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Sport Current Affairs April 3rd Week 2018
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 1. Official Mascot Of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Unveiled.

Beijing, April 18 (IANS) Son of Dreams was unveiled as official Mascot of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 here on Wednesday.

Born in China on August 8, 2015, Son of Dreams` magical horns give him the power to see in the future, envisioning plays and moves before they actually happen, reported Xinhua news agency.

Li Yingchuan, China`s Vice Minister of Sports, said: "I believe the mascot will spread the idea of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the spirit of basketball to the rest of the world with its cute and vivid image and will play an important role in enhancing the influence of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019."

The selection of Son of Dreams as China 2019`s Official Mascot was the culmination of a unique process by FIBA. The mascot finalists are a Chinese dragon (`Son of Dream`), a Siberian tiger (`Speed Tiger`) and a lion (`Qiu Qiu`).

Many people submitted their designs as part of a global competition to design the mascot for the first ever 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will take place in eight Chinese cities from August 31 until September 15.


2. 16th Federation Cup Junior National Athletics Championship Begins. 

Coimbatore (TN). Under18 National champion Ankit of Haryana, came close to setting a meet record during his gold medal winning run in the men’s U20 1500m race at the 16th Federation Cup National Junior Athletics Championships in Coimbatore on Firday. Ankit, clocked 3:51.81 seconds to fall just short of the old meet record of 3:51:16 seconds set by Shashi Bhushan Singh in 2015. Ankit though was well clear of the field, finishing well ahead of Ajit Kumar of Gujarat, who clocked 3:53:21 seconds to take silver. Bronze went to Kerala’s Abhinath Sundaresan, who finished with a time of 3:53:23 seconds. Sundaresan would be disappointed by the performance considering he is the reigning national champion in the event.

Defending champion – Sanjana Choudhary in the U20 women’s javelin throw -- had better fortune. Choudhary, who claimed gold in the 2017 edition in Lucknow, took the same title with ease at Coimbatore. Choudhary threw the spear a distance of 46.97m to finish ahead of Hemamalini Neelakandan of Tamil Nadu who had a best effort of 43.14m. Jyoti of Haryana, took the final place on the podium with an effort of 42.89m.

Kiran Baliyan claimed the women’s U20 shot put event with a throw of 15.23m. The throw, one of only two legal throws made by the athlete from UP, failed to come close to the national record of 15.89m set by Commonwealth bronze medallist Navjeet Dhillon, but it was still well clear of the efforts of statemate Anamika Das, who took silver with a throw of 13.83m. Kachnar Choudhary of Rajasthan took bronze with a throw of 13.52m.

3000m Junior National Champion Gupreet Singh too added a Federation Cup medal to his name. Gurpreet, who claimed the 3000m title in the U18 category, was competing in the U20 5000m race in Coimbatore. He won with a time of 14:46:51 seconds. He finished ahead of UP’s Ajay Kumar Bind and Maharashtra’s Dinesh Kumar, who clocked 14:53:65 seconds and 14:59:44 seconds respectively.

Making the step up to a higher age group would however be difficult for Seema of Himachal Pradesh. The athlete who had won the 3000m women’s U18 title at the Vijaywada Nationals in 2017, could only finish second best in the U20 category in the same event at the Federation Cup. She clocked 9:51:04 seconds to take silver behind Poonam Sonune of Maharashtra who clocked 9:50:61 seconds. Bronze went to Savita Pal of Assam, who finished a distant third with a time of 10:16:16 seconds.

Roji Patel was the only other gold medal winner on a day when four finals were washed out due to rain and bad light. The athlete from Assam won the women’s U20 10000m race walk event with a time of 51:44:52 seconds. She finished ahead of Manju Rani of Gujarat and Sneha of Haryana, who clocked 51:55:07 seconds and 52:08:13 seconds, respectively.