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Neeraj Chopra brought India it's first-ever Olympic medal in track & field. (Getty Images)

87.58m that could change everything

UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2021 10:53 AM IST
India getting an Olympic medal in athletics seemed impossible enough. Then Neeraj Chopra went and got a gold. Can this spark a track and field revolution in India?
Sifan Hassan of Netherlands celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the Women's 1500m Final. (Getty Images)
Sifan Hassan of Netherlands celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the Women's 1500m Final. (Getty Images)

Tokyo 2020: The hunt for the impossible treble

UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2021 10:18 PM IST
  • 'Flying Finn' Paavo Nurmi and 'Czech Locomotive' Emil Zatopek belong to the rarest club in running. In Tokyo, Dutch runner Sifan Hassan almost joined them as she chased a distance running treble.
Indian players pose for group photographs as they celebrate their victory over Germany in the men's field hockey bronze medal match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics.(PTI)
Indian players pose for group photographs as they celebrate their victory over Germany in the men's field hockey bronze medal match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics.(PTI)

Tokyo 2020: The moment to build big is here

UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2021 02:18 PM IST
  • India's Olympic hockey medal is the dawn of a new day. Here's what we need to do to build on this beginning.
Wrestler Ravi Dahiya has the chance to win India's first gold medal at the Olympics since 2008. (Getty Images)
Wrestler Ravi Dahiya has the chance to win India's first gold medal at the Olympics since 2008. (Getty Images)

Echoes of history in Olympic glory

PUBLISHED ON AUG 04, 2021 10:07 PM IST
  • If there’s one activity in India to which some parallel can be drawn, one sport that can learn from this example, it is wrestling.
Norway's Karsten Warholm (R) crosses the finish line to win and break the world record ahead of second-placed USA's Rai Benjamin in the men's 400m hurdles final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games(AFP)
Norway's Karsten Warholm (R) crosses the finish line to win and break the world record ahead of second-placed USA's Rai Benjamin in the men's 400m hurdles final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games(AFP)

How to rule the world, in 13 steps

PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2021 09:56 PM IST
  • The fastest time in the world since 1992 until last month is now the fifth fastest, destined to slip further down the pecking order by the time Warholm and Benjamin are done.
Joint gold medalists Mutaz Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi (R) of Italy pose for a photo following the men's high jump final at Tokyo Olympics(AP)
Joint gold medalists Mutaz Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi (R) of Italy pose for a photo following the men's high jump final at Tokyo Olympics(AP)

Tokyo 2020: Yes, you can have two golds

By Kunal Pradhan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2021 11:02 PM IST
The only man putting his hands together to give Tamberi his beat was Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, the double world champion high jumper, and the man the Italian was trying to defeat.
Kamalpreet Kaur has a chance of making history on Monday. (Getty Images)
Kamalpreet Kaur has a chance of making history on Monday. (Getty Images)

Tokyo 2020: Thrown into a field of dreams

UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2021 08:34 AM IST
  • The importance of Kamalpreet to Indian sport cannot be overstated on a day when she will step into a circle 2.5m in diameter, with a 1kg disc in her hand, and look to hurl it beyond the margins of history.
The Indian men's hockey team will face Great Britain with a place in the semi-final up for grabs. (Hockey India)
The Indian men's hockey team will face Great Britain with a place in the semi-final up for grabs. (Hockey India)

Tokyo 2020: It's time to lay a new foundation

UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2021 08:24 AM IST
  • The last time the Indian team reached the semi-final (other than 1980) was in 1972, on grass. And if they go on to win a medal of any colour, it will be worth several golds.
Former Jamaican sprinter Herb McKenley(Twitter)
Former Jamaican sprinter Herb McKenley(Twitter)

Tokyo 2020: Long track of a sprinting island

UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2021 08:13 AM IST
Jamaica is the land of yams and jerk sauce, fast bowlers and wicketkeepers, reggae and the Rasta life. In the last two decades, it’s also come to be known as the land of the champion Olympic sprinters.
PV Sindhu, Pooja Rani and Deepika Kumari are India's strong medal contenders. (Getty Images)
PV Sindhu, Pooja Rani and Deepika Kumari are India's strong medal contenders. (Getty Images)

Tokyo 2020: Respect the fight, not just the medal

UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2021 08:18 AM IST
  • Medals are only one way to measure the march of a sporting nation such as India, which still doesn’t have a system or culture that promotes excellence on the field of play. A better, more crucial yardstick is whether more of our athletes are being able to get in contention.
Yui Ohashi of Team Japan celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final. (Getty Images)
Yui Ohashi of Team Japan celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final. (Getty Images)

Tokyo 2020: The Sun rises in the pool, again

PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2021 10:34 PM IST
  • Every Olympic success has a backstory and a cascading effect that exemplifies the power of sport to inspire. Each medal is steeped in history and plants a seed for the future.
Australia’s Ariarne Titmus (L) and Katie Ledecky (R) of the US(Tokyo 2020 / Twitter)
Australia’s Ariarne Titmus (L) and Katie Ledecky (R) of the US(Tokyo 2020 / Twitter)

Tokyo 2020: To be a legend, defeat a legend

PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2021 07:03 AM IST
On Monday, the American champion, 24, and the Australian challenger, 20, crossed paths in a race for the ages.
Ma Long of China in action against Sharath Kamal Achanta of India at Tokyo Olympics 2020(REUTERS)
Ma Long of China in action against Sharath Kamal Achanta of India at Tokyo Olympics 2020(REUTERS)

Tokyo 2020: The G.O.A.T. in dragon’s clothing

UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2021 11:26 PM IST
Ma Long had said before the Games that if he lost a single game, it would be letting his country down.
Anthony Nesty; File photo
Anthony Nesty; File photo

Tokyo 2020: Make way for the outsiders

By Kunal Pradhan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2021 09:26 PM IST
Anthony Nesty, now a coach in Florida, who set the ball rolling 33 years ago, should take a bow.
India's Mirabai Chanu competes in the women's 49kg weightlifting competition at the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty Images)
India's Mirabai Chanu competes in the women's 49kg weightlifting competition at the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty Images)

Olympics: Welcome to the Redeem Team

UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2021 03:09 AM IST
  • If the Olympics are meant to be more about the struggle than the triumph, then the stories that stand out are not those of dominance, but those of redemption. Redemption of the kind that Mirabai Chanu experienced in Tokyo on an extraordinary Saturday morning for Indian sport.
Kankuro Nakamura, a kabuki actor and the final torchbearer for the Tokyo Olympics, waves during the final torch relay event at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government complex in Tokyo Friday, July 23, 2021.(AP)
Kankuro Nakamura, a kabuki actor and the final torchbearer for the Tokyo Olympics, waves during the final torch relay event at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government complex in Tokyo Friday, July 23, 2021.(AP)

Olympics: Why it’s not just about the money

PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2021 09:37 PM IST
  • On the eve of the Tokyo Olympics, being held a year later than scheduled in the shadow of a virus and amid opposition from the Japanese public, there is some logic to this simple question: Why hold the Games in the middle of a pandemic? The answers offered by most experts point to economics, and accurately so.
Representational Image. (AFP)
Representational Image. (AFP)

Starting Gun: In a dark time, the Great Symbol to the rescue

UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 08:22 AM IST
What is perhaps the greatest of the symbols was devised by a French aristocrat who had fulfilled his dream of recreating Ancient Olympia by managing to convince the world that sport, at the turn of the 20th century, would cement the bond between nations, some newly formed and newly evolved
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