HCS 2020 Topic Wise Yearly Current affairs: Sports-IV
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HCS Last One Year Topic Wise Current Affairs: Sports Part-IV

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CURRENT AFFAIRS YEARLY 2020

Last one-year Current Affairs For HCS Exam: Sports Part-IV

1. Former Commonwealth Games gold-winning boxer Akhil Kumar has been re-inducted into the National Anti-Doping Agency’s Disciplinary Panel.

  • Akhil, who is also serving in Haryana Police as ACP Gurugram, was formerly in the panel from 2017 to 2019.
  • The Arjuna award-winning Olympian is among the most accomplished names in Indian boxing and has also been the government observer for the sport between 2017 and 2019.
  • In the past, the Haryana-boxer has advocated criminalizing doping while expressing his views on the menace.
  • NADA CEO: Navin Agarwal

2. Commonwealth Games Federation has postponed the 7th season of Commonwealth Youth Games 2021 to 2023 due to a clash of dates with Tokyo Olympic 2020 dates postponed by a year due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic

  • It was scheduled to take place from August 1 – 7 2021 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Tobago 
  • The Tokyo Olympics was postponed for a year to July 23 – August 8, 2021, by the International Olympic Committee.
  • Commonwealth Games Federation
  • HQs- London, England
  • President– Dame Louise Martin

3. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) agreed to abolish honorary positions such as lifetime president, lifelong vice president, and lifelong advisor on the instructions of the Sports Ministry. The sports ministry had termed these posts a violation of the National Sports Code.

  • The decision means that senior sports administrator Anil Khanna and former external affairs ministers SM Krishna and Yashwant Sinha cannot remain with the federation as life presidents.
  • The ministry's decision also affects eight people including former Davis Cup captains Jaideep Mukhejea and Naresh Kumar, who held the post of life vice president.
  • The six other life vice presidents are DV Bhatia, Ghanshyam Patel, Narendra Kumar, Natwar Singh, Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, and Yusuf Hamied.TD Francis held the post of life counsellor.
  • AITA CEO Akhouri Bishwadeep

4. The organizing committee of Hangzhou Asian Games, has released ‘Fei Fei’ the bird as an official mascot for the 4th Asian Paralympic Games 2022, which is scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China from 9 – 15 October 2022.

  • The design inspiration of “Feifei” comes from the motif of the ‘Divine Bird’ in the Liangzhu Culture and represent both Hangzhou city’s heritage and its innovation in technology.
  • The first fei’ of the mascot represents the birds flying, implying inclusiveness, respect whereas the 2nd  fei’ represents the mental tenacity of the athletes with disabilities pursuing dreams and reaching beyond themselves.
  • It flashes a blue light when exercising & happy

5. Three sporty robots, collectively known as the “smart triplets”, representing the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Hangzhou in eastern China, were unveiled as the official mascots of the 2022 Asian games. 

  • The Mascots  Congcong, Lianlian, and Chenchen, which reflect the internet prowess of Hangzhou city and Zhejiang province, were unveiled at a digital ceremony in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the whole world to a standstill.
  • The Olympic Council of Asia's 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou from September 10 to 25, 2022.
  • The robot 'Congcong' represents the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City. It takes yellow, the colour of earth and bumper harvest, as the main tone.

6. Wimbledon, the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament, has been canceled for the first time since World War-II because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Tournament organizer, All England Club (AELTC) after an emergency meeting announced that the Championships 2020 will be canceled due to public health concerns linked to the Novel Coronavirus epidemic.
  • The tournament was due to be played between 29 June and 12 July. The entire grass-court season has been abandoned.

7. The World Athletics organization has announced that the new Tokyo Olympic dates will conflict with the scheduled World athletics championships going to be held in Eugene, Oregon, US (United States) will be postponed to 2022. 

  • The World Athletics Championships were scheduled from August 6 to August 15, 2021.
  • The announcement came immediately after Olympics organizers said the 2020 Tokyo Games -- postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic -- will now take place on July 23-August 8, 2021.
  • World Athletics HQs– Monaco
  • President– Sebastian Coe

8. Hockey India joined the 38 National associations throughout the world as a member of World Master Hockey with an aim to develop and grow Master Hockey across the world.

  • R.P. Singh (former Indian captain) was appointed as the convener of Hockey India (HI) Masters Committee. Harbinder Singh was appointed as the chairman of the Committee.
  •  The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recognizes WMH a sole Master entity responsible for organizing international master’s hockey globally.
  • Many events have been planned by Hockey India which creates opportunities to all the past and new players including men and women to participate and boost the event.
  • Members of the committee: The other members of the committee are B.P. Govinda, Jagbir Singh, A.B. Subbaiah, Surinder Kaur, and M. Renuka Lakshmi.

9. National team captains Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal won the Dhruv Batra Player of the Year Award 2019 in the men’s and women’s categories respectively at the third Hockey India Annual Awards in New Delhi.

  • The Hockey India Annual Awards carried a total prize purse of Rs 1.64 crore.
  • It has been a wonderful 2019 for both Manpreet and Rani as they led the men's and women's teams to Tokyo Olympics berths.
  • Manpreet became the first Indian to win the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Player of the Year award last month, while Rani became the first-ever player to win the prestigious 'World Games Athlete of the Year' award in January.

10. Badminton Asia confirmed that the Badminton world federation (BWF) has shifted the Badminton Asia Championships 2020 to Manila, the Philippines from Wuhan, China. 

  • It will be conducted in Manila from April 21 to 26, 2020.
  • The Badminton Asia Championship 2020 event is shifted due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and this championship falls within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualification window.
  • The Philippine Badminton Association (PBA) successfully hosted the Asia Team Championships from Feb 11-16 2020, in Manila.

11. All India Police Athletic Championship 2019 has been organized in the Panchkula District of Haryana. 

  • The 68th edition of the All India Police Athletic Championship aims to enhance India’s performance in the Olympics scheduled to be held in 2028.
  •  To achieve this feat, the Government of India has identified more than 15,000 children and has also commenced their training in 284 Sports Authority of India training centers across the country.
  • The event was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, who declared the meet open at the Basic Training Centre of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
  • The Athletic Championship will be held from 3-7 March. 

12. Shafali Verma, the teenage Indian batting sensation, has gained the top spot in the ICC women’s T20 International rankings, riding on her stellar run at the ongoing World Cup.

  • She has become only the second India batter after Mithali Raj to top the women’s T20 International rankings, according to an ICC statement.
  •  The 16-year-old Shafali has replaced New Zealand’s Suzie Bates, who had been at the top of the batting charts since October 2018.
  • Another Indian batting star Smriti Mandhana has slipped a couple of places to sixth rank in the latest list.
  • Indian bowlers, Poonam Yadav moved up four places, to the eighth rank, after a good run in the ongoing World Cup. 
  • In the all-rounders’ rankings, India’s Deepti Sharma has advanced nine places to the seventh rank, the first time that she is among the top 10 in the all-rounders’ list.

13. The Khelo India University Games, Odisha was held in Bhubaneswar. 

  • Panjab University, Chandigarh took home the champions trophy, While Savitribai Phule Pune University claimed the second position. Punjabi University, Patiala declared as the second runners up.
  • Panjab University won a total of 46 medals while Savitribai Phule Pune University won 37 medals.
  • Dutee Chand won her second gold of the Khelo India University Games in the 200m final. She was representing the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. 

14. Rafael Nadal (Spain) and Heather Watson (UK) won men’s and women’s singles titles respectively at the Mexican Open tennis tournament at Acapulco.

  • Nadal has secured his 85th ATP Tour title with a resounding win over Taylor Fritz in the Mexican Open final
  • Heather Watson claimed her first WTA Tour title in four years with a win over Leylah Fernandez in the Mexican Open final

15. Former India spinner Sunil Joshi has been named chairman of the national selection panel by the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee in Mumbai.

  •  The CAC, comprising Madan Lal, RP Singh, and Sulakshana Naik, picked the two selectors with Joshi replacing South Zone representative MSK Prasad.  Harvinder was chosen from the ral zone and replaces Gagan Khoda in the panel. In an unprecedented decision, the BCCI said the CAC will review the panel's performance after one year and make recommendations accordingly.
  • The CAC had shortlisted five candidates from a list of 40 applicants for interviews. The other three shortlisted candidates were Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Chauhan, and LS Sivaramakrishnan.

16. Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has announced retirement from all forms of cricket, drawing curtains on his illustrious career spanning over two decades.

  • The 42-year-old Jaffer has played 31 Tests and scored 1,944 runs with an average of 34.11. He has five hundred and 11 fifties in the longest format, with 212 as his highest score.
  • The veteran opener is also one of the few Indian batsmen, who has a double hundred in the West Indies. He made 212 against the hosts in St Lucia.
  • He is currently the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy cricket, surpassing Amol Muzumdar. In November 2018, he became the first batsman to score 11,000 runs in the competition.

17. Top Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2019.

  • The award ceremony was hosted by BBC Director-General Tony Hall. 
  • Also, Veteran athlete PT Usha was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. She was awarded for her contribution to Indian sports and for inspiring generations of players.
  • Sindhu, who became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships last year, competed with four other strong nominees, namely Mary Kom (boxing), Vinesh Phogat (wrestling), Dutee Chand (athletics) and Manasi Joshi (para-badminton).

18. Nita Ambani, the owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team franchise, has been named in the list of 10 most influential women in sports for 2020.

  • Sports business network, iSportconnect has released the list of 'Influential Women in Sport' list for 2020. 
  • Others on the list included gymnast Simone Biles, footballer Megan Rapinoe and Serena Williams.
  • Nita is the wife of the richest Indian Mukesh Ambani and has been on the board of Reliance Industries since June 2014.
  • Her Mumbai Indians (MI) team has won the Indian Premier League (IPL) four times.

19. Amee Kamani is an Indian snooker player. 

  • Recently, She overcame Vidya Pillai 4-2 to win the title of  National 6-Red Snooker Championship in the women’s edition. 
  • She was runner-up in the 2016 IBSF World Snooker Championship and was the 2018 Asian Billiards Sports Championships Ladies Champion. 
  • Besides, Pankaj Advani clinched the title over Maharashtra’s Ishpreet Singh in Ahmedabad. It is the 34th national title for Advani.

20. Sachin Tendulkar being lifted on the shoulders of his teammates after their World Cup triumph at home in 2011 was voted the Laureus best sporting moment in the last 20 years.

  • With the backing of Indian cricket fans, Tendulkar got the maximum number of votes to emerge the winner. 
  • The charged-up Indian cricketers rushed to the ground and soon they lifted Tendulkar on their shoulders and made a lap of honor, a moment etched in the minds of the fans.
  • Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh handed the trophy to Tendulkar after tennis legend Bros Becker announced the winner at a glittering ceremony

21. The International Hockey Federation has announced that India will host Junior Men’s World Cup 2021.

  • This is the second time that India will be hosting the prestigious tournament, having staged in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP) in 2016.
  • In Junior Men’s World Cup 16 teams will compete for the title, out of which 6 will be from Europe, 4 from Asia, 2 from Africa, 2 from Oceania, and 2 from Pan America.
  • Under the women’s edition, the Junior World Cup would be held for the first time in Potchefstroom, South Africa. out of 16 teams, Pan America gets an extra spot & Asia loses one.
  • Out of these, 6 European teams (Germany, England, Netherland, Spain, Belgium, and France) have already qualified for the event in India as they secured their berths through the European Continental Championships held in 2019.