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Life and times of Ngangom Bala Devi, Captain – Indian Women’s Football team

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More people are talking about Indian football than a few years ago. India has hosted an Under-17 FIFA World Cup, has a “glamorous” top-tier league (or two), the number of players earning a decent wage is on the rise and sports administrators don’t dismiss discussions on the structures to be put in place as vehemently as before. Disillusioned old supporters are beginning to be more optimistic...

In Conversation with Sarjubala Devi

The Bridge got together with Sarjubala Devi from the 2018 SpiceJet India Open for a chat. Here are excerpts from the interview: Team Bridge: Tell us something about your yesterday's match. Sarjubala: Yesterday was my quarterfinal match and I got a bye before that. I played really well, especially the last round. I was feeling cold but overall it was a...

IWL 2020: Ratanbala stars as KRYPHSA reach maiden final

Ratanbala Devi starred as Manipur-based football club Kangchup Road Young Physical and Sports Association (KRYPHSA) FC reached their maiden Indian Women’s League (IWL) final, beating Mumbai’s Kenkre FC 3-1 in the first semi-final at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Monday. Ratanbala scored a first-half brace while Roja Devi scored after the break to give...

2020 is already the year of the three Devis of Indian football

The constant chitter-chatter about the absence of equality among men and women athletes in sports can assume the backseat for now as the Indian women's football team is stirring up sensations in the year 2020. Abandoning all such discussions and making their work on the football field count, the women footballers of the...

World Wushu Championship silver medallist Sanathoi Devi won’t settle without a gold

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Sporting accomplishments are a great thing for any athlete and so is personal bliss - India’s ace woman wushu player Yumnam Sanathoi Devi is precisely experiencing the same - on one hand, she had just recently made the country ‘proud’ bagging a silver medal in women’s Sanda event at the 15th World Wushu Championship held in China,...

Road to Olympic qualifiers cannot be better planned: Footballer Bembem Devi

Legendary Women’s Footballer Bembem Devi feels the “roadmap to the Olympic Qualifiers couldn’t have been better planned” for the Indian Senior Women’s Team. In an interview, she couldn’t hide her excitement over the Hero Gold Cup, the first-ever International Tournament for Women’s in India, while speaking at length about the favourites for the tournament, about “Football not being for...

The Power Balance between Sportspersons and Administrators

The recent controversy surrounding the Regulations, Terms & Conditions for NESC – 2018 (“Regulations”) issued by the ESports Federation of India (ESFI) for the selection of players for the Asian Games highlighted the unequal bargaining power existing with the sportspersons and the sports federations/ league owners and the dominant position of the latter. The issues with the Regulations are apparent...

Indian boxers Sumit and Sarjubala guaranteed medals in Indian Open while Thapa progresses to quarters

Asian silver-medalist Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and world silver-medalist Sarjubala Devi (51kg) will not return empty-handed from the ongoing maiden edition of the Indian Open, as the two romped to victory in the men and women categories on Monday, in New Delhi. Second seed Sumit outplayed Virender Kumar 5-0, while Sarjubala Devi along with Pinki Jangra emerged victorious in the 49kg...

Women’s Boxing Nationals: Glittering Golds For Sarjubala,Sarita and Sonia

Former world silver medalist Sarjubala Devi (48), bagged gold and the best boxer trophy at the National Women's Boxing Championship in Rohtak.  Representing Manipur, Sarjubala brought the lone gold for the state. The Railway Sports Promotion Board emerged as overall champions in the nationals. Sarjubala beat Haryana's Ritu 3-2 in the final to claim her second and successive national...

Dalima Chhibber features in AFC’s video campaign against coronavirus pandemic

After Sunil Chhetri and Bala Devi, Dalima Chhibber is the latest Indian footballer to feature in AFC's video campaign to spread awareness about the COVID-19 disease.