Tuesday, October 23, 2018

In Numbers: Manasi Joshi’s amazing consistency makes her a medal prospect in the Asian Para Games

In 2014, three years after a horrific accident that affected her for life, Manasi Joshi played her first international para-badminton tournament. She went in with no expectations, barely having turned pro at that point in time, but came out...

Stigma, financial troubles no barrier to success for Rubina Francis

In sports, we often take the relationship between an athlete and their coach for granted. Since most of the development takes place outside the limelight, we often overlook the challenges faced by both the individuals. Instead, we only come...

Asian Para Games 2018: Para Athletes denied entry to Athletes Village due to non-payment of accommodation fee

The Indian contingent for the Asian Para Games was denied entry into the village because the accommodation fee had not yet been paid, it was reported. Top PCI officials, however, claimed that the amount had not yet been sanctioned by...

Rinku Hooda: From the track to the field, on ‘Haryana ki mitti’

Rinku Hooda's introduction to Para sports began after his arm got stuck in a paddy-sowing machine when he was merely 3-years-old. However, that has not stopped the iron-willed athlete from achieving great heights and making the nation proud. In...

Once dubbed crazy for practicing, Manoj Sarkar hopes for a better future for Indian para-sports

"This is a slightly complicated question for me," says Manoj when I ask him since when he has been playing Badminton. "The reason being that I have played Badminton both as an able-bodied and a para-athlete." "I used to play...

Niranjan Mukundan: Taking it one day at a time

The Thanyapura Academy in Phuket is fondly known among swimming circuits as a FINA hub. In 2015, as a part of a partnership between the global body for governance of swimming and the academy itself, 21 aspiring Olympians and...

Indian parabadminton squad look to quell controversies with eyes on the prize

The Para-Badminton competition looks set to be one of the most hotly contested at the Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games, with 17 of the 21 World Champions from the 2017 BWF Para-Badminton World Championships competing. A total of 157 athletes from 19...

“Imagination is the biggest asset in Blind Chess”: India’s contingent for the Asian Para Games hopes for recognition

Para sports in itself has been a massively ignored field in India. However, some might believe that in recent years, there has been progress on that front. It is still not recognised as much as it should be, but at...

All eyes on India’s Paralympic 2016 medalists ahead of Asian Para Games

Spectators at the para-athletics event are in for a treat with many Paralympic and World champions from across Asia attending. One of them, China’s Hongzhuan Zhou has six Paralympic and seven world titles and is one of the world’s best T53 wheelchair...

“Chess is a game of vision and not visibility”

Darpan Inani was 3 when he completely lost his eyesight. In an incident that put a rude halt to an otherwise ordinary course of childhood, he was left sightless as the result of an incurable infection. On the other hand,...