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India a global force, but not at the Olympics

Five medals — India’s best showing at the Olympics so far — has given us cause to celebrate, but we must take it with a pinch of salt. While the growing economic might of many nations is reflected in their medal tally at the Olympics, the same doesn’t hold true for India.

Exposure trips, new methods the way to go

There is a new, young brigade shaping up in boxing for the 2016 Rio Games. And, given the middle-class backgrounds India’s young guns — Shiva Thapa, Devendro Singh, Vikas Krishan and Sumit Sangwan — come from, it’s a story that should inspire a generation to take up the sport. Indraneel Das reports.

The new vehicle for empowerment

A spark is what is needed to fuel a budding athlete’s desire to make it big on the international stage. And a flash is needed for India to fire its passion to go for glory at the Olympics. Ajai Masand & Saurabh Duggal report.

Challenges persist despite London high

This has been the best Olympics for India as far as badminton is concerned. Not only did the players secure four qualification spots, with mixed and women's doubles making their India debut, Saina Nehwal's bronze topped off an amazing London outing.

Systemic change need of the hour

In order to hit bullseye in Rio, the Indian archery setup has to undergo a major revamp. Nilankur Das reports. London 2012 report card | Eyes on Rio

Resting on laurels is not on

KD Jadhav's bronze at the 1952 Helsinki Games gave India their first individual medal at the Olympics. Fifty six years later, at Beijing, Sushil Kumar's bronze again brought wrestling into focus. Now, the grapplers' performance in London has put the sport on centrestage. Saurabh Duggal reports. What needs to be done | London 2012 report card

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.

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.

PMO boost for nation’s budding athletes

With eyes firmly set on the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Prime Minister’s Office has decided to give a boost to young athletes. The government plans to collaborate with the corporate sector to spot talent early and fund the education and training of budding sportspersons. Aloke Tikku reports. The mud games

The mud games

City's history of wrestling has shaped the successes of two Olympians and more. Sidhartha Roy writes. A day in the life of a wrestler | Well-known akhadas | The sport has come a long way

'Change the policy to benefit more shooters'

The 2010 season wasn't as bad for pistol shooter Samaresh Jung as critics made it out to be. Still, it wasn't good enough to motivate him to strive for a ticket to the London Olympics. Navneet Singh reports.

London over, no vision for Rio

The Athletics Federation of India, it seems, does not believe in 'sprinting with the times'. There is a perceptible lack of innovative ideas when it comes to chalking out a long-term development plan for major events such as the Olympics and the Asian Games. Navneet Singh reports. Here to Rio

Archers living on hope and a prayer

Dismal performance and an unprecedented election, three months later, for the post of the Archery Association of India (AAI) president has left the sport on the verge of being de-recognised by the government. Nilankur Das reports. Road map

Sportspersons not allowed into the facilities built for them

Though sports facilities are being utilised to some extent in various colleges, those under the jurisdiction of DU are 'out of bounds' for players. Navneet Singh reports.

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