Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2020

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International Hockey Federation names Indian Hockey Captain “Player of the Year”, 2019

On February 13, 2020, the International Hockey Federation named the Indian Hockey captain Manpreet Singh as Player of the Year, 2019.

Highlights

Manpreet is the first Indian to win the title. The accolade was introduced in 1999.

Manpreet Singh

Manpreet Singh is the Indian National Hockey team captain since 2017. He was named the Indian Squad at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He has played several international games including Asian Games, Common Wealth Games, Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy.

He is known for his best sportsmanship and patriotism at 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Minutes before a match with Australia, Manpreet received the news of his father’s death. He still played the match and India won 1-2.

International Hockey Federation

The International Hockey Federation is the governing body of indoor field hockey and field hockey. The headquarters is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Player of the year award is given by the organization to men and women since 1998. The young category of the honourary award was added in 2001.

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National Winter Games to be held in Gulmarg

The National Winter Games is to be held in Gulmarg from March 7, 2020. The games are to be held for five days in Gulmarg, the world-famous Ski destination. It is being held under Khelo India.

Highlights

The Department of Tourism is to create wide publicity about the event through roadshows. Around 30 events are to be held at the national winter games under four disciplines. It includes snow skiing, snowboarding, snow-show and cross-country. Also, snow cycling and other games are to be held for children.

Khelo India

Khelo India was first held in 2018. The main aim of Khelo India event is to hunt grassroot level talent all over India. The talent are identified by the Talent Hunt Committee. Such identifies sports persons are provided with scholarship of Rs 5 lakhs for 8 years.

The first Khelo India was held in Delhi and the second event was organized in 2019 and in 2020 it was held in Guwahati, Assam.

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