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SAI selects 734 youngsters under Khelo scheme

SAI selects 734 youngsters under Khelo scheme
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) announced that it has shortlisted 734 young players for a scholarship programme under the Khelo India Talent Identification Development scheme. An annual stipend of Rs 1.2 lakh will be given to each player on a quarterly basis to meet their pocket expenses. The current Sports Minister is Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Mascots for Olympics & Paralympics unveiled

Mascots for Olympics & Paralympics unveiled
Japan has unveiled the names of its mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The mascot for Olympics is “MIraitowa” which means ‘eternal future’. The mascot for Paralympics is “Someity” which means ‘so mighty’. The Tokyo Olympics are set to begin on July 24, 2020, and run through until August 9. The Paralympics will take place between August 25 and September 6 2020.

Sen clinches Asia Junior C’ship title

Sen clinches Asia Junior C’ship title
Indian badminton player Lakshaya Sen bagged the gold medal after defeating world no. 1 Kunlavut Vitidsaran in the final match of the Badminton Asia Junior Championship held in Jakarata. The Indian shuttler created history by beating the top-seed 21-19 and 21-18, thus clinching the championship. He was previously the runners-up in Tata Open India International, 2017.

Mohd Anas breaks own national record in 400m

Mohd Anas breaks own national record in 400m
Indian sprinter Muhammed Anas broke his own national record to win the 400 metres race at the Cena Noveho Mesta meet in Czech Republic. Anas set a time of 45.24 seconds to break his own record of 45.31 seconds which he had set during the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast. He is the third Indian track athlete to qualify for the event at the Olympics, after Milkha Singh & K. M. Binu.

Alisson is world’s most expensive goalie

Alisson is world’s most expensive goalie
Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he joined Liverpool from Roma. Roma said the deal for Brazil’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia “could be worth up to 72.5 million euros” ($84.5 million). He has been at Roma for two years, playing 37 Serie A games in 2017-18. Alisson became Brazil’s starting goalkeeper in 2016.

Mansi settles for silver at Junior Wrestling

Mansi settles for silver at Junior Wrestling
India won two medals with Mansi claiming silver and Swati winning bronze in their respective weight categories in women’s freestyle in the Junior Asian Wrestling Championships, 2018. In the 57 kilogram category, Mansi had to settle for a Silver after she lost to Japan’s Akie Hanai in the Final. The overall trophy went to Japan, who finished with seven gold medals.

IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Winter Games

IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Winter Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. The next Winter Olympics will now include: women’s monobob, Big Air freestyle skiing for men and women, plus mixed team events in short track speed skating, ski jumping, ski aerials and snowboardcross. Women’s ice hockey will grow by two teams to become a 10-nation lineup.

Chopra wins Gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet

Neeraj Chopra, India’s javelin star, struck Gold in the Meeting International de Sotteville-les-Rouen in France. Chopra’s throw of 85.17m was enough to clinch the top spot on the podium. The winning distance from Chopra was, however, less than the 86.47m he achieved for gold at Gold Coast CWG. Neeraj is a part of India’s squad for the Asian Games 2018.

Law Commission suggested gambling in sports

The Law commission headed by Justice B.S Chauhan (rtd.) submitted a report suggesting that gambling in sports should be regulated as it can not be stopped. Law Commission recommended the classification of ‘Proper gambling’ and ‘Small gambling’ in terms of stakes involved are high or low. It also recommended gambling to be ‘Cashless’ and linking of ‘Aadhar’ and ‘Pan’ cards of gamblers.

Sports Authority of India’s name changed

Union Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore announced that Sports Authority of India (SAI), will now be known as ‘Sports India’. SAI is a successor organization of the IXth Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1982. It aims at the joint preparation of long term sports-specific development plans by National Sports governing bodies and federations of India (NSFs).

Chaudhary sets would record at ISSF 2018

Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary set a new world record on the way to winning a gold medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup 2018 in Suhl, Germany. Saurabh shot a total of 243.7 in the 10m air pistol event at International Shooting Sports Federation tournament. The junior world record prior to this was 242.5 by Chinese shooter Wang Zhehao at the first ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney.

Ordinance for sports university approved

2 : President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to an ordinance to set up the country’s first national sports university in Manipur. The Union Cabinet had approved an ordinance on 23rd May in this regard. The University, first of its kind, will promote sports education in the areas of sports sciences, sports technology, sports management and sports coaching.

BCCI recommends Shikhar & Smriti for Arjuna

BCCI recommended Indian cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Shikhar Dhawan for the Arjuna Award.Shikhar Dhawan currently opens the innings for the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad.Last year, the BCCI had recommended Cheteshwar Pujara and Harmanpreet Kaur for the award given by the Government of India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Wenger to step down as Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger is all set to step down as a manager of Arsenal at the end of this season, thus ending his illustrious 22-year tenure.Wenger, who is the longest serving manager in the English Premier League, had led Arsenal to 3 league title in 1998, 2002, and 2004. Hired by Arsenal in Sept of 1996, he introduced new styles & standards to a sport & a league that had become set in their ways.

PV Sindhu, Smriti Mandhana in Forbes 30

Ace shuttler, PV Sindhu and cricketer Smriti Mandhana featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list. Four Indians are in the list‘s ‘Entertainment & Sports’ category. The other two being Bollywood actress-producer Anushka Sharma and Indian National Polo team captain Padmanabh Singh.

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.

Purva Barve wins title at Israel Junior 2018

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

Future Group signed as an associate sponsor

Future Group has been signed as an associate sponsor with Star India for the upcoming Vivo-IPL 2018. Future Group will be an associate sponsor by joining brands like Asian Paints, Dream 11, MakeMyTrip among others taking the tally to 8 brands. Vivo IPL 2018 will be presented in 5 regional languages along with English to a never-before 700 million viewers through multiple screens & languages.

Indian football team re-enters in top-100

The Indian football team has re-entered into the top-100 of the FIFA world rankings and is now placed at 99th. In 2017 the Indian team broke into the top-100 three times, rising as high as 96th in July- the second best ever after the 94th place attained in February 1996. But it ended the year at the 105th spot. Among Asian countries, the Indian team is at the 13th spot.

Chandigarh to host Sports Literature Festival

Chandigarh will host Play Write 2018, India‘s first of its kind ?Sports Literature Festival? on March 17-18. The ?Sports Literature festival? will feature ten interesting sessions covering games like Hockey, Cricket, Marathon running, Soccer, Boxing, Women‘s Rugby and Kabaddi etc. Play Write is being organised under the ambit of the Vibrant Networking Forum.

Akhil Sheoran won gold in shooting

Akhil Sheoran clinched the gold medal in men‘s 50m rifle 3-position after he shot 455.6 in the final to pip Austria‘s Bernhard Pickl in second place with 452. Sheoran, thus, became the fourth young Indian shooter to win a medal on ISSF World Cup debut. This was India‘s fourth gold medal at this World Cup and they sit at the top of the medals with a total of nine medals.

Gora Ho gets gold at Asia Cup in Bangkok

Gora Ho, a teenager from the tribal belt of Jharkhand, won gold partnering Akash and Gaurav Lambe in the team recurve event at the Asia Cup. The trio beat Mongolia‘s Adiyasuren Baasankhuu, Otgonbold Baatarkhuyag and Gantugs Jantsan by 27-26 in a tiebreaker match. With this India finished with three gold and two bronze medals at the Asia Cup Archery Stage 1 meet in Bangkok.

Anjum Moudgil won silver in shooting

Anjum Moudgil won her first International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup Silver medal in the Women‘s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P) event at the Guadalajara, Mexico. This was India‘s eighth medal of the competition and the first silver after having won three Golds and four Bronze medals. India still leads the medals tally with eight medals while China is in second place.

Uber ropes in Virat Kohli as Ambassador

Cab hailing platform Uber has roped in Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador in India. This is the first time the company has announced a brand ambassador in the Asia Pacific region. In February it had named footballer Mohamed Salah as the brand ambassador for the Egypt market.

Winter Paralympics officially begin

The largest ever Winter Paralympics were officially inaugurated in freezing conditions at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A record 567 athletes from 48 different nations paraded into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium to officially commence the 10-day festival that runs till March 18. A neutral Paralympic athletes team consisting of Russian competitors is also participating.

Manu Bhaker won second gold at shooting

Manu Bhaker won the second successive gold medal in a mixed team event as India consolidated their position at the top in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. Manu partnered Om Prakash Mitharval clinched the 10 metre air pistol mixed team title. With this India‘s medal count stands at three gold and four bronze medals for a total of seven podium finishes.

Muskan, Promila won gold at Archery

India‘s Muskan Kirar and Promila Daimary clinched gold medals in the women‘s compound and recurve events respectively at the Archery Asia Cup in Bangkok. Kirar got the better of Malaysia‘s Zakaria Nadhirah 139-136 in the compound final. Madhu Vedwan and Gaurav Trambak Lambe also added to India‘s tally by winning bronze medals in the women‘s and the men‘s recurve events.

Rashid became Youngest captain

The leg-spinner from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan (19-year-old) has become the youngest captain in international cricket history. He now holds the ICC No. 1 rank for bowlers in both the ODIs and T20Is and also became the youngest player ever to hold the top spot for any form of ICC men‘s ranking. England‘s Arran Bindle is the youngest woman player at the age of 19 years.

Dhoni becomes brand ambassador

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has become a brand ambassador of gaming platform Dream11. Dhoni will be the new face of the gaming platform‘s multi-channel marketing campaigns and brand engagement activities. Currently the gaming platform has an user base of 2 crore sports fans playing ?fantasy cricket, football, kabaddi and NBA.

Viswanathan Anand won Rapid event

Viswanathan Anand won the rapid event at the 11th Tal Memorial chess in Moscow. Anand finished with six points out of a possible nine, scoring four wins and four draws. Anand defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk and Daniil Dubov of Russia and Hikaru Nakamura of United States en route to his final score.

Shahzar Rizvi sets world record

India‘s Shahzar Rizvi clinched the gold medal with a world record score in his maiden ISSF World Cup appearance. Rizvi shot a world record 242.3 in the 10 metre air pistol event‘s final to beat reigning Olympic champion Christian Reitz to win the top prize. The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup 2018 is being held at Guadalajara in Mexico.

Manu Bhaker won Gold at ISSF

India‘s Manu Bhaker won the gold medal in 10 metre Air Pistol Women event at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. She defeated home-favourite Alejandra Zavala Vazquez by securing 237.5 points to bag top honour at the ongoing event. India has so far bagged 4 medals – two gold and two bronze at the event.

India won Snooker Team World Cup

India defeated Pakistan in the inaugural IBSF Snooker Team World Cup in Doha. The Indian combine of Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra came back from 0-2 down in the best-of-five final to clinch it with a margin of 3-2. The Indian team was awarded $15,000 (nearly ` 10 lakh) for winning the tournament.

White House on lockdown after man shoots

The White House on Saturday was placed on a lockdown after a man shot himself in the North Lawn of the President‘s residence. President Donald Trump was not present in the White House at the time of the incident. The unidentified man, whose death was later confirmed by the authorities, had fired several rounds before shooting himself.

Vinesh bags silver in Wrestling Championships

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat won a silver medal at the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Phogat lost to Chinese wrestler Chun Lei by a margin of 2-3 in the women‘s 50kg freestyle final. This is Phogat‘s second consecutive silver at the annual event, following her podium finish at the tournament in New Delhi in 2017.

Bronze for Sakshi

Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik had to settle for a bronze medal in Asian championship. She lost by 6-6 to eventual silver medallist Xiaojuan Luo of China in a 62kg first round bout. In the repechage rounds, Sakshi defeated Jiae Choi of Korea 11-0 and Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan 10-7 to bag the bronze.

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.

Academy of Adventure Sports at Gandikota soon

Andhra Pradesh government is establishing an Academy of Adventure Sports at Gandikota village on the banks of river Pennar in Kadapa district. The Academy is being established to empower unemployed youth in taking up adventure sports /adventure tourism centres as career building. The government also aims attracting tourists apart from employment generation and promoting adventure sports.

IOC Restores Russia?s Olympic Membership

International Olympic Committee has restored Russia‘s Olympic membership, following its suspension from the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang in South Korea. Russia was banned from February‘s Games by the IOC over state-sponsored doping. Before closing ceremony of Winter Olympics, the IOC had stated that the ban would be lifted, as long as there were no more anti-doping violations.

Federer won Most Decorated Laureus Award

Tennis legend Roger Federer became the most decorated winner in the history of Laureus World Sports Awards after he won twin honors at the 18th edition of the awards ceremony in Monaco.It was his sixth award.American tennis great Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year Award. She is now the most decorated female Laureus Award winner with five Laureus statuettes.

Davis Cup to convert into ‘WC of Tennis’

The Davis Cup, in existence since 1900, may be converted into a ‘World Cup of Tennis’ from next year.The new format will feature 18 teams playing a week-long event at one venue, instead of the existing 16 teams playing across four different months. A 25-year, $3 billion partnership with investment group Kosmos is in place for the new event.

Karnataka won Vijay Hazare Trophy

Karnataka defeated Saurashtra by 41 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final on Tuesday to win the tournament for the third time.Batting first, Karnataka put up a total of 253/10 driven by Mayank Agarwal’s 90(79), before Saurashtra were bowled out for 212 in 46.3 overs. Agarwal hit 723 runs in eight matches in the tournament, including seven 80+ scores.

Bangladesh appoint Courtney Walsh as coach

Bangladesh has named former West Indies cricketer Courtney Walsh as the interim coach for upcoming tri-nation Twenty20 series.Walsh, who has been Bangladesh’s bowling coach since 2016, takes over as interim coach from former Zimbabwean cricketer Richard Halsall. Position of Bangladesh’s head coach had been vacant since Oct, when Chandika Hathurusingha quit after three years at the helm.

Youngest captain in International Cricket

27 : At 19 years of age, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is set to become the youngest captain in the history of international cricket.The World’s No.1 ODI and Twenty20 International bowler, Rashid will lead Afghanistan after regular skipper Asghar Stanikzai was diagnosed with appendicitis. Rashid is also the youngest player to be ranked No.1 in the ICC’s Player Rankings across formats.

Strandja Memorial Tournament

Amit Panghal claimed his second consecutive international gold but MC Mary Kom settled for silver in the 69th Strandja Memorial boxing tournament for men and women in Sofia, Bulgaria.Amit (49kg), who fetched the top honours at last month’s India Open, defeated Morocco’s Said Mordaji. Seema Poonia (+81kg) also claimed silver by defeating Russia’s Anna Ivanova.

PyeongChang Winter Olympics concludes

26 : The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics concluded with a spectacular closing ceremony.In the closing ceremony, the Olympic flag was handed over to Chinese organisers for the next Winter Games in Beijing in 2022.With the 2022 Games, Beijing will become the first city in the world to host both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games after hosting the Summer Games in 2008.

India presented with ICC Test mace

The International Cricket Council presented the ICC Test Championship Mace to Virat Kohli after the end of the final T20 International against South Africa.Kohli received the ICC Test Championship mace on behalf of Team India for the second consecutive year for being the number one Test team. This is the fourth time that India has been presented with the prestigious mace.

Aruna Reddy makes history

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

Parupalli Kashyap wins Austrian Open

India’s Parupalli Kashyap overcame Malaysia’s June Wei Cheam in straight games in the men’s singles final to clinch the Austrian Open International Challenge.This is Kashyap’s first international title in over 3 years. Kashyap is the only male player from India to reach the Quarterfinals of men’s singles at 2012 London Olympics. He was also awarded the Arjuna Award by Govt of India in 2012

India and Canada ink six pacts

India and Canada have signed six agreements, including in the area of nuclear science, energy cooperation and information communication technology.An agreement b/w India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Department of Canadian Heritage was also signed for cooperation in sports. An MoU between the two countries for cooperation in higher education was also signed.

Successful Test-Fires ‘Dhanush’ Missile

India has successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km.This naval variant of the indigenously-developed Prithvi-II missile was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal. ‘Dhanush’ missile is is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg and hitting both land and sea-based targets.

Assam To Celebrate ‘Rhino Day’ On Sept 22

In a bid to keep the world famous one-horned rhinoceros of Assam under the global spotlight, Assam Government has decided to celebrate September 22 as ‘Rhino Day’.CM Sarbananda Sonowal made this announcement at the 10th meeting of State Board for Wild Life. The day for approximately 2500 rhino population in the state would be a tribute to the rhinoceros which are the ‘pride of Assam’.

ICC approves T20 league in Canada

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the green light to Cricket Canada’s maiden venture ‘Global T20 Canada’, expected to be held in July this year.Four Canadian local players will be playing in every squad of the league. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed a bat wishing the Global T20 Canada league good luck.

1st Indian to cross 900 points in ICC ranking

Virat Kohli has become only the second batsman in the history of the game to cross 900-point mark concurrently in Tests & ODIs.Kohli is only the 2nd batsman after AB de Villiers to attain the 900-point mark concurrently in both formats. Kohli thus moved ahead of Brian Lara in the all-timers’ list & ranks 7th in ODI list of all-time rankings that is led by Vivian Richards with 935 points.

Star India wins audio-visual production right

Star India has won the audio-visual production rights for not just IPL but also for BCCI’s domestic circuit for the 2018-19 season.The service agreement and the contract term will cover one season of the IPL (2018) and one season of Domestic Cricket (2018-2019). The Star India also holds the media rights of the Indian Premier League.

Shoaib Akhtar named PCB brand ambassador

Former Pak pacer Shoaib Akhtar has been named as the brand ambassador of Pakistan Cricket Board.He was also appointed as the advisor to chairman on cricket affairs. Shoaib has represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs & 15 T20Is picking 444 wickets in international cricket. His career had been like a roller coaster ride as his journey was marred by controversies, struggles & injuries.

India slides 16 spots on globalisation index

According to Global Connectedness Index 2016, India dropped 16 spots to 78 from 62 in 11 years to 2015.India’s 16-place drop was the 2nd worst change among its neighbours in central & south Asia. Georgia fared the best by moving up 43 spots to 56 while Sri Lanka was the worst, dropping 19 spots to 86. The index takes into account international flows of trade, capital, information & people.

Yuzuru Hanyu retains gold medal

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu has become the first figure skater in 66 years to win back-to-back Winter Olympic gold medals in the men’s singles event.Hanyu won the title with 317.85 points, beating compatriot Shoma Uno and multiple world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain to the second and third spots. He also became the 1,000th gold medal winner in the history of Winter Olympics.

India’s largest train the trainers programme

Pullela Gopichand has initiated country’s largest train the trainers programme, inducting 1500 Physical Education teachers from across Gujarat for advanced training.It aims to develop the skills of PE teachers so that they can impart the right techniques to children aspiring to make it big at sports. It will look at all-round development in sports, targeting PE teachers, students & schools.

Sachin made T20 Mumbai League’s ambassador

Sachin Tendulkar has been made the brand ambassador of the upcoming T20 Mumbai League.The league will be organised by Sports India Pvt Ltd, a consortium of IIFL Group as Lead Member and Wizcraft, with the approval and sanction of the Mumbai Cricket Association. 6 teams from Mumbai North, North-West, North-East, North- Central, South-Central and South will participate in the League.

VP to inaugurate Theatre Olympics

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the 8th edition of the Theatre Olympics at Lal Quila in New Delhi.The theme of the festival is – “Flag of Friendship”. The 51-day long nationwide theatre extravaganza will be held in 17 cities, including Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Patna. It is for the first time that India is hosting the event & more than 25 thousand foreign artists will participate.

Federer becomes oldest world No.1 in tennis

Roger Federer has become the oldest world number one after he defeated his Dutch opponent Robin Haase at Rotterdam’s ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.He became the oldest No. 1 male player, surpassing eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi, who holds the record at 33 yrs since September 2003.Federer is back on top after winning 3 majors in 13 months, including another Australian Open.

Indian boxers win 10 medals

Indian boxers have won 10 medals, including 5 gold, at the Asian Games Test event in Jakarta, Indonesia.Manish Kaushik, K.Shyam Kumar, Shaikh Salman Anwar and Ashish won a gold each in their respective categories. Pavitra was the lone Indian gold-winner in the 60-kilogram category of women’s draw.

Guptill becomes the highest run-scorer in T20

Martin Guptill has become the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals with his 2nd century against Australia.It took Guptill’s international T20 career total to 2,188 runs, surpassing Brendon McCullum’s 2,140, Kohli is the next highest on the all-time list with 1,956. Guptill’s century came off a mere 49 balls, which is also the record for fastest T20 hundred scored by any Nz batsman.

Ronaldo 1st player with 100 goals for 1 club

Real Madrid frontman Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player in UEFA Champions League history to score 100 goals for a single club.His overall tally in the tournament has gone up to 116 goals, 19 more than Lionel Messi. Further, Ronaldo has scored 10+ UCL goals for the seventh straight season, no other player has done so in three.

TN won Senior Women’s Football Championship

Tamil Nadu has won the Senior Women’s National Football Championship for the first time.Tamil Nadu, which was playing its first-ever final, defeated Manipur, 2-1 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha. Skipper Indumathi and Indrani found the net for Tamil Nadu, while Ratanbala scored Manipur’s only goal.

NTPC to supply extra 300MW to Bangladesh

State-run NTPC Ltd will supply 300 megawatts (MW) to power-starved Bangladesh.It is a part of India’s strategy of playing a key role in creating a new energy security architecture for its neighbours. Of India’s current supplies of 660MW to Bangladesh, NTPC has been supplying 410MW.

Ranking system for nat. sports federations

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is planning a ranking system for National Sports Federations.Aimed at inculcating healthy competition between sports bodies, the rankings will be based on the federations’ administrative capability, transparency, talent-spotting ability, and medal count of athletes. The implementation of the sports code will bar officials over 70 years old.

Gangolli won Chess Championship for the blind

Defending champion Karnataka’s Kishan Gangolli won the 13th edition of the National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai.The championship was organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).At the end of the 13th round, Asian Championship winner, Gangolli became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points.

Rohan More Swam Across Ocean Seven

Pune-based swimmer, Rohan More became the first Asian as well as the first Indian to swim across the Ocean Seven. He is the youngest to complete it.He swam across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand in 8 hours and 37 minutes. With this, More becomes only the ninth person in the world to complete it. He has received the Tenzing Norgay Award.

Keshavan comes 34th at his 6th Olympics

Four-time Asian champion India’s Shiva Keshavan on Sunday finished 34th out of 40 in the men’s singles luge event at PyeongChang Games, his sixth Winter Olympics campaign.The 36-year-old Himachal Pradesh-born athlete’s best finish at the Games had come in 2006 in Turin when he finished 25th. Shiva is one of the two Indians who qualified for the 2018 Games.

First Indian to qualify for China LPGA

Sharmila Nicollet has become the first Indian golfer to qualify for the China Ladies PGA Tour. China LPGA Tour is a professional golf tour for women organized by the China Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association. Sharmila is also the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for Ladies European Tour & the second Indian to earn a full card on the Ladies European Tour.

Winter Olympic Games Starts In Pyeongchang

The 23rd Olympic Winter Games officially kicked off at Pyeongchang in South Korea. 92 countries are participating in the event.There will be 102 medals up for grabs in Pyeongchang, covering seven sports and 15 disciplines.The ceremony was directed by Song Seung-whan, a South Korean actor.Hosts South Korea also produced a show of unity with neighbours North Korea during the ceremony.

Indra Nooyi Becomes ICC’s 1st Female Director

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed as the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) first-ever independent female director.Nooyi will join the cricket body in June 2018 for a 2-year term.The introduction of an Independent Director, who must be female, was approved by the ICC in June 2017, aimed at improving the global governance of the sport.

India won medals at Asian Para-Cycling C’ship

The Indian contingent won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the Asian Para-Cycling Championships held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.Last year’s silver medallist Divij Shah repeated his silver-winning performance while BSF soldier Harinder Singh won bronze adding to his bronze from the last year.New entrant Madhu Bagri, meanwhile, won bronze in hand-cycling.

1,218 drones set record at Winter Olympics

As many as 1,218 drones outfitted with LED lights were used during a light show at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.This made a world record for the ‘most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously’.The drones, controlled through an automated software program, flew in sync and created light-up images of Olympic sports and the Olympic rings.

Khelo India School Games Concludes

The first Khelo India School Games concluded in New Delhi with sports powerhouse Haryana topped the overall medal tally.The state won 102 medals which include 38 gold and 26 silver.Maharashtra with 110 medals (36 of them gold) finished second while Delhi with 94 medals came third.Sports Minister, Col Rajyavardhan Rathore presented the top State Haryana with the glittering trophy.

Jhulan Goswami takes 200 ODI Wickets

Indian women’s cricket team pacer Jhulan Goswami has become the first woman in the world to take 200 wickets in ODI cricket.Goswami achieved the feat playing in her 166th ODI against South Africa. Goswami had become the leading wicket-taker in women’s ODI in May 2017, overtaking former Australian pacer Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s record of 180 wickets.

Ormila Devi claims lift gold

Konsam Ormila Devi of Manipur lived up to her growing stature by winning gold in the 44kg category at the Khelo India School Games competition at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.Ormila Devi, the Commonwealth Youth Championship winner, lifted a combined total of 137 kg – 59kg in snatch and 78 kg in clean and jerk.It is 4 kg extra than what she achieved in the Commonwealth meet at Gold Coast.

Australia bowler Doug retires from cricket

Left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger, retired from a successful cricketing career in which he represented Australia across all three formats.NSW quick Bollinger, 36, played 12 Tests, 39 one-day internationals and nine T20s in an international career spanning 2009-2014.He bagged 50 Test wickets at an average of 25.92, 62 ODI wickets at an average of 23.9 and nine T20 scalps at 27.66.

Shi Yuqi won India Open badminton men’s title

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

Sindhu finishes as India Open runner-up

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

India lifts U-19 World Cup trophy

India lifted the ICC Under-19 World Cup trophy for the record fourth time by defeating Australia in the finals.Coached by Rahul Dravid, the team had remained unbeaten in the tournament.With a fourth crown, India surpassed Australia in the race of most U-19 World Cup titles.India’s star batsman Manjot Kalra led his team to the victory as he made a brilliant unbeaten century.

India won 7 golds at India Boxing Tournament

Seven Indian boxers, including five-time world champion Mary Kom, won gold medals in the India Open International Boxing Tournament.Boxers Sanjeet, Manish Kaushik, Pwilao Basumatar, Lovlina Borgohain, Pinki Rani and Manisha emerged victorious at the event in Delhi.Former world champion Sarita Devi lost to Finland’s Marjut Mira Potkonan by a split decision in the lightweight category.

Neelam Kapur Appointed DG Of SAI

Senior-most Indian Information Service (IIS) officer Neelam Kapur was appointed Director-General of Sports Authority of India (SAI).She is at present the Principal Director General of the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP).It is for the first time that an IIS officer has been appointed as SAI chief. The post is usually held by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.

Mary Kom strikes gold

M C Mary Kom claimed a gold in the India Open boxing tournament.Mary Kom won against Filipino Josie Gabuco by 4-1 and won her gold in the 48kg class among women.Asian Games bronze-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg), however, settled for a silver, outwitted by Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov in a split 4-1 decision.

Sharath Kamal won TT Championship

Sharath Kamal beat top-seeded Anthony Amalraj to win the men singles title in the 79th edition of the 11Even Sports Senior Nationals in Ranchi, Jharkhand.He won the championship for the eighth time, equalling the feat of Kamlesh Mehta. Suthirta Mukherjee from West Bengal emerged the new women champion, beating Hyderabad Nationals winner Manika Batra.

1st Khelo India School Games launched

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first Khelo India School Games at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level. Talented Under-17 players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels. The Games are being held from 31st January to 8th February 2018.

2018 India Open, starts

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

Roger Federer won Australian Open

World No. 2 Roger Federer defeated No. 6 Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to clinch his sixth Australian Open title.This is Federer’s 20th Grand Slam title. Roger Federer is from Switzerland and Marin Cilic from Croatia.

Australian Open 2018, winners

Women’s Singles – Caroline Wozniacki won by defeating Simona Halep.Men’s Doubles – Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic won by defeating Robert Farah and J. Cabal. Women’s Doubles – Kristina Mladenovic and Tímea Babos won by defeating Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova. Mixed Doubles – Gabriela Dabrowski and Mate Pavic won by defeating Timea Babos and Rohan Bopanna.

Pak. became world number 1 T20I side

Pakistan became the top-ranked T20I side in international cricket after beating New Zealand in the third and final T20I to claim the three-match series 2-1.This was Pakistan’s sixth T20I series win on the trot. Notably, New Zealand had whitewashed Pakistan in the five-match ODI series before the T20I series.

Kohli surpasses Lara

29 : Following his knocks of 54 and 41 in the last South Africa Test, India captain Virat Kohli has moved past legend Brian Lara in the all-time Test rating points list.With 912 points, current world number two Test batsman Kohli moved from 31st position to 26th position, leapfrogging Lara (911), Kevin Pietersen (909), Hashim Amla (907) and Michael Clarke (900).

Caroline Wozniacki wins Australian Open

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki defeated Romanian Simona Halep to win her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.Twice a runner-up at the US Open, Wozniacki becomes the first Dane to win a Grand Slam singles title. With the win, Wozniacki will reclaim the WTA World No. 1 ranking exactly six years since she last held it.

India retain ICC Test Championship mace

India’s win over South Africa in the 3rd & final Test helped it retain the ICC Test Championship mace.Kohli will be presented with the mace, which is a symbol of excellence & a recognition of a side’s outstanding performance in the purest format of the game. Kohli had become the 10th captain since 2002 to get his hands on the mace when he had received it from Sunil Gavaskar in 2016.

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ won 2 awards

24 : “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, a biopic on cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has won two awards at the recently concluded 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018.Helmer James Erskine won the trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary and an honorary diploma. Producer Ravi Bhagchandka received the Special Award for the Best Film in the Long Documentary section.

West Indies to Host Women’s World T20

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced, the 2018 edition of the Women’s World T20 will be hosted by West Indies in November 2018.Hosts Windies will defend the title they won over Australia in Kolkata in 2016. The three venues were selected by Cricket West Indies through a bidding process and have been ratified by the ICC.

Tokyo held missile evacuation drill

Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces.The choreographed evacuations at a fair ground and park ringing the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium involved around 300 volunteers. North Korea conducted its most recent and biggest nuclear bomb test in September and has tested dozens of ballistic missiles.

India retains Blind World Cup title

India defeated arch rivals Pakistan by two wickets in a thrilling summit clash to retain the Blind Cricket World Cup title.Sunil Ramesh was the star performer for India in the Blind World Cup 2018 final, scoring 93 runs. It was India’s second title at the mega event as earlier they won World Cup, outclassing Pakistan at Cape Town, South Africa in December 2014.

Ronaldinho retires from football

Former Brazil and Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho has retired from professional football.Ronaldinho has not played for a professional team since leaving Brazilian side Fluminense in July 2015. Ronaldinho was part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad, won the Champions League in 2006 with Barcelona and won the Balon d’Or in 2005.