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Finding neverland: Sports help refugees build bridges, integrate into society

CHENNAI: THIRTY-SIX athletes with as many tales training in 12 disciplines, hosted by 15 countries representing more than 120 million displaced people across the world. All unified through sport. The International Olympic Committees (IOC) Refugee Olympic Team is not just a team, its an amalgamation of myriad emotions, stories of resilience and hope. The sentiments echoed by the teams chef de mission, Masomah Ali Zada, during an interaction with this newspaper highlighted the beauty of sport and

23 Jun 2024 7:10 am
All for one, one for all: How sport becomes lifeline of refugee athletes

They don't represent a country because they dont have one right now. They are of different religions, ethnicities and colours. They are displaced individuals trying to get a grip on their lives, festered by violence, pain and death. Uprooted from their place of birth, they are left without an identitythe very fabric that binds all humans. Forced to settle on alien land, marginalised and scoured at, they look for something to live with a semblance of normalcy. In sport, they have found just that.

23 Jun 2024 1:22 am
Not funding enough coaches may hurt wrestlers' chances at Asian C'ships

CHENNAI: The U-17 and U-23 Asian Championships will begin at Amman, Jordan on Saturday with competition in the Greco-Roman style in the former age group. As many as 60 Indian wrestlers (30 each for U-17 and U-23) will vie for medals in the continental event scheduled to end on June 30. The U-17 competitions will be held from Saturday to June 24 while bouts in the U-23 age group will be held from June 27 to 30. Both tournaments will begin with competition in the Greco-Roman category followed by w

22 Jun 2024 10:55 am
Two FIDE officials in Chennai for inspection

CHENNAI: AS part of the process of choosing a host for the Chess World Championship, a two-member team is set to visit Chennai for an inspection of potential venues. The event is usually held at a hotel and the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, which bid for the event on behalf of the state government, would be taking the FIDE officials around some of the shortlisted venues. It is understood that FIDEs Planning and Development Commission Secretary, Kermen Goryaeva, and FIDEs Head of PR

21 Jun 2024 11:35 am
Rower Balraj aims for India's best finish at Olympics

CHENNAI: If being the lone entry from the country was not enough, Balraj Panwar will find himself all alone on his boat when the rowing competition starts at the Paris Olympics on July 27. Qualifying for the Games in the single sculls, the rower from Haryana knows the challenges that will be thrown at him at the Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium will be immense. Mental toughness will play a big role if he wishes to surpass the best show by Indian rowers at the Olympics. For the record, Arvind Si

21 Jun 2024 11:26 am
With nutritionists by their side, Indian athletes seek maximum output in Olympics

CHENNAI: Back in 1826, way before the Summer Olympics or Games of the I Olympiad started in 1896, a French author named Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote a book called Physiologie du Gout, ou Medetations de Gastronomie Transcendante. The phrase 'you are what you eat' came from the book renowned as one of the founding texts of gastronomy. Almost 128 years and 32 Olympics later, the ideas about food and nutrition might have changed but the core remains the same. With Indian athletes preparing fo

20 Jun 2024 10:52 am