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Being a goalkeeper is a lonely job

I think one of the earlier pieces of advice I have gotten when I initially began taking the role of a goalkeeper seriously was that "Never trust your team." It came from a man I had a lot of...

Shooting has had a lasting effect on my personality

It all started with my mother taking me to the shooting range as a child. She herself did a little bit of shooting when she was in college and the love of the sport was probably in my blood....

I hope parents of young athletes understand that it is not always about money

When you are born into a family where every rupee matters, you need to be braver than the others. You have two options, one is to run away from the obstacles that life hurls towards you and the other...

For the first 14 years of my life, I lived in a slum. Now I play for India.

They say life is a series of lucky breaks. I would not know how true that is. But I do know this. Life has a habit of kicking you to the curb an exceptionally high number of times in...

Being a gymnast is not easy. You live in constant fear.

Fate is essential when you talk about achieving your dream. If you are meant to do something, that vocation will find you whether you plan it or not. That does not negate the importance of hard work, though. You...

I was the only girl competing and playing with a pack of boys

They say all you need to be able to play football is, well, a football and if you can afford the luxury of boots, that is not half bad. What they forget to tell you is that it's only...

Fearlessness is what makes people look up to you

In India, it's a nightmare situation if a girl announces that she wants to play sports for a career and a living. All hell breaks loose especially when you come from a conservative place like I do. Back then,...

The jump from being a footballer to becoming a referee is a little unconventional

Growing up with two older brothers, in a Goan village which had given birth to legends like Robert Fernandes and Armando Colaco, it is difficult to remove football from your life. Football was a part and parcel of every...

“I do not want my students to go through what I did during my time as an Olympian”

For me, it has always been about the sport. The sport is the hero, the sportsperson predominantly adds on to its glory and, in the process, amasses a certain amount of personal accolades as well. Ever since I took...

Boxers have failed to win more than an Olympic bronze-Is that our benchmark?

As someone who has been through quite a few phases in a long professional life, I find myself in a unique position to comment on the changing landscape of Indian sport in general and boxing in particular. Youngsters looking to...

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