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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Shivani Naik


Ground reality: Change of turf threatens to put Indian kho kho on the mat
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Kho kho draws its players from lower- and middle-class households, and Hazare's story is no different.

High hoops: How five young Indian women balance American college with WNBA hopes
Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Five young Indian women have set up base in North American schools, colleges and universities, prepping themselves for a shot at the biggest women’s basketball league in the world.

Hoop and the hype: Meet the promising basketball talent knocking on Team India doors
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

Punjab beat Tamil Nadu in the final, banking on top stars Amjyot Singh and Amritpal Singh, but the 70th national championship threw up performers that weren’t on the hoops map until now.

Girl from Bihar village is rugby’s ‘international young player of year’
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

Over the last few days, Sweety says she’s flying a little above ground, excited about being picked as the “international young player of the year” by reputed women’s rugby website Scrumqueens.

Gold and glitter: Diary of PV Sindhu in 2019
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

Fashion was PV Sindhu's armour to survive the everyday grind of pursuing a World Championship.

Badminton doubles coach blames ‘bad attitude’ of Indian players for early exit of foreign coaches
Fri, Dec 27, 2019

“It’s how things work in all Asian countries where players are not individualistic and obey the system. Everywhere except India,” Flandy Limpele, coach from Indonesia said. “But I will try to change this attitude problem and make them better players.”

Decoding zig-zagging patterns of world’s top six Badminton players
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

Form and fortunes have bizarrely fluctuated for the top-six women's badminton players in the world. The Indian Express decodes the zig-zagging patterns of the golden generation, where the metric fundamentally is silverware and not ranking, preluding to an intriguing Olympics tussle next year

Kho-kho captain Nasreen, the flea-market vendor’s daughter who harnessed the wind
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Playing on hard mud surfaces, Nasreen's early coach would ask her to train with boys' teams, a daunting prospect given they were stronger and faster, and she was often left bruised.

Champions Boat League: Kashmir’s Dal to Kerala’s snake boats, Valley rowers find new home
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

The 100-ft-long war boats are shaped like snakes with raised hoods, and put together without a single nail from carefully selected logs.

World Squash Championship: Saurav Ghosal loses titanic battle against ‘Beast’
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Saurav Ghosal lost to World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy 11-5, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 10-12.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty missing link on court: Defence counsel
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

Satwik-Chirag’s power-speed symphony is electrifying, but suspect defence can drag them down. The Indian Express writes about the missing link on court.

Advisory for Indian shuttlers in Hong Kong: Stay indoors
Fri, Nov 15, 2019

“The moment we landed, we were handed out sheets where they had given us some guidelines,” says Chirag Shetty, one half of a talented doubles pair with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.

Satwik-Chirag: Work in rapid progress
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Satwik-Chirag chip away at the World No 1 ‘Minions’ even as they lost 21-16, 22-20 at the Fuzhou China Open 2019.

India scale the Chinese wall
Sat, Nov 09, 2019

Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen, playing as kings of their jungle at home in Fuzhou, China, are former world champions from 2018. Both uniformly 24 are being primed to lead China’s men’s doubles challenge at Tokyo Olympics next year at a nice winning age of 25.

Smash hit: Satwik-Chirag enter Paris final
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won their French Open men's doubles semifinal on Saturday. After quarters in 2017 and semis in 2018 at the same venue, India's dynamic duo make their first Super 750 finals.

Satwik-Chirag beat the big ‘Daddies’, enter quarterfinals at Paris
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Crucially for India's best pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, the 'Daddies' still iffy from niggles sustained at the China Open last month, are just a touch slow.

Praveen Kumar: Wushu gets a poster boy
Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Praveen, who gave up boxing alleging favouritism, wins gold at World Championships enter World Cup.

The move to quit Commonwealth Games on flimsy grounds is unfair to athletes
Sat, Sep 28, 2019

Great sporting nations don’t sulk. They get cracking on the new rules of the game and prove a point on the sports field.

Vietnam Open: Sourabh Verma rises over Sun
Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Smashing past financial aches, lack of support staff and tough adversary, Sourabh Verma nails Vietnam Super 100.

Last year was a disaster because we had random coaches travelling, says Pullela Gopichand
Sun, Sep 15, 2019

The Indian Express speaks with Gopichand on the need to have a well-defined structure for the nation to become a shuttle powerhouse