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From badminton to cricket, Sandip Sikdar writes on many sporting disciplines. He has the experience of working in digital, news agency as well as print organisations. Motorsport remains his first love.

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Challenging situation but plans in place: Fulton on Varun Kumar's rape case

The defender has withdrawn from the squad and that means the Indian team has a gap to fill

Arjuna award-winning Indian hockey player Varun Kumar
Published on Feb 10, 2024 01:38 PM IST

Dion Gowda: New kid on the formula racing block

After a solid show in the British Formula 4 Championship, the 16-year-old will be racing in the Italian Championship this year

Dion Gowda made an impressive debut in formula racing last year at the British Formula 4 Championship with consistent performances that included four wins, six podiums and three pole positions, finishing an overall fourth
Published on Feb 09, 2024 08:37 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Rape-accused Varun pulls out of Pro League, to seek legal remedies

Varun has been granted "urgent leave" from national duty by Hockey India after he stated that the incident has taken a toll on his "physical and mental health".

Hockey Olympian Varun Kumar (File)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 05:06 PM IST
By, New Delhi

You will see me racing in May: CS Santosh

India’s most accomplished rallyist was laid low after a high-speed crash in 2021 but now, he's almost ready to make his comeback.

CS Santosh in action(HT)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 06:30 PM IST

Silver to red: Can Lewis Hamilton take Ferrari to the top again?

2026 will once again see engine regulations change which means one thing – change of the existing order. And both Hamilton and Ferrari are betting on that

Lewis Hamilton of Britain arrives at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain(AP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 04:45 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Why global motorsport championships don’t last in India

January proved to be a landmark month. But sadly, it was also witness to one of its nadirs when Formula E announced the cancellation of its Hyderabad race

Formula E cancelled its Hyderabad race.(AP)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 08:17 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Supercross league makes a splash on debut

Thousands of fans turned up to enjoy dirt track bike racing as the Indian Supercross Racing League kicked off in Pune

Held in the controlled environment of a stadium, the newest league kicked up dirt to everyone excitement as riders raced on a dirt track.
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 02:37 PM IST
By, Pune

Indian supercross league to make debut on Sunday

The Indian Supercross Racing League will put dirt bike racing in centrestage with the first event being held in Pune on Sunday

For the first time, supercross will shed its support act when the Indian Supercross Racing League (ISRL) makes its debut at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Sunday.
Published on Jan 27, 2024 09:47 PM IST
By, Pune

How Harith rallied to a historic Dakar finish

Harith’s 11th place finish is the best ever by an Indian, beating his 2021 record of 20th, the only other time he finished the rally in 5 attempts

Having not finished the world’s longest, most dangerous yet celebrated rally in the last two years, the Indian rider’s only aim was to finish the 7,600km rally-raid this time around.(TVS Racing)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 07:27 PM IST
By, New Delhii

Tai Tzu Ying: Flowing game, humble to a fault

The 29-year-old stands apart for her touch and deception; Paris 2024 will be a final chance for Olympic glory before the Chinese Taipei badminton great retires

Though Tai Tzu hasn’t won an Olympic or World Championship gold, she still draws the biggest crowds.(AFP)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 12:05 AM IST

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty finish runners-up at India Open

The Asian champions lost a tactical battle to Korean world champions Kang Min-hyuk and Seo Seung-jae on the last day of the BWF India Open tournament.

Satwik and Chirag always had tough matches against their Korean rivals though they boasted a 4-1 head-to-head count in five meetings coming into the match(PTI)
Updated on Jan 21, 2024 09:37 PM IST

Satwik-Chirag storm into India Open final, erratic Prannoy bows out

They showed nerves of steel as they kept sustained pressure on Aaron and Soh, the 2022 World champions, to eke out a 21-18 21-14 in a thrilling semifinal clash

India's Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in action during the men's doubles semi-finals against Malaysia's Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik(PTI)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 11:41 PM IST

Age fudging: More than 250 shuttlers take BAI's amnesty scheme

Those still caught for age fraud after last year's VARS scheme face severe punishment, BAI secretary general Sanjay Mishra said

Representational image of a badminton shuttle and racquet(Getty Images)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 10:54 PM IST

Prannoy digs deep to beat Wang, Satwik-Chirag cruise

The world no 9 staged a come-from-behind victory to beat the Chinese Taipei shuttler 21-11, 17-21, 21-18 to enter the men’s singles semi-finals of India Open.

India's H S Prannoy returns to Chinese Taipei's T W Wang during the men's singles badminton quarter-final match at the India Open 2024(PTI)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 12:46 AM IST

Badminton: India's search for Gopichand's successor

All of a sudden, the national circuit is buzzing with coaches who have played at the highest level and are now guiding the creme de la creme of Indian badminton

Indian Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 19, 2024 07:04 PM IST

Prannoy beats Priyanshu in battle of generations

The 31-year-old showed the value of experience to down the youngster

The senior pro had been pushed hard by the 21-year-old but even though they belong to separate generations, the respect and admiration between the two was clear for all to see.(Ayush Sharma)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 11:10 PM IST

Off-colour Kidambi Srikanth endures another early exit at India Open

The world No.25 lost to Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu in straight games in the first round of India Open

Kidambi Srikanth in action during Yonex Sunrise India Open 2024 at IGI Stadium(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 10:35 PM IST

PV Sindhu training under new coach, targets comeback at Asia Team Championships

Indian badminton fans anxiously await the double Olympic medallist's return, not having played since October due to injuries and poor form.

India's PV Sindhu(PTI)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 10:00 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Stick to the process instead of thinking unnecessarily about Olympics: Gopichand

There are still about eight tournaments left before the big event but players should not get sidetracked

Indian Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 10:09 PM IST

Rajawat shows the exit to former champ Lakshya

Rajawat rallied to beat his friend and fellow Thomas Cup champion 16-21, 21-16, 21-13 in an hour and 15 minutes to enter Round 2 of the India Open

Priyanshu Rajawat of India competes during the men's singles match against Lakshya Sen from India at the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2024 badminton tournament(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 10:07 PM IST

Exclusive: Lakshya Sen parts ways with Anup Sridhar, Vimal Kumar coach for now

Lakshya Sen and Anup Sridhar were not able to achieve the targets they had set together

Following his gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Lakshya had been struggling with form especially after a deviated nasal septum surgery in September 2022.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 06:28 AM IST

Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen and Carolina Marin pull out of India Open

A total of seven singles players – five men and two women – withdrew on the eve of the Super 750 tournament.

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen returns a shot(AP)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 11:28 PM IST
By, New Delhi

How Kunlavut Vitidsarn is struggling to cope with pressure post world title

In 7 tournaments since that epic August evening in Copenhagen when he won the world title, the Thai is yet to reach a semi-final

In seven tournaments since that epic August evening in Copenhagen when he won the world title, the Thai is yet to reach a semi-final, losing regularly in the first two rounds.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 10:32 PM IST

Satwik-Chirag lose in Malaysia Open final

The world No.2 pair raced to the first game but the Chinese world No.1 pair Wei Ken Liang and Chang Wang fought back brilliantly to seal victory in Kuala Lumpur

India's Chirag Shetty, left and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy competes during the men's doubles badminton semifinal match against South Korea's Kang Min Hyuk and Seo Seung Jae at the Malaysia Open(AP)
Published on Jan 14, 2024 07:20 PM IST

Malaysia Open badminton: Satwik-Chirag upstage world champions, reach final

In a sensational show, the Indians reeled off eight points in the second game after their Korean rivals went 20-14 up to enter the final in Kuala Lumpur

India's Chirag Shetty (R) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy(AFP)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 11:34 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ruthless Satwik-Chirag enter Malaysia Open semis

The second-seeded Indians will face either Korea's Kang Min Hyuk and Seo Seung Jae or third seeded Malaysian pair of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik.

India's Chirag Shetty (L) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy(AFP)
Published on Jan 12, 2024 07:35 PM IST

Maserati’s Jehan Daruvala set for Formula E debut

Daruvala is set to become only the third Indian to take part in a single-seater world championship event after Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok

The 25-year-old, making the switch from Formula 1 feeder series Formula 2, will drive alongside Maximilian Gunther
Published on Jan 12, 2024 07:04 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Formula E cancels race in Hyderabad

The governing body of the electric racing series -- the first edition was held in Hyderabad last year -- alleged "breach of contract" by the Telangana govt

Drivers steer their cars during a trial race for the FIA Formula E World Championship, in Hyderabad.(PTI)
Published on Jan 06, 2024 09:09 PM IST

Sandeep takes the Kabaddi route to success

The son of an auto rickshaw driver, he made his PKL debut as a raider for Patna Pirates

Sandeep Kumar aims to play for India.(Patna Pirates)
Published on Dec 29, 2023 10:26 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Formula E Hyderabad E-Prix runs into fresh trouble

Following a recent communication received from the new Government of Telangana, Formula E is seeking urgent clarification of their contractual commitments

Jean-Eric-Vergne of France DS Penske driver ride during the Hyderabad E-Prix on February 11, 2023 in Hyderabad, India.(Getty Images)
Published on Dec 28, 2023 11:48 PM IST
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