The IOA’s unprecedented step came after the organisers of the 2022 CWG, which will be held in Birmingham, dropped shooting from the programme in June. Instead, they have included women's cricket, para table tennis and beach volleyball.
What were once whispers have turned into roars that the shorter version of the sport will replace the traditional 11-a-side game at the Olympics, with many even suggesting the change could take place as soon as the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
With language being the main barrier, Marijne said he had to develop an alternate way to extract basic information about his players: Why do they take a particular decision? What is their personality like? How do they react under stress? What do they like?
Like most women players in the country, Gurjit has been in the national team set-up from the time she was a teenager. “I got a few opportunities to play but in important series, I was not getting chances,” she says.
They may have won bronze medals at the Olympics (1984) and World Cup (1994), and finished in the top five at the Rio Games, but the American hockey team can’t reach the Olympics, or even make it to qualifying tournaments, without private donations.
While the phone lines were dead, Real Kashmir players were preparing for the season ahead in a unique way. Between call drops and dodgy connection, The Indian Express connects with the players from the Valley.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and All India Football Federation (AIFF) painted a rosy future for Indian football following a meeting in Kuala Lumpur last Monday, which can potentially change how domestic leagues are structured in the country.
Sania Mirza’s comeback bid has been all about striking a balance between being a selfless parent and a selfish athlete. Messages from inspired mothers resuming jobs spur her on, but the need to compete and quest for an Olympic medal are the true motivators.