Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2020

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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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic won the title for the eighth time

The Serbian Player Novak Djokovic captured the Australian Open Title of 2020 in Men’s single. Sofia Kenin won Women’s singles at the tournament. Rajeev Ram teamed up with Joe Salisbury won the Men’s doubles.

Australia Open

The Australia Open 2020 was held at Melbourne. It is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments held every year. The other 3 Grand Slams include Wimbledon, French Open and US open. So far Australian Open has been conducted in 5 cities namely Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Sydney. In 1906, it was conducted at the New Zealand city Christchurch and in 1912 at Hastings.

The Australian Open was first held in 1905. The nick name of Grand Slam is “Happy Slam”.

Grand Slam

The Grand Slam title offers most ranking points. The Australian Open is held in January, French Open in May-June, Wimbledon in June-July and US Open in August-September. The Grand Slam tournaments are operated by the International Tennis Federation.

International Tennis Federation

It was founded in 1913. It maintains rules of tennis and regulates international tournaments. It also preserved sports integrity conducting anti-doping and anti-corruption programmes.

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World Games Athlete of the Year, 2019-Title won by Rani Rampal

The Indian Women Hockey Team player Rani Rampal has won the “World Game Athlete of the Year, 2019” title. She is the first hockey player in the world to receive the title.

Athlete of the Year

The title is awarded to the winner selected through a voting process. The award is presented to an awardee who is outstanding in terms of social concern, performance and good behavior.

About Rani Rampal

Rani Rampal is called the “Queen of Indian Hockey”. She joined the Indian Hockey National Team at the age of 15. She is the current captain of the team. In 2020, Rani Rampal was awarded with Padmashri, one of India’s most prestigious awards.

Rani had participated in 2009 Asia cup and won silver medal. Also she was a part of 2010 Common Wealth games of 2010.

Other nominated players

Around 20 players all over the world were nominated for the voting process. Among them, Stanislav Horuna, a Ukranian Karate player secured second rank followed by the Canadian Athlete Rhea Stinn who finished third power lifting.

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