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By admin: Jan. 13, 2022

1. Tasnim Mir ranked No.1 U-19 Badminton player

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16 year old shuttler from Gujarat, Tasnim Mir became the first Indian to be top ranked in the under­19 girls singles in the latest Badminton World Federation  (BWF) junior rankings.

Tasnim Mir ranked No.1 U-19 Badminton player

Badminton World Federation  (BWF)  

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

  • It was founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation (IBF) with nine member nations (Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales). In 1981 the IBF merged with the World Badminton Federation, and in September 2006, the name of the organization was changed to Badminton World Federation (BWF)
  • The BWF currently has 194 member nations around the world, organized into 5 continental confederations.
  • Headquarters - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President - Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 

By admin: Jan. 12, 2022

2. Tata Group replaces Vivo as the title sponsor of IPL 2022-23 editions

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The Tata Group has replaced Vivo as the title sponsor for the Indian Premier League 2022 and 2023 editions.

  • This decision was taken by the IPL Governing Council after Vivo decided to pull out of its existing contract running till 2023
  • The mega auctions for the 15th Edition of IPL will take place in Bengaluru from Feb 12 - 13, 2022.
  • The two new teams of Ahmedabad and Lucknow will participate for the first time in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League.
  • Lucknow IPL team is owned by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group with its home ground as Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow Uttar Pradesh.
  • Ahmedabad IPL team is owned by British private equity company CVC Capital with its home ground as Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad Gujarat.
  • Chairman of IPL Governing Council - Brijesh Patel

By admin: Jan. 12, 2022

3. South African all rounder Chris Morris retires from all forms of cricket

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  • South African all rounder Chris Morris retires from all forms of cricket
  • 34-year-old South Africa all rounder Chris Morris announced his retirement from all forms of cricket and declared that he is set to take up the new role of coaching the domestic team Titans.
  • A right arm pacer and explosive batter, Morris made his Test debut in 2016 and featured in only four games in the traditional format, making 173 runs and taking 12 wickets. He also played 42 ODIs (48 wickets, 467 runs) and 23 T20 Internationals (34, 133).  
  • Morris played for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings franchises in the IPL.

By admin: Jan. 11, 2022

4. Court reinstated Djokovic visa

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic won a court battle to stay in Australia to play in the Australian Open to be held from 17th Jan to 30th Jan 2022, despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government quickly threatened to cancel his visa a second time.

Court reinstated Djokovic visa

  • Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly reinstated Djokovic's visa, which was canceled after his arrival at the Melbourne Airport.
  • The judge also ordered the government to release Djokovic within 30 minutes from the Melbourne quarantine hotel where he spent the last four nights.
  • But government lawyer Christopher Tran told the judge after the decision that the minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke, "will consider whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation" of the visa.
  • Government lawyers confirmed that another visa cancellation would mean Djokovic would be banned from Australia for three years.

By admin: Jan. 11, 2022

5. 71st Junior National Basketball Championship

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Punjab and Rajasthan emerged as the “girls” and “boys” champions respectively in the 71st Junior National Basketball Championship held at Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

71st Junior National Basketball Championship

  • Rajasthan boys trounced Chandigarh 82-­61, while Punjab withstood a spirited fightback from Rajasthan (57- 52) to win women’s title.

The 71st edition of Championship was hosted by Madhya Pradesh Basketball Association (MPBA) from 4th to 10th January 2022, under the aegis of Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to help in identifying potential basketball stars and providing them with the platform and opportunity to turn their inherent talent into a real-life profession.

  • MBPA trains the kids to learn to be great basketball players with 360-degree development. It also trains the underprivileged children to give them equal chances as well.

By admin: Jan. 10, 2022

6. Bharath Subramaniyam is India’s 73rd Chess GM

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 Chennai based fourteen-year old Bharath Subramaniyam on 9 January 2022  became India’s 73rd chess Grandmaster, securing the third and final GM norm at Vergani Cup Open in Italy.

Bharath Subramaniyam is India’s 73rd  Chess GM

  • This was the third GM norm for Subramaniyam and he also crossed 2500 Elo rating points.  To become a GM  a player has to secure three GM norms and 2500 live Elo rating points . 
  • He finished  seventh in the tournament .
  • The tournament was won by another Indian M.R. Lalith Babu.
  • Viswanathan Anand was the firstIndian Chess GrandMaster in 1988.

 Chess rating System 

  •   Chess rating system is used in Chess to estimate the strength of a player .
  • In chess ,the Elo rating system is used  to grade the players by International chess governing body FIDE.
  • The highest rating for a chess player is Grand Master or GM  followed by International Masters or IM and then Masters etc.
  • Players are invited to various chess tournaments in the world depending upon their gradings.

For Detail on FIDE  please see the  11 December 2021 post 

By admin: Jan. 10, 2022

7. Bopanna and Ramkumar wins Adelaide International 1 ATP cup 2022

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The unseeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan beat the top seeds, Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo  in the doubles final of the Adelaide International 1  ATP cup 2022 on 9 January 2022.

Bopanna and Ramkumar wins Adelaide International 1  ATP cup 2022

  • Ivan Dodig is from Croatia and Marcelo Melo is from Brazil.
  •  It was the first ever ATP doubles title for Ramkumar Ramanathan while it was the 21st doubles ATP title for Rohan Boppana .
  • The  tournament was played at Adelaide , Australia. 

By admin: Jan. 10, 2022

8. Canada win its maiden ATP cup

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Canada  won its first ATP cup by defeating Spain 2-0  in the final.

Canada win its maiden ATP cup

  •  Denis Shapovalov of Canada defeated  Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain  and  Felix Auger-Aliassime  of Canada  defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.
  • The final was played in Sydney , Australia 


  •   ATP  cup is organised just before the start of the Australian open Grand slam tournament in the month of January  by the ATP .
  •  It is played on hard courts  in  select Australian cities between selected  countries' men Tennis  teams. 

ATP or Association of Tennis Professional is the  governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuit worldwide .

By admin: Jan. 8, 2022

9. Slow over-rate will lead to on-field penalties in T20Is - ICC

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ICC has introduced an in-game penalty for slow overrates in both men's and women's T20I, to come into affect this month. As per the overrate regulations of the ICC, a fielding side should be in a position to bowl the first ball of the final over of their innings by the scheduled time for the end of the innings. On failing that, teams will be allowed one less fielder - four instead of five - outside the 30-yard circle for the remainder of the innings. The existing sanctions include demerit points and financial penalties on teams and their captains. 

  • The third umpire, through a timer keeps tab of the time. In case of any stoppages, the third umpire will rework the end time and let on-field officials know.
  • The ICC also introduced an optional drinks interval midway through the innings in bilateral T20Is as part of its updated playing conditions
  • The change was recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee, which regularly discusses ways to improve the pace of play in all formats.

The one-off T20I between West Indies and Ireland at the Sabina Park Stadium(Kingston, Jamaica) on January 16 will be the first men's fixture where these new rules will be used. Two days later, it will be used for the first time in the women's game, in the first T20I between South Africa and West Indies in Centurion(South Africa).

By admin: Jan. 7, 2022

10. Tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic denied entry into Australia

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic was denied entry into Australia after the Australian government revoked his visa for failing to meet COVID­19 vaccine­ entry requirements. 

  • Djokovic was denied entry at Melbourne Airport, where he arrived to participate in the Australian Open scheduled to be held from January 17 - 30, 2022.
  • He is currently being held at an immigration detention facility and faces deportation.
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Djokovic had failed to provide immigration officials with evidence of double vaccination or an adequate medical exemption and that is the only reason because “Rules are rules and there are no special cases,”
  • As per rules all participants at the Australian Open must be vaccinated or have a medical exemption, which is granted only after assessment by two panels of independent experts.

Djokovic till date has won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. Djokovic is the only man in the Open Era of Professional Tennis to achieve a double career Grand Slam and complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam.

The Australian Open also known as ‘happy slam’ is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year, preceding the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. It is played on hard court.