MIHIR VASAVDA

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Rising from rubble, Nepal football hopes to find feet
Sat, Aug 29, 2015

Nepal was still coming to terms with the defeat suffered at the hands of India in a two-legged 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifier.

TOPS athletes get tripped up in red tape
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Vikas Gowda's payment for previous quarter for training in USA still pending. Amounts to approx Rs 40 lakh. Ministry says it'll be cleared soon.

Anirban Lahiri: First among equals
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Anirban Lahiri registers best finish in a Major for Indians (tied 5th); Jason Day wins PGA Championships.

Satisfaction for Chain Singh after winning quota
Sat, Aug 15, 2015

Chain Singh went into the final World Cup of the season under pressure, knowing this was his penultimate chance to win an Olympic berth.

Banned again, Gurbaj Singh’s career comes full circle
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Gurbaj Singh's dream of representing India at the Rio Olympics may get hampered after HI banned him for 9 months.

Davis Cup: India bank on old hand Leander Paes to crack Czech puzzle
Wed, Aug 05, 2015

It is learnt that Paes has made himself available for the World Group playoff tie, to be played in Delhi from Sept 18 to 20.

Gurbaj Singh, problem child or misunderstood maverick
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

Former assistant coach Jude Felix submitted a detailed complaint against Gurbaj in his report to Hockey India.

Indian hockey team’s sticks need glue
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

Perceived lack of discipline, both on and off the field, could be India’s undoing as they embark on the road to Rio.

For Nicolas Anelka, the boot is on the other foot
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

A problem child for coaches, Anelka finds himself on the other side of the fence as player-manager of Mumbai.

Paul van Ass’s departure is not a setback: Sardar Singh
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

Sardar tells The Indian Express that even though it is frustrating to see coaches come and go, Van Ass’s departure won’t have a big impact.

A year before Rio Olympics, India search for silver lining in the clouds
Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Camping in a tiny Himachal hamlet, eight thousand feet above sea level, the Van Ass saga and its repercussions have not been felt by the team.

Narinder Batra takes swipe at former coach Paul van Ass before plotting future with Roelant Oltmans
Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Batra said they would request Oltmans to stay on till the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in India.

Coach Diaries: Tale of former India hockey coaches who left the job, country on bitter note
Sun, Jul 26, 2015

Mihir Vasavda speaks to four of Paul van Ass’ predecessors about the fears and frustrations of the India job.

Hockey to continue its Dutch affair
Sat, Jul 25, 2015

To deepen the crisis, assistant coach Jude Felix too is reported to have resigned on Friday.

With players in favour of Roelant Oltmans, Paul van Ass return as good as over
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The players have also said that high performance director Roelant Oltmans is the best possible option to take over the reins from his compatriot.

Not intimidated by reputation, not here for money, says coach Paul van Ass
Tue, Jul 21, 2015

In his brief stint as coach, outspoken Paul van Ass showed he was ready to take on hierarchy even at the cost of his job.

Hockey chief said team will lose sponsors if we don’t win, I told him off: Paul van Ass after sacking
Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Paul van Ass told The Indian Express that he did not know why he had been dismissed.

Coach Paul van Ass missing, his future in doubt
Sun, Jul 19, 2015

Van Ass' inability to submit his report on India’s performance at the World League has intensified speculations that he won’t be continuing.

Indian team coach Paul van Ass had a spat with hockey boss Narinder Batra
Fri, Jul 17, 2015

While Narinder Batra was in the middle of his address to the players, Van Ass intervened and asked Batra to leave the field.

Somdev Devvarman’s perfect timing
Fri, Jul 17, 2015

Somdev Devvarman heads into Davis Cup tie versus New Zealand on the back of first title in five months.

Paul van Ass’s future in doubt, India hockey team camp set to begin in his absence
Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Paul van Ass — currently on a leave, visiting Holland —himself is believed to have said he is unsure when he will return.

Don’t smile! You’re on camera!
Sun, Jul 12, 2015

Shahid Judge and Mihir Vasavda peek behind the scenes to find how sportsmen cope when thrust under the spotlight of money and glamour.

ISL Auctions: Scramble to sign the boys from North East
Sat, Jul 11, 2015

17 out of 40 players drafted in ISL are from the region; Chhetri attracts highest bid at Rs 1.20 crore.

World Cup medallist Apurvi Chandela misses event, Indian shooting team misses out
Thu, Jul 09, 2015

World Cup bronze medallist Apurvi Chandela, did not show up for the event. Instead, she was on a flight back home.

Roelant Oltmans has a rethink
Thu, Jul 09, 2015

But Hockey India high performance director will continue in his post.

BCCI not keen to accept South Asian Games invitation
Wed, Jul 08, 2015

SAG organising committee and sports ministry officials will meet to finalise the programme for the regional meet.

Blame it on luck: Sanjeev Rajput’s best turns out to be dud
Wed, Jul 08, 2015

Rajput was not selected for the Indian squad for the season's final World Cup that will be held in Azerbaijan next month.

A year to Olympics, a reality check for India at World League Semis
Wed, Jul 08, 2015

The Indian Express takes a look at the areas where India lost the plot in Antwerp.

Gamers look to make real life leap into pro-racing
Mon, Jul 06, 2015

Karun Chandhok, who also competed at Le Mans this year, believes the event provides an alternative route into mainstream motorsport.

Miles to go for Vijender Singh after leap of faith
Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Vijender Singh will have to change technique, build endurance to adapt to pro ranks.

Archers helping ‘favoured’ teammates qualify during selection trials: AAI
Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Under the new rules, the points earned in the ranking round will have no bearing on the ultimate outcome of the trials.

We are at war in football sense…need all Indians: Stephen Constantine
Mon, Jun 22, 2015

After India’s loss to tiny Guam in WC qualifiers, coach Constantine believes poaching Indian players living abroad is the way forward.

Athletes, coaches to spread mats today
Sun, Jun 21, 2015

At 6.30 am, they will enter the boxing hall of the National Institute of Sports in Patiala but they won’t be in their boxing gear. Instead, they will walk in with their yoga mats and join in the International Yoga Day celebrations.

Paul’s project: Turn sloppy to strong
Sat, Jun 20, 2015

India to try out ‘total hockey’ as Dutch coach looks to strengthen defence in World League Semifinals.

After loss to Guam, AIFF to push for inclusion of Indian-origin players
Thu, Jun 18, 2015

It is learnt that national coach Constantine had already raised the issue with the federation before the Guam match.

India a Goliath against tiny Guam
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Ranked 33 places above the Pacific island nation, India are favourites in World Cup/Asian Cup qualifier.