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Key Updates: August 2019


  1. National Sports Day is celebrated every year on 29th August to mark the birth anniversary of which legendary hockey player? - Major Dhyan Chand


  1. Who are the winners of National Sports Awards 2019?


Khel Ratna 2019  : Bajrang Punia (wrestling), Deepa Malik (para-athletics)

Arjuna Award 2019 : Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics), S Bhaskaran (body building), Sonia Lather (boxing), Gaurav Singh Gill (motor sports), Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Swapna Burman (athletics)

Dronacharya Award (regular category): Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Vimal Kumar (badminton).  

Dronacharya Award (lifetime category): Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Mezban Patel (hockey).

Dhyan Chand Award: Manoj Kumar (wrestling), C Lalremsanga (archery), Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and Manuel Fredricks (hockey).


3.   Which cricket stadium is being renamed in the name of Former minister, Arun Jaitley? - Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium


4. Who became the 1st Indian to win a world title in motorsports? - Aishwarya Pissay (FIM World Cup in women’s category)


5.  Which campaign was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on National Sports Day? - Fit India Movement (It is to encourage people to give priority to fitness and sports in their daily life)


6. Who became the 1st Indian to win gold in BWF World Championships 2019? - PV Sindhu ( Kento Momota from Japan won in the Men’s Single Category)


7. Who won bronze in men’s single category in BWF World Championship 2019? - Sai Praneeth


8. Which  country won historic gold at 2019 Junior Track World Cycling Championship? - India


9. Name the Maharashtra government initiative to train athletes from tribal areas for international sports events? - Mission Shakti


10. Which Indian female wrestler won Gold in 53kg in Poland Open Wrestling Tournament ? -  Vinesh Phogat


Key Updates: July 2019


  1. Which Indian cricketer became the fastest batsman in the world to reach 20,000 international runs mark? - Virat Kohli

  2. Prithu Gupta, who became the 64th Chess Grandmaster of India, belongs from which city? - Delhi

  3. Which country has emerged as the winner of FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2019 held in France recently? - The USA

  4. Which Indian player was recently included in ICC Hall of Fame? - Sachin Tendulkar ( He became the sixth Indian player to be included after Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. Along with Tendulka, South African bowler Allan Donald and Australia’s wicketkeeper Cathryn Fitzpatrick are the other players to be included ). 

  5. Which cricket team has been recently suspended by ICC from International Cricket? - Zimbabwe

  6. Who were the winners of the Wimbledon Open, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year in Lawn Tennis (Organized at grass court of All England Club in London) ? - Men’s Singles - Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Women’s Singles - Simona Halep (Romania)

  7. The 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG-2020) is scheduled to be held in which city? - Guwahati

  8. Which company has become the official sponsor for the Indian cricket team? - BYJU’s

  9. Who won the women's singles titles at the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships? - Ayhika Mukherjee

  10. Who won the men's singles titles at the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships? - Harmeet Desai

  11. Who has been elected as chairman of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation (CTTF)? - Vivek Kohli

  12. Who has been adjudged player of the tournament at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup? - Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

  13. Which team won 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup? - England

  14. On which date, the 2019 edition of International Olympic Day (IOD) is observed?- June 23

  15. Which Indian personality has been elected as a member of International Olympic Committee (IOC)? - Narinder Batra

  16. Which Indian woman boxer has won gold in the 51kg category at the 23rd President's Cup? - Mary Kom

Key Updates: June 2019


  • IOA President Narinder Batra elected to IOC: Narinder Batra, President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was elected as a member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. With Batra now being elected to IOC, the number of Indians who are currently active members of IOC will increase to two.


  • Italy won the bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the 2026 Winter Olympics will be staged at the Italian venue of Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo. The Winter Games will happen from 6 February to 22 February in 2026. Italy beat off a bid from Stockholm/Are in Sweden. Italy has previously hosted the Winter Olympics twice. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be staged in Beijing.


  • Indian Women’s hockey team won FIH Series: Indian Women's Hockey team won the FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey) defeated Japan 3-1 in the finals held at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium, Japan. Indian team Captain Rani Rampal scored the first goal in the 3rd minute and Gurjit Kaur scored goals at the 45th and 60th minutes.


  • Lewis Hamilton won French Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the French Grand Prix held in Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France. It was the sixth win of the season and 79th of his career. French Grand Prix is one of the oldest motor races in the world. It is first held at 1906.


  • Indian Gymnast, Pranati Nayak won bronze at 2019 Asian Artistic Gymnastic Championship held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: India’s Pranati Nayak won a bronze medal at the Senior Asian Artistic Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She secured sixth place and came up with a score of 13.384 to win the bronze medal.


  • PU Chitra strikes Gold & Johnson wins silver at Folksam Grand Prix 2019: Asian champion PU Chitra of India won a gold medal in women's 1500m at Folksam Grand Prix 2019 held in Sollentuna, Sweden. She defeated Mercy Cherono of Kenya who finished a former IAAF World Cross Country champion. 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Jinson Johnson from India won a silver medal in men's 1500m.


  • Rashid Khan becomes most expensive bowler in World Cup history: Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is the most expensive bowler in World Cup history. He has given 110 runs in 9 overs against England in the ongoing World Cup. The record earlier belonged to New Zealand’s Martin Snedden 105 runs for two wickets against England in the 1983 World Cup.


  • Australia and Qatar to be guest nations at the 2020 Copa America: Australia will be one of the two guest nations at the 2020 Copa America. Qatar will also return to 2020 tournament, which will be co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia. Qatar and Japan are the guest nations in 2019 Copa, which started on June 15 in Brazil. This year’s Copa America broadcast to a record 178 countries.


  • Peter Gilchrist won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship: Peter Gilchrist won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship at the Yarraville Club in Melbourne, Australia. He defeated Kolkata cueist Kothari who had been on a roll winning the International Reventon Classic Snooker championship.


  • Virat Kohli is the only Indian in the list of top paid athletes: Indian cricketer Virat Kohli is the only Indian in the Forbes list of world's highest-paid athletes. He has been estimated with an annual earnings of $25 million. He was ranked 83rd in 2018. The list is topped by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi.


  • China claims 4 gold medals at 2019 ITTF World Tour Hong Kong Open: China claimed four gold medals at 2019 ITTF World Tour Hong Kong Open. The event was held from 6 June to 9 June.  Women's singles: Wang Yidi the women’s singles title by defeating second seed Mima Ito of Japan. She secured 4-0 scoreline (11-3, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6). This is her first international win. Men's singles: Chinese player Lin Gaoyuan defeated Tomokazu Harimoto of Japan and clinched the title. He secured 11-3, 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7. Men’s doubles: The men’s doubles title was won by Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan. They defeated Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon of South Korea and secured 6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-8. Women’s doubles: In the women’s doubles, Chinese pair Chen Ke and Mu Zi defeated Jeon Ji-hee and You Eun-chong of South Korea 9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-5.


  • Lewis Hamilton won Canadian Grand Prix 2019: Lewis Hamilton won Canadian Grand Prix , the world of Formula One championship title 2019. Hamilton won 78th career win in Formula One . He also fifth out of the seven races contested this season. He secured seventh win at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix and defeated Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).


  • Rafael Nadal clinched the 12th French Open title by defeating Dominic Thiem: World number two Rafael Nadal clinched the 12th French Open title in 15 years in men's single category held in Roland Garros Stadium, France. He defeated world number four Dominic Thiem in the men's singles. The Spaniard won the match with a scoreline of 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. The 33-year-old has now won 18 Grand Slam titles, two fewer than world number three Roger Federer.


  • Ashleigh Barty wins the 2019 French Open Women’s Title: Aussie tennis star Ashleigh Barty has made history with an incredible French Open demolition, romping to a straight sets win in the final. She become Australia’s first French Open champion in 46 years with a dominant 6-1 6-3 win over Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova.


  • Japan defeat Mexico and won FIH Hockey Series: International Hockey Federation (IHF) conducted Men's Hockey Series. The Final match is played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Japan defeated Mexico by a goal 3 - 1.


  • Viswanathan Anand lost to Magnus Carlsen in Armageddon: Viswanathan Anand defeated against world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the Armageddon game at the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament.


  • Indian Football team Baichung Bhutia congratulated Chhetri for India’s most-capped player: Former India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia congratulated Sunil Chhetri and became India's most capped international player with 108 appearances. He overtook his mentor Bhutia's record of 107 matches and captained India in the King's Cup opener against Curacao.


  • Sidharth Rawat won ITF Men’s Future Tennis Title: Sidharth Rawat won his title in the ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament held in Thailand. Last year he won with Manish Sureshkumar for doubles. He improved his current rank of 510 from 430.


  • Anton Aditya Subowo re-elected as President of Badminton Asia: Indonesia’s Anton Aditya subowo re-elected as President of Badminton Asia for another four year period. There were around seven people who were selected as the vice-presidents.   


 Key Updates: May 2019


  • Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man to win a match at the French Open 2019: Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the French Open in 46 years as he beat Spain's fellow veteran Feliciano Lopez in a first-round duel.


  • ICC launches Criiio Campaign on eve of Men’s World Cup: The ICC launched the criiio campaign on the eve of the men’s World Cup, bringing together 460 million people playing cricket globally to celebrate the magnificent diversity of cricket.


  • Chelsea clinched the UEFA Europa League 2019 Cup: Chelsea clinched UEFA Europa League title for the second time after beating Arsenal 4-1 in the final.


  • Rahi Sarnobat clinches gold in the women's 25m pistol in 2019 ISSF World Cup: Rahi Sarnobat booked an Olympic quota place for India with a gold in women's 25m pistol event but it was teenager Saurabh Chaudhary who stole the limelight by setting a new world record en route to a yellow metal at the season's third ISSF World Cup in Munich. Saurabh bagged his second World Cup gold of the year in men's 10m Air Pistol event, shattering both the senior and junior world records in the process.


  • Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in ISSF World Cup Rifle: Apurvi Chandela from India won the 10m Air Rifle Women’s Final at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Munich, only won her  first World Cup Gold medal earlier this year on her home soil in New Delhi. Chandela scored 633.0 points in qualification, where she was ranked first, and 251.0 points in the final.


  • China beats Japan to win 2019 Sudirman cup final: Shi Yuqi stunned world champion Kento Momota as hosts China whitewashed Japan for an 11th Sudirman Cup title. Japan have never won the badminton world mixed-team championship and their search goes on after they were well beaten 3-0 in the Chinese city of Nanning.


  • Aniruddha and Nikki win the 2019 ITF Men's Futures Tennis: Aniruddh Chandrasekhar and Niki Poona Won the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Men's Futures Tennis Tournament in Kampala, Uganda.


  • Sethu FC Crowned As Indian Women’s League Champions: Sethu FC turned around a first-half deficit to clinch their first ever Indian Women's League trophy after defeating Manipur Police 3-1 at the Guru Nanak Stadium.


  • Rafael Nadal clinches Italian Open 2019 title: Rafael Nadal has won a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title with a victory over Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final.


  • Karolina Pliskova won Women’s Singles Title: Karolina Pliskova sealed her second title of the season by defeating Johanna Konta in straight sets in the final of the Internazionali d'Italia.


  • BWF launched 2 New Formats of Badminton Game: BWF and HSBC have jointly launched the new outdoor game. BWF has unveiled Air Badminton, a new outdoor shuttlecock named as Air Shuttle at a global launch ceremony outside the Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.


  • Koepka sets 36-hole major record as Tiger Woods misses cut: Defending champion Brooks Koepka completed the lowest 36-hole showing in major golf history to seize a record seven-stroke lead after two rounds of the PGA Championship while Tiger Woods missed the cut.


  • Sourav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar named in ICC commentary panel for World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar are among the commentators who have been included in the lineup announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) that will be covering the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.


  • Sir Andy Murray receives the knighthood award: Sir Andy Murray has received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace. The three-time Grand Slam champion was awarded the honour by Prince Charles at an investiture ceremony.


  • Helo becomes team sponsor of Indian Wheelchair Cricket Association for Asia Cup: Helo, India's social media platform, has announced its partnership with the Indian Wheelchair Cricket Association as the team sponsor for Team India during the Asia Cup 2019, is scheduled in Nepal. This association makes Helo the first social media app to host and promote Indian Wheelchair Cricket on its platform.


  • First Time an Anti-corruption officer for each team ICC World Cup: In a first, all the 10 participating teams at the upcoming ICC World Cup will have a dedicated anti-corruption officer attached with it to deliver a corruption-free tournament.


  • Former India cricketer G.S. Lakshmi becomes 1st female ICC match referee: India's GS Lakshmi has become the first woman to be appointed to ICC's international panel of match referees and will be eligible to officiate in international games with immediate effect.


  • Novak Djokovic wins Men’s Singles Title in Madrid Open Tennis: Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to win a third Madrid Open title and a record-equalling 33rd Masters crown. MS Hussain The world number one, who was also champion in the Spanish capital in 2011 and 2016, has pulled level with Rafael Nadal at the top of the list for Masters wins in a timely boost two weeks away from the French Open.


  • Mumbai Indians clinched the Indian Premier League 2019 title: Mumbai Indians pipped Chennai Super Kings to a record fourth Indian Premier League (IPL) title when Rohit Sharma’s men triumphed by the narrowest of margins — by one run — to beat Chennai Super Kings in a nail-biting final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.


  • Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix for a third consecutive year after overtaking Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at the first turn in Barcelona.


  • Manchester City retains Premier League football title: Manchester City Football Club clinched another Premier League title by beating Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 on the final day of the season. Despite beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0, Liverpool needed City to lose or draw to stand a chance at the title, which it last claimed 29 years ago.


  • Van Dijk won Premier League Player of the Season award: Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named Premier League Player of the Season. By doing so, he became the first defender to win the Player of the Season award in seven seasons, after Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany in 2011-12.


  • Kiki Bertens wins Women’s singles title in Madrid Open tennis: Kiki Bertens beat Simona Halep in straight sets to win the women's title at the 2019 Madrid Open.


  • World’s First Women’s Cricket Magazine launched: The inaugural issue of world's first exclusive women's cricket magazine 'Criczone' was released with Indian team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana featuring as the cover story.


  • Saurav Ghosal & Joshna Chinappa Win Asian Individual Squash Championship Titles: Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa rewrote India's squash history when the duo emerged champions in the Asian Individual Squash Championship in Kuala Lumpur.


  • Bajrang Punia wins gold at Ali Aliev tournament in Russia: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia clinched another gold medal at the Ali Aliev invitational tournament in Dagestan, Russia. Bajrang, currently the world No. 1 in the 65kg freestyle category, made a stunning comeback in the final affair to defeat local favourite Viktor Rassadin 13-8.


  • Kumar Sangakkara to become 1st Non-British President of MCC: Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the first non-British president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and will take up his one-year post in October.


  • Apurvi Chandela becomes World Number One in women’s 10m Air Rifle: Apurvi Chandela achieved a new milestone in her career as the shooter became the new world No 1 in women’s 10m air rifle event.


  • Sathiyan Gnanasekaran becomes 1st Indian to break into top 25 of table tennis rankings: India's G Sathiyan scaled new heights in his rapidly rising career by becoming the first Indian to break into the top-25 of world rankings.  


Key Updates: April 2019


  • India topped the 2019 ISSF Rifle Pistol World Cup: India drew blank on the final day but still topped the chart for the second consecutive ISSF World Cup, third time in two years, by bagging three gold and a silver at the Beijing edition of the Rifle/Pistol event in Beijing. India topped the medals tally ahead of hosts China (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), who won five medals in total. In the last edition in New Delhi, India had jointly topped the standings with Hungary.


  • India finishes Asian Wrestling Championships with 16 medals: India wrapped up their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships on a resounding note with 16 medals after Greco-Roman grapplers added a silver and a bronze on the concluding day in Xi'an, China. Harpreet Singh settled for a silver in 82kg while Gyanender won a bronze in 60kg on the final day of competition. India's overall tally of 16 medals included eight -- one gold, three silver and four bronze -- won by men's freestyle wrestlers, four bronze by women and three silver and a bronze by Greco-Roman wrestlers.


  • Valtteri Bottas wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix: A determined Valtteri Bottas resisted an attacking final charge by his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win Azerbaijan Grand Prix and regain the lead in the 2019 drivers title race.


  • Dominic Thiem clinched 2019 Barcelona Open Title: Dominic Thiem overpowered Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-0 to win the Barcelona Open title, boosting his credentials as a potential Roland Garros champion.


  • Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon 2019 title: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya ran the second-fastest time ever to win the London Marathon for a record fourth time, and compatriot Brigid Kosgei swept to victory by almost two minutes in the women’s race.


  • India bag 5 medals on opening day of Asian Athletics Championships: Javelin thrower Annu Rani and 3000m steeplechaser Avinash Sable led the charge with a silver each as India won five medals on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships. Quartermiler M P Poovamma, 5000m runner Parul Choudhary and 10000m runner Gavit Murali Kumar bagged a bronze each on a day which saw sprint sensation Hima Das suffer a lower back spasm during her 400m heat.


  • Services lift Santosh Trophy title with 1-0 win over Punjab: Services won their sixth Santosh Trophy title with a 1-0 victory over home side Punjab, thanks to a second-half strike by Bikash Thapa at the Guru Nanak Stadium.


  • Fabio Fognini became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title: Fabio Fognini became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title with a straight-sets victory over Dusan Lajovic in Monte Carlo.


  • Bajrang Punia regained top spot in world wrestling rankings: Top Indian grappler Bajrang Punia regained the world number one spot in the men’s 65kg freestyle category in the rankings issued by United World Wrestling.


  • ICC partners with UNICEF to deliver One Day for Children at Mens Cricket World Cup 2019: International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket for Good in partnership with UNICEF announced “One Day for Children”, a tournament-wide campaign focussed on bringing the world of cricket together as one team to help build a better world for every child, at the World Cup.


  • Mithali Raj named goodwill ambassador of Indian team's at the Street Child Cricket World Cup: Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has been named the goodwill ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC).


  • Mumbai shuttler Harsheel Dani clinches Dutch International badminton title: India’s Harsheel Dani recovered from a game down to get the better of Denmark’s Mads Christophersen to clinch the Dutch International badminton title at Wateringen, Netherlands.


  • Golfer Tiger Woods wins fifth green jacket: Tiger Woods won the 83rd Masters, capturing his 15th major title to cement an epic return from scandal and injuries that once threatened his career.


  • Murali Kartik made brand ambassador of Fantasy 11: Fantasy 11, a fantasy sports platform, has roped in former Indian cricketer Murali Kartik as its brand ambassador.


  • Meena Kumari clinches gold as Indian boxers: Meena Kumari Maisnam continued her fine run to win gold medal in the 54 kg at the Boxing World Cup in Cologne. Sakshi (57 kg) and Pwilao Basumatary (64 kg) lost their final bouts and had to settle for the silver while Pinki Rani (51 kg) and Parveen (60 kg) won bronze as India finished with five medals.


  • Paralympics medallist Deepa Malik wins New Zealand Prime Ministers Sir Edmund: Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was named as the recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister's Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 in recognition of her "inspiring achievements".


  • Indonesian Nuraeni named as Best athletic coach in Asia 2019 by AAA: Indonesian Eni Nuraeni was named as the best athletic coach in Asia by Asian Athletic Association (AAA)for the short-haul run category in 2019.


  • Virat Kohli, Smriti Mandhana named the Wisden's Leading Cricketers in the World: Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana, the top scorer in women's One-day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) since the start of last year, have been named Wisden's Leading Cricketers of the year 2018.


  • Isaak Hayik, 73, crowned world's oldest soccer player: 73-year-old Israeli Isaak Hayik set a new world record as the oldest person to play in a professional soccer match.


  • Graham Reid named chief coach of India's men's hockey team: Hockey India, confirmed the appointment of Graham Reid as chief coach of the India men’s hockey team. The 54-year-old Reid is likely to join the team midway through the national camp in Bengaluru.


  • Spain's Garbine Muguruza defends Monterrey Open title: Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza claimed back-to-back Monterrey Open titles as Victoria Azarenka succumbed to injury in the final.  Muguruza won the opening set and was in control of the second before former world number one Azarenka retired due to a leg injury, the score 6-1 3-1 at the time.


  • Lin Dan clinched  Malaysia Open Badminton title in Men’s Singles: Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan clinched the Malaysia Open after an electric performance against countryman Chen Long to claim his first major title in two years.


  • Rawat has been qualified for 2020 Olympics: Indian swimmer Kushagra Rawat took a step forward towards qualifying for 2020 Olympics after achieving the B standard of the 800m freestyle event at the Speedo Thailand Age Group Championships in Bangkok.


  • Praful Patel becomes 1st Indian to be a member of FIFA Executive Council: Praful Patel, president of All India Football Federation (AIFF), has become the first Indian to be elected as a member of FIFA Executive Council. Patel, who serves as a Senior Vice President at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election, which was held during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.


  • ESPN India Multi-Sport Awards 2018: Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra were named as female and male sportsperson of the year in the ESPN India Multi-Sport Awards for their achievements in 2018. Sindhu got the nod for the top women’s award for her season-ending BWF World Tour Finals tournament in China and her impressive performance at the 2018 World Championships. Neeraj was picked for the top men’s award for his gold at 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, setting the national record of 88.06m.


  • Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli overtook Suresh Raina to become the leading run-scorer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during their home game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.


  • Saurav Ghosal becomes first Indian to enter top-10 in men's PSA rankings: Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian male squash player to enter the top 10 in the latest PSA world rankings. Indian women squash players Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal had earlier reached top-10 in the world rankings.


  • India win ICC Test Championship mace for 3rd straight year: India retained the ICC Test Championship Mace and won the purse of USD one million for a third year running after a memorable season that saw Virat Kohli's men winning its maiden series in Australia.


  • Roger Federer wins Miami open 2019 title: Roger Federer defeated defending champion John Isner in straight sets at the Miami Open to win his 101st career singles title.


  • Shashank Shekhar wins 10 km Nepal’s (COAS) Marathon and Run for Fun: India's Shashank Shekhar won the 10 kilometre 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.


  • Deepak Singh Wins Gold At Makran Cup In Boxing: National champion Deepak Singh (49 kg) was the lone Indian boxer to notch up a gold, while five others claimed silver medals in the Makran Cup in Chabahar, Iran.


Key Updates: March 2019


  • Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary clinches gold at Asian Airgun Championship: Young pistol shooters Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary clinched a gold medal each, their second in the competition, as India continued their domination at 12th Asian Airgun Championship in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei.


  • NRAI was awarded the Best Sports Federation: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) was presented the “best Sports Federation” award in the country by the Association Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM). “This is another feather on the cap of the shooting sport community. They have been raising the performance bar every day over the past few years.


  • Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal at Oman Open table tennis: Indian paddler Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal in the under-21 women’s singles section of the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Plus 2019 Oman Open table tennis tournament, at Muscat.


  • India clinches SAFF Women's Championship for 5th time: India continued their dominance at the SAFF Women's Championship by lifting their fifth straight title with a 3-1 victory over hosts Nepal in the final.


  • ESPNcricinfo Superstats launched: ESPNcricinfo has partnered with Indian Institute of Technology - Madras to launch “Superstats”, a next level artificial intelligence tool that can analyse cricket statistics through machine learning and forecast, if and how a player’s or a team’s performance can turn around a game, on real time.


  • India bags 188 medals at Special Olympics: India has bagged 368 medals - 85 Gold, 154 Silver and 129 Bronze at Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi. Our correspondent reports that the eight-day extravaganza finally drew to a close in a spectacular ceremony.


  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch Cherry blossom-themed torch: The torch design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was unveiled. The theme of the pink gold torch centres on “sakura” or cherry blossom in Japan, which arrives every spring to much fanfare, and it was designed with input from children from the areas most severely damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


  • Suresh Raina becomes first cricketer to score 5000 runs in IPL: Suresh Raina achieved a major milestone when he reached 15 vs RCB in the IPL 2019 opener. He became the first to score 5000 runs in IPL.


  • Neeraj Chopra to lead Indian athletics team in Asian Championships: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was named to lead a 39-member Indian athletics team for next month's Asian Championships in Doha, with sprint sensation Hima Das also making the cut in 400m despite her recent below-par show.


  • Lakshya, Riya break into top 100 in BWF badminton rankings: Young Indian shuttlers Lakshya Sen and Riya Mookerjee broke into the top-100 to be placed 76th and 94th among men’s and women’s singles players in the latest world badminton rankings.


  • Bengaluru FC Crowned ISL Champions for 1st time: Bengaluru FC clinched their maiden Indian Super League title as Rahul Bheke found a championship-winning header in the dying minutes of the final against FC Goa.


  • Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal at Oman Open table tennis: Rising Indian paddler Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal in the under-21 women’s singles section of the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Plus 2019 Oman Open table tennis tournament, at Muscat.


  • Diksha becomes 2nd Indian golfer to win on Ladies European Tour: Diksha Dagar became only the second Indian woman to win on Ladies European Tour after clinching the South African Open, eking out a one-shot victory with a bogey-free final round, in Cape Town.


  • Karnataka beats Maharashtra to win Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Karnataka defeated Maharashtra to win their maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. 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.


  • India’s Padmanaban Gopalan bagged the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region: The Indian social entrepreneur Padmanaban Gopalan from Tamil Nadu has bagged the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region from among hundreds of nominations for his technology-based food rescue organisation.


  • Dipa Karmakar selected as Barbie Role Model: Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian female gymnast to win a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, was recently honoured by Barbie for “breaking boundaries to inspire” the next generation girls.


  • Kavinder SinghBisht won gold at the 38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament, Finland: Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) won gold while Shiva Thapa (60kg) and three other Indian pugilists claimed silver medals to end a fine campaign at the 38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament in Helsinki, Finland.


  • Indians at Dan Kovlov 2019: The medal winners for India at the Dan Kovlov 2019 wrestling event is: Bajrang Punia won gold in the Men’s freestyle wrestling 65kg category. Pooja Dhanda claimed gold in the Women’s 59kg category. Sakshi Malik claimed silver medal in the Women’s 65kg category. Sandeep Tomar claimed silver medal in the Men’s 61kg category. Vinesh Phogat claimed silver medal in the Women’s 53kg.


  • P Iniyan, becomes India's 61st chess Grandmaster: Tamil Nadu's 16-year-old P Iniyan defeated Ukraine's 37-year-old Grandmaster Sergey Fedorchuk in Noisiel Open chess tournament in France to become India's 61st Grandmaster.


  • Yomif Kejelcha breaks indoor mile world record: The 21-year-old, Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha beaten the world indoor mile record with a time of 3min 47.01sec at the Bruce Lehane Invitational in Boston.


  • Cabinet approved for the Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior: The union cabinet has approved the setting up of a Centre for Disability Sports in Gwalior, a move which is likely to benefit para-sports in the country.


  • Sheikh Ahmad re-elected as President of Olympic Council of Asia: Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was re-elected president of the powerful Olympic Council of Asia despite forgery charges that forced him to step aside from the International Olympic Committee and other duties.


  • Roger Federer wins his 100th career title in Dubai: Roger Federer claimed the 100th ATP title of his career by beating 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.


  • Shashank Shekhar wins 10 km Nepals (COAS) Marathon and Run for Fun: India's Shashank Shekhar won the 10 kilometre 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.


  • Deepak Singh Wins Gold At Makran Cup In Boxing: National champion Deepak Singh (49kg) was the lone Indian boxer to notch up a gold, while five others claimed silver medals in the Makran Cup in Chabahar, Iran.


Key Updates: February 2019


  • Sir Alastair Cook Officially Receives Knighthood At Buckingham Palace: Former England skipper Alastair Cook officially received the knighthood for his services to cricket at an investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace. He is the first England cricketer to receive a knighthood since Sir Ian Botham in 2007. Cook will continue to play for Essex this year after signing a new three-year deal last season.


  • Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold with world record in SSF World Cup: Teenager Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the world record to win gold in the ISSF World Cup, securing India’s third Olympic quota.


  • India Captain Manpreet Singh won 2018 Asian player of the year award: Indian Captain Manpreet Singh has been honoured with the 2018 Player of the Year award by the Asian Hockey Federation while women's team striker Lalremsiami bagged the Rising Player of the Year prize. Manpreet led the Indian team to an unbeaten streak at the Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat where the team was declared joint winners with Pakistan.


  • Rashid Khan 1st bowler in T20I history to pick 4 wickets in 4 balls: Leg-spinner Rashid Khan became the first bowler to bag four wickets off successive deliveries in Twenty20 Internationals. With his impressive bowling performance in the third and final T20I against Ireland in Dehradun, Khan also became the seventh bowler to pick up a hat-trick in T20Is.


  • Chennai Spartans wins inaugural Pro Volleyball League Title: Chennai Spartans defeated Calicut Heroes 3-0 to win the the inaugural edition of the Pro Volleyball League. The local favourites beat Calicut 15-11, 15-12, 16-14 in the summit clash. League's top scorer and best spiker Rudy Verhoeff again delivered as he scored 13 points (11 spikes and 2 blocks) for the winners.


  • Chris Gayle brakes Shahid Afridi’s record for Most Sixes in International Cricket: Chris Gayle toppled Shahid Afridi to top the list of most international sixes during the 1st ODI between West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Gayle hit a six of the first ball in the 15th over of the West Indies innings off Moeen Ali to surpass Pakistan's Afridi. Gayle now has 488 international sixes, one more than Afridi.


  • Sunil Chhetri awarded the first ever Football Ratna Award: Talismanic Indian striker Sunil Chhetri was awarded the first ever Football Ratna honour by Football Delhi, the association governing the sport in the city.


  • Mary Kom designated as brand Ambassador of PUMA: Six-time world women boxing champion MC Mary Kom was named as a brand ambassador for global sportswear giant PUMA for a two-year period.


  • Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu to clinch second successive title: The big battle between India's badminton queens was once again won by Saina Nehwal. Making light of the top seed and arch-rival PV Sindhu, Saina won 21-18, 21-15 to retain her crown in the Senior National Badminton Championship.


  • Jharkhand-Based NGO Yuwa Wins Laureus World Sports Awards: Yuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment, has won the Laureus Sport for Good Award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honour. The NGO, founded by Americans Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009, runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls.


  • Vidarbha successfully defends its Irani cup title: Vidarbha became only the third team in Indian domestic cricket history to defend the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup. The defending champions defeated Rest of India by virtue of their first innings lead on the fifth and final day of the match in Nagpur to retain the Irani Cup that they had won last year. Vidarbha chasing 280, was 11 runs away from victory, when both the captains agreed to a draw.


  • Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep to win Qatar Open title: In tennis, Belgium's Elise Mertens has claimed the biggest title of her career by beating top seed Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open.


  • De Goede, Van Doren win 2018 FIH players of year awards: Netherlands' Eva de Goede and Arthur Van Doren of Belgium named as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Players of the Year for 2018. While de Goede, 29, was named the Female Player of the Year, world champions Belgium's Van Doren, 24, was picked up as the Male Player of the Year for a second consecutive time.


  • Derrick Pereira becomes the India U-23 Football team coach: Derrick Pereira was named head coach of the India U-23 team for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qualifiers slated to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from March 22.


  • Shane Warne named Rajasthan Royals brand ambassador: Australia spin legend Shane Warne was named as brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League. Warne, who led Rajasthan Royals to its first and only IPL title in 2008, was the mentor of the side last season.


  • Prajnesh Gunneswaran breaks men's singles top-100 barrier: Prajnesh Gunneswaran broke into men's singles top-100 for the first time in his career with a jump of six places that took him to 97. Prajnesh is only third Indian player to break into the top-100 barrier in the past decade after Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri.


  • Jamie Chadwick becomes first female winner of MRF: Jamie Chadwick has become the first female winner of the MRF Challenge Series by mounting a turnaround at the final event of the season.


  • Pat Cummins wins first Allan Border Medal: The fast bowler Pat Cummins has been bestowed with the coveted Allan Border Medal at the 2019 Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne, in recognition of his success over the past 12 months.


  • Mirabai Chanu notched up gold at EGAT Cup in Thailand: World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand. Chanu won the 48 kg category gold with an effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event.


  • Sana Mir from Pakistan becomes first Asian woman cricketer to play 100 T20Is: Former Pakistan women's cricket team skipper Sana Mir became the first Asian woman cricketer to play hundred T20 international matches. She made this record when the Pakistan women’s team played their third and final T20 against West Indies in Karachi.


  • Smriti Mandhana becomes world No.1 ODI batswoman: India opener Smriti Mandhana has become the No.1-ranked batter in the MRF Tyres ICC Rankings for Women after scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series against New Zealand.


  • Haryana Hammers beat Punjab Royals to win Pro Wrestling League title: Haryana Hammers won the fourth edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) as they defeated Punjab Royals 6-3 in the summit clash at the Gautam Buddha University indoor stadium. Local boy Rajneesh clinched the men’s 65kg category against Andrey Kviatkovski of Ukraine 9-3 to give the last year’s finalists an unbeatable 5-2 lead over Delhi Sultans with two bouts remaining.


Key Updates: January 2019


  • Novak Djokovic wins Australian Open title: World number one magnificent Novak Djokovic won a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam as he swept aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.


  • Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran won gold in the H&N Cup: Indian pair Shriyanka Sadangi (of Odisha) and Akhil Sheoran (of New Delhi) won the mixed air rifle gold in the H&N Cup international shooting championship in Munich, Germany. The Indian pair, which had qualified in the third place behind two Russian teams surged ahead of them in the five-team final. Shriyanka and Akhil put 502.9 points on the board to beat the second Russian team of Daria Vdovina and Vladimir Maslennikov by two points.


  • Saina Nehwal wins Indonesia Masters title 2019: Saina Nehwal was crowned the women's singles champion at the Istora after Carolina Marin withdrew with an injury midway during the first game.


  • India’s Karthik Sharma wins New South Wales men’s Amateur Golf: India's Kartik Sharma won the New South Wales men's Amateur Golf Champion after getting past Australian Nathan Barbieri in the scheduled 36-hole final at Terrey Hills. It’s been a rough run for Barbieri, who last week made it to the final match of the Australian Amateur only to lose to Conor Purcell.


  • Brisbane Heat won their maiden women’s Big Bash title: Australia wicketkeeper-batswoman Beth Mooney's skillful innings helped Brisbane Heat to clinch their maiden Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) title at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.


  • Mohammed Shami becomes the fastest Indian bowler to claim 100 wickets: Mohammed Shami became the fastest Indian bowler to claim 100 ODI wickets, during the first one-dayer against New Zealand at Napier. Shami reached the milestone in his 56th match, with the wicket of opener Martin Guptill.


  • Virat Kohli named captain of ICC's Test, ODI teams of the year: Virat Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to make a clean-sweep of the ICC’s annual individual awards and was also named captain of the world body’s Test and ODI teams of the year.


  • Maharashtra with 228 medals win overall trophy at the Khelo India Youth Games: Maharashtra walked away with the Overall Trophy at the Khelo India Youth Games, as they amassed a mammoth 85 gold, 62 silver and 81 bronze for a total of 228 medals. Their sportspersons and officials received the trophy from Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Maharashtra Sports Minister Vinod Tawde at the closing ceremony in Pune.


  • Ankita Raina wins ITF women's tennis tournament title 2019: Ankita Raina, current Indian No. 1 in women's singles, won $25,000 ITF women's title in Singapore. Raina defeated Dutch tennis player Arantxa Rus 6-3 6-2 to lift the trophy.


  • India 1st away team to win bilateral series in all formats: India defeated Australia in the third ODI to clinch the three-match series 2-1. With this, India became the first visiting side to win a bilateral series in all three formats in Australia.


  • Wasim Jaffer becomes first Asian to slam 2 first-class double tons: Wasim Jaffer became the first batsman to score 1000 runs in a season twice in Ranji Trophy. The 40-year-old Jaffer had scored 1260 runs from 16 innings at an average of 84 for Mumbai in 2008-09. This year, playing for Vidarbha, Jaffer needed 31 before the semi-final against Kerala.


  • Vinesh Phogat becomes first Indian athlete to be nominated in Laureus World Comeback of Year Award: Star wrestler Vinesh Phogat had a stellar 2018 in which she won gold at the Commonwealth Games, a silver in the Asian Championships in Bishkek and a gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta.


  • Taslim Mir won U17 badminton title at KIYG 2019: Taslim Mir clinched the girl’s U-17 badminton title at the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2019. Taslim Mir defeated Manasi Singh and secured 23-21, 21-16 win at the Balewadi stadium, Maharashtra.


  • Mary Kom becomes 'World No 1' Boxer in latest AIBA World Rankings: MC Mary Kom’s unprecedented sixth world title triumph has propelled her to the number one position in the International Boxing Association (AIBA) latest world rankings. The 36-year-old Manipuri woman became the most successful boxer in world championships’ history when she claimed the 48 kg category top honours in last year in Delhi.


  • Bihar spinner Ashutosh Aman creates history, breaks Bishan Bedis 44-year old record: The 32-year-old Aman achieved the feat when he trapped Manipur’s Sagatpam Singh lbw for his 65th wicket and eclipsed former India captain Bedi’s tally of 64 wickets for Delhi in 1974-75 season.


  • 10-year-old Abhinav Shaw becomes youngest gold medallist in Khelo games: Abhinav Shaw became the youngest gold medallist at the Khelo India Youth Games when he teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to help West Bengal win the 10m air-rifle mixed team event.


  • Roger Federer wins 2019 Hopman Cup: Roger Federer has become the most successful player in Hopman Cup history after leading Switzerland to a 2-1 win in an enthralling final of the mixed teams tournament in Perth.


  • Jasprit Bumrah finishes 2018 as the highest wicket-taker across all formats: India pacer Jasprit Bumrah finished 2018 as the highest wicket-taker across all formats in the calendar year. The fast bowler, who helped India win the third Test in Melbourne by 137 runs by picking up a nine-wicket haul, took 78 wickets in this year. Bumrah took 48 wickets in 9 Tests, 22 wickets in 13 ODIs and 8 wickets in 8 T20I matches.


Key Updates: December 2018


  • Smriti Mandhana wins ICC women's cricketer of the year award: Talented India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana was adjudged “Women's Cricketer of the Year” as well as the “Women's ODI Player of the Year” by the ICC. Left-handed opener Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the 'Women's Cricketer of the Year' for scoring 669 runs in 12 ODIs along with 622 runs in 25 T20 Internationals in 2018.


  • Modric beats Djokovic to win Balkan athlete of the year award: Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric won the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with his Spanish club Real Madrid as well as being instrumental in helping Croatia reach the World Cup final in Russia. He was awarded the tournament’s Golden Ball Award.


  • Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni becomes fastest Asian to cycle the Globe: Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni, 20, has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe in 124 days in 2018, which was three weeks faster than the previous record. The girl had covered 29,000 kms in 159 days, covering 300 km daily. The trip began from Perth in Australia in June.


  • Seven-year Old Archie Schiller Named Australia 'Co-Captain' for Melbourne: A clinical India mopped up Australia's tail to win the third Test by 137 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). After the win, Indian cricketers greeted seven-year-old Australian co-captain Archie Schiller, who was added in the Australian's squad for the MCG Test.


  • WV Raman appointed as the new coach of the India women's cricket team: Former India opener W V Raman has been appointed head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. Raman, who was most recently a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, was selected by an ad-hoc committee comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.


  • 16-Year-Old Prayas Becomes Youngest Ever Crorepati in History: Prayas Ray Barman became the youngest-ever crorepati at the age of 16. The teen all-rounder can bowl leg-spin and is also a handy bat. Royal Challengers Bangalore roped in the youngster for Rs 1.5 Cr from a base price Rs 20 lakh.


  • Ultra Marathon runner Apoorva Chaudhary sets a national record: Ultra runner Apoorva Chaudhary created a new national record completing 176.8 km in the women’s 24-hour event of the NEB 24 Hour Stadium Run held under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.


  • Doughty Belgium gets the top of the world in Hockey World Cup: The maiden finalist Belgium proved more than equal match for three-time winner the Netherlands, being crowned the new champion of world hockey at the Kalinga Stadium with a 3-2 win in shootouts.


  • Sindhu wins gold beating Okuhara in World Tour finals: P.V. Sindhu celebrated gold at last after the Indian defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara to win badminton's season-ending World Tour Finals.


  • Virat Kohli becomes second fastest to 25th Test century: Virat Kohli has become the second fastest batsmen to scored 25 Test hundreds as he reached the milestone in 127 innings on Day 3 of the Perth Test between India and Australia at the brand new Optus Stadium.


  • Joshna Chinappa wins National Squash Women’s Singles Title: Joshna Chinappa and Mahesh Mangaonkar clinched the women’s and men’s singles titles at the National Squash Championships in New Delhi. Both were memorable wins for the players for different reasons.


  • Djokovic and Halep wins 2018 ITF world champions: Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep named as the 2018 ITF world champions by the governing body of global tennis. World number one Djokovic receives the honour from the International Tennis Federation for the sixth time, while it is the first year that Romania's top-ranked Halep has been recognized.


  • International Cricket Council ropes in Royal Stag as official sponsor: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has roped in Indian alcobev brand Royal Stag as official sponsor for the next five years. The partnership, which runs through 2023, will cover international events, including the upcoming big-ticket calendar events – the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup and ICC World Test Championship.


  • Naomi Osaka's coach becomes first ever WTA Coach of the Year: Sascha Bajin, coach of the world number five Naomi Osaka, has become the first-ever recipient of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Coach of the Year Award.


  • SAIL Hockey Academy Wins Aga Khan Gold Cup Tournament: Steel Authority of India's Hockey Academy beat Army XI Danapur 2-1 to clinch the 115th All India Aga Khan Gold Cup hockey tournament. Jay Prakash Patel scored the match-winning goal for the SAIL Hockey Academy (SHA) in the final match played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium.


  • Golden State Warriors named sports illustrated's 2018 sportsperson of the year: The Golden State Warriors were named Sports Illustrated‘s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year, an award that recognizes an athlete or team who best exemplifies the ideals of achievement and sportsmanship. The NBA team, which has won three of the last four NBA championships, was recognized with this year’s award for exhibiting those attributes on and off the court, according to the publication.


  • Virat Kohli becomes first Asian skipper to win a Test in South Africa, England and Australia: India has earned a hard-fought 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series after registering a 31-run victory over Australia in the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval. And with this win India captain Virat Kohli also became the first Asian captain to win Tests in Australia, England and South Africa.


  • Yasir Shah Breaks 82 year old Record, becomes fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest bowler to take 200 wickets in Test cricket history. Shah had New Zealand batsman Will Somerville caught leg before wicket during the fourth day of the third and final Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium to achieve the feat in his 33rd Test match.


  • Hungary to host 2023 World Athletics Championships 2013: The Hungarian capital of Budapest will host the 2023 World Athletics Championships. The next worlds will take place in Doha in 2019 before going to Eugene, United States, in 2021. It will be the first time Budapest has hosted the worlds, having previously hosted the 1998 European championships.


  • Ada Hegerberg wins the first ever women's Ballon d'Or: Ada Hegerberg created history by becoming the inaugural winner of women's Ballon d'Or award but the inspirational Norwegian forward was left embarrassed when host DJ Martin Solveig asked her to twerk on stage in Paris.


  • Delhi Daredevils renamed as Delhi Capitals ahead of 2019 IPL season: Delhi Daredevils (DD) was renamed itself Delhi Capitals for the upcoming 2019 Indian Premier League season. The Delhi franchise unveiled its new identity - including a new name and a logo.


  • Croatia star Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or to end Ronaldo, Messi era: The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in Paris, with Croatia's Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners all hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.


  • Abhinav Bindra becomes first Indian to get highest shooting honour: Ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra added yet another feather to his illustrious cap. The 36 year old who is still India's only individual Olympic gold medallist was awarded the coveted ISSF Blue Cross. The Blue Cross is the highest recognition conferred by the parent body of international shooting, the ISSF.


Key Updates: November 2018


  • Norway’s Carlsen beats Caruana to defend chess world title 2018: Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen defended his chess world championship title by beating American challenger Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in rapid tie-breaker games.


  • Varsha Varman wins gold medal in women's trap: The 24-year-old Harvard graduate, Varsha Varman, representing Madhya Pradesh, won the women's trap gold at the ongoing 62nd national championship for shotgun event.


  • Manu Bhaker clinches twin golds in National Shooting Championship: The 16-year-old Manu Bhaker of Haryana claimed the individual gold in junior girl's sport pistol with 24, a yellow metal in junior team and a silver in senior team.


  • Sameer Verma wins Syed Modi International Badminton Championship: India's Sameer Verma defeated Lu Guangzu of China in the men's singles final to successfully defend and win the Syed Modi International Championships in Lucknow while Saina Nehwal settled for silver.


  • Australia beat England to win fourth Women's World T20 2018: Australia have won their fourth Women's World Twenty20 championship after cruising to an eight-wicket victory over England in the final.


  • Harmanpreet Kaur named captain of Women's World T20 XI: India's batting star Harmanpreet Kaur has named captain of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 XI, which also featured opener Smriti Mandhana and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav.


  • India’s Bhawani Devi wins gold medal in Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championship 2018: Bhawani Devi becomes first Indian to win a gold medal in the Sabre event in the Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championship 2018 in Canberra.


  • Mary Kom Wins Sixth World Championship Title: India’s Mary Kom has created history by becoming the first woman to win six boxing world titles by clinching the 48 kg gold at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.


  • Pablito wins P. Natesan Cup: Craig Marshall-trained Pablito (A.M. Alam astride) won the P. Natesan Cup, the main event of the races. The winner is the property of Mr. Wayne Beck. Craig Marshall also saddled two more winners on the day.


  • ICC teams up with Google: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a partnership with Google to offer fans a great viewing experience of the semi-finals and final of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the West Indies.


  • Wasim Jaffer becomes first Indian to touch 11,000-run milestone in Ranji Trophy: Veteran first-class cricketer Wasim Jaffer became the first Indian batsman to touch the 11,000-run figure in the Ranji Trophy. The Vidharbha batsman achieved the milestone during the third-round match against Baroda in Nagpur at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium.


  • Dhruv wins IOCL AITA Championship: Dhruv Sachdeva defeated the top seed Siddhant Kishore Sharma and secured 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 in the boys’ final of the IOCL All India Tennis Association (AITA) Championship 2018 series junior tennis tournament held in New Delhi organized by Grand Slam Tennis Foundation.


  • Mohd. Asab wins gold: Mohd. Asab and Ahvar Rizvi pipped the reigning World champion Ankur Mittal to win the double trap gold and silver in the 62nd National Shotgun championship.


  • Alexander Zverev beats world no. 1 Djokovic to win ATP Finals title: Alexander Zverev thrashed Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final to win the ATP World Tour Finals title in London.


  • Lakshya Sen bagged bronze BWF World junior badminton championship: India's top junior shuttler Lakshya Sen settled for a bronze medal at the Li Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018 at Markham.


  • Gukesh wins World U-12 Open chess championships: International Master Gukesh D and Savitha Shri B won gold medals in U-12 Open and girls category respectively at the World Cadets Chess Championship in Spain.


  • Lewis Hamilton win gives Mercedes the title: World champion Lewis Hamilton steered his Mercedes to a nail-biting victory in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, a triumph that clinched the constructors’ championship for a fifth consecutive season for the team.


  • Indian Wrestler Bajrang Punia becomes World No.1 in 65 kg category: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65kg category. The 24-year-old Bajrang, who has won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship, was placed atop the ranking table with 96 points in the UWW list.


  • Harmanpreet Kaur becomes first Indian women to hit century in T20I cricket: Captain Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian woman to record a century in the shortest format, her scintillating 51-ball 103 powering the team to an imposing 194 for five in the ICC World T20 opener against New Zealand.


  • Angad Vir Singh Bajwa bags gold in Men’s Skeet at 8th Asian Shotgun Championship: Angad Vir Singh Bajwa shot to gold with a world record score in the men's skeet final of the 8th Asian Shotgun Championship, becoming the first Indian skeet shooter to win a continental or world level event.


  • Athlete Hima Das appointed first Youth Ambassador of UNICEF India: The United Nations Children's Fund-India (Unicef-India) has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country's first ever youth ambassador.


  • Rohit Sharma becomes first batsman to hit four T20I hundreds: Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to score four T20 International (T20I) centuries. He achieved the milestone in 58 balls during the second T20I against the Windies at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.


  • India clinches bronze in SAFF U-15 at Nepal: India clinched bronze with against hosts Nepal 1-0 to secure victory in the third-place play-off at the 2018 SAFF U-15 Championship football tournament.


  • Rahul Dravid inducted into ICC Hall of Fame: India's batting legend Rahul Dravid was officially inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame minutes before the fifth and final ODI of the series between India and West Indies at Thiruvananthapuram.


  • Mary Kom named brand ambassador of 2018 Women's World Boxing Championship: Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women's World Championship in New Delhi.


Key Updates: October 2018


  • Simona Halep becomes first Recipient Of Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy: World number one Simona Halep has become the first recipient of the Chris Evert Women's Tennis Association (WTA) World No.1 Trophy, named after WTA's first-ever world number one, Chris Evert.


  • India wins Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management Award: India has clinched the Commonwealth Association For Public Administration and Management Award, 2018. Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) is a non-profit association which represents an international network of over 1100 senior public servants, Heads of Governments, academician and researchers from over 50 different countries across the Commonwealth.


  • Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs: Virat Kohli became the fastest ever to reach the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs, adding another feather to his bulging cap of records in international cricket. He became the fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni to complete 10,000 ODI runs, getting to the mark in his 213th game.


  • Sir Cecil smashes National record in Mysore Derby: Sir Cecil (Trevor up) won the Mysore Derby, the chief event of the races, in a new National record timing of 1 minute, 59.05s for the 2000m, which bettered Castlebridge’s run of 1m, 59.62 in the same race here last year. The winner is owned by Sarainaga Racing Pvt Ltd and trained by S. Padmanabhan.


  • Akash Malik wins India’s maiden archery silver at Youth Olympics: The 16-year-old Akash Malik became the first Indian to win a silver medal in archery at the Youth Olympic Games.


  • Indian men’s and women’s hockey team bag silver: Indian men and women teams finished their 2018 Youth Olympic Games campaign with silver medals at Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • Grappler Simran wins silver: Indian wrestler Simran clinched a silver in women’s freestyle 43 kg category competition after she lost to Emily Shilson of United States in the final bout in Buenos Aires.


  • Asian Para Games 2018: India records best-ever show with 72 medals: India recorded its best-ever medal haul at 2018 Asian Para Games on a high after bagging a total of 72 medals - 15 gold, 24 silver, and 33 bronze medals, their best show in the event's history.


  • Pranjala wins second successive title: Y. Pranjala beat top seed Conny Perrin of Switzerland 6-1, 7-6(2) in the final to win her second successive title in the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament.


  • India ranked 5th as ICC launches global women’s T20I team rankings: The International Cricket Council launched a global MRF Tyres ICC Women's T20I Team Rankings. India are placed fifth while three-time champions Australia topped the 46-team table.


  • Sundar Singh Gurjar wins silver in javelin throw: Indian javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar won a silver medal in the men’s F46 category of the Asian Para Games, while another Indian Rinku won the bronze as India dominated the podium in the Javelin event.


  • Raw Gold wins the Sardar K.B. Ramachandra Raj Urs Memorial Cup: Raw Gold (Dhebe up), won the Sardar K.B. Ramachandra Raj Urs Memorial Cup, the feature event of the races. The winner is owned by M/s. K.R. Swamy & S. Inayathulla and trained by S. Inayathulla.


  • Gold for archer Harvinder Singh at Asian Para Games: Archer Harvinder Singh notched up the men's individual recurve gold in the Asian Para Games by finishing on top in the men’s individual recurve event, while track-and-field athletes added a silver and a bronze to India's tally in the Asian Para-Games in Jakarta.


  • Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins India’s maiden gold medal: India won their maiden gold medal at a Youth Olympic Games with Jeremy Lalrinnunga clinching the yellow metal in Men's 62 kg weightlifting.


  • Air pistol ace Manu Bhaker clinched gold in the Youth Olympics: Indian shooter Manu Bhaker became the first to claim a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • Thangjam Tababi Devi clinches India’s first judo medal at Olympics: Thangjam Tababi Devi became India’s first judo medallist at the Olympic level, claiming a silver at the ongoing Youth Games after losing to Venezuela’s Maria Giminez in the finals of the women’s 44 kg category.


  • Shahu Mane clinches silver in 10m air rifle: Indian shooter Shahu Tushar Mane bagging a silver in the men’s 10m air rifle on the opening day of competitions in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.


  • Manipur won the 24th Senior Women’s National football championship: Manipur won the 24th Senior Women's National Football Championship title defeating hosts Odisha 2-1 in the final at Cuttack.


  • Raegan and Ishita won junior titles in National ranking table tennis tournament: Raegan Albuquerque of Maharashtra beat Manush Shah 4-2 to lift his maiden Junior Boys trophy in the 11 Sports National Ranking (East Zone) Table Tennis Championships in Guwahati. Delhi’s Ishita Gupta, on her first appearance in a final, wore the Junior Girls crown, beating Prapti Sen 4-0.


  • Adithya and Pranathi bagged titles in sub junior boys and girls singles titles: Ernakulam K.R. Pillai Academy’s Adithya Joseph and Thiruvananthapuram YMCA Academy’s Pranathi P. Nair won the sub-junior boys and girls singles titles in the Thiruvalla YMCA-P.O. John memorial all-Kerala table tennis tournament at the YMCA.


  • Yuvraj Wadhwani Lifts Asian Junior Squash Title: Yuvraj Wadhwani has clinched the 25th Asian junior individual squash championship title after defeating Anas Ali Shah of Pakistan in the final of the boys' U-13 individual event.


Key Updates: September 2018


  • Lewis Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton won a Mercedes one-two in the Russian Grand Prix to extend his title lead to 50 points after teammate and pole sitter Valtteri Bottas was ordered out of his way at the Sochi Autodrom.


  • Caruana defeats Anand in USA’s win: Indian spearhead Viswanathan Anand lost to World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana in their much-awaited clash as top seed USA squeezed out a 2.5-1.5 victory in the fourth round of the Chess Olympiad.


  • India beat Bangladesh to win Asia Cup trophy 2018: India defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in Asia Cup final held in Dubai and won a seventh and second consecutive Asia Cup trophy.


  • Sable cracks 37-year-old national record: Avinash Sable erased Gopal Saini's 37-year-old national record to retain the men's 3,000m steeplechase title in style on the concluding day of the National Open athletics championships at the Kalinga Stadium.


  • Pande clinches maiden men's crown: 20 year’s old qualifier Siddhesh Pande of Maharashtra defeated Manav Thakkar in a seven-game humdinger in the East Zone National-ranking table tennis.


  • Croatia's Luka Modric wins FIFA's best player of the year award: Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards by being crowned FIFA's best player of the year. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.


  • Anthony Joshua beats Alexander Povetkin to retain world titles: Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his world heavyweight titles by inflicting the first stoppage defeat of Alexander Povetkin’s professional career with a ruthless seventh-round finish at Wembley Stadium.


  • India wins silver in Asian Team Snooker Championship: India won silver medal after losing to Pakistan 2-3 in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Doha.


  • Hangzhou city of china will host 2022 Asian Para Games: The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) confirmed that Hangzhou in China will host the fourth edition in 2022.


  • National Sports Awards 2018: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.


  • India Blue wins 2017-18 Duleep Trophy: India Blue has won 2017-18 Duleep Trophy by defeating defending champion India Red by an innings and 187 runs in the final match played.


  • Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix 2018: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix and a major step towards another world ­championship. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was second, while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third in the 11th edition of the night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.


  • Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record in Berlin: Kenyan Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin, smashing the previous best as he clocked race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.


  • Maldives defeats India 2-1 to lift SAFF cup 2018: Maldives defeated India 2-1 to clinch their second South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. The win for Maldives comes 10 years after their first SAFF Cup title in 2008. Ibrahim Mahudhee Hussain and Ali Fasir scored in the 19th and 66th minutes respectively for Maldives against the run of play.


  • Hima Das appointed as Sports Ambassador of Assam: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has announced that Indian Athlete Hima Das will be appointed as the first sports ambassador of the state, who recently became the first Indian woman to win gold in track 400m event at IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championship in France.


  • Novak Djokovic wins US Open men’s singles title: Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets to win the US Open men’s singles title in the final at the Flushing Meadows.


  • Naomi Osaka wins US Open women’s singles title: Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams to win the US Open women’s singles title in the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, and became the first Japanese player to win a major singles title in the history of the sport.


  • Om Prakash Mitharwal strikes gold in 50m pistol event in ISSF World Championship: Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharwal won his maiden gold medal at the ISSF World Championships, claiming the top honours in the 50m pistol event in Changwon, South Korea.


  • Ikee Rikako named as Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Asian Games: Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee became the first female athlete awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at an Asian Games.


  • India records best-ever performance at Asian Games 2018: India won 69 medals at the Asian Games 2018 for best-ever medal haul at Asian Games 2018. Indonesia read 69 medals – 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze to surpass the medal count from 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China and match the gold medal tally from the first-ever Asian Games in 1951.


  • Amit Panghal bags gold in men's boxing: Indian boxer Amit Panghal clinched gold in the men's light fly (49kg) boxing competition at the 2018 Asian Games, in Jakarta, Indonesia.


  • India’s Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar win gold in bridge at Asian Games: India won a gold medal in the bridge competition of the 18th Asian Games with Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar clinching the top honours in the men's pair event.


Key Updates: August 2018


  • P V Sindhu wins silver at World Badminton Championships 2018: Indian shuttler P V Sindhu won the silver medal after losing to Spain's Carolina Marin in the women's singles final of the BWF World Badminton Championships 2018 at Nanjing, China.


  • Netherland wins women’s world hockey cup: Netherland defeated Ireland 6-0 to win Women’s Hockey World Cup for a record eighth time.


  • Georgia Hall wins the Women's British Open: The 22-year-old Georgia Hall at Royal Lytham secured a maiden major title with a thrilling victory on home soil at the Ricoh Women's British Open.


  • Union Sports Minister launches Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy tour: Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore launched the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour in India, welcoming the Webb Ellis Cup to the capital.


  • Viraj Madappa wins maiden Asian Tour title: The 20-year-old Viraj Madappa became the youngest Indian to win an Asian Tour trophy at Take Solutions Masters in Bengaluru.


  • Esow Alben creates history by winning India’s first ever cycling medal at world level: Esow Alben created history by winning India's first junior cycling World Cup silver medal in the men's keirin event of the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships at Aigle in Switzerland.


  • India wins SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship by defeating Bangladesh: Indian girls clinched the SAFF U-15 title after defeating defending champions Bangladesh by a solitary goal in the final at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan.


  • Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold medal at 2018 Asian Games: Wrestler Bajrang Punia clinched India's first gold medal in the 18th Asian Games after defeating Takatani Daichi of Japan in the men's 65 kg freestyle final to grab the yellow metal.


  • First Indian woman to win gold medal at 2018 Asian Games: Vinesh Phogat created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal in the final at the Asian Games 2018.


  • Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold medal on debut at Asian Games: Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won the gold medal in the men's 10m air pistol event at the Asian Games to help India win its third gold medal of the Games in Indonesia.


  • Liu Xiang breaks record in 50m backstroke swimming in Asian Games 2018: The 21-year-old China's Liu Xiang set a new world record in the women's 50 metres backstroke to win gold at Asian Games 2018.


  • David Beckham to receive 2018 UEFA president’s award: Former England captain David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President's Award in honour of his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player.


  • Heena Sindhu won a Bronze in the 10m Air Pistol event: Heena Sidhu won a Bronze medal in Women's 10m Air Pistol event at Asian Games 2018.


  • India win four bronze medals in Wushu, Sarnobat clinches gold in 25-metre pistol event: Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat won gold medal in the women's 25-metre pistol event at Asian Games 2018 and India won four bronze medals in Wushu - Roshibina Devi in Sanda 60kg category, Santosh Kumar in Sanda 56kg category, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh in Sanda 60 kg category and Narender Grewal in Sanda 65kg category.


  • Ankita Raina wins Bronze medal in Women's singles in Indonesia: Indian tennis player Ankita Raina clinched a bronze medal at the Asian Games after losing to China’s Zhang Shuai in the women’s singles semifinal.


  • Shardul Vihaan and Rahi Sarnobat clinched silver and gold medals: The youngest Indian shooter Shardul Vihan bagged silver medal in men's Double Trap final and Indian woman shooter Rahi Sarnobat clinched a gold medal in 25m pistol event at the Asian Games.


  • Indian rowers clinch two more bronze medals in rowing: Indian rowers Rohit and Bhagwan bagged two bronze medals in rowing at JSC Lake in Asian Games 2018. Japan’s Miyaura Masayuki and Takeda Masahiro won the gold, while Koreans Kim Byung Hoon and Lee Minhyuk (7:03.22) cliched silver.


  • Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win a gold in tennis: The Indian men's tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan clinched gold medals at the Asian Games, dominating the final clash with a thoroughly clinical performance in Palembang.


  • P V Sindhu only Indian in Forbes Highest paid female athletes in the world: The 23-year old, Ace shuttler PV Sindhu is the only Indian in the top 10 of Forbe’s highest paid athletes in the world. Sindhu is also the the highest ranked non-tennis female player and is ranked seventh in the list.


  • Indian women gets second in Women's kabaddi for 1st time at Asiad: India clinched silver medal in women's kabaddi at the Asian Games 2018 after losing to Iran in the final.


  • Dutee Chand wins India's first medal in 20 years in women's 100m: Dutee Chand clinched India's first silver medal in women's 100m at the Asian Games 2018.


  • Hima Das wins 400m silver at Asiad, breaks national record: The 18-year-old Indian athletes, Hima Das broke the national record to clinch silver medal in women’s 400m race at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.


  • Anas clinches India's 1st men's 400m silver medal at Asiad: Sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya clocked 45.69 seconds to bag silver medal in the men's 400m event at the Asian Games 2018.


  • P V Sindhu wins silver in women's singles badminton: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu wins silver after losing to world number one Tzi Tzu Ying in the final in Indonesia.


  • Tejinderpal Singh wins gold medal at Asiad 2018: Tejinderpal Singh won India's 1st Athletics gold medal in the men's shot put at the Asian Games 2018.


  • Manjit wins India's first gold in 800m at Asiad 2018: India's Manjit Singh won first Athletics gold medal in 800m at the Asian Games 2018.


  • Swapna Barman wins India’s first gold medal in Heptathlon Athletics at Asiad 2018: The 21-year-old Swapna Barma became the first Indian to win gold medal in the heptathlon event at the Asian Games.


  • Arpinder Singh wins gold medal in Men’s Triple Jump event at Asiad 2018: India's Arpinder Singh won gold medal in the men's triple jump event in 48 years with a jump of 16.77m at the Asian Games.


Key Updates: July 2018


  • Rahul Dravid becomes fifth Indian to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame: India captain Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame and received the honour along with former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and former English women’s cricketer Claire Taylor.


  • Australia wins Hockey Champions Trophy Final 2018: World Champions Australia defeated India 3-1 to clinch their second consecutive Champions Trophy title in Breda, Netherlands.


  • Lee Chong Wei wins 12th Malaysia Open Badminton singles title: Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei defeated Japan’s Kento to won a historic 12th Malaysia Open Badminton title.


  • Max Verstappen wins Austrian F1 GP: Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix for Red Bull while Lewis Hamilton lost the championship lead in a disastrous double-retirement for Mercedes.


  • Sports Authority of India to be renamed as “Sports India”: Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has declared the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is set to be renamed as “Sports India”.


  • India’s Bajrang Punia wins gold medal at Tbilisi Grand Prix and Deepak wins bronze: The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Bajrang Punia emerged champion at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in the 65kg category and Deepak Punia won the bronze medal in the 86 kg category by defeating Turkey’s Osman Gocen 5-3.


  • India's Dalabehera bags bronze in Junior world weightlifting Championship: Indian lifter Jhilli Dalabehera won the bronze medal in Junior world weightlifting Championship at Tashkent (Uzbekistan).


  • Major General Vikram Dogra becomes first Indian Army officer to complete Ironman Triathlon: Major General Vikram Dogra has become the first Indian Army officer to complete the Ironman Triathlon event in a day without a break. Ironman Triathlon consists of three consecutive events - 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km of running.


  • Dancing Dragon wins Maharaja’s Gold Cup: Mr Sarosh Modi a leading Dancing Dragon won the Maharaja’s Gold Cup held at Bengaluru. The winner is owned by Manjri Horse Breed Farm Pvt Ltd rep by. Mr & Mrs. S.P. Mistry & Mrs. Anneka Darashah and trainer by G. Nityanand.


  • 52 years old Indian woman, completed ironman triathlon in Austria: Anju Khosla became the oldest Indian woman to complete an ironman triathlon in Austria. The event entails a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ride and a 42 km run.


  • Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian to win gold at Gymnastics World Cup: Dipa Karmakar won the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.


  • Manav Thakkar and Manika Batra win titles in National Ranking tournament at Panchkula: Manav Thakkar of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) won the men and youth titles, while Manika Batra won the women's title and youth girls’ title went to Akula Sreeja in National Ranking (North Zone) Table Tennis Championships at Panchkula.


  • India bag 4 medals in the Asia Cup World Archery Ranking Tournament: India bagged three silver medals and a bronze to finish joint third with Iran in the Asia Cup World Ranking Tournament Stage 3 in Taipei.


  • Hima Das wins gold in World Junior Athletics C'ships: Indian sprinter, 18-year-old Hima Das scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win gold in women's 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships.


  • Anish and Manu won gold in shooting: Haryana teenagers Manu Bhaker and Anish Bhanwala emerged champions in junior tournament at the Military Shooting Range in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Anish Bhanwala won in junior men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and Manu clinched the gold in the women's 10m Air Pistol.


  • World’s highest altitude ice hockey game plays in Himalayas: After two years of planning, The Hockey Foundation's attempt to set the record for the world's highest altitude ice hockey game was deemed successful as they played the sport on a rink they set up in the Himalayas. The Hockey Foundation, a New York based non-profit organization won this record by gathering players and playing a Guinness World Record-certified game in the northern parts of the Indian Himalayan region in Ladakh.


  • Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber won Wimbledon titles: Serbian champion Novak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson to win fourth Wimbledon title and German champion Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams to won Wimbledon women’s singles at the finals.


  • FIFA World Cup 2018: France beats Croatia 4-2 to become world champions: World champions France defeated Croatian team 4-2 to win second World Cup title after 20 years in Moscow. Golden Ball award: Luka Modric (Croatia). Golden Boot award: Harry Kane (England captain) for scoring six goals across six games. Golden Glove award: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium). FIFA Young Player award: 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe (France). FIFA Fair Play Award: Spain for superb disciplinary record.


  • Neeraj Chopra wins gold at Sotteville Athletics meet: India's ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France, beating a competitive field that included 2012 London Olympics gold-medallist Keshorn Walcott.


  • India wins one silver and two bronze medals: Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran had won silver, while Reena and Karuna returned with bronze in women’s freestyle at the Junior Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi.


  • Sports Authority of India shortlists 734 youngsters for “KHELO INDIA” scholarship programme: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has shortlisted 734 young players for a scholarship programme under the Khelo India Talent Identification Development scheme.


  • Tokyo 2020 committee officially launches Olympic mascots: The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee officially launched its Olympic mascots Mirai Towa and Someity at a massive event attended by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and committee president Yoshiro Mori. The name of the blue-checked Olympic mascot “Mirai Towa” is derived from a combination of the Japanese words for future and eternity and seeks to "promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world".


  • Ajay Karthikeyan and Divya Deshmukh win 44th National sub-junior open chess: Ajay Karthikeyan of Tamil Nadu scored 9.0/11, finished half point ahead of Sankalp Gupta of Maharashtra and won his first National championship while Divya Deshmukh scored 9.0/11, finished half point ahead of Meenatchi Rajam of Tamil Nadu and won the National championship for second consecutive year in the final round of the 44th National sub-junior (under-15) open chess at Kalyani.


  • 5 years old Saanvi gets national medal in U-7 Chess Tournament: Five years old Saanvi Agarwal competed for 32nd Nationwide U-7 Open and Women Chess Championships and has won the title.


  • Egypt defeats England to win World Junior squash team title: A formidable Egypt defeated England 2-0 in the final to win the boy's title at the WSF-World junior squash team championship in India.


  • Bajrang Punia and Pinki win medal at the Yasar Dogu International as Indian wrestlers: India's star wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Pinki won gold medals at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey while Sandeep Tomar and Pooja Dhanda win silver medal in the final.


  • Johnson wins Canadian Open golf championship: World number one Dustin Johnson win the RBC Canadian for the first time after firing 6-under 66 in the final round to finish at 23 under.


Key Updates: June 2018


  • Manu Bhaker wins gold in 10m air pistol: Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Youngest Indian Manu Bhaker defeated the Chinese and the Koreans by a big margin and won the women’s air pistol gold at ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany.


  • Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold in 10m air pistol: Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Youngest Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won 10m air pistol gold at ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany.


  • R Praggnanandhaa becomes world’s 2nd Youngest Chess Grandmaster: R. Praggnanandhaa became the second youngest Grandmaster in the World at 12 years, 10 months and 13 days.


  • Archer Deepika Kumari wins gold at salt lake World cup: Ace Indian Archer Deepika Kumari clinched her first individual gold medal after a gap of six years at the Salt Lake World Cup, in the USA.


  • Hamilton wins in France to retake F1 lead: Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton achieved the French Grand Prix from pole position for Mercedes to retake the overall lead from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished fifth after a first lap collision.


  • US sprinter Noah Lyles wins 100m race to clinch US National title in Des Moines: Noah Lyles, a 20-year-old American sprinter ran the fastest 100-metre race of the year to clinch the US national title in Des Moines, Iowa.


  • Sandeep Sejwal clinches gold at Singapore National Swimming Championships: Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal clinched the gold medal in men’s 50m breaststroke event at the Singapore National Swimming Championships in Singapore.


  • Us golfer koepka wins US open title at New York: American Brooks Koepka, 28-year-old has won the US Open golf championship at the Shinnecock Hills course in New York, becoming the first player in almost 30 years to successfully defend his title.


  • First Indian cricketer to play in England's Kia Super League: The Indian women's cricket team opener, Smriti Mandhana, 21-year-old, is set to become the first player from Indian cricket team to appear in England's Kia Super T20 League. She has scored over 826 runs with a highest score of 76 in the 40 T20 Internationals.


  • Gavit Murali Kumar won gold in men's 10,000 metre race at Gouden Spike meeting: Indian young long-distance runner, Gavit Murali Kumar won the Gold medal in men's 10,000 metre race at Gouden Spike meet in Leiden, Netherlands to become the second fastest Indian in this event as the country's track and field athletes continued their build-up for the upcoming Asian Games.


  • India wins Intercontinental Cup Football Title: India defeated Kenya to won the title of Intercontinental Cup Football Tournament at Mumbai Football Arena.


  • Rafael Nadal wins 11th French Open Title: World number one Tennis star Rafael Nadal defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem to won 11th French Open title “grand slam” at Roland Garros.


  • Halep Wins Maiden Grand Slam Title: World number one Tennis star Simona Halep defeated American tenth seed Sloane Stephens and clinched the Maiden Grand Slam title in the French Open final tennis tournament in Paris.


  • Sports ministry approves upward revision of pension to meritorious sportspersons: Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has approved the upward revision of pension to meritorious Sportspersons. Under this revision, the rate of pension has been doubled of the existing rate of pension on winning medals in international sports events.


  • Mithali Raj score 2,000 runs in T20 International: The first Indian women star cricketer, Mithali Raj scored 2,000 runs in T20 Internationals and achieved the feat during India's seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Women's Asia Cup T20 at Kuala Lumpur.


  • Indian cricketer Virat Kohli Only In World's Highest Paid Athletes List: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has made it to the list of top 100 “World's Highest Paid Athletes 2018”. The Indian skipper is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million. Surprisingly, this year no women being featured in the list.


  • South Africa's Cricketer Of the Year - Kagiso Rabada Wins Award: The World Number One Test Bowler, Kagiso Rabada won the South Africa’s cricketer of year award at Jozi.


  • Sanjana Ramesh clinched MVP Award At Basketball without borders Asia: India's Sanjana Ramesh was awarded the “Most Valuable Player” (MVP) in the boys and girls section at the awards ceremony of the tenth Basketball without borders Asia, which featured 66 campers from 16 countries from the Asia-Pacific region.


Key Updates: May 2018


  • Real Madrid clinched 13th Champion League record title in final: Real Madrid has won the third successful Champions League final in Kyiv, clinching the title for a record 13th time. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in the history to clinch five Champions League titles. 


  • Japan women win’s the uber cup: Japan women Akane Yamaguchi won the 6th uber cup in May 2018. She defeated Thailand’s champion Ratchanok Intanon in the final badminton championships in Bangkok to end a 37-year wait to regain the title. 


  • Tejaswini Sawant wins gold medal in 50m Rifle Prone event: India’s Tejaswini Sawant won a gold medal in the women's 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich Grand Prix ahead of the ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol stage in the German city.


  • Chennai Super Kings awarded IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their third Indian Premier League (IPL) title after beating Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Shane Watson's unbeaten 117 knock helped chennai to win the IPL trophy.


  • India’s Shahzar Rizvi ranked World No.1 in ISSF World rankings: Shahzar Rizvi, India’s 10m air pistol shooter has risen to the top of the world rankings in men’s in International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), riding on his silver medal-winning performance in the just-concluded World Cup in Changwon, Korea to ensure his elevation as the world’s number one shooter in the men’s 10m air pistol Olympic discipline.


  • World champion Vetter Neeraj Chopra breaks own  national record: After winning Commonwealth Gold, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra came up with a massive 87.43m throw at the season-opening Doha Diamond league to rewrite his own national record and finish fourth in the 10-man competition.


  • Indian archers Priyadharshini and Aman clinch gold: Tamil Nadu triple jumper Priyadharshini Suresh and Haryana's 400m hurdler Aman had won gold in the South Asian junior athletics championships (SAJAC) at Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo. At the end of two-day meet, they bagged 20 gold, 22 silver and eight bronze medals to put India on top of the medals table. Sri Lanka (12-10-19) and Pakistan (0-1-1) took second and third positions. Indians also created new meet records in the men's long jump, triple jump, women's triple jump, 100m hurdles, javelin throw and 1500m events.


  • Juventus rout AC Milan won Coppa Italia for fourth straight season:  Juventus won the Coppa Italia for the fourth consecutive year and a record 13th time with a crushing 4-0 victory over AC Milan who suffered a second-half meltdown in the final.


Key Updates: April 2018


  • Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has emerged as World Number 1 in the men’s single category according to the latest edition of the BWF (Badminton World Federation) rankings. Kidambi Srikanth has replaced Denmark's Viktor Axelsen to become World Number 1. He has become the first Indian male player to achieve this mark. Earlier, Saina Nehwal became the first Indian girl to become World No.1 in 2015.


  • India’s Leander Paes has became the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup. He has broken the 46-year-old record of Italian player Nicola Pietrangeli with his 43rd double win in the competition held in Tianjin, China. During his long and illustrious career, Paes achieved the feat of longest unbeaten winning streak of 24 matches in Davis Cup with Mahesh Bhupathi.


  • The 2018 Commonwealth Games were held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between 4 and 15 April 2018. Among the 71 participating countries, Australia topped the medal chart followed by England and India. Indian team won 26 gold medal, 20 silver medals and 20 bronze medals.


  • Indian Badminton players, PV Sindhu & Kidambi Srikanth have been named 'Sportspersons of the Year' at the inaugural ESPN Multi-Sport Awards. Coach Pullela Gopichand has been adjudged 'best coach'. Indian National Women's Hockey Team was adjudged the 'Team of the Year'.


  • According to the latest FIFA rankings, Germany is at the numero uno position followed by Brazil in the second position.


Key Updates: March 2018


  • Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro defeated top-ranked Roger Federer to win his first Indian Wells title and second consecutive ATP crown.


  • Seventh seeded Shi Yuqi from China defeated fellow national Lin Dan to win final of the All England Open badminton championships in Birmingham. In the women's final, top seed and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan defeated second seeded Akane Yamaguchi from Japan .


  • Indian Men Cricket Team won Nidahas Trophy in a thrilling final opposite Bangalesh.


  • H.S. Prannoy and P.V Sindu have reached quarterfinals of the All England Badminton Championship.


  • Maharashtra’s Sanjivani Jadhav won the women’s bronze in the 14th Asian Cross Country Championships at Guiyang, China. She was the World University Games 10,000m silver medallist last year. The Asian Cross Country Championships is a biennial regional cross country running competition for athletes from Asia. It is organised by the Asian Athletics Association and was first held in 1991 in Fukuoka, Japan.


  • Australia clinched the 2018 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at 27th edition of the tournament held in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, early this month. Six teams participated in the tournament with India finishing at 5th spot.


  • The All England Championship, one of the badminton’s most prestigious and oldest sports tournaments is set to begin on March 14 in Birmingham. Fourth seed P. V. Sindhu and the unseeded Saina Nehwal lead India's challenge in women’s category. India’s men championship hopes are on K. Srikanth (3), who is in a great form lately. Previously only Prakash Padukone (1980) and Gopichand (2001) from India have won this tournament.


  • As per the latest rankings released by United World Wrestling, reigning Asian champion Navjot Kaur has became World No. 2 in the 65 kg category. In men’s ranking, Vinesh Phogat is No. 2 in the 50kg category behind Lei Chun of China.


  • Indian junior archers bagged three gold and three bronze medals to finish their Archery Asia Cup on a high note. Trio of Akash, Gora Ho and Gaurav Lambe, Promila Daimary and Muskan Kirar triumped with gold medals.


  • Indian shooter Anjum Moudgil won silver medal in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. This was India’s eighth medal in the competition and the first silver after having won three golds and four bronze medals already, in the ongoing event.


  • Manu Bhasker (16 yrs) from Haryana became the youngest Indian to win a World Cup gold in shooting (women’s 10m air pistol) at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.


  • Navjot Kaur becomes first Indian woman to win gold medal (65 kg freestyle wrestling category) at Asian Wrestling Championship held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In the same event, bronze medals were won by Bajrang Punia (65 kg freestyle) and Vinod Kumar Omprakash (70 kg freestyle).


Key Updates: January 2018


  • The new Khelo India logo, reflecting the freshness, agility and vitality of New India was launched at a ceremony by the Union Minister of  State Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore.The Khelo India School Games, to be broadcast by Star Sports, is being held in collaboration with the School Games Federation of India and National Sports Federations by setting up an Organizing Committee as per procedure of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. SGFI and NSFs will draw up and conduct an annual calendar of competitions leading up to the Khelo India School Games.


Key Updates: December 2017


  • Australia defended the Hockey World League title that they won in Raipur two years ago by claiming a 2-1 triumph over reigning Olympic champions Argentina, in Bhubaneswar. India finished with the bronze medal by defeating Germany.


Key Updates: November 2017


  • Indian wrestler Ritu Phogat has clinched the silver medal in Under-23 (48 Kg. category) Senior World Wrestling Championship at Poland. The 23-year-old, lost against Turkish Wrestler Demirhan in the gold medal bout of women's 48 kilogram category.


  • In the National Wrestling championship currently being held in Indore, two-time Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar (silver medallist in 2012 London Olympics and bronze medallist at 2008 Beijing Olympics, India's lone woman Olympic medal winner Sakshi Malik (Bronze medallist in 2016 Rio Olympics) and Geeta Phogat (winner of India’s first ever gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2010) won gold medal in their respective categories in the event.


  • Mary Kom has won the gold medal in the Asian Boxing Championships in the Light Flyweight category, defeating DPR Korea's Kim Hyang Mi. This is Mary Kom's sixth medal in the Asian Women's Boxing Championships which includes four gold medals and one silver medal won in previous editions of the tournament.


  • Women's Asia Cup hockey 2017 title is won by Indian team which defeated China in the finals. The tournament was held in Japan. As the winner of the tournament India also qualified for the world cup tournament to be held in England in 2018.


  • Held every fourth year, the women’s Asia cup hockey tournament was started in 1985.


  • Indian shooters Prakash Nanjappa, Amanpreet Singh and Jitu Rai made a clean sweep in the 50m pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships at Gold Coast in Australia. Prakash won the coveted gold medal, Amanpreet the Silver and Jitu settled for bronze medals.