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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

India Opens with 14 Medals in South Asian Games

In the 13th South Asian Games being held in Nepal from December 1 to 10; India contingent has opened with 14 medals, including three gold, eight silver and three bronze on the first day itself.

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  • Adarsha Sinimol won the first gold medal in Triathlon men’s individual event. The event comprised of 750 Meter swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run which he completed in 01:02:51 followed by India’s Srikhom Bishworjit who bagged silver with 01:02:59 hrs.
  • In the women’s category, Sorojini Devi Thoudam was just 15 seconds behind Nepal’s Sony Gurung and bagged silver. She finished 300 Meter swim, 6.6 km bike and 1.5 km run in 01:13:45 hrs
  • In Taekwondo, India won two gold, six silver and two bronze medals.
  • India is represented by 487 athletes in more than 15 sports categories.
  • At the end of Day 1, Nepal remained on top with 15 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze, India at 2nd position followed by Sri Lanka with 3 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze.

The South Asian Games are a biennial multi-sport event held among the athletes from South Asia. The governing body of these games is South Asia Olympic Council (SAOC), formed in 1983. At present, SAG is joined by eight members namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The first South Asian Games were hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in 1984. From 1984 to 1987 they were held every year except 1986, as it was a year of Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. The XII South Asian Games was held at Guwahati and Shillong from 5 February to 16 February 2016. More Info

Hockey Fiesta Returns to Odisha, Set to Host the 2023 World Cup

Hockey India  on Wedneday named  Bhubaneswar and Rourkela as the venues for the 2023 FIH World Cup. The announcement was made by Chief Minister of Odisha  Naveen Patnaik at a  spectacular event  held at Bhubaneswar to mark the first anniversary of the  commencement of World Cup at Bhubaneswar in 2018.

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  • The chief minister of Odisha has announced  that all 17 blocks of Sundargarh district would be equipped with synthetic pitches to promote hockey.
  • Odisha  has always been the cradle of hockey. By successfully organising the 2018 World Cup, a very different side of the State was showcased, Patnaik said.
  • Odisha always had a very passionate crowd that supports the sport of hockey. With the presence of world-class, top-of-the-line facilities in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, the State will once again be celebrating the festival of hockey by hosting the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup in January 2023, the Chief Minister observed.

Narinder Batra, FIH President, has praised Odisha for “great and permanent support to hockey over the years”. “The precision with which the last World cup  was conducted, and the grandeur of the marquee event drew several accolades from the hockey fraternity worldwide. The unparalleled support by Government of Odisha towards the development of hockey, their vision to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure like none other in the world, and the government’s willingness to invest in the event were some of the key reasons to name the State as the venue for the prestigious event in 2023,” Batra said. Thierry Weil, CEO, FIH resonated Dr Batra’s views and stated: “We are glad to come back to Odisha where everyone, from the fans to the teams and the officials, had such a great experience a year ago.  More Info