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New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1710 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of India's warm-up game against 'County Select XI' In Durham.

*Report of World Cadet wrestling Championship in Hungary.

*Report of FIDE World Cup in Sochi.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-OLY-LD VIRUS COVID scare: Chilean Taekwondo player, Dutch skateboarder out of Olympics after testing positive Tokyo, Jul 21 (PTI) Chilean Taekwondo player Fernanda Aguirre and Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs were on Wednesday ruled out of the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, less than two days before the showpiece opens amid palpable health safety concerns.

SPO-OLY-OPENING-IND-OFFICIALS Six officials to be allowed at opening ceremony, no cap on athletes: Indian Dy chef-de-mission Tokyo, Jul 21 (PTI) Only six officials from the Indian contingent will be allowed to take part in the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, the country's deputy chef-de-mission Prem Kumar Verma told PTI, adding that athletes who have competitions the next day would be discouraged from attending the event.

SPO-OLY-HOCK-REID-INTERVIEW Mind Games: India men's hockey coach Reid banks on team's mental resilience for Olympic medal By Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) It's all in the mind, stressed Indian men's hockey team coach Graham Reid, confident that his side has what it takes to end a four-decade-long medal drought at the Olympics where 'mental resilience will be an important factor' due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPO-OLY-OPENING-LEADERS Tokyo2020: World leaders from 15 nations to attend opening ceremony Tokyo, Jul 21 (PTI) Leaders from around 15 countries are expected to attend Friday's opening ceremony of the COVID-hit Tokyo Olympics.

SPO-OLY-WREST-VINESH-COACH More 'conscious' Vinesh going into Olympic with 'clear head': Coach Woller Akos By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) It is difficult to find any flaw in the game of a 'clear headed' Vinesh Phogat going into the Tokyo Olympics, says star Indian wrestler's personal foreign coach Woller Akos.

SPO-OLY-ARCHERY-DEEPIKA World No 1 archer Deepika's journey: From an emaciated 12-year-old to India's Olympic medal prospect By Tapan Mohanta Kharsawan (Jharkhand), Jul 21 (PTI) From being rejected as an emaciated 12-year-old kid, to throwing a challenge to prove herself in three months' time to India's top medal prospect at Tokyo Olympics, world no 1 archer Deepika Kumari is a story of grits, guts and gumption.

SPO-OLY-BAD-IND-GOPICHAND Sindhu will be among favourites to win gold medal at Tokyo: Gopichand New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand expects Indian athletes to claim an unparalleled double digit medal haul at the Olympics and has declared world champion P V Sindhu as one of the favourites to win a gold.

SPO-CRI-ICC-RANKINGS Dhawan moves up two places to 16th, Kohli remains second in ICC ODI rankings Dubai, Jul 21 (PTI) India opener Shikhar Dhawan jumped two places to 16th after his unbeaten half-century in the first match against Sri Lanka while Virat Kohli remained at second spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued on Wednesday.

SPO-CRI-IND-BHUVNESHWAR Chahar justified Dravid's decision to promote him, his batting was amazing: Bhuvneshwar Colombo, Jul 21 (PTI) India vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar said it was coach Rahul Dravid's decision to send Deepak Chahar up the order and he justified it with an 'amazing' knock to guide the team to a stunning three-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI here.

SPO-CRI-IND-DRAVID India responded like champions, says Dravid in dressing room speech Colombo, Jul 21 (PTI) With its back to the wall, Team India responded like champions, said coach Rahul Dravid in an inspiring dressing room speech after his young side registered a series-clinching win in the second ODI against Sri Lanka here.

SPO-CRI-IND-KHAN-INJURY Injured Avesh all but out of England series with fracture in left thumb By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Young fast bowler Avesh Khan's tour of England is set to end abruptly after being ruled out of India's warm-up first-class game against County XI due to a left-thumb fracture he sustained on the opening day of the match in Durham.

SPO-CRI-MURALITHARAN Sri Lanka have forgotten how to win games for last so many years: Muralitharan Colombo, Jul 21 (PTI) Legendary spinner Muthiah Muralitharan feels the current Sri Lankan cricket team has forgotten how to win matches over the years, insisting that the sport is currently going through a tough phase in the island nation.

SPO-OLY-ATH-RAJIV We will definitely beat our London Olympics medal count in Tokyo: Sprinter Arokia Rajiv Jaipur, Jul 21 (PTI) Indian sprinter Arokia Rajiv feels the country will 'definitely' better its 2012 Olympics medal count in the Tokyo Games. AP SSC SSC

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