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ICYMI - Special Olympics, language barriers and a trip down memory lane with Padukone

Missed catching up on the latest in Indian sport? Worry not, as ESPN gives you the lowdown on the top stories of the past week.

Truly special Olympics

The Winter Special Olympic World Games, which started last week in Austria, are the biggest international sporting movement for people with intellectual disabilities. Ninety athletes from India will compete in seven events -- Alpine skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding, figure skating, floor hockey, floor ball and speed skating -- out of the nine listed competition disciplines. ESPN's Susan Ninan wrote about the many hurdles these special athletes have to face -- among them, finding snow and the challenge of fielding unified teams.

Read more: Not the Olympics you know, but it's still Special


With Dutch help

The Indian women's hockey team will be taking part in the six-nation Hockey World League Round 2 in April but the most pressing worry at the moment for coach Sjoerd Marijne, who is from the Netherlands, is scaling language barriers. "Not all team members understand English, so it's difficult to convey the ideas I have in mind on the game and the style of play," Marijne told Susan Ninan. India are the highest-ranked side at the HWL, a competition which is held over two years and in its present cycle will serve as a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.

Read more: Coach Marijne keen to imprint Dutch style on team India


Merger jitters

Newer clubs in Indian football are struggling to fully motivate their players owing to the uncertainty over the future of the I-League, which is said to be in the process of merging with the Indian Super League from as early as the 2017-18 season. "If the I-League becomes the second division, then that is effectively a relegation, even though we might not finish in the lower half of the table," Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj told ESPN's Debayan Sen. "That is unfair on the team."

Read more: I-League's uncertain future casts a shadow over clubs


Reliving a great win

Prakash Padukone went down memory lane with ESPN's Nagraj Gollapudi and talked about his triumph at the All England Championships in 1980 -- about acclimatising to the cold weather, catching the Tube even on the day of the final and beating arch rival Liem Swie King of Indonesia in the title match. It took Padukone a long time to understand the significance of his win. "I did not realise that it would have that kind of an impact," he said. "It was like any other tournament -- okay, slightly bigger than the Danish and Swedish Open, which I had won in the earlier weeks."

Read more: How Prakash conquered All England


Chawrasia's first significant victory

As he showed yet again at the Indian Open recently, SSP Chawrasia comes into his own during European Tour-sanctioned events in India -- he has won four out of nine EPGA events held in the country. ESPN's Sharda Ugra travelled back in time to the Indian Masters in 2008 where Chawrasia first shot to fame beating a clutch of big names to win his first international title.

Read more: The day Chawrasia first got going