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Saina achieved success through sheer hard work

Saina achieved success through sheer hard work

It is raining titles for 'Super' Saina Nehwal, who brooked no challenge on way to her maiden Singapore Open Super Series on Sunday. The 21-year-old Hyderabadi sensation swept aside qualifier Tzu Ying Tai of Taipei 21-18, 21-15 to win the final at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Adding a few more firsts to her ever-burgeoning profile, the shuttler from the world-famous Pearl City became the first Indian girl to win back-to-back titles and also claim two Super Series events. Exactly a year ago on June 21, 2009, Saina stunned the badminton world by triumphing in the Indonesia Super Series and last week she clinched her first Indian Open Grand Prix Gold at Chennai, a title which has been eluding her since its inception in 2008.

After dispatching the reigning world champion Lan Lu of China in the semifinal on Saturday, a win in the final was a mere formality for the Hyderabad girl, who trains at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy.

However, Saina did not take her opponent lightly. "I never thought it would be easy for me. Though she is only 16 and a qualifier, I know Tzu played brilliantly to reach this far. I was a bit tense at the start but after I won the first game I never looked back," Saina told ToI in an exclusive chat from Lion City in Singapore, adding that the confidence of beating two Chinese girls on way to the final helped her a lot.

"I realized that I was in good form after reaching the final. So, I looked to get into good rhythm as soon as possible. It took some time before I could settle on the court. But once I came back from the 8-14 deficit in the first game I thought I could win it easily. Maybe my experience at major tournaments helped me," Saina said.

The Indian ace made light of her victory over world champion Lu. "This is not the first time I defeated her, I beat her at the Indonesia Super Series last year. I was never under any pressure. I never feared the Chinese. In fact, many asked me what would be my target after I won the Indonesia Super Series last year. I never gave much thought to winning titles but I want to beat the Chinese consistently. I am happy that I have been doing that more often than I dreamt of," Saina said.

Crediting her success to her improved fitness, Saina said the long hours in the gym and the meticulous training schedule is the secret of her success. "After a few fitness problems last year I worked a lot for over six months. That's the reason why I have been doing well since January. All credit to my coach and his staff who have been helping me a lot," she said.

Next on the radar for Saina is the Indonesia Super Series. "I am not worried about the result there. Though I am keen on maintaining consistency I know it's not easy. I may lose in the initial rounds or I may win. The only thing I am sure about is that I'll give it my 100%," Saina said.

Her coach Pullela Gopichand described Saina's feat as monumental. "If I am not wrong only Prakash sir has won back-to-back international titles. The reason for her good show is her superior fitness. After she won the semifinal against Lu I thought she could easily win the title. But the pressure of playing the final affected her a wee bit and once she overcame initial nerves she played brilliantly."

"I never thought it would be easy for me. Though she is only 16 and a qualifier, I know Tzu played brilliantly to reach this far. I was a bit tense at the start but after I won the first game I never looked back," Saina told ToI in an exclusive chat from Lion City in Singapore, adding that the confidence of beating two Chinese girls on way to the final helped her a lot.
more by Saina Nehwal - Jun 20, 2010 - Times of India (2 occurrences)



In India, badminton is mainly played as a recreational game by clubs, which are found in every locality. The game is played with a relaxed air, without special coaches and indoor facilities at an amateur level. The casual players don't bother about registering with the badminton authority of India.

In contrast, serious badminton is also played in India under the watchful guidance and control of the badminton authority of India. Regional and national tournaments are periodically conducted and talents are unraveled now and then, but the instances are far and few in between.

The main reason for badminton not able to get a foothold in India as a household sport is due to its indoor nature. Most of the Indians do not have the money or time to have an indoor court of their own or subscribing to a club. Even clubs have outdoor badminton courts in some areas, making the play very difficult in windy conditions.

Another important reason for the step motherly attitude to badminton is lack of social and monetary support for an emerging player. In India, under the present circumstances, only after a player has achieved something at the international level, he comes to the attention of media and sponsors alike. But in better-developed countries, identification of talent is done first, the player is supported to excel rather than start getting support after excelling, as is the prevailing condition in India.

Finally, Indian parents do not encourage their kids to indulge in any form of sports in general, because regional aspirations and bias is very great in India, unlike in other countries, where talent alone is being counted upon. This discrimination stems from the fact that in India, there are thousands of religious sub castes and about 837 languages, resulting in bitter regional differences, affecting sports as a whole, be it cricket, tennis or badminton. Because of the uncertain rewarding nature of sports, parents generally give more importance to the academic achievement of their kids in their formative years.

But thanks to the efforts of former Indian legends like Prakash Padukone, the situation is slowly and surely changing for the better for Indian badminton.

Probably the most important badminton personality India has ever produced in Prakash Padukone. He had won the Danish and Swedish opens and the All England Championships in his playing days, besides winning a commonwealth gold medal. He served as the Chairman of the Badminton Association of India and had coached the Indian national badminton team in 1993 and 1996.

Pullela Gopichand is another player who followed Padukone's footsteps by winning the All England badminton title. He had helped India to grab four medals in 1998 commonwealth games and reach Thomas cup finals in 2000.

Of late, Saina Nehwal and Aparna Popat have revived the interest of badminton among girls in India.

With their lean physique and quick reflexes by inheritance, Indians can do a lot better in the world of badminton than the limited successes that they have achieved till date.











Saina Nehwal

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Saina Nehwal
Personal information
Date of birth March 17, 1990 (1990-03-17) (age 20)
Place of birth Hisar, Haryana, India
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 60 kg (130 lb)
Country  India
Handedness Right
Coach Pullela Gopichand, Atik Jauhari

Women's singles
Highest Ranking 3[1] (24 june 2010)
Current Ranking 3[2] (24 June 2010)
BWF Profile

Saina Nehwal (born March 17, 1990) is an Indian badminton player. Currently ranked number 3 in the world by Badminton World Federation,[3] Saina is the first Indian girl to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympics and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships. Saina Nehwal scripted history on June 21, 2009, becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament after clinching the Indonesia Open with a stunning victory over higher-ranked Chinese Lin Wang in Jakarta. Saina won her second career super series title by lifting the Singapore Open Super series title on June 20, 2010. She completed a hat-trick in the same year by winning Indonesian Open on June 27, 2010. This win resulted in her rise to 3rd ranking. This remains her highest career ranking.[1]

She is first Indian girl to win a super series tournament (equivalent to Grand slam in tennis) when she annexed the 2009 Indonesia Super Series.

Previously coached by S. M. Arif, a Dronacharya Award winner, Saina is the reigning Indian national junior champion and is currently coached by Indonesian badminton legend Atik Jauhari since August 2008,[4] with the former All England champion and national coach Pullela Gopichand being her mentor.

Her professional career is managed[5] by GloboSport.[6]

Saina was born in Hisar, Haryana, India and has spent her entire life in city of Hyderabad, India. Her foray into the world of badminton was influenced by her father Dr. Harvir Singh, a scientist at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad and her mother Usha Nehwal, both of whom were former badminton champions in Haryana.[7]

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[edit] Childhood and early training

Saina was born in 1990 in a Jat family originally from western U.P.. In December 1998, Saina's father took her to meet Coach Nani Prasad at the Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad. Seeing potential in the girl, Prasad asked Singh to enroll Saina as a summer trainee.

Harvir Singh and Saina, who was 8 yrs old at the time, would wake up at 4am every morning and head to the stadium which was 25 km away. After two hours of practice, Singh would drop Saina to school on his way to work. Saina would often fall asleep on these journeys which prompted her mother to accompany them for the next three months.

Traveling nearly 50 km a day in order to accommodate the training schedule, Singh eventually decided to move closer to the stadium in 1999. This however didn't end the traveling ordeal as Saina was asked to attend evening training sessions as well. With the extra training sessions, traveling expenditure rose phenomenally. Added to the cost of equipment including shuttles, rackets, shoes, gutting and expenses rose to over Rs. 12,000 per month.

In order to keep up with the rising cost of her training, Saina's father withdrew money from his savings and provident fund. The tight-rope walk continued until 2002, when sports brand Yonex offered to sponsor Saina's kit. As her status and rankings improved, the sponsorships increased. In 2004, BPCL signed the rising star onto their payroll, and in 2005 she was spotted by the Mittal Champions Trust.[8].

[edit] Career summary

Saina is the reigning Under-19 national champion. Also a regular in the senior circuit where she lost to former India number one Aparna Popat, Saina created history by the winning the prestigious Asian Satellite Badminton tournament (India Chapter) twice, becoming the first player to do so.

In 2006, Saina appeared on the global scene when she became the first Indian woman to win a 4-star tournament, the Philippines Open.[9] Entering the tournament as the 86th seed, Saina went on to stun several top seeded players including number seed Huaiwen Xu before defeating Julia Xian Pei Wong of Malaysia for the title. The same year also saw Saina as runner up at the 2006 BWF World Junior Championships, where she lost a hard fought match against top seed Chinese Wang Yihan. She did one better in the 2008 by becoming the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships by defeating ninth seeded Japanese Sayaka Sato 21-9, 21-18.

She became the first Indian woman to reach the quarter finals at the Olympic Games when she upset world number five and fourth seed Wang Chen of Hong Kong in a three-game thriller. In the quarter-finals Saina lost a nail biting 3-gamer to world number 16 Maria Kristin Yulianti. In September 2008, she won the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2008 beating Li Ya Lydia Cheah of Malaysia 21-8 21-19 [10]. Maria Yulianti had earlier lost her quarter-final match to Pia Bernadet, Saina's semi-final opponent, thus denying Saina a rematch.

Saina has been named The Most Promising Player in 2008.[11] She reached the world super series semifinals in the month of December 2008[12].

On 21 June 2009, she became the first Indian[13] to win a BWF Super Series title, the most prominent badminton series of the world by winning the Indonesia Open. She beat Chinese Wang Lin in the final 12-21, 21-18, 21-9. Saina on winning the tournament said "I had been longing to win a super series tournament since my quarter final appearance at the Olympics". Saina is on the par with the likes of Prakash Padukone and her mentor Pullela Gopichand who both won the all England championships which are of similar status to the super series. In August 2009 she reached the quarterfinals of world championship losing to the second seed Lin Wang. Saina Nehwal was rewarded with Arjuna award in August, 2009 and her coach Gopichand was also rewarded with Dronacharya award at the same time. Saina has been signed up by Olympic Gold Quest to support her in fulfilling her dream of winning the Olympic gold medal.[14] Saina has been awarded with Padma Shri award in January 2010. Saina is brand ambassador of Deccan Chargers, an Indian Premier League team owned by Deccan chronicle.

Her strategy, at the beginning of 2010, was to ignore ranking points and focus her energies on premier tournaments. That seems to be working as she has won three titles (including two in India), and has reached the semis of two majors. With the World Championships, Commonwealth and Asian Games coming up, her preparation couldn't have been better.

[edit] Career Record - Best Results

Event Year Result
Czechoslovakia Junior Open 2003 Winner
2004 Commonwealth Youth Games 2004 22 Silver
Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament 2005 Winner
2006 Commonwealth Games 2006 33 Bronze
Philippines Philippines Open (badminton) 2006 Winner
Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament 2006 Winner
India Indian National Badminton Championships 2007 Winner
India National Games of India 2007 11 Gold
Chinese Taipei 2008 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold 2008 Winner
India Indian National Badminton Championships 2008 Winner
2008 Commonwealth Youth Games 2008 11 Gold
2008 BWF World Junior Championships 2008 Winner
2008 BWF Super Series Masters finals 2008 Semifinalist
Indonesia 2009 Indonesia Super Series 2009 Winner
2009 BWF World Championships 2009 quarterfinalist
India 2009 Jaypee Cup Syed Modi Memorial International India Grand Prix 2009 Winner
England 2010 All-England Super Series 2010 semifinalist
2010 Badminton Asia Championships 2010 33 Bronze
India 2010 India Open Grand Prix Gold 2010 Winner
Singapore 2010 Singapore Open Super Series 2010 Winner
Indonesia 2010 Indonesia Open Super Series 2010 Winner

[edit] 2008 Summer Olympics

Opponent Game Points
Ella Diehl 2-0 21-9, 21-8
Larisa Griga 2-0 21-18, 21-10
Wang Chen 2-1 21-19, 11-21, 21-11
Maria Kristin Yulianti 1-2 28-26, 14-21, 15-21

[edit] 2010 Updates

  • Saina successfully lead Indian Women Team to the Uber Cup finals, winning all her matches as of March 5, 2010.
  • Top seeded Saina reached the semifinals of Yonex Sunrise Badminton Asia Championships 2010 losing out to unseeded eventual champion Li Xuerui of China. Saina's Coach Gopichand advised her not to take too much pressure due to the home crowd support.
  • Saina wins the Indian Open Grand Prix Gold 2010, beating Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia in the final and thus justifying her billing as top seed in the tournament. She won a prize money of $8,280 for winning this BWF Grand prix gold tournament.
  • Saina won the second Super Series title of her career by beating qualifier Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the final of the Singapore Open 21-18, 21-15. But the fact that she won the tournament in the absence of all the top 5 ranked players (who all happen to be chinese), takes a little sheen away from her path breaking victory. Saina won a prize money of $15,000 for winning this BWF Super Series tournament.
  • Saina has reached a career high of world no. 3 in the women's singles badminton world rankings on 24 June 2010.[15]
  • Saina defended her Indonesia Open super series title in three tough games against Sayaka Sato of Japan, 21-19 / 13-21 / 21-11.This is her third super series title and her third sucessive title following wins at Indian open,Singapore Super series.[16] She again won the top prize money of $18,750 for winning this BWF Super Series tournament.

[edit] Record Against Top ranked Chinese Opponents

[edit] Record Against other top rated Opponents


(as on June 27, 2010)

[edit] References

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Saina favourite to win Indonesia Super Series

Sify - ‎Jun 21, 2010‎
Saina Nehwal will be a strong favourite to win three back-to-back titles when she begins her defence of the Indonesia Open Super Series badminton tournament ...

Saina Nehwal shines in Singapore

Times of India - ‎Jun 20, 2010‎
HYDERABAD: It is raining titles for 'Super' Saina Nehwal, who brooked no challenge on way to her maiden Singapore Open Super Series on Sunday. ...

After the win, a spot of shopping

TODAYonline - ‎Jun 20, 2010‎
by Low Lin Fhoong SINGAPORE - Change is in the air, with signs pointing to a revolution in women's badminton. Heading that revolution are the South Korean ...


"I never thought it would be easy for me. Though she is only 16 and a qualifier, I know Tzu played brilliantly to reach this far. I was a bit tense at the start but after I won the first game I never looked back," Saina told ToI in an exclusive chat from Lion City in Singapore, adding that the confidence of beating two Chinese girls on way to the final helped her a lot.
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Saina clinches Singapore Open Super Series

Hindustan Times - ‎Jun 20, 2010‎
Saina Nehwal (20) underlined her growing stature in world badminton with a comfortable 21-18, 21-15 win over giant killer Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei to ...

Another Super Sunday for Saina

Indian Express - ‎Jun 20, 2010‎
Saina Nehwal was back to gifting Dr Harvir Singh a Father's Day present for a second year in succession, winning the Super Series title at Singapore after ...

Beyond the news

Hindustan Times - ‎Jun 20, 2010‎
In September 2008, when Saina Nehwal defeated the then world champion Zhu Lin of China in the latter's own backyard, her name was added to the long list of ...

Encore! Saina Nehwal gains another 'super' title

Daily News & Analysis - Dev S Sukumar - ‎Jun 20, 2010‎
Bangalore: It took a year, but Saina Nehwal replicated the feat she achieved last June — a Super Series title win. The top-seeded Indian dismissed the ...

Counter-attack paid off: Saina Nehwal

Daily News & Analysis - Joe Williams - ‎Jun 20, 2010‎
It took a 70-minute effort for DNA to get through to Saina Nehwal but once we did, the Singapore Open Super Series champion took questions on her win and ...

Saina Nehwal wins Singapore Open

Indian Express - ‎Jun 20, 2010‎
Singapore: Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal put behind a nervy start to clinch the second Super Series title of her career by winning the Singapore Open ...

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Saina Nehwal shines in Singapore
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Saina: Fitness key to my success
‎Jun 20, 2010‎ - ESPN STAR Sports

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aina Nehwal rallies to clinch title

The Hindu - ‎Jun 13, 2010‎
Photo: SS Kumar RALLYING TO WIN: Saina Nehwal was made to sweat before she clinched the title. India's Saina Nehwal kept her growing legion of fans at the ...

Erratic Saina lifts India Open

Hindustan Times - ‎Jun 13, 2010‎
World No. 6 Saina Nehwal beat Malaysia's Mew Choo Wong 20-22, 21-14, 21-12 to win the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Grand Prix, thus clinching her second ...

Saina overcomes nerves to win title

Indian Express - ‎Jun 13, 2010‎
There were no demons in the draw filled with weak Indian pretenders, and even her opponent in the final was Mew Choo Wong, a Malaysian whose challenge seems ...


"I was nervous in the first game after leading 20-18. My net play was not good. After the first game, I said to myself 'be confident and relax'. Then I started to play back and went for smashes which clicked," said Saina. "Honestly. I loved it. I didn't expect so much people to come and watch my match. Chennai has always been a happy place. Winning in India gives me a lot of happiness and confidence."
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Saina Nehwal lives up to promise, billing

Times of India - Hari Hara Nandanan - ‎Jun 13, 2010‎
CHENNAI: Saina Nehwal had to dig deep into her resources to justify her billing as the top seed and win the women's title at the Yonex-Sunrise Indian Open ...

Saina fights back to win India Open Grand Prix title

Times of India - ‎Jun 13, 2010‎
CHENNAI: Top seed Saina Nehwal, looking a tad rusty following a long break, bounced back in style to beat Malaysia's Mew Choo Wong 20-22, 21-14, ...

Chetan Anand crashes out as Saina storms into final

Hindustan Times - ‎Jun 12, 2010‎
In the biggest upset of the day, world No.19 and top seed Chetan Anand lost to Indonesia's Yunus Alamsyah 21-16, 12-21, 13-21 in the semifinals to crash out ...

Chetan Anand bows out of India Open badminton championship

Daily News & Analysis - ‎Jun 12, 2010‎
Chennai: Top seed Chetan Anand bowed out of the India Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships losing to Indonesian Yunus Alamsyah 21-16 12-21 13-21 in ...

Saina, Chetan enter India Open semifinals

Hindustan Times - ‎Jun 11, 2010‎
It's only getting better for Saina Nehwal at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open. The top seed beat No. 6 Sayali Gokhale 21-4, 21-8 to storm into the semifinals on ...

Gurusaidutt upsets second seed in India Open badminton championship

Daily News & Analysis - ‎Jun 11, 2010‎
Chennai: Seventh-seeded RMV Gurusaidutt of India upset second seed Malaysian Hafiz Hashim Muhammad 21-18 16-15 (retired hurt) in a quarterfinal of the India ...

Chetan, Saina in India Open semis

Rediff - ‎Jun 11, 2010‎
Ace India [ Images ]n shuttlers Chetan Anand [ Images ] and Saina Nehwal [ Images ] made it to the semi-finals of the men's and women's singles respectively ...

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Saina rallies to lift Indian Open GP
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Chetan, Saina in India Open semis
‎Jun 11, 2010‎ - Rediff

Saina, Chetan sail into third round on a day of upsets
‎Jun 9, 2010‎ - Times of India

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England field against Australia in fourth one-dayer

AFP - ‎19 minutes ago‎
LONDON - England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to field against Australia in the fourth one-day international at The Oval here on Wednesday.
Bresnan makes the breakthrough The Press Association

Villa and Ronaldo: A tale of two sevens

The Hindu - ‎2 hours ago‎
AP Spain's David Villa celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the round of 16 match against Portugal. A flash of a Spanish boot and a dash of Portuguese saliva on a chilly Cape Town evening summed up the contrasting fortunes of two of the ...

Houghton expects Portugal camp to be productive

Sify - ‎32 minutes ago‎
India's football squad will be in Portugal on a two-month training-cum-competition and national coach Bob Houghton sees it as an ideal preparation for the 2011 Asian Cup in Doha.

Howard in dark over ICC leadership snub

Times of India - ‎27 minutes ago‎
SYDNEY: Former Australian prime minister John Howard said Wednesday he had not been told why his bid to lead world cricket had been thrown out, saying his rejection set a "bad precedent" if it was because of his politics.

Heady welcome for champion Saina

Times of India - ‎16 hours ago‎
HYDERABAD: Hundreds of sports lovers, several badminton players and sports administrators gathered at the Shamshabad airport at the break of dawn on Tuesday to receive Saina Nehwal who was returning home after accomplishing the rare feat of winning ...

Victory brings hope and belief

sport star - ‎3 hours ago‎
AP The cricketing gods smiled on MS Dhoni and his men. The Indian team won the Asia Cup at Dambulla through a largely effective campaign that culminated in the final on June 24 where Sri Lanka was deflated.

Commonwealth Games: Queen's Baton reaches Srinagar

Sify - ‎6 hours ago‎
The Queen's Baton was taken to the famous Nishat Gardens where sportspersons of the Kashmir valley were present in large numbers.

Delhi 2010 upbeat despite missed deadline

AFP - Kuldip Lal - ‎10 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI - Organisers of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October have struck an upbeat note over widely criticised preparations for the event despite yet another key deadline being missed on Wednesday.

Japan coach Okada has last laugh after W.Cup showing

AFP - Shigemi Sato - ‎3 hours ago‎
PRETORIA - Japanese coach Takeshi Okada can approach his likely new vocation of farming in a confident frame of mind after probably bowing out of football with his head held high following Japan's impressive showing at the World Cup finals.
Okada takes blame for Japan exit The Press Association

Shakira has World Cup fever

Globe and Mail - ‎21 hours ago‎
AP Video Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010 12:38PM EDT Singing the official tournament song for the World Cup has got Shakira feeling all sporty.

BCCI faces Rs 500-cr bouncer from taxman

Economic Times - ‎10 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may have to stump up more than Rs 500 crore in taxes, with tax authorities not in favour of granting exemption requests sought by the board for the past two tax years.

Games give Delhi velodrome

Times of India - ‎17 hours ago‎
Lagging behind schedule, the cycling velodrome at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium was giving jitters to the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee (OC) till a few months back.

Doubles exit for Williams sisters

The Press Association - ‎14 minutes ago‎

Guruji is gone, but at his akhada training will go on like always

Indian Express - ‎12 hours ago‎
Underneth the jamun tree inside the Chandgi Ram ka Akhada in Civil Lines, is a mounted photograph of the man in all his glory. The photograph was taken after he won the Mahabharat Kesari title, the ultimate triumph in traditional Indian wrestling.

IOA, ministry should work in tandem: Randhir

Indian Express - ‎12 hours ago‎
While both parties have claimed to be satisfied after their recent meeting with the IOC, Indian Olympic Association secretary-general Randhir Singh has said that the association and the sports ministry must work together in future.

UNLF endorses Manipur govt stand on Muivah's visit

E-Pao.net - ‎12 hours ago‎
The statement further maintained that it is the principle of the UNLF to fight collectively for peaceful coexistence, common development and restoration of sovereignty in the north eastern region along with various ethnic groups.

Kotla on course for international games by September - DDCA

CricInfo.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) today dismissed speculation that the Feroz Shah Kotla was in danger of losing its World Cup 2011 matches, following concerns raised in ICC pitch consultant Andy Atkinson's report over the remedial ...

World Cup 2010: Injury sidelines Brazil star Elano

BBC Sport - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Brazil's Elano has been ruled out of the World Cup quarter-final against Netherlands with an ankle injury and could miss the rest of the tournament.

West Indies v South Africa, 3rd Test, Barbados, 4th day

CricInfo.com - Siddhartha Talya - ‎16 hours ago‎
Good bye, WI cric, knowing well that WI will be defeated, I watched the 3rd Test. They have not given a thought to improvement in technique, attitude and so on.
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Maradona should know Thomas Mueller by now

The Hindu - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP AP Thomas Mueller With three days to go before Argentina's match against Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals, Diego Maradona should by now have heard of Germany forward Thomas Mueller.

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