Instead of stressing on team sports in the Olympics, India must focus on individual disciplines it's good at.
It’s the last day of the Olympics and all across our nation’s rolling tracks and fields, we are bursting with pre-ordered pride. Indrajit Hazra
Five medals — India’s best showing at the Olympics so far — has given us cause to celebrate, but we must take it with a pinch of salt. While the growing economic might of many nations is reflected in their medal tally at the Olympics, the same doesn’t hold true for India.
Usain Bolt confirmed himself on Thursday night as a true legend. Although most people would have already considered him as such, he had previously stated that he felt he would need to defend his Olympic 100 and 200 metres crowns successfully to earn that title. Michael Johnson
If you're not a sports fan, this is probably the only time in four years you'll find yourself getting excited over the quarter finals of a table tennis match or the next round of the javelin throw. Poonam Saxena
What made these Games so enriching has been the smiles.… English volunteers are a bunch of beaming happy people who shrug off rudeness with a smile and accommodate every demand. Sukhwant Basra
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Courage and relentless aggression may be suicidal in modern boxing, but Devendro is a delightful boxer to watch. Sukhwant Basra
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The men's 100 metres final lived up to all the hype. It was the best 100m I have seen, and not only because it was the fastest collective 100m race ever. Every man finished under ten seconds, except Asafa Powell, who pulled up with injury. Michael Johnson
Could you have dreamt of a day when Saina Nehwal would be fitter than a Chinese player? It happened today! From Beijing to London, Saina has come a long way, and the years of hard work and dedication have paid off. Aparna Popat
The Mary Kom I know is one who is aggressive inside the ring. She has always been like this. If she doesn’t land punches she used to get frustrated. I met her even before she learnt to box, when she was in Class VI (around 12-years-old). Ibomcha Singh
Yes, ostensibly the new points system seems to be flawed, but if you delve into details then I think it is fine. Another thing is that amateur boxing is always fraught with controversies. Akhil Kumar
If the 20km walk wasn't tough enough, here is a man who had to endure the grind of training everyday to make his dream of competing in the Olympic Games come true and also resolutely fight the system for what he felt was his due.
After Friday’s heartbreaking episode of Vikas Krishan, young Devendro Singh brought some happiness back to the Indian boxing camp. Saurabh Duggal
The first time I met Vijay in 2003, he was a lean and thin guy who had come to compete in the Young Bullet Competition where three shooters from each regiment get a chance to show their skills and get selected in the Army team. Pemba Tamang
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The two questions I have been asked most since I arrived in London are who will light the cauldron and who will win the men’s 100 metres final. Michael Johnson
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