Sports Current Affairs 2017

Latest Sports Current Affairs 2016 for National and International sports and tournaments, awards, trophies and cups related to cricket, football, tennis and other sports.

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Cristiano Ronaldo named the world’s best player for 2016

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player for the year 2016 at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards held in Zurich, Switzerland. To win this title he received 34.54% of total votes.

He defeated Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (26.42%), Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann (7.53%) to win the coveted prize.

Other 2016 awardees are
  • Best FIFA Women’s Player: Carli Lloydll (US).
  • Best FIFA Men’s Coach: Claudio Ranieri (Italy).
  • Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Silvia Neid (Germany).
  • FIFA Puskas Award: Mohd Faiz Subri (Malaysia).
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: Atletico Nacional
  • FIFA Award for an Outstanding Career: Falcao (Brazil).
  • FIFA Fan Award: Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters.

About Best FIFA Football Awards

The Best FIFA Football Awards are an association football awards presented annually by the FIFA. They are awared in by FIFA to several individuals across different categories. The selection criteria for the (men’s and women’s) players of the year are: sporting performance, general conduct on and off the pitch from 20 November 2015 to 22 November 2016. The selected will be voted by media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains.

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Government constitutes Injeti Srinivas Committee to frame National Sports Code

The Union Sports Ministry has constituted committee to frame comprehensive National Sports Development Code across sports disciplines. It will be headed by Injeti Srinivas, Sports Secretary.

The committee will study the existing sports governance frame work, issues relating to sports governance in the country, recent developments related to sports governance.

It will also study court judgments and international best practices and make recommendations on bringing out a comprehensive code across sports disciplines. 

Members of the Committee: Abhinav Bindra (Olympian), Anju Bobby George (Olympian), Praksh Padukone, (eminent sports person), Narinder Batra (President, FIH), Nandan Kamath (Lawyer), Bishweshwar Nandi (Coach) and Vijay Lokpally (Sports Journalist).

Terms of reference of the Committee
  • Identify basic universal principles of ethics and good governance based on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Charter, international best practices.
  • Study draft National Sports Development Bill, National Sports Development Code, 2011, Supreme Court and High Court judgments related to issues of good governance in administration of sports in country.
  • Make specific recommendations for bringing out a comprehensive National Sports Code to address the issues of governance pertaining to the National Sports Federations and National Olympic Committee.

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SC sacks BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke

The Supreme Court has sacked Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke after they failed to implement the reforms recommended by the Justice Lodha committee.

The apex court held that Mr. Thakur and Mr. Shirke are unfit to continue at helm of BCCI for their obstructionist attitude and their incapacity to make affiliated State associations fall in line with Lodha committee.

Key Facts
  • SC ordered them to forthwith cease and desist from associating themselves with Indian cricket’s most powerful sporting body. With this, SC set the stage for a revamp of the country’s top cricketing body.
  • It said a committee of administrators having experience and integrity for the committee will be appointed to run the BCCI.
  • Till the committee will be formed, the seniormost vice-president of the BCCI to take over as BCCI president and the joint secretary to replace him.
  • Once the committee of administrators is formed, the SC appointed Lodha committee’s recommendations will be confined to overall policy-making.
  • Besides, the court found Mr. Thakur prima facie guilty of both contempt of Supreme Court proceedings and perjury (fabrication of false evidence).
  • The court also concluded that BCCI President had apparently acted to garner evidence that the SC appointed Lodha Committee’s interventions in the working of the BCCI amounted to “governmental interference.”

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