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The Sunday Indian
Friday, December 19, 2014
 
 
Smash

Smash

Supplementary Issue
 

Editorial

The ball's in India's half

 
Saibal Chatterjee, Editor, TSI SMASH
 

India is currently 165th in the FIFA rankings. Embarrassing? Yes. But is anybody really surprised? Football has been in the doldrums in this country for decades now.



Six Olympic medals are no big deal

 
TSI Team
 

Five to ten years back, it was seen as an elite game confined to big cities. But that it is changing. Golf is becoming affordable.




Cover Story

Boys, ready to be Men

 
Nilanjan Datta, AIFF Media Manager
 

Once you get into the swanky Doha International Airport, it takes time to sink in. India’s under-23 Olympic team boys were no exception.



A fresh field of opportunities

 
Novy Kapadia, Football writer and commentator
 

It is boom time for Indian football. The first AIFF Regional Academy in collaboration with FIFA kicked off at the Father Agnel School premises in Navi Mumbai on May 1.



Soccer punch

 
Syed Khurram Raza
 

Last year, on July 28, India took on the United Arab Emirates in a World Cup qualifying return match in New Delhi's Ambedkar Stadium.




Column

All set for another go

 
Chetan Narula, Sports Journalist and author
 

When the lights go out on October 28, India will find its usual spotlight on the Formula One calendar.




Interview

Waiting to excel

 
Ajay Rana
 

I just kept saying to myself that I have to be at my best come what may. She is the wolrd’s top player.



'Baichung Bhutia, who?'

 
Ajay Rana
 

We might be beating Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal but this is not enough. We make no headway in the Asian Games or the Asia Cup.



The never-say-die man

 
Ajay Rana
 

Most champion wrestlers are from Asia. Iran, Korea, Japan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and Kazakhistan all have top class wrestlers, so becoming the champion in Asia means being among the best.




Comments

Indian cricket: Need for transparency

 
Harpal Singh Bedi, Senior sports journalist
 

For the third time in a row, Team India led by MS Dhoni failed to make it to the semi finals of the T20 World Cup, leaving behind a trail of bitterness, frustration and disappointment.