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Sports Current Affairs - March 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Times of India Awards 2019 winners are:-

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

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

Rohit Sharma was awarded for the Cricketer of the year.

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

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

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

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

Indian men’s Hockey Team for Team of the year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rashtrapati Bhavan Krida Sthal: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, recently, inaugurated the Rashtrapati Bhavan Krida Sthal (renovated Football Ground and Basketball Court) in the President’s Estate.

On the occasion, an ‘Exhibition Football Match’ was played between the children of My Angels Academy, Vikaspuri, New Delhi – a Trust working for the cause of underprivileged children.

The main aim of developing these state-of-art sports facilities are to cater to the needs of the employees of Rashtrapati Bhavan and their families.

An inter-departmental football tournament with five teams namely – President’s Secretariat Heroes, Household Youngs, PBG Warriors, Army Guard Daredevils and Delhi Police Stalwarts also started to encourage the employees and their family members to take part in the sports activities.   

Kings XI Punjab: The IPL Franchise, Kings XI Punjab has formally been renamed as Punjab Kings ahead of the Indian Premier League auction.

The new brand name and logo of the team was officially released by the management.

The Punjab-based IPL franchise ‘Punjab Kings‘ is co-owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, along with businessman Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman and Karn Paul.

The side is currently led by batsman KL Rahul, with former Indian captain Anil Kumble as its head coach.

National Table Tennis Title: Manika Batra recently won the 82nd Senior National Table Tennis Championship.

  1. She beat Reeth Rishya by 8-11, 10-12, 11-1, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula.
  2. It was Manika’s second Nationals title. She won her maiden national title in 2015 in Hyderabad.
  3. Batra will now compete at two WTT Contender events which will start on February 28.
  4. This will be followed by the World Olympic qualifiers and Asian Olympic qualifiers in Doha which is scheduled for March 14 and 18 respectively.

About Manika Batra: She is an Indian table tennis player. She is the top-ranked female table tennis player as of November 2020. She is ranked 63rd in world.  The player specializes in playing the long-pimples on her backhand. It is not often played by top players.

Her Achievements:

  1. In 2020, she also received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
  2. In 2018 she was the only Indian who received “The Breakthrough Star Award” by ITTF.
  3. In 2015, she won three medals at Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships.
  4. In 2011, she won silver medal in the under-21 category of the Chile Open.
  5. She represented India in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. She finished to the quarterfinalist. She also took part in 2014 Asian Games.

Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI):

The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) is the governing body for table tennis in India. The TTFI was established in 1926, and was a founding member of the International Table Tennis Federation. TTFI's membership includes 32 state units and 37 institutions.

As of 2019, India’s Men’s TT Team are ranked 10th in the world while Women’s team are ranked 22nd.

Table Tennis (TT) is a popular indoor recreation sport in the country. It mostly played in the states of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

Seiko Hashimoto: Former Olympian Seiko Hashimoto was recently named as president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee. She was named as the President of the committee after a meeting of its executive board.

She replaces 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister who was forced to resign recently after making sexist comments about women.

Tokyo Olympic organizing committee after a meeting of its executive board, which is 80% male, a committee with a 50-50 gender split, was formed to find a successor to Mori.

Ankita Raina: India’s Ankita Raina claimed her maiden WTA title by lifting the Phillip Island Trophy along with Russian partner Kamilla Rakhimova.

This feat will catapult her into the top-100 in the doubles for the first time in her career.

Ankita and Kamilla erased a one-set deficit to beat the Russian combination of Anna Blinkova and Anastasia Potapova 2-6 6-4 10-7 in the summit clash here.

Ankita will become only the second player to crack the doubles top-100 since Sania Mirza, who is a six-time Grand Slam champion.

Narendra Modi Stadium: The world’s largest Motera cricket stadium has recently been renamed from Sardar Patel Stadium to Narendra Modi Stadium.

The Government stated that the name change involves only the Motera stadium and the sports complex where it is located will continue to be named after Sardar Patel.

The stadium was renamed soon after President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the stadium in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju among a host of other dignitaries.

It opens with the third Test between India and England, a day-night game from Wednesday, and will also host the fourth and final game of the series from March 4.

About Motera Stadium:

  • Motera Stadium is a cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • It is spread over 63 acres.
  • The stadium has been built at an estimated cost of ₹800 crore and with a seating capacity for 1,32,000 spectators.
  • It has surpassed the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground which can accommodate 90,000.
  • The total area is equivalent to 32 Olympic size soccer fields put together.
  • Australian architect firm Populous, which designed the Melbourne Cricket Stadium, among others, is the architect of the new stadium.

Note: This rebuilt stadium was witness to some major milestones in Indian cricket in its previous avatar.

  • Sunil Gavaskar reached the 10,000 run-mark in Test cricket here against Pakistan in 1987.
  • In 1994, Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd Test wicket to become the highest wicket-taker in the world, surpassing Sir Richard Hadlee.

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Naming stadiums after a politician is in line with a decades-old practice in Indian sport, especially cricket.

  • Mumbai’s Brabourne and Wankhede Stadiums were named after individuals who were alive at the time.
  • The same is the case with Navi Mumbai’s D Y Patil Stadium, Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, and Chennai’s M A Chidambaram Stadium.
  • Mohali’s PCA Stadium was renamed after former BCCI and Punjab Cricket Association president I S Bindra in 2015.
  • The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi was renamed Arun Jaitley Stadium in 2019.

Australian Open 2021 Tennis Championship:  Australia's Novak Djokovic and Japan's Naomi Osaka recently won the Australian Open 2021 Tennis Championship.

Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title on February 20, 2021, after she beat American Jennifer Brady in the women’s singles while In Men’s single final, Novak Djokovic claimed his ninth Australian Open crown and the 18th Major Grand Slam overall, as he defeated Daniil Medvedev.

The 23-year-old Osaka has become the only third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals. The four Grand Slam title for her comes two Australian Open title (2021 and 2019) and two US Open title (2018 and 2020).

Winners of Australian Open 2021 are as follows:

  • Men’s Singles – Novak Djokovic (Serbia) defeated Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
  • Women’s Singles – Naomi Osaka (Japan) defeated Jennifer Brady (US)
  • Men’s Doubles –Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Filip Polášek (Slovakia )defeated Rajeev Ram (US) and Joe Salisbury (UK)
  • Women’s Doubles – Elise Mertens (Belgium) and Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) defeated Barbora Krejčíková (Czech Republic) and Kateřina Siniaková(Czech Republic )
  • Mixed Doubles – Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) and Rajeev Ram of US defeated the Australian pair of Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden.

Dushyant Chautala: Dushyant Chautala has recently been re-elected as the President of Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) for a period of four years.

The 32-year-old was elected unanimously during the 84th annual meeting of the TTFI, on February 24, 2021.

He is also the current Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana.

He was first elected as President of the TTFI in January 2017, becoming the youngest President in the history of TTFI.

Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI):

  • The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) is the governing body for table tennis in India.
  • The TTFI was established in 1926.
  • It was a founding member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
  • TTFI's membership includes 32 state units and 37 institutions.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi, India.

Sports Current Affairs - Feburary 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The awards in different categories were awarded to:-

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

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

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

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

*Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Egan Bernal.

*Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Sophia Flörsch.

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

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

*Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award:Dirk Nowitzki.

*Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Spanish Basketball Federation.

*Laureus Sport for Good Award: South Bronx United.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Winners are:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. The Courage award: Dutee Chand (Athlete)

Anti-doping:  Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju recently launched a breakthrough Reference Material (RM) for use in chemical testing in the field of anti-doping synthesized by collaborative efforts of National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati.

This Reference Material (RM), has been identified by NDTL as one of the rarely available RMs globally and would be used to strengthen anti-doping measures in all World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratories.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NDTL and NIPER Guwahati was signed in August 2020 which proposes to synthesize 20 rarely available Reference Materials (RMs) during a period of 3 years.   

The RMs are used essentially during dope testing for quality control purposes and therefore their availability remains critical in sports dope testing, globally.

The availability of these RMs would help the anti-doping laboratories to strengthen their testing capacity. This will help in the greater cause of promoting fair play in sports.

NDTL has taken several initiatives towards further strengthening its research activities in collaboration with premier scientific institutes in India and also initiated the collaborations with other WADA accredited laboratories in Cologne, Tokyo and Rome and have exchanged thought and ideas for the furtherance of the anti-doping efforts.

About NDTL: National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) is an autonomous body under Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India (GoI). It is headquartered in Delhi. It is the only laboratory in the country responsible for human sports dope testing.

The NDTL in India was established in 2008 with an aim to get permanently accredited by International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Anti Doping Agency to do the testing for the banned drugs in human sports.

2K Time Trial: It refers to the two-kilometre time trial. The cricket world is growing so fast, so the challenge is and so the demand for better physical fitness so the Indian cricket board has introduced mandatory 2-km time trials to measure speed and endurance levels in its training programme for top players.

According to this new rule, the 2K Time Trial which has been set at 8 minutes and 15 seconds for fast bowlers and 8:30 for batsmen, spinners and wicketkeepers — has become mandatory for India’s centrally-contracted cricketers.

What is the 2k time trial?

On a standard athletics track, the timings of the distance is covered in five laps of 400 metres each can be measured with a stop-watch or an electronic clock. The 2k time trial is a speed-endurance test, according to Ramji Srinivasan, the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian team’s strength and conditioning coach.

What are the benefits of a time trial?

If an athlete meets the standard set for the time trial, he or she can be termed ‘fit’. Another benefit of the time trial is that it will help to redraw the fitness schedule of a cricketer, if needed.

For example, a batsman is in the 90s, it is extremely hot and humid outside. The time trial will help in terms of when to push (and) when to sprint.

According to Srinivasan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and New Zealand also put cricketers through the time-trial test.

How is the time trial different from a Yo-Yo test?

In the Yo-Yo test, two cones are placed 20 metres apart. At the first beep, the athlete starts and must reach the cone at the other end before the second beep, and then turn and run back to cross the starting point before the third beep.

As the Yo-Yo test level gets tougher, the frequency of the beeps increases and the number of shuttles (up and down runs) also goes up before a player gets a short break.

Yo-Yo tests have been used in football for ages.

Yo-Yo has a lot of acceleration and deceleration and rapid change of direction. Yo-Yo test is probably a far more sport-specific test for cricket.

The BCCI made clearing the Yo-Yo test mandatory for Indian cricketers in 2016. However, in recent years there seems to be a preference amongst certain sports scientists to be testing this 2-kilometre time trial with elite-level cricketers

Jay shah: He is the secretary of BCCI who has been appointed as the new President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). The 32 years old replaces the chief of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Najmul Hasan Papon. He is also the youngest person ever to be appointed to the office.

About ACC: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is a cricket organization which was established in 1983, to promote and develop the sport of cricket in Asia. It is headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It currently consists of 24 member associations. ACC is responsible for organizing the Asia Cup tournaments. The current ACC Chairman is Amitabh Choudhary.

Note: The 2020 edition of the Asia Cup was postponed to June this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pakistan was to originally host the tournament but the tournament is now expected to be held in either Sri Lanka or Bangladesh.

RYSK Scheme: It refers to the Rashtriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakram Scheme. RYSK scheme is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and has been continuing since 12th Five Year Plan.

The budget allocation of the scheme RYSK for the year 2020-21 is Rs.486.48 Crores.

The Scheme aims to develop the personality and leadership qualities of the youth and to engage them in nation building activities.

The beneficiaries of this scheme are the youth in the age-group of 15-29 years, in line with the definition of ‘youth’ in the National Youth Policy, 2014. Similarly, in case of programme components specifically meant for the adolescents, the age-group is 10-19 years.

RYSK is an umbrella scheme.

The 7 sub-schemes under scheme RYSK are:

  • Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS).
  • National Youth Corps (NYC).
  • National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD).
  • International Cooperation (IC).
  • Youth Hostels (YH).
  • Assistance to Scouting and Guiding Organisations
  • National Discipline Scheme (NDS)
  • National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP).

Khelo India Zanskar: The 13 day long Khelo India Zanskar winter sports and youth festival recently concluded at Zanskar Valley of the Union Territory of Ladakh.

The festival was organized to showcase potential in adventure tourism and sports and aims to open a new arena in Ladakh for adventure and economy. It is one of the biggest events that has been organised to promote winter tourism in Ladakh.

The 13 day long festival which started on January 18th concluded on Saturday, January 30th 2021. The festival was organized by the Ladakh UT Administration to promote Zanskar as winter tourists' destination.

The main features of the festival were Ice Climbing, trekking on frozen Zanskar River, Ice Hockey, snow sculpture and ethnic food festival.

Zanskar Winter Sports and Youth festival introduced as an annual event in Zanskar to showcase its potential in adventure tourism and sports.

Nitish Singh: Mountaineer Nitish Singh from Gorakhpur, UP, On 72nd Republic Day, made India proud by hoisting the Indian National Flag from the topmost point of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. He now plans to scale top 7 highest peaks.

About MT. Kilimanjaro: Mount Kilimanjaro is around 5,895 metres above sea level, and it is also the highest single free-standing mountain in the world. It is the world’s fourth most topographically prominent peak

Merv Hughes: He is a former right-arm fast bowler who has recently been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

The 59-year-old played 53 Tests and 33 ODIs for Australia in a career spanning from 1985 to 1994, during which he captured 212 Test wickets and 38 ODI wickets.

His career-best figures of 8-87 against the West Indies at the WACA in 1988 included the final wicket of a hat-trick spread across three separate overs, two innings and two different days.

In 2005, Hughes became a selector for the Australian cricket team, a role he would hold through until 2010.

Hughes has worked as a national selector, bowling coach and broadcaster since retirement

Asian Online Shooting Championship: India's 24-member shooting contingent has topped the medals tally in the first-ever Asian Online Shooting Championship, organised by Kuwait Shooting Federation.

The Indian squad won total 11 medals, which included four gold medals, two silver and five bronze medals.

274 shooters from 22 Asian countries took part in the competition.

The Asian Online Shooting Championship are the first Formal met for the Indian shooters after the pandemic. The championships took place for 4 events.

They are:

  1. Pistol
  2. Rifle
  3. Trap
  4. Skeet

List of Medal Winners from India:

Gold

  1. Saurabh Chaudhary – men’s 10m air pistol
  2. Divyansh Singh Panwar- men’s 10m air rifle
  3. Kynan Chenai – men’s trap
  4. Rajeshwari Kumari – women’s trap

Silver

  1. Arjun Babuta – men’s 10m air rifle
  2. Shreyasi Singh – women’s trap

Bronze

  1. Manu Bhaker – women’s 10m air pistol
  2. Sarabjot Singh – men’s 10m air pistol
  3. Deepak Kumar – men’s 10m air rifle
  4. Prithviraj Tondaiman – men’s trap
  5. Manish Keer – women’s trap

Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy: Tamil Nadu recently won the beat the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2020-21 by beating Baroda in the finals.

The tournament was the 12th edition of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. It was played at Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium), Ahmedabad.

The Player of the match title was won by Manimaran Siddharth (Tamil Nadu) who picked 4 wickets, conceding 20 runs.

Tamil Nadu team was lead by Dinesh Karthik (captain). This is the second Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) title for Tamil Nadu and their first title in 13 years.

The team claimed their first SMAT title in 2006-07, that too under Karthik’s captaincy.

Recent News: India and Bengal pacer Ashoke Dinda recently announced retirement from all formats of cricket. He has featured in 13 ODIs and nine T20Is for India and had switched to Goa from Bengal earlier this season. The 36-year-old last played in the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Joe Root: He is the England cricket team captain who has Root became the first batsman to score a double hundred in his 100th Test.

Leading the side from the front, Joe Root completed his 5th double century in the ongoing Test between India and England in Chennai.

Root reached the feat in some style, as he whacked R Ashwin over the long-on fence, making him the first-ever player to complete a double-century in his 100th Test appearance.

Meanwhile, Root's incredible feat also saw him becoming the English captain with the highest individual score in India.

The previous highest score by a batsman playing his 100th Test was 184 by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, also against India in Bengaluru (March 2005).

Ajay Singh: Ajay Singh who is also the chairman of Spicejet airlines has been re-elected as the president of Boxing Federation of India (BFI).

He defeated former Sports Minister of Maharashtra Ashish Shelar in a high-profile contest to get re-elected as president of Boxing Federation India for a second term.

Hemanta Kumar Kalita was elected secretary, beating C.V. Raje.

As for his second tenure, Singh said that BFI would work towards developing boxing at the grassroot level and conducting more open championships. He also promised a stronger sports science back-up for boxers and focus on women's boxing.

About BFI: Boxing Federation India (BFI) was established on February 25, 1949. It is headquartered in New Delhi.

Ishant Sharma: Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma recently became the sixth Indian and third pacer from the country to take 300 wickets in Test cricket.

The 32-year-old Ishant reached the milestone in 98 matches, more than the other Indian bowlers in the club. He reached the landmark when he trapped Dan Lawrence with a delivery that swung back sharply before hitting his pads in England’s second innings on the fourth day of the opening Test.

Besides Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) the other bowlers from the country who have reached the landmark are Ravichandran Ashwin (377 before this game), Harbhajan Singh (417), and Zaheer Khan (311).

Australian Cricket Awards: Former captain Steve Smith recently claimed his third Allan Border Medal while Beth Mooney bagged her maiden Belinda Clarke Award, the top two honours of the Australian Cricket Awards.

Smith was honoured for his performances in all three formats of the game, while Mooney bagged the recognition in the Australian women’s game for the first time.

The awards were decided by a voting process for the period 2020-21.

Rishabh Pant: The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant recently won the inaugural ICC Player of the Month award 2021.

Pant has been honoured for his superlative performances in the two Tests against Australia in January 2021, wherein he scored a 97 at Sydney and an unbeaten 89 at Brisbane, leading India to an incredible series win.

Apart from him, Shabnim Ismail of South Africa has been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month following her performances across three ODIs and two T20Is in January 2021.

Sports Current Affairs - January 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The othe winner are:-

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

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

Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina) in Men’s Wheelchair

Diede de Groot (Netherland) in Women’s Wheelchair

Dylan Alcott (Australia) in Quad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Football: In football, the Star Argentine footballer Lionel Messi has equalled Brazilian legend Pele's record of 643 goals for a single club by scoring for Barcelona against Valencia. Messi achieved the feat in a Spanish league match where both the teams ended in a 2-2 draw recently.

Football legend Pele scored 643 goals in 665 competitive games for Brazilian club Santos between 1956 and 1974 while Messi needed 748 matches from 2005 to 2020 to reach the tally.

Boxing World Cup championship: Indian pugilists recently bagged 9 medals including 3 golds, 2 silver and 4 bronze at the Cologne Boxing World Cup which ended in Cologne, Germany.

Amit Panghal won  gold in men's category while Manisha Moun  and Simranjit Kaur won gold  in Women's category.

India finished 2nd in the overall Medals List, Germany topped the list with 16 medals. The Cologne Boxing World 2020 was hosted by the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC).

EUBC: It is an acronym for European Boxing Confederation. EUBC was founded in 2009. It is headquartered in Assisi, Italy. The current EUBC President is Franco Falcinelli.

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

Recently, the Sports Ministry has approved the inclusion of 4 indigenous Games to be a part of Khelo India Youth Games 2021, which is scheduled to be held in Haryana.

The four new games are Thang-Ta, Gatka, Kalaripayattu and Mallakhamba.

These four selected games represent different parts of the country and will get national recognition with the help of the Khelo India Youth Games 2021.

The place of origin of the 4 newly inducted games are as follows:

  1. Thang-Ta is a Manipur martial art.
  2. Gatka originates from Punjab. It is a traditional fighting style of the Nihang Sikh Warriors, used both as self-defence as well as a sport.
  3. Kalaripayattu has its origin from Kerala.
  4. Mallakhamba is practised in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Lewis Hamilton:  He is the Formula 1 world champion. He has recently won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020.

This is the second time that the 35-year-old Hamilton has been crowned Sports Personality of the Year. Prior to this, he won the award in 2014.

The other award winners at Sports Personality 2020 are:

  1. Helen Rollason Award: Captain Sir Tom Moore
  2. Team of the Year: Liverpool FC
  3. Expert Special Panel Award: Marcus Rashford
  4. Coach of the Year: Jurgen Klopp (Football)
  5. Unsung Hero: Sgt Matt Ratana
  6. Captain Tom Young Unsung Hero: Tobias Weller
  7. Young Sports Personality of the Year: Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (British diver)

ICC Awards of the Decade: The winners of the prestigious ICC Awards of the Decade which recognise the best players across Cricket over the past 10 years were announced.

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

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade:

  • MS Dhoni (India)

ICC Men’s Awards:

  • Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)
  • ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Virat Kohli (India)
  • ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade:  Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
  • ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade: Steve Smith(Australia)
  • ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kyle Coetzer (Scotland)

ICC Women’s Award:

  • Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
  • ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry(Australia)
  • ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
  • ICC Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade: Kathryn Bryce (Scotland)

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

Individual Wrestling World Cup: Indian wrestler, Anshu Malik recently became the first wrestler of the country to finish on the podium position at the Individual Wrestling World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia.

The 19-year-old won a silver medal in the women’s 57kg category to claim first international medal of the tournament for the country.

She lost to Moldova’s Anastasia Nichita 5-1 in the final.

 Assam Rifles Public School: Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju recently launched the Assam Rifles Public School (ARPS) in Shillong as a Khelo India Sports School on 4th January 2021. It is now recognized as a Khelo India Sports School and is the first centre in the northeast under the Khelo India scheme.

This School was designated as a Khelo India Sports School because of the following features:

It has a good track record in academics & sports, adequate boarding & lodging (hostel) facilities,

It has sufficient space to develop sports facilities and inclination to develop Olympic sports under an inter-ministerial partnership between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Government proposes to bear the expenses for Talented Sports Students of the school in terms of lodging, boarding, education expenses, competition exposure, insurance & medical, sports training & support, salary of coaches & support staff, sports equipment, and more.

At present, 9 Sports Schools have been approved across the country, out of which 5 are managed by Defence & Para-military forces.

The objective of a Khelo India Sports School is to integrate sports with education and in the process, develop sports in the country and improve the overall profile and outlook of athletes. This will also help in the identification and upliftment of talent from North-eastern, rural or tribal areas.

Khelo India Ice Hockey Tournament: The Khelo India Ice Hockey Tournament was recently organized at Chiktan in Kàrgil, Ladakh.

For the first time, alongwith 11 teams from different villages of Chiktan, two women team of Chiktan also participated in the Khelo India Games in Kargil district.

The tournament was inaugurated by SDM Shakar Chiktan and the Chief Guest of the event Kacho Asgar Ali khan in the presence of ZPEO Chiktan Ghulam Rasool along with in-charge police post-Chiktan.

Claire Polosak: She is a 32-year-old Australian from New South Wales who is set to become the first female match official in a men’s Test match when she takes up the fourth umpire’s role in the third Test between India and Australia.

She has already earned the distinction of being the first woman on-field umpire in a men’s ODI match in ICC’s Division 2 league between Namibia and Oman played at the Windhoek in 2019.

Note: As per ICC rules for Test matches, the fourth umpire is appointed by the home cricket board from their nominees to the International Panel of ICC Umpires and from the host country.

Fourth Umpire: The duties of a fourth umpire include bringing on the new ball, carrying drinks on to the field for the umpires, checking the batteries in the light meter, observing the pitch during the lunch and tea intervals to make sure there is no interference, and bringing on new bails.

The fourth umpire can also take over the third umpire’s position if something happens to one of the on-field umpires, in which case the third umpire takes over on-field duties.

Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sports & Youth Festival 2021: It is a 13-day Zanskar Winter Sports & Youth Festival 2021 that is being organized from 18th to 30th January 2021 by the Dept. of Sports & Youth Services under the Khelo India banner in collaboration with the Ladakh Tourism Department.

The UT administration is promoting far-flung and snowbound Zanskar as winter tourism destination. The main attractions of the first-ever Zanskar Winter Sports & Youth Festival are Chadar Trek on Zanskar river, meditation, yoga, ice skating,  Hockey, snow skieing, climbing, traditional Archery, snow scooter, biking, Yak and horse riding, Snow sculpturing and food and cultural festivals.

Zanskar: Zanskar, Zahar (locally) or Zangskar is also known as Janskar or Jangskar. It is a subdistrict or tehsil of the Kargil district, in the union territory of Ladakh. The administrative centre is Padum.

Zanskar Range: The Zanskar Range is a mountain range in the union territory of Ladakh that separates Zanskar from Ladakh. Geologically, the Zanskar Range is part of the Tethys Himalaya, an approximately 100-km-wide synclinorium formed by strongly folded and imbricated, weakly metamorphosed sedimentary series. The average height of the Zanskar Range is about 6,000 m. Its eastern part is known as Rupshu.

Dhaka Marathon 2021: The marathon was organized on the 10th January 2021 to commemorate the return of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Pakistan jail to Bangladesh in 1972. Home Minister of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan inaugurated the event at Dhaka Army Stadium. As many as 200 runners took part in the marathon, organised by the Bangladesh Army.

Jigmet Dolma, an SPO of Ladakh police from India recently secured the fourth position in the Dhaka Marathon 2021. Hicham Lakohi of Morocco came first in the elite competition of the marathon in men’s category while Angela Jim Asunde from Kenya won the women’s category in the same event.

Two more women runners from India and a total of 8 athletes participated in the marathon. In the full marathon, among the SAARC and local runners, Bahadur Singh of India became the champion in the men's category and Pushpa Bhandari of Nepal became the champion in the women's category.

 The full marathon covered 42.19 kilometres while the half marathon covered 21.09 kilometres. Athletes from all over the world including India, Morocco,  Nepal, Kenya, France, Ethiopia among others participated in various categories of the event.

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

Recently, Jay Shah has been named as the official representative of BCCI for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board meetings. He is the Secretary of the BCCI. He will be replacing BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was currently representing India at the ICC Board, but he suffered a heart condition recently and had to be admitted to hospital where he underwent primary angioplasty.

IHAI National Ice Hockey Championship: The ITBP recently won the Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI) 10th National Ice Hockey Championship trophy after a superb win over Ladakh in the finals.

The national championship was organized by the Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI).

The match was held at Gulmarg Ice Rink, Gulmarg Development Authority, Jammu and Kashmir (UT).

The ITBP team took home the trophy after a thrilling win over Ladakh with the score line (goals) 5-1.

The championship was held at an altitude of 8,694-feet and temperatures below freezing point. Top teams of Ice Hockey in India participated in the Championship organized from 16 to 22 January, 2021.

Ladakh has been considered as the capital of ice hockey in India where local men and women play this game with great enthusiasm.

The ITBP has a strong Ice Hockey team. Many of its players also represent the national Ice Hockey team. In recent years, the ITBP Ice Hockey team had won numerous tournaments in the region defeating all teams and became the National Ice Hockey Champions in 2019.

Note: The Khelo India Ice Hockey Championship will also be organized in a few days from now.

IHAI: The Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI) is the governing body of ice hockey in India. It became a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on April 27, 1989. The current President of the Association is K. L. Kumar.

Thailand Open badminton tournament 2021: Spain’s Carolina Marin and Denmark's Viktor Axelsen recently clinched the singles titles in Yonex Thailand Open badminton tournament 2021.

The Yonex Thailand Open Super 1000 badminton tournament was held from 12th to 17th January 2021. It was the first badminton tournament of 2021 by Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Winners List:

Single Title: Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) defeated Angus Long (Hong Kong) to clinch the Men’s Singles Title while Carolina Marin (Spain) defeated Tai Tzu-Ying (Taiwan) to bag the Women’s Singles Title.

Double Title:Taiwan’s Lee Yang & Wang Chi-Lin beat Malaysia’s Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong to bag the Men's Doubles Title while Indonesia’s Greysia Polii & Apriyani Rahayu defeated Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul & Rawinda Prajongjai to clinch the Doubles Title.

Mixed Doubles:Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai defeated Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan & Melati Daeva Oktavianti to clinch the mixed doubles title.

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.

Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sport & Youth festival 2021: The first ever Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sport & Youth festival 2021 was recently inaugurated by the Minister of State (Independent Chareg) of Youth affairt and Sports Kiren Rijiju at Padum in Zanskar of Kargil district.

The 13- Day Zanskar Winter Sports Festival aims to open new arena in Ladakh for adventure and Nature loving tourists and a boost for local Youth to hone up their skills in winter sports to represent India.

The main features of the 13-day festival are Ice Climbing, trekking on frozen Zanskar River, Ice Hockey, snow sculpture and ethnic food festival.

The festival is being organized by the Ladakh UT Administration to promote Zanskar as winter tourists' destination.

Ladakh: Ladakh is a region administered by India as a union territory, constituting a part of the larger region of Kashmir, which has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947. Until 2019, Ladakh was a region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In August 2019, the Parliament of India passed an act by which Ladakh became a union territory on 31 October 2019. The capital of Ladakh is Leh, Kargil. The current Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh is Radha Krishna Mathur.