Amit Kamath
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: After year ravaged by COVID-19, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty working on Plan B

From Satwik contracting COVID-19 to Chirag Shetty losing his grandfather to the virus, the past year has been a testing time for India's top men's doubles pairing. With a new coach in Mathias Boe guiding them, the pair are looking to make an impact at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Suyash Mehta interview: ‘Becoming a basketball referee was the toughest decision of my life’

The first-ever Indian-origin referee in the NBA, Suyash Mehta, abandoned a promising career path as a doctor to make the move to officiating. His first generation immigrant parents thought he was throwing away his life and career.

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Azura Stevens on WNBA players’ activism: 'We took a stand not for recognition, but because it was the right thing to do'

Chicago Sky's Azura Stevens on athlete activism in the WNBA, NCAA athletes speaking out against disparity in facilties and why it is okay if athletes don't want to take a stand publically on political and social issues

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Spurred by heartbreaks of the past, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran eyeing the promise of future

As he achieved his childhood dream of qualifying for the Olympics, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran could not help but remember the terrible personal tragedy of losing his father and missing out on Rio 2016.

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Olympics-bound wrestler Bajrang Punia becomes first high-profile Indian athlete to get COVID-19 vaccine shot

Wrestler Bajrang Punia, one of India’s brightest hopes to win a medal at the deferred Tokyo Olympics in July-August this year, has become the first high-profile Indian athlete to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

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ISL 2020-21: After leading Mumbai City FC to title, CFG set sights on making club more ‘sustainable’

"If you look at all the successful football clubs around the world, they have a track record of developing young players. That’s the aspiration for Mumbai City FC now," said Damian Willoughby, India CEO of CFG.

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Sergio Lobera interview: 'Winning is the most important thing, but it's also important how we are winning'

Sergio Lobera spoke to Firstpost about what shaped his philosophy, how his footballing style evolved over the years, whether he believes winning the right way is more important than winning, his definition of success and a lot more.

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Roy Hibbert interview: Two-time All-Star talks about the evolution of big men in the NBA

Two-time All-Star Roy Hibbert talks about how the traditional NBA big-man, around whom he modelled his game, has become extinct while centres have evolved to counter the three-point wave.

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PKL commissioner Anupam Goswami interview: 'Reserve price of Rs 900 crore shows our confidence in value of our media rights'

PKL commissioner Anupam Goswami talks to Firstpost about the league's upcoming media rights auction, the reserve price of Rs 900 crore, and why the league is looking for partners in areas like eSports and Virtual Reality

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NBA: One year after his COVID-19 positive test shut down league, Rudy Gobert and Utah Jazz thriving

On 11 March last year, Rudy Gobert became ‘patient zero’ for coronavirus in the NBA. His test shut down the league, and temporarily threw his team, Utah Jazz, in a tailspin. 365 days later, the Jazz — and Gobert — are thriving.

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NBA: Two months into season, league without broadcast partner in India for first time in decade

When the star-studded Team LeBron face the equally star-studded Team Durant in the 2021 NBA All-Star showdown, the game will not be broadcast live on Indian television.

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NBA: In guards’ league, big-man Princepal Singh getting restricted minutes on floor for G League Ignite

While India's Princepal Singh has made appearances in just three of G League Ignite's 14 games so far this season, he has made an impression on his coaches and teammates with his work ethic on the bench and in training.

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Firstpost Explains: What is NBA G League, why Princepal Singh's stint with Ignite is different than Indians before him and more

Here’s a handy explainer about the upcoming NBA G League season, the ‘first-of-its-kind’ Ignite team that India’s Princepal Singh will be part of, and what makes Princepal’s stint in the G League different from his compatriots before him.

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NBA G League: Ignite veterans moulding youngsters like Princepal Singh with locker room mentorship

Coach Brian Shaw and veterans Jarrett Jack and Amir Johnson have been showing the Ignite's youngsters like Princepal Singh the myriad nuances of the game, and explaining to them the obsessive details that go into surviving as long as they have in the trade.

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For NBA G League Ignite's draft prospects, lessons in financial literacy, mental health and media training

When they are not on court working on their game, Ignite’s youngsters, including Princepal Singh, are being given lessons on financial literacy, mental health, media training and even sessions on understanding the importance of sleep.

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Tejaswin Shankar focussed on high jump at Tokyo Olympics after heptathlon national record

After setting his second national record a few days back, 22-year-old Tejaswin Shankar is focused on qualifying for the high jump at Tokyo Olympics even as he juggles studies and an internship.

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Princepal Singh’s confidence, range improving, but unlikely to get ‘significant minutes’, says G League Ignite coach Brian Shaw

Ignite's coach Brian Shaw says Princepal Singh's confidence, stamina, strength, and range have grown since he joined the G League team, but says he is unlikely to get 'significant minutes' on the court for the team.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers and IOC reiterate that Games will go on, but questions remain

Tokyo 2020 organisers and the IOC were vehement in their denial on Friday that a cancellation of the Games was on the cards. Yet, multiple questions remain as to how a sporting event of this magnitude can be held in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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NBA season preview: From Lakers getting stronger to Bucks winning free agency, biggest talking points

After the most protracted, and yet abbreviated, season of the NBA comes the shortest season of the league. Here are the biggest talking points:

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Heart over height for Riyanshu Negi as he becomes latest NBA Academy India graduate to seal USA move

Riyanshu Negi is the fourth NBA Academy India student-athlete to commit to a US high-school or college basketball program. But at 6'3", the shooting guard is not like his compatriots who have moved to USA hoping to play in the NBA some day.