Soccer Current Affairs - 2020

Cricket to be re-introduced in Asian Games

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has decided to reintroduce Cricket in the 2022 Asian Games to be held at Hangzhou, China.

Cricket in Asian Games

  • Earlier Cricket had featured in 2010 and 2014 Asian Games but was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games.
  • In all probabilities mostly T20 version of cricket would be introduced in the Asian Games like it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.
  • In 2014, Sri Lanka and Pakistan won the men’s and women’s gold and in 2010 Bangladesh and Pakistan claimed the top honours.
  • Indian Cricket Teams did not participate in both the editions.

In another major decision, the OCA has agreed to invite Oceania countries including Australia to compete at the 2022 Asian Games. Oceania athletes participation is limited to sports which qualify for the 2024 Olympics through Asia, including volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, soccer and fencing.

Asian Games

Asian Games, also known as Asiad is a  multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia.  Asian Games are organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in association with the host nation. Asian Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The first Asian Games were held at  New Delhi, India in 1951.

“Walk Again Project”: World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil

Screenshot_1Wearing a sophisticated mind-controlled exoskeleton, a paralysed teenager will start off the World Cup Soccer 2014, to be held in Brazil, with a ceremonial kick.

The Walk Again Project is a nonprofit, international collaboration whose researchers have created the first real-time Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) which uses the concurrent electrical activity, produced by thousands of brain cells located in the primate cortex, to directly control the movements of a variety of robots, including a multi-degree of freedom prosthetic arm.

How the Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton made by the Walk Again Project works?

The Patient wears a cap fitted with 32 electrodes that pick up Electro-Encephalo-Graphy (EEG) signals from the brain. The Computer in backpack converts brain signals into commands for the exoskeleton. Battery and hydraulics system in backpack move the exoskeleton’s limbs. The battery can power the exoskeleton for 2 hours. The Gyroscopes on the exoskeleton keep it balanced. The Sensors on the foot plates detect footfalls and give sensory feedback to patient through the sleeve of their shirt.

The exoskeleton is made from alloys and polymers to make it light and flexible.