Cy­clists de­liver World Cup whis­tle af­ter 20,000-km jour­ney

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Tokyo: Two in­trepid cy­clists, Ron Rut­land and James Owens, de­liv­ered the whis­tle to be used in the open­ing match of the Rugby World Cup on Thurs­day, hav­ing trav­elled over 20,000 km (12,427 miles) in 231 days from Lon­don. The pair, who left Twick­en­ham Sta­dium in Fe­bru­ary to be­gin their trip, handed the whis­tle to Welsh ref­eree Nigel Owens, who will be tak­ing charge of Fri­day’s clash between hosts Ja­pan and Rus­sia.

Ka­mal-Sathiyan duo en­ters quar­ters:

G Sathiyan and Achanta Sharath Ka­mal sailed into the men’s dou­bles quar­ter­fi­nals at the ITTF Asian Table Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships with an easy win over Mah­foodh Sayed Mur­tadha and Rashed Rashed of Bahrain at Yo­gyakarta, In­done­sia, on Thurs­day. The In­dian duo beat Mur­tadha and Rashed 11-8 11-6 11-3 in a lop-sided af­fair. In the quar­ter­fi­nals, Sathiyan and Sharath Ka­mal will be up against Chi­nese pair of Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan.

41-mem­ber In­dian team for Asian Shoot­ing:

A 41-mem­ber In­dian shoot­ing squad will look to se­cure the max­i­mum pos­si­ble Olympic quo­tas in the 14th Asian Cham­pi­onship, which be­gins in Doha on Novem­ber 3. Thirty-eight Olympic quota places will be up for grabs in the Qatari cap­i­tal. A no­table se­lec­tion was the field­ing of sea­soned ri­fle shooter San­jeev Ra­jput in the MQS sec­tion of the men's 10m Air Ri­fle event. This was done to en­sure that in a sit­u­a­tion the sec­ond quota in the event is not earned, San­jeev can be kept for the event for Tokyo. Divyansh Pan­war has earned one quota for In­dia in the 10m Air ri­fle out of a max­i­mum pos­si­ble two till now.

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