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Syria and Yemen battle the odds to take part in the Asian Games

Hasna Saied is furious. She storms past the mixed zone, where reporters are given an almost voyeuristic peek into athletes in their most vulnerable state. Saied rages because her Asian Games are over. The 23-year-old from Syria has just...

Vinesh Phogat scripts her own redemption story

A Chinese reporter in the wrestling hall of the Jakarta Convention center is searching for colour in his daily report. He seemed to have found it in an Indian woman - Vinesh Phogat - who had just won gold...

Onus on shooters again to boost medals tally

India's Asian Games continues on day three with trap, air pistol and air rifle events in shooting, while Greco-Roman wrestling will be making its first appearance in Jakarta. A rare Indian achiever in swimming also takes to the pool,...

Asian Games 2018 – Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold, wins men’s 65kg wrestling...

Shrines of Hanuman are a ubiquitous presence in wrestling akharas across India. Also known as Bajrang Bali -- for he's the patron of pehelwans everywhere -- the mud statues smeared with vermillion and bearing a mace, inspire the wrestlers,...

Sushil Kumar bows out of the Asian Games after losing in the first round

Arms crossed tightly across his torso, Sushil Kumar slunk into his bucket seat. Sitting amongst the mortals in the spectator gallery at the Jakarta Convention centre, he watched the gladiators grappling on the mat below. His eyes were fixated...

Asian Games Wrestling explained – repechage, formats, point scoring system

STYLES There are two styles of Olympic wrestling, both of which will be present at the Asian Games 2018 -- freestyle, the more popular one, and Greco-Roman.The primary difference between the two lies in the holds allowed. While in...

Asian Games veteran wrestler Sushil Kumar looks to set record straight

"Are you nervous?"Sushil Kumar flicks the question away like a bead of sweat on his brow following his final training session ahead of the Asian Games."Should I be?" asks the 35-year-old with a grin.Sushil Kumar will look to improve...

Yusuf and Irfan Pathan, Geeta and Babita Phogat and other successful siblings in Indian...

R Praggnanadhaa's sister Vaishali, 17, became India's latest WGM on Sunday, securing her third and final norm at the 8th Riga Technical University Open in Latvia. In June this year, Praggnanandhaa had become India's youngest and the world's second...

Sushil Kumar loses first bout in four years

Sushil Kumar lost his first bout in more than four years while competing at Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia even as his compatriots Bajrang Punia and Deepak Punia progressed to the quarterfinals.Sushil lost 4-8 to Polish grappler Andrzej Piotr...

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