Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2019

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.

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India lift SAFF U-18 Championship title for first time

India won the SAFF Under-18 football Championship by defeating Bangladesh by 2-1 in final held in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is India’s maiden SAFF U-18 trophy.

Key Highlights

Background: In 2015 football tournament India remained runners up and in 2017 India finished 3rd. The 2019 Host country Nepal had lifted earlier two editions of the Championship but could not qualify for semi finals this time.

Match Highlights: India played aggressively from the beginning of the match and Vikram Pratap Singh did not take much time to hand India a 1-0 lead.  Singh scored in 2nd minute of the game. Then before the conclusion of 1st half, Bangladesh’s Yeasin managed to score an equaliser in 40th minute which brought the scoreline to 1-1. In 2nd half, both the teams gave each other tough competition and restricted each other from scoring a goal. However, within 1st minute of injury time, Ravi Bahadur Rana scored 2nd and decisive goal for India to lift the third edition of tournament.

Most Valuable Player of Championship: Ninthoinganba Meetei of India

SAFF U-18 Championship

It is a football championship for male footballers under the age of 18. It is organized by South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). The championship was held for first time in August 2015 in Nepal.

  • Number of Participant teams- 8
  • Most successful team(s)- Nepal (2nd titles)

IAAF Council: Adille Sumariwalla re-elected as its member

The President of Athletics Federation of India (AFI), Adille Sumariwallam has been re-elected as member of Council of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). His election is for a second four-year term.

Key Highlights

The election took place during 52nd Congress of sport’s world governing body at Doha, Qatar. The elective Congress was held just two days before World Athletics Championships opens in Doha.

Adille Sumariwallam who is a former Olympian, received 121 votes to get elected as one of the 13 individual members of IAAF Council.

Sebastian Coe (62) of Britain was also re-elected unopposed as IAAF President for a second term. He is the former Olympic and world champion middle-distance runner.

Along with Sumariwallam and Co, four Vice Presidents were also elected.

About International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

It is the international governing body for sport of athletics.

It was established on 17 July 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden. It is headquartered in Monaco.

Membership: 215 member federations