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Sep 13, 2012

Analysis: India’s 2022 World Cup goal – a pipe dream

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Nobody said it to his face but when All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel said last week India’s goal was to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, his sunny optimism bordered on grim absurdity.

With FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke sitting next to him, the AIFF chief announced it minutes before signing a 10-year agreement with soccer’s governing body to develop the game in the world’s second most populous nation enamoured otherwise with cricket.

Sep 13, 2012

Soccer-India’s 2022 World Cup goal: a pipe dream

NEW DELHI, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Nobody said it to his face
but when All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful
Patel said last week India’s goal was to qualify for the 2022
World Cup finals in Qatar, his sunny optimism bordered on grim
absurdity.

With FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke sitting next to
him, the AIFF chief announced it minutes before signing a
10-year agreement with soccer’s governing body to develop the
game in the world’s second most populous nation enamoured
otherwise with cricket.

Jul 17, 2012

Olympics – China set to remain top guns in London

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – If the presence of five Olympic champions in their ranks is anything to go by, China’s supremacy in pistol and rifle events is unlikely to wane in London.

Since rising to the top of the shooting medal table in Athens 12 years ago, China have cemented their status as a shooting superpower, securing five of the 10 gold medals on offer in the pistol and rifle events in Beijing four years ago.

Jul 17, 2012

Olympics-Shooting-China set to remain top guns in London

NEW DELHI, July 17 (Reuters) – If the presence of five
Olympic champions in their ranks is anything to go by, China’s
supremacy in pistol and rifle events is unlikely to wane in
London.

Since rising to the top of the shooting medal table in
Athens 12 years ago, China have cemented their status as a
shooting superpower, securing five of the 10 gold medals on
offer in the pistol and rifle events in Beijing four years ago.

Jul 13, 2012

Olympics – Form book favours Australian hockey players

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Having scooped up every major title worth possessing in the last couple of years, the Australian men’s hockey team may well be kicking themselves if they return from the London Olympics with anything less than the gold.

The reigning World Cup, Champions Trophy, Commonwealth Games and Oceania Cup champions have had a sensational run in the last two years and are the overwhelming favourites in London.

Jun 28, 2012

Lean Indian hockey team plan abs celebration in London

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – David John had a rather unenviable task when he took over as physio of the Indian hockey team, a sweet-toothed squad with a number of lightweight vegetarians.

So the Australian, rather shrewdly, dropped the idea of a six-pack abs contest and was seen nodding approvingly as the Olympic-bound team, looking sharp and lean, posed for a group photo at a send-off ceremony in Delhi on Sunday.

Jun 28, 2012

Olympics-Lean Indian hockey team plan abs celebration in London

NEW DELHI, June 28 (Reuters) – David John had a rather
unenviable task when he took over as physio of the Indian hockey
team, a sweet-toothed squad with a number of lightweight
vegetarians.

So the Australian, rather shrewdly, dropped the idea of a
six-pack abs contest and was seen nodding approvingly as the
Olympic-bound team, looking sharp and lean, posed for a group
photo at a send-off ceremony in Delhi on Sunday.

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.