Argentina Current Affairs - 2019

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Spain wins 2nd FIBA basketball World Cup title

Spain captured its second FIBA basketball World Cup title after defeating Argentina with 95-75 in the gold medal game held at Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China. The Spaniards won their 1st basketball World Cup title in 2006 in Japan.

Key Highlights

The Spaniards capped a dominant run as they finished undefeated at 8-0.

Point guard Ricky Rubio was named Most Valuable Player of the international competition. He led Spain with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He surpassed Pablo Prigioni of Argentina as World Cup assists leader since FIBA started recording all game statistics in 1994.

Marc Gasol won his 2nd championship in less than 3 months. He won NBA championship with Toronto Raptors and has become 2nd player to win an NBA title and FIBA World Cup title in same year. In 2010, Lamar Odom accomplished this feat for Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball.

Gasol who finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists was among 5 players named to FIBA World Cup 2019 All-Star Five. The other four are Rubio, Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia, Luis Scola of Argentina and Evan Fournier of France.

2nd Global Disability Summit’ being held in Argentina

The 2nd Global Disability Summit is being held at Buenos Aires, Argentina from 6 June to 8 June 2019.

From India a delegation headed by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, will be participating in Summit. Union Minister also attended ‘1st Global Disability Summit’ held at London, UK in July 2018.

Key Highlights of Summit

Background: the first-ever Global Disability Summit was held at London, United Kingdom (UK) on 24 July 2018. It was hosted by UK Department for International Development (UK DFID), along with the co-hosts International Disability Alliance (IDA) and Government of Kenya. The summit was attended by global leaders from more than 40 countries (including India), who committed to work in direction of economic empowerment of persons with disabilities.

Objective:

  • To deliberate on issues related to empowerment and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) across the world.
  • To work out a mechanism so as to enable PwDs to live an independent and dignified life.

Significance: The Global leaders attending the summit express their commitments towards eliminating stigma and discrimination against PwDs and to work towards promoting inclusive education, economic empowerment, technology and innovation in assistive devices, data desegregation etc. for them.

Way Ahead: After the Summit, Indian delegation will also be participating in bilateral discussions with Argentina Government for developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between two countries on 9 June to 10 June 2019.