New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1700 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of Poland Open wrestling event in Warsaw.
*A copy based on virtual interaction with boxer Pooja Rani.
STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-OLY-KIT-LD IOA After snapping ties with Li Ning, IOA in search of new apparel sponsor by month-end By Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) After parting ways with Chinese sportswear company Li Ning to 'honour public sentiment', the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday said it is hoping to find a new kit sponsor for the country's Olympic-bound contingent by the end of this month.
SPO-CRI-IND-WTC-HESSON NZ playing 3 Tests in short gap can be an issue; India should consider Agarwal in XI: Hesson By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) New Zealand's two Tests against England before the World Test Championship final against India could end up creating workload management issues for the Black Caps, feels the Kiwis longest-serving coach Mike Hesson.
SPO-OLY-IND-CHINA-SPONSOR Be objective and fair: China after IOA drops Li Ning as kit sponsor for Olympics By K J M Verma Beijing, Jun 9 (PTI) China on Wednesday urged India to view bilateral cooperation in an 'objective and fair manner' after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) dropped Li Ning as its kit sponsor for the Tokyo Olympics-bound contingent citing 'public sentiment'.
SPO-FOOT-IND-LD CHHETRI Hunger intact, motivation the difficult part but not going anywhere: Chhetri New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) The never-ending queries on retirement notwithstanding, inspirational Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday said he is not hanging up his boots anytime soon as his hunger to perform is still intact even though finding motivation can be difficult sometimes.
SPO-CRI-SEHWAG Sehwag on how he tried to copy Tendulkar Mumbai, Jun 9 (PTI) Former India opener Virender Sehwag on Wednesday recollected how he copied legendary batsman and his longtime opening partner Sachin Tendulkar after watching him bat for the first time on TV during the 1992 World Cup.
SPO-CRI-AUS-AGAR-WITHDRAWAL Agar not surprised by top Aussie players potentially withdrawing from upcoming tours Melbourne, Jun 9 (PTI) Australia spinner Ashton Agar is 'not surprised' that the country's leading cricketers may opt out of the upcoming winter tours, saying such breaks are inevitable considering the impact of lonely quarantines on players' mental health during the pandemic.
SPO-FOOT-MUMBAI-PRANJAL Mumbai City FC agree three-year extension with Pranjal Bhumij Mumbai, Jun 9 (PTI) Young forward Pranjal Bhumij has signed a three-year contract extension with reigning Indian Super League champions Mumbai City FC, thus committing his future with the team until May 2024.
SPO-HOCK-RAMANDEEP Indian hockey team preparing for Tokyo Games with Olympic simulation: striker Ramandeep Bengaluru, Jun 9 (PTI) The Indian men's hockey team is simulating Olympic atmosphere at its training base here to prepare for the Tokyo Games in the best possible manner, experienced forward Ramandeep Singh revealed on Wednesday.
SPO-CRI-BUTTLER-MORGAN-RACISM Buttler, Morgan under investigation for alleged racist remarks against Indians London, Jun 9 (PTI) England's white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler are under investigation by the country's cricket board after their alleged racist tweets, mocking Indians, surfaced on the social media.
SPO-CRI-HOLDING-ROBINSON Suspension fine but let's not be hard on Robinson if he didn't repeat offensive behaviour: Holding London, Jun 9 (PTI) West Indies great Michael Holding supports the suspension of England cricketer Ollie Robinson for racist tweets as a teenager but also believes that the pacer should get a second chance if investigation proves that he did not repeat his actions beyond that time.
SPO-CRI-NZ-WTC NZ to keep key bowlers fresh for WTC final by resting them for 2nd game against England Birmingham, Jun 9 (PTI) New Zealand are set to rest a few of their key bowlers for the second Test against England to ensure they are fresh and raring to go when they clash with India in the World Test Championship final on June 18. PTI APA APA