Sports Highlights

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New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) The following are the top sports stories at 2100 hours: SPO-SAILING-OLY-IND Nethra Kumanan becomes first Indian woman sailor to qualify for Olympics New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Nethra Kumanan on Wednesday became the first Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Olympics after she was assured of a top-place finish in the laser radial event of the Asian Qualifiers in Oman.

SPO-JUDO-IND-2NDLD VIRUS Indian judo team withdraws from Olympic qualifiers after two players test COVID-19 positive New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) A 15-member Indian judo team was forced to withdraw from the ongoing Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan after two judokas -- Ajay Yadav and Ritu -- tested positive for COVID-19 just before the start of the tournament.

SPO-CRI-ICC-LD ALLARDICE We have backup plans for T20 World Cup in India but proceeding as planned now: ICC interim CEO New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) ICC's interim CEO Geoff Allardice on Wednesday said the body has backup plans in place for the T20 World Cup in India later this year but is currently not entertaining any thoughts of moving it out of the country despite a surge in COVID-19 cases.

SPO-CRI-IPL-SWOT-RR Will Samson-Sangakkara partnership work for Rajasthan Royals? By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) A restructured Rajasthan Royals will aim to build a new legacy but a weak Indian contingent and overdependence on foreign recruits could hurt the inaugural edition winners' chance for glory in the upcoming IPL.

SPO-CRI-IPL-VIRUS-2NDLD RCB Virus shadow on IPL: RCB's Daniel Sams latest to test positive for COVID-19, Padikkal recovers Chennai, Apr 7 (PTI) Royal Challengers Bangalore's Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams on Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the IPL starting on April 9 here, but opener Devdutt Padikkal recovered from the dreaded infection to join the side.

SPO-VIRUS-SAI-BHOPAL 36 persons, including 24 athletes, test COVID positive in SAI Bhopal; none Olympic bound New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) As many as 24 sportspersons and 12 support staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Bhopal centre but none of the athletes are Olympics-bound.

SPO-VIRUS-SAI-SOP SAI orders stricter COVID-19 protocols at its centers, all athletes to be tested weekly New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) With several COVID-19 cases reported in the country's top training facilities, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday ordered implementation of stricter protocols, including weekly testing of all athletes and support staff at its campuses across the nation.

SPO-ARCHERY-VACCINATION Olympic-bound Indian archers first to get fully vaccinated Pune, Apr 7 (PTI) The Olympic-bound Indian archers on Wednesday took their second shots of COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first fully vaccinated lot of athletes from the country ahead of the Tokyo Games.

SPO-CRI-IPL-VIRUS-RCB-PADIKKAL Padikkal joins RCB team after recovery from COVID-19 Chennai, Apr 7 (PTI) IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday said their young batsman Devdutt Padikkal has joined the team's bio-bubble here after recovering from COVID-19.

SPO-CRI-IPL-MAXWELL You get stuck into this never-ending nightmare: Maxwell talks about bio-bubble challenges Chennai, Apr 7 (PTI) Big-hitting Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says being continuously confined to bio-bubbles can become a 'nightmare' and cricketers are leading a 'difficult lifestyle' right now to ensure that they continue to do their job.

SPO-FOOT-VIRUS-BFC Bengaluru FC confirms 3 COVID-19 cases ahead of AFC Qualifiers Panaji, Apr 7 (PTI) Indian football club Bengaluru FC on Wednesday said three COVID-19 cases have been detected among its players and staff after the side assembled for training here ahead of its AFC Qualifiers (Preliminary Stage Two) match on April 14.

SPO-HOCK-LD IND India beat Argentina 4-3 for winning start to tour Buenos Aires, Apr 7 (PTI) The Indian men's hockey team made a positive start to its tour of Argentina, beating the reigning Olympic champions 4-3 in the first practice match here.

SPO-ATH-IND-SABLE-MINISTRY Tokyo-bound Avinash Sable to train in Uganda from Apr 10 New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Olympic-bound Indian steeplechaser Avinash Sable is set to train in Uganda from April 10 to July 20 after getting a go ahead from the Sports Ministry, which approved a proposal sent by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

SPO-CRI-IND-HARDIK Realized importance of mental health while playing for India: Hardik Chennai, Apr 7 (PTI) India and Mumbai Indians hard-hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Wednesday said he realized the importance of mental health while playing international cricket and credited his family for keeping him in the 'right space'.

SPO-CRI-ICC-RANKINGS Zaman climbs seven places to be 12th in ODI rankings Dubai, Apr 7 (PTI) Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has moved seven places to be 12th in the latest ICC ODI batsmen rankings, following his 193 against South Africa in the second ODI in Johannesburg.

SPO-TENNIS-SANIA-TOPS Olympic-bound tennis ace Sania included in TOPS after gap of four years New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was on Wednesday included in the government's Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), four years after she opted out of the programme.

SPO-CRI-IPL-KKR-KARTHIK Veteran Harbhajan floors KKR teammate Karthik with his work ethic Mumbai, Apr 7 (PTI) Harbhajan Singh's childlike enthusiasm at 40-plus has floored Kolkata Knight Riders vice-captain Dinesh Karthik, who said the veteran off-spinner's dedication and interest at this stage of his career is a testament to his character.

SPO-CRI-IPL-NATARAJAN-DHONI Dhoni asked me to bowl slow bouncers, cutters and it's been useful: Natarajan New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Left-arm yorker specialist T Natarajan says former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's advice to bowl slow bouncers and cutters during his breakout IPL season last year helped him get better at his craft.

SPO-CRI-BCCI-APEX BCCI Apex Council meet: Indian women's support staff appointment, working group for state T20 leagues on agenda By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Following the unsanctioned conduct of the Bihar Cricket League, the BCCI is likely to form a working group to streamline the organisation of T20 events around the country in its Apex Council meeting on April 16.

SPO-BOX-ASIAN-WOM-TEAM Mary Kom, Lovlina in Indian women's boxing squad for Asian Championships New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Olympic-bound six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) will spearhead the Indian women's challenge in the Asian Boxing Championship slated to be held here from May 21 to 31. PTI APA APA