Mumbai boasts three Olympic gold medallists, all for hockey. One of them, MM Somaya, who grew up in Byculla, part of the winning team in the 1980 Moscow games, says India may yet pull off a medal in London. Ayaz Memon
Like every sportsperson has a shelf life, every coach, no matter how good he is in his subject, too has an expiry date.
India’s best show at the Olympics will be an inspiration for the country’s paralympians when they line up at London. Devendra Jhajharia writes.
"What a journey it has been for me! But I have put in a lot of hard work and made sacrifices to achieve my goal." The champion feels a more scientific approach will help India outgun competitors. Flashback
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With the Olympics just over the athletes, especially the medal winners, fit into three categories: the ones who were lucky to have won, the ones who won but were then caught for doping and the ones who defied all odds and human capabilities and really wowed the world. Manisha Malhotra writes.
Amid the clamour to celebrate India’s best-ever Olympic show, a visit to the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana near New Delhi serves as a reality check. Here tomorrow’s stars live and train in conditions that at best is, well, depressing, Navneet Singh reports.
The idea was to promote sport in India. Somewhere down the line, appeasing the Union sports minister, who is also the head of the governing body of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), too became a priority, Navneet Singh reports.
On Sunday, Delhi blew hot and cold. The sultry, muggy conditions made running difficult on a flat and picturesque course.
For years now, I have been asked this question with monotonous regularity: Who next after Leander and Mahesh to consistently represent India at the Grand Slams? “No one”, has been my standard answer. Sadly, the system that breeds talent does not exist in our country. Mahesh Bhupathi
You will rarely find a piece praising a politician in these pages. We sports journalists have seen far too many of that breed ruin our federations. Sukhwant Basra reports.
The state units are in a state of stupor. Perhaps, this is one reason why there is thin participation at the national level. Sriram Singh
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I have always wondered in my 17 years of sporting career as to what role the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has played in the development of sport in the country, apart from forwarding the entries of athletes for major competitions. Abhinav Bindra writes.
Instead of skulking back to individual race weekends, the FMSCI must insist on more racing carnivals; Sukhwant Basra writes.
Indian archery has come a long way since I won my first gold in the Nationals as a sub-junior more than two decades back; Dola Banerjee writes.
As the parent body for Olympic sport in the country, the IOA should be a model organisation, setting the highest standards of governance for other bodies to derive strength from, writes Abhinav Bindra