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Sports Current Affairs August 4th Week 2016
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1) Brazil wins first Olympic soccer title.

  • Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer with a dramatic penalty kick by Neymar to defeat Germany, sending the nation into a frenzy after a 1-1 (5-4 shootout) victory.
  • Brazil’s biggest soccer star gave the Olympic host its biggest moment of the games.
  • Brazil had lost three Olympic finals, including four years ago in London, when it was upset by Mexico 2-1 with a team that also included Neymar and other talented players. Brazil won the bronze two times.
2) Sakshi Malik to be Indian flagbearer at closing ceremony of Rio Olympics.
  • Wrestler Sakshi Malik, who won India`s first medal in the Rio Olympics, was announced as the country`s flagbearer at the Summer Games Closing Ceremony.
  • The announcement came after India`s last medal hope Yogeshwar Dutt lost 0-3 to Ganzorig Mandakhnaran in the qualifying of the 65kg freestyle wrestling.
  • Sakshi, who had become the first woman wrestler in India to win an Olympic medal with her bronze in the 58kg freestyle, became the obvious choice as India`s only other medallist PV Sindhu, who bagged silver in women`s singles badminton, left for Hyderabad.
3) Sania Mirza clinches world No. 1 spot in women’s doubles after winning Cincinnati title.
  • Sania Mirza moved to the number one spot in the WTA doubles rankings after she teamed up with her new partner, Barbora Strycova.
  • Mirza had a disappointing run at this year’s Summer Games after failing to win a medal in both singles and doubles events. But that didn’t affect her performance in Cincinnati and her partnering up with Czech Republic’s Strycova proved to be quite beneficial for the ace tennis star.
  • Both Hingis and Mirza have officially ended their partnership in the mixed doubles, they will be seen together in October’s WTA Tour Championships in Singapore.
4) Vikash Anand wins premier title in National Racing.
  • Twenty-two year old Chennai lad Vikash Anand won a double to clinch the title in the MRF Formula 1600 category and a ticket for the Mazda Road to Indy shootout as the fifth and final round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship.
  • Going into this weekend`s triple-header, Vikash and Karthik Tharani were locked on 138 points. Anand began his campaign with a second place finish behind Tharani, but won both to seal the championship.
  • Coimbatore`s Arjun Narendran (Red Rooster Racing), who had already clinched the championship in the premium Indian Touring Cars class, ended the season with a double for a tally of 240 points, well clear of Bengaluru`s Deepak Paul Chinnappa (Race Concepts) who finished on 135.


5) Gujarat to host 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in October.

  • The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) announced that the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted in Gujarat`s leading city, Ahmedabad.
  • Gujarat will play host to 12 Kabaddi teams from around the world including India, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya.
  • The Kabaddi World Cup matches will be held in Ahmedabad`s upcoming state-of-the-art stadium, The Arena by TransStadia.
6) Men’s team slips one place in FIH rankings.
  • The Indian men’s hockey team slipped one place to sixth in the FIH rankings after a lacklustre show at the Rio Olympics while the women gained one position to be at 12th in the latest charts.
  • Australia, which finished sixth at Rio, remained on top while newly crowned Olympic champion Argentina moved up five places to second.
  • On the women’s side, Great Britain’s shoot-out victory over the Netherlands saw it slinch the Olympic gold and move up to third spot, just behind top ranked the Netherlands and Argentina, which remained second despite a seventh-place finish at the Rio Games.
7) Russia lose ban appeal to participate in Rio Paralympics.
  • Russian competitors remain banned from next month`s Rio Paralympics after the country lost an appeal against a suspension issued over a vast, state-run doping programme.
  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee, which sought to overturn the ban by International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  • The Paralympics ban was the latest blow to Russian sport, which has been condemned by a mountain of doping allegations in recent months.
  • Russia continues to deny the findings of the McLaren report, including the involvement of the sports ministry and the Russian secret service in doping fraud at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
8) Saina drops to 9th spot, Sindhu remains at 10th.
  • India`s Saina Nehwal dropped four points to be ninth, while compatriot P.V. Sindhu remained in the 10th spot in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings despite getting a silver in the women`s singles competition at the recently-concluded Olympics in Rio.
  • In women`s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa dropped four places to the 26th spot following their failure to reach the knock-out stage in the Rio Games.
  • In men`s singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who reached the Olympics quarter-finals, jumped a place to be 10th, while Ajay Jayaram improved his 22nd rank by a position.
9) Abhinav Bindra to head NRAI review committee on Rio debacle.
  • India`s first and only individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra was named chairman of a five-member review committee to probe the shooters` Rio Games debacle.
  • The committee is also mandated to recommend concrete steps that NRAI must immediately undertake to ensure that this is not repeated in future Olympics.
  • Bindra, who retired from the sport after his fourth-place finish in Rio.


10) M.S. Dhoni breaks captaincy world record in a record-breaking encounter.

  • Dhoni captained India in a record 325th game (most by a player in history), across all three formats, to break Australian skipper Ricky Ponting`s mark.
  • Dhoni was leading India in 71st T20I. And he has already captained the side in 60 Tests and 194 One Day Internationals. Dhoni was appointed India skipper in 2007.
  • It was a historic moment as India played for the first time in USA and Dhoni celebrated with another huge achievement. Today also saw the new partnership of Dhoni and coach Anil Kumble.
11) Western Railway wins all India railway athletic championship.
  • Western Railway won the overall team championship in the 82nd All India Railway athletic Championship held at Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu.
  • Central railway stood second and Southern Railway third in the overall team category.
  • Best athlete award in men’s category was given to Jasdeep Singh of Northern Railway and best women athlete award to Dutee Chand of Northern Railway.
12) Indian Super League season 3 to begin from October 1.
  • Season-3 of the Indian Super League (ISL) football would be held from October 1 to December 18, with the opening game scheduled in Guwahati and the venues of the two-legged semi finals to be decided later.
  • League’s promoters, Football Sports Development Ltd. Announced the ISL fixtures featuring 61 games spread across 79 days played in a home-away league format, to be followed by the semi-finals and the final.
  • For the third year running John Abraham-owned club North East United FC would take on Sachin Tendulkar owned Kerala Blasters FC in the season opener, to be held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
13) Sania wins Connecticut Open doubles title.
  • Sania and Niculescu capped off their newly rekindled doubles partnership with their first title together with a straight set victory over the duo of Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine and Chuang Chia Jung of Taiwan in the final.
  • The Indo-Romanian pair won 7-5, 6-4 in the summit clash that lasted one hour and 30 minutes.
  • After pocketing a tough first set 7-5, Sania and Niculescu won a tightly contested second set 6-4 en route to lifting the trophy.
14) Nico Rosberg wins 2016 Belgian Grand Prix.
  • After losing his championship lead in the Hungarian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg has bounced back to claim his very first win in Spa at the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix. This is sixth win in this year.
  • Nico Rosberg led a thrilling race from start to finish, closing the gap at the top of the drivers championship to nine points, but Lewis Hamilton did superbly to move from the back of the grid to third.
  • He had won Australian Grand Prix, Bahrain Grand Prix, Chinese Grand Prix and Russian Grand Prix. 2016 Belgian Grand Prix was the thirteenth race of the 2016 season of Formula One in which total 11 teams had participated.
15) Four years after London 2012 Olympics, Yogeshwar Dutt`s bronze for India to turn silver.
  • Dutt’s bronze medal, which he won at the 2012 London Games, is set to be upgraded to silver. The unexpected upgrade has been triggered by a positive dope test of the silver winner in the 60 kg freestyle event in London – Russia’s Besik Kudukhov.
  • Russian agency, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Kudukhov, who died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, has been stripped off the silver medal.
  • Gold-medallist Taymazov’s samples were collected during the 2008 Beijing Games. Kudukhov and Taymazon would both lose their medals. With Kudukhov testing positive, Yogeshwar Dutt of India will get the silver.
16) 100-Year-Old Runner From India Gets Gold Medal.
  • Man Kaur from India needed almost a minute-and-a-half to cross the finish line in the 100-meter dash, but she still picked up a gold medal at the American Masters Games.
  • The 100-year-old Ms. Kaur was the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for older athletes. When she crossed the finish line in Vancouver, her competitors - many of them in their 70s and 80s - were there to cheer her on.
  • Ms. Kaur`s energy and drive to compete have become an inspiration to participants in the unique international event for athletes over 30.
17) England beat Pakistan in 3rd one-day after scoring record 444, Highest-ever team total in one-day international.
  • England struck a world record one-day international total of 444 for three as they crushed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
  • Hales plundered 171, the highest individual limited-overs score by an England batsman, before Buttler reached his fifty off 22 deliveries, another record for his country.
  • Hales and Root`s partnership of 248 runs was England`s third-highest in one-day internationals.