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Jun 27, 2012

Sania Mirza slams AITA over selection fiasco

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sania Mirza has accused the India tennis federation of using her as “bait” to placate doubles specialist Leander Paes as discontent continues to rumble over the country’s controversial selection process for the Olympics.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) was forced to enter two men’s doubles teams for London instead of one after both Mahesh Bhupathi and regular partner Rohan Bopanna refused to join up with the country’s top-ranked doubles player Paes.

Jun 27, 2012

Olympics-Mirza slams federation over selection fiasco

NEW DELHI, June 27 (Reuters) – Sania Mirza has accused the
India tennis federation of using her as “bait” to placate
doubles specialist Leander Paes as discontent continues to
rumble over the country’s controversial selection process for
the Olympics.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) was forced to enter
two men’s doubles teams for London instead of one after both
Mahesh Bhupathi and regular partner Rohan Bopanna refused to
join up with the country’s top-ranked doubles player Paes.

Jun 25, 2012

Indian hockey’s glorious past meets ambitious present

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When 76-year-old Gurbux Singh opened the small, black case with trembling fingers and gently fished out the gold medal he won almost half a century ago, India hockey captain Bharat Chetri and his London-bound team mates could not take their eyes off him.

In all probability, this was the nearest they will ever get to an Olympic gold.

Dangling right before those 16 pair of eyes at a Delhi hotel on Sunday was not just a round piece of yellow metal but a symbol of what India, once a hockey super power, has been chasing over the last three exasperating decades.

Jun 25, 2012

Olympics-Indian hockey’s glorious past meets ambitious present

NEW DELHI, June 25 (Reuters) – When 76-year-old Gurbux Singh
opened the small, black case with trembling fingers and gently
fished out the gold medal he won almost half a century ago,
India hockey captain Bharat Chetri and his London-bound team
mates could not take their eyes off him.

In all probability, this was the nearest they will ever get
to an Olympic gold.

Dangling right before those 16 pair of eyes at a Delhi hotel
on Sunday was not just a round piece of yellow metal but a
symbol of what India, once a hockey super power, has been
chasing over the last three exasperating decades.

Jun 21, 2012

India names two men’s tennis pairs to end row

NEW DELHI (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 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.