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Next-gen wrestlers shine as Anshu, Sonam stun seniors at trials

8:45 AM ETJonathan SelvarajESPN As they gathered around their hostel building at the Sports Authority of Lucknow, at the conclusion of Saturday's selection trials, some of India's senior women wrestlers tried to take stock of the situation."This wasn't like...

Tokyo Olympics hopeful Jitender Kumar looks to step out of Sushil Kumar’s shadow

7:58 AM ETJonathan SelvarajESPN Jitender Kumar may have won the selection trials that will give him an opportunity to compete at the season opener of the international wrestling calendar as well as the Asian Championships next month, but the...

Athletes of the decade – Sizzling PV Sindhu, Magnificent Mary Kom and more

The 2010s were arguably Indian sport's most successful decade ever as they registered their best ever medal tallies at the Olympics (London, 2012), Asian Games (Jakarta-Palembang, 2018) and Commonwealth Games (Delhi, 2010).Moreover, India also had its first world champions...

Dangal, Mukkabaaz and more – Our favourite Indian sports films of the decade

3:01 AM ETESPN staffFrom the freedom movement to lower-caste assertion, from race and gender issues to dirty administration politics, our picks for the five best sports films of the decade cover a wide swathe. In each case, sport is...

Arjun Halakurki’s quiet rise away from wrestling hubs

11:51 AM ETJonathan SelvarajESPN At first glance, the raising of Arjun Halakurki's hand following the final of the men's 55kg Greco-Roman competition at the recently concluded wrestling nationals isn't something that would turn too many heads. It's not hard...

Eight months before Olympics, NADA gives wrestling nationals a miss

The Senior Wrestling Championships concluded in Jalandhar on Sunday in the absence of any sort of drug testing by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA). Over 700 athletes competed across 30 categories in the three-day competition."It is a serious...

Olympic dream pushes supermom Anita Sheoran to new heights

For someone who won her first senior national title all the way back in 2005, it is understandable that Anita Sheoran isn't very confident of guessing just how many she has won over the course of her career. "I...

Young blood rising – wrestling phenom Gaurav Baliyan is here to stay

11:57 PM ETJonathan SelvarajESPN Not long after Gaurav Baliyan's arm was lifted by the referee following his win in the final of the 74kg competition at the Wrestling National Championships in Jalandhar on Friday, he brought it down and...

Ritu Phogat ‘anxious’ to become India’s first MMA world champion

9:12 AM ETJonathan SelvarajESPN Ritu Phogat hit an unexpected hurdle ahead of her mixed martial arts debut when her scheduled opponent pulled out a couple of weeks before the contest.Instead of fellow zero fight rookie Cindy Tiong, Ritu will...

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