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Sports Current Affairs - October 2022

Chennai Open 2022 Title: Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova scripted a brilliant comeback to win the Chennai Open 2022 WTA 250 tennis singles.

Key Highlights:

  • The 17-year-old, teenager beat Magda Linette of Poland, the third seed, in the final.
  • She is the WTA Tour's youngest season champion to date at the age of 17 years, 141 days.
  • Coco Gauff had won Parma last year at 17 years, 70 days old.
  • In doubles, the top-seeded pair of Brazil’s Luisa Stefani and Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski defeated Russian Tennis Federation’s Anna Blinkova and Georgia’s Natela Dzalamidze 6-2, 6-1 in the one-sided final.

About the Chennai Open WTA tournament:

  • The Chennai Open was the first WTA tournament held in India in 14 years.
  • Tennis legend Serena Williams won the Bangalore Open in 2008 beating former world No. 7 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in the final while Athens 2004 Olympic gold medallist Sun Tiantian and Peng Shuai of China won the doubles title.

SAFF Women’s Championship 2022: Bangladesh made history by winning the SAFF Women’s Championship for the first time at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Key Points:

  • The Bangladesh team defeated hosts Nepal by 3-1 in the finals before a full stadium to watch some brilliant football on display.
  • Bangladesh's captain Sabina Khatun won the Golden Boot and the Most Valuable Award for eight goals in five games.
  • Goalkeeper Rupna Chakma from Bangladesh was named the best goalkeeper.
  • She conceded just one goal in the tournament. Bangladesh had earlier made the final on one occasion in 2016 but eventually was beaten 3-1 by India in that final.
  • India had won every edition of the SAFF Women’s Championship since its inception in 2010.
  • However, the record five-time winner of the Championship was eliminated in the semifinal after a shock loss to Nepal.

About the 2022 SAFF Women’s Championship:

  • The 2022 SAFF Women’s Championship was the 6th edition of the SAFF Women’s Championship.
  • The international women’s football championship was contested by the national teams of the South Asian Football Federation.
  • The tournament was played from 6–19 September 2022 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

World Para Athletics Grand Prix: Indian javelin thrower, Devendra Jhajharia recently clinched a silver medal in the World Para Athletics Grand Prix, in Morocco.

Key Points:

  • Paralympics gold medalist Devendra threw the javelin to a distance of 60.97 meters to capture the silver.
  • He is a three-time Paralympics medalist.
  • While 2020 Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Nishad Kumar won the gold medal in the men’s T47 high jump.
  • Javelin throwers Ajeet Singh and Devendra Jhajharia bagged gold and silver respectively in F46 category.
  • India has so far won 3 gold medals, two silver, and a bronze in the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Morocco.

Other medalists for India include-

  • Neeraj Yadav (F55/56 discus- Gold),
  • Anil Kumar (T54 100m- Silver), and
  • Ranjeet Bhati (F57 javelin- Bronze).

Sports Current Affairs - September 2022

Roger Federer: Roger Federer, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, recently announced that he had decided to bid farewell to professional tennis.

Key Highlights:

  • The forthcoming Laver Cup 2022 which is set to commence on September 23, 2022 will be his last tournament.
  • 41-year-old Federer's current net worth is around 550 million USD. 1 billion USD came after endorsements of brands and wearing their clothing.

Roger Federer's Tennis Career:

  • In his illustrious career, Roger Federer has won 103 ATP singles titles and overall 1,251 matches.
  • He has won a total of 20 Grand Slams in Men’s Singles Title.
  • These are 8 Wimbledon, 6 Australian, 5 US Open and a solitary French title.
  • His first win was in the year 2003 at Wimbledon where he had beaten Andy Roddick in the semi-finals and Mark Philippoussis in the final match.
  • He also became the first men’s singles player to reach the milestone of 20 grand slam titles.
  • Federer also eclipsed the record of 14 grand slams held by Pete Sampras.
  • Roger last won a grand slam title in 2018 at the Australian Open.
  • He holds the record for most consecutive weeks-237-at No-1 in the ATP Rankings.
  • Roger Federer: Awards
  • He was nominated for the Sportsmanship Award for a record of 13 times.
  • He has won ATP Fan’s Favourite for 17 consecutive years.
  • He was named the ATP Player of the Year and ITF World Champion 5 times.
  • He is also known for becoming the oldest ever World Number 1 at the age of 36.
  • He holds the record of being the only individual to win the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award 4 times.

About Roger Federer:

  • Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland.
  • He is a Swiss professional tennis player.
  • He trained at the Swiss National Tennis Center in Ecublens, Switzerland.
  • Federer has played in an era where he dominated men's tennis along with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the Big Three, collectively considered by some to be the three most successful male tennis players of all time.
  • He spent 310 weeks as the world number 1, with 237 of them held consecutively.

US Open Tennis Tournament 2022: The 2022 US Open was held on outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.

Key Highlights:

  • It was the 142nd edition of tennis' US Open and the fourth and final tennis major (Grand Slam event) of the year.
  • The tournament was played on hard courts and took place over a series of 15 courts with Laykold surface, including the three-existing main show courts – Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium and Grandstand.
  • Spanish player C. Alcaraz Garcia lifted his first Grand Slam trophy after defeating C. Ruud, in the Mens Category.
  • He has become the youngest player to reach world No. 1 at just 19 years old.
  • In the women’s category, Poland tennis player I. Świątek defeated O. Jabeur to win the singles final title.

Prize Money:

  • In 2022, the U.S. Open set a new record for total prize purse, at more than $60 million, up from $57.5 million in 2021.
  • For women’s and men’s singles, the total prize money is $42,628,000, with the winners taking $2.6 million respectively.
  • The men’s and women’s singles runner-ups will each receive $1.3 million.

List of Winners:

  • Carlos Alcarez - Men’s Singles Title
  • Świątek - Women’s Singles Title
  • R. Ram & J. Salisbury - Men’s Doubles
  • K. Siniaková & B. Krejčíková - Women’s Doubles
  • S. Sanders & J. Peers - Mixed Doubles

About the US Open:

  • The US Open, organized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
  • It is a hard-court tennis grand slam tournament that is held once every year.
  • It was Founded in 1881.
  • US Open, earlier known as US National Championship.
  • Initially, the US Open started off as competition on grass and later on clay surfaces for two years in 1975 and 1977, and finally moved to hard courts since 1978.
  • From 1978, the US Open is being held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York City.
  • has been held 141 times so far with many champions crowned over the years.

World Wrestling Championship 2022: Vinesh Phogat recently became the first Indian woman wrestler to win two medals at the World Championships after clinching a bronze in 53-kilogram category in Belgrade, Serbia.

Key Highlights:

  • She defeated the European champion, Emma Malmgren of Sweden.
  • This is her second bronze medal at the Championships.

Medals won by Vinesh Phogat:

  • She had won the 48kg gold at Glasgow 2014 and the 50kg division at Gold Coast 2018.
  • She had won first bronze in the 2019 edition of the tournament at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
  • She created history by winning the third consecutive gold medal in the commonwealth games.
  • She is the first Indian women wrestler to win a gold medal at both the Commonwealth and Asian games.
  • She won the gold medal in the women’s 53kg freestyle wrestling category at Birmingham 2022.
  • She became the first Indian athlete to be nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards in 2019.
  • She is the cousin of wrestlers Geetha and Babita.
  • Both her cousins have won gold in 55 kg category in Commonwealth Games.

About World Wrestling Championship 2022:

  • The 2022 World Wrestling Championships is the 17th edition of the World Wrestling Championships of combined events.
  • It is being held between 10 and 18 September 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.

 

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2022: The Union Cabinet recently approved the Signing of Guarantees for hosting Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Under 17 Women's World Cup 2022 in India.

 

Key Points:

  • The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2022 is scheduled to be held in India between 11th and 30th October 2022.
  • The seventh edition of the biennial youth tournament will be the first-ever FIFA women's competition to be hosted by India.
  • 16 teams, including India, will participate in the tournament.

About:

  • The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is the world championship for female players under or upto the age of 17, organized by FIFA.
  • The event started in 2008 and is traditionally held in even-numbered years.
  • The 6th edition of the event was held in Uruguay from 13th November to 1st December, 2018.
  • Spain is the current champion of FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup.

National Sports Development Fund (NSDF): The National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) under Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports recently signed an historic MoU with two Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) namely NTPC and REC (Rural Electrification Corporation) for development of sports in India.

About National Sports Development Fund (NSDF):

  • The National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) was established in 1998 under the Charitable Endowments Act 1890 and was notified by the Government of India in November, 1998.
  • The purpose of the fund is to impart momentum and flexibility to assisting the cause of sports in India.
  • It helps sportspersons excel by providing them with varied opportunities to train under coaches of international repute.
  • It also provides financial assistance for development of infrastructure and other activities for promotion of sports.

36th National Game 2022: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has launched the mascot and the anthem for the 36th National Games at Trans Stadia in Ahmedabad.

Key Highlights:

  • The mascot is named ‘Savaj’ which means cub in Gujarati.
  • The anthem for the national games is based on the theme of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.
  • The Home Minister also launched the official website of the national games www.nationalgamesgujarat.in and the mobile App NGGujarat at the curtain raiser ceremony.
  • The event also witnessed the closing of 11th Khel Mahakumbh.
  • Winners of Khel Mahakumbh were given away prizes at the hands of Mr. Shah. Four Parathletics from Gujarat were also felicitated with Khel Pratibha awards on the occasion.

Key Points:

  • It will be played in six cities of Gujarat namely Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, and Bhavnagar.
  • In line with the tagline “Sports for Unity”, a total of 36 sports will be held.
  • This year, with an aim to promote indigenous sports in India, Yogasana and Mallakhamba has been added to the list.
  • New Delhi will additionally host the track cycling event.
  • An estimated 7,000 athletes from 28 states and eight union territories are expected to to take part in 36 disciplines, which comprise most of the traditional Olympic sports.
  • The inaugural function will be held at the Narendra Modi stadium.

Last Edition of the National Games:

  • Last edition of the National Games was organized in 2015, in Kerala.
  • 2022 edition of the National Games is going to be held after a gap of seven years.

Sports Promotion in India:

  • The Government of Indi (GoI) a has left no stone unturned to promote sports and sports persons in India.
  • The budget allocated for the National Games 2014 was 866 crores.
  • This year, the allocated budget for National Games 2022, it is increased to two thousand crores.

History of National Games:

  • The first edition of the Indian Olympic Games took place in Lahore before the independence of India in 1924.
  • Three consecutive editions of the Indian Olympic games was held in Lahore.
  • In 1938 the 8th edition was held in Kolkata and where the name was changed to the National Games.
  • The first National Games held after the Independence was in Lucknow, however, the first modern National Games along the lines of the Olympics was held in 1985 in New Delhi.
  • The national games are aimed towards promoting and identifying the young talent of India in sports.

The National Games allow sports persons from different states to compete against each other in various disciplines hosted at the games.

Diamond League Finals: Olympic gold medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra scripted history by becoming the 1st Indian to win the prestigious Diamond League Finals title in Zurich.

Key Highlights:

  • He won the prestigious Diamond League Finals in Zurich by securing Gold Medal with a throw of 88.44 metres.
  • The 24-year Gold Medallist finished ahead of Czech Republic's Jakub Vadlejch and Germany's Julian Webber.
  • Olympic silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic finished second with a best throw of 86.94m which he registered in his fourth attempt.
  • Julian Weber of Germany was third with a best of 83.73m.
  • The fact that his three throws in the Diamond League Final were superior to those of the other competitors can be used to measure his dominance on the field.
  • He began with a foul but jumped to the top spot with a throw of 88.44m in his second attempt, and that turned out to be his winning effort.
  • He had 88.00m, 86.11m, 87.00m and 83.60m in his next four throws.
  • India’s ace javelin thrower was presented with a Diamond Trophy along with USD 30,000 prize money.
  • His victory also earned him a wildcard entry at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Achievement:

  • Neeraj Chopra, just in 13 months’ time is now the Olympic gold medallist, World Championships silver medallist and Diamond League champion.
  • He had won the Olympic gold on August 7 last year in Tokyo.
  • He holds the national record of 89.94m, which he achieved this season.

Diamond League:

  • The Diamond League Finals can be considered as the most prestigious competition outside of Olympics and World Championships.
  • The league comprises 32 Diamond Disciplines, which athletes complete in a championship model.
  • Athletes have to earn points at the 13-series meet to qualify for the finals in their respective disciplines.

IND vs PAK - Asia Cup 2022: India, on 28th August 2022 defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in the Asia Cup 2022 encounter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Key Highlights: 

  • The match was played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
  • With this victory, India are not only sitting at the top of the Group A standings, but they also have got one foot in Super Four.
  • India successfully completed the 148-run chase with two deliveries remaining.
  • Hardik Pandya's unbeaten 33 runs from only 17 deliveries, while also picking up three wickets lifted India to victory in a thriller against Pakistan.
  • Hardik Pandya also register his nation's ninth win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the most successful Indian bowler - picking up 4 wickets.
  • Pakistan scored 147 runs after being asked to bat first by the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma.

About Asia Cup 2022:

  • The Asia Cup 2022 is being played in the T20 format.
  • It will be played in a double round-robin format followed by the final.
  • This is the second time the tournament will be played in the shortest format.
  • It was last held in the T20 format in Bangladesh in 2016, where India beat the host by eight wickets in the final.
  • The tournament began in the UAE on August 27, 2022.
  • UAE is hosting the tournament for the fourth time.
  • Note:  India has only hosted the tournament once in 1990-91 when it clinched its third title after beating Sri Lanka in the final in Kolkata.
  • A total of 13 matches will take place during the tournament.

About Asia Cup:

  • The Asian Cricket Council Asia Cup is a Men's One Day International and Twenty20 International Cricket Tournament played amongst Asian countries.
  • In 1983, Asia Cup was established by Asian Cricket Council in 1983.
  • The tournament was founded with an objective to promote goodwill between Asian countries. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held every two years.
  • Now, it is being held every 2 years between ODI and T20I formats.
  • The tournament has since had 14 editions - the last of them being in 2018 in UAE.

India's performance in Asia Cup:

  • India is the most successful side in the tournament’s history with seven titles (1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010, 2016, 2018).
  • Sri Lanka is second on the list with five titles, followed by Pakistan with two titles.
  • Sri Lanka is also the only team to feature in all 14 editions.

National Sports Day 2022: India celebrates the National Sports Day or Rashtriya Khel Divas on 29th August every year.

Key Facts:

  • The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, the hockey wizard of India who was born on this date in 1905.
  • Year 2022 is the 117th birth anniversary of India’s great hockey star.

National Sports Day: Significance

  • The National Sports Day primary aim is to create awareness about the importance of sports and the benefits of being physically active in life in the daily life of all the citizens whether young or old.
  • Various events with the theme of promoting sports among people are organised around the country
  • The celebration this day aims to honour Major Dhyanchand's legacy while raising awareness of the importance and advantages of including sports and physical activity in daily life.
  • Awards like the Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and Dronacharya Award are given out on this day to honour the nation's top athletes.
  • The awards are presented by the President of India during a ceremony that takes place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

History:

  • In 1979, the Indian Postal Department paid tribute to Major Dhyan Chand after his death and renamed the National Stadium of Delhi as Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Delhi.
  • The day was first observed in 2012 as a tribute to Major Dhyanchand.

About Major Dhyan Chand:

  • Born on August 29, 1905, Major Dhyanchand went on to become one of the legends in the game of hockey.
  • He was nicknamed Chand as he used to practice all night in the moonlight (moon is called Chand in Hindi).
  • He started off his career with the British Indian Army regimental squad.
  • India won the gold medal three times in a row i.e., in 1928, 1932, and 1936 at the Olympics thanks in large part to Major Dhyanchand.
  • He played internationally for 23 years from 1926 to 1949.
  • He participated in 185 matches in his career and scored 570 goals.
  • He breathed his last on December 3, 1979, in Delhi having slipped into a coma.

Awards:

In 1956, he received the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour. 

Note: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will be renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.

Lausanne Diamond League: Olympic champion and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra recently created history by winning the Lausanne Diamond League.

Key Points:

  • He has become the first Indian to win the Lausanne Diamond League with  a best throw of 89.08m.
  • His throw of 89.08m was the third best effort of his career, followed by his second throw of 85.18m
  • The 24-year-old-boy from Haryana has thus qualified for the Diamond League Finals, which will take place in Zurich, Switzerland from September 7 and 8.
  • He has also now qualified for the 2023 World Championships.
  • In July 2022, Chopra had also created a historic moment for India by becoming only the second Indian after Anju Bobby George (2003) and first male track and field athlete to win a medal in the World Championships by bagging silver in the javelin throw final.

Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch finished second with a best throw of 85.88m, followed by USA’s Curtis Thompson was third with a best effort of 83.72m.

AIFF Ban: The Supreme Court terminated the mandate of its Committee of Administrators (CoA) to manage the affairs of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to overcome suspension of the Indian football body by FIFA.

Key Details:

  • The three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by a former apex court judge was appointed by it nearly two months back for managing the affairs of the national football body AIFF.
  • The order came on a fresh plea filed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports seeking modification of the May 18 and August 3 orders of the court after consultation with the international football federation (FIFA) to ensure revocation of the suspension of AIFF and the hosting right for holding of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India.

Why was the ban imposed on IAFF?

  • The world body FIFA had derecognized AIFF, citing "third-party interference".
  • FIFA made it clear that it wants an elected body, and not a court-appointed entity like CoA, to manage AIFF affairs.

AIFF Crisis:

  • AIFF crisis has been brewing at the football’s apex regulator in the country for months.
  • On 18th May, the Supreme Court of India (SCI) ordered the removal of Mr Praful Patel from the post of AIFF president after he failed to hold elections for the football body as per the earlier issued deadline of December 2020.
  • Then, the apex court also appointed a 3-member Committee of Administrators (CoA), headed by former top court judge AR Dave, to manage the affairs of the AIFF.
  • The committee was entrusted with the task of drafting the AIFF constitution in accordance with the National Sports Code and model guidelines.

It is against this decision of the Supreme Court that FIFA has raised an objection and decided to ban AIFF for "undue influence from third parties".

About AIFF:

  • The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is the governing body of football in India under jurisdiction of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India (GoI).
  • It was formed in 1935 and founded at Darbhanga.
  • The federation was one of the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation, the overseer of football in Asia.
  • The federation 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 Delhi.

U-20 World Wrestling Champion: Antim Panghal, a 17-year-old wrestler from Haryana scripted history on 19th August, 2022 by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win the Under-20 world champion feat with an 8-0 win over Kazakhstan’s Atlyn Shagayeva.

Key highlights:

  • The U-20 World Wrestling Championship took place in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • It was the first time in the 34-year long history of the tournament that an Indian girl has bagged the top position to become U-20 World Wrestling Champion.
  • She defeated Kazakhstan's Atlyn Shagayeva 8-0 to win the title of Under-20 world champion.
  • In 2022, She won gold in the Asian Junior Championships and silver from the U23 Asian Championships.
  • In 2021, she won bronze at the Cadet World Championships (2021).

India at U-20 World Wrestling Champion:

  • India ended their campaign at U-20 World Wrestling Championship with a total of 16 Medals across different categories.
  • This included a gold medal, four silver medals, and 11 bronze medals.
  • Before 2022, India’s earlier best campaign at the U-20 World Wrestling Championship came in 2011 when India won two gold and one bronze medal.

Judo World Championships 2022: Linthoi Chanambam scripted history by winning India’s first-ever medal in Judo World Championships with gold in the Women’s 57kg category.

Key Highlights:

  • The 15-year-old Manipur-based judoka clinched gold at the World Judo Cadet (U18) Championships.
  • She outclassed Brazil’s Bianca Reis in the 57-kg category final.
  • She is the first Indian judoka to win a medal at any age-group category of the World Championships.
  • She is also part of the Indian government’s TOPS programme.
  • She came into the spotlight with a gold medal at the Sub-Junior National Judo Championships in 2017.
  • Since then she has been training at JSW’s Inspire Institute of Sports judo programme.
  • Chanambam also won gold medal at National Cadet Judo Championship in 2021 and followed it up with a bronze in the Asia-Oceania Cadet Judo Championship in Beirut, Lebanon.

28th Abu Dhabi Masters: Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi defeated David Anton Guijarro from Spain in the ninth and final round in the 28th Abu Dhabi, Masters Chess Tournament.

Key Points:

  • He won the 28th Dhabi Masters Chess Tournament with 7.5 points.
  • He is in the third position in the live rating list.
  • He has gained an impressive 35 Elo rating points after the recent Chess Olympiad in India.
  • In this Masters Chess Tournament Grandmaster Erigaisi won six matches and drew three other games.
  • He won against Deep Sengupta, Raunak Sadhwani, top-seed Wang Hao of China, Alexsandr Indjic, Rohit Krishna, and David Anton Guijarro.
  • The third place was taken by Dutchman Jorden Van Forest, followed by Ray Robson from the USA.

 About Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi:

  • Arjun Erigaisi, at the age of 14, he earned the title of Grandmaster making him the 32nd youngest person ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster.
  • He is also the 54th Grandmaster from India.
  • In 2015, Arjun Erigaisi won silver in the Asian Youth Championships in Korea.
  • In 2018, he became the first grandmaster from Telangana.

Sports Current Affairs - August 2022

FIFA Bans AIFF: FIFA - the apex governing body for football in the world has announced that it has banned All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect.

Key Points:

  • AIFF is India’s national regulator of the sport and has been in the news recently due to the ongoing crisis.
  • The decision to ban AIFF from FIFA was passed unanimously by the Bureau of the FIFA Council.
  • Giving a justification for its stand against AIFF, FIFA has said that the decision has been taken ‘due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes’.

AIFF Crisis:

  • AIFF crisis has been brewing at the football’s apex regulator in the country for months.
  • On 18th May, the Supreme Court of India (SCI) ordered the removal of Mr Praful Patel from the post of AIFF president after he failed to hold elections for the football body as per the earlier issued deadline of December 2020.
  • Then, the apex court also appointed a 3-member Committee of Administrators (CoA), headed by former top court judge AR Dave, to manage the affairs of the AIFF.
  • The committee was entrusted with the task of drafting the AIFF constitution in accordance with the National Sports Code and model guidelines.

How will India be affected by this ban?

  • Indian senior men’s football team has qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2023, which is yet to have a host nation after China pulled out of hosting the tournament. The draw for the finals is scheduled to take place later this year and if the suspension isn’t reversed in time, India will not be able to take part in the Asian Cup.
  • India was scheduled to host the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in October and as things stand, the tournament can go ahead in the country only if the suspension is lifted.
  • Gokulam Kerala had qualified for the AFC Women’s Club Championship for a second successive season after winning the Indian Women’s League in May. The Kerala-based side will return home on Monday from Uzbekistan after it was removed from the AFC Women’s Club Championships following the ban.
  • The 23-member team, led by India captain Ashalata Devi, were left stranded in Tashkent for six days since arriving at the Uzbekistan capital on August 16, the day the news of the ban imposed on the AIFF by the world governing body FIFA reached India.
  • ATK Mohun Bagan has qualified for the AFC Cup inter-zone playoffs semifinals, scheduled for September 7. But its participation is in doubt.
  • The boys’ U-17 team’s participation in the 2023 U17 Asian Cup qualifiers is in jeopardy with the matches slated for October.

Note: The suspension will not affect the domestic football calendar and tournaments like the Durand Cup, Indian Super League, I-League and the Super Cup will likely go ahead on schedule.

  • However, these tournaments will not be recognised by FIFA or AFC.

Dahi Handi of Maharashtra: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde recently announced that ‘Dahi-Handi’ would now be recognised as an official sport in the state.

Key Highlights:

  • The state is set to organize a ‘Pro- Dahi Handi’ completion.
  • Dahi-handi' would not be restricted during Janmashthami, but will be celebrated round-the-year under the auspices of a state-level governing body.

Key Points:

  • The Maharashtra Government also announced that the Govindas would get a job under the sports category.
  • Insurance cover of Rs 10 lakhs will be given by the Government of Maharashtra if any Govinda loses his life, and Rs 5 lakhs if they end up being partially handicapped.
  • Minors aged between 12-15 can take part in the celebrations - which entails forming tall human pyramids of six or more levels - only with the written consent of their parents.
  • The venue will need matting so that there are no injuries after a fall and there will be no limit on tiers of pyramids.
  • Under the new status, it will be mandatory for all organizers of high-profile 'Dahi-handi' celebrations to ensure proper insurance for all participants, provisions of first-aid, ambulances to shift the injured 'Govindas' to nearest hospitals.
  • Apart from that, they must also organize safety nets, helmets, safety harness, mats and other security requirements to prevent injuries - and possible deaths - after the human pryramids come crashing down.

Why was this decision taken?

The decision to include 'Dahi-Handi' in the state sports category was taken as many cities of Maharashtra celebrate and enjoy it as an adventurous sport.

About Dahi Handi:

  • ‘Dahi-Handi’ is a ritual in which devotees of Lord Krishna recreate the ‘Maakhan Chori’ or butter stealing act.
  • It is one of the mischievous stories of Krishna’s childhood.
  • It is also known as Gopalakala.
  • It is observed on the next day of Janmashtami.

About Janmashtami 2022:

  • Every year the festival of Janamashtami is celebrated by Hindus to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, the God who is the embodiment of playfulness and innocence.
  • As per the Hindu calendar, Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born on the eighth day of the month of Bhadra.
  • Generally, Janmashtami falls in August or September.
  • The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated all over the country and people offer their prayers to Lord Krishna with beautifully decorated swings, dance and music performances, and the ‘Dahi-Handi’ competition.

Durand Cup 2022: The 131st edition of the Durand Cup which is Asia’s Oldest Football Tournament recently began.

Key points:

  • The Durand Cup 2022 is being hosted by West Bengal, Assam, and Manipur.
  • Out of 20 teams, 11 teams will be from various clubs that play Indian Super League, five teams from I-league, and four teams from Armed Forces.
  • The inaugural match will be held at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal.
  • In Kolkata the matches will be played in the Salt Lake Stadium, Naihati Stadium, and Kishore Bharati Stadium.
  • In Assam the match will take place in the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium at Guwahati.

About Durand Cup:

  • The Durand Cup is annually organized by the Durand Cup Football Tournament in association with the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
  • The Durand Cup was founded in 1888 by the former Foreign Secretary of British India, Mortimer Durand.
  • It was initially played only by the Armed services but in later years, the game was officially made open for the Professional Football Clubs.
  • The winner of the tournament is facilitated with three trophies, the Durand Cup, the President’s Cup, and the Shimla Trophy.

India at CWG 2022: India has been ranked at 4th place, in terms of medals in the Commonwealth Games 2022 which were held from July 28 to August 8, 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • India bagged a total of 61 medals, comprising of 22 Gold, 16 Silver, and 23 Bronze.
  • This was India’s 4th best performance at the CWG with respect to winning gold medals.
  • India’s best-ever performance at the Commonwealth Games was in 2010, when it bagged 101 medals, including 38 Gold.
  • This was India's 18th appearance at the Commonwealth Games.
  • India has been placed behind Australia with 178 medals, England with 176 and Canada with 92 medals followed by New Zealand in the fifth position with 20 Gold.
  • Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won the first gold medal for the country at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
  • India won its first ever medal in Lawn Bowls after Women's Fours team won Gold Medal, and also Men's fours won Silver medal.
  • Sharath Kamal won four (3 Gold and 1 Silver) medals in Table Tennis.

List of Indian Medal winners in Commonwealth Games:

Gold Medal:

  • PV Sindhu - Badminton Women’s Singles
  • Lakshya Sen - Badminton Men’s Singles
  • Nikhat Zareen - Boxing Women’s Light Flyweight
  • Vinesh Phogat - Wrestling Women’s Freestyle 53kg
  • Ravi Kumar Dahiya - Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 57kg
  • Naveen - Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 74kg
  • Sharath Kamal - Table Tennis men’s singles
  • Nitu Ghanghas - Boxing Minimumweight
  • Amit Panghal - Boxing Flyweight
  • Bajrang Punia - Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 65kg
  • Sakshi Malik - Wrestling Women’s Freestyle 62kg
  • Deepak Punia - Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 86kg
  • Mirabai Chanu - Weightlifting Women’s 49kg
  • Jeremy Lalrinnunga - Weightlifting Men’s 67kg
  • Achinta Sheuli - Weightlifting Men’s 73kg
  • Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Nayanmoni Saikia, Rupa Rani Tirkey - Lawn Bowls Women’s Fours
  • Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty - Table Tennis Men’s Team
  • Sudhir - Para Powerlifting Men’s Heavyweight
  • Bhavina Patel - Women’s Singles Classes 3-5
  • Eldhose Paul- Men’s Triple Jump
  • Sharath Kamal, Sreeja Akula - Table Tennis Mixed Team
  • Satwik Sairaj Rankireddi and Chirag Shetty - Badminton men’s doubles

Silver Medal:

  • India Men’s Hockey Team
  • India Women’s Cricket Team
  • Anshu Malik - Wrestling Women’s Freestyle 57kg
  • Murali Sreeshankar - Men’s Long Jump
  • Kidambi Srikanth, Satwik Sairaj, Sumeeth Reddy, Lakshya Sen, Chirag Shetty, Treesa Jolly, Aakarshi Kashyap, Ashwini Ponappa, Gayatri Gopichand, PV Sindhu - Badminton Mixed Team
  • Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan - Table Tennis Men’s Doubles
  • Vikas Thakur - Weightlifting Men’s 96kg
  • Shushila Devi Likmabam - Judo Women’s 48kg
  • Bindyarani Devi - Weightlifting Women’s 55kg
  • Tulika Maan - Judo Women’s +78kg
  • Sanket Sargar - Weightlifting Men’s 55kg
  • Avinash Sable - Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
  • Priyanka Goswami - Women’s 10km Race Walk
  • Dinesh Kumar, Chandan Kumar Singh, Sunil Bahadur, Navaneeth Singh - Lawn Bowls Men’s Fours
  • Abdullah Aboobacker - Men’s Triple Jump
  • Sagar Ahlawat - Boxing Men’s Super-Heavyweight

Bronze Medal:

  • Gururaja Poojary - Weightlifting Men’s 61kg
  • Vijay Kumar Yadav - Judo Men’s 60kg
  • Harjinder Kaur - Weightlifting Women’s 71kg
  • Lovepreet Singh - Weightlifting Men’s 109kg
  • Saurav Ghosal - Squash Men’s Singles
  • Gurdeep Singh - Weightlifting Men’s 109kg+
  • Tejaswin Shankar - Men’s High Jump
  • Divya Kakran - Wrestling Women’s 68kg
  • Mohit Grewal - Wrestling Men’s 125kg
  • Jaismine- Boxing Women’s Lightweight 60kg
  • Pooja Gehlot - Wrestling Freestyle Women’s 57=0kg
  • Pooja Sihag - Wrestling Freestyle Women’s 76kg
  • Hussamuddin - Men’s Boxing Featherweight
  • Deepak Nehra - Wrestling Freestyle Men’s 97kg
  • Sonalben Patel - Para Table Tennis Singles Classes 3-5
  • Rohit Tokas - Boxing Men’s Welterweight 67kg
  • Indian Women’s Hockey Team
  • Sandeep Kumar- Men’s 10,000m Race Walk
  • Annu Rani - Women’s Javelin Throw
  • Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Palikkal - Squash Mixed Doubles
  • Kidambi Srikanth - Badminton Men’s Singles
  • Gayatri Gopichand, Treesa Jolly - Badminton Women’s Doubles
  • G. Sathiyan - Table Tennis Men’s Singles

About CWG 2022:

  • Commonwealth Games 2022 started with the opening ceremony on July 28, 2022 and the closing ceremony of the event was held on August 8, 2022.
  • The CWG 2022 was held in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • The flag bearers for the opening ceremony for India Manpreet Singh and P. V. Sindhu.
  • Flag bearers for closing ceremony were Nikhat Zareen and Sharath Achanta

Chess prodigy V Pranav: On 7th August 2022 Chennai based 16-year-old Chess prodigy V Pranav became India’s 75th Grandmaster (GM) and Tamil Nadu’s (TN’s) 27th by winning the Limpedea Open in Baia Mare, Romania.

Key Points:

  • He finished the Romanian tournament with 7 points out of 9 to meet the GM norm requirements.
  • Prior to Romania, Pranav had obtained his maiden (first) GM norm at the age of 15 by winning the Serbia Open in 2021.
  • In June 2022 He obtained the 2nd GM norm from Vezerkepzo GM round-robin tourney in Budapest, Hungary in June 2022.

About V Pranav:

  • Pranav is a student of Velammal school, Chennai.
  • He has been a three-time State Champion in chess and has also won a Bronze Medal at the World Rapid Event 2021.
  • He is the 27th Grandmaster from Tamil Nadu.
  • with his latest achievement, he joins the league of legendary Chess players from TN including Viswanathan Anand, D Gukesh and R Praggnanandhaa.

Out of other states, Tamil Nadu has a large number of GMs which is followed by Maharashtra with 10 Grandmasters and West Bengal with 9.

2022 UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid recently beat Eintracht Frankfurt, 2-0 in the finals to win the 2022 UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki, Finland.

Key Highlights:

  • Real Madrid has won for a record-equaling fifth time.
  • David Alaba and Karim Benzema scored in each half as Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • The man of the match went to Casemiro.
  • Prior to this, Team Barcelona, and Team Milan won the trophy five times each.
  • Real Madrid has joined AC Milan and rivals Barcelona in winning the Super Cup five times (2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2022), while boss Carlo Ancelotti became the most successful manager in the competition’s history with four titles (2003, 2007, 2014, 2022).

About 2022 UEFA Super Cup:

  • The 2022 UEFA Super Cup was the 47th edition of the UEFA Super Cup.
  • UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match organized by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the top two European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
  • The match featured Spanish club Real Madrid, winners of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League, and German club Eintracht Frankfurt, winners of the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League.
  • It was played at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland on 10 August 2022.
  • The match was also a repeat of the 1960 European Cup Final between both clubs, which was won 7–3 by Real Madrid.
  • The match was the first European club competition fixture featuring the Semi-Automated Offside Technology (SAOT).

Tennis legend Serena Williams: US tennis legend, Serena Williams recently announced her retirement from Tennis on 9th August 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • The queen of tennis, as she is fondly referred as by her fans will retire from active Tennis after completing US Open which will be held from late August to Sept 2022.
  • One of the key reasons furnished by the Tennis legend for retiring from sport is her family.
  • In her 22 years of excellence, she has bagged 73 career singles titles and 23 career doubles titles. 

About Serena Williams:

  • Serena Williams was born on 26th Sept 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan.
  • Her full sister Venus Williams another iconic tennis player.
  • She started playing professional Tennis in 1995.
  • She won her first singles title at the 1999 US Open.
  • Since then, she has gone on to win a total of bagged 73 career singles titles and 23 career doubles titles. She has been ranked singles world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) for 319 weeks.
  • She is also the highest-paid female athlete in the world with total winnings amounting to over $94.5 million during her Tennis Career.

Commonwealth Games 2022 India: Weightlifters have been the star performers for India at the 2022 Commonwealth Games so far.

Key Highlights:

Indian weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga has created history by winning gold in the men's 67kg finals at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

  • He won the gold medal with a record-breaking combined lift of 300 kg.

This is India's second gold at Commonwealth Games 2022 after Mirabai Chanu and fifth overall.

  • Chanu won the first gold for India with a combined lift of 201kg in the Women's 49kg weightlifting final.
  • The Tokyo Olympic silver medalist created a new Commonwealth Games record by successfully lifting 88kg in her second attempt in the snatch round.

Bindyarani Devi won silver medal in the women's 55 kg weightlifting final.

  • She lifted a total of 202 kilograms, 86 kilograms in the snatch round and registered a CWG record lift of 116 kilograms in the clean and jerk round finishing with just 1 kilogram less than Nigeria's gold medalist Adijat Olarinoye.

20-year-old Achinta Sheuli smashed the Games record by lifting a total of 313kg to win the gold medal in the men's 73kg category.

  • Sheuli first broke the Games record twice in the Snatch round, lifting 140kg and 143kg.
  • He then lifted 166kg and 170kg in the clean and jerk round to register a Games record for the overall weight.

India at ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 Performances:

  • Sanket Mahadev Sargar wins India's first medal (silver) in 55kg weightlifting
  • Mirabai Chanu won India's first gold in 49kg weightlifting in CWG 2022
  • Bindyarani Devi won silver in 55kg weightlifting
  • Gururaja Poojary wins bronze in 61kg weightlifting.
  • Achinta Sheuli smashed the Games record by lifting a total of 313kg to win the gold medal in the men's 73kg category. 

Indian athletes won four medals on Day 2 of Commonwealth Games 2022 with the Indian weightlifting contingent bagging six medal of the Games.

About CWG 2022:

  • The 22nd edition Commonwealth Games kickstarted off on 28 July 2022 with an opening ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, England.
  • It is officially known as XXII Commonwealth Games and will be held between 28 July and 8 August 2022.
  • It is an 11 days long sports event.
  • It covers about 19 sports.
  • Participants from 72 nations are competing in the Commonwealth Games 2022.
  • The motto of Commonwealth Games 2022 is Sports for All.
  • Women’s Cricket has newly been added in is new for women in Commonwealth Games 2022.
  • The first Commonwealth Games were played on 1930.

CWG 2022-Lawn Bowls: The Indian Lawn Bowls team has scripted history by clinching gold in the women's fours final at Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 on August 2, 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • This is India's first medal in the sport.
  • The Indian lawn bowls team - Lovely Choubey, Pinki Chaudhary, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Rani Tirkey defeated South Africa by 17-10 in the final of the women's fours event after 15 ends.
  • They have become the first Indian athletes in CWG history to win a gold medal in the sport.

About Lawn Bowls Game:

  • Lawn bowls, also known as lawn bowling, is an outdoor sport.
  • It is a mix of ten-pin bowling and curling winter sport.
  • It is one of the oldest sports at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games competition.
  • It has been a Commonwealth Games sport since the inaugural edition of the event's precursor, the 1930 British Empire Games.
  • It consists of a ball (known as a bowl) that is rolled toward a smaller stationary ball, called a 'jack'.
  • The bowls are also called 'woods' as they were originally made of wood, but are now made with composite plastic as it helps the bowls last longer.
  • Also, lawn bowls are not perfectly round as their one side will be slightly bigger than the other, this is known as the 'bias'. 
  • The sport is generally played on a flat lawn, about 40–42 yards (37–38 metres).
  • The main objective in lawn bowl is to roll one's bowl in such a manner that it comes to rest near to a smaller ball, which is known as jack or 'kitty'.
  • The bowls needed to be rolled on the floor from a distance.

How is lawn bowl played?

  • The lawn bowl is a team sport that begins with a coin toss.
  • The toss winner takes the first turn while the other team rolls the small ball called the 'jack ‘towards the opposite end.
  • The jack needs to travel at least 23m.
  • The distance between the jack and starting point is decided with this roll at the start of the match.
  • The two competitors will take turns bowling, trying to get their lawn bowl closer to the jack than any of their opponents.
  • Points will be awarded for each bowl that reaches closest to the jack.

What are the different formats of lawn bowls?

  • Lawn Bowls has four formats – singles, pairs, triples and fours.
  • All the formats are named after the number of people in each team.

Rules of lawn bowls:

  • A lawn Bowler has to roll their bowls from one end to the other with the aim of hitting or getting closest to the jack.
  • In Lawn Bowl fours, each team will get 8 throws or rolls from one end to another.
  • One end means completion of 1 round.
  • The team with maximum number of points after 15 ends wins.

India’s previous record in Lawn bowls at CWG:

  • India lawn bowls teams took part in 2010, 2014, and 2018 editions of the Commonwealth Games before the 2022 event.
  • India has managed to reach the semi-finals just twice and has finished fourth on other occasions.

Hungarian Grand Prix 2022: The world championship leader Max Verstappen (team Red Bull) recenlty won the Hungarian Formula one (F1) Grand Prix 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • This is Max Verstappen’s 8th Grand Prix win of the year 2022.
  • This win of the season has pushed Verstappen's lead to 80 points over Charles Leclerc as F1 heads into its midseason break.
  • Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton finished second for Mercedes with team mate George Russell on pole position for the first time, third in a repeat of the previous race in France.
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. finished fourth in another disastrous day for Ferrari. Leclerc was sixth, one spot behind Sergio Perez of Red Bull.

Canadian Grand Prix 2022: Red Bull wunderkind Max Verstappen claimed his fifth win at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix and also claimed his sixth victory of the Formula 1 season.

Key Highlights:

  • Verstappen narrowly claimed his sixth victory of the Formula 1 season after withstanding pressure from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in the closing stages of the Canadian Grand Prix.
  • Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton got his second podium this campaign in third.
  • Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was, for the second time, forced to retire from the race due to engine problems.

International Olympic Day 2022: International Olympic Day is observed annually on June 23 across the globe to celebrate sport, health and being and together.

Key Points:

  • The main reason for celebrating this day is also to commemorate the beginning of the modern Olympic Games.
  • The day marks the foundation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Theme:

  • The theme for 2022 International Olympic Day is “Together For A Peaceful World.”
  • The theme represents the ability of sports to unite the people from all over the world and minimize the differences.

Significance:

  • The vision behind this day is to inspire individuals to take part in various Olympic sports regardless of their age, sex, race, gender, or other characteristics.
  • It focuses and highlights the three values of Olympics – Excellence, Respect, and Friendship – and guides people to imbibe these values in their everyday lives.

History:

  • The idea of celebrating a World Olympic Day was introduced in 1947, by Doctor Gruss, who was a Czech IOC member.
  • The proposal of celebrating an Olympic Day was adopted in 1948 at the 42nd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in St Moritz.
  • The day was decided as June 23 to commemorate the founding of the International Olympic Committee at Sorbonne, Paris in 1894 where Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games.
  • The inaugural Olympic day was observed on 23 June 1948 in several countries such as Greece, Canada, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Belgium.

About IOC:

  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a non-governmental sports organization.
  • 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 current President of IOC is Thomas Bach.

Motto of IOC:

  • The Olympic motto is made up of three Latin words: CITIUS – ALTIUS – FORTIUS (Faster, Higher, Stronger) adopted in 1894.

44th Chess Olympiad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the 44th Chess Olympiad at Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

Key Highlights:

International, National and State level Chess masters participated in the inaugural event.

The Olympiad torch which crossed the 75 iconic cities of the Country was brought to the Stadium by five-time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand.

It was handed over to Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister MK Stalin and was later given to the chess prodigy Grandmaster Rameshbabu Pragnananda.

About the Chess competition:

  • This is the first Chess Olympiad to take place in India.
  • The world’s largest team chess competition, with players from 187 countries, is being held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India from 28 July to 10 August 2022.
  • It is being held at a hotel in Mamallapuram, south of Chennai.
  • The event was initially supposed to take place in Khanty-Mansiysk, along with the Chess World Cup 2019, but was moved to Moscow and scheduled for the period from 5 to 17 August 2020.
  • However, it was postponed as a result of the growing concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic and finally relocated to Chennai following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
  • The Chief Arbiter of the event is France's International Arbiter Laurent Freyd.

Singapore Open 2022: Ace Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu has won the Singapore Open 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • She acquired the first Super 500 title in her career, after defeating Asian champion Wang Zhi Yi from China.
  • She secured the title, by defeating Wang Zhi Yi by 21-9, 11-21, 21-15 in the final of Singapore Open.
  • This is her first 500 or better since the world championship win in 2019.
  • In 2022 she also won two titles of Super 300, before this win.
  • However, she has made to the semi-finals for 7 times and quarters for 10 times in 13 tournaments.

In men’s Single:

  • Anthony Sinisuka Ginting won the men’s singles title at badminton’s Singapore Open 2022.
  • Olympic bronze medallist Ginting from Indonesia beat unseeded Japanese player Naraoka Kodai in a closely fought final.

About Singapore Badminton Association:

  • Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) is the national governing body for badminton in Singapore.
  • It governs, encourages and develops the sport throughout the country.
  • The body is an affiliate of Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).
  • SBA is also member of Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Asia.
  • As of now, it has 32-member clubs across the country.

Singapore Open:

  • Singapore Open has been held in Singapore annually since 1929.
  • The Singapore Open has been categorized as one of the seven BWF World Tour Super 500 events in the BWF events structure since 2018 by the Badminton World Federation.
  • In 2023, the tournament will be upgraded to a Super 750 event.

About Badminton World Federation (BWF):

  • 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 namely, Canada, England, Denmark, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Netherlands, Wales and Scotland.
  • 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.

World Athletics Championships 2022: The 2022 World Athletics Championships was the eighteenth edition of the World Athletics Championships.

Key Highlights:

  • They were held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, United States, from July 15–24, 2022.
  • They were originally scheduled for August 6–15, 2021; but the event was postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A record 29 countries won at least one gold medal during the championships.
  • A new award was the team event trophy, which was won by the USA, which also won the second most gold medals, with 13, and the most overall, with 33 (the latter is the record for a single edition).
  • The event was the most watched edition ever in US television history.

India at World Athletics Championships 2022:

  • Among the 22 athletes - 18 men and four women - representing India at the world athletics meet in Eugene.
  • Eldhose Paul stood out by becoming the first Indian to make a triple jump final at the world championships. He finished ninth in the final.
  • Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra scripted yet another history as he became only the second Indian and first male track and field athlete to win a medal in the World Championships by clinching silver in the javelin throw final.

The legendary long jumper Anju Booby George was the first Indian to win  bronze in the World Championships in the 2003 edition in Paris.

ISSF World Cup: The Indian men’s 25m rapid fire pistol team comprising Anish Bhanwala, Vijayveer Sidhu and Sameer won the silver medal on the last day of the ISSF World Cup Changwon 2022 in South Korea.

Key Highlights:

  • The medal helped India retain the top spot on the medals table with five gold, six silver and four bronze.
  • South Korea managed just one bronze on the final day and finished with four golds, five silver and three bronze medals.
  • The Indian trio had made the final after coming through two rounds of qualification, finishing second with 872 points in the first and topping the second round with 578 for a shot at gold.
  • India started strongly to take a 10-2 lead.
  • This is the second time this year that the Indian shooters had topped the ISSF World Cup medals table.
  • India finished with four gold medals at the ISSF World Cup in Cairo.

Wimbledon Tennis 2022: Novak Djokovic won a seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam crown with a four-set triumph over Nick Kyrgios.

Key Highlights:

The The 35-year-old Serb beat unseeded Australian Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) to equal Pete Sampras's mark of seven titles at the All England Club and move within one of the men's record of eight held by Roger Federer.

He is now one Slam ahead of Federer in the all-time race and just one behind Rafael Nadal's record of 22 majors.

He is also just the fourth man in the Open era to win four successive Wimbledon titles after Federer, Sampras and Bjorn Borg.

Women Singles:

  • Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina became the first-ever Kazakh female player in the Open Era to win a WTA title on grass and is also the Kazakh female player with the most WTA-level titles in the Open Era (3).
  • She made a brilliant comeback after being set down to beat Tunisian third-seed Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and win the Women’s Singles title at Wimbledon.
  • The 23-year-old has also become the youngest female player to win the title in Wimbledon since Petra Kvitova in 2011.

Complete List of Winners in Different Categories:

Men’s singles: Novak Djokovic of Czech Republic

Women’s singles: Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan

Mixed doubles: United Kingdom’s Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk of United States

Women’s doubles: Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova

Men’s doubles: Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell

World Masters Athletics Championships 2022: Bhagwani Devi has created history by winning a gold medal in 100 sprint.

Key Highlights:

  • The 94-year-old won gold and 2 bronze for India at the World Masters Athletics championships 2022 in Tampere, Finland on July 10, 2022.
  • She created history by winning a gold medal at the World Masters Athletics Championship 2022 in 100 sprint event with a timing of 24.74 seconds.
  • She won a bronze medal in shot put as well.
  • She had qualified to represent India at the World Masters Athletics Championships 2022 in Finland after she won three gold medals at the National Masters Athletics Championships, which was held earlier in Chennai.
  • She had won three gold medals earlier as well in 100m race, shot put and javelin throw at the Delhi State Athletics Championship.

The Department of Sports under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports took to Twitter to congratulate the nonagenarian for her accomplishment.

World Masters Athletics Championships 2022:

  • The World Masters Athletics (WMA) Championships 2022 is the 24th in a series of World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships.
  • The championships were held between June 29 and July 10, 2022 in Tampere, Finland.
  • This edition was originally scheduled to be held between July 20 and August 1, 2020 in Toronto, Canada but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The WMA Championships 2022 is organized by World Masters Athletics (WMA) in coordination with a Local Organising Committee (LOC).
  • It is the global governing body of the sport of athletics for athletes aged 35 years or above.
  • The World Masters Athletics Championships include a full range of track and field events.

Three-Match ODI Series: India beat England by ten wickets in the opening One Day International of three-match cricket series at Kennington Oval in London.

  • With the win, India takes a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.
  • After winning a toss that proved to be crucial, Rohit opted to field first and he was backed brilliantly by the new ball bowlers.

Key Highlights of the match:

  • For Indian team Juspreet Bumrah took six wickets and Mohammed Shami three wickets.
  • Jasprit Bumrah's career-best show with the ball (6/19) followed by a solid unbeaten opening stand between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan led India to a crushing 10-wicket win over England in the first ODI.
  • Mohammed Shami joined in on the action and the duo ran through the top order, with Bumrah taking four wickets in a spell that read 5-2-9-4, of which six runs came off wides.
  • Chasing a small total, Rohit and Shikhar stitched an unbeaten century partnership and led India to a convincing 10-wicket win in the 18.4 overs.
  • Rohit hit six fours and five sixes in his 58-ball unbeaten 76, while Dhawan finished on 31 not out off 54, having hit the winning boundary.
  • Rohit Sharma-led Indian team has already won the 3-match T-20 series against England by 2-1.
  • The pair also became the fourth to cross 5000 partnership runs for the opening wicket in the process.
  • Skipper Jos Buttler (30 off 32) was the highest scorer for England, who kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
  • David Willey (21 off 26), and Brydon Carse (15 off 26) were the other main contributors for the hosts.

Rohit Sharma Captaincy Record in T20I: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma scripted a new world record by becoming the first captain in the history of cricket to win 13 successive T20 Internationals.

Key Highlights:

  • Rohit achieved this feat during the first T20I match of the three-match series against England at Rose Bowl, Southampton on July 7, 2022.
  • India beat England by 50 runs in the first T20I to take 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
  • After taking over the captaincy from Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma took the Men in Blue to victory against New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and now England.
  • The skipper had to miss out on India's rescheduled fifth Test against England at Birmingham after testing positive for COVID-19 and Jasprit Bumrah had led India in his absence.
  • Hardik Pandya's allround performance played a key role in India's victory.
  • Pandya became the first Indian player to take four wickets and score a half-century in a single T20I match.
  • Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Deepak Hooda also scored 24, 39, and 33 runs, respectively.
  • Later, debutant Arshdeep Singh and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal scalped two wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel took one a piece and restricted England at 148.
  • India vs England second T20I on July 9th, Saturday at Birmingham.

Rohit Sharma breaks Virat Kohli's T20 Captaincy Record:

  • Rohit Sharma has now surpassed Virat Kohli by reaching the 1000 runs mark in T20I as India captain in his 29th innings.
  • He has become the second fastest captain to achieve the feat in the world.
  • Virat Kohli had held the record of being the fastest captain in the world to reach 1000 T20I runs till October 2021, when it was broken by Pakistan skipper Babar Azam.
  • While Kohli had achieved the feat in 30 innings, Babar Azam achieved it in just 24 innings.

Elorda Cup: Reigning Youth World Boxing champions Alfiya Pathan and Gitika have won gold medals at the Elorda Cup in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Key Highlights:

  • Two other Indian female boxers Kalaivani Srinivasan and Jamuna Boro signed off with silver medals.
  • Alfiya Pathan defeated the 2016 world champion Lazzat Kungeibayeva of Kazakhstan 5-0 in the women’s +81kg final.
  • Gitika, meanwhile, got the better of compatriot Kalaivani Srinivasan in an intense 48kg final by a 4-1 margin.
  • Both Alfiya Pathan and Gitika, aged 19, are reigning world youth champions and were making their senior international debuts at the inaugural Elorda Cup.
  • The Indian contingent concluded its campaign at the Elorda Cup with 14 medals - two gold, two silver and 10 bronze.

The tournament hosted top boxers from India, Cuba, China, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

British Grand prix Title 2022: Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz registered his first Formula One win at British Grand Prix 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • Carlos Sainz claimed his maiden Formula One win on his 150th start in a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone by beating Red Bull's Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes.
  • Red Bull's Mexican Sergio Perez was runner-up, 3.779 seconds behind the Spaniard, with seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton third for Mercedes in his home race and taking fastest lap for a bonus point.
  • World champion Max Verstappen finished seventh but retained the series lead in a race marred by a multi-car pile-up at the opening corner.
  • Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris, Mick Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top 10.
  • The victory ended a run of six successive Red Bull victories and made Sainz only the second Spaniard to win grand prix after double world champion Fernando Alonso, who took fifth for Alpine.

World Sports Journalist Day 2022: World Sports Journalists Day is observed on 2nd of July every year to celebrate the services of sports journalists for the promotion of sports.

Key Points:

  • Sports journalism is a form of reporting that focuses on matters pertaining to any subject or topic related to sports.
  • It is an essential component of every media organization.
  • Sports journalists are employed by a variety of media outlets, such as print, broadcast, and online.
  • There are several local and national journalism organisations active in sports reporting.

History:

  • The International Sports Press Association (AIPS) established the World Sports Journalist Day in 1994.
  • Furthermore, the day commemorates the formation of the AIPS organisation that took place back on July 2, 1924, during the Summer Olympics in Paris.
  • Over the years, the accomplishments of numerous sports media professionals have been honoured on this day.

Significance:

  • The goal of World Sports Journalist Day is to support and honour all sports journalists for their exceptional work. The journalists are encouraged to serve as positive role models for future generations and are motivated to pursue careers in sports media.
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  • On this day, many media organisations conduct special events to felicitate their sports journalists.

About International Sports Press Association (AIPS):

  • The International Sports Press Association (AIPS) was founded on July 2, 1924.
  • It is the peak professional body representing the international sports media, with more than 9,500 members worldwide.
  • It is made up of 160 Member Associations and is comprised of four Continental Sections, each with its own history and leadership. Continental Sections include Asia, America, Europe and Africa.
  • AIPS was built with the belief of enhancing the cooperation between its member associations in defending sport and professional interests and strengthening the friendship and solidarity between sports journalists of all countries.
  • Its headquarters are based in the Olympic capital Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

44th Chess Olympiad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched the historic torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi.

Key Highlights:

  • The International Chess Federation, FIDE, introduced the Chess Olympiad Torch, a component of the Olympic heritage, for the first time this year.
  • India is the first country to have the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay.
  • FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich handed over the torch to Prime Minister, who in turn handed it over to Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand.

About the torch:

  • This torch will be taken to 75 cities in a span of 40 days before the final culmination at Mahabalipuram near Chennai.
  • At every location, chess grandmasters of the state will receive the torch.
  • It will then head over to the FIDE Headquarters, Switzerland.

44th Chess Olympiad:

  • Asia will once again host the prestigious Chess Olympiad thanks to India, which is hosting it for the first time after a 30-year absence.
  • The 44th Chess Olympiad will be held in Chennai from 28th July to 10th August, 2022.

Background:

  • Philippines last hosted it from Asia in 1992.
  • India, who made its debut at the event in 1956 Moscow (27th position), has a gold medal (joint winners with Russia in 2020) and two bronze medals (2021, 2014) from the Chess Olympiad.
  • While the 2020 and 2021 editions were held virtually owing to the Covid 19 pandemic, the 2022 edition will be the first over-the-board Chess Olympiad being held since 2018 in Georgia.

About FIDE:

  • The International Chess Federation (FIDE) is an international organization based in Switzerland.
  • It 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 os FIDE is Arkady Dvorkovich.

Qosanov Memorial 2022: Indian women’s discus thrower, Navjeet Dhillon won the gold medal at the Qosanov Memorial 2022 athletics meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Key Highlights:

  • Navjeet Dhillon, who is looking to seal her place in the Indian team for Commonwealth Games, won the women’s discus throw with a 56.24m effort.
  • Local athlete Karina Vasilyeva with 44.61m and Uzbekistan’s Yulianna Shchukina with 40.48m followed Navjeet Dhillon on the podium.
  • Ace sprinter Sekar Dhanalakshmi ran her personal best time to win 200m gold at the Qosanov Memorial Athletics which is a World Athletics bronze-level event.
  • She ran a creditable sub-23 second, clocking 22.89s to better her earlier personal best of 23.14s she had come up last year.
  • She is only the third Indian woman to run sub-23s after national record holder Saraswati Saha (22.82s) and Hima Das (22.88s).
  • In 100 mteter race, India’s Dutee Chand won silver by finishing race in 11.49 seconds. Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan won the gold in 11.40s. India’s MV Jilna won bronze in 11.61s.
  • Overall India won 15 medals on the day, including seven golds.

Novak Djokovic: Novak Djokovic recently became the first player in history to win 80 matches in all four Grand Slams.

Key Facts:

  • The Serbian defeated Kwon Soon-woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court his 80th win in Wimbledon.
  • By winning his 80th match at Wimbledon, the former world No. 1 tennis player made Wimbledon history.
  • The six-time champion made history by becoming the first male competitor to win 80 or more games at all four grand slams in the Open Era.

Number of matches won by Novak Djokovic at each Grand Slam:

  1. Roland Garros – 85
  2. Australian Open -82
  3. US Open – 81
  4. Wimbledon -80

A seventh title would tie him with Pete Sampras' record and put him just one title behind Roger Federer as the second-most successful male singles player in the history of the oldest grand slam.

Sports Current Affairs - July 2022

Canadian Grand Prix 2022: Red Bull wunderkind Max Verstappen claimed his fifth win at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix and also claimed his sixth victory of the Formula 1 season.

Key Highlights:

  • Verstappen narrowly claimed his sixth victory of the Formula 1 season after withstanding pressure from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in the closing stages of the Canadian Grand Prix.
  • Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton got his second podium this campaign in third.
  • Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was, for the second time, forced to retire from the race due to engine problems.

International Olympic Day 2022: International Olympic Day is observed annually on June 23 across the globe to celebrate sport, health and being and together.

Key Points:

  • The main reason for celebrating this day is also to commemorate the beginning of the modern Olympic Games.
  • The day marks the foundation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Theme:

  • The theme for 2022 International Olympic Day is “Together For A Peaceful World.”
  • The theme represents the ability of sports to unite the people from all over the world and minimize the differences.

Significance:

  • The vision behind this day is to inspire individuals to take part in various Olympic sports regardless of their age, sex, race, gender, or other characteristics.
  • It focuses and highlights the three values of Olympics – Excellence, Respect, and Friendship – and guides people to imbibe these values in their everyday lives.

History:

  • The idea of celebrating a World Olympic Day was introduced in 1947, by Doctor Gruss, who was a Czech IOC member.
  • The proposal of celebrating an Olympic Day was adopted in 1948 at the 42nd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in St Moritz.
  • The day was decided as June 23 to commemorate the founding of the International Olympic Committee at Sorbonne, Paris in 1894 where Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games.
  • The inaugural Olympic day was observed on 23 June 1948 in several countries such as Greece, Canada, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Belgium.

About IOC:

  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a non-governmental sports organization.
  • 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 current President of IOC is Thomas Bach.

Motto of IOC:

  • The Olympic motto is made up of three Latin words: CITIUS – ALTIUS – FORTIUS (Faster, Higher, Stronger) adopted in 1894.

Lisa Sthalekar: Former Australia international Lisa Sthalekar is the first woman appointed president of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations.

Key Highlights:

  • Sthalekar, who played for the Australian women's team from 2001 to 2013 before becoming a broadcast commentator, has replaced Vikram Solanki as president, FICA announced Tuesday.
  • South African cricket great Barry Richards is among the notable former presidents of FICA, which was founded in 1988.
  • FICA's executive chairman Heath Mills said Sthalekar's previous roles as a board member of the Australian Cricketers’ Association and as an independent director of FICA showed her “long-standing commitment to the players’ association movement and advancing player rights.”

Mithali Raj: Veteran Indian women’s cricketer Mithali Raj announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket, bringing an end to a glorious 23-year career.

Key Points about Mithali Raj:

  1. Mithali Raj finishes her career having set and broken plenty of records, both as batter and captain.
  2. At just the age of 16, Mithali Raj announced herself on the international stage as she smashed an unbeaten 114 against Ireland on her debut in a one day international (ODI) match at Milton Keynes in 1999.
  3. Three years later, she made her Test debut against England in Lucknow.
  4. In July 2021, Mithali Raj became the leading run-getter in women's internationals, going past England's Charlotte Edwards (10,273 runs).
  5. At 7805 runs in 232 matches, Raj is the highest run-scorer in women's ODIs.
  6. She is the only player in the top seven with an average of over 50.
  7. Her tally of 2364 runs in women's T20Is is the highest for India.
  8. Raj is one of only two players to have played more than 200 ODIs (the other being longtime teammate Jhulan Goswami).
  9. Raj has played the most ODIs – 232.
  10. Raj has 71 fifty-plus scores in ODIs and 17 fifty-plus scores in T20Is.
  11. Her combined tally of 88 fifty-plus scores is the most by any player in women's international cricket.
  12. She is the only Indian woman to score a double century in Tests.
  13. Having debuted at the age of 16 in 1999, Raj has also had the longest international career in women's cricket.
  14. It spanned for over 23 years.
  15. Raj has 89 wins out of 155 as captain – the most by any player in women's ODIs.
  16. Her 155 matches as captain are also the highest in women's ODIs.

ATP Rankings for men's singles players: Russian star Daniil Medvedev gained the No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings for men's singles players.

Key Highlights:

  • He has replaced 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic who has now slipped to the 3rd position with Germany's Alexander Zverev making it to the 2nd spot which an all time career-high for him.
  • For the first time since 2003 members of the big 3 which includes the likes of Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, and Roger Federer have not ended up on the top two rankings.
  • As of now, Rafael Nadal firmly remains at the 4th spot after losing 1000 points gained from last year's French Open.
  • On the other hand Novak Djokovic slipped down 2000 points gained from his winning run at Roland Garros last year.
  • The current scenario of the ATP rankings highlights the possibility of Djokovic dropping to as low as No. 8 as he is all set to lose 2,000 more points after Wimbledon 2022.

Paavo Nurmi Games 2022: India’s ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra set a new national record at Paavo Nurmi Games 2022 in Finland.

Key Points:

  • The 24-year-old scripted history on June 14, 2022, with his career’s best throw of 89.30 meters.
  • He bagged a silver medal in the tournament.
  • His earlier national record was 88.07m which he had set in Patiala in March 2021.
  • This was his first International tournament after Tokyo Olympics 2022.
  • He had won the Tokyo Olympics gold with a throw of 87.58m on August 7, 2021.
  • Chopra is India’s first ever Olympic gold medallist in athletics and only the second individual gold medallist at Olympics.
  • Finland’s 25-year-old Oliver Helander won the gold medal with his second throw of 89.83 meters.

Paavo Nurmi Games 2022:

  • The Paavo Nurmi Games 2022 is a gold event in the World Athletics Continental Tour.
  • It is one of the biggest track and field tournaments outside the Diamond League.

FIFAe Nations Cup (FeNC) 2022: In Football, India scripted history by securing a spot at the highly coveted FIFAe Nations Cup (FeNC) 2022.

Highlights:

  • India defeated Korea Republic and Malaysia in the FIFAe Nations Series 2022 playoffs to seal their qualification.
  • The journey for the Indian football team kicked off in January last year when All India Football Federation signed the participation agreement with FIFA for the FIFAe Nations Series 2021.
  • Representatives from the country will join esports athletes from 23 other nations to compete at the highest level of FIFA 22 Esports from July 26 to 30 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • This tournament will feature teams representing their nations and competing in a 2v2 format against opponents from all over the world.
  • The tournament's Playoffs 2022 commenced in June 2022.
  • In this double elimination bracket, India will take on several top-tier nations from Asia and Oceania to secure a slot at the prestigious Nations Cup 2022.
  • Siddh Chandarana, Charanjot Singh,  and Saransh Jain are the three athletes who will be representing India at the biggest stage of FIFA Esports at Copenhagen for the Nations Cup 2022.
  • Apart from representing the nation on the global stage, these individuals are also some of the highest ranked players from the country.

About FIFAe Nations Series:

  • The FIFAe Nations Series (FeNS) is an esports tournament held by FIFA and its presenting partner EA Sports.
  • Each tournament has member nations competing in games of the latest incarnation of the FIFA association football video game series.
  • The FeNC is one of three major esports events that are held on a worldwide scale to crown the global champions of the game.

Sunil Chhetri: Indian men's football team captain Sunil Chhetri became the joint fifth highest goalscorer in international football history.

Key Highlights:

  • Chhetri scored 84 goals in 129 appearances while Ferenc Puskás (died in 2006 aged 79) scored 84 goals in 85 international matches.
  • Prior to this, he surpassed legendary football player Pele’s record of 77 goals in October 2021.
  • He is now the 3rd highest goal scorer in international football among active players, after Cristiano Ronaldo with 117 goals and Lionel Messi with 86 goals.
  • He is also the highest active goal scorer from Asia and India.

Top 5 International Goal Scorer:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo with 117 goals
  2. Iran’s Ali Daei managed 109 goals.
  3. Malaysia’s Mokhtar Dahari netted 89 goals.
  4. Lionel Messi with 86 goals.
  5. Sunil Chhetri and Ferenc Puskás with 84 goals.

French Open Tournament 2022: On June 5, 2022, Rafael Nadal won the 14th French Open.

Key Highlights:

  • Nadal beat Norway's Casper Ruud by 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in straights sets to win the French Open 2022 men's singles final in Paris.
  • He has become the oldest male champion at Roland Garros.
  • He has now won the French Open crown a record 14 times, a feat which has not been achieved by any male or female player in tennis history.
  • The victory came 17 years to the day since he won the first French Open in 2005.
  • He won the last 11 games of final.
  • He has also clinched a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title further enhancing his lead over arch-rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who are both tied on 20 Grand Slams each.
  • Nadal is the oldest winner, since a 34-year-old Andre Gimeno won in 1972.

About Rafael Nadal Parera:

  • Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player.
  • Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has ranked him world no. 4. 
  • Earlier, he was ranked world No. 1 for 209 weeks.
  • He has even finished as year-end No. 1 five times.
  • Till date, he has won 22 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including a record of 14 French Open titles.
  • He has won 92 ATP singles titles, which also include 36 Masters titles. He won 63 out of 92 ATP singles titles on clay.

List of Winners French Open 2022:

  1. Men’s Singles - Rafael Nadal (Spain)
  2. Women’s Singles - Iga Świątek (Poland)
  3. Men’s doubles - Marcelo Arévalo ( El Salvador),  Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands)
  4. Women’s doubles - Caroline Garcia (French), Kristina Mladenovic (French)
  5. Mixed doubles - Ena Shibahara (JAPAN), Wesley Koolh of (Netherlands)

The French Open:

  • The French Open is known as Internationaux de France de Tennis in French and Roland Garros in Europe.
  • It is a major tennis tournament, which is held for two weeks at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.
  • It starts in late May, every year.
  • This tournament has been named after French aviator Roland Garros.
  • French Open is the premier clay court championship.
  • It is the only Grand Slam tournament that is held on this surface.
  • It is the second tournament of four annual Grand Slam tournaments.
  • Other three tournaments include Australian Open, The US Open and Wimbledon.

The Grand Slam:

  • Grand Slam is an achievement of winning four major championships in one discipline in a calendar year.
  • It is also called as “Calendar-year Grand Slam” or “Calendar Slam”.

Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP):

  • ATP is the governing body of men’s professional tennis circuits namely ATP Tour, ATP Champions Tour and ATP Challenger Tour.
  • It was created in September 1972 by Donald Dell, Cliff Drysdale and Jack Kramer for protecting the interests of professional tennis players.
  • Drysdale was its first President.

ATP Tours Masters 1000:

  • It is a series of nine tennis tournaments featuring top ranked players.
  • It means that not every tennis player can participate in the tournament.
  • Currently the following are the nine tournaments of ATP Tours Masters 1000:
  1. Paris Masters
  2. Madrid Open
  3. Monte-Carlo Masters
  4. Shanghai Masters
  5. Cincinnati Masters
  6. Miami Open
  7. Indian Wells Masters
  8. Italian Open
  9. Canadian Open

Note: However, these tournaments are different from Grand Slam.

The Itinerary of Grand Slam consists of

  1. French Open
  2. Australian Open
  3. Wimbledon 
  4. US Open

Para World Cup: the Tokyo Paralympics winner Avani Lekhara won gold in the Para Shooting World Cup in Chateauroux, France with a world record score of 250.6 in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1.

Key Highlights:

  • The 20-year-old shooter shattered her own world record of 249.6 to qualify for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.
  • Emilia Babska of Poland won silver with a score of 247.6.
  • Anna Normann of Sweden took bronze with a score of 225.6.

Note: The SH1 category is for athletes competing in rifle events who have a lower limb handicap.

  • Lekhara won the top prize three days after her coach and escort were denied visas and she was in danger of missing the tournament.
  • However, the issue was resolved after intervention of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Sports Ministry.
  • Lekhara won gold in the 10m air rifle standing event in the SH1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics in August 2021.
  • She then won bronze in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 event, becoming the first Indian woman to win multiple Paralympic medals.

Bolat Turlykhanov Cup: Rio Olympics Bronze medallist, Sakshi Malik recently won her first international gold medal at the Bolat Turlykhanov Cup wrestling tournament -  UWW Ranking Series event in Almaty, Kazakhstan in almost five years.

Key Highlights:

  • Sakshi Malik's first win was against Irina Kuznetsova from Kazakhstan and the other match was against Rushana Abdirasulova, in which the points were 9-3.
  • She entered the finals by winning against Kuznetsova with leading points 7-4.
  • She pinned down Irina Kuznetsova for the second time in a single day.
  • The last time Sakshi Malik won gold was at the 2017 Commonwealth Championship.
  • She won two bronze medals at the Asian Championships in 2020 and 2022.
  • Mansi, and Divya Kakran also won gold in the Bolat Turlykhanov Cup in their respective weight categories.

Winners:

  • In the 62 Kg category, Sakshi Malik won against Irina Kuznetsova, via fall.
  • In the 57 Kg category, Mansi won gold against Emma Tissina, by 3-0.
  • In the 68 Kg category, Divya Kakran won gold against Zorigt and Delgerma by scoring more points from both of them.
  • In the 76kg category, Pooja Sihag won bronze against Zagardulam, Naigalsuren. The gold medal winner in the 76 Kg category was Aiperi Medet who won against Samar hamza by 17-6.

Note: India now have won four medals with Greco Roman wrestler Neeraj winning a bronze in 63kg category.

National Air sports Policy 2022: The Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia recently launched the India's first National Air Sport policy 2022 (NASP 2022).

Highlights:

  • The vision of NASP 2022 is to make India one of the top sports nations by 2023.
  • The policy aims to provide safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable, and sustainable air sports in India.

Features of the Policy:

  • It includes a four-tier governance system that is as follows:
  1. Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI) as apex governing body.
  2. National associations for individual air sports or a group of air sports.
  3. Regional (e.g. West/ South/ North East etc.) or state and union territory level units of national air sports associations.
  4. District-level air sports associations.
  • The air sports associations will be accountable to ASFI on the matter of regulatory oversight and for providing safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable conduct of their respective air sport.
  • The various aspects included in the NASP 2022 are:
  1. Aerobatics
  2. Aero modeling and model rocketry
  3. Amateur-built and experimental aircraft
  4. Ballooning
  5. Gliding and powered gliding
  6. Drones
  7. Hang gliding and powered hang gliding
  8. Parachuting (including skydiving, BASE jumping, wing suits, etc.)
  9. Paragliding and para motoring (including powered parachute trikes etc.)
  10. Powered aircraft (including ultra-light, a microlight, light sports aircraft, etc.)
  11. Rotorcraft (including autogyro)
  • India will be represented by ASFI at FAI and other international air sports events.
  • This will make it easier for Indian athletes to compete and succeed at international air sports competitions.
  • It will help in promoting Domestic design, development and manufacturing of air sports equipment, in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

Significance Air Sports in India:

  • The Air sports comprise various sports events which are going to be held in air medium.
  • India as a developing country has a huge potential to become one of the top countries in the world of air sports worldwide.
  • India has a huge geographical expansion and favorable weather which can be a way of promoting air sports.
  • India has a massive population, of which youth is a major part.
  • These sports events are going to be in air medium and the coming youth will show greater participation in air sports.

About FAI:

  • Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) is the world governing body for air sports.
  • It was founded on 14 October 1905,
  • It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Note: In India, all competitions in India will be held in accordance with guidelines given by FAI.

Order of the British Empire: The Order of the British Empire (OBE) was recently awarded to England all-rounder Moeen Ali for his services to the game of Cricket.

Key Highlights:

  • The cricketer was awarded during the Queen’s birthday honors on June 1, 2022.
  • He was included on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, in recognition of his 16 years in a professional cricket career.
  • It includes 225 appearances for Moeen Ali's country in all formats.
  • He announced his retirement from the Test cricket in 2021.
  • However, he still plays a significant role in England’s limited-overs sides.

About Moeen Ali's Cricket Career:

  • Moeen Ali made his debut in 2014.
  • He rose from a small cricket community in Sparkhill Park in Birmingham to making more than 200 appearances for England across all the formats.
  • He was part of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 2019.
  • The 34-year-old had announced his retirement from the Test Cricket in 2021 after taking 195 wickets in 64 matches and the third most test wickets by a spinner for the England team.
  • He in total scored 2,914 runs.
  • He has, however, continued to represent England team in limited-overs cricket.
  • He has so far played 112 ODIs and 29 T20Is, taking 120 wickets and amassing 2514 runs across the two formats.

About Order of the British Empire (OBE):

  • The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of Chivalry that rewards contributions to the sciences, and arts, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service outside the civil service.
  • The honor was established on June 4, 1917, by King George V.
  • It comprises five classes across both the civil and military divisions.
  • There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with but are not the members of the order.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan has announced that Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will be introduced in the state for various sportspersons.

Key Points:

  • The Rajasthan government is taking big decisions for the development of sports in the state, and the incentive amounts received by the medal-winners would also increase with time.
  • CM Gehlot made the announcement of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Rajasthan while addressing the inauguration and the player award ceremony at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
  • He also inaugurated the following at the event-
  1. Rajasthan High-Performance Sports and Rehabilitation Centre
  2. Renovated Synthetic Hockey Astro Turf
  3. Badminton Indoor Hall, Olympic
  • He awarded the players of the Commonwealth Games 2022, the Asian Games 2022, and the medalists of Para Olympic.

Key Details of Rajiv Gandhi Rural Olympics in Rajasthan:

  • He also announced that Rajiv Gandhi Rural Olympics will start on August 29, 2022.
  • In this event, over 27 lakh players of all ages will be taking part.
  • This event will be utilized by the state as a platform for talent hunt.
  • It will also create a sporting atmosphere.
  • The winners of the Rural Olympics will be given priority in the recruitment of vacant posts in the state’s Panchayat cadre.
  • The torch of the Rural Olympics was also released by the CM at the ceremony.

What online portal has been launched?

  • The Chief Minister announced that will not have to come to the Sports Council for grant money.
  • An online portal has been launched by the State Government to make this process easy and accessible.
  • Around 229 players in Rajasthan who have excelled in various sports have been appointed to various government services by the state government under the out-of-turn policy.
  • A provision of two percent reservation has also been made for the players in Rajasthan.
  • The Sportsperson pension will also be awarded to Dronacharya and Arjuna awardees along with Para Olympic, Olympic, Commonwealth and Asian Games medal winners.

About Khel Ratna Award:

  • Khel Ratna Award which is formally known as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, formerly known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in sports and games is the highest sporting honour in India.
  • It was instituted in 1991–92.
  • It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • The recipient(s) is/are honoured for their outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years at international level.
  • The first recipient of the Khel Ratna Award was Chess Vishwanathan Anand.
  • As of 2020, Khel Ratna Award comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of Rs. 25 lakh.

Men’s Hockey Asia Cup: The Indian men’s hockey team won bronze in Hockey Asia Cup 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Key Highlights:

  • This match was held at the GBK Sports Complex in Jakarta.
  • India defeated Japan 1-0 in the third-Place match.
  • Rajkumar Pal (6’) scored the solitary goal of the match against Japan..
  • Indian captain Birendra Lakra was declared man of the match in the bronze medal playoff.

Note: The bronze medal win is extremely significant as India had 12 debutants in its Asia Cup 2022 squad and only two Tokyo Olympic bronze medallists- Lakra and Simranjeet Singh.

  • India had missed out on a chance to reach the Asia Cup 2022 final after playing out a thrilling 4-4 draw against South Korea at the GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium.
  • This was India’s 10th medal from the 11 editions of the continental meet held so far.
  • India, champions in 2003, 2007 and 2017, have finished runners-up on five occasions and have won the bronze medal twice.
  • India ranks fourth in the latest world rankings.

Men’s Hockey Asia Cup finals:

  • In the final of the tournament, South Korea beat Malaysia 2-1 to win the gold medal.
  • South Korea has won this tournament for the fifth time, the most successful team on the list.

About Men’s Hockey Asia Cup:

  • The Men’s Hockey Asia Cup is an international men’s field hockey tournament.
  • It is organized by Asian Hockey Federation.
  • This tournament was founded in the year 1982.
  • The team that wins this tournament becomes the champion of Asia and also qualifies for the FIH Hockey World Cup.

Note: India and Pakistan have won this tournament thrice.

About Asian Hockey Federation:

  • The Asian Hockey Federation is the governing body for field hockey sport in Asia.
  • This organization is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
  • Currently, it has 31-member associations.
  • Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is the current president of the Asian Hockey Federation.

Olympic-level Sports Complex: Amit Shah, the Union Minister of Home Affairs and Cooperation, laid the foundation stone  new international sports complex in the Naranpura area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on 29 May, 2022.

About the Olympic-level sports complex:

  • This ambitious project will be completed in the next 30 months in 20.39 acres of land at a cost of 631.77 crore rupees.
  • The world-class sports stadium is set across 18 acres in Ahmedabad’s Naranpura neighbourhood with facilities for playing and training in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including swimming.
  • It can also accommodate up to 7,000 people at once.
  • The infrastructure includes aquatic stadium, centre for sports excellence, community sports centre, indoor multipurpose hall and a fit India Zone.
  • The facility will provide training in 1012 different Olympic sports.

Aim:

  • The main aim of the BJP-led central and state administrations is that the presence of the world’s largest cricket stadium, the Naranpura Sports Complex and the Sardar Patel Sports Complex, will make Ahmedabad a city where Olympic preparations may be made.

KIUG 2021 Logo, Mascot and Anthem: The Khelo India University Games 2021 (KIUG 2021) logo, jersey, mascot and anthem were recently launched by Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur and Governor of Karnataka, TC Gehlot at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

Key details of KIUG 2021 event:

  • Gehlot launched the logo and official mascot of the games – Veera while Thakur launched the official jersey of the games as well as the anthem, sung by Chandan Shetty and Nikhil Joshi.
  • The logo of the event features the iconic Vidhana Soudha building, the Legislative House in Bengaluru with two elephants on either side.
  • The mascot of KIUG 2021 is also an elephant, named Veera.
  • The theme song has been composed by Kannada rapper Chandan Shetty.
  • The official Khelo India mobile app was also launched on the occasion.
  • Karnataka has also taken the decision to make it a Green Game that will not use single-use plastic and follow environment-friendly practices.
  • As part of the Games being green, everything used in the Games outside the field of play will be made of reusable material.
  • In addition, electric vehicles (EV) will be used for transportation.
  • All waste will be segregated as wet and dry at the source in every venue.
  • It will therefore be a zero-waste, zero-plastic Games.

About KUIG 2021:

  • The 2nd edition of KIUG 2021 will be held in Karnataka between April 24 and May 3, 2022.
  • KIUG 2021 was postponed due to the Covid crisis.
  • The first edition was hosted by Odisha in 2020 at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT).
  • The upcoming Games will feature indigenous sports yogasana and mallakhamb along with 18 other sports.
  • Around 4,500 athletes from across India are expected to participate in the event.

About Khelo India University Games (KIUG):

  • The Khelo India University Games (KIUG) is a national level multi-sport event held in India.
  • Athletes from universities across the country compete in different sports disciplines.
  • The KUIG is a platform intended to identify and train capable athletes in the age group of 18 to 25 years for the Asian Games, CWG and the Olympics. 
  • It is organized by Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports along with Association of Indian Universities, Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federation.
  • It is the largest university level sports competition in India.

The inaugural edition held in Odisha started on 22 February and concluded on 1 March 2020.

Madrid Open: Teenager Carlos Alcaraz has become the first tennis player to consecutive victories over tennis legends at the Madrid Open final on May 7th.

Key Highlights:

  • The 19-year-old Spaniard clinched a stirring 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(5) win over Novak Djokovic at the ATP Masters 1000 event.
  • He beat Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals to pave way for the biggest win of his career against world no. 1 Djokovic in the semifinals.
  • He went on to win the men's singles event after beating Alexander Zverev in the finals.
  • Alcaraz’s outstanding 2022 season has seen the teenager win a maiden Masters 1000 title in Miami and break the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time.

Sporting Events of National Importance: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has notified several sporting events as that of national importance under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act.

Key Details:

  • The notification, which supersedes the earlier one issued in March 2021, has declared all Olympics Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games as events of national importance.

The following list is not exhaustive:

Under the cricket category:

  • All official One-Day, Twenty-20 and Test matches played by the Indian team and all International Cricket Council (ICC) Test matches featuring India; semi-finals and finals of ICC One-Day international World Cup; semi-finals and finals of ICC Twenty-20 World Cup have been recognised.

Under the tennis category

  • It includes all matches featuring India in Davis Cup, and in Grand Slam tournaments, finals of men’s singles, women’s singles and all matches featuring Indian player from the quarter-finals onwards.

Under the hockey category

  • The notification states that under the hockey category, World Cup - all matches featuring India and semi-finals and finals; Champions Trophy - all matches featuring India and finals; Indira Gandhi Gold Cup for women semi-finals and finals; Hockey India sub-junior national championship and Hockey India Academy National Championship; Hockey Men’s Junior Men World Cup (only when India is the host country); Sultan Azlan Shah Cup - all matches featuring India, semi-finals and finals; and International Hockey Federation - Hockey Pro League matches have been recognised.

Under football category

  • The football category includes World Cup - opening match, quarter finals, semi-finals and finals; Asia Cup - all matches featuring India and semi-finals and finals; Santosh Trophy - semi-finals and finals; Asian Women’s Football Cup (only when India is the host country); under-17 Federation Internationale de Football Association Women’s World Cup (only when India is the host country); and World Cup (under-17) - opening match, quarter finals, semi-finals and finals.

Under badminton category

  • The badminton events are all England Open Badminton Championship - all matches featuring Indian players, semi-finals and finals; and Badminton World Federation World Cup Championship - all matches featuring Indian players, semi-finals and finals.

Under Kabaddi World Cup

  • While Kabaddi World Cup - all matches featuring India, semi-finals and finals - has also been recognised.

Other Sporting events of National Importance:

  • Khelo India Games, Khelo India School Games, Khelo India Youth Games, Khelo India University Games, Khelo India Games for differently-abled persons, Khelo India Games for Indigenous Sports and Khelo India Winter Games have also been listed as events of national importance.
  • The other events include International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup, Commonwealth Shooting Championship and Commonwealth Archery Championship (only when India is the host country), and international events organized by the National Sports Federations have been recognized by the Central government.

Monaco F1 Grand Prix 2022: Red Bull’s Sergio Perez registered his first Formula One win of the season in the rain-marred Monaco Grand Prix on 29th May 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • He won the Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix (GP) De Monaco 2022 with 25 points, held at Circuit de Monaco, Monaco, Europe.
  • With this victory, Sergio Pérez becomes the first Mexican to win the Monaco Grand Prix, and the first North American to win it since Gilles Villeneuve in 1981.
  • The Second position was occupied by the Ferrari racing driver Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spanish) with 18 points.
  • The third position was taken by the Belgian-Dutch racing driver Max Emilian Verstappen who drove for Red Bull Racing. The Monacan race driver Charles Leclerc who drove for Ferrari finished the race fourth.

 

The event took place from May 27 to May 29 2022.

UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid became European champion for a record-extending 14th time after beating Liverpool 1-0 in a Champions League final.

Champions League final started 37 minutes late because of disturbing crowd issues outside the Stade de France near Paris.

Key Highlights:

  • Brazil winger Vinícius Júnior applied a close-range finish in the 59th minute from Federico Valverde’s drive across the face of goal, securing a win that gave Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti a record fourth European Cup title.
  • Madrid cemented its status as the king of European soccer, given the Spanish giant owns double the number of European Cups as the No. 2 on the list, AC Milan.
  • Liverpool stayed on six.

Sports Current Affairs - June 2022

Orleans Masters 2022: Indian shuttler Mithun Manjunath has won silver in Men’s Singles at the Orléans Masters 2022 batminton tournament.

Key Highlights:

  • The tournament was held from 29th March to 3rd April 2022 in Orleans, France.
  • Playing in his maiden BWF final, the 79th ranked Indian shuttler lost 11-21, 19-21 to world number 32 Frenchman Toma Junior Popov at the Palais des Sports Arena.
  • The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam has won the bronze in the Women’s doubles at the tournament.

List of Winners of Orléans Masters 2022:

Men’s Single:

Toma Junior Popov (France) beat Mithun Manjunath (India)

Women’s Single:

Putri Kusuma Wardani (Indonesia) beat Iris Wang (USA)

Men’s Double:

Ruben Jille and Ties van der Lecq (Netherlands)

Women’s Double:

Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva (Bulgaria)

Mixed Double:

Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han (Singapore)

logo of 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup: The Chief Minister of Odisha recently unveiled the logo of the 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga stadium in the capital Bhubaneswar.

Key Highlights:

  • The 15th edition of the showpiece will be staged in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, where the country’s largest hockey stadium is being constructed.
  • The prestigious quadrennial tournament is scheduled from January 13 to 29.
  • Hockey India and its official partner Odisha will host the marquee event for the second consecutive time in the country after 2018.

Street Child Cricket World Cup: India is all set to host the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC) in 2023.

Key Points:

  • SCCWC 2023 will take place in September ahead of the ICC World Cup, and see street children and young people take part in a mixed-gender cricket tournament.
  • This event will be the second edition of the tournament.
  • The Tournament will be organized by Save the Children India (Bal Raksha Bharat) and Street Child United in September 2023.
  • It is a 10-day event.
  • SCCWC 2023 will welcome 22 teams from 16 countries to India next year.
  • Countries that will be participating are Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, England, Hungary, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
  • In addition to the partnership between Street Child United and Save the Children the SCCWC 2023 will also collaborate with World Bank, ICC and the British High Commission.

The inaugural edition was held in London/Cambridge in 2019 where eight teams competed, and Team India South lifted the cup after beating hosts England.

About SCCWC:

The SCCWC is a global platform that gives street children an opportunity to connect, share their experiences and present their demand for human rights to the world.

Danish Open Swimming: Top Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash won gold in 200m butterfly while Vedaant Madhavan bagged silver in 1500m freestyle in the Danish Open Swimming meet in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Key Highlights:

  • Competing in his first international meet this year, Prakash stopped the clock at 1.59.27 to stand atop the podium.
  • Teenager Vedaant Madhavan, son of Indian actor R Madhavan, clocked 15.57.86 to finish second in the 10-swimmer final.
  • The 16-year-old, who had won a bronze medal at the Latvia Open in March 2021, had also impressed at the Junior National Aquatic Championships last year, bagging seven medals -- four silver and three bronze.
  • Shakthi Balakrishnan finished second in the 'B' Final and eighth overall in the women's 400m medleys with the timing of 5:10:71.

Australian Grand Prix 2022: Charles Leclerc claimed his second win of the Formula One season for Ferrari with a pole-to-flag victory at the Australian Grand Prix on 10 April 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • Leclerc became the first Ferrari driver since Fernando Alonso in Singapore in 2010 to complete a racing “grand slam” comprised of winning pole position, leading wire-to-wire and also posting the fastest time.
  • Red Bull driver Sergio Perez, left, of Mexico was second.
  • George Russell              Mercedes finished third while Lewis Hamilton finished fourth.
  • McLaren pair Orlando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth and sixth respectively.

The 2022 Australian Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 Heineken Australian Grand Prix 2022) was a Formula One motor race that was held on 10 April 2022 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Miami Open tennis title 2022: Tennis Star Iga Swiatek of Poland and Carlos Alcaraz of Spain recently won the Miami Open tennis title 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • Iga Swiatek won the 2022 Miami Open tennis tournament by defeating Naomi Osaka of Japan in the final match, 6-4, 6-0.
  • Swiatek, 20, has won four WTA 1000 titles, including six singles titles.
  • This is also her 17th title win in a row.
  • Swiatek will now be ranked No. 1 in the women's standings due to her victory.
  • She becomes only the fourth woman to win both the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments in the same year, dubbed the "Sunshine Double" due to the tournaments' locations in California and Florida, respectively.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Men’s Single:Carlos Alcaraz (Spain)

Women’s Single: Iga Świątek  (Poland)

Men’s Double: Hubert Hurkacz / John Isner

Women’s Double: Laura Siegemund / Vera Zvonareva

About Miami Open tennis title 2022:

  • The Miami Open tennis title 2022 was the 37th edition of the men’s and women’s event.
  • It was held from March 22 to April 3, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
  • Miami Open is classified as an ATP Masters 1000 event on the 2022 ATP Tour and a WTA 1000 event on the 2022 WTA Tour.

About Miami Open:

  • The Miami Open (also known as the Miami Masters, and currently branded as the Miami Open presented by Itaú for sponsorship reasons) is a tennis tournament held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
  • It is part of the men’s ATP Tour Masters 1000 circuit, and part of the women’s WTA 1000 circuit.
  • The Miami Open is usually held between March and April.

ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022: Australia won the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 on April 03, 2022, at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • The ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022 was the 12th edition of the tournament.
  • The tournament was held in New Zealand from 4 March to 3 April 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • Australia beat England by 71 runs in the finals to claim their seventh Women’s World Cup.
  • Australia set a new high of 356 points on the board.
  • In response, Nat Sciver waged a lone battle and scored 148 runs, but it was not enough as England was bowled out for 285 runs in 43.4 overs.
  • Alyssa Healy of Australia scored 170 runs in the match, the highest individual score made by any cricketer, male or female, in the World Cup Final.
  • She was also the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 509 runs.
  • She was titled Player of the Tournament.

11th DGC Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship: Thirteen-year-old Riya Jadon won the DGC Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship, following a close fight with older sister Lavanya Jadon.

Key Highlights:

  • Riya, who carded 78, 80, and 74, also won the junior girls trophy.
  • This year's tournament, which returned to the Delhi Golf Club after a two-year absence, witnessed the participation of over a hundred female golfers.
  • Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony, Usha International vice-president Anju Munjal said "As part of the ideal of fostering an active and healthy lifestyle, Usha is delighted to have sponsored golf platforms that have paved the way for kids and amateurs as champions in the making".

2021 BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year: India's weightlifting champion and an Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu, was named the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2021 for the 3rd time.

Key Highlights:

  • In 2021, Chanu became the first Indian weightlifter to win a silver medal at the Summer Olympics.
  • She won gold in the 48kg event at the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim, then won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

BBC Emerging Player award:

  • Shafali Verma, an 18-year-old cricketer who just competed in the Women's World Cup in New Zealand, received the BBC Emerging Player award.
  • Verma became the youngest Indian cricketer, male or female, to play for the national side in all three forms in 2021.

BBC Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • Former weightlifter Karnam Malleswari, the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in 2000, was honored with the BBC Lifetime Achievement award.

In this edition of BBC ISWOTY, Olympians and Paralympians from the Tokyo Games were honored.

About BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year:

  • The BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year Award is an initiative by the BBC Hindi in India to celebrate and honour sportswomen from India who have excelled in their respective fields.
  • The first edition of the award took place in 2020, and P. V. Sindhu was the winner.

 

Sports Current Affairs - April 2022

KIUG 2021 Logo, Mascot and Anthem: The Khelo India University Games 2021 (KIUG 2021) logo, jersey, mascot and anthem were recently launched by Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur and Governor of Karnataka, TC Gehlot at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

Key details of KIUG 2021 event:

  • Gehlot launched the logo and official mascot of the games – Veera while Thakur launched the official jersey of the games as well as the anthem, sung by Chandan Shetty and Nikhil Joshi.
  • The logo of the event features the iconic Vidhana Soudha building, the Legislative House in Bengaluru with two elephants on either side.
  • The mascot of KIUG 2021 is also an elephant, named Veera.
  • The theme song has been composed by Kannada rapper Chandan Shetty.
  • The official Khelo India mobile app was also launched on the occasion.
  • Karnataka has also taken the decision to make it a Green Game that will not use single-use plastic and follow environment-friendly practices.
  • As part of the Games being green, everything used in the Games outside the field of play will be made of reusable material.
  • In addition, electric vehicles (EV) will be used for transportation.
  • All waste will be segregated as wet and dry at the source in every venue.
  • It will therefore be a zero-waste, zero-plastic Games.

About KUIG 2021:

  • The 2nd edition of KIUG 2021 will be held in Karnataka between April 24 and May 3, 2022.
  • KIUG 2021 was postponed due to the Covid crisis.
  • The first edition was hosted by Odisha in 2020 at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT).
  • The upcoming Games will feature indigenous sports yogasana and mallakhamb along with 18 other sports.
  • Around 4,500 athletes from across India are expected to participate in the event.

About Khelo India University Games (KIUG):

  • The Khelo India University Games (KIUG) is a national level multi-sport event held in India.
  • Athletes from universities across the country compete in different sports disciplines.
  • The KUIG is a platform intended to identify and train capable athletes in the age group of 18 to 25 years for the Asian Games, CWG and the Olympics. 
  • It is organized by Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports along with the Association of Indian Universities, Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federation.
  • It is the largest university-level sports competition in India.

The inaugural edition held in Odisha started on 22 February and concluded on 1 March 2020.

SAFF U-18 Women's Championship 2022: India has won the 3rd edition of the SAFF U-18 Women's Football Championship.

Key Highlights:

  • The 2022 edition of the international football competition for women’s under-18 national teams was held in Jharkhand at JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur on 25th March 2022.
  • The valuable player and the highest goal scorer of the championship was Lynda Kom, who scored five goals.
  • Although India lost to Bangladesh, 0-1 in the final league match, but still emerged champions of the tournament on account of better goal difference.
  • India enjoyed a better goal difference of +11 in comparison to +3 of Bangladesh.

About SAFF U-18 Women's Championship:

  • The SAFF U-18/U-19 Women's Championship is a biennial international association football tournament for women's national football teams under the age of 18.
  • It was founded in 2018.
  • It is governed by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).
  • All the seven teams of the member associations are eligible to compete in tournament, unless sanctioned by AFC or FIFA.

2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen (Red Bull – Netherlands) has won the Formula One 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Saudi Arabia.

Key Highlights:

  • Charles Leclerc (Ferrari- Monaco) came second and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari – Spain) came third.
  • It was the second edition of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and the second round of the 2022 Formula One World Championship.
  • Lewis Hamilton managed to get a point on the board after coming 10th.

Swiss Open Badminton title 2022: India’s P.V. Sindhu recently won the Swiss Open Badminton title 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • She defeated Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand to win the women’s singles title at the Swiss Open Super 300 badminton tournament.
  • Playing her second successive final in the tournament, Sindhu, a double Olympic medallist, took 49 minutes to get the better of the fourth-seeded Busanan 21-16, 21-8 at the St. Jakobshalle.
  • In the men’s singles title of the Swiss Open Super 300 badminton tournament, Indian badminton player HS Prannoy lost to Jonatan Christie (Indonesia).
  • However, Prannoy suffered a 12-21, 18-21 defeat against Asian Games gold medallist and fourth seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in a 48-minute summit clash to finish runner-up.

 

Badminton world rankings: For the first time, the All England Badminton Championship runner-up Lakshya Sen has broken into the top 10 of the men's singles badminton world rankings.

Key Highlights:

  • The 20-year-old from Uttarakhand, climbed two spots to reach ninth in the latest standings.
  • His silver medal winning feat at the All England Badminton Championships helped him break into the top 10 of the latest BWF World Ranking.
  • He is now the highest-ranked Indian in the men's singles badminton, above world silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth at 12 and Tokyo Olympian B Sai Praneeth at 19.
  • On 19th March 2022, Sen had become only the fifth Indian after Prakash Nath (1947), Prakash Padukone (1980, 1981), Pullela Gopichand (2001) and Saina Nehwal (2015) to reach the final of the prestigious tournament after outwitting defending champion Lee Zii Jia in a gruelling semifinal.
  • The Indian Star shuttler defeated defending champion Lee Zee Jia and world bronze medallist Anders Antonsen before he lost in the final against Denmark's Viktor Axelsen.
  • This was his third straight final appearance at a BWF World Tour event since winning the India Open and a second-place finish at the German Open.
  • Along with Sen, Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also moved up a spot to equal their career-best ranking of seventh.
  • The Chirag-Satwik duo won the India Open, finished third at the Super 1000 Indonesia Open and also represented India at Tokyo 2020.
  • In the women's doubles, Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand also jumped 12 places to reach a career-best world number 34, riding on their maiden semifinal finish at the All England Championship.
  • Double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu remained at world number 7, while Saina climbed two places to 23rd, following a second round defeat at All England.

About England Badminton Championships:

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

2022 All England Open:

  • The 2022 All England Open (officially known as the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships 2022 for sponsorship reasons) was a badminton tournament that took place at Utilita Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England, from 16 to 20 March 2022.
  • It had a total prize pool of $990,000.
  • The 2022 All England Open was the fifth tournament of the 2022 BWF World Tour and was part of the All England Open Badminton Championships, which had been held since 1899.
  • The tournament was organized by the Badminton England with sanction from the Badminton World Federation.

Indian Super League: Hyderabad FC recently clinched their maiden Indian Super League title.

Key Highlights:

  • They won their maiden trophy after defeating Kerala Blasters in the penalty shoot-out in the summit clash.
  • Hyderabad beat Kerala 3-1 in the shoot-out after the match ended 1-1 in the regulation and extra time.
  • Goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani made three stunning saves.
  • Joao Victor, Khassa Camara, and Halicharan Narzary scored for Hyderabad, while only Ayush Adhikari scored in the shoot-out as Kerala was eliminated for the third time in the finals.

2022 BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament: The 2022 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament was held from March 07 to 20, 2022 at Indian Wells, California, US.

Key highlights:

  • The 2022 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament is also known as the 2022 Indian Wells Masters.
  • The BNP Paribas Open is the largest two-week combined event outside of the four Grand Slams.
  • It is the most-attended WTA 1000 and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in the world.

List of winners:

Singles Category:

  • Women’s singles - Iga Świątek (Poland)
  • Men’s Singles - Taylor Fritz (United States)

Doubles Category:

  • Women’s Doubles - Xu Yifan / Yang Zhaoxuan
  • Men’s Doubles - John Isner / Jack Sock

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2022: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari- Monaco) has won the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • The Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix 2022 was held at the Bahrain International Circuit, a motor racing circuit in the west of Bahrain.
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari – Spain) came second while Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) came third.
  • This was the first Formula One race of 2022.

 

Sports Current Affairs - March 2022

Women's World Cup 2022: Veteran team India pacer Jhulan Goswami made history in their ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 match against England on March 16, 2022 by becoming the first ever female pacer to claim 250 wickets in ODI cricket.

Key Highlights:

  • Jhulan has become the first-ever woman bowler to breach the 250 mark.
  • The 39-year-old reached the milestone with England wicket opener Tammy Beaumont, who caught them leg-advance.
  • The achievement comes just three days after Jhulan Goswami became the all-time highest wicket-taker in the history of the Women's World Cup with 40 wickets, surpassing Australia's Lynn Fullston.
  • She is also the only bowler to take over 200 wickets in Women's ODIs.
  • The second-highest wicket-taker in Women's ODIs is Australia's Cathryn Fitzpatrick who has taken 180 wickets.
  • Anisa Mohammed of the West Indies is also in second place with 180 wickets.

However, the rest of the Indian team were disappointed against England as they were knocked out for just 134 after batting first.

 England won the match by 4 wickets by surpassing the score with 112 balls to spare.

About Jhulan:

  • Jhulan Goswami is a right-arm fast bowler.
  • She had made her Women's World Cup debut in 2005.
  • This is her fifth Women's ODI World Cup.
  • She had taken her first World Cup wicket on March 22, 2005 when she had dismissed Sri Lanka's Inoka Galagedara.

World Cup 2022:

  • The ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022 has began on 4th March 2022 at the Bay Oval in Tauranga.
  • The final would be played on 3rd April 2022.
  • The event was originally scheduled for 6 February to 7 March 2021 but was postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A total of 31 matches, including the semi-finals and final, will be played across 31 days in New Zealand in the league format.
  • The first ICC Women's World Cup 2022 semi-final will be played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on 30 March 2022
  • ICC Women's World Cup 2022 semi-final will be played in the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on 31 March 2022.

19th Asian 100 UP Billiards Championship 2022: Indian cueist Pankaj Advani won eighth title at the 19th Asian 100 UP Billiards Championship 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • He defeated Dhruv Sitwala, a two-time Asian Billiards champion to win his eighth title.
  • The 19th Asian 100 UP Billiards Championship 2022 was held in Doha, Qatar.
  • This is this is Advani’s 24th international title and 8th Asian crown.
  • Earlier, Advani had held off the stiff challenge of Pauk Sa of Myanmar to secure a spot in the final.
  • He managed a 5-4 win after his opponent fought back strongly to level the match at four frames each.

FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022: All India Chess Federation (FAIC) has announced that India will be hosting the upcoming 44th World Chess Olympiad 2022 at Chennai.

Key Facts:

  • It will be held from 26th July 2022 to 8th August 2022.
  • The International Chess Federation or FIDE had approved the bid offered by the All India Chess Federation (AICF) to host the mega biennial event that would see about 190 nations competing for the medals.
  • This is the first time that India will host the FIDE Chess Olympiad since its inception in 1927.
  • Also, it will be the second major world event to be held in the country after the World Championship match in 2013 between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen in Chennai.
  • The event was originally scheduled to be held in Russia, but FIDE pulled out from there following the Ukraine invasion.

Venue for the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022:

  • The venue for FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 will be the Four Points by Sheraton Mahabalipuram Resort & Convention Center which is 60 kilometres south of central Chennai.
  • It is located in Mamallapuram, one of the famous tourist sites in India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of seventh- and eighth-century Hindu monuments.

Note: Chennai is not only the home of former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, India's first chess Grandmaster, but also the home of Manuel Aaron, the country's first chess International Master (IM).

About FIDE Chess Olympiad:

  • The Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams representing nations of the world compete.
  • FIDE organizes the tournament and selects the host nation.
  • Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, FIDE held an Online Chess Olympiad in 2020 and 2021, with a rapid time control that affected players' online ratings.
  • The use of the name "Chess Olympiad" for FIDE's team championship is of historical origin and implies no connection with the Olympic Games.
  • FIDE organized the first Official Olympiad in 1927 which took place in London.

 

Grandiscacchi Cattolica International Open Chess Tournament: Indian Grandmaster S L Narayanan from Thiruvananthapuram won of the Grandiscacchi Cattolica International Open on 8th March 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • Meanwhile his compatriot R Praggnanandhaa came second.
  • Narayanan and six others finished equal first on 6.5 points after nine rounds.
  • The 24-year old Narayanan was at the top based on a better tie-break score.
  • He won against Italian Alex Dobboletta, compatriot Akshat Khamparia, Jobaova Baadur (Georgia) and Belarusian Sergei Azarov and played his drawn game against Praggnanandhaa.
  • He has earned the title of Grandmaster in 2015 and is the 41st Grandmaster from India.

Priyanka Nutakki: Priyanka Nutakki has become the 23rd Woman Grandmaster.

Key Facts:

  • The 19-year-old Priyanka Nutakki secured her final WGM-norm at MPL’s forty-seventh National Women Chess Championship.
  • She scored 7.0/9, completed at 2348 and become India’s latest Woman Grandmaster on 2 March 2022.
  • She hails from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
  • She scored her first WGM-norm in January 2019 and crossed the 2300 rating criteria in the next two months.

Mithali Raj: Indian women cricket captain, Mithali Raj scripted history by becoming the first woman to appear in six World Cups.

Key Points:

  • Raj had now surpassed former Australian skipper Belinda Clark's record of leading her team in 23 matches.
  • India on 12th March went against West Indies in the team's third match of the ICC Women's World Cup 2022.
  • The ICC women’s cricket world cup 2022 is being held in New Zealand.
  • With this match, Mithali Raj has now captained India for the 24th time in World Cups.
  • 39 year old Mithali has now led the country in 24 World Cup games, claiming 14 victories, 8 losses and one no result.
  • She is the only third cricketer overall to play six world cup after Sachin Tendulkar and Javed Miandad.
  • She has played in the ICC women’s cricket world cup events in 2000, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and now in 2022.

In the ICC women’s cricket world cup 2022, the Indian batter surpassed former New Zealand cricketers, Debbie Hockley and Charlotte Edwards of England.

Fast bowler Jhulan Goswami, Raj’s India teammate for the longest time, stands second on the list with five World Cup appearances.

ISSF World Cup 2022: India has topped medal table with four gold, two silver, and one bronze.

Key Highlights:

  • Norway came second on the medals tally with six medals which include three gold, one silver, and two bronze.
  • France came third with three golds.

About ISSF World Cup 2022:

  • ISSF World Cup 2022 was held in Cairo, Egypt from 26th February to 8th March 2022.
  • More than 500 athletes from 60 countries had participated in the Cairo World Cup.
  • 22 countries won medals in this tournament.

India’s performance:

  • The first gold medal was won by Saurabh Chaudhary.  He defeated Germany’s Michael Schwald with a score of 16-6 in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol gold medal match.
  • Anish Bhanwala and Rhythm Sangwan won the gold medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol mixed team match against Thailand.
  • Indian trio of Anish Bhanwala, Gurpreet Singh, and Bhavesh Shekhawat won the silver medal in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol team competition after losing to Germany.
  • In the women’s 10m air pistol team event Nivetha Paramanantham, Esha Singh, and Ruchira Vinerkar clinched the gold medal.
  • In the women’s 25m pistol team event Esha Singh, Rahi Sarnobat, and Rhythm Sangwan won the gold for India. They defeated the team from Singapore in the gold match.
  • In the women’s 10m air pistol individual event Esha Singh clinched the Silver medal.
  • In the 50m rifle 3 positions mixed team event Akhil Sheoran and Shriyanka Sadangi won the bronze medal.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC): The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) recently announced its new code of laws, to be effective from October 1.

The new code of laws is as follows:

Applying saliva to the ball:

  • One of the key changes has been a complete ban on applying saliva to the ball irrespective of the Covid situation.
  • MCC’s research found that applying saliva to the ball had little or no impact on the amount of swing the bowlers were getting.
  • Players were using sweat to polish the ball, and this was equally effective.

Mankading

  • The MCC also accepted Mankading (or Browned, as Sunil Gavaskar calls it) as a normal mode of running out the non-striker, removing it from Law 41 (Unfair play) and clubbing it with Law 38 (Run out).

Background:

  • In 1948, when the legendary Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad had run-out Australia’s Bill Brown at the non-striker’s end after duly warning the latter for backing up too far, he was heavily criticised and the Mankading phrase was coined.

About Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC):

  • Marylebone Cricket Club is a cricket club founded in 1787.
  • The MCC headquarters are at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
  • The club was formerly the governing body of cricket and still holds considerable global influence.
  • In 1788, the MCC took responsibility for the laws of cricket, issuing a revised version that year.
  • Changes to these Laws are now determined by the International Cricket Council (ICC), but the copyright is still owned by MCC.

ISSF World Cup 2022: Indian shooter, Saurabh Chaudhary has clinched India’s first gold medal at the ongoing 2022 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

Key Highlights:

  • The 19-years Chaudhary defeated Michael Schwald of Germany 16-6 in the Gold Medal match of the Men’s 10m Air Pistol Event.
  • The silver medal has been won by Germany’s Michael Schwald while Artem Chernousov of Russia claimed the bronze medal.
  • In the women’s 10m air pistol section, India’s Esha Singh lost to Anna Korakaki of Greece to win the silver medal.
  • Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Antoaneta Kostadinova claimed the bronze medal.

About ISSF:

  • The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) is the governing body of the Olympic shooting events in rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines, and of several non-Olympic Shooting sport events.
  • It was founded in 1907.
  • It is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament: Indian boxers Nitu (48kg) and Nikhat Zareen (52kg) have won gold medals at the 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament, held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Key Highlights:

  • Nitu prevailed 5-0 over Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro, a former youth world championship bronze-medallist.
  • Zareen, on the other hand, outpunched Ukraine’s Tetiana Kob, a three-time European Championships medallist 4-1.
  • Nandini also finished on the podium in the 81kg category and signed off with a bronze medal.
  • The Indian contingent concluded their campaign with three medals at the tournament, which was part of India’s first exposure trip this year.

About:

  1. The Hyderabad-based Zareen, who is a multiple-time national medalist, had won a gold medal at the Strandja Memorial’s 2019 edition as well.
  2. Nitu is a two-time former youth world champion and is also a former gold medallist at the Asian youth championships.

World Taekwondo: World Taekwondo has stripped Russian Prez Vladimir Putin of black belt following his country's invasion of Ukraine.

Key Points:

  • World Taekwondo strongly condemned the brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine, which goes against its motto "Peace is More Precious than Triumph" and the World Taekwondo values of respect and tolerance.
  • "In this regard, World Taekwondo has decided to withdraw the honorary 9th dan black belt conferred to Vladimir Putin in November 2013," stated an official statement.
  • World Taekwondo also said that in solidarity with the International Olympic Committee, no Russian or Belarusian national flags or anthems will be displayed or played at World Taekwondo events.
  • World Taekwondo and the European Taekwondo Union will not organize or recognize Taekwondo events in Russia and Belarus.
  • The International Judo Federation too made a similar decision to remove Putin's title of honorary president and ambassador "in light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine."

Russian President Vladimir Putin had announced a military operation in Ukraine and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to "consequences they have never seen."

FIFA and UEFA: FIFA and UEFA have decided to indefinitely suspend all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, from participation in all competitions run by the two football bodies.

About FIFA:

  1. FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association in French, is the highest global governing body of football (also known as soccer to distinguish it from American football), the world’s most popular game.
  2. It is also the international governing body for futsal (a kind of mini football played indoors on a hard court between two teams of five players each) and beach soccer (five-a-side played on a beach).
  3. It was founded on 21 May 1904.
  4. It is responsible for organizing and promoting football’s major international tournaments, most importantly the football World Cup, which began in 1930, and the Women’s World Cup which began in 1991.
  5. The membership of FIFA now comprises 211 national football associations around the world.
  6. FIFA is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.
  7. It supports these national associations financially and logistically through various programmes.
  8. The FIFA Congress is the supreme legislative body of FIFA, in which each of the 211 members of the organization has a vote.

About UEFA:

  1. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative body for football, beach soccer and futsal in Europe.
  2. It is among 6 continental confederations of world football’s governing body FIFA.
  3. It comprises 55 national association members apart from representing national football associations of Europe.
  4. It runs nation & club competitions such as UEFA European Championship, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup.
  5. It also controls the prize money, regulations and media rights for these competitions.

Abey Kuruvilla: The former India pacer, Abey Kuruvilla is all set to take charge as the new General Manager of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Key Facts:

  • Kuruvilla's appointment was ratified during BCCI’s Apex Council meeting on March 2, 2022.
  • The position of BCCI’s General Manager fell vacant after Dhiraj Malhotra had stepped down.
  • Earlier in 2022, Abey Kuruvilla’s tenure as the national selection committee member got over and now he will be taking up the role of new General Manager of BCCI.

About Abey Kuruvilla:

  • Abey Kuruvilla is a former Indian pace bowler of the mid-1990s
  • The 53-year-old Kuruvilla in his brief international career played in 35 international matches, 25 one-day Internationals, and ten Tests, all in the same calendar year.
  • He retired from all forms of cricket in 2000 and took up coaching.
  • On September 27, 2012, he was appointed as the National Selector from the BCCI as the talent scout for Mumbai Indians.
  • In December 2020, he was appointed as the national selector of the Indian Cricket Team.

About 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.
  • It comes under the jurisdiction of the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry, Government of India.

Note: It is an autonomous organization and does not come under the National Sports Federation of India. 

  • Its headquarters are in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
  • Grant Govan was its first president and Anthony De Mello its first secretary.
  • It is the richest cricket board in the world.
  • It is part of the big three of the International Cricket along with Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board.
  • The current President of BCCI is Sourav Ganguly.

TATA IPL 2022: RuPay, a flagship product of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), has become the official partner for TATA IPL 2022.

Highlights:

  • This was announced by BCCI's Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC)
  • This will be a multi-year partnership.

About RuPay:

  • RuPay is a flagship product of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • It is the first-of-its-kind Global Card payment network from India.
  • It provides a self-reliant card payments network with innovative features that have made it a successful interoperable card.
  • It is widely accepted at POS devices, ATMs as well as on e-commerce websites and provides a self-reliant card payments network.
  • RuPay cards are issued by more than 1,100 banks which include public, private, regional rural and co-operative banks.

Tata IPL 2022:

  • The 15th edition of Tata IPL 2022 will start on 26th March 2022 and the final will be played on May 29, 2022.  
  • The tournament will be played in Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra.
  • A total of 70 league matches will be played across four international venues in Mumbai and Pune.
  • The venue for the playoff matches will be decided later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Olympic Committee Session 2023: India has won the bid to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee's (IOC) session in Mumbai, in an unopposed race on February 19.

Key Highlights:

  • Mumbai was officially announced as the host by IOC president Thomas Bach following a voting session at the IOC Session 2022 in Beijing.
  • Out of 82 IOC members eligible for voting, 75 members were in favour of Mumbai. Six voted for abstention, while only one vote went against Mumbai.
  • The last such session was hosted by India in the year 1983 in New Delhi.
  • Nita Ambani is the representative of India on this committee.

IOC Session for 2023:

  • The IOC Session for 2023 will be held at Jio World Convention Centre, Mumbai.
  • This event will see the election for the 2030 Winter Olympics host country and the sports programme for the Olympic Games scheduled in Los Angeles for the year 2028.
  • As India gets to host this session, India will be front-runners to host the 2030 Youth Olympics and can push for the 2036 Summer Olympics.

Significance:

  • The 2023 IOC session will be a crucial moment in the sporting chapter of the country and also 2022-2023 happens to be the 75th year of India's Independence.
  • It will establish the nation on the global sporting map.
  • It opens up multiple opportunities in the organization of world-class training infrastructure, nurturing sports talent, sporting events, enriching the lives of millions of Indian athletes and sports viewers.

About IOC Session:

  • The IOC Session is the yearly meeting of members of the IOC which consists of 101 voting members and 45 honorary members.
  • Senior representatives from over 50 international sports federations also attend the meet.
  • Senior reps include Presidents and Secretaries-General, while the federations include summer and winter sporting disciplines.
  • They come together to decide amendments to the Olympic Charter, the election of IOC members and office-bearers and so on.

Airthings Masters 2022: Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, a 16-year old Indian Grandmaster scripted history on February 21, 2022, by defeating the World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.

Key Highlights:

  • Indian GM defeated him in the eighth round of the Airthings Masters online rapid Chess tournament.
  • Praggnanandhaa, while playing with Black Pieces managed to outfox world No. 1 and the reigning five-time world champion in 39 moves in a Tarrasch variation.
  • He lies in joint 12th spot after eight rounds with eight points.
  • He is the third Indian who has been able to beat Norwegian Chess King Magnus Carlsen.
  • The other two Indians who beat Carlsen were Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna.
  • It has four games played on each of the three days (Feb 19-21) of the preliminary stage while the three rounds will be played on February 22, 2022.

About Airthing Masters 2022:

  • Airthing Masters has kicked off the Meltwater Champions Chess tour of 2022.
  • The tournament is taking place from February 19-26, 2022.
  • Sixteen players in total will battle it out in the round-robin stage of the online event before the eight go forward to the knockout stage.

About Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa:

  • Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is a 16-years old Indian Grandmaster.
  • He is a Chess prodigy and the fifth-youngest person ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster after Abhimanyu Mishra, Sergey Karjakin, Gukesh D, and Javokhir Sindarov.

Achievements:

In 2013, Praggnanandhaa had won the World Youth Chess Championships under-8 title.

In 2015, he won the Under-10 title.

In 2016, he became the youngest international master in history, at the age of 10 years, 10 months and 19 days.

In November 2017, Praggnanandhaa achieved his first grandmaster norm at the West Junior Chess Championship where he finished fourth with 8 points.

Rio Open Tennis Title: Spain's 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz Garfia has clinched the Rio Open title after defeating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Key Highlights:

  • With this win, the seventh-seeded Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP 500 champion since the category was created in 2009.
  • He defeated third-seeded Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2 in the final at the clay-court tournament.
  • It is the second tour-level title of the teen’s career following his breakthrough in Umag last year.
  • He won the NextGen ATP Finals in 2021.
  • The Spaniard converted five of his six break points overall and dominated with impressive baseline play.
  • Overall, he won 55 percent of his return points to put constant pressure on his veteran opponent.

Mexican Open: Rafael Nadal won the Mexican Open by defeating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 on February 26, 2022, and to extend his career-best start for a season to 15-0.

Key Highlights:

  • With this, the 35-year-old Spaniard has won his 91st ATP Title.
  • Norrie who was on an eighth game-winning streak was trying to become the first man of Britain to win the Mexican Open in its 29-year history.
  • Nadal who won his third title in 2022, including the Australian Open, is 3 victories from tying Ivan Lendl’s total of 94 for third place for the most Championships in the Open era.
  • Jimmy Connors leads with 109 and Roger Federer has 103.
  • The Spaniard won for the fourth time in Acapulco (2005, 2013 and 2020) where he is a fan favorite.
  • He won his first title in Mexico when he was 18 and holds the record for the youngest winner in tournament history as well as the oldest at 35.

Doubles Finals:

  • In the doubles final, Feliciano Lopez and Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-5, 6-4.

 

 

 

Sports Current Affairs - February 2022

India's Biggest Wrestling Academy: Ministry of Railways has recently approved of setting up a state-of-art wrestling academy in Indian Railways, at Kishanganj, Delhi.

This move by Indian Railways (IR) is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to offer the best sports facilities to sportspersons.

About the academy:

  • The wrestling academy will be the biggest in India.
  • It will be equipped with advanced training facilities to promote the sports of wrestling in the country.
  • The project will be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 30.76 crores.
  • According to the ministry, the national transporter has played a key role in promoting wrestling in the country and most of the elite wrestlers in India are from Indian Railways.

Significance:

  • The academy will offer the best sports facilities to sportspersons, and provide an opportunity for many budding wrestlers to become champions in the coming time.

Note:

  • Most of the elite wrestlers are from Railways and most of the medals won by India in wrestling in Olympics were from India Railways including Sushil (2008 & 2012), Sakshi Malik (2016) and Ravi Kumar and Bajrang (2020).
  • In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Indian Railways sportsperson (IR) performance have been commendable and out of 7 medals won by India 3 Individual medals are by Mirabai Chanu (Silver in weightlifting), Ravi Kumar (Silver in Wrestling), Bajrang (Bronze in wrestling) and in Bronze medallist Indian Hockey Men team, two players were from IR.

Contributions by IR to sportsperson:

  • Indian Railway (IR) has been contributing to the promotion of sports through Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) in the Country, in a big way.
  • Railways have always supported the sizable number of sportspersons by giving them job security with various incentives.
  • As on date, more than 9000 sportspersons are on roll in 29 game disciplines in Indian Railways.
  • Railway sportspersons have brought laurels for the country in all mega sports events like Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, etc.

Achievements by Railways sportspersons:

  • Railways sportspersons have been honoured with 27 Padamshree, 176 Arjuna, 12 Dhyanchand, 14 Dronacharya and 9 Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Awards for their outstanding sports achievements.

 

2021 FIFA Club World Cup Champions: English club Chelsea has won the FIFA Club World Cup 2021 for the first time.

Key Highlights:

  • Chelsea defeated Brazilian club Palmeiras, 2-1 in the finals which was held at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi..
  • The decisive goal was scored by Kai Havertz with 3 minutes of extra time to go.
  • Kai Havertz’ nerveless 117th-minute penalty settled a grueling Club World Cup final.
  • The tournament was held from 3 to 12 February 2022 in the United Arab Emirates.
  • The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup was the 18th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Key Track Records:

Chelsea completed a full house of major trophies since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003. They are -

  • Champions League,
  • Europa League,
  • Super Cup,
  • Premier League,
  • FA Cup,
  • League Cup and
  • Community Shield.

Chelsea became the third English team to win the Club World Cup after Manchester United and Liverpool.

About FIFA:

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

Senior National Volleyball Championship 2021-22: The Senior National Volleyball Championship 2021-22 was won by Kerala's Women and Haryana Men's team.

Key Highlights:

  • The Kerala team defeated the Indian Railway 3-1 to win the Women's title in Senior National Volleyball Championship 2021-22.
  • Similarly, in the men's category, the Haryana team defeated the Indian Railway 3-0 to win the trophy.
  • The 70th Senior National Volleyball (Men & Women) Championship 2021-22 was held at the Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium, KIIT Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar.
  • The championship was held from February 07 to 13, 2022.

 

Under-19 World Cup Title: India won a record-extending fifth Under-19 World Cup title, beating England by four wickets in the final.

Key Highlights:

  • The 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup was an international limited-overs cricket tournament that was held in the West Indies in January and February 2022.
  • Sixteen teams took part in it.
  • This year was the 14th edition of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and the first that was held in the West Indies.
  • India lifted the cup under the captaincy of Yash Dull without losing a single match in the entire tournament.
  • The Indian team is coached by former Indian Cricketer VVS Laxman.
  • After a superb bowling performance by Raj Bawa (5/31) and Ravi Kumar (4/34) helped bowl out England for 189.
  • India was all over England before a gritty 95 by James Rew saved his team the blushes.
  • India rode on half-centuries by Shaik Rasheed (50) and Nishant Sindhu (50 not out) to reach 195/6 in 47.4 overs and win the match by four wickets.

Overview of 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup:

  • Host Country - West Indies
  • Total Participating Teams - 16
  • Title winner - India
  • Player of the Match (Finals) - Raj Bawa (India)
  • Player of the Tournament - Dewald Brevis (South Africa)

About ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup:

  • The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is an international cricket tournament organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
  • It is contested by national under-19 teams.
  • It was first contested in 1988 as the Youth World Cup.
  • It is conducted once in every two years.

India's triumphs in U-19 World Cup:

India has won the World Cup on a record five occasions, while Australia has won three times.

  • Besides winning the five titles, the Indian colts have also finished runners-up thrice i.e. in 2006, 2016 and 2020.
  • India bagged their first title in 2000 in what was the third edition of the event when Mohammad Kaif's side beat hosts Sri Lanka by six wickets in Colombo.
  • Their next title in the biennial event came in 2008 in Malaysia when the team led by Virat Kohli defeated South Africa U-19 by 12 runs via D/L Method to win the country's second U-19 World Cup crown.
  • India's third title came in 2012 when Unmukt Chand's team thrashed hosts Australia by six wickets at Townsville.
  • India again defeated Australia in the final to win their fourth title, which came after a gap of six years in 2018.

About ICC:

  • ICC refers to the International Cricket Committee.
  • It is the world governing body of cricket.
  • It is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference on 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 106 member nations including 94 associates.
  • 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 Greg Barclay and the Chief Executive is Geoff Allardice.

IND vs WI 2022, 1st ODI:  India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the first ODI of their three-match series in Ahmedabad on 6th February 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • This was India's 1000th ODI match. 
  • Chasing a target of 177, the hosts reached 178 for four in 28 overs.
  • Captain Rohit Sharma top-scored for his side with a knock of 60 runs off 51 balls.
  • Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav smashed an unbeaten knock of 34 runs off 36 balls to wrap up the match for India.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal was in fantastic form and took four wickets.
  • Meanwhile, Washington Sundar registered three wickets and Prasidh Krishna bagged two.

The second ODI will be played at the same venue on February 9, 2022.

Arif Khan: India's lone participant in the Winter Olympics, alpine skier Arif Khan, finished 45th in the giant slalom event on 13th February 2022.

Key facts:

  • The 31-year-old from Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir was qualified for both, slalom and giant slalom, the two Winter Olympic skiing sports.
  • He clocked a combined time of 2 minutes 47.24 seconds from two races in difficult weather conditions at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre.
  • He is the only athlete from the country to be a part of the 2022 Beijing Games.
  • He is also the only Indian skier to have ever qualified for both events together.

Winners:

Marco Odermatt (2:09.35) of Switzerland clinched the gold while Slovenia's Zan Kranjec (2:09.54) and France's Mathieu Faivre (2:10.69) clinched the silver and bronze respectively.

About Alpine Skiing:

Alpine skiing is a type of ski sport that is made up of five different events such as -

  1. The downhill,
  2. Super G,
  3. Alpine combined,
  4. Slalom and
  5. Giant slalom.

What is the difference between slalom and giant slalom?

Slalom is the shorter of the two events.

  • It is the more technically challenging one since the gates are smaller and skiers have to focus on their zigzagging technique rather than their speed in this event.

Giant slalom on the other hand combines the technical aspect of slalom with the speed of downhill skiing events.

  • The giant slalom event sees skiers reach up to 80 kilometres an hour.
  • The increase in speed means that the ‘gates’ have to be larger.
  • Athletes ski down a slope as they pass between sets of 'gates' which consist of two plastic poles.

Why did India not attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics games in Beijing?

  • India did not attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing after China fielded the regimental commander of the People’s Liberation Army, who was injured during the 2020 military face-off with Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, as a torchbearer for the event’s Torch Relay.

Note: Meanwhile, another Indian athlete Shiva Keshavan who competed in Luge in the previous Winter Olympics has been inducted into the World Olympians Association’s ‘Olympians for Life Beijing 2022’ hall of fame.

 

Asia Cup 2022: The Indian women's hockey team defeated China 2-0 to attain a bronze medal finish at the 2022 Asia Cup in Muscat, Oman.

Key Highlights:

  • Japan won the Women's Hockey Asia Cup in Oman by defeating three-time champions South Korea 4-2 in the final at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
  • India lost to South Korea in the semi-final and settled for the Bronze.
  • After making a winning start to their campaign at the Women's Asia Cup with a 9-0 win against Malaysia in their first match, the Indian hockey team went down 0-2 against Asian Games defending Champions Japan in their second pool A match.

Format of the Tournament:

  • The tournament was played in a two-pool format with cross-over classification matches.
  • India was clubbed with Japan, Malaysia and Singapore in Pool A and South Korea, China, Thailand and Indonesia were placed in Pool B.
  • The top two teams from each pool made it to the semi-finals.

India's Performance in Women's Hockey Asia Cup:

  • India in its debut in the Women's Hockey Asia Cup in 1989 secured the fourth position with two points. The tournament was played in a round-robin format, and India started their campaign against Hong Kong with a 2-0 win.
  • In 1993, India secured the third position and won the bronze medal.
  • In the semi-finals, India lost to China 3-0 but went on to beat Japan 1-0 in the playoff.
  • In 1999, India emerged as a runner-up and won the silver medal.
  • The final match was played between India and Korea.
  • 2004 was a great year for India as India emerged as champions! The Indian team beat South Korea 5-0 in the semi-finals and then won against Japan 1-0 in the final and won their first title in their homeland.
  • In 2009, India secured a silver medal. In the final, China beat India 5-3 and secured the title.
  • In 2013, India won a bronze medal after it won against China 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out. In 2017, India won its second title.

Australian Open 2022: Rafael Nadal scripts history by winning the 21st Grand Slam and second Australian Open in five sets at Melbourne.

Key Highlights:

  • Nadal edged past Daniil Medvedev in a classic Australian Open final on 30 January 2021.
  • He pulled off one of his finest performances to win a titanic five-set duel with Medvedev.
  • He moved ahead of era rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the all-time list of men’s major winners.
  • Djokovic missed his chance to improve on his nine Australian Open wins when he was deported over-vaccination issues on the eve of the tournament, while Roger Federer recovering from knee surgery.
  • He has also become the fourth person in Open Era history to win all Grand Slams at least twice and the third-oldest man in the Open Era (since 1970) to win a Grand Slam title, behind Ken Rosewall and Federer.
  • In women’s, World Number 1 Ashleigh Barty of Australia defeated Danielle Collins of the US, 6-3 7-6, to win women’s singles final title at the Australian Open 2022.

The winners list of Australian Open Tennis Title 2022:

Men’s Singles: Rafael Nadal

Women’s Singles: Ashleigh Barty

Men’s Doubles: Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios

Women’s Doubles: Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková

Mixed Doubles: Kristina Mladenovic and Ivan Dodig

 

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year 2022 Award: India's Olympic gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus 'World Breakthrough of the Year' award.

Key Highlights:

  • He is the third Indian athlete to be nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards.
  • The other two are wrestler Vinesh Phogat in 2019 and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who had won the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 Award.
  • He is one of the six nominees for the award.
  • The other nominees include Spanish footballer Pedri, Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev, British tennis player Emma Raducanu, Australian Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus and Venezuelan athlete Yulimar Rojas.
  • The 23-year-old Chopra became only the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal in the javelin throw with a throw of 87.58 in the final at Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  • The first-ever Indian to win individual gold at the Olympics was Abhinav Bindra in air rifle in 2008.
  • Chopra is currently ranked second in the world and will defend both the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games titles in a busy 2022.
  • He will also chase a maiden World Championships medal later in the year.

About Laureus World Sports Awards:

  • The Laureus World Sports Awards was established in 1999 by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation founders Daimler and Richemont.
  • The name "Laureus" is derived from the Greek word for laurel, which is considered a traditional symbol of victory in athletics.
  • It is an annual award ceremony that honours individuals and teams from the world of sports.
  • The first-ever Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony was conducted on May 25, 2000, in Monte Carlo.
  • The Laureus World Sports Awards comprise the following six categories:
  1. Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
  2. Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
  3. Laureus World Team of the Year
  4. Laureus World Comeback of the Year
  5. Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year
  6. Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year

The winners in each of the six categories are decided by a panel comprising of leading sports journalists and broadcasters from around the world.

Note:

  • This year's awardees will be decided by over 1300 panelists.
  • The names of the winners will be revealed in April after a vote by the Laureus World Sports Academy, which is the world's ultimate sports jury that is made up of 71 of the world's greatest sporting legends of all times.

Additional info:

  • Lionel Messi became the first footballer and first athlete from a team sport to win the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award in the 2020 ceremony.
  • Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer with six wins has won the maximum Laureus World Sports Awards including 5 for Sportsman of the Year and one for Comeback of the Year.

World Games Athlete of the Year 2021 Award: Indian men's hockey team goalkeeper, PR Sreejesh has recently been named World Games Athlete of the Year 2021 on January 31, 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • He has become the first Indian male athlete and second Indian sportsperson overall to win the honour.
  • In 2020, Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal became the first Indian to win the honour for her performances in 2019.
  • Sreejesh beat the competition from Olympic champion Alberto Ginés López and Italian wushu player Michele Giordano for the award.
  • The 33-year-old was an integral part of the Indian men's hockey team that won the bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  • He was named the FIH goalkeeper of the year for 2021 in the FIH Stars Awards in October 2021.
  • He has represented India in 244 senior international matches.
  • At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Sreejesh led the Indian hockey team to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
  • He led the Indian team that won the silver medal at the 2016 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy held in London.
  • Overall, 24 sportspeople from 17 countries were nominated for the annual award based on individual and team performances.
  • The winner was decided after three weeks of online voting.

About FIH:

  • FIH refers to International Hockey Federation.
  • It 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.

Diplomatic Boycott: The Ministry of External Affairs recently officially announced the diplomatic level boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremony.

Key Points:

  • The opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics will not be telecasted by Doordarshan.
  • Now, India has joined a growing list of countries that will not send government delegations to the Chinese capital for the Winter Olympics.
  • In December 2020, the United States had announced a diplomatic boycott of the event.
  • Following the US lead, other countries such as The United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the Netherlands, among others made a similar decision.

What is the reason behind the boycott?

  • The Winter Games have been dogged by controversies, ranging from the diplomatic boycotts to the safety of one of China’s top players and concerns over the privacy of the visiting athletes.
  • The US is against forced sterilization campaigns and mass detention camps organized against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China.
  • India's decision for a diplomatic boycott is that China has picked a Chinese soldier (Qi Fabao) as Olympic torchbearer, who was involved in the Galwan incident on June 15, 2020, which had resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers, including a Colonel.

About 2022 Winter Olympics:

  • The 2022 Winter Olympics kicked off from February 04, 2022, in Beijing, China and will continue till February 20, 2022.
  • The Opening Ceremony was held at Beijing’s National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest.
  • It is the first Winter Olympic Games in China and the second overall Olympics in China.
  • Emblem for the 2022 Winter Olympics: “Winter Dream”.
  • Moto for the 2022 Winter Olympics: Bing Dwen Dwen.
  • The official slogan for the 2022 Winter Olympics:  “Together for a Shared Future”.

What is a diplomatic boycott?

  • A diplomatic boycott means these countries will not send official government delegations to Beijing during the Games.
  • Given the scale of the Olympics, high-ranking officials from a country’s government often travel to the Olympics. These officials are often labeled as the ‘VIP visitors’.

Does a diplomatic boycott affect athletes’ participation?

  • No, it doesn't. Athletes and officials from all countries will continue to take part in the Winter Olympics in Beijing unhindered.
  • A diplomatic boycott is a token protest that has no impact on the sporting spectacle.

So far, no athlete has withdrawn from the Beijing Games.

India will continue to be represented by just one athlete, alpine skier Arif Khan.

ICC Spirit of Cricket: New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has been named the winner of the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award.

Key Highlights:

  • Mitchell won the award for his gesture in New Zealand's semi-final match against England in the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
  • He has become the fourth New Zealand player to win the ICC award after Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson.
  • He won the award for refusing to take a single in the high-pressure T20 World Cup semi-final on November 10, 2021.

Scheme of Assistance to NSFs: The Union Government has approved the continuation of the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs).

Key Points:

  • The continuation has been approved with an outlay of Rs. 1575 crore for XV Finance Commission Cycle (2021-22 to 2025-26).
  • The Scheme of Assistance to NSFs is the flagship Central Sector Scheme.
  • It is a principal source of funding for the preparation of national teams for all major national and international competitions, including the Olympic Games, Para-Olympics, Asian Games, Para Asian Games, Commonwealth Games (CWG) and other major international tournaments.

Uses of the fund:

  • The outlay in the cycle will be extended to NSFs to train and field national teams for national and international competitions between 2022 and 2026.
  • Prime among them are the Commonwealth and Asian Games of 2022, Olympics and Paralympics 2024 and Asian and Commonwealth Games in 2026.
  • The financial support is extended by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports through this Scheme.
  • This will give a big boost to the country’s quest for achieving a place of pride in the sporting arena.
  • It will be used by NSFs for the following:
  • To conduct national coaching camps
  • To provide training of international standards to athletes
  • To procure sports equipment and consumables
  • To conduct data analysis on the performance of athletes
  • To provide sports science support
  • To provide recovery and rehabilitation to athletes with injury
  • To engage foreign coaches and high-performance directors
  • To set up a professional administrative system within NSFs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICC Women Cricketer of the year 2021: Indian opener Smriti Manadhana of India has won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women Cricketer of the year 2021.

Key Highlights:

  • The left-handed opener beat competition from Tammy Beaumont of England, Lizelle Lee of South Africa and Gaby Lewis of Ireland to clinch the honour.
  • Mandhana is the only Indian to win the award twice in her career, having earlier been awarded the trophy in 2018.
  • The only other Indian to receive the award was Jhulan Goswami in 2007.
  • Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry of Australia was the first woman player to win the award and remains the only player to win the award three times.

ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the year:

  • Lizelle Lee of South Africa whose average is 90.28 was named as the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the year, 2021.
  • In March 2021, Lee played a crucial role in South Africa’s win against India.
  • During the test series, Lee hit 288 runs that led the team to win against India. Lee was named as the Player of the series.

About Smriti Mandhana:

  • Smriti plays for the Indian cricket team.
  • She entered the national team in 2017 and on that very same year she played for the world cup.
  • Star batter Mandhana, 25, has scored 855 runs in 22 internationals at an average of 38.86 with one century and five half-centuries in 2021.
  • In 2019, Smriti became the captain of the team.
  • She won the CEAT International Woman Cricketer award in 219.
  • She was the third fastest cricketer to score 2000 runs in WODI.
  • She had a huge role in India's two wins against South Africa at home; scoring an unbeaten 80 in India's chase of 158 in the second ODI and later helped India level the series with her 48 not out in the win in the final T20I match.

About the award:

  • The ICC Women Cricketer of the year is presented as a part of the ICC Awards ceremony.
  • The award was introduced in 2006.
  • It adjudges the best international cricketer based on their twelve-month period performances.
  • In 2017, the award was renamed as Rachael Heyhoe Flint.
  • Rachael Heyhoe Flint is a woman cricketer who was the captain of the British cricket team between 1966 and 1978.
  • Between 2006 and 2011, the award was presented in a single category called “Women’s Player of the Year”.
  • In 2017, separate categories were introduced for One Day and T20 cricket.

ICC Awards 2021 winners: International Cricket Council recently announced the 17th edition of ICC Awards 2021 winners.

Key Highlights:

  • The cricketers from across the world were honored for their magnificent performances in the previous year between January 01, 2021, and December 31, 2021.
  • ICC awards 2021 include Emerging Cricketer of the Year, T20I Cricketer of the Year and Associate Cricketer of the Year for both men’s and women’s cricket among others.

Winners are listed below:

  1. Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Smriti Mandhana (India)
  2. Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year:  Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)
  3. ICC Umpire of the Year:               Marais Erasmus
  4. ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year: Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)
  5. ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year: Tammy Beaumont (England)
  6. ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year: Janneman Malan (South Africa)
  7. ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Fatima Sana (Pakistan)
  8. ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year: Zeeshan Maqsood (Oman)
  9. ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year: Andrea-Mae Zepeda (Austria)
  10. ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Babar Azam (Pakistan)
  11. ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Lizelle Lee (South Africa)
  12. ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year: Joe Root (England)

World Rapid Chess Champion 2021: Uzbekistan's Nodirbek Abdusattorov recently won the World Rapid Chess Championship 2021.

Key Highlights:

  • Abdusattorov defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) in a tiebreaker to win the World Rapid Chess Championship 2021.
  • This win by Abdusattorov has dethroned Magnus Carlsen who is the current World Number 1.
  • Magnus Carlsen won the FIDE Championship in 2020.
  • Nodirbek took home the title and a $60,000 prize after losing only one match to Ukrainian Anton Korobov and tying in five others.
  • The Uzbeki Grand Master (GM), received the Mard Uglon (“Brave Son”) Presidential medal.

Sports Current Affairs - January 2022

India Open 2022: India’s badminton player Lakshya Sen, on January 16, 2022, secured his maiden Super 500 title by winning the “Yonex-Sunrise India Open”.

Key Highlights:

  • Lakshya secured the title with a stunning straight-game victory over reigning world champion from Singapore, Loh Kean Yew in the men’s singles final.
  • The 20-year-old Sen gained victory over Yew in straight games 24-22, 21-17.
  • He had claimed his maiden world championships medal with a bronze in Spain in December 2021.
  • The 2022 India Open (badminton), officially Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2022, was held at the K. D. Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi, India, from 11 to 16 January 2022.
  • In the doubles final, the top doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won against three-time world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia.

List of Winners of 2022 Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2022:

  • Men’s Single: Lakshya Sen (India)
  • Women’s Single: Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Thailand)
  • Men’s Double: Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (India)
  • Women’s Double: Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard (Thailand)
  • Mixed Double: Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han (Singapore)

About India Open:

  • The India Open is an annual badminton event that has been held in India since 2008.
  • It is a BWF World Tour Super 500 Grade international badminton tournament.
  • The inaugural event was held in 2007 in Hyderabad but was canceled amid the Hyderabad bombings.
  • The first three editions of the India Open were designated as Grand Prix Gold events.
  • In 2011, it was upgraded to the BWF Superseries tournament.
  • Since then until 2019, it was held annually at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi.
  • India open is categorized as one among seven BWF World Tour Super 500 events by BWF since 2018.

About BWF:

  • Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • It was founded on 5 July 1934 as the International Badminton Federation with nine member nations namely, Canada, England, Denmark, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Netherlands, Wales and Scotland.
  • 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.

Additional Badminton News:

Badminton U-19 Girls Singles: Tasnim Mir recently became the first Indian to grab World no 1 in Under-19 (U-19) Girls Singles category.

Key Highlights:

  • She became the World no 1 in Under-19 (U-19) Girls Singles category with 10,810 points in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) junior rankings.
  • She is followed by Mariia Golubeva from Russia and Lucia Rodriguez from Spain.
  • In 2021, she won 3 Junior International Tournaments held in Bulgaria, France and Belgium, which helped her climb up for No.1 position.
  • The World No.1 position in Boy’s Singles is shared by Lakshya Sen, Siril Verma and Aditya Joshi.

 

FIFA Best Player Award: Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski won the FIFA Best Men's Player award for 2021 with Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas winning the FIFA Best Women's Player prize.

  • The Bayern Munich and Poland striker beat Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah for the top honour on this occasion.
  • The Puskas Award for the best goal of the year was won by Argentine Erik Lamela

About FIFA Best player Award:

  • FIFA Best player award is an annual award presented by football’s governing body.
  • It has been in existence since 2016.
  • The honour was formerly known as the FIFA World Player of the Year and was merged with the Ballon d’Or.
  • Since 2016 though, the two have been different entities altogether.
  • Unlike the Ballon d’Or, fans are given a significant weightage in deciding the Best FIFA football award recipient.

How are the results decided?

  • The results are decided through votes from the following parameters:
  • Current national team coaches
  • Current captain of every national team
  • One specialist journalist from each territory
  • Fans registered on FIFA.com
  • Each category has a 25% weightage.

Note: Cristiano Ronaldo was the first-ever recipient of the Best FIFA Men’s Player honour while USA’s Carli Lloyd was named the Best FIFA Women’s player in 2016. The record for most FIFA Best Player award winners is credited to Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski. The duo has won the honour two times.

The other categories of the award:

  • The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: Goalkeepers also receive a special mention in the form of The Best FIFA Goalkeeper.
  • It was started in 2017 in the men’s category, while the first Best FIFA Women's Goalkeeper award was given in 2019.
  • The Best FIFA Football Coach: Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri was the first-ever recipient in 2016 while current Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel won the award for 2021.
  • FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11: Apart from the individual honours, the organizing body also announces a FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 in both men’s and women’s categories.

About FIFA:

  • FIFA is an acronym for the International Federation of Association Football.
  • It 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.

 

Sydney Tennis Classic 2022: In tennis, Russian Aslan Karatsev won the Sydney Tennis Classic 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • He defeated Andy Murray by 6-3, 6-3, to win men’s singles title at the Sydney Tennis Classic final.
  • He claimed his third ATP Tour title.
  • The women’s single title was claimed by Spanish world number nine Paula Badosa, who defeated Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 4-6 7-6(4), to capture her third career title.

The winner’s list of Sydney Tennis Classic 2022:

  • Men’s Single was won by Aslan Karatsev (Russia)
  • Women’s Single was won by Paula Badosa (Spain)
  • Men’s Double was won by John Peers (Australia and Filip Polášek (Slovakia)
  • Women’s Double was won by Anna Danilina (Kazakhstan) and Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil)

 

AFC Women’s football Asian Cup 2022: India is all set to host Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s football Asian Cup India 2022 from 20th January 2022 in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Pune for the first time since 1979.

Key Facts:

  • The AFC awarded the hosting rights of the 2022 Women's Asian Cup to India.
  • The decision was taken at the AFC Women's Football Committee meeting.
  • Twelve teams will be competing in the tournament for the trophy. It has been expanded from the previous slot of eight teams.
  • India qualifies directly as hosts.
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup India will also be the final stage of Asian qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Five teams will qualify for the main event directly while two of them will progress to the inter-confederation play-offs.
  • India has been placed in Group A alongside China, Chinese Taipei, and Iran.
  • Meanwhile, Australia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia have been placed in Group B.
  • Defending champions Japan find themselves in Group C along with South Korea, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
  • Japan is the defending champion of the Women’s Asian Cup, having won it in 2018.

Significance:

  • The tournament will play a huge role in further popularizing women's football in India.
  • The tournament comes as the latest boost to AIFF as India is slated to host the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2023.
  • India had also hosted the AFC U-16 Championships in 2016 and the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.

Note: In the 1979 edition, India had finished as runners-up.

Mission Olympic Cell to TOPS: Ten athletes have been added by the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry’s Mission Olympic Cell to the list of athletes.

Key Highlights:

  • These athletes would be provided support under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
  • Ace rider Fouaad Mirza, golfers Anirban Lahiri, Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar, and Alpine Skier Mohammed Arif Khan are among the 10 athletes who have been selected for TOPS.
  • A total number of 301 athletes have been added under the TOPS so far including 107 in the core group.

About Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS):

  • This scheme is a flagship program of the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry.
  • The main objective of this initiative is to provide assistance to India’s top athletes so that they can win medals in the Olympics and major international tournaments.

2022 Adelaide International 1: The 3rd edition of Adelaide International 2022 was held at The Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide, Australia as two tournaments.

Key Highlights:

  • The two tournaments were held in Adelaide, Australia from 3rd January 2022 to 15th January 2022.
  • The Tournament was majorly sponsored by Adelaide South Australia & the Government of South Australia.
  • The 2022 Adelaide International’s, first event, (Adelaide International 1) was hosted from 3rd to 9th January 2022 and featured a WTA 500 and ATP 250 combined tournament, followed by the2nd Adelaide International event, (Adelaide International 2) a WTA 250 and ATP 250 tournament from 9th to 15th January 2022.
  • Ashleigh Barty and Gaël Monfils were crowned the women's and men's singles champions, respectively.
  • The event is part of the lead-up to the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open.

Note: The Adelaide International event was first held in Adelaide in 2020 the in 2021 it was temporarily moved to Melbourne.

Winners and Runners:

Men’s Singles Category

Winners: Gael Monfils (France)             

Runners: Karen Khachanov (Russia)

Women's Single Category

Winners: Ashleigh Barty (Australia)

Runners: Elena Rybakina (Russia)

Men's Double Category

Winners: Rohan Bopanna & Ramkumar Ramanathan (India)

Runners: Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil)            

Women's Double Category

Winners: Ashleigh Barty and Storm Sanders (Australia)

Runners: Darija Jurak (Croatia) and Andreja Klepac (Slovenia)  

 

About Rohan Bopanna & Ramkumar Ramanathan:

  • India’s Rohan Bopanna & Ramkumar Ramanathan teamed up for the first time on the ATP Tour.
  • Bopanna and Ramkumar were awarded USD 18,700 as prize money and also earned 250 ranking points each.
  • It was Bopanna’s 20th ATP doubles title while it is the first for Ramkumar.

2022 Melbourne Summer Set tennis tournament: 2022 Melbourne Summer Set was a series of two simultaneous tennis tournaments organized by Tennis Australia at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Summer Set 1:

  • World number six Rafael Nadal won the men’s singles tennis title and Simona Halep won the Women’s Singles title at 2022 Melbourne Summer Set 1.
  • Nadal defeated American Maxime Cressy, (7-6), (6-3) to earn his 89th career ATP title.
  • The Spaniard has won a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles which ties him with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
  • He has also won 36 Masters 1000 titles.
  • Simona Halep beat Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova 6–2, 6–3 to win her 23rd career WTA title.
  • The Melbourne Summer Set 1 featured an ATP Tour 250 tournament and a WTA 250 tournament, both played on hard courts.

Melbourne Summer Set 2

  • The Melbourne Summer Set 2 was a WTA 250 tournament played on hard courts.
  • Meanwhile in the Melbourne Summer Set 2 tennis tournament, American player Amanda Anisimova won the women’s singles tennis title, to earn her second career WTA title.
  • American duo Bernarda Pera and Kateřina Siniaková won the women’s doubles tennis title.
  • The Melbourne Summer Set 2 was a WTA 250 tournament played on hard courts.

Melbourne Summer Set 1

Men’s Singles Category

 Winners: Rafael Nadal (Spain)

Runners: Maxime Cressy (USA)

Women's Single Category

Winners: Simona Halep (Romania)

Runners: Veronika Kudermetova (Russia)

Men's Double Category

Winners: Wesley koolhof – Neal Skupski

(Netherland – United Kingdom)

Runners: Aleksandr Nedovyesov –  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi

(Kazakhstan – Pakistan)

Women's Double Category

Winners: Asia Muhammad – Jessica Pegula (USA -USA)

Runners: Sara Errani – Jasmine Paolini (Italy – Italy)       

Melbourne Summer Set 2

Women's Single Category

Winners: Amanda Anisimova

(USA)

Runners: Aliaksandra Sasnovich

(Belarus)

Women’s Doubles:

Winners: Bernarda Pera – Katerina Siniakova

(USA – Czech Republic)

Runners: Tereza Martincova – Mayar Sherif

(Czech Republic – Egypt

ICC Player of the Month Award: India-born New Zealand cricketer Ajaz Patel has won the ICC Player of the Month award for December following his stupendous 10-wicket haul against Virat Kohli and Co. in the second Test in Mumbai.

Highlights:

  • The left-arm spinner was nominated for the award alongside India opener Mayank Agarwal and Australian pacer Mitchell Starc but beat them to it on the back of his incredibly rare feat.
  • Ajaz picked up 14 wickets in the Mumbai Test match in early December against India, including all 10 in the first innings, to become only the third player in Test history, after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, to achieve the remarkable milestone.

About Ajaz Yunus Patel:

  • Ajaz Yunus Patel is a New Zealand cricketer who plays for Central Districts in domestic cricket.
  • Patel is a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler.
  • He made his international debut for the New Zealand cricket team in October 2018.

Clive Lloyd: Clive Lloyd, the former Captain of the West Indies Cricket team has been given the honour of knighthood for his services to the game of Cricket.

Key Highlights:

On the same day, Prince William awarded England’s world cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan with CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services towards the game of cricket.

Note: The CBE is the highest-ranking Order of the British Empire award, followed by OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) and then MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).

About Knighthood:

  • A knighthood is a title that is given to a man by a British king or queen for his achievements or his service to his country.
  • A man who has been given a knighthood can put ‘Sir’ in front of his name instead of ‘ Mr’.

About Sir Clive Lloyd:

  • Sir Clive Hubert Lloyd CBE AO (born 31 August 1944) is a Guyanese-British former cricketer who played for the West Indies cricket team.
  • In 1971 he was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
  • He captained the West Indies between 1974 and 1985 and oversaw their rise to become the dominant Test-playing nation, a position that was only relinquished in the latter half of the 1990s.
  • He is one of the most successful Test captains of all time: during his captaincy, the side had a run of 27 matches without defeat, which included 11 wins in succession (Viv Richards acted as captain for one of the 27 matches, against Australia at Port of Spain in 1983–84).
  • He was the first West Indian player to earn 100 international caps.
  • Lloyd captained the West Indies in three World Cups, winning in 1975 (with Lloyd scoring a century) and 1979 while losing 1983 final to India.
  • A tall, powerful middle-order batsman and an occasional medium-pace bowler, in 2009, Lloyd was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Playing Conditions for T20Is: The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently announced new playing conditions for T20I.

Key Points:

  • It will come into effect with the upcoming T20I match between West Indies and Ireland at Sabina Park.
  • The change was recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee.
  • The committee regularly discusses ways to improve the pace of play in all formats, after considering reports on the effectiveness of a similar regulation that was included in the playing conditions for the Hundred competition conducted by the ECB.

About the conditions for T20Is:

  • Under the new playing conditions, the fielding team will have to suffer the in-match penalty for slow over rates.
  • The penalty would be introduced in both men's and women's Twenty20 Internationals and it will come into effect this month itself.
  • The new playing conditions also include an optional drinks interval midway through the innings in bilateral T20 international cricket.

About the T20I New Playing Rules:

  • The slow over rate regulations are listed under clause 13.8 of the playing conditions.
  • The regulations stated that the fielding side must be in a position to bowl the first ball of the final over of the innings by the scheduled or rescheduled time for the end of the innings.
  • If the fielding side is not able to stick to the scheduled time, they will have to face an in-match penalty.
  • Optional drink breaks of 2 minutes and 30 seconds at the mid-point of each innings subject to agreement between Members at the start of each series.
  • The in-match penalty was recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee, after considering reports on the effectiveness of a similar regulation that was included in the playing conditions for the Hundred competition conducted by the England Cricket Board (ECB).
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  • The in-match penalty is in addition to the sanctions for the slow over-rate outlined in Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
  • If the fielding team is not in a position to bowl the first ball of the final over by the scheduled time then one fewer fielder will be permitted outside of the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings.

About ICC:

  • It refers to the International Cricket Committee.
  • ICC is the world governing body of cricket.
  • It is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference on 15 June 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa.
  • It was renamed the International Cricket Conference in 1965 and took up its current name in 1989.
  • The ICC, currently, has 106 member nations including 94 associates.
  • 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 Greg Barclay and the Chief Executive is Geoff Allardice.

 

National Air Sports Policy (NASP 2022): The Ministry of Civil Aviation, on January 3, 2021, released the draft “National Air Sports Policy (NASP)” for public feedback.

The draft policy is available on Ministry’s website, for which suggestions can be sent by January 31, 2022.

Key Features:

  • As per an official release issued by the ministry on 2nd January 2022, the policy seeks to leverage India’s potential for air sports given its large geographical expanse, diverse topography and fair weather conditions.
  • It places a strong focus on ensuring international best practices in safety.
  • The mission is to provide a safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable air sports ecosystem in India.
  • The vision of the policy is to make India one of the top air sports nations by 2030.
  • NASP 2022 covers sports like - Aerobatics
  • Aeromodelling
  • Amateur-built and experimental Aircraft
  • Ballooning
  • Drones
  • Gliding
  • Hang gliding and paragliding
  • Microlighting and paramotoring
  • Skydiving 
  • Vintage aircraft

Establishment of ASFI:

  • An Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI) is to be established as the apex governing body.

 

  • The ASFI will be an autonomous body under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • It will provide governance over various aspects of air sports, including regulation, certification, competitions, awards and penalties, etc.
  • Associations for each air sport will handle day-to-day activities e.g. Paragliding Association of India or Skydiving Association of India etc.
  • The air sports associations will be accountable to ASFI with respect to the regulatory oversight and for providing safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable conduct of their respective air sport.
  • ASFI will represent India at Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and other global platforms related to air sports.

About FAI: The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is the world governing body for air sports.

All competitions in India will be conducted as per the guidelines laid down by FAI.

  • Greater participation and success of Indian sportspersons in global air sports events will be facilitated.
  • Domestic design, development and manufacturing of air sports equipment will be promoted in line with the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
  • Air sports by their very nature involve a higher level of risk than flying a regular aircraft.

Objective:

  • The main objective of the policy is to make India one of the top air sports nations by 2030.
  • It envisages promoting the country's air sports sector, by way of making it safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable.

Significance:

  • The NASP is significant because creating air sports hubs across the country will bring in air sports professionals and tourists from across the world.
  • Aerosports, along with revenue will create opportunities for growth of tourism, employment generation and interest in aviation activities.
  • It will help attract investments in the latest aero sports technology, infrastructure and best practices.

 

U-19 Asia Cup 2021: India recently defeated Sri Lanka in U-19 Asia Cup 2021 finals by nine wickets.

Key Highlights:

  • India won the match in a rain-interrupted One-Day International final in Dubai through the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
  • In the match, Sri Lanka opted to bat first and scored 106 for nine in the stipulated 38 overs.
  • India, who has won a record seven Asia Cup titles, looked like a far superior team.
  • India’s only loss in the competition came against Pakistan.

 

Khelo India Games 2023: The Khelo India Games 2021 which was postponed due to the COVID crisis is to be conducted in Haryana in January 2022.

Note: The Khelo India Games were introduced to revive the sports culture in India. 

Key Points:

  • The games will be attended by the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur.
  • During the Khelo India Youth Games, the Haryana Government is planning to conduct a sports expo. It will be jointly hosted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Authority of India.

Khelo India Youth Games 2022-23:

  • The Khelo India Youth Games 2022-23 will be held in Madhya Pradesh (MP).
  • The MP Cabinet recently approved to host the games from Bhopal and also approved to land allocation of 50 – acre land to establish an international sports complex.

Funds allocated by the MP Government:

  • Rs 176.59 crores has been allocated for the first phase.
  • For the operation and maintenance of the International Sports Complex, an amount of Rs 15.56 crores will be spent.
  • Separate Funds are to be allocated for the second and third phases.

Key Features:

  • During the first phase, an indoor sports complex would be constructed in Bhopal's Nathu Barkheda hamlet. A cricket stadium will be developed in the second and third phases.
  • The sports stadium will be equipped with a 10,000-seat hockey rink, a 4,000-seat football field, landscaping, parking, horticulture, guardrooms, gates, internal service roads, street lighting, and sewage systems.

Sports Current Affairs - December 2021

Ajaz Patel: New Zealand’s Ajaz Patel, recently became the third bowler in Test cricket history, after England’s Jim Laker and Anil Kumble of India, to take 10 wickets in an innings.

Key Facts:

  • The Kiwi performed the feat on the second day of the second Test against India in Mumbai, the place of his birth.
  • English Pacer Jim Laker recorded the feat in 1956.
  • Indian Spinner Anil Kumble achieved the milestone in 1999.

Junior Hockey World Cup: Argentina defeated six-time winners Germany 4-2 in the FIH Men's junior hockey world cup 2021 final at the Kalinga Stadium in Odisha.

Key Highlights:

  • Lautaro Domene - scored all three of Argentina's penalty corner chances - as he was named man of the match in the summit clash.
  • This is their second Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup title.
  • Argentina has become the only third team after Germany (six wins) and India (2001, 2016) to win multiple Junior Hockey WC titles.
  • Defending champions India finished fourth in the junior hockey world cup 2021 after losing 1-3 to France in the third-place match.

Other Awards:

  • Best Player of the Tournament: Timothée Clément (FRANCE)
  • Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Anton Brinckman (GERMANY)
  • Hero Top Scorer of the Tournament: Miles Bukkens (NETHERLANDS) (18 goals)
  • Odisha Fair Play Award: Team Chile
  • Odisha Fans Choice Award for Best Goal of the Tournament: Ignacio Nardolillo (ARGENTINA)
  • Hockey India Maximum Team Goals:NETHERLANDS (45 goals)
  • Hockey India Best Goal Saved of the Tournament: Mahmoud Seleem (EGYPT)
  • AM/NS India Best Coach of the Tournament: Johannes Schmitz (GERMANY)

FIH Men's Hockey World Cup 2021:

  • The FIH Men's Hockey Junior World Cup 2021 was hosted by Bhubaneswar, Odisha between November 24- December 5, 2021.
  • The top 16 teams had participated in the tournament including India, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, Egypt, Pakistan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, France, Chile, Spain, USA and the Netherlands.

2021 BWF Player of the Year: Viktor Axelsen from Denmark and Tai Tzu Ying from Taipei, China were named Male and Female player of the year 2021 respectively by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Key Points:

  • Viktor Axelsen is Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion while Taipei’s Tai Tzu is a silver medallist.
  • Axelsen clinched the Male Player of the Year honour after his stunning run since the Barcelona Spain Masters in February 2020.
  • In January of this year, Tai Tzu-ying  won the 2020 BWF World Tour Finals and grabbed silver at Tokyo Olympics.
  • Due to disruption caused by COVID-19 over the past two years, the period of consideration for the awards was from November 2019 until 31 October 2021.

Complete list of award winners:

  • Male Player of the Year: Viktor Axelsen
  • Female Player of the Year: Tai Tzu Ying
  • Most improved player of the Year: Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin
  • Pair of the Year: Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu
  • Eddy Choong Most Promising Player: Kunlavut Vitidsarn
  • Male Para Badminton Player of the Year: Qu Zimo
  • Female Para Badminton Player of the Year: Leani Ratri Oktila
  • Para Badminton Pair of the Year: Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel
  • Special mention: Kevin Cordon

About 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.

Saudi Arabian GP: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (Britain) recently won the inaugural edition of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (GP).

Highlights:

  • He surpassed Max Verstappen (Netherlands) in the event held at the 30-kilometre (18.6-mile) coastal resort area in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • The British driver has eight wins on the season and has now pulled into a tie on points with Verstappen in the standings.
  • Verstappen still leads the championship on most wins, 9-8.

Ambassador for the first edition of Saudi Grand Prix:

  • Reema Juffali, has been appointed as an ambassador for the first edition of the Saudi Grand Prix, under the Formula 1 (F1) World Championship.
  • She is the 1st Female F1 driver of Saudi Arabia.
  • She is a 29-year-old driver, who has competed in the British Formula 3 championship 2021.
  • She is the first racer to take a lap on the street circuit in Jeddah and also to participate in the Williams team car display, dating back to 1979 that is sponsored by Saudi Airlines.

Davis Cup tennis tournament 2021: Russia defeated Croatia to win Davis Cup tennis tournament 2021 ending a 15-year wait for a Davis Cup title.

Highlights:

  • Medvedev defeated Marin Cilic in the second singles match to give Russia an insurmountable 2-0 lead over Croatia.
  • It is Russia’s third Davis Cup title, and first since 2006.
  • Croatia ws also seeking its third title after triumphs in 2005 and 2018.
  • Andrey Rublev was named the Most Valuable Player.
  • The Russian team is officially being called RTF (Russian Tennis Federation) in the competition amid its ongoing doping suspension in international sport.

About Davis Cup:

  • The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men's tennis.
  • The tournament was founded by Dwight G. Davis.
  • It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
  • It is contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knock-out format.
  • It is described by the organisers as the "World Cup of Tennis", and the winners are referred to as the World Champion team.
  • The competition began in 1900 as a challenge between Great Britain and the United States.

BWF World Tour Finals 2021: Reigning world champion Indian ace Pusarla V Sindhu, won the silver at the 2021 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals, officially known as the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2021.

Highlights:

  • She was defeated by South Korea's An Seyoung 16-21 12-21 in the summit clash of the BWF World Tour Finals.
  • This was Sindhu's third final appearance in the tournament. She had won the title in 2018 to become the only Indian to achieve the feat.

Jr Squash Open: Indian teenager Anahat Singh has scripted history by winning the U-15 girls category of the prestigious Junior US Open Squash tournament in Philadelphia.

Key Highlights:

  • She is a 13-year-old girl from Delhi who overcame powerhouse Egypt’s Jayda Marei in the final match 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5 played at the Arlen Spectre Centre.
  • More than 850 squash junior players, representing 41 countries, participated in the World’s largest junior individuals squash tournament.

BWF Athletes Commission: Former world champion PV Sindhu has been appointed as a member of the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Athletes’ Commission.

Key Highlights:

  • She was appointed along with five other people.
  • The Chair and Deputy Chair will be decided among the six members.
  • The Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission, following a vetting process as required for all Council members, will become a member of Council until the next elections in 2025.
  • Sindhu, who won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, created history by bagging the bronze medal in the Tokyo Games earlier this year.
  • At the prestigious world championships, Sindhu has won two silvers, besides two bronze and the coveted gold in 2019.
  • FIS Alpine Skiing Competition 2021: Indian skier Aanchal Thakur recently bagged a bronze medal at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing Competition in Montenegro.

Key Highlights:

  • Croatia’s Dora Ljutic (1:50.61) won the gold medal while Cyprus skier Georgia Epiphaniou (1:52.71) clinched silver
  • Thakur finished 3rd with an overall timing of 1:54:30.
  • With this, Aanchal has become the first Indian Ski athlete to win two medals at the international level.
  • She has previously won the bronze medal in the 2018 FIS Alpine 3200 Cup held in Turkey Georgia Epiphaniouwon silver medal and was just 2 seconds ahead of Anchal.

Sports Current Affairs - November 2021

2021 Malaysian Open Squash Championships: India’s Saurav Ghosal has clinched the 2021 Malaysian Open Squash Championships after beating Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez in the men’s singles final on 27th November, 2021.

This was his first PSA title in three years. The last time he clinched a title on the PSA Tour was in 2018 when he won the Kolkata International Open.

Seeded two and ranked 15th in the world, Ghosal defeated top seed Rodriguez 11-7, 11-8, 13-11 in 55 minutes to win 2021 Malaysian Open Squash. This was his 10th PSA title.

Saurav Ghosal has become the 1st Indian to be crowned the Malaysian Open Champion.

World Table Tennis Contender Lasko 2021: Indian Table Tennis pair of Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath clinched the women’s doubles title at the World Table Tennis Contender Lasko 2021 event, beating Puerto Rico’s Diaz sisters, Adriana and Melanie, in straight sets by 11-3, 11-8, 12-10.

The world number 36 pairing beat the 23rd-ranked combined of Melanie Diaz and Adriana Diaz from Puerto Rico 11-3, 11-8, 12-10. The Indian duo saved four-game points in the third set to clinch the title.

Manika Batra and Archana Kamath entered the finals of the women’s doubles event of the WTT Contender tournament after defeating the team of Wang Yidi and Liu Weishan by 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 in the semi-finals.

Earlier on Saturday, Manika Batra won a bronze medal after the Indian went down fighting to Wang Yidi of China by 2-4 in the semi-finals of women’s singles. Wang Yidi defeated Manika by 11-7, 7-11, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5.

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award: Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award will be given to 12 sportspersons including Tokyo Olympics gold medal winner Neeraj Chopra.

• Indian women’s cricket legend Mithali Raj and Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri will also achieve Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.

• The selection committee also named 35 athletes the Arjuna award.

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour, will be given to 12 sportspersons including Neeraj Chopra, who won gold for India at 2020. Khel Ratna will also be given to Ravi Kumar (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing) and Sreejesh PR (Hockey)

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain won a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sunil Chhetri also became India’s first footballer to be selected for Khel Ratna Award. Indian women’s cricket legend Mithali Raj will also receive the Khel Ratna Award.

The selection committee also named 35 athletes the Arjuna award.

All five gold medallists from the Tokyo Paralympics- Avani Lekhara (shooting), Manish Narwal (shooting), Sumit Antil (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (badminton) and Krishna Nagar (badminton)- completed the list of those recommended for the Khel Ratna.

India sent its biggest contingent to the Tokyo Olympics with as many as 121 athletes presenting their challenge and the country achieved its best ever show by winning seven medals, including one gold, two silver and four bronze.

Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, para TT player Bhavina Patel, para shuttler Suhas Yathiraj and high jumper Nishad Kumar are among those selected for the Arjuna award.

Members of the men’s hockey team that won a historic bronze in the Olympics will also receive Arjuna award.

The awardees:

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ravi Kumar (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing), PR Sreejesh (Hockey), Avani Lekhara (Para Shooting), Sumit Antil (Para Athletics), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton), Krishna Nagar (Para Badminton), Manish Narwal (Para Shooting), Mithali Raj (Cricket), Sunil Chhetri (Football), Manpreet Singh (Hockey).

Arjuna Awards:

Arpinder Singh (Athletics), Simranjit Kaur (Boxing), Shikhar Dhawan (Cricket), CA Bhavani Devi (Fencing), Monika (Hockey), Vandana Katariya (Hockey), Sandeep Narwal (Kabaddi), Himani Uttam Parab (Mallakhamb), Abhishek Verma (Shooting), Ankita Raina (Tennis), Deepak Punia (Wrestling), Dilpreet Singh (Hockey), Harman Preet Singh (Hockey), Rupinder Pal Singh (Hockey), Surender Kumar (Hockey), Amit Rohidas (Hockey), Birendra Lakra (Hockey), Sumit (Hockey), Nilakanta Sharma (Hockey), Hardik Singh (Hockey), Vivek Sagar Prasad (Hockey), Gurjant Singh (Hockey), Mandeep Singh (Hockey), Shamsher Singh (Hockey), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (Hockey), Varun Kumar (Hockey), Simranjeet Singh (Hockey), Yogesh Kathuniya (Para Athletics) Nishad Kumar (Para Athletics), Praveen Kumar(Para Athletics), Suhash Yathiraj (Para Badminton) Singhraj Adhana (Para Shooting), Bhavina Patel (Para Table Tennis), Harvinder Singh (Para Archery) and Sharad Kumar (Para Athletics’).

A total of 10 coaches have been picked for the Dronacharya awards.

Sports Current Affairs - October 2021

Sahdev Yadav: 

Sahdev Yadav, former Secretary-General of IWLF, was unanimously elected as the President of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF).

Key Highlights:

  • He has been elected for a for a four-year term.
  • S.H. Anand Gowde was elected as secretary general of the federation and Naresh Sharma the treasurer during the electoral congress Annual General Council Meeting at a city Hotel.
  • The elections were conducted by Returning Officer Narinder Paul Kaushik, Judicial Officer (Retd.), Delhi District Courts. Rakesh Gupta, joint secretary, Indian Olympic Association was present as the IOA observer.
  • A total of 10 vice presidents, four joint secretaries and seven executive committee members were also elected.

About IWLF:

  • Indian Weightlifting Federation otherwise known as IWLF, is the national governing body overseeing the sport of weightlifting in India.
  • It is headquartered New Delhi.
  • The Federation is affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association, New Delhi. It is a member of Asian Weightlifting Federation, Tehran and International Weightlifting Federation, Budapest.

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Charlellville National Competition: Indian Fencer Bhavani Devi recently won the Charlellville National Competition in France in the individual women’s Sabre event.

Key Points:

  • She made history at the Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to compete in the sport at the Games.
  • Presently, Bhavani is ranked 50th in the world.
  • She is the top-ranked fencer from India.

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UNESCO's Martial Arts Education Prize 2021: The well known Kung Fu Nuns of the Drukpa order of Buddhism has won the inaugural UNESCO’s Martial Arts Education Prize 2021.

Key Points:

  • The prize was given to them by the UNESCO International Centre for Martial Arts for their brave and heroic acts of service and championing of gender equality across the Himalayas.
  • The Prize recognizes the historic “acts of service and championing of gender equality in Himalayas” by the Kung Fu Nuns.
  • It also recognizes work by Kung Fu Nuns in Indian and Nepali communities, who were hit especially hard by the covid-19 pandemic. Pandemic had left the marginalised groups in need of supplies and education.
  • The Nuns empower young girls through martial arts, to defend themselves, build confidence, and take on leadership roles in their communities.

Why Kung Fu Nuns were awarded?

  • The Kung Fu Nuns belonging to the Drukpa Lineage of Indian Buddhism started learning Kung Fu to build strength and confidence.
  • They now use those skills to serve others by means of unimaginable acts of bravery including recent 2500 km “Bicycle Yatra for Peace” from Kathmandu, Nepal to Ladakh.
  • During the Bicycle Yatra, they spoke out against human trafficking as well as to their refusal to evacuate after 2015 Nepal earthquake for delivering critical aid to neglected regions.

About Kung Fu Nuns:

  • About Kung Fu Nuns are orders of Buddhist nuns, belonging to the Drukpa Kagyu lineage.
  • It is a thousand-year-old sect and is led by the Gyalwang Drukpa.
  • Their name comes from the proficiency order in Chinese martial arts.
  • They started learning Chinese martial arts in 2008 after the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa authorised training.
  • They are best known for their social activism and humanitarian work.
  • They occupy leadership roles across their nunneries, performing basic trades and management skills that have long been banned for Tibetan Buddhist women.

Note: All the nuns have the same first name, Jigme, which is Tibetan for "fearless one.

About the award:

  • The award has been launched by UNESCO ICM (International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement), to collect and promote good practices of martial arts education(MA Edu.)

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2021 BNP Paribas Open: The 2021 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, also known as the 2021 Indian Wells Masters, was held from October 04 to 18, 2021 at Indian Wells, California, US.

Key Highlights:

  • This marks the 47th edition of the men’s BNP Paribas Open (ATP Masters) and the 32nd Edition of the women’s BNP Paribas Open (WTA Masters).
  • The list of winners is given below:

Men's Single Category:

  • Cameron Norrie won his maiden ATP Masters 1000 by winning the Men’s singles title at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open

Women's Single Category:

  • Paula Badosa defeats Victoria Azarenka to win the Women’s Singles Title

Men’s Doubles title:

  • John Peers and Filip Polasek won the Men’s Doubles title

Women’s Doubles title:

  • Elise Mertens and Su Wei Hsieh won the Women’s Doubles title

About BNP Paribas Open:

  • The BNP Paribas Open is the largest combined ATP Tour Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 tennis event.
  • It is annually held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, the USA.

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Turkish Grand Prix 2021:

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes Finland) has won the F1 Turkish Grand Prix 2021.

Highlights:

  • It was held on October 10, 2021. This is his first title of this season.
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull – Netherlands) came second while Sergio Perez (Mexico  Red Bull) finished third.
  • Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton finished fifth.

                                                                                  

Official Mascot for U 17 2022 Women’s World Cup: The World football governing body, FIFA has launched the official mascot of the U 17 Women’s World Cup India 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • The mascot has been named “IBHA” which is an Asiatic lioness.
  • The mascot represents women’s power, aiming to inspire women and girls across the world to take the right decisions and reach their full potential.
  • The tournament will be held in India from October 11 30, 2022.
  • The tournament will be organized as the 7th edition of the FIFA U 17 Women’s World Cup.

About 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.

                                                                

Amy Hunter: Amy Hunter became the youngest batter to score an ODI century in either men’s or women’s cricket.

Key Highlights:

  • She hit 121 not out on her 16th birthday against Zimbabwe.
  • This Belfast batter who was playing in only her fourth ODI – broke the record previously held by India’s Mithali Raj.
  • Mithila Raj had scored 114 not out against Ireland in 1999 when she was 16 years 205 days.

                                 

ISSF Junior World Championship: The Indian shooters claimed a historic win with 43 medals to stand atop in the medal table.

Key Highlights:

  • The Indian shooters won 17 gold, to finish on top in the ISSF Junior World Championship.
  • On the final day of the ISSF Junior World Championship, Rhythm Sangwan, Vijayveer Sidhu, Arjun Singh Cheema, and Shikha Narwal won Gold for India and put the country firmly on top of the standings with 17 gold.
  • The United States of America (USA) finished second in the medal table with 21 medals including 6 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze.
  • Italy won 10 medals followed by France with 9 and Germany with 10.
  • The 2021 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun was held at Lima in Peru from September 27 to October 10, 2021.

Performance by the Indian Shooters:

In the Men's Category:

  • Manu Bhaker created a milestone record of becoming the first Indian shooter to win the highest number of medals in a single edition of the ISSF Junior World Championships, with as many as five medals. These included 4 gold medals and a bronze.
  • Vijayveer Sidhu won gold in the junior men’s 25 m standard pistol for his third yellow metal at the championship.
  • Udhayveer, Vijayveer’s twin brother, won silver with 570, with the same score as his brother, however, with three lesser inner 10s.
  • Harsh Gupta took Bronze with a 566 in a 17  strong field.
  • In the 50m pistol for Junior men, Arjun Singh Cheema bossed the 16 strong field with 549 out of 600.

Women Category:

  • Rhythm Sangwan won her fourth gold with a victory in the Junior women’s 25m standard pistol with a score of 573.
  • Naamya Kapoor (563) and Niveditha Veloor Nair (565) won Bronze and Silver.
  • In the final event of the ISS Junior World Championship, Shikha Narwal from India won the junior women’s 50m pistol with a score of 530.
  • Esha Singh was second with 529 while Navdeep Kaur was third with 526.
  • Ganemat Sekhon, in the shotgun discipline, in the junior women’s skeet returned with two medals (one gold, one silver) further enhancing her reputation as an excellent future prospect.

                                                                                   

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour:

 World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has won the inaugural Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

Key Highlights:

Carlsen takes home the non fungible token (NFT) trophy and $100,000 for winning the Finals with two matches to spare and the title of Tour Champion.

A year of intense competition came to an end today as the Norwegian clinched first place overall in the Tour's showpiece Finals event.

The 10 month long online chess tournaments were held on chess24.com from November 22, 2020, till October 4, 2021.

The inaugural Meltwater Champions Chess Tour was the most viewed online chess event in history.

Note: The tournaments are not rated by FIDE.

The MCCT tour comprised of 10 total tournaments.

Magnus Carlsen is now considered as the undisputed best online chess player in the world.

                                                                                                         

World Wrestling Championships: Indian Wrestler Anshu Malik, on  October 7, 2021, created history by becoming the first Indian women wrestler to win silver in the World Championships.

Key facts:

  • The 19 year old Anshu  lost her final bout 1 4 to two time Olympic medallist Helen Maroulis in women's 57kg final in Oslo, Norway.
  • Meanwhile, another Indian grappler Sarita Mor(59kg) also won a bronze medal for the nation.
  • Till date, only four Indian women wrestlers have won medals at the World level namely Babita Phogat (2012), Geeta Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018), and Vinesh Phogat (2019).
  • All these four Indian women wrestlers have won a bronze medal each.
  • With this win, Anshu has also became the sixth Indian ever to make the Worlds gold medal match after Bishambar Singh (1967), Sushil Kumar (2010), Amit Dahiya (2013), Bajrang Punia (2018) and Deepak Punia (2019).
  • India has only one world Champion, named Sushil Kumar.

About Anshu Malik:

  • Anshu Malik is an Indian freestyle wrestler.
  • She has won gold in the 60 kg category of the Cadet Wrestling Championships.
  • In 2020, she won the bronze medal in 57 kg category at the 2020 Asian Wrestling Championships, which was held in New Delhi.
  • She clinched the silver medal in the women’s 57 kg category at the 2020 Individual Wrestling World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • In 2021, Malik won gold in the women’s 57 kg category at the Asian Wrestling Championships after beating Battsetseg Altantsetseg of Mongolia.
  • Anshu Malik’s father Dharamvir Malik was an international wrestler himself. He has worked with the CISF.

                                                                                                                 

FIH Hockey Star Awards 2021: Recently, Gurjit Kaur won the FIH Women’s Hockey Player of the Year at the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Hockey Stars Awards 2020 21.

Key Highlights:

  • The FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2020 21 results were announced on 6th October 2021.
  • A total of 5 Indian Hockey players and two head coaches of both the Indian men’s and women’s Hockey teams each claimed the hockey awards across different categories.

The winners of the FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2020 21:

In the women's category:

  • FIH Women’s Hockey Player of the Year was awarded to Gurjit Kaur (Team IND).
  • FIH Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year was awarded to Savita (Team IND).
  • FIH Women’s Coach of the Year was awarded to Sjoerd Marijne (NED   Team IND).

FIF Men’s Award:

  • FIH Men’s Hockey Player of the Year was awarded to Harmanpreet Singh (Team IND).
  • FIH Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year was awarded to PR Sreejesh (Team IND).
  • FIH Men’s Rising Star of the Year was awarded to Vivek Prasad (Team IND).
  • FIH Men’s Coach of the Year was awarded to Graham Reid (Team IND).

About Gurjit Kaur:

  • Gurjit Kaur is an Indian female field Hockey player who plays as a defender and India’s hockey team's designated drag flicker.
  • She has represented India at the Hockey World Cup 2018 where she was India’s top scorer and the 3rd highest goal scorer after netting 8 goals.
  • As of July 2018, she has played 53 international matches.
  • She also played impressively at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Australia where she won 4th place.
  • She scored the only goal against Australia in the 2020 Summer Olympics which helped India reach the semi finals in Olympic women’s hockey for the first time.

                                     

2024 Championship Logo: Germany recently unveiled the logo for soccer’s 2024 European Championship.

  • The logo was unveiled during a ceremony with a light show in the stadium that will hold the final.

About the Logo:

  • The logo features an outline of the Henri Delaunay Cup — the bulbous tournament trophy — set on a coloured oval outline that resembles the Olympiastadion’s roof.
  • It features colours from the flags of UEFA’s 55 member nations, set in 24 slices around the trophy to represent the 24 teams that will ultimately qualify for the tournament in Germany.
  • Logos for each of the 10 host cities; Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart were also presented.
  • The tournament is due to be played in June and July 2024 with the match schedule to be confirmed next year.

Background:

  • Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006, with the final held in the refurbished Olympiastadion.
  • The stadium was originally built for the 1936 Olympic Games hosted by Nazi Germany.
  • West Germany also hosted the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championship in 1988.

                                                                                               

ISSF Junior Championships: Young Indian shooter, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar smashed the world record in the final to win gold in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event at the ISSF Junior World Championships in Lima, Peru.

Highlights:

  • The youngster finished nearly seven points ahead of second placed Frenchman Lucas Kryzs who won the silver with a score of 456.5.  
  • He bettered the junior world record in the final with a score of 463.4.
  • Gavin Barnick of the USA won bronze with a score of 446.6.
  • Aishwary's gold was India's eighth at the World Championships.
  • India has become the runaway leaders in the World this year with 17 medals overall.
  • Second placed USA has won 12 medals with four golds.

                                                                                                     

 

Sports Current Affairs - September 2021

SPORTS:

Geeta Samota: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official Geeta Samota recently became the “fastest Indian” to summit two peaks located in Africa and Russia.

Highligts:

  • The 31yearold successfully climbed  Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, which is 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea level and  Mount Elbrus (5,642 mts), in Russia, the highest peak in Europe.
  • Geeta Samota works with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a central paramilitary force under the command of the Union home ministry.
  • She joined CISF in 2011 and was in the unit in 2012.
  • She has also scaled Mt Satopanth (7075 metres; located in Uttarakhand) and Mt Lobuche (in Nepal).
  • She was also a team member of the Mt Everest expedition team of the CAPF.

Note: Earlier in March 2021, a nineyearold girl Ritvika, from Andhra Pradesh had also successfully scaled Mount Kilimanjaro and became the youngest Asian girl to climb Kilimanjaro.

About Mount Kilimanjaro:

  • Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest single freestanding mountain in the world which has three volcanic cones on its summit.
  • They are Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.
  • It is also the world's tallest free standing mountain.
  • Kilimanjaro is the fourth most topographically prominent peak on Earth.

About Mount Elbrus:

  • Mount Elbrus is the highest and most prominent peak in Russia and Europe.
  • It is situated in the western part of the Caucasus and is the highest peak of the Caucasus Mountains.
  • It is an extinct volcano with twin cones reaching 18,510 feet (5,642 metres) and 18,356 feet (5,595 metres).

 

Raja Rithvik: India's Raja Rithvik has recently become the 70th Grandmaster.

Highlights:

 

  • The 17yearold became chess Grandmaster after he crossed the ELO Rating of 2500. He achieved this GM title in Vezerkepzo Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Budapest, Hungary.
  • Rithvik, who earned his first GM norm in 2019, achieved his second and third norms in less than a month.
  • A native of Warangal, Rithvik has been undergoing advanced coaching at RACE Chess Academy under reputed coach N.V.S. Rama Raju.

Note: Pune’s Harshit Raja had become India’s 69th GM in August 2021.

 

Harmilan Kaur Bains: Punjab's Harmilan Kaur Bains recently set a new record in 1500m race at National level.

Highlights:

  • She created a new national record in the women’s 1500m race by clocking 4:05.39 to bag the gold at the 60th National Open Athletics Championships in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Hanamkonda in Telangana.
  • With this achievement, the 23yearold broke Sunita Rani's longstanding national record in the 1,500 meters.
  • Naresh Kumar from Andhra Pradesh and Delhi’s Tarandeep Kaur took the honours as the fastest male and female athlete of the meet by winning the 100 metres dash.

 

Norway Chess Open 2021: GM D. Gukesh of India recently won the Norway Chess Open 2021.

Highlights:

  • D Gukesh won his second consecutive tournament of this month, the Norway Chess Open 2021 Masters section.
  • He scored 8.5/10, remained undefeated, performed at 2743 and gained 17.5 Elo rating points, taking his live rating to 2621.
  • He finished a full point ahead of the competition to win the tournament.

 

  • Iniyan secured sole second position with 8.5/10 points, finishing a half point ahead of top seed Dmitrij Kollars (Germany) and Valentin Dragnev (Austria).

 

Pankaj Advani: Star Indian cueist Pankaj Advani has recently won his 24th World title when he triumphed at the IBSF 6Red Snooker World Cup with a victory over Pakistan’s Babar Masih in the final.

Highlights:

  • Advani, who won his 11th Asian title last week, started the final with a comfortable 4213 win in the opening frame.
  • The 36yearold won the third and fourth in quick succession to go 31 up.
  • Pakistan's Babar Masih drew parity by winning the second 3814.
  • The Pakistani cueist, in no mood to play second fiddle to his worthy opponent, crafted a wonderful 56 break to bridge the gap.

 

Beijing Olympics Motto: The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics unveiled its official motto, "Together for a Shared Future", during a ceremony at the city's Capital Museum.

Highlights:

  • The slogan was a commitment towards overcoming global challenges as a community with a shared future for mankind.
  • This motto embodies the Olympic spirit, the Chinese way of revealing the Olympic spirit. That's because 'together' embodies a type of unity, cohesion and way of overcoming difficulties,
  • The motto was chosen after a lengthy technique that protected a total of 79 unique proposals.
  • Beijing 2022 Games will be held from February 4, 2022, with Beijing set to become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

US Open 2021: 

Daniil Medvedev recently won the U.S. Open as Novak Djokovic fell short of a Grand Slam.

Highlights:

In the men's category, he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic 64 64 64 in the U.S. Open final on 12 September 2021 to win his first Grand Slam title at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

In the women’s category, Great Britain’s tennis player Emma Raducanu defeated Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez to win the 2021 US Open women’s singles final title.

Complete List of Winners in Different Categories:

Men’s Singles category:

Daniil Medvedev and runners up was Novak Djokovic

Women’s Singles category:

Emma Raducanu and runners up was Leylah Annie Fernandez

Men’s Doubles category:

Ram/Salisbury and runners up were Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares

 Women’s Doubles category:

Stosur/Zhang runners up were Coco Gauff/ McNally

Mixed Doubles category:

Krawczyk/Salisbury runners up were Giuliana Olmos/Marcelo Arevalo

About US Open Tennis Tournament:

The United States Open (US Open) Tennis Championships is a hard court tennis tournament.

The tournament is the modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the US National Championship, for which men's singles and men's doubles were first played in August 1881.

This tournament was founded in 1881.

Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of the year.

The other three, in chronological order are:

The Australian Open,

French Open

Wimbledon

The US Open starts on the last Monday of August and continues for two weeks, with the middle weekend coinciding with the US Labor Day holiday.

 

Italian Grand Prix 2021: Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren, AustralianItalian) has won the Formula One Italian Grand Prix 2021 title held at Autodromo Nazionale Monza track, Italy.

Highlights:

It is his first victory in 9 years.

Lando Norris came second while Valtteri Bottas came third in the F1 race.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crash out of Italian Grand Prix 2021 due to collision.

Durand Cup:

The 130th edition of the Durand Cup kicked off at the Vivekananda Yubabharati Krirangan in Kolkata. 

Highlights:

  • The tournament was inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by kicking the ball.
  • 16 teams are playing in this edition of the oldest club football tournament in Asia.
  • However two clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are not participating.
  • The final match will be held on 3rd October.

About Durand Cup:

  • The Durand Football Tournament, also known as Durand Cup, is an annual domestic football competition in India.
  • It was first held in 1888, at Dagshai in Himachal Pradesh.
  • It is hosted by the Durand Football Tournament Society (DFTS).
  • This tournament has been named after Mortimer Durand who was the Foreign Secretary of British India from 1884 to 1894.
  • The tournament is the oldest existing football tournament in Asia and 3rd oldest existing professional club football tournament in the world.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo has broken the world record for most goals scored in men's international football.

Key Highlights:

  • The legendary and one of the greatest of all time, this Portuguese football player has broken the record for most goals scored in international soccer matches (male) during the Portugal vs Ireland match played on 1 September 2021 at the Algarve Stadium (Portugal).
  • In the World Cup Qualifier, Ronaldo surpassed Iranian striker Ali Daei’s longheld record of 109 international goals by scoring a brace against Ireland.
  • Ronaldo at 36 years of age is now a Guinness world record holder of most international goals of all time with 111 goals.
  • The Guinness world book of records has recognized CR7 as a world record breaker for the most goals scored in international football (soccer) matches scored by an individual (male).
  • He achieved the feat scoring goals for his native Portugal between 2003 and 2021 proactively over a span of 18 years with a career still going strong as he looks to overcome yet another new challenge after his move away from Turin with a year left on his contract with the Bianconeri.

Other records by Ronaldo:

  • With 134 goals, the striker also holds the title for most Champions League goals, as well as most goals in aUEFA Champions League season by an individual (17) and most goals scored in the football (soccer) UEFA European Championships including qualifying matches (45, as of 23 Jun 2021).
  • He is also the highestrated player in FIFA 18, with an overall rate of 99% – 1% ahead of Lionel Messi and Pelé, both runnersup at 98%.
  • He holds the record for most followers for an athlete on Twitter, as well as most followers on Instagram for an athlete.
  • As a legend of international football, Ronaldo’s Wikipedia page has had 112,000,000 views, the most viewed Wikipedia page for an athlete (male).

 

 

Suhas LY: Noida District Magistrate (DM) Suhas LY became the 1st IAS officer to win a medal in Badminton at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games.

Key Highlights:

  • He made history by winning a silver medal in the men’s singles SL4 category on September 5, 2021.
  • The 38yearold, lost to world number one Lucas Mazur of France 2115, 1721, 1521.
  • He has impairment in one of his ankles.
  • He an Indian Paralympic Badminton player who ranks World No. 3 in the SL4 category.

About Suhas:

  • Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj is a 2007batch Indian Administrative (IAS) officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
  • Suhas, graduated as computer engineer from NIT Karnataka with a distinction.
  • He has previously served as the district magistrate of Prayagraj, Agra, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Sonbhadra districts.
  • In 2016 itself, he participated in the Asian Championship in Beijing and become the first nonranked player to win the gold medal.
  • He also went on to win medals at BWF Turkish championship in 2017 and 2019 besides the latest, a gold, in Brazil in 2020, just before the COVID19 pandemic started ravaging India and world.  

 

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Shooter Avani Lekhara created sporting history after becoming the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics gold medal.

Key Highlights:

  • The 19-year-old from Jaipur, clinched gold in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1 event on 30 August 2021.

  • She won the gold medal with a total score of 249.6 in the final.

  • She equalled Iryna Shchetnik's world record that was set in 2018.

  • Cuiping Zhang of China won silver medal with a score of 248.9 while Iryna Shchetnik won the bronze medal with a score of 227.5.

  • She qualified for the final finishing 7th in the qualification round with a total score of 621.7.

  • Lekhara became the fourth Indian athlete to win a gold medal at the Paralympics after swimmer Murlikant Petkar in 1972, javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia in 2004 and 2016 and high jumper Thangavelu Mariyappan in 2016.

Note: In the SH1 Rifle category, shooters are able to hold a gun with arms.

The athletes have impairment in their legs, for example amputations or paraplegia.

Some athletes will compete in a seated position, while others will compete in a standing position.

Athletics:

  • In yet another proud moment for India, discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya clinched silver in the final F56 category.

  • Yogesh came up with the best attempt of 44.38m to finish at the 2nd spot.

  • Brazil’s defending champion, reigning world champion and world record holder Claudiney Batista dos Santos won the gold with a best throw of 45.59m while Leonardo Diaz Aldana (43.36m) of Cuba took the bronze.

Note: In F56 classification, athletes have full arm and trunk muscle power.

Pelvic stability is provided by some to full ability to press the knees together.

India’s Medal Tally:

  • India has won 19 medals so far across all 11 editions of Tokyo Paralympics Games since 1960.

  • It comprises of 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze.

About Avani Lekhara:

  • Avani Lekhara, born on November 8, 2001, is an Indian Paralympic athlete of the shooting event.

  • She suffered Traumatic Paraplegia caused by an accident in 2012.

  • She has been currently ranked at World No. 5 in Women’s 10m Air Rifle standing (SH1). She competed in the 2018 Asian Para Games and has been getting support by GoSports Foundation through the Para Champions Programme.

  • She got inspired after reading the autobiography of Olympic gold medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra, so she pursued shooting.

About Yogesh Kathuniya:

  • He is a son of an Army man.

  • Kathuniya suffered a paralytic attack at the age of eight which left him with coordination impairments in his limbs.

  • He created a world record in F36 category in his first ever international competition in 2018 at the Para-athletics Grand Prix in Berlin.

  • He won a bronze medal in the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai with a best throw of 42.51m which also booked him a Tokyo berth.

India at Paralympics 2020- Sumit Antil: Debutant Sumit Antil smashed his own world record multiple times for the F64 class gold at the Paralympics here on 30 August 2021.

Key Highlights:

  • Antil set a new world record on his way to a gold medal hurling the spear to 68.55 metres.

  • He bettered the previous world record of 62.88m, also set by him, five times on the day. His series read 66.95, 68.08, 65.27, 66.71, 68.55 and foul.

  • Sumit's gold took India's medal tally to 7 at Tokyo Paralympics.

  • Australian Michal Burian (66.29m) and Sri Lanka''s Dulan Kodithuwakku (65.61m) took the silver and bronze respectively.

  • The F64 category is for athletes with a leg amputation, who compete with prosthetics in a standing position.

About Sumit Antil:

  • Sumit Antil is a student of Delhi's Ramjas College.

  • He was an able-bodied wrestler

  • The 23-year-old from Sonipat, who lost his left leg below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2005, participated in able-bodied javelin throw till 2015 before taking a break.

  • On comeback in 2018, he started participating in para-sports and immediately made an impact, winning silver in the 2019 World Championships in Dubai.

Golden moment for India at the Paralympics:

  • Earlier, Shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history as she became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event.

  • Veteran Devendra Jhajharia's F46 category silver cemented his status of being India's greatest para-athlete as javelin throwers led the country's track-and-field medal rush at the Paralympics.

  • Another javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar picked up bronze in Jhajharia's event, while discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya's F56 silver ensured that India made its presence felt across the podium and through the day.

Tokyo Paralympics- Praveen Kumar: On 3 September 2021, Indian Para-athlete Praveen Kumar bagged the silver medal in Men’s High Jump T64 event.

Key Highlights:

  • Praveen jumped 2.07 metre while Great Britain’s Jonathan Broom-Edwards took the gold with a season-best of 2.10 metre in the event.

  • With the win, India’s medal tally at Tokyo Paralympics has risen to 11 with two Gold medals, six Silver and three Bronze medals.

  • In Badminton, Shuttler Suhas Yathiraj, Tarun Dhillon and Manoj Sarkar have won their respective Group matches of Men’s Singles.

  • While Yathiraj defeated Susanto Hary of Indonesia 21-6, 21-12 in group B encounter of SL4 event.

  • Dhillon overcame South Korea’s Hwan Kyung Shin 21-18, 15-21, 21-17 in another group B match of SL4 event.

  • Sarkar defeated Oleksandr Chyrkov of Ukraine 21-16, 21-9 in Group A match of SL3 Category.

  • In Archery, Harvinder Singh has booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Men’s Individual Recurve event while Vivek Chikara will be in action in elimination round of the same event.

  • Prachi Yadav, who became the first Indian to qualify for the Paralympics in Canoe Sprint has finished 8th in the finals of Women’s VL2 200 metre event.

  • In Shooting, Avani Lekhara has qualified for the Women’s 50 metre rifle 3 positions SH1 event.

  • Para athelets Kashish Lakra and Ekta Bhyan will be taking part in the finals of Women’s Club Throw F51 and Soman Rana in finals of Men’s Shot Put F57 later in the day.

India at Tokyo Paralympics 2020: India finished their campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 with an all-time high of 19 medals.

Highlights:

  • The medals include five gold, eight silver, and six bronze.

  • This is the best medal tally for India a single edition of the Paralympic Games.

  • India is placed at 24th position in the overall medal tally out of a total of 162 nations.

Indian Flag Bearers:

  • Javelin thrower Tek Chand was the flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics while Shooter Avani Lekhara was India’s flag-bearer at the closing ceremony.

India at Paralympics 2020:

  • India sent it’s biggest ever contingent of 54 para-athletes at Tokyo Paralympics to compete across as many as 9 sporting disciplines at the Games.

  • The Indian theme song of Paralympics 2020 “Kar de kamaal tu”.

  • The composer and singer of the song is Sanjeev Singh, a Divyang cricket player from Lucknow.

Background:

  • Prior to this, India had won a total of 12 Paralympics medals, since making its first appearance at the Paralympics in 1968, till the 2016 Rio.

List of Indian medallists winners of Tokyo Paralympics 2020:

Gold:

  • Shooting: Avani Lekhara (Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing)

  • Shooting: Manish Narwal (Mixed 50m Pistol)

  • Athletics: Sumit Antil (Men’s Javelin Throw)

  • Badminton: Pramod Bhagat (Men’s Singles)

  • Badminton: Krishna Nagar (Men’s Singles)

Silver:

  • Badminton: Suhas Yathiraj (Men’s Singles)

  • Shooting: Singhraj Adhana (Mixed 50m Pistol)

  • Table Tennis: Bhavina Patel (Women’s Singles)

  • Athletics: Yogesh Kathuniya (Men’s Discus Throw)

  • Athletics: Nishad Kumar (Men’s High Jump)

  • Athletics: Mariyappan Thangavelu (Men’s High Jump)

  • Athletics: Praveen Kumar (Men’s High Jump)

  • Athletics: Devendra Jhajharia (Men’s Javelin Throw)

Bronze:

  • Shooting: Singhraj Adhana (Men’s 10m Air Pistol)

  • Shooting: Avani Lekhara (Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions)

  • Archery: Harvinder Singh (Men’s Individual Recurve)

  • Athletics: Sharad Kumar (Men’s High Jump)

  • Athletics: Sundar Singh Gurjar (Men’s Javelin Throw)

  • Badminton: Manoj Sarkar (Men’s Singles)

Key points Tokyo Paralympics 2020:

  • Tokyo Paralympics 2020 was the 16th Summer Paralympic Games.

  • It was held in Tokyo, Japan from August 24, to September 05, 2021.

  • China topped the final medal tally at Tokyo Paralympic Games. The country won a total of 207 medals (96 golds, 60 silvers and 51 bronzes). This is the fifth consecutive time China dominated Paralympic Games in both gold medal tally and overall medal tally.

  • United Kingdom (124) got the second position followed by the USA (104).

  • The closing ceremony was entitled ‘Harmonious Cacophony’ and involved both able-bodied actors and others with disabilities.

  • The theme was described by organizers as a ‘world inspired by the Paralympics, one where differences shine’

Dutch Grand Prix: Max Verstappen (Red Bull – Netherlands) regained the top spot of the Formula One championship standings as he won the Dutch Grand Prix in front of raucous home support.

Highlights:

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) came second while Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Finland) came third.

  • The Red Bull driver’s leading seventh win of the season and 17th of his career moved him three points ahead of the defending champion.

Asian Youth Championship: Indian boxers won six gold medals along with nine silver and five bronze medals in the Asian Youth Championship.

Highlights:

  • Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Sneha Kumari (66kg), Khushi (75kg) and Neha (54kg) clinched gold medals in the women's draw, while Bishwamitra Chongtham (51kg) and Vishal (80kg) were the gold winners in the men's competition.

  • Preeti Dahiya, Sneha Kumari, Khushi and Neha won the gold medals in the women’s draw.

  • Out of 10 women finalists, six made directly to the finals because of small size of their respective draws.

  • Dahiya defeated Kazakhstan’s Zuldyz Shayakmetova by 3-2.

  • Khushi defeated Dana Diday of Kazakhstan by 3-0 in bouts.

  • Bishwamitra Chongtham and Vishal are the gold-winners in the men’s competition.

  • Preeti, Khushi, Tanisha Sandhu, Nivedita, Tamanna and Simran won the silver medals in women’s competition.

  • Vishvanath Suresh, Vanshaj and Jaydeep Rawat won silver medals in men’s competition.

Background:

  • Five Indian boxers, including one woman, earlier won bronze medals in youth event after they lost in semi-finals.

  • Daksh, Deepak, Abhimanyu and Aman Singh Bisht won the bronze medals while in women’s category, Lashu Yadav won bronze medal.

Last edition of the competitions:

  • Last edition of Asian Youth Championships was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

  • India had won 12 medals, including five gold.

  • The gold medalists in youth category were awarded with USD 6,000; silver medalists got USD 3,000 while bronze medalists got USD 1,500.

  • In the junior competition held along with the Championships, India had won eight gold, five silver and six bronze medals.

  • With 20 medals in the youth event, India also bettered last edition’s medals tally of 12, including five gold, achieved in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2019.

Asian Youth Athletics Championships:

  • It is a biennial, continental athletics competition held for Asian athletes. It is organised by the Asian Athletics Association.

  • The first championships were held in 2015.

  • It is a youth category event that is held for athletes aged fifteen and seventeen.

Sports Current Affairs - August 2021

Lord's Test (IND vs ENG):

India beat England by 151 runs to win the second Test and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series here on 16th August 2021.

Key Highlights:

  • Chasing 272, England was bowled out for 120 in 51.5 overs with skipper Joe Root top-scoring with 33.

  • Mohammed Shami (56*) and Jasprit Bumrah's mind-blowing 89-run 9th wicket combination turned the tide back in India's favour from a position when the hosts appeared to be favourites to win.

  • India declared on 298-8 just after lunch to set England 272 to win in 60 overs. It was a victory target the hosts never intended to chase, but one they couldn’t defend either.

  • After a rain-affected tie at Trent Bridge, India now leads the five-match series 1-0.

  • The third Test at Headingley in Leeds starts on August 25.

Note: Virat Kohli is now the 4th most successful captain in Test history with 37 wins and the only third Indian captain to win a Test at Lord's after Kapil Dev & MS Dhoni.

About Lords:

  • Lord's: Lord's Cricket Ground, commonly known as Lord's, is a cricket venue in St John's Wood, London.

  • It was established in 1814.

  • Known as the 'home of cricket', Lord's is the most famous cricket ground in the world and is home to the world's oldest sporting museum.

  • It is named after its founder, Thomas Lord.

  • It is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the European Cricket Council (ECC) and, until August 2005, the International Cricket Council (ICC).

  • Note: The first test was played between England and Australia on 21–23 July 1884.

U-20 World Athletics Championships:

The Indian mixed 4X400m relay team bagged bronze medal in the U-20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi on 18th August 2021.

Key Highlights:

  • Indian quartet of Bharat S, Priya Mohan, Summy and Kapil clocked 3:20.60 seconds while the Nigerian mixed 4x400m relay team won the gold, and Poland secured the silver.

  • India had entered the final as the second best team overall with a championship record timing of 3:23.36s in the heat races held in the morning.

  • The record was, however, short-lived as the athletes from Nigeria improved it by finishing their race in heat 2 with a timing of 3:21.66s.

Note:

  • The World Athletics U20 Championships is taking place from 17 to 22 August 2021 at the Nyayo Sports Complex in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Many major countries are not participating such as the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand or Norway, etc.

About World Athletics U20 Championships:

  • The World Athletics U20 Championships is a biennial world championships for the sport of athletics organized by the World Athletics. It is contested by athletes in the under-20 athletics age category 19 years old or younger on 31 December in the year of the competition.

  • The competition was launched as the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics in 1986 and renamed to IAAF World U20 Championships in November 2015.

  • The current name was adapted with the name change of the sport’s governing body in 2019.

World Athletics U20 Championships:

The 2021 edition of the World Athletics U20 Championships started from August 18, 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Highlights:

  • The tournament will continue till 22 August at the Nyayo Sports Complex.

  • The impact of Covid on teams travelling and logistics of moving vital equipment around the world have proven to be a challenge, the governing body said in a release.

  • The event was originally scheduled for 2020. The World U20 Championships were held from 17 to 22 August, 2021.

Participation from Indian Side:

  • Javelin Thrower Kunwar Ajai Raj Singh Rana and Long Jumper Shaili Singh will lead the Indian challenge in the World Athletics U20 Championships.

  • India has had a champion at the U20 Athletics World Championships in each of the last two editions.

  • Neeraj Chopra threw the javelin longer than any man in his age group in 2016 for his first major international breakthrough while Hima Das clinched gold medal in the women’s 400m in Tampere in 2018.

The 2021 World Athletics U20 Championships, also known as the World Junior Championships, is an international athletics competition for athletes qualifying as juniors (born no earlier than 1 January 2002)

2021 Spilimbergo Open Chess Tournament:

A 15-year-old young Indian Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani has won the 19th Spilimbergo Open chess tournament in Italy.

Highlights:

  • The fourth-seeded Sadhwani, who hails from Nagpur, remained undefeated in the tournament, with seven points from nine rounds, in which claimed five wins and four draws.

  • In the ninth and final round, Sadhwani and Italian GM Pier Luigi Basso finished level on seven points, but the Indian was declared the winner on the basis of a better tie-break score.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: The 32nd edition of the Olympics has come to an end after a jam-packed action of 15 days.

Highlights:

  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were declared closed on Sunday by IOC chief Thomas Bach, who called the pandemic-delayed Games the "most challenging Olympic journey.

  • The theme of the ceremony was unitedly moving forward despite the challenges thrown at the world.

  • With a moment of silence, the ceremony then remembered all the people who lost their lives during the pandemic, members of the Israeli delegation killed during the 1972 Munich Games massacre, the 2011 earthquake, Tsunami and the nuclear disaster.

  • The next Olympics will be held in Paris, France in 2024.

  • The Olympic flag was passed to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.

  • Wrestler Bajrang Punia led the Indian contingent out during the parade of athletes during the closing ceremony of Tokyo 2020.

Background:

  • The Tokyo Olympics 2020 or officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad was held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.

  • The quadrennial event was earlier scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9 in the year 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Olympic Games for the second time, the first being in 1964, this will be the fourth Olympic event to be conducted in Japan, including two Winter Olympics in 1972 and 1998.

  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot was named Miraitowa.

  • It is a tribute to both the respected tradition and modern innovation of Japanese culture.

  • The Tokyo Olympics 2020 mascot has a personality inspired by the Japanese proverb, “learn from the past and develop new ideas”.

Spirit of the whole Olympic movement:

  • One moment summed up the spirit of the whole Olympic movement that was the men's high jump.

  • Qatar's Mutaz Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi, both of whom have returned from the same career-threatening injury, agreed to share the gold medal and both exploded in joy when officials agreed.

Key Highlights of the winners:

  • A record 83 nations reached finals, there were 43 teams on the podium and 23 won gold.

  • There were three world records, 12 Olympic records, 28 area records and 151 national records set.

  • The official rankings and medal tally of top ten countries from the Tokyo Olympics 2020 are as follows:

 Rank   Team/NOC   Gold   Silver   Bronze   Total   Rank by Total 
   1  United States of America  39  41  33  113   1
   2  People's Republic of China  38  32  18  88   2
   3  Japan  27  14  17  58   5
   4  Great Britain  22  21  22  65   4
   5  ROC  20  28  23  71   3
   6  Australia  17    7  22  46   6
   7  Netherlands  10  12  14  36   9
   8  France  10  12  11  33  10
   9  Germany  10  11  16  37   8
  10  Italy  10  10  40  40   7

 

India's Olympics Medals:

With seven medals, including one gold, two silver, and four bronze medals, in the Tokyo Games, India has registered its best-ever performance in the Olympics.

World Athletics Rankings: The Indian javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra, has gained 14 places to become world No. 2 in the latest World Athletics Rankings after his sensational performance in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Highlights:

  • Neeraj Chopra has been ranked second with his score of 1315.

  • He is only behind German athlete Johannes Vetter who is having the score of 1396.

  • Neeraj, on August 7, 2021, had scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win gold in track and field in the Olympics.

  • Chopra threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m and picked the yellow metal at the Tokyo Games.

  • His historic golden throw in the Olympics has also been listed as one of the 10 magical moments of athletics (track and field) in the Tokyo Olympics by the World Athletics.

  • Following his win, Neeraj has also become the most followed track & field athlete in the world with number of followers on Instagram at 3.2 million.

About Neeraj Chopra:

  • He is an Indian track and field athlete, competing in the javelin throw.

  • He is the Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Indian Army.

  • He is also the first track and field athlete who won IAAF World U20 Championships.

  • In 2016, he achieved under-20 world record of 86.48 m.

  • After Abhinav Bindra, he is the second Indian to win a Gold Medal at the Olympics.

  • He has also become the youngest-ever Indian gold medalist in the individual event and the first to won gold in his Olympic debut.

Javelin Throw Day: The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has decided to name the day of 7th August ‘Javelin Throw Day’ in India to honor Neeraj Chopra’s first historic Olympic gold.

Key Points:

  • The 23-year-old, Haryana-based Neeraj Chopra made a history by winning the gold medal in the javelin throw at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

  • No athletics has achieved a medal for over 100 years.

  • Neeraj Chopra threw his javelin a distance of 87.58 metres

  • He is India’s second individual Olympic gold medallist after Abhinav Bindra.

  • AFI’s bid to name August 7 as Javelin Throw Day is an attempt to attract more youth towards the sport.

Note: The AFI started National Open Javelin Throw Championships in 2018 and its third edition is scheduled in October this year.

About AFI:

  • The Athletics Federation of India is the apex body for Athletics in India and affiliated to the IAAF, AAA and Indian Olympic Association.

  • The AFI came into existence in 1946.

  • It was earlier called as Amateur Athletic Federation of India (AAFI).

  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.

  • The current President of AFI is Adille J Sumariwalla and Secretary-General is Ravinder Chaudhry.

ICC players of the month for July: West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was named the ICC Player of the Month for July in men’s and women’s categories respectively.

  • Shakib was nominated alongside West Indies’ Hayden Walsh Jr and Australia’s Mitchell Marsh.

About Stafanie Taylor:

  • Stafanie Taylor was the standout performer for West Indies in the limited-overs series against Pakistan.

  • She was nominated for the award alongside teammate Hayley Matthews and Pakistan’s Fatima Sana, but her all-around performance in the series helped her claim the most votes.

About Shakib Al Hasan:

  • Shakib’s contributions in all three formats of the game helped Bangladesh win their series against Zimbabwe last month.

  • He had scored an unbeaten 96 in Bangladesh’s three-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

  • In the T20Is, Hasan took three wickets at an economy rate of seven, leading his country to a series win against Zimbabwe.

  • He is also the top all-rounder in the latest ICC men’s T20 Rankings.

Durand Cup: Durand Cup is Asia’s oldest and world’s third oldest football tournament.

Highlights:

  • It is all set to make a comeback, after a year’s gap. The 130th edition of the Durand Cup is scheduled to be held in and around Kolkata from September 05 to October 03, 2021.

  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition was cancelled last season.

History of Durand Cup:

  • The prestigious tournament is named after Mortimer Durand, who was then the Foreign Secretary in charge of India.

  • This tournament was first held in 1888, at Dagshai (Himachal Pradesh).

  • The tournament was a conscious way to initially maintain health and fitness amongst the British troops but was later opened to civilians and currently is one of the leading sports events in the world.

  • Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are the most successful teams in the history of the Durand Cup winning it sixteen times each.

  • The winning team is presented with three trophies ie the President’s Cup (first presented by Dr Rajendra Prasad), the Durand Cup (the original challenge prize – a rolling trophy) and the Shimla Trophy (first presented by citizens of Shimla in 1903 and since 1965, a rolling trophy).

2020 Summer Paralympics Games: Shri Anurag Thakur, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports and Nisith Pramanik, Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on August 12, 2021, addressed virtually and sent a 54-member, largest ever Indian contingent to Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Highlights:

  • An 88 member Indian contingent including 54 athletes were given a formal send-off at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

  • This is India's largest-ever contingent to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo

  • The 54-member Indian contingent consists of 54 para-sportspersons across 9 sports disciplines.

  • The 2020 Summer Paralympics Games are scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan from August 24 to September 05, 2021.

Background:

  • Minister Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, 03 AUG 2021 had launched the Paralympic theme song.

  • The song “Kar De Kamaal Tu” is composed and sung by a Divyang cricket player Sanjeev Singh who is a resident of Lucknow.

  • The idea of Paralympic Committee of India was to get the song composed from the Divyang community as a mark of inclusiveness.

  • The lyrics of the song motivate not only the athletes but all the people with any form of disability to never underestimate themselves and what they have in them to create wonders.

PV Sindhu: Ace shuttler PV Sindhu on August 1st, 2021, created history today by becoming the first Indian woman to win back-to-back medals in two Olympics.

Highlights:

  • PV Sindhu is just the second Indian athlete after Sushil Kumar to win two individual Olympic medals.

  • Wrestler Sushil Kumar was so far the only Indian to have finished twice on the podium at the quadrennial showpiece event.

  • Sushil had followed up his bronze at 2008 Beijing with silver at the London edition.

  • The 26-year-old beat her Chinese rival He Bing Jiao of China 21-13, 21-15 in straight games to win the bronze medal in women’s singles badminton at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

  • Sindhu had lost to world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the last four on 31st July 2021.

  • She had earlier bagged silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016. She had won silver in the last Olympics in Rio after losing in the final to Carolina Marin.

About PV Sindhu:

  • Pusarla Venkata (PV) Sindhu is the first Indian ever to become a world champion in badminton.

  • She was born in Hyderabad and both her parents were national-level volleyball players.

  • She was the first Indian woman to win the Olympic silver medal in 2016.

  • She had won silver after losing to Spain's Carolina Marin.

  • Her career's highest world ranking has been world no. 2 in April 2017.

  • She is currently ranked 7th in the world.

  • She is the only fourth women's singles player to win a medal at successive Olympics after Susi Susanti (gold in 1992 and bronze in 1996), Bang Soo-Hyun (silver in 1992 and gold in 1996) and Zhang (gold in 2004 and 2008).

Tokyo Olympics-Hockey: In Tokyo Olympics, India won bronze medal in men’s hockey defeating Germany.

Highlights:

  • They beat four-time champions Germany 5-4 in a nail-biter of a bronze medal match.

  • India, who have eight gold medals at the Olympics in hockey, won a medal at the mega event after 41 years.

  • Harmanpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh scored for India.

  • This was the third Olympics appearance for Indian captain and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.

Goalscorers for India:

  • Simranjeet Singh (17th, 34th minutes) scored a brace, while Hardik Singh (27th), Harmanpreet Singh (29th) and Rupinder Pal Singh (31st) were the other goal getters for India.

  • Germany's goals were scored by Timur Oruz (2nd), Niklas Wellen (24th), Benedikt Furk (25th) and Lukas Windfeder (48th).

Key Facts:

  • Hockey remains India's national game.

  • India are still Asia's top team but are now ranked fourth in the world behind Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

  • India is the most successful team in men's field hockey competition at the Summer Olympic Games with record eight gold medals (1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964 and 1980), one silver medal (1960) and now three bronze medals (1968, 1972 and 2021).

  • Hockey greats Dhyan Chand and KD Singh Babu were the stars as India won six straight Olympic tournaments between 1928 and 1956.

  • Five of their eight triumphs came after India's independence from British rule in 1947.

Lovlina Borgohain: Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) became only the third Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal as she took home the bronze in the women’s welterweight category.

Highlights:

  • She roared into the semi-final of the women’s welterweight category after beating Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin by a split decision.

  • The 23-year-old boxer from Assam, participating in her first Olympic Games, showed great technical acumen as she edged the first round 3-2 and then stamped her authority on the bout by making a clean sweep in the second round.

  • The Indian boxer was dominant in the final round too as she won it 4-1 to eventually win by a split decision margin of 4-1.

Key Points:

  • Lovlina Borgohain is the third Indian boxer to win Olympic bronze following legendary boxers.

  • India’s previous boxing medals have come through Vijender Singh (2008) and M C Mary Kom (2012).

  • Including the bronze medal of Lovlina, India has acquired three medals till date.

  • Earlier, Mirabai Chanu won silver in weightlifting and PV Sindhu won bronze in badminton women’s individual event.

About Lovlina Borgohain:

 

  • Lovlina Borgohain belongs to the Golaghat district of Assam.

  • She started her career as a kickboxer and switched to boxing after getting an opportunity from the field.

  • She was selected to participate in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the welterweight boxing category. 

Medals won by Lovlina:

The following are the medals won by Lovlina:

  • Gold medal at International Boing Championship in February 2018 in the welterweight category.

  • Bronze medal at Asian Boxing Championships in Vietnam in 2017.

  • Bronze medal at the President’s Cup in Astana in June 2017.

  • Silver medal at Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia in June 2018.

  • Bronze medal at 13th International Silesian Championship in Poland in September 2018.

  • She also represented India at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi and won the bronze medal in the 69 kg category.

Tokyo Olympics 2020-Wrestling: Ravi Kumar Dahiya wins silver medal for India in Men’s Freestyle 57-kg Wrestling in the Tokyo Olympics on 5th August 2021.

Highlights:

  • He lost his Gold medal match after losing in the final to Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Zavur Uguev.

  • Ravi had reached the finals by toppling Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan, a former World Championships silver-medallist, in the semis.

  • This is India’s fifth medal at the Tokyo Olympics and the second silver of the campaign.

  • The other proud Indian winners are Mirabai Chanu (Silver), PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and the Indian men’s hockey team (Bronze).

  • Ravi Kumar is the fifth Indian wrestler after KD Jadhav, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, and Sakshi Malik to finish on the Olympic podium.

Tokyo Olympics-Javelin Throw: Neeraj Chopra creates history by becoming the first-ever Indian athlete to win individual gold at the Olympic Games on August 7, 2021.

Highlights:

  • Neeraj Chopra won India's first gold medal in the javelin throw event with a throw of 87.58m, finishing at the top of the table.

  • He is the second Indian-ever to win an individual gold after Abhinav Bindra, who won gold in Men's 10m air rifle in shooting in 2008 Olympic Games.

  • His winning the gold medal has taken India's medal tally at Tokyo Olympics 2020 to seven.

  • This is India's highest-ever medal haul at the Olympics after the 2012 London Olympic Games.

  • India's previous-best medal tally was six medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games, which included two silver and four bronze medals.

Tokyo Olympics 2020-Wrestling: Bajrang Punia has clinched the bronze medal in men's wrestling freestyle 65kg at Tokyo Olympics 2020 on August 7, 2021.

Highlights:

  • He clinched the bronze medal after defeating three-time Asian Champion Daulet Niyazbekov 8-0 in men's wrestling freestyle 65kg.

  • This is historic as this is India's sixth medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

  • Punia has become the sixth wrestler in Indian history to win an Olympic medal after KD Jadhav, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sakshi Malik and Ravi Kumar Dahiya.

  • He is the top-ranked wrestler in his weight category.

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 6, 2021, announced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will be now known as the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.

Highlights:

  • The highest honour Khel Ratna Award has been rechristened in the honour of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand following the admirable performance of both men's and women's hockey teams in the Tokyo Olympics.

About Major Dhyan Chand:

  • Major Dhyan Chand (29 August 1905 – 3 December 1979) was an Indian field hockey player widely regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the sport.

  • He was known for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals, in 1928, 1932 and 1936.

  • He played International Hockey from 1926 to 1949.

  • He was popularly known as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control.

  • He scored 570 goals in 185 matches according to his autobiography, Goal.

  • The Government of India (GoI) awarded him Padma Bhushan in 1956.

  • Apart from the Khel Ratna Award, India's highest award for lifetime achievement in sports, the National Stadium in Delhi was also renamed in 2002 as Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

  • His birthday, 29 August, is celebrated as National Sports Day in India every year.

About Dhyan Chand Award:

  • It was instituted in 2002.

  • It is an award for life-time achievements in sports.

About Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:

  • It is the highest sporting honour of India.

  • It was instituted in 1991–92.

  • The recipient(s) is/are honoured for their outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years at international level.

  • The first recipient of the Khel Ratna Award was Chess Vishwanathan Anand.

  • The other winners of the award include Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes, Dhanraj Pillay, Abhinav Bindra, Pullela Gopichand, Mary Kom, Arjun Bobby George, Rani Rampal.

  • The highest sports honour now renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award comes with a cash prize of Rs. 25 lakh.

World Cadet Wrestling Championships: Priya Malik has successfully clinched gold at the ongoing World Cadet Wrestling Championships hosted in Hungary on 25th July 2021.

Note: She clinched the gold not in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics but miles away from the Japanese capital- Budapest, Hungary.

Highlights:

  • Priya Malik has also become the first athlete to win a gold medal for India in World Wrestling Championship.

  • Prior to Priya Malik's golden run, another Indian wrestler- Varsha had won the bronze medal on Thursday by overcoming Turkey's Duygu Gen in the 65kg category.

  • 16 year old Priya Malik won the women's 73 kg weight category gold medal by getting the better of Belarus wrestler Kseniya Patapovich 5-0 in the final.

  • She won 10-0 in the first round against Milla Andelic (Croatia) and beat Veronika Nyikos (Hungary) easily in the quarter-finals.

  • She then dominated Marilla Akulincheva (Russia) in the semi-final.

Her Achievements:

Priya Malik has won the gold medal in the 2019 edition of Khelo India in Pune and then went on to clinch gold in the very same year at the 17th School Games that were held in Delhi.

Apart from these wins, Priya also won two more gold medals the following year i.e. 2020.

Her next two gold medal triumphs came at the National Cadet Championship in Patna as well as at the National School Games respectively.

Mirabai Chanu: The Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh, on 26 July 2021 announced that weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will be appointed as the Additional Superintendent of Police to her as a token of gratitude.

  • The weightlifter had been working as a tickets inspector in the Indian Railways.

Key Points:

  • Mirabai Chanu of India, on 24th July, 2021, had clinched a silver medal in weightlifting in the 49kg category in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

  • This ended a 21 year drought of winning a medal in this category.

  • She lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to qin the silver medal in this competition.

  • She bettered the record of Karnam Malleswari who had won a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

  • The gold was won by China’s Hou Zhihui who lifted a total of 210kg.

  • Indonesia’s Aisah Windy Cantika won the bronze medal with a total of 194kg.

National Centre of Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics: The Union Government has recently decided to set up a National Centre of Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics for creating a world-class talent pool in India to cater to the Indian as well as global industry.

Highlights:

  • It will be set up in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

  • The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) has identified the animation, visual effects, gaming and comics (AVGC) sector as a sunrise industry.

  • Despite growing at an estimated 29-30 percent per annum, the share of the domestic AVGC industry in the global AVGC market was just one per cent at $2.69 billion (or Rs 20,000 crore), a CII report says.

Sexualisation Of Sports: The sexualisation of women who play sport is not new. While medal tallies, new world records and spectacular upsets generally dominate the conversation around Olympics, this time, another important topic has repeatedly come into the limelight — the ‘sexualisation of sport’.

Highlights:

  • The phrase first hit headlines when the German women’s gymnastics team wore unitards as their uniform at the sporting event, instead of the traditionally favoured leotards.

  • The team decided to wear the unitards as a “move that was designed to promote freedom of choice and encourage women to wear what makes them feel comfortable.”

  • The team had worn unitards to their practices as well.

  • It had also worn the unitard at the European championships in April.

Leotard vs Unitard

  • The unitard and leotard are both skin-tight garments usually made of lycra and spandex, their stretchability making them the perfect choice for gymnastics and dance.

  • The unitard worn by the German team is essentially a skintight suit, which covers the athletes’ body right from the ankles to their wrists.

  • Women gymnasts for the longest time have worn the bikini-cut leotard, a skin-tight one-piece attire that covers the torso and leaves the thighs bare.

Impact

  • The decision of the German women’s team has received widespread global support.

  • As a direct outcome of the German team’s stand, the Olympic Broadcasting Services has called for a clampdown on the showcase of “overtly sexualised images of female athletes”.

  • The International Olympic Committee have refreshed and updated their ‘portrayal guidelines’, and have asked for ‘gender-equal and fair’ broadcasts of their events.

  • The new guide points include suggestions like: “Do not focus unnecessarily on looks, clothing or intimate body parts”; and ‘reframing or deleting a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ … to respect the integrity of the athlete.”

National Women’s Online Chess Championship: Vantika Agarwal who hails from Delhi has won the inaugural National women’s online chess championship title.

Highlights:

  • The championship was organized by the All India Chess Federation (AICF) from July 26-28, 2021.

  • Vantika has scored 9.5 rounds from 11 rounds.

  • Followed by Arpita Mukherjee of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu’s Sreeja Seshadri stood 2nd and 3rd place with 9 points and 8.5 points respectively.

  • The All India Chess Federation is considering the performance of this online event for the selection of players for the Upcoming Asian individual championship and other events.

Leading standings (from 11 rounds) are as follows:

Women:

  1. Vantika Agarwal (Del, 9.5 points),

  2. Arpita Mukherjee (Ben, 9),

  3. Srija Seshadri (TN) (8.5 points)

  4. Soumya Swaminathan (Mah) (8.5 points)

  5. R. Vaishali (TN) (8.5 points)

  6. N. Priyanka (Andhra) (8 points)

  7. Mary Ann Gomes (Pet) (8 points)

  8. P. V. Nandhidhaa (TN) (8 points)

  9. Tania Sachdev (Del) (8 points)

  10. Padmini Rout (Odi) (8 points)

  11. Mrudul Dehankar (Mah) (8 points)

Momiji Nishiya: Momiji Nishiya of Japan has became one of the youngest gold medal winners in Olympic in history.

Highlights:

  • She won the inaugural women’s skateboarding gold at the age of 13 years and 330 days.

  • Rayssa Leal (13 years and 203 days) of Brazil won silver and Funa Nakayama (16 years) of Japan clinched the bronze.

  • The youngest gold medalist was Team USA’s Marjorie Gestring at the 1936 games in Berlin.

  • Gestring, only 13 years and 268 days old at the time, won gold in the women’s diving competition.

Yuto Horigome: Japan’s Yuto Horigome has won the first-ever skateboarding competition at the Olympic Games, taking gold in men’s street event at the Ariake Urban Sport in Tokyo.

Highlights:

  • Yuto overcame a shaky start to pocket the gold with 37.18 points.

  • Kelvin Hoefler of Brazil won silver in the men’s street skating competition.

  • Jagger Eaton of the United States clinched the bronze.

Note:

  • Skateboarding’s inclusion into the Olympics marks a turning point for the sport, which has its roots in youth street culture and has influenced everything from art to fashion.

Sports Current Affairs - July 2021

Formula One British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton of United Kingdom, on 18th July 2021 has won the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone for a record eighth time.

Key highlights:

  • This was the 99th win of Hamilton’s career who has also won the world championship seven times.

  • The Mercedes driver, now only eight points behind Red Bull's Verstappen after 10 races, passed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc with two laps to go as a capacity 140,000 crowd rose to cheer on their home hero.

  • Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) came second while Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas finished third.

  • On the opening lap of the British Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, were involved in a high speed collision as Hamilton tried to overtake the Verstappen.

  • Hamilton’s front-left wheel touched Verstappen’s back-right tire.

  • Due to this Verstappen spun off the track and crashed into the barriers.

  • Later, Verstappen was seen walking away from his crashed car.

  • Due to the collision, Hamilton was given a time penalty but in a dramatic conclusion to the race he overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to secure his eighth British GP victory.

About British Grand Prix:

  • The British Grand Prix is a motor race which is organised in the United Kingdom (UK).

  • This race is organized by the Royal Automobile Club.

  • It was first held in the year 1926;.

  • Since the year 1948 the British Grand Prix has been held annually.

  • Every year since 1950 it has been a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Sparkassen Trophy: Viswanathan Anand defeated Vladimir Kramnik to win the Sparkassen Trophy at Dortmund on 18th July 2021.

Highlights:

  • The Chennai maestro won the match 2.5-1.5.

  • The two former World champions fought over four games in a brand new format of chess.

  • The event was played as part of the "No-Castling" Chess devised by the Russian GM.

  • Castling is not allowed in this format in an effort to make the game more interesting.

  • Castling is a special move to protect the king and activate the rook.

  • It is the only time in chess a player can move two pieces in one move.

  • Anand had returned to over the board action at the Croatia Grand Chess Tour tournament in Zagreb last week and took overall second place (Rapid and Blitz sections combined).

About Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting:

  • The Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting is an elite chess tournament held every summer in Dortmund, Germany.

  • Dortmund is an invite-only event, with the exception that one slot at Dortmund is awarded to the winner of the annual Aeroflot Open in Moscow.

  • The title sponsor is Sparkasse Dortmund.

  • The tournament is usually played in a round-robin or double round-robin format.

  • However, it took the form of a series of heads-up matches in 2002 and 2004.

New Olympic Motto: The Olympic motto has been amended to "faster, higher, stronger - together" during the International Olympic Committee's session in Tokyo on 20 july 2021.

Highlights:

  • This updating was done to show solidarity around the globe at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The word "together" after a hyphen has been added to the earlier motto, which was made up of three Latin words -- Citius, Altius, Fortius, translating to "Faster Higher Stronger" in English.

  • Since 1894, the Olympic motto has been “Citius, Altius, Fortius” in Latin or “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” when it was adopted at the suggestion of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee.

  • The motto now reads 'Citius, Altius, Fortius – Communis' in Latin.

Background:

  • The proposal to include the word together was made by IOC President Thomas Bach, which was endorsed by the body's Executive Board (EB) in April.

2020 Tokyo Olympics:

  • The 2020 summer Olympics will be held from 23rd July to 8th August, 2021 in the city of Tokyo, Japan.

  • It was originally scheduled to have been held in the year 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • This event will be held behind closed doors keeping in mind the ongoing pandemic.

  • This is the first instance of the Olympics being postponed instead of being cancelled.

  • The Summer Paralympics will be held from 24th August till 5th September in Tokyo.

International Olympic Committee:

  • International Olympic Committee was founded in the year 1894.

  • It’s headquarter is located in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Thomas Bach is the current president of the IOC.

2032 Olympic Games: Australia’s Brisbane has been confirmed as the host city for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Highlights:

  • The International Olympic Committee approved the recommendation of its executive board at a meeting ahead of Tokyo 2020, making it the third Australian city to stage the event following Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

  • It is the first Games to be awarded following an overhaul of the bidding system, with candidate cities no longer bidding against each other ahead of a vote.

  • Instead, the IOC held talks with interested parties and picked a preferred host before it was ratified on 21st July 2021.

  • The secret ballot was held at the 138th Session in Tokyo, two days before the Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games, under strict COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Following the election, the Host Contract 2032 was signed by the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade, Councillor Adrian Schrinner, the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Brisbane, and Mr John Coates AC, President of the Australian Olympic Committee.

Key Details:

Brisbane has become the third Australian city to host the Games after Sydney in 2000 and Melbourne in 1956.

Note: Brisbane is the state capital of Queensland.

It was the preferred host, chosen in the month of February, and had earned the executive board’s approval the last month.

Now, the city’s selection has made Australia the second country after the United States, to stage summer Olympic Games in three different cities.

Brisbane in 1992 had tried to hot the Olympics but it was awarded to Barcelona.

Brisbane was the host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Australian and the Queensland government will split the cost in a 50:50 ratio.

Host Selection Process:

  • Under the IOC’s new, more targeted and flexible approach to future host elections, the two Future Host Commissions (Summer and Winter) are permanently open to exploratory, non-committal continuous dialogue with interested parties and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on their ambitions to host future Games.

  • The Future Host Commission gave the opportunity of a presentation and a discussion to the interested parties in the continuous dialogue.

  • Unlike the past where the interested cities were selected on the basis of vote, in the new method IOC picks a preferred host city after conducting talks with all the interested cities and then the preferred city are put to vote at its session.

Which other countries has expressed their interest in staging the 2032 summer Olympics?

Several countries and their cities had expressed interest in staging the 2032 summer Olympics. They are:

  • Budapest (Capital of Hungary)

  • Indonesia

  • China

  • Doha (Qatar)

  • Ruhr valley region (Germany)

Nations hosting Olympics before Brisbane:

  • Starting this week, Tokyo is hosting 2020 Olympics

  • Paris will host the 2024 Games

  • Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics

Para Sport Cup in Peru: Madhya Pradesh shooter, Rubina Francis has set a world record at the ongoing Para Sport Cup in Peru.

Highlights:

  • She has won gold in the 10-metre air pistol para-event for women.

  • This 21 year old, scored 238.1 points and beat the world record of Aysegul Pehlivanlar of Turkey

  • This win also secured her the quota for India at the Tokyo Summer Paralympics 2020.

About Rubina Francis:

  • Rubina Francis (born 1999) is an Indian para pistol shooter.

  • She is currently ranked number five by the International Shooting Sport Federation in Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 (World Shooting Para Sport Rankings).

  • She also participated in the 2018 Asian Para Games P2 - Women's 10M Air Pistol (SH1 Events).

  • Over the years, she has earned more than 15 medals from national and international events.

  • Currently, Rubina is training under the guidance of Jaspal Rana, former shooter and coach of the Junior Indian Pistol Shooting Team.

About ISSF:

  • The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) is the governing body of the Olympic Shooting events in rifle, pistol and shotgun (clay target) disciplines, and of several non-Olympic Shooting sport events.

  • It was founded in 1907 as the International Shooting Union and then it changed its name in 1998.

  • The ISSF affiliates nowadays over 150 National Shooting Federations from Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

  • ISSF's activities include regulation of the sport, Olympic qualifications and organization of international competitions such as the ISSF World Cup Series, the ISSF World Cup Finals, the ISSF Separate World Championship in Shotgun events and the ISSF World Championship in all events.

  • The ISSF Presidency is held by Mr. Vladimir Lisin, a Russian steel tycoon and President of the European Shooting Federation, since the 30th of November 2018.

  • The ISSF headquarters is in Munich, Germany.

B K Sinha: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) recently appointed retired IPS officer B K Sinha will perform the dual role of Security as well as Press Attache of the country’s contingent at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Highlights:

  • The Tokyo Olympics 2020 begins on July 23, 2021.

  • Sinha is a former Haryana DGP and also a recipient of the President’s Police Medal.

  • India will be represented by a 228-strong contingent, including 119 athletes, at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • It is being held under strict health protocols sans spectators in the wake of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

About IOC:

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at these events.

  • The IOA was established 1927 with Sir Dorabji Tata and Dr. A.G. Noehren as the Founding President and Secretary General respectively.

  • It also acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Commonwealth Games.

  • The current President of IOA is Narayana Ramachandran.

ICC New Members: The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently inducted Tajikistan, Mongolia, and Switzerland as members.

Highlights:

  • The three countries were inducted at ICC's 78th Annual General Meeting.

  • Mongolia and Tajikistan as the 22nd and 23rd members of the Asia region respectively while Switzerland is Europe’s 35th member.

  • With the ICC now comprises 106 members in total, including 94 associates.

History of Cricket in these 3 Nations:

  • The Tajikistan Cricket Federation was officially formed in 2011 with the support of the Ministry of Sports and Olympic Committee that has led the development of infrastructure and the building of a domestic cricket structure focusing on women and junior cricket.

  • The Mongolian Cricket Association (MCA) was established in 2007 and became the official national administrator of the sport in 2018.

  • In Switzerland, cricket was first played in 1817, and Cricket Switzerland (CS) was formed in 2014. Over the past seven years, CS has led the unification of the sport following the expulsion of the Swiss Cricket Association in 2012.

About ICC:

  • It refers to the International Cricket Committee.ICC is the world governing body of cricket.

  • It is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • 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 106 member nations including 94 associates.

  • 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 Greg Barclay

World Chess Day: World Chess Day is celebrated annually, on 20th July.

  • This day is being celebrated to celebrate one of the most ancient and most popular games in history that promote fairness, equality, mutual respect and understanding among nations.

  • This day also marks the date of establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in the year 1924.

About FIDE:

  • This year’s Chess day will also mark the 97th anniversary of FIDE.

  • FIDE was founded 20th July, 1924, at the eighth summer Olympic Games which was held in Paris.

  • The headquarters of FIDE is in Lausanne, Switzerland and Arkady Dvorkovich is the current president.

History:

  • The General Assembly proclaimed 20 July as World Chess Day on 12 December 2019, to mark the date of the establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924.

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

About Chess:

  • Chess is one of the ancient games with a combination of sport, scientific thinking, and elements of arts.

  • It is one of the oldest games and it is a very popular game which is played globally.

  • It helps is developing skills such as strategy, tactics as well as visual memory.

  • The game can be played anytime, anywhere, and with almost everyone.

History of Chess:

  • Chess was invented in Northern Indian Subcontinent during the Gupta period (319 – 543 CE).

  • At that time it was named as "Chaturanga".

  • Then this game spread to Persia. When Persia was conquered by the Arabs, Chess became an important part of the life of the Muslim population and from there it spread to Southern Europe.

  • In Europe, Chess evolved in its current form. And later on, it takes the shape of the modern game.

World Rankings of Indian chess players:

In 2021, in the men’s category, four Indian players are among the top 100 players in the world with Vishwanathan Anand being ranked 16th globally.

In the women’s category, India has seven players in the top 100 players in the world with Koneru Humpy ranked 3rd.

World Rankings in Men’s Category:

The top 3 ranked players are Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Ding Liren.

World Rankings Women’s Category:

The top 3 ranked players are Hou Yifan, Aleksandra Goryachkina and Koneru Humpy.

Euro Cup 2020: Italy has won the Euro Cup 2020 champions after shootout win over England last night.

Highlights:

  • Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties after the Euro 2020 final ended 1-1 following extra time at Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties after the Euro 2020 final ended 1-1 following extra time at Wembley to secure their second European Championship title.

  • Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the hero for the Azzurri in the shootout, while substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to convert from the spot for England.

  • Azzurri had last won continental title back in 1968.

  • It was the first final to be decided on penalties since Czechoslovakia beat West Germany in 1976.

  • Italy had lost in the final in 2000 and 2012.

  • This is the first major international trophy won by Italy since their 2006 FIFA World Cup win.

About UEFA European Football Championship:

  • European Championship, formally UEFA European Championship, also called Euro, in football (soccer), a quadrennial tournament held between the member countries of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

  • The European Championship is second in prestige to the World Cup among international football tournaments.

  • The first final of the European Championship (then known as the European Nations’ Cup) took place in 1960 after two years of preliminary contests between 17 national football clubs.

  • In 1960 the Euro final tournament consisted of four teams, but it expanded to eight teams in 1980 and 16 teams in 1996.

Background:

  • The idea for a pan-European football tournament was first proposed by the French Football Federation's secretary-general Henri Delaunay in 1927, but it was not until 1958 that the tournament was started, three years after Delaunay's death.

  • In honour of Delaunay, the trophy awarded to the champions is named after him.

About UEFA:

  • Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative body for football, beach soccer and futsal in Europe.

  • It is among 6 continental confederations of world football’s governing body FIFA.

  • It comprises of 55 national association members. Apart from representing national football associations of Europe.

  • It runs nation & club competitions such as UEFA European Championship, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup.

  • It also controls the prize money, regulations and media rights for these competitions.

Wimbledon Women’s Single 2021: World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty clinched her maiden Wimbledon title after beating Karolina Pliskova in three sets (6-3 67(4) 63) on July 10, 2021.

Highlights:

  • Barty has become the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon women’s singles title since 1980.

  • Ashleigh Barty's victory comes 50 years after her idol, Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley, won her first Wimbledon title.

  • The Wimbledon Champion Ashleigh Barty received her Wimbledon women’s singles trophy from the Duchess of Cambridge, who is the Royal Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC).

Key Facts about Ashley Barty:

  • Ashleigh Barty (born 24 April 1996) is an Australian professional tennis player and former cricketer.

  • She has become the 3rd Australian woman in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon singles title, after Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong.

  • Overall, this is her 2nd major title and 4th title of the season.

  • She is currently ranked no. 1 in the world in women’s singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the second Australian singles No. 1 after Evonne Goolagong.

  • She has also featured among the top 10 players in doubles with her career-high ranking being world no.5.

  • She has won 12 singles titles and 11 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including two Grand Slam singles titles- 2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon Championships and one Grand Slam doubles title at the 2018 US Open with CoCo Vandeweghe.

  • Barty began playing tennis at the age of four and had a promising junior career, reaching a career-high ranking of world No. 2 after winning the girls’ singles title at Wimbledon in 2011.

  • She also finished as the runner-up in three Grand Slam doubles events with veteran Casey Dellacqua, including at the Australian Open when she was only 16 years old.

  • In 2014, Barty decided to take an indefinite break from her tennis career.

  • She ended up playing cricket during this time, joining the Brisbane Heat for the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in 2015 despite having no formal training in the sport.

  • However, she returned to tennis in 2016 and had a breakout year in singles in 2017, as she won her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open and rose to world no. 17 rank despite having never been ranked inside the top 100 before her time off.

  • Barty then won her first Premier Mandatory and Grand Slam tournament titles in doubles in 2018 along with Casey Dellacqua before accomplishing the same feat in singles in 2019.

About 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.

Wimbledon 2021: World No 1 Novak Djokovic has won his 20th Grand Slam by defeating Matteo Berrettini to win Men’s Final.

Highlights:

  • After going down in the first set 6-7, Djokovic came back strongly to win the last three sets with 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 against first-time finalist Matteo Berrettini to secure his 6th Wimbledon Title.

  • By winning this title he has equaled the record of the most Men’s Grand Slams Singles Titles.

  • The Serb Tennis Legend now joins Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as players to have won most singles titles in men's tennis (20 each).

About Golden Slam on the Radar:

  • In the tennis world, Golden Slam is a rare achievement that not many can dream of achieving.

  • When a player wins all the four tournaments which are part of the Gland Slams, s/he has to also win an Olympic Gold in the same calendar year.

  • Given that Olympics are held only every 4 years, there are not many players who get a chance to win a Golden Slam.

Golden Slam hope for Djokovic:

  • With the 3 Grand Slams for the year i.e. Australian Open, French Open and now Wimbledon, already in the bag, Djokovic who is also on the Olympics team will give him an opportunity to win a Golden Slam.

  • However, to do so, he will have to win a Gold Medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020 and thereafter also win US Open.

Chris Gayle: Chris Gayle on July 13, 2021, became the first batsman in history to score 14,000 runs in T20.

Highlights:

  • The landmark achievement came during the third T20I of West Indies vs Australia when the ‘Universe Boss’ took the Caribbean side to a comfortable 6 wicket victory.

  • The 41-year-old player reached the milestone of 14,000 runs in the 20 over game with a six-off Adam Zampa.

  • He smashed 67 runs off 38 balls while chasing the target of 142 set by the Australian team.

  • The West Indies player had not done well for the team in the first two games of the West Indies vs Australia series, as he scored 4 and 13 runs respectively.

  • Chris Gayle also went on to register a half-century on the occasion and celebrated another huge landmark of his cricketing career in style.

Chris Gayle -Records:

  • Chris Gayle, while heading into the match had scored 13,971 runs in 430 matches of T20I format at an average of 37.55 runs.

  • The player has now scored a total of 22 hundreds and 86 half-centuries.

  • In T20 format, Gayle has over 1,000 fours to his name as well as over a thousand sixes.

  • His highest score in the format is an unbeaten 175 against the now-defunct franchise of Indian Premier League, Pune Warriors India, in the 2013 season when he was playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

  • Chris Gayle is also the top-scoring batsman for West Indies in T20 International (T20I).

Top 5 players to score in T20Is:

  1. Chris Gayle (West Indies) - 14,000 runs

  2. Kieron Pollard (West Indies) - 10,836 runs

  3. Shoaib Malik (Pakistan) - 10,741 runs

  4. DA Warner (Australia) - 10,017 runs

  5. Virat Kohli (India) - 9992 runs

Background:

The Australian Cricket Team has been touring the West Indies in June and July 2021 to play three One Day International (ODI) and five T20 International (T20I) matches.

Wimbledon Junior Men’s Title: Indian-American Samir Banerjee has won the Wimbledon Junior Men`s title at Number 1 Court.

Highlights:

  • He defeated Victor Lilov of America by 7-5, 6-3 in the Junior Men`s finals to lift the trophy at All England Club.

  • For the first time since 2014, and only the second time since 1977, there was an all-American conclusion to the boys` singles event.

  • Banerjee is the first American junior champion at Wimbledon since Reilly Opelka in 2015, and 12th overall.

  • Banerjee is from New Jersey and Lilov comes from North Carolina.

Notably, both 17-year-olds were unseeded for The Championships.

Note:

  • The American teenager has had a stunning start to his journey on the ITF tour as he has won 5 titles, all of them on clay, so far. He has reached the final of 10 of the 17 tournaments he has featured in so far.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal captain and modern-day great Cristiano Ronaldo won the Euro 2020 Golden Boot after finishing as the top-scorer in the tournament.

Highlights:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, won the Euro 2020, Golden Boot, as no one from England or Italy managed to surpass his tally in the tournament final at Wembley on 11th July 2021.

  • He scored five goals for Portugal.

  • Ronaldo also featured in a record fifth European Championship.

  • Ronaldo also became the leading goal-scorer in the history of Euros during the tournament, with his 14th strike.

  • Meanwhile, with 109 goals, he had equalled Iran striker Ali Daei as the top scorer in international football as well.

  • Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick also ended the tournament with five goals but the award went to Ronaldo via the tie-breaker of assists.

Euro 2020:

  • Italy beat England in the final to lift their second European Championship title.

  • Italy ended hosts England's dream to win the Euro 2020 at the Wembley Stadium on 11th July 2021.

  • Azzurri defeated England 3-2 on penalties after the normal 90-minute action had finished at 1-1 and even extra time was not able to break the deadlock.

Deepak Kabra: Deepak Kabra has become the first Indian to be selected for judging the gymnastics competition of the Olympic Games.

Highlights:

It is a life goal achieved for the man who knew he wouldn't have made it there as an active gymnast because of his not-so-strong fundamentals.

Kabra will be seen officiating the men's artistic gymnasts at the Tokyo Games, which gets underway on July 23.

About Deepak Kabra:

  • The 33-year-old from Maharastra took to the sport quite late and soon realised his fundamentals were not strong enough to make it big as an athlete.

  • The 2010 Commonwealth Games in India was his first international assignment.

  • Kabra went on to become the first Indian judge to officiate in the 2014 Asian Games and Youth Olympics.

  • He also officiated as a judge in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2018, Youth Olympics in Argentina, besides other international events such as World Cups.

  • He has already officiated in around 20 major events so far.

Indian Gymnasts in Tokyo Olympics 2020:

  • Indian gymnastics will be represented in Tokyo by Pranati Nayak, who had claimed a bronze medal on vault at the 2019 Asian Artistic Gymnastic.

  • Deepa Karmakar remains India's biggest name in gymnastics with her fourth-place finish in women's vault finals in the Rio Games.

Hindustani Way: Titled 'Hindustani Way' is a cheer song for the Indian contingent bound for Tokyo 2020.

Key Points:

  • Indian Singer Ananya Birla collaborated with music maestro AR Rahman to launch a cheer song for Indian sports personalities as they gear up for Tokyo Olympics.

  • This song has been sung by Ananya and composed by Rahman.

  • Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur launched the song on 13th July 2021.

About the song:

  • The video of the song follows a family from 1996 to the present day as they cheer for Indian sports personalities across different Olympic seasons.

  • The video features archival footage from Atlanta (1996), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008), London (2012), Rio (2016) and some exclusive training footage of this year’s contingent.

  • The archival footage features winning moments of Leander Peas, Vijender Singh, Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, among others.

Tokyo Olympics 2020:

  • The Tokyo Olympics was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

  • The event will finally kick off on July 23.

Babar Azam: Pakistan Captain Babar Azam has become the quickest to 14 ODI centuries reaching the milestone in 81 innings at Edgbaston, Birmingham in the third ODI against England.

Highlights:

  • Azam also became the second Pakistan captain to score an ODI century on English soil.

  • Only Imran Khan had previously hit a century in England when he registered an unbeaten 102 against Sri Lanka in World Cup 1983.

  • This also makes the Pakistan skipper the first-ever Pakistan skipper to score an ODI century against England in England.

  • On the list of quickest to 14 ODI centuries, the 26-year-old is followed by Hashim Amla (84 innings), David Warner (98 innings), Virat Kohli (103 innings) and Quinton de Kock (104 innings).

FIDE Chess Cup 2021: Indian Grandmasters R Praggnanandhaa and Adhiban Baskaran have registered win in the first game of the two-game mini-match in the second round of the FIDE chess World Cup.

Among other Indians, P Harikrishna, Vidit Santosh Gujrati and Aravindh Chithambaram were held to draws in the first game of the second round.

FIDE Women’s World Cup 2021:

  • In the women’s event, Padmini Rout and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh shared honours in the first game of the second-round match, while D Harika scored a win over Medina Warda Aulia of Indonesia in 48 moves.

  • India’s Bhakti Kulkarni and Natalija Pogonina were involved in a draw.

  • Top-seed and world champion Magnus Carlsen got his campaign off to a smooth start with a win against Sasa Martinovic.

Austrian Grand Prix 2021: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen recently won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

  • It is the ninth race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

  • He reeled off his third win in a row from pole in the Austrian Grand Prix on 4 July 2021 to consolidate his world championship lead over Lewis Hamilton who finished fourth.

  • Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas took second with McLaren's Lando Norris in third.

Flagbearers at Tokyo Olympics,2020: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) recently announced that names of flagbearers for the Indian contingent of Tokyo 2020.

Highlights:

  • IOA President Narinder Batra said in an official letter that The flagbearers for the Indian contingent of Tokyo 2020 for the opening ceremony on July 23rd are Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh.

  • The flagbearer for the Indian contingent at the closing ceremony on August 8 will be Bajrang Punia.

  • In a first, India is having two flag-bearers — one male and one female — at the upcoming Tokyo Games to ensure “gender parity”.

  • The IOA has communicated the decision in this regard to the Organizing Committee of the Games.

Indian Contingent for Tokyo Olympics:

IOA president Batra confirmed that the total contingent for the Olympics.

  • The total contingent for the Olympics would be around 126 athletes and 75 officials, and as a result, the total contingent would be around 201.

  • The contingent comprises 56 percent of men and 44 percent of women.

  • It has 76 quota places and will compete in about 85 medal positions.

The Tokyo Olympics would be held from July 23 to August 8.

The event was slated to be held last year, but it had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Additional Fact:

  • 400m sprinter Purma Banerjee was the first Indian to carry the national flag at the opening ceremony of the Games at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.

  • Seventeen athletes have carried the Indian flag at the opening ceremony of the Games, with eight of them being Olympic medallists.

  • Abhinav Bindra, the country’s only individual gold medallist, and Lal Shah Bhokhari, Dhyan Chand, Balbir Singh Sr. and Zafar Iqbal were also among India's flag bearers.

About IOA:

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at these events.

  • The IOA was established 1927 with Sir Dorabji Tata and Dr. A.G. Noehren as the Founding President and Secretary General respectively.

  • It also acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Commonwealth Games.

  • The current President of IOA is Narindra Batra.

Serbia Open Chess: Young Indian Grandmaster Nihal Sarin , on 8 July 2021 won the Serbia Open chess title in Belgrade.

Key Points:

  • This is the second consecutive tournament victory for sixteen-year old Sarin after he claimed the title in Silver Lake Open.

  • This Grand Master from Thrissur, Kerala played out a draw with Russia's Vladimir Fedoseev to finish with 7.5 points out of a possible nine to finish clear first in the 289-player field in the nine-round tournament.

  • Sarin, who became a Grandmaster in 2018 at the age of 14, won six games and drew three, to remain unbeaten.

  • The Silver Lake Open was his first over-the-board event after the COVID-19 pandemic break.

  • Sarin's compatriot Arjun Erigaisi finished seventh with seven points.

  • The 14-year-old Indian IM Aditya Mittal also ended up with seven points and took the 10th spot. He also earned his maiden Grandmaster norm in the process.

  • Chennai was V Pranav, 15, earned his first GM norm and became an International Master. He lost the ninth and final round game to Ukrainian Kiril Shevchenko and ended with six points.

Manu Sawhney: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has discontinued the services of Manu Sawhney as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with immediate effect.

Key points:

  • The decision was taken by the ICC Board during its meeting on 8 July 2021.

  • The International Cricket Council announced that Chief Executive Manu Sawhney will leave the organisation with immediate effect.

  • A per the ICC statement issued after the meeting, Geoff Allardice will continue as Acting CEO supported by the Leadership Team working closely with the ICC Board.

  • Sawhney was suspended in March following various allegations in an internal review conducted by an external agency.

  • While Sawhney had referred to the review as a witch-hunt, the ICC Board decided to sever ties with the sports management veteran.

About Manu Sawhney:

  • Sawhney is the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and also served as Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports, a company he worked with for 17 years.

  • He is also a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Manchester United Ltd.

Euro Cup football Finals: England and Italy both have reached the Finals of the Euro Cup football tournament.

Highlights:

  • Italy beat Spain on penalties to reach the final after an enthralling semi-final at Wembley on 7 July 2021.

  • England beat Denmark 2-1 to set up final clash against Italy.

  • England reached its first major international tournament final after a gap of 55 years as the three lions registered a win against Denmark in the second semi-final of Euro 2020 at the Wembley Stadium, London.

  • Harry Kane converted the rebound after his initial penalty was saved in the 104th minute to give England a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Denmark in extra time in the semifinals.

  • England will clash Italy in the final.

Sudhanshu Mittal: Sudhanshu Mittal was recently re-elected as the President of Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI) during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was held on July 5 to elect the office bearers of KKFI for 2021-2025.

Key Details:

  • The results were announcement by Rajesh Tandon, former Judge, Uttarakhand High Court (Nainital) as the Returning Officer (R.O.).

  • Among other office bearers of KKFI for 2021-2025, Mahender Singh Tyagi has been elected as General Secretary and Surendra Kumar Bhutiyani as Treasurer.

  • In addition, Vice Presidents, Joint Secretaries, and Executive Committee members were also elected unanimously.

  • Anil Khanna, Vice-President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also attended the AGM as IOA Observer, the release stated.

About Sudhanshu Mittal:

  • Sudhanshu Mittal is an Indian politician with ties to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

  • He has served as President of Delhi University Students Union in 1983.

About Kho Kho Federation of India:

  • Kho Kho Federation of India is the apex body for running and managing Kho Kho in India.

  • The Federation is affiliated to the International Kho Kho Federation, Asian Kho Kho Federation, and Indian Olympic Association,

  • The Federation is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India (GoI).

Sajan Prakash: The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has nominated the name of Sajan Prakash for the Arjuna Award for the second consecutive year.

Highlights:

  • The federation has also recommended the name of veteran swimming coach Kamlesh Nanavati for the Dhyan Chand Award for his contribution to swimming in India over the past four decades.

  • The Swimming Federation had earlier forwarded its nominations for the National Sports Awards 2021 under various categories in June 2021.

  • Sajan Prakash created history last week by breaching the Olympic A qualification time, which has eluded Indian swimming for decades and qualified for Tokyo Olympics.

Mithali Raj: India ODI skipper Mithali Raj recently became the leading runs scorer across all formats in international women's cricket.

Highlights:

  • She achieved the feat during the ongoing third and final ODI against England.

  • The Indian skipper beat former England cricketer Charlotte Edwards' record to reach the milestone. Edwards had scored 10,273 runs across all three formats.

  • She had needed just 12 runs to surpass Charlotte's record before the beginning of India's third ODI against England.

  • She reached the landmark with a boundary in the 24th over.

Her Previous records:

  • Mithali Raj had also become the first woman cricketer to score 7,000 runs in ODIs in March 2021.

  • She is also the first Indian woman cricketer to complete 10,000 runs across all formats and the second woman to reach 10,000 runs in international cricket after Edwards.

Udayan Mane: Indian golfer, Udayan Mane, has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 which is scheduled to be organized in July & August 2021.

Highlights:

  • 30 year old, Udayan Mane has become 2nd Indian golfer to qualify for Tokyo Olympics.

  • He joined Anirban Lahiri in 60-player field in men’s golf event.

  • Lahiri will be appearing at his second consecutive Olympic Games.

  • He had also represented India at Rio 2016 Olympics along with SSP Chawrasia.

About Udayan Mane:

  • Udayan was born on February 24, 1991 in Bangalore.

  • He is an Indian professional golfer.

  • He is currently the second-highest ranked Indian in World at number 356.

  • He plays on Asian Tour and PGA Tour.

  • He made the cut for his maiden Olympics after withdrawal of Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo from quadrennial event.

  • He qualified for Tokyo on the basis of being first reserve against Grillo’s name.

Men’s golf event in Tokyo:

  • The Golf event in Tokyo will feature 60 players from 35 nations.

  • It will be played at Kasumigaseki Country Club from July 29 to August 1.

Golf Controversy:

  • First Olympic golf tournaments took place at second modern Games in Paris in 1900 where both men’s and women’s golf events were held.

  • Golf men’s event was featured again in next Games, St. Louis in 1904.

  • However, during 1908 Games in London, golf event was boycotted by all host nation’s golfers because of some disputes.

  • Following this, Golf got disappeared from Olympic programme.

  • It made its return in 2016.

2020 Summer Olympics:

  • Tokyo Olympics or 2020 Summer Olympics is going to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

  • The much awaited event was postponed in March 2020 because of COVID-19 pandemic.

  • It will be held behind closed doors with no spectators permitted under state of emergency

SPORTS:

Archery World Cup: Olympic-bound archer Deepika Kumari helped India claim three recurve gold medals in the Archery World Cup Stage-3 here on 27 June 2021.

Highlights:

  • Deepika blanked Russia's Elena Osipova 6-0 in the final of the women's individual recurve event to complete a hat-trick of gold medals in one day.
  • The Indian women's recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari notched up the gold medal with a comfortable win over Mexico.
  • This was their second successive gold medal in the World Cup this year, and sixth overall (Shanghai-2011, Medellin-2013, Wroclaw-2013, Wroclaw-2014, Guatemala City-2o21).
  • Deepika then combined with her husband Atanu Das to bag the mixed team crown.
  • The Indian couple fought back to beat the Dutch duo of Gabriela Schloesser and Sjef van der Berg, the winner of the previous World Cup in Laussane, 5-3 in the summit clash.

Additional Info:

After securing a hat-trick of gold medals at the Archery World Cup stage 3 in Paris, Deepika Kumari has become the top-ranked archer among women when the new rankings are announced.

About Deepika Kumari:

Deepika Kumari Mahato is an Indian athlete who competes in the event of archery and is currently ranked World No. 1.

She won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women's individual recurve event and also a gold medal in the women's team recurve event.

She also won a record 3 gold medals at the 2021 Paris World Cup.

She was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2016.

Abhishek Verma: Star Indian archer Abhishek Verma created history by becoming the first man to win two World Cup gold medals in individual compound archery.

  • He won his first individual World Cup gold at the Archery World Cup Stage three in Paris on June 26, 2021.
  • He beat USA’s Kris Schaff in a shoot-off to win the gold medal.
  • He had previously won gold at the individual event in Wroclaw in 2015 and also a silver in 2018.
  • He also has won two medals at World Cup Finals, a silver in 2015 and bronze in 2018.

Styrian Grand Prix: Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the Styrian Grand Prix by a massive margin on Sunday (Jun 27) to take an ominous 18 point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One championship battle after eight races.

Highlights:

  • Verstappen led from start to finish at Austria's Red Bull Ring, with seven-times world champion Hamilton second for Mercedes.
  • The Briton was 35.743 seconds behind at the chequered flag after a late stop for fresh tyres to bag a bonus point for fastest lap.
  • It was the first time since 2013 that mighty Mercedes, champions for the past seven years, had gone four races in a row without a win and the first time since then that Red Bull had celebrated four successive victories.
  • Valtteri Bottas was third for Mercedes, just holding off Verstappen's Mexican team mate Sergio Perez who had fresher tyres after making a second stop in a bid for fastest lap.

Sydney McLaughlin: Sydney McLaughlin broke the women's 400 metres hurdles world record with a time of 51.90 seconds in the final of the U.S. Olympic athletics trials recently.

The 21-year-old booked her spot at the Tokyo Games, seized the lead around the final bend and into the home stretch to power home.

She beat Rio Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad's previous mark of 52.16.

Abhimanyu Mishra: Indian-American prodigy Abhimanyu Mishra has recently become the youngest-ever chess Grandmaster after scoring his third GM norm in Budapest, Hungary.

Highlights:

  • The 12-year-old hails from New Jersey, USA became a GM from International Master, by crossing the required 2500 Elo rating barrier, as per chess.com.
  • At 12 years, four months and 25 days, He broke GM Sergey Karjakin’s record which was there for 19 years.
 
  • On August 12, 2002, Karjakin, became Grandmaster at 12 years and seven months.
  • Born on February 5, 2009, in New Jersey, Mishra was taught the moves of chess when he was still a toddler.

  • By the time he was 10 years and nine months, he was the youngest International Master (IM) in chess history.
  • Until then Indian GM R. Praggnanandhaa held the distinction of being the youngest IM ever at 10 years and 10 months.

  • Praggnanandhaa had also narrowly missed becoming the youngest GM in history, when he won his third norm in June 2018, at the age of 12 years 10 months.
  • The following year another Indian GM, Gukesh D. missed becoming the youngest ever GM by 17 days.

WAKO India Kickboxing Federation: The Ministry of Youth affairs & Sports has decided to grant recognition to WAKO India Kickboxing Federation as National Sports Federation (NSF) to promote and develop sport in India.

Key Details:

  • WAKO India Kickboxing Federation is affiliated to World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) which is a world body for kickboxing.
  • Since November 30, 2020, WAKO has been a provisionally recognized member of International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • Recommendation to approve WAKO as fully recognised member of Olympic family was taken by IOC in June 2020.
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has approved recommendation for WAKO on June 10, 2021 to become a fully recognized member of Olympic family of sport.
  • The full recognition of WAKO will be finally decided by the IOC Session in Tokyo in July 2021.

Importance of this recognition:

  • To be fully included and accepted in the Olympic movement is important for the recognition and development of the sport of kickboxing.
  • With government recognition of WAKO India Kickboxing Federation as NSF, the sport of kickboxing will develop at a faster pace in India.

About Kickboxing:

  • Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching.
  • It was historically developed from karate mixed with boxing.
  • Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or as a contact sport.
  • Japanese kickboxing originated in the late 1950s, with competitions held since then.
  • American kickboxing originated in the 1970s and was brought to prominence in September 1974, when the Professional Karate Association (PKA) held the first World Championships.
  • Historically, kickboxing can be considered a hybrid martial art formed from the combination of elements of various traditional styles.

Kickboxing Governing Bodies:

There is no single international governing body.

International governing bodies include the following:

  • World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (also known as WAKO),
  • World Kickboxing Association,
  • International Sport Karate Association,
  • International Kickboxing Federation, and
  • World Kickboxing Network, among others.

About WAKO:

  • World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) is an international organization of kickboxing.
  • It certifies the governing body of amateur kickboxing to develop support & govern amateur level and hold world championship events.
  • It sanctions the champions of kickboxing.
  • WAKO is the only organization across the world which is recognized by GAISF (Global Association of Sports Federations) and IOC (International Olympic Committee).

  About IAKO:

  • Indian Association of Kickboxing Organizations (IAKO) is the national federation of kickboxing in India.
  • It was established in 1993 to control and promote kickboxing activities in India.
  • It promotes amateur kickboxing and professional kickboxing across the states, union territories and special armed force.
  • IAKO is the first martial arts federation which has been recognized by School Games Federation of India.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo has become the joint-top scoring men’s international player of all time.

Highlights:

He achieved the feat in Portugal's Euro 2020 game against France on Wednesday (local time) here at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

He is currently tied with Iran legend Ali Daei, who scored 109 times in 149 matches between 1993 and 2006.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties to tie the overall men’s scoring record with 109 goals in 176 matches and Portugal advanced to the round of 16 at the European Championship after a 2-2 draw with France.

ISSF World Cup Shooting: Asian Games champion and Tokyo Olympics-bound Rahi Sarnobat recently won Gold at ISSF World Cup shooting.

The ISSF World Cup 2021 is being held in Osijek, Croatia.

Highlights:

  • India’s Rahi Sarnobat clinched the gold medal in the women’s 25m pistol event at the ISSF shooting World Cup.
  • She is the first Indian to win one silver and two bronze medals in the ongoing tournament.
  • She scored 591 out of a maximum of 600 in the qualifying stage.
  • France’s Mathilde Lamolle won a silver medal in the final.
  • Russian Vitalina Batsarashkina won the bronze medal. Indian shooter Manu Bhaker finished at 7 positions.
  • This is the last competition before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Shafali Verma: Opener Shafali Verma has become the youngest Indian cricketer to make a debut in all formats, when India took on England in the first ODI in Bristol.

Highlights:

  • She took 17 years and 150 days to make her debut in all formats.
  • She has become the fifth-youngest cricketer overall in the list of all format debuts.
  • The list topped by Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman at 17 years and 78 days is the youngest player to play all formats.
  • He is followed by former England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor.
  • Australia’s Elysse Perry is third on the list, followed by Mohammad Amir.

Sports Current Affairs - June 2021

French Grand Prix: Max Verstappen has won the French Grand Prix on to extend his lead over Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One drives' title race

Highlights:

The Formula One championship leader Verstappen overtook Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap to win the French Grand Prix and extend his lead over his title rival to 12 points.

Verstappen used the DRS system to catch Hamilton on Lap 52 and pass him on the inside before zooming off to clinch his third win of the season and 13th of his career.

A bonus point for the fastest lap made it a great day for Red Bull, which had never beaten Mercedes on the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.

Verstappen has 131 points to Hamilton’s 119 after seven races.

Sergio Perez in the other Red Bull came in third with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes finishing fourth.

Track and Field: Shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Punjab) has qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games with a hefty 21.49m effort.

Other qualifiers:

Sprinter Dutee Chand, discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur and the India 4x400m relay team also set new National Records in the Indian Grand Prix 4 athletics meet at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports on 21 June 2021.

Highlights:

  • 26-year-old Tajinderpal Singh Toor, whose previous best was 20.92m, became the 11th individual Indian track and field athlete to qualify for Tokyo 2020 by going past the qualifying mark of 21.10m with each of his four legal puts.
  • Dutee Chand mounted a gallant effort to crack the Olympic qualifying standard of 11.15 seconds in the women’s 100m. While she rewrote her own National Record, she was a heart-breaking two-hundredths of a second away from the magic mark. She also anchored the Indian team to a victory in the 4x100m relay in 43.37 seconds.
  • Kamalpreet Kaur also said she wanted to show her gratitude for the opportunity to compete with a good series as the sole competitor in the women’s Discus Throw event. Aiming for a 69m effort on Monday, she started with 63.41m throw before two fouls. She followed those with a 62.33m throw and uncorked her new National Record throw of 66.69m.

International Olympic Day: The International Olympic Day is held on June 23 each year. This Day is a day dedicated to sports and fitness.

Key Points:

  • The day is celebrated to encourage more people to participate in the Olympic Games and spread awareness about the event and promote the Olympic Movement.
  • Based on the three pillars – “move”, “learn” and “discover” – the National Olympic Committees are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities to encourage participation regardless of age, gender, social background, or sporting ability.

International Olympic Day 2021 theme:

  • The Olympic Day 2021 theme is “Stay healthy, stay strong, stay active with the #OlympicDay workout on 23 June.”

History of the day:

  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved to observe Olympic Day in January 1948 to commemorate the creation of the International Olympic Committee on 23 June 1894.
  • The creation of the modern-day Olympic Games is inspired by the ancient Olympic Games held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.
  • The first Olympic Day was celebrated in the year 1948.
  • In 8th century BC Athens, every summer, athletes participated in a festival of games conducted to honor the gods, especially Zeus, the King of Gods.
  • This happened once every four years.

History of International Olympic Committee:

  • Baron Pierre de Coubertin set up the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, and hence, the first Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.
  • In 1978, the Olympic Charter stated for the first time that the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) should regularly organize the Olympic day to promote the Olympic movement.

About IOC:

  • IOC is an acronym for International Olympic Committee.
  • It is a non-governmental sports organization.
  • 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, Stronger) adopted in 1894.
  • The current President of IOC is Thomas Bach.

Tadang Minu: Dr Tadang Minu from Arunachal Pradesh recently became the first in the state and the second Indian woman in the country to be appointed as a member of the Coaches Committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

  • She has been appointed by AIBA for her enormous knowledge and experience in the field of boxing.
  • Dr Tadang is currently the HOD of Physical Education at Rajiv Gandhi University(RGU).
  • She is the chairman of the Boxing Federation of India’s Women’s Commission for two years.

About International Boxing Association (AIBA):

  • The International Boxing Association or AIBA, originally the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur, is a sport organization that sanctions amateur boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships.
  • AIBA was founded in 1946.
  • It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The current President of AIBA is Dr Mohamed Moustahsane.

Laurel Hubbard: She is the first transgender athlete who is set to compete at Tokyo Olympics.

Highlights:

  • The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) confirmed her selection for contesting in weightlifting in women’s +87 kg category.
  • Hubbard was among five weightlifters in New Zealand's team for Tokyo.
  • The 43-year-old, who will be the fourth oldest weightlifter at an Olympics, is regarded as a genuine medal contender in the women’s super heavyweight 87kg-plus category in Tokyo.
  • She competed in men’s weightlifting competitions before gender transition in the year 2013.
  • Laurel Hubbard has been eligible to compete at Olympics since 2015.
  • She became eligible to compete at the Olympics when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015 changed its rules allowing transgender athletes to compete as a woman if their testosterone levels are below a certain threshold.

Note: Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass.

Controversy:

  • However, while her inclusion has been welcomed by trans groups, it has also been questioned by those who believe she has unfair advantages in strength and power, having gone through male puberty before transitioning in 2012.

About Laurel Hubbard:

  • Laurel Hubbard is a New Zealand weightlifter.
  • Hubbard transitioned to female and became Laurel Hubbard in the year 2012.
  • Before her gender transition, Hubbard had set New Zealand junior records in 1998 in newly established M105+ division with snatch 135 kg, clean & jerk 170 kilogram.
  • But, these records were later surpassed by David Liti.
  • She has since met all of the requirements of the International Olympic Committee’s regulations for trans athletes and fair competition.
  • Hubbard won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships.
  • She won gold in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
  • She competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games but sustained a serious injury that set back her career.

Lakshya Tera Samne Hai: The Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju recently launched the official theme song “Lakshya Tera Samne Hai” of the Indian Olympic Team of Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Highlights:

  • The official theme song of the Indian Olympic Team of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was launched in presence of IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary-general Rajeev Mehta.
  • This theme song for the Indian contingent has been conposed and sung by Mohit Chauhan.
  • The Games will open on July 23 and over 100 Indian athletes have qualified for the event so far.
  • The event was organized by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and attended by its President, Secretary-General, Deputy Chef De Mission, Sports Secretary and DG Sports Authority of India (SAI). Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju was the chief guest at the event.

About IOA:

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at these events.
  • The IOA was established 1927 with Sir Dorabji Tata and Dr. A.G. Noehren as the Founding President and Secretary General respectively.
  • It also acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Commonwealth Games.
  • The current President of IOA is Narindra Batra.

SAI:

  • SAI is the acronym for sports Authority of India. It 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.

IOC Aand IOA:

  • IOC (International Olympic Committee) is the governing body of the Olympic movement. It is a non-profit, non- governmental organization based in Switzerland.
  • Whereas,IOA (Indian Olympic Association) is a governmental organization of India which regulate the activity of India and Indian players in Olympic.

Kaylee McKeown: She is an Australian swimmer who broke the 100-meter backstroke world record at the South Australian Aquatic Centre with a time of 57.45 seconds from the previous mark of 57.57 seconds.

  • The previous record was set by American Regan Smith in 2019.
  • Emily Seebohm finished second in 58.59 to qualify for her fourth Olympics.

ICC World Test Championship 2021: New Zealand defeated India to win the first ICC World Test Championship at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England on June 23, 2021.

The next Test Championship will be held between 2021-2023.

Highlights:

  • The last day of the match was played on June 23, 2021.
  • The final match was played at Ageas Bowl Stadium (Rose Bowl Stadium) in Southampton, England.
  • The triumph gave New Zealand their 2nd ICC title after the Champions Trophy win in 2000 under Stephen Fleming, which also came against India in Nairobi.
  • New Zealand chased down the target of 139 to win the first-ever World Test Championship final with eight wickets in hand.
  • The match saw 6 days play in place of the regular 5 days due to the rain factor.
  • Kyle Jamieson (NZ) has been adjudged as the “Player of the match”, while Kane Williamson (NZ) is the “Player of the series”.

Background:

  • New Zealand finally managed to get over the line in an ICC tournament final after losing the 2015 and 2019 World Cup finals against Australia and England respectively, with the last one hurting the most as they went down on boundary count after the match ended in a tie in normal time and the Super Over.

Note:

  • The first test championship began in 2019 with the finals being played in 2021. The top three teams, as a result, are: First: New Zealand; Second- India; Third- Australia.