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May 2018 Sports

  • CSK beat Sunrisers by 8 wickets to lift third IPL title
    Chennai Super Kings has won Indian Premier League 2018. It is its third IPL title. In final Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

  • Virat Kohli emerged as International Cricketer of the Year at CEAT Cricket Ratings Awards
    India skipper Virat Kohli has emerged as the International Cricketer of the Year at the CEAT Cricket Ratings awards, which were presented in Mumbai on 29th May

    The 29-year-old cricketer had a memorable last season with the bat. Batsman Rohit Sharma collected the award on behalf of Kohli. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was presented the International Batsman of the Year Award, while New Zealand pace sensation Trent Boult won International Bowler of the Year Award. 

    Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Khan, who impressed everyone with his skills in the recently concluded IPL grabbing 21 wickets, was presented with the T20 Bowler of the Year Award. 

    Woman cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, who single-handedly took the team to the final of the ICC Women's World Cup with her breathtaking knock of 171 not out against Australia in the semi-final, won the Outstanding Innings of the Year Award. Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on former India wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer. 

  • International Cricket Council includes Nepal, Netherlands, Scotland and UAE in ODI rankings list
    The ICC on 1st June included Nepal, Netherlands, Scotland and the UAE in their ODI rankings list apart from the 12 existing countries. The ICC release states that results of all the bilateral ODIs involving these new teams will henceforth be taken into account while calculating the rating points. 

    The Netherlands secured ODI status and a place in the 13-team ODI league by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship last year, while Scotland, Nepal and the UAE earned ODI status by finishing as the three leading associates (along with the Dutch) in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018. 

  • WHO, Russia launch new campaign for football World Cup 2018
    A new video campaign has been launched targeting football fans on the occasion of the World Cup 2018 next month to promote healthier and more active lives. 

    The series of videos have been produced jointly by WHO, Russia's Ministry of Health and the 2018 World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee. 

    It is one of many joint activities that will be implemented around the month long World Cup starting from 14th, June. 

    The campaign consists of 3 videos, each tackling key health risk issues of Tobacco use, excessive salt consumption and physical inactivity. 

    The WHO video says tobacco use is one of the most damaging lifestyle choices and is currently responsible for 16 per cent of all deaths in adults over 30 in the European region. 

    The second video propagates that one can significantly reduce risk of developing non-communicable diseases by eating salt upto 5 grams or less in a day. 

    Third video emphasizes that 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week can enhance well-being. 

  • India bag silver, bronze in Archery World Cup
    India opened its account with a silver and a bronze medal in the compound section of the ongoing second stage of the Archery World Cup Stage II in Antalya, Turkey on 25th May. 

    India's women compound team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Divya Dhayal recovered from a poor start to lose to their Chinese Taipei opponents by three points to settle for a silver. 

    Later, third-seeded mixed pair of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi prevailed over Belgian duo of Reginald Kools and Sarah Prieels 158-155 in the bronze play-off to add a second medal to India's tally. 

    The recurve women's team of Deepika Kumari, Promila Daimary and Ankita Bhagat are also in the hunt for a bronze medal when they take on Chinese Taipei's Lei Chien-Ying, Peng Chia-Mao and Tan Ya-Ting on 26th May. 

  • Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu bags gold medal in 10m air pistol in Hannover, Germany
    Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu clinched the gold medal while compatriot P Shri Nivetha settled for bronze in the women's 10m air pistol at the International Shooting Competitions of Hannover, Germany. 

    Heena was in a rollicking form in the final where she was tied with France's Mathilde Lamolle on 239.8 points. She won the tie to win the gold ahead of Mathilde. Shri Nivetha finished on 219.2. The finish marks a strong build-up to next week's ISSF World Cup in Munich. 

  • India’s U-16 football team beats Tajikistan 4-2 to win four-nation tournament in Serbia
    Indian colts won agaisnt Tajikistan 4-2 and emerged as champions in the four-nation Under-16 Foot Ball Tournament held in Serbia. Putting up an impressive show, the Indian drew 0-0 with the hosts, defeated Jordan 2-1 before beating Tajikistan in the final. India finished their campaign unbeaten in three matches, accumulating seven points out of a maximum nine. 

  • Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) 
    The President of Badminton Association of India (BAI), Himanta Biswa Sarma was on 18th May elected as the Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC). The election took place during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the continental body in Bangkok, Thailand. 

  • India finishes on top with 20 gold medals at South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo
    India has finished on top in the South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo. On the final day of the meet, Indian athletes won nine more Gold medals, ending with a tally of 20 Gold, 22 Silver and 8 Bronze. 

    The Indian junior athletes also registered five new meet records. In Girls' Triple Jump, Priyadarshini Suresh grabbed the coveted yellow metal with a record of 12.90 metres, while in Girls' Javelin Throw, Sanjana Choudhary bagged the top honours with a record of 48.08. In Boys Shot Put, Ashish Bhalothia set a new record and won the Gold medal with an effort of 18.53 metres. Triple jumper Kamalraj Kanagaraj also contributed to India's gold medal tally with a record jump of 15.96 metres. 

    Hosts Sri Lanka finished second behind India, while Pakistan was third. Athletes from seven nations took part in the event. 

    The Indian juniors will next represent the nation at the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships to be held in Gifu, Japan from the 7th of next month. 

  • Gagan Narang and Pooja Ghatkar wins Silver medal in the 10-meter Air Rifle Mixed Team at Liberation International competition
    In Shooting, Olympian Gagan Narang and Pooja Ghatkar clinched a Silver medal in the 10-meter Air Rifle Mixed Team event in the Grand Prix of Liberation International competition at Pilsen in the Czech Republic 

    Having topped the qualification with 833.2 points, the Indian pair came close to overtaking the Lithuanian team of Jurate Cesynaite and Karolis Girulis for the Gold, before missing the target by 1.3 points. 

    Shri Nivetha Paramanantham and Amanpreet Singh claimed the Mixed Air Pistol Silver after topping the qualification with a score of 775. 

    Earlier in the tournament, Nivetha had bagged a Gold medal in the Women's Air Pistol, while Mihika Poore took home the top honours in the Women's Air Rifle event. 

  • Athletic Federation India (AFI) declares strict 'no-needle policy' at all national camps and training centres
    The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has decided to implement a strict 'No-Needle' policy at all the national camps and training centres in the country. The policy has come into effect immediately after it was declared 

    The Athletics Federation's action comes a month after 20- kilometre race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper Rakesh Babu were sent back home from the recent Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on charges of possession of needles, in violation of the organisers' strict 'No-Needle' policy. 

    The AFI, one of the first among National Sports Federations (NSFs) to declare a 'No-Needle' policy, has drawn up a protocol, which will be circulated to all the athletes at national camps and training centres across the country. 

    In order to the implement this policy, the AFI has formed a three-member committee of coaches, which has been empowered to search the rooms of the athletes. 

    Chief coach Bahadur Singh will head the committee while the other two members will be deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair and chief coach (juniors) Sanjay Garnaik

  • Prajnesh Gunneswaran wins maiden singles tennis title on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger circuit
    Prajnesh Gunneswaran has clinched his first ever singles tennis title on the ATP Challenger circuit. 

    In the final of the Kunming Open at Anning, China, he defeated Egypt's Mohammed Safwat 

    With this win, Gunneswaran Prajnesh pocketed 21,600 US Dollars and earned 125 points which are likely to help him jump more than 80 places when the new ranking chart will be issued on 30th April. At present, the southpaw is ranked 260. 

    India will now have three players inside top-200 as Gunneswaran Prajnesh is expected to be around 175. Yuki Bhambri leads the chart for the country at number 83 and is followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan at the 115 position. 

    It may be recalled that Gunneswaran Prajnesh had won the decisive fifth rubber of the recent Asia/Oceania Group I second round Davis Cup Tie against China at Tianjin. 

  • India’s CA Bhavani Devi won a silver medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi World Cup Satellite Fencing Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland
    India's CA Bhavani Devi won a silver medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi World Cup Satellite Fencing Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Tamil Nadu fencer went down 10-15 to USA's Alexis Browne in the final. CA Bhavani Devi had won a gold medal at the Reykjavik tournament last year (2017) to become the first Indian win to do so in an international fencing event. 

  • Tennis Player Rafael Nadal won his 11th Barcelona title
    Tennis Player Rafael Nadal won his 11th Barcelona title on 29th April when he breezed past Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. 

    It was world number one Rafael Nadal’s 55th career clay-court title while he also extended his winning streak on the surface to 46 consecutive sets. The 31-year-old Spaniard won his 11th Monte Carlo Masters last weekend also without dropping a set. 

    This victory reinforced his status as the overwhelming favourite to lift the French Open for an 11th time in June. Rafael Nadal now has 77 titles overall while his career clay-court match record stands at 401 wins against just 35 defeats. 

  • Indian Shooter Shahzar Rizvi number one in 10m air pistol ISSF world rankings
    Indian shooter Shahzar Rizvi on 1st May grabbed the number one spot in ISSF world rankings, riding on his silver medal-winning performance in the just-concluded World Cup in Changwon, Korea. 

    With 1654 rating points, Rizvi ranked first ahead of Russia's Artem Chernousov (1046) and Japan's Tomoyuki Matsuda (803). 

    The other Indians in the top-10 are Jitu Rai, who is placed sixth on the chart, and Om Prakash Mitharval, at the 12th spot. Besides the silver in Changwon, Rizvi had previously won a gold medal with a world record score at the World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico in March. 

    Among the women, Manu Bhaker, who won a historic gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, was the only Indian in the top-10 of the women's 10m air pistol rankings at the fourth spot. In the men's 10m air rifle rankings, shooters Ravi Kumar is placed fourth, while Deepak Kumar is at the ninth spot. 

  • India slips to second position in ICC ODI Team Rankings
    India has lost the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings to England following the annual update. England's rise up the table is largely because of a forgettable 2014-15 season which saw them winning only seven out of 25 ODIs against other Full Members. 

    The 2014-15 season has been dropped from the latest calculations while those from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons are weighted at 50 per cent. England have thus gained eight points and moved to 125 points. India has lost a solitary point and is in second place with a total of 122 points. 

    South Africa has dropped down to third place after losing four points, from 117 to 113. The other places remain unchanged, meaning that the current top-10 ranked sides are the ones who will be playing in the 2019 World Cup. 

  • Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth ranked 3rd in Badminton World Federation (BWF) ranking
    Star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has climbed to the third spot in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in New Delhi on 3rd May. 

    In the recently concluded Badminton Asia Championships, Kidambi Srikanth was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Lee Chong Wei in straight sets. His compatriot Prannoy went one step further by reaching the last 4 before losing to eventual runner-up Chen Long. Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is at the top spot followed by South Korean Son Wan Ho. 

    Axelsen continued his fantastic run at the top by winning the 2018 European Badminton Championships with ease. He defeated England’s Rajiv Ousef convincingly 21-8, 21-7 to win the European crown. 

    Srikanth is currently on 74,135 points while Son has 74,670. Axelsen has a sizeable lead at the top with 77,570 points. 

    In the women singles section, Indian star PV Sindhu continues to hold on to the third spot. The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist had lost to compatriot Saina Nehwal in the women's singles final at the Commonwealth Games. 

    Saina has climbed two spots to enter the top 10. The Hyderabad-based London Olympics bronze medallist is currently at the 10th position with 55,890 points. 

    Sindhu held on to the third spot despite losing in the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships in April. She lost to China’s Chen Xioaxin in straight games. Saina had a better run in the tournament reaching the last 4 before losing to eventual champion Tai Tzu-Ying. 

  • Kerala won the National Blind Football Tournament
    The final leg of Third Edition of the National Blind Football Tournament for the visionless concluded with flying colours in Kochi, Kerala. 

    The home team won the game and with it the sparkling trophy too. The tournament which started four days ago was organized by Indian Blind Football Federation (IBFF)-an independent federation setup in 2016 affiliated to the Paralympic Committee of India & IBSA New Delhi, with an aim to promote sports in the blind people's community. 

  • Sports initiative 'Star Khel Mahakumbh' launched at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 
    A sports initiative 'Star Khel Mahakumbh' was launched at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh on 4th May in the presence of 1,500 athletes. The athletes will compete in volleyball, basketball, cricket, football, kabaddi and athletics. 

    The initiative has been designed in a manner as to attract participation of at least one lakh youth from across 5000 villages and 800 panchayats. 

  • Indian Athletes win 11 gold, 10 silver, 3 bronze medals on opening day of South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo
    Indian Athletes won 11 gold, 10 silver and 3 bronze medals on the opening day of the South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo on 5th May

    Arshdeep Singh provided India the first gold medal of the day in the junior men's javelin throw event with a new meet record of 71.47 metre. A new meet record was also registered in the junior women's shot put event by India's Kiran Baliyan who won the gold with a 14.77 metre throw. 

    Lokesh Sathyanathan won the gold for India in the long jump final while in 100m hurdles Sapna Kumari bagged the gold. Durga Deore in 1500 metre race added one more gold to India's tally. In the 4x100m relay races, Indian junior men won gold while the women's team delivered a silver medal. Other Indian gold medallists were Punitha Ramasamy, Ajay, Kunal Choudhary, Prajwal Ravi and Ankit.
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