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By admin: July 6, 2023

1. Ajit Agarkar Appointed Chairman of Senior Men's Selection Committee

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Ajit-Agarkar-Appointed-Chairman-of-Senior-Men's-Selection-CommitteeThe Board of Control of Cricket (BCCI) has appointed Ajit Agarkar as the chairman of the Senior Men's Cricket Selection Committee.

An Overview of the News

  • The decision was made by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), consisting of Sulakshana Naik, Ashok Malhotra, and Jatin Paranjape.

  • After conducting interviews with several applicants, the CAC unanimously selected Ajit Agarkar for the position of chairman.

Composition of the Selection Committee:

  • The Senior Men's Selection Committee now consists of Ajit Agarkar as the chairperson.

  • Other members of the committee include Shiv Sundar Das, Subroto Banerjee, Salil Ankola, and Sridharan Sharath.

  • This committee will play a crucial role in selecting players for various international matches and tournaments.

Agarkar's Cricketing Career:

  • Ajit Agarkar is a former India all-rounder, known for his contributions to Indian cricket.

  • He represented the country in 26 Tests, 191 ODIs, and four T20Is.

  • Agarkar also has an impressive record in domestic cricket, having played 110 first-class matches, 270 List A matches, and 62 T20 matches.

About Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

  • It is the national governing body of cricket in India.

  • The headquarters of the BCCI is located at the Cricket Center near the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

  • The BCCI is responsible for the administration and organisation of cricket activities in India at both the national and international levels.

Establishment - December 1928

President - Roger Binny

CEO - Hemang Amin

Vice President - Rajeev Shukla

Men's Coach - Rahul Dravid

By admin: July 5, 2023

2. Shreyanka Patil becomes the first Indian cricketer to be a part of WCPL

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Shreyanka-Patil-becomes-the-first-Indian-cricketerShreyanka Patil became the first Indian cricketer to be signed for the Women's Caribbean Premier League (WCPL).

An Overview of the News

  • She is the first Indian player to get a contract in a foreign league before making her international debut.

  • He has been selected to represent the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the WCPL, which will take place from 31 August to 10 September.

  • Shreyanka Patil was awarded the title of 'Player of the Tournament' in the Women's Emerging Asia Cup held in Hong Kong.

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) allowed Indian women cricketers to participate in overseas cricket leagues.

  • Senior players like Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma and Richa Ghosh have played in leagues like the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) and The Hundred.

  • On 14 March 2022, Cricket West Indies announced the first ever women's Caribbean Premier League to be held alongside the men's tournament.

About Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

  • It is the national governing body of cricket in India.

  • The headquarters of the BCCI is located at the Cricket Center near the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

  • The BCCI is responsible for the administration and organisation of cricket activities in India at both the national and international levels.

Establishment - December 1928

President - Roger Binny

CEO - Hemang Amin

Vice President - Rajeev Shukla

Men's Coach - Rahul Dravid

By admin: July 4, 2023

3. Yuki Bhambri wins maiden ATP doubles title in Spain

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Yuki-Bhambri-wins-maiden-ATP-doubles-title-in-SpainIndian tennis player Yuki Bhambri won his maiden ATP doubles title at the Mallorca Championships in Spain.

An Overview of the News

  • Yuki Bhambri stitched a partnership with South African player Lloyd Harris to seal the victory in the final match.

  • The pair won 6 - 3, 6 - 4 over the Dutch-Austrian pair of Robin Hasse and Philipp Oswald.

  • The tournament took place on grass courts.

  • The 30-year-old Indian Bhambri, who has reached the 58th spot in the ATP doubles tennis rankings.

Important Points

  • Yuki Bhambri is the first Indian to win the Junior Australian Open title.

  • Lloyd Harris is ranked world number 31 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

  • Andrea Gaudenzi, an Italian former tennis player, is the current president of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

About Spain

  • It is located on the Iberian Peninsula of Europe and consists of 17 autonomous regions, each with its own geography and culture.

  • The capital of Spain is Madrid, home to the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum.

  • Segovia, a city in Spain, has a mediaeval palace called the Alcázar and an intact Roman aqueduct.

  • Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia in Spain, is known for its modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí. The Sagrada Familia Church is one of the most famous examples.

  • Prime Minister - Pedro Sánchez

  • King - Felipe VI of Spain

By admin: July 3, 2023

4. Max Verstappen wins Austrian Grand Prix 2023

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Max Verstappen took a stunning victory in the Austrian Grand Prix 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • The Austrian Grand Prix victory marked Verstappen's fifth consecutive victory and seven from nine races in the current season.

  • The previous year's winner at this circuit, Charles Leclerc, finished second at the Austrian Grand Prix, crossing the finish line 5.2 seconds behind Verstappen.

  • Sergio Pérez, driving for the Red Bull team, finished third, 17.2 seconds behind the race leader.

List of Previous Race Winners:

  1. Canadian Grand Prix 2023: Winner - Max Verstappen

  2. Spanish Grand Prix 2023: Winner - Max Verstappen

  3. Monaco Grand Prix 2023: Winner - Max Verstappen

  4. Bahrain Grand Prix 2023: Winner - Max Verstappen

  5. Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023: Winner - Sergio Perez

  6. Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2023: Winner - Sergio Perez

About Austria

  • Chancellor - Karl Nehammer
  • Capital - Vienna
  • Currency - Euro

By admin: July 3, 2023

5. 132nd Durand Cup tournament organized in Kolkata

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The "Trophy Tour" of the 132nd edition of Durand Cup, India's oldest football tournament, was flagged off on 30 June 2023 at a function held at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt.

Important Points:-

  • It was flagged off by Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pandey, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary and President of All India Football Federation (AIFF) Kalyan Choubey.
  • This tournament will be organized from 03 August to 03 September 2023 in Kolkata, Guwahati, Kokrajhar and Shillong. While its final will be held in Kolkata on September 3.

Foreign teams in Durand Cup:

  • 24 teams including teams from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh will participate in the 132nd edition of the tournament.
  • Foreign teams are participating in the tournament after a gap of 27 years. The tournament is open to all club teams.
  • It is organized by the Durand Football Tournament Society (DFTS) under the aegis of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
  • Basically the tournament has always been a symbol of excellence, sportsmanship and high point of competitiveness in the field of sports.

Durand Cup Tournament:

  • The Durand Cup, the world's third oldest and Asia's oldest football tournament, was first held in the year 1888 at Dagshai (Himachal Pradesh).
  • It was named after Mortimer Durand, who was then the Foreign Secretary in charge of India.
  • The tournament was initially held for British soldiers, but was later opened to civilians.
  • Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are the most successful teams in the history of the Durand Cup having won it sixteen times.

By admin: June 30, 2023

6. India won the title by defeating Iran in the Asian Kabaddi Championship

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Kabaddi-ChampionshipIndia emerged victorious in the final of the Asian Kabaddi Championship 2023 held in Busan, Korea on 30th June defeating Iran with a score of 42-32.

An overview of the news

  • This victory marks India's eighth title out of nine editions of the championship, highlighting their dominance in the sport.

  • Pawan Sehrawat, the captain of the Indian team, played a crucial role by securing a super 10, leading the team to success.

  • In the earlier league stage of the tournament, India showcased their prowess by defeating Hong Kong with a comprehensive scoreline of 64-20.

  • Six teams, including India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, and Hong Kong, participated in the championship.

  • India finished the league stage undefeated, winning all five matches and securing the top position in the points table.

  • Iran, having only lost to India during the league stage, secured the second position and advanced to the final.

  • The Indian kabaddi teams will now focus on the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, scheduled from September 23 to October 8, where they will face a tough challenge from defending champions Iran, who defeated India in the semi-finals in Jakarta in 2018.

By admin: June 30, 2023

7. TOPS clears Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia training in Kyrgyzstan and Hungary

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Wrestlers-Vinesh-Phogat-and-Bajrang-PuniaThe Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has given its approval to wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia for their training proposals under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).

An overview of the news

  • The proposals were submitted by the wrestlers to the Ministry and the TOPS team, and they were cleared within 24 hours of the request.

  • Bajrang Punia, an Olympic medalist, will participate in a 36-day training camp in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.

  • Vinesh Phogat, a medalist in world championships, will first undergo a week of training in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, followed by an 18-day training camp in Hungary.

  • Vinesh Phogat will be accompanied by physiotherapist Ashwini Jeevan Patil, sparring partner Sangeeta Phogat, and Coach Sudesh during her training sessions.

  • Bajrang Punia will be accompanied by Coach Sujeet Maan, Physiotherapist Anuj Gupta, sparring partner Jitender, and Strength and Conditioning expert Kaazi Hasan.

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: June 29, 2023

8. Kolkata Team Emerges Victorious in Historic Dubai Women's Kabaddi Final

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Women's-Kabaddi-FinalDubai created history by hosting the world's first International Women's Kabaddi Final which saw the Punjab Panthers vs Uma Kolkata contest on 28 June.

An overview of the news

  • The match concluded with Uma Kolkata emerging as champions and securing a grand prize of ₹10,000,000.

  • All the matches were held at the 'Shabab Al-Ahli' sports club in Dubai. Matches were played from 16 June to 27 June.

  • The Punjab team showcased commendable skills and secured the second position, receiving a prize of ₹5,000,000.

  • The tournament spanned 12 days and witnessed the participation of eight teams representing different states in India.

  • The Women's Kabaddi League played a crucial role in successfully organizing the event and bringing it to fruition.

  • This historic tournament provided a global platform for women Kabaddi players from India to showcase their skills and talent.

  • The participating teams represented different Indian states, including the Delhi Dynamites, Gujarat Angels, Great Marathas, Haryana Hustlers, Punjab Panthers, Rajasthan Riders, Uma Kolkata, and Bengaluru Hawks.

By admin: June 28, 2023

9. India end Special Olympics World Games campaign with whopping 202 medals

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India-end-Special-Olympics-World-GamesThe 194-member Indian team ended its campaign on a high note in the Special Olympics after bagging a whopping 202 medals in the tournament. The Special Olympics were played in Berlin across nine days from June 17 to June 25.

An overview of the news

  • India bagged 76 gold, 75 silver and 51 bronze medals in this global multi-sport event.

  • The Indian contingent comprised 198 athletes and unified partners, along with 57 coaches, who competed across 16 different sports, representing the nation with passion and dedication.

  • The Indian athletes concluded their exceptional performance at the Special Olympics with a remarkable tally of six medals in track events on the final day.

  • Aanchal Goyal and Ravimathi Arumugam secured gold medals in the 400m race, while Saket Kundu achieved a silver medal in mini javelin and a bronze in the Level B 400m race, showcasing their talent.

About Special Olympics World Games

  • The Special Olympics was established in the year 1968, marking its foundation and initiation of its impactful work.

  • The primary mission of the Special Olympics is to offer comprehensive sports training and athletic competition throughout the year. 

  • This includes a diverse range of Olympic-style sports specifically designed for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

  • The organization aims to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities continuous opportunities to enhance their physical fitness, demonstrate bravery, experience happiness, and actively engage in the sharing of talents, skills, and friendships. 

  • It seeks to promote the acceptance, respect, and integration of all individuals, regardless of their abilities or disabilities.

By admin: June 27, 2023

10. Adani Group founder Gautam Adani launches "Jeetenge Hum" campaign

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The "Jeetenge Hum" campaign was launched during the foundation day celebrations of Adani Group, on the occasion of Gautam Adani's 61st birthday.

An Overview of the News

  • The Indian cricket team that won the 1983 World Cup was felicitated in this event.

  • The campaign aims to boost morale ahead of the upcoming ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023.

  • The "Jeetenge Hum" campaign serves as a platform for national pride and support for the Indian cricket team.

  • The campaign encourages fans to believe in the team's ability to emerge victorious at the World Cup.

About "Jeetenge Hum" campaign

  • The campaign commemorates the 40th anniversary of India's historic victory in 1983.

  • The campaign encourages Indian cricket fans to unite and unite in support of Team India.

  • The campaign uses the hashtag #JeetengeHum on Twitter and Instagram to show support for the team.

  • The campaign draws inspiration from the Adani Group's ethos of "Kar Ke Dikhaya, Kar Ke Dikhayenge".

  • It epitomizes an indomitable spirit of achievement, both in cricket and business.