Abhinav Bindra

Was London a flash in the pan? Rio will tell us

A couple of months ago, Rio de Janeiro’s mayor Eduardo Paes met a group of sports journalists about his preparations for the 2016 Olympics. “Things are fine,” he said. “Every day is a big problem.” You could say the same thing about India’s bid to ramp up its medal tally. The 31st Olympic Games loom […..]

Rings around India

He forced himself to jump off a plane: hoping to train his mind to work under extreme conditions, attempting somehow to simulate the pressures of the shooting range and the way his instincts would react under duress. If he had actually gone on to win in London, we would all have been going gaga about […..]

Smile, Sir Dorabji

When Sir Dorabji Tata organised the first modern meet of Indian athletes with an eye to the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, he found that despite running barefoot their performance compared “well with the times done in Europe or elsewhere”. Suitably impressed, Tata personally financed three of the best runners for Antwerp, a move that in […..]