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1) India beats Philippines: World junior tennis under-14.

  • The Indian boys beat Philippines 2-1 to take the fifth place in the Asia Oceania World junior tennis under-14 tournament in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
  • In the final, China beat Korea 2-1, and Japan took the third place at the expense of host Thailand. The top four teams made it to the World Group stage.

2) Russia defeated China to win gold at World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

  • Russian pair Anastasia Bryzgalova and Alexander Krushelnitskiy claimed the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship title with a 7-5 victory over China at Karlstad, Sweden.
  • China`s Wang Rui and Ba Dexin took the silver. The United States, with a 9-7 win over Scotland, secured the bronze medal.
  • The combined results of the 2016 and 2017 world mixed doubles events will decide the seven teams who will join host South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

About World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships

  1. The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship began in 2008.
  2. Switzerland`s mixed doubles team of Irene Schori and Toni Muller dominated the 2008 and 2009 championships and appeared in the first three worlds.
  3. At the 2010 Worlds, Russia won its first ever world curling title by defeating New Zealand, also first-time curling medalists.
  4. In 2013, Hungary won their first world curling title after defeating Sweden in the final.
  5. Hungary is the winner of the 2015 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

3) Bryan Brothers Win Barcelona Open Doubles Title.

  • Bob and Mike Bryan won the Barcelona Open doubles tennis title after defeating Uruguay`s Pablo Cuevas and the Spaniard Marcel Granollers 7-5, 7-5 in one hour and 25 minutes.
  • The title is the Bryan brothers` second title in 2016, after they won the U.S. Men`s Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas earlier in 2016. The victory is their third in Barcelona, as they won the tournament before in 2003 and 2008.

4) Rafael Nadal won Barcelona open men’s singles title.

  • Rafel Nadal defeated defending champion Kei Nishikori of Japan to win the Barcelona Open of tennis.
  • This is Nadal`s 9th Barcelona Open title, and he has now won his opening 10 matches of the European clay-court season.

5) Jemima sumgong & Eliud kipchoge win elite races.

  • Jemima Sumgong recovered from a fall to win the women’s London Marathon as fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge retained the men’s title in the second-fastest time in history.
  • Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race ahead of Britain’s Paralympic champion David Weir in third, while American Tatyana McFadden won the women’s race for a fourth consecutive year.

6) Wrestler Sandeep Tomar qualified for Rio Olympics in 57 kg freestyle category.

  • Wrestler Sandeep Tomar secured an Olympic quota place for India in the men`s 57 kg freestyle category with a bronze medal finish on the final day of the 1st World Olympic qualifying tournament at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
  • He secured his berth for Rio Olympics by winning the playoff bout after having clinched the bronze medal. Only the top three finishers in each weight category are eligible for an Olympic berth in this tournament.
  • With this, the 25-year-old Sandeep became the fourth Indian wrestler after Yogeshwar Dutt (men`s 65 kg freestyle), Narsingh Yadav (men`s 74 kg freestyle), and Hardeep Singh (Greco-Roman 98 kg) to book a berth for the Rio Games.

7)Mairaj Ahmed Khan won first silver medal for Inida at shooting World Cup.

  • Mairaj Ahmed Khan won silver medal for India in the men`s skeet event at ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Mairaj lost gold medal to Marcus Svensson of Sweden. Tamarro Casandro of Italy won the bronze. This will be the first skeet medal for India at a World Cup.

8) Garcia-Mladenovic defeated Sania-Hingis to win Stuttgart Grand Prix tournament in Germany.

  • French pair of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won women’s doubles final of the Stuttgart Grand Prix tournament.
  • In the final held at Stuttgart in Germany, the French duo defeated the Indo-Swiss pair of top seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis 6-2, 1-6, 6-10.
  • The women’s singles title was won by Angelique Kerber of Germany. In the final clash, the reigning Australian Open champion Kerber defeated her countrywoman Laura Siegemund 6-4, 6-0.

9) India to host 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships.

  • The Judo Federation of India (JFI) announced that India has been allotted the Commonwealth Judo Championships 2018.
  • The announcement came after the Commonwealth Judo Congress allotted the Championships to India at its meeting held at Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
  • This is the first time that Commonwealth Judo Championships would be held in India. The Championships would be held in Jaipur.
  • Besides, India hosts the 10th Asian Cadet Judo Championships and the 17th Asian Junior Judo Championships from September 6th to 12th, 2016 at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadvanthaa in Kerala.

10) India rower Dattu Bhokanal qualifies for Rio Olympics 2016.

  • Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal qualified for the Rio Olympics after winning silver in the finals of men’s single sculls at the 2016 FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung-ju in South Korea.
  • The 25-year-old armyman clocked 7 mins 07.49 seconds in the 2 km course to finish second and qualify for the Rio Olympics. The top seven in the finals qualified for the Rio Games.
  • India could not, qualify in the men’s light weight double sculls as the pair of Vikram Singh and Roopendra Singh finished fifth in the finals. Only top three qualify for the Olympics in this category.

11) Iraq Thomas made fastest ever century in cricket history.

  • obago batsman Iraq Thomas created a record by scoring 21-ball century in the Tobago Cricket Association’s T20 tournament at Louis D`or.
  • Thomas represented Scraborough/Mason Hall and remained not out on 131 rums off just 31 balls. He helped his side to chase down Speyside`s target of 152 runs in just eight overs. He slammed 15 sixes and five boundaries during his knock.
  • West Indies’ batsman Chris Gayle holds the record for the hitting the fastest T20 ton of just 30 balls against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League. In one-day internationals, AB de Villiers of South Africa owns the record for the fastest ODI century that he scored of a mere 31 balls.

12) South Africa Government banned four federations to host International tournaments.

  • South Africa sports minister Fikile Mbalula imposed the sanctions on Cricket South Africa (CSA) along with other three federations, which disallow them to host or bid for any major international tournaments.
  • Along with Cricket South Africa (CSA), the same punishment was meted out to the rugby, athletics and netball federations, and the decision will be reviewed in 2017.
  • The sanctions were imposed after receiving the annual transformation report from a ministerially appointed independent committee of eminent persons group (EPG). The report stated that these sports bodies failed to meet the transformation guidelines.

13) ICC suspended Cricket Association of Nepal.
The International Cricket Council has suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal due to government interference in the board that has created a "vacuum of cricket leadership".

  • The suspension would stay in place until such time as the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal.
  • It will only cut off ICC funding for the CAN but Nepal national teams can continue to feature in ICC events.
  • ICC management will also work with the Nepalese cricket community, and other stakeholders, in order to assist with the development of a sustainable governance and administration structure for cricket in Nepal.

14) Riyad Mahrez became first African footballer to win PFA Player of the Year.

  • Riyad Mahrez became the first African footballer to win the Professional Footballers Association’s (PFA) Player of the Year award for the 2015–16 season.
  • The footballer received the award at the Professional Footballers’ Association awards ceremony organised in London.
  • With the award, Mahrez also became the second non-European, after Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, to grab the award.

15) Kane Williamson named New Zealand Test captain.

  • New Zealand ace batsman Kane Williamson was confirmed as 29th test cricket captain of New Zealand cricket Team.
  • He is succeeding Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats. McCullum retired from test cricket in February 2016.
  • Williamson has already captained New Zealand in 36 limited over International Cricket matches. Under his captaincy, New Zealand reached Semi-finals in ICC T-20 World Cup 2016.
  • Williamson is the third-youngest man to captain New Zealand in Test cricket, behind Stephen Fleming and John Parker.

16) South Korean Olympians to wear mosquito repellent uniform at Rio Olympics.

  • South Korea announced that its Olympic athletes will wear uniforms that have been infused with insect repellent to keep mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus at bay.
  • These formal long-sleeved shirts and trousers containing mosquito repellent will be worn by the South Korean athletes during ceremonies and at the athletes` village at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The uniforms are meant to ward off mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus. Athletes cannot wear the protective clothing while competing, but they will be allowed to use mosquito repellent.

17) Garima wins gold at Commonwealth Judo Championship.

  • Garima Chaudhary has won gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Judo Championship finals at Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
  • She has won the gold in 63 kg junior category.
  • In the year 2012, Garima Chaudhary Meerut based judoka was the only representative from India to contest for Judo Olympic medals at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

18) Nithya Raj wins AITA women’s tennis tournament title.

  • Nithya Raj Babu Raj of Tamil Nadu claimed the Laureates-AITA women’s tennis tournament title.
  • She won over Nikita Pinto in the final held at the Energy Tennis Centre courts.
  • In the doubles final, Varunya Chandrashekar and Sanskriti Ranjan defeated Manasawini Reddy and Deeksha Ajit.

19) El Sherbini is World champion.

  • Egyptian squash player Nour El Sherbini has become the first ever Egyptian and the youngest ever winner of the PSA Women’s World Championship.
  • She defeated World No. 1 Laura Massaro of England during the final of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia.
  • El Sherbini has overtaken Susan Devoy as the youngest winner of the most important women’s squash title. Devoy became the youngest winner in 1985.
  • World Open Squash Championship
  • The World Open Squash Championship is a squash event which serves as the individual world championship for squash players organized by the Professional Squash Association.
  • The World Championship is widely considered to be one of the two most prestigious titles in squash, alongside the British Open.
  • The men`s World Open was first held in 1976, and the women`s World Open was inaugurated in 1979.