HCS Topic Wise Current Affairs 2020: Sports Part-III
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1. Former Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Lanka de Silva has been selected as the Interim Cricket Coach of Sri Lanka Women’s team after ex-coach Harsha de Silva contract was terminated due to poor performances. 

  • The Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee held a meeting regarding the women’s team head coach 
  • Lanka De Silva is hired on an interim basis.
  • Lanka de Silva has a short-lived international cricketing career playing only three tests and eleven ODI’s 
  • Lanka de Silva is only the tenth player in Sri Lankan cricket history to pass 10,000 runs in first-class cricket.

2. Princepal Singh, has signed to play in the NBA G-League, the National Basketball Association’s official minor league, in 2020-21.

  • He is the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League and first NBA Academy India graduate to sign a professional contract
  • Princepal participated in several high-profile international basketball events, including Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia 2018, BWB Global 2018, and the NBA Global Camp 2018. 

3. Indian 4x400m mixed relay team’s silver medal in the 2018 Asian Games has been upgraded to gold. 

  • Team -Mohammed Anas, MR Poovamma, Hima Das, and Arokia Rajiv 
  • This decision has been taken after the disqualification of original winners Bahrain due to a doping ban.
  • One of the winners from Bahrain, Kemi Adekoya was handed a four-year ban from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing a dope test.
  • Anu Ragavan’s fourth place in the women’s 400m hurdles has been upgraded to a Bronze medal after this. 
  • Now, India’s medal count increased to 20 in the 2018 Asian Games.
  • Hima Das has dedicated her gold medal to the workers against COVID-19. 

4. Haryana will host the fourth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the state's chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju.

  • The Games will be held in Panchkula. 
  • The announcement was made via video conference.
  • Usually, the Khelo India Youth Games take place in January of every year. However, this time owing to the pandemic, it has been postponed. 

5. The Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal will be celebrated in 2026 after Senegal and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) “mutually agreed” to postpone the Games from 2022.

  • The IOC and Senegal understand that this news will be disappointing for many young athletes. Both parties can only appeal to their understanding. 
  • This agreement results from the large scale of the operational challenges which the IOC, the NOCs and the IFs are facing following the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
  • Earlier, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to next year. Now the event will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

6. The latest edition of the FIFA World Cup will be played for the first time in Qatar.

  • The FIFA World Cup 2022 will have four games every day in a 12-day group stage and matches later in the tournament that goes into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar.
  • FIFA released the schedule for the first World Cup to be played in November and December.
  • FIFA is looking to stage the draw for the tournament in late March or early April 2022, when 30 of the 32 finalists will be known.

7. The 22-year-old England football player, Marcus Rashford has become the youngest ever recipient of an honorary degree from The University of Manchester.

  •  He will receive the degree in recognition of his achievements as a footballer and as a passionate campaigner against child poverty. 
  • He will follow in the footsteps of Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton by receiving an honorary doctorate.
  • Rashford’s collaboration with FareShare, a poverty and food waste charity, has led to £20million being raised in financial and food donations.

8. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix at Budapest

  • Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher's single-venue record and take the championship
  • Second-place Max Verstappen

9. India’s Grandmaster P Harikrishna finished on top in the Chess960 tournament, part of the 53rd Biel Chess Festival 2020, with 5.5 points from seven rounds.

  • Harikrishna (Elo 2690) remained unbeaten through the seven rounds and benefitted from the loss of Poland’s Radoslaw Wojtaszek in the final round to Swiss player Noel Studer to claim the top spot 
  • The Biel Chess Festival is being held by adhering to all health protocols due to the pandemic, according to the tournament website

10. The Hockey India in its Executive Board meeting named Manipur’s Gyanendro Ningombam, who was senior vice-president in the federation, as officiating president till the end of September 2022 after Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad resigned on July 07, 2020.

  • His resignation comes after the sports ministry’s order to resign from the post as his 2018 election was a violation of the 2011 National Sports Code’s tenure guidelines.
  • Gyanendro Ningombam has earlier served Manipur Hockey as its Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2014.
  • After which he was elected as Vice President of Manipur Hockey from 2014 – 2018.

11 Joshna Chinnappa, 33-year-old Indian Squash player, entered the top 10 of the PSA (Professional Squash Association)  world ranking after the retirement of World no. 1 player.

  • Raneem El Welily, the 31-year-old Egyptian Squash player and world’s top-ranking Women Squash Player announced her retirement ending her 18-year sports career. 
  • Nouran Gohar of Egypt claims the No.1 ranking after the retirement of Welily.
  • India’s top male player Saurav Ghosal remains 13th in the latest rankings.

12. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has adopted a new identity, an institutional logo, and a commercial logo as it completes a 100-year milestone of being part of the Olympic games.

  • The new identity/logo celebrates a century of work and contribution of the athletes and officials from across the nation in building Team India
  • The new identity of the IOA celebrates this moment of pride with the tricolor built into the typography. 
  • The new logos are approved by the International Olympic Committee.”
  • IOA is planning to have a special launch event of the logo on August 15, 2020, once the situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic also improves in India.

13. Indian boxer and World Championship silver medallist Amit Panghal has climbed up the leaderboard to the first spot in the rankings released by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), after a gap of almost 18 months.

  • Panghal is the only Indian to claim the number one spot in the rankings prepared on the basis of performances up to the World Championships last year.
  • Kavinder Bisht (56kg); Manish Kaushik (63kg) were the other male boxers from the country to be placed within the top 10.

14. India’s Nitin Menon has become the youngest ever to be included in the International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel of Umpires for the upcoming 2020-21 season, replacing England’s Nigel Llong. 

  • The 36-year-old, who has officiated in three Tests, 24 ODIs, and 16 T20Is, is only the third from India to make it to the prestigious group after former captain Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi, who was axed last year.

15. World’s highest Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan has been named as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 21st Century by the Wisden Cricket Monthly.

  • The magazine in colutation with the CricViz, the world’s leading cricket analytics company has released the top 30 Test players of the 21st Century, and Sri Lankan off-spinner tops the list.

16. Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. 

  • The joint bid got the nod ahead of Colombia, which was the only other rival in the running after Brazil and Japan dropped out of the race earlier in June.
  • The 2023 version will be the first in the women’s game to feature 32 sides - up from the current 24.
  • The competition is scheduled to take place from July to August 2023.
  • Australia and New Zealand bid received 22 of the 35 votes cast by the Fifa Council members, with Colombia getting 13 votes. Football Association chairman Greg Clarke voted for Colombia as did the other eight Uefa members.

17. Aditya Raj became the first Indian to complete the World Marathon Challenge.

  • He ran 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days. Aditya from Gurgaon started the challenge in Cape Town (Africa).
  •  He finished the last marathon in Miami (US). He ran marathons in Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Europe and South America during the Challenge.

18. Weightlifter K. Sanjita Chanu will get the Arjuna award for 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation(IWF) cleared her doping charges.

  • The award is given to her as per the Delhi High Court order in 2018, where the selection committee was directed to consider her & keep the decision in a sealed cover until she was acquitted of the doping charges.

19. Former England Women Cricket Captain Clare Connor (43-year-old) has become the 1st female president of Marylebone Cricket Club(MCC) in 233 years. 

  • Her tenure will begin on October 1, 2021, and will end on September 30, 2022. She will succeed Kumar Sangakkara.
  • She is currently head of women’s cricket in the England and Wales Cricket Board (since 2007). 
  • The current MCC president, Kumar Sangakkara who is the 1st  non-British MCC president, nominated Clare Connor through a video link from his native Sri Lanka during an annual general meeting on June 24. He is a former Sri Lankan cricketer.
  • The tenure of MCC Presidents is for a year but Kumar Sangakkara’s term is set to be extended by a further 12 months due to pandemics. He assumed the post in 2019.

20. The World Karate Federation (WKF) has provisionally de-recognized the Karate Association of India with immediate effect for infighting and violating the world body’s statutes during its elections last year.

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) disaffiliated KAI in January this year for violating its constitution and guidelines.
  • The WKF further informed that KAI will no longer be entitled to the rights reserved only to WKF members, including but not limited to participate in WKF events, use the WKF logo and name and represent the WKF in India.

21. National Champion of India; Niki K Poonacha has been elected as a member of the ITF World Tennis Tour Men’s Panel representing the Asia-Oceania zone.

  • Aldin Setkic and Francesco Vilardo were elected from Europe, while Juan Pablo Paz and Jose Bendeck were elected to represent South America. 
  • The ITF also has a women’s player panel.
  • The men’s and women’s panels will be headed by Mark Woodforde and Mary Pierce, respectively, who are already athlete representatives on the ITF board of directors.
  • A coach will also be included into the player panels. 

22. Organizers of the 2022 European Championships have added four sports for the games in Munich.

  • The nine-sport line-up now includes the Olympic events of beach volleyball, canoe sprint, sport climbing, and table tennis.
  • Swimming remains absent from what organizers said is a finalized program despite talks involving broadcasters to integrate it.
  • The European aquatics body will hold its own championships in Rome on the same dates -- August 11-21 -- as Munich also hosts track and field, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, and triathlon.
  • The Olympic Park in Munich will be the focus of the multi-sport European Championships, which will involve 4,400 athletes from 50 countries.

23. Minerva Academy Football Club has been recommended for this year's Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar by the Punjab government and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

  • The club has been recommended under the category of 'identification and nurturing of budding talent'.
  • The objective of the award is to encourage and promote involvement of corporates, voluntary organizations, and sports control boards, among others, in the development of sports in the country.
  • The award carries a citation and a trophy.

24. As part of the 6th International Yoga Day commemorations, the world's first yoga university outside India has been launched in Los Angeles, offering programs that combine scientific principles and modern research approaches to the ancient Indian practice of yoga.

  • The Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU) was jointly launched by the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan during a virtual event held at the Consulate General of India in New York. 
  • Eminent Indian yoga guru Dr. H R Nagendra, Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA) is the first Chairman of VaYU. 
  • The event was jointly hosted by the Consulate General and Jaipur Foot USA Chairperson and founding director of VaYU Prem Bhandari. 

25. Naomi Osaka has been a Grand Slam champion and No. 1 in the WTA rankings and now she's No. 1 on another list: top-earning female athlete. 

  • According to a story posted on Forbes.com, the 22-year-old player earned $37.4 million over the past 12 months from endorsements and prize money, eclipsing Serena Williams in that span.
  • Osaka's total is a one-year record for a female athlete, topping the previous mark of 29.7 million set by Maria Sharapova in 2015. 
  • Osaka is No. 29 overall, with Williams at No. 33, on Forbes' annual list of the 100 top-earning athletes.