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1) Indian weight lifters clinched gold at juniors events.

  • Mohin Chavan won a gold medal in the 17th Asian Youth (Boys & Girls).
  • Mohin won this title in 44 kg Youth Girls event. She managed a total lift of 131 kg.
  • Manalisha sonowal won a gold medal in the 22nd Junior Women Weight lifting Championship.
  • Manalisha won this title in the 48 kg junior women Category by lifting a total of 154 kg.
  • Manalisha Sonowal belongs to Arunachal Pradesh.
  • 17th Asian youth and 22nd Junior Women Weight lifting.
  • Venue: Doha, Qatar.
2) Zimbabwe cricket board appoints Campbell as managing director.
  • Former Zimbabwe skipper Alistair Campbell has been chosen as the managing director of the country`s cricket board.
  • Zimbabwe Cricket had created the post of managing director following a board meeting in November last year. ZC also announced positions of general manager [cricket operations] and director of coaching.
About Alistair Campbell:
  1. Campbell played 60 Tests and 188 ODIs between February 1992 and March 2003.
  2. His first test was played against the India and last was Pakistan.
  3. His first one-day international was played against West Indies and the last was Kenya.
3) The Sports Ministry cleared the name of National Boxing Federation of India as ``Boxing India`` which is already as a permanent member of the International Boxing Association.
  • The Sports Ministry stated that the matter was examined in detail and it has no objection to registration of “Boxing India” to be the new governing body of the sport.
  • President of Boxing India: Sandeep Jajodia.
  • About Indian Boxing Federation:
  • Indian Boxing Federation is the Indian national governing body for Olympic boxing and is the India`s member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association.
  • Head quarters: New Delhi.
  • Indian Boxing Federation is suspended by International Amateur boxing Association.

4) Junior Indian women weight lifters bag medals.

  • India’s junior women lifters, Pramila Kirsani and Joti Mal bagged Silver and a bronze medal respectively at the 17th Asian Youth and 22nd Junior Women Championships.
  • In the Junior Women’s 53 kg category, Pramila lifted 76 kg in snatch and 101 kg in clean and jerk for an overall 177 kg to seal the silver medal.
  • Joti mal lifted 168 kg and get the third position behind Pramila.
  • Pramila Kirsani belongs to Odisha State.
  • These events are held in Doha, Qatar.
5) Andy Murray won Mubadala world tennis Championship 2015.
  • Andy Murray won his first title of 2015 after Novak Djokovic withdrew from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship final in Abu Dhabi because of illness.
  • He was suffering from the fever. That’s why he was withdrawn from this tournament.
About the tournament:
  1. The 2015 Mubadala World Tennis Championship was a non-ATP affiliated exhibition tournament. It was the 7th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship with the world`s top players competing in the event, which was held in a knockout format.
  2. Cash Prize: 250,000 US dollars.
  3. Venue: Zayed Sports city, Abudabi.
Winners of previous tournament:
  1. 2015: Andy Murray.
  2. 2014: Novak Djakovic.
  3. 2013: Novak Djakovic.
  4. 2012: Novak Djakovic.
  5. 2011: Rafael Nadal.
  6. 2010: Rafael Nadal.
  7. 2009: Andy Murray.
About Andy Murray:
  1. He is the winner of 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon.
  2. He got the one gold medal and one silver medal in 2012 London Olympic Games.
  3. Country: Great Britain.
  4. Worldwide Rank: 6.
About Novak Djakovic:
  1. He won the 7 grand slams in his career.
  2. He was the winner of 2014 Wimbledon and runner-up in 2014 French open.
  3. He won the Year-End Championships in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014.
  4. Country: Serbia.
  5. Worldwide Rank: 1.
6) Kumar Sangakkara broke Sachin tendulkar’s record, fastest to 12,000 runs.
  • Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara crossed the 12,000 runs milestone in International Test matches.
  • He was the fastest player to reach this goal. He reached this goal in 224 Innings.
  • Previously this record is on the name of Sachin Tendulkar and Australia`s Ricky Ponting, who both needed 247 innings to surpass the mark.
  • Sangakkara got this achievement in 2nd test played against Newzealand.
About Kumar Sangakkara:
  1. Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara is a Sri Lankan international cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lankan national team, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of his generation.
  2. He was act as Sri Lankan National Cricket team Captain from 2009 to 2011.
7) Indian weightlifters end campaign with 14 medals.
  • Indian weightlifters ended their campaign on a high by bagging a total of 14 medals, including six gold medals in the 17th Asian Youth (boys & girls), 22nd Junior Women and 29th Junior Men Asian Weightlifting Championships at Doha, Qatar.
  • Even those six lifters, who failed to make it to the podium, finished within the top six positions in their respective body weight categories.
Gold medal winners:
  1. Mohin Chavan.
  2. Manalisha Sonowal.
  3. Ragala Venkata Rahul.
  4. The other three gold medals came each in Youth Girls, Junior Men and Junior Women sections.
  5. Chennai Open 2015.
  6. India’s premier Tennis event, Chennai Open began at SDAT tennis stadium in Chennai.
  7. This event also called as Aircel Chennai Open 2015.
  8. It will be the 20th edition of the only ATP tournament taking place in India.
About Chennai Open:
  • The Chennai Open is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It is currently part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour. It is held annually in January at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
2014 winners:
  • Stanislas Wawrinka beats Roger Vasseline.
  • Johan Brunström/ Frederik Nielsen beats Marin Draganja/Mate Pavic.

8) India announces final 15 men Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

  • India has named their final squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
  • MS Dhoni will lead the 15 men Indian squad that will aim to defend its ICC Cricket World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand in February-March.
  • India’s campaign starts with a Pool B match against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval Stadium on February 15.
India 15 men Squad:
(1) Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Captain, Wicket keeper.
(2) Virat Kohli – Vice-Captain.
(3) Ajinkya Rahane.
(4) Shikhar Dhawan.
(5) Rohit Sharma.
(6) Stuart Binny.
(7) Suresh Raina.
(8) Ravindra Jadeja.
(9) Ambati Rayudu.
(10) Axar patel.
(11) Ravichandran Ashwin.
(12) Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
(13) Mohammed Shami.
(14) Umesh Yadav.
(15) Ishant Sharma.
Ambati Rayudu is the 4th player belongs to Hyderabad take a part of World Cup Cricket team after 15 years. The last time a Hyderabadi played in a world cup was former India Captain Mohd. Azharuddin in the 1999 edition in England.
Before Rayudu 3 hyderabadi players were took a part in world cup squad. Those are Abid Ali, Mohd. Azharuddin, Venkatapati Raju.
World Cup Teams:
  • Pool `A` Teams:
  • England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland.
  • Pool `B` Teams:
  • South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland, United Arab Emirates.
About Cricket World Cup:
  • The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup will be the 11th ICC Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015.
  • Australia staging 26 games, and New Zealand staging 23 games.
  • No of Teams: 14.
  • No of Matches: 49.
  • No of Venues: 14.
  • Administrator: International Cricket Council.
  • Tournament Format: Round Robin and Knock Out.
  • Hosts: Australia and New Zealand.
Prize Money:
  1. Winner: 3,975,000$.
  2. Runner: 1,750,000$.
  3. Losing Semi Finalist: 600,000$.
  4. Losing Quarter Finalist: 300,000$.
  5. Winner of Each Group Match: 45,000$.
  6. Teams eliminating in Group Stage: 35,000$.
  7. Winners of past world cups:
  8. 1975: West Indies.
  9. 1979: West Indies.
  10. 1983: India.
  11. 1987: Australia.
  12. 1992: Pakistan.
  13. 1996: Sri Lanka.
  14. 1999: Australia.
  15. 2003: Australia.
  16. 2007: Australia.
  17. 2011: India.
Key facts about World Cup Trophy:
  • This Trophy made from Silver and Gold.
  • Designed and crafted in London by Garrard & Co, who also made the America’s cup and English premier League Trophy.
  • Has a golden globe of the world on which all continents are represented. The globe signifies a cricket ball and is help up by three silver columns shaped as stumps and bails. The columns represent the three fundamentals of cricket: Batting, bowling and fielding.