India's highest sporting honour Khel Ratna Award on 6th July 2021 renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in the honour of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand following the admirable performance of both men's and women's hockey teams in the Tokyo Olympics.
About Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award
The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India. It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recipient is selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and is honoured for their "spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years" at international level. As of 2020, the award comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of ₹25 lakh.
Sources : PIB
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu bags silver medal in women’s 49 Kg weightlifting category in 2020 Olympics on 24th July 2021. It marks as India first medal in Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai Chanu ended India's 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver medal in the 49kg category.
2020 Olympics women’s 49 Kg weightlifting category
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Wimbledon 2021 Men’s Singles title won by Novak Djokovic(Serbia) against first-time finalist Matteo Berrettini(Italy).
About Wimbledon Championships
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely regarded as the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877. Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. Wimbledon is the only major still played on grass, which is the traditional tennis playing surface.
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Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka picked up the 2021 Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards
Tennis players Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka picked up the 2021 Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on 6th may 2021.
Laureus World Sports Award
The Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year is an annual award honouring the achievements of individual men from the world of sports. It was first awarded in 2000 as one of the seven constituent awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards. The awards are presented by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
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Virat Kohli has been named Wisden Almanack’s ODI player of the 2010s. Sachin Tendulkar was named the ODI Cricketer of the 1990s and Kapil Dev the best for the 1980s. Sir Vivian Richards claimed the prize in the 1970s while Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan got the nod for the 2000s.
About Wisden Cricketers' Almanack publication
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack is a cricket reference book published annually in the United Kingdom. Wisden was founded in 1864 by the English cricketer John Wisden. Its annual publication has continued uninterrupted to the present day, making it the longest running sports annual in history.
The second edition of 'Khelo India Winter Games' started from 26th February to 2nd March, 2021. The event has been organised by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in collaboration with the J&K Sports Council and the Winter Games Association of J&K. The sports activities will include alpine skiing, nordic ski, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, ice hockey, ice skating, ice stock etc. 27 States, Union Territories and Boards are sending their teams to participate in the games.
About Khelo India Winter Games
Established : 2020
Organiser : Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Khelo India Winter Games are the national level multidisciplinary grassroot winter games of India started since 2020. Events include snow skiing, snow rugby, snow ice stock, snow baseball, snow mountaineering, snow shoe, ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating.
Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium has become the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1.32 lakh spectators. President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium on February 24, 2021. the stadium was not only the largest in the world but also provides world-class facilities for various sporting activities. The stadium showcases the aspirations and capabilities of the New India that has made a strong mark on the world stage.
Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium
The stadium initially constructed in 1982 with a seating capacity of 49,000 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Expansion of Stadium took over in 63 acres, the stadium has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore and with a seating capacity for 1,32,000 spectators, it has surpassed the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground which can accommodate 90,000.
Ankita Raina, partnering Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova, won WTA 250 doubles title by beating Anna Blinkova and Anastasia Potapova of Russia in the final of the Phillip Island Trophy tennis tournament on 19 Feb 2021.The win is the biggest of Ankita’s career, making her India’s first WTA champion since Sania Mirza. When the new rankings are released on 15 Feb 2021, she is set to break into the top-100.
About WTA 250 tournaments
WTA 250 tournaments is a category of tennis tournaments in the Women's Tennis Association tour, implemented since the reorganization of the schedule in 2021. As of 2021, WTA 250 tournaments include events with prize money of approximately $250,000.
The auction for IPL 2021 took place in Chennai on 18 Feb 2021 the South African all-rounder Chris Morris went on to become the most expensive player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) after he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore. Morris dethroned Yuvraj Singh on Thursday as the most expensive IPL player. In 2015, Delhi Daredevils had purchased Yuvraj Singh for Rs 16 crore, which at that time was the highest any team had ever paid for a player. The all-rounder is now placed at second position in the list of most expensive players.
About Indian Premier League
The Indian Premier League is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India usually contested between March and May of every year by eight teams representing eight different cities or states in India. The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2007.
India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant won the ICC’s inaugural Player of the Month award January 2021, ahead of England’s Joe Root and Ireland’s Paul Stirling, for his superlative performances in two Tests against Australia in January.
About ICC Player of the Month
The three nominees were shortlisted based on their on-field performances and overall achievements during the period of that month (the first to the last day of each calendar month). The shortlist was then voted on by the independent ICC Voting Academy* and fans around the world. The ICC Voting Academy comprises prominent members of the cricket family including senior journalists, former players, broadcasters, and some members of the ICC Hall of Fame.
The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is a domestic Twenty20 cricket championship in India, organized by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), among the teams from Ranji Trophy. It is named after the famous Indian test cricketer, Syed Mushtaq Ali. The 2006-2007 inaugural season of this trophy was won by Tamil Nadu under the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik. The tournament will begin on January 10 with the final scheduled to take place on January 31.The tournament will feature 38 teams across six different groups - five Elite groups and one Plate group.