Amit Kamath

Amit Kamath

Amit Kamath is with the sports desk in Mumbai. He covers football, cricket, wrestling, shooting and kabaddi.

Articles by Amit Kamath
Saina Nehwal, who won bronze at the London Olympics, was touted to be a medal contender at Rio but injured herself leading to an early ouster.(AP)
Saina Nehwal, who won bronze at the London Olympics, was touted to be a medal contender at Rio but injured herself leading to an early ouster.(AP)

Saina Nehwal’s injury toughest moment of her career, says coach

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2016 10:46 PM IST
Saina Nehwal has avoided talking to the media after undergoing surgery on her right knee, which is expected to keep her out of action for at least a few months.
An 800m runner, Yuliya Stepanova and husband Vitaly, who worked with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, exposed systemic doping in the east European country.(REUTERS)
An 800m runner, Yuliya Stepanova and husband Vitaly, who worked with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, exposed systemic doping in the east European country.(REUTERS)

Rio 2016: Yuliya Stepanova highlights perils of whistle-blowing

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2016 12:18 PM IST
There is an ever-present threat, demonstrated when Yuliya’s e-mail account and her Adams account (her anti-doping control account at WADA) was hacked on Thursday.
Dipa Karmakar finished fourth at the women’s vault final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, becoming the first Indian gymnast to achieve the feat.(REUTERS)
Dipa Karmakar finished fourth at the women’s vault final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, becoming the first Indian gymnast to achieve the feat.(REUTERS)

Joydeep Karmakar recalls pain of finishing 4th at Olympics; feels for Dipa

UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2016 01:20 PM IST
No one knows the despair of finishing fourth at the Olympics better than shooter Joydeep Karmakar. Four years ago in London, Karmakar had finished fourth in the 50m rifle prone event.
Abhinav Bindra missed out on bronze in the men's 10m air rifle by a whisker.(PTI)
Abhinav Bindra missed out on bronze in the men's 10m air rifle by a whisker.(PTI)

‘The perfectionist in Abhinav Bindra might prevent him from retiring’

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2016 03:07 PM IST
Four years ago at the London Olympics, Joydeep Karmakar had finished fourth in the 50m rifle prone event. The result still rankles Karmakar, and he says the near miss at Rio will hurt Bindra for long.
Mumbai, India - July 22, 2014: Andy Knee, Kushal Das and Baichung Bhutia addressing media during the player draft of Hero Indian Super league in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Mumbai, India - July 22, 2014: Andy Knee, Kushal Das and Baichung Bhutia addressing media during the player draft of Hero Indian Super league in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

AIFF to appoint ethics committee for more transparency

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON AUG 04, 2016 01:45 PM IST
The ethics committee will handle all anti-corruption matters, such as investigating allegations of graft against officials. 
Narsingh Pancham Yadav even trained for two hours on the day of his doping violation verdict.(Reuters)
Narsingh Pancham Yadav even trained for two hours on the day of his doping violation verdict.(Reuters)

Rio 2016: Narsingh Yadav continued training through turmoil

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2016 01:13 PM IST
Narsingh Pancham Yadav didn’t lose hope and continued to train despite being in turmoil through the court case against Sushil Kumar and the doping scandal which threatened to end his Rio dreams as well as career. A timeline of how the events transpired.
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav celebrates after NADA cleared him of doping charges.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav celebrates after NADA cleared him of doping charges.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Narsingh Yadav’s family relieved after Nada decision as ‘justice prevails’

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2016 11:00 PM IST
As the Narsingh Yadav doping saga played out across TV screens the past few days, his family members and coaches here were not able to contact him over the phone.
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has registered 208 cases of Stanozolol being found in test samples collected from Indian athletes from January 1, 2009 to July 18, 2016.(Getty Images)
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has registered 208 cases of Stanozolol being found in test samples collected from Indian athletes from January 1, 2009 to July 18, 2016.(Getty Images)

687 athletes caught in NADA dope net since 2009

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2016 06:46 PM IST
Outdated steroids—Nandrolone, Metandienone and Stanozolol—are the common drugs used by Indian athletes for enhancing performance, says a report by the National Anti-Doping Agency
Indian Wrestler Narsingh Yadav leaves after appearing before National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) in New Delhi, India, on Thursday.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Indian Wrestler Narsingh Yadav leaves after appearing before National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) in New Delhi, India, on Thursday.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Narsingh doping episode has no adverse effects on wrestling in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2016 11:16 AM IST
At SAI's sprawling Kandivali centre, coaches do not foresee the Narsingh episode to have any adverse effect. Among the wrestlers who train here, 25-odd are part of the pay-and-play scheme. 
Players of India's U-16 football team, which is in Germany at the moment for an exposure trip ahead of September's AFC U16 Championship, have not been affected by the senseless violence, according to coach Nicolai Adam.(Getty Images)
Players of India's U-16 football team, which is in Germany at the moment for an exposure trip ahead of September's AFC U16 Championship, have not been affected by the senseless violence, according to coach Nicolai Adam.(Getty Images)

India's U16 football team unaffected by German mass shooting

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2016 09:40 AM IST
Germany has witnessed an alarming number of mass violence attacks in the last few days which have left citizens of the European country shaken up.
Sandeep Tulsi Yadav was once Narsingh Yadav’s roommate and sparring partner, and now both have been found guilty of doping.
Sandeep Tulsi Yadav was once Narsingh Yadav’s roommate and sparring partner, and now both have been found guilty of doping.

From roommates to sparring partners, Tulsi Yadav on same boat as Narsingh

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2016 03:27 PM IST
Ever since that day, while Narsingh’s stock has soared, Sandeep has been content with being in the background.
Wrestlers at the campus were shocked by Narsingh’s dope test result.(AFP)
Wrestlers at the campus were shocked by Narsingh’s dope test result.(AFP)

Counselling session for wrestlers at SAI centre in Kandivli

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2016 10:39 PM IST
The twin failed dope tests sapped the morale at the centre so much that coaches had to have a small counselling session with the 30-odd grapplers training at the centre on Monday.
A file photo of India's Narsingh Pancham Yadav.(Reuters Photo)
A file photo of India's Narsingh Pancham Yadav.(Reuters Photo)

Wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s short tryst with glory between two positive tests

UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2016 01:52 AM IST
There is a bit of irony hidden in the fact that Narsingh Yadav will not compete in Rio. Narsingh had lost in the final of the national trials held to select India’s 2010 Commonwealth Games wrestler. But he made it to the competition in Delhi after his conqueror Sumit Sehrawat failed a dope test.
With the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) bringing in unprecedented amounts of money , organisers are doing everything from banning Whatsapp to keeping a tab on CCTV footage to ensure there is no room for scandals.(PTI)
With the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) bringing in unprecedented amounts of money , organisers are doing everything from banning Whatsapp to keeping a tab on CCTV footage to ensure there is no room for scandals.(PTI)

Pro Kabaddi: With cash flowing in, franchises take measures to keep scandals out

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON JUL 24, 2016 10:35 AM IST
With the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) bringing in unprecedented amounts of money into the sport, the possibility of corrupt elements trying to exploit the sport has also increased manifold.
Ronaldinho was at his best in the second game of the Premier Futsal. He has, however, returned home citing commercial commitments with the Paralympics Committee in Brazil.(V Srinivasulu/HT File)
Ronaldinho was at his best in the second game of the Premier Futsal. He has, however, returned home citing commercial commitments with the Paralympics Committee in Brazil.(V Srinivasulu/HT File)

Ronaldinho shows why futsal is a better bet of ageing stars

UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2016 05:16 PM IST
The 36-year-old's last few club stints have been forgettable, to say the least. His stay at Brazilian side Fluminense last year ended in three months with the 36-year-old making just nine appearances. At one point, he was booed by his own fans. 
Ian Thorpe (centre) during a promotional event ahead of the Rio Olympics in Mumbai on Thursday.(PTI)
Ian Thorpe (centre) during a promotional event ahead of the Rio Olympics in Mumbai on Thursday.(PTI)

Playing mentor rekindles love for sport in Thorpe

HT Correspondent | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2016 10:19 PM IST
At the age of 15, he was a world champion. By 17, he was an Olympic gold medallist, a world record holder, and a legend. By 24, with the world at his feet, he had retired.
Former New Zealand skipper Richard Hadlee was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome that causes irregular heart beat.(PTI)
Former New Zealand skipper Richard Hadlee was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome that causes irregular heart beat.(PTI)

Richard Hadlee calls his fight with heart disease his greatest Test

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2016 04:54 PM IST
Hadlee needed open heart surgery to survive and still takes medication to keep his blood thin and his heart beat regular. The ordeal, he says, taught him a valuable life lesson. 
Former France player and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has backed the national team to do well.(REUTERS)
Former France player and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has backed the national team to do well.(REUTERS)

Zinedine Zidane tips France to do well in Euro 2016

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath/Sean Sequeira
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2016 07:24 AM IST
The hosts, who take on Romania on Friday night, are considered the favourites to win Europe’s biggest tournament.
Dhawal Kulkarni took 18 wickets for Gujarat Lions in the IPL this year.(PTI)
Dhawal Kulkarni took 18 wickets for Gujarat Lions in the IPL this year.(PTI)

After club high, pacer Dhawal aims for consistency in Zimbabwe

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2016 02:52 PM IST
it was his season with Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League, claiming 18 wickets in 14 games, which earned him selection in the second-string India side which will play three ODIs and three T20Is in Zimbabwe, starting this weekend.
R Ashwin picked up ten wickets for Rising Pune Supergiants.(REUTERS)
R Ashwin picked up ten wickets for Rising Pune Supergiants.(REUTERS)

Virat is very thorough, there’s a lot of honesty around: Ashwin

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2016 10:17 AM IST
The recently concluded Indian Premier League season has been somewhat of a disappointment for R Ashwin. However, the off spinner, whose equation with Rising Pune Supergiants skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was often under scrutiny throughout the season, has termed his season as a good one.
West Indies player Chris Gayle showing his six pack abs during a practice session at Wankhede Stadium.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
West Indies player Chris Gayle showing his six pack abs during a practice session at Wankhede Stadium.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Lawson’s bouncer to Gayle: Think before you open your mouth!

UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2016 03:40 PM IST
The flamboyant opener’s propensity to reel off offensive and sexist remarks as not gone down well with former Australia pacer.
Even after the flight with Daredevils players landed in Delhi, some nine hours after it had left Raipur, the passengers could not disembark immediately because the stairs were too unstable due to strong wind.(AFP)
Even after the flight with Daredevils players landed in Delhi, some nine hours after it had left Raipur, the passengers could not disembark immediately because the stairs were too unstable due to strong wind.(AFP)

Mid-air drama: Turbulence, free fall rattles Delhi Daredevils players

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2016 12:24 PM IST
Daredevils’ Indigo flight from Raipur to Delhi on Monday afternoon ran into major turbulence.
In Naya Raipur, Virat Kohli took the backseat and let his partner KL Rahul be the aggressor.(AFP)
In Naya Raipur, Virat Kohli took the backseat and let his partner KL Rahul be the aggressor.(AFP)

Virat fuels RCB’s title charge, ends Delhi Daredevils’ chances

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2016 01:41 AM IST
RCB skipper scored a match-winning 54* to take Bangalore into the play-offs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli ‘s unbeaten knock tamed Delhi Daredevils in their must-win final IPL league game. It took Kohli’s record tally for a single season past the 900-run mark.(PTI)
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli ‘s unbeaten knock tamed Delhi Daredevils in their must-win final IPL league game. It took Kohli’s record tally for a single season past the 900-run mark.(PTI)

Kohli sizzles with another fifty, takes RCB into IPL playoffs

Hindustan Times | By Amit Kamath
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2016 01:27 AM IST
Virat Kohli extended his unbelievable streak with another match-winning half-century, taking his tally for IPL 9 season to 919 runs, as RCB defeat the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi Daredevils by six wickets to qualify as the second team for the playoffs
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