B Shrikant

B Shrikant

B Shrikant anchors the Mumbai sports desk. A journalist for more than two decades, he covers hockey, chess, athletics, basketball and volleyball.

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Suyash Mehta(Twitter)
Suyash Mehta(Twitter)

NBA gets its first full-time Indian-origin referee

By B Shrikant | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 08:15 AM IST
Suyash Mehta on Wednesday made history when he was selected by the NBA as a full-time staff official, becoming the first Indian-origin referee to get into the NBA. Mehta, who hails from Baltimore, Maryland, has been included on the roster for the 2020-21 season which started on Tuesday.
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Representational image(HT Archives)
Representational image(HT Archives)

2022 Birmingham CWG: Nations will lose berths if weightlifters are caught for doping

By B Shrikant | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 07:47 PM IST
The Commonwealth Games Federation’s move could hit countries with poor doping record like India
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Viswanathan Anand of India(Getty Images)
Viswanathan Anand of India(Getty Images)

Viswanathan Anand chess academy to nurture India’s next big champion

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 09:36 AM IST
Five-time world champion and India’s first chess grandmaster will guide top talent in the project to find the “Next Anand”.
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Hockey generic image(AP)
Hockey generic image(AP)

Hockey India plans foreign camps for men and women teams

By B Shrikant | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 08:12 AM IST
On the recommendation of the team management, Hockey India has sent proposals to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for a camp in Argentina for the women’s team and in South Africa/Argentina for the men.
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The 2024 Olympics Games will be held in Paris(Getty Images)
The 2024 Olympics Games will be held in Paris(Getty Images)

Weightlifting, boxing officials react with caution to “inevitable” reduction in quotas for 2024 Olympics

By B Shrikant | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 01:28 PM IST
Weightlifting will see 76 fewer participants while boxing’s strength has been reduced by 34 athletes.
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Graham Reid.(Frank Uijlenbroek)
Graham Reid.(Frank Uijlenbroek)

Fitness-wise we’re on target, no substitute for matches: Graham Reid

By B Shrikant | MUMBAI
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 10:18 AM IST
The Indian team’s camp has been on at the Sport Authority of India’s Centre of Excellence at Bangalore since October 24.
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Photo of Indian basketball player Sanjana Ramesh(HT Sports)
Photo of Indian basketball player Sanjana Ramesh(HT Sports)

Sanjana Ramesh, adjusting to new normal in a foreign land

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 11:13 PM IST
Adapting to the way things are in United States was tough for Indian basketball player Sanjana Ramesh when she moved there after bagging a scholarship to the Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2019.
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Basketball player Satnam Singh Bhamara at guru nanak stadiam. .in Ludhiana.(JS Grewal/Hindustan Times)
Basketball player Satnam Singh Bhamara at guru nanak stadiam. .in Ludhiana.(JS Grewal/Hindustan Times)

Bhamara’s wait for anti-doping verdict gets longer

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 10:31 PM IST
Bhamara, who played in the Canadian National Basketball League for St John’s Edge last year, had sought a hearing with NADA’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) in 2019, maintaining that he “was and remains a clean competitor and has always played basketball fairly”.
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Georgia's Anthony Edwards (5) looks to pass the ball during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Edwards with the first pick in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18.(AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Georgia's Anthony Edwards (5) looks to pass the ball during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Edwards with the first pick in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18.(AP)

NBA draft: No. 1 pick Edwards’ motto in life is to keep smiling

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 03:58 PM IST
On Wednesday, Edwards, who turned 19 in August, came close to achieving his objective as he was selected by Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft 2020, chosen ahead of James Wiseman of Memphis and LaMelo Ball, the pre-draft No. 1.
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The regular season will end on May 16 and the playoffs will be played from May 22-July 22, 2021.(Getty Images)
The regular season will end on May 16 and the playoffs will be played from May 22-July 22, 2021.(Getty Images)

NBA season from December 22, ex-champs Toronto Raptors sweat over base

By B Shrikant | Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 10:48 AM IST
Travel restrictions due to a surge in Covid-19 cases has left the Canadian team more unsettled than others.
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The Indian men’s hockey team.(Image Courtesy: Hockey India)
The Indian men’s hockey team.(Image Courtesy: Hockey India)

Hockey camps extended, exposure trip shelved due to Covid travel restrictions

By B Shrikant | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 05:34 PM IST
The men’s camp, which started in early August, will continue till November 28 and the women’s team will train until December 12 after the request to tour Europe was turned down, SAI said in a statement to HT.
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Representational image.(PTI)
Representational image.(PTI)

Germany-Belgium FIH Pro League games to mark global hockey resumption

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2020 08:54 PM IST
International hockey will return to action after a six-month hiatus because of the pandemic. These matches will complete Pro League engagements for September. Action will resume on October 27 with hosts Netherlands men and women taking on Great Britain at Amstelveen.
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Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

As FIH Pro League starts, hockey to have first brush with Covid protocols

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 10:13 PM IST
The sport is gearing up for the restart of its flagship the FIH Pro League at the Düsseldorfer HC ground in Dusseldorf, Germany from September 22.
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Sonia Raman (in centre)(Twitter)
Sonia Raman (in centre)(Twitter)

Sonia Raman, first Indian American woman coach of an NBA team

By B Shrikant | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 10:02 PM IST
Sonia, who coached MIT for 12 years will join head coach Taylor Jenkins’s staff on November 1. She comes in place of Niele Ivey, a former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star who left to take up head coach’s role at University of Notre Dame.
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HARMEET DESAI.(Sandeep Shetty / Focus Sports / Ultimate Table Tennis)
HARMEET DESAI.(Sandeep Shetty / Focus Sports / Ultimate Table Tennis)

TT player Desai creates mini bio-bubble to train with friend

By B Shrikant | MUMBAI
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 09:56 PM IST
When the lockdown was enforced, Desai started doing everything he could to stay fit and improve his skills, even doing lengthy sessions on the table with a robot. However, the 27-year-old, who was world No. 72 when the rankings were frozen, felt the absence of a training partner.
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File image of Viswanathan Anand.(File)
File image of Viswanathan Anand.(File)

Hope this sparks a chess revolution like 1983 did for cricket: Viswanathan Anand

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 07:45 AM IST
Viswanathan Anand said that he hopes India’s joint Online Chess Olympiad win with Russia would spark another revolution in the sport.
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Chess board (Representational image)(Getty Images)
Chess board (Representational image)(Getty Images)

India’s first: Joint champions in chess Olympiad

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 11:17 PM IST
Originally, Russia was declared as the winners, but India filed an appeal and after investigation, both India and Russia were announced as joint winners.
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Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

Swimming camp starts in Dubai after a day’s quarantine

By B Shrikanth | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 07:21 PM IST
For the last few months, Srihari Nataraj has practiced his strokes in his mind, swimming across an imaginary Olympic-sized pool as the actual ones were closed because of Covid-19. While other sporting facilities in India began to slowly open in June, pools continue to be shut.
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Dattu Baban Bhokanal of India reacts in the Single Sculls Final C at Lagoa Stadium.(Getty Images)
Dattu Baban Bhokanal of India reacts in the Single Sculls Final C at Lagoa Stadium.(Getty Images)

Shortlisted for Arjuna, once-banned Bhokanal feels vindicated

By B Shrikant | MUMBAI
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 12:34 PM IST
The Asian Games gold medallist was in the wilderness after the Rowing Federation of India (RFI) had banned him for two years for allegedly tanking a race. On Friday, life has come full circle for the rower from Chandwad in Nashik district of Maharashtra as he was shortlisted for the Arjuna Award by the sports ministry.
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Princepal Singh drives during the game as part of NBA Academy on July 11, 2019 at Emory Healthcare Courts in Atlanta, Georgia.(Getty Images)
Princepal Singh drives during the game as part of NBA Academy on July 11, 2019 at Emory Healthcare Courts in Atlanta, Georgia.(Getty Images)

Princepal can make it to the top level, says NBA G League chief

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 09:11 PM IST
Princepal has been selected as one of the elite prospects who are eligible to play in the NBA G League but not yet eligible for the NBA.
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Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

Basketball starlets Deodhar, Zachariah sign up for American schools

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 07:47 PM IST
Harsimran best bet to make it to WNBA, say coaches, who picked strength and physicality as the areas on which Indians need to focus.
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Called NBA Campus, the bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has over 1500 persons comprising squads of all 22 teams(AP Photo)
Called NBA Campus, the bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has over 1500 persons comprising squads of all 22 teams(AP Photo)

From NBA to IOC, sharing the bubble map

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 06:48 AM IST
NBA has shared its experience of creating a bio-secure bubble with IOC which is working different scenarios for the Tokyo Olympics, now deferred to July 23 to August 8, 2021.
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Princepal Singh drives during the game as part of NBA Academy on July 11, 2019 at Emory Healthcare Courts in Atlanta, Georgia.(Getty Images)
Princepal Singh drives during the game as part of NBA Academy on July 11, 2019 at Emory Healthcare Courts in Atlanta, Georgia.(Getty Images)

India’s Princepal Singh signs up with NBA G-League

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 10:49 PM IST
The 6’10” forward, who will train and compete alongside the new G League team featuring elite youth prospects, is the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League.
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Harsimran Kaur
Harsimran Kaur

Harsimran Kaur aims high, to play in the top division of the NCAA

By B Shrikant | MUMBAI
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 07:59 AM IST
Harsimran has committed to attend the University of San Diego for the class of 2021 and play in the top division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
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Viswanathan Anand of India(Getty Images)
Viswanathan Anand of India(Getty Images)

Anand goes down to Svidler in opening round of Legends of Chess tourney

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 11:55 AM IST
Anand missed some good chances and then blundered to lose the fourth game with black pieces. The match ended 2.5-1.5 Svidler’s favour.
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The Indian men’s hockey team.(PTI Image)
The Indian men’s hockey team.(PTI Image)

Hockey schedule for postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games released

By B Shrikant | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 08:48 PM IST
The men’s team has been clubbed alongside Australia, Argentina, Spain, New Zealand and hosts Japan in a tough Pool A, while in the women’s competition, India are placed in Pool A alongside Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa.
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Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attends a meeting of IOC's executive board, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Lausanne, Switzerland July 15, 2020. IOC/Greg Martin/Handout via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attends a meeting of IOC's executive board, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Lausanne, Switzerland July 15, 2020. IOC/Greg Martin/Handout via REUTERS(REUTERS)

IOC postpones 2022 Youth Olympics, says committed to hosting Tokyo Games in 2021

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 10:54 PM IST
The IOC chief Thomas Bach accepted a proposal by Senegal president Macky Sall to postpone the Youth Olympic Games and the IOC Executive Board, which met online on Wednesday afternoon, gave the move its approval so as to allow more spacing out of events and better planning.
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NBA’s plans could make the bio bubble resemble a Mumbai suburban train in peak hour.(AFP)
NBA’s plans could make the bio bubble resemble a Mumbai suburban train in peak hour.(AFP)

As NBA pushes to restart, 11 players positive in three days

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 10:41 AM IST
INFECTED : All-star Nikola Jokic tests positive after being pictured hugging Novak Djokovic at sports event
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Viren Rasquinha(Twitter)
Viren Rasquinha(Twitter)

Rasquinha helps raise funds for grassroots players, staff

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 11:11 PM IST
In two days, they have raised funds to support the first 100 beneficiaries and have started disbursing grants, Viren Rasquinha, OGQ’s CEO, said on Tuesday.
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File image of Indian Hockey Team in action.(Hockey India)
File image of Indian Hockey Team in action.(Hockey India)

Hockey Pro League restart likely by October end

By B Shrikant | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 09:12 AM IST
National teams of India, Australia, Netherlands and some European countries have resumed training though no domestic games have been played.
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