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The Sunday Indian
Friday, March 23, 2018


Supplementary Issue


The ball's in India's half

Saibal Chatterjee

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.


'This is Indian boxing's golden era'

Ajay Rana

Two of your protégés, Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan, are in the headlines these days. How does that feel?

Cover Story

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. An hour before kickoff, rain lashed the venue. But the heavy downpour did not dampen the spirits of the spectators.

Boys, ready to be Men

Nilanjan Datta AIFF Media Manager

'Baichung Bhutia, who?'

Ajay Rana

Without grooming quality talent, Indian football will continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel, Subrata Bhattacharya, Mohun Bagan's technical director and one of the best defenders this country has ever produced, tells Ajay Rana


WSH has hit the ground running

Harendra Singh, Former India hockey coach

The inaugural WSH was a perfect blend of Indian and European styles of hockey.


'Indian hockey is changing for the better'

Ajay Rana

Former hockey captain and now Rajya Sabha member Dilip Tirkey discusses India's prospects in the London Olympics in a conversation with Ajay Rana


Ajay Rana

After the high, heartbreak: that has been the story of the past few months for 20-year-old gymnast Ashish Kumar. His dream of qualifying for the London Olympics is as good as dead.

'I want India to be a badminton powerhouse'

Ajay Rana

Arjuna Award in 1999, the Rajiv Khel Ratna in 2001 and Dronacharya Award in 2009: could an Indian sportsperson ask for more? Yes, if that individual happens to be badminton great Pullela Gopichand.

'India's medal haul could go up to 8 or 9'

Ajay Rana

Desh Deepak Verma, Director-General of the Sports Authority of India, in an interview with Ajay Rana, asserts that India's London Olympic contingent will return with the country's biggest ever haul of medals


Has Indian cricket lost the plot?

Gulu Ezekiel Senior sports journalist based in Delhi

Bad scheduling, overkill, flop shows, lack of basic spectator facilities, growing popularity of other sports like football and F-1...the reasons are myriad.