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Durand Cup 2024, from July 27 to August 31, 2024

President Droupadi Murmu unveiled the Trophies of the Durand Cup Tournament 2024 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 10, 2024. The Trophies unveiled include the Durand Cup, the President’s Cup and Shimla Trophy. 

The 2024 Durand Cup, is the 133rd edition of the oldest football tournament in Asia. It will take place from July 27 to August 31, 2024. The tournament features 24 teams, including all 13 clubs from the top-tier Indian Super League, invited clubs from the I-League, state leagues, and teams representing the armed forces. The defending champions are Mohun Bagan SG. Matches will be held in KolkataJamshedpurShillong, and Kokrajhar

Q: Which is the oldest football tournament in Asia?

A) Durand Cup
B) Santosh Trophy
C) Federation Cup
D) IFA Shield

Ans : A) Durand Cup
The 2024 Durand Cup, is the 133rd edition of the oldest football tournament in Asia.

Paris Olympic : Gagan Narang becomes Chef-de-Mission; PV Sindhu and Achanta Sharath Kamal flag bearers

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has named Gagan Narang as the Chef-de-Mission of the Indian contingent for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Gagan Narang is a four-time Olympian and a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in men’s 10 meter Air Rifle.

IOA President Dr. P.T. Usha announced Narang’s elevation from Deputy Chef-de-Mission after Mary Kom’s resignation. Chef-de-Mission is an important administrative role responsible for the welfare and needs of the participating athletes and liaising with the organizing committee.

PV Sindhu and Achanta Sharath Kamal will be the flag bearers during the opening ceremony.

Q: Who has been named as the Chef-de-Mission of the Indian contingent for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games?

a) MC Mary Kom
b) PV Sindhu
c) Gagan Narang
d) Achanta Sharath Kamal

Ans : c) Gagan Narang
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has named Gagan Narang as the Chef-de-Mission of the Indian contingent for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Gagan Narang is a four-time Olympian and a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in men’s 10 meter Air Rifle.

Q: Who are the flag bearers for the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games?

a) Gagan Narang and MC Mary Kom
b) PV Sindhu and Achanta Sharath Kamal
c) MC Mary Kom and Dr. P.T. Usha
d) PV Sindhu and Gagan Narang

Ans : b) PV Sindhu and Achanta Sharath Kamal
PV Sindhu and Achanta Sharath Kamal will be the flag bearers during the opening ceremony of Paris Olympic 2024.

Gautam Gambhir appointed head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team

Former India batter Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on July 9, 2024.

Gambhir signed a three-year contract, succeeding Rahul Dravid. He was selected over W.V. Raman by the Cricket Advisory Committee, headed by Ashok Malhotra.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah welcomed Gambhir on social media, praising his vision and experience.

Gambhir’s term begins this month and will last until December 31, 2027, coinciding with the next ODI World Cup.

Q: Who has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team?

a) Rahul Dravid
b) W.V. Raman
c) Gautam Gambhir
d) Ashok Malhotra

Ans : c) Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on July 9, 2024.

Avinash Sable set a new national record in the 3000m steeplechase

Avinash Sable set a new national record in the 3000m steeplechase at the Paris Diamond League on July 7, 2024.

Sable bettered his own record by more than a second. He finished sixth with a timing of 8:09.91.

The race was won by Abrham Sime of Ethiopia with a personal best of 8:02.36. Amos Serem of Kenya also recorded the same time as Sime but was narrowly edged out.

Q: Which player set a new national record in the 3000m steeplechase at the Paris Diamond League in 2024?

A) Amos Serem
B) Avinash Sable
C) Abrham Sime
D) Conseslus Kipruto

Ans : B) Avinash Sable
Avinash Sable set a new national record in the 3000m steeplechase at the Paris Diamond League on July 7, 2024.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma announce retirement from international T20 cricket after winning T20 World Cup 2024

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma announced their retirement from international T20 cricket after India’s victory over South Africa in the 2024 T20 World Cup final in Barbados.

Virat Kohli’s T20I career record: 4,188 runs in 125 matches, an average of 48.69, with 38 half-centuries and one century.

Rohit Sharma’s T20I career record: 4,231 runs in 159 matches, the highest run-scorer in the format, with five centuries.

Rohit Sharma won two T20 World Cup titles: one as a player in 2007 and another as captain in 2024.

Which two Indian cricket players announced their retirement from international T20 cricket after winning the 2024 T20 World Cup?

A) Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni
B) Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan
C) Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
D) KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya

Ans : C) Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Both announced their retirement from international T20 cricket after India’s victory over South Africa in the 2024 T20 World Cup final in Barbados.

Which player holds the record for the most centuries in T20 internationals?

A) Virat Kohli
B) Rohit Sharma
C) Chris Gayle
D) David Warner

Ans : B) Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma’s T20I career record: 4,231 runs in 159 matches, the highest run-scorer in the format, with five centuries.

India won the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2024

India won the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2024 on 29 June 2024 at Kensington Oval. India defeated South Africa by seven runs.

India posted a total of 176 for 7 in 20 overs, the highest score in a men’s T20 World Cup final. Virat Kohli scored 76 runs and Axar Patel scored 47 runs.

South Africa scored 169 runs for 8 wickets. Heinrich Klaasen scored 52 runs.

Hardik Pandya took three wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh took two wickets each.

  • Virat Kohli was named Player of the Match.
  • Jasprit Bumrah was named Player of the Tournament, with 15 wickets in eight games and an economy rate below six.

This victory marked India’s second T20 World Cup win, the first being in 2007.

Q: Which team did India defeat to win the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2024?

A) England
B) Australia
C) South Africa
D) New Zealand

Ans : C) South Africa
India won the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2024 on 29 June 2024 at Kensington Oval. India defeated South Africa by seven runs.

Q: Who was named Player of the Match in the 2024 T20 World Cup final?

A) Rohit Sharma
B) Virat Kohli
C) Hardik Pandya
D) Jasprit Bumrah

Ans : B) Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored 76 runs in final and named Player of the Match.

Q: Who was named Player of the Tournament in the 2024 T20 World Cup?

A) Rohit Sharma
B) Virat Kohli
C) Jasprit Bumrah
D) Hardik Pandya

Ans : C) Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah was named Player of the Tournament, with 15 wickets in eight games and an economy rate below six.

Kiran Pahal qualified for the Paris Olympics in women’s 400m

Kiran Pahal from Haryana qualified for the Paris Olympics. She clocked 50.92 seconds in the semifinals of the women’s 400m at the National Inter-state Athletics Championships in Panchkula. She secured her spot at the Paris Games by finishing within the automatic standard of 50.95 seconds for the Olympics.

Pahal, 24, became the second fastest women’s 400m runner in Indian history, behind Hima Das (50.79 seconds). Pahal finished ahead of Devy Aniba Zala of Gujarat (53.44) and Sneha K from Kerala (53.51).

Q: Who qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024 in the women’s 400m event?

A) Hima Das
B) Devy Aniba Zala
C) Sneha K
D) Kiran Pahal

Ans : D) Kiran Pahal
Kiran Pahal from Haryana qualified for the Paris Olympics. She clocked 50.92 seconds in women’s 400m at the National Inter-state Athletics Championships in Panchkula.

India reached the final of T20 World Cup after defeating England

India defeated England by 68 runs in Guyana and reached into the finals of the 2024 T20 World Cup. Team India score 171 and bowled out the England for 103 in 16.4 overs.

Brief score:

  • India 171/7 (Rohit Sharma 57, Suryakumar Yadav 47; Chris Jordan 3-37)
  • England 103 (Harry Brook 25, Jos Buttler 23; Axar Patel 3-23, Kuldeep Yadav 3-19).

Axar Patel was named ‘Player of the Match’ for his vital three-wicket haul and a quickfire 10 runs off 6 balls.

India’s victory marks their third entry into a T20 World Cup final, following their triumph against Pakistan in 2007 and their loss to Sri Lanka in 2014.

Q: Who won the 2024 T20 World Cup semifinal between India and England?

A) India
B) England
C) The match was abandoned
D) It ended in a tie

Ans : A) India
India defeated England by 68 runs in Guyana and reached into the finals of the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Harmanpreet Singh to Caption of Indain Hockey Team at Olympic 2024

Hockey India announced a 16-member Indian men’s hockey team for the Paris 2024 Olympics, scheduled from 26th July to 11th August.

The team will be led by Harmanpreet Singh (Caption), with Hardik Singh as the vice-captain.

  • Veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is part of the squad.
  • The defence line consists of Harmanpreet Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Sumit, and Sanjay.
  • The midfield includes Raj Kumar Pal, Shamsher Singh, Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, and Vivek Sagar Prasad.
  • The forward line features Abhishek, Sukhjeet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Mandeep Singh, and Gurjant Singh.
  • Goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak, midfielder Nilakanta Sharma, and defender Jugraj Singh are named as alternate.

India is placed in Pool B with Belgium, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, and Ireland. To advance to the Quarter-Finals, India must secure a top-four finish in their pool. Pool A includes the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, South Africa, and France.

The Indian men’s team has a rich Olympic history with 12 medals: 8 Gold, 1 Silver, and 3 Bronze. The current team aims to add another medal to this tally.

Q: Who is the captain of the Indian men’s hockey team for the Paris 2024 Olympics?

a) PR Sreejesh
b) Manpreet Singh
c) Harmanpreet Singh
d) Hardik Singh

Ans : c) Harmanpreet Singh
Hockey India announced a 16-member Indian men’s hockey team for the Paris 2024 Olympics, scheduled from 26th July to 11th August.

Men’s T20 World Cup: India Advanced to Semi-Finals by defeating Australia 

India advanced to the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after defeating Australia by 24 runs on 24 June 2024 in St. Lucia.

  • India posted a target of 206 runs.
  • Rohit Sharma scored 92 off 41 deliveries and was awarded Player of the Match.
  • Suryakumar Yadav contributed 31 runs off 16 balls.
  • Australia scored 181 for seven in 20 overs, with Travis Head scoring 76 runs from 43 balls.

India will face England in the semi-final in Guyana on 27 June 2024.

Q: India will face which team in the semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup?

A) Australia
B) West Indies
C) England
D) New Zealand

Ans : C) England
India advanced to the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after defeating Australia by 24 runs on 24 June 2024 in St. Lucia. India will face England in the semi-final in Guyana on 27 June 2024.

Neeraj Chopra won the Gold medal in the men’s javelin throw at the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour

Olympic and World Champion Neeraj Chopra won the Gold medal in the men’s javelin throw at the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour at the Paavo Nurmi Stadium in Turku, Finland, on June 18, 2024.

Chopra’s best effort was 85.97 meters, topping an eight-man field. He began with a throw of 83.62 meters. Local favorite Oliver Helander temporarily took the lead with an 83.96-meter throw in the second round. Chopra reclaimed the top spot with his best throw of 85.97 meters on his third attempt.

Q: Who won the Gold medal in the men’s javelin throw at the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour in Finland on June 18, 2024?

a) Johannes Vetter
b) Thomas Röhler
c) Magnus Kirt
d) Neeraj Chopra

Answer: d) Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra is Olympic and World Champion in the men’s javelin throw

Divya Deshmukh won the World Junior Girls’ Chess Championship

India’s Divya Deshmukh won the World Junior Girls’ Chess Championship at the Gift City Club in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, on 13 June 2024.

  • Divya defeated Bulgaria’s Beloslava Krasteva in the final round.
  • She secured her maiden U-20 title by winning the 10th round in 26 moves.
  • Divya finished the championship unbeaten, with nine wins and two draws.

Q: Who won the World Junior Girls’ Chess Championship in 2024?

A) Beloslava Krasteva
B) Divya Deshmukh
C) Magnus Carlsen
D) Viswanathan Anand

Ans : B) Divya Deshmukh

ICC T20 World Cup : India defeated Pakistan by 6 runs

India secured a thrilling victory against Pakistan in a low-scoring encounter during the ICC T20 World Cup on June 10, 2024 at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York

Result: India won by six runs

Inning 1 (India):

  • India scored 119 runs for 10 wickets in 19 overs
  • Top Performers: Rishabh Pant (42 runs), Arshdeep Singh (3 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah (3 wickets)

Inning 2 (Pakistan):

  • Pakistan scored 113 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs
  • Top Performer: Mohammad Rizwan (31 runs)

Player of the Match: Jasprit Bumrah (India)

Carlos Alcaraz win his 1st French Open tittle

Carlos Alcaraz won his first French Open title by defeating Alexander Zverev in a five-set final on 9 June 2024 at Roland Garros.

Alcaraz overcame cramps and made a comeback after being 2-1 down in sets. Final scoreline: 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in favor of Alcaraz.

At 21 years old, Alcaraz is the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all three surfaces (clay, grass, and hard court).

Q: Who did Carlos Alcaraz defeat to win his first French Open title?

a) Novak Djokovic
b) Roger Federer
c) Alexander Zverev
d) Rafael Nadal

Ans : c) Alexander Zverev

Q: Who became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all three surfaces (clay, grass, and hard court) at the age of 21?

a) Novak Djokovic
b) Roger Federer
c) Rafael Nadal
d) Carlos Alcaraz

Ans : d) Carlos Alcaraz

Sunil Chhetri’s Farewell Match Ends in Goalless Draw Against Kuwait

Kuwait held India to a goalless draw in the World Cup qualification game on 6 June 2024. The match was the farewell game for Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri.

Chhetri, who retired after this match, ended his international career with 94 goals from 151 matches.

Despite both teams creating scoring opportunities, neither side managed to goal. India will now face Asian champions Qatar in their final group game.

Q: Who is Sunil Chhetri?

A) An Indian cricketer
B) A Bollywood actor
C) An Indian footballer
D) A renowned chef

Answer: C) An Indian footballer

Indian boxers Jasmine Lamboria and Amit Pangal qualify for Paris Olympic

Indian boxers Jasmine Lamboria and Amit Pangal have secured quotas for the Paris Olympics. Their qualification came after impressive performances on 2 June 2024.

Amit Pangal’s Performance:

Amit Pangal won against Liu Chuang of China. He achieved a 5-0 victory in the men’s 51 kg quarter-final.

Jasmine Lamboria’s Performance:

Jasmine Lamboria defeated Marine Camara of Mali. She secured a 5-0 victory in the women’s 57 kg quarter-final.

Other Indian Qualifiers:

Four other Indian boxers have also qualified for the Paris Olympics. These include Nishant Dev, Nikhat Zareen, Preeti Pawar, and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain.

Q: In which category did Amit Pangal secure his Olympic quota?

A) Men’s 57 kg
B) Men’s 51 kg
C) Women’s 57 kg
D) Women’s 51 kg

Ans : B) Men’s 51 kg

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 from 1 to 29 June 2024 in West Indies and United States

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 is co-hosted by the West Indies and the United States from 1 to 29 June 2024.

This is the ninth edition of the T20 World Cup, a biennial Twenty20 International (T20I) tournament organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). 

This cricket event features 20 teams competing across 55 games for the right to be crowned ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 champions

20 Teams participating in the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup are:

India, Pakistan, Ireland, Canada, USA, England, Australia, Namibia, Scotland, Oman. New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Nepal.

Q: Which countries are co-hosting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024?

A) India and England
B) Australia and New Zealand
C) West Indies and United States
D) South Africa and Sri Lanka

Answer: C) West Indies and United States

Nishant Dev, becomes first Indian male boxer to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games

Nishant Dev, a world championships bronze medalist, is the first Indian male to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. He qualified by defeating Moldova’s Vasile Cebotari with a unanimous 5-0 decision in the men’s 71 kg category quarterfinal at the World Boxing Qualifiers on 31 May 2024.

Dev is the fourth Indian pugilist to qualify for the Paris Olympics, joining Nikhat Zareen (women’s 50kg), Preeti (54kg), and Lovlina Borgohain (75kg). Lovlina Borgohain is a Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist.

Nishant Dev is currently the only Indian male boxer qualified for the Summer Games.

Q: Who became the first Indian male to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games?

A) Vasile Cebotari
B) Nikhat Zareen
C) Nishant Dev
D) Lovlina Borgohain

Answer: C) Nishant Dev

Indian teenage chess player R. Praggnanandhaa defeated world number one Magnus Carlsen in the classical format

Indian teenage (18 Years old) chess player R. Praggnanandhaa defeated world number one Magnus Carlsen in the classical format for the first time at the ongoing Norway Chess tournament on 29 May 2024.

Magnus Carlsen of Norway is World Number one. During round three, R. Praggnanandhaa came out victorious against Magnus Carlsen to take the sole lead in the open section of the six-player tournament.

At the end of the third round, Praggnanandhaa’s tally is 5.5 out of nine points, while Carlsen has slipped to the fifth spot.

Q: Indian teenage player R. Praggnanandhaa defeated world number one Magnus Carlsen in the classical format of which game in May 2024?

A) Tennis
B) Badminton
C) Chess
D) Table Tennis

Answer: C) Chess

IPL 2024 Winner and Awards Summary

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the IPL 2024 by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by eight wickets. This win marks KKR’s third IPL trophy, with previous wins in 2012 and 2014.

Prize Money: KKR received Rs. 20 crore as winners, and SRH received Rs. 12.5 crore as runners-up.

Individual Awards:

  • Emerging Player: Nitish Kumar Reddy (SRH)
  • Ultimate Fantasy Player and Most Valuable Player: Sunil Narine (KKR)
  • Orange Cap: Virat Kohli (RCB) with 741 runs
  • Purple Cap: Harshal Patel (PBKS) with 24 wickets
  • Most Sixes: Abhishek Sharma (SRH) with 42 sixes
  • Most Fours: Travis Head (SRH) with 64 fours
  • Best Strike Rate: Jake Fraser-McGurk (DC) with SR 234.05
  • Catch of the Season: Ramandeep Singh (KKR)
  • Fair Play Award: Sunrisers Hyderabad
  • Pitch and Ground Award: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Final Match Awards:

  • Player of the match: Mitchell Starc
  • Fantasy player of the match: Mitchell Starc
  • Most sixes in the match: Venkatesh Iyer
  • Most fours in the match: Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Most dot balls in the match: Harshit Rana

Q: Which player won the Orange Cap for scoring the most runs in IPL 2024?

A) Abhishek Sharma
B) Virat Kohli
C) Travis Head
D) Nitish Kumar Reddy

Ans : B) Virat Kohli

Q: Who won the Purple Cap for taking the most wickets in IPL 2024?

A) Mitchell Starc
B) Harshal Patel
C) Sunil Narine
D) Jake Fraser-McGurk

Ans : B) Harshal Patel

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won their third Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won their third Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy. The final took place on 26 May 2024, with KKR defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by eight wickets.

  • KKR lost the toss but bowled out SRH for 113 in 18.3 overs, the lowest total in an IPL final.
  • KKR chased down the target of 114 in just 12.3 overs, with 57 balls to spare.
  • Top Performers for KKR: Venkatesh Iyer: Unbeaten 52 runs, Rahmanullah Gurbaz: 39 runs
  • Key Bowler for KKR: Andre Russell took 3 wickets.
  • Player of the Match: Mitchell Starc

Q: Which team lifted the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy in 2024?

  • A) Chennai Super Kings
  • B) Mumbai Indians
  • C) Kolkata Knight Riders
  • D) Sunrisers Hyderabad

Answer: C) Kolkata Knight Riders

Dipa Karmakar become First Indian Gymnast to win Gold in Asian Gymnastics Championship

Dipa Karmakar won India’s first-ever gold medal at the Asian Gymnastics Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on 26 May 2024. She secured the gold in the women’s pole-vault final with an average score of 13.566.

Dipa Karmakar Achievements

  • First Indian gymnast to win a gold medal at the Asian Championships.
  • First female Indian gymnast to compete in the Olympics (Rio 2016).
  • Achieved fourth place in the women’s vault at the Rio 2016 Olympics, the best performance by an Indian gymnast in the Summer Games.
  • First Indian to win a gold medal at an international gymnastics competition (2018 FIG World Cup in Mersin, Turkey).

Q: Who became India’s first-ever gymnast to win gold medalist at the Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on 26 May 2024?

  • A) Mary Kom
  • B) PV Sindhu
  • C) Dipa Karmakar
  • D) Saina Nehwal

Answer: C) Dipa Karmakar

Nikhat Zareen and Minakshi won gold medals in boxing at the Elorda Cup 2024

Indian boxers Nikhat Zareen and Minakshi won gold medals at the Elorda Cup 2024 in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 19, 2024.

  • Nikhat Zareen triumphed in the women’s 52 kg category, defeating Zhazira Urakbayeva of Kazakhstan 5-0.
  • Minakshi won in the women’s 48 kg category, beating Uzbekistan’s Rahmonova Saidahon 4-1.
  • Anamika (50 kg) and Manisha (60 kg) both earned silver medals. Anamika lost 1-4 to China’s Wu Yu, and Manisha was defeated 0-5 by Kazakhstan’s Viktoriya Grafeeva.
  • The Indian boxing team finished the Elorda Cup 2024 with a total of 12 medals: 2 gold, 2 silver, and 8 bronze.

Q: Who won the gold medal in the women’s 52 kg category boxing at the Elorda Cup 2024?

A) Anamika
B) Manisha
C) Minakshi
D) Nikhat Zareen

Ans : D) Nikhat Zareen

Q: Who won the gold medal in the women’s 48 kg category boxing at the Elorda Cup 2024?

A) Anamika
B) Manisha
C) Minakshi
D) Nikhat Zareen

Ans : C) Minakshi

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the Men’s doubles title at the Thailand Open

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the Men’s doubles title at the Thailand Open Badminton tournament on May 19, 2024.

  • They defeated the Chinese pair Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi with scores of 21-15, 21-15.
  • To reach the final, the Indian duo beat Lu Ming-Che and Tang Kai-Wei of Chinese Taipei 21-11, 21-12.
  • This tournament is significant for Satwik and Chirag as they first won it in 2019, marking their first Superseries or Super 500 level victory.
  • The Indian pair is ranked world number three and were the top seeds in this tournament.

Q: Who won the Men’s doubles title at the Thailand Open 2024 Badminton tournament?

A) Lu Ming-Che and Tang Kai-Wei
B) Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi
C) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
D) Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong

Ans : C) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty

Indian Football Legend Sunil Chhetri announced his retirement

Sunil Chhetri, Indian football legend and current national team captain, announced his retirement. His final match will be against Kuwait on June 6, at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

  • Chhetri debuted on June 12, 2005, against Pakistan.
  • He is India’s all-time top scorer with 94 goals in 150 international matches.
  • Chhetri is the third-highest active international goal-scorer, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
  • His retirement marks the end of a significant era in Indian football, characterized by his passion, leadership, and remarkable achievements.

Q: When did Sunil Chhetri announce his retirement from international football?

A) After the 2023 AFC Asian Cup
B) After the match against Kuwait on June 6, 2024
C) After the 2024 FIFA World Cup
D) After the match against Pakistan on June 12, 2023

Ans : B) After the match against Kuwait on June 6, 2024

Q: What significant milestone does Sunil Chhetri hold in Indian football?

A) Most matches played
B) Youngest debutant
C) Highest goal-scorer
D) Most assists

Ans : C) Highest goal-scorer

Manika Batra became first Indian Women to break into top 25 of the world Women’s singles table tennis rankings.

Manika Batra became the first Indian woman to break into the top 25 of the world Women’s singles table tennis rankings.

  • She achieved a career-best ranking of 24.
  • This ranking followed her success in the Saudi Smash, where she reached the quarterfinals.
  • She equalled G. Sathyan’s record for the highest rank achieved by an Indian in singles table tennis.
  • Manika is a 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist in both individual and team categories.
  • She jumped 15 spots in the rankings following her performance in Jeddah.

Q: Who became the first Indian woman to break into the top 25 of the world Women’s singles table tennis rankings?

A) Suthirtha Mukherjee
B) Mouma Das
C) Manika Batra
D) Ankita Das

Ans : C) Manika Batra

Magnus Carlsen win World Rapid and Blitz Poland Chess Tournament

Magnus Carlsen claimed victory in the World Rapid and Blitz Poland event after defeating all nine other players in a row on May 12, 2024. Magnus Carlsen claimed victory after defeating all nine other players in a row.

  • R Praggnanandhaa, an Indian chess player, defeated Magnus Carlsen, the world number one, on May 11, 2024.
  • Wei Yi , China Chess player secured second position.
  • The event featured three Indian prodigies: D Gukesh, Praggnanandhaa, and Arjun Erigaisi, along with other top grandmasters like Anish Giri, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, and Vincent Keymer.
  • Praggnanandhaa finished in fourth place with 19 points, while Erigaisi secured the fifth position with 18 points.
  • D Gukesh, the World Chess Championship challenger, ended in the last spot with 12.5 points.

Q: Who won the World Rapid and Blitz Poland chess tournament in May 2024?

a) Wei Yi
b) Arjun Erigaisi
c) R Praggnanandhaa
d) Magnus Carlsen

Correct Answer: d) Magnus Carlsen

Q: Which Indian Chess Player defeated world number one Magnus Carlsen in the Superbet rapid and blitz chess tournament in May 2024?

a) Vishwanath Anand
b) R Praggnanandhaa
c) Arjun Erigaisi
d) D. Gukesh.

Ans : b) R Praggnanandhaa

Aman Sehrawat qualify for 2024 Paris Olympics in the men’s 57kg freestyle category

Indian wrestler Aman Sehrawat has become the first Indian male wrestler to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics. He secured a Paris quota in the men’s 57kg freestyle category at the World Wrestling Olympic Qualifiers in Istanbul, Turkiye.

Sehrawat beat Chongsong Han of Korea 12-2 in the semi-final to secure quota for Paris Olympic. This is India’s secure sixth quota in wrestling for the 2024 Olympics. All of the previous five quotas were obtained by the Indian women wrestlers.

Q: Who is the first Indian male wrestler to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics?

a) KD Jadhav
b) Aman Sehrawat
c) Sushil Kumar
d) Yogeshwar Dutt

Ans : b) Aman Sehrawat

Q: In which category did Aman Sehrawat secure a Paris quota for the Olympics?

a) Men’s 65kg freestyle
b) Men’s 57kg freestyle
c) Men’s 74kg freestyle
d) Men’s 86kg freestyle

Ans: b) Men’s 57kg freestyle

Indian 4x400m relay teams, both men and women, secured spots in the Paris Olympics

Indian 4x400m relay teams, both women and men, secured spots in the Paris Olympics after finishing second in their respective second-round heats at the World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas.

  1. The men’s team, consisting of Muhammad Anas Yahiya, Muhammad Ajmal, Arokia Rajiv, and Amoj Jacob, secured second place in their heat, trailing only behind the USA.
  2. In the women’s tournament, Jamaica finished first in the first heat, with the Indian team comprising Rupal Chaudhary, M R Poovamma, Jyothika Sri Dandi, and Subha Venkatesan securing second place.
  3. The top two teams from each of the three heats during the second round advanced to the Olympics, scheduled from July 26 to August 11.
  4. With these achievements, India now has 19 track and field competitors heading to Paris, including Neeraj Chopra, the reigning javelin throw champion.

Q: Which Indian athletes comprised the men’s 4x400m relay team qualifying for the Paris Olympics?

a) Rupal Chaudhary, M R Poovamma, Jyothika Sri Dandi, and Subha Venkatesan
b) Muhammad Anas Yahiya, Muhammad Ajmal, Arokia Rajiv, and Amoj Jacob
c) Neeraj Chopra, Muhammad Ajmal, Arokia Rajivand Rajesh Ramesh
d) Amoj Jacob, Neeraj Chopra, Muhammad Ajmal and Subha Venkatesan

Ans : b) Muhammad Anas Yahiya, Muhammad Ajmal, Arokia Rajiv, and Amoj Jacob

Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup from 3 to 20 October in Bangladesh

The ninth ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2024 is scheduled to take place from 3 to 20 October in Bangladesh. The schedule was announced at an event in Dhaka, attended by officials from the ICC and the President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, along with the captains of the Indian and Bangladesh women’s teams.

  1. Ten teams will participate in the tournament, playing a total of 23 matches over 18 days.
  2. The matches will be held at two venues in Bangladesh: the Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka and the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet.
  3. The opening match of the T20 World Cup will be between South Africa (runners-up of 2023) and England on the first day.
  4. On the same day, Bangladesh will face Qualifier 2 in the evening match in Dhaka.
  5. India will play New Zealand on 4th October at Sylhet in their first match of the tournament.

Q. : When and where is the ninth ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 scheduled to take place?

a) 3 to 20 October in England
b) 3 to 20 October in Bangladesh
c) 1 to 18 November in Australia
d) 5 to 22 September in India

Ans : b) 3 to 20 October in Bangladesh

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