Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2020

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International Table Tennis Federation suspends events, freezes World Rankings

On March 30, 2020 the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced that it is suspending all the planned events till June 30, 2020. The decision was taken during the ITTF meeting that was held to discuss the effects of Novel Corona Virus.

Highlights

The ITTF is suspending all the events that were planned due to the postponement of Tokyo Olympics, 2020 and Paralympic Games. The Committee has also decided to freeze the rankings.

ITTF

The ITTF is the governing body of all the national table tennis associations spread all over the world. The Headquarters of the Federation is located in Switzerland. It was founded in 1926. There are six continental federations operating under ITTF. They are Table Tennis Federation of India located in India, Asian Table Tennis Union of Asia, European Table Tennis Union of Europe, Latin American Table Tennis Union, Oceania Table Tennis Federation and North American Table Tennis Union.

Hence out of the 5 continental association, India has a separate place in the Federation. This is because India has the highest members in the federation out of the other continents.

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Sunil Chhetri, Indian Football team Captain named for FIFA’s COVID-19 Campaign

The World Governing body FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association or International Federation of Association Football) has selected Indian Football Captain Sunil Chhetri among 28 other stars for its campaign. The campaign is to combat COVID-19.

Highlights

The FIFA has joined hands with the World Health Organization to launch an awareness campaign to combat Corona Virus. The campaign is to call people all over the world to stop the spread of the disease.

Campaign

The campaign is called “Pass the message to kick out Corona Virus”. The campaign is to spread five key steps that are in line with WHO guidance. It includes hand washing, not touching the face, coughing etiquette, physical distance and staying home.

The campaign is to be conducted in video format in 13 different languages. Apart from Sunil, it also includes other best players from the world such as Argentine Lionel Messi and other world cup winners Casillas, Philip Lahm and Cales Puyol.

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