Current Affairs for OAS Prelims 2020: Sports News

January 2020

  • India skipper Virat Kohli and pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah were the only Indians in Wisden’s T20 International team of the decade.
  • Indian paddler Manav Thakkar became world no.1 in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings in the Under-21 men’s singles category.
  • Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy wins the World Women’s Rapid Chess Championship held in Moscow, Russia. She won the title after drawing the Armageddon game against Lei Tingjie of China. Humpy lost the first tie-break game and then won the second to reach the Armageddon game.
  • Assam Chief Minister has launched the torch relay of the Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati, Assam. The 3rd edition of the tournament will be held in January 2020.
  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has withdrawn its boycott call for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham. The decision was taken during its Annual General Meeting held in New Delhi.
  • Chief Executive Officer of “Khelo India Games” has announced that “Lawn bowls” and “cycling” will be included in the 3rd edition of Khelo India Games.
  • The 5th Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI) National Ice Hockey Championship -2020 has begun in Leh, Ladakh.
  • Indian cyclist Esow Alben has bagged a gold in the men’s Keirin individual event of the Six-Day Berlin Tournament. Esow was honoured with the Young Athlete of the Year Award at the Sportstar Aces Awards 2020 in Mumbai earlier this month.
  • Indian women’s team captain Rani Rampal became the 1st-ever hockey player worldwide to win the prestigious ‘World Games Athlete of the Year’ award 2019.
  • Irfan Pathan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary has won the men’s 10 metres air pistol gold medal at the 63rd National Shooting Championship in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Krishnamachari Srikkanth will be the recipient and former India women’s captain Anjum Chopra is the co-recipient of the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by BCCI.
  • The 1st edition of Khelo India University Games will held at the KIIT University in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • New Zealand‘s batsman Leo Carter has become the 7th batsman in the history of cricket to smash six 6s in an over against bowler Anton Devcich.
  • India’s P Magesh Chandran wins the title in the 95th edition of the prestigious Hastings International Chess Congress at Hastings in England.
  • Italian footballer Daniele De Rossi who won the 2006 world cup title for Italy after defeating France, announced his retirement.
  • Indian women weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur has been banned for 4 years from the sport by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA).
  • Ladakh women team beats Delhi team to win the 7th National Ice Hockey Championship women trophy.
  • Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah will receive the BCCI’s prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for his super performance in international cricket in the 2018-19 season.
  • World no. 1 ranked Japanese badminton player Kento Momota won the Malaysia Masters 2020 title.
  • Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon defeats Carolina Marin to win the Indonesia Badminton Masters 2020 women’s singles title in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat defeated Ecuador’s Luisa Elizabeth Melendres in 53 kg event to won gold medal at the Rome Ranking Series in Rome.
  • Anshu Malik won the silver medal in the 57kg competition at the Rome Ranking Series in Rome.
  • The team of the Indian Consulate defeated the Pakistan Consulate to won the Diplomat Cup Cricket Championship of 2020 held in Sharjah.
  • Paralympian Deepa Malik, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, shooter Anjali Bhagwat, footballer Renedy Singh, mountaineer Bachendri Pal and cricketer Harbhajan Singh have been inducted into the government’s All India Council of Sports (AICS).
  • Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela has won the gold medal in 10m air rifle event in womens category of Meyton Cup held in Austria.
  • Divyansh Singh Panwar has won the gold medal in 10m air rifle event in mens category of Meyton Cup held in Austria.
  • The World Archery has conditionally lifted the suspension on India and hence enabled the Indian Archers to represent India in the upcoming International tournaments.
  • The Rowing Federation of India has lifted the ban over Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal who was suspended against the charges of leaving a single sculls race midway during the 2018 Asian Games.
  • Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs and Government of Goa organised the ‘Fit India Cyclothon’ in Panaji, Goa to get the people involved in outdoor activities and starting a cycling culture in the state.
  • Rubigula’, Flame-Throated Bulbul, has been unveiled as the official mascot for the Goa 2020 National Games in Panaji, Goa. The Flame-Throated Bulbul is the state bird of Goa. Goa will be hosting the 36th edition of the National Games from 20th October to 4th November 2020.