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  • Shagun Chowdhary crowned National Womens Trap champion at 61st National Shooting Championship

    Shagun Chowdhary bagged a national champion crown when she won the women’s trap event at the 61st National Shooting Championship, in New Delhi. She is the first Indian woman trap shooter to win an Olympic berth. She overcame the challenge from Punjab’s Rajeshwari Kumari to score 41-38 in the final. N Nivetha of Tamil Nadu won the Junior Women’s title in the same event shooting 37. Rajeshwari led a team consisting Sukhreet Kaur and Inaya Vijaya Singh to claim the women’s team trap gold. Madhya Pradesh won medals both in the senior and junior women’s team events.

    Aditi first Indian to Qualify for LPGA Tour Championships

    Aditi Ashok qualified for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA becoming the first from the country to play in the prestigious meet. The 19-year-old prodigy from Bengaluru is one of the eight rookies to make it to the Tour Championships in what is one of the strongest fields in women's golf.

    Rajyavardhan Rathore releases the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017

    Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore released the ‘India Youth Development Index and Report 2017’ in New Delhi. In India Youth Development Index 2017, the five dimensions of Global Youth Development Index (Global YDI) have been retained. These five dimensions are education, health and well-being, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation for young people.

    Teddy Riner remains undefeated and claims tenth World title

    Teddy Riner won his tenth World title at the 2017 Judo World Championships Open in Marrakesh and remains undefeated emperor in judo. French heavyweight judo champion Teddy Riner won his 10th world title with victory at the open-weight world championships in Marrakech. He won his ninth gold medal at the world championships in Budapest two months ago. He had already become the most successful judoka of all-time with his eighth title in 2015. He has not faced defeat since losing in the final of the open-weight championships to Japanese fighter Daiki Kamikawa in September 2010.

    Bhaskar Ganguly Appointed AIFF Ombudsman by Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court appointed former football captain Bhaskar Ganguly as ombudsman, according to the All India Football Federation (AIFF). As per the AIFF, the apex court also appointed S Y Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India who has also served as Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India as the ombudsmen to formulate the AIFF Constitution.

    Leander Paes and Purav Raja won Knoxville Challenger men's doubles title

    India’s tennis star Leander Paes and his Indian partner Purav Raja clinched the Knoxville Challenger men's doubles title at Tennessee in the United States on Sunday. The Indian duos defeated the pair of American-Australian James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith. This year in August, Paes, and Raja won their first ever title in partnership. Pairing with Canadian Adil Shamasdin and American Scott Lipsky, Leander Paes won three Challenger level titles this season. Purav Raja with Divij Sharan had won Bordeaux Challenger before joining Leander Paes he had also made the final of the Chennai Open.

    Russian government shortens the academic year at some universities which will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup

    The Russian government has announced that it is shortening academic year at some universities in cities which will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15, 2018. Purpose:- To make room in dormitories for police amid fears of terror attacks.

    Prannoy Defeats Srikanth to Emerge as New National Champion

    H.S Prannoy defeated World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth in a thrilling finale to claim the men’s singles title at the 82nd Senior National Championship, in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Prannoy, who achieved his career-best ranking of World No. 11 recently in the Series last month.

    Mary Kom Strikes Gold at Asian Womens Boxing Championships

    M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Vietnam. She has defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi. This is Mary Kom’s first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games. Mary Kom’s last medal came in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, where she became the first Indian woman boxer to win gold in the Women’s Flyweight (51 kg) category.

    M C Mary Kom enters Asian Women's Boxing Championship final

    Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom entered the final of Asian Women's Boxing Championships at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. She defeated Japan's Tsubasa Komura. She won four gold medals and a Silver in her five previous appearances at the event.

    India End Commonwealth Shooting Championship at Top with 20 Medals

    The Indian shooting contingent finished the Commonwealth Shooting Championship 2017 with the best tally of 20 medals. Indian shooters won a total of six gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals in the competition. On the competition's final day, Satyendra Singh and Sanjeev Rajput won a gold and a silver respectively in the men's 50m rifle three positions.

    Shiv Kapur Clinches Panasonic Open Title

    Shiv Kapur clinched his first Asian Tour title in India, bagging the Panasonic Open by three strokes, after bringing home a card of four-under 68 in the fourth and final round at the Delhi Golf Club. It is second Asian Tour title of the season for Kapur, who fired five birdies against one bogey to stay three strokes clear off a pack of fellow Indians.

    India clinched whopping 16 medals including 4 gold in Commonwealth Shooting Championships

    India bagged 16 medals including four gold at the ongoing Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. It has one gold and a silver medal in shotgun events. India had three representatives in the six-man rapid fire pistol final with Olympian Gurpreet Singh qualifying along with Anish and Neeraj.

    Satbir, Manorama win in Elite category at Cyclothon

    Satbir Singh and T Manorama Devi emerged victorious in the Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s events at ‘Saksham Pedal Delhi’ Cyclothon. The event was organized by Petroleum Conservation & Research Association (PCRA) under technical guidance from Cycling Federation of India. The event was supported by many Oil companies including IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, and ONGC.

    Indian Women Win Asia Cup and Qualifies for Hockey World Cup

    India defeated China 5-4 via shootout to win the women’s Asia Cup hockey title 2017. With this, India also qualified for World Cup 2018 as Continental champion. Savita Punia was adjudged Goalkeeper-of-the-Tournament while Monica won the Woman-of-the-Match award. Skipper Rani scored twice while Monica, Lilima Minz, and Navjot Kaur scored a goal each in the shootout.

    Mary Kom Named Women's Youth World Championships Ambassador

    Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom named as the ambassador of the upcoming AIBA Women's Youth World Championships. The event, which is being hosted in Guwahati, Assam is scheduled to be held from November 19 to 26. The 34-year-old is currently in Vietnam for the Asian Championships and has reached the semi-finals of the tournament.

    Kidambi Srikanth rises to career best number 2 in latest badminton rankings

    India ace Kidambi Srikanth grabbed career-best ranking of World No. 2 in the latest BWF (Badminton World Federation) ranking. Srikanth, who reached five finals and clinched four titles this year so far, now has 73,403 points, 4527 point away from World Champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, who heads the ranking list.

    Heena Sidhu Wins Air Pistol Gold at Commonwealth Shooting Championships

    Ace Indian shooter Heena Sindhu bagged gold in women's 10m Air Pistol event at Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane, Australia. Heena shot a score of 240.8 in the finals to beat Australia's Elena Galiabovitch, who has to settle for silver after posting 238.2. Kristy Gillman of Australia picked up the bronze medal with a score of 213.7. India also picked up their second medal through Deepak Kumar as he won bronze in men's 10m Air Rifle event.

    Saudi Arabia to Allow Women into Sports Stadiums from 2018

    Turki Al-Asheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia announced that Saudi women will now be able to attend sports events in stadiums starting from 2018. The move is aimed at empowering and engaging women in the society as an integral part of the development process. All these changes support Saudi Arabia's “Vision 2030” plan for economic and social reforms.

    Suresh Raina appointed as brand ambassador of Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation

    Suresh Raina appointed as the brand ambassador of the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) at a programme at Ghaziabad. It is the only city among 16 municipal corporations in Uttar Pradesh which has been declared open defecation free. This programme will help the municipal corporation in spreading awareness about sanitation. V.K. Jindal, Joint Secretary and Director of Swachh Bharat Mission, and Ghaziabad Municipal Commissioner C.P. Singh were present during the occasion.

    Mithali Raj and Virat Kohli Tops ICC Ranking

    India captain Mithali Raj moved up one place to occupy the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batswomen. Ellyse Perry of Australia and Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand also jumped one place each to be at second and third spots. Mithali has 753 points. Also, Indian captain, Virat Kohli returned to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen after logging career-high rating points going past the iconic Sachin Tendulkar in the process.  The 28-year-old Delhi batsman has reached 889 points, which is the best ever by an India batsman.

    Johor Cup Hockey Indian Junior Team Win Bronze Medal

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

    Rwanda gets first cricket stadium

    Rwanda’s first cricket stadium was inaugurated on 29thoct 2017 byPresident Paul Kagame as a permanent home for developing the sport in the country. The Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation was set up by Alby Shale, the son of a late British politician and cricket lover who visited Rwanda to do aid work. Rwanda’s national cricket association estimates that only around 4,000 people currently play cricket.

    Kidambi Srikanth Wins French Open to Clinch 4th Super Series Title of 2017

    India's Kidambi Srikanth created history he became the first Indian player to win four Superseries titles in a year after he won the men's singles title at the French Open. He defeated Japan's Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the final to achieve this feat. This win was another addition to the Indian's list of firsts as he also became the only Indian to win the French Open since it became a Superseries event in 2007.

    Virat Kohli Becomes Fastest Batsman to Score 9000 ODI Runs

    Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs during the third game against New Zealand. He went on to score his 32nd ODI century off 96 balls. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had reached the milestone in 2016 while other Indians who have done so are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin. Overall, Kohli, who played his 202nd match and 194th innings has become the 19th batsman to breach the 9000-run mark, making him the fastest to get there.

    Patna Pirates won Third Pro Kabaddi Successive Title

    Pardeep Narwal scored incredible 24 points to steer Patna Pirates to third consecutive Pro Kabaddi title. Pardeep scored 76 points in three playoffs, helped Patna come from behind and thump Gujarat Fortune giants 55-38 in the summit clash of Pro Kabaddi season 5. Gujarat’s Sachin Tawar was the only player who had managed to break through Patna defence and scored 11 points. The 20-year old raider finishes the 2017 edition as the highest raider with 369 raid points and 19 Super 10s.

    England beat Spain 5-2 to Win First-ever U-17 Title

    England scripted a dramatic turnaround in Kolkata to win the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup for the very first time after a 5-2 win over European U17 champions Spain. Spain appeared to throw in the towel after letting slip a commanding lead, and their woe was compounded by further strikes from Marc Guehi and Foden to round off a comprehensive 5-2 victory.

    Gokul Natesan Second Indian-Origin Player to be Signed by NBA G-League Side

    Gokul Natesan is the 97th pick in the NBA draft to became only the second Indian-origin player to be signed by an NBA G-League side.  Amjyot Singh recently became the third Indian to walk into the National Basketball Association (NBA) league.  The Managing Director for India of NBA is Yannick Colaco.

    Puducherry Becomes an Associate Member of BCCI

    The Cricket Association of Puducherry (CAP) was chosen by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) as an associate member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).  This means Puducherry will be allowed to play the Ranji Trophy in 2018.

    Scott Fleming Joins NBA India as Head of Basketball Operations

    The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that former India men’s national team head coach Scott Fleming has joined NBA India as Head of Basketball Operations. Scott Fleming will oversee the league’s youth and elite basketball development in India, including the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program, NBA Academy India, and NBA Basketball School.

    Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu Strike Gold in ISSF World Cup

    Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu combined to give India their first gold medal of the International Shooting Sports Federation‬ (ISSF) World Cup Final in New Delhi.   They clinched the top honors in the 10m air pistol mixed team event on the opening day of competitions. Rai and Sidhu picked up their third gold together in the mixed team event, being held officially for the first time at an ISSF World Cup.

    Cristiano Ronaldo Named Best FIFA Men's Player

    Ronaldo presented the award at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London, UK. The award, which covers the period of November 2016 to July 2017, is voted by national team coaches, captains, selected media and fans. Other awards are  Netherlands' Lieke Martens won The Best FIFA Women's Player award. Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the year's best goal after his acrobatic scorpion kick. The Fair Play Award went to Slovakia's Francis Kone, who saved the life of Martin Berkovec during a Czech First League game. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was named the Best FIFA Men's Coach. Juventus' Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was named the best goalkeeper of the year.

    Kidambi Srikanth Lifts Denmark Open Superseries Trophy 2017

    Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lifted the Denmark Open Superseries trophy at Odense, Denmark. He defeated South Korea’s Lee Hyun-il in straight games, 21-10, 21-5 to bag his third Super Series title of the year and fifth overall. He recently (June 2017) won Australia Open Super Series title.

    Asia Cup Hockey 2017 India Beat Malaysia To Lift Their 3rd Continental Title

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

    Kohli becomes top run scorer at 200 ODIs and 14th Indian player to play 200 ODIs

    Indian skipper Virat Kohli has become the top run-scorer at the 200 ODI-mark, after taking the field against New Zealand in the first ODI at Mumbai, on today. In his 200th ODI, Virat has 8,767 runs, 146 more than second-placed AB de Villiers. Virat is the 14th Indian cricketer to play 200 ODIs.

    India beat Pakistan to reach Hockey Asia Cup final for 7th time

    India defeated Pakistan 4-0 in 10th men’s Hockey Asia Cup Super 4 encounter in Dhaka to reach the final of the tournament for the seventh time. India have won the Asia Cup twice, while they finished as runners-up on five occasions.

    Roger Federer Cruises to Shanghai Masters Title

    Roger Federer won world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival. He is the only man who can still stop Nadal ending the year as number one, took an hour and 12 minutes to claim his sixth title of the year and his second Shanghai crown with a clinical performance. He  has also won a record eighth Wimbledon title & became the tournament’s oldest champion with a straight-sets victory over Marin Cilic. Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title in Wimbledon title 2017.

    Esther Staubli became first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U17 World Cup

    In line with FIFA’s objective to further develop women’s football, a new milestone has been achieved as Esther Staubli became first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. Esther, who hails from Bern, Switzerland officiated the match between Japan and New Caledonia at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. As for the U-17 World Cup, Staubli is one of seven female referees invited to the tournament. Seven Women referee selected by FIFA for the U-17 World Cup are: Esther Staubli, Kateryna Monzul, Anna-marie Keighley, Claudia Umpierrez, Carol Anne Chenard, Gladys Lengwe, RI Hyang Ok.

    Indian football team qualifies for 2019 AFC Asian Cup

    Indian football team registered a commanding win over Macau by 4-1 in AFC Asian Cup qualifying match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. India after winning this match has also qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup which is going to be held in the UAE. India played and lost the match in the tournament was in 2011 while their only appearance before that was way back in 1984. In the 2011 edition that was held in Doha, India.  

    National Award for Boxing Coach Sandhu & Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak

    President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the National award for senior citizens to Indian boxing coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu and Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management for 2017 to Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak. He is  India’s longest-serving men’s national coach, for two decades. Dr.Bindeshwar Pathak is the founder of Sulabh International.

    Iceland becomes smallest nation ever to enter FIFA World Cup

    Iceland becomes the smallest country ever to qualify for the final stage of the FIFA World Cup, after topping its qualifying group. The island nation has a population of over 3,34,000 with over 20,000 registered football players. Last year, Iceland played its first major tournament, the UEFA European Championship, where the team defeated England and reached the quarter-final stage.

    Rafael Nadal Wins China Open Title

    World number one Rafael Nadal (Spain) won his China Open Title that is sixth title of this year. He defeated Nick Kyrgios (Australia) at the China Open 2017.  He won a 16-time Grand Slam winner and came to the Chinese capital Beijing on the back of winning his third US Open.

    Tyrrell Hatton retains Dunhill Links Championship title

    Tyrrell Hatton became the first man to retain the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title. He won by three shots after a six-under-par final round. It is the second year in a row that Fisher had finished second at the Dunhill Links.

    Anupama Clinches World Open Under-16 Snooker Championship Title

    India’s Anupama Ramachandran clinched the World Open Under-16 Snooker Championship title at St. Petersburg in Russia. In the girl's category, second seed Anupama knocked out her compatriot and top seed Keerthana Pandian 3-1 to become World Open Under-16 champion. This is the Federation of Billiards Sports of Russia hosted this first-ever World Open championships for Under-16 boys and girls. 

    FIFA launched Hindi Twitter account for U-17 Word Cup

    The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)  launched a new Hindi Twitter account for the U-17 WC. This is the first-ever FIFA event which is being hosted by India and this will help keep Indian fans abreast regarding the progress of the 52-match tournament. The account will keep fans updated on the progress of the 52-match tournament, taking them on a journey across all six venues, as 24 teams compete for one trophy.

    Commonwealth Games 2018 Baton Arrived in New Delhi

    The Queen's Baton for the 2018 Commonwealth Games arrived in New Delhi, India. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in Australia. The Baton was received by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) joint secretary Rakesh Gupta and it will travel to Agra.

    Lakshmanan wins 5,000m gold at National Open Athletics

    Asian champion Govindan Lakshmanan of Services cruised to victory in the men's 5000-metre race on the opening day of the 57th National Open Athletics Championships at the Nehru Stadium. He has recently won gold in the 3,000m event at the Asian Indoor Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

    Sports Ministry Recommends P.V. Sindhu for Padma Bhushan Award

    Olympic silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu recommended for the prestigious Padma Bhushan, country’s third highest civilian award, by the Sports Ministry. She is two-time bronze medallist at World Championship. She was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri. She becomes the first Indian to win the Korea Open Superseries.

    India Become World No. 1 in Both ODIs and Tests

    India beat Australia by 5 wickets in the third ODI played between the two sides at Indore. Now India is the no. 1 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International (ODI) rankings. This is India’s ninth consecutive ODI win while it is Australia 11ts successive defeat. The three Top three teams in ODI are India, South Africa, and Australia.

    India bags 4 more Medals at 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan

    In the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, India bagged four medals. Sajan Prakash of India won second with the silver medal in the Men's 100-metre butterfly event. Divya Gurling Shilwant and Pratiksha Chandrakant Parhar bagged a bronze each in women's Alysh classic in 70 kg and 75 kg categories in the Belt Wrestling Discipline. Zumu from Nagaland won the bronze medal in the 90 kg category of Kazakh Kuresh style belt wrestling. India is at 11th spot in the medals tally with 5 gold, 7 silver, and 7 bronze.

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