On Saturday, the 20-year-old who was once mocked for being overweight ended India’s dubious record in heavyweight categories at the World Championships, becoming the first wrestler to reach the final in these classes.
Today, the Greek scientist is in the news for his latest innovation: a technology that will investigate the effect of extreme weather conditions on elite athletes in real-time using a smart wrist band, which he is developing, and an electronic pill.
But Qatar 2022, it’s safe to concede, remains a goal way beyond India’s reach. The more realistic target would be the 2023 Asian Cup as these qualifiers also provide an opportunity to seal a spot for the continental championship.
With her 21-7, 21-7 domination at World Championship final, the shuttler is being called India’s greatest sportsperson. Amid the whirlwind since, PV Sindhu wears that title as lightly as the aggression she can unleash on court. The Indian Express on the girl who grew up riding across town before dawn to practice into a 24-year-old who loves nail art, biryani, and winning.
Not too long ago, India had one dust-ridden velodrome, no qualified coaches, few cyclists and five bicycles. Then a retired Air Force HR manager took under his wings a group of athletes with a promise to make them elite cyclists. The Indian Express meets the young world beaters pursuing a sport where India has virtually no history