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Sports Current Affairs April 2nd Week 2016
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1) Alok kumar wins Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) title.

  • Alok Kumar outplayed current National champion Sourav Kothari 100-8, 101-12, 100-37, 100-6 in the final to win the billiards title in the 12th Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) inter-unit billiards and snooker championships.
  • The tournament is being organised by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) this year and the matches played at the Sports Club of Gujarat.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), IOCL, Oil India Limited (OIL) and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) are the five public sector units taking part in the contest, Gujarat State Billiards Association (GSBA).

2) India slips at the post against China in the Asia Oceania junior Davis Cup under-16.

  • The Indian boys fell short by a whisker at the crunch as they were beaten 2-1 by second seed China in the Asia Oceania junior Davis Cup under-16 tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex.
  • In the decisive doubles, Adil Kalyanpur and Megh Patel were beaten 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 by Mo Ye Cong and Zhao Lingxi.

3) Anthony Joshua Wins International Boxing Federation Title.

  • Anthony Joshua won the International Boxing Federation heavyweight title in London with a second-round knockout of Charles Martin.
  • Joshua put Martin on the canvas twice in the second round to record his 16th knockout in all 16 professional fights he has contested.
  • Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, captured his first world title in only his 16th professional fight.

Anthony Joshua

  1. Anthony Joshua is a British professional boxer. He holds the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
  2. He won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the super heavyweight division as an amateur and silver medal at the 2011 World Championships.
  3. He current currently holds a 100% knockout ratio and is ranked the world’s 8th (as of March 2016) best heavyweight boxer by The Ring magazine.
  4. He is also only the second boxer in history, after Joe Frazier, to win a professional world heavyweight title while still reigning as the Olympic champion at the top weight.

4) India beat Canada 1-0 to earn first win at Hawke’s Bay Cup.

  • The Indian women’s hockey team ended a close 1-0 victory over Canada in a classification game of the Hawke’s Bay Cup in Hastings,New Zealand.

Hawke’s Bay Festival

  1. The Hawke’s Bay Cup is an invitational eight-nation tournament as part of the festival of hockey in New Zealand.
  2. The Hawkes Bay Festival of Hockey takes place in Napier on New Zealand’s North Island from the 11th - 19th April. The event includes the Hawkes Bay Cup, an 8-Nation Women’s International tournament featuring Argentina, Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and U.S.A.

5) Danny Willett wins 2016 US Masters Golf championship.

  • Danny Willett (28) from England won the prestigious 2016 US Masters Golf tournament.
  • With this victory, Willett became the first European golfer to win the Masters and the first from England since Nick Faldo’s.
  • It was his first major championship ahead of runners-up Lee Westwood (UK) and the defending champion Jordan Spieth (US).
  • This was the 80th edition of the Masters Tournament. The Masters Tournament, also known as The Masters or The US Masters, is one of the four major championships in professional golf.

6) Lee Chong Wei wins 2016 Malaysian Open title.

  • Malaysia`s badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei has won Malaysian Open 2016 in men`s singles title at at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
  • In the final Lee defeated Chen Long (world number 1) of China. The title is his 11th Malaysia Open Crown.

Other category winners of 2016 Malaysian Open

Women’s singles Title: It was won by Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand).

Women’s doubles Title: It was won by Chinese pair, Tang Yuanting and Yu Yang.

Men’s doubles Title: It was won by South Korean pair, Kim Gi-jung and Kim Sa-rang.

Mixed doubles Title: It was won by Indonesian pair, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.

7) Kento Momota axed from Rio Olympics over illegal gambling.

  • World number two shuttler Kento Momota of Japan was axed from Japan’s badminton team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. He was axed for gambling at an illegal casino.
  • Momota became the first Japanese man to win a world championship medal with a bronze in Jakarta and had been tipped to challenge for the title in Rio Olympics.
  • The Nippon Badminton Association banned kento Momota and also removed his team-mate Kenichi Tago from the organisation’s official player list for an indefinite period. He was found guilty of placing illegal bets.

8) Indian teams clinch Asian Kho Kho championship title.

  • India`s men`s and women`s teams have won both the category’s championship titles at the third Asian Kho-Kho championship organised in Indore.
  • In both the finals, the hosts scored victory against Bangladesh teams. In the men’s final, India scored an 11-point victory (27-16) over their Bangladeshi counterparts. In the women’s final, India won the title by 10 points (26-16) against Bangladesh.
  • Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahaja, Union minister Prakash Jawadekar, state school education minister Paras Jain, Asian Kho Kho Association secretary Qazi Rau-uddin Ahmed Choupal, Indian Olympic Association secretary Rajiv Mehta and others awarded prizes to the winners and other participants.
  • Both the match winners from India won a cash prize of Rs. 51,000 each for their outstanding performances in the championship.

9)Serena Williams Maintains Top Spot: WTA Rankings.

  • American tennis star Serena Williams kept her lead in the women`s rankings, while Polish Agnieszka Radwanska returned to the second place.

The current WTA top 10 are:

(1) Serena Williams
(2) Agnieszka Radwanska
(3) Angelique Kerber
(4) Garbine Muguruza
(5) Victoria Azarenka

(6) Simona Halep
(7) Petra Kvitova

(8) Roberta Vinci
(9) Maria Sharapova
(10) Belinda Bencic

  1. In the women`s doubles, India`s Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis retained their top status in the rankings.

10) England Cricketer James Taylor retired from International Cricket.

  • England and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor on 12 April 2016 announced his retirement at the age of 26 due to ill health.
  • He was diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) that needs an operation to his Heart.
  • He made his one-day international debut in 2011 against Ireland and played 27 ODIs with an average of 42.23. He scored seven fifties and one century (101) against Australia in September 2015.
  • He played seven Test matches for England and the first was against South Africa at Headingley in 2012.
  • At the time of his retirement, Taylor had the fourth-highest limited-overs average (53.11) in international and domestic cricket history after Michael Bevan (57.86), Cheteshwar Pujara (54.12) and AB de Villiers (53.53).

11) SSP Chawrasia wins Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of the Month.

  • Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia on 12 April 2016 was honoured as the Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of the Month for March 2016 in Sentosa, Singapore.
  • Chawrasia produced a gutsy display of golf in his National Open last month to win his third Asian Tour title by defeating 2015 Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of the Year Anirban Lahiri and Korean Jeunghun Wang by two shots.
  • The Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of the Month award is one of the partnership initiatives aimed at recognising outstanding efforts of Asian Tour members both at home and abroad.

About Shiv Chawrasia

  1. Born on 15 May 29178, Chawrasia is also known as Chipputtsia and Chow.
  2. After he turned professional in 1997, he went on to win eight titles on the Indian Tour and finished second twice in the Indian Open.
  3. In February 2008, he won the inaugural Indian Masters, which was a part of the 2008 European Tour.
  4. In February 2011, he won his second European Tour event winning the 2011 Avantha Masters in New Delhi.

12) Kane Williamson named Wisden almanack`s leading cricketer of 2015.

  • New Zealand’s Kane Williamson was named the Wisden`s Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2015.
  • On the other hand, White Ferns captain Suzie Bates was named the Leading Women`s Cricketer in the World for 2015.
  • England`s Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, and Australia`s Steve Smith completed the list of Five Cricketers of the Year.
  • In 2014, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara was the winner of the prestigious accolade.

13) Mary Kom named as AIBA ambassador for Women’s World Boxing Championship.

  • Indian woman boxer Mary Kom has been named as the International Boxing Association (AIBA) ambassador for Women’s World Championship.
  • She is one of the eight ambassadors for the World Championship of AIBA scheduled from May 19 to 27, 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • The AIBA-appointed ambassadors for the World Championship also include Nicola Adams (Great Britain), Marlen Esparza (US), Adriana Arauja (Kazakhstan), Stanimira Petrova (Bulgaria) and Khadija Mardi (Morocco). The female officials chosen as ambassadors are Kheira Siki Yakoub (Algerian) and Jennifer Huggins (Canada).