The IPL is back again. As they say on TV these days, “Welcome back!” The Indian Premier League (IPL) comes with its attendant share of controversies. What is dubbed as being amongst the richest, if not THE richest cricket tournament of its kind in the world, has just begun its sixth season. I was crazy about the IPL in the initial years and a huge fan of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Continue reading »
The 30th Summer Olympics ended yesterday. It saw some amazing feats, truly in keeping with the motto of the Olympics: “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which is the Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” This was coined by Baron Pierre de Coubetin, the founder of the International Olympic Committee and the person considered to be the father of the modern Olympics. Continue reading »
“So I’ll move on” says Michael Phelps who informally announced his retirement from competitive swimming at the Olympics after his last race in London recently. He had just won 4 Gold medals and 2 Silvers in the 30th Summer Olympics. Retired at 27? He well could as his record is unlikely to be beaten for a long, long time, if at all. The ace swimmer from Baltimore, Md has won a mind boggling 22 Olympics medals. These include as many as 18 Olympic gold medals in a career that began when he was just 15 at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Thousands of Indians viewing the opening ceremony of the 30th Summer Olympics at London on July 27 were in for a shock. Walking at a vantage point, just next to the flag bearer of the Indian contingent, wrestler Sushil Kumar, was a girl wearing a red tee and blue trousers. Her clothes stood out in sharp contrast with the yellow theme chosen for the contingent. Every one was left wondering who this mystery woman was! Continue reading »
The week that went past was, like most weeks, a mixture of good news and bad. Let’s get rid of the bad news first. Sadly for those of us in Karnataka who have the best interests of the State in mind, “Have you caste your vote?” has become the slogan of our times. Continue reading »
In April, I had posted about the potential conflict of interest in cricket. Srikkanth and his boss at Chennai Super Kings, N. Srinivasan were the more obvious examples. Of course, Srinivasan, the current Secreatary of the powerful BCCI ( Board of Control for Cricket in India) has clarified that he bought Chennai Super Kings when IPL was first floated with the full knowledge and approval of the BCCI. The good news is that recently the Supreme Court has suggested that he be an owner of an IPL team or a top honcho of BCCI but not both. Whether this will become an order remains to be seen. Continue reading »
How does Kris Srikkanth deal with conflict of interest? He is the Chairman of the Selectors for cricket in India. He has much influence in making or marring careers. A boost up from him can change the life of a budding cricketer. A rejection from him can make someone plummet from the high of being one of India’s most sought after to being just another cricketer in a cricket crazy country. Yet isn’t he having a conflict of interest following the IPL?
We have known it for years. Non-verbal communication is a powerful tool to share our emotions. World wide a frown signifies anger and a smile happiness. The master psychologist Eric Berne years ago called a stroke as the smallest unit of recognition and told us about the power of positive strokes. Also how negative strokes, on the contrary, can go so far as to mar the growth of a growing infant. Young children thrive on positive strokes and it is up to us to give them in plenty for good work done.