SPORTS - 2019 March

March 1

One gold, five silver medals for India at Makran Cup boxing
National champion Deepak Singh (49 kg) was the lone Indian boxer to notch up gold, while five others claimed silver medals in the Makran cup in Chabahar, Iran.
Deepak defeated Jaafar Naseri in the final held on Wednesday night.
Finishing second on the podium were P Lalitha Prasad (52 kg), Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik (60 kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69 kg), Sanjeet (91 kg) and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91 kg).
Australia won the two-match T20I series against India, registering a whitewash on Indian soil for the first time in history.
Prior to the series, Australia had played 25 series across formats (including one-match series) in India dating back to 1956.
Australia led by Aaron Finch in the series.

March 2

Shashank Shekhar wins 10 km race of Nepal's COAS Open Marathon and Run for Fun in Kathmandu
India's Shashank Shekhar won the 10 kilometer race of Nepal's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Open Marathon and Run for Fun held in Kathmandu. Shekhar of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Contingent at Embassy of India in Kathmandu secured first position. 
RD Murgan also from CISF got third place. A total nine CISF personnel participated in 10 KM race category. The remaining seven personnel also successfully completed run and received Certificate of Achievement.
A large number of participants from other Diplomatic Missions, Nepal Army personnel and local people participated in event, comprising 5 km, 10 km, 21 km and 42 km runs.

March 3

Kyrgios beat Zverev to win Mexico open title
China's Wang Yafan won the Mexico Open for her first WTA Tour title, beat fifth-seeded Sofia Kenin in the hardcourt event at The Princess Mundo Imperial.
Nick Kyrgios saved his best performance of a brilliant week for last as the Australian stunned second seed Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 to win the Acapulco International in Mexico on Saturday for his fifth career ATP title. The temperamental Aussie, whose scintillating run to the final included wins over multiple grand slam winners Stan Wawrinka and Rafal Nadal, played free and focused from the outset and frustrated German Zverev with a steady diet of drop shots
Bajrang Punia wins gold in Bulgaria and dedicates it to Abhinandan, Vinesh Phogat settles for silver
India's star wrestler Bajrang Punia has won the gold medal at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria and dedicated the victory to Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
Punia, a world championship sliver medallist, overpowered Jordan Oliver of USA12-3 in the men's 65kg freestyle final to begin the season on a resounding note in the Bulgarian city.
Earlier, Pooja Dhanda claimed Gold in women's 59 kg while Sarita Mor won a Silver in the sameweight category.
Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat lost her women's 53kg final to China's Qianyu Pang 2-9 to settle for silver on her debut in the United World Wrestling ranking series, which is also her first tournamentsince moving from the 50kg category.
Roger Federer wins his 100th career title in ruthless fashion against Stefanos Tsitsipas
Roger Federer described winning his 100th career title as a “special, magical” achievement but the 37-year-old insists he won’t obsess over passing Jimmy Connors’ all-time men’s record of 109.
Federer reached the landmark with a ruthless dismantling of Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Dubai Championship final, his eighth trophy at the Gulf event.
His 100th title comes 18 years after he captured his first in Milan. Federer, the winner of a record 20 Grand Slam titles, said that he’s not particularly targeting the 109-mark of Connors.
Martina Navratilova holds the all-time record having won 167 women's singles crowns duringher career.

March 4

Jhulan Goswami reclaims No. 1 spot in ICC Womens’s ODI bowler rankings.
Indian bowler Jhulan Goswami reclaimed the world number one position in the ICC Womens’s ODI bowler rankings after her performances in India’s 2-1 home series win over England in ICC Women’s Championship.
Goswami, who last held the top spot in February 2017, finished with eight wickets in the series, helping India reach the second position in the eight team championship.
India’s Shika Pandey leapt 12 places to claim the fifth spot and a career-best points tally of 688, courtesy her eight scalps against England. Katherine Brunt and Ellypse Perry rose by one spot each to settle atNo.6 and No.9 respectively.

Dubai Tennis Champoinship 2019.
Dubai Tennis Championship 2019 commonly known as Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship concluded in Dubai, UAE.
It was the 27th edition of men and 19th of women.
Prize money of ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) is $2887895 and for WTA (Women Tennis Association) is $2828000.

Category
Winner
Runner-up
Men’s Singles Roger Federer (Switzerland) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
Women’s Singles Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
Men’s Doubles Rajeev Ram (USA) and Joe Salisbury (UK) Ben McLachlan (New Zealand) and Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany)
Women’s Doubles Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) and Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) and Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)

March 5

Bulgaria wrestling – Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov tournament concluded in Bulgaria
57th International Wrestling Tournament ‘Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov’ conducted from 28 feb-3 Mar 2019 in Ruse, Bulgaria. The International tournament in the memory of Dan Kolov and Nikola Petrov was organized by the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation.
The home country Bulgaria won 6 medals.
The Best Bulgarian Wrestler will be awarded with the prize ‘The Golden Belt – Dan Kolov and Nikola Petrov’.
BajrangPuniawon gold medalin 65 kg freestyle category defeating Jordan Oliver of USA for 12-3. He dedicates the gold to wing commander AbhinanadanVarthaman.
PoojaDhandawon gold in 59 kg women’s freestyle category. She finished undefeated in the round-robin format of the competition including a win over her Compatriot Sarita Mor.
Sakshi Malik settled for a silver medal in the 65 kg category. She lost to Henna Johansson in the International Wrestling Tournament.
Sandeep Tomar claimed silver medal in the Men’s 61 kg category. Vinesh Phogat claimed silver medal in the Women’s 53 kg

Chris Gayle surpassed Sammy’s record of fastest fifty
Chris Gayle, West Indies opener has signed off his last One Day International in the West Indies with a record half century against England at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Saint Lucia.
Chris Gayle reached his fifty in 19 balls and became the fastest West Indian to reach the milestone.
He has surpassed West Indies Darren Sammy’s record.

Imran Tahir to quit ODIs cricket after World cup
South African spinner Imran Tahir has announced that he will quit ODIs cricket after the ICC World Cup 2019.
However he would like to continue playing for South Africa in Twenty 20 internationals.
2019 World cup is the 12th edition of Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019.

March 6

Tata Motors SUV brand Harrier becomes VIVO IPL 2019’s official partner
Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019’s official partner, TATA Motors, will promote its newly-launched SUV, Harrier, as its lead brand at the event and showcase the SUV by means of the IPL platform.
The highest batting strike rate will win the Harrier Super Striker Award in every match and for the season.

Mexican Open 2019
Mexican open which is a part of 2019 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour and 2019 WTA (Women’s Tennis Association)Tour, was held between 25th February and 2nd March 2019 at the Princess Mundo Imperial in Mexico.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the Men’s Singles final by 6-3, 6-4 to claim the fifth ATP title of his career.
The List of Winners is given below:

Category
Winner
Men’s Singles Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
Women’s Singles Wang Yafan (China)
Men’s Doubles Alexander Zverev (Germany) and Mischa Zverev (Germany)
Women’s Doubles Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) and Zheng Saisai (China)

Oceania Nations will participate in 2022 Asian Games
Olympic Council of Asia decided to invite Oceania Nations to compete in 2022 Asian Games for the first time after a meeting held in Bangkok.
Oceania Nations which includes Australia, New Zealand and a swathe of Pacific islands will compete in to Volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, football, swimming and track cycling events.
Asian Games includes 35 sports with more than 10,000 athletes and it is second only to Olympics as a global multi-sport event.
Asian Games:
The Asian Games, also known as Asiad is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. Since the 1982 Games, they have been organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), after the breakup of the Asian Games Federation.
The Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.
Asian Games 2022 Venue: Hangzhou, China.

March 7

ICC imposed 10 years ban on Ex-Zimbabwe Cricket Director EnockIkope for breaching anti-corruption code
Former Zimbabwe Cricket director EnockIkope has been banned for 10 years by the International Cricket Council for breaching three counts of ICC’s anti-corruption code from all cricketing activities.
Ikope was provisionally suspended in 2018 after being charged under ICC’s Article 2.4.6 and Article 2.4.7, which includes offences such as refusing to co-operate, delaying and obstruction of an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
Ikope was the second official from the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association to be penalised by the ICC after RajanNayer, a domestic cricket official in Zimbabwewas banned from all cricket activities for 20 years.

Manpreet Singh named the captain of Indian hockey team
According to Hockey India, Man Preet Singh was named captain of the 18- member Indian Hockey team to play in the upcoming 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
The prestigious tournament will be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from the 23rd of March and Surender Kumar will be the Vice-Captain of the team.

March 8

Teenager P.Iniyan becomes India’s 61st Grandmaster
16 year P. Iniyan hailing from Erode, Tamilnadu defeated GM Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine to become the 61st Grandmaster for India as he crossed the 2500-point in ELO ratings during the Noisiel Open 2019held in Paris.
He also won the silver medal in this tournament by increasing 18 points and has a rating of 2,513.

Team India Pays Tribute to Pulwama Soldiers by Donning Army Caps in ODI Against Australia
The Indian Cricket Team, led by ViratKohli, were seen sporting army-style camouflage caps in ODI contest at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi against Australia.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed in a tweet that the camouflage capswere donned by the Men in Blue in a bid to pay tribute to the CRPF securitypersonnel who lost their lives in the recent horrendous suicide bomber attack on the CRPF convoy in Kashmir, which resulted in the death of 40 security personnel.

March 9

AIBA approves new Olympics weight classes, dropping two categories
AIBA (International Boxing Association) Technical & Competition Rules Commission and AIBA medical Commission has proposed certain changes in the rules after the Executive Committee Meetings in Moscow in October 2018 and Istanbul in February 2019.
The 2020 Olympics shall have five weight classes for female boxers with the addition of two weight classes, featherweight (57 kg/125 lbs) and welterweight (69 kg/152 lbs) into the already existing flyweight, lightweight and middleweight.
Certain rules such as change in nationality, seeding procedure, procedure involving disqualified boxers, option to review a bout, glove size and sensors for data have been changed while the world ranking rule remains the same.

March 11

Kavinder fetches gold, four silver medals for India at Finland boxing tourney
Kavinder Singh Bisht shone bright with the lone gold medal as Indian boxers collected eight medals, including four silver and three bronze medals at the 38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament held from March 7 th to march 10, 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.
Kavinder won against Indian counterpart Mohammed Hussamuddin in the 56kg category.
Silver medals for India were won by Govind Kumar Sahani (49 kg), Shiva Thapa (60 kg) and Dinesh Dagar (69 kg).
Signing off with bronze medals were Sachin Siwach (52 kg), Sumith Sangwan (91 kg) and Naveen Kumar (+91 kg).

England beat India by 1 run in 3rd women's T20 match.
England defeated India in the third and final Women’s Twenty20 International held in Barsapara cricket stadium in Guwahati, Assam.
India lost its win by one run in the last match of series.
Player of the series won by England’s Danielle Wyatt.

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports recognizes All India Carrom Federation as National Sports Federation.
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has granted provisional recognition to All India Carrom Federation (AICF) as National Sport Federation with immediate effect till up to 31st March, 2019.
The recognition means granting a major role to AICF for development of the Carrom sport in India.
The Carrom sport is placed in the ‘Others’ category.

March 12

India to take on Maldives in 5th SAFF Women's Championship.
Defending champion India will take on the Maldives in the fifth South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women's Championship in Biratnagar, Nepal.
In the six-team competition, India has been drawn in Group B alongside the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
Host Nepal has been kept in Group A with Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Sailor Upamanyu Dutta clinches bronze in Asian open Laser Sailing Championship
Indian Young sailor Upamanyu Dutta bagged the bronze medal in the Laser Standard race for men in the Asian Open Laser Sailing Championship which held in Singapore.
Dutta aggregated a total of 56 points to finish behind Thailand’s Keerati Bualong (28 points) and Nicholas Bezy (47 points) of Hong Kong.
Dutta, who has recently won Euromed Championship in Malta, is currently training in Europe under coach Trevor Millar.
Nethra Kumanan of Chennai achieved a creditable 4th position in the Laser Radial event for women.

Liu Hong sets new 50 km world record at Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix
Liu Hong has set a new world record in the 50 km race walk, becoming the first woman to break the four-hour barrier with a time of 3:59:15 at the Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix in Huangshan.
The 2016 Olympic champion Liu clipped more the five minutes in the 20 km race from the previous record of 4:04:36 set by China's Liang Rui in Taicang.
Liu also holds the world record in the 20km event, clocking 1:24:38 in La Coruna, Spain in 2015

March 13

Five time WWE World Heavyweight champion Kurt Angle's retirement match at Wrestle Mania 35.
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Hall of Famer Kurt Angle will have a retirement match at WrestleMania 35 in the month of April 2019.
Kurt Angle is a five-time WWE World Heavyweight champion and has been wrestling since he was 7 years old. He even won the gold medal at the 1995 Olympics.
He is from USA and he was inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 for his amateur accomplishments.

The YONEX All England Open Badminton Championship
The 2019 All England Open, officially YONEX All England Open Badminton Championship 2019 was a BWF World Tour 1000 event which took place at Arena Birmingham in England from 6 to 10 March 2019.
It had a total purse of $1,000,000.
The 2019 All England Open was the sixth tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour.
Complete list of Winners:

Event
Winner
Runner Up
Men’s Singles Kento Momota (Japan) Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)
Women’s Singles Chen Yufei (China) Tai Tzu-ying (Taiwan)
Men’s Doubles Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia) Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik (Malaysia)
Women’s Doubles Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan (China) Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara (Japan)
Mixed Doubles Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong (China) Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino (Japan)

March 14

2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games began in Abu Dhabi
The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement.
It started in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 14–21, 2019.
It is being held in West Asia for the first time. 7,500 athletes will take part in 24 Olympic-style sports over seven days.
The Games were declared open by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

Argentina and Colombia set to co-host 2020 Copa America
Argentina and Colombia are poised to co-host the 2020 Copa America after South America's ruling body CONMEBOL once again ruled out a US proposal to host the tournament.
The 2020 Copa America will take place one year after this year's tournament, which is to be staged in Brazil between June 14 and July 7.
CONMEBOL is a 10 member football Federations in South Africa; it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.

Australia won 1st bilateral ODI series against India since January 2017
India lost the fifth and final ODI by 35 runs as Australia won their first bilateral ODI series since January 2017.
This was India's 1st ODI series defeat at home since 2015.
Usman Khawaja won the player of the series. M.S. Dhoni became the 4th Indian batsman to reach 13,000 List-A runs after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.

March 15

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019: Karnataka defeat Maharashtra to clinch their maiden T20 title
Karnataka defeated Maharashtra to win their maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
Karnataka captain Manish Pandey won the toss and decided to field first. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Maharashtra captain Rahul Tripathi got the team off to a decent start adding 35 runs in 4.5 overs
Chasing a target of 156 runs, Mayank Agarwal (85*) took charge of Karnataka's innings after the fall of opener Belur Sharath (2) and anchored a match-winning partnership of 92 runs off 59 balls with left-hander Rohan Kadam (60) for the second wicket.
About Karnataka:
Capital: Bengaluru
Chief Minister: H.D. Kumaraswamy
Governor: Vajubhai Vala
About Maharashtra:
Chief Minister: Devendra Fadnavis
Governor: Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao

IPL 2019: BCCI signs Dream11 as official partner of IPL
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced Dream11, India’s Biggest Sports Game, as the Official Partner for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The cricket board has signed a 4-year exclusive partnership which will begin with the upcoming IPL 2019 season.
Additionally, the ‘Official Fantasy Game’ of IPL will also be powered by Dream11.
About BCCI:
Headquarters: Wankhede Stadium, Church gate, Mumbai
President: C.K. Khanna.
About Dream11:
Founder: Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth
Headquarters: Mumbai

March 16

India To Host 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
India will host the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup According to the President of International Football Federation (FIFA) Gianni Infantino at the meeting held in Miami, USA.
Spain defeated Mexico in the U-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay 2018 to lift the prestigious title while New Zealand and Canada finished third and fourth respectively.
This will be the second FIFA tournament India will be hosting, after the U-17 Men's World Cup in 2017.
The U-17 women's tournament began in 2008, New Zealand hosted it.

Kamalpreet Kaur wins gold in women's discus throw event
Kamalpreet Knur grabbed the spotlight by winning a gold medal in the women's discus throw event in Athletics.
Kamalpreet Kaur also qualified for the Asian Championships in the process on the opening day of Federation Cup in Patiala.
Kamalpreet of Punjab emerged triumphant with a final throw of 60.25 metres which is better than the Asian Championships qualifying standard of 58.50 meters.
Shivpal Singh also Qualified for next month's Asian Championships in Doha in men's javelin throw by crossing the qualifying standard set by Athletics Federation of India.

Supreme Court Cancels Life Ban On S. Sreesanth, Asks BCCI To Reconsider Punishment
The Supreme Court has set aside the life ban imposed on cricketer Sreesanth by BCCI over his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
The bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice KM Joseph has directed the disciplinary committee of BCCI to take a decision on the quantum of punishment within 3 months.
In May 2013, Sreesanth and his teammates Ankit Chavan, Ajit Chandila From, Rajasthan Royals were arrested by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy.

March 17

Irfan become first Indian athlete to qualify for 2020 Olympics
National record holder KT Irfan became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for 2020 Olympics while finishing fourth in the 20km event of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.
The 29-year-old clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes.
The Olympics qualification period for race walk events and marathon race has begun from January 1, 2019 and will run till May 31, 2020.
Irfan, who has a national record of 1:20:21 which he did during his 10th place finish in 2012 Olympics.

18-yr-old Diksha 2nd Indian golfer to win on Ladies European Tour
Eighteen-year-old Diksha Dagar became the second Indian to win an event on Ladies European Tour after clinching South African Women's Open in Cape Town.
Aditi Ashok was the first Indian to win on the Ladies European Tour after clinching Hero Women's Indian Open in Gurugram in 2016.
This was just Dagar’s fourth professional start on the tour.

Yonex Swiss Open 2019
The 2019 Swiss Open, officially the YONEX Swiss Open 2019, was a badminton tournament which took place at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland and had a total purse of $150,000.
Complete list of Winners of 2019 Swiss Open Badminton Championships 2019

Event
Winner
Runner Up
Men’s Singles Shi Yuki (China) B. Sai Praneet (India)
Women’s Singles Chen Yufei (China) Saena Kawakami (Japan)
Men’s Doubles Fajar ALFIAN and Muhammad Rian ARDIANTO (Indonesia) LEE Yang and WANG Chi-Lin (Taiwan)
Women’s Doubles CHANG Ye Na and JUNG Kyung Eun (South Korea) Nami MATSUYAMA and Chiharu SHIDA (Japan)
Mixed Doubles Mathias BAY-SMIDT and Rikke SOBY (Denmark) Rinov RIVALDY and Pitha Haningtya MENTARI (Indonesia)

Valtteri Bottas wins Australian GP after Lewis Hamilton overtake
Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas dominated the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after overtaking world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton finished the race in the second spot, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished third.
Ferrari were off the pace, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc taking fourth and fifth place, respectively, while Daniel Ricciardo retired after a nightmare start.

March 18

Indian Wells Masters 2019 held in California, United States
The professional tennis tournament Indian Wells Masters 2019 also known as BNP Paribas Open held in California, United States.
Prize money for the game was $9035428 for ATP and WTA separately.
Austrian player Dominic Thiem defeated five time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland to win Men’s Singles title. It is Dominic’s first Masters 1000 title.

Category
Winner
Runner-up
Men’s Singles Dominic Thiem (Austria) Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Women’s Singles Bianca Andreescu (Canada) Angelique Kerber (German)
Men’s Doubles Nikola Mektic (Croatia) and Horacio Zeballo (Argentina) Lukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil)
Women’s Doubles Elise Mertens (Belgium) and Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) and Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic)

India finished second in medal tally at Asian Youth Championships
Indian youth team finish second in the overall medals tally with a total of 26 medals including eight gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals in Asian Youth Athletics Championships 2019 in Hong Kong.
Boys medley relay team Karan Hegiste, Shanmuga Nalubothu, Shashikant Angadi and Abdul Razak Rasheed clocked 1:54.04 to defeat the Sri Lankan team (1:55.04) to won a gold medal for India.
Girl’s medley relay team of Deepthi Jeevan, Avantika Narale, Sandra Ajimon and Priya Mohan also added a silver medal to India’s tally with a time of 2:10.87.
Chief Coach (India Junior Team) is Sanjay Garnaik.
China topped the overall medals tally with 31 medals that included 12 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals.

UWW Takes Away Junior Asian Wrestling Championship’s hosting rights from India
The United World Wrestling (UWW) has taken away the hosting rights from India for the junior Asian Championship.
It is the first sporting event to be taken away from India after the denial of visas to Pakistan’s shooters for the ISSF World Cup prompted the International Olympic Committee to censure the Indian Olympic Association
The UWW had asked all its affiliated federations to suspend all communication with the Wrestling Federation of India and it shifted the junior Asian championship from India to Thailand.
After the original hosts of the event, Lebanon withdrew, India had agreed to host the re-scheduled event in July 2019.

ISL 2018-19 Final: Bengaluru FC win maiden title with 1-0 win over FC Goa
Bengaluru Football Club (FC) won their first Indian Super League (ISL) title at the Mumbai Football Arena defeating FC Goa by 1-0 in the final.
Both teams did not score any goals in the 90-minute time frame and the game went on for extra time.
In the 118th minute, Rahul Bheke jumped up to shoot a header into the far corner and get Bengaluru their winning goal.
Bengaluru FC has become the first team to win both the I-League and the ISL titles.

Afghanistan win their first-ever Test match, beat Ireland by seven wickets
Afghanistan claimed their first ever victory in Test cricket as they beat Ireland by seven wickets in Dehradun.
Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah Janat scored fifties for the war-torn country as they chased down 147 for victory on day four
Afghanistan is the newest ICC-member to play test cricket and this was Afghanistan’s 2nd Test Match.

March 19

India has bagged a total of 188 medals at the ongoing Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi
India has so far won a total of 188 medals at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
The medals include 50 gold, 63 silver and 75 bronze medals.
The medal tally surged as Indian paddlers made history in table tennis with four gold and one silver medal.
In Judo, Sonu Kumar from Rohtak, Haryana won the gold medal by winning all three bouts. Muskan bagged a silver each in squat and bench press. She also won a gold in deadlifting.
In Roller Skating, Vijay, Hufeja Ayub Shaikh, Jashan Deep Singh, Harshad Gaonkar and Hardik Agarwal also brought laurels for the country. Four Silver medals were bagged by Santoshi Vijay Kauthankar from Goa in the female category.
India has sent a 378-strong contingent that is participating in the 15th edition of the Games. The closing ceremony of Special Olympics World Games is scheduled for March 21.

Marathon runner T Gopi qualifies for World Athletics Championships in Doha
India’s Asian marathon champion Gopi Thonakal has qualified for the World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha after finishing 11th in the Seoul International Marathon.
The 30-year-old Gopi clocked his personal best time of 2 hours 13 minutes 39 seconds in the marathon race, bettering the World Championships qualification mark of 2:16:00.
Gopi's time is the second best ever by an Indian after the four-decade old national record of 2:12:00, which is held by Shivnath Singh.
Seoul International Marathon is a world class IAAF Gold label event.
Gopi won the Asian marathon title in Dongguan, China in 2017. He finished 25th in the 2016 Olympics.

ATP Rankings: Prajnesh Gunneswaran rises to career-best 84th position
India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran rose to the career-high rank of 84 in the latest men's rankings of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Injured Yuki Bhambri has dropped out of top-200 for the first time in almost two years.
In the Women's Tennis Association rankings, Ankita Raina continues to be India's top-ranked player at 168. She was followed by Karman Kaur Thandi, who jumped seven places to 203.

March 20

IPL to be held in India entirely for the first time in an election year
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will be the first edition in the history of the tournament when it will be held in India completely despite the general elections.
Before 2019, the cash-rich league was held in South Africa entirely in 2009 while half of the tournament was held in the United Arab Emirates in 2014.
In 2009, Deccan Chargers won the IPL by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final while Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Chennai Super Kings in 2014 to win their second IPL.
The first match will be played on March 23 in Chennai between current champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

India loses junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup hosting rights
The closure of Pakistan’s air space in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes has resulted in India losing the hosting rights of the junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup.
A total of 16 Under-16 Davis Cup teams, including Pakistan, were to travel to India for the annual competition, often dubbed as the World Cup of tennis.
The junior Davis Cup was to be held at the DLTA complex from April 8-13 while the Fed cup matches were scheduled from April 15-20.
Both the competitions will now be held in Bangkok, Thailand

Pakistan cricket board pays Rs. 11 crore compensation to BCCI after losing case
The Pakistan Cricket Board has paid the BCCI approximately USD 1.6 million as compensation after losing the case it filed against the Indian Board for allegedly not honoring a bilateral agreement.
The PCB had filed a compensation case against the BCCI last year before the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, demanding around USD 70 million.
The ICC dismissed it and asked the PCB to compensate the legal cost to the BCCI.

BWF badminton rankings: Lakshya, Riya break into top 100
Young Indian shuttlers Lakshya Sen and Riya Mookerjee broke into the top-100 among Men’s and Women’s singles players in the latest World Badminton Rankings.
Lakshya Sen is placed 76th.
Riya Mookerjee climbed up 19 spots to be placed 94th.
In the women's singles rankings, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are static with Sindhu at sixth and Saina at ninth position.
Among men, B Sai Praneeth also moved up three places to 19th. Kidambi Srikanth remains static and is the best placed Indian in the men's rankings at seventh. He is followed by Sameer Verma (14th), HS Prannoy (24th), Subhankar Dey (43rd), Parupalli Kashyap (48th), Ajay Jayram (52nd) and Sourav Verma (53rd).
Japan's Kento Momota is leading the men's chart while Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying is topping the women's singles list.

March 21

Chennai City officially crowned I-League champion
Chennai City FC crowned as the l–League Champion by All India Football Federation (AIFF) in Chennai.
The I-League aka Hero I-League is the men’s top most professional football league in India. The owner of Chennai City FC is Rohit Ramesh.
Chennai City FC player Pedro Manzi and Churchill Brothers FC player Willis Plaza won the I-League special awards as the top goal scorer.
Special awards (I-League):
CATEGORY
WINNER
Fair Play Award Shillong Lajong
Top Goal Scorer Pedro Manzi (Chennai City) and Willis Plaza (Churchill Brothers) 21 goals each.
Best Goalkeeper
Billal Khan (Real Kashmir)
Best Defender
Roberto Eslava (Chennai City)
Best Midfielder
Nestor Gordillo (Chennai City)
Best Forward
Pedro Manzi (Chennai City)
Best Home Match Organizer
East Bengal
Emerging Player
Gaurav Bora (Chennai City)
Best Coach
Akbar Nawas (Chennai City)
Hero of the League Pedro Manzi (Chennai City)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveils 'cherry blossom' torch
Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveiled a cherry-blossom shaped torch for the Games as the city prepares for the famed flower season to begin in coming days.
The top part of the torch is shaped in the traditional emblem of the sakura, or cherry blossom using the same cutting-edge technology as in production of Japan’s bullet trains.
The shiny rose-gold torch, which is 71cm long and weighs 1.2 kg, uses aluminium construction waste from temporary housing built for victims of the 2011 quake and tsunami.
Fukushima was chosen as the starting point for the Olympic torch relay.
The passing of the flame is scheduled to start on March 26, 2020, and the torch will head south to the sub-tropical island of Okinawa – the starting point for the 1964 Tokyo Games relay – before returning north and arriving in the Japanese capital on July 10.
Japan has dubbed the 2020 Games the 'Reconstruction Olympics' and wants to showcase recovery in regions devastated by the disaster.

March 22

India bag 368 medals at Special Olympics World Games
India has bagged 368 medals - 85 Gold, 154 Silver and 129 Bronze at Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi.
Indian powerlifters bagged the maximum number of medals 20 gold, 33 silver and 43 bronze.
Roller Skating earned India 49 medals 13 gold, 20 silver and 16 bronze.
In cycling, the Indians won 11 gold, 14 silver and 20 bronze to total 45 medals, while the country’s track and field athletes returned with 39 medals 5 gold, 24 silver and 10 bronze.
The next Special Olympic Games are set to take place in Sweden in 2021.

Ex-Ecuador football chief Chiriboga receives life ban
Former Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga has been banned for life and fined more than a million US dollars for corruption.
The adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Chiriboga had breached article 27 (bribery) of the 2018 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities at both national and international level.
He was also the former member of FIFA’s standing committee and the South American Football Confederation’s (CONMEBOL) executive committee.

India Beat Nepal To Win 5th Successive SAFF Women's Championship
India clinched their fifth consecutive SAFF Women's Championship by beating Nepal 3-1 in the final at Biratnagar, Nepal.
Indian Midfielder Indumathi Kathiresan and Nepali forward player Sabitra Bhandari became the top scorers in the match with four goals each.
A total of six teams participated in the competitions which were India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. Afghanistan and Pakistan withdrews participation in the fifth edition of SAFF Women’s championship 2019.
Since India incepted the championship in 2010, it is India’s 23rd straight victory. Dalmia Chhibber of India scored first goal of the match.

March 23

Saina bags Sportsperson of the Year award
London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal was named ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ at the annual Telangana Sports Journalists Association awards function held at The Park.
Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu was named ‘Outstanding Performer’ in women’s section while, Pullela Gopichand was presented the ‘Coach of The Year’ award
The Indian badminton team was the ‘Team of the Year’ and the Badminton Association of Telangana was awarded the ‘Association of the Year’.

ICC allows Test playing nations to have name and jersey number
India will play the second Test of the World Championship against West Indies wearing numbered white shirts.
Virat Kohli will soon be seen wearing No 18 on his white flannels as the International Cricket Council has allowed Test-playing nations to have the players sport their names and numbers on their jerseys.
This move is aimed at popularising the longest format of the game.
The Indian team will not use two jersey numbers in Test cricket – No 10 which was used by batting great Sachin Tendulkar and No 7 used by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: India to open campaign against Japan
Four-time champions India will open their 2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup campaign with a tricky match against Asian Games gold medalist Japan at Ipoh, Malaysia.
Varun Kumar converted a penalty corner in the 24th minute to hand India the lead before Simranjeet Singh (55th) scored a diving field goal from skipper Manpreet Singh's brilliant pass to secure full three points for the five-time champions.
India will play Korea in their next league game before taking on hosts Malaysia (March 26), Canada (March 27) and Poland (March 29).
The top two teams from the round robin league stage will play in the final on March 30.

March 24

2019 Lingshui China Masters held in China
The 2019 Lingshui China Masters was a badminton tournament held at Agile Stadium in China from 12 to 17 March 2019.
The tournament was the first Super 100 tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour.
The tournament was organized by the Chinese Badminton Association and sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
The Super 100 Tournament commenced with a total prize money of USD 75000.
Winners list is :
Category
Winners
Runner-up
Men’s Singles Weng Hongyang (China) Liu Haichao (China)
Women Singles Kim Ga-eun (South Korea) Zhang Yiman (China)
Men’s Doubles Lee Jhe-huei and Yang Po-hsuan (Chinese Taipei) Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu (China)
Women’s Doubles Baek Ha-na and Kim Hye-rin (South Korea) Liu Xuanxuan and Xiayuting (China)
Mixed Doubles Tang Chun Man and Ng Tsz Yau (Hong Kong) Guo Xinwaa and Liu Xuanxuan (China)

Suresh Raina becomes first batsman to reach 5000 IPL runs
Suresh Raina, a batsman of Chennai super kings became the first batsman to breach the 5000-run mark in the IPL.
Raina has 5000 runs from 177 matches at a strike-rate of 138.15 including 35 fifties and one hundred.
He is also the only batsman to breach the 300-run mark in all 11 seasons.
Raina followed by Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has 4954 runs from 164 games, containing four hundred and 34 fifties.

Badminton: Former world No 6 Joachim Persson banned for 18 months over betting
Denmark’s Joachim Persson has been banned by the Badminton World Federation for 18 months for offences linked to betting and match-fixing.
The 36-year-old former world number six was found guilty of “four violations of the code of conduct in relation to betting, wagering and irregular match results”.
The violations include failing to disclose details of an approach and not cooperating fully with investigations conducted by the BWF.
According to the world governing body Persson was also ordered to pay costs of $4,500.

March 25

China wins 2019 badminton Asia mixed team trophy
China won the 2019 badminton Asia mixed team championships by defeating Japan 3-2 in the final was held in Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong.
The championship was organized by Badminton Asia and Hong Kong Badminton Association.
He Jiting and Du Yue overcame Japanese pair Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino 21-17, 21-17 in the mixed doubles.
In the men’s doubles, Yugo Kobayashi and Takuro Hoki of China beat Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong of Japan by 16-21, 21-18, 21-13.
In the women’s doubles, Li Yinhui and Du Yue won for China by beating Ayako Sakuramoto and Yukiko Takahata with 21-16, 21-19.

Archana bags silver in Oman Open
Rising Indian paddler Archana Kamath proved her mettle once again as she clinched the silver medal in the U-21 women’s singles category of the ITTF Challenge plus, Oman Open.
India’s top-ranked paddler G Sathiyan’s impressive run at the ITTF Challenge plus Oman Open came to end with a bronze medal as he could not overcome Mattias Flack of Sweden in the men singles semi-finals.

March 27

Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open
The Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus commonly called Oman Open table tennis held in Muscat, Oman.
Indian players G. Sathyan and Archana Kamath excelled in the tournament.
G.Sathyan won a bronze medal in the tournament.
Archana Kamath bags U-21 silver with an excellent run in the Oman Open.

March 28

Breakdancing among sports given provisional green light for 2024 Paris Olympics
Breakdancing, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing were got a provisional green light for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Games by the International Olympic Committee.
IOC President Thomas Bach claimed the four sports will make Paris 2024 "more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban" and "offer the opportunity to connect with the young generation" in the French capital.
This decision was taken by the IOC’s executive board in the meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Final Decision will be taken after the end of 2020.

Manu Bhaker-Saurabh Chaudhary bag Gold medal in 10m Air Pistol Mixed event at Asian Airgun Championship
Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary have bagged a Gold medal in the 10-metre Air Pistol Mixed team event at the 12th Asian Airgun Championship at Taoyuan in Taipei.
The pair made it to the Final after smashing the world record in the qualification.
17-year-old Manu and 16-year-old Saurabh shot a combined score of 784, breaking the record set by Russians Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov at the European Championships.
The women’s pistol team also won a bronze to further bolster India’s tally to five gold, three silver and one bronze medals with half the competition still to go.

March 29

Kohli becomes first batsman to score 5,000 runs for one team in IPL
Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to complete 5000 runs.
He became the second player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) after Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina to achieve 5000 runs and the first to do so for a single IPL team.
During the IPL match against Mumbai Indians, Kohli achieved the milestone as soon as he touched the individual score of 46.

After 31 years, mixed-team event Hopman Cup is axed to accommodate ATP Team Cup
The unique mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth has been axed after 31 years and replaced by the ATP World Team Cup
Two of the three cities to host the new men-only tournament – Sydney and Brisbane – had already been announced with Perth now confirmed as the third
The ATP world team cup will be played from 3rd January for 10 days in the lead-up to the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, which will start in 2020.
Hopman Cup was named after Australian tennis player Harry Hopman. This year Swiss pair Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the Cup.
Hopman Cup founder and former tennis is Paul McNamee.

March 31

South Korea wins 2019 Azlan Shah Hockey Cup by defeating India
India has lost to South Korea in the final of Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament at Ipoh in Malaysia. South Korea lifted the title, defeating India in a shootout 4-2.
Going into the title clash, world no. 5 India were clear favourites to lift their sixth Azlan Shah title against the 17th ranked Koreans.
Hosts Malaysia defeated Canada 4-2 and secured the 3rd place. Asian games Gold medalist Japan stood at 5th place, defeating Poland 6-1.

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