Sports Current Affairs 2017

Haryana Government unveils new sports policy

Haryana government has unveiled new sports policy named Haryana Physical Activities and Sports Policy-2015.

It was announced Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at function organized at Rohtak.

Key facts of Haryana Physical Activities and Sports Policy-2015

New sports policy, substantially increases the award money given to winners of international and national sports events.

Olympic and Paralympic games

  • Gold medal winners: Will get Rs 6 crore. Earlier they were given Rs 5 crore.
  • Silver medal winners: Will get Rs 4 crore. Earlier they were given Rs 3 crore.
  • Bronze medal winners: Will get Rs 2.5 crore. Earlier they were given Rs 2 crore.
  • Participants: will get Rs 15 lakh cash awards. Earlier they were given Rs 11 lakh earlier.

Asian Games

  • Gold medal winners: Will get Rs 3 crore. Earlier they were given Rs 2 crore.
  • Silver medal winners: Will get Rs 1.5 crore. Earlier they were given Rs 1 crore.
  • Bronze medal winners: Will get Rs 75 lakh .Earlier they were given Rs 50 lakh.

Commonwealth Games

  • Gold medal winners: Will get Rs 1.5 crore. Earlier they were given Rs 1 crore.
  • Silver medal winners: Will get Rs 75 lakh. Earlier they were given Rs 50 lakh.
  • Bronze medal winners: Will get Rs 50 lakh .Earlier they were given Rs 25 lakh.

World Cup/World Championship winners

  • Gold medal winners: Will get Rs 20 lakh. Earlier they were given Rs 10 lakh.
  • Silver medal winners: Will get Rs 15 lakh. Earlier they were given Rs 8 lakh.
  • Bronze medal winners: Will get Rs 10 lakh .Earlier they were given Rs 6 lakh.

State government also has increased the award money for various other sports competitions including World University Games, Youth Olympic Games, National School Games, All India University Tournaments, World Marathon for Mentally Challenged, among other events.

Eligibility and conditions: Cash award will only be given to those sportspersons who has represented the state of Haryana in any sports. The sportspersons or their parents should be residents of Haryana.

As per the policy, players will be given awards for the performance of preceding financial year only and not for past performance or achievements.

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the third time

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for year 2014.

He has earned this title of world’s best football player for a third time. Earlier he was conferred with award in 2008 and 2013.

He has retained this highest individual honour in football after scoring 61 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal in 2014. He also had played important role, by making record tally of 17 goals in a Champions League season that helped his club to win an unprecedented 10th European Cup title.

While in women’s section, Germany’s midfielder Nadine Kessler has been awarded FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year title.

FIFA Ballon d’Or Award

  • It is an annual football association award given by FIFA to the male player who has performed the best in the previous calendar year.
  • This award was instituted in 2010 after France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged.
  • It is awarded to the male player, based upon highest votes secured by him from national team coaches and captains, as well as journalists from around the world.
  • Inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or was awarded to Lionel Messi. Later he won this award for consecutive two years i.e. 2011 and 2012.

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