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Vijay Sharma: The godfather pulling the strings of Indian weightlifting’s resurgence

With Indian weightlifting going through one of its most successful phases, The Bridge reached out to the man who is at the centre of the resurgence - India head coach Vijay Sharma. "I tried a lot of experiments and by...

18 harsh realities of Indian Sports

As the sports ecosystem continues to develop, mature and professionalize, there are some key emerging themes that provide character to this journey. Although 18 elements below seem too many, the efforts through this article is to capture all core...

The story of Harendra Trivedi, India’s first World Dwarf Table Tennis Champion

His short height made him the target of much teasing in childhood, but India’s first World Dwarf TT champion Harendra Trivedi says his achievements have shown that lack of height has little to do with ability. Here is his...

A tragedy of errors by the Sports Ministry and Volleyball Federation

Volleyball has gained quite a lot of ground in India as a regional sport, particularly dominating the Southern part of the country as one of its most popular fields of play. In fact, in the state of Kerala, such...
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Soumyajit Ghosh: A premature end to a promising career

In 2012, Soumyajit Ghosh became the youngest player to qualify for the London Olympics. For the young lad from Siliguri, West Bengal, it was more about breaking the stereotypes that usually come associated with the state to burst into...

Indian gymnastics continue to face the brunt of incessant political drama

The recent performances by Dipa Karmakar or Aruna Reddy at the Olympics and World Cups and other major international competitions have seen a huge resurgence in Indian gymnastics. With the results at an all-time high, while we celebrate our...

Three reasons why David John is not the right man for Indian hockey

The poor performance of the men's team in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, cost Coach Sjored Marijne his job and Manpreet Singh his captaincy. Despite these changes, however, there was one man who came out of this mess purely...

Ticket collector, captain and sportswoman: The many lives of Sushila Chanu

The year was 1999. It was the year that Manipur, a state far into the extremities of North Eastern India, had bagged the hosting rights for the very prestigious National Games. Back then, unbeknownst to many, a 7-year old...

Indian Track and Field – The ‘Talent Pipeline’ that should be harnessed

Over the last 50 years, sports was never a priority for the government. Our grassroots sports program was never systematically developed. Neither was sports infrastructure created nor was it make accessible to the masses. With very low per capita...
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Armed with Asian Championships medal and a career-high ranking, HS Prannoy eager to build on consistency

The one characteristic of HS Prannoy that stands out is that he is brutally honest. He never shies away from speaking his mind and baring his heart, even if his words come across as a surprise to many. He never...

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Delhi Smog interrupts India Sri Lanka test match

You may have heard about on-field tussles interrupting a crucial international match in almost every sport. Disagreements are then solved usually with the intervention of the referee or other players. Today, however, for the first time it was pollution which stopped the ongoing India-Sri...

Cricket in Kashmir: A dangerous and beautiful game

Back in May this year, a domestic cricket tournament in Kashmir's Pulwama made national headlines after the opening ceremony before the final was streamed live on Facebook. The video that went viral showed the two teams, Shining Star Pampore and Pulwama Tigers, lined up...