(Current Affairs) Sports | February - 2016


Lahiri wins Asian Tour Order of Merit title

  • Anirban Lahiri on Monday become the fourth Indian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit title.
  • He was declared the new Asia No. 1 for 2015, as his lead on the money list has swollen to over $600,000 with one event remaining in the season.

Sports Illustrated sportsperson

  • Serena Williams, who owned the tennis world this year even as she battled illness and injury, was named sportsperson of 2015 by Sports Illustrated on Monday.
  • The magazine said it was honouring the 34-year-old icon both for her positively stunning numbers and her pluck in achieving what it called one of the greatest late-career runs in the history of any sport.
  • Serena won three Majors, and was ranked No. 1 for every week of the season for the second straight year.
  • And for six weeks this season, she had twice as many ranking points as the world No. 2. The magazine said this was a first in the 40-year history of the WTA rankings.

Nadal and Federer played in Delhi

  • Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s rivalry is so special that any contest between the two is likely to attract a decent crowd even in a remote corner of the globe.
  • No wonder, ecstatic fans thronged the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium as the two legends came face to face in the second edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) here on Saturday.
  • Nadal won the contest 6-5(4), leaving a bigger impression than Aces’ 30-19 triumph on the day. Earlier, Nadal and Rohan Bopanna beat Federer and Marin Cilic 6-4 to seal it for the host.

Imran Hasan is new shooting champion

  • Imran Hasan Khan made a strong statement as he beat World Championship and Olympic medallist Gagan Narang to the men’s air rifle gold in the 59th National shooting championship.
  • Imran, the 32-year-old Army shooter, tallied 207.6 points over 20 shots in a lively atmosphere that had a strong crowd whistling to the beats of dhol specially arranged for a dramatic climax.
  • He beat Gagan, who is slowly getting his grip over air rifle, with a 4.1 point margin.

59th National shooting championship

  • Gurpreet Singh won the men’s 25-metre standard pistol gold with a score of 573 in the 59th National shooting championship
  • The 27-year-old Gurpreet, a rapid fire specialist who has won the Olympic quota place in air pistol, had 195 in the 150-second series and 189 each in the20-second and 10-second series.

Football academy of BRICS came in Delhi

  • With hopes of catching young talent and providing professional support for the development of football, Delhi Dynamos FC, on Tuesday, announced the launch of the Delhi Dynamos BRICS Football Academy in India.
  • The academy, catering to players above five years of age, will focus on exposure to international coaches and players, and providing 360-degree support, including education, in world-class facilities.
  • DDFC will also represent host India in the BRICS Under-17 Football Cup 2016, and participate in all grassroots and CSR-related activities of BRICS.

India- SA series

  • The host remained ‘invictus’ to win the Freedom Series, conceptualised as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, with a 3-0 verdict.
  • It also pushed India to second place in the ICC rankings.

Premier Badminton league auction

  • Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei earned a whopping $1,00,000 each in a closed door bid at the auctions for the Premier Badminton League.
  • World No. 2 Saina and World No. 4 Lee were picked by Awadhe Warriors and Hyderabad Hunters respectively for the league.
  • P.V. Sindhu generated a huge interest among Delhi Acers, Chennai Smashers and Bengaluru Top Guns and it was finally Chennai which bagged the young Indian star for $95,000.

Mary Kom Enters Semifinals

  • Competing For The First Time In Over A Year, Olym-pic Bronze-medallist M.C. Ma- Ry Kom (51kg) Assured Herself And India Of At Least A Bronze Medal By Advancing To The Semifinals Of The International Boxing Association’s (Aiba) Olympic Test Event In Rio De Janeiro.
  • The Indian Defeated Venezuela’s Karlha Magliocco 3-0 In The Quarterfinal Bout Of The Event, Where Boxers Have Been Individually Invited By The World Body And The Rio Olympics Organising Committee.

Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar make it to Ballon d’Or shortlist

  • Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar were named on the shortlist for FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid. While Ronaldo has triumphed over the last two seasons, Messi has previously won the coveted award four times while Neymar makes the shortlist for the first time.

Djokovic tops ATP world rankings

  • Novak Djokovic has finished the year on top of theATP world rankings, according to the final list of 2015. The Serb, who also topped the rankings at the end of 2011, 2012 and 2014, finished more than 7,500 points ahead of his closest rival and world No. 2 Andy Murray.
  •  He won the ATP Tour Finals title for a record fourth successive year.
  • jokovic is the first player in the tournament’s 46-year history to take home the trophy four years in a row and he joins Pete Sampras and IvanLendl on five victories at the season-ending event.

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