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April 2019 - Sports

  • Christian Garin claimed his first ATP title at the US Men's Clay Court Championships. With this, Garin becomes first Chilean ATP champion in a decade. He defeated Casper Ruud in the final match. Garin also won their only previous career meeting last month in Sao Paulo, Brazil and earned his first title in just his 11Th career tournament.

  • The Asian Weightlifting Championships began in Ningbo, China on 20 April 2019. The competition will continue till the 28 April 2019. As many as 278 participants from 28 nations and regions, including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Iran and North Korea have registered for the competition.

  • The Asia Badminton Championships began at Wuhan in China on 23 April 2019. It will continue till 28 April 2019. India will be represented by Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma in men's singles and P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in women's singles.

  • Bajrang Punia won gold in AWC. India clinched one gold, silver and bronze at the Asian Wrestling Championship in China's Xian on 23 April 2019. World number one Bajrang Punia claimed a gold medal in it. He defeated Kazakhstan's Sayatbek Okassov 12-7 in a nail-biting 65kg men's freestyle final.

  • Advani won Asian Snooker Tour title. India's ace cueist Pankaj Advani defeated Ehsan Heydari Nezhad of Iran 6-4 to claim the inaugural Asian Snooker Tour title. Advani, a 21-time world snooker and billiards champion, beat Nezhad 52-40, 66(58)-0, 1-63(62), 78-4, 35-47, 0-51, 47-35, 38-39, 53(49)-35, 51(50)-20 in the final.

  • Funtasy11, a fantasy sports platform, appointed former Indian cricketer Murali Kartik as its brand ambassador. A classical left-arm spinner, Kartik has represented India across formats between 2000 and 2007. Funtasy11 is a skill-based prediction and fantasy sports platform that also provides curated social media content, making it a one-stop solution for a fantasy gaming user.

  • Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mark Boucher, the former South Africa wicketkeeper, were made Honorary Life Members of the Marylebone. The two have been included in recognition of their outstanding achievements in cricket. Inzamam is now the fifth Honorary Life Member of the MCC from his country, after Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi.

  • In motor racing, Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix for a record sixth time on 14 April 2019. He seized the overall lead from his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race. Valtteri Bottas was second for his team’s third one-two finish in as many races this season. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place.

  • Meena Kumari clinched gold in Boxing World Cup. India finished with 5 medals in the Boxing World Cup which concluded at Cologne, Germany on 13 April 2019.
    Meena Kumari Maisnam won gold in the 54 kg category.
    Sakshi (57 kg) and Pwilao Basumatary (64 kg) settled for the silver.
    Pinki Rani (51 kg) and Parveen (60 kg) won bronze.

  • Golfer Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and a 15th major title. He finished with a two-under-par 70 to win on 13 under, one clear of fellow. Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.

  • Gelete Burka and Milaw won Paris Marathon. Ethiopians Abrha Milaw and Gelete Burka won the men and women’s races to end Kenya’s dominance at Paris Marathon on 14 April 2019.

  • Mike Budenholzer was named the 2019 recipient of the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year honors. He, in his first year as head coach of the Bucks, led the franchise to the top record in the entire NBA. Budenholzer also led the Bucks to their first divisional title since the 2000- 2001 season.

  • Japan's Kento Momota won the Singapore Open final 10-21, 21-19, 21-13 on 14 April 2019. The World champion dug deep to fight back from16-11 behind in the second game to force a decider. In the women's final, TaiTzu ying claimed her second Singapore Open title with a 21-19, 21-15 victory over Japan's Nozomi Okuhara.

  • Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has been named the goodwill ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC). The 2 teams, India North and India South, are put together by Save the Children, HOPE Foundation, Magic Bus and Karunalaya.

  • ICC partnered with UNICEF. International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket for Good in partnership with UNICEF announced #OneDay4Children, a tournament-wide campaign. It is focused on bringing the world of cricket together as one team to help build a better world for every child, at the World Cup. Former England batsman and #OneDay4Children ambassador Nasser Hussain along with Chris Woakes launched the campaign.

  • Bajrang Punia regained the world number one spot in the men’s 65kg freestyle category in the rankings issued by United World Wrestling. He won gold in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games as well as silver in the World Championships 2018. He won gold at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Bulgaria in March 2019.

  • Former World Champion, Mirabai Chanu will spearhead India’s challenge at the Asian Weightlifting Championship, 2019 that began at Ningbo, China on 20 April 2019. She will be competing in the 49kg category from 48kg following the International Weightlifting Federations’s rejig of weight categories.

  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) imposed a fine of 1,76,000 Euros on Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) for not honouring the Pro League commitments. PHF was fined for not sending the national team for the Pro League matches in Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • All India Football Federation presidents Praful Patel has become the first Indian to be elected as a member of the FIFA Executive Council. He got 38 out of 46 votes. Mr Patel was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election which was held during the 29th Asian Football Confederations Congress in Kuala Lumpur on 06 April 2019. The membership in the council will be for four years, from 2019 to 2023.

  • Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan clinched the Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur on 7 April 2019. After an electric performance, he beat countryman Chen Long 9-21, 21-7, 21-11. The title is Lin's first win this year (2019), and also his first major success since taking the Malaysia Open in 2017.

  • Isaak Hayik became the world's oldest player to take part in a professional game at the age of 73. He set the record by playing as a goalkeeper for Israeli team Ironi or Yehuda recently. He received the Guinness World Records prize at a ceremony after the match, just days ahead of his 74th birthday.

  • Garbine muguruza of Spain successfully claimed back –to- back Monterrey open title 2019 as Victoria Azerenka succumbed to injury in the final. Asia Muhammad & Maria sanchez claimed women’s double title monetary open. The Monterrey open is professional women’s tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts.

  • Indonesian Eni Nuraeni was named by Asian Athletic Association (AAA) as the best athletic coach in Asia for the short-haul run category in 2019. It was announced by Indonesian athletic sports association (PB PASI).

  • Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik was named as the recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister's Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 in recognition of her 'inspiring achievements'. She will work to promote sporting, cultural as well people-to-people relationship between India and New Zealand. She is a recipient of India's civilian Honour Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award.

  • In tennis, Roger Federer lifted his fourth ATP Miami Open title with an emphatic 6-1, 6-4 wins over defending champion John Isner on 31 March 2019 night. It is Swiss player's 28th Masters title and the 101st overall for a player who has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

  • India finishes with 16 gold medals at Asian Airgun Championships. Indian shooters continued their dominance claiming five gold medals on the final day of the Asian Airgun Championships to sign off with a total of 25 medals in Taoyuan, Taipei. India finished with 16 gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

  • The Indian men's football team gained two places to rise to 101 in the FIFA rankings released on 4 April 2019. With 1219 total ranking points, the Indian team lies 18th among the Asian countries. Belgium holds on to the top spot, while Iran topped the Asian rankings at 21 followed by Japan (26), South Korea (37), Australia (41) and Qatar (55).



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