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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Shivani Naik


Covid vaccines won’t lead to athletes failing dope tests, safe to use: WADA
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Boost for Indian Olympians too as two vaccines used in India also 'has no specific concerns' says Anti-Doping watchdog

Explained: As Sindhu trains for Olympics, dissecting Tokyo conditions, and her opposition
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

While PV Sindhu attempts to simulate Tokyo-like conditions while making use of air-conditioners and blowers to mimic the drift, here's a look at the variables, aerodynamic and otherwise, to make sense of this decision.

Sai Praneeth rues missed tournament owing to ‘unclear test’
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Tokyo-bound shuttler is looking forward to travelling with less stress for tournaments, now that the Covid-19 nightmare is behind him.

Thailand leg wrap up: Queen’s Ambit is the World
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

Heading into Tokyo, women's singles will remain the most anticipated gold medal.

Danish doubles coach Mathias Boe brings tactical nous to the table
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Having retired last year, the 40-year-old Mathias Boe has jumped into coaching starting with India.

Mathias Boe comes for doubles duty, hired to help pairings take the next stride
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Mathias Boe will also help other doubles team under the TOPS -- mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa and women's doubles duo of Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy.

Kidambi Srikanth’s fighting spirit a takeaway in three-game loss
Fri, Jan 29, 2021

PV Sindhu lost 21-18, 21-13 to Ratchanok Intanon and Kidambi Srikanth lost 19-21, 21-9, 21-19 to Wang Tzu Wei.

Patient pays… almost: Srikanth goes down fighting in Tour finals opener against Antonsen
Thu, Jan 28, 2021

Kidambi Srikanth gritted it out and though he ended up losing after 77 minutes on the day, the uncharacteristic playing style raised hopes that the talented Indian can become more than just a fast-court, aggressive, speed merchant, who drops off in big events.

World Tour Finals Preview: PV Sindhu, recharged and battle ready
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

With the Indian having played more matches than other top players, taking a break last year was a wise decision.

Satwiksairaj’s offence gets neutralised by savvy opponents, inside information
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy uses big smash to kill points; the smash manages to awe those watching and those playing him alike. Neutralising the big weapon, though, needs more than mere cognizance of it.

Thailand Open: Satwik the enforcer helps doubles stars earn its stripes
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

It's taken a while, but Indian doubles pairings have finally taken centrestage. Satwik-Ashwini beat their quarterfinal opponents World No.7 Malaysian opponents Peng Soon Chan--Liu Ying Goh 18-21, 24-22, 22-20 shirking off a couple of match points.

Explained: Donald Trump’s presidency, reflected in his golf
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

It is no secret that Donald Trump consistently sought refuge in golf. The grass was always greener on that side.

Thailand Open: HS Prannoy reconnecting with big wins
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

The calm in HS Prannoy's game is so much more effective than the storm he can kick up. For an immensely cerebral shuttler, who likes dabbling at complexity, each rally can be a carefully pursued treasure hunt.

Sameer Verma: The giant-killer under the radar
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Verma has the game to beat the top names - he's beaten Kento Momota, the last Indian to manage that. But needs an injection of confidence to stay convinced about his own ability.

Explained: Why Saina Nehwal being allowed to play despite testing Covid-19 positive is good news for sport
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Here's why the doctors decided that Saina Nehwal was no threat to the tournament and how this is good news for athletes who have tested positive in the past.

Thailand Open: Satwik-Chirag lose, but on an upward curve after a long time away
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

The Indians duo last played a tournament exactly a year back, having skipped the All England and then getting stuck in lockdown in separate cities.

Thailand Open: Swab sticks cause ’10 seconds of hell’, surveillance spooks players
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

TV 2 Sport of Denmark has been chronicling quarantine and isolation woes of Danish shuttlers. Russian doubles veteran Ivan Sozhonov was recorded by partner Vladimir Ivanov, literally shuddering while the testing official poked the swab stick fishing for a sample.

Thailand Open: On return, PV Sindhu fails to go the distance
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

It's been a nervous spring and one long winter of the pandemic pause, but the rustiness aside, Sindhu seemed none the worse for the wear. It's early season still, and the August Olympics will be her main target.

Chaos as Indian shuttlers in Bangkok go through Covid scare, later cleared to play
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

According to the BWF, the Thailand Public Health Ministry’s six-member “working group” of doctors initially determined that Nehwal and Prannoy, and a German player, had “tested positive on the PCR test”. But they also said that the players’ “antibody IgG was positive”.

On a day of Covid chaos, Ashwini-Satwik stay calm under pressure
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Nothing slyly microscopic, nor towering like her Indonesian opponent, could stop India's top mixed doubles pairing of Ashwini and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy from scalping World No.8 Hafiz Fazal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja at the Thailand Super 1000.

Badminton starts with players desperate to hit courts
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

"This is where I belong, and these are the people who make me who I am – back on the court and playing with my partners, this is what life is all about!" Satwiksairaj Rankireddy captioned a happy frame with two teammates — Ashwini Ponappa and Chirag Shetty — who had helped him tide over a Covid-19 recovery.

Indonesian fixing scandal: Badminton players tanked games in Hong Kong, Lucknow
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

In a panel Integrity Unit investigation by the Badminton World Federation that concluded after events dating as far back as 2015, the kingpin of this series of fixed matches, Hendra Tandjaya, a 32-year-old doubles floater on the lower circuit explained during his confessions what "nyabon" meant: "playing a match to fix a particular result."

Explained: How a women’s basketball team helped Rev Warnock enter US Senate
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

What made this summer of quiet, persistent protest fascinating was that the Rev Raphael Warnock, a Black pastor, was contesting against the co-owner of Atlanta Dream, the sitting Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

Badminton’s bio-bubble: Carolina Marin and Tai Tzu Ying get on, Saina Nehwal unhappy
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

Saina Nehwal after posting an incandescent selfie, however, revealed her displeasure at some rules.

Krishna Jayasankar overcomes body shaming, trauma, set to make mark in discus
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

Decidedly uncomfortable about her body at the outset, Krishna, now 5’10”, would begin to see her own uniqueness amidst a bunch of mediocre-built athletes.