Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2019

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21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship begins in Cuttack

Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship 2019 began at the Jawaharlal Indoor Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha. The tournament will be held from Wednesday 17th to Monday 22nd July 2019. 12 Nations are participating in 21st edition of CTTC. The event was inaugurated by Governor of Odisha Prof. Ganeshi Lal.

Key Highlights

The final list of nations that are competing in Table Tennis tournament include India, Malaysia, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, England, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Wales and Scotland. The teams of Ghana, Guyana and Pakistan have pulled out at the last minute.

Groups:

Men:

Group A: England, Sri Lanka, Cyprus

Group B: India, Scotland, Singapore

Group C: Nigeria, Malaysia, Bangladesh

Group D: Australia, South Africa, Wales

Women:

Group A: Singapore, Wales, Scotland

Group B: India, Sri Lanka, South Africa

Group C: Australia, Malaysia, Cyprus

Group D: Nigeria, England, Bangladesh

Format: allows two teams from each group to qualify for second stage.

On inaugural day of Tournament-

Men’s category

India defeated Scotland by 3-0 while England defeated Cyprus by 3-0.

Nigeria defeated Bangladesh by 3-0 and Australia defeated Wales by 3-0.

Women’s category

India defeated Srilanka by 3-0.

Australia defeated Cyprus by 3-0.

Nigeria defeated Bangladesh by 3-0.

About Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship

It was formed at meeting of Commonwealth delegates held in Munich, Germany at World Championships 1969. It was 1st staged in 1971 in Singapore.

CTTC 2019

It will be 21st edition of event and marks its 50 year anniversary.

Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) is hosting 2019 Commonwealth Championships.

India 1st staged tournament in Bombay (1982), Hyderabad (1994) and New Delhi (2001), Jaipur (2007), New Delhi (2013) and Surat (2015).

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India secures top spot in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship

India finished on top of medals tally at Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship held in Apia, Samoa. Indian 37-member weightlifting contingent topped the medal tally in both junior and senior age groups.

Key Highlights

Weightlifting events were held across 3 categories- Senior, Junior and Youth.

India won 35 medals (22 golds, 10 silvers and 3 bronze medals) across 3 age groups; with 32 different athletes (15 men and 17 women) securing medals thus securing 1st spot in medal tally of tournament.

Mirabai Chanu: Won gold in women’s 49 kg with a total lift of 191 kg. She is gold medalist at 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Khel Ratna awardee.

Record Broken: In addition to 35 medals won at CWC meet, India also broke a total of 22 records in all 3 age groups in World, Asian, Commonwealth and National level.

Jeremy Lalrinnunga: competing in 67 kg male event broke a youth world record with lift of 136 kg in snatch. This same lift also set new youth record at Asian, Commonwealth and National level, as well as set a new junior record at Commonwealth and National level.

Jhilli Dalabehera: won gold in women’s 45kg event. She set 6 records with a clean and jerk lift of 94 kg and total lift of 164 kg at Commonwealth (Senior and Junior) and Junior National level.

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