Kim Ji Hyun Kim, who was roped in by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) early this year, was with Sindhu during her World Championship gold-winning campaign last month at Basel, Switzerland. IMAGE: PV Sindhu with her coaches. Photographs: BWF South Korean Kim Ji Hyun, who played a pivotal role in PV Sindhu's march to the world title recently, has resigned as India's women's singles coach citing personal reasons but the national federation said it hasn't received any official communication from her. The 45-year-old from Busan has rushed to New Zealand to care for her husband Ritchie Marr, who suffered a stroke a few days ago. Kim, who was roped in by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) early this year, was with Sindhu during her World Championship gold-winning campaign last month at Basel, Switzerland."Kim has resigned as her husband is pretty unwell. He suffered a kind of neuro stroke sometime during the World Championship. So she rushed back. She needs to take care of … [Read more...] about Shock as Sindhu’s coach resigns for personal reasons
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'I am a human being, I was surely nervous, I am competing against a lot of people, but even when I played cricket there is not a single match where I was not nervous.'IMAGE: Shantakumaran Sreesanth campaigns for the Kerala assembly elections. Photograph: Kind courtesy Sreesanth/Facebook The Bharatiya Janata Party pulled a political rabbit out of the box when it decided to nominate cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth from Thiruvananthapuram for the assembly elections in Kerala. With a couple of days left for campaigning to end, candidates rush to cover all bases, and Sreesanth keeps a punishing schedule. It was in the midst of this, during a lunch break, that the tearaway fast bowler spoke to Rediff.com's A Ganesh Nadar and Saisuresh Sivaswamy. What Sreesanth told Rediff.com as he began his campaign! "I am sure I will make a great politician because I love to help people," the cricketer who was accused in the Indian Premier League 2013 spot-fixing case, in which the charges against him … [Read more...] about Sreesanth: ‘I will be the best politician in Kerala’
'Guys, you're going to say, Who cares what the world thinks? We're the best, it is our destiny to lead the world; look, everyone's doing yoga, everything the world has was originally ours.'Rediff.comIf I unexpectedly had five minutes of the government's undivided attention -- thoo, thoo, thoo -- I would tell it just this one thing: Guys (if you will pardon the expression), the cow thing has gotten completely out of hand. I don't mean out of hand as in, how people are killing other people over cows. Nobody in the government cares about that. Nor do I mean how every cow is getting an Aadhaar number, though even lots of humans don't want one -- the government thinks that's a good use of time and money.I don't mean how killing a cow can get you life imprisonment in various states. Those state governments like the idea. It's not about how people are checking other people's tiffins for beef, since nobody is more into monitoring tiffins than the government. Forget that we're going to open a … [Read more...] about Is the world sniggering about our cow obsession?
By James Joseph The government on Thursday announced the start of the Fit India Movement. It has the makings of an ambitious nationwide campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself flagging it off and tasking a 28-member committee headed by sports minister Kiren Rijiju to give it shape and traction. Such a movement could not have come a day sooner. For all the remarkable progress India has made in tackling communicable diseases, our nation of 1.3 billion sits on a time bomb when it comes to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes. Some 60% of deaths in India result from NCDs, making them the leading cause of deaths in the country — ahead of communicable diseases, injuries and prenatal, maternal and nutritional conditions. The answer to this pandemic, clearly, is fitness. But therein, we stare at a missing link. Fitness, in public consciousness and debates, is mostly about exercise. The attention … [Read more...] about How glossing over dietary habits will prevent India from staying fit
K Chandrasekhar Rao, who led his party to a power-packed performance in Telangana assembly polls that left the opposition in tatters, was today elected unanimously the leader of the TRS legislature party. Set to become the chief minister of India's youngest state for a second time, Rao's has been an enviable political journey. From living a life of near anonymity as a Congress foot soldier to becoming the mascot of Telangana pride who brought the then mighty Congress down to its knees and wrested statehood, he has navigated the choppy waters of politics with the adroitness of a masterful oarsman. With the emphatic victory of the TRS, the party he founded with the sole aim of realising the decades-old dream of a separate Telengana, Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao, 64, has reinforced his position as the tallest leader of the youngest state of the Indian union. The victory in the assembly elections, the first in Telangana after its formation in June 2014, might well act as a springboard … [Read more...] about KCR: The little known Congress foot soldier who became mascot of Telangana pride