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24 October 2021

Ecuadorian Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been shot dead.

Ecuadorian Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been shot dead in the port city of Guayaquil.

Quinonez, 32, and another person were found dead close to midnight (05:00 GMT) on Friday, according to police, with the killing sparking an outpouring of grief in a country struggling to contain a surge in violence.

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso promised to bring his killers to justice.

Quinonez held Ecuador’s record for the 200m sprint with a time of 19.87 seconds.

He was a finalist in the 2012 London Olympics, achieving seventh place after competing in the semis in the lane next to Usain Bolt.

Quinonez won bronze in the 200m at the 2019 World Championships in Qatar.

Ecuador’s Olympic Committee said Quinonez’s death  “leaves us with profound pain” and that his “legacy will forever stay in our hearts”.

Quinonez became the first Ecuadorian athlete to win a global medal in a track event.



23 October 2021

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) awards Honorary Life Membership for 18 Cricketers.

MCC awards Honorary Life Membership (HLM) of the Club to some of the world’s finest cricketers and announce the names of the latest men and women to have been bestowed with this privilege.

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Rangana Herath is also among 18 players who were given honorary life membership by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The left-hand spin wizard is the sole Sri Lankan on the list. The left hander took 433 Test wickets in a career spanning almost two decades, and features in the top ten of all time Test wicket-takers. 

All 18 players awarded life membership of the MCC are;

  1. Hashim Amla (South Africa)
  2. Ian Bell (England)
  3. Ian Bishop (West Indies)
  4. Alex Blackwell (Australia)
  5. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)
  6. Alastair Cook (England)
  7. Grant Flower (Zimbabwe)
  8. Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)
  9. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)
  10. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
  11. Damien Martyn (Australia)
  12. Sara McGlashan (New Zealand)
  13. Morne Morkel (South Africa)
  14. Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies)
  15. Harbhajan Singh (India)
  16. Javagal Srinath (India)
  17. Sarah Taylor (England)
  18. Marcus Trescothick (England)


22 October 2021

New Zealand cricket's leading umpire has died.

Fred Goodall, who was New Zealand cricket’s leading umpire for two decades, has died aged 83.

Goodall umpired 24 tests and 15 one-day internationals between 1965 and 1988 but was best known as being the victim of an elbow in the back from West Indies fast bowler Colin Croft during their tumultuous tour of New Zealand in 1979-80.

Apparently angered at being called for bowling no-balls and a denied caught-behind appeal, Croft collided with Goodall as he neared the crease after changing his approach to the wicket on day four of the second test between New Zealand and the West Indies at Lancaster Park in Christchurch in February 1980.

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Kung Fu Nuns wins UNESCO’s Martial Arts Education Prize 2021.

The well known Kung Fu Nuns of the Drukpa order of Buddhism has won the inaugural UNESCO’s Martial Arts Education Prize 2021, for their brave and heroic acts of service and championing of gender equality across the Himalayas. 

The Nuns empower young girls through martial arts, to defend themselves, build confidence, and take on leadership roles in their communities.

The award has been launched by UNESCO ICM (International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement), to collect and promote good practices of martial arts education (MA Edu.)

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100th anniversary of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board celebrated.

The 100th anniversary of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) was celebrated on Sunday 18 October 2021. 

With the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, in attendance, the IOC EB assembled for a ceremony at the Coubertin Grove, the place where the heart of the IOC’s founder, Pierre de Coubertin, is buried in Ancient Olympia.

Following the the IOC President's speech, the IOC President and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, each planted an olive tree next to the Coubertin Grove.

To close the ceremony, the IOC President and the IOC Vice-Presidents laid a wreath in memory of Pierre de Coubertin.



20 October 2021

James Pattinson retires from international cricket.

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has retired from international cricket after deciding he would not be in a position to push for an Ashes berth.

Pattinson, 31, had begun the pre-season hoping to be part of the England series but his start to the domestic summer had been delayed by the Covid-19 lockdowns with both Victoria and New South Wales unable to play in the early part of the summer.

On the day it was announced the two sides would play in back-to-back Sheffield Shield fixtures starting next week in Sydney, Pattinson made the decision to retire from international cricket after an injury ruled him out of the opening Shield fixture. He will, however, continue to play domestic cricket in Australia and hinted at a return to the county game.

He has played 21 Tests and 15 ODIs and will continue to play domestic crickert. He claimed 81 Test wickets in his career after making his Test debut in December 2011. 

His last Test was against New Zealand in Sydney in January 2020.

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China and Indonesia won Uber Cup and and Thomas Cup Respectively.

China beat Japan 3-1 in a thrilling Uber Cup final in Aarhus, Denmark, to reclaim the Uber Cup title. This is China’s 15th Uber Cup title win in 19 finals. The match pivoted on the longest match in the Uber Cup history when Chen Qing Chan and Jia Yi Fan won their doubles match. 

Indonesia lifted the Thomas Cup trophy for the first time since 2002 after defeating the defending champions China 3-0 in the final match held in Aarhus, Denmark.

Uber and Thomas Cup are the biennial international badminton championship played by the women and men’s national teams of the members of the Badminton World Federation.

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19 October 2021

Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first player to captain 300 T20 games.

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday became the first player history to captain 300 T20 games when he walked out for the toss in the IPL 2021 final against Kolkata Kight Riders in Dubai.

Dhoni, who led CSK since the inaugural 2008 edition, guided them to their 10th IPL final. In total, Dhoni had captained CSK in 213 matches, Rising Pune Supergiant in 14 games and India in 73 T20Is during his career. 

As a captain, Dhoni has a win percentage of 59.8 with 206 wins and 137 losses.

Second in the list is Darren Sammy, who has led in 208 T20s.



17 October 2021

Rahul Dravid all set to take over as full-time coach of Indian cricket team.

India's batting stalwart Rahul Dravid is all set to take over as the national cricket team's head coach following the T20 World Cup in the UAE, having agreed to the BCCI's offer after initial reluctance. 

The 48-year-old Dravid, one of the greatest ever to have played for India, has been in charge of the India A and U-19 set-up for the past six years and a lot of players such as Rishabh Pant, Avesh Khan, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, and Shubman Gill have come through the system prepared by him.

He currently heads the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Dravid's trusted lieutenant Paras Mhambrey is expected to be the bowling coach while Vikram Rathour is likely to continue as batting coach.

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16 October 2021

IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders in final to win fourth title.

Chennai Super Kings have been crowned Indian Premier League champions for the fourth time after beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in the final.

Faf du Plessis hit a terrific 86 off 59 balls and Moeen Ali scored a 20-ball 37 as Chennai posted 192-3 from 20 overs.

Shubman Gill (51 off 43) and Venkatesh Iyer (50 off 32) hit half-centuries before Kolkata collapsed, losing eight wickets for 34 runs in Dubai.

Captain Eoin Morgan managed just four as Kolkata reached 165-9.

Chennai, led by captain MS Dhoni, add another trophy to the cabinet, having won the IPL in 2010, 2011 and 2018.

Dhoni refused to say after whether he was going to retire or play another season, but added that “I haven’t left it behind yet” when told he could be proud of his legacy.

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15 October 2021

ICC joins hands with UNICEF to raise awareness on mental health of children.

The ICC has partnered with UNICEF to amplify awareness around mental health and well-being of children and adolescents throughout the men's T20 World Cup, beginning on Sunday (17th). 

The partnership will amplify UNICEF's global campaign #OnYourMind which calls for commitment, communication and action to promote good mental health for every child. 

The T20 World Cup -- the biggest ever in the UAE and Oman -- comprises 45 matches across four venues.

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14 October 2021

Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop found dead in her home.

Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-time world championships bronze medallist, has been found dead at her home, the country’s track federation has said.

Athletics Kenya said on Wednesday (13th) it had been informed of Tirop’s death. She was 25.

Kenyan media reported she was found with stab wounds in her abdomen and neck.

Kenya’s National Police Service said Tirop was the victim of a “heinous crime” and promised “speedy and comprehensive investigations”.

Tirop won bronze medals in the women’s 10,000 metres at the 2017 and 2019 world championships and finished fourth in the 5,000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics.

Her career took off when she won the world cross-country title in 2015 at the age of 19 to become the second-youngest champion ever.

Her home in Iten, western Kenya, is a town renowned as a training base for distance runners.

International track governing body World Athletics said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Tirop’s death.



13 October 2021

Amy Hunter becomes world's youngest international centurion.

Ireland's Amy Hunter becomes world's youngest international centurion on her 16th birthday.

Ireland's Amy Hunter has become the youngest player to score a senior international century, hitting an unbeaten 121 and taking her side to a win against Zimbabwe on her 16th birthday.

Hunter overtook the record previously held by India's Mithali Raj, who scored 114 not out in and ODI against Ireland at the age of 16 years and 205 days in June 1999.

She has became the fourth woman to hit an ODI century for Ireland and the first since 2000. She made her international debut against Scotland at the age of 15.

Shahid Afridi is the youngest man to hit an ODI century. He was 16 years and 217 days old when he scored 102 against Sri Lanka in 1996.

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Sri Lanka interested to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

According to BBC, Australia, Canada, India and Sri Lanka have expressed interest in staging the 2026 Games but, as yet, a host has not been secured.

Meanwhile, the number of compulsory sports that Commonwealth Games hosts will have to stage in the future is set to be cut from 16 to just two. Under a radical new ‘strategic roadmap’ designed to preserve the event’s future, only athletics and swimming will enjoy protected status.

With Games bosses struggling to convince cities to bid for the event, the shake-up is designed to give potential hosts more choice over their programme.As well as greater freedom to select urban and e-sports in a bid to appeal to younger audiences, cities will be encouraged to select entirely new disciplines that are popular locally.

In an attempt to drive down costs and innovate, co-hosting will be encouraged and there will be no requirement for an athletes’ village.

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11 October 2021

Valtteri Bottas Wins Turkish Grand Prix 2021.

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Finland) has won the F1 Turkish Grand Prix 2021, held on October 10, 2021. 

This is his first title of this season. Max Verstappen (Red Bull – Netherlands) came second while Sergio Perez (Mexico- Red Bull) finished third. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton finished fifth.

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T20 World Cup prize money: Title winners to get $1.6 million.

Whoever lifts the T20 World Cup trophy on November 14, 2021, in Dubai, will get a cash award of USD 1.6 million to go with it. This was confirmed as the ICC announced the list of prize money for the tournament - a total of USD 5.6 million overall - on Sunday. The losing finalist will get $800,000, while the two losing semi-finalists will get $400,000 each.

Every win in the Super 12s stage of the tournament will fetch teams $40,000 - 30 Super 12 games will be played, totalling $1.2 million in prize money. The teams that go out at this stage of the tournament - eight teams in all - will get $70,000 each.

Wins in round one of the tournament - 12 matches in all - will fetch $40,000 apiece, and the four teams that don't make it to the Super 12s will get $40,000 each.

Eight teams will take part in round one, starting on October 17 - Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka (who all constitute Group A), Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Bangladesh (Group B). The top two teams from Group A and Group B make the Super 12s. Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies (Group 1), Afghanistan, India, New Zealand and Pakistan (Group 2) are already in the Super 12s.

All innings to have drinks breaks

The ICC also announced that the tournament will feature official drinks breaks - that is, a two-and-a-half-minute break in play at the 10-over mark in each innings.

The UAE's weather could have had an influence on this decision. While the worst of the summer is over, the country is still transitioning into its cooler months, though temperatures are expected to be relatively pleasant in November.



Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder to retain WBC title

Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder on Saturday in a vicious 11th round knockout to hold his WBC heavyweight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Wilder was an attacker early in the slugfest and used his jab to back up a larger Fury while trying to set up his powerful right hand.

Fury survived the early storm and knocked down Wilder in the third round, but the U.S. military responded in the fourth round, sending Briton to the canvas twice and shooting his head from close range.

However, Fury continued to hit Wilder with a club as the fight continued, ending the brutal case with a clean right hand next to his head in the penultimate round.

The abused Wilder reportedly went to the hospital shortly after the battle.

With the victory, Fury (31-0-1) took two of the three meetings between his rivals after the first battle ended in a draw and Fury dominated the second meeting.

Fury could take on Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the other three titles, for the chance to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis 21 years ago.



Sri Lanka’s 15-member squad for T20 World Cup 2021

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today announce the 15-member final squad selected by the Cricket Selection Committee to take part in the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2021.

Sri Lanka will be captained by Dasun Shanaka while Dhananjaya De Silva will serve as his deputy at the tournament. 

The T20 Cricket World Cup 2021 will be played in UAE and Oman from 17th October to 14th November 2021.

The following 15-member final squad was selected by SLC’s Selection Committee:

  • 1. Dasun Shanaka – Captain
  • 2. Kusal Janith Perera
  • 3. Dinesh Chandimal
  • 4. Dhananjaya De Silva – Vice Captain
  • 5. Pathum Nissanka
  • 6. Charith Asalanka
  • 7. Avishka Fernando
  • 8. Bhanuka Rajapaksa
  • 9. Chamika Karunaratne
  • 10. Wanindu Hasaranga
  • 11. Dushmantha Chameera
  • 12. Lahiru Kumara
  • 13. Maheesh Theekshana
  • 14. Akila Dananjaya
  • 15. Binura Fernando


07 October 2021

Germany unveils Euro 2024 Championship Logo.

Germany has unveiled the logo for soccer’s 2024 European Championship during a ceremony with a light show in the stadium that will hold the final. The logo features an outline of the Henri Delaunay Cup — the bulbous tournament trophy — set on a coloured oval outline that resembles the Olympiastadion’s roof. It features colours from the flags of UEFA’s 55 member nations, set in 24 slices around the trophy to represent the 24 teams that will ultimately qualify for the tournament in Germany.

Logos for each of the 10 host cities; Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart were also presented. The tournament is due to be played in June and July 2024 with the match schedule to be confirmed next year.

Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006, with the final held in the refurbished Olympiastadion. The stadium was originally built for the 1936 Olympic Games hosted by Nazi Germany. West Germany also hosted the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championship in 1988.

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Ghana pledges to host first-ever African Paralympic Games in 2023.

Ghana is set to host the African Games in 2023, and will now combine the event with the African Paralympic Games in the same year, the first time a continental Paralympic competition has been held in Africa.

Inaugural African Para Games had been scheduled in Morocco in 2019, coinciding with he Rabat 2019 African Games, but the country pulled out at late notice.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo previously insisted the country will be ready to host the African Games, with the construction of a $145 million (£105 million/€122 million) sports complex already underway.





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