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Muhammad Ali: Biography Of One Of The Greatest Boxers Of All Times

08 Apr 18

Muhammad Ali was born in January of 1942 in Kentucky. He was a professional American boxer and is regarded as the most significant sportsperson of all time. He became an amateur boxer at a tender age of 12 and won his gold medal at the light heavyweight division in Summer Olympics at the age of 18. At age 22, he won WBA, WBC and lineal heavyweight titles. He was the racial pride of African Americans. Muhammad Ali was born with the name of Cassius Clay but changed it and converted his religion to Islam.

In 1966, Ali refused to participate in the Vietnam War as he was opposed to it which antagonized the US government. He was arrested and stripped of the boxing titles. His conviction was overturned in 1971, which made him lose 4 years of his peak performance as an athlete. Ali has been constantly regarded as one of the greatest boxers and sports personalities of all time. He is the only boxer to remain a three-time lineal heavyweight champion. He has most wins in heavyweight title bouts and unified championship bouts. He was named as the greatest sportsperson of the 20th century by the Sports Illustrated. In 1981, Muhammad Ali retired from boxing at the age of 39. After retiring, he focused his time on religion and charity. In 1984, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome and the doctors related the cause to brain injuries caused due to boxing. His condition worsened with time and he died of septic shock in 2016.


By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali#Personal_life
















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Muhammad Ali: Biography Of One Of The Greatest Boxers Of All Times

07 Apr 18

Muhammad Ali was born in January of 1942 in Kentucky. He was a professional American boxer and is regarded as the most significant sportsperson of all time. He became an amateur boxer at a tender age of 12 and won his gold medal at the light heavyweight division in Summer Olympics at the age of 18. At age 22, he won WBA, WBC and lineal heavyweight titles. He was the racial pride of African Americans. Muhammad Ali was born with the name of Cassius Clay but changed it and converted his religion to Islam. 

In 1966, Ali refused to participate in the Vietnam War as he was opposed to it which antagonized the US government. He was arrested and stripped of the boxing titles. His conviction was overturned in 1971, which made him lose 4 years of his peak performance as an athlete. Ali has been constantly regarded as one of the greatest boxers and sports personalities of all time. He is the only boxer to remain a three-time lineal heavyweight champion. He has most wins in heavyweight title bouts and unified championship bouts. He was named as the greatest sportsperson of the 20th century by the Sports Illustrated. In 1981, Muhammad Ali retired from boxing at the age of 39. After retiring, he focused his time on religion and charity. In 1984, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome and the doctors related the cause to brain injuries caused due to boxing. His condition worsened with time and he died of septic shock in 2016.


By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali#Personal_life




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Ironman Triathlon: One Of The Most Difficult Sporting Event In The World

25 Mar 18

An Ironman Triathlon is considered to be one of the most challenging one-day sporting event in the world that consists of long distance triathlon races composing of a 3.86 km of swimming followed by a 180.25 km of bicycle ride and a 42.2 km of marathon at the end. The race has to be completed without any break. It is organized by the World Triathlon Corporation.

These ironman events have  cutoff time of 17 hours to complete the whole race. The race starts with swimming at around 7:00 AM and the cut off time is 9:20 a.m. (2 hours and 20 minutes), the compulsory cut off time for bike is 5:30 p.m. (total of 8 hours and 10 minutes) and for marathon, the cutoff is midnight (total of 6 hours and 30 minutes). Ironman is designated to the participant who manages to complete the triathlon within the mentioned time constraints. Ironman World Championship is annually held in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii. The race originally took place in Oahu and moved to Kailua-Kona in 1981. This most challenging game of all time has been known for its tiring length, cruel race conditions and Emmy-award winning TV coverage. There are other races that share same aspects as the Ironman Triathlon championship but is not produced, owned or licensed by the World Triathlon Corporation. Format of Ironman remains unchanged since its inception.

By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironman_Triathlon

 

 

 

 


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Meenakshi Amma - Kalaripayattu

19 Mar 18

Meet Meenakshi Amma, Kalaripayattu expert and exponent in wielding the urumi. At 76, she received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award during the year 2018. Amma's tryst with the art began from a very tender age, when she was hardly of five years.

Even then, VV Raghavan (or Raghavan master as he was called), the founder and teacher at the Kadathanadan Kalari Sangham school, sensed the innate talent of his young student. Despite his reputation as a tough task master, he was impressed by her nimble footwork, rhythmic movements, agility and dedication. Meenakshi supported her Master Raghavan in running the school and work there as his assistant. This art of Kalaripayattu is a male dominated domain and women clad wrapped in a saree generally avoid the hassle but Meenakshi Amma at 76 have broken the myths with her expertise. Her agility, fitness, defense techniques, counter attack, and swift movement generated million fans.     

Every year, Amma's school trains around 200 students from various parts of the world and does not charge students. Only donation or dakshina is obtained from students that are offered on completion of the course. Amma reveals how Raghavan begin his journey by starting the school by his own and teaching the local boys free of cost. Since then, Amma is following his footsteps.     

As revealed by many of the trainees, dedication and hard work is the key to Meenakshi Amma's tremendous success as a Kalaripayattu trainer. Though Amma is the proud recipient of one of the highest civilian award, she still remains a simple kind-hearted lady who will always inspire and make us proud.    

By: Subrata Dey

Content: https://scroll.in/magazine/827834/how-a-kerala-grandma-went-from-kalaripayattu-exponent-to-internet-star-to-padma-shri-winner


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Meenakshi Amma - Kalaripayattu

19 Mar 18

Meet Meenakshi Amma, Kalaripayattu expert and exponent in wielding the urumi. At 76, she received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award during the year 2018. Amma's tryst with the art began from a very tender age, when she was hardly of five years.

Even then, VV Raghavan (or Raghavan master as he was called), the founder and teacher at the Kadathanadan Kalari Sangham school, sensed the innate talent of his young student. Despite his reputation as a tough task master, he was impressed by her nimble footwork, rhythmic movements, agility and dedication. Meenakshi supported her Master Raghavan in running the school and work there as his assistant. This art of Kalaripayattu is a male dominated domain and women clad wrapped in a saree generally avoid the hassle but Meenakshi Amma at 76 have broken the myths with her expertise. Her agility, fitness, defense techniques, counter attack, and swift movement generated million fans.     

Every year, Amma's school trains around 200 students from various parts of the world and does not charge students. Only donation or dakshina is obtained from students that are offered on completion of the course. Amma reveals how Raghavan begin his journey by starting the school by his own and teaching the local boys free of cost. Since then, Amma is following his footsteps.     

As revealed by many of the trainees, dedication and hard work is the key to Meenakshi Amma's tremendous success as a Kalaripayattu trainer. Though Amma is the proud recipient of one of the highest civilian award, she still remains a simple kind-hearted lady who will always inspire and make us proud.    

By: Subrata Dey

Content: https://scroll.in/magazine/827834/how-a-kerala-grandma-went-from-kalaripayattu-exponent-to-internet-star-to-padma-shri-winner


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