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SPORTS - October 2020

Oct 2020

Oct 31, 2020

Haroon Lorgat in Nine-member Interim Board to Run CSA

  • South Africa's Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced a nine-member interim board that will run the Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the next three months after the entire board stepped down earlier this week.
  • Former CSA chief Haroon Lorgat and former South African batsman Omphile Ramela have been included in the interim board, which will be chaired by Judge Zak Yaqoob.
  • Besides them, the committee named by the South African government also include Andre Odendaal, Stavros Nikalo, Judith February, Andile Dawn Mbatha, Xolani Vonya and Nkeko Caroline Mampuru.

Oct 30, 2020

Sharan and Bopanna Out of Astana Open

  • Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna's campaign at the Astana Open ended with defeats in the quarter-finals and round of 16 respectively at the National Tennis Centre.
  • Sharan and his British partner Luke Bambridge lost 3-6, 5-7 to Australian Open runners-up Max Purcell and Luke Saville.
  • Rohan Bopanna and his Danish Partner Frederick Nielsen went down to Marcelo Arevalo of Uruguay and Tomislav Brkic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

Oct 29, 2020

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu Resigns

  • Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from the club ahead of a no confidence vote that was due to be held next month after some 20,000 fans signed a petition demanding that he steps down.
  • The rest of the board of directors also resigned.
  • Bartomeu has been facing growing resentment in the last year due to the club's worsening finances and the team's decline on the pitch, which came to a head with their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals in August.
  • Bartomeu called the government`s decision irresponsible and thanked the club and said that he could not have resigned earlier.

Oct 28, 2020

Faiza Heidar Becomes First Woman to Coach a Men's Team in Egypt

  • Faiza Heidar grew up playing soccer in the streets with the boys and went on to captain Egypt`s national women`s team. Now, she has become the first woman to train one of the country`s professional men`s clubs.
  • Heidar has been signed up by the fourth division side Ideal Goldi, based in Giza.
  • Heidar was the first Egyptian coach - male or female - to gain the Premier Skills Coach Educator status, certified by England`s Premier League.
  • Soccer remains an overwhelmingly male sport in Egypt.

Oct 26, 2020

Virat Kohli 3rd Indian to Hit 200 Sixes in IPL

  •  Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli added yet another feather on his already illustrious cap by becoming the third Indian batsman and fifth overall to notch up 200 sixes in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • The 31-year-old achieved the feat during the Bangalore franchise's clash against Chennai Super Kings in Match 44 of the ongoing 2020 season of the lucrative T20 tournament.
  • Indian skipper became the third player from the country after his Mumbai Indians counterpart Rohit Sharma (209) and CSK counterpart MS Dhoni (216) to achieve the milestone of 200 maximums in the cash-rich league.

Kiren Rijiju to Launch 200-km ITBP Fit India Walkathon

  • Union Minister Kiren Rijiju will flag off a 200-km long 'Fit India Walkathon' being organised by border guarding force ITBP in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer. Personnel of various central armed police forces (CAPFs) and residents of the city will participate in the event between October 31 and November 2, 2020.
  • ITBP Director General S. S. Deswal and senior officials and jawans from all CAPFs will participate in the 200 km Fit India Walkathon. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will flag it off.
  • He said that the route march will continue day and night and pass through the dunes of the Thar Desert in the area located along the India-Pakistan border. The exercise aims to create awareness for a fit and healthy lifestyle. The ITBP and its chief have undertaken numerous such walkathons in the past.
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