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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Shivani Naik

Assistant Editor

Explained: Why Saina being allowed to play despite testing positive is good news for the world of sports
Sat, Jan 16, 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.

B-Boy Karam Singh: Breaking into news, one freeze at a time
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

B-Boy Kid Karam talks about his journey from watching B-Boys at funfair do head whirls upto reaching higher echelons of newest Olympic sport

Explained: Why Britain’s Covid-19 crisis could hit Sindhu’s plans in the new year
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

With restrictions on flights from the UK, and Sindhu needing to be in Bangkok on January 3, it is looking increasingly difficult for India's top player to make the trip to South-East Asia.

Cold, chills, unable to taste masala chips: Kashyap-Saina’s road to recovery 
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

While the two are back to training at an unused badminton court in Hyderabad after rallying back from their Covid-19 infections, Kashyap recalls the fortnight that saw them stay largely asymptomatic, save for the loss of taste and smell.

B-Boy Kid Karam — the Indian link to newest Olympic sport
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

As Breaking — a sport where breakdancers, or B-Boy dance-athletes, duel against each other and are judged on skills — heads to the 2024 Paris Olympics, rising global star B-Boy Kid Karam, with roots in Punjab, has put himself in contention.

Explained: How breakdancing broke onto the Olympic stage for Paris 2024
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Breakdancing at the Olympics: While the old school hasn't stopped rolling its eyes, the regulars on the breaking circuit vouch for this new Olympic discipline's faster, higher and stronger fundamentals.

In T20 today, Australian cricketers go back 60,000 years with indigenous jersey
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

The Australian jersey comes on the back of criticism of the Australian men's team for not taking a knee during a limited-over series in England in September in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jehan Daruvala recalls transition from F3 to F2
Tue, Dec 01, 2020

It has been a decent freshman year for India's only racer on the F2 circuit, after scoring his first points at Hungary, finishing 5th in Russia in the feature race and a fighting 4th in the sprint race at Silverstone.

The quiet fashion revolution powering India’s women runners
Sat, Nov 28, 2020

Comfortable, stylish and convenient - activewear is the Indian woman’s own superhero suit

Deepika-Atanu’s quiver full of arrows
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

India's top archers recount how a mid-June wedding and a calming stay at home offset all other travails of a pandemic year.

Whole nine yards: Berlin to Mumbai, Salvi’s sari run
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

Salvi has fashioned a nine-yard drape that is most comfortably suited to running, and has spoken of how women in rural Maharashtra carry out just about any task in the unfussy nouvari effortlessly.

Barack Obama and basketball: In his life and in his book
Wed, Nov 18, 2020

With a sharp passing eye, long jumpers drained to perfection, and a swell passing game, Obama aced what Americans adore the most in sport: an ‘assist’.

All Blacks lose back-to-back games, this time beaten fair and square by Los Pumas
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

A crowd of 10,000 watched the Argentines at the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney hand out a neat demolition of the All Blacks - who now for the first time have suffered back to back losses since the start of the decade.

210 squats in 180 seconds: A kabaddi player takes a shot at Guinness Book record, redemption
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

On Thursday, Appasaheb Gaikwad of Supe village in Paithan of Aurangabad, Marathwada, will live out what he calls "the most important 3 minutes of my life", when he guns for the Guinness Book record of 210 squats in 180 seconds.

Explained: Sport’s terminology used during the US presidential election
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

Here's how sport's lingo and lore sidled neatly into political commentary.