot for Rio Olympics 2016. Confusing signals have been given to me and there has been no response from WFI. If the selection trial is carried out, I don't want to miss that. The WFI has failed to follow the guidelines," his counsel said.

Countering his submissions, the counsel appearing for WFI told the court that Sushil had been participating in 66 kg freestyle category and now at the fag end he wants to participate in 74 kg category. "Narsingh Yadav has participated in 74 kg category and has won a bronze medal in the World Wrestling Championship which is far tougher than the Olympics," the counsel said.

The WFI's counsel also claimed that Sushil was avoiding wrestling with Narsingh Yadav and he has not participated in World Championship but Yadav was there. Sushil's counsel, however, said that his client has not participated in the World Championship as he was injured at that time. To this, the bench asked the WFI, "Has the wrestling federation taken a decision?"

When the counsel appearing for the WFI said that they have already decided on the issue, the bench said, "You can call him (Sushil) and explain him the decision."

Responding to this, the WFI counsel said, "He (Sushil) knows everything but he is not ready to understand." To this, the judge said, "This man (Sushil) has also got laurels for the country. The reasons which he is giving are quite worthy and I am not finding any malafide in what he is saying. When Sushil's counsel said that a direction for conducting selection trials in the first week of June be given, the court said, "The Indian cause will suffer."
"The Indian cause has to be placed on a higher pedestal. Individuals may suffer but the country has to be placed higher," the court said, adding, "You both are equally placed. How can I decide this. I will only interfere as a last resort. Let WFI decide this first as they are experts in this field."

After his name did not figure in India's Rio preparatory camp, 32-year-old Sushil moved the Delhi High Court on Monday with a plea to direct the WFI to conduct a selection trial to decide who will represent India in the men's 74kg freestyle category at the Rio Games. The former world champion had taken the matter to the doorsteps of the Prime Minister's Office. He, though, is yet to get a response. He had also appealed to the Sports Ministry, Indian Olympic Association and the WFI.
 
According to the rules, a quota belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler and, thus, it was expected that a trial would be held in the contentious 74kg category to chose between Sushil and Narsingh Yadav. WFI has been giving hints that it is not too keen on holding the trial in 74kg division, fearing demands from other wrestlers in the remaining seven weight categories India has earned quotas for Rio Games.
Narsingh has been staking his claim to represent India at the Olympics since last year when he secured a quota place at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg. Sushil, who missed the event due to a shoulder injury, has been demanding a trial. (PTI)




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