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Transforming India from a sport loving to a sporting country

This article was originally published on TeacherPlus Magazine, May-June 2019 Edition   “Every human being has a fundamental right of access to physical education and sport, which are essential for the full development of his personality. The freedom to develop physical, intellectual and moral powers through physical education and sport must be guaranteed both within…
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Jamaica running culture

Our visit to Jamaica : Unlocking their secrets of success in the sprinting world

The primary focus of visiting Jamaica was to understand how they sustain and support their athletics ecosystem, what are the few significant bottlenecks in an athletes journey, and how has Jamaica broken these bottlenecks for their athletes.We landed in Jamaica on 8th June, one day before “Adidas racers grand Prix” at their national stadium, one…
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Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt-Rags to rapid riches (Part II)

Resuming from our earlier blog post on Bolt which ended on a “cliff-hanger,” let us dwell some more light on the second phase of Usain’s career. This second phase had blinding spotlights amid Bolt who had courted several world records on his hay day. 2008 Beijing Olympics: The Day he became a legend At the 2008…
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Building the future for India’s little known African-Origin community

Before the beginning The Sports Authority of India had a simple thought process.  “Good genes meant medal winning hopefuls.” The athletes in East African nations such as Kenya and Ethiopia are known for their consistent performances. They have a natural propensity towards running. But whether this could be attributed solely to a specific genetic advantage…
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Usain Bolt-Rags to rapid riches (Part I)

Have you been so successful not just to own the spotlight but adorn it like it’s your birthright? Naysayers are usually irked at such high levels of confidence. However, for the yellow speedster being a little shy is not an option. Unless, it is the world record time of a track event. On hindsight, yellow…
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5 careers in sports for non-athletes in India

Contemplating a career in sports in India is often treated with disbelief, pessimism, and mockery. Spotlight finishes require a lot of time, talent and a sickening work ethic. Of course, the glamour, bonanza and glory endowed are lucrative. However to gain the required motivation and acceptance from parents and peers is also a rarity. So,…
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Sports for social development

Sports for social development and social change

Using sports for social development and change is an unconventional way of achieving greater happiness, empowerment, and equality in society. Speaking of unusual ways to win, one should reminisce something. How many times have we seen a smaller team or a younger player (I smell Dhoni) change the game just because he took to a…
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Data driven sports

Data Driven sports: Enabling athletes to Bolt faster

According to physics, taller athletes will face a higher opposing force of the wind (also known as drag) while running. Also, it’d require more force for the body to propel forward due to the extra weight. These scientific facts led to the myth in the athletic community that height possesses a certain disadvantage for fast…
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The Invisible Struggle : Mental Health and Sports

Imagine a common scenario, two athletes on the bench. One struggling with depression, and one recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured ligament. Which seems more severe? Glaring social stigma points to the athlete with the physical injury. But mental illnesses are just as detrimental to performance.The issue of mental health is often stigmatized and…
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Dealing with Bullying in Sports

Bullying is a growing problem in sport and performance settings. Bullying falls under the umbrella of “athlete maltreatment,” which includes any form of harm and all relationships where harm could occur in sport and performance. It is a common and serious problem rooted in a complex interplay of micro- and macro level dynamics. All parties…
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