Apps that will help you keep tabs on your all-time favourites
Sneha Mahale, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, December 11, 2013
First Published: 15:21 IST(11/12/2013)
Last Updated: 15:33 IST(11/12/2013)
It could have been the 2012 Summer Olympics in London that showed governing bodies and ahtletes across the globe just how social they could be. Even before the opening ceremony, commentators, sports enthusiasts and athletes participating were asked to share even the most mundane thoughts that enter their heads.
Since then, there has been an explosion in terms of interaction and technology in the world of sports. With 2014 unofficially being declared the ‘Year of Sport’, thanks to the several mega sporting extravaganzas, including the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, taking place through the year, official apps are now available for those looking to track their favourite teams or players.
The international governing body of football, FIFA, expects its first official app for Android and iOS, that was launched last week, to be downloaded 70 million times over the next two months alone. Now, fans will be able to access up-to-the-minute news on over 200 domestic football leagues, plus all major women's leagues. They will also be able to track the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on their smartphones and tablets. Users can tailor the app to follow their favourite domestic clubs and national sides, and to access video content as well as breaking news and live scores.
Always playing catch up with Usain Bolt’s busy schedule? Now you never need to miss any of his races with this app that tracks IAAF’s running competitions. Launched in August, it includes news, features and human interest stories as well as photos and videos. It can be downloaded for Android and iOS devices.
Bleed blue with our cricket team with this official Board of Control for Cricket in India app. Stay updated on the scores, listen to commentary, get in-depth analysis, news, stats and exclusive interviews on Android and iOS. The app includes coverage of the Indian Premier League, Champions League T20 and Team India matches.
Olympic Athletes’ Hub
Ahead of the Sochi Olympics in 2014, the International Olympics Committee has released an app that brings together the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts of over 5,000 Olympic athletes. They will soon be joined by additional participants in the Sochi 2014 games.
Cricket Australia Live
One of the oldest cricketing rivalries can now be enjoyed on your smartphone or tablet. Free to download, this app for iOS and Android will stream the Ashes series, the England-Australia ODI series, the T20 Big Bash League and selected Southern Stars matches. It also provides news, stats, radio calls and exclusive behind-the-scenes content.
F1 Timing App
Finding out who is on P1 or keeping track of the results on Race Day needn’t be difficult. Keep up with the latest news, driver and team stats, schedules, standings and latest results with this app. It can be upgraded using in-app purchases to access live timing and track position data for P1, P2, P3 in qualifying and the championship.
The club officially launched their mobile app on Android and iOS platforms in November, becoming the first football club in India to have a mobile app. It offers info like game previews and reviews, score updates, standings, pictures, videos and lots more. The app can also be downloaded on iPad and Android tablets.
Follow your favourite professional tennis players and tournaments in real time, throughout the season, including select ATP Challenger events, with this official live-scoring app from the ATP World Tour and WTA. However, this app does not include updates from Grand Slam events.