Friday, December 14, 2018

Sukant Kadam’s incredible story- from a college team reject to becoming World No.2

Early days Things were not easy for Sukant Kadam during his college days, why would it be? The Para-Badminton player had to smash his way to the college team during the 1st year of his Engineering course. From there to...

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...

Heart of gold, will of steel: Satyapal Singh is serving as coach without the limelight

Satyapal Singh has just finished giving instructions to his athletes. He is now making his way towards where I am standing when he catches one of his athletes and jokingly scolds him not to wander around and instead do...

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...

Para-sports should not just be noticed for medals: Sharath Gayakwad

In a country where most sports other than cricket get stepmotherly treatment, and badminton is perhaps one of the few sports to have properly entered the public consciousness, swimming is a far cry from people being aware.  And then, perhaps,...

Asian Para Games gold medalist caught in dope cloud

Despite India's huge medal haul at the Asian Para Games recently concluded earlier this month in Jakarta, embarrassment seems to be in order for the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) as one of India's gold medalists, Narayan Thakur (100m-T35...

“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,...

Superstition, Self-belief and Finland training key to Sandeep Chaudhary’s world record show

A fourth-place finish in Paralympic Games would be disheartening for many newcomers but not for Indian para javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary. It acted as a catalyst to give him the extra push in the years to come. Two years...

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...

A look back at the Asian Para Games and the positives for India

Training, Surrounding, Support Staff, Competition, Performance The Indian para-athletes were eventually closing on all the factors. Slowly and steadily things were falling in place. The Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games touched most of these factors as the 192-member Indian team celebrated the success of their...