Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2019

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BWF World Championships 2019:  PV Sindhu became 1st Indian to win gold

PV Sindhu became 1st Indian to win a Badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. Sindhu  crushed Okuhara with  21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes in a one-sided final held at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland. Sindhu’s gold is second medal that India won at BWF World Championships in 2019 edition with Sai Praneeth winning a bronze in men’s singles category.

Key Highlights

The 2019 edition was 16th match between Sindhu and Okuhara. Last time Sindhu and Okuhara met in finals of World Championships in 2017. In this encounter which lasted for nearly 2 hours and involved a 73-shot rally, Okuhara emerged victorious in end. Sindhu now leads 9-7 head-to-head, including 3 victories in last 5 meetings between duo before recent clash.

Sindhu is also 2nd women shuttler to have 5 medals and 3rd to have medals in all three colours.

This is P V Sindhu’s 5th medal at World Championships. Her full set of medals at World Championships include- 2 bronze (in 2013 and 2014 edition), 2 silver (she won in last two editions) and 1 gold

Badminton Association of India has announced a cash reward of ₹20 lakh for Sindhu.

Other BWF World Championship Winners

Men’s Singles: Japan’s Kento Momota

Men’s Doubles: Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan,

Women’s Doubles: Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto & Wakana Nagahara

Mixed Doubles: China’s Zheng Siwei & Huang Yaqiong

BWF World Championship 2019: B. Sai Praneeth wins bronze in men’s singles

India’s B. Sai Praneeth settled for bronze after losing (13-21, 8-21) to Kento Momota of Japan in men’s singles semifinal in BWF World Championships 2019 held at St. Jakobshalle in Basel in Switzerland. Kento Momota is world No.1 and defending champion of Badminton World Championship.

Key Highlights

Sai Praneeth, World No. 19, has ended a 36-year wait by becoming only 2nd Indian men’s singles player since Prakash Padukone in 1983 to win a bronze medal at World Championships after he defeated world No.4 Jonatan Christie in quarter-final with 24-22, 21-14.

Badminton Association of India has announced a cash reward of Rs.5 lakh for B. Sai Praneeth for winning bronze in BWF World Championship,

About BWF World Championships

Badminton World Federation (BWF) sanctions this badminton tournament.

It was founded in 1977 and is also known as World Badminton Championships.

It offers most ranking points, together with Summer Olympic Games.

Winners of tournament are crowned as ‘World Champions’ and awarded gold medals.

The tournament does not offer any prize money.

2019 BWF World Championships

The badminton tournament was held from 19 to 25 August at St. Jakobshalle in Basel in Switzerland.

Total Competitors in tournament- 359

Nations Participated– 45

Host– Basel. It was chosen to be host of 2019 edition of championships over 2020 Summer Olympics host city, Tokyo (Japan). This bid was approved by Badminton World Federation during a council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.