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August 2019 - Sports

  • President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have congratulated ace shuttler PV Sindhu for wining the World Badminton Championships.

  • The Badminton Association of India has announced a cash reward of 20 lakh rupees for P.V. Sindhu and five lakh for B. Sai Praneeth for their achievements in the BWF World Championship.

    Sindhu became the first Indian to win a Badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final at Basel, Switzerland on 25 August, 2019.
    Sai Praneeth won a bronze and became only the second Indian men's singles player after the legendary Prakash Padukone to win a medal at the Championships.

  • ICC named Jonathan Hall, who has legal experience of 27 years across sports such as football and rugby, as it's General Counsel and Company Secretary. He has been in senior consultative roles for a number of international and UK sports organizations including the UEFA and Laureus. Before joining The FA, Hall was General Counsel and Company Secretary at the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

  • Sports Minister gives Rs 1.82 crore to medallists of Para-Badminton World Championship. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has handed over 1.82 crore rupees to the medallists of the Para-Badminton World Championship, amending the policy for para-athletes to make them eligible for more cash awards.

    As per the amended guidelines, medal winners in world events and world championships, organised by International Paralympic Committee, International Sports Federation and recognised by International Olympic Committee, will be eligible for cash awards from the government.

    The first set of athletes who received their cash awards under the changed guidelines are para-badminton players. They have just won 12 medals at the recently-concluded World Championships. While the gold medal winners took home 20 lakh rupees, the silver medallists were given 14 lakhs and bronze winners 8 lakhs each. Winners in the doubles events won 15 lakh rupees each for gold, 10.5 lakh each for silver and six lakhs for bronze.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the Indian Para Badminton contingent which has brought home 12 medals at BWF World Championships 2019. 130 crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para Badminton contingent. He said, their success is extremely gladdening and motivating.

  • India bags four medals in Worldskills Kazan competition. The Indian team created history by winning one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the 45th WorldSkills Kazan 2019 competition, in Russia. It has been the country's best performance since it first participated at the event in 2007.

    S Aswatha Narayana won the gold medal in water technology. Pranav Nutalapati won silver medal in web technologies. Sanjoy Pramanik and Shweta Ratanpura won one bronze medal each in Jewellery and graphic design technology.

  • India’s Manasi Joshi secures maiden gold at Para World badminton. India had a world champion in Basel (Switzerland) even before the whole nation trained its attention on champion shuttler, P.V. Sindhu, taking on Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final.

  • The 25th Senior Women’s National Football Championship will be held in Arunachal Pradesh for the first time from September 10 to 24. The tournament will be held in the oldest town of the state Pasighat in East Siang District. A total of 30 teams from across the country, representing various States, Union Territories and Indian Railways will participate in the tournament. The teams have been divided into eight groups---A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H. Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu &Kashmir and Telangana is in group H. The inaugural match will be played between Railways and Mizoram.

  • Top Indian sprinters Hima Das and Mohammad Anas have won gold each in 300m races at the Athleticky Mitink Reiter event in Czech Republic. While Hima won the gold in women's event, Mohammad Anas claimed the yellow metal in men's category. This was Hima's sixth gold in 2019 in European races. Mohammad Anas won the gold clocking 32.41 seconds. India’s Nirmal Tom clinched a bronze medal in the same event by clocking a timing of 33.03 seconds.

    National record holder Anas has already qualified for 400m event for the World Championships to be held in Doha in September-October while Hima is yet to achieve it.

  • India has won gold at the Under 12 Asian Tennis Team championship held in Kazakhstan. India defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1 in the summit clash to win the title. The final was a tie of three matches - 2 singles and one doubles and India won both the singles matches while lost the doubles encounter.

    The team comprised Manas Dhamme, Arnav Paprakar and Tamil Nadu's Pranav Rethin. Manas and Rethin won their singles matches. Manas and Arnav, however, lost their doubles encounter. 12-year-old Manas remained unbeaten in the entire tournament.

  • Indian men's team won the Team Sprint gold medal at the World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Germany. A team of 4 members created the history by winning India's first-ever gold in a world level cycling competition. The Indian team defeated Australia and clocked 44.681 seconds to claim the top honours. Britain shtood third and won the bronze medal. In the event of team Sprint India won gold and the members are:
    • Rojit Singh Yanglem
    • EsowEsow
    • Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam
    • Jemsh Singh Keithellakpam

  • World Archery (WA) has suspended the Archery Association of India (AAI). Earlier, the WA executive board had given a July 31 deadline to both AAI factions to resolve their disputes, including parallel elections. The decision by WA to suspend AAI is because the matter is now in court. The participation of Indian archers in international events under the National flag is jeopardised after AAI's suspension.

    After the suspension, the last event in which Indian athletes can participate is the world youth championships in Madrid from August 19 to 25, 2019. WA is yet to decide whether individual athletes can participate in the Indoor Archery World Series.

    Transitory Committee: The Indian Government and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) are planning to establish a transitory committee to handle urgent matters. The executive board will preserve the chances of Indian athletes participating in the Asian championships and Asian para championships.

  • Cricket Australia announced a new transgender-inclusive policy. This policy will enable transgender players to play the game of cricket at the highest levels. The decision aligns in accordance with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) gender recognition policy and gender diversity guidelines.

    The policy sets out a limit for transgender and gender-diverse players who want to play for state and national women’s teams. Australian men's national cricket team represents Australia in international cricket. It is oldest teams in Test cricket history playing in the first-ever Test match in 1877.

  • Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu wins Rogers Cup tennis tournament 2019 held in Toronto, Canada. She was the first Canadian to win the event in 50 years. Serena Williams was the runner-up in the final. Serena Williams retired with a back injury in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

  • P.T. Usha appointed for AAA’s Athletes Commission. Legendary Indian sprinter P.T. Usha, one of India’s greatest athletes. She is appointed as a member of the Asian Athletics Association’s (AAA) Athletes Commission. This is the 2nd time she is appointed as member .P.T. Usha appointed a member of the Asian Athletics Association’s Athletes Commission. She will be one of the six members of the AAA Athletes Commission, to be headed by 1992 Olympics gold medallist hammer thrower Andrey Abduvaliyev of Uzbekistan.

  • Wrestler Deepak Punia has become India’s first junior World Champion in 18 years. He claimed a gold medal at the Junior Worlds with a win over Russia’s Alik Shebzukhov at Tallinn, Estonia. The score was tied 2-2 at the end of the 86-kg men’s freestyle bout. However, Deepak was declared champion because he had scored the last point.

    In 92-kg weight category, Vicky claimed bronze after he defeated Batmagnai Enkhtuwacin of Mongolia 4-3. The President of Indian Wrestling Federation, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh congratulated Deepak for his achievement.

  • Indian boxers have ended their campaign at the Magomed Salam Umakhanov Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia with a rich haul of six medals. These comprised two gold, one silver and three bronze. World Championships bronze- medallist, Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and India Open gold- medallist champion Neeraj (57kg), clinched gold medals.

  • All India Tennis Association (AITA) announced Mahesh Bhupathi as the skipper for the India- Pakistan Davis Cup tie. It will be held on September 14 and 15, 2019 in Islamabad. Six players have been named by the association, who will be taking part in Davis Cup. Mukund has been named as the reserve and Zeeshan Ali will be the coach of the team.

  • India topped the latest ICC Test team rankings while New Zealand is placed 2nd and South Africa is in 3rd position. India skipper Virat Kohli retains his number one position in the latest ICC Test batsmen’s rankings. In rankings for Test all-rounders, Jason Holder of the West Indies tops the list while Ravindra Jadeja is placed 3rd and Ravichandran Ashwin is in sixth place.

  • Mary Kom, Simranjit Kaur win gold in President's Cup Boxing Tournament. Six-time world champion Mary Kom in 51kg category and Simranjit Kaur in 60kg category grabbed a gold each in 23rd President's Cup Boxing Tournament in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia.

    The Olympic bronze medallist Mary decimated Australian April Franks 5-0 in finals. Simranjit Kaur defeated Indonesia's Asian Games bronze medallist Hasanah Huswatun 5-0 in the final bout. With this, Indian boxers finished their campaign in the Tournament with nine medals. The rich haul comprised seven gold and two silver.

  • ICC launches World Test Championship. The International Cricket Council (ICC) officially launched the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC). To be played over two years, the World Test Championship will witness the top nine Test teams in the world compete in 71 Test matches across 27 series.

    The two top teams will then go head to head in the World Test Championship final to be held in the United Kingdom in 2021. Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies are the nine teams that will battle it out for the top honours in the World Test Championship. The International Cricket Council (ICC) first came up with the idea in 2009 and the championship was approved in 2010, with plans of hosting the first edition in 2013. The tournament got postponed to 2017 and was cancelled later. 

  • Nikoloz won German Tennis Championships. Nikoloz Basilashvili emerged victorious after a three-set battle with Andrey Rublev to successfully defend his title at the German Tennis Championships. The reigning champion claimed his 12th straight win in Hamburg 7-5 4-6 6-3. With the win, he has become first player to win the event in successive years since Roger Federer in 2004-2005.



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