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Anju Bobby George writes to Sports Ministry, SAI after no dope tests during National Open Athletics Championships
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is responsible for conducting dope tests at sports meets across disciplines, but doping control officers were not present during the four-day meet – held from September 25 to 28.

Anti-doping kits used at Asian Athletics Championships not tamper proof: AFI document
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Asian Athletics Championships was conducted under the aegis of the Asian Athletics Association and NADA was contracted with conducting tests.

Indian discus thrower Arjun tests positive after IAAF steps in
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Arjun’s is perhaps the first case of an Indian sportsperson’s sample testing positive in a foreign lab after it returned a negative result at home. The IAAF requested for the samples to be sent to the Cologne laboratory on June 22, 2016

Junior wrestler gets four-year ban for using ‘Sharapova drug’ 
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Meldonium, the drug which was responsible for the positive test of tennis star Maria Sharapova, has permeated to junior levels with an Under-18 wrestler being the first Indian to receive a sanction — a four-year ban.

After hard yards, sweet recognition as outstanding players receive Arjuna awards
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Cricketer Harmanpreet’s parents miss Arjuna award function at Rashtrapati Bhawan because of curfew imposed around Moga. "I didn't want them to take the risk. They were very excited to travel, had even got new clothes stitched. I will miss them,” she said.

Javelin legend Uwe Hohn to coach India, but there’s a hitch
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

The 55-year-old wants business class tickets for all official trips that are more than four hours long since his large frame — he weighs 120 kg — and long legs get cramped in economy class seats.

Neeraj Chopra’s World Athletics Championships memory: Jan Zelezny sighting
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

After his Asian Athletics Championships gold, Neeraj Chopra was expected to make an impact at the Worlds. That was not to be as he failed to qualify for the final. Looking back, Chopra can put a finger on his flaws.

World Championships: One finalist, a disqualification, many also rans
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

India’s report card from the World Athletics Championships is littered with ‘F’ grades. Only one athlete qualified for the final but finished 12th, another reached the semifinals and a third registered a personal best. But overall it has been another forgettable campaign.

World Athletics Championships: IAAF includes Sudha Singh in 3000 m steeplechase
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Sudha Singh was not selected to participate in the World Championships but on Saturday night when the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) uploaded the start list for the World Athletics Championships, she was listed in the 3000 metre steeplechase.

Parents daily-wagers, daughter Asian champion P U Chitra passed over for world meet: ‘if only they knew’
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

P U Chitra's father Unnikrishnan says, life continues to be a struggle for the 22-year-old, who despite the phenomenal win in the 1500m at Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, wasn’t included in India’s squad for the London World Championship.

Parents daily-wagers, daughter Asian champ passed over for world meet: ‘if only they knew’
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

“Our biggest joy is seeing our daughter represent the country and win medals. Sometimes I wonder if we were rich and had clout, would Chitra have been treated this way,” Chitra's father says.

Denied berth in India’s World Championships squad, PU Chitra runs to court
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Winner of 1500M at the Asian Athletics Championships was excluded from World Championship team

Asian Athletics Championship: Slumbering Neeraj Chopra wakes up in time
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

The stadium resounded with cheers as Chopra started his approach. As the spear left his hand, Chopra took a tumble but didn’t foul. It was to be his best throw so far of the evening, the 83.06 effort putting him in contention for a medal. His fifth attempt was another 80-plus throw – 80.99.

Japanese team’s HD footage comes to the rescue of officials
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Following protests from Malaysia’s Khairul Hafiz, the technical officials had to fall back on high definition footage of a fast moving camera recorded by a Japanese team member.

Asian Athletics Championship 2017: After flop show, a resounding hit for Sudha Singh
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Sudha Singh puts Rio 2016 Olympics setback behind her to win gold in the 3,000m steeplechase in Asian Athletics Championship. On a penultimate day at the Kalinga Stadium, Sudha lit up the arena with a dominant performance.

Asian Athletics Championships: Shy boy Ajay Kumar is the runaway hit
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Yet, an hour earlier in front of thousands of home fans, Saroj showed no sign of nerves as he took the final curve. He was trailing Qatar’s Jamal Hairane, an Asian Games bronze medalist in the 800 metres and an Asian Junior Champion in the 1,500.

Sanjivani Jadhav: Another middle-distance star emerges from Nashik
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Minutes after his latest find, 20-year-old Sanjivani Jadhav won a bronze in the women’s 5000 metres in her maiden international meet, Vijender Singh compared Nashik to Kenya.

It takes a village to raise Dutee Chand, who faces another challenge
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Hyperandrogenism is a term too technical for them. But in Chaka Gopalpur, the athlete’s village, they sense she is in distress. NIHAL KOSHIE captures their mood and absorbs their belief in Dutee striding past the latest ‘setback’

Homecoming turns bittersweet for Dutee Chand
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

A day before she takes part in a high-profile athletics event in her home state, Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand’s ‘gender case’ comes to the fore

With Asian Athletics Championships, hockey, Odisha presents itself as a global destination
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Former India skipper and hockey Olympian Dilip Tirkey, an MP, stresses that hosting mega sporting events has a number of long-term benefits.

Indian star Neeraj Chopra flickers on Paris horizon at Diamond League
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Neeraj Chopra was the youngest in the field at the Paris leg of the Diamond League, which included the current Olympic champion and half a dozen other athletes who had far more experience than him when it came to competing at the elite level.

Neeraj Chopra set to compete in Diamond League in Paris
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

The elite 10-man field includes the current Olympic champion Thomas Rohler. Invitation to participate in the Diamond League is reserved only for the best in the world. 19-year-old Neeraj Chopra is currently ranked No.12 in the senior list

Son of The Soil: Fan of pehelwani, Abhay Gupta muscles his way to discus glory at Asian youth event
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

At the National Stadium in Bangkok, Abhay Gupta registered a distance of 56.47 metres in his second throw to break the previous record of 53.06 in the name of Iranian Sajjad Hassen. At the national youth championships in April in Hyderabad, he won gold with 58.80.

No more proxy voting at DDCA, says Justice Sen after EGM
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

The EGM was called to adopt the amendments to the articles of association in line with the Justice Lodha Committee Recommendations. Justice Lodha had highlighted the ills of the proxy-voting system by calling it the 'bane of several associations'.

DDCA member files conflict of interest plea in High Court against administrator Vikramajit Sen
Mon, May 22, 2017

Meanwhile, another DDCA member, in an email to Sen, has questioned his decision to send Mrinalini to attend a BCCI function and an IPL meeting.

DDCA questions Justice Vikramjit Sen’s call to give free passes to Income Tax officials, staff
Tue, May 16, 2017

High-Court appointed administrator in-charge at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium Justice Vikramjit Sen distributed complimentary passes for IPL games.

IPL 2017, DD vs RPS: Rising Pune Supergiant stopped in their tracks
Sat, May 13, 2017

Rising Pune Supergiant fail to seal a playoff berth after a seven-run loss against the Delhi Daredevils.

Second best at Indian GP, but Jisna Mathew is the future
Fri, May 12, 2017

Poovamma managed to relegate Jisna Mathew to second place only because she dipped at the finish-line.

IPL 2017: Basil Thampi — 140kph and counting
Sun, May 07, 2017

Pace is his asset, but the delivery which Thampi calls his ‘weapon’ is the yorker.

Supermom Manpreet Kaur qualifies for World Championship
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Manpreet Kaur — shot putter and mother of five-year-old — breaks her national mark to book London ticket.

Walk coach Dave Smith turns down India job
Fri, Apr 21, 2017

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had decided to hire Smith because with a growing pool of walkers it was becoming difficult for Russian Alexander Artsybashev to manage the workload.

Unmukt Chand: Under-19 successes and over-19 failures
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

Unmukt Chand, winner of U-19 World Cup, retraces the steps of an up and down journey after going unsold at IPL auction.

BCCI went by what police said, I don’t know why I am still banned, says S Sreesanth
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Sreesanth asks why he cannot be given an NOC by BCCI to play abroad as the court has dropped charges against him.

Ground reality of Mohit Ahlawat’s ‘300’, first in T20
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

A 25-yard boundary, Ram Leela stage at covers and spectators breathing down the wicket-keeper’s neck.

Blind cricketers place their ear to the ground
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Blind cricketers have their own unique methods to follow what the coach tells them to do

Tejaswin Shankar is India’s high jump hope
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Tejaswin Shankar is tall enough not to be dwarfed by basketballers. He stands at 6’4”.