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Mihir Vasavda


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.”

Explained: Why sport will continue to be played in Covid-19 shadow in 2021
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

These developments are a reminder that although the world has said goodbye to 2020, the complications it saw will spill over into 2021, meaning sport might not be the same at least in the near future.

Michael Kindo, world-class defender & gentle giant of hockey, passes away
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

Kindo, who played in three World Cups (1971, 1973 and 1975), 1972 Munich Olympics and 1974 Tehran Asian Games, was suffering from age-related illness.

2020 The Lost Year: ‘Olympics postponement a jolt, but Saurabh has a yogi mindset, will bounce back’
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

In rampaging form when 2020 started, Olympic postponement posed a speed bump to shooters Apurvi Chandela and Saurabh Chaudhary aiming for Tokyo glory. But nothing insurmountable for the monkish duo, believe coaches

India’s Asian Cup bid: 11 cities, budget of Rs 318.65 cr and testimony by England international
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

In its bid to host the 2027 Asian Cup, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has provided granular details of the country’s ambitious plan in its 177-page bid book, which was released by the continental body on Monday.

Stadiums in India named after politicians, officials, musicians … everyone but cricketers
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

Nearly all great venues in the world honour eminent sportspersons in way one or another. In India, though, cricket stadiums are named after everyone except cricketers and a handful are named after heroes from other sports.

Ambedkar warned us about dangers of bhakti in politics; bhakti in sport is the same: Ramachandra Guha
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Ramchandra Guha, in an interview with The Indian Express, talks about his initiation to cricket, witnessing India’s rise, all the pitfalls that came along.

ISL Wrap: ATK Bagan continue late show, East Bengal end goal drought
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

ATK Mohun Bagan are level on points with leaders Mumbai City, who remain ahead on goal difference. But Bagan's run busts a myth or two.

Athletes want vaccine but WADA says tracking composition
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

Anti-doping watchdog says unlikely that vaccine will contravene anti-doping rules but in communication with manufacturers

Explained: The unusual case of an anti-Arab football team being owned by a sheikh
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

On Monday, Abu Dhabi’s ruling family purchased a 50 per cent stake in Beitar Jerusalem. It has sparked a spate of protests, led by the club’s radical fan base.

Manpreet Singh on Covid isolation: I miss my fiancée. Over 10 months since we last met
Sun, Dec 06, 2020

Now recovered, Manpreet Singh and the team have restarted their preparations for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Betting firms advertise during India-Australia ODI series live stream, experts flag concerns
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

The ads of Malta-registered Betway and Philippines-based Dafabet were shown during the live streaming of the series between India and Australia on SonyLIV, the digital arm of the tour’s official broadcaster, Sony Pictures Network.

Not just the goals: The Diego Maradona swish, the dribble, the touch
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Diego Maradona's career, in fact, is a collection of magical little moments on big stages, sometimes with his words and reactions but oftentimes it was the 'leg of God' that did all the talking.

Gerard Nus, ISL’s youngest manager, sets tone for the season after opening round
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

Gerard Nus, the globe-trotting Spaniard who joined NorthEast United in August is the youngest manager ever in the ISL. And it did not take long for the former Ghana assistant coach, who started his career as the coach of Liverpool’s academy, to make an impact.

AIFF pleads SC to let Praful Patel continue as president beyond expiry of term
Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Praful Patel, who has been AIFF president since 2012, will not be able to seek a third consecutive term due to the existing guidelines.

ISL 2020-21: A coming-of-age season, unlike any other
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

The quality of players in the new ISL campaign is better than ever before, but the bio-bubble presents unique challenges

Mumbai City, ISL and City Football Group: A tale of many cities
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

As Mumbai prepares for its first full season under City Football Group, the challenge for the new owners will be to make the city relevant once again in the domestic football scenario.

Roy Krishna’s Covid dribble from Fiji to Goa: 40 days, quarantine in 3 countries
Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Ten COVID-19 tests, 40 days and four connecting flights later, Roy Krishna stepped onto the training field in Goa, where this season of the Indian Super League (ISL) will start Friday.

ATKMB, Mumbai City’s jersey sponsors linked to large online betting companies
Mon, Nov 16, 2020

On November 2, Mumbai City named DafaNews as their sponsors for the season. Four days later, ATK Mohun Bagan declared as their principal sponsor in a two-year deal.

Explained: Why headers in football are coming under scrutiny after Charlton’s dementia diagnosis
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

On Sunday came the news that England World Cup winner Bobby Charlton, regarded England’s greatest, had developed dementia. Can football lead to dementia?