Olympics

Positives from Rio for India

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Rio gets taste of Delhi’s VIP culture with Vijay Goel

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India’s athletes are yet to open their medals account in Rio but saddi Dilli has already left an unforgettable imprint on the XXXI Olympic Games. As many as 205 countries are competing in Rio but only officials accompanying India’s newly-minted sports minister Vijay Goel were found to be “aggressive and rude” enough to earn an […..]

Will hopefully return with a medal from Rio, says Sania Mirza

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World no. 1 in tennis doubles, Sania Mirza will be leading the Indian tennis challenge at the Rio Olympics, with Rohan Bopanna in mixed doubles and Prarthana Thombare in women’s doubles. Rio 2016 starts from today and Sania, who recently published her autobiography ‘Ace against Odds’ (with Imran Mirza and Shivani Gupta), spoke to Nalin […..]

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 […..]

Revising history: how a new archive changes our understanding of the past and the present

Berlin 1936: An Indian athlete puts his turban with Italian athletes around him

Abstract This article outlines how fresh historical evidence recently made available in a new digital archive necessitates a nuanced rewriting of the complex linkages between colonial structures, early-Indian capitalism and the incipient nationalism that drove Indian sport and Olympism before independence. India became the first colony to take part in the Olympics, supremely dominating Olympics […..]

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 […..]

Bindra: He shot for India

Just before the London Olympics, 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. Before the Beijing Olympics, where he won India’s first gold, he forced himself […..]