Mihir Vasavda

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Rio Olympics Review: Athletes fell short despite last-minute Rs 20 crore surge
Mon, Aug 29, 2016

Their training plans were ad hoc, not well thought-out.

Rio 2016 Olympics Review: Minister busy with polls, delayed funds, federations that missed key games
Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Distracted sports ministry with mixed-up priorities, coupled with bumbling national federation bosses, saw India lose the momentum before Olympics.

To avoid Rio repeat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces Task Force to plan for next three Olympics
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

PMO has asked the Sports Ministry to submit a detailed report on India’s disappointing performance at the Rio Games.

Post-Rio 2016 Olympics, the post mortem
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Following underwhelming performance at 2016 Olympics, National federations in review mode.

Rafael Nadal may play Davis Cup tie against India
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Spanish media has suggested Nadal's participation in the tie will depend on how well he does at the US Open.

CAS tears Narsingh Yadav defence, NADA’s credibility
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

The detailed report of the CAS hearing, made public on Monday, concluded that Narsingh “was doping, not that he is a victim of sabotage”.

Narsingh Yadav doping case: Story of half-truths and contradictions
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Court of Arbitration for Sport quashed all the suppositions of NADA over Narsingh Yadav's doping case and banned the wrestler for four years.

WADA sends Narsingh Yadav home from Rio on doping charge
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Narsingh Yadav was handed a four-year ban by the CAS on a doping charge a day prior to his bout against France’s Zelimkhan Khadjiev.

What is the ‘rescue’ rule in wrestling that brought Sakshi Malik a medal in Rio and lifted the spirits of all India?
Fri, Aug 19, 2016

Borrowed from French term repêcher, which is translated as ‘rescue’, repechage means just that. It ‘rescues’ wrestlers who lose early, and gives them a second chance to win an Olympic medal.

Conflict of interest whiff around Indian medical team at Rio 2016 Olympics
Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Some athletes and coaches say chief medical officer Pawandeep Singh's standard response to most complaints of injuries has been a dose of Combiflam.

On medal path in Rio, India face Belgium’s golden generation
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

India will play its biggest match in nearly two decades, when Roelant Oltmans’ side will meet Belgium in the quarterfinals of the Rio 2016 Games.

Rio 2016 Olympics: Abhinav Bindra sounded satisfied and very happy with his performance, says his father
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

A day after Abhinav Bindra narrowly missed out on a medal, his father talks about India’s only individual gold medallist’s two-decade long journey.

Abhinav Bindra’s 10m air rifle final: How scoring is done, maximum points and more
Mon, Aug 08, 2016

Abhinav Bindra qualified for the 10m Air Rifle event in a nail biting finish that saw him end with a score of 105.2 in the final series.

Rio 2016 Olympics: India’s 3-2 win over Ireland papers over cracks
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

Team India beat Ireland 3-2 in opener but show frailties in the back that could be exploited by better sides

Narsingh Yadav cleared by NADA panel but Rio 2016 Olympics some distance away
Tue, Aug 02, 2016

Even if he is allowed to go to Rio, Narsingh Yadav may face another hurdle as WADA can challenge NADA verdict at Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Narsingh Yadav and the world around him
Tue, Aug 02, 2016

On a day he is exonerated by the NADA panel in the doping case, Narsingh Yadav is the toast of those who believed he was clean.

Can Narsingh Yadav still go to Rio 2016 Olympics?
Tue, Aug 02, 2016

To ensure the drug isn't there in his body any more, Narsingh Yadav will have to go through another dope test.

Rio 2016 Olympics a chance at liberation for Indian women’s hockey team
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

For the first Indian women’s hockey team to go to the Olympics in 36 years, Rio is also a measure of how close the girls have come to freedom.

Players, coach recall India hockey team’s heartbreaking loss at 2000 Sydney Olympics
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

The draw with Poland at Sydney Olympics turned out to be a crushing blow for Indian hockey and disillusioned the players and gave a lifelong regret.

Junior wrestler added banned substance in food: Narsingh Yadav to police
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Teenaged wrestler named in Narsingh Yadav’s complaint, filed late on Tuesday, is a trainee at the Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi

Narsingh Yadav’s Rio Olympics hopes hang on WADA lifeline
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

WADA rule says that an athlete’s period of suspension will be eliminated if he is able to prove that he was sabotaged by a rival.

Why would I dope so close to the Rio 2016 Olympics? asks Narsingh Yadav
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

I was at Sports Authority of India's Sonepat Centre when I got a call from the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on June 19: Narsingh Yadav

Ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics, wrestler Narsingh Yadav fails dope test, claims conspiracy
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Ambiguity remains over Narsingh Yadav’s participation in the Olympics, although he has been provisionally suspended as per NADA’s regulations.

Lost at Doordarshan, Sunil Gavaskar’s 10,000 run feat, historic tied Test between India-Australia
Sun, Jul 24, 2016

Sunil Gavaskar himself, who is in the West Indies commentating on the ongoing Test series, said it was “unfortunate” that the tapes weren’t available.

Mohammed Shahid passes away: The day the magic died
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Master dribbler and all-time great Mohammed Shahid passes away on Wednesday following multiple organ failure.

Yogeshwar Dutt: From a shy, self-effacing village boy to patriot, philosopher and ‘pehelwan’
Sun, Aug 21, 2016

Not too long ago, Yogeshwar Dutt, for the world, was a shy, self-effacing village boy, who silently climbed the Olympic podium at London. Then came Twitter, and an image-change.

Sardar Singh is no longer king of Indian hockey
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Sardar Singh sacked as captain as goalkeeper Sreejesh is given the armband for the Rio Olympics; Sushila named skipper of women’s team.

Abhinav Bindra and the mindset ahead of his last Olympics
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Abhinav Bindra’s day starts at 8am and till noon he shoots around 100-120 shots.

Weekly bulletin on India’s preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

With just four weeks remaining for Rio 2016 Olympics, here is a look at India's preparations for the Games.

Manpreet Singh to fill Sardar Singh’s big boots: Roelant Oltmans says skipper ‘slows down’
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

India captain Sardar Singh’s tendency to hold ball a fraction too long slowing down tempo, says coach Roelant Oltmans.

Questions over Rio 2016 Olympic-bound athlete Nirmala Sheoran
Tue, Jul 05, 2016

AFI president Adille Sumariwalla says inconsistent timings & sudden improvement by 400m runner Nirmala Sheoran baffling.

India’s oldest debutant marksman at Rio 2016 Olympics – Prakash Nanjappa
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

Prakash Nanjappa, 40, qualified after he finished eighth in the 50m air pistol event held at Gabala in Azerbaijan last August.

Daughter of coal-mine worker, Laxmi Rani Majhi will compete in archery at Rio 2016 Olympics
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

Laxmi Rani Majhi, 27, qualified by making it to the quarters of the World Championship in Copenhagen in May.

Goan clubs want I-League teams in Indian Super League
Sat, Jul 02, 2016

Goan clubs have laid down demands for AIFF that there should be no forced relegation of teams to the second tier league in the new format.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu makes his Europa League bow
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became first Indian to play in the Europa League when he started in goal for Stabaek.

Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa pull out of I-League, Dempo eyeing exit too
Sat, Jun 25, 2016

Salgaocar and Sporting Clube called AIFF’s decision to have no promotion and relegation in new format ‘shocking and disheartening’.