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Sports Current Affairs July 2nd Week 2017
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Sports Current Affairs July 2nd Week 2017

 1. Germany wins 2017 Confederation Cup Football title.

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Four-time FIFA World Cup winner Germany won maiden FIFA Confederation Cup Football title by defeating Copa America Champion Chile by 1-0 goals in the final match held at St Petersburg, Russia. Lars Stindl of Germany score the goal in the first half against the run of play. Chile was not able to score goal.  Earlier, in the third-place play-off match, Portugal defeated Mexico by 2-1.
 
The FIFA Confederations Cup is an international association football tournament for national teams. It is currently held every four years by FIFA. It is contested by the holders of each of the six regional championships (UEFA, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, CAF, AFC, OFC), along with the current FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation, bringing the number of teams up to eight. It was established in 1992. Since 2005, the tournament has been held in the nation hosts the next World Cup, acting as a test event for the larger tournament. Brazil has won the title for record 4 times (1997, 2005, 2009, 2013), followed by France (2001, 2003).
 
2. Pankaj Advani-led India win Asian Team Snooker Championship.
 
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Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on Wednesday came out with a spectacular performance as he teamed up with Laxman Rawat to defeat pakistan in Asian Team Snooker Championship final.

Advani pieced together a brilliant break of 83 to win the first tie of the best-of-five final.

However, India`s fate was determined by Advani`s partner Rawat who came out with a clinical 73 break to win the frame.

The Indian pair maintained their superlative performance in the doubles tie to complete a whitewash.

Advani held his nerve and completed the task of clearing the frame along with Rawat and winning the final 3-0.

The 31-year-old was the only player in the tournamen not to lose a single individual match in the team event.

This title brings up Advani`s second Asian title this season and eighth overall while it was a first major first international title for Rawat.

Advani is currently the only player in the world to compete at the world championship level in both billiards and snooker.
 
3. India ranked 96th in FIFA Rankings.
 
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As per the updated FIFA world football rankings, the Indian national football has managed to secure the 96th spot moving up four places. Earlier, India was placed at the 100th position. This is the best ranking secured by India in 21 years.

India had ranked 101st in the FIFA rankings for April. The current ranking is far better off than the 173rd rank secured in March 2015. Since the beginning of the world ranking system,India has been averaging at the 134th rank. 

In 1996, India managed to secure the 94th spot. Till date, it remains the country’s best ever FIFA ranking. At present, Germany leads the rankings. Germany is followed by Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, and Switzerland in the rankings. Among Asian countries, Iran leads at No. 23.

The FIFA World Rankings ranks the men’s national teams in association football. The rankings were first introduced in 1992. The teams are ranked based on their game results of all FIFA-recognised full international matches. The teams are ranked based on its performance over the last four years. The rankings are currently led by Germany. The teams like Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain have also held top positions previously.
 
4. Asian Athletics Championships 2017: Manpreet Kaur and Govindan Laxman wins Gold.
 
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Manpreet Kaur and Govindan Laxman has managed to win gold medals on the opening day of Asian Athletics Championships held at Kalinga Stadium of Bhubaneshwar. Manpreet Kaur threw 18.28m to win a gold medal in the women’s shotput event. Her best was record breaking throw of 18.86m at the Asian Grand Prix in China earlier this year. Vikas Gowda, though failed to defend his title in the men’s discus throw has managed to win a bronze medal in the men’s discus throw with an effort of 60.81m. His throw was way below his season’s best of 62m. Govindan Laxmanan has won a gold medal in the men’s 5000 metres. In the last edition of the event held at Wuhan in China, Laxman had won a bronze medal.

The Asian Athletics Championships is an event organised by the Asian Athletics Association. The event is held once in every two years. The last episode of the event took place in Wuhan in 2015. The 2017 Asian Athletics Championship is the 22nd edition and will be held from 6 July to 9 July 2017 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Around 800 athletes from around 45 countries are participating in the event, Bhubaneshwar is the third Indian city to host this event after New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013).

Mascot:

Olly, the Olive Ridley sea turtle has been chosen as the mascot for the championship.Olive Ridley Turtles are endangered species that are found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Astaranga coast and Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, both in Odisha, are home to Olive Ridley Turtles. These turtles travel to Odisha’s Rushikulya and Gahirmatha beaches for its nesting. In India, the turtle has been included in Schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

5. Harinder Pal Sandhu Wins South Australian Open Squash Title.


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India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu has defeated Rhys Dowling of Australia 11-8 12-10 11-4 to lift South Australian Open squash title. This will be Sandhu’s first PSA tournament victory in Australia. South Australian Open squash title is on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) international circuit. 

This victory will be Sandhu’s third this season after winning two in Malaysia in May. Overall, this will be Sandhu’s eight title win at the PSA level. He had also managed to reach the quarterfinals of the Asian Individual Squash Championship in Chennai in April.

 

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