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  • Navi Mumbai to host final of FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup

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    Navi Mumbai will be hosting the final of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup on 21 November. The announcement was made by the organizing committee.  FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup: ♦ The committee stated that Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata, and Navi Mumbai will host the games. ♦ 16 teams will compete across 32 matches in Navi Mumbai. ♦ The official slogan of FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020 is "Kick off the Dream".  ♦ The tournament will be held from 2-21 November 2020. India also seeks to host the U-20 World Cup and the Club World Cup.

    India gets its first Greco-Roman gold medal after 27 years

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    Sunil Kumar won India's first Greco-Roman gold medal in Asian Wrestling Championships in 27 years on 18 February. He defeated Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan under the 87kg category at the summit. He scored 5-0 in the event to claim the title. The previous gold was won by Pappu Yadav in 1993 for India under the 48 kg in the Greco-Roman category. Also, Arjun Halakurki won bronze at the championship under the 55 Kg category. He defeated Donghyeok Won of Korea to claim the medal.  Sunil Kumar: Indian wrestler Sunil Kumar is hailed from Baprola, Delhi. He won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He also won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games under the 74 Kg category. In 2009, he was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.

    United by Emotion has been chosen as the motto of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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    The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced the motto for the year's Olympics. The motto for Olympics 2020 is "United by Emotion". The motto reflects the universal values and unifying power of sport. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held from 24 July to 9 August at New National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.  United by Emotion: The motto emphasizes the power of sport to bring together people from diverse backgrounds of every kind and allow them to connect and celebrate in a way that reaches beyond their differences. The official motto of the games is "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (meaning Faster, Higher, Stronger). Also, every city is at the liberty to choose its own motto.

    Mondo Duplantis breaks own pole vault world record, Clears 6.18m

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    Mondo Duplantis smashed his own world pole vault record for the second time in a week at the 2020 World Indoor Tour, Glasgow Grand Prix. He cleared 6.18m. He easily beat his own mark of 6.17m which he set in Poland 2020. He was awarded a $30,000 bonus from World Athletics. Mondo Duplantis: In 2019 he broke the NCAA indoor and outdoor records and won the NCAA indoor championship. In October 2019, Duplantis won a silver medal in the pole vault at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar in 2019.

    Joshua Cheptegei sets 5km road world record in Monaco

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    Uganda's world 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei created history by setting a 5km road world record in Monaco. He ran 12 minutes 51 seconds and smashed the previous record, set by Kenya's Rhonex Kipruto by clocking 13:22. Jimmy Gressier of France finished second in Monaco with a European record. He clocked 13:18. Also, Britain's Nick Goolab finished third in a new British record of 13:27. Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei: Ugandan long-distance runner Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won silver in the 10000 m run at the 2017 World championship in London. In 2018, he also set a world record for the 15 km road race. In 2019, he became the World Cross Country champion.

    Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Announces Khelo India Winter Games in Jammu and Kashmir

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    Union Territory of Ladakh will host the inaugural Khelo India Winter Games later this month, followed by a similar event in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir in March, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The sports ministry will fund both the Khelo India Winter Games in Ladakh in the third week of February and Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of March. Khelo India  Khelo India Ladakh Winter Games will feature an open ice hockey championship, figure skating, and speed skating, and the competition will be conducted at the block, district, and UT levels with the expected participation of about 1700 athletes. The competitions of the Khelo India J&K Winter Games will be held at Kongdori, Gulmarg, in four age categories for both boys and girls. The Athletes in the age categories of 19-21 years, 17-18 years, 15-16 years, and 13-14 years can compete in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Around 841 athletes and officials expected to participate in the Games being organized by J&K Sports Council and Winter Games Association of J&K, with 15 teams from different states and organizations.

    Manpreet Singh won the FIH Mens Player of the Year award

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    Manpreet Singh won the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Men's Player of the Year award. He created a record as he became the first Indian hockey team player to win the awards since its inception in 1999. He won the award ahead of Arthur van Doren of Belgium and Lucas Vila of Argentina, who finished second and third respectively.  Manpreet Singh: The Indian hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh made his debut in 2011. He has made more than 260 appearances, he has been a huge asset for the team. He will lead the hockey team in the FIH Hockey Pro League. In 2019, Manpreet Singh led his team to victory in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers and secured a spot at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. He represented India at London 2012 and Rio 2016. International Hockey Federation (FIH): Established on: 7 January 1924 Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland President: Narinder Batra CEO: Thierry Weil Membership: 137 national associations FIH is the international governing body of indoor field hockey and field hockey.

    Gulmarg to host 2020 National Winter Games

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    National Winter Games will be hosted in the world-famous ski destination Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir. The five-day games will be held from 7 March under the Khelo India programme. National Winter Games: ♦ National Winter Games is aimed to develop sports across the nation. ♦ The event will witness 30 events under four disciplines including snowboarding, snow skiing, cross country, and snow show. ♦ The Athletes in the age categories of 19-21 years, 17-18 years, 15-16 years, and 13-14 years can compete in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. ♦ Players from all over the country will participate in the event. Around 841 athletes and officials expected to participate in the Games being organized by J&K Sports Council and Winter Games Association of J&K, with 15 teams from different states and organizations.​​​​​​​ ♦ On the sidelines of the main event, Snow cycling and other games will be held for local children.

    FIH named Lalremsiami as the 2019 FIH Womens Rising Star of the Year

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    The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has named India forward Lalremsiami as the 2019 FIH Women's Rising Star of the Year. She won 40% of all the votes cast. She got 47.7% of her votes from among national associations and the media, fans/players contributed 28.4% and 36.4% respectively. She came ahead of Argentina's Julieta Jankunas and Frederique Matla of the Netherlands, who finished second and third, respectively. Lalremsiami: Lalremsiami is from Kolasib in Mizoram. She gained popularity at the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup. She also scored top score when the team played a test series against Korea in 2017 and against Spain in 2019. Despite her father's death, in 2019, she played at the FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima to qualify for the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020.

    Mondo Duplantis set world record at the World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting

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    American-born Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis set a world record by soaring 6.17 meters on his second attempt at the World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting held in Torun, Poland on 8 February. He achieved this feat in his second attempt at the height and sixth jump of the competition. He broke Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie's record of 6.16m which was set in February 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. He represented his mother's native country of Sweden. Mondo Duplantis: In 2019 he broke the NCAA indoor and outdoor records and won the NCAA indoor championship. In October 2019, Duplantis won a silver medal in the pole vault at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

    Rakhi Halder won gold at Senior Womens National Weightlifting Championships

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    Rakhi Halder of Bengal claimed gold in the 64kg category of the 35th edition of the Senior Women's National Weightlifting Championships at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra in Kolkata. She lifted 93 kg in snatch and 117 kg in clean and jerk on 5 January 2020. She lifted 10kg ahead of Harjinder Kaur of Chandigarh, her rival. Rakhi Halder: Halder is ranked 19th in the Olympic qualifiers list. She has personal best of 218 kg (95kg in snatch and 123 kg in clean and jerk) at the Qatar International Cup in 2019 and won the bronze medal. At the Commonwealth Championship in June 2019, she bagged gold with a total lift of 214-kg.

    Winner of the Aussie Open Novak Djokovic returns to No. 1

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    Novak Djokovic came back to No. 1 in the ATP rankings 3rd February in the wake of winning his eighth Australian Open title, while Sofia Kenin's first Grand Slam trophy helped her to a vocation high No. 7 — and made her the leading American — on the WTA list.  Djokovic's 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Dominic Thiem in the last at Melbourne Park on Sunday permitted the 32-year-old from Serbia to rise one spot and move back in front of Rafael Nadal.  Nadal had surpassed Djokovic in November and, at age 33, turned into the most seasoned year-end No. 1. Be that as it may, Nadal lost positioning focuses by getting dispensed within the Australian Open quarterfinals by Thiem, one year after being the sprinter up to Djokovic.  It is Djokovic's 276th week driving the ATP, the third-most throughout the entire existence of the automated rankings, which started during the 1970s. Roger Federer holds the record of 310, trailed by Pete Sampras with 286.  On the off chance that Djokovic can remain at No. 1 until the first seven day stretch of October, he will outperform Federer.  "That is one of the two greatest objectives, without a doubt," said Djokovic, who crushed Federer in the elimination rounds at Melbourne Park. "That is to say, and there is no mystery in that."  The other? Making up for lost time to Federer and Nadal for most significant titles. Federer drives the path with 20, with Nadal at 19 and Djokovic now at 17.  In the rankings, Nadal is No. 2, Federer stayed at No. 3, and Thiem went up one spot to No. 4, with U.S. Open second place Daniil Medvedev sliding to No. 5.  The highest bounce in the best 100 was by Tennys Sandgren, an American who went from 100th to 44th gratitude to finding a workable pace. He pushed Federer to the verge in that round, holding seven-match focuses, however, couldn't change over one.  The 21-year-old Kenin, who lives in Florida, turned into the most youthful lady to win the Australian Open since Maria Sharapova in 2008 by returning to beat double cross significant victor Garbiñe Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in Saturday's conclusive.  Kenin rose eight spots and is the youngest American to make her presentation in the leading 10 since Serena Williams in 1999.  With Williams remaining at No. 9 after her third-round misfortune in Australia, Kenin moved past a player she thinks about a symbol.  The United States has Latvia at Everett, Washington, in the group rivalry one weekend from now.  Debris Barty clutched No. 1 in the WTA rankings after losing in elimination rounds against Kenin. Simona Halep, who had been expelled by Muguruza at that stage, went from No. 3 to No. 2, exchanging places with Karolina Pliskova. Muguruza, who was unseeded at a Grand Slam competition without precedent for a long time, came back to the leading 20, going from No. 32 to No. 16.  The 2019 heroin Melbourne, Naomi Osaka, went from No. 4 to No. 10 in the wake of losing in the third round to 15-year-old American Coco Gauff. Making it to Week 2 in her competition debut supported Gauff from No. 67 to No. 51.

    Fancied India meet Pakistan in First Semifinal in U-19 World Cup

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    India will meet Pakistan in the first semi-final round in the U-19 World Cup. India, who are the Continuous Winner of the U-19 World Cup, delivered on Pakistan a 203-run pounding in the last version in 2018. Four-time champions India will back themselves to arrive at their third progressive last at the Under-19 World Cup when they face most despised opponents Pakistan.  The two groups go into the semi-final round unbeaten. While India beat Australia in the quarterfinals, Pakistan defeated Afghanistan.  India Pakistan Challenge Pakistan chief Rohail Nazir made light of the publicity encompassing the game. However, an India-Pakistan challenge is always a high-pressure one that tests the character of players on either side. Doing great in the game makes them medium-term stars, and the players realize that.  Like at the most elevated level, the Indian youngsters had the high potential over Pakistan generally, having beaten them in the Asia Cup last September when they won the competition victors. India, who are the safeguarding heroes of the U-19 World Cup, had exacted on Pakistan a 203-run pounding in the last version in 2018.  In any case, history means pretty much nothing, and the Priyam Garg-drove India should play their best cricket to take Pakistan out of the challenge.  Backbone of Indian Batting Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has been the foundation of India batting, scoring three half-hundreds of years in four games, including against Australia.  The remainder of the batsmen have not done a lot to think of home about, and if the lower-request had not saved India in the quarterfinal, the result of the game could have been unique. Not to overlook the game dominating spell from pacer Kartik Tyagi.  Atharva Ankolekar and in-structure leggie Ravi Bishnoi shared a 61-run represent the seventh wicket to give their group a battling possibility. At last, India won rather easily. Confronting Pakistan quick bowlers Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir Khan, and Tahir Hussain will be a test for the Indian batsmen.  Opener Huraira made an excellent presentation in the last game, scoring 64 to lead his group to an exhaustive win over Afghanistan after the bowlers pleasantly set up the game where the Match begins at 13.30 IST.

    Novak Djokovic won his record 8th Men's singles title

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    Serbia's Novak Djokovic won his record 8th Men's singles title in the Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. He beat first-time Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria. The men's doubles title clinched by Joe Salisbury of UK and American Rajeev Ram, who beat Australia's Luke Saville and Max Purcell. Novak Djokovic becomes the third man to win 8 titles. Novak Djokovic beat Austrian Dominic Thiem in five sets to defend his Australian Open men’s singles title in Melbourne, Australia. Novak became the first tennis player in the open Era of men single team to win a Grand Slam at three different decades. Novak Djokovic behind Rafael Nadal (19) and 3 behind Roger Federer (20) on the elite list.

    Ayonika Paul won the women's 10m Air Rifle T1 event

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    Olympian Ayonika Paul won the women's 10m Air Rifle T1 event Vijayveer Sidhu won the men's 25m Pistol T2 event in the National Shooting trials at Thiruvananthapuram. She came to a quality eight-woman field, which had the likes of Tokyo 2020 quota holders Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil among competitors. Registered a score of 252.0.Her effort just 0.9 behind Apurvi's world record of 252.9. Apurvi came third with a rating of 229.8  Zeena won the junior women's trials in the same event had the best qualifying score on the day with a 630.0 to show after 60 shots. Chandigarh's Vijayveer won the junior men's 25m Pistol with an aggregate score of 585. The three inner 10s, more than second-placed Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu of Punjab.

    Goa 2020 National Games unveils Rubigula as mascot

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    Rubigula, Flame-Throated Bulbul unveiled as the official mascot for the Goa 2020 National Games. The Flame-Throated Bulbul is the state bird of Goa. The mascot Rubigula will generate the interest of people towards the National Games. The mascot incorporates the best elements and characteristics of Goa and the Goan people. The state has world-class infrastructure fo the games. World-class infrastructure has been created for these Games, which will benefit sportspersons in the State. The Games will help imbibe a sports culture in the State. We are expecting a grand celebration from October 20 to November 4, which will bring athletes from across India. Goa will be hosting the 36th edition of the National Games from 20th October to 4th November 2020. The event will see participation by 36 states, and union territories, 12,000 + athletes, officials and will host 37 sports disciplines across 24 venues in Goa. 36th National Games will begin in Goa from October 20 to November 4. More than 12,000 athletes, as well as officials, will participate in the tournaments.

    Indian Grand Masters bowed out of contention in the Gibraltar Chess Festival

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    All the four Indian Grand Masters including teen sensation R Praggnanandha, bowed out of title contention in the Master's category of 18th Gibraltar Chess Festival in Gibraltar. Grand Master Aryan Chopra secured the best finish among the Indians, taking the 11th place while Karthikeyan Murali was 13th. The experienced K Sasikiran took 18th spot while Praggnanandhaa was 20th. Twenty-one-year old Russian David Paravyan beat compatriot Andrey Esipenko and China's Wango Hao in the tie-break to emerge champion following a play-off. The Four players got into the playoffs after six had finished tied first on 7.5 points.  Gibraltar Chess Festival The Gibraltar International Chess Festival is a chess tournament held annually at the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar. Its eleven days of competition usually run from late January to early February. The inaugural edition, then known as the Gibtelecom Gibraltar Chess Festival took place in 2003.

    Today Current Affairs: Bala Devi becomes First Indian Woman Footballer to play professionally in the World

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    Bala Devi from Manipur Police becomes the first Indian woman to become a professional footballer in the world. The 29-year-old is currently the leading goal scorer for the Indian national women's team netting 52 in 58 outings since 2010, which makes her the top international goal scorer in the South Asian region. She finished the top-scorer in the last edition of the Indian Women's League, scoring 25 in 7 games. She was the top-scorer in the women's nationals last year with 21 goals. Bala has a prolific scoring record with over 100 goals in 120 games in domestic football. She has the top scorer in the Indian Women's League for the past two seasons and has also been named as All India Football Federation (AIFF) Women's Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2016.

    Today Current Affairs: Indian Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

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    Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.86 meters at the Athletics Central North East meeting in South Africa. The 22-year-old Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist breached the Olympic qualification mark of 85 meters in his fourth attempt. Neeraj missed the IAAF World Championships, the Diamond League and the Asian Championships due to an elbow injury. The competition was the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games won gold with a national record of 88.06 meters.

    World Archery lifted its ban on AAI

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    World Archery lifted its ban on the Archery Association of India (AAI) to boost Indian archers' preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. World Archery has instructed to make changes in its constitution regarding athlete membership, resolve governance issues and develop a strategic plan. The move comes after the elections held in New Delhi on 18 January.  Ban: On 5 August 2019, the World Archery suspended the AAI for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies. The two factions of the AAI had held separate elections simultaneously in New Delhi and Chandigarh on 9 June 2019 to elect two presidents namely Munda and Rao. Because of this, the Indian archers failed to compete at the South Asian Games in Nepal in December 2019. They were allowed to participate at the Asian Championships in Bangkok as 'neutral athletes'.

    Maharashtra topped the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games champions

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    Maharashtra topped the Khelo India Youth Games champions 2020. The total medal tally of 256 medals, including 78 gold. Haryana ranked second and won a medal tally of 200. Organized by: The 2020 Games is conducted in partnership with the School Games Federation of India (SGFI), Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and Assam STate government.  Top 5 states that won the games are: 1) Maharashtra 2) Haryana 3) Delhi 4) Karnataka 5) Uttar Pradesh

    MP to give incentives for medal winners in Khelo India Youth Games

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    Madhya Pradesh state government has announced incentives for the players who performed well in Khelo India Youth Games 2020 in Guwahati, Assam.  Incentives: ♦ The state players will be provided international level sports infrastructure, sports equipment, training in the modern and scientific methods, and all other required facilities. ♦ The government will give an incentive of Rs.1 lakh to the gold medal winner, Rs.75,000 to the silver medalist and Rs.50,000 to the bronze medalist of the Khelo India Youth Games.  ♦ Madhya Pradesh had won a total of 46 medals including 15 gold and 11 silver medals. In 2019, the state won only 8 gold medals in Khelo India 2019. ♦ In the Khelo India Youth Games 2020, the Madhya Pradesh state players have achieved these medals by excelling in judo, archery, athletics, wrestling, swimming, table tennis, shooting,  badminton, weightlifting, and boxing.

    Apurvi Chandela, Divyansh Singh Panwar won gold at the Meyton Cup

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    Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Divyansh Singh Panwar won gold at the Meyton Cup international shooting championship in Austria. The four Indian shooters have already secured Olympic quotas for Tokyo Games 2020. Apurvi won the gold in women's 10m air rifle. She secured a final score of 251.4. Another Indian player, Anjum Moudgil had to settle for bronze in the same event with a final score of 229. In men's 10m air rifle, Divyansh won the top honours with a final score of 249.7. Also, Deepak Kumar won bronze with a score of 228. Meyton Cup: The Meyton Cup is a private tournament. Shooters go on their own to participate to gain experience before international events

    Fit India Cyclothon event was held in Goa

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    Fit India Cyclothon event was held on 18 January 2020 in Goa. It was flagged off by Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju at the Campal Parade Ground and culminated at Bal Bhavan. Organized by: The Fit India Mission has been initiated under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Ministry in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Goa organizes the event. Fit India Cyclothon: ♦ The Fit India Cyclothon was a PAN India event held across multiple cities in Goa. ♦ The Fit India Cyclothon event was a leisure activity organized with the aim to get the people involved in outdoor activities. ♦ It aimed to start a cycling culture in the state. ♦ More than 500 cycling enthusiasts participated in the event and cycled through a 5 km stretch in Panaji.

    TN girls won the under-17 basketball title at Khelo India Youth Games

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    Tamil Nadu girls won the under-17 basketball title at Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati, Assam. Tamil Nadu defeated Rajsthan by 59 to 57 points.  Other winners: ♦ Punjab girls won the bronze medal in the under-21 category. They defeated Tamil Nadu.  ♦ Kerala and Karnataka won bronze medals in boys and girls under-17 categories. In Hockey: ♦ Haryana won Gold in girls under-17 category by defeating Jharkhand in a penalty shootout.  ♦ Assam weightlifter Golap Gogoi won gold in 81 kg weightlifting.  Organized by: The 2020 Games is conducted in partnership with the School Games Federation of India (SGFI), Indian Olympic Association (IOA), and Assam STate government.  Participants: More the 12,000 players are expected to participate in the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games.  Note: Khelo India is a national level multidisciplinary grassroots game in India. It is held for two categories, mainly U-17 years school students and U-21 college students.  

    Ratchanok Intanon won the 2020 Indonesia Masters title

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    Thailand's Badminton player Ratchanok Intanon won the Indonesia Masters title 2020 in Women's Singles category on 19 January. It was her first badminton title of the year 2020. She defeated former world number one Carolina Marin. She secured 2-1 to claim the title. She was awarded $30,000 and the trophy. Results: Men's Singles: Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia) Women's Singles: Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) Men's Doubles: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo(Indonesia) Women's Doubles: Greysia Polii, Apriyani Rahayu (Indonesia) Mixed Doubles: Zheng Siwei, Huang Yaqiong (China) 2020 Indonesia Masters: 2020 Indonesia Masters is a badminton tournament which was held at Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Indonesia. The event was held from 14-19 January 2020. The total prize money for the tournament was US$400,000. It was the second tournament of the 2020 BWF World Tour.

    Sania Mirza won women doubles title of WTA International trophy at Hobart

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    Sania Mirza lifted the WTA Hobart International trophy with partner Nadiia Kichenok after edging out Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang in the final. The unseeded Indo-Ukrainian pair pipped the second seed Chinese team 6-4 6-4. Sania begun well in the Olympic year warmed up for the Australian Open. Sania's 42nd WTA doubles title and first since Brisbane International trophy in 2007. Sania did not compete on the WTA circuit in the entire 2018 and 2019 seasons to start a family with Pakistani cricketer husband, Shoaib Malik. The second set could not have started better for them as they broke the Chinese rivals to take early lead and consolidated the break with an easy hold.The game of the Chinese was falling apart as they dropped serve again in the third but broke back immediately to repair some damage.Sania and Nadiia were now feeling the heat at 0-30 in the sixth game but Peng and Zhang let them hold serve for a 4-2 lead. The Chinese though kept fighting and made it 4-4 with another break in the eighth game.The Indo-Ukraine team raised its game when it mattered as it broke Peng and Zhang for one final time in the ninth and served out the match in the next game.Sania and Nadiia split USD 13580 as prize money and earned 280 ranking points each for their winning effort.   2019 Hobart International The 2019 Hobart International a women tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 26th edition of the Hobart International and part of the WTA International tournaments of the 2019 WTA Tour.

    Vinesh Phogat won gold medal in Rome Ranking Series

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    Vinesh Phogat won her first gold medal of the 2020 season at the Rome Ranking Series. Anshu Malik settled for a silver in 57kg competition in Rome. The two fierce Chinese rivals on her way to the 53kg gold medal bout in which she overpowered Ecuador's Luisa Elizabeth Valverde 4-0. She won by technical superiority against Khrystyna Bereza (10-0) and Lannan Luo (15-5) before getting the better of Qianyu Pang (4-2).

    Kuldeep Yadav became the fastest Indian spinner to take 100 wickets in ODIs

    32 days ago
    Kuldeep Yadav became the fastest Indian spinner to claim 100 wickets in ODI during the second match against Australia in Rajkot. The left-arm wrist-spinner reached the milestone in his 58th match when he got rid of Alex Carey for 18 in the 38th over of the Australian run chase. The fastest to 100 wickets was Harbhajan Singh in 76 matches. Kuldeep Yadav Kuldeep is the third-fastest Indian bowler to take 100 ODI wickets behind current teammates Mohammed Shami who reached the milestone in 56 matches and Jasprit Bumrah in 57 games.

    Haryana dominates Wrestling by winning six gold medals in Khelo India Youth Games

    32 days ago
    Haryana continues its dominance in wrestling at the 3rd Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati. Haryana won six of the 11 gold. Maharashtra got three gold medals in wrestling and reached 150 marks on the medals tally with 42 golds overall. Haryana retained the second spot with 111 medals, including 36 gold. Delhi is third and Uttar Pradesh in the fourth position. Khelo India Youth Games Khelo India Youth Games formerly Khelo India School Games, meaning Play India Youth Games held annually in January or February. First event: 2018 Last event: 2019

    Anshu Malik won silver in 2020 Rome Ranking Series

    33 days ago
    Indian teenage wrestler Anshu Malik won in the women's 57kg freestyle event of the season 's first major competition, the Ranking Series in Rome. She lost to Nigeria's Odunayo Adekuoroye for the score 10-0.  Rome Ranking Series 2020: Rome Ranking Series 2020 was announced by the United World Wrestling. The event is being held from 15-18 January 2020.  The event included all three wrestling styles: freestyle, women's wrestling, and Greco-Roman and will influence seeding for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Series will influence the top four seeds at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

    Aashman Taneja sets Guinness world record in Taekwondo

    36 days ago
    Aashman Taneja, a five-year-old boy, from Hyderabad has set the Guinness world record in Taekwondo for the most full contact knee strikes in one-hour non-stop.  Aashman Taneja: Aashman is a Taekwondo player and an athlete at a very young age. He won silver in the USA World Open Taekwondo. He attempted the Guinness World Record for the most full contact knee strikes in one- hour non-stop and achieved more than 1200 knee strikes successfully.  Taekwondo: Taekwondo is an Asian (Korean) martial art and combative sport. It emphasizes head-height kicks, fast kicking techniques and jumping and spinning kicks. It was first developed and played during the 1940s.

    India topped the Annual Ranking by Nation 2019 by ISSF

    36 days ago
    India topped the Annual Ranking by Nation (Rifle, Pistol & Shotgun ISSF World Cups for the year 2019 by International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). It is followed by China and the United States. India leads the standings with 30 medals overall. The tally stood at 21 gold, 6 silver, and 3 bronze.  ♦ China stood second with a medal tally of 11 gold, 15 silver, and 18 bronze. ♦ The USA stands third with a medal tally of six gold six silver and three bronze. The top 10 countries in the list are:

    Jasprit Bumrah to receive the Polly Umrigar Award

    37 days ago
    Indian Cricketer Jasprit Bumrah is selected to receive the Polly Umrigar Award for male category for the year 2018-19. He is awarded for being the best international cricketer at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Annual Awards. It has been scheduled to be held in Mumbai.  Jasprit Bumrah: Jasprit Bumrah is currently ranked as the world no.1 One Day International (ODI) bowler. Bumrah has made his Test debut during India's tour of South Africa in January 2018. He scalped a five-wicket haul in South Africa, Australia, England, and the West Indies. He become the first and only Asian bowler to reach the milestone. He has has 62 wickets to his name in the longest format of the game while 103 scalps from 58 ODIs. Other awardees: ♦ Poonam Yadav will receive the Polly Umrigar Award for the Female category. ♦ Anjum Chopra and Krishnamachari Srikkanth will receive the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award ♦ Cheteshwar Pujara will receive the Dilip Sardesai Award. He is awarded for being the highest run-getter in Tests during the 2018-19 period. Pujara had scored 677 runs from eight Tests, averaging 52.07. ♦ Mayank Agarwal has  been chosen for the best international debut in the men's category  ♦ Shafali Verma will receive the best international debut in the women's category

    Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after 2 decades

    41 days ago
    Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics officially. He ended a wait spanning two decades. International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) issued the latest rankings that included all results between 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. Mirza's qualification to enter the Tokyo Games was confirmed in the issue. The riders competed the 4-star level tournaments to qualify for the Olympics.  Previously, Imtiaz Anees in 2000 Sydney and Late Wing Commander IJ Lamba in 1996 Atlanta are the two Indians to who represented India at the Olympics.  Fouaad Mirza: The 27-year-old Mirza had won a silver in individual eventing in the 2018 Asian Games. He secured 34 points on his first horse Fernhill Facetime and 30 with his second horse Touchingwood.

    Harshvardhan Sadgir won the 2020 Maharashtra Kesari title

    41 days ago
    Indian wrestler Harshvardhan Sadgir won the Maharashtra Kesari title in the 63rd wrestling event at Balewadi near Pune on 7 January 2020. He defeated his opponent Shailesh Shelek of Latur to claim the title.  63rd wrestling event: Maharashtra Kesari wrestling competition is organized by Maharashtra State Wrestling Association. The first edition of the event was held in 1961. The 63rd edition of Maharashtra Kesari Kusti 2020 began on 3 January 2020 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Balewadi, Mahalunge in Pune, Maharashtra. It was held from 3-7 January. Around 900 wrestlers participated in the event across 10 different weight groups. The weight categories at the Maharashtra Kesari are 57 Kg, 61 Kg, 65 Kg, 70 Kg, 74 Kg, 79 Kg, 86 Kg, 92 Kg, 97 Kg and one Maharashtra Kesari (86 to 125kg). 

    First edition of Khelo India University Games to be held in Odisha

    42 days ago
    The first edition of Khelo India University Games has been scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University in Bhubaneswar.  Aim: The University Games provides a platform for young students to showcase their sports talent. The games are aimed to further nourish the talents of the youth. Khelo India University Games: Khelo India University Games is an initiative of the Government of India to empower the sports sector. It aims to mould the future of budding sports stars in India. The games will be held from 22 February to 1 March 2020. Union Minister of Sports Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik unveiled the logo and jersey of Khelo India University Games at the launching ceremony of the event that was held at Bhubaneswar on 7 January 2020. 

    Magesh Chandran won the Hastings International Chess Congress title

    42 days ago
    Indian chess player P. Magesh Chandran won the title in the 95th edition of the Hastings International Chess Congress in Hastings, England. He defeated Indian GM Deep Sengupta in the eighth round to win the title. He secured the first place with 7.5 points from nine games. Other winners: Indian player G A Stany took sixth place with 6.5 points India's woman player GM R Vaishali secured 6 points and finished 10th.  Two other Indian players, Deep Sengupta and Swayams Mishra finished 13th and 14th respectively by securing identical 6 points. Hastings International Chess Congress: A nine-round accelerated Swiss Pairing tournament was held at Hastings, England. The tournament was held from 28 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. The event provided opportunities to qualify for titles and for the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) Rating List.

    Manav Thakkar became world no.1 in ITTF rankings

    44 days ago
    Indian paddler Manav Thakkar topped the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings and became world number 1 in the Under-21 men's singles category. Thakkar became the fourth Indian to achieve the rank after Harmeet Desai, G Sathiyan and Soumyajit Ghosh. He jumped nine places to etch his name in the history books. The 19-year-old Thakkar achieved the rank after claiming the Under-21 men's singles title at the ITTF Challenge Plus Benemax-Virgo North American Open in Markham, Canada in December 2019. Thakkar was also ranked world no. 1 in the Under-18 category in February 2018. He was also a part of the Indian men's team which won a bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.  Other Indian Paddlers in the list: ♦ G.Sathiyan retained his 30th spot in the senior category.  ♦ Achanta Sharath Kamal has secured the 33rd position. ♦ Top woman paddler of India, Manika Batra was static at the 61st position.

    Saurabh Chaudhary won gold at the 63rd National Shooting Championship

    44 days ago
    The 17-year-old ace shooter from Uttar Pradesh Saurabh Chaudhary has won the men's 10 metres air pistol gold at the 63rd National Shooting Championship in Bhopal on 4 January 2020. Chaudhary shot a 246.4 to finish on top. Sarabjot Singh of Haryana secured second and scored 243.9 and Abhishek Verma won bronze in a high-quality final.  Results: 10m air pistol: Men: 1. Saurabh Chaudhary 246.4  2. Sarabjot Singh 243.9 3. Abhishek Verma 221.1 Team:  1. Haryana 1734 2. Army Marksmanship Unit 1733 3. Uttar Pradesh 1730 Juniors:  1. Sarabjot Singh 243.3 2. Boby Kaushik 242.2 3. Shiva Narwal 222.3  Team: 1. Haryana 1727 2. Uttar Pradesh 1716 3. Army Marksmanship Unit 1707 Youth:  1. Sharvan Kumar 242.7 2. Shiva Narwal 242.2  3. Naveen 220.3 Team: 1. Haryana 1717 2. Uttar Pradesh 1709 3. Delhi 1704. Sub-youth:  1. Shiva Narwal 583 2. Lucky 575 3. Mukesh Nelavalli 57

    Mirabai ranked eighth in latest Olympic qualification rankings

    47 days ago
    Former world champion Mirabai Chanu maintained her eighth spot released by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The Olympic qualification competes in the 49kg category gathered 2966.6406 ranking points. Chanu improved her performance in 2019. She lifted 86kg in snatch and a personal best of 113kg in clean and jerk for a total of 199kg at the Asian Championships in April. Her best performance came at the World Championship in September, when the Manipuri breached the much anticipated 200kg mark by lifting her personal best in all three sections.  Chinese Weightlifters The latest qualifying rankings feature three Chinese weightlifters in the top five. Reigning World Champion and world record holder Hou Zhihui (4703.1982) heads the list while Jiang Huihua (4667.8878) and Zhang Rong (3837.8294) occupy the second and fourth spots respectively. Ri Song Gum of North Korea is placed third with 4209.4909 points. The fifth, sixth, and seventh spots occupied by USA’s Delacruz Jourdan Elizabeth (184kg), Indonesia’s Aisah Windy Cantika (190kg), and Segura Ana Iris (188kg) of Colombia. All three of them alongside Rong (199kg) have personal bests lower than that of Chanu’s (201kg). In the men’s 67kg category, Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga is placed 32nd with 2,310.9653 points.

    Fifth IHAI National Ice Hockey Championship 2020 begins in Leh

    47 days ago
    The fifth Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI) National Ice Hockey Championship 2020 begun in Leh. The inaugural match in the Under-20 Boys category between Chandigarh and Haryana. The second match between Ladakh Scouts Regiment Centre and Delhi also ended in a draw with two goals. The Under-20 Girls match will be played between home team Ladakh and Maharashtra. The tournament continues till 7th January in Karzoo Ice Hockey Rink in Leh, where the Army, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, and home team Ladakh fighting for the championship in U-20 boys category. In Girls category Ladakh, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Chandigarh are playing for the tournament. Ice Hockey Association of India Ice Hockey Association of India is the governing body of ice hockey in India. The member of the International Ice Hockey Federation on April 27, 1989.

    Sai Deepak sets new Guinness World Records for most side lunges

    48 days ago
    B Sai Deepak set a Guinness World Records for most side lunges in 60 seconds. Deepak scripted the record by making 59 side lunges in 60 seconds which is his fourth overall Guinness World Records. The previous record held by Pakistan national Irfan Mehsood. The 23-year-old dedicated his achievement to the martyrs. Currently four Guinness World Records for India. Guinness World Records Guinness World Records known from its inception in 1955 until 2000 as the Guinness Book of Records. Published: 1955 Publisher: Jim Pattison Group

    IOA withdraws boycott call for 2022 Commonwealth Games

    49 days ago
    Indian Olympic Association (IOA) withdrawn its threat to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham over Shooting's exclusion. It also announced that the country bid to host either the 2026 or the 2030 edition. The Commonwealth Games Federation (GCF) decided to submit a formal proposal to host a Commonwealth Shooting Championships before the main Games.GCF President Dame Louise Martin welcomed India confirming participation at the Birmingham Games. The country's apex body for Olympic sports next approaches the government for the necessary clearances to host the multi-sport event. The country hosted the 2010 edition in the national capital. Commonwealth Games Federation  Commonwealth Games Federation branded as Commonwealth Sport is the international organization responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games. Founded: 1932

    Assam CM launches torch relay of Khelo India Youth Games

    50 days ago
    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the torch relay of the Third Khelo India Youth Games. The games will be held in Guwahati from 10th to 22nd of next month. The people of Assam to create a fantastic environment for athletes will be participating in the competitions. The opening ceremony of the third Khelo India Youth Games will take place at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati on January 10. The officials of the competition preparing a total of eight venues for the tournament, and they are on track to make the Games one of the largest sporting spectacles of the country. Khelo India Youth Games Khelo India Youth Games are known as Khelo India School Games. They are national-level multidisciplinary grassroots games in India held for two categories, namely under-17 years school students and under-21 college students. First event: 2018 Last event: 2019  

    Koneru Humpy won World Rapid Chess title in Russia

    51 days ago
    India’s Koneru Humpy defeated China’s Lei Tingjie battle to win the Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship in Moscow. Humpy accumulated nine points tied with Tingjie. Indian lost the opening set before making a speedy recovery in the second round. The championship played under rapid time controls. FIDE holds the Women’s Rapid chess championship.  FIDE - Federation of International Chess Federation FIDE is the supreme body by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in conducting chess tournaments at continental levels and global level. FIDE founded in Paris, France, on July 20, 1924. The motto of the organization is Gens una sumus meaning. We are one people.

    Abhinav Lohan wins Bengaluru Open Golf Championship

    55 days ago
    Abhinav Lohan lifted PGTI title securing a narrow one-shot triumph at the Bengaluru Open golf championship. Lohan shot four-under 68 his four-day total to 13-under-275  with seven birdies. It was Lohan's first title on the TATA Steel PGTI and his second win of the year emerged victorious at the PGTI Feeder Tour event in Lucknow. Chandigarh's Karandeep Kochhar with 71 finished runner-up at 12-under-276. Bengaluru duo of M Dharma and Rahil Gangjee 71 won third and fourth places with totals of 11-under-277 and 10-under-278. Lohan became the fourth Indian golfer to register his maiden title on the TATA Steel PGTI this season following the likes of Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Priyanshu Singh, and Veer Ahlawat. Abhinav Lohan Abhinav Lohan finished 13th on the Rolex Ranking in 2015 to three top-10s during the season. He came at the Western India Oxford Masters (runner-up) and CG Open (tied third). Lohan delivered eight top-10s in the 2014 PGTI season to finish seventh in the Rolex Rankings.

    Virat Kohli named in Wisden cricketers of the decade list

    55 days ago
    Indian captain Virat Kohli named in the Cricketers of the decade list along side four others by the Wisden Cricketers Almanac. South African duo of Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers, Australia’s Steve Smith and women’s all-rounder Ellyse Perry added in the list. Kohli scored 5,775 more international runs than anyone else in the last 10 years, has arguably been the best batsman over the last decade. His achievements Kohli scored 7,202 runs in Tests including 27 hundred and the Indian skipper amassed 11,125 runs in ODIs and 2,633 runs in T20s. He won more than 50 in all formats already amassed 70 international hundreds and is only behind Ricky Ponting (71) and Sachin Tendulkar (100). He is the third in the list of leading run-scorers of all time with 21,444 runs, behind Ponting (27,483) and Tendulkar (34,357).

    Rafael Nadal Ashleigh Barty named ITF World Champions for 2019

    57 days ago
    Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal named International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) World Champions. These awards will be given at the 2020 ITF world champions 2nd June, in Paris. Categories WINNERS Men Singles Rafael Nadal (Spain) Women Singles Ashleigh Barty (Australia) Women Doubles Timea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France) Men Doubles Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (Colombia) Men’s Wheelchair Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina) Women’s Wheelchair Diede de Groot (Netherland) Quad Dylan Alcott (Australia) ITF Men's Circuit It is a series of professional tennis tournaments around the world that are organized by the International Tennis Federation. The circuit represents the lowest rung of the men's professional tennis ladder.

    Virat Kohli Becomes First Sportsperson To Top Forbes India Celebrity 100 List

    58 days ago
    Virat Kohli Bollywood's biggest A-listers to top the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List in 2019 become the first sportsperson to do so since its inception eight years ago. The top position with actors before Kohli, who earned Rs 252.72 crore between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019. Akshay Kumar rose in the rankings to the second spot with Rs 293.25 crore in the period of consideration, and Salman Khan, at the top of the list since 2016 completed the top three. Former India captain MS Dhoni and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar make the top 10 in the list at the fifth and ninth positions, respectively. Rohit Sharma broke into the top 10 as well, jumping from the 23rd spot to 11th following a stellar year with the bat across all formats. The men's cricket team in the list include Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav. Women cricketers Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, and Harmanpreet Kaur in the top 100 list. Forbes India Celebrity 100 List are shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, wrestler Bajrang Punia, boxer Mary Kom, tennis player Rohan Bopanna, footballer Sunil Chhetri and golfer Anirban Lahiri.

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