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October 2019 - Sports



  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty bag silver in doubles event at French Open. In Badminton, India's top men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost to world No.1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the finals of the French Open in Paris. The Indian duo settled for silver after losing the final. Satwik and Chirag had won their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand Open earlier in August, 2019. It was the first time that an Indian men's doubles pair reached a World Tour 750 final.


  • Karnataka was crowned the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Champions as they beat Tamil Nadu by nine wickets in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Bengaluru. Abhimanyu Mithun and Mayank Agarwal put on a masterclass performance as Karnataka won their fourth Vijay Hazare Trophy title with a dominant display against Tamil Nadu via VJD method. As per VJD method, Karnataka should have been 86/1 in 23 overs. Karnataka were well ahead with 146/1, 23 overs. Mayank Agarwal 69 and K L Rahul 52 not out and Abhimanyu Mithun 5/34 starred for Karnataka in the final in Bengaluru. The final was called off due to persistent rains.


  • India would be participating in the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics with full-fledged preparations. Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju inaugurated a world-class hockey turf in a private educational institution in Chennai. India would be aiming at getting gold medals in the 2024 Olympics in double digits and to reach the top-10 position in the 2028 Olympics. The players representing India in international sports events would be given their prize money the moment they reach the home country. In the New Education Policy, sports will be an inherent part of the educational system rather than being treated as an extra-curricular activity.


  • Ravinder settles for silver at U-23 World Wrestling Championship. At the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship in Budapest on 30 October, 2019, Indian grappler Ravinder settled for a silver medal after going down to Kyrgyzstan's Ulukbek Zholdoshbekov in the final.


  • Shiva Thapa, Pooja Rani Clinch gold in Olympic Test event for Boxing. Indian pugilists Shiva Thapa and Pooja Rani (31 October, 2019) clinched gold medals, while Ashish settled for a silver, ending India's brilliant campaign at the Olympic Test Event for Boxing in Tokyo, Japan. Four-time Asian medallist Thapa outpunched Kazakhstan's national champion and Asian bronze-winner Sanatali Toltayev 5-0 to claim the top honours in 63 kilogram category.


  • Tokyo Olympics 2020: Mary Kom to represent Asian bloc in athlete ambassadors group. Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom has been included in a 10-strong athlete ambassadors group to represent boxers in the build-up to next year's Tokyo Olympic Games by the IOC's Task Force for the sport.

    Mary Kom will represent the Asian bloc in the group, which also comprises two-time Olympic and world gold-medallist Vasyl Lamachenko and five-time world champion and 2016 Olympic gold-winner Julio Cesar La Cruz among others. The 36-year-old Indian recently surpassed herself as the most successful boxer in the history of the world championships when she claimed her eighth medal, a bronze, at the marquee event's latest edition in Russia.


  • South Africa wins Rugby World Cup. South Africa galloped by England to win the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Springboks claimed the Cup for the first time since 2007. It was a rematch of the final game of 2007. Both teams scored only penalty kicks in the first half. South Africa led 12-6 at half time.

    In the second half, the Springboks' Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe each pushed the ball across the line for the only two tries of the game. The final score was 32-12. The Springboks became the second team after New Zealand to win three World Cup titles.


  • The Indian football team won the 3rd Edition of the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championships 2019 by beating Bangladesh by 5-3 in the penalty shoot- out. The tournament was organized by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) and was held at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu, Bhutan. Indian captain Shilky Devi slotted home from the final spot-kick to hand her side 5-3 win.


  • In badminton, Kuhoo Garg and Dhruv Rawat won the mixed doubles title at the Egypt International 2019 in Cairo on October 20, 2019. They showed excellent understanding as they had accounted for the second seeds Ahmed Salah and Hadia Hosny 21-16 21-15 of Egypt in the second round and 16-21 21-16 21-9 win over fourth seeds Koceila Mammeri and Linda Mazri of Algeria in the semi-finals.


  • Sourav Ganguly takes over as BCCI President. One of India's most decorated captains Sourav Ganguly takes over as the 39th President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai on 23 October, 2019 at its Annual General Meeting. This will end the 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). Mr Ganguly is the unanimous nomination for the post of BCCI President along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay as the Secretary.

    Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand is the new Vice President. Former BCCI President and current Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur's younger brother Arun Dhumal is the Treasurer. Kerala's Jayesh George is the Joint Secretary.


  • Praveen Kumar on 23 October, 2019 became the first Indian man to win a Wushu World Championships gold, beating Russel Diaz of Philippines in the 48kg category in Shanghai. The Indian saw off his Filipino opponent 2-1 in the men's Sanda event of the 15th World Wushu Championships.

    Praveen had earlier defeated Uzbekistan's Khasan Ikromov 2-0 in the semi-final on 22 October, 2019 to set up the summit clash with Diaz. Among other Indians in the fray, Poonam (women's 75kg) and Sanathoi Devi (women's 52kg) secured silver medals while Vikrant Baliyan bagged the bronze in the men's 60kg category.

    India finished third overall in the championship in event with a gold, two silvers and a bronze. Wushu is a Chinese martial art which combines full-contact kickboxing, including close-range punches and kicks, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps and kicks catch.


  • Para-athlete Anandan Gunasekaran won two gold medals in the disabled men's 100m and 400m IT1 events to open India's medal account at the 7th CISM World Military Games. Gunasekaran clocked 12.00 sec to win the 100m event, India's first medal in the ongoing Games. Peru's Casas Jose was second with a timing of 12.65 while Fajardo Pardo Teodicelo of Colombia took the bronze with 12.72 sec.


  • Indian shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat claimed the men's singles title at the Bahrain International Series Badminton at Isa Town. Seventeen year old Rajawat beat top-seed Jason Anthony Ho-Shue from Canada in the finals 16-21, 21-7, 21-12 in the summit clash.

    Top-seeded Indian mixed double pair of Juhi Dewangan and Venkat Gaurav Prasad also finished at the top. They defeated Thailand's Pannawat Theerapanitnun and Kanyanat Sudchoeichom 21-18, 21-16 in 34 minutes to bag the gold medal. In women's singles, Ira Sharma finished second best. Second seeded Indian men's doubles pair of Rohan Kapoor and Saurabh Sharma settled for the runners-up position.


  • Indian boxers at the Asian Junior Championships, clinched a bumper tally of 21 medals, including six golds and nine silvers, to end with the best medal haul among 26 competing countries in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The Indian men's squad fetched two golds, three silvers and an equal number of bronzes, while the women claimed four gold, six silver and three bronze medals. The team ended top in terms of medals won but finished second behind Uzbekistan (20) which had a better gold count of eight.

    The gold-medallists among men were Vishvanath Suresh (46kg) and Bishwamitra Chongtham (48kg). The top women finishers for the country were reigning national champion Kalpana (46kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Tanshbir Kaur Sandhu (80kg) and Alfiya Tarannum Pathan (80kg).

    The silver medals were claimed by Yogesh Kagra (63kg), Jaydeep Rawat (66kg) and Rahul (70kg). Among the women, Tamanna (48kg), Tannu (52kg), Neha (54kg), Khushi (63kg), Sharvari Kalyankar (70kg) and Khushi (75kg) picked up silver medals.


  • Surender Singh of India created three world records at the ongoing World Powerlifting Championship in Berlin, Germany. Surender bagged gold medal in 110 kg category, Classic Raw and the Best Lifter Award in Classic Raw and Single Ply. Three-time World Champion Mukesh Singh went on to add another feather to his cap by winning yet another gold only to be known as 4-time World Champion. On the first day of the championship, Indian contingent bagged a total of 4 gold and 1 silver medal.


  • India women's cricket captain Mithali Raj on 09 October, 2019 became the first female player to last more than 20 years in international cricket. She achieved the feat while leading India to an emphatic eight-wicket win over South Africa Women in the first ODI at Vadodara.

    Mithali, who made her ODI debut against Ireland on June 26, 1999, completed 20 years and 105 days in the 50-over format. The right-handed batswoman has played 204 ODIs till now, the most by a female. 36-year-old Mithali who retired from T20 cricket last month (September, 2019) has also played 10 Tests and 89 T20 Internationals for India.


  • Virat Kohli to became 2nd India Captain to lead in 50 Tests. Virat Kohli became just the second Indian captain to lead India in 50 Test matches as he walked out for toss in the second Test against South Africa in Pune. MS Dhoni is the only other player who has completed this milestone. Dhoni captained the side 60 times between 2008 and 2014 while Sourav Ganguly is third on the list, having led the side 49 times.


  • MC Mary Kom settles for bronze in World Women's Boxing Championships. Six-time champion M C Mary Kom on 12 October, 2019 settled for a bronze medal in the World Women's Boxing Championships after losing to Turkey's Busenaz Cakiroglu in an intense semifinal bout at Ulan Ude in Russia. Third-seeded Mary Kom lost 1-4 to second seed Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medalist.


  • Javelin thrower Annu Rani won a gold medal in the women's javelin throw event at the 59th National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi, Jharkhand. She defeated Sharmila Kumari to win the title. In October 2019, the 25-year-old set the national record at 62.43m at the World Championships in Doha.


  • Harmanpreet Singh stars as Indian hockey team thrash Spain 5-1. In Hockey, Harmanpreet Singh yet again scored a brace as Indian men's team thrashed Spain 5-1 for their third consecutive win in Antwerp, Belgium. Harmanpreet in the 41st and 51st minutes and Ramandeep Singh in the 35th minute scored in the second half after Akashdeep Singh in the 5th minute and S.V. Sunil in the 20th minute had put India ahead at the half-time. India will face world number two Belgium on 01 October, 2019. They have already beaten the hosts 2-0 on 26 September, 2019 in their tour-opening game and then hammered Spain 6-1 on 28 September, 2019.


  • Andy Murray beats Matteo Berrettini at China Open. In Tennis, Andy Murray beat Matteo Berrettini 7-6, 7-6 at the China Open on 01 October, 2019 to set up a second-round tie against fellow Briton Cameron Norrie. Murray faced a tough test against world number 13 Berrettini. The Scot came back from a break down in each set to claim his biggest win since returning from hip surgery in January.


  • Fit India Movement stresses on increasing physical activities-says Secretary Sports, Radhey Shyam Julaniya. The movement needs no resources and only needs commitment. It is beneficial for individuals. He added ‘Fit India Movement will act as a catalyst in improving the quality of sports in the country.’


  • The World Women's Boxing Championship will begin at Ulan Ude in Russia. The best female boxers in the world will compete in the 11th edition of the championships, the most prestigious boxing titles in the word. India will play with a ten-member squad comprising experienced and young boxers.

    Six-time champion M C Mary Kom will start as a strong medal contender for India yet again in 51 kilogram category. Spotlight will also be on former champion and Mary Kom's contemporary L. Sarita Devi in 60 kilogram category.



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