Team India Captain Virat Kohli took to social media on Thursday to announce his decision to step down as the T20 captain after the tournament in UAE. The decision is entirely his and the BCCi did not ask him to step down. He said he needs to give himself "space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket" going forward.
Australia said that it would have "no alternative" but to cancel hosting the historic, first-ever test match against Afghanistan if the Taliban ban women from sports. The Taliban had declared soon after taking power that the men's cricket will not be interrupted. But, women were banned from playing citing that sports will reveal their bodies and face.
Indian women's hockey team went down fighting 3-4 against Great Britain in the bronze medal match, finishing at fourth place in Tokyo Olympics 2021. In a great gesture of sportsmanship, Great Britain hockey's official Twitter handle praised the Indian women's hockey team for its performance. PM Narendra Modi praised them for their efforts on Twitter.
The bouquet handed to the winners of the Tokyo Olympics is particularly special because the flowers are growing in three districts of northeast Japan, which suffered in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The sunflowers from Miyagi are planted by parents who lost children. Other two flowers were grown in Fukushima, where three nuclear reactors broke down.
Australian swimmer Emma McKeon has made history by winning her seventh medal in Tokyo Olympics. She is the first woman to win seven medals in a single Olympics. The 27-year-old has broken the six-medal-haul record of German Kristin Otto (1952) and American Natalie Coughlin (2008). Their relay team also set a new record of 3 minutes and 51.60 seconds.
Indian badminton player PV Sindhu has won the bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics beating China's He Bingjiao. She has become the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. Sources say that Sunday's match showcases her sophisticated attacking style. Sindhu arranged her attacks, constructed her kills, and lego-built her way into beating the opponent.