World cup

France brings FIFA world cup

France lifted the FIFA World Cup 2018 for the second time by defeating Croatia with a 4-2 victory. Didier Deschamps, the captain of the 1998 French side, became the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. Belgium won the 2nd runners-up position defeating England.

Awards at FIFA World Cup 2018

Croatia captain Luka Modric has won the FIFA Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup 2018. England national football captain Harry Kane was awarded the Golden Boot for scoring most goals (6) in FIFA World Cup 2018. Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper of FIFA World Cup 2018.

Arothe resigns as India women’s cricket coach

Indian Women’s Cricket Team Coach Tushar Arothe has stepped down from the role citing personal reasons. A former batting allrounder, Arothe took over as head coach in April 2017 after the removal of Purnima Rau from the job. Having previously been part of the Indian women’s coaching staff between 2008 and 2012, Arothe had been initially appointed until the 2017 World Cup.

Deepika won gold at Salt Lake World Cup

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

2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on June 14. Thirty-two teams from around the world will compete in the month-long tournament that concludes on July 15. Qatar will be the next host nation in 2022, a highly contested choice. This year’s World Cup mascot is a soccer-playing wolf named Zabivaka.

ICC added 4 teams to the ODI Team Rankings

Netherlands, Nepal, UAE and Scotland have been added by ICC to the list of ODI-Test playing nations, expanding the teams from 12 to 16. Netherlands secured its ODI status by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship last year. Whereas, UAE, Nepal and Scotland earned it in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, by finishing as the three leading Associates.

Pawan Singh named RTS Jury chief

India’s former shooter & national coach Pawan Singh has been appointed as the Chairman of Result Timing Score Jury by the International Shooting Sports Federation for the ISSF World Cup in Munich. With this appointment, Singh became the first Indian to chair the RTS Jury at a senior World Cup. He would be responsible to resolve any score related issue and provide an accurate result on time.

Heena Sidhu clinched gold

Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu clinched the gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol at the International Shooting Competitions 2018 in Hannover, Germany. Heena was in a rollicking form in the final where she was tied with France’s Mathilde Lamolle on 239.8 points. She won the tie to win the gold ahead of Mathilde. The finish marks a strong build-up to next week’s ISSF World Cup in Munich.

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.

Rizvi claims No.1 spot pistol rankings

Indian shooter Shahzar Rizvi grabbed the number one spot in 10m air pistol rankings by ISSF. He won the silver medal in the just-concluded World Cup in Changwon, Korea. Rizvi had previously won a gold medal with a world record score at the World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in March. The other Indians in the top-10 are Jitu Rai and Om Prakash Mitharval who are at 6th & 12th spot.

Indian fencer won silver medal at Reykjavik

India’s CA Bhavani Devi won a silver medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi World Cup Satellite Fencing Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland.Bhavani Devi had won a gold medal at the Reykjavik tournament last year to become the first Indian to do so in an international fencing event. The Tamil Nadu fencer defeated USA’s Alexis Browne in the final.

Archery World Cup: India shines

India has won bronze in the compound mixed team event at the Archery World Cup.Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam combined to beat the Turkish team of Yesim Bostan and Demir Elmaagacli by a score of 154-148. This win is Verma’s seventh overall World Cup medal and India’s second bronze in compound archery at the World Cups since the start of 2017.

Rivzi gets silver at ISSF World Cup

Shahzar Rizvi on 24th April clinched India’s first medal at the ISSF World Cup, winning a silver in the 10m air pistol event.Rizvi had won the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in March. Russia clinched the gold medal while the bronze went to Bulgaria.

Kohli and Mithali voted world’s best

Indian captains Virat Kohli and Mithali Raj were named as the leading men’s and women’s cricketers in the world respectively by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.Kohli won his award for the 2nd year in a row after again starring in all formats. Raj was acknowledged after a year in which she became the leading run-scorer in women’s One-Day Internationals during India’s run to the World Cup final.

Muskan Bhanwala wins gold in shooting

Indian shooter Muskan got gold medal in women‘s 25m pistol event at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney. The team gold was won by Muskan, Manu Bhaker and Devanshi Rana, adding to India‘s rich medal haul. Muskan‘s medal was India‘s fourth individual gold in the prestigious tournament. Anantjeet Singh Naruka, Ayush Rudraraju and Gurnilal Singh Garcha got team silver in men‘s junior skeet.

Manu Bhaker-Anmol wins air pistol mixed gold

27 : Manu Bhaker and Anmol secured the gold medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup by winning the mixed 10m air pistol event. The silver and bronze medals were both awarded to China. Genemat Sekhon bagged an individual bronze medal in the junior women‘s shooting. Overall, India occupied the second placed with 17 medals, including seven gold.

Manu Bhaker secures 10m Air Pistol gold

Manu Bhaker secured India‘s second individual gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup. India tasted success in the 10m air pistol men‘s event too with Gaurav Rana winning a silver medal. Bhaker, Rana and Mahima Turhi Agrawal also brought India on top of the team podium

Vivaan Kapoor bagged two bronze medals

Vivaan Kapoor got his 1st Bronze medal in the men‘s trap event at International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun in Sydney, Australia. He got his 2nd Bronze after winning the Team Bronze medal in the event along with Lakshay Sheoran and Ali Aman Elahi. India has two gold and three bronze medals in the competition and is placed second behind China.

India lost bid to host 2019 U-20 World Cup

Poland pipped India in the race to host 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup after the members of FIFA Council voted in its favour. With the tournament scheduled to be held around May to June, Poland emerged as the preferred choice as it will be difficult for the players to play in the scorching Indian summer. India had submitted their bid after successfully hosting the U-17 FIFA World Cup last year.

KL Rahul is the ‘Cricketer of the Year’

KL Rahul is the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ in the sixth edition of Wisden India Almanack. The Almanack pays a tribute to India‘s women cricketers, with a wonderful cover picture of celebration at the World Cup. Shantha Rangaswamy, India‘s first woman superstar, has been inducted into the Wisden India Hall of Fame. Priyank Panchal, Hasan Ali and Tamim Iqbal are the other Cricketers of the Year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

First Nepal player to get IPL contract

Sandeep Lamichhane has become the first cricketer from Nepal to land an IPL contract.He was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing players auction at his base price of Rs 20 lakh. The leg-spinner rose to prominence with a successful outing at the 2016 U-19 World Cup where he guided Nepal to a creditable eighth place.

Hugh Masekela, Passes Away

Trumpeter, composer and singer Hugh Masekela, affectionately known as the ‘father of South African jazz’, has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 78.In a career spanning more than five decades, Masekela gained international recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound. He opened the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert and performed at the event’s opening ceremony.

Real Madrid wins the Club World Cup

Real Madrid has defeated Grêmio 1-0 to clinch the FIFA Club World Cup for a third time, matching Barcelona’s record.Ronaldo curled home a free-kick as Real became the first team to win back-to-back titles.Real have now won 5 trophies in 2017 – Champions League, La Liga, Uefa Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and now the Club World Cup.

Kaka announces retirement

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka, a 2002 World Cup winner with Brazil, has retired.He is one of only eight players to win the treble of World Cup, European Cup/Champions League and Ballon d’Or.Renowned for his strong mazy dribbles, his finishing and his creativity in providing goalscoring opportunities for others, Kaka played 92 times for Brazil, scoring 29 times.

India to host 2023 World Cup

Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed that India will be hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup on 2023 & ICC Champions Trophy in 2021.This is the first time India would be hosting an ODI World Cup on its own. India has previously co-hosted ODI World Cup in 1987, 1996 and 2011.The tournament is set to feature 10 teams, with 2 sides qualifying from 2022 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

Ronaldo pips Messi to win Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or for a 5th time to move level with rival Lionel Messi.The award caps a year in which Ronaldo has won LaLiga, the Champions League & Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid, as well as helping Portugal qualify for the 2018 World Cup.Messi finished second in the voting while Neymar was third.Ronaldo previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Deepika won Bronze at Indoor Archery WC

India’s Deepika Kumari has won a bronze medal at the Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 2 that concluded in Bangkok, Thailand.Deepika, seeded third, defeated 13th seeded Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia 7-3 in the women’s recurve bronze play-off.

Final draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The final draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in the Russian capital of Moscow.The ceremony was held at the State Kremlin Palace, in Moscow, Russia.Russia, the host country for the World Cup, was placed in Group A with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay.Russia will play Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament on June 14, 2018.

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.

Chinese crowned ‘Champion of Champions’

Italy topped the medal count and Chinese were crowned ‘Champion of Champions’, in the ISSF World Cup, in New Delhi. India, which hosted the event, finished in the 7th position overall. It won 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. India’ Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu pair won gold in mixed team 10m air pistol. Sangram Dahiya won silver in men’s double trap. Amanpreet won bronze in men’s 50m pistol.

Sangram Wins Silver in Double Trap

Sangram Dahiya won a silver in the ISSF World Cup Final, in New Delhi. Double trap exponent Sangram clinched his first-ever senior medal in International Shooting Sports Federation tournament. He was taking part in the prestigious event for the first time.

England won First-ever U-17 Title

England won the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup for the very first time after a 5-2 win over European U17 champions Spain. The final was held in Kolkata. Spain finished runners-up for the fourth time after 1991, 2003 and 2007.

Amanpreet wins bronze at ISSF World Cup

India’s Amanpreet Singh secured third place in the 50-metre pistol final at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup Final in Delhi on October 27, 2017. He shot 76 out of 80 targets, three behind gold medallist Hu Binyuan (79). Amanpreet shot 202.2 to win the bronze in the final of men’s 50m pistol at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting ranges.

Staubli to become first female referee

Switzerland’s Esther Staubli is set to become the first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. This is in line with FIFA’s objective to further develop women’s football. The benefits of joining forces are mutual when men and women team up to hone their interpretation and decision-making abilities. Women referees have an opportunity to gain more experience.

Jeakson Singh creates history

Jeakson Thounaojam, created history by scoring India’s first goal in the Under-17 World Cup. The 16-year-old and hails from Manipur. He has spent his formative years at the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA). Jeason is a defensive midfielder by position and his early introduction to the sport came from his father who was a coach.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

The much-awaited FIFA U-17 World Cup started with four opening day matches to be played in Delhi and Mumbai. The opening matches would be played by teams in Group A and B. The Official Mascot of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 is a clouded leopard called Kheleo. This is the first FIFA tournament hosted by India. The final will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on 28 October 2017

Cities hosting FIFA U-17 are polluted

According to Greenpeace, “the six cities hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup – New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata, share dangerous levels of air pollution that threaten the health of spectators and athletes”. Environment activists raised a red flag regarding dipping air quality in Delhi. Concentrations of PM in these cities broke international standards.

Claire Polosak all set to make a history

Claire Polosak is going to make history with her umpiring debut in JLT Cup one-day match between New South Wales and Cricket Australia XI, scheduled to be held on 8th Oct. at the Hurstville Oval in Sydney. Polosak will become the first woman to officiate a first-class men’s domestic fixture. She has also officiated four matches at the Women’s World Cup in England earlier this year.

Female assistant referee to be seen WC

The U-17 World Cup will set a record of sorts as it will see for the first time a female assistant referee in a FIFA men’s competition this time. 7 female assistant referees from across the world, one from each continent, have been chosen by FIFA along with 70 male referees to officiate the matches in FIFA U-17 World Cup. U-17 World Cup will be played in six Indian cities from October 6-28.

Team Europe wins Laver Cup

World number 2 Roger Federer handed Team Europe the maiden Laver Cup title after beating Team World’s Nick Kyrgios in a tie-break. Federer won 4-6, 7-6 (6), 11/9 to give Team Europe an unbeatable 15-9 lead. Team Europe were odds-on favourites with 5 of world’s top 7 players. Nadal suffered a 7-5 7-6 loss to Isner forcing him to hand the baton to team-mate Federer, who eventually got the job

Jitu Rai, Heena Sidhu win Gold

Jitu Rai, and Heena Sidhu, picked up their third gold together in the 10m air pistol mixed team event, being held officially for the first time at an ISSF World Cup on the opening day of competitions. India is hosting the tournament for the first time in its history. Rai and Sidhu finished with 483.4 points, while Florian Fouquet and Celine Goberville of France took Silver with 481.

Federer & Nadal win first doubles match

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played as doubles partners for the first time on the second day of the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague. They defeated Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4 1-6 (10-5) to give Team Europe a 9-3 lead. The two picked up two Grand Slam titles each this year, as Federer won Australian Open and Wimbledon, while Nadal picked up the crowns at the French and US Open.

1st Indian spinner to take hat-trick

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has become the first Indian spinner to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket. He achieved this feat during the second match of the ongoing series against Australia at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Yadav joined Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev to become the third Indian to take a hat-trick in ODIs. He is also the first Indian to take a hat-trick in the U-19 World Cup.

Emblem and slogan for Women’s World Cup

The official emblem and slogan for FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 has been unveiled. The emblem features the competition trophy wrapped in blue and white, with eight shards of light around football at the top of the trophy symbolising the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The slogan of the tournament “Dare To Shine” reflects the development of football.

Chris Gayle creates history

West Indies opener Chris Gayle has added one more feather to his cap as he became the 1st batsman to complete a century of sixes in T20Is. Gayle reached the milestone during the lone T20I against England in his 52nd match. In the list of most sixes, Gayle is followed by Brendon McCullum (91), Shane Watson (83) & David Warner (74). Gayle has smashed 96 & 238 maximums in 103 Tests & 269 ODIs.

Maha Mission 1 Million

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched ‘Maharashtra Mission 1 Million’ initiative under which over 10 lakh students across the state will play football. It will not only create football players and lovers of the game, but will also help in overall development of the state. The FIFA U17 World Cup is happening for the first time in India and in Maharashtra.

Host city logo for Kochi

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched the host city logo for Kochi, one of the venues of Fifa Under-17 World Cup. The logo represents and reflects Kochi’s identity and will be a valuable tool in linking the local community in a global World Cup. The host city logo will allow all football fans in Kochi to have a local flavour and will be critical in the promotion of the tournament.

England to host 2018 ITTF Team World Cup

England has been awarded the right to host the 2018 Table Tennis Team World Cup, which will be held in London. It will be the first major table tennis-only event to be held in London since Wembley hosted the 1954 World Championships. The event will take place at Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 22-25 February. A total of 12 men’s & 12 women’s teams will compete at the event

Shapath Bharadwaj wins bronze

Teenager Shapath Bharadwaj won a bronze medal in the double trap event at the ISSF Junior Shotgun World Cup in Porpetto, Italy. He shot a 48 in the final to finish behind gold-medal winner Briton James Dedman and Finland’s Miki Ylonen. This was India’s first medal in the competition apart from the bronze won by Sheoran and Keer in the mixed team trap competition.

Qatar scraps visit visa requirements

Qatar has scrapped visa requirements for visitors from 80 countries including India to host Football World Cup 2022. Citizens of 33 European countries can enter without visa for 90 days in single or multiple trips during a 180-day period. Qatar’s economy has taken a hit since Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt & Bahrain moved to isolate it. It will be the 1st time World Cup will be held in West Asia.

Real Madrid wins UEFA Super Cup

Real Madrid captured the UEFA Super Cup for a second straight year, defeating Manchester United in finals to win 2-1 in Macedonia. Casemiro and Isco scored the goals for Real Madrid on either side of halftime, leading the club to yet another trophy under Zinedine Zidane. Real Madrid have now won both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup for two years running.

Ankur Mittal wins gold

Indian shooter Ankur Mittal clinched the individual as well as the team gold medal in men’s double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship. He shot 71 in the six-man final to finish at the top of the podium. He had won a gold medal at International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Mexico earlier this year. He had also bagged a silver in season’s inaugural World Cup in New Delhi.

World record deal with PSG

Neymar has completed his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee worth £200m. The transfer doubles previous world record fee paid when Paul Pogba moved from Juventus to Manchester United for a £105 million. In his 4 seasons in Spain, Neymar scored 105 goals as Barcelona won Champions League, Club World Cup, two Spanish league titles & Copa del Rey three times.

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.

ICC Women’s World Cup team

Indian skipper Mithali Raj was chosen as the captain of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team by the International Cricket Council. She was selected as captain after she led India to the final of the just-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup. Besides Mithali, Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma were the other two Indians included in the ICC’s team.

Harmanpreet Kaur scores Ton

21 : The 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup semi-final witnessed one of the finest innings ever in the sport after India’s Harmanpreet Kaur slammed a 115-ball 171 against defending champions Australia. India won the match by 36 runs. The final will be held between India and England on 23 July.

Highest run-scorer in women’s ODIs

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj became the highest run-scorer in women’s ODI cricket. She achieved the feat against Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match at Bristol. She surpassed Charlotte Edwards to become the highest run-getter also became the first cricketer to score 6000 runs in ODI. Earlier, she achieved the feat of scoring 7 consecutive fifties in ODIs.

New Head coach of Team India

Ravi Shastri has been named as Team India’s head coach till 2019 World Cup. He will replace Anil Kumble. He was selected ahead of Virender Sehwag & Tom Moody who were also interviewed for the post. He who was also the team director of the Indian team from Aug 2014 to April 2016. Zaheer Khan was appointed the bowling coach while Rahul Dravid was named batting consultant for overseas tours.

Germany wins FIFA Confederations Cup

World champions Germany won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup by defeating Chile 1-0 in the finals at St Petersburg. This is the first time Germany has won the Confederations Cup in 8 editions of pre-World Cup tournament. The match winning goal was scored by Lars Stindl in the 20th minute. Despite dominating for long spells, Chile failed to turn 61% possession and 20 shots into a single goal

Dravid to continue as coach

Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced that Rahul Dravid will continue to remain the coach for India A and U-19 teams for the next two years. He was first appointed as the coach for the two teams back in the year 2015. In his first assignment as coach, ‘A’ side won the triangular series in Australia while Under-19 team emerged Runners-up in the 2016 World Cup.

FIFA to shift U-17 World Cup matches

FIFA is set to shift India’s Under-17 World Cup matches from Mumbai to Delhi. Shift in venue is due to pressure from sports ministry as it felt it was appropriate that the capital hosts the home team’s games. Navi Mumbai was originally scheduled to host Group A matches. The first FIFA event in India will be held across 6 Indian cities from October 6 to 28.

Indian boxers shine at Ulaanbaatar Cup

Ankush Dahiya clinched a gold while L Devendro Singh settled for a silver medal on the final day of the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament in Mongolia. Ankush defeated Korean Man Choe Chol in a split verdict while Devendro lost to Indonesia’s Aldoms Suguro in a split decision. India thus signed off with a gold, a silver and three bronze medals from the tournament.

Jitu-Heena pair wins gold in World Cup

Ace shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu won the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event of the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup held at Gabala, Azerbaijan. They defeated Russia 7-6 in finals to clinch the gold medal while France defeated Iran to win the bronze in the event. The pair had also won gold at the ISSF World Cup held in New Delhi earlier this year.

England win Under-20 World Cup

England defeated Venezuela 1-0 to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. It is the first time England have ever won the Under-20 World Cup and the first time since 1966 that the country has been involved in a Fifa World Cup final. Ademola Lookman brought a decent save from Farinez before Calvert-Lewin wrote his name into the history books with what proved to be the winning goal.

Vivo to sponsor FIFA World Cup

Vivo has become the official sponsor for the 2018 and 2022 editions of FIFA World Cup. Vivo has signed an agreement with International Federation of Association Football to sponsor the FIFA World Cup for 6 years. Vivo will pay about Rs 500 crore a year to sponsor the tournaments. According to research firm IDC, Vivo was the world’s 5th biggest seller of mobile phones in 2016.

Indian archers claim gold at World Cup.

India’s compound men’s archery team consisting of Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh defeated Colombia In the penultimate day of the archery World Cup stage 1 championship in Shanghai. In semifinal, India got the better of the US while India edge out Iran in the quarterfinals. India beat Vietnam in the first round. The women’s team however did not finish on the podium.

ICC raises Women’s World Cup prize money

ICC has taken giant strides to popularise women’s cricket ahead of the upcoming 2017 World Cup in England by increasing the prize money to $2 million. This is ten times the amount that was awarded in the last edition in 2013. The ICC has also announced that Decision Review System (DRS) will be put in place for the first time in women’s cricket during the eight-team tournament in June.

Shapath reaches first World Cup Final

Young Indian shooter Shapath Bharadwaj reached his first ever ISSF World Cup stage Final. Shapath was one of four shooters to finish with a score of 135. Shapath’s teammates Sangram Dahiya and Ankur Mittal finished 17th and 19th respectively with identical scores of 127.

Shapath reaches first World Cup Final

Young Indian shooter Shapath Bharadwaj reached his first ever ISSF World Cup stage Final. Shapath was one of four shooters to finish with a score of 135. Shapath’s teammates Sangram Dahiya and Ankur Mittal finished 17th and 19th respectively with identical scores of 127.

Video Assistant Referees

Video assistant referees will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Video Assistant Referee system was first introduced at the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2016. The technology can be used to review major incidents such as goals, penalties, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

US, Canada & Mexico to launch joint WC

Football federations of US, Canada and Mexico appear set to launch a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. FIFA will designate a host for the 2026 edition in 2020. There has been only one World Cup hosted by multiple nations, the 2002 edition in Japan and South Korea. The 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 32.

Messi banned from next four matches

Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from their next 4 competitive internationals starting with the World Cup’s qualifier in Bolivia for swearing at a match official. Five- times world player of the year will play in only one of Argentina’s remaining five World Cup qualifiers. FIFA said Messi had directed insulting words at an assistant referee during the 1-0 win over Chile.

Kolkata to host FIFA U-17 WC finals

The iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata will host the final match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup match. The final of the 24-team event, the first big FIFA tournament to be held in the country, will be on October 28. The two semifinals will be hosted by Guwahati and Navi Mumbai. The FIFA U-17 World Cup is the world championship of association football for male players under the age of 17.

ISSF World Cup: Ankur Mittal wins gold

Marksman Ankur Mittal has delivered India’s nine-member contingent its first medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup (Shot Gun) in Acapulco, Mexico by shooting gold in the men’s double trap. Mittal, who won silver at last month’s ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, beat the gold medalist at that event, Australian James Willet, on day three of the competition.

De Matos appointed coach of India U-17

Luis Norton de Matos appointed new head coach of India U-17 football team. The AIFF appointed Portugal’s Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of the India Under-17 team for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The tournament is scheduled to be held in October this year. A former manager with the Benfica Reserve side, De Matos replaces Nicolai Adam.

Jitu Rai wins bronze in 10m shooting WC

Ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai staged a remarkable comeback to clinch the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event for India’s 4th podium finish in the ongoing ISSF World Cup. He shot a total of 216.7 points in the eight man final to finish third on the podium. The gold went to Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda with a world record total of 240.1 points, while Vietnam’s Xuan got silver with 236.6 points.

India gets 2019 Combined WC for shooting

India will be hosting the Combined World Cup for shooting in 2019, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Rifle Association of India’s (NRAI) bid was approved by the International Shooting Sport Federation’s Executive Board in its meeting held in New Delhi. Combined World Cup comprises all the three categories -shotgun, rifle and pistol.

Mascot for FIFA U-17 World Cup unveiled

10 : With just 238 days remaining for the start of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017,the official mascot,’Kheleo’ was unveiled. Kheleo is a cloud leopard whose habitat extends from the Himalayan foothills to mainland Southeast Asia. The tournament will be held from Oct 6-28 and will see the participation of 24 countries. The matches will be held in 6 cities

T 20 World cup for Blind

India have stormed into the semi final of the T-20 World Cup for blind by defeating New Zealand. The match took place at the KIIT stadium in Bhubaneswar.Captain Ajay Kumar Reddy was the top scorer with an unbeaten 75 off 28 deliveries, while Man of the Match Sukhram Majhi remained not out on 56.

Lloyd Wins The Best FIFA Women’s Player

Carli Lloyd from USA has been named FIFA’s top female player of 2016 in world football for the second year in a row. Lloyd beat Brazil’s Marta and Germany’s Melanie Behringer for the honour. In 2016, Lloyd scored 17 goals and had 11 assists in 21 games. She was 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, when she led the Americans to the Women’s World Cup trophy.

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.

AIFF will Bid for U-20 World Cup

All India Football Federation President Praful Patel has said that India will bid for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in the next few years. He said, that the country is keen to host the event at the earliest available opportunity in 2019. India is hosting the Under-17 FIFA World Cup next year. Under-17 global event will help in bidding for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup.

Federer Bags ATP Sportsmanship Award

Roger Federer bagged the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award & Juan Martin del Potro was declared the Comeback Player of the Year at the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards. Federer won the Sportsmanship Award for the sixth year in a row. Federer edged out fellow major winners Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray. Argentine del Potro staged a stunning comeback this season after starting the year ranked 590.

England Qualifies for ICC Women’s WC

England became the second team to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 with a victory over Sri Lanka in the first match of their ICC Women’s Championship series in Colombo. The win took next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup host to 25 points. Australia has already won the IWC title with 30 points.

Dravid Appointed Brand Ambassador

Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been made brand ambassador for the second T20 World Cup for the Blind. The tournament will be played from January 28 to February 12. The tournament will be held across eight Indian cities. Ten Countries India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies will be participating in the World Cup.

Briton Stanning Announces Retirement

Two-time Olympic champion Heather Stanning has announced her retirement from rowing. She ends her all-conquering partnership with Helen Glover. Stanning & Glover became GB’s first female rowers to win back-to-back Olympic golds when they retained the coxless pairs title in Rio. Their Olympic gold at London 2012 was the hosts’ first of the Games, and also the first in British women’s rowing.

Indian wushu Team Win 5 Medals

India wushu team has bagged an impressive five medals, including four silver and one bronze, in the eighth Sanda World Cup held at Xian, China. The event witnessed participation from 80 best Sanda players of 13th World Wushu Championship 2015. India were represented by five players. Arjuna Awardee and world silver medalist Y Sanathoi Devi won the silver for India.

Ahmedabad to host 2016 Kabaddi World Cup

The Kabaddi World Cup will be held in Ahmedabad from October 7 to 22. Gujarat will play host to 12 Kabaddi teams from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya, besides hosts India. The matches will be held in Ahmedabad’s The Arena stadium.

Steve Elworthy is appointed MD of 2019 ICC World Cup

Steve Elworthy, the former South Africa fast bowler, is appointed the Managing Director of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales.

ISSF World Cup

India’s ace shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinches Silver medal in men’s 50-metre rifle 3 position event of the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. Croatia’s Petar Gorsa wins the Gold.

Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das wins Silver at Archery World Cup

Indian mixed recurve team of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das wins Silver at Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey, losing so South Korea 1-5.

Indian women’s team win Silver medal at Archery World Cup

Indian women’s team bags Silver at Archery World Cup in Shanghai, losing to Chinese Taipei. Indian men’s trio and mixed pair win their respective Bronze play-offs in the first stage.

WI wins U-19 Cricket World Cup title

West Indies lift their maiden ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup title. In the final played at Mirpur, West Indies defeat three-time champions India by five wickets.