Free Press Journal
  • Ashwini Ponnappa: Had self-doubts after 2016 Rio Olympics

    New Delhi: She is enjoying every bit of adulation that has come her way after playing a pivotal role in Indian badminton team’s first ever gold medal in a mixed team event at Commonwealth Games but doubles specialist Ashwini Ponnappa had serious “self-doubts” about being able to make a comeback post-2016 Rio Olympics.

  • Neat, tidy Mirabai Chanu wanted career in archery before mentor stepped in

    New Delhi: An obsession with being “neat, tidy and stylish” almost led her to archery, says world champion and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who feels a chance meeting with her eventual coach changed her career plans.  Mirabai’s story is not of somebody being spotted for prodigal talent but of someone who sought out the opportunity and the right mentor.

  • Mine is not comeback, it is continuation: Tejaswini Sawant

    Mumbai: Tejaswini Sawant finishing on top of the podium recently was seen by many as comeback of sorts but the ace shooter, who was away for a brief while, looks at the Commonwealth Games success in Gold Coast as continuation of her journey. The Kolhapur-born Tejaswini shattered the Games record in the women’s 50m rifle 3 position event on her way to the gold medal and also bagged a silver in the

  • Indian badminton team is not dependent on one or two players now, says coach Gopichand

    Hyderabad: Chief national coach P Gopichand today hailed the depth Indian badminton has achieved over the years, saying the team is no more dependent on one or two players. The Indian team won a historic team gold at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia apart from winning five other medals.

  • Ready to roar for my next fight says P.V. Sindhu

    New Delhi: On the back of her gruelling final match at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG), ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu says no loss is ever enough to stop her from believing in herself, and she is once again ready to roar.

  • Commonwealth Games 2018: A gold shower in Australia

    India has done well at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia, coming third behind Australia and England, winning 66 medals. The biggest surprise was the rise in the number of golds from 15 at the last games in Glasgow to 26 at Gold Coast. Wrestling, weightlifting, shooting, boxing, badminton and table-tennis saw Indians emerge as champions. Table-tennis proved a veritable goldmine with India winning medals in all seven

  • Commonwealth Games 2018: Commonwealth Games boss Peter Beattie sorry for dull closing ceremony

    Gold Coast: Gold Coast Commonwealth Games chief Peter Beattie admits organizers botched Sunday’s closing ceremony, accepting criticism that long-winded speeches had fans rushing for the exits while athletes were largely excluded from the broadcast. Organizing committee chairman Beattie apologized on Monday in the face of a barrage of criticism, saying “we got it wrong.”

  • Commonwealth Games 2018: Kidambi Srikanth bags silver medal in badminton men’s singles

    Gold Coast : Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth ended his run at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Sunday with a silver medal in the badminton men’s singles final. The 25-year old from Guntur, who recently rose to the numero-uno spot at the BWF World Rankings, conceded defeat against Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.

  • Commonwealth Games 2018: She worked very hard for this, says Saina Nehwal’s mother

    Hyderabad: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal’s mother, Usha Rani on Sunday expressed happiness at her victory in the women’s singles title in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. In Day 11 and the penultimate day of the Games, Nehwal defeated her compatriot P.V. Sindhu by straight games in a high-octane clash to seal a 21-18, 23-21 win in the all-Indian finals to clinch gold in the badminton competition.

  • Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 10 Live updates: Manika Batra, Vinesh Phogat, Mary Kom clinches Gold for India

    Commonwealth Games 2018 is coming to an end and on the tenth day, India would like to finish on a high note and finish with more medals in their kitty. The first medal up for grabs will be the women’s hockey bronze medal for which India will be playing Olympic champions England. Later, boxing great MC Mary Kom will be fighting for a first Commonwealth Games gold. Then comes the finals of men’s

  • Commonwealth Games 2018: Wrestler Vinesh Phogat bags Gold in 50 kg freestyle wrestling

    Gold Coast: India’s Vinesh Phogat won gold in the women’s 550-kilogram wrestling competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Saturday. She ended at the top of the standings at the end of the Nordic (round robin) format. Vinesh defeated Miesinnei Genesis of Nigeria, Rupinder Kaur of Australia and Canada’s Jessica MacDonald.