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India Blue wins Duleep Trophy tournament

Gautam Gambhir-led India Blue has won the inaugural day/night 2016-17 Duleep Trophy Cricket tournament played with a pink ball. The 2016–17 was 55th season of Duleep Trophy.

In the final match held in Greater Noida, India Blue defeated India Red, captained by Yuvraj Singh, by a massive 355 runs.

Ravinder Jadeja, who bagged 5 wickets in the second innings, finished the game with a 10-wicket haul. Cheteshwar Pujara was named player of the match.

About Duleep Trophy

  • The Duleep Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket tournament played between teams representing geographical zones of India. The Tournament was instituted in 1961-62 by BCCI.
    The tournament is named after Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji of Nawanagar. It was contested by three teams, namely India Red, India Blue and India Green.
  • In June 2016, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had changed the feature of tournament featuring day/night matches and to be played with pink ball.

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Devendra Jhajharia wins gold medal in javelin throw at 2016 Rio Paralympics

India’s Devendra Jhajharia (36) has won gold medal in the men’s javelin throw, F46 event held at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

With this, he becomes only the second gold medallist at the Paralympics for the country. He won the gold medal with world-record throw of 63.97 metres.

Devendra victory took India’s medal tally at this edition of the Paralympics to four medals — two golds, one silver and a bronze.

He had also secured the gold medal in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with record throw of 62.15 metres. With this, he also became first Indian Paralympian to win two gold medals at the Paralympics.

About Devendra Jhajharia

  • Devendra Jhajharia’s left hand amputated after he had met with accident in his childhood.
  • He was awarded the Arjuna award in 2004 and the Padma Shri in 2012, becoming the first Paralympian to receive the honour.
  • He last participated in the Paralympics 12 years ago i.e. in 2004, however the F46 event did not feature in the 2008 and the 2012 editions of Paralympics.

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SAI-AIFF launch online portal for Global Scouting Programme

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and All India Football Federation (AIFF) have jointly launched an online portal for its Global Scouting Programme (GSP).

The portal was launched by Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel in New Delhi.

Key Facts

  • Under the Global Scouting Programme, boys of Indians living abroad will be able to play in India’s team in FIFA under-17 world cup scheduled in 2017 in different cities of the country.
  • The online portal of GSP will allow applicant have to upload a two minute playing video on the site.
  • It will provide Indian players who hold valid Indian passport a chance to present his playing talent to the scouts of India’s U-17 team.

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