Friday, December 14, 2018

From a failed wrestler to coaching at the grassroots: The untold story of Sandip Patil

It was in the month of January, we saw the inaugural edition of Khelo India School Games kicking off with undaunting enthusiasm, which was targeted at strengthening the sporting ecosystem by mass participation and promotion of excellence in sports...

Jiwanjot Singh: Changing the fortunes of Indian archers

Indian Women’s Compound Archery team created history after the eves were ranked No. 1 in the world a few days ago. Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar, Divya Dhayal and Trisha Deb all played their respective part in India’s path...

Table Tennis in Naihati: A story of two clubs on the verge of sinking

Table Tennis is a sport in which India has performed extraordinarily well in the past 12 months. Manika Batra and Gnansekeran Sathiyan have now become household names following the Sharath Kamal era. Sutirtha Mukherjee, one of India’s most exceptional...

Sonia Chahal: The ‘other’ World Boxing medalist

On November 24, the legendary Mary Kom played the first bout of the finals at the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Delhi. The Indoor Stadium, the scene of the fight that would set the veteran boxer a notch beyond...

As a coach, you should be able to say your team plays for you | By Mir Ranjan Negi

One thing that struck me as I watched the hapless final between our girls and the Japanese Hockey Team was a scene from between the third and the fourth quarter. Our girls were a goal down, and the National...

The world should know that Indian girls are capable of more than they are given credit for

Before starting on any kind of project, there are two things that you must establish. Firstly, set your benchmarks. Firmly make your expectations clear right at the onset of your work and keep reinforcing what your targets are. The...

People always have opinions about selections of teams

The most important factor for anyone in a coaching position to remember is that, at a given point during any game, decisions taken on the field wholly rest on the players. Your role is to just watch from the...

If you have the passion, everything else can be acquired | By Subramaniam Raman

I think Table Tennis has come quite a distance since I was playing. And logically so, since we are improving at every level. Exposure has a lot to do with it as well. Players now are getting a lot more...

Chandrakant Pandit : Vidarbha’s wonder touch

The 56-year-old coach who helped Vidarbha lift their maiden Ranji trophy also featured in 5 tests and 36 ODIs from 1986 to 1992 for the Indian national team. Pandit then turned to coaching and enjoyed successful stints with the...

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...