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Boot on the other foot: Retired Indian hockey players turning to coaching

July 31, 2020 1:47:24 am

Almost two dozen men and women players, who have all retired over the last decade, are going through Hockey India and International Hockey Federation’s certification process to become accredited coaches and give a fillip to the eroding grassroots structure.

Sardar Singh regrets not being an Olympic medallist but says India has realistic chance in Tokyo

July 20, 2020 1:32:22 pm

With the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games being postponed by a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sardar feels the Indian team will get some time to work on its grey areas and unearth new talent.

Mumbai hockey stalwarts write to Kiren Rijiju, urge intervention against Hockey India policy

July 3, 2020 9:47:04 am

Hockey India's ‘one state, one association’ policy means Mumbai will not be able to field a separate team in the National Championships which might lead to fewer opportunities for players.

Viren Rasquinha raises Rs 22 lakh for lockdown-hit hockey players, coaches, staff

June 25, 2020 5:18:55 pm

As per the initiative, Rs 10,000 each will be given as a one-time grant to 220 beneficiaries. The fund has been raised through a joint initiative of Olympic Gold Quest and Go Sports Foundation.

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‘Meeting my family was my only craving during lockdown’: Rani Rampal

June 22, 2020 9:52:15 pm

Both the men's and women's national teams were stuck at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru since March 25 when the government announced the nationwide lockdown.

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‘Homesick’ hockey players leave Bengaluru SAI centre as lockdown eases; granted month’s break

June 19, 2020 3:41:14 pm

Both the men's and women's national teams were stuck at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru since March 25 when the government announced the nationwide lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In Birmingham, a hockey club comprising Indian, Pakistani and Kenyan origin players fights discrimination

June 13, 2020 11:39:18 am

Barford Tigers, formed in 1966, has been pushing for higher representation of minorities in British hockey.

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How Jugraj Singh inspired India to script a comeback for the ages

June 11, 2020 8:42:03 am

India-Pakistan hockey matches are full-blooded encounters and Jugraj Singh recalls a Champions Trophy clash that will live long in memory.

When Balbir Singh Sr offered namaz with Aslam Sher Khan

June 6, 2020 1:19:57 pm

Former India captain pays tribute to the hockey legend, shares memories from the victorious 1975 World Cup campaign on Express Sports podcast.

Proud to have led India to success in maiden stint as captain: Harmanpreet Singh

Teammates have helped me succeed: Harmanpreet Singh after Arjuna award nomination

June 4, 2020 5:25:32 pm

Hockey India on Tuesday nominated Harmanpreet and women's team members Vandana Katariya and Monika for the Arjuna Award, while recommending women's team captain Rani for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

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Indian women’s team captain Rani Rampal recommended for Khel Ratna

June 2, 2020 4:07:38 pm

Hockey India nominated national women's team captain RaniRampal for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award while Vandana Kataria, Monika and Harmanpreet Singh were recommended for the Arjuna Award.

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Hockey players start ‘socially-distanced’ training after two-month pause

June 2, 2020 12:24:53 pm

The national team players were supposed to restart training in mid-May, but their wait got prolonged after a SAI staffer passed away and tested positive for the coronavirus.

Your victory contributes to my good health: When Balbir Singh Sr met MS Dhoni

May 26, 2020 4:28:44 pm

The encounter with MS Dhoni happened four years ago when the Indian team was at the PCA stadium in Mohali ahead of their World T20 tie against Australia.

Lost a big name: Pakistan’s hockey fraternity mourns death of Balbir Singh Sr

May 26, 2020 11:25:58 am

Former Pakistan captain and coach, Hasan Sardar, an outstanding centre-forward himself, said he took a lot of inspiration by hearing stories and anecdotes about Balbir Singh Sr.

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‘Hockey meri te is desh di jaan hai’

May 26, 2020 11:17:39 am

The Indian Express recounts its encounters with the legend

Balbir Singh: The Legend with a heart of gold

Balbir Singh: The Legend with a heart of gold

May 26, 2020 11:09:22 am

Balbir Singh Senior spent a major part of his life in Chandigarh post retirement

Not a household name, yet one of the greatest Olympians

Balbir Singh: Not a household name, yet one of the greatest Olympians

May 28, 2020 9:06:08 am

A goal-scoring machine from the days when hockey was played on grass, Balbir Singh Sr won three Olympic golds — 1948, 1952 and 1956 — and was India’s most-decorated athlete ever.

Indian hockey’s six ‘Balbirs’ and the only ‘Senior’

May 27, 2020 8:23:22 am

I feel very lucky to share my name with him. There may have been six Balbir Singhs who have played for India. But there will always be one Balbir Singh Senior.

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Lionheart, father figure and good Samaritan

May 27, 2020 8:23:15 am

His teammates, the players he coached and old friends recall the qualities that set Balbir Singh Dosanjh apart

If there was a hockey legend after Dhyan Chand, it was Balbir Singh Sr: Milkha Singh

May 25, 2020 7:04:54 pm

Balbir Singh Sr and Milkha Singh competed together at the highest level for the country in their respective games and even worked together for Punjab Sports department in the 1960's.

‘Balbir Singh played 1956 Olympic final with plaster on his finger’: Tulsidas Balaram

May 25, 2020 6:21:41 pm

Tulsidas Balaram was part of the national football team that finished a historic fourth in the 1956 Olympics and remembered how Balbir Singh took pain-killing injections before the summit clash.

How man manager Balbir Singh Sr inspired demoralised India to lone World Cup crown

May 25, 2020 2:20:34 pm

He didn't always need a hockey stick to pull it off for India, that was the kind of magic Balbir Singh Sr could weave, which steered a "demoralised" national team to its first and only World Cup gold back in 1975. 

Sports fraternity mourns the loss of Balbir Singh Sr, remembers ‘unforgettable contribution towards Indian hockey’

May 25, 2020 10:23:01 am

The sporting world woke up to the sad news and moaned the loss of the iconic hockey player.

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr passes away at 96

May 25, 2020 6:21:17 pm

Balbir Singh Sr's record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final at the Olympics still remains unbeaten.

Covid positive cook at Bengaluru SAI centre had no access to hockey players: Official

May 20, 2020 11:49:42 am

The cook died of a cardiac arrest and later tested positive for Covid-19, according to a top official, who said there was no reason to panic as the deceased had no access to the players' accommodation zone.