Stars dream big as Olympic test nears

first_imgIt was a rare moment when five elite sportspersons shared the stage and expressed their hopes and aspirations about the upcoming Olympics.Shooters Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang and Ronjan Sodhi, archer Deepika Kumari and boxer Vikas Krishan will be some of the individuals on whom India will pin hopes for adding a glorious chapter in the country’s sporting history.The five sportspersons were in the Capital for the announcement of Samsung’s sponsorship of the Indian contingent for the London Olympics.The five athletes, as well as boxer Laishram Devendro Singh, have been designated Samsung Olympic Ratnas and all their training expenses till the Games will be borne by the multinational.Bindra, India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist, is preparing for his fourth Olympics and knows what it takes to succeed under the most intense pressure.”The trick is to detach oneself from the hype and focus on performance,” the rifle shooter said. “Concentration is of utmost importance as what you do on the big day counts.”Narang will be in action in three events – 10m air rifle, 50m three position and 50m prone – at the London Games and wants every possible shot at Olympic glory.”I am a pretty good multi- event shooter and am looking to put my best foot forward. I still need to work on the kneeling position, which is my weakest area. However, I am confident of sorting it out in next few months,” he said.It will be Narang’s third Olympics and he hopes to be third time lucky, like Bindra.advertisementSodhi has had a dream 12 months in his career and the double trap shooter hopes to crown his achievements with an Olympic gold.”Rankings are momentary. It is medals that will remain with me. I just aim to give my 100 per cent each time, regardless of the stature of the tournament,” the world number two said.”It will be my first Olympics and means a lot. I am ready for the challenge,” Sodhi promised.Deepika, still a teenager, already has two Commonwealth Games gold medals in her kitty and is ranked among the top three in the world.”Concentration is vital in our sport. I do a lot of physical training, yoga and visualisation,” she said. “We also do target practice for eight to nine hours a day.”Each archery contest lasts 20 minutes which seem to go in a jiffy. We have to work for years to be at our best during those 20 minutes. The Koreans are our biggest threat due to their strength and confidence. We need to be at our best to get the better of them,” Deepika said.Vikas has recently stepped out of the shadows of the likes of Vijender Kumar and Akhil Kumar. But he does not hide the fact that Bindra is his sporting idol for ending India’s long gold medal drought at the Olympics.”I don’t want to run down anybody, but in my opinion, he is the best sportsperson of the country,” the bronze medallist at the recent boxing world championships said.Vikas has recently changed his weight category from 60kg to 69 kg and the boy from Bhiwani believes the move up will help his chances.”In the 69kg class, boxers have more power but are lacking in speed, which is my strength. I want to capitalise on it,” he said.The youngster had the guests in splits when he added in a lighter vein: “In boxing, one has to take blows regardless of the weight category in which one competes. I would rather do so without sacrificing on my favourite delicacies.last_img read more

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Amazon India Fashion Week 2015: Get super chic this winter

first_imgDay 2 of the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week began on a sombre note on Thursday, with designers ‘Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna’ speaking of an ‘Early Frost’ this season. Mourning the fragility of life and celebrating it at the same time, the collection was draped in black and white, with chic modern silhouettes. Pencil skirts with gathered textures, diaphanous jumpsuits with capes, full suits and dresses with exaggerated sleeves got special attention. Overlapping geometric prints and texturing rode high at the show, making it an ideal choice for the young and modern wearer.On the other extreme, Hemant & Nandita brought their bohemian spirit back to the ramp with a collection devoted to the spirited traveller. Comprising cosy blanket overcoats, long-loose gowns, flowing maxi dresses, capes with ample tassel borders, high-waisted skirts and collared shirts, the line was deeply rooted in the colourful existence of nomadic tribes with a strong leaning towards eastern European prints. The colour palette ranged from dusky brown and smoky grey to olive green, mustard and dull red. The collection boasted of pop abstract florals, swirling ethnic prints and intricate texturing. Pom-poms and shells were added to zippers, like those seen in the arid parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan.Models sported floppy hats to go with the show, teamed with clog shoes worn with socks. The looks prompted the continued ease of summer albeit with warm fabrics like tweed, plaids, velvet and felt. Label ‘Not So Serious’ by Pallavi Mohan continued with the relaxed and tasselled essence of fashion, with more blanket capes, wide skirts, long jackets, and dresses in shades of blue and black. Construction techniques-such as laser-cut motifs, ombre dyed feathers, velvet patchwork and blanket-stitched grosgrain tapes with busy sequin-work-were added to the outfits. The styles were put together with high worn suede boots, gloves and flower-bedecked berets, leaving the spectators with a toasty vibe for this year’s winter to come.advertisementFictional Bengali detective Byomkesh Bakshi, based on whose tales and antics a movie is going to be released next month, found a place at the Amazon lounge at the event. The sneak peak to a special fashion line inspired by the great detective, titled Noir 43, was presented by actor Sushant Singh Rajput who plays the character in the film. Menswear was inspired from the Kolkata of the British Raj period, with ample military jackets and dhotis doing the rounds. Womenswear, meanwhile, reflected the glamour of the 40s with midi skirts, palazzos and Peter Pan-collared blouses.last_img read more

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