North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony under a unified flag. The two Koreas also agreed during rare talks to form a combined women's ice hockey team. These are the first high-level talks between the two Koreas in more than two years. The Games will take place. . . . .
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore unveiled the Khelo India Anthem, a spirited composition, which resonates with the vision of the programme, of nurturing a rich sporting culture in the country. Khelo India is a unique programme which is focused on building. . . . .
Aanchal Thakur created history as she gave India the first-ever international medal in skiing. The 21-year-old, who hails from Manali, won bronze in Alpine Ejder 3200. She clinched the medal in the slalom race category. The Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) in Turkey. Turkey. . . . .
Switzerland won their third Hopman Cup as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-3(3) 4-2 in the deciding mixed doubles to secure a 2-1 victory in the final at the Perth Arena. It was Federer's second Hopman Cup triumph after victory in 2001 alongside. . . . .
The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, stated that Khelo India would go a long way in achieving the twin objectives of mass participation and promotion of excellence in sports. The Sports Minister launched the simple yet vibrant Khelo India logo at the Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.. . . . .
Sathiyan, who was nowhere near the top-100 bracket until a few months ago, is the leader today at world No. 49, thus pushing A. Sharath Kamal to the second spot at No. 51. They are followed by Soumyajit Ghosh (58), Harmeet Desai (60), Sanil Shetty (68) and Anthony Amalraj (87). As for the women paddlers,. . . . .
Viswanathan Anand won a bronze in the World Blitz Chess Championship following his gold-winning performance in the Rapid section. After ending the first day of the Blitz category on a disappointing note when he suffered a loss at the hands of Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Anand won against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.
Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. However, players from Israel and Qatar are missing the tournament due to regional tensions. Saudi Arabia's top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, said. . . . .
Vidarbha has created history by winning the Ranji Trophy for the first time in history with a thumping nine-wicket win over Delhi at the Holkar stadium in Indore. Rajneesh Gurbani’s 6/59, including a hat-trick and a century from Akshay Wadkar, were the key moments in Vidarbha scripting a fairytale run. For Delhi, Dhruv. . . . .
Shooting legend Abhinav Bindra on Friday resigned as the chairman of the sports ministry's Target Olympic Podium (TOP) committee to avoid any potential conflict of interest. In a letter posted on his official Twitter handle, India's lone individual gold medallist Bindra announced his decision to discontinue as National. . . . .
Sunil Chhetri-led Indian national team retained their 105th spot in the latest FIFA rankings while Germany topped the table to be named the 'Team of the year'. After jumping up two positions to the 105 in the FIFA rankings in October, India has only played out a 2-2 draw with Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, after. . . . .
Three-time Under-19 World Cup champions Australia will be led by Jason Sangha in next month's edition in New Zealand.Sangha became the youngest Australian to be handed a full-time contract. Earlier this year, Sangha, became the youngest Australian to score a first-class century courtesy of his 133 for Cricket Australia XI against. . . . .
India’s Rohit Sharma broke into the top five of the One-Day International batting charts of the ICC rankings after a successful series against Sri Lanka where he scored his third double hundred. The India opener is ranked fifth after gaining two spots and crossing the 800-point mark for the first time. Both of India’s ODI. . . . .
Australia thrashed England by an innings and 41 runs in the third Test in Perth to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare. Australian captain, Steve Smith was named Man-of-the-Match for a second time in the series, his brilliant 239 having left England with an improbable second innings mountain to climb. Fact sheet:
Bulgaria’s world number three tennis player Grigor Dimitrov has been named Balkan Athlete of the Year, the Bulgarian news agency (BTA) said.Dimitrov, who won the biggest title of his career when he captured the season-ending ATP Finals in London last month, became the first Bulgarian to scoop the prize after female wrestler. . . . .
Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi to retain the Club World Cup.A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition's history and adds to the La Liga, Champions. . . . .
PV Sindhu finished with the Silver medal in the summit clash of the BWF Super Series Finals in a marathon contest against Akane Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi emerged victorious by 15 21, 21-12, 21-19 in a final that was played over 94 minutes. In the process, Sindhu became the second Indian female shuttler to finish with a silver medal. . . . .
Double Olympic medalist ( He won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and then followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games) Sushil Kumar made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was his first medal in international. . . . .
Roger Federer awarded BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. In the public vote, the 36-year- old Swiss came out ahead of five other nominees in what was a glorious year following time away in 2016 due to injury. Legend of the sport, Federer extended his Grand Slams tally to 19 with titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.. . . . .
South Africa and Zimbabwe will play the first ever four-day Test match and the International Cricket Council has laid down the template for the match. The board has decided that every day, a minimum of 98 overs will be bowled that means a total of 392 overs in four days. In a five-day game, a total of 450 overs are bowled. Also,. . . . .