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Dragon’s long shadow over Indian sports

Our sports and sportspersons—from Virat Kohli to P.V. Sindhu—are too dependent on Chinese sponsorships and products. In such a situation, are we really in a position to boycott Chinese products?

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Virat Kohli is the Brand Ambassador of China’s smartphone company iQOO (I Quest On and On), badminton star P.V. Sindhu gets about Rs 48 crore from another Chinese brand LiNing. The agreement is for four years, with an amount of Rs 5 crore for equipment separately. Kidambi Srikanth, who has been World No. 1 in badminton, gets Rs 35 crore from the same company, while other badminton players P. Kashyap, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy get Rs 8 crore for two years. Not only this, the huge sponsorship of Chinese companies to the Indian sports world and dependence on China for sporting goods also is not hidden from anyone.

In such a situation, are we in a position to boycott Chinese products? Does the government not earn a substantial income in the form of taxes from the hefty Chinese sponsorship amount? Will the Indian companies be able to make sports equipment without depending on China to a large extent? Also, the question here is whether any Indian company would like to pay Rs 50 crore to Sindhu and Rs 35 crore to Srikanth?

Cricket is not played in China but the Chinese brand Vivo gets IPL title sponsorship and invests Rs 480 crore annually. In the previous years, Pepsi and DLF were the title sponsors of IPL but paid less than half of this amount. Vivo is also a title sponsor of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). IPL gets Rs 2,199 crore for five years from Vivo, while PKL gets Rs 275-300 crore. Similarly, BCCI also has an agreement with the online tutorial firm Byju’s, which is funded by Chinese company Tencent. Similarly, Tencent has also invested in the BCCI’s online fantasy league platform Dream 11, a sort of gamble.

Title sponsorship of international matches in India is with Paytm, which gives BCCI an income of Rs 326.8 crore. The company spends Rs 3.8 crore per match. Chinese company Alibaba has 37.15% stake in this company. In this way, Swiggy is an associate sponsor of IPL, which is financed by the Chinese company Tencent Finance. Its share in Swiggy is 5.27%.

Until a few years ago, more than half of the equipment of Indian players came from China. India’s dependence on the United States and Germany has decreased considerably over the years. India has also been a pioneer in the manufacture of sports goods, where India exported nearly 8% more in 2018-19 than in 2017-18. India’s imports also reached $33.26 million in the same period.

Today, from shuttlecocks to table tennis balls, tennis and badminton rackets, boxing headgears and gym equipment, all these mostly come from China. The table tennis ball is manufactured by a Chinese company called Double Happiness (DHS). Even the raw material for sports products manufactured in India is imported from China.

It is also a fact that the raw material of the football, basketball and volleyball, which is exported from India to America and European countries, is imported from China itself. At the same time, Indian companies make a large number of cricket bats, balls, hockey sticks and hockey balls and boxing-related items.

We will suffer more from boycotting Chinese goods. A large number of Chinese products are cheaper than their Indian counterparts due to which they are in high demand. If the Indian sentiments are to be respected, the government’s formula of being “vocal for the local” should be respected.

For this, a complete boycott of Chinese companies at one go will not be a practical move. The process of becoming self-sufficient can be started slowly.

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Olympics: Deepika Kumari bows out after losing to top-seed An San

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Star Indian archer Deepika Kumari bowed out of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after losing to South Korea’s An San in the women’s individual quarter-finals here at Yumenoshima Park on Friday.

Top seed San defeated world number one Deepika in an absolutely dominating fashion 6-0 to march into the semi-finals of the individual event. 20-year-old San is aiming for her third gold medal at Tokyo after finishing top of the podium in the mixed team event and the women’s recurve team event. Korean An San had a brilliant start to the first round as she aimed at three 10s while Deepika shot 7-10-10. San carried that momentum in the second round and clinically shot 9-10-7 to which Indian responded with 10-7-7.

The dominance of the South Korean continued in the third set as she gathered 26 as opposed to 24 of Deepika. Match ended in less than six minutes. With this San will either face USA’s Mackenzie Brown or Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia in the last four.

Earlier in the day, Deepika defeated Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Ksenia Perova to progress into the quarter-finals (6-5) in the 1/8 Eliminations round in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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Three days after Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19, it has come to light that spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and K. Gowtham have also tested positive for the virus in Sri Lanka.

Sources in the know of developments confirmed that the duo have tested positive for COVID-19. “Unfortunately, they have tested positive. They were close contacts of Krunal and were already away from the rest of the squad in the team hotel,” the source said. Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and eight Indian players — Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Ishan Kishan, and K Gowtham were identified as close contacts.

Being close contacts of Krunal, they were staying away from the rest of the team and didn’t participate in the last two T20Is after Krunal’s test came positive.

Meanwhile, Wanindu Hasaranga’s four-wicket haul and Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten 23-run knock helped Sri Lanka defeat India by seven wickets in the third and final T20I. With this win, Sri Lanka won the series 2-1.Sri Lanka won the T20I series while India had earlier won the ODI series.

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TOKYO OLYMPICS: NUMBER ONE SEED DJOKOVIC BOWS OUT, LOSES TO ZVEREV

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Number one seed Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic on Friday was knocked out of the men’s singles event in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after losing the semi-final clash. Germany’s Alexander Zverev defeated Djokovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the men’s singles event.

As a result of this loss, Djokovic would not be able to achieve the Golden Slam (all four Grand Slams and Olympic gold) in the same year. Djokovic had brought out his A-game to the court in the first set, and he ended up winning it 6-1. However, disappointment followed for the Serbian as he lost two back-to-back sets and as a result, he bowed out of the tournament.

Djokovic had won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year and now he would look to win the US Open, beginning August this year. Earlier, top seeds Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka were also knocked out of the Olympics.

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The Indian women’s hockey team defeated Ireland 1-0 here at the Oi Hockey Stadium North Pitch on Friday. As a result, India’s hopes of making it to the quarter-finals of the women’s hockey event remain intact.

Earlier, the Rani Rampal-led side had suffered defeats in its first three group-stage games. The first quarter between India and Ireland saw no goals and after the end of the first 15 minutes, the scoreline remained 0-0.

A similar story was on the offer in the second quarter and at the halftime mark, the scoreline remained the same and it was Rani Rampal’s side that was feeling the pressure going into the third quarter. The third quarter also saw no goals, however, Navneet Kaur finally broke the deadlock in the fourth quarter and she gave India a lead with three minutes left to play. In the end, India managed to hang on to the advantage to score a 1-0 victory.

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A resilient Indian hockey team came firing on all cylinders to thrash Japan 5-3 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Friday. This was India’s fourth win of the ongoing quadrennial event. The Men In Blue will next be in action in the quarter-finals of the mega event. Japan might have scored three goals but the Indian boys made sure the Men in Blue were in the lead throughout the game and dominated proceedings.

Just two minutes before the end of the third quarter, India earned their second Penalty Corner only to miss the net. But the Indians were in the lead (3-2) with one quarter to go. Both teams got off to a cautious start but the Manpreet Singh-led side broke the shackles and netted the first goal in the 13th minute.

Gurjant Singh then scored early in the second quarter as India doubled the lead over Japan. However, Japan came back with a goal as Tanaka opened the team’s account.

In the third quarter, Kota Watanabe scored an equaliser but Shamsher Singh again put India on top as he scored a goal in the 34th minute. At the end of the third essay, India led 3-2 with a thrilling final quarter on cards. In the final quarter, Nilakanta Sharma doubled India’s lead after a desperate attempt from both sides to find the net.

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India shuttler P.V. Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s singles event after defeating Japan’s number four seed Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1 on Friday. Sindhu defeated Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20. The quarterfinal clash between Sindhu and Yamaguchi lasted for 56 minutes.

The first game was more close than the scoreline suggested and Sindhu had to bring out the best in her to win it 21-13. The scoreline in the first game might not indicate how closely it was fought, but Yamaguchi made her fight for every point. The star Indian shuttler was just one more game away from progressing to the semi-finals.

Yamaguchi made Sindhu toil hard in the second game, and for every point, the Indian shuttler had to be at her best. In the end, the number six seed Sindhu ended up winning the match in straight games.

In the second game of the quarter-final, there was a 54-shot rally between Sindhu and Yamaguchi and it lasted for one minute and two seconds. On Thursday, Sindhu had defeated Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in the Round of 16 match of women’s individual event in the Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 3. Sindhu defeated Blichfeldt 21-15, 21-13 in just 41 minutes to cruise into the quarter-finals.

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