Mihir Vasavda

Articles By Mihir Vasavda

India football coach job attracts ‘all types’

Brazilian intellectual, Serb playmaker, Swiss journeyman — along with Eriksson, Domenech — apply for Indian football national team's coach job.

Stuck at Delhi Airport, Doru Isac appears for India technical director job interview via Skype

Upon landing at Delhi’s IGI Airport on Monday morning, Romanian Doru Isac wasn’t allowed to go past the immigration since he did not have sufficient paperwork.

Revitalised Sakshi Malik taking no pressure at Asian Championships

Sakshi Malik will once again be the focus at the Asian Championships that get underway on Tuesday. She will be up against Kawai and China’s Pei Xingru.

Asian Weightlifting Championship: For Mirabai Chanu, a twist of arm and flip of fate

Last April, Mirabai Chanu had the Gold Coast crowd swooning over her en route to setting a personal best of 196 kg at the Commonwealth Games.

Flight delay costs archers World Cup participation

A team member said the airlines informed them that the delay was because of the closure of Pakistani airspace, which has forced several flight operators to take longer routes.

Asian Weightlifting Championship: Mirabai Chanu’s double hundred race

Mirabai Chanu, one of India's biggest medal hopes for the Tokyo Olympics, is approaching the Asian Championship, which gets underway on Saturday, with a straightforward plan. “Lift 200kg,” coach Vijay Sharma says.

One out of three junior lifters tested by NADA is a dope cheat

Among those who have tested positive are athletes who are in the national camp and medalists at junior nationals as well as Khelo India Youth Games. All nine athletes have been provisionally suspended.

Graham Reid: Mining, oil & gas… Indian hockey coach

On Monday, Graham Reid became India's 26th chief coach in 25 years, with Hockey India appointing him till next year's Tokyo Olympics. His first task, though, would be to get the team that far.

No leagues, No money, No facilities, Drying talent pool…India host U-17 women’s World Cup

Hosting U-17 women’s World Cup next year is all about giving impetus. But zero age-group leagues, daily allowance of 600 for national duty, corporates and federation stuck in a vicious cycle have led to drying talent pool and arbitrary selection. The Indian Express takes a look.

Objection against renewal of Olympian Sanjeev Rajput’s arms license

Olympian Sanjeev Rajput has filed a writ with the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the state government issued a show-cause notice with regard to the cancellation of his arms license.

Super Cup boycott: ISL vs I-League friction out in open

Seven out of the 12 matches played so far in the Super League, including the qualifiers, have ended in walkovers after half of the teams decided not to show up for the competition.

Azlan Shah Cup: An outrageous, over the head lob

This wasn't the first time something like this was tried. In the semifinals of the 2018 women's hockey World Cup, Spain's Lola Riera did something similar against Ireland's Ayeisha McFerran.

India’s Azlan Shah campaign: New tournament, same errors

Deep-rooted issues in playing style and structure hurt India’s Azlan Shah campaign.

Hockey India proposes ex-Australia coach Graham Reid for India job

Reid's name has subsequently been forwarded to the sports ministry for a formal approval, which is expected in a couple of days.

Looking to fill in the gaps: National hockey team heads to the Azlan Shah cup

On Saturday, a coach-less India will begin their campaign in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, against Asian Games gold medalist.

India target hockey coach Graham Reid relieved by Amsterdam

Amidst interest from India, Graham Reid was relieved as the chief coach of Amsterdam Hockey Club with immediate effect on Thursday.

Cricket inches towards Olympic fold as BCCI allows NADA to test players for doping

The BCCI-NADA thaw has come about after a long standoff. The Indian cricket board has historically cited flaws in NADA’s procedures as one of the reasons for not signing up with it.

On or off the field, Bengaluru FC’s consistency is a beautiful anomaly

Bengaluru FC played with three Indians in the four-man defence. It is a risk not many clubs take in a high-stakes match because of the tactical inferiority.

New trail in Jyoti Randhawa poaching case: Misuse of sports quota gun licence

Jyoti Randhawa, 46, was arrested from Dudhwa Tiger Reserve for allegedly poaching jungle fowl in December with an imported rifle obtained using his sports weapon licence.

Media lesson for Indian hockey team: ‘Be like Virat Kohli, not Hardik Pandya’

The players were also given a list of dos and don’ts while talking in public, and encouraged to learn from Virat Kohli on how to deal with the media after a defeat.