Commonwealth

Vinesh grabs gold at Grand Prix of Spain

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat grabbed a gold at the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid. Vinesh won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 50kg category. Vinesh outclassed Canada’s Natasha Fox in the final to claim her second consecutive gold. She had won a gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the 50kg category.

Deepika won gold at Salt Lake World Cup

Archer Deepika Kumari won her first individual gold medal in six years at the Salt Lake World Cup following a 7-3 win over Germany’s Michelle Kroppen in the recurve final. The last time she won at a stage event on the international circuit goes back to Antalya in 2012. She had won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women’s individual recurve event.

Mandeep Jangra won gold at Ulaanbaatar Cup

Mandeep Jangra has won the boxing gold at the Ulaanbaatar Cup 2018 in Mongolia. The Indian contingent amassed a total of 9 medals – 1 gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze medals. Himanshu Sharma and Sonia Lather won the silver medal in their respective events. Mandeep Jangra earlier had won Commonwealth Games silver medal in 2014.

Six CWG stars join TOPS

Six Commonwealth Games medallists from the track and field, shooting and weightlifting disciplines were inducted into the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). The objective of TOPS, launched by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, is to identify & support the potential medal prospects for 2020 Olympic Games. The selected athletes are provided financial assistance for their training.

Neeraj breaks own National record

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has broke his own national record by clearing a distance of 87.43m to finish 4th at the Diamond League series. Chopra, who recently won a gold at Commonwealth Games was up against the likes of Olympic champion Thomas Rohler &World champion Johannes Vetter. Chopra had set the earlier record of 86.48m when he won a gold medal in 2016 World Junior Championships.

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.

Kidambi Srikanth became Deputy Collector in AP

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth formally took charge as the Deputy Collector of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, his native town. In June 2017, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu had offered Srikanth a Group 1 officer post after he won the Indonesian and Australian Open titles. Recently, Srikanth bagged his maiden singles’ silver medal at Commonwealth Games.

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.

2% quota for Sports persons in govt jobs

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced 2% reservation in state government jobs for sportspersons.Rao extended this sporting gesture while felicitating a group of 18 members, who participated in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. Currently 2% seats in educational institutions were reserved for sportspersons.

Commonwealth to take action on cybersecurity

The Commonwealth countries have unanimously agreed to take action on cybersecurity by 2020.The declaration has been termed as the world’s largest & most geographically diverse inter-governmental commitment on cybersecurity cooperation. It followed an announcement by UK government pledging up to 15 million pounds to help the Commonwealth nations strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities.

Prince Charles to be next head of Commonwealth

Prince Charles will be the next head of the Commonwealth, succeeding, his mother Queen Elizabeth.The Queen has been head of the Commonwealth since coming to the throne in 1952, but the position is not automatically held by the British monarch. As the Queen no longer goes abroad, the current summit in London in all likelihood will be her last.

TTFI recommended Manika Batra for Arjuna Award

Table Tennis Federation of India has recommended Manika Batra, country’s only quadruple medallist at 21st Commonwealth Games, for the prestigious Arjuna Award.Batra created history in Gold Coast, single-handedly taking India to a maiden team gold before winning a singles gold, another first. She also secured a women’s doubles silver alongside Mouma Das & mixed doubles bronze with G Sathiyan

Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting begins

The two-day 25th Commonwealth heads of Govt meeting began in London. The Summit focuses on peace, prosperity, security, trade and investment. Discussions on strengthening cooperation in the fight against global terrorism & cyber crime are expected. It is after 20 years that the UK is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting. PM Narendra Modi is attending the summit for the first time.

India ranked 10th in Innovation Index

India was ranked 10th on a new Commonwealth Innovation Index which was topped by UK, Singapore & Canada. The index has been created in partnership with United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation & its annual Global Innovation Index. It is aimed at providing a tool that allows member states, organisations & citizens to benchmark themselves against 53 countries of Commonwealth.

India pools into USD 5mn Small States Fund

India is among 4 countries to pool into an innovative $5 million fund for small states to obtain easier access to international trade finance.India joins Sri Lanka, Mauritius & Malta to inject capital into the new scheme, which has Standard Chartered & BoB as its the facility managers.This new scheme is an example of innovative & collaborative approaches that are pioneered by Commonwealth.

CWG 2018: Complete List of All the Medals Won By India

India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018, courtesy 66 medals including 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. Australia with 198 medals (80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze) topped the chart and England with 136 Medals (45 Gold, 45 Silver and 46 Bronze) stood second. India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018, courtesy 66 medals including 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. Australia with 198 medals (80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze) topped the chart and England with 136 Medals (45 Gold, 45 Silver and 46 Bronze) stood second.
MEDAL LIST
Gold Medals (26)

S.
No. Winners Sports Category

Weightlifting
1. Chanu Saikhom MIRABAI – Women’s 48kg
2. Venkat Rahul RAGALA – Men’s 85kg
3. Sanjita Chanu KHUMUKCHAM – Women’s 53kg
4. Sathish Kumar SIVALINGAM – Men’s 77kg
5. Punam YADAV – Women’s 69kg
Shooting
6. Manu BHAKER – Women’s 10m Air Pistol
7. Jitu RAI – Men’s 10m Air Pistol
8. Anish BHANWALA – Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
9. Sanjeev RAJPUT – Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
10. Heena SIDHU – Women’s 25m Pistol
11. Tejaswini SAWANT – Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
12. Shreyasi SINGH – Women’s Double Trap
Wrestling
13. Kumar SUSHIL – Men’s Freestyle 74 kg
14. SUMIT – Men’s Freestyle 125 kg
15. Rahul AWARE – Men’s Freestyle 57 kg
16. BAJRANG – Men’s Freestyle 65 kg
17. Vinesh PHOGAT – Women’s Freestyle 50 kg
Boxing
18. Gaurav SOLANKI – Men’s 52kg
19. Vikas KRISHAN – Men’s 75kg
20. MC Mary KOM – Women’s 45-48kg
Table-Tennis
21. India – Men’s Team
22. Manika BATRA – Women’s Singles
23. India – Women’s Team
Badminton
24. Saina NEHWAL – Women’s Singles
25. India – Mixed Team Event
Athletics
26. Neeraj CHOPRA – Men’s Javelin Throw

Silver Medals (20)

S.
No.Winners Sports Category

Weightlifting
1. Pardeep SINGH – Men’s 105kg
2. GURURAJA – Men’s 56kg
Shooting
3. Heena SIDHU – Women’s 10m Air Pistol
4. Mehuli GHOSH – Women’s 10m Air Rifle
5. Anjum MOUDGIL – Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
6. Tejaswini SAWANT – Women’s 50m Rifle Prone
Wrestling
7. Mausam KHATRI – Men’s Freestyle 97 kg
8. Babita KUMARI – Women’s Freestyle 53 kg
9. Pooja DHANDA – Women’s Freestyle 57 kg
Boxing
10. Satish KUMAR – Men’s +91kg
11. AMIT – Men’s 46-49kg
12. Manish KAUSHIK – Men’s 60kg
Table-Tennis
13. ACHANTA Sharath/GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan – Men’s Doubles
14. BATRA Manika/DAS Mouma – Women’s Doubles
Badminton
15. Satwik RANKIREDDY/Chirag Chandrashekhar SHETTY – Men’s Doubles
16. Srikanth KIDAMBI – Men’s Singles
17. PV Sindhu – Women’s Singles
Athletics
18. Seema PUNIA – Women’s Discus Throw
Squash
19. CHINAPPA Joshna/
PALLIKAL KARTHIK Dipika – Women’s Doubles
20. PALLIKAL KARTHIK Dipika/
GHOSAL Saurav – Mixed Doubles

Bronze Medals (20)

S.
No. Winners Sports Category

Weightlifting
1. Deepak LATHER – Men’s 69kg
2. Vikas THAKUR – Men’s 94kg
Shooting
3. Om MITHARVAL – Men’s 10m Air Pistol
4. Ravi KUMAR – Men’s 10m Air Rifle
5. Om MITHARVAL – Men’s 50m Pistol
6. Ankur MITTAL – Men’s Double Trap
7. Apurvi CHANDELA – Women’s 10m Air Rifle
Wrestling
8. SOMVEER – Men’s Freestyle 86 kg
9. Sakshi MALIK – Women’s Freestyle 62 kg
10. Divya KAKRAN – Women’s Freestyle 68 kg
11. KIRAN – Women’s Freestyle 76 kg
Boxing
12. Hussamuddin MOHAMMED – Men’s 56kg
13. Manoj KUMAR – Men’s 69kg
14. Naman TANWAR – Men’s 91kg
Table-Tennis
15. DESAI Harmeet/SHETTY
Sanil Shankar – Men’s Doubles
16. Sharath ACHANTA – Men’s Singles
17. GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan/
BATRA Manika – Mixed Doubles
Badminton
18. REDDY N. Sikki/
PONNAPPA Ashwini – Women’s Doubles
Athletics
19. Navjeet DHILLON – Women’s Discus Throw
Para Powerlifting
20. Sachin CHAUDHARY – Men’s Heavyweight

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Begins in London

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) has begun in London, the UK. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the event on 19th and 20th of April. The theme of the summit is ‘Towards a Common Future’. The biennial event has brought together delegates from 53 Commonwealth nations.

PM Modi Leaves on 5-Day Visit to Sweden & UK

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left on a five-day visit to Sweden and the UK. The visit to the two nations aims at enhancing bilateral cooperation in key areas like trade, investments and Science & technology. On the first leg of his visit, the Prime Minister will attend the first-ever India-Nordic Summit at Stockholm, which will be co-hosted by India and Sweden. In London, Mr Modi will take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the UK. Nordic countries include Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Sweden Capital- Stockholm, Currency- Swedish krona. he United Kingdom Capital- London, Currency- British pound.

Manika Batra won CWG TT singles gold

Manika Batra became the first-ever Indian woman to bag gold in the women’s table tennis singles’ event in Commonwealth Games history.The 22-year-old paddler from Delhi defeated Singapore’s Mengyu Yu in the final to bag her third medal at CWG 2018. Manika had earlier won the women’s team gold and women’s doubles’ silver at the Games.

India won CWG squash mixed doubles silver

India clinched the silver in the squash mixed doubles event for the first time in the history of Commonwealth Games.Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal lost to Australia’s Cameron Pilley and Donna Urquhart 0-2 in the final at Gold Coast. This was the fifth time Australia won the event at the Commonwealth Games.

Somveer won bronze medal at CWG 2018

Indian wrestler Somveer won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games after defeating Canada’s Alexander Moore in the men’s freestyle 86 kg event.This is India’s 12th medal in wrestling at the 2018 Games which includes five golds. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Muhammad Inam won the gold medal.

India won CWG men’s TT doubles silver

Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won India its second successive Commonwealth Games silver medal in the men’s table tennis doubles event after losing to England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford at Gold Coast.India’s Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty won bronze in the same event. India has won six medals in TT at CWG 2018 so far.

Sakshi Malik won bronze at CWG 2018

Rio Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi Malik won a bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, beating New Zealand’s Tayla Ford in the women’s freestyle 62 kg event in Gold Coast.This is Sakshi’s second medal at the CWG, after winning a silver in the 2014 Games. India has won 11 medals in wrestling, including five golds.

Vinesh Phogat won her 2nd straight CWG gold

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat claimed the top position in the women’s freestyle 50 kg Nordic System event to win her second successive gold at the Commonwealth Games.The gold is India’s fifth in wrestling and 23rd overall at the CWG 2018. Earlier, Vinesh’s cousin Babita Kumari had claimed silver in the women’s freestyle 53 kg event.

Kaushik won silver at CWG 2018

Manish Kaushik became the first Indian boxer to win silver medal in the men’s lightweight category (60 kg) at the Commonwealth Games.The 22-year-old boxer from Haryana settled for silver after losing to Australia’s Harry Garside at Gold Coast.India has won two gold, two silver and three bronze medals in boxing at the CWG 2018 so far.

Sumit claimed men’s 125 kg gold

15 : Indian wrestler Sumit Malik claimed gold in the men’s freestyle 125 kg after his opponent Nigeria’s Sinivie Boltic was ruled out of the final bout due to injury at CWG 2018.The 25-year-old, claimed silver at Asian and Commonwealth Championships last year.He defeated Pakistan’s Tayab Raza by 10-4 and Canada’s Jarvis Korey by 6-4 in his last two bouts.

Mary Kom, 1st Indian Woman to Win CWG Boxing Gold

Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom has become the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Mary Kom achieved the feat after defeating Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the 45-48kg category final at Gold Coast, Australia. The 35-year-old boxer from Manipur is participating in her maiden Commonwealth Games.

Sanjeev Rajput Clinches Gold in Shooting

Shooter Sanjeev Rajput won the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions with a Games record at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to seven. The gold was Rajput’s third successive medal at the CWG, after having bagged silver and bronze in the 2014 and 2010 editions respectively. India’s Chain Singh stood fifth in the same event.

Tejaswini won gold at CWG

Tejaswini Sawant won India its fifth shooting gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, winning the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Finals in Gold Coast.This was 37-year-old Tejaswini’s second medal at the 2018 edition, after winning silver at the women’s 50m Rifle Prone. India’s Anjum Moudgil won silver at the event, after having topped qualification.

Anish became India’s youngest gold medalist

Fifteen-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala became India’s youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games, winning the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Finals with a record score at Gold Coast.India’s Neeraj Kumar stood fifth at the event. Anish, who is participating in his first Commonwealth Games, won gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney earlier this year.

Rahul won India’s 1st wrestling gold at CWG

Rahul Aware bagged India’s first wrestling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018. He beat Canada’s Steven Takahashi in the final of men’s Freestyle 57 kg event. Before the final, the 26-year-old had claimed two dominating victories with the scorelines 11-0 and 10-0, while he defeated Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal 12-8 in the semi-final.

Sushil Kumar won his 3rd straight CWG gold

Indian wrestler and Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar bagged his third straight Commonwealth Games gold medal after winning the men’s Freestyle 74 kg event.The 34-year-old wrestler won the final 10-0, having dominated all previous opponents with scorelines of 11-0, 10-0, and 4-0. Sushil has a silver and a bronze in Olympics and was crowned world champion in 2010.

Kiran won bronze medal at CWG

Indian wrestler Kiran bagged a bronze medal in the women’s Freestyle 76 kg event after finishing off Mauritius’ Katouskia Pariadhaven 10-0 in the first round itself at the Commonwealth Games.Earlier in the day, Indian wrestlers had won two medals – one silver medal through Babita Phogat and a gold medal through Rahul Aware.

Discus thrower Seema Punia won silver medal

India’s Seema Punia bagged her fourth successive medal at the Commonwealth Games by winning silver in women’s discus throw final with a throw of 60.41m in Gold Coast.The 34-year-old has now won three silver medals (2006, 2014 and 2018) and one bronze (2010) at the Games. Another Indian athlete Navjeet Dhillon won bronze in the same event.

Silver medal for Tejaswini Sawant in shooting

Tejaswini Sawant has won silver medal in the finals of the women’s 50m rifle prone at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.This is the sixth CWG medal for Tejaswini, following two golds in 2006 and a pair of silvers and a bronze in 2010.Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian to reach the women’s 50m rifle prone finals, finished 16th.

Babita won silver medal at CWG

12 : Babita Phogat won the silver medal in wrestling at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.Babita claimed a silver in the 2010 edition before a gold in Glasgow. Her medal opened India’s account in the wrestling competition of the Games.

Sachin bags bronze in para power lifting

India’s Sachin Chaudhary bagged a bronze medal in the Men’s Heavyweight Para Powerlifting at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.Nigeria got the gold medal and the silver medal was won by Malaysia. India’s medals tally currently stands at 11 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze for a third position on the table.

Om Mitharval won bronze in 50m Pistol event

Om Prakash Mitharval won the bronze medal in the men’s 50m pistol event at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.It was Mitharwal’s second medal in the ongoing prestigious event. Australia won the gold medal and the silver medal went to Bangladesh. India is currently standing at the third spot with 22 medals, including eleven gold, four silver and seven bronze.

Shreyasi Singh won Double Trap Gold

Shooter Shreyasi Singh won the gold medal in women’s double trap event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.The bronze medal went to Scotland. She had won a Bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon in the double trap team event. She won the silver medal in double trap event at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships.

Ankur Mittal grabs bronze medal in shooting

Shooter Ankur Mittal won a bronze medal in the men’s double trap finals at the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games. Ankur won the silver medal in the World Championships in Moscow 2017 and he also won silver and gold medal in the ISSF World Cup. India’s tally at the Games has now increased to a total of 24, including 12 gold, four silver and eight bronze.

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.

Indian men’s table tennis team strike gold

The men’s Table tennis team won the gold medal by beating Nigeria Table tennis team in Commonwealth Games 2018 at gold Coast.India put themselves ahead with the help of Sharath Achanta’s win over Bode Abiodun of Nigeria in the men’s singles event. This is India’s ninth gold medal at the Games. India is now standing at the 3rd spot on the points table with 18 medals in total.

Heena Sidhu won gold medal in 25m Pistol

Heena Sidhu won India’s 11th gold medal in pistol shooting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.Heena Sidhu has become the first Indian athlete to win two medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. India has so far won 20 medals, including eleven gold, four silver and five bronze.

Manika Batra won gold medal in Table Tennis

Manika Batra inspired India to a historic gold medal with her stunning singles victories, as she defeated defending champions Singapore 3-1 to claim the gold medal in TT at Commonwealth Games 2018.This is India’s first ever gold at the multi-sport event. It was only the second table tennis team gold for India at the Games with the men achieving the feat in the 2006 Melbourne edition.

Shooters bag gold, bronze for India

Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Om Prakash Mitharwal won gold and bronze medals respectively at Commonwealth Games 2018.In the men’s 10m air pistol event at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018, Rai shot a total of 235.1 points, thus, registering a new Games record. Mitharwal bagged the silver medal after shooting a total of 214.3 points. India has won five medals so far in shooting alone.

Weightlifter Pardeep claimed silver at CWG

Indian weightlifter Pardeep Singh won a silver medal in the sport at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.Last year, Pardeep had claimed a surprise gold medal in his first senior competition in the 105kg category. Pardeep’s feat now takes India’s medal count to 13 at the Games and 9th in weightlifting alone.

Mehuli Ghosh clinched silver in shooting

Indian shooters Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela bagged silver and bronze respectively in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle competition at Commonwealth Games 2018.Singapore bagged the gold medal. With this feat, India now stands third on the points table with 17 medals in total, including seven in shooting alone.

Ravi Kumar won a bronze medal

Indian shooter Ravi Kumar won the bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.Ravi acquired the third spot with a score of 224.1 after 22 shots. Australia’s Dane Sampson won the gold while Bangladesh’s Abdullah Hel Baki claimed silver. India are now third in the Games’ medal tally with 10 medals including 6 gold, 2 silver & 2 bronze

India continues to shine in Commonwealth

India continued to bag gold medals in Commonwealth Games 2018, with weightlifter Punam Yadav and 16-year-old shooter Manu Bhaker winning a gold medal each.Yadav bagged hers in women’s 69kg weightlifting, while Bhaker’s came in 10-metre air pistol event.Shooter Heena Sidhu won the silver medal in the 10-m air pistol event at 21st Commonwealth Games being held in Gold Coast, Australia.

Sathish Sivalingam won Gold medal at CWG 2018

Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam won the gold medal by winning the men’s 77kg event at Commonwealth Games 2018.In the previous Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sathish had won gold. Hence he became the first ever male Indian weightlifter to win gold in two different editions of the Commonwealth Games. In 2017, Sathish won gold at the Common-wealth Weightlifting Championships.

Sanjita Chanu won gold medal at CWG 2018

Weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu won India its second gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games by outshining in the women’s 53 kg category event.She set a new record in the game by lifting a total of 192 kgs which includes 84 kgs in a snatch and 108 kgs in clean and jerk. Papua New Guinea got the silver medal while Canada won the bronze medal.

Weightlifter Deepak Lather got bronze medal

Indian weightlifter Deepak Lather won the bronze medal in the men’s 69 kg category on the Day 2 of the Commonwealth Games.Gareth Evans of Wales claimed gold medal while Sri Lanka’s Indika won the silver medal. India till now has four medals at the Gold Coast Games and all four have come from weightlifting.

Aussie boxer becomes first CWG 2018 medallist

Australian boxer Taylah Robertson has become the first medallist of the 21st Commonwealth Games without even stepping into the ring.She got a bye straight into the 51-kilogram category women’s semifinals scheduled for April 13. The 19-year-old Taylah got the lucky Bronze medal due to the small size of her draw.

Weight Lifter P.Gururaja won Silver medal

Weightlifter P Gururaja opened India’s medal account on the first competition day of the 21st Commonwealth Games by winning the silver medal in Weightlifting.In the 56 kilogram category, P Gururaja lifted a total weight of 249 kg to finish second in the event. Malaysia took the Gold medal, while Sri Lanka got the Bronze medal.

Commonwealth Point of Light award

Britain‘s Queen Elizabeth II recognised Srishti Bakshi from India as the 26th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional service to empowering women in India. Srishti is the founder of the CrossBow Miles movement. Srishti leads workshops for women in rural communities on digital and financial literacy, leadership and health.

Dharun breaks National record in hurdles

Ayyasamy Dharun broke the men‘s 400m hurdles national record and in the process grabbed a Commonwealth Games ticket on the concluding day of the 22nd Federation Cup National Senior Championships. Dharun erased Joseph G Abraham‘s over 10-year-old earlier national record of 49.94 made in August 2007 in Osaka. Dharun got his last medal at an Indian Grand Prix event in Bengaluru.

Navjot Kaur wins 65kg Asian gold

Navjot Kaur became the first Indian woman to claim a gold medal in the Asian wrestling championships. She defeated Imai Miyu of Japan in the final to win the 65kg title in the Kyrgyzstan capital. Navjot, bagged Asian bronze (2011) and silver (2013) medals and a Commonwealth Games bronze medal (2014).

Aruna Reddy makes history

Aruna Budda Reddy created history by becoming the 1st Indian gymnast to win an individual medal at Gymnastics World Cup as she clinched a bronze in women’s vault event.She scored 13.649 average points to finish 3rd & claim the bronze medal. This was Aruna’s first international medal, though she has taken part at World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Commonwealth Games & Asian Games.

Birmingham to Host Commonwealth Games

The central English city of Birmingham will host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.The 2022 Commonwealth Games were originally given to Durban in 2015, but the South African city was stripped of the event this year because of financial difficulties.The multisports event was last in Britain in 2014 when it was held in Glasgow.

No shooting at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Shooting has been excluded from the Commonwealth Games 2022 edition.At the same time, the push to bring cricket back into the fold has gathered momentum, with Commonwealth Games Federation.The CGF declared Birmingham as the host city on Thursday after Durban, the original pick, had pulled out earlier this year due to financial constraints.

Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in March. It is marked by a multi-faith service in Abbey, normally attended by Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners in London. The theme of 2017 commonwealth day is “A Peace-building Commonwealth”.

Commonwealth short story prize

India’s Mr. Parashar Kulkarni wins Commonwalth Short Story Prize for 2016, for the Asia region. He is awarded for his politically grounded unpublished short fiction ‘Cow and Company’.