Apr 18, 2020

Play it safe

"The scenario has given a longer preparation time. Enjoy every moment, take all positives, soak in them, and resist frustration," writes Abhinav Bindra.

Briefing

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Lockdown diaries: Run-up to Olympics will be difficult, says Srikanth

Injuries at crucial times have hamstrung Kidambi Srikanth. The threat of the coronavirus is not helping either.

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Lockdown diaries: It is important for us to innovate, says Leander Paes

“It’s also very important to watch one’s diet. Because when idleness comes around, the natural human instinct is to eat a lot,” says tennis ace Leander Paes.

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Lockdown diaries: It is difficult to be in isolation, says P. V. Sindhu

In an interview, world badminton champion P. V. Sindhu shares her thoughts on the dreaded coronavirus pandemic and how she is spending her time at this critical phase.

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Lockdown diaries: It’s the same for everyone, says Mirabai Chanu

“Sometimes it is boring to stay restricted, but no one can help it. After all, such measures are going to help us fight the coronavirus,” said Mirabai Chanu.

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Lockdown diaries: Training is paramount, says Ravi Dahiya

The fire in his belly does not let Ravi Dahiya sit quietly. As a junior wrestler, he has seen hard days and is eager to prove himself at the highest level.

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Lockdown diaries: Shot-put short-circuited for Tajinder Pal Singh Toor!

This lockdown is for our good only, if there is any infection inside it would be more dangerous, says star shot-putter Tajinder Pal Singh.

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Lockdown diaries: Vijender Singh looking at the positives

Vijender Singh has been enjoying time with his family. Besides he has taken to social media to underline the importance of breaking the social chain in the fight against coronavirus.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: Much more to life than sports

In these dark times, it is a terrific chance for the nascent Indian Cricketers’ Association to show that it is the one that will look after the brotherhood.

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Lockdown diaries: Hope it settles down soon, says Apurvi Chandela

Apurvi Chandela is proud to utilise the free time, brought about by the coronavirus, constructively, and faithfully follows the call of the nation to stay at home.

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Lockdown diaries: I’m seeing my daughter grow on a daily basis, says Bopanna

It is happy family time for tennis star Rohan Bopanna, as his parents, sister, brother-in-law and niece are there together with his wife Supriya and daughter Tridha.

Statsman

Data: Highs and lows of Ranji Trophy 2019-20

This edition of Ranji Trophy saw a new champion in Saurashtra elected. Chandigarh competed for the first time while Bengal finished runner-up for a record 12th time.

Fitnesswise

Fitness testing: bane or boon?

Testing athletes and tracking those test results over time is fundamental to effecting a successful strength-and-conditioning programme that is valid for your sport and skill.

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Lockdown diaries: Personal responsibility is most important, says P. R. Sreejesh

“You have to ensure to not just stay safe yourself, but also take responsibility for not infecting anyone else,” says India hockey goalkeeper P. R. Sreejesh.

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Lockdown diaries: A time to take stock for Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj admits that it is a very difficult phase for any athlete to be in, especially when it is time to prepare for the season ahead.

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Lockdown diaries: We will learn to be better human beings, says Shikhar Dhawan

Confined to his home, Shikhar Dhawan has found ways to remain active and focussed. Other than his regular exercises, he has made rapid progress in his new love — playing the flute.

Last Word

P.K. Banerjee, India's 'Mr. Football' with a lot of dignity

P. K. Banerjee knew everything and everybody in football, and had the magnanimity to share easily what he had worked hard at acquiring.

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Abhinav Bindra: Postponing Tokyo Olympics was the only way out

"The scenario has given a longer preparation time. Enjoy every moment, take all positives, soak in them, and resist frustration," writes Abhinav Bindra.

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Sport will suffer due to coronavirus' impact on economy, says GM Harikrishna

“Already, I came to know that many sponsors of not just chess but for other disciplines have suffered huge losses," said Indian grandmaster P. Harikrishna.

Cricket

Lockdown diaries: Pujara enjoying family time

Pujara, part of the Saurashtra side that beat Bengal in the Ranji Trophy final, is using the downtime to enjoy a relaxed routine at home with his daughter.

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Obit: The incomparable P. K. of Indian football

Legendary Indian footballer P. K. Banerjee, who had been battling a respiratory problem due to pneumonia, passed away in Kolkata on Friday.