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Indian long-distance runner O.P. Jaisha has revealed shocking levels of official apathy and callousness during the women's marathon event at the Rio Olympics, which she claims could have proved fatal for her.

Jaisha has claimed that Indian officials did not bother to make arrangements to provide water and energy drinks to her during the race despite designated stations being allocated for Indian athletes.

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India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Monday said the world has seen only glimpses of what Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu is capable of. He feels that Sindhu is still far from being the finished article.

"I still believe we have seen only glimpses of what she is capable of. I believe she got more potential. I am waiting for her to realize this. It might take time. We need to be patient and we need to understand results may not come as consistently as we want them," he told reporters on return from the Rio Olympics.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday felicitated steeplechase athlete from the state Lalita Shivaji Babar, who became the first Indian sprinter in 32 years to reach a track event final at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Cash awards have been pouring in for star shuttler P.V. Sindhu, who clinched a silver medal in the women's singles category at the Rio Olympics.

The 21-year-old has received cash prize of more than Rs. 13 crore so far, including Rs. 5 crore from the Telengana government, Rs 3 crore from the Andhra Pradesh government and Rs. 2 crore from the Delhi government.

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The Sports Ministry on Monday announced that Rio Olympics medallists - shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik - will receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai.

Considered as the country's highest sporting honour, the Khel Ratna award is conferred on a sportsperson for outstanding performance over a period of four years. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh along with a medal and a citation.

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Rio Olympics silver medalist P.V. Sindhu, who returned home Monday to a rousing reception, said she puts down her success to self belief and now worrying about the outcome. The star shuttler who created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics, said she gave her best effort and took it match by match.

She believes the hardwork put in during the last two months and many sacrifices she, her parents and her coach Pullela Gopichand made paid off.

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Pele has congratulated Brazil's Olympic football team for ending their long wait for a gold medal. Brazil clinched their first ever Olympic football title by beating Germany 5-4 on penalties at the Maracana on Saturday.

"I waited my entire life to see Brazil win a gold medal in football and now my dream has come true," Pele said on Twitter.

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