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Mihir Vasavda

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The author is an assistant editor at The Indian Express. He tweets at @mihirsv.

Sardar’s coaching debut major talking point as India face Pak in Asia Cup
Mon, May 23, 2022

Sunil, playing his fourth Asia Cup, a testimony to his longevity, was on a sabbatical when he was summoned to join the training camp for the Commonwealth Games.

Praful Patel on AIFF elections: Dragging this issue can be very disastrous… please do not underestimate FIFA’s strength to take radical decisions
Mon, May 23, 2022

Former AIFF head says he will talk to world body, and wants CoA to expedite election process.

Praful Patel: The artful dribbler shown the red card
Mon, May 23, 2022

His critics say Patel’s rise in world football has been faster than Indian team's. Now though , the career politician's decade-long tenure at helm of AIFF has effectively ended

From having no motivation to being excited to wrestle, Vinesh Phogat makes progress on the mat
Thu, May 19, 2022

After the low of the Tokyo Olympics, an 'inner voice' convinced Vinesh Phogat to give wrestling another chance and she is now headed for the Commonwealth Games

From Blasters to Gokulam: How Kerala rediscovered its passion for football
Sun, May 15, 2022

With Gokulam Kerala retaining the I-league title by beating Mohammedan Sporting 2-1, the state has teams excelling at all levels of domestic football

In the danger zone of the drag-flick: Tirkey, Rasquinha recall fractures, close calls, Pakistan’s Sohail Abbas’s speed
Fri, May 13, 2022

Dilip Tirkey suffered a hairline fracture when a Sohail Abbas drag-flick hit his eye; Viren Rasquinha says he 'could have died' when the Pakistani scored his record goal.

Making Hockey Safe Again: Injuries raise question mark over penalty corner
Fri, May 13, 2022

The future of one of hockey’s most integral elements is being reconsidered, at least in its current avatar. The reason? Rising risk of injuries and a diminishing success rate.

Newsmaker | Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh: BJP’s ‘shaktishali’ wrestler-MP who wants to keep Raj Thackeray out of Ayodhya
Tue, May 10, 2022

Hailing from Gonda, Singh has been vocal about his Hindutva politics and was associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

Asian Games postponed; 2023 sports schedule in disarray
Sat, May 07, 2022

For some Indian athletes, the postponement could be a blessing in disguise, as it gives them room to rest in a busy year.

Hangzhou Asian Games postponed after fresh Covid wave in China
Fri, May 06, 2022

The decision comes at a time when China, where the virus emerged in late 2019, is experiencing its biggest Covid-19 outbreak.

Asian Games in Sept, China looks at strict ‘closed-loop’ Covid curbs
Wed, May 04, 2022

Late last month, it was reported that postponing the Asian Games, second only to Olympics in terms of size, was a possibility as China, where the coronavirus emerged in late 2019, faced its biggest Covid-19 crisis.

How Indian football can make the best of Kerala’s Santosh Trophy win
Tue, May 03, 2022

The Santosh Trophy is down on the list of AIFF's priorities but the success of hosting the tournament in a football-crazy region should be an eye-opener

Long Read: India eyes medals for shooting, but isn’t shooting for medals
Sun, May 01, 2022

IOA frets over sport’s exclusion from CWG, and is slow to adapt to the changing dynamics of multi-discipline events as well as lacking in participation in major games

Govt cites ‘poor performance’ as funding to AIFF slashed to a sixth of 2019-20 amount
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

From Rs 30 crore, assistance to federation reduced to Rs 5 crore, a fraction of what other sports get.

Bajrang’s Asian Championship silver medal raises several red flags
Sun, Apr 24, 2022

Lack of cohesiveness among stakeholders and rehab mismanagement impacts star wrestler's preparation in a big year .

Asian Wrestling Championship: Anshu Malik bags silver, with a reality check to boot
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

20-year-old from Nidani, Haryana, is outclassed by Japan's Tsugumi Sakurai in the final (57 kg) of the Asian Championship.

They thought we’ll be easy to beat: An Indian team blazes a trail to Bridge silver
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

All of them are in their early-to-mid 60s and hail from varied backgrounds — stockbroker to industrialist, banker to publisher.

Bajrang’s comeback the highlight as India eye rich medal haul at Asian Wrestling Championship
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

When Bajrang competes on Saturday, his fitness – as much as form – will come under scrutiny.

Why loss to The Netherlands is a stepping stone for India’s junior women’s hockey World Cup team
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

India lose 0-3 to Netherlands in semifinals of Junior Women's World Cup.

Making of jr. women’s hockey team: Colour-coded sessions, tough drills, training with the senior team
Sun, Apr 10, 2022

India's junior women's hockey team will play the mighty Dutch in the World Cup semifinals today; The Netherlands have scored 43 of 137 goals in the tournament.

Mother pushes vegetable cart on Lucknow street, daughter Mumtaz stars in Junior hockey World Cup
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

The courageous goal set the tone for India's 3-0 win over South Korea in the quarterfinals of the Junior World Cup, making sure the team reached the last-four stage of the competition for only the second time in history.

Jr giant-killers aim for World Cup semifinal
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

India will start favourites, having won all three matches in the group stage in emphatic fashion, scoring 11 goals and conceding just twice.

Junior hockey World Cup: Goalkeeper Bichu shows promise as future custodian of India’s hopes
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

Manipuri player's family hasn’t seen her play, but is no less proud.

Jayanta Talukdar’s journey: From long shot to on the mark
Sun, Apr 03, 2022

Out of Indian archery team for nearly 3 years, a reinvented Talukdar has made an improbable comeback

Immigrants return the favour as Canada qualify for FIFA World Cup
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

It’s hard to imagine them achieving this feat without contributions from Alphonso Davies, Milan Borjan, Jonathan David, Ike Ugbo and Samuel Adekugbe – the stars who have one thing in common: they are all immigrants in a country known for its openness and tolerance.

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