India’s Tour De Force

Year 2016 is about to end and it’s been a year full of happenings and new achievements.

We Indians are great cricket lovers and tend not to miss any kind of recent updates like currently India’s ranked first in Tests or anything that is related to it. Since the trend is changing with time, the crazy of kabaddi, football and other games are taking a higher leap and scopes are getting better and brighter. We witnessed how India consecutively third time won the Kabaddi World Cup this year. Also in Hockey, Indian men’s team defeated Pakistan in Malaysia and Indian women’s team defeated China in Singapore to win Asian Champions Trophy. There have been a lot of competitions in the last month. Results of some of them are mentioned below. Continue reading in order to catch up.


Golfer Aditi Ashok has become the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour event, clinching the Hero Women’s Indian Open in Gurgaon on 13th Nov. After winning the $400,000 tournament, Aditi is in the reckoning for the Tour’s ‘Rookie Player of the Year’ award. She is the only golfer to have represented India at the Olympics, after participating in Rio.


Indian hockey captain PR Sreejesh has been nominated for the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) goalkeeper of the year award. The nominations also include 20-year-old defender Harmanpreet Singh in the ‘Rising star of the year’ category. Winners will be decided through a public online vote and a peer vote from international athletes, with results being declared in January.

Also Hockey India president Narinder Batra has been elected as the president of the International Hockey Federation on 12th Nov, becoming the first Indian to head the world body. Batra became one of few Indian sports administrators to lead a world sporting body, joining the likes of Jagmohan Dalmiya and N Ramachandran, who have headed the world cricket and squash bodies respectively.


India’s women’s carrom team defeated Sri Lanka to win the gold at the 7th World Carrom Championship in UK on 11th Nov. India’s S Apoorwa and Kajol Kumari also won gold in the women’s doubles event. Meanwhile, the men’s team lost to Sri Lanka to win the silver medal in the competition.


Tajamul Islam, an eight-year-old girl from Kashmir, has won the gold medal at the under-8 World Kickboxing Championship in Italy. Tajamul won six games in five days and defeated an American opponent to clinch the gold at the 90-nation tournament. She qualified for the event after winning gold in the sub-junior category at the 2015 National Kickboxing Championship in Delhi.


The Indian wushu team bagged five medals, including four silver and one bronze, in the eighth Sanda World Cup held in China’s Xi’an from November 4 to 6. India was represented by five players at the event, which witnessed participation from 80 of the best Sanda players of 2015’s World Wushu Championship.


Tashvi Menghi, a 12-year-old who learned karate for self-defense, won the bronze medal at the 2016 edition of the World Martial Arts Games held in South Africa in October. Tashvi’s bronze helped India finish with 10 medals at the event, which saw participation from 76 nations. Notably, Tashvi later became one of India’s youngest National Award nominees.


Indian chess Grandmaster P Harikrishna entered the World Chess Federation’s top 10 rankings as per the latest rating list. The 30-year-old, ranked 10th with 2768 points, joins Viswanathan Anand who is on the seventh position with 2,779 points. Notably, it is the first time in Indian chess history that two players feature in the world’s top 10 rankings.

Aakanksha Hagawane won the girls’ U-16 title at the World Youth Chess Championships in Russia. The 15-year-old, who won gold in the U-16 Commonwealth Championships earlier this year, finished with nine points from 11 games, winning eight matches, losing one and drawing two. Aakanksha, a wholesale vegetable seller’s daughter, has been trained by a former national player.


Assam’s Bastab Tapan Bordoloi won five golds in the recently concluded South Asian Aquatic Championship in Sri Lanka. The 15-year-old competed in six events, winning individual golds in 50-metre butterfly and 50-metre freestyle, and team medals in three relays, besides a silver in 100-metre butterfly. The event featured participants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.


India won 29 medals, including 13 golds, at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Singapore on 12th Nov. Among the gold medalists were Rio Olympian Sandeep Tomar, who won the men’s 57 kg freestyle event, Satyawart Kadian in 97 kg and Amit Dhankar in 70 kg. India’s female gold winners included Ritu Phogat in 48 kg and Reshma Mane in 63 kg.


Indian rowers won 12 medals– five silver and seven bronze, at the recently-concluded Asian Indoor Rowing Championship and Asian Junior Rowing Championship in Thailand. Punjab’s Navneet Kaur and Haryana’s Maheshwar won individual bronze medals in the junior championship. In the indoor championship, India won silver in the lightweight women’s doubles and the mixed fours event.

-Karnavee Kamdar



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