Sports Current Affairs 2017

Boxer Manoj Kumar receives prestigious Arjuna Award

Boxer Manoj Kumar was awarded prestigious Arjuna Award by Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi. He was awarded this award after winning a High Court case against Sports ministry. Manoj Kumar is 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist.

Case

Earlier, Kapil Dev-led award selection committee had denied Manoj this award, due false belief that he was involved in a doping case.  Instead of Manoj, the committee had recommended name of another boxer Jai Bhagwan for this award.

After this denial, Manoj had approached the Sports Ministry who had assured him that his name would be added to the list in a review meeting. But he was again sidelined by the Sports Ministry.

After he was sidelined, he took the legal route and filed a case in the Delhi High Court against the ministry. He won this case and that led to the ministry accepting his nomination for the award.

About Arjuna Award

  • The Arjuna Awards are given by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to sportsperson for their recognition and outstanding achievement in National sports. It was instituted in 1961.
  • The award carries a monetary prize of Rs. 500,000, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a scroll.
  • From the year 2001, the award is given only in disciplines falling under the following categories:
  1. Olympic Games / Asian Games / Commonwealth Games / World Cup / World Championship Disciplines and Cricket.
  2. Indigenous Games.
  3. Physically Challenged Sports.

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Supreme Court opines to terminate IPL team Chennai Super Kings

Supreme Court while hearing on the Mudgal report Committee probe on IPL spot-fixing case has opine to terminate Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

This hearing was given by two member special bench headed by Justice T S Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla.

SC hearing

  • Disqualification of CSK: The bench mentioned that being Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief and by owning CSK, Srinivasan had breached the provision of conflict of interest. So, CSK needs to be disqualified.
  • BCCI not taking any action: The bench has also questioned that BCCI over not taking any action against CSK, Rajasthan Royals -the other team whose owner Raj Kundra was allegedly involved in betting, and their officials on the basis of findings of Mudgal Committee report.
  • Fresh Elections of BCCI: The court also suggested there must be fresh election process for the Board. In these elections the people whose names are mentioned in the Mudgal report should not take part. Afterwards newly elected board should decide what actions are to be taken on the basis of findings of the report.

Earlier SC hearing:  SC while hearing on the IPL spot-fixing case probed by the Justice Mudgal Committee had disclosed names of few persons those who had alleged links with this case. They were

  • Srinivasan- Former President of BCCI and owner of CSK
  • Sunder Raman- BCCI chief operating officer (COO).
  • Raj Kundra- Rajasthan Royals co-owner.
  • Gurunath Meiyappan- Chennai Super Kings team principal and son-in-law of N. Srinivasan.

About Mudgal Committee

In 2014, SC has constituted Justice Mukkul Mudgal Committee to conduct an independent inquiry over allegations of corruption, betting and spot-fixing in IPL matches.

Members of committee:  Retired Justice Mukkul Mudgal (Head), former Solicitor-General of India L.Nageshwara Rao, former Umpire Nilay Dutta, Deputy DG of Narcotics Control Bureau B.B.Mishra and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

They had submitted its findings in the form of a final Report to the SC in a sealed cover on November 3, 2014.

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