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Sep 10, 2014

Leander Paes, Sania Mirza skip Asian Games to revive rankings

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will field a second-string tennis contingent in this month’s Asian Games after allowing frontline players, including Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, to play on the professional tours instead to revive their rankings.

India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarman has already announced he will not defend the singles and men’s doubles gold medals he won four years ago in Guangzhou, China, citing the same reason.

Sep 10, 2014

Games-India’s Paes, Mirza skip Asian Games to revive rankings

NEW DELHI, Sept 10 (Reuters) – India will field a second-string tennis contingent in this month’s Asian Games after allowing frontline players, including Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, to play on the professional tours instead to revive their rankings.

India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarman has already announced he will not defend the singles and men’s doubles gold medals he won four years ago in Guangzhou, China, citing the same reason.

Sep 9, 2014

Wait over, Indian footballers named in pruned contingent

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian national team footballers heaved a sigh of relief after the sports ministry cleared their Asian Games participation while slashing the proposed size of the contingent by over a quarter on Tuesday.

Size of the contingent for any multi-sport event is always a vexed issue in the country and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) proposed a 942-strong contingent for the Sept. 19-Oct. 4 Games in Incheon, South Korea even though sports ministry officials felt only the medal hopefuls should travel.

Sep 9, 2014

Games-Wait over, Indian footballers named in pruned contingent

NEW DELHI, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Indian national team footballers heaved a sigh of relief after the sports ministry cleared their Asian Games participation while slashing the proposed size of the contingent by over a quarter on Tuesday.

Size of the contingent for any multi-sport event is always a vexed issue in the country and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) proposed a 942-strong contingent for the Sept. 19-Oct. 4 Games in Incheon, South Korea even though sports ministry officials felt only the medal hopefuls should travel.

Sep 9, 2014

This 12-toed Indian athlete knows where the shoe pinches

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Pursuing a largely unrewarding Olympic sport in a cricket-obsessed country requires adjustments but Indian heptathlete Swapna Barman has taken it to a new level – squeezing six toes in each shoe designed for five.

Born with six toes in each foot, the 18-year-old from a poor family in Jalpaiguri in the east Indian state of West Bengal has been forced to run, jump and throw wearing shoes that have affected more than aiding her performance.

Sep 9, 2014

This 12-toed athlete knows where the shoe pinches

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Pursuing a largely unrewarding Olympic sport in a cricket-obsessed country requires adjustments but heptathlete Swapna Barman has taken it to a new level – squeezing six toes in each shoe designed for five.

Born with six toes in each foot, the 18-year-old from a poor family in Jalpaiguri in West Bengal has been forced to run, jump and throw wearing shoes that have affected more than aiding her performance.

Sep 9, 2014

Games-This 12-toed Indian athlete knows where the shoe pinches

NEW DELHI, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Pursuing a largely unrewarding Olympic sport in a cricket-obsessed country requires adjustments but Indian heptathlete Swapna Barman has taken it to a new level – squeezing six toes in each shoe designed for five.

Born with six toes in each foot, the 18-year-old from a poor family in Jalpaiguri in the east Indian state of West Bengal has been forced to run, jump and throw wearing shoes that have affected more than aiding her performance.

Sep 8, 2014

Gun-toting Zen master Bindra seeks Asian glory

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – His impressive record notwithstanding, the uncertainties of modern sport leave Abhinav Bindra no guarantee of a first Asian Games gold in Incheon this month.

What can be assured is that the bespectacled 31-year-old will emerge from the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range having treated the twin imposters of triumph and disaster just the same.

Sep 8, 2014

India’s gun-toting Zen master Bindra seeks Asian glory

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – His impressive record notwithstanding, the uncertainties of modern sport leave Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra no guarantee of a first Asian Games gold in Incheon this month.

What can be assured is that the bespectacled 31-year-old will emerge from the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range having treated the twin imposters of triumph and disaster just the same.

Sep 8, 2014

Games-India’s gun-toting Zen master Bindra seeks Asian glory

NEW DELHI, Sept 8 (Reuters) – His impressive record notwithstanding, the uncertainties of modern sport leave Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra no guarantee of a first Asian Games gold in Incheon this month.

What can be assured is that the bespectacled 31-year-old will emerge from the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range having treated the twin imposters of triumph and disaster just the same.