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Nihal Koshie


Remember the name: Breaks records and showboats, Erriyon Knighton looks like Bolt
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Tokyo will only be Knighton’s stepping stone to greater heights as he has age on his side.

Seven more top athletes accuse Tamil Nadu coach of abuse, going back years
Sat, Jul 10, 2021

All the complainants had trained as juniors under Nagarajan, 59, and the alleged abuse is said to have happened over many years.

280 climbers, two medics, few resources: how ITBP doctor scaled Covid at Everest
Fri, Jul 09, 2021

The Everest had just reopened after a gap of a year because of the pandemic and climbers from around the world, with their Sherpas, had crowded the camp waiting for a window to trek to the world's highest peak.

Explained: How marijuana prevented a 100 metre duel for the ages
Thu, Jul 08, 2021

American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson has accepted a one-month ban after failing a dope test. Will she miss the Tokyo Olympics? How fast is she?

Explained: Does Olympic champ Roehler’s withdrawal improve Neeraj Chopra’s medal prospects at Tokyo?
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Does the absence of top throwers, defending Olympic champion Thomas Roehler from Germany and Estonia's Magnus Kirt, brighten India's Neeraj Chopra's chances for winning an elusive track and field medal?

Explained: Will Laurel Hubbard be the first of several transgender competitors to qualify for women’s events in Tokyo?
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has become the first openly transgender athlete selected for the Olympics. Do rules allow trans athletes to participate? Has her participation prompted controversy?

India’s German javelin coach Uwe Hohn slams Olympics preparation
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

The 58-year-old German, who is the only man to throw the javelin over 100 metres and the coach behind Indian star Neeraj Chopra's rise, said training for the Olympics was unplanned and diet not fit for elite athletes.

Too difficult to change anything with people at SAI or AFI: India’s javelin coach Uwe Hohn
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

India’s javelin coach Uwe Hohn minces no words in a broadside at the Sports Authority of India and the Athletics Federation of India.

Billionaire start-up founder beats Viswanathan Anand in chess celebrity fundraiser game, admits ‘took help, sorry’
Tue, Jun 15, 2021

The celebrity online chess event ended up being marred by a bizarre controversy involving Kamath, who is the founder of Zerodha, a unicorn stock brokerage firm.

‘People will make all sorts of comments against us, has to be nipped in the bud’: Farokh Engineer
Wed, Jun 09, 2021

Ex-India wicketkeeper & Lancashire legend Farokh Engineer says Robinson must pay for his old objectionable tweets, and UK PM should not have criticised the punishment meted out.

Viswanathan Anand, AI and $1m: FIDE-approved Global Chess League aims big
Sun, Jun 06, 2021

The ‘phygital’ league, as Anand calls it, will involve virtual games while the final will be over-the-board, if the pandemic ebbs. A launch date in 2021 is a possibility once FIDE approves a window.

Superbiker Vijay Singh’s DNA analysis proves he didn’t dope back in 2018
Sat, Jun 05, 2021

Biker Vijay Singh was banned for four years by a NADA panel but a DNA analysis done at a London lab proved that the sample in which an anabolic steroid was detected was not his.

Indian javelin throwers’ hunt for Germany’s success recipe ends, China firm lends a hand
Mon, May 31, 2021

The German veterans in India's set-up were keen on Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh getting the same facility as the likes of Johannes Vetter for the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Bird, plane, Johannes Vetter’s javelin
Sat, May 29, 2021

German’s consistency at 90-metre plus throws threatens Jan Zelezny’s highly-regarded world record

‘They could have thrown Sagar out of Chhatrasal… taking his life unacceptable’
Tue, May 25, 2021

The death of an aspiring wrestler at an iconic academy; testimony of his contract killer friend with links to a gang; an Olympian legend on the run and the family's allegations of a guru's betrayal.

When deciding on T20 World Cup venue, player safety needs to be put first: FICA chief executive
Thu, May 06, 2021

Lesser number of venues for a cricket tournament means reduction in the potential health risk for players and greater the ability to maintain secure bio bubbles around teams during the pandemic, says Tom Moffat, chief executive, Federation of International Cricketers' Associations, in an interview to The Indian Express.

All dressed up but nowhere to go: Tokyo-bound athletes grounded due to COVID-19
Sat, May 01, 2021

Most Indians who have qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Games are grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which could dent their Olympic prospects.

Explained: Why is there debate in the US over who can play women’s sports?
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

Republican legislators in more than half of the US states are pushing for new laws aimed at banning transgender women/girls from playing for teams in school and university sports. It has created a hot button issue with political and cultural ramifications.

Explained: Can Grandmasters cheat in online chess and get away?
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

What are the common ways of cheating online? What are signs that someone is using a chess engine? Amateurs can be caught but what about Grandmasters? What checks are in place to prevent cheating?

‘Cheater’ vs challenger goes viral
Sun, Apr 04, 2021

Game between alleged cheater and IM Irene Sukandar was watched online by 1.25 mn simultaneously, a record.

Vijay Hazare Trophy final: No stopping Mumbai’s March
Sun, Mar 14, 2021

UP vs MUM: Prithvi Shaw’s breezy 73 and Aditya Tare’s unbeaten 118 orchestrate Mumbai’s fourth Vijay Hazare title.

Two Indian Olympic probables fail dope tests
Sun, Mar 14, 2021

NADA director general Navin Agarwal confirmed that results were from tests conducted on the core group of Olympic probables recently.

Online chess has a problem: AI flags Black vs White as hate speech
Fri, Mar 12, 2021

Indian scientist has discovered that the possible reason for the 24-hour shutdown could be the fallibility of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems used by tech giants to monitor hate speech.

Nikolai Snesarev, acclaimed coach of India’s women distance stars, dies
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

Snesarev first coached Indian athletes in 2005 and his proudest moment came five years later when Preeja Sreedharan and Kavita Raut won gold and silver respectively in the 10,000 metres and Sudha Singh took the steeplechase gold at Guangzhou.

Switching from ‘favourite’ javelin to a new model helped Neeraj Chopra break national record
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

In heavy crosswinds, star athlete switched to a latest version of Nordic Sport to overcome difficult conditions and throw 88.07 metres.