India No. 3 Vidit Gujrathi has qualified for the FIDE chess World Cup, to be held in Sochi, Russia, from July 10, on the basis of his rating. Grandmaster Gujrathi, ranked 23rd in the world, becomes the fourth Indian man to qualify for the upcoming World Cup. Grandmasters P Harikrishna, Aravindh Chidambaram and P Iniyan have also qualified for the World Cup. Koneru Humpy, D Harika, Bhakti Kulkarni, R Vaishali and Padmini Rout have qualified for the women’s event.
Tvesa makes disappointing start in France
Indian golfer Tvesa Malik made a disappointing start in the Jabra Ladies Open as she shot a 4-over 75 in the first round today. Tvesa, who finished tied-10th last week in Italy, had three birdies, five bogeys and one double-bogey. Defending champion Annabel Dimmock shot a 4-under 67 to lead by one shot.
Modest start for Gangjee in Japan
Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee found himself in danger of missing the cut at the Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup as he carded a 2-over 74 in the first round today. Gangjee had two birdies against four bogeys and missed a lot of putts. Yoshitaka Takeya finished as the sole leader with a 65.
We cannot postpone again, says Tokyo OC chief
The president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee ruled out a cancellation or further postponement of the Olympics as doubts swirled among city governments and medical professionals whether the event can be held safely amid the pandemic. Public opinion polls in Japan have consistently shown that a majority want the Games cancelled or put off yet again after being delayed by one year because of the coronavirus crisis. “We cannot postpone again,” Seiko Hashimoto said. Agencies