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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Interviews

It is becoming too much: Suresh Kalmadi

CWG Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi speaks exclusively to HT.

Government patronage unprecedented

Ask him how Indian badminton players are doing and he will tell you that this very question means they are doing fine. What Pullela Gopi Chand will not tell you is the fact that it's him who has initiated a mission to take Indian badminton to the world level, something the country can't boast of when it comes to most Olympic disciplines.

‘Big cities should open more cue sports centres’

Geet Sethi needs no introduction. On Tuesday, the eight-time world champion, in a freewheeling interview with the Hindustan Times, spoke about his past, present and the future. Excerpts

Popular, by hook or by jab

Vijender Singh has added another glorious chapter to Indian sports after assuring the country its first-ever medal in the World Boxing Championship. In an exclusive interview with the Hindustan Times after his quarterfinal bout, Vijender spoke about his latest achievement and the semifinal bout on September 11, reports Saurabh Duggal.

‘Standard of physiotherapists is questionable’

After ending his stint with the Indian team in 2005, the Australian completed his masters in musculoskeletology. He is currently doing a couple of part-time jobs as well as working with the Kolkata IPL team. Following are excerpts from a chat with HT:

My performances show I am on the right track: Sejwal

They are the new faces of Indian swimming. Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal, who have just come back from impressive performances at the FINA World Championships in Rome and the Asian Age Group Championships in Tokyo, are looking to take Indian swimming to a whole new high.

Balancing faith and football

Playing football while fasting and without drinking water may seem impossible to many. But there are professional footballers answering the call of duty even as they keep the faith. Anupma Tripathi reports.

I want to prove my mettle again

Looking relaxed and exuding the quite confidence of a champion, Bindra shared with HT how the past year was, how it reshaped priorities and what he wants to do in future. And guess what, he'll do on Tuesday? Simple: he'll train.

‘Will be tough for any Asian team to beat us now’

At home for a three-day break between training in Barcelona and reporting to New Delhi for the Nehru Cup, Bhaichung Bhutia spoke to HT on Saturday. Excerpts

‘Credit to Saina for changing mindset’

The two-time national champion, Anup Sridhar spoke to HT about his campaign in the last edition, the Saina factor and his predictions for this time, reports Abhijeet Kulkarni.

Bhavsar open to coaching role

On his first trip to India, Bhavsar terms this one as his first “official” one. Hindustan Times caught up with Bhavsar to learn about his experiences in India.

‘No experts, no science and no support’

Samaresh Jung earned the sobriquet of ‘Goldfinger’ after shooting down seven medals — five of them gold — at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Coaching all about players’ viewpoint

From being a top player at the highest level to national coach, it's been an eventful journey for Pullela Gopichand. The only person to have been awarded with an Arjuna, Dronacharya and Khel Ratna, tells about his journey so far to Anupma Tripathi.

Institutions of change

I am very proud that a world-renowned club like FC Barcelona has picked Anantapurfor its first academy in Asia says, Moncho ferrer, the brain behind the scheme.

‘Conditions in India extremely tough’

Bronze was his best effort at the World Championships four years ago. A silver at the Beijing Olympics last year has been his best show in a mega event. Since then, he has been the world's number one shuttler. The tag comes with expectations but Lee Chong Wei vows he is ready for the challenge. The 25-year-old reveals his plans to HT, reports Anupma Tripathi.
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