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December 2017 Sports

  • India beat Sri Lanka in 3rd T-20 and wins series
    India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the third and final Twenty 20 cricket International and won series 3-0 in Mumbai on 24th December. 

  • India finish as runners-up in SAFF U-15 Women's Championships
    India finished as runners-up in the SAFF Under-15 Women's Championships. India lost to Bangladesh 0-1 in the final at Dhaka on 24th December. India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan participated in this South Asian Football Federation tournament. 

  • India rise to second spot in latest ICC T-20 rankings
    In Cricket, Team India has risen to the second spot in the latest ICC Twenty-20 rankings. They leapfrogged England, New Zealand and the West Indies to move from fifth to second place, owing to a 3-0 whitewash in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka. Pakistan is at the top of the list. 

    In the rankings for batsmen, Indian captain Virat Kohli slipped from the first spot to third, due to his absence in the series against the Lankans. Lokesh Rahul jumped 23 places to grab the 4th spot. The list is led by Aussie opener Aaron Finch, followed by West Indian Evin Lewis. 

    Among the bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah has been pushed to the third spot behind Pakistan's Imad Wasim and Afghanistan's Rashid Khan. 

    Bumrah had missed out on the final T20 and went wicket-less in the first two games against Sri Lanka. Yuzvendra Chahal gained 14 places to 16th. 

  • Viswanathan Anand wins World Rapid Chess Championship
    Vishwanathan Anand has won World Rapid Chess Championship title in Riyadh on 28th December. In the final, Anand beat Russia’s Vladimir Fedoseev to reclaim the title he had won in 2003. 

  • Jitu Rai wins Men's 50m pistol national title
    In Shooting, ace Indian marksman Jitu Rai won the Men's 50-metre pistol national title, setting a new record score of 233 at the 61st National Shooting Championships in Thiruvananthapuram. 

    Rai got the better of Navy man Omkar Singh who shot 222.4 in the finals. Jitu's army teammate Jai Singh secured bronze with an effort of 198.4. 

    Rai's score of 233 was a new record in the finals of the event. Rai also won the team gold in the event combining with Jai and Omprakash Mitherwal for a total of 1658, besting Team Air Force, who managed a total of 1626. 

    Arjun Singh Cheema of Punjab won the junior men’s 50-metre pistol event. A total of 4800 men and women shooters from across the country are participating in the Championship including 200 wildcard entries. 

  • India wins ODI cricket series against Srilanka
    India won the ODI cricket series against Srilanka with 2-1. In the first match Srilanka won, where as remaining two matches were won by India. Jasprit Bumrah won the Man of the Series award. 

  • PV Sindhu settles for silver at Dubai World Badminton Superseries Finals
    Top Indian shuttler P V Sindhu suffered yet another final loss on17th December. In a pulsating women's singles summit clash of the Dubai World Super Series Final in Dubai, she went down fighting against World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. In the prestigious season-ending tournament finale, Sindhu lost in three games to Yamaguchi in the final. Sindhu won silver. 

  • Sushil Kumar clinches gold at Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in South Africa
    Double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar clinched a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in South Africa on 17th December. In Johannesburg, returning to international wrestling after more than three years, Sushil defeated New Zealand Akash Khullar via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal. It was his first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

    Another Olympic medalist, Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, also clinched a gold medal in the championships. Sakshi defeated New Zealand's Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62kg women's freestyle category. 

    The other gold medals winners in the freestyle category for India on 18th December were Utkarsh Kale (57kg), Sharvan (61kg), Bajrang (65kg), Amit Dhankar (70kg), Jitender (79kg), Deepak (86kg), Somveer (92kg), Rubaljeet Singh (97kg) and Hitender (125kg). 

    Rahul Aware (61kg), Arun Kumar (70kg), Praveen Rana (74kg), Veer Dev Gulia (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit (125kg) won silver medals, while the bronze medals went to Sonu (65kg) and Azrudeen (92kg). 

  • ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year: Mithali Raj, Ekta Bisht selected
    India captain Mithali Raj was on 21st December named in the ICC Women's ODI Cricket Team of the Year while left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was the lone cricketer to find a place in the both the ODI and T20 Teams of the year announced by the world body. Besides the duo, Harmanpreet Kaur has found out a place in the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year. 

    The ICC on 21st December announced the women's ODI and T20I teams of the year with England's Heather Knight named as captain of the 50-over side and Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies appointed skipper of the 20-over side. The teams were selected taking into consideration player performances from September 21, 2016 to date. Bisht is the only cricketer to feature in both the ODI and T20I teams of the year. 

  • IOC bans 11 Russians for life over alleged Sochi Games doping violations
    Sochi Games silver medallists Albert Demchenko and Tatyana Ivanova are among a group of 11 Russians disqualified for doping and handed lifetime bans by the International Olympic Committee on 21st December. 

    The announcement comes following hearings by an IOC commission into allegations of state-sponsored doping by hosts Russia at the 2014 Winter Games. 

    Demchenko and Ivanova were punished along with two speed skaters, three cross country skiers, two bobsledders and two ice hockey players. These latest IOC sanctions brings to 43 the number of Russians caught out by the Oswald Commission into doping at Sochi with three cases pending. 

    The raft of punishments have seen Russia lose top spot in the Sochi medals table having been stripped of 13 of their original 33 medals for cheating, slipping down to fourth overall behind Norway, Canada and the United States. 

    Russia has been banned from taking part at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea due to this widespread doping. However, athletes who prove themselves to be clean have been told by the IOC they can compete under strict conditions, and under a neutral flag. 

  • India won bronze medal at Hockey World League Final
    India has reclaimed the bronze medal at the Hockey World League (HWL) Final tournament. In the third-fourth place classification match at Bhubaneswar on 10th July, India defeated Germany. India had also won the bronze in the last edition of the tournament in Raipur in 2015. 

    Australia defeated Rio Olympics champions Argentina 2-1 in the final of the Hockey World League Final to win gold at Bhubaneswar on 10th December. 

  • India bags 4 Youth Olympic Games quotas, 21 Medals at Asian Championship
    India bagged 21medals at the 10th Asian Championship 10m Rifle/Pistol at Wako City Japan and also booked 4 Youth Olympic Games quotas. 

    Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker booked quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) by winning a gold and a silver each on 11th December. Chaudhary won both the individual as well as the Team gold in the men's 10m Air Pistol Youth event, while Bhaker clinched a silver in the women's 10m Air Pistol Youth. India claimed another silver in junior women's 10m Air Pistol. 

    In all, India added four medals to their kitty on the final day of the competition to finish with a total haul of 21 medals over four days, including six gold, eight silver and seven bronze, besides four Youth Olympic Games quotas. 

  • Roger Federer named BBC overseas sports personality of the year
    Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time. The honour comes after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles. 

    The Swiss who returned from six months out with knee trouble to win the Australian Open before picking up a record eighth Wimbledon crown ranked world number two behind his great rival Rafael Nadal. Federer previously won the award in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times. 

  • India win 10 golds at Johannesburg Commonwealth Wrestling Championship
    Indian wreslters won 10 gold medals and as many silver on 16th December at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Gold medal winners are: Rajender Kumar in 55 kg, Manish in 60 kg, Vikas in 63 kg, Anil Kumar in 67 kg, Aditya Kundu in 72 kg, Gurpreet in 77 kg, Harpreet in 82 kg, Sunil in 87 kg, Hardeep in 97 kg, and Naveen in 130 kg category. 

    The wrestlers who bagged the ten Silver medals are: Naveen in 55 kg, Gyanender in 60 kg, Gaurav Sharma in 63 kg, Manish in 67 kg, Kuldeep Malik in 72 kg, Manjeet in 77 kg, Amarnath in 82 kg, Prabhpal Singh in 87 kg, Sumit in 97 kg, and Sonu in 130 kg. 

  • Official emblems for Beijing 2022 Winter Games unveiled
    The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have been named "Winter Dream" and "Flight," respectively. The emblem launching ceremony was held at the National Aquatic Center, which staged the swimming events during the Beijing 2008 Games. In 2022, this venue will be transformed into an ice rink for curling games. 

    At the launch ceremony, a series of performances were staged with a theme of Winter Olympic Dream. The chief designer of the two emblems is Lin Cunzhen, deputy dean of China Central Academy of Fine Arts' Design School. She started her work in the field of Olympic emblem design back in 2003.

  • Deepika Kumari wins bronze medal at Indoor Archery World Cup
    India's Deepika Kumari has won bronze medal at the Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 2 that concluded in Bangkok on 3rd December. Deepika, seeded third, defeated 13th seeded Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia 7-3 in the women's recurve bronze play-off. 

    Korean second seed Kim Surin shattered the former world number one's gold medal dream with a thrilling 6-5 win in the shoot-off and Deepika had to settle for third place. 

  • Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over state-sponsored doping
    Russia were banned from the 2018 Olympics on 5th December over state-sponsored doping but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said, Russian competitors would be able to compete under strict conditions. 

    The IOC announced the decision after examining evidence of state-sponsored doping over several years that reached a high-point at the Winter Olympics hosted in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. The decision was taken in the IOC's executive board meeting on 5th December in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

    However, the IOC said that Russian athletes would be able to take part in the Games, as independent competitors under the Olympic flag. 

    Nations have in the past been barred from taking part in the Olympics, notably South Africa during the apartheid years, but none has ever been handed a blanket ban over doping. 

  • India win three-Test series against Sri Lanka
    India on 6th December won the three-Test series against Sri Lanka 1-nil after the final Test between the neighbours ended in a draw at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. The visitors made 299 for the loss of 5 wickets on the fifth and final day on 6th December. Skipper Virat Kohli was adjudged Man of the Match and Man of the Series for his two double centuries. 

  • Sushil Kumar resigns as National Sports Observer
    Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has also quit his role as a National Sports Observer for wrestling. He was among 12 national observers appointed in March this year. 

  • Virak Kohli in second position in ICC Test Player rankings
    India captain Virat Kohli has moved up three places to grab second position among batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, after registering his career-best score in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, which ended in a draw in New Delhi on 6th December. 

    Australia captain Steve Smith, is the current No. 1 in ODIs and T20Is. Smith is now on 938 points while Kohli is on 893 points. 

  • India wins five medals at 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships
    India won five medals at the 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships in Japan. On the opening day of the competition at Wako City on 8th December, Ravi Kumar won an individual bronze in the men's 10 metre air rifle, while Arjun Babuta won individual silver in the corresponding junior men's event. 

    India also bagged three team silver medals in each of the three air rifle events. However, Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang missed out on an individual podium finish. Overall, India had seven individual finalists across the three events held on 8th December. This will be the same range where the shooting competitions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be hosted. 

  • Kidambi Srikanth, Mithali Raj and PV Sindhu bagged awards at Indian Sports Honours in Mumbai
    Ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who won four Super Series titles this year, bagged the Sportsman of the Year award at the inaugural edition of Indian Sports Honours held in Mumbai. Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu was the Sportswoman of the Year award in the individual sport category. 

    Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the fastest bowler to reach 'Club 300' in Test cricket was awarded Sportsman of the Year award while women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj was awarded Sportswoman of the Year award in the Team Sport category. 

    The Indian Women's Cricket Team, which ended as runners-up in the ICC Women's World Cup, were named as the Team of the Year. 

    While star tennis player Sania Mirza was awarded the Inspirational Honour by the jury, country's first Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was honoured with the Transformational Contribution to Sport award. Indian Sports Honours is an initiative partnered by India skipper Virat Kohli and Sanjiv Goenka, in line with their vision to support the development of Indian sports. 

  • International Olympic Committee bans five more Russians for life over Sochi doping
    Five more Russian competitors from the 2014 Sochi Olympics were banned for life over anti-doping rule violations. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a press statement on 27th November that the banned athletes include Dmitrii Trunenkov and Aleksei Negodailo, both in the gold-medal winning four-man bobsleigh team, plus biathlon relay silver medalists Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina, who also won silver in the 7.5 kilometers event. Sergei Chudinov, who came fifth in the men's individual skeleton, was also disqualified for doping breaches. 

    It said the five athletes punished were also banned from competing at any future Winter Olympics. The IOC's announcement comes following hearings by an IOC commission into allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia at the 2014 Games, hosted by Russia. The IOC has punished 19 Russian Olympians so far on the recommendation of the commission. The latest sanctions come just a week before a crucial IOC meeting on 5th to 7th of next month to decide whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

  • Competition Commission imposes Rs 52-crore penalty on BCCI
    Competition Commission of India CCI, on 29th November imposed a fine of over 52 crore rupees on BCCI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, for anti-competitive practices with respect to IPL media rights. In its 44-page order, the CCI has found the cricket body to be in contravention of competition norms for its assurance to the broadcasters of Indian Premier League. 

    The BCCI had assured the broadcasters that it will not organize or support another professional domestic Indian T20 competition that is competitive to IPL for a period of ten years. 

    After a detailed investigation, CCI found that BCCI enjoys a dominant position in the market for the organisation of professional domestic cricket league events in India and described the board as an enterprise in view of its nature of activities. CCI held that the impugned restriction with regard to media rights had no nexus to the legitimate interest of cricket in the country and it was pursued to enhance the commercial interest of the bidders of IPL broadcasting rights. 

    The CCI also directed the BCCI to desist from indulging into the conduct which contravenes competition norms. It has also ordered the BCCI not to place blanket restriction on the organization of professional domestic cricket league and events by non-members. This will, however, not preclude BCCI from stipulating conditions for approval or granting specific approvals that are necessary to serve the interest of the sport. 

  • IOA formally recognises Boxing Federation of India
    The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) was on 29th November recognised as a national body by the Indian Olympic Association, which removed the terminated Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) as its affiliate after months of indecision. 

    The BFI, already recognised by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Sports Ministry, finally got the IOA's nod, which had IABF registered as the official body till now. The IOA's decision is expected to end the IABF's attempts at reviving itself. 

    The body, which was first suspended and then terminated by AIBA for manipulation in elections, has been trying to keep itself afloat by organising a couple of meetings with its former members in the past few months. The Sports Ministry had earlier barred IABF from representing India as it was no longer a national federation. 

  • Ravichandran Ashwin breaks Dennis Lillee's record of fastest 300 Test wickets
    India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 Test wickets on 29th November in his 54th match, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record during India's win over Sri Lanka in the second Test. 

    Australian fast bowling legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Test matches way back in 1981 and it took 36 years for another bowler to eclipse the record. Ashwin is only the fifth Indian bowler to complete a career 300 wickets in Test cricket behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417) and Zaheer Khan (311). 

  • Kohli Becomes Fourth Fastest Indian to Reach 5,000 Test Runs
    On 2nd December, during the third Test between India and Sri Lanka, Kohli reached the mark of 5,000 runs in Test cricket. He is the 11th Indian to cross the mark. Kohli also managed to cross the barrier of 16,000 international runs, across all formats. 

    Kohli is the fourth quickest Indian to reach the 5,000 club. The ones reaching the mark before him are Sunil Gavaskar (95 innings), Virender Sehwag (98 innings), Sachin Tendulkar (103 innings), while Kohli reached there in 105 innings, before Rahul Dravid (108 innings). 

  • Mirabai Chanu wins gold medal at World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA
    Mirabai Chanu on 30th November became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA. Chanu lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women's 48kg, in the process setting a new national record. 

    Olympic bronze medalist Karnam Malleshwari had won the top prize in worlds twice - in 1994 and 1995. Some of the world's top weightlifting nations such as Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Azerbaijan could not take part in the competition due to issues related to doping. 

    President Ram Nath Kovind has congratulated Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. 

  • Odisha CM unveils logo and mascot of Hockey World Cup 2018
    Logo and mascot of Hockey World Cup 2018 have been unveiled at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. 

    As many as 16 countries, including hosts India, will participate in the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup. The Chief Minister also launched the countdown timer for the international event scheduled to be held in Bhubaneshwar late next year.
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