Badminton

Japan’s women clinch Uber Cup

Japan’s women clinched the Uber Cup, the Womens World Badminton Championship, defeating Thailand 3-0 in Bangkok. It ends an Uber Cup drought for Japan that stretches back to 1981. The Uber Cup is second in prestige only to the Olympics as a national team event. As of the 2018, China is the most successful team, having won fourteen times. Japan is second, having won it six times.

Himanta elected Vice-President of BAC

The President of Badminton Association of India (BAI), Himanta Biswa Sarma was elected as the Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC). The election took place during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the continental body in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma became president of the Badminton Association of India in April 2018.

Saina returns to top 10

Commonwealth gold medalist Saina Nehwal climbed up to return into the top-10 of the Badminton World Federation women’s singles rankings. Commonwealth mixed team gold medalist Kidambi Srikanth climbed from fifth to the third spot, while HS Prannoy jumped to a career-best eighth spot. Meanwhile, Rio Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu retained the third spot.

N Sikki Reddy recommended for Arjuna Award

Women’s doubles shuttler N Sikki Reddy has been recommended for Arjuna Award by the Badminton Association of India.G Sudhakar Reddy, who coached Kidambi Srikanth in his early days, has been recommended for Dronacharya Award. The 24-year-old Sikki had won the mixed team gold medal and the women’s doubles bronze at the recent Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

Saina Nehwal won second CWG gold

Shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated world number three PV Sindhu by 21-18, 23-21 in the first-ever all-Indian women’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games.With this, Nehwal claimed her second Commonwealth Games singles gold medal after having won it at the 2010 Delhi Games. Nehwal is the only Indian female badminton player to win singles gold in Commonwealth Games history.

Kidambi Srikanth Becomes World No.1

Indian badminton star Kidambi Srikanth became world No. 1 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings. Srikanth has moved to the top of the men’s singles rankings with 76895 points. In 2017, he became the first Indian to win back-to-back Super Series titles. In October 2017, Srikanth became the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to win the Denmark Open.

India baged first-ever gold in badminton

Indian mixed badminton team claimed the gold medal on day five of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.India beat Malaysia on the back of strong shuttle play from Ashwini Ponnappa, Satwik Rankireddy, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal. This is the country’s first mixed team badminton gold at any edition of the Common-wealth Games.

Himanta Sarma elected as President of BAI

Himanta Biswa Sarma has been elected as the President of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for the next 4 years.He is a Cabinet ranked Minister and convener of the North East Democratic Alliance. He had taken over as the interim President of BAI last year after the demise of former president Akhilesh Das Gupta.

Purva Barve wins title at Israel Junior 2018

Purva Barve won the women‘s singles (Under-19) title at the Israel Junior badminton tournament 2018 held in Rishon LeZion. The title is her first in 2018 and third overall. Earlier she won the Israel Junior 2017, Italian Junior International 2017 apart from a bronze at the Russian Junior White Nights 2017.

Shi Yuqi won India Open badminton men’s title

Shi Yuqi won the India Open badminton tournament for the first time after having not won a single title in 2017.Shi Yuqi, the current world number eight, defeated Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen in the Indian Open badminton tournament 21-18,21-14.Beiwen Zhang won in the women’s section.

Sindhu finishes as India Open runner-up

Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu finished as runner-up after losing to America’s Beiwen Zhang in the final on Sunday.Zhang defeated world number four Sindhu with a scoreline of 18-21, 21-11, 22-20 and took her head-to-head record against the Indian to 2-3.Sindhu had lifted the India Open title last year by defeating Olympic champion Carolina Marin.

2018 India Open, starts

The 2018 India Open, is a badminton tournament which will take place at Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in Delhi from 30 January to 4 February 2018.The event will also feature 2014 champion Kidambi Srikanth beginning his new season after missing last week’s Indonesia Masters. Saina Nehwal begged silver medal at Indonesia Masters recently. Saina clinched the India Open Super Series in 2015.

Hyderabad Hunters claim maiden title

Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin led Hyderabad Hunters to their maiden Premier Badminton League.The Hunters defeated Viktor Axelsen-led Bengaluru Blasters by 4-3 in the final tie to clinch the glory. A dominant display by Mixed Doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Pia Bernadet helped the Hunters clinch the title.

PV Sindhu settles for silver

PV Sindhu fell short of claiming her maiden title at BWF Superseries Finals & settled for silver, losing to top seed Akane Yamaguchi in Dubai.Sindhu fought valiantly but Yamaguchu topped her 15-21, 21-12, 21-19 to win the gold medal.This is the 3rd major event in the last 2 years where Sindhu had to settle for a silver after a 2ndplaced finish at Olympics 2016 and World Championships 2017

India wins South Asian badminton title

India has won the 1st-ever South Asian Regional Badminton Team Championship by defeating Nepal in the finals. Nepal started off well, winning the 1st game 21-19. However, Indians came back stronger & won the next 2 games 21-14, 21-11. Indian team, which came into the Final without losing a single match, continued their good run with Aryaman Tandon drawing 1st blood in boys’ singles competition

India won 10 medals in Para-Badminton WC

Indian contingent to BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea has clinched 10 medals, including two golds. India’s Parul Parmar defeated Thailand’s Wannaphatdee Kamtam in the finals of the women’s singles Standing Lower. Other gold was also won by Parul Parmar, who paired with Japan’s Akiko Sugino in women’s doubles (SL 3-4) final.

CMFRI was founded in 1947

2019 Badminton & Para Badminton Cships. Basel will become the first city to jointly host the Badminton and Para-Badminton World Championships in 2019. The Swiss city defeated Tokyo to land the tournament. The event will be the last held in the sport before Para-Badminton makes its Paralympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020.

Saina Nehwal became National Champion

World number 11 Saina Nehwal became the national champion for the third time, defeating world number 2 PV Sindhu in the women’s singles final of Senior National Badminton Championships, in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Nehwal, who had previously won senior nationals in 2006 and 2007, won with the scoreline of 21-17, 27-25. Saina has played nationals thrice, winning the title each time.

Gurusaidutt wins Bulgarian Tournament

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt won the men’s singles title at the Bulgarian International Future Series Badminton tournament. In the final match, Gurusaidutt defeated Muhammed Ali Kurt of Turkey. He will now play Senior Nationals Championship in November 2017.

Vaishnavi clinches Belgian Junior title

Indian shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy has clinched the women’s singles Under-19 title at the Belgian Junior Open badminton tournament. She defeated top seed Vivien Sandorhazi in a three-game final at Herstal. Second seed Reddy saw off Vivien 21-19, 17-21, 21-12 in a 42-minute summit clash at the Hall Omnisport La Prealle.

P.V. Sindhu for Padma Bhushan

Olympic silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu has been recommended for the prestigious Padma Bhushan by the Sports Ministry. World No. 2 Sindhu has been in stellar form since winning a silver medal at Rio Olympics and is the second athlete after MS Dhoni to have been nominated for the honour this year. In March 2015, Sindhu was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri.

PV Sindhu wins Korea Open

PV Sindhu avenged her World Championship loss in Glasgow by beating Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in the Korea Open 2017 women’s singles final to clinch her 3rd Superseries title. Sindhu made history by becoming the first Indian to win the Korea Open. This is Sindhu’s second Super Series title of the year, having earlier won the India Open, beating Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final.

BAI to confer Lifetime Achievement award

The renowned Indian Badminton legend Prakash Padukone has been selected for the first life time award by Badminton Association of India. Padukone had won the 1980 All England, besides bagging a bronze at the 1983 World Championship in Copenhagen. He also won a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. He was bestowed with the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982.

PV Sindhu wins silver

PV Sindhu won the silver medal at the 2017 World Championship. She was defeated by Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. Nozomi became the first Japanese women’s singles champion while Sindhu is the second Indian after Saina to secure silver. The summit clash lasted an unbelievable and incredible one hour and 50 minutes.

World Badminton Championships 2017

Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen defeated Lin Dan in straight games to claim the men’s singles gold at the World Championships in Glasgow. Axelsen is the third Dane to claim the men’s singles crown. Flemming Delfs won the inaugural 1977 title and Peter Rasmussen was a winner, also in Glasgow, 20 years ago.

Saina Nehwal settles for bronze

Saina Nehwal had to settle for a bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships after a heartbreaking loss against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in women’s singles semi-finals. The 7th seed Japanese eked out a hard-fought 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 victory & became the 1st shuttler from Japan to reach the finals of World Championship. Saina won a silver in the last edition in Jakarta 2 years ago.

Maratha Yoddhas win Super Boxing League

Maratha Yoddhas edged out Haryana Warriors 10-9 in finals to win the inaugural edition of Super Boxing League at Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium. Maratha Yoddhas won the first two bouts through Sandeep Singh & Andy Chuaua in their respective categories to give their team a 6-0 lead. The last bout became the title decider & Sandeep Chhikara won by a TKO to win the league for Yoddhas.

Indian shuttlers wins gold in Lagos

31 : Indian shuttler C Rahul Yadav and men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy clinched the men’s singles and men’s doubles title at Lagos International challenge in Nigeria. In the doubles, Manu and Sumeeth defeated local pair of Godwin Olofua and Anouluwapo Juwon Opeyori 21-13 21-15. 19-year-old Yadav defeated compatriot Karan Rajan Rajarajan 21-15, 21-13 in the men’s singles final

PV Sindhu as deputy collector

Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu was appointed as the deputy collector, a Group-1 service post, in Andhra Pradesh govt. Chandrababu Naidu had promised a Group-I post to Sindhu when she won the silver medal in Olympics. The govt had also presented her a cash award worth Rs. 3 cr. She has been working with BPCL since 2013 & is currently an assistant manager (sports) at its Hyderabad office.

Prannoy clinches US Open title

Indian Shuttler H S Prannoy has won his maiden US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title defeating his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap. This was Kashyap’s first final in 21 months. With this, Prannoy clinched his third Grand Prix Gold title. It was the second time this season that two Indians fought out for the title at international badminton.

Ivory Coast International tournament

Ritika Thaker defeated Simran Singhi to win the singles title in the Ivory Coast International badminton tournament at Abidjan. Later, Ritika and Simran paired together to beat the Nigerian duo of Zainab Momohand Peace Orji in the women’s doubles final. Ritika became only the second player from Nagpur after Arundhati Pantawane to clinch the women’s singles crown.

Srikanth wins Indonesia Open

18 : India’s K Srikanth has lifted Indonesia Open Super Series badminton title by defeating Kazumasa Sakai in Men’s Singles final at Jakarta. It is his 3rd Super Series title. He had earlier won the 2014 China Open and 2015 India Open. He got the better of World No 1 Son Wan Ho in the semis by saving a match point and then converting on the third. The win is likely to move Srikanth in the top 5.

Sindhu elected to BWF Athlete Commission

PV Sindhu became one of the members of the BWF Athletes’ Commission after the end of voting for the four places on the representative body. Sindhu topped the ballot with 129 votes with Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland placing third overall with 103 votes. Both Sindhu and Kristy will serve four-year terms along with Germany’s Marc Zwiebler who received 108 votes.

Andhra Pradesh amends Act for PV Sindhu.

Andhra Pradesh Legislature passed a Bill to appoint Olympics silver medal winning shuttler P V Sindhu as a Group-1 officer in the government, by amending the state public services Act. Government decided to amend section 4 of the aforementioned law to enable appointment of Sindhu directly in the cadre of a revenue divisional officer.

Praneeth lifts his maiden Super Series

Sai Praneeth has won the title match of Men’s singles at Singapore Open Badminton beating his compatriot Kidambi Srikanth. Returning in the match after losing first game 17-21 Praneeth won last two games 21-17, 21-12 . In the Singapore Open Badminton tournament, T Y Tai has won the Womens Singles title beating Carolina Marin in straight sets 21-15, 21-15.

Srikanth vs Praneeth in Singapore

For the first time in the history of badminton, two Indians will clash in a Super Series final. Kidambi Srikanth will take on B Sai Praneeth at the Singapore Open Final. Only three nations – China, Indonesia and Denmark – have so far had two of their shuttlers playing in finals of a Super Series event. The last time they met was at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold with Praneeth winning.

Sindhu, Garg in fray for BWF ‘commission

Olympic silver-medallist and world No.2 P V Sindhu will be among the nine shuttlers vying for a position in the Badminton World Federation’s Athletes Commission. The other Indian in fray for the four slots is male shuttler called Nikhar Garg. The nominations closed on March 27 with six men and three women standing for the BWF Athletes’ Commission elections.

Satwik-Chirag pair wins Vietnam Challenger

Promising Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty clinched the $20,000 Vietnam Open International challenger badminton doubles title after defeating Thai pair of Trawut Potieng and Nanthakam Yordphaisong in a final in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Shuttlers Purva, Varun bag Int. titles

Shuttlers Purva Barve and Varun Kapur handed India double delight by winning their respective age group sections in the Li Ning-Israel Open 2017 badminton tournament held in Israel. 16 year old Purva ranked No. 70 in the world. Varun in the final, steamrolled England’s Toby Dillingham 21-10, 21-2 to bag his second International title.

Sindhu, the brand ambassador of Pepsico

PepsiCo has roped in Rio Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu as brand ambassador for its sports drink Gatorade. It also has plans to have Sindhu work with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute during the period of partnership to better understand her training and match-day nutrition. Sindhu became the 1st Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal in 2016.

All England Open Badminton title

Lee Chong Wei won his fourth All England Open Badminton Championships crown. After swatting aside first-time finalist Shi Yuqi of China 21-12, 21-10, Chong Wei said he will return to defend the title of his favorite tournament. The All England Open Badminton Championships is the world’s oldest badminton tournament, held annually in England.

Tarun Kona & Alwin wins Uganda Title

Top seeded Indian shuttler duo Tarun Kona and Alwin Francis won the Men’s Double title at the 2017 Uganda International Series by defeating Aatish Lubah and Georges Julien Paul of Mauritius, 21-8, 21-14 at MTN Arena Lugogo, Kampala. The Uganda International Badminton Tournament 2017, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation, was held from 23rd to 26th of February 2017.

Saina to represent Olympic Committee

Saina Nehwal was appointed as a member of the Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission in 2016, will represent the panel in the Badminton World Federation. Saina would join the Badminton World Federation Athletes’ Commission as a representative of the IOC AC. Currently, ranked world number 10 in BWF rankings, Saina is now aiming to win the prestigious All England Championship in March 2017.

Sindhu rises to career-best world No.5

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu continued to reach new heights as she became the second Indian woman to break into the top 5 in the latest BWF World Rankings. Sindhu, who clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title last month, achieved a career-best ranking of world No. 5 and is currently the best-placed Indian. Saina Nehwal is the only other Indian woman in the top 10 at 9th position.

National Badminton championship

Sourabh Verma clinched the Men’s Singles title defeating Lakshya Sen in the 81st Senior National Badminton Championships tournament played in Patna.Rituparna Das claimed the Women’s Singles title defeating Reshma Karthik in the tournament.In the mixed doubles, the duo of Satwik Sai Raj and Maneesha K won the title

Lakshya Sen reaches World No.1 in BWF

Young shuttler Lakshya Sen from Uttarakhand achieved the World No. 1 ranking in the latest BWF World junior ranking.The 15-year-old prodigy, who won the bronze medal at Junior Asian Championships and clinched the All India Senior Ranking Tournament at Arunachal Pradesh last year, jumped one place to reach the numero uno status.Prakash Padukone is his coach.

PV Sindhu wins Syed Modi championship

30 : P.V. Sindhu has won the $120000 Syed Modi International badminton champion-ship Sindhu had come close to winning the trophy in 2014, but suffered a loss against compatriot Saina Nehwal. The tournament was the 2nd grand prix’s badminton tournament of the 2017 BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. The tournament was held at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow from Jan 24-29

Sindhu, Sakshi to be in Padma Bhushan

The Padma awards this year will be conferred on 120 distinguished people. The list includes sportspersons P V Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and P Gopichand. The awardees will include Sukri Bommagowda (nightingale of the Halakki Vokkaliga tribes), Imrat Khan (a folk singer from W.B), and IITian Alok Sagar. Other names include Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella and Governor of S. Carolina Nikki Haley.

Saina wins Malaysia badminton title

Saina Nehwal is back to her winning ways after recovering from a career-threatening knee injury suffered during Rio Olympics. The Indian badminton ace beat Thailand teenager Pornpawee Chochuwong 22-20, 22-20 in the final of the Malaysia Masters Grand Doubts were raised on Saina’s future after her early exit from Rio.

Chennai Beat Mumbai to Win PBL 2017

Chennai Smashers defeated Mumbai Rockets 4-3 to win their maiden Premier Badminton League title. With both the teams winning two matches each, the final match between Ajay Jayaram of Mumbai and Tanongsak S of Chennai became the title clash. Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk sealed it for Chennai by beating Ajay Jayaram 9-11 11-7. Winners Chennai received prize money of ` 3 crore.

Murray Knighted in New Year Honours List

Andy Murray received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours list. He was previously named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2012. Joining Murray in being knighted in British sports is Mo Farah, who retained his 5,000& 10,000-meter titles at the Rio. The full New Year Honours lists recognise the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK.

PV Sindhu Jumps 2 places in BWF Rankings

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu jumped two places to achieve her career-best ranking of seven in the latest BWF World Ranking. Saina Nehwal is also back in the top 10. Sindhu clinched the China Open and then reached the finals at the Hong Open, has 68,699 ranking points. K Srikanth slipped a place to World Number 13.

PV Sindhu Becomes No 1 Indian shuttler

PV Sindhu became the number one Indian player in BWF rankings as she went past compatriot Saina Nehwal. The Rio Olympic silver medallist moved two places to claim ninth spot as Saina, slipped five places to be at 11th position in world rankings. In men’s singles, Ajay Jayaram jumped four places to reach the 19th spot. H S Prannoy also improved two spots to climb to the 25th place.

Sindhu wins maiden Super Series

Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title after edging out Sun Yu of China in the finals of the USD 700,000 China Open badminton tournament. Sindhu, who became the toast of the country after becoming the first Indian women to win a silver at Rio Games, continued her rampaging run. She lifted the title after beating Sun by 21-11 17-21 21-11.

Sindhu into Semifinals of China Open

Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu has advanced to the semifinal of the Thiahot China Open Super Series tournament in Fuzhao. PV Sindhu got the better of China’s He Bingjiao 22-20, 21-10 in 30 minutes. She will now play South Korea’s Ji Hyun Sung for a place in the final. Sung defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 22-2010-2121-18. Meanwhile, it was curtains for Ajay Jayaram.

Carolina Tops Price List in PBL Auctions

In the Premier Badminton League, PBL auction held in New Delhi in which Carolina Marin of Spain was bagged by Hyderabad Hunters for 61 lakh 5 thousands rupees. It was the costliest buy. The second highest bid went for South Korean woman shuttler Sung Ji Hyun with Mumbai Rockets. Kidambi Srikanth fetched the highest amount by an Indian & P.V. Sindhu went to Chennai Smashers for 39L rupees.

Sourabh Verma Finishes Runners-up

Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma finished second at Bitburger Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at Saarbrucken in Germany. Sourabh went down 19-21 20-22 fighting to World No.16 Shi Yuqi of China. World No. 57, Sourabh clinched the Chinese Taipei Open last month. It was his third runners-up finish this season after finishing second best at international challengers at Belgium and Poland.

Pratul Wins Bahrain International Title

Young Indian shuttler Pratul Joshi clinched his maiden international title. He won against Aditya Joshi in the finals of the Bahrain International Challenge badminton tournament at Segayya in Bahrain. He prevailed 21-17, 12-21, 21-15 over Aditya in the summit clash. In the semi-finals, Pratul, seeded third, had beaten compatriot Siddharth Thakur 21-16, 22-20.

Current Events October 2016 – Sports

• NASA spots first-ever gamma-ray binary
NASA has spotted first-ever gamma-ray binary in the neighbour galaxy using Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The gamma-ray binary was the most luminous binary ever seen by the scientists. These rare systems contain either a neutron star or a black hole and radiate most of their energy in the form of gamma rays.
• United States Takes Lead in Ryder Cup
The USA took an unprecedented 4-0 lead after the morning’s foursomes in the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup is a biennial men’s golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The 41st Ryder Cup Matches is being held in the United States from September 30 to October 2, 2016, in Minnesota, USA.
• Sports Sector Gets the Infra Status
The Union Finance Ministry has decided that sports infrastructure will be included under the harmonised master list of infrastructure sub-sectors. This inclusion would make the sports sector eligible for obtaining long-term financial support from banks & other financial institutions. This inclusion would encourage private investment in a public good.
• Tyson Fury ‘Tests Positive’ for Cocaine
Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has tested positive for cocaine. Fury’s sample, taken on Sept. 22, tested positive for the substance benzoylecgonine, the central compound of cocaine. The in-competition test was carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. VADA.
He owns the WBA and WBO titles, and it’s probable he will be stripped as result of the test.
• Sania, Barbora Lose Wuhan Open Final
Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova lost the women’s doubles final of the Wuhan Open. They were beaten in straight sets by American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Lucie Safarova. The third seeds lost 1-6, 4-6 to the fifth seeded pair in a final. Sania had won the Wuhan Open title last year, partnering Martina Hingis.
• Kvitova Tops Cibulkova,Wins Wuhan Open
Two -time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beats Dominika Cibulkova to win Wuhan Open title. The Czech won 6-1 6-1 to claim her second Wuhan title & her first of the 2016 season. She had beaten world number one Angelique Kerber, Britain’s Johanna Konta & fourth seed Simona Halep on her way to the final. Despite her defeat, Cibulkova will move up to a career-high eighth in the world rankings.
• India Win Silver at Asian Beach Games
India’s Deepa Gawale won a silver medal in the women’s single, Long Ho Quyen, Vovinam event in the fifth Asian Beach Games. Deepa lost to Manik Trisna of Indonesia by scoreline a 267-275 points to settle for a silver. Host Vietnam and Japan secured the third place with 261 points. Vovinam, a Vietnamese art, is a combination of events with and without weapons.
• Ricciardo Wins Malaysian GP
Australia Daniel Ricciardo wins the 2016 Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. The Malaysian Grand Prix is a round of Formula One World Championship. It has been held at the Sepang International Circuit since 1999, although FIA-sanctioned racing in Malaysia has existed since the 1960s. Since 2011, the race has been officially known as the Malaysia Grand Prix.
• Gaganjeet Bhullar Wins Korea Open
Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won his sixth Asian Tour title, winning the Korea Open in Incheon at the Shinhan Donghae Open. He scored seven birdies on holes two, six, seven, 10,12,13 & 14 to secure his victory. He won last Asian title came in 2013 & was awarded a cash prize of $196,000 for the win. He is also likely to make major gains in the world rankings where he is currently placed 674th.
• India Reclaim No. 1 Test Ranking
India once again became the number one side in the world, replacing Pakistan at the top of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Rankings. The Virat Kohli-led Indian side thrashed New Zealand by 178 runs in the 2nd Test at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. India now lead the 3-Test series 2-0. India has already won the first Test in Kanpur by 197 runs.
• Roopa Ganguly Nominated to Rajya Sabha
Actress and BJP leader Roopa Ganguly has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha. President Pranab Mukherjee has approved her name. She has been nominated on a seat vacated by cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned in July this year. She is well known for her role in TV serial Mahabharat. She has also done several Bengali and Hindi films including Bahar Ane Tak & Saugandh.
• BRICS U-17 Football Tournament Begins
The first edition of the BRICS Under-17 Football tournament begins in Goa. The tournament, featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has been organised on the occasion of the 8th BRICS summit that will be held in Goa on the 15th of this month. The inaugural match will be played between Brazil and China. India will begin its campaign against Russia.
• Maria Sharapova Drugs Ban Reduced
Russian Tennis star Maria Sharapova’s doping ban has been reduced from two years to 15 months. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut nine months off the suspension imposed on Sharapova. She was tested positive for a banned substance – Meldonium at the Australian Open in January. The latest ruling means that Sharapova can come back in April and return to Grand Slam play at the French Open.
• Rohit, Saha Ascend in ICC Test Rankings
Wriddhiman Saha has gained 18 slots to reach 56th place, while Rohit Sharma has moved up 14 spots to 38th position in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen. The list is headed by Australian captain Steve Smith. In the Test bowlers chart, Ravichandran Ashwin has lost a position to be placed at 3rd spot. South Africa pacer Dale Steyn has retained his number one position as a Test bowler.
• outh Africa Chase Down Australia’s 371
South Africa completed the second-highest run chase in one-day international history as they beat Australia by four wickets in Durban. Australia scored 371-6 in their 50 overs at Kingsmead. But an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 107 by David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo helps SA to win with four balls to spare. Their 372-6 eclipsed India’s score of 362-1 also against Australia in 2013.
• Pakistan Debarred from Kabaddi World Cup
Pakistan has been debarred from the kabaddi world cup 2016. It has been denied entry because of a spike in tensions between the two nations after the Uri attack. Iran will take on newcomers the United States in opening round of the tournament. The US, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan, Kenya & hosts India, are set to take part in the competition for the top honours.
• Shooter Jitu Rai Bags Silver at WC
Indian shooter Jitu Rai clinched a silver medal in the 50 metre pistol event of the ISSF World Cup Final at Bologna, Italy. Jitu shot a score of 188.8 to finish behind China’s Wei Pang at 190.6. Italy’s Giuseppe Giordano settled for the bronze. Jitu Rai also equalled the national record score in the event. He had earlier won a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
• Sreejesh to Lead India in Asian Trophy
Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will lead an 18-member Indian men’s hockey team in the Asian Champions Trophy to be held in Kuantan, Malaysia. Hockey India selectors have named midfielder Manpreet Singh as the vice-captain of the side. The 2016 Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy is the 4th edition of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy for men. Top Six Asian teams will participate in the tournament.
• Ranji Trophy Kicks Off
The new season of Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic tournament has begun. This is the first time the BCCI has decided to have matches at neutral venues & all teams play each other away from home, all over the country. Reigning champions Mumbai open their season against Tamil Nadu at Lahli. The team will be led by wicketkeeper Aditya Tare, who had led Mumbai to their 41st title last season.
• Russian Loses 2008 Olympic Bronze
Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova was stripped of her bronze medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won the gold medal at the 2012 London Games was tested positive for turinabol. Another Russian — Yelena Slesarenko — finished fourth in the high jump in Beijing. She stands to move up to the bronze if the IOC decides to reallocate the medals.
• Ian Nepomniachtchi Wins Tal Memorial
Ian Nepomniachtchi emerged as the winner of the 10th Tal Memorial Chess Tournament.
Nepomniachtchi of Russia won the USD 200000 prize money tournament. Anish Giri finished second on 5.5 points, a half point ahead of Aronian and Anand. Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand split the point with Levon Aronian of Armenia and finished joint third.
• S Korea Stun India in Kabaddi WC Opener
Seven-time champions India failed to make a positive start to their campaign in the Kabaddi World Cup. As India were stunned 32-34 by South Korea in the opening match in Ahmedabad. In another match, titled contenders Iran kick off their opening match with a thumping win over United States. Twelve Kabaddi teams from around the world are participating in the event.
• SC Stop BCCI Funds to State Associations
The Supreme Court has barred the Indian cricket board, BCCI, from releasing funds to state associations. A division bench, headed by CJ Tirath Singh Thakur, ruled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India could not disburse funds to state associations. Those that have received money cannot use it until they file a written undertaking to abide by the Justice R M Lodha panel recommendations.
• WADA to Set up New Dope Testing Body
An Olympic summit mandated the World Anti-Doping Agency to set up a new dope testing body in a bid to clean up drug cheating in sport. A new anti-doping testing authority within the framework of WADA is to be established. WADA will remain in control of regulatory & compliance in the anti-doping fight but that the new testing body will have responsibility for testing athletes.
• Sindhu Brand Ambassador of Vizag Steel
Indian professional badminton player P V Sindhu was roped as brand ambassador of Vizag Steel. The company will have its brand logo on Sindhu’s playing jersey in international and domestic tournaments. She is currently amongst the top 10 ranked players in the world.
She is the first Indian female athlete to win an Olympic silver medal at Rio.
• Agnieszka Win China Open Women’s Final
Agnieszka Radwanska won the China Open with a straight-set victory over Johanna Konta in Beijing. The victory is Radwanska’s 20th career title and second in Beijing. Despite the loss, by reaching the final Konta has amassed enough points to break into the top 10. She will the first British woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1984.
• Andy Murray Win China Open Men’s Title
Andy Murray has won the China Open for the first time in his career after defeating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6 in Beijing. The win in Beijing is the 40th career singles title & fifth of the year of Murray’s remarkable career. Murray has targeted overtaking Novak Djokovic as the world’s top-ranked player. He has triumphed at Wimbledon and the Olympics this year while Djokovic’s form has dipped.
• Ruthvika Shivani Wins Russian Open title
Indian shuttler Ruthvika Shivani Gadde clinched the Russian Open Badminton title after defeating Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya in finals of the women’s singles event at the Russian Open Grand Prix. She defeated the Russian 21-10, 21-13 in final match. The mixed doubles duo of N Sikki Reddy & Pranaav Jerry Chopra clinched the Gold. In the men’s singles event, Siril Verma took the Silver.
• Jitu Rai Named Champion of Champions
Indian ace shooter Jitu Rai won the ‘Champion of Champions’ title for pistol shooting in 2016 by the ISSF. Rai had beaten Serbian Damir Mikec 29.6 to 28.3 in the 10 m Air Pistol Champions Trophy final in Bologna, Italy. The Champions Trophy matches were held at the end of the rifle and pistol shooting World Cups. All World Final medalists are eligible to participate in the Champions Trophy.
• Nick Kyrgios Wins Japan Open
Australian Nick Kyrgios has won Japan Open Tennis final. He has defeated David Goffin 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win his third ATP singles title. Kyrgios’s two previous ATP titles came at ATP250 level events, both this year in Marseilles, France and Atlanta, Georgia. He now stands 38-14 for the season, becoming the fifth men’s player to win three or more titles in 2016.
• Italy Withdraws Rome 2024 Olympic Bid
Italy’s Olympic Committee has officially withdrawn its bid to stage the 2024 Games in Rome after the city council voted to oppose the candidacy. It means only Paris, Los Angeles & Budapest are left in the running after Boston and Hamburg also abandoned bids. The International Olympic Committee is due to make a decision next September. Rome also applied to host the 2020 Olympics but pulled out.
• Russian Lysenko Stripped of 2012 Gold
The International Olympic Committee stripped Russia’s Tatyana Lysenko of her London 2012 hammer gold medal. She tested positive for steroids in re-tests of her sample. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ordered the IAAF to modify the results of the event in London. In this Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk finished second behind Lysenko and Germany’s Betty Heidler came third.
• India Presented with ICC Test Mace
India captain Virat Kohli was presented with the ICC Test Championship mace for leading his team to the top of the Test Team Rankings. The mace was presented by former India captain Sunil Gavaskar. India formally replaced Pakistan at the top of the table at the end of the Indore Test. Kohli became only the second India captain after Mahendra Singh Dhoni and 10th overall to receive the mace.
• India Clean-Sweep 3 Match Test Series
India won the Indore Cricket Test against New Zealand and clean swept the three-match series 3-0. In the third and final test this evening, India wrapped up the New Zealand innings at 153 in 44.5 overs claiming a huge victory by 321 runs. It was one-man show as Ashwin took his series tally to 27 wickets. He was chosen as the man of the match and man of the series.
• Pakistani footballer Shahlyla passed
Pakistan striker Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch passed away in a car accident late on Wednesday night in Karachi. Baloch was sitting in the passenger seat when the accident occurred in Karachi’s DHA Phase VIII area. Baloch, 20, was one of the finest strikers for Pakistan women’s football team. She represented the country at the South Asian Football Federation Women Football Championship 2014.
• India’s Mairaj ends 4th at Shotgun WC
India’s Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished 4th at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final in Rome. Mairaj had qualified for the final after scoring 118 in the qualification round. He won a silver medal at the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year.
• Olympic champion to run Half Marathon
Kenyas Rio Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge is all set to participate in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, to be held on November 20. Kipchoge has put together a winning streak of seven successive marathons and is unbeaten over the classic distance in the last 3 years. Airtel Delhi half marathon is India’s leading road race over the Half Marathon distance since 2005.
• Gugale, Bawane Set Partnership Record
Swapnil Gugale & Ankit Bawane broke a 70-year-old partnership record for all wickets in the Ranji Trophy championship. They stitched a massive, 594 for Maharashtra against Delhi in a Group B match at the Wankhede Stadium. The broke the previous all-time best fourth wicket partnership record of 577 set by Vijay Hazare & Gul Mohammed for Baroda against Holkar way back in 1946-47 in Baroda.
• Ashwin Regains Number One Spot
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has reclaimed the number one spot in Test rankings for bowlers. He was named man of the series after he finished with 27 wickets in a 3-0 sweep by India. In the rankings for Test batsmen, India’s Ajinkya Rahane has attained a career-best sixth rank. In the all-rounders’ list, India’s Ravindra Jadeja has reached a career-best joint-third rank.
• Mark Webber Announces Retirement
Former-F1 driver Mark Webber will retire from professional racing at the end of the year. He will retire from professional racing at the end of the world endurance season in Bahrain in November. He has been racing in the World Endurance Championship with Porsche. He competed in 215 Formula One races for Minardi, Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull before leaving in 2013.
• Neeraj Retains Asia Welterweight Title
Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat out-punched Australia’s Ben Kite to retain the WBC welterweight Asia title. He prevailed 120-110,119-109, 115-113 in an unanimous decision for the grueling 12-round contest against his rival. He came into the contest with 7 wins in 11 fights. He is now expected to break into the WBC world rankings which will be a step towards getting him a shot at the world title.
• Brazil Wins Brics U- 17 Tournament
Brazil triumphed in the 1st BRICS U-17 football tournament with a 5-1 demolition of South Africa in the title class at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa. Russia came from behind to down China 2-1 and finish third. The 2016 BRICS U-17 Football Cup was the first edition of the BRICS U-17 Football Cup. The tournament featured the under-17 teams of all five members of BRICS.
• Indian Film Gets World Premiere at LFF
A light-hearted Indian film “Tu Hai Mera Sunday,” had its world premiere at the London Film Festival (LFF). The movie which was screened is based in Mumbai and revolves around amateur footballers. The film stars popular TV actor Barun Sobti and actress Shahana Goswani. The film directed by Milind Dhaimade is inspired by a real life amateur football group called Juhu Beach United.
• Sourabh Verma Wins Men’s Singles Title
Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma clinched the men’s singles title at the Chinese Taipei Open badminton. He defeated Malaysia’s Daren Liew in the summit clash. He emerged victorious after his opponent retired in the third game due to a shoulder injury with the scoreline reading 12-10, 12-10, 3-3 in the Indian’s favour. He had ended runner-up at Belgium & Poland international Challengers.
• Andy Murray Wins Shanghai Masters
Britain’s Andy Murray beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 6-1 in straight sets to win the Shanghai Masters. He now edge closer to Novak Djokovic in the world rankings. It is the third time he has won the Shanghai Masters, which gives him 1,000 ranking points. He is 915 points behind the Djokovic for 2016, increasing his hopes of finishing the year as world number one.
• India Beat New Zealand in 1st ODI
India carried out their dominance over the Kiwis in the first One Day International in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh by defeating the Kiwis by six wickets. Chasing a victory target of 191, India scored 194 for four in 33.1 overs. India Hardik Pandya was chosen man of the match for his 3/31. With this win, India take 1-0 lead over New Zealand in the five match series.
• Yasir Shah 2nd Fastest to 100 Wickets
Pakistan Yasir Shah became the joint second fastest of all time in terms of number of Tests played to reach the milestone of 100 wickets. He got to this record when he clean bowled Miguel Cummins of West Indies. He achieved the feat in 17 matches & joined the likes of Charlie Turner, Sydney Barnes. England seamer George Lohmann still stands on top of the list after having taken only 16 Tests.
• NCC National Games Begins
Officiating Director General of NCC Maj Gen JS Sandhu inaugurated the Opening Ceremony of the NCC National Games 2016 in New Delhi. The aim of the Games is to provide the talented sportspersons amongst the cadets a feel of a major sporting event. Prepare them with requisite match temperament and further their sporting careers. Shera has been adopted as mascot for the Games.
• Serena Withdraws from WTA Finals
US tennis player Serena Williams has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Singapore. The WTA announced Williams’ withdrawal from the event that starts on October 23. The 22-time Grand Slam champion pulled out of two tournaments in China after exiting from the semi-finals of the US Open. That defeat saw Williams’ 186-week reign atop the world rankings end.
• India Bag 4 Medals at Tifsa World Games
Indian grapplers clinched four medals, including a gold, at the just-concluded sixth edition of the Tifsa World Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dalmiya bagged the yellow metal in 60kg category after outplaying Muhammad Sahan of Azerbaijan 4-1 in the summit clash. Among other Indian wrestlers, experienced Luv Singh claimed a silver, while Naveen Kumar and Josil settled for a bronze medal each.
• Jayasuriya Named as Brand Ambassador
Former Sri Lankan cricket skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was named brand ambassador of the third edition of the STAIRS School Football League (SSFL). STAIRS is a not-for-profit organisation working towards sports, education, health and skill development of children across India. SSFL-3 will begin with league matches at over 15 different venues across four zones in Delhi.
• Djokovic Retained Top Spot
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic retained the top spot in the latest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings. He lost 640 points after he was defeated by Spain’s Roberto Bautista in the Shanghai Masters’ semi-final clash. Scotish player Andy Murray garnered 640 points after winning Shanghai Masters to be at second spot. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka is at third spot.
• Saina Appointed IOC Athletes Commission
India star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. She has received a letter to the effect from the IOC President Thomas Bach. The Athletes’ Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and it comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for November 6.
• Kochi first to get the nod for u-17 WC
Kochi was confirmed as a venue for next year’s under-17 football World Cup. Kochi thus became the first city in the country to be confirmed as a venue for next year’s World Cup. A 23-member team, half of them from FIFA and headed by Project Leader Tracy Lu, inspected the Nehru Stadium, the championship’s main venue, and the four training grounds here before making the official announcement.
• Sindhu enters 2nd round at Denmark Open
Rio Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu made a resounding start to her campaign at Denmark Open, defeating China’s He Bingjiao in straight games in the women’s singles competition. Sixth seed Sindhu, who is playing her first event after the Rio Olympics, notched up a 21-14 21-19 victory over Bingjiao in a match. The 21-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on World No. 12 Sayaka Sato of Japan.
• India Rise To Best FIFA Rankings
The Indian football team achieved its best FIFA ranking in over six years when the side jumped 11 places to be 137th in the latest list released. India defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an International Friendly in Mumbai in September, garnered 230 points for the month. In August 2010, India were ranked 137th which stayed India’s best ever FIFA Ranking since then.
• Suarez Handed European Golden Shoe
Luis Suarez received a second European Golden Shoe of his career after becoming the leading scorer in Europe’s top domestic leagues last season. He scored 40 goals in 35 La Liga starts, helping Barca retain the Spanish title. He ended the 2015-16 campaign with 59 goals in 52 appearances for Barca in all competitions. It’s the second time he’s won the prize,having shared it with Cristiano Ronaldo.
• Driven: The Virat Kohli Story Launched
A book penning the life of India`s Test skipper Virat Kohli has been launched. The book, named “Driven: The Virat Kohli Story” has been written by senior journalist Vijay Lokapally. In the book. Lokapally recounts life-altering tales & anecdotes on the journey of Virat`s rapid rise to stardom. The book celebrates the career of Virat Kohli & introduces readers to the man not known to many.
• Gavaskar to Receive Award from SJAM
The Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM) will present cricket legend Sunil Manohar Gavaskar with the Lifetime Achievement award. The award will be presented to the former India captain on the fourth day of the 4th Test match between India & England. He has completed a memorable 50-year connect with the cricket. The award was presented to badminton legend Nandu Natekar in Sept 2013.
• SC Curbs BCCI’s Financial Powers
Supreme Court asked BCCI not to release funds to state cricket bodies till BCCI promises to implement Lodha panel recommendations. The apex court directed BCCI president Anurag Thakur to give undertaking to comply with Lodha panel recommendations & court orders. Supreme Court also asked Lodha panel to appoint independent auditors to scrutinize BCCI accounts & all high-value contracts.
• India to Clash with Iran in Kabaddi WC
Seven-time defending champions India crushed hapless Thailand 73-20 to storm into the final of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad. India will face rising Asian power Iran in the summit clash of the tournament. Iran had earlier defeated South Korea in a low-scoring thriller. Iran came back from 11-13 down to beat the Koreans by 28-22.
• Goa Given Nod to Host FIFA U-17 WC
Goa joined Kochi & Navi Mumbai as one of the venues to host next year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup. It has received the green signal from a high-level delegation of football’s world body. A 13-member Fifa delegation along with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) made an inspection. LOC and Fifa ratified Goa as the third venue to host the event after Kochi and Navi Mumbai.
• India Lifts Kabaddi World Cup 2016
India has lifted the Kabaddi world cup defeating Iran 38-29. This is India’s third Kabaddi world cup title. Kenya were named the emerging team of the tournament as they won a lot of hearts and almost made it to the semi finals. Jang Kun Lee was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Cup. The best referee of the tournament award was given to SMA Mannan from Bangladesh.
• Grandmaster Abhijeet Creates History
Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta created history at the Hoogeveen International chess tournament. He becomes the first player ever to win the title twice in a row in the FIDE Open that concluded at the Dutch hamlet. He scored 7.5 points out of a possible nine to win the title solely ahead of second placed Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda. Third place was bagged by GM M R Lalith Babu.
• Kohli Drives India to 2-1 Series Lead
India registered 7 wicket victory over New Zealand in the third One-Day International played at Mohali. In the process, Kohli made his 26th century while Dhoni made 80. Dhoni became the 3rd wicket keeper-batsman to amass 9000 runs, Adam Gilchrist & Kumar Sangakara are the only two ahead of him. He now also holds the Indian record for maximum number of sixes in ODIs.
• IND beat PAK in Asian Champions Trophy
India beat Pakistan 3-2 in the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy hockey in Kuantan, Malaysia. Ramandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh & Pradeep Mor scored one goal each for India. This victory gives India seven points from three outings. India had outplayed Japan 10-2 in their first outing but were held to draw by S. Korea. Top four teams from the round-robin competition will advance to the semifinals.
• Govt to Release Chana via NCDEX
The govt has decided to sell chana from its buffer stock through the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) to cool prices. The decision was taken at a meeting of an inter-ministerial committee on prices under the chairmanship of consumer affairs secretary Hem Pande. Govt is also considering selling subsidised pulses through the outlets of Khadi & Village Industries Corp (KVIC).
• Karate is Now an Olympic Sport
Karate has been included for the first time in Olympics and promises to throw light on the rich history of the discipline. At the 2020 Tokyo Games, 80 competitors will take part in the karate event. It joins surfing, skateboarding, climbing and baseball-softball as new sports included for the 2020 edition. Judo and Taekwondo are already permanent fixtures.
• N.Korea Won 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The North Koreans beat Japan in penalty kicks to win the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. This is North Korea’s second U-17 Women’s World Cup title. North Korea won the first ever U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008, finished fourth in 2010 and were runners up in 2012. The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup was the 5th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
• Guwahati 5th Venue to Get FIFA Approval
Guwahati became the fifth Indian city to be ratified as a venue for next year’s Under-17 Football World Cup. It was given nod after a FIFA inspection team gave its thumbs up to the venue’s preparedness and facilities. Earlier, Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa & New Delhi had got the FIFA’s nod. The 23-member strong delegation will travel to Kolkata to visit the last venue of its inspection trip.
• Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize
Paul Beatty was named as the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker fiction prize, for “The Sellout”. His novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles. It is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language.
• Indo-Sri Lanka Military Exercise Begins
The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise ‘MITRA SHAKTI 2016’ is being conducted at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka. The main focus of the joint exercise is to enhance inter-operability. The Indian contingent is represented by a platoon from the Rajputana Rifles Regiment. The SL Army will be represented by a platoon from the Sinha Regiment.
• Herath Set for Captaincy Debut
Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is set to become the oldest player to make his Test captaincy debut in 30 years. Herath, 38, retired from limited-overs format in April to focus on the remainder of his Test career. He was named skipper for the two-Test tour of Zimbabwe this month after injuries sidelined regular captain Angelo Mathews and his deputy Dinesh Chandimal.
• US Robots Beat Aus Rivals in Football
An American team of robots defeated an Australian rival in soccer to win the RoboCup Challenge. The University of Texas at Austin’s Austin Villa beat the University of New South Wales’ Runswift 7-3 during China’s 2016 World Robot Conference. RoboCup is an annual international robotics competition founded in 1997. It aims to promote robotics and artifici

al intelligence research.
• Brazilian Football Legend Carlos Dies
Brazilian football legend Carlos Alberto has died. He captained Brazil to World Cup glory in 1970, in which he scored one of the most famous goals in the tournament’s history. He quit international football in 1977. His achievements saw him named in the World Team of the 20th Century in 1998. FIFA included him on its list of the greatest 100 living players in 2004.
• Team India, R Ashwin Head ICC Rankings
The Indian cricket team and its premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin held on to their number one status in the latest ICC Test rankings for teams & bowlers. India led the team’s table with 115 points ahead of arch rivals Pakistan 111 & Australia 108. England were at fourth place followed by South Africa. Australia’s Steve Smith is ranked number-one followed by Pakistan batsman Younus Khan.
• New Zealand Beat India in Fourth ODI
New Zealand defeated India by 19 runs in the fourth Cricket ODI at Ranchi. Chasing a modest target of 261, India were all out for 241 in 48.4 overs. Earlier after electing to bat, the visitors scored 260 for 7 in the stipulated 50 overs. The 5-match ODI series is now levelled 2-2.
The last match of the series will be played in Visakhapatnam.
• Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis to Reunite
Tennis players Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are reuniting to defend their WTA Finals title in Singapore this week. The Indo-Swiss pair had parted ways in August. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis became the world’s No. 1 doubles team after winning 41 matches on-the-trot. They won three grand Slam titles and 11 WTA titles since teaming up in 2015 at Indian Wells.
• India Ranks Poorly In Commonwealth Index
India has ranked very poorly at 133 in a new Global Youth Development Index. It was compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat on the countries’ prospects for young people in employment, education, health, civic and political spheres. India ranked 133rd in the index covering 183 nations, below neighbouring countries like Nepal (77), Bhutan (69) and Sri Lanka (31).
• Sports Min Recognises Boxing Federation
Ministry of Sports recognises Boxing Federation of India(BFI) as the National Sports Federation for Boxing. Recognition to BFI will give a big boost to preparation of our boxers for the Tokyo Olympics and other major international competitions. There has been no National Sports Federation for Boxing since 2012. Uttarakhand’s Ajay Singh was elected President of BFI.
• Govt to Provide More Sports Facilities
Govt will provide more sports facilities & stadiums to encourage players with disabilities in the country. Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot has said the Centre will establish 5 National Level Disability Sports Centres in separate zones. Mr. Gehlot extended his support for organizing Paralympics in India. The idea proposed by President of Paralympics of India Rao Inderjit Singh.
• India Beats Pak in Asian Hockey Final
India won into the final of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy Hockey tournament, beating Pakistan in the 3-2 in Kuantan,Malaysia. This is India’s second victory in the final of the Asian Champions Trophy, having won its inaugural edition in 2011 & was runners up to Pakistan in 2012. Pakistan entered the title clash beating Malaysia.
• India Clinch 5 Match ODI Cricket Series
India clinched the five-match ODI Cricket series 3-2 against New Zealand with a thumping 190-run victory in the final game in Visakhapatnam. Chasing a victory target of 270 runs set by India, New Zealand were all out for only 79 runs in 23.1 overs. Amit Mishra was declared man of the match and player of the series. He has claimed 15 wickets in the series.
• Hamilton Wins Mexican Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton won the Mexico Grand prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. He has reduced Nico Rosberg’s championship lead to 19 points with two races remaining. Nico Roseberg finished at second position. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was given a five-second time penalty to cost him third place. That pushed Sebastian Vettel into third & Ricciardo, up to fourth.
• B’desh Secure 1st Test Win over England
Mehedi Hasan took six wickets as Bangladesh secured their first ever test win over England with an 108-run victory. Shakib Al Hasan bagged four. England had won all previous nine matches against their South Asian rivals. England had won the first Test at Chittagong by 22 runs. Miraz was adjudged man of the match as well as player of the series.
• Andy Murray Win Erste Bank Open Title
Andy Murray has beaten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the Erste Bank Open. Murray overcame the Frenchman with a 6-3, 7-6 victory. He has also recently won the China Open and Shanghai Rolex Masters. The Scot now closes in on world No.1 Novak Djokovic with the victory. Three times a Grand Slam winner and twice Olympic champion, Murray has never been top of the world rankings.
• Sania Retains No.1 Ranking in Doubles
Sania Mirza will end the season as world’s top doubles Tennis player for the second straight year. Sania finished this season with seven Women’s Tennis Association, WTA titles, a Grand Slam and a semifinal finish in the year ending WTA Finals in Singapore. She was close to being uprooted by Bethanie Mattek-Sands from the top spot, if the American would have taken WTA Finals Doubles title.

Current Events September 2016 – Sports

• Ashwin Slips to 3rd in ICC Test Rankings
Off-spinner R Ashwin dropped a rung to 3rd but remained the highest-placed Indian bowler.Ajinkya Rahane at 8th in the batsmen’s list of the latest ICC Test rankings. Rahane was the lone Indian in the top-10 of batting charts.South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn stormed back to the number-one position rankings for Test bowlers. India stands 2nd in the list of test rankings team behind Pakistan.
• Walsh to Join Bangladesh as Coach
Former West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh has agreed a three-year deal to become specialist bowling coach with the Bangladesh team. He was the first bowler to take 500 test wickets & has worked as a West Indies selector since he retired as a player. He completes his assignment as a selector for the West Indies this month. He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in 1987.
• Sidhu Launches Awaaz-e-Punjab
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Akali Dal MLA Pargat Singh, along with some other leaders have announced the launch of a political front, Awaaz-e-Punjab.The formal announcement of the modalities of the new party would be made in the next few days,The new front would work towards the interests of Punjab and its people.Sidhu had resigned in July from his Rajya Sabha seat.
• Maharashtra Bowler Makes History
Maharashtra cricketer Shrikant Mundhe created history by becoming the first Liverpool Competition Premier League bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings.The fast bowler bowled out Birkenhead Park club’s batting line-up with figures of 10-85 in 24.1 overs at Penrhyn Avenue in Rhos-on-Sea,Colwyn Bay.The 10-wicket haul took Mundhe’s season tally to 54 league wickets for the campaign so far.
• PM Announces ` 200 cr Package for Sports
PM Modi has announced a special package of ` 200 crore to engage youth of Jammu & Kashmir in constructive sporting activities.The package provides for construction of indoor sporting halls in all districts of the State.Two stadia of Srinagar & Jammu will be upgraded to the international standards.A special programme ‘Sports for AII’ is being implemented through J&K State Sports Council.
• Zaheer Made Honorary Life Member by MCC
Former pacer Zaheer Khan has been made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).He becomes the 24th Indian cricketer to be bestowed the honour.The list also includes the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, who were inducted in previous years.MCC is a cricket club in London, founded in 1787 & it owns, and is based at, Lord’s Cricket Ground.
• Anand Pawar Enters Men’s Singles Final
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar has stormed into the men’s singles finals of Brazil Open Grand Prix Badminton 2016.Fourth seed Pawar defeated second seed Misha Jiberman of Israel 18-21, 21-14, 21-12 in the semi-finals. Pawar is the only Indian competing in the men’s singles competition.The Brasil Open is an international badminton tournament held annually in Brazil
• Sriram Balaji & Sasi Kumar Win Titles
Fifth seed Sriram Balaji subdued top seed Seong Chan Hong of Korea for the title in the ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament. Balaji also won the doubles title with Vijay Sundar Prashanth. In a similar tournament in Jakarta, Sasi Kumar Mukund won the title outplaying eighth seed Masato Shiga of Japan.It was the second singles title in the professional circuit for Sasi Kumar.
• S. Africa Announces Racial Quotas
Cricket South Africa (CSA) have put in place racial quotas for the national team across all three formats of the game in an effort to increase the number of black players in a sport.The national team will have include a minimum average of six black players.Quotas have been in place at provincial and franchise level for several years.The targets were ratified at CSA annual general meeting.
• S. Africa Announces Racial Quotas
Cricket South Africa (CSA) have put in place racial quotas for the national team across all three formats of the game in an effort to increase the number of black players in a sport.The national team will have include a minimum average of six black players.Quotas have been in place at provincial and franchise level for several years.The targets were ratified at CSA annual general meeting.
• Czech Gymnast Vera Caslavska Dies
Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska, her country’s greatest Olympian & a powerful voice in its struggle against Soviet occupation has died. She took seven golds in all at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo & the 1968 Games in Mexico City.She also led the Czech Olympic Committee from 1990 to 1996. She won the Pierre de Coubertin Prize for promoting fair play and was also awarded the Olympic Order by the IOC.
• Aus Oldest Surviving Test Player Dies
Australia’s oldest surviving Test cricketer, Len Maddocks has passed away. He was a batsman and wicket-keeper & played seven Tests for Australia between 1954 and 1956. He also managed the Australian cricket team on its 1977 tour of England.He made his Test debut at his home ground, the MCG, against England in 1954-55.
• Rosberg Wins Italian GP
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has won the Italian Grand Prix. Rosberg cut Hamilton’s championship lead to two points with seven races remaining. Hamilton now has 250 points & Rosberg 248 with Singapore’s race the next destination. Hamilton finished second after a slow start gifted Rosberg the race. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen crossed third & fourth, respectively.
• India A Wins Quadrangular Series
India A clinched the Quadrangular one-day cricket series, thrashing Australia by 57 runs in the final clash in Mackay, Australia. India A put up 266 for 4 in their 50 overs before bowling out the hosts for 209 in 44.5 overs. Mandeep Singh was the star of India’s batting performance with a 108-ball 95. The other two teams in the series were South Africa A & Australian National Performance Squad.
• Virat Kohli Retains No.2 in ODI Rankings
India’s Test captain Virat Kohli has retained his second spot in the latest One-day International (ODI) cricket batting rankings.Opener Rohit Sharma slipped a place to seventh.AB de Villiers of South Africa is the number-one ranked ODI batsman Kohli has 813 points, a fair distance behind South African AB de Villiers (887).
• Abhinav Bindra Announces Retirement
India ace Shooter Abhinav Bindra has officially announced his retirement.In Rio Olympics 2016, Bindra nearly missed a second Olympic medal by a whisker and came fourth.He was India’s one and only individual gold medallist at the games.He was awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award & Padma Bhushan Award.
• Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Kick Off
15th Summer Paralympic Games kicked off in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.Over 4,300 athletes from 159 countries plus members of the international refugee team were taking part in the games.India is fielding its largest-ever contingent of 19 athletes who will feature in 10 disciplines.The Sports Ministry has announced that the Gold medallist Paralympians will be awarded 75 lakh rupees.
• ICC Withdraws Two-Tier Test Proposal
The ICC has withdrawn the proposal for a two-tier structure in Test cricket at the meeting of its chief executives’ committee (CEC) in Dubai. The BCCI, Sri Lanka,the Bangladesh & Zimbabwe Cricket had opposed the proposal. According to the proposal, the two-tier system would comprise seven teams in the top tier & five in the bottom, with promotion & relegation between the two based on performance.
• Bhaskar as New Delhi senior team coach
The Delhi and District Cricket Association has appointed former Delhi batsman KP Bhaskar as coach of the senior team while Vijay Dahiya has been put in charge of the Under-23 squad. Rajeev Vinaik has been appointed coach for the U-19 team while V Arvind will be his deputy for the upcoming season.
• Pankaj Advani wins historic bronze at WC
Pankaj Advani became the first cueist from India to win a medal at the prestigious Sangsom 6 Red Snooker World Championship. In the quarterfinals, the Indian received a walkover from Michael Holt who withdrew due to personal reasons. He settled for a bronze after losing the semifinal to Chinese Ding Junhui.
• Kerber wins US Open
Kerber won her first U.S. Open title and the second major trophy of an out-of-nowhere breakthrough season. She beat Pliskova by 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in taking five of the last six games. Kerber, will move up one spot from No. 2 and replace Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings on Monday.
• Indians bag gold, bronze in Paralympics
It was celebration time for India as two of its athletes — Thangavelu Mariyappan (21) of Tamil Nadu and Varun Singh Bhati of Noida — scripted history winning the gold and bronze medals respectively. Both won the medals in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Mariyappan jumped 1.89 metres, Bhati registered a personal best of 1.86 metres.
• N. Korea to conduct another nuclear test
North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time. South’s military is on full combat-readiness to respond to “further nuclear tests, ballistic missile launches or land provocation” by the North. The North conducted its first nuclear test in October 2006 in the first tunnel and the last four tests in the second tunnel, according to Seoul’s defence ministry.
• Wawrinka wins U.S. Open
Wawrinka defeated Novak Djokovic by 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 for his first U.S. Open title and third Grand Slam trophy overall. The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970. Wawrinka has won only five of his 24 career meetings against Djokovic.
• After LEMOA, it’s war games now
Indian and U.S. troops began to assemble for counter-terrorism exercises in Uttarakhand from Sept 14 to 27. This is the first military exercise after the two countries signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Understanding (LEMOA). The bilateral exercise comes against the backdrop of Pakistani media reports that Pakistan and Russia will hold their first joint military exercise later this year.
• Devendra Jhajharia wins gold
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics. Devendra, whose previous best was 62.15 metres (achieved in the 2004 Games), improved the mark with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao). India now have two gold, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Games.
• 7 women get M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards
Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Awards were presented to seven of India’s most-respected women artistes in Mumbai. Vocalists Girija Devi, Kishori Amonkar, Aruna Sairam and Vishaka Hari; dancers Yamini Krishnamurthy and Vyjayantimala Bali; and Pandavani exponent Teejan Bai were presented with the honour. M.S. Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary celebrations began last year at the Shanmukhananda hall.
• Davis Cup: India-Spain encounters
After 51 years, India will be hosting Spain in New Delhi for a Davis Cup World Group play-off tie (elimination round) from September 16 to 18. Both last played against each other in an Inter Zonal final in 1965. The head-to-head record between India and Spain is 2-1. India is placed at 20th in the Davis Cup rankings while Spain is 14.
• India jump four places in FIFA rankings
The Indian football team jumped four places to be at 148th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico last week. India had beaten Puerto Rico 4-1 in an international friendly in Mumbai on September 3. India thus returned to top-150 for the first time since April 2015, when they were ranked 147th.
• Dhoni’s biopic set to be released
Dhoni’s biopic is set to be released on 30 September. He said he wanted the biopic to show his journey, the inherent struggles in “decision making processes” rather than “glorify him”. Dhoni focused that it is very important for parents and schools to push (their children) for sports and promote sports. That is how you will bring medals when its comes to games such as the Olympics.
• Davis Cup: Spain Beat India 5-0
In Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie, hosts India were routed by Spain 0-5. In the last match played. Ram kumar Ramanathan lost to David Ferrer in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Earlier, in Marc Lopez defeated Sumit Nagal 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 giving Spain 4-0 lead. Rio Olympics Gold medal winning team of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez defeated Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni .
• Subhankar Pramanick Wins Gold at ISSF
Indian shooter Subhankar Pramanick has clinched the gold medal in 50-metre rifle prone event at the ISSF Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and shotgun at Gabala in Azerbaijan. Sambhaji Patil bagged India’s second gold when he won the junior men’s 25-metre standard pistol. A total of 279 junior athletes, representing 27 countries, are battling it out in 18 events.
• Rio Paralympic Games End in Brazil
After 11 days showcasing 23 different sports, the 2016 Paralympics have ended in Rio. Brazilian officials handed over the flag to Tokyo for the 2020 Paralympic Games. China dominated the Rio Paralympics games with 239 medals, followed by Britain, Ukraine and the United States. India capped off a successful Paralympic Games campaign in Rio by procuring their best ever haul of four medals.
• Rosberg Wins the Singapore Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won his third successive race, by clinching a dominant victory in Singapore. This was also his 22nd career win and eight of the current season for Rosberg. Rosberg resisted Ricciardo by just 0.4 seconds to take a third successive victory. Daniel Ricciardo finishes second & Lewis Hamilton has to make do with third.
• Game of Thrones, Veep Take Top Honors
Fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” was honoured as the best drama at Emmy Awards. Veep was named best comedy series & its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won a record-breaking fifth Emmy as best comedy actress. Jeffrey Tambor’s trophy as top comedy actor for Transparent. Indian-origin actor-writer-director Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang received the best writing for a comedy series honour for Master of None.
• Tuti Patriots Win Inaugural TNPL Title
Dinesh Karthk led the Albert Tuti Patriots won the inaugural 2016 Tamil Nadu Premier League title at Chennai. Tuti Patriots vanquished Chepauk Super Gillies by 122 runs in the inaugural edition of the India Cements-TNPL Twenty20 tournament. Ganesh Moorthi was adjudged Man-of-the-Final, N. Jagadeesan the Player-of-the-Tournament & M. Ashwin, the Most Valuable Player.
• India Name Hockey Squad for U18 Asia Cup
India has named an 18-member squad for the Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament to be held in Dhaka. Defender Nilam Sanjeep Xess has been named the captain & Hardik Singh will be his deputy. Both Sanjeep Xess and Hardik have been part of the junior team that won the EurAsia Cup earlier this year. Pankaj Kumar Rajak & Tanuj Gulia are the two goalkeepers in the squad.
• Rushiraj Wins Rapid Fire Pistol Gold
Rushiraj Barot won gold in the junior men’s 25m rapid fire pistol of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Azerbaijan. He had finished ninth in the same event in the first Junior World Cup of the year held in Suhl, Germany, in May. Pratik Borse, Arjun Babuta & Prashant won the team gold in the 10m air rifle event. India is on the fourth place on the medal table winning 6 gold, 4 silver & 8 bronze.
• Anup Kumar to lead India in Kabaddi WC
Star raider Anup Kumar from Haryana will lead India in next month’s Kabaddi World Cup to be held in Ahmedabad. All-rounder Manjeet Chillar will be Anup’s deputy. The tournament that is set to commence on Oct 7 & will feature 12 teams. The countries which will take part are Iran, South Korea, Bangladesh, USA, England, Australia, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Kenya and hosts India.
• Sehwag Starts New Inning With US Insurer
US insurance firm State Farm has announced that Sehwag will be the face of its new campaign – “Here to help life go right”. He is the only batsman in history to have scored 7,500-plus runs in both Tests & ODIs as an opener. The only Indian to have twice been honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home & life insurance in the US.
• BCCI Names MSK Prasad as Chief Selector
Former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad was appointed as the chief selector by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was appointed as the latest chief selector at the BCCI’s 87th Annual General Meeting (AGM), in Mumbai. He represented India in six Tests and 17 ODIs. Other members include Jatin Paranjpae, Devan Gandhi, Gagan Khoda and Sarandeep Singh.
• Niti Aayog Action Plan to Secure Medals
Niti Aayog has devised a short-term & medium-to-long term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 Olympics. In its action plan for revitalising sports, Niti Aayog said India still does not have a conducive environment for sports. The short-term vision (4-8 yrs) envisages targeting a group of priority sports. While the medium to long term will focus on identifying talent at a young age.
• BPCL Lifts Title of Obaidullah Khan Cup
The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd-BPCL won the title of the Obaidullah Khan Heritage Cup Hockey Tournament. The team defeated Railways by 3-0 in the final played at Aishbagh Stadium in Bhopal. The match was decided by penalty shoot-outs as both the teams scored one goal each till the end of prescribed time. Air India got the third place in the Tournament.
• Dhoni’s Biopic Becomes Tax-Free
The upcoming biopic “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” on cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been declared tax-free in his home state Jharkhand. The Jharkhand government waived entertainment tax for the biopic on Dhoni. Dhoni was born in Ranchi and that is where his journey began. The biopic shows how coaches, mentors &friends inspired young Dhoni to become an ace cricketer.
• Japan to Host 2026 Asian Games
Japan’s Aichi prefecture and its capital city Nagoya were confirmed as co-hosts of the 2026 Asian Games. Japan has hosted the Asian Games twice before, at Tokyo in 1958 & Hiroshima in 1994. Asian games 2018 have already been awarded to the Indonesian cities of Jakarta & Palembang. The 2022 edition will be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The Asian Game, also known as ‘Asiad’, is held every 4 years.
• Sania & Barbora Lift Toray Pan Trophy
India’s Sania Mirza & her Czech partner Barbora Strycova lifted the Toray Pan Pacific Open trophy in Tokyo. They posted a comfortable straight-set win over unseeded Chinese pair of Chen Liang & Zhaoxuan Yang 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the women’s doubles event. This is Sania and Strycova’s second title in three tournaments since they have paired together.
• Ritu Rani Retires from Hockey
Former Indian women’s hockey captain Ritu Rani has retired from international hockey. She was controversially dropped from the team for the Rio Olympics citing attitude issues. It was under Ritu’s captaincy that the Indian women’s team qualified for the Rio after a gap of 36 years. It was also under her captaincy that the national team had won a bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
• Maruti Launches Alto Special Edition
Maruti Suzuki India has launched ‘MS Dhoni inspired’ special edition of the Alto small cars. The special editions of Alto800 & AltoK10 cars are part of the carmaker’s association with the upcoming movie ‘M S Dhoni – The Untold Story’. It is based on the life of M S Dhoni. The special edition Alto has Dhoni inspired sporty seat covers with number “7”, MS Dhoni signature decal among others.
• China’s Huge Telescope Begins Testing
The world’s largest radio telescope, which has been built in China is beginning an intensive testing phase. The giant dish, which measures 500m (1,640 ft) across is complete. It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument so it can become fully operational. The radio telescope has been an ambitious project for the National Astronomical Observatories of China.
• India Beat New Zealand in Kanpur Test
India notched up a mammoth 197-run win in their historic 500th cricket Test at Kanpur, U.P. Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 6-132 to complete his 10-wicket match haul. The Kiwis struggled to negotiate a slow track, which offered turn & bounce. With this win, India have taken their unbeaten tally on home soil to 11 matches. NZ have remained without a win on the Indian soil since 1998.
• US Golf Legend Arnold Palmer Dies
US golfer Arnold Palmer, viewed as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history, has died. He started to play golf at age 4 and began his professional career in 1954. He won more than 90 golf tournaments, including the Masters four times, the U.S. Open in 1960, and the British Open in 1961 and 1962. He became the first person to make $1 million playing golf.
• India wins medal in Asian Beach Games
India opened their medal account in the 5th Asian Beach Games as Pinky Balhara bagged a bronze in kurash.Balhara won the bronze in women’s 52kg category after she lost to Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam in the semifinals.Kurash is a form of wrestling that originated in Uzbekistan.India had sent a contingent of 208 members to participate in the Asian Beach Games.
• Arvind Mani sets 200m backstroke record
Arvind Mani made record in 200m backstroke on the third day of the 70th Glenmark National aquatics championship at the V.B.B. Stadium. The 20-year-old Karnataka swimmer clocked 2:05.46s to break Rohit Havaldar’s three-year-old record of 2:06.23s. Rio Olympians Sajan Prakash and Shiwani Kataria also scripted National records, in men’s 100m butterfly and the women’s 200m freestyle.
• Sania holds on to No. 1 ranking
Sania Mirza continued at No.1 in the latest WTA women’s doubles ranking, following her recent victory in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with Barbora Strycova. Sania (9,730 points) is only five points ahead of ex-partner Martina Hingis (No. 2). Among the men, Saketh Myneni at No. 138, is India’s highest ranked singles player.
• Swachh Bharat AV campaign launched
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation’s minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched a national audio-visual campaign for the Swachh Bharat Mission. The advertisements launched feature Swachh Bharat official brand ambassadors, Shri Amitabh Bachchan and Shri Sachin Tendulkar. The ministry has fully galvanised its IEC and BCC mechanisms to make the advertisements increasingly people centric.
• BRICS U- 17 Football Tournament Logo
The First BRICS U-17 Football Tournament will be held in Goa in October 2016. A Government of India initiative, this Tournament will be played among the five BRICS countries namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel launched the BRICS U-17 Football Tournament Logo.
• Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Wins Belgium Open
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has become only the second Indian table tennis player to win an ITTF event as he clinched the men’s singles title of the Belgium Open. Sathiyan won his first pro title by defeating local player Nuytinck Cedric 4-0 in the final at De Haan in Belgium.Achanta Sharath Kamal is the first Indian to win an ITTF event in 2012. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Steffen Mengel.
• Slum Soccer Wins FIFA’s Diversity Award
Indian NGO Slum Soccer won the inaugural FIFA Diversity Award.The Indian NGO pipped International Gay & Lesbian Football Association to win the award.Slum Soccer uses football to connect individuals & work towards improving the living conditions of marginalized. The Diversity Award is part of FIFA’s overall strategy to reinforce its fight against discrimination & promote diversity in football.
• Indian Women’s Kabaddi Team Wins Gold
India bagged their first gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games with the women’s beach kabaddi team. Women’s team won the title for the record fifth time in succession in Danang,Vietnam. Indian beat Thailand 41-31 in a hard-fought summit clash. The Indian women’s kabaddi team had been winning the gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008.
• Official Emblem of FIFA U-17 WC Unveiled
The Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 has unveiled the official emblem. The ceremony held in Goa was attended by Fifa President Gianni Infantino. It is shaped like the World Cup trophy, the emblem combines the global look of the beautiful game with a quintessentially Indian feel. The FIFA U-17 WC India 2017 will happen in six venues across the country.
• Ashwin at No. 2 in ICC Test Rankings
India off-spinner R Ashwin gained a place to be second in the latest ICC Test Rankings. He overtook England’s James Anderson by one point. Ashwin’s match haul of 10 for 225, that helped India notch a 197-run victory in the first Test. He is now within seven points of number-one ranked Dale Steyn. Ravindra Jadeja too gained a spot in the rankings and is now placed 7th.
• Ex-Australian Cricketer Max Walker Dies
Former Australian cricketer Max Walker, whose awkward and unorthodox bowling action earned him the nickname ‘Tangles’ passed away. He played 34 Tests between 1972 & ‘77, taking 138 wickets at an average of 27.47. He also took 20 wickets in 17 one-day internationals from 1974-81. In 2011, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to cricket and for his social work.
• PM Unveil Trophy for BRICS Football Meet
PM Modi unveiled the trophy for BRICS U-17 football tournament, scheduled to be held in Goa from Oct 5 to 15. The PM reiterated the Nation’s commitment to ‘sports for all’. The tournament aims at taking the ongoing interaction and cohesion amongst the BRICS nations to a new level of exchange. The ceremony was attended by Ambassadors and High Commissioners of BRICS nations and other dignitaries.
• Sachin as Brand Ambassador for Kerala
Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed as brand ambassador for anti- liquor and drug campaign by the Kerala government.This was part of the government’s move to create awareness among people against alcoholism & drug in the state.The Kerala government was for restriction of alcohol use gradually.De-addiction centres would be opened in district level.
• Stage Set as Paralympic Games Begin
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will begin today in Rio, Brazil.Around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will compete in 22 different sports.Of the total number of athletes set to take part, approximately 1,650 will be women. Canoe and triathlon will be included in the Games for the first time in Rio.The Indian contingent, largest-ever from the country, comprises of 18 athletes.
• India shines at Rio Paralympics
At 2016 Rio Paralympics, Mariyappan Thangavelu won the gold medal while compatriot Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze in the men’s high jump T-42 event. The 20-year-old Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89m, while Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86m to finish third. T-42 is a disability classification in the sport for differently-abled track-and-field athletes with single ‘above the knee’.
• Deepa Malik wins silver in shot put
India’s Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics. She bagged a silver in the shot put F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro. Deepa’s best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal. India, thus, now have secured three medal from the Rio Paralympics.
• Velavan Wins Asian Junior Squash Title
India’s emerging player Velavan Senthilkumar bagged the Under-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He beat Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj 12-14, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 to claim the title. He is the second Indian to win the title after Ravi Dixit in 2010. Also, Tushar Shahani won the boys’ u-17 silver & Yash Fadte, a u-15 bronze.

Saina drops to 9th spot, Sindhu remains at 10th

India’s Saina Nehwal has been dropped 4 points to be 9th, while compatriot PV Sindhu remained in the 10th spot in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings despite getting a silver in the women’s singles competition at the recently concluded Olympics in Rio 2016. The women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa dropped four places to the 26th spot following their failure to reach the knock-out stage in the Rio Games. However, men’s singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who reached the Olympics quarter-finals, jumped a place to be 10th, while Ajay Jayaram improved his 22nd rank by a position

AP announces ` 3 cr cash award, Group I cadre job for Sindhu

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has decided to felicitate the Olympic badminton star PV Sindhu with ` 3 crore reward in cash, a 1,000 sq yard site in the new capital city of Amaravati and a Group I cadre job in the State. The Cabinet also approved a ` 50 lakh cash reward to Pullela Gopichand, the former badminton star and coach of Sindhu.

Canada Open Grand Prix

Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth clinches the Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton Men’s singles title at Calgary, defeating Lee Hyun II of Korea 21-12, 21-10.

Saina win Australian Badminton title

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal wins the women’s title of Australian Open Super Series Badminton tournament at Sydney Saina defeats Chinese Sun Yu 11-21, 21-14, 21-19.

Denmark win 2016 Thomas Cup

Denmark win 2016 Thomas Cup badminton tournament played at Kunshan, China. Danish Hans-Kristian Vittinghus defeats Indonesian Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in two straight games 21-16 and 21-7.

Singapore Open Badminton Tournament

Men’s singles : Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia wins men’s singles title of Singapore Open Badminton Tournament, defeating Son Wan Ho of Korea 21-16, 13-21, 21-14.
Women’s singles : Women’s singles title of Singapore Open Badminton Tourna-ment is won by Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, defeating Sun Yu of China 18-21, 21-11, 21-14.

Malaysia Open Badminton 2016

Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia wins men’s singles at the Malaysia Open Badminton 2016 held in Malaysia, by defeating China’s Chen Long 21-13, 21-8, Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) wins women’s singles, defeating Tai Tzu-ying (Taiwan) 21-14, 21-15.

Malaysian Open Badminton

Malaysia’s badminton star Lee Chong Wei wins his 11th Malaysian Open title in Kuala- Lumpur Lee defeats Chen Long of China by 21-13, 21-8 in a match that lasts 42 minutes.

All England badminton men’s singles title

China’s Lin Dan earns sixth All England badminton men’s singles title. In the summit clash in Birmingham, Dan defeats compatriot Tian Houwei 21-9, 21-10.

Badminton Asia Team Championships

China and Indonesia win Badminton Asia Team Championships in women and men’s categories, respectively in Hyderabad. China defeat Japan 3-2 in women’s category and Indonesia beat Japan 3-2 in men’s category.

Syed Modi International badminton championship

Kidambi Srikanth wins men’s singles title of the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2016 in Lucknow, defeating China’s Huang Yuxiang, 21-13, 14-21, 21-14.

P.V. Sindhu wins Malaysia masters grand prix gold Badminton

P.V. Sindhu wins Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton women’s singles defeating Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour 21-15, 21-9. Men’s singles is won by Lee Chong Wei, beating Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-18, 21-11.

Premier Badminton League title

Delhi Acers emerge victorious over Mumbai Rockets by 4-3 in the summit clash to clinch the Premier Badminton League (PBL) title.

Current Events November 2015 – Sports

•PM announces ` 80,000 cr package for all-round development of J&K at Srinagar’s Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium.
•Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Ajit Prakash Shah designated as the ethics officer (ombudsman) at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
•Former Indian Premier League(IPL) Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman will join the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) as its Chief Operating Officer.
•Former long jump champion Anju Bobby George designated as the chairperson of Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
•India’s ODI cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni bagged his first endorsement deal outside the country – brand ambassador of Dubai-based company Grand Midwest Group.
•Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis sealed the Year-End WTA No. 1 doubles ranking by Dubai Duty Free.
•New Zealand won the third Rugby World Cup after beating Australia, 2019 – Japan.
•16th national women boxing championship in Assam
– Nikhat Zareen defeated Vanlal Duati from Mizoram to won Gold Medal
•Roger Federer won 2015 Swiss Indoors Basel Title of Tennis in Switzerland – 7th Title.
•Gurpreet Singh Sandhu created history by becoming the first Indian footballer to play for a first division European club.
•Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler to reach 150 Test wicket(100th on Indian soil).
•Deepika Kumari and Jayanta Talukdar clinched the bronze in the Recurve Mixed team after beating Chian 5-3 at the Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok, Thailand
•Vidarbha opener Wasim Jaffer became the first cricketer in Ranji Trophy history to notch up 10000 runs on day two of their Group A match against Bengal at the Jadavpur University.
•BCCI announces monetary benefits for former players. Cricketers who retired before December 31, 1993 and have played more than 25 matches will get
` 50,000 per month.
•2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup – 1st Nigeria, 2nd – Mali, 3rd – Belgium, 4th – Mexico.
• 13th Asian Shooting Championship – HeenaSidhu clinched gold medal in the 10m air pistol women’s event in Kuwait.
•World football governing body FIFA give the rights to India to host U-17 World Cup hosting rights.
•Indian Railways won 32nd edition of Indian Oil Surjit Hockey tournament for the first time at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar (Punjab).
• Latest ODI rankings : 1-Australia, 2 – India, 3-South Africa, 4- New Zealand, 5-Sri Lanka,6-England, 7-Bangladesh and 8-Pakistan.
•Pakistan’s veteran batsman Younis Khan (37) announced his retirement from one-day international cricket after match with England.
•Aditi Chauhan become the first Indian woman to won Women in Football Award at the third Asian Football Awards in London.
•ICC appointed four female umpires for ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier
New Zealander Kathleen, Australia’s Claire Polosak, England’s Sue Redfern and West Indies’ Jacqueline Williams
•PV Sindhu won women’s singles title at the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after defeating Japan’s Minatsu Mitani.
•Great Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years since the Davis Cup World Group started in 1981 in Ghent- Team Czech Republic.

Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth win India Open titles

Saina Nehwal defeated third seeded Ratchanok Intanon of Thialand to win $275,000 India Open badminton championship. Saina blitzed past former World champion Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 21-14 for her ninth BWF Superseries title and first National Open. In the men’s section Viktor Axelsen was defeated by the Indian star K Srikanth to script a brilliant 18-21, 21-13, 21-12 triumph.
Superb Saina scales historic World No.1 ranking
Saina Nehwal scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the number one spot in world rankings, reaffirming her status as the country’s most consistent performer in the international circuit. official rankings will be out only next week, Saina has been assured of her ascent to the top owing to the performances in the Indian open. Only Indian to be at numero uno was Prakash Padukone in the men’s circuit.

Indian wins China open super series title

Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth clinch women’s and men’s singles title of the China Open Super Series Premier of Badminton, respectively, in Fuzhou, China.

Badminton World Championships

China’s Chen Long and Spain’s Carolina Marin clinch the men’s and women’s singles titles of the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

P.V. Sindhu of India settles for Bronze

P.V. Sindhu of India settles for Bronze as she loses to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the semifinals of the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Saina Nehwal wins Australian Open Super Series

Indian badminton ace, Saina nehwal wins the $750,000 Australian Open Super Series women’s singles title as she defeats World Number 11, Carolina Marin of Spain in a straight-game victory.

Next host of Thomas Cup and Uber Cup in 2016 in China

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announces Chinese city of Kunshan as the next host of Thomas Cup and Uber Cup in 2016.

Group I Asia/Oceania badminton

In a historic triumph over Korea, Somdev Devvarman of India beats Yong-Kyu Lim in the reverse singles of the Group I Asia/ Oceania second round tie in Busan, South Korea. The win puts the Indian Davis Cup team in World Group play-off.

Yonex sunrise India Open badminton

Wang Shixian of China beats fellow country woman Li Xuerui and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia beats Chen Long of China to win women’s and men’s singles titles, respectively in the $250,000 Yonex Sunrise India Open badminton, in New Delhi.

Manorama Indian Open National badminton

ONGC’s H.S. Prannoy and BPCL’s P.V. Sindhu win the men’s and women’s crown, respectively in the Manorama Indian Open National – ranking badminton tournament in Kochi.

Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold Badminton

Saina Nehwal claims the Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold badminton crown in Lucknow.

Aditya Joshi top of the world junior ranking of World Badminton Federation

Aditya Joshi of Madhya Pradesh becomes the first junior Indian badminton player to make it to the top of the world Junior ranking of World Badminton Federation.

ONGC win Petroleum inter-unit badminton tournament

ONGC win the Petroleum inter-unit badminton tournament, beating IOC in the final in New Delhi.

Hyderabad Hotshots win IBL

Hyderabad Hotshots win the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL), beating Awadhe Warriors in the final in Mumbai.

Lin Dan wins World Badminton champion title

The World Badminton Championships, held in Guangzhou, China, concludes, Chinese superstar Lin Dan is adjudged the men’s singles winner after his opponent in the final, the Malaysian World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, retires hurt. Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon clinches the women’s singles Gold, beating home favourite and reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui.

Sindhu assures to clinch a medal in Badminton

P.V. Sindhu creates history by becoming the first Indian woman singles player to win a medal at the World Badminton Championships, Guangzhou in China. She defeats China’s Shixian Wang to enter the semifinals assuring herself at least a Bronze medal.

Sudirman Cup badminton title

China win their fifth consecutive Sudirman Cup badminton title, beating South Korea in the final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sindhu wins Malaysian Grand Prix badminton

Rising Indian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu wins the women’s singles title at the Malaysian Grand Prix badminton championship in Kuala Lumpur, beating Juan Gu of Singapore in the final.

India Open badminton championship

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia wins the men’s singles title at the India Open badminton championship which ends in New Delhi, beating Kenichi Tago of Japan in the final. The women’s singles title is clinched by rising Thai star Ratchanok Intanon, who beats Julianc Schenk of Germany in the final.

P.V. Sindhu upset victory over former World No. 1 Wang Shixian

Rising Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu pulls off an upset victory over former World No. 1 Wang Shixian of China to storm into the women’s singles quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championship in Taipei.

Denmark creates history by All England Open Badminton singles winner

Tine Baun of Denmark creates history by becoming the oldest All England Open Badminton singles winner of the open era to beat Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the final at Birmingham, England, Chen Long of China wins the men’s singles title, defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the final.

Saina Nehwal loses AEOBC semifinal

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal loses to World No. 8 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the All England Open Badminton championship women’s singles semifinal in Birmingham, England.

Malaysian open badminton

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia wins the men’s crown at the Malaysian Open badminton championship, beating Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the final in Kuala Lumpur. Tai Tzu Ying of Taipei takes the women’s crown, beating Yao Xue of China in the final.

Denmark Super Series badminton championship

India’s star shuttler Saina Nehwal wins the women’s singles title at the Denmark Super Series badminton championship, beating Juliance Schenk of Germany 21-17, 21-8 in the final in Odense, Denmark. The men’s singles title is clinched by World No.1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who defeats Du Pengyu of China 15-21, 21-12, 21-19 in the final.

Saina wins Bronze in the women’s badminton singles

Shuttler Saina Nehwal wins Bronze in the women’s badminton singles event at the London Olympics, when her opponent Wang Xin retires hurt.

Indonesia Open Super Series

Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal clinches the title at the Indonesia Open Super Series, defeating Chinese shuttler Li Xuerui in the final in Jakarta, Indonesia.

England badminton championship

Lin Dan of China wins the mens singles title at the All England badminton championship in London, as his opponent Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia retires hurt in the final. The womens singles title is won by Li Xuerui of China, who beats her compatriot Wang Yihan.