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To Sing Or Not To Sing: Iran’s Dilemma Before High-Voltage Game Against USA In The World Cup

To Sing Or Not To Sing: Iran’s Dilemma Before High-Voltage Game Against USA In The World Cup

Nov 28, 2022

Iran’s World Cup campaign has been eventful. On Tuesday, it will get even more interesting when they square up against a none too avuncular Uncle Sam.

FIFA World Cup 2022: How Food Helps Teams Bond

FIFA World Cup 2022: How Food Helps Teams Bond

Nov 23, 2022

A team dinner inspired India to hold Qatar to a draw in the qualifiers, while England have a no phones, no separate tables policy during team meals.

Fifa World Cup 2022: Netflix Documentary Highlights Ordeal of Nepali Workers

Fifa World Cup 2022: Netflix Documentary Highlights Ordeal of Nepali Workers

Nov 21, 2022

Fifa Uncovered exposes the gap between the organisation’s claims about the upkeep of workers and the harsh reality with a juxtaposition of visuals. Interspersed with the footage of bodies arriving in Nepal are shots of Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former Fifa President, making tall claims about improvements in the way workers are treated.  

FIFA World Cup 2022: Tainted By Blood and Tears of Workers’ Families

FIFA World Cup 2022: Tainted By Blood and Tears of Workers’ Families

Nov 16, 2022

2,711 Indian workers have died in Qatar since preparations began for the 2022 World Cup. Activists and bereaved families hope the Indian government can help them get compensation.

ICC T20 World Cup 2022: Better-Tested India Have The Edge

ICC T20 World Cup 2022: Better-Tested India Have The Edge

Nov 09, 2022

With key players in form and the comfort they feel at the Adelaide Oval, India go into the semis against England as favourites.

‘Nowadays, Surya Doesn’t Get Nervous, So We Don’t Either’, Says Ashok Kumar Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav's Father

‘Nowadays, Surya Doesn’t Get Nervous, So We Don’t Either’, Says Ashok Kumar Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav's Father

Nov 08, 2022

Ashok Yadav, father of the in-form SKY aka Lalu, says the family doesn’t follow any superstition when their boy is batting.

Jingoism: How Football And Hockey Bring The Worst Out Of Fans

Jingoism: How Football And Hockey Bring The Worst Out Of Fans

Nov 02, 2022

There is a fine line between patriotism and jingoism. Everyone welcomes patriotism, or support for a team, whether it is a national side or a club. Jingoism, though, is unpleasant and dangerous. But the truth is that few fans know the difference.

T20 World Cup 2022: Semis Not Far; What’s Working For India, What’s Not

T20 World Cup 2022: Semis Not Far; What’s Working For India, What’s Not

Nov 03, 2022

Captain Rohit Sharma needs to find form, and the Indian batting needs to fire as a unit, as the ICC T20 World Cup heads towards its business end.

Fatal Attraction: How Australia Brings Out The Best In Indian Cricketers

Fatal Attraction: How Australia Brings Out The Best In Indian Cricketers

Oct 26, 2022

For all the controversies, some of Indian cricket’s greatest feats have taken place on Australian soil, such as Virat Kohli’s 82 against Pakistan, or while playing against them.

Masterpiece In Melbourne: Virat Kohli's Historic Knock At ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Proves 'King' Is Back

Masterpiece In Melbourne: Virat Kohli's Historic Knock At ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Proves 'King' Is Back

Oct 23, 2022

He is nearly 34 and we thought he was past his best. And then Virat Kohli produced the most epic innings of his life.

Can Virat Kohli Get Back Among The Runs Before T20 World Cup In Australia?

Can Virat Kohli Get Back Among The Runs Before T20 World Cup In Australia?

Aug 18, 2022

Virat Kohli, India's biggest batting hope, is undergoing the longest drought in his career. How can he return among runs before the crucial T20 World Cup in Australia later this year?

Kapil Dev Depression Comments – BCCI Education Head Sujit Somasundar Says Players Should Focus On Joy Of Playing Than Result

Kapil Dev Depression Comments – BCCI Education Head Sujit Somasundar Says Players Should Focus On Joy Of Playing Than Result

Oct 19, 2022

The former India and Karnataka cricketer and mental health coach speaks about Kapil Dev’s recent comments on pressure and depression being 'American terms', and the little things players can do to reduce pressure.

Not Just Some 'American Term', As Kapil Dev Said - The Different Types Of Pressures On Mental Health Of Athletes

Not Just Some 'American Term', As Kapil Dev Said - The Different Types Of Pressures On Mental Health Of Athletes

Oct 19, 2022

Expectations, social media, monetary greed, exhaustion – some of the things that can play havoc with the mind of a sportsman.

Against The Odds: Sportspeople Who Fought Every Kind Of Adversity And Ridicule

Against The Odds: Sportspeople Who Fought Every Kind Of Adversity And Ridicule

Oct 05, 2022

Citing examples of athletes, especially women, at the 2022 National Games, who surmounted multiple socio-economic challenges to be where they are today

T20 World Cup 2022: Can India Win The Trophy?

T20 World Cup 2022: Can India Win The Trophy?

Oct 12, 2022

The batting looks strong, but question marks remain over the bowling and fielding department. Larger Australian grounds will make a difference too.

When Kapil Dev's Great Peer, Sir Richard Hadlee, Had Depression

When Kapil Dev's Great Peer, Sir Richard Hadlee, Had Depression

Oct 11, 2022

The Indian cricket legend might have had a nuanced understanding of mental health if he remembered that Sir Richard Hadlee went through depression at the prime age of 32.

A Fan Of Novak Djokovic, Sandesh Kurale Says He Never Underestimates Himself

A Fan Of Novak Djokovic, Sandesh Kurale Says He Never Underestimates Himself

Oct 05, 2022

Maharashtra tennis player Sandesh Kurale who has junior National title and National Games team championship gold medal on his resume, has come a long way from humble beginnings in Channekuppi village.

National Games 2022: Reading Gita Has Made Me Calmer, Says Amlan Borgohain 

National Games 2022: Reading Gita Has Made Me Calmer, Says Amlan Borgohain 

Oct 05, 2022

Amlan Borgohain, winner of the sprint double at the National Games 2022, stood up to bullying over a speech defect.

National Games: Quelling The Big Demons

National Games: Quelling The Big Demons

Oct 05, 2022

The National Games offered many examples of athletes who overcame stiff personal odds of various kinds.

How Khushbu Saroj Red Cards Patriarchal Attitudes Through Football  

How Khushbu Saroj Red Cards Patriarchal Attitudes Through Football  

Oct 05, 2022

A never-say-die spirit, Mom’s bhindi sabzi and Cristiano Ronaldo have made the 15-year-old Gujarat footballer an emerging talent.

A Classic By The River

A Classic By The River

Oct 01, 2022

Manas Dhamne, 14, saved a matchpoint against Services’ serve-and-volleyer Faisal Qamar, 23, as Maharashtra took the team championship gold at the National Games.

The Atypical Weightlifter: Mirabai Chanu On World Championships, Injuries And Pizza

The Atypical Weightlifter: Mirabai Chanu On World Championships, Injuries And Pizza

Sep 30, 2022

The cheerful Manipuri can haul over a 100 kg, but does not seem to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders.

Sports During The Time Of Ramayan 

Sports During The Time Of Ramayan 

Oct 01, 2022

Since everything starts with the mind, we’ll start with a mental sport. There seems to be a consensus that chess was played during the era of Lord Ram.

National Games Have Their Place, They Are Preparation For CWG, Asian Games Or Olympics: Harmeet Desai

National Games Have Their Place, They Are Preparation For CWG, Asian Games Or Olympics: Harmeet Desai

Sep 29, 2022

Harmeet Desai, Gujarat’s men’s singles TT gold medalist, says the National Games are important for players to get a feel of multi-discipline events, as well as for fans and aspirants to see Indian stars in action.

National Games Diary: Bihar Rugby’s South African Mentor, And Doctors On The Sidelines

National Games Diary: Bihar Rugby’s South African Mentor, And Doctors On The Sidelines

Sep 28, 2022

We get a peek into what has suddenly made Bihar a rugby prospect, and how a team of young physios and doctors is at hand to address injuries and mishaps.

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