SPORTS - 2018 DECEMBER

December 1

AIBA set to introduce ‘protest system’ at 2019 men’s world championships.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced that it will introduce a “Protest System” for coaches and boxers in next year’s Men World Championship to be held in Moscow, Russia which will also acts as a qualifier for 2020 Olympic Games.
The proposed new system for boxers and coaches has been tested at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and recently concluded Women’s World Championship in Delhi.
AIBA World Boxing Championships:
AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships and the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships are biennial amateur boxing competitions organised by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), which is the sport governing body.
The championship was first held in 1974 Havana, Cuba as a men's only event and the first women's championships was held over 25 years later in 2001.
International Boxing Association (AIBA):
Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
President: Gafur Rakhimov (Interim)
Founded: 1946.

Wrestling Federation of India rolls out contracts system for wrestlers.
The announcement was made by WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The contracts will be reviewed after one year.
The wrestlers have been placed in four Grades. Grade A offers 30 lakh rupees and includes Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat along with Pooja Dhanda.
Grade B contract offers 20 lakh rupees and includes two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik.
The C category offers 10 lakh rupees and features, among others, Sandeep Tomar, Sajan Bhanwal, Ritu Phogat, and Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran.
The D category gives 5 lakh rupees support and includes Rahul Aware, Naveen, Sachin Rathi, and Anshu Malik.
WFI is the only Indian Olympic Association-affiliated National Sports Federation to offer contracts to its athletes and only the second after the BCCI.
AIFF to launch a school-level project with FIFA.
According to AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will launch a school-level project by March-April 2019 in association with the game's world governing body FIFA.
Under this programme, the AIFF touched about 15 thousand schools across the country.
The project 'schools league', will be launched on a pilot basis
All India Football Federation (AIFF):
President: Praful M Patel
Headquarters: Dwarka, Delhi
Founded: 23 June 1937
Federation Internationale de Football Association(FIFA):
President: Gianni Infantino
Secretary General: Fatma Samoura
Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland
Founded: 21 May 1904

December 2

Minjee Lee becomes first woman to win Australia's Greg Norman Medal.
22 Years old Australian Golfer, Minjee Lee became the first woman to win prestigious Greg Norman Medal as the best Australian golfer on the international stage after her brilliant performance in 2018.
Minjee Lee who breaks into the Top 10 of the world ranking with the sixth rank joined the Jason Day and Marc Leishman in the list of winners of Australian golf’s prestigious individual honour.
Australia's Greg Norman Medal:
Greg Norman Medal is awarded annually to best male or female professional Australian golfer on the world stage. The award was established in 2015 by the Professional Golfers Association of Australia (PGA) with the support of the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG).

December 3

Atlawim Debebe of Ethiopia wins 33rd Pune International Marathon.
Teshome Getachew (Ethiopia) claimed second and Bekele Asefa (Ethiopia) third position.
In women’s Full Marathon Pascalia Jepkosgei (Kenya) stood first.
Dekebe Tafa and Degefa Gezmu both from Ethiopia are winners of the men’s and women’s half marathon.
Pune International Marathon:
The Pune International Marathon is an annual marathon foot-race held in Pune, India. The first edition of the race was held in 1983, and the 31st edition will be held in 2016. It attracts many international participants, who compete with local and national runners in the distinct climate of the Indian subcontinent.

December 4

Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik Win Gold At Wrestling Nationals.
Indian star wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik successfully emerged champions in the 57 kg and 62 kg title respectively in the Tata Motors Senior Women's National Championship.
Vinesh Phogat bagged her sixth National title. She had earlier won five Nationals in a row from 2012 to 2016. 
The event was hosted by Uttar Pradesh.

Ullas Narayan Wins India's 1st International Medal in Ultra Running.
Ullas Narayan became the first Indian individual medal winner in an international ultra running event by winning bronze in the 2018 International Association of Ultra Running (IAU) 24 Hour Asia & Oceania Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.
Ullas Narayan secured third position as he completed 250 km. He finished behind Japanese runners Yoshihiko Ishikawa (253 km) and Nobuyuki Takahashi (252 km).
International Association of Ultra Runners:
The International Association of Ultra runners is the world governing body of ultra running, race events longer than the marathon distance of 42.2km. It regulates and sanctions the World Championships for various ultra marathon distances, and tracks world records in ultra distance races approved by IAU.

Tata Open India International Challenge 2018 (Badminton) was held in Mumbai.
Winners:
Men’s Singles: Lakshya Sen (India)
Women’s Singles: Ashmita Chaliha (India)
Men’s Doubles: Arjun M.R., B. Sumeeth Reddy (India)
Women’s Doubles: Ng Wing Yung, Yeung Nga Ting (Hong Kong)
Mixed Doubles: Nipitphon Phuangphuapet, Savitree Amitrapai (Thailand)

December 5

IPL: Delhi Daredevils renamed as Delhi Capitals.
Delhi Daredevils was renamed as 'Delhi Capitals' after a poor track record over the past 11 IPL(Indian Premier League) seasons.
Co-owners Parth Jindal (representing JSW Sport) and Kiran Kumar Grandhi (GMR) unveiled the new name of the team.
Shreyas Iyer will continue to lead the team despite the presence of Shikhar Dhawan.
Dhawan returns to Delhi for the 2019 season after being traded by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Australian Ricky Ponting will continue to coach the team.

December 6

Eliud Kipchoge And Caterine Ibarguen Named IAAF Athletes Of The Year.
Kenyan distance runner Eliud Kipchoge and Colombian long and triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen have been named male and female world athletes of the year.
The pair were honoured by the IAAF (The International Association of Athletics Federations) at a ceremony in Monaco
Sweden's 19-year-old pole vaulter Armand Duplantis won the men's rising star award while the women's award went to American 400m runner Sydney McLaughlin.

December 7

Italy Wins Admiral's Cup Sailing Regatta 2018
The ninth edition of ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta (2018) concluded with a glittering closing ceremony at Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala.
Team Italy represented by Midshipman Vincenzo Rocco and Midshipman Alberto Cabras won the Admiral's Cup 2018.
The host country team (Indian Naval Academy) finished fourth in the overall position of Admiral's Cup 2018.

Budapest to host 2023 IAAF World Championships
Budapest will host the 2023 athletics world championships
The new stadium will be built on the eastern bank of the River Danube with a capacity of 40,000 for the championships, reduced to 15,000 for future events.
Budapest has twice hosted the IAAF world indoor championships and the European athletics championships.
The 2019 world championships will be held in Doha, Qatar, and the 2021 edition in Eugene, Oregon.

Yasir Shah becomes fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets after Breaking 82 year old Record
Yasir Shah bettered Clarrie Grimmett's record of being the fastest to 200 Test wickets when he completed the feat in just 33rd match.
Yasir Shah trapped Will Somerville LBW to reach 200 Test wickets.

December 8

Paras Dogra hits record - breaking 8th double century in Ranji trophy.
Paras Dogra, a 34-year-old batsman plays for Puducherry.
Dogra scored 253 off 244 balls in what was his eighth double-century in India's top domestic tournament.
Dogra, who started his Ranji Trophy career during the 2001-2002 season for Himachal Pradesh, joined the Puducherry side this season.
Puducherry:
Capital: Pondicherry
Current Chief Minister: V. Narayanasamy
Current lieutenant governor: Kiran Bedi

December 9

India booked their spot in the quarter finals of the Hockey World Cup 2018 after defeating Canada in their last Pool C game of the tournament.
Lalit Upadhyay is the man of the match.
Harmanpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh and Amit Rohidas scored a goal each, helping India register a thumping win against the World No.11 team.
2018 men’s hockey world cup held in Kalinga stadium, Bhubaneswar.
Orissa:
Capital: Bhubaneswar
Current Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik
Current governor: Ganeshi Lal

Ravichandran Ashwin makes Shaun Marsh break unwanted 130-year-old record
Shaun Marsh became the first Australian batsman in the top five to be dismissed for six consecutive single-digit scores since 1888.
Former Australian cricketer Kerry O'Keeffe praised Virat Kohli and Ashwin for their tactics to get Marsh out.
Australia:
Capital: Canberra
Currency: Australian dollar
Prime Minister: Scott Morrison

December 10

Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore launches second edition of Khelo India
These games will start from January 9th to January 20th in Pune.
These games were held only for the Under-17 age group, while the second edition will also have Under-21 athletes participating in 18 disciplines.
This is a grassroots sports programme that is providing a platform at the level of school students, which is of international level.
Maharashtra:
Capital: Mumbai
Current Chief Minister: DevendraFadnavis
Current governor: C. VidyasagarRao

Shubhankar Sharma Clinches 2018 Asian Tour Order of Merit Title
22 year old,ShubhankarSharmabecame the youngest Indian to top the Asian Tour list.
The Chandigarh-based golfer joined an exclusive club of Indians who have achieved the feat in the past - Jyoti Randhawa (2002), Arjun Atwal (2003), Jeev Milkha Singh (2006 and 2008) and AnirbanLahiri (2015).
Shubhankar Sharma honoured with the Arjuna award 2018.
Haryana:
Capital: Chandigarh
Current Chief Minister: ManoharLalKhattar
Current governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya

Anushkagupta, Chaitanyaguptaemerged champions in under – 7 girls and boys competition respectively at the US Kids Golf India tour.
This event was held in Gurugram, Haryana.
Renowned Indian golfer JyotiRandhawa, who was present to encourage the children, lauded the effort to take golf to the grassroots.

Ajay Rohera scored 267 on his debut match against Hyderabad while playing the Ranji trophy match in Indore.
21 year old AjayRohera set a world record with the previous best held by Mumbai’s AmolMuzumdar who had scored 260 against Haryana in Faridabad in 1994.
He set another new record as the highest individual scorer for Madhyapradesh by crossing the previous record of JP Yadav who scored 265.
Madhya Pradesh:
Capital: Bhopal
Current Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Current governor: Anandiben Patel

India won the match against Australia in the four match series at the Adelaide.
Kohli became the first Asian captain to win Tests in England, Australia and South Africa.
Pant equalledthe world record held by Jack Russell and AB AB de Villiers of taking 11 catches in a Test match.
India last won a Test at the Adelaide Oval in 2003.
Player of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara (India).
Australia:
Capital: Canberra
Currency: Australian dollar
Prime Minister: Scott Morrison

December 13

SAIL Hockey Academy wins Aga Khan Gold Cup tournament
Steel Authority of India’s Hockey Academy won the 115th Aga Khan Gold Cup tournament.
Steel Authority of India's Hockey Academy beat Army XI Danapur.
This Hockey tournament held at Major Dhyan Chand hockey stadium in New Delhi.
Aga Khan Gold Cup is one of the oldest hockey tournaments in the country.
Hockey India:
President: Mohammad Mushtaq Ahmed

Allan Border Medal to be rebranded as Australian Cricket Awards
With the increase in recognition of women’s cricket and the popularity of the T20 format, Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) announced to rebrand its Allan Border Medal to Australian Cricket Awards from 2019 onwards.
The event is held on an annual basis to celebrate the performances of Australian players across national and domestic cricket.
The 2019 Australian Cricket Awards is slated to be held at The Crown Palladium, Melbourne.
Australia:
Capital: Canberra

December 14

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named Indian whisky brand Royal Stag as an official sponsor in a five-year deal.
The agreement, which will run through 2023, will see Royal Stag act as a sponsor of the sport’s major international events.
The Indian company will also serve as an official sponsor at the ICC T20 World Cup, with the next edition of the competition taking place in 2020.
This sponsorship deal is estimated to be US $5-6 million per year.
Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd are the makers of the whisky brand Royal Stag.
International Cricket Council:
Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

December 15

21st USHA National Athletics Championship for the Blind held in New Delhi.
This venue held at Thyagaraj sports complex, New Delhi.
This Championship has competitions in the conventional track, field athletic events and chess tournament.
Ace Indian boxer Vijender Singh was present on the occasion to inspire the young athletes and gave prices to the winners.
India Blind Sports Association:
Chairperson: Radhika Bharat Ram

December 16

PV Sindhu Scripts History, becomes 1st Indian To Win BWF World Tour Finals
PV Sindhu beat Nozomi Okuhara to clinch her maiden BWF World Tour Finals title.
Sindhu, who had lost in the summit clash to Japanese, Akane Yamaguchi in the last edition, put in a brilliant all-round display to give no chance to Okuhara in the final.
The 23-year-old Indian has suffered numerous heartbreaks in finals of tournaments in recent years. She took home the silver after losing to Spain's Carolina Marin at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
BWF World Tour 2018 was concluded in Guangzhou, China.
Japan:
Capital: Tokyo
Currency: Japanese yen

Belgium won the Hockey world cup 2018
Belgium beat Netherlands in the Hockey World Cup final.
Belgium became the world champions for the first time.
Belgium hockey registered its second biggest international title after the Olympics silver in Rio in 2016.
Belgium:
Currency : Euro

Pakistan to host 2020 Asia Cup
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has awarded the hosting rights for the Asia Cup in 2020 to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The place for the tournament remains unclear, whether it will be played in Pakistan or the UAE.
United Arab Emirates:
Capital: Abu Dhabi

December 17

Virat Kohli breaks plethora of records en route to remarkable 25th Test century
Virat Kohli is the second fastest player to score 25 centuries in 127 innings.
Don Bradman took 68 innings to score 25 Test hundreds.
Tendulkar and Kohli are the only two batsmen to slam six hundreds in Australia in the last 70 years.
Virat Kohli has scored 1029 runs in 10 Tests in 2018 while former South Africa captain Greame Smith tops the list, having scored 1212 runs in 11 matches in 2008.
South Africa:
Currency: South African rand

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep have been named ITF world champions for 2018.
Djokovic receives the honour from International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the sixth time.
This is the first year for Simona Halep. The Romanian has spent 40 weeks of the year to get ranked as world No. 1.
Novak Djokovic is from Serbia. Simona Halep is from Romania.
International Tennis Federation:
Head quarters: London, United Kingdom

December 18

37th Senior National Rowing Championship Begins in Pune
The 37th Senior National Rowing Championship started in the Army Rowing Node in Pune.
Around 500 rowers and coaches from various rowing associations across the country will take part in the Championship.
The Rowers for the World Championships-2019 will be selected from this event. World Championship -2019 is the first qualifying Championship for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Maharashtra:
Capital: Mumbai
Governor: C. Vidyasagar Rao

Joshna Bags Record-equalling 16th National Title, Mahesh Wins Maiden Crown
Squash star Joshna Chinappa equalled Bhuvneshwari Kumari's record of 16 national titles while Mahesh Mangaonkar won his maiden crown on the concluding day of the premier domestic event at the HCL campus in Noida.
Joshna has dominated the National Championships over the last two decades but has also had some tough battles with Mekhala Subedar and longtime teammate Dipika Pallikal, who is not a regular at the domestic event.
In the men's final, Mahesh outwitted Vikram Malhotra in a five game tussle of fluctuating fortunes.
Tamilnadu:
Capital: Chennai
Chief minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami

December 20

Legendary kabaddi player Anup Kumar announced retirement
A veteran in the sport, Arjuna awardee Anup Kumar began his international career in 2006 at the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka.
He led India to gold medal at the Asian Games and was also part of the team which repeated the feat in the 2014 edition.
The 35-year-old had also led India to memorable Kabaddi World Cup title triumph in 2016.
Sri Lanka:
President: Maithripala Sirisena

December 21

ICC orders PCB to pay 60% of BCCI's legal cost in failed compensation case
The International Cricket Council (ICC) ordered the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to pay 60 per cent of the costs incurred by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and an ICC panel during the two boards legal wrangle over a bilateral series agreement.
Earlier, the ICC rejected Pakistan Cricket Board PCB’s Compensation claim which blamed India for lack of bilateral series between the two nations.
The BCCI has been asked to pay 40% of the administrative costs and expenses of the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC).
Board of Control for Cricket in India:
Headquarters: Mumbai

December 22

Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur remain ODI and T20I captains
India will play three ODIs in New Zealand beginning January 24 2019 as part of the ICC Women's Championship before playing three T20 Internationals.
Gearing up for the New Zealand tour, Indian women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj stressed on the need to bring focus back on cricket after hogging the limelight for the wrong reasons following a controversial ending to their World T20 campaign.
New Zealand:
Capital: Wellington

Premier Badminton League begins in Mumbai
The semi finals and final games will be held in Bengaluru.
Total nine franchises will take part in the tournament, with the final to be played on 13th January 2019.
90 players from 17 countries will be seen in action during the event.
Maharashtra:
Capital: Mumbai

December 23

Belgium to end the year as No. 1 in FIFA global ranking
Belgium has 1727 points as per FIFA calculations.
France ranked 2nd with 1726 points and Brazil ranked third with 1676 points.
India ranked at 97th Position in the latest FIFA ranking.
Belgium:
Currency: Euro

Real Madrid Beats Al Ain 4-1 To Win Club World Cup
Spain's Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for a third consecutive year, and record fourth in total, by beating Abu Dhabi side Al Ain in the final.
Real now hold the record for most victories in the competition, which was first held in 2000, moving one clear of Spanish rivals Barcelona.

December 24

Bala Rafique Shaikh Wins Maharashtra Kesari 2018
Bala Rafique Shaikh achieved the Maharashtra Kesari 2018 title by defeating Abhijeet Katke of Pune in the wrestling duel held at Azad ground, Jalna, Maharashtra.
Bala Rafique Shaikh was honoured with a silver mace weighing 1.5 Kg and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.
Maharashtra Kesari is an Indian-style reputed wrestling championship, established in 1961 in Maharashtra. ‘Kesari’ is a Sanskrit word for ‘Lion’.
Maharashtra:
Captial: Mumbai

Mangaonkar, Fadte clinch titles at squash tournament
National champion Mahesh Mangaonkar of Maharashtra and Yash Fadte of Goa clinched the men's and under 19 boys titles respectively in the CCI Western India Squash Championship.
CCI Western India Squash Championship organized by Squash Rackets Federation of India in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Yash Fadte had knocked out Rutvik Rau and Tushar Shahani in the previous two rounds and toppled second seed Veer Chotrani of Maharashtra in five games in the under 19 boys final.
Squash Rackets Federation of India:
President: Debendranath Sarangi

Players of MP bag 3 golds at 37th Rowing Championship
In the 37th Senior National Rowing Championship the rowing players of Madhya Pradesh Water Sports Academy bagged three gold medals and one bronze medal.
Besides, in the championship, the players of Madhya Pradesh bagged the overall fourth position with seven medals including three gold medals and four bronze.
The seven day 37th Senior National Rowing Championship concluded at Army Rowing Node, College of Military Engineering in Pune.

December 25

Five weightlifters banned after 2012 Olympic tests reanalyzed
Five weightlifters, including two Olympic champions, have been provisionally suspended after reanalysis of urine samples provided during the 2012 London Olympics.
The Weightlifters who are banned are Ukrainian Oleksiy Torokhtiy, Uzbek Ruslan Nurudinov both where the participants of 105 kg Category, Valentin Hristov of Azerbaijan who participated in 56 Kg Category, Armenia’s Meline Daluzyan and Belarusian Mikalai Novikau.
Only Torokhtiy stands to lose his title, as the samples retested were given four years before Nurudinov’s gold-medal winning performance in Brazil.
Brazil:
Currency: Brazilian real

December 26

Shiffrin first woman to reach 50 World Cup wins with Courchevel victory
American Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest woman to win 50 World Cup ski races with victory in the slalom in the French Alps.
She finished 0.29 sec ahead of Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and 0.37 sec ahead of Sweden Frida Hansdotter in third place to win in Courchevel victory.
Shiffrin leads the overall standings on 889 points after 13 out of the 38 events.
Sweden:
Capital: Stockholm

Golfer Jyoti Randhawa arrested on charge of poaching in U.P's Bahraich district
A vehicle, a weapon and other equipment along with wildlife articles were seized from Randhawa.
The international golfer and national shooter Mahesh Virajdar were arrested in Motipur range of Katerniaghat.
A dead fowl and hides of Sambhar deer and boar were seized from Mr. Randhawa. 22 rifle, binoculars and range finders were also recovered from his vehicle, which had a Haryana number plate.
Uttarpradesh:
Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

December 27

Saudi Arabia hosts World Chess Games for the first time
Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time, nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game.
The tournament has been named as the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships.
The world’s top three chess players from Norway, Armenia and Azerbaijan are participating in the tournament.
Saudi Arabia: Capital - Riyadh

India’s Pride Arjun Bhati Wins US Kids Junior Golf World Championship 2018
14-year-old Arjun Bhati represented India at US Kids Junior Golf World Championship 2018 and bagged first position against America’s Aksel Moe during the three-level final match in Malaysia.
Out of the 29 counties that participated in the tournament, Arjun secured first position for India.
A student of Greater Valley School, Greater Noida, Arjun has been playing golf for about five and half years now. Until now, he has participated in a total of 144 tournaments out of which he has won 107.
Malaysia: Capital - Kuala Lumpur

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting became the 25th Australian cricketer to be officially inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
A three-time World Cup winner (including two World Cups as captain in 2003 and 2007), Ponting received his commemorative cap during the tea break on Day-1 of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at MCG.
Ponting is the highest run scorer for Australia in both Tests and ODIs, with 13,378 runs in the longest format and 13,704 runs in the 50-over format.
Australia: Capital - Canberra

CA Kuttappa takes over as India’s chief boxing coach
Dronacharya awardee CA Kuttappa has taken over as India’s chief boxing coach at the ongoing national camp from which star pugilist Vikas Krishan (75 kg) was left out following his professional plunge.
The 39-year-old Kuttappa, credited with shaping some of the country’s most successful boxers such as Vijender Singh, M Suranjoy Singh and Shiva Thapa.
He replaced veteran coach SR Singh.

December 29

Kohli breaks Dravid's record with MCG knock
Rahul Dravid is no longer India's top-scoring batsman away from home in a calendar year after Virat Kohli moved past him in Melbourne.
Rahul Dravid had scored 1137 runs in Overseas Tests in 2002 which was broken by Virat Kohli who had scored 1138 runs in 2018.
Kohli has established himself as the world's best over the past 12 months, and his latest effort saw him set a new standard for Indian batsmen abroad.
Australia: Capital - Canberra

December 30

Saurabh Chaudhary sweeps men’s 10m air pistol trials in both senior and junior categories
Asian Games and Youth Olympic Games champion Saurabh Chaudhary swept the 10m air pistol trials at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range by winning the second trial competitions in both the men’s and junior boy’s categories.
Earlier, Saurabh had won the first trial in both events as well and in one final shooting event way above the existing world record score.
In the junior boy’s final, Saurabh went higher than his junior world record score to shoot 246, pushing Army’s Deepak Dhariwal to second spot with a score of 241.2.
Uttar Pradesh: Chief Minister - Yogi Adityanath

Jasprit Bumrah ends 2018 as highest wicket-taker in international cricket, overhauls Kagiso Rabada
India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has become the highest wicket-taker in international cricket in 2018 after picking up 9 wickets in the Melbourne Test against Australia.
The 25-year-old has taken 78 wickets this year, overtaking South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who has taken 77 wickets.
Bumrah took 48 wickets in Tests, 22 in ODIs and 8 in T20Is in 2018.
South Africa: Currency - South African rand

December 31

Third edition of women’s national boxing championships begins in Vijayanagara, Karnataka
Country’s top boxers will be vying for top honors as the tournament will be held at the JSW Sports-owned Inspire Institute of Sport.
World Championship silver and bronze medallists boxers, Sonia Chahal, Lovlina Borgohain, Pinky Jangra and Nikhat Zarin will be trying to upstage one another in the race to claim the top honors.
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) had hosted a pre-Asian Games conditioning camp for its elite men and women's teams before the Asian Games and this will be the first time a national event of this magnitude will be held at this facility.
Boxing Federation of India (BFI):
President: Ajay Singh

Sports Ministry embarks Rs 100 crore for funding athletes under TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme): DGSAI (Director General of Sports Authority of India)
The scheme was launched in September 2014 to provide financial assistance to potential Olympic medal winners.
Under the scheme, the athletes were also given financial assistance to prepare for Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
The flagship scheme of the government will also nurture future sporting talent by supporting a group of athletes who are potential medal winner in 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.
Sports Authority of India:
Director General: Neelam Kapur



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