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Cricket: Pitching a Transcending Charisma

By Rishika Mendiratta ( Co-Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar )

What do they know of cricket who only cricket know. – CLR James

There is an age-old intersection between culture and cricket. Unbeknownst to us, cricket has been turning the tides of political movements for centuries in countries such as South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan (to name a few). The article is a collection of such incidents across the world that echo the ideal that true sportsmanship is fair play and humanity at its best.

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Melville simplified: How a POLICY ANALYSIS swiftly curbs the Blue Whale Challenge in India

By Wilfred Synrem ( Gujarat National Law University)

Suggestions pertaining to the Blue Whale challenge have mostly revolved around developing counter narratives on social media or establishing suicide helplines. However, Maneka Gandhi and advocate Gurmeet Singh recently made headlines when they questioned the policy changes required to battle this social malaise.
It is in light of these considerations, Wilfred Synrem has provided an overview of the changes required to the IT Act and the IPC along with administrative actions that can carry out the same

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IPL’s Media Medallion leaves us STAR-STRUCK for 5 years

By Rishika Mendiratta (Co-founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar

Broadcasting is too serious a business to be left to the broadcasters-Tony Benn

The above quote is an apt prelude to the events, speculations and the result that surrounded the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) media rights auction that concluded on September 4, 2017.

Star secured the deal for India’s (TV and digital) as well as overseas broadcast rights for IPL for a whopping Rs. 16347.5 crores. This article is an attempt to analyse the frenzy around the pre-bid controversies and the results of the most talked about media rights bid in the Indian Sports scenario.

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India’s Safest Bet- Legalising of Gambling

By Sakshi Pawar and Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

As we go past celebrating another National Sports Day, we can be positive about the future of Indian sports. There have been various initiatives by the government and the private players alike to help India become a greater sporting nation.

However there is still a pertinent grey area with respect to legalization of betting and gambling in sports. In light of the constitution of the Law Commission to decide its fate, the article makes an attempt to analyse the importance of an imminent regulation on the legalization of betting and gambling in the country

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Dahi Handi: The balancing act of Sports, Religion and Politics

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

In the current times, India has been marked by the constant frictional interaction of religion and politics.  The first half of the year 2017 began with the uproar over the Jalikattu issue. It highlighted the importance of certain festivities embedded in the culture. Come second half, and we are all set to witness, the Supreme Court’s decision on the guidelines of Dahi Handi celebrations. This article by Rishika anaylses the SC guidelines and the aftermath of the decision in terms of practical implementation.

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Breaking Barriers: Has the inclusivity of Transgender in Sport been a magnanimous task?

By- Wilfred Synrem (Gujarat National Law University)

“Trans people deserve something vital; they deserve your respect. From that respect comes a more compassionate community.” –

Caitlyn Jenner (former Bruce Jenner); Gold winning Olympian and the epitome of the transgender community.

It is beyond doubt that the recognition and integration of all genders in today’s society is an absolute must. This also indicates the importance of, in particular, the inclusion of transgender persons in all realms of sports. The sacrosanct Olympic Charter speaks volumes of basic fundamental rights in modern sport: “without discrimination of any kind such as race, colour, sex, sexual orientation”. Based on the authoritative principles of the Olympic Charter it is deemed that the world of sport must do everything in its power to eradicate any sort of discrimination which is in violation of fundamental human rights. However, this is easier said than done; there are innumerous debates and issues regarding the topic of transgender in sex-segregated sports. This article analyses whether the guidelines issued by sport organisations for transgenders can be reformed to pave way for greater inclusivity.

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An Ode to an Uber- Journalist

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

From being an accidental journalist to being the most loved and revered sports columnist this country has ever seen, the career of Nirmal Shekhar has left an indelible imprint in the minds of all sports fans. He was a connoisseur who catapulted sports journalism to the realm of unmatched finesse. The exceptional factor of his writings was that he enraptured the fanatic and the casual sports fans alike. Rishika’s eulogy brings to our attention the life and the most celebrated articles by Nirmal Shekhar.

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The Role of Technology in Sport

By Vinay Narayan (Associate at Khaitan)

Technology has been intrinsic to the development and advancement of Sports, much like it has in other aspects of life. From changing the shape and material used in tennis rackets to make them more effective or developing lighter, more accurate football boots to implementing video referees in various disciplines, technology has changed the dimensions of sport. Sports Engineering is a term that is frequently used to describe the technological advances that have helped facilitate a sport and challenge the limits of human performance. Vinay Narayan’s article discusses technology, which certainly seems to have a cherished place in sports.

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Rule 40: A Necessary Evil to Prevent Unnecessary Illusion

By Rishika Mendiratta (Co-Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar) and Palak Nagar (Associate at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas)

This article analyses Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter which impinges on the thin line between upholding the ethical values of the event and its inclination towards over-commercialization. It was passed in 1991 in order to prevent the unofficial sponsors from unauthorised association with the games which might jeopardise the interests of the event in terms of earnings as well as brand value.

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The Diatribe Against Doping

By -Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

The quote by Mae West, -“The score never interested me, only the game”, aptly summarises the fight against doping in sport. Every revelation about an athlete who had indulged in doping, whether, it was Ben Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Tyson Gay or Maria Sharapova, has saddened and angered the fans and competitors alike. If the Garica Report in 2014 revolutionised the world of FIFA governance by exposing corruption, the Richard Mclaren Report in 2016 about Russia’s organised doping scandal has raised some unprecedented questions and has paved way for a greater change to combat this menace. This article by Rishika looks at WADA and the world doping scenario.

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