Sports Current Affairs 2017

August 29: National Sports Day

The National Sports Day is observed every year on 29th august every year to birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand who was born on 29 August 1905.

To celebrate the day, Government had conducted various programs throughout the country. On this occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind presented National sports Awards to 29 players. The President conferred Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award.

About Dhyan Chand

The legendary hockey player was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He is widely considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time. He had started playing hockey only after joining the Army at the age of 16.

He was famously known as ‘The Wizard’ for his superb ball control and had scored more than 1000 goals during his international career. He is mostly remembered for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning 3 Olympic gold medals in field hockey in 1928 (Amsterdam), 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin).

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PV Sindhu wins silver medal at 2017 World Badminton Championship

Indian ace shuttler and 2017 Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu won the silver medal in 2017 World Badminton Championship held at Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom).

In the final match, Sindhu lost to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara by 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 score. Earlier, in Saina Nehwal had won bronze medal. This is for first time, Indian shuttlers have won two medals in the Championship.

It was overall Sindhu’s third medal at the World Championships as she earlier had won bronze medals in 2013 and 2014 editions.

PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu received international attention after getting listed on the Top 20 list of Badminton World Federation rankings in 2012. In 2013, she created history by becoming first Indian women’s singles badminton player to win  medal at World Championships. Sindhu had won Silver medal in 2017 Rio Olympics. She was the second Indian female shuttler to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal who had won bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics. Sindhu has been awarded Padma Shri in 2015, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.

India’s achievements at World Badminton Championship

Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a medal at Championship after he had won bronze medal in the men’s singles in 1983. Women’s doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had won bronze medal in 2011.

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