Japan Current Affairs - 2020

Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) meets in Bangkok

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue also known as Quad is an informal strategic grouping consisting of India, US, Australia and Japan recently met in Bangkok in Thailand.

Key Highlights of Meet

  • The meet in Bangkok was attended by senior officials of Quad (India, US, Japan and Australia).
  • At the meet countries held consultations on their collective efforts for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. The consultations also underscored Quad’s intention of continuing with close coordination and collaboration among themselves in support of sustainable, private sector-led development, maritime security of the region and of good governance.
  • The Quad (or QSD) is committed to preserving and promoting the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region. At this meet they reaffirmed their shared commitment.
  • The Quad call for an open Indo-Pacific region (which is a biogeographic region) is because China has been trying to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific.
  • China claims almost all of the South China Sea (SCS) even though other countries of same region viz. Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have also countered China’s claims over it.

IAAF World Relays 2019 in Yokohama concludes

The 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays was a two day biennial event which held from 11 May to 12 May 2019, in Yokohama, Japan. It offers platform for athletes to qualify for upcoming 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar in September-October 2019.

About 2019 IAAF World Relays

  • Participants: 43 nations from all over the world took part in competition.
  • New Event Added: For 2019, two new mixed events were established:
    1. The 2 × 2 × 400 m relay (It replaces the 4 × 800 m relay which featured at last event)
    2. The shuttle hurdles relay

IAAF World Relays 2019 Winners:

Gold winners in Men’s events:

  • 4x100m: Brazil
  • 4x200m: US
  • 4x400m: Trinidad & Tobago

Gold winners in Women’s events:

  • 4x100m: US
  • 4x200m: France
  • 4x400m: Poland

India’s Performance:

  • India competed in 4X400m relays (men, women and mixed relay). From India same squad which featured in Asian Athletics Championships in Doha in April 2019 was fielded.
  • Both Indian men’s 4x400m teams and Indian women’s 4x400m teams finished at 17th position.
  • The mixed 4x400m quartet of Hima Das, Saritaben Gayakwad, MR Poovamma, and VR Vismaya stood at 15th

About IAAF World Relays

  • It is an international track and field sporting event.
  • It sees participant teams from all over the world which compete in relay races. Some of these teams are not part of standard Olympic programme.
  • It is organized by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
  • It is a biennial event i.e. it is held every odd year, just like IAAF World Athletics Championships.
  • Moreover, IAAF World Relay serves as a qualification stage for IAAF World Championships in Athletics.