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Tokyo 2020: Making of a medal
Fri, Aug 06, 2021

From Karnal to Kochi, Imphal to Varanasi, India's history-makers assembled to complete comebacks after blood clots and injuries, honour their lineages, and end an excruciating 41-year-long wait.

Tokyo 2020: Disdain on the podium, Ben Whittaker later rues missed moment
Thu, Aug 05, 2021

The disappointment of losing the Olympics final in a split decision weighed more on Ben Whittaker than the joy of achieving something not many get to do – stand on an Olympic podium. He later realised what he missed.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Crashing into the gold medal race
Tue, Aug 03, 2021

The final scoresheet had no timing put along with Denmark’s performance, but they did make it through to the gold medal race against Italy.

HERSTORY: The 16 who scripted Indian women’s hockey history
Wed, Aug 04, 2021

From cradles of the sport to a Naxal stronghold, these are the larger-than-life back-stories of the Indian hockey's giant-killers

Explained: Tokyo Olympics 2020 sees the return of bitter US vs Russia rivalry
Tue, Aug 03, 2021

Is this the first time the US and Russia have been involved in an Olympic spat? How have the Americans been with athletes from other nations with tense diplomatic ties?

Tokyo 2020: Alexander Zverev dashes Novak Djokovic’s golden hopes
Sat, Jul 31, 2021

Granted, the Olympic title is arguably not the most coveted accolade in the sport – though it has picked up in significance since Beijing 2008. But not winning it would have hurt Novak Djokovic nonetheless.

Saving grace: Sharath Kamal wins a game against legendary Ma Long
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

It was always going to be a hard task for Sharath to take on a player with many tags – The Dictator, The Dragon, The Captain, The Greatest Of All Time, and his name translates to ‘horse dragon – and even more accolades.

Tokyo 2020: Making a racquet, without the din
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Empty stands, but the Japan-China rivalry is as intense as ever

Explained: Why did Manu Bhaker’s gun malfunction at Tokyo Olympics?
Tue, Aug 03, 2021

After taking 16 shots in the women’s 10m air pistol qualification event at the Asaka Shooting Range, Manu Bhaker's gun started to malfunction. It was not the start to her maiden Olympic campaign that the teenager had hoped for.

Tokyo 2020: Manika Batra finds her game in time to pull off an upset
Sun, Jul 25, 2021

The 26-year-old’s playing style involves no small degree of deception. She uses a long-pimpled rubber to slow down the pace in rallies, find an opening, switch racquet faces, and increase the tempo with a single shot to throw off the opponent. In the first two games it was the second part of her game that she didn’t follow.

Sumit Nagal wins India’s first Olympic singles match in 25 years
Sun, Jul 25, 2021

The win on Saturday came the hard way. The match was riddled with errors, as Nagal was guilty of conceding 56 unforced errors to Istomin’s 51 – they scored 11 and 12 winners respectively.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Parade of nations, set to the medley of Japanese video games
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

The background score during the Parade of Nations might have taken some viewers back to the past, or even the present, when punching buttons to clear a level in a Japanese video game was the favourite pastime.

Manika Batra up against player with TT in her name
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

On Saturday, when the Briton plays Manika Batra in the first round of the women’s singles event, she will mark her debut at the Olympics – the grandest stage for the sport.

Games in Covid times: What’s different in Tokyo
Fri, Jul 23, 2021

The most common aspects of an Olympic Games will now be seen in a completely different way.

Bicycle diaries: How Shushila Devi waded through dew and mist to reach Tokyo
Fri, Jul 23, 2021

From pillion-riding on her brother's bicycle to reach the judo academy in an obscure village in Manipur, judoka Shushila Devi has reached Tokyo with a bag full of dreams and memories of her village.

Misunderstandings, social media spat: No men’s tennis team, but Olympic drama continues
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Only three players, Nagal (men’s singles) and the women’s doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina will don India colours at the tennis events in Tokyo.

Olympic glossary: Pimpled rubber, acne of the table tennis kind
Sun, Jul 18, 2021

When the rubber comes in contact with the ball, the pips bend and put the opposite effect on the spin the ball came with.

Explained: A study points to racial undertones in NBA commentary
Sat, Jul 17, 2021

The data showed that when commentators praised a darker-skinned athlete, it was more to do with the player's athleticism. For lighter-skinned players, it was more to do with intelligence, leadership, mentality and work ethic.

Olympic glossary: How modern-day archery pays tribute to the Robin Hood myth
Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Modern-day archers fighting for medals also do a Robin Hood. By no means a common feat, archerypassion.com rates each shot has a 1 in 4,000 chance of being a ‘Robin Hood.’

Explained: What happens if an athlete tests Covid-19 positive at the Tokyo Olympics?
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

The International Olympic Committee has published Sport-Specific Regulations (SSR) which specify what happens if an athlete tests Covid-19 positive at the Tokyo Olympics. A look at the regulations for different disciplines.

Samir Banerjee is Jr Wimbledon champ: ‘Felt my roots today’
Mon, Jul 12, 2021

With a Junior Grand Slam title under his belt, Banerjee’s route to the professional stream is clear. But with Columbia University lined up next year, he’s still contemplating his decision to enter the US college tennis stream.

With college on mind, desi boy Samir Banerjee enters junior Wimbledon final
Sun, Jul 11, 2021

With the 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2 win, an American player of Indian origin, Samir Banerjee had reached the junior boys Wimbledon final.

‘I really don’t know’: With ageing body, Roger Federer uncertain of future
Thu, Jul 08, 2021

For a 39-year-old player returning to the tour after 14 months, after two knee surgeries and just eight matches under the belt, a Wimbledon quarter-final finish is not a bad result.

Wimbledon: Keeping up with the Kordas, on the greens and courts
Sun, Jul 04, 2021

Korda’s two daughters Jessica and Nelly are star golfers, the latter the current World No.1. And his youngest child, Sebastian, on Friday reached the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championship, on debut.

Only women’s doubles to represent India in Tokyo Olympics tennis
Sat, Jul 03, 2021

India’s top two men’s doubles specialists, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan failed to make the combined ranking cut-off that would have earned them a berth at the Games starting July 23.

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