Jun 27, 2020

Girls, interrupted

Prior to the pandemic, for the past few years, there had been a steady and happy trend in the rise of women’s sport. Will the pandemic curtail this trend?



From Lothar with love

Arup Ghosh has been a fan of German football and Bayern Munich for over 50 years and he was recently rewarded with a Bayern jersey and a special message from Lothar Matthaus.

Vantage Point

Why rhythm is important in tennis

In this comprehensive interview, Dr Mark Kovacs shares his eclectic sports expertise on the seldom-covered but highly important subject of rhythm in tennis.

Food For Thought

Covid-19 lockdown side effect: Six-pack to family pack

The Indian gene is prone to high fat deposition in periods of no exercise or high calorie intake. Most of this fat deposition is focused around the belly.


Same blow for everyone involved

I don’t think this (the coronavirus outbreak) would be of any particular hindrance on the participation of women in the sport.


The effect of COVID-19 on sports academies and coaches

With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing the world to a halt, women’s sports academies and the coaches are doing their bit to keep the morale high.


COVID-19 has affected every athlete across sports

These are tough times for the sportspersons — irrespective of gender — and the associations are taking every step to help them during the crisis.


The youngest and oldest Test captains in numbers

In the fourth part of the analysis, we take a look at the youngest, oldest captains and the best all-rounders in Test cricket while leading a side.


Sports: The natural remedy against a virus

Prior to the pandemic, for the past few years, there had been a steady and happy trend in the rise of women’s sport. Will the pandemic curtail this trend?


Jhulan Goswami: Coronavirus has hampered our World Cup preparations

For players like us who only feature in the 50-over format, it is also challenging because it takes time to peak.


N. Sikki Reddy: Coronavirus will have no bearing on future tournaments

As days progressed, we saw Lockdown 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0. It was unexpected, but COVID-19 is so dangerous that these measures had to be in place.


Can women’s sport survive in the post-pandemic world?

Half the population in the world is women and girls, so if you want society to grow in every sense, this is the opportunity.


Bhavani Devi: Women need to be strong mentally

I take this period as an important one to analyse my game and myself better. I had back pain a few months ago, so will take this period to recover well.


Megan Schutt: Preparation for ODI World Cup will be different

As long as the women’s game is treated equally with the men’s, the game will go on without a hitch — players will adapt and we can go back to normalcy soon.


We are staring at a new normal, says Aditi Chauhan

India being a developing country where the women’s game was just rising, I do fear the game is going to take a back seat amid COVID-19.


Mayanti Langer Binny talks sports broadcast post COVID-19

When live sport begins, the guidelines for broadcasters are something that we will have to discuss. You may not be able to have so many people in the stadiums.


Pooja Rani Bohra: I have only one fear - cancellation of Olympics

If the COVID-19 pandemic does not subside, then there is doubt over the Olympics even in 2021.Having won a quota place, I do not want to let go the opportunity.


COVID-19: No hurries, no worries for shooter Anjum Moudgil

I don’t think anything will get affected much once we come out of the pandemic, only the Tokyo Olympics-special training plan will change.


Ankita Raina: I’ve not faced a financial burden

...the major expenses of a player are travelling for tournaments and the travel expenses of the coaching staff. Since there are no tournaments now, that cost is not a burden.


The state of women's football amid COVID-19

Efforts are now on to resume sports in regions where the virus is seemingly under control, but where does women's football stand in the scheme of things?


Covid-19: The state of women's tournaments across the world

From a string of cancellations to fears of a fall in investment in the women’s game, here are the developments from biggest tournaments from around the world.


Vijay Amritraj: Having spectators makes a difference

Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj feels live sport has that physical element to excite someone sitting at home. It is education and entertainment.

On The Write Line

Gavaskar: Calling the country a joke over award snub is unpardonable

It was shocking to hear that a badminton player went to the extent of calling the country a joke after he missed out on an award nomination.

Last Word

The element of luck in sports

Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott was famous in his playing days for insisting that luck had nothing to do with success. He believed it was ability.


The road ahead: Morne Morkel talks cricket post pandemic

Morne Morkel, who after quitting international cricket a couple of years ago went on to feature for Surrey, speaks to Sportstar on a range of issues.


Cricket can lose reverse swing to COVID-19, says Sarfraz Nawaz

Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, who pioneered reverse swing, admits the rule change of not shining balls with saliva will have an impact on the art.

Premier League

Bowlfuls of apple pie later, Wolves' Matt Doherty back to realise Champions League dream

With the Premier League set to resume in a fortnight, Wolves have nine games to close down the gap and storm to a debut Champions League season.