Columns

  • Natalia Ishchenko
    Jul 29, 2012 01:44 IST

    When the city struck gold

    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 writes.

  • cwgd910
    Aug 20, 2012 23:21 ISTBeyond the news

    Did Thomas earn his stripes as a coach?

    Like every sportsperson has a shelf life, every coach, no matter how good he is in his subject, too has an expiry date.

  • Aug 22, 2012 23:22 ISTBy invitation

    High on spirit and guts

    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.

  • Aug 25, 2012 00:22 ISTLight the fire | 4-yr plan

    We must begin now: Mary Kom

    "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 | Five-point agenda

  • Sep 01, 2012 23:38 ISTBy Invitation

    A cutting edge dope programme comes at $500,000 per year

    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.

  • Sep 07, 2012 00:12 ISTLight the fire

    The dirty picture

    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.

  • Sep 07, 2012 00:17 ISTLight the fire

    Training centres: On a ministerial whim

    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.

  • Sep 30, 2012 23:11 IST

    Running full steam, Rajdhani style

    On Sunday, Delhi blew hot and cold. The sultry, muggy conditions made running difficult on a flat and picturesque course.

  • Oct 24, 2012 01:08 IST

    No system, no planning

    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 writes.

  • Oct 30, 2012 23:36 ISTStraight Up

    Maken did what was right, he’ll be missed

    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.

  • Nov 02, 2012 23:34 ISTBy invitation

    If federation is run like family business, nothing will work

    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

  • Dec 01, 2012 23:21 ISTBy Invitation

    These people make my blood boil

    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.

  • Dec 03, 2012 00:04 ISTStraight Up

    Super start, now stay on track

    Instead of skulking back to individual race weekends, the FMSCI must insist on more racing carnivals; Sukhwant Basra writes.

  • Dec 03, 2012 22:08 ISTBy invitation

    If govt washes its hands off, exposure trips will suffer

    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.

  • Gagan Narang, Yogeshwar Dutt, Saina Nehwal and Mary Kom. HT
    Dec 05, 2012 23:26 ISTArgument

    Need right people, not VIPs

    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.