We are the champions

We are the champions

Outside the popular annals of cricketing glory and Olympic medals, there are remarkable stories of dedication, luck and success in dilapidated practice spaces and niche international tournaments. In the run-up to the 2010 Men’s Hockey World Cup in Delhi this month, as discussion rages on the plight of India’s national sport, we met 11 champions who are out of the sports mainstream. Some, such as 37-year-old Jolly Chanda, are the highest-ranked players in their sport in the country. Some, such as sailor Nitin Mongia, have battled numerous challenges to keep winning. But all of them continue to fight for recognition—both for themselves and the sport they love.

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