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SPORTS - April 2022

Apr 2022

Aug 15, 2022

Tamara Walcott Breaks Powerlifting Guinness World Record

  • Tamara Walcott, a female powerlifter from Maryland in the United States broke Guinness Worlds Record (GWR) for the heaviest cumulative lift for bench/squat and press in competition (female) after lifting a total of 737.5 kg (1,620.4 lb) across three compound lifts - the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift.
  • She was honoured at the 2022 World Raw Powerlifting Federation American Pro in Manassas, Virginia in July 2022.
  • Walcott started powerlifting four years ago when she realized that she cannot invest time in baseball or basketball. Initially, she was aiming for weight loss and general fitness, and not setting new world records.

Aug 14, 2022

Major Dhyanchand Stadium to Host Phase 1 of 1st Khelo India Women's Hockey League U-16

  • Following the success of the Khelo India Women's Hockey League (U-21) held over three phases earlier this year (2022), a similar league for U-16 girls is scheduled to start on August 16 at the Major Dhyanchand Stadium in the national capital.
  • Phase 1 of the 1st Khelo India Women's Hockey League (U-16) is scheduled from August 16 to 23 where a total of 16 teams across the country are participating. A total of 56 matches will be played in Phase 1 and over 300 players will compete.
  • Phase 1 and 2 of the Khelo India Women's Hockey League (U-16) will be in round-robin format. The final ranking of teams will be determined after the completion of first 2 phases. Phase 3 will consist of classification matches where each team will play a minimum of 3 matches.

Aug 12, 2022

Manisha Kalyan, Sunil Chhetri Named AIFF Footballers of the Year 2021-22

  • Indian men's national football team skipper Sunil Chhetri and women's team midfielder Manisha Kalyan were chosen as the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) footballers of the year for the 2021-22 season.
  • Chhetri and Manisha were nominated for the award by their respective national coaches, Igor Stimac and Thomas Dennerby.
  • Chhetri scored four goals from as many appearances for the national team this year, raising his international goals tally to 84 - only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi among active footballers. This is the seventh time Chhetri was named the men's footballer of the year and the first since 2018.
  • The AIFF also announced Martina Thokchom and Vikram Partap Singh as the emerging players for the season.

Bhavani Devi Bags Gold at Commonwealth Fencing Senior Women's Championship

  • Indian ace fencer Bhavani Devi won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Fencing Championship 2022 in the Senior Women's Sabre Individual category.
  • She defeated Veronika Vasileva of Australia 15-10 to win the title in London, the UK.
  • Bhavani Devi scripted history by becoming the lone Indian fencer to qualify for Tokyo Olympics after she reached the quarter-final of the 2020 Fencing World Cup in Hungary. She qualified through the adjusted Official Ranking Method (AOR).

Aug 11, 2022

44th Chess Olympiad ends; India's Men & Women Team Win Bronze Medal

  • The 44th Chess Olympiad inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai on the 28th of July ended. India competed in the tournament with three teams in the Men's Section and three teams in the Women's section.
  • India 'B' team comprising D. Gukesh, R. Praggnanandhaa, Raunak Sadhwaniand and Adhiban won the bronze medal beating Germany.
  • In women's section, India 'A' team won the bronze medal. The team comprising Vaishali and Koneru Humphy, Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkari were headed for a gold medal on the final day but a defeat to USA by 1-3 dented their chances as they eventually finished third.
  • The Uzbekistan team, which was seeded 14th in the tournament, won the gold medal in the men's section. Armenia clinched the silver medal.
  • It was the first time that the Chess Olympiad was held in India.

Uzbekistan to Host 2026 Chess Olympiad

  • According to the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Uzbekistan will host the 2026 Chess Olympiad. In Chennai's ongoing Chess Olympiad, their young team is now in the lead. Teams from around the world compete in the Chess Olympiad, a biennial chess competition. The event is organised by FIDE, which also chooses the host nation. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, FIDE hosted an online chess tournament in 2020 and 2021 with a quick time limit that harmed competitors' online ratings.
  • Each chess association recognised by FIDE is permitted to enter a team into the Olympiad.
  • Up to five players can make up a team: four active players and one reserve. Each team used to play every other team at first, but as the event developed over time, this became impossible.

Aug 10, 2022

Prabath Jayasuriya and Emma Lamb are ICC Players of the Month for July

  • Sri Lanka spin sensation Prabath Jayasuriya and England women's cricket team's emerging all-rounder Emma Lamb were voted ICC 'Player of the Month for July.
  • Jayasuriya faced off competition from England's in-form batter and June's Player of the Month winner Jonny Bairstow and French youngster Gustav McKeon to claim the honour. Jayasuriya, who made his Test debut in Sri Lanka's final Test match against Australia in Galle earlier in July, picked up 12 wickets and guided the Lankans to a series-leveling victory.
  • Lamb beat compatriot Nat Sciver and India pacer Renuka Singh to win the award.

Manoj Prabhakar is Nepal Cricket Coach

  • Former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar was appointed head coach of the Nepal cricket team.
  • Prabhakar succeeded Pubudu Dassanayake, who stepped down from the position in July to take up head coach's role with Canada.
  • Prabhakar, who featured in 39 Tests and 130 ODIs for India between 1984 to 1996, has previously coached Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh Ranji teams.
  • He also served as the bowling coach for the Afghanistan national team in 2016.
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