Sakshi Malik, who won the Olympic bronze exactly a year ago, feels it is ‘tough to match Japanese wrestlers in this lifetime or next.’ “We would have to take rebirths in order to beat them. They are simply too good,” she had told PTI earlier this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi formed the task force last year in the aftermath of India’s disastrous Olympic campaign in Rio de Janeiro.
Cue Slam, a city-based league that begins in Ahmedabad tonight, doesn't exactly promise to revolutionise the sport. Instead, the idea is to lift it out of anonymity. And it's poised to do it in a brash and glitzy manner.
Sandhu had been in talks with Boavista for several weeks, but the club management was undecided. The team already had two goalkeepers on its permanent roster and a third, Brazilian custodian Wagner, was there on loan. That would have made Sandhu the team’s third or fourth-choice goalkeeper.
Davinder Singh’s first taste of international football came in an Under-23 match against Singapore last month, and he was a fish out of water. His debut lasted 20 minutes and he came on as a second-half substitute in the second game.
Gurpreet Sandhu joined Stabaek from East Bengal in 2014 on a three-year deal. However, the move didn't pan out as expected. He spent a major part of his stint playing second fiddle to Ivory Coast international Sayouba Mande.
India’s policy to ignore foreign coaches for national sports awards continued as the committee recommended Heeranand Kataria (kabaddi) and Paralympics coach Satyanarayana for the Dronacharya Award apart from Ramakrishnan Gandhi.
A skillful forward, Jyoti led Haryana to the junior national title in 2014 and 2015, while guiding them to a runners-up place in 2016.
Sardar Singh is all set to receive the Khel Ratna ward but the 30-year-old will be forced to return it if he is convicted in the sexual harassment case filed against him by a former England international hockey player.
During his visit to the UK in July, Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas met English Premier League’s International Relations Manager Tim Vine and explored the possibility of bringing top English clubs to India during their off-season.
In a three-part series, The Indian Express shakes off the dust from these tucked-away memories of the Dronacharya-denied coaches who played a stellar part in the winning of India’s biggest Olympic medals of the last decade.
Calling India’s sixth-place finish at the World League semifinals unacceptable, Hockey India’s high performance director David John has said the performance of chief coach Roelant Oltmans is being scrutinised.
Hockey India is expected to decide Roelant Oltmans' fate after a month. The players, too, are under the scanner and might lose their place in the squad if they are found to be consistently underperforming or stagnating during the evaluation period.
Chief hockey coach Roelant Oltmans said the Sardar Singh issue should not be used as an ‘excuse’ for India’s poor performance, adding that this was a wake-up call for the team ahead of October’s Asia Cup and the World League finals.
Even before the draw took place earlier this month, India’s preparations for the tournament were being closely monitored. In Thursday’s interaction, you could sense the equal measure of optimism and scepticism that the team is facing ahead of the tournament, that begins on October 6.
NADA believes the drug was smuggled into the country since it is not available in the Indian market. A senior anti-doping official said the drug is available primarily in Central Asia along with Russia and a few Baltic countries.
The Sports Ministry has begun the groundwork to frame a legislation to legalise online sports betting in India. According to a ministry official, informal consultations have already been held with various stakeholders in the government. However, it may take at least two years for the ministry to prepare a draft.
From grooming 1,000 athletes for the 2028 Olympics to making sports compulsory at schools and hosting major international events, these are some of the key points that feature in an action taken report on the recommendations of a group of secretaries recently
India’s dismal show at the Hockey World League semifinals has been overshadowed by the developments that have taken place off the field. Amidst souring relations between the Indian and world body, the national team’s performance has been swept under the carpet.
Days after alleging match-fixing at the World League semifinals in London, Hockey India has pulled out of one of International Hockey Federation’s (FIH’s) flagship tournaments, the Pro League.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup draw is certain to attract anxious anticipation from 24 participating nations and the billions who follow football.
AIFF president Praful Patel said they have reached out to FIFA to discuss the possibility of hosting the under-20 World Cup in 2019. The AIFF submitted an 'expression of interest' on Tuesday and are waiting to hear from FIFA.
India, by virtue of being hosts, will be placed in Group A. As per the original schedule, the Group A matches were to take place in Navi Mumbai while Delhi was the base for Group B games. But FIFA swapped the venues.
While the I-League champions will get an Asian Champions League playoff slot, the ISL winners will compete in the AFC Cup playoffs. A formal announcement is likely to be made following a league committee meeting in Delhi on July 5.
India have once again failed at a big event like the World League Semifinals, bowing out to lower-ranked teams. Malaysia have fast become India’s bogey team in knockout matches and stunned their much-fancied continental rivals in the quarterfinals.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Athletes have often complained that food at the Games Village doesn’t suit their palate.
With I-League bigwigs likely to jump aboard the ISL, others of the brethren are left with fear that they will be redundant.
Wrestler Sumit Malik who has had to overcome back injury, wins silver in men’s 125 kg freestyle class at the Asian Wrestling Championship.