Sports Current Events

Sachin in Bradman Hall of Fame

Indian cricket genius and legend Sachin Tendulkar was honoured by including him in the prestigious Bradman Hall of Fame. The greatest cricketing legend Bradman had himself included Sachin Tendulkar in his personal list of all-time XI. Tendulkar talked about his meeting with Bradman during the latter’s 90th birthday, at Bradman Foundation’s gala dinner organised at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Clash of Tennis Titans in New Delhi

Micromax Indian Aces, franchise of International Premier Tennis League, has said that Indian tennis lovers will get the opportunity to see the behemoths of tennis (Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic, etc.) play before their eyes at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium from December 6 to December 8, 2014. Online sales of 6000 tickets will start from October 31 at 9am IST.

Sports Ministry Takes a Strong Stand Against Players not Interested to Play for Country in International Games

During Asian Games in South Korea’s Incheon ace Tennis players such as Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes, and Somdev Dev Barman gave more importance to their ATP events than representing India in the international event. Therefore, India had to send second set of Tennis players to the tournament. This made Sports ministry to notify all concerned that government grants can’t be availed by the players who don’t positively respond to Sports Ministry’s needs.

Issue of Sarita Devi Suspension to be taken up by Boxing India on Insistence of Sports Ministry

The options of revoking provisional suspension on woman ace boxer Sarita Devi will be explored by Boxing India, after specific instructions from Sports Ministry. The concerned ministry has also asked BI to help the boxer and three coaches in replying to AIBA. Inspite of all the effort made, Sarita Devi will not be able to participate in World Championships, which is going to start on November 19.

Sania Wins Singapore WTA Finals

Sania Mirza along with Cara Black of Zimbabwe won WTA Finals in Singapore. The Indian-Zimbabwe duo beat doubles partners China’s Peng Shuai and Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei in straight set – 6-1, 6-0. They wrapped up the final within one hour. Mirza dedicated the title to India and thanked her fans for the support. The only Indian who won this title before Sania was Vijay Amritraj in the year 1977.

Sania and Cara combo won semifinal to enter WTA year-ends finals

Sania Mirza and Cara Black, the third-seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair saved three match points against Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik the Czech-Slovenian pair in the super tie breaker. Indo-Zimbabwean combo was lagging behind 6-9 but bounced back to catch the 4-6 7-5 11-9. Sania and Cara played the year end final and win the semifinal in two hours and one min.

MS Dhoni and Sahara buy Ranchi Rhinos of HIL

Ranchi Rhinos of the Hockey Indian League (HIL) is now co-owned by Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sahara Adventure Sports Limited. Mistrust between its former owners Patel-PS Group and Uniexcel Group and Hockey India (HI) led to the disintegration of the team. Ranchi Rhinos was performing well and even won the first season and secured third position in the second season. Thus decision to disintegrate the club was a huge surprise. Dhoni announced the ownership of Ranchi Rhinos at the conference held in Ranchi. The conference was also attended by Mr. Abhijit Sarkar, Head-Corporate Communications, Sahara India Pariwar & Director - Sahara Adventures Sports Ltd and Dr. Narinder Batra, Chairman, Hockey India League.

Allegation of Assault Probed by ISL

Former Brazilian footballer and FC Goa’s Coach in Indian Super League, Zico, has alleged that Antonio Lopez Habas, coach of Atletico de Kolkata, hit Robert Pires when they were going back to the dressing room through the tunnel during half time break. ISL is looking into the allegation. Spokesperson of ISL said that both Atletico de Kolkata and FC Goa have complained regarding this and the regulatory commissioner is currently probing the matter.

Sarita Devi Suspended by AIBA

Laishram Sarita Devi, the boxer who refused to accept bronze medal due to controversial judgement in 57-60 kg category, has been provisionally suspended by AIBA. Along with Sarita, AIBA has also suspended all her coaches (Sagar Mal Dhayal, Blas Iglesias Fernandez, and Messrs Gurbakhsh Singh Sandhu) along with Adille J. Sumariwalla, the chef-de-mission in Asian Games.

Sarita Devi to Miss World Boxing Championship; IOA Asked by Sports Minister to Overturn Suspension

AIBA’s suspension of Sarita Devi will restrict her along with her three coaches and Chef de Mission of India during 2014 Asian Games from participating in World Boxing Championship, to be held in November 2014 at South Korea’s Jeju. However, Boxing India believes that she will be back after the upcoming international event. After getting news of Sarita Devi’s suspension, Sarbananda Sonowal (Union Sports Minister) has asked IOA to take necessary steps for overturning the suspension order.

WICB Seeks Meeting with BCCI; ICC Restrains from Intervening

International Cricket Council has formally stated that they have no power in intervening in the ongoing tussle between West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The dispute between the cricket boards of two countries started when some players of West Indies didn’t play during Indian tour on the ground of internal pay dispute. After BCCI’s threat of legal action against WICB, the latter has moved one step forward in resolving the issue through meetings.

Indian Hockey Coach Withdraws Resignation After Promise of Addressing his Concerns through New Contract by SAI

Terry Walsh, the 60 year old Indian Hockey Coach, has taken back his resignation letter after SAI officials as well as Sports Ministry convinced him to do so by promising new contract. Sources reveal that in the new contract all the concerns of Terry will be adequately addressed upon. Union Sports Minister also expressed his relief through his Twitter post after the Australian withdrew back his resignation. The new contract will be offered to him before November 19, the day Walsh’s existing contract expires.

U-12 Indian Hockey Team Defends its SOJC Title

The under-21 Indian hockey team has retained the title of Sultan of Johor Cup. They defeated their counterpart from Great Britain by 2 to 1. The game was played on October 19, 2014. It was Harmanpreet Singh of India who converted two penalty corners to give India the required lead and defend the U-21 SOJC hockey title. 

Kohli Reaches a New Feat

Virat Kohli knocked a ton against West Indies during 4th ODI in Dharmashala. The most consistent Indian cricket player has become the fastest cricketer to score twenty ODI hundreds. While Sachin Tendulkar took 197 innings to score 20 ODI centuries, Virat took 64 innings less to reach the feat. In ICC ODI rankings, he stands at No. 2 position.

Sachin Tendulkar adopts a village

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar adopted a village Putramrajuvari Kandriga in Nellore district under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. Sachin Tendulkar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before and expressed his desire to adopt a village. As per official report the village has 150 families and it is expected that Sachin will visit the village around November 16.

Indian Team at World Billiards Championship will be led by Pankaj Advani

The Billiard child prodigy, Pankaj Advani, has grown up now and is a 29 year man, who will be leading Indian team of two female and seventeen male players at Leeds’ World Billiards Championship that is scheduled to start on October 20. Some other top names who will accompany Advani are Balachandra Bhaskar, Devendra Joshi, Sourav Kothari, Rupesh Shah, Dhruv Sitwala, Alok Kumar, Ashok Shandilya, and others.

FIFA Opinion: India Must Focus on Grassroot Development of Football to become Soccer Power

Jerome Valcke, secretary general of FIFA, has opined that if Indian football wants to become a soccer power, it must concentrate on development of the sports at grassroots level. He also said that ISL or Indian Super League like initiatives may help youngsters in taking up the sports but also warned that it should not become the only focus.

Nabi will not be playing ISL Football Tournament's 1st Season

Mumbai City FC of newly started Indian Super League football tournament got their first biggest blow today. Former’s skipper Syed Rahim Nabi will not be able to play for the coming three weeks. It is because of the the ankle injuries he received during tournament’s first football match at thirty ninth minute. Mumbai City FC lost that game to Atletico de Kolkata by 0-3.

ICC Events' Broadcasting Rights awarded to Star Middle East and Star India

The rights for telecasting all the events of International Cricket Council from the year 2015 to 2023 has been awarded to Star Middle East and Star India. The process of providing audio-visual rights to a company started in July 2014. It took ICC two months for completing the process of publishing tender, bidding, and consequently evaluating the bids. 17 broadcaster had submitted their bids.

Indian Wins $50,000 Dutch Open Grand Prix

The winning amount of $50,000 in Dutch Open Grand Prix is won by 27-year old badminton player Ajay Jayaram. He defeated Ihsan Maulana Mustofa of Indonesia at Topsportcentrum Almere. The final scores was 10-11, 11-6, 11-7, 1-11, 11-9.

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