Current Affairs October 2017 - Sports

1 - Viswanathan Anand finished second at Isle of Man Championship at Douglas

Viswanathan Anand

Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand finished second at the Isle of Man Chess Championship at Douglas. He defeated the Chinese grandmaster Hou Yifan in the ninth and final round. He took 53 moves to overpower Yifan to finish with 7 points. Anand shares second position with America's Nakamura Hikaru.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the title with 7.5 points after a short draw against Nakamura. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Swapnil S Dhopade finished at the joint third position with 6.5 points after playing out draws against Hungarian Rapport Richard and Ukraine's Eljanov Pavel respectively.

2 - ICC ODI rankings placed Rohit Sharma back in top five

Rohit Sharma

Rohit moved up four places to reach fifth position after finishing as the leading scorer in the home series against Australia, which India won 4-1. Ajinkya Rahane has moved up four places to reach 24th while Australia's Aaron Finch and David Warner also moved up.

In the rankings for bowlers, South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has regained the top spot after Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood missed the India series due to a side strain. In the list of all-rounders led by Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, England's Ben Stokes has moved into the top five at fifth.

3 - TVS Racing’s mascot Jagan Kumar bagged sixth Super Sport Indian title

Jagan Kumar

MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship title in the premier Super Sport Indian (165cc) class was once gain bagged by TVS Racing’s mascot Jagan Kumar. It is for the sixth time that Jagan Kumar has won this title. He scored a six-point lead over Honda Ten10 Racings Rajiv Sethu.

Other National Champions were Aravind Balakrishnan (Honda Ten10 Racing, Pro-Stock), Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing, Super Sport Indian 300-400cc), Sai Rahil Pillarishetty (Sparks Racing, Novice 165cc), Aishwarya Pissay (Apex Racing, Girls 165cc).

4 - Gurusaidutt bagged the Bulgarian International future series title


Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt clinched the men's singles title at the Bulgarian International Future Series tournament, which was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Gurusaidutt, who has been out of action since the US Open in July 2016 due to an ankle injury, defeated Muhammed Ali Kurt 21- 17, 21-16 in a final match that lasted for only 35 minutes.

Muhammed Ali Kurt lost the match in straight sets itself. He will be playing Senior Nationals Championship scheduled in November 2017.

5 - Samiya bagged gold at U-15 Asian Junior Championship


Indian shuttler Samiya Imad Farooqui clinched the gold medal at the Under-15 women's singles competition after defeating Indonesia's Widjaja Stephani at the Asian Junior Championship in Yangon, Myanmar. The third-seeded Indian, who had reached the finals at Pembangunan Jaya Raya International Junior Grand Prix U-19 in April, defeated Stephani 15-21, 21-17, 21-19 to lay claim to the coveted title.

P V Sindhu had won the gold in U-19 Asia Junior championship in 2012 at Gimcheon, South Korea.

6 - American Morgan Hurd bagged all-around Gymnastics World championships title

Morgan Hurd

American Morgan Hurd won the all-around title at the gymnastics world championships in Montreal. The 16-year-old won the United States' seventh straight Olympic or world all around title by edging out Canada's Elsabeth Black 55.232 to 55.132. U.S. champion Ragan Smith withdrew minutes before the competition with an ankle injury.

Russia's Elena Eremina took third with 54.799 points. Japan's Mai Murakami was fourth, followed by Melanie de Jesus dos Santos of France. Hurd's triumph made her the youngest Olympic or world all-around champion since Aliya Mustafina in 2010.

7 - India bagged its first ever gold in Wushu World Championship

Pooja Kadian

India’s Pooja Kadian created history by winning first-ever gold medal at the Wushu World Championship in Kazan, Russia. Pooja Kadain bagged gold medal in the 75 kg women's Sanda Category defeating Russia’s Evgeniya Stepanova. Pooja has been winner of gold medal in 12th South Asian Games and silver medals in the World Games 2013, World Championship 2013 and World Championship 2015 respectively.

World Wushu Championships is organized in every 2 years and World Wushu Championships was its 14th edition. It was conducted for the first time in 1991.

8 - Iceland becomes the smallest country to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2018


Iceland became the smallest country by population ever to qualify for the Football World Cup. With a population of just 335,000 people, the football team of the country defeated Kosovo 2-0 to reach the 2018 finals in Russia, setting a new record in the process.

The island nation has just 20,000 registered footballers, male and female, making the nation one of the smallest playing pools on the planet. The previous smallest country to have reached the finals was Trinidad & Tobago, in 2006, with 1.3 million people.

9 - Indian pair wins Junior Recursive World Title

Junior Recursive World Title

India picked up its first world title at the youth championships since Deepika Kumari’s victories in 2009 and 2011 when Jemson Singh Ningthoujam and Ankita Bhakat won gold in the mixed team event in Rosario, Argentina.

The pair beat Russia in the final. The mixed team gold is India’s fourth World Archery Champion title across all disciplines. India also took a bronze medal in the compound cadet women’s event in Rosario.

10 - FIFA Suspends the Pakistan Football Federation


FIFA has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council because of undue third party interference.

The Bureau took this decision as a result of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator, which constitutes a violation of the PFF obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence from any third parties in accordance with the FIFA Statutes. The suspension will be lifted when the body becomes independent.

11 - National Award for Boxing Coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu

Gurbax Singh Sandhu

President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the National award (Vayoshreshtha Samman) for senior citizens to Indian boxing coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu and Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management for 2017 to Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.

Gurbax Singh Sandhu was India’s longest-serving national coach for men, for two decades. Sandhu was the chief coach when India won its maiden Olympic medal in boxing through Vijender Singh in 2008. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is the founder of Sulabh International.

12 - India qualified for 2019 AFC Asian Cup


As India bagged a win over Macau by 4-1 at the Sree Kanteerava stadium in Bangalore, it qualified for 2019 Asian Cup, scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates. This is India's fourth qualification after 1964, 1984 and 2011.

Outstanding performances were given by players such as Balwant Singh and Sunil Chhetri. 4 goals were played by Rowlin Borges, Lam Seng, Jeje and Sunil Chhetri, whereas Macau’s one goal was done by Nicolas Tarrao. The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be the 17th edition of the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organized by the Asian Football Confederation.

13 - Federer defeated Nadal in straight sets to win Shanghai Masters


Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in Shanghai Masters in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Despite giving tough competition to the Swiss in the first set, Federer maintained his early lead to win the set 6-4. Nadal was initially going strong in the second set but Federer came back to break the serve and take the lead in the second set, ultimately winning it by 6-3.

It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl. Federer is now close to world number one Nadal in terms of rankings points.

14 - Mohun Bagan bagged Governors Gold Cup for 10th time

Mohun Bagan

Mohun Bagan won the 37th All India Governor's Gold Cup football tournament for the 10th time by defeating Partha Chakra by a narrow 1-0 margin. In the final match played at Paljor Stadium, at Gangtok Mohun Bagan's striker GA Kramah scored the lone goal in the seventh minute.

Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling attended the final and gave away trophies and cash prize to winners and the runner-up. Mohun Bagan Athletic Club is a football club based in Kolkata, India. Club participates in top-flight domestic league of Indian football.

15 - Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka jointly declared South Regional Cricket for Blind winners


Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were declared as joint winners in the Southern Regional Cricket tournament for visually impaired.

The final match between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka scheduled to conduct at Thalassery Conorvayal Cricket Stadium was cancelled due to rain in the morning. Both teams would represent the South India to attend the National Cricket tournament for the blind at Mumbai. Blind cricket is a version of the sport of cricket adapted for blind and partially sighted players. It has been governed by the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) since 1996.

16 - Switzerland's Esther Staubli became first female referee at U-17 World Cup

Esther Staubli

Switzerland’s Esther Staubli became first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Her first match as a referee was between Japan and New Caledonia in the final round group E match. FIFA’s Referees Committee took an initiative to further develop women’s football and let women referees have an opportunity to gain more experience.

FIFA has appointed female referees for a men’s tournament as a logical consequence of an education programme that FIFA’s Refereeing Department began in 2016.

17 - Shakib first from Bangladesh in MCC World Cricket Committee


Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became the first cricketer from the country to be inducted in the MCC World Cricket Committee.

In addition, former England and Middlesex captain Mike Gatting was appointed as the new Chairman of the committee, taking over from another former England captain, Mike Brearley. New Zealand Women's captain Suzie Bates, former West Indies bowler and renowned commentator Ian Bishop and umpire Kumar Dharmasena were also inducted as members.

18 - Maria Sharapova won Tianjin Open

Maria Sharapova

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova won her first title since her 15-month doping ban after she defeated Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open.

It was her 36th tour title and first in more than two years since the 2015 Italian Open. Sharapova served a 15-month ban after she tested positive for the banned substance Meldonium. Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the Shanghai Masters.

19 - Selena Selvakumar of India won triple gold at Egypt Junior and Cadet TT

Selena Selvakumar

India's young paddler Selena Selvakumar won triple gold at the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis championship. She won singles and doubles gold medal apart from the team championship gold.

Selena remained unbeaten all through this elite 2017 ITTF World Junior Circuit event. She defeated Mariam Alhodaby in the semifinal and then beat second seeded Marwa Alhodaby in the final to clinch the singles title. Selena paired up with Nigeria's Esther Oribamise in the doubles.

20 - K Srikanth won Denmark Open Superseries trophy


Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has won the Denmark Open Superseries trophy at Odense. In the title clash, Srikanth, seeded 8th, defeated South Korea's Lee Hyun-il in straight games, 21-10, 21-5 to bag his third Super Series title of the year.

With the win in Denmark, Srikanth has now won five Super Series title - Denmark Open (2017), Australia Open (2017), Indonesia Open (2017), India Open (2015) and China Open (2014).

21 - Gaganjeet Bhullar won Macao Open Golf Title 2017

Gaganjeet Bhullar

Gaganjeet Bhullar has won his eighth Asian Tour title at the Macao Open. Ajeetesh Sandhu of India and Filipino Angelo Que shared second place at par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club, while Taiwan’s Hung Chien-Yao was alone in fourth.

Bhullar took home a winner’s prize purse of US$90,000 and became only the third player after Australian Scott Hend (2013 and 2015) and Zhang Lian-wei of China (2001-2002) to win the storied event twice since the tournament was inaugurated in 1998.

22 - India Beat Malaysia to lift their third Asia Cup Hockey Title

India beat Malaysia

India beat Malaysia 2-1 in a thrilling finale to win the 2017 Asia Cup Hockey tournament held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This was India's third continental title.

Lalit Upapdhyay won the goal of the match award while Akashdeep Singh was adjudged the Man of the match. India last won the title in 2007.

India are now tied with Pakistan as the second most successful team in the tournament, behind South Korea. The Koreans have won it four times.

23 - Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA player of the year award

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Best FIFA Men's Player award for the second year in a row. He has beaten Lionel Messi and Neymar to win the award. He was presented the award at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London.

Award Winner
Best FIFA Men's Coach Zinedine Zidane
Best FIFA Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
FIFA Women's Player award Netherlands' Lieke Martens
Puskas Award for the year's best goal Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud
FIFA Fan Award Celtic
Fair Play Award Slovacko's Francis Kone

24 - Former India basketball coach Scott Flemming takes up NBA role in India

Scott Flemming

Former India coach Scott Flemming has joined NBA India as head of basketball operations. He will oversee the league's youth and elite basketball development initiatives in India, including the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program, The NBA Academy India and NBA Basketball School, and will work with key stakeholders across the country.

Flemming has 25 years of collegiate coaching experience. He has won two national coach of the year awards and a Christian College National Championship.

25 - Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu Strike Gold in ISSF World Cup

Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu

India won its first gold medal of the ISSF World Cup final in the 10m air pistol mixed team event when ace pistol shooter Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai shot 483.4 to win the title.

France's Goberville and Fouquet bagged the silver medal with 481.1, while the Chinese pairing of Cai and Yang managed to claim the bronze with a score of 418.2. The mixed team competitions were organised as test events in the World Cups held earlier this year and will be making their Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Games.

26 - Puducherry becomes an associate member of BCCI


The Committee of Administrators (COA) has cleared Cricket Association of Puducherry's (CAP) associate membership in the Indian cricket board (BCCI).

The BCCI, in its SGM earlier this month, had approved Puducherry's associate membership.

With this Puducherry will be allowed to play the Ranji Trophy next year. It can also now host both international matches and the Board’s domestic games.

27 - The 36th edition of National Games to held next year from November 4-17

National Games

The 36th edition of National Games will be held next year from November 4 to 17. Sports Authority of Goa has finalized dates of the Games to be held after many delays.

The Games were scheduled in November 2016, but the Goa administration requested a postponement at the Indian Olympic Association’s Annual General Meeting due to assembly elections in the State. There was uncertainty over the dates of the 30-discipline event ever since the Games were awarded to the State in 2011.

28 - Kidambi Srikanth won French Open Super Series Title of 2017

Kidambi Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth defeated Japanese Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 to clinch the French Open Super Series Premier title of 2017.

This is Srikanth's fourth Super Series title of the year and sixth overall. He became only the fourth player in the history of the game to win four super series titles in one year after Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long.

Having already completed a hat trick of Super Series titles, Srikanth won his fourth title of the season. He clinched titles at Indonesia, Australia and Denmark earlier this year.

29 - David Miller smashed fastest T20I Century off just 35 balls

David Miller

David Miller of South Africa scored the fastest century in the history of T20I cricket, while playing against Bangladesh. Miller scored the century in just 35 balls.

Miller surpassed the record of compatriot Richard Levi, who scored his century in 45 balls in Hamilton during their 2012 series against New Zealand.

The quickest T20I centuries are as follows:

  • 35 balls - David Miller
  • 45 balls - Richard Levi
  • 46 balls - Faf du Plessis/ KL Rahul
  • 47 Balls - Aaron Finch/Chris Gayle

30 - England beat Spain 5-2 to lift maiden Fifa U-17 World Cup title


England defeated Spain 5-2 to win its maiden Fifa U-17 World Cup title. The final was played at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Sergio Gomez scored two goals for the La Rojas juniors while Phil Foden (69th and 88th), Rhian Brewster (44th), Morgan Gibbs White (58th) and Marc Guehi (84th) scored for the Three Lions colts.

English striker Rhian Brewster with eight goals in the tournament won the Golden Boot. Spain finished runners-up for the fourth time after 1991, 2003 and 2007. It was England's first appearance in the under-17 final. In addition, Brazil beat Mali 2-0 to finish third.

31 - Patna Pirates won Pro Kabaddi League 2017

Patna Pirates

Patna Pirates defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants 55-38 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai to clinch the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season 5 title. It was the third consecutive season win for the Patna Pirates.

Raider Pardeep Narwal of Patna Pirates won 19 points to win the title for the team single handedly. He was awarded the most Valuable Player of the season. He scored a total of 369 points, the highest in the tournament.

32 - Virat Kohli became fastest batsman to score 9,000 runs in ODIs

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 9,000 runs in ODIs beating A.B. de Villiers while batting against New Zealand in the third ODI in Kanpur. Kohli achieved the feat in his 194th ODI innings, which is 11 innings less than de Villiers took.

The other Indians to have scored more than 9000 runs are Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Kohli also notched up his 32nd One-Day International (ODI). He is now placed second in the list for most ODI hundreds after Sachin Tendulkar.