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What is sport without coaches? Through this section, we take a look at some of the most inspirational coaches in Indian sports, and how they went about training their disciples to be world-beaters.

Kuldeep Malik: Bringing out the champions in grapplers

Kuldeep Malik has had a far more successful run as a freestyle wrestling coach than he did as a freestyle wrestler himself. In the last decade or so, Kuldeep took reigns of both the men and women's wrestling teams...

Vijay Sharma: The godfather pulling the strings of Indian weightlifting’s resurgence

With Indian weightlifting going through one of its most successful phases, The Bridge reached out to the man who is at the centre of the resurgence - India head coach Vijay Sharma. "I tried a lot of experiments and by...

Pandurang Mhaskar: The untold story of Maharashtra’s Athletics pioneer

When you look through pages of history there will be many men and women in Sports that have carved an immaculate journey. Some of them have achieved feats one could only dream of. And then some that have inspired...

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...

Cyrus Poncha: The architect of India’s squash empire

Most of the successful coaches that we see around today are familiar faces. But usually their fame precedes their coaching careers and we know them from their years on the professional circuit. Be it Stefan Edberg for Roger Federer,...

Jaspal Rana: Showing the way for the future of Indian Shooting

India's legacy in Shooting is not something which can be decried or ignored; especially when it has been the source for a major chunk of world level medals that this country has received over the years. For a long...

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...

This is not Kabir Khan of Chak De India, but Abdul Hakim: The man behind Indian Ice Hockey

After a convincing 3-0 win against Macau in their Round Robin game in the Challenge Cup of Asia yesterday, the Indian men's Ice Hockey team are raring to go in this year's tournament. The tournament is conducted by the IIHF...

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...

Commonwealth Games 2018: Mauritius official charged by Queensland police for sexual assault

In an unfortunate turn of events, an official of the Malaysian contingent was charged with sexual assault by the Queensland State Police during the ongoing Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The Games have been quite full of drama so far and this incident was the latest...

Australian Open 2018: Leander Paes and Purav Raja showcase stellar tennis to progress

A cloudy morning at Melbourne Park was suddenly lit up when the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Purav Raja pulled off a scintillating upset edging past the fifth seeds duo of Jamie Murray/ Bruno Soares in a three-set thrilling duel. The unseeded pair of...