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SPORTS - November 2019

Nov 2019

Nov 30, 2019

Deepika, Ankita Secure Olympic Quota; Win Medals At Asian Meet

  •  The seasoned Deepika Kumari struck gold, while Ankita Bhakat bagged a silver after securing India an Olympic quota place at the Continental Qualification Tournament held on the sidelines of the 21st Asian Championships.
  • Three individual places were up for grabs from the qualifications and Indian archers, who are competing without a flag due to the national federation's suspension, made a big statement with top seed Deepika and sixth seed Ankita's stellar show.
  • Entering the brackets as the number one ranked woman, Deepika put up a flawless show to defeat Nur Afisa Abdul Halil of Malaysia 7-2, Zahra Nemati (Iran) 6-4 and local girl Narisara Khunhiranchaiyo 6-2 to make the last four, thereby securing an Olympic quota.

Davis Cup: Ramkumar, Sumit Trample Pakistan On Day One, India Lead 2-0

  •  India raced to a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie as Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal toyed with their teen rivals from Pakistan, at Nur-Sultan.
  • Ramkumar double-bageled 17-year-old Muhammed Shoaib in just 42 minutes in the opening singles.
  • Sumit Nagal then earned his first-ever Davis Cup win, beating Hufaiza Mohammed Rehman 6-0, 6-2 in the second singles.
  • Pakistan badly missed its top players who pulled out, protesting against shifting of the matches to a neutral venue.
  • Veteran Leander Paes and debutant Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan will now look to seal the tie when they clash with Hufaiza and Shoaib in the doubles rubber .

Lucknow Becomes Second Neutral Test Venue in India, 11th Overall

  •  The Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Wednesday became the second neutral venue in India to host a Test match.
  • Afghanistan, who play their 'home games' in India, are playing West Indies in a one-off Test at the stadium where the two teams earlier played three ODIs and three T20Is.
  • The first neutral venue to host a Test in the country was Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun where also Afghanistan were the home team, hosting Ireland for a one-off Test in March 2019.
  • The Test got underway from Wednesday with West Indies opting to bowl first.
  • Overall, the Ekana Cricket Stadium is 11th such venue internationally. Dubai International Cricket Stadium and Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) have played host to the maximum number of 13 neutral Tests so far.

Nov 29, 2019

Bhutia, Gopichand, Narang & Anju in Ministry Body to Review National Sports Code

  •  Former football captain Baichung Bhutia, ace badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, Olympic bronze-medallist shooter Gagan Narang and former long jumper Anju Bobby George were named in a 13-member expert committee formed by the Sports Ministry to review the controversial Draft National Sports Code 2017.
  • The experts will review the code vis-a-vis the present code and will examine the comments received by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and various National Sports Federations (NSF) related to the new draft.
  • The committee, which has been formed to suggest measures to make the Sports Code acceptable to all the stakeholders, will be headed by Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma as its chairman. Joint Secretary of Sports will act as the coordinator in the committee.
  • The National Sports Federations (NSFs) will be represented by Boxing Federation of India (BFI) chief Ajay Singh, Sudhanshu Mittal (Kho Kho Federation of India), Adille Sumariwalla (Athletics Federation of India) and B.P. Baishya (Weightlifting Federation of India).

City Football Group Buys Majority Stake in India's Mumbai City FC

  •  Manchester City's parent company, City Football Group (CFG), has agreed a deal to buy a majority stake in Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC.
  • CFG is buying 65% of Mumbai City, meaning the group will now hold a stake in eight football clubs.
  • Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor owns the remaining 35% of the club along with accountant Bimal Parekh.
  • The group already owns controlling stakes in Manchester City, Major League Soccer side New York City FC and Australian A-League team Melbourne City as well as minority shareholdings in clubs in China, Spain, Uruguay and Japan.
  • Mumbai, founded in 2014, have previously been managed by Manchester City greats Peter Reid and Nicolas Anelka, while former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan played for the club in 2016.

Sathiyan Set to Make WC Debut

  •  The 40th edition of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) men's World Cup begins on Friday, with G. Sathiyan, India's top-ranked player, all set to make his tournament debut.
  • A total of 20 players will take part in the three-day event at the Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium in Chengdu, China.
  • The top eight seeds directly qualify for the knockout round, while the remaining 12 players have been drawn into groups of three for the preliminary round, with the top two players from each progressing to the knockouts.
  • Seeded 17th, Sathyan is in group D along with experienced campaigners in France's Simon Gauzy and Demark's Jonathan Groth, the 12th and 14th seeds, respectively. 

Bajrang Finally Gets His Khel Ratna

  •  With the season all but over and the Olympics less than 10 months away, Bajrang Punia is in the final stretch of his preparations for the 2020 Games. And the wrestler is determined to make his maiden outing at Tokyo a memorable one.
  • Punia, who missed out on receiving the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna earlier this year due to his preparations for the World Championships, was handed over the same by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The Asian and Commonwealth champion won bronze at the competition in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, in September to secure an Olympic spot in the 65 kg category.
  • Punia, who was honoured with Padma Shri this year, had caused a stir after being ignored for the Khel Ratna last year but was the unanimous choice this time around. He recently got engaged to fellow- wrestler Sangeeta Phogat.

Nov 28, 2019

Abhishek-Jyoti Claim Compound Mixed Pair Gold

  •  Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam claimed India's lone gold, in compound mixed pair event at the 21st Asian Archery Championships. Verma and Vennam won by beating their Chinese Taipei opponents Yi-Hsuan Chen and Chieh-Luh Chen 158-151. India ended with one gold, two silver and four bronze.
  • India missed the compound team gold losing to Korea 232-233. The top-seeded trio of Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Mohan Bhardwaj were 58-58 in the first end but Korea slowly seized the momentum by taking a one-point after the second end.

Bhubaneswar and Rourkela to Host 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup

  • The 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced Bhubaneswar. The announcement was made to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup which too was hosted by Bhubaneswar. India will host the Men's Hockey World Cup for the second consecutive time after the country was picked to stage the game's showpiece event in 2023 by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
  • The tournament will be held from January 13 to 29, 2020.

Nov 27, 2019

Gambhir Finally Has Stand Named after Him

  • Gautam Gambhir finally saw a stand named after him at the Feroz Shah Kotla but the felicitation became more of a sideshow with the former India opener lamenting the current mess in DDCA and even questioning president Rajat Sharma.
  • Gambhir, who played all his domestic cricket for Delhi and was also captain for a long time, rued the state of affairs in DDCA. He also questioned president Sharma for the delay in naming the North Stand after him.
  • Current India captain Virat Kohli also has a stand named after him at the Kotla, alongside greats such as Mohinder Amarnath and Bishan Singh Bedi. Virender Sehwag has a gate named after him and so has former India women's team captain Anjum Chopra.

FIFA Inspection Team Arrives in India

  •  An eight-member FIFA delegation started the inspection process to determine venues for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which will be held in India from November 2 to 21 next year.
  • Beginning with Kolkata, which hosted the under-17 men's World Cup final in 2017, the FIFA delegation will inspect Guwahati (on November 28), Bhubaneswar (Nov. 29), Ahmedabad (Nov. 30) and Navi Mumbai (Dec. 1).
  • World Cup project leader Oliver Vogt said that besides the infrastructure and training sites, we are interested in plans the different venues have for further development of women's football in the country.
  • As per Oliver Vogt, a final decision on the venues will be taken in the first quarter of 2020.

India's Pace Battery Storms into History

  •  Holding, Garner, Marshall and Walsh, or Bumrah, Sharma, Yadav and Shami?
  • India's fast bowlers, who have rapidly changed the rules of engagement between their teams and others at home or away, bounced to a new high in 2019 by collectively averaging an astonishing 15.16 runs per wicket in eight Tests this calendar year—the lowest in the 142-year history of Test cricket.
  • This year, the leader of the Indian quartet, Jasprit Bumrah, missing five home Tests due to back injury didn't seem to matter as Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav were relentless even without him on pitches that were far from seam-friendly. The three shared 19 wickets Indian bowlers took in Kolkata in the pink-ball Test against Bangladesh last week—the first time the spinners didn't take any in a home match that saw a result. In all, the Indian pacemen took 95 wickets between them in 2019—Bumrah 14 at 13.14, Sharma 25 at 15.56, Shami 33 at 16.67 and Yadav 23 at 13.65.
  • The World No 1 team is now way ahead atop the World Test Championship table after extending their world record for consecutive series wins at home to 12. The seventh Test win in a row is also India's best, with the Kolkata Test wrapped up in 161.2 overs making it the shortest finished game in India.

Nov 26, 2019

Sharon Maria and Kunal Kaushik Set Meet Records

  •  Sharon Maria (Nilgiris) and Kunal Kaushik (Dadri) set new meet records in the girls' under-16 200m and boys' under-16 shot put events, respectively on the final day of the 17th Milo National inter-district junior athletics meet at Tarakarama Stadium (SV University).
  • The 15-year-old Sharon was third behind Soumita Paul (Chandranagore) and Simran Kaur (Chandigarh) at the top on the bend but was able to sustain her pace till the finish.
  • Shot putters Kunal Kaushik, Jaidev Dekka (North West Delhi) and Maurya Ganapathi (Mysuru) each went past the existing meet mark of 16.91m set by Mankirat Singh (Ropar) in Haridwar in 2014 as the trio logged throws past the 17m mark. 
  • However, Kunal Kaushik was a clear winner with a best effort of 17.91m, improving on the 16.76m that fetched him bronze in Guntur.

Saurabh, Divyansh, Elavenil to Get ISSF's Golden Target Award

  •  Three Indians have finished as No.1 in the year-end World rankings and will receive the International Shooting Sports Federation's (ISSF) 'The Golden Target' award.
  • From this year, ISSF has started the Golden Target award for the top ranked athletes. The awards will be given to top shooters from 12 categories on December 7, 2019 in Munich.
  • Divyansh Singh Panwar and young Elavenil Valarivan have topped the men's and women's 10m air rifle categories, respectively, while pistol ace Saurabh Chaudhary has ended the year as No. 1 in men's 10m air pistol event.
  • Out of the 12 Olympic categories (individual), India has maximum No. 1s, followed by China and USA (2 each). 
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