Sports Current Affairs

Latest Sports Current Affairs 2019 for National and International sports and tournaments, awards, trophies and cups related to cricket, football, tennis and other sports for UPSC, SSC, States, Civil services and other competitive examinations.

Khelo India Community Coach Development Programme

On June 2, 2020, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijju inaugurated the India Community Coach Development Programme

Highlights

The India Community Coach Development Programme is a 25-day long programme for community coaches and PE teachers all over the country. The programme has been launched to give more importance to Physical Education in schools. Both the Ministry of HRD and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports are to work together to take the programme to every school. Besides regular sessions by eminent educationalists in the sports field, international expert will also participate in the programme.

Significance

The Physical Education teachers and community coaches have major role to reach every child, motivate them to participate in fitness and sports activities.

The GoI has also launched several steps to encourage people to take up fitness as their way of life. The Fit India Movement is one such step.

Fit India Movement

The Fit India Movement was launched by PM Modi. The movement highlighted the need to stay healthy amidst the modern lifestyle disorders. It was announced to celebrate the National Sports Day.

Why is the programme important?

  • The WHO says that one in four adults is not active.
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research says that the deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases are increases. This can be reduced only through physical activities
  • The National Family Health Survey says that 11% of women and 15% of men are hypertensive. Fitness exercises will help improve hypertensive conditions.

Khel Ratna Award: India Women’s Team Captain Rani Rampal recommended

On June 2, 2020, the Hockey India recommended India Women Team Captain Rani Rampal for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards. Monika, Vandana Kataria and Harmanpreet Singh were recommended for Arjuna Awards.

Highlights

Besides the Captain, India Stalwarts Tushar Khandker and RP Singh have been recommended for Major Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement. The coaches Romesh Pathania and BJ Kariappa have been nominated for Dronacharya Award.

Rani Rampal

The period of consideration of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is between January 2016 and December 2019. During this period, Rani Rampal led the team to win Women’s Asia Cup in 2017. Under her leadership the team won silver cup in 2018 Asian Games and also she played a significant role for the team to enter FIH Olympic qualifiers in 2019. Her deciding goal helped India qualify for Tokyo Olympics.

She has also received the Arjuna award in 2016 and Padmashri in 2020. She is the first Indian to be named as the World Games Athlete of the Year.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards

A panel from the Sports Ministry will shortlist the nominations received from several other federations. The awards are to be presented on National Sports Day, August 29.