India’s week in sports: Mary Kom shows her puppy love; spikers walk off into sunset

Mary Kom, Hima Das and Somdev Devvarman showed their pet-affection even as golfer Aditi Ashok was glad to be back on course. Top stories from a week that was.

By Rahul Venkat

Legendary Indian boxer MC Mary Kom may show her aggressive persona in the ring, but she also has a softer side as her love for animals attests.

It’s what led the London 2012 bronze-medallist to become an animal rights activist and campaign regularly for the ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA).

“I have a few dogs at home and me and my family absolutely adore them. I love animals in general, so campaigning for PETA was the natural thing to do,” Mary Kom said on the YouTube show, ‘The Outlier’, hosted by the Outlook Magazine.

“I feel it is a very good initiative.”

Volleyball players call time

Three women’s volleyball stars Fathima Ruksana, Aswathi Edavalath and S Rekha have decided to retire from the sport after the COVID-19 pandemic made it unlikely for the season to resume.

The trio, who are teammates on the Kerala women’s volleyball team, played only four national tournaments last year.

“There is nothing to aim for and we have been contemplating retirement for a year now,” Fathima Ruksana told The Times of India.

All of them are employed with the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and have made the decision to work full-time at their jobs.

Olympics social watch from India

Dog lovers unite

Former Indian tennis star Somdev Devvarman may have hung up his racquet in 2018 but his love for the sport remains.

It seems like he shares the love with a fluffy friend of his, who liked the comfort of Devvarman’s gear.

Track queen Hima Das was the third Indian athlete to jump on the ‘dog lovers’ bandwagon over the past week.

An Indian flavour in Scotland

Young Indian golfer Aditi Ashok is back on the course at the Scottish Open on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.

While she was happy with the smell of the lush green grass at the home of golf, Aditi Ashok certainly did not miss the Indian spice palette as she enjoyed a sumptuous lunch.

Best of the week from the Olympic Channel

India celebrated some of its most iconic moments at the Olympics over the past week and the Olympic Channel was on hand to bring them to the fore for our readers.

Abhinav Bindra won a historic gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle event on August 11, 2008. It remains to date the nation’s only individual Olympic gold and you can read about the incredible feat here.

The Indian hockey team won its most cherished gold medal on August 11, 1948, its fourth in a row and you can relive it here.

PT Usha is arguably India’s biggest track star and though her efforts did not fetch her an Olympic medal, she came mighty close to one at Los Angeles 1984. Read about it here.