Jul 24, 2021

Grappling for glory

Bajrang Punia, India’s only multiple World Championships medallist in wrestling, knows he will be a medal contender in Tokyo. But he is also aware of the stiff competition he is likely to face in the men’s 65kg freestyle weight category – the “most competitive category in the world,” in his own words.

Briefing

Food For Thought

Tickle your tastebuds in Tokyo: The Japanese secret to long life

You’ve certainly heard how tasty and healthful Japanese food is – the secret to the Japanese people living longer than the rest of the world. In a day or simply a meal, a healthy Japanese diet can comprise modest servings of more than 15 different foods.

Tokyo Olympics

Sublime, iconic, crazy and bizarre – Memorable moments from the Olympics

Beyond the great athletes and their fabulous deeds, the Olympics is also about several other things.

Archives

Fouaad Mirza's road to Tokyo: Of last-minute changes and old champions

That an arduous two years spent securing quotas for the Olympics ended with a last-minute partner change just days before the Games sums up the bumpy road to Tokyo Fouaad Mirza has come along.

Archives

Odisha banking on sports hostels in pursuit of excellence

Catering to rural areas and building facilities in the interior pockets of the state, Odisha’s sports and youth services department has been able to identity, recruit and nurture talent in sports hostels.

Archives

Sparks visible from West Indies camp to unstoppable England

The West Indies’ come-from-behind act in the fourth T20I against South Africa at home, led by Dwayne Bravo’s four-for, stamped its self-belief.

Last Word

An ode to a forgotten sport

Even at its peak, ball badminton was not a competitive sport so much as a social or cultural event. It was like going for a movie or attending the local theatre.

Motorsport

Austrian GP: Grand chelem for Red Bull's Max Verstappen

The Red Bull driver made it two wins in two weeks at his team’s home circuit and extended his lead over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to 32 points.

Basketball

Nav Bhatia: From car salesman to superfan

“I am still pinching myself,” says Navdeep Bhatia, the first NBA fan to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tokyo Olympics

Bajrang Punia: Fit and focused on Tokyo Olympics

Bajrang Punia, India’s only multiple World Championships medallist in wrestling, says he cannot afford to make a mistake on a platform like the Olympics. He’s leaving nothing to chance.

Tokyo Olympics

Rani Rampal on Indian women's hockey team's for Tokyo: We’ve improved a lot in last four years

Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal spoke at length about her dreams and the aspirations of her side and the lessons learnt over the years.

Tokyo Olympics

Fast, faster, fastest: The evolution of the Olympic sprint

Not many expected Usain Bolt — the greatest sprinter ever — to bring the world record to the amazing 9.58s that he did at the 2009 Worlds in Berlin. Many felt that it came at least 20 years too early. A look at the Olympics sprint event, before it’s over in a jiffy!

Tokyo Olympics

Manpreet Singh on Indian men's hockey team's Tokyo Olympics preparations: We are ready

“We’ve worked on every single team and every single player, their strengths and weaknesses,” says the Indian skipper Manpreet Singh on India’s preparations.

Olympics 2021

Sakshi Malik's 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medal: A dream fulfilled

“It was my first Olympics and I wanted to do well. But I surprised myself when I landed a medal,” says the first woman wrestler from the country to earn Olympic glory.

Olympics 2021

P. V. Sindhu on her 2016 Rio Olympics medal: I won the silver, I didn’t lose the gold!

At the end of it, one player should win and one should lose. I have taken it in a very positive way.

Olympics 2021

Mary Kom on her London Olympics bronze medal and Tokyo: Second appearance, second shot

As women’s boxing made its debut at the London Games, Mary earned a podium finish in the 51kg weight category to become the first female boxer from India to land an Olympics medal.

Olympics 2021

Saina Nehwal's 2012 London Olympics bronze medal: Hard work, belief and sacrifices

“...it was a very, very special moment in my career when I won the Olympics bronze. It was always my and my parents’ dream from the day I joined badminton in 1999,” says Saina Nehwal.

Olympics 2021

Gagan Narang on his 2012 London Olympics bronze medal: When mind and body are aligned

For me, that happened at London 2012. I’m forever grateful for the moment.

Olympics 2021

Sushil Kumar's 2012 London Olympics silver medal: A unique record

Sushil Kumar may have lost in the 66kg freestyle final in London, but he became the only Indian to land individual medals in consecutive Olympic Games.

Olympics 2021

Vijay Kumar on his 2012 London Olympics silver medal: I was not worried about other competitors

My coach Pavel Smirnov kept me calm, with my mind focused on technique. That helped me to shoot so well and win the silver medal in the final.

Olympics 2021

Sushil Kumar's 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal: A miracle at the crunch moment

No one outside the wrestling fraternity really gave the Indian grapplers a chance to win a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but Sushil Kumar was quietly confident.

Olympics 2021

Vijender Singh's 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal: Such changes happen only in films

“My life changed completely. I can’t explain how everything transformed,” says Vijender Singh.

Archives

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on his 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medal: In the zone

After remaining absolutely on the edge for years, I could just let go of my muscles and my body without the stress of the next competition.

Archives

Abhinav Bindra on his 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal: Living in the moment

Physically, I was in good shape. Mentally, it was very different. I was process-driven... No thought about the future.

Olympics 2021

Karnam Malleswari on her 2000 Sydney Olympics medal: A bronze worth a gold!

I won’t say I was disappointed, but I definitely take pride in winning an Olympic medal after such a long and demanding journey in the world of weightlifting.

Olympics 2021

Leander Paes on his 1996 Atlanta Olympics bronze: Tears of triumph and pain

My aggressive tennis mounted the pressure on Fernando Meligeni, and when his final passing shot down match point sailed over my head and beyond the baseline, my hands went up in the air.

Statsman

Kyle Jamieson towers above the rest after WTC heroics

New Zealand seamer Jamieson picked up 46 wickets in his first eight Test matches - a new record to beat Jack Cowie, who took 41 in eight Tests.

On The Write Line

Djoker’s art of winning hearts

Tennis players do throw towels and wristbands towards their supporters, and Andy Murray recently gave a shirt to a fan who had been encouraging him, but giving a racquet with which you win a tournament is definitely extra special.