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17 June 2022

Avani Lekhara clinches second gold at Para Shooting World Cup 2022 in France.

Tokyo Paralympics champion Avani Lekhara once again proved her mettle after she clinched her second Gold in the ongoing Para Shooting World Cup in Châteauroux, France. Making an impressive comeback to take the World Cup title from Slovakian veteran Veronika Vadovicova, Lekhara scored 458.3 in R8 Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1. Vadovicova was a close second at 456.6.

It is important to mention that the World Record in the R8 category belongs to Vadovicova, who was defeated by the 20-year-old today. Back in 2017, in Al Ain, Vadovicova scored 459.4 points. Meanwhile, the third position was clinched by Swedish Olympic athlete Anna Normann who bagged a score of 441.9 points to win a Bronze. 



15 June 2022

Angelo Mathews and Tuba Hassan crowned ICC Players of the Month for May.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that Sri Lanka’s batting star Angelo Mathews and Pakistan’s debutante spin sensation Tuba Hassan have been voted the ICC Men’s and Women’s Players of the Month for May 2022.

Mathews was voted the recipient of the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for May after piling on the runs over the course of his side’s impressive ICC World Test Championship series victory against Bangladesh. Amassing 344 runs at an average of 172 over the course of the two Tests, Mathews registered a huge score of 199 in the draw at Chattogram, and a supreme 145 not out in Mirpur. His epic innings in the second Test enabled his side to post an imposing total of 506 and complete a 10-wicket victory, gaining valuable points in the ICC WTC standings powered by MRF Tyres.

Mathews becomes the first Sri Lanka player to be named the ICC Player of the Month since its inception in January 2021, scooping the award ahead of fellow nominees Asitha Fernando (Sri Lanka), and Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh).

Pakistan’s Tuba Hassan was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month after enjoying significant success with the ball during her debut international series. The 21-year-old leg spinner was instrumental in restricting scores set by opponents Sri Lanka in the three-game T20I series in Pakistan, where she captured the Player of the Series award, taking five wickets at an average of 8.8 and an economy rate of 3.66. The highlight was during her debut international fixture in Karachi, in which she grabbed three for eight to limit the tourists to 106, setting the platform for a six-wicket win.

On what was an excellent month for Tuba, former Pakistan international and member of the voting panel Sana Mir commented: “Tuba has shown a lot of confidence and skill to make an impact for Pakistan in her debut series. She has been working hard for some time and it is really heartwarming to see her celebrating success in her first series for Pakistan.”

In securing this month’s award, Hassan overcomes fellow nominees in compatriot Bismah Maroof, and Jersey’s Trinity Smith. Tuba is the first female player from Pakistan to win in the ICC Player of the Month awards.



13 June 2022

Mithali Raj retires from international cricket.

Indian women’s cricket team captain, Mithali Raj (39 years old), hailing from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, announced her retirement from all forms of International cricket. Previously in September 2019, she retired from twenty 20 International (T20Is) but continued to play One Day Internationals(ODIs) and Test cricket.

Career overview:

Mithali Raj made her International debut in the ODI against Ireland at Milton Keynes in 1999.

She has represented India in around 232 ODI matches and scored 7805 runs (50.68 on average). She is the only female cricketer to reach the 7,000-run mark. She holds the record for most runs in Women’s ODI.

She has played 12 Test Matches for India scoring 699 runs and 89 T20Is scoring 2,364 runs.

She has scored a tally of 10,868 runs across all three formats and became the “leading run-scorer of all-time in women’s international cricket”.

Awards & honors:

The government of India (GOI) honored her with Arjuna Award in 2003 for her outstanding achievement in cricket and the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in 2021.

GOI honored her with Padma Shri in 2015 for her contribution to sports.



06 June 2022

Rafael Nadal wins 2022 French Open, seals 22nd Grand Slam title.

The 2022 French Open was a Grand Slam tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from 22 May to 5 June 2022, comprising singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Iga Świątek won the women’s singles event, capturing her second French Open crown, and Rafael Nadal won the men’s singles event, capturing his record-extending 14th French Open title.

List of Winners French Open 2022:

TitleWinnerRunner up
Men’s SinglesRafael Nadal (Spain)Casper Ruud (Norwegian)
Women’s SinglesIga Świątek (Poland)Coco Gauff (US)
Men’s doublesMarcelo Arévalo ( El Salvador),  Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands)Ivan Dodig (Croatian), Austin Krajicek (US)
Women’s doublesCaroline Garcia (French), Kristina Mladenovic (French)Jessica Pegula (US), Coco Gauff (US)
Mixed doublesEna Shibahara (JAPAN), Wesley Koolh of (Netherlands)Joran Vliegen (Belgium), Ulrikke Eikeri (Norway)



Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins Spanish Grand Prix.

Formula One world champion, Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix in a Red Bull to take over at the top from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who retired with an engine failure while leading at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Mexican Sergio Perez finished second, 13 seconds behind but with the consolation of a bonus point for fastest lap, after being told to let his teammate pass for a third victory in a row after Imola and Miami.

Britain’s George Russell came third for a revived Mercedes and after going wheel-to-wheel with Verstappen early on in a thrilling display of defensive driving as they battled for second place behind Leclerc.



02 June 2022

Malinga appointed Sri Lanka's bowling strategy coach.

Lasith Malinga, the former fast bowler and captain, has been appointed Sri Lanka's bowling strategy coach for the white-ball leg of the team's home series against Australia, which gets underway on June 7 in Colombo.

Malinga, during the tour, will support Sri Lanka's bowlers, providing tactical insight and technical expertise to help the on-field execution of strategic plans.

Malinga had held a similar role when Sri Lanka visited Australia for a five-match T20I series in February this year. While Sri Lanka lost 4-1, the bowlers did manage to keep a lid on the scoring to an extent. The highest total that Australia could manage across five games was 164 for 6.



01 June 2022

Former Windies captain Daren Sammy conferred with prestigious Sitara-I-Pakistan award

Former West Indies captain, Daren Sammy has been conferred with the Sitara-i-Pakistan Award for Services to Pakistan during a ceremony. The 38-year-old all-rounder was being recognized for his role in helping bring international cricket back to Pakistan. It is the third-highest civil award conferred by Pakistan.  He represented West Indies in 38 Tests, 126 ODIs, and 68 T20Is, has been one of the best captains that the world has seen in the T20 format and he captained a lot of franchises around the world.

Sammy, who led the West Indies to two T20 World titles (2012 and 2016), was receiving his second civil honour from Pakistan in as many years. In March 2020, he received the highest civilian medal of Pakistan, Nishan-e-Pakistan, for his part in helping bring international cricket back to Pakistan. He was also awarded honorary Pakistani citizenship by the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi.



26 May 2022

IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 2022.

The 12th edition of the 2022 International Boxing Association (IBA) Women’s World Boxing Championship (WWBC) was held at Başakşehir Youth and Sports Facility, Istanbul, Turkey. The event saw the participation of 310 Boxers from 73 nations. Belarusian and Russian boxers were not allowed to compete at the event after a ban as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Overall Medal Tally:

RankNation Gold Silver Bronze Total

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.



22 May 2022

Manchester City win fourth Premier League in five years on final day.

Manchester City won their fourth Premier League title in five years on Sunday (May 22) but nearly let the trophy slip from their hands, coming back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa with three goals inside an electrifying five minutes late in the second half.

After an afternoon of high nerves, laced with fear of Liverpool pipping them to the title at the post, relieved and jubilant City fans poured on to the field at the final whistle.

The day was set up for a party and there was a relaxed mood around the ground before kick-off. But that was soon to change as Villa, managed by former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, provided a twist in the storyline.

Matty Cash put Villa in front in the 37th minute with a fine header from a Lucas Digne cross from the left flank, and the mood in the stadium instantly changed.

City were far from their fluent best, lacking finesse as they piled on the pressure in search of a leveller but rarely troubling Villa keeper Robin Olsen.



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.


Italian Open Tennis Tournament 2022.

World No.1 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the 79th edition of the Italian Open (Internazionali BNL d’Italia) in Rome and to capture the 38th ATP Masters 1000 crown. Novak Djokovic became the fifth man in the Open Era to earn 1,000 match wins after defeating Casper Ruud in the semi-finals. In women’s singles, Iga Swiatek has won the Italian Open title after defeating Ons Jabeur.

Here is the list of winners and runner-ups of the Italian Open finals:

Men’s singlesNovak Djokovic (Serbia)Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
Women’s singlesIga Świątek (Poland)Ons Jabeur (Tunisia)
Men’s doublesNikola Mektić and Mate Pavić (Croatia)John Isner (United States) & Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)
Women’s doublesVeronika Kudermetova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)
Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) & Giuliana Olmos (Mexico)


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.




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