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  • New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI) launches Indo International Premier Kabaddi League

    The league have 8 teams Bengaluru Rhinos, Chennai Cheetahs, Delhi Dumars, Telangana Bulls, Patna Panthers, Haryana Hurricanes, Mumbai Marathas and Kolkata Tigers. Each team will have 2 to 3 international players. NKFI will distribute 20 % of the annual profits from the league to the participating players. About New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI) General Secretary – MV Prasad Babu Location – Bengaluru

    Anshu Malik won bronze at the junior World wrestling championship at Slovakia

    Anshu Malik won bronze at the junior World wrestling championship in Trnava, Slovakia. She beat Russia’s Alina Kazymova by 11-5. Anshu lost her semifinal to Sae Nanjo of Japan.  In the 57kg category, Mansi is to fight for a bronze in the cham.

    Richa Mishra set record in womens 400m swimming

    Richa Mishra, 36-year-old, became the best Indian performance in the women’s 400m Individual Medley on the second day of the Glenmark 72nd National swimming championship at the Dr.B.R.Ambedkar international aquatic complex in Trivandrum, Kerala.  Mishra clocked 4:59.17 and became the first Indian woman to breach the five-minute mark. She had previously held the best Indian time of 5:01.08 (set in 2007) and also the meet record (5:02.96, 2009).

    First time in FIFA rankings history 2 teams sharing top spot

    Football World Cup 2018 semi-finalists Belgium have joined world champions France as the joint leaders in the FIFA rankings 2018, the first time in the table's 25-year history that the top spot has been shared. Top 10 FIFA rankings 2018: 1. France and Belgium; 3. Brazil; 4. Croatia; 5. Uruguay; 6. England; 7. Portugal; 8. Switzerland; 9. Spain; 10. Denmark.

    Vijay Amritraj is elected as the president of TNTA

    Vijay Amritraj was elected as the new president of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) at its Annual General Meeting, Chennai. Also, new office-bearers were selected. The year of service will be for a term of 3 years until 2021.  Newly elected office-bearers of TNTA:  President: Vijay Amritraj Vice-presidents: A. Vellayan, Karti P. Chidambaram, Vijay Sankar, Haresh Ramachandran Secretary: Prem Kumar Karra Treasurer: Vivek Reddy

    National Sports Awards 2018 Full List Announced for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya, Arjuna, Dhyan Chand Awards

    Cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will jointly be conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2018, India's highest sporting honour. ► Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year. ► Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years. ►​​​​​​​ Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events. ​​​​​​​►​​​​​​​ Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and ​​​​​​​►​​​​​​​ Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. ​​​​​​​►​​​​​​​ Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.  

    Sajan Bhanwal becomes first Indian to win back-to-back medalat World Junior Wrestling

    20-year-old Haryana wrestler won the silver medal in 77kg category in Greco-Roman style at the Junior World Championships in Trnava, Slovakia. He had won a bronze medal in the same category at the Tampere World Championships last year. He also clinched the gold at Junior Asia Championship in July.

    Lewis Hamilton Won Singapore Grand Prix 2018

    Lewis Hamilton was followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the second spot. About Lewis Hamilton Nationality: United Kingdom British Overall Win:69

    Satyarup Siddhanta, Mousumi Khatua scaled Asia's highest volcanic peak Mount Damavand

    Mount Damavand is the highest peak in Iran and also a potentially active volcano. At an elevation of 5609 metres, Mt Damavand is known for its Sulphur discharge near its peak which can cause irreparable damage if exposed for a longer duration. This is the fourth volcanic summit for Siddhanta.

    Hangzhou confirmed as host of 2022 Asian Para Games

    Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) confirmed that Hangzhou in China will host the fourth edition of Asian Para Games in 2022. Hangzhou will now be represented at the Closing Ceremony of 2018 Asian Para Games, which will begin in Indonesian capital Jakarta on October 6.

    Sri Lanka knocked out of the 2018 Asia Cup

    Sri Lanka crashed out of the Asia Cup 2018 after losing the match to Afghanistan by 91 runs, their second biggest defeat in Asia Cup history. Bangladesh and Afghanistan have qualified for the Super Four round from Group B.

    Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record

    Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin with a time of 2hr 1min 39sec. He covered 42.2km in the Marathon. The 33-year-old Olympic champion smashed the previous record by Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto who clocked 2:02:57. Kipchoge's run was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Australian Derek Clayton took almost 2:23 minutes off the record in 1967. The previous world record list in Marathon in Berlin is given below:  

    Super Over introduced for the 1st time ever in Asia Cup

    The 2018 edition of the Asia Cup will have a Super Over to decide tied matches, for the first time ever in the history of the tournament. A Super Over consists of six deliveries and two wickets for each side. The 14th edition of the Asia Cup is currently being held in the United Arab Emirates in September 2018. 6 Teams participating in this tournament are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.

    Mary Kom won gold in Silesian Open boxing tournament

    M.C.Mary Kom, Five-time World champion, won her third gold medal of the year in the 48kg youth category of the Silesian Open boxing tournament for women in Gliwice, Poland. Mary Kom won against Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kassanayeva and secured 5-0 in a fine tactical performance.  India’s junior boxers claimed 13 medals, six gold, six silver and a bronze, and the Senior boxer, Former World champion Sarita, ended with a bronze.

    Maldives defeated India To Lift SAFF Cup

    They defeated India with a goal 2-1.  The win for Maldives comes 10 years after their first SAFF Cup title in 2008. About Maldives Capital: Male Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa. 

    India's 102-year-old female athlete wins gold medal at World Masters

    Man Kaur, a 102-year-old Chandigarh-based athlete, won the 200m race in the 100-104 age group category at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Spain.  Last year, Man Kaur won 100m gold at the World Masters Games at Auckland, New Zealand. World Masters game is considered as an Olympics for senior citizens.

    Justice Mukul Mudgal to head selection committee for Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand 2018 awards

    Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the Supreme Court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, has been named chairman of the 11-member selection committee to pick this year’s Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyan Chand award is bestowed on sportspersons for their life-time achievement and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement. The National Sports Awards ceremony will be organised on September 25 this year.

    Garcha won bronze in the 52nd ISSF World Championships in Korea

    Gurnihal Singh Garcha won bronze in junior men’s shooting and qualified in the sixth place at the 52nd ISSF World Championships in Changwon, South Korea. Gurnihal, the 19-year old,  was defeated by Elia Sdruccioli of Italy.  In total India won 22 medals, including seven gold and eight silver, and secured the fourth spot in the medals table behind China, Russia and Korea.

    Jhulan Goswami 1st player to pick 300 international wickets in Women's Cricket

    Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami achieved this feet after reaching the landmark figure in India's nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka on September 11. Another Indian Cricketer Mithali Raj went past England's Charlotte Edwards (117) as the most-capped captain in women's ODIs with her 118th appearance.

    Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek won mixed doubles US Open 2018 title

    Britian’s Jamie Murray and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands captured the U.S. Open mixed doubles title with a 2-6 6-3 11-9 victory over Croatia’s Nikola Mektic and Poland’s Alicja Rosolska. Mattek-Sands has also won mixed doubles Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and French Open. Murray had three other Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

    Novak Djokovic Won Mens Title in US Open Tennis

    He defeated Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. It was Djokovic’s 14th Grand Slam title and the third US Open title.

    Triple jumper Arpinder Singh creates history by becoming first Indian to win a medal in IAAF Continental Cup

    Two top athletes from the four regions of Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific were taking part in each of the 36 events in men and women sections taken together. Reigning Olympic and world champion Christian Taylor of the United States took the gold with a jump of 17.59 metres.

    India Blue defeated India Red and won 57th Duleep Trophy

    They won by an innings and 187 runs. About Duleep Trophy  It was the 57th season of the Duleep Trophy, a first-class cricket tournament in India. It took place in NPR College ground in Dindigul from August to September 2018. There were 3 participants: India Red, India Blue and India Green. Four matches were played : 3 round robins and 1 final. Administrator of the Duleep Trophy was: BCCI.

    Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams to win U.S Open

    She became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title after she registered an emphatic win over Serena Williams in the finals of the U.S Open.

    After winning Asiad Gold, Saurabh breaks own shooting world record

    Sixteen-year-old shooter Saurabh Chaudhary, who recently bagged gold at Asian Games 2018, broke his own junior world record to win the 10m Air Pistol Junior Men event at the ISSF World Championship. He shot a total score of 245.5 to better his previous junior world record score of 243.7 which he had set in June this year. India's Arjun Singh Cheema claimed bronze in the same event.

    Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore rewards Govindan Lakshamanan with Rs 10 lakh

    India registered its best-ever medal haul in the history of the Asian Games. The Cash rewards of Rs 40 lakh were given to gold medallists while silver and bronze winners got Rs 20 and Rs 10 lakh each. India returned home with 69 medals from the Jakarta and Palembang games.

    Indian boxer Mary Kom signed as brand ambassador by BSNL for 2 years

    The deal has been made for a period of 2 years. About BSNL BSNL- Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Headquarters: New Delhi Founded: 2000. CEO: Shri Anupam Shrivastava  

    RP Singh announces Retirement From International Cricket

    He played 82 international matches and picked up over 100 wickets between 2005 and 2011. He was one of the heroes of India's 2007 World T20 triumph and played a major role in India's Test win over Australia at Perth in that year.   

    Lucknow to host 1st International cricket match after 24 years

    Lucknow's Ekana International Cricket Stadium is set to host its first international cricket match as the stadium has been announced as the venue for the second T20I between India and West Indies on November 6. West Indies' tour of India, which consists of two Tests, five ODIs, and three T20Is begins on October 4.

    Alastair Cook announced International Retirement

    He has scored 12,254 runs and made 32 centuries in 160 Tests all England records.  He is sixth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers and has made a record 11,627 runs as an opener.

    Anjum, Apurvi become first set of Indian shooters to secure quota places for 2020 Olympics

    Moudgil finished second on the podium and won a silver in the women's 10m air rifle event of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon, South Korea. This is the premier tournament of the ISSF and assumes added significance as it is the first Olympic quota event for the Tokyo Games, offering as many as 60 berths across 15 events.

    Eightenth Asian Games: India finishes with biggest ever medal tally

    India ended their Asian Games 2018 campaign with the highest medal tally at the tournament ever, with a total of 69 medals which includes 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals. China finished on top of the medal tally with 132 gold medals.

    Aequs looks for private equity funding

    Aequs, an aerospace components maker and supplier of parts for the oil and gas industry, is looking at private equity partnerships to raise funds for expansion and plans to go public in the near future.  Aequs, which specialises in forging, precision machining, sheet metal fabrication, surface treatments and assembly, has facilities in India, France and the U.S. India’s defence expenditure has increased at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.7% from 2008-2016, reaching $42.83 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2018. The cumulative capital budget till the end of the 12th to 14th Five Year Plan (2012- 2027) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) is projected to be approximately $218 billion, out of which 69% is towards the acquisition of aircraft and aero engines.

    Rikako Ikee who bagged 6 golds named 2018 Asiad's Most Valuable Player

    Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee (18-year-old), who bagged six gold and two silver medals at the Asian Games 2018, has been named as the quadrennial event's Most Valuable Player. She became the first female athlete to bag the award in the history of Asian Games. Ikee also received a cheque of $50,000 (₹35.5 lakh).

    England defeats India with 60 runs in fourth test match

    England recorded a comfortable 60-run victory in the fourth Test to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

    Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and John Isner advance into quarter-finals of US Open Tennis championship

    Serena Williams defeated  Kaia Kanepi to claim a roller-coaster 6-0 4-6 6-3 win in New York and move into the quarter-finals, a step closer to a record-equalling 24th career Grand Slam title. 

    Amit won gold in 49 Kg wrestling in Asian games 2018

    India’s Amit Phangal, a 22-year-old army wrestler, created history beating the Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the men’s 49kg at the Asian games. Amit beat Hasanboy by securing 3-2.  This is the second time India wins the medal. Earlier in 1962, Padam Bahadur Mall had won the first gold medal for India in men’s boxing in Jakarta Asian Games. Now, after 56 years Amit had made the country proud at the same venue.

    Luka Modric was awarded the UEFA Player of the Year

    Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Croatia was awarded the UEFA Player of the Year (2017-2018). The 32-year-old helped Real Madrid won the Champions League for a third season running and then led Croatia to the World Cup final. Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded in the last year (2016-2017). The award recognises the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season. Players are judged on their performances in domestic, continental and international competitions.

    Pranab, Shibnath bag India's 1st ever bridge gold at Asiad

    India's 60-year-old Pranab Bardhan and 56-year-old Shibnath Sarkar won the men's pair bridge event to bag the country's first-ever gold in bridge at the Asian Games. The card game has been featured as a sport at the Asian Games for the first time, in the 2018 edition. The 22-year old Indian Amit Panghal defeated reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov to claim the gold medal in 49kg boxing at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.

    Royal Challengers Bangalore appoint Gary Kirsten as coach and mentor

    IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore have appointed India's 2011 World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten as their new head coach. The former South African batsman Gary Kirsten is replacing former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori, who served as the team's coach from 2013. Kirsten also briefly served as the coach of the South African national team and another IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils.

    Jinson gives India 1st men's 1500m gold at Asiad in 56 years

    The 27-year-old Jinson Johnson clocked 3:44.72 seconds to finish first in men's 1500m event. He also won silver in the 800m event at Asian Games 2018. Another Indian Manjit Singh, who bagged gold in 800m, finished fourth in the men's 1500m event.  

    Indian women's hockey team enter Asiad final for 1st time in 20yrs

    The Indian women's hockey team defeated three-time champions China 1-0 in the semi-final to reach their first final at Asian Games since 1998. Indian defender Gurjit Kaur scored the only goal of the match. India will face Japan in the final match on Friday, August 31.

    Sharath and Batra won first ever bronze in table tennis at the 18th Asian Games 2018

    The Indian table tennis mixed doubles pair, A.Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra won the first-ever historic bronze in the 18th Asian Games 2018. In the semifinals, Kamal and Batra lost to China's Yingsha Sun and Wang Sun and scored 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11.  In their pre-quarterfinal, they won against the South Korean pairing of Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee by securing 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4.

    Former India opener Rajput appointed as the head coach of Zimbabwe national cricket

    Lalchand Rajput was earlier appointed as the interim head coach of Zimbabwe in May for the tri-series involving Pakistan and Zimbabwe and for the ODI rubber against Pakistan. Rajput played two Tests and four ODIs for India and was a consistent performer for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. He was the cricket manager of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian team which lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.

    Triple jumper Arpinder bags India's 10th gold at Asiad 2018

    Arpinder Singh (25-year-old) won the men's triple jump event to bag India's fourth gold medal in athletics and 10th overall at Asian Games 2018. He jumped 16.77m on his third attempt to bag India's first Asiad triple jump gold since 1970.

    Swapna Barman becomes first Indian to win Asian Games gold medal in the women's Heptathlon event

    The 21-year-old Swapna Barman logged 6026 points from the seven events competed for two days. She won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points). she is only the Fifth Women to cross 6000 points. The heptathlon consists of seven events including 100m race, high jump, shot put, 200m race, long jump, javenlin throw and 800m race.

    Manjit Singh wins India's first gold in 800m since 1982 Asiad

    India's 28-year-old sprinter Manjit Singh won the gold medal in the men's 800m event at the 2018 Asian Games, securing the ninth gold for the country. Another Indian sprinter Jinson Johnson, who is ranked first in Asia, won the silver medal at the same event. Manjit clocked 1:46.15 while Johnson clocked 1:46.35 to make it a memorable double for India. Manjit’s gold was also the first after Charles Bor romeo’s feat in the 1982 Asian Games.

    India bagged 2 medals in Kurash at the Asian Games 2018

    India’s Pincky Balhara and Malaprabha Jadhav won silver and bronze respectively in 52 Kg category Kurash at the Asian Games 2018. Kurash is a form of wrestling indigenous to Central Asia. It combines the skills of judo and wrestling.  The 19-year-old Pincky lost 0-10 to Gulnor Sulaymanova of Uzbekistan in the gold medal clash to get the silver.

    North Korea to host Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships

    North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk signed an agreement to hold the championships from October 27, 2019.  About North Korea Supreme leader: Kim Jong-un. Capital- Pyongyang Currency-North Korean won

    PV Sindhu wins India's first Asian Games silver in badminton

    World number three PV Sindhu lost to world number one Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-ying in the women's singles final to bag India's first-ever silver medal in badminton at Asian Games. Saina Nehwal had won bronze medal in the event. Syed Modi’s bronze in men’s singles at the 1982 Games in New Delhi was the only individual medal in badminton for India at the Asian Games.

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