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SCORECARD 2015 brings together Olympic medalists for televised dicussion
SCORECARD 2015 brings together Olympic medalists for televised dicussion

Major Vijay Kumar, seen here on the podium with his silver medal will be part of the panel   When searching for the beginnings of sport in India, looking for its origins, we are condemned to snatch at meagre scraps of information. A match report, or perhaps a carving on a stadium wall here, a mention in a document there- these offer tantalizing glimpses of evidence that would enable us to put together an accurate account of the ev

Aug 28 2015
How other Indian sportspersons have gained recognition through their performances
How other Indian sportspersons have gained recognition through their performances

Saina Nehwal - A National Asset for India   India is home to many different sports. Unfortunately, it is only the game of Cricket that is widely promoted, supported & followed in this country. I would like to draw the readers attention to a very significant change of times in our Nation’s Sports Culture. It wasn’t long back when the Indian Cricket Team were the most followed group of players in India. Cricket was

Aug 26 2015
Pullela Gopichand is satisfied with India's performance at the World Championships
Pullela Gopichand is satisfied with India's performance at the World Championships

Gopichand thinks Saina is playing much better now Saina Nehwal created history last Sunday when she became the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of the World Championships. The 25-year-old has tasted a lot of success ever since she has changed coaches and started to train under Vimal Kumar. But one man who is equally responsible for Saina's ascent to the top is former All England Open winner and chief coach Pullela Gopichand, wh

Aug 24 2015
2015 World Championships- Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa knocked out
2015 World Championships- Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa knocked out

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in action The Indian Women's doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa crashed out of the Badminton World Championships, losing 25-23 21-14 to the unseeded Japanese pair of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao of Japan ion the quarterfinals on Friday. The opening game proved to be a nail-biting affair as both pairs exchanged leads at regular intervals but at the 11-11 mark, it was the Japanese duo wh

Aug 14 2015
2015 World Championships - Schedule for Indian players on Friday
2015 World Championships - Schedule for Indian players on Friday

Saina Nehwal will play her quarterfinal on Wednesday After an unbelievable day on Thursday, India are now left with 3 contenders for a medal at the World Championships- Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and the doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa. The 20-year-old provided India with the highlight of the day, defeating the reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui in three games to move into the quarters.She will take on Sung Ji Hyun of  J

2015 World Championships - Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa enter quarterfinals
2015 World Championships - Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa enter quarterfinals

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa move into the quarters The women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa moved into the quarterfinals of the Badminton World Championships after beating Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda of Japan 21-15 18-21 21-19 in the third round on Thursday. The opening game saw the Indian pair begin well as they finished the interval with an 11-8 lead and then backed that up with another streak of po

Aug 13 2015
2015 World Championships -Schedule for Indian players on Thursday
2015 World Championships -Schedule for Indian players on Thursday

Saina Nehwal will play her pre-quarter match against Sayaka Takahashi Day 2 of the Badminton World Championships saw Saina Nehwal., Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy move into the third round while ParupalliKashyap bowed out of the tournament after losing in three games to Nguyen Nien Minh of China. In the doubles, the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also moved into the third round with a comfortable straight games win while the Men

Aug 12 2015
2015 World Championships- Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa move into third round
2015 World Championships- Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa move into third round

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa moved into the third round The Indian Women’s Doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa made a winning start to their 2015 World Championships campaign after beating Hsieh Pei Chen and Wu Tin Yung of Chinese Taipei 21-10 21-18 in the second round on Wednesday. The opening game proved to be fairly easy affair for the Indians as after racing away to an early 4-1 lead, they continued to chip aw

Aug 12 2015
2015 World Championships- Schedule for Indian players on Wednesday
2015 World Championships- Schedule for Indian players on Wednesday

Saina Nehwal will play her second round match on Wednesday Saina Nehwal will her first match of the 2015 World Championships on Wednesday. The 25-year-old, seeded 2nd in the competition, will face Cheung Ngan Li of Hong Kong in the second round after receiving a bye in the opening round. After winning his first round encounter against Erik Meijs on Monday, Paruaplli Kashyap will be back to the courts to play his second round match

Aug 11 2015
Interview with Jwala Gutta:
Interview with Jwala Gutta: "Indian badminton has grown not because of only one player"

Jwala Gutta [File Photo] Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa are riding on a wave on confidence, especially after they annexed the Canadian Open women’s doubles crown beating a higher-ranked Dutch pair in the final. The country’s numero uno women’s doubles pair attained their career-best ranking of 12 and are now keyed up for the upcoming World Badminton Championship, which is kicking off in China in the second week of August.

Aug 5 2015
2015 World Championships: Saina and Kashyap spearhead Indian challenge
2015 World Championships: Saina and Kashyap spearhead Indian challenge

When the twenty-second edition of the Badminton World Championships begins on Monday, Indians will have more to cheer  than they have ever in the past.  This time around, India enters the annual event with around half a dozen of the eighteen member team being strong contenders in their respective sections.  For the historical perspective, India has won four bronze medals at the event, with all being bronze. Prakash Padukone w

Aug 5 2015
Manu Attri & Summeth Reddy rise to 17th in badminton world rankings
Manu Attri & Summeth Reddy rise to 17th in badminton world rankings

Manu Attri (left) and Sumeeth Reddy New Delhi, July 30  Indian men's doubles shuttlers Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy rose three places to reach their career-best ranking of No.17 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. The climb comes after some brilliant performances in the international circuit lately. The pair reached the semifinals of the Russian Open last week and were beaten finalists a

Jul 30 2015
Appointment of specialist doubles coach great news for Indian badminton
Appointment of specialist doubles coach great news for Indian badminton

India’s star doubles pair Jwala Gutta (L) and Ashwini Ponnappa Indian badminton has been on a roll in recent years and no badminton fan ever doubts that. A string of upsets by our shuttlers in various international competitions over the years has enforced the country’s status as a badminton force – our players made it a habit of giving the likes of mighty China, Indonesia, Denmark, Malaysia, Korea and Japan a run for

Jul 27 2015
Jwala Gutta is happy that she and Ashwini are going to be part of the Olympic scheme
Jwala Gutta is happy that she and Ashwini are going to be part of the Olympic scheme

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa have been in good form recently One-half of India’s best doubles pair, Jwala Gutta has expressed happiness at the sports ministry’s decision to include her and Ashwini Ponnappa’s names in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). After much mud-slashing, the sports ministry finally decided to include the duo in the scheme and the 31-year-old added the manner in which they had to g

Jul 20 2015