After Afghanistan’s rapid rise to prominence in limited-overs cricket, Nepal took a massive step forward after achieving One-day International status, after their victory over Papua New Guinea.
Nepal defeated the Pacific nation by six wickets in a playoff game in the ICC World Cup Qualifier being held in Zimbabwe, achieving the distinction for the first time.
The emerging shooter Devanshi Rana will show her talent in the junior shooting World Cup. Jaspal Rana is the Chief Coach of the Indian Shooting Team, while Subhash Rana will play the role of Technical Officer in the championship.
The Indian team has been announced for the Junior Shooting World Cup in Australia from March 20 to 29. For the first time this year Devanshi Rana, a resident of Dehradun, has been given a place in the Indian team for two tournaments.
Anand Singh Rawat, press secretary of Jaspal Rana shooting range located in Pontha, Mazon, told that Devanshi has left for Australia on Friday morning for the World Cup. They will show their confidence in 10 meter air pistol and 25 meter sports pistol.
Rawat told that Devanshi won two medals in the National Shooting Championships. On winning the medal, trials were conducted by the Rifle Association of India. Participants in the first three positions in the selection trial organized for various events have been given a place in the team.
Indian para-athlete Deepa Malik won a gold medal in the F-53/54 category javelin event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.
With this, she became the Asian rank one in the F-53 category.
With the win, Deepa has also qualified for the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia scheduled to be held in October 2018.
World champions Australia lifted the coveted Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey title. In the final at Ipoh, Malaysia, they beat defending champions England by a narrow 2-1 margin.
Australia won the prestigious tournament for the 10th time.
Earlier, in the classification match for the 3rd place, Argentina finished third after beating Malaysia 3-2.
The hosts ended at the 4th spot.
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli named cab-hailing startup Uber's first Brand Ambassador in India.
Kohli will also be involved in a series of marketing and customer experience initiatives.
India defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in the second T20I of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo, to register their sixth consecutive T20I victory and maintain their 100% win record in T20Is against them.
India will next face Sri Lanka in the tri-series on March 12.
"Man of the Match" Awarded to: Vijay Shankar.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, become a brand ambassador of gaming platform Dream11.
The former India Test skipper had led the country to a famous triumph in the inaugural World T20 Championship in 2007.
He would be the new face of the gaming platform's multi-channel marketing campaigns and brand engagement activities.
Currently, the gaming platform has a user base of 2 crore sports fans playing "fantasy cricket, football, kabaddi, and NBA".
The leg-spinner from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan (19-year-old) become the youngest captain in international cricket history.
He now holds the ICC No. 1 rank for bowlers in both the ODIs and T20Is and also became the youngest player ever to hold the top spot for any form of ICC men's ranking.
England’s Arran Bindle is the youngest woman player at the age of 19 years and 260 days to lead a team in women’s cricket. She led the England side in a three ODIs in 2001.
Youngest captains in international cricket:
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) - 19 years 159 days.
Rajin Saleh (Bangladesh) - 20 years 297 days.
Rodney Trott (Bermuda) - 20 years 332 days.
Tatenda Taibu (Zimbabwe) - 20 years 342 days.
Nawab Pataudi (India) - 21 years 77 days.
India won the inaugural IBSF Snooker Team World Cup title.
The Indian combine of Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra defeated Pakistan in the best-of-five final played in Doha.
Navjot Kaur clinched the 1st gold medal for India in the Asian Wrestling championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
She defeated Imai Miyu of Japan in the final of women’s 65 kg freestyle.
With 1 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze medal, India was at the second spot in the medals tally.
Vinesh Phogat and Pinki of Indian Railways claimed silver medals while Sakshi Malik won a bronze in the 62-kilogram category.
China was leading the table with 4 gold and 1 bronze medal while Japan was at the third place with 1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals.
The 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey tournament begins in the Malaysian city of Ipoh. Six nations – India, hosts Malaysia, defending champions England, Australia, Argentina and Ireland – are taking part in the tournament.
India, currently the world number six side, will take on world number two Argentina in their opening round-robin match.
India's star wrestler Vinesh Phogat has settled for Silver Medal in the 50kg Freestyle competition at the Asian Wrestling Championship in Kyrgyzstan.
In the final of the event at Bishkek, yesterday, the Indian lost to China's Chun Lei. Another Indian, Sangeeta claimed Bronze in the 59kg division.
Along with these two medals, India's medal tally has reached four in the ongoing championships.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) restored Russia's Olympic membership with immediate effect following its suspension from the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang in South Korea.
Russia was banned from February's Games by the IOC over state-sponsored doping.
Before closing ceremony of Winter Olympics, the IOC had stated that the ban would be lifted, as long as there were no more anti-doping violations.
India comes up with best ever performance at the 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Bulgaria.
At Sofia, the country ended with a whopping 11 medals – five from men and six from women boxers.
Overall, the contingent clinched two gold, three silver, and six bronze medals.
Vikas Krishan, who claimed a gold medal in 75 kg category, was also adjudged the best boxer of the event, a first for an Indian. Another Gold medal was clinched by Amit Panchal.
PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The motto of Winter Olympics 2018 was “Passion.Connected”. Soohorang, a white tiger, and Bandai, an Asiatic black bear were the official mascots for this event.
Top Tally- Top 3 Countries-
1. Norway (Total 39, 14 Gold, 14 Silver, 11 Bronze).
2. Germany (Total 31, 14 Gold, 10 Silver, 7 Bronze).
3. Canada (Total 11, 8 Gold, 10 Silver, 29 Bronze).
Indian stars Seema Poonia and MC Mary Kom have settled for Silver medals after losing in the final of 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing tournament at Sofia in Bulgaria.
While Mary Kom lost to Bulgarian Sevda Asenova in the 48-kilogram title bout, Seema went down to Russian Anna Ivanova in the 81 kg final.
Overall Indian women ended up with two silver and four bronze medals in one of the oldest boxing tournaments in Europe.
Aruna Budda Reddy created history by becoming the first Indian to win an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne, Australia.
She clinched a Bronze medal in the Women’s Vault.
Aruna, who hails from Hyderabad, scored 13.649 average points to finish third and claim the bronze medal at the Hisense Arena.
Tjasa Kysslef of Slovenia took home the Gold, while Emily Whitehead of Australia won the Silver.
Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap overcame Malaysia's June Wei Cheam in straight games in the men's singles final to clinch the Austrian Open International Challenge, his first international title in over three years.
The Indian looked in good touch throughout the tournament as he didn't drop a single game en route to his title win.
Canada’s own first franchise-based Twenty20 league “Global T20 Canada”, was announced in New Delhi.
The Global T20 Canada League will begin functioning from July 2018 at three venues in Toronto.
It is conceptualized, designed, developed and managed by Mercuri Group with Cricket Canada.
Global T20 Canada League has received official sanction of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Cricket Canada become the first Associate member of the ICC to start a Twenty20 franchise league in the North America market.
In Boxing, MC Mary Kom stormed into the Finals of the Strandja Memorial Tournament at Sofia in Bulgaria while Vikas Krishan and two other male boxers entered the semifinals.
In the Women's 48 kg category, five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom, targetting her third successive international gold medal, defeated China's Ye Jiali to make the summit clash.
However, former world and Asian champion L Sarita Devi bowed out in the 60 kg section with a bronze medal. Meena Kumari Devi in 54 kg also settled for a Bronze.
In the Men's draw, former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan in 75 kg, Asian Games bronze medallist Satish Kumar in +91 kg and Gaurav Solanki in 52 kg advanced to the semi-finals to assure themselves of medals. Earlier, Amit Panghal in 49 kgs had also made it to the last-4.
It was a significant victory for Vikas, who is returning to action after recovering from a hand injury, which forced him out of the national championships as well as the India Open.
The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is planning to introduce a ranking system for National Sports Federations (NSFs).
This will be for the first time the Sports Ministry will have a system by which sports federations will be ranked or rated according to set parameters Key.
The rankings will be based on federations’ administrative capability, transparency, talent-spotting ability, and medal count of athletes.
The sports ministry will set up a committee for this purpose.
Defending champion Karnataka’s Kishan Gangolli won the 13th edition of the National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai.
The championship was organized by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).
At the end of the 13th round, Asian Championship winner, Gangolli became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points.
Gujarat’s Ashvin Makwana stood second with 9.5 points, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan of Orissa with 9 points came third.
Sharmila Nicollet become the first Indian golfer to qualify for the China Ladies PGA Tour. The 26-year-old Bengaluru golfer fought her way back into the tournament in the last two rounds to earn a card for the Tour.
Sharmila, who played on the Ladies European Tour before losing her full card, played her three rounds in the CLPGA Tour Qualifying School to finish in tied 21st and pick one of the 30 cards available in the 88-player field.
The Indian contingent won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the Asian Para-Cycling Championships held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
Last year's silver medallist Divij Shah repeated his silver-winning performance while BSF soldier Harinder Singh won bronze adding to his bronze from the last year. New entrant Madhu Bagri become the first para cyclist to win an international medal in hand cycling.
The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games 2018 saw a record-setting performance of 1,218 drones (unmanned aerial vehicles), flying in sync to create huge formations of various Olympic sports and the iconic Olympic rings. This record was set by Intel.
The drones set a world record for the 'most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously,' which was previously held by 500 drones during a 2016 performance in Germany.
Haryana youngsters outclassed others by achieving the highest number of medal tally in the inaugural edition of the Khelo India School Games.
The competition concluded in New Delhi.
The sports powerhouse won 102 medals including 38 gold medals, 26 silver medals, 38 Bronze medals. Maharashtra (110) finished second overall while Delhi (94) came third.
Punjab and Kerala won the boys’ and girls’ gold medals respectively in Basketball competition.
On the final day, Haryana emerged with the best haul of five medals, including one gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.
Haryana archers showed impressive performance and won one gold medal on the final day. It clinched two silver and two bronze medals from Archery on the same day.
Indian women's cricket team pacer Jhulan Goswami become the first woman in the world to take 200 wickets in ODI cricket.
Goswami achieved the feat playing in her 166th ODI against South Africa.
Goswami had become the leading wicket-taker in women's ODI in May 2017, overtaking former Australian pacer Cathryn Fitzpatrick's record of 180 wickets.
Shubhankar Sharma emerged as the best Indian golfer in the world, grabbing the 72nd position in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
He has won the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sharma has enjoyed a golden run over the past few months on the international stage, clinching his first European Tour win at the Joburg Open.
India Open is a badminton event held annually at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi.
In women's singles Defending champion P V Sindhu was defeated by American Beiwen Zhang to finish runner-up at the India Open Super 500 tournament.
1. Men's Singles Shi Yuqi (China)
2. Women's Singles Beiwen Zhang (America)
3. Men's Doubles Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (Indonesia)
4. Women's Doubles Greysia Polii (Indonesia)
Apriyani Rahayu (Indonesia) Jongkolphan Kititharakul (Thailand) and
Rawinda Prajongjai (Thailand)
5. Mixed Doubles Mathias Christiansen (Denmark)
Christinna Pedersen (Denmark).
India defeated Australia to lift the Under 19 World cup for the fourth time.
The Men in Blue defeated the three-time champions Australia at Bay Oval, New Zealand.
The Australian team had set the target of 214 runs and was chased down easily by India. Manjot Kalra was the Hero of the match with his brilliant century.
Luger Shiva Keshavan and cross-country skier Jagdish Singh will represent India at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics which begins on February 9.
Thirty-six-year-old Keshavan, the country's best known Winter Olympian, will be taking part in his sixth Games since his debut at Nagano in Japan in 1998.
Meanwhile, this will be Jagdish Singh's maiden Winter Games appearance.
Senior-most Indian Information Service (IIS) officer Neelam Kapur was appointed Director-General of Sports Authority of India (SAI).
She is at present the Principal Director General of the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP). It is for the first time that an IIS officer has been appointed as SAI chief.
The post is usually held by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.
The five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom claimed the gold medal in the India Open International Boxing tournament at Thyagraj Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
She defeated Josie Gabuco from the Philippines in a split 4-1 decision to grab the gold in the women's 48kg weight category.
The 12th seeded boxer had earlier booked her place in the finals after defeating Mongolian Altansetseg Lutsaikhan in the semi-final clash.
Pinki Rani also fetched gold for India after defeating Mongolia’s Jargalan Ochirbat in the final of fly (48-51 kg) category.
Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final of both the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 when the tournaments come to Australia in 2020.
It will mark the first time the tournaments are held as stand-alone events in the same year in the same country.
The women’s final will coincide with International Women’s Day (8th March).
Sharath Kamal beat top-seeded Anthony Amalraj to win the men singles title for the eighth time, equalling the feat of Kamlesh Mehta in the 79th edition of the 11Even Sports Senior Nationals in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Suthirta Mukherjee from West Bengal emerged the new women champion, beating Hyderabad Nationals winner Manika Batra.
Sandeep Lamichhane became the first cricketer from Nepal to land a deal an IPL contract.
He was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the player's auction.
The 17-year-old, the only Nepal player in the IPL auction, was sold at his base price of Rs 20 lakh.
The leg-spinner rose to prominence with a successful outing at the 2016 U-19 World Cup where he guided Nepal to a creditable eighth place.
He hogged the limelight by becoming the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 scalps in six innings.
The world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan defeated Saina Nehwal in the finals of the Indonesia Masters in Jakarta.
Tai Tzu has now defeated the former world No.1 nine times in their last 10 meetings.
Saina enjoyed early success against the Taiwanese till 2011 but the Nehwal has beaten her only once at the 2013 Swiss Open ever since.
The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually in Melbourne Park, Australia. First held in 1905, the tournament is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
The 2018 Australian Open is the 106th edition of the tournament.
The tournament is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Roger Federer was the defending champion and successfully defended his title, defeating Marin Cilic in the final. In women's' single, Caroline Wozniacki became the first Danish player to win a Grand Slam singles title, defeating Simona Halep in the final.
1. Men's Singles - Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2. Women's Singles - Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
3. Men's Doubles - Oliver Marach (Austria) Mate Pavic(Croatia)
4. Women's Doubles - Kristina Mladenovic (France) - Tímea Babos (Hungary)
5. Mixed Doubles - Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) - Mate Pavic (Croatia).
India beat Japan 4-2 in the second leg of the Four Nations Invitational Tournament in New Zealand on Saturday. India, coming on the back of a 5-4 win over Belgium secured a place in the final of the second leg of the tournament.
India had thrashed Japan 6-0 in their pool match in the first leg of the tournament.
Lifter Rakhi Halder created a new national record in clean and jerk to a gold medal in the 63kg women’s category in the 33rd Women Senior National Weightlifting Championships, in Mangaluru, Karnataka.
Rakhi lifted 128kgs in the clean and jerk for a total of 230kgs to create a new national record, bettering Karnam Malleswari’s feat (127kg) created in Athens in 1999.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the 2018 edition of the Women’s World T20 will be hosted by West Indies in November 2018.
Hosts Windies will defend the title they won over Australia in Kolkata in 2016.
The three venues were selected by Cricket West Indies through a bidding process and have been ratified by the ICC.
The November event in the Caribbean will be the first stand-alone ICC Women’s World Twenty20 after the past five events were played alongside the men’s event.
Young Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh secured his maiden international title, bagging the Swedish Open Junior International Series with a straight-game victory over Denmark’s Mads Christophersen in the finals in Uppsala in Sweden.
Playing his first career final, Siddharth defeated Christophersen in a 33-minute match to claim the men’s singles title.
Indian shuttler Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna with their respected partners swiftly entered into the men's doubles third round at the Australian Open which is being held in Melbourne.
Divij Sharan and his American partner Ram registered a victory over the Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers by 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in the second round which lasted for two hours and eight minutes.
However, it was a hard fought win for Divij Sharan and his American partner Ram after clinching few points at a crucial time in the match.
After winning this match, Divij Sharan equaled his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the men’s doubles third round at the Australian Open.
Last year Sharan had made the third round at the French Open with Purav Raja. He had also reached the US Open third round in 2013.
Indian cricket team registered an emphatic victory over Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui .
Notably, with this win Indian team finished their rout of Group B with staying at the top in the points table.
After opted to bat first, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 154 in 48.1 overs, with Indian left-arm spinners Anukul Roy taking 4 wickets after conceding only 20 runs while Arshdeep Singh and Abhishek Sharma took 2 wickets each. Zimbabwe were 110/3 at one stage but lost their last seven wickets for 44 runs.
In-form Indian batsmen chased down the small target in an easy manner as Harvick Desai scored 56 runs unbeaten while Shubham Gill scored 90 runs.
The target of 155 runs was achieved by India without losing any wicket. With the win, the Prithvi Shaw led side remain unbeaten in the group B. India have already sealed their spot in the quarterfinals.
Virat Kohli was named the captain of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test and One-Day International (ODI) teams of the year that included four other Indians as well.
Kohli scored 2,023 runs at 77.80, including eight centuries and three half-centuries in 18 matches during the qualification period.
He surprisingly pipped Australian skipper Steve Smith for the ICC’s Test team captaincy.
The Test team also comprises Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin. Kohli, the Winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and ODI Cricketer of the Year awards, was chosen to lead the ICC ODI team, which includes Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah as the other two Indians.
North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single unified Korea flag at Winter Olympics in the South.
They also agreed to field a joint women’s ice hockey team after rare talks at the truce village of Panmunjom.
These are the first high-level talks between the two Koreas in more than two years.
The Games will take place in February 2018 in Pyeongchang in South Korea.
Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho formally confirmed his retirement from football, more than two years since his last appearance as professional reports in Brazil.
The 37-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star, a key member of the Brazil side which won the World Cup in 2002, last played in 2015 during a brief stint with Fluminense.
Ronaldinho’s career began with Gremio in Porto Alegre, his hometown, before he emerged as a star with French giants PSG.
He then spent five years with Barcelona between 2003 and 2008, helping the Catalans win the Champions League in 2006, after being awarded the Ballon d'Or in 2005.
South Korea has proposed fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team with North Korea at next month’s Winter Olympics going to be held at Pyongyang.
South Korea's unification ministry invited the North to further talks about the Olympics in the truce village of Panmunjom on 15 January.
A joint march at the opening ceremony would be a stunning statement for the "Peace Olympics", which will open about 50 miles (80 kilometres) from the heavily fortified Korean border on 9 February.
South African pacer Kagiso Rabada, who recently became the top-ranked bowler in Test cricket, is the youngest bowler ever to top the ICC Test rankings for bowlers.
Rabada achieved the feat at the age of 8,261 days, surpassing the record of former England bowler George Lohmann, who became the highest-ranked Test bowler aged 8,288 days in February 1888.
Professional player Aditya Mehta won the Kolkata Open 2018 International Invitation Snooker Championship in the capital city of West Bengal Kolkata.
This is his third Kolkata Open title since it’s inception. In the thrilling final he defeated Englishman Professional Player Alfie Burden.