Sports Current Affairs

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.

Confusion over Lalit Modi's ouster from RCA

In an urgent meeting of district representatives of the Rajasthan Cricket Association at Jaipur, the elected President Lalit Modi has been voted out and replaced by BJP minority cell leader Amin Pathan. 22 out 33 votes favored Pathan. But the RCA Deputy President Mohammad Abdi has denied any such development and said that all are rumours floated by miscreants. RCA was undergoing a legal battle with the BCCI since its suspension in May last year.

Ishant Sharma replaced injured Mohit Sharma in India-West Indies ODI series

Indian pacer Ishant Sharma has replaced the injured Mohit Sharma in India-West Indies ODI series when Mohit Sharma complained an increase in his bilateral shin pain. The All-India Senior Selection Committee suggested the name of Ishant Sharma. Ishant Sharma played his last ODI in January against New Zealand. He was not a part of matches played against Bangladesh, the Asia Cup and the ODI series in England.

Rajeev Shukla Remains in the Advisory Board of Hero Hockey India League

Rajeev Shukla, BCCI official and Former Union Minister, will remain as Hero Hockey India League's member in advisory board. Shukla is Indian Premier League’s Chairman too. From January 22, Hero Hockey India League will start.  

Dhoni Ranks Fifth in Forbes' List of Most Valuable Players in the World

On the list of Forbes’ most valuable sportspersons of the world, Indian Cricket Captain M S Dhoni has figured at fifth position. In the year 2014, his brand value stands at USD 20 million, around USD 1 million less than last year. The top four sportsperson in the list are LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal chronologically.

Sports Minister Announces Sports Hub in Visakhapatnam

While felicitating the Gold and Silver medal winners of just concluded Asian Games, Sports Minister K. Acham Naidu has declared his plans of developing Visakhapatnam as Andhra Pradesh’s sports hub. Andhra Pradesh lost its sports complex in Hyderabad to Telangana after bifurcation. While a tribal sports academy is planned to be set up in Araku, sports school at the cost of Rs. 50 crore will be set up at Vetajangalapalem.

Ravi Shastri Emphasises on Limited-Over Cricket World Cup

During an interaction at the Press Club, Mumbai, Indian Cricket Team Director Ravi Shastri agreed with the view of Rahul Dravid that more emphasis should be given to limited over format of World Cup Cricket rather than T20 and bilateral ODI matches. Shastri opined that the economics of the game will not let Test cricket survive.

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