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 clinched the women’s FIH Series Finals Hockey Tournament by beating hosts Japan 3-1 in summit clash at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium in Japan.
The World No.9 Indian women had put a hard fought win over the Asian champions.
Captain Rani Rampal gave India lead in 3rd minute before drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur struck twice (45th and 60th minutes) late in match to set up win.
In last minutes of match Gurjit, the top scorer of tournament, scored her second goal of match through a penalty corner to make it 3-1 and closed the victory for India.
Kanon Mori scored only goal for Japan in 11th minute.
By entering final of FIH Series Indian women’s team have already secured its place in final round of 2020 FIH Olympics qualifiers.
Women’s FIH Series
The 2018–19 Women’s FIH Series Finals that were held in June 2019 are 2nd stage of 2018–19 editions of Hockey Series.
The event saw the participation of 24 teams (from 5 confederations) matches played were 52.
The venue was in 3 host cities- Hiroshima (Japan), Banbridge (Ireland) and Valencia (Spain).
The top two teams from each event qualified for 2019 FIH Olympic Qualifiers.
India’s Pankaj Advani defeated Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon of Thailand with 6-3 in final to clinch the 35th men’s Asian Snooker Championship.
India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani won men’s Asian Snooker Championship to complete a career grand slam in cue sports.
Record: With this win Advani has now become the only player to win Asian and World championships in all formats and also only one to do it in both billiards and snooker.
He has now claimed ACBS (Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports) Asian snooker events: 6-red (short format) and 15-red (long format) along with the IBSF World (Billiards and Snooker) Championships in both formats.
Although Pankaj had already accomplished it in billiards, but he was missing 15-red Asian snooker title from his bulging trophy cabinet.
Pankaj will now take part in IBSF World Cup 2019 scheduled to be held in late June in Doha, Qatar.
About ACBS Asian Snooker Championship
It is the premier non-professional snooker tournament in Asia that started from 1984. The Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports, sanctions the event series. In most of the seasons winner of tournament qualifies for next season of Professional Snooker Tour.