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Delhi’s poor air leaves top athletes gasping for breath at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Delhi’s poor air, combined with poor conditions at the JLN Stadium’s competition and warm-up tracks, has left the athletes gasping for breath.

From waterless village in Maharashtra, 24-year-old Armyman Dattu Bhokanal rows his way to Rio Olympics
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Once afraid of water, Dattu Bhokanal now ranks among the best in one of the toughest water sports in the world.

‘Made in China’ labels to adorn Indian athletes’ kit at Rio 2016 Olympics
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Indian Olympic Association has signed a sponsorship deal with leading Chinese sports apparel manufacturing firm Li Ning for the Games.

Boxers press the restart button through Pro Boxing
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Following in Vijender Singh’s footsteps 22 amateurs step into the professional world in effort to revive careers .

Amid fight over Dipa Karmakar, a ‘hijack’ drama and sulking officials
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Dipa Karmakar has become the toast of the country’s sporting fraternity. And all off a sudden, everyone wants a piece of her.

At Rio Olympics, India plans to promote ‘Make in India’ initiative
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

A committee of secretaries from multiple ministries met discussed the possibility of setting up a Hospitality House.

Azlan Shah Cup: A few takeaways for India men’s hockey team
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

India hockey team's performance over the last one week at the Azlan Shah Cup gave a glimpse into the team's preparation for Rio 2016.

Jammu and Kashmir curfew forces teams indoors, hits football tie
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Situation in Kashmir has forced All India Football Federation (AIFF) to reconsider its decision to hold the final of Federation Cup in Srinagar.

To cut delay in TOP Scheme (TOPS), sports ministry goes ‘paperless’
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Sports ministry has decided to reduce the formal processes with the aim of ensuring the athletes focus on their preparation for Rio Olympics.

Rahul Aware alleges bias and quits camp, pulled up by wrestling federation
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Aware is now facing a disciplinary action after being pulled up by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).

Panama Papers: Lokesh Sharma, a mover and shaker in sports world
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The Panama Papers, investigated by The Indian Express, have revealed that Lokesh Sharma set up companies in tax havens abroad.

Before Olympics, a test for India men’s hockey team with the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

India will test the ability of several youngsters in reproducing their strategic training in match situations in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

India Open: Saina Nehwal hits China wall yet again
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

Saina Nehwal once again goes down to old nemesis Li Xuerui in a hard fought semi-final of the India Open.

India Open 2016: Saina Nehwal enters semis after hard-fought win over Sung Ji Hyun
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

Saina Nehwal defeated Sung Ji Hyun 19-21 21-14 21-19 in an energy-sapping women's last-eight match at the Siri Fort stadium.

India Open: Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei get shock treatment
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

Ever since India Open draw was out, the expected meeting of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei in Saturday’s semifinals was the most anticipated match-up.

Mera (mended) joota hai Japani: Former striker Ryuji Sueoka turns cobbler
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Former striker Ryuji Sueoka, who played for top clubs in India, learnt the skill from cobblers in Kolkata and Goa.

Past tense, present tense, Stephen Constantine’s future tense too
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

AIFF said they will be reviewing Stephen Constantine's future, considering the performances under him have left a lot to be desired.

Indian Open: Saina Nehwal ready for the grind again
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

According to coach Vimal Kumar, this is the fittest Saina Nehwal has been since the World Championship last August.

Trucker’s son Harjeet Singh brews something special for India
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

After impressing as junior, 20-year-old now pushing for Olympic hockey spot.

Jeje Lalpekhlua 2.0: Faster, fitter and smarter
Thu, Mar 24, 2016

Jeje Lalpekhlua benefits from sweating it out in gym and on ground, picking brains of Elano, Materazzi & Constantine.

Indian Open: At Delhi Golf Club, it’s a fairway to heaven
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Although the first day saw quite a few scores in red, England’s Tommy Fleetwood (4-under) believes it might change over the weekend.

India Open: Race to Rio Olympics gets underway in Delhi
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

While Anirban Lahiri seems to have sealed his spot, the Indian Open will be key in determining who will join him at Olympics.

Sad that I’m made to look like the enemy, says Mary Kom
Sat, Mar 12, 2016

Mary spoke to The Indian Express about her plans leading up to the Rio Games and the relationship she shares with junior boxers from the country.

In season two in Norway, Gurpreet Singh targets the big league
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Gurpreet Singh is also aiming to become the first Indian to be a part of the Europa League after Stabaek made the cut last season.

In fledgling rivalry, Yogeshwar Dutt prevails over Amit Dhankar
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

Yogeshwar Dutt beats arch-rival Amit Dhankar to be part of the Astana-bound team for Asian Olympic qualifiers.

After six in London, India doubles its Rio Olympics medals projection
Wed, Mar 02, 2016

The projections were made looking at the performances of the athletes in the last 12 months.

Stanislas Lapidus resigns as India coach, top shooters refuse to let him go
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

Gagan Narang, Apurvi Chandela and Chain Singh have expressed desire to hire him as their personal coach under the sport's ministry's TOPS.

Andrew Jennings and Grant Wahl tried to take on Sepp Blatter, were taken down by system
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

One went deep inside to expose FIFA’s dirty secrets, the other couldn’t even get past its doors. We profile the two men who took on FIFA.

ATP World Tour, quite literally for Delhi Open winner Stephane Robert
Mon, Feb 22, 2016

Unlike most, he doesn't plan his calendar according to ranking points, except Slams, but based on surrounding attractions.

HIL 2016: In flickers’ tussle, Rupinderpal Singh fizzles
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Delhi Waverider's goalkeeper Rupinder Singh was up against his own teammates Raghunath and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.

South Asian Games: Wheeling in the cannon to kill fly
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

With state polls round the corner, there is considerable political mileage at stake in making the South Asian Games a grand fare.

Leandro Negre says South Africa denied Rio 2016 trip for being a ‘white man’s sport’
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Last December, South Africa had booked the final berth or Rio Olympics by clinching the African Cup.

Cedric D’Souza rides the Wave to become Austria coach
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Cedric D'Souza is tasked with helping the team qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

HIL 2016: New goal rule to the fore as forwards back at the forefront
Mon, Jan 18, 2016

This season in the HIL, the focus is firmly back on the more traditional art of scoring.

HIL 2016: In comeback bid, a stepping stone
Fri, Jan 15, 2016

For players on the fringes of the national team, the HIL provides last opportunity to return in contention for Olympics.

Pakistan wants to fly direct to Guwahati for South Asian Games in chartered flights
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Pakistan government requested an Indian delegation that travelled to Islamabad and Lahore last week, saying they wanted to avoid “any ground route”.