June 2019 - Sports



  • Indian Gymnast, Pranati Nayak won bronze at 2019 Asian Artistic Gymnastic Championship held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She is from West Bengal,She got qualified for finals. She secured sixth place and came up with a score of 13.384 to win the bronze medal. She scored 13.400 and 13.367 in the first and second vault score recently.


  • Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the French Grand Prix. It is held in Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France.


  • IOC inaugurated its $145 million new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) inaugurated 145 million Swiss francs ($145 million) named Olympic House in a ceremony. It is held at the lakeside grounds of Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is inaugurated exactly 125 years after the Olympic Games.

    The newly built headquarters designed by architecture firm 3XN of Denmark. It is built of 95% of the old materials . The signature feature of the new building is a central staircase. Around 500 IOC employees under one roof. IOC members gathered in Lausanne to choose the 2026 Winter Games host among Milan-Cortina from Italy and Stockholm from Sweden.


  • Andy Murray won the Queen's Club championships doubles title with Feliciano Lopez. Murray is a five times singles champion at the grasscourt event and three-time Grand Slam champion.


  • Italy won the bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the 2026 Winter Olympics will be staged at the Italian venue of Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo.

    The Winter Games will happen from 6 February to 22 February in 2026. Italy beat off a bid from Stockholm/Are in Sweden. Italy won the bid by the approval of the IOC members by 47 votes to 34. Italy has twice previously hosted the Winter Olympics twice.

    It first hosted Olympics in 1956 in Cortina d'Ampezzo and then in 2006 in Turin. It has been estimated that the Games will generate five billion euros ($5.69 billion) and create 20,000 jobs. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be staged in Beijing.


  • IOC stripped AIBA of Olympic status. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped Olympic status from the troubled world boxing body AIBA. As a result, the IOC will now organize qualifying and final tournaments for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

    AIBA had created very serious reputational, legal and financial risks for the IOC and its American stakeholders. AIBA is near bankrupt with debts of about 17 million US Dollars.


  • Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee. He secured 58 votes out of 62. Narinder Batra has a rare distinction of becoming a member of the IOC.

    He is heading a National Olympic Committee. He also belongs to the international federation. He is the first Indian to have this distinction.


  • India's chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand was bestowed upon an honorary doctorate by IIT Kanpur. He received the honour on the occasion of their 52nd convocation on 28 June 2019. The past recipients of the honour are Former President APJ Abdul Kalam and former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.


  • Justice V Ramasubramanian appointed as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.  He succeeded Chief Justice Surya Kant. The ceremony was administered by Governor Acharya Devvrat. He served as an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court. He joined as permanent Judge from November 9, 2009.


  • Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan appointed as the second Chief Justice of Telangana High Court. He succeeded Chief Justice T.B. Radhakrishnan in April, 2019. He belongs to Rajasthan.


  • Krishnaswamy Natarajan was appointed as the next Director General of the Indian Coast Guard. He replaced Rajendra Singh, who was the first cadre officer to head the force. He would take over on June 30, 2019. He joined the force on January 18, 1984. Natarajan has held various important Command and Staff appointments, both afloat and ashore.


  • Centre appointed Samant Goel, IPS officer, as the new Chief of Research and Analysis Wing. The appointment comes after Samant Goel's key role in India’s counter-attack on the terror infrastructure in Pakistan’s Balakot. Goel is of the 1984 batch and hold the rank of Director General. He is from the Punjab cadre.

    The appointment was finalized and approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). ACC is headed by PM Narendra Modi and comprising Home Minister Amit Shah.


  • Arvind Kumar, Senior IPS officers, is appointed the new Chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB). He is the IPS officer of 1984 batch. Arvind Kumar will succeed Rajiv Jain as IB Chief and will assume his charge on 30th June 2019. Previously Arvind Kumar was involved in tackling the Left Wing Extremism at IB. He is considered to be an expert on Kashmir issues.


  • Church of England appoints First black female Bishop. The Church of England’s first black female bishop has been appointed by Downing Street. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, was announced as the new bishop of Dover. Hudson-Wilkin will succeed the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott, who retired from the role in May 2019. She will be consecrated in November 2019.


  • The Indian men's recurve team bagged a silver medal in the Archery World Championships. The competition was held at Den Bosch in the Netherlands. Jyothi Surekha Vennam helped India clinch two bronze medals in the compound women's section of Archery World Championships in the Netherlands.


  • Gary Woodland won the 119th US Open, capturing his first major title, in golf. He defeated two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka at Pebble Beach, California. The two-time defending champion Koepka finished second with a score of 10-under.


  • Japan's Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic of Serbia continue as World No.1 in the latest WTA and ATP rankings. Naomi Osaka is just 252 points ahead of world No.2 Ashleigh Barty of Australia in unchanged top 20 WTA rankings. Novak Djokovic leads the men's ATP tennis rankings ahead of French Open champion Rafael Nadal and former world number one Roger Federer.


  • Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) nominated the inclusion of women's cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, United Kingdom. International Cricket Council (ICC) in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) presented the compelling case for women's cricket to become part of the Commonwealth Games programme. Beach Volleyball and para table tennis were also nominated for inclusion in the 2022 edition.


  • Government to widen Khelo India Programme. The government has decided to widen the spectrum of the 'Khelo India Programme' to cover the entire country. Under this programme, 2,500 talented players have been selected and are being trained. This facility will now be provided to 2,500 new players every year.


  • Lewis Hamilton won 7th Canadian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton secured a record-breaking 7th win at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel was penalised for dangerous driving. A five-second race time penalty was given to Vettel. Ferrari will appeal against the decision over the five-second penalty given to Vettel which costed him the race.


  • Rafael Nadal won French Open. In Tennis, world number two Rafael Nadal lifted the French Open Men's Singles title for the 12th time. He became the first player to win 12 Singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall. Nadal is now just 2 titles behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 majors and is 3 ahead of world number one Novak Djokovic.


  • Ashleigh Barty has risen to the no. 2 position from number eight in the latest Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings after winning the French Open title. She is now 136 points away from the number one ranked women's tennis player Naomi Osaka (6486). Barty is the first Australian woman to win the French Open since Margaret Court in 1973.


  • In Football, the United States recorded the biggest-ever victory in the Fifa Women's World Cup. They crushed Thailand, 13-nil in a Group-F match at Reims in France. Alex Morgan scored five times for the three-time winners and defending champions. The US has lost just one international game since July 2017 and has now won seven games in a row.


  • International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) re-branded as World Athletics. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the international governing body for the sport of athletics, changed it name from IAAF to World Athletics. The members of IAAF council have approved the rebranding at an IAAF Council meeting held in Monaco on 8th June. The process to rebrand IAAF began on January 2018.

    The new name and logo has been designed to represent the modern and positive face for athletics. Also, it aims to attract the younger audience. It will see the organisation take on its new name and a re-designed logo after the 2019 World Athletics Championship in Doha in October.

    IAAF was formed in 17 July 1912. When it was founded the name it had was International Amateur Athletic Federation. It was then changed to International Association of Athletics Federations in 2001. The headquarters of IAAF is located in Monaco. IAAF has 215 member federations. The Current President of IAAF is Sebastian Coe. The CEO of IAAF is Jon Ridgeon.


  • Indonesia's Anton Aditya Subowo was re- elected as the President of Badminton Asia (BA). There were seven other people who were selected as the vice-presidents. They are Wei (China), Kim Jong Soo (Korea), Darmadji (Indonesia), Chang Kuo-Tso (Chinese Taipei), Ali Almarri(Kuwait), Himanta Biswa(India), Mohammad Taqawi (Bahrain). BA also got in a new Secretary-General Moosa Nashid (Maldives).


  • Under-20 Eurasian Athletics Championships held at Almaty, Kazakhstan. Indian juniors bagged 5 gold and 3 silver medals. The national teams from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, India, and Tajikistan participated in a 2-day event held on May 29-30, 2019. Sreekiran bagged the boys’ 800m gold with a time of 1:54.62 while Rohit Yadav added the fifth gold medal to India’s tally, finishing on top in the boys’ javelin throw by clearing a distance of 74.55m.


  • The Indian junior women's hockey team clinched the Cantor Fitzgerald U21 International 4-Nations title after beating Ireland 1-0 in the final at Dublin, Ireland. The win meant India ended the tournament with an unblemished record. With three goals in four games, Mumtaz Khan finished as the highest goal scorer of the tournament.


  • China will host 2023 Asian Cup. China will stage the 2023 Asian Cup football after South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia dropped their bids. This was confirmed by the Asian Football Confederation in Paris. It will mark the second time for China to host the quadrennial continental tournament. In the 2004 edition, China had finished runners-up to Japan.

    China, who has only qualified once for the World Cup in 2002, is ranked a lowly 74th in the world in FIFA's rankings. This year's Asian Cup in the UAE was expanded to 24 nations for the first time with Qatar winning the final 3-1 against Japan.


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