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India’s P V Sindhu wins silver medal at 2016 Rio Olympics

India’s ace shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu won the silver medal in women’s singles badminton event at 2016 Rio Olympics.

In the final match of women’s singles badminton event, Sindhu lost to Spain’s Carolina Marín (World No.1) by 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 score. Earlier in her quarterfinal match, she had defated Japan’s Wang Yihan (World No.2) by 22-20, 21-19 score.

With this, Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win silver medal in Olympics. Besides, she also became the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics.

Moreover, she also became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012 London Olympics) and shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004 Athens Olympics) and Vijay Kumar (2012 London Olympics).

She also became the second Indian female shuttler to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal who had won Bronze medal at 2012 London Olympics.

About PV Sindhu

  • Born on5 July 1995 in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • She had received international attention after getting listed into the Top 20 list of Badminton World Federation rankings in 2012.
  • In 2013, she created history by becoming first Indian women’s singles badminton player to win a medal at the 2013 World Championships. She had won bronze medal.
  • Awards and Honours: She was awarded with Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor in March 2015.

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Wrestler Narsingh Yadav banned for four years by Court of Arbitration for Sport

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav was banned from all competitive sporting events for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He was banned by CAS following an appeal by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as there was no evidence to accept his claim that his food was spiked by banned doping substance.

With CAS ruling, Yadav’s suspension begins immediately and he will not be able to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He had qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 74 category of freestyle wrestling event.

Background

  • In July 2016, Narsingh Yadav had tested positive for banned substance steroid in an out-of-competition test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
  • He had tested positive for methandienone, a banned anabolic steroid which increases protein synthesis, muscle strength and glycogenolysis over a short space of time.
  • In August 2016 he was given clean chit by NADA by accepted his claim of sabotage in doping case.
  • However, WADA had filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc Division to challenge the decision of NADA.

About Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

  • CAS is an international quasi-judicial body established to settle disputes related to sport through arbitration.
  • Its Headquarter is located in Lausanne (Switzerland). Its courts are located in New York, Sydney and Lausanne.
  • According to rule 61 of the Olympic Charter, all disputes in connection with the Olympic Games can only be submitted to CAS.
  • Since 2016, an anti-doping division of CAS was given full authority to judge doping cases at the Olympic Games. It had replaced earlier mechanism of the IOC disciplinary commission.

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Wrestler Sakshi Malik wins India’s first medal at Rio Olympics

Freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik (23) won India’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by clinching the bronze in the 58kg category.

With this victory she created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal. It was India’s overall 25th medal in Olympic Games.

In the playoff bout, Sakshi defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan by 8-5 points. With this she becomes only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal.

Weight-lifter Karnam Malleshwari was the first Indian to win an Olympic medal. She had won a bronze medal in weight lifting event at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Boxer MC Marykom and Shuttler Saina Nehwal also had won a bronze medal each in boxing ad badminton respectively at the 2012 London Games.

Olympic medals in Wrestling

  • Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal was India’s fifth wrestling medal in the Olympic Games.
  • KD Jadhav was the first Indian wrestler to win a medal in Olympics with his bronze at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games.
  • Sushil Kumar bagged the second wrestling bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and later silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
  • Yogeshwar Dutt also had pocketed a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

About Sakshi Malik

  • Born on September 3, 1992 in Rohtak, Haryana.
  • She had started her training in wrestling at a tender age of 12-years under the guidance of Ishwar Dahiya at an akhara in the Chotu Ram stadium.
  • She has won bronze medal at the 2010 Junior World Championships in the 59-kg category, Gold medal at the 2014 Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament (60-kg).
  • She also has won silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, bronze medal in 2015 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha and bronze medal at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix in 60-kg category.

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