At the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics fluttered a flag never seen before. Bright orange with a single black band across, it was reminiscent of a life jacket. That wasn’t a mistake – it belonged to the ‘Refugee Nation’, a team of stateless athletes who had fled their homelands in search of safety, … Continue reading How sports can help with the refugee crisis
“We got pink hair and purple hair. We got tattoos and dreadlocks. We got white girls and black girls and everything in between. We got straight girls and gay girls.” - Megan Rapinoe, US soccer player, world cup winner “God has made the world this way, and everyone was not made the same. They take … Continue reading Two sportswomen, their crusades and the difference they’ve made
What is the greatest sight in any sport? Is it the spectacle? The passion for an individual or team? Maybe it’s the skill that mesmerises us. So, what is it for me? I’ll attempt to answer that through two stories. Over the weekend, I found myself watching a video of Muhammad Ali’s 1974 fight against … Continue reading When is a sport most thrilling?
What makes Andre Agassi a champion? And what can we learn from his life? He spoke eloquently about his highs and lows during his visit to Mumbai on January 18, 2017 The conversation between Harsha Bhogle (left) and Andre Agassi was fascinating. Picture: Ashraf Engineer The leanness is gone, there’s a distinct paunch and he … Continue reading I was most connected with myself when I was at the bottom: Andre Agassi
When I was a schoolboy, Dhobi Talao in South Mumbai seemed like Ali Baba’s cave. I would gaze longingly at the cricket bats in the shop windows of the city’s sports goods hub, drawn there by my love for the game and the ache brought on by my lack of talent. The world seemed to … Continue reading The cricket store that’s a shrine to the game