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India Loses in the Finals with Penalty Shoot-out Heartbreak

Indian men’s hockey team went down to the World Champions Australia in the final of 36th Hero Champions Trophy in London in the penalty shoot-out with final score being 1-3 in favour of Australia. The three scorers in favour of Australia were Aran Zalewski, Daniel Beale and Simon Orchard. While Harmanpreet Singh was the only scorer for India, SK Uthappa, SV Sunil and Surender Kumar missed their target. However, controversy marred the day as video umpire asked OZ player Daniel Beale to take a re-shot after he failed to score. PM Modi tried to console Indian hockey team by applauding their spirited performance. 

AITA intervenes to smooth the path for Leander Paes to make History

AITA (All India Tennis Association) asked Bopanna to pair up with Leander Paes (who recently won a Career Slam in Mixed Doubles, taking his total title wins to 22 including 10 mixed doubles wins) in the men’s doubles event at the Rio Olympics. Though Bopanna’s choice of partner was Saketh Myneni, he told media that he respects decision of AITA. Leander Paes will now represent India in Olympics for 7th consecutive time and has regarded his selection as “dream come true moment”.

Leander Paes Completes Career Slam in Mixed Doubles

42-year-old ace Indian tennis player Leander Paes did a superman job by completing a “Career Slam” as he (along with his mixed doubles partner Martina Hingis) won French Open title. In 2015, veteran Leander Paes teamed up with Martina Hingis to win Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles. Paes-Hingis duo defeated Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig pair in a hard fought battle with the final score 4-6 6-4 10-8. With this win, total number of titles won by Paes reached 22, including 10 mixed-doubles win.

BCCI President Shashank Manohar resigns

Shashank Manohar, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has resigned from his post with immediate effect. There’s a huge buzz that the reason behind this step is Mr. Manohar’s belief regarding the non-implementation of the RM Lodha panel recommendations. He has also quit as the chairman of the International Cricket Council. 

Two Indian Woman Wrestlers secure berth at Rio Olympics 2016

Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik secured their berths at Olympics. This is the first time ever two women wrestlers secured Olympics berths at the same time. While Phogat secured quota for 48kg, Sakshi for 58 kg category. In 2nd Olympic Games World Qualifying Tournament final, Vinesh Phogat will wrestle against Poland’s Iwona Nina Matkowska and Sakshi Malik against Russia’s Valeria Koblova Zholobova. The only Indian woman wrestler till now to wrestle at Olympics was Geeta Phogat in London Olympics 2012.

Sachin Tendulkar appointed as goodwill ambassador for Rio Games 2016

Better known as the ‘God of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar has accepted the Indian Olympic Association’s(IOA) offer to be appointed as goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the 2016 Olympics scheduled to take place at Rio de Janeiro. Tendulkar has joined 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as goodwill ambassadors from India.

NADA launches anti-doping Programme to control doping among Indian Athletes

After report published by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) showed that India had the 3rd highest ADRVs (Anti-Doping Rule Violations), NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) has launched an anti-doping programme for sensitising Indian athletes about the pitfalls of WADA-prohibited substances. Sports ministry believes that Program for Education and Awareness on Anti-Doping in Sports (PEADS), launched in October 2014, will help bring down the ADRVs. Government of India has also decided to enhance the outreach of sensitisation programme by establishing five regional outreach centers.

Salman Khan chosen as Goodwill Ambassador of India at Rio Olympics

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chose Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as goodwill ambassador of Indian team for Rio Olympics from a list of 3 names, other names being Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. IOA reportedly reasoned that Salman was chosen as he is a youth icon and inspiration for fans of body building. India’s legendary sprinter “Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh demanded revision of this “unprecedented” decision and favoured choice of a sportsperson in place of a movie star.

India's Dreams Thrashed by Australia in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Hockey world champion Australia humiliated Indian men’s hockey team in the final of 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament by scoring 4-0. Though India started the first quarter with stout defence, Australia took just 25 minutes to net the first goal (scored by Thomas Craig). Craig again struck at 35th minute. Two more goals were score by Matt Gohdes (in 43rd and 57th minutes) and made it impossible for India to catch up.

India whitewashes Malaysia 6-1, Enters Azlan Shah Final

Indian men’s hockey team put up a splendid show yesterday in the semi-final match of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament against Malaysia. India humiliated Malaysia 6-1 and entered the final, to be played against the mighty Australia (the world champions). The Indian scorers were S V Sunil, Harjeet Singh, Ramandeep Singh (struck twice), Danish Mujtaba, and Talwinder Singh. In another semi-final match, Australia defeated Canada 3-0. Data shows that Australia has till now won Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament eight times.

Harsha Bhogle suddenly taken Off Air by BCCI

Reports say BCCI has terminated IPL contract with renowned Indian commentator, 54 years old Harsha Bhogle. When contacted for comment on sudden termination of contract, both IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur remained incommunicado. On condition of anonymity, a senior BCCI official said that the decision was taken after taking feedback from players, monitoring social media reactions, and all involved parties. However, some also point out an altercation between Bhogle and a Vidharbha Cricket Association official of the possible last minute ouster.

Yuvraj to be absent from IPL's for first 2 weeks

Scheduled to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad, allrounder Yuvraj Singh would be absent during the first two weeks of the Indian Premier League(IPL) which would kick-start from 9th April 2016. Reason for this is that Singh is yet to recover from an ankle injury that he sustained during the second half of the ICC World T20. India’s limited overs specialist, Yuvraj Singh suffered the injury while battling against Australia in the must-win World T20 match in March 2016.

Bombay High Court instructs BCCI to shift IPL matches from Mumbai

With the IPL 2016 about to start on 9th April 2016, the Bombay High Court has instructed the BCCI(Board of Control for Cricket in India) to shift matches from the drought-hit Maharashtra. Yesterday, a PIL(Public Interest Litigation) was filed in the Bombay High Court seeking a direction to the IPL chairman to pay tax on the usage of water, claiming that about 60,000 litres of water would be required to maintain the pitches on a daily basis.

Indian women suffer losses in Hawke's Bay Cup

Indian women’s hockey team suffered a narrow 1-2 loss against World No.5 China in the last pool B match of the Hawke’s Bay Cup. Rani- an Indian hockey player gave her team a lead in the 19th minute after a goal-less first quarter. Yu Quian- a Chinese hockey player scored the equaliser for China in the third quarter with Wang Mengyu hitting a new goal in the final quarter.

Kohli chosen as the captain of ICC World T20 XI

India’s finest batsman Virat Kohli has been named captain of the ICC World Twenty20 XI. Denying selection of current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the authorities have selected Kohli and veteran seamer Ashish Nehra in the ICC XI as compared to choosing four Indian players in the previous edition held in Bangladesh. This years ICC World Twenty20 had Kohli as the Man of the Tournament, scoring 273 runs with an average of 136.50 and a strike-rate of 146.77 with three 50 plus scores.

Saina Nehwal can't make it to the Finals of India Open Super Series

India’s leading woman shuttler Saina Nehwal lost in the semi-final match of India Open Super Series badminton tournament to Olympic Champion Li Xuerui of China 20-22, 21-17, 19-21 in New Delhi’s Siri Fort Complex. Li secured lead by winning the first game 22-20 against the 26-year Indian. Saina bounced back to win the second game but lost the fast paced third game to the Chinese. Li Xuerui has till now played 11 matches against Saina Nehwal and leads with a massive 11-2 advantage.

Saina Nehwal reaches Semi-finals of Indian Open Super Series

India’s top ranking woman shuttler Saina Nehwal clinched a thriller against World No. 8 Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in India Open Super Series to reach semi-final match. The game, played at New Delhi’s Siri Fort stadium, went on for 1 hour and 23 minutes, and the final score was 19-21, 21-14, 21-19. Nehwal will now play against third-seeded Li Xuerui of China. However, P V Sindhu crashed out of the tournament after losing to Bae Yeon Ju of Korea 21-15, 15-21, 15-21.

India may play four tests against West Indies in July-August

The Indian Cricket Team might be travelling to the West Indies in July-August for a four-Test series. The uncertainty regarding this continues after the BCCI recently suspended ties with the Windies Board after the West Indies team departed abruptly from India in October 2014. Although the dates and venues for the four-match Test Series are yet to be announced, the tour is likely to take place in July-August.

Zaheer Khan appointed as Delhi Daredevils Captain for IPL 2016

Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan has been appointed as the captain of Delhi Daredevils team for the upcoming 9th edition of the Indian Premier League 2016. Playing for Delhi Daredevils for the second successive season, Zaheer is India’s best left-arm pace bowler and had earlier this season retired from international cricket. He has played 92 Tests with 311 wickets and took 282 ODI wickets in 200 matches. Additionally, he has also played 17 Twenty20 International for India.

Union Cabinet gives go ahead to hold FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017

The Union Cabinet has approved to hold the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 in India. The decision was taken in a high-profile meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A committee has been authorised to make required adjustments to change venues for doing away with any difficulty after consultation with All India Football Federation (AIFF) /FIFA. The concerned committee will consist of Secretary as well as Financial Adviser of Sports department and DG of SAI (Sports Authority of India).