Jan 22, 2022

2022: Mission Gold

Success makes them hungry for more. Seven champions of India, after a memorable 2021, are geared up for an even better 2022. Neeraj Chopra, Mirabai Chanu, P. V. Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain, P. R. Sreejesh, Savita Punia and Bhavani Devi tell Sportstar their goals for the year.

Briefing

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India has the potential to make 2022 a memorable non-Olympic year

Gone are the days when most members of the Indian contingent to multi-discipline Games were counted among the also-rans. Unlike in the past, Indians are training and taking part in these Games with a belief that they are in contention for a medal.

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Neeraj Chopra sets sights on the 90m mark

The year 2021 saw Neeraj Chopra do something never done before in Indian sports — win an Olympic gold medal in athletics.

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Football in 2022: To a new dawn and a new day

A delay in the 2021-22 football season might have a catastrophic impact on the coming campaign, which, for the first time, will see an extended winter break for club football to accommodate the winter World Cup, the first to be held in West Asia, from November 21 to December 18 in the oil-rich peninsula of Qatar.

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Savita Punia: There will be lot of expectations from us after our Olympics performance

The experienced Savita Punia was the rock that held the Indian women’s hockey team together in its epic run to the Tokyo Olympics semifinals.

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Olympic medallist Sreejesh relishing a packed hockey schedule in 2022

Being part of the Indian men’s hockey team that won a bronze in the Tokyo Olympics to end a 41year medal drought was the most satisfying accomplishment for seasoned goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh.

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Bhavani Devi: Want to improve world ranking in 2022, get to top 30

Bhavani Devi created a flutter by becoming the first Indian woman fencer to qualify for the Olympics. Richer with her Tokyo experience, Bhavani is preparing herself to scale greater heights in 2022.

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Mirabai Chanu: Not weighed down by expectations

The ace lifter is now targeting a podium finish at the 2022 Asian Games. She is not too worried about the competition in the Commonwealth Games and is confident of defending her crown there.

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Lovlina Borgohain is battle ready for 2022

The two-time World championships bronze medalist in women’s 69kg weight class is looking forward to a hectic year ahead with multiple competitions, including the postponed 2021 World Championship

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Best of 2021: 12 moments to cherish

Pandemic notwithstanding, 2021 was a great year for Indian sport, with athletes showing remarkable mental and physical reserves to succeed. Here is a look at 12 of the best moments from 2021.

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P.V. Sindhu aims to pick her battles wisely in 2022

Sindhu is gearing up for what appears to be another demanding year with a packed schedule amidst the growing fears of a third wave of the pandemic disrupting the entire calendar.

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Tennis in 2021: The best and the worst

Let’s look back at this memorable year when youth was served and age defied and see if you agree with how the author saw the Bests and Worst of vintage 2021.

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Times have changed, so has the game

Being in the Covid-induced ‘bubble’ can make physical and mental demands and it is not easy.

Last Word

“Necessary” for obvious reasons

Ayaz Memon and Pradeep Magazine have just published books that are best described as “necessary”. Magazine’s Not Just Cricket is a memoir of cricket, Kashmir and journalism while Ayaz has edited Indian Innings: The Journey of Indian Cricket from 1947.

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Statsman: K.L. Rahul's feat as Test opener

K. L. Rahul's 123 in Centurion was the highest score by an Indian Test opener in South Africa.

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Sunil Gavaskar: Indian pace trio of Bumrah, Shami, Siraj best in the business

India has in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj, an attack to rival any other new ball attack in the game today.

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2021, The Year In Sports: December recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From the Rohit-Virat captaincy saga to Max Verstappen claiming the F1 drivers' title, here is a look at the top sporting moments from December.

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2021, The Year In Sports: November recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From Australia men winning its maiden T20 World Cup to Lionel Messi winning his seventh Ballon d'Or, here is a look at the top sporting moments from November.

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2021, The Year In Sports: October recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From Chennai Super Kings' fourth IPL title to Pakistan's historic 10-wicket win over India in the T20 World Cup, here is a look at the top sporting moments from October.

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2021, The Year In Sports: September recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From Novak Djokovic's harrowing US Open final defeat to Virat Kohli's decision to quit T20 captaincy, here is a look at the top sporting moments from September.

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2021, The Year In Sports: August recall

2021, The Year In Sports: Neeraj Chopra's historic javelin gold, Lionel Messi's Barcelona exit and Cristiano Ronaldo's Man United return, here is a look at the top sporting moments from August.

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2021, The Year In Sports: July recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From Italy's Euro 2020 triumph to Novak Djokovic's record-equalling 20th Grand Slam, here is a look at the top sporting moments from July.

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2021, The Year In Sports: June recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From New Zealand clinching the first-ever World Test Championship title to Novak Djokovic winning the French Open, here is a look at the top sporting moments from June.

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2021, The Year In Sports: May recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From Manchester City clinching a third EPL title in four seasons to Chelsea claiming top honours in European football for the second time, here is a look at the top sporting moments from May.

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2021, The Year In Sports: April recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From the Australian women's team going one clear of Ricky Ponting's ODI winning streak to Manchester City clinching the League Cup for the fourth time, here is a look at the top sporting moments from April.

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2021, The Year In Sports: March recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From Mumbai City FC's ISL title victory to Djokovic's lengthy run as world No. 1, here is a look at the top sporting moments from March.

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2021, The Year In Sports: February recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From Djokovic's 18th Grand Slam win to Mumbai City FC winning League Winners Shield, here is a look at the top sporting moments from February.

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2021, The Year In Sports: January recall

2021, The Year In Sports: From India beating Australia at the Gabba to Burnley ending Liverpool's home streak, here is a look at the top sporting moments from January.