Amit Kamath
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The rebel, the showman, the underdog: Diego Maradona, as seen through eyes of actors that play him

Nicolás Goldschmidt, Nazareno Casero and Juan Palomino, who play Diego Maradona in Amazon Prime’s Maradona: Blessed Dream, talk about the many versions of the deceased Argentine football legend

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After making history at Tokyo Olympics, Bhavani Devi training for Paris 2024 under legendary sabre master Christian Bauer

Christian Bauer, a fencing coach who specialises in sabre, has coached fencers to multiple Olympic medals. At Athens 2004, he guided Aldo Montano to gold. At Beijing 2008, he helped the Chinese to medals. At London 2012 and Rio 2016, The Russians won multiple medals with him at the helm.

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Prakash Padukone’s commandments: Focus on results, not rankings; find youngsters who are physically gifted

Prakash Padukone’s commandments for Indian badminton: Focus on results, not rankings; find youngsters who are physically gifted; hire full-time professionals to work at BAI.

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Prime Volleyball League will be 'pathbreaking idea for Indian sport', says CEO Joy Bhattacharjya

Can a sports league in India function without any involvement of the national federation responsible for that sport? The Prime Volleyball League is hoping to pull off just that. PVL CEO Joy Bhattacharjya speaks with Firstpost on the ‘pathbreaking’ concept.

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Biggest challenge for an athlete is repeating a gold at the Olympics, says Neeraj Chopra

“Yeh time hai aage badhne ka. I’ll now hang this gold at home and start preparing for the next season’s competitions and then the next Olympic Games,” said Neeraj Chopra.

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After Tokyo high, PCI targets creating certified classifiers, streamlining competition structure

After India’s record-setting haul of 19 medals at Tokyo Paralympics, Deepa Malik, head of PCI, said they will look to capitalise on the momentum by creating more certified classifiers in the country, holding timely selection trails, and conducting timely Nationals.

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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: After acing three shoot-offs for bronze medal, annual progress review awaits PhD student Harvinder Singh

At Tokyo’s Yumenoshima Archery Ranges, it wasn’t just time that was testing Harvinder. During his matches, the weather also played tricks. It was raining on some occasions, and windy at other times.

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‘Every jump was a war’: Tales of battles fought by podium finishers in high jump at Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Cancer. A horrific childhood accident. Polio. Crippling poverty. Loneliness. Anxiety attacks. A last-minute meniscus injury. A COVID scare and training disruption. These are just some battles fought by the medal-winning trio in the high jump event at Tokyo 2020.

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The medal that wasn’t: Firstpost Explains why Vinod Kumar’s bronze in F52 discus throw was reassigned

What does ‘Classification Assessment in Competition’ mean? What does it mean to have an athlete designated as Classification not Completed? Don’t athletes get classified before competition? After the Vinod Kumar incident, Firstpost Explains:

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Princepal Singh interview: Indian youngster on why he skipped NBA Draft, his future and more

One of India's most promising basketball prodigies, Princepal Singh, talks to Firstpost about skipping the NBA Draft last month, the G League Ignite stint, needing to bulk up and more.

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World Athletics U20 Championships: Bronze at last after years of expectations from 4x400m relay teams at marquee events

Two runners running their third race of the day. One runner carrying an ankle injury that necessitated doctors asking him to pull out of the Worlds. One runner running for vindication. Stories behind India's mixed 4x400m relay bronze at the U20 Worlds.

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Neeraj Chopra’s gold at Tokyo 2020 removed huge mental block from Indian athletes’ psyche: AFI chief Adille Sumariwalla

Chopra's gold is also the second individual gold medal won by an Indian at the Olympics after Abhinav Bindra at Beijing in 2008.

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Cheat meal of Olympic medallists: Humble churma in spotlight after Neeraj Chopra, Bajrang Punia’s Tokyo 2020 triumph

Neeraj Chopra loves it. So does Bajrang Punia. Churma, humble Haryanvi fare made out of crushed roti and generous amount of sugar and ghee, is the cheat meal for some of India's Tokyo 2020 Olympics medallists.

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How scientific adviser Wayne Lombard rewired the Indian women’s hockey team into fitter, more agile versions

Moments after their fourth-place finish at Tokyo 2020, Wayne Lombard, the Indian women’s hockey team’s scientific adviser since 2017, spoke to Firstpost about the process that went into improving the team’s fitness levels.

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Tokyo Big Picture: Covering the Olympics is a game of chance

You know Mirabai Chanu could sleep-lift her way to a silver in her weight class. But at that same time, there's a boy, Saurabh Chaudhury, 19 years of age, shooting at a venue 30 kms away, who has a chance to do better: he can win gold. So that’s who you took a chance on.

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Tokyo Big Picture: At the Olympics, for some athletes even a silver medal reeks of failure

For athletes like Geno Petriashvili, Hassan Yazdanicharati, Benjamin Whittaker and India’s Ravi Dahiya, you don’t win silver. You settle.

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Tokyo Big Picture: Vignettes from Indian contingent’s three weeks in Japanese capital

As the Indian contingent returns after a seven-medal haul at Tokyo Olympics, here are some unmissable nuggets from Tokyo.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Outside the Olympic Stadium, a watch party on the road for Closing Ceremony fireworks

Hundreds of Tokyo residents lined up on the street adjacent to the Olympic Stadium for hours before the Closing Ceremony to get a view of the fireworks for the ceremony. For many Tokyo residents, it would be the closest they have gotten to the Olympics, the world’s greatest party to which they’re the hosts.

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With six hurls of a javelin, Neeraj Chopra conquers Mount Olympics

A country of over a billion waits 4,743 days—or 157 months or 13 years—for another individual Olympics gold! And then, on a clear, but humid Tokyo evening, in six hurls of a spear weighing 800 grams, a 23-year-old goes where even gods of India’s sporting pantheon have not been: to the top of the Olympics mountain.

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Neeraj Chopra’s days in Tokyo: No social media, 6 am dope tests, German coach’s ‘mazaa karna’ speech and exchange with Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem

After Neeraj Chopra won India’s first track and field gold medal at an Olympics, we retrace his days in Tokyo with help from the thrower and his German coach Dr Klaus Bartonietz.