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34th National Games 2011

The 2011 National Games, also known as the 34th National Games of India, was held from 12 February 2011 to 26 February 2011 in Ranchi, Jharkhand.


The mascot of the games was ‘’ ‘Chhaua’ ‘’ (little boy in the local language) , a deer in running motion holding the torch.

Though National Games supposed to be held once in 2 years but this edition of games is 4 years after Guwahati games.

Services (Services Sports Control Board-SSCB) , which was a combined team of the Indian armed forces, retained the overall title with 70 gold medals.

Services were presented with the Raja Bhalendra Trophy for the champions team.

The Maharashtra swimmer Virdhawal Khade who won 12 medals including 8 golds was adjudged the best male athlete while the Delhi swimmer Richa Mishra who won 16 medals including 11 golds was adjudged the best female athlete.

The best state award was won by Manipur who won 48 gold medals to finish in second place overall.

Laureus World Sports Awards

  • Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Rafael Nadal (Tennis-Spain)
  • Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Lindsey Vonn (Skiing-USA)
  • Laureus World Team of the Year: Spain World Cup Team (Football-Spain)
  • Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Martin Kaymer (Golf-Germany)
  • Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Valentin-Rossi (Motor Cycling-Italy)
  • Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Verena Bentele (Skiing-Germany)
  • Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Kelly Slater (Surfing-USA)
  • Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: Zinedine Zidane (Football-France)
  • Laureus Sport for Good Award: May El-Khalil (Running-Lebanon)
  • Laureus Spirit of Sport Award: European Ryder Cup Team (Golf-Europe)

The Laureus World Sports Awards are awarded annually to sportspeople who have been outstanding during the previous year. The Laureus World Sports Awards were established in 1999 by Founding Patrons Daimler and Richemont and is supported by its Global Partners Mercedeso Benz, IWC Schaffhausen and Vodafone.

The first gala was held on May 25,2000 in Monte Carlo.

Narinder Batra lected as the vice-president of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) at its recent congress held at Kuala Lumpur.


Commonwealth taekwondo championships 2011

India bagged the overall championship in the fifth Commonwealth taekwond-championships held in Chennai with a whopping tally of 261 points.

The host nation clinched 21 gold, 23 silver and 45 bronze medals. England (38 points) won three gold, four silver and five bronze medals to finish second, while Australia (33) ended up with four gold and five bronze.

India walked away with the best player award ′ in all four categories: Vipan Singh (junior boys) , Janey Dharma (senior) , Tasim Begum (junior girls) Shraddha Dixit (senior) .


Sachin Tendulkar Tendulkar became the first batsman to score five hundreds in the World Cup, powering India to 338 in the Group B match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Duleep Trophy South zone won the trophy after fifteen years defeating North Zone

The Duleep Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket competition played in India between teams representing five geographical zones of India. The competition is named after Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji (also known as Duleep) .


Dipika Pallikal Achieves India՚s Highest WISPA Ranking

Dipika Pallikal scales to a new high of 24 in the February WISPA (Womens International Squash Players Association) rankings. This is the highest by any Indian female player in the history of squash. Dipika still 19 years, held the no. 1 junior ranking from May 2010 till September when she crossed int-the senior category. Dipika finished her junior career by winning the Asian Junior

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Saurav Ghosal is also at 24 (Men՚s ranking by SPA-Squash Professionals Affiliate) after slipping one place from 23.

15th Asian Junior Squash Championship

India made history at the Ratmalana courts in Colomb-by clinching the boys ′ title for the first time, beating defending champion Pakistan. It was India ′ s maiden triumph since the inception of the tournament in 1981.


M Aditya Six-year-old M. Aditya (1492) has become the youngest rated Indian chess player, according to the January 2011 list released by FIDE, the international chess body.


Asian Cup 2011 Japan won an unprecedented fourth Asian Cup title after beating Australia 1 − 0 after extra-time in the final played in the Khalifa Stadium (Doha, Qatar) .


Asian junior golf championship

Led by Chikkarangappa, the Indian junior team won the Asian juniors golf team championship at the Damai Laut Golf & Country Club (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) .


Abhinav Bindra Gold in French GP at Paris

Table Tennis

Sharath Kamal Three gold in 34th National Games


Sharadha Narayanan The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has filed an appeal with the National Anti

Doping Appeal panel against the exoneration of athlete Sharadha Narayana in a doping case.

Come and Play Scheme

Under the Scheme unveiled by Sports Minister on 15th April, 2011, it was envisaged of opening of SAI (Sports Authority of India) stadia in the city for usage by school children, students, sports persons as also the common people.

The designated area in the stadia will be thrown open for imparting professional training to the establishment sports persons and also t-beginners with the twin objective of encouraging participation in sports as also optimum utilization of the stadia.

Fee: Free-of-Cost Facilities to People below Poverty Line and at One-Third Rates to Students of Government Schools. For others minimal fee.


Wisden honours Tendulkar

  • Sachin Tendulkar has been named Wisden՚s Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2010.
  • The Indian batsman is the seventh recipient of the Wisden award.
  • Unlike the winners of Wisden՚s coveted five cricketers of the year, it is possible to be named the world՚s best in the almanack more than once.
  • Tendulkar is making it an Indian hat-trick, after Test opener Virender Sehwag took the honour in each of the last tw-years.
  • Tendulkar in the 22nd year of his international career, made more than 1,500 Test runs and seven Test hundreds, including an unparalleled 50th overall, in the year 2010.
  • Dhoni more influential than Obama: Time magazine՚s list of 100 most influential people in the world
  • Dhoni, ranked 52nd in the chart, was the only Indian sportsperson to make the list which also included four of his compatriots in Titan of Industry Mukesh Ambani (61) , Brain Mapper V. S. Ramachandran (79) , Philanthropist Azim Premji (88) and Change Agent Aruna Roy (89) .
  • He found himself way above Messi who was just below Obama at the 87th spot in a list topped by Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who became the Spokesman for a Revolution in Egypt.
  • The highest-ranked Indian in the latest Time list, he is only the second Indian sportsman after Sachin Tendulkar to make it there.
  • The other global celebrities included are US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is incidentally ranked higher than Obama at 43rd , Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (6) , and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (9) . Duncan Fletcher
  • The former England coach, Duncan Fletcher, has been appointed coach of the Indian cricket team for a period of tw-years. He takes over from the highly successful Gary Kirsten.
  • Zimbabwe՚s former captain.


Sports Ministry Felicitates Members of Indian Football Team of Rome Olympics

Why: Indian Football Team, which took part in 1960 Rome Olympics, had put up impressive performance by creating scare in football giants such as France and Hungary, the power houses of

European Football. The Indian Team draw 1 − 1 with France and lost 1 − 2 to Hungary.


Best Football performance by India:

World Cup 1950: In Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Burma all withdrew, leaving India to qualify by default. However, India subsequently withdrew when FIFA imposed a rule banning barefoot play.

Olympics 1956: At the 1956 Olympic Games they finished fourth (semi final) , which is regarded as one of finest achievements in Indian football.

Asian Cup: Runner up (1964)


Player Country Team Comment

Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bulls Won Malasian Grand prix

Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren Won chinese grand prix

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India

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