101-year-old aims for more records

NARASHINO - As the world's top swimmers prepare for the Rio Olympics, a sprightly Japanese centenarian insists she will still be smashing records by the time the 2020 Tokyo Games roll around. Closing in on her 102nd birthday, Mieko Nagaoka has racked up a slew of jaw-dropping world bests in her age bracket after only taking up swimming in her late eighties, but warns she is not done yet. "I'm fit as a fiddle," Nagaoka said after completing the 400 metres freestyle in 26 minutes, 16.81 seconds at a Japan Masters Swimming Association competition in Chiba, on the outskirts of Tokyo. "The secret is to eat well and stay active. It's no good sitting around at my age. I want to keep swimming until I'm 105 -- and beyond that," added the Yamaguchi native, who has lived through 22 Olympics to date.–AFP

 

Nadal makes Olympic list; Raonic out

PARIS - Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal was included on the entry list for the Olympic Games tennis tournament on Friday after appealing to the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The 14-time Grand Slam champion had not met the qualifying criteria for next month's Games in Rio. He is due to carry Spain's flag at the opening ceremony in Rio on August 5. Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic said Friday he has withdrawn from the Rio Olympics because of fears over the Zika virus. The world number seven said he had taken the decision "with a heavy heart". "It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my withdrawal from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," the 25-year-old announced on his Facebook page. "After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I am making this decision.”–AFP

 

Season over for pregnant Azarenka

PARIS - Former world number one and two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka announced Friday that she is pregnant and will miss the rest of the season. The 26-year-old from Belarus said her baby is due towards the end of the year but that she intends to resume her career. "While recovering from the knee injury I sustained at Roland Garros, I received news from my doctors that my boyfriend and I are going to become parents at the end of the year," Azarenka said in a statement on Twitter. "We couldn't be happier and feel very blessed to begin this exciting journey of building a family together." World number six Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, pulled out of the French Open in her first round tie with a knee injury and hasn't played since.–AFP

 

Pakistan beat Bahrain in U-20 Volleyball

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan junior volleyball team Friday recorded another win in the Asian U-20 Volleyball Championship 2016 when they outclassed Bahrain 3-0 in the second match in Chinese Taipei. Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director National Federations M Azam Dar said: “After initial loses in the event, Pakistan displayed true fighting spirit. In the match against Bahrain, Pakistan started the first set on a very high note and easily took it 25-14. In the second set, Bahrain boys fought back and gave a stiff resistance to Pakistani players before going down fighting 26-24. In the third set, Bahrain also resisted well but Pakistani players played well and took the set 27-25, thus won the encounter. Pakistan will now play against the winner of Saudi Arab and Hong Kong match today (Saturday).–Staff Reporter

 

Rugby 7s club event starts today

LAHORE – The Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU)-endorsed Rugby 7s Club Event will commence today (Saturday) in Makhdom Aali Sultan Lodhran to celebrate Rugby 7s inclusion in Rio Olympics 2016. Top 12 clubs of South Punjab will take part in the mega event. The teams were divided into four pools. Makhdom Ali Sultan Rugby Club will take on Lions Rugby Club in the opening match. In all, 12 matches will be played on the opening day while the semifinals and finals will be played on Sunday. PRU head coach Shakeel Ahmed said: “Rugby community across the globe will be happy with inclusion of rugby in Rio Olympics 2016. To celebrate it, we arrange a big opportunity for Southern Punjab boys before Servis Tyres Rugby league that show some talent as we have very good rugby players’ strength in Southern Punjab.”–Staff Reporter