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Mihir Vasavda


Starved of matches, Indian men’s hockey begins Olympic year in Germany
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

In the last few days, however, Reid noticed a collective spike in the team’s psyche. The reason for that is the tour to Germany and Belgium for back-to-back test series.

After traversing Europe for sparring, Vinesh Phogat set to compete in Kiev
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

Vinesh Phogat is set to make pit stops in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland and Rome looking for high-quality bouts.

Explained: What’s in a (cricket stadium’s) name? Mostly politicians — and no cricketers
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Narendra Modi isn't the first living person to have a stadium named after him. Several of the country's top cricketing venues, in fact, got their names from persons who were then alive.

ISL Wrap: Roy Krishna heroics propel ATKMB closer to AFC Champions League spot
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

No player in this season’s Indian Super League has had more goal contributions (scored and assists) than ATK Mohun Bagan forward Roy Krishna.

How a football pipeline from Shillong feeds top Indian clubs
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

Graduates from academies set up by Tata, All India Football Federation and Minerva, too, are sprinkled across different teams and leagues in the country.

Home ministry wants Khel Ratna, Arjuna to be rationalised to form one award
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

The sports ministry, in its reply, said they ‘may agree’ with the MHA’s suggestion but a spokesperson said that this year, the awards will be conferred as per the existing format.

NRAI wants COVID-19 vaccines for technical staff before shooting World Cup
Tue, Feb 16, 2021

The shooting body has requested that the first dose be administered on February 18 and 19, which will give them enough time to receive the second jab before the World Cup, which starts on March 18.

Haryana: 5 deaths at akhara in cold blood, shooter held, town is torn
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

A pall of sadness hung over the town, used to stories of wrestling accolades at its akharas than the bloody shootout that ended the life of five at Jaat College’s wrestling academy on Friday evening.

Reduced sanctions for dope cheats below national level
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

Dope cheats who compete below the national level will be let off leniently for their offence, with a promise of quicker disposal of their cases according to the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA).

Overworked, underprepared: ISL clubs flag referees
Fri, Feb 05, 2021

Stuart Baxter's departure as Odisha’s manager hasn’t ended the controversy surrounding the quality of officiating in the Indian Super League.

ISL: Odisha FC’s coach Stuart Baxter sacked for rape remark
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

On Tuesday, the club announced they had sacked Baxter, who was appointed as the manager last June in a two-year deal.

Nandini Salokhe wins national wrestling title to become Vinesh Phogat’s back-up
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

Nandini Salokhe, 23, was crowned national champion in the 53kg weight class. With that achievement, she also emerged as the closest challenger to India’s top woman grappler Vinesh Phogat.

6-time BJP MP from UP is strongman for India’s wrestlers too
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the 64-year-old president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), is a six-time BJP MP from Kaiserganj in UP, who has multiple criminal cases against him.

Sonam’s arm offensive, stuns Sakshi Malik to win gold at senior wrestling nationals
Sun, Jan 31, 2021

Sonam Malik from Haryana displayed great determination to outwit Sakshi, representing Railways, in the 62kg weight category.

Indian football improving but cannot pretend it is growing fast: Ex-Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Carles Cuadrat parted ways with Bengaluru earlier this month, in the middle of arguably the toughest phase the former champions of India are going through.

Losing Rs 25 cr a season difficult to sustain: Bengaluru FC owner to ISL founder Nita Ambani
Fri, Jan 29, 2021

As it was becoming ‘very difficult for Bengaluru FC and JSW Sports to justify and sustain the losses being incurred,’ Bengaluru FC owner Parth Jindal has sought Ambani’s ‘counsel and guidance on this matter’.

IOC begins talks with IOA to vaccinate athletes before Olympics
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Vaccinating those who will be a part of the Olympics is seen as one of the critical factors in delivering safe Games. Two scenarios are emerging at the moment.

Reluctant wrestler Rohit Singh crowned national champion in Bajrang’s category
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

For a family of nine – Rohit is sixth of seven brothers – the income from herding cattle wasn’t enough to run the household. “So, out of compulsion more than anything, I joined a wrestling school,” he says.

At wrestling nationals, no social distancing, stands full and few people with masks
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

On Saturday, wrestling became the first major Olympic sport to hold its national championship since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As organisers press ahead with the Olympics, anticipation makes way for anxiety on ground
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

A year on, the cultural sensitisation drive has been put on the back burner. Instead, the people in Kurobe are familiarising themselves with pandemic protocols.

Experts weigh in on injuries: No proper pre-season, sand-based outfields, load management
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

Sports science experts have reason to believe that in a season after a pandemic-forced break, more squad rotation and effective workload management of the players could have helped prevent injuries.

Explained: What extra subs at Club World Cup mean for football’s concussion problem
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

While FIFA's decision to introduce concussion substitutions at next month's event will alleviate some concerns, the decision to force permanent substitutions has been criticised.

Racism stops play in Sydney as India draw hard line on abuse
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

The break in play followed an incident on Saturday when Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj said racist comments were directed at them as they fielded on the boundary line.

Jamal Bhuyan- Leading from the front after cheating death
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

Bangladesh skipper Jamal Bhuyan survived four bullets; set to play for Mohammedan Sporting

In fantasy games surge, policy plays catch-up with reality
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

In a draft paper last month, Niti Aayog, the government’s policy think tank, proposed “uniform national-level regulation” of Online Fantasy Sports Platforms (OFSPs) with a set of initiatives: “legislative safe harbour,” “light-touch regulatory framework,” and “self-regulation.”