From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.02 :: Jan. 12, 2012
With an awesome reputation following his superhuman performances at the Beijing Olympics and the Berlin Worlds, Usain Bolt is a cinch to win the sprint double at the 2012 Games in London. In fact, no one would be willing to stick his neck out against the Jamaican coming up with yet another world record. By K. P. Mohan.
Sushil exudes confidence
The Beijing Games bronze medallist is not only optimistic about qualifying for the London Olympics but also returning with a medal. “Definitely, I will not be found wanting in terms of hard work and determination,” he says in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
“Since this is the Olympic year, I don't want to take any chances. I want to keep working hard to realise my childhood dream of winning an Olympic medal,” says Saina Nehwal in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Round one goes to the Aussies
Australia had turned what had been an even contest for three-fourths of the Test into a relatively comfortable victory on the fourth day. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Dhoni, a man of impeccable taste
Another tour, another chronicle. The diary wishes it can greet you, dear reader, in the words of a writer and person it greatly admires: “Not to fear folks, the wit, it shall remain acerbic, the observations, spot-on, and the gossip, nothing short of scandalous.” Well, what do you know! It can, for those are the diary's very words. Stolen, but who doesn't do that these days? Over to S. Ram Mahesh.
The current series will benefit the youngsters
This will be a year of hope for the younger lot in as much as it will be a year for decision making for some seniors.
Making a name for himself
Jordi Gomez, 27, has become a real fans' favourite at the DW Stadium and his popularity has grown considerably of late, with the midfielder scoring four goals in his last six games.
LET'S BE FRANK
A backward move?
Signing Thierry Henry on a loan deal might solve Arsenal's immediate problem but won't help the club in the long run. Over to Frank Malley.
Fighting for survival
Roger Johnson looks set for another survival battle this season with Wolves floundering at the wrong end of the table. The defender needs to rediscover his best form quickly — for his sake and the team's.
Arsenal and Sir Henry
Sir Henry Norris' vital role in the history of Arsenal cannot be exaggerated even if Gunners fans today have never heard of him. Over to Brian Glanville.
Looking at Strauss differently
I must write about my change of attitude towards the England captain Andrew Strauss. I have had my doubts about him ever since he took charge but I cannot any longer swim against the tide. There are many different types of captains and Strauss is in a special category. He makes sure that each player knows his role and feels comfortable in it; he ensures that the old, the middle aged and the young 'uns feel welcome in the dressing room, know where they can turn for advice and understand in advance how the team tactics will work for them. Over to Ted Corbett.
When clay pigeons yielded gold for Ronjan Sodhi
It was a year when Indian sports went into hibernation. Indeed it was important to go into the sleep mode after the high of the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in 2010. Indian sports needed to train hard and launch itself strongly, albeit within its limitations, for the London Olympics in 2012. There was no luxury of taking it relatively easy in many disciplines as the qualification requirements had to be met, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
They will be missed
2011 saw the passing away of a few sporting greats. By Shreedutta Chidananda.
Baisoya's honey-sweet display
It was indeed a dream come true for the 15-year-old Delhi lad, Honey Baisoya, who won one of the country's premier amateur golf championships, the Goodricke East India, from India's No. 1, S. Chikkarangappa, on Christmas Day at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. S. Sabanayakan reports.
Willstrop on a high
James Willstrop got a standing ovation from the crowd when Gregory Gaultier offered his hand of congratulation, unable to continue any further while trailing 1-6 in the fourth game. Over to Kamesh Srinivasan.
A thriller all the way
With a scintillating display of good horsemanship and woodwork, the players wooed the audience. By S. Sabanayakan.
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