Oct 16, 2021

Giant leap for parasports

The nation returned with a rich haul of 19 medals from the Tokyo Paralympics. And the way forward is to build an infrastructure that accommodates the needs of disabled persons.

Briefing

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Tough times for Pakistan

The Black Caps cancelled their white-ball tour a few minutes before the first ODI in Rawalpindi.

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Boxing: Youth on the right path

No one can take the credit away from the young boxers just because the Tokyo Games participants did not compete in the recently concluded National championships in Vijaynagar. Medallists in World championships and Asian championships and Olympians took part in the event but the podium spots were crowded with youngsters between 18 and 20 years old.

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Annie Varghese, woman behind Kerala’s college of Olympians

Athletes Rosa Kutty, Jincy Philip, Manjima Kuriakose, Anju Bobby George and Bobby Aloysius are Olympians from Vimala College, which has also produced outstanding sportspersons in other disciplines such as basketball, handball, swimming and hockey.

Food For Thought

Discipline of mind — hallmark of Sindhu’s success

Interacting with P. V. Sindhu, I realised that she has become a champion because she prepared like a champion. My advice to every budding sportsperson is to plan your training, mental health and nutrition like a champion, invest in coaches and, moreover, enjoy the journey.

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‘Qatar will host the biggest post-pandemic sporting event’

“The World Cup is at the end of 2022 and with many people getting vaccinated all over the world, I am sure Qatar will have the fortune of hosting the biggest sporting event after the pandemic,” says Fatma Al Nuaimi, the executive director of communications of the Supreme Committee overseeing the preparations of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Last Word

The face of sport

The choice for the face of sport is not made by a selection committee nor are candidates interviewed. It grows organically through usage; and when the choice is made, there is a touch of inevitability about it.

Features

Kane Williamson: 'Captaincy comes with its challenges and moments you appreciate'

Kane Williamson talks about the New Zealand team, the T20 World Cup and also outlines the challenges of living in a bio-bubble for months, in this interview.

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Pramod Bhagat hungry for more success

“It has been my dream for nearly 20 years and I am happy I could achieve it,” the 33-year-old Pramod Bhagat, who began playing badminton at the age of 12, says of his gold-medal winning feat in Tokyo.

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Success in Paralympics - A turnaround for disability rights movement?

19 medals, and what do you get? Will the fabulous Tokyo performance create a better environment for disabled sportspersons in India?

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19 medals in Paralympics offer India a chance to dream and act

The nation returned with a rich haul of 19 medals from the Tokyo Paralympics. And the way forward is to build an infrastructure that accommodates the needs of persons with disabilities.

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Avani Lekhara - On target in Tokyo, sights set on Paris

Avani Lekhara, 19, won a gold medal in women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 and followed it up with a bronze medal in the 50m rifle 3-positions at the Tokyo Paralympics to etch her name in history. Success has only made her dream bigger.

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Lasith Malinga: The smiling assassin

Lasith Malinga brought the yorker back in vogue since the heydays of the 1990s, and developed a unique set of skills that made him a spectacle to watch, especially in the IPL.

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Man United wins thriller against West Ham

The Premier League produced the week’s most high-voltage game across Europe, while French top-flight football saw Lionel Messi’s home debut for Paris Saint-Germain and yet another act of hooliganism, which led to a pause in play during the Lens-Lille derby.

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Fitness, confidence, self-belief - Jhajharia’s success mantra

Devendra Jhajharia, India’s most decorated Paralympian with three medals, says he will continue to compete till his body allows him to. For now, he believes he is as fit as a 20-year-old.

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Shami: ‘You have to constantly back yourself’

In an exclusive chat, Mohammed Shami opened up on the challenges of travel and performance during the pandemic, the evolution of K. L. Rahul and how the IPL may motivate World Cup-bound players to gain momentum.

On The Write Line

IPL does not need overseas players as much as they need IPL

Stop pointing fingers at the IPL and instead thank it for providing employment not just to the players but also to the coaches and support staff most of whom are from overseas and not Indian.

Statsman

Jasprit Bumrah in elite 100-club

Jasprit Bumrah is the fifth player to appear in 100 or more IPL matches while representing just one franchise throughout their career.

Athletics

National Open Athletics C'ships: Young spearmen ready to follow in Neeraj's footsteps

Twenty-year-old Sahil Silwal could be the future of Indian javelin throw, the best of the rest behind Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra.

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Jat walk: Olympian from village of 2,500 shuts sceptics, inspires youngsters to hit the ground

For Bhawna, who hails from a farmer’s family at Kabra village in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district, participating in the Tokyo Olympics has been life-changing.

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Harmilan Bains, record-breaking queen of the track

Harmilan Bains set the new 1500m national record with a time of 4:05.39 at the 60th National Open Championship 2021 in Warangal.

Cricket

A shared love for all things cricket

Whenever India plays in the UK it’s like a home game, thanks to a vibrant diaspora of more than 1.5 million people. I was at the 2019 World Cup, which saw a sea of blue — close to 100,000 Indian fans travelled to the UK for that series.