SPORTS - 2017 AUGUST

August 1

Paris to host 2024 summer Olympics, Los Angeles to host 2028 summer Olympics
Los Angeles reached an agreement with the leaders of the International Olympic Committee on plans to host the 2028 Summer Games.
Los Angeles formally announced its bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics after agreeing on a deal that paves the way for Paris to host in 2024. The Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic bid committee in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announced it recently.
The LA bid committee stated that Los Angeles will host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028.

Jadeja maintains top position, Virat stays 5th in ICC Test Rankings
Star spinner Ravindra Jadeja maintained pole position in the bowlers' list while India skipper Virat Kohli remained static at fifth place in the batting charts in the latest ICC Test Rankings.
In the batsmen's rankings, Cheteshwar Pujara is the top-ranked Indian at the fourth position while opener Shikhar Dhawan climbed 21 places to be ranked 39th.The batting list is being topped by Australia captain Steve Smith followed by England's Joe Root and New Zealand's Kane Williamson.
In the bowlers' chart, Ravichandran Ashwin displaced Sri Lankan Rangana Herath to claim the second spot back. Herath is third in the rankings. Pacer Mohammed Shami gained a place to be 23rd.
Jadeja and Ashwin also maintained second and third ranks respectively in the all-rounders' list. Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan is still perched at the top of the table.

August 2

Veer Dev Gulia wins bronze in Junior World Wrestling Championships
India began their campaign in the Junior World wrestling championships on a positive note as Veer Dev Gulia bagged a bronze medal on the opening day of the competition in Tampere, Finland.
In the men’s 74kg freestyle, Gulia finished third on the podium after getting the better of Yamasaki Yajuro of Japan 8 -5 in the bronze medal play-off bout.
Gulia had made it to the bronze medal play-offs despite losing in the quarterfinals, as his last-eight stage opponent, Isa Shapiev of Uzbekistan, reached the gold medal round of 74kg.

Mahindra Racing finish 3rd in best ever Formula E season
Mahindra Racing finished at the third spot with 215 points in what was their best ever season at the FIA Formula E Championship. Mahindra Racing had finished at the sixth position last season.
Notably, Renault e.dams won the championship with 268 points, while ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport finished at the second spot with 248 points.

August 3

Yuki Bhambri stuns defending champion Gael Monfils at ATP Citi Open
Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri, ranked 200 worldwide, defeated world number 22 and defending champion Gael Monfils at the Citi Open in Washington.
Bhambri, who entered the main draw of the ATP 500 tournament via the qualifying rounds, beat the Frenchman in the second round. India's Ramkumar Ramanathan exited the tournament in the first round.

Manju Kumari secures bronze at Junior World Wrestling
India's Manju Kumari has won the bronze medal victory over Ilona Prokopevniuk of Ukraine in the Junior World Wrestling Championship in Tampere, Finland.
Manju, competing in 59kg, started her campaign off with a dominating victory over Bulgaria's Aleksandrina Nikolaeva Kashinova but was outclassed Japan's Yuzuru Kumano in her quarterfinal bout.
In her repechage bout, Manju got the better of Tianna Grace Kennett of Canada to storm into the bronze-medal playoffs.

August 4

World Athletics Championships begins in London; 25 Indian players to participate
The World Athletics Championships will begin in London. 25 Indian athletes are taking part in the ten days grand event.
Experts are hoping a medal for India from world junior record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. Everything depends on this 19-year-old Haryana athlete’s performance on whether India manages to put an end to the medal drought since 2003.
India has taken part in every championship since the first one in 1983 but legendary long jumper Anju Bobby George’s bronze in Paris 2003 has been the lone medal at this global stage.
The star attraction at the World Athletics is the Jamaican Bolt, who has completed the 100m-200m sprint double at the past two World Championships, plans to compete in the 100m and 4x100m relay as he bids farewell to the sport.

Joshna-Dipika assure India of medal at World Doubles Squash Championship
Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal have assured India of a medal by reaching the women's doubles semifinals at the WSF World Doubles Squash Championship.
After the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallists won their quarterfinal, there was double disappointment for India when both the mixed doubles pairs, involving Joshna and Dipika, went down fighting in the quarterfinals.
In the women's doubles Joshna and Dipika, the second seeds, came back from a game down to beat the lower seeded Canadians Samantha Cornett and Nikole Todd.

August 5

Vijender Singh beats Zulpikar Maimaitiali to claim WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title
Indian professional boxer Vijender Singh outslugged his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali to retain the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title and win the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title.
In the pro boxing bout, termed as ‘Battleground Asia’, at Mumbai, Vijender recorded a unanimous decision win over his Chinese opponent and continued his undefeated streak.
It was Beijing Olympic bronze medallist’s ninth successive win in his professional career.

Ankur Mittal wins gold in Asian Shotgun Championship
Indian shooter Ankur Mittal bagged the gold medal in men's double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Mittal beat UAE's Khaled Alkaabi in the final to clinch his second individual gold in Asian championships.
The 25-year-old also won the team gold medal in men's double trap event alongside Sangram Dahiya and Mohammad Asab.

Jadeja second fastest Indian to reach 150 Test wickets
India's Ravindra Jadeja surpassed the likes of Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev to become the second fastest Indian to reach 150 wickets in Test cricket.
Jadeja, who achieved the feat in his 32nd Test match, became the fastest left-arm spinner in the world to achieve the feat, ahead of Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath and former Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi.

August 6

Sajan bags bronze in Junior World Wrestling Championships
India's Sajan bagged a bronze medal in Greco-Roman category after defeating Ali Osman Erbay of Turkey at the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Sajan defeated the Turkish grappler in Greco-Roman 74kg class in a third-fourth place match to finish on the podium. He is the lone Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to bag a medal at this championship.
Earlier, Sajan did not have an ideal start to his campaign as he lost his very first bout against Akzhol Makhmudov.

ONGC beats Bengaluru Hockey Association 4-2, wins MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has beaten Bengaluru Hockey Association (BHA) in the final in 91st All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament. It was held at Mayor Radhakrishnan stadium, Egmore Chennai.
ONGC has also defeated Indian Railways in the semi-finals. The ONGC team received Rs 5, 00,000 prize money while BHA got Rs 2.5 lakh.

August 7

Usain Bolt finishes 3rd in World Athletics Championship
Usain Bolt has finished third in his final individual event at the World Athletics Championships.
The 16th World Athletics Championship 2017 is going on at London. Justin Gatlin from USA has received gold and Bolt had to settle for Bronze in 100 m Final. Justin Gatlin has won with a time of 9.92 as Bolt came third in 9.95.
American Christian Coleman took silver with 9.94 having beaten Bolt in the semi-finals.

Two silver, Six bronze medals for India at Asian Junior boxing
India finished the Asian Junior Boxing Championships with two silver, and six bronze medals in Puerto Princesa, Philippines.
Satender Rawat (80 plus kilogram category) and Mohit Khatana (80-kilogram category) settled for silver medals after losing their final in the Championships.
Earlier, Ankit Narwal, Bhavesh Kattimani, Sidhartha Malik, Vinit Dahiya, Akshay Siwach and Aman Sehrawat claimed bronze medals after losing in the semifinals in their respective weight categories.

BCCI ordered to lift lifetime ban on cricketer Sreesanth by Kerala High Court
The Kerala High Court set aside the lifetime ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) alleging engagement in spot-fixing during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in 2013.
BCCI had continued with the ban despite a Delhi sessions court exonerating him in July 2015.

August 8

ICC rankings: Ravindra Jadeja becomes No 1 Test allrounder
In the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, Ravindra Jadeja has been ranked as World No. 1 all-rounder after eclipsing Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.
Jadeja has displaced Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to claim the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for all-rounder for the first time in his career.
The other Indian cricketers to make upwards movements are batsmen Cheteshwar Pujaraand Ajinkya Rahane, who each scored centuries in Colombo.
India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has attained a career-best 44th position after moving up four places, and fast bowlers Mohammed Shami (20th) and Umesh Yadav (22nd) have also gained.

Real Madrid beat Manchester United to win European Super Cup
Real Madrid beat Manchester United to lift the European Super Cup for the fourth time as they became the first team to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.
The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match organized by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

Kynan Chenai traps bronze at 7th Asian Shotgun Championships
Trap shooter and Olympian Kynan Chenai won the bronze medal in the Men’s Trap, at the ongoing 7th Asian Championship Shotgun, being held at Astana, Kazakhstan.
Kynan first shot 116 out of 125 to qualify for the six-man final round in third position and then held on to it till the end of the finals. Abdulrahman Al Faihan of Kuwait won Gold medal and Talal AlRashidi also of Kuwait won Silver Medal.
Other Indian shooters, Zoravar Singh Sandhu ended in 17th place while Birendeep Sodhi finished 36th.In the team section, India finished on seventh place.

August 9

World Championships: Wayde van Niekerk retains world 400m title
Wayde van Niekerk retained his world 400 metres title in dominant fashion as he stormed to victory in 43.98 seconds but there was almost as much interest in the empty lane alongside him where Botswana's Isaac Makwala should have been.
South African Van Niekerk, the Olympic and defending champion and world record holder, ran a controlled race and was even able to ease down over the final strides as he secured the first half of what he hopes will be a 400/200m double.
Steven Gardiner, 21, of the Bahamas was a clear second in 44.41 and 20-year-old world junior champion Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar blasted through at the end to snatch bronze in 44.48.

Sindhu to lead Indian challenge
P.V. Sindhu, World No. 5 in the women’s singles, is the highest-ranked Indian in the National squad for the Total BWF World badminton championships, to be played at Glasgow, Scotland.
K. Srikanth, is ranked eighth in the men’s singles, as per the latest BWF player rankings. The two are the only Indians to figure in the top-10 in their respective categories.
The Indian shuttlers will take part in the men’s and women’s singles and doubles, apart from mixed doubles. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) named a 21-member squad for the Scotland competition. P. Gopi Chand is part of the seven-member team of coaches.

August 10

Kipruto claims 3,000m steeplechase world title
Olympic gold medallist Conseslus Kipruto added another major glory to his name with victory in the men's 3,000 meters steeplechase at IAAF World Athletics Championships.
The Kenyan clocked 8:14.12 seconds to continue his in-form performance in the event after the Rio Olympic Games last year.
Soufiane Elbakkali of Morocco finished runner-up at 8:14.49. The bronze medal went to Evan Jager of the United States, who completed the race in 8:15.53.

India wins bronze in mixed trap
The Indian team of Kynan Chenai and Shreyasi Singh won the mixed trap bronze in the Asian Shotgun Championship.
The pair had narrowly missed qualifying for the gold medal match, as it lost the shoot-off to Kuwait, which went on to win the gold ahead of Korea.
India, which had topped the qualification in a field of 18 teams with a score of 91, beat Lebanon for the bronze medal.

India drop one place to 97th in FIFA rankings
India dropped one rung to be placed 97th in the latest edition of the FIFA Rankings. The Indian football team, also known as Blue Tigers, had achieved one of their best rankings in recent history when they climbed to the 96th spot last month.
India still has 341 rating points with no changes from their last month’s tally. Brazil has gained the top spot from Germany. Canada, meanwhile, jumped five spots to 95th following their performances in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Among Asian countries, India is the 12th highest ranked team in the continent while Iran leads the chart at 24th spot.



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