From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.32 :: Aug. 08, 2009
The season so far has been tumultuous. Replete with thrills and spills, masterstrokes and goof-ups, shock and awe. It’s like Formula One has been hurtling down a series of chicanes. Now it’s time to take stock as the circus pauses mid-season, writes G. Raghunath.
Focus back on safety
The exceptional circumstances that killed Henry Surtees at Brands Hatch and led to serious head injuries to Felipe Massa in Hungary may have been rare during hundreds of thousands of racing miles during this season, but that will not prevent motor sport from examining each incident in minute detail in the relentless quest for safety improvements, writes Maurice Hamilton.
All set for the big show
Apart from Saina Nehwal, if any other Indian player/pair can make it to the quarterfinal I would consider it as a good performance. All the top players/pairs will be present in Hyderabad and it will be a real test for our players to see how they fare against the best in the world, writes Prakash Padukone.
As determined as ever
Forced to take a break from training because of chicken pox, Saina Nehwal’s preparation for the World Championships has suffered greatly. However, she doesn’t seem to be unduly worried. “I don’t think this would have any psychological impact on how I would face the challenges in the World event,” she says in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
His aim is to produce an Olympic medallist
Pullela Gopi Chand is set to become the first Indian to win all the National sports awards. However, right now his focus is on the World Championships. He says this is the best chance for both Saina Nehwal and Chetan Anand to prove their mettle. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
INTERVIEW/S. M. ARIF
An event where the big guns boom
India’s reputed coach S. M. Arif is of the view that the World Championships could influence the way badminton is played in the country. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
His priorities are right
England's batsman-cum-keeper Matt Prior has been working hard with former gloveman Bruce French to improve his skills behind the stumps. By Paul Weaver.
Italy's Federica Pellegrini has gone from diva to national darling after her record-breaking performances at the World Championships in Rome, writes Andy Bull.
Beneath the athleticism and talent, there was — and still is — a fragile sensitivity that is in stark contrast to the defender’s commanding presence on the pitch, writes Michael Klimes.
What could one make of the appointment of the endless travelled, hugely remunerated, Sven-Goran Eriksson as the overall director of Notts County, marooned in the lowest division of the English League, asks Brian Glanville.
Some mind-boggling price tags
In putting together his second Galactico project, Florentino Perez’s three biggest signings so far — Kaka, Ronaldo and Benzema — have together cost 166 million pounds, a sum that has thrown the entire transfer market off-kilter. The kind of money Real Madrid is prepared to pay for a Galactico has inflated the price clubs demand for their marquee names. Over to Karthik Krishnaswamy.
He loved the game as much as any man who ever lived
Bobby Robson was a football man whose talent was elevated not just by his hard-earned understanding of the game but by his instinctive feeling for its human dimensions, writes Richard Williams.
Woods back on track
In action for the first time since the British Open, where he missed the cut in a major for only the second time as a professional, Woods appeared to be suffering from a major hangover when he arrived at Warwick Hills. After an erratic opening round, he hit back in spectacular style to win the Buick Open.
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