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CURRENT AFFAIRS YEARLY 2020

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

1. New Zealand's Greg Barclay has been elected as the International Cricket Council's new independent chairman.

  • Barclay has been the director of New Zealand Cricket since 2012.
  • He will replace interim chairman Imran Khwaja, who himself had stepped in to temporarily succeed Shashank Manohar after his second two-year term ended in July.
  • Barclay was NZC's representative on the ICC board but he will be stepping down from his role to lead the global governing body.
  • He was also a director of the men's World Cup that was jointly held by Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

2. Belgium has been ranked at the top in the final rankings list for 2020, released by FIFA  (India-104) 

  • France is placed second, while Brazil is in third place.
  • England in fourth place and Portugal in fifth place. 
  • Indian national team gained 4 places and is ranked 104th in the world. 

3. Archery Association of India has been recognized as a National Sports Federation by the Sports Ministry.

  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has recognized the Archery Association of India as a National Sports Federation (NSF).
  • The government of India had withdrawn the AAI recognition on 7 December 2012 due to failure to conduct the election according to the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.
  • This recognition will be valid for one year.
  • This comes after AAI's independent elections and revocation of suspension by the World Archery and Indian Olympic Association. 
  • AAI president Arjun Munda

4. Daniil Medvedev has defeated the US Open champion Dominic Thiem and has won the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals in London 

  • Notably, Medvedev became the first Russian to win the title since Nikolay Davydenko, who won London’s first edition in 2009
  • Medvedev, who beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic and world number two Rafael Nadal earlier in the week, is the first man to beat all three of the world's top-ranked players at the season finale.

5. Volker Herrmann, the Athletics Federation of India High-Performance Director whose contract had been extended by the Sports Ministry until the end of the 2024 Olympics, has resigned from his post. 

  • The German was appointed to the post in June 2019 for a term till the end of the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
  • Herrmann was the second person to become Indian athletics’ High-Performance Director after a short stint by American Derek Boosey, a 1968 Mexico City Olympian, who was appointed in October 2015 ahead of the Rio Olympics but resigned after seven months in charge.

6. The Women's Under-17 football World Cup in India, which was initially postponed to next year due to COVID-19 pandemic, was cancelled by FIFA, but India was handed the hosting rights of the 2022 edition.

  • The FIFA cancelled both the women's U-17 World Cup and U-20 World Cup which were scheduled to be held in India and Costa Rica respectively but handed both the countries the hosting rights of the 2022 editions.
  • All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel said the local organising committee is ready to start afresh for hosting the 2022 edition.

7. The Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Alia Zafar (a female director for the first time) 

  • Human resources executive Alia Zafar has been included among four new PCB directors.
  • The others are finance executive Javed Kurieshi, economist Asim Wajid Jawad and corporate executive, Arif Saeed.
  • Zafar and Jawad were appointed for two-year terms.
  • The PCBs new constitution makes it mandatory to include at least one woman among four independent directors on its board of governors.

8. Rutuja Bhosale has won a singles title by beating Anna Siskova of the Czech Republic in the final of the $15,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 

  • It was the third singles title in the professional circuit for the 24-year-old Rutuja, who had played a significant role in helping India qualify for the Fed Cup World Group playoff in Dubai during March. 
  • Her last two titles came in 2017.

9. Manipur’s Gyanendro Ningombam has been elected unopposed as the Hockey India (HI) president, taking over from Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad who was asked to demit office by the sports ministry for violating the National Sports Code’s tenure guidelines.

  • Mushtaque is now back in the HI Executive Board after being unanimously elected as the senior vice-president, the post-Ningombam held, the two effectively exchanging positions.
  • Ningombam, elected for a period of two years.
  • He had previously been CEO of Manipur Hockey from 2009-2014. 

10. Quanhai Li of China has been elected as the new President of World Sailing after defeating incumbent Kim Andersen of Denmark.

  • Li’s victory was announced at the governing body’s General Assembly which was held virtually. The run-off followed a first-round contested by four candidates, with the top two progressing.
  • The 58-year-old Li, director-general of the Chinese National Olympic Sports Centre, will join a select group of Chinese officials to have taken charge of a Summer Olympic International Federation. 
  • Headquarters  London, Great Britain

11. Rafael Nadal won the French Open, 2020 beating Novak Djokovic. 

  • This is Nadal’s 20th Grand Slam and 13th French Open title.
  • In the female category of French Open, 2020, Iga Swiatek won the title. 
  • She was the first player from Poland to win a Grand Slam.

12. Polish teenager Iga Swiatek has become the new French Open Champion. 

  • She beat the Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin in the Women Singles final
  • The 19-year-old Swiatek will earn $1,900,000 for the incredible achievement and moves to 17th position in the world ranking. 
  • Earlier, Sofia Kenin left the court due to injury and could not play her natural game after returning on the court.

13. German duo Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies retained their French Open doubles crown as they beat Croatian Mate Pavic and Brazilian Bruno Soares.

  • A year after becoming the first all-German team to capture a Grand Slam men's doubles trophy in the professional era, they again shone on the Parisian clay, winning in 89 minutes.
  • The eighth seeds were clinical against the U.S. Open champions, breaking once in each set for victory and become only the fourth team to win back-to-back French Open titles.

14. Indian football team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and midfielder Sanju are the winners of the 2019-20 AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year Award and the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year Award respectively.

  • This is the first time Gurpreet has received this prestigious award, and in the process, he became the second goalkeeper after Subrata Paul in 2009 to be named the AIFF Player of the Year.
  • The Blue Tigers custodian was elected as the winner on the basis of votes from Indian Super League and I-League club coaches.
  • Furthermore, midfielder Anirudh Thapa was named as the AIFF 2019-20 Men’s Emerging Footballer of the Year.
  • The 2019-20 AIFF Award for the Best Referee was won by L Ajit Kumar Meetei from Manipur while P Vairamuthu from Tamil Nadu was named the winner of the 2019-20 AIFF Award for the Best Assistant Referee.
  • Meanwhile, the 2019-20 AIFF Award for the Best Grassroots Development Programme went to the Indian Football Association (West Bengal).

15. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has launched the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) new logo at Delhi’s Major Dhyan Chand Stadium. 

  • The event was attended by Sports Secretary Ravi Mital, Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra, and Director General SAI Sandip Pradhan, at the stadium.
  • Many eminent athletes, coaches, and other sports enthusiasts joined in from across the country through video conference
  • The new logo signifies SAI's journey of metamorphosis from identifying and nurturing grassroots level sporting talent to creating sporting excellence in the country.

16. The doping charges brought against Bahrain's 400-meter world champion Salwa Eid Naser have been dismissed.

  • The 22-year-old Naser was provisionally suspended in June and charged with failing to meet 'whereabouts' criteria.
  • The AIU charged the Nigerian-born runner with four alleged 'whereabouts' failures which included three missed tests between March 2019 and January this year.
  • But the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal did not confirm a missed test from April 2019, therefore meaning Naser had not missed three tests within 12 months which is required to prove an anti-doping violation.

17. Commonwealth Games medallist shuttler Arjuna Awardee Chetan Anand will be sporting India’s first-ever homegrown professional badminton brand “Transform”.

  • Made out of military-grade graphite, Transform racquets have the best weight to strength ratio which is at par with the best racquets available in the market that are currently imported from abroad for playing in India.
  • It’s the first time that one of India’s most successful sports will see an Indian company manufacturing world-class badminton racquets and other accessories at an affordable price compared to the existing brands for the sports and fitness enthusiasts.

18. Tanmay Srivastava, who top-scored for the India under-19 team which emerged triumphant in the 2008 Colts World Cup in Malaysia under Virat Kohli's captaincy, retired at the age of 30.

  •  In the final at Kuala Lumpur, he scored 46 - the highest score by any batsman on either side - as India edged out South Africa by 12 runs by the D/L method in a low-scoring game. He then played for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL and became the leading run-getter for Uttar Pradesh in the 2008-09 first-class season. 
  • Last season, he replaced Unmukt Chand as the captain of the Uttarakhand team. In 90 first-class games, Srivastava scored 4918 runs at an average of 34.39, with 10 hundred and 27 fifties. 

19. In Badminton, former World Champion Nozomi Okuhara clinched the Denmark Open title beating three-time world champion Carolina Marin in women's singles.

  •  PV Sindhu of India opting to sit out the event, two of her biggest rivals made it through to the final.
  • In the men's singles final, world number seven Anders Antonsen of Denmark defeated his compatriot Rasmus Gemke
  • Antonsen recovered after losing the first game to defeat world number 11 Gemke. 
  • The win means Antonsen moves up to second in the world rankings with Gemke at number three. 

20. The troubled International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has appointed Britain's Michael Irani as its third interim president taking over from Thailand's Intarat Yodbangtoey.

  • Yodbangtoey had replaced American Ursula Papandrea in the role after an emergency meeting of the executive board 
  • Irani was the chair of the medical committee and former chair of the anti-doping commission
  • The IWF board elected Papandrea in January after 81-year-old president Tamas Ajan, a Hungarian, stepped aside during a corruption probe.
  • Ajan, who eventually resigned in April, had been at the IWF since 1976, serving 24 years as general secretary and 20 as president.
  • International Weightlifting Federation Headquarters  Budapest, Hungary

21. US Open Tennis

Men's Singles:: Dominic Thiem (Austria) defeated Alexander Zverev 

Women's Singles:: Japan's Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka 

Men’s Doubles::  Mate Pavic (Croatia) and Bruno Soares (Brazil)

Women’s Doubles:: Laura Siegemund (Germany) and Vera Zvonareva (Russia)

  • It was the first Grand Slam title of Dominic Thiem. He is also the first player to capture a Grand Slam title from two sets down since Gaston Gaudio at the 2004 French Open.
  • Naomi Osaka has become the first Asian player to win three Grand Slam singles titles (The first two are:: 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open) and also moved up to number 3 in the world rankings.

22. 1st Indian to win a singles match at the US Open in seven years

  • India's Sumit Nagal defeated US' Bradley Klahn to enter the second round of the US Open tennis championship.
  • He became the first Indian since Somdev Devvarman (2013 US Open) to win a match in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
  • He faced the second seed, Dominic Thiem. 

23. Italian Open 

Men's Singles:: Novak Djokovic (Serbia) defeated Diego Schwartzman 

Women's Singles:: Romania’s Simona Halep defeated Karolína Plíšková

Men’s Doubles:: Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos

Women’s Doubles:: Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strýcová

  • Novak Djokovic has won his fifth  Italian Open title
  • Simona Halep lifted the title as Czech player Karolína Pliskova retired halfway following injury in the finals.
  • The Italian Open 2020 was originally scheduled for 11-17 May 2020 but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was rescheduled to 14-21 September 2020.

24. FIDE Chess Olympiad: Joint winners-India and Russia

  • India and Russia were announced as joint winners of the FIDE Chess Olympiad. 
  • The two finalists were declared joint winners by the world chess governing body FIDE after at least two games in the second match were affected by internet connectivity issues.
  • The olympiad was conducted online for the first time. 
  • Originally, Russia were declared as the winners, but India filed an appeal and after investigation, both India and Russia were announced as joint winners.
  • This was the first time that India reached the finals of the FIDE Chess Olympiad. 

25. 1st Divyang -awarded with the Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award. 

  • Para-swimmer Satyendra Singh Lohia of Madhya Pradesh is the first Divyang Indian sportsperson of the country, who has been awarded the Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award. 
  • He is also the first Asian Divyang swimmer to cross the 42-kilometer Catalina Channel in the US in just 11 hours 34 minutes.
  • Apart from Mr. Lohia, Malkhamb trainer Yogesh Malaviya of MP has been awarded the Dronacharya Award. 
  • Para-swimmer Satyendra Singh was also conferred with the Best Sportsperson National Award by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on World Divyanga Day.