Olympics-bound Indian wrestler Deepak Punia today pulled out of the Poland Open here to avoid aggravating his left-elbow injury that he carried into the last ranking series event before the Tokyo Games. Punia was to take the mat in the 86kg category but forfeited his quarterfinal against American Zahid Valencia. It has been learnt that the 2019 World Championships bronze winner had suffered the injury two-three days before leaving for Warsaw during practice. “It’s a minor injury, there is nothing to worry about. He is still practising,” national coach Jagmander Singh told PTI.
FIFA transfer ban for East Bengal, Kerala Blasters
World football governing body FIFA has banned Indian Super League clubs East Bengal and Kerala Blasters from signing any new players in the transfer window because of non-payment of dues to former recruits. The transfer window begins on Wednesday.
ISL clubs to field at least 7 Indian players at one time
The Indian Super League’s 2021-22 season will witness an increase in local players’ on-field participation thanks to a new set of guidelines that mandates clubs to field a minimum of seven footballers at one time from the previous six.
Refugee team of 29 athletes picked for Tokyo Olympics
The refugee team for the Tokyo Olympics has 29 athletes competing in 12 sports. The team selected by the International Olympic Committee was drawn from 55 athletes who fled their home countries and got scholarships to train for the games in a new home country.
LeBron James to skip Tokyo Olympics
US basketball legend LeBron James will skip the Olympics team, according to a report.
English FA gets first female leader in 158-year history
The English Football Association today nominated Debbie Hewitt to be its first female leader of soccer’s original national body created 158 years ago. Agencies
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