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February 2019 - Sports

  • Apurvi Chandela has won the gold medal in the women's 10-metre air rifle event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi on 23 February 2019. This is India's first medal of the ISSF World Cup 2019. She set a new world record by registering a score of 252.9 points in the final.

  • In Chess, Indian Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta lifted the Cannes International Open trophy on 25 February 2019. He took an easy draw with Pier Luigi Basso of Italy in the ninth and final round.

  • India lose T-20 series against Australia. In Cricket, India lost their first bilateral Twenty-20 series against Australia in more than a decade when they were beaten by seven wickets in the final game of the two-match series at Bengaluru. Put in to bat, the hosts posted 190 for four, with skipper Virat Kohli top scoring with an unbeaten 38-ball 72.

  • In shooting, the duo of Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker claimed a gold medal for India in 10-metre air pistol mixed team event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi on the last day of the competition on 27 February 2019.

  • Boxing: One gold, five silver medals for India at Makran Cup. National champion Deepak Singh was the lone Indian boxer to notch up gold while five others claimed silver medals in the Makran Cup in Chabahar, Iran.

  • Shooting Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore will inaugurate the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi on 21 February, 2019. The ISSF World Cup is crucial for Indian shooting as it has 16 quotas up for grabs for Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification.

  • The Velammal-AICF International Women Grand Master round-robin chess tournament began in Chennai. Six Woman International Masters from India will take on six foreign players including two woman Grand Masters (VGM) in the tournament. It is a novel initiative of All India Chess Federation which provides opportunities to the country's young Women International Masters to obtain WGM norms in home conditions. The Indian participants at the tournament are Aakanksha Hagawane, Saloni Sapale, P Michelle Catherina, V Varshini, Divya Deshmukh and Chandreyee Hajra.

  • Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win his 7th Australian Open Men's Singles title at Melbourne. The resurgent world No.1 outplayed the second-ranked Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a largely one-sided match. With this, Djokovic has surpassed American legend Pete Sampras to elevate himself to outright third on the all-time Grand Slam title leader board.

    Earlier, In Women's Singles, Japan's Naomi Osaka clinched her maiden Australian Open Grand Slam Singles title in Melbourne. Osaka defeated Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in the summit clash. With this, Osaka became the first Asian player to achieve the world number one ranking.

  • Kartik Sharma won the New South Wales men's Amateur Golf Championship in Australia. Kartik notched up a magnificent win over Australia's Nathan Barberie in the scheduled 36-hole final to emerge as champion.

    The Gurgaon golfer has been playing for India since the age of 10 as part of the National Squad. He had been selected to represent Indian Golf Union for three events in Australia. Kartik had also won the Indian golf union western India amateur golf championship 2018.

  • Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal won her first Indonesia Masters title after three-time world champion Carolina Marin limped out of the final due to a Carolina Marin. The Spaniard was leading 10-4 in the first game at Jakarta when she developed an injury in the knee.

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 29 January, 2019 announced fixtures for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in Australia. This edition marks the first occasion when the men and women tournaments will be held as standalone events in the same year and in the same country.

    The women's T20 World Cup will take place from February 21 to March 8 next year, culminating with the final on International Women’s Day.

    The men's event will take place later in the year from October 18 to November 15. The Indian men's cricket team is in Group 2, which also includes England, South Africa, Afghanistan and two qualifiers. India women are in Group A along with Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Qualifier 1.

  • The government on 01 February, 2019 increased the sports budget by over 214 crore rupees for the next financial year, including a hike in funds for the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and incentives for sportspersons. In the interim budget presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, the overall sports budget for 2019-2020 was increased from 2002 crore rupees to 2216.

    The significant gainers in the interim sports budget are SAI, the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) and the corpus meant for giving incentives to sportspersons. The Finance Minister also proposed an increase in the incentive fund for the sportspersons, from 63 crore rupees to 89 crores.

  • India Captain Mithali Raj becomes 1st female cricketer to play 200 ODIs.  India captain Mithali Raj on 01 February, 2019 became the first female cricketer to play 200 ODIs, adding another achievement to her illustrious career. The 36-year-old is also the highest run-getter in ODIs with 6622 runs at an average of 51.33, including seven hundreds.

    Mithali could not make a big impact in her 200th game, scoring nine off 28 balls as India were bowled out for 149 in the third and final ODI against New Zealand at Hamilton. She had hit an unbeaten 63 in the second ODI, helping India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

    Mithali made her ODI debut way back in 1999 and has featured in 200 games out of the 263 ODIs India have played. She has also played 10 Tests and 85 T20s.



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