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Monday, October 26, 2020

Mihir Vasavda

Senior Correspondent

Bluetooth tracker for terror attacks finds new use in pandemic time — at the IPL
Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Restrata’s Bluetooth tracker is being worn by the cricketers — around their necks — at all times, except while playing or training, to ensure that nobody steps out of the bubble unnoticed.

Explained: Why US, UK believe Russia is planning a cyber attack on Tokyo Olympics
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

The US has charged six Russian hackers for allegedly carrying out a series of cyber attacks across the globe, including the 2018 Winter Olympics. The indictment coincided with the British government declaring that Russian hackers were attempting an attack on the Tokyo Olympics.

In ISL, ‘S’ also means Spain now
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

With 20-plus players & 7 coaches coming this season, India is second-most preferred nation for football giants.

In Covid cloud, a silver lining for Indian football: Aussie league stars line up to play
Sat, Oct 17, 2020

Today, the 32-year-old centre forward is part of the Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters FC, which will pay him Rs 1.5 crore for eight months’ service. Hooper isn’t the only player from Down Under who has been lured to the ISL, which will be held in a bio-secure environment in Goa starting next month.

Anwar Ali should be allowed to play, FA expert tells AIFF
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

The comments are in contradiction to those made by the AIFF and Asian Football Confederation’s medical commissions, which have recommended that Ali, who has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease, should not play competitive football as it would pose a ‘serious risk to his life’.

Delhi-born, Manila-bred, Madrid trained: Ishan Pandita tipped to be the future of Indian football
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

Some even see Ishan Pandita as the successor to Sunil Chhetri and eventually lead India’s forward line.

Month after national sports awards, winners waiting for cash prize, trophy
Sat, Oct 10, 2020

Confirming the delay, a Sports Ministry official told The Indian Express that the cash prize for the country's premier sports awards “should be transferred in the coming three or four days”.

Liverpool’s 7-2 drubbing explained: How the EPL champions are caught in their own off-side trap
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

What is manager Jurgen Klopp's high-risk, high-reward high defensive line strategy? How does it work, and what is it supposed to achieve?

10 years on, CWG mess: 50 payment cases, Rs 40-crore aerostat idle
Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Responding to an RTI request from The Indian Express seeking details of payment disputes related to the Games, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports said there are 50 cases pending before various courts and in arbitration as on July 27, 2020.

Explained: Why Indian footballer Anwar Ali moved the Delhi HC to let him play
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

Junior India international player Anwar Ali, who has been diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, has argued that his "right to livelihood" cannot be taken away.

Hockey India appoint two temporary coaches to ease Graham Reid’s workload
Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Bram Lomans and Dennis van de Pol have been hired for 10 weeks to help drag-flickers and goalkeepers respectively.

ISL teams ‘tense’ over visa delay of foreign recruits
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

The ISL, scheduled to begin in the third week of November, will be the first sporting event with foreign players to be held in India since the pandemic began.

Asian Football body cuts short young Anwar Ali’s dream
Fri, Sep 25, 2020

The 20-year-old, who was a part of the Indian team that played in the 2017 under-17 World Cup, made an emotional appeal to the AIFF in a letter earlier this month.

Explained: The legal dilemma that kept a reluctant Lionel Messi at Barcelona
Sun, Sep 06, 2020

In an interview to 'Goal', Argentine forward Lionel Messi said the reason he has changed his mind is simply because he would "never go to court against Barca".

Football star Anwar’s career on pause, his family faces tough medical call
Thu, Sep 03, 2020

“Dua” is all that the Ali household has been living on after it came to light last year that Anwar, one of India’s most promising footballers and breadwinner of the family of six, had a congenital heart disease.

For training-starved hockey teams, light at the end of pandemic tunnel
Wed, Sep 02, 2020

With the men’s and women’s teams gradually returning to action, coaches Graham Reid and Sjoerd Marijne plot the road ahead.

Covid in rearview: Tests, monitoring, reduction in load for hockey players who have recovered
Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Five of the six players, including captain Manpreet Singh, who had tested positive for the virus upon returning for the training camp at the National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru, completed their post-recovery isolation period on Wednesday.

Explained: What is the clause that Lionel Messi has triggered to leave Barcelona?
Tue, Sep 01, 2020

Messi joined Barcelona at the age of 13. He made the first team debut at 16 and since then, helped them scale unprecedented heights, establishing the Catalan side as the best football club in the world.

In a non-Olympic year, Olympic-sized awards list for Khel Ratna, Arjuna
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports goes against its own guidelines by announcing 74 winners across all the seven categories.

The remote awards: National sports awardees to attend function from various SAI centres
Fri, Aug 21, 2020

When the names will be announced during the National Sports Awards function on August 29, the awardees will not be making the customary walk on the red carpet inside Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Durbar Hall.

Days after contract renewal, Hockey India’s high performance director David John resigns
Fri, Aug 21, 2020

It is learnt that the hockey federation has accepted the Australian high-performance director David John's resignation but the Sports Authority of India, his employers on paper, are yet to respond.

Training at Gopichand academy called off after Sikki Reddy tests positive at a camp
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Justifying its decision to restart national camps during the pandemic, SAI, in a statement to The Indian Express, said they had come to the decision after receiving inputs from ‘medical experts and all High-Performance Directors, chief coaches and other stakeholders’.

Lessons on Milkha Singh, laundry: Hockey’s quarantine life
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Players also reading about PT Usha, brushing up on English during isolation.

Madhya Pradesh U-23 woman cricketer fails dope test
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

After the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) sent the player’s urine sample to a testing lab outside India, the analysis of her sample confirmed the presence of anabolic steroid '19-Norandrosterone'.

Mandeep Singh sixth hockey player to test positive; shifted to hospital after oxygen level drop
Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Apart from Mandeep Singh, national team captain Manpreet Singh, defender Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar, and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak have also tested positive.