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  • IOC sets new deadline for the qualification period of Tokyo Olympics

    15 hours 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

    15 hours 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

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    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

    2 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

    3 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    14 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

    16 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

    21 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

    24 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

    27 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

    27 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

    27 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

    30 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

    30 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

    32 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

    32 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

    34 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

    34 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

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    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

    35 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

    35 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

    42 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

    45 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

    45 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

    46 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

    47 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

    48 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.

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

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

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

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

    Joshua Cheptegei sets 5km road world record in Monaco

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

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

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

    Manpreet Singh won the FIH Mens Player of the Year award

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

    Gulmarg to host 2020 National Winter Games

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

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

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

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

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

    Rakhi Halder won gold at Senior Womens National Weightlifting Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Goa 2020 National Games unveils Rubigula as mascot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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