Athletics Current Affairs - 2019

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South Asian Games begins in Kathmandu

On December 1, 2019, the President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari opened the South Asian Games in Kathmandu. The event is scheduled to be conducted for 10 days. Around 487 athletes are participating from India.

About South Asian Games

The South Asian Games is a biennial multi-sport event that is held among the South Asian countries. It is being conducted since 1983. Currently there are eight members in the event. It includes India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Maldives.

The governing body of the event is South Asia Olympic Council

South Asia Olympic Council

The Council was formed in 1983 at Islamabad, Pakistan. The country hosting the South Asian games holds the president-ship of the council. The current President of the council is Nepal.

The Council holds South Asian Beach Games and South Asian Winter Games. The Beach Games are usually conducted in the month of September every year and predominantly includes water sports. The South Asian Winter Games includes athletics, skating, swimming, etc.

World Athletics Championship, 2019

The World Athletics Championship is organized by IAAF – International Association of Athletics Federations. This year it was held between September 27 and October 6, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Athletes from 209 countries from all over the world participated in more than 49 athletic events.

The competition was previously known as World Championship in Athletics. It is the first time it is being conducted in its new name.

The competition had several record breakers this year. The 200m winner Noah Lyles and Niklas Kaul of Germany in Decthlon victor were the youngest gold medalists in their respective events. Ukraine athlete Yaroslava Mahuchikh broke her own record twice winning silver medal. She is one of the athletes born after 200 to hold the record.

USA bagged maximum gold in the event. India ranked 7th in 100 metres, 6th in 400 meters, 8th in 200 meters and 1500 meters respectively.