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Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup Day in Australia | Melbourne Cup schedule 2019: Start time for every race

  • Nov 04, 2019
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Melbourne Cup Day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of November, in 2019, on November 5. You can find the full race calendar for the day below.As always, the main event of the day will be the Melbourne Cup itself, however, there are ten races scheduled throughout the day, and a handful is the events of Group A.The Melbourne Cup is the world's richest two-mile Paralympic race and the largest event in the Australian calendar. The total price of $ 8 million is at stake in the Grand Race.See all racing activities on the big day with additions, live updates and high score results.Races run throughout the day for approximately 40 minutes, with a longer break before the Melbourne Cup to allow 24 riders and horses to compete for the trophy.2019 Melbourne Cup Race ScheduleRace NoTime (AEDT)RaceDistance   110:55 AMDarley Ottawa Stakes1000m   211:35 AMGrinders Coffee Roasters Trophy1400m   312:10 PMTAB Trophy1700m   412:45 PMThe Maccas Run2400m   51:20 PMSchweppervessence Plate1000m   61:55 PMJim Beam Stakes1400m   73:00 PMMelbourne Cup3200m   84:00 PMFurphy Plate1800m   94:40 PMMSS Security Sprint1200m   105:15 PMThe Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes1400m Melbourne Cup Day in AustraliaMelbourne Cup Day is the best known horse race in Australia held on the first Tuesday of November each year. This event is known as the race that stops the nation.Is Melbourne Day a holiday?Melbourne Cobb Day is a holiday in Victoria, where it is a public holiday, schools and most businesses are closed.Melbourne Cup Day CelebrationMelbourne Cup Day is one of Australia's most popular social and racing events. The main race is held at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. More than 100,000 people usually attend the Flemington Racecourse. Local races are held across the country on this day and when today's main race takes place at the Flemington Racecourse, it is broadcast on screens on race tracks across Australia. The race is broadcast live to an audience of about 650 million people worldwide. Many people stop what they do just before 3 pm on the Melbourne Cup day to watch or listen to the main race, whether on television, the Internet or radio.In races, people wear clothes: many women wear the best hats and colorful dresses, and some participate in fashion shows in the countryside. The tents are equipped for VIP guests, including local, national and international celebrities who attended the ceremony. Champagne, wine and delicious snacks are usually served on this day.Many offices across Australia stop working near the main race time to celebrate the event. Activities include office parties including clothing and clothing competitions, lunches for restaurant staff and afternoon tea, where a TV is available for staff to watch the main race. Bets are made on this day, even those who do not usually bet try their luck with a small bet or enter a sweep, a lottery where each ticket holder is combined with a randomly drawn horse. There are some Australians who consider horse racing a cruel sport and have protested over the years. Public LifeMelbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in Melbourne so many people have the day off work. Other towns and cities in Victoria can have a public holiday or 2 half-day public holidays in lieu of Melbourne Cup Day. For example, the town of Wodonga, in northern Victoria, celebrates Wodonga Gold Cup Day, on the last Friday of November.Although it is a legal holiday in only Victoria, it is observed in many towns and cities so there may be traffic congestion near race tracks in urban areas and parking may be difficult to find in these areas.About Melbourne Cup DayMelbourne Cup Day has been observed in Australia since the first race was held at the Flemington Racecourse in Victoria in 1861. The race was won by Archer, who won it again the following year. The event features races, including the handicap race which is run by about 20 thoroughbreds for a couple of million Australian dollars. The story of Phar Lap, a legendary New Zealand thoroughbred who won the Melbourne Cup in 1930 and was nicknamed Australia's wonder horse, was made into a movie. Some people believe he was poisoned when he died.The first Tuesday in November, Melbourne Cup Day, was officially gazetted a full public holiday in 1877 in Melbourne. While all of Melbourne's 31 metropolitan councils celebrated the first Tuesday in November, there was a gap where some regional councils had not selected an 11th public holiday. Therefore, in 2008 the Victorian Parliament passed new legislation that saw Melbourne Cup Day as a public holiday for all council areas in the state except those where other holidays have been designated. This means that Melbourne Cup Day is now officially a public holiday throughout the state. There are similar races throughout Australia, as horse racing is popular, but Melbourne Cup Day is still the number one horse racing event in the country.Read More: Melbourne Cup 2019 Field, Tips, Horses, Odds, Winners

Summer Olympic Games 2020

Summer Olympic Games 2020: Everything you need to know about Tokyo 2020

  • Sep 11, 2019
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Summer Olympic Games 2020We are halfway through 2019 and the new year is going to arrive pretty soon. The world's top athletes are going to take part in one of the world's biggest sporting events, the Summer Olympics. Tokyo was the favorite candidate for the Summer Olympics in 2020 and that has been official now. Tokyo has beaten Madrid and Istanbul as the host city for the Olympic Games which was decided in 2013. Tokyo is the first of any Asian country that has hosted the event twice. Nearly 50 years back in 1964, Tokyo had the privilege to host it and now it has been chosen to host it once again. So here are some of the important information that you will need to know about the Summer Olympics 2020.When will the event be conducted? The Summer Olympics 2020 will be conducted on Friday, July 24 till Sunday, August 9, 2020. The detailed schedule will be announced soon and we will update you as soon as we get any information. The first batch of tickets have been fully sold but the authorities are going to launch a new set of tickets during the spring of 2020. So stay tuned to get your tickets during that period of time.What is the Mascot for the Olympic Games 2020?An Olympic Mascot is one of the most important resemblances of the country that is hosting the event. Every time new mascots are introduced which helps to identify which country is hosting it. The Mascot has been named as Miraitowa and it appears like a blue-and-white checkerboarded animal-like that has ears similar to that of a fox. The name is derived by mixing two Japanese words - Mirai (future) and towa (eternity). The mascot has been selected among the three other finalists by classes of Japanese school children.Expenses of hosting the OlympicsThe Summer Olympics 2020 is one of the most famous and popular world events. So hosting the Olympic is a costly method. Even though Tokyo already has a host of stadiums and indoor venues, the estimated cost of the event is somewhere around $20 billion and 70% of the money comes from that of the Taxpayers. The newly sanctioned national stadium costs around $1.25 billion.The Japanese government has always invested a huge amount of money on the Olympic Village. The village is supposedly going to be built near Tokyo Bay and it is a pricey project. The Los Angeles Times has previously revealed Paris' 2024 Summer Olympics will cost $8 billion and Los Angeles in 2028 is anticipated at $7 billion, causing Tokyo's financial limit to appear to be increasingly extraordinary.List of games that will be playedThe Olympics host a diverse range of different games that are played all around the world. These sports are of various kinds and more than 11,000 athletes are supposedly going to participate. Here are the games that will be played at Tokyo.Artistic swimmingDivingSwimming Water poloArchery Athletics BadmintonBaseballSoftballBasketballBoxing CanoeingSlalomSprint CyclingBMX freestyleBMX racing Mountain biking Road cycling Track cyclingEquestrianDressageEventingJumpingFencing Field hockey Football GolfGymnasticsHandballJudo KarateKataKumiteModern pentathlonRowingRugby sevenSailingShootingSkateboarding Sport climbingSurfingTable tennisTaekwondo TennisTriathlonSo these are the games that are going to be played over the course of one month in 2020 from July to August by tremendously trained athletes.Where will be the next Olympics? Once the Tokyo Summer Olympics are over, people around the world will be looking forward to the next Olympic event. Paris is going to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. It previously had lost out to host the Olympics in London in 2012. America gets a chance in 2028 when it will be hosted in the state of in Los Angeles.So if you are a sports fanatic and want to enjoy watching some exciting sports that are going to be played by world-class players, the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 is the event you need to keep an eye on. If you can afford to visit Tokyo, then you will be in the midst of a transcendental sporting experience or you can just relax and check it out on your television or streaming devices.Read More: New and Returning sports for the Summer Olympics 2020

Five Debutantes in India Squad for Womans World Boxing Championship

Five Debutantes in India Squad for Womans World Boxing Championship

  • Aug 28, 2019
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World Boxing ChampionshipThe international boxing association, all sports governing body in every alternate year organizes AIBA Women's World boxing championship which is a biennial amateur Boxing Competition. It is considered as the highest level of competition for sports alongside the Olympic boxing program. The first boxing championship was held in 1974 Havana, Cuba which was only for men. Later, after 25 years, the first women's championship was held in 2001.  Since 2006 the biennial championship is held in alternating years with separate competitions of men's and womens. In 2003 the weight category was reduced from twelve to eleven and  it was in 2011 that the weight category further went down to ten with the removal of the featherweight division (57kg)  The 2019 AIBA womens World boxing championship will be held from 3rd October to 13th October 2019. This year the championship will take place at Ulan-Ude, Russia. Weight classes for women Mary Kom of India is the most successful boxer in womens boxing as she has won six golds and a silver.  Weight classes for women are as follows   45 to 48 kg (light flyweight)   51 kg (flyweight)   54 kg (Bantamweight)   57 kg (featherweight)   60 kg (light weight)   64 kg (light welterweight   69 kg (welterweight)   75 kg (middle weight)   81 kg (light heavyweight)   +81 kg (heavy weight) India squad for 2019 women's World boxing championship  a) Manju Rani(48kg)  b) MC Mary Kom (51kg)  c) Jamuna Boro (54kg)  d) Neeraj (57kg)  e) Sarita Devi (60kg)  f) Manju Bomboriya (64kg)  g) Loulima Borgohain (69kg)  h) Saweety Boora (75kg)  i) Nandini (81kg)  j) Kavita Chahal (+81kg)  Indian female boxer Sarita Devi, Neeraj and Jamuna Boro all three who have been India open gold medalist are selected among 10 women boxers who are going to represent India at the AIBA Women's World boxing championships. The participants were selected based on the three days trial conducted at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium in New Delhi last week. Due to the consistent performances in the last few months, Mary Kom who is six-time world champion and Loulina Borgohain who is world championship bronze medalist have already confirmed their places in the squad.  Sarita Devi of Manipur who has a world champion in 2006, confirm that participation in the prestigious tournament to be held in Russia in October. She confirmed replaced by dominating last year World championship bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur in 60 kg. Though Simranjit was in good form as she won gold at the Indonesia presidents cup last month and even got a flawless win over Praveen at the trials. But it was in trials she went town and lost to the highly motivated Sarita Devi, who had won eight medals at the Asian championship this year.  Haryana Pugilist Neeraj who freshly claimed the gold at the Umakhanov Memorial international continued her winning spree by aging Asian championship bronze medalist Manisha and secured the 57kg berth. Back in may the ever-improving Neeraj had even conquered India open Gold.  Experienced boxer Asian championship gold medallist Pooja Rani was beaten by Saweety Bora who is a gold medallist from the same tournament year before. Though Pooja had a series of strong performances that saw her bagging the bronze from the Umakhanov Memorial international but faced a defeat in her opening bout at the travels. With an effortless win over Pooja, Sweety Bora confirmed her place in the championship Squad for 75kg.  Manju Rani who is Strandja Cup silver medalist gives a display of her immense talent once again. In 48kg she overpowered and defeated Indonesia presidents Cup gold medallist Monika. Manju Rani outpunched Kalavani to reach the final while Monika pummelled Neetu into submission.  In 64 kg, the Madhya Pradesh girl Manju Bomboriya showed her scintillating performance by defeating Assam's 2017 World youth champion Ankushita Boro. In the finals, Indonesia presidents Cup gold medallist Jamuna Boro had to work hard and dig deep to starve off stiff resistance from Siksha and defeated her. By defeating her Jamuna Boro booked her 54 kg World Championship tickets.  In the 81 kg category, Chandigarh's Nandini defeated Lalfakmawi who had earlier prevailed over Jigyasa in 81 kg. By defeating Lalfakmawii, Nandini fixed her place in the world boxing championship.  In +81 kg category, Kavita Chahal emerged triumphant over Neha Yadav who earlier had defeated Anaswara in +81kg. Thus, the defeat of Neha by Kavita made her confirm her place in the boxing championship. Read More: AIBA Womens World Boxing Championships 2019

Commonwealth Games 2022

Commonwealth Games 2022: Women's T20 cricket set to be included

  • Aug 23, 2019
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The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Birmingham 2022, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England. This is due to be the third time England has hosted the Games. The Games are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022. The city was announced as the host at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham on 21 December 2017. HOST SELECTIONFirst selectionTwo cities initially launched bids for the games; Durban, South Africa and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton withdrew its bid in February 2015, leaving Durban as the only bid to go forward to the CGF General Assembly in September 2015. The coastal South African city of Durban initially secured the right to host the games, as they were the sole bidder in the event. The city previously considered bidding for the 2020 or 2024 Summer Olympics.Withdrawal of Durban as hostIt was reported in February 2017 that Durban may be unable to host the games due to financial constraints. This was confirmed one month later on 13 March 2017 when the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) stripped Durban of their rights to host the games. It would have marked the first time the games were held in Africa and the second time a Commonwealth republic would have hosted, following Delhi, India in 2010. The games were set to open on 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela. Second selectionA new bidding process was launched, where Liverpool and Birmingham expressed their interest in hosting the games. On 14 March 2017, Manchester, who previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, expressed their interest in hosting the games.  In September 2017, Birmingham beat Liverpool for the recommended bid for England. With Birmingham being the sole bidder in the event they won the right to stage the Games. However, it was announced that the bid was not fully compliant, and the bidding process was extended until 30 November 2017.The GCF had 170 questions regarding Birmingham's bid.Birmingham awarded as the replacement hostOn 21 December 2017, Birmingham was awarded for the 2022 Games as Durban's replacement host. Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the official announcement at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham. 2022 Commonwealth Games bidding resultsCityNationVotesBirmingham EnglandUnanimousEMBLEMThe official emblem was unveiled on 27 July 2019 at the Centenary Square during the Commonwealth Social festival to mark Three Years To Go. It was designed by local agency RBL, based in Royal Leamington Spa and the emblem is a jagged, triangular "B" shape formed by blue-yellow gradient lines representing the key connected venues of the Games throughout the West Midlands and bringing them together to form the "B" shape. This emblem is also the first to use the new branding for the Commonwealth Games Federation, now branded as Commonwealth Sport. It has mainly received positive reaction from locals in the city and on social media and some compared it to the emblem for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.EXCLUSION OF SHOOTINGOn 19 January 2018, CEO of CGF David Grevemberg confirmed that Shooting, which is an optional sport according to the CGF charter, would not feature in the 2022 Commonwealth Games as the organising committee of the Games decided to exclude the sport. This sparked an anger among the athletes from India and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as India performed well in shooting during the previous edition of the Games at Gold Coast in 2018 by winning 16 medals, including 7 golds. The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh was unhappy with the decision on removal of shooting and wanted the Indian government to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Meanwhile, the IOA requested the CGF and the Organizing Committee of the 2022 Commonwealth Games to include Shooting in the event. On 20 June 2019, during the CGF board meeting in Birmingham, the CGF confirmed that the Shooting sport has been excluded from the 2022 Commonwealth Games as no suitable venue has been found in the host city Birmingham and in the West Midlands region. On 27th July 2019, IOA president Narinder Batra wrote a letter to the Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to discuss about the boycott of the 2022 Games as the CGF did not add shooting in the Games. In regards to protest, Batra said that the IOA has pulled out the upcoming CGF General Assembly to be held in Kigali, Rwanda in September 2020 and also the IOA had withdrawn the nomination of its secretary general Rajeev Mehta for the election of a regional vice-president as well as that of Namdev Shirgaonkar for sports committee member in CGF. Batra also commented that the CGF has an "India bashes mindset" and "try to change the rules" whenever the country (India) does well in the Commonwealth Games. On 30 July 2019, Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022 published a statement in the Games official website stating that the shooting was not included in Birmingham's bid and in September 2018, five sports that were not included in the original bid shooting, archery, beach volleyball, para table tennis and cricket expressed their desire to be part of the Games. He also stated that the Birmingham 2022 Board committed to conducting a review, offering each sport a chance to be included and the process they conducted was fair, logical and transparent and the assessment panel included senior representatives from key Games Partners including Birmingham 2022, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; Commonwealth Games England and Birmingham City Council. Shooting scored highly on some of the key criteria and the Panel recognised the submission from the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), the International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations (ICFRA) and British Shooting (BS). But the Panel determined that the proposed location for shooting at Bisley in Surrey offered very little benefit to the West Midlands, in a Game with a significant proportion of funding coming from the region. The Panel did offer the opportunity for the sport to submit an alternative Birmingham based proposal most likely two disciplines in one Birmingham venue but the ISSF, ICFRA and BS were not ready to submit a proposal that did not include all four disciplines in a single Bisley-based venue. As a result of this review, Birmingham 2022 proposed adding three sports womens cricket, para table tennis and beach volleyball all of which can be staged at venues in Birmingham or the West Midlands, which could bring additional benefits to a region that is providing substantial funding for the Games.WOMENS T20 WILL BE A PART OF CWG 2022Women's T20 cricket is on course to be among three additional sports featuring at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.The Organisers have also proposed including beach volleyball and Para-table tennis on the programme. All three sports have been approved by the executive board of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGFAl). Shooting and archery have missed out, having also applied to be added to the event. Final confirmation on the three recommended sports depends on a vote by the CGF's 71 member associations, with an announcement expected in the next six weeks. The cricket competition is the result of a joint bid by the sport's world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). It would be played at Edgbaston and feature eight teams. The sport's only previous inclusion in the Commonwealth Games came in 1998, when South Africa won the men's 50-overs-a-side competition in Kuala Lumpur."We are absolutely delighted that women's cricket has been nominated for inclusion in Birmingham 2022 - it would be a real honour to become part of the Commonwealth Games family," said ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said. His predecessor, David Richardson, has previously said Birmingham was the "perfect place" for it to return as "23% of the city's residents have links to cricket-playing nations outside the United Kingdom". If cricket's inclusion is confirmed, it would be another major boost to the sport in the UK after England won the Women's World Cup in 2017.Ian Reid, chief executive of Birmingham 2022, said: "Our recommendation of adding women's cricket, beach volleyball and Para-table tennis is the result of a thorough review and we believe these sports would help us to enhance the existing programme and reach new audiences, while showcasing the sport to our local community, spectators and fans across the world watching on TV. "It's also a selection that could help ensure that the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be the most inclusive in history, with a potential for the largest-ever Para-sports programme, and more female medallists than ever before, representing a great story not just for Birmingham 2022, but for women's sport in general."Read More: Womens Big Bash League to be standalone from fifth season, to start on October 18

Summer Olympics 2020

New and returning sports for the Summer Olympics 2020

  • Aug 22, 2019
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Summer Olympics 2020Six sports are either making their big debut or returning to the sporting world's biggest stage. Here's what you need to know.If you've been experiencing withdrawals since theWomen's World Cupwhich ended last month, we've got some good news: The2020 Summer Olympic Gamesin Tokyo are less than a year away. Even more, a reason to be excited is that there will be six brand new sports coming to the 2020 Olympics, and two returning favorites to watch. While gymnastics, swimming and track and field usually steal the show, there are even more events to watch in 2020. Get excited: Here's what's on tap.New Summer Olympics 2020 sportsKarateFittingly, karate -- a martial art that originated in Okinawa during the Ryukyu Dynasty -- makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo, joining judo, taekwondo and wrestling. It consists of two disciplines for both men and women: kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring). In kata, the athletes demonstrate a series of offensive and defensive movements against a virtual opponent and are evaluated on strength, speed, rhythm, balance and power, among other things, using a points system. In Kumite, two weight-matched competitors face off in an 8 by 8-meter area for 3 minutes. They're awarded points when they land strikes, kicks or punches with good form, power and control on the target area of their opponent's body. The person with the most points at the end of the match or the first person to amass an eight-point lead is declared the winner.SkateboardingOnce a sport relegated to the streets of southern California and mostly niche competitions, skateboarding is making its Olympic debut. Men's and women's Olympic skateboarding will consist of two events: park and street. The street course is designed to replicate street skating, with stairs, ramps and rails that riders can use to put together a series of tricks. Athletes skate individually on three timed runs and are scored on things like the difficulty of their tricks, speed, height and originality. Only their highest-scoring run is taken into consideration for overall rankings. The park event takes place on more of a bowl-shaped course, in the sense that it looks hollowed out. Riders use the inclines within the course to build momentum and perform tricks. They're judged on difficulty and originality, among other things.Sport ClimbingIn the Olympics, men's' and women's' sport climbing will consist of three disciplines: speed climbing, bouldering and lead climbing. In speed climbing, two athletes secure themselves to ropes and race each other on a fixed route to the top of a 15-meter high wall. Bouldering involves climbers -- without safety ropes -- individually trying to ascend as many fixed routes on a 4-meter high wall as they can within 4 minutes. And in lead climbing, athletes will try to climb as high as they can on a 15-meter high wall within 6 minutes, again using safety ropes. If two people reach the same height, the person who did it fastest wins. Although climbers compete in these three events separately in world cup competition, each Olympic athlete will have to participate in each one. Final rankings will be determined by combined scores.SurfingWomen and men shortboard competitors will hit Shidashita Beach on Japan's Pacific coast in 2020. Four athletes compete at a time, with each heat lasting 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the quality of the waves. During that time each wave can only have one rider. Instead of being judged on how many waves they catch, the athletes are judged on the difficulty of the manoeuvres they perform, with masterful execution on large waves bringing the highest scores. An athlete's two highest scores count, with the two surfers at the top of the rankings moving on to the next round. Sports returning to the Summer Olympics in 2020Baseball and SoftballAfter being absent from the last two Summer Olympics, men's baseball and women's softball return to the summer Olympic Games. Though baseball not being wildly popular around the world, only six countries will compete.In both sports, two teams alternate between batting and fielding when the fielding team secures three "outs." Each round of hitting and fielding makes up what's called an "inning" and each game consists of nine innings. The team with the most runs after nine innings wins. Tied scores are resolved through extra innings. Baseball and softball are both played in roughly the same manner with a few differences: Softball is played with a larger ball on a small field and the pitcher throws underhand from the flat ground (not a mound). Softball bats also tend to be shorter, lighter and smaller in diameter. Learn more about baseball and softball.There are tons of new events tooIn addition to the new and returning sports above, the International Olympic Committee has also given the green light to a variety of new events within basketball, swimming, track and field and more.Read More: Test Events for Hockey (Sr. Men) in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

PARA ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

PARA ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

  • Aug 21, 2019
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The2019 World Para Athletics Championshipsis an upcomingParalympictrack and fieldmeet organized by the World Para Athletics subcommittee of theInternational Paralympic Committee. It will be held inDubai,the United Arab Emiratesfrom 7th-15th November 2019. It is the 9th edition of the event, formerly known as theIPC Athletics World Championship. In July 2017, there were reports and speculation that London could once again hold the games in 2019 due to the success of the 2017 event and the2012 Summer Paralympics.Wheelchair racerBrent Lakatos was vocal onTwitterand drummed up support from other athletes. British superstarJonnie Peacockclosed his part onChannel 4's coverage of the 2017 event by saying "let's have some fun back here in 2019." Prior to the close of bids,UK Athleticsstated "Unfortunately, due primarily to scheduled events taking place in the London Stadium in 2019 and the need for funds required to support the bid, we have reluctantly decided that a 2019 bid is not realistic."Months after the bid deadline, theInternational Paralympic Committeewas still in negotiations with potential host cities. The official announcement of Dubai as the venue came in June 2018. The 2019 World Para Athletics Championships serves as a qualifier for all track and field events for the2020 Summer Paralympics.HOST CITY AND VENUEThe Dubai Club for People with Determination is a non-profit organization formed in 1993. It hosts a wide variety of events, both sporting and non-sporting, for members with physical and mental impairments. The Club has plenty of experience in staging World Para Athletics competitions, having hosted the annual Fazza Grand Prix as well.Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the southwest corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world. Dubai is tolerant and cosmopolitan and all visitors are welcome. However, Islam is a way of life in the city, and therefore tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay. Souq Al-Hadid site is considered one of the most important archaeological discovery in Dubai and the region, as it offers much of the UAE old past, especially during the Iron and Bronze Ages ?which confirms that the UAE civilization extends to 5 thousand years. The past few decades have witnessed incredible growth throughout all sectors of the Dubai economy. Dubais economy is no longer reliant on oil, but is more diversified, relying heavily on trade, services, and finance sectors. With its central geographic location between Asian and European markets, Dubai has worked hard to establish itself as an integral part of the global trade mechanism. Its central location has also allowed Dubai to become a popular and accessible tourist destination.PARA ATHLETICS FAST FACTS1. The sport has been included in all editions of the Paralympic Games from Rome 1960 onwards.2. Para athletics are practiced internationally by athletes in more than 130 countries.3. The US has topped the Para athletics medal table at nine Paralympic Games, more than any other country.4. Since the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960, 2,860 gold medals have been awarded in the sport. The USA has won the most with 375.5. Eight-six countries have won Para athletics gold at the Paralympic Games.6. Since 1960, 109 countries have won at least one medal.7. The athlete to have won the most athletics medals at a single Paralympicsis Italys Maria Scutti. In Rome 1960 she won 11 medals,including nine golds.8. The only athlete to come close to Scuttis record is the USAs Bart Dobson, who won eight Paralympic titles at Seoul 1988.9. The oldest athlete to have competed in Para athletics at the Paralympic Games in recent history is Japans Toshie Oi. The F53 discus thrower was 68 years and nine days old on the opening days of Rio 2016.10. With 14 titles apiece, Canadas Chantal Petitclerc and Switzerlands Franz Nietlispach have won more Paralympic athletics gold medals than anyone elseWORLD PARA ATHLETICS INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL OFFICIALS PANEL 2018-2021NAMECOUNTRYREGIONAbdel Nasser BrahamiaALGAfricaBen VroomNEDEuropeCarlos Alberto Barrios CasasolaGUAAmericasCaroline JackmanAUSOceaniaCarroll DeWeeseUSAAmericasClaudia SchneckBRAAmericasDachuan LiuCHNAsiaDave JessettGBREuropeDavid WeickerCANAmericasDidier FoulonBELEuropeEero KulmalaFINEuropeElena BarriosESPEuropeErnesta StrydomRSAAfricaFrederico NantesBRAAmericasHarri LammiFINEuropeHideaki Aki MiyataJPNAsiaIlona BabkovaCZEEuropeIva MachovaCZEEuropeJanelle EldridgeAUSOceaniaJerry ClaytonUSAAmericasJohn ToddUSAAmericasJon MasonGBREuropeKee KwanHKGAsiaLouise BuskasCANAmericasLudmila PudilovaCZEEuropeMargaret WerrettGBREuropeMarnix De MangelaereBELEuropeOkry Christophe NonvignonBENAfricaPatrick Van CaelenbergheBELEuropeRoberto SorrentinoITAEuropeRoger BladesGBREuropeRoger GetzmannSUIEuropeRuth LiongNZLOceaniaShona MalcolmGBREuropeSu ZhangCHNAsiaSurendranath AyadassenMAUAfricaTarek SoueiUAEAsiaTrevor SpittleNZLOceaniaVassilis KalivasGREEuropeYukio SekiJPNAsiaWORLD PARA ATHLETICS AUTHORISED II CLASSIFIERSNAMENAMENAMEEmma Beckman (AUS)Hay Wood Ip (HKG)Laetitia Lenaerts (BEL)Anna Dahlgren (SWE)Janne Kerremans (BEL)Joanne Mueller (FRA)Julia Gao (GER)Aparajitha Krishnan (MAS)Salah Riahi (TUN)Melanie Gregg (CAN)Mohamed Lazzouli (QAT)Daria Zakharova (RUS)Read More: WORLD ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

Formula 1 World Championship

2019 F1 season: drivers, teams, calendar and more

  • Aug 20, 2019
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FIA Formula One World ChampionshipThe 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship is an ongoing motor racing championship for Formula One cars which marks the 70th running of the Formula One World Championship. It is recognized by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fdration Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Starting in March and ending in December, the championship is being contested over twenty-one Grands Prix. Drivers are competing for the title of World Drivers' Champion, and teams for the World Constructors' Champion. The 2019 championship saw the running of the 1000th World Championship race, which was held in China. Lewis Hamilton is the defending World Drivers' Champion, after winning his fifth championship title in the previous season, and Mercedes are the defending World Constructors' Champions, after winning their fifth consecutive championship in 2018.Team changesRed Bull Racing ended its twelve-year partnership with Renault and switched to Honda engines. In doing so, Red Bull Racing joined sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso in using Honda power after the latter joined the Japanese manufacturer in 2018. Neither team will be recognized as Honda's official factory team under the terms of the agreement. Racing Point F1 Team completed their transition from the Racing Point Force India identity that they used after purchasing the assets of Sahara Force India in August 2018. Sauber was renamed Alfa Romeo Racing in an extension of the sponsorship deal that began in 2018. The Sauber name will disappear entirely from the Formula One grid, but will still be used in the Formula 2 and Formula 3 support categories.DRIVER CHANGESThe lead up to the 2019 championship saw several driver changes. Daniel Ricciardo moved to Renault after five years with Red Bull Racing replacing Carlos Sainz Jr. Ricciardo's drive at Red Bull Racing has been taken by Pierre Gasly, who was promoted from Scuderia Toro Rosso, the team with whom he made his first Formula One start in 2017. Daniil Kvyat rejoined Toro Rosso after last racing for the team in 2017. He was partnered with Formula 2 driver Alexander Albon, who replaced Brendon Hartley. Albon subsequently became only the second Thai driver to race in Formula One after Prince Bira. Sainz, who was on loan to Renault in 2018, did not have his deal with Red Bull renewed and subsequently moved to McLaren to replace two-time World Drivers' Champion Fernando Alonso, who had earlier announced that he would not compete in Formula One in 2019. Sainz was partnered with 2017 European Formula 3 champion Lando Norris, replacing Stoffel Vandoorne who left McLaren to race in Formula E with the Mercedes-affiliated HWA Team. Charles Leclerc left Sauber after one year with the team, replacing Kimi Rikknen at Ferrari. Rikknen returned to Sauber, now renamed Alfa Romeo, with whom he had started his career in 2001. He was partnered with Antonio Giovinazzi, who made two starts for Sauber when he replaced the injured Pascal Wehrlein in 2017. Marcus Ericsson moved to race in the IndyCar Series in 2019 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports but will remain with Alfa Romeo as a third driver and brand ambassador. Reigning Formula 2 champion George Russell joined Williams. Robert Kubica made his return to Formula 1, replacing Sergey Sirotkin at Williams. Sirotkin returned to Renault as a reserve driver. Kubica's return comes after an eight-year absence brought on by a near-fatal rally car crash in 2011 that left him with serious arm injuries. Esteban Ocon left Racing Point Force India and joined Mercedes as a reserve driver. Ocon will share the role of simulator driver with Stoffel Vandoorne. Ocon has been replaced at Racing Point by Lance Stroll, who left Williams. TECHNICAL REGULATIONSIn a bid to improve overtaking, teams agreed to a series of aerodynamic changes that affect the profile of the front and rear wings. The front wing endplates were reshaped to alter the airflow across the car and reduce the effects of aerodynamic turbulence, and winglets above the main plane of the front wing have been banned. The slot in the rear wing was widened, making the drag reduction system (DRS) more powerful. The agreed-upon changes were drawn from the findings of a working group set up to investigate potential changes to the technical regulations in preparation for the 2021 championship.Parts of the technical regulations governing bodywork were rewritten in a bid to promote sponsorship opportunities for teams. The agreed changes are to mandate smaller bargeboards and limit aerodynamic development of the rear wing endplates to create more space for sponsor logos. The changes were introduced as a response to falling revenues amid teams and the struggles of smaller teams to secure new sponsors.The mandated maximum fuel levels were raised from 105 kg (231 lb) to 110 kg (240 lb) to minimize the need for drivers to conserve fuel during a race Driver weights are no longer considered when measuring the minimum weight of the car. This change was agreed to following concerns that drivers were being forced to lose dangerous amounts of weight in order to offset the additional weight of the post-2014 turbo-hybrid engines. Drivers who weigh less than 80 kg (180 lb) are required to make up this weight with a ballast, located around the seat to minimize possible performance gains. The changes were introduced to eliminate the advantage drivers with a naturally smaller body shape had over taller and heavier drivers and to discourage unhealthy diet and exercise regimes to improve performance. Sporting regulationsThe regulations introduced a bonus point to the driver (and the constructor) that sets the fastest lap in a race. The point is only awarded if the driver is classified in the top ten at the end of the race. This makes 2019 the first time since 1959 that a bonus point gets awarded for setting the fastest lap.DRIVER SAFETYThe FIA introduced a new standard for driver helmets with the intention of improving safety. Under the new standard, helmets will be subjected to a more thorough range of crash tests aimed at improving energy absorption and deflection as well as reducing the likelihood of objects penetrating the helmet's structure. All certified helmet manufacturers were required to pass the tests in advance of the 2019 championship to have their certification renewed. Once introduced to Formula One, the new standard will gradually be applied to all helmets used by competitors in every FIA-sanctioned event. SEASON REPORTThe season started with the Australian Grand Prix, won by Valtteri Bottas from second on the grid in dominant fashion, finishing 20 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton who himself only narrowly beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen to second. Verstappen's third place marked the first podium for a Honda-powered car in over 10 years, last achieved at the 2008 British Grand Prix. The second race of the season was the Bahrain Grand Prix. Ferrari topped every practice session and then went on go to lock out the front row in qualifying. Charles Leclerc earned the first pole position of his career by setting a lap time 3 tenths of a second quicker than his teammate Sebastian Vettel. In the race, Leclerc fell down to 3rd in the 1st corner behind Vettel and the championship leader Valtteri Bottas. However, he then climbed back up the order to take the lead despite being told by his team, Ferrari, not to overtake his teammate.Late in the race, Leclerc was leading by around 10 seconds before his engine developed an issue, allowing Lewis Hamilton to take the race lead. A few laps later, Valtteri Bottas also overtook Leclerc pushing him down to 3rd and making it a Mercedes 12. Just as it was looking like Max Verstappen was going to overtake Leclerc as well, a safety car was called out due to both of the Renault cars of Nico Hlkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo having engine and power issues at turn 1 and 3. The race finished behind the safety car for the eighth time in F1 history. As a result, Lewis Hamilton won, Valtteri Bottas came second, and Charles Leclerc came home third for his first podium and Ferrari's first podium of the season. After the race Valtteri Bottas led the Drivers' Championship by 1 point over team mate Lewis Hamilton.At round 3 in China, Hamilton led away at the start and won the Grand Prix, resulting in him taking the championship lead by 6 points over his teammate Bottas, whilst Mercedes extended their lead over Ferrari, becoming the first team since Williams in 1992 to start a season with 3 consecutive 12 finishes. Pierre Gasly set the fastest lap and finished in the sixth, after pitting with 3 laps remaining as Ferrari got their second podium of the season with Vettel.At the next round in Baku, it was a different story. In the first practice session, George Russell's Williams made contact with a drain cover down the straight on the floor after Charles Leclerc, who was fastest in the session because it was suspended, also made contact with the drain cover but with his left front tire. The next two practice sessions were all about Leclerc, being fastest in all three practice sessions. In qualifying, Pierre Gasly was fastest in the first session but did not set a time in the second because it was irrelevant since he would start in the pitlane for not stopping for the weighbridge in one practice session. Charles Leclerc, the favorite for pole, timed 2nd in the first session and was 5th in the second session, but crashed at turn 8 in the same session, locking up his tires and missing the apex, going into the barrier. This meant that Leclerc's qualifying was over, at least physically; he did make it into the final session but did not set a time as a result of the crash. Valterri Bottas took pole ahead of championship leader Hamilton. Kimi Rikknen originally qualified ninth, but started from the pitlane after his car failed a front wing deflection test and joined Red Bull driver Gasly in starting in the pitlane as his teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi, received a ten-place grid penalty for using a third control electronic in his power unit and started 17th. In the race, Lewis Hamilton did get the better start, but Bottas had better pace and stayed in the lead. Charles Leclerc, who started 8th, was 4th after losing two spots in the opening lap and was getting steady pace with leader Bottas in the fresh set of medium tyres he got as a result of his crash during qualifying. After Bottas, Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel pitted for tyres, Charles Leclerc took the lead and led the race for a long time. Eventually, Bottas retook the lead from Leclerc who had not pitted yet at that time. A virtual safety car was deployed after an incident with Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat at a runoff area. Bottas won the race by 1.5 seconds over teammate Hamilton and took a 1-point lead in the Drivers' Championship. Charles Leclerc took his 2nd fastest lap after pitting with less than 5 laps remaining as his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, took 3rd place for the team.In Spain, Valtteri Bottas dominated the entire qualifying session, finishing in first place each time, thus giving him his third consecutive pole of the 2019 season. Hamilton however, got past him quickly at the first corner in the race. The safety car was deployed on lap 44 after a collision between Racing Point's Lance Stroll and McLaren's Lando Norris, which ultimately did not change the positions of the top 6 runners. Mercedes finished again for their fifth 12 finish as Hamilton took the chequered flag (along with the fastest lap point) and Bottas four seconds behind. Red Bull's Max Verstappen completed the podium.

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Five Debutantes in India Squad for Womans World Boxing Championship

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Womans World Boxing ChampionshipThe international boxing association, all sports governing body in every alternate year organizes AIBA Women's World boxing championship which is a biennial amateur Boxing Competition. It is considered as the highest level of competition for sports alongside the Olympic boxing program. The first boxing championship was held in 1974 Havana, Cuba which was only for men. Later, after 25 years, the first women's championship was held in 2001. Since 2006 the biennial championship is held in alternating years with separate competitions of men's and womens. In 2003 the weight category was reduced from twelve to eleven and  it was in 2011 that the weight category further went down to ten with the removal of the featherweight division (57kg)  The 2019 AIBA womens World boxing championship will be held from 3rd October to 13th October 2019. This year the championship will take place at Ulan-Ude, Russia. Weight classes for women Mary Kom of India is the most successful boxer in womens boxing as she has won six golds and a silver.  Weight classes for women are as follows   45 to 48 kg (light flyweight)   51 kg (flyweight)   54 kg (Bantamweight)   57 kg (featherweight)   60 kg (light weight)   64 kg (light welterweight   69 kg (welterweight)   75 kg (middle weight)   81 kg (light heavyweight)   +81 kg (heavy weight) India squad for 2019 women's World boxing championship  a) Manju Rani(48kg)  b) MC Mary Kom (51kg)  c) Jamuna Boro (54kg)  d) Neeraj (57kg)  e) Sarita Devi (60kg)  f) Manju Bomboriya (64kg)  g) Loulima Borgohain (69kg)  h) Saweety Boora (75kg)  i) Nandini (81kg)  j) Kavita Chahal (+81kg)  Indian female boxer Sarita Devi, Neeraj and Jamuna Boro all three who have been India open gold medalist are selected among 10 women boxers who are going to represent India at the AIBA Women's World boxing championships. The participants were selected based on the three days trial conducted at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium in New Delhi last week. Due to the consistent performances in the last few months, Mary Kom who is six-time world champion and Loulina Borgohain who is world championship bronze medalist have already confirmed their places in the squad.  Sarita Devi of Manipur who has a world champion in 2006, confirm that participation in the prestigious tournament to be held in Russia in October. She confirmed replaced by dominating last year World championship bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur in 60 kg. Though Simranjit was in good form as she won gold at the Indonesia presidents cup last month and even got a flawless win over Praveen at the trials. But it was in trials she went town and lost to the highly motivated Sarita Devi, who had won eight medals at the Asian championship this year. Haryana Pugilist Neeraj who freshly claimed the gold at the Umakhanov Memorial international continued her winning spree by aging Asian championship bronze medalist Manisha and secured the 57kg berth. Back in may the ever-improving Neeraj had even conquered India open Gold. Experienced boxer Asian championship gold medallist Pooja Rani was beaten by Saweety Bora who is a gold medallist from the same tournament year before. Though Pooja had a series of strong performances that saw her bagging the bronze from the Umakhanov Memorial international but faced a defeat in her opening bout at the travels. With an effortless win over Pooja, Saweety Bora confirmed her place in the championship Squad for 75kg.  Manju Rani who is Strandja Cup silver medalist gives a display of her immense talent once again. In 48kg she overpowered and defeated Indonesia presidents Cup gold medallist Monika. Manju Rani outpunched Kalavani to reach the final while Monika pummelled Neetu into submission.  In 64 kg, the Madhya Pradesh girl Manju Bomboriya showed her scintillating performance by defeating Assam's 2017 World youth champion Ankushita Boro.In the finals, Indonesia presidents Cup gold medallist Jamuna Boro had to work hard and dig deep to staveoff stiff resistance from Siksha and defeated her. By defeating her Jamuna Boro booked her 54 kg World Championship tickets. In the 81 kg category, Chandigarh's Nandini defeated Lalfakmawi who had earlier prevailed over Jigyasa in 81 kg. By defeating Lalfakmawii, Nandini fixed her place in the world boxing championship.  In +81 kg category, Kavita Chahal emerged triumphant over Neha Yadav who earlier had defeated Anaswara in +81kg. Thus, the defeat of Neha by Kavita made her confirm her place in the boxing championship.