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Sandip Sikdar

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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Cheruiyot’s date with Delhi, 13 years later

The Kenyan 5,000m champion at the Rio Olympics is returning to road racing after the birth of her second child

Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) during a press conference.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 14, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

F1 great Hakkinen to mentor Indian F2 driver Maini

Maini is currently India’s best hope to enter F1 after Daruvala, will be switching to Formula E next year after signing a contract with Maserati last month

Kush Maini is currently driving for Campos Racing.
Published on Oct 12, 2023 11:39 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Neeraj has potential to become a star as big as Bolt: Eaton

Two-time Olympic champion in the decathlon, Ashton Eaton, feels that the Indian, and not Lyles, could be the man to match the Jamaican in the popularity stakes

India's Neeraj Chopra in action.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 12, 2023 11:39 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Injured Sushila Chanu out of Women’s Asian Champions Trophy squad

The midfielder’s right knee was heavily strapped throughout the Asian Games despite which the 31-year-old scored two goals in Hangzhou

India's Sushila Chanu react during the women's Classification 3rd-4th match against Japan(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 08:04 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'Phenomenal' Verstappen enters an elite club

Verstappen’s third title puts him at the same pedestal as Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.

Red Bull Racing's team principal Christian Horner (L), 2023 world champion Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (C) and Red Bull Formula One team advisor Helmut Marko pose for a picture (AFP)
Published on Oct 08, 2023 10:50 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Five-star India earn elusive gold, ticket to Paris

Harmanpreet and Co reinforced their superiority in Asia, winning every game in Hangzhou comprehensively, including the final against defending champions Japan

India's captain Harmanpreet Singh celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Japan during the Men's Hockey Final match at the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou, China(PTI)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 06:18 PM IST

India women go down to China in semis, to face Japan for bronze

China netted four goals as the Indian forwards were barely able to make in-roads into the striking circle of the hosts.

Hangzhou: India's Deepika attempts to score a goal against Singapore through penalty corner during the women's hockey match at the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou, China, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan) (PTI09_27_2023_RPT077A)(PTI)
Published on Oct 06, 2023 12:10 AM IST

Prannoy, Satwik-Chirag advance to semis

PV Sindhu lost in the women’s singles quarter-final but two medals were confirmed for India in badminton

HS Prannoy in action against Lee Zii Jia during the Men's Singles Quarterfinal badminton match at the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou, China(PTI)
Published on Oct 06, 2023 12:00 AM IST

Asian Games badminton: India go down to China, clinch historic silver

An encore of the 2022 Thomas Cup did not take place at Hangzhou’s Binjiang Gymnasium as China rallied to stage a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

India were already on the backfoot even before the tie began with both HS Prannoy and MR Arjun pulling out with back injuries.(PTI)
Published on Oct 01, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Al-Attiyah's multi-sport genius is of a rare kind

The 52-year-old is a five-time Dakar Rally champion and has been making his mark in shooting as well

Al-Attiyah picked up shooting hoping it would help him focus better in rallying.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 11:25 PM IST

Asian Games: Ashwini resets, this time with Tanisha in tow

The seasoned pro will look to find her best form at the Asian Games with her 20-year-old partner.

Ponnappa will look to find her best form at the Asian Games with her 20-year-old partner(Ashwini Ponnappa Instagram)
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 07:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Jehan Daruvala gets a Formula E seat with Maserati

The 24-year-old will partner German Maximilian Gunther at Maserati for the 10th year of the championship

Formula E driver Jehan Daruvala(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 09:31 PM IST
By, New Delhi

MotoGP riders happy with their India experience

At the start of the last week, one even wondered if the race would even take place but things went off without a hitch thereafter.

Italian rider Marco Bezzecchi (72) (C), Spanish rider Jorge Martín (89) (L) and French rider Fabio Quartararo (20) (R) celebrate after winning the Moto GP race(Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:10 AM IST
By, Noida

Marco Bezzecchi wins inaugural Indian MotoGP race

VR46 Racing’s Italian pole-sitter won the 21-lap race at the Buddh International Circuit before almost 60,000 fans who returned to India’s former F1 venue

Mooney VR46 Racing Team (Ducati) team Italian rider Marco Bezzecchi celebrates after winning the MotoGP race, at the Grand Prix of India(PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2023 08:52 PM IST
By, Greater Noida

The India connection between the world's top MotoGP riders

Bagnaia, Martin, Bezzecchi, Binder not just rode Mahindra bike in their initial days of GP motorcycle racing but also earned their very first podiums riding it

Ducati Lenovo Team rider Francesco Bagnaia celebrates after securing second position in the sprint race during the Indian MotoGP Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida(Rahul Singh)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 02:50 PM IST
By, Greater Noida

F1 to MotoGP, the Buddh ends decade-long drought

The buzz is back at the circuit in Greater Noida that hosted three Formula One races from 2011 to 2013

Ducati Lenovo Team Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia (1), Repsol Honda Team Spanish rider Marc Marquez (93), Repsol Honda Team Spanish rider Joan Mir (36), Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team French rider Fabio Quartararo (20) during the sprint race at the Grand Prix of India(PTI)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 12:21 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

MotoGP: Jorge Martin sprints to victory, Bezzecchi on pole

Martin didn’t put a wheel wrong and was never challenged by championship leader Bagnaia

Prima Pramac Racing rider Jorge Martin celebrates after winning sprint race during the Indian MotoGP Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida(Rahul Singh)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 09:54 PM IST
By, Greater Noida

MotoGP India Grand Prix race distance reduced due to heat

Temperatures have hovered between 32 and 34 degree Celsius here with humidity ranging above 80 percent.

MotoGP riders during a qualifing round of the Indian MotoGP Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India on Saturday(Rahul Singh)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 06:20 PM IST
By, Greater Noida

MotoGP apologises after showing distorted India map

The map excluded the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh which caused a furore not just on social media but also in the paddock.

Aleix Espargaro, Spanish, Aprilia Racing, Aprilia (41) rider races during the practice session (MotoGP, Free Practice 1) at the Moto GP, Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit, in Greater Noida(Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 07:07 AM IST

MotoGP: BIC a greater challenge than expected

With riders trying to get used to the 4.96km track on Friday, there were a fair share of crashes too

The fast and flowing track turned out to a greater technical challenge than what the riders had anticipated with many of them crashing or failing to find the correct braking point.(AFP)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 12:32 AM IST

TVS announces India’s first two-wheeler electric racing championship

MotoGP too started its electric racing series, MotoE, in 2019 which is largely based in Europe.

Eight riders have been handpicked by TVS Racing who will race on the TVS Apache RTE (Racing Throttle Electric) motorcycles which were specially developed for the championship.(AFP)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 12:07 AM IST

No doubts: Buddh impresses MotoGP riders

While riders walk and cycle to analyse circuits on Thursday, Friday is when they get to burn rubber for the first time during free practice

Several riders had expressed their apprehensions before coming to India(AFP)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 08:20 AM IST

Visa issues sorted, MotoGP riders, teams reach circuit

The riders and team personnel were pouring in on Wednesday with the visa issues sorted out

Track for the MotoGP Bharat that will be hosted at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida(PTI)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 11:53 PM IST
By, Greater Noida

Indian Hockey at Asian Games: Favoured to win but still on edge

The India men's and women's teams are the top seeds but that is not always the easiest position to be in

The Indian men's hockey team which will take part at the 19th Asian Games(Twitter/DilipTirkey)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 08:11 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Visa delays ahead of inaugural MotoGP race in India

Many top riders, including Spanish star Marc Marquez, were due to arrive in India on Tuesday ahead of the race at the weekend in BIC, Greater Noida

Track for the MotoGP Bharat that will be hosted at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on September 22-24(PTI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 08:16 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

Dorna Sports’ safety advisor gives thumbs up to the Buddh circuit

The riders at this week’s inaugural Indian MotoGP in Greater Noida will particularly relish the super quick back straight, says Loris Capirossi

Former MotoGP rider Loris Capirossi is the safety advisor for organiser Dorna Sports
Published on Sep 19, 2023 09:35 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Waiting for an Indian tango in Hangzhou

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have emerged a force in men’s badminton and can go all the way at the Asian Games

India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (L) and Chirag Shetty (R) play during their quarter final mens doubles match against Denmark's against Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (not pictured) at the BWF Badminton World Championsship(AFP)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 01:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Asian Games: Indian badminton chases its big moment

The form and consistency of Prannoy and Rankireddy-Shetty raise Indian hopes for multiple medals while hoping Sindhu finds her best

Badminton players Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy player during their men's doubles match (PTI)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 11:49 PM IST
By, New Delhi

US visa woes continue for India's Junior World Championship-bound shuttlers

Luck has evaded four shuttlers, which include some of India’s best bets, whose applications are yet to get processed let alone get visa interview appointments

A detail shot of a shuttlecock and racquet (Getty Images)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 10:57 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ahamed to be India’s wildcard entry for Moto3 during MotoGP Bharat weekend

Ahamed will be the second Indian to race in a MotoGP weekend after S Sarath Kumar, who took part in one race in the 125cc class in 2011

Kadai Yaseen Ahamed
Published on Sep 15, 2023 12:08 PM IST
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