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SPORTS - August 2021

Aug 2021

Sep 20, 2021

Pankaj Advani Lifts Asian Snooker Championship

  • India's Pankaj Advani successfully defended the Asian Snooker Championship at the Al Messila in Doha, Qatar outplaying Amir Sarkhosh of Iran 6-3 (72-42, 72-0, 70-49, 41-66, 70-17, 30-68, 74-34, 12-50, 64-44) in the best of 11 frames final.
  • Pankaj had triumphed in 2019 but in 2017 he was the runner-up. In 2019, Pankaj also became the only player who won the titles in all forms of billiards, snooker, 6Reds, and 10Reds competitions.

Raninder Singh Re-elected NRAI President for Fourth Time

  • Raninder Singh was re-elected as the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) the governing body for the sport of Shooting in India, in the General Body Elections held at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
  • The General Body Election of the NRAI had representation from 59 of its members, of whom 56 voted in favour of the re-election of Raninder Singh while 3 votes were cast in favour of Shyam Singh Yadav.
  • Kunwar Sultan Singh was elected unopposed as the secretary general of the national shooting body while Randeep Mann was made the treasurer.
  • Odisha MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo will continue to be the federation's senior vice-president besides the eight VP.
  • Pawan Kumar Singh will remain the apex body's joint secretary alongside Sheila Kanungo.
  • The NRAI decided to go ahead with the polls despite the impediments it faced after the petition filed by challenger Yadav in the Delhi High Court, followed by the sports ministry's directive to initiate elections afresh.

Sep 19, 2021

Ramandeep Kaur Win Gold at Athletics Nationals

  • Punjab's Ramandeep Kaur won the gold medal in the women's 35km race walk event in the 60th National Open Athletics Championships.
  • She finished the race in 3 hours, 15 minutes, 17 seconds. Rajasthan's Sonal Sukhwal (3:18:35) and Uttar Pradesh's Priyanka Patel (3:27:56) finished second and third, respectively.
  • In the men's 35m race walk event, Uttar Pradesh's Ram Baboo (2:46:31) broke the national record. Gujarat's Sagar Satishchandra (2:53:43) was second, while Punjab's Surinder Singh (2:54:22) was third.
  • Railways' Karanveer Singh won the men's shot put gold with a throw of 18.46m. Punjab's Devinder Singh won silver, Rajasthan's Vanam Sharma finished third.
  • In mixed 4x400m relay, Punjab finished second, behind Tamil Nadu.

Sep 18, 2021

BCCI Looks to Reappoint Anil Kumble as Head Coach

  • With Ravi Shastri's tenure as Team India's head coach coming to an end after the T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman, former India spinner Anil Kumble is likely to return for a second term in that position.
  • Kumble is currently working with IPL franchise Punjab Kings and was the head coach of Team India for a year until 2017 before stepping down from the position. The spinner had then decided to quit after reports of differences between him and captain Virat Kohli emerged, with the former even expressing shock upon learning that the skipper had reservations with his style. He had then guided India to the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, which the Men In Blue lost against Pakistan.

Sep 17, 2021

Virat Kohli to Step Down as India's T20I Captain

  • Virat Kohli will step down as India's captain for T20 International after the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in October-Novemeber this year.
  • For some time, there has been speculation about Kohli's future as white-ball captain especially in the backdrop of Rohit Sharma's brilliant track record of winning five IPL titles for Mumbai Indians.
  • Rohit is Kohli's deputy in the white-ball formats and is most likely to take up the leadership role when India clashes with New Zealand in a home series in November that will feature three T20 Internationals along with two Test matches.
  • Kohli took over India's limited-overs captaincy in 2017, succeeding Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Sep 16, 2021

Brendan Taylor Announces Retirement from International Cricket

  • Former Zimbabwe captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor announced retirement from international cricket during the 3rd and final ODI against Ireland in Belfast in September 2021. Taylor has played 34 Tests, 204 ODIs and 45 T20Is.
  • Brendan Taylor made his debut for Zimbabwe in 2004.
  • Brendan Taylor has scored 6677 runs in ODIs, 2320 runs in Tests and 934 runs in T20s.

Raja Randhir Singh is Olympic Council of Asia's Acting President

  • India's Raja Randhir Singh has taken over as acting president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) as Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah appeals a guilty verdict in a Swiss forgery trial.
  • A five-time Olympic shooter and an Asian Games gold medallist in 1978, Singh was promoted to the role from his position as an honorary life vice president.
  • Sheikh Ahmad was convicted of forgery in a trial over whether he used a bogus Kuwaiti coup plot to gain advantage over political rivals. He has led the OCA since 1991.
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