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Brokeback Mountain

India notches up a goodly tally, but hockey falls apart. So do Lea-Hesh, despite a gold.

Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
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You could celebrate India’s haul in excess of 50 medals at the Asian Games in Doha. Or lament Indian hockey sinking to a new low. You could applaud the fact that the medals came from 16 disciplines ranging from archery to Wushu, athletics to wrestling and shooting to equestrian sport. Or regret the paradox that tennis greats Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were winners and, at once, losers. Indian sport did it again: ran its fans through the whole gamut of emotions in a fortnight.

But first the disappointments. China cooked Indian hockey’s goose with a surprise 3-2 win in the group league, forcing India to miss qualifying for the semi-finals for the first time since the sport was introduced in Asian Games in 1958. And all because of a coach who thought smart. China’s Korean coach Kim Sangryul plotted India’s downfall with some shrewd tactics. "The Indians are very skilful and speedy," he said. "So we asked ourselves, ‘How can we catch up...

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