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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Mihir Vasavda


People are dying, life comes first: PV Sindhu
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

PV Sindhu talks about her life in self-quarantine, and why sport is trivial in these testing times

Pulling the Plug: The WHO and why behind the Tokyo Games rescheduling
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

From insisting the Games will go on to setting a four-week deadline to decide fate before eventually delaying, the IOC has rapidly changed its stance on Tokyo 2020 following the coronavirus outbreak.

Five-year wait: Vinesh Phogat, Neeraj Chopra on what the postponement of Tokyo Olympics means
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

While disappointment is the overriding emotion, Indian athletes believe Olympic postponement is the right decision.

‘Zindagi rahi toh hi Olympics khel payenge’: Bajrang Punia says better if Tokyo Games are postponed
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Ace wrestler Bajrang has waited long for a chance at an Olympic medal, but realises that it's not the right time for the Games.

SAI centres could be used as quarantine sites in battle against virus
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

The government has forewarned the Sports Authority of India (SAI) that the stadiums and sports hostels under them could be needed in the event of a spike in the number of positive cases.

Stories from a storied career: How PK Banerjee affected lives
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

PK's tales— from soaking the old, leather footballs in water to increase the power behind his shot after training sessions to getting Bhaichung Bhutia charged up for a Federation Cup game.

How foolish would you look if you would have suddenly called off the Games today and in two-and-a-half months’ time, the world is pulling through it: Former IOC Marketing Head, Payne
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

"You’ve learnt over the years not to be rushed into a decision just because of a sort of moment and it looks like that only because it may look different tomorrow," said Michael Payne.

Why BCCI postponed IPL? Calling off the league would have cost Rs 3000cr
Sat, Mar 14, 2020

An official of a team that competed in the playoff last season said the decision to call off the IPL will 'cause a bloodbath.' "A cancellation would cost all the stakeholders around Rs 3,000-to-Rs 3,500 crore," the official said.

Mary Kom, other boxers to be in self-quarantine
Sat, Mar 14, 2020

The boxing contingent, who will also go through the formal screening process at the Delhi airport, will be the first bunch of Indian athletes to go into quarantine in the aftermath of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Foreign players, stadium crowd: Question mark over Badminton Open and IPL
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

As many as 63 foreign players from countries like Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the Caribbean are drafted to compete in the IPL.

Prabir Das earns much-deserved spotlight for ATK’s run to ISL final
Tue, Mar 10, 2020

ATK's Roy Krishna and David Williams may have scored the goals that ousted the defending champions and took the Kolkata-based side to yet another ISL final, but Prabir Das' assists haven't gone unnoticed.

Praful Patel on ‘sold Indian football’ jibe, India’s 13-match unbeaten run and why optics are important
Tue, Mar 10, 2020

"It takes a whole generation to remove the style and capability of the past and replace it with a brand new style. The process that's been going on aggressively for the last 5-7 years, when it finishes in the next five years, its impact will be great on the national team," Praful Patel on next-gen players.

Coronavirus: BCCI dials sports ministry for advice on IPL
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

The bigger issue for BCCI and NRAI is ensuring the participation of players or them being sent to quarantine.

Four samples tested positive at Delhi lab turn out negative in Rome
Wed, Mar 04, 2020

The four samples that were re-tested were among the 38 WADA had collected from NDTL to review them independently and check the Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry procedure, an analytical technique, that is a major point of contention.

Over-reliance on Sunil Chhetri hurts Bengaluru FC
Wed, Mar 04, 2020

Bengaluru FC: ISL title in sight but AFC remains a distant dream

SAI officials act on sexual harassment: Action has been taken in 9 of 14 cases
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

On Monday, Sports Authority on India said that in the nine cases that have been closed, “a major penalty” has been imposed on coaches in two while two were censured and one placed on probation.

Achilles’ Heel: Vinesh Phogat hits a Japanese wall in Mayu Mukaida
Sun, Mar 01, 2020

The Indian Express finds out why Mayu Mukaida, who will be considered a failure in Japan if she wins anything less than gold at Olympics, has occupied prime real estate in Vinesh Phogat’s headspace.

Indian football team regulars struggle, U-17 World Cup stars show spark
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

There are just two Indians among the top 20 goalscorers – Sunil Chhetri (9 goals in 15 games) and FC Goa's Jackichand Singh (five in 16) while in the list of top 10 players who have taken a shot at goal, there is no Indian.

How India went from being on the brink of boycotting 2022 CWG to hosting shooting, archery events
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Chandigarh to host Commonwealth shooting & archery events in 2022; medals to be counted in Birmingham tally

Jitender Kumar wins silver, seals spot in Olympic wrestling qualifier
Mon, Feb 24, 2020

If Jitender Kumar reaches the final of the Olympic qualifier, not only will he make it to his maiden Olympics, but also shut the door on two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and rookie Gourav Baliyan.