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Jun 21, 2012

Olympics-India names two men’s tennis pairs to end row

NEW DELHI, June 21 (Reuters) – Mahesh Bhupathi and regular
partner Rohan Bopanna will play together at the London Olympics
after India’s tennis association backtracked on a controversial
decision to split up the pair.

India would field two men’s doubles teams in London, the All
India Tennis Association (AITA) said on Thursday after a player
revolt over the original decision to name Bhupathi and former
partner Leander Paes, who no longer speak to each other, as the
only pair.

Jun 19, 2012
via India Insight

Defying Hitler and jostling for Goering’s autograph

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    The Dutch broke his stick hoping to find a hidden magnet The Japanese suspected his stick was coated with glue Cricket legend Don Bradman gushed — “He scores goals like runs in cricket” Adolf Hitler was so impressed with him that he offered him German citizenship and a post in the army

If an athlete’s greatness is measured by the number of apocryphal stories about him or her, hockey wizard Dhyan Chand is in a league of his own.

Before every Olympic Games, India indulges in nostalgia about its hockey heyday and revisits the folklore around arguably the greatest hockey player ever.

Jun 18, 2012

Bopanna refuses to partner Paes, India’s tennis row escalates

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian tennis federation is struggling to find an Olympic partner for Leander Paes after Rohan Bopanna joined Mahesh Bhupathi on Monday in refusing to team up with the country’s number one doubles specialist in London.

“Over the weekend, I was approached by the AITA (All India Tennis Association) with a request to pair with Leander Paes as the AITA’s ‘second choice’ team,” Bopanna said in a statement.

Jun 18, 2012

Olympics-Bopanna refuses to partner Paes, India’s tennis row escalates

NEW DELHI, June 18 (Reuters) – Indian tennis federation is
struggling to find an Olympic partner for Leander Paes after
Rohan Bopanna joined Mahesh Bhupathi on Monday in refusing to
team up with the country’s number one doubles specialist in
London.

“Over the weekend, I was approached by the AITA (All India
Tennis Association) with a request to pair with Leander Paes as
the AITA’s ‘second choice’ team,” Bopanna said in a statement.

Jun 17, 2012

Drogba promises “interesting” move but mum on China offer

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Outgoing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba promised an imminent announcement of his “interesting” move to a new club but would not confirm heading for the big-spending Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua.

“The next step is going to be an interesting one and I think soon I’m going to announce it,” Drogba, on his first visit to India for a promotional event, told the moderator of a packed news conference on Sunday.

Jun 17, 2012

Soccer-Drogba promises ‘interesting’ move but mum on China offer

NEW DELHI, June 17 (Reuters) – Outgoing Chelsea striker
Didier Drogba promised an imminent announcement of his
“interesting” move to a new club but would not confirm heading
for the big-spending Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua.

“The next step is going to be an interesting one and I think
soon I’m going to announce it,” Drogba, on his first visit to
India for a promotional event, told the moderator of a packed
news conference on Sunday.

Jun 17, 2012

Paes ready to partner reluctant Bhupathi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Leander Paes is prepared to team up with friend-turned-foe Mahesh Bhupathi for the London Olympics despite his personal preference to partner someone else, the doubles specialist said.

The All Indian Tennis Association (AITA) is grappling with a crisis of its own making after pairing Paes and Bhupathi together for London, uniting two men who are not even on speaking terms after a second acrimonious split last year.

Jun 17, 2012

Olympics-Paes ready to partner reluctant Bhupathi

NEW DELHI, June 17 (Reuters) – India’s Leander Paes is
prepared to team up with friend-turned-foe Mahesh Bhupathi for
the London Olympics despite his personal preference to partner
someone else, the doubles specialist said.

The All Indian Tennis Association (AITA) is grappling with a
crisis of its own making after pairing Paes and Bhupathi
together for London, uniting two men who are not even on
speaking terms after a second acrimonious split last year.

Jun 15, 2012

Ex-Indian runner Pinki Pramanik accused of rape

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian runner who won a gold medal in the women’s 4x400m relay at the 2006 Asian Games has been arrested on rape charges levelled by a woman who claims the former athlete is actually a man, Indian police said on Friday.

Pinki Pramanik was arrested on Thursday following the complaint lodged by the woman who said she was the live-in partner of the athlete, Subrata Bandopadhyay, a deputy commissioner with West Bengal police, said.

Jun 15, 2012

Athletics-Winner of women’s Asian Games gold accused of rape

NEW DELHI, June 15 (Reuters) – An Indian runner who won a
gold medal in the women’s 4x400m relay at the 2006 Asian Games
has been arrested on rape charges levelled by a woman who claims
the former athlete is actually a man, Indian police said on
Friday.

Pinki Pramanik was arrested on Thursday following the
complaint lodged by the woman who said she was the live-in
partner of the athlete, Subrata Bandopadhyay, a deputy
commissioner with West Bengal police, said.