Current Affairs November 2017 - Sports


1 - India's K Srikanth achieved career-best World No 2 ranking


India's ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has achieved career-best World Number 2 ranking. Srikanth has been rewarded for his sensational run this season He reached five finals and clinched four titles in 2017 and now has 73,403 points, 4527 points away from World Champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, who heads the ranking list.

The US Open Grand Prix Gold winner HS Prannoy achieved a career-best ranking of World No. 11. In women's singles, P V Sindhu was at World No. 2, while former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal was also steady at the 11th spot.

2 - Indian junior team win bronze medal in Johor Cup hockey

Johor Cup

Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team defeated hosts Malaysia 4-0 to win the Bronze medal of the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017.

The 2017 Sultan of Johor Cup is the seventh edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup, a field hockey tournament. Australia won the Gold medal while Great Britain won the Silver medal of the tournament. Vivek Prasad of India was awarded the Best Player of the tournament award.

Dilpreet Singh of India and Nathan Euphraums of Australia were the top scorer with nine goals each.

3 - Federer wins eighth Basel Title, 95th Overall


Roger Federer won his eighth Basel title after he defeated Juan Martin Del Potro, 6-7(5), 6 4, 6-3 to clinch his ATP World Tour-leading seventh title of the year.

Federer is now behind only Jimmy Connors in the list of open era title leaders. Jimmy has 109 trophies while Federer has 95.

Federer moved ahead of Ivan Lendl who has 94 trophies. Federer now owns eight or more trophies at three different events: Halle (9), Wimbledon (8) and Basel (8).

4 - Mithali Raj and Virat Kohli topped ICC Ranking

Mithali Raj and Virat Kohli

Indian women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj has been ranked No 1 among batters in the latest ICC ODI Player rankings. She is followed by Ellyse Perry of Australia and Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand respectively.

Captain of the Men's cricket team, Virat Kohli, also re-gained the No 1 position after he hit two hundreds in the series against New Zealand. He overtook AB de Villiers of South Africa. The ODI bowling rankings are led by Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali. Jasprit Bumrah of India is ranked third. South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir is ranked second.

5 - Kidambi Srikanth won French Open Super Series 2017

Kidambi Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth of India won the men’s singles title at Yonex French Open 2017 Badminton tournament held in Paris after he defeated Kento Nishimoto of Japan by 21-14, 21-13 in the finals. He became the first Indian French Open champion. This was Srikanth's fourth title of the season. He also became only fourth men’s singles player to win four or more Super Series titles in a calendar year.

Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei has won women’s singles title by defeating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.

6 - Jasprit Bumrah secured Top Spot in ICC T20 Rankings

Jasprit Bumrah

Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been ranked at the top in the latest ICC T20 bowler’s rankings. Imad Wasim of Pakistan is ranked second while Rashid Khan of Afghanistan is ranked third.

The batters list is topped by Indian captain Virat Kohli while Aaron Finch of Australia and Evin Lewis of West Indies are second and third in the list respectively.

The team ranking is topped by Pakistan followed by New Zealand and West Indies. India is ranked fifth in the list.

7 - India finished with 20 medals at Commonwealth Shooting Championships

Commonwealth Shooting

India ended the Commonwealth Shooting Championships with a rich haul of 20 medals after Satyendra Singh won a gold and Sanjeev Rajput a silver in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions event. The Indian squad won a total of six gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals during the competition.

In the men's Trap event at the Shotgun ranges, Birendeep Sodhi was the lone Indian to qualify for the six-man final round. He shot 118 out of 125 to qualify in fifth place and finished fourth eventually.

8 - Indian women's hockey team lifted Asia Cup title

Asia Cup title

The India women's hockey team qualified for next year's World Cup by winning the Asia Cup hockey title. In a nail-biting final at Kakamigahara in Japan, they overcame China 5-4 via a shootout. At full time, both teams were level One-One.

India took the lead through Navjot Kaur in the 25th minute. However, China found a late equaliser through Tiantian Luo, who converted a penalty corner in the 47th minute. South Korea secured third place with a 1-0 win over Japan.

9 - Aditi Ashok bagged Ladies European Tour

Aditi Ashok

India’s tremendous golf player Aditi Ashok bagged Ladies European Tour title by winning Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, held in Abu Dhabi. It was her third title in 12 months. She was honoured with prize money of €70,788 and trophy by the UAE’s Minister of State for Happiness, Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi. Swede Sophie Gustafson secured second position, followed by Camilla Lennarth at third, Cheyenne Woods at fourth and Linda Wessberg at 5th position.

Prior to this victory, Aditi won Hero Women’s Indian Open and Qatar Ladies Open in her rookie season in 2016.

10 - Senegal qualified for 2018 Football World Cup


Senegal qualified for the 2018 Football World Cup after defeating South Africa 2-0 in Polokwane. The victory gave Senegal an uncatchable five-point lead over Burkina Faso and Cape Verde in Group D with one round left.

The only previous World Cup appearance by Senegal was in 2002 when current coach Aliou Cisse captained a team that reached the quarterfinals, hosted by South Korea and Japan. Senegal is the third African qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia after Nigeria and Egypt, who secured places during the penultimate qualifying round last month.

11 - IOC banned five more Russians for life over Sochi Doping


The International Olympic Committee has banned five more Russian competitors from the 2014 Sochi Olympics for life over anti-doping rule violations. IOC is re-testing all Russian athletes’ samples from those Games following revelations by Grigory Rodchenkov, Russia’s former anti-doping chief.

The banned athletes are −

  • Dmitrii Trunenkov
  • Aleksei Negodailo
  • Yana Romanova
  • Olga Vilukhina
  • Sergei Chudinov

12 - Shiv Kapur won Panasonic Open Title

Shiv Kapur

Indian Golfer Shiv Kapur won Panasonic Open title held at Delhi. It was his first Asian tour victory. The Panasonic Open is a golf tournament on the Asian Tour. It was first played in 2011. Veteran golf players such as Anirban Lahiri, Mukesh Kumar, Australian Wade Ormsby and Chiragh Kumar has been winners of this tour title in the past.

Other players who performed well at the tournament were Ajeetesh Sandhu, Sudhir Sharma and Chirag Kumar. Shiv Kapur had previously won Gujarat Kensville Challenge, Dubai Festival City Challenge and Yeangder Heritage.

13 - Mary Kom won gold medal at Asian Women’s Boxing Championships


India’s M.C. Mary Kom defeated North Korea’s five-time world champion Kim Hyang Mi to win 5th gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships held in Vietnam.

The Asian Amateur Boxing Championships is the biggest competition for boxing amateurs in Asia.

This gold medal victory was Mary Kom’s second gold medal after her 2014 Asian Games victory. Prior to this, she had bagged gold medals in 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2012.

14 - Prannoy won men’s single title at 82nd Senior National Championship


H.S Prannoy won Men’s single title at 82nd Senior National Championship, held in Nagpur, Maharashtra. He defeated Kidambi Srikanth. With this win, he secured best ranking of World No. 11. Thiruvananthapuram’s Prannoy has been winner of Youth Olympic Games, BWF Grand Prix and BWF International Challenge.

The Indian National Badminton Championships is a tournament organized and played to crown the best badminton players in India. Sourabh Verma was winner of 81st Senior National Badminton Championship in men’s single title. Sameer Verma was winner of 80th Senior National Badminton Championship in men’s single title.

15 - Rhino unveiled as mascot for AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championship


The 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Championship is scheduled to happen at Nabin Chandra Bordoloi A.C Indoor Hall in Guwahati, northeastern India. Assam’s famous one horned Rhino, was unveiled as mascot of the event. The female rhino - Guppy was selected as mascot to symbolize strength and permanence.

AIBA has been responsible for the rapid development of Women’s Boxing since the first elite World Championships back in 2001. Veteran India boxer champion MC Mary Kom was announced as AIBA ambassador for 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships.

16 - Saina Nehwal became National Champion for the third Time

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal won women’s single title at 82nd Senior National Championship, held in Nagpur, Maharashtra. She defeated PV Sindhu. With this win, she lifted her third national title.

The Indian National Badminton Championships is a tournament organized and played to crown the best badminton players in India. Rituparna Das was winner of 81st Senior National Badminton Championship in women’s single title. P. C. Thulasi was winner of 80th Senior National Badminton Championship in women’s single title.

17 - 2017 ATP world tour awards announced


Moët & Chandon revealed the names of the winners of 2017 ATP World Tour Awards. Roger Federer received three new trophies for titles ‘Comeback Player of the Year’, ‘Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award’ and ‘ Fans’ Favorite award.

Shapovalov received ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’ award and ‘ATP Star of Tomorrow’ award. Tecau received ‘Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award’ for his contribution in support of children’s rights and education in Romania. Other recipients were Godwin as ‘Coach of the Year’ and Guillermo Salatino for Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award

18 - Leander Paes and Purav Raja lifted Knoxville Challenger in men's doubles title

Knoxville Challenger

Leander Paes and Purav Raja lifted Knoxville Challenger men's doubles title at Tennessee in United States. Top seeded Indians defeated American-Australian duo of James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith 7-6, 7-6 in the final of the men's doubles ATP challenger at the indoor hard court of Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Paes and Raja won their first ever title of year 2017. Earlier, Leander Paes won three Challenger level titles this season pairing with Canadian Adil Shamasdin and American Scott Lipsky. Purav Raja and Paes had won Bordeaux Challenger with Divij Sharan and made the final of the Chennai Open.

19 - India won AIBA World Women’s Youth Boxing Championships


India finished with five gold medals and won AIBA World Women’s Youth Boxing Championships, held in Guwahati. The five players who won gold medal were Nitu (48kg), Jyoti Gulia (51kg), Sakshi choudhury (54kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg) and Ankushita Boro (64kg). With this victory, Jyoti Gulia (51kg) qualified for 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

Two other players Neha Yadav (+81kg) and Anupama (81kg) won silver medals. This was for the first time that championship was hosted by India.

20 - India bagged 10 Medals in Para-Badminton World Championships


India won 10 medals at the BWF Para Badminton World Championships, held in in Ulsan, South Korea. Parul Parmar won two gold medals defeating Thailands Wannaphatdee Kamtam in the finals of the women’s singles and Chinese pair of Cheng Hefang and MA Huihui in women’s doubles.

Other players who bagged to have silver medal were Tarun Dhillon and Manoj Sarkar. The rest 6 players managed to bring bronze medal. The Para-Badminton World Championships is an individual bi-annual event in six sport classes, organized by the BWF.

21 - ICC banned Hafeez from bowling in international matches


The International Cricket Council, ICC barred Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in international cricket, as his action was found illegal in the third ODI against Sri Lanka. His bowling action revealed that the majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. He has previously served a 12-month ban in July 2015.

Mohammad Hafeez is a Pakistani free-flowing batsman and an off-spinner in bowling style. It was third time that he was banned from bowling illegally.

22 - Shagun Chowdhary crowned National Women's Trap champion

Shagun Chowdhary

The first Indian woman trap shooter to win an Olympic berth, Shagun Chowdhary bagged a national champion crown at the 61st National Shooting Championship in New Delhi. In the final, she overcame the challenge from Punjab's Rajeshwari Kumari to prevail 41-38. Defending champion Shreyasi Singh, representing Bihar, finished third with a final round score of 29 on day two of the competitions.

N Nivetha of Tamil Nadu won the Junior Women's title. Madhya Pradesh won medals both in the senior and junior women's team events.

23 - Pankaj Advani won IBSF World Billiards Championship

Pankaj Advani

Veteran cueist Pankaj Advani bagged the title of 17th IBSF World Billiards Championship by 6-2 in the final against England’s Mike Russell, held at Doha. Pankaj Advani has won maximum number of world titles as compared to any other Indian sportsperson.

Pankaj won semifinals by 5-2 India’s Rupesh Shah. Pankaj Advani will be facing off the upcoming competition ‘Grand Double’, the lengthier format at 17th IBSF World Billiards Championship. The IBSF World Billiards Championship is an international non-professional tournament for the game of English billiards.

24 - Aditi Ashok became first Indian to qualify for LPGA Tour Championships


Bangalore’s perfectionist golfer Aditi Ashok became first Indian to qualify for CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA. Aditi’s victory in two LET events in 2016 and one in 2017 has made her qualification to the event possible.

The CME Group Tour Championship brings the world’s best players to Southwest Florida in a unique, season-long point based qualifying format. The grand finale of the 2017 LPGA Tour season the CME Group Tour Championship was played at Naples, Italy.

25 - Sebastian Vettel won Brazilian Grand Prix


Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel lifted the title of winning Brazilian Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas at second place, Kimi Raikkonen at third place and Lewis Hamilton at fourth place. The 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula 1 motor race held at Brazil.

This race was noted historical, as it was penultimate round of the 2017 season and marked the forty-sixth running of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Vettel Ferrari association in 2017 has been rewarding with four victories and topping the standings for more than half the season.

26 - Gopi Thonakal becomes first Indian to win Asian Marathon Championship gold

Gopi Thonakal

Gopi Thonakal became the first Indian man to win Asian Marathon Championship. Gopi clocked 2 hours 15 minutes and 48 seconds to clinch the gold in the 16th edition of the prestigious event. Andrey Petrov of Uzbekistan ranked second while Byambalev Tseveenravdan of Mongolia won bronze.

The Asian Marathon Championships is a biennial international competition in marathon road running for Asian athletes. This year it was organized in Dongguan, China.

27 - France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup


The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be hosted by France. The venue of the event was selected by Council members whereas South Africa was the choice of event by World Rugby’s Board. The 2023 Rugby World Cup is the tenth Rugby World Cup, which is taking place at the 200th anniversary of the legendary 'invention' of the sport by William Webb Ellis.

The 2007 Rugby World Cup was hosted by France. The other competitors for the selection of venue through voting were South Africa and Ireland.

28 - Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov won ATP Finals


Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria has won the ATP Finals after three set victory over David Goffin of Belgium in a hard-fought battle in London. Grigor Dimitrov overcame David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win the title.

It is his fourth title of the year 2017 and will lift him three places to No. 3 in the world, behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

The title clash, which lasted for almost two and a half hours, was the longest final since John McEnroe defeated Arthur Ashe at Madison Square Garden in 1978.

29 - Yuki Bhambri won ATP Pune Challenger title

Yuki Bhambri

Yuki Bhambri won title of 2017 season on the ATP Challenger Tour defeating Ramkumar Ramanathan in the finals, at the KPIT-MSLTA Challenger held in Pune. It was Yuki’s sixth Challenger victory. With this win, Yuki Bhambri received 80 ATP points and $7200. Ramkumar Ramanathan received $4,240 and 48 points. Yuki Bhambri had been ranked in the top 100 bracket, after this victory.

Yuki Bhambri is the first Indian to win junior Australian Open title. Saketh Myneni and Sanam Singh won ATP Pune Challenger title in the men's doubles title.

30 - Ethiopians topped Delhi Half Marathon 2017


Ethiopians Birhanu Legese and Almaz Ayana won gold at the Delhi Half Marathon, 2017 in the men and women’s category respectively. Birhanu Legese bagged gold medal by finishing it off in 59 minutes and 46 seconds followed by Anadamlak Belihu at second position in 59 minutes and 51 seconds.

Almaz Ayana finished off race in one hour, 7 minutes and 11 seconds to win gold, followed by Ababel and Netsanet at the second and third place, completing race in 1:07:19 and 1:07:24 respectively. Both the delhi half marathon winners received USD 27,000 as winners’ prize money.

31 - Afghanistan bagged maiden Under-19 Asia Cup


Afghanistan team bagged the maiden under 19 Asia Cup title held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, against the Pakistan team. Ikram Faizi performed outstanding and remained not out on 107 runs. Pakistan could compete with target runs of 249.

The 2017 Under-19 Asia Cup was an international cricket tournament, held in Malaysia. Under 19 Asia cup is organized by the Asian Cricket Council, for Under-19 teams from its member nations. It was first held in 2012 in Malaysia. The member nations of council are Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Malaysia, UAE, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

32 - Ritu Phogat clinched silver medal in U-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship

Ritu Phogat

Ritu Phogat clinched the silver medal in under 23 Senior World Wrestling Championship at Poland, against Turkish Wrestler Demirhan in the gold medal bout of women's 48 kilogram category. In Semifinal, Ritu defeated Chinese Wrestler Jiang Zhu 4-3 points to reach the finals.

Ritu had won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship 2016. She had won the National championship, held in Indore She also won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships in May 2017.

33 - Lionel Messi won fourth European Golden Shoe award

Lionel Messi

Bercelona’s Lionel Messi received his career’s fourth European Golden Shoe award. Prior to this, he was honoured with golden shoe in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Lionel scored 37 goals from La Liga season, 2016-17 UEFA Champions League and in various other championships.

The European Golden Shoe, also known as the European Golden Boot, is an association football award presented each season to the highest goal scorer in European league matches. The 2016 European Golden Shoe award was honoured to Luis Suarez.

34 - Indian Sports Honours: Srikanth, Sindhu win top awards

Srikanth Sindhu

Ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who won four Super Series titles this year, bagged the Sportsman of the Year award at the inaugural edition of Indian Sports Honours held in Mumbai. Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu won the Sportswoman of the Year award in the individual sport category.

In the team sports category, Ravichandran Ashwin was awarded Sportsman of the Year award while women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj was awarded Sportswoman of the Year award.

  • Team of the Year: Indian Women's Cricket Team
  • Inspirational Honour by the jury: Sania Mirza
  • Transformational Contribution to Sport award: Abhinav Bindra

35 - Ravichandran Ashwin breaks Lillee's record of fastest 300 Test wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 Test wickets in his 54th match, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record during India's win over Sri Lanka in the second Test.

Australian fast bowling legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Test matches way back in 1981. Ashwin is only the fifth Indian bowler to complete a career 300 wickets in Test cricket behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417) and Zaheer Khan (311).