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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Natasha Singh


Natasha Singh believes that sports bridges gaps and can solve problems (or create more) that conference rooms cannot. She tracks sports at the Indian Express with a focus on football.

Hockey Preview: India look to break four-decade-long medal drought in Tokyo
Fri, Jul 16, 2021

A series of confident performances paves the way for the Indian hockey team to kickstart their Tokyo campaign on 24 July, 2021 against New Zealand.

1900 to 2016: India’s history, medal winners at Olympics
Sat, Aug 07, 2021

India has won 35 medals at the Olympic Games till date.

Euro 2020: Eriksen scare, Ronaldo presser emerge as group stage’s talking points
Sat, Jun 26, 2021

Missed Euro 2020 action so far? Here are the top five talking points as the tournament moves into Round of 16 from Saturday.

Akhil Rabindra: From go-karting in Bangalore to only Asian at GT4 European Series
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

The 24-year-old Rabindra recalls his journey from obsessing over cars as a kid, enjoying recreational go-karting to becoming the first Asian to be re-selected by the Aston Martin Racing Academy.

Don’t know why swimming is being targetted: Coach Nihar Ameen on Karnataka shutting down pools
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

Dronacharya awardee Nihar Ameen feels that swimming is being unfairly targetted especially when most contact-sports like cricket and football are being allowed to run.

‘What killed Maradona’: Diego’s lifestyle became perfect prescription for his death
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

"What killed Maradona' is a documentary that pieces together the painful life of football legend off the field.

Tennis in 2020: Novak Djokovic’s mixed year to Rafael Nadal’s record 20th Slam
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

The Tennis Yearender: The covid interruption, main result, standout moments, talking points

PV Sindhu on her England trip, ‘retiring’ and the path ahead
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

PV Sindhu revealed that the different techniques, game-play, and training sessions in London are helping her get back on track after the long break forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Barcelona’s worst defeat in almost 80 years exposes problems that run deep
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

In what was their worst defeat in almost 80 years, Barcelona conceded eight goals, each of which rubbed salt on some already painful wounds from what has been a turbulent season.

Mumbai’s equestrian athletes race to make up for lost time as they return to saddles
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Yashaan Khambatta explained to how he is slowly building up the stamina and fitness of his 10-year-old horse Lorenzo, as they prepare for the 2022 Asian Games in China.

How a determined Real Madrid turned the La Liga table after the restart to win title
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

A well-rotated squad throughout the season helped Zinedine Zidane bring Real Madrid back to where they were before he had left. But what were the other factors in the club's 34th league title win?

Anything longer than this will make it tough for players to return to full form: Pullela Gopichand
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

The champion player is not only worried about those he coaches but also small-scale participants in sports who have made the most losses this lockdown

Project Restart sets stage for Liverpool’s first Premier League title, relegation mayhem
Wed, Jun 17, 2020

The Premier League is set to return on Wednesday amidst a plethora of health protocols and empty stands after a forced three-month break which delayed Liverpool's first league triumph since 1990.

Not first time Kerala players ignored, will apply for Arjuna myself: HS Prannoy
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

HS Prannoy says that shuttlers from Kerala do not have a representation in the federation because of which they miss out on recognition. He also talks about playing once tournaments resume.

How India’s fantasy sporting leagues grew during lockdown despite live sports going offline
Fri, May 22, 2020

In the absence of live sports, fantasy sporting league platforms have switched to alternative means to keep users engaged like games, quizzes and old favourites like ludo and rummy.

PV Sindhu to Vinesh Phogat, the Indian women who stole the limelight in 2019
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

These women athletes broke stereotypes in 2019, emerging as dominant forces in their respective sports and becoming heroes for the nation.

Football weekender: Liverpool win critical clash, Ronaldo’s rage, racism strikes again
Mon, Nov 11, 2019

From Premier League to La Liga, football stars made a mark with top goals and classic performances. And there was plenty of drama as well.

Weekend Roundup: Gomes’ horrific injury, Mario Balotelli stops play to shame racist fans
Mon, Nov 04, 2019

Football this weekend had an element of everything - upsets, drama, injuries, emotions - all packed in a box with a ribbon of racism on it.

Real Kashmir FC: The right foot forward
Wed, Oct 30, 2019

The football club from Kashmir is surprising everyone with their dream run and enthralling fans in the process.

Pressure is a privilege, says recovering tennis star Karman Kaur Thandi
Sat, Sep 21, 2019

Playing since the age of eight, Karman Kaur Thandi knows how to deal with pressure. While the injury deprived the 21-year-old of competitive action, it did not stop her from dreaming big.

UEFA Champions League: Will English clubs dominate Europe yet again?
Tue, Sep 17, 2019

UEFA Champions League: After both the European finals became an all-English affair last season, can we expect the English giants to come out strong in this season?

Football weekend roundup: Mane’s rage, Bale scores two then sent off, racism in Italy
Mon, Sep 02, 2019

Sadio Mane raged against teammate Mohammed Salah and team staff, Gareth Bale scored twice then committed two fouls to get sent off and racism reared its ugly head again in Italy.

Guardiola-Aguero row, Barcelona’s title defence stutters: Talking points in football this weekend
Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Barcelona begin title defence with a loss, a VAR controversy makes headlines in the Premier League and other talking points from football matches in Europe this weekend.

La Liga 2019-20: Revamped Atletico, Real Madrid will try to hold off rampant Barcelona
Fri, Aug 16, 2019

After a disastrous pre-season for Real Madrid, will Los Blancos be able to challenge the reigning champions Barcelona or will they endure another disastrous domestic season?

Ligue 1 Preview: Expect PSG to continue their dominance
Wed, Aug 14, 2019

Not only does PSG have a 500-million euro budget, but the Qatari-backed side boasts of top-level players that leaves them with no comparable rivals within France.