Olympics athletes allowed to remove masks during podium moment

TOKYO: Athletes must wear masks at all Tokyo Olympic Games venues including medal ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee said on Sunday, but under a new policy they are briefly allowed to remove them on the podium for a photo opportunity.

Tokyo Olympics: Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad outclassed in badminton opener

TOKYO: Pakistani badminton player Mahoor Shahzad her Olympic campaign with a defeat against world number four Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the women’s single event. Mahoor was outplayed by the Japanese opponent in the best of three games with a

Shoaib Akhtar predicts Pakistan will beat India in T20 World Cup final

LAHORE: Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has predicted that India and Pakistan will reach the final of the T20 World Cup and Pakistan will beat India. “I have a feeling Pakistan and India will play in the T20 World Cup final

Chinese shooter wins first gold medal of Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO: China’s Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 10-meter rifle competition on Saturday. The silver went to Russian shooter Anastasiia Galashina and the bronze medal to Switzerland’s Nina Christen. Galashina led the

Algerian judo player suspended for withdrawing against Israeli opponent

TOKYO: The International Judo Federation suspended an Algerian judoka and his coach for withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics before his event started, after the draw set him on course for a match against an Israeli. Fethi Nourine and his coach

Tennis star Osaka lights flame as COVID-hit Tokyo Olympics open

TOKYO: Japan’s global superstar Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron to mark the start of Tokyo 2020, in an opening ceremony overshadowed by a pandemic but defined by hope, tradition and gestures of diversity. Postponed by a year due to

National cricket team reaches Barbados for West Indies tour

BARBADOS: Pakistan cricket team set foot on Caribbean soil for the next series after the ODI and T20 series against England. Members of the Pakistan cricket team tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving in the West Indies to play

Japan set to host Tokyo 2020 with a scaled-down ceremony

Japan is all ready to host the Tokyo 2020 with a scaled-down opening ceremony due to the Covid-19 restrictions. According to media reports, only 950 people will be allowed to attend the opening ceremony. The first lady of the United

Pakistani athletes Arshad Nadeem, Najma Parveen leave for Tokyo Olympics 2020

LAHORE: Pakistani sprinter Najma Parveen and javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem have leaved for Tokyo today (Thursday) to participate in the Olympics 2020. This will be the second time on the trot when Pakistan’s experienced athlete Parveen will feature in the

Rizwan reaches career-best seventh position in T20 rankings

DUBAI: Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan and England middle-order batsman Liam Livingstone have made huge progress in the T20I Player Rankings after finishing as the leading run-scorers for their teams in the three-match series won 2-1 by England. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rizwan has

England announces squad for first two Tests against India

LONDON: England have announced a 17-member squad for the first two Tests against India, starting from August 4 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The home side will see the return of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Johnny Bairstow and Sam Curran

Australia’s Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics Games

TOKYO: The Australian city of Brisbane will host the 2032 summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday. Brisbane, where hundreds of people gathered at the river-side South Bank to watch the IOC session on the big screen erupted

WHO chief backs Tokyo Games amid pandemic

TOKYO: The Tokyo Olympics should go ahead to demonstrate to the world what can be achieved with the right plan and measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, World Health Organisation (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. Speaking to the

England beats Pakistan by 3 wickets to win T20 series

MANCHESTER: England beat Pakistan by three wickets, and with just two balls to spare, in a nail-biting thriller at Old Trafford that sealed a 2-1 T20 series win. Pakistan, who won the toss and opted to bat in front of

Third match of Pak-England T20 series to be held today

The national cricket team will play the third decisive match of the T20 series against England today while the series between the two teams is tied at 1-1. According to the details, the decisive match of the Pak-England T20 series

Pakistani contingent arrives in Japan to participate in Tokyo Olympics 2021

TOKYO: Pakistani contingent has arrived in Japan to participate in Tokyo Olympics 2021. Ten Pakistani athletes and 12 officials will participate in the six Olympic games. Arshad Nadeem, who is representing Pakistan in the javelin throw, will leave for Tokyo

England beats Pakistan by 45-run in second T20I, levels series 1-1

LEEDS: England cruised to a 45-run victory against Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Yorkshire Cricket Ground in Leeds to level the three-match series at one apiece.   Chasing a daunting target of 201 runs, Pakistan were

Olympic cluster scare as athletes contact COVID-19 in Games Village

(AP): Two athletes living in the Olympic Village have tested positive for COVID-19, organizers confirmed today (Sunday), raising fears of a cluster just days before the opening ceremony. The first cases involving athletes in the Village come a day after

First T20 : Pakistan beat England by 31 runs

BIRMINGHAM: Babar Azam’s led-national cricket team beat England by 31 runs in the first Twenty-20 International at Trent Bridge despite a blistering hundred from Liam Livingstone. According to details, this is the first victory of the national cricket team during

T20 World Cup: India, Pakistan placed in same group

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the groups for the T20 World Cup 2021 to be hosted by India in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 14 November. The groups, selected on the basis

Hasan Ali to miss first T20 due to leg strain

LONDON: In a setback for the Pakistan cricket team, fast bowler Hasan Ali will not be a part of the playing XI that takes on England in the first of the three Twenty-20 Internationals (T20s). According to a statement issued

India’s Rishab Pant tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of England series

NEW DELHI: Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishab Pant has tested positive for coronavirus as the squad prepares for a Test series in England, Indian media reported today (Thursday). “Pant has tested positive and will not travel to Durham with the rest of

Former hockey Olympian Naveed Alam passes away

LAHORE: Former hockey Olympian and member of the winning team of 1994 World Cup Naveed Alam has passed away. Alam, aged 47, had been diagnosed with blood cancer earlier this month. He was undergoing treatment at Shaukat Khanum Hospital Lahore

Chris Gayle becomes first player to reach 14,000 T20 runs

ST LUCIA: Chris Gayle became the first player to score 14,000 T20 runs as West Indies won the series against Australia. Australia suffered a fourth straight Twenty20 international cricket series loss after Chris Gayle returned to form for the West

Euro final: Why fans breach security at Wembley?

LONDON: British police made 49 arrests and said 19 of its officers were injured after confronting volatile crowds near Wembley Stadium while policing the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England. Fans clashed with each other and officials, breached security

Italy crowned European champions after shootout win over England

LONDON: Italy claimed the European Championship for the first time since 1968 as penalties came back to haunt England at Wembley on Sunday, with Gianluigi Donnarumma saving twice as the Azzurri won a shootout 3-2 after the game finished 1-1

Wimbledon: Djokovic wins record-equaling 20th Grand Slam Title

LONDON: World number one Novak Djokovic won a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title and sixth Wimbledon today (Sunday) with a victory over Italian slugger Matteo Berrettini. The world number one triumphed 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to move level on

Overrated players part of national cricket team: Ramiz Raja

LAHORE: Former cricketer Ramiz Raja has lashed out at Pakistan’s selection committee for picking overrated players in the national team after England beat Pakistan by 52 runs in the second ODI at Lord’s on Saturday. Speaking on his YouTube channel,

UFC 264: Conor McGregor sustains leg break in shattering defeat to Poirier

LAS VEGAS: Conor McGregor sustained a serious leg break as he lost to lightweight rival Dustin Poirier via doctor’s stoppage in the first round at UFC 264 in Las Vegas. Poirier beat McGregor for the second time in six months

Messi’s Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 to win Copa America

RIO DE JANEIRO: Argentina won their first major title in 28 years when an Angel Di Maria goal gave them a 1-0 win over Brazil and a record-equalling 15th Copa America. Di Maria started for just the second time in