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New Delhi: With a host of big-ticket events coming up, Indian sports is looking forward to an eventful and hopefully a successful year in 2016.

First lined up is the World Twenty20 which starts in March. Since the tournament will be held in India, the men in blue will enjoy the home advantage. Keeping the World T20 in mind, the selectors named several youngsters in the squad for this month’s Australian tour.

The Supreme Court-appointed three-member committee led by Justice Rajendra Mohan Lodha has come up with a host of far-reaching suggestions intended to clean up cricket administration in the country. If the apex court decides to implement those proposals, it could lead to a drastic change in Indian cricket as far as administration is concerned.

Tennis fans will also follow with keen interest the exploits of the star women’s doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis. Sania won a total of 10 doubles titles in 2015, of which nine were with the Swiss superstar. Their list of conquests included a couple of Grand Slam tournaments in the Wimbledon and US Open.

It will be interesting to see how the celebrated duo’s fortunes shape up this year.

Since 2016 is an Olympic year, the focus will also be on the Indian men’s doubles and mixed doubles combinations at Rio. Sania is expected to partner the evergreen Leander Paes in the mixed doubles event.

The men’s doubles combination saw a lot of controversy in 2012, with estranged partners Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi bickering over their preferred choice of partners. Paes had wanted the big serving Rohan Bopanna as a partner, but the latter decided to team up with Bhupathi.

The ominous rumblings of a possible showdown are being felt this time as well, with Paes declaring that he would like to have Bopanna as a partner in Rio. But Bopanna does not seem to be too keen this time as well. Paes wants to play a few tournaments with Bopanna to get into the groove ahead of the Olympics, but the Bangalore lad does not seem too keen.

The Indian football team’s fortunes, meanwhile, gradually downslided to the point that it had reached its nadir, ranked 173rd in the world, its lowest ever, but somehow partially ended on a smiling note when they claimed a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against defending champions Afghanistan in the SAFF Cup to stretch their dominance in the regional tournament to seven triumphs.

It was particularly gladdening for under-fire coach Stephen Constantine whose job was on the line following the country’s worst ever World Cup record in qualifiers, losing five of the six matches, to be the bottom of its group.

The triumph gave some much required breathing space to the Englishman, in his second stint in charge, but it was the only short change for his team’s disgraceful 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

He kept hogging the limelight not so much for the team’s performance, but more for his controversial comments on the country needing Players of Indian Origin (PIO) to even compete with minuscule states like Guam and ruing the absence of any “football culture”.

He also stoked a major fire demanding less importance be given to the glamorous Indian Super League (ISL) for lengthy national preparatory camps only to be shot down by the AIFF president Praful Patel, who is reportedly not much impressed with his loud mouthiness and excuse-ready habit even though the status of ISL and the I-League is still unclear with rumours of a potential merger doing the rounds.

But the biggest event of the year, which a majority of sports fans around the world look forward to, is the Olympics – the greatest show on earth.

India bagged a total of six medals at the London Olympics in 2012 and there are fervent hopes that the tally rises this time round.

The shooters have consistently brought glory to India over the years and are expected to be on target at Rio as well. Apurvi Chandela – one of seven Indians to have already qualified for the Games – has already sounded a warning to her opponents by setting a new world record on her way to the gold medal in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event at the Swedish Cup Grand Prix last Tuesday.

Among the men, former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra (10m air rifle), the experienced Gagan Narang (50m rifle prone) and the very talented army shooter Jitu Rai (50m pistol) will be the prime contenders.

Apart from shooting and tennis, one of the biggest medal hopes for the country will be the wrestlers. Indian grapplers created history at the London Olympics in 2012 by bagging two medals – silver and a bronze – thanks to Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt respectively. Recurrence of form and injury permitting both could result in these medals being their last.

Narsingh Yadav bagged a quota place for the 74kg category at the World Championships last year. He will take on Sushil in the national trials later in the year to decide India’s representative in the category.

Like Sushil, Yogeshwar has limited his competition schedule due to a chronic knee injury. The 33-year-old has been unstoppable in almost every bout he has played recently. If he is fit for the Olympics, Yogeshwar can prove to be a definite candidate for a medal. (photo courtesy:


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Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself." Earlier this month, the world's largest producer of ketchup announced the Packet Roller, a ketchup bottle-shaped gadget that allows users to squeeze the most out of a condiment packet, CNN reported.

"Do not click 'purchase' unless you are prepared to change everything about the way you sauce," the Heinz Packet Roller website says. The roller goes for $5.70. The roller is pocket-sized, can be added to a keychain, and features a packet corner cutter.

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Federer, who made a late decision to attend this year's Laver Cup in Boston -- a tournament held between teams from Europe and the rest of the world -- said on the sidelines of the event that the recovery and rehabilitation are "going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year". "The reception I've received, everybody is so upbeat that I'm here. They wish me all the best and they don't even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend," Federer said in an interview for the event with former world No. 1 Jim Courier.

"I've seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it's been wonderful. I'm really happy I made the trip," the winner of 20 majors was quoted as saying by On why he opted for a third surgery, the tennis ace said, "I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end... too much is too much. Now I've just got to take it step by step," Federer said.

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