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  • Twenty two Indian women boxers enter semis of 2nd India Open International Boxing tournament

    12 hours ago
    Twenty-Two Indian women boxers including MC Mary Kom have assured medals by entering the Semi-Finals of India Open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati. Ace boxer Mary Kom had an easy win against Nepal's Mala Rai in the Quarter Final last night. She will face compatriot Nikhat Zareen in the much anticipated Semi-Final in the 51 kg category.  Assam girls Jamuna Boro, Ankushita Boro, and Pwilao Basumatary have also entered the Semi-Finals. Another crowd favorite L Sarita Devi also defeated her opponent in the 60 kg category and stormed into the Semi-Final.

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    Helo becomes team sponsor of Indian Wheelchair Cricket Association for Asia Cup

    14 hours ago
    Helo, India's social media platform became team sponsor of Indian Wheelchair Cricket Association(WCA) for Team India for Asia Cup 2019. It was scheduled from May 15 to 18 in Nepal. Through this partnership with team India. Helo became the first social media app to host and promote Indian Wheelchair Cricket. Helo broadcasts the cricket updates, information, behind-the-activity and upcoming matches on its platform The Wheelchair Cricket Association(WCA) is affiliated to the Disabled Sporting Society. It has 1 6 state teams playing under it. The players are 70-90% physically challenged and will do batting, bowling, fielding and running on wheelchairs only.

    Badminton World Federation launched 2 new formats of Badminton

    1 day ago
    Recently, Badminton World Federation (BWF) launched two new formats of Badminton named as AirBadminton & Triples. BWF launched AirBadminton at Guangzhou with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Airshuttle.  The AirBadminton will be an outdoor game as compared to traditional badminton which is indoor games. About Badminton World Federation (BWF) Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia President: Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen





    Anirudh and Niki won the 2019 ITF mens Futures tennis title in Uganda

    2 days ago
    Top seeds Anirudh Chandrasekar and Niki Poonacha won the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s Futures tennis tournament title in Kampala, Uganda.  The pair defeated Simon Carr and Ryan James Storrie and secured 6-3, 6-4. It was the maiden international title for Anirudh, while it was fourth doubles title for Poonacha. The results:  $15,000 ITF men, Kampala, Uganda:  Doubles (final): Anirudh Chandrasekar & Niki Poonacha bt Simon Carr (Irl) & Ryan James Storrie (GBr) 6-3, 6-4  

    PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal to spearhead Indian challenge at Sudirman Cup in China

    3 days ago
    Sudirman Cup tournament will begin at the Guangxi Sports Center Gymnasium in Nanning, China .  The Top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will spearhead the Indian challenge at this prestigious tournament. The Indian team will begin their campaign tomorrow against Malaysia in Group 1-D. India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage.  Sudirman Cup is a mixed team Badminton Championship held every two years. There are 12 elite teams that will take part in the tournament. Each group comprises of three teams, with the top two qualifyings for the quarterfinals.

    Rafael Nadal claimed the Italian Open 2019 title

    3 days ago
    Rafael Nadal has won a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title by defeating Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final 2019. This is his ninth Rome title.   Nadal dominated in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win broke a tie with his longtime rival Djokovic. For his victory, Nadal received 1,000 ATP Ranking points and earned ₹7.5 crore. Djokovic produced an error-strewn performance in his 54th meeting with Nadal.  After three semi-final defeats in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, Nadal has returned to his best form ahead of Roland Garros and clinched his first title of the season.  Result of Italian Open 2019: Men's Singles: Spain Rafael Nadal Women's Singles: Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková Men's Doubles: Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal / Colombia Robert Farah Women's Doubles: Belarus Victoria Azarenka / Australia Ashleigh Barty Italian Open 2019: The 2019 Italian Open was a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. It was played from 15 May-21 May 2019. It was the 76th edition of the Italian Open and was classified as an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event on the 2019 ATP World Tour and a Premier 5 event on the 2019 WTA Tour.  



    Koepka set record in the lowest 36 hole score in PGA Championship

    3 days ago
    American golfer Brooks Koepka set a record in the lowest 36-hole score in Major golf history and seized a record seven-stroke lead after two rounds of the US PGA Championship. Brooks Koepka now holds the 18, 36 and 72-hole scoring records for the US PGA Championship Koepka, who set the course record with a 63 on 16th May, birdied three of the first four holes and four of the last six on 17th May to complete the most overpowering start even seen in Major golf. If he does claim the Wanamaker Trophy and a $1.98 million top prize, he’ll be the first man to defend US Open and PGA titles in his career and the first to own back-to-back titles in two Majors at the same time. He would be the first to the defend the PGA title since Woods in 2007. His devastating two-day performance produced the largest halfway lead in modern major golf history. The biggest previous 36-hole PGA lead had been Zimbabwean Nick Price's five-shot edge in 1994. Tiger Woods missed the cut.

    Asian Football Confederation to have first-ever female referee team to take charge of mens AFC cup

    19 May 2019
    Asian Football Confederation(AFC) announced its first-ever female referee team to officiate Men’s Continental Club Cup match The team consists of 3 Japanese referees namely, Yoshimi Yamashita and assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi.  the match between Myanmar’s Yangon United and Cambodia’s Naga World at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. Prior officiating this match, they served as assistant referees in AFC Cup matches along with Australians Sarah Ho and Alysson Flynn becoming the first in 2014. About AFC: ♦ It was founded in the year 2004. ♦ 2018 Champion of AFC cup is Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya.

    USD 10 million on offer in ICC World Cup, winner to earn 4 million

    19 May 2019
    The winners of the upcoming ICC men's World Cup will earn a cash award of USD 4 million, the highest prize money on offer in the history of the tournament. The winners of the 10-team tournament will also get a trophy that they will lift at the historic Lord's on July 16. The total prize pot of USD 10 million will see the runners-up take home USD 2 million and the losing semifinalists USD 800,000 each at the end of the 46-day tournament being played across 11 venues in UK from May 30. There are prizes for each league match won, in what promises to be a competitive tournament with the world's best teams playing each other in a round-robin format. About ICC Championship  Administrator: International Cricket Council Format: Test cricket First edition: 2019–21 Next edition: 2021–23



    Sourav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar inducted in ICC commentary panel for World Cup 2019

    18 May 2019
    Former Indian cricketers Sourav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar are inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) commentary panel for World Cup 2019. World Cup 2019 will begin from May 30, 2019 in England and Wales. The debut commentary will be made by Michael Clarke, former Australian batsman, who was the captain of the 2015 World Cup winning team and Nasser Hussain, Ian Bishop, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Brendon McCullum, Graeme Smith and Wasim Akram are also the part of panel. Other commentrators of the tournament are Shaun Pollock, Michael Slater, Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding, Isa Guha, Pommie Mbangwa, Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Ian Smith, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan, and Ian Ward. About ICC: ♦ Headquarters: Dubai, UAE ♦ CEO: Dave Richardson (28 Jun 2012–July 2019) ♦ Designated CEO: Manu Sawhney (July 2019) ♦ Motto‎: ‎Cricket for good ♦ Chairman:  Shashank Manohar

    Sir Andy Murray received the knighthood award for services at Buckingham Palace

    17 May 2019
    Sir Andy Murray, who is a Unicef UK ambassador, received the knighthood for services to tennis and charity at Buckingham Palace. The Honours award are used to recognise merit in terms of achievement and service. The three-time Grand Slam champion was named in the Queen's New Years Honours in 2016, following his second Wimbledon win and second Olympic gold. Sir Andy revealed in January that he planned to retire after this year's Wimbledon, forcing back tears as he told reporters at the Australian Open that his hip injury was going to bring a premature end to his glittering career. He had surgery in January and has since begun his rehabilitation. United Kingdom: Monarch: Elizabeth II Prime Minister: Theresa May Capital: London Currency: Pound sterling(GBP; £) National/Official language: English Sir Andrew Barron Murray: He is a British professional tennis player from Scotland. He ranked No. 217 in men's singles (as of May 2019).  Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities. He is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and former world No. 1.

    China to host 2023 Asian Cup

    17 May 2019
    China has become the sole contender to host the Asian Cup Football tournament in 2023. The announcement came after South Korea has announced to withdraw its bid to host the game.  The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced that it had pulled out to strategically focus on a joint bid with North Korea to host the Women’s World Cup in the same year. China's interest to host: In February 2013, China suggested interest in hosting the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. However, in September 2013, the CFA withdrew its bid.  In late 2015, the CFA confirmed their intention to bid for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. In March 2019 China had officially proposed to bid for the 2023 Asian Cup. China has previously hosted the 2004 Asian Cup. About 2023 AFC Asian Cup: The 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup will be the 18th edition of the AFC Asian Cup. It is organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).  The tournament will involve 24 national teams.

    Igor Stimac appointed as the head coach of the Indian football team

    16 May 2019
    Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac is appointed as the head coach of the Indian football team for a two-year term. The appointment was made by the All-India Football Federation's (AIFF) executive committee. The national team has been without a coach since the departure of Stephen Constantine in January, following the creditable show at the AFC Asian Cup. Igor Stimac: As a coach: Mr.Stimac comes with an experience of over 18 years in coaching, structuring, and developing football and players back home, and internationally. He was a part of Croatia’s 1998 World Cup squad that finished third in France. His last assignment was with Al-Shahania Club in Qatar. As a player: He was part the of the Croatia team that finished third in the 1998 World Cup, and a member of the national squad which qualified for the quarterfinals of the UEFA European Championship 1996 (Euro) in England. he was also a part of the Yugoslavia U-19 national team which won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1987.

    India GS Lakshmi became the first woman female ICC match referee

    15 May 2019
    GS Lakshmi became the first ever female match referee to be included into the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s International Panel of Match Referees. Previously in 2008-2009 she officiated her first match in women’s domestic cricket and has also supervised 3 women’s One Day International (ODI) and 3 T20 International matches. About ICC Formation    15 June 1909 Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Membership: 105 members Official languages: English Chairman: Shashank Manohar CEO: Manu Sawhney

    Van Dijk won Premier League Player of the Season award

    14 May 2019
    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named Premier League Player of the Season. He became the first defender to win the Player of the Season award in seven seasons, after Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany in 2011-12.  Premier League: Founded on: 20 February 1992 Country: England Current champions: Manchester City (4th title 2018-19) It is the top level of the English football league system Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL)

    Manchester City retains Premier League football title

    14 May 2019
    Manchester City won the English Premier League football title for a second successive year. Liverpool gained second place in the league. The Manchester City club maintained its dominance by finishing the campaign with 14 straight wins and 98 points.  It clinched the title by beating host Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club (or Brighton FC) with 4-1 on seasons final day This was City’s 4th Premier League title in last eight years.  With this the club became first team to win back-to-back titles in England’s top Premier Last time it was Manchester United who won consecutively in seasons of year 2007-08 and year 2008-09. Manchester City will play in the FA Cup final in Football Association Challenge Cup) against Watford on 19 May 2019 About English Premier League Football Founded: 20 February 1992  Country: England Confederation: UEFA Number of teams: 20

    Lewis Hamilton won Spanish Grand Prix

    14 May 2019
    Lewis Hamilton celebrated the 76th win of his Formula 1 career, third victory of 2019 and fourth in Spain following victories in 2014, 2017 and 2018. top spot of the world championship ranking with 112 points, ahead of Valtteri Bottas who is on 105 points. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) stood at the second spot while Max Verstappen (Red Bull) was third. About Spain: ♦ Capital: Madrid ♦ Currency: Euro About Lewis Hamilton Nationality: United Kingdom Championships : 5 (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018) Win: 76

    Sana Mir Becomes Highest Wicket-Taking Spinner In ODI

    13 May 2019
    Pakistan off-spinner Sana Mir become the most successful women’s ODI spinner in history after she took her 147th wicket, highest ever by any spinner in One-day International (ODI) cricket. Currently, Mir is placed on the third position in the ICC’s ODI bowling ranking, which is topped by Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami. About Pakistan Currency: Pakistani rupee Trending Capital: Islamabad Prime minister: Imran Khan President: Arif Alvi

    Mumbai Indians clinched the Indian Premier League 2019 title

    13 May 2019
    Mumbai Indians (MI) on 12th May clinched the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 title. MI defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run on the last ball. With this, Mumbai Indians set the record for winning the most number of Indian Premier League titles. This became the first team to win the IPL title for 4 times. Notably, Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings in each of their four encounters in IPL 2019. The awards of the 12th edition of the IPL is listed below: Player of the Match in the Final: Jasprit Bumrah (MI), 2 for 14 Most Valuable Player: Andre Russell (KKR), 510 runs, 11 wickets Fairplay: Sunrisers Hyderabad Purple Cap: ImranTahir (CSK), 26 wickets Orange Cap: David Warner (SRH), 692 runs Fastest Fifty of the Season: Hardik Pandya (MI) Perfect Catch of the Season: Kieron Pollard (MI) Super Striker of the Season: Andre Russell (KKR), strike rate of 204.81 Stylish Player of the Season: KL Rahul (KXIP) Emerging Player Award: Shubhman Gill (KKR) Game Changer of the Season: Rahul Chahar (MI) About IPL 2019: Country: India Administrator: BCCI Format: T20 First edition: 2008 Number of teams: 8 Current champion: Mumbai Indians

    Novak Djokovic wins Madrid Open 2019 title

    13 May 2019
    Novak Djokovic, the World No. 1 tennis player, won the Madrid Open 2019 title. He defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Greek tennis player, and secured 6-3, 6-4. He equaled Rafael Nadal’s record of 33 ATP Masters 1000 titles.  It is also Djokovic’s 200th victory against a Top 10 opponent. The Most Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 Titles are: Mutua Madrid Open 2019: Date: 3 - 12 May, 2019 Edition: 18th Surface: Clay Location: Madrid, Spain It professional tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts  

    Worlds first womens cricket magazine CRICZONE launched

    13 May 2019
    World’s first exclusive women’s cricket magazine “CRICZONE” released with Indian women’s cricket team vice captain Smriti Mandhana featured as the cover story.  The publisher of the magazine is Yash Lahoti The magazine “CRICZONE” was launched on the sidelines of the inaugural women’s T20 challenge event which was attended by international cricketers like Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and overseas players like Danielle Wyatt and Sophie Davine. The objective of this magazine is to empower young aspiring women cricketers to take the sport as a profession and able to make a sustainable living.

    Esha and Akull won silver in the International Shooting Competition

    9 May 2019
    India’s Esha Singh and Akull Kumar won silver in junior mixed air pistol event in the International Shooting Competition at Hannover, Germany. They secured 5.4 points and defeated by the German pair of Jan Luca Karstedt and Vanessa Seeger. Esha shot 385 out of 400 in qualification, as compared to the 370 by Akull. It was the second mixed medal for Esha, after the one she won recently with Anmol Jain in Plzen, Czech Republic. Aditya Malra qualified in the third place in junior men’s air pistol with a score of 568, but shot below par in the final and placed eighth. Results: Men: 50m free pistol:  1. Sander Nooij (Ned) 548  2. Pontus Rinaldo (Swe) 542 3. Vladimir Issachenko (Kaz) 542 50m rifle prone:  1. Henrik Grimsrud Larsen (Nor) 629.1 2. Yuriy Yurkov (Kaz) 627.7  3. Julio Iemma (Ven) 625.7 Junior men: 10m air pistol:  1. Kiril Kirov (Bul) 239.1 (564) 2. Yaroslav Makhnyov (Kaz) 237.2 (563) 3. Jan Luca Karstedt (Ger) 216.7 (575) Mixed air pistol juniors:  1. Jan Luca Karstedt, Vanessa Seeger (Ger) 469.2 (747)  2. Esha Singh, Akull Kumar, (Ind)  463.8 (755) 3. Irina Loktionova, Eldar Imankulov (Kaz) 393.1 (746)

    FIFA announces two new award categories to promote womens football globally

    8 May 2019
    Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) introduced two new award categories,off Women’s goalkeeper of the year and a women’s team of the year, to promote women’s football across the globe. These additions means and both men and women will be up for receiving accolades in the same categories at the FIFA Best ceremony 2019 in Milan. The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 ceremony will take place on 23 September 2019 at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy. Awards will be given out in 11 categories:The Best FIFA Men’s Player,The Best FIFA Women’s Player,The Best FIFA Men’s Coach,The Best FIFA Women’s Coach,The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper,The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper,FIFA Pro Men’s World 11,FIFA Pro Women’s World 11,The FIFA Puskas Award,The FIFA Fair Play Award,The FIFA Fan Award. About FIFA: ♦ President: Gianni Infantino ♦ Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland ♦ Founded at: Paris, France ♦ Founded: 21 May 1904, Rue Saint-Honore, Paris, France ♦ Senior Vice-President: Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa

    Saurav Ghosal & Joshna Chinappa Win Asian Individual Squash Championship Titles

    7 May 2019
    Ace Indian squash players Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won their respective Asian Individual Squash Championship titles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Saurav Ghosal defeated Leo Au Chun Ming of Hong Kong. Joshna Chinappa, on the other hand retained her title as she beat top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong in the women’s final event  

    XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament 2019

    7 May 2019
    The XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament 2019 was held at Centre of Sport and Recreation in Warsaw, Poland from April 28 to May 5, 2019. The event was organised by the Polish Boxing Association. In this tournament, India won a total 6 medals which include 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medal. The 22-year-old Gaurav Solanki defeated England’s William Cawley by 5-0 in Fly (52-kg) category. Last year, Solanki won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games and the Chemistry Cup. Manish Kaushik won a gold medal in Light (60-kg) Last year, Kaushik won gold medal in India Open and silver medal in the Commonwealth Games. Medals won by Indian Boxers

    Dragan Mihailovic Appointed As Coach Of Indian Volleyball Team

    7 May 2019
    The Volleyball Federation of India appointed Serbian Dragan Mihailovic as head coach of the men’s national team in a move linked to the long term goal of Olympic Games qualification.  Mihailovic has more than 25 years of experience as a coach. The VFI also announced the appointment of Przemyslaw Soszynski and Vladimir Radosevic as the team’s physio trainer and physiotherapist respectively.  About Volleyball Federation of India  President: S Vasudevan Founded: 1951 Sport: Volleyball Affiliation: Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Abbreviation: VFI Headquarters: Bengaluru  

    Archery Association of India named Sunil Sharma as acting president to start with the polling procedure

    6 May 2019
    Archery Association of India (AAI) named Sunil Sharma, its senior vice president (also VP of Jammu and Kashmir Archery Association) in accordance with Article 24 of AAI Constitution (as approved by the Supreme Court on 4th December, 2017) as its acting president to start the election process. Sunil Sharma was preceded by BVP Rao. Thereafter, Sunil Sharma headed the Executive Committee meeting. The Supreme Court had declared the elections conducted in December 2018 by the AAI as ‘null and void‘. They were monitored by S Y Quraishi, administrator appointed by the high-court. It was notified by the Executive Committee that the acting president shall (according to Article 17 of the constitution) appoint the returning officer to conduct elections of AAI office bearers.

    India slips to fifth spot in latest ICC T20I rankings

    5 May 2019
    The world body governing cricket, ICC unveiled an expanded men's Twenty20 International team rankings with 80 teams.  India with 260 points have dropped three places to fifth in the latest list. The ICC T20 World Cup champions of 2009, Pakistan have consolidated their top position with 286 points. The next three teams are South Africa (262), England (261) and Australia (261).  The launch of expanded ICC T20 team rankings coincides with the annual rankings in which series results from 2015-16 are removed and outcomes from 2016-17 and 2017-18 are weighted at 50 per cent.  About International Cricket Council ICC  Formation: 15 June 1909; 109 years ago Type: Federation of national associations Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Membership: 105 members

    G Sathiyan becomes 1st Indian to break into top 25 of World Rankings in Table Tennis

    3 May 2019
    G Sathiyan becoming the first Indian to break into the top-25 of the latest world ranking list released by International Table Tennis Federation. Sathiyan rose four spots to be 24th in the ITTF rankings, following his impressive sixth place finish in the Asia Cup in Yokohama earlier this month to secure a place in the World Cup in Chengdu from October 25 to 27.  India's number one female player, Manika Batra, slipped three spots to be 59th, following her round of 64 loss in the World Championships. Veteran Sharath Kamal, who lost in the round of 64 in Hungary, dropped nine places to be in 46th position.

    Bajrang Punia wins gold at Ali Aliev tournament in Russia

    3 May 2019
    Wrestler Bajrang Punia defeated Viktor Rassadin in the finals of men's 65kg freestyle in Ali Aliev wrestling tournament in Russia's Kaspiisk to bag his second title in two weeks. Bajrang, who was 0-5 down at one stage, went on to win the bout 13-8. The 25-year-old had won gold medal at the Asian Championships in China's Xi'an on April 23. About Bajrang Punia Nationality   Indian Born  26 February 1994 (age 25) Height   1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) Weight   65 kg (143 lb)

    India retains top spot in ICC Test rankings

    3 May 2019
    India retained its top position in the ICC Test rankings while England remained the number one ODI side in the latest annual rankings released in Dubai.  New Zealand secured second place in Test series. India bagged prize money of USD 1 million  New Zealand bagged USD 500,000.  South Africa finished third with 105 points  Australia finished fourth with 104 points winning prize money of USD 200,000 and USD 100,000 respectively. About International Cricket Council (ICC) Formation:15 June 1909; 109 years ago Type: Federation of national associations Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Membership:105 members

    India to bid 2024 edition of the biennial World Team Championships

    2 May 2019
    Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided to bid for the 2024 edition of the biennial World Team Championships. The last time India hosted a World Championships was way back in 1987. In the 2024 edition, 32 teams will take part. Team Championships take place on even years and Individual Championships on odd years. The last big ITTF event that was staged in India was in 2012 when Hyderabad hosted the World Junior Championships. Recently, TTFI has recommended three names to the sports ministry for the Arjuna award and they are Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty, and Madhurika Patkar. Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI): Founded on: 1926 Headquarters: New Delhi President: Dushyant Chautala Secretary: M.P. Singh Membership: 32 state units and 37 institutions TTFI is the governing body for table tennis in India

    Kumar Sangakkara named as first non-British President of MCC

    2 May 2019
    Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara appointed as the first non-British president of the Marylebone Cricket Club. Sangakkara will be the first overseas MCC president in the organization's 233-year history.  The wicketkeeper-batsman, whose nomination was announced by current president Anthony Wreford will begin his one-year tenure in October. He is an honorary life member of MCC  He owns Lord's and acts as the guardian of the laws of the game, was founded in 1787 and lists 168 president. About Kumar Sangakkara Batting: Left handed Bowling:Right arm off break Role: Wicket-keeper, Batsman He is widely regarded as one of the world's most influential cricketers and one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. A left-handed top-order batsman, he is also a record-breaking wicket-keeper, although he no longer kept wicket at the end of his Test career.

    Apurvi Chandela attains world number one spot in women's 10 m air rifle event

    2 May 2019
    Indian shooting ace Apurvi Chandela attained the world number one position in the women's 10 metres air rifle event. Anjum Moudgil attained number two after consistent performances in recent years. The rifle ace from Jaipur is among the five Indian shooters to have already secured 2020 Olympics quotas for the country.  Moudgil attained the world number two rank in 10 metres Air Rifle after her mixed team gold at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.  Manu Bhaker is the world number 10 in 25 metres pistol women category. Men Category Divyansh Singh Panwar's World Cup exploits in Beijing helped him reach world number four spot in 10 metres air rifle category.  Divyansh won two gold medals at Beijing -- 10 metres air rifle and 10 metres air rifle mixed team - and also secured his quota at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Abhishek Verma won a gold in Beijing reached world number three in 10 metres Air Pistol category. India's teen sensation Saurabh Chaudhary was not far away at world number 6. Anish Bhanwala, another of India's talented young shooter, secured the 10th spot in 25 metres Rapid Fire Pistol category. About Apurvi Chandela Sport: Shooting Event: 10-metre air rifle World Cup : Gold Medal - 2019 New Delhi - 10-metre air rifle Bronze medal – the third place - 2015 Changwon - 10-metre air rifle  

    Raheem Sterling named 2019 FWA footballer of the year

    1 May 2019
    Raheem Sterling named the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA). The Manchester City and England forward topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership as a clear winner, with 62 per cent of the votes.  It was more than 100 votes ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk. Sterling lost out to Van Dijk in the race for the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) award, but was announced PFA young player of the year. List of the awardees: PFA Player’s Player of the Year: Virgil van Dyjk, Liverpool. Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal PFA Young Player of the Year: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City Georgia Stanway, Manchester City PFA Special Achievement Award: Steph Houhgton: Former England and WBA  

    BCCI recommends Bumrah, Shami, Jadeja, Poonam for Arjuna Award 2019

    1 May 2019
    Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommended four Indian cricketers - Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav - for the Arjuna Award 2019. Bumrah is currently the world number one ODI bowler, while Jadeja is the world number three Test all-rounder. Shami and Bumrah were also instrumental in India’s first ever Test series win in Australia earlier this year. Poonam Yadav is ranked second in women's T20I rankings for bowlers. About Arjuna Award:   Given by: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Govt. of India Awarded for: Recognising outstanding achievement in sports Started in: 1961 Cash reward carries INR 5,00,000

    Bajrang Punia becomes First Indian Wrestler to fight at New Yorks Iconic Madison Square Garden

    1 May 2019
    Bajrang Punia is set to become the first wrestler from India to fight at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York. He is currently the World No.1 in the 65-kg weight category. Bajrang Punia will be up against two-time US national champion Yianni Diakomahlis at the "Grapple at the Garden -- Beat the Streets" event. He will be among other top wrestlers selected by American governing body for 6 May 2019 tournament. American wrestler Kyle Snyder, who won the 97kg title at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and Jordan Burroughs -- 2012 London Olympics gold winner -- are the other top attractions at the event. Bajrang Punia has eight gold medals from his previous nine international tournaments including last year's Commonwealth and Asian Games.

    Hima Das included in World Relays team

    1 May 2019
    Top quartermiler Hima Das has been named in India's women 4x400m relay team for the World Relays which begin in Yokohama, Japan on May 11, despite pulling out of the recent Asian Athletics Championships in Doha due to lower back pain. For the World Relays, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has now named the same Men's and Women's 4x400m relay teams which featured in the Asian Championships. The teams are: In Men's 4x400m Relay: Muhammed Anas, Rajiv Arokia, Jeevan KS, Kunhu Muhammed, Jithu Baby and Alex Anthony. In Women's 4x400m Relay: Hima Das, MR Poovamma, VK Vismaya, Saritaben Gayakwad, Prachi and Sonia Baishya.

    Claire Polosak became the first female umpire to officiate in a men's ODI

    1 May 2019
    Australia's Claire Polosak will become the first female umpire to officiate in a men's one-day international at the ICC World Cricket League Division 2. Polosak stood in the final between tournament hosts Namibia and Oman. The 31-year-old became the first woman to umpire an Australian men's domestic fixture in October 2017. Polosak has overseen 15 women's ODIs and stood in the semi-final of the Women's World Twenty20 in 2018. She and Eloise Sheridan became the first female umpires to officiate on-field together in a professional match in Australia in last year's Women's Big Bash League.

    Indias Nitendra Singh Rawat finishes 27th in Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

    30 April 2019
    Indian marathon runner, Nitendra Singh Rawat finished 27th in 2 hours 15 minutes and 59 seconds in the men’s Elite race of prestigious Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 at London, the UK which was won by  EliudKipchoge of Kenya for record fourth time. This was the fourth fastest in his career and his second fastest time in this season.

    Petra Kvitova Won Maiden Stuttgart Porsche Grand Prix 2019

    30 April 2019
    World number three tennis player Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) to win Stuttgart Porsche Grand Prix for her second title of the year.  Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion.  The championship was held at Stuttgart, Germany About 2019 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Date: 22–28 April Edition: 42nd Category: Premier Draw: 28S / 16D Prize money : $886,077  

    Valtteri Bottas won Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019

    30 April 2019
    Valtteri Viktor Bottas of Mercedes won Formula 1 State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 He defeated Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan Bottas finished the race 1.5 seconds ahead of Hamilton Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished with  3rd position and Max Verstappen Red Bull gained 4th position. About SOCAR: ♦ Type:State-owned ♦ Industry  :  Oil and gas ♦ Founded  :  September 13, 1992 ♦ Headquarters  :  Baku, Azerbaijan About Azerbaijan: ♦ Capital: Baku ♦ Currency: Azerbaijani manat ♦ Continent: Europe, Asia

    India topped the 2019 ISSF Rifle Pistol World Cup

    29 April 2019
    India topped the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup 2019. India ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup with a total of four medals, three golds, and a silver. China was on the second position with 5 medals including 2 gold. The event was held in Beijing, China. Divyansh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil had won the first medal for India at the Beijing ISSF World Cup after clinching gold in 10m Air Rifle Mixed event. Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Choudhary won the gold medal in 10m Air Pistol Mixed event. 2019 ISSF World Cup: The 2019 ISSF World Cup is the annual edition of the ISSF World Cup in the Olympic shooting events. It is governed by the International Shooting Sport Federation. The World Cup series will be also as the qualification tournaments for the 2020 Olympic Games. The total Medal list of ISSF World Cup 2019: Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total 1 India (IND) 6 1 0 7 2 China (CHN) 3 8 7 18 3 United States (USA) 3 2 0 5 4 Hungary (HUN) 3 1 1 5 5 Russia (RUS) 2 4 3 9 6 Australia (AUS) 2 1 1 4 Germany (GER) 2 1 1 4 8 Croatia (CRO) 2 0 0 2 9 South Korea (KOR) 1 2 6 9 10 Italy (ITA) 1 1 3 5 11 Czech Republic (CZE) 1 0 1 2 France (FRA) 1 0 1 2 13 Bulgaria (BUL) 1 0 0 1 Kuwait (KUW) 1 0 0 1 Switzerland (SUI) 1 0 0 1 16 Great Britain (GBR) 0 1 1 2 17 Chile (CHI) 0 1 0 1 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 0 1 0 1 Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0 1 Egypt (EGY) 0 1 0 1 New Zealand (NZL) 0 1 0 1 Romania (ROU) 0 1 0 1 Serbia (SER) 0 1 0 1 Thailand (THA) 0 1 0 1 25 Cyprus (CYP) 0 0 1 1 Greece (GRE) 0 0 1 1 Iran (IRI) 0 0 1 1 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 0 0 1 1 Norway (NOR) 0 0 1 1  

    Bahrain won 11 gold and topped the 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships

    29 April 2019
    The 2019 Asian Athletics Championships was the 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships. The 4-day event was held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. It was held from 21st April to 24th April 2019. Bahrain topped the medal tally with 11 Golds and a total of 22 medals followed by China with a total of 29 medals (9 Gold) and Japan with a total of 18 medals (5 Gold). India clinched the 4th spot with 3 golds. India bagged 3 gold, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze with a total of 17 medals. Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Organized by: Asian Athletics Association Held at: Doha, Qatar Participation: 43 nations Events: 43 22nd Asian Athletics Championships was held in Bhubaneswar India Rank (Medal) List:   Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total 1 Bahrain (BHR) 11 7 4 22 2 China (CHN) 9 13 7 29 3 Japan (JPN) 5 4 9 18 4 India (IND) 3 7 7 17 5 Uzbekistan (UZB) 3 0 2 5 6 Qatar (QAT)* 2 1 3 6 7 Thailand (THA) 2 0 2 4 8 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 1 4 3 8 9 Kuwait (KUW) 1 3 0 4 10 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 1 2 1 4 11 Iran (IRI) 1 1 0 2 12 Philippines (PHI) 1 0 1 2 13 Syria (SYR) 1 0 0 1 13 Tajikistan (TJK) 1 0 0 1 13 Vietnam (VIE) 1 0 0 1 16 Indonesia (INA) 0 1 0 1 17 Hong Kong (HKG) 0 0 1 1 17 Jordan (JOR) 0 0 1 1 17 Oman (OMA) 0 0 1 1 17 Sri Lanka (SRI) 0 0 1 1

    Dominic Thiem clinched 2019 Barcelona Open Title

    29 April 2019
    Dominic Thiem clinched the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2019 title held at Barcelona, Spain which was held from April 22 through April 28, 2019. He secured 6-4, 6-0. The Austrian became just the fourth player in the past 15 years to lift the title in Barcelona, joining Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori, and Fernando Verdasco. He’s also the first Austrian winner at this event since Thomas Muster in 1996.  Thiem now has 13 ATP Tour titles, nine of which have come on clay. About Barcelona Open 2019: Date: 22 - 28 April Edition: 67th Category: ATP World Tour 500 Prize money: €2,324,905 Surface: Clay Location: Barcelona, Spain Champions: Singles: Austria Dominic Thiem Doubles: Colombia Juan Sebastian Cabal / Colombia Robert Farah  

    Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon 2019 title

    29 April 2019
    Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge clinched his fourth London Marathon 2019 crown on 28th April at London, UK. Kipchoge strode clear of the field to win with the second fastest-ever time of 2:02:37. He set the world record time of 2:01.39s at Berlin in 2018. In the women’s section, Brigid Kosgei won the title. She finished the course in 2:18:20. She defeated Vivian Cheruiyot and Roza Dereje.  The results: Men:  1. Eliud Kipchoge (Ken) 2:02.37s 2. Mosinet Geremew (Eth) 2:02:55 3. Mule Wasihun (Eth) 2:03:16 Women:  1. Brigid Kosgei (Ken) 2:18:20 2.Vivian Cheruiyot (Ken) 2:20:14 3.Roza Dereje (Eth) 2:20:51  

    Pankaj Advani claimed the inaugural Asian Snooker Tour title

    28 April 2019
    India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani claimed the inaugural Asian Snooker Tour title at Bengaluru, Karnataka. He secured 6-4 and defeated Ehsan Heydari Nezhad of Iran. Advani, a 21-time world snooker and billiards champion, beat Nezhad 52-40, 66(58)-0, 1-63(62), 78-4, 35-47, 0-51, 47-35, 38-39, 53(49)-35, 51(50)-20 in the final. He had earlier defeated Aung Phyo of Myanmar (5-2) 50-27, 92(92)-0, 86(86)-15, 12-62, 54-30, 24-70, 79-5 in the semifinal. Advani had earlier won the second leg of the Tour in China. Advani was leading the ranking before the final leg of the Tour in Bengaluru. The final leg was to determine the overall Asian Tour champion.

    AIFF appointed Doru Isac as the technical director

    28 April 2019
    All India Football Federation (AIFF) appointed Romanian Doru Isac as the technical director of for a three-year tenure. The 56-year-old Isac was one of the three candidates interviewed by the AIFF’s technical committee, headed by Thapa. The technical committee had sent its recommendations to the executive committee of the AIFF to take a final decision. Gaioz Darsadze of Georgia and Jorge Castelo of Portugal were the other two candidates interviewed by the technical committee. The post of technical director remained vacant since Australian Scott O’Donnell decided to quit in 2017. Former India player and coach Savio Medeira was looking after the post as interim TD since then.

    India bag one gold, two silver medals at Asian Boxing Championships

    27 April 2019
    India bagged one gold and two silver medals at the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok. Boxer Amit Panghal picked up his second successive gold medal of the year, claiming the top honours in the 52-kilogram category. Panghal defeated Korea's Kim Inkyu Korea. National champion Deepak Singh and Kavinder Singh Bisht in 56 kg category signed off with silver medals after close losses. Deepak lost to Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan while Bisht was also defeated by an Uzbek. About Asian Boxing Championships The Asian Amateur Boxing Championships is the highest competition for boxing amateurs in Asia. The first tournament took place in 1963, hosted by Bangkok, Thailand.

    Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary won Gold in Shooting World Cup

    26 April 2019
    India's 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary and 17-year-old Manu Bhaker won gold in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team event at the ISSF World Cup 2019 in Beijing. Bhaker and Chaudhary outshot Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei of China 16-6 in the final. This is the second consecutive gold for Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary at the ISSF World Cup as they had clinched a gold in the same category in the New Delhi edition of the shooting World Cup in February this year. Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar bagged a gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event in the same tournament. About ISSF World Cup 2019: Governed by: International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) It is the qualification tournaments for the 2020 Olympic Games. First introduced in: 1986 It is carried out with four competitions per year in each event. 2019 World Cup 1 Venue: New Delhi, India 2019 World Cup 2 Venue: Beijing, China 2019 World Cup 3 Venue: Munich, Germany 2019 World Cup 4 Venue: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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