Abhijeet Kulkarni
Abhijeet Kulkarni
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Sports

Thomas Cup 2022: India's dream run —A triumph of team spirit and hunger to make every opportunity count

Dynamics of team events in individual sports like badminton are extremely different and the Indian team showed that they know how to rise to the occasion

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All England Open 2022: Fast-improving Lakshya Sen, plucky Treesa-Gayatri show Indian young guns ready to soar

While the seniors disappointed, the youngsters made sure the Indian flag kept flying in Arena Birmingham till the business end of the tournament.

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All England Open 2022: Lakshya Sen faces primary hurdle in weight of expectations after fine run of form

Indian badminton fans would also hope that the likes of PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth find the missing consistency while Satwik-Chirag and Prannoy live up to their potential.

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How Morten Frost's advice, playing with Viktor Axelsen and tactical maturity helped Lakshya Sen soar

In just under a month, Lakshya Sen has won a world championship medal and his first Super 500 title and at 20 he is just starting on the international circuit

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BWF World Championships: Final disappointment aside, Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen show Indian badminton has life beyond PV Sindhu

The performance of Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen glossed over the disappointment of seeing PV Sindhu fail to win a medal at a major championship for the first time since 2015

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Inconsistency cost Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth more than cancellation of qualifying events

Would it be right to just blame the cancellation of tournaments for Saina and Srikanth missing out on Tokyo participation? And the answer would be an emphatic No.

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BWF need to reduce financial imbalance in badminton with more player-friendly policies

There is no doubt that badminton’s journey towards becoming a professional sport has been hindered by the amateur mindset of the administrators

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Ritupurna hints at star potential despite losing to Sindhu in national finals

Rituparna joined the Gopichand Badminton Academy a year later but within a few years doubts were raised about her ability to make it big on the international stage.

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2014 should see Saina Nehwal back to her best

Unlike 2013, Saina has a definite target of defending her Commonwealth crown and also win a medal in the Asian Games.

Blogs

It is time for Indian sports to have its own AAP movement

Just like a good player doesn't automatically become a good coach, there is no guarantee that sports administration will improve by putting a sportsperson at the helm.

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Meet India's newest chess star Aravind Chithambaram

The performance was all the more special because Aravindh, with an ELO rating of 2335, came up with a performance equivalent to 2728 rating points and defeated four GMs and two IMs on his way to the title.

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Should Indian sportspersons keep asking the Govt for help?

The likes of Gowda and many others are in a way professionals, who earn prize money and sponsorship from private companies as sportspersons up and above the government funding they receive.

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BAI only embarrasses itself with proposed life ban for Gutta

What is most disconcerting for a genuine badminton lover is the fact that when Indian badminton is on the rise and the BAI should have utilised this period to consolidate the gains from a successful IBL, they are busy settling petty rivalries and mollycoddling egos.

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IBL 2013: The highs and lows of the league stage

Firstpost takes a look at some of the highlights of the league stage.

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IBL 2013: Organiser's flip-flop leads to Delhi Smashers protest

One does not wish to be critical of the IBL organisers given that this is the first year of the tournament and there would be teething troubles, their failure to provide written guidelines regarding the auction process and replacements to the teams is inexplicable.

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In today's IBL clash, Saina has more to lose than Sindhu

The proposed match up on India’s Independence Day is all the more special because this would be the first time that the country’s two biggest women’s singles stars would face each other in a competitive game.

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Celebrate Sindhu's World Championship bronze and then let her be

Today, let us just celebrate the achievement of Sindhu and wish her all the best for the future.

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World Championships: This is one loss Saina won't forget easily

Even Saina would admit that there won’t be any easier opportunities to stand on that podium than the one presented to her this time around.

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Why PV Sindhu is India's new hope for ending Chinese domination

If there were any doubt in their mind about the potential of the lanky Hyderabadi, all those would have been cleared with the way the Asian Junior champion packed off defending world champion Wang Yihan in her own backyard on Thursday.

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This is Saina’s best chance to end world championship medal drought

The Asian junior champion has been out of action since the Sudirman Cup in May and would have to overcome the challenge of defending champion Yihan Wang in the third round to entertain any hope of finishing on the podium in her maiden appearance in the championship.