Saurabh Duggal

Saurabh Duggal is based in Chandigarh and has over 15 years experience as sports journalist. He writes on Olympic Sports.

Articles by Saurabh Duggal

Punjab sports minister likely to head Chandigarh Olympic body

Punjab sports minister and former international shooter Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi is likely to head the Chandigarh Olympic Association (COA)

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Published on Jan 16, 2021 12:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Bhiwani’s first boxing Olympian Mehtab Singh dies at 72

Twice the winner at the Asian championship, light heavyweight boxer Mehtab competed in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

File image of Mehtab Singh.(File)
Updated on Jan 06, 2021 10:23 PM IST
Chandigarh | By

Top kabaddi players, wrestlers lead sporting twist to farm agitation

Vijender Singh, India’s first Olympic medallist in boxing, also went to the protest site on December 6. Unlike many of the other athletes at the site, he has clear political ambitions, but the man from a village called Kaluwas in Haryana is also intimately connected to farming.

Dangal star wrestler Jassa Patti at a farmer protest site at the Singhu border.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 09:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Sonepat | By

Punjab minister Ashu set to head state badminton body

Ritin Khanna, former national-level badminton player and part of Jalandhar’s executive body, says sixteen district units have openly announced their support in favour of Ashu

Bharat Bhushan Ashu
Published on Dec 09, 2020 05:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

For unstoppable Karandeep Kochhar, the next stop is Olympics

21-year-old Chandigarh golfer wins Jeev Invitational tournament in tough playoff, pockets Rs 24.24 lakh, says he’s playing his best golf now

Golfer Karandeep Singh Kochhar after winning the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2020 Golf Tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Monday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Dec 07, 2020 10:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Sport stalwarts extend support, threaten to return honours

The sports stalwarts from Punjab and Haryana’s Vijender Singh have extended support to the farmers from Punjab, pledging to return the honours received from the central government.

Vijender Singh at the farmer protest.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 09:37 AM IST
Sonepat | By

Golf pioneer Jeev Milkha Singh eyes the senior circuit

Jeev Milkha Singh is preparing to play in the world’s top events in the senior circuit - the Majors and European, Japan and PGA tours.

File image of Jeev Milkha Singh(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 18, 2020 08:35 AM IST
Chandigarh | By

Chandigarh golfer Karandeep Kochhar pockets maiden pro title

The leader of the last two days, Kochhar taking full advantage of his home course, played a round of three-under-69 to complete his tally at 18-under-270 and pocket the winner’s cheque for ₹4.84 lakh

Karandeep Kochhar with his trophy at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Nov 12, 2020 11:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Finally, the four-year waits end, Kochhar pockets maiden pro-title

Now, after a long wait of almost four years, 45 tournaments in the PGTI circuit, finally, Kochhar won his maiden pro title at the Tata Steel Players Championship 2020 presented by the Chandigarh Golf Club on Thursday.

Chandigarh, India November 12, 2020: Karandeep Kochhar reacting after winning the PGTI Players Championship 2020 played at Chandigarh Golf Club on Thursday, November 12, 2020(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 12, 2020 11:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Caddy-turned pro Akshay wins post-lockdown inaugural PGTI tourney, equals India’s four-round record of under-24 par

After buying a house for family, the 30-year-old golfer’s next on radar is a marriage and four-wheeler; the today’s win got him a cheque of ₹4.84lakh.

Akshay Sharma(Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 08, 2020 08:26 AM IST

Caddy-turned-pro Akshay Sharma wins post-lockdown inaugural PGTI tourney

Another Chandigarh golfer Karandeep Kochhar finished second with a tally of 19-under-269

Updated on Nov 08, 2020 12:27 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In-house weekly prize money tourneys gear up local golfers for pro circuit

India’s professional circuit is resuming on November 4 from Chandigarh and Panchkula simultaneously

Ajeetesh Sandhu, Karandeep Kochhar and Adil Bedi during a round of golf at Chandigarh Golf Club. All three will be seen in action at the pro golf event starting November 4.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Nov 01, 2020 11:52 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

A house for golfer Akshay Sharma

From a one-room rented accommodation to moving in a six-room house of his own, the 30-year-old caddy-turned professional golfer now eyes travelling in Asia.

Chandigarh, India October 19, 2020: Caddy-turned professional golfer Akshay Sharma in front of his newly bought double-story house at Nayagaon on Monday, October, 19, 2020.(Photos by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times.)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 10:41 PM IST
Chandigarh | By

Corona, not Ravana, to go up in flames this Dussehra

From 221-foot-tall Ravana effigy in 2019, Ambala’s Tejinder Chauhan plans to make just 10-foot effigy this year, but with the face of Covid-19

The 221-foot-tall Ravana effigy that went up in flames at Dhanas in Chandigarh in 2019.
Published on Oct 04, 2020 10:56 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Atal Tunnel: How winter sports athletes saved lives of construction workers during avalanches

For the ten years that it took for the tunnel to be built, the seven members of the rescue team, all of them winter sports athletes, including an Olympian, acted as the lifeline for the construction workers.

A rescue team at work near the north portal of Atal Tunnel to save army jawan Satnam Singh.(Sourced)
Updated on Oct 04, 2020 12:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Chandigarh philatelist to depict Gandhi’s journey through stamps on his birth anniversary today

Working to showcase Gandhi’s contribution in freedom movement through a story in form of stamps, first-day covers and post cards; exhibition to take place at Gandhi Smarak Bhawan in Sector 16 on October 2

A part of Vipan Kumar Thakur’s exhibit on Gandhi’s theme.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 12:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Netting criminals, not goals: Former hockey skipper gets set for new innings, but Covid holds him up

Sports star self isolating after contracting Covid-19 can’t wait to get back to ‘fascinating’ training in weapons handling and investigations at the Madhuban Police Academy

From hockey stick to an AK-47 rifle: Sardar Singh gets set for his new role.(Sourced)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 09:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

3 years on, Haryana’s youth world champions still await cash awards

The gold medallists of youth world championships are entitled to cash award of ₹10 lakh as per the Haryana government’s sports policy

Boxer Sakshi won gold in Youth World Championship held in Guwahati in November, 2017. She went on to strike gold the next year too.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 21, 2020 01:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Haryana Olympic Association elections postponed

A circular in this regard was issued on Friday by returning officer Sandeep Vermani.

(HT File)
Updated on Sep 11, 2020 07:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Haryana sports minister and former Olympian Sandeep Singh front runner for HOA chief post

Incumbent president former ADGP Rathee, former Indian hockey skipper Sandeep will battle for the post

If Sandeep Singh is able to topple the Rathee group, he will become the first Olympian to head the body.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 10, 2020 12:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | By

Parallel associations spoiling the broth in sporting powerhouse Haryana

Many state associations, which are not affiliated to the national federations of their respective games, and not authorised to send teams to national championships, have got affiliation from HOA and will be voting in the state Olympic body polls scheduled on September 19 in Panchkula

The Haryana Olympic Association (HOA), currently headed by former additional director general of police PV Rathee, has 33 sports associations affiliated to it. Of these, over 10 are parallel state associations that have no affiliation to the national federation and are not eligible to send teams to national championships.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 08, 2020 11:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Now, an extra green topping for Chandigarh Golf Club course

Hole 12 at the course gets three-tier greens, players likely to find putting more challenging

Ready for a round: SPS Matharoo, CGC captain (centre), Amrit Inder Singh, course manager and professional golfer (right) and Surjit Singh, assistant course manager, at the newly re-laid greens at hole 12 of the 18-hold Chandigarh Golf Course.(Ravi Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 07, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Defying MHA guidelines, Haryana Olympic Association to hold elections on September 19

The four-year tenure of the current HOA body will be ending in September-October.

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Updated on Sep 05, 2020 08:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Haryana mountaineer’s Narender Singh Yadav award held for ‘fake’ Everest climb claim

Yadav attended the rehearsal of the national award ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday, but on Friday the ministry decided to withhold his award and an enquiry has been marked to validate his Everest claim.

The Hindustan Times on Friday morning highlighted that Yadav’s Everest claim was under cloud over a ‘morphed’ photo.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2020 09:08 PM IST
Chandigarh | By

Haryana man’s Everest claim in question

Naba Kumar Phukon, who was the leader of the 14-member Everest expedition in 2016 with whom Yadav climbed, also said that photos of Yadav standing atop Everest are fake

Updated on Aug 29, 2020 01:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Rani Rampal recounts rise to stardom after Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Rani’s life revolves around hockey and in a 12-year India career she has emerged the face of Indian women’s hockey, which has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

File image of Rani Rampal(Image Credit: Hockey India)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 11:53 PM IST
Chandigarh | By

Players from Punjab, Haryana get lion’s share in national sports awards

A whopping 29 names were also recommended for the Arjuna award by the 12-member selection committee of the sports ministry. Of these, 10 hail from the region

A whopping 29 names were also recommended for the Arjuna award by the 12-member selection committee of the sports ministry. Of these, 10 hail from the region.(Getty Images for Laureus)
Updated on Aug 19, 2020 12:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Large hearted Ganpati gets smaller as festivities are toned down due to Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit idol-makers hard as demand dips and festivities go low key with large gatherings prohibited

An artist gives final touches to Ganpati idols at Kali Bari in Chandigarh.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 11:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Dronacharya awards: One player, several coaches

Multiple coaches applying for the Dronacharya awards claiming to have trained the same player has become the norm.

Trophy for the Dronacharya Award.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 12:13 AM IST
Chandigarh | By
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