Sports Snippets

PV Sindhu Wins Maiden China Open Super Series Title

Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title after edging out Sun Yu of China in the final of the $700,000 China Open badminton tournament on November 20. Sindhu, who became the toast of the country after becoming the first Indian women to win a silver at Rio Games, continued her rampaging run as she lifted the prestigious title after beating Sun 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 in the summit clash that lasted an hour and nine minutes.

World No. 11 Sindhu had come into the match with a 2-3 head-to-head record but then statistics counted little when she took the court at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center. Sindhu dished out a dominating game as she zoomed to a healthy 11-5 lead early on. The Indian looked sharp and athletic as she engaged in a fast-paced game to bamboozle her opponent.

India to Bid for U-20 Fifa World Cup

All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel has said that India will bid for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in the next few years as part of its drive to further develop the game in the country. India is hosting the Under-17 FIFA World Cup next year and Patel said the progress made and publicity gained since winning the rights to host the Under-17 global event for the first time will help in bidding for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup.

“Under-17 World Cup next year will be the defining moment of Indian football. We have had intense focus on the Under-16 and Under-17 age-groups and will ensure the national team spends the next few years training and playing together,” Patel said. Patel said the hosting of FIFA Under-20 World Cup will help in facilitating the continued development of the next generation of Indian footballers.

Andy Murray Wins ATP Title, Becomes World Number One

Andy Murray will finish 2016 on top of the world rankings after an imperious 6-3, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic clinched his first ATP World Tour title on November 20th. Murray had ended Djokovic’s 122-week reign as world number one two weeks ago and his triumph in their winner-takes-all clash at London’s O2 Arena stopped the Serb regaining pole position.

The 29-year-old is the 17th man to hold the prestigious year-end number one berth since the inception of the ATP rankings in 1973. He is the first player other than Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to earn the honour since Andy Roddick in 2003. Soaking up the acclaim from a star-studded 17,000 sellout crowd including actors Jude Law, Kevin Spacey and Woody Harrelson, Murray said, “I’m very happy to win and to be world number one is very special. It’s something I never expected.

Lodha Panel Urges Top Court to Disqualify BCCI Office Bearers

The Lodha Committee has in its latest report to the Supreme Court reiterated that office bearers of the Cricket Board BCCI should be sacked and has suggested that former home secretary GK Pillai be appointed as an observer to supervise the board’s administration. It has said that Pillai as observer should conduct the crucial task of appointing auditors for awarding BCCI contracts like that for media rights for future editions of the Indian Premier League or IPL.

The Supreme Court will next hear the case on December 5. The committee, headed by former chief justice of India RM Lodha, was appointed by the Supreme Court after a betting scandal in the IPL to suggest reforms in the running of the BCCI. The Lodha committee had first suggested in September this year that the board’s top office holders be removed for non-compliance with its recommendations.

Gaganjeet Bhullar Pips Jeev Milkha Singh to Win Indonesia Open

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India on November 21st won the $300,000 BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career after closing with a four-under-par 68. Bhullar, who also won the event in 2013, sealed his seventh Asian Tour victory and a second title this season with a 16-under-par 272 total at the Pondok Indah Golf Course. He returned to finish his remaining three holes on Monday morning as play was abandoned due to bad weather on November 20.

Jeev Milkha Singh of India, a two-time Asian Tour number one, threatened briefly before settling for tied 2nd place, his best result since 2012, after making bogey on the 17th hole to finish on 72. Thailand’s Danthai Boonma (67), Panuphol Pittayarat (68) and Tour rookie Johannes Veerman (69) of the United States took a share of second alongside Singh on 275s.

FINA Assures Quality Swimming Pool at Tokyo Olympics

The new aquatics centre being built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will experience none of the problems faced by organisers of this year’s Rio de Janeiro Games, the International swimming federation (FINA) president said on November 21. The swimming pool in Rio was plagued by construction delays, and made headlines around the world after the water turned a shade of green during the Games. Many athletes also complained that the pool had a foul smell.

“I visited the place where they are beginning to build the new swimming pool and… it will have all the requirements for an excellent championship because the last condition in Rio was different,” FINA President Julio Cesar Maglione told the Kyodo news agency. “We are sure that it will be fine here.” Olympic organisers in Tokyo are building the pool near the existing Tatsumi International Swimming Center.