Tuesday, January 22, 2019

First Queens of Indian tennis and the reign of Rita Davar

The rich timeline of Indian tennis dates all the way back to the 1880s. It was because of the colonial rule of the Britishers that tennis found a new home in the Indian subcontinent. By the second decade of the...

Hockey World Cup: The glory that hasn’t been ours for 43 years can change in 2018

We stand at the cusp of a beautiful thing happening in Indian Hockey at present. All of us hold witnesses, we have all been a part of this magnificent journey which has been made up of several prominent moments...

Athlete, Actor, BSF Personnel: The many faces of Praveen Kumar Sobti

Growing up, our generation's biggest source of the knowledge of the Indian epic was BR Chopra's Mahabharata. The people who brought those characters to life on the silver screen became a part of the cult status that most of...

Train ride to destiny: How Prakash Padukone changed the fate of an entire sport

Badminton, today, is one of India's premier sports. The racquet sport has provided India with a unique chance to excel in something which is not cricket. Over the last decade, many such 'shuttlers' have risen and found their place...

When Mukhbain Singh’s sizzling hat-trick brought down Australia at 1972 Munich Olympics

One is not sure how many among the current hockey fraternity remembers the name of Mukhbain Singh. The Jalandhar lad had emerged as one of the principal architects of India’s bronze-winning feat at the 1972 Munich Olympics. 36 years back, Mukhbain was...

The first and last time India played basketball at the Olympics

Basketball has ceased to make a significant mark in India compared to other popular sports in the country. In recent days, Indian basketball remains out of discussions of major world tournaments, and India has been one of the weaker...

Sarwan Singh: An Asian medalist whose achievements were erased by time

Time can be cruel. No matter how awe-inspiring an achievement may be, eventually the hours have a way of catching up with it. And when that happens, it threatens to slowly wipe away the memory of something which was...

We have talent but lack a proper road map, feels legendary footballer Kartick Sett

It’s very disappointing that the political leaders do not actually want the standard of Indian football to improve, they are just happy to consolidate their power in the governing body. - Kartick Sett, a former International The Indian Olympic Association (IOA)...

Looking back at when it all began for Indian Hockey

The first Indian contingent was sent to the Olympics in 1920 but it was not until 1928 that an Indian Hockey team made an appearance at the biggest competition in the World. 1928. That was the year which, in many...

From beating Milkha Singh to losing a leg: The downfall of an Olympian

The adage "rags to riches" is quite a popular one but there exists a parallel flow of events. Sometimes, things happen the other way round with absolutely no explanations regarding how and why. Most often, it is the result...