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August 4th Week 2015 Current Affairs
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1) Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara retired from International Cricket.

  • Former Sri Lankan cricket captain and batsman Kumar Sangakkara retired from International Cricket.
  • He played his last match against India as part of three match test series held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Kumar Sangakkara was offered the post of Sri Lanka`s High Commissioner to the UK by the Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena.
  • Sangakkara had already taken retirement from One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty-20 cricket. He retired from Twenty-20 cricket format after Sri Lanka won the T20 World cup in 2014. He retired from ODI cricket format after the ICC World Cup 2015.
About Kumar Sangakkara:
  1. Test Match Career: Scored 38 centuries and 52 half-centuries from 134 matches, Sangakkara is fifth highest run scorer in Test cricket. He has scored 12400 runs in 134 Test matches at an average of 57.40.
  2. World Cup 2015: Kumar Sangakkara created a record by becoming first batsman to score hundreds in three consecutive World Cup matches.
  3. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins third worlds 100m gold.
  4. Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser retained Women’s 100 meters gold at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics by finishing the race in 10.76 seconds.
  5. The silver medal was won by Dafne Schippers (10.81) of Netherlands and the Bronze went to Tori Bowie (the USA) who completed the race in 10.86 seconds.
  6. Pro Kabaddi League 2015: U Mumba crowned champions after thrilling win over Bengaluru Bulls.
  7. U Mumba overcame a fighting Bengaluru Bulls 36-30 in a thrilling summit clash to lift the second Star Sports Pro Kabaddi crown at a packed NSCI (National Sports Club of India) Stadium in Mumbai.
  8. U Mumba came up with some magical play when the occasion demanded, especially in the closing stages of both sessions, to run out victors and take home the top prize of Rs. 1 crore. The Bulls got Rs. 50 lakh.
2) Sports Authority of India launches School Sports Promotion Foundation.
  • Sports Authority of India will organise sports tournaments across the country to identify talent, arrange to nurture it and take them through the city, district, state, zonal and national level of competitive sport.
  • School Sports Promotion Foundation will roll out Football and Cricket in the first year of its operations and other sports like Tennis, Basketball and Athletics will be introduced from the second year onwards.
  • The Sports Promotion Foundation aims to reach out to around 100000 secondary and senior secondary schools irrespective of their ownership, economic or social strata they operate in or the board they are affiliated to.
About Sports Authority of India:
  1. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is a body set up by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  2. Established: 1984
  3. Headquarters: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Complex, New Delhi.
  4. It has seven regional centres at Bangalore, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Kolkata, Sonepat, Delhi,Mumbai and Imphal.
  5. Raipur to host men’s Hockey World League Final.
  6. Chhattisgarh will host the men’s Hockey World League Final from November 27 to December 6 in its capital city of Raipur announced by International Hockey Federation (FIH)
  7. The competitions will be held at the 3000 capacity Raipur International Hockey Stadium that was opened as a dedicated hockey facility in August 2014.
  8. Tournament will feature eight teams, who qualified through the HWL semi-finals in Buenos Aires (Brazil) and Antwerp (Belgium). They include world number one ranking Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Argentina, India and Canada.

3) Dilip Vengsarkar elected president of cricket statisticians body.

  • Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar elected as the president of the Association of Indian Statisticians and scorers of India (ACSSI).
  • He was elected unopposed during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ACSSI.
  • ACSSI(Association of Indian Statisticians and scorers of India) was formed in 1987 to do serious research on Indian cricket, both past and present and provide one-stop accurate information about Indian domestic, test and limited overs international cricket statistics.
4) Tennis Player Novak Djokovic appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF.
  • World No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has been named a UNICEF global Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at UNICEF’s New York headquarters.
  • Novak Djokovic is currently ranked the world No.1 men’s singles tennis player by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He has won several major titles including the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open.
  • Novak Djokovic established the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007 to support early childhood education projects in Serbia. In 2011, Djokovic was named a UNICEF Serbia National Ambassador to help reach the disadvantaged and marginalised children of his home country with early childhood education programs.
  1. United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF)
  2. Headquarters: Newyork City
  3. Head: Anthony Lake
5) Usain Bolt wins 200 meters at world championships.
  • Olympic champion Usain Bolt blazed ahead of his opponents, including US sprinter Justin Gatlin, to win the 200 meters race at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.
  • In the final of the event Bolt finished the race by 19.55 seconds.
  • This victory is Bolt’s fourth consecutive world 200 metre title which he had won earlier in 2009 (Berlin, Germany), 2011 (Daegu, South Korea) and 2013 (Moscow, Russia).

6) National Sports and Adventure Awards.

  • President Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Sports and Adventure Awards at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
7) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2015
  • Ms. Sania Mirza (Tennis) was conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2015.
8) Dronacharya Awards 2015
  • Shri Naval Singh (Athletics-Para-sports)
  • Shri Anoop Singh (Wrestling)
  • Shri Harbans Singh (Athletics - Lifetime)
  • Shri Swatantar Raj Singh (Boxing - Lifetime)
  • Shri Nihar Ameen (Swimming - Lifetime)
9) Arjuna Awards 2015.
  • Naib Subedar Sandeep Kumar (Archery)
  • Ms. M.R. Poovamma (Athletics)
  • Shri Kidambi Srikanth Nammalwar (Badminton)
  • Shri Mandeep Jangra (Boxing)
  • Shri Rohit Sharma (Cricket)
  • Ms. Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastic)
  • Shri Sreejesh P.R. ( Hockey)
  • Shri Manjeet Chhillar (Kabaddi)
  • Ms. Abhilasha Shashikant Mhatre (Kabaddi)
  • Shri Sawarn Singh (Rowing)
  • Shri Anup Kumar Yama (Roller Skating)
  • Shri Jitu Rai (Shooting)
  • Shri S. Sathish Kumar (Weightlifting)
  • Shri Bajrang (Wrestling)
  • Ms. Babita Kumari (Wrestling)
  • Ms. Yumnam Sanathoi Devi (Wushu)
  • Shri Sharath M. Gayakwad (Para-Swimming)
10) Dhyan Chand Award 2015
  • Mr. Romeo James (Hockey)
  • Mr. Shiv Prakash Mishra (Tennis)
  • Mr. T.P.P. Nair (Volleyball)
11) Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2014
  • Ms. Arunima Sinha (Land Adventure)
  • Shri Jot Singh (Land Adventure)
  • Wg. Cdr. Paramvir Singh (Water Adventure)
  • Lt. Col. (Retd.) Satyendra Verma (Air Adventure)
  • Col. (Retd.) Satish Chander Sharma (Life Time Achievement)
12) Maulana Abul Kalma Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2014-15.
  • Punjabi University, Patiala was conferred with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for the year 2014-15.
13) Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar, 2015.
  • Identification and nurturing of budding/ young talent (Directorate General of Military Training).
  • Encouragement to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility (Coal India Limited).
  • Employment of sportspersons and sports welfare measures (Haryana Police).
  • Sports for Development (Sports Coaching Foundation, Hyderabad).
14) OP Jaisha sets new marathon national record at World Athletics Championships.
  • O.P. Jaisha and Sudha Singh rounded off the Indian campaign at the World Athletics Championships with a spirited performance in the women`s marathon.
  • Jaisha registered a time of two hours, 34 minutes and 43 seconds to set a new national record and claim the 18th place.
  • The result means that both Jaisha and Sudha are well within the qualifying standard for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Ethiopia`s Mare Dibaba won women`s marathon at World Athletics Championships.
  • Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia captured the title by finishing the race in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds at the 2015 World Athletics Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China.
  • She is the first Ethiopian female to win the event at the world championships.
About World Athletics Championships:
  1. 15th World Championships in Athletics were held 22–30 August 2015 in Beijing, China.
  2. Kenya topped the medal table for the first time, with 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals.
  3. The United States won 18 medals, six gold, six silver and six bronze, which was the highest tally.


15) Anil earns first gold for India in Cadet Wrestling World Championships.
  • Indian wrestler Anil won gold medal in the 50 kg freestyle category in the Cadet Wrestling World Championships at SARAJEVO, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He defeated Erfan Aeini of Iran 10-6.
  • It was second medal for India at SARAJEVO as Ankush won silver in the 38 kg women freestyle.
  • To reach the finals of the competition, earlier, Anil defeated Tumentsogt Bold of Mongolia in the semi-final bout while in quarter-final he defeated Ertugrul Kahveci of Turkey.