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Sports Current Affairs April 1st Week 2016
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Sports Current Affairs April 1st Week 2016

1)Shiva Thapa wins Silver medal at Asian/ Oceania Qualifying event in China.

  • World championship bronze medal-winning bantamweight boxer Shiva Thapa defeated Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan (56 kg), a 2013 Worlds bronze medallist, in the semifinals to reach the Asian-Oceania qualifying event final in Quian’an, China.
  • He become the first Indian boxer to book a spot in the Rio Olympics.
  • Shiva is a World Championship bronze-medallist in the Bantamweight category held in Doha in 2015.
  • He also had participated in the 2012 London Olympics and was the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics.
  • London Olympics bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom (51 kg) lost to old foe Ren Cancan of China in the semifinals to miss out on an Olympic berth.

2) WFI launches scheme for young wrestlers.

  • In order to give a boost to young wrestlers, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), in association with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), launched a scholarship scheme for junior and cadet grapplers.
  • WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh disributed food supplements and a monthly scholarship of Rs. 2000 per head to 100 wrestlers in Delhi.
  • The WFI had been negotiating with the ONGC for some time to rope in the oil major as the sponsor for the development scheme.

3) National athletics moved to Bengaluru.

  • The Junior Federation Cup national athletics championships have been moved from Guwahati to Bengaluru on account of the elections in Assam.
  • The meet will be held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium from May 3 to 5.
  • The Championships will serve as the basis to select the Indian team (U-20) for the Junior Asian Athletics Championships (Vietnam, June) and the IAAF Junior World Championships (Poland, July).

4) Australia pacer Clint McKay announces retirement from international cricket.

  • Australian pacer Clint McKay has announced his retirement from international cricket after his first-class team Victoria Bushrangers won the Sheffield Shield tournament.
  • Clint McKay, who played in 59 one-day internationals, 6 T20 internationals and a Test for Australia, dismissed Sachin Tendulkar on his ODI debut.
  • He is expected to continue playing for Sydney Thunder in the lucrative Big Bash League (BBL) and for Leicestershire in the County Championship.

5) Nico Roseberg wins 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix.

  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg from Germany has won the 2016 Gulf Air Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix held at Bahrain International Circuit in Manama.
  • Rosberg`s 16th Formula One victory was also his fifth in succession after he won the final 4 races of 2015 season and the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.
  • Bahrain Grand Prix title race was the second race of the 2016 season of Formula One in which total 11 teams had participated.

First Position: Nico Rosberg (Germany) of Mercedes team.


Second Position:
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) of Ferrari Team


6) Cyprian Kotut wins 40th Paris marathon 2016.

  • Cyprian Kotut (23) from Kenya has won the 40th edition of the 2016 Paris marathon in men’s category.
  • He finished the 35 km race in an official time of 2hr 07min 10sec. Gebretsadik Abraha (Ethopia) finished the race at the second position.
  • The women’s title was won by Visiline Jepkesho (Kenya).
  • She completed the race in 2hr 25min 52sec ahead of Ethiopian pair Gulume Chala (2nd position) and Dinknesh Tefera (3rd position).

7) Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka won 2016 Miami Open titles.

  • World Number One tennis player Novak Djokovic from Serbia has won the 2016 Miami Open Title in the men’s singles category.
  • In the final match played at Crandon Park Florida, US, he defeated Kei Nishikori (Japan) by 6-3, 6-3 score.
  • It was his third consecutive and overall sixth ATP Miami Open title, equalling Andre Agassi’s Miami record total. It was also his record 28th career ATP Masters title.
  • Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) won the 2016 Miami Open Title in the women’s singles category. In the final match she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) by 6–3, 6–2 score. It was her third Miami Open Title.
  • American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Lucie Safarova who are also known as Bucie won the women’s doubles title against Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-3, 6-4.
  • French Duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut clinched the men’s doubles 2016 Miami Open title against Rajeev Ram and Raven Klaasen 5-7, 6-1, 10-7.

8) Afridi quits as T20 captain.

  • Shahid Afridi announced he has stepped down as Pakistan captain in the game’s shortest format following his team’s early exit from the ICC World Twenty20.
  • The 36-year-old, nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’ for his fierce hitting, had suffered a drop in form over the past two years and was unable to steer Pakistan through the group stages of the competition in India.
  • Afridi was appointed T20 captain for the second time in 2014, with his contract set to expire following the 2016 World T20.

9) West Indies wins 2016 ICC T-20 Cricket World Cup.

  • West Indies has won the ICC Cricket World Men’s T-20 Cup 2016 by defeating England by 4 wickets in the final match played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
  • With this win, West Indies became the only team to win the ICC World Twenty20 title twice. Earlier it had won its first title in 2012 by defeating Sri Lanka.

Awards:


Player of the match: Marlon Samuels (West Indies).


Player of series: Virat Kohli (India).


ICC Cricket World Women’s T-20 Cup 2016

  1. West Indies has won their maiden Women’s World T-20 title by defeating reigning champions Australia by 8 wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Awards:

  1. Player of the match: Hayley Matthews (West Indies).
  2. Player of the series: Stafanie Taylor (West Indies).

10) Waqar quits as Pakistan coach.

  • Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis resigned after his team’s exit from the World Twenty20 tournament at the group stage.
  • The 44-year-old took on the job for the second time in 2014, having previously held the post in 2010-11.
  • He made a formidable partnership with Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq to lift the team to No.2 in the Test rankings late last year, a spot they had previously attained in 2006.

11) Ratchanok regains crown in Indian Open.

  • Former World champion Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) defeated Xuerui 21-17, 21-18 in just 42 minutes in Indian Open played at New Delhi.
  • This was World No.5 Ratchanok’s second successive victory, and fourth in all, against seven losses to Xuerui, champion here in 2012. This was also Ratchanok’s second title of the year to go with the Thailand Masters.
  • In the men’s final Japan’s Kento Momota defeted Dane Viktor Axelsen 21-15, 21-18 in 45 minutes. The triumph, sixth in seven meetings against Axelsen, gave Momota his first title of the year.

Men’s Doubles: Gideon Markus Fernaldi & Kevin Sanjaya Sukamulio (Ina) bt 7-Angga Pratama & Ricky Karanda Suwardi (Ina) 21-17, 21-13.


Women’s Doubles: 3-Misaki Matsutono & Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Naoko Fukuman & Kurumi Yonao (Jpn) 21-18, 21-18.


Mixed doubles: 7-Lu Kai & Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Riky Widianto & Puspita Richi Dili (Ina) 21-13, 21-16.

12) India wins 2016 Asian Nations Cup Chess tournament.

  • Indian men have won the 2016 Asian Nations Cup Chess tournament by defeating Vietnam in the final round by 3-1 score played in Abu Dhabi.
  • In the final round match against Vietnam, Grandmasters S P Sethuraman and K Sasikiran won on the second and fourth boards while B Adhiban and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi drew their respective matches on top and 3 boards.
  • With this win India gained 17 points, two more than World and Olympiad champions China. India drew Mongolia and beat the rest of the teams in a 22-team tournament.
  • This was the third time that Indian men won the event. They won at Esfahan, Iran in 2005 and Kolkata 2009.
  • In the women`s section, top seed China won the title with 15 points. Uzbekistan was second with 14 and Kazakhstan third with 13 points. Indian women finished fourth with 12 points.

13) FIFA released Coca-Cola World Rankings 2016.

  • Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) released the April edition of the FIFA or Coca-Cola World Ranking.
  • Argentina Men’s Soccer team stood at world 1, pushing back the Belgium team to 2nd position.
  • India lost their last two World Cup qualifiers against Iran and Turkmenistan and dropped down to 162.
  • The next FIFA or Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published in May 2016.

14) Saina sinks to world No. 8 in BWF ranking.

  • Saina, lost two places to sink to World No. 8 in women`s singles after losing in the semifinals of India Open, while Srikanth dropped 4 spots to be placed at the 14th spot in men`s singles in BWF rankings
  • In men`s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy remained at No.19, while Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa too retained their World No. 15 position in women`s doubles.

 

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