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SPORTS - July 2019

Jul 2019

Jul 31, 2019

Shaw Handed Eight-month Doping Suspension

  • A statement BCCI said that Prithvi Shaw, young India batsman and the 2018 U-19 World Cup-winning skipper, has tested positive for a banned substance and banned for eight months. The 19-year-old, who scored a ton on last year's Test debut against West Indies, gave his sample during the February Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament in Indore. It came positive for Terbutaline, a banned substance in the World Anti-doping Agency (Wada) list. The Mumbai opener, who played in IPL for Delhi Capitals after that, has been handed a back-dated ban from March 16 that will run until November 15.

Jul 30, 2019

World Deaf Youth Badminton Championship

  •  Tamil Nadu girl Jerlin Anika won the gold medal in the World Deaf Youth Badminton Championships held in Taipei in July 2019.
  • Anika bagged four medals in the championship, one gold, two silver and one bronze.
  • The 15-year-old Anika is a tenth standard student in the Ouvaiyar government in Madurai. She started learning badminton from the age of eight years.

Anjum Moudgil Betters World Record

  •  The World Championship silver medallist, the first to win the Olympic quota for shooting for Tokyo, Anjum shot better than the World record to beat Mehuli Ghosh by 1.7 points for the women's air rifle gold in the 12th Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Masters shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.
  • In the absence of the World No. 1 and World record holder Apurvi Chandela (252.9) and junior World Cup gold medallist Elavenil Valarivan it was literally a two-horse race.
  • After shooting the third best score in qualification, 0.3 point behind Mehuli, Anjum was a class act in the gripping final.

Jul 28, 2019

Ashish Clinches Gold

  • Asian Championships silver medallist Ashish Kumar bagged his first international gold, even as Indian boxers finished their campaign with a rich haul of eight medals at Thailand Open International boxing tournament in Bangkok.
  • India finished with a gold, four silver and three bronze.
  • The Indian contingent's performance was commendable considering some of the world's best boxers from 37 countries had participated in the tournament.

46th National Women's Chess Championship

  • Defending champion Bhakti Kulkarni of Air India played out a draw against Pratyusha Bodda of Andhra Pradesh in the 11th and final round to emerge champion of the 46th National women's chess championship at Chettinad Public School.
  • The final round was just a formality as she was already assured of the title after having beaten K. Priyanka the other day. But Bhakti was eager to sign off with a win. Both had their chances of winning, but were content with a draw after 62 moves. With a final tally of 10 points, Bhakti not only went home having lifted the title, but also became richer by Rs. 4 lakh.
  • Vantika Agrawal of Delhi, with 8.5 points, finished second after splitting the point with Mrudul Dehankar of Maharashtra.

Jul 27, 2019

Djokovic Pulls Out of Montreal Event

  • Wimbledon champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next month's US Open hard-court tune-up event in Montreal, saying that he needs more rest after capturing his 16th Grand Slam singles crown.
  • Djokovic's withdrawal means Spanish star Rafael Nadal, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, would be the top seed in Montreal when main draw begins August 5.
  • Nadal has captured the Canadian crown four times, most recently last year by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

Robin Singh Applies for India Coach Job

  • Former India all-rounder, Robin Singh, has applied for the National coach's job.
  • A feisty, hard-working cricketer who laid emphasis on fitness, Robin has had a rewarding time coaching various teams over the last 15 years, with as many as 10 championship titles to his credit.
  • Importantly, he was the fielding coach for India between 2007 and 2009. In this period, India won a Test series in England, triumphed the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa and lifted the triangular ODI series trophy in Australia for the first time.

Malinga Signs Off in Style

  • Lasith Malinga claimed 3-38 in his farewell match as Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 91 runs in the first one-day international to take a 1-0 lead in a three-match series in Colombo.
  • Malinga helped Sri Lanka rattle Bangladesh with his opening spell after Kusal Perera's fifth ODI century powered the home side to post 314-8.
  • Perera hit 111 off 99 balls before Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep (3-51) shared six wickets as Sri Lanka bowled out Bangladesh for 223 in 41.4 overs.

Dressel Smashes Phelps' Record

  • American star Caeleb Dressel broke Michael Phelps's 100 metres butterfly World record as countrywoman Simone Manuel retained her 100m freestyle title.
  • Reigning champ Dressel clenched a fist in the direction of flag-waving American fans after clocking an astonishing 49.50 seconds in the semi-finals heat to eclipse the American legend's old bodysuit mark by 0.32.
  • Dressel's fireworks were matched in the next event when American teenager Smith crushed the women's 200 m backstroke world record, before Russian Anton Chupkov emulated them as he stormed to gold in the 200 m breaststroke.

Jul 26, 2019

Dhoni to undertake patrolling, guard duties in Army stint

  •  Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in 2011, will join his battalion in Jammu and Kashmir at the end of July 2019 and carry out duties with the troops for 15 days.
  • The 38-year-old Indian cricketer, who is in the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion) of the Territorial Army, would be assigned routine patrolling and guard duties.
  • As requested by the officer and approved by army headquarters, he will be taking on duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and shall be staying with troops.
  • Dhoni, who made himself unavailable for the West Indies series to serve the regiment, had conveyed to the army that he would like to serve his battalion which is at present stationed in Kashmir valley as a part of Victor Force.
  • The veteran wicketkeeperbatsman was accorded the honour by the Indian Army in 2011, along with Abhinav Bindra and Deepak Rao.
  • In 2015, the Ranchi player became a qualified paratrooper after completing five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircrafts in the Agra training camp.

New Shirt Sponsor for Team India

  •  The Indian cricket team will have a new shirt sponsor starting from the September 15-October 23 home series against South Africa, with online tutorial firm BYJU's securing a transfer of sponsorship rights from Chinese mobile manufacturer Oppo, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
  • The deal between the BCCI and Oppo, which was inked in 2017 for a five-year period, was reportedly worth ~1079 crore.
  • Oppo was paying BCCI ~4.61 crore per bilateral match and ~1.56 crore for an ICC hosted match.
  • Prior to that, STAR India used to pay BCCI ~1.92 crore per bilateral match and ~61 lakh for an ICC match.
  • The BCCI will be paid the same amount of money by BYJU's as Oppo. However, the financial details of the transfer have not been revealed.
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