Category Archives: Other-Sports


The Gandhian Olympian

His supreme athletic excellence had always been an evolution of mind: a progression of modes of response: from the simple to the compound, from the compound to the complex, from reflex to tropism, and from tropism to instinct. His prowess was also obvious: nothing beneath science, nor above it. Appa...more


‘Coupling’ it Up

For Fred Couples, the ‘Boom-Boom’ man of golf, life had, sort of, gone up and down with golf — the graphics of the game to be precise. Add to this a fussy, messy and stressful first marriage, which finally ended in divorce, and you had had the theme song of one’s burden wh...more


Rembrandt of Golf

When Jack Nicklaus, the Midas man of golf, won the senior US Open, over three decades ago, in style, what was expected had, indeed, happened. True, Nicklaus could have romped home to victory more quickly and easily, even if he had missed a couple of shots. All part and parcel of any vocation? You be...more


The Modern Owens

The genius of Carl Lewis, modern athletics’ version of Jesse Owens, the legendary Olympian, was always obvious.  But, in professional sports, it’s easy to get emotionally lost, particularly when you are performing below expectation. Linking who you are as a person with how you do...more


O’Meara: The Mark of A Champion

His name is Mark O’Meara. He was to golf what Arjuna Ranatunga was to cricket — a matter of steadfast temperament, perseverance, constancy, and professional design. The quaint similitude did not, however, end there. O’Meara, like the diminutive Sri Lankan Test and one-day skippe...more


Woods Stock

When ‘Tiger’ Woods took Augusta by storm, several moons ago, he was only doing what was  expected of him: breaking records, and sending established dominoes of uncertainty down the game’s hallowed alley. That’s not all. In just seven months, since he turned pro, Wood...more


Football’s Quiet Hero

Gary Lineker was football’s quiet hero: a man who had been scoring goals, all his life; one who started scoring goals, at the proverbial drop of a hat, ever since he was eight. Through his teens, Lineker scored so many of them that he was invited to train with his local side, Leicester Cit...more


Footballer of A Rare Stock

Lothar Matthaeus was, doubtless, a great footballer. He's also a great survivor. Maybe, a wee bit controversial too. But, the most important thing Matthaeus was back in the German World Cup squad after a two-year gap, during the one World Cup — in spite of his never-ending battle of attrition...more


Bannister’s Magic Run

He’s a British sporting hero upholding impeccable standards, an archetypal athlete, strong in both will and mind. Self-effacing, suave, and gracious, he also — in the truly Churchillian sense — espoused the famed bulldog tenacity, a never-say-die attitude that’s remarkabl...more


No One Like ‘Mount Fuji’

When Chiyonofuji, the `king’ of sumo wrestling, retired from the sport, several moons ago, he could not stop his heart to rule his mind.  For once, the huge man had tears in his eyes. His farewell was emotional. It revealed his human side — the human side of one of the game’s...more