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23 May 2022

Kenton Cool reaches record-breaking 16th Everest summit.

British mountaineer Kenton Cool has successfully completed his record-breaking 16th summit of Mount Everest.

The climber became the first non-Nepali person to complete the 8,849m (29,032ft) peak 16 times.

In his previous 15 trips up Everest, he has been a guide to other well-known mountaineers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes and broadcaster Ben Fogle.

Mr Fogle said for the 48-year-old "to climb Everest once was a trial - to climb it 16 times is heroic."

Kami Rita Sherpa and Lhakpa Sherpa are credited as the people who have climbed the mountain the most times.



Yupun Abeykoon sets new national and South Asian record.

Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon has set a new national record and a South Asian record in the men’s 200 meters during an athletic meet held in Italy. 

The Italy-based Sri Lankan sprinter shattered the existing South Asian and Sri Lanka records in the 200 meters event by clocking a time of 20.37 seconds at the 12th Castiglione International Meeting in Grosseto, Italy. 

Accordingly, he broke the Sri Lanka record of 20.68 seconds set by Vinoj Suranjaya de Silva in 2018 and the South Asian record of 20.52 seconds set by India’s Amlan Borgohain just last month.

Abeykoon already owns South Asia record in 100 meters with a time of 10.15 seconds and fastest time at any condition (10.04 seconds).

Last month, he also set a new Asian record in the 150 meters men’s event during another athletic meet held in Italy.

The sprinter clocked a time of 15.16 seconds to finish first place in the race and in the process surpassed the existing Asian record in the event. 

The previous record of 15.35 seconds had been set by Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu in 2017.


2021 Summer Deaflympics.

The 2021 Summer Deaflympics, officially known as the XXIV Summer Deaflympic Games, and commonly known as Caxias 2021, is the international multi-sport event that was held in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, as the main host city from 1 May to 15 May 2022. 

In addition to Caxias, there were events scheduled for the neighboring cities of Farroupilha and Flores da Cunha. On April 12, 2022, CISS has announced that due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Belarussian athletes were barred from competing in Caxias do Sul, and in the same press release it was also announced that the bowling tournament was scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during October 20–30, 2022.

This is the first time the Games are being held in a Latin American country, in a South American country, and not during the summer of the host city (as it is autumn in May in the south of Brazil). This is also the first time since the 2007 Winter Deaflympics, held in Salt Lake City, for the event to be held in the CISS Americas Region, and the third time for the Games to be held in the Southern Hemisphere as the 1989 games were held in Christchurch in New Zealand and 2005 games Melbourne in Australia.



17 May 2022

South Korea Wins Uber Cup 2022

After a thrilling final at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, Korea stunned defending champions China to capture their second Uber Cup title. Korea fought back from behind twice to deny China a record-extending 16th title in the famous team tournament in a tie that lasted close to 90 minutes apiece.

In the deciding singles match, Korea’s 46th-ranked Sim Yu-jin faced China’s 15th-ranked Wang Zhiyi, with the final knotted at 2-2. Sim, who turned 23, beat Wang 28-26, 18-21, 21-8 in an hour and 28-minute match.

After a surprising run in Bangkok, Korea won the Uber Cup for the first time in 12 years. The Asian giants beat India 5-0 to win their group, then defeated Denmark and Japan 3-0 in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively.

World No. 3 In the first game, Chen was defeated by fourth-ranked An by 21-17. The Korean had a five-point lead early in the second game, but Chen came back to win that game 21-15 and the decider 22-20, despite an ankle injury concern.

In the second doubles match of the final, Korea’s Km Hye Jeong and Kong Heeyong defeated Ping Huang and Li Wen Mei in straight games, forcing the final to a decider.



World’s oldest chess grandmaster Yuri Averbakh passes away.

Russian chess grandmaster, Yuri Averbakh who was among the world’s best players for a decade, trained world champions and was the last surviving participant in one of the greatest competitions in history, has died in Moscow at 100. 

He won the Moscow Championship in 1949 and earned the Grandmaster title in 1952. 

In 1954, he became the champion of the USSR. He also chaired the Chess Federation of the USSR from 1972 to 1977.



16 May 2022

Inter Milan clinch Italian Cup with 4-2 victory over Juventus in final.

Inter Milan were crowned the 2022 Italian Cup champions after beating Juventus 4-2 in the final late Wednesday 11th. 

Nicolo Barella scored an early opener for Inter Milan before Juventus took a 2-1 lead with goals scored by Alex Sandro and Dusan Vlahovic.

With 10 minutes to go before the end of the match, Hakan Calhanoglu scored from the penalty spot, sending the game into extra time at the Stadio Olimpico.

During extra time, Ivan Perisic was impressive by scoring twice and giving his team a 4-2 win.

Inter lifted their first Coppa Italia since 2011.



The World's 10 Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes 2022.

Lionel Messi has topped the list of Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes 2022 with a reported income of $130 million, followed by Basketball player, Lebron James with $121.2 million while Cristiano Ronaldo was third with $115 million. 

Messi had moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021 and Cristiano Ronaldo rejoined Manchester United from Juventus in the same month. Forbes calculates the estimates based on prize money, salaries and bonuses, and sponsorship deals.

The top 05 highest earners are given below.


08 May 2022

World Snooker Championship Title 2022 won by Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Ronnie O’Sullivan (England) has won the 2022 World Snooker Championship by defeating Judd Trump (England) against 18-13 in the finals, which were held from April 16 to May 2, 2022 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The tournament was organised by the World Snooker Tour and sponsored by sports betting company Betfred. The Total prize money is 2,395,000 Euros and the Winner gets a share of 500,000 Euros.

O’Sullivan (Aged 46) becomes the oldest world champion in Crucible history, eclipsing Ray Reardon, who won his sixth title aged 45 in 1978. It was Ronnie O’Sullivan’s seventh World Snooker Championship title, previously in 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2020, equalling Stephen Hendry’s modern-day record of seven world titles (Hendry won all of his in the 1990s).



05 May 2022

Real Madrid Clinch Record-Extending 35th Spanish League Title.

Real Madrid clinched a record-extending 35th Spanish league title after its reserve squad comfortably defeated Espanyol 4-0. Rodrygo scored twice and Marco Asensio and substitute Karim Benzema added a goal each to give Madrid its second league title in three seasons, and third in six years.

With the title, Carlo Ancelotti became the first coach to lift trophies in the top five European leagues. The Italian manager won with AC Milan in Serie A, Chelsea in the English Premier League, Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.



03 May 2022

SLC announces 14 new coaching appointments.

Sri Lanka Cricket, as part of the restructuring program of the High-Performance Center made the 14 appointments to the Coaching Unit.

The changes are aimed at further enhancing the focus on the National Team, ‘A,’ Emerging Team and as well as the Under 19 Team.

The new coaching appointments were approved by the executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Thereby, Anton Roux, former head coach of the Netherlands Men’s team was appointed as the National Fielding Coach, effective from 7th March 2022.

Roux, who played 1st Class Cricket in South Africa, will be in charge of fielding across all national teams and the High-Performance Center.

Before joining Sri Lanka Cricket, Roux was working as the Assistant (fielding) Coach of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, UK.

‘A’ Team

  • Avishka Gunawardene – Head Coach
  • Thilina Kandamby – Assistant Coach
  • Malinda Warnapura – Batting Coach
  • Sajeewa Weerakoon – Bowling Coach
  • Upul Chandana – Fielding Coach

Emerging Team

  • Ruwan Kalpage – Head Coach
  • Ruvin Peiris – Assistant Coach
  • Dharshana Gamage – Bowling Coach
  • Dhammika Sudarshana – Batting Coach

Under 19

  • Jehan Mubarak – Head Coach
  • Sampath Perera – Assistant / Batting Coach
  • Chamila Gamage – Bowling Coach
  • Gayan Wijekoon – Fielding Coach

Apart from Roux’s appointment, the rest of the appointments have come into effect from 1st March 2022.


Ben Stokes named new Test captain of England.

Star all-rounder Ben Stokes has won the race to replace Joe Root and will become England's next Test captain.

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Stokes as new Test skipper on Thursday, with the 30-year-old taking over the top job from the outgoing Root.

The appointment is the first move by recently-appointed Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, who was named in the post earlier this month.



Yupun Abeykoon sets new Asian record.

Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon has set a new Asian record in the 150 meters men’s event at an athletic meet held in Italy.

The sprinter clocked a time of 15.16 seconds to finish first place in the race and in the process surpassed the existing Asian record in the event. 

The previous record of 15.35 seconds had been set by Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu in 2017.

Abeykoon set the new record during yesterday’s race in the Perseo Trophy, which was held at the Stadio Raul Guidobaldi in Rieti, Italy.

Italy’s Chituru Ali was second in the race with a performance of 15.17 while another Italian athlete, Mattia Furlani came in third with a timing of 15.76 seconds. 

Sri Lanka’s Vinura Lakmal had also participated in the same event and managed to finish seventh with a timing of 16.83 seconds. 



28 April 2022

Andrey Rublev Defeats Novak Djokovic to Win Serbia Open.

Andrey Rublev (Russian) has defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-0 to win the Serbia Open for his third title of the season. 

Andrey Rublev has saved five set points in the second set to force a tie-break, but he was unable to prevent Djokovic from levelling the match. Rublev has now equalled Rafael Nadal (Spain) for the most tour-level titles in 2022 He also clinched crowns in Marseille and Dubai in February 2022.

Rublev has now equaled Rafael Nadal’s mark of three tour-level titles in 2022, after wins in Marseille and Dubai in February.



Fomula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2022 won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Formula One champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Netherlands) won the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Italy. It was Verstappen’s second win this season after Saudi Arabia, which has also included two retirements, and the 22nd of his career. 

Sergio Perez (Red Bull-Mexico) finished second and Lando Norris (McLaren-UK) finished third.



Max Verstappen named Laureus Sportsman of the Year 2022

F1 champion Max Verstappen has been named the 2022 Laureus Sportsman of the Year while Jamaican Olympic sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah has been named Sportswoman of the Year. 

The awards recognise the greatest sporting achievements of 2021, one of the highlights of which was the European Championship victory by the Italian Men’s Football Team who won their second Laureus Team of the Year Award as a result.

Other awardees:

                            Category                                 Winner
Breakthrough of the Year prizeEmma Raducanu
Laureus Sporting Icon AwardValtentino Rossi
Laureus Lifetime Achievement AwardTom Brady
Exceptional Achievement AwardRobert Lewandowski
World Team of the Year AwardItaly Men’s Football Team
World Comeback of the Year AwardSky Brown (Skateboard)
Sportsperson of the Year with Disability Award
Marcel Hug
Laureus Sport For Good Society AwardReal Madrid
Action Sportsperson of the YearBethany Shriever

25 April 2022

West Indies legend Kieron Pollard retires from international cricket.

The legendary West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 34-year-old Pollard announced on Wednesday 30 that he has called time on a 15-year international career in order to “make room for those who will carry the game forward in West Indian colours”.

Pollard was a West Indian trailblazer in white-ball cricket, becoming the first men's player to represent West Indies in over 100 T20I matches, and also pulling on the maroon shirt 123 times in ODIs.

The Trinidadian was a key member of the team that won the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in 2012, and only missed West Indies’ triumph at the 2016 tournament due to injury.



21 April 2022

New Zealand pacer Hamish Bennett set to retire after 2021/22 season.

Hamish Bennett, the 35-year-old New Zealand pacer, has announced his decision to retire from his playing career after the 2021/22 season, and is set to pursue coaching.

Bennett last represented New Zealand in a T20I against Bangladesh in Mirpur in September 2021. He made his debut in October 2010 and represented New Zealand in one Test, 19 ODIs and 11 T20Is. In all, he picked up 33 wickets in ODIs and 10 wickets in T20Is. 

Bennett was part of the 2011 Men's World Cup squad, where he took six wickets in four matches, including a career-best 4/16 against Kenya. 



20 April 2022

Naveed Nawaz appointed Assistant Coach of National Team.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced the appointment of Naveed Nawaz, former Sri Lanka Test and ODI player, as the Assistant Coach of the National Team for a two-year term, effective from 1st April 2022.

Nawaz, before taking over the new role, was functioning as the Head Coach of the Bangladesh Under 19 Team, where he led the team to an ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup win in 2020.

His first competitive assignment with the national team will be the upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of Bangladesh, which will also be the first such assignment of the newly appointed Head Coach of the National Team, Chris Silverwood.

In the meantime, the following coaches were appointed to work with the national team during the upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of Bangladesh, the SLC said.

Chaminda Vaas – Fast Bowling Coach

Piyal Wijetunge – Spin Bowling Coach

Manoj Abeywickrama – Fielding and Support Coach 

Mahinda Halangoda will be the Team Manager for the tour.

Sri Lanka will play a 02-match test series during the tour of Bangladesh, under the ICC World Test Championship.



Joe Root steps down as England Test captain.

Joe Root has stepped down as England Test captain, citing the “toll” and “impact” the role has had on him.

The 31-year-old was appointed Sir Alastair Cook’s successor in 2017, and holds the record for the highest number of matches and wins as captain.

But his last series as skipper ended in defeat by West Indies, the 10-wicket third Test loss stretching England’s winless run to nine matches.

Root initially said he wanted to stay on but now says “the timing is right”.



18 April 2022

New Zealand Cricket Awards - 2022

All rounder Amelia Kerr and batter Will Young were on Wednesday named ODI Players of the Year in the women's and men's categories respectively at the 2022 New Zealand Cricket awards. On Thursday, fast bowler Tim Southee earned his maiden Sir Richard Hadlee medal while Penny Kinsella earned the Bert Sutcliffe Medal for outstanding services to cricket. Top-order batter Devon Conway was named as the Test player of the year.

While Kerr scored 171 runs and picked six wickets in six matches in 2021, she put up superb performances in the recently-concluded Women's World Cup where she scored 201 runs and took nine wickets in seven games.

Young, who got to play just three ODIs in the season, made his mark by scoring two centuries in the home series against Netherlands for which he won the Player-of-the-Series award.

Honour Roll

  • Hadlee Medal: Tim Southee
  • Sutcliffe Medal: Penny Kinsella
  • Test Player of the Year: Devon Conway
  • T20 Players of the Year: Sophie Devine, Trent Boult
  • ODI Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr, Will Young
  • Super Smash Players of the Year: Amelia Kerr, Michael Bracewell
  • Domestic Players of the Year: Nensi Patel, Tom Bruce, Robbie O'Donnell
  • Redpath Cup for first-class batting: Devon Conway
  • The Ruth Martin Cup for women's domestic batting: Suzie Bates
  • The Winsor Cup for first-class bowling: Tim Southee
  • The Phyl Blackler Cup for women's domestic bowling: Eden Carson
  • New Zealand Umpire of the Year: Chris Gaffaney





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