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  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju chaired 1st General Council meeting of Khelo India Scheme

    75 days ago
    Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju chaired the first General Council meeting of the Khelo India Scheme on 4th July. The annual competitions like the Khelo India Youth Games and University Games, are being organized at the national level under the Khelo India Scheme. This has helped to identify sporting talent from all states. Highlights: ♦ The meeting urged the states to organize State-level Khelo India Games annually with an effort to identify a larger number of grassroots-level talents.  ♦ The States that already conduct annual sporting competitions are directed to align with the Khelo India Scheme. ♦ The Government of India reaffirmed to support them in conducting these events.  ♦ It was decided to identify talent as young as 5 to 10 years old and groom them to be future champions as it takes at least eight years to groom an athlete for the Olympics.  ♦ Also, the states have been directed to organize competitions at the district, block, and panchayat-level to identify young talent.  ♦ The Sports Ministry announced its plan for the 5 zonal talent scouting committees for east, west, north, south, and northeast India.

    Qatar to host 2022 FIFA World Cup

    95 days ago
    FIFA has announced that the match schedule for World Cup 2022 will be held from 21 November to 18 December 2022 at the Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar. Four matches will be conducted per day. Highlights: The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world. The tournament will involve 32 teams from across the world. This tournament will be the first one not to be held in May, June, or July. The tournament will be hosted in 5 cities and 8 venues. DAVV University Time Table 2020

    Union HRD minister launched Fit Hai to Hit Hai India for school children

    107 days ago
    Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' and Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju launched the "Fit Hai To Hit Hai India" program under the Fit India campaign. The Fit India Talks sessions are being organized in association with the Sports Authority of India and the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Highlights: ♦ Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that it would launch a new series of fitness sessions for school going children in the Fit India Active Day program under this campaign.  ♦ So far, 13,868 schools affiliated to CBSE have participated in various Fit India programs and 11,682 schools have also received the Fit India flag ♦ Under Fit India Campaign, 2.5 lakh schools have registered. ♦ The movement was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 with an aim to create a fit nation. ♦ GoI aims to ensure India stands among the top 10 countries at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

    HRD Minister, Sports Minister to launched Fit India Talks of eminent sportspersons with school children

    108 days ago
    Government of India's flagship program "Fit India" has launched a series of interactive sessions titled "Fit India Talks" with some of the top sportspersons of India on 3 July. The Fit India Talks sessions are organized in association with the Sports Authority of India and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Highlights: ♦ A host of leading sports personalities share their experiences of childhood, stories on how they got inspired, their failures, struggles, and their success.  ♦ It is expected that this session will give the audience a very inspirational and interesting account of their journeys, from common school students to world-class champions. ♦ A total of six sessions will be held till 14 July. Star players including PV Sindhu, Sunil Chhetri, Ashwini Ponnappa, Rani Rampal, Manika Batra, Apurvi Chandela, and Deepa Malik will join in at the sessions. ♦ The sessions will be streamed on Shri Ramesh PokhriyalNishank's social media pages, MHRD social media pages, Fit India Facebook & YouTube channel, SAI Facebook Page, MyGov YouTube channel, SportsTak YouTube channel, and the DD Sports Television and YouTube channel.

    Sports Ministry to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence

    123 days ago
    The Ministry of Sports is to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence (KISCE) under the Khelo India Scheme. The aim is to enhance India's Olympic performance.  Highlights: ♦ Under the move, one KISCE is to be identified in every state and Union Territory (UT), with an effort to create a robust sporting ecosystem in India. ♦ In the first phase, the Ministry of Sports has identified state-owned sports facilities in eight states of India.  ♦ The 8 states are: Karnataka Odisha Kerala Telangana Arunachal Pradesh Manipur Mizoram Nagaland ♦ The 8 centres will be given a grant based on the actual amount finalized as per the requirement indicated after a comprehensive gap analysis study. ♦ The sporting facilities that are to be upgraded to KISCE: Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh Jaiprakash Narayan National Youth Center, Bangalore, Karnataka GV Raja Sr. Secondary Sports School, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal, Manipur Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl, Mizoram State Sports Academy, IG Stadium, Kohima, Nagaland Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha Regional Sports School, Hakimpet, Telangana

    AIFF recommends IM Vijayan for Padma Shri

    123 days ago
    The All India Football Federation (AIFF) recommended former Indian football team captain IM Vijayan for Padma Shri, which is India's fourth-highest civilian award. IM Vijayan: IM Vijayan scored 40 goals in 79 matches for India since making his debut in the early 90s. IM Vijayan has won the Arjuna award in 2003. He was also awarded the Indian 'Player of the Year' in the year 1993, 1997 and 1999. The 51-year-old former striker had scored 4 goals to emerge as the top scorer in the Afro-Asian Games which was held in India in 2003. It was his last appearance for the country. Previous awardees: Six Indian footballers namely Sailen Manna in 1971, Chuni Goswami in 1983, PK Banerjee in 1990, Bhaichung Bhutia in 2008, Sunil Chhetri in 2019, and Bembem Devi in 2020, have won the Padma Shri.

    India remains 108th in the FIFA Rankings

    128 days ago
    India retained in the 108th spot in the latest FIFA world rankings which was revealed for the month of June. India has 1187 points. Highlights: ♦ Belgium has topped (remains) the FIFA Rankings. ♦ Not many changes were noted in the FIFA ranking as international matches have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ♦ The men's national teams in association football are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. ♦ The next world FIFA ranking is expected to be released on 16 July. ♦ The top 5 countries of the ranking are: Belgium - 1765 points France - 1733 points Brazil - 1712 points England - 1661 points Uruguay - 1645 points

    MHRD, Sports Ministry launch special films to promote indigenous sports of India

    131 days ago
    The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Ministry of Sports have collaborated to produce a series of special films to promote 10 indigenous sports of India. For implementation, the Department of School Education and Literacy under MHRD has partnered with the Ministry of Sports flagship programme 'Fit India' under the 'Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat' initiative. Highlights: ♦ The series is aimed to raise awareness about the indigenous games and the culture and heritage of the states to which they belong. ♦ The 10 sports that will be covered in the series are: Kho-kho Gatka Kalaripayttu Mallakhamb Thang-Ta Sqay Kabaddi Roll Ball Tug of War Shooting Ball. ♦ The indigenous sports of India will also cover a mix of very old sports, like, Kalaripayattu, and some recent Roll Ball which has gained a lot of popularity and is now played in at least 50 countries. ♦ The 10 episodes can be watched from June 8 to June 19, Monday to Friday, at 11 am, on the Fit India YouTube page and MHRD digital platforms. ♦ Under the initiative, there are scholarships for athletes of these games and there is a growing interest among youngsters to pursue these sports.

    BFI nominates Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan nominated for Khel Ratna

    135 days ago
    World silver-medallist and Indian boxer Amit Panghal and Vikas Krishan were nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI). Other nominations: ♦ BFI has nominated world bronze-winning trio of Lovlina Borgohain under 69kg, Simranjit Kaur under 64kg, and Manish Kaushik under 63kg for the Arjuna awards.  ♦ BFI has finalized and nominated the names of national women's coach Mohammed Ali Qamar and assistant coach Chhote Lal Yadav, for the Dronacharya awards. ♦ The athletes and coaches nominations are based on performance during the last four years.

    India to host AFC 2022 Asian Womens Cup

    136 days ago
    India is to host the 2022 Women's Asian Cup. The hosting rights have been awarded to India by the Asian Football Confederation. This is the second time India will be hosting the event. India hosted the event for the first time in 1979. The information was passed by the All India Football Federation. 2022 Women's Asian Cup: ♦ Women's Asian Cup will be held in the second half of the year 2020.  ♦ Women players are expected to bring social revolution in the event. ♦ The football tournament will feature 12 teams. The number of participating teams has been expanded from the previous slot of eight teams. ♦ As India hosts the tournament, India will qualify directly in the tournament. ♦ The event will serve as the final qualification tournament for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. ♦ In the 1979 event, India had finished as runners-up. ♦ The announcement to host the tournament comes as a measure to boost AIFF as India is to host the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2022.

    SAI announced Rs.30,000 each for 2,749 Khelo India athletes

    145 days ago
    Sports Authority of India (SAI) has deposited Rs.30,000 each to 2,749 Khelo India athletes as out of pocket allowance (OPA) amid the COVID-19 lockdown. The total sum of the amount is Rs.8.25 crore in all. The announcement regarding disbursement of the Khelo India allowances was made by Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju. Highlights: ♦ SAI announced that a total of 2893 athletes will be given the OPA for the period. The funds for the remaining 144 athletes will be transferred by the end of May 2020. ♦ The allowance is for the first quarter of 2020-21.  ♦ Athletes from 35 states and union territories (UTs) were given the allowances in 21 sporting disciplines. ♦ The maximum number of the athletes are from Maharashtra (386), Haryana (381), Delhi (225), Punjab (202) and Tamil Nadu (165). ♦ The OPA is Rs.1.20 lakh allotted annually. It is a part of the Khelo India scholarship of Rs.6.28 lakh that is given to each athlete selected under the scheme.

    Sports Authority Gujarat sign an MoU TCLL to train 2000 athletes

    147 days ago
    Sports Authority Gujarat signed an MoU with the Times Centre for Learning Limited (TCLL) to impart training for personality and skill development for aspiring athletes in the state. This will be the first-of-its-kind training in the State. Highlights: ♦ The MoU aims to train over 2000 young and aspiring athletes across Gujarat in areas such as Anand, Nadiad, Tapi, Porbandar, Surat, and Himmat Nagar. ♦ The participants will be selected using an enlisting process. ♦ The exercise aims to inculcate the idea of ownership and accomplishment about their respective sport among these athletes. It also aims to train psychologically preparing them for their challenging way ahead. Gujarat: Statehood: 1 May 1960 Governor: Acharya Dev Vrat Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani Official: Gujarati Capital: Gandhinagar

    FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup in India to begin in 2021 February

    159 days ago
    The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup has been rescheduled between 17 February and 7 March 2021. The recommendations were made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group, the Bureau of the FIFA Council. Highlights: ♦ FIFA announced that the tournament will keep original eligibility criteria which are the players born on or after 1 January 2003 and on or before 31 December 2005 despite the postponement.  ♦ The U-17 Women's World Cup was originally scheduled to be played across five host cities Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Bhubaneswar.  ♦ Also, it announced that the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020 has been rescheduled between 20 January and 6 February 2021. The tournament will keep original eligibility criteria for players born on or after 1 January 2000 and on or before 31 December 2004. ♦ FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020 has been rescheduled to be held between 12 September and 3 October 2021.

    SAI forms committee to prepare SOP to resume training post COVID-19 lockdown

    160 days ago
    The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has constituted a six-member committee to prepare a module for a phased resumption of training. The Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announced that the athletes can start practice once the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted. Highlights: ♦ The committee will prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the phased resumption of training across sporting disciplines at all its centres. ♦ The six-member panel will be headed by Rohit Bharadwaj SAI secretary. The members of the committee are: CEO Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Rajesh Rajagopalan, Executive Director (Operations) SS Roy, SS Sarla, Col BK Nayak and Assistant Director TOPS Sachin K as members. ♦ The committee will recommend the Standard Operating Procedures. It will describe several protocols and preventive measures to be observed by all stakeholders, including trainees, coaches, technical and non-technical support staff, NSFs, administrators, mess and hostel staff, and visitors, once training resumes. ♦ The SOPs will also give detailed guidelines to be followed on entry norms, sanitization guidelines, precautions to be taken in common areas, and by athletes while travelling to and from the centre. ♦ Also, a separate committee has been formed to prepare an SOP for swimming, since pool activities involve different health risks compared to other sports. ♦ The committee for swimming will be headed by Radhica Sreeman, Executive Director, TEAMS Division of SAI. The members of the committee will include Monal Choksi, secretary-general of the Swimming Federation of India, senior coaches, and doctors. ♦ The committee will draw up the guidelines in consultation with coaches and medical practitioners to ensure all preventive measures are put in place before swimmers resume training.

    India lost top spot in the ICC Test rankings to Australia

    170 days ago
    India lost the top spot in the ICC Test rankings to Australia on 1 May. It lost the rank because of the 2016-17 record was eliminated from the annual update as per rules.  Highlights: ♦ India dropped in the ladder largely because the record of 12 Tests victories and just one Test defeat in 2016-17 was removed in the latest chart. ♦ Australia, the top-ranking country, now has 116 points. It is followed by New Zealand with 115 points and India with 114 points. ♦ India yielded the top spot in Test rankings for the first time since October 2016. It continues to lead the ICC World Test Championship.  

    PV Sindhu named as I am badminton awareness campaign ambassador

    179 days ago
    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) named Indian shuttler PV Sindhu as one of the ambassadors for its 'I am badminton' awareness campaign.  I am badminton awareness campaign: ♦ The "I am badminton campaign" provides a platform for the players to express their love and respect for badminton by advocating and committing to clean and honest play. ♦ BWF's Integrity Unit was established in 2016. The campaign has been at the forefront of BWF's efforts to communicate its approach to integrity. The unit promotes sports integrity which is about keeping the sport free of corruption, doping, and match manipulation. ♦ Other players who are included in the campaign are Germany's Marc Zwiebler, Canada's Michelle Li, the Chinese duo of Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong, England's Jack Shephard, Germany's Valeska Knoblauch, and Hong Kong's Chan Ho Yuen. BWF: Formed on: 1934 Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia President: Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen Membership: 194 member associations

    India to host 2020 Asian Boxing Championship

    187 days ago
    Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has announced that India will be hosting the 2020 Asian Boxing Championship. The championship is expected to be held during November-December. The host city is yet to be announced later. The announcement was made by the National Federation President Ajay Singh.  BFI got the hosting rights in February 2020. Asian Boxing Championships were held as two individual events for men and women before 2019. Previously, India organized the men's event in 1980 with Mumbai playing the host. The women's event was hosted by India in 2003 with Hisar, Haryana hosting the event. Asian Boxing Championships: Asian Boxing Championships is the highest level of competition held for the boxing amateurs in Asia. The first tournament was held in 1963, hosted by Bangkok, Thailand.  The last Men's championship was held in 2017 at Tashkent, Uzbekistan and the Women's edition was held in 2017 at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Combined editions (30th edition) was held in 2019 at Bangkok, Thailand.

    IOC sets new deadline for the qualification period of Tokyo Olympics

    196 days ago
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that 29 June 2021 has been set as the new deadline for the qualification period of the Tokyo Olympics. The decision was made after discussion with the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Presidents, Secretary Generals and Chef de Missions, IOC Director of Solidarity and NOC relations. Tokyo Olympics was rescheduled to be held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The revised sport entries deadline has now been set for 5 July 2021. The committee also announced that the revision of the qualifications systems will be finalized soon to give certainty to athletes and NOCs. International Olympic Committee: Type: Sports Federation Formed on: 23 June 1894 Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland Honorary President: Jacques Rogge President: Thomas Bach

    UEFA postpones all the international matches

    196 days ago
    UEFA has postponed all the international matches that had been pushed back to June to further notice. The decision was made after Europe's 55 member federations discussions on how to adapt the fixture calendar in the face of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.  UEFA's announcement: ♦ The postponed matches include the play-off matches for UEFA Euro 2020 and qualifying matches for UEFA Women's Euro 2021.  ♦ It has also postponed all the UEFA competition matches, including the centralized international friendly matches.  ♦ The matches will be held when the countries return to normality. Friendly matches that were postponed include England's matches in Austria, Champions League final, Europa League final. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA): Formed on: 15 June 1954 Founded at: Basel, Switzerland Headquarters: Nyon, Switzerland President: Aleksander Čeferin First vice-president: Karl-Erik Nilsson Membership: 55 full member associations It is one of 6 continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA.

    FIFA Under-17 Women World Cup scheduled in November postponed

    198 days ago
    FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup was scheduled to be played in India between November 2nd and 21st postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The FIFA-Confederations working group decided in its first meeting held yesterday. The working group postponed FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup which was scheduled between August and September in Panama and Costa Rica. The working group has been recently established by the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Under-17 Women's World Cup was scheduled to be played in India across five host cities - Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Bhubaneswar. President: Gianni Infantino Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland Founded: 21 May 1904

    Hockey India donates additional 75 lakh rupees towards PM-CARES Fund

    198 days ago
    Hockey India donated an additional Rs 75 lakhs towards the PM-CARES Fund to take its total contribution to Rs 1 crore to tackle worsening COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Hockey India earlier donated Rs 25 lakhs towards the cause in April. Hockey India secretary general Rajinder Singh agreed with Mushtaq's views. Hockey India has always believed in helping those in need, and I am proud the Executive Board took this unanimous decision to contribute a total of Rs 1.00 crore towards the PM Cares Fund. The millions of Indian lives affected because of this pandemic, it was important for us to step up, keeping in mind the interest of the nation. All sportspersons of the country with ace golfer Anirban Lahiri being the latest to donate a sum of Rs 7 lakhs PM-CARES

    Official mascots of 19th Asian Games unveiled in Hangzhou China

    198 days ago
    The official mascots of the 19th Asian Games released at a digital launch ceremony in Hangzhou, China. The three robots, which are going to be the mascots for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, are collectively known as the smart triplets. The Mascots - Congcong, Lianlian, and Chenchen, which reflect the internet prowess of Hangzhou city and Zhejiang province, were unveiled at a digital ceremony in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Olympic Council of Asia: The Olympic Council of Asia's 19th Asian Games will take place in Hangzhou from September 10 to 25, 2022. The third Asian Games will be hosted by China following Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010, with the participation of 45 NOCs of Asia in 42 sports. Headquarters: Kuwait City, Kuwait Founded: November 16, 1982 Membership: 45 National Olympic Committees

    China to host the 3rd edition of the Asian Youth Games

    199 days ago
    China is to host the third edition of the Asian Youth Games (AYG) in Shantou in November 2021. The announcement was made by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on 1 April 2020. The third edition was supposed to be held in 2017. But was postponed to 2021 by OCA. Olympic Council of Asia: Formed on: 16 November 1982 Headquarters: Kuwait City, Kuwait President: Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah Membership: 45 National Olympic Committees Official language: English OCA is the apex body that governs sports in Asia.  Asian Youth Games: AYG is held every 4 years among athletes from across Asia. The games are organized by the OCA. The first edition of the games was held in 2009 in Singapore. The second edition was held in 2013 in Nanjing, China.

    Wimbledon championship for the first time since World War II

    200 days ago
    Wimbledon organizers cancelled the Wimbledon Championships 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first match was scheduled to begin on 29 June 2020. This cancelation has happened for the first time since 1945 since World War II. The decision by the organizers to cancel the tournament was widely expected, with the world struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19. Wimbledon Championships 2020: Founded on: 1877 Editions: 134 (2020) Location: Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Venue of  the game: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Surface Grass outdoors Prize money: £34,000,000 (2018)

    World Athletics Championships rescheduled to 2022 due to Tokyo Olympics

    201 days ago
    The 2021 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon has been shifted to 2022. The move is to accommodate the re-arranged Tokyo Olympics which was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The move was made by the World Athletics to support the Japanese organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). New dates were not announced yet. Background: The world athletics championships were scheduled to be held in Eugene on 6-15 August 2021. It is expected that the rescheduling will give the athletes enough time they need to get back into training and competition. World Athletics also discussed with the Commonwealth Games Federation to move the dates from 2021 to 2022 as the Commonwealth Games were scheduled to be held In the English city of Birmingham on 27 July to 7 August 2022. World Athletics: Formed on: 17 July 1912 Founded at: Stockholm, Sweden Headquarters: Monaco Membership: 214 member federations President: Sebastian Coe

    Tokyo Olympics games rescheduled to 2021 July

    201 days ago
    The Tokyo Olympic Games have been rescheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021. The announcement was made by the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on 30 March. The Paralympic Games will be held from 24 August to 5 September 2021. International Olympic Committee (IOC) has also announced the official date on its website. Background: The Olympics was earlier scheduled to be held from 24 July to 9 August 2020, with the Paralympics on 25 August. The game was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Japan announced that it had secured agreement from the IOC to postpone the Games. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the games will be held in around a year. The Olympic flame which was lit would be displayed for a month at the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima, Tokyo. International Olympic Committee (IOC): Formed on: 23 June 1894 Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland Honorary President: Belgium Jacques Rogge President: Germany Thomas Bach Director-General: Belgium Christophe De Kepper

    Tokyo Olympics might be held in 2021 July

    203 days ago
    Tokyo Olympics organizers are planning to host the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in July 2021. The event was delayed due to the coronavirus. The Tokyo Organising Committee is planning to begin the events from 23 July 2021. The day was suggested by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. The plan to host it in July 2021 comes as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had decided to move the games to be held in northern Sapporo city, Japan instead of Tokyo. Background: The Olympics were scheduled to open on 24 July 2020 with the Paralympics on 25 August. Japan announced that it had secured agreement from the IOC to postpone the Games. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the games will be held in around a year. The Olympic flame which was lit would be displayed for a month at the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima, Tokyo.

    Tokyo Olympic torch relay has been cancelled

    208 days ago
    The Japan leg of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made by Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. The move comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed to postpone the Tokyo Olympic games by roughly one year. The decision was made during a telephone conference. International Olympic Committee (IOC) is planning to draw a new plan for the relay. IOC stated that the Olympic flame will remain in Japan.  Background: The torch relay was scheduled to begin in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The flame for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was lit as scheduled on 12 March in ancient Olympia despite the COVID-19 outbreak. The flame handover ceremony took place in Athens on 19 March before the flame arrived in Japan on 20 March in Miyagi Prefecture. The relay was to cover 859 municipalities across all 47 prefectures in Japan. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Games Organizing Committee planned to transport the Olympic flame in a lantern by car instead of having it carried by torchbearers when the Japan leg of the torch relay starts later in the week. It was decided as it aimed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among people who would normally line the roads to watch the flame be carried past.

    Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics to be postponed

    210 days ago
    Japanese authorities are planning to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final decision will be announced soon. It was announced by Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.  Highlights: The game will not be cancelled but will be postponed. The organizers are still discussing if they could still secure the Olympic venues for all 33 sports, and for the Paralympics.  Japan's official budget for the Olympic Games is around $12.6 billion, so far. The Tokyo Olympic torch relay is due to start on 26 March in Fukushima in northeastern Japan. Recently, Canada and Australia have announced its pullout from the Tokyo Olympics due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Games of the XXXII Olympiad (2020 Summer Olympics): Host city: Tokyo, Japan Planned dates of the event: 24 July-9 August 2020 Participating Nations: 204 Athletes: 11,091 Events: 339 in 33 sports

    Indian umpires Janani Narayanan and Vrinda Rathi named in ICC panel

    212 days ago
    The number of women matches officials across different International Cricket Council panels has gone up to 12 as Janani Narayanan, and Vrinda Rathi of India was named in the International Panel of ICC Development Umpires. The announcement comes soon after the launch of 100% Cricket, a 12-month campaign anticipated building on the momentum of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. The campaign launched just before 86,174 people watched the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on International Women’s Day.

    Tai Tzu Ying won 2020 All England Badminton Championships

    217 days ago
    Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying won the third women's singles title in four years at the Yonex All England Badminton Championships 2020 in Birmingham, England. She defeated the defending champion, Chen Yu Fei, on 15 March. Also, Viktor Axelsen won the All England title in the men's singles championship. He secured Denmark's first win in the event since Peter Gade's triumph in 1999. Result: Men's Singles: Viktor Axelsen Women's Singles: Taipei Tai Tzu-Ying Men's Doubles: Hiroyuki Endo, Yuta Watanabe Women's Doubles: Yuki Fukushima, Sayaka Hirota Mixed Doubles: Praveen Jordan, Melati Daeva Oktavianti All England Open 2020: Edition: 112th Dates: 11-15 March Location: Birmingham, England Total prize money: $1,100,000

    Tiger Woods to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of fame

    220 days ago
    Tiger Woods is to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of fame in its class of 2021. He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in December 2020, once the age of entry was lowered from 50 to 45. Woods has won 15 majors and a joint record 82 times on the PGA Tour. The 44-year-old won the Masters at Augusta in April 2019 for his 15th major.  Tiger Woods: Eldrick Tont Woods, nicknamed as Tiger, is a USA's professional golf player. He ranks second in both major championships and the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA). He holds numerous records in golf and is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time.

    Amit Panghal, Lovlina Borgohain won bronze medal in the Asian Boxing Olympic qualifiers

    222 days ago
    Boxers Amit Panghal and Lovlina Borgohain won the bronze medal in the Asian Boxing Olympic qualifiers held in Amman, Jordan. Both the boxers had already claimed their place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Borgohain secured 0-5 and lost to China's Hong Gu in the 69kg weight category. Pangal was defeated by China's Jianguan Hu in the 52 kg category. Other winners: In a total of five Indian boxers, namely Vikas Krishan in 69kg category, Lovlina Borgohain in 69kg category, Pooja Rani in 75kg category, Ashish Kumar in 75kg category and Satish Kumar in +91kg category, secured their seats at the Olympics. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournaments: Five qualification series of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournaments are conducted across all continents and 286 Olympic spots. The qualification series is hosted at Dakar, Amman, London, Buenos Aires, and Paris.

    Mahim Verma is to resign as BCCI vice president

    222 days ago
    The current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice president Mahim Verma is to resign from his post. The announcement comes after his win in the election for the post of secretary at the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU). Mr. Verma was appointed as BCCI's vice president in 2019. He filed his nominations for the elections at the Uttarakhand state association on 28 February. He vowed to improve the cricketing infrastructure in the state as he was elected as the secretary of the CAU.  The Indian cricket board will hold a fresh election for the post of vice president in 45 days after Verma officially resigns. Rajiv Shukla, the former IPL chairman, has been nominated for the post. Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU): Founded on: 2000 Headquarters: Raipur, Chhattisgarh Founding President of CAU: Hira Singh Bisht President: Jot Singh Gunsola CAU is the governing authority of the cricket activities in Uttarakhand. In 2019, CAU was affiliated with the BCCI.

    PV Sindhu was awarded the 2019 BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year

    222 days ago
    Top Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2019. The award ceremony was hosted by BBC Director-General Tony Hall. Also, Veteran athlete PT Usha was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. She was awarded for her contribution to Indian sports and for inspiring generations of players.  PV Sindhu: PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships in the year 2019. She has secured five world championship medals. She is the first Indian singles badminton player to win an Olympic silver medal. She competed with four other strong nominees, namely Mary Kom (boxing), Vinesh Phogat (wrestling), Dutee Chand (athletics), and Manasi Joshi (para-badminton).

    First ever Khelo India Winter Games begin at Gulmarg in Kashmir

    226 days ago
    Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the first-ever five-day Khelo India Winter Games at Gulmarg. Jammu and Kashmir's Gulmarg hosting Khelo India Winter Games 2020 from March 7th to 11th.The sports shall be organized every year at Gulmarg. The training academy should be established on the standards of the International level in which international coaches shall impart training to sportspersons. The interactive session with youth at National Integration Camp hosted by Government Physical Education College Gadoora, Ganderbal. The camp was hosted to motivate and guide the youth for their active participation in the promotion of unity, communal harmony, national integration, FIT India. Khelo India Youth Games Khelo India Youth Games formerly Khelo India School Games held annually in January First event: 2018 Last event: 2020

    Indian Archery pulls out Asia Cup world ranking tournament

    226 days ago
    Archery Association of India (AAI) pulled out its team from the upcoming Asia Cup world ranking tournament in Bangkok, scheduled from March 8 to 15, owing to the coronavirus threat. India's first international competition since its return from a five-month suspension in January, which was lifted after the AAI's election. AAI Assistant Secretary Gunjan Abrol, in a letter to World Archery Secretary, informed India's decision to withdraw after reviewing the current alarming situation on account of coronavirus and taking into consideration the travel advisories issued by Sports Authority of India and IOC. Archery Association of India (AAI) World Archery Federation Archery Association of India is the national governing body of archery in India. President: Arjun Munda Headquarters: New Delhi Founded: 8 August 1973

    SAI announced first edition of Khelo India Womens Hockey League

    227 days ago
    Sports Authority of India (SAI) has announced the first edition of the Khelo India Women's Hockey League (Under 21) will be held at three different venues across the country in three phases between March-November 2020.  Organizing Team: Khelo India Women's Hockey League (Under 21) tournament will be organized by Hockey India. Highlights: ♦ Phase 1 will be held from 23-29 March 2020 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh. ♦ Phase 2 will be held from 13-19 July 2020 at the SAI Center in Bengaluru, Karnataka. ♦ Phase 3 from 22-29 November 2020 at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. ♦ The government aims to create talent identification platforms for athletes from multiple sports through the Khelo India Scheme. ♦ Various academies registered under Hockey India and Public Sector Units' teams will play in the League.

    Mumbai to host 2023 IOC session

    228 days ago
    Mumbai will be hosting the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) session in 2023. The announcement was passed by IOC president Thomas Bach. Highlights: ♦ The committee chose India to encourage and support the National Olympic Committee of India and all the National Federations to promote and strengthen Olympic sport in the country. ♦ The decision by IOC committee is yet to be ratified at the 136th IOC session in Tokyo in July 2020. ♦ Also, the year 2023 will be a significant year for India as it coincides with the 75th anniversary of Indian independence.  ♦ India last hosted an IOC session in 1983 in New Delhi.  International Olympic Committee (IOC): Formed on: 23 June 1894 Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland Honorary President: Jacques Rogge President: Thomas Bach Vice Presidents: Juan Antonio Samaranch, Uğur Erdener, Anita DeFrantz, Yu Zaiqing Director-General: Christophe De Kepper Official language: French (reference language), English

    The 68th All India Police Athletic Championship began in Haryana

    229 days ago
    The 68th All India Police Athletic Championship 2019-20 began at Bhanu in Panchkula District of Haryana on 3 March. The event was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, who declared the meet open at the Basic Training Centre of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). 68th All India Police Athletic Championship 2019-20: ♦ The Athletic Championship will be held from 3-7 March.  ♦ The championship aims to bring India in the top 10 in the Olympics scheduled in 2028. The efforts of ITBP is to promote adventure and sports activities in the force. ITBP is to made the nodal agency for the conduct of these games. ♦ GoI, so far, has identified more than 15,000 children and started their training across 284 Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centres across the country. Efforts shall be made to assign a few games to each force so that we can get good results in the Olympics after 8 years. ♦ Government is to establish Sports training centres in the forces. Also, centre is to handover a few of the SAI extension to the State Governments. SAI can now focus more on the National centres of excellence.

    Khelo India University Games 2020 Highlights

    229 days ago
    Khelo India University Games 2020 was held for the first time at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. The games were held from 22 February to 1 March 2020. Over 4,000 top athletes from a total of about 176 universities across India participated in the event.  Launching Team: The Khelo India University Games was launched by the GoI in partnership with the Government of the State of Odisha. The competition was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Aim: The aim of Khelo India University Games is to make it an aspirational competition for India's youngsters to help them find a balance between sport and education. Results: Men's Competition: Gold - Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar Women's Competition: Gold - Himachal Pradesh University, Himachal Pradesh Boxing: Men's Events: 46 - 49 kg Category: Gold - Gurwinder Singh 49 - 52 kg Category: Gold - Lalit 52 - 57 kg Category: Gold - Shashikant Yadav 57 - 60 kg Category: Gold - Sunil Chauhan 60 - 63 kg Category: Gold - Ashutosh Bhagat 63 - 69 kg Category: Gold - Pawan Kumar 69 - 75 kg Category: Gold - Kunal 75 - 81 kg Category: Gold - Saksham 81 - 91 kg Category: Gold - Sawan Gill 91+ kg Category: Gold - Sagar Football: Women's Football: Gold - Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu Athletics: Men's Events: 3000 metres Steeplechase: Gold - Atul Poonia (Maharaja Ganga Singh University) 5000 metres: Gold - Narendra Pratap Singh (Mangalore University) Triple Jump: Gold - Arun AB (MG University) Decathlon: Gold - Krishna Kumar (Mangalore University) High Jump: Gold - Adarsh Ram (University of Madra) 200 metres: Gold - Rahul Kumar (University of Madras) 4 x 100 metres Relay: Gold - MG University Women's Events: 200 metres: Gold - Dutee Chand (KIIT University, Bhubaneswar) 3000 metres Steeplechase: Gold - Komal Chandra (Savitribai Phule Pune University) 5000 metres: Gold - Jyoti (Panjab University) Heptathlon: Gold - Sonu Kumari (Lovely Professional University) Hammer Throw: Gold - Varsha (Mangalore University) 4 x 100 metres Relay: Gold - MG University Top 5 Ranked Universities: Panjab University, PB - 46 (17 Gold, 19 Silver, 10 Bronze) Savithibai Phule Pune University, MS - 37 (17 Gold, 11 Silver, 9 Bronze) Punjabi University, Patiala - 33 (13 Gold, 6 Silver, 14 Bronze) M D U, Rohtak, Haryana - 33 (11 Gold, 11 Silver, 11 Bronze) Mangalore University, Karnataka - 25 (9 Gold, 7 Silver, 9 Bronze)

    First KIU Games concludes in Bhubaneswar Chandigarh tops medals tally

    230 days ago
    Khelo India University Games ended in Bhubaneswar, Odisha Panjab University Chandigarh took home the champions trophy-winning 46 medals, including 17 gold 19 silver and ten bronze. Savitribai Phule Pune University Savitribai Phule Pune University claimed the second position and Punjabi University, Patiala declared as the second runners up. Panjab University won a total of 46 medals while Savitribai Phule Pune University won 37 medals, including 17 gold, 11 silver, and nine bronze medals.  Punjabi University, Patiala won 33 medals, including 13 gold, six silver, and 14 bronze medals. A total of 113 universities took part in the games. India's fastest woman Dutee Chand representing Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology clinched the gold medal with a timing of 23.66 seconds in the 200m final. Kirti Vijay Bhoite from the University of Mumbai settled for silver with a schedule of 24.98 seconds while Deepali Mahapatra from Utkal University won the bronze, clocking 25.19 seconds. Khelo India Khelo India Youth Games formerly Khelo India School Games means Play India Youth Games held annually in January or February, are the national level multidisciplinary grassroots games. First event: 2018 Last event: 2020

    Mexican Open 2020 Highlights

    230 days ago
    Rafael Nadal won the Mexican Open 2020 championship at Acapulco. He defeated Taylor Fritz to claim the title. With this win, he defeated the World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the ATP Rankings.  Mexican Open 2020: 2020 Mexican Open is the 27th edition of the men's Mexican Open and 20th for the women. The tournament is a part of the 2020 ATP Tour. The championship was held at Princess Mundo Imperial from 22-29 February 2020.  Result: Men's Singles: Rafael Nadal (Spain) Women's Singles: Heather Watson (Britain) Men's Doubles: Marcelo Melo (Brazil), Łukasz Kubot (Poland) Women's Doubles: Giuliana Olmos (Mexico), Desirae Krawczyk (US)

    SPMCIL contributed Rs.1 crore for National Sports Development Fund

    231 days ago
    Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL) funded a sum of Rs.1 crore towards the National Sports Development Fund under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). The fund will be given for the top Indian athletes who are selected for the Tokyo Olympics and beyond. The company funded under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of the Company. Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL): Founded on: 10 February 2006 Headquarters: Janpath, New Delhi Chairman & MD: Tripti Patra Ghosh Owned by: Government of India SPMCIL is a multi-Ratna Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE). It functions under the Ministry of Finance. 

    Kamal, Sathiyan won silver at World Tour Hungarian Open

    237 days ago
    Indian men's doubles pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan clinched the silver medal at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Hungarian Open under Men's doubles category. They were defeated by German combination of Benedikt Duda and Patrick Franziska at Budapest who secured 5-11, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11. Kamal and Sathiyan defeated top seeds Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong 3-2 in the semi-finals. This is the second time Sharath Kamal has won a medal from the tournament. He has won bronze with Manika Batra in mixed doubles. Result: Men's singles: Japan Tomokazu Harimoto Women's singles: Japan Mima Ito Men's doubles: Germany Benedikt Duda, Patrick Franziska Women's doubles: Japan Miu Hirano, Kasumi Ishikawa Hungarian Open: Founded on: 2010 Held at: Budapest, Hungary  The tournament has been held since 2015. Currently, the championship is a part of the ITTF World Tour.

    Khelo India University Games to begin in Odisha

    241 days ago
    The first-ever Khelo India University Games will begin in Odisha at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Cuttack on 22 February 2020. The multi-disciplinary sporting event will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Games will be held from 22 February to 1 March 2020 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Launching Team: The Khelo India University Games will be launched by the Government of India in partnership with the Government of the State of Odisha. Aim: The aim of the move is to make the Khelo India University Games an aspirational competition for India's youngsters to help them find a balance between sport and education. Khelo India University Games: ♦ Khelo India University Games will be the largest ever competition held at the university level in India. ♦ Over 3500 athletes from over 150 universities across India will be participating in the games. ♦ A total of 17 sports namely swimming, weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, archery, athletics, boxing, fencing, judo, basketball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, rugby, and kabaddi.  Khelo India Programme: Khelo India Programme was launched to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level. The programme is aimed to build a strong framework for all sports played in the country and establish India as a great sporting nation. GoI successfully conducted the Khelo India School Games in 2018 and the National Youth Games in 2019 and 2020.

    India won 11 medals at the Brazil Para Badminton International Championships

    241 days ago
    India finished Brazil Para Badminton International Championships with 11 medals in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Among the total are 11 medals, 4 gold, 5 silver, and 2 bronze medals. Indian shuttler Pramod Bhagat claimed two gold medals in men's singles SL3 and men's doubles SL3-SL4 categories. With this win, he was qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj won gold in men's singles SL4.  Brazil Para Badminton International Championships: Brazil Para-Badminton International Championships was held at Sau Paulo, Brazil. It was held from 10-15 February 2020. The championship was organized by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The games included events namely Men's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Singles, Women's Doubles & Mixed Doubles. Indian Winners: Men's singles: SL3: Pramod Bhagat (Gold) SL4: Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj (Gold) SL3: Manoj Sarkar (Silver) SH6: Nagar Krishna (Silver) SL4: Sukant Kadam (Bronze) Men's Doubles: SL3-SL4: Pramod Bhagat & Manoj Sarkar (Gold) SU5: Raj Kumar & Rakesh Pandey (Silver) Women's singles: SL3: Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar (Silver) Mixed Doubles: SH6: Nagar Krishna (India) & Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores (Canada)-(Gold) WH1-WH2: Prem Kumar (from India) & Ale Tatiana Gureeva (from Russia) (Silver) SL3–SU5: Raj Kumar &  Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar (Bronze)

    AFC chooses India to host the 2022 AFC Womens Asian Cup

    241 days ago
    Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) Women's Committee has announced that India will host the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup. The tournament was awarded to India with an aim to maximize the promotion of the game. Asian Football Confederation's Women's Committee was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  China, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan were the other competing candidates.  India as a host: India has proposed venues namely DY Patil Stadium, Trans Stadia Arena and Fatorda Stadium for the tournament. India was offered to host the tournament as it is committed to developing the women's game.  India has hosted the AFC U-16 Championships in 2016 and the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. The Asian Football Confederation's Women's committee also agreed that India will continue raising the standards of the AFC Women's Asian Cup.

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

    243 days ago
    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

    243 days ago
    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.

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