hockey

Stick Shift

After years of disappointments, Indian hockey is looking up again. So what’s the story behind the comeback? Sunday Times finds out struggling to raise funds to send Dhyan Chand’s team to the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928, when one of Indian hockey’s colonial administrators decided to approach Gandhi for help in fund-raising, the Mahatma famously responded […..]

Chasing A Dream

Is a successful London 2012 possible for India? Or will a sports culture remain an illusion with India not bothering to look beyond cricket and turning into a multi sporting nation? [Edited extracts from Nalin Mehta, Boria Majumdar, Olympics: The India Story, HarperCollins, 2012, 3rd edition, first published 2008] The foundation was laid at the […..]

When Olympic Sports Lost Out

Until the early 1980s, cricket was not the most pre-eminent Indian game. It was popular but hockey was the ‘national game’ and soccer was equally popular in large parts of the country. What happened? [Edited exclusive extracts from Nalin Mehta, Boria Majumdar, Olympics: The India Story, HarperCollins, 2012, 3rd edition, first published 2008] Cricket, Television […..]

‘The World’s Best Centre-Forward’

Dhyan Chand scored 14 of India’s 29 goals in Amsterdam. *** Exclusive Extracts from Olympics: The India Story by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta The World’s Best Centre-Forward': Amsterdam 1928 At Amsterdam the onus was on the hockey team to lead the Indian challenge. The athletes, Chawan in the 10,000 metres, Hamid in the 400 […..]

Peasants On The Athletics Track

London 1948 - Opening ceremony at the stadium of Wembley: March-in of the Indian delegation.

To Sir Dorab Tata goes the credit of starting systematic Olympic activity on Indian soil in 1920 [Edited exclusive extracts from Nalin Mehta, Boria Majumdar, Olympics: The India Story, HarperCollins, 2012, 3rd edition, first published 2008]. ‘100 Yards Round A Bend’ To Antwerp: Peasants On The Athletics Track To Sir Dorab Tata goes the credit […..]

The Golden Years

Between 1928 and 1956, India won six straight Olympic gold medals and 24 consecutive matches, a record likely to stand for the foreseeable future *** Exclusive Extracts from Olympics: The India Story by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta India claims to be the foremost in many things in the world. The world admits that she […..]

Hitler’s Games

Berlin Olympics of 1936 finally put to rest the question mark against India’s hockey supremacy. Exclusive extracts from this meticulously researched book show the role of Captain Dhyan Chand and Indian Nationalism in the Third Reich… Exclusive Extracts from Olympics: The India Story by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta *** Nowadays I hear of the […..]