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Mirabai likely to compete in 49kg

new delhi: World champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu may have to compete in the 49kg class in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics instead of her current 48kg category as the international federation recently decided to introduce new categories in the sport. The Executive Board of the International Weightlifting Federation, in its meeting in Tashkent on July 5, decided to introduce seven weight categories for both men and women in the Olympics and 10 new classes for both men and women in other international championships. The EB's decision was ratified a day later by the Congress of the IWF, which met just before the start of the World Junior Championships at the Uzbekistan capital. The Indian Weightlifting Federation said that the new weight categories will come into effect from the next national championship in all the age groups - youth, junior and senior.

‘Iran can give good fight in Asian games'

mumbai: Star raider Rishank Devadiga expects Iran to give reigning champions India a run for their money in the men's kabaddi competition at the upcoming Asian Games. According to him, even teams like Bangladesh,Sri Lanka snd South Korea will not be pushovers in a sport largely dominated by India. "In the Asian Games, all teams come well prepared. You cant judge the teams on the basis of their performance in the Dubai Masters, because Iran had sent their junior players, but the main team will represent them in the Asian Games," Devadiga said. "The teams from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are good. Even the South Korean team is good. These teams can give us good competition in the Asian Games. "They will come to the Games after doing their analysis. I cannot say, but Iran team can give a good competition to India," he remarked.

Lahiri slips to tied 39th

White Sulphur Springs: On course for a creditable finish at tied sixth, Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri had a free fall to eventually end tied 39th in the final round of 'A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier' here. Lahiri, who set the course alight with a 61 on the second day and was tied sixth after the third round, had his most disappointing round on the final day as he carded a six-over 76 on the rock hard greens of Old White TPC. The 67-61-71 on the first three days saw him find 72, 100 and 83 per cent greens in regulations and then it dropped to an abysmal 33 per cent on the final day. As for putting, he missed a whole lot on the third and final days when the greens became rock hard and very difficult to putt. He also dropped four places on the FedExCup rankings and is now 90th as he takes a week off before The Open.

luis Enrique is new Spain coach

madrid: Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was appointed Spain's new coach on Monday after previous incumbent Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup. "Luis Enrique's appointment as coach for the next two years was approved unanimously," Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish football federation, told reporters. His press briefing came just hours after Jose Francisco Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna who played nine times for Spain, was named as sporting director. Enrique, 48, will replace Lopetegui, who was fired by Rubiales when the coach announced he had signed to take over at Real Madrid.            

 
 
 
 
 

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