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By admin: April 6, 2023

1. MS Dhoni among five indian cricketers to get MCC Life Membership

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MS Dhoni among five indian cricketers to get MCC Life Membership

The prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), based at cricket's mecca Lord's, on April 5 conferred its Honorary Life Membership to five Indian cricketers, including former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

An overview of the news

  • Apart from Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami have been given this honour.

  • MCC CEO Guy Levander gave this membership to a total of 19 cricketers keeping in mind their contribution to international cricket.

  • South Africa's Dale Steyn, England's Kevin Pietersen, Morgan, Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez, Bangladesh's Mashrafe Mortaza and New Zealand's Ross Taylor are among those who got membership.

  • As captain, Dhoni won the T20 World Cup in 2007, the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013.

  • The former keeper-batsman played 538 international games across all formats, scoring over 17,000 runs during the same period.

  • Yuvraj Singh was also an integral part of the Indian team that won the first T20 World Cup in 2007 and the home World Cup in 2011. 

By admin: April 6, 2023

2. New Zealand’s Kim Cotton becomes first woman on-field umpire in full-member men’s T20Is

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New Zealand’s Kim Cotton becomes first woman on-field umpire in full-member men’s T20Is

New Zealand’s Kim Cotton on 5th April became the first woman on-field umpire in a full-member men’s T20I during New Zealand’s second match against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.

An overview of the news

  • The 48-year-old Cotton has officiated as both on-field and TV umpire since 2018, in addition to 24 women's ODIs and 54 women's T20Is.

  • Cotton first made an appearance in the men's game in 2020 as a TV umpire for the tied match between India and New Zealand in Hamilton.

  • Cotton has also officiated in three T20 World Cups and an ODI World Cup since 2018, including the finals in 2020, 2022 and 2023.

  • Previously, Australia’s Claire Polosak had become the first female match official in a men’s Test match when she donned the fourth umpire’s role during the 2021-22 Border Gavaskar Trophy Test between India and Australia in Sydney.

By admin: April 6, 2023

3. Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu banned for 4 years by NADA

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Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu banned for 4 years by NADA

Indian weightlifter and two-time Commonwealth Games winner Sanjita Chanu has been banned for four years by India's National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

An Overview of the News

  • The ban was imposed after Chanu tested positive for the anabolic-androgenic steroid Drostanolone, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), during the National Games to be held in Gujarat in September-October 2022.

  • Chanu's provisional suspension was announced by NADA soon after the sample collection, and her four-year ban has now been formally announced.

  • As a result of the ban, Chanu would be stripped of her silver medal from the National Games.

  • Several other Indian athletes who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics last year including Shivpal Singh, Kamalpreet Kaur, and Dhanalakshmi Sekar, Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Navjit Kaur Dhillon and long jumper Aishwarya Babu have also been found to have violated anti-doping rules.

  • Drostanolone is primarily used to treat advanced inoperable breast cancer in women, but is often abused by athletes as a performance-enhancing drug.

About National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)

  • It is the national anti-doping organisation of India and is responsible for ensuring that athletes in India compete in a doping-free environment and the organisation was established in 2005 under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

  • It is affiliated with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and follows the WADA Code for Anti-Doping Measures.

  • Its main functions include testing for prohibited substances, educating athletes and coaches about anti-doping measures, and sanctioning athletes who violate anti-doping rules.

  • It has a team of trained Doping Control Officers (DCOs) who test athletes in various sporting events.

  • The organisation also has a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) of elite athletes who are subject to testing at any time, both in competition and out of competition.

Headquarters - New Delhi

Establishment - 24 November 2005

Affiliation - Indian Olympic Association

Chairman - Sports Minister (India)

official language - English; Hindi

Purpose - Anti-doping in sports

By admin: April 5, 2023

4. Sports Ministry approves financial assistance for 12 para shuttlers

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Govt sanctions loans of more than 40,600 crore to over 1.8 lakh women entrepreneurs

Recently the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Sports Ministry has approved financial assistance to 12 Para-Badminton players including Pramod Bhagat and Manasi Joshi to participate in the upcoming Brazil Para-Badminton International Tournament.

An overview of the news

  • Brazil Para-Badminton International tournament is a Level 2 event and part of the Paris Paralympics pathway for 2023.

  • The funding has been approved under the Ministry's Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and will provide financial assistance to athletes and their support staff.

  • The funding will include an out-of-pocket allowance (OPA) for athletes and support staff for travel, visas, insurance costs, boarding and lodging, their entry fees for competition and other daily financial needs.

TOPS Para Shuttlers who will be covered under this 

  • Pramod Bhagat

  • Manasi Joshi

  • Krishna Nagar

  • Sukant Kadam

  • Nitesh Kumar

  • Manoj Sarkar

  • Suhas Yathiraj

  • Tarun Dhillon

  • Mandeep Kaur

  • Nithya Sre

  • Parul Parmar

  • Manisha Ramadass

Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) 

  • It was created in July 2014 under the auspices of the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) with the objective of identifying and preparing potential medal prospects for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • It is a flagship program of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

  • The idea of the scheme is to look to the future and fund a developmental group of athletes who have the potential to bring medals to the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.

By admin: April 2, 2023

5. Former cricketer Salim Durani passes away at the age of 88

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Former cricketer Salim Durani passes away at the age of 88

Former India all-rounder cricketer Salim Durani passed away on 2 April after a prolonged illness. He was 88 years old.

An overview of the news

  • Salim Durrani was living in Gujarat’s Jamnagar with his younger brother, Jahangir Durani. 

  • He was born on 11 December 1934 in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

  • Later Durrani's family settled in Karachi. During the India-Pakistan partition, Durani's family had settled in India.

  • He was known as a brilliant all-rounder.

  • He made a significant contribution in the series against England in 1961-62. In the last two Tests, Salim led India to victory.

  • He took 8 wickets in Kolkata and 10 wickets in Chennai Test. India won the 5 match test series 2-0.

  • He was the first cricketer to be honored with the Arjuna Award. He was given this honor in 1961.

  • He played the last Test match for India in February 1973 against England at Brabourne Stadium Mumbai.

  • After this he retired from cricket. After retirement, he also tried his hand in the film industry. He worked in the Bollywood film 'Charitra'.

  • Durani played 29 Tests for India and scored 1202 and took 75 wickets.

  • In first-class cricket, Durani has 8545 runs and 484 wickets in 170 matches.

By admin: April 1, 2023

6. Unity Cup Tennis Ball Cricket Tournament 2023

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Unity Cup Cricket Tournament 2023 organized jointly byHUDCO and NBCC on 1st April, 2023 at Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi.

An overview of the news

  • It aims to encourage team building and promote the Fit India Movement of the Government of India.

  • It was inaugurated by Manoj Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

  • The tournament was organized between the mega teams of MoHUA, CPWD, NBCC and HUDCO.

  • The series of exciting matches began with the opening match played between MoHUA and CPWD.

  • MoHUA won the final by 20 runs from NBCC in the finals. 

  • Manoj Joshi lifted the winning Trophy on behalf of MoHUA Team.

  • The sporty event was followed by presenting 'Man of the Match' to Maninder from MoHUA. 

By admin: April 1, 2023

7. Sprinter Lashinda Demus was awarded the Olympic gold medal after a decade

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More than a decade after the 2012 London Games, Lashinda Demus, a sprinter from the United States, was awarded an Olympic gold medal at the age of 40, Czechia's Zuzana Hejnova a silver and Jamaica's Kalisz Spencer a bronze. Medal awarded.

An Overview of the News

  • The International Olympic Committee stripped Natalya Antyukh, the original gold medalist in the 400 metres hurdles, of her title due to her involvement in the Russian doping scandal.

  • Antyukh beat Demus by just 0.07 seconds at the London track.

  • Historical evidence recovered from the Moscow testing laboratory database allowed the Athletics Integrity Unit to disqualify Antyukh's results from July 2012 to June 2013.

About London Olympics 2012

  • Held in London, UK from 27 July to 12 August 2012.

  • Over 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated and competed in 26 sports.

  • The United States topped the medal table with 104 medals, including 46 gold.

  • China finished second with 88 medals, including 38 gold.

  • Great Britain finished third with 65 medals, including 29 gold.

By admin: March 31, 2023

8. Sri Lanka fail to qualify directly to ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

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Sri Lanka fail to qualify directly to ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Sri Lanka failed to qualify directly for the ICC ODI World Cup after defeat by New Zealand in Hamilton on 31 March.

An overview of the news

  • In the last match of the three-match ODI series, New Zealand won by 6 wickets.

  • The New Zealand team had already qualified for the World Cup, but Sri Lanka had a special chance of making a direct entry to the World Cup by winning the last match of the three-match ODI series.

  • A total of 10 teams will participate in the World Cup 2023, out of which a total of 7 teams have qualified so far.

  • In the World Cup 2023, the top 8 teams in the points table were to get a chance to qualify.

  • The Sri Lankan team finished 9th in the points table after their loss to New Zealand on 31 March.

  • Sri Lanka will now be required to play in the ICC World Cup qualifiers which will be held in Zimbabwe in June - July in which the top two teams will qualify for the ICC ODI World Cup.

  • For the first time in 44 years, the Sri Lankan team will play qualifiers to make it to the World Cup.

  • At the same time, there will be a fight between West Indies and South Africa for the 8th position. The West Indies team is currently at the 8th position in the points table.

  • The ICC World Cup, hosted by India, will begin on October 5 this year.

  • Teams that qualified for the tournament - New Zealand, England, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, Afghanistan and West Indies.

By admin: March 29, 2023

9. Indian hockey player Salima Tete has been appointed as the Athlete Ambassador of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF)

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Indian women's hockey team midfielder Salima Tete

Indian women's hockey team midfielder Salima Tete has been appointed as the Athlete Ambassador from India by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) for two years.

An Overview of the News

  • It was announced during the AHF Congress held in Mungyeong, South Korea on March 23, 2023.

  • AHF athlete ambassadors are Lee Jong Joon (South Korea), Abdul Hannan Shahid (Pakistan) and Asai Yu (Japan).

  • Salima Tete, as an AHF Athlete Ambassador, will play a key role in the international representation and development of athletes.

  • She will also work towards promoting awareness of the rights and welfare of athletes in the region.

  • Salima Tete received the AHF Emerging Player of the Year (Women) award on March 24, 2023 for her outstanding performance in 2022.

About Asian Hockey Federation (AHF)

  • It is the governing body for field hockey and is responsible for organising international field hockey events in the region.

  • It is a member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and works closely with the FIH to promote the sport of field hockey around the world.

  • The AHF is responsible for organising several field hockey tournaments in Asia, including the Asia Cup, the Asian Games and the Asian Champions Trophy.

  • The AHF is committed to promoting gender equality in the sport of field hockey and has established a women's committee to oversee the development of women's hockey in Asia.

President - Dato' Fumio Ogura

Formation - 1958

Established - Tokyo, Japan

Headquarters - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Patron - Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah

By admin: March 28, 2023

10. Manu Bhaker won a bronze medal in the 25m pistol event at the 2023 ISSF World Cup

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 Olympian shooter Manu Bhaker won the bronze medal in the 25m pistol event at the ISSF Pistol/Rifle World Cup

On March 26, 2023, Renowned Olympian shooter Manu Bhaker won the bronze medal in the 25m pistol event at the ISSF Pistol/Rifle World Cup held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

An Overview of the News

  • In the Bhopal World Cup, China secured the first position by securing a total of 10 medals including six gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

  • Host nation India finished second in the medals tally with one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.

  • Sarabjot Singh won the gold medal for India in the men's 10m air pistol event.

About International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF)

  • The ISSF introduced the ISSF World Cup in 1986 to establish a uniform qualification system for Olympic shooting competitions.

  • ISSF World Cup events are held four times per year for each Olympic shooting event.

  • It is still used as a qualifying event for the Olympic shooting competitions.