Driving to work earlier this week, I noticed a visually challenged man struggling to navigate his way through a water-logged road. When I mentioned this at work, a colleague spoke of the struggles of Sathya* who lost the use of her legs after an adverse reaction to a polio vaccine. Sathya was travelling to Salem by bus two months ago and the seat meant for the differently abled was occupied. “My friends had to fight with the conductor before he would give me the seat.” A struggle in the trains Rema Menon, who runs Rainbow Bridge Open School for children with special needs, is not surprised. “Our public spaces — railway stations, bus terminals, roads, malls, theatres — are almost off limits for the differently abled,” she says sadly. She knows what she’s talking about. Her sister is a paraplegic and her friend’s son has muscular dystrophy. Any outing is fraught with difficulties, she says. Sathya agrees. She would love to … [Read more...] about A question of inclusivity
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Federer's comeback season 'off the charts', says punditsIMAGE: 'Roger Federer will put an end to the GOAT argument if he wins the US Open'. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Should an age-defying Roger Federer win the US Open and capture his third grand slam title of the year, it would go down as one of the wondrous chapters in tennis, a trio of pundits said on Thursday. The rejuvenated 36-year-old Swiss, who has said winning a third grand slam in 2017 would "be a joke," will be among the favourites at Flushing Meadows where he is seeded third for the August 28-September 10 US Open."If Federer were to win the Open, if he's not the athlete of the year on every kind of major publication it will be the greatest injustice I've ever seen for tennis," former men's coach and player Brad Gilbert said on an ESPN conference call. "It would be his greatest year without a doubt. He's pushing the limits to what a 36 year old can do that we've ever seen in tennis and it's just been a pleasure … [Read more...] about Can Federer pull off unexpected with US Open crown?
Dope-tainted woman boxer Neeraj Phogat was on Thursday dropped from the Sports Ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) while archer Deepika Kumari was included after playing a crucial role in India securing a Tokyo 2020 Games quota place. Shooter Chinki Yadav, who secured an Olympic quota in the 25m pistol event earlier this year, was added to the TOPS list along with veteran Tejaswini Sawant, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Mairaj Ahmed Khan. Three archers have been included in the scheme, including former world number one Deepika Kumari and Ankita Bhakat, both of whom combined to secure an individual Olympic quota for India in women’s recurve event. Veteran L Bombayla Devi is the other archer to make the cut. The men’s and women’s teams have also been included after qualifying for the Tokyo Games.“Boxer Neeraj Phogat has also been excluded from the TOPS scheme due to her provisional suspension by NADA,” the … [Read more...] about Dope-tainted Neeraj Phogat dropped from TOPS; Deepika Kumari, Chinki Yadav included
'It's not got serious yet, but all of a sudden Spanish teams no longer rule in Europe' IMAGE: Dele Alli scores the first goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Real Madrid. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Spanish teams have ruled with an iron fist in Europe for the last few years but a disappointing round of results in the Champions League has left the media wondering if this dominant era might be grinding to a halt. Spain has provided the winner of the Champions League each year since 2014 and six of the eight finalists in that time, while four of the last five winners of the Europa League have also been from La Liga. Of the four Spanish sides competing in Europe's elite competition, only Sevilla managed to pick up a win this week. Atletico Madrid's draw with Azeri minnows Qarabag has left them facing an almost certain exit from the tournament, which they came so close to winning in 2014 and 2016.Double Champions League holders Real Madrid suffered their first group stage defeat in … [Read more...] about Is Spanish clubs’ golden era in Europe coming to an end?
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