Sports Current Affairs 2017

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Government Constitutes Task Force to prepare Action Plan for Next three Olympic Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the constitution of eight members Task Force committee for preparing action plan for next three Olympic Games 2020, 2024 and 2028.

It has been given three months’ time to submit its report regarding a comprehensive action plan including short, medium and long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sports-persons in the Olympic games.

 The members of Task force: Pulella Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra, Rajesh Kalra, Om Pathak, Viren Rasquinha, S. Baldev Singh, Prof. G.L. Khanna and Sandeep Pradhan.

Terms of Reference of Task Force
  • Suggest a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games.
  • Suggest effective methods to identify core probable medal prospects for 2020 Olympics, their coaches and support staff.
  • Suggest effective talent identification system for 2024 and 2028 Olympics. Identify components of world class support system for elite sportspersons and lay down further the pathway.
  • Suggest ways to achieve synergy in the efforts of key stakeholders within Union Government and across State Governments, Indian Olympic Association (IOA), National Sports Federations, NGOs, etc.
  • Suggest ways to significantly improve the standards of coaching and sports scientist within the country and to create and upgrade sports infrastructure required to train top-level athletes.
  • Make suggestion regarding foreign training and exposure of top-level athletes and also make recommendations on any other matters referred to it.

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SC appoints Committee of Administrators headed by Vinod Rai to run BCCI

The Supreme Court has appointed former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai as head of four-member Committee of Administrators to run Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Other three members of the committee are noted historian Ramachandra Guha, former Indian women’s  cricket team captain Diana Edulji and managing director of IDFC Limited Vikram Limaye.

They will function as the interim bosses of the BCCI and run the day-to-day administration of  cricket body till the Lodha Committee reforms are fully implemented and elections held.

SC order
  • Committee of Administrators’ first task will be to find out how much the BCCI has complied with the recommendations made by the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee.
  • Named Amitabh Chaudhary, Anirudh Chaudhary of BCCI and Vikram Limaye as representative of BCCI at the ICC meeting to be held in the first week of February, 2017.
  • Declined Centre’s request to appoint Secretary of Sports Ministry as the member of the committee. It referred to its earlier judgement debarring Ministers and Government servants from holding office in BCCI.
  • Dismissed the names to be appointed as BCCI administrators, submitted in a sealed envelope, while asserting that any individual over the age of 70 will not be appointed as BCCI administrators. 
Background

In its earlier order of January 2, 2017 the Supreme Court had removed Anurag Thakur as BCCI president, Ajay Shirke as BCCI secretary and disqualified all the board and its state association office bearers after they had failed to implement new norms set by the Justice Lodha Committee.  In its order SC had indicated that it would soon appoint a panel of administrators to carry out the reforms in the BCCI to make its affairs transparent.

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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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