Saurabh Duggal

Saurabh Duggal

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

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Punjab sports minister likely to head Chandigarh Olympic body

By Saurabh Duggal, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 12:48 AM IST
Punjab sports minister and former international shooter Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi is likely to head the Chandigarh Olympic Association (COA)
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File image of Mehtab Singh.(File)
File image of Mehtab Singh.(File)

Bhiwani’s first boxing Olympian Mehtab Singh dies at 72

By Saurabh Duggal | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 10:23 PM IST
Twice the winner at the Asian championship, light heavyweight boxer Mehtab competed in the 1972 Munich Olympics.
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Dangal star wrestler Jassa Patti at a farmer protest site at the Singhu border.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
Dangal star wrestler Jassa Patti at a farmer protest site at the Singhu border.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Top kabaddi players, wrestlers lead sporting twist to farm agitation

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Sonepat
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 09:59 AM IST
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.
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Bharat Bhushan Ashu

Punjab minister Ashu set to head state badminton body

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 05:39 PM IST
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
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Golfer Karandeep Singh Kochhar after winning the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2020 Golf Tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Monday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Golfer Karandeep Singh Kochhar after winning the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2020 Golf Tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Monday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

For unstoppable Karandeep Kochhar, the next stop is Olympics

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 10:59 PM IST
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
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Vijender Singh at the farmer protest.(ANI)
Vijender Singh at the farmer protest.(ANI)

Sport stalwarts extend support, threaten to return honours

By Saurabh Duggal | Sonepat
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 09:37 AM IST
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.
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File image of Jeev Milkha Singh(Getty Images)
File image of Jeev Milkha Singh(Getty Images)

Golf pioneer Jeev Milkha Singh eyes the senior circuit

By Saurabh Duggal | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:35 AM IST
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.
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Karandeep Kochhar with his trophy at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Karandeep Kochhar with his trophy at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Chandigarh golfer Karandeep Kochhar pockets maiden pro title

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 11:32 PM IST
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
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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)
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)

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

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 11:04 PM IST
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.
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Akshay Sharma(Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Akshay Sharma(Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)

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

UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 08:26 AM IST
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 Rs 4.84lakh.
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Caddy-turned-pro Akshay Sharma wins post-lockdown inaugural PGTI tourney

By Saurabh Duggal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 12:27 AM IST
Another Chandigarh golfer Karandeep Kochhar finished second with a tally of 19-under-269
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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)
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)

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

By Saurabh Duggal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 11:52 PM IST
India’s professional circuit is resuming on November 4 from Chandigarh and Panchkula simultaneously
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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.)
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.)

A house for golfer Akshay Sharma

By Saurabh Duggal | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 10:41 PM IST
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.
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The 221-foot-tall Ravana effigy that went up in flames at Dhanas in Chandigarh in 2019.
The 221-foot-tall Ravana effigy that went up in flames at Dhanas in Chandigarh in 2019.

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

By Saurabh Duggal, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 10:56 PM IST
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
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A rescue team at work near the north portal of Atal Tunnel to save army jawan Satnam Singh.(Sourced)
A rescue team at work near the north portal of Atal Tunnel to save army jawan Satnam Singh.(Sourced)

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

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 12:27 PM IST
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.
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A part of Vipan Kumar Thakur’s exhibit on Gandhi’s theme.(HT PHOTO)
A part of Vipan Kumar Thakur’s exhibit on Gandhi’s theme.(HT PHOTO)

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

By Saurabh Duggal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 12:24 AM IST
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
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From hockey stick to an AK-47 rifle: Sardar Singh gets set for his new role.(Sourced)
From hockey stick to an AK-47 rifle: Sardar Singh gets set for his new role.(Sourced)

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

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 09:09 PM IST
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
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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)
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)

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

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 01:07 AM IST
The gold medallists of youth world championships are entitled to cash award of 10 lakh as per the Haryana government’s sports policy
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Haryana Olympic Association elections postponed

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 07:11 PM IST
A circular in this regard was issued on Friday by returning officer Sandeep Vermani.
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If Sandeep Singh is able to topple the Rathee group, he will become the first Olympian to head the body.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
If Sandeep Singh is able to topple the Rathee group, he will become the first Olympian to head the body.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

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

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times/Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2020 12:53 AM IST
Incumbent president former ADGP Rathee, former Indian hockey skipper Sandeep will battle for the post
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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)
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)

Parallel associations spoiling the broth in sporting powerhouse Haryana

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 11:04 PM IST
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
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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)
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)

Now, an extra green topping for Chandigarh Golf Club course

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Hole 12 at the course gets three-tier greens, players likely to find putting more challenging
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Defying MHA guidelines, Haryana Olympic Association to hold elections on September 19

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 08:34 PM IST
The four-year tenure of the current HOA body will be ending in September-October.
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The Hindustan Times on Friday morning highlighted that Yadav’s Everest claim was under cloud over a ‘morphed’ photo.(HT Photo)
The Hindustan Times on Friday morning highlighted that Yadav’s Everest claim was under cloud over a ‘morphed’ photo.(HT Photo)

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

By Saurabh Duggal | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 09:08 PM IST
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.
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Haryana man’s Everest claim in question

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 01:09 AM IST
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
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File image of Rani Rampal(Image Credit: Hockey India)
File image of Rani Rampal(Image Credit: Hockey India)

Rani Rampal recounts rise to stardom after Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

By Saurabh Duggal | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 11:53 PM IST
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.
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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)
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)

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

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times/Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 12:46 PM IST
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
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An artist gives final touches to Ganpati idols at Kali Bari in Chandigarh.(Keshav Singh/HT)
An artist gives final touches to Ganpati idols at Kali Bari in Chandigarh.(Keshav Singh/HT)

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

By Saurabh Duggal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 11:59 PM IST
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit idol-makers hard as demand dips and festivities go low key with large gatherings prohibited
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Trophy for the Dronacharya Award.(Getty Images)
Trophy for the Dronacharya Award.(Getty Images)

Dronacharya awards: One player, several coaches

By Saurabh Duggal | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 12:13 AM IST
Multiple coaches applying for the Dronacharya awards claiming to have trained the same player has become the norm.
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