IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games; total no of events add up to 109
On July 20, 2018, The International Olympic Committee (IOC ) in its Tokyo 2020 Olympics schedule announced that it had added 7 medal event to its 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
i. These events include : women’s monobob, Big Air freestyle skiing for men and women, plus mixed team events in short track speed skating, ski jumping, ski aerials and snowboardcross.
ii. The addition of gold medals to a 109-event program caused a reduction in 41 athletes as complared to 2,933 competitors in Pyeongchang Olympics.
iii. An improved gender balance will be seen with 45.4 percent female athletes in Beijing, rising from 41.1 percent in Pyeongchang.
iv. Women’s ice hockey will become a 10-team lineup instead of eight, adding 46 athletes.
v. Sports losing athletes from their Olympic quota include 41 in skiing disciplines, 26 from skating and 20 fewer in biathlon.
i. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics had no finalized race on Swimming.
ii. A timetable was announced of the 2024 Paris Olympics.
♦ Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
♦ Founded: 1894 in Paris.
26th edition of Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY) 2018 was held in Los Angeles on July 19, 2018.
On July 19, 2018, The 26th edition of Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY) 2018 was held in the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.
i. The ceremony was hosted by former professional racing driver Danica Patrick.
ii. Chloe Kim and Tom Brady were among the most nominated athletes.
iii. Below are the list of the winners in their respective categories:
|Jimmy V Award for Perseverance||Jim Kelly, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback|
|Best Male Athlete||Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals|
|Best Female Athlete||Chloe Kim, Snowboard|
|Best International Men’s Soccer Player||Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portuguese National Team|
|Best International Women’s Soccer Player||Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars/Australian National Team|
|Best Male Tennis Player||Roger Federer|
|Best Female Tennis Player||Sloane Stephens|
About Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY):
♦ First Awarded: 1993.
♦ Awarded For: Excellence in sports performance and achievements.
28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes junior international championship was held in Plzen, Czech Republic from July 11-15, 2018
On July 20, 2018, 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes junior International Championship was held between July 11 – 15, 2018 in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
This competition was organized in the well-known Army shooting range in Plzeň-Lobzy.
i. Manu Bhaker won her 9th International Gold medal in the span of one year.
ii. She also became the youngest Indian ever to win Gold in a senior World stage, achieving the feat in Guadalajara, Mexico in March 2018.
Indian Medals List:
India won 11 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals, totally 24 medals in the event
|Manu Bhaker||10 m Pistol Junior Female|
|Manu Bhaker, Devanshi Rana, Shreya Agrawal,||10 m Pistol Junior Female team|
|Manu Bhaker , Anmol Jain||10 m air pistol mixed team|
|Manu Bhaker, Gaur, Muskan||25 m Pistol Junior female team|
|Elavenil Valarivan||10 m Rifle ISSF Junior Female|
|Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu||25 m Pistol Junior Male|
|Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu, Vijayveer Sidhu, Udhayveer Sidhu||25 m Pistol Junior Male (team)|
|Saurabh Chaudhary||10 m Pistol Junior male|
|Arjun Singh Cheema||50 m Pistol Junior male|
|Arjun Singh Cheema , Anmol Jain, Rana||50 m Pistol Junior male team|
|Elavenil Valarivan, Divyanish Singh Panwar||10 m rifle ISSF Mixed|
|Anhad Jawanda, Anish Bhanwala, Adarsh Singh||25 m Rapid Fire Pistol Junior male (team)|
|Vijayveer Sidhu||25 m Pistol Junior Male|
|Anhad Jawanda, Anish Bhanwala, Adarsh Singh||25 m Pistol Junior Male (team)|
|Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar||50 m Rifle 3 Position Junior male|
|Anhad Jawanda||10 m Pistol Junior male|
|Arjun Singh Cheema, Rana, Sidhu||10 m Pistol Junior male team|
|Divyanish Singh Panwar||10 m Rifle ISSF Junior male|
|Manu Bhaker||25 m Pistol Junior female|
|Anmol Jain||50 m Pistol Junior male|
|Anhad Jawanda||25 m Rapid Fire Pistol Junior male|
|Elavenil Valarivan, Shreya Agrawal, Khitta||10 m Rifle ISSF Junior Female (team)|
|Udhayveer Sidhu||25 m Pistol Junior Male|
|Panwar, Hazarika, Rithik||10 m Rifle ISSF Junior male team|
|Vijayveer Sidhu||50 m Pistol Junior male|
|Shreya Agrawal, Hriday Hazarika||10 m rifle ISSF Mixed|
|Devanshi Rana, Saurabh Chaudhary||10 m pistol mixed team|
Amateur Pranavi Urs wins 9th leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour
On 20th July 2018, Pranavi Urs won the 9th leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Eagleton golf resort, in Bengaluru.
Pranavi Urs wins 9th leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour:
i. Pranavi Urs shot even par 72 for a total of 4-over 220 and won the 9th leg of the Hero women’s Pro golf Tour.
ii. She became the second amateur to win a title this season. Ridhima Dilawari was the first amateur to win a Hero WPGT event this season, as she finished on top at the 7th leg.
iii. Tvesa Malik (75) and Gaurika Bishnoi (76) were Tied-2nd. With the consolation for Tvesa Malik for Rs.7,85,600 she moved to the top of the Hero WPGT Order of Merit, surpassing Neha Tripathi with Rs.7,53,200.
iv. Gursimar Badwal with Rs.6,89,300 is third after being Tied-4th with Neha Tripathi (76).
v. Gursimar Badwal (75) and Neha Tripathi (76) finished Tied-4th with a total of 224.
vi. Trisha Sunil (76) was sixth with 225. Amandeep Drall (74) and Anisha Padukone (74) were Tied-7th with 228.
vii. Suchitra Ramesh (78) was 9th with 229 and Sonam Chugh (74) was at spot 10.
Some important stadiums in India:
♦ Fatorda Stadium – Goa
♦ Tilak Maidan Stadium – Goa
♦ Duler Stadium – Goa
The former and first finance minister of Chhattisgarh Ramchandra Singhdeo, passed away
On July 20, 2018, The 88 year old former and first finance minister of Chhattisgarh, Ramchandra Singhdeo, had passed away in Raipur.
i. He was born on February 13, 1930 in Baikunthpur in the Koriya district of Chhattisgarh.
ii. He had a Masters Degree in Science and doctorate (PhD) in life science.
iii. He served as the Minister of Water Resources before Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000.
Eminent Hindi poet-lyricist Gopal Das Neeraj passed away in kolkata
On July 20, 2018, eminent Hindi poet Gopal Das Niraj passed away in Kolkata.
i. He was born on January 4,1925 in the village of Puravali near Mahewa of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh.
ii. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.
iii. He also won Yash Bharati award, and was the chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh.