2013 Current Affairs Special - Sports
January Kohli bagged ICC Cricketer of the year Award
Young Indian batsman Virat Kohli bagged the International Cricketer of the Year award on 4th January; while Pakistan was named as the Best International Cricket Team in the 2011-2012 season at the CEAT cricket awards. Former batting great of Pakistan Zaheer Abbas received the Lifetime Achievement Award. In the special India-Pakistan award category, legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar lifted the Best Test Batsman trophy while former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq was honoured with the Best ODI Batsman award. The 1983 India's World Cup winning captain Kapil dev was adjudged the Best Test bowler, Akram received the Best ODI bowler award. CEAT Audience Choice Awards 2011-2012 went jointly to former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar and Indian opener Virender Sehwag.

McGrath was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame
Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath was inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame on 4th January, making him its 68th male member. McGrath joins fellow 2012-13 inductees West Indian Brian Lara and England’s Enid Bakewell in being recognised by the ICC and the living members of the Hall of Fame. McGrath represented Australia in 124 Test matches between 1993 and 2007 claiming 563 Test wickets at an average of 21.64. When McGrath retired from the game in 2007 he had represented Australia in 250 ODIs, claiming 381 wickets at an average of 22.02 while he took over 800 first-class wickets in his career.

Serena won the WTA Brisbane International
Serena williams won the WTA Brisbane International with a straight sets demolition of Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on 5th January. Serena defeated the world no. 36 with 6-2, 6-1 sets in just an hour to win her 16th consecutive match - her 52nd win in her last 54 matches and her 47th career title.


Janko Tipsa clinched Chennai Open


Serbian world number nine Janko Tipsarevic clinched the Chennai Open on 6th January by defeating the Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut. Tipsarevic beat the unseeded 24-year old Spaniard by 3-6 6-1 6-3.

Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek
Sania Mirza and her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the WTA Brisbane International trophy by winning against Kveta Peschke and Anna-Lena Groenefeld on 6th January. The second seeded Indo-American pair crashed the fourth seeded rivals by 4-6 6-4 10-7. It was Sania's first doubles title of the season while 15th of her career.

Andy Murray defended Brisbane International title
Andy Murray defended Brisbane International title by defeating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7—6, 6—4 on 6 January, 2013. Murray began his breakthrough season in 2012 by winning in Brisbane and followed that up later with titles at the London Olympics and U.S. Open.

Lionel Messi added yet another record
Lionel Messi added yet another record to his stellar series of achievements on 8th January, when he won an unprecedented fourth, consecutive, Ballon d'Or at a FIFA gala in Zurich. Messi received a vote share of 41.60 percent to 23.68 for Ronaldo and 10.91 for Iniesta. Messi and former French star Michel Platini, had been the only players to win three straight Ballon d'Or awards while Dutch greats Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten won the accolade on three occasions. Spain's Vicente del Bosque was named coach of the year for 2012.

Kerala retained 61st National volleyball championship
Defending champion Kerala defeated Tamil Nadu 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 to retain the men’s title in the 61st National volleyball championship in Jaipur on 15th January. In the women’s final, Railways clinched its 28th title in the championship.

Saina clinched 2nd Rank
Saina Nehwal, the Olympics bronze medalist bagged her career best second rank in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on 17th January 2013. Saina scored 80091.7444 points in the latest rankings released and is leaded by the Chinese Li


www.sakshieducation.com Xuerui, who has 94626.7153 points by her name. Parupalli Kashyap the quarterfinalist in London Olympics was also successful in bagging his career best tenth position in men’s list and he has 51986.6900 points by his name. Kashyap is the only Indian player to be within the list of top-25 players in the BWF list. Saina Nehwal regained her world number two position after an interval of two years. For the first time, she achieved this position in December 2010.

IOC asked Armstrong to return Olympic Medal
The International Olympics Committee (IOC), on 17th January 2013, asked the American Cyclist Lance Armstrong facing the charges of doping to return the Olympic Bronze Medal and Certificate of 2000 Sydney Games. The IOC wrote a letter to the defamed cyclist and the winner of seven times Tour de France in this regard and asked him to return the bronze medal and the certificate that accompanied it for the men’s time trial event. Lance Armstrong was a cyclist, who used performance enhancing drugs and banned substances.

Kohli became the Quickest Indian to complete 4,000 ODI runs
Kohli became the quickest indian and second at World Level to complete 4,000 One day International (ODI) runs. The Indian Cricketer and right handed batsman Virat Kohli on 19th January 2013 by completing his 4,000 runs in ODI cricket tournament. He is the 12th Indian batsman and 84th at world level to reach this milestone. By scoring these runs in just 93 innings, he became the first quickest from India and second at world level to accomplish this milestone. Viv Richards, the West Indies player reached this milestone in 88 innings in the year 1985 and is placed at the 1st position in the list of crickets to touch the mark of 4,000 runs in less number of innings. Before Kohli, the former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly had this record of scoring the fastest 4,000 runs in ODI in 110 matches and 105 innings.

Lalith Babu won Chennai Chess Tournament
Indian Grandmaster M.R. Lalith Babu emerged the winner of the CSK 5th Chennai Open International Grandmasters Chess Tournament by defeating Swapnil Dhopade in the final round on 23rd January. Grandmaster Lu Shanglei of China became the runner-up of the event as he outwitted Russian Grandmaster Anderi Deviatkin. Though both Lalith Babu and Lu Shanglei were tied with nine points each, Lalith Babu emerged champion because of superior tie-break. Indian Grandmaster B. Adhiban annexed the third place with 8.5 points.



Djokovic won Australian Open
Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Andy Murray of UK in four sets to win Australian Open 2013 final held in Melbourne. It was Djokovic’s third consecutive Australian Open title and fourth overall. In 2012, Djokovic had started with an epic 5-hour, 53-minute five-set win over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open, the longest Grand Slam final. Djokovic won his first major title in 2008 Australian Open. He now has six Grand Slam titles altogether. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on 26th January 2013 won the Women’s Singles title of the Australian Open Tennis tournament at Melbourne by defeating Li Na of China, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final to win the title for the second successive time. Top seeded American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan won the men's doubles title. Americans Mike and Bob Bryan won their record 13th Grand Slam doubles title, defeating the Dutch team of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-4.

Tiger Woods won his 75th career golf title
World No. 2 Tiger Woods captured his 75th career golf title on 28th January, winning the US PGA Farmers Insurance Open by four strokes for his record-setting eighth career triumph at Torrey Pines, U.S.A. Woods won his most recent major crown at the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines and has also won the PGA event staged at Torrey Pines seven times. No other PGA player has won so many times on a single course.

Fauja Singh the oldest marathon runner
Fauja singh (101), the oldest marathon runner of the world decided to stop running in the competitions after Hong Kong marathon which will be held in February 2013. Before the Hong Kong marathon, Singh will also be running in the Australia marathon. Fauja Singh is also popularly known as the Turbaned Tornado in all the international events. Fauja Singh was born on 1st April 1911.

Dhoni Launches ‘7 By MS Dhoni’
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined the likes of Roger Federer and David Beckham as he launched his own signature brand of international perfumes at an event held in Dubai on 31st January. Dhoni became the first Indian cricketer to launch his line of fragrances named '7 By MS Dhoni', which is to be named after his lucky number 7. In an event held at the Al Joharah Ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah, the Indian skipper


www.sakshieducation.com launched a collection of six body sprays and perfumes. The six fragrances are named Intense, Power, Action, Connect, Cool and Energy.

February Dhoni appointed as Vice President of India Cement
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Indian cricket team, as appointed as the vicepresident of India Cements on 1st February 2013. India Cements is headed (MD cum-Vice Precedent) by BCCI President N Srinivasan. India Cements owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, the captaincy of which lies in the hands of Dhoni since 2008.

ICC rankings for test cricket were released
ICC rankings for test cricket were released on 4th February 2013 in Dubai. South Africa emerged as the world number one team in this category and followed by England, Australia, Pakistan and India. In the latest rankings, Hashim Amla, the South African batsman has bagged the first position. He became the first batsman to hold the number one dice in both test and one-day format of the game since 2007, before him Ricky Ponting held this unique position. Michael Clarke, the Australian batsman was racked at second position in the ranking. Dale Steyn, the South African bowler holds the top position in the bowling ranking and is followed by his teammate, Vernan Philander. Pragyan Ojha is the only Indian to feature among the top ten bowlers in the test rankings released.

Rebecca announced retirement
Britain-based Rebecca Adlington, the Olympic champion announced retirement from all forms of competitive swimming on 4th February 2013. Adlington, 23, is from Mansfield. She won, 2008 - Olympic Games 400m gold, 2008 - Olympic Games 800m gold, 2009 - World Championship 400m bronze, 2011 - World Championship 400m silver, 2011 - World Championship 800m gold, 2012 - Olympic Games 400m bronze, 2012 - Olympic Games 800m bronze.

India returned with 46 medals in 2013 Special Olympics
The 2013 Pyeong Chang Special Olympics World Winter Games finished on 5th February 2013 after a week of competition among differently-abled athletes from different countries. The games took place from 29th January to 5th February 2013 at Pyeong Chang, South Korea. The differently-abled athletes of India won 46 medals in this sporting event - 13 www.sakshieducation.com

www.sakshieducation.com gold, 17 silver and 16 bronze medals. About 2,200 mentally-challenged athletes participated from more than 120 nations in the games.

BCCI was slapped a penalty of Rs. 52.24 crore
Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) was slapped a penalty of Rs. 52.24 crore by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on 8th February 2013 for indulging in anticompetitive practices. The CCI ordered BCCI to deposit the penalty within 90 days from the date of issue of orders. In its verdict, the CCI stated that BCCI abused its dominant position and directed it to cease its all practices of denying market access to the potential competitors. The regulator also stated that the stance of BCCI was of serious concern and quantum of penalty which should be levied that is proportional to the seriousness of violation. A complaint was filed by Surinder Singh Barmi in November 2010 against BCCI and his allegations were based on issues related to Professional League Tournament and Indian Premier League (IPL) conducted by the BCCI.

Sachin equaled Gavaskar record
Sachin Tendulkar equaled the record of Sunil Gavaskar of 81 first class centuries in first class cricket at Mumbai on 8th February 2013. He managed to equal Gavaskar’s record after scoring an unbeaten 140 runs in Irani Trophy against Rest of India in the first innings of the tournament of Mumbai team.

Serena Became the World Number One
Serena Williams became the new World number one. The 31-years Serena thrashed Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and reached Semifinals of Qatar Open Tennis Championship in Doha, which propelled her ranking to the top. She achieved this position after two and half years.

Zedong died in Beijing
Zhuang Zedong (72), the table tennis legend of China, died fighting cancer in Beijing on 10th February 2013. Zedong is a three-time world TT champion. He won a range of events in 1960s. He remained a crucial figure in ping-pong diplomacy of 1971 and is popularly also called the Architect of Ping-Pong Diplomacy. Ping-pong diplomacy means exchange of the table tennis (Ping-Pong) players between China and US. This was done to normalise relations between these two countries.



Ranchi Rhinos beat Delhi Wave riders
Ranchi Rhinos beat Delhi Wave riders 2-1 to win the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL) in the match at Astroturf Hockey Stadium on 10th February 2013. Apart from winning the trophy, Ranchi Rhinos took away Rs. 2.5 crore. Mumbai Magicians player Sandeep Singh hit maximum goals (11) in the tournament. HIL was played from 14th January to 10 February 2013 in which 5 teams Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Riders, Sahara India Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Dabur Mumbai Magicians and Patel-Union Ranchi Rhinos

participated. The tournament was played at 5 places-Delhi, Jalandhar, Lucknow, Mumbai and b.

Wrestling may be removed from 2020 Olympics Games
Members of the International Olympic Committee have voted to drop wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympics Games. The proposal came as a surprise, as wrestling is one of the oldest Olympic sports. The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board voted on 12 February, to remove wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympics Games, however the move is not yet final. The board recommended dropping wrestling as it was not a part of the 25 "core sports" list.

Pankaj Advani made history Bet Victor Welsh Open
Pankaj Advani made history at the Bet Victor Welsh Open on 14th February, as a 4-1 victory over Graeme Dott saw him become the first Indian player to reach the quarter-finals of a world ranking event. Advani, 8-time world billiards champion playing as a newcomer on the main snooker tour this season, went 2-0 up in the second-round match in Newport with breaks of 63 and 73. The 27-year-old from Pune has now defeated two former world champions at this tournament.

Mathews was appointed as the Captain of Sri Lanka
Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan all-rounder cricketer was appointed as the Captain of the test and one-day cricket team of Sri Lanka on 14th February for a period of one year. Mathews replaced Mahela Jayawardene, who announced to quit captaincy after Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia. Dinesh Chandimal, the wicket-keeper batsman was appointed as the vice-captain in the test and one-day format of the game and will lead the country as a captain in the T20 format of the game. Lasith Malinga was appointed as the vicecaptain for the T20 team.



“Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius appeared in court
South African “Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius appeared in court on 15th February, charged with the murder of his girlfriend, an incident that has stunned the country. Reeva Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV show participant, was shot and killed at Pistorius' upmarket home in an eastern suburb of the South African capital in the predawn hours of 12th February, sending the country reeling. South African media reported that Paralympic and Olympic track star Pistorius shot his girlfriend four times through a bathroom door at his Pretoria home. Pistorius made history at the London Olympics last year when he became the first double-amputee track athlete to compete at any games.

Australia won the ICC Women’s World Cup Trophy
Australia won the ICC Women’s World Cup Trophy after defeating West Indies by 114-runs on 17th February 2013 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Australia clinched the title for the sixth time in the history of women’s cricket World Cup, it last won the title in 2005. New Zealand’s Suzie Bates elected as player of the tournament for scoring 407 runs with three half-centuries in the series.

March Rafael Nadal won ATP Mexican Open
Rafael Nadal defeated top seed and defending champion David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 on 2nd March 2013 in the final match of the ATP Mexican Open 2013 tennis tournament. David Ferrer was the 3-time defending champion. On the other hand, in the women’s final, Italy's Sara Errani defeated Carla Suarez-Navarro of Spain 6--0, 6-4. Rafael Nadal won ATP Mexican Open tournament for the second time. Earlier he had won this title in 2005. This is the 38th clay court title of Nadal.

Smriti Mehra won Hero Women’s Golf Tour
Smriti Mehra, the veteran golfer, won her second title in the fourth leg of Hero Women’s pro golf tour 2013 in Mumbai on 6th March. Smriti played a round of one under 64 and finished with an overall score of 194 at the Willington Sports Club. At the second position was Neha Tripathi who completed with the final round score of one over 66 and an overall score of 200. Sharmila Nicollet achieved third position with lowly six over 71 and a total score of 202.



Chen Long won the All England Badminton Championship
Chen Long of China won the All England Badminton Championship men’s singles title by defeating Lee Chong Wei with 21-17, 21-18. Tine Baun of Denmark, won the women’s singles title in the All England Open Badminton Championships 2013 at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England on 10th March 2013. With this victory, the 33-year-old Baun became the oldest All-England women’s singles champion of Open Era. She defeated three-time world junior champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-14, 16-21, 2110. Liu and Qiu of China defeated the Japanese pair of Endo and Hayakawa in the men’s doubles in a one-sided final, with the unseeded Chinese pair winning 21-11, 21-9 for their first All England title. Wang and Yu of China won the women’s doubles title by defeating their fellow compatriots Cheng and Zhao in two games. In the Mixed doubles event, the second seeded Indonesian pairing of Ahmad and Natsir successfully defended their All England title against the Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao of China. All England Open Badminton Championships is one of the oldest as well as the prestigious badminton tournaments of the world, which is played annually.

Neha Tripathi won BT Pro Golf Tournamnet
Neha Tripathi defeated Thailand's Pennapa Pulsawath to win BT Pro Am of Champions golf tournament 2013 in Manesar on 10th March 2013. After initially tying up at a score of 141, Neha won the match in second playoff on 18th hole. At the third position was golfer Smriti Mehra from India who got the total score of 142. Thai golfer Tiranan Yoopan finished at the fourth position with a score of 143. Tang Ni Nhung of Vietnam came at the fifth position with an overall score of 148.

Beckham was named as the richest footballer of the world
David Beckham was named as the richest footballer of the world, according to the Goal Rich List 2013. David Beckham has a total income of 175 million pound. 37-year-old Beckham is the biggest brand in the world now, leaving behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. In 2012, Beckham earned more than 20 million pound from wages as well as endorsement. The Goal Rich List 2013 revealed that the worth of Beckham is 60 million pound more than Messi.


Shrinivas won 42nd National Carrom Championship
Shrinivas won 42nd Senior National and Inter-State Carrom Championship at Akola. He defeated world no.3 Yogesh Pardeshi in the men’s final 8-25, 25-18, 25-4. In the women’s final, Rashmi Kumari defeated I Ilavazhaki 25-9, 25-18 to win the women’s title. This was the fifth title of her career.


Manorama Devi won bronze in Cycling Championship
India's Deborah and Manorama Devi on 10th March 2013 won a bronze in the team sprint on the second to last day of the Hero Asian Cycling Championships in New Delhi. The pair came just 0.148 seconds ahead by defeating Malaysia's Faihah Shahwati Mohd Adnan and Nurul Alissa Mohamad Azman. Deborah is from Andaman and Nicobar.

India won eight medals in Archery Championship
India won a total of eight medals in the inaugural Asian Grand Prix Archery Championship at Bangkok on 14th March 2013. India won two gold, two silver and four bronze. In the category of compound Men's individual, Ch. Jignas clinched the Gold after he defeated China's He Ying 145-142. In the Compound Men's trio category, Ch. Jignas, Abhishek Verma and Ritul Chatterjee won the Gold, registering a victory over Vietnam, 226-218. Silver was won by Rahul Banerjee in Recurve Men and Anjali Kumari in Compound Women in the individual categories. In the Recurve Men's event, Atanu Das clinched the Bronze. Recurve Women's team of Bombayala Devi, Dola Banerjee and Rimil Biruli defeated Indonesia to win a Bronze. In the same section, Bombayla Devi won a Bronze in individual category. Atanu and Bombayala also defeated opponent team in Mixed team event to win fourth Bronze for India.

Laureus World Sports Awards 2013
Laureus World Sports Awards 2013 were organized in Rio de Janeiro on 11th March 2013. Prestigious awards were claimed by sports stars - Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and Sebastian Coe. Jessica Ennis who won heptathlon gold in London 2012 Olympics was awarded the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award at the Theatro Municipal. Andy Murray won the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award. Andy Murray had won Olympic gold in the singles as well as silver in mixed doubles before winning grand slam title at the US Open in 2012. Sebastian Coe, the Chairman of the London 2012

organising committee acclaimed Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.


www.sakshieducation.com Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter won the World Sportsman of the Year award for third time. Feliz Sanchez, the Dominican athlete won the World Comeback of the Year Award. Daniel Dias, the multiple Paralympic champion swimmer of Brazil was awarded with the title of World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. This was the second time he won the award. Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver was named as the World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award. Michael Phelps, the American swimmer won the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award. The Laureus World Team of the Year title was acclaimed by the European Ryder Cup Team which featured 7 UK golfers.

Bhaichung Bhutia Appointed as AIFFTC Chairman
Bhaichung Bhutia, the former captain of Indian football team was appointed as the chairman of the All India Football Federation’s technical committee. The decision to appoint him as the chairman was taken by President Praful Patel. He succeeds former Indian player Mohammad Habib. Bhutia scored a record of 42 goals from 107 appearances. He led India to the victory of Nehru Cup twice.

Raikkonen won Australian Grand Prix
Kimi Raikkonen, the Australian driver of Formula One team Lotus won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix 2013 on 17th March 2013. In the Australian Grand Prix 2013 opening season, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel finished at the second and third position respectively. Kimi Raikkonen won 2007 World Championship with Ferrari.

Rafael Nadal won BNP Paribas Open
Rafael Nadal of Spain won Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open 2013 on 17th March 2013. Nadal defeated Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final. After winning Tokyo Open in October 2010, this is the first hard court victory of Nadal. With this, Nadal became number 4 in the world ranking. Apart from this, Maria Sharapova won the first title of 2013 in women’s final of the tournament by defeating Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2.

Australia won Azlan Shah Hockey title
Australia, the World Champions won the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament title for the seventh time on 17th March 2013. Australia defeated Malaysia 3-2 in the final match in Malaysia. South Korea won bronze after defeating 2012 winner- New Zealand 2-1. At the fifth position was India which defeated Pakistan 4-2. Trent Mitton was declared as the man-of-


www.sakshieducation.com the-match for final match. Earlier, Australia had won the Tournament in 1983, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2011. The Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament is held in Malaysia every year. The tournament is named after the ninth king of Malaysia- Sultan Azlan Shah. It is important to note that India won its first Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament in 1985.

India won Alan Border Series
India on 24th March 2013 won the fourth and the final test with 6 wickets remaining against Australia in the Alan Border Series – Australia Tour to India, at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi. India won the series 4-0. In the second innings of the final match, Cheteswar Pujara scored an unbeaten 82 runs while chasing the 155 run target set by team Australia on the third day of the match. Before this Jadeja’s 5 wicket haul for 58 runs in 16 over limited Australia to a lead score of 155 runs. Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round performance won the Man of the Match award. Ravichandran Ashwin for claiming 29 wickets in the four-Test Series won the Man of the Series award. India never in the 81 year test history won more than two matches against Australia in a single series, but with this clean sweep – India secured wrote a new history in test cricket.

Vettel won Malaysian Grand Prix
World champion Sebastian Vettel (Germany) of Red Bull won Malaysian Grand Prix on 24th March. The event was held in Sepang. Mark Webber was on second position. Former world title holder was Lewis Hamilton.

Harman preet Kaur, new Captain of Indian women's Cricket
Harmanpreet Kaur was named as the Captain of the Indian women's Cricket team for the limited-overs series against Bangladesh, on 28th March 2013. The series will start in India from 2nd April 2013. She replaced Mithali Raj as the captain of the women's cricket team. Opener Poonam Raut was named as the Vice-Captain of the team. Mithali Raj was not named in the 15-member Indian women's Cricket team by the All-India Women's Selection Committee.

Serena won Miami Masters open
World No. 1 Serena Williams on 30th March 2013 won Miami Masters Open Tennis Tournament for record sixth time. She claimed this record by defeating Maria Sharapova 46, 6-3, 6-0. By winning the title, Serena Williams joined Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova as the only women to have won the same event six times. www.sakshieducation.com

Gujarat won the Mushtaq Ali T-20 Championship title
Gujarat won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty 20 Championship title by defeating Punjab with six-wickets on 31 March 2013 at Holkar Stadium, Indore. Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first. The team scored 122 runs in 20 overs with a loss of 8 wickets. Gujarat accomplished the score with 13 balls remaining. Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20


Championship is the domestic cricket championship of India. Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Championship is named after the Indian cricketer, Syed Mushtaq Ali.

Andy Murray won the ATP Miami Masters
Andy Murray of Britain won the ATP Miami Masters by defeating Spanish third seed David Ferrer by 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) in Miami, Florida on 31st March 2013. It was Murray’s 26th career tour title, and second of the year after having wining the Brisbane International in a tough two hours and 45 minutes. Andy Murray will rise to World No. 2, ahead of Roger Federer, while Ferrer will move past Rafael Nadal to become fourth in the rankings.

April India won a 5-0 victory in Davis cup
India won a 5-0 victory against Indonesia in the Asia-Oceania Group-I Davis Cup relegation play-off tie in Bangalore on 7th April 2013 as Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri posted straight-set wins in their respective reverse singles. Somdev defeated David Agung Susant with 6-3 6-1, while Yuki Bhambari registered a thumping 6-0 6-1 victory over Wisnu Adi Nugroho.

Rupesh Shah won Asian Billiards Championship
Reigning world champion Rupesh Shah added another feather in his cap by clinching the 12th Asian Billiards championship with win over compatriot Alok Kumar in the fiercely fought final, held in Indore on 7th April. Rupesh Shah finished at 101, 95 and 100 to defeat Alok Kumar. This is India's 10th Asian Billiards title and Rupesh is new entrant in this elite club. He follows previous champions Geet Sethi, Ashok Shandilya, Devendra Joshi,Pankaj Adwani and Alok Kumar.


HI announced High Performance & Development Committee
Hockey India on 9th April 2013 announced its High Performance and Development Committee for 2013-14. The 15 member committee will be headed by Dr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General of Hockey India and High Performance Director, Hockey India, Roelant Oltmans will be the Vice-Chairman. The committee has Ajit Pal Singh (former Captain of 1975 World Cup winning team), Col. Balbir Singh (former Olympian and National Selector), Dilip Tirkey (former Captain and Member Rajya Sabha), Sukhvir Singh Grewal, Thoiba Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Dr RP Singh, Surinder Kaur, Saba Anjum, Michael Nobbs (Chief Coach, National Senior Men Hockey Team), Neil Hawgood (Chief Coach, National Senior Women Hockey Team) and Gregg Clark (Coach, National Junior Men Hockey Team) as its members. Ms Elena Norman, CEO, Hockey India will be the Convener of this Committee.


Manipur stood overall champion in 27th North East Games
In the 27th edition of North-East Games played at Imphal and the host state- Manipur claimed the title of overall team champion on 11th April 2013. The North-East Games were held during 8 - 11 April 2013. The North-East games included eight states. These games also include Sikkim. Manipur emerged as overall champion with the medal tally of 127. This included 74 gold, 31 silver and 22 bronze. Assam came at the second place with 101 medals which included 31 gold, 30 silver and 40 bronze. Mizoram was at the third place with 72 medals including 20 gold, 19 silver and 33 bronze. North East Games were earlier known as North East Sports Festival. The North East Games were started with an aim of promoting the sports and games in the North East region. First edition of North East Games was held in Imphal in 1986-87.

Indian Women cricket team had a clean sweep
Indian Women cricket team had a clean sweep in the three-match One Day International Cricket Series, 2012/13 against Bangladesh on 12th April 2013 after winning the third and the final match at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. India defeated Bangladesh by 58 runs in the third match. Before the ODI series, the Indian women also made a clean sweep T20 international series against Bangladesh Women with 3-0 on 5 April 2013.

Sania Mirza became Vice-President of ITPA
The Indian Tennis Players’ Association (ITPA) Secretary, Karti P Chidambaram on 14th April 2013 announced that the tennis star player, Sania Mirza became one of the Vice-


www.sakshieducation.com Presidents of ITPA. Sania Mirza now became one of the four Vice-Presidents of Indian Tennis Players Association, which is a newly-formed body. Other three Vice-Presidents of the body are Somdev Devvarman, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. Former Davis Cup captain Jaideep Mukherjee is the President of the Association.

ICC Test Rankings
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin are the only two Indian Cricketers to figure out among the top-10 in the latest ICC Test Rankings in batting and bowling respectively released on 21st April 2013. Pujara with 777 ranking points retained his position at number seven in the batting chart of the ICC rankings. Ashwin was intact at the sixth position in the list of top ten bowlers with 757 points. Hashim Amla, the South African batsman was listed as the top batsman in the list and is followed by Shivnarine Chanderpaul of West Indies and A B de Villiers of South Africa. While in the rankings of bowlers, Dale Steyn, the South African pace spearhead was ranked as the best bowler with 905 ranking points. Dale Steyn is followed by his teammate Vernon Philander and Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath.

Prayag Chauhan won ASBC Junior Boxing Championship
At the final round of ASBC Asian Confederation of the Junior Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan, Prayag Chauhan of India defeated Azat Ilyubayev of Kazakhstan in the lightweight category (60kg) on 22nd April 2013 to win a gold medal. In an overall performance, India stood in the third position in team rankings. The Indian boxers completed Asian meet with three bronze and one gold medal. Prayag Chauhan, 16, won the match in 60 kg category. On the other hand, the sub-junior national champion Aditya Maan (66kg) grabbed bronze medal at the Asian Championships.

Gayle’s fastest century ever
Chris Gayle, the West Indies opener hit the fastest ever century in the history of first class cricket by scoring a ton in merely 30 balls during Royal Challengers Bangalore-Pune Warriors IPL match on 23rd April 2013. Gayle scored a total run of 175 runs in mere 66 balls, which included 17 sixes and 13 boundaries. This is also the top score for a batsman in any T20 innings. This was also his fourth century in the IPL career.

India to host Thomas Cup and Uber Cup
In a historic first, India is set host the finals of the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup, the sporting events which are played by men and women national teams of Badminton World Federation www.sakshieducation.com

www.sakshieducation.com (BWF) members, will be held in Delhi from May 18 to 25, 2014. The BWF formally entrusted the hosting of the prestigious championships to the Badminton Association of India (BAI), following the signing of an agreement between the two bodies on 25th April. Siri Fort Indoor Complex, New Delhi will be the venue for the event, to be contested every two years, to decide the world’s strongest men’s and women’s teams. India hosted the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup preliminary stage matches in 1988, 2000 and 2006.

Haryana clinched the 3rd Hockey India Championship
Haryana defeated Railways 4-1 to win the third Hockey India Senior Women National Championship at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, Lucknow on 30th April 2013. However, Haryana clinched the 3rd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship title in the final match on 1st May 2013 in Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi.

May Sindhu won Malaysian Grand prix title
India's rising shuttler P.V. Sindhu won her maiden Grand Prix Gold title winning the women's final on 4th May 2013. In a thrilling clash held in

Kaulalampur, top seed Sindhu defeated lower seed, Gu Juan of Singapore, 21-17, 17-21, 21-19. With this, the World Number 13 Sindhu has become the second Indian girl to win the Grand Prix Gold competition, after India's shuttle queen and London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal achieved the feat in 2006. Sindhu was the only Indian who had made it to the final stage of this tournament.

Vikas Gowda clinched Gold IAAF World Challenge
At the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Jamaica, Kingston, US-based discus thrower, Vikas Gowda clinched Gold on 5th May 2013 with the throw of 61.38 metres. Vikas Gowda, representing India, clinched gold in the World Challenge Meeting at Kingston on 5th May, with a throw of 61.38 metres. He pushed Jason Morgan and Fedrick Dacres (both Jamaica), with throws of 60.96 and 59.30 metres, to second and third spots respectively. In the 100 metres sprint, US’s Tyson Gay recorded 9.86 and secured the top most position. In women category, the best performance was that of US Gia Lewis-Smallwood with 62.41 metres.


India won 2 Silver & 7 Bronze in the Commonwealth Table Tennis
India won 2 silver and 7 bronze in the 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships that concluded in New Delhi on 10th May 2013. One silver medal was won by Soumyajit Ghosh and Mouma Das in the mixed doubles event, and the other one was won by the men's team earlier in the tournament. Singapore men and women won the gold.


Nadal Bagged Madrid Open
In the Men's Singles title clash of the Madrid Open played on 12th May 2013, Spain’s Nadal Rafael defeated Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. In the Women's Singles, World Number One Serena Williams bagged her 50th career Singles title. She beat Russian Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-4 to win this title.

Charges against Sreesanth in IPL Fixing
Indian fast bowler, S. Sreesanth and his two team mates from Rajasthan Royals namely Ajit Chadila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi Police on 16th May 2013 on charges of Spot Fixing in Indian Premier League (IPL). The three cricketers were arrested from Mumbai and will be brought to Delhi for being produced in a Court. The arrests made were a part of the investigations being conducted by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police over months on alleged Spot Fixing in the cash rich, IPL.

Rafael Nadal won the Italian open
Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federar in the final match played on 19th May 2013 to lift his seventh Italian Open title. He defeated Federar in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 in the clay court match. This was Nadal’s 20th victory against Federar. Serena Williams won the women’s title after thrashing out the former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-1 6-3 on the Rome Clay. This is her second Rome Open title, before this Serena won the Rome title 11 years ago in 2002. And this is her fourth consecutive tennis title this year.

US, Russia & Iran forged on Wrestling in Olympic games
The United States, Russia and Iran have forged an unlikely heavyweight alliance to keep the ancient sport of wrestling in the Olympic Games. While political differences between the three are deep, the national teams from the three wrestling superpowers grappled with each other in New York’s Grand Central Station railway terminal on 15th May 2013 to back the campaign.


www.sakshieducation.com Wrestling has been in shock since the International Olympic Committee announced in February that it wanted the sport ejected for the 2020 Games.

Indian boxers won the 2013 Invitational FXTM
Indian boxers won the 2013 Invitational FXTM International Limassol Boxing Cup held in Limassol, Cyprus, on 19th May 2013. They won 10 medals which included four gold medals, three silver medals and three bronze medals which ensured them the first rank. Indian boxers won the tournament on the European circuit for the first time. Reigning national champion Madan Lal (52kg) beat Ayigah Dodsi from Belgium to bag the flyweight title. V. Durga Rao (56kg) beat German Dieter Dier to bag his very first international medal on the senior tour. Super heavyweight boxer Praveen Kumar (+91kg) won the fourth gold for India beating Beguerni Hamza from Algeria. Manoj Kumar (64kg), Olympian Dinesh Kumar (91kg) and Sukhdeep Singh (75kg) won a silver medeal each.

Preeti Beniwal bagged gold in National Boxing Championship
Preeti Beniwal bagged the gold medal in Senior National Women's Boxing Championship on 22nd May 2013. In the event held at Khatima, uttarakhand, Preeti out-punched Manipur's Y. Sandhya 22-9 in the final of the 60kg category. Preeti Beniwal hails from Hisar.

Mumbai won the IPL-6 title
In the final match of Indian Premier League 2013, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs to lift the title for the very first time at Eden Gardens on 26th May 2013. Mumbai Indians decided to bat first and scored 148 runs for nine in 20 overs. On the other hand, in a chase of 148 runs, the Chennai Super Kings managed to score just 125 runs for nine in 20 overs. This was the first IPL trophy for Mumbai Indians. Earlier they had lost in the finals to the Chennai Super Kings in 2010. Chennai Super Kings, now have lost three times in the final, i.e., in the year 2008, 2012 and 2013.

Jamjang Deru wins three medals in Asian Youth Weightlifting
Jamjang Deru of Arunachal Pradesh won three medals, two gold and one silver, on the opening day of 15th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships here in Doha on 28th May 2013. He won the medals in the boy's 50kg category. Deru won a silver with 87 kg lift and a gold with 113 kg lift. Finally, he signed off with the gold with a total of 200 kg. Previously he had secured fourth position at the IWF Youth World Championships at Tashkent in April 2013 with an overall lift of 195 kilograms.



Ang Dami Sherpa won the Everest Marathon
Ang Dami Sherpa (44) of Nepal won the Everest Marathon on 29th May 2013 in women’s category of Year 2013. Ang Dami Sherpa, won the women’s title in 11th Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon in a timeline of 6 hours, 2 minutes and 10 seconds. This is the second win Sherpa’s at the 42.2 km race. She won her first title in year 2006. The Everest Marathon is considered as one of the most strenuous marathon events, which starts at the Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,364 meters, and ends at Namche Bazaar at 3,446 metres. The Everest Marathon is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest marathon in the world.

BCCI Constituted a committee to probe IPL 6 Allegations
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 29th May 2013 constituted a three-man inquiry commission to probe the allegations against Gurunath Meiyappan and the three Rajasthan Royals players, who were arrested on charges of betting in the IPL-6 matches. The Commission will be initiating the adjudication proceedings at the earliest. The committee consisting of Former Judge of the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu High Courts Justice T. Jayaram Chouta, Former Judge of the Tamil Nadu High Court Justice R. Balasubramanian, and Secretary of BCCI Sanjay Jagdale. They will probe charges against M. Gurunath, former Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings, as well as the three Rajasthan Royals cricketers who were arrested for alleged spot-fixing.

Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships
Ragala Venkat Rahul swept all the three gold in the boys 77kg category as India continued to shine at the 15th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships on the fourth day in Doha on 30 May. Rahul lifted 132kg in snatch and 157kg in clean and jerk for a total lift of 289 kg enroute to winning all the gold medals on offer in the weight category. After four days, India now has secured 27 medals (13 gold, seven silver and seven bronze) in the Championship.

Indian Girl's won the Gold medal in ITTF Table Tennis
Indian Girl's team won the Gold medal while the Boy's team won the silver medal in the Slovak Junior ITTF Open Table Tennis tournament held in Senec, Slovakia on 31st May 2013. In the title clash, the Indian Girls, led by Sutirtha Mukherjee beat Serbia-A, 3-2. The other members of the team were Monika Batra and Reath Tennison. In the boy's section, the Czech Republic-A beat India 3-1 to win the gold. The Indian team, consisting of Shudanshu Grover, Abhishek Yadav and Rohit Rajshekhar, had to settle for silver. www.sakshieducation.com


June Rajeev Shukla resigned as Chairman of IPL
Rajeev Shukla resigned as Chairman of IPL on 1st June 2013 in the wake of the raging spotfixing scandal. The resignation of Shukla came on the eve of the emergency meeting of the BCCI working committee scheduled to be held in Chennai. Rajeev Shukla was an Indian journalist, political commentator, television host and the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning, Government of India. He is a Member of Parliament since 2000. He serves as secretary of the All India Congress Committee.

Dhoni received the ICC ODI Championship Shield
Indian Skipper M.S. Dhoni received the ICC ODI Championship Shield and a cheque of US $ 1,75,000 for leading the number One ODI team on the annual 1st April cut-off date. Indian team claimed the number-one spot from England after winning the series 3-2 in January 2013. India won eight out of 13 ODIs while losing five in the 12-month period between 1st April 2012 and 1st April 2013. This is the first time since the current ranking system was introduced in 2002 that India finished as the No.1 ranked One-Day International (ODI) side.

Serena won her second French Open title
Serena Williams won her 2nd French Open title on 8th June, 11 years after her first triumph, defeating title-holder Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 in the final. It was the 31year-old American's 16th Grand Slam title win, taking her to within two of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova who are tied for fourth on the all-time list. For Sharapova it was a 10th straight loss to her American nemesis dating back to 2004 when she defeated her in the Wimbledon final and the WTA Championships when she was just 17. Top-ranked American twins Bob and Mike Bryan on 8th June 2013 won their record 14th major doubles title by defeating Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 in the French Open men's doubles final. In the tiebreaker, the Bryan brothers rallied from 4-2 down to clinch the victory. The Bryans had won their only other French Open in 2003. They lost in the final in 2005, 2006 and 2012. Llodra and Mahut were hoping to become the first Frenchmen to win the doubles since Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte in 1984.

K. Srikanth won gold medal in Thailand Open Grand
Indian youngster K. Srikanth won gold medal in the Thailand Open Grand Prix badminton trophy on 9th June 2013. In the Men's Singles title, 13th seed Srikanth defeated top seed and


www.sakshieducation.com local favourite Boonsak Ponsana in straight games, 21-16, 21-12, to bag his career's maiden title. While, defending champion Saina Newal bowed out in the quarterfinals. Thailand Open Badminton 2013 was held in Bangkok.

Nadal Bagged French Open title
Rafael Nadal won his eighth Men's Singles Title of the French Open Tennis Tournament on 9th June 2013. In the final at Paris, Nadal beat Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. With this, he became the first player to win 8 Singles Titles at the same Grand Slam Tournament. It was his 12th Grand Slam title overall. While in other events, Serena Williams won the Women's Singles title of French Open Tennis tournament. She defeated Maria Sharapova by 6-4, 6-4. Bob and Mike Bryan won their record 14th major doubles title by defeating Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 in the French Open men's doubles final. The Russian duo of Elina Vesnina and caterina Makarova lifted the Women's Doubles title. They defeated top seeded Italian's Sara Irrani and Roberta Vinchi by 7-5, 7-2.

Raj Kundra was suspended as Co-owner of RR
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended Raj Kundra, the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals on 10th June 2013 for allegedly betting on IPL matches. He has been suspended from having any involvement in cricket till the police probe in the matter was completed. The decision on Raj Kundra was taken by the emergent working committee of BCCI that met on 10th May 2013.

Vettel won the Canadian Grand Prix
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One championship. He clinched the 29th victory of his record-breaking career. It was the 25-year-old German’s third win this season. The Canadian Grand Prix is an annual auto race held in Canada starting in 1961. It has been part of the Formula One World Championship since 1967.

Rajat Chouhan and Manjudha Soy won World Cup in Archery
The Indian players Rajat Chouhan and Manjudha Soy won a silver medal at the World Cup (Stage-II) Archery competition held in Antalya, Turkey on 16th June. They lost against the Italian world champions Sergio Pagni and Marcella Toniolli. This is a second World Cup silver


www.sakshieducation.com for Railways girl Manjudha, who hails from Jharkhand, while it`s a first-ever silver in the mixed team event in the compound section.

Roger Federer won ATP title
Roger Federer won his first title of the year on 16th June, the world number three beating Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4 in the ATP final at Halle, Germany. This was the 31-year-old Swiss great's sixth Halle Title and the 77th title of his career.

India bagged 17 medal in the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship
India topped in the medal tally in the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship by winning 17 medals in the tournament on 16th June 2013. India secured three gold, five silver and nine bronze medals in the championship. The tournament was held from 13-16 June 2013 in Phuket, Thailand. On 16th June 2013 the final day of the tournament, Pradeep Kumar (60 kilogram) and Sumit (96 kilograms), won Gold in the Junior Asian Wrestling

Championship in Phuket, Thailand. Vikas (66kilogram) and Pradeep Kumar (74kilogram) captured silver medals after they lost the final bouts at the Saphan Hin Indoor Sports Complex. Mandeep (55 kilogram) secured bronze medal in the championship.

Manjeet bagged silver in China Open
Manjeet Singh bagged a silver medal for India at the 3rd China Open boxing Tournament on 22th June 2013. In the final of the super heavy weight category (+91kg), the 21-year-old Indian went down to China’s Akepeer Yusuf. Although Manjeet lost in the final, he became the only Indian boxer to reach the final of the third China Open boxing tournament. It was his first international tournament.

India won the ICC Champions Trophy 2013
India won the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 on 23rd June 2013 against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham with a five-run victory. India made a total of 129 runs in 20 overs for seven wickets. It then restricted England to 124 for eight. Ravindra Jadeja was declared as the Man of the Match after he took two wickets and scored unbeaten 33 runs. He was also awarded grabbing maximum with the of Golden wickets Ball for in the


series. Sikhar Dhawan was declared as the Man of the Series. This was the second Champions Trophy title of India. Earlier, it had won the title jointly with Sri Lanka in the year www.sakshieducation.com

www.sakshieducation.com 2002. The ICC Champions Trophy is the One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament which is organised by International Cricket Council (ICC).

BCCI to host T-20 world cup in 2016
The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on 29th June 2013 was awarded a chance to host two major events of International Cricket namely World Twenty20 for the first time in 2016 and its fourth 50-over World Cup in 2023 by International Cricket Council (ICC). BCCI also got the chance to host the second edition of ICC World Test Championship scheduled in February-March 2021. The inaugural edition of the Test Championship will be hosted by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) June-July 2017.

Afghanistan granted Associate membership of the ICC
Afghanistan was granted the Associate membership of the ICC, making it the eighth Asian nation and the 38th overall to get the status. Looking at the immense progress shown by Afghanistan, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had last year sent the nomination request in 2012 and the decision to grant Afghanistan the status was taken by the ICC at its ongoing annual conference, which concluded in London on 29th June 2013. Afghanistan now join Hong Kong (1969), Kuwait (2005), Malaysia (1967), Nepal (1996), Singapore (1974), Thailand (2005) and UAE (1990) as ICC Associates from the Asian region. The new Associate membership will help Afghanistan get more funds from the ICC and also give much-needed exposure to the team. The ICC is now likely to pay Afghanistan USD 8,50,000 based on the Associate status, instead of US $ 7,00,000 as the annual fund.

Brazil won Confederations Cup
Brazil destroyed world and European champions Spain with 3-0 to win a third straight Confederations Cup title held in Maracana Stadium on 30th June. The turbo-charged samba stars roared to victory with two goals from Fred and a stunning strike from Neymar, dominating a weary Spanish side whose strength was sapped after edging Italy on penalties in Thursday's semi-final. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said the result as the perfect fillip as he plots a course to an assault on next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.