THE HAGUE - India will have to punch above its weight for a respectable show against the giants, like tournament favorites the Netherlands, Germany and Australia, in the 12-team FIH Hockey World Cup . Four years ago at home, India finished eighth and it was been 39 years since eight-time Olympic champions India won their only hockey World Cup. After that they never came anywhere near a podium finish,
KOLKATA - The Eden Gardens erupted in celebrations as home team Kolkata Knight Riders steamrolled Kings XI Punjab in the Qualifier 1 match of the seventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) to enter the finals. Leading from the front, team owner and Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan went for the victory lap with the knights, as fans went wild with slogans of 'SRK SRK", "Shah Rukh, Shah Rukh".
NEW DELHI - FIFA is putting pressure on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to make sure that all member associations amend their constitutions in accordance with the national federation and the world body. A FIFA delegation comprising Fredric Guillemont, senior manager performance programme, and regional development officer Shaji Prabhakran,
BY ABHISHEK ROY
It’s been 39 years since India won their only hockey World Cup. After that they never came anywhere near a podium finish, let alone winning. India were third in the inaugural edition in 1971, runners-up in the next edition before winning the Cup in Kuala Lumpur when the tournament was played biennially.
NEW DELHI - Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu won the first two singles to give India a crucial 2-0 lead in the Uber Cup semi-final being held at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on May 23. First, Olympic bronze medallist Saina beat World No.12 Minatsu Mitani 21-12, 21-13 in 41 minutes to take a 4-2 lead in career meetings. Minatsu had won their previous two meetings.
KOLKATA - Claiming the current edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has outscored its predecessors in terms of popularity, its governing council Thursday said the television viewership, stadium attendance, as also social media were indicators of its soaring public appeal. IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman said the tournament has grown manifold this year.
NEW DELHI - Leading shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and Saina Nehwal were named captains of the Indian teams participating in the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals which stated at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here May 18 until 25. "I would like to announce that Kashyap and Saina will be the captains of the Indian teams participating in the event," Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta said...
NEW DELHI - Olympic silver medal winning shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won his maiden Lok Sabha election May 16 on a BJP ticket by a huge margin while cricketer Mohammed Kaif, who contested on a Congress ticket, lost by a massive margin.Among other sportspersons who lost the elections were former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin and football star Bhaichung Bhutia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - India’s marathon man Ashis Roy added another half marathon to his bag to take his overall tally to 137 as he completed his 22nd 13-mile run in the Delaware Marathon. Roy, who turns 82 next month, running for the second time with his daughter Amrita, a senior planner at Amtrak, America’s railway system, won the second prize in the 80-85 age group in the marathon in Wilmington city.
HULL (ENGLAND) - India’s Joshna Chinappa scalped four-time champion Rachael Grinham, the 15th seed from Australia, 3-2 and entered the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s singles in the British Open squash championship here. One of the event's greatest stars, Grinham, twice led unseeded Chinappa, but the World No.21 from India held her nerves to win 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-2, 11-6 Tuesday...