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  • Games 'inspire a generation' for sport, but who pays? Aug 10, 2012 11:26 PM IST

    Games 'inspire a generation' for sport, but who pays?

    Eight-year-old Charlotte O'Brien has begun doing gymnastics in her front room using old socks to mimic support bandages, while Edward Smith, also eight, is now determined to get into BMX cycling.

  • Devendro loses in quarters Aug 09, 2012 08:00 AM IST

    Devendro loses in quarters

    Indian boxer Devendro Singh's bid for an Olympic bronze medal was dashed after he succumbed to Ireland's Paddy Barnes in a high-voltage quarter final contest which was marked by some debatable refreering and controversial warnings at the Excel Arena here.

  • Mary Kom loses her semi-final bout, settles for bronze Aug 08, 2012 08:36 PM IST

    Mary Kom loses her semi-final bout, settles for bronze

    Star boxer M C Mary Kom's quest for a historic Olympic gold medal in women's boxing came to a heart-breaking end when she lost to Great Britain's Nicola Adams in a high-voltage semi-final at the ExCel Arena here today.

  • Lottery created foundations for British success Aug 08, 2012 07:26 PM IST

    Lottery created foundations for British success

    John Major was a face in the crowd at the Olympic velodrome as Chris Hoy seized a sixth career gold but the sport-loving former prime minister also played a part in Britain's biggest medal haul in more than a century.

  • Testers fear reality of genetically modified Olympians Aug 08, 2012 08:22 AM IST

    Testers fear reality of genetically modified Olympians

    There have been "marathon mice", "Schwarzenegger mice" and dogs whose wasted muscles were repaired with injected substances that switch off key genes. It may not be long before we get the first genetically modified athlete.

  • Olympics Boxing: Mary Kom enters SF, assured of a medal Aug 07, 2012 08:20 AM IST

    Olympics Boxing: Mary Kom enters SF, assured of a medal

    India's Mary Kom put in another fine performance in the ring on Monday to assure India of another medal as she knocked aside Tunisia's Maroua Rahali, thereby moving into the women‘s flyweight (51kg) category semi-finals.

  • Modern Etiquette:Different cultures, different greetings Aug 07, 2012 01:50 AM IST

    Modern Etiquette:Different cultures, different greetings

    My friend and sculling coach Gabi Cipollone won her first Olympic gold medal as a teenager from East Germany in Montreal back in 1976.

  • London Olympics an 'economic failure': Roubini Aug 06, 2012 09:36 PM IST

    London Olympics an 'economic failure': Roubini

    Famously bearish economist Nouriel Roubini has branded the Olympics an "economic failure", saying Londoners have left the city and tourists have stayed away following "excess warnings".

  • Olympic treat for book lovers Aug 06, 2012 03:14 PM IST

    Olympic treat for book lovers

    While Olympics being the flavour of the season, bookstores are filled with a range of books focusing on the big sporting extravaganza.

  • Why Twitter apologised over NBC Olympics flap Aug 06, 2012 03:00 PM IST

    Why Twitter apologised over NBC Olympics flap

    The microblogging site Twitter has been so abuzz about NBC's tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics that the #nbcfail hashtag was created last week as a way to consolidate criticism of the network.

  • Olympics Boxing: Mary Kom storms into quarter-finals Aug 05, 2012 07:40 PM IST

    Olympics Boxing: Mary Kom storms into quarter-finals

    India's Mary Kom marked her Olympics debut with a hard-fought 19-14 victory over Poland's Karolina Michalczuk to move into the women's flyweight (51kg) category quarter-finals, where she will meet Tunisia's Maroua Rahali.

  • Go girl! Women pushing to close sporting gender gap Aug 03, 2012 10:22 PM IST

    Go girl! Women pushing to close sporting gender gap

    The phenomenal speeds reached by the teenage Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen at the 2012 Olympics are raising questions about whether the gap between men and women in sport may one day disappear.

  • Saudi's first woman bows out after symbolic show Aug 03, 2012 09:00 PM IST

    Saudi's first woman bows out after symbolic show

    The first Saudi woman to compete at the Olympics may have bowed out after only 80 seconds on the judo mat on Friday but she was hailed as a heroine by many web-users in her homeland and given an enthusiastic reception by the Olympic crowd.

  • Mr Phelps? Please hold for the President Aug 02, 2012 06:42 PM IST

    Mr Phelps? Please hold for the President

    US President Barack Obama is proving to be a swimming fan.

  • With Olympics backdrop, Twitter goes for gold in ad plans Aug 02, 2012 05:22 PM IST

    With Olympics backdrop, Twitter goes for gold in ad plans

    If the millions of Olympics-related tweets flooding the Internet in recent days are a measure of Twitter's popular appeal, the company's big presence in London also signals something else: its arrival as a major player in the world of big-time brand advertising.

  • With Olympics, Twitter goes for gold in ad strategy Aug 02, 2012 10:00 AM IST

    With Olympics, Twitter goes for gold in ad strategy

    With London Olympics, Twitter has arrived as a major player in the world of big-time brand advertising.

  • Paes-Vardhan pair goes out fighting from Olympics Aug 02, 2012 09:36 AM IST

    Paes-Vardhan pair goes out fighting from Olympics

    India's Leander Paes and his unheralded partner Vishnu Vardhan fought valiantly before bowing out of the Olympics men's doubles tennis event.

  • Briton oversleeps, still has dream debut Aug 01, 2012 05:32 PM IST

    Briton oversleeps, still has dream debut

    British athlete Jack Oliver woke up on the morning of his Olympic debut to find he'd overslept.

  • Phelps seeks medal record as doping row flares Jul 31, 2012 03:12 PM IST

    Phelps seeks medal record as doping row flares

    Top swimmers cautioned against assumptions of doping as a debate over the astonishing performances of a Chinese swimmer threatened to overshadow Michael Phelps' bid to become the most decorated Olympian of all time on Tuesday.

  • CWG echo in Olympics empty seats fiasco Jul 31, 2012 10:36 AM IST

    CWG echo in Olympics empty seats fiasco

    In scenes reminiscent of the controversy over empty seats during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, organisers of the ongoing Olympics have been hard pressed to explain rows upon rows of empty stands at several Olympics events.

  • Gold medals can give athletes the Midas touch Jul 31, 2012 08:52 AM IST

    Gold medals can give athletes the Midas touch

    Winning a gold medal is the aspiration of all Olympics athletes yet its physical value is a token compared to the cash bonuses many nations pay winners and the impact on an athlete's brand value.

  • Pssst ... want to buy some chewing gum? Jul 31, 2012 07:46 AM IST

    Pssst ... want to buy some chewing gum?

    A crackdown by 'logo police' on brands being linked to the Olympics without official sponsorship rights is proving a challenge rather than hindrance for some companies who are relishing testing the limits.

  • US athletes stage Twitter protest over ad rules Jul 30, 2012 08:56 AM IST

    US athletes stage Twitter protest over ad rules

    A group of US athletes protested on Twitter on Sunday over curbs on appearing in commercials during the Olympics in what looked like a concerted challenge to rules designed to protect Games sponsors.

  • Asia takes first golds and headlines Jul 28, 2012 11:12 PM IST

    Asia takes first golds and headlines

    Shooting took centre stage at the Olympics on Saturday when IOC President Jacques Rogge handed over the first gold medal of the London Games, but it was the pioneering and pregnant athletes who stole the show.

  • The Olympian Effort: Sponsors are King Jul 28, 2012 04:11 PM IST

    The Olympian Effort: Sponsors are King

    The Olympics in London will be very different from the Olympics that were hosted by Beijing.

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