(Current Affairs) Sports | January: 2014













‘Thank You Sachin’ campaign by BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 6 November 2013 launched Thank you Sachin campaign on social networking site Twit ter. This Campaign will allow fans worldwide to connect and say thank you to Sachin Tendulkar on his retirement. The campaign offers fans across India and the world a rare opportunity to receive a personalised picture of Sachin Tendulakar.The Board of Control for Cricket in India launched this campaign in collaboration with Twitter and Digigraph. During the Test series between India and the West Indies(6 to 18 November 2013), all Twitter users who send an appreciative message for Sachin to the BCCI handle with the ThankYouSachin will instantaneously receive a Tweet from BCCI with a momentous picture of Sachin, including a personalised message and signature in his handwriting. Sachin Tendulkar on 10 October
2013 announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after playing his landmark 200th Test match against the West Indies in November 2013.

India - West Indies ODI series India has won the three one day series against West Indies by 2-1 on 27 November 2013. This was the sixth ODI title win in a row for India after it defeated West Indies by 5 wickets in the third and final match of the series at Kanpur. After India lost a series in December 2012 against Pakistan, it has played six more series and had consecutively won all the series.

The six ODI series were:

  • England tour to India to play 5 matches ODI - India won this series by 3-2
  • ICC Champions Trophy which was played in England – India defeated the host England in the final A triangular series with Sri Lanka and West Indies – India won the final match against Sri Lanka
  • India tour to Zimbabwe – India won the series 5-0. Virat Kohli captained the Indian side
  • Seven ODI series during Australia tour to India - India defeated Australia 3-2. Two matches of the series were washed away
  • West Indies tour to India to play three matches ODI – India defeated West Indies 2-1

India Australia ODI series

India won the series 3-2 against Australia on 2 November 2013 by beating Australia in the seventh match by 57 runs at Bangalore. In the seventh One Day International (ODI) match India scored Score 383/6 in 50 over and Australia scored 326 in 45.1 over. In the seventh ODI, Rohit Sharma scored 209 in 158 balls and became the third players to score more than 200 runs. Rohit hit 16 sixes, while scoring the 209. The rest of two scorers are Indian cricketers namely Sachin Tendulkar (who scored 200 runs in 147 balls) and Virender Sehwag (who scored 219 in 140 balls). While chasing, Faulkner of Australia broke the Australian record of fastest century in an ODI in 57 balls. Glenn Maxwell also equaled the Australian record of fastest fifty in 17 balls, while scoring 60 runs in 22 balls. In the seven ODI series two successive matches were washed out at Ranchi and Cuttak. India was successful to equal the level in series 2-2 at Nagpur, during the sixth match.

  • Man of the Series: Rohit Sharma Rohit Sharma Scores a Double


Davis Cup

The Czech Republic on 17 November 2013 defended the Davis Cup title 2013 after Redek Stepanek defeated the Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in the fifth rubber of the final by BNP Paribas Final in Belgrade. With the win Stepanek handed the win too Czech Republic 3-2. With this win, Stepanek became the third player in the history to win Two Davis Cup Finals live fifth singles rubbers. He is also the first man to do so on consecutive occasions after bypassing Serbian youngster Dusan Lajovic for the loss of just five games. In 2012, he defeated Nicolas Almagro in the fifth rubber of the 100th Final in Prague. Only France’s Henri Cochet (1927, 1929 and 1931) and Britain’s Fred Perry (1933, 1936) have won two Davis Cup Final live fifth singles rubbers before - Radek Stepanek.


India qualified for Hockey World Cup 2014

Indian men’s hockey team on 3 November 2013 officially qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014. International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed the India’s berth in a official press release at Switzerland. Australia success at Oceania Cup on 3 November 2013 confirmed latest teams for world cup 2014. The Rabobank Hockey World Cup will be held from 31 May to 15 June 2014 at The Hague, Netherland. The India men’s team finished sixth at the Rabobank HWL Semi Final in Rotterdam and that was enough to confirm their participation in the tournament.

A total of 22 teams (11 men/11 women) have now qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, with just two more places left to fill. The remaining berths will be taken by the winners of the rescheduled Men’s and Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place from 18-24 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. Men’s Teams for World Cup

1. Netherlands: Hosts
2. Germany : Continental Champions Europe
3. Argent ina: Continental Champions Pan America
4. Korea: Continental Champions Asia
5. Aus t ra l ia: Continental Champions Oceania
6. England: 3rd place Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS)
7. Belgium: 1st place Rabobank Hockey World League Semi- Final, Rotterdam (NED)
8. New Zea land: 4th place Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
9. Spain: 5th place Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
10. Malaysia: 5th place Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS)
11. India: 6th place Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)


Lionel Messi awarded third Golden Shoe

Lionel Messi, the Barcelonan forward footballer on 20 November 2013 won the Golden Shoe award. Messi won the award in recognition of his 46 goals in 32 leagues appearances in the Europe’s domestic football league in the 2012- 13 season. This is the third Golden Shoe award of Messi and with this win he became the first footballer win the show three times. Earlier Messi won the award in 2009-10 for 34 goals and a Spanish record 50 in 2011-12.

About Lionel Messi

Lionel Andres Messi (26) is an Argentine Footballer and a captain to the national team of Argentina. At present he plays for FC Barcelona in Spain. He is the fourth footballer to win 3 Ballons d’Or. He is the second player to win three Ballon’s d’Or consecutively after Michele Platini.


18th Asian Archery Competition

India’s men’s compound Archery team on 31 October 2013 won a gold medal in the 18th Asian Archery competition held at Chinese Taipei.

Abhishek Verma, Ratan Singh, Sandeep Kumar forming the compound team defeated the Korean trio of Lihong Min, Yong Hee Choi and Jongho Kim 233-231 to win the gold.

The Indian compound trio showed their consistency right through the qualification round, in which they totalled 2086 points, to be ranked No.1 after they got a bye in the pre-quarters.

In the quarters, India ousted Iraq 231-221 while hosts Chinese Taipei faced the elimination going down 220-232.

18th Asian Archery Championships 2013 was organized by Asian Archery Federation (AAF) in Taipei (TPE) from 29 October to 2 November 2013.


Golf World Cup 2013

Jason Day, Australian Golfer won the Golf world cup at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne on 24 November 2013. Australia team (Jason Day and Adam Scott) also won the team Championships by beating
the American team of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman. With this victory Jason Day collected 1.2 million Dollars for sealing individual Title and will share another 600000 Dollars with Adam Scott for winning the team
trophy. Indian Golfer Anirban Lahi r i finished with 25th place and picked up 56000 Dollars for his effort at the tournament. India f ini shed 26th and last in the team Championships. The 2013 Golf World Cup, officially known as ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf was held from 21 to 24 November 2013 at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


World champion water-skier Sarah Teelow Died

Sarah Teelow, the world champion water skier of Australia died on 25 November 2013 after a fall during a high-speed endurance race on Australia’s Hawkesbury River. The 21 year old, Teelow fell from her skis after the start of the 75 mile Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic near Sydney.

She was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition, with spinal and head injuries and later she died in the hospital.

She is the seventh water-skier to die in an accident in Australia in last five years. Teelow had won the Formula 2 category at the World Waterski Racing Championships in Spain in September. Teelow was the daughter of two-time world waterski champion, Tania Teelow.

World Athletes of 2013

The Jamaican sprinters, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were crowned the male and female World Athletes of the Year, 2013 on 16 November 2013. They were selected as the world athletes of the year by the sport’s governing IAAF at a ceremony in Monaco.

Gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay at the Moscow Worlds in August helped Bolt to take his all-time tally to eight golds and two silvers at the championship.

Usain Bolt had been the World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, previously. Bolt won 10 out of his 11 100m races (including heats), and was unbeaten in his five races over 200m. Whereas, the Olympic Sprint Champion, the Fraser-Pryce claimed gold medals in three events in Moscow. Fraser- Pryce, regained her 100m title at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, winning in 10.71, which remained the fastest time of the year. Earlier, she had gold and two silvers. Fraser- Pryce became the second Jamaican woman to win, after Merlene Ottey in 1990. Bolt and Fraser-Pryce also received a prize of 100000 US dollars.

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