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By admin: Sept. 4, 2023

1. Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Heath Streak passes away at the age of 49

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Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Heath Streak passed away at the age of 49 due to colon and liver cancer on 3rd September 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • Heath Streak is known for his skills as a fast bowler.

  • Zimbabwe's all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket with 216 wickets at an average of 28.14.

  • Scored 1,990 runs in Test matches at an average of 22.35.

  • In ODIs, Streak took 239 wickets at 29.82 and scored 2,943 runs at 28.29.

  • Represented Zimbabwe in 65 Tests and 189 ODIs from 1993 to 2005.

  • Streak established the Heath Streak Academy in 2014 to support cricket development in Zimbabwe.

About Zimbabwe

  • It is officially known as the Republic of Zimbabwe, located in Southern Africa.

  • It is a landlocked country, situated between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers.

  • Zimbabwe is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the north, and Mozambique to the east.

  • Capital and largest city - Harare

  • President - Emmerson Mnangagwa

  • Vice-President - Constantino Chiwenga

By admin: Sept. 3, 2023

2. India beat Pakistan in the final to win the Men's Hockey 5s Asia Cup 2023

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India's men's hockey team won the Men's Hockey 5s Asia Cup 2023 in Salalah, Oman by defeating Pakistan in the final.

An Overview of the News

  • India also qualified for the FIH Men's Hockey 5s World Cup Oman 2024 with this win.

  • India's win against Pakistan in the final was India's first win in the Hockey 5s format after the previous three encounters.

  • India came back from 2-4 down, which was followed by a penalty shootout, where they emerged victorious.

  • Maninder Singh scored an important goal for India in the shootout.

  • In the semi-finals, India defeated Malaysia by a score of 10-4 and Pakistan reached the final after defeating Oman by a score of 7-3.

  • Hockey India announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh to each player and Rs 1 lakh to the support staff for their outstanding performance.

Hockey5s World Cup:-

  • The 2024 Hockey 5s World Cup marks the inaugural edition of the FIH Hockey 5s World Cup, a global competition for men's and women's national hockey 5s teams every four years.

  • The tournament, scheduled for January 2024,will be held in the city ofMuscat in Oman.

International Hockey Federation (FIH):-

  • It is the worldwide governing body for field hockey and indoor field hockey.

  • Its headquarters is in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Major international field hockey tournaments, including the prestigious Hockey World Cup, fall under the jurisdiction of the FIH.

  • Formation - 7 January 1924

  • Established - Paris, France

Important points:-

  • Hockey India President - Dilip Tirkey

  • Youth Affairs and Sports Minister - Anurag Singh Thakur

By admin: Aug. 29, 2023

3. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports approves participation of athletes in upcoming Asian Games

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634 athletes in various sports disciplines were cleared by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to participate in the Asian Games.

An Overview of the News

  • A total of 634 athletes from 38 different sports disciplines have been approved to represent India at the Games.

  • Notable athletes like Neeraj Chopra, Praggnanand Ramesh Babu, Lovlina Borgohain, Nikhat Zareen, Lakshya Sen, and Mirabai Chanu Saikhom have successfully met the prescribed selection criteria.

  • The selection process took into account the recommendations made by the Indian Olympic Association, which initially suggested 850 athletes.

  • During the last edition of the Asian Games in 2018, India was represented by a contingent of 572 athletes.

  • In the 2018 edition, India's performance was remarkable, bagging a total of 70 medals including an impressive tally of 16 gold medals.

By admin: Aug. 28, 2023

4. Max Verstappen Clinches Third Consecutive Victory at Dutch Grand Prix 2023

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On August 27, 2023, Max Verstappen took his third consecutive win at the Dutch Grand Prix at Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

An Overview of the News

  • Max Verstappen's victory equaled Sebastian Vettel's record of nine consecutive F1 victories.

  • Fernando Alonso secured a podium position by coming insecond.

  • Sergio Pérez, driving for Red Bull, initially finished third, but a five-second penalty resulted in Pierre Gasly taking third place on the podium.

About Dutch Grand Prix

  • Also known as the "Grote Prij van Nederland", is an annual event of the Formula One World Championship.

  • It takes place at the Circuit Zandvoort in North Holland, Netherlands.

  • The race was held continuously from 1950 to 1985 and then returned in 2021 after a gap of 35 years.

  • Starting in 1952, it became a regular part of the Formula One World Championship calendar.

  • In 1962 and 1976, the race was designated as the European Grand Prix, an honor given to one European race each year.

By admin: Aug. 28, 2023

5. Neeraj Chopra won the first gold medal for India at the World Athletics Championships

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Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the first gold medal for India at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

An Overview of the News    

  • In the men's javelin final, Neeraj Chopra won the Gold medal with a throw of 88.17 meters.

  • Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem won the silver medal in the men's javelin throw event with a throw of 87.82 metres.

  • Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic won the bronze medal in the same event.

  • In the javelin throw, Indian player Kishor Jena finished fifth, while Indian player DP Manu finished sixth.

Success in women's 3000m steeplechase:

  • Representing India, Parul Chowdhary finished 11th in the women's 3000m steeplechase event.

  • Parul Chowdhary qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024.

  • Parul with her remarkable performance created a new national record in women's steeplechase by clocking 9:15:31.

Men's 4x400m Relay:

  • The Indian team of Muhammad Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Muhammad Ajmal Variathodi, and Rajesh Ramesh finished fifth in the men's 4x400m relay.

  • He clocked a remarkable time of 2:59.92 in the final.

  • The same group set a new Asian and national record of 2:59.05 s during the first qualifying round.

By admin: Aug. 27, 2023

6. India shines in blind cricket at IBSA World Games: Women's team wins gold, men's team secures silver

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India's blind women's cricket team emerged victorious in the T20 final of the IBSA World Games held in Birmingham. They won the title by defeating Australia in the championship match.

An Overview of the News

  • The Indian women's cricket team won the gold medal on the same day by defeating Australia by nine wickets using the DLS method.

  • The Indian team won a resounding nine-wicket victory over Australia in the final.

Indian men's blind cricket team:

  • The Indian men's blind cricket team earned a silver medal at the IBSA World Games 2023 after losing to Pakistan in the men's T20 cricket final held at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

  • The inclusion of cricket in the IBSA World Games began and both the Indian men's and women's blind cricket teams reached the finals, ensuring medals for India.

About IBSA World Games

  • It was previously named the IBSA World Championships and the games are organized by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). This international multi-sport event is held every four years.

  • The Games provide an opportunity for blind and partially sighted athletes to compete in a variety of sports while showcasing their abilities on a global platform.

  • The first edition of the IBSA World Games was held in the year 1998 in Madrid, Spain.

  • The Games cover a wide variety of sports, including athletics, swimming, goalball and judo. These games provide a platform for the athletes to showcase their skills and sporting prowess.

  • Competitions in athletics, swimming, goalball and judo within the IBSA World Games form an important part of the qualification process for the Paralympic Games. Successful performance in these events can lead to participation in the Paralympics.

By admin: Aug. 27, 2023

7. HS Prannoy won a bronze medal in men's singles at the BWF World Badminton Championships 2023

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Indian badminton player HS Prannoy won the bronze medal in the men's singles category at the BWF World Badminton Championships 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • HS Prannoy achieved the feat by winning his semi-final match against Thailand's Kunlavut Witidsarn in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • World number nine HS Prannoy lost the match to world number three Kunlavut Witidsarn by 21-18, 13-21, 14-21.

  • The match lasted for one hour and 16 minutes at the Royal Arena.

  • HS Prannoy became the fifth Indian men's singles player to win a medal at the BWF World Badminton Championships.

  • Kidambi Srikanth is the only Indian to reach the men's singles final (in 2021) of the same event.

  • The 28th edition of BWF World Badminton Championships 2023, sponsored by TotalEnergies, was held at Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark from 21st to 27th August.

  • Copenhagen has been chosen as the host for the BWF World Championships for the fifth time.

About BWF World Championships

  • It was formerly known as the IBF World Championships and is also known as the World Badminton Championships.

  • It is a prestigious badminton tournament officially sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

  • The inaugural tournament took place in 1977 and followed a triennial (once every three years) schedule until 1983.

  • The early years faced challenges as the World Badminton Federation (later merged with the IBF to form the Unified Badminton Federation) organized a similar tournament a year after the IBF World Championships, sharing similar objectives.

  • From 1985 onwards, the championship adopted a biennial pattern, taking place every two years until 2005.

  • From 2006 onwards, the tournament turned into an annual event on the BWF calendar.

By admin: Aug. 25, 2023

8. Indian Chess Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa Finishes 2nd In FIDE World Cup

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Indian genius Praggnanandhaa finished second with a win over Magnus Carlsen in the FIDE World Chess Cup 2023 final.

An Overview of the News

  • Magnus Carlsen emerged victorious in the FIDE World Cup for the first time in his career.

  • The final match between Carlsen and Praggnanandhaa lasted three days and featured four intense games played in two formats.

  • After a one-match draw in the tiebreaker round, Carlsen's decisive victory was confirmed after the second tiebreaker game.

Significance of Praggnanand's achievement:

  • Praggnanandhaa, who celebrated his 18th birthday during the World Cup, created history by becoming the youngest-ever World Cup finalist.

  • Seeded 31st, Praggnanandhaa also holds the distinction of being the lowest-seeded player to reach a World Cup final.

  • He achieved the title of Grandmaster at the age of 12.

About Rameshbabu Praggnanandha:

  • He gained international recognition by earning the title of International Master at the age of 10, making him the youngest player to achieve this feat at that time.

  • At the age of 12, he earned the coveted title of Grandmaster, becoming the second youngest player to hold that title up to that time.

  • On February 22, 2022, at the age of 16, he achieved another milestone in the Airthings Masters rapid chess tournament by defeating the current world champion Magnus Carlsen in a rapid game. (This record was later broken by Gukesh D on 16 October 2022.)

By admin: Aug. 25, 2023

9. Rajeshwari Kumari secures Olympic shooting slot for India at Paris 2024 Games

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Rajeshwari Kumari secured an additional shooting slot for India in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.

An Overview of the News

  • Rajeshwari Kumari participated in the women's trap final at the ISSF World Championship 2023 held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

  • Due to her impressive performance, she finished fifth in the event.

Qualification for the Paris Olympics:

  • The ISSF World Championship 2023 is an important qualifying tournament for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

  • Rajeshwari Kumari's achievement in the women's trap final secured India's representation in the women's trap event at the Paris Olympics.

National Quota Seats:

  • At the ISSF World Championships 2023, the top four finishers from different countries in each of the 12 Olympic individual shooting events earned quota seats for their respective national teams.

  • This allocation will result in a total of 48 shooters competing at the Paris Olympics.

By admin: Aug. 25, 2023

10. Shooter Amanpreet Singh won the gold medal at the ISSF World Championships in Azerbaijan

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Indian shooter Amanpreet Singh won the gold medal in the men's 25m standard pistol shooting event at the ISSF World Championship 2023 held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

news overview

  • In the women's 25m standard pistol shooting event, participants Tiana, Yashita Shokeen and Kritika Sharma could not qualify for the individual medal rounds. However, they managed to secure the team bronze medal with a combined score of 1601.

  • With this achievement, India's total medal tally at the championships reached a total of nine medals, including five gold medals and four bronze medals.

About ISSF World Shooting Championships

  • The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) is responsible for overseeing the ISSF World Shooting Championships.

  • Following the success of the 1896 Summer Olympics, the World Shooting Championships began in 1897. Despite the ISSF's founding in 1907, these early competitions are considered the start of an unbroken series of championships.

  • Implementing this perspective, the event held in Zagreb in 2006 was named the 49th ISSF World Shooting Championships.

  • The program of these championships, covering all ISSF shooting disciplines, consists of a quadrennial event since 1954.