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March 5, 2016

India paddlers bag gold in World Championship

Kuala Lumpur, March 5 (IANS) India paddlers made history twice in less than 24 hours with both women's and men's teams emerging triumphant in the second division of their respective sections at the 2016 World Table Tennis Championships here on SUnday.The Indian women's team beat Luxemburg 3-1 in the second division final before their male counterparts overcame a stiff competition from Brazil 3-2. Their top-podium finish followed the exceptional achievements on Friday night of qualifying for the next…

Shooter Jitu finishes fifth in 10m Air pistol

Bangkok, March 5: Indian shooter Jitu Rai reached the final of the 10 metres Air pistol to eventually finish fifth on competition day three of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup for Rifle and Pistol here on Saturday.Jitu, fresh after a gold medal-winning performance in the 50 meres Air Pistol, shot 580 to qualify for the eight-man final in seventh position, before being eliminated in fifth position and after the 14th shot in the 20-shot final. The first position was won by…

Bagan to leave for AFC Cup tie on Sunday

Kolkata, March 5: Mohun Bagan will be leaving for Hong Kong on Sunday night for their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup match against South China Athletic Association.They will fly via Dragonair and will take on South China on Wednesday at the Mongkok Stadium in Hong Kong in a Group G encounter. "The Mariners will have a one-hour training session at the main venue on Tuesday," the club said in a release. Mohun Bagan have done well so far this season. They thrashed Maldivian side Maziya SRC 5-2 in…

Olympic champ Chen Ding set to lead Chinese race walkers in Rio

Huangshan (China), March 5: Olympic champion Chen Ding almost secured a berth in China's team for the Rio Olympic Games by finishing second in the national race walking qualifier here on Saturday.With a temperature up to 24 degrees centigrade, Wang Zhen, the runner-up of the World Championships in Beijing 2015, led almost half way to win the race in an hour, 19 minutes and 12 seconds, reports Xinhua. Cai Zelin, who was fourth in the London Games 2012, placed third in the qualifier to win a big chance in booking…

Shastri avoids comment on Taskin-Dhoni picture controversy

Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 5: India cricket team director Ravi Shastri on Saturday chose to avoid the Taskin Ahmed-Mahendra Singh Dhoni picture controversy saying he does not “read newspapers".On Friday, two days ahead of the Asia Cup final between India and Bangladesh, a picture of right-arm pacer Ahmed carrying the severed head of the Indian limited-overs captain Dhoni had gone viral on social media. Reportedly the picture was posted by a Bangladesh fan. When asked about it at the pre-match media…
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