Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...