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SPORTS - May 2019

May 2019

Jun 22, 2021

Tokyo Olympics 2021: Maximum of 10,000 Spectators to be Allowed for Each Event

  • Tokyo Olympics organising committee confirmed that the spectator limit for the Games has been set at 50 per cent of venue capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 people.
  • The decision on the Paralympic Games will be made by July 16. Residents of Japan will be allowed to attend the Games this summer.
  • During a meeting held between the five parties, the IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan agreed for the spectator limit for the Olympic Games to be set at 50 per cent of venue capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 people at all venues, taking into consideration the government's restrictions on public events.
  • Students in the schools' spectator programme and their supervisors will not be considered in these limits and will be treated separately, as they are not spectators.

Breaking Asia Record, Toor Books Ticket for Tokyo Olympics

  • Breaking Asia's record, Punjab's shot putter, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics at Indian Grand Prix-4 held at National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala.
  • Toor hurled the iron ball at 21.49 m in his first attempt itself and booked the ticket for Tokyo. The qualifying mark for shot put was 21.10 m.

Jun 21, 2021

Tendulkar Pips Sangakkara as the Greatest Test Batsman of the 21st Century

  • Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who holds the record for most Test and ODI runs as well as most centuries across the two formats, pipped former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara as the greatest Test batsman of the 21st century in a poll.
  • Both Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar are icons of the game but the vote, the winner of the greatest Test batsman of the 21st century, is my fellow Mumbaikar Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar," Gavaskar said in a video uploaded by Star Sports, who organised the poll in which cricket commentators and fans voted.
  • Tendulkar's 15,921 runs and 51 centuries are the most in Test cricket history.
  • The man nearest to him in the run-getters' list is former Australia captain Ricky Ponting who is 2,543 runs behind.
  • In terms of centuries, he is six clear of Jacques Kallis who has 45 Test tons.
  • Sangakkara, who has scored 12,400 runs and 38 centuries in Tests, is sixth in the list of all-time run-getters and fourth in the list of centurions.

Women's Archery Team Fails to Get Tokyo Ticket

  • World Cup champion Indian women's recurve team failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after a tame loss to lower-ranked Colombia in the final qualifiers.
  • It was the last opportunity for India to upgrade their single women's quota place to a team invitation. Deepika Kumari will be the sole entry in the women's section at the Games. India has already secured the men's team quota from the World Championships in 2019.
  • India had to finish among the top-three in a field of 28 to make the cut but the trio of world No. 3 Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and 19-year-old Komalika Bari was blanked 6-0 by Colombia.

First Transgender Athlete to Compete at Olympics

  • New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard has become the first ever transgender athlete picked to compete at an Olympics, in a controversial decision.
  • Officials have selected her for the women's weightlifting team for Tokyo 2020, after qualifying requirements were modified.
  • She had competed in men's events before coming out as transgender in 2013.
  • Critics say Hubbard has an unfair advantage, but others have argued for more inclusion at the Games.
  • She will compete in the women's 87-kg weightlifting category.
  • The 43-year-old became eligible to compete at the Olympics when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015 changed its rules allowing transgender athletes to compete as a woman if their testosterone levels are below a certain threshold.

BCCI to Bid for 2025 Champions Trophy, 2028 T20 WC, 2031 ODI World Cup

  • Confident that it can easily host big-ticket tournaments every two years, the BCCI decided to bid for three global events - including two World Cups in shorter formats - during the next eight-year tournament cycle that starts from 2024.
  • As per reports, BCCI will bid for one Champions Trophy, a T20 World Cup and a 50-over World Cup in the cycle of ICC events.

Kevin O'Brien Announces Retirement from ODIs

  • Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien announced his retirement from one-day internationals. The 37-year-old Dubliner, who remains available for Test and T20 cricket, won 153 caps in the 50-over format, scoring over 3,000 runs and taking a national record of 114 wickets in the format with his lively medium pace.
  • But he is best known for a blistering World Cup hundred that saw Ireland beat England by three wickets in Bangalore during the 2011 edition. His 50-ball hundred remains the quickest in World Cup history, with O'Brien hammering an England attack that featured James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and off-spinner Graeme Swann.

Jun 20, 2021

Naomi Osaka Withdraws from Wimbledon

  • Women's world No. 2 Naomi Osaka has pulled out of this year's Wimbledon and has shifted her focus on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
  • The Japanese tennis star in May had withdrawn from the French Open citing mental health and revealing that she suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018.
  • Prior to her withdrawal, Osaka was fined 15,000 dollars for skipping the press conference following her win in the first round in the French Open.

Jun 18, 2021

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of Wimbledon

  • Rafael Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. He took the decision after consultations with his team in a bid to prolong his career.
  • The two-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon, which starts on June 28, was not enough time for him to recuperate after a demanding clay court season where he played in five tournaments.

IOA Signs MPL as Principal Sponsor for Olympics

  • The Indian Olympic Association announced a Rs. 8 crore sponsorship deal with MPL Sports Foundation till the end of 2022 and covering major events in the period.
  • The deal will see MPL coming on board as the principal sponsor for the Indian contingents at the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Asian Games & Commonwealth Games.
  • In addition, it will also supply the official sports kit for the contingents at the Asian and Commonwealth Games.
  • The IOA said that diary giant Amul has agreed to be a sponsor for the Tokyo Games to be held from July 23 to August 8.

Jun 17, 2021

Federer Fails to Make Halle Open Quarterfinals for 1st Time

  • Roger Federer failed to reach the Halle Open quarterfinals for the first time when Félix Auger-Aliassime rallied from a set down to stun the former champion 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the second round.
  • Auger-Aliassime is 19 years younger than the Swiss great, who has won the Halle tournament a record 10 times. Both share the same birthday – August 8.
  • Federer had been going for his 18th quarterfinal in as many appearances at the grass-court tournament, but was unable to deal with his young opponent's change of tactics in the second set.

Vinesh Phogat Clinches Gold Medal in Poland Open

  • Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat won the gold medal in the 53 kg category at the Poland Open. It is her third title of the season. Earlier, She had won gold at the Matteo Pellicone event (March) and Asian Championship (April). She defeated Ukraine's Khrystyna Bereza in the final. Khrystyna Bereza won the silver medal at the Poland Open. Earlier, Indian wrestler Anshu Malik pulled out of the 57 kg competition due to fever.
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