Aug 22, 2019

Equestrianism... And thereby hangs a tale!

For a rider a horse is equipment just like a rifle is to a shooter. Riders at the moment pay full duty (42%) and the federation has not pursued the riders’ cases for duty-free import of sport horses.



The benefits of unilateral training

There are huge advantages in unilateral training, which has become the norm for specific strength protocols yet does not render bilateral training into oblivion.


Prithu Gupta: Late to the board, now among the best

But what makes Prithu Gupta special is that he took to chess as late as age nine — nearly five years later than most kids who have made a mark for themselves in the chess fraternity today.

For The Love of Sport

Remembering cricket in 47 degrees

Actor Aditya Lakhia who rose to prominence portraying the role of Kachra — the spin bowler — in the movie Lagaan talks about his favourite moments in cricket, all during the making of the film.

Last Word

Accent on players, but stress on coaches

All professionals face stress and tension, but coaches being alternately pilloried and praised publicly often find these in concentrated form over short periods.


Kumar Sangakkara: Elegant on the field, eloquent off it

In a chat during the World Cup final, Kumar Sangakkara held forth on what lies ahead for him as MCC president, on The Hundred and on what Sri Lanka needs to do to turn around.


European exposure for India's Olympic hopefuls: How good are the results?

With the Sports Ministry spending crores for training and competition in Europe, and results not exactly on expected lines, it is perhaps time to not just temper expectations but also allow the Indian athletes space to figure out their own way forward in the next one year.

View from the paddock

A cliffhanger at the Hungaroring

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were in a different league on race day. Their domination over the rest of the field was supreme — finishing a minute ahead of the Ferraris at the end was beyond anything that the Red camp would have expected.


G Sathiyan: My current world ranking should ensure easy qualification for Tokyo 2020

There’s been a world of change in G. Sathiyan’s game over the years. He’s improved his service and receiving. Also worked on his physical fitness and skills. And in July he cracked the top 25 in the world.

Star Struck

That small chat changed me as a person

I will always remember the words by Yogeshwar Dutt, and what was better was that at the end of it all I got to spend some time with the wrestling legend and we had a one-on-one interaction.

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Equestrianism... And thereby hangs a tale!

For a rider a horse is equipment just like a rifle is to a shooter. Riders at the moment pay full duty (42%) and the federation has not pursued the riders’ cases for duty-free import of sport horses.


Premier League: Can Liverpool end Manchester City's hegemony to win maiden title?

Going by expected goals (xG) statistics, Manchester City performed as expected last season while Liverpool overachieved — in terms of goals scored, conceded and points gained.


Ashes: Cricket's oldest rivalry in numbers

The Ashes is currently played biennially, alternately in England and Australia, and has renewed itself for the 71st time.

Vantage Point

After dream debut at Wimbledon, Coco out to challenge old guard

Cori Gauff's Wimbledon performances have, however, sparked a debate against WTA's time-tested age-eligibility rule.

On The Write Line

Gavaskar: Kohli-Rohit rift stories won't stop even 20 years later

They say that there is a rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Some 35 years ago, the same was said about Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev!


Kane Williamson: Everyone will talk about World Cup final but you move on

The World Test Championship is a refreshing change, an opportunity to grow new interest in Test cricket, says Kane Williamson, New Zealand’s amiable, calm and funny captain.


Maguire, Lukaku, Dybala and Pogba: Manchester United's busy transfer window

Maguire may just be what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team — which lacks confidence at the back — needs.


How long will BCCI stay out of NADA ambit?

The ICC had always tolerated the stand of the BCCI that NADA would not be allowed to take over control of anti-doping measures in cricket in India. In such a scenario, WADA found it difficult to maintain the ‘Code compliance’ part for the ICC. When one of its units is in breach of regulations, the ICC could not have been bracketed with the rest of the ‘Code compliant’ agencies. Yet, somehow ICC has survived so far without being named. The time has come for WADA to actually name it among ‘non-compliant’ signatories.


Praful Patel looks for happy marriage between ISL and I-League

All India Football Federation president Praful Patel is in an unenviable position as he tries to douse the flames of discontent that threaten to engulf Indian football. He, however, wants the conversation to move away from the usual debate between the ISL and the I-League to developing the game at the grassroots.