After an eventful 2021 that included Tokyo Olympics, India's top sportspersons face a challenging 2022. Their dreams and aspirations remain as high as ever.
India reached the quarterfinals of the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships in mixed and women’s doubles events. Bronze medals to be awarded to all the losing semifinalists.
G Sathiyan defeated Russia's Vladimir Sidorenko 11-9, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 in the round of 64 of the World Table Tennis Championships. Sathiyan had earlier beaten Yaroslav Zhmudenko in his opening round.
The Indian team was already assured of a medal after beating Iran 3-1 in the quarterfinals. Both the semifinalists secure a bronze.
Sharath defeated Iranian Nima Alamiyan to open the account before getting better of Noshad, also of Iran, in his reverse singles to seal India's fate.
In the absence of Batra, 97th-ranked Sutirtha Mukherjee will lead the women’s team which also includes Ayhika Mukherjee and Archana Kamath.
With the defeat, India's challenge has ended in table tennis at the Tokyo Games. Manika Batra, Sutirtha Mukherjee and G Sathiyan have all exited
Sharath struggled in the first game but pulled himself up just in time to win 2-11 11-8 11-5 9-11 11-6 11-9 in the 49-minute second-round contest
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Manika Batra, ranked 62, though got an easy women's singles first round where she will face Great Britain's Ho Tin-Tin, ranked 32 places below her
Sharath has missed only one Olympic Games (London 2012) since his debut at Athens in 2004. Every time he has been a part of the sporting extravaganza, he has gained something
Sharath Kamal, who is set to compete in his fourth Olympics, had become the first Indian paddler to get the Padma Shri in 2019
The four Tokyo-bound players - Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee - have been restricted to individual training since qualifying in March.
Gearing up for his fourth Olympics, Sharath said he is "mentally better" as compared to last year when India was hit by COVID-19 for the first time.
Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra had already secured their singles berth and will now also compete as a doubles pair at the delayed Tokyo Games
The win over Pakistan's Muhammad Rameez ensured at least a second-place finish for Sharath Kamal and it was enough to secure a spot in the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games
The jump in the rankings comes after Sharath Kamal's triumph at the Oman Open last month, when he won his first ITTF title in 10 years
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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