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Sports Ministry to remove salary cap of Rs 2 lakhs for Indian coaches

Kiren Rijiju (Source: The Statesman)
The Sports Ministry on Saturday announced the doing away with of the Rs 2 lakh cap on the salary given to Indian coaches training elite athletes in a bid to encourage them to produce better results and attract former players to become high performance trainers. The announcement came after the ministry's decision on Thursday to extend the contracts of all...

Van Hawke Sports expands global footprint, opens office in India

Sunny Singh, CEO - Van Hawke Sports
Van Hawke Sports, the leading sports marketing agency specialising in sports sponsorships for brands, today announced it has expanded its global footprint with the opening of a new office in Hyderabad, India.  Van Hawke Sports is a leading sports marketing agency which provides specialised services in sports sponsorships for brands. Headquartered in London, UK, Van Hawke Sports operates an extensive...

Sports Ministry to launch TOPS for junior athletes soon

Golum Tinku
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday said that his government will soon launch Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for junior athletes in the country with an aim to produce Olympic champions by 2028. Rijiju announced the decision during the 'Fit Hai To Hit Hai Fit India' webinar which was also attended by HRD minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, Olympic medallist...

Unlock 2.0 – Gyms, sports and swimming pools yet to get the nod

Swimming - representational image
Unlock 2.0 is the government’s decision to slowly resume essential services and slowly transition into normal life without the health risks that have swept the country amidst the pandemic. This unlock has seen decreased restrictions for shop owners, restaurants and other services. Schools and educational institutions remain closed until further notice. Gyms, swimming pools and other health and sports...

IOS Sports signs India’s youngest weightlifting sensation Jeremy Lalrinnunga

Jeremy Lalrinnunga
Youth Olympics gold medallist weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga on Friday inked a deal with sports management firm IOS Sports and Entertainment. With the deal Jeremy joins the long list of elite athletes managed by the company that include, boxing superstars MC Mary Kom and Vijender Singh, Asian Games gold medallist sprinter Hima Das, Commonwealth Games champion paddler Manika Batra, and former...

Won’t allow provisional recognition of NSFs without adherence to sports code: HC to Sports Ministry

Delhi High Court
The Delhi High Court on Friday said the practice of granting provisional recognition to National Sports Federations (NSFs) in the country without ascertaining whether they are following the sports code cannot be allowed to go on. "We won't allow the provisional system to go on without the NSFs following the sports code. That is not going to happen. Ask...

Esports: India’s Skyesports Gaming to host 6 months of Clash of Clans and Brawlstars

SkyEsports
Skyesports, a Chennai based esports organization has announced it will be hosting tournaments for mainstream mobile esports titles like Clash of Clans and Brawlstars for a total prize pool of INR 8,00,000. The tournament announcement comes right after the successful run of Skyesports Grandslam, which was 2 months long online tournament for various mobile and PC titles like Rainbow...

Sports Ministry extends contract of existing foreign coaches to Sept 2021

Kiren Rijiju
The Sports Ministry on Thursday extended the contracts of all foreign coaches till September 30 next year and said that future hiring will be done on a four-year cycle in sync with the Olympic Games to ensure continuity. The four-year contracts to be given to new coaches will, however, be on the basis of recommendation from the respective National Sports...

Banning Chinese products will hurt India’s sports segment

IPL Final 2019 (Source- IPL)
While the judgement is still to be delivered on whether there has been a Chinese incursion in the Galwan Valley or which country rightfully lays claim to the disputed stretch of land along the Sino-India border, within India, digital and real borders are being hurriedly drawn. Amid the calls of banning Chinese products, on June 29, the Indian government...

Cricketer Shikha Pandey’s blog is our aspiration on World Sports Journalists Day

Shikha Pandey (Source: Twitter/Shikha Pandey)
July 2 marks the event of World Sports Journalists Day. This day also commemorates the establishment of the International Sports Press Association (abbreviated AIPS from its French name) which occurred in 1924 during the Olympics that were being held in Paris. Top many Indian sportspersons took to their social media handles to celebrate their love for sports journalists, cricketer...