Laurel Hubbard, New Zealand weightlifter, selected as the first transgender Olympic athlete. Kereyn Smith, New Zealand Olympic Committee chief, said that Hubbard met all the qualification criteria for transgender athletes. "We acknowledge that gender identity in sport is a highly sensitive and complex issue requiring a balance," said Smith to media.
Mithali Raj, Indian women’s team Test skipper, opined that 17-year-old Shafali Verma would be a key member of the side in all the formats of the game in future. “She has a great range of shots, and she can be very, very, effective in a format like this if she gets going," she said. Indian women are playing their first ever test match in over 7 years.
A panel of commentators and fans on Star Sports voted Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest Test men's batsman of the 21st century. Panel included VVS Laxman, Irfan Pathan, Aakash Chopra, etc. "Both Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar are icons but the vote, winner of the greatest Test batsman of the 21st century, is my fellow Mumbaikar," said Gavaskar.
Billionaire Nikhil Kamath, the founder of Zerodha - a unicorn stock brokerage firm, apologised for "taking help" to beat five-time former world champion Viswanathan Anand in a game of chess. The celebrity game was to raise funds for Akshaya Patra Foundation. Chess.com, which live-streamed the game, had closed Kamath's account for violation of policy.
French Tennis Federation director-general Amelie Oudea-Castera said that they cared for Naomi Osaka and tried to engage with her. "We were pragmatic in the way we handled the progressive approach to sanctions. It was a sensitive and difficult situation. We believe we treated that with respect," she added. Osaka cited mental health for her withdrawal.
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has pulled out from the Berlin tournament and decided to continue her break to care for her mental well-being. As the matches are played on grass, the Berlin tournament is seen as a tune-up for Wimbledon. Many are speculating Osaka will not be appearing in Wimbledon either. She had earlier pulled out of French Open.