Athletes relieved of stress, say India chiefs after Tokyo Olympics postponed

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday (24) welcomed the IOC’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by one year in view of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, saying the country’s athletes have been relieved of having to train during a global health crisis. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe on […]

India’s Chand says pre-Olympics training fraught with virus fears

After battling in court to be able to run and fighting discrimination when she came out as gay, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand now has to overcome the fear of training in a pandemic to maintain her Olympic hopes. Chand, who was banned from competing internationally because of the hyperandrogenism gene condition, wants the Tokyo Games […]

India sports ministry says 35 sexual harassment complaints lodged in 2011-19

India’s sports ministry has said 35 complaints of sexual harassment had been lodged relating to alleged incidents at national training centres from 2011 to 2019. The ministry said 27 of the complaints were made by athletes against coaches at centres run by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). “So far, penalty has been imposed on […]

India says its offer to host culled Commonwealth events could be ‘game-changer’

India’s offer to host separate Commonwealth championships for two disciplines absent in the 2022 Birmingham Games roster could be a “game-changer” and pave the way for facility-sharing among member countries, the country’s top sports officials said. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had threatened to boycott the Birmingham Games over shooting’s exclusion before their climbdown last […]

Commonwealth Games a waste of time and money – India Olympic chief

India should pull out of the Commonwealth Games permanently because a lack of strong competition makes participation a waste of time and money, the country’s Olympic chief Narinder Batra says. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has already threatened to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England due to the exclusion of shooting which supplied […]

India gender-row sprinter Chand says she is gay

Top Indian sprinter Dutee Chand revealed on Sunday (19) that she is gay, becoming the first athlete from the socially conservative country to do so, and adding she feared being ostracised by her family after the admission. Chand, who was at the centre of a lengthy international gender row, told AFP she had been in […]

Semenya ‘made to suffer’, says Indian gender-row sprinter

Indian gender-row sprinter Dutee Chand on Thursday (2) said Caster Semenya’s court defeat over testosterone rules was “wrong”, but backed the Olympic 800 metres champion to overcome the potentially far-reaching ruling. Chand, who fought and won a long battle over her own hyperandrogenism, or elevated levels of male sex hormones, said she felt sorry for […]

Farmer’s son Chopra reaps Asian javelin gold for India

Neeraj Chopra skewered India’s first-ever Asian Games javelin gold medal on Monday after recently learning of the death of his former coach. A farmer’s son from a village outside of Delhi, the 20-year-old favourite was never seriously threatened in Jakarta as he won with an Indian record of 88.05 metres to follow up the Commonwealth title […]

‘The scars will be there’ – India’s gender-row sprinter gets Asian Games chance

Four years after she was forced out of the Asian Games in a row over her gender, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand said she was determined to make up for lost time as she finally gets her chance in Indonesia. Chand, affected by the same condition, hyperandrogenism, which has dogged the career of double Olympic champion […]

Neeraj Chopra strikes gold at French meet

India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra comfortably won the gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France, beating a competitive field which included 2012 London Olympics gold-medallist Keshorn Walcott. Chopra’s throw of 85.17m put him way ahead of the field, including Moldova’s Andrian Mardare (81.48m) and Lithuania’s Edis Matusevicius (79.31m), who finished second and third […]