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
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
Winter has set in and it reminds me of those good old days when I was a boy going to Eden in jumpers and sweaters, with food packed (unfortunately that is not allowed these days). It was as if a winter carnival was on. Sourav Ganguly
When the series started, England were considered sitting ducks, the proverbial underdogs who had little chance of surviving Indian spin. Now, midway through the four-match contest, Cook's team is in happier space and having aced India in Mumbai, the momentum is with them. Amrit Mathur
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.
Eden Gardens! It’s a special place for me. I will be missing a Test at the Eden after a long time, and all the memories I have of playing there are pleasant; VVS Laxman 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.
Instead of skulking back to individual race weekends, the FMSCI must insist on more racing carnivals; Sukhwant Basra writes.
The popularity of a sport can be gauged from the level of expectations from players at an international outing. Our performance at the Beijing Olympics — a bronze and two quarterfinalists — popularised the sport in the country, and with a series of good performances in the Asian Games and World Championships (2009, 2011), people had hoped we would better our performance in London. Vijender Singh writes.
It was nice to see the first Test in Ahmedabad pan out along expected lines. After MS won the toss, Viru and Gauti got India off to a good start, Pujara made a superb double and Yuvi marked his return to Test cricket with a well-made half century. VVS Laxman writes.
For Viru to play his 100th Test at the Wankhede is a massive achievement. It calls for hard work, plenty of perseverance, sacrifices and a total commitment to cricket, and Viru has displayed all these qualities, VVS Laxman
Ahmedabad had a terrific name in terms of development, now it must be up with the best in terms of cleanliness and facilities, Sourav Ganguly writes.
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
reports. Know the writer
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.
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