Shivani Naik


Saina Nehwal shines after Sun Yu burn, wins Australian Open Super Series title
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Though the World No. 8 Saina Nehwal arrested her title drought, she has to chisel out a few edges for a medal in Rio.

The (Non) Mat Finish
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

Sporting facets have taken a backseat for a berth in the Rio Olympics.

Narsingh Yadav vs Sushil Kumar: SWOT analysis of the two pehelwans
Sun, May 22, 2016

Shivani Naik weighs into the debate by asking the experts to dissect the strengths and weaknesses of the two pehelwans — Narsingh and Sushil.

Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav conundrum: How other countries choose their grapplers
Fri, May 20, 2016

Trials are the norm in most top wrestling countries who regularly reap medals, and don’t blindly send grapplers who earn quotas.

Uber Cup: For Ruthvika Gadde, Japan is history, Thailand is her story; India secure medal finish
Fri, May 20, 2016

Ruthvika Gadde had been drubbed on Wednesday and it all changed on Thursday as she helped India secure a medal at the Uber Cup.

If Sushil Kumar loses trial, people will know Narsingh Yadav is the best: Mahabali Satpal
Wed, May 18, 2016

Mahabali Satpal suggests the only way Narsingh Yadav can clear any doubts is by competing in a trial with Sushil Kumar.

Kaka Pawar, Pappu Yadav recall their face-off in run-up to 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games 1996
Tue, May 17, 2016

As Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav debate rages on, two erstwhile wrestlers— Kaka Pawar and Pappu Yadav —talk about their face-off in the run-up to the Atlanta Games two decades ago.

‘Nobody can say Narsingh pehelwan is scared’
Sat, May 14, 2016

But Narsingh Yadav says Sushil Kumar can’t earn right to go to the Olympics by fighting just one match.

Sushil vs Narsingh: The King is wrestling a young challenger. Blame it on Rio
Tue, May 17, 2016

Wrestler Sushil Kumar, the greatest ever Indian athlete, may not, in fact, make it to the Olympics later this year. Indian Express explains how, and why.

WFI president keeps the Sushil Kumar vs Narsingh Yadav debate raging
Wed, May 11, 2016

It is believed that Brijbhushan Sharan Singh will have the final say on the matter, he insists that it will be a democratic process.

Ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics, badminton takes cue from athletics in biological passports
Thu, May 05, 2016

While it is rare in India, collection of blood samples isn’t entirely unheard of for Indian athletes – shuttlers included.

Seven shuttlers in Rio 2016 Olympics mix, but inconsistent form makes medal distant
Wed, May 04, 2016

With the qualifying cut-off date set on May 5, seven Indian shuttlers all set to make the Rio cut.

Mairaj Ahmed Khan’s Italian connection clicks at Shooting World Cup with medal in Skeet
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Mairaj Ahmed has trained with women’s champion Diana Bacosi at Rome on the same equipment that will be used in Rio.

Second vault, not secondary for Olympian Dipa Karmakar
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Tsuk is also one of the tougher vaults being competed in the world – a combination of height and finding the ground after twisting.

Dipa Karmakar’s Produnova – A degree in Difficulty
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Many grumble Dipa Karmakar's choice of vault – the difficult Produnova. The fretful fear it's too risky, the purists believe it is used by lesser gymnasts for short-term gains.

Have to improve my landings, says Dipa Karmakar
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Day after winning Rio Olympics berth and first international gold, Dipa Karmakar talks about the road ahead.

Dipa Karmakar vaults into history books after qualifying for Rio Olympic Games 2016
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Dipa Karmakar clinches Rio 2016 berth, becomes the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympic games.

History vault: Dipa Karmakar on verge of qualifying for Olympics
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Dipa Karmakar was on the verge of becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympics in the sport.

Trick question: What is it about Tai Tzu Ying that bothers Saina Nehwal?
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

Dissecting the game of Tai Tzu Ying to come up with an answer to what is it about her that bothers Saina Nehwal?

Dipa Karmakar gets last chance to qualify for Rio Olympics
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Dipa Karmakar gets last chance to qualify for Olympics at test event starting April 16; will need to prove execution over all 4 apparatus.

All England Championships: Good Wei hunting by Sai Praneeth
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Indian Sai Praneeth, ranked 37, stunned World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei in the first round of All England Championships.

An Unfair Advantage
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

As always, Maria Sharapova polarises tennis opinion.

How a medicine became a banned drug, and tripped tennis player Maria Sharapova
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

Like all things associated with the tennis world’s biggest brand, meldonium too has benefited Sharapova. It is now among the most-searched on Google; it’ll no longer be just another hard-to-pronounce word in medical journals.

Badminton Asia Team Championships: HS Prannoy guides India into semifinals
Sat, Feb 20, 2016

HS Prannoy beat Teck Zhi Soo 21-12, 22-20 in a tense match to put India in the semifinals which will be played on Saturday.

Kidambi Srikanth decodes Chinese puzzle
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Having lost 5 times to world No.8 Tian Houwei last year, 22 year-old finds his mojo as he guides India to historic win.

Angad Veer Singh Bajwa: Meet shooting’s Virat Kohli
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

At 21 and only 4 years into the sport, Angad Bajwa’s room is known to resemble an armoury.

Skeeters get a Swagger: Ennio Falco steering India’s surge
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

A world-class Italian coach steering India's surge in what was hitherto shooting's least achieving event in the country.

Quota in hand, but Sanjeev Rajput still faces an uphill climb
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Sanjeev Rajput quit his navy job after the last Haryana government offered him a police inspector’s job.

Nerves take their toll as India go quota-less for third straight day
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

There’ve been a few shockers over the last one week, some down to fragile nerves, others seeing the pressure catch up.

Elizabeth Susan Koshy’s Rio Olympics hopes: A case of so near yet so far
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Elizabeth Susan Koshy, youngest of the finalists at Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition, clearly had a lot on her mind on Sunday.

Pooja Ghatkar blinks, quicksilver Ayonika Paul pockets Rio ticket for India
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

Ayonika Paul raised hopes of a gold but missed in her last shot.

No more his old self, Vijay Kumar’s Rio dreams cut short in finals
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Vijay Kumar couldn’t summon the power to lift a gun and pull the trigger as the action pinched his nerve.

Slim and trim Kynan Chenai shoots down another Olympic quota
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Hyderabad lad Kynan Chenai had found himself another mad zeal — buffing up his torso to look like Indian Arnie was crossed with Hercules.

Heena Sidhu keeps it simple, bags Rio quota on first day of Asia Olympic qualifiers
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Sidhu is a severely hard working and reliable shooter with a calm head and a steady technique.

India shooters in last chance saloon
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

For a host of Indians, Karni Singh ranges offer final throw of dice in a desperate attempt to book Rio berth.

Off court, Captain Vijaykanth outshines Khiladi Akshay Kumar
Mon, Jan 04, 2016

For sometime, Akshay Kumar seemed to be over-shadowed by the haughty heft of Vijaykanth’s bearing.