Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fact check: Were the Bengal U19 Hockey team really rebuked by their coach into shaving heads?

Early Tuesday morning, news emerged that the U19 Bengal Hockey team had allegedly been rebuked into shaving off their heads after a loss in a National level tournament. Reports suggested that the coach travelling with the team, Anand Kumar,...

Gaurav Nandrajog: Juggling between playing and coaching squash

Gaurav Nandrajog had a lot of good things being said about him when he defeated Ritwik Bhattacharya, the then Indian squash star, in 2006. He was the second best ranked Indian squash player at one point, but with injuries...

Squash: Samurai Abhishek Pradhan ready for the long haul

One of the young and talented Indian additions to the Professional Squash Association circuit, Abhishek Pradhan is a spirited individual with a flair for squash. At the HCL 75th National Squash Championship, you could make out where he was...

Girls in rural Jharkhand are choosing their futures through football

It was 5 PM when a bus sleepily sauntered through the empty roads of Hutup, a village a half-an-hour auto ride from the famed BIT Mesra in Jharkhand. There is just one pukka road leading in and out of...

Vikram Malhotra: The ‘rum’ that keeps getting better with time

Having beaten Mahesh Mangaonkar 3-11, 11-8, 6-11, 13-11, 11-4 in a keenly contested final at the North of Scotland Open squash tournament in 2017, the title match between the two forces of Indian squash at the HCL 75th National...

With increased viewership, India is becoming a major multi-sport watching nation

Sports viewership in India has been, for ages, been dominated by the monopoly of cricket. Since Kapil's Devils lifted the ICC World Cup in 1983, the fandom for the game spread like wildfire further driving the fandom to achieve...

So near yet so far, the story of Indian football

Eight years ago in Qatar, when India last competed at the AFC Asian Cup, none expected them to make it through the group stage with Australia, South Korea and Bahrain being its other group members. And that is what happened, expectedly....

Not being in the Olympics doesn’t make squash any lesser: Joshna Chinappa

Joshna Chinappa competed, if it can be called competition at all, against Sunidhi Pandey in the first round of the HCL 75th National Squash Championship and beat her 11-0, 11-2, 11-1 without literally even breaking a sweat. It was...

Opinion: BCCI in disarray

There is no doubt that the comments made by Hardik Pandya on Koffee with Karan were questionable. Viewer opinions may vary on the extent to which they were offensive, but most will agree that they didn’t show him, and possibly the culture inside the entire Indian...

Jyothi Surekha Vennam: India’s most consistent archer with a stand named after her

The star archer from down south, Jyothi Surekha Vennam has been prolific of late. Just a few weeks back, at the Berlin World Cup, she won two medals - silver in the women's team event and bronze in the...