'We were confident that Mary had won the bout.'Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com speaks to the champion boxer's coaches in Astana to find out why Mary won't be in Rio. IMAGE: Mary Kom dominated the bout, says her coach. Photograph: Getty Images Olympic berth or no, MC Mary Kom is a legend. And legends too have off-days. Mary Kom (51 kg), a bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, was knocked out of the Women's Boxing World Championships, in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Saturday, May 21, ending her hopes of ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Five young women are getting ready to circumnavigate the world.Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com reports from Goa. India's first women-only crew on board INSV Mhadei. All photographs: Shailesh Karkera Lieutenant Vijaya Devi (education branch), Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi (naval architecture), Lieutenant Pratibha Jamwal (Air Traffic Control), Lieutenant P Swathi (ATC) and Lieutenant Payal Gupta (education officer) are part of the Indian Navy's prized vessel, the INSV Mhadei, the first ocean-going ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Where stalwarts like M C Mary Kom failed, Sonia Lather brought home a medal from the World Championships.The 24 year old spoke with Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com soon after winning the silver medal. IMAGE: Sonia Lather, World Championships silver medalist. Sonia Lather has been boxing since 2009, but she only declared herself on a huge platform like the Women's Boxing World Championships this week. Where stalwarts like M C Mary Kom failed, the Haryana girl brought home a medal. She threw some precise ...Rediff.com, 2 days ago
'I don't think that I have done anything great. I haven't won any Olympic gold medal.' 'I am not saying that I won't sleep until and unless I win an Olympic medal, but I will surely give my best performance.' Rio Olympics-bound gymnast Dipa Karmakar speaks to Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com after becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the event. IMAGE: Dipa Karmakar in action. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters Dipa Karmakar has been trending on social media since April 18. Accolades ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago 'I will give my best performance in Rio' Rediff.com, 1 month ago
He ran past beautiful villages, stunning deserts, verdant fields... running 4,400 km in 64 days on the Spirit of India run. Australian Ultra-marathon legend Pat Farmer completed his Spirit of India Run a few days ago. IMAGE: Pat Farmer, right, finishes his run in Srinagar. On March 29, the inspirational Farmer took his final stride at the Nishad Gardens in Srinagar and ended his epic run across India, charting a total course of 4,400 kms in 64 days. The 54 year old, who embarked on his ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'I learnt to ride when my feet could barely reach the ground.' 'Belonging to a Muslim family, I obviously had my own set of issues to deal with but I don't remember my father saying 'no' to anything.' 'I am a single mother, raising my son with the help of my parents.' 'People do act funny on the road when they see a girl riding a motorcycle.' IMAGE: Shirin Shaikh on her Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350CC bike. Photograph: Courtesy Shirin Shaikh/Facebook. For two days in ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'I regret not having played an individual sport. When it came to rewarding an athlete, it was always one in an individual sport who was favoured.' 'I feel lucky that I was born in India and played football for India. I can go home with a smile on my face. Bembem Devi, Indian women's football icon, looks back on her successful career in a freewheeling chat with Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com IMAGE: Oinam Bembem Devi hung up her boots after the South Asian Games. Photograph: AIFF Media The last ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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