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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Andrew Amsan


Senior Correspondent with The Indian Express

True grit: How JJ Shobha returned victorious from Athens without a medal
Sun, May 24, 2020

Javur Jagadeeshappa Shobha didn’t return from Athens with a medal, but her awe-inspiring performance in the heptathlon is etched in the annals of Indian sport.

Overweight kid turns overnight star: When Neeraj Chopra rewrote the records
Tue, May 05, 2020

Neeraj Chopra is the main reason several Indian youngsters have gravitated towards the javelin. The Haryana lad recalls the day when he climbed to the top of the world.

How a virus laid low one of the world’s most formidable athletes
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

‘I remember on the sixth day of my quarantine, I was feeling out of breath. I kept telling myself it will get better and, slowly, it did,’ says Iranian discus thrower Ehsan Haddadi

Five-year wait: Vinesh Phogat, Neeraj Chopra on what the postponement of Tokyo Olympics means
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

While disappointment is the overriding emotion, Indian athletes believe Olympic postponement is the right decision.

High on hard work: After Tokyo spot, Shivpal Singh eyes 90m throw
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Shivpal feels with the form he is in right now, hitting the 90m mark isn't a distant dream. Compatriot Neeraj Chopra, the Asian and Commonwealth champion, threw 88.06m for the top spot at the 2018 Jakarta Asiad.

‘Maybe, God needed a guitarist in heaven’
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

Friends remember Parikrama’s lead guitarist Sonam Sherpa, who passed away on Friday.

While Neeraj Chopra was injured, his rivals were going strong
Thu, Feb 06, 2020

Neeraj Chopra's 87.86m throw at the ACNW League Meeting in Potchefstroom last week is the biggest throw in the world this season so far.

Neeraj Chopra qualifies for Tokyo Olympics with big throw in South Africa
Wed, Jan 29, 2020

"We have spoken to the South African Athletics Association and they have confirmed that it is a recognised international meet. Therefore, Neeraj's attempt will earn him a quota place for the 2020 Olympics," Devesh Bhal, operations manager, Athletics Federation of India, told The Indian Express.

Jemimah Rodrigues: The bubbly teen who is integral to India women’s cricket squad
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

Give her a hockey stick to dribble or a guitar to yodel, Jemimah Rodrigues can play both with aplomb. But it is with the cricket bat that the Bandra girl has come into her own, scoring truckloads of runs for India and on franchise fields afar.

Satwik gets another pay hike
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

After pocketing Rs 52 lakhs in the last auction, doubles star goes for Rs 62 lakh at this season’s PBL auction.

Ford v Ferrari movie review: An exhilarating ride
Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Ford v Ferrari movie review: James Mangold brings back the good ol' ’60s feel to the two-and-a-half-hour movie. The storyline of this Christian Bale and Matt Damon starrer is extremely simple, and even people with little or no knowledge of professional racing should find it engaging.

Dutee Chand stoops to conquer, breaks 100m national record again
Sat, Oct 12, 2019

Dutee Chand's efforts have helped her make significant improvements in her sprint timings and Friday’s national record-breaking run was one such instance.

Record-breaking Avinash Sable books berth for Tokyo Olympics
Sun, Oct 06, 2019

Sable has rewritten the national mark an astonishing 4 times and has shaved off more than 8 seconds since 2018 September.

At the stroke of the midnight hour, marathoners run for glory in Doha
Fri, Sep 27, 2019

India’s lone marathon runner Thonakal Gopi, who generally goes to bed at 10 pm sharp, has been training himself since the last two weeks to stay up late by reading his favourite Malayalam novels.

Coach who gave up all to shape Mumbai hockey gets his due
Fri, Aug 30, 2019

Patel is popularly known as “Bawa”, the selfless Parsi coach known to spend most of his waking hours on the hockey field and who has groomed over two dozen international players, including former India captain Viren Rasquinha.

On a medal spree: Andaman’s Esow Alben breaks new ground for India at junior track cycling
Tue, Aug 20, 2019

Esow bagged a silver and bronze respectively in the individual sprint and keirin event to help India secure an overall sixth spot.

Athletics body asked for photos, got tattoos and six packs
Sun, Aug 11, 2019

The AFI provisionally rejected around one-fourth of the 3,000 applications it received. The reason stated: “Pictures weren’t appropriate for official purposes.”

Neeraj Chopra interview: ‘Qualifying for World Championships difficult’
Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra tells The Indian Express he does not want to rush his comeback after elbow surgery and is focusing on his rehab.

Hima Das — Certainly not her hottest streak
Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Hima Das, who is coming off a back injury that forced her to end her Doha Asian Championships in tears in April, is taking part in these tournaments just to ease herself back into competition mode.

AFI considers banning state association secretaries to curb age-fudging
Sat, Jul 20, 2019

On the first day of its two-day Annual General Meeting, a proposal was put forward seeking to ban the secretary of the state unit for a year and set up an ad-hoc committee if two or more of its athletes are caught in age manipulation.