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SPORTS - December 2020

Dec 2020

May 16, 2021

Ramesh Powar is Head Coach of Indian Women's Cricket Team

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed former Indian cricketer Ramesh Powar as the head coach of Indian Women's Cricket Team. The Indian cricket board had advertised for the post and received over 35 applications.
  • The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Madan Lal, Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh, interviewed the applicants and unanimously agreed on Ramesh Powar's candidature.
  • Powar will replace WV Raman, who was appointed the head coach of the India women's team in December 2018. During Raman's tenure, India managed to reach the finals of the T20 World Cup 2020. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side ended up losing the summit clash against Australia.

May 14, 2021

Serena Suffers Shock Loss in 1,000th Match

  • Serena Williams, playing the 1,000th Tour-level match of her glittering career, suffered a shock 7-6(6) 7-5 defeat by Argentina's Nadia Podoroska in the the Italian Open second round.
  • Playing her first competitive match in nearly three months, the 23-time Grand Slam champion twice came back from a break down but struggled on her first serve.
  • It was the American's 149th defeat in her 1,000 career WTA matches.

Nepal's Kami Rita Scales Everest for Record 25th Time

  • Nepalese climber, Kami Rita has scaled Mount Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own record for the most ascents of the world's highest peak. Rita first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip nearly every year since then. He is one of many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are vital to the safety and success of the hundreds of climbers.

May 13, 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes First Player to Score 100 Club Goals in Three Different Countries

  • Cristiano Ronaldo's 100th goal for Juventus in all competitions kept his side's hopes alive of a top-four Serie A finish after a 3-1 win at an impressive Sassuolo. The result was not easy to come by for Juventus, with returning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saving an early penalty, but goals from Adrien Rabiot, Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala meant they stayed fifth, two points off the Champions League qualification places.
  • Meanwhile, the Portuguese footballer also became the first player in history to score 100-plus club goals in three countries. Ronaldo also has netted 103 times for Portugal.

Saina, Srikanth Chances of Qualifying End with Singapore Open Cancelled

  • The dream of Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics ended with the cancellation of the $320,000 Singapore Open badminton tournament.
  • The June 1-6 event was the final qualification event for Tokyo and its cancellation ended the hopes of those players who had hoped to squeeze through from the Super 500 tournament.

May 11, 2021

Arzan Nagwaswalla: 1st Parsi on Indian Cricket Team Since 1975

  • Arzan Nagwaswalla, a 23-year-old left-arm seamer from Gujarat, has been picked as a reserve player in the Indian Test squad named for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton. Arzan Rohinton Nagwaswalla, hailing from a Parsi community in a village near the Maharashtra border, is the first Parsi cricketer to break into the national team since 1975 and the only active Parsi cricketer.
  • Farokh Engineer played his final Test for India in 1975, while Diana Edulji's last game in the women's team came in July 1993. The youngest member of a Parsi community from the village of Nargol, Nagwaswalla is the first Parsi cricketer to break into the Indian men's team since 1975.

Babar Azam Becomes First Pakistan Captain to Win His Opening Four Tests

  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) congratulated the Pakistan men's cricket team on their sixth consecutive series win and Babar Azam, who has become the first Pakistan captain to win his opening four Tests.
  • Pakistan defeated South Africa in Tests and T20Is at home earlier this year and then won the T20I and ODI series in the return series before wrapping up the African safari with T20I and Test series wins against Zimbabwe in Harare.
  • This is the sixth time when Pakistan has won six or more series on the trot. Pakistan won 13 straight series in 2011-12, nine consecutive series in 2015-16, eight successive series in 2001-02 and six straight series in 1993-94 and 2017-18.

May 10, 2021

Aryna Sabalenka Wins her Maiden Madrid Open Women's Singles Title

  • In tennis, the world number seven, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, defeated world number one Ashleigh Barty of Australia to win the 2021 Madrid Open women's singles title. This Sabalenka's 10th career WTA singles title, second WTA title of the season and first on clay court. Madrid Open is a professional WTA tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. Sabalenka beat Australian player Barty with 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.
  • In the women's doubles final, Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, from the Czech Republic, defeated Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Demi Schuurs of France 6-4, 6-3.

Lewis Hamilton Clinches his Fifth Successive Spanish Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) won the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, held on 09 May 2021.
  • This win is the fifth successive Spanish Grand Prix title of Lewis Hamilton and the third win of this season. Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing-Netherlands) came second followed by Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Finland) at third position.
  • The race was the fourth round of the 2021 Formula One World Championship.

Naomi Osaka Wins Top Title at 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards

  • World number two tennis player Naomi Osaka of Japan has been named "Sportswoman of the Year" at the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards. This is Osaka's second Laureus Sports Awards. In 2019, she won the "Breakthrough of the Year" award.
  • In the men's category, World number two Rafael Nadal of Spain won the 2021 "Laureus Sportsman of the Year" title. This is the second title for Nadal, who also claimed the prestigious award in 2011.
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