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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

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Get sportspersons at the helm

The recent suspension of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the worst thing that could have happened to Indian sport. Yasin Merchant writes. Yasin says | Administrators with sporting angle

A year of many highs

Children eager to take up badminton should remember that hard work can get you anywhere. My aim in 2013? Win as many tournaments as possible! Saina Nehwal writes.

Coubertin’s legacy lives on

The 150th birth anniversary of the modern Games’ founder is the apt occasion to acknowledge his contributions, Jacques Rogge writes.

New ODI rules: Change and effect

In what could be a 'last-ditch effort' to bail out 50-over cricket, the ICC has introduced yet another set of rules to liven up the otherwise dull proceedings, writes Aakash Chopra.

Discordant notes, no conciliatory tones

The half-baked response to the player demands sent out by the All India Tennis Association on Sunday has not had the conciliatory effect it was meant to. Instead, it has further angered the eight who have scaled up the degree of their revolt.

'Cristiano Ronaldo, not Lionel Messi, should be Ballon d'Or'

Winning the Spanish league title was a mammoth achievement, precisely because the towering obstacles Ronaldo and his Madrid teammates overcame to do that were Messi and Barcelona, arguably the greatest player and the greatest club team, respectively, that football has ever seen.

Black Friday in Indian tennis

Things continue to stay murky in Indian tennis. While the national federation came out with a media release on Friday which reflected a significant comedown with the body conceding the demand of a six-member team, choice of physiotherapist and business class travel for all four playing members, the players claimed that this was all talk.

Accountable leadership is need of the hour

Indian tennis is in the news for the wrong reasons. This saddens me greatly. While we should be focused on tournaments and players, we are caught up in a vortex of one-upmanship between players and administrators, and the inter-administrator tussle.

AB’s return will be a boost

We can take a lot of heart from our performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. While it was disappointing to have lost the game, we did a great job in defending a low score to force a tie, reports Chris Gayle.

Sports federations act like nuclear command centres

Being out of the Olympic movement has been the biggest setback for Indian sports, but it gives us the opportunity to leap into the future, writes RVS Rathore.

Norms need to be practical, sensible

Safety norms in motorsport is a large and complex subject. In saying so, one also needs to adopt a practical approach with a lot of common sense added to it. Accidents can happen due to driver error, faulty equipment or due to a slippery surface, writes Akbar Ebrahim.

US Open: Mickelson stays ahead after Donald slips

Phil Mickelson was holding onto his lead at the US Open on Friday even without playing a shot as the early second-round starters failed to make up ground on the American crowd favorite.

Longevity is no fluke, it’s about doing the right thing all the time

On the occasion of Father’s Day, HT brings to you a from-the-heart account of a dad who moulded a world beater. Dr Vece Paes writes.

Not just players, administrators must also be made accountable

Thanks to some commanding performances, India have firmly entrenched themselves as favourites to win the Champions Trophy. While the seam bowling has been a pleasant surprise, it’s India’s powerful batting line-up that has made them the envy of everyone.

Practice beyond barriers made him great

Milkha Singh became India’s greatest athlete for he just didn’t know how to quit. He was a curious mix of maniacal zeal, unflinching determination and exceptional self-belief.
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