Mirabai Chanu Current Affairs - 2020

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India secures top spot in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship

India finished on top of medals tally at Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship held in Apia, Samoa. Indian 37-member weightlifting contingent topped the medal tally in both junior and senior age groups.

Key Highlights

Weightlifting events were held across 3 categories- Senior, Junior and Youth.

India won 35 medals (22 golds, 10 silvers and 3 bronze medals) across 3 age groups; with 32 different athletes (15 men and 17 women) securing medals thus securing 1st spot in medal tally of tournament.

Mirabai Chanu: Won gold in women’s 49 kg with a total lift of 191 kg. She is gold medalist at 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Khel Ratna awardee.

Record Broken: In addition to 35 medals won at CWC meet, India also broke a total of 22 records in all 3 age groups in World, Asian, Commonwealth and National level.

Jeremy Lalrinnunga: competing in 67 kg male event broke a youth world record with lift of 136 kg in snatch. This same lift also set new youth record at Asian, Commonwealth and National level, as well as set a new junior record at Commonwealth and National level.

Jhilli Dalabehera: won gold in women’s 45kg event. She set 6 records with a clean and jerk lift of 94 kg and total lift of 164 kg at Commonwealth (Senior and Junior) and Junior National level.

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National Sports Awards 2018

The Union Government bestows National Sports Awards every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports in India. These awards include Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar. The awardees will receive their awards from President Ram Nath Kovind at special function organized at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th September, 2018.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018

It is India’s highest sporting award given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.

Recipients are: S. Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting) and Virat Kohli (Cricket).

Dronacharya Awards 2018

It bestowed upon coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events.

Recipients are: Chenanda Achaiah Kuttappa (Boxing), Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting), A. Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis), Sukhdev  Singh  Pannu (Athletics), Clarence Lobo (Hockey-Life Time), Tarak Sinha (Cricket-Life Time), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo-Life Time), V.R. Beedu (Athletics -Life Time).

Arjuna Award 2018

It is India’s second highest sporting award bestowed upon sportsperson for consistently outstanding performance for four years.

Recipients are: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Jinson Johnson (Athletics), Hima Das (Athletics), Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy (Badminton), Satish Kumar (Boxing), Smriti Mandhana (Cricket),  Shubhankar Sharma (Golf), Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Savita (Hockey), Ravi Rathore (Polo), Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting), Ankur Mittal (Shooting), Shreyasi Singh (Shooting), Manika Batra (Table Tennis), G. Sathiyan (Table Tennis), Rohan Bopanna (Tennis), Sumit (Wrestling), Pooja Kadian (Wushu), Ankur Dhama (Para-Athletics) and Manoj Sarkar (Para-Badminton).

Dhyan Chand Award 2018

It is bestowed upon sportspersons for life time contribution to sports development.

Recipients are: Satyadev Prasad (Archery), Bharat Kumar Chetri (Hockey), Bobby Aloysius (Athletics), Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling).

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018

  • Identification and Nurturing of Budding & Young Talent: Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
  • Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility: JSW Sports
  • Sports for Development: Isha Outreach.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18

It is given annually to the university/institutions for their all-round performance in Inter-University Tournaments.

Recipient: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

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