Kumble’s selection and departure have their roots in a sickening culture nurtured by the BCCI: it hired him in fishy circumstances and then fired him when he stood up for himself.
Sporting disciplines that do not feature within the mainstream are deemed unworthy of our attention unless they bring glory – a selfish idea with little to say for the development of Indian sport.
Today’s hyper-nationalism is the consequence of a challenged identity riven with doubts. Sport is an important component in this project, used to demand the persecution of our threats on and off the field.
Ramachandra Guha, an outsider to the cricketing world, probably understood it better than those on the inside.
In the smoothly manufactured narrative of the 44-year-old cricketer’s life, there was no room to explore the personal tensions that may have existed.
Female participation in sport should not depend on the number of women who write about sport. The skewed coverage owes much to the same culture that privileges a ‘pretty face’ over her knowledge of cricket.
Corporate interests are guiding the All India Football Federation to the disadvantage of smaller teams.
Srinivasan’s history of arm-twisting people into submission is valued highly by his supporters, who don’t take a benign view of the measures being used to halt Shashank Manohar’s reforms.
The obvious flashpoint was the DRS controversy in Bengaluru which saw both captains, Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, fail to keep up their best behaviour.
While politicians governing sports bodies is not an aberration, the political expediency which seems to colour Supriyo’s appointment is troubling.
While Steve Smith got caught exploiting a grey area in the game, Virat Kohli took things further by making claims of cheating without providing evidence.
Many American sports personalities have spoken their mind on Trump’s travel ban. They must now fight for the rights of Muslim athletes to compete on US soil whenever the opportunity arises.
But in a world where women’s sport continues to be denied equal attention, it is a shame that this Australian Open will be associated with the battles among men with women remaining on the sidelines.
During Infantino’s time at UEFA – in his comfort zone – the European body submitted its cash-rich tournaments at the altar of commercial interests. His FIFA reign is shaping up to be no different.
Chief Justice T.S. Thakur’s landmark judgment has set in stone the standards that all sports bodies will have to follow henceforth.
Now is the time to visualise an alternate vision for the world. Sport can be a useful ally in that endeavour, but that can only start if we see sport in a more realistic light.
In his early years as a leader, Castro’s Jesuit school education heavily influenced his views on physical education and its value for nation-building.
BCCI had no problem with Kohli airing his opinions – but we’re still waiting to hear from Dhoni on a scandal that personally impacted him.
Gautam Gambhir’s stand shouldn’t surprise us: he openly identifies himself with a political party that espouses hostility towards Pakistan, and has been an outspoken supporter of the current finance minister.
As the national anthem played across his team’s pre-season fixtures, Kaepernick has chosen to sit through it to protest what is slowly becoming an American nightmare.
It’s disingenuous to frame an argument on victory’s shoulders. If a female athlete needs to accomplish extraordinary tasks to be acknowledged as ‘India’s daughter’, then what status does she enjoy before that?
The Produnova has been followed by gymnasts from Egypt, Dominican Republic, Uzbekistan and India – a small set of countries lying at the periphery of the sporting world.
The story of the Rio Olympic Games is about those who spend years of their lives to achieve their dream and are left curiously underwhelmed when they do.
To ban Russia or not was a difficult decision. Either way, the IOC was not going to win. This is the result of years of ignoring people who have strived to out a sophisticated regime that prioritised cheating.
Serena Williams is so much better than everyone else on the circuit that you could see her winning one slam after another from here. Could you say that about the greatest male players?
France may have failed to win but they have achieved something that did not seem likely a couple of years ago. Under the leadership of Deschamps, there’s a French team that its country can love again.
At the Stade de France on July 11, it will be a chance for both French and Portuguese fans to nurse their pain from the recent past and cheer their team on to expunge some of it.
The South African para-athlete has ended up disabling those who were already disabled. There was a time when he could have justly claimed to have achieved the opposite.
After Johann Cruyff, Messi has been the most influential footballer at Barcelona. Both were the leading stars of club sides that heralded a new model of excellence; both of them have suffered a strange comeuppance on the international stage.
‘Immigrants’ are key European football. Fans need to push back anti-immigration politics and sentiments to protect their legacy.
If sport can really heal the wounds left by the rough actions of economic policy, racial hate and terrorism, then the French national side has a heavy cross to bear over the next month.
As Federer’s and Nadal’s powers have waned, Djokovic rose at the right time to give himself a chance at not finishing as just another great player. He wants to be the greatest.
Once he lost his legacy to counteract the day’s dominant forces, he became a figure fit for appropriation, easy fodder for quotes and images on t-shirts and posters.
What if he had not suffered all those injuries? How many Slams would he have won? Would he even have been the same player?
There is political capital to be had from the successful organisation of the Olympics – and the torch relay is particularly significant in this context.
Leicester City’s is a story of the underdog turning the tables, throwing them away and building new ones – but they are creaky and could break under wads of cash.
Johan Cruyff is kept alive by his vision of football that remains successful to this day, through players who demonstrate a preternatural understanding of space as well as a dislike of the establishment.
It’s 2016 and women are still battling for equality everywhere. The debate on whether women should play five sets at Grand Slams is another example of hegemonic masculinity rearing its ugly head.
A sporting achievement is only commemorated when it can be shown to be discontinuous from the mundane. T20 cricket is yet to make that graduation.
First Mumbai and Chennai and now Dharmasala, the venues where political agendas dictate who can play and who can’t is slowly increasing. Worse, an Indian player, Suresh Raina, is now in the cross-hairs of hyper-nationalist trolls.