SPORTS - 2017 February

February 1

West Indies All rounder Andre Russell gets one-year ban for doping breach.
Jamaican cricketer Andre Russell (28) has been banned from all cricket for a year over a doping code violation by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission in 2017.
Under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines, elite athletes must file his/her details of whereabouts.
Russell did not file his whereabouts on three occasions in 2015 as required, which constitutes a failed drugs test under WADA’s whereabouts rules.

February 2

India Defeats England 2-1 to Win T20 International Series.
India defeated England by 75 runs to clinch the Twenty20 International series 2-1 in, 2017 played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. England lost their last 8 wickets for 8 runs.
This is India’s first win in a bilateral T20 International series against England.
Though India Lost to England by 7 wickets in the first T20 match at Green Park, Kanpur, it won the second match played at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur.

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games medals to be made from recycled mobile phones.
Olympic game medals will be made from recycled mobile phones for the year 2022 to promote sustainability by 2020 Olympic Games organizers, Japan.
For this, the Japan government asked public to donate unwanted mobile phones and other electronic items to help make 5,000 medals.
The organizers are placed a collection boxes in local offices and telecoms stores from April 2017 to collect the material.

T20 Blind World Cup: India to take on Pak at Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.
India will aim to complete a hat-trick of wins in the T20 World Cup for the blind when they take on their arch-rivals Pakistan in their third match of the tournament at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
India kicked off their campaign on a winning note as they crushed Bangladesh by 129 runs at IIT Ground in the national capital.
The home side continued their imperious form on Day two as well by hammering West Indies by 142 runs at the Nahar Singh Stadium in Faridabad.

February 3

15-year-old jr Shuttler From Dehradun Ranked World Number 1.
Lakshya Sen, a 15-year-old shuttler from Dehradun, is badminton's top-ranked junior player in the world.
Lakshya became the youngest winner of the All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament in September last year.
Former Indian shuttler Prakash Padukone had in 2012 that Lakshya played better than what he used to play at the same age.

Pankaj Advani Wins 29th The National Snooker Championship Title.
Indian cueist Pankaj Advani clinched his 29th Indian National Snooker Championship title in, 2017 at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune.
The World Champion defeated Pandurangaiah of Railways 6-0 in a one-sided final.
With this win, Advani has become the only Indian player to win all the national titles in both the long and short formats of snooker, 6-red Snooker and 15-red Snooker.

February 4

Virat Kohli Tops T20 batsman list in the Latest ICC rankings.
As per the latest ICC Ranking of the Men’s batting, Virat Kohli is still on the top spot with 799 points. He is followed by Aaron Finch of Australia at second position with 771 points and Glenn Maxwell of Australia is third.
Virat is ranked Second in Tests and Third in ODIs. This makes him the only Indian batsman to be raked in top five among all formats.

Lakshya Sen - World No. 1 Junior Badminton player.
The 15-year-old shuttler from Almora, Lakshya Sen, created history after he became the number one junior singles badminton player in the world in the latest rankings of the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Lakshya is the first shuttler from Uttarakhand to attain the numero uno spot at the international level. Lakshya, who is considered as the shining future star of Indian badminton, moved ahead of Chia Hao Lee of the Chinese Taipei, to attain the top spot.

February 5

T20 World Cup for Blind: India continues their winning streak; defeat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets.
India continued their winning streak by defeating Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the T20 World Cup for Blind at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium.
Put in to bat by India, Sri Lanka rode on Chandana Deshapriya's (62) half-century and Pathum Saman Kumara's to score 186 for eight in their allotted 20 overs.

Indian Team Defeats Malaysia to Win Gold in Asian Junior Squash.
India’s boy team defeated Malaysia on February 5, 2017 in Hong Kong to clinch the gold medal at the Asian Junior Squash championship.
The team won the game in second round with to seed Velavan Senthilkumar besting Malaysia's Ong Sai Hung, and Abhay Singh beat Darren Rahul Pragasam.
This is the second time that the Indian boys had won the title. Earlier in 2011 they defeated Pakistan in Colombo.

Sharath Kamal wins his 7th natl crown at the 11Even Sports Senior Table Tennis Nationals.
Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal won the men’s singles title after defeating Soumyajit Ghosh. This is Kamal’s seventh national crown at the 11Even Sports Senior Table Tennis Nationals hels at the Manesar Sports Club in Haryana.
Madhurika Patkar won the women’s singles title against six-time national champion Poulomi Ghatak.Now she became the first-time champion in the women’s singles at the 11Even Sports Senior Table Tennis Nationals in Haryana.

India to host FIBA Women's Asia Cup in July 2017 in Bengaluru.
Basketball Federation of India in, 2017 announced that India will host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup basketball tournament in 2017 in Bengaluru
India also set to host the FIBA U-16 Women’s Asian Championship from in Hyderabad.
This will be the first time since 2009 that India will host a major FIBA (International Basketball Federation) event.
Fourteen teams will compete in both the FIBA Women's Asia Cup and the U-16 Women's Asian Championship, with eight teams in Division A (which include new Oceania teams Australia and New Zealand) and six in lower Division B (India).

Vijay Goel lays foundation stone of CoE for Para Sports in Gujarat.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel laid the foundation stone of the India’s first Center of Excellence for Para Sports to help para athletes in showcasing their skills and talent Minister Vijay Goel further both at the national and international level in Gujarat in 2017.
The Center will have a fully air conditioned indoor hall, fully air conditioned elite hostel of 100 beds, 20 VIP accommodation for foreign guest which will also be air conditioned and open land for warm-up.

February 6

Alastair Cook steps down as England Test captain.
Alastair Cook has resigned as England Test captain after a record 59 matches in the role, by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Cook, England's leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs became the captain in August 2012 and led his country to Ashes glory on home soil in 2013 and 2015 as well as series wins in India and South Africa.

Iran Lifts Ban on American Wrestling Team.
Iran lifted up the ban it had imposed on United States Wrestlers, thus allowing them to participate in the Freestyle World Cup to be held in Iran in February 2017.
Iran had banned the American team in, 2017 after the decision of US President Donald Trump to temporarily suspend Visas to seven Muslim majority countries including Iran.
However, the United States Federal Judge suspended the ban imposed by US Government on Iranian Nationals travelling to the U.S. But the Trump administration is again appealing to reinstate the travel ban.

India Set to Host World Billiards Championship For Next Four Years.
The Billiards and Snoooker Federation of India (BSFI) in, 2017 informed that India will host the World Billiards Championship for the next four years.
In 2016, the World Billiards Championship was held in Bengaluru.
In the prestigious tournament, Pankaj Advani won in the 150-UP format beating Peter Gilchrist of Singapore.
The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) is the central authority that deals with the growth and development of cue sports in India.

February 7

Results of 81st Senior National Badminton Championship.
Sourabh Verma defeated Lakshya Sen to clinch the Men’s Singles title in the 81st Senior National Badminton Championships held in Patna in 2017.
Sourabh Vermaii. In the women’s singles category, second seed Rituparna Das beat Reshma Karthik to clinch the championship.

IAAF Bans Russia From 2017 London World Athletics Championships.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Governing Body for Track and Field events, in, 2017 informed that Russia has been barred from the 2017 summer World Athletics Championships in London.
Russia has been barred from international competition since November 2015 following a damaging report alleging that state-sponsored doping was prevailing in the country.
Further, the ban was extended in March 2016 and again in June 2016, preventing Russia’s athletes from competing at the.

February 8

2,000 metre women's world record broken by Genzebe Dibaba.
Ethiopian runner Genzebe Dibaba broke the women's 2,000 metre world record, running the distance in five minutes, 23.75 seconds, at an indoor arena in Spain.
Dibaba's timing was almost seven seconds less than the previous indoor world record, and also almost two seconds less than the outdoor record.

Mohit Ahlawat the 1st crickter to score 300 in T20s at any level.
Mohit Ahlawat from Delhi has created history by becoming the 1st batsman to score a triple hundred in a Twenty20 match. The feat has never been achieved at any level in the shortest format of the game.
The 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman, playing for Maavi XI, scored the record 300 not out in a local T20 tournament - Friends Premier League, at Delhi's Lalita Park against Friend's XI.

February 9

Wildcard entry offered for Maria Sharapova in Madrid Open.
Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been invited to play at the Madrid Open, which takes place less than two weeks after her 15 month doping ban expires.
The five-time grand slam winner has been given a wildcard for the event, which begins on May.
It is scheduled to be her second comeback tournament after her suspension for doping, with the Russian set to return to action at the Stuttgart Grand Prix in April.

NBA-FIBA BWB selects Aashay Verma & Priyanka of India.
Aashay Verma and Priyanka Prabhakara have been selected in a 67 strong international group of boys and girls for the NBA and FIBA's third annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp in New Orleans, USA.
The camp will be held February 17 to 19 as part of NBA All-Star 2017.
Verma is 7-foot 1-inch tall and plays centre while Prabhakara is a 5-foot 10-inch tall player, who hails from Kerala.<