Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2020

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World Games, 2021 postponed to avoid clash with Tokyo Olympics

The 2021 World Games that was scheduled to be held in Birmingham, Alabama was postponed to 2022. This is being done to avoid the clash with Tokyo Olympics.

Highlights

The World Games is held once in four years. It features 32 sports that are not a part of the Olympics. These games were scheduled to be conducted in Birmingham, Alabama. With the Olympics being postponed to July 2021, the world games have been postponed to July 2022.

About the World Games

The World Games had planned to host 3,600 athletes from 100 countries. This included sports such as bowling, martial arts, squash, wheelchair rugby, billiards, etc.

The World Games was first held in 1981. It is an international multi-sport event. The specialty of the games is that it does not contest any of the games that are included in Olympic Games. After the one to be conducted in 2022, the next World Games has been planned in Chengdu in 2025. So far, the World Games has not yet been held in African countries. Even in the US, it was held only in 1981. The games are predominantly conducted in European countries.

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COVID-19: Wimbledon cancelled for the First Time since World Wars

On April 1, 2020, Wimbledon was cancelled due to the threats of Corona Virus. This is the first time the tournament is being cancelled since the World War II.

Highlights

Wimbledon was scheduled between June 29, 2020 and July 12, 2020 in the outskirts of London. However, it was cancelled considering lock down situation and also due to the threats posed by COVID-19. The next edition of the tournament is to be held between June 28, 2021 and July 11, 2021.

History

Wimbledon Tennis Tournament was first held in 1877. Since then it has been contested every year. However, it was cancelled during two stretches. Once during the first world war between 1915 and 1918 and it was cancelled another time during the second world war between 1940 and 1945.

Wimbledon

The Wimbledon is also known as The Championships. It is the oldest Tennis Tournament in the world. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The other three include French Open, US open and Australian Open.

Wimbledon is the only tournament that is still played on grass. Playing on grass is considered as traditional and is also a classic tennis court.

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