'There were days when we didn't know where the next meal will come from,' Khel Ratna Rani Rampal on her journey
"I won't rest till I win an Olympic medal. Even after all these years, what keeps me going is the honour of wearing the India jersey. That joy is incomparable," Rani said on being conferred with the Khel Ratna award.
What does an archetypical Indian athlete represent in modern India? What explains the sense of entitlement of some of our elite sportspersons and their deafening silence on issues of society and misgovernance? As another National Sports Day passes by, it is worth remembering that at its core, sport stands for courage, conviction, and fairness.
'There's nothing like victory,' 70 years later, Balbir Singh Senior remembers independent India's first Olympic gold
" As our tri-colour slowly went up. I looked at the flag, and I felt that with it, I was also rising from the ground," recalls Balbir Singh Senior.
'One-dimensional Chinese' to all-conquering 'Super Dan', Pullela Gopichand remembers Lin Dan's evolution
Gopichand, who was in the last leg of his international career when Lin Dan was coming up as another lightning-quick player from the Chinese stable, played the latter thrice (across 2001 and 2002), and beat him on two occasions.
Olympic quota secured, boxer Vikas Krishan plans to return to professional boxing in August-September
"The Olympics, as you know, have been postponed, so I am planning to go back to professional boxing by August-end or early September. By then, I hope international flights will resume and logistics can be worked out," Vikas said.
Tokyo Olympics: Triple-jumper Arpinder Singh confident of breaching qualification mark once training resumes
"I am confident of going past the Olympic qualification mark. I was in good form before the lockdown, and frankly, jumping 17 metres is not an impossible task," Arpinder said.
Past Masters of Indian Badminton: Prakash Padukone – humble champion who changed the face of sport forever
In this final act of Past Masters of Indian Badminton series, Shirish Nadkarni looks back at the life and career of the man who transformed the sport in India - Prakash Padukone.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian Open stays on course in 2020 calendar; European Tour comes up with modest schedule
Though Keith Pelley, CEO of the European Tour, did not reveal any dates – he released dates only for the initial UK swing of six events and four Rolex events - the Hero Indian Open could come onto the calendar sometime in late October-early November.
Balbir Singh Senior (1923-2020): Genial legend who wore his greatness lightly, remembering the man I knew a little
Balbir Singh Senior easily transcended that interviewee-interviewer divide. In a world where unabashed howling qualifies as confidence, Balbir taught us that quiet confidence resides in quiet simplicity.
What's to blame for PV Sindhu's freefall after last year's Basel World Championships? Predictability
The answers to PV Sindhu's slump in form after her World Championships win, perhaps lie in a melange of a host of external factors as well as a clutch of facets intrinsic to her game.
Calling it a hypertrophy focussed session, Lombard said it was important for him to focus on maintaining the muscle mass of the players during such circumstances.
Annu Rani confident of breaching Olympic qualification mark, calls for resumption of outdoor training
Annu Rani, the two-time Asian Championships medallist and current national record holder, listed her angle of release and the speed of her run-up as the key areas she would like to work on.
Kiren Rijiju defends conducting trials of social media sprint sensations, says he would’ve otherwise been labelled a 'silent' sports minister
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday conceded that calling for urgent trials for social media sprint sensations, seen running with buffaloes, were decisions taken under pressure to appear hands-on in his job.
"I think there should be a trial once normalcy returns. There is one full year before the Olympics and it has never happened that a qualifier is held so early," Pooja said.
An unmatched talent in the domestic circuit, Aparna Popat holds the distinction of being the only Indian woman shuttler to win nine consecutive Nationals (1997-2005).
Sathiyan's understanding of human anatomy goes beyond the basic knowledge of muscle groups. He understands the science behind the art, and explains it with a clarity befitting his engineering credentials.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju visits SAI headquarters, essential staff resumes office
"The ministry has started its office with minimum staff because work has to go on. We are ensuring strict compliance of rules like social distancing, wearing masks and temperature checks," Rijiju said
Damayanti's aviator husband, Flt-Lt Vijay Tambay, was lost in action during a skirmish on India’s north-western border during the Indo-Pakistan conflict of 1971, and his body was never found
In our series Past Masters of Indian Badminton, we take a look a the great Suresh Goel who mesmerised the fans in 1960s with his delectable stokes and finesse
Ami Ghia's trademark traits were her fabulous courtcraft, shuttle control, and line judgment, all of which offset her relative lack of speed on the court