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Shooting has had a lasting effect on my personality

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

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

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...

I hope parents of young athletes understand that it is not always about money

When you are born into a family where every rupee matters, you need to be braver than the others. You have two options, one is to run away from the obstacles that life hurls towards you and the other...

The jump from being a footballer to becoming a referee is a little unconventional

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...

There are Haryanvi girls, taking over the world

When I first picked boxing gloves, I did not know that I'd be defeating the likes of Mary Kom someday. Like most older brothers, my brother too bossed me around when we were growing up in Haryana and he...

Fearlessness is what makes people look up to you

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,...

Only a medal has the power to transform sports and change mindsets

Growing up in Delhi, and as a pretty good student, I was all set to study hard for the next few years to become an IAS Officer some day. But then I ended up beating a boy up in...

I find no reason for the distinction between Paralympians and Olympians

When you're born, you are at the mercy of those around you. There is nothing much you can do for yourself. I was born to a simple farmer's family in a UP village near Meerut. Before I was old...

Boxers have failed to win more than an Olympic bronze-Is that our benchmark?

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...

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