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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Mihir Vasavda


IPL-Vivo deal suspension: More than just sentimental reasons
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

IPL-Vivo deal suspension: With pressure mounting due to anti-China mood, change of venues the likely legal backdrop for Vivo's suspension as IPL sponsor.

IPL 2020 in the UAE: How will this year’s tournament be different?
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

IPL 2020 Start Date: The governing council of the league confirmed that this year's tournament will be held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah from September 19 to November 10.

Indian-descent Birmingham man leads a common(wealth) cause
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

The Birmingham Games have come under heavy criticism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, with some academics in the United Kingdom even questioning the relevance of the CWG as a concept.

Boot on the other foot: Retired Indian hockey players turning to coaching
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

Almost two dozen men and women players, who have all retired over the last decade, are going through Hockey India and International Hockey Federation’s certification process to become accredited coaches and give a fillip to the eroding grassroots structure.

Clubs cite economic crisis, want ISL to reduce franchise fee
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

While conducting all matches in one state will help the teams save on their travelling budget, a lot of teams fear it might be costlier to put up their players in a hotel for close to six months. Playing away from home also means there will be no income from ticket sales.

Explained: How the five-substitute rule will impact football
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Apart from contentions that the latest rule change will fuel disparity between teams and favour those who can afford bigger, stronger squads, it is held that allowing five substitutes can have a profound impact on the game.

No eating in locker rooms, no shouting, tests for all: How Tokyo plans to host postponed Olympics
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Tokyo Olympic Games: The nature of the coronavirus has made it impossible for the organisers to give a surety the Olympics will be held next year. But there are some indications over what it might look like if it does take place.

Olympics 2021: In world without Covid, they would all be in Tokyo today
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

If all had been well, all of them would have strutted out at the National Stadium in Tokyo on Friday, for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. But then, all is not well.

Cost of India’s dope-testing lab suspension: Higher testing costs, reduction in tests
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

In August 2019, WADA had suspended the NDTL, which comes under the sports ministry, for not conforming to international standards. Earlier this week, the suspension was extended by six months.

‘Doing a Leeds’ to ‘Bielsa ball’: How a club reclaimed its lost glory
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

Five owners, 15 managers and 16 years later, Leeds United are back into the English Premier League largely on the back of just one person: Bielsa.

CWG medallist weightlifter first case of human Growth Hormone doping in India
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Pardeep Singh, who is a 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, has been handed a provisional four-year suspension after his blood sample tested positive for human Growth Hormone (hGH).

‘Fixing Kingpin’ Ravinder Dandiwal: Shady past and a controversial present
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

Dandiwal called himself the chairman of the Cricket Premier League and formed a sport-cum-player management firm, Ultimate Sports Management, of which he was the managing director. According to the league’s former media consultant, Dandiwal drove around in a sedan, liked a flashy lifestyle.

Explained: Why it is difficult to prosecute someone accused of match-fixing
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

Match-fixing is not an independent offence in India and there are no laws covering it.

Pandemic pay cut may see rise in corruption in sports: Report
Fri, Jul 03, 2020

A paper published jointly by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Interpol, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says that sport is vulnerable to manipulation due to Covid-impact.

Mumbai hockey stalwarts write to Kiren Rijiju, urge intervention against Hockey India policy
Fri, Jul 03, 2020

Hockey India's ‘one state, one association’ policy means Mumbai will not be able to field a separate team in the National Championships which might lead to fewer opportunities for players.

54 National Sports Federations lose recognition after High Court order
Fri, Jun 26, 2020

The sports ministry were forced to take an u-turn on the extension of federations' recognition after Delhi High Court issued an order related to governance issues.

Centre considers salary cut for foreign coaches; federations up in arms
Wed, Jun 24, 2020

The federations have demanded that the contracts of the coaches be extended till 2022 since India will be competing in three major events in a span of 12 months.

China boycott call rattles sports market: ‘Can’t suddenly do it’
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Amid the rising clamour to boycott Chinese goods following the border clash that left 20 Indian soldiers dead, leading players in India's sports industry find themselves in a tough corner.

His East Bengal contract ripped, Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta shelters at embassy
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Johnny Acosta’s manager, Jose Luis Rodriguez, has alleged that East Bengal abruptly terminated his client's contract, did not pay his wages, and asked him to vacate his apartment.

A badminton legend, a football star, latest Covid-19 drug: what’s common?
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

The low-cost, anti-inflammatory steroid is well known in the world of sport. Dexamethasone has been used for years by sportspersons to hasten their rehabilitation from injuries and recover from infections.

In vogue: Distance learning arises as a short-term solution amidst pandemic
Tue, Jun 16, 2020

Although remote coaching might be the mantra right now, athletes realise that it cannot be a long-term solution. The travel restrictions will compound their problems too.

In Birmingham, a hockey club comprising Indian, Pakistani and Kenyan origin players fights discrimination
Sat, Jun 13, 2020

Barford Tigers, formed in 1966, has been pushing for higher representation of minorities in British hockey.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to undergo Rs 8,000 crore makeover
Thu, Jun 11, 2020

According to a tender floated, the sports ministry said it has decided to redevelop Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi 'to unlock value from optimal utilisation of its iconic sporting asset'.

How Jugraj Singh inspired India to script a comeback for the ages
Thu, Jun 11, 2020

India-Pakistan hockey matches are full-blooded encounters and Jugraj Singh recalls a Champions Trophy clash that will live long in memory.

From deals to new signings, Indian football clubs Zoom in
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

Instead of flying out and criss-crossing cities, football officials and representatives have shifted to online platforms.