Thursday, January 17, 2019

The jump from being a footballer to becoming a referee is a little unconventional | By Maria Rebello

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 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...

“Boxers have failed to win more than an Olympic bronze – Is that our benchmark?” | By V. Devaranjan

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...

I was the only girl competing and playing with a pack of boys | By Nadiya Nighat

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...

Everybody excels in their own time, you just need to be patient | By Divya Dhayal

Taking up the field of sports in India can be challenging. Luckily for me, almost my entire family is made up of sportspersons. My Father is a national level archer. It is because of him that me, my brother, and my...

Shooting has had a lasting effect on my personality | By Anjum Moudgil

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....

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...

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...

Fearlessness is what makes people look up to you | By Rani Rampal

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 first day of training, I came back home with blood all over my face | By Nikhat Zareen

Growing up in a family of four daughters in the house, I always had one constant question. I kept wondering why girls were not encouraged to take up sports more. For us, life was a constant. It used to...