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Andrew Amsan


Principal Correspondent with The Indian Express

Referee assaulted, wrestler banned as heat gets to everyone in CWG trials
Wed, May 18, 2022

After Satender Malik lost his 125kg final, the Haryana athlete walked across the mat and allegedly hurled expletives at senior referee Jagbir Singh before hitting him in the face.

Heat puts health at risk in Delhi state athletics meet
Mon, May 16, 2022

Dr Rajesh Prasad, an orthopaedic and sports science specialist, says competing in such harsh conditions will not only hamper performance but in extreme cases, can also cause health complications.

No biryani, no family time or festivals, and hard work: How Jyothi cracked a 20-year-old record
Thu, May 12, 2022

When Jyothi joined the centre, she realised that she would not only have to make changes to her technique but also her eating habits.

Teen athletics star Priya Mohan, who beat Dutee, sparks buzz with top numbers on biomechanics chart
Fri, May 06, 2022

Last year, Priya Mohan clocked 52.77s, which got her to a close fourth at the Junior World Championships at Nairobi, and was India’s best timing in 400m in 2021.

Long Read: A village of churches, halwa and the next big hope in Indian athletics, long jumper Jeswin Aldrin
Mon, Apr 18, 2022

Long jumper Jeswin Aldrin, 20, made heads turn with a series of 8-metre-plus jumps this season and a gold medal at the Federation Cup. The Indian Express travels to Mudalur, the village of the rising star in athletics, to get a taste of the famous Muscoth halwa created by Aldrin's great grandfather and to trace the journey of the shy and reticent jumper destined to break records and bag major medals.

Inspired by the Anime character Goku, Amlan breaks 200-metre national record
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

23-year-old clocks 20.52 seconds at the Federation Cup to better Mohammed Ansas's previous national record of 20.63s.

Heptathlete with six toes returns to competition, wins gold
Wed, Apr 06, 2022

Swapna Barman resurfaces after four years of struggle against injuries in the oblivion; is grateful her three precious customised spikes aren't overused.

Jilna, a mother of an 18-month-old daughter, returns to fast lane, wins silver in 100 metres
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

Jilna clocked a personal best of 11.63 seconds in the Federation Cup; because of training she has seen her daughter just once in the past eight months.

Friends off field, rivals on it: Gold for one, new India record for other
Mon, Apr 04, 2022

On Sunday evening, Jeswin Aldrin (21) and Murali Sreeshankar (23) were engaged in a dramatic face-off, in a long jump competition of lengths never reached before on Indian soil.

Two-time World C’ships medalist from Cuba now grooming India’s NextGen of jumpers
Sun, Apr 03, 2022

Although it’s still early days, Betanzos has no qualms in admitting that he is dreaming big.

Federation Cup: Battle of 8 metre-plus long jumpers set for next chapter
Sat, Apr 02, 2022

With the Asiad, CWG and World Championships lined up, athletes will be looking to put their best foot forward.

Nurse’s gang-rape: Four national-level swimmers’ arrest shocks fraternity
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

The incident has left the swimming fraternity shocked. The quartet was well known on the domestic circuit and had trained and competed at facilities across the country, according to their peers.

Are you in the circus? Pole vaulters recall harrowing travel tales
Wed, Mar 09, 2022

Damaged equipment, snide remarks, getting deboarded, loading own cargo are just some of experiences athletes have undergone.

After TTE objects to pole tied to railing, national champ forced to deboard train
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

The problem may have been resolved but the youngsters, who had to make frantic calls for help, feel scarred and dejected.

Velvet glove that forged Lovlina Borgohain’s iron fist
Fri, Feb 11, 2022

Sikkim coach Sandhya Gurung, who won the Drona last November, nurtured Tokyo medallist Lovlina Borgohain's early boxing career

Javelin thrower Vikrant Malik rekindles Asiad dreams after overcoming injury and winning University Games gold
Sun, Jan 23, 2022

He trains under his father Rajender, a retired army personnel who also served as a bodyguard for former India president K.R. Narayanan in the early 90’s.

Why Novak Djokovic is being threatened with deportation by Australia
Sat, Jan 08, 2022

On Tuesday, the World No.1 posted on social media that he has been granted an “exemption permission” to participate in the Australian Open.

1.5k on the track, 100k on Instagram
Thu, Dec 30, 2021

Runner Harmilan is one of the many athlete-influencers using social media to gain followers and secure endorsements.

Anju Bobby George’s leap of faith
Mon, Dec 13, 2021

Anju Bobby George, the decorated long jumper, has paired up with her husband and coach Bobby to mould the next generation of jump queens with their technical guidance and parental warmth.

Young pole vaulter Devraj’s struggle: Living in rented single room near drain in Delhi, working as security guard at night
Fri, Dec 10, 2021

Crazed passion for pole vault led a teenaged Devraj to leave home in Bhilwara and move to the capital.

Manu Bhaker slowly getting past the dread devil of Olympics
Wed, Dec 01, 2021

Teen pistol shooter has matured after intense scrutiny followed her Olympics showing.

Bangaon, the Little Finland of javelin throwers in Haryana, which is churning out champions
Sat, Oct 30, 2021

Dubbed the Finland of Haryana, the back-woodsy village of Bangaon is the new javelin hub of the country. Behind its emergence are a physical education teacher, an academy on a chicken farm and a group of motivated teenagers.

‘Coach’ Vipin Kasana’s last shot as javelin thrower
Sun, Oct 24, 2021

The real threat came in September last year when the NCR-based athlete was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver complication.

Hima got too much attention, needs to understand her future is in the sport: Galina
Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Coach says a three-month break after failing to qualify for the Olympics has helped the athlete reassess her goals.

No money for bus, warm water instead of milk: Runner Lokesh Kumar struggles with lack of funds
Wed, Oct 20, 2021

Delhi U-16 100m, 300m silver medallist — lives in a rented room with his family of four. Father, a cycle rickshaw driver, has been mostly out of work since the pandemic, and mother works as a domestic help at the bungalows nearby.