SPORTS - 2018 SEPTEMBER

September 1

Govt. to bear Indian kho kho team’s expenses.
The government will bear the expenses of India’s participation in an international kho kho tournament to be held in England from September 1 to 4.
Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, approved the participation of the team.
The decision to provide financial support to the Kho Kho Federation of India for taking part in the tournament has been taken to give a boost to this traditional Indian sport.

New Zealand spinner Morna Nielsen bids adieu to all forms of cricket.
New Zealand spinner Morna Nielsen has announced her retirement from all forms of cricket as she aims to shift her focus on being a structural engineer.
The 28-year-old, who also appeared for Melbourne Stars in the Women's Big Bash and Southern Vipers in the Kia Super League, was just four matches short from completing her hundred international caps.
Nielson, who played her last international match in November 2016, has played a total of 42 one day internationals where she has taken a total of 53 wickets with an economy rate of 3.61.

September 2

18th Asian Games also known as Jakarta-Palembang 2018 held from 18 August to 2 September 2018.
The mascots Bhin Bhin, Atung, and Kaka represent the Eastern, Central, and Western regions of Indonesia and also strategy, speed and strength respectively. Moto is energy of Asia.

Rank
Country
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
China (CHN)
132
92
65
289
2
Japan (JPN)
75
56
74
205
3
South Korea (KOR)
49
58
70
177
4
Indonesia (INA)
31
24
43
98
5
Uzbekistan (UZB)
21
24
25
70
8
India (IND)
15
24
30
69

September 3

Alastair Cook announces international retirement.
England’s highest Test run-scorer Alastair Cook announced his retirement from International cricket.
He has scored 12,254 runs and made 32 centuries in 160 Tests – all England records. He is sixth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers and has made a record 11,627 runs as an opener.
He became the first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs in 2016. He captained the England team from 2012 and led England to their first victory in India for 27 years.

September 4

Ikee Rikako named 'Most Valuable Player' of Asian Games.
Japanese swimmer Ikee Rikako has been named as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the recently-concluded 18th edition of the Asian Games.
The 18-year-old, who bagged six gold and two silver medals in the tournament, became the first female athlete to win the MVP title.
Reflecting on her achievement, this is for the first time that she has received any international honour, she would now look to continue with her winning momentum in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Rikako became the fourth Japanese athlete to win the MVP award since its inception during the 1998 Bangkok Games.

September 5

Australia: Indian Navy wins KAKADU-18 Cup, beats 22 other teams.
The Indian Navy has won the coveted KAKADU Cup 2018 in Australia as it participated in a multilateral maritime exercise involving 27 navies. Teams participated in sports day where the Indian team dominated all the others to clinch the KAKADU18 Cup.
KAKADU exercise is a multilateral maritime engagement hosted by the Royal Australian Navy with support from the Royal Australian Air Force. This biannual joint exercise which started in 1993, took place both ashore and at sea off the coast of Darwin.
The name KAKADU is derived from Kakadu National Park, a protected area in the northern territory of Australia, 171 km south-east of Darwin.“KAKADU 2018 is a biannual joint exercise taking place both ashore and at sea off the coast of Darwin. This year’s exercise involves 27 nations and more than 3000 personnel which represent the largest military commitment to the exercise since it began in 1993.
INS Sahyadri which is taking part in the exercise had entered the Port of Darwin. The ship was earlier deployed in the South China Sea and Pacific for over four months and represented the Navy in multinational exercises MALABAR 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii.

Former India pacer RP Singh announces retirement from cricket.
RP Singh is 32 years old. He hails from Uttar Pradesh. He is a left arm fast bowler.
He made his first debut for Indian team on 4th September 2005. He had played 14 Tests, 58 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 Internationals for India.
He has played 82 matches in all three formats of cricket and has taken more than 100 wickets. He has also played in Indian Premier League (IPL).

September 6

Saurabh bags air pistol gold.
Saurabh Chaudhary shot a junior world record 245.5 to win the junior men’s gold in air pistol in the 52nd World Shooting Championship.
The Asian Games gold medallist, the 16-year-old Saurabh, who had to be fielded in the junior team as the national federation juggled with plenty of talent on hand in the event, helped the team win the silver two points behind Korea.
Arjun Singh Cheema, the free pistol champion, added the air pistol individual bronze to his collection.

September 7

Duleep Trophy: Saurabh, Hooda spin India Blue to title.
The India Red batsmen did not display these attributes as the side went down by an innings and 187 runs to India Blue in the Duleep Trophy final at the N.P.R. College ground.
India Red lost its last five wickets for 45 runs in just 10.5 overs on day four to be bundled out for 172.
Exploiting the dark patches were left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar and part-time off-spinner Deepak Hooda, who picked five wickets apiece.

September 8

2018 AIBA Youth Women’s & Men’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
2018 AIBA Youth Women’s & Men’s World Championships was held at Duna Arena, in Budapest, Hungary. 359 boxers from 65 countries participated. Mascot: Hungarian Grey bull and cow.
Gold medals: Nitu (Women’s Light Fly 45-48kg), Sakshi (Women’s Feather 54-57kg)
Silver medals: Anamika (Women’s Fly 48-51kg), Manisha (Women’s Light Welter 64kg)
Bronze medals: Bhavesh Kattimani (Men’s Fly 49-52kg), Ankit (Women’s Light 60kg), Jony (Women’s Light 57-60kg), Pahwa A (Women’s Middle 69-75kg), Gaidhani S (Women’s Light Heavy 81kg), Yadav N (Women’s Heavy +81kg)

September 9

India Blue trounces India Red to win Duleep Trophy.
India Blue thrashed defending champion India Red by an innings and 187 runs in the final to win the Duleep Trophy at NPR College ground. Spinners Deepak Jagbir Hooda (5 for 56) and Saurabh Kumar (5 for 51) needed just 10.5 overs.
Overnight not-out batsmen Ishan Kishan and Writtick Chatterjee fell in the space of 10 runs to left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar and Hooda respectively.

September 10

138th edition of tennis’ US Open Grand Slam event of 2018.
US Open (tennis) 2018 was held at outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, United States.
Winners of US Open (tennis) 2018:
Category
Winner
Runner-up
Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Juan Martín del Potro (Argentina)
Women’s Singles Naomi Osaka (Japan) Serena Williams (United States)
Men’s Doubles Mike Bryan (United States), Jack Sock (United States) Lukasz Kubot (Poland), Marcelo Melo (Brazil)
Women’s Doubles Ashleigh Barty (Australia), CoCo Vandeweghe (United States) Tímea Babos (Hungary), Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Mixed Doubles Bethanie Mattek-Sands (United States), Jamie Murray (United Kingdom) Alicja Rosolska (Poland), Nikola Mektić (Croatia)

September 11

ICC Test rankings: India still on top, England grab fourth position after 4-1 series win.
India continued to be at the No.1 position but England grabbed the fourth spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings after completing a 4-1 series victory.
The Virat Kohli-led side had started the series at 125 points but the series loss meant it is now on 115 points.
England began the series in fifth position and 97 points but the emphatic victory over top-ranked India has resulted in a big gain of eight points and lifted them to 105 points as they surpassed New Zealand.
Joe Root’s England side are now just one point behind South Africa and Australia, who are both on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points.
With New Zealand not far behind on 102 points, there are now four teams within a space of five points of each other on the points table.

September 12

Sardar Singh set to retire from international hockey.
Hours after he was left out of the core group of players for the upcoming Asian Champions Trophy and the World Cup, former India captain Sardar Singh gave enough indications of calling it a day.
Sardar, who was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna last year and is one of the most decorated stars of Indian hockey, is likely to announce his retirement from internationals.
Sardar was part of the Indian team at the recent Asian Games where it finished third. However, calls for his exclusion have been gaining ground claiming he had slowed down with age. At 32, Sardar is not only the senior-most player in the side but also the fittest as per tests held just before the Asiad.

ICC Test rankings: India still on top, Kohli remains No. 1 Test batsman.
Kohli, who amassed 593 runs at an average of 59.3 in the series which the visitors lost by 1-4 margin, had started the series 27 points behind Australia’s Steve Smith and finished one point ahead of his closest rival.
India’s K.L. Rahul and Rishabh Pant also made big gains in the latest rankings with the opener advancing 16 places to 19th position after his knock of 149. Pant also moved up 63 places to 111th position after his 114 in only his third Test match.
Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 86 in the first innings has helped him gain 12 places to reach 58th among batsmen while he has also moved up one place in the all-rounder’s list to second position.
England opener Alastair Cook signed off from international cricket on a remarkable note, moving into the top-10 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after a Player of the Match performance in the final Test at The Oval.

September 13

India’s 102-year-old female athlete wins gold medal at World Masters Athletics Championships; Twitterati cheer.
Age is just a number, a quote quite clearly proven by India’s oldest female athlete Man Kaur. Hailing from Patiala, Punjab and the 102-year-old athlete made the country proud by winning a gold medal at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain.
Kaur won the 200 m race medal in the age group of 100 – 104. Kaur started her career at the age of 93. She was encouraged and motivated by her 78-year-old son Guru Dev, who is also a participant of the World Masters game, that is considered as an Olympics for senior citizens.

September 14

Former England captain Paul Collingwood retires.
Former England captain Paul Collingwood will retire from professional cricket at the end of the current season.
Collingwood, 42, became the first England captain to win a trophy at a global tournament when he guided them to the ICC World T20 in 2010. He was part of three Ashes series wins over Australia before retiring from international cricket in 2011.
Collingwood scored close to 17,000 runs in first-class cricket since making his debut 22 years ago. He made 4,259 runs in 68 tests.

September 15

Former England keeper Foster retires from all forms of cricket.
Former England wicket-keeper James Foster has announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the ongoing season.
Foster, 38, played seven Tests, 11 one-day internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals for England between 2001 and 2009, and last turned out national colours during the ICC World Twenty20 2009.
He could not create a big impact at the Test level, with 226 runs at 25.11, but has a healthy first-class record of 13,761 runs at 36.69 from 289 matches.
He accounted for 839 catches and 62 stumpings in the first-class game in addition to 246 catches and 65 stumpings in List A and 79 catches and 47 stumpings in T20s.

Maldives beat India 2-1 to become new champions.
India was the favourites to win the SAFF Cup 2018 tournament taking place in Dhaka. The ‘Men’ in Blue were unbeaten in the tournament but went down in the final as Maldives beat them 2-1 to become the new SAFF champions.
Sumeet Passi’s goal in the added time was too little too late for India as Maldives dominated in the match to emerge victorious.

September 16

Kenyan marathon master Kipchoge smashes world record.
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2hr 1min 39 sec.
The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195km race, took 1min 18sec off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto.
It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.

Tendulkar exits Kerala Blasters.
Tendulkar inspiring presence was one of the factors that drew huge crowds to the Kochi’s Nehru Stadium for Kerala Blasters’ Indian Super League games.
Sachin Tendulkar’s presence, as a co-owner, also added a lot of value to the Kochi-based club. After four years and just a few weeks before the ISL’s fifth edition, Tendulkar has decided to leave the club.
The existing 80% shareholders of KBFC, comprising of IQuest, Chiranjeevi and Allu Arvind have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Tendulkar’s 20% stake in the club.

September 17

32nd Ahmet Comert Boxing Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.
Indian women boxers won a total of 7 medals: 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. Indian women’s team finished second in the tournament.

Sl. No.
Category
Medal
Name
1
Light Fly (48 kg)
Gold
Monika Monika
2
Light Welter (64 kg)
Gold
Simranjit Kaur Baatth
3
Light Heavy (81 kg)
Gold
Bhagyabati Kachari
4
Fly (51 kg)
Silver
Pinki Rani
5
Bantam (54 kg)
Silver
M. Kumari Devi Maisnam
6
Light (57 kg)
Bronze
Sonia Sonia
7
Super Heavy (+81 kg)
Bronze
Kavita Cehahal
2018 Japan Open (badminton) tournament.

Event
Winner
Runner-up
Men’s Singles Kento Momota (Japan) Khosit Phetpradab (Thailand)
Women’s Singles Carolina Marín (Spain) Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)
Men’s Doubles Marcus Fernaldi Gideon,  Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia) Junhui Li, Yuchen Liu (China)
Women’s Doubles Yuki Fukushima, Sayaka Hirota (Japan) Qingchen Chen, Yifan Jia (China)
Mixed Doubles Zheng Siwei, Huang Yaqiong (China) Yilyu Wang, Dongping Huang (China)

September 18

Hangzhou in China will host 4th Asian Para Games 2022.
The third Asian Para Games in Jakarta, the Asian Paralympics Committee (APC) confirmed that Hangzhou in China will host the fourth edition in 2022.
The confirmation comes following a visit to Hangzhou in July by APC President Majid Rashed and CEO Tarek Souei where they met with Yuan Jiajun, Governor of Zhejiang, Xu Liyi, Mayor of Hangzhou, Chen Guomei, Vice Mayor, Wang Hong, Vice Mayor and Zhong Wenjing, Chairman of Hangzhou Disabled Federation.

German insurers Allianz sign up as Olympic sponsor.
German insurance giant Allianz became the latest Olympic Games sponsorship partner, signing a 10-year deal with the International Olympic Committee.
The Munich-based financial services group will have rights to the Olympic logo from the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, followed by the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Unconfirmed estimates by Olympic marketing insiders suggest the deal is costing the company 50 million euros a year. They are already a Paralympic sponsor and since 2017 have backed the Formula E championship after 17 years in Formula One.
They become the 14th top-tier sponsor of the Olympic Games. Their name is carried by Bayern Munich's ground the Allianz Arena and Ligue 1 Nice's venue the Allianz Riviera.

September 19

New Kabaddi Federation launches Indo International Premier League
The New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI) launched the Indo International Premier Kabaddi League.
The league will feature eight teams in the inaugural edition, namely Bengaluru Rhinos, Chennai Cheetahs, Delhi Dumars, Telangana Bulls, Patna Panthers, Haryana Hurricanes, Mumbai Marathas and Kolkata Tigers.

September 20

Belgium join France atop FIFA rankings
Belgium have joined world champions France as joint leaders of the FIFA world rankings, the first time in the table’s 25-year history that top spot has been shared.
Belgium have notched up a pair of wins, including victory over Iceland in the inaugural Nations League competition to bring them level with the French, the team who beat them in the World Cup semi-finals.

September 21

Women's boxing world championships in Delhi
The World Women's Boxing Championships, to be hosted by India after more than a decade, will be held from 15th November in the national capital.
The AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships will be held in New Delhi in 13th - 25th November.

September 22

India settle for silver in Asian Team Snooker Championship
India settled for the silver medal after losing to Pakistan 2-3 in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Doha, Qatar.
After Babar Masih put a fluent 81 break to win the first frame against Pankaj Advani, Malkeet Singh restored parity with a 52 break win over Mohammad Asif.

September 23

Vaishali will be India's first blind chess player at World Chess Olympiad.
Blind chess player Vaishali Narendra Salavkar will become the first Indian female to be part of the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) team at the world chess Olympiad.
The IBCA, affiliated to FIDE, sends its teams - open and women - to compete at the chess Olympiad. "Vaishali will be the first Indian blind chess player to participate in the World Chess Olympiad

September 24

France Football launches Women’s Ballon d’Or
A woman will win the most prestigious individual trophy in soccer for the first time this year. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d’Or for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man on December 3rd in Paris.
The players will be selected by France Football and a panel of international journalists specialized in women’s soccer will vote on a winner.

Junior World Wrestling Championship held in Trnava, Slovakia
India won 7 medals: 4 silver and 3 bronze in the Junior World Wrestling Championship.
Indian medal winners:

Sl. No.
Medal
Name
Category
1
Silver
Naveen Sihag
Men’s Free Style 57 kg
2
Silver
Deepak Punia
Men’s Free Style 86 Kg
3
Silver
Vijay
Men’s Greco Roman 60 Kg
4
Silver
Sajana
Men’s Greco Roman 77 Kg
5
Bronze
Vijay
Men’s Greco Roman 55 Kg
6
Bronze
Mansi
Women’s Wrestling 57 Kg
7
Bronze
Bronze Anshu
Women’s Wrestling 59 Kg

China Open 2018 (Badminton)
China Open 2018 officially named Victor China Open 2018 was held in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China.
Winners:

Event
Winner
Runner-up
Men’s Singles
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia)
Kento Momota (Japan)
Women’s Singles
Marín Chen (Spain)
Yufei (China)

5th Track Asia Cup (cycling) 2018 in New Delhi: India finished on top with 6 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze
5th Track Asia Cup (cycling) 2018 was held at the Indira Gandhi Velodrome in New Delhi.
India topped the medal tally with 6 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals. It was followed by Indonesia in 2nd place with 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze and Hong Kong in third spot with 4 gold and 2 bronze medals.
Indian gold medal winners:

Sl. No.
Medal
Name
Category
1
Gold
Mayuri Lute
Women’s junior 500 m
2
Gold
Esow, Abhishek,
Jemsh Singh
Men’s junior team sprint
3
Gold
E. Chaoba Devi
Women’s elite 3 km individual pursuit
4
Gold
Swasti Singh
Women’s junior 2 km individual pursuit
5
Gold
Esow Alben
Men’s junior 200 m sprint
6
Gold
Mayuri Lute
Women’s junior 200 m sprint

Best FIFA Football Awards 2018
Award winners:

Award
Winner
The Best FIFA Men’s Player
Luka Modrić (Croatia)
The Best FIFA Women’s Player
Marta (Brazil)
The Best FIFA Men’s
Idier Deschamps (France)
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach
Reynald Pedros (France)
The Best FIFA Goalkeeper
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
FIFA Puskás Award
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
FIFA Fair Play Award
Lennart Thy (Germany)
FIFA Fan Award
Peru fans

September 26

Sharmila won gold in women’s javelin’s throw
Sharmila Kumari upset Asian championship bronze medallist and former Asian Games bronze medal winner Annu Rani to claim the women’s javelin gold medal on the opening day of the National Open athletics championships at the Kalinga Stadium.
Sharmila, who had missed out on a berth for Jakarta after finishing second in the inter-State meet at Guwahati in June, made a gradual progress to lead a Railways one-two-three on the podium.

September 27

Madrid to host new-format Davis Cup in 2019 and 2020
Madrid has been chosen to host the first two new-format Davis Cup finals in 2019 and 2020.
Under a format proposed by the Kosmos group, headed by Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, and adopted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in August, the competition will bring together 18 nations in one place for a week at the end of the tennis season.

8th Asian Yoga Sports Championship in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
The city will be hosting the 8th Asian Yoga Sports Championship in September. During the event around 500 participants from 16 Asian countries will exhibit their yoga skills. The three-day championship will begin from September 27 at Jimmy George Stadium. Participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea, China, Dubai, Taiwan, Iran, Afghanistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal will come down to the capital city for this big event. This is the first time the state is hosting a yoga championship of such a grand scale.

September 28

India to host first deaf ICC World T20 in November
India will host the Deaf ICC T20 World Cup in November this year. The tournament will be hosted by the Deaf Cricket Society (DCS), the apex governing body, it was announced.
The World Cup will see participation of teams from as many as eight countries, over a nine-day period and over 200 players vying for the top honours of being the World T20 champions.
The tournament is being held from November 23th - 30th in Gurugram.

September 29

Asia Cup 2018: India lifts Asia Cup for 7th time
India survived the last-over jitters as their experienced middle-order helped the defending champions clinch a record seventh Asia Cup title with a three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2018 final.

Samsun 2018 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final in Samsun, Turkey
South Korea topped the medal tally with: 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals. Turkey came second with: 1 gold and 2 silver medals.
India won 3 medals: 1 silver and 2 bronze.
Indian medal winners are list:

Medal
Winner
Event
Silver Abhishek Verma, Jyothi Surekha Compound’s Mixed Team event
Bronze Abhishek Verma Men’s Compound individual event
Bronze Deepika Kumari Recurve Women’s Individual event

September 30

Yuvraj Wadhwani clinches Asian Junior Squash title
India's Yuvraj Wadhwani has clinched Asian Junior Squash Championship title after defeating Anas Ali Shah of Pakistan in the final of the boys' U-13 individual event.
Wadhwani thrashed his Pakistani counterpart in the final to become the second Indian to lift the prestigious trophy.


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