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Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh banned by NADA

Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh in the third week of November 2016 was handed an eight-year ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
●    The 25-year old runner was earlier stripped of his gold medal won in the 100m race during the National inter-State Championships in 2012 for eluding a mandatory dope test.
●    Dharambir Singh is an Indian male sprinter.
●    In July 2016, he set a new national record for India when he won the 200 metres race at the Indian Grand Prix in Bengaluru. 
●    His time of 20.45 seconds was under the 20.50 seconds qualifying threshold for the 200 metres race in the 2016 Summer Olympics. 
●    With this, he became the first competitor for India to qualify for the 200 metres at the Olympics in 36 years.
●    On 2 August 2016, he failed to board his flight to Rio de Janeiro, and was reported to have failed a drug test.
 

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India to host T20 World Cup for the blind

India are to host the T20 Cricket World Cup for the Blind at nine different centres from January 31 to February 12 and Pakistan is among the competing teams.
●    The opening game between hosts India and the West Indies is to be held at Delhi.
●    The final is to be conducted in Bengaluru.
●    The tournament, to be organised by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India, is budgeted to cost Rs 24.5 crore.
●    Vengsarkar, invited the organisers to conduct all the matches in Mumbai to be hosted by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), of which he is the vice president.
●    Asked about the presence of Pakistan, Mahantesh said that they will land in Delhi, play matches there and play their remaining matches only in Bengaluru.
●    The other teams in the fray are England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
●    Matches would be held in Delhi, Mumbai, Faridabad, Gujarat, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Andhra Pradesh and Bengaluru.
 

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BCCI agrees to test DRS from England Test Series

BCCI ended its long-standing opposition to the Decision Review System (DRS), and agreed to its usage on a trial basis during India’s home Test series against England starting next month.
●    The BCCI and India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have long opposed the system. 
●    But the Board’s stance has softened after Test captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble expressed their openness to experiment with the technology.
●    India last played a Test series using DRS in 2008 against Sri Lanka.
●    The Board said that it was “satisfied” that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by it over a period of time were “addressed to a significant extent“.
●    The Board said additional cameras have been installed so that there is “redundancy and also provide 100 per cent reliable spin vision for DRS”.
 

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Ballon d'Or Gala set for France, FIFA World Player in London

Since 2010, FIFA had enjoyed the role of sole proprietor of football’s most prestigious individual award; FIFA merged the two awards into one, leaving its title as the Ballon D’Or, and doing away with the FIFA version.
•    France Football are set to regain control of the Ballon D’Or this year, while FIFA will take care of its own award once more.
•    The Ballon D’Or gala will take place in Paris, its original home until 2010, when Zurich took over as Ballon D’Or HQ.

•    FIFA, meanwhile, are working on getting their own award show ready, with London set to be their location.
•    FIFA President Infantino wants to make the FIFA World Player award the most prestigious award in football.

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Cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane awarded Arjuna Award

Sports Minister Vijay Goel conferred Arjuna Awards on cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane at a function in New Delhi. 
•    Sharma was given the award for 2015 and Rahane for 2016.
•    Earlier, the two cricketers could not receive the awards from the President Pranab Mukherjee as they were participating in international tournaments.
•    The Arjuna Awards, instituted in 1961, are given to sportspersons for consistently outstanding performance for four years preceding the year of award and who have also shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline. 
•    The awardees are given a statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress and award money of 5 lakh rupees.
•    while there’s no doubt that cricket is among the most popular games in India, the current government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to promote indigenous and other sports as well.
 

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Sports Ministry to review Rio performance

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Vijay Goel has decided to conduct within the Ministry a thorough review of India’s performance in Rio Olympics, 2016. The process has already begun. 
•    The Minister has written individual letters to each of the athletes who participated in the Rio Olympics, 2016, seeking their feedback and suggestions. He has stated that they should feel free to give him their suggestions or feedback anytime either personally or through mail. In his letter, the Minister has stressed the need for more inputs from performers like them so that the pool of world class athletes can be enhanced and sports infrastructure strengthened. 
•    The Ministry has also written to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to submit their feed-back on India’s performance in Rio Olympics, 2016 and steps for improving the performance in future. Such feedback will also be sought from the National Sports Federations (NSFs). Shri Vijay Goel will have detailed meetings with the IOA and the NSFs shortly in this regard. The objective of this exercise is to analyse India’s performance in Rio Olympics and bring about necessary improvements in future. 
•    The Ministry will also take a look at the duties and responsibilities of various members of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics with the purpose of making a fair assessment of their role and taking steps for future improvement. 
•    The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports will be visiting some prominent academies and SAI Centres in the country to have a first-hand knowledge of the facilities available for training of our athletes and improvement required. On 17th of this month, he will visit the Gopi Chand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad where he will meet players, coaches and other support persons. He will also visit the SAI Centre at Hyderabad. 
 

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Maharashtra announces Rs. 75 lakh cash reward to Lalita Babar

Maharashtra Government today announced a cash reward of Rs 75 lakh to steeplechase specialist from the state Lalita Babar, who finished a creditable 10th at the Rio Olympics, and Rs 50 lakh to bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik.
•    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who announced these cash rewards, said the five athletes from Maharashtra who took part in the last months Games will get Rs 50 lakh each.
•    He also gave a cash award of Rs 75 lakh to Olympic silver medallist in womens badminton singles P V Sindhu and Rs 25 lakh to her coach P Gopichand.
•    For the sportpersons who represented India in the (Rio) Olympics and were from Maharashtra, we would like to give a cash award of Rs 50 lakh each to them. 
•    These sportpersons are Ayonika Paul, Prarthana Thombare, Dattu Bhonkanal, Devraj Walmiki and Kavita Raut.

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Anjum Chopra becomes First Indian Woman Cricketer to Receive MCC Life Membership

Former Indian women’s team captain Anjum Chopra has been awarded an honourary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) along with former men’s team stalwarts Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag. 
•    She is the first Indian woman cricketer to get the prestigious life membership of MCC.
•    The 39-year-old Anjum played 12 Tests, 127 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals for India. 
•    She scored 548 runs in Tests with 4 half centuries while in 50 overs format, she scored 2856 runs with a century and 18 half-centuries.
•    Anjum Chopra is an Indian Women Cricketer. She was born in New Delhi. 
•    A sports girl from the start, the first time she stepped on to the ground was at the age of 9. 
•    Played her first friendly match with college girls team at the inter college level scoring 20 runs and taking 2 wickets. 
•    Later the same year she was selected to play for New Delhi in the under −15 tournament
 

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Nico Rosberg wins 2016 Italian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg on 4 September 2016 won the 2016 Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy.
It is Rosberg’s seventh victory of the 2016 Formula One season. In this season, he has won the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix, the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix, the 2016 Russian Grand Prix, the 2016 European Grand Prix and the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix.
Top 5 in the race
Position    Driver    Car
1    Nico Rosberg    Mercedes
2    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes
3    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari
4    Kimi Räikkönen    Ferrari
5    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer
About Italian Grand Prix
•    The Italian Grand Prix is one of the longest running events on the Formula One calendar.
•    The Italian Grand Prix was also one of the inaugural Formula One championship races in 1950. It has been held every year since then.
•    The 2016 Italian Grand Prix was the fourteenth round of the 2016 Formula One season.
•    It marked the eighty-sixth running of the Italian Grand Prix and the eighty-second time the race was held at Monza.


 

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Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics bronze medal upgraded to silver medal

Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt's bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics was upgraded to silver on 30 August 2016. The medal was upgraded after second-place finisher late Besik Kudukhov of Russia was stripped off his medal for failing a dope test.
•    As per Russian agency, flowrestling.org, Kudukhov, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, was found to have used a banned substance in a test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
•    As a result, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men's 60kg freestyle category in the London Games, has now joined Sushil Kumar as the other silver medallist wrestler from the 2012 Olympics.
•    Besides, Kudukhov, another legendary wrestler, Artur Taymazov (120kg) of Uzbekistan was stripped off from his 2008 gold medal for taking performance enhancing drugs.
 

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