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Sep 19, 2014

Soccer-New league will lift Indian soccer, says Del Piero

NEW DELHI, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Alessandro Del Piero’s two-year Sydney FC stint helped raise A-League’s profile and the former Juventus great is confident of making a similar impact as the face of the Indian Super League (ISL), which kicks off next month.

After 19 trophy-laden years at Juventus and the Australia sojourn, Del Piero landed in New Delhi on Thursday, making an unlikely stop on an illustrious career as a ‘marquee’ player of ISL’s Delhi franchise as well as the league’s brand ambassador.

Sep 19, 2014

‘Locksmith’ Dutt hones bag of tricks for Asiad gold

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Touching feet is the traditional Indian way of showing respect to someone but, as his numerous opponents would vouch, if it’s on the wrestling mat and the outstretched arms belong to Yogeshwar Dutt, it normally means danger.

The 31-year-old is one of the Indian freestyle wrestlers who have challenged the sport’s popular image of being a mindless exhibition of brute force.

Sep 19, 2014

Games-’Locksmith’ Dutt hones bag of tricks for Asiad gold

NEW DELHI, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Touching feet is the traditional Indian way of showing respect to someone but, as his numerous opponents would vouch, if it’s on the wrestling mat and the outstretched arms belong to Yogeshwar Dutt, it normally means danger.

The 31-year-old is one of the Indian freestyle wrestlers who have challenged the sport’s popular image of being a mindless exhibition of brute force.

Sep 10, 2014

Leander Paes, Sania Mirza skip Asian Games to revive rankings

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will field a second-string tennis contingent in this month’s Asian Games after allowing frontline players, including Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, to play on the professional tours instead to revive their rankings.

India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarman has already announced he will not defend the singles and men’s doubles gold medals he won four years ago in Guangzhou, China, citing the same reason.

Sep 10, 2014

Games-India’s Paes, Mirza skip Asian Games to revive rankings

NEW DELHI, Sept 10 (Reuters) – India will field a second-string tennis contingent in this month’s Asian Games after allowing frontline players, including Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, to play on the professional tours instead to revive their rankings.

India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarman has already announced he will not defend the singles and men’s doubles gold medals he won four years ago in Guangzhou, China, citing the same reason.

Sep 9, 2014

Wait over, Indian footballers named in pruned contingent

NEW DELHI (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

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.