Sports 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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Former India captain Rahul Dravid was officially inducted into International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame. He presented memento by the legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. With this, Dravid became fifth Indian cricketer after Bishan Singh Bedi (inducted in 2009), Sunil Gavaskar (2009), Kapil Dev (2010) and Anil Kumble (2015) to be named on the elite list. In July 2018, ICC had announced Rahul Dravid, Australian legend Ricky Ponting and former England Women’s wicket-keeper Claire Taylor’s induction into Hall of Fame during ceremony in Dublin. Ponting is 25th from Australia to receive the honour. Taylor is third female player from England to be named on the list and seventh overall.
Dravid has scored 23, 208 international runs for India across formats, including 48 hundreds and 146 fifties. He has scored the runs at an average of 45.41. He has scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests, which comprises 36 centuries, and has scored 10,889 runs in 344 One Day Internationals (ODIs) with 12 centuries. He has just played one Twenty20 International. He was named ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Player of the Year in 2004. He holds world record for being excellent slip fielder and finished his Test career in 2012 with 210 catches.
ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
It recognises achievements of legends of game from cricket’s long and illustrious history. It was launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of Dubai on January 2, 2009 as part of its centenary celebrations in association with Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA). Members of Hall of Fame assist in selection of future inductees. The inaugural inductees were W. G. Grace and Graham Gooch. Former England women’s cricket team captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint was first woman cricketer to be inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2010.
The 2018 World Wrestling Championships were fifteenth edition of World Wrestling Championships of combined events and were held from October 20 to 28 in Budapest, Hungary. Here are important facts:
About UWW World Wrestling Championships
- It is amateur wrestling world championship event organised by the United World Wrestling.
- It was started in 1904 with the Men’s Greco-Roman wrestling tournament.
- From 1951, the Men’s freestyle wrestling tournament began.
- From 1987, women’s freestyle championship started.
The top medal winning countries
In the 2018 event, Japan won the most medals with 5 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze. Russia comes second with 8 medals.
India is at the 17th place with 2 medals – 1 silver and 1 bronze. Bajrang Punia bagged the silver medal. Pooja Dhanda won Bronze medal and became fourth Indian woman to win a medal at the World Wrestling Championship.
About Bajrang Punia
Bajrang Punia from Haryana is India’s freestyle wrestler who won a Bronze medal in 2013 world wrestling championships, bagged silver medal in 2015 commonwealth games, 2014 Asian games, and 2014 Asian wrestling championships. With the 2018 win, he has total four silvers in his kitty. He has also won a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship 2017, 2018 commonwealth games, and 2018 Asian games.
Pooja Dhanda from Haryana won silver medals in the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and 2018 Commonwealth Games. With 2018 Bronze win, she became the fourth Indian woman grappler to win a medal at the World Championship. Before her, Alka Tomar in 2006, Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat in 2012 had won a bronze medal each at the Worlds Championships.