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Mihir Vasavda


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

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.

Long Read: 10 franchises, at least 50 cricketers united by online fantasy games, the IPL’s new cash cow
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

If smartphones led the advertising blitz a decade ago, real-money gaming platforms are spending the big bucks for logo space and to rope in players as brand ambassadors

In The Fast Lane: Indian racer Jehan Daruvala’s quest to enter the world of F1
Mon, Mar 21, 2022

For the first time in a decade, a young man is striving to enter the big league of professional racing. The journey of Jehan Daruvala and his aspirations of becoming the fastest Indian on wheels

Despite showing the ability to attack, India lose 1-3 to Argentina in shoot-out
Sun, Mar 20, 2022

For the first time in two years, India lost back-to-back matches at home, having been defeated by Spain earlier this month.

Explained: How adding lead tape to the irons helped Anirban Lahiri strike better
Wed, Mar 16, 2022

While there was never any doubt over his quality, one tiny tweak seems to have made a significant impact on Lahiri’s game

Stimac hails Sahal, onus on Kerala Blasters midfielder to replicate club form for country
Tue, Mar 15, 2022

This edition of ISL has thrown up new Indian faces, who have contributed with assists and goals which bodes well for national team.

Old Premier League hand Coyle making Jamshedpur punch above their weight in ISL
Tue, Mar 08, 2022

Jamshedpur FC – a perennial mid-table side in Indian football that finished sixth last season, operates on a moderate budget and has modest talent – won the League Winners Shield with a 1-0 win over heavyweights ATK Mohun Bagan.