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