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Sports Ministry to introduce ranking system for national sports federations

The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is planning to introduce ranking system for National Sports Federations (NSFs). It is aimed at inculcating healthy competition between sports bodies. This will be for first time the Sports Ministry will have system by which sports federations will be ranked or rated according to set parameters

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The rankings will be based on federations’ administrative capability, transparency, talent-spotting ability, and medal count of athletes. It will also take into consideration implementation of the sports code — which, among other things, bars officials over 70 years old.

The sports ministry will set up committee for this purpose. The committee will comprise sports administrators, sportspersons and professionals from other fields, including chartered accountants and management experts. It will conduct its own study and also ask NSFs to submit audited accounts, give details of how professional management practices have been implemented, and how effectively they have addressed players’ grievances.

However, there is still no provision to link release of funds to NSFs to the rankings. The ranking system seeks to be an incentive for national sports federations to improve their internal systems of management, governance and talent promotion.

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India wins Under-19 World Cup 2018

India has won Under-19 ICC World Cup 2018 by defeating Australia by eight wickets. With this victory, India became first nation to win Under-19 World Cup four times. It was India’s sixth appearance in the under-19 World Cup finals. Australia had made into the final five times, winning the tournament three times.

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The 2018 final match was played at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. Australia, choosing to bat first after winning the toss had set target of 216 runs (10 wickets) in 47.2 overs. India in the chase, scored 220-2 in the 39th over.

India’s opener Manjot Kalra who scored 101 runs from 102 balls became second player in history to score century in ICC U-19 World Cup final, after Unmukt Chand. Indian team was led by Parthiv Shah and was coached by former batsman Rahul Dravid.

ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup

It is an international cricket tournament organised by International Cricket Council (ICC) and contested by national under-19 teams. It was first contested in 1988 as the Youth World Cup and later was not staged again until 1998. Since then, it is held as biennial event by the ICC.

Previous winners: Australia (1988), England (1998), India (2000), Australia (2002), Pakistan (2004), Pakistan (2006), India (2008),  Australia (2010), India (2012), South Africa (2014) and West Indies (2016)

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