SPECIAL REPORT

Sep 24, 2010 07:09
A forced national ‘striptease’ for Rs 700 billion!

OPINION has been sharply divided as to who is a greater menace: the sports federations, the Sports Ministry or the Sports Mminister himself. I have been admonished by my seniors for siding with the federations, who, said they, have ruined Indian sports.

Sep 09, 2010 17:09
MI is key draw in CL T20 for Indian viewers: Study

WITH the Airtel Champions LeagueTwenty20 all set to kick off Friday, here is an interesting perspective on the response of consumers to the three IPL teams playing in the CL T20 – Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Sep 09, 2010 07:09
Rs300bn for Games, zilch legacy for sportspersons

MORE than Rs 300 billion of brick and mortar and power cables and giant television sets and astroturfs and tracks and fields and shooting ranges… and… and… and….

And what? Gala is the word. When I entered the boxing ring at the Talkatora Sports Complex to attend a press conference some one month ago, I was, honestly, stunned. After the…

Sep 07, 2010 09:09
State of the ‘big fat Indian wedding’ called CWG!

Two statements will go down in the annuls of the history of Commonwealth Games: the arrogance of predicting it to the be the “best Games ever”; and the allegory of the ‘big fat Indian wedding’. Umpteen times, Games officials, the clichéd chorus led by OC chief Suresh Kalmadi, have parroted these words. The allegory being that like in any…

Sep 07, 2010 08:09
MSM's payout for IPL IV is Rs4.75bn

MUMBAI: The best possible deal that addresses the concerns of players, the Indian cricket board and the ten franchises. That's what has been delivered as far as the Indian Premier League's new 74-game formula, effective from season IV, is concerned.

Jun 10, 2010 06:06
Fifa WC is all about billions… viewers and dollars

MUMBAI: The wait is finally over as the world’s most watched sporting spectacle is all set to kick off Friday, and if we are to go by experts’ opinions, all indications are that this edition of the World Cup will be even bigger blockbuster than the last one in 2006 in Germany.

May 17, 2010 06:05
Games: Is Silence A Private-Public Joint Venture?

THE KING of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, despite the barely 30 springs he has passed by, is a wise man. He summoned the media last August and said that he dreaded silence. “When everything is silent, when no one is complaining, when things seem to be too good, I am sure something is wrong below the surface.”

Fortunately…

Apr 29, 2010 08:04
How About Some Transparency In Team Selection

AFTER the conclusion of IPL III, the Indian team has departed for the West Indies in its quest to conquer World Cup glory of the T20 kind. But does the team possess the entire ammunition to bring home the cup?

The answer to that one will have to be in the negative. Why? There is a whole list of reasons to support that line of…

Mar 16, 2010 06:03
Discipline, Not Flair Is What Indian Hockey Needs

AS HOSTS of the Hockey World Cup, India were expected to put up a much better show than what they did. Although eighth position sounds somewhat better than eleventh, which is what India finished at the last World Cup in 2006, the fact remains that this time the Indian team recorded just one victory and had four defeats (there was one draw also…

Mar 10, 2010 04:03
There's Still Life In Indian Hockey; Needs Nurturing

ANGUISH and shame gave way to despair and darkness in the run up to the hockey World Cup. The shame of not qualifying for the Beijing Olympics by losing in the qualifiers saw the rot set in deeper when a players revolt over pay put Indian hockey in disquiet and a tailspin that no one expected Indian hockey to emerge out of.