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June 2018 Sports

  • Roger Federer won 98th ATP Tennis title 
    Top-seeded Swiss Roger Federer won his 98th ATP Tennis title on 17th June with a 6-4, 7-6 7-3 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic in the Stuttgart Cup final. 

  • ICC releases Men's Future Tour Programme (FTP) from 2018-2023
    A World Test Championship has been created along with a 13-team men’s ODI league that will act as a qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup. 

    The International Cricket Council, on behalf of its Members, released the men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2018-2023. 

    The FTP provides clarity and certainty around all bilateral international fixtures and incorporates all three formats of the game. 

    The result of a significant collective effort from the Members, with the support of the ICC, the FTP focuses on bringing more context to bilateral cricket. 

    A World Test Championship has been created along with a 13-team men’s ODI league that will act as a qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup. 

    Nine top-ranked sides will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from 15 July 2019 to 30 April 2021. 

    The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis against opponents they have mutually selected. 

    The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions. 

    In addition, the 12 Test playing nations and the Netherlands, will participate in the 13-team ODI League, which will run from 1 May 2020 to 31 March 2022 and all the sides will play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis against mutually agreed opponents. 

    India’s opening series in the World Test Championship is against the Windies in the Caribbean in July 2019, while their first ODI series in the league is against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in June 2020. 

    This league will serve as a qualification pathway for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. 

    India (as host) plus the seven highest-ranked sides in the ODI league as on 31 March 2022 will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, while the bottom five sides will get a second chance to qualify through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier. 

  • Indian Swimmer Sandeep Sejwal clinches gold at Singapore National Swimming Championships
    Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal put up an impressive performance to clinch the gold medal in men's 50 meter breaststroke event at the Singapore National Swimming Championships in Singapore on 23rd June. 

    Besides, Virdhawal Khade grabbed a creditable silver medal in the 50 meter freestyle event with a timing of 22.68 seconds. 

  • Bangladesh Wins Asia Cup T-20 Women cricket
    Bangladesh's women stunned India to win the Asia Cup Twenty20 for the first time - and inflict a first defeat in the final on their opponents. India, winners of all six previous tournaments, were restricted to 112-9, captain Harmanpreet Kaur making 56. 

    Bangladesh needed nine off the final over and, despite losing two wickets, Jahanara Alam hit two off the last ball to secure a thrilling win. 

  • India beat Kenya to lift Intercontinental Cup football title
    India has lifted the Intercontinental Cup football title. In the summit clash in Mumbai, India defeated Kenya 2-nil. Both the goals were netted by skipper Sunil Chhetri. 

    Sunil Chhetri has became the joint second highest international goal scorer among active players along with Argentine superstar Lionel Messi with his 64th strike for the country against Kenya. 

  • Boxer Saweety Boora claims gold medal in middleweight category at Umakhanov Memorial Tournament
    Indian woman boxer Saweety Boora claimed a gold medal in the middleweight category at the Umakhanov Memorial Tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia on 12th June. 

    She beat home favourite Anna Anfinogenova in the final to finish on top in the 75 kilogram category. Saweety was the only Indian among women to make it to the Final. She is also a former world championship silver-medallist. 

    Later in Men's section, Brijesh Yadav will play for Gold medal against Russia's Murad Rabadanov in the 81 kg category. 

    Another Indian boxer, Virender Kumar will also play for a gold medal in the 91 kg category when he takes on Sweden's Alexandr Mvalbale. 

    Among the men, world bronze-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri had finished with a bronze in 56 kg category after going down in the final. 

    Earlier, World youth champion Shashi Chopra in 57 kg division, former Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Pinki Jangra in 51 kgs and Pavitra in 60 kgs had, lost their semifinal bouts to settle for Bronze medals. 

  • Gavit Murali Kumar bags gold in men's 10,000 metre race at Gouden Spike meeting in Leiden
    Young long distance runner Gavit Murali Kumar bagged gold in men's 10,000 metre race at the Gouden Spike meeting in Leiden, The Netherlands. The 21-year-old Kumar, hailing from Gujarat, clocked a personal best of 28 minutes 43.34 seconds. 

    It was the best by an Indian in the ongoing season. It was also the second fastest time by an Indian ever in the distance race, just short of long-distance coach Surendra Singh's national record of 28 minutes 02.89 seconds set at Vigo, Spain in 2008. 

    The Gouden Spike is one of the top meetings in The Netherlands. Its current European Athletics status is Outdoor Meetings with National Permit. 

  • World Cup 2026: United States, Mexico and Canada joint bid wins right to host
    The United States, Mexico and Canada won the right to host the 2026 World Cup after easily beating Morocco in a vote by FIFA member nations in Moscow on 13th June. The North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup. 

    Football's showpiece event will return to the North American continent for the first time since 1994 when the United States hosted the tournament. 

  • India bags four medals including a gold in Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu, Japan
    India began their campaign at the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu, Japan, on 7th June with a strong start , clinching four medals, including a gold. 

    Ashish Jakhar won a gold medal in the men's hammer throw event. He set a junior national record throwing 6 kilogram iron ball and chain to a distance of 76.86 meters. This shattered the previous mark of 75.04 meters that he himself had set at the Junior Federation Cup in April. 

    Triple jumper Priyadarshini Suresh and long distance runner Poonam Sonune added to the tally with bronze medals in women's events. Quartermiler Jisna Mathew was the fastest across the two heats in the women's 400 metre race. 

    Defending champion Mathews qualified for the final with a time of 54.78 seconds. Also fastest across the heats in his event was Ajit Kumar who clocked 3 minutes 58.46 seconds in the men's 1500 meter race. 

  • Mithali Raj becomes first Indian to score 2,000 runs in T20 International Cricket
    Mithali Raj has become the first Indian to score 2,000 runs in T20 International Cricket. She achieved the landmark during India's seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Women's Asia Cup T20 at Kaula Lumpur on 7th June. Mithali now has 2,015 runs from 75 matches. 

    She is the seventh woman to reach 2,000 runs in T20 format. The list is headed by England cricketer Charlotte Edwards with 2,605. India men's team captain Virat Kohli with 1,983 runs is the next on the list, followed by Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. 

  • Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore approves upward revision of pension to meritorious Sportspersons
    In a major step for the welfare of Sportspersons, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore has approved the upward revision of pension to meritorious Sports persons. Under the revision, the rate of pension has been doubled of the existing rate of pension on winning medals in international sports events. 

    The medal winners at the Olympic and Para-Olympic Games will now get 20 thousand rupees as pension. 

    The Gold medallist at World Cup and World Championship will be given 16 thousand rupees while Silver and Bronze medallist will get 14 thousand rupees. 

    The Gold medallist in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Para Asian Games will be given 14 thousand rupees while the Silver and Bronze medallist will get 12 thousand rupees as pension. 

    In case of existing pensioners, the revision in rate of pension will be effective from 1st of April this year (2018). 

    The rate of pension of medal winners in the Para-Olympics Games and Para Asian Games will be at par with the medal winners in the Olympic Games and Asian Games. World Championships held once in four years will only be considered for pension. 

    As per the revised scheme, the sports-person should retire from active sports career and attaining the age of 30 years at the time of applying pension. 

  • New Zealand women's cricket team posted highest ever total in One-Day Cricket (ODI) 
    New Zealand women's cricket team posted the highest ever total in One-day cricket by scoring an incredible 490 for four against Ireland in the first match in Dublin. 

    New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates leading from the front with a blistering 151 off 94 balls. The total posted by the 'White Ferns' is the highest ever in ODIs including men's matches. 

    In men's cricket, the highest total in ODI is 444 for three, made by England against Pakistan in August 2016 at Nottingham. 

    With their incredible batting, New Zealand women team bettered their own 21-year old world record of 455 for five against Pakistan at Christchurch in January 1997. 

    It's only third time that a 400-plus score has been made in women's ODIs. In men's ODIs, a 400-plus score has been achieved 18 times by different teams.
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