15-year-old Indian Girl Wins U-16 World Chess Championships

15-year-old Indian Girl Wins U-16 World Chess Championships

India’s Aakanksha Hagawane won the girls’ U-16 title at the World Youth Chess Championships in Russia. The 15-year-old, who won gold in the U-16 Commonwealth Championships earlier this year, finished with nine points from 11 games, winning eight matches, losing one and drawing two. Aakanksha, a wholesale vegetable seller’s daughter, has been trained by a former national player. Source: Inshorts

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Devendra becomes 1st Indian to Win 2 Paralympic Golds

Devendra becomes 1st Indian to Win 2 Paralympic Golds

Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals, winning his second with a world record throw in the F46 javelin event at the Rio Paralympics on Tuesday. Devendra, who created a world record to win the gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, broke his own record to win India’s fourth medal in Rio. Source: Inshorts

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First Association of Indian Olympians Launched

First Association of Indian Olympians Launched

The Olympians Association of India (OAI), the first-ever association for Indian Olympians, by the Olympians, was launched on Monday. The Olympians Association of India’s official Twitter account, @IndianOlympians, will serve as the platform for real-time updates of the Indian contingent at the upcoming Rio Olympics. Five-time Olympian Shiva Keshavan will serve as the association’s first president. Source: Inshorts

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Golf Returns to Olympics after 112 Years

Golf Returns to Olympics after 112 Years

The 2016 Rio games will be the first Olympics after 112 years to host a golf event. Golf was discontinued in Olympics after being played in 1900 and 1904 but has been reintroduced for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. Several top-ranked golfers including world number one Jason Day and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy have withdrawn from the event. Source: Inshorts

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Chile Beat Argentina to Win Copa America

Chile Beat Argentina to Win Copa America

Chile upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final on Monday to retain their title in the world’s oldest continental soccer competition. Lionel Messi missed from the spot in the shootout as Chile won the penalty shootout 4-2 and extended Argentina’s trophy drought to 24 years. Source: Inshorts

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Indian Golfer Wins European Junior Championship

Indian Golfer Wins European Junior Championship

Indian teen golfer Shubham Jaglan recently clinched his maiden European Junior Championship held at the Craigielaw Golf Club in Longniddry, Scotland. The 11-year-old had finished as the runner-up at the same event last year. He also won the Junior Golf Academy World Stars and Junior World Golf Championships in 2015, and World Junior Golf Tournament in 2013. Source: Inshorts

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5 New Sports set for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

5 New Sports set for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Five new sports set to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday recommended their inclusion. Five new sports are Baseball Skateboarding Surfing Sports climbing Karate As part of reforms initiated in 2014, Olympic hosts can bring in sports popular in their countries to boost ratings, attract greater sponsorship and a younger generation of fans. Source: Inshorts

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Punjab Teenager Earns Scholarship To Train in U.S.

Punjab Teenager Earns Scholarship To Train in U.S.

Fifteen-year-old basketball player Prince Pal Singh has earned a three-year $75,000 scholarship to study in Ohio, USA. The 7-feet tall player was selected through an open trial conducted by Players 1st Sports Managment in association with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre. This creates an opportunity for Prince to qualify for NCAA, a stepping stone for getting selected for NBA. Source: Inshorts

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