Nov 19, 2018

Sportstar's coverage of events is truly world class

The content in Sportstar is varied as it always has been and all sports are covered — even those which not many Indians would be too familiar with. The magazine completes 40 years, with contributions from writers from all corners of the globe.

Briefing

40th Anniversary

'I always looked for the poster'

Sportstar has always been a very nice magazine. I enjoyed reading it as a young badminton player.Quite naturally, I eagerly waited for my turn to be ...

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'Every National title I won was covered by the magazine'

I started playing when I was eight years old and I played for a good 18 years continuously. After retirement, I just feel badminton was my calling; it ...

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'Will enjoy playing chess till my last day'

Chess is everything to me. Whatever I have received from life — call it name, fame or recognition — it is all due to chess. I won’t be exaggerating if ...

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'I have read the magazine from my childhood'

I was always committed to football which I played with utmost passion. I had grown up idolising the skills of the legendary Diego Maradona and that ...

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'Thrilled to receive the young achiever award'

The magazine always has a special place in our hearts. When I was just a 10-year-old chess player, I was thrilled to receive The Sportstar Young ...

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'Thanks for covering golf the way you guys do'

Honestly, Sportstar has done a splendid job of getting the right message out for the sports lovers, including golfers, of this country and beyond. It ...

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'Table tennis has played a huge part in my life'

Being a table tennis player means the world to me. When I started playing, I knew it was going to be tough because so many played table tennis at ...

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'Tennis means the world to me'

Tennis is my life. It means the world to me. It is an education to travel around the world and learn about different cultures, communities and ...

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'To play hockey meant to live a good life'

Hockey has had a great tradition in India. It may not be the national game officially but it has always been close to the hearts of the hockey ...

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'Athletics has taken me to different places'

Athletics has given me fame, recognition and job. I am now a GM with the Food Corporation of India, Chennai. Moreover, it has taken me to different ...

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'Giving equal importance to every sport'

Sportstar has been a truly iconic sports magazine. I vividly remember the days when I was about 10 years old, frequently visiting the roadside stalls ...

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Tennis has been an education

Tennis has been my life since I started playing the sport during my school days. Whatever experiences I have been through, whatever success I have ...

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Hockey gave me an identity

Hockey opened a window for me to the wide world, in sport and beyond. It also opened many doors for me, as a reward for all the effort put in when ...

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My rifle is like my baby

I was lucky to be sitting behind when Rajyavardhan Rathore won the double trap silver in Athens 2004 and Abhinav Bindra won the air rifle gold in Beijing 2008.

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'Shooting has made me the person I am'

Shooting is the reason for my being. If I have to refer to Mark Twain’s quote of two most important days in one’s life, then I can say, shooting is my ...

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'A thrilling journey'

Shooting to me was my life. It was my biggest learning ground and my emotional battle ground! The journey was one which will be the most thrilling ...

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'Standing out for in-depth coverage'

The first impression of The Sportstar magazine was when I saw it in the hands of a senior player more than two decades ago. And, ever since then, even ...

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'Cricket defined me'

Cricket is everything to me, it defined me and whatever I am today is thanks to this sport. When we were growing up, all of us used to look up to ...

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'I owe a lot to the game'

Cricket has been a wonderful journey for me. I loved the game for its rich history. Eden Gardens was my favourite ground, watching and then later ...

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'It all started in the Mumbai Maidans'

We grew up playing cricket in our colony; we played other sports too and this kept us very active. But cricket took precedence over everything else ...

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'I was never crazy for the centre spreads'

The Sportstar has always been one of the finest magazines. I used to read the magazine a lot as I grew up.Those were the days when the one of the ...

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'The magazine has grown in strength with wider coverage'

Sportstar is a lovely magazine and during our playing days, it was the need of the hour.We needed a magazine that celebrated cricket and sport in ...

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'Proud to have played for India'

Cricket was a dream I pursued from my school days. I realised I had to play cricket after watching some of my heroes, especially G. R. Viswanath.I ...

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'Squash has made me live my dream'

My life in sport began as a kid when I used to go the Madras Cricket Club in Chennai, with my dad, Anjan Chinappa, who introduced me to squash. I ...

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'Cricket has helped me earn the love of my countrymen'

I had to play cricket. What else could I have done? It is the game I had always wanted to play after watching Sachin Tendulkar in action.Cricket has ...

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'I loved the magazine’s posters'

I grew up in Coimbatore and hence in a motorsports environment! So, naturally, I had to race!!! As you know my father (G. R. Karthikeyan) used to ...

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'The go to place for sports updates'

I spent my entire life playing tennis, a sport I loved and that sport in turn gave me everything I have in my life today.Sportstar has always been the ...

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'It’s my greatest gift'

The sport has actually been the backbone of my life. By a long shot it has been my greatest education. It has taught me mostly about myself. It has ...

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'To win an Asian Games medal was a dream come true'

Swimming is a popular sport but, of course, it has to compete with other big disciplines.To me, swimming was a major part of my growing up years. We ...

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'A huge motivation for many athletes'

My first recollection of reading Sportstar was going through the feature on the great P. T. Usha in 1992.I always looked up to the magazine, which was ...

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My day is incomplete without a few frames

Playing billiards is like a ritual to me. For some people, the day begins with prayers or Sandhyavandana. For me, the day begins with billiards. It is ...

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'It has been a great encouragement'

I wanted to prove to the world that the sport is not just for men and that determination helped me become a five-time World amateur boxing champion. I ...

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'Winning an Olympic medal is the proudest moment'

I took up shooting rather late in life, at age 28, when a lot of sportspersons had actually ended their sports careers. Guns have always been a part ...

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'A magazine you can rely on'

Whenever you read The Hindu, you know that it is a paper you can rely on. Whenever I want to confirm a result, I would look at The Hindu because I ...

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'It’s a wholesome sports magazine'

I just love Sportstar. It’s a wholesome sports magazine which has been highlighting the feats of deserving sportspersons for so many years. Sportstar ...

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'The game taught me discipline'

Hockey taught me everything, the first and foremost lesson was discipline. I remember my school coach, Marcellus Gomes, also a hockey Olympian, did ...

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'You had to be very good to find a mention in the magazine'

I am what I am because I played hockey. There was a lot of respect for hockey players and I learnt it from watching the game at packed stadiums. Later ...

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'Olympics bronze, best moment of my life'

Wrestling is an integral part of my life. All that I have achieved is because of wrestling. My Olympics bronze medal will remain the best moment of my ...

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'Posters, a big source of motivation'

I have been playing table tennis for the last three decades. It’s my identity, my passion and my first love. The game has given everything to me in ...

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Championing the quality of the written word

In the past 40 years, subtlety in the art of batting and the quality of the written word have been lost to the brutal demands of the technological ...

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Can’t imagine life without sport

“Sport, for me, is a way of life. It’s a part of my life. I would say, I was born into sport,” says Anju, the country’s only World Championships ...

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It’s an exciting time for all stakeholders

Sportstar has always been there for all Indian sportspersons, diligently recording and publicising their achievements for sports lovers and fans of Indian sport.

40th Anniversary

Sportstar's coverage of events is truly world class

The content in Sportstar is varied as it always has been and all sports are covered — even those which not many Indians would be too familiar with. The magazine completes 40 years, with contributions from writers from all corners of the globe.

40th Anniversary

Miles to go before we sleep!

Football has done really well over the last six-seven years in our country. There are a lot of reasons why it has done well and one of them is the ...

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There has been change, massive change!

Forty Years On is the famous anthem of a famous English public school, Harrow. And the last 40 years have seen such radical changes in sport. Not ...

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A tempestuous, yet exciting journey

I have very clear memories of going around the dirt track while they were building the circuit and the three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart laid the foundation stone in 1987. The sense of excitement for that first race in February 1990 was very high. Circuit racing in India was never the same again.

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More and more shots being fired on target!

It can safely be said that no sport in the country has the depth, quality, numbers and the advantage of age as in shooting.

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A dog’s dinner or worse!

Indian football’s slide started midway through the 1970s, never to be arrested, after all... The country’s major clubs are just as responsible for its football gloom as its national federation because finding and grooming talent — FIFA and its loyalists call it youth development — is alien to their nature.

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India, the cricket destination

In the last 40 years, from Bishan Bedi to Virat Kohli, it has been a rollercoaster ride for Indian cricket. A rollercoaster in slow motion, perhaps, with gently curving highs and delicate troughs, with surprising failures and unsurprising triumphs.

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Has the greasepaint started to run?

Indian badminton, these days, is attracting attention. But, the year 2018 has served a warning in that there has not been a single major title from singles. If this signal is not taken seriously by the authorities, the performances in the coming year could get worse.

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More sidelights than spotlights!

India still has quite a bit of catching up to do to be counted among the leading countries in the world of Olympic sports. Through these 40 years, India has won just 13 medals in the Olympics, the same number that Uzbekistan had recorded in the Rio Olympics to be ranked 21st on the medals table two years ago.

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Basically, individual-driven!

It is a miracle that despite all the neglect, Indian tennis is staying healthy. If the government steps in to lay hundreds of thousands of tennis courts around the country, we can definitely have a Grand Slam singles champion.