Sports Current Affairs 2013
Current Affairs[August 2013]
Current Affairs[June 2013]
Eastern India to get its first bio-bank by 2016
Eastern India's first biobank, aimed at storing cancer tissues for further research and analysis, is slated to come up here by 2016, an official said Saturday.
The Tata Translational Cancer Research Centre (TTCRC) will come up on a two-acre plot near the existing Tata Medical Centre-Cancer Hospital in New Town, Rajarhat, on the north-eastern fringes of the Bengal capital.
India gets its own national media centre
A state-of-the art National Media Centre comparable to those in capitals across the world was inaugurated Saturday, with an impressive conference hall, workplace for the media, a library, cafeteria and high-speed internet.
The four-storied Rs.60 crore facility, built over three years, is located at the heart of the capital, on Raisina Road – with many important government buildings a stone's throw away and in the vicinity of the Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Current Affairs[May 2013]
India Beat England by Five Runs to Win ICC Champions Trophy 2013
Birmingham: India clinched the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 on 23 June 2013 against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham with a five-run victory.
India made a total of 129 runs in 20 overs for seven wickets. It then restricted England to 124 for eight. Ravindra Jadeja was declared as the Man of the Match after he took two wickets and scored unbeaten 33 runs. He was also awarded with the Golden Ball for grabbing maximum number of wickets in the series.
Manjeet Singh bagged Silver Medal at 3rd China Open Boxing Tournament
Manjeet Singh bagged a Silver medal for India at the 3rd China Open boxing tournament on 22 June 2013. In the final of the super heavy weight category (+91kg), the 21-year-old Indian went down to local lad Akepeer Yusuf. Although Manjeet lost in the final, he became the only Indian boxer to reach the final of the third China Open boxing tournament. It was his first international tournament.The boxing tournament was held in Guiyang, China.
Current Affairs[April 2013]
- S.Sreesanth and other Cricketers arrested for Spot-Fixing
Indian fast bowler, S. Sreesanth and his two team mates from Rajasthan Royals namely Ajit Chadila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi Police on 16 May 2013 on charges of Spot Fixing in Indian Premier League (IPL).
The three cricketers were arrested from Mumbai and will be brought to Delhi for being produced in a Court. Apart from the three cricketers the police also arrested seven bookies. Both the cricketers and the bookies are charged under two sections of Indian Penal Code, Section 420 (cheating) and Section 120B (criminal conspiracy).
Sachin Tendulkar retires from T20
Sachin Tendulkar announced retirement from Twenty20 cricket format on 26 May 2013, immediately after Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings to lift the title of Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This
means that IPL Season 6 was the last IPL season played by Sachin Tendulkar.
Current Affairs[March 2013]
- Sania Mirza Became One of the Four Vice-Presidents of Indian Tennis Players Association
The Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA) Secretary, Karti P Chidambaram on 14 April 2013 announced that the tennis star player, Sania Mirza became one of the Vice-Presidents of ITPA.
Sania Mirza now became one of the four Vice-Presidents of Indian Tennis Players Association, which is a newly-formed body. Other three Vice-Presidents of the body are Somdev Devvarman, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.
Former Davis Cup captain Jaideep Mukherjea is the President of the Association.Sania Mirza is the first female player from India who won a Grand Slam. She now plays in doubles only.
Indian Women Cricket Team won the ODI Series against Bangladesh Women 3-0
Indian Women made a clean sweep in the three-match Bangladesh Women in India One Day International Cricket Series, 2012/13 against Bangladesh on 12 April 2013 after winning the third and the final match at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. India defeated Bangladesh by 58 runs in the third match.
Scores of the third Match
India Women: 154 all out in 48.3 overs
Highest run getters from India were Swagatika Rath scored 30 runs and Harmanpreet Kaur scored 29 runs
Bangladesh Women: 96 all out in 41.1 overs
Highest Run getter from Bangladesh was Salma Khatun scored 22 runs
Before the ODI series, the Indian women also made a clean sweep T20 international series against Bangladesh Women with 3-0 on 5 April 2013.
Current Affairs[Febraury 2013]
- India maintained their Number One Spot in
the ICC ODI Championship Table
India maintained their number one spot in the ICC
ODI Championship table in the latest rankings
issued in Dubai on 11 February 2013. Both India
and England have same 119 rating points, but
England lags behind on the basis of decimal points.
Australia and South Africa follow the top two
teams closely with 116 and 112 points
Among the batsmen, South African run machine
Hashim Amla is at number one followed by fellow
countryman AB Devilliers. India's Virat Kohli is at
number three followed closely by the skipper
Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Among the bowlers,
Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal maintains his top
billing followed by Mohammad Hafeez. In the All
rounder's category, Pakistan skipper Mohammed
Hafeez is the leader followed by Bangladesh's
Shakib Al Hasan.
Sachin Tendulkar equaled Sunil Gavaskar's
record of 81 Centuries in First Class Cricket
Sachin Tendulkar on 8 February 2013 equaled the
record of Sunil Gavaskar of 81 first class hundreds
in first class cricket at Mumbai. He managed to
equal Gavaskar's record after scoring an unbeaten
140 runs in Irani Trophy against Rest of India in the
first innings of the tournament of Mumbai team.
Current Affairs[January 2013]
- India Wins Cricket Series against Australia
India completed a 4-0 Test cricket sweep of Australia with a six-wicket victory inside three days, winning four matches in a series for the first time since joining the elite ranks 81 years ago.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 82 on Saturday to guide India to the victory in New Delhi with two days to spare. Spin bowler Ravindra Jadeja earlier took 5-58 as India skittled Australia for 164 in its second innings to leave the home team needing 155 to win.
Deborah from India Won a Bronze Medal in Asian Cycling Championship 2013
Deborah from India won a Bronze medal in the final of women's juniors of 500m cycle event in Asian Cycling Championship on 7 March 2013 in New Delhi. 19-year-old Deborah helped India claim its second medal in the Asian Cycling Championship 2013 which is ongoing.
Deborah finished 500 meter time trial finals in 37.841 seconds. Gold medal was won by Korea's Jang Yeonhee and Yu Shiou Cheng of Chinese Taipei won the silver medal. The two remained ahead of Deborah with 37.159 and 37.834 seconds respectively.
- Ishwar eyeing india colours after impressive domestic run
India's fast bowling department has resembled musical chairs of late, changes forced by injuries or poor form. And Madhya Pradesh seamer Ishwar Pandey is new name that has come into reckoning. There have been quite a few fast bowlers who have burst onto the scene like him in this season. While some have found it difficult to sustain their performances, many have gone into oblivion.
However, a seamer who has emerged as the highest wicket taker in Ranji Trophy is bound to raise hope and is also likely to be thrust into the limelight. Pandey is enjoying such a period.
- Spanish doping case to avoid naming names
A Spanish judge refused to demand that the suspected mastermind of one of the sporting world's biggest blood doping rackets provide the names of the athletes implicated in the scandal. The ruling in the so-called "Operation Puerto" case could avert a huge fallout from the high profile trail, with suspects across the drug tarnished world of cycling and perhaps in sports potentially at risk.
The Madrid court was told that Italy's Olympic Committee had asked judged Julia Patricia Santamaria to order doctor Eufemaniano Fuentes to identify the athletes whose blood had been stored in packs seized by the police.
"The request will not be made expressly," the judge said, without giving a reason. The Canary islands doctor, 57, was detained when police seized 200 bags of blood and plasma, and other evidence of performance enhancing transfusions, revealing a huge doping network after month long investigation.
- Now Warne calls for new coach for Australia
Shane Warne called on Australia coach Mickey Arthur to be replaced by former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming days after branding the nation's cricket chiefs "muppets".
The outspoken leg-spinner, who said he was frustrated on many levels at present", praised Fleming as the best opposition captain we played against on his website. "I believe he brings a lot to the table, a calmness and intelligent understanding of the game and a very good cricket brain. He's a good communicator too as well as a good leader of men."
Warne, 43, who also wants former Test wicketkeeper Rod Marsh as chairman of selectors, said the current Australian setup was not working as the player gear up for two Ashes series against England over the next year.
In a post entitled "Where is Australian cricket at? Part 1" on his website, Warne said: "the next 12 months is the biggest 12 months of cricket for the Australian cricket team in a long, long time.
- Sportsperson not allowed into the facility built for them
Two years ago, when organisers of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games incorporated the Delhi University (DU) campus and its affiliated colleges under its scheme to upgrade sports infrastructure, the emphasis was to tap young talent.
Keeping that in mind, an eight lane synthetic track at the university polo's ground and a multipurpose indoor hall adjoining the new rugby field were constructed. Sports facilities were also upgraded at seven colleges, including St Stephen's, all practice venues for the competitors for the CWG.
Down the line, though the facilities are being utilised to some extent in various colleges, those under the jurisdiction of DU are 'out of bounds' for players. "The rugby field is only used during competition and not for training," a member of the ground staff replied when asked why the field wore a deserted look.
The venue was being spruced up for the zonal inter-varsity women's soccer tournament.
- Army players face action for playing in the HIL
When they stepped on the turf for the Punjab Warriors versus Mumbai Magician match in the Hockey India League, India forward S V Sunil, midfielder Ignace Tirkey and goalkeeper P T Rao were defying orders from their bosses to withdraw from the league.
The Army Sports Control Board (ASCB) has taken strong exception to their taking part without permission and has asked the Madras Engineering Group (MEG) to recall them and initiate disciplinary action.
However despite the latest communiqué sent to MEG, Sunil and Ignace represented Punjab Warriors while Rao played for the Mumbai Magicians. One player claimed they had not received any order to pull out.
Sources in the Bangalore based MEG said the ASCB has also sought the recall of Jonny Jasrotia of Mumbai Magicians. In a strongly-worded missive, the ASCB has asked MEG to explain how the players were allowed to participate in HIL without clearance from the headquarters.
- Mumbai may not host final if Pakistan play
The uncertainty over women's world cup is far from over. The final of event could be shifted from Mumbai to Cuttack if Pakistan make to the summit clash. The Group B games, which include matches featuring Pakistan, were earlier shifted to Cuttack, following threats of disruption by right wing parties.
Pakistan kick-off their campaign against Australia at the Barabati stadium. Three teams each from two groups go through to the Super Six Stage. The top two teams from Super Six then progress to the final. If Pakistan makes it to the final, their game will be staged in Cuttack.
"Pakistan's Super Six games will be played at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack. If they make the final, the summit clash will have to be shifted to the Cuttack. We cannot take a chance," tournament official told a leading news paper on condition of anonymity.
Sports Current Affairs 2012
Current Affairs[December 2012]
Current Affairs[November 2012]
- Hockey India League postponed
The player's auction for the Hockey India League (HIL) has been postponed from December 1 to December 16. Subsequently the league too has been postponed and will commence on January 17.
"Some of the coaches involved with the league are busy as the FIH Champions Trophy starts in Melbourne from December 1, and couldn't have participated in the auction," HIL chairman Narinder Batra, said in a statement.
"Since the franchises expressed concern that the coaches could not be present for the auction, to pick players, it was necessary to reschedule the event," said Batra. Almost all top players expected to compete in the HIL are representing their nations in the champions Trophy, which will see India, Olympic champions Germany, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Pakistan, New Zealand and hosts Australia compete for top honours.
- Sunil Gavaskar asks to accept the cricket team as selected.
Former Indian cricket team captain, Sunil Gavaskar has said that the team selectors should not be bogged down by dropping the non-performing players and has refused to point out at the selection of the team for the upcoming Asia Cup.
After the controversial statement of the present Captain M.S.Dhoni, there were rising speculations that the selectors may drop some senior players following the team's poor performance in Australia. But even the selectors didn't make any major changes in the team's side.
When asked by the media personals whether the players should be kept off from the next match if they showed poor performance Gavaskar said that yes such action should be justified.
In his statement, Gavasker said "If you don't drop off the non performing players then it could mean that the team may lose the next matches. It does not matter whether some more prominent players are removed or not what matter is that the team should not be a bunch of non performing players. And if that's a case then all the cricket lovers must be prepared for the result of the future matches as well."
- Real Madrid eyes 32nd Spanish title at Athletic
The Real Madrid can still hold the Spanish league title with their victory at the Athletic Bilbao. In the score update the real Madrid is seven points clear of its top rival with only three games to play. Also even a Barcelona loss will also award the Spanish leader its record 32nd domestic crown.
Barcelona's last three games are seen to serve as preparation for next month's Copa del Rey final against Athletic. These matches will be the last games for the coach Pep Guardiola's before he hands over the reins to assistant Tito Vilanova.
- Manipur road named after Olympian winner Mary Kom
A road in Manipur's Churachandpur district, 65km south of the state capital, was named 'MC Mary Kom road' at a felicitation function to honour the Olympic medallist. Mary Kom won a bronze at the London's 2012 Olympic.
Mary Kom was honoured with numerous other awards that included a cash award of Rs.1.5 lakh, a mithun apart from getting cash reward of Rs. 5 lakh. So far she has received cash award of Rs 75 lakh from the Manipur government and Rs 10lakh from the Ministry of Tribal affairs.
On the occasion the 29 yr old world champion appealed to bring peace and unity in the trouble torn state in order to bring more laurels in the future.
- Leander paes roars- no one can step him from entering 2012 Olympics
Leander Paes, India's No. 1 doubles player arrived for his Wimbeldon post match along with his daughter Aiyana and trainer Sanjay Singh. The champion then confirmed his participation the London's Olympic removing any doubt. He further said in his statement that he was ready to partner anyone that AITA, All India Tennis Association nominates to play with him i.e. Sania Mirza in the mixed and Vishnu Vardhan in the men's doubles.
In his stament, Paes said-"I am here to play sport not politics and am looking forward to represent my country in the 2012 Olympics. However with bad luck I see games being played in games itself which is very disheartening. Still I am looking ahead to play my sixth Olympics for my country as I have played for last 22yrs for my country and countrymen.
At first Paes refused to talk about any matter, later he cleared tougher questions regarding- Sania's press statement which slammed the demands made by Paes or how he will prepare for the quadrennial with Sania .
Current Affairs[October 2012]
- That is why we want KP in the team: Cook Basketball legend Michael Jordan had once said, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” In performance that belonged to the last category, England came over to their demons to excel in departments where they were expected to flounder.
Not many would have given and England victory even a passing thought before this test. But the stunning win has revived England’s ambition of a series win here in 28 yrs.
“Test matches in India take a lot of us. But when we get to Kolkata we will train with the same purpose, and intensity that we did here,” England Captain Alastair Cook said.
“We could have put our heads down after the Ahmedabad loss, but we did not,” said Cook.
- Barca add four stars to their campaign Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona won 4-0 at Lavante to remain three points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga. Messi’s goals were both laid on by Andres Iniesta who also hit the target himself before supplying Cesc Fabregas for the fourth.
The Argentine’s brace means he now has 82 goals in 2012, just three short of German legend Gerd Mueller’s all time calendar record set in 1972. He also tops the La Liga charts for the season with 19 goals.
Atletico had earlier beaten Sevilla 4-0 to keep pace at the top and go eight points ahead of city rivals Real Madrid in third, who had lost 1-0 at Betis
- Tributes, comparisons and even sour grapes Tributes flowed for Germany’s Sebastian Vettel after the Red Bull driver claimed his third consecutive Formula 1 driver’s world championship in Brazil. The German only needed a sixth place finish at the season ending race at Interlagos to Clinch the title, three points ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Leading the praise was Vetttel’s compatriot, seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, who competed in his last Grand Prix, while Red Bull teammate Mark Webber described the 25 yr old as “unique”.
Michael Schumacher said: “In a way it reminds of 2003, I had a similar struggle and I just managed to win the championship by a single point. I’m very proud of him and he’s a good friend of mine, let’s see what happens in future.”
- Hockey India League postponed The player’s auction for the Hockey India League (HIL) has been postponed from December 1 to December 16. Subsequently the league too has been postponed and will commence on January 17.
“Some of the coaches involved with the league are busy as the FIH Champions Trophy starts in Melbourne from December 1, and couldn’t have participated in the auction,” HIL chairman Narinder Batra, said in a statement.
“Since the franchises expressed concern that the coaches could not be present for the auction, to pick players, it was necessary to reschedule the event,” said Batra. Almost all top players expected to compete in the HIL are representing their nations in the champions Trophy, which will see India, Olympic champions Germany, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Pakistan, New Zealand and hosts Australia compete for top honours.
- Tendulkar deserves order of AustraliaFormer Australia wicketkeeper, Adam Gilchrist said that despite Sachin Tendulkar's string of easy dismissals, he would be the best judge to decide when to retire.
Gilchrist said it was humanly impossible to maintain top form, especially when a career spans more than two decades. "I am sure he (Tendulkar) is aware that he is not at the peak of his career, but he warrants a place in the side. It is up to him to decide (about his career)," said Gilchrist at the launch of the Don Bradman scholarship.
Gilchrist also approved of the decision to award the Australia Order of Merit to Tendulkar. "The award indicates his high standing in both countries. I sent him a message welcoming him. We are fortunate to have him."
- Vettel win underlines Red Bull's constant progress, Budget-capping in Formula 1 sounds appealing right now. Watching Sebastian Vettal and Mark Webber dominate the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit on all three days and take 1-3 finish only amplified it.
This would mark the fourth straight season in which Red Bull have beaten every other team on the grids in term of developing their cars towards the end of season, and it is their objection to a restriction in team spending that has prompted them to leave the Formula One Teams Association.
Atleast one person however, seems unperturbed. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who finished second, remains "100 percent" confident that he will be the 2012 world Champion. "Nothing changed in one race," Alonso Said.
Sports Current Affairs 2012
Current Affairs[September 2012]
Current Affairs[August 2012]
- Tiger Woods lost for the third time, but that did not deter United States from strengthening their hold on the 39th Ryder Cup. US expanded the lead to a comfortable 10-6 score over the current holders Europe. The event is taking place at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois. Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson were instrumental in handling such a healthy lead to US.
- Serena Williams held her nerve to emerge victorious over world number 1 Victoria Azarenka, and in the process claimed her 15th grand slam title. This U.S. Open victory was the fourth overall for Serena Williams. Serena added another shining feather to her cap of achievements in 2012. She has already won the Wimbledon and Olympic medal. However, Serena was given a tough fight by her Australian competitor. Serena won the game 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. In her winner's speech, Serena was all praises for Victoria, and remarked how she could not believe she had managed to win.
- India won the second test match in their home series against New Zealand following brave batting stints by young batting sensation Virat Kohli, and experienced captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, completing a 2-0 white wash. The first test of the series had been comfortably bagged by India, however, there were a few jitters down the way to victory in the second test, the final of the series of two.
- Juventus made quick meat of AC Roma and hammered three goals within the first 19 minutes to take the game comfortably at 4-1 ultimately. AC Milan did not impress much in their 1-1 draw at Parna, thus doing no benefit to coach Massamiliano Allegri, who is already under loads of pressure. Juventus rocketed to a lead of 9 points over Milan.
- Shin Jiyai from South Korea recorded a resounding 9 stroke victory at the British Open (women's). Players were meeting again after bad weather in and around the Royal Liverpool Golf Club forced them to postpone the competition. Shin Jiyal's final round 72 sealed her victory. She ended the tournament at nine under par.
- The T20 Cricket World Cup commenced on September 18 in Sri Lanka, with twelve qualifying teams playing for the tag of champions of the 20 over version of the game. The T20 world cup for women is also going on alongside.
Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh made a comeback into the cricket team after he had to abruptly give up cricket on being diagnosed with cancer.
Current Affairs[July 2012]
- Dope tests for domestic ties from this year
With the menace of doping in sports rearing its ugly head and dispatching American cyclist Lance Armstrong’s feat of seven Tour de France titles into a black hole of shame, cricket in India is taking steps to root out the danger at the domestic level.
Though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been reluctant to fully comply with the World Anti-doping Agency’s (WADA) ‘whereabouts rule’, it has started to dope testing for domestic players.
The BCCI chief administrative officer, Ratnakar Shetty, told a news tabloid that testing would be done from 2012-1013 seasons. “We are planning to introduce dope testing from this season,” said Shetty. “For the past two years, the BCCI, through its state associations, has been educating cricketers on anti doping and how to improve their performances in the right way.
- Paralympics flame lit at ‘spiritual home’
The Paralympics flame was lit at the spiritual home of disabled sport, signalling the start of the 24hr countdown to the start of this year’s games. Some 3,000 people, including former paralympians and dignitaries such as LOCOG chief Sebastian Coe, watched as the flame took hold at 8.12pm at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in southern England.
It was Stoke Mandeville hospital in 1948 that a German-Jewish neurologist, Ludwig Guttmann, organised the first recognised sports event for people with disabilities, 12years before the inaugural Paralympics in Rome.
The Paralympics flame- created from four “national flames” kindled on Britain’s highest peaks- then began a 148km overnight journey from the world famous spinal injuries centre to the Olympic Stadium in east London, including boxer Michael Watson, who suffered brain damage during a super-middleweight title bout with Chris Eubank in 1991.
- Beleaguered Strauss calls it a day after disastrous Test Series
Andrew Strauss, one of the most successful captains in England’s recent cricket history after winning Ashes series announced he is retiring from the professional cricket. Strauss insisted that he had taken the decision to retire primarily because of his own batting problems, and that he had been considering his future long before Kevin Pietersen rocked England’s boat this summer.
“I’d run my race,” the 35 year old told a press conference at Lord’s, having abandoned his initial attempts to leave his comments to a brief pre-prepared statement with typical grace and good humour.
“In truth I haven’t batted well enough for a long time now. From the captaincy point of view it’s important that you are not a passenger and people aren’t speculating on your future. I know from my own energy levels and motivation I wasn’t going to improve batting-wise.
- London call attended, athletes bask in afterglow
The afterglow of India’s Olympic showing was there for all to see. That also made it a rare occasion where more than one athlete was presented with the nation’s highest sports award- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Shooting silver medallist Vijay Kumar and wrestling bronze winner Yogeshwar Dutt walked up to President Pranab Mukherjee to receive the accolade at the head of the long list of recipients at the national sports awards function.
However Olympics or not, cricket always finds resonance among the gathering and it was no surprise that Yuvraj Singh underlined his status as the man for all seasons. As the large audience waited for the function to start at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the player was the focus of attention.
- The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports congratulated winners of London Olympics 2012 at a gathering arranged at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. The six winners namely, Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, Ms Saina Nehwal, Ms M C Mary Kom and Yogeshwar Dutt along with their respective mothers and fathers. There were also forty seven athletes and seventeen Indian and foreign coaches who take part at the recently finished London Olympics 2012 were the special guests at the gathering.
- The ICC or International Cricket Council declared the team of Test players for 2012 where Australian captain Michael Clark has been nominated as the skipper. South African pace bowler Dell Steyn is a part of the team for the fifth successive year. No Indian has been able to get his position in the 'Dream Team'.
- DLF the real estate giant have ended their association with IPL or Indian Premier League post their fifth season sponsorship. They had the first right of refusal for the same. The company has not renewed its contract with them and now are on the lookout for strategic associations in order to promote other sports through their tie ups. They are of the opinion that IPL has given them the required brand foot print and the required recall in India.
- With the total Olympic medal declared at the concluding games, india with its six medal tally ranked fifty fifth in the total ranking. United states with 104 followed by China with 87.
- Yet another reason for the London Olympic committee to cheer is that the 2012 olymic has been declared the greenest Olympic ever! This honor has been given to the team to help set up and to supervise the event’s minimal environmental impact when compared to all the perious Olympic events in the past.
Current Affairs[June 2012]
- Torres receives the Golden Boot and Spain make history during the Euro 2012 cup played in Ukrainian capital Kiev. Spain scored an astounding victory over Italy scoring 4-0
- Champion League T20 2012 to be played in South Africa starting from October 9 to 28. The teams that will represent India are from Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils.
- Robin Van Persie, the current captain on Arsenal in a full mood to bid adieu Arsenal, is not yet decided to sign any new deals with the club. Manchester City is ready to bid £20 million on Van Persie.
- Indian team is finally declared for the Lankan tour this July-August: While batting maestro Sachin has been given rest, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan are called back for this series.
- After a long wait lasting two and a half years, Roger Federer proved his fans again by winning his 7th Wimbledon title defeating Britain’s Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the finals on Sunday. With this win, his he has so far had 17 career Grand Slams and has returned to the No.1 spot.
- The Dutch football association KNVB has brought in Louis van Gaal as their new head coach of the Netherlands national team.
- Australia’s veteran pace bowler, Brett Lee has announced his retirement from all forms of International cricket on Friday on 13th July. The 35-year-old pacer had retired earlier from Test cricket about a year ago during February 2010 but he continued to play for Australia in one-day cricket and in the Twenty20 matches. He has had a remarkable no of 310 wickets in 76 matches in his career of Test cricket.
- Yuvi Returns: Yuvraj sigh is working hard to make a grand comeback is included in the 30 probable list of Twenty 20 world cup which will be played in Sri lanka this September – October 2012.
- The 'Hockey India League' will be managed by Sahara India Pariwar as their prime franchisee.
Sahara India Pariwar, a major business conglomerate and a major promoter of sports in India, received another milestone after this announcement. The “Hockey India League” is another initiative of Hockey India
- If it can’t be any worse, Santhi Soundarajan; an Asian Games Silver Medallist at the Doha Asian games held in 2006, lost her medal to a failed gender test is now a brick kiln worker surviving on a meagre Rs.200 per day. And contrary to this, Caster Semenya, a middle distance runner from South Africa was in a similar situation when she was banned after receiving her 2009 Berlin Olympic Gold medal. The nation stood by her and fought for her rights when her ban was revoked last year. She was the torch bearer for her country at the Olympics this year.
- Former Indian Captain Kapil Dev and First World Cup winner for India, had earlier broken ties with Board of Control for Cricket in India few years ago for joining as one of the board members in a private sponsored Indian Cricket League has again returned to his original board, the BCCI
- The International Olympic Games governing body President, Jacques Rogges said in a statement that Match-fixing, Gambling and Doping will be the main challenges before IOC
- London Olympic: ready to roll for an eye-catching mega opening ceremony
The much awaited opening ceremony of London Olympic is expected to start with great grandeur and celebrations with Danny Boyle helming as the chief creative director, is ready to attract millions of viewers from all parts of the world. The entire world will wait the unveiling of the show near their TV sets to watch the 3 hour show for which many world renowned personalities from their respective fields have joined hands
- As a first account, Gagan Narang wins bronze for India: Ace rifle shooter Gagan Narang has opened the medal count for India by winning the first bronze medal in the men's 10-metre air rifle event in the 2012 London Games.
- Pakistani cricketer jailed in UK for bogus marriage
A Pakistani cricketer was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 20 months in case of bogus marriage to a British woman. He never met her but only for the sole purpose of gaining permanent residency in the UK he married her falsely.
Javid Iqbal the 39 yr old is described as a 'star' and he played for Holmfirth, Skelmanthorpe and Almondbury in the Drakes League.
As per the reports Iqbal arrived in the UK in 2008 and since then played for several minor country cricket teams.
He, including four others which included his 'bride' had pleaded guilty to commit a breach of immigration law. All of them have been sentenced to imprisonment and sent to jail at the Leeds Crown Court.
The UK Border Agency officers interrupted Iqbal’s wedding after they receiving information that it was just a bogus marriage.
- Ace ArcherDeepika Kumari joins Tata Steel as Manager
Member of Indian Olympic contingent and ace archer Deepika Kumari joined Tata Steel as its manager for the sports department.
Kumari, who is currently at world number one won a gold medal at the individual events at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and won a bronze as a team.
Deepika also won a bronze at the Guangzhou Asian Games. A TATA steel press release stated that- “further efforts and development are going on in identifying sporting talent and thereby providing the sportsperson with ample opportunities to perform to their highest levels of the sport.”
- Asiad silver medalist returns to brick kilnNothing can get crueler than this. Santhi soundarajan had won a silver medal in the 800m at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 but unfortunately lost it after she failed a gender test. But see the irony, today she works as a daily-wager in a brick kiln. Working eight hours daily under a scorching sun she barely earns Rs 200 every day. This is the wage paid to women laborers.
One can contrast this with South Africa’s Caster Semenva, also a runner. She too lost the gold she won in Berlin World Championship 2009 after she failed a similar gender test. Now the 21 yr old South African runner will be her country's flag-bearer at the London’s Olympics. Her nation rallied around her when the games authority put her to a gender test. Her nation fought to safeguard their country’s athlete’s dignity and position in world sports. And the result was: the ban imposed on her was revoked by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
- Games debut for abused boxer
Nearly six months after she revealed about her trauma of being abused be her own father for four years as a child, Quanitta “Queen” Underwood can hardly contain her excitement after knowing that she will soon make her debut in the London’s Olympic women’s boxing game.
The US lightweight boxer has been at the London’s boxing arena every day since the game began. She said that as of now she just wants to talk about her match and nothing else and that the butterflies are getting intense day by day as her boxing day arrives.
In the month of February this year, Underwood talked about her abused life when she was just 10 years old, saying that she would lie in the bed while her father Assad molested her elder sister Hazzauna in the same room.
- Doping debate for Chinese swimmer
China lashed out at the allegations of drug use before their swimmers were about to display their mettle at the Olympics pool, as games organizers moved to quell anger over the empty seats.
Ye shiwen broke the 400m world record in swimming while the British media questioned the legitimacy of her display at the Games.
The Chinese swimmer will be once again in the pool for the 200m medley heats and reports indicate that this time too she will be the woman to beat after the qualifying with a time that was almost 2 sec faster than her counterparts.
When quizzed about the drug allegations Ye said-“the Chinese team and games authority have a firm policy regarding doping so there is no problem at all”.
But less convinced with her answer, a leading news paper described Ye’s last performance as less credible.
- Opening the account at the London’s Olympic
For a very long time Indian shooter Gagan Narang’s ability has been blurred by shadow lines which distances the potential from greatness. At the London’s Olympic it was just a minute difference between the podium and also-ran. With just one shot to go, Narang claimed a bronze, thereby opening India’s account at the 2012 Olympic.
Narang shot 10.7 to claim the medal and demolish the demons which had seen him for very long time the man on the verge in the Indian shooting.
Upon his victory he said in a statement that-“it feels as if a huge stone has been off from my chest now. I was unable to qualify for finals in the last two Olympics and that was really painful. But now with this win I am really happy to finally won a medal for my country.
As the pressure was immense Narang shot two nines in his game. He further said that though he could have done better but he is very happy the way things turned out that led to his win.
Current Affairs[April 2012]
Leander paes roars- no one can step him from entering 2012 Olympics
Leander Paes, India’s No. 1 doubles player arrived for his Wimbeldon post match along with his daughter Aiyana and trainer Sanjay Singh. The champion then confirmed his participation the London’s Olympic removing any doubt. He further said in his statement that he was ready to partner anyone that AITA, All India Tennis Association nominates to play with him i.e. Sania Mirza in the mixed and Vishnu Vardhan in the men’s doubles.
In his stament, Paes said-“I am here to play sport not politics and am looking forward to represent my country in the 2012 Olympics. However with bad luck I see games being played in games itself which is very disheartening. Still I am looking ahead to play my sixth Olympics for my country as I have played for last 22yrs for my country and countrymen.
At first Paes refused to talk about any matter, later he cleared tougher questions regarding- Sania’s press statement which slammed the demands made by Paes or how he will prepare for the quadrennial with Sania .
USADA antics shrugged off by Lance Armstrong
The decision to file formal doping charges against Lance Armstrong by the US Anti-Doping Agency was shrugged off by Armstrong by further saying that this would not let him stop his work for cancer awareness.
The seven time Tour de France champion tweeted that he simply refuse to be budged down by the antics of the USADA after the latter announced to file the charges against him.
Armstrong further tweeted that- “it’s the 2012 and I will continue my work to lead @LIVESTRONG while raising my kids and staying fit”.
The evidences gathered by the USADA were evaluated by a three member panel before deciding to file the formal charges against Armstrong.
Fan racism- Spain and Russia gets fined
The Spanish and Russian football associations have been fined 20,000 and 30,000 Euros ($24,900 and $37,300) respectively after reports of racist incidents came to light. The racist’s incident happened among their fans at the Euro 2012 matches.
After the fans of Spain sang racists chants, 20,000 Euros were fined against the Spanish association. Not only this, the fans also got engaged in other racists behaviour during the Spain’s’ Group C match against Italy in Gdansk on June 10.
Mario Balotelli, Italy’s black striker made the 1-1 draw.
The same racist’s behaviour in the Group A match against the Czech Republic the Russians have been fined 30,000 Euros. The match was held on June 8 in Wroclaw. The racist behaviour was hurled against Czech right back Theodor Gebre Selassie, who happens to be a black. He played in their 4-1 defeat.
Balotelli faced racist abuse by Croatia fans during his match on June 14 and the Croatian FA was fined 80,000 Euros by European soccer's governing body.
Current Affairs[February 2012]
Real Madrid eyes 32nd Spanish title at Athletic
The Real Madrid can still hold the Spanish league title with their victory at the Athletic Bilbao. In the score update the real Madrid is seven points clear of its top rival with only three games to play. Also even a Barcelona loss will also award the Spanish leader its record 32nd domestic crown.
Barcelona's last three games are seen to serve as preparation for next month's Copa del Rey final against Athletic. These matches will be the last games for the coach Pep Guardiola’s before he hands over the reins to assistant Tito Vilanova.
Yuvraj Singh to be back on April 9
After battling lung cancer and receiving treatment for close to two months in the state of Boston Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh is all set to return to his homeland on April 9. The cricketer is currently in London and is recovering at a good pace.
He was diagnosed with a rare form of germ cell cancer and underwent three rigorous sessions of chemotherapy. Following the treatment he was discharged from his hospital last month. Yuvraj is expected to announce his future plans including the details of his treatment after he reaches India.
Even though during his stay in Boston for his treatment the Flamboyant player was in touch with his well wishers via twitter and thanked all those who prayed for his well being.
Leander Paes to be Haryana's sports ambassador
Ace tennis player and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee, Leander Paes, will be seen as the brand new face as the Sports Ambassador of Haryana.
The decision to make Paes as the sports ambassador was taken at a meeting held between Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Paes.
An official said in his statement that the decision is in sync with the declared objective of the Haryana Government to promote sports in the state.
The official said that Paes will motivate the youths of the state to take up sports as a career. As per the reports Peas has decided to set up a sports centre in the state, for which the land will be provided by the state government.
Besides this Paes is also going to help the Sports Department of the State of Haryana in developing better sports infrastructure and provide best state-of-art training facilities for sportspersons.
An MoU was signed between the Haryana Game Authority with Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, in the presence of the Chief Minister and Paes, to facilitate the training of the players.
Pakistan Cricket Board hopeful of home series
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hopeful of the home series against Bangladesh team.
The PCB has asked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to update them regarding the appeal filed in the high court. The appeal is against the petition in order to sought cancellation of Bangladesh's cricket tour of Pakistan. The home series was postponed by the Dhaka High Court for four weeks citing security concerns. The series consisted for the ODI and Twenty20 matches in the land of Pakistan.
The petition was filled by Dhaka university teacher Khandaker Didarus Salam to cancel the tour on security grounds.
Jwala eyeing London berth
India's ace doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta is eyeing a good run at the Yonex Sunrise India Open in order to book a ticket for herself at the 2012 London Olympics.
In the mixed doubles the Indian ace will team up with V.Diju where as in women's doubles she will be pairing with Ashwini Ponappa. Both the matches will be played at the Siri Fort Complex, where she has some fond memories.
Because at the very same venue she and Ashwin won their Commonwealth Games doubles gold medal in 2010.
Nintendo posts first annual loss
Japanese videogame giant Nintendo officially posted its first annual loss after it became a public company. The reason for the loss was considered a soaring yen and the price cuts on its consoles leading to a loss of $530 million.
The Kyoto-based Japanese company slashed the price of its new Nintendo 3DS last year in August. The slash in price was about 40.0 percent after they had a lacklustre debut. This slash was followed in similar reductions in its overseas gaming market as it failed to boost sales during the Christmas period.
Newer version of Halo in November
Microsoft has revealed that they’ll be releasing a new instalment to the hit videogame "Halo" in November this year. The officials stated that Microsoft will launch the hugely popular franchise instalment.
Halo 4 has been designed exclusively to be played on Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles.
Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer said in a release-"We are starting a new era with Halo 4 and will embark our journey which will encompass the next decade of 'Halo' games".
India’s Gaming Carnival to be hosted in Noida
For all the gamers of India there’s good news. Noida the suburb of the national capital will be hosting its first ever digital games carnival from April 6. This is a three-day event and it welcomes both international and national gamers to compete with one another under the same roof.
The India Gaming Carnival (IGC) is being organised by WTF Eventz Pvt Ltd. This gaming carnival will encompass all the latest digital and online games like: Need for Speed, Fifa Soccer, Tekken,Dota, Counter Strike, Hello, Pool, Poker, Angry Birds and Call of Duty.
Kushagra, director, WTF Eventz Pvt Ltd, said in a statement that "The motive behind this gaming carnival is to give the Indian players an expose to the electronic gaming experience,"
Current Affairs[January 2012]
Current Affairs[December 2011]
Clarke says that it is must for the Oz pacers to bounce India out from Sydney ground.
Australian cricket team captain Michael Clarke has asked the teams bowlers to bounce the Indian out from the second Test that will starts from Tuesday. The match is going to be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Clarke in an interview said that-"he loves’ the aggression of his teams fast bowlers. He said that he simply loved the way they his teams’ bowlers served it up to the Indian batsmen during the last match that led to their strong victory in Melbourne. Also if conditions remain in our favour then we will bounce the Indians again during the second Test that is to be held in Sydney.”
Clarke said that he wants his bowlers to be as ruthless as possible. And they should continue with the same strength and aggression that they previously showed in during win by122-run.
Indian stars bears the fire after MCG debacle
The Indian media lashed their anger out at the country's batting line-up for letting the team down in the opening Test that was held at against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The Indian team failed to cope with the Australia’s pace attack when they failed to chase a 292-run target. The Oz players attack was so strong that the Indian team could only manage to gain 169 runs despite having batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag who have major batting experience.
Bhupathi and Bopanna team targets Olympic medal
The team of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati reunited after a long gap of 9 yrs and this was just an act of choice not a mere chance. The team now bids to target the Olympic medal at the 2012 London’s Olympic but they split up within months of their team formation.
Now Mahesh Bhupathi will pair up with fresh player Rohan Bopanna . They will play together for the first time after the Davis Cup. After their team formation the duo toiled in the Bombay Gymkhana for about two-and-half hours to begin their journey to the 2012 Olympics. The London Olympics are just 216 days away to begin.
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Sports Current Affairs 2011
Delhi’s half marathon full of all African show
The 7th half marathon of Delhi was full of an all African show with all the top honors being taken away
by the African community. Around 30,000 people came to take part in the worlds most honored and
prestigious half marathon braving the Delhi’s winter chills.
The marathon saw the rise of athletes from the Dark Continent that won many awards both in the men
and women’s category. In the men’s category the top 3 honors were given to the players Lelisa Dessia
of Ethiopia, Geoffrey Kipsang and Mike Kigen.
While the winners from the women category were Lucy Kabuu of Kenya who was followed by Sharon
Cherop and Aselefech Mergia.
NBA commissioner David Stern refuses to set deadline to cancel the
entire 2011-12 season.
The NBA commissioner David Stern gave a blow by delivering an ultimatum the NBA players’
union further saying that he won’t cancel the 2011-12 season.
The players union met in New York to discuss a strategy for the session in which the
commissioner firmly said that he won’t be setting any date for the cancelation of the 2011-12
seasons. Stern said that- “he won’t say when he would call off the season since they haven’t reached
the season yet.”
The NBA has cancelled many games during the month of November and even more games cancellations
are expected to get cancelled. Stern even said that it will take up around 30 more days to make the
league functioning.Stern even hinted by saying that if no progress is being made even the Christmas games could be in
danger but after the meeting Stern just announced the cancellation of two weeks of finals in November.
Indian athletes threaten to boycott Olympics
Indian athletes have threatened to boycott next summer Olympics after a sponsorship deal was
made with Dow chemical company. This firm had connections with the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster
in which around 15000 people died after inhaling poisonous gas that leaked from the Union
The company has a tainted reputation in India following the disaster and the athletes have said
that until and unless the sponsorship deal is not rejected within nine days they will boycott the
summer Olympics that is to be held in London.
The withdrawal of athletes from the world’s second largest economy will give a blow to both the
Games and the International standing.
Clarke’s Australians to face Acid test on home soil
Michael Clarke’s group has played just a single match after the team was condemned as the
worst team of Australia test lineup. The sign of how Clarke’s team has fallen was proved when
they failed to won a test match since 1985.
Now to the relief of millions of armchairs selectors – the comeback win to level the series in
South Africa has proved fruit full to allow the team to face the next Acid test on their home soil
Clarke scored two win, followed by two losses and two draws and now he is going to his first
home as a skipper.
Sports Current Affairs 2011
India won the series against rival team England by 5-0
India won the 5 day test series against England by 5-0 in the final match that the team played
in Kolkata. Indian team stopped the English team at only 176 runs in the final match and
themselves scored a challenging 271 in 37 overs at the Eden Gardens stadium.
Indian team member Ravindra Jadeja scored a whooping score of 4-33 and off spinner
Ravichandran Ashwin scored 3-28.
Following the match Ravindra Jadeja was declared Man of the Match, while Mahendra
Singh Dhoni was awarded with Man of the Series title. So far the Indian team has won the
5-0 series only three times in which two series were won against Englan(2008-09) and New
Olympic gold medallist won a Silver in ongoing 4th Asian Airgun
Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra won a silver in the air rifle shooting championship
at the 4th Asian Airgun championship that was held in Kuwait. Bindra scored 594 in
qualification round and then 103.6 in the final countdown. The Gold medal went to his
Chinese counterpart who scored 2.6 more points in qualification round.
During the Beijing Olympics Bindra defeated Zhu Onian and grabbed the Gold medal to
become the first Indian shooter to won a gold medal in the Olympics.
Similarly Satyendra Singh won the bronze by scoring 593 in the qualification round and
103.7 in the finals.
Another Indian shooter Gagan narang who won Commonwealth games gold medal secured
7th position by scoring 694.5.
CWG gold medallist Krishna Poonia gets another gold medal at the
Halloween Throws Meet
CWG gold medallist Krishna Poonia gets another gold medal at the
Halloween Throws Meet
Poonia had also made a place for herself at the incoming 2012 games by scoring the B
qualification standard of 59.50m after her another win at the Fling Throw Meet in Portland.
She had been rigorously training at the Throws Centre at Concordia University such that she
crossed the phenomenal mark of 62m in her final attempt.
Though, her last throw was below the best mark (63.97m) that she scored in April 2010 at
Chula Vista but she performing at best consistent pace.
Boxing champion MC Mary Kom won gold medal at the 12th Senior
women’s boxing championship
Five time world champion MC Mary Kom won another gold mdeal at the 12th senior
women’s boxing championship. She defeated Pinki Jangra in the 51kg category in the summit
clash on the final day, in Bhopal.
In the feather weight division , bronze medallist Pwilao Baumatary of Assam settled for a
silver after she lost to Mandakini Chann of AIP.
In the light weight category Neetu Chahal of Haryana won the gold coin after defeating Preeti
Beniwal of the IABF team. Neetu won by 12-5 and similary Kavita Goyat of Delhi defended
her gold medal in the middle weight category.
Former Commonwealth games secretary general Kamlesh Sharma re-
Former CWG secretary general Kamlesh Sharma was again re appointed for the same post on
30th oct. The leaders of CWG agreed to appoint Kamlesh at the 21st Commonwealth Heads
of Govt. Meeting(CHOGM) that was held in perth, Australia. Sharma earliar served as an
Indian Diplomat and now after his re appointment he will serve a four year term that is going
to begin in April 2012.
Kamlesh sharma’s background
He was first selected as the secretary general for the commonwealth games during the 54
nation summit that was held in Kampala. And he took the seat from Sir Don McKinnon of
new Zealand on 1st april 2008.
Corporate Lobbyist Nira Radia announces exit from Communication
Lobbyist and provider of public relation services Nira Radia announced her exit from the
communication business. For her exit she gave personal and family priorities as supreme
She had been in news recently for the 2G controversy when tapes of conversation leaked
and were being circulated in the media. The controversy related to the 2G spectrum engulfed
many government officials for undercharging telephone companies for allocating frequency
Sports Current Affairs 2011
Current Affairs[September 2011]
Manoj Kumar in 2nd round of World Boxing Championships
Manoj Kumar (64kg), Commonwealth Gold Medalist beat Valentino Knowles of Bahamas 17:11 to go into the second round of World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Kumar is only the sixth Indian boxer to get to this round of the championships behind L. Devendro (49kg), Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Akhil Kumar (56kg), Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and Vikas Krishnan (69kg). Manoj Kumar, contesting in the light welter weight category, outplayed Knowles, a bronze medalist at the previous year held Commonwealth Games. Following earning a vital one-point advantage in the first round itself, the 24-year-old extended the difference by another couple of points in the following round. He surged the ante in the last round and was declared victories in the last three minutes of the spell Kumar, who has emerged on the World Championships for only the second, will now be locking horns against European champion from Ireland, Raymond Moylette in the first of the many knockout phases. The Irishman has defeated Arturs Ahmetovs of Latvia 16:11 in an exhilarating game. Raymond Moylette is currently ranked 6th in the overall rankings.
Game Venues or White Elephants
Dearth of housing services and soaring rentals has averted a number of national sports bodies to hold their training camps or important tournaments at the high-tech CWG venues. A few of them have started to decay inside a year-long time of the grand games here. In the past year or so, merely a few tournaments have been staged at the 12 CWG venues that consumed crores of rupees. The maintenance of these top-notch stadiums is a key distress for the government agencies. Athletics Federation of India (AFI) executive M.L. Dogra cites that AFI chooses to organize its camps at NIS, Patiala, or at different Sports Authority of India (SAI) centers rather than the posh Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium due to dearth of housing services there. There was just a single tournament held since the Commonwealth Games at the Karni Singh Shooting Range (by NRAI) – the Sajjan Singh Memorial Championship earlier in September. DLTA, the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association sports complex, nevertheless, is the lone exception, staging a whopping seven international tournaments already. These included the high-profile junior Davis Cup and junior Fed Cup. It will also hold the national championship in October. The complex has a housing division and the charges per room are Rs.1000/night and the national gymnastics team availed all its services in its recent visit.
Women’s Hockey Team heading to Australia; led by Anjum
Women’s hockey team is all set to board for Australia under the leadership of Striker Saba Anjum. Saba will be the captain of an 18-member Indian women’s hockey team Down Under where they will be playing four Test matches against the in-from Oz. Following that, the ladies form India will be contesting in a three-nation 9-a-side International Super Series in Perth for eleven days Oct 12-24. The selections were held at the SAI Centre in Bhopal just a couple of days back. Anjum and Jasjeet Kaur Handa, hail from Railways who would also respectively be the captain and vice captain, on their trip. Anjum and Handa have 232 International Caps between them. The selectors of Hockey India, BP Govinda, Syed Ali and Rekha Bhide apart from Government Observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey convened the trials where the 18-member team went through their rates of knots in the innovative 9-a-side format of the game. India will kick start their tour with four Test matches against Oz Oct 14 onwards and will later play in the 9-a-side format which has FIH permit. It will be for the first time that international teams will be contesting in such a tournament and the organizers have decided with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that the event will take place at Perth.
Sports Current Affairs 2011
Current Affairs [August 2011]
Speed lovers soon to see Greater Noida as their pit-stop
- The highly anticipated homologation of the Budh International Circuit (BIC), setting for the first ever Indian Grand Prix, is all but done. Plus, the FIA team, headed by technical director Charlie Whiting, has also given his nod to all aspects of the 5.14m long track. As per a report declared by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) President, Vicky Chandhok on behalf of the supporters JPSI, Whiting, through the first of the two days of inspection, was mighty delighted in the fashion in which the circuit’s making has been developing. "Mr. Charlie Whiting, the Formula One Race Director came to see the Budh International Race circuit some time back for a premeditated custom check," Chandhok stated in the statement. "He told us that the development was more than all right and was beyond of what he expected from us from the last visit he paid. He further put across assurance that the introductory Indian Grand Prix will be a titanic triumph," he added. On the other hand the statement read that as a general exercise for all fresh circuits, the physical issuance of Grade-I recognition to the circuit, will be sanctioned seven days ahead of the chief event to be held on October 30.
New Sports bill turned down by the Government
- A contentious offer that required controlling India’s and World’s most powerful cricket board BCCI and added national sports organizations was rejected by the government in late August, reports from the local media emerged. The proposal that is designed to regulate these sports bodies under federal intelligibility and responsibility laws were put forward by Ajay Maken, Sports Minister. However, the much needed bill was rejected by the cabinet and it asked Ajay Maken to return with a new and improvised version, one of the news networks of the county reported. The bill aimed to keep back no less than 25 percent of federation positions for previous players and puts a ceiling on the age of all administrators i.e.70. A further significant prerequisite of the bill was to get the associations under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI), a milestone regulation that lets members of the public to ask for information of the functioning of public bodies. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has usually been out of the government’s purview and, unlike added national sports federations, does not rely on the finances given by the state. Sports bodies in India have been the focal point of numerous controversies in recent years. The popular Indian Premier League, after previous year’s controversial exit of its Founding Chairman Lalit Modi, has been the center of numerous probing over charges of pecuniary indiscretions.
Sports Current Affairs 2011
Current Affairs [July 2011]
London Olympics 2012 began its countdown.
With one to go ESPN star sports began its golden march to kick the London Olympics 2012 countdown. The countdown ceremony was broadcasts across 22 countries. Olympics being revered as the biggest sports event has made athletes to share the same anticipation like that of the rest of the world and have set their eyes on the event going to be held just after 365 days.
Also ESPN sports channel will broadcast the complete Olympic events for the 1st time in the history to all of its sports fans across the globe. The London Olympics will be the most sought after event with maximum viewer interest. The channel will cover 302 events in all the 26 categories of sports and will showcase almost 10,000 players and athletes from more than 200 countries.
Moto GP champion to stay out of Japanese Grand prix
MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner have ruled out the possibility to participate in the Japanese Grand Prix to be held this year. Both the racers have ride earlier for Japanese manufacturers.
The reason for withdrawal is the fear of radiation that currently exists in Japan due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
The Motegi circuit is situated near the Fukushima nuclear power plant whose reactors were destroyed by an earthquake and Tsunami during March this year and led to massive leakage of radiation.
The race was originally to be held in April 24 but was later postponed to Oct 2, though no reason was given by the International Motorcycling Federation.
Stoner firmly said during the Germany Grand Prix that he will not go for the Japanese GP.
Further he said that his response would the same if anything similar would have happened elsewhere and that he is sure about the fact that other riders will be having the same opinion. Stoner became the world champion of the MotoGP in the year 2007.
Former Yankees pitcher found dead
Hideki Irabu former Yankees pitcher was found dead in his home. The 42 year old was an excellent pitcher said former league manager Bobby Valentine. The quircky right hander had a fabulous arm in flame throwing the ball.
Los Angeles police officials have declared Irabu’s death as suicide, disclosing no further information. To confirm the full information the investigating team is waiting for the autopsy report.
Hideki was referred as the Japanese version of Ryan. Hideki arrived in the united states in the year 1997 and he was a hard throwing bowler with smashing speed of 98-mph.
Though he was made an excellent debut with the Yankees but later on became an object of disappointment during the next three seasons. And then he was given a tag called as a fat toad after he failed to perform well during an exhibition game.
Dubai to bid for Olympics 2024 instead of 2020
The UAE national Olympics committee has decided to bid for 2024 Olympics instead of 2020. The committee said that the infrastructure for the 2020 Olympics is 75% ready but it would be feasible if we bid for 2024 instead for 2020 so that we provide best of infrastructure to Olympics events and the players and athletes.
Dubai’s crowned Prince Shaikh Hamdan said that “ Hosting the Olympics would be a matter of pride for the entire middle eastern region and we want to fully satisfy everyone and ourselves that we are completely ready to host the games and for this we are going to bid for 2024 Olympics instead of 2020.
He further added that our first and foremost aim is to give a world class Dubai experience and a long lasting peace and satisfaction to the youth and to all the sports class events.
Manchester United the most valued team in the world
The Manchester United has been named as the world’s most valued team. The Red Devils have been estimated for a total amount of 1.165 billion pounds overshadowing American Franchises like the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys.
The assessment has been made based keeping in mind the total income they get and the various sponsorship deals they make throughout the year.
This has come as the good news for the Glazer family who bought the Club for 790 million pounds in the year 2005, how they are still in debt but this does not deter them from being happy for making their club the most valued in the world.
Squash to be considered for the 2020 Olympics
On hearing the news that squash is going to be considered for the 2020 Olympics World Squash Federation president N.Ramachandran was far more delighted. He said that after this decision he is more confident that the game will be included in the 2020 Olympics.
He said that he truly believes that squash will prove to be a great sport for the Olympics. This game fulfils all the criteria to be included in the Olympics and that with its inclusion in the Olympics squash will attain a new level in the world of sports.
He further added that squash has a number of high profile world champions and that with its inclusion in the Olympics it will provide massive participation from all over the world in the Olympics.
Current Affairs [June 2011]
Doping cases surge up; curbing measures required
Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Ajay Maken has delineated a range of measures to find out into entire doping incident and curtail this pain in the neck. Shri Maken presented the particulars of the six point guidelines forwarded to the executives of SAI (Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India) to probe into doping episode at a press conference.
Taking into consideration the failed dope tests of eight athletes in various sports that include HariKrishnan in long jump, Tianna Mary Thomas in 4*400 m, M/s Mandeep Kaur, SiniJose, Priyanka Panwar in 400 m, Ashwini Akkunji, Joanna Murmu, and Sonia in shot put and “the current inquiry thereof, it is heading for that the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India must be aware of and concentrate on the function of the workforce support infrastructure that have been provided to these athelets,” said Shri Ajay Maken. He further avowed that at the same time as each doping episode engages dishonor of the entire country, prohibition and even fear of honors and accolades being asked from the charged athletes; the task of supporting trainers, health center executives and extra requirements to be questioned, determined and rightfully inclined.
Rouseau: 3rd Test between India v West Indies drawn
3rd test match held at the Windsor Park Stadium between India and West Indies, the former’s first tour since the World Cup triumph ended in a disappointing draw. KA Edwards and S Chanderpaul stood at the crease for 161 runs for the fourth wicket. This means that India will need to wait more to win 2 test matches in the Carribean. Chanderpaul was partnered by Kieron Edwards as the former completed his 23rd Test century in all important 37-over toil to deny India a victory.
Chanderpaul dealt with all the seam bowlers India had at their disposal with no difficulty, driving and extracting easy runs out of them and exhibiting rock-solid defense and rotating the strike regularly as Kerion Edwards chipped in. He stood steady at one end; he strained the Indian bowlers to shoft their attentions totally towards Kieron Edwards, who’s supported and helped Chanderpaul to get to another achievement is professional playing career.
Current Affairs [May 2011]
Current Affairs [April 2011]
Master blaster the leading cricketer of Widens 2010
The master blaster became the 7th recipient of the Wisden award joining the league of other recipient like Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Jacques Kallis, and Andrew W Flintoff etc. Wisden regarded as the Bible of cricket named India’s Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as its seventh recipient. Sachin if the 2nd Indian cricketer after Virender Sehwag who’s also among the wisden awardees’ league.
In February itself sachin became the 1st world cricketer to score a double 100 in one dayers and before this he became the 1st cricketer to score 50 test tons.
The 148th wisden edition was launched on Wednesday and this is the 1st time that master blaster has won this award since it began in the year 2004. Also sachin was even positioned at number 4 rank in the Wisden’s 2009 Test XI.
Annu Singh the Indian shooter to book berth for London’s Olympic
Annu Raj Singh became the 5th Indian shooter to book her berth for the London’s Olympic to be held next year. She qualified for the Olympic seat after winning a silver medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning for the 10m Air Pistol. Singh who never won the world cup earlier qualified for the finals with a maximum of 389 points win. After this Singh is ranked at number 33 in the world. She is the next Indian to join the league for the Olympics after shooters Gagan Narang, Hari Om Singh, Sanjeev Rajput and Ronjan Sodhi.
Her win was tied up with gold medallist Olena Kostevych of Ukraine.
Mary Kom strikes gold in Asian Cup
India’s five time world champion M C Mary Kom won 1st gold medal of the year by winning in the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament in Haikou, china.
She won the medal for the 48Kg category. Kom became the winner after defeating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea. The winning strike was lead by 4-3points in the finals. This was her 1st tournament since her bronze medal win at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games after which she made a place for herself in the weight division category after beating Kate Appari of Philippines.
Though her North Korean counterpart was a stiff challenge for her but it was her skill and the agility of the champion that she made her way through the finals and won the gold.
On the other hand another Indian in the line Pavitra (57kg) faced defeat in the finals against Tossamalee Thonalan of Thailand. She lost to her counterpart by 6-11 points.
Current Affairs [March 2011]
India Wins World Cup 2011
The Indian cricket team came up with an inspired performance against Sri Lanka in the final to lift the World Cup in Mumbai on 2/4/2011 bringing to an end the 28 year wait when Kapil’s Devils had last lifted the cup in 1983. The World Champions were ecstatic with their victory while batting icon Sachin Tendulkar and Coach Gary Kirsten were given a lap of honour by their team mates. Sri Lanka had won the toss and opted to bat first notching up a formidable 274 runs on board thanks to an impressive century by Mahela Jayawardhene. Indian run chase started on jittery note when both openers Sachin and Sehwag were back in pavilion with the score at 31 for 2. However Gambhir and Dhoni who promoted himself up the order came up with a crucial partnership that helped to take India home. Dhoni finished of the match with a huge six over long on bringing the stadium to its feet and joy across millions of homes in India.
McLaren's Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix
Mclaren’s Lewis Hamitlon won the Chinese Grand Prix in thrilling fashon on 17/4/2011 by passing Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel for the lead with just five laps remaining. Sebastian Vettel who had earlier made a strong bid for three straight wins to the start of the Formula 1 season how ever could not hold off Hamilton who looked in sublime touch throughout the race. Red Bull’s Mark Webber came in third on drove beautifully to finish on the podium considering he started eighteenth on the grid. Hamilton on his part was close to being out of contention when he fuel leak was detected in his car. The Mclaren mechanics worked frantically to rectify it. McLaren's Jenson Button was fourth, ahead of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who all led at various stages at Shanghai International Circuit. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was seventh, ahead of Mercedes' Michael Schumacher, and Renault's Vitaly Petrov, with Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi taking the final point in 10th place. With three races completed this season Vettel leads the drivers standing with 68 points followed by Hamilton at 47, Button on 38 and Webber on 37.
Duncan Fletcher has been appointed as coach of India
Duncan Fletcher on 27/4/2011 has been named coach of the Indian cricket team finally ending weeks of speculation as to who would take over the high profile job. Fletcher (62) a former Zimbabwean all-rounder came to prominence when he coached England and helped them regain the Ashes in 2005. Under his guidance England won its first series in West Indies in 36 years and the team rose to the third spot in the Test rankings during his tenure. He captained Zimbabwe in the 83 World cup and has played in just 6 ODI’s during his time when the country hadn’t yet achieved Test status. He may not be a part of the team for the West Indies tour, as he has some prior commitments, said BCCI secretary N Srinivasan. He also added that Eric Simmons who was the bowling coach during previous coach Gary Kirsten’s tenure is to continue his stint with the Indian team.
IPL Season 4 Starts
Just days after the Indian team won the cricket world cup the IPL season has started in full swing. IPL 4 is now a ten team event with the two new teams being the Kochi Tuskers and the Pune Warriors. Many players have gone for record prices and it is expected that this years IPL will be a very hard fought contest between the teams with fluctuating fortunes after every match. Two teams that are being considered hot favourites are the Mumbai Indians and defending Champions Chennai Super Kings. This is the first IPL event that is happening in the absence of Lalith Modi who created a lot of controversy last year. Now with Indian team riding a good wave of form it is expected the people will tune into the matches in large numbers.
Current Affairs [February 2011]
ICC WC 2011 off to spectacular start
The ICC cricket world cup is on in full swing. The fourteen teams have all played their group stages and 8 teams qualified to the knockout stages. The teams that played in quarterfinals were West Indies, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Among these only four teams made it to the Semis where Pakistan and India played each other at Mohali and Srilanka and New Zealand played against each other in Colombo. The semi final match between India and Pakistan created unprecedented hype as the two teams have not faced off against each other since Mumbai 26/11 attacks. There was a never before seen rush to get the tickets for the match and people were selling their tickets in black market at astronomical amounts. India and Sri Lanka went on to win their semi finals respectively and face each other in the final on April 02 , 2011.
Levon Aronian wins Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Championship
Levon Aronian has won the 20th and final edition of the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Championship held at Monaco. He had earlier also won in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The Armenian grandmaster tied his last round game against Sergey Karjakin and still maintained a one point lead over runner up Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Indian chess grandmaster and World Champion Vishwanath Anand came in at third position. With the 2011 edition the 20 year run of one the Worlds favourite chess events comes to an end and Aronian having won three of the last four editions does come across as a significant achievement.
Saina clinches Swiss Open Grand Prix
India’s badminton ace Saina Nehwal won her first title of 2011 with a 21-13, 21-14 victory over South Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the Wilson Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton at Basil on 20/3/2011. It was her second win against the Korean in as many meetings whom she earlier defeated in the Indonesia Open Super Series as well. She reached the quarters of the All England Championship also held earlier this month where she lost to Eriko Hirose of Japan. Riding on her Swiss Open triumph Saina has regained her number three ranking with 69721.2637 points. At first place and second place are Shixian Wang (83506.4) and Yihan Wang (73988.9106) of China respectively.
Djokovic beats Nadal to win Indian Wells title
Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the BNP Paribas Open title at Calirfonia on 20/3/2011. The Serbian remains undefeated this year whose victories include Australian and Dubai open, has struck a purple patch notching up an impressive 18-0 record in 2011. He now jumps to number two in the ATP rankings pushing Roger Federer to the third place while Rafael Nadal is still at number one with a 14-3 record. Djokovic said "It definitely says good things. I am playing with a lot of confidence. I'm feeling the ball well on the court. I'm very dedicated. I have a big will to win each match. I want to keep on going and keep on playing good tennis."
Sebastian Vettel wins Australian GP
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel drove a flawless race to win the season opening Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne on 27/3/2011. Starting from pole position Sebastian drove superbly to open more than a two second gap over runner up Lewis Hamilton of Mclaren following the first lap. At third place was Renaults Vitaly Petrov who made his first ever podium finish. Fernando Alonso came in fourth with Australian Mark Webber finishing fifth at the race. They used three stops strategies which was one more than the podium finishers. It was not a good start to the year for Mercedes with both their drivers Michael Shumacher and Nicco Roseberg being forced to retire.
India crowned World Champions
The Indian team defeated Sri Lanka win the final of the ICC World Cup becoming the first team to lift the cup after 28 years on April 02,2011. Srilanka won the toss and elected to bat and posted a daunting 274 on board following a superb century by Mahela Jayawardhene. The Indian team had begun their bowling on a bright note with ace spear head Zaheer Khan bowling a superb initial spell but the end power over proved to be a costly affair and helped the Lankans post a very challenging total. Indian batting started on patchy note when both the dangerous openers lost their wickets early to Lasith Malinga who came up with an inspired spell of fast bowling. The stadium had gone quiet but the Indian innings was resurrected when Virat Kholi and Gautam Gambhir formed a respectable partnership but the star of the innings was Indian Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He promoted himself up the order ahead of the inform Yuvraj Singh took India home with an unbeaten 91. The Captain criticized throughout the tournament for his lack of form stepped up at the most crucial moment with a crucial innings and hit the last ball straight down the ground for a huge six. The nation erupted with joy and there wild celebrations all over India. Sachin Tendulkar was given a lap of honour when his team mates took him on their shoulders and a happy Sachin could be seen waving at the crowds. This is the highest successful run chase made in a World cup final and what makes the victory sweeter is India is the first team to win a World Cup on home soil.
Current Affairs [January 2011]
Cricket World Cup 2011 Officially Opened
- The 10th edition of the ICC cricket World Cup, was officially launched on 17th Feb with a grand opening ceremony being held in Dhaka, Bangaldesh. The stadium was filled with spectators and evening proved to be visual spectacle with colourful fireworks, songs and dance routines to mark the start of the eagerly awaited event. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the event open amid thundering cheers while the fourteen participating Captains were revealed to the public being carried in tricycles. Shankar Ehsaan Loy and other popular artists performed at the venue with the show stopper being Bryan Adams.
National Games Held in Jharkand
- The 34th National Games, was finally held in Jharkand and the event turned to be very successful. The games were held from 12th February 2011 to 26th February 2011.Many athletes all over the country took part in various disciplines and quite a few records were broken in the process. The long-postponed 34th National Games was originally scheduled for 2007. The Games have been deferred six times – four times due to delay in developing infrastructure and then postponed again due to the coming of Assemble Elections.
India start their Word cup campaign on a bright note
- India played Bangladesh at Mirpur in the first WC match of the tournament on Feb 19. India started with a bang scoring 375 with both Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli hitting sensational hundreds to take the match away from the hosts. Sehwag particularly looked murderous. The Indian team was expected to be under pressure to perform well against Bangladesh as their previous campaign in 2007 resulted in an early exit and left many disappointed fans back at home.
Viswanathan Anand regains No.1 Ranking Again
World Champion Viswanathan Anand played against Magnus Carlsen of Norway to end the match in hard fought draw and finished second in the Bilbao Final Masters chess tournament. But the icing on the cake was when the Indian ace dethroned Carlsen from the number one ranking in Live rating list for the first time since January this year and ended up as the top player in ratings too.
Brazilian striker Ronaldo announces retirement
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo announced his retirement from soccer on Feb 14. The 34-year-old three-time world player had a year end contract with Corinthians. But a shock loss led to an early elimination from the Libertadores Cup and violent protests from fans. Ronaldo further added that frequent injury problems were one of the main reasons in him deciding to announce his retirement. Thus ends a brilliant career in which he scored more than 400 goals including a record 15 at World Cups.
Current Affairs [December 2010]
- India Vs England match to be shifted from Eden Gardens
The India - England World Cup group stage match on February 27, to be held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata , has been shifted following delay in construction work at the venue. This comes as a major embarrassment for the cricketing body of Bengal (CAB) The ICC has asked the BCCI to find out an alternate venue for the match. The Eden Gardens was scheduled to host four matches - on February 27, March 15, March 18 and March 20. Now, it remains to be seen if the ground can be readied quickly and whether the ICC will allow the remaining matches at the venue to go ahead.
- India loses ODI series at South Africa
The Indian cricket team lost its chance at creating history by not being able to win the five match ODI series tournament recently concluded at South Africa. The finals match was expected to be a cracker with both teams having registered a couple of wins each. How ever the rain affected target of 263 set by South Africa proved to be too daunting for the Indian team after losing wickets at regular intervals. However some late fireworks by Yusuf Pathan who scored 105 made it a keenly fought contest.
- Djokovic wins Aus Open title
Novak Djokovic of Serbia powered his way into winning the Australian Open 6- 4, 6-2, 6-3 over Andy Murray of Britain. It was a power packed power packed performance by the Serbian who played aggressive strokes throughout the match and always looked to be in control. Murray has now been runner-up in three Grand Slam finals extending Britain's near 75-year drought in men's singles Grand Slams
Current Affairs [November 2010]
- Saina Nehwal wins Honk Kong Open Super Series.
Indias star sportswoman Saina Nehwal rallied around from a one game deficit to win 15-21, 21-16, 21-17 over Wang Shixian of China. Saina finished of her year on a wonderful note and has an unmatched record compared to any Indian player with regard to winning the super series title.
- Sachin Tendulkar scores fifty centuries in test cricket
Sachin Tendulkar scored his fiftieth test century in the second innings of the first test against South Africa at the Centurion. The master blasted scored his century in196 balls with 12 fours and one six. Even thought India lost the first test Sachin’s century helped about bringing some respectability to the proceedings. Incidentally he has also been named the ICC player of the year.
- Indian cricket teams wins its second test at Durban.
The Indian team had a poor game at the centurion where they were bundled out by an innings and twenty five runs by their South African counterparts. The second test they came back with a much more inspired performance with both bat and bowl leading to their first ever win in Durban which had always troubled them in the past. India had scored 205 and 228 in their two innings while the South Africans could score only 131 and 215 respectively.The star of the match was V.VS Laxman whose 96 helped India seal victory.
Current Affairs [October 2010]
- Chelsea lose third match out of fourth
Birmingham City defeated Chelsea by a score of 1-0 at Birmingham City making this the third defeat to be suffered by Chelsea in the four matches that it has played so far. This win helped Manchester United to move up in the English Premier League rankings. Birmingham gained three points in the rankings thanks to the one and only winning goal scored by its player Lee Bowyer. Newcastle lost 5-1 to Bolton while West Ham lost 3-0 to Liverpool alongside Blackpool and Stoke who claimed their respective victories. In their game against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea let slip past their initial lead of 2-0, to finally lose the game at a score of 3-2. The game was at a score of 2-0 till half time with Chelsea winning but a combination of lack of concentration in players and simple bad luck cost Chelsea the match.
- Cricket in 2014 Asian Games
Rumors recently originated that cricket had been removed from the list of proposed sports and events of the 2014 Asian games. The reason for these rumors has been said to be the decision of the Olympic Committee of Asia to limit the number of sporting events in the Asian games to a maximum of 35. However, these fears proved out to be false as the OCA recently confirmed the inclusion of cricket in the list of sporting events for the Asian games 2014. For the time being cricket and karate have been confirmed as two out of the seven non Olympic events in these games while the other five are still to be decided. However, South Korean organizers are said to not be in support of this decision.
- Nadal and Clijsters
Rafael Nadal continues to hold the top spot in the ATP rankings with his score being close to 11900 points while Roger Federer holds the spot of number two. On the other hand Kim Clijsters fell to the third position in the WTA rankings released recently followed by Serena Williams on the fourth position.
- Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Following his win in the Korean Grand Prix, third position in Brazil and third position in the qualifiers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari looked like the possible winner. However the title slipped out of his hands, much to his surprise and landed into the hands of Vettel making him the youngest Formula One champion in the history of F1 racing aged just 23 years.
Current Affairs [September 2010]
- A century of Medals in CWG 2010:
Thanks to the final in the woman badminton category that India was able to taste the sweet gland of a century tally of medals for the very first time in any CWG edition. India had tallied 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze medals which cumulatively read 101 medals. Even though India were shattered to an 8-0 defeat by the Aussies the woman shutters’ heroics steered them to a total of medals that read 101. India finished ahead of England (142) and behind Australia (177). The culminating day (Oct 14th) saw the quest of an unimaginable 2nd place finish thanks to Jwala and Ashwini. They defeated Singapore’s Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei with some ease and become the lone pair so far to win gold in women badminton (doubles). But the cherry on the cake was put by Indian badminton pioneer – Saina Nehwal. The hosts scalped addition one inclusive of a bronze medal when our table tennis masters Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das won in the doubles for women bronze medal final round alongside the Australian pair. Tan Zed Vivian and Peri Campbell-Innes. But the finals for the hockey men were a match to forget as they were thumped by the Kangaroos scoring 8 past their goal. Going into this match with some resilient attitude as shown in the semis, the Aussies brought them to ground by outplaying them with power play.
- Master Blaster’s the Best; ICC admits:
Sachin Tendulkar (quite unsurprisingly) was shortlisted for the most decorated cricketing accolade in contempt period, an award given to the greatest cricketer for the year that is named after Sir Garfield Sobers. The Master Blaster turned out to be the second Indian to win the accolade following the success of Rahul Dravid in the same award six years before. Afterwards accumulating 1,000 runs in Test match cricket this calendar year more to the point becoming the aboriginal cricketer to score a double century in LOI cricket playing against South Africa on Feb 24th 2010 in Gwalior, Sachin completed a double of awards at the even by also winning the famous – LG People’s Choice Award. The Men in Blue had a lot extra to applaud about as their striking opener, Virender Sehwag, with 1,282 runs in the game’s longer adaptation, was chosen as the Test Cricketer of the Year and M.S. Dhoni was selected as the captain of a World Test XI. In the previous, Sehwag’s Delhi team mate as well as opening partner, Gautam Gambhir was given this privilege. Decorated Indian off-spinner, B.S. Bedi was introduced into the Hall of Fame (for ICC) forth along with the legendary West Indies’ fast bowlers Garner and Walsh and Rachael Heyhoe Flint (ex-England women cricketer) The LOI (also known as ODI) Player of the Year was bagged by the South African cricketer A.B. de Villiers.
- Kangaroos see BLUE in India:
In a highly anticipated and evenly fought cricket competition between two giants of the beautiful game of cricket between India and Australia, the former proved to be good for the Aussies. The Australian team over a period of time has seen its main workforce in Gilchrist, Hayden, McGrath and others retiring had to rely majorly on the young breed of players lacking experience of play in the Indian subcontinent. India had slipped its rank down a bit from No. 1 and was in a quest to get it back. That’s what actually transpired. Thanks to the great heroics of Sachin along with the rest of his teammates India were not only able to beat the Aussies but finish it as a clean sweep which the team Down Under hadn’t experienced for quite some time. Sachin’s double ton was the highlight of the series and imperative in order to retain the coveted Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Apart from the Test Series, India also won the ODI series without losing single game (1-0). Two of the three matches were abandoned due to bad weather conditions while the sole game played, India convincingly beat the Australians thanks to a solid partnership between Suresh Raina and Mohit Tiwary. The partnership between the two batsmen helped India to chase down a total just under 300.
Current Affairs [August 2010]
- Kalmadi and Co. pocket Common man’s Wealth:
The contempt letters of forgery and fraud in Commonwealth Games resulted in an abnormally affliction of our nation’s picture. The bulk of finances used up on modernizing the venues for Commonwealth Games accommodate a prima facie affirmation of ample calibration enticement in the alignment of Commonwealth Games. The abstracts accessible on the Commonwealth Games website reveals that the amount of refurbishing the JNU stadium was USD 215 million; the IGI Stadium USD 150 million; the Hockey stadium (named after Dhyan Chand) USD 60 million; and the Shooting Alleys USD 35 million. An absolute sum of USD 10150 million was spent on renovations. The costs incurred in the advance of the lone cricket stadium in Delhi were USD 20 million. For the LBS stadium in Hyderabad was USD 18 million, and architecture of a contemporary and technology studded stadium in the city of oranges amounted USD 19 million. It is acute that the Central Government anon adjustment a top akin analysis into this arrangement and the dealings embarked on. It is abominable that such all-embracing abusage of communal resources has taken abode in the name of the Commonwealth Games. The accusations of inducement ambit from favoritism in accolade of affairs to big-ticket appoint of accessories for training and abrupt accretion in the costs of architecture treaties.
- Bridge Collapses; Casualties cross double figures:
Reportedly not less than 27 people were afflicted afterwards an under-construction foot over bridge burst within the close proximity of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the capital area of the Commonwealth Games, bidding the Organizing Committee (OC) to awning up by giving a statement or in other words a false sense of complacency and assurance that everything is being taken care of. The arch was to hotlink the amphitheater to parking for delegates and athletes. The Urban Development Minister, Jaipal Reddy has dismissed the pressures by quoting it is a negligible incident. The Public Works Department (PWD) has urged for an acoount of the structure from the builders. Later the aforementioned day, Organizing Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot addressed reporters: "We will put up a great show. He said the venues will be all set in the days to come and there would be added sprucing to accommodate top notch standards. However, the mishap is a concern to the CWG organizers, who are already nabbed amidst accuse of laziness and fraud for the XIX Edition. Previously, Mike Hooper, the main controller of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), remarked on the condition of hygiene at the Games Village as “dirty.”
- Chennai are the Super Kings of Twenty20 Cricket:
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings are the champions of the second edition of the AirTel Champions League Twenty20 hosted by South Africa from September 10th to September 26th. Chennai Super Kings defeated their fellow finalists in some fashion by 8 wickets in the final of the Champions League T20 2010.Warriors had won the toss earlier and decided to bat first but bootless to account an appropriate target, but only capable to set a minimal total of mere 128 runs for 7 wickets. Only Davy Jacobs’s denticulate 34 runs were the notable contribution and was also the best from the entire batting lineup of the Warriors. Muttiah Muralidaran was the most booming bowler scalping 3 wickets for only 16 runs. Ashwin got a couple of wickets for 16 runs as well. Chennai Super Kings started off in some style by baking batting by Murali Vijay who denticulate a 58 run total. Michael Hussey fabricated 42 handy runs to the total. The Opening brace fabricated 103 runs which fabricated their way of triumph easier than it ever seemed. With this Murali Vijay became the highest run getter of the second edition of the Champions League Twenty20. He was facilitated with the Man of the Match Award. With such great triumph on the world stage, the Indian and CSK captain has silenced his critics and is still in contention to be the best ever captain in the world today.
Current Affairs [July 2010]
- Sehwag denied century
A deliberate no ball by the Srilankan off-spinner Suraj Randiv to prevent Virendar Sehwag from completing his century in the tri-series has left a bad taste in the mouth for all cricket lovers. Indians were just short of 5 runs from destination called victory and the opening batsman VEERU was just a run away from his ton. At the same time Lankan skipper chose spinner S. Randiv to come in and bowl. On the third bowl of his spell Virender Sehwag sent the bowl out of the fence with a huge six but the turning point was that it was a no ball which defended Virender Sehwag from completing his century. As per the declaration of the match referee it was been found out that it was an intentional attempt.
- Shooting Gold
Tejaswini Sawant created history by becoming India’s first female shooter to clinch gold at the World Shooting Championship held in Munich, Germany. The 29-year-old, who shot a score of 597/600 (100, 100, 100, 99, 99, 99), equaling the world record in the process, won the 50m rifle prone event
- Sri Lanka wins the tri series
The host Sri Lanka’ eight wicket victory over India in Dambulla represents its 25th win in a tournament final. Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara'who won the toss decided to bat against India in the tri-series final. The Sri Lankans won the match by 74 runs in this game. With this it became the second team to win a tournament final on 25 occasions. Australia has won 52 tournament finals.
- First Indian US PGA Tour winner
Arjun Atwal has become the first Indian Golfer to win the US PGA tour. Atwal, who started playing at the age of fourteen, became one of the leading players on the Asian Tour and the European tour. He is the the first native East Indian golfer to become a member of, and later win the U.S. PGA Tour.
Current Affairs [June 2010]
- Saina Nehwal: A smash hit
The Indian Open Grand Prix Gold, the Singapore Open Super Series and then the Indonesian Open Super Series at Jakarta have given enough reasons to Saina to celebrate. The World No.3 defeated a fighting Sayaka Sato of Japan 21-19, 13-21, 21-11 in the badminton finals. Just two notches away from the badminton World No. 1, Saina is now indisputably India's top female athlete.
- Khel awards
Saina Nehwal to be conferred the country’s top sporting honour-the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. While Jhulan Goswami skipper of womens cricket team, boxer Dinesh Kumar and Sandeep Singh are tipped to receive the Arjuna Awards in recognition of their outstanding achievements during the last one year, Footballer Sunil Chhetri and Deepak Mondal have also been nominated for the award that will be given away in Rashtrapati Bhawan on 29th Aug by President Pratibha Patil.
- World cup for Spain
In a historic football victory Spain lifted their first-ever World Cup after defeating Netherlands 1-0 in Johannesburg. Andres Iniesta secured the only goal of an enthralling final against the Netherlands four minutes from the end of extra-time on Sunday leading his team to victory.
Current Affairs [May 2010]
- French Open 2010 :
- Men’s singles – Rafael Nadal defeated Robin Soderling. He is the second person after Bjorn Borg to win 5th French Open titles.
- Women’s singles- Francesca Schiavone (Italy) defeated Samantha Stosur (Australia). She became first Italian women to won the French open.
- Men’s Doubles- Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic defeated Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes.
- Women’s Doubles- Serena Williams & Venus Williams defeated Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik.
- Mixed Doubles – Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic defeated Yavoslava Shvedova & Julian Knowle.
- Saina Nehwal defeated Choo Wong Mew to win women’s single title in Yonex-Sunrise Indian Open badminton championship. In the Men’s singles Yunus Alamsyah won the title.
- Saina Nehwal defeated Japan’s Sayaka Sato to win women’s singles title in Indonesian Open Super Series 2010.
- Indian Ronjan Sodhi won the double trap gold medal at ISSF World Cup in Lonato, Italy.
- India defeated Sri Lanka to won Asia Cup(Cricket) 2010. India won the title after 15 years i.e. it won the cup in 1995.
- Saina Nehwal won the Women’s singles title in Singapore Super Series badminton championship 2010 defeating China’s Tzu Ying Tai. It was her 2nd consecutive title.
- 3000th ODI( One day international) cricket match was played between England & Australia.
Current Affairs [April 2010]
- England won 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Cricket tournament defeating Australia. The tournament was held at West Indies. Kevin Pieterson of England has been declared as Player of the Tournament.
- Australia won 2010 Women’s World Twenty20 Cricket tournament defeating New Zealand.
- India and South Korea were declared joint winner of 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup, after suspension of the final match due to heavy rains.India’s Sardar Singh has been declared as Best Player of the Tournament. Australia won the Bronze medal. The tournament was held at Ipoh (Malaysia). India had won the tournament earlier in 1985, 1991, 1995 & 2009.
- China won Thomas Cup ( Men’s Badminton) defeating Indonesia.
- In the World Youth Boxing Championship, held at Baku, Azerbaijan, India won 1 Gold & 1 Silver. Gold medal was won by Vikas Krishan and Silver medal was won by Shiva Thapa.
- India won bronze medal in the 2nd Asian Paragliding Championship held at Nishiewa, Japan.
- World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand retained his title after defeating Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the World Chess Championship 2010.
Current Affairs [March 2010]
- IPL3 season won by Chennai Super Kings defeating Mumbai Indians.
- Youth Olympics Games 2010 to be held in Singapore in Aug 2010.
- World Youth Championship was held at Baku, Azerbaijan.
- Lawn tennis legend Martina Navratilova diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
- ‘Jumbo’ chosen as 2011 World Cricket Cup Mascot.
- World Kabbadi Cup 2010- India defeated Pakistan to won World Cup Kabbadi 2010 held at Ludhiana.
- Pankaj Advani won the Asian Billiards Championship defeating Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist for the consecutive third time.
- Badminton Asia Championship, Delhi :
- Men’s singles – Lin Dan defeated Wang Zhenguing
- Women’s singles-Li Xiurei defeated Liu Xin.
Current Affairs [February 2010]
- Tamil Nadu defeated West Bengal to won Vijay Harare Cricket Trophy.
- Australia won World Hockey Cup 2010 defeating Germany. India ranked at 8th place.
- India won six gold medal in the Commonwealth Boxing Championship held at Delhi.
- Two new IPL teams, Kochi was auctioned for Rs 1533 crore and Pune was auctioned for Rs 1702 crore. Kochi was auctioned to Rendezvous Adventure Sports Ltd. Pune was auctioned to Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd.
Current Affairs [January 2010]
- Sachin Tendulkar became first player in the world to score a double century in ODI (One day International). He scored 200 (Not out) against South Africa.
- 11th South Asian Games 2010 : Held at Dhaka, Bangladesh from 29 Jan to 8 Feb. Originally scheduled to take place in 2009, but due to general elections in Bangladesh, the games were held in 2010. This was the third time that the Dhaka hosted the Games, thus becoming the first city to hold the games three times. 8 countries participated in the games in 23 different sports, including T20 cricket, which was introduced for the first time in SAG. The 8 countries included are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. 1The logo of the games was ‘Kutumb’, a flying doel , which is the national bird of Bangladesh. The mascot of the games featured a magpie robin, which was holding the torch to begin the games. The final medal tally include : India - 1st place with 90 G 55 S 29 B Total 174, Pakistan- 2nd place with 19 G 25 S 36 B Total 80, Bangladesh- 3rd place with 18 G 23 S 56 B Total 97.
- West Zone won Duleep Trophy ( 2009-10) defeating South Zone.
- India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar won the Asian Tour International Trophy 2010. It is his 2nd consecutive title.
- Euro 2012 to be co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
- 2010 Winter Olympic Games were held at Vancouver, Canada. Mascot of the game was MIGA (a sea bear), QUATCHI( a sasquatch) and SUMI (animal guardian spirit). The logo of the games was Ilnaaq meaning Friend in Inuktut. There were 86 events in 7 sports. The games were held from 12 Feb to 28 Feb. Final medal tally. Canada- 14 G 7 S 5 B, Germany- 10 G 13 S 7 B, USA- 9 G 15 S 13 B.
- IOC (International Olympic Committee ) has approved ICC (International Cricket Council) bid to join the Olympic games 2020. The first time cricket was included in the Olympic games was in Paris Olympic 1900.
- 11th World Hockey Cup 2010- To be held in Delhi, India. This is 2nd WHC which India is hosting. India also hosted the WHC in 1982 at Mumbai. 12 countries participated in the tournament. WHC is held in the years between two summer Olympics. First WHC was held at Barcelona in 1971. Pakistan has won the cup four times, Netherland three times, Germany two times, India & Australia once each. India won the WHC in 1975.
- Commonwealth Shooting Championship was held in New Delhi in Feb 2010. India stood at first place with 35 Gold 25 Silver and 14 Bronze. England stood at 2nd place with 4 gold and Wales stood at 3rd place.
- U-19 World Cup 2010 held in New Zealand from 15 – 30 Jan 2010. Javagal Srinath from India appointed as one of the match referee for the tournament.
- Australia won the U-19 World Cup for the third time defeating Pakistan. India is placed at 6th rank. Australia won the cup for the third time.
- Rafael Nadal won the Capitala World Tennis Championsip, held at Abu Dhabi defeating Robin Soderling.
- Magnus Carlsen becomes the youngest World No.1 chess player at the age of 19 years breaking the Garry Kasparov’s record when he became the world’s top ranked chess player at the age of 22 years in 1985. Magnus Carlsen is the 5th player after Kasparov, Kramnik, Topalov and V.Anand (India) to cross the 2800 ELO rating. In the Jan 2010 FIDE ranking, Carlsen stood at 1st place, Topalov at 2nd place and V Anand at 3rd place.
- Marin Cilic defeated Staniglas Wawrinka to won Men’s singles title of Aircel Chennai Open.
- Pakistan’s cricketer Shahid Afridi was banned for two T20 internationals after he was found guilty of ball tempering in a ODI against Australia.
- Corus Chess Grandmaster Tournament won by Magnus Carlsen. V.Anand of India ranked at 4th place.
Hopman Cup 2010- Spain defeated Great Britain.
- Australian Open 2010 : Women’s Single- Serena William defeated Justin Henin. It is Serena’s 5th Australian Open title. It is also Serena’s 12th Grand Slam title equaling the record of Billie Jean King.
- Men’s Single- Roger Federer(Swiss) defeated Andy Murray(Britain). It is Federer’s 4th Australian Open title. It is Federer’s 16th Grand Slam title.
- Men’s Double- Mike Bryan & Bob Bryan defeated Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic.
- Women’s Double – Serena Williams & Venus Williams defeated Cara Black & L Huber.
- Mixed Double – Laender Paes (India) & Cara Black (Zimbabwe) defeated Ekterina Makasova & Jaroslav Levinsky. It is Paes’s 11th Grand Slam title.