Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa skipped the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of possible security threats from the Tamil diaspora groups based in the UK, a top minister said on Thursday.
A clinical first-half performance from India saw them breeze past South Africa by 5-2 margin to qualify for the semi-final of the men`s hockey competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.
Olympic champions Kirani James and Greg Rutherford brought world-class performances to the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday while Usain Bolt hit back at claims that he`d made disparaging remarks about the event.
Rising Indian table tennis player Manika Batra fought her way into the women`s singles quarterfinals while top paddler Sharath Kamal entered the quarterfinals of men`s doubles and mixed doubles at the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.
Top table tennis players from across the world have come at Glasgow to showcase their skills, but the 41-point rally between Nigeria`s Segun Toriola and Singapore`s Ning Gao has become the talking point for all the sports fans.
Three Indian grapplers, including Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, qualified for the finals in their respective weight categories to ensure at least three silver for India on the third and final day of the wrestling competition in the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.
The gold medals were hard to come by this time but Indian shooters were nonetheless mostly on target as they reaped a rich harvest of 17 medals in the Commonwealth Games with the surprising exception of Olympic silver-medallist Vijay Kumar and the seasoned Heena Sidhu.
Indian wrestlers continued to excel winning four silver and a bronze medal while the boxers, led by young Pinki Jangra and World No. 3 L Devendro Singh, assured themselves of at least four podium finishes on seventh day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.
Indian medal contenders, P V Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap notched up easy victories in the women`s and men`s singles events respectively to storm into the prequarterfinals of the badminton competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.
Experienced Laishram Sarita Devi and young Pinki Jangra assured India of at least two bronze medals after reaching the semifinals of the women`s light (57-60kg) and 51kg boxing competition respectively in the 20th Commonwealth Games, here on Wednesday.
Squash stars Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa made a big stride towards ending India`s medal drought at the Commonwealth Games by beating the mighty Malaysian pair of World No.1 Nicol David and Low Wee Wern in the women`s doubles here on Wednesday.