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Hockey :  Eight-time winners India qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after thrashing Russia 7-1 (11-3 on aggregate) in the second game of the two-legged FIH Qualifiers for men, in Bhubaneswar. The Indian men, ranked fifth in the world, had earlier defeated world number 22 Russia 4-2 in the first-leg on Friday.
Indian women's hockey team too has qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Skipper Rani Rampal's 48th minute strike sealed Tokyo Olympics berth for the Indian women's hockey team as they pipped USA 6-5 on aggregate despite losing 1-4 in the second leg of the FIH Qualifier, in Bhubaneswar. Indian women have now qualified for back-to-back Olympics having sealed it in Rio de Janeiro after a gap of 36 years. The women's team first participated in the Quadrennial extravaganza in 1980 where the men's team last won their gold medal.

Boxing :  India pugilists Shiva Thapa (63kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) bagged gold at the Olympic Test Event for Boxing while Ashish (69kg) settled for silver as India ended with a decent haul of seven medals at the Olympic Test Event for Boxing. Thapa is also the reigning national champion and a bronze-medallist from the 2015 world championships.

Ironman World Championships : The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982. It is owned and organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. It is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world.
Lieutenant Colonel Swaroop Singh Kuntal of the Indian Army and posted in Jhansi, has made the name of the country proud by making a new record in Malaysia. He became the fastest Indian to complete Ironman Malaysia triathlon in a record time of 12 hours and 14 minutes. The triathlon consists of 3.8 km sea swimming, followed by 180 km cycling and finally 42.2 km of running. 

Football League Cup :In association football, a League Cup or Secondary Cup generally signifies a cup competition for which entry is restricted only to teams in a particular league. The first national association football tournament to be called "League Cup" was held in Scotland in 1946–47 and was entitled the Scottish League Cup.
Liverpool reached the League Cup quarter-finals in thrilling style as their incredible 5-5 draw against Arsenal was followed by a 5-4 penalty shoot-out triumph, while Manchester United won 2-1 at Chelsea.

UWW Under-23 World Championships : World U23 Wrestling Championships is the Amateur Wrestling World Championship organized by the United World Wrestling. The tournament began in 2017.

Pooja Gehlot (53kg) claimed India's second silver medal in wrestling after going down to Japan's Haruna Okuno in the finals of the UWW Under-23 World Championships in Budapest. She lost 0-2 to Okuno in the summit clash.

Sajan Bhanwal (77kg) who is a three-time World Junior Championships medallist, fell short of winning a bronze medal in Greco-Roman category (77kg). He lost to Turkey's Serkan Akkoyun.

Ravinder (61kg), had won India's first silver earlier this week.

Asian Shooting Championship: The Asian Shooting Championships are governed by the Asian Shooting Confederation. Asian Shooting Championships began in 1967. These championships, including almost all ISSF shooting events, are held every four years.

Deepak Kumar won the bronze medal in the men's 10m air rifle in shooting at the 14th Asian Championships and secured 2020 Tokyo Olympics Quota He shot 227.8 in the eight-man final to finish third. He is the second Indian shooter to earn an Olympic quota in the men's 10 metres air rifle event after Divyansh Singh Panwar, who secured it in April. He had won a bronze medal at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara last year.

Haryana sensation Manu Bhaker won gold in women's 10m air pistol event while Vivaan Kapoor and Manisha Keer won in the junior trap mixed event at the Asian Shooting Championships. Manu Bhaker who represented India at the 2018 ISSF World Cup and won two gold medals is also the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup. She won the gold medal in women's 10 m air pistol event at 2018 Commonwealth Games just at the age of 16 in her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance. She has already secured an Olympic quota at the Munich World Cup in May.

India has already secured nine Tokyo quotas in rifle and pistol and lies behind China (25 quotas) and Korea (12) in the Asian region, besides the host-country Japan (12 allotted slots), in terms of quotas won.

Paris Masters title: The Paris Masters (in French commonly referred as Bercy) is an annual tennis tournament for male professional players held in Paris, France. It is played indoors at the Accor Hotels Arena, in the neighbourhood of Bercy. The event is part of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal secures No 1 spot for eighth time in his career in the ATP rankings. He goes up one place to overtake Novak Djokovic even though the Serb sealed his fifth Paris Masters title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Nadal's eight stints at No. 1 equal the mark of Ivan Lendl, trails Americans John McEnroe (14), Pete Sampras (11), Jimmy Connors (9) for most periods at No. 1. He has now been in the top spot at some stage in nine of the past 12 years (2008-11, 2013-14, 2017-19).

SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament : The SaarLorLux Open, previously known as BMW Badminton Cup, BMW Open, Bitburger Masters and Bitburger Open, is an international badminton tournament held in Germany since 1988. It is sponsored by the German pilsner beer brewery Bitburger and German automobile company BMW.

India's 18 year old Lakshya Sen who is World number 51 has won the SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament at Saarbrücken in Germany. He defeated Sen Weng Hong Yang of China in an exciting final. He had entered the final beating Kiran George in an all-Indian semi-finals.

Indian Women's national Cricket Team: The India women's national cricket team, nicknamed the Women in Blue, represents the country of India in international women's cricket. India made its Test debut in 1976, against the West Indies, and its One Day International debut at the 1978 World Cup, which it hosted.

Indian Women's Cricket won the three match series 2-1 beating the West Indies by 6 wickets in the 3rd and final ODI match in North Sound, Antigua. They achieved the victory target of 195 runs comfortably with 47 balls to spare. Smriti Mandhana  from the Indian team was the highest scorer with 74 off 63 balls.

T201: Twenty20 cricket, also called T20 is a form of cricket, played between two of the international members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in which each team faces twenty overs. It was introduced in 2003 with rule changes that put a premium on hitting and scoring, gaining a new audience for cricket. The matches have top-class status and are the highest T20 standard. The game is played under the rules of Twenty20 cricket. The first Twenty20 International match between two men's sides was played on 17 February 2005, involving Australia and New Zealand

India vs Bangladesh 2nd T20I: The Rohit Sharma-led Indian side break Australia’s world record with massive win over Bangladesh in 2nd T20I at Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. India defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets. Rohit Sharma was declared 'Player of the Match' for his 85 off just 43 balls. He made many records during the match. He became the first Indian cricketer to play 100 T20 International cricket matches. He is currently the only Indian batsman with the most sixes in T20. He has scored more than 75 runs in T20 matches for the 10th time, making him the first player to do so in T20 cricket. He also broke Australian cricketer Don Bradman's record of highest average in Test cricket on home soil during the Day 2 of India’s third test against South Africa at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on October 20, 2019.

Rohit Sharma is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket and captains Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League as a right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm off break bowler. He is the vice-captain of the Indian national team in limited-overs formats.

Shubam Gill: He is a 20 year old right-hand, top-order batsman from Punjab. He made his first-class debut for Punjab against Bengal in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy, in late 2017. He made his international debut for the India cricket team in January 2019.

He made his way into the record books when he walked out to lead India C in the 47th Deodhar Trophy final against India B on Monday at the JKCA International Complex in Ranchi. He has became the youngest-known captain to lead a side in the Deodhar Trophy final. He broke India captain Virat Kohli’s 10-year-old record. Kohli had led North Zone in the Deodhar Trophy final when he was 21 years and 124 days old in 2009-10. Gill is only 20 years and 57 days old.

SAI: It refers to the Sports Authority of India. SAI is the apex national sports body of India. It was founded by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Government of India (GoI) on 25 January 1984 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It was set up with a twin objective of broad-basing of sports and to achieve excellence at the national and international level. It is headquartered in New Delhi. The current Director General of SAI is Sandip Pradhan.

Recently, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports launched a new logo for SAI at Delhi’s Major Dhyan Chand Stadium. The new logo signifies SAI's journey of metamorphosis from identifying and nurturing grassroots level sporting talent to creating sporting excellence in the country.

Alyssa Healy: She is an Australian woman cricketer and wicketkeeper who has broken the record of “Most Dismissal by Wicket Keeper” by MS Dhoni’s who made 91 dismissals in 98 T20 Internationals (T20Is) for India.

Healy has played 114 T20Is for Australia and she broke the record with 92 dismissals in the shortest format of the game during the match against New Zealand in the 2nd T20I of the three-match series at Allan Border Field at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Portuguese Grand Prix: British driver Lewis Hamilton made Formula One history by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix for a 92nd career victory to move one ahead of German great Michael Schumacher.

The 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, held at Algarve International Circuit, Portugal. This was the 12th round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship.

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes- Finland) came second followed by Max Verstappen (Red Bull – Netherlands) at the third spot.

Denmark Open 2020 (Badminton): Former World Champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan clinched the Denmark Open 2020 title beating three-time world champion Carolina Marin in women’s singles.

In the men’s singles final, world number seven Anders Antonsen of Denmark defeated his compatriot Rasmus Gemke.

The list of the winners in different categories are as follows:

Women’s Single winner is Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)

Men’s Single winner is Anders Antonsen (Denmark)

Men’s Double winners are Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge (England)

Women’s Double winners are Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota (Japan)

Mixed Double winners are Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich (Germany)

Premier League (Football): Leicester City won at Arsenal for the first time in 47 years with substitute Jamie Vardy’s late close-range header enough to secure victory in the Premier League at The Emirates.

The win lifted Brendan Rogers’ side to fourth on 12 points, while the Gunners stay in 10th place on nine after six games.

F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2020: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2020.  Formula One motor race took place on 1 November 2020 at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy.

This was his 9th win of the season and 93rd F1 win of his career. Mercedes won the seventh consecutive constructors’ title for 2020 breaking the record for the most consecutive World Constructors' Championships.

Valtteri Bottas finished second while Daniel Ricciardo finished third.

Alexis Vastine International: Indian boxers Amit Panghal, Sanjeet and Ashish Kumar have won gold medals at the recently concluded Alexis Valentine International Boxing Tournament held in Nantes, France.

The tournament was the first international event that Indian boxers were a part of since the lockdown.

Amit Panghal won the gold in the 52 kg-weight category, Sanjeet won in the 91 kg final bout while Ashish Kumar won the gold medal in the 75 kg weight category.

Kavinder Singh Bisht won silver in the 57 kg weight category while Shiva Thapa (63 kg), Sumit Sangwan (81 kg) and Satish Kumar (Over 91 kg) secured the bronze medals for India.

Sports Ministry: The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is a branch of the Government of India (GoI). It administers Department of youth affairs and Department of Sports in India. The Ministry was set up as the Department of Sports at the time of organization of 1982 Asian Games New Delhi. Its name was changed to the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports during celebration of the International Youth Year, 1985. It became a separate Ministry on 27 May 2000. Subsequently, In 2008, the Ministry was bifurcated into Department of Youth Affairs and Department of Sports under two separate Secretaries. The current Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports is Kiren Rijiju (MOS independent charge).

Recently, In a first-ever move, the Ministry of Youth Affairs And Sports has introduced an incentivisation structure to extend monetary support to 500 private academies, through the Khelo India Scheme over the next four years starting FY 2020-21.

In this model, private academies shall be graded into different categories based on achievement of players trained by the academy, level of coaches available at the academy, quality of Field of Play and allied infrastructure, availability of sports science facilities and staff.

The 14 priority disciplines identified for excellence in 2028 Olympics will be eligible for receiving support in the first phase.

This move, as per the Minister of Sports Kiren Rijiju, aims to encourage all academies, especially the private academies to continue improving the level of infrastructure, resources and sports science support so that athletes can get best in class training.

Under the scheme, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and National Sports Federation (NSFs) will be working together. SAI will also hold discussions with NSFs and implement categorization and gradation of the academies.

The number of academies to be funded and the quantum of funding under each discipline will be determined by an objective evaluation of the need for investment and each NSF’s capabilities. There will be a special focus on developing sports science facilities at all the academies to improve the overall quality of training.

ITTF Women’s World Cup title: The world number one Chen Meng beat Chinese compatriot Sun Yingsha to win her maiden International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Women’s World Cup table tennis title. The 2020 ITTF Women’s World Cup was the 24th edition of 2020 ITTF Women's world Cup was held in Weihai, China. The ITTF Sanctioned event took place on the 8th to 10th of November 2020.

Chen's victory at the bio-secure Weihai Nanhai Olympic Center made her the first winner of the ITTF's #RESTART series and also took her tally of senior singles titles to 19.

ITTF: It is the acronym for the International Table Tennis Federation. ITTF is the governing body for all national table tennis associations. It was founded in 1932 by Ivor Montagu and  William Henry Lawes. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The role of the ITTF includes overseeing rules and regulations and seeking technological improvement for the sport of table tennis.The current President of ITTF is Thomas Weikert.

IPL: It refers to the Indian Premier League. IPL was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008. The league is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India which is contested during March or April and May of every year by 8 teams representing 8 different cities in India. It was introduced by Lalit Modi, who was also the first Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), and ran the tournament for three years until 2010.

Recently, Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals in the final of Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to lift their fifth IPL trophy. The team has so far won the title in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. The tournament was played between 19 September and 10 November 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Mumbai Indians team is owned by Reliance Industries.

The list of the award winners are as follows:

  • Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul bagged the Orange Cap for being the leading run-scorer of the IPL 2020. He racked up 670 runs from 14 games at an astronomical average of 55.83.
  • Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada won the Purple Cap after finishing at the top of the table with a total of 30 wickets at the end of IPL 2020.
  • Rohit Sharma adjudged Game Changer of the Match in the final of IPL 2020.
  • Trent Boult named the Player of the Match in the final of IPL 2020.
  • Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul bags the Orange Cap.
  • Game Changer of the Season: KL Rahul.
  • Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada wins the Purple Cap.
  • Emerging Player of the season: Devdutt Padikkal (RCB).
  • Rajasthan Royals speedster Jofra Archer emerges as the Most Valuable Player.

Paris Master 2020: Russian, Daniil Medvedev has won Paris Master 2020 title in tennis. He beat Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in Paris. He has become the fourth Russian to capture the Rolex Paris Masters title.

This is the maiden Paris Masters title of Medvedev.

The World No. 5 joins countrymen Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko and Karen Khachanov on the Paris honour roll.

Paris Masters: It is an annual tennis tournament for male professional players held in Paris, France.

Linz Open: It is a Tennis tournament played in hardcourts which is usually held in Linz, Austria, since 2009. It is designated as Women Tennis Association International Tournament. Linz Open is sponsored by Generali Gruppe.

Recently, the 22-year-old Aryna Sabalenka Won the Linze Open. She returned to the WTA's top 10 on at the expense of Serena Williams after the Belarusian captured her eighth career title in Linz.

Sabalenka finished the season in style with a straight-sets victory over her doubles partner Elise Mertens in Sunday's final in Austria.

Serena Williams has dropped to 11th rank. She has not played since French Open due to her Achilles injury.

Women Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked Aryna  at number 9 in singles and number 2 in doubles.  Aryna Sabalenka won her first Grand Slam at the US Open 2019. In all Aryna has won 12 WTA titles.

However, Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty still remains at the top even though she skipped US and French Open in 2020.

Novak Djokovic: The Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic became only the second player in tennis history after Pete Sampras to lift the ATP Tour No. 1 trophy for the sixth time

He was given the ATP Tour No. 1 trophy on 15 November 2020, for finishing 2020 as the year-end No. 1 (world number one).

Earlier he had finished as world No. 1, having earlier done it in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Before this, only Pete Sampras managed to finish six years on top of the rankings which he did between 1993 and 1998.

F1 Turkish Grand Prix 2020: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the Turkish Grand Prix 2020 at Istanbul Park, Turkey.

Sergio Perez (Racing Point-BWT- Mexico) secured the second position and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished third.

This was Hamilton 10th victory of the season and 94th F1 win of his career. With this win, he claimed the seventh Formula One championships title of his career which is equal to the record of Michael Schumacher.

Sports Current Affairs - September 2020

Bianca Andreescu becomes 1st teen to reach US Open semi-finals in decade:Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu became the first teen US Open semi-finalist in a decade defeating Belgium's Elise Mertens to set up a battle with Belinda Bencic for a spot in the final. The 15th-seeded 19-year-old from suburban Toronto rallied past 25th seed Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach a clash against fellow Slam semi-final debutante Bencic today. Andreescu, a winner this year at Indian Wells and Toronto, is the first teen in the US Open's last four since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.She could become the first teen to win a Grand Slam title since Maria Sharapova captured the 2006 US Open and she would be the youngest US Open champion since Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2004. Serena Williams, seeking her 24th Grand Slam singles title to match Margaret Court's all-time record, faces Ukraine's fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina in the other semi-final.

Yashaswini Singh Deswal is an Indian sport shooter.:Yashaswini Singh Deswal is an Indian sport shooter. She won the gold medal in the 10 metre air pistol event at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Panchkula shooter Yashaswini Singh Deswal, 22, bagged the ninth Olympic quota for India and became the world champion in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event in the ISSF World Cup being held at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in the wee hours of Sunday. She was born on 30 March 1997 in New Delhi. Her father SS Deswal is an IPS officer who works as the deputy general of Indo-Tibetan Border Police and mother Saroj Deswal is the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in Panchkula. As of August 2019, Deswal studies at DAV College in Chandigarh.

Rashid Khan Breaks 15-Year-Old Record to Become Youngest Test Captain:Premier Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan on Thursday scripted history as he became the youngest ever Test captain in the history of the gentlemen’s game at the age of 20 years and 350 days. Rashid achieved the feat in Afghanistan’s one-off Test match against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The spin sensation broke the earlier record held by former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu, who was the previous youngest Test skipper at 20 years and 358 days. In Test cricket, Taibu held the record for 15 years after leading Zimbabwe for the first time in 2004 against Sri Lanka at the Harare Sports Club. Former Indian skipper Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi is third in the list after leading the Men in Blue at the age of 21 years and 77 days. Other Test captains in the list are former Pakistani speedster Waqar Younis at 22 years and 15 days, former South African skipper Graeme Smith at 22 years and 82 days and Shakib Al Hasan at 22 years and 115 days

US Open 2019:It is a Grand Slam US Open tennis tournament. Rafael Nadal won his 19th Grand Slam title after holding off Russian Daniil Medvedev's exhilarating fightback in one of the greatest US Open finals. Rafael Nadal beats Daniil Medvedev to clinch a thrilling win in four hours and 50 minutes - just four minutes shorter than the longest US Open final. Spain's Nadal, 33, won 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 against the fifth seed in New York.

Formula One Italian Grand Prix:It is a Grand Prix motor racing championship which takes place in Italy, Montichiari. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco won Formula One Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He ended Ferrari's nine-year wait for victory at its home circuit as he held off the Mercedes duo to win Formula One's Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. Aged just 21, Leclerc held off a Mercedes onslaught to become the youngest driver dressed in red to win Ferrari’s home race.

BCCI :The BCCI (The Board of Control for Cricket in India) named a 15-man team for the three-match Test series against South Africa starting October 2. The name of KL Rahul had dropped due to poor performance in the 2 last Tests in the West Indies. He was dropped while Shubman Gill got his maiden call-up in the Test side. He has scored 1,443 runs in 14 first-class matches at an average of 72.15. India-South Africa Test series will begin on October 2.

World Billiards Title : Pankaj Advani, India’s most consistent sportspersons recently won his 22nd World Billiards Title at the IBSF World Billiards Championship 2019. He beat the local favourite, Myanmar’s Nay Thway Oo. This is his fourth consecutive world title in billiards short format (150-up). Advani has won a world title every year in billiards or snooker or both. He has also won more world titles in cue sports more than anyone in the world making him the greatest cueist of all time. Previously, Advani achieved a hat-trick of hat-tricks in billiards by simultaneously winning the World, Asian and Indian National Championship titles in 5 different years- 2005, 2008, 2012, 2017 and 2019. He has won a global title every year since 2003.He is also the first Indian to become a world champion in 6-red snooker. He was conferred with some of the biggest sports and civilian awards including the Arjuna Award in 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2006, Padma Shri in 2009 and Padma Bhushan in 2018 by the Government of India.

Enduroman triathlon : Mayak Vaid has become first Indian to complete Enduroman triathlon in record time. He broke the previous world record set by Belgium's Julian Denair who won the race in 52 hours 30 minutes by a big margin of 2 hours 6 minutes. Vaid is the 44th person in the world to have completed this triathlon. He is also the first Asian person to complete this triathlon in solo capacity. Enduroman triathlon is one of the toughest endurance competitions around the world. Enduroman triathlon starts in London and ends in Paris.Enduroman triathlon is a race from England to France which is considered to be one of the toughest endurance competitions in the world. The ‘Enduroman – Arch to Arc’ triathlon starts from the Marble Arch in London and an athlete has to reach Arc de Triomphe in Paris to successfully complete it. The long journey involves hours of running, swimming and cycling and can be exhausting if preparations or strategy is not right.

FIBA : It is the world governing body for basketball, it is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is also recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee World Cup(IOC).Spain captured its second FIBA basketball World Cup title after defeating Argentina 95-75 in the gold medal game at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Sunday. They won their first basketball World Cup title in 2006 in Japan. The Spaniards capped a dominant run as they finished undefeated at 8-0. Point guard Ricky Rubio led Spain with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, and was named most valuable player of the international competition.

Vinesh Phogat : Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after holding off world number one Sarah Ann Hildebrandt with some superlative defensive display in the World Championship. Though Vinesh became the first Indian woman wrestler to win Gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games, none of her three attempts at the world championship resulted in a podium.Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler who comes from a successful family of wrestlers with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists.

FIDE Online Chess Olympiad: India and Russia recently became the joint winners of FIDE online Chess Olympiad. The two finalists were declared joint winners by the world chess governing body FIDE after at least two games in the second match were affected by internet connectivity issues.

The FIDE Online Chess Olympiad was held for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is the biggest team championship in chess which dates back to 1924. Around 163 countries took part in the online tournament.

The Indian team comprised of the following players:

Vidit Gujrathi (captain), Viswanathan Anand, Pendyala Harikrishna, Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika, R. Vaishali, Bhakti Kulkarni, Nihal Sarin, R. Praggnanandhaa, Aravindh Chithambaram, R. Vaishali, Bhakti Kulkarni, Divya Deshmukh and Vantika Agrawal.

World Open Online Chess Tournament: Indian Grandmaster P Iniyan has won the prestigious 48th Annual World Open online chess tournament. He finished on top with a score of 7.5 points out of a possible 9 with six victories and three draws.

The 48th edition of the annual event, which ran from August 7-9, was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic following classical time control.

A total number of 120 players from 16 countries participated in the event which included more than 30 Grandmasters.

On the way to his title, Iniyan defeated Grandmasters Baadur Jobava of Georgia, Sam Sevian, Sergey Erenburg of the USA and Nyzhyk Illia of Ukraine.

Iniyan had recently defeated world number two Fabiano Caruana in an online blitz event.

F1 Belgian Grand Prix 2020: Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) recently won the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix 2020 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.This was his 5th win of the season and an 89th career win. This takes him closer to seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 career wins in F1.

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Finland) came second followed by Max Verstappen (Red Bull – Netherlands) at third place.

AFSCB: It refers to the Air Force Sports Control Board. The AFSCB was recently conferred the ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2020’ for the outstanding contribution in helping sportsperson to excel in their respective disciplines.

Air Marshal MSG Menon, Air Officer-In-Charge Administration and President, Air Force Sports Control Board received the award from Hon’ble President of India in an organised online ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan on 29 August 2020. 

AFSCB is the apex body for planning and conduct of sports activities within the IAF and at Inter-Services level.AFSCB has been constantly endeavoring to improve standards of IAF teams and to guide them in career progression as sportsmen in IAF.

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is awarded for sustained efforts towards encouragement and promotion of sports in the country and IAF in particular. The promotion of sports at grass root level aims at encouraging sports culture in the environment and motivates young Air Warriors to include sports activities as a way of life.

Grand Slam Singles: Twenty three year old Sunil Nagpal has created history by becoming the first Indian to win a singles' main draw match at a grand slam in the last 7 years.

He defeated Bradley Klahn of USA 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round of the US Open in order to progress further into the tournament.

In 2013, Somdev Devvarman had reached the second round of the Australian Open, French Open and US Open. Nagal, who is the world number 122, will now face second seeded Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the second round of the tournament.

2020 US Open Tennis Tournament: Austria’s Dominic Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev to win the men’s singles title while Japan's Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to clinch the Women’s Singles title in the 2020 US Open Tennis tournament.

It was Thiem’s first Grand Slam title, and he becomes the first player in the Open Era to rally from two sets down in a US Open final while this is the third Grand Slam title for the fourth seed Osaka. Osaka previously won the title at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open.

Thiem is also the first player to capture a Grand Slam title from two sets down since Gaston Gaudio at 2004 French Open while Osaka is now the first Asian player to win three Grand Slam singles titles.

The victory has moved up Osaka to number 3 in the world rankings.

F1 Tuscan Grand Prix 2020: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the Formula One Tuscan Grand Prix 2020 held at Mugello Circuit, Italy. This was his 6th win of the season and 90th F1 win of his career.

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Finland) came second and Alexander Albon (Red Bull – Thailand) came third.

The Tuscan Grand Prix (first edition) was the ninth race of the 2020 Formula One World Championship.

IPL: It refers to the Indian Premier League. IPL was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008. The league is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India which is contested during March or April and May of every year by 8 teams representing 8 different cities in India. It was introduced by Lalit Modi, who was also the first Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), and ran the tournament for three years until 2010.

Recently, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League kicked off in Abu Dhabi on the 19th of September 2020 after a long wait due to an outbreak of  coronavirus pandemic.

The 53-day tournament had been shifted to the UAE due to COVID-19. In all, 60 matches will be played in three venues- Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.

In the opening game of IPL 2020 Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings beat defending champions Mumbai Indians by five wickets.

Sports Current Affairs - August 2020

Legends of Chess: Legends of Chess is a unique online chess event. The tournament is part of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour.

Recently, Viswanathan Anand finally won in Legends of Chess tourney making his debut on the Magnus Carlsen Tour. Indian ace, Viswanathan Anand finally snapped the string of defeats at the Legends of Chess online tournament. He beat Boris Gelfand of Israel 2.5-0.5 in the seventh round.

Playing against long-time rival after six straight losses, he won his first game of the tournament despite conceding early advantage on Monday night. Anand won in 45 moves with black pieces and continued the good work by claiming the second game in 49 moves.

The victory moved him to the eighth spot with 6 points ahead of Hungarian Peter Leko (5 points) and Chinese world number three Ding Liren (3). Anand, ranked 15th in the world, faces Liren in the eighth round later.

Carlsen, Liren, Nepomniachtchi and Anish Giri, semifinalists at the Chessable Masters (part of the Magnus Carlsen Tour), received an automatic invite and are up against six legends aged 40-52, who have been at the top of world chess at various points in their career.

Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) beat Peter Leko (Hungary) 3-2; Magnus Carlsen (Norway) beat Peter Svidler (Russia) 2.5-1.5: Anish Giri (the Netherlands) beat Ding Liren (China) 2.5-1.5; Vasyl Ivanchuk (Ukraine) beat Vladmir Kramnik (Russia) 3-1.

The winner of the event will qualify for the USD 300,000 Grand Final scheduled from August 9 to 20.

NBA G League: The NBA G League, or simply the G League, is the National Basketball Association's official minor league basketball organization. The league was known as the National Basketball Development League from 2001 to 2005, and the NBA Development League from 2005 until 2017. It was founded in 2001. As of the 2019–20 seasons, the league consists of 28 teams, all of which are either single-affiliated or owned by an NBA team. The current president of the league is Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

Recently, Indian forward Princepal Singh has signed to play in the NBA G League next season. the announcement was made by the League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

He will train and compete alongside the new G League team featuring elite youth prospects. He is the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League and first NBA Academy India graduate to sign a professional contract.

Princepal Singh: He started playing basketball at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy. He joined The NBA Academy India in 2017 as part of the academy's inaugural class of student-athletes identified through the ACG-NBA Jump Program. NBA Academy India is an elite basketball training center in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top prospects from throughout India. He, on November 2018, transitioned to The NBA Global Academy which is the league's hub for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S.

The Biel International Chess Festival: It is an annual chess tournament that takes place in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland since 1968. It consists of two events, the Grandmaster Tournament, held with the round-robin system, and the Master Open Tournament (MTO), held with the Swiss system.

Recently, Indian Grandmaster, P Harikrishna finished second in the rapid section of the 53rd Biel International Chess Festival in Switzerland. The Biel Chess Festival, the first major event to be played over the board amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is being organized by adhering to all health protocols without any spectators.

The World No. 26 scored 10 points, two less than Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland, who finished on top. Earlier, P Harikrishna had finished on top in the ACCENTUS Chess960 tournament, with 5.5 points.

Sports Ministry: The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is a branch of the Government of India (GoI). It administers Department of youth affairs and Department of Sports in India. The Ministry was set up as the Department of Sports at the time of organization of 1982 Asian Games New Delhi. Its name was changed to the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports during celebration of the International Youth Year, 1985. It became a separate Ministry on 27 May 2000. Subsequently, In 2008, the Ministry was bifurcated into Department of Youth Affairs and Department of Sports under two separate Secretaries. The ministry gives the annual National Sports awards in various categories, including the Arjuna Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards. The current Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports is Kiren Rijiju (MOS independent charge).

Recently, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has constituted a Selection Committee for selecting awardees for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya Awards, Arjuna Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards, Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar Award and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy for the year 2020.

The Chairman of the committee is retired Justice of Supreme Court Justice Mukundakam Sharma. The other eminent personality from sports included in the committee are Virender Sehwag (Cricket), Sardar Singh (Hockey), Monalisa Baruah Mehta (Table Tennis), Deepa Malik (Para-athletics), Venkatesan Devarajan (Boxing) as well as well-known media persons including Sports Commentator Manish Batavia and Sports Journalists Alok Sinha and Neeru Bhatia.

The selection committee will also include officials from the Sports Ministry, Director General, SAI, Shri Sandip Pradhan, LS Singh, Joint Secretary (Sports Development) and Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan, CEO Target Olympic Podium Scheme.

Other than this, two additional Members who have been Dronacharya Awardees may be invited by the Chairperson while considering the nomination for Dronacharya Award.

IPL: It refers to the Indian Premier League. IPL was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008. The league is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India which is contested during March or April and May of every year by 8 teams representing 8 different cities in India.

Recently, the Government of India (GoI) provisionally granted permission for the 13th edition of Indian Premier League’s (IPL’s) 2020 to be rescheduled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to November 10, 2020, due to COVID-19 outbreak. The squad size of each franchise is capped at 24 players.

BCCI has also taken the decision to host a Women’s T20 Challenge which is to be held from November 1 to 10 in UAE.

The three venues of the tournament are Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dabi. No spectators are to be allowed in the initial phase of the tournament.

The finals will be the first-ever weekday final in the history of the tournament as the IPL governing council postponed the tournament final to November 10 to adhere to the broadcaster’s request. 

AITA: It is the abbreviation for All India Tennis Association. AITA  is the governing body of tennis in India. It was established in March 1920 and affiliated by International Tennis Federation and Asian Tennis Federation. It operates all of the Indian national representative tennis sides, including the India Davis Cup team, the India Fed Cup team and youth sides as well. It is also responsible for organising and hosting tennis tournaments within India and scheduling the home international fixtures. The current President of AITA is Praveen Mahajan.

Recently, AITA has made it mandatory for all junior players competing at the nationals to undergo an age-verification test called the Tanner-Whitehouse 3 (TW3). This step is being taken by AITA due to a case in Chandigarh.

TW3 Test: It is the most popular age-verification test is called the Tanner-Whitehouse 3 (TW3), being used by the BCCI and proposed by AITA. TW3 essentially involves an x-ray of the left wrist to check what stage of bone fusion a child has reached. Up until the age of 17 for boys and 15 for girls, this test can give an approximate age. However, this test becomes redundant after the age of 17 for boys and 15 for girls, because a child at that age is considered to have a matured body with complete bone fusion.  

Assessments of skeletal maturity are made from handwrist radiographs, using either the method of Greulich-Pyle (GP), Tanner-Whitehouse (TW) or FELS method.

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club: Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, commonly known as Mohun Bagan, is a major Indian multi-sport club based in the Kolkata, India. It was founded 15 August 1889. It is an Indian sports club best known for its association football team, one of the oldest football clubs in Asia. Mohun Bagan was established by three famous aristocratic Bengali families of North Kolkata. Bhupendra Nath Bose was the first president of the club. In 1911, Mohun Bagan created history by becoming the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield after defeating East Yorkshire Regiment 2–1 on 29 July. This win was considered a landmark victory in the Indian freedom struggle so 29 July is celebrated as Mohun Bagan Day.

Recently, Mohun Bagan went global as it became the country’s first-ever football club to feature on NASDAQ billboards in New York’s Times Square.

SAI: It is the acronym for sports Authority of India. SAI is the apex national sports body of India. It was founded by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Government of India (GoI) on 25 January 1984 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It was set up with a twin objective of broad-basing of sports and to achieve excellence at the national and international level. It is headquartered in New Delhi. The current Director General of SAI is Sandip Pradhan.

Recently, the Government of India (GoI) launched the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for the country’s promising junior athletes. The scheme was launched with an aim to groom the young talents for medal glory at the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.

Under this scheme, the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) ‘Mission Olympic Cell’ (MOC) has shortlisted 258 athletes in 12 sporting disciplines for TOPS Junior, including the 85 selected before the lockdown, who will be part of the ‘Developmental Group’. The selected athletes will receive a monthly ‘Out Of Pocket’ allowance of Rs 25,000.

Of the 12 disciplines, 70 athletes have been shortlisted in shooting, 27 in badminton, 16 in athletics, 34 in archery, 4 in cycling, 7 in table tennis, 14 in swimming, 36 in boxing, 11 in judo, 16 in weightlifting, 5 in rowing and 18 in wrestling.

IOA: It refers to the Indian Olympic Association. IOA recently launched a digital campaign named “Ek India Team India”. It was launched on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day of India. The campaign is a part of the adaptation of the new identity and logo of IOA, marking its 100 years of participation in Olympic Games. As a part of the campaign video, IOA promotes the new logo on its social media and websites.

The athletes and officials while representing Team India will use the new logo  when competing on the world arena, as well as in all official events and ceremonies at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and other international sporting events.

Max Verstappen: Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix to bring Mercedes' domination to an end. This was Red Bull’s first victory at Silverstone since 2012.

Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton finished the race at second position while another Mercedes racer Valtteri Bottas finished third.

KN Ananthapadmanabhan: He is an Indian former first-class cricketer from the state of Kerala. He has played 105 First-Class and 54 List A games for Kerala, taking 344 and 87 wickets respectively. He also scored three First-Class hundreds and eights half-centuries. He has officiated in major domestic tournaments in India since 2008. He now serves as an umpire at the first-class level and officiates in all the major domestic cricket tournaments in India, including the Ranji Trophy and Indian Premier League.

 

Recently, he has been included in ICC’s international panel of umpires following compatriot Nitin Menon’s promotion to the elite panel.

He now joins fellow Indians C Shamshuddin, Anil Chaudhary and Virender Sharma in the international panel and is now eligible to officiate in the ODI and T20 internationals apart from umpiring in the junior World Cup.

ICC: It refers to the International Cricket Committee. ICC is the world governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 15 June 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1989. The ICC, currently, has 104 member nations. It organises world championship events such as Cricket World Cup, Women's Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup, ICC Women's T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and Under-19 Cricket World Cup. The current Chairman of ICC is  Imran Khwaja (interim) and the CEO is Manu Sahney.

Sports Current Affairs - July 2020

Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu: She is an Indian weightlifter from Manipur. She will be receiving the Arjuna Award for 2018. She is a two-time Commonwealth Games gold-winning weightlifter. She was recently exonerated of doping charges. Chanu won the gold medals at the 2014 Glasgow and the 2018 Gold Coast events in the women's 48 kg and 53 kg weight category respectively.

Nitin Menon: He is an Indian umpire who has recently been inducted into International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel of Umpires. He has been inducted for the upcoming 2020-21 season by the selection panel comprising of ICC General Manager (Cricket) Geoff Allardice (Chairman), Indian commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon. He will be replacing England’s umpire Nigel Llong.

He has become the 3rd Indian umpire to be included in the ICC’s after former captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Sundaram Ravi.

Nitin Menon was earlier a part of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Umpires. He has an experience of officiating in three Tests, 24 One Day Internationals and 16 T20 Internationals.

ICC: It refers to the International Cricket Committee. ICC is the world governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 15 June 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It organises world championship events such as Cricket World Cup, Women's Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup, ICC Women's T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and Under-19 Cricket World Cup. The current Chairman of ICC is Shashank Manohar and the Chief Executive is Manu Sahney.

NADA App: It is the first National Anti-Doping Agency’s first mobile app named as “NADA App”. This app was recently launched by the named as “NADA App” to help atheletes stay updated on banned substances. The initiative is an important step towards dope free sports.

This app acts as a bridge between athletes and the NADA by providing easy accessible information about sports and banned substances and their use which affects the career of athletes. It is expected to act as a one-stop guide for all anti-doping and medication related information.

Athletes can not only use this mobile application in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) to update their whereabouts but also know about decisions from the disciplinary and appeal panels and for Dope Control Officers to record their availability for testing.

The app allows doping control officers to record their availability to conduct a test through this app for quicker process of dope test for athletes.

NADA: It refers to the National Anti-Doping Agency. NADA is the national organisation responsible for promoting, coordinating, and monitoring the doping control program in sports in all its forms in India.  NADA is formed by the Union Government under the societies Registration Act. It was foounded on November 24, 2005. It is headquartered in New Delhi. The current

Director General (DG) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NADA is Navin Agarwal. The motto of NADA is ‘Play Fair’.

Ravindra Jadeja: He is an Indian all-rounder cricketer. He has recently named as the country’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) of the 21st century by Wisden.

Jadeja made his debut in 2009 and represented India in 49 test matches, 165 ODIs and 49 T20Is as of 2020. His MVP rating is around 97.3 which is second only to Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka making him the second most Valuable Test Player of the 21st Century. Wisden used CricViz, a detailed analysis tool in cricket to analyse his performance.

Sports Ministry: The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is a branch of the Government of India (GoI). It administers Department of youth affairs and Department of Sports in India. The Ministry was set up as the Department of Sports at the time of organisation of 1982 Asian Games New Delhi. The current Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports is Kiren Rijiju (MOS independent charge).

Recently, the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched ‘Fit Hai to Hit Hai India’ under Fit India campaign for school children. Fit Hai To Hit Hai India webinar program was launched, under India’s flagship Fit India campaign.

Under this flagship program Fit India has launched a series of interactive sessions with some of the top sports persons who will be sharing their experiences of childhood, stories on how they got inspired, their failures, struggles and their success. This will give the audience a very inspirational yet interesting account of their journeys.

This webinar marked the launch of ‘#FitIndiaTalks’, which will see a series of talks and interactive sessions being held by leading sports celebrities for students. The main objective of the program is to inspire and motivate the school children about the importance and need to stay fit during this pandemic.  There will be a total of 6 sessions which will go on till 14th of this month.

The likes of badminton star Ashwini Ponnappa, table tennis star Manika Batra, Indian women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal, shooter Apurvi Chandela and inspirational Paralympian Deepa Malik will join in at the sessions.

The ‘Fit India Talks’ sessions are being organized in association with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

IOA: It stands for the Indian Olympic Association. IOA recently adopted a new branding and visual identity, including an institutional and a commercial logo, to celebrate a century of participation of Indian athletes at the Olympic Games.

The new logos will mark the contributions of the Indian Athletes from across the country, passionate work of these athletes over the period of last 100 years have today helped in building a Team India under the Indian Olympic Association.

A joint statement issued by IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary general Rajeev Mehta stated that the new logo of the Indian Olympic Association is a symbol of the nation's identity and values in sport.

It has been designed to be carried with pride as Indian athletes take to the world stage, representing Team India, the new identity is a proud celebration of tiranga, the pride, dignity and a lifetime of determined hard work of the athletes and the values of unity, friendship and merit.

The new logos have been approved by the International Olympic Committee and the IOA is planning to have a special launch event of the logo on this year’s Independence Day on August 15.

Austrian Grand Prix: The Austrian Grand Prix is a Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile sanctioned auto race which was held in 1964, 1970–1987 and 1997–2003. The Grand Prix returned to the Formula One calendar in 2014. The Austrian Grand Prix has been held at two different locations in the Zeltweg area located in Spielberg in southeastern Austria. It was first held at an airfield there for two years, then a permanent race track called the Österreichring was built in 1969 and Formula One first raced there in 1970.

Recently, Valtteri Bottas (Finland) of Mercedes won the Austrian Grand Prix 2020 at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. It was held without spectators due to the ongoing pandemic. This was the first race of 2020 Formula One season. Charles Leclerc finished second for Ferrari while McLaren’s Lando Norris came third.

Football: Robert Lewandowski passed the 50-goal mark this season as Bayern Munich completed the double with a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen behind closed doors to win a 20th German Cup.

Lewandowski has 51 goals in total this season after scoring twice in the second-half.

Bayern, crowned Bundesliga champions for the eighth straight year last Saturday, have won all of their 11 games since the season resumed in mid-May after a two-months hiatus due to the coronavirus.

This was the 13th time in the club's history they have won the double.

Chess: G Akash from Tamil Nadu has become India’s 66th Chess Grandmaster. The title was confirmed at the second council meet of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) for the year 2020 held recently. He won the national title in 2012 and earned the International Master title subsequently. Along with him, Ameya Audi of Goa has earned International Master Title.

Mohun Bagan Ratna: Mohun Bagan Ratna is an award presented each year on Mohun Bagan Day to outstanding former players. The first recipient was former captain Sailen Manna.

Recently, ATK-Mohun Bagan club announced that Hockey legend Gurbux Singh and former first-class cricketer Palash Nandi will receive this year’s Mohun Bagan Ratna. The club has decided not to hold the customary ‘Mohun Bagan Day’ function on July 29 this year due to the ongoing pandemic. July 29 was the date of Bagan’s IFA Shield triumph in 1911 when they defeated East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1.

The other recepients are:

Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Ashok Kumar, a member of India’s 1975 World Cup-winning hockey team along with Pranab Ganguly (football) and Monoranjan Porel (athletics). 

Best footballer (senior) prize to Joseba Beitia.

Best youth player to Sajal Bag (U-18).

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club: Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, commonly known as Mohun Bagan, is a major Indian multi-sport club based in the Kolkata, India.  Founded 15 August 1889, is an Indian sports club best known for its association football team, one of the oldest football clubs in Asia. Mohun Bagan was established by three famous aristocratic Bengali families of North Kolkata. Bhupendra Nath Bose was the first president of the club. In 1911, Mohun Bagan created history by becoming the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield after defeating East Yorkshire Regiment 2–1 on 29 July. This win was considered a landmark victory in the Indian freedom struggle.

They have won the top-flight league a record 5 times, the National Football League three times and the I-League twice. They are the most successful team of India in the history of the Federation Cup, having won the championship a record 14 times. The club has also won several other trophies, including the Durand Cup (16 times), IFA Shield (22 times), and the Calcutta Football League (30 times). In total, the club has won 253 trophies. The club contests the Kolkata Derby with long-time rivals East Bengal.

BCCI: It is an acronym of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. BCCI is the national governing body for cricket in India. The board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. Its headquarters are in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Grant Govan was its first president and Anthony De Mello its first secretary. The current President of BCCI is Sourav Ganguly.

Recently, Hemang Amin has been appointed by BCCI as its interim chief executive officer (CEO). He will replace Rahul Johri who recently resigned as the chief executive officer (CEO) of BCCI and his resignation was accepted by the BCCI office-bearers.

Hemang Amin is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Indian Premier League. He joined the IPL operations team in June 2010 and was appointed as the COO of IPL in 2015.

FIFA: It is an acronym for International Federation of Association Football. FIFA is a non-profit organization and the highest governing body of Football. It was founded on 21 May 1904. It is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The current President of FIFA is Gianni Infantino.

Recently, the Federation Internationale de Football Association announced that the 2022 World Cup is to be held in Qatar. The schedule of matches was also released by the governing body. The matches will take place between November 21 and December 18 in 2022. The final match of the tournament has been scheduled on December 18, 2020, which is also Qatar National Day.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the first world cup to be held in Arab World and also the first in a muslim-majority country.

La Liga Champion: Real Madrid was recently crowned La Liga champions for the 34th time after Karim Benzema scored twice in a 2-1 victory over Villarreal which clinched the title with one game to spare. Barcelona lost to 10-man Osasuna at the Camp Nou Stadium.

A total of 62 teams have competed in La Liga since its inception. Nine teams have been crowned champions, with Real Madrid winning the title a record 34 times and FC Barcelona 26 times. During the 1940s, Valencia, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona emerged as the strongest clubs winning several titles.

Hungarian Grand Prix: The Hungarian Grand Prix is a motor race held annually in Mogyoród, Hungary. Since 1986, the race has been a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The first Hungarian Grand Prix was held on 21 June 1936 over a 5-kilometre (3.1-mile) track laid out in Népliget, a park in Budapest.

Recently, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher’s single-venue record and take the championship lead on recently at Hungaroring, Mogyoród, Hungary. Max Verstappen (Dutch-Red Bull) was second, followed by Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes- Finland) at the third spot. Hungarian Grand Prix 2020 was the third race of the 2020 Formula One World Championship.

First International Chess Day: the first International Chess Day is being celebrated on 20 July 2020. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 12 July 2019, proclaimed 20 July as World Chess Day to mark the date of the establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924.

Under initiative of FIDE, July 20 has been observed as International Chess Day by chess players around the world since 1966.

Chess: Chess is a board game for two players. It is played in a square board, made of 64 smaller squares, with eight squares on each side. Each player starts with sixteen pieces: eight pawns, two knights, two bishops, two rooks, one queen and one king. The player with white pieces always makes the first move.

Origin: The origin of chess goes back almost 1500 years. An early game similar to chess called Chaturanga originated in Northern Indian Subcontinent during the Gupta period (~ 319 – 543 CE) in the 6th century AD and spread to Persia. Chatrang, and later Shatranj, was the name given to the game when it arrived in Sassanid Persia around 600 CE. When the Arabs conquered Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and subsequently, through the Moorish conquest of Spain, spread to Southern Europe.

IPL: It refers to the Indian Premier League. The IPL is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India contested during March or April and May of every year by eight teams representing eight different cities in India. The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2008. The founder was Lalit Modi. The current reigning champions are Mumbai Indians.

Recently, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that IPL 2020 is going to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It will be held from September 19 to November 8, and it will be a full 51-day tournament. IPL 2020 will be hosted by Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. However, the Indian board is still awaiting a green signal from the government for taking IPL out of India.

The decision to host the IPL in the UAE was considered due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in India.

Sports Current Affairs - June 2020

Hockey legend: Balbir Singh Dosanjh: Balbir Singh Sr, a three-time Olympic gold medal-winning legend of Indian hockey, died in Chandigarh on 25th May 2020.

He was an Indian legend hockey player of India. He was nicknamed Balbir Singh Sr. He was a three-time Olympic gold medalist, having played a key role in India's wins in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) (as vice captain), and Melbourne (1956) (as captain) Olympics. He was also the manager of India's only World Cup-winning side in 1975. He is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Balbir Sr was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history. His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final of the Olympics still remains unbeaten. He was a legend across the border too, inspiring a generation of hockey players in Pakistan.

Sports Authority Gujarat: The Sports Authority Gujarat recently signed a MoU with the Times Centre for Learning Limited (TCLL). The MoU was signed to impart training for personality and skill development for aspiring athletes in the state.

Under this partnership, around 2000 young and aspiring athletes across Gujarat in areas such as Anand, Nadiad, Tapi, Porbandar, Surat, and Himmat Nagar will be provided training. It is first-of-its-kind training in the State. The young and aspiring athletes will be chosen through an enlisting process.

The main objective of the exercise is to inculcate the idea of ownership and accomplishment about their respective sport among these athletes. It also aims to train psychologically preparing them for their challenging way ahead.

SAI: It is the acronym for sports Authority of India. SAI is the apex national sports body of India. It was founded by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Government of India (GoI) on 25 January 1984 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It was set up with a twin objective of broad-basing of sports and to achieve excellence at the national and international level. It is headquartered in New Delhi. The current Director General of SAI is Sandip Pradhan.

Recently, Sports Authority of India (SAI) in collaboration with National Sports Federations (NSF) launched India’s first ever sports e-pathshala named as Khelo India e-Pathshala. The programme was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda via a webinar which featured the participation of young archers, archery coaches as well as experts from across the nation.

Coaching of total 21 sports will be given via this e-sports learning platform. The 21 games includes athletics, archery, football, gymnastics, hockey, judo, kayaking & canoeing, kabaddi, para games, rowing, shooting, taekwondo, boxing, cycling, fencing, table tennis, Volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

This initiative aims to provide an online coaching and education programme by eminent athletes and senior coaches for the grassroot level athletes across India via Khelo India e-pathshala.

The AFC Women's Asian Cup: The AFC Women's Asian Cup formerly known as the AFC Women's Championship is a quadrennial competition in women's football for national teams which belong to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the premier women's football competition in the AFC region for national teams. The competition is also known as the Asian Women's Football Championship and the Asian Women's Championship. It was founded in 1975. Nineteen tournaments have been held till now. The current champions are Japan women's national football team. The competition also serves as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Recently, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has granted All India Football Federation (AIFF) the rights to host the AFC Women''s Asian Cup 2022 finals. The decision was taken at the AFC Women''s Football Committee. India will be hosting the event for the second time. India for the first time had hosted the event in 1979. The event will serve as the final qualification tournament for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.

AIFF: It refers to All India Football Federation. AIFF is the governing body of association football in India. It was formed on 23 June 1937. The federation was one of founding members of the Asian Football Confederation, the overseer of football in Asia. It sanctions and runs all competitive football tournaments and leagues at a national level, namely the Indian Super League, I-League and Super Cup. It indirectly manages local football competitions through the state associations and is also responsible for managing the India national football team, as well as the women's team and the various youth national sides. The federation is currently based in Dwarka, Delhi. The current President of Aiff is Praful Patel.

AFC: It refers to Asian Football Confederation. AFC is one of the 6 continental confederations within FIFA. It is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. The AFC was officially formed on 8 May 1954 in Manila, Philippines, on the sidelines of the second Asian Games.

Recently, All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced that the Indian Super League (ISL) league stage winners ATK-Mohun Bagan, FC Goa, Bengaluru FC will represent India in AFC Club competitions. The football competitions are to be held in 2021.

Goa FC has qualified for the group stages of the AFC Champions League as the winner of the league phase in Indian Super League.

ATK-Mohun Bagan secured a spot in the group stage of the AFC Cup on the virtue of being winners of the I-League.

The AFC Cup play-off slot goes to Bengaluru FC who finished third in the ISL league phase in 2019-20. 

FIFA: It is an acronym for Federation Internationale de Football Association. FIFA is a non-profit organization and the highest governing body of Football. It was founded on 21 May 1904. It is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The current President of FIFA is Gianni Infantino.

Recently, the FIFA ranking was released. The rankings are based on points awarded to the teams. The points are awarded based on the results of international matches that were played by a country.

In its latest rankings, India football team has retained its 108th spot. Belgium has retained the first position while France has retained the second positions with Brazil at the third position followed by England at the 4th position.

India football team is set to host Asian champions Qatar on October 8 in its next 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying round game, which would be India's first international fixture amid the coronavirus pandemic. India will then take on Bangladesh in an away game on November 12 and play against Afghanistan in the home condition on November 17.

KISCE: It refers to Khelo India State Centres of Excellence. The Sports Ministry of India is all ready to establish KISCE under the Khelo India Scheme to enhance India's Olympic performance. It aims at creating a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country. 

Under the scheme, one KISCE will be identified in each state and union territory (UT). In the first phase, Sports MInistry has identified state-owned sports facilities in 8 states of India including Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Telengana, Arunachal, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur which will be upgraded into Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE).

It will be the responsibility of the states and UTs to run the centre and build capacity to run it into a world-class sporting facility. While the funds for expert coaches, equipment, support staff, infrastructure will be extended through the Khelo India Scheme.

BCCI: It is an acronym of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. BCCI is the national governing body for cricket in India. The board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. Its headquarters are in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Grant Govan was its first president and Anthony De Mello its first secretary. The current President of BCCI is Sourav Ganguly.

Recently, the Supreme Court of India gave Former Supreme Court judge DK Jain one-year extension from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as ethics officer and ombudsman. He was initially appointed by the Supreme Court in February 2019 as BCCI's Ombudsman and later on handed the role of Ethics Officer. His term had ended in the last week of February 2020.

Sharjah Online International Chess Championship: It is an international chess championship which was recently organized on June 12-13, 2020. It hosted by the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club. The Championship was held under the patronage of Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Sports Council. The event was held online on a popular platform Internet Chess Club (ICC) in double round-robin format with 10 min +3 sec time control.

Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan became the winner of $10,000 chess tournament with a score of 7.5 in 10 rounds while Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna finished second with 6.5 out of 10.

APC: It is an acronym for the Asian Paralympic Committee. APC) is an organization based in United Arab Emirates. It has 44 National Paralympic Committees of the Asian continent as members. It organizes the Asian Para Games and is affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee. It was founded on 30 October 2002. It is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Its motto is "One Vision, One Mission, One Hope". The current President of APC is Majid Rashid.

Recently, Apc announced that the 4th edition of Asian Youth Para Games to be held in Bahrain in December 2021. The tournament will witness participation of an estimated 800 athletes under 20 years of age. They will compete in 9 sports including athletics, badminton, boccia, goalball, para taekwondo, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.

The event is being organized in conjunction with the National Paralympics Committee (NPC) of Bahrain with the support of the local government.

International Olympic Day: The day is celebrated globally on the 23rd of June every year. The proposal for the celebration of World Olympic Day was made by Doctor Gruss in the 41st Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Stockholm in 1947 to promote the idea of the Olympics. This day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games and the foundation of IOC on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The first Olympic Day was celebrated on 23 June 1948 by 9 National Olympic Committees (NOC). The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability. Athletes from every nation participate in sports activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music, and educational seminars on this day.

Recently, International Olympic Day 2020 was celebrated on the 23rd of June by creating the world’s largest 24 hour digital-first Olympic workout. The events of 2020 Olympic day was conducted as an online event due to the pandemic crisis.

IOC: It is an acronym for International Olympic Committee. IOC is a non-governmental sports organisation. It was established on 23 June 1894. It was founded by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is responsible to organize the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The Olympic motto is made up of three Latin words: CITIUS – ALTIUS – FORTIUS (Faster, Higher, and Stronger) adopted in 1894.

The current President of IOC is Thomas Bach.

Wasim Jaffer: He is the former Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed opening batsman and an occasional right arm off-break bowler. He is currently the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy cricket, surpassing Amol Muzumdar. He had reported retirement in March this year.

He has recently been appointed head coach of the Uttarakhand cricket team. This will be his first spell as a lead trainer with a Team.

Ranji Trophy: The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India. it is played between multiple teams representing regional and state cricket associations. The competition is named after the first Indian cricketer who played international cricket, Ranjitsinhji, who was also known as 'Ranji'

ITF: It is the acronym for the International Tennis Federation. ITF is the governing body of world tennis, wheelchair tennis, and beach tennis. It was founded in 1913 as the International Lawn Tennis Federation by twelve national associations, and as of 2016, is affiliated with 211 national tennis associations and six regional associations. It is headquartered in London, United Kingdom (UK). The current President of ITF is David Haggerty.

Recently, the ITF announced the players who have been elected to the ITF World Tennis Tour Player Panels.

National Champion of India, Niki Poonacha has been elected as a player member to ITF World Tennis Tour Player Men’s panels representing the Asia-Oceania zone with Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei. Alongwith Niki and Ti chen the members of the Men’s tennis panel includes Juan Pablo Paz & Jose Bendeck representing South America, Aldin Sektic & Francesco Vilardo representing Europe.

The Women’s panel includes, Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan and Olivia Tjandramulia of Australia representing Asia-Oceania, Ines Ibbou of Algeria representing Africa, Petra Januskova of Canada representing North and Central America – Caribbean,Yuliana Lizarazo of Colombia representing South America and Tara Moore of Great Britain and Conny Perrin of Switzerland representing Europe.

The Men’s and Women’s Panel will be headed by Mark Woodforde and Mary Pierce respectively who are the athlete representatives on the ITF board of directors.

 The ITF World Tennis Tour Player Panel will provide a forum for players to provide their input on various matters related to how the ITF Tour is run.

World Athletics: World Athletics, formerly known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) and International Association of Athletics Federations, is the international governing body for the sport of athletics, covering track and field, cross country running, road running, racewalking, mountain running and ultra running. It was founded on 17 July 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden. It is headquartered in Monaco. The current President of World Athletics is Sebastian Coe.

Recently, World Athletics on 22nd June announced that Laurent Boquillet has been appointed as the Head of Global Development. World Athletics mentioned that the global search to fill out the new position was conducted in January 2020.

The new position of Head of Global Development supports the body’s vision which is ‘to use the power and accessibility of athletics and our athletes to create a healthier and fitter world.

Laurent Boquillet: He spent his entire career in athletics, in a diverse range of roles and most recently as the CEO of the European Athletics Championships Paris 2020. Laurent started out in a sport as a professional triathlete between 1984-1990. It also included being crowned European Champion in 1986. He had worked in the marketing and commercial side of athletics managing elite athletes.

Sports Current Affairs - May 2020

AIBA: It is an acronym for the International Boxing Association. AIBA, originally the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur, is a sport organization that sanctions amateur boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championship. It is the sole worldwide governing body for the sport of boxing in all its forms, with 201 Member Federations. It was founded in 1946. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The current President of AIBA is Dr Mohamed Moustahsane.

Recently, AIBA has terminated the agreement of hosting rights of men’s World Boxing Championships 2021 signed in 2017 by India. The Prestigious competition, which was to be held for the first time in India, will now be held in the Serbian city of Belgrade. The reason for taking this action by AIBA is that India failed to make the payment of what is estimated to be USD 4 million on time. Now India will have to pay the cancellation fee penalty of USD 500 too.

USA National Cricket Team: The United States national cricket team is the team that represents the United States in international cricket. The team was formerly organised by the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA), which became an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1965. It is headquartered in Colorado, United States (US). The Chairman of USA Cricket is ParaagMarathe and the CEO of USA Cricket is Iain Higgins.

Recently, former Karnataka batsman J Arunkumar has been appointed as the USA national team coach. He is known as Jak in the cricketing circles. He has worked with the Karnataka team for several years and as batting coach for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

The 45 year old scored over 7,200 runs in first-class cricket and over 3,000 runs in List 'A' games. He had guided Karnataka to a treble for two successive seasons namely - Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Irani Cup in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Fed Cup Heart Award: The Award is an ITF initiative. The award was presented for the first time at the Final in 2009. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to the team during Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

Recently, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza became the first Indian to be nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award from the Asia/Oceania zone along with Indonesia’s Priska Medelyn Nugrorho. She was nominated on 30 April 2020. She had recently made a comeback to Fed Cup after four years.

The World Athletics Day: This day is observed on the 7th of May, however, the date is subject to adjustment as International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) decision but the month stays the same. It was celebrated for the first time in the year 1996. The observation of the day was initiated by Primo Nebiolo, the then-president of IAAF.

The day is observed to make people aware of the various health issues and to promote physical fitness. The main objective of observing this day is to promote sports among the youth and establish a link between the youth, sport, and environmental conservation. The day also aims to promote athletics as the primary sport in schools and institutions.

Several competitions take place on the day like covering track and field, road running, racewalking, mountain running and ultra running, and cross country running etc.

IAAF: It refers to International Amateur Athletic Federation. IAAF was formerly known as World Athletics. IAAF was founded in Sweden on 17 July 1912. The headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden. The current President of IAAF is Sebastian Coe.

FIH: It refers to International Hockey Federation. FIH is the international governing body of field hockey and indoor field hockey. It is responsible for field hockey's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup. It was founded on 7 January 1924 in Paris by Paul Léautey. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The current CEO of FIH is Thierry Weil.

Recently, the term of Narinder Batra as President of FIH has been extended upto May 2021. This was announced in a statement by the Executive Board (EB) of FIH while making an announcement of the postponement of the 47th FIH Congress.

FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup: It is the first edition of online chess tournament which Co-organized by FIDE (International Chess Federation) and Chess.com. 

China has won the 1st edition of FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup2020 against the USA. This online tournament took place from 5-10 May 2020, through a chess.com platform. India ranked 5th in the six-team event, with players like Viswanathan Anand, P Harikrishna, Vidit S Gujrathi, B Adhiban, Koneru Humpy and D Harika among their teams. 

FIDE: It is an acronym for the International Chess Federation. FIDE is an international organization based in Switzerland that connects the various national chess federations and acts as the governing body of international chess competition. It was founded on 20 July 1924, Paris, France. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. the current President of FIDE is Arkady Dvorkovich.

ICC: It refers to the International Cricket Committee. ICC is the world governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 15 June 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1989. The ICC, currently, has 104 member nations. It organizes world championship events such as Cricket World Cup, Women's Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup, ICC Women's T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and Under-19 Cricket World Cup. The current Chairman of ICC is Shashank Manohar and the Chief Executive is Manu Sahney.

Recently, ICC has banned the use of saliva to shine the ball but the application of sweat will still be allowed. Use of artificial substance to shine the ball is being considered.  The decision was taken as this practice which is meant for swing bowling in cricket is now primarily held as health risk due to the threats of COVID-19 and protect the safety of players and match officials. This committee was chaired by the current chairman of ICC Cricket Committee Anil Kumble. 

 The committee has also recommended the use of local umpires and match referees for international fixtures. Apart from this, the committee also recommended increasing the use of DRS review per innings from 2 to 3.

Bundesliga: The Bundesliga is the primary football league in Germany. It has the highest stadium attendance worldwide. Bundesliga meaning “Federal League” began in 1963.

Recently, the Bundesliga primary football league of Germany becomes the world’s first major sports event to resume after COVID-19 lockdown. Though the football game has started amid the COVID-19 crisis, it will not be played in the same way as before. The Bundesliga games began with empty stadium though the stadium had the capacity to hold more than 80,000 players.

The players are being tested twice a week. The teams participating in the games were kept under quarantine. The teams entered the ground at different times. The substitutes sat well apart during the matches following social distancing.

Sports Current Affairs - April 2020

Mountaineering: Mountaineering is the sport of climbing a mountain. Mountaineering may involve using technical equipment and combining a series of related skills like scrambling, climbing, glacier travel, ice climbing or mixed climbing. Some of the famous mountain climbers are Tenzing Norgay, Edmond Hillary, George Mallory, Reinhold Messner etc,

Recently, Indian mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta has become the first youngest Indian to climb the Seven Volcanic Summits. This West Bengal-based IT professional, who currently works in Bengaluru achieved the unique feat at the age of 35 years and 262 days breaking the previous world record of Australia's Daniel Bull who did it at the age of 36 years and 157 days. He has been nominated for the coveted Limca Book of World Records for his extra-ordinary achievement to be the first Indian to climb the highest volcanoes of each of the 7 continents.

His Seven volcanic summits are: Ojos del Salado (6,893 m) - Chile - South America

Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) - Tanzania - Africa Mount Elbrus (5,642 m) - Russia - Europe

Mount Pico de Orizaba (5,636 m) - Mexico - North America

Mt Damavand (5,610 m) - Iran - Asia

Mt Giluwe (4,368 m) - Papua New Guinea - Australia

Mt Sidley (4,285 m) - Antarctica.

Other than this feat he is also the first Indian to climb Mt. Sidley, highest volcano of Antarctica, the first Indian to climb Mt. Giluwe, highest volcano of Papua New Guinea,

the first Indian to climb Mt. Wilhelm, highest mountain of Papua New Guinea, the third Indian to climb Mt. Ojos Del Salado, the highest volcano of Chile, the first person to play the Indian National Anthem on flute in Antarctica.

The list of Records made by Satyarup Siddhanta are Guinness Book of World Records, Limca Book of Records, Asia Book of Records, India Book of Records, Champion Book of Records and British Book of Records.

FIFA: It is an acronym for Federation Internationale de Football Association or International Federation of Association Football. FIFA is a non-profit organization and the highest governing body of Football. It was founded on 21 May 1904. It is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The current President of FIFA is Gianni Infantino.

Recently, FIFA named Indian Football team Captain Sunil Chhetri among 28 others for FIFA’s COVID-19 Campaign. The campaign is called “Pass the message to kick out Corona Virus”.

The FIFA and World Health Organization (WHO) have joined hands to launch an awareness campaign to combat Corona Virus. The campaign promotes 5 key steps for people to follow to protect their health in line with WHO guidance, focused on hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell.

Some of the best known players like Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and World Cup winners like Philip Lahm, Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol are also inclided in the campaign.  

Sunil Chhetri: He is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a striker or winger and captains both the Indian Super League side Bengaluru and the Indian national team. He has been awarded the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award for Football.

Tokyo Olympics: The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, is a forthcoming international multi-sport event to be held in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo had hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964.

Recently, the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Olympic organizers agreed to postpone the games. It was originally scheduled to take place between 24 July and 9 August 2020, the Games have been rescheduled for 23 July to 8 August 2021. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the head of the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games in response to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

It is for the first time in history that the start of an Olympics will be delayed to another year.

Wimbledon: Wimbledon is the oldest and the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877. The game is played outdoors on grass courts. Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The others are Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.

Recently, the 2020 Wimbledon Championships have been canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the world. it is the second time in the history of the game that it has been cancelled. The first time it was cancelled during the World War-II.

The tournament was due to be played between 29th June and 12th July 2020.

World Athletics championship: The World Athletics Championships are a biennial athletics competition. It is organized by World Athletics formerly known as IAAF. It was inaugurated in 1983.  At their debut, these championships were then held every four years, until 1991, when they switched to a two-year cycle since.

Recently, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the world, the 2021 world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon has been shifted to 2022. The decision has been taken to accommodate the re-arranged Tokyo Olympics.

Asian Games: The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a continental multi-sport event. It is held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation from the first Games in New Delhi, India, until the 1978 Games. The Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The first Asian game was held in the National Stadium (Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium) in 1951, New Delhi, India. 

Recently, the official mascots of the 19th Asian Games were unveiled at a digital launch ceremony in Hangzhou, China. The mascot was unveiled by Olympic Council of Asia. The three robots, namely Congcong, Lianlian and Chenchen are going to be the mascots for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and are collectively known as the smart triplets. The mascots reflect the internet prowess of Hangzhou city and Zhejiang province.

The ceremony was held digitally due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the whole world to a stand still.

The Olympic Council of Asia's 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou from September 10 to 25, 2022. It will be for the third time that China will be hosting the Asian Games. The Asian Games was held by China for the first time in 1990 the in Guanghou in 2010.

 

FIFA: It is an acronym for International Federation of Association Football. FIFA is a non-profit organization and the highest governing body of Football. It was founded on 21 May 1904. It is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The current President of FIFA is Gianni Infantino.

Recently, the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which was scheduled to be played in India between 2nd November 2020 and 21st November 2020 has been postponed. Under-17 Women’s World Cup was scheduled to be played in India across five host cities: Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.

The announcement was made by FIFA, the world’s governing body for football. This decision was taken by the FIFA-Confederations working group due to the coronavirus pandemic. The working group has been recently established by the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The working group also postponed FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup which was scheduled between August and September in Panama and Costa Rica.

IMFSP: It refers to the Independent Member Federation Sanctions Panel of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). IMFSP issues decisions on Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association and Malaysian Weightlifting Federation. The IMFSP was approved by the IWF Executive Board in November 2018. It has the sole authority to impose sanctions on Member Federations, in line with Article 12 of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy. This Policy was approved by the IWF Executive Board in November 2017, in order to ensure greater independence and transparency.

Recently, IMFSP of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has has imposed disciplinary sanctions on Malaysia and Thailand weightlifters and also banned both the country's  weightlifters from competing in Tokyo Olympics 2020 for doping violations. The IMFPS has also suspended the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA) for 3 years, while the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) has been banned for one year.

Ben Stokes: Benjamin Andrew Stokes is 28 years old  English international cricketer. He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

He is the current vice-captain of the England Test team. He was part of the England squad that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm fast-medium pace and bats left-handed. He is an attacking middle-order batsman. He holds the record for England's fastest ever Test double-century, the fastest ever Test match 250, and the highest ever score for a Test batsman batting at number six. He even holds the record for the most runs scored by an individual batsman in the morning session of a Test match. He became the highest-paid overseas player in the history of the Indian Premier League in 2017. He won the Most Valuable Player award during the season.

Recently, the all-rounder from England, Ben Stokes has been named as the leading cricketer in the world  2020 by Wisden. Stokes was also awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Best Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in January 2020.

The other Cricketers of the Year by Wisden’s are Australia’s Pat Cummins, England's pace bowler Jofra Archer, Australia's Marnus Labuschagne, South Africa's Simon Harmer and Australia's Ellyse Perry (Women's category). 

Ellyse Perry has been named the Wisden’s Leading Female Cricketer in the World in the women's category. She scored the highest runs and took the most wickets as Australia successfully retained their Women’s Ashes title against England last year.

The last English player to win the award in 2005 was Andrew Flintoff.

West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell was named leading T20 cricketer in the world.

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack: It is also known as “The Bible of Cricket”. it is a cricket reference book issued annually in the United Kingdom (UK). It was founded by English Cricketer John Wisden and was issued in 1864.

Kobe Bryant: Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. As a shooting guard, Bryant entered the National Basketball Association directly from high school, and played his entire 20-season professional career in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers. He helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to five championships (2000–02 and 2009–10). He died tragically in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.

Late Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bryant along with eight others, were selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He along with 8 others will officially be enshrined in on 29th August in Springfield, Massachusetts. The eight other Honorees are Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tamika Catchings, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame. It serves as basketball's most complete library, in addition to promoting and preserving the history of basketball. It is located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1959 by Lee Williams. Lee Williams was a former athletic director at Colby College. The Hall of Fame is named after Dr James Naismith. He was a Canadian physician who invented basketball. Its current President is John Dolenva.

BFI: It refers to the Boxing Federation of India. BFI is the Indian national governing body for Olympic boxing and is the India's member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association. It represents India at the International Boxing Association. It is headquartered in New Delhi. Indian Boxing Federation is also known as all India boxing association (AIBA). The current President of BFI is Ajay Singh.

Recently, the National Sports Federation of India announced that it will host the Asian Boxing Championships for men and women in November-December this year. The host city of the competition will be decided by the Boxing Federation of India.

India hosted men’s Asia boxing championship in Mumbai in 1980 and the women’s event in Hisar in 2003. Around five men and four women have been qualified for the Tokyo Olympics from India so far.

Tour de France: Tour de France is one of the world's most prestigious and most difficult bicycle race. It is an annual men's multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France. Of the three foremost races (the others being the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España), the Tour de France attracts the world's best riders. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase sales for the newspaper L'Auto and is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation.

Recently, the World's most famous cycling race Tour de France has been postponed in wake of Corona virus pandemic. The decision came after French President Emmanuel Macron announced in his speech to the nation that all public events with large crowds have been cancelled until at least mid-July.

As per the reports of the French newspapers, the three-week race was set to start on 27th of June in the Riviera city of Nice has been set for August. This year's event has 21 stages, with the longest of them stretching 218 kilometres (135 miles).

 The last time the Tour was not held was in 1946, with the nation still emerging from World War-II. It was also stopped during World War-I.

The Asian Para Games (APG): It is a multi-sport event regulated by the Asian Paralympic Committee that held every four years after every Asian Games for athletes with physical disabilities. The first event of APG was held in 2010 in Guangzhou, China and the  most recent games was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 6 to 13 October 2018. The 4th APG is scheduled to be held on 16 april 2020 in Hangzhou.

Recently, the official mascot of the 4th Asian Para Games was unveiled on 16 April 2020 during a ceremony held online. The 4th Asian Para Games will be held from October 9-15, 2022, featuring 22 sports with Taekwondo and Para-Canoe to make their Games debuts. The mascot is charming and optimistic bird Feifei, the design of the bird is inspired by the motif of the 'Divine Bird in the Liangzhu Culture. It is the fusion of Hangzhou's heritage and its drive for technological innovation, carrying the looking for harmonious co-existence between humans and nature. It is also viewed as a messenger of joy and cultural distinction. 

The first ‘fei’ means the birds flying, implying inclusiveness, respect, and fraternity of human society. And the second ‘fei’ represents the mental tenacity of the athletes with disabilities pursuing dreams and reaching beyond themselves.

The mascot helps to bring the Games to life for everybody, from the athletes to the spectators.

BWF: It is an abbreviation for the Badminton World Federation. BWF is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was founded on 5 July 1934 as the International Badminton Federation with nine member nations. The present name Badminton World Federation (BWF) was adopted at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 24 September 2006, in Madrid.  It is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current president of BWF is Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen.

Recently, Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has been named as ambassador in the Badminton World Federation campaign. She has been selected as one of the ambassadors for Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s “I am badminton” awareness campaign. The aim of the campaign is to give a platform for those players, who express their love and respect for badminton by advocating and committing to clean and honest play.

Other ambassadors of the “I am badminton” awareness campaign are as follows:-

The badminton duo Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong from China

Michelle Li from Canada 

Jack Shephard from England 

Chan Ho Yuen from Hong kong

Valeska Knoblauch from Germany

Athletes’ Commission Chair Marc Zwiebler also from Germany.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc: He is a 22 year old Monégasque racing driver. He is currently driving in Formula One for Ferrari. Leclerc won the GP3 Series championship in 2016 and the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017. He recently won the Formula One Esports Chinese Virtual Grand Prix championship.

The actual F1 races are not being held due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic so in its place Formula 1 has announced new F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series. The virtual races will run instead of each delayed Grand Prix. The Virtual Grand Prix series are developed by Codemasters.

World Games: The World Games are an international multi-sport event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport that are not contested in the Olympic Games. It was first held in 1981 in Santa Clara, California, United States (US). It is held every 4 years, one year after the Summer Olympic Games. The World Games are organized and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The International World Games Association President is Jose Perurena Lopez.

Recently, World Games unveiled and the logo and title for the 11th edition of World Games which is to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, US (United States) after being delayed a year because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The World Games was initially scheduled for July 2021, but it will now be held from July 7 to 17, 2022.

The World Games 2021 Birmingham has been renamed to World Games 2022 Birmingham.

Sports Current Affairs - March 2020

SFI: It refers to Swimming Federation of India. SFI is the national governing body for aquatic sports in India. Legally, it is a non-profit association registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1861. It was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The Federation holds elections for its office bearers every four years. The SFI currently oversees competition in the sports of swimming, masters swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, high diving, and water polo. The current Chairman of Swimming Federation of India is Glenn Saldanha.

Recently, 11 year old Jiya Rai created a a world record by becoming the youngest and the fastest specially-abled girl to swim 14 kilometres in open water in 3 hours 27 minutes and 30 seconds. The record was created under the supervision of the Swimming Association of Maharashtra.

Her achievement has been qualified for registration in the India Book of Records, Asia Book and Limca Book of Records. She was felicitated with a Certificate and Trophy.

She was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Delay in Speech at a tender age of about two years.

RFI: It refers to the Rowing Federation of India. It was founded on 30th August 1976 with a view to make the sport of Rowing popular in India. It is affiliated with the Indian Olympic Association and Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The president of RFI is Rajlaxmi Deo. 

Recently, Rajlaxmi Singh Deo was again re-elected as the president of the Rowing Federation of India (RFI). The elections were conducted under the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) observer K Govindraj.

Rajpal Singh, G Bhasker, Souvik Ghose, and Sreekunara Kurup were elected as vice-presidents.

MV Sriram was voted as secretary-general of the RFI.

Krishna Kumar Singh and Chirajit Dhukan were appointed as joint-secretaries of the federation.

Jasbir Singh, Venkateshwara Rao, Ismail Baig, Jacob, and Manjunatha were elected as the executive committee members.

The elected candidates will remain at the post for 4 years till 2024.

D Gukesh: He is India's Chess Grandmaster. He is from TamilNadu. He won the 34th Cannes Open in France. He defeated Harutyun Bargseghyan of France in fifty moves to win the chess tournament. Siva Mahadevan of India secured the 10th place with 6 points.

The Tamil Nadu player Gukesh became the world’s second youngest Grandmaster ever in 2019 at the age of 12 years, 7 months, and 17 days after he won the Hillerod 110th Anniversary Open event in Denmark.

CGF: It refers to Commonwealth Games Federation. CGF is the international organisation responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games, and is the foremost authority in matters relating to the games. It is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

Recently, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced that India will host Commonwealth Shooting and Archery Championships 2022.

The decision was taken by CGF after the Executive Board meeting in London.  The two events will be held in Chandigarh in January 2022, while the Birmingham Commonwealth Games is scheduled from 27th of July to 7th of August, 2022.

The decision is being considered a big win for India after IOA  threatened to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Games for dropping shooting from the roster.

AIBA: It is an acronym of International Boxing Association. AIBA was founded in 1946. It is heasquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The current President of AIBA is Dr Mohamed Moustahsane.

AIBA World Cup 2020: Russia will become the first country to host the new format of AIBA Team World Cup in 2020. AIBA Executive committee members voted in favour to approve the Russian bid at its meeting in Budapest. The tournament will be coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II under the motto “Boxing for peace”. The final is scheduled for October in the city of Nizhny Novgorod. The best national teams all over the world will take part in the edition. This format will make boxing more attractive to spectators and sponsors.

The first World Cup was conducted at the famous arena of Madison Square Garden in New York City, the USA in 1979. The World Cup was held from 1979 to 1998 and also in the period 2002-2006 as a team event. The last tournament was organised in Moscow in 2008.

 

TOISA: It refers to Times of India Sports Awards. TOISA celebrate and recognize some of the most brilliant sports personalities of our country.

Recently, the 4th edition of TOISA was held in New Delhi to honour the best Indian in 2019 sports. The event was organized by BHIM-UPI (Bharat Interface for Money- Unified Payments Interface). Some of the big names who won the awards were P.V. Sindhu, Rohit Sharma, Saurav Ghoshal. Deepika Kumari, Manika Batra, Praggnanandhaa and several others.

Times of India Awards 2019 winners are:-

P V Sindhu for Sports person of the Year, Unbreakable Spirit of Sports and Badminton Player of the Year in female category while B Sai Praneeth was awarded in the men's category .

India's first world championship silver medalist pugilist Amit Phanghal won the recognition among male boxers while Lovlina Borgohain bagged the award among female boxers.

Rohit Sharma was awarded for the Cricketer of the year.

Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia was given the Lifetime Achievement award.

Hockey legend and three-time Olympic gold medalist Balbir Singh was honoured with the Icon of the Century award.

National badminton coach Pulella Gopichand won the Mentor of the Year award

Former shooter Jaspal Rana was recognised as the Coach of the Year.

Indian men’s Hockey Team for Team of the year

BWF Yonex Dutch Junior International: Young Indian shuttlers Tasnim Mir and Mansi Singh won bronze at BWF Yonex Dutch Junior International 2020. The Badminton event was held in Haarlem, Netherlands. It is for the first time that two Indian shuttlers have won medals in girls’ singles at this BWF Junior International Grand Prix tournament. India is now looking forward to their participation in the Yonex German Junior-2020 to be held in Berlin from 4th to 8th of March.

Mexican Open 2020: It is a tennis tournament which was held in Acapulco, Mexico from 24th to 29th February 2020 at Princess Mundo Imperial. It is the 27th edition of the men's Mexican Open and 20th for the women.

Recently, the World Number 2 Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal won the Men's Singles title at the 2020 Mexico Open. He secured his 85th ATP Tour title by defeating unseeded Taylor Fritz in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the final of the ATP Mexico Open. With this win, he defeated the World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the ATP Rankings.

In the Women’s Singles, British player Heather Watson defeated 17 year old Canadian player Leylah Fernandez by 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 to win the title.

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Defending champions Australia defeated India to win the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. The final took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on International Women's Day. Australia beat India by 85 runs, to win their fifth title.

The seventh edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup tournament was held in Australia from 21 February to 8 March 2020. Beth Mooney was named the Player of the Tournament while Alyssa Healy has been adjudged the Player of the Match.

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 was the seventh edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup tournament. The tournament featured 10 teams which are India, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Thailand.

Kieron Pollard: He is a West Indies skipper. Pollard is a medium-pace bowler and big-hitting batsman in the middle-order. He has become the first player in the history of T20 (Twenty20) cricket to play 500 T20s matches. He made this record while playing against Sri Lanka for the first T20I in Pallekele, Srilanka. The second in the list is Dwayne Bravo with 453 matches and Chris Gayle is at the third spot in the list with 404 T20 matches.

Bhawna Dehariya: She is 27-year-old Indian mountaineer from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh. She has successfully scaled the Australia highest peak 'Mount Kosciuszko'. Its height is 2,228 meters (7,310 ft) above sea level. The mountaineer had scaled Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro in 2019.  The height of Mount Everest is 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level and the height of Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea level.

Mohun Bagan: Mohan Bagan is an Athletic Club and is one of the oldest clubs in India & Asia. It was established on 15th August 1889 by Bhupendra Nath Bose in West Bengal, India. It created history in 1911 by becoming the first Indian team to win IFA Shield, an event that has been closely linked with Indian nationalism.

Recently, Mohun Bagan clinched the 2019-20 Hero I-League Championship title by defeating Aizawl FC by 1-0. The final match was held at Kalyani, West Bengal. The top goal scorer in this tournament was Dipanda Dicka who played for the Punjab football team in the I-League. This is the Kolkata giants' second I-League title in five years. 

2019-20 Hero I-League Championship was the 13th edition of the football championship.

Snooker: 34 year old Indian snooker player Pankaj Advani won the 34th National 6-Red Snooker Championship title. Pankaj defeated Ishpreet Singh by 7-3 in the finals to claim the title while Amee Kamani defeated Vidya Pillai by 4-2 to win the women's title.

6-Red Snooker Championship: The Six-red World Championship is a six-red snooker tournament. It is played with the six colour balls and six reds. The maximum break/ points in the six-red snooker are 75. Stephen Maguire is the reigning champion.

Achanta Sharath Kamal: Ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal won the ITTF Challenger Plus Oman Open. The 37-year-old Indian veteran ended his decade-long wait for a title by defeating top-seeded Marcos Freitas of Portugal 4-2 in the final played in Muscat. Sharanth had bagged his last title in 2010 at Egypt Open.

Since then he has made two semi-final appearances, one in Morocco Open in 2011 and the other in India Open in 2017.

All England Championship: The All England Open Badminton Championships is the world's oldest badminton tournament. It is held annually in England. With the introduction of the BWF's latest grading system, it was given Superseries status in 2007. It was upgraded to Superseries Premier status in 2011.

Recently, Axelsen of Denmark and Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei won the 2020 All-England Badminton Championships.  Viktor Axelsen defeated Chou Tien-chen in men's singles while Tai Tzu Ying defeated world No.1 Chen Yu Fei in Women's singles titles. It was the third All England Open title for Tai Tzu Ying and the maiden All England Open title for Viktor Axelsen.

ISL Trophy: It refers to Indian Super League trophy. The ISL was founded in 2013 as one of the two top-tier leagues in India, alongside the I-League. 

Recently, ATK (Atlético de Kolkata) FC (Football Club) scripted history with a 3rd ISL title after beating Chennaiyin FC 3-1 in the final. In the final match that was held at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa, Javier Hernandez scored two goals and Edu Garcia one goal  for ATK FC. The final was held without spectators owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ATK FC: It stands for Atlético de Kolkata Football Club. ATK FC is an Indian Professional football club. It is based in Kolkata, West Bengal. The Kolkata club won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2014 and then in 2016 by beating Kerala Blasters in the final on both occasions. Apart from ATK, only two other teams have won the ISL. They are Bengaluru FC (2018-19) and Chennaiyin (2015, 2017-18).

ICC: It stands for International Cricket Council. ICC is the global governing body of cricket. It was established as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from England, Australia and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965. It took up its current name in 1989. It organizes world championship events such as Cricket World Cup, Women's Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup, ICC Women's T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and Under-19 Cricket World Cup. It is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The current Chairman of ICC is Shashank Manohar.

Recently, Two Indian women, Janani Narayanan and Vrinda Rathi were named in the International Panel of ICC Development Umpires. With the inclusion of both Janani Narayanan and Vrinda Rathi, the number of women match officials across different ICC panels has gone up to 12. The announcement was made soon after the launch of 100% Cricket. 100% cricket is a 12-month campaign anticipated to build on the momentum of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020.

34 year old Janani Narayanan has been umpiring in Indian domestic tournaments since 2018 while 31 year old Vrinda Rathi has also been umpiring in Indian domestic cricket since 2018.

Sports Current Affairs - Feburary 2020

Bala Devi: Ngangom Bala Devi, the current top scorer of the Indian National football team, created history by becoming the first Indian woman footballer to bag a contract with a foreign club Scottish giant Rangers FC. The 29-year-old, who joins from Manipur Police Sports Club after trials in Glasgow in November, is currently the leading goal scorer for the Indian national women's team, netting 52 in 58 outings since 2010, which also makes her the top international goal scorer in the South Asian region. She finished the top-scorer in the last edition of the Indian Women's League, scoring 25 in 7 games. She was also the top-scorer in the women's nationals last year with 21 goals. Bala has a prolific scoring record with over 100 goals in 120 games in domestic football. She has been the top scorer in the Indian Women's League for the past two seasons and has also been named as All India Football Federation (AIFF) Women's Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2016.

Tokyo Olympics: The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020 or the Recovery Olympics, is an upcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

Star Indian javelin thrower has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.86 meters at the Athletics Central North East meeting in South Africa. He is a 22 year old who won gold medals in the Asian Games as well as Commonwealth Games. The gold medalist breached the Olympic qualification mark of 85 meters in his fourth attempt. He did not participate in the IAAF World Championships, the Diamond League and the Asian Championships due to an elbow injury. His last major international competition was the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games where he won gold with a national record of 88.06 metres.

International World Games Association: The association is an international association. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee. It was founded in 1980.

Indian women's team captain Rani Rampal became the first-ever hockey player to win the prestigious 'World Games Athlete of the Year' award. She was announced the winner by the World Games after 20 days of polling in January this year by sports fans worldwide.

In 2019, India won the FIH Series Finals, and Rani was named Player of the Tournament. Under Rani's lea1dership, the Indian women's team qualified for just the third Olympic Games in its history. The Padmashree awardee has been a member of the national team since she was a 15-years-old, and has more than 240 caps for India.

Australian Open 2020: The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year, preceding the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. It features men's and women's singles, men's, women's, and mixed doubles, junior's championships, and wheelchair, legends, and exhibition events. The Australian Open was started in 1905 in only Men Singles category, by the Lawn Tennis Association of Australasia (Now Australia) and the first the category “Women’s Singles” was held in 1922.

Novak Djokovic beat Austrian Dominic Thiem in five sets to successfully defend his Australian Open men’s singles title in Melbourne, Australia. He has become only the 3rd man to win at least 8 titles. He has also become the first tennis player in the Open Era of men’s singles tennis to win a Grand Slam in 3 different decades. Ken Rosewall from Australia won Grand Slam titles in 3 different decades between the 1950s and 1970s but not all of them came in the Open Era. Novak Djokovic is now only 2 behind Rafael Nadal (19) and 3 behind Roger Federer (20) on the elite list which is being dominated by the Big Three since the start of the new millennium.

Sofia Kenin defeated Garbiñe Muguruza to win the Women’s Singles title.

Rubigula: It is a Flame-Throated Bulbul. It is the state bird of Goa. Rubigula has been unveiled as the official mascot for the Goa 2020 National Games in Panaji, Goa. The State will be hosting the 36th edition of the National Games from 20th October to 4th November 2020. The event will see participation by 36 states and union territories, 12,000 athletes, officials and will host 37 sports disciplines across 24 venues in Goa. Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju and the Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant were present at the unveiling ceremony.

National Weightlifting Championships: Arunachal Pradesh'a weightlifter Sambo Lapung created a new record of 188 kg in clean and jerk event in the National Weightlifting Championships. The previous national record of clean and jerk was 187 kg. He has also won the Gold medal in the Men’s 89 kg category of the National Weightlifting Championships that was held in Kolkata.

In the 35th Senior Women's National Weightlifting Championships, Rakhi Halder from West Bengal won the Gold medal in 64kg category. She lifted 93 kg in snatch and 117 kg in clean and jerk to won the Gold medal. The 35th edition of Senior Women's National Weightlifting Championships has been held at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra in Kolkata.

Deepa Malik: She is an Indian para-athlete. She has been elected as the President of the Paralympics Committee of India (PCI). She replaced Gursharan Singh, who is the acting interim president. She is also the recepient of the Padmashri Award in 2017 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2019.

Ironman Triathlon: An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. It consists of swim, bicycle ride and a run, raced in that order. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Niket Dalal, a 38-year-old from Aurangabad has created history by becoming the first completely visually-challenged athlete to finish an Ironman triathlon.

He completed the grueling Ironman 70.3 — consisting of a 1.9 km swim, a 90 km bicycle ride and a 21.1 km run — with assistance from his sighted companion, Arham Shaikh. Mr. Shaikh is the youngest Indian to finish the 5000 km coast-to-coast cross-country race in the U.S.

The race was completed in seven hours and 44 minutes, with 46 mins to spare by Dalal and Mr. Shaikh. They both stood second in their category of physically disabled athletes, and were the first Indian team to finish a Ironman 70.3 triathlon.

Mo O’Brien: She is a 60-year-old pharmacy worker. She has become the first deaf person on record to row an ocean by finishing a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic with her daughter Bird Watts, and their friend Claire Allinson. The Ocean Rowing Society, which is responsible for monitoring ocean rowing records, confirmed that she is the world first deaf person who rowed almost 3,000 miles (4,800km) of the Atlantic Ocean.

Pullela Gopichand: He is a former Indian Badminton player. He founded the Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2008. He has been instrumental in shaping the careers of Saina Nehwal (Bronze medalist in 2012 summer Olympics), PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap among others. Gopichand had won the All England Badminton Championship in 2001 and received Government of India’s Arjuna award (1999), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2001), Padma Shri (2005), Dronacharya award (2009) and Padma Bhushan (2014).

Recently, India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has been given an honourable mention at the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards 2019. He is the 1st Indian coach to be honoured with this Lifetime award by the Olympics Committee.

IOC: It refers to International Olympic Committee. It was founded in 1894 in Paris, France. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The current President of International Olympic Committee is Thomas Bach.

Salem: It is here that the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi Palaniswami inaugurated the Salem Cricket Foundation (SCF) cricket ground in Valapadi. The ground was built on behalf of Salem Cricket Foundation. Former BCCI president N Srinivasan and TNCA president Rupa Gurunath along with cricketer Rahul Dravid were also present on the occasion.

Manpreet Singh: He is the Indian National Hockey team captain since 2017. Since then, he has played over 260 matches for the national team. Manpreet Singh has successfully led India to victories in FIH Series Finals and FIH Olympic Qualifiers in 2019. He represented India at the Olympics previously at the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Indian men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh was named Player of the Year for 2019 by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). He a midfielder and he has become the first Indian to win the accolade since the awards were introduced in 1999. He beat competition from Belgium's Arthur van Dorren and Lucas Villa of Argentina, who came second and third. Indian midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad was awarded FIH’s Rising Star of the Year (male) award and striker Lalremsiami won the FIH Rising Star of the Year (female) 2019 award.

FIH: It is an acronym for the International Hockey Federation. FIH is the governing body of indoor field hockey and field hockey. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The organization has conferred the Player of the year award to men and women since 1998. The young category of the honorary award was added in 2001.

Amit Panghal: He is the world silver-medalist who became the first Indian to claim a silver medal at the world championship after notching up a gold at the Asian meet.

He has been ranked number one by IOC's Boxing Task Force rankings for Olympic Qualifiers in a 52 kilogram category. The list was released by the International Olympic Committee's Boxing Task Force today ahead of next month's Olympic Qualifiers.

National Snooker Championship: Aditya Mehta and Vidya Pillai has won the National Snooker Championship. The National Snooker Championship was held in Pune, Maharashtra. Aditya Mehta defeated the world champion Pankaj Advani to win the men’s title of the National Snooker Championship. He represented the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB). He defeated Pankaj Advani with a score line of 6-2.

Vidya Pillai of Karnataka defeated Amee Kamani of Madhya Pradesh to win the women’s title of the National Snooker Championship. She defeated Amee Kamani with a score line of 3-2 to defend her senior ladies snooker title.

Pole Vault: Pole vaulting is a track and field event in which a person uses a long flexible pole (which today is usually made either of fiberglass or carbon fiber) as an aid to jump over a bar. Pole jumping competitions were known to the ancient Greeks, Cretans and Celts.

Sweden’s Pole Vaulter, Armand Duplantis has broken the Pole Vault World Record which was set by Renaud Lavillenie of France. Renaud Lavillenie had set the previous world record of 6.16 metres in February 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Armand Duplantis broke the world record with a jump of 20 feet 2.9 inches or 6.17 metres at Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland.

Kaamya Karthikeyan: She is a 12 year old Indian class VII student. She has becomes youngest girl in the world to climb Mt Aconcagua. She, on February 1, 2020 unfurled the tricolour on the mountain peak. Mt Aconcagua is the highest peak in South America and outside of Asia. She summited Argentinian mountain which is 6962 meters tall.

She has also scaled the highest peaks in Africa, Australia and Europe in the past, which includes two peaks with heights of over 6000 meters above the sea level.

Laureus World Sports Awards: It is an annual award ceremony honoring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year. It was established in 1999 by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation founding patrons Daimler and Richemont.

Recently, the 20th anniversary of the prestigious Laureus Award which celebrates the best in the world of sport was held in Berlin, Germany.

The awards in different categories were awarded to:-

*Lionel Messi and british F1 ace Lewis Hamilton were declared the joint winners of the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the year award in Berlin.

*Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year was awarded: Simone Biles.

*Laureus World Team of the Year: South Africa Men’s Rugby Team.

*Laureus Best Sporting Moment Carried on the shoulders of a nation: Sachin Tendulkar.

*Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Egan Bernal.

*Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Sophia Flörsch.

*Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability : Oksana Masters.

*Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Chloe Kim.

*Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award:Dirk Nowitzki.

*Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Spanish Basketball Federation.

*Laureus Sport for Good Award: South Bronx United.

Cairns Cup chess tournament: The 2020 Cairns Cup was a 10-player round-robin tournament. The tournament took place from 7-16 February in the St. Louis Chess Club, USA. This was the second edition of the Cairns Cup

World Rapid champion, India's Koneru Humpy won Cairns Cup chess tournament. Humpy won the title after winning six points off nine rounds. She won the title after finishing 6 points off 9 rounds. Reigning world champion Ju Wenjun secured 2nd place while Russia’s Alexandra Kosteniuk came 3rd followed by Ukranian Mariya Muzychek for the 4th place and India’s Harika Dronavalli secured 5th place.

Koneru Humpy also won the coveted ‘2019 women’s World rapid chess championship’ last year.

United by Emotion: It is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics motto. The official Games motto was revealed by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The motto emphasizes the power of sport to bring together people from diverse backgrounds of every kind and allow them to connect and celebrate in a way that reaches beyond their differences.

This motto summarises the ideas and concepts that the host city of Tokyo wishes to share with the world. The Games will bring together athletes from more than 200 National Olympic Committees and the Refugee Olympic Team, as well as millions of spectators & media representatives.

SRFI: It refers to the Squash Rackets Federation of India. It is the Indian governmental apex body for the game of squash. It conducts the National Squash Championship, and promotes the game through the different state level squash bodies, and provides training facilities and selects the squad for the Indian team. The current President of SRFI is Debendranath Sarangi.

The 77th Senior National squash championships were recently held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Ace Indian squash player Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won the 77th Senior National squash championships in Man’s and woman’s category respectively. The top-ranked Indian players justified their billing to bag the men’s and women’s titles for a record 13th and 18th time respectively. They both were awarded prize money of Rs. 1, 25,000 each.

With this win, Chinappa claimed the 18th title of her career and Saurav Ghosal bagged his 13th career title.

Khelo India Winter Games 2020: Khelo India winter games 2020 which will be held in the Union Territory of Ladakh later this month followed by a similar event in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in March. This was announcement was made by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

The competitions of the Khelo India J&K Winter Games will be held at Kongdori, Gulmarg. It will be held in four age categories for both boys and girls. Athletes in the age categories of 19-21 years, 17-18 years, 15-16 years and 13-14 years can compete in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

The event will feature an open ice hockey championship, figure skating and speed skating and the competition will be conducted at the block, district and UT levels. About 1700 athletes are expected to participate in the games.

Asian Wrestling Championships: Asian Wrestling Championships is the Wrestling Asian Championship organized by the Asian Associated Wrestling Committee. The men's tournament began in 1979 and the women's tournament was first staged in 1996, and it has been held every year.

Sunil Kumar wins gold in 87-kg Greco Roman category in Asian Wrestling Championships which was held in New Delhi. He beat Azat Salidinov from Kyrgyzstan in the final of the 87 kg category. Last year Kumar had made it to the final and ended with a silver medal.

ESPN India Annual Multi-Sport Awards: The Award acknowledges individuals and teams based on 10 categories. The selection of the winners is based on the vote by a 16 member panel.

Recently, on 21 February 2020, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network(ESPN) announced the ESPN India Annual Multi-Sport Awards.

The Winners are:-

1. Sportsperson of the Year (Female): PV Sindhu (Badminton)

2. Sportsperson of the Year (Male): Saurabh Chaudhary (Pistol shooter)

3. Emerging Sportsperson of the Year: Deepak Punia (Freestyle wrestler)

4. Coach of the Year: Pullela Gopichand (Badminton)

5. Team of the Year: Manu Bhaker-Saurabh Chaudhary (10m air pistol)

6. Lifetime Achievement award: Balbir Singh Sr (Hockey)

7. Comeback of the Year: Koneru Humpy (Chess player)

8. Differently-abled Athlete of the Year: Manasi Joshi (Badminton)

9. Moment of the Year: PV Sindhu’s World Championships final win

10. The Courage award: Dutee Chand (Athlete)

Sports Current Affairs - January 2020

Weightlifting: Olympic weightlifting, or Olympic-style weightlifting, often simply referred to as weightlifting, is a sport in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. The two competition lifts in order are the snatch and the clean and jerk.

Rakhi Halder: She is an Indian Weight lifter who has created two new national records. She clinched a bronze medal in the women's 64kg weight category at the Qatar International Cup in Doha. The Commonwealth Championship gold medalist obliterated the senior national record in both snatch and total lift with her personal best effort of 218kg (95kg in snatch + 123 kg in clean and jerk). Halder had clinched the gold with a combined effort of 214kg (94kg+120kg) at the Commonwealth Championship in June.

India ended the Olympic qualifying silver level event with three medals. Former world champion Mirabai Chanu had won the gold on the opening day while teenager Jeremy Lalrinnunga had claimed silver in a power-packed performance.

A weightlifter, to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, must compete in at least six tournaments within three six-month periods (November 2018 to April 2020).  Apart from this,the player has to participate in at least six events and in at least one gold and one silver-level event.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack: It is the most famous sports book in the world, the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published every year since 1864. Wisden 2019 contains coverage of first-class cricket all round the world, and reports on all Test matches, ODIs and T20 internationals. It is based in London, England.

Virat Kohli: He was named as the Wisden cricketers of the decade and also as the captain of the Wisden Test team of the decade. He is only the other Indian to feature in the list which includes Ravichandran Ashwin. Apart from Virat Kohli four other cricketers-Steve Smith and  women’s all-rounder Ellyse Perry from Australia, Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers from South Africa also found their place in the list.

ICC: It refers to the International Cricket Council. ICC recently released the ICC One Day International (ODI) rankings for batsmen.

Virat Kohli is on number one position while Rohit Sharma is number two ODI player. Rohit Sharma broke a 22-year-old record of Sanath Jayasuriya for most runs in a calendar by an opener.

ITF World Champions for 2019: The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced that Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal of Spain have been named 2019 ITF World Champions. Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal were named International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) World Champions in singles for 2019.

Barty is the first Australian to be named ITF Women's World Champion having become the first Australian woman to reach No.1 in the world rankings since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976. She claimed her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. She lifted the trophy at the WTA Finals in Shenzen and led Australia to their first Fed Cup by BNP Paribas final since 1993.

The othe winner are:-

Timea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France) in Women Doubles

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (Colombia) in Men Doubles

Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina) in Men’s Wheelchair

Diede de Groot (Netherland) in Women’s Wheelchair

Dylan Alcott (Australia) in Quad

This awards will be presented at the 2020 ITF world champions 2nd June, in Paris.

Leander Paes: Leander Adrian Paes is an Indian professional tennis player. He has won 8 doubles and 10 mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. He holds a career Grand Slam in men's doubles and mixed doubles, and has achieved the rare men's doubles/mixed doubles double at the 1999 Wimbledon tournament.

The Indian tennis icon Leander Paes announced that 2020 will be his farewell year on the Pro-Circuit, brings down his nearly 3-decade-long professional career in 2020. The 46-year-old has hundreds of trophies including 18 coveted Grand Slam doubles titles.

World Women’s Rapid Chess Championship 2019: India's youngest woman Grandmaster Koneru Humpy has become the 2019 Women's World Rapid Champion. The championship was held in Moscow, Russia. She defeated China's Lei Tingjie in a Koneru defeated China's Lei Yingjie in the final playoff match. Humpy lost the first tie-break game and then won the second to reach the Armageddon game. China’s Lei Tingjie won the silver and Ekaterina Atalik of Turkey won the bronze. Norway's Magnus Carlsen claimed the men's title. Humpy has become the only second Indian to win gold after Vishwanathan Anand who won it in 2017.

KIYG: It is the abbreviation of Khelo India Youth Games which was formerly known as Khelo India School Games (KISG). It is held annually in January or February. It is the national level multidisciplinary grassroot games in India held for two categories, namely under-17 years school students and under-21 college students. The first edition of the event was held in New Delhi and the second edition was held in Pune, Maharashtra.

The third Khelo India Youth Game is to be held between February 10, 2020 and February 22, 2020 in Guwahati, Assam. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the torch relay of the Third Khelo India Youth Games.

The opening ceremony of the 3rd KIYG will take place at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati on January 10 before the athletes take part in their respective events in full flow.

Chief Executive Officer of the event, Avinash Joshi has announced that lawn bowls and cycling will also be included in the Khelo India for the first time.

IHAI: It refers to Ice Hockey Association of India. IHAI is the national ice hockey championship in India.

The 5th edition of the IHAI National Ice Hockey Championship began in Leh on 2nd January 2020. The tournament will continue up to 7th January 2020 in Karzoo Ice Hockey Rink, Leh, where the Army, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and home team Ladakh are fighting for the championship in U-20 boys category. Similarly, in Girls category Ladakh, Maharashtra, Delhi and Chandigarh are playing for the championship.

Haryana beat home team Ladakh UT by 5 - 3 goals in Under-20 Boys category. In another tie, Delhi beat Chandigarh by 3 - Nil goals.

Similarly, in single U-20 Girls match played today, Maharashtra registered a victory over Delhi by a big margin of 7 - 1 goal.

CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Awards: Former India captain and member of the 1983 World Cup winning team Krishnamachari Srikkanth will be the recipient of this year’s prestigious CK Nayudu Lifetime Award given by the BCCI. Anjum Chopra who is the former Indian woman captain is the co-recipient of the lifetime achievement award for the year 2019.

The BCCI Annual Award function will be held in Mumbai on January 12 where Srikkanth and Anjum will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award for their contributions to Indian cricket.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth: Krishnamachari Srikkanth also known as Kris Srikkanth is a former captain of the Indian cricket team and former chairman of the selection committee. He represented Tamil Nadu in the Indian domestic circuit. He is a Right-hand batsman. He represented India between 1981 to 1992. He retired in 1992 after the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and served as the chairman of the national selection committee.

Anjum Chopra: She played 127 ODIs in which she scored a hundred and 18 fifties. She played 18 T20 Internationals. She was a part of the Indian XI that played in the Women’s World Cup final against Australia in 2005.

Leo Carter: He is a left handed batsman from New Zealand. He was part of New Zealand's squad for the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In June 2018, he was awarded a contract with Canterbury for the 2018–19 season.

New Zealand first-class cricketer Leo Carter has become the seventh batsman in the history of cricket to smash six 6s in an over. He achieved the feat in New Zealand’s domestic T20 tournament Super Smash. Representing Canterbury, he smashed Knight’s bowler Anton Devcich for six 6s in the 16th over of the innings. Carter achieved the feat in New Zealand's domestic T20 tournament Super Smash. While playing for Canterbury, he scored 6 sixes against Northern Knights. He has not only become the 4th batsman to have scored six 6s in an international T20I but also the first New Zealand's batsman .

Other 6 players who have achieved the feat are: Gary Sobers from West Indies, Ravi Shastri and Yuraj Singh both from India, Herschelle Gibbs from South Africa, Ross Whiteley from England and Hazratullah Zazai from Afghanistan. Yuvraj is the only batsman to have scored six 6s in an international T20I. He had done so in the inaugural T20 World Cup against England in 2007.

Khelo India University Games: The first edition of Khelo India University Games was launched on the 6th of January with an aim to promote culture and excellence in competitive sports.

The 1st edition of Khelo India University Games is scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from February 22 to March 1, 2020. Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the logo and jersey of Khelo India University Games.

The event will witness more than 4,000 athletes from 100 Universities across India compete for top honours in 17 different disciplines namely archery, athletics, boxing, fencing, judo, swimming, weight-lifting, wrestling, badminton, basketball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, rugby and kabaddi will participate in the Khelo India University Games.

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar also known as the Temple City is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Odisha. It is a centre of economic, educational and cultural importance of East India. Bhubaneshwar has gained the repute of being the Sports Capital of India

Hastings International Chess title: The Hastings International Chess Congress is an annual chess tournament which takes place in Hastings, England, around the turn of the year.

P Magesh Chandran of India has won the title in the 95th edition of the prestigious Hastings International Chess Congress at Hastings in England. France’s Romain Edouard took the second spet. He was the only player to end the tournament a half-point behind Chandran.

Daniele De Rossi: World Cup winner and the Italian legend Daniele De Rossi has announced his retirement from football. He announced his retirement 6 months after joining Argentine giants Boca Juniors. The veteran played only 7 matches for the Buenos Aires side scoring once. De Rossi had spent 18 years at Roma before leaving at the end of last season. He played 117 matches for Italy winning the World Cup in 2006.

63rd National Shooting Championship: The 63rd National shooting championship for rifle and pistol was held at the Madhya Pradesh Shooting Academy in Goregaon, Bhopal.

Indian ace shooter Saurabh Chaudhary has won the men’s 10 metres air pistol gold medal at the 63rd National Shooting Championship in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. UP's 17 year old finished at the top with a 246.4 classy shot. Sarabjot Singh of Haryana came second while world's number two Abhishek Verma settled for bronze in a high-quality final.

7th National Ice Hockey Championship: Ladakh women team has won the 7th National Ice Hockey Championship women trophy. The match was held at the Karzoo Ice Hockey Rink in Ladakh. The Ladakh team scored 2 goals against Delhi in the final match and won the tournament. The tournament was organized by the Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI) in association with the Ladakh winter sports club. 4 women teams representing Delhi, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, and Ladakh participated in the tournament.

CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award: Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Anjum Chopra will be conferred with the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the BCCI Annual Award function which will be held in Mumbai on 12 January 2020. Srikkanth and Anjum will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award for their contributions to Indian cricket.

BCCI Awards: The BCCI Awards are a set of annual cricket awards given by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The awards recognise and honour the best Indian international and domestic cricketers of the past year. The awards were first given in 2006–07.

3rd Khelo India Youth Games: The third edition of Khelo India Youth Games began in Guwahati with a grand and spectacular opening ceremony. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal inaugurated the games. The games are beong held between 10th and 22nd of this January 2020. 6500 athletes from 37 teams will be participating in the event. 20 national level multidisciplinary grassroots games along with Cycling and Lawn Bowls which are added in this edition will be held in the games.

Polly Umrigar Award: Polly Umrigar award is presented to the best male International cricketer and it carries a citation, trophy and cheque for Rs. 15 lakh.

India’s fast bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah and Poonam Yadav will receive the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for the best international cricketer (2018-19) at the BCCI Annual Awards (Naman) to be held today in Mumbai.

Jasprit Bumrah is the world's No. 1 ODI bowler. HE made his Test debut during India's tour of South Africa in January 2018.

Poonam Yadav has claimed the top prize in women's section. The award will be another feather in the leg-spinner's cap who recently received the Arjuna Award.

Mayank Agarwal and Shafali Verma bagged the awards for best international debut in men's and women's category.

WTA doubles Title: India's Sania Mirza and Ukraine's Nadiia Kichenok have won the women’s doubles title of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) International trophy at Hobart, Australia. They beat Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang from China 6-4,6-4. It’s Sania’s 42nd WTA doubles title and first since Brisbane International trophy in 2007 with American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Wrestling: Star women wrestler Vinesh Phogat won her first gold medal of the 2020 season at the Rome Ranking Series event after teen sensation Anshu Malik settled for a silver in 57kg competition, recently,in Rome. She overcame two tough Chinese rivals on her way to the 53kg gold medal bout ultimately to overpower Valverde comprehensively. Earlier, Vinesh won her bouts against Khrystyna Bereza (10-0) and Lannuan Luo (15-5) by technical superiority.

Khelo India Youth Games: In the third Khelo India youth games in Guwahati, Devanshi Dhama and Shravan Kumar representing Uttar Pradesh won gold in mix team event under 21 category in 10-meter air pistol. Delhi settled for silver in this event. In Lawn Bowls, Assam boys team secured a bronze in Triples event while girls team entered into the final in Four categories.

Currently, Maharastra is leading the medal tally with 42 gold followed by Haryana with 36 gold.

ODI: It refers to One Day International cricket. India defeated Australia in the second One Day International by 36 runs at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, Gujarat. With this win India has now leveled the three-match series 1-1 after losing the first game by 10 wickets in Mumbai. K L Rahul was declared Player of the Match.

Fit India Cyclothon: It is an event organized by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs and Government of Goa under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. This event is aimed at getting the people involved in outdoor activities and starting a cycling culture in the state.

Recently, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Savant flagged off ‘Fit India Cyclothon’ from the Campal Parade Ground in Panaji, Goa. More than 500 cycling enthusiasts participated in the event and cycled through a five km stretch within Panaji city.

Meyton Cup: It is a private international tournament which was conducted in Innsbruck, Austria. The tournament was held from the 18th January to 23rd January 2020. The shooters go on their own to participate to gain experience before international events.

Ace Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Divyansh Singh Panwar clinched gold at the ongoing Meyton Cup international shooting championship. Apurvi Chandela clinched the gold medal and Anjum Moudgil won the bronze medal in 10m air rifle women’s category. Divyansh Singh Panwar clinched the gold medal and Deepak Kumar won the bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event.

The four Indian shooters have already secured Olympic quotas for this year's Tokyo Games.

Diplomat Cup Cricket Championship: It is a cricket championship event organized every year by Skyline University College in Sharjah, with the Indian Consulate in Dubai as the permanent patron. The aim of the championship is to strengthen tie ups and showcase sportsmanship spirit amongst the playing consulates based in UAE.

Indian Consulate team defeated Pakistan Consulate to lift the Diplomat Cup Cricket Championship of 2020. Consulates of 8 countries participated in the tournament. The participating Consulates were India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia South Africa and the US. This is the third time in succession that India has won the Diplomat Cup Championship. The first tournament was won by Bangladesh in January 2017.

SAI: It refers to the Sports Authority of India. SAI is the apex national sports body of India, established in 25 January 1984 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Government of India for the development of sport in India. The current President of All India Council of Sports is V K Malhotra.

Celebrated wrestlers Paralympian Deepa Malik and Yogeshwar Dutt are among the new inductees in the government’s All India Council of Sports (AICS). The AICS was formed in 2015 by the Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. It is an advisory body to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Some other renowned new entrants in the Council are former shooter Anjali Bhagwat, footballer Renedy Singh, and mountaineer Bachendri Pal. Senior India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has also been inducted in the council. The Council is an advisory body for implementation of policies, matters relating to the promotion of inclusiveness in sports with special focus on women, differently-abled, tribals etc.

Gibraltar chess: The Gibraltar International Chess Festival is a chess tournament held annually at the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar. Its eleven days of competition usually run from late January to early February.

Indian Grandmasters B Adhiban and S L Narayanan registered impressive wins in the third round of the Masters' category of the ongoing Gibraltar chess festival.

Adhiban and Narayanan scored superb wins over Martin Petrov of Bulgaria and Tingjie Lei of China while young GM Raunak Sadhwani securing 1.5 points shared the point with higher-ranked David Navara.

Young Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa beat International Master Padmini Rout to take his tally to 2.

ICC Under-19 World Cup: The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is an international cricket tournament organized by the International Cricket Council contested by national under-19 teams. First contested in 1988, as the Youth World Cup, it was not staged again until 1998.

India won the Group A ICC Under-19 World Cup Cricket match against Japan by 10 wickets at Bloemfontein, South Africa. Earlier, India cruised to a 90-run victory over Sri Lanka in their opening group league encounter.

3rd Khelo India Youth Games: The 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020 was held at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam. More than 10,000 students from all over India participated in the event. Vijay the Tiger and Jaya the Black buck were the mascots of the tournament. The event was organized by Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports & conducted in partnership with the School Games Federation of India (SGFI), Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and Assam State government, it was held from January 9-22, 2020.

The Maharashtra was crowned Khelo India Youth Games 2020 champions trophy. It maintained its supremacy in Khelo India Youth Games by improving upon its last year’s performance and finishing at the top of the table with a massive haul of 256 medals, comprising 78 gold, 77 silver and 101 bronze.

Maharashtra received the winner’s trophy from Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the presence of Union Minister of State for Food Processing Rameshwar Teli and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in a glittering closing ceremony.

Sports Current Affairs 2019

Current Affairs[September 2019]
  • Kyle Abbott :: He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler. He represented South Africa in Test, One Day International and Twenty20 International cricket between 2013 and 2017, before retiring to take up a contract with Hampshire in English county cricket. He created history with a total of 17 wickets in 120th Specsavers County Championship in Hampshire. He recorded the best match figures in first-class cricket this century. The County Championship, currently known as the Specsavers County Championship for sponsorship reasons, is the domestic first-class cricket competition in England and Wales and is organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board. It became an official title in 1890.
  • The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019:It is an Association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA. The first awarding ceremony was held on 9 January 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. The award is aimed at reviving the FIFA World Player of the Year. Football legend Argentinian Lionel Messi bagged his sixth FIFA's Best Men's Player Award for his outstanding performance throughout the year. He defeated his biggest rival Cristiano Ronaldo. On the other side, in women’s category, USA World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe received her first FIFA best player award for 2019 at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 ceremony held at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.
    The other FIFA Best Player 2019 Awards were awarded to :-
    FIFA Best Men’s Coach 2019 to Jurgen Klopp
    FIFA Best Women’s Coach 2019 to Jill Ellis
    FIFA Puskas Award to Daniel Zsori
    FIFA Best Men's Goalkeeper 2019 to Marc-Andre ter Stegen
    FIFA Best Women's Goalkeeper 2019 to Sari van Veenendaal
    FIFA Best Fan Award 2019 to Silvia Grecco
    FIFA Best fair play award to Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa
  • World Boxing Championships :It is The AIBA World Boxing Championships and the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships are biennial amateur boxing competitions organised by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), which is the sport governing body. Alongside the Olympic boxing programme, it is the highest level of competition for the sport. Amit Panghal a young boxer Amit Kumar Panghal from Rohtak created history by becoming the first Indian male boxer to reach final World Boxing Championships 2019. He defeating Kazakhstan's Saken Bibossinov by split decision (3-2) in the 52kg semi-final on Friday in Ekaterinburg, Russia. He is the reigning Asian Games gold medallist. Manish Kaushik finished with a bronze after losing the 63kg semi-final
  • World Wrestling Championships :It is an Amateur Wrestling World Championships organized by the United World Wrestling. The Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling tournament began in 1904, and the Men's Freestyle Wrestling tournament began in 1951. The Women's Freestyle championships were first staged in 1987. Indian wrestler Deepak Punia secures quota for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He became the fourth athlete from the country to secure quota for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after booking his place in the semi-finals of the on-going World Wrestling Championship at Nur Sultan, Kazhakstan. He won silver in men’s 86 kg freestyle and Rahul Aware bagged a bronze medal in men’s 61kg category while other wrestlers to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in their respective weight categories are Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar and Vinesh Phogat. India finished with its best-ever medal haul at World Championships by winning 5 medals in Nur-Sultan. The 5 medal includes- 1 silver and 4 bronze medals.
  • IAAF Veteran Pin Award :It is The International Association of Athletics Federations Veteran Pin Award. The award is given to those players who have made matchless contributions to athletics. IAAF president Sebastian Coe presented IAAF Veteran Pin Award to former India’s track and field and Olympian legend P.T. Usha for her outstanding service to the sport. She received the award at the 52nd IAAF conference in Doha. P.T. Usha or Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha is a retired Indian track and field athlete. She has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is often called the "queen of Indian track and field". She won five gold medals in 100 metres(m), 200m, 400m, 400 m hurdles and the 4x400 m relay besides a bronze in the Asian Games which were held at Jakarta in 1985 .
  • Adille Sumariwalla :He is an Indian Parsi athlete and entrepreneur, popular for representing India at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He is also an entrepreneur and owns many media businesses in India, after tenures at some media companies including the American Media Company. has been re-elected as member of Council of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for a second four-year term during the 52nd Congress of the sport’s world governing body. He received 121 votes to get elected as one of the 13 individual members of the IAAF Council.
  • IAAF :It is the International Association of Athletics Federations and is the international governing body for sport of athletics. It was established on 17 July 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden. It is headquartered in Monaco. it consists of 215 member federations.
  • St Petersburg Open:It is a professional men's tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts. It is part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour. India's Divij Sharan and partner Igor Zelenay of Slovakia won Men’s Doubles Title at ATP Tour Tennis Tournament held in St. Petersburg in Russia. In the final, the duo defeated Italian pair of Matteo Berrettini and Simone Bolelli. The 49th-ranked Divij has won five Tour titles ,16 Challenger and 19 Futures doubles titles.
  • World Athletics Championships:The IAAF World Athletics Championships, is a biennial athletics event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). It is held between 27 September and 6 October 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich won the world championship midnight marathon on Friday, in a gruelling test of survival that saw nearly a third of the 70 starters fail to reach the finish line.
  • World Billiards Title :Pankaj Advani, India’s most consistent sportspersons recently won his 22nd World Billiards Title at the IBSF World Billiards Championship 2019. He beat the local favourite, Myanmar’s Nay Thway Oo. This is his fourth consecutive world title in billiards short format (150-up). Advani has won a world title every year in billiards or snooker or both. He has also won more world titles in cue sports more than anyone in the world making him the greatest cueist of all time. Previously, Advani achieved a hat-trick of hat-tricks in billiards by simultaneously winning the World, Asian and Indian National Championship titles in 5 different years- 2005, 2008, 2012, 2017 and 2019. He has won a global title every year since 2003.He is also the first Indian to become a world champion in 6-red snooker. He was conferred with some of the biggest sports and civilian awards including the Arjuna Award in 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2006, Padma Shri in 2009 and Padma Bhushan in 2018 by the Government of India.
  • Enduroman triathlon :Mayak Vaid has become first Indian to complete Enduroman triathlon in record time. He broke the previous world record set by Belgium's Julian Denair who won the race in 52 hours 30 minutes by a big margin of 2 hours 6 minutes. Vaid is the 44th person in the world to have completed this triathlon. He is also the first Asian person to complete this triathlon in solo capacity. Enduroman triathlon is one of the toughest endurance competitions around the world. Enduroman triathlon starts in London and ends in Paris.Enduroman triathlon is a race from England to France which is considered to be one of the toughest endurance competitions in the world. The ‘Enduroman – Arch to Arc’ triathlon starts from the Marble Arch in London and an athlete has to reach Arc de Triomphe in Paris to successfully complete it. The long journey involves hours of running, swimming and cycling and can be exhausting if preparations or strategy is not right.
  • FIBA:It is the world governing body for basketball, it is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is also recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee World Cup(IOC). Spain captured its second FIBA basketball World Cup title after defeating Argentina 95-75 in the gold medal game at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Sunday. They won their first basketball World Cup title in 2006 in Japan. The Spaniards capped a dominant run as they finished undefeated at 8-0. Point guard Ricky Rubio led Spain with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, and was named most valuable player of the international competition.
  • Vinesh Phogat :Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after holding off world number one Sarah Ann Hildebrandt with some superlative defensive display in the World Championship. Though Vinesh became the first Indian woman wrestler to win Gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games, none of her three attempts at the world championship resulted in a podium. Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler who comes from a successful family of wrestlers with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists.
  • Bianca Andreescu becomes 1st teen to reach US Open semi-finals in decade:Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu became the first teen US Open semi-finalist in a decade defeating Belgium's Elise Mertens to set up a battle with Belinda Bencic for a spot in the final. The 15th-seeded 19-year-old from suburban Toronto rallied past 25th seed Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach a clash against fellow Slam semi-final debutante Bencic today. Andreescu, a winner this year at Indian Wells and Toronto, is the first teen in the US Open's last four since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.She could become the first teen to win a Grand Slam title since Maria Sharapova captured the 2006 US Open and she would be the youngest US Open champion since Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2004. Serena Williams, seeking her 24th Grand Slam singles title to match Margaret Court's all-time record, faces Ukraine's fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina in the other semi-final.
  • Yashaswini Singh Deswal is an Indian sport shooter.:Yashaswini Singh Deswal is an Indian sport shooter. She won the gold medal in the 10 metre air pistol event at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Panchkula shooter Yashaswini Singh Deswal, 22, bagged the ninth Olympic quota for India and became the world champion in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event in the ISSF World Cup being held at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in the wee hours of Sunday. She was born on 30 March 1997 in New Delhi. Her father SS Deswal is an IPS officer who works as the deputy general of Indo-Tibetan Border Police and mother Saroj Deswal is the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in Panchkula. As of August 2019, Deswal studies at DAV College in Chandigarh.
  • Rashid Khan Breaks 15-Year-Old Record to Become Youngest Test Captain:Premier Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan on Thursday scripted history as he became the youngest ever Test captain in the history of the gentlemen’s game at the age of 20 years and 350 days. Rashid achieved the feat in Afghanistan’s one-off Test match against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The spin sensation broke the earlier record held by former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu, who was the previous youngest Test skipper at 20 years and 358 days. In Test cricket, Taibu held the record for 15 years after leading Zimbabwe for the first time in 2004 against Sri Lanka at the Harare Sports Club. Former Indian skipper Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi is third in the list after leading the Men in Blue at the age of 21 years and 77 days. Other Test captains in the list are former Pakistani speedster Waqar Younis at 22 years and 15 days, former South African skipper Graeme Smith at 22 years and 82 days and Shakib Al Hasan at 22 years and 115 days
  • US Open 2019:It is a Grand Slam US Open tennis tournament. Rafael Nadal won his 19th Grand Slam title after holding off Russian Daniil Medvedev's exhilarating fightback in one of the greatest US Open finals. Rafael Nadal beats Daniil Medvedev to clinch a thrilling win in four hours and 50 minutes - just four minutes shorter than the longest US Open final. Spain's Nadal, 33, won 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 against the fifth seed in New York.
  • Formula One Italian Grand Prix:It is a Grand Prix motor racing championship which takes place in Italy, Montichiari. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco won Formula One Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He ended Ferrari's nine-year wait for victory at its home circuit as he held off the Mercedes duo to win Formula One's Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. Aged just 21, Leclerc held off a Mercedes onslaught to become the youngest driver dressed in red to win Ferrari’s home race.
  • BCCI :The BCCI (The Board of Control for Cricket in India) named a 15-man team for the three-match Test series against South Africa starting October 2. The name of KL Rahul had dropped due to poor performance in the 2 last Tests in the West Indies. He was dropped while Shubman Gill got his maiden call-up in the Test side. He has scored 1,443 runs in 14 first-class matches at an average of 72.15. India-South Africa Test series will begin on October 2.
Current Affairs[July 2019]
  • NYC: It stands for National Youth Corps (NYC) is a scheme of the Department of Youth Affairs implemented through Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS). National Youth Volunteers (NYVs) are engaged under the scheme National Youth Corps (NYC )initially for a period of 01 year extendable upto 02 years on an honorarium of ₹ 5,000/- per month. Nehru Yuva Kendras was established in 1972. Later in 1987 under Rajiv Gandhi Government it became Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, an autonomous organization under Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • Jofra Archer: The England’s bowler who bowled the Super Over in their first ever victory in World Cup. England won the World Cup for the first time as they beat New Zealand in a Super Over after a nerve-shredding final ended in a tie at Lord's.
  • Novak Djokovic: He saved two match points to clinch a fifth Wimbledon title and 16th major on Sunday, shattering Roger Federer's bid to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the longest final ever played at the tournament. At 4 hours and 57 minutes, it was the longest Wimbledon final ever played and settled by a final set tiebreak for the first time. Djokovic is the first man in 71 years to win the title from match points down.
  • Haryana:It is the state where on July 16, 2019, The Cabinet of Haryana under the chairmanship of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar approved the setting up of Haryana Sports University at Rai, Sonepat which will be the third sports university established by a state government in India after Swarnim Gujarat Sports University (Gandhinagar) and Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University (Chennai).It will have powers to conduct academic and training programs in physical education and sports sciences including sports technology, sports medicine, sports management, sports infrastructure engineering, sports psychology, sports nutrition, sports journalism, and sports marketing.
Current Affairs[June 2019]
  • England and South Africa:These are the two countries which will play the inaugural match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. This edition of ICC World Cup is being played in England.
  • Pakistan:This country was recently awarded the hosting rights for the next edition of Asia Cup in 2020. The Asian Cricket Council in its meeting in Singapore recently awarded continental meet in T20 format to Pakistan which will most likely organise it in neutral venues of the United Arab Emirates, its cricket home since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus.
  • RISAT-2B :It is the name of country’s newest microwave Earth observation satellite which rode to its orbit 557 km above the ground recently. With the successful pre-dawn launch of RISAT-2B satellite, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has added another feather to its cap. Data that will come from the all-weather day-and-night satellite are considered to be vital for the Armed Forces as also agriculture forecasters and disaster relief agencies. Dubbed as a ‘spy’ satellite, RISAT-2B (Radar Imaging Satellite-2B) will replace its predecessor RISAT-2 which has been actively used by India to monitor activities in terror camps across the border in Pakistan to thwart infiltration bids by terrorists.
  • Sourav Kothari : The Indian billiards player who won the 2019 Pacific International Snooker Championship held in the Reventon Classic, in Melbourne, Australia.He defeated Tyson Crinis of Australia to win the title. He won gold medal in 2014 Asian Billiards Championship and won bronze medal in 2011, 2014 and 2015 World Billiards. He won Arjuna award for Billiards & Snooker in the year 2016.
Current Affairs[May 2019]
  • Arjuna Award: These are awards given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in sports. Two Indian footballer stars of National football team have been recommended for the prestigious Arjuna Award by the All India Football Federation. Decision to recommend Sandhu and Lalpekhlua was about their recent performances. While Sandhu is the goalkeeper and Lalpekhlua, has been good in his attacking and assist skills in the game. It should be noted that in 2017, national governing body had already recommended these players along with former women's team captain Bembem Devi. Sadly, the award to given to the Bembem Devi for her superb performance. It must be noted that Sandhu and Jeje are top performers in the India team. Sandhu is the only second footballer after Sunil Chhettri to play the Asian Cup final rounds twice (2011, 2019).
  • Asian Wrestling Championship 2019: It is an annual sports event held for Wrestling Championship. India has claimed the 8th spot in the recently held Asian Wrestling Championship 2019 in Xian, China from April 23 to April 28. While Bajrang Punia won the Gold Medal in 65 kg category beating Sayatbek Okassov, India's Greco Roman Wrestlers Sunil Kumar(87kg) and Gurpreet Singh (77kg) bagged the silver medal. According to sources, Sunil Kumar lost to Iran's wrestler Hossein Ahmad Nouri, Gurpreet Singh lost to Korea's Hyeanwoo Kim despite having a good win before Bakhit Sharif (Qatar). Harpreet Singh(82kg) also bagged silver medal in men's Greeco Roman style of wrestling. Amit Kumar Dhankar and Parveen Rana and Vicky Chahar bagged the silver medal in free style. A total number of 10 countries participated in this event. The action took place at Xidian University Gymnasium. The event became glorious for India as they finished at the 8th spot with 16 medals.
  • Jaipur: The city which will hold the 8th edition of Asian Youth Women Handball Championship 2019 from August 21 to 30. This is the first time Jaipur will host this prestigious tournament. Earlier in 2015, Delhi hosted the event and finished at seventh place. This event will be organised by Asian Handball Federation (AHF).In this event, total 10 teams will participate including defending champion South Korea.
  • Apurvi Chandela: She became the world number one in women’s 10m Air Rifle category with 1,926 rating points according to the latest rankings released by International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). The 26-year old Apurvi Chandela is among the five Indian shooters who have earned the Olympic quota for the Tokyo 2020. In early this year, Chandela had broken the world record after winning India’s first gold medal at the ISSF World Cup 2019 held in New Delhi. She had shot 252.9 in 10m women Air Rifle final to bag gold medal at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi. After Chandela, Anjum Moudgil is World No. 2 on ISSF rankings with 1695 rating points in the 10m Air Rifle category after she won mixed gold at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
  • IPL 2019 Highlights: Rohit Sharma is the Winning Skipper of IPL 2019 which was lifted by Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians became the IPL team to lift the IPL trophy the maximum number of times i.e 4 times followed be Chennai Super Kings who have won it 3 times. Andre Russell was declared the Most Valued Player of IPL 2019. David Warner won the Orange Cap of IPL 2019 with 692 runs in 12 matches. Sunrisers Hyderabad won the Fairplay award of IPL 2019.
  • G.Suvanrna Lakshmi: She was recently named as the first woman on the ICC panel of Match Referees. She is a former Indian Railway cricketer
  • Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa :They won men’s and women’s title respectively in the Asian Individual Squash Championship held at National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 1 to 5, 2019. The event was organised by the Asian Squash Federation. This is the first time India won both men’s and women’s titles. Previously, Asian Individual Squash Championship was held in Chennai in 2017. A 32-year old, Saurav Ghosal the top seed defeated fourth seed Leo Au Chun Ming of Hong Kong while the 32-year old, Joshna Chinappa, the second seed defeated top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong.
  • Amul:It has announced to sponsor Afghanistan team in upcoming World Cup 2019 which will be held in England and Wales from May 30, 2019. Amul’s logo will be visible on the leading arm of jerseys of the Afghanistan players in international match and also in training kit throughout the world cup. Earlier in only two instances, Amul had sponsored any cricket team in World Cup tournament. These two countries are New Zealand and Holland.
  • John Campbell and Shai Hope :The West Indies player who created the history by making first-ever 350 plus run opening stand against Ireland. Both players shared 365 runs for the first wicket and also become the only opening pair to score 150 runs each in one inning of a 50-over match. The venue of the match was Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin, Ireland. Previously, the highest first wicket opening stand was 304 runs in ODI cricket by Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq against Zimbabwe in 2018.
Current Affairs[March 2019]
  • Special Olympics: Special Olympics is a global sports movement where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of their ability or disability. The Special Olympics are held every two years and alternates between summer and winter. Special Olympics were inaugurated in the presence of UAE rulers, world leaders. The Special Olympics World Games 2019 is being hosted by the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for the first time. It is also the first time the sports event is hosted in the Middle East and North Africa region. The host UAE had introduced the term 'people of determination; as part of a new National Strategy for Empowering People with Disabilities'
  • Cricket : It is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch. Cricket will be returning to the next Asian Games at Hangzhou 2022. Cricket will be making its entry after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) added it to its sports programme for the next edition of the continental event. Cricket has struggled to grow beyond its traditional bases and was last played at the Olympics in the 1900 Paris Games. Cricket was added back for Hangzhou at the OCA general assembly in Bangkok. The ICC has been pushing for the game's Olympic return with the shortest 20-over format and hopes to find a place at the 2028 Games in Los Angeles. Cricket will return to the next Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) added it to its sports programme for the next edition of the continental event. Cricket has struggled to grow beyond its traditional bases and was last played at the in the 1900 Paris Games. International Cricket Council (ICC) has been pushing for the game's Olympic return with the shortest 20-over format and hopes it will find a place at the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
Current Affairs[January 2019]
  • International Olympic Committee : It is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland.The International Olympic Committee has decided to suspend all discussions with India regarding hosting of global sporting events. Decision was taken after Pakistani shooters were not issued visas for the World Cup in New Delhi. The Olympic committee also revoked the Olympic qualification status for the men's 25m rapid fire event from the New Delhi World Cup due to denial of visas to the Pakistani shooters in the wake of last week's Pulwama terrorist attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The IOC said it will not allow India to organise Olympic-related events in the future, unless written assurances are obtained from the government. The two Pakistani shooters' participation in the tournament had become doubtful after the terrorist attack had been reported.
  • Indian Premier League (IPL): It is a professional Twenty20 cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) schedule was released. IPL has announced the schedule for the first two weeks, where 17 matches will be played. Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening match of IPL 2019 on March 23.
  • ICC World Cup 2019 : It is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019. The first match will be played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord's. It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales.The 2019 World Cup will feature 10 teams, a decrease from previous World Cups in 2011 and 2015 which featured 14 teams.[5] The hosts, England, and the top seven other teams in the ICC One Day International rankings as of 30 September 2017 earned automatic qualification, with the remaining two spots being decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The group stage format is a round-robin, where all ten teams play each other once, in a single group. This means a total of 45 matches will be played, with each team playing a total of nine matches. The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage. A similar format was previously used in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, though that tournament featured nine teams instead of ten.
  • Indian Cricket Team: India scripted history winning the first ever series on Australian soil beating the home team 2-1 after the fourth and final Test ended in a tame draw due to inclement weather. India scored 622 for 7 in their first innings and then bowled out Australia for 300 thereby enforcing the follow-on. However persistent drizzle washed out day five thereby keeping the victory margin down to 2-1. Coming into this fifth Test, India had an unassailable 2-1 series’ lead after winning the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs and the third Test in Melbourne by 137 runs. Australia had won the second Test in Perth by 146 runs.
  • Khelo India Youth Games 2019: It is a game event which is held annually in January or Februrary, are the national level multidisciplinary grassroot games in India held for two categories, namely under-17 years school students and under-21 college students. The Khelo India Youth Games 2019 were declared open in Pune. The festival was started in the presence of a host of sports personalities including double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar. The ceremony officially kicked off the 12-day extravaganza for over 6,000 Under-17 and Under-21 athletes. Eighteen disciplines are being contested including athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey and football.

Sports Current Affairs 2018

Current Affairs[December 2018]
  • Hockey World Cup 2018 Title: Belgium has defeated former champions the Netherlands in a thrilling summit clash to win their maiden men's hockey World Cup title at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Belgium created history by eking out a 3-2 win in the penalty shoot-out after the final match of the game. It was a great day for Belgium hockey as the country registered its second biggest international title after the Olympics silver in Rio in 2016. In the last edition of the World Cup at The Hague in Netherlands, Belgium had finished fifth. Losing the final, the Netherlands had failed to match Pakistan's record of a fourth world title for the second consecutive edition. It should be noted that they had finished runners-up to Australia four years ago in front of their home crowd. They won a World Cup title way back in 1998 in Utrecht. Incidentally, it was the Netherlands' second consecutive match that went to shoot-out in the tournament after their victory over Australia in the semi-finals.
  • 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup: It is the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup field hockey tournament. The tournament is being held from 28 November to 16 December 2018, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India. A total of 16 countries will be participating in the tournament, namely hosts India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, England, Spain, Pakistan, New Zealand, France, China, South Africa, Malaysia, Canada and Ireland. A total of 36 matches will be played during the 19 day event.
  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI): It is the national governing body for cricket in India. The BCCI has announced that a cricketer guilty of age fraud will be barred from all its recognised tournaments for two years. “The BCCI has a zero-tolerance policy for age fraud in sport and has taken strict action against cricketers found guilty of manipulating their date of birth certificates while registering for BCCI tournaments,” said the BCCI in a statement. “As conveyed to state associations at the start of the season, BCCI wishes to reiterate that from the 2018-19 season, any cricketer who is found guilty of tampering his/her date of birth will be disqualified and barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for a period of 2 years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons,” it added. Earlier, a cricketer faced a ban for one year.
Current Affairs[November 2018]
  • Bajrang Punia: He is a Indian Wrestler who becames World No 1 in 65 Kg category. The 24-year-old Bajrang was placed atop the ranking table with 96 points in the United World Wrestling (UWW) list. Bajrang has won five medals this season, including Common Wealth Games and the Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship in Budapest. Bajrang was also the only Indian grappler to be given a seeding at the Budapest World Championship. Cuba's Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier is a distant second with 66 points. Russia's Akhmed Chakaev is in third place. Interestingly, Bajrang is the lone male Indian to figure in top-10 but the country has five female wrestlers who are in top-10 bracket in their respective categories. They are Pooja Dhanda, Ritu Phogat, Sarita Mor, Navjot Kaur and Kiran.
Current Affairs[October 2018]
  • Asian Para Games : It is a multi-sport event regulated by the Asian Paralympic Committee that held every four years after every Asian Games for athletes with physical disabilities. India ended the 2018 Asian Para Games on a high after bagging a total of 72 medals, their best show in the event's history. India clinched 15 gold, 24 silver and 33 bronze medals to finish the campaign at the ninth place. In the last edition in 2014, India had won just 33 medals (3 gold, 14 silver, 16 bronze). India's Pramod Bhagat defeated Ukun Rukaendi of Indonesia 21-19, 15-21, 21-14 to clinch the gold medal in men's singles SL3 class badminton event. Significantly, athletes falling in the SL3 category generally have impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking or running balance.
Current Affairs[September 2018]
  • Asia Cup: Team India has lifted the Asia Cup for a record-extending seventh time. In the Final played at Dubai last night, the Men in Blue defeated Bangladesh by 3 wickets on the final ball of the match to successfully defend the title. Put in to bat, Bangladesh got off to a flying start, but they lost way after the wicket of Mehidy Hasan. They slid from 120 for no loss to 222 all out in 48.3 overs. Opener Liton Das scored 121, his maiden ODI ton. Kuldeep Yadav bagged 3 wickets. The power of the Indian attack, was so immense that after the opening partnership, except for Soumya Sarkar (32) none of the other batsmen were allowed to cross the single digit In reply, India overhauled the target on the last ball after they needed 6 runs from the final over. Skipper Rohit Sharma top scored with 48, but it was the 54-run fourth-wicket stand between Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni and a 45-run seventh-wicket stand between Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuneshwar Kumar that got India through. Liton Das was named man of the match.
  • National Sports Awards 2018
    National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year, Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years, Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events, Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy. The awardees will receive their awards from President Ram Nath Kovind at special function organized at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th September, 2018.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018
    Recipients : S. Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting) and Virat Kohli (Cricket).
  • Dronacharya Awards 2018
    Recipients: Chenanda Achaiah Kuttappa (Boxing), Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting), A. Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis), Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics), Clarence Lobo (Hockey-Life Time), Tarak Sinha (Cricket-Life Time), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo-Life Time), V.R. Beedu (Athletics -Life Time).
  • Arjuna Award 2018
    Recipients: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Jinson Johnson (Athletics), Hima Das (Athletics), Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy (Badminton), Satish Kumar (Boxing), Smriti Mandhana (Cricket), Shubhankar Sharma (Golf), Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Savita (Hockey), Ravi Rathore (Polo), Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting), Ankur Mittal (Shooting), Shreyasi Singh (Shooting), Manika Batra (Table Tennis), G. Sathiyan (Table Tennis), Rohan Bopanna (Tennis), Sumit (Wrestling), Pooja Kadian (Wushu), Ankur Dhama (Para-Athletics) and Manoj Sarkar (Para-Badminton).
  • Dhyan Chand Award 2018
    Recipients :Satyadev Prasad (Archery), Bharat Kumar Chetri (Hockey), Bobby Aloysius (Athletics), Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling).
  • Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018
    Identification and Nurturing of Budding Young Talent: Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility: JSW Sports Sports for Development: Isha Outreach.
  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18
    Recipient: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  • Asian Games: India brought a total of 69 medals � 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze from the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia. This medal tally was bigger than the medal count from 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China. The 2018 Asian Games is the 18th edition of the continental Games. It is the first time that the sporting extravaganza is being co-hosted by two cities. Jakarta and Palembang are the two Indonesian cities that are hosting the Games. This edition will be held from 18th August to 2nd September 2018 and will see around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries competing in 58 disciplines. Indonesia is hosting the Asian Games for the second time after the Jakarta Asian Games in 1962. Apart from this, it was also India�s best ever overall medal tally, equalling country�s joint-best effort at the Asian Games since the inaugural edition in 1951. The total of 24 silver medals is also the highest ever in Asiad history for India.
Current Affairs[August 2018]
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, is a forthcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020. Tokyo 2020 will be the first Olympics to deploy facial recognition technology to increase security around all venues. According to an official report, Olympics organizers are partnering with NEC, a Japanese telecommunications and information technology firm, to develop the first system of this kind to be implemented at the global sporting event. The technology was demonstrated for the media at an event this week in Tokyo and will use IC chips within identification cards to automatically verify the identity of those entering over 40 venues, according to the wire service. In order to facilitate the technology, more than 300,000 athletes and Games staff will need to submit photographs to a database before the Olympics start in July 2020.
  • Sports period: Sports period to be made mandatory in School. In a bid to promote sports in the country, government said that a games period will be made mandatory in schools after reducing the syllabus by 50 per cent by next year. Making the announcement, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said that "We have come to a stage where sports is not a part of education, it is education. The ministry of education is ensuring that the syllabus in schools by 2019 is reduced by 50 per cent and there will be a sports period on a regular basis. Besides, the ministry is planning several things to make sports more relevant. We are also ensuring that the SAI (now SI) reduces its man power by 50 per cent by 2022 so that they can cater to sports and it has a lean body and money is spent on sports. This year we will have 20 specialised sports schools and the government of India will pump about Rs 7-10 crore each. The idea is to have a very pointed approach so each school will have only two or three main sports. They will be very focussed�.
Current Affairs[July 2018]
  • 2020 Olympic mascots: Japanese organisers have formally introduced their doe-eyed 2020 Olympic mascots Miraitowa and Someity to the world. Miraitowa has a "strong sense of justice and is very athletic". It also possesses magical powers that enable it "to move anywhere instantaneously". Someity is said to be �usually calm" but "gets very powerful when needed.
Current Affairs[April 2018]
  • BCCI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the national governing body for cricket in India. The board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. Recently, the Law Commission has recommended bringing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the ambit of the RTI Act. According to report submitted to the law ministry, it said that an analysis of the functioning of BCCI also shows that the government does exercise control over its activities and functioning. BCCI, falling in line with the foreign policy of India, did not recognise a player from South Africa due to their practice of apartheid; and that the cricket matches between India and Pakistan in view of tense international relations were made subject to government approval. The foregoing positions BCCI as a limb of the state. It said though the BCCI is continued to be regarded as a "private body", owing to its "monopolistic character coupled with the public nature of its functions, it can still be termed as a 'public authority' and be brought within the purview of the RTI Act. It has been pointed out that BCCI has enjoyed tax exemptions of thousands of crores.
  • Commonwealth Games 2018: The Commonwealth Games are an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930, and has taken place every four years. The current event was held in Australia from 4thApril to 15th April. It was the fifth times Australia had hosted the Commonwealth games and it is the first time a major multi-sport event achieved gender equality by having an equal number of events for males and female athletes. More than 4,400 athletes from 71 Commonwealth Games Associations took part including Gambia where were readmitted as a Commonwealth Games Federation on 31st March 2018.
  • India bags third position in CWG 2018: The Indian contingent once again retained its third best ever medal haul at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. With 66 medals, India finished third behind leaders Australia and second-placed England, surpassing their own tally 64 medals at the Glasgow Games in 2014. India has won the maximum number of medals at shooting (16). Here is a list of Indian medal winners:
  • Gold winners (26) in CWG 2018: Saina Nehwal (Badminton), Vikas Krishan (Boxing - 75kg category), Manika Batra (Table tennis women's singles), Vinesh Phogat (women�s wrestling freestyle 50 kg Nordic event), Neeraj Chopra (Javelin), Gaurav Solanki (Boxing - 52kg), Sumit Malik (Wrestling - Men�s freestyle 125 kg), Sanjeev Rajput (50m Rifle 3 Position shooting event), M.C. Mary Kom (Boxing - 45-48 kg category), Bajrang Punia (Wrestling - freestyle 65kg), Tejaswini Sawant (50m rifle position event), Anish Bhanwala (Men's 25m rapid fire pistol), Sushil Kumar ( Wrestling - Men's freestyle 74kg wrestling) Rahul Aware (Wrestling - Men's Freestyle 57kg), Shreyasi Singh (Double trap women shooting), Heena Sidhu (25m pistol event), Jitu Rai (10m men�s air pistol), Manu Bhaker (10m women's air pistol), Punam Yadav (Weightlifting - Women's 69 kg category), Venkat Rahul Ragala (Weightlifting - Men's 85 kg category), Satish Kumar Sivalingam (Weightlifting - men's 85 kg category), Sanjita Chanu (men�s 77kg category), Mirabai Chanu (women's 48 kg category). Besides, the Indian mixed team badminton claimed gold for the first time in the Games' history. In the women's table tennis event, the Indian team won its first ever Commonwealth gold medal.
Current Affairs[February 2018]
  • Tokyo 2020 Oylmpic mascots - 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled at Tokyo. According to an official source, the mascots, which are yet to be named. These mascots were chosen by children from over 16,000 elementary schools across Japan and its international schools. The children voted for their favorite designs from three shortlisted illustrations. The winner was unveiled at a school in the capital on Wednesday, after receiving over 109,000 votes. The blue and pink digitally designed creatures echo the country's anime obsession and, according to organizers, combine tradition with modern innovation. In a statement, Chairperson of the selection panel, Ryohei Miyata said, 'I cannot wait to see these two characters coming to life in the stadiums, on the streets and on TV. I believe this is an excellent choice since Tokyo 2020's branding vision is innovation from harmony', which implies that innovation will occur when the old and the new of Tokyo and Japan come together.'

  • Sports Ministry - Aiming to include healthy competition between sports bodies Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is planning a ranking system for National Sports Federations. The implementation of the sports code - which, among other things, bars officials over 70 years old - will also be an important yardstick. 'This is the first time the sports ministry will attempt to put in place a system by which sports federations will be ranked or rated according to set parameters. The sports ministry will set up a committee for this purpose. The committee will comprise sports administrators, sportspersons and professionals from other fields, including chartered accountants and management experts,' said Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar. According to the plan, the NSFs will be ranked for the financial year 2017-18, and the list will be released by May. While the committee will conduct its own study, it will also ask NSFs to submit audited accounts, give details of how professional management practices have been implemented, and how effectively they have addressed players' grievances. However, no call has been taken on whether funds released to NSFs will be linked to the rankings. 'There is no plan to link rankings with funding at the moment. As of now, we want the ranking system to be an incentive for national sports federations to improve their internal systems of management, governance and talent promotion. Hopefully, these rankings will spur healthy competition between federations and will in turn help the athletes across disciplines,' said Bhatnagar.

  • Indian Cricket Team - Indian Cricket team took a fair lead over South Africa in the recent ODI series Indian Cricket team became the top-ranked team in ICC ODI Rankings. India after the 73-run win on Tuesday at Port Elizabeth, gave India an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match ODI series. Irrespective of how the final ODI in Centurion pans out, India will remain the top-ranked side in the world. Virat Kohli captained India are also the top-ranked Test side. India came into the six-match series in second spot on 119 points with South Africa leading by 121 runs. After taking a 2-0 lead in the series, India unofficially took the top-spot but now things will become official when the series concludes. After the 4-1 lead, India move to 122 points while South Africa drop to 118 points. A win for India on Friday and the Virat Kohli-led side would extend that gap with 123 points as against 117 points. However, should South Africa win, India will shed one point to become No. 1 with 121 points and South Africa will stand second on 119 points.

  • ICC World Cup (U-19) -The 2018 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup was an international limited overs cricket tournament that was held in New Zealand from 13 January to 3 February 2018.[1] It was the twelfth edition of the Under - 19 Circket World Cup, and the third to be held in New Zealand (after the 2002 and 2010 events). New Zealand was the first country to host the event three times. India beat Australia by 8 wickets, lift 4th Under-19 World Cup title. Manjot Kalra brings up his century off 101 balls. This is India's fourth Under-19 World Cup title. Chasing a modest 217 in the summit clash, India romped home in just 38.5 overs with eight wickets in hand. The 19-year-old Kalra slammed his century off 101 balls. Kalra became second Indian after Unmukt Chand to score a hundred in the U-19 World Cup final. Earlier, Jonathan Merlo made a solid 76 before the India's left-arm spin duo of Shiva Singh and Anukul Roy sprung into action, limiting the opposition to 216 all out. At 183 for four, Australia looked well on course to reach 250 in a high-pressure until the Indian spinners engineered the collapse with Jason Sangha-led side losing its last six wickets for 33 runs. Australia, who had little hesitation in batting first, were guilty of not converting starts into big partnerships. Merlo and Param Uppal (34) were involved in a 75-run stand for the fourth wicket before the innings' top-scorer shared 49-runs with Nathan McSweeney (23) to set the platform for a competitive total. However, the momentum shifted hugely into India's favour when Shiva (2/36) set up Sweeney to have the batsman caught and bowled, leaving Australia at 183 for five.

Current Affairs[May2017]
  • Yuvraj Singh-he won Man of the Match award during the ICC Champions Trophymatch against Pakistan. Defending champions India started their campaign with a resounding 124-run victory over Pakistan. Yuvraj smashed 53 off 32 balls.
  • B Sai Praneeth-the Indian player won the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold men's singles title in Bangkok recently. The third seeded Indian prevailed 17-21 21-18 21-19 over fourth seeded Indonesian Jonatan Christie in a contest that lasted an hour and 11 minutes. This was Praneeth's maiden Grand Prix Gold and second consecutive overall title win, following the Singapore Open victory.
  • South Korea-they won the badminton's Sudirman Cup for the first time in 14 years with an emotional 3-2 victory over 10-time champions China at Australia's Gold Coast recently. The victory - their first in the biennial tournament since Eindhoven in 2003 - ended China's 14-year grip on the Sudirman Cup. South Korea, who also won the Sudirman Cup in 1991 and 1993, fought back from 2-1 down in the final to claim victory
  • Ravichandran Ashwin-the Indian off-spinner who won the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating International awards 2017. The award was presented to Ashwin by former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar at a function held at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai recently. Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief during the home season, where India won 10 of their 13 Tests played against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. The off-spinner has picked up 99 wickets in the past 12 months. Meanwhile, young batsman Shubhman Gill won the Young player of the year award for his superb performance during the India-England Under-19 ODI series, played in Mumbai.
  • C A Bhavani Devi- the Indian who recently won the gold medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi World Cup Satellite Fencing Championship held at Reykjavik in Iceland recently. In the final, she beat Sarah Jane Hampson of Great Britain 15-13 on points. Bhavani Devi became the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event. She had previously won a silver medal in a satellite event.
  • PV Sindhu- the Olympic silver medallist who became one of the members of the BWF Athletes' Commission after the end of voting for the four places on the representative body. The 21-year-old Indian topped the ballot with 129 votes as she led a trio of women onto the BWF Athletes' Commission. Apart from Sindhu, Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland was placed third overall with 103 votes and Lithuania's Akvile Stapusaityte (25 votes) was the third woman elected to the Commission. Sindhu, Gilmour along with Germany's Marc Zwiebler, who received 108 votes, will serve four-year terms. These three will replace Yuhan Tan (Belgium), Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus (Denmark) and Greysia Polii (Indonesia) who have concluded their four-year terms. The new Athletes' Commission members will join Shintaro Ikeda of Japan; Koen Ridder of the Netherlands; and India's Saina Nehwal on the players' representative body.
  • Manpreet Kaur-the shot putter from India who won the gold medal of the Asian Grand Prix in Jinhua, China. Manpreet's gold medal winning performance of 18.86 m turned out to be a world leading throw which helped her to take No.1 spot in the world ranking.
Current Affairs[April 2017]
  • Bhubaneswar - the Indian city which will host the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018. The Kalinga Stadium will host the two of hockey's biggest events, Men's Hockey World League Final 2017 and Men's Hockey World Cup 2018. The venue successfully hosted the 2014 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy. It is also home to the current Hockey India League champions, the Kalinga Lancers. The Men's Hockey World League Final in 2017 will take place between December 1-10, 2017. The Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 will take place in late November/early December and will see 15 teams join hosts India at the event.
  • Kolkata -this place will host the summit clash of the U-17 World Cup football on October 28,2017 while Navi Mumbai and Guwahati were chosen to stage the semi-finals of the prestigious FIFA tournament the country is hosting for the first time. The announcement of the tournament schedule came after a seven-day visit by an eight-member FIFA team led by its head of events Jaime Yarza. The FIFA officials, along with Local Organising Committee members, inspected all the six cities - Kolkata, New Delhi, Guwahati, Margao, Kochi and Navi Mumbai - which will host the tournament.
  • West Bengal -they won the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time after a 1-0 win over Goa, extending their domination in the premier domestic football tournament. Playing in front of a vociferous home crowd, five-time winners Goa tried their best and controlled the match, but ran out of steam in the extra time. The hosts had their chances to score but the rival keeper pulled off some great saves. West Bengal, thus, ended a six-year wait having last won the title in 2011. Goa last won it in 2009. Goa, who had host the tournament thrice, lost to West Bengal in the semifinal in 1972 and the final in 1996, while winning against Kerala in 1990.
  • Kuldeep Yadav- he became the 1st Indian left-arm male wrist spinner to play in test match when he was included in the playing squad of India in the 4th Test match against Australia at Dharamshala recently. In 2006, Preeti Dimri became the 1st Chinaman bowler in Indian woman's team.
  • Ajinkya Rahane -he became India's 33rd Test Captain when he led India during the 4th test match against Australia at Dharamshala recently. He was handed the captaincy after sat out of the fourth Test since he wasn't 100% fit.
  • India -they became the third nation to win Test series against all their opponents at the same point of time. Australia had recorded the distinction in 2004-05 and 2006-07 and South Africa in 2012-13. For the first time, India have won seven consecutive Test series -- from 2015 till date. With their victory in the Dharamsala Test by eight wickets, India have achieved a rare distinction of winning four consecutive Test series vs Australia in India since 2008.
  • Ravindra Jadeja -he was adjudged the Man of the Series in the recently concluded India Australia Test series which India won 2-1.This was for the first time that Jadeja was adjudged the Man of Series.
  • Virat Kohli - the Indian cricket captain has become the highest paid celebrity in India. Kohli recently increased his endorsement fees to Rs.5 crore a day for new contracts recently which was earlier Rs.2.5 crore-Rs.4.00 crore per day.
  • 101- the rank of India in the latest FIFA ranking which was released recently. The Indian football team achieved its best ever FIFA rankings in over two decades as it jumped to 101 in the latest list released. This is the teams best ever ranking since May 1996- they were ranked 101 then also. India have jumped 31 places from its last rank of 132nd in the previous month. India are now ranked 11th in Asia. The highest FIFA ranking achieved by India ever is 94, which was attained in February 1996.
  • Virat Kohli- the Indian cricket captain was recently named as the 'Leading Cricketer in the World' in this year edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Australia's Ellyse Perry was named the world's leading women's cricketer. Kohli is the third Indian, after Virendra Sehwag (2008, 2009) and Tendulkar (2010) to have won the honour.
  • Chile -the country which was defeated by India in the Women's hockey to win the Women's Hockey World League Round 2 at West Vancouver recently. It helped India to qualify for the World League Semi-final. The match went into the shoot-out after both the teams were locked at 1-1 at the end of regulation time. In the shootout, Indian goalkeeper Savita came up with a stunning display to help her side emerge winners. Savita was adjudged the goalkeeper of the tournament.
  • Uzbekistan -the country which was defeated by India in the Davis Cup tennis to qualify for the World Group Play-off to be held in September. India defeated Uzbekistan 4-1 in the Asia/Oceania Group I second round tie.
  • Chris Gayle-the batsman from West Indies who became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20s. He took 11 years, 215 days to reach the milestone playing for 20 teams in T20s. Sunil Gavaskar was the first to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket while in ODIs it was Sachin Tendulkar
  • B Sai Praneeth- the Indian shuttler clinched his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open after defeating compatriot K Srikanth in a historic all-Indian final in Singapore recently. World No.30 Praneeth, who had won the Canada Open Grand Prix last year and reached the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold final this year, outmaneuvered Srikanth 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 in the summit clash of the US$ 350,000 event. It was the first time in the history of international badminton that two Indians were playing a Super Series final and it turned out to be a thrilling contest.
  • Sanju Samson-the player of Delhi Daredevils became the first player to hit a century in this year IPL-10 when he hit a 63-ball 102 against Pune Supergiant. Samson became the 12th Indian to hit an IPL century.
  • Rohan Bopanna-the Indian tennis star who partnered with his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas to defeat the Spanish team of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez to win the men's doubles title at the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament Roquebrune Cap Martin (France) recently. This is the first title that the Indo-Uruguayan combination have won since they teamed up earlier this year.
  • Man Kaur-the 101-year-old person who won the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland recently, the 17th gold medal in the Indian athlete's remarkable late-blooming career. Kaur clocked one minute 14 seconds as a small crowd cheered her on -- ending a mere 64.42 seconds off Usain Bolt's 100m world record set in 2009. Kaur already has a swag of gold medals that would rival Michael Phelps' haul and also plans to compete in the 200m sprint, two kilogramme shot put and 400-gram javelin in Auckland, taking her tally to 20.
  • Younis Khan- the veteran batsman has become the first Pakistani cricketer to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He recently became the first Pakistani batsman and just the 13th player overall -- and the oldest -- in the history of the game to scale that summit.His career batting average of 53.02 is also the best by any Pakistani batsman and the third best by any batsman from Asia.India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar tops the list of scorers in Test cricket, retiring after accumulating 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is next with 13,378 from 168 Tests, followed by South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis who scored 13,289 in 166 Tests. He has already announced that he will retire from international cricket after the ongoing three-match Test series against West Indies. In January, Younis also became the first cricketer in Test history to score centuries in 11 countries when he smashed his 34th hundred in the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), tying him with Sunil Gavaskar, MahelaJayawardene and Brian Lara in the all-time list at sixth place.
Current Affairs[March 2017]
  • Ravindra Jadeja - the Indian bowler who after his superb bowling effort in the 3rd Test against Australia in Ranchi, is now the sole member of the top spot in the ICC Test ranking for bowlers. The left-arm spinner has become only the third Indian after Ashwin and Bishan Bedi to top the bowling charts on his own.
  • Ankur Mittal - he delivered India's nine-member contingent its first medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup (Shot Gun) in Acapulco, Mexico by shooting gold in the men's double trap on Wednesday. Mittal, who won silver at last month's ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, beat the gold medalist at that event, Australian James Willet.
  • Dharamshala � it recently became India�s 21st city/town and the 27th venue to host a Test match cricket. The Himachal Pradesh hill station at an altitude of 1,317m became of the highest Test venues.
  • Bangladesh - they created history by securing its first win against Sri Lanka in 100th Test when they pulled off a historic four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo recently. The rare win for Bangladesh is just their fourth away from home and first against Sri Lanka in 18 attempts.
  • OPPO - the mobile manufacturing company became the new sponsor of the Indian cricket team, replacing broadcasting giants Star India. The mobile manufacturing giant OPPO's association with BCCI will start from April 2017 for a period of five years. Star India had made it clear that it would not seek a renewal of its sponsorship deal, which was to end next month. The company had cited differences with the Board on the commitments sought from them as the reason for its decision. Star India took over as the Indian cricket team's sponsor in 2013 from Sahara, which was declared ineligible by the Board. The team sponsor gets to have its commercial logo on the both the men's and women's kits.
  • R. Ashwin - he along with Ravindra Jadeja were ranked joint-first on ICCs list of best bowlers in Tests. This is the first time two bowlers of the same country have share the top spot. The last time the top Test bowler's spot was shared was between South Africa's Dale Steyn and Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan in April 2008. It is also the second time that the top two bowlers are Indians-Bishan Singh Bedi and B Chandrasekhar were top two in 1974.
  • Shashank Manohar - he resigned as ICC chairman after merely eight months in office citing personal reasons. The 59-year-old Manohar mailed his resignation letter to ICC CEO Dave Richardson without clarifying the exact reason for this sudden move to end what was to be a two-year-tenure.
  • Steve Smith - the captain to score highest runs by an Australian captain in Tests in India. He achieved this feat when he scored 178not out during the first innings of the Third Test match which was played at Ranchi recently. He is only the eighth Australian captain to score a century in India. He is the only Aussie captain to have scored two centuries in India.
  • Steve Smith - the Australian captain who consolidated his position at the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his outstanding batting effort in the opening Test against India recently. The 27-year-old right-hander reached a career-high 939 rating points which is the sixth best ever after Don Bradman (961), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (both 942) and Peter May (941).Gary Sobers, Viv Richards and Kumar Sangakkara all had career-high ranking points of 938, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced recently.
  • John - John Dohmen- the skipper of Belgium who guided the team to silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics was adjudged the international hockey federation(FIH) male player of the year at the gala FIH Hockey Stars Award ceremony held recently at Chandigarh. It is for the first time that a ceremony was held to honour the best outfield players, goalkeepers, rising stars, coaches and umpires by FIH. Belgium's Arthur Van Doren was named the male 'Rising Star of the Year' and Argentina's Maria Granatto the female Rising Star of the Year. Naomi van AS, the player of Netherlands who was part of the Rio Olympics silver medal winning women's team was adjudged the international hockey federation (FIH) female player of the year at the gala FIH Hockey Stars Award ceremony held recently at Chandigarh.
  • Kalinga Lancers - they defeated Dabang Mumbai in the final to clinch their maiden title in the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) played at the Chandigarh Hockey Stadium recently. Uttar Pradesh Wizards beat Delhi Waveriders 5-4 in the bronze medal match. Kalinga's goal-scorers, Turner and Furste shared the maximum goal-scoring chart with 12 goals each in the successful campaign.
  • Harika Dronavalli - the Indian Grandmaster who won the bronze medal after a heartbreaking defeat against Tan Zhongyi of China via the tie-breaker in the semi-finals of the FIDE World Women's Chess Championship in Tehran. Harika had to settle for a bronze medal for the third time. In 2012, Harika had lost the semi-final against Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria while in 2015 she had lost to eventual winner Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine.
  • Heena Sidhu - she partnered with Jitu Rai to win the 10m mixed team air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup held recently. However, since the mixed event is being used on a trial basis in line with IOC's aim to achieve gender equality in its 2020 Tokyo Olympics program, medals are not being awarded even though the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) executive committee has ratified the recommendations. The recommendations to include mixed gender event was given by the AbhinavBindra-led ISSF Athletes Committee and the world governing body soon approved the proposal.
  • Jitu Rai - he clinched the gold medal while compatriot Amanpreet Singh bagged the silver in men's 50m pistol event at ISSF World Cup, in New Delhi, recently. He shot a total of 230.1, a world record, to finish on top of the podium, while Amanpreet, who was leading for a major part of the final, had to be satisfied with the silver medal after aggregating 226.9. Iran's Vahid Golkhandan took away the bronze with a score of 208.0
  • Virat Kohli - he became the first Indian sportsperson to strike a Rs. 100 crore endorsement deal with a single brand. He signed an eight-year contract with sports lifestyle brand Puma that's worth about Rs.110 crore. He joins Usain Bolt and Thierry Henry, among others, as Puma's global ambassador. Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been in the Rs.100-crore club through multi-year contract with sports and talent management agencies.
Current Affairs[February 2017]
  • Vinod Rai - the former CAG was recently appointed by Supreme Court to head Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Supreme Court of India recently appointed him to head BCCI along with noted historian Ramachandra Guha, former Indian cricketer Diana Edulji and IDFC official Vikram Limaye. SC in its hearing declined Centre's request to appoint secretary of sports ministry as the member of the committee. SC referred to its earlier judgement debarring ministers and govt servants from holding office in BCCI.
  • Yuvraj Singh - the only Indian cricketer to be in the top six hitters of sixes in T20 internationals. He entered this list with his three sixes in a Chris Jordan over in the T20 match against England recently played at Bengaluru taking the total sixes to 74. The list is led by Chris Gayle of West Indies with 98 sixes. Yuvraj is the only batsman to hit six sixes in one over in T20s which he hit against Stuart Broad in 2007 during the inaugural T20 World Cup.
  • Kolkata - the place where India's first multi sports museum was inaugurated recently. The museum, spread over 6700 square feet was inaugurated by Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Abhinav Bindra, Deepa Malik and Devendra Jhajaria recently. It has gloves owned by Sachin Tendulkar who wore it while scoring his 100th hundred, a boot owned by Lionel Messi and a chess board signed by Vishwanathan Anand.
  • New Zealand - the country which was defeated by India in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie recently. India will now play second round tie at home in April against Uzbekistan, who got past South Korea in their first round away tie. The resounding victory for India also signaled the end of Anand Amritraj's three-year reign as the team captain as he will be replaced by Mahesh Bhupathi for the second round tie againstUzbekistan.
  • 4 -the number of consecutive Test series in which Virat Kohli smashed a double century including 204 against Bangladesh recently. It is a world record beating Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid's landmark of scoring double centuries in three successive series. Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to average above 75 in all three versions (Tests: 83, ODIs84, T20:77) of the game since January 2016.
  • Wriddhiman Saha - the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a hundred at home as well as outside the subcontinent. He scored century against Bangladesh in the Test match at Bangalore recently.
  • India - the country whose team became the first team to post three successive scores of 600-plus as they piled up 687/6 declared against Bangladesh in the Test match at Bangalore recently.
  • Kheleao is the name of the official mascot of the FIFA U - 17 World Cup India 2017 mascot. It was unveiled recently by Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Kheleao is clouded leopard which is an endangered wild cat whose habitat extends from the Himalayan foothills to mainland Southeast Asia.
  • Hashim Amla - the South Africa cricketer who recently entered into a grand club of 50 international centuries when he scored a century against Sri Lanka recently. He became only the second South African batsman after Jacques Kallis to enter this elite club which is led by Sachin Tendulkar with 100 international centuries. This tally includes tons in Tests, ODIs and T20s.
  • Caster Semenya - the South African athlete, whose silver medal of the 800m at the 2012 London Olympics would now be upgraded to gold medal. Russian Mariya Savinova-Farnosova who won the gold medal was stripped of her title when the Court of Arbitration for Sport imposed a four year ban saying there was 'clear evidence' that she used performance enhancing drugs. Semenya is now set to become a double Olympic champion after her victory in Rio de Janerio last year.
  • Alastair Cook - the cricketer who resigned as captain of the England Test cricket. He resigned after England lost the five-Test series 0-4 to India. He has led England in 59 Tests. He will be succeeded by batsman Joe Root.
  • Usain Bolt - the world's "greatest" sprinter pipped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James to win the 'Sportsman of the Year' trophy for a record-equalling fourth time, while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women's category at the Laureus World Awards held recently. Bolt, who won this award in 2009, '10 and '13, walked away with the 'Oscar of Sports' for the fourth time, thereby joining tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and surfer Kelly Slater as four-time Laureus award winner. Bolt received his award from legendary Michael Johnson.
  • The most decorated Olympian of all - time; Michael Phelps bagged the 'Comeback of the Year' award after returning to the swimming pool and scooping five more gold medals. After the 2012 Olympics, Phelps retired from swimming but came out of the retirement and subsequently at the Rio Games last year he bagged as many as five gold medals and silver.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin - the Indian off-spinner who recently became the quickest bowler to claim 250 wickets in Test cricket. The 30-year-old created history during the fourth day of the ongoing one-off Test match against Bangladesh when he dismissed skipper Mushfiqur Rahim in Hyderabad. By reaching the 250-wicket mark in 45 matches, Ashwin has also surpassed Australian bowling legend Dennis Lillee's record, who achieved the feat in 48 matches. With the feat, he joins Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Bishan Bedi as six Indians to reach the landmark.
  • Arjun Madathil Ramachandran - he partnered with Ramchandran Shlok to win men's doubles title at the 26th Iran Fajr Badminton Tournament, in Tehran, recently. The second seeded Indian pair defeated fifth seeded Indonesian duo of Kenas Adi Haryanto and Muhammad Reza Pahlevi Isfahani 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 to lay claim to the crown. The World No 66 pair became the first Indian combination to win the title at the International Challenge event. The duo had won the Nepal International and finished runners-up at the Tata India International last year.
  • India - they defeated Pakistan to successfully defend its Twenty20 World Cup title for Blinds for the second straight edition which was played at Bengaluru. The two teams had clashed in the 2012 edition final as well with India emerging triumphant.
  • East Zone - they defeated West Zone by eight wickets to win the Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 trophy and also became the only team to have won all their league games in the tournament.
  • Afghanistan - the country whose cricketers were selected for IPL for the first time in the auction held recently. Sunrisers Hyderabad bought leg spinner Rashid Khan for Rs.4 crore and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi for Rs.30 lakh.
Current Affairs[January 2017]
  • Jamaica - the country which lost the 4x100 metre relay gold medal which it won from 2008 Olympic Olympics due to doping charges on one of the members. Nesta Carter one of the Jamaican runner tested positive for methylexaneamine, a banned stimulant after which the entire team comprising Usain Bolt was disqualified.
  • Roger Federer - he defeated Rafael Nadal to win his fifth Australian Open and clinch a first Grand Slam title in four and a half years recently. The 35-year-old capped his triumphant return from knee surgery with a record-extending 18th Major title after a vintage battle with his Spanish rival, who had won all three of their previous meetings at Melbourne Park.
  • Serena Williams - she defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets to win seventh Australian Open title. The 35-year-old American won her 23rd Grand Slam title recently at the Australian Open, breaking the open-era record she held jointly with Germany's Steffi Graf.
  • Saina Nehwal - the Indian ace badminton player who defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand to win the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold with a hard-fought victory in the summit clash in Sarawak, Malaysia recently. The 26-year-old world No 10, who had been desperately looking for a title that boosts her confidence after recovering from a knee surgery last year, was squaring off against a rival ranked more than 50 places below her at 67th.
  • Virat Kohli - the Indian cricketer who has been awarded the Padma Shri award this year.
  • P V Sindhu - the Olympic silver medallist who won the women's crowns respectively at the USD 120,000 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Lucknow recently. The National champion Sameer Verma began the new season on a resounding note by winning the men's singles crowns. Top seed Sindhu, brushed aside Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska in the summit clash, while Sameer, defeated compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the final.
  • Gujarat - the team which won their maiden Ranji Trophy cricket title when they won the 2017 Ranji Trophy tournament. This was only their second appearance in a Ranji Trophy final. They defeated Mumbai by five wickets, who had won the title 41 times.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - he became the first ODI batsman to hit a double ton of sixes(200 sixes) when he scored 134 against England during the second one day international at Cuttack recently which India won by 15 runs recently.
  • Yuvraj Singh - he along with Mahendra Singh are the only the second pair over 35 years to score tons in the same innings when they scored centuries against England during the second one day international at Cuttack recently. Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakara and Tilakratne Dilshan are the best pair over 35 years to score tons in the same innings.
  • 129 - the new rank of India according to the latest rankings released by FIFA which is a huge jump of 42 places in less than two years. It is also India's best ever ranking since August 2006. The Indian football team had an encouraging 2016, winning nine of their last 11 international matches. A win against Peurto Rico, a side ranked 114 much higher was the highlight of the year.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - he received the FIFA's best player award for the fourth time recently, after Portugal and Real Madrid won both major European titles in 2016. He beat runner-up and rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezman to complete sweep of top individual awards.
  • 48 - the number of countries that will participate in FIFA World Cup from 20206 onwards as FIFA recently voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy. Soccer's governing body said on its Twitter feed that the FIFA Council, its decision-making panel, had voted unanimously in favour of the change which will be introduced at the 2026 tournament. The new format will include a first round of 16 groups of three teams, FIFA said, with further details to be given later. FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who replaced the disgraced Sepp Blatter in February, had made World Cup expansion one of his promises during his successful electoral campaign. The inaugural World Cup in Uruguay featured just 13 teams and 17 matches. Sixteen teams took part from 1934, eight more were added from 1982 onwards and, finally, another eight in 1998.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - the Indian captain who has led his team in highest number of international matches (Tests, ODIs, T20Is) than any other captains of the world. Dhoni has been victorious in 331 matches and Ricky Ponting is at second place with 324 wins. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in the news as he stepped down as limited overs captain of the Indian cricket team, thereby drawing curtains to his glorious leadership career. Under Dhoni's leadership India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and let the team into the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup.
  • David Warner became the first Australian since Donald Bradman to smash a century before lunch on the first day of Test match. It was also the first time a batsman has scored 100 in the first session of a Test match in Australia, with Warner only the fourth Australian batsman to achieve the rare feat. Don Bradman was the last to do so with 105 in Leeds in 1930 on his way to 334, with Victor Trumper hitting 103 in Manchester in 1902 and Charlie Macartney scoring 112 at Leeds in 1926. The only other player to post a Test century before lunch on the first day of a Test was Pakistan's Majid Khan (108) against New Zealand in Karachi in 1976.
  • Destanee Aiava -the teenager of Australia created a slice of history when she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a main draw of the WTA tour. The 16-year old Aiava beat fellow qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US in the first round of the Brisbane International.

Sports Current Affairs 2016

Current Affairs[December 2016]
  • Samit Gohel - the batsman from Gujarat who broke a 117-year-old record in first-class cricket by notching up the highest score while carrying his bat through the innings of 359 not out during his team's Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Odisha. While Hanif Mohammed's epic 499 remains the highest score by an opener in first-class cricket, no one has scored more than Gohel while remaining not out in his team's score of 641.Gohel eclipsed the previous best of 357 by Surrey's Bobby Abel against Somerset way back in 1899 at the Kensington Oval ground.
  • Women's wrestling - this was the main theme of the Amir Khan starrer Dangal movie which was released recently. The movie depicts the story of rise of Phogat sisters - GeetaPhogat and BabitaPhogat who entered this game inspite of all social taboos bit with sheer determination and efforts of their father Mahavir Singh Phogat.
  • Somdev Devvarman - India's star singles player who announced his retirement from professional tennis, bringing an abrupt end to what was once a promising career. The 31-year-old's career was hampered by a recurring shoulder injury in 2012. He recovered to stage a comeback but he had been missing from action without any specified reason for some time now. Somdev was India's star singles player since he first broke into the scene in 2008. He was conferred the Arjuna award -- the country's second highest sporting honour -- in 2011.
  • Anurag Thakur - the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India who was recently removed in a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court recently. The court also removed BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke. Both were removed as they failed to implement its orders to bring transparency and accountability in cricket body. The Supreme Court said a committee of administrator will look after the affairs of the Board. The three-member Lodha Committee was appointed by the Supreme Court after the 'conflict of interest' issue sparked a controversy in Indian cricket.
  • Ana Ivanovic - the former world number one tennis player who announced her retirement recently because she no longer feels fit enough to compete at the highest level. Ivanovic became the first Serbian woman to win a grand slam tournament when she beat Russian Dinara Safina in the 2008 French Open final, following in the footsteps of compatriot Novak Djokovic who clinched the Australian Open title the same year.
  • Eliud Kipchoge - Kenya's Olympic marathon champion has won the men's race in Delhi Half Marathon. It was ninth edition of Delhi Half Marathon. Over 34 thousand participants from across the world had participated in it. 13 Rio Olympians took part in the elite race category. The marathon also had featured some of the biggest track and field and distance runners, with a total of 25 men and 18 women athletes from country.
  • Magnus Carlsen - the Grandmaster of Norway has won the 2016 World Chess Championship for the third consecutive time. He retained the title after defeating Sergey Karjakin of Russia. Karjakin had tied against Carlsen in 12 regular rounds but was beaten in the final phase of four quickfire games. Magnus Carlsen is No. 1 ranked player in the world and reigning World Chess Champion in classical, rapid, and blitz.
  • Argentina - they won the 2016 edition of Davis Cup tennis tournament by defeating Croatia in the final by 3-2 in Zagreb, Croatia. It is their first Davis Cup title. Del Potro and Federico Delbonis are played a remarkable play to win the title. Argentina had lost in the final of the tournament four times earlier while Croatia won the title in 2005.
  • India - they maintained their supremacy in the women Asia Cup after they defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 17 runs for their sixth title in Bangkok recently. It was also a sweet revenge of sorts for India, who had lost to Pakistan during the World T20 at home in March. With the memorable win, India also managed to maintain their enviable record in the continental event, having won all the six editions to have taken place so far.
  • Harmanpreet Kaur - the skipper of Indian cricket team which won the Women's T20 Asia Cup recently. Veteran Mithali Raj was removed as T20 captain just before the start of the tournament.
  • Ahmadabad -the place in India, where the world's biggest stadium, in terms of seating capacity is going to be built soon. The stadium will accommodate 1, 10,000 people, the biggest in terms of seating capacity. The Stadium will surpass the Melbourne Cricket Ground which can hold 100,024 people. It was in the news recently after the Gujarat Cricket Association handed the contract to Larsen & Turbo (L&T) to begin work for the makeover.
  • October 1, 2017 - the time from which cricket is set to join sports like hockey and football which allows players to be ejected from the field. In the case of cricket, players will be sent off for serious disciplinary breaches like threatening an umpire, physically assaulting a player umpire, official or spectator, or any other act of violence. The recommendations need to be approved by the main MCC committee, which should be a formality. The MCC, headquartered at Lord's in London, is the custodian of the laws of the game.
  • 235 - it is the highest runs ever scored by an Indian cricket captain. These runs were scored recently by Virat Kohli when he scored his 3 double tons against England during the Mumbai Test match recently. With 3 double tons in one year he became the first Indian and 5th batsman in the world to achieve this feat.
  • Jayant Yadav - he scored the first century by a No.9 batsman of India when he scored 104 against England at the Mumbai Test match. Last No.9 to hit a ton against England was Pakistan's Asif Iqbal in 1967.
  • Pankaj Advani - the ace Indian cueist who outclassed Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in the final to win his 11th World Billiards (150-Up format) Championships title, in Bengaluru recently. Advani beat Gilchrist by six games to three in a gripping final contest to wrap up his 16th world title overall.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - the famous football player who claimed a fourth Ballon d'Or award recently after leading Portugal to an emotional European Championship title and Real Madrid to a record-extending Champions League crown in 2016.Ronaldo is one short of the record tally of five awards won by Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who was second with the pair having taken the first two spots since 2011.
Current Affairs[November 2016]
  • Aditi Ashok - she recently became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title. She achieved this feat by winning the Hero Women's Indian Open held at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, Haryana. She won a prize purse of 60,000 dollar. She won the tournament with a score of 3-under-par 213. Her round included birdies on the par-four second and 10th holes and bogeys on the seventh, 13th and 17th. Aditi Ashok is the first and the only Indian golfer who had played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Rio Olympics (2016).
  • P V Sindhu - the India's ace shuttler and Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu who won the $700,000 2016 China Open Super Series title in women's category. It was her maiden Super Series Premier title and first post 2016 Rio Olympics title. In the summit clash held in Fuzhao, Sindhu (World No 11) defeated China's Sun Yu (World No 9) by 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 score.
  • Bangladesh - they recently recorded their first ever Test match victory against England when they won the second Test match by defeating England in the second Test match by 108 runs which was played at Dhaka. It was Bangladesh's first win in the game's long form against a full-strength major Test-playing country. It was also only the eighth Test victory in 95 matches since the country secured Test status in 2000.
  • India - they defeated Pakistan 2-1 in the finals to win the 4th Asian Champions Trophy of hockey at Kuantan, Malaysia. This was the second time India won the title-they won the last title in 2011.
  • Valencia - the place in Spain which was the venue of the 4-nations International Junior Hockey tournament which Indian Junior Hockey team won after defeating Germany 5-2 in the finals recently.
  • Amit Mishra - the Indian spinner who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 5 wickets for 18 runs in the 5thone-day international match against New Zealand played at Vishakhapatnam in which India thrashed New Zealand by 190 runs.
  • Gaurav Gill - the player of Team MRF scripted a momentous chapter in the history of Indian motorsport by sealing the 2016 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship title after he won the Malaysian rally at Johor Bahur. Team MRF also clinched the APRC team championship in the wake of his clean sweep.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin - the premier spinner of India leads the bowler's rankings in the latest ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Off-spinner Ashwin, who became the second fastest to 200 wickets during the Test series against New Zealand, maintained his position with 900 points, with South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn (878) and England's James Anderson (861) completing the top three. Ashwin's spin partner Ravindra Jadeja is at seventh place with 805 points. Ashwin is also leading the all-rounders' table with 451 points, with Jadeja occupying the fifth place position with 292 points.
  • India - they leads the team ranking in the latest ICC Test rankings for teams. India lead the team's table with 115 points ahead of arch rivals Pakistan (111) and Australia (108). England were at fourth place followed by South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe completing the list.
  • Cricket -it became an analogy to highlight the warm ties between India and New Zealand as Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and John Key drew references from the game to stress on the progress made in their bilateral equation, in New Delhi, recently. Both compared the relationship between the two countries to the just concluded India New Zealand series.
  • Sania Mirza - India's tennis star retained her numero uno status in women's doubles for the second consecutive year, despite failing to defend the WTA Finals Singapore title with partner Martina Hingis. During the year, Sania has won titles, including Australian Open with Hingis, Cincinnati Masters with Barbora Strycova. Sania had split with Hingis but they paired up and made an unsuccessful bid to defend the WTA Finals Singapore.
  • Commonwealth Wrestling Championship - the tournament designed for top wrestlers in the Commonwealth of Nations. It is not linked to Commonwealth games, nor has any accreditation with any sports body in any country. In the recently held event in Singapore, India won eight Gold Medals.
  • Aditi Ashok - she became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title. She achieved this feat by winning the Hero Women's Indian Open held at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, Haryana. She won a prize purse of 60,000 dollar. She won the tournament with a score of 3-under-par 213. Her round included birdies on the par-four second and 10th holes and bogeys on the seventh, 13th and 17th. Aditi Ashok is the first and the only Indian golfer who had played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Rio Olympics (2016).
  • Jallikattu - a sport of Tamilnadu is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu on Mattu Pongal day as a part of Pongal celebrations i.e. harvest festival. It is one of the oldest living ancient tradition practiced in the modern era. Jallikattu has been derived from the words 'calli' (coins) and 'kattu' (tie), which means a bundle of coins is tied to the bull's horns. In Sangam literature the sport is called as 'Yeru thazhuvuthal' (means to embrace bulls). In older times Jallikattu was popular amongst warriors during the Tamil classical period. The bull tamer sought to remove this bundle from the animal's head to win gold or silver coins to be called 'brave' and 'valourous'. All castes participate in the event and majority of jallikattu bulls belong to the pulikulam breed of cattle.
  • Lewis Hamilton - the Mercedes Formula One racing driver from England, has won the 2016 Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Brazil. It is his 9th win in 2016 season and the 52nd of his career.

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Current Affairs[October 2016]
  • MS Dhoni - the Indian captain made a record of highest number of sixes in One day International by an Indian. He recently registered his 196th six in ODIs bettering the 195 by Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Virat Kohli - he recently hit his 26th century in One day International cricket. Only three batsmen have managed more centuries in ODIs - Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30) and Sanath Jayasuriya (28). Virat has taken 166 innings for his 26 hundreds - the quickest among the players with 26 centuries or more in ODIs.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - he is the third wicketkeeper of world to complete 9000 runs in ODIs - his tally being 9058 (ave.51.17) in 281 matches - the first two being Adam Gilchrist (9410) and Kumar Sangakkara (13341). Dhoni's feat of reaching the milestone in 244 innings is the quickest by a wicketkeeper - the next two being Sangakkara (252) and Gilchrist (262).
  • Abhijeet Gupta - the chess Grandmaster and Commonwealth champion who created history at the Hoogeveen International chess tournament by becoming the first player ever to win the title twice in a row in the FIDE Open that concluded in the Dutch hamlet. Defending champion Abhijeet lived up to his top billing, and scored 7.5 points out of a possible nine to win the title solely ahead of second placed Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda. It was an Indian sweep as the third and fourth places were bagged by GM M R Lalith Babu and GM M Shyam Sundar respectively.
  • India - they won the 2016 World Cup kabaddi, it's third in a row. They defeated Iran in the finals which was played at Ahmedabad. India defeated Iran 38-29, riding on Ajay Thakur's brilliant performance.
  • India - this country will stage the Under-17 football World Cup from October 6 to 28 next year, the sport's world governing body FIFA announced recently. Kochi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Delhi, Margao and Kolkata have been ratified as venues following inspections by the FIFA delegation.
  • Abhinav Bindra - the Olympic Champion of India who recently set up a High Performance Training centre in India at Mohali. The 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist has helped setting up systems and structures in place which will help athletes assess as well as train, a first in India. The athletes after blocking their slots can train free of cost.
  • Kane Williamson - the captain of New Zealand led from the front with a superb century to help New Zealand edge past India by six runs in the second One-Day International in New Delhi recently. The Black Caps levelled the five-match series 1-1 and in the process also won their first game of the tour. Williamson hit a fluent 118 off 128 balls, laced with 14 boundaries and a six.
  • Luis Suarez - the football player of FC Barcelona is the famous football player who won the Golden Boot Trophy recently. He received a second European Golden Shoe of his career after becoming the leading scorer in Europe's top domestic leagues last season.
  • Swapnil Gugale - the Maharashtra skipper who partnered with Ankit Bawne to post an unbeaten 594-run stand for the third wicket to record the highest partnership in the history of Ranji Trophy and highest in first class cricket. The broke the 70-year-old Indian mark of 577 between Vijay Hazare and Gul Mohammad for Baroda vs. Holkar in the final of 1946-47. It is the second highest partnership in first class cricket, behind only the 624 runs that Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene added in a Test against South Africa.
  • MS Dhoni - the skipper of One Day Internationals of India entered into the record books recently for the second most number of wins by an ODI skipper in the history of the games. This victory was Dhoni's 108th in 195 matches. The top spot still belongs to Ricky Ponting (Australia) with 165 out of 230. Dhoni went past Sri Lanka's Arjuna Ranatunga and is now the most successful Indian ODI skipper in the sub-continent, in fact in all of Asia.
  • Sourabh Varma - he recently clinched the men's singles badminton title at the Chinese Taipei Open after defeating Malaysia's Daren Liew in the summit clash of the $ 55,000 Grand Prix tournament in Taipei City.The 23-year-old from Madhya Pradesh rallied to grab the first two games and emerged victorious after his opponent Liew retired in the third game due to a shoulder injury with the score line reading 12-10, 12-10, 3-3 in the Indian's favour.
  • Hardik Pandya - the bowler who had a dream debut for India when he picked three crucial wickets in the first ODI against New Zealand in Dharamsala. The 23-year old all-rounder, who received the India cap from legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev ahead of the game, also bagged the Man-of-the-Match award for his bowling effort.
  • Saina Nehwal - the Indian shuttler who has been appointed a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission in a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson. The Athletes' Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and it comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members.
  • Bengaluru FC - this club led by Indian captain Sunil Chhetri made it to a historic AFC Cup final by scripting an inspiring 3-1 win over defending champions Johor DarulTa'zim at Bangalore recently. It was a historic day for Indian football as no club from the country has ever made it to the summit clash of the prestigious second-tier continental tournament. The significance of this achievement could be gauged by the fact that only two Indian football clubs -- Dempo Sports Club of Goa and Kolkata giants East Bengal -- had made it to the semifinals of the tournament since its inception.
  • India - this country has decided to use the Decision Review System (DRS) on a trial basis in the upcoming five-test series against England to assess improvements made to the technology. The influential Indian board (BCCI) has long been a staunch opponent of the DRS system, which aims at reducing umpiring howlers by detecting edges and predicting the ball trajectory to ensure correct catch and leg-before decisions. India played in the first series that used DRS against Sri Lanka in 2008 but the BCCI have since refused to allow its use in any bilateral series involving its team.
  • 137th - the rank achieved by Indian football team in their best FIFA ranking in over six years when the side leaped 11 places to be 137th in the list released recently. India, who defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an international friendly in Mumbai in September, garnered 230 points for the month. In August 2010, India were ranked 13 - their best ever stand in FIFA ranking since then.
Current Affairs[September 2016]
  • Stanislas Wawrinka - he defeated top-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 and win the US Open men's singles title 2016 recently for the third Grand Slam title of his career. The 31-year-old Swiss, who defeated Djokovic on his way to winning the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, denied the world number one a third Grand Slam title this year following the Serb's wins in Australia and France. The victory was worth $3.5 million for Wawrinka, who is only missing a Wimbledon victory to complete the coveted career Grand Slam.
  • Angelique Kerber - she defeated Karolina Pliskovato win the US Open women's ingle title.The new world No 1 who upstaged Serena Williams from this rank- Angelique Kerber - lived up to her new billing by outlasting Karolina Pliskova in three gripping sets.
  • Lindsay Tuckett - the world's oldest cricketer who passed recently at the age of 97.Tuckett represented South Africa in nine Test matches against England between 1947 and 1949.The distinction of the oldest surviving cricketer in the world now passes to another South African player, all-rounder Johnny Watkins, who is 93.Having taken a total of 19 international wickets, including two five-wicket hauls, Tuckett became the backbone of the South African pace attack when cricket resumed after the second World War. He is also known for bowling the last over of the dramatic Durban Test against England (Marylebone Cricket Club) in the 1948-49 season, which ended with a two-wicket victory for England, secured off the final ball.
  • Australia - they piled up the highest ever total in a Twenty20 international when they scored 263 against Sri Lanka at Kandy recently. They broke a nine-year record held by Sri Lanka, who scored 260/6 against Kenya in 2007.
  • Ryan Lochte -the swimmer of USA, who was recently slapped with a 10-month suspension by the US Olympic Committee and USA Swimming, following his bogus gunpoint robbery story during a drunken night out at the Rio Olympics. Three other swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigan who were with him in this false alarm were also given four-month suspension.
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan - the famous cricketer of Sri Lanka who announced his retirement from international cricket recently. Inventor of the famous "Dilscoop" ramp shot, Dilshan played the last of his 87 Tests in 2013 before quitting the longer format with 5,492 runs and 39 wickets to his name. The 39-year-old signed off from the shorter formats with over 10,000 runs and 22 centuries in 330 one-day internationals and 80 T20 matches. He is one of only six men to have scored a hundred in all three formats of the game.
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands - the tennis player of US and Czech Lucie Safarova defeated French top seed partnership of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 to win the US Open women's doubles title. With the win, Mattek-Sands and Safarova close in on a career doubles Grand Slam, having hoisted trophies at the Australian and French Open last year.
  • Angelique Kerber - she was recently crowned the new world number one in women's tennis rankings. The 28-year-old became the oldest player to rise to that rank when the new list was published recently capping a memorable summer that also included the Olympic silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and a Wimbledon final appearance.
  • Aleksander Ceferin - the president of Slovenia's football federation, was overwhelmingly elected as the new head of European soccer's governing body UEFA at an extraordinary Congress recently. Ceferin beat Dutchman Michael van Praag, the only other candidate, by 42 votes to 13 and will succeed Frenchman Michel Platini, who announced his resignation in May after being banned from football for four years for ethics violations.
  • Sikki Reddy - she partnered with Pranaav Jerry Chopra to clinch their maiden Grand Prix badminton title, bagging the Brazil Open recently. Indian mixed doubles pair bagged the Brazil Open with a straight games victory over Canadian combo of Toby Ng and Rachel Honderich at Foz do Iguacu in Brazil recently. The top seeded Indian pair, ranked 65, prevailed 21-15, 21-16 over second seeds Toby and Rachel in a 37-minute summit clash at Costa Cavalcante.
  • Anjum Chopra - the Former Indian women's team captain who has been awarded a honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). She is the first Indian woman cricketer to get the prestigious life membership of MCC. The 39-year-old Anjum played 12 Tests, 127 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals for India. She scored 548 runs in Tests with 4 half centuries while in 50 over's format she scored 2856 runs with a century and 18 half-centuries.
  • Mariyappan Thangavelu - the Indian high jumper who scripted history after winning the Gold medal at the Rio Para Olympics recently. The 21-year old cleared 1.89m edging out the US world champion Sam Grewe who cleared 1.86m. Varun Singh Bhati won the bronze medal of the men's high jump event. It is the first time two Indians have won medals in the same event at the Paralympics.
  • Devendra Jhajharia - the Javelin thrower became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record to clinch the top honors at the Rio Games in Rio de Janeiro. Devendra, who won his previous gold in the 2004 Athens Games, bettered his own world record to finish on top in the men's F46 event.
  • Deepa Malik - she created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shot put F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro recently. Deepa's best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal. Bahrain's Fatema Nedham won the gold medal with a best throw of 4.76m, while Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged the bronze medal with a throw of 4.28m.
  • England - this country recently scored the highest One day International score of 444. England amassed a world record One-Day International total of 444 for three as they crushed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge recently. Jos Buttler struck the last ball of the innings for four to take Eoin Morgan's men past Sri Lanka's 443 for nine against Netherlands in July 2006.
  • Shahid Afridi - the Pakistani player with 97 wickets is the highest wicket taker in T20 international matches since the inaugural match in 2005. Pakistan dominate the T20I top wicket-takers list with Shahid Afridi (97), Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal (85 each) occupying the top three places.
  • Courtney Walsh - the famous West Indies fast bowler who has been appointed as the Bangladesh's bowling coach for a three-year period. The 53-year-old Walsh, the most successful bowler from the Caribbean with 519 Test wickets, recently completed his role as a West Indies selector and his contract with Bangladesh runs until the 2019 World Cup in England.
  • KL Rahul - the Indian batsman who scored a century in just 46 balls to equal the record for the second fastest century of T20. South African Faf du Plessis has scored a T20 ton in 46balls and South African Richard Levi holds the record for the fastest T20 hundred in 45 balls. This was his maiden T20 century in just his fourth T20match.
  • Saketh Myneni - the only Indian who was in fray in the US Open men's single tennis tournament. He went down fighting to world No. 49 Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic in a five-set thriller in the first round of the men's singles at the 2016 US Open in New York recently. He is the first Indian since Yuki Bhambri, who featured in the 2015 and 2016 Australian Open first round, to make it to the main draw of a Grand Slam event.
  • CRPF - the country's largest paramilitary force which appointed Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu as its brand ambassador and confer the honorary rank of Commandant on her. The Central Reserve Police Force also has the credit of raising the first all-women's battalion in a central paramilitary or a police force way back in 1987 and at present has four such contingents, with three in active duty.
  • Yogeshwar Dutt - the Indian wrestler whose London Olympic Games men's 60kg freestyle bronze medal has upgraded to silver. The development came after the silver medalist from the 2012 Games -- deceased Besik Kudukhov of Russia -- was stripped off his medal for using banned substance. As per Russian agency flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Kudukhov, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, has been found positive for dope test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency. As a result, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men's 60kg freestyle category in London Games, moved up from bronze to silver and join Sushil Kumar as another silver medalist from the 2012 Olympics.
  • Jasprit Bumrah - India's young fast bowler who added his name to the record books after capturing the most T20 International wickets in a calendar year. Bumrah, who only made his T20I debut in January against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, has taken 28 wickets for India in the game's shortest format from 21 matches. Former Australia quick Dirk Nannes was the previous record holder, having taken 27 wickets in 14 matches in 2010.
  • Mann Kaur
  • - the 100-year-old Indian runner was in the news recently after she picked up a gold medal in the 100-metre race at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, Canada. Hailing from Chandigarh she completed the race in a minute and a half to claim the gold medal -- she was the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for senior athletes.
  • Four - the number of athletes who were for the first time presented with the country's highest sporting honour, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2016. The last time the sports ministry made an exception with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was back in 2009 when for the first time three athletes-Sushil Kumar, Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom -were conferred the award. This year award was given to Rio Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai.
Current Affairs[August 2016]
  • Novak Djokovic - the tennis player of Serbia who won the men's singles title of Rogers Cup after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in Toronto recently. Djokovic clinched his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. He also became the first four-time winner of the Rogers Cup.
  • Tuvalu - the country which is being represented by the smallest delegation of just one person in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sprinter Etimoni Timuani will carry the flag at the opening ceremony for the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu, the smallest delegation at Games in Rio de Janeiro. Comprising of just nine islands, Tuvalu ranks as the fourth smallest country on the planet in terms of land mass, and was formerly known as the Ellice Islands before gaining independence from Great Britain in 1978.
  • Gaurika Singh - she is the youngest athlete at Rio 2016. She is just 13-year-old, lives in London and will represent Nepal at the Olympic Games. She will compete in the women's 100m backstroke. Her personal best is one minute, 8.12 seconds. The fastest competitor in the event, London 2012 silver medallist Emily Seebohm of Australia, is 11 years older than Singh and enters the heats with the top time of 58.26 seconds.
  • 206 - the number of countries which are participating in the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio, Brazil. There are a total of 306 events in 42 disciplines which are being played at 37 venues with 11,239 participants.
  • Virginia Thrasher - the player of USA who won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after she won the women's 10m air rifle event. Being the first champion of the 2016 fames she was awarded the medal by IOC President Thomas Bach.
  • Roston Chase - he was adjudged Man-of-the-match for his all-round show in the second Test match between West Indies and India at Jamaica. He took 5-121 with his off-spin in the India innings, before showing his class with the bat when he scored a century. He became just the fourth West Indies player to score a century and take five wickets in the same Test, and the first to do so in 50 years. Gary Sobers, the only player to accomplish the feat twice, last achieved that double in 1966.
  • Rangana Herath - he is the Sri Lankan bowler who recently claimed a hat trick. He became only the second Sri Lankan cricketer to claim a Test hat-trick on the second morning of the second Test against Australia recently. The left-arm spinner dismissed Adam Voges, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc off successive deliveries to achieve the feat in the second match of the three-test series at Galle as the visitors folded for 106 in 33.2 overs, their lowest score against Sri Lanka, who grabbed a 175-run first innings lead. Former paceman Nuwan Zoysa was the first Sri Lankan to claim a Test hat-trick, against Zimbabwe in a 1999 match at Harare.
  • KL Rahul - he became the first Indian opener to score ton on debut in West Indies. The previous highest was 96 scored by Ajay Jadeja in St John's in 1997. KL Rahul became the fifth Indian player to score a hundred in his maiden innings in West Indies. His knock of 158 is the highest among the five.
  • Abhinav Bindra - India's only individual Olympic gold medalist who was India's flag bearer at the Rio Olympics 2016. He is representing India in his fifth Olympics.
  • Leander Paes - India's ace tennis player earned the distinction of representing India in maximum number of the Olympic Games. Rio is his 7th games, one more than shooter Randhir Singh.
  • Dipa Karmakar - the Indian gymnast who scripted history as she became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the qualifying round in Rio de Janeiro recently. The Tripura-girl, who is the country's first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated 'Produnova' vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts.
  • Talimeran Ao - he was the flag bearer of independent India's first contingent at the Olympic Games. The Nagaland-born-football team captain was the flag bearer at the 1948 Olympic Games at London, the first to be held after a gap of 14 years on account of the Second World War.
  • Shiny Wilson - she was the first Indian woman flag bearer at the Olympic Games. In 1992 at Barcelona the athlete earned this great distinction.
  • Nita Ambani - she is the first Indian woman to be elected as International Olympic Committee member. An Indian businesswoman and owner of the Mumbai Indians Indian Premier League franchise, she was among eight new members elected to the IOC recently on the eve of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The eight new members bring the total number of IOC members to 98.
  • Produnova - the high risk vault which was performed by India's gymnast Dipa Karmakar in the finals at Rio Olympics 2016. It is named after Russian gymnast Yelena Produnova who was the first person to execute the vault in 1999. It is so risky that only four gymnasts have tried it since.
  • R. Ashwin- the Indian all-rounder recently scored his fourth Test hundred, off 265 balls, and indeed his fourth against the same opposition, West Indies. He joined a select group of players - Richie Benaud (vs South Africa in 1957-58), Tony Greig (vs West Indies in 1973-74) and Ian Botham (vs Australia in 1981) - to take multiple five-wicket hauls and score multiple hundreds in the same Test series.
  • Carlos Brathwaite- the all-rounder who has been named as the new captain of West Indies T-20 team. West Indies axed their two-time World Twenty20 winning captain Darren Sammy and put fellow all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite in charge for two matches against India to be played recently in Florida.
  • Kohei Uchimura - the player of Japan who became the first gymnast in 44 years to win back-to-back Olympic all around titles recently. Uchimura became only the fourth man, and the first since his compatriot Sawao Kato in 1972, to win successive golds in the event that tests skills across six apparatus. He won with a total of 92.365. Max Whitlock become the first British man in over a century to win a medal in the event after picking up bronze with a total of 90.641.
  • Golf - the game which returned to the Olympics after a gap of 112 years. Golf was featured in the Summer Olympic Games official programme in 1900 and 1904. At the IOC session in Copenhagen in October 2009, the IOC decided to reinstate this event for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Michael Phelps - he equaled the oldest record of sports, 2160 years old record when he chalked up his 12th individual Olympic swimming gold medal. Leonidas, a runner who competed between 164 and 152 BC according to Olympic historians, is the only other athlete to have won 12 solo titles. There is plenty of documentary evidence to attest to the dominance of Phelps, winner of a record 21+ golds and 25 medals in an astonishing career spanning five Games that is far from finished. The achievements of Leonidas rely on somewhat sketchier accounts, provided much later by Philostratus the Athenian and Pausanias who hailed the runner's 12 victories through four Olympiads.
  • Hanif Mohammad - the famous Pakistani cricketer also known as 'Little Master' who lasted 970 minutes in what is still the longest innings in Test history died recently in his home town in Karachi.
  • Joseph Schooling - the swimmer from Singapore who beat swimming great Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly to win the first Olympic Gold Medal for his country. This was in news as a young boy Schooling met Phelps in 2008 and his photo with Phelps still inspires him.
  • Lionel Messi - the famous football player of Argentina who recently reconsidered his decision to quit as international player and announced that he will continue playing for Argentina's national team.
  • Belgium - it is the country which defeated India in the quarterfinals of the men's hockey at Rio Olympics. Eight-times gold medalist India thus blew away a great opportunity to create history after a hiatus of 36 years to climb the medal podium. Belgium on the other hand, scripted history as they progressed to the semifinals of the Olympics after a gap of 96 years.
  • 0.15 - it is the points by which Dipa Karmakar of India lost the bronze medal in the women's vault final gymnastic at the Rio Olympics. The 23-year old Dipa, who had become the first Indian woman gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics, scored an average of 15.066 points, a mere 0.15 less than the eventual bronze winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216) of Switzerland.
  • Sakshi Malik - Indian women wrestler scripted history by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal and only fourth female athlete from the country to climb to the podium at the biggest sporting event. The 23-year-old from Haryana, a silver medalist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and bronze winner at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, earned a dramatic come-from-behind 8-5 win over Kyrgysztan's Aisuluu Tynybekova to win the bronze medal in the Women's Freestyle 58 kg.
  • Nozomi Okuhara - this badminton player of Japan was defeated by P V Sindhu in the semifinal at the Rio Olympic Games recently to make her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final at the Olympics in the women's singles. The two-time World Championships bronze medalist scored a sensational 21-19, 21-10 victory over the All England champion in 49 minutes. She won silver medal after she lost to two-time World champion and top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in the finals.
  • Repechage - it is a French word which means second chance. This word came into news recently after under this the Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik got another chance to fight for bronze medal which she won. Under 'repechage' all the players defeated by the finalists on the way to finals get a chance to fight for bronze medal.
  • USA - it is the country which won its 1, oooth gold medal in Olympics history when the American's women team won the 4x100 metre medley relay race. Of the 1,000 gold medals, more than half have come from track and field (323) and swimming (246).
  • Sri Lanka - they completed a rare 3-0 sweep over Australia after left-arm spinner Rangana Herath with 7 wickets for just 64spun the hosts to a comprehensive 163-run victory in the final test in Colombo recently. Herath claimed a 13-wicket match haul to bag the man-of-the-match award while his 28 wickets from three tests also made him the obvious choice for the man-of-the-series award. Sri Lanka clinched the Warne-Muralitharan trophy in emphatic style.
  • United States - they achieved the 100 metres hurdles event's first ever Olympic podium sweep when all the three medals were won by athletes from this country itself at the Rio Olympics 2016. Brianna Rollins won the gold in a time of 12.48 seconds leading compatriots Nia Ali won silver with 12.59 seconds and Kristi Castlin won the bronze with 12.61 seconds.
  • Argentina - they defeated Belgium to claim the Olympic title and win their country's first Games medal in men's hockey. Long playing in the shadow of a much-celebrated women's team, Argentina's men will leave Rio with their first Olympic hockey medal. Belgium's sliver was their best finish at the Games in 96 years. They last took home bronze in Antwerp in 1920.
  • David Rudisha - the athlete from Kenya who became the first man in 52 years to clinch back-to-back 800m titles in the Olympics when he won the title at Rio Olympics with a timing of 1minute 42 seconds. The last man to win consecutive 800mtitles was New Zealand's Peter Snell in 1960 and 1964.
  • Joao Havelange - the former President of FIFA for two decades who transformed soccer's governing body into a multibillion-dollar business died recently. He oversaw six World Cups in 24-year term as FIFA President and led the number of team expansion in World Cup from 16 to 32 teams.
  • 67th - the final position achieved by India with one silver and one bronze in the medal tally of Rio Olympics. USA finished at the top of the medals tally with 121 medals which included 46 gold, 37silver and 38 bronze.
  • CAS - stands for Court of Arbitration for Sport. This was in the news recently after it set aside the decision of the Indian doping body NADA and slapped a four year ban on Narsingh Yadav.
  • Sakshi Malik - the Indian wrestler who won the India' s first medal was the country' s flag bearer during the closing ceremony of Rio Olympics.
  • Jitu Rai - the ace shooter of India has been conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting award. The other winners of this award are Olympic medalists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik alongside trail-blazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar. The Keel Rant Award is given for spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years. Apart from a medal and citation, the Keel Ratna awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh.
  • Lalita Babar - the long distance runner of India who stood 10th in the 3000m steeplechase at the Rio Olympics 2016 has been selected for this year Arjuna Award. The sports ministry announced 15 athletes for this year's Arjuna Award. The Arjuna Award is given for consistent performance over four years. Arjuna awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.
  • Bishweshwar Nandi - the name of coach of famous Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar who has been conferred with the famous Dronacharya Award. This year's Dronacharya Award will be conferred on six coaches, the most notable among others are India Test team captain Virat Kohli's mentor Raj Kumar Sharma, Nagapuri Ramesh (athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (boxing), Pradeep Kumar (swimming, lifetime) and Mahabir Singh (wrestling, lifetime). The Dronacharya Award is given to coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events. Dronacharya Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.
  • The Punjabi University, Patiala - this university was awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16.The overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is presented the MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs 10 lakh and certificates.
  • Port of Spain - the venue of the fourth and final Test match between India and West Indies which was washed out after only 22 overs of play on the opening day after which four successive days were lost to a wet outfield. It is the third shortest match ever in the history of Test cricket. India ended up losing the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings. The draw benefitted Pakistan, who replaced India at the top of the ICC Test rankings, reaching the coveted position for the first time ever.
  • Pink - the colour of the ball which is being used in the day-night Duleep Trophy by the Indian Cricket Board for the first time on an experiment basis. Rs.8000 is the cost of the pink Test ball, almost four times the cost of its red variant. Adelaide hosted the first pink-ball Test in November 2015 between Australia and New Zealand. The original colour of the ball was red and it was used for Tests, first-class cricket and ODI' s with swing and seam movement. The white ball was introduced in World series Cricket in Australia by Kerry Packer in 1977. In 2009 Marylebone Cricket Club picked pink as best suited for D/N Tests.
Current Affairs[July 2016]
  • Dutee Chand - she became the first Indian in 36 years to complete in 100m race at the Olympics when she defied all odds to qualify for the women's 100 metres event at the Rio Olympics recently. She broke her own national record with a timing of 11.30 seconds in the heats at the 26th G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan to win the berth. P.T.Usha who competed at the 1980 Olympics was the last to represent India in this event.
  • Serena Williams - she defeated Angelique Kerber to win the Wimbledon tennis women's single title 2016. This was her 7th Wimbledon title and she also equaled the record of 22 Grand Slam victories of Steffi Graf.
  • Portugal - this country defeated France to win the Euro Cup 2016. Substitute Eder scored in extra time to secure Portugal's first European Championship title after they overcame the early loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over hosts France recently.
  • Lionel Messi - the famous footballer of Argentina who along with his father was recently sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud. The Barcelona court found the Barcelona star and his father guilty of three counts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million). However these two sentences are likely to be suspended as in Spain, sentences of less than two years for first offences are usually suspended, and meaning neither will go to jail.
  • Andy Murray - he won the men's singles Wimbledon tennis title 2016. He defeated Milos Raonic in the finals to claim a second Wimbledon title.
  • Antoine Griezmann - the player of France who was awarded the Golden Boot for his 6 goals in the Euro Cup football 2016 championship which concluded recently. Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Oliver Giroud of France followed with 3 goals each.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq - the Pakistan captain became the oldest player to score a Test century for 82 years, when he scored an unbeaten 110 runs against England at Lord's recently. The 42-year old, who was playing his first Test on England soil, celebrated his 10th Test century by doing press-ups at the 'home of cricket'. In 1934, England's Patsy Hendren had scored a century against Australia and still holds the record for being the oldest player to score a Test century.
  • Golf - this game is being re-introduced in the Olympics after a gap of 112 years. While the men's competition will be staged at the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janerio from August 11-14, the women's event will begin on August 17, 2016.
  • PR Sreejesh -he was appointed as the captain of the Indian's men hockey team for the Rio Olympics. He also captained Indian team during the recently concluded Champions Trophy. The experienced goalkeeper is the first hockey player from Kerala to lead the national team at the Olympics. S V Sunil has been named as the deputy to Sreejesh.
  • Sushila Chanu - she was appointed as the captain of the Indian's women hockey team for the Rio Olympics. She replaced Ritu Rani who was dropped on grounds of poor form and attitude. Goalkeeper Deepika Kumari will be Chanu's deputy.
  • Vijender Singh -the Indian boxer who defeated Australia's Kerry Hope to win WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight title.
  • D Harika - the Grandmaster of India who won her maiden Fide Women's GP title in Chengdu, China. K Humpy finished second which made a rare one-two for India in the women's GP series. Both tallied seven points in the 11 rounds but Harika edged on the tie break.
  • South Korea - this country was defeated by India in the Asia Oceania Davis Cup tennis match played recently at Chandigarh. It ensured that India has now qualified for the World Group play-offs.
  • India Gate, New Delhi - the place from where the Great India run was flagged off on 17th July 2016. The 1480-km run from Delhi to Mumbai features 15 top ultra-marathoners of the world and is claimed to be Asia's longest. The run spread over 21 days will pass through Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra before concluding on 6th August 2016 at Gateway of India, Mumbai.
  • Saurav Ghosal - he won the men's title at the 73rd Squash Nationals which was played recently at Mumbai. He won the national title for the 11th time to surpass RK Narpat Singh's record of ten titles that he won between 1946 and 1955.
  • Dipika Palikal - she won the women's title at the 73rd Squash Nationals which was played recently at Mumbai. This was Dipika's second national title.
  • Yasir Shah - the leg spinner of Pakistan who topped the International Cricket Council(ICC) Test rankings after his heroics in the Lord's Test victory against England. The 30-year-old, who picked up 10 wickets to guide his side to a 75-run victory over England in the first Test, is followed by India's off-spinner R Ashwin and the England pace duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He also became the first Pakistani bowler in 20 years to top the ICC Test rankings. Mushtaq Ahmed was the last bowler from Pakistan to top the rankings since in December 1996.
  • Russia - the country on which the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided not impose a blanket ban for next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record. However it said that it will leave decisions on individual athletes' participation with their sports federations. The IOC's announcement follows the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) call for a Rio ban in response to the independent McLaren report that found evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
  • Sania Mirza - the sportsperson whose autobiography 'Ace against Odds' was recently launched at a function in Mumbai. The legend Indian tennis player, Sania has penned the biography at the age of 29.
  • Navjyot Singh Sidhu - the veteran cricketer and three-time Amritsar MP who resigned from Rajya Sabha recently. He was MP from Amritsar from 2004 to 2014.
  • Lodha Committee - the committee whose recommendations on the functioning of the Board of Control of Cricket in India were accepted by The Supreme Court recently. As per the recommendations there will be no minister in BCCI and age cap of 70 has been accepted for officials. It also accepted the recommendations of 'One state-One vote'.
  • Mohammed Shahid - the India's former hockey captain, who won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games died at a Gurgaon hospital recently.
  • Virat Kohli - the Indian Test match skipper who recently completed 3000 Tests runs while playing 1st Test match against West Indies at Antigua recently. It was his maiden hundred in the Caribbean Islands and his fifth as captain of the Indian team.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin - he was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his century and 7 for 83 in the first Test against West Indies at Antigua. It was Ashwin's first five-wicket haul outside the subcontinent. India recorded their biggest ever win outside the subcontinent by thumping the West Indies by an innings and 92 runs in the first Test at Antigua. The off-spinner also became the first Indian to score a hundred and take a fifer in the same Test on two different occasions.
  • Narsingh Yadav - the wrestler who was in the news recently after he failed a dope test conducted by NADA, which casts serious doubts on his participation in the 74kg freestyle category at the Rio Olympics.
  • James Anderson - the star England paceman who recently broke Australian legend Glenn McGrath's record for number of wickets by a pacer in home conditions. Anderson, who claimed four wickets in England's thumping victory against Pakistan in the second Test, has now 291 wickets at home. The England pacer overcomes McGrath's long-standing record of 289 wickets that he took in Australia. However, Anderson remains a long way behind Muthiah Muralidaran's overall record of 493 wickets at home, with fellow spinners Anil Kumble (350) and Shane Warne (319) also ahead of Anderson.
  • Pallekele - the place in SriLanka which was the venue of the first cricket Test match in which the hosts defeated the top ranked Australia by 106 runs. Australia for the first time have now lost seven successive Tests in the subcontinent.
  • Neeraj Chopra - the player from India who set a world record in javelin throw during the IAAF World U20 Championships at the Zawisza Stadium in Poland. He threw his spear at a record-breaking distance of 86.48m and became the first Indian world champion in athletics at any level.
  • Mumbai 5's - they defeated Kochi 5's to win the inaugural edition of Premier Futsal football championship played at Mapusa, Goa.
  • Mohammed Shami - the Indian fast bowler who equaled the record for the fastest 50 Test wickets by an Indian fast bowler. Venkatesh Prasad is the only other Indian pacer to pick 50 wickets in 13 Tests. Overall, seven Indian bowlers have taken 50 test wickets in fewer matches but all have been spinners.
  • 6 - it is the number of dismissals effected by Indian wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha in the first innings of the Antigua Test against West Indies. For India, Syed Kirmani and MS Dhoni are the only other wicket keepers to effect six dismissals in an innings. Saha, is also the first Indian wicket-keeper to be associated in the dismissals of the top five batsmen in Test innings.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin - the Indian off-spinner surged to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after a superb outing in the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua which the visiting side won by an innings and 92 runs. Ashwin, who was top-ranked in the 2015 year-ending rankings, not only regained the top spot with his second-innings haul of seven for 83 but has also gained in the batsmen's rankings with a knock of 113 and resultantly strengthened his grip on the top spot among all-rounders.
  • Patna Pirates - the reigning champion defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers 37-29 to win the 4th Pro Kabaddi League. The finals was played at Gachibowli Indoor stadium in Hyderabad. Puneri Paltan defeated Telgu Titans to win the third place.
Current Affairs[June 2016]
  • Boxing - the sports with which Muhammad Ali, one of the world's greatest athletes, who transcended his sport, race and politics who died recently was related. Born Caussius Marcellus Clay on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Ali began boxing at the age of 12 itself.
  • France - the country which is hosting the EURO 2016 football tournament.
  • Maria Sharapova - the Russian former world number one who has been given a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) following her positive test for the banned drug meldonium at this year's Australian Open. Meldonium was added to WADA's list of banned substances at the start of the year after evidence that it boosted blood flow and enhanced athletic performance. Sharapova is the world's highest-paid female athlete. Her career earnings amount to $36 million while her off-court earnings, according to Forbes, are around $200 million.
  • Laos - this country was defeated by India in one of the biggest ever wins and to help India book a berth in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football Qualifiers. The victory and a berth in the Asian Cup Qualifiers will ease a lot of pressure on Coach Stephen Constantine whose future has been under a scanner after a string of poor shows by the national team.
  • Sun Yu - the badminton player of China was defeated by Saina Nehwal in the finals to win the Australian Open badminton title. It is Saina's second Australian Open victory, having clinched the title in 2014 as well.
  • KL Rahul - he became the first Indian player to score an ODI century on debut when he scored an unbeaten 100 against Zimbabwe in the first ODI at Harare. He is the 11th player overall to do so. He is also the first player to score a century in both Tests and ODIs in his maiden innings as opener. India defeated Zimbabwe by 9 wickets in this match.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - he became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to complete 350 dismissals in 50 over's cricket. Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the fourth wicketkeeper in the world to effect 350 dismissals in One-day Internationals, while widening the gap further with his India predecessors. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has taken 261 catches and effected 89 stumpings in 278 matches. He is now placed fourth in the overall list behind Kumar Sangakkara (482 victims), Adam Gilchrist (472) and Mark Boucher (424 victims).
  • Cleveland Cavaliers - the basketball team which won the NBA basketball championship for their first ever Larry O'Brien trophy. They ended their 52-year old drought in major sports championship and it is also their first NBA title. They also became the first team to comeback after trailing 3-1 in the finals. The Most Valuable Player for the team was LeBron James who led the charges for Cavaliers with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists-his 7th triple double in the NBA finals. Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Golden State Warriors 93-89 in the finals.
  • Chile - the country which upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final to retain their title in the world's oldest continental soccer competition. Chile earned themselves bragging rights as South America's dominant team as they beat heavyweights Argentina 4-2 on penalties for a second straight year to win their second Copa America title. The Centenary Copa America was played in the United States for the first time this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Copa America in 1916.The tournament was expanded to 16 teams, 10 from South America and six from the CONCACAF region of North and Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Lionel Messi - the 29 year old famous football player from Argentina announced his retirement from international soccer after Argentina lost to Chile in Copa America final recently. Argentina lost to Chile 4-2 on penalties. Messi, who took the first penalty for Argentina, missed the goal. This is the seventh straight loss for Argentina in major international tournaments including Copa America, Confederations Cup and Fifa World Cup. Messi has suffered agonizing defeats in the 2014 World Cup final against Germany and to the Chileans last year.
  • India - this country won silver medal in the Champions trophy hockey championship played at London recently. They were defeated by Australia 1-3 in the shootout which was marred by controversy. This was India's best performance in Champions Trophy, bettering the bronze in 1982.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - the Indian cricket captain who equalled Australian great Ricky Ponting's record of leading the side in 324 international matches across all formats. Dhoni achieved the milestone during the third and final Twenty20 International against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. Dhoni, who was appointed captain in 2007, has led India in 60 Tests, 194 ODIs and 70 T20 Internationals. The 34-year-old is also India's most successful captain ever, having overseen 27 Test match victories, 107 ODI wins and 40 T20 successes. During his nine-year tenure, Dhoni has guided India to title triumphs in the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013) besides leading the side to the top of the ICC Test rankings.
  • Anil Kumble - the former India captain was named as India's new cricket coach. The Board of Control for Cricket in India made the announcement in Dharamsala recently on the sidelines of the Board's Working Committee meeting. The BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee comprising three of India's greats -- Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and V V S Laxman -- were entrusted the job of picking the right candidate for the top post.

Sports Current Affairs 2016

Current Affairs[May 2016]
  • Leicester City - they won the English Premier League for the first time in the club's 132-year history. Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA).The 29-year-old has scored 22 league goals to help fire his team from 5,000-1 outsiders to odds-on favourites to win the Premier League title for the first time this season.
  • Sachin Tendulkar - the cricket legend who has accepted the Indian Olympic Association's invitation to become a goodwill ambassador for the country at the upcoming Rio Olympics. He is the third goodwill ambassador roped in by the IOA after Bollywood actor Salman Khan and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra.
  • Michel Platini - he resigned from the post of President of UEFA after his appeal against a ban from football activities failed though it was cut to four years. He has been UEFA president since 2007 and the FIFA ban upheld the Court of Arbitration of Sport effectively ended his career, one of the most powerful figures in sports.
  • Novak Djokovic - the tennis player who defeated Andy Murray to win the Madrid Open men's tennis title which helped him to clinch a record 29th Masters title.
  • Tony Cozier - the legendary West Indian commentator passed away recently. Winston Anthony Cozier was born in July 1940 in Barbados. An icon in international cricket commentary, Cozier was widely regarded as the voice of West Indian cricket.
  • Tokyo - this city has been selected as host of 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee awarded the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 to Tokyo, which was chosen over fellow Candidate Cities Istanbul and Madrid after two rounds of voting during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires. The games are planned to be held from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo. The city was announced as the host at the 125thIOC Session in Buenos Aires on 7 September 2013.Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics, and in 2020 will become the fifth city (and the first in Asia) to host the Summer Olympic Games more than once. Tokyo will also be hosting the 2020 Summer Paralympics.
  • Real Madrid - the Spanish football giants retained top spot on a list of the world's most valuable football teams for a fourth consecutive year, according to a Forbes poll released recently. Barcelona was second on the list with a value of $3.5 billion, also up 12 percent from last year.Manchester United ($3.3 billion), Bayern Munich ($2.7 billion) and Arsenal ($2 billion)rounded out the top five.
  • Barcelona - the club which defeated Granada to win the La Liga title which made them the champions of Spain. Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick to help the defending champion Barcelona clinch their 24th La Liga title. He scored 40 goals in 35 games to become the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to finish as La Liga top scorer since 2009.
  • Andy Murray - the tennis player of Great Britain defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia in straight sets in the final of the Italian Open in Rome recently.No British man had won the Italian title since 1931 and the triumph gives the world number three Murray a major boost before the second of the season's grand slams, the French Open, starts next week.
  • Serena Williams - she overcame a stubborn effort from Madison Keys to win the first all-American women's tour final for four years in straight sets and lift the Italian Open title in Rome on Sunday.It was Williams's fourth title triumph in Rome in 14 years, her 70th career title in all and her first since winning in Cincinnati nine months ago.
  • Sania Mirza - the India's tennis star who along with her Swiss partner Martina Hingis won their first ever title on red clay, capturing the Internazionali BNL d'Italia trophy with a win over Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final in Rome. This was their 14th title as a pair, and their fifth of 2016.
  • Sevilla - the Spanish football club defeated Liverpool 3-1 to clinch a record third successive Europa League title recently. Sevilla captain Coke lifted the trophy at Basel's St Jakob-Park having been the architect of their heroics, scoring twice in the match against Liverpool.
  • RH Shodhan - better known as Deepak Shodan is India's oldest ex-Test cricketer who passed away recently. Shodan was India's first batsman to score a century to debut in the first innings of a Test. He accomplished the feat against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in December 1952.
  • India - the country which won the silver medal in the women's Asian Team Squash championship played recently at Taipei. The championship was won by Malaysia. India's performance was better than their bronze medal finish in the earlier edition of the championship.
  • Anurag Thakur - he was recently unanimously elected as the second youngest BCCI President post-Independence, while Ajay Shirke was chosen as Secretary .The 41-year-old Thakur replaced Shashank Manohar who quit the position to take up the ICC chairman's job.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - he will lead the Indian team for the coming limited over's tour of Zimbabwe. The national team is scheduled to play a series consisting of three One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe, beginning on June 11th, before traveling to the Caribbean Islands for a four-Test series in July-August.
  • Denmark - the country which won the Thomas Cup for 2016, the world badminton championship. They defeated Indonesia to secure their first world badminton team championship and also became the first European team to win the Thomas Cup.
  • Sanjay Bangar - former India and Railways all-rounder was recently named coach of the national cricket team for the upcoming tour to Zimbabwe. The Indian cricket team is slated to play three T20s and as many ODIs in Zimbabwe, starting June 11. The team will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad - the team which won the cricket Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. They defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the finals by 8 runs to clinch first IPL title at Bengaluru recently.
Current Affairs[April 2016]
  • Afghanistan - the team defeated West Indies by six runs in the group phase at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. The Afghanistan team which was one of the qualifiers in the Super10 phase impressed everyone by their play and lion-hearted effort in each of their match.
  • Victoria Azarenka - the tennis player of Belarus defeated Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the Miami Open women's singles title.
  • Ratchanok Intanon - the player from Thailand pocketed her second India Open Super Series title with a straight game victory over Olympic champion Li Xuerui at New Delhi recently. The men's crown was claimed by Kento Momota of Japan.
  • Novak Djokovic - the World No.1 tennis player won his third consecutive Miami Open crown with victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori. Djokovic's win-his sixth career victory in Miami equaled the Andre Agassi record and helped him in surpassing Roger Federer as the highest earning player in ATP Tour history.
  • Australia - they won the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament. They defeated India 4-0 at Ipoh, Malaysia to lift the Sultan Azlan Shah trophy.
  • Ratchanok Intanon - the badminton player from Thailand pocketed her second India Open Super Series title with a straight game victory over Olympic champion Li Xuerui at New Delhi recently. The men's crown was claimed by Kento Momota of Japan.
  • Novak Djokovic - the World No.1 tennis player who won his third consecutive Miami Open crown with victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori. Djokovic's win-his sixth career victory in Miami equaled the Andre Agassi record and helped him in surpassing Roger Federer as the highest earning player in ATP Tour history.
Current Affairs[March 2016]
  • Bangladesh - the cricket team was not able to win a single match in the Final Super 10 matches of the World Cup T20. Bangladesh was one of the qualifiers to the Super 10 stage. The other qualifier to the Super 10 stage, Afghanistan defeated West Indies to win one match and finish with 2 points.
  • England - the country which won the first semifinal of the World Cup T20. They defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets in the first semifinal played at New Delhi. England opener Jason Roy was adjudged Man of the Match for his 44 ball 78 runs.
  • West Indies - they defeated India by 7 wickets in the second semifinals of the World Cup T20 played at Mumbai. Lend Simmons was awarded Man of the Match for his unbeaten 83 runs off 51 balls. They will meet England in the finals of the World Cup T20 to be played at Kolkata on 3rd April, 2016. West Indies defeated England to lift the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016.
  • Australia - they were defeated by West Indies team to win their maiden Women's title of ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016.
  • Carlos Brathwaite - he hit the winning four consecutive sixes foe West Indies in the finals of the World Cup Twenty20 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He took three English wickets and with 19 needed in the final over hit four consecutive sixes to steer his team to victory.
  • New Zealand - the team which along with India qualified from Group 2 and West Indies and England qualified from Group 1for the semifinals of the 2016 World Cup T20. The first semifinal will be played between New Zealand and England at New Delhi on 30th March 2016 while the second semifinal will be played between West Indies and India on 31st March 2016 at Mumbai.
  • Amitabh Bachchan - the Indian super star sang the National Anthem before the historical India-Pakistan at Eden Gardens during the T20 World Cup recently. The Pakistani national song was sung by famous Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali. India beat their arch rivals by six wickets to maintain their all-win record against Pakistan in the World Cup.
  • Virat Kohli - the Indian vice-captain made an unbeaten 51 ball 82 runs to steer India to six wickets victory in the last league match against Australia at Mohali. This victory steered India into the semifinals of T20 World Cup.
  • Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia - he recently won the Indian Open Golf Championship which was played at New Delhi. The defending champion Anirban Lahiri settled for the tied second spot.
  • Gurmmet Singh - he created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to clinch a gold medal in the Asian 20km Race Walk Championship as he won the men's event with his season's best efforts recently. He defeated Japan's Isamu Fujisawa in a close fight in the last 5km.
  • HS Prannoy - the Indian badminton player who defeated Marc Zwiebler of Germany to win the Swiss Open Badminton men's title. This was his second Grand Prix title as he has won the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold in 2014.
  • Virat Kohli - India's ace batsman who was awarded Man of the Match award in the match against Pakistan at Eden Gardens during the World Cup Twenty20 which India won by 6-wickets. He has scored 3 consecutive half centuries against Pakistan in the last three editions of the World T20.
  • Chris Gayle - the West Indies opener smashes 100 off 47 balls to score the first century of the sixth Twenty20 World Cup. His efforts helped his team chase down 183 to beat England by six wickets in Mumbai. Gayle took 47 balls to reach his ton which is the joint third fastest in T20 internationals. The fastest are by Richard Levi (SA)-45 balls, Faf du Plessis (SA)-46balls, Aaron Finch (Aus)-47 balls.
  • Maria Sharapova-the tennis legend who was recently suspended for testing positive for drugs. The five times Grand Slam champion and the highest paid female athlete was banned on March 12, 2016 for testing positive for the recently prohibited drug 'Meldonium' at the Australian Open. The drug was added to the Prohibited list of 2016 on January 1 after being on the World Anti-Doping agency (WADA) monitoring list of 2015.
  • Bangladesh-this country along with Afghanistan from the qualifiers qualified for the main draw of ICC T20 World Cup.
  • Tamim Iqbal-he became the first cricketer from Bangladesh to score a century in Twenty20 format as he led his side to the World T20 Super 10s.
  • Martin Crowe - the former New Zealand cricket captain who died recently after a long battle with cancer.
  • Virat Kohli - the Indian batsman who won the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 56 to enable India defeat Sri Lanka by five wickets which enabled India to enter the final of the Asia Cup cricket.
  • Mumbai - they defeated Madhya Pradesh to bag the under-23 CK Nayudu cricket trophy.
  • Jitu Rai - the Indian shooter who clinched the gold in the 50m pistol at the ISSF World Cup in Bangkok recently.
  • Patna Pirates - they defeated U Mumba 31-28to win the Pro Kabaddi League final at New Delhi.
  • India - they clinched the Asia Cup trophy for record sixth time after beating hosts Bangladesh by eight wickets.
Current Affairs[February 2016]
  • Australia- they reached the top Test rankings with a 2-0 series victory over New Zealand recently.
  • Rohit Sharma- he was awarded Man of the Match for his 83 off balls in the first match of Asia Cup in which India defeated Bangladesh by 45 runs at Mirpur, Bangladesh.
  • India- they stood second in the ICC Test championship while South Africa and Pakistan came third and fourth respectively.
  • Mumbai- they defeated Saurashtra by an innings and 21 runs to win their 41st Ranji Trophy cricket title.
  • Virat Kohli-he was awarded Man of the Match in the Asia cup match against Pakistan at Mirpur which India won by 5 wickets.
  • Mohd.Shami- the Indian pacer who was recently ruled out of India's squad for the upcoming Asia Cup in order to give him more time to recover from injury. Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as replacement for him.
  • Punjab Warriors- they defeated Kalinga Lancers to win their maiden title of the Hockey India League in the fourth edition of the tournament.
  • Brendon McCullum- the New Zealand captain who while playing his last international match hit the fastest century in Tests- off 54 balls- against Australia at Christchurch recently. He surpassed the 56 ball century record of West Indies Vivian Richards achieved against England in 1985-86.
  • Mehedi Hasan Miraz- the Bangladesh captain who was adjudged Man of the Series in the U-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 played at Mirpur, Bangladesh.
  • Kasun Rajitha- the Sri Lankan fast bowler who was awarded man of the match in the first T20 match at Pune in which they defeated India by five wickets.
  • Shikhar Dhawan- he smashed his maiden fifty in T20 internationals to help India win the second T20 match against Sri Lanka at Ranchi.
  • Pakistan- they defeated India in the summit clash of men's hockey at the 12th South Asian Games at Guwahati recently.
  • West Indies- they defeated India to win their maiden U-19 Cricket World Cup played at Mirpur, Bangladesh.
  • R.Ashwin- he was adjudged Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series for his impressive form in the recent T20 series against Sri Lanka which India won 2-1.
  • Virat Kohli- he climbed to the top of ICC rankings list for Twenty20 batsman replacing Australian captain Aaron Finch.
  • Pawan Negi- the uncapped Delhi all-rounder who was surprised inclusion in the Indian squad for the cricket Asia Cup and WT20 squad.
  • Guwahati- the place where the South Asian Games were inaugurated recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Around 2600 athletes from eight countries- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka besides India-will be vying for top honours in the games to be co-hosted by Shillong.
  • Paradip- the place in Odisha where Prime Minister recently inaugurated the Indian Oil Corporation's (IOC) refinery. This refinery has helped IOC overtake Reliance Industries as the country's top refiner, has a capacity of 15 million tonnes and is touted to be among one of the most modern refineries in the world that can process cheaper high sulphur content crude oils.
Current Affairs[January 2016]
  • Angelique Kerber- she defeated World No.1 Serena Williams to clinch the Australian Open title and become the first German to win a Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1999.
  • Novak Djokovic- he hammered Andy Murray in straight sets to win a record equaling 6th Australian Open title. The world No.1 equaled the tally of Australian's Roy Emerson who won the tournament sis times between 1961 and 1967.
  • Saina Nehwal-India's ace badminton player who was awarded Padma Bhushan award, India's third highest civilian award. She was bestowed with the Khel Ratna and Padma Shri in 2010.
  • Virat Kohli- he struck his second unbeaten half century in the T20 series during the second match against Australia which India won. He is the first Indian player to score more than one 50+ score in a T20 series. He was also adjudged Man of the series in the T20 series against Australia which India won 3-0.
  • Sania Mirza- she along with Martina Hingis defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka to win the doubles title of 2015 Australian Open.
  • India- they recorded its highest run chase ever on Australian soil as they pulled off a dramatic 7 wicket victory in the third and final T20 ODI to achieve a clean sweep of 3-0 against the hosts.
  • K Srikanth- the Indian shuttler who defeated China's Huang Yuxian to win his maiden Syed Modi International Badminton championship.
  • Chris Gayle- the West Indies batsman who recently equaled Yuvraj Singh's Twenty20 record with a 12 ball 50 for Melbourne Renegades in a Big Bash League match against Adelaide Strikers.
  • John Ward- he started a new trend by becoming the first umpire to officiate in an international match with a helmet during the Big Bash League at Sydney recently.
  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul- the West Indies batsman and the seventh highest Test match run maker in history announced his retirement recently.
  • Ajit Chandila- the former Rajasthan Royals player who banned for five years for misconduct and corruption by the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI).
  • Uttar Pradesh- they defeated Baroda to clinch their first ever domestic T20 championship when they won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
  • Manish Pandey- he scored a century in the last one day international cricket against Australia at Sydney.
  • India- they became the first side to successfully chase a score of 300 or more versus Australia in Australia in One Day Internationals when India defeated Australia in the last one day match at Sydney.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian badminton player who defeated Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour to win the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix gold title.
  • Mohammad Shahzad- the Afghanistan batsman who smashed the fourth highest score in the T20 history when he made 118 against Zimbabwe at Sharjah recently.
  • Lionel Messi- he won the FIFA world player of the year award for the record fifth time. He also ended Cristano Ronaldo's two year hold on FIFA Ballon d Or trophy to lift soccer's top individual honour when he won the FIFA Ballon d Or trophy 2015 at the FIFA event in Zurich, Switzerland recently.
  • Rohit Sharma- he scored a back to back century in the first and second international cricket match against Australia, both of which were won by the host country. He also became the first Indian player to hit four hundreds in ODIs in Australia, eclipsing the three by VVS Laxman.
  • India- this country climbed to the top of ICC's Test rankings recently with 110 ranking points, one point more than Australia who are second with 109 ranking points. South Africa has dropped to No.3.
  • Virat Kohli- he scored his 24th ODI century when he made 117 against Australia in the third one day international match at Melbourne recently.
  • Gideon Kipketer- the Kenyan athlete who won the Mumbai Marathon in the men's category.
  • Shuko Genemo- the Ethiopian athlete who won the Mumbai Marathon in the women's category.
  • Delhi Acers- the team which won the title of the Premier Badminton League.
  • Hashim Amla-he recently stepped down from the post of skipper of Test cricket of South Africa.
  • Pranav Dhanawade- the Mumbai teenager who recently scored 1009 runs off 327 balls in the under-16 Bhandari trophy in Mumbai, thus becoming the first batsman ever to notch up a four-figure individual score. He broke the 117 year old record of AEJ Collins of 628 runs in 1899.
  • R Ashwin- the Indian off spinner who has been ranked as ICC's top Test bowler for 2015, 42 years after Bishan Singh Bedi became the first Indian to achieve the feat. He was also named as the No.1 Test all-rounder.
  • Virat Kohli- India's Test captain who was named as the winner of the Polly Umrigar award for BCCI's International cricketer of the year.
  • India- the defeated Afghanistan 2-1 to win the seventh SAAF Cup played at Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Ben Stokes- he English cricketer who smashed his way to the second fastest double century in Test history on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at cape Town. He scored double century in 163 balls while the record for the fastest double century is held by New Zealand's Nathan Astle who made it off 153 balls against England in 2002.

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Current Affairs[December 2015]
  • R Ashwin- the Indian off spinner who has been ranked as ICC's top Test bowler for 2015, 42 years after Bishan Singh Bedi became the first Indian to achieve the feat. He was also named as the No.1 Test all-rounder.
  • Virat Kohli- India's Test captain who was named as the winner of the Polly Umrigar award for BCCI's International cricketer of the year.
  • India- the defeated Afghanistan 2-1 to win the seventh SAAF Cup played at Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Ben Stokes- he English cricketer who smashed his way to the second fastest double century in Test history on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at cape Town. He scored double century in 163 balls while the record for the fastest double century is held by New Zealand's Nathan Astle who made it off 153 balls against England in 2002.
  • Sania Mirza- she was recently named as captain of the Indian team for the next year Fed Cup to be held at Hua Hin, Thailand in February 2016.
  • Sepp Blatter- the president of FIFA along with Vice-president Michel Platini were recently banned for 8 years from all football activities recently by FIFA's Ethics Committee.
  • Serena Williams- she was named as women player of the year by the International Tennis Federation. She won three of the four Grand Slams in 2015.
  • Novak Djokovic- he was named as men player of the year by the International Tennis Federation. He won three of the four Grand Slams in 2015.
  • Steve Smith- Australian captain who was recently named as ICC Cricketer of the year by International Cricket Council recently. He was also adjudged Test cricketer of the year.
  • Barcelona- they defeated Argentina's River Plate to capture a record third Club World Cup football title.
  • M.S.Dhoni- India's limited over captain who was recently picked up by Pune franchise for IPL 2016 after his original team Chennai Super kings was banned for two years.
  • Chennaiyin FC- they defeated Goa FC to win the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament of 2015.
  • Yuvraj Singh- the veteran batsman who was recalled to the Indian cricket side after his selection in the T-20 squad for the tour of Australia in January 2016.
  • Vijender Singh- the Indian professional boxer who continued his remarkably dominant run in the professional circuit, notching up a third successive knockout triumph by thrashing Bulgaria's Samet Hyuseinov at Manchester recently.
  • Ajinkya Rahane- he was awarded man of the match in the fourth and final Test in which India defeated South Africa.
  • R. Ashwin - he was awarded man of the series in the Test match series in which India defeated South Africa 3-0.
  • Pune- this team along with that of Rajkot were declared as the two new Indian Premier League franchises that will replace the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years. The 2016 edition of the IPL will be from April 9 to May 29, 2016.
  • Australia- they defeated Belgium to emerge champions in the Hockey World League played at Raipur.
  • Nagpur- the venue where India defeated South Africa in the third Test match to win the series for the first time in 11 years after the spinners took all 20 wickets to set up a 124-run win. South Africa lost a Test series away from home after 9 years.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian badminton player who completed a hat-trick to win the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.
  • India- they defeated Bangladesh to win the cricket U-19 tri-nation series.
  • Adelaide- the venue of the first day-night cricket Test match in the history of cricket which was played between Australia and New Zealand with the pink ball.Australia defeated New Zealand to win the first-ever day-night Test match.
  • Britain- they defeated Belgium to win the Davis Cup tennis title for the first time in 79 years.
  • Tyson Fury- he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to snatch the champion's four titles-WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO and become the first Briton to hold a world heavyweight crown since 2011.
  • Nagpur- the venue where India defeated South Africa in the third Test match to win the series for the first time in 11 years after the spinners took all 20 wickets to set up a 124-run win. South Africa lost a Test series away from home after 9 years.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian badminton player who completed a hat-trick to win the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.
  • India- they defeated Bangladesh to win the cricket U-19 tri-nation series.
Current Affairs[November 2015]
  • Adelaide- the venue of the first day-night cricket Test match in the history of cricket which was played between Australia and New Zealand with the pink ball.Australia defeated New Zealand to win the first-ever day-night Test match.
  • Britain- they defeated Belgium to win the Davis Cup tennis title for the first time in 79 years.
  • Tyson Fury- he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to snatch the champion’s four titles-WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO and become the first Briton to hold a world heavyweight crown since 2011.
  • Nagpur- the venue where India defeated South Africa in the third Test match to win the series for the first time in 11 years after the spinners took all 20 wickets to set up a 124-run win. South Africa lost a Test series away from home after 9 years.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian badminton player who completed a hat-trick to win the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.
  • India- they defeated Bangladesh to win the cricket U-19 tri-nation series.
  • Ross Taylor- the New Zealand batsman who hit 290 against Australia at Perth in the second Test to surpass the previous top score of 287 runs set by visiting England batsman Reg Foster in 1903.
  • Novak Djokovic- he defeated Roger Federer to win the ATP World tour Finals recently and also became the first player in the tournament’s 46-year old history to win the title four years in a row.
  • India- they defeated Pakistan 6-2 to clinch the eighth Junior Men’s Asia Cup at Kuntan in Malaysia recently.
  • Lion Messi- the great international footballer who was recently appointed as the Global Brand Ambassador of Tata Motors.
  • Sundar Raman- the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IPL who recently resigned before his deposition before the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee looking after the spot fixing and betting scandal that emerged in 2013 edition of the League.
  • Mohali- the venue of the first Test cricket match in which South Africa was defeated by India within three days.
  • Wasim Jaffer- he became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Ranji Trophy. He made his debut for Mumbai against Gujarat on October 27, 1996 and took 19 years and 13 days to reach this landmark in 126 matches. Presently he plays for Vidarbha.
  • Lewis Hamilton- he won the US Grand Prix tournament recently and joined an elite group of triple Formula One World Champions. Hamilton is only the second Briton since Jackie Stewart in 1973 to win three titles.
  • Deepika Kumari- India's archer who bagged her fourth silver medal in five years at the archery World Cup final after going down to reigning world No.1 and top seed Korea's Choi Misun at Mexico City recently.
  • Sania Mirza- she partnered with Martina Hingis to win her 9th doubles title of the year at the WTA at Singapore and also clinched the year end No.1 doubles ranking.
Current Affairs[October 2015]
  • Lewis Hamilton- he won the US Grand Prix tournament recently and joined an elite group of triple Formula One World Champions. Hamilton is only the second Briton since Jackie Stewart in 1973 to win three titles.
  • Deepika Kumari- India's archer who bagged her fourth silver medal in five years at the archery World Cup final after going down to reigning world No.1 and top seed Korea's Choi Misun at Mexico City recently.
  • Sania Mirza- she partnered with Martina Hingis to win her 9th doubles title of the year at the WTA at Singapore and also clinched the year end No.1 doubles ranking.
  • Virender Sehwag- one of the most explosive batsman of India who announced his retirement from international cricket recently. He is the only triple centurion for India in Tests. He scored a career best 319 against South Africa in 2008 and 309 against Pakistan in 2004.
  • Virat Kohli- he slammed his 23rd ODI century to help India beat South Africa by 35 runs in the 4th ODI at Chennai and level the five match series 2-2.He is now fifth on the list of players with most ODI centuries. Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30), Sanath Jayasuriya (28) and Kumar Sangakara (25) are the top four.
  • South Africa- they clinched the one day cricket series 3-2, after India slumped to a humiliating 214-run defeat in a lopsided series decider at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai recently.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo- the Portuguese player who received his record fourth Golden Shoe award after leading all scorers in Europe domestic leagues last season.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni- he was adjudged Man of the Match in the second one day international match against South Africa at Indore recently which India won by 22 runs.
  • Zaheer Khan- the Indian fast bowler, master of seam and 2011 world cup hero who announced his retirement from international cricket recently.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian shuttler who lost the finals of the Denmark Open badminton championship to Olympic Champion Li Xuerui of China.
  • South Africa- they defeated India at the second T-20 match at Cuttack to win the T20 series.
  • Vijender Singh- the Indian boxer who got his professional career off to a flying start in Manchester by defeating Britain’s Sonny Whiting.
  • Sania Mirza- she partnered with Martina Hingis to win their eighth trophy of the season when they lifted the WTA China Open at Beijing recently.
  • Ajay Jayaram- the Indian shuttler who defeated Estonia’s Raul Must to win the men’s singles title at the Dutch Open Grand Prix at Almere in Netherlands.
  • Shashank Manohar-he was recently elected as President of BCCI to replace Jagmohan Dalmiya who died in September 2015.
  • Rohit Sharma- he scored a century in the first T20 international which India lost to South Africa at Dharamsala.
  • Wuhan Open- the seventh tennis title of 2015 which was won by doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis.
Current Affairs[September 2015]
  • Shashank Manohar-he was recently elected as President of BCCI to replace Jagmohan Dalmiya who died in September 2015.
  • Rohit Sharma- he scored a century in the first T20 international which India lost to South Africa at Dharamsala.
  • Wuhan Open- the seventh tennis title of 2015 which was won by doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis.
Current Affairs[August 2015]
  • Rafael Nadal- the Spaniard tennis player who defeated Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open tennis title which was his 67th career title.
  • Rajat Chauhan- he became the first Indian to win an individual medal at the World Shooting Championship when he bagged the silver medal in the men's compound round.
  • Shah Rukh Khan- the actor from whom the Mumbai Crocket Association (MCA) recently revoked its ban of entering the Wankhede stadium.
  • Deepaki Kumari- she led Indian women’s recurve archery team to a silver medal at the World Championships held recently at Copenhagen.
  • Katie Ledecky- the US swimmer who recently broke her own 1,500 freestyle records in the world swimming championship at Kazan, Russia.
  • 60- the shortest first innings score in Test history which was scored by Australia recently in the fourth Test match against England at Nottingham.
  • Stuart Broad- the England fast bowler who recently achieved the fastest ever five wicket haul in just 19 balls when he took 8 wickets in the first innings against Australia during the fourth Test match at Nottingham.
  • England- they won their fourth consecutive Ashes series at home, the longest such sequence for them since 1896-97, as they crushed Australia by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Test.
  • Gabala- the place in Azerbaijan which recently hosted the shooting World Cup 2015.
  • R.Ashwin- the Indian spinner who with bowling figures of 6/46 against Sri Lankan the 1st Test match at Galle became the best Indian spinner while bowling in first innings of an away test, surpassing the 6/94 by Chandrashekhar against NZ at Auckland in 1976.
  • SainaNehwal- the India’s shuttler who won the silver at the World Badminton Championship at Jakarta, Indonesia. She was defeated in the finals by Spanish top seed Carolina Marin. She also became the first Indian to reach the final of World Championship.
  • Galle- the venue of the first Test match where Sri Lanka defeated India by 63 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series.
  • Andy Murray- he defeated Novak Djokovic to clinch the Montreal Masters tennis title recently.
  • Sebastian Coe- he defeated Sergey Bukka by 115 votes to 92 to be elected as President of IAAF-the world apex body of athletics.
  • Usain Bolt- he retained the 100m World Championship title besting his closest rival Justin Gatlin by one-hundredth of a second at Beijing recently.
  • Anirban Lahiri- the Indian golfer who recently notched India’s best ever result in golf at a major championship by finishing fifth at the PGA championship at Wisconsin. He overshadowed the previous best-ever finish by an Indian-Jeev Milkha Singh who had taken joint ninth spot at the PGA Championship in 2008.
  • Aditi Chauhan- she recently became the first player from the national women’s football team to play competitive football when she played her first game for West Ham Ladies in a FA Women's Premier League in England.
  • Ajinkya Rahane- the Indian cricketer who created a world record of taking catches in a Test match when he took eight catches in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle.
  • Lokesh Rahul- India's test cricket opener, who scored his second century in the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo recently.
  • India -they beat Sri Lanka by 278 runs to win the second Test and level the three- match series between the countries in Colombo recently. The victory was first under ViratKohli which came after five Tests.
  • U Mumba- they won the Pro Kabaddi League Championships 2015 defeating Bengaluru Bulls in the finals.
  • SaniaMirza- the ace tennis player of India who was recently honoured with country's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna from President Pranab Mukherjee. She became only the second tennis player after Leander Paes to be awarded the country’s highest sporting honour.
  • CheteshwarPujara- the Indian batsman who scored century in the third Test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo. He also became only the fourth Indian batsman to carry his bat through a completed Test innings when he scored 145 not out in that match.
  • Hockey-the game in which women’s team qualified for the next year’s Olympic at Rio de Janerio- entry to Olympic after 36 year long wait.
  • Kumar Sangakkara - the Sri Lankan cricketer who announced his retirement recently. He has to his credit 12,400 Test runs and 14,234 ODI runs.
  • AB de Villers- the South African batsman who recently achieved the distinction of reaching 8000 run mark in ODI in the fastest time. He achieved this feat in 190 matches. The previous record was held by India’s Saurav Ganguly who has achieved this in 208 matches.
Current Affairs[July 2015]
  • Floyd Mayweather- the boxer who with a pay of $300 million recently topped the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of highest paid celebrities in the world. His fierce opponent Manny Pacquiao was ranked second and musician Katy Perry was ranked third.
  • Nelson Piquet Jr- the Brazilian who recently became the first Formula E champion recently at London as the new electric series wrapped up its debut season with a race that had the crowd making more noise than the cars.
  • Ryan Harris- the veteran Australia fast bowler who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket recently after suffering a recurrence of the knee trouble that has plagued his career.
  • Chile- they defeated Argentina to win the Copa America football tournament for the first time in the tournament's 99-year history.
  • Ajinkya Rahane- he was named as the captain of Indian cricket team to tour Zimbabwe.
  • Vijender Singh- the Indian boxer who announced his decision to turn professional and signed landmark 4 year promotional agreement with British promoter Queensbury Promotions, thus excluding himself from representing India at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
  • Jwala Gutta- she paired with Ashwini Ponnappa to win the $50,000 Canada Open Grand Prix badminton tournament recently defeating the Dutch pair Eefje Muskens and Selena Piekof in the finals at Calagary.
  • Great Britain- they defeated India to win the bronze medal at the hockey World League at Antwerp recently.
  • Lewis Hamilton- he recently claimed his third British Grand Prix at Silverstone making him the British Grand Prix's most modern home-made hero.
  • United States- they defeated Japan to win the women football World Cup at Vancouver recently. Carli Llyod became the first woman to score a hat trick in the world Cup final. US also became the first team to win the World Cup three times-1991, 1999 and 2015.
  • Bavalan Pathmanathan- the 24-year old batsman who died while playing in the British Tamil League recently.
  • Pakistan- they defeated Sri Lanka in the third Test at Pallekele to win their first series in Sri Lanka since 2006.
  • Kagiso Rabada- the South African bowler who became only the second man in history to claim a hat-trick on debut in the first one day international against Bangladesh at Dhaka which south Africa won by eight wickets.
  • Serena Williams- she defeated Garbine Muguruza to win her sixth Wimbledon women tennis title played at All England Club which was her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title and the 21st of her career.
  • Novak Djokovic- the Serbian who defeated seven times champion Roger Federer to retain the Wimbledon men's singles titles which was his third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand slam title.
  • Ambati Rayadu- the Indian batsman who hit a century in the first one day matches against Zimbabwe at Harare which India won by four runs.
  • Sania Mirza- she became the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam trophy when she clinched the Wimbledon title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis.
  • Sumit Nagpal- he partnered with Vietnam's Nam Hoang Ly to win the boy's double Wimbledon tennis title .
  • Bangladesh- they defeated South Africa in the third and final one day international to win the one day series which help them to have successive series wins over India and Pakistan earlier this year.
  • Jules Bianchi- the French Formula One driver who died after nine months in coma from the head injuries he suffered in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. He is the first Formula One driver to die from a racing accident since triple world champion Ayrton Senna lost his life in San Marino in 1994.
  • Genzebe Dibaba- the Ethiopian women athlete who made a world record in the 1500m by winning the race in 3min50.07sec at the Herculis Diamond League at Monaco recently. The previous best belonged to Yunxia Qu of China.
  • Leander Paes- he partnered with Martina Hingis to win the mix double's Wimbledon tennis title which was his 16th Grand slam title.
  • RM Lodha- the former Chief Justice of India who headed the Supreme Court appointed panel on match fixing in IPL. The panel recently suspended IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years after their officials were found guilty of illegally betting on games. The three member committee also slapped a life ban on former CSK official Gurunath Meiyappan and RR's co-owner Raj Kundra from any cricket activities.
  • Kedar Jadhav- he hit a century in the third and last one day match of the one day series against Zimbabwe which India won 3-0.
  • India- they defeated New Zealand in the Davis Cup title at Christchurch to qualify for the World Group playoffs in September 2015. The Indian team comprising of Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, and Rohan Bopanna was led by Captain Anand Amritraj.
  • Zimbabwe- they defeated India in the second T-20 match at Harare to square the T-20 match series 1-1.
  • Mick Fanning- the 34-year old three time world surfing champion who was recently survived a terrifying encounter with a shark while competing in the final heat of a world tour event in Jeffrey's bay in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
  • Zach Johnson- the American golf player who won recently won the British Open title.
  • Pakistan- they recently defeated Sri Lanka in the one day cricket series.
  • Eden Gardens- the famous cricketing venue which has been chosen to host 2016 World Twenty 20 finals.
  • Virat Kohli-he will lead India against Sri Lanka fir the 3-Test series which will be his first full series as captain after he led in two of the four Tests in Australia and the one-off match in Bangladesh.
  • Shubham Jaglan- the young golfer from India who recently etched his name into history book by winning his second successive title when he won the International Junior Golf Academy World Stars of Junior Golf event at Las Vegas. Recently he also bagged the Junior World Golf Championship title in California.
  • Paul van Ass- the Dutch hockey expert who was recently removed from the post of national hockey coach of India.
  • S Sreesanth- the former Indian cricketer who along with 35 others which included Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan was recently exonerated by a Delhi court after the police failed to make out case against them.
  • Rafael Nadal- the Spaniard tennis player who defeated Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open tennis title which was his 67th career title.
  • Rajat Chauhan- he became the first Indian to win an individual medal at the World Shooting Championship when he bagged the silver medal in the men's compound round.
  • Shah Rukh Khan- the actor from whom the Mumbai Crocket Association (MCA) recently revoked its ban of entering the Wankhede stadium.
  • Deepaki Kumari- she led Indian women's recurve archery team to a silver medal at the World Championships held recently at Copenhagen.
Current Affairs[June 2015]
  • MS Dhoni- India’s most successful cricket captain who became the only Indian to be featured on the Forbes magazine 100 highest paid athletes in the world list, which is topped by American boxer Floyd Mayweather.
  • Shikhar Dhawan- he along with Murali Vijay scored centuries in the only Test match played against Bangladesh recently at Fatullah which ended in a draw.
  • Serbia- they defeated Brazil to win the U-20 football World Cup at Auckland recently.
  • Sunil Chhetri- the prolific football striker who became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals.
  • Guam- this country defeated India 2-1 in the football World Cup qualifiers.
  • Mustafizur Rahman- the debutant fast bowler of Bangladesh who took five wickets which helped his country defeat India in the first one day international at Mirpur. He also took six wickets in the second one day international in which India were defeated again. He became the first bowler to take 11 wickets in his first two ODIs’ bettering Zimbabwe left arm seamer Brian Vittori’s record-five wickets in first two ODI’s.
  • Mustafizur Rahman- he took 13 wickets in the India Bangladesh one day series and was awarded the Man-of-the-Series. His 13 wickets is the most by a bowler in the first three ODI’s of career.
  • Suresh Raina- he was awarded the Man- of- the- Match in the third one day international in which India defeated Bangladesh.
  • Veselin Topalov- the Bulgarian player who defeated India’s Vishwanathan Anand to win the Norway Chess title.
  • Satnam Singh Bhamara- the 19 year became the first Indian to play in NBA when he was picked for the Mavericks.
Current Affairs[May 2015]
  • Eden Hazard- the football player of Chelsea who recently won the England's Professional Footballer's Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.
  • Mayweather- he defeated Manny Pacquiao in the famous bout to become the undisputed king of boxing.
  • Chelsea- they won their first Premier League title since 2010.
  • Romeo Fernandes- he became the first Indian footballer to play professionally in Brazil after making his debut for top-flight club Atletico Paranaense.
  • Andy Murray-the British tennis player who recently won his first clay title after he defeated Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber to win the Munich's ATP tournament.
  • Jonathan Trott- the England batsman who recently announced his retirement from international cricket.
  • Rohan Bopanna- he partnered with Florin Mergea to win the Madrid Open tennis title recently.
  • Korea- they defeated India in the Sudirman Cup of badminton played at Dongguan in China.
  • Zimbabwe- the first Test playing nation which recently visited Pakistan for international matches since an attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus six years ago.
  • Harbhajan Singh- he was recently recalled for India’s test playing team after two years period for playing against Bangladesh.
  • Mumbai Indians- they defeated Chennai Super Kings to win the IPL 2015.
  • Sepp Blatter- he was reelected President of Federation Internationale de Football Association(FIFA) for a fifth term after Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeated at the annual Congress of world’s society governing body at Zurich.
  • Serena Williams- she defeated Lucie Safarova to win her third French Open title. The top seed with 20 Grand Slam titles is now third on the list of women Grand Slam titles winners, two behind Steffi Graf and four behind Margaret Court.
  • Barcelona- they defeated Juventus to win its fourth Champions League title in 10 years and became the only club to twice win three titles in a season-domestic league and cup and the top spot in Europe.
  • Stanislas Wawrinka- he defeated Novak Djokovic to win his first French Open men’s singles title.
  • Sundaram Ravi- he became the first Indian umpire to be included in the International Cricket Council’s Elite panel after 11 years. S. Venkataraghavan was the last umpire from the country to feature in it.
  • Rahul Dravid- the legend cricketer who was recently named as coach of India’s junior cricket team.
Current Affairs[April 2015]
  • Mustafa Kamal- he recently resigned from the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) president.
  • Brendon McCullum- the skipper of New Zealand who was recently named as the captain of ICC World Cup XI.
  • Daniel Vettori- the New Zealand left arm spinner announced his retirement from international cricket recently. He is the ninth player to take more than 300 wickets in both Tests and ODIs.
  • Gursimran Bhullar- the Indian origin basketball player of Canada who became the first player of Indian descent to get in NBA squad.
  • Serena Williams- the world number one tennis player who recently claimed her eighth Miami WTA title.
  • Novak Djokovic- the world no.1 Serbian tennis player who defeated Andy Murray to win his fifth Miami Masters Open.
  • Kolkata- the first match of IPL 8 was played here between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • Sania Mirza- she captured her 25th WTA doubles titles when she won the Miami Open trophy in partnership with Martina Hingis.
  • India- they defeated South Korea to clinch bronze medal in the 24th Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament played at Ipoh, Malaysia.
  • Jitu Rai- he clinched the men's 10m air pistol bronze at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea.
  • Jordan Spieth- the 21 year old American golfer who won the 79th Masters Golf Tournament recently.
  • Novak Djokovic- the Serbian tennis player who was awarded with Sportsman of the Year award at the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai recently. These awards are recognized as Oscars of Sports.
  • Genzebe Dibaba- the Ethiopian middle and long distance runner who was awarded with Sportswoman of the Year award at the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai recently. These awards are recognized as Oscars of Sports.
  • Germany National Football Team- they were awarded with Team of the Year award at the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai recently. These awards are recognized as Oscars of Sports.
  • Bangladesh- they secured their first series win in the one day international against Pakistan.
  • Sania Mirza- she recently became the first Indian female tennis player to be ranked first and the third to be ranked world number one in doubles ranking of tennis. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were the first two Indians to achieve this feat.
  • Liam Livingstone- the young Lancashire batsman who smashed a world record 350 runs in just 138 balls with 34 fours and 27 sixes during a one day match.
  • Lin Dan- the badminton player from China who won the men's singles at the Badminton Asia Championships in China recently.
  • Ankit Keshri- the Bengal batsman who died after collision with his teammate while playing for East Bengal club against Bhowanipore club recently.
  • Eden Hazard- the football player of Chelsea who recently won the England's Professional Footballer's Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.
  • Mayweather- he defeated Manny Pacquiao in the famous bout to become the undisputed king of boxing.
  • Chelsea- they won their first Premier League title since 2010.
  • Romeo Fernandes- he became the first Indian footballer to play professionally in Brazil after making his debut for top-flight club Atletico Paranaense.
Current Affairs[March 2015]
  • Rafael Nadal- he won his first title in nearly nine months beating Juan Monaco to win the Argentina Open.
  • Chelsa- they defeated Wembley blues to claim FA Cup football title at London recently.
  • Jagmohan Dalmiya- he was recently elected unopposed as the President of Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI).
  • Virat Kohli- the Indian batsman, who abused the Hindustan Times journalist, Jasvinder Sidhu at Perth, Australia recently.
  • Mohammed Shami- India's fast bowler who was declared Man of the Match in the India's World cup match against West Indies which India won by 4 wickets.
  • Glen Maxwell- the Australian batsman who hammered the second fastest hundred in cricket World Cup off 51 balls when he scored 102 against Sri Lanka at Sydney. The fastest record is 50 ball ton made in 2011 by Kevin O' Brien of Ireland.

  • Bangladesh- they defeated England by 15 runs to storm into the World Cup knock out stage for the first time where they will face India.

  • Mahmudullah- he scored in the first World Cup ton by a Bangladesh batsman when he scored 103 against England.

  • 4- the number of Asian countries which entered the quarter finals of the world Cup 2015-India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan.

  • Kumar Sangakara- he became the first player to hit four consecutive One Day internationals hundreds. He also became the first player to score four hundreds in a World Cup.
  • Saina Nehwal- she lost to reigning world champion from Spain Carolina Marin in the All England badminton singles final at Birmingham recently.

  • Ireland – the country which was defeated by 8 wickets by India at the World Cup in which Shikhar Dhawan scored his century.

  • MS Dhoni- he became the most successful captain of India at the World Cup when he led India to 12 matches which is one more than of 11 matches won under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.

  • Karun Nair- the Karnataka batsman who became the first batsman since Independence to score triple century in a Ranji Trophy final.

  • Karnataka- they defeated Tamilnadu to win and retain the Ranji trophy cricket title and also become the second most successful team in Ranji Trophy after Mumbai.

  • Suresh Raina- he hit century in the India's last league match against Zimbabwe to help India win all its six league matches.
  • South Africa- they beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets to enter the semifinal of the ICC cricket World Cup 2015. Imran Tahir was adjudged man of the match while JP Duminy took a hat-trick.
  • Mahela Jayawardene- the batsman from Sri Lanka who announced his retirement from One day international after playing in 448 ODIs and scoring 12,650 runs which included 19 centuries.
  • Kumar Sangakkara- the batsman from Sri Lanka who announced his retirement from One day international after playing in 408 ODIs and scoring 14,234 runs which included 25 centuries.
  • Qatar- the country which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November-December 2022 with finals on December 18,2022.
  • Australia- they defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets to enter the semifinal of the ICC cricket World Cup 2015. The man of the match award was given to Josh Hazlewood for taking 4 wickets for just 35 runs.
  • Shahid Afridi- the Pakistani all rounder who announced his retirement from One Day International (ODI) recently. He has played 398 matches scored 8064 runs with 6 centuries and has also taken 395 wickets.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq- the Pakistani batsman who announced his retirement from One Day International (ODI) recently. He has played 162 matches scored 5122 runs.
  • New Zealand- led by Martin Guptill's 237 not out, the highest individual score in the history of the tournament, they crushed West Indies by 143 runs to enter the semifinals of the ICC World Cup 2015.
  • India- they defeated Bangladesh by 109 runs to enter the semifinal of the ICC cricket World Cup 2015.
  • Rohit Sharma- he was adjudged man of the match for his 137 runs off 126 balls in the quarter final match against Bangladesh.
  • Karnataka- they defeated rest of India to retain the Irani Trophy in cricket. It became the second team after Mumbai to defend the Irani Cup. They completed a domestic treble for the second time in a row after having won the Vijay Hazare and Ranji Trophy.
  • Sania Mirza- she partnered with Swiss legend Martina Hingis to win the double title at the ATP India Wells Master tennis tournament.
  • Novak Djokovic- he defeated Roger Federer to successfully defend his Indian Wells crown in tennis and to claim his 50th career ATP title.
  • Grant Elliot- the New Zealand batsman who was awarded the Man of the match for his gutsy 84 which helped his country to defeat South Africa in the semifinal of World Cup 2015 played at Auckland.
  • Steve Smith- the Australian batsman who scored 105 off 93 balls to propel his side to victory over India at the semifinal of World Cup 2015 at Sydney.
  • Australia- they defeated co-hosts New Zealand by seven wickets at Melbourne to win the fifth cricket World Cup title.
  • Martin Guptill- the New Zealand opener who scored 547 runs in the World Cup 2015, the most in the tournament.
  • Mitchell Starc- the Australian bowler who along with Trent Boult of New Zealand were ranked the highest wicket takers in the World Cup 2015 with 22 wickets each. He was also declared man of the Tournament.
  • 417- the highest score in cricket World cup which was scored by Australia in 2015 against Afghanistan.
  • Kumar Dharmasena- he became the first person to both play and umpire in a World Cup final. The Sri Lankan player played in the 1996 final and umpired the 2015 final.
  • Michael Clarke- the Australian winning captain of World Cup 2015 who announced his retirement from one day internationals on a high note.
  • Saina Nehwal- she won the women's single title at the Indian Open super series badminton tournament in New Delhi recently. She also became the first Indian woman to be ranked world No.1 in badminton singles ranking.
  • Kidambi Srikanth- he won the men's single title at the Indian Open super series badminton tournament in New Delhi recently.
  • Mustafa Kamal- he recently resigned from the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) president.
  • Brendon McCullum- the skipper of New Zealand who was recently named as the captain of ICC World Cup XI.
  • Daniel Vettori- the New Zealand left arm spinner announced his retirement from international cricket recently. He is the ninth player to take more than 300 wickets in both Tests and ODIs.
  • Gursimran Bhullar- the Indian origin basketball player of Canada who became the first player of Indian descent to get in NBA squad.
  • Serena Williams- the world number one tennis player who recently claimed her eighth Miami WTA title.
Current Affairs[February 2015]

International

  • Chris Gayle set Highest Score in World Cup Knock
    Explosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle scored the highest cricket World Cup score by smashing 215 runs in a Pool B encounter against Zimbabwe at the Manuka Oval here on Feb 24, 2015.
    West Indies made 372 for the loss of two wickets.
    His 147-ball knock included 10 boundaries and 16 sixes. The previous best World Cup score was 188 which was scored by South Africa's Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates way back in 1996.

  • Golfer Lahiri wins Indian Open
    Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri won his second title in three weeks after defeating countryman S.S.P. Chawrasia on the first play-off hole at the $1.5 million Indian Open here on Feb 22, 2015.
    The 27-year-old, who was seven shots off the pace at the start of the day, fired a two-under-par 69 as overnight leader Chawrasia struggled in the blustery conditions to return with a disappointing 76 at the challenging Delhi Golf Club (DGC).

  • Novak Djokovic- he defeated Britain's Andy Murray to win his fifth Australian Open title and his eight Grand Slam. He became the first player to win the Australian Open five times in the Open era.

  • Leander Paes- he combined with Martina Hingis of Switzerland to win the mixed double title of Australian Open.

  • Australia- they defeated England to win the cricket tri-series final at Perth.

  • Ivory Coast- they defeated Ghana to win the African Nations Cup in football.

  • Ireland- they caused the first upset of the World Cup when they defeated two-time champions West Indies by 4 wickets in Nelson.

  • Afghanistan- they defeated Scotland for their maiden victory in their first ever World Cup cricket.

National

  • Thiruvananthapuram- the venue of the 35th National Games.

  • Dipa Karmakar- the gymnast who excelled with a haul of five gold medals for Tripura in the 35th National Games at Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Mohit Sharma- the medium pacer who replaced fast bowler Ishant Sharma in the Indian squad of cricket World Cup.

  • Anirban Lahiri- he recently captured his maiden European Tour golf title and became only the fourth Indian golfer to do so.

  • Mumbai- they defeated Punjab to win the under 19 Cooch Behar Trophy in cricket.

  • Virat Kohli- he scored his 22nd ODI century to help India beat Pakistan in their opening match of the World Cup 2015 at Adelaide.
Current Affairs[January 2015]
  • Virat Kohli-He recently became the first batsman to score four hundred in four test series against Australia in Australia.

  • Australia- they won the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-0 defeating India in the recently played Test series.

  • Stan Wawarinka- the Swiss player who won the tennis singles crown in the Chennai Open.

  • Tesfaye Abera- the Kenyan who clinched the men's title at the Mumbai Marathon recently.

  • Dinknesh Mekash-the Ethiopian who clinched the women's title at the Mumbai Marathon recently.

  • N Srinivasan- the BCCI chief-in-exile, who has been barred from contesting the board's top post by Supreme Court .

  • India- this country will host the ICC World Twenty 20 tournament in March-April 2016.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo- the Portugal player who won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2014 at a ceremony in Zurich recently, second time in a row and third overall.

  • Serena Williams- she beat Maria Sharapova to win her sixth Australian Open women's tennis title and her 19th Grand Slam title.

  • AB de Villiers- the South African cricketer who struck the fastest century in one day internationals when he made 100 in 31 balls with 16 sixes and 9 fours against West Indies at the Wanderers, Johannesburg recently.

  • Super Over- ICC has decided to use this in the event of tie in the upcoming cricket World Cup final.

  • Bangladesh- this country will host the U-19 ICC cricket World cup in February 2016.

  • England- this country will host the ICC Women's World cup in August 2017.

Sports Current Affairs 2014

Current Affairs[December 2014]
  • Rafique Heads Atletico De Kolkata To Become ISL Champions
    Substitute Mohammad Rafique netted an injury time header as Atletico De Kolkata clinched the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) crown with a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters here Saturday.
    Rafique, who replaced Mohammad Rafi in the 74th minute of the mega clash at the packed D.Y. Patil stadium, followed up a corner from Czech defender Jakub Podany to fire the header in the 94th minute, a minute before the second half injury time was slated to end to send Atletico De Kolkata fans into raptures here as also in Kolkata and other parts of the world.

  • Germany lift Hockey Champions Trophy
    Germany emerged victorious in the Hockey Champions Trophy, beating Pakistan 2-0 in a pulsating final at a packed Kalinga stadium here .
    Christopher Wesley (18th minute) and Florian Fuchs (56th) scored for Germany to lift the trophy for the 10th time. Germany had won the title for the last time in 2007.

Current Affairs[November 2014]
  • I Still Have Lot More To Do: Rohit Sharma
    After cracking a world record 264 against Sri Lanka in an ODI here, India's stylish opener Rohit Sharma on Nov 13, 2014 (Thursday) made it clear that he would not rest on his laurels, as he had "still lot more to do".
    Having set the stage for India's emphatic 153-run win over the islanders at the Eden Gardens with his dream comeback innings, when he surpassed Virender Sehwag's existing world record of 219, the 27-year-old Mumbaikar said he was now a happy man.

  • Sindhu retains Macau Open title
    Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu successfully defended her Macau Open Grand Prix Gold women's singles title, beating South Korean Kim Hyo Min in straight games at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion here.
    Two-time World Championships bronze medallist Sindhu registered a comprehensive 21-12, 21-17 victory in 45 minutes in the final of the $120,000 event.
  • Magnificent Magnus punishes Anand's misadventure, retains world chess title
    World chess champion, Norway's Magnus Carlsen retained his title, handing out a punishing defeat to Indian challenger Viswanathan Anand in the 11th round of their title match in Russia on Nov 23, 2014.
    The reigning world champion punished Anand for his misadventurous exchange sacrifice on move 24 to wrap up the game in 45 moves.
  • Sachin Tendulkar releases autobiography 'Playing It My Way'
    Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar released his much awaited autobiography "Playing It My Way" among other star cricketers on Nov 5, 2014.
    Emcee Harsha Bhogle took the packed hall through Tendulkar's life and the evolution of Indian cricket with on-stage conversations with Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Vasu Paranjpe, and the 'fabulous four' — Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman and Tendulkar himself.

  • Pole vaulter Sureka sets record, wins gold at national athletics
    Pole vaulter V.S. Surekha set a new national record in her event, jumping 4.15 metres to better her own mark by 0.07 metre at the 54th National Open Athletics Championships here on Nov 4, 2014.
    Surekha, the first Indian woman pole vaulter to clear 4.0 metres, previously held the national record of 4.08 metres, set at a national circuit meet in Patiala in 2006.
Current Affairs[October 2014]
  • Sania-Cara win WTA Finals crown

    The India-Zimbabwe tennis pairing of Sania Mirza and Cara Black clinched the prestigious season-ending WTA Finals title here on Oct 27, 2014.

    The third seeds, playing their last tournament together, took exactly an hour to thrash second seeds Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) and Peng Shuai (China) 6-1, 6-0 in the women's double final, being played on the hard-courts of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

  • Advani emerges World billiards champion

    Pankaj Advani, the 29-year old from Bangalore, set a record of sorts when he defeated Peter Gilchrist 6-2 in the final of the World billiards championship (points format).

    It was Advani's 10th individual World title and his third of the year in different formats of the game, having won the World 6-Red Snooker and the World Team Billiards titles earlier.

  • India retain Sultan of Johor Cup title

    Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh's brace helped the Indian Under-21 hockey team successfully defend their Sultan of Johor Cup title by defeating Great Britain 2-1 in the final here on Oct 19, 2014.

    Continuing his prime form, Harmanpreet scored in the 46th and 70th minutes while Great Britain's solitary goal came from the stick of Samuel French (55th minute) at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

  • Boxer Sarita Devi, Coaches Suspended By AIBA

    Indian woman boxer L. Sarita Devi, who refused to accept 2014 Asian Games bronze after losing the semi-final bout over a controversial decision, has been provisionally suspended by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

    Also suspended with her are her coaches Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, B.I. Fernandes and Sagar Mai Dhayal and India's chef-de-mission Adille Sumariwala to the Incheon Asiad 2014.

Current Affairs[September 2014]
  • Hockey team win gold after 16 years, women's relay team champions again

    The national anthem was played twice during the day as the men's hockey won the gold medal after 16 long years and the women's 4x400m relay team emerged champions for the fourth consecutive time taking India back into top-10 at the ninth spot again in the 17th Asian Games here Thursday.

    Besides the two gold medals, India also got three bronze medals in the day from boxers Satish Kumar, Vikas Krishan and shotputter Inderjit Singh and took the tally to 54 medals, including nine gold, nine silver and 36 bronze. China is the runaway leader with 321 medals followed by hosts South Korea (211) and Japan (184).

  • Mary Kom strikes Asiad boxing gold

    India's M.C. Mary Kom clinched the gold medal in the women's flyweight (48-51kg) boxing competition of the 17th Asian Games here Wednesday.

    Mary, a five-time World Champion, defeated Kazakhstan's Zhaina Shekerbekova 2-0, with one judge scoring the bout 38-38.

  • Yogeshwar ends India's 28-year wait for wrestling gold in Asian Games

    Indian Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt ended India's 28-year-old wait for an Asian Games gold medal but his compatriots Babita Kumari and Satywart Kadian missed out on the bronze at the Dowon Gymnasium here.

    Yogeshwar, Olympic bronze medallist, put on a stupendous show in winning 3-0 in the title-clash against Zalimkhan Yusupov of Tajikistan. Yogeshwar's gold in men's 65kg freestyle was India's first since 1986, when Kartar Singh had won the yellow metal in the Seoul Games.

  • Arjuna Award for boxer Manoj Kumar: Sports ministry

    Indian boxer Manoj Kumar, who was forced to drag the sports ministry to the court after he was controversially denied the Arjuna Award, will finally get the prestigious award, an official said Wednesday (sep 17, 2014).

    Sports secretary Ajit Sharan told IANS that the government had decided to bestow the Arjuna Award upon Manoj, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, after the Incheon Asian Games.

Current Affairs[August 2014]
  • Dipa first Indian woman to clinch CWG gymnastics medal

    Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian woman and the second person from the country to clinch a historic Commonwealth Games medal in artistic gymnastics when she won the women's vault bronze at the SSE Hydro here Thursday.

    Ashish Kumar had won India's maiden gymnastics medals in CWG when he scalped the men's vault silver and men's floor bronze fours years ago in New Delhi.

  • Dhyan Chand Recommended For Bharat Ratna

    India's legendary athlete Milkha Singh was delighted with the news of hockey wizard late Dhyan Chand being recommended for the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.

    "I am delighted to hear the news that late Major Dhyan Chand has been nominated for the Bharat Ratna by the Home Ministry," the 'Flying Sikh' said.

  • Mahavir Phogat Overlooked For Dronacharya Award

    Despite training three Commonwealth Games gold medallists, women's wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat has been ignored for the Dronacharya Award for the third consecutive year.
    The Dronacharya Award selection committee, headed by Ajit Pal Singh, that met here Monday nominated greco-roman wrestling coach Mahavir Prasad, G. Manoharan (boxing), Jose Jacob (rowing), N. Lingappa (athletics) and Gurcharan Singh Gogi (judo) for the prestigious awards.

Current Affairs[July 2014]
  • Glasgow 2014: City set for Commonwealth Games opening

    The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond welcomed the international media to cover the event from July 23 to Aug 3 with 71 Commonwealth countries participating in 261 events of 17 sports.
    He noted that the 575 million pounds (about $981 million) of the 20th Commonwealth Games' budget will be "well spent", with 80 percent of the budget from the Scottish government and 20 percent from Glasgow city council.

  • Pistol Shooter Jitu Rai Is World No.1

    A historic gold medal in the recent World Cup catapulted pistol shooter Jitu Rai to the No.1 spot in 10m air pistol event in the latest ISSF rankings released Tuesday.
    Rai is the seven Indian shooter to be ranked No.1 in the world. Anjali Bhagwat, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Gagan Narang, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Ronjon Sodhi and Heena Sidhu have been No.1

  • Germany Beat Argentina 1-0 For Fourth FIFA World Cup Crown

    Mario Gotze's extra time goal gave Germany their fourth FIFA World Cup title after a 1-0 win over Argentina in the final at the Maracana stadium here Sunday.
    Both teams were locked 0-0 at the end of the full-time with the match going into extra time.

  • Djokovic wins Wimbledon, regains No.1 spot

    Novak Djokovic regained the No.1 spot for the first time since September last year as he beat Roger Federer in a thrilling final to win his second Wimbledon crown here Sunday.

    Djokovic beat Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 in three hours and 56 minutes and thus ended his 18-month wait for his seventh Grand Slam title.

  • Kvitova Wins Women's Wimbledon Title

    Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova lifted her second women's singles Wimbledon title after defeating Canadian 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets in the final here Saturday.

    Kvitova, who also won here in 2011, completely destroyed her opponent to come out victorious 6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes. This was the first even Grand Slam final for Bouchard.

Current Affairs[June 2014]
  • Saina first non-Chinese to win Super Series in 2014

    India's Saina Nehwal became the first non-Chinese shuttler to win a women's singles Super Series title in 2014 after clinching the Australian Badminton Open at the State Sports Centre here Sunday.

    The Olympic bronze medallist defeated Spain's Carolina Marin 21-18, 21-11 in 43 minutes to win her first Super Series crown in 20 months, after coming out on top in the Denmark Open in October 2012.

  • Pankaj Advani Pockets Snooker World Title

    India's Pankaj Advani won his ninth World title when he annexed the IBSF 6 Reds World Championship snooker crown here Sunday, defeating Kacper Filipiak of Poland 6-1 in the final.

  • Pistol shooter Jitu Rai bags historic World Cup gold

    Indian pistol shooter Jitu Rai followed up his silver with a historic gold in the men's air pistol event Thursday during ISSF World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia. It was the first time an Indian shooter won two medals in a World Cup championship.

    Rai, who missed the free pistol gold by 0.1 point and had to settle for silver, shot 200.8 in the final round of the air pistol event to clinch the gold medal, according to information received here.

Current Affairs[May 2014]
  • Manipur won national women football championship

    There was no stopping the Manipur juggernaut as they downed reigning champions Orissa 3-1 in a lopsided summit clash of the 20th Women's National Championship for the 17th time at the Golaghat Stadium here Monday.

    Goals at the beginning of the first and second period from Bala Devi and one from iconic India player Oinam Bembem Devi sealed the issue for Manipur.

  • Snooker Chitra Magimairaj Nominated For Arjuna Award

    The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) has nominated Chitra Magimairaj, Vidya Pillai and Brijesh Damani for the prestigious Arjuna Award.

    According to a BSFI press release here Wednesday, the nominations have been made based on their performances over a four-year cycle.

  • Saina created history to India ensure maiden Uber Cup bronze

    The Saina Nehwal-led Indian women's badminton team created history Thursday by ensuring their first ever bronze medal finish at the World Women's Team Championship for the Uber Cup being played at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here.

    Indian shuttlers drubbed powerhouse Indonesia 3-0 in the quarter-finals to set up a semi-final clash against Japan Friday. Even if India lose now, they will take home a bronze medal. Japan, on the other hand, whitewashed Denmark 3-0 to also proceed to the last four.

Current Affairs[March 2014]
  • Hockey to become 60-minute game from Sep 1

    Lausanne, March 20 (IANS) The international hockey federation (FIH) Thursday introduced major changes to the structure of the sport including reducing the 70-minute game to 60 minutes comprising four 15-minute quarters instead of two 35-minute halves. The changes will come into effect from Sep 1.

  • Virat Kohli reclaims No.1 ODI ranking

    India's Virat Kohli has reclaimed the No.1 position in the latest ICC rankings for One-Day International (ODI) batsmen released Sunday at the conclusion of the Asia Cup which was won by Sri Lanka.

    Kohli had entered the Asia Cup, trailing No.1 ranked AB de Villiers by two points. Kohli's tournament aggregate of 189 runs in three innings, with 136 against Bangladesh as his series best, earned him 12 points which has put him ahead of South Africa ODI captain by nine points.

Current Affairs[February 2014]
  • India draws second Test, New Zealand clinch series 1-0

    India drew the second and final Test as New Zealand clinched the series 1-0 at the Basin Reserve here Tuesday.'

    Chasing a target of 435, India finished at 166/3 with Virat Kohli scoring an unbeaten 105 and Rohit Sharma 31 not out.

Current Affairs[January 2014]
  • Sachin Tendulkar and CNR Rao conferred with Bharat Ratna

    Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour was conferred on cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar (40) and eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao (79) by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The awards were given at the Durban Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on 4 February 2014.

    The recipient of the award will receive a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medallion. This award does not carry any monetary grants.

    With this felicitation, Sachin became the first sportsperson to be conferred with the honour of Bharat Ratna. He is also the youngest person alive to be conferred with the award. Master blaster Sachin retired from international cricket on 16 November 2013. Sachin after receiving the award dedicated it to his mother.

  • Joshna Chinappa won the Winnipeg Winter Club Open trophy

    Squash player Joshna Chinappa won the Winnipeg Winter Club Open trophy on 3 February 2014. She defeated Heba El Torky of Egypt.

    The fourth seeded Indian triumphed 3-2 (11-13 11-8 11-5 3-11 12-10) in a see-saw battle.

    The world number 27 Chinappa rallied after losing the opening game which was dominated by Heba.

    The triumph of Chinappa marked the second consecutive year of an Indian winning the trophy with Dipika Pallikal being the first to clinch it before her in 2013.