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23 Apr, 17

17-yr-old Washington Sundar becomes 3rd youngest to play IPL

  • Aged 17 years and 199 days, Rising Pune Supergiant spinner Washington Sundar has become the third youngest cricketer to play in IPL.
  • Sundar was picked by the franchise as a replacement for injured Ravichandran Ashwin.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore's Sarfaraz Khan, who played his first IPL match aged 17 years and 177 days, was the youngest to play in the league.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which player of Rising Pune Supergiant, has become the third youngest cricketer to play in IPL?
 - Washington Sundar. 

Cricket removed from 2018 Asian Games programme

  • One of the sports to miss out from the programme list of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang is cricket.
  • Apart from cricket, skateboarding, sambo and surfing are among the other sports which have been removed from the programme in order to reduce the burden on Indonesian organisers.
  • This measure was taken as a part of the series of changes aimed at reducing the total number of events from 493 to 431. Also omitted from the list are kurash and belt wrestling events.
  • No changes, however, have yet been made to any of the other 28 permanent Summer Olympic sports due to be contested.
  • This includes those, like handball, which remains low profile in the south-east Asian nation.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

 2018 Asian Games will be held in which country? 
- Indonesia, Jakarta. 

21 Apr, 17

Video gaming to be featured at 2022 Asian Games

  • Video gaming will be featured as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games, with competitors in electronic sports set to receive medals for their digital prowess.
  • The Olympic Council of Asia will introduce esports to the official program of the Asian Games at Hangzhou, China.
  • It will also be a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
  • The decision reflects “the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth.
  • The Asian Games features a wide range of traditional Olympic sports along with others containing more regional appeal.
  • Some of the more obscure sports include;
    1. sepak takraw, which combines features from soccer and volleyball, and
    2. kabaddi, a contact team sport that evolved in and is dominated by India.
  • The sports program has also included ;
    1. a variety of martial arts,
    2. contract bridge,
    3. jet-ski racing and
    4. sport climbing.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which new gaming section will be featured as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games? 
 - Video games. 

PV Sindhu climbs to World No 3

  • PV Sindhu has jumped two places to stand at World No 3 in the latest BWF Rankings.
  • This comes on the back of her quarterfinal finish at the Singapore Open Superseries where she lost to Carolina Marin.
  • Just two weeks earlier, she had achieved World No 2 ranking with the India Open win and then dropped to World No 5 with a first round exit in Malaysian Open.
  • On the men’s side B Sai Praneeth achieved his career best ranking of World No 22 after jumping eight spots.
  • Nehwal has risen one place to World No 8 despite not playing the Singapore Open to work on her fitness. Third best Indian in the ranking charts is Rituparna Das at World No 46 and Tanvi Lad is 53rd.
  • List is topped by Tai Tzu Ying in women’s charts and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is at the top with Viktor Axelsen and Jan O Jorgensen forming the top three.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Indian badminton player has jumped two places to stand at World No 3 in the latest BWF Rankings? 
 - PV Sindhu. 

20 Apr, 17

Chris Gayle becomes first to score 10,000 T20 runs

  • Chris Gayle, the brutal and entertaining Jamaican hard-hitter, is now in an elite club of his own – one for those with 10,000 T20 runs.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB’s) Gayle became the first entrant of the exclusive club as he reached 3 against the Gujarat Lions in their 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match.
  • It was at Indore that Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in One-Day Internationals in 2001. Also, Sunil Gavaskar became the first person to score 10,000 Test runs in Ahmedabad against Pakistan in 1987.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which cricketer has becomes the first to score 10,000 T20 runs? 
 - Chris Gayle. 

19 Apr, 17

Visually impaired Indian runner Sagar Baheti completes historic Boston Marathon

  • In a watershed moment for Indian sport, as well as a triumph in overcoming the odds, Bangalore-based Sagar Baheti has become the first visually impaired Indian runner to complete the historic Boston Marathon, the world's oldest, most competitive and the hardest marathon to qualify for.
  • Supported by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI), the 31-year-old Baheti travelled to the USA and became the first visually impaired Indian to participate in the famous marathon.
  • With assistance from an old college friend, Boston-based Devika Narain Aerts, Baheti finished the 121st Boston Marathon as one of 30,000 runners on a blisteringly hot Monday.
  • The 2017 Boston Marathon has been recorded as the second hottest in a decade.
  • Baheti completed the approximately 42.16 km distance in just over four hours.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who has become the first visually impaired Indian runner to complete the historic Boston Marathon? 
 - Sagar Baheti. 

18 Apr, 17

Amitabh Chaudhry to represent BCCI at ICC

  • The Supreme Court on Monday said BCCI'S acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhry will attend the ICC meeting on April 24, accompanied by the apex cricketing body's CEO Rahul Johri.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who will represent BCCI at the ICC meeting on April 24th , 2017
 - Amitabh Chaudhary. 

17 Apr, 17

Pankaj Advani beats Sourav Kothari to win Asian Billiards Championship.

  • Pankaj Advani, 16-time world champion, won his seventh Asian title by defeating Sourav Kothari 6-3 in an entertaining final of the Asian Billiards Championship.
  • The other title being 6-red snooker which he won last year.
  • Advani now returns home to Bangalore for four days to switch to snooker before taking off for Doha to compete in the Asian Snooker Championship which begins on the April 22.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who won his seventh Asian title by defeating Sourav Kothari 6-3 in an entertaining final of the Asian Billiards Championship?
 - Pankaj Advani. 

Pullela Gopichand's daughter Gayatri wins twin crowns in Jakarta

  • National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand's daughter Gayatri Pullela has bagged both the singles and doubles crown at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta.
  • Gayatri had a hard-fight 21-11 18-21 21-16 to win over her doubles partner Samiya Farooqui to win the girls U-15 singles title.
  • Gayatri later teamed up with Samiya to clinch the U-15 doubles title with a straight game 21-17 21-15 win over Indonesian pair of Kelly Larissa and Shelandry Vyola.
  • Both Gayatri and Samiya train together at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who has won both the singles and doubles title at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta? 
- Gayatri Pullela. 

Praneeth clinches maiden Super Series title at Singapore Open

  • Promising Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth clinched his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open after defeating compatriot K Srikanth in a historic all-Indian final.
  • World No.30 Praneeth, who had won the Canada Open Grand Prix last year and reached the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold final this year, outmaneuvered Srikanth 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 in the summit clash of the $350,000 event.
  • It was the first time in the history of international badminton that two Indians were playing a Super Series final and it turned out to be a thrilling contest.
  • The bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in 2010, Praneeth has managed to outwit some accomplished shuttlers such as former All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia, former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat and World No.1 Lee Chong Wei.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Indian shuttler clinched his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open 2017?
 - B Sai Praneeth

14 Apr, 17

India-Australia sports partnership launched

  • India and Australia on Wednesday started a partnership aimed at increasing cooperation in sports.
  • It will advance India–Australia cooperation in four areas –
    1. athlete and coach training and development,
    2. sport science,
    3. sport governance and integrity, and
    4. grassroots participation.
  • The India-Australia Sports Partnership would facilitate exchange of ;
    athletes,
    coaches,
    technical officials,
    sports scientists ,
    between the two countries.
  • A National Sports Talent Identification and Development Portal would be launched shortly.
  • Under the new partnership,
    1. Victoria University and
    2. The University of Canberra
    would work with India to assist in the establishment of a National Sports University similar to the Australian Institute of Sport.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

India with which country on 12th of April 2017 started a partnership aimed at increasing cooperation in sports?
 - Australia. 

13 Apr, 17

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Ambassadors

  • With 50 days to go for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the International Cricket Council announced eight stalwarts of the game as Champion Ambassadors for the tournament in England and Wales.
    1. Shahid Afridi of Pakistan,
    2. Bangladesh’s Habibul Bashar,
    3. Ian Bell of England,
    4. Shane Bond of New Zealand,
    5. Australia’s Mike Hussey,
    6. India’s Harbhajan Singh,
    7. Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and
    8. Graeme Smith of South Africa.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Ambassador from India? 
- Harbhajan Singh. 

India beat Malaysia to lift Asian School Hockey Championship

  • Alishan Mohammad and Pratap Lakra scored a brace each as India emerged champion at the 5th Asian School Hockey Championship with a convincing 5-1 win over Malaysia in the final.
  • In the match for third and fourth place, Singapore beat China 3-1 in a nail-biting shootout after the two teams ended the regulation time in a 1-1 stalemate.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country won the Asian School Hockey Championship 2017?
 - India. 

11 Apr, 17

Lewis Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the Chinese Grand Prix to take his first win of the year and move into a share of the championship lead.
  • Hamilton's victory, in a race enlivened by a wet start and some terrific wheel-to-wheel battles, ties him with first-race winner Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
  • Vettel was second, hardening impressions that 2017 will be a fight between the two multiple champions.
  • Red Bull's Max Verstappen moved up from 16th on the grid to finish third.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Formula 1 driver won the Chinese Grand Prix 2017? 
 - Lewis Hamilton. 

10 Apr, 17

IOA grants affiliation to Boxing Federation of India

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted affiliation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), ending a long-standing impasse between the two bodies.
  • As per the directives of the International Olympic Committee vide their letter dated February 7, the IOA grants affiliation to the BFI subject to ratification by the Executive Council/General Body of the IOA.
  • The IOA had initially refused to grant recognition to BFI stating that it still considered the now-defunct Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF).
  • With this, the BFI now becomes the fully recognised body for Indian boxing, having already been granted affiliation by AIBA and the sports ministry.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted affiliation to which Federation, ending a long-standing impasse between the two bodies? 
 -  Boxing Federation of India (BFI). 

9 Apr, 17

NBA Launches International Basketball Schools Network In Mumbai

  • NBA Basketball Schools open to young male and female players; Top players at each basketball school will have opportunity to attend NBA Academies.
  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the launch of NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs around the world open to international male and female players ages 6-18.
  • The first NBA Basketball School launched today in Mumbai, India as part of a multiyear agreement announced today with India On Track (IOT), one of India’s leading sports management, marketing and development companies.
  • Additional NBA Basketball Schools will be launched in India and around the world in the coming months.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The National Basketball Association (NBA) launched International Basketball Schools Network In which city of India? 
- Mumbai. 

7 Apr, 17

Virat Kohli named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016

  • India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli was named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016.
  • Kohli scored 1215 Test runs at a brilliant average of 75.93 last year.
  • His 10 ODI appearances fetched him 739 runs at 92.37, while he scored 641 T20 International runs at 106.83.
  • Only six batsmen have ever scored more international runs in a calendar year than Kohli but none of them has come close to the Team India captain’s average.
  • Virat Kohli, who features on the cover of the 2017 edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, is also the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, an accolade put in place in 2003 when Ricky Ponting became the first honouree.
  • The 28-year-old became the third Indian cricketer to win the award, which has been running since 2003 and covers all the three formats of the game in the preceding calendar year.
  • Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag earned the honour twice by Wisden, while legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar won it once.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who was named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016?
 - Virat Kohli. 

3 Apr, 17

Roger Federer Downs Rafael Nadal To Win Miami Open

  • Roger Federer  outclassed long-standing rival Rafael Nadal to win the Miami Open on Sunday and continued his remarkable comeback run in 2017.
  • 18-Grand Slam champion ousted the Spaniard in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to win the third Miami Open title.
  • The loss was Nadal's fifth in a final in Miami and this remains one tournament that the Spaniard is yet to win.
  • Since returning from his six month injury lay-off, Federer is not putting a foot wrong and has registered wins in the last four meetings against Nadal--including Australian Open and Indian Wells Title.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the Miami Open 2017 of tennis? 
 - Roger Federer. 

Harmanpreet Kaur named Aus T20 team's Player of the Year

  • India's women's T20I team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been named Player of the Year by Australia's Women's Big Bash League team Sydney Thunder.
  • Harmanpreet earlier had become the first Indian cricketer to play in Australia's Big Bash League, when she was picked by the team last year.
  • She played 13 matches for the team, scoring 296 runs.
  • Pat Cummins, who was brought in a replacement for Mitchell Starc during Australia’s tour of India, after the Ranchi Test, won the Michael Hussey Medal for the Best Men’s Player of the Year award for the Men’s Sydney Thunder franchise.
  • Last year, the 28-year-old became the first ever Indian cricketer to be picked by a Big Bash League franchise, when the Sydney Thunder picked her in their squad.
  • Kaur’s selection was soon followed by that of Smriti Mandhana, who was picked by the Brisbane Heat, later in the year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian female cricketer of India has been named Player of the Year by Australia's Women's Big Bash League team Sydney Thunder?
- India's women's T20I team captain Harmanpreet Kaur. 

PV Sindhu clinches India Open Super Series

  • PV Sindhu avenged her Rio defeat against Carolina Marin in style with a thumping 21-19, 21-16 victory over the top seed Spaniard in the India Open Super Series 2017 final.
  • Sindhu took 47 minutes to win her maiden home Super Series crown.
  • The Indian shuttler dominated the match from the very beginning and never look out of control. This was the second Superseries title win for Sindhu.
  • The Indian shuttler has shown character in the tournament and she entered the final after beaten;
    1. Saina Nehwal and
    2. Sung ji-Hyun.
  • Sindhu rated India Open as one of the important tournaments in her itinerary.
  • Both these players were also involved in an epic battle during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • In the one hour 23 minute classic, Marin emerged the winner in an epic three-game match but Sindhu created history as she became the first Indian female shuttler to clinch the silver medal in the Olympics.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the India Open Super Series 2017 of badminton? 
- PV Sindhu. 
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