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SPORTS - January 2020

Jan 2020

Jan 31, 2020

Australian Open 2020

  • The Indian challenge at the Australian Open ended after Rohan Bopanna and his Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok were knocked out in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event.
  • The Indo-Ukrainian pair went down 0-6 2-6 to fifth seed Croatian-Czech pair Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova.
  • Garbine Muguruza prevailed 7-6(8) 7-5 against world number three Simona Halep to reach her first Australian Open final. The unseeded Spaniard arrived at Melbourne Park with low expectations but will now face American 14th seed Sofia Kenin bidding to win her third major title.
  • Novak Djokovic continued his winning streak against Roger Federer with a straight sets victory in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
  • This will be Djokovic's 8th final appearance at the Australian Open.

Brazil World Cup winner Lucio Bids Adieu to Football

  • Brazil World Cup winner Lucio announced his retirement from football after a professional career spanning 22 years.
  • The 41-year-old centre-back said that the decision was born out of a desire to spend more time with his family, though he hopes to remain involved in football.
  • Lucio, who earned 105 Brazil caps, was a key member of the Ronaldo-inspired side that won the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. He captained the Selecao from 2006 to 2011.

Jan 30, 2020

Olympics 2020: Organisers Unveil Sustainable 'Plaza' Made from Donated Wood

  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers unveiled the "Village Plaza", a key part of the Athletes' Village that is being built from wood donated by municipalities across Japan.
  • The facility will be a gathering place for athletes and their teams, as well as the site of welcome ceremonies and press briefings during the Games.
  • The unusual structure is made mostly from wood, with the floors, walls and parts of the roof using timber including larch, Japanese cedar and Japanese cypress.
  • The vast complex nods to both modern and traditional elements.
  • The wood has been donated by 63 municipalities across the country, and the facility will be dismantled after the Games, with the timber returned for re-use, a model organisers tout as part of their commitment to a sustainable Olympics.

Neeraj Makes it to the Olympics in Style

  • Almost nine months after he underwent surgery, Neeraj Chopra finally returned to action in the most comprehensive manner — by qualifying for Tokyo Olympics in his very first competitive outing of the year.
  • The 22-year-old, who missed out on the entire 2019 season after an elbow surgery in early May 2019, threw 87.86 m, well past the 85-metre qualifying mark, on his fourth attempt at the ACNW League Meeting in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Rohit's Sensational Sixes Trump Williamson's Classy Effort

  • India clinches maiden T20I series win in New Zealand via Super Over, with two games remaining.
  • Rohit Sharma belted two sixes off the final two deliveries of a Super Over to give India victory in the third T20I against New Zealand at Seddon Park. The visitors thus clinched the series 3-0 with two games to spare.
  • Rohit finished on 15 not out after he hit two sixes off Tim Southee to lead India to 20-0 after the Kiwis had scored 17-0 off Jasprit Bumrah (Kane Williamson 11, Martin Guptill 5).

Jan 29, 2020

Sri Lanka Names Squad for ICC Women's T20 World Cup

  • The Sri Lanka Cricket Board announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Women`s T20 World Cup, slated to commence from February 21. The board also announced five standby players for the ensuing tournament.
  • The squad members are -- Chamari Atapattu (captain), Harshitha Madavi (vice captain), Anushka Sanjeewani, Hansima Karunaratne, Shashikala Siriwardene, Nilakshi De Silva, Ama Kanchana, Kavisha Dilhari, Udeshika Probodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Hasini Perera, Sathya Sandeepani, Umesha Thimashini, Sugandika Kumari, Dilani Manodara.
  • The standby players are -- Sachini Nisansala, Prasadani Weerakkody, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Tharika Sewwandi, Inoka Ranaweera.
  • Sri Lanka will take on New Zealand in their opening encounter on February 22.

Madras High Court Orders AICF Elections on Feb. 10 in Chennai

  • In a setback to the Bharat Singh Chauhan faction, the Madras High Court directed that the All India Chess Federation (AICF) elections be held in Chennai on February 10.
  • As originally announced by president P.R. Venketrama Raja, the court said that the AICF general body meeting will be held on February 10 for the purpose of electing new office-bearers.
  • Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy gave the order while disposing off an application filed by the Tamil Nadu State Chess Association for an interim injunction to restrain AICF secretary Chauhan from convening the special meeting of the general body on February 9 in Ahmedabad.

Jan 28, 2020

Karnataka Mini Olympics

  • The Karnataka Mini Olympic Games, a week-long multi-sport event featuring 18 disciplines, will get under way at various venues in the city from February 3, 2020. The Mini Olympics — jointly conducted by the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Govt. of Karnataka; the Sports Authority of Karnataka (SAK) and the Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) is the first event of its sort in the country, stated K. S. Eshwarappa, Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
  • A total of 4000 athletes, all in the U-14 age-group, are expected to participate in the Mini Olympics. The 18 disciplines are: athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, kho-kho, kabaddi, lawn tennis, netball, swimming, table tennis, taekwon-do, and volleyball. The top eight athletes in each category in each event have been selected to participate in the Mini Olympics by the respective state associations.

Mumbai to Host IPL Final

  • The title clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held in Mumbai on May 24, 2020 and the night matches will have usual 8 pm start as the Governing Council decided against changing the timings, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly announced.
  • IPL 2020 will have only five double headers (4 pm and 8 pm).
  • In a first, concussion substitute and 'third umpire no ball' will also be introduced in the upcoming edition. The third umpire will now make the exclusive 'no ball' call instead of the on-field umpires.
  • In a noble gesture, the BCCI will have an 'All Stars Game' between all top international players before start of the IPL on March 29 for a charitable cause.

Jan 27, 2020

Ghosal into Final of Pittsburg Open Squash

  • India's Saurav Ghosal made his way into the final of Pittsburgh Open squash tournament with a hard-fought win over Egypt's Omar Mossad.
  • Ghosal, seeded second, defeated the fifth seed Eyptian in a thrilling 1 hour 13 minute contest.
  • Ghosal, who is searching for his first World tour win, will now take on top seed Egyptian Fares Dessouky in the summit clash.

Anand Draws with Kovalev at Tata Steel Masters

  • Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus to share the sixth spot after the 12th and penultimate round of the Tata Steel Masters chess tournament.
  • USA's second seed Fabiano Caruana took an unsurpassable 1.5-point lead over Magnus Carlsen and ensured the title with a round to spare.
  • Caruana (9) defeated Poland's Jan-Krzysztof Duda to reach nine points. Carlsen (7.5) drew with Russia's Vladislav Artemiev.
  • In the Challengers category, Surya Shekhar Ganguly (6.5) lost to Pavel Eljanov (7.5) and Nihal Sarin (6) drew with Vincent Keymer. Spain's David Anton Guijarro (8) continued to lead despite losing to Max Warmerdam.
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