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Olympics 2024: What to know, who to watch in men's basketball competition

A roadmap to follow for the men's basketball competition during the Paris Olympics: ATHLETES TO WATCH: LeBron James, United States: The NBA's all-time scoring leader seeks his third Olympic gold medal (2008, 2012) and returns to the Games for the first time in 12 years. At 39, James presumably is playing in his final Olympics. Kevin Durant, United States: He is seeking to become the first four-time men's basketball gold medalist, after helping the U.S. win gold at Tokyo in 2021, Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and London in 2012. Victor Wembanyama, France: The NBA rookie of the year and runner-up for defensive player of the year (behind French teammate Rudy Gobert) will be one of the faces of the Paris Games. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Canada: The runner-up in this season's NBA MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic of Serbia (another likely Olympic player this summer) will be asked to help deliver Canada a medal. It's not out of reach, as proven by Canada's bronze at the World Cup last summer. Ste

Olympics 2024: What to know, who to watch in men's basketball competition
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 11:49 AM IST

Olympics 2024: What to know, who to watch during wrestling competition

A roadmap to follow for the wrestling competition at the Paris Olympics: Athletes to Watch: Hassan Yazdani, Iran: Nicknamed The Greatest, Yazdani was a gold medalist at 74 kilograms in 2016. He lost to David Taylor in the gold medal match in the 86-kilogram division in Tokyo. Taylor isn't competing in Paris, possibly clearing a way for Yazdani to return to the top. Taha Akgul, Turkey: A 2016 gold medalist, Akgul was among those who lost to American Gable Steveson at the Tokyo Games. He beat Georgia's Geno Petriashvili, the silver medalist in Tokyo, at the European Championships earlier this year. With Steveson not returning, Akgul could emerge victorious in the 125-kilogram class. Kennedy Blades, United States. The dynamic 20-year-old beat Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Adeline Gray at the U.S. trials and is competing in the women's 76-kilogram freestyle division. Helen Maroulis, United States. She is aiming to become the first American women's wrestler to win three Olympic medals.

Olympics 2024: What to know, who to watch during wrestling competition
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 11:45 AM IST

Paris Olympics: What to know, who to watch during men's, women's handball

A roadmap to follow for the men's and women's handball competition during the Paris Olympics: Athletes to Watch: Mikkel Hansen, Denmark: With his shoulder-length hair and headband, the powerful left back is one of the most familiar faces in Danish sports. A three-time men's world player of the year, a record he shares with longtime rival Nikola Karabatic, Hansen enters the tournament as a world champion. Hansen's only Olympic gold came eight years ago in Rio de Janeiro. Paris will be the last chance for the 36-year-old five-time Olympian to add a second. He is retiring after the Paris Games. Yahia Omar, Egypt: The right back will stay in Paris whatever happens at the Olympics because he's signed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain until 2027. The 26-year-old was one of Egypt's best players when the Pharaohs achieved a national-best fourth-place finish three years ago. Nikola Karabatic, France: The elder of the Karabatic brothers Luka is the younger one the 40-year-old Nikola is one o

Paris Olympics: What to know, who to watch during men's, women's handball
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 11:39 AM IST

Paris Olympics: What to know, who to watch during badminton competition

A roadmap to follow for the badminton competition during the Paris Olympics: Athletes to Watch: Beiwen Zhang, United States: After winning the women's singles gold at the 2023 Pan American Games, the 33-year-old is the best shot at the first American badminton medal at the Olympics since its debut as a medal event in 1992. Born in China, Zhang moved to Singapore as a teenager in 2007 and has represented the U.S. internationally since 2013. Viktor Axelsen, Denmark: Axelsen was Europe's only medalist (gold) in Tokyo three years ago, and he was the top qualifier for Paris. At 30, this will be his third Olympics; he won bronze in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Chen Yu Fei, China: The defending women's singles champion led China to a tournament win in May and finished behind only An Se-young of South Korea in the Paris qualification rankings. Storylines to Follow: The U.S. mixed doubles team of Vinson Chiu and Jennie Gai qualified at the Pan Am Games. It still will be an uphill climb for the

Paris Olympics: What to know, who to watch during badminton competition
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 11:09 AM IST

Paris Olympics: What to know, who to watch during weightlifting competition

A roadmap to follow during weightlifting competition at the Paris Olympics: Athletes to Watch: Hampton Morris, United States: At 20, the Marietta, Georgia, native will be the youngest American weightlifter to compete at the Olympics since Cheryl Haworth in 2000. Morris broke the clean and jerk 61-kilogram world record by lifting 388 pounds (176 kilograms) at a World Cup event in Thailand earlier this year. Lasha Talakhadze, Georgia: Having set 26 world records over the course of his career, the 30-year-old back-to-back Olympic champion in the heaviest weight class is returning to try for a three-peat. He's back after missing the European championships earlier this year because of a knee injury. Maude Charron, Canada: The 64kg gold medalist in Tokyo is again one of the top contenders, now in the 59kg division. The 31-year-old from Quebec is just one of five Canadians men or women to win an Olympic medal in the sport. Yekta Jamali, Refugee Team: From Iran initially, she fled to ..

Paris Olympics: What to know, who to watch during weightlifting competition
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 11:02 AM IST

Paris Olympics: What to know, who to watch during water polo competition

A roadmap to follow for the water polo competition at the Paris Games: Athletes to WatchMaggie Steffens, United States: The decorated attacker was banged up at the Tokyo Olympics, but she still helped the U.S. to an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal. She is the highest scoring woman in Olympics history with 56 goals. Alvaro Granados, Spain: The 25-year-old Granados rallied Spain to a dramatic 11-10 victory over Croatia in January for the country's first European championship. He scored a team-high 18 goals when Spain finished fourth at the Tokyo Games. Simone van de Kraats, Netherlands: One of the leaders for the high-scoring Dutch, the 23-year-old van de Kraats poured in a tournament-high 28 goals in her first Olympics in Tokyo. She powered the Netherlands to the world championship last year for its biggest title since it won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Marko Bijac, Croatia: The goalkeeper remains one of the best in the world. He won silver at the 2016 Olympics,

Paris Olympics: What to know, who to watch during water polo competition
Updated On : 13 Jul 2024 | 9:42 AM IST

Paris 2024: What to know, who to watch during modern pentathlon competition

A roadmap to follow for the modern pentathlon competition at the Paris Games: Athletes to WatchJoe Choong, Britain: Modern pentathlon's star athlete won gold at the last Olympics in Tokyo in 2021 and followed it up with two world titles. Last year, he won the world championship title in his home city of Bath, England. Elena Micheli, Italy: After winning the last two women's world championship gold medals, the 25-year-old Micheli is looking for her first Olympic medal after placing just 33rd last time in Tokyo. Storylines to FollowA chance to watch the ultimate all-round athletes in Paris. Probably the quirkiest sport at the Olympics, modern pentathlon challenges athletes to swim, run, fence, ride an unfamiliar horse and shoot a laser pistol. The Palace of Versailles is the setting for the semifinals and finals. The men's and women's final will each be contested in a 90-minute format designed to be more fan friendly than previous day-long competitions. After 112 years on the Olympi

Paris 2024: What to know, who to watch during modern pentathlon competition
Updated On : 12 Jul 2024 | 5:56 PM IST

Paris 2024: What to know, who to watch during sport climbing competition

A roadmap to follow for the sport climbing competition at the Paris Games: Athletes to WatchJanja Garnbret, Slovenia: The eight-time world champion and reigning Olympic champion has been the most dominant climber in the sport. Sam Watson, United States: The 18-year-old speed-climbing specialist qualified for Paris by winning the gold medal at the Pan American Games. Aleksandra Miroslaw, Poland: She set the women's speed-climbing world record at the final in the Tokyo Games and lowered that mark seven other times since then. Sorato Anraku, Japan: The 17-year-old Anraku is the top-ranked athlete in lead and boulder. Jakob Schubert, Austria: The six-time world champion won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Storylines to FollowThe 25-year-old Janja Garnbret has been one of the sport's greatest stars and will try to repeat her Olympic gold from Tokyo. She has attracted attention for speaking out about how eating disorders have hurt athletes who believe staying skinny is the only

Paris 2024: What to know, who to watch during sport climbing competition
Updated On : 12 Jul 2024 | 5:45 PM IST

Paris Olympics 2024: All about tickets, stays, ways to get around Paris

Paris Olympics 2024 is set to be held from July 26 to August 11, 2024. Check details about tickets, stays get around and other things

Paris Olympics 2024: All about tickets, stays, ways to get around Paris
Updated On : 09 Jul 2024 | 2:49 PM IST

Paris 2024: Afghan sprinter Kimia Yousofi ready to run at her 3rd Olympics

Afghan sprinter Kimia Yousofi is preparing to compete at her third Olympics after being selected for the Paris Games from her training base in Australia. Yousofi, Afghanistan's flag bearer at the opening ceremony for the Olympics in Tokyo, has been living in Australia since 2022. The Australian Olympic Committee on Tuesday congratulated Yousofi on her selection for the women's 100-meter sprint. It's an honor to represent the girls of my homeland once again, she said in a statement released by the Australian committee. Girls and women who have been deprived of basic rights, including education, which is the most important one. I represent the stolen dreams and aspirations of these women. Those who don't have the authority to make decisions as free human beings they don't even have the permission to enter a park. She said she's deeply grateful to all those who have stood by me on this journey and made this possible ... who helped us for every step, for coming to Australia and joini

Paris 2024: Afghan sprinter Kimia Yousofi ready to run at her 3rd Olympics
Updated On : 09 Jul 2024 | 1:23 PM IST

Roadmap for 2036: PM seeks athletes' inputs on conduct of Paris Olympics

Confident that India's bid to host the 2036 Olympics will be successful, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged athletes bound for this month's Paris Games to share their views on the arrangements in the French capital to help the country's ambitious push to bring the showpiece here. In an interaction with Paris-bound athletes, conducted both in person and online on Thursday, Modi said those travelling to the French capital would do the country a huge service by providing inputs from their experience. "We are hoping to host the Olympics in 2036, it will help in creating a sporting atmosphere. Work is in progress to prepare infrastructure for it," he said in the interaction, which was attended by the national men's hockey team, the shooting contingent, boxers and track-and-field stars such as Neeraj Chopra. The interaction's complete video was shared by Prime Minister's Office on Friday. "I won't ask you to do anything in the middle of your events but when you are free, I would urge

Roadmap for 2036: PM seeks athletes' inputs on conduct of Paris Olympics
Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 12:19 PM IST

Election anxiety curbs Olympic enthusiasm among Parisians ahead of Paris 24

Just three weeks before the Olympics, the excitement that was building up in the host city is now mingled with anxiety about France's political future. The far-right National Rally's strong results in the first round of a rushed election has darkened the ambience for many in Paris, a left-wing stronghold that is one of the few places in France where the party failed to break through. Just imagining the far-right leading the country gives me panic attacks, 54-year-old Fabienne Martin said after finishing lunch with her son on the upscale Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honor. I was excited when the Olympic flame arrived in Marseille, but this election has completely killed the mood. Though the outcome is uncertain, the second round of the legislative elections on July 7 could mark a significant shift in France's political landscape, with Marine Le Pen's National Rally poised to potentially gain power. In Paris, where the National Rally received only 10% of the votes in the first round Sunday

Election anxiety curbs Olympic enthusiasm among Parisians ahead of Paris 24
Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 1:10 AM IST

India launches UPI payments at world-renowned Galeries Lafayette in Paris

India has launched the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) at Paris' historic department store Galeries Lafayette after a successful launch at the iconic Eiffel Tower. This significant step is towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of globalising UPI, which is an Indian instant payment system developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in 2016. "On July 3, 2024, the UPI became live at the flagship store of the world-renowned Galeries Lafayette in Haussmann, Paris. This expands the acceptance of UPI in Paris after a successful launch at the iconic Eiffel Tower," the Indian Embassy in France said in a release on Thursday. Ambassador of India to France and Principality of Monaco Jawed Ashraf launched UPI by live use at the store in the presence of Nicolas Houze, CEO of Galeries Lafayette, and Alain Lacour, Chairman of Lyra Group, the release said. "Delighted to launch @UPI_NPCI in the world-famous @Galeries_Laf in Paris. After the launch in the Eiffel

India launches UPI payments at world-renowned Galeries Lafayette in Paris
Updated On : 04 Jul 2024 | 10:41 PM IST

High costs, safety worries hurt Paris Olympics turnout; hotel bookings drop

Flight bookings to the French capital - an indicator of tourist activity - are expected to increase by 10 per cent year-on-year from June 6 onwards

High costs, safety worries hurt Paris Olympics turnout; hotel bookings drop
Updated On : 04 Jul 2024 | 11:41 AM IST

French man pleads guilty to charges of collecting military data in Russia

A French citizen arrested in Russia has pleaded guilty to criminal charges involving illegally collecting information on military issues in the country, state news agency Tass reported Wednesday. Laurent Vinatier was arrested in the Russian capital in June as tensions flared between Moscow and Paris following French President Emmanuel Macron's comments about the possibility of deploying French troops in Ukraine. Russian authorities accused Vinatier of failing to register as a foreign agent while collecting information about Russia's military and military-technical activities, which could be used to the detriment of the country's security. They did not provide details of the accusations beyond alleging that Vinatier repeatedly travelled to Russia to collect information. Under Russian law, the criminal offense is punishable by up to five years in prison. Russia's Investigative Committee said Wednesday that it questioned seven witnesses with whom the accused held meetings to collect .

French man pleads guilty to charges of collecting military data in Russia
Updated On : 03 Jul 2024 | 3:04 PM IST

Wimbledon Cup 2024: Alcaraz, Sinner, Swiatek, Gauff taking over tennis

There is a real shift happening at the top of tennis, a youth movement that long seemed inevitable but never actually arrived until now. As the sport's attention shifts to the grass of Wimbledon, where play begins Monday, Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff are the players whose names are on everyone's lips. Alcaraz is the defending men's champion and owner of three Grand Slam titles at the age of 21 after his triumph at the French Open. Sinner, 22, is the top-seeded man at Wimbledon and won the Australian Open in January. Swiatek, 23, is the top-seeded woman and just earned her fourth championship at Roland Garros and fifth major overall. Gauff, the youngest of the bunch at 20, is ranked a career-best No. 2, has reached at least the semifinals at the past three Slam tournaments and won her first such trophy at last year's U.S. Open. While Swiatek has entrenched herself at No. 1 in the women's game, and is now 11-1 against Gauff, neither has been past the ...

Wimbledon Cup 2024: Alcaraz, Sinner, Swiatek, Gauff taking over tennis
Updated On : 28 Jun 2024 | 4:17 PM IST

Jason Day set to finally play Olympic golf for Australia at Paris Games

Jason Day will finally make it to an Olympics while a brother-and-sister combination are two of the other three golfers set to play for Australia at the Paris Games. Day was ranked world No. 1 in 2016 when he decided not to play at the Rio Olympics, saying he was concerned about going to Brazil with the Zika virus spreading while his wife was pregnant. He said earlier this year that he regretted not going. I had one of those spots, and at the time we were having kids, and then obviously there was that (Zika) scare, so I was kind of like a little bit freaked out about that," Day said at a PGA tournament in May. The Australian Olympic Committee said Friday that Min Woo Lee would join Day on the men's team while Minjee Lee and Hannah Green would form the women's team. The two Lees are brother and sister. Minjee Lee will become the first Australian golfer to compete at three Olympics, Green returns for her second Games while Min Woo Lee will join Day in making his Olympic debut. The f

Jason Day set to finally play Olympic golf for Australia at Paris Games
Updated On : 28 Jun 2024 | 4:08 PM IST

Inside Paris 2024: How the Olympic village plans to redefine city living

The Olympic Village, housing athletes during the Games, will later become offices and residences for thousands, addressing Paris's housing crisis

Inside Paris 2024: How the Olympic village plans to redefine city living
Updated On : 26 Jun 2024 | 5:34 PM IST

Paris Olympics: Geothermal rooms, hi-tech recovery space for athletes

Indian Olympic Association to organisers: Ensure all our rooms have fans

Paris Olympics: Geothermal rooms, hi-tech recovery space for athletes
Updated On : 26 Jun 2024 | 12:42 AM IST

India to push its 2036 Olympic bid in Paris, seek inclusion of Indic sports

India's sports administrators would be "lobbying" hard during the upcoming Paris Olympics to brighten the country's chances of hosting the 2036 Games where they will push for the inclusion of indigenous disciplines like yoga, kho kho and kabaddi if their ambitious bid is successful. The Sports Authority of India's Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) presented its detailed report on the measures needed for a successful bid to new sports minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday. In this document, MOC has identified six disciplines, including yoga, kho kho, kabaddi, chess, T20 cricket and squash for inclusion in the 2036 Olympics if the country gets to host the quadrennial extravaganza. "We met the new Sports Minister yesterday and handed him the report. The minister said he will need a few days to go through it. But he asked us to prepare another report on how sports can be a career option in the country, how to build interest among youth, how to bring private players into sports," a senior memb

India to push its 2036 Olympic bid in Paris, seek inclusion of Indic sports
Updated On : 21 Jun 2024 | 3:55 PM IST