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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.

Jun 7, 2012

Goldfinger Bindra gunning for London encore

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A chubby child in the mid 1990s, Abhinav Bindra began by shattering beer bottles on the lawn. Before too long he had graduated to smashing ampoules with pellets from the air gun his father had given him on his birthday.

A decade or so later in Beijing, the bespectacled shooter would shatter a myth and win independent India’s first individual Olympic gold in the 10m air rifle event of the 2008 Games.

Jun 7, 2012

Olympics-Goldfinger Bindra gunning for London encore

NEW DELHI, June 7 (Reuters) – A chubby child in the mid
1990s, Abhinav Bindra began by shattering beer bottles on the
lawn. Before too long he had graduated to smashing ampoules with
pellets from the air gun his father had given him on his
birthday.

A decade or so later in Beijing, the bespectacled shooter
would shatter a myth and win independent India’s first
individual Olympic gold in the 10m air rifle event of the 2008
Games.

May 29, 2012

Krishna Poonia has medal to win and promise to keep

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia has no problem buying a T-shirt for her 10-year-old son Lakshya Raj, but the message he wants emblazoned on it gives her pause for thought.

Poonia threw 64.76 meters in an event in Hawaii earlier this month to break India’s national record but when she spoke to her son by telephone thousands of miles away in Jaipur, all she got was a stern reminder.

May 29, 2012

Olympics-Poonia has medal to win and promise to keep

NEW DELHI, May 29 (Reuters) – Indian discus thrower Krishna
Poonia has no problem buying a T-shirt for her 10-year-old son
Lakshya Raj, but the message he wants emblazoned on it gives her
pause for thought.

Poonia threw 64.76 meters in an event in Hawaii earlier this
month to break India’s national record but when she spoke to her
son by telephone thousands of miles away in the north Indian
city of Jaipur, all she got was a stern reminder.

May 18, 2012

Five-year ban for Shah Rukh Khan at Wankhede

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) owner Shah Rukh Khan was banned on Friday from entering Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium for the next five years but the decision may not be cast in stone yet.

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president Vilasrao Deshmukh said Khan’s unapologetic behaviour after an altercation with MCA officials at the stadium on Wednesday had left the association with no other option but to ban him.