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Sports Current Affairs March 4th Week
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1) BCCI invites Indian hockey team to watch Bangladesh match.

  • This is the first time that BCCI has officially invited a full national team of another sport to come and watch a match at the global event in Bengaluru.
  • The Indian hockey team led by Sardar Singh is currently having a national camp in the ‘Garden City’ ahead of their Sultan Azlan Shah Trophy encounter in Ipoh (Malaysia).
  • The Indian hockey team was last time seen cheering the Davis Cup team during their tie against the Czech Republic in the national capital last year.

2) U-17 football World Cup: Govt. initiates steps.

  • The government on took the first steps towards formalising the hosting of the Under-17 football World Cup in India with the Union Cabinet approving formation of several committees to oversee the conduct of the event and execute certain changes sought by FIFA.
  • The cabinet meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister, also authorised the Sports Ministry to constitute an Organising Committee for the conduct of the event.
  • The 2017 edition of the Under-17 World Cup would be held across six venues - Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi; D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai; Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi; Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata; Nehru Stadium, Fatorda and the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Guwahati.
  • This would be the biggest football event to be hosted by India and the cabinet meet also approved the formation of a separate committee, comprising of the Sports Secretary, the Sports Authority of India DG and Financial Adviser, Department of Sports, to make necessary adjustments for any changes in venues in consultation with FIFA and the AIFF.

3) Vijender invites Tendulkar for WBO Asia bout.

  • Vijender Singh invited Sachin Tendulkar for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia title fight to be held in New Delhi.
  • The Beijing Olympics bronze medallist met him in Gurgaon and invited him for his first professional home bout and briefed the cricketer about the structure and future of professional boxing.
  • Vijendar defeted Alexander Horvath in his 4th professional boxing match by 4-0 held at Liverpool , England

4) Kenyan athletes won both the men’s and women’s races at the world half-marathon championships.

  • The 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships took place in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
  • Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor won the men’s race in 59.10 minutes while compatriot Bedan Karoki Muchiri was second in 59.36.
  • Britain’s Mo Farah, a double Olympic gold medallist and four-time world champion, overcame a fall at the starting line to finish third in 59.59.
  • In the women’s race, Kenyans finished 1-2-3 with Peres Jechirchir holding off pre-race favourite Cynthia Limo to claim the gold medal.
  • Jechirchir won the race in one hour 7 minutes 31 seconds, beating the season leader Limo by three seconds. Mary Ngugi finished third another 20 seconds behind.
  • IAAF - International Association of Athletics Federations.

5) Jason Day won Walter Hagen Cup.

  • Jason Day, the world`s top-ranked golfer, won the Walter Hagen Cup after his win in the World Golf Championship(WGC) Match Play in Austin.
  • Jason beat Louis Oosthuizen 5 and 4 to win his second WGC Match Play crown.
  • Day, the 2014 champion, had beaten defending champion Rory McIlroy 1 up in a heavyweight semifinal showdown.

Third place: Rafa Cabrera Bello bt Rory McIlroy 3 & 2.

6) Zaheer Khan named Delhi Daredevils skipper.

  • Former India paceman Zaheer Khan has been given the responsibility of guiding Delhi Daredevils in the ninth season of the IPL with the franchise naming him the captain.
  • The left-arm seamer was signed up by the franchise last season and replaces South African all-rounder J-P Duminy, who led the team to a disappointing seventh place finish in the eight-team league.
  • Zaheer had retired from international cricket last year with 311 wickets in 92 Tests. He had also taken 282 ODI wickets in 200 games and played 17 Twenty20 Internationals before giving up national colours.

7) Sergey Karjakin wins 2016 FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament.

  • Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin won the FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament held in Moscow.
  • In the final Round 14, he defeated American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana scoring 8.5 points.
  • Karjakin will now play with the incumbent world champion, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, in a match for the world chess crown in the United States in November 2016.

About Sergey Karjakin

  1. He is a former chess prodigy and holds the record for the world`s youngest Grandmaster ever, having qualified for this title at the age of 12 years and 7 months.
  2. He won the 2012 World Rapid Chess Championship and the Chess World Cup 2015.
  3. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the 2013 World Team Chess Championship in Antalya.

8) Virat Kohli rises to top in ICC T20I rankings.

  • Powered by his brilliant knocks in the World Twenty20s, Virat Kohli became the top-ranked batsman in the ICC rankings, while India remained static at the No.1 spot in the team list.
  • Kohli, who averages 92 after scoring 184 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of over 132, had entered the tournament 24 points behind Aaron Finch, but has now opened up a 68-point advantage over the Australian.
  • In the bowlers’ rankings, India`s Ravinchandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja feature in the Top-10.