By Allan Jacob
There are winners and victors. Winners can be fleeting, victors inspire a movement. Their triumphs are like salve to the wounded psyche, and they can inspire others through extraordinary feats. Such exploits can rouse a socially (and politically) battered nation, unite it and help it rise above petty divisions, bitterness and hate. This is where sport finds redemption, even reconciliation if the energy is channelled positively for greater glory. Continue reading How a bunch of sporty Indian youngsters gave us hope
By Sundeep Misra
Just before 3pm, the sky growled towards the East. It was a surreal spectacle. Towards the West, the sky was blue, like the waters of Bora Bora, French Polynesia. In the East, it was dark. Hellish dark. Like the aliens finally coming home to roost. Stuck in the middle was The Kalinga Stadium, a yawning, shallow well-like structure that at times resembles Rome’s Colosseum. At that moment, The Kalinga was Bhubaneswar’s heartbeat. It was still a few hours to go for the second day of the 22nd Asian Athletics at the Stadium, an event that had landed in the lap of Odisha’s capital, as Ranchi pulled out at the last minute. In three months, Bhubaneswar put things together, like a bunch of kids fired up with the enthusiasm of building a Lego city. Continue reading How Odisha is on a roll, carving a new sporty identity for itself
By Allan Jacob
What’s the big deal about players tampering with the cricket ball when the sport is rolling in real dirt and muck? The recent moral outrage has been a test of our hypocritical skills. It’s an old normal, but this breast-beating about cheating has left me confused. What concerns me is the state of general hygiene on the pitch. The ugly spectacle of a player rubbing the cherry or white ball on his thigh or crotch and then sticking it down his underwear fills me with angst about the germs that are being spread on the field. Even umpires are not spared when they inspect the ball at regular intervals.
Continue reading Let me spit it out: cricket should clean up its act on hygiene
By Bikram Vohra
Legend has it that many years ago in Scotland, a young shepherd boy idly took his wooden crook and struck a pebble into a hole. It rolled in and ecstatic, he tried it again. And again and again, little realising that he would spark a revolution, create an industry worth billions and drive people to heights of joy and depths of gloom. Golf, is today, more than a sport, a way of life and central to the luxury and style of living in the emirates. Continue reading Is it a hole-in-one if you’re the only golfer who bore witness?
By Purva Grover
Less than one per cent of girls play organised sports in India.
No woman in India has ever won an Olympic gold medal.
Jharkhand is the second poorest state in India.
Continue reading Why I counted the days left to the Tokyo Olympics
By Rituraj Borkakoty
It was midnight and the floodlit Dubai Tennis Stadium was bewitched by a man who refuses to grow old. Clearly, for the 44-year-old Leander Paes, the night was still young. And he was still having fun as his delicate touch caught his younger rivals on the back foot.
Continue reading His country always comes first for this ageless giant-slayer
By Rituraj Borkakoty
“Theek hai yaar, pucch le jo pucchna hai (Okay buddy, ask me whatever you want to ask),” his eyes sparkled as he told me that. Continue reading When a tireless bowler obliges and other moments in cricket