Monthly Archives: October 2008

The alienation of sport

Pune: I’m at the World Juniors. The stadium, situated within a ‘sports city’, is stunning, apparently one of the best exclusive-badminton facilities in the world. As with all other such sport cities, this too is located on the outskirts of Pune city. Such sporting facilities have their problems — they are too far and too initmidating to attract the average man on the street. Continue reading

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The Ninasam example

The evidence thus far has been that athletes in non-elitist sports (athletics, wrestling, boxing, football) mostly hail from non-urban areas, but have to relocate to cities to pursue the sport. The question is: can rural or semi-urban areas support sport without having to depend on urban funding?
But perhaps it’s time to look for examples outside sport. Continue reading

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Chetan knocks out Sony!

Chetan Anand scored the biggest victory of his career with a straight-sets win over Indonesian world no.5 Sony Dwi Kuncoro at the Danish Open Super Series. Continue reading

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