Hockey Legend Balbir Singh Sr No More

  • During the London Olympics in 2012, Singh was honored in the Olympic Museum exhibition, “The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games” held at the Royal Opera House. He was one of the 16 iconic Olympians chosen whose stories served as an example of the values of the Olympic Movement.
  • Balbir Singh is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, a modern-day Dhyan Chand. Dhyan Chand was often referred to as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control.
  • There is a depiction of a hockey-like game in Ancient Greece, dating to c. 510 BC, when the game may have been called Kerētízein because it was played with a horn (kéras, in Ancient Greek) and a ball.

RIP Black Mamba – Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant No More

Crux of the Matter
  • NBA legend Kobe Bryant passed away in a tragic helicopter crash on 26 January 2020 on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
  • All 9 occupants, including his 13-year old daughter Gianna, perished in the accident.
  • The untimely passing of the legend, fondly called Black Mamba by his fans, has led to a huge outpouring of grief from across the world.
  • Current and former NBA players were devastated by the news and paid their respects during their games as well as at a personal level. Many teams playing the same day started their games with a 24-second shot clock violation to honour his jersey number (24).
  • Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and 3 daughters.

Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, Bryant played his entire 20-season career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships. Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league’s all-time regular season scoring, and ranks fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. Bryant was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons. More Info

India emerges as the top shooting nation in 2019

Leaving behind China and the USA; India emerged as the top shooting nation in the world with its significant performances in the year 2019. India has also topped all the Rifle-Pistol World Cups and Finals.

Crux of the Matter
  • India leads the standings with 21 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals overall.
  • China is in second position with 44 medals including 11 gold, 15 silver and 18 bronze.
  • The USA stands at third position with 15 medals including 6 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze.
  • The number of Olympic quotas, which now stands at a record 15,
  • These performances have given rise to this sport and the shooters the necessary motivation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • Indian record is two medals at London Olympics in 2012.

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad is an upcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Argentina on 7 September 2013. This will be the second time that Tokyo has hosted the Summer Olympic Games, the first being in 1964, making it the first city in Asia to host the Summer Games twice. The 2020 Games will be the second of three consecutive Olympics to be held in East Asia, the first being the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, and the next being the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. These Games will see the introduction of new and additional competitions at the Summer Olympics, including 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, as well as further mixed events. More Info

Koneru Humpy Wins the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship

Koneru Humpy beat Lei Tingjie of China to win the Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship in Moscow on December 28. Magnus Carlsen won the men’s title in the world rapid championship for the third time in his career.

Crux of the Matter
  • Alireza Firouzja bagged the silver medal while Hikaru Nakamura took bronze in the Men’s category.
  • Lei Tingjie bagged the Silver medal and Turkey’s Ekaterina Atalik won the bronze medal in the Women’s category.
  • This is a significant triumph for Humpy, who is more at ease in the classical format and was clearly trying to take her skills in the rapid format to a new level.
  • After winning the title she said, “Yes, honestly, I was expecting at the most a top-three finish as there was no time for the preparations too for this event. Worked a bit on the Openings and I am glad to have pulled it off.”
  • Humpy’s father-cum-coach Koneru Ashok advised her to play tactically in the rapid format unlike in the Classical format where positional play is the preferred objective.
  • She also won the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series by picking 30 crucial ELO points to be world No. 3.
  • She is now leading the Grand Prix which is part of the cycle for the next World championship.

Humpy Koneru is an Indian chess grandmaster and current World Rapid Chess Champion. In October 2007, she became the second female player, after Judit Polgár, to exceed the 2600 Elo rating mark, being rated 2606. In 2002, Koneru became the youngest woman ever to achieve the title of grandmaster at the age of 15 years, 1 month, 27 days, beating Judit Polgár’s previous mark by three months; this record was subsequently broken by Hou Yifan in 2008. She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2003 and Padma Shri in 2007. More Info

India's First ever Transgender Football Match Organised In Jaipur


In a first of its kind move India’s first-ever, an all-gender inclusive football match ‘Kicking Gender Boundaries’ was organised in Jaipur, Rajasthan by Keshav Suri Foundation, in association with ScoutMe and the Rajasthan Football Association.

Crux of the Matter
  • The historic match was played at the Jayshree Periwal International School on November 30 between 11 am – 12 noon.
  • It was aimed to encourage the participation of trans individuals in the sports field. The transgender players hoped to represent the country one day.
  • ScoutMe, an app that identifies and promotes sports talent at the grassroots level by two young boys Kush (19 years) and Arjun (16 years)
  • Manvendra Singh, President of Rajasthan Football Association, said, “Diversity is the source of all the colours that make life more beautiful, enjoyable and enriching.”
  • Ayush Periwal, of Jayshree Periwal International School, said, “We are proud of hosting and participating in the historic match. The youth are the changemakers of the future.”
  • Arjun Pandey Co-founder of ScoutMe said, “I want everyone to have a safe space to enjoy and experience the magic of sport. I want this event to be a stepping stone towards uniform inclusion of everyone in not only sports but in all spheres of everyday life.”

ScoutMe is one of a kind, football scouting platform, which aims to upgrade to multi-sport disciplines. With the digital media taking overprinting press, it’s important for multi-sport disciplines to upgrade to digital platforms. With our unique as well as an exhaustive system of rating players, a scout can create, edit, organise, and consult the data at any moment, any time and in any medium (computer, tablet or smartphone). ScoutMe is built with the aim to make scouting an easier and more transparent process. It can be used by clubs to scout players and store data in their database, allowing them to access these records whenever necessary. ScoutMe aims to help clubs look for raw talent from every corner of India, and help develop them into successful players.