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Metadienone, a curious performance enhancing drug that makes Narsingh Yadav look ‘foolish’
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Metadienone, popular world over despite being banned, is abused by athletes from strength-dominated sports like weight-lifting, wrestling, sailing and rowing.

How to tame a dragon: Coaches are overcoming the dominant Chinese badminton world
Sun, Jul 24, 2016

Once invincible Chinese badminton world is beginning to be breached by coaches and leading the pack is Fernando Rivas from Spain.

Dattu Bhokanal’s diary: From Nashik to Miami
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Fresh out of his teens, Dattu Bhokanal worked at a petrol pump when field work didn't earn much. He got a kick out of driving trucks.

Rio 2016 Olympics: Happy culmination of hopeful dreams for two fathers
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri weren’t wholesomely encouraged by their fathers, both PE teachers, who had seen the harsher side of India’s sporting system.

Rio 2016 Olympics: Half of the 800m finalists in Rio might well be intersex, says Joanna Harper
Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Joanna Harper, a transgender athlete, suggests it isn't unlikely that three presumably intersex women will sweep the 800m podium.

Narsingh Yadav: A look inside the outsider wrestler
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

A son of UP migrants in Mumbai, Narsingh Yadav was always seen as an outsider on North India’s dangal circuit.

Rio 2016 Olympics: Dipa Karmakar is a ‘world class gymnast’
Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Dipa Karmakar was informed that she will receive a gold pin from the international parent body for being a ‘World Class Gymnast’.

Olympics debutant Kynan Chenai determined not to be starstruck in Rio
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

Kynan Chenai, 25, made the cut at the Asian Olympic qualifiers in January by tying with three others on a score of 12 after the first 15 shots.

Prarthana Thombre hopes for a run-in with Usain Bolt at Rio 2016 Olympics
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

Prarthana Thombre, 22, India’s Second highest ranked doubles player, made it to the Games after being picked by Sania Mirza as her partner.

How Ishant Sharma met his match Pratima Singh on basketball court
Thu, Jun 30, 2016

It had started when Ishant Sharma turned up as chief guest for Delhi’s Reebok IGMA Basketball Association (RIBA) League in 2011.

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.