Articles by G Rajaraman
Sep 17, 2019
Govt cannot let issues relating to unchecked growth of sports leagues fester; urgent need to put match-fixing genie back in bottleThere is no reason for the Ministry to not add an annexure against corruption in sport. All it takes is political will for Government to bring in a simple set of regulations, empowering agencies to investigate and lay charges, and tribunals to make considered decisions.
Sep 05, 2019
TOPS list ignores Komolika Bari and Srihari Nataraj at crucial juncture, needs to have balance while choosing athletesThere must be a sense of fair play and balance when it comes to choosing athletes to be on the list of the country’s premier support system for athletes. The known names, without a shadow of a doubt, deserve government support. But when it entails the withdrawal of support for talented but voiceless young athletes, it does not speak much of the system.
Aug 09, 2019
Sports Ministry wins territorial battle with BCCI, but road ahead just got tougher for NADA, NDTLThere cannot be delays in the anti-doping process. BCCI and the players have money to play around with if they need to engage lawyers to defend themselves against anti-doping rule violation charges before the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and the National Anti-Doping Appeal Panel. Indeed, NADA and NDTL will be more challenged now than ever before.
Aug 08, 2019
Mary Kom vs Nikhat Zareen selection fiasco: India need better sports culture to avoid elite athletes' sense of entitlementHumility, grace and respect for the competition are in short supply. And there is great evidence of a sense of entitlement. Or so it seems when one reads about young boxer Nikhat Zareen’s plea for a fair and transparent chance to earn selection in the Indian squad for the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Ulan-Ude in Russia from 3 October.
Jul 31, 2019
Prithvi Shaw doping controversy another instance of BCCI's mishandling of such issues, reminder why cricket board should come under NADAThe more the BCCI tries to stay away from the ambit of the NADA, the deeper it sinks in a quagmire of its own making. The latest evidence is provided by its handling of the three cases, including that of young Test cricketer Prithvi Shaw.
Jul 30, 2019
Indian swimming needs sharper thinking, professionalism, more tournaments to rise to global levels or risk oblivionThe sooner Swimming Federation of India understands that it needs to approach the task of administering in a professional manner, the better it will be for the sport. Or else, swimming would get left further behind in the race for popularity.
Jul 20, 2019
Selectors face emotional test regarding MS Dhoni's ODI future, but must groom next wicket-keeper for new World Cup cycleGiven his association with international cricket over a decade and a half, Dhoni will know more about the rebuilding process than anyone else in the present set up
Jul 19, 2019
Missing perspective on India's recent rich medal haul and raising of unreal hopes from track and field athletesIndia must celebrate its sporting aces but its leaders, especially from the political and entertainment worlds, must acquire a better perspective rather than just compete to mark a sporting feat. The urge to celebrate one athlete's success — even if that is in the form of multiple gold medals won against mediocre competition — can be counter-productive.
Jun 25, 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Criticism of 'not enough positive' MS Dhoni unfair, strong opinions could lead to unwarranted backlashCritics should be careful with their choice of words. To say Dhoni lacked positive intent can spark myriad thoughts – not all positive – in the minds of millions.
Jun 12, 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Time for governing body to serve justice to bowlers over bails conundrumConsidering that there have been five instances of the bails not lighting up and being dislodged, the captains and managers will readily accept any changes that promise better outcome for the bowlers