Sports Current Affairs 2018

India wins SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship by defeating Bangladesh

India won South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-15 Women’s Championship. In the final match held in Thimpu, Bhutan, India defeated Bangladesh by 1-0 score. Sunita Munda scored the goal that helped the Indian U-15 team clinch the title. Earlier in the semifinal, India defeated Nepal 2-1.

SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship is association football tournament for women’s national teams under the age of 15 from seven south Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan). This was second edition of SAFF Under-15 Women’s Championship. Bangladesh had won the inaugural edition in 2017 by beating India, 1-0 in the final played at Dhaka.

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)

It is an association of the football playing nations in South Asia. This federation was founded in 1997 and is byproduct of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), a regional organization of seven nations of South Asia region which was established in 1985. It is part of the larger Asian Football Confederation. Its founding members are Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Bhutan joined the federation in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2005. In February 2015, Afghanistan had officially left SAFF. Now SAFF has total seven participating nations Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.

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Esow Alben: Teen cyclist creates history by winning India’s first ever medal at world level

Indian Teen cyclist Esow Alben (17) created history by winning the country’s maiden medal in track cycling at the world level. He achieved this feat by winning silver medal in Men’s Keirin event of UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships held in Aigle, Switzerland. In the final sprint of this event, Esow finished just 0.017 seconds behind gold medallist Jakub Stastny (Czech Republic).

Esow Alben

Esow hails from Andaman and Nicobar. He is currently ranked world No. 1 in junior sprint category of cycling after sensational run in Asian Championships and victories in 2018 Cottbuser Sprint Cup 2, GP Brno Track Cycling competitions. This makes him first Indian to reach the top spot in cycling. He is also ranked world no. 3 in keirin event of cycling, where cyclists sprint for victory on track following controlled start. Esow had won hat-trick of gold medals at 2018 Asian Track Cycling Championships in Malaysia. In this event, he had won gold medals in individual and team event. He trains in Delhi at Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Cycling Academy.

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