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January 2019 - Sports

  • Mumbai Marathon Cosmas Lagat of Kenya and Worknesh Alemu of Ethiopia won the men's and women's crowns in the Tata Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai. Significantly, India's Sudha Singh finished on top among the Indian runners while setting at a personal best of 2 hours:34 minutes and: 56 seconds, but also dipped well under the qualifying mark set by IAAF for the September-October Doha World Championships.

  • The Khelo India Youth Games concluded in Pune on 20 January, 2019 with the hosts Maharashtra walking away with the overall trophy. They amassed 228 medals, comprising 85 gold, 62 silver and 81 bronze. Haryana, were second with 62 gold, 56 silver and 60 bronze for a total of 178 medals, while Delhi were third with 48 gold, 37 silver and 51 bronze for a total of 136 medals.

  • Ankita Raina wins ITF's tournament in Singapore. India's Ankita Raina has won the International Tennis Federation's 25,000-dollar Women's tournament in Singapore.

    In the Final on 20 January, 2019, Ankita defeated top seed and world number 122 Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, 6-3, 6-2. She toppled four seeded players in the tournament to win her first title of the season and eighth overall.

  • Virat Kohli named Captain of ICC's Test, ODI teams of Year. Virat Kohli has been named captain of both sides following a remarkable 2018 as batsman and skipper. Three players, each from India and New Zealand, were named in Test team while four players, each from India and England, were named in ODI squad.

    The awards, which honor performances during a calendar year, saw the India captain Kohli walk into both sides which were selected by the ICC Voting Academy comprising former players, members of the media and broadcasters. Kohli also ended 2018 as the top-ranked Test and ODI batsman in the ICC Player Rankings while his side finished the year as the top-ranked side in Tests and number two in ODIs, behind England.

    The Test team also features his compatriots, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who is the only player apart from Kohli to feature in both sides. The ODI team has opener Rohit Sharma, spinner Kuldeep Yadav and Bumrah from India side.

  • Tata Steel Chess: Viswanathan Anand beats Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand scored a crushing victory over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the eighth round to share the lead with Norway's Magnus Carlsen in the Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, the Netherlands.

  • The International Weightlifting Federation has revoked the provisional suspension on two-time Commonwealth Games gold-medallist K. Sanjita Chanu for a failed dope test. IWF's legal counsel Eva Nyirfa said in an e-mail to the national federation and Sanjita that on the basis of the information at its disposal, it has been decided that the provisional suspension shall be lifted as of 22nd January. ,

  • Committee of Administrators of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has lifted the suspension on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Both were suspended from the Indian team for their controversial remarks on women on a TV show.

  • Former South Africa all-rounder Johan Botha has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of Cricket.

  • Ace Indian female wrestler Vinesh Phogat has become the first Indian athlete to receive a nomination in the prestigious Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award. She has been nominated alongside US Tour Championship winner Tiger Woods, who won his first tournament in five years. The Awards will be presented in Monaco on the 18th February, 2019. Monaco is a tiny independent city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline.

  • India created history by winning their first ever Cricket Test series on Australian soil after beating the home team 2-1 as the fourth and final Test ended in a tame draw due to inclement weather.

    It is the first time India managed the feat since they began touring Australia in 1947-48. Consequently, Virat Kohli became the first Indian as well as the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia.
    India reinforced their status as the world's number one test team and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the series win.

  • The second edition of Khelo India Youth Games officially begins in Pune, Maharashtra. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will attend a virtual torch ceremony at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. More than 9,000 players from different states will participate in 18 different events.

  • Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between 15th June and 13th July. The CAF executive committee preferred Egypt to South Africa as replacement for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to delays in preparations and concerns over security. Egypt will stage the biennial showpiece of African football for the fifth time. Egypt only entered the running to host the Cup of Nations when fellow North African country Morocco announced they would not bid to do so.

  • India Captain Virat Kohli has maintained his number one position in the latest ICC batsmen rankings. Cheteshwar Pujara has gained a spot to be third, following his man of the series performance in India's maiden Cricket Test series win in Australia. Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has jumped as many as 21 places to be 17th, the joint-highest by a specialist India wicketkeeper along with Farokh Engineer, who did so in January 1973. MS. Dhoni's highest Test ranking was 19th.

  • India President of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Birendra Prasad Baishya, has been named Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. IWF Secretary Sahdev Yadav said in a release that it is for the first time that the Weightlifting has been accorded with the honour of Chef de Mission for the Olympics. Baishya is also one of the Indian Olympic Association Vice Presidents.

  • M C Mary Kom has attained number one position in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) latest world rankings. She became the most successful boxer in world championships' history when she claimed the 48kg category top honours in Delhi in November, 2018. In the updated rankings put out by AIBA, Mary Kom is placed top of the charts in the weight division with 1700 points.

  • Kohli, Rabada maintain top spot in year-end ICC Test Player Rankings. It turned out to be a glorious 2018 for India captain Virat Kohli and South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. Both maintained their respective pole positions in the year-end ICC Test Player Rankings released on 31 December, 2018.

    Kohli enjoys a 34-point lead over nearest rival Kane Williamson of New Zealand despite dropping three points. Rabada, who split the top ranking with England's seasoned fast bowler James Anderson during the year, is just six points ahead of his adversary.

  • The sports ministry has earmarked Rs. 100 crore for funding the athletes under the (TOPS) Target Olympic Podium Scheme ahead of 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The scheme was launched in September 2014 to provide financial assistance to potential Olympic medal winners.

    Under the scheme, the athletes were also given financial assistance to prepare for Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. The flagship scheme of the government will also nurture future sporting talent by supporting a group of athletes who are potential medal winner in 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.

  • The 80th National Table Tennis Championship began at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Cuttack on 04 January, 2019. As many as 35 teams, including 550 players from different parts of the country are participating in the mega championship. Odisha State Table Tennis Association (OSTTA) is hosting the championships after a gap of 18 years. The event will conclude on January 9.



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