Aug 142016
 

New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who is under fire for earning an official rebuke from the organisers at the Rio Olympics, returned to the national capital on the wee hours of Sunday morning and stated that he will clear the `misconceptions` on the controversy surrounding him with solid facts.

"There are a lot of misconceptions regarding this issue right now which I will clear when the time is right. I will put my side of the story ahead with facts in due time. It`s 2 am right now and I don`t think this is the time to speak on such things," Goel said on his arrival here.

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Earlier, accusing Goel of bringing disrepute to the nation at the Rio Olympics by flouting rules and codes of decency, the Congress on Saturday asserted that Goel could have done his job of taking care and cheering the Indian contingency by staying back in the country.

Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said that it was `unfortunate and disappointing` that under the garb of cheering the Indian squad at the Olympics, the team of minister were busy in `self glorification`.

The Rio Olympic Organising Committee, in a scathing letter to India`s chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta, had threatened to cancel the accreditation of Goel for being `aggressive and rude` and trying to bring other non-accredited people at the accredited areas of the Games venues.

Denying his involvement in any miff with the Summer Games organisers, the Sports Minister wrote on Twitter that there seems to be some misunderstanding.

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Aug 142016
 
Dipa Karmakar chases Olympics history at Rio: Know Indian gymnast's vault final opponents

New Delhi: Indian trendsetting gymnast Dipa Karmakar will compete in the vault final at Rio Olympics 2016 tonight.

But the 23-year-old Tripura girl will face very tough competitions from the likes of American Simone Biles — women’s all-round champion at Rio — and Russian Maria Paseka — London 2012 bronze medallist, and Beijing 2008 gold medallist Hong Un-jong of North Korea.

Here are her opponents:

Simone Biles (USA): The 19-year-old American sensation made a mockery of the field when she produced a score of 16.050 from her two vaults (6.300D; 9.700E and 6.400D; 9.700E).

She will enter the finals as the favourite, and rightly, she is the one to look out for.

Hong Un-Jong (North Korea): She is first North Korean female gymnast to win a medal at the Olympics. At Beijing 2008, she outclassed German vault legend Oksana Chusovitina.

During the Rio qualifiers, the 27-year-old Korean produced a brilliant scoring routine. She is more than capable of improving her score of 15.683.

Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland): She is the dark-house among the eight finalist. After ruling the European circuits for more than two years, Steingruber is looking for that big Olympic medal.

In the qualifiers the 22-year-old scored 15.266, and was ahead of Russian vault specialist Maria Paseka.

Maria Paseka (Russia): The London 2012 bronze medallist is looking for her first Olympics gold medal. She has already won a silver in the team all-round competition with Russia.

Interestingly, her qualification score of 15.049 is exactly the same score she produced in London finals. With a tendency to produced errors, she will need a miracle to beat the likes of Biles and Un-Jong.

Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan): This time, she is representing Uzbekistan, after Soviet Union and Germany.

At 41, Chusovitina still packs a punch when it comes to her favourite apparatus, vault. She scored 14.999 during the qualification, and a little improvement on that can give her first individual Olympic gold medal.

Shallon Olsen (Canada): A virtually unknown entity until the Rio Olympics, Olsen impressed everyone one with her neat routine last week.

The 16-year-old scored 14.950 during the qualification, and she can make some history today.

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