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By admin: July 19, 2024

1. Suryakumar Yadav Named India’s T20I Captain

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Suryakumar Yadav will captain the Indian T20 team in the three-match series against Sri Lanka, starting on the 27th of July.

An Overview of the News

  • ODI Squad: Rohit Sharma will continue as ODI captain, with Virat Kohli also included in the squad for the 50-over series against Sri Lanka next month.

  • Vice-Captain: Shubman Gill has been named vice-captain for both T20 and ODI formats.

T20I Squad

  • Batsmen: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rinku Singh, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson

  • All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Shivam Dube

  • Bowlers: Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohd Siraj

ODI Squad

  • New Faces: Riyan Parag, Harshit Rana

  • Established Players: Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd Siraj, Washington Sundar, Arshdeep Singh, Axar Patel, Khaleel Ahmed

By admin: July 19, 2024

2. Argentina Tops FIFA Rankings as India Holds Steady at 124th Position

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India has retained its 124th spot in the latest FIFA rankings.

An Overview of the News

  • The team did not drop any places, following a previous decline of three spots in June due to a challenging 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign.

  • India is ranked 22nd in Asia, behind Syria, Palestine, and Vietnam.

Top 10 Performers

  • Argentina: Maintained the top spot in the rankings, solidifying their position with an unbeaten run to win the continental title.

  • France: Remained in the second spot after reaching the semifinals of Euro 2024.

  • Spain: Moved up five places to third following their victory as European champions.

  • England: Advanced one place to fourth, surpassing Brazil.

  • Brazil: Dropped to fifth place.

  • Belgium: Fell three places to sixth, dropping out of the top five.

  • Netherlands: Remained in seventh place.

  • Portugal: Dropped two places to eighth.

  • Colombia: Climbed three places to ninth despite a narrow loss to Argentina in the Copa America final, marking its return to the top 10.

  • Italy Maintains Steady Position at 10th

FIFA Men's World Ranking

  • FIFA Men's World Ranking: Ranks men's national football teams, with Argentina leading as of July 2024; introduced in December 1992.

  • Top Teams: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain; Brazil has held the top spot longest.

  • Points System: Teams are awarded points based on results of FIFA-recognized matches.

  • Current System: Uses Elo rating system (adapted from chess and Go) since 16 August 2018.

  • Sponsorship: Sponsored by Coca-Cola, hence the name FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

By admin: May 11, 2024

3. India won 43 medals in the Asian Under-22 and Youth Boxing Championships

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The Indian boxing team clinched a remarkable 43 medals at the Asian U-22 and Youth Boxing Championships 2024, held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from April 25 to May 8.

An Overview of the News

  • Among these medals, there were 12 gold, 14 silver, and 17 bronze, demonstrating India's prowess in both youth and U-22 categories.

  • India secured the second position in the overall medal tally, trailing behind the host nation, Kazakhstan, which amassed a total of 48 medals.

  • The U-22 Indian squad contributed significantly, earning a total of 21 medals, comprising seven gold, five silver, and nine bronze.

  • Additionally, the youth category added to India's medal haul with 22 medals, including five gold, nine silver, and eight bronze.

  • The championship was organized by the Asian Boxing Federation, showcasing the rising talent and competitive spirit within the Asian boxing community.

Tournament Highlights:

Men's Category

  • Youth Category:

    • Brijesh secures India's first gold medal in the 48kg category by defeating Tajikistan's Muminov Muinkhodzha in the final.

    • Aryan continues India's success by winning gold in the 51kg category, defeating Kyrgyzstan's Kamilov Zafarbek.

  • U-22 Category:

    • Vishvanath Suresh claims India's first gold in the U-22 category (48kg) by defeating Kazakhstan's Karap Yernar.

    • Akash Gorkha secures India's third gold in the U-22 category (60kg) by defeating Kazakhstan's Ruslan Kuzeubayev.

Women's Category:

  • U-22 Category:

    • Olympic boxer Preeti clinches gold in the 54kg category by defeating Kazakhstan's Bazarova Elina.

    • Muskan secures gold in the 75kg category by defeating Uzbekistan's Zokirova Aziza, contributing to India's seventh U-22 gold medal.

By admin: April 8, 2024

4. Bindyarani Devi wins bronze medal at IWF World Cup 2024

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Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 silver medalist Bindyarani Devi won bronze at the IWF World Cup 2024.

An Overview of the News

  • The IWF World Cup 2024 took place in Phuket, Thailand from March 31 to April 11, 2024.

  • Both male and female weightlifters participated in the World Cup.

Exclusive Indian Representation:

  • Bindyarani Devi and Mirabai Chanu were the only two Indian weightlifters to compete at the IWF World Cup 2024.

Bindyarani Devi's bronze medal performance:

  • Category and Lift: Bindyarani Devi, 25, competed in the women's 55 kg category and achieved a lift of 196 kg.

  • Lift Breakdown: Her lifts included 83 kg in the snatch and 113 kg in the clean and jerk.

  • Comparison with previous achievements: While his lifts at the World Cup fell short of his performance at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022, where he lifted 203 kg to clinch the silver medal.

Mirabai Chanu's qualification for Paris Olympics 2024:

  • Finished 12th in the 49kg category at the IWF World Cup 2024.

  • Despite not winning a medal in the World Cup, she qualified for the Paris Olympics.

  • The only Indian weightlifter to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

  • Currently ranked second in the Olympic qualification rankings for the 49 kg category.

Paris Olympics 2024 Qualification Details:

  • The IWF World Cup in Phuket served as the final qualifying event for weightlifting at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

  • The top 10 ranked lifters in the Olympic qualification rankings for each weight category earn quota spots.

  • Bindyarani Devi is currently ranked 29th in the Olympic qualification rankings for the women's 59 kg category.

Background of Mirabai Chanu:

  • Silver medalist in 49 kg category at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

  • Gold medalist at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, USA.

  • Three-time gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games (2014, 2018 and 2022).

  • Considered one of the great players of Indian weightlifting.

IWF World Cup 2024 Overview:

  • Organized by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

  • Held in Phuket, Thailand from March 31 to April 11, 2024.

  • Both male and female weightlifters from different countries were showcased.

  • North Korea's Kang Hyeon Gyeong won the gold medal in the women's 55 kg category.

  • Mihaela Cambei of Romania won the silver medal in the same category.

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF):

  • Established in 1905

  • The governing body for men's and women's weightlifting worldwide.

  • Recognized by the International Olympic Association.

  • It includes 193 member countries.

  • The headquarters is located in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Chairman: Mohammed Hassan Jaloud.

By admin: April 6, 2024

5. Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden Secure Miami Open Men's Doubles Title 2024.

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The men's doubles championship at the 2024 Miami Open Tennis tournament was won by Australian Matthew Ebden and 44-year-old Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna. 

An Overview of the News:

  • The tournament held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida, United States, on March 31, 2024. 

  • Despite losing the opening set, they defeated Croatia's Ivan Dodig and the USA's Austin Krajicek.

  • With their triumph, Bopanna and Ebden were able to take back the top spot in the ATP men's doubles rankings.

  • Bopanna became the fourth Indian to win the Miami Open, following in the footsteps of Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati, and Sania Mirza.

Danielle Collins Triumphs in Women's Singles:

  • Danielle Collins, an American tennis player, defeated Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in the championship match to win the women's singles title.

Men's Singles Champion Jannik Sinner Wins:

  • In the men's singles division, Jannik Sinner of Italy triumphed against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the championship match.

Additional Insights on the Miami Open:

  • The inaugural competition took place at the Lavers International Tennis Resort in Florida in February 1985.

  • Named after the Miami Gardens, Florida, USA, professional tennis tournament, it is held there once a year.

  • Hard Rock Stadium is home to outdoor hard courts where competitions are held. 

  • These events usually take place in late March or early April.

Important Tennis Grand Slams:

  • The Australian Open kicks off the tennis calendar in mid-January.

  • The French Open, commonly referred to as Roland Garros, usually graces the tennis scene in late May.

  • Wimbledon, renowned for its grass courts, captivates audiences towards the end of June.

  • The US Open, a significant event concluding the Grand Slam calendar, unfolds at the close of August.

By admin: April 5, 2024

6. Arjun Erigaisi becomes India's number 1 chess player, reaches world top 10

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Arjun Erigaisi is the new top-ranked Indian chess player in the latest FIDE rankings released by chess's world governing body on April 1, ranking 9th globally with a standard rating of 2756.

An Overview of the News

  • Erigaisi's stellar performances at events such as the 5th Shenzhen Chess Masters and the Bundesliga saw him break into the top 10 for the first time.

Indian Chess Contingent: Notable Rankings

  • Viswanathan Anand, a five-time world champion, follows Erigaisi as the second-ranked Indian with a rating of 2751, securing the 11th position globally.

  • Young talents like Praggnanandhaa R (14th), Gukesh D (16th), and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (25th) also hold impressive spots in the FIDE rankings.

World Chess Elite: Top Contenders and Ratings

  • Magnus Carlsen continues to lead the global rankings with a rating of 2830.

  • Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura, both Americans, are seen as favorites to win the Candidates tournament, with ratings of 2803 and 2789 respectively.

  • Chinese star Ding Liren holds the 5th position with a rating of 2762.

  • Other strong contenders for the Candidates tournament include Alireza Firouzja from France (6th) and Ian Nepomniachtchi from Russia (7th).

The International Chess Federation (FIDE)

  • FIDE, also known by its French abbreviation, is an international organization headquartered in Switzerland.

  • It serves as the governing body for international chess competitions.

  • FIDE facilitates connections between different national chess federations worldwide.

  • Its primary role is to oversee and regulate international chess competitions.

Formation - July 20, 1924

President - Arkady Dvorkovich

Headquarters - Lausanne, Switzerland

By admin: April 2, 2024

7. MS Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper in the world to take 300 wickets in T20 cricket

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Indian cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni achieved a significant feat in T20 cricket at the Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, becoming the first wicketkeeper in the world to take 300 wickets in the format.

An Overview of the News:

  • Dhoni took the catch of Prithvi Shaw during the match against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024, which was his 300th wicket behind the stumps in T20 cricket.

  • Ahead of IPL 2024, Dhoni left his captaincy role at Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and handed over the reins to Ruturaj Gaikwad.

  • Dhoni's tally includes 213 catches and 87 stumpings, taking him to a total of 300 wickets in his illustrious T20 career.

  • After Dhoni, former Pakistani keeper Kamran Akmal is at the second position with 274 dismissals (172 catches and 102 stumpings), while Dinesh Karthik is at the third position with 274 dismissals (207 catches and 67 stumpings).

  • Top five keepers: Quinton de Kock is fourth with 270 dismissals (221 catches and 49 stumpings), while Jos Buttler is fifth with 209 dismissals (168 catches and 41 stumpings).

By admin: March 23, 2024

8. Sharath Kamal Named Indian Flagbearer for Paris Olympics 2024

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On March 21, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) named Sharath Kamal as the flag bearer for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

An Overview of the News

Achievements of Sharath Kamal

  • Kamal, who is ranked 88th in the world rankings, has a record 10 national table tennis championship titles.

  • Won 13 medals including seven gold in the Commonwealth Games.

  • Earned two medals in Asian Games and three bronze medals in World Championships.

Chef de Mission appointed: MC Mary Kom

  • MC Mary Kom, the first woman boxer to win six world titles, has been appointed as the Chef de Mission for Paris 2024.

  • Mary Kom won a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games, becoming the first female boxer from India to do so, and won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Mary Kom's illustrious career began at the age of 18, when she showcased her talent at the inaugural World Competition in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Gagan Narang will Supervise the Shooting Village Operations

  • Gagan Narang, bronze medalist in the 10 meter air rifle event at the London 2012 Olympics, was given the responsibility of operating the shooting village.

  • Shooting, which has been important for India since the Beijing 2008 Olympics, aims to achieve success in Paris.

Paris Olympics Program

  • The Paris Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 11.

By admin: Oct. 6, 2023

9. The Indian men's hockey team won the gold medal in the 19th Asian Games

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Under the leadership of Harmanpreet Singh, the Indian men's hockey team won the gold medal.

An Overview of the News

  • The Indian men's hockey team achieved this victory by defeating Japan 5-1 in the final match of the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China on October 6, 2023.

  • This is India's fourth gold medal in men's hockey at the Asian Games, having previously won it in 1966 (Bangkok), 1998 (Bangkok) and 2014 (Incheon).

Overall medal tally:

  • India added 9 medals to its tally on the 13th day of the 19th Asian Games.

  • These medals included 1 gold, 2 silver, and 6 bronze.

  • As of October 6, 2023, India's total medal tally at the Asian Games 2023 was 95 medals, including 22 gold, 34 silver and 39 bronze.

Indian medal winners on Day 13:

  • Gold Medal Winner: Indian Men's Hockey Team.

  • Silver medalists: Indian men's bridge team and Indian men's archery team (recurve team event).

  • Bronze medalists: Kiran Bishnoi (women's freestyle wrestling 76 kg), Aman Sehrawat (men's freestyle wrestling 57 kg), Sonam Malik (women's freestyle wrestling 63 kg), India women's Sepkatkara team, HS Prannoy (badminton singles), and India women's archery Team (recurve event).

By admin: Oct. 2, 2023

10. India won 60 medals including 13 gold in Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou

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As of 2 October 2023, India has won 60 medals (13 gold, 24 silver, 23 bronze).

An Overview of the News

  • A 655-member Indian contingent participated in the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou.

  • The event began on 23 September and will end on 8 October.

Previous performances at Jakarta 2018:

  • India achieved a historic record with 70 medals (16 gold, 23 silver, 31 bronze).

Asian Games 2023 total medal tally as of 2 October 2023:

  • China is on top with 142 gold medals.

  • Japan is in second place with 31 gold medals.

  • The Republic of Korea is in third place with 30 gold medals.

Hangzhou Asian Games 2023:

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping officially opened the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China on September 23, 2023.

  • The 19th Hangzhou Asian Games will be held from 23 September to 8 October 2023.

  • The opening ceremony was held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium, also known as the Big Lotus.

  • Nearly 12,500 athletes from 45 countries and territories in Asia are competing in 61 disciplines across 40 sports.

  • The slogan of the Games is 'Heart to Heart, @Future.'

Important Points

  • India has sent a strong delegation of 665 members to these games.

  • During the opening ceremony, the Indian team flag was raised by Indian men's hockey team captain Harmanpreet Singh and Olympic bronze medalist in boxing Lovlina Borgohain.