Mihir Vasavda


Sign when they’re winning is the motto as East Bengal swoop in on Aizawl FC
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

East Bengal have purchased five of Aizawl FC’s finest including coach Khalid Jamil; three more are on the way. The Kolkata giants have never won the I-League while Aizawl remarkably did just that last season.

In another corner of London, India record humbling 7-1 win over Pakistan
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

On Sunday, as Pakistan executed their gameplan to the T for their biggest win over India in ODIs, a few kilometres away from The Oval, the Indian hockey team stuck to theirs for a record 7-1 win over the Greenshirts in the Hockey World League Semifinals.

ISL expands to include two more teams for next season
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

With the induction of Jamshedpur and Bangalore, the revamped league will have ten franchises. IMG-Reliance (IMGR) officially announced Bengaluru as one of the two new sides on Monday. Steel giants Tata were awarded the Jamshedpur franchise.

Subrata Pal to return to game only after clearing name
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Subrata Pal was tested in March at the national team camp in Mumbai before India’s friendly against Cambodia. His A sample had returned positive for terbutaline, a prohibited drug on WADA’s specified list.

Grapplers, coach Kuldeep Singh face WADA sanction
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

India’s National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) has said they will ‘look into the issue’ but its director general Naveen Agarwal said they will not take any immediate action until they hear the coach’s version of the events.

Seven years after Commonwealth Games in Delhi, panel told to pack up
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

The organising committee committee, which employs 19 people, including a CEO, is facing 42 cases of outstanding payments to the tune of approximately Rs 700 crore. The liability will now shift to the government, which is likely to form an OC cell.

Indian hockey’s new gospel: Speed more important criteria than skill
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Hockey India's high performance director David John has made sprint the priority for the players to make the cut for the 2020 Junior World Cup.

YFI recommends Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for Dronacharya Award
Tue, May 30, 2017

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has also been recommended for the Lifetime Achievement Award, given to two coaches who have produced ‘outstanding sportspersons’ over a period of 20 years.

Olympic Task Force suggests clear selection policies, stipends for athletes
Thu, May 25, 2017

Athletes have often complained that food at the Games Village doesn’t suit their palate.

I-League, ISL situation explained: New proposal shakes old wedding
Tue, May 16, 2017

With I-League bigwigs likely to jump aboard the ISL, others of the brethren are left with fear that they will be redundant.

Sumit Malik back from the brink, wins silver at Asian Wrestling Championship
Mon, May 15, 2017

Wrestler Sumit Malik who has had to overcome back injury, wins silver in men’s 125 kg freestyle class at the Asian Wrestling Championship.

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency makes a surprise visit, collects samples
Sun, May 14, 2017

With India ranking third in the list of dope offenders, the country’s athletes seem to be high on their list.

Asian Wrestling Championships: After a long wait, a golden moment for Bajrang Punia
Sun, May 14, 2017

At the international level, this was Bajrang’s second major tournament in the 65kg category.

Vinesh Phogat second best, Sakshi Malik distant second at Asian Championship
Sat, May 13, 2017

Vinesh Phogat goes down fighting while Olympic bronze-medallist is outclassed in final of her first international competition since Rio 2016 Olympics

Asian Championship: Sisterhood of the squared circle
Fri, May 12, 2017

Inspired by Olympic medallist Saori Yoshida, Japan’s women wrestlers are on a world-beating mission.

Harpreet Singh’s consecutive medals at Asian Wrestling Championship, a silent prayer answered
Thu, May 11, 2017

Harpreet Singh defeated Junjie Na of China by a point as he secured his consecutive medal at Asian Wrestling Championship.

Sakshi Malik misses 58kg weight-class in Asian Wrestling Championships
Wed, May 10, 2017

Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik is overweight for the 58kg category and will now compete in 60 kg.

Shooters detained at Delhi Airport for 13 hours as customs, DRI scrutinise guns
Wed, May 10, 2017

The country’s elite shooters were questioned in connection with an international arms smuggling case.

At Yogeshwar Dutt’s new akhara, trainees prepare to grapple with some Russian too
Sun, May 07, 2017

Yogeshwar Dutt believes familiarity with Russian will help the Indian wrestlers understand instructions given to opponents during a bout.

The game of their lives: Aizawl FC’s fairytale run only part of Mizoram’s obsession with football
Sun, May 07, 2017

Mihir Vasavda travels to the country’s ‘football factory’ and finds there are lessons on how the game should be played, followed and governed.

India-Pakistan tensions: From wrestling to hockey, sporting ties freeze over
Thu, May 04, 2017

According to Sports Minister Vijay Goel, the Indian government has decided to halt sporting relations between the two countries.

Future unclear for I-League champions Aizawl FC
Tue, May 02, 2017

Inception of the unified first division league in November puts I-League champions’ future in jeopardy

Aizawl FC: An Aleppo find, a team of rejects take club to dream I-League title win
Mon, May 01, 2017

One of Aizawl’s best players, Mahmoud al Amna, is an under-rated midfielder from war-ravaged Aleppo.

National boxing body bars visitors, phones for players to instill ‘fear and discipline’
Mon, May 01, 2017

Among other restrictions, the code asks the country’s pugilists to desist from getting persons of the “same or opposite gender” to their rooms.

I-League: Aizawl FC’s fairy tale story is one of a kind
Mon, May 01, 2017

Revised league structure would mean that there might not be quite a narrative like Aizawl FC’s in future

I-League: On Cusp of history, Aizawl FC have a point to prove
Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Aizawl (36 points from 17 matches) need just one point in Shillong to be crowned the champions.

Oltmans stresses on winning, not ‘losing beautifully’
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

For all the progress and stylish hockey India have been playing for the last couple of years, they haven't won enough.

Aizawl FC’s fantasy football manager Khalid Jamil
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Fairytale progress of Aizawl FC is scripted by coach Khalid Jamil, who was sacked by Mumbai last year

Aizawl FC vs Mohun Bagan: When the mountains echoed
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

The 1-0 win over Mohun Bagan didn’t seal the deal, but Aizwal FC inch closer to I-League title

In Aizawl FC’s ranks, journeymen and discards
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Seeking a historic win on Saturday, Aizawl FC players spoke about loss first - the ones off the field.

Aizawl FC on the cusp of history
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Relegated last year, club on verge of winning I-league if they beat Mohun Bagan by two goals at home

Gamers get a shot at 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

E-Sports will be introduced at the Hangzhou in 2022; is a demonstration event at 2018 Jakarta Games

National coach may give way to personal trainers in wrestling
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Wrestlers will be allowed to employ personal trainers and will be accompanied by a ‘performance manager’.

Improving fitness, mental toughness key, says Coach Marijne Sjoerd
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Marijne Sjoerd was appointed India’s coach earlier this year and in his first major assignment India returned home from West Vancouver after winning the World League Round 2.

India’s FIFA world ranking of 101 a misrepresentation but with encouraging trend
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

June will be a crucial month. India will first play Lebanon in a friendly on June 7 followed by Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on June 13.

India climb to 101: Highest FIFA ranking in two decades
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

The team ranks 11th in Asia, just below China and Qatar and above regional heavyweights like Iraq, North Korea, Oman and Jordan