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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Peter Gilchrist wins Pacific International Billiards Championship

Multiple times world champion Peter Gilchrist defeated India’s Sourav Kothari in final to win the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship played at the Yarraville Club in Melbourne, Australia.

Key Highlights

Reigning WBL world billiards champion from Kolkata Sourav Kothari lost a back-to-back title against veteran Peter Gilchrist of Singapore who won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship with a commanding display.

Kothari entered into the final of Pacific International Billiards after winning over Dhvaj Haria in Semi-Finals. But in final Peter Gilchrist was at his best to tame Indian cueist with 1500-706.

With this win Gilchrist avenged his 2018 WBL World Billiards Championship defeat in the finals in Leeds in England, UK.

In early June 2019, Kothari had become the 1st Indian billiard player to win a Triple Crown event by bagging the International Reventon Classic Snooker Championship, a Triple Crown event of Australia.

About Peter Gilchrist

He is a 50 year old English-born Singaporean English billiards player.

He has won World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) World Championships in 1994, 2001 and in 2013.

He holds the world record for highest break in billiards (1346) under modern rules, at New Zealand Open Billiards Championships in 2013.

He is the only player of modern era who have scored more than one 1000 points in tournament break.

FIFA latest Rankings: India remains static at 101

In the latest FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Ranking Indian football team remains static at 101st place and Belgium continued to top.The FIFA Ranking ranks men’s national teams in association football.

About FIFA Ranking

It was first introduced in December 1992. It is a ranking system by FIFA, football’s world governing body, in which teams of member nations of FIFA are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest.

Top 10 Countries in Latest FIFA Rankings-

(1) Belgium, (2) France (3) Brazil (4) England (5) Portugal (with +2), (6) Croatia (with -1), (7) Spain (with +2), (8) Uruguay (with -2), (9) Switzerland (with-1) and (10) Denmark

Key Highlights

Portugal climbed 2 places in latest FIFA rankings to 5th after it added the inaugural Nations League title to their European Championship crown.

Belgium: It continued to top overall world rankings after back-to-back wins (3-0) over Kazakhstan and Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.

France: The world champions France was ranked 2nd.

India: The Indian football team retained its 101st place in FIFA rankings (same as April 2019) even though India had finished 3rd in King’s Cup in Thailand, which was a FIFA-sanctioned tournament. At present Indian football team is at 18th spot among Asian countries, followed by Iran (20th).

Under newly appointed coach Igor Stimac, although Indian men lost to higher-ranked Curacao (by 1-3) before beating hosts Thailand 1-0, but still these results did not make any difference to India’s rankings as points made by India remained same at 1219 as that of previous list, issued on 4 April 2019.

Other Asian countries: Japan (28), Korea (37), Australia (43) and Qatar (55) form the top five countries in Asia.

Others: Germany is up to rank 11, which it holds as tie with Argentina. Italy rose 3 places to rank 14, which again is a tie with Netherlands which lost Nations League final. Mexico is ranked 18 ahead of Gold Cup 2019 and the United States drops six ranks to currently at 30.