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An amended Olympic motto; IOC adds ‘Together’ after ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

The Olympic motto now has the word ‘Together’ added after ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ in response to the COVID-19 crisis. ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’,- the original motto of the Olympics was adopted by the founder of the modern Games Pierre De Coubertin in 1894 as he wanted a slogan that expressed excellence …

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‘Babe’ Didrikson Zaharias: an extraordinary Track and Field Olympian who excelled in Golf and was proficient in a handful of other sports as well

Sometimes regarded as one of the greatest athletes ever to have lived, ‘Babe’ Didrikson Zaharias, byname of Mildred Ella Zaharias, holds more records and medals than any other 20th-century athlete. Mildred Ella Didrikson achieved particular success in Basketball, Baseball and Track and Field. However, she is most widely known because …

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Olympics with ‘No Spectators’- the first time ever in the history of the Games

The Olympic organisers have announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held in the absence of any spectators in the host city of Tokyo, with resurgence in the number of coronavirus cases that have forced Japan to declare a “State of Emergency” in the capital, for the entire duration …

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“There is a stark contrast in the way the athletes are entering this Olympics compared to the previous ones”: Mreenal Chakraborty

Owing to the Coronavirus crisis, the selected athletes for the Olympics are facing a real challenge to remain both physically and mentally fit. Sportsavour got in touch with Mreenal Chakraborty, the Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Mental Toughness Trainer, to get his take on the whole situation. The Olympic …

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The sacred Olympic Torch that tells the tale of hope, happiness and humanity

The extremely popular and historically important Olympic Torch Relay has seen many alterations and exemptions in 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to COVID pandemic; but the ever-burning flame eternally glows to represent a tale of happiness, hope and humanity.        History tells us how Prometheus stole fire from the gods to …

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Peter Snell: The Olympian and one of the world’s greatest middle-distance runners who was also an academician and author

Sir Peter Snell, regarded as New Zealand’s greatest athlete and world’s one of the most successful middle-distance runners, died in Dallas at the age of 80. His death was sudden, as revealed by his wife Miki Snell. But the cause of his death can be regarded as his prolonged heart …

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Russia handed over sporting ban for four years over doping

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned the Russian Athletics Federation from all major sporting events, which includes the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2021 World Championships and 2022 FIFA World Cup. WADA’s executive committee, meeting in Lausanne, decided that the sporting powerhouse be handed the four-year suspension after accusing Moscow of falsifying laboratory …

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From Eunice Shriver’s vision, Special Olympics travelled worldwide for 51 years to reach Abu Dhabi; Indians flourished with 368 medals

India created history. The Indian team of ‘Special Olympians’ returned with a whopping tally of 368 medals from the Special Olympics World Games 2019 that was hosted in Abu Dhabi from March 14 to 21, 2019. India finished with 85 gold, 154 silver and 129 bronze.   Medals were won …

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A dance form that’s also a sport- Breakdancing has been proposed to be included in Paris Olympics 2024

Breakdancing is one of the four additional sports expected to be included at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris along with Surfing, Sport climbing and Skateboarding. While the three other sports have already been added to the programme for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and invited to return in Paris, Breakdancing …

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