Goa to host 36th National Games

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on 13 September 2017 formally awarded the rights to host the 36th National Games to Goa.

The announcement was made by the state sports minister Manohar Ajgaonkar.

Ajgaonkar said that IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, in a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, had formally conferred the rights to the state to host the sporting event in November 2017.

About National Games

• The National Games of India comprises various disciplines in which sportsmen from the different states of India participate against each other.

• The National Games were formerly known as the Indian Olympic Games.

• In the early 1920s, the Indian chapter of the Olympic movement was born, and India participated in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.

• A provisional Indian Olympic Association (IOA) came about by 1924, and the Indian Olympic Games were held in February 1924 in Delhi to select Indian competitors for the 1924 Antwerp Olympics.

• The games were then held every two years, and were renamed as National Games during the 9th Games in Bombay in 1940.

• The Indian Olympic Association, the sports organising body of the nation, mooted the concept of the National Games to promote the development of sports and of the Olympic movement in India, and was responsible for host city selection.

• The first Modern National Games on the lines of the Olympics were held in 1985 in New Delhi.

England wins 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup

England’s women’s cricket team won 2017 ICC World Cup title by defeating India by 9 runs at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
It was England’s fourth Women’s World Cup title.
Besides the inaugural edition in 1973, England had won the World Cup in 1993 and 2009 as well. In this edition of World Cup, Tammy Beaumont of England was awarded Player of the Series title.
She had made most runs (410) in the tournament. Dane van Niekerk of South Africa took most wickets (15) in the tournament.
The 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup was the eleventh edition of the Cup since 1973, and the third to be held in England after 1973 and 1993 tournaments.
Notably, it was India’s second appearance in the Women’s World Cup final, having lost to Australia in 2005.
About ICC Women’s World Cup The Women’s Cricket World Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international women’s cricket tournament currently organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The first edition was held in England in 1973. To date, eleven World Cups have been played in five different countries, with India and England having hosted the for record three times.
Australia has won the women’s cricket world Cup for record six times (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013) followed by England (four titles- 1973, 1993, 2009, 2017) and New Zealand (one title- 2000).

Roger Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon title

Switzerland’s Roger Federer won 2017 Wimbledon title in the men’s single category.

In the final match he defeated Marin Cilic of Croatia by 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 score.

It was Federer’s record eighth Wimbledon title and overall 19th Grand Slam.

With this victory, 36-year old Federer also became Wimbledon’s oldest champion, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was 32 when he won in 1976.

Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title beating Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.

The 36-year old Federer is also Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976.

He also became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set in the entire tournament.

Other Category winners Women’s single Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) defeated Venus Williams (United States) by 7–5, 6–0 score to win her first Wimbledon title in the women’s single category.

Men’s Doubles Łukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) pair defeated Oliver Marach (Austria) and Mate Pavić (Croatia) pair to win 2017 Wimbledon title in Men’s Doubles category.

Women’s Doubles Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina defeated Chan Hao-ching (Chinese Taipei) and Monica Niculescu (Romania) to win 2017 Wimbledon title in Women’s Doubles category.

Mixed Doubles Jamie Murray (United Kingdom) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) defeated Henri Kontinen (Finland) and Heather Watson (United Kingdom) to win 2017 Wimbledon title in mixed Doubles category.