Thursday, January 17, 2019

One needs to embrace highs and lows of life | By Ashwini Akkunji

I remember running into the vast open grounds as a kid. In my village, there were no tracks, no restrictions, and no rules. We could run as we wanted to run and we could run where we wanted to...

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

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...

It’s only persistence that opens bigger platforms for you | By Sunita Lakra

It was back in 2002 my father introduced me to hockey. As an eleven-year-old, I was not sure whether it would suit me. I was skeptical in my earlier days but he inculcated a belief in me and dragged...

Our ultimate aim for the World Cup is to reach the summit | By Lilima Minz

It was during the Korean tour in March, earlier this year that I earned my 100th international cap. It was an exhilarating feeling to have achieved that particular milestone, but in spite of all my experience, I strongly feel...

Being a gymnast is not easy. You live in constant fear. | By Palak Bijral

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 hope parents of young athletes understand that it is not always about money | By Manish Rawat

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...

I do not let the word ‘impossible’ enter my system | By M Sreeshankar

One word I have heard a lot for the past few months is "impossible". After the unfortunate timing of my appendicitis operation- it happened right before the Commonwealth Games, medical experts dealing with my case told me that it...

I was going to be an engineer. Table Tennis found me. | By Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

Let me begin with a confession here. This story is unlike any other story you might read about athlete struggles. It is not a rags-to-riches tale. It's not a story about how I battled a lack of support and...

Being a goalkeeper is a lonely job | By PR Sreejesh

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...

Sports is all about maintaining the spirit of sportsmanship | By Sandeep Narwal

Aggression is one of the key traits that every athlete who aspires to be significant in kabaddi must imbibe in their style of play. According to me, a kabaddi player must be fit, healthy and have good stamina. Apart from...