Mihir Vasavda


For Indian wrestlers, it is mind over mat at World Championships
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

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.

Replace bureaucrats in SAI with professionals: PM’s Olympic Task Force
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi formed the task force last year in the aftermath of India’s disastrous Olympic campaign in Rio de Janeiro.

Sledging, shot clocks, coloured clothing… cue sports get their own IPL
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

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.

From Norway to Bengaluru, via Portugal, almost: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s journey
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

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 journey: Graduating from varsity to international football
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

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.

Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu set to return home
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

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.

Awards panel ignores foreign coaches yet again for Dronacharya
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

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.

Behind mystery death on rail track, an Indian hockey dream cut short
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

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 gets the long-overdue Khel Ratna award but with a rider
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

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.

Sports Ministry lays ground for top English Premier League clubs to play in India
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

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.

Drona Without Award: Hitting the bull’s eye, then ignored
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

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.

Players, coaches under scrutiny: David John
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

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.

After World Hockey League debacle, India coach Roelant Oltmans faces scrutiny
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

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.

Don’t think it’s correct to use Sardar Singh’s issue as an excuse: Hockey coach Roelant Oltmans
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

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.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Equal measure of optimism and scepticism for India
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

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.

If NADA has its way, offenders might have to disclose phone, laptop records
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

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.

Sports Ministry lays ground for making online betting legal
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

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.

Government aims high in bid to make India a sporting nation
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

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

Why Hockey India is embattled on many fronts
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

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.

Hockey India pulls out of the Pro League
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

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.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: World watches as India draws
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

The FIFA U-17 World Cup draw is certain to attract anxious anticipation from 24 participating nations and the billions who follow football.

AIFF wishlist: Asian Cup, Euro league for India U-17 players
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

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.

Sports Ministry gets its way, India’s U-17 World Cup matches shifted from Mumbai to Delhi
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

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.

In compromise solution, I-League and ISL to share space
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

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. 

Indian hockey team – twice bitten, forever shy
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

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.

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.