(Current Affairs) Sports | August - 2017


Grand felicitation for team

  • The BCCI is planning a grand felicitation for the Indian women’s cricket team which won a billion hearts despite a heartbreaking loss in the World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday.
  • The players will be presented with cheques for Rs. 50 lakh each while the support staff will receive Rs. 25 lakh each.
  • Efforts are also on for an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has praised the team.

Olympics 2020

  • Japan began the three-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with celebrations and fanfare, even as organisers struggle to contain soaring costs and restore credibility.
  • Japanese celebrities and athletes dressed in bright kimonos gathered for the launch of a remake of a popular 1964 Tokyo Olympics song, as organisers promised to turn the 2020 Games into the biggest “natsu matsuri” (summer festival) ever.
  • The International Olympic Committee, fearful that ballooning budgets could see future Olympic bids dry up, last month praised local organisers for slashing costs.
  • Progress on the financial front comes after a rocky start when the initial roll-out of the centrepiece Olympic stadium was bungled, forcing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2015 to tear up the blueprints amid public anger over its price tag. A new and cheaper plan was unveiled later that year.
  • Japan also observed a national exercise to encourage tens of thousands of commuters to work from home, in a bid to ease rail and road congestion before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and reform the country’s workaholic culture.

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