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SPORTS - June 2020

Jun 2020

Jun 30, 2020

Muttiah Muralitharan Most Valuable Test Player of 21st Century

  • Former Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has been named as the Most Valuable Test Player of the 21st Century by the Wisden Cricket Monthly magazine.
  • Data concerning the performance of players had been collected from 2000 to 2020 before awarding Muralitharan with the title.
  • Muralitharan, who has a massive 800 test wickets under his belt, had claimed 573 of them during 85 games played between 2000 and 2010.
  • Muralitharan was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2002. In 2017, he became the only Sri Lankan to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He won the Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year in 2017. He was the sixth international franchise player signed to the Caribbean Premier League and the first Sri Lankan player to be named to the new Twenty20 tournament.

Indian Umpire Nitin Menon Inducted in ICC Elite Panel

  • India's Nitin Menon became the youngest ever to be included in the International Cricket Council's Elite Panel of Umpires for the upcoming 2020-21 season, replacing England's Nigel Llong. The 36-year-old, who has officiated in 3 Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, is only the third from India to make it to the prestigious group after former captain Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi, who was axed last year.
  • Menon quit playing competitive cricket at 22 and by 23, he had become a senior umpire, officiating in BCCI accredited matches.
  • A selection panel comprising ICC General Manager (Cricket) Geoff Allardice (Chairman), former player and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon, picked Menon, who was earlier part of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Umpires. While standard of Indian umpiring has copped a lot of criticism globally, performance of Menon over the past few years has been a silver lining.

Jun 28, 2020

NRAI Announces Core Shooting Group for Olympics

  • The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) named a 34-member core group in nine disciplines for the Tokyo Olympics to be held in 2021. All the 15 quota winners are part of the core group along with reserves. There is no representation in trap and women's skeet.

Jun 27, 2020

Weightlifter K. Sanjita Chanu to get Arjuna Award 2018 after IWF Clears Doping Charges

  • Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) Secretary Sahdev Yadav informed that 2 time Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Weightlifter K. Sanjita Chanu will get the Arjuna award for 2018. This comes after the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) cleared her doping charges.
  • IWF has dropped the doping charges due to "non-conformities" in the handling of her sample.
  • The doping charges were cleared on the basis of recommendation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
  • The award is given to her as per the Delhi High Court order in 2018, where the selection committee was directed to consider her and keep the decision in a sealed cover until she was acquitted of the doping charges.

Jun 26, 2020

Clare Connor to Become First Female President of MCC in 233-year History

  • Former England captain Clare Connor is set to become the first female president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), guardian of the laws of the game, in its 233-year history.
  • Connor was named as the successor to current chief Kumar Sangakkara, who steps down from the post next year (2021).
  • The nomination of Connor, who is currently the ECB's managing director of women's cricket, was made by Sangakkara himself during the Annual General Meeting.
  • Connor will take up the post on October 1 next year (2021), pending approval by the club's members, as Sangakkara has been invited to remain in the role for a second twelve-month tenure due to the impact of Covid-19 on the cricketing landscape.

Australia and New Zealand Chosen to Host 2023 Women's World Cup

  • Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 women's World Cup after the countries' joint bid was chosen by FIFA. The overwhelming favourites won ahead of their only rival Colombia, with Japan having withdrawn its own bid earlier in the week and Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and a joint Korean proposal already having fallen by the wayside. The 2023 event is set to be the first 32-team women's World Cup, up from the 24 nations.

Vaishali Stuns Former World Chess Champ

  • Young Indian Grandmaster R. Vaishali beat International Master Munkhzul Turmunkh of Mongolia to storm into the semi-finals of the first leg of FIDE chess.com Women Speed Chess Championships but the country's top player Koneru Humpy bowed out in the opener. It was a comfortable win for the Indian against the Mongolian after her hard fought victory over former world champion Antaoneta Stefanova in the opening round. Vaishali, who beat Turmunkh 7.5-3.5, faces grandmaster Anna Ushenina in the semi-finals.

Jun 25, 2020

WKF Provisionally De-recognises the Karate Association of India

  • The World Karate Federation (WKF) has provisionally de-recognised the Karate Association of India (KAI) with immediate effect for infighting and violating the WKF statutes during its 2019 elections.
  • The 2019 elections of KAI were flawed. Currently, a part of the management led by Likha Tara claims that the office-bearers are illegally elected, another part of management is claiming control & the rest part proposing to re-appoint Bharat Sharma as vice president.
  • As the result of the de-recognition KAI will not be entitled to the exclusive rights reserved to the WKF members. It is not limited to participate in WKF events, use the WKF logo and name and represent the WKF in India.
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