Men’s hockey team to be a part of TOPS

The Mission Olympic Cell of Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has included Men’s Hockey team under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). The 18 team members will be provided with a monthly allowance of ` 50,000 each. TOPS was launched in 2015 by Ministry of Sports with National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) with the aim supporting potential medal prospects for Olympics.

PR Sreejesh to lead Indian hockey team

Goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh will lead the 18-member Indian Men’s Hockey Team at the 18th Asian Games, slated to be held in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18. Midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam has been named the Vice Captain for the tournament. Indian forward Akashdeep Singh has returned to the Indian squad.

South Korea won Asian Champions Trophy 2018

Defending champions Indian Women’s Hockey Team lost to hosts South Korea 0-1 in the final match of the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2018. The win for South Korea saw them lift the title for the third time after having won in the 2010 and 2011 editions of the tournaments. India’s Vandana Katariya was declared the player of the tournament.

Rajinder Singh named Hockey India president

Rajinder Singh has been named the president of Hockey India, following Mariamma Koshy’s resignation from the post. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Hockey India. Koshy was appointed as the President of Hockey India in November 2016 following Narinder Batras decision to step down after being elected as the President of International Hockey Federation.

Harendra Singh to coach men’s hockey team

Hockey India has appointed Harendra Singh as coach of India’s men’s team, while Sjoerd Marijne will take over as chief coach of women’s side. Harendra led the junior men’s hockey team to the World Cup title in 2016. Before joining the Indian women’s team, Marijne had a successful tenure with the Netherlands’ women’s team.

Punjab crowned National hockey champion

Punjab won its first National title in five years, after winning against Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) in the final of the ?8th men‘s National hockey championships? on 25th March. In the Bronze medal match, Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) defeated Air India Sports Promotion Board. Hockey Punjab defeated Petroleum Sports Promotion Board by 2-1.

Australia lifted Sultan Azlan Shah cup

World champions Australia has lifted the coveted Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey title by outplaying England 2-1 in the finals. Australia has now won the prestigious tournament for the 10th time. England had to settle with the silver medal while Argentina claimed the bronze medal. India finished a disappointed fifth in the six-nation tournament.

Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament Begins

The 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey tournament begins in the Malaysian city of Ipoh. Six nations – India, hosts Malaysia, defending champions England, Australia, Argentina and Ireland – are taking part in the tournament. India, currently the world number six side, will take on world number two Argentina in their opening round-robin match.

Odisha Govt to sponsor Indian hockey team

Indian hockey has got a new sponsor in state govt of Odisha, which has decided to support the game for next 5 years.It is for the 1st time a state is sponsoring a national hockey team. Odisha is regarded as the cradle of hockey & has produced greats like Dilip Tirkey & Ignace Tirkey. Odisha has been supporting the game with various initiatives & also won the Kalinga Lancers in the HIL.

Assam wins 8th Sub-junior Hockey Champ.

Assam Hockey won the 8th Hockey India Sub Junior Men National Championship 2018 (B Division), at Hojai Hockey stadium, in Assam.Assam Hockey beat Hockey Rajasthan 3-2 in the final and won the 8th Hockey India Sub Junior Men National Championship 2018 (B Division). Hockey Rajasthan had a good start by scoring five goals.

Harjinder Singh to be ‘Chef de Mission’

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) appointed Harjinder Singh as the Chef De Mission for the 23rd Winter Olympic Games.Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018. Harjinder Singh is at present the General Secretary in the Ice Hockey Association of India.

Batra elected unopposed as IOA President

International Hockey Federation chief Narinder Batra was elected unopposed as the president of Indian Olympic Association. Batra thus has become one of the few sports administrators who heads an important international federation as well as a National Olympic Committee. Batra’s election to the post was a mere formality after Asian Tennis Federation President Anil Khanna withdrew from the race.

India retain bronze medal at HWL

India have reclaimed the bronze medal at the Hockey World League (HWL) Final tournament.In the third-fourth place classification match at Bhubaneswar, they defeated Germany 2-1.A penalty corner conversion by Harmanpreet Singh in the 54th minute sealed the win and the third place for the Indians.India had also won the bronze in the last edition of the tournament in Raipur in 2015.

Aus win gold in Hockey World League

Australia defeated Rio Olympics champions Argentina 2-1 in the final of the Hockey World League Final to win gold at Bhubaneswar.Goals from Blake Govers and Jeremy Hayward helped the defending champions beat Argentina.By virtue of their win, Australia replaced Argentina at the top spot in team’s rankings.

FIH Congress to be held in New Delhi

46th Congress of the International Hockey Federation will be held in New Delhi from October 30 to November 3 next year.It will be the first FIH Congress under the former Hockey India chief Narinder Batra who took over the reins of world hockey from Spaniard Leandro Negre.The biennial event will run for 4 days & will comprise meetings, social events, networking opportunities & presentations

Indian team lift Asia Cup title

The Indian women’s hockey team edged out China 5-4 in the final of the Asia Cup 2017 to clinch the gold medal after 13 long years. With this victory, the Indian women’s hockey team have qualified for next year’s World Cup. This is India’s second title in the history of the tournament, with their first top-placed finish coming in the year 2004.

Indian Junior Team won Bronze in Hockey

Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team beats host Malaysia 4-0 in the Bronze medal match of the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017. Mtach was held at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, in Malaysia. Goals from Vishal Antil (15’, 25’), Vivek Prasad (11’) and Shilanand Lakra (21’) were enough for India to finish their tournament with the Bronze medal.

India win hockey Asia Cup

India beats Malaysia by 2-1 in the finale to win the 2017 Asia Cup Hockey tournament held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This was India’s third continental title. Ramandeep Singh scored the opening goal in the third minute while Lalit Upadhyay extended India’s lead in the 29th minute of the game. Lalit Upadhyay won the goal of the match award while Akashdeep Singh was adjudged the Man of the match.

Hockey steps down from IOC board

Scandal-tainted Olympic official Patrick Hockey has resigned his position on the International Olympic Committee executive board with immediate effect. Hockey was detained by Brazilian police in a dramatic raid at his hotel and was held in connection with an an illegal ticket sales scheme. The vacant post will be filled by election during the forthcoming IOC Session in Lima.

Marijne named chief coach of hockey team

Holland’s Sjoerd Marijne has taken over as the head coach of the India men’s hockey team following the sacking of fellow Dutchman Roelant Oltmans. Marijne, who was working as the chief coach of the India women’s team since February this year, has been asked to take over the men’s team. Marijne has previously served as the chief coach of Dutch women’s team.

Hockey India sacks Roelant Oltmans

Hockey India has sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level. David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the men’s team. The decision was taken during the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee.

India beats Austria

17 : Ramandeep Singh and Chinglensana Singh Kangujam struck twice to guide the Indian men’s hockey team to a sensational 4-3 win over Austria in their final encounter of the Europe Tour. After two successive wins against World No.4 The Netherlands, India made a steady start against Austria. The match was held in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.

East Bengal honours Dhanraj Pillay

2 : Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay was honoured by East Bengal football club on its foundation day with its highest award, Bharat Gaurav. He made his debut in 1989 with the national team and in a career spanning over 15 years he made 339 appearances and scored 170 goals. He currently serves as the manager of the team and is a member of ad hoc committee of Indian Hockey Federation.

Hockey India League cancelled for 2018

The 6th edition of Hockey India League has been postponed to 2019 by Hockey India. This comes as the dates in 2018 clashes with the Indoor World Cup, which may bar foreign players’ participation in it. This will only be a temporary discontinuation and HIL will return in 2019. HIL in past 5 years has given rise to players who have gone on to make a name for themselves in world hockey.

Dhanraj Pillay to get Bharat Gaurav

Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay will be awarded with East Bengal football club’s highest honour “Bharat Gaurav” on their foundation day. He played a huge role in reviving the Indian team and performed brilliantly during his 15-year career. He also received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for his performance in 1999-2000 and was awarded Padma Shri and civilian award in 2000.

India’s biggest win over Pakistan

India demolished Pakistan 7-1 to register their third consecutive victory and seal a place in the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final. This was was India’s biggest over Pakistan, bettering the 7-4 effort against arch-rivals in 2003 Champions Trophy and 2010 Commonwealth Games. This was India’s 56th win over Pakistan in the 168th match between the two nations.

Sweden wins ice hockey world title.

Sweden won the 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship by defeating Canada in a dramatic penalty shootout. Sweden were twice on target in the shootout, while the Canadians failed to score. It is Sweden’s 10th world title. Sweden won the gold while Canadians had to settle for silver. Russia by defeating Finland was able to clinch to bronze medal.

Sardar Singh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Hockey India has recommended senior player and former captain Sardar Singh for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour. Other players SV Sunil, Dharamvir Singh and Deepika have been recommended for the Arjuna Award. Coaches Sandeep Sangwan and Romesh Pathania have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.

India lose to Aus in Azlan Shah Cup

India lost 1-3 against defending champions Australia in a preliminary league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament. Australia is Nine-time winners of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Australia now have seven points from three outings, while last year’s runner-up India are on four points after three matches.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament begins

Sultan of Azlan Shah Cup Men’s Hockey tournament begins in Ipoh, Malaysia. Six nations – India, Malaysia, Australia, Great Britain, Japan and New Zealand – are taking part in the 8-day tournament which will be held in a round-robin format. In the opener, India will take on Great Britain Pakistan is not playing in the competition this year.

India win U-18 Hockey Championship

India School team registered 5-1 win against Malaysia to win the 5th Asian School Hockey Championship. In the match for third and fourth place, Singapore beat China 3-1 in a nail-biting shootout after the two teams ended the regulation time in a
1-1 stalemate. In the fifth and sixth placing match, Sri Lanka beat Thailand 4-1.

Asian School Hockey Championship

The Indian School team beat Malaysia 5-1 to lift the title at the Fifth Asian School Hockey Championship in Bhopal at the Aishbagh Stadium. Malaysia managed to score its single goal through Akhimullah Anuar Esook. India defeated China 11-0 in the semi final while defending champion Malaysia defeated Singapore by 12-1.

No NHL in 2018 Olympics

The National Hockey League(NHL) will not take part in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The decision brings an end to years of tense bargaining between the International Olympic Committee, International Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL over the league’s continuing participation in the Winter Games. The NHL had participated in every Winter Olympics since the 1998 Nagano Winter Games.

SV Sunil named 2016 Player of the Year

India forward SV Sunil was named the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Player of the Year for 2016 with Harmanpreet Singh chosen as the Promising Player of the Year in the continental body’s annual awards. Sunil, regarded highly for his pace, played a vital role in India’s memorable run in last year’s Champions Trophy in London, where they claimed a silver for the first time.

Bhubaneswar to host men’s hockey final

Bhubaneswar will host the men’s hockey World League Final, 2018 World Cup. It will host the Men’s Hockey World League Final in December this year and the men’s World Cup in 2018. The Kalinga Stadium in the Orissa capital was confirmed as host after the state government signed a deal with FIH to sponsor the two events.

Bhubaneswar to host men’s hockey World League Final 2017

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed Bhubaneswar as the venue for two of its major events the Men’s Hockey World League Final in December 2017 and the men’s World Cup in 2018. The Kalinga Stadium in the Odisha capital was confirmed as host after the state government signed a deal with FIH to sponsor the two events.

Kalinga Lancers won Hockey India League

Last year’s finalists Kalinga Lancers made amends to lift their maiden Hockey India League title, defeating Dabang Mumbai 4-1 in the final on Sunday. Dabang Mumbai, who were leaders at the end of the league stage, could not find their best as Kalinga Lancers emerged victorious to claim the purse of ` 2.5 crore. The runners-up received ` 1.25 crore.

International Hockey Federation awards

Belgium skipper John-John Dohmen and Netherlands’ Naomi van As were adjudged the international hockey federation male & female Player of the Year. There were 2 Indians in the fray with Sreejesh among nominees for the best goalkeeper while 20-year-old Harmanpreet Singh, who was part of the junior World Cup-winning squad, a nominee of ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category.

Vibhushans for 4, Padma Shri for Kohli

Four of the seven Padma Vibhushans this year have been bagged by veteran political leaders. Padma Shri award have been given to Virat Kohli; hockey captain P R Sreejesh; Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev bagged the Padma Vibhushan as it was the second year in a row that a spiritual guru was awarded the honour.

Sreejesh on FIH Athletes Committee

The Indian hockey team captain PR Sreejesh became a member of International Hockey Federation Athletes’ Committee. They have the responsibility to act as a liaison between the FIH and the athletes to make sure the players have voice in the FIH decision making process. Sreejesh’s role will be to seek and provide feedback to the FIH on behalf of all athletes.

India Clinches Hockey Junior World Cup

India produced a clinical performance to outclass Belgium 2-1 and clinched their second Hockey Junior World Cup title. Gurjant Singh and Simranjeet Singh scored the two goals for India. Belgium scored their goal at the death via Fabrice van Bockrijck. India had finished runners-up in 1997. It was also the first time that a host nation had won the tournament since its inception.

Shamim Khan Wrests CG Open Trophy

Delhi’s Shamim Khan has wrested the one crore rupees CG Open golf title and the lead in the Rolex Ranking. Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi finished runner-up at 18-under-262 after a final round of 65. He also moved up to second place in the Rolex Ranking.

Mariamma Appointed As Hockey India Prez

Hockey India announced Mariamma Koshy as it’s new president. Mushtaque Ahmad, who was earlier the secretary general, has now taken over as the chairman of the Hockey India League Governing Board. The decision was taken at the 41st Hockey India Executive Board meeting. The decisions will require ratification in the Hockey India Congress to be held soon.

Harjeet to Lead India in Jr Hockey WC

Mid-fielder Harjeet Singh will lead the 18-member Indian Men’s hockey team in the Junior World Cup to be held in Lucknow. Defender Dipsan Tirkey will shoulder the responsibilities of the vice-captain. Harjeet was part of the Indian senior men’s team that won the silver medal at the FIH Champions Trophy in London this year. Tirkey had led the Indian team to a splendid win at the EurAsia Cup.

Narinder Batra Elected FIH President

Narinder Batra has become the first Indian to be elected the President of the International Hockey Federation. He was voted to the top post by an overwhelming margin during the penultimate day of the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai. He defeated David Balbirnie of Ireland and Australia’s Ken Read to become the 12th FIH President. He is also the first Asian to grab the post.

Vandana to Lead Indian hockey Eves

Forward Vandana Katariya will captain Indian senior women’s hockey team in the Test Series against Australia to be played at Melbourne from Nov 23. Defender Sunita Lakra will be the vice-captain of the 18-member squad. Rajani Etimarpu and Savita will continue to don the responsibility in front of the Indian goal. Poonam Rani, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Preeti Dubey and Sonika are the strikers.

Punjab National Bank Win Surjit Hockey

Punjab National Bank, Delhi beat Army XI (6-5) to win the 33rd Surjit Hockey Tournament at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium. The decision of the match came from penalty shootouts. Winners Punjab National Bank bagged a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a trophy. The runners-up received ` 2.50 lakh and a trophy. Gagandeep Singh (Jr) of PNB was declared the best player of the tournament.

Western Railways Win Surjit Trophy

Mumbai’s Western Railways women’s team clinched the title in the 33rd Surjit Hockey Tournament. They defeated Haryana XI 4-2 in the title clash played at the Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar. The winners were presented a cash award of 1 lakh rupee and trophy and runners-up got 75000 rupees and Trophy. Jaspreet Kaur of Haryana XI was declared the best player of the tournament.

India Women’s Hockey Team Wins

Indian Women’s hockey team have lifted the Asian Champions Trophy 2016 in Singapore. In a thrilling summit clash, India defeated China 2-1. This is for the first time that Indian eves won the Asian Champions Trophy competition. Top five women’s teams of Asia took part in this tournament. This was also the qualifying round for the 2017 Asia Cup.

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.

Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred with the Jharkhand Dungdung

Former Olympian Silvanus Dungdung Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award will be rewarded. Dhyan Chand was an Indian field hockey player, who is considered as one the greatest field hockey player of all time.

Angela Ruggiero appointed IOC’s Athletes’ Commission chair

American ice hockey Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero has been elected as the new chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission. Ruggiero will be replacing Claudia Bokel. Angela Ruggiero is a former ice hockey player who has played more games for Team USA than any other man or woman. She is the current Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

Argentina women’s team win 2016 Champions Trophy Hockey Title

Argentina women’s team win the 2016 Champions Trophy Hockey title, defeating the reigning World and Olympic champions the Netherlands 2-1.

Argentina women’s team win 2016 Champions Trophy Hockey title

Argentina women’s team win 2016 Champions Trophy Hockey title, defeating the reigning World and Olympic champions the Netherlands 2-1.

Australia wins Hero Hockey Champions Trophy

Australia wins Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, defeating India 1-0 in a shoot-out.

25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey

Australia defeat India 4-0 in the final to win the 25th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey held in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Punjab Warriors wins HIL title

Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeat Kalinga Lancers 6-1 to clinch Hockey India League (HIL) title in the fourth edition of the six-team tournament at Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Current Events December 2015 – Sports

•Sri Lanka Captain and country’s second highest Test run-scorer Mahela Jayawardene conferred with Honorary Life Membership of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
•Anil Kumble resigns as chief mentor of Mumbai Indians.
•Australia clinched the title of the 2nd edition of Hockey World League(HWL) Final at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Stadium in Raipur, India – Belgium 2nd, India – third.
•India moved into the second place of the ICC Test Championship table after completing a 3-0 drubbing of South Africa in the four-Test series.
•Two new teams based out of Rajkot (Intex) and Pune (tycoon) replacing suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
•LOGO and MASCOT of 12th South Asian Games, 2016 Launched At Guwahati. Kolhapurs Anant Khasbardar and Abhijeet Krishna of NIFT Patna won the mascot and logo designing contests
•“Tennis Queen” Serena Williams named as Sportsperson of 2015
•ICC Test rankings : Batsman Rank – Ravichandran Ashwin – top 2nd spot, while Ravindra Jadeja – 8th spot, Brendon McCullum – 17th .
Rankings for Test bowlers : Australia’s Josh Hazlewood has entered the top 10, Off-spinner Nathan Lyon – 15th.
•Chennaiyin FC has won the 2015 Indian Super League (ISL) Football tournament. The team defeated Goa FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa.

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.

Indian Railway girls clinch 5th National Hockey Championship title

Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) have won the 5th National women hockey championship title. In the final match played at the Master Chandgi Ram sports stadium at Saifai, Uttar Pradesh the RSPB girls team defeated Hockey Jharkhand by 12-2 goals. For the RSPB, Saundarya Yendala scored three goals in the final match while Sunita Lakra and Lilima Minz scored two goals each. Anuradha Devi, Manmeet Kaur, Anupa Barla, Poonam Barla, and Deepgrace Ekka scored one goal each for the winning team.

Balbir Singh Senior conferred with Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award of Hockey India

Hockey India on 28 March 2015 conferred Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award on legendary Balbir Singh Senior. As an award, he received a trophy and a cash prize of 30 lakh rupees. Balbir Singh Senior was a member of three Olympic gold medal winning Indian team, viz., London Olympics (1948), Helsinki Olympics (1952) and Melbourne Olympics (1956). He was the Vice Captain of the Indian Hockey team during Helsinki Olympics and Captain during Melbourne Olympics. His 1952 record of most goals (five) in an Olympic final still remains unbeaten and he also figures in the list of 16 iconic Olympians of all-time. He is often called Balbir Singh Senior to distinguish him from other Indian hockey players named Balbir Singh.

Ranchi Rays wins Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays won the third edition of Champions of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2015. In the final match they defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors by score of 3-2 in the penalty shootout after 2-2 tie in regular time match. With this Jaypee Punjab Warriors took second position followed by Delhi Waveriders in third position.
Awards from the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2015:
•Hero Goal of the Day- Barry Middleton of Ranchi Rays.
•Man-of the-Match- Tyler Lovell of Ranchi Rays.
•Hero Most Valuable Player of the Tournament- Ashley Jackson of Ranchi Rays

Hockey Olympian Jaswant Singh Rajput passes away

Two-time gold medal winning hockey Olympian Jaswant Singh Rajput passed away on 28th January 2015 following a prolonged illness. The former India centre-half was part of the gold medal winning teams in 1948 London and 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

India successfully defent is Sultan of Johor Cup U-21 hockey title

India successfully defend its Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey title, beating Great Britain 2-1 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Indian men’s hockey team win series against Bangladesh

Indian men’s hockey team win the three-match hockey series against Bangladesh, 3-0. To win the series, the Indian team defeated Bangladesh 3-1 in the third and final match in Dhaka.

Australia retain the men’s hockey World Cup title

Australia retain the men’s hockey World Cup title by outplaying Netherlands 6-1 in the final at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague.

Netherlands wins Women’s hockey world cup

Olympic Gold medallists Netherlands defeat Australia 2-0 in the title show down in clinch the women’s hockey World Cup, their seventh title, in The Hague.

Netherland win title

The Netherlands beat New Zealand by 7-2 to claim its maiden Hero Hockey World League title, in New Delhi. India land at sixth position.

Hero Hockey World League Final –

India beat Germany by 5-4 in a thrilling 5-8 place classification match at the Hero  Hockey World League Final.

Pakistan win Junior Hockey World Cup

India lose to Pakistan, via a tie-breaker, to finish 10th in Junior Hockey World Cup, in New Delhi.

Indian hockey team chances of claiming the world cup

The hockey match between India and South Korea, at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Delhi, ends in draw, checking the advance of Indian team to the quarterfinals of the Hero Junior Hockey World Cup and thus ending the chances of claiming the World Cup.

Indian women’s hockey team win silver medal

Indian women’s hockey team bag Silver medal in third Asian Championships trophy after losing to host Japan.

India will host men 2018 World cup

The International Hockey Federation announces that India will host men’s 2018 World Cup, World League Final (men) in 2015 and 2017, and the Junior World Cup (men) in 2016.

Asia Cup hockey

In the eight women’s Asia Cup hockey tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, India defeat China to clinch the Bronze Medal.

South Korea win Asia Cup hockey championship

South Korea beat India 4-3 in the final of the Asia Cup hockey championship in Ipoh, Malaysia. Pakistan finish third.

Indian Hockey coach removed from post

Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Michael Nobbs removed from post.

National Junior men’s hockey championship

Punjab retain the National junior men’s hockey championship defeating Odisha 2-1 in the final at the Motilal Nehru Sports Complex, Rai in Sonepat, Haryana.

Australia win the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey cup

Australia win the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia. In the final, they beat Malaysia 3-2. It is Australia’s seventh title at the tournament. India finish fifth, beating Pakistan in the play-off.

Hockey India League cup wins Ranchi Rhinos

The inaugural Hockey India League ends in Ranchi, Jharkhand. In the thrilling final match, the Ranchi Rhinos beat Delhi Wave Riders by a 2-1 margin to emerge champions. Uttar Pradesh Wizards round off the top three, defeating Jaypee Punjab Warriors 4-3 in the Bronze medal play-off match. Sardara Singh of Delhi Wave Riders is adjudged the Player of the Tournament Sandeep Singh of Mumbai Magicians finishes as the tournament’s highest scorer.

Air India wins Lal Bahadur Shastri hockey tournament

Air India win the title at the 23rd Lal Bahadur Shastri hockey tournament, beating Bharat Petroleum in the final in New Delhi.

Australia win four nation Super 9 hockey tournament

Hosts Australia beat England in the final to emerge winners at the four-nation Super 9 hockey tournament in Perth.

New Zealand win Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey title

New Zealand win the title at the 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey Tournament, beating Argentina in the final in Ipoh, Malaysia. India take the third place, beating Britain in the play-off.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey

India beat arch-rivals Pakistan in an important match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia. 

Asian junior hockey championship

Malaysia win the Asian junior hockey championship, beating Pakistan 2-1 in the final in Malacca, Malaysia.

VISA international hockey

Olympic champions Germany defeat world champions Australia by a 5-2 margin in the final to win the mens crown at the VISA international hockey tournament in London, the UK. Hosts Great Britain defeat Argentina in the final to take the womens title.

Highest scorer in Hockey

Indian men seal a berth in hockey at the London Olympics 2012, beating France 8-1 in the final of the qualifying tournament in New Delhi. India`s ace draf-flicker Sandeep Singh emerges as the highest scorer with a tally of 16 goals.

South African women`s hockey team qualify London Olympics 2012 :

The South African women`s hockey team quality for the London Olympics 2012, beating hosts India 3-1 in the final of the qualifying tournament in New Delhi.

India wins hockey series against SA

The fifth and final hockey Test between India and South Africa in New Delhi ends in a 3-3 draw; with this, the series ends 3-1 in India`s favour.

Australia tops men’s rankings

Australia, which won the Champions Trophy hockey for the fourth time in a row at Auckland, tops the revised world rankings for men announced by the International Hockey Federation. India is placed 10th below Pakistan (8) and Korea (6). In the women’s section, the Netherland has the top spot followed by Argentina. India is ranked No. 13.

Aslam Sher khan elected

Former India hockey star Aslam Sher Khan was unanimously elected president of the Olympian Association of India at a meeting in New Delhi. Tokyo olympics finalist in the 110 m hurdles, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, was elected senior vice-president, while International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Randhir Singh was chosen chief patron and triple hockey Olympian Babbir Singh (Sr.) and “Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh patrons of the newly-formed association.

Lal Bahadur Shastri hockey tournament

ONGC clinch the Lal Bahadur Shastri hockey tournament title, beating Air India in the final in New Delhi.

Sultan of Johor hockey tournament

Hosts Malaysia beat Australia 3-2 in the final to win the inaugural Sultan of Johor hockey tournament in Johor Bahru.

India win Asian Champions Trophy hockey

India win the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament, beating Pakistan 4-2 in penalty shootout in the final in Ordos, China.