Sharad Deep

Sharad Deep

Sharad Deep is a principal correspondent based at Lucknow. He has spent 26 years in journalism and covers sports.

Articles by Sharad Deep
Indian Olympic Association
Indian Olympic Association

Senior IOA official for China-specific guidelines to athletes

LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI | By Sharad Deep & Ajai Masand
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 09:50 AM IST
Top IOA officials feel it is important to warn those travelling to China for sports events that they must strictly follow regulations to ensure they don’t get into trouble and put India in an embarrassing situation.
Sudha Singh trains at NIS Patiala on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)
Sudha Singh trains at NIS Patiala on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

In her quest for Tokyo, Sudha Singh stays clear of home

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 06:48 PM IST
Ace steeplechase runner and Asian Games medallist Sudha Singh, who is aiming for a last shot at gold at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, is one such athlete.
A sadhu rests at Hanuman Garhi Mandir in Ayodhya, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.(AP)
A sadhu rests at Hanuman Garhi Mandir in Ayodhya, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.(AP)

Anyone from Pak who has faith in lord Ram can come to Ayodhya, says Ram Janmabhoomi trust chief

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pawan Dixit and Sharad Deep | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 11:52 PM IST
“Pakistan is a part of Akhand Bharat and Hindus living there are our brothers. If he (Kaneria) wants to visit Ram Mandir and offer prayers, then he is most welcome,” said Nritya Gopal Das.
Scoreboard reflects the hard work of the scorers in a match.(HT File Photo)
Scoreboard reflects the hard work of the scorers in a match.(HT File Photo)
Pankaj with his mother Kajal and brother Sree(HT)
Pankaj with his mother Kajal and brother Sree(HT)

Never looked at Kuwait with any kind of hatred: Advani

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/New Delhi | By Sharad Deep & Ajai Masand
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 07:31 AM IST
On 30 years of Iraq’s invasion, the world champion remembers not knowing he wouldn’t see his home again.
Priyam Garg hits the gym.(HT Images)
Priyam Garg hits the gym.(HT Images)

Priyam Garg waits to take that big step

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 07:52 AM IST
Unlike any of his predecessors, Garg has been made to wait endlessly – and for no real fault of his own either – to show what he is made of.
A historic moment: After winning their maiden Ranji Trophy in 2005-06, Uttar Pradesh lifted their first Mushatq Ali Twenty20 Trophy in 2016.(FILE PHOTO)
A historic moment: After winning their maiden Ranji Trophy in 2005-06, Uttar Pradesh lifted their first Mushatq Ali Twenty20 Trophy in 2016.(FILE PHOTO)
Despite producing many performers, UP could win their maiden Ranji Trophy so far in 2005-06.(HT File Photo)
Despite producing many performers, UP could win their maiden Ranji Trophy so far in 2005-06.(HT File Photo)
IOA chief Narinder Batra.(File Photo)
IOA chief Narinder Batra.(File Photo)
A file picture shoing Kamran Khan in action during an IPL game in 2009.(AFP)
A file picture shoing Kamran Khan in action during an IPL game in 2009.(AFP)

2009 IPL hero, Kamran Khan eyeing a comeback

Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 11:58 PM IST
Kamran, who last played a first-class match in 2013 at the Premier League Tournament at Colombo, has been practising hard since his return to home.
Sakshi MALIK
Sakshi MALIK

Indian wrestlers face fresh trials, tougher field in Tokyo Olympics build-up

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sharad Deep & Ajai Masand
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 09:01 PM IST
Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games silver medallist Pooja Dhanda were knocked out by juniors in the trials. They are likely to be tested even more in next year’s trials as WFI is “keen on hosting the national championships in the next 2-3 months, situation permitting,” and field some of the juniors (under-20) in the trials next year.
Sonam (left) and Anshu (right) after a routine training session at Sonepat.(sourced)
Sonam (left) and Anshu (right) after a routine training session at Sonepat.(sourced)
Eight members of this UP Ranji Trophy team in 1965 have already passed away, while rest are still waiting for the pension.(sourced)
Eight members of this UP Ranji Trophy team in 1965 have already passed away, while rest are still waiting for the pension.(sourced)
In absence of training, young rowers doing yoga and excercise at the banks of river Yamuna in Prayagraj.(HT)
In absence of training, young rowers doing yoga and excercise at the banks of river Yamuna in Prayagraj.(HT)
National championships have been a regular feature in India.(HT File Photo)
National championships have been a regular feature in India.(HT File Photo)
President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra ( L) addresses a press conference.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra ( L) addresses a press conference.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

IOA bosses Batra, Mehta call to end infighting

LUCKNOW | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 04:57 PM IST
“We were very positive from the beginning and we never intervened in anybody’s territory. It is good everyone wants to settle things amicably. We too want to let it happen in the right manner,” Mehta said on Monday.
Indian women’s wrestling team coach Andrew Cook of USA poses for HT on his bike at the SAi Centre in Lucknow.(File Photo/HT)
Indian women’s wrestling team coach Andrew Cook of USA poses for HT on his bike at the SAi Centre in Lucknow.(File Photo/HT)

Sacked by India for not talking about US selection methods, says wrestling coach Andrew Cook

Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 08:45 PM IST
The American says salary was never an issue and he has been unfairly terminated despite showing results very fast.
Even before the country went into the lockdown due to the corona virus in March, the prestigious KD Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium in Lucknow has been seeing the fitting of the ‘iron grills’ on the boundary since then. Presently, it looks in a bad shape with plenty of broken piece of stones lying in an unorganized manner inside the ground, making things difficult for the morning walkers and sportspersons now days.(HT)
Even before the country went into the lockdown due to the corona virus in March, the prestigious KD Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium in Lucknow has been seeing the fitting of the ‘iron grills’ on the boundary since then. Presently, it looks in a bad shape with plenty of broken piece of stones lying in an unorganized manner inside the ground, making things difficult for the morning walkers and sportspersons now days.(HT)
Vandana Katariya(sourced)
Vandana Katariya(sourced)
File image of IOA General Secretary Rajiv Mehta.(PTI)
File image of IOA General Secretary Rajiv Mehta.(PTI)

Indian Olympic Association mulling banning Chinese sponsors and products

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ajai Masand and Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 04:51 PM IST
The IOA had signed a deal with Li-Ning in May 2018 till the Tokyo Olympics and as per the agreement the company would sponsor training apparel, leisure wear and footwear to Indian contingent, including officials.
Aanandeshwar Pandey, IOA Treasurer(Getty Images)
Aanandeshwar Pandey, IOA Treasurer(Getty Images)

NSFs, state bodies join IOA row; IOA treasurer Pandey alleges HI president Ahmad’s position ‘illegal’

Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 08:08 PM IST
The IOA row has already reached the doorstep of the International Olympic Committee after vice-president Sudhanshu Mittal accused president Narinder Batra of getting elected to top posts on the basis of false affidavits.
Archana Yadav and her brother carrying javelin on cycle.(Special Arrangement.)
Archana Yadav and her brother carrying javelin on cycle.(Special Arrangement.)

Despite lockdown, the show continues for these young athletes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 01:42 PM IST
Yadav enjoys the company of her father and farmer Samar Bahadur Yadav, who not only helps her collect the javelin after every throw, but also keeps measuring the distance. The process continues for almost two hours in the morning.
IOA president Narinder Batra(Image Courtesy: Hockey India)
IOA president Narinder Batra(Image Courtesy: Hockey India)

IOA row escalates, executive committee meeting on cards

Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 01:45 PM IST
IOA president Narinder Batra’s decision to disband and re-appoint bodies, including the Ethics Commission on May 19, has been termed ‘unconstitutional’ by some members.
Kuldeep Yadav during India nets(IANS)
Kuldeep Yadav during India nets(IANS)

Kuldeep’s refresher course, by the Ganga

sharad.deep@htlive.com | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 10:11 AM IST
Confined to his house due to the national lockdown, without access to proper training facilities, Yadav is still using the “meagre resources” at his disposal to work on his skills.
Caddies at the Lucknow Golf Club are jobless now days and spending time by discssuing the lockdown situation under a tree in Martinpurwa area in Lucknow.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)
Caddies at the Lucknow Golf Club are jobless now days and spending time by discssuing the lockdown situation under a tree in Martinpurwa area in Lucknow.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

Caddies at Lucknow golf club struggling to make ends meet

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 03:44 PM IST
A month into the lockdown and their paltry savings all but gone, desperation is taking over. While some are into odd jobs like fixing punctures, others have taken to sewing clothes.
World no 5 para-badminton player Palak Kohli (right) in action during a training session on a makeshift court in Lucknow.(Deepak Gupta/Ht Photo)
World no 5 para-badminton player Palak Kohli (right) in action during a training session on a makeshift court in Lucknow.(Deepak Gupta/Ht Photo)

‘Lockdown boon in disguise, getting good training’: Palak Kohli

Hindustan Times | By Sharad Deep
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2020 12:30 AM IST
Left with no option, Palak and Nilesh, who were the only two shuttlers left in a group of 10 who could not leave the Lucknow’s training centre—made a makeshift court in the housing colony and now train regularly to be in shape for the quadrennial event next year.
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