Sports - Current Affairs for March,2017

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▼ Ankur Mittal wins gold medal at ISSF   [03-24-17]

Indian shooter Ankur Mittal won Gold medal in the Men’s Double Trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World24 Cup held in Acapulco, Mexico.

He defeated James Willet of Australia, the gold medalist at ISSF World Cup held in New Delhi in February 2017.

Ankur finished with a tally of 75, while Willet managed 73 points win silver medal.

China’s Ying Qui won bronze medal with 52 points.

Mittal had settled for a silver at the recent International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi, where Willet had won the gold.

Mittal ended with 75 points out of possible 80 in the six-man final to win India's first medal in the competition while Willet managed 73.

Medal events now remain in the Mens and Womens Skeet shooting disciplines, scheduled to be held over the weekend.

▼ National observer appointed for Olympics   [03-22-17]


Sports DisciplineNational Observer
AthleticsPT Usha

Anju Bobby George
ArcheryDr Sanjeev Kumar Singh
BadmintonAparna Popat
BoxingMary Kom

Akhil Kumar
HockeyJagbir Singh
ShootingAbhinav Bindra
TennisSomdev Devvarman
WeightliftingKarnam Malleshwari
WrestlingSushil Kumar
FootballI M Vijayan
SwimmingKhajan Singh
Table TennisKamlesh Mehta

Apart from providing inputs for their respective disciplines, the National Observers would also to be consulted as a group on cross cutting issues impacting sports development in the country.

The National Observers would be playing a key role in the implementation of action plans for Mission Olympics 2020, 2024 and 2028.

On 30 January 2017, the government constituted a Task Force to prepare an action plan for 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympic games.

On 5 February 2017, the foundation stone of the boundary wall of the first-ever Centre of Excellence for differently-abled sportsmen was laid at Sector-25 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

On 10 February 2017, the Mission XI Million initiative was launched to promote football among school children.

On 14 March 2017, Hockey India announced the appointment of four new Scientific Advisors for men and women, both senior and junior teams.

▼ Olympian and cyclist J. R. Shand retires   [03-16-17]

Joanna Rowsell Shand has announced her retirement at the age of 28.

She is stepping away from elite cycling with two Olympic gold medals and five world titles in the locker.

Primarily a track rider, Rowsell Shand formed an integral part of the British women's team pursuit squad.

The team pushed the discipline to new heights, helping to stretch the world record time and again.

That benchmark now stands at 4:10.236 - the ride that won the gold in Rio this summer - while the gold medal ride from London 2012 set the final world record for the 3km distance, before it was increased to four kilometres in 2013.

About Joanna Rowsell Shand

  • Rowsell Shand was spotted by British Cycling's talent programme at the age of 15 and, after taking junior national titles on the track in 2005 and 2006, she stepped up to senior level in 2007 at the age of 18.
  • In 2008 she won her first elite gold medal, forming part of a triumphant women's team pursuit quartet at the World Championships.
  • She battled back alopecia and glandular fever to return to full fitness in time for the all-important Olympic year in 2012.
  • Shand won the team pursuit world title again before claiming Olympic gold in London at her first Games.
  • She also won the team pursuit title at the Worlds for a fourth time, before winning her first and only elite individual titles - at the Worlds and then the Commonwealth Games.
  • Shand's team won gold and broke the world record, at the Rio Olympics.

  • Medals won:

  • 5 World Titles,
  • 4 European Titles, Commonwealth Gold and
  • 2 Olympic Golds
  • Multiple World Cup and National Championship medals across both team and individual events

▼ Irfan suspended by PCB   [03-15-17]

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan in the spot-fixing case which came to light during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League.

Irfan and two other cricketers were interrogated by the PCB's anti-corruption unit for the PSL.

The other two players were left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar (Quetta Gladiators) and opening batsman Shazaib Hassan (Karachi Kings).

Irfan has been charged with failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by a participant to engage in corrupt conduct.

He now has 14 days to respond to the charges.

During the tournament, Islamabad United's batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were provisionally suspended and ordered to return home.

Meanwhile, in February, Pakistan's opening batsman Nasir Jamshed was arrested by Britain's National Crime Agency in connection with the alleged spot-fixing case.

This is not the first time corruption has haunted Pakistan cricket in the recent past.

In 2010, Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were jailed and banned over their involvement in the spot-fixing case during the Lord's Test against England.

Mohammad Irfan: Know More

  • Nationality: Pakistani
  • Batting style: Right-handed
  • Current teams: Pakistan national cricket team, Islamabad United, Dhaka Dynamites, Khan Research Laboratories cricket team

▼ ICC appoints Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar ambassador   [03-14-17]

International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar as the official ambassador of Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017.

The women’s World Cup is scheduled to be held in June 2017 at England and Wales.

The eight top cricketing countries locking horns to grab the coveted trophy.

The tournament will host 28 matches at five different venues with the final at Lord’s Stadium.

Women's World Cup Cricket 2017

  • Dates: 24 June – 23 July
  • Administrator(s): International Cricket Council
  • Cricket format: One Day International
  • Tournament format: Group stage and knockout
  • Host: England

Chronology of events
Austrian professional tennis player Dominic Thiem won the 2017 Rio Open in men’s singles category.
India Test skipper Virat Kohli has been named as the ‘Captain of the Year’ at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards. Kohli led India to nine wins out of 12 Tests in the year.
India captain Virat Kohli will be presented with the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award, given to BCCI’s International Cricketer of the Year, at the Annual Awards to be held in Bengaluru on March 8. Virat Kohli will become the first to receive the award thrice. He had won the award in 2011-12 and in 2014-15.
Jitu Rai and Amanpreet Singh winning gold and silver, respectively in men’s 50m free pistol at the ISSF Shooting World Cup. It was India’s first gold in the competition.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has appointed Portugal’s Luis Norton de Matos (63) as the head coach of the India’s Under-17 team for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup scheduled to be held in October 2017 in India.
Unseeded American Sam Querrey stunned second-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) on Saturday to win the ATP Mexico Open and cease the Spaniard’s run of perfection in Acapulco. Querrey.
Andy Murray of the United Kingdom on 4, March 2017 won the men’s singles titles at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2017. To attain the title, he defeated Fernando Verdaso of Spanish 6-3 6-2.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that mobile manufacturing company Oppo Mobiles India Private Limited will be the new team sponsor of the Indian cricket team from April 1, 2017.
The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has constituted a high level committee to resolve the grievances and complaints of women sports persons.
The Indian women’s ice hockey team registered its first victory ever in an international match by beating Philippines at the Challenge Cup of Asia fixture held in Bangkok.
SSP Chawrasia created history after defending his title at the Hero Indian Open with a remarkable seven-stroke win in New Delhi, the only the second Indian golfer after Jyoti Randhawa to successfully defend the Hero Indian Open.
Shashank Manohar has resigned as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect, citing personal reasons.
India’s most successful Badminton Doubles specialist Jwala Gutta was appointed as a member of the governing body of Sports Authority of India (SAI). Jwala Gutta is 14-time national champion.
Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been appointed as the ambassador for the fifth edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup. The announcement was made on Friday by the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC).
India’s Vidya Pillai produced a spirited performance before settling for silver in the World Women Snooker Championship.
Mumbai on 19 March 2017 lost its permanent status in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It lost the voting rights in accordance with the new constitution of the Indian Cricket Board.