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In the wake of India's Olympic fiasco, all the sports federations must be overhauled and delinked from political patronage, the CPI-M has said.

"They should become democratic bodies in which sports people have the major say," the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in an editorial in its journal "People's Democracy".

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Brazil's interim President Michel Temer lit the Paralympic torch as the final countdown to the Paralympic Games in Rio.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior leaders on Thursday met the Chinese Olympics contingent returning from the Rio Games at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Xi said the Chinese athletes and coaches have demonstrated the Olympic spirit and the spirit of Chinese sports with their brilliant performances at the Rio Olympic Games and they have brought glory to the country and helped raise the nation's confidence.

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Basking in Olympic glory, star shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu has now set her eyes on the World Superseries, the only trophy missing from her cabinet, while becoming the World No.1 remains her ultimate goal. The tall 5' 11" silver medallist in women's singles badminton at the Rio Olympics is conscious of the fact that she will be the most marked player by her opponents in the upcoming tournaments.

The Hyderabadi, who returned to a hero's welcome by both the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments, told IANS in an interview that her immediate aim is the Superseries.

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The Russian contingent has shown "worthy performance" during the Rio Olympic Games in spite of being cut by a third and thus deprived of showing all its capacities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

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Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Sports Hassan Wario was questioned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over irregularities during the just concluded Rio Olympics.

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The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) on Thursday announced the setting up of a special Review Committee to "examine and identify in a cold and ruthless manner" the causes behind the 12 shooters not securing any medals at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games.

The committee is also mandated to recommend concrete steps that NRAI must immediately take to ensure that this is not repeated in future Olympics.

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