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New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2110 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-3RDLD VIRUS COVID scare at Olympics: Chilean Taekwondo player, Dutch skateboarder, Czech paddler test positive Tokyo, Jul 21 (PTI) Three athletes belonging to three different countries were ruled out of the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 here on Wednesday, less than two days before the showpiece opens amid mounting health safety concerns.

SPO-OLY-OPENING-IND-3RDLD OFFICIALS Indian athletes' participation in Olympic opening ceremony to be bare minimum: IOA Tokyo, Jul 21 (PTI) The participation of Indian athletes in the Olympic Games opening ceremony will be kept to a 'bare minimum' in view of the COVID-19 threat, while only six officials from the contingent will be allowed to take part in the event on Friday.

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-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-OLY-SKATEBOARDING-BROWN-INTERVIEW Fractured skull and broken bones later, teenage skateboarder Sky Brown ready to be Britain's youngest Summer Olympian By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) She has endured multiple fractures to the skull and broken her wrist and hand but none of it has managed to come in the way of 13-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown's dream to be at the Tokyo Olympics, where she will become the youngest Brit to compete in the Summer Games.

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-FOOT-JHINGAN Our aim is to be in 2023 Asian Cup in China: Jhingan Kolkata, Jul 21 (PTI) Star Indian defender Sandesh Jhingan, who was named the AIFF Men's Footballer of the Year on Wednesday, said there's a lot of hunger in the national team to qualify for the Asian Cup in China in 2023.

SPO-OLY-SHOOT-TRAINING India's 10m air rifle teams get just 20 minutes of training in Tokyo after 'time slot issue' By Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Barely two days before the Tokyo Olympics open, India's 10m air rifle shooters had to make do with just 20 minutes of training at the Asaka Shooting Range due to an issue arising out of distribution of time slots.

SPO-OLY-BOX-IND-TRAINING Indian boxers training at Games Village as Olympic boxing venue far Tokyo, Jul 21 (PTI) With the Olympics boxing venue 'quite far', Indian pugilists have decided to train at the facilities available at the Games Village to avoid exertion and the risk posed by COVID-19.

SPO-CRI-ENG-IND-SQUAD Fit-again Stokes back for India Test series, Robinson recalled, Hameed gets nod after five years London, Jul 21 (PTI) Star all-rounder Ben Stokes on Wednesday returned to the 17-member England squad for the first two Tests against India, along with pacer Ollie Robinson, who was earlier suspended for his seven-year-old racist tweets.

SPO-OLY-TT-IND-DRAW Indian paddlers handed tough draws, Sharath-Manika pair to face third seed in opener Tokyo, Jul 21 (PTI) India paddlers were on Wednesday handed tough draws at the Tokyo Olympics with the mixed doubles pairing of Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra pitted against third seeds Lin Yun-ju and Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei on Saturday. PTI APA APA

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