Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2019

Latest Sports Current Affairs 2019 for National and International sports and tournaments, awards, trophies and cups related to cricket, football, tennis and other sports for UPSC, SSC, States, Civil services and other competitive examinations.

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Maharashtra launches Mission Shakti sports initiative

Film Actor Aamir Khan launched Mission Shakti, a Maharashtra government’s initiative to train athletes from tribal areas for international sports events such as Olympics. It will help Maharashtra government to hunt for talented athletes in remote areas of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli.

At the launch event Aamir Khan felicitated a team of tribal mountaineers who had recently scaled Mount Everest as part of ‘Mission Shaurya’.

Mission Shakti

It aims to groom tribal student for an Olympic medal by 2024.

The mission is directed towards 6 sporting disciplines namely- archery, shooting, volleyball, swimming, weightlifting and gymnastics.

Implementation: For now the programme is being implemented in Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts and will be extended to rest of State soon. State government has set aside funds at district level to construct required facilities and a stadium such as mega sports complex is planned at Ballarpur in Chandrapur with a focus on 6 sports areas.

Significance:

It will speed up state governments programme to spot Olympic talent in remote tribal regions of State.

Through Mission Shakti, international-quality facilities will be provided with a view to increase our medal tally in Olympics.

With help od mission youth from Chandrapur and Gadchiroli, will get a chance to bring laurels to India.

Highlights: 2019 Thailand Open Badminton

The 2019 Thailand Open, a badminton tournament is officially named as TOYOTA Thailand Open 2019. It took place at Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok in Thailand from 30 July to 4 August 2019. It had a total purse of $350,000.

Tournament

The 2019 Thailand Open was 16th tournament of 2019 BWF World Tour. It was also part of Thailand Open international championships, which had been held since 1984.

Tournament was organized by Badminton Association of Thailand with sanction from Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Since 2018 as per new BWF events structure BWF has categorised Thailand Open as one of 7 BWF World Tour Super 500 events.

BWF is international governing body for badminton sport. It is recognised by International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Thailand Open Badminton Winners

  • Men’s Doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty of India
  • Men’s Singles: Chou Tien-chen of Chinese Taipei
  • Women’s Doubles: Shiho Tanaka & Koharu Yonemoto of Japan
  • Women’s Singles: Chen Yufei of China
  • Mixed Doubles: Huang Dongping & Wang Yilü China