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April 3rd Week 2015 Current Affairs
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April 3rd Week 2015 Current Affairs

1) Sachin Tendulkar inducted into Laureus Sports Academy.

  • Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy.
  • Along with him four other sportspersons were inducted as new members in the Academy. They are:
  • Yao Ming: Retired Chinese professional basketball player.
  • Tegla Loroupe: Kenyan long-distance runner.
  • Li Xiaopeng: Chinese gymnast.
  • Yang Yang: Former Chinese short track speed skater Yang Yang.
About Sachin Tendulkar:
  1. In his 24 year’s cricket career, he had played for India in 200 Tests, 463 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 International.
  2. Test career: In 200 Test matches he had scored 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78. It comprised of 51 centuries and 68 half centuries. Highest test score was 248 runs (not out).
  3. ODI career: In 463 ODI matches he had scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83. It comprised of 49 centuries and 96 half centuries. Highest ODI score was 200 runs (not out).
 
2) Laureus World Sports Awards for the year 2015 conferred.
  • The Laureus World Sports Awards for the year 2015 were given in seven categories at Shanghai in China.
  • Ace tennis star Novak Djokovic of Serbia and sprinter Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia were named as the Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the 2015 respectively.
List of Laureus World Sports Awards 2015:
  1. Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis star.
  2. Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Genzebe Dibaba, the Ethiopian sprinter.
  3. Laureus World Team of the Year: Germany Men’s Football Team.
  4. Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Schalk Burger of South Africa.
  5. Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Tatyana McFadden,the wheelchair racer.
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year:
  1. Alan Eustace, he holds the world record for the highest-altitude free fall jump.
  2. Three additional awards were announced and they include:
  3. Laureus Exceptional Achievement Award: Two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na of China, who won the Australian Open in 2014, before retiring from the sport due to chronic and worsening left knee injury.
  4. Laureus Sport for Good Award: Australian Oliver Percovich, who changed the lives of young girls in war-ravaged Afghanistan with his worldwide skateboard programme Skateistan.
Laureus Spirit of Sports Award:
  1. Retired Chinese basketball player Yao Ming, who had a stunning career with Houston Rockets until he retired in 2011.
  2. About Laureus World Sports Awards:
  3. The Laureus World Sports Awards are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.
  4. The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 52 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen.
 

 

3) International Paralympic Committee derecognises Paralympic Committee of India.

  • The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for indefinite period.
  • IPC’s this move comes after PCI had provided shoddy treatment to athletes during the National Para-Athletics Championships held in Ghaziabad from March 20 to 22, 2015.
  • This is second time PCI has been suspended by IPC. With this suspension, Indian para-athletes will not be able to participate in any IPC-sanctioned competition, including 2016 Paralympic Games at Rio de Janeiro.
  • In this regard, Union Sports Ministry also has issued a show cause notice to PCI. This notice was issued based upon enquiry conducted by Sports Authority of India (SAI). SAI in its enquiry had reported that the sports venue did not have proper facilities to conduct National Championship and also lacked allied facilities required for differently abled athletes.
About Paralympic Committee of India (PCI):
  1. PCI was founded in 1992 as the Physically Handicapped Sports Federation of India.
  2. It was recognized in November 2011, as National Sports Federation (NSF) for promotion of sports amongst the physically challenged sportspersons in the country.
  3. It is also responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Paralympic Games and other international athletic meets.
  4. Ashish Jakhar from Haryana sets National Youth record in hammer throw.
 
4) Ashish Jakhar from Haryana set a national youth record in boys’ hammer throw
  • event and won gold medal in the 12th National Youth Athletics Championships held in Bambolim, Goa.
  • In this event, Ashish had hurled 5kg ball-and-chain at record distance of 72.04 metres in a second throw which made a national youth record. In his opening throw he had hurdled at a distance of 71.92 metres.
  • With this, he broke the previous national record of 70.35 metres which was set by Haryana’s Sukhdev Singh in 2009. While, Uttar Pradesh’s Miraj Ali took the silver medal with a 68.35 metres throw in the meet.
  • Hammer throw event in the 12th National Youth Athletics Championships is also the selection trials for the inaugural Asian Youth Championships which are to be held in Doha in May 2015.
  • At present and so far this season, only Chinese thrower Xu Wenjie has a better mark than Ashish in the Asian rankings, with a 72.35 metres throw.
 
5) Three Indian race walkers qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Three Indian race walkers Khushbir Kaur, Manish Rawat and Sandeep Kumar have qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • In the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Race Walking Challenge held at Rio Maior in Portugal, National women’s 20km walk record holder Khushbir Kaur clocked 1 hour 33 minute and 58 seconds below the Rio Oympic qualification time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.
  • In the men’s 20km race walk event Manish Rawat and Sandeep Kumar qualified for Rio Games.
  • In this event, Manish Rawat logged his personal best performance with a timing of 1 hour 22 minutes and Sandeep Kumar clocked 1 hour 23 minute and 32 seconds.
  • Both of them performed above the Rio Oympic qualification time of 1 hour and 24 minutes.
 
6) Lewis Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix of Formula.
  • Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton from Britain on 19 April 2015 won Bahrain Grand Prix of Formula One on the Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit.
  • This was his third win of the season and his second Bahrain Grand Prix win. It was also Lewis Hamilton’s overall 36th Grand Prix win.
  • In Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton was followed by Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany to the second position.
Other Rankings:
  1. Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg (Germany) and Valtteri Bottas (Finland) of Williams took third and fourth places respectively.
  2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) of Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) of Red Bull Team were placed at fifth and sixth places.
  3. Romain Grosjean (France) of Lotus team and Sergio Perez (Italy) of Force India Team were placed at seventh and eight places.
  4. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) of Red Bull Team was placed at ninth position. Felipe Massa (Brazil) of Williams team finished at tenth position.

7) India’s Y. Pranjala wins Asian Junior Tennis title.

  • India’s Y. Pranjala has won the Asian Junior Tennis championship title on 18 April 2015. In the final match played at New Delhi she defeated China’s Zheng Wushuang with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 scoreline.
  • She also had won the Asian Junior Tennis doubles title along with partner Zheng Wushuang.
  • Presently, Pranjala is coached by former Davis Cup player Ilyas Ghouse and trains at GVK Tennis Academy in Hyderabad, Telangana.
 
8) Novak Djokovic won Monte Carlo Masters title of Tennis.
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia on 20 April 2015 won his second Monte-Carlo Masters title of Tennis. In the final clash played at Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
  • With this win, 27-year-old Djokovic also became the first player to sweep the opening three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events of a season. The previous two titles were won at Indian Wells and Miami.
  • This was 17th straight win for the world No.1 and a 23rd Masters Crown in total, which equals with Roger Federer for second on the titles list.
List of Leading Masters 1000 winners:
  1. 27 titles: Rafael Nadal.
  2. 23 titles: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer.
  3. 17 titles: Andre Agassi.
  4. 11 titles: Pete Sampras.
  5. 9 titles: Andy Murray.
 
9) Cricket South Africa launched Africa T20 Cup.
  • Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced a new tournament to be known as the Africa T20 Cup. The tournament was planned to promote the game and nurture young talent in the continent.
  • The tournament featuring Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, hosts South Africa and 12 CSA affiliates will run from 4 September to 4 October 2015.
  • About Africa T20 Cup:
  • The tournament will be a World Cup-style competition, consisting of four pools of four teams each with the winners of each pool advancing to the semi-finals and eventually to the final.
  • Venues for the matches will be spread across several South African provincial stadiums.
  • Besides, the CSA also announced the appointment of former Protease pace-man Makhaya Ntini as the Africa T20 Cup Amb.
 
10) Archana, Anezka won cadet girls’ doubles title at the French Junior and Cadet Open.
  • Archana Girish Kamath and Anezka Ilcikova, the Indo-Czech Republic pair won the cadet girls’ doubles table tennis title at the French junior and cadet open in Metz, France.
  • 2015 French Junior & Cadet Open, ITTF Premium Junior Circuit was held at Metz, France.
  • The Bengaluru player Archana, who is the reigning sub-junior national table tennis champion, also claimed a bronze medal in the team event after a loss in the semifinals.
 
11) Zimbabwe to be first Test team to tour Pakistan since 2009.
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that Zimbabwe will be the first Test team to tour Pakistan since 2009. PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan told that Zimbabwe would be touring Pakistan for a week from mid-May.
  • The schedule of the ODI series is yet to be confirmed. It could be either a five or three-match ODI series and two Twenty20 matches.
  • No Test team has toured Pakistan since March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. Khan said that the PCB had got special permission from the International Cricket Council to appoint Pakistani referees and umpires for the series and the matches would be given international status.
 
12) Bangladesh sweeps Pakistan 3-0.
  • In a One-Day International series, Bangladesh whitewashed Pakistan for the first time after winning the third match by an emphatic eight wickets.
 
13) Martin’s 200th gives East Bengal victor.
  1. Nigerian striker Ranti Martins created history by scoring his 200th goal in the ILeague as Kingfisher East Bengal defeated Salgaocar at the Salt Lake Stadium.
  2. Salgaocar lost its eighth game in 14 matches and remained on 14 points.

 

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