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How high can Tejaswin Shankar take us?

On February 24 this year, 19-year-old Tejaswin Shankar set a new high jump national record, leaping 2.28 metres, bettering his own mark of 2.26m, a national record set two years ago. On March 7, at the Federation Cup in Patiala, he repeated the feat. Tejaswin's performance of 2.28m is the joint best among Commonwealth nations this year. The 2.28m or 7...

Commonwealth Games 2018: No cakewalk for Indian women wrestlers at Gold Coast

Indian hopes will be high as the six Indian women wrestlers enter the mat at Gold Coast in a couple of weeks time. After all the Commonwealth competitions fetch India maximum success at international levels. But the picture is not that rosy.. The extremely fast and talented Vinesh Phogat fighting in the 50 kg class competitors has the easiest task in...

Commonwealth Games 2018: Complete list of Indian athletes

With the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games around the corner, things have already heated up in the Gold Coast. The athletes are making their last-minute preparations for the mega event. The Australian City got the honours to host the games after it won the bid during an event in Saint Kitts and Nevis, back in 2011. India made a...

Commonwealth Games 2018: ‘Golds’ at Gold Coast beckon Sushil Kumar and company of male wrestlers

'You can loathe him or love him, but you cannot ignore him'. This is a quote which was so aptly penned for the mercurial tennis great John Mcenroe in the 1980s. But now, it seems India's very own Olympic great Sushil Kumar is doing his best to take over the mantle from McEnroe. Ignore is the last thing any Indian fan...

47% Presidents in Indian Sports Federations are Politicians

Is there anything which comes closer to a dream job than that of heading a sports federation in India? Nothing' Heading a Sports Federation entails that you are not held accountable for pathetic results or even your actions. Additionally, from time to time, you get to go on foreign trips and the best part of the offer is that nobody has...

There are Haryanvi girls, taking over the world | By Pinki Jangra

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 suggested that I should try boxing. But when I did, it was only as a pass time. He used to...

“Boxers have failed to win more than an Olympic bronze – Is that our benchmark?” | By V. Devaranjan

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 pursue a career in sport often look to me for advice. To them, I have only this to say- never...

Navjot Kaur: India’s next golden girl

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On 2nd March 2018, for the first time in history, an Indian stood on the gold medal spot on the podium at the Asian Championship in Women's Wrestling. Navjot Kaur's years of struggle paid off as she defeated her opponent 9-1 to lay her hands on her first ever Asian Championship gold medal. Following her sister's footsteps, Navjot took to wrestling....

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 and ushered in a number of changes. He took charge of the women's wrestling team between the years 2011 and...

Hit or miss: Re-evaluating the success of Khelo India School Games

India is a country with a staggering population of 1.324 people as of 2016. China has a population of 1.379. In over a century of Olympic participation, India has managed to secure all of 28 medals. China, who have participated in the Olympics since 1952, that is 52 years later than India have 546 medals. That is the difference...