Mihir Vasavda

Articles By Mihir Vasavda

Explained: Why IOA wants India to pull out of CWG 2022

The IOA’s unprecedented step came after the organisers of the 2022 CWG, which will be held in Birmingham, dropped shooting from the programme in June. Instead, they have included women's cricket, para table tennis and beach volleyball.

IOA wants to host 2026 CWG but remains firm on boycotting next edition

Whether it was the CGF officials pulling off some sort of a salesman trick or their IOA counterparts shooting from the hip, one can’t say.

Explained: Why Hockey 5s could be the future of the sport at Olympics

What were once whispers have turned into roars that the shorter version of the sport will replace the traditional 11-a-side game at the Olympics, with many even suggesting the change could take place as soon as the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.

World Cup Qualifier, India vs Afghanistan: Worry lines before kick off

Lack of goals and uncertainty in defence makes India's qualifer against Afghanistan a tough task.

Sports bosses IOA reject new deal

The IOA has argued that it takes ‘years to build rapport and grow as a sports administrator to the national and international level.’

IOA cries foul over age limit, autonomy issues in draft Sports Code

The sports ministry shared the draft of the NCGGS with the sports federations on October 7 and later set November 10 as the deadline to submit feedback.

Like the club, Real Kashmir documentary defies odds, wins BAFTA

The rise of Real Kashmir, a club formed in the aftermath of the devastating Srinagar floods in 2014, has been the most heartwarming story of Indian football in the recent years.

When Rani Rampal and Indian women hockey team inspired their inspirer

From being shy of building physiques, to emulating world beaters like Vinesh and Mary, women's hockey team scoring fitness goals.

Mental game: Sjoerd Marijne and profiling personalities

With language being the main barrier, Marijne said he had to develop an alternate way to extract basic information about his players: Why do they take a particular decision? What is their personality like? How do they react under stress? What do they like?

Hockey: India lose the battle, win the war to book Tokyo berth

India began the second Olympic qualifier with a 5-1 lead over the US, a team they had never beaten in International Hockey Federation tournaments before Friday.

Olympic Qualifiers: Gurjit Kaur, a drag-flick pioneer

Like most women players in the country, Gurjit has been in the national team set-up from the time she was a teenager. “I got a few opportunities to play but in important series, I was not getting chances,” she says.

Olympic Qualifiers: After first leg, one foot in Tokyo

Brandishing a clinical game, India’s women make short work of the Americans to reach a step closer to realising the Olympic dream

Olympic Hockey Qualifiers: Daylight between India and Russia

When the two teams met in the first round of Olympic qualifiers – the FIH Series Finals – four months ago at the Kalinga Stadium, which will host Friday’s match as well, India won 10-0.

Olympic Hockey Qualifiers: Us versus US

USA showed how far India was in world hockey, now hosts have a chance to beat them to book Tokyo berth.

The winding road to realising the American dream

They may have won bronze medals at the Olympics (1984) and World Cup (1994), and finished in the top five at the Rio Games, but the American hockey team can’t reach the Olympics, or even make it to qualifying tournaments, without private donations.

Hockey Olympic Qualifiers: Women at home… not quite

For a country that attaches so much sentimental value to hockey – a sport that boasts of gender parity – the women’s game has often been an afterthought.

The person you’ve called is out of coverage area

While the phone lines were dead, Real Kashmir players were preparing for the season ahead in a unique way. Between call drops and dodgy connection, The Indian Express connects with the players from the Valley.

Indian football’s roadmap: Minutes of the meeting

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and All India Football Federation (AIFF) painted a rosy future for Indian football following a meeting in Kuala Lumpur last Monday, which can potentially change how domestic leagues are structured in the country.

Sania Mirza: Following your dreams doesn’t make you a bad mother

Sania Mirza’s comeback bid has been all about striking a balance between being a selfless parent and a selfish athlete. Messages from inspired mothers resuming jobs spur her on, but the need to compete and quest for an Olympic medal are the true motivators.

Yannis Pitsiladis: ‘The best marketing of a shoe ever done in sporting history’

The quest to run a marathon inside two hours began five years ago, when Yannis Pitsiladis – a professor of sport science with University of Brighton – launched his own sub-2 project.