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February 2020 Sports

  • The events of the shooting and archery as part of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games-2022 will be held in Chandigarh.

  • Jammu and Kashmir bagged gold medal in the 6th National Ice Stock Sports Championship organized at Ice Rink in Gulmarg. 200 participants from 18 different states across the country participated in the three-day event which concluded on February 25, 2020. The event was organized by J&K Ice Stock Sports Association under the aegis of Indian Ice Stock Sports Federation and sponsored by J&K Tourism Department.

  • Indian men's doubles pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan clinched the silver medal at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Hungarian Open under Men's doubles category.

  • India will host the Commonwealth Shooting and Archery Championships in January 2022.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated first-ever Khelo India University Games at Cuttack, Odisha on February 22, 2020. With this inauguration, India joined the league of nations where University Games are organized. As many as 3,400 athletes from 159 universities across the country will vie for top honours across 17 disciplines, including rugby which is among the six-team events.

  • In Ladakh, Drass Red lifted 2020 Ladakh Winter Sports Carnival, Junior (Under-18) Ice Hockey and Skating Championship by Defeating Drass Winter Games Association, by 4 -0.

  • Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor on February 21, 2020 became the first player in the world to play 100 matches in all three formats of cricket. The landmark achievement came as he took the field against India in the opening Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington. The ongoing match is also his 100th Test. Taylor was presented his 100th Test cap by former New Zealand wicket-keeper Ian Smith before the match.

  • In Chess, India's 13-year old Grandmaster D Gukesh emerged champion in the 34th Cannes Open in France. Gukesh defeated Harutyun Bargseghyan of France in the final round to end with 7.5 points.

  • The Union Territory of Ladakh is all set to host the first-ever Khelo India Winter Games. In the presence of Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the games on 25th February at NDS Indoor Ice Hockey Rink in Leh.

  • Sunil Kumar wins gold in 87-kg Greco Roman category in Asian Wrestling Championships at New Delhi on February 19, 2020.

  • India will host the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup

  • Divya Kakran became only the second Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships defeating junior world champion Naruha Matsuyuki in New Delhi on February 19, 2020.

  • Sachin Tendulkar's 2011 world cup moment becomes Laureus best sporting moment. Indian cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar being carried on the shoulders of his team mates following India's world cup triumph in 2011 was voted as the Laureus best sporting moment in the past 20 years. 

    First held in 2000, the Annual Laureus Sports Awards honour the greatest and most inspirational sporting triumphs of the year. On the 20th anniversary of the awards, the Laureus sporting moments award allowed people to vote for the most inspiring sporting moment of the past 20 years.

  • Jammu and Kashmir to host its first-ever Indoor National Rowing Championship soon.

  • India to host Men's Hockey Junior World Cup in 2021. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced this at Lausanne in Switzerland on February 17, 2020. This is the second time that India will be hosting the prestigious tournament, having staged it in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in 2016, where the hosts lifted the coveted trophy.

  • South Africa to host women's Hockey Junior World Cup in 2021.

  • The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has received the "Grassroots Charter Bronze Level" membership of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). This declaration accords AIFF the right to promote its grassroots events and activities with the support and recognition of the AFC in accordance with the applicable terms of the AFC Grassroots Charter.

  • Grand master Koneru Humpy has won the Cairns cup chess tournament at St. Louis, USA.

  • India's squash ace Joshna Chinappa has clinched 77th Senior National Championship in woman's category at the ISA courts in Chennai. 
    Saurav Ghosal won in Men's category.

  • The Indian men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh was named Player of the Year for 2019 by the International Hockey Federation on February 15, 2020. Manpreet, a midfielder, became the first Indian to win the accolade since the awards were introduced in 1999.

  • World silver-medallist Amit Panghal has been ranked number one in the 52 kilogram category for Olympic Qualifiers, making him the first Indian pugilist in over a decade to achieve the global top position in the category.

  • Indian athletes finished with three medals in different categories in the World SnowShoe Championship at Myoko, Japan. According to a tournament official, Ayan Bin Shahnaz bagged silver, while Zain Ali and MuzamilHussain Mir, all are from Kashmir, bagged bronze medals in their respective categories. 

    Athletes from 17 countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden and France participated in the championship. The Indian contingent was fielded by SnowShoe Federation of India.

  • Bangladesh won the maiden ICC U-19 World Cup cricket title by Duckworth-Lewis method in South Africa. Bangladesh beat India in the finals.

  • India's Lalremsiami has been named as the 2019 FIH Women's Rising Star of the Year by the International Hockey Federation.

  • India finished their campaign with five medals at the 64th Bocskai Memorial Boxing tournament at Debrecen in Hungary.
    1.) Gaurav Chauhan in 91kg category, Jyoti Gulia in 51kg category, Manisha in 57kg category and PL Prasad in 52kg category clinched silver medals.
    2.) Sachin clinched a bronze medal in the 57kg category.

  • In Weightlifting, Chandrakant Mali created three records in his men’s 109kg title victory on the concluding day of the National Championships at Kolkata on February 8, 2020.

  • National Rifle and Pistol Shooting trials event 2020 held in Thiruvananthapuram on February 7, 2020. 
    1.) Haryana's Nischal claimed the top honours in the women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions T2. 
    2.) Indian Navy shooter Anuradha won the women's 10m Air Pistol.
    3.) Indian Navy shooter Yogesh Singhmen's won the 25M Center Fire Pistol T2 event.
    4.) In the other Olympic event, Anuradha won the women's 10M Air Pistol final.
    5.) Manu Bhaker captured the Junior women's 10M Air Pistol T2 event.

  • BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said he will accept Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) offer to become the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics this year (2020).

  • Rakhi Halder of Bengal has bagged gold at Senior Women's National Weightlifting Championships in kolkata.

  • Former BCCI president late Jagmohan Dalmiya's son, Avishek became the youngest president of Cricket Association Bengal.

  • Para-athlete and India’s lone woman Paralympic medallist Deepa Malik has been elected as president of Paralympic Committee of India. The Headquarters of Paralympic Committee of India is located at Bengaluru, Karnataka.

  • In Gujarat, Monika Nagpure and Rutvik Bhajiwala both from Surat have won the 31st "Veer Savarkar Akhil Bharatiya Samudra Taran Spardha". The annual All India Sea swimming competition was held on February 06, 2020 at Gir Somnath coast of Gujarat.

  • Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Hockey India on February 06, 2020 announced the establishment of the High Performance Centres in seven places across the country to provide state-of-the-art facilities to Junior and Sub-Junior players. The move is aimed at grooming young talent in view of 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. These centres will be closely monitored by Hockey India and its High Performance Director and the programme will also ensure that the athletes are provided with international exposure. These seven centres will be set up under the Khelo India scheme and will have expert professional training, utilization of sports science and education of the youngsters.

  • Australian Open is the first of the four annual Grand Slam events among the world’s major tennis championships. The grand slam Australian Open is held annually at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

    List of Winners: 
Runner Up
Men’s Singles
Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
Dominic Thiem (Austria)
Women’s Singles
Sofia Kenin (USA)
GarbineMuguruza (Spain)
Mixed Doubles
BarboraKrejcikova (Czech Republic) & Nikola Mektic (Croatia)
BethanieMattek-Sands (USA) & Jamie Murray (United Kingdom)
Men’s Doubles
Rajeev Ram (United States of America) & Joe Salisbury (United Kingdom)
Max Purcell (Australia) & Luke Saville (Australia)
Women’s Doubles
TimeaBabos (Hungary) & Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) &BarboraStrycova (Czech Republic)

  • In Football, Mizoram has won the final of the Junior National Football Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on 6 February, 2020.

  • Indian boxers bag six gold at Golden Girl Championship in Sweden.
    Haryana's Prachi Dhankar (50 kilogram), playing in the junior category, won the 'Best Boxer' award.
    Ethoibi Chanu Wangjam (54 kilogram), Lashu Yadav (66 kilogram) and Mahi Raghav (80 kilogram) also won gold medals.
    The three silver medals in the junior category were won by Janhavi Churi (46 kilogram) Rudy Lalhmingmuani (66 kilogram) and Tanishka Patil (80 kilogram) while Diya Negi brought home a bronze in the 60 kilogram slot.

  • In Weightlifting, former world champion Mirabai Chanu bettered her own national record by two kilogram as she lifted a total of 203kg to win the 49kg gold in the National Championships in Kolkata. The 25-year-old Manipuri lifted 88kg in snatch in her second attempt and 115 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 203kg.

  • 'Rubigula', Flame-Throated Bulbul, has been unveiled as the official mascot for the Goa 2020 National Games in Panaji, Goa on 31 January, 2020. Goa will be hosting the 36th edition of the National Games from 20th October to 4th November 2020. The Flame-Throated Bulbul is the state bird of Goa.

  • In Tennis, American Sofia Kenin won her first Grand Slam title with victory over Spain's Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open. Kenin, who turned 21 in November, is the youngest Australian Open champion since Russian Maria Sharapova in 2008.

  • In tennis, Serbia's Novak Djokovic won his record 8th Men's singles title in Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on 2nd February 2020. 

    The men's doubles title was clinched by Joe Salisbury of UK and American Rajeev Ram who beat Australia's Luke Saville and Max Purcell.

Last updated on: 29/02/2020



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