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Assess value of a medal, don't make athletes beg

Isn't this rather sad? A player lives with the dream of playing for the country. Then he or she works hard to win a medal for it. But even after winning a medal for India, they have to prove they deserve to be selected for the Arjuna award.

It's official, no Arjuna award for boxer Manoj Kumar

Putting an end to speculations,the sports ministry on Thursday stuck to the original list of Arjuna awards winners, thereby dashing boxer Manoj Kumar's hopes of getting the sporting honour.

Ecclestone dashes hopes of Indian Grand Prix's return in 2015

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone on Thursday asserted that the troubled Indian Grand Prix has run out of time for a 2015 return and its organisers must settle the contractual obligations for a possible comeback in 2016.

Tony Stewart to miss another NASCAR race

Tony Stewart will sit out Saturday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he's missed since his car struck and killed a fellow driver in a dirt-track race.

Hockey India secy calls Kapil Dev 'opportunist'

Disgruntled Hockey India secretary Narinder Batra on Wednesday launched a tirade against cricket legend Kapil Dev, who headed the Arjuna Awards selection committee, calling him an opportunist.

Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul: Grounded despite Glasgow high

For a shooter, adulation can be a double-edged sword as the sport demands the highest degree of focus and mental strength, perhaps more than any other discipline.

India lose 7-101 to Pakistan in Australian football match

India were humiliated 101-7 by Pakistan in a first-ever meeting of Australian Football League (AFL) teams of both countries in a friendly-match called 'Dosti Cup'.

India win gold, silver in World Team Billiards

It was a win-win situation for India on the occasion of Independence Day as the Pankaj Advani-led India B secured a gold while India A bagged a silver in the inaugural World Billiards Team Championship in Glasgow.

Solid play, strategic planning key to India's success at Chess Olympiad

Solid play and strategic planning were key to India's success at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Norway, said team members. For the first time, India won three medals - a gold, silver and bronze.

Sim Bhullar first Indian descent player picked by NBA

Sim Bhullar on Friday became the first player of Indian descent picked by an NBA team when he was signed by Sacramento Kings, which is owned by an Indian-American.

Athletes from Ebola-hit nations barred from some Youth Olympics events

Athletes from Ebola-hit countries in west Africa have been barred from competing in some sports in the Youth Olympics that open in China at the weekend, the IOC and Chinese organisers said on Friday.

Boxer Manoj Kumar likely to be added to list of Arjuna Award winners

Amid growing voices of disgruntlement from players and federations following the announcement of the 15 names for this year's Arjuna awards, the sports ministry has decided to reconsider adding a few more to the list.

I feel disrespected by ad-hoc body's behaviour: Mary Kom

Olympic bronze medallist M C Mary Kom is still smarting about the last-minute postponement of the Asian Games trials, alleging that the ad-hoc body members have "disrespected her achievements" by not bothering to inform her about their decision.

No Khel Ratna this year, Arjuna Award for Ashwin

No sportsperson has been named for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna while 15, including cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, were on Tuesday recommended for the Arjuna Award.

Kabaddi finds its home in foreign bases

It takes a brave man, or very smart marketing people, to go global with a sport that is intrinsically local. Some feel the World Kabaddi League, now set for its second stop in expatriate-dominated Birmingham, would have made a splash if it had started at home in Punjab.
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