Sports Highlights

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New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) The following are the expected/top sports stories at 1715 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Copies on election of FIH president and subsequent online press conference.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-WRIDDHIMAN-INTERVIEW I don't need to change just because people criticise my batting: Wriddhiman (Eds: A PTI EXCLUSIVE) By Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, May 22 (PTI) It's a circle of life that has put Wriddhiman Saha in the same position that he was a decade back when he came to England in 2011 as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's understudy.

SPO-CRI-WRIDDHIMAN-BUBBLE Wriddhiman Saha subtly questions IPL bubble tightness, says UAE would have been better venue Kolkata, May 22 (PTI) Seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has indicated that the bio-bubble for IPL-14 was not as foolproof as the one in UAE last year, becoming the first India player to publicly question, even if subtly, the tightness of the controlled environment.

SPO-BOX-ASIAN-IND-WITHDRAWAL Indian boxer Vinod Tanwar withdrawn from Asian C'ship after positive COVID-19 test New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) South Asian Games gold-medallist Vinod Tanwar (49kg) has been withdrawn from the Indian men's boxing team for the Asian Championships in Dubai after he tested positive for COVID-19.

SPO-OLY-IOC-BACH Tokyo Olympics on schedule, says IOC chief Bach despite Japanese opposition New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach on Saturday asserted that the Tokyo Olympics will go on as scheduled despite opposition from the majority of Japanese population amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

SPO-BOX-ASIAN-IND Indian boxing team reaches Dubai for Asian C'ship after delayed landing of flight New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) The Indian boxing team, featuring the likes of M C Mary Kom (51kg) and Amit Panghal (52kg), reached Dubai to compete in the Asian Boxing Championships aboard an 'air-bubble' flight, which had to stay mid-air longer than scheduled as administrative paperwork delayed its landing.

SPO-CRI-WOM-TROPHY India versus Australia women's series should have perpetual trophy: former player Mel Jones Melbourne, May 22 (PTI) The series between Indian and Australian women should have a perpetual trophy named after legends of the women's game, like the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the men's teams, suggested former Australia player Mel Jones.

SPO-OLY-IND-VACCINATION 148 athletes, mostly Olympic-bound, across sports get COVID vaccine first dose, 17 fully vaccinated New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) As many as 148 athletes across all sports, including those who have qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Games, have already received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, according to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

SPO-CRI-VIRUS-CHAKRAVARTHY I still feel weak and dizzy: KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy on COVID recovery Chennai, May 22 (PTI) Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Varun Chakravarthy is still not fit for intense training after his recovery from COVID-19 as he is still feeling 'weakness and dizziness'.

SPO-FOOT-IND-TRAINING Indian football team begins training in Doha after all players test negative for COVID-19 (Eds: Making correction in para three to say 'negative' instead of 'positive' ) New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) All the players and support staff of the Indian football team have tested negative for COVID-19 after arrival in Qatar and have also started training ahead of the joint Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup next month.

SPO-ATH-SREESHANKAR Working on flaws, hoping to participate in competitions abroad: Sreeshankar Mumbai, May 22 (PTI) Olympic-bound long jumper Murali Sreeshankar on Saturday said he was working on his flaws found out during the Federation Cup and optimistic to take part in competitions abroad once the current travel restrictions on Indians are eased.

SPO-KAYAKING-CANOEING-JK-MINISTRY Kayaking, canoeing training facilities added to Khelo India Centre in Srinagar Srinagar, May 22 (PTI) The Sports Ministry on Saturday decided to add training facilities for kayaking and canoeing at the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) here to promote the two watersports in Jammu and Kashmir.

SPO-GOLF-IND-GANGJEE Pro-Am Japan: Rahil Gangjee tied 11th Ibaraki (Japan), May 22 (PTI) Rahil Gangjee stayed in sight of his first top-10 finish in 2021 as he and his partner shot 4-under 68 at the inaugural Golf Partner Pro-Am tournament in Japan.

SPO-HOCK-JASKARAN National hockey team midfielder Jaskaran learning tricks of trade from likes of captain Manpreet Bengaluru, May 22 (PTI) Indian hockey team midfielder Jaskaran Singh says he is learning the tricks of the trade from senior players like captain Manpreet Singh as he hopes to make it to the Tokyo Olympics squad.

SPO-FOOT-VIRUS-GOALIE-AUCTION I-League winning goalkeeper Ubaid auctions jersey to raise funds for fight against COVID-19 Kochi, May 22 (PTI) I-League-winning goalkeeper Ubaid CK of Gokulam Kerala FC has raised Rs 33,000 by auctioning his jersey to support his state Kerala's fight against COVID-19.

SPO-CRI-PSL PCB plans June 5 start of PSL in Abu Dhabi, players to serve 10-day quarantine in UAE Karachi, May 22 (PTI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to start the PSL-6 in Abu Dhabi from June 5 and all the participating players will undergo a 10-day quarantine period before they start training. PTI PDS PDS PDS