Sports

Competing for an equal world

The trick might well be for Paralympics to secure in the eyes of the world a ‘separate but equal’ status under the Olympic movement


Olympian failure

Our inability to cut it at the world level is as much to do with social attitudes as poor sports governance


How to win medals in Olympics

Analysis of winners shows that a country, no matter how small or economically weak, wins a number of medals in specific sports


Sakshi takes bronze, Sindhu in the hunt for gold

India’s women power came to the fore in the Rio Olympics as P.V. Sindhu entered the final of the badminton tournament with a 21-19, 21-14 victory over the higher-ranked Nozomi Okuhara of Japan at the


A permanent address for the greatest show on earth?

There are no net economic gains for countries that have hosted the Olympics or the World Cup


Sakshi Malik, champion

It may be tempting to put in comparative perspective Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal in women’s 58-kg freestyle wrestling at the Rio Olympics, and to caution against over-celebrating her feat.


Back under a doping cloud

World Championship bronze medallist, wrestler Narsingh Yadav, has shaken the Indian sporting community by testing positive for a banned steroid.


Russia’s tainted athletics

Ever since the German broadcaster ARD released a documentary, titled ‘Top-secret doping: How Russia makes its winners’, in late 2014, skeletons from the Russian closet have been tumbling out at an


Russian athletes can’t go to Rio

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday rejected Russia’s appeal against a doping ban on its athletics team from the Rio Olympics starting in 15 days, drawing an angry condemnation


Cleaning up cricket

The significance of some judicial interventions trump the fact that they are unusual or are marred by excessive activism. The Supreme Court’s project to revamp the cricket administration is one such.


Keeping up with the required rate

If implemented, there are very few sports federations globally that will have the threshold of accountability that is now required of the BCCI


Tournament of the underdog

Such is the nature of knockout tournament football that it is not the team with the most gifted personnel or the finest style of play that necessarily triumphs in the end.


Indian hockey’s new stride

India’s performance was notable in a number of ways. It had the least experienced side with an average of 79.27 games per player (compared to 140 for Britain and 160 for Belgium).


A field day in the name of free kicks

On June 11, when supporters of the English and the Russian football teams clashed before and after the Euro 2016 Group B clash between the teams in Marseille, it rekindled memories of the violent bout


In search of kryptonite

If Murray won, it would have been his third Grand Slam trophy. He was playing for a career statistic. Djokovic was playing for history


The Djokovic standard

Has completing the career Grand Slam — winning each of the four Majors at least once — become easier in men’s tennis, with the increased homogeneity of surfaces and playing styles? Or is the sport sim


Punching above his heavyweight

Spectator sport is at its riveting best when the script involves an underdog, virtually down and out, marshalling his last ounce of energy to turn the tables on a fancied opponent.


The rise and rise of Virat Kohli

Sunrisers Hyderabad deservedly won the Indian Premier League title and ruined Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Sunday night party in its backyard, Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.


Little teams matter too

Leicester City’s rise reflects the growth of Asian influence in football. The club is owned by Thai businessmen


Sloshing in the dugout

Cricket and money are like bees and honey. With or without out any apologies to Shakespeare’s lines in , money can say of its life in Indian cricket