Sachin asks track and field players going to Tokyo to win medals

Sachin asks track and field players going to Tokyo to win medals

New Delhi: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has appealed to India's 26-member track and field team headed for the Tokyo Olympics to enjoy the pressure and not let it get to them. Tendulkar bid farewell to the players online with the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). In the virtual event, Tendulkar asked the athletes to pursue their dream of winning a medal in the Olympics without stopping. 

Tendulkar said that a lot of people say that there is victory and defeat in the game but my message is that defeat should be your opponent's and you should win. You should try to win medals. Don't give up on chasing your dreams and your dream should be wearing a medal around your neck, playing the national anthem and hoisting the tricolor. The track and field team consists of 46 members consisting of 25 players plus 11 coaches, 8 support staff, a team doctor and a team leader. The team will leave for Tokyo on 23 July. 

Tendulkar said pressure is a player's companion in all sports and it is important that it is used for better performance. People's expectations have increased due to your better performance. This is a good thing. I have always enjoyed the pressure and expectations of people. You have to convert it into positive energy. The athletics events will be held from July 30 to August 8. India is expecting a medal from javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. Earlier 26 players were named in the AFI's list but the name of pedestrian Gurpreet Singh was not in the detailed list (required for accreditation) submitted a few months back. The AFI tried at the last minute to get recognition for this 50 km walk player but was unsuccessful. 

Tendulkar drew parallels to his illustrious cricketing career with athletes saying that when India won the World Cup in 1983, I was a little kid and I wanted to lift that trophy one day. That day came in 2011 and till then no host country had become a World Cup winner. That was the best moment of my life. You cannot wish to achieve more than this. He also advised the athletes to face the bad times in their career with strength. He said that I faced it when I had tennis elbow and shoulder surgery. I wanted to play matches to make a comeback and went to England for that. AFI President Adil Sumariwala also expressed hope that the athletics team can win an Olympic medal this time. 


Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Sports Desk: India's hopes of winning a medal in the mixed table tennis event were dashed on Saturday but Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee started the campaign with a win in the women's singles event of the Tokyo Olympics here. India's table tennis campaign started on a disappointing note after Achant Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra lost in the last 16 of the mixed doubles category. The Indian pair lost 0-4 to third seeds Lin Yun Ju and Cheng I Ching of Chinese Taipei.

Although world No. 62 Manika defeated Britain's 94th-ranked Tin Tin Ho 4-0 in the opening singles event, 98th-ranked Sutirtha also impressed in her Olympic debut, returning from a fall. She defeated Sweden's 78th-ranked Linda Bergström 4-3 (5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5). Sutirtha will now face Fuyu of Portugal in the second round while Manika will take on Margita Pesotska of Ukraine, ranked 32.

Earlier, Lin Yun Joo and Cheng I Ching gave the Indian pair 11. 8, 11. 6, 11 . 5, 11 . defeated by 4. 5 in the first two games. 1 and 5. After taking a lead of 3, the Indian pair could not maintain the momentum. The 12th-seeded Indian pair could not face the 19-year-old Lynn's flanks, who had made it to the Olympics from a qualifying event. There was no response to his drives from the forehand and backhand. The Indian pair scored 5 in the first game. 1 lead but after that Lin and Cheng scored eight points in a row.

Sharath said after the match, “We should have put pressure on him by winning the first game. The same should be done against the best team. Lynn is one of the best players and he showed." He said, "He forced us to make mistakes. He put up good winners on the returns. After yesterday's warm-up match against Romania, I was feeling better. The draw could have been better but now the focus will be on singles." Sharath and Manika had played together for only three days in the national camp before leaving for the Olympics. Both had raised their Olympic medal hopes by winning bronze medals at the Asian Games.