Showing posts with label Sports News 2011. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports News 2011. Show all posts

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Updated Current Affairs Sports 2011

Current Affairs[December 2011]
Clarke says that it is must for the Oz pacers to bounce India out from Sydney ground.
  • Australian cricket team captain Michael Clarke has asked the teams bowlers to bounce the Indian out from the second Test that will starts from Tuesday. The match is going to be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Clarke in an interview said that-”he loves’ the aggression of his teams fast bowlers. He said that he simply loved the way they his teams’ bowlers served it up to the Indian batsmen during the last match that led to their strong victory in Melbourne. Also if conditions remain in our favour then we will bounce the Indians again during the second Test that is to be held in Sydney.”
Clarke said that he wants his bowlers to be as ruthless as possible. And they should continue with the same strength and aggression that they previously showed in during win by122-run.
Indian stars bears the fire after MCG debacle
  • The Indian media lashed their anger out at the country’s batting line-up for letting the team down in the opening Test that was held at against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The Indian team failed to cope with the Australia’s pace attack when they failed to chase a 292-run target. The Oz players attack was so strong that the Indian team could only manage to gain 169 runs despite having batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag who have major batting experience.
Bhupathi and Bopanna team targets Olympic medal
  • The team of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati reunited after a long gap of 9 yrs and this was just an act of choice not a mere chance. The team now bids to target the Olympic medal at the 2012 London’s Olympic but they split up within months of their team formation.
Now Mahesh Bhupathi will pair up with fresh player Rohan Bopanna . They will play together for the first time after the Davis Cup. After their team formation the duo toiled in the Bombay Gymkhana for about two-and-half hours to begin their journey to the 2012 Olympics. The London Olympics are just 216 days away to begin.
Current Affairs[November 2011]
Delhi’s half marathon full of all African show
  • The 7th half marathon of Delhi was full of an all African show with all the top honors being taken away by the African community. Around 30,000 people came to take part in the worlds most honored and prestigious half marathon braving the Delhi’s winter chills.
The marathon saw the rise of athletes from the Dark Continent that won many awards both in the men and women’s category. In the men’s category the top 3 honors were given to the players Lelisa Dessia of Ethiopia, Geoffrey Kipsang and Mike Kigen.
While the winners from the women category were Lucy Kabuu of Kenya who was followed by Sharon Cherop and Aselefech Mergia.
NBA commissioner David Stern refuses to set deadline to cancel the entire 2011-12 season.
  • The NBA commissioner David Stern gave a blow by delivering an ultimatum the NBA players’ union further saying that he won’t cancel the 2011-12 season.
The players union met in New York to discuss a strategy for the session in which the commissioner firmly said that he won’t be setting any date for the cancelation of the 2011-12 seasons. Stern said that- “he won’t say when he would call off the season since they haven’t reached the season yet.”
The NBA has cancelled many games during the month of November and even more games cancellations are expected to get cancelled. Stern even said that it will take up around 30 more days to make the league functioning.Stern even hinted by saying that if no progress is being made even the Christmas games could be in danger but after the meeting Stern just announced the cancellation of two weeks of finals in November.
Indian athletes threaten to boycott Olympics
  • Indian athletes have threatened to boycott next summer Olympics after a sponsorship deal was made with Dow chemical company. This firm had connections with the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster in which around 15000 people died after inhaling poisonous gas that leaked from the Union Carbide Factory.
The company has a tainted reputation in India following the disaster and the athletes have said that until and unless the sponsorship deal is not rejected within nine days they will boycott the summer Olympics that is to be held in London.
The withdrawal of athletes from the world’s second largest economy will give a blow to both the Games and the International standing.
Clarke’s Australians to face Acid test on home soil
  • Michael Clarke’s group has played just a single match after the team was condemned as the worst team of Australia test lineup. The sign of how Clarke’s team has fallen was proved when they failed to won a test match since 1985. Now to the relief of millions of armchairs selectors – the comeback win to level the series in South Africa has proved fruit full to allow the team to face the next Acid test on their home soil only.
Clarke scored two win, followed by two losses and two draws and now he is going to his first home as a skipper.
Current Affairs[October 2011]
India won the series against rival team England by 5-0
  • India won the 5 day test series against England by 5-0 in the final match that the team played in Kolkata. Indian team stopped the English team at only 176 runs in the final match and themselves scored a challenging 271 in 37 overs at the Eden Gardens stadium. Indian team member Ravindra Jadeja scored a whooping score of 4-33 and off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scored 3-28. Following the match Ravindra Jadeja was declared Man of the Match, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded with Man of the Series title. So far the Indian team has won the 5-0 series only three times in which two series were won against Englan(2008-09) and New Zealand(2010-11).
Olympic gold medallist won a Silver in ongoing 4th Asian Airgun Shooting Championship
CWG gold medallist Krishna Poonia gets another gold medal at the Halloween Throws Meet
Boxing champion MC Mary Kom won gold medal at the 12th Senior women’s boxing championship
Former Commonwealth games secretary general Kamlesh Sharma re- appointed
Corporate Lobbyist Nira Radia announces exit from Communication business
  • Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra won a silver in the air rifle shooting championship at the 4th Asian Airgun championship that was held in Kuwait. Bindra scored 594 in qualification round and then 103.6 in the final countdown. The Gold medal went to his Chinese counterpart who scored 2.6 more points in qualification round. During the Beijing Olympics Bindra defeated Zhu Onian and grabbed the Gold medal to become the first Indian shooter to won a gold medal in the Olympics. Similarly Satyendra Singh won the bronze by scoring 593 in the qualification round and 103.7 in the finals. Another Indian shooter Gagan narang who won Commonwealth games gold medal secured 7th position by scoring 694.5.
  • CWG gold medallist Krishna Poonia gets another gold medal at the Halloween Throws Meet Poonia had also made a place for herself at the incoming 2012 games by scoring the B qualification standard of 59.50m after her another win at the Fling Throw Meet in Portland. She had been rigorously training at the Throws Centre at Concordia University such that she crossed the phenomenal mark of 62m in her final attempt. Though, her last throw was below the best mark (63.97m) that she scored in April 2010 at Chula Vista but she performing at best consistent pace.
  • Five time world champion MC Mary Kom won another gold mdeal at the 12th senior women’s boxing championship. She defeated Pinki Jangra in the 51kg category in the summit clash on the final day, in Bhopal. In the feather weight division , bronze medallist Pwilao Baumatary of Assam settled for a silver after she lost to Mandakini Chann of AIP. In the light weight category Neetu Chahal of Haryana won the gold coin after defeating Preeti Beniwal of the IABF team. Neetu won by 12-5 and similary Kavita Goyat of Delhi defended her gold medal in the middle weight category.
  • Former CWG secretary general Kamlesh Sharma was again re appointed for the same post on 30th oct. The leaders of CWG agreed to appoint Kamlesh at the 21st Commonwealth Heads of Govt. Meeting(CHOGM) that was held in perth, Australia. Sharma earliar served as an Indian Diplomat and now after his re appointment he will serve a four year term that is going to begin in April 2012. Kamlesh sharma’s background He was first selected as the secretary general for the commonwealth games during the 54 nation summit that was held in Kampala. And he took the seat from Sir Don McKinnon of new Zealand on 1st april 2008.
  • Lobbyist and provider of public relation services Nira Radia announced her exit from the communication business. For her exit she gave personal and family priorities as supreme reasons. She had been in news recently for the 2G controversy when tapes of conversation leaked and were being circulated in the media. The controversy related to the 2G spectrum engulfed many government officials for undercharging telephone companies for allocating frequency licences.
Current Affairs [September 2011]
Manoj Kumar in 2nd round of World Boxing Championships
  • Manoj Kumar (64kg), Commonwealth Gold Medalist beat Valentino Knowles of Bahamas 17:11 to go into the second round of World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Kumar is only the sixth Indian boxer to get to this round of the championships behind L. Devendro (49kg), Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Akhil Kumar (56kg), Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and Vikas Krishnan (69kg). Manoj Kumar, contesting in the light welter weight category, outplayed Knowles, a bronze medalist at the previous year held Commonwealth Games. Following earning a vital one-point advantage in the first round itself, the 24-year-old extended the difference by another couple of points in the following round. He surged the ante in the last round and was declared victories in the last three minutes of the spell Kumar, who has emerged on the World Championships for only the second, will now be locking horns against European champion from Ireland, Raymond Moylette in the first of the many knockout phases. The Irishman has defeated Arturs Ahmetovs of Latvia 16:11 in an exhilarating game. Raymond Moylette is currently ranked 6th in the overall rankings.
Game Venues or White Elephants
  • Dearth of housing services and soaring rentals has averted a number of national sports bodies to hold their training camps or important tournaments at the high-tech CWG venues. A few of them have started to decay inside a year-long time of the grand games here. In the past year or so, merely a few tournaments have been staged at the 12 CWG venues that consumed crores of rupees. The maintenance of these top-notch stadiums is a key distress for the government agencies. Athletics Federation of India (AFI) executive M.L. Dogra cites that AFI chooses to organize its camps at NIS, Patiala, or at different Sports Authority of India (SAI) centers rather than the posh Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium due to dearth of housing services there. There was just a single tournament held since the Commonwealth Games at the Karni Singh Shooting Range (by NRAI) – the Sajjan Singh Memorial Championship earlier in September. DLTA, the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association sports complex, nevertheless, is the lone exception, staging a whopping seven international tournaments already. These included the high-profile junior Davis Cup and junior Fed Cup. It will also hold the national championship in October. The complex has a housing division and the charges per room are Rs.1000/night and the national gymnastics team availed all its services in its recent visit.
Women’s Hockey Team heading to Australia; led by Anjum
  • Women’s hockey team is all set to board for Australia under the leadership of Striker Saba Anjum. Saba will be the captain of an 18-member Indian women’s hockey team Down Under where they will be playing four Test matches against the in-from Oz. Following that, the ladies form India will be contesting in a three-nation 9-a-side International Super Series in Perth for eleven days Oct 12-24. The selections were held at the SAI Centre in Bhopal just a couple of days back. Anjum and Jasjeet Kaur Handa, hail from Railways who would also respectively be the captain and vice captain, on their trip. Anjum and Handa have 232 International Caps between them. The selectors of Hockey India, BP Govinda, Syed Ali and Rekha Bhide apart from Government Observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey convened the trials where the 18-member team went through their rates of knots in the innovative 9-a-side format of the game. India will kick start their tour with four Test matches against Oz Oct 14 onwards and will later play in the 9-a-side format which has FIH permit. It will be for the first time that international teams will be contesting in such a tournament and the organizers have decided with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that the event will take place at Perth.
Current Affairs [August 2011]
Speed lovers soon to see Greater Noida as their pit-stop
    • The highly anticipated homologation of the Budh International Circuit (BIC), setting for the first ever Indian Grand Prix, is all but done. Plus, the FIA team, headed by technical director Charlie Whiting, has also given his nod to all aspects of the 5.14m long track. As per a report declared by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) President, Vicky Chandhok on behalf of the supporters JPSI, Whiting, through the first of the two days of inspection, was mighty delighted in the fashion in which the circuit’s making has been developing. “Mr. Charlie Whiting, the Formula One Race Director came to see the Budh International Race circuit some time back for a premeditated custom check,” Chandhok stated in the statement. “He told us that the development was more than all right and was beyond of what he expected from us from the last visit he paid. He further put across assurance that the introductory Indian Grand Prix will be a titanic triumph,” he added. On the other hand the statement read that as a general exercise for all fresh circuits, the physical issuance of Grade-I recognition to the circuit, will be sanctioned seven days ahead of the chief event to be held on October 30.
New Sports bill turned down by the Government
  • A contentious offer that required controlling India’s and World’s most powerful cricket board BCCI and added national sports organizations was rejected by the government in late August, reports from the local media emerged. The proposal that is designed to regulate these sports bodies under federal intelligibility and responsibility laws were put forward by Ajay Maken, Sports Minister. However, the much needed bill was rejected by the cabinet and it asked Ajay Maken to return with a new and improvised version, one of the news networks of the county reported. The bill aimed to keep back no less than 25 percent of federation positions for previous players and puts a ceiling on the age of all administrators i.e.70. A further significant prerequisite of the bill was to get the associations under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI), a milestone regulation that lets members of the public to ask for information of the functioning of public bodies. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has usually been out of the government’s purview and, unlike added national sports federations, does not rely on the finances given by the state. Sports bodies in India have been the focal point of numerous controversies in recent years. The popular Indian Premier League, after previous year’s controversial exit of its Founding Chairman Lalit Modi, has been the center of numerous probing over charges of pecuniary indiscretions.
Current Affairs [July 2011]
London Olympics 2012 began its countdown.
  • With one to go ESPN star sports began its golden march to kick the London Olympics 2012 countdown. The countdown ceremony was broadcasts across 22 countries. Olympics being revered as the biggest sports event has made athletes to share the same anticipation like that of the rest of the world and have set their eyes on the event going to be held just after 365 days.
  • Also ESPN sports channel will broadcast the complete Olympic events for the 1st time in the history to all of its sports fans across the globe. The London Olympics will be the most sought after event with maximum viewer interest. The channel will cover 302 events in all the 26 categories of sports and will showcase almost 10,000 players and athletes from more than 200 countries.
Moto GP champion to stay out of Japanese Grand prix
  • MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner have ruled out the possibility to participate in the Japanese Grand Prix to be held this year. Both the racers have ride earlier for Japanese manufacturers. The reason for withdrawal is the fear of radiation that currently exists in Japan due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. The Motegi circuit is situated near the Fukushima nuclear power plant whose reactors were destroyed by an earthquake and Tsunami during March this year and led to massive leakage of radiation.
  • The race was originally to be held in April 24 but was later postponed to Oct 2, though no reason was given by the International Motorcycling Federation. Stoner firmly said during the Germany Grand Prix that he will not go for the Japanese GP. Further he said that his response would the same if anything similar would have happened elsewhere and that he is sure about the fact that other riders will be having the same opinion. Stoner became the world champion of the MotoGP in the year 2007.
Former Yankees pitcher found dead
  • Hideki Irabu former Yankees pitcher was found dead in his home. The 42 year old was an excellent pitcher said former league manager Bobby Valentine. The quircky right hander had a fabulous arm in flame throwing the ball. Los Angeles police officials have declared Irabu’s death as suicide, disclosing no further information. To confirm the full information the investigating team is waiting for the autopsy report.
  • Hideki was referred as the Japanese version of Ryan. Hideki arrived in the united states in the year 1997 and he was a hard throwing bowler with smashing speed of 98-mph. Though he was made an excellent debut with the Yankees but later on became an object of disappointment during the next three seasons. And then he was given a tag called as a fat toad after he failed to perform well during an exhibition game.
Dubai to bid for Olympics 2024 instead of 2020
  • The UAE national Olympics committee has decided to bid for 2024 Olympics instead of 2020. The committee said that the infrastructure for the 2020 Olympics is 75% ready but it would be feasible if we bid for 2024 instead for 2020 so that we provide best of infrastructure to Olympics events and the players and athletes.
  • Dubai’s crowned Prince Shaikh Hamdan said that “ Hosting the Olympics would be a matter of pride for the entire middle eastern region and we want to fully satisfy everyone and ourselves that we are completely ready to host the games and for this we are going to bid for 2024 Olympics instead of 2020. He further added that our first and foremost aim is to give a world class Dubai experience and a long lasting peace and satisfaction to the youth and to all the sports class events.
Manchester United the most valued team in the world
  • The Manchester United has been named as the world’s most valued team. The Red Devils have been estimated for a total amount of 1.165 billion pounds overshadowing American Franchises like the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys. The assessment has been made based keeping in mind the total income they get and the various sponsorship deals they make throughout the year.
  • This has come as the good news for the Glazer family who bought the Club for 790 million pounds in the year 2005, how they are still in debt but this does not deter them from being happy for making their club the most valued in the world.
Squash to be considered for the 2020 Olympics 
  • On hearing the news that squash is going to be considered for the 2020 Olympics World Squash Federation president N.Ramachandran was far more delighted. He said that after this decision he is more confident that the game will be included in the 2020 Olympics.
  • He said that he truly believes that squash will prove to be a great sport for the Olympics. This game fulfils all the criteria to be included in the Olympics and that with its inclusion in the Olympics squash will attain a new level in the world of sports. He further added that squash has a number of high profile world champions and that with its inclusion in the Olympics it will provide massive participation from all over the world in the Olympics.
Current Affairs [June 2011]
Doping cases surge up; curbing measures required
  • Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Ajay Maken has delineated a range of measures to find out into entire doping incident and curtail this pain in the neck. Shri Maken presented the particulars of the six point guidelines forwarded to the executives of SAI (Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India) to probe into doping episode at a press conference.
  • Taking into consideration the failed dope tests of eight athletes in various sports that include HariKrishnan in long jump, Tianna Mary Thomas in 4*400 m, M/s Mandeep Kaur, SiniJose, Priyanka Panwar in 400 m, Ashwini Akkunji, Joanna Murmu, and Sonia in shot put and “the current inquiry thereof, it is heading for that the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India must be aware of and concentrate on the function of the workforce support infrastructure that have been provided to these athelets,” said Shri Ajay Maken. He further avowed that at the same time as each doping episode engages dishonor of the entire country, prohibition and even fear of honors and accolades being asked from the charged athletes; the task of supporting trainers, health center executives and extra requirements to be questioned, determined and rightfully inclined.
Rouseau: 3rd Test between India v West Indies drawn
  • 3rd test match held at the Windsor Park Stadium between India and West Indies, the former’s first tour since the World Cup triumph ended in a disappointing draw. KA Edwards and S Chanderpaul stood at the crease for 161 runs for the fourth wicket. This means that India will need to wait more to win 2 test matches in the Carribean. Chanderpaul was partnered by Kieron Edwards as the former completed his 23rd Test century in all important 37-over toil to deny India a victory.
  • Chanderpaul dealt with all the seam bowlers India had at their disposal with no difficulty, driving and extracting easy runs out of them and exhibiting rock-solid defense and rotating the strike regularly as Kerion Edwards chipped in. He stood steady at one end; he strained the Indian bowlers to shoft their attentions totally towards Kieron Edwards, who’s supported and helped Chanderpaul to get to another achievement is professional playing career.
Current Affairs [May 2011]
Master blaster the leading cricketer of Widens 2010
    • The master blaster became the 7th recipient of the Wisden award joining the league of other recipient like Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Jacques Kallis, and Andrew W Flintoff etc. Wisden regarded as the Bible of cricket named India’s Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as its seventh recipient. Sachin if the 2nd Indian cricketer after Virender Sehwag who’s also among the wisden awardees’ league. In February itself sachin became the 1st world cricketer to score a double 100 in one dayers and before this he became the 1st cricketer to score 50 test tons.
    • The 148th wisden edition was launched on Wednesday and this is the 1st time that master blaster has won this award since it began in the year 2004. Also sachin was even positioned at number 4 rank in the Wisden’s 2009 Test XI.
Annu Singh the Indian shooter to book berth for London’s Olympic
    • Annu Raj Singh became the 5th Indian shooter to book her berth for the London’s Olympic to be held next year. She qualified for the Olympic seat after winning a silver medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning for the 10m Air Pistol. Singh who never won the world cup earlier qualified for the finals with a maximum of 389 points win. After this Singh is ranked at number 33 in the world. She is the next Indian to join the league for the Olympics after shooters Gagan Narang, Hari Om Singh, Sanjeev Rajput and Ronjan Sodhi.
    • Her win was tied up with gold medallist Olena Kostevych of Ukraine.
Mary Kom strikes gold in Asian Cup
  • India’s five time world champion M C Mary Kom won 1st gold medal of the year by winning in the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament in Haikou, china.
  • She won the medal for the 48Kg category. Kom became the winner after defeating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea. The winning strike was lead by 4-3points in the finals. This was her 1st tournament since her bronze medal win at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games after which she made a place for herself in the weight division category after beating Kate Appari of Philippines.
  • Though her North Korean counterpart was a stiff challenge for her but it was her skill and the agility of the champion that she made her way through the finals and won the gold.
  • On the other hand another Indian in the line Pavitra (57kg) faced defeat in the finals against Tossamalee Thonalan of Thailand. She lost to her counterpart by 6-11 points.
Current Affairs [April 2011]
India Wins World Cup 2011
    • The Indian cricket team came up with an inspired performance against Sri Lanka in the final to lift the World Cup in Mumbai on 2/4/2011 bringing to an end the 28 year wait when Kapil’s Devils had last lifted the cup in 1983. The World Champions were ecstatic with their victory while batting icon Sachin Tendulkar and Coach Gary Kirsten were given a lap of honour by their team mates. Sri Lanka had won the toss and opted to bat first notching up a formidable 274 runs on board thanks to an impressive century by Mahela Jayawardhene. Indian run chase started on jittery note when both openers Sachin and Sehwag were back in pavilion with the score at 31 for 2. However Gambhir and Dhoni who promoted himself up the order came up with a crucial partnership that helped to take India home. Dhoni finished of the match with a huge six over long on bringing the stadium to its feet and joy across millions of homes in India.
McLaren’s Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix
    • Mclaren’s Lewis Hamitlon won the Chinese Grand Prix in thrilling fashon on 17/4/2011 by passing Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel for the lead with just five laps remaining. Sebastian Vettel who had earlier made a strong bid for three straight wins to the start of the Formula 1 season how ever could not hold off Hamilton who looked in sublime touch throughout the race. Red Bull’s Mark Webber came in third on drove beautifully to finish on the podium considering he started eighteenth on the grid. Hamilton on his part was close to being out of contention when he fuel leak was detected in his car. The Mclaren mechanics worked frantically to rectify it. McLaren’s Jenson Button was fourth, ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who all led at various stages at Shanghai International Circuit. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was seventh, ahead of Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher, and Renault’s Vitaly Petrov, with Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi taking the final point in 10th place. With three races completed this season Vettel leads the drivers standing with 68 points followed by Hamilton at 47, Button on 38 and Webber on 37.
Duncan Fletcher has been appointed as coach of India 
    • Duncan Fletcher on 27/4/2011 has been named coach of the Indian cricket team finally ending weeks of speculation as to who would take over the high profile job. Fletcher (62) a former Zimbabwean all-rounder came to prominence when he coached England and helped them regain the Ashes in 2005. Under his guidance England won its first series in West Indies in 36 years and the team rose to the third spot in the Test rankings during his tenure. He captained Zimbabwe in the 83 World cup and has played in just 6 ODI’s during his time when the country hadn’t yet achieved Test status. He may not be a part of the team for the West Indies tour, as he has some prior commitments, said BCCI secretary N Srinivasan. He also added that Eric Simmons who was the bowling coach during previous coach Gary Kirsten’s tenure is to continue his stint with the Indian team.
IPL Season 4 Starts
  • Just days after the Indian team won the cricket world cup the IPL season has started in full swing. IPL 4 is now a ten team event with the two new teams being the Kochi Tuskers and the Pune Warriors. Many players have gone for record prices and it is expected that this years IPL will be a very hard fought contest between the teams with fluctuating fortunes after every match. Two teams that are being considered hot favourites are the Mumbai Indians and defending Champions Chennai Super Kings. This is the first IPL event that is happening in the absence of Lalith Modi who created a lot of controversy last year. Now with Indian team riding a good wave of form it is expected the people will tune into the matches in large numbers.
Current Affairs [March 2011]
ICC WC 2011 off to spectacular start
    • The ICC cricket world cup is on in full swing. The fourteen teams have all played their group stages and 8 teams qualified to the knockout stages. The teams that played in quarterfinals were West Indies, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Among these only four teams made it to the Semis where Pakistan and India played each other at Mohali and Srilanka and New Zealand played against each other in Colombo. The semi final match between India and Pakistan created unprecedented hype as the two teams have not faced off against each other since Mumbai 26/11 attacks. There was a never before seen rush to get the tickets for the match and people were selling their tickets in black market at astronomical amounts. India and Sri Lanka went on to win their semi finals respectively and face each other in the final on April 02 , 2011.
Levon Aronian wins Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Championship
    • Levon Aronian has won the 20th and final edition of the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Championship held at Monaco. He had earlier also won in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The Armenian grandmaster tied his last round game against Sergey Karjakin and still maintained a one point lead over runner up Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Indian chess grandmaster and World Champion Vishwanath Anand came in at third position. With the 2011 edition the 20 year run of one the Worlds favourite chess events comes to an end and Aronian having won three of the last four editions does come across as a significant achievement.
Saina clinches Swiss Open Grand Prix
    • India’s badminton ace Saina Nehwal won her first title of 2011 with a 21-13, 21-14 victory over South Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the Wilson Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton at Basil on 20/3/2011. It was her second win against the Korean in as many meetings whom she earlier defeated in the Indonesia Open Super Series as well. She reached the quarters of the All England Championship also held earlier this month where she lost to Eriko Hirose of Japan. Riding on her Swiss Open triumph Saina has regained her number three ranking with 69721.2637 points. At first place and second place are Shixian Wang (83506.4) and Yihan Wang (73988.9106) of China respectively.
Djokovic beats Nadal to win Indian Wells title
    • Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the BNP Paribas Open title at Calirfonia on 20/3/2011. The Serbian remains undefeated this year whose victories include Australian and Dubai open, has struck a purple patch notching up an impressive 18-0 record in 2011. He now jumps to number two in the ATP rankings pushing Roger Federer to the third place while Rafael Nadal is still at number one with a 14-3 record. Djokovic said “It definitely says good things. I am playing with a lot of confidence. I’m feeling the ball well on the court. I’m very dedicated. I have a big will to win each match. I want to keep on going and keep on playing good tennis.”
Sebastian Vettel wins Australian GP
  • Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel drove a flawless race to win the season opening Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne on 27/3/2011. Starting from pole position Sebastian drove superbly to open more than a two second gap over runner up Lewis Hamilton of Mclaren following the first lap. At third place was Renaults Vitaly Petrov who made his first ever podium finish. Fernando Alonso came in fourth with Australian Mark Webber finishing fifth at the race. They used three stops strategies which was one more than the podium finishers. It was not a good start to the year for Mercedes with both their drivers Michael Shumacher and Nicco Roseberg being forced to retire.
Current Affairs [February 2011]
Cricket World Cup 2011 Officially Opened
    • The 10th edition of the ICC cricket World Cup, was officially launched on 17th Feb with a grand opening ceremony being held in Dhaka, Bangaldesh. The stadium was filled with spectators and evening proved to be visual spectacle with colourful fireworks, songs and dance routines to mark the start of the eagerly awaited event. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the event open amid thundering cheers while the fourteen participating Captains were revealed to the public being carried in tricycles. Shankar Ehsaan Loy and other popular artists performed at the venue with the show stopper being Bryan Adams.
National Games Held in Jharkand
    • The 34th National Games, was finally held in Jharkand and the event turned to be very successful. The games were held from 12th February 2011 to 26th February 2011.Many athletes all over the country took part in various disciplines and quite a few records were broken in the process. The long-postponed 34th National Games was originally scheduled for 2007. The Games have been deferred six times – four times due to delay in developing infrastructure and then postponed again due to the coming of Assemble Elections.
India start their Word cup campaign on a bright note
    • India played Bangladesh at Mirpur in the first WC match of the tournament on Feb 19. India started with a bang scoring 375 with both Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli hitting sensational hundreds to take the match away from the hosts. Sehwag particularly looked murderous. The Indian team was expected to be under pressure to perform well against Bangladesh as their previous campaign in 2007 resulted in an early exit and left many disappointed fans back at home.
Viswanathan Anand regains No.1 Ranking Again
    • World Champion Viswanathan Anand played against Magnus Carlsen of Norway to end the match in hard fought draw and finished second in the Bilbao Final Masters chess tournament. But the icing on the cake was when the Indian ace dethroned Carlsen from the number one ranking in Live rating list for the first time since January this year and ended up as the top player in ratings too.
Brazilian striker Ronaldo announces retirement
  • Former Brazil striker Ronaldo announced his retirement from soccer on Feb 14. The 34-year-old three-time world player had a year end contract with Corinthians. But a shock loss led to an early elimination from the Libertadores Cup and violent protests from fans. Ronaldo further added that frequent injury problems were one of the main reasons in him deciding to announce his retirement. Thus ends a brilliant career in which he scored more than 400 goals including a record 15 at World Cups.
Current Affairs [January 2011]
  • India Vs England match to be shifted from Eden Gardens
    The India – England World Cup group stage match on February 27, to be held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata , has been shifted following delay in construction work at the venue. This comes as a major embarrassment for the cricketing body of Bengal (CAB) The ICC has asked the BCCI to find out an alternate venue for the match. The Eden Gardens was scheduled to host four matches – on February 27, March 15, March 18 and March 20. Now, it remains to be seen if the ground can be readied quickly and whether the ICC will allow the remaining matches at the venue to go ahead.
  • India loses ODI series at South Africa
    The Indian cricket team lost its chance at creating history by not being able to win the five match ODI series tournament recently concluded at South Africa. The finals match was expected to be a cracker with both teams having registered a couple of wins each. How ever the rain affected target of 263 set by South Africa proved to be too daunting for the Indian team after losing wickets at regular intervals. However some late fireworks by Yusuf Pathan who scored 105 made it a keenly fought contest.
  • Djokovic wins Aus Open title
    Novak Djokovic of Serbia powered his way into winning the Australian Open 6- 4, 6-2, 6-3 over Andy Murray of Britain. It was a power packed power packed performance by the Serbian who played aggressive strokes throughout the match and always looked to be in control. Murray has now been runner-up in three Grand Slam finals extending Britain’s near 75-year drought in men’s singles Grand Slams

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