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“Pickleball Global’s vision is to provide a perfect structure to Pickleball in terms of ranking and organizing tournaments….” Jan Papi

Poulomi Kundu, editor of Sportsavor, in conversation with Jan Papi, the founder of Pickleball Global- the organisation associated with Pickleball sport technologically.  Since its inception in 1965 at Bainbridge Island by three American gentlemen, Pickleball has travelled far and wide. The sport is now played in several countries across North …

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“After meeting Pat Murphy, I have a firm belief that the future of Pickleball is in safe hands……..’” Sunil Valavalkar

Sunil Valavalkar is regarded as the ‘Father of Indian Pickleball’ who first played Pickleball in the USA. An avid sportsman, Valavalkar was so much impressed with the game that he started promoting it in India. In 2008, he took the initiative to form the All India Pickleball Association (AIPA), the …

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“This organisation has gone from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be……” Gianni Infantino, President-FIFA

Gianni Infantino was re-elected FIFA president unopposed at the 69th Congress of FIFA in Paris. The 49-year-old Swiss was the only candidate and the traditional vote was replaced with a round of applause at the Congress. Infantino replaced disgraced former president Sepp Blatter in February 2016, serving a shortened first term after …

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“Every sportsperson in India dreams of getting the Arjuna Award and I was no exception”: Manoj Sarkar

Indian Cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu were conferred with the country’s highest sporting honour- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award- by President Ram Nath Kovind at the annual National Sports Awards ceremony. Besides the Khel Ratna Award, 20 sportsperson were awarded the Arjuna Award. Star …

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