Sports News

Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni win Bangkok Open tennis title

  • In tennis, the Indian team of Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni won the men’s double Bangkok Open title 2023 organized at Nonthaburi, Thailand.
  • They defeated Christopher Rungkat and Akira Santillan (Indonesian-Australian team).
  • With this win, Yuki will get a career-high doubles rank of 90 and Saketh should also touch a career-best 74 in the ATP doubles chart.
  • They will next compete in the Australian Open where they have been given a wild card entry.

Novak Djokovic wins men’s single Adelaide International 1 title 2023

  • Serbian Tennis Player, Novak Djokovic has defeated America’s Sebastian Korda to win the 2023 Adelaide International 1 men’s singles title.
  • While, Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) has won women’s singles title, after defeating Czech Republic’s Linda Nosková.
  • Other winner:
    • Men’s doubles: Lloyd Glasspool(United Kingdom) / Harri Heliövaara(Finland)
    • Women’s doubles: Asia Muhammad (United States) / Taylor Townsend (United States)

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel inaugurates 2023 International Kite Festival

  • Gujarat Chief Minister, Bhupendra Patel has inaugurated the International Kite Festival 2023 in Ahemdabad, organised from the 8th to 14th January, 2023.
  • The theme of this festival will be held with the theme of G20 – ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’.
  • The event is organized after a gap of two years due to the covid 19 pandemic.
  • The delegates from G20 countries have been invited to the inauguration of the international kite festival 2023 to exchange their culture. 

Anahat Singh wins Girls U-15 squash title at 2023 British Junior Open

  • Indian squash prodigy, Anahat Singh (14) has clinched the girl’s Under-15 squash title at the 2023 British Junior Open tournament, held in Birmingham (United Kingdom) from January 4-8, 2023.
  • She has defeated Sohaila Hazem of Egypt by 3-1 in the final.
  • The British Junior Open is held in January every year in the UK.
  • She has also won the 2022 Scottish Junior Open held in Edinburgh, Scotland in the Girls under-17 categories.
  • She hails from New Delhi.

Sania Mirza announces her retirement from professional Tennis

Sania Mirza has confirmed her retirement from professional Tennis. The former doubles World No. 1 champion has announced that she will retire at the WTA 1000 event in Dubai in February.

The 36-year-old will be playing in women’s doubles at the Australian Open in January alongside Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina. This is her final appearance at a Grand Slam event after she missed the US Open last year due to an elbow injury.

Mirza, who has been dealing with a lingering calf injury, had planned to retire at the end of the 2022 season but an elbow injury in August ruled her out of the US Open.

Koneru Humpy wins silver at World Blitz Chess Championship

Former world rapid champion Koneru Humpy has won India’s first-ever Silver medal in the FIDE World Blitz Chess Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Humpy defeated China’s Zhongyi Tan to win Silver in the 17th and final round. Fourth seeded Humpy scored an impressive 12.5 points, just half a point behind the gold medal winner Bibisara Balabayeva of Kazakhastan.

Humpy is the second Indian to win a medal at World Blitz, after Viswanathan Anand.

Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has congratulated Humpy for winning the Silver medal at the World Blitz Chess Championships. In a tweet, Mr. Thakur called this yet another feather in the grandmaster’s illustrious cap.

Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurates Sports Science Centre

Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated the Sports Science Centre in Udupi. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the government is making efforts to transform India into a sporting soft power.

It has increased the sports budget from 854 crores before 2014 to 3,100 crore rupees this year and spent 2700 crore rupees to enhance sporting infrastructure as against 630 crore rupees earlier.

For Khelo India Games, the government is spending 3,136 crore rupees for a period of five years. These initiatives are yielding fruits as India went on to win seven medals in the Olympics, 19 in the Paralympics and the highest of 61 medals in the Commonwealth Games and India also won the Thomas cup.

He said that the encouragement to sports in the country has provided confidence today that Indian sportspersons not just compete but compete to win medals.

Jaipur Pink Panthers wins Pro Kabaddi League 2022 title

  • Jaipur Pink Panthers has defeated Puneri Paltan by 33-29 in the summit clash to emerge champions of the 2022 Pro Kabaddi League.
  • The tournament was played across Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad while the playoffs were played in Mumbai.
  • V Ajith, Sunil Kumar and Arjun Deshwal emerged as the best players for Jaipur side with six points each.
  • Jaipur Pink Panthers team is currently led by Sunil Kumar Malik and coached by Sanjeev Baliyan.
  • The team is owned by Abhishek Bachchan.

Argentina wins 2022 FIFA World Cup championship

  • Argentina has defeated France by 4-2 on penalties to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup, held at the Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
  • This is third-ever World Cup victory of Argentina and first since 1986.
  • Kylian Mbappé (France) has won the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award with 8 goals.
  • Lionel Messi won Golden Ball (best player award) at the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.
  • Best goalkeeper (golden glove): Emiliano Martínez (Argentina)
  • Fair play award: England

Axelsen and Yamaguchi win badminton World Tour Finals

World No.1 Viktor Axelsen ended the year by winning the BWF World Tour Championship title. The Danish defeated Indonesia’ Anthony Ginting in straight games in the final to claim his eighth title of the year. Earlier, World No.1 Akane Yamaguchi won the end of the year title as she defeated Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in straight games in the final on Sunday, 11th December 2022.

Men’s Singles

  • Viktor Axelsen BEAT Anthony Ginting – 21-13, 21-14

Women’s Singles

  • Akane Yamaguchi BEAT Tai Tzu Ying – 21-18, 22-20

Men’s Doubles 

  • Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan LOST TO Liu Yuchen and Ou Zuanyi – 21-17, 19-21, 21-12

Women’s Doubles

  • Chen Qingchen / Jia Yifan BEAT Benyapa Aimsaard / Nuntakarn Aimsaard –21-13, 21-14

Mixed Doubles 

  • Zheng Siwei / Huang Yaqiong BEAT Dechapol Puavaranukroh / Sapisree Taerattanachai – 21-19, 18-21, 21-13