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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.

Jul 29, 2014

Critics claim fading stars unlikely to shine on in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Robert Pires and Joan Capdevila will add a modicum of star quality to India’s new franchise-based soccer league but critics believe the presence of such European veterans is unlikely to help develop the sport in the country.

Pires became the latest big overseas name to sign up for the tournament on Monday when the former France international joined ex-Arsenal team mate Freddie Ljungberg in the eight-team Indian Super League (ISL) scheduled from Oct. 12 to Dec. 20.

Jul 29, 2014

Soccer-Critics claim fading stars unlikely to shine on in India

NEW DELHI, July 29 (Reuters) – Robert Pires and Joan Capdevila will add a modicum of star quality to India’s new franchise-based soccer league but critics believe the presence of such European veterans is unlikely to help develop the sport in the country.

Pires became the latest big overseas name to sign up for the tournament on Monday when the former France international joined ex-Arsenal team mate Freddie Ljungberg in the eight-team Indian Super League (ISL) scheduled from Oct. 12 to Dec. 20.

Jul 22, 2014

Cook has nowhere left to hide following Dhoni schooling

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – England skipper Alastair Cook is running out of time, excuses and places to hide after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s India became the latest side to expose his weaknesses with a thumping victory at Lord’s to open a 1-0 lead in their five-match series.

His bright start to life as England captain at the end of 2012 now appears like a dim and distant memory as Dhoni carried on a trend started by Australia’s Michael Clarke before handing the baton on to Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews.