INDIAN SPORTS

  • 'It is difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country' Yesterday

    New Delhi: She might be one of the most sought-after sportspersons in India but tennis ace Sania Mirza says "it's difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country" due to the prevailing "gender inequality" and called for an urgent need to bring about a cultural change. "Yes, it is difficult...
  • Sports Minister, Vijender Singh want AIBA to be lenient on Sarita Devi 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Boxer L Sarita Devi on Sunday got support from Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Olympic bronze medallist pugilist Vijender Singh, who said that world body AIBA should take a lenient decision on her for refusing to accept her Asian Games medal after a controversial defeat. Sarita's career has been...
  • AIBA shows no leniency; Indian boxer Sarita Devi faces ban November 12, 2014

    The International Boxing Federation says exemplary punishment will be handed out to the boxer for refusing to accept her medal at the Asian Games. ...
  • Sachin Tendulkar hints at major sporting plan with Narendra Modi November 8, 2014

    London: Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Friday hinted that a major proposal on sports, which he has submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is set to be unveiled soon. At the UK launch of his much-hyped autobiography -- 'Playing It My Way' -- Tendulkar said the details of the plan...
  • Play for India to avail grants: Sports Ministry issues diktat October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Taking exception to top Indian tennis players, who were reluctant to compete in the recent Asian Games, the Sports Ministry on Wednesday said individual players will be able to avail grants from it only if they are available for India when needed. The ministry's diktat comes after players like...
  • Olympic sports can learn a lot from cricket: Rahul Dravid October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Batting on a different wicket as member of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOP) initiated by the Ministry of Sports to increase India's medal tally, former captain Rahul Dravid said that Olympic sports can learn a lot from cricket and vice versa. "Sport is sport and performance at elite...
  • Wait on Asian Games list continues, India misses crucial meeting September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The long wait for government clearance of the country's contingent at the upcoming Asian Games continued on Monday with the sports ministry yet to get directions from the Prime Minister's Office, leading to India missing out on the scheduled Delegates Registration Meeting in Incheon. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had...
  • Narinder Batra files RTI against top officials of SAI, Sports Ministry August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: After a national hockey camp was not cleared by the government, Hockey India's secretary general Narinder Batra on Tuesday filed an RTI against Ajit Sharan, secretary, ministry of sports, and SAI director general Jiji Thomson. The national junior women's hockey camp that was slated to start in Bhopal today...
  • Dhyan Chand in the fray again for Bharat Ratna August 12, 2014

    The Home Ministry has forwarded his name to the Prime Minister's Office for consideration for the country's highest civilian honour. ...
  • No Khel Ratna to be awarded for the year 2014 August 12, 2014

    The coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is unlikely to be bestowed upon any sportsperson this year as the Selection Committee has decided not to recommend any names for the award. ...
  • Sports federations in India put an agelimit cap on officebearers July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: As many as 47 out of 54 sports federations in the country have amended their constitution setting 70 years as the age limit for all office bearers, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said during Question Hour, "Out of the 54 National Sports Federations...
  • Watch: 'Abhinav Bindra shoots arrows?' People of Mumbai were asked about famous Indian sports icons. Their answers will make you cringe July 12, 2014

    Indians went ape s**t crazy when Maria Sharapova said she did not know who Sachin Tendulkar was. It snowballed into a huge controversy online with people starting memes with the hash tag #WhoIsMariaSharapova and ranting on Twitter and Facebook. Things got slightly out of hand when Sachin fans even left...
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocates Rs.400 crore for Indian sports July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday allocated Rs.400 crore for the development of Indian sports, including upgradation of sports infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir, a sports university in Manipur and training for athletes for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asian games. The biggest beneficiary was the state of Jammu...
  • NADA makes expert panel to boost antidoping campaign May 4, 2014

    New Delhi: In order to strengthen its education and awareness program for athletes, the National AntiDoping Agency has constituted an expert group to identify, advice and formulate a plan for this initiative. The group will formulate antidoping education plan in line with the objectives of the campaign. "The plan will be executed...
  • MHA gives nod to draft Prevention of Sporting Fraud Bill April 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry has given its nod to a draft bill that envisages to check spotfixing and illegal betting in sporting events, and mulls a maximum of five years' imprisonment for such crimes. The draft Prevention of Sporting Fraud Bill, prepared by the Sports Ministry in consultation with the...
  • IOA ad-hoc committee for boxing to meet on April 17 April 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The ad-hoc committee formed by the IOA to run Indian boxing in the wake of the federation's international termination, will meet for the first time on April 17 to discuss team selections and conduct of national championships among other issues. The six-member committee, headed by Tarlochan Singh, was supposed...
  • Returning to Olympic fold is a great moment for the country: Sports minister February 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Sports minister Jitendra Singh Tuesday congratulated both the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for bringing India back into the Olympic fold. The IOC executive board during its adhoc meeting in Sochi Tuesday decided to lift the 14monthold ban on India in the wake...
  • IBF representatives should not vote in IOA polls: IOC, AIBA January 31, 2014

    New Delhi: The suspended Indian Boxing Federation will not have any representation in the upcoming IOA elections after the IOC and the AIBA instructed that no official from the IBF be allowed to cast a vote in the February 9 polls. IBF President Abhishek Matoria, senior vicePresident Bhupinder Singh and Manipur...
  • BCCI chief N Srinivasan's brother Ramachandran set to become IOA chief January 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Squash Racquet Federation of India (SRFI) chief Narayana Ramachandran is set to be elected unopposed as the president of Indian Olympic Association in the polls to be held here next month as he was the only candidate to file nomination papers for the top post on Saturday. Ramachandran was...
  • AFI bans six states, slaps suspension on 14 athletes for doping December 25, 2013

    New Delhi: The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has banned six states, including Delhi and Haryana, for fielding overaged athletes while slapping two year suspension on 14 other athletes for doping. This decision was taken during a twoday meeting of the Executive Committee of AFI on December 22nd and 23rd. "In order...
  • India can qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup: Tendulkar December 24, 2013

    Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly welcomed the FIFA U17 World Cup in India, and Tendulkar said that India could surely qualify for the 2022 football World Cup. ...
  • Mary Kom on life beyond the ring December 13, 2013

    In an interview to CNNIBN, the Olympic bronze medallist spoke about her autobiography, "Unbreakable", and much more. ...
  • Will try to ensure IOA polls before Winter Olympics: Jitendra Singh December 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Jitendra Singh Friday said he would try to convince the IOA to hold its muchawaited elections before the scheduled date of February 9 to ensure that the Indian athletes are able to compete under the national flag during the Sochi Winter Olympics, starting February 7. India's return...
  • Lifting of Oly ban will be 'perfect gift' for athletes: Sushil Kumar December 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Welcoming the IOC's decision to revoke India's suspension if the IOA holds its polls next year, star wrestler Sushil Kumar Friday said the country's sports administrators have been provided with an opportunity by the world body to present a "perfect gift" to its athletes before next year's Commonwealth...
  • IOC issues guidelines on implementing amendments December 13, 2013

    New Delhi: In a bid to ensure absolute clarity on the constitutional amendments carried out by the IOA to bar chargedframed officials, the International Olympic Committee Friday issued a guideline on how to implement the clause to avoid "unnecessary speculation or doubtful interpretation". In a letter to the Indian Olympic Association,...
  • Indian Shooters hope to compete under national flag at the CWG December 12, 2013

    The IOC had threatened to expel India if the IOA did not pass the amendment on ethics that bars tainted officials from contesting. ...
  • I had offered to resign earlier: Lalit Bhanot December 12, 2013

    Bhanot, who is under trial in the commonwealth games scam, is determined to fight against IOA's decision to bar bar him from contesting the IOA elections. ...
  • Shooters hope to compete under Indian flag at CWG next year December 12, 2013

    Gurgaon: Top shooters Ronjan Sodhi and Gagan Narang on Thursday expressed happiness over India's possible return to Olympic fold if the IOA holds elections without involvement of chargeframed persons and hoped they would be able to compete under the Indian flag in Commonwealth Games next year. "It is a welcome relief...
  • Make Sachin Tendulkar sports minister: Milkha Singh December 10, 2013

    Panaji: Sachin Tendulkar should be made sports minister to improve India's sporting prowess, ace athlete Milkha Singh said here Tuesday. "Sachin should be made sports minister so that he can work for the betterment of sport. It's only a sportsman who will work sincerely and with dedication for the cause of...
  • The Indian Olympic Association ammends its constitution December 9, 2013

    The Indian Olympic Association was left with no choice but to accept the IOC's diktat after IOC President Thomas Bach threatened to expel India from the Olympic movement. ...