From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.29 :: Jul. 19, 2012
Star Poster: MICHAEL PHELPS
The Federer of 2012 will never be the player who won three slams each in three calendar years in 2004, 2006 and 2007. He won’t be his former invincible self either. The No. 1 ranking may still change hands a couple of more times before the end of the year. But at the end of this year’s Championships, he looks to have put an end to the long drawn debate. He might after all be the greatest of them all, writes N. Sudarshan.
This is where his heart lies
Though he nearly had his soul destroyed, the All-England Club was where Goran Ivanisevic mastered death in 2001. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Balotelli, a delight to watch on field
The Italian stands 6ft 3in and has an attitude just as striking. He joined Manchester City two years ago when Jose Mourinho swore he was impossible to manage and since then Mario Balotelli has done nothing to make anyone think Mourinho was wrong about a football subject for the first time in his life. By Ted Corbett.
What price The Whirl?
There is no magic formula for success. The great, seemingly innovative teams are only as good as the exceptional players they possess. Hard to think of any team today, even at international level, playing as Spain did in the European Championship final. And even they didn’t remotely play at that sublime level in early matches, writes Brian Glanville.
The menace continues
The fight against doping has assumed great significance in the field of sports. Millions of dollars are being spent by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the governments across the globe to rid sports of “cheats”. By K. P. Mohan.
Moments and memories
Her story was fit for Hollywood script-writers. Who would have imagined that a baby prematurely born and later struck by polio would one day become an Olympic sprint champion at the age of 20!
Wilma Rudolph, 20th of 22 children to Ed, a ...
A many splendoured thing
The opening and closing ceremonies have grown in scale, grandeur and importance. An Olympics is now being remembered not only for the excellence in the competitions but also for its cultural fervour and the riot of colours, writes S. R. Suryanarayan.
Stretching the limits
If sport is about character, the marathon enjoys a mystique all its own, its exponents spending long hours in isolation, pain, patience and persistence, writes A. Joseph Antony.
Facts, strange and bizarre
Baron Coubertin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1936, but the committee jury did not name him in the final list. That left the Baron a little sad.
‘Sport has become the fiefdom of politicians’
Ashwini Nachappa is confident that if more athletes like her become administrators, there would be a drastic improvement in the way sport is run in India, writes P. K. Ajith Kumar.
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