Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 5 Highlights: Deepika Kumari on medal trail, Pooja Rani 1 win away from medal
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 5 Highlights: PV Sindhu advanced to the last-16 stage, Pravin Jadhav stunned the World Number 2 before going out in his next round. Deepika Kumari sailed through to the R16 after winning two matches. Pooja Rani won her R16 match and is 1 win away from a medal.
Late in the day, there were some very positive results for India. Pooja Rani won her Round of 16 match and is now one win away from a medal place. Deepika Kumari won her first round in straight sets. Up against the USA in her Round of 32 match, she lost an early lead to take us to a fifth set, which she also won to go into the last 16.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 5: India women's hockey team were the first in action on Wednesday as they lost 4-1 against Great Britain in their third group stage match. PV Sindhu progressed to the last-16 stage of badminton women's singles after beating NY Cheung 21-9, 21-16. Tarundeep Rai's Olympic journey came to an end in the round-of-32 of the men's archery individual event.
On Tuesday morning, a storm that swirled towards Japan finally ended up skirting Tokyo. But at the Olympics, the Indian shooting camp found itself at the centre of a different storm of its own. On a day when the shooters were reasonably confident of winning at least one medal but ended with none, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh took aim at the coaching staff and pointed to why India missed the target by such a wide margin.
He said there would be an overhaul of coaching staff, highlighted the internal wrangling within the team and warned that no one was indispensable — even himself, although he cheekily added that he felt “less responsible” for the below-par performances.
“We are going to see an overhaul of the Indian coaching staff for sure. Everybody will be evaluated… You think it is only the athlete who will be evaluated? Even I will be evaluated as president of the NRAI. No one is indispensable,” Singh said after another medal-less day for India at shooting.
“I am consciously aware that I have done everything that is humanly possible. That’s why I feel a little less responsible this time. But, it’s my team,” he said.
Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary during the 10m air pistol mixed team event at the Tokyo Olympics. (PTI)
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