Deepika Kumari won silver medal in Archery World Cup Final
Indian archer Deepika Kumari on 25 October 2015 bagged the silver medal in the Archery World Cup Final held in Mexico City.
Kumari went down 2-6 in finale to South Korea’s Chou Misun.
Currently ranked World No. 5, Kumari clinched a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women's individual recurve event. She also won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women's team recurve event along with Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi. In May 2012, she won her first World Cup individual stage recurve gold medal at Antalya, Turkey.
In 2012, the Ranchi-born archer was honoured by the President of India with the prestigious Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award. She was also named as the FICCI Sportsperson of the Year Award in February 2014.
Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark won Hero Women’s Indian Open 2015
Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark on 25 October 2015 won the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2015 at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, Haryana. It was her maiden European Tour title.
She beat the trio of Cheyenne Woods, Becky Morgan and Malene Jorgensen, who tied for the second position, to pocket the winner’s cheque of 60000 US dollars.
While amateur Aditi Ashok was the best Indian performer, who tied at the 13th position, Vani Kapoor, finished tied 20th, was adjudged as the best Indian professional at the tournament.
About Hero Women’s Indian Open
It is a 400000 US dollar event which is tri-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, the Ladies Asian Golf Tour and the Women’s Golf Association of India. The annual event was started in 2007 and attracts best of talent from across the globe with the majority of players coming from Europe and Asia.
Abhishek Verma became first Indian to win Silver Medal in Archery World Cup Final
Indian archer Abhishek Verma 24 October 2015 created history by winning a silver medal in the Archery World Cup Final in the compound section held in Mexico City. With this, he became the first ever Indian to bag Archery World Cup Final medal.
Verma went down 143-145 to Turkey's Demir Elmaagcli in the summit clash.
In 2014, Verma bagged the gold medal in the men's compound archery team event along with Rajat Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar, and the silver medal in the men's individual compound event at the Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea. He also won a gold medal in the compound men's individual section on 15 August 2015 in the third leg of Archery World Cup held in Wroclaw, Poland.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix title
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on 25 October 2015 won the 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix title. It was the third title for Hamilton at the Circuit of the Americas in Elroy, Texas of the USA where championship is being held annually.
In the final race, while his team-mate Nico Rosberg of Germany stood at the second position, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (Germany) was at the third.
Also, driver of Force India Sergio Perez (Mexico) was the fifth person to complete the race.
For Hamilton, it was the tenth title in the 2015 season having won the races in Australia, China, Bahrain, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Italy, Japan and Russia prior to the US championship.
With this win, he also won the 2015 World Drivers’ Championship (WDC). It was the third title for Hamilton as he won the WDCs in 2008 and 2014 also.
So far, Hamilton won more races compared to any other British driver in the history of Formula One and is currently 3rd on the all-time list, with 43 wins.
South Africa clinched 1st ever bilateral ODI series in India
South Africa on 25 October 2015 won the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against India 3-2. This was South Africa’s first ever bilateral ODI series win on Indian soil.
In the fifth and final match played at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, South Africa defeated India by 214 runs, which was India’s second biggest ODI loss in terms of runs. South Africa after winning the toss chose to bat first and posted 438 runs at a loss of four wickets; this was third highest score in the history of ODIs.
In reply, Indian team was bundled out for 224 in the 36th over, with Ajinkya Rahane top scoring with 87.
Player of the series - AB de Villiers (South Africa)
AB de Villiers named brand ambassador of MRF
Tyre manufacturing giant MRF Limited on 20 October 2015 named South African batsman AB de Villiers as its brand ambassador. As per company norms, the association is for a period of three years.
AB de Villiers, the ODI captain of South Africa team, in his new role will endorse the company’s products and services through advertising campaigns and other such promotional programmes during the term of the agreement.
AB de Villiers who captains the South African One Day International (ODI) team is regarded as the current best batsman in the world and one of the greatest of all time. He holds the record for most Test innings without registering a duck (78), before being dismissed for nought against Bangladesh in November 2008. He also holds the second-highest individual score by a South African batsman in an innings, with 278 not out.
Vivo assigned the Title Sponsorship of Indian Premier League
Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) on 18 October 2015 assigned title sponsorship of Indian Premier League (IPL) to Brazilian mobile company M/S Vivo.
Vivo was assigned the sponsorship after PepsiCo suddenly pulled out from a five-year deal that was supposed to end in 2017.
PepsiCo became title sponsors of the IPL in 2013 after they bid a whopping 396.8 crore rupees for five seasons. Before Pepsi, DLF had paid 200 crore rupees to become title sponsors of the tournament from 2008 till 2012.
Saketh Myneni of India won 2015 Vietnam Open Tennis Trophy
India's tennis player Saketh Myneni on 18 October 2015 won the Vietnam Open tennis trophy in the men’s singles category. In the title clash, he defeated Australia's Jordan Thompson 7-5 6-3.
In the men’s doubles category, he, along with other Indian Sanam Singh, ended runner-up after losing the final 6-1 3-6 8-10 to Tristan Lamasine and Nils Langer of France and Germany respectively.
For Myneni, this is his first singles ATP Challenger title of the 2015 season and the second overall singles title at the Challenger level.
His only other title was the Indore Open that he clinched in October 2014.
With the present victory, Myneni pocketed 90 points and expected to break into top 150 from the present 168th rank.
Great Britain beat India to win Sultan of Johor Cup Hockey tournament
Great Britain on 18 October 2015 defeated Indian junior men's hockey team and captured Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC).
Great Britain defeated defending champions India by 4-3 in sudden death penalty shootout in the final after the match had ended 2-2 in regulation time.
For the third place, the host Malaysia defeated Argentina to settle for Bronze.
Novak Djokovic won 2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis title
World Number 1 ranking Novak Djokovic on 18 October 2015 won the 2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis title in the men’s singles category.
To clinch the title, the top seeded Serbian player defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-4 in the final match held in Shanghai, China.
It was the third Shanghai title for Djokovic in four years, having defeated Andy Murray (the UK) and Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) in the 2012 and 2013 finals respectively.
In early 2015, Djokovic joined Roger Federer and Rod Laver as the only men in the Open era to reach all four major finals. His only defeat came in the final of the French Open against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.
Apart from the Grand slam titles in Australia, the UK (Wimbledon) and the USA, he won six other titles in the 2015 season that include Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open, Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Italian Open, China Open and Shanghai Open.
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated by Li Xuerui in 2015 Denmark Open final
PV Sindhu was on 18 October 2015 defeated by Li Xuerui in the 2015 Denmark badminton open women’s singles final. For Sindhu, it was her maiden super series final.
In the final match held in Odense, third largest city in Denmark, Sindhu lost to the Chinese Olympic champion in the straight sets 21-19 21-12.
Till now, Prakash Padukone and Saina Nehwal are the only Indians to win the championships who won it in the men’s and women’s singles categories in 1980 and 2012 respectively.
The Denmark Open, or formerly known as Danish Open, is an annual badminton tournament organized by Danmarks Badminton Forbund. Except for a brief interruption between 1955 and 1964, it has been held annually since 1935.
Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win 2015 China Open Men’s Singles title
Novak Djokovic on 11 October 2015 won the China Open Men’s Singles title by defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain.
In the summit clash held at the National Tennis Centre in Beijing, the top seeded Serbian overpowered Nadal by 6-2 6-2.
For Djokovic, it was the fourth consequent win in Beijing since 2012.
Overall, he is the only player to have won the title six times. His other two titles were in 2009 and 2010.
In early 2015, Djokovic joined Roger Federer and Rod Laver as the only men in the Open era to reach all four major finals. His only defeat came in the final of the French Open against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.
Apart from the Grand slam titles in Australia, the UK (Wimbledon) and the USA, he won eight titles in the 2015 season that include Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open, Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Italian Open and China Open.
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram won 2015 Dutch Open Men’s Singles title
Ajay Jayaram of India on 11 October 2015 defended the 2015 Dutch Open Men’s Singles badminton title.
In the summit clash held at Almere in Netheralnds, the World Number 26 ranker defeated Estonia’s Raul Must by 21-12 21-18.
While Jayaram won his maiden title in 2014, it was the fourth overall title for India. The other two titles were won by Prakash Padukone and Chetan Anand in 1982 and 2009 respectively.
Dutch Open is a Grand Prix category tournament that is held annually since 1932 in Netherlands. It is currently organized by Nederlandse Badminton Bond (NBB) and is a part of the European Badminton Circuit.
British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton won 2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix title
Lewis Hamilton of Britain and Mercedes racing driver on 12 October 2015 won the 2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix title. He defended the title at the final race held at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia.
While Hamilton topped the table, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (Germany) and Sergio Perez (Mexico) of Force India stood at second and third positions respectively.
It was the ninth title for Hamilton in the 2015 season as he won the titles in Australia, China, Bahrain, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Italy and Japan prior to the present victory.
Hamilton won more races compared to any other British driver in the history of Formula 1 One and currently tied for fourth position with Sebastian Vettel on the all-time wins list, with 42 wins.
India won four-match Men’s Hockey Test series against New Zealand by 2-1 margin
India on 11 October 2015 won the four-match Men's Hockey Test series against New Zealand 2-1. In the final test played at Christchurch, India through its brilliant play held the hosts to a 1-1 draw.
After witnessing no goals in the first half, one each goal was scored from both the sides. From New Zealand, Nick Ross scored the first goal in the 41st minute which was matched by SV Sunil of India in the 43rd minute of the match.
After losing the first match of the series in Nelson against the hosts, India came back strongly to register back-to-back wins in the last two games.
Spaniard Garbine Muguruza won women’s singles title of China Open
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on 11 October 2015 captured the China Open women's singles title by defeating Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky. Muguruza emerged out victorious by a perfect 3-0 record against the Swiss rival.
The win had Muguruza achieve her career-high singles ranking of world no. 4.
The China Open was Muguruza’s second WTA title, after she won her first at Hobart International in 2014. She had also reached the final of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships and made consecutive quarterfinal appearances at the 2014 and 2015 French Open.
Six feet tall Garbine Muguruza was born on 8 October 1993 in Caracas, Venezuela. She turned pro on 2 March 2012.
Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won women's doubles title of China Open
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis on 10 October 2015 won women's doubles title of the China Tennis Open. The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated Chinese Taipean pair of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan 6-7 (9), 6-1, 10-8.
This was eighth title of the season as a team for Sania-Hingis and fourth title in a row.
With this win, the Indo-Swiss pair won their eighth WTA doubles titles together in the year 2015. The other seven titles are Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, US Open, Guangzhou and Wuhan.
FIFA suspended President Sepp Blatter, VP Michel Platini and Secretary General Jerome Valcke
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing body of association football, futsal and beach football, on 8 October 2015 provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Michel Platini for 90 days.
FIFA’s ethics committee handed out the punishments due to alleged charges of corruption on Blatter, Valcke and Platini.
The association also banned ex-FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon for six years.
Issa Hayatou, head of Africa's football confederation (Caf), will act as the interim FIFA president during Blatter's ban.
Blatter, Platini, who is also the football administrator of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and Valcke were banned from any football activity in the interim.
Sepp Blatter has served as the 8th president of FIFA since June 1998. However, after the ban, he is not allowed to represent the football's world governing body in any capacity.
However, the UEFA saw no need to remove Michel Platini from his position of football administrator.
South Africa won the 3-match T-20 series against India 2-0
outh Africa on 8 October 2015 won the three-match T-20 International series against India 2-0. The third and the final match of the series was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of a wet outfield.
The umpires called off the match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata after they inspected the ground and found it not suitable for the play.
Cyclist Deborah Herold became first-ever Indian to win five medals at Taiwan Cup
Indian cyclist Deborah Herold in the first week of October 2015 bagged one gold, three silver and one bronze medal at the 2015 Taiwan Cup held at the Hsin Chu Velodrome, Hsin-Chu city in Taiwan. With this, she became the first ever Indian cyclist to win in women's elite section.
Deborah fetched the gold medal in Taiwan Cup Track International Classic I by defeating the Malaysian top rider. On the other hand, she ended on second place in the keirin event and 500m time trial.
In November 2014, the Indian cyclist had won four gold medals at the Track Asia Cup Cycling Championship 2014.
About Deborah Herold
20-year-old Deborah is a tribal girl from Andaman and Nicobar Islands who survived the 2004 Tsunami that devastated the islands. She was trained at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Andaman and emerged as one of the rising stars of Indian cycling.
China won 2015 FIBA Asian Basketball Championship
China on 3 October 2015 won the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Championship by defeating the Philippines by 78-67 in the final.
The victory has won the nation a direct qualification for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the final game, Yi Jianlian scored maximum runs and earned 15 rebounds. He was also selected as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Philippines and Iran have secured the second and third place respectively in the tournament. India ended on eighth place in the tournament.
Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won women's doubles title of Wuhan Tennis Open
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis on 3 October 2015 won the women's doubles title of Wuhan Tennis Open. The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated Romanian team of Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu 6-2, 6-3 in the title clash.
With this win, the Indo-Swiss pair won their seventh WTA doubles titles together in the year 2015. The other six WTA titles are Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, the US Open, and Guangzhou.
They have won their last three tournaments and their last 13 matches without dropping a single set.
Asian Air Gun Championships: Heena Sidhu won gold medal in women's 10 metre air pistol event
Indian pistol shooter Heena Sidhu on 30 September 2015 won the gold medal in women's 10 meter air pistol event at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championships in New Delhi. On the final day of the Championships, Heena, who was India's first pistol shooter to be ranked number one in the world, shot a total of 197.8 points to finish at the top of the podium.
India’s Shweta Singh won the silver medal by aggregating 197.0. Korean shooter Seon A Kim took the bronze with a total score of 175.8. Indian shooter Yashaswini Singh Deshwal, playing her first international final, finished fourth.
India won an impressive haul of 17 medals, including six gold medals to finish as toppers in the continental event.
In the overall standings, Iran took the second place with 12 podium finishes, including six gold and five silver medals, followed by Taipei, winning one gold, two silver and two bronze.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won 2015 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix title
Lewis Hamilton of Britain and Mercedes racing driver on 27 September 2015 won the 2015 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix title. The final race was held at the suzuka circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan.
While Hamilton topped the table, his team mate Nico Rosberg of Germany stood second and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) finished third.
Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) and Sergio Perez (Mexico) of Force India stood at the 6th and 12th positions respectively.
For Hamilton, it was the third victory in Japan having won the titles in 2007 and 2014.
It was also the eighth title in the 2015 season for Hamilton as he won the titles in Australia, China, Bahrain, Canada, the UK, Belgium and Italy prior to the present victory.
Hamilton won more races compared to any other British driver in the history of Formula One and is currently 5th on the all-time list, with 41 wins.
Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won Ghangzhou Open Women’s Doubles title
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis on 26 September 2015 won the Guangzhou Open title of tennis. The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated the Chinese pair of Xu Shilin and You Xiaodi 6-3, 6-1 in the summit clash held at Guangzhou of China.
It was Sania's seventh title of the 2015 season and sixth with Hingis. She won one trophy with Bethanie-Mattek Sands in Sydney.
Sania and Hinghis have now won six of 13 events they have played since March 2015 and the titles include Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, the US Open and Guangzhou.
Ajay Jayaram won Silver Medal in 2015 Korea Open Badminton tournament
India’s badminton player Ajay Jayram on 20 September 2015 won silver medal in 2015 Korea Open Badminton tournament in Men’s singles category.
In the final match played in Seoul, Jayram lost to World No. 1 Chen Long of China by 14-21, 12-21.
With this win, Jayaram became the first Indian badminton player who grabbed a medal in Korea Open Badminton tournament.
At present, Jayram is ranked 32nd in the Men's Singles world ranking.
About Ajay Jayram
Ajay Jayram was born on 28 September 1987 in Chennai, India. He is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, a non-profit organization, which identifies and supports Indian athletes.
Jayram plays for the Hyderabad HotShots in the Indian Badminton League.
Sebastian Vettel won 2015 Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel from Germany on 20 September 2015 won the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One. While, Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished second. The race was held on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which is the first street circuit in Asia.
The top 5 Teams of the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One were Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, Williams and Toro Rosso.
For Vettel, it was overall fourth victory in Singapore Grand Prix as he had earlier won in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Moreover, this was his third victory of the season 2015. Earlier he had won Malaysian Grand Prix 2015 and Hungarian Grand Prix 2015.
Hangzhou City of China chosen to host 2022 Asian Games
The capital city of Zhejiang Province Hangzhou in East China was on 15 September 2015 chosen by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to host the 2022 Asian Games. The OCA made the decision at its 34th Congress meeting in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan.
Hangzhou was the only candidate city for the 2022 Asian Games, the XIX edition of games.
It will be the third Chinese city to host the Asian games following Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010. Hangzhou is best known for the West Lake, a placid and tourist attraction. It is also home base of Chinese Internet (ecommerce) giant Alibaba.
In 2014, Incheon, city of South Korean, hosted the Asian Games, while Indonesia’s Jakarta city is going to host the 2018 Asian Games.
About Asian Games
• Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a pan-continental multi-sport event (44 sports events) among athletes from all over Asia.
• It is held after every four years and is organized by the OCA since 1982. It was first held in 1951 in New Delhi, India under the aegis of Asian Games Federation (AGF).
• It is often described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.
Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won 2015 US Open Women's Doubles title
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis on 13 September 2015 won the US Open Women’s Doubles title.
The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated the fourth-seeded duo of Casey Dellacqua (Kazakhstan) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) 6-3 6-3 in the summit clash held in New York.
Incidentally, Martina Hingis also won the Mixed-Doubles title on 12 September 2015 with Leander Paes.
For Sania-Hingis duo, the title was the second Grand Slam in a row as they won their maiden title in July 2015 at the Wimbledon in England.
Now, Sania has five Grand Slam titles overall including three mixed doubles trophies.
In the Mixed doubles category, she won Australian Open (2009) and French Open (2012) with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi and the 2014 US Open with Bruno Soares.
Apart from the two titles with Sania in 2015, Hingis won the Wimbledon doubles with Helena Sukova in 1996 and Jana Novotna in 1998.
Earlier, the Indo-Swiss pair had won doubles title of BNP Paribas Open on 21 March 2015 and WTA Family Circle Cup doubles title on 12 April 2015.
Flavia Pennetta won 2015 US Open Women’s Singles title
Flavia Pennetta on 12 September 2015 won the US Open Women’s Singles title. She defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in the summit clash held in New York.
With this win, Pennetta became the oldest woman in the Open era to become a Grand Slam champion for the first time.
After winning the maiden Gran Slam title, she announced that she will retire from professional tennis after the 2015 season.
With this victory, Pennetta became the second Italian woman to win one of the tennis majors.
She joined the 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone who had been the lone member in the club.
At present, Pennetta is at the eighth place in the World rankings and is expected to play two tournaments in China and the WTA Finals in Singapore before her retirement.
The 2014 championship was won by Serena Williams of the USA.
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to win 2015 US Open Men’s Singles title
Novak Djokovic on 13 September 2015 won the US Open Men’s Singles title. In the summit clash held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, the Serbian defeated Roger Federer 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4.
For Djokovic, it was a second US Open singles title and a 10th Grand Slam singles title. With this, he tied up himself with Bill Tilden for seventh place on the career list.
However, Federer, a Swiss player, still remains on top of the list with 17 Grand Slam singles titles.
Till now, they have played 42 times and Djokovic’s recent victory tied the series 21-21.
In 2015, Djokovic joined Federer and Rod Laver as the only men in the Open era to reach all four major finals. His only defeat came in the final of the French Open against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.
The 2014 title was won by Marin Cilic. He belongs to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Leander Paes, Martina Hingis won US Open Mixed Doubles Title 2015
Leander Paes and Swiss Martina Hingis on 11 September 2015 won the US Open Mixed Doubles Title 2015. This fourth seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated unseeded Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in a tricky final which lasted for one hour and seventeen minutes.
The pair fired 32 winners and staved off four of five break points during the 77-minute affair. This is 17th Grand Slam crown for Paes.
With this victory, they became the first team since 1969 to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the same season at the US Open. They defeated Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic in the Australian Open final 2015 and beat Alexander Peya and Timea Babos in the Wimbledon title match 2015 itself.
The only other team to win three majors in the same year were Marty Riessen and Margaret Court 46 years ago.
With the mixed double win, Paes surpassed compatriot and former partner Mahesh Bhupathi's record of eight mixed doubles titles. As Paes has now eight men's doubles and nine mixed doubles title in his pocket.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain won 2015 Italian Grand Prix of Formula 1
Lewis Hamilton of Britain and Mercedes racing driver on 6 September 2015 won the 2015 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix title. The final race was held at Monza near Milan in Italy.
While Hamilton topped the table, Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Felipe Masse (Williams) were at the second and third positions respectively.
Sergio Perez (Mexico) and Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) of Force India stood at the 5th and 6th positions respectively.
For Hamilton, it was the third victory at the Monza circuit, where he earned his first and second titles in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
It was also the seventh title in the 2015 season for Hamilton as he won the titles in Australia, China, Bahrain, Canada, the UK, Belgium and Italy.
Hamilton won more races compared to any other British driver in the history of Formula One and is currently 5th on the all-time list, with 40 wins.
India won three-match test series against Sri Lanka
India on 1 September 2015 won the three-match cricket test series against Sri Lanka, 2-1. In the third and final match of the series, India defeated the host with an emphatic 117-run.
With this win, India also ended a 22-year long drought of a win over Sri Lanka on Sri Lankan soil.
• Player of the series - Ravichandran Ashwin of India
Durban to host XXII Commonwealth Games in 2022
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly on 2 September 2015 selected South African city Durban as the host for the XXII Commonwealth Games.
With this, South Africa became the first country from Africa to host the games in its 85 years history.
The games are scheduled to start on 18 July 2022 to mark the birth anniversary of South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela.
So far, South Africa successfully hosted the three biggest single-sport events— Rugby world cup (1995), the ICC ODI world cup (2003), and FIFA world cup (2010). Commonwealth games will be the first biggest multi-disciplinary event to be held in the country.
About Commonwealth Games
• It is a multi-disciplinary international sporting event that involves athletes from 71 nations and territories connected with the Commonwealth.
• It is held once every four years. It is often referred to as the Friendly Games.
• The General Assembly of the CGF is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games. It is the highest authority of the Commonwealth Sports Movement.
• The first event was organised in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada.
• So far, Britain have hosted the Games six times, Australia and Canada four times each, New Zealand three times, and Jamaica, Malaysia and India (XIX games in 2010) once each.
• While the XX Games (in 2014) was held in Glasgow of the UK, the XXI Games will be held in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.
Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba won women's marathon at World Athletics Championships
Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia on 30 August 2015 won the women's marathon title at the 2015 World Athletics Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China. She is the first Ethiopian female to win the event at the world championships.
The 25-year-old Dibaba captured the title by finishing the race in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds.
In the race, she defeated Helah Kiprop of Kenya, who won the silver medal by completing the marathon in 2 hours 27 minutes and 36 seconds. Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain won bronze medal in this event after completing it in 2 hours 27 minutes and 39 seconds.
U Mumba won Pro Kabaddi League 2015
U Mumba on 24 August 2015 won the Pro Kabaddi League 2015 title by defeating Bengaluru Bulls 36-30 in the final match held in Mumbai. U Mumba was headed by Anup Kumar.
While the winners got one crore rupees as prize money, the Bengaluru Bulls won 50 lakh rupees.
The tournament witnessed the participation of 8 teams viz., U Mumba, Bengaluru Bulls, Telugu Titans, Patna Pirates, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Bengal Warriors, Dabang Delhi and Puneri Paltan.
It is the second edition of the league and the first edition was won by Jaipur Pink Panthers in 2014. The team is owned by actor Abhishek Bachchan.
Fifteenth IAAF World Championships in Athletics concluded in Beijing
Fifteenth IAAF World Championships in Athletics was held between 22 August and 30 August 2015 at the Beijing’s National Stadium in China.
While Kenya topped the medal table with 16 medals, Jamaica stood second with 12 medals. India could not win a single medal in the championships.
Highlights of Fifteenth World Athletics Championships • Kenya was at the top with overall 16 medals including 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals. Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (women’s 1000m), Ezekiel Kemboi (men’s 3000m steeplechase), Nicholas Bett (men’s 400m hurdles), David Lekuta Rudisha (men’s 800m), Julius Yegom (men’s Javelin throw), Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi (women’s 3000m steeplechase) and Asbel Kiprop ( men’s 1500m) were the gold medalists.
• Jamaica was at the second position by winning 12 medals including 7 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. Usain Bolt won 3 golds by winning 100m and 200m events and by being part of 4*400m relay. Jamaica won gold medals in 4*100m relay (men and women) and women 4*400m relay. Men 4*400m relay was won by the USA.
• The USA was at the third position with 18 medals overall including 6 medals in each category.
• The United Kingdom won 7 medals including 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.
• Ethiopia stood at the fifth position by winning 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.
About IAAF World Championships in Athletics
• It is a biannual event organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
• It is the most prestigious event in the realm of athletics at the global level.
• Till now, 15 championships took place beginning from the inaugural event in 1983.
• On an average, around 200 countries participate in the event.
• The 15th edition of the championships took place at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in the Chinese capital Beijing. 207 countries took part in it.
• The USA, Russia, Kenya, Germany and Jamaica are in the top five places (in the same order) in terms of overall medal tally in the championships.
• Till now, India won only 2 medals in the championships. Both were won by long jumper Anju Bobby George who won bronze in the 2003 championships held in Paris and gold medal in the 2005 championships held in Montecarlo, Monaco.
• While the 14th edition (2013) was held in the Russian capital Moscow, the 16th edition (2017) will be hosted by London.
Fifteenth World Championships Medal Table
Indian women hockey team qualified for Olympics after 36 years
Indian women hockey team qualified for Olympics after 36 years. India’s latest participation in Olympics was in 1980 that was held in Moscow, Russia.
The decision in this regard was announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on 29 August 2015.
The present qualification will allow India to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics scheduled to be held in August 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This is also the first time when the Indian women team made it to the Olympics through the qualification system.
In 1980 Olympics, the Indian side finished fourth after losing to the Soviet Union in the bronze medal match. Further, it was also the first participation for women hockey team in the mega event.
Now, Indian hockey team is headed by Ritu Rani.
Usain Bolt won 200 meter title at 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt on 27 August 2015 won the 200 meter title at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics held at Beijing in China.
Bolt completed the race in 19.55 seconds surpassing his American rival Justin Gatlin who completed the race in 19.74 seconds.
Earlier, on 23 August 2015, he also won the 100 metre gold against the same rival Justin Gatlin.
Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser retained Women’s 100 meters gold at World Championships in Athletics
Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser on 24 August 2015 retained Women’s 100 meters gold at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics by finishing the race in 10.76 seconds.
The silver medal was won by Dafne Schippers (10.81) of Netherlands and the Bronze went to Tori Bowie (the USA) who completed the race in 10.86 seconds.
The biannual event was held at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in the Chinese capital Beijing where she won the gold in the same category in 2008 Olympics. Her only other Olympic gold was during the 2012 London Olympics.
Fraser-Pryce continued the Jamaican sprint dominance at the event as Usain Bolt won the title in the 100m event on 23 August 2015.
Roger Federer won Cincinnati Masters Men’s Singles tennis title for record seventh time
Roger Federer of Switzerland on 23 August 2015 won the Cincinnati Masters Men’s Singles title by defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia. The final match was held at Cincinnati in Ohio State of the USA.
Serena Williams won Cincinnati Masters Women’s Singles title for second time
World number one ranking Serena Williams on 23 August 2015 won the Cincinnati Masters Women’s Singles title by defeating the third seeded Simona Halep of Romania.
Having won the 2014 title, it was the third appearance in the finals (2013, 2014 and 2015) and the second Cincinnati title win for the American player.
Also, it the 69th singles overall title for the American player.
In the Women’s category, the title is considered only next to the four Grand slam titles.
With Serena Williams and Roger Federer of Switzerland winning, it was the first time both the men and women champions have successfully defended their titles since Bobby Riggs and Virginia Hollinger in 1937 and 1938.
In early 2015, Serena won all the three Grand Slam titles in Australia, France and the UK and will take part in the upcoming US Open in September 2015.
About Cincinnati Masters
It started on 18 September 1899 is the oldest tennis tournament in the United States played in its original city. The tournament is also the second largest summer tennis event in the U.S. after the U.S. Open.
England won 2015 Ashes Test series 3-2
England cricket team on 23 August 2015 won 2015 Ashes Test series, 3-2 against Australia at England. In the fifth and final match of the series, Australia defeated England by an innings and 46 runs at Ovals.
England had already clinched the series with victories in three of the first four games.
Abhishek Verma clinched gold for India at Archery World Cup
India's Abhishek Verma on 15 August 2015 won the gold medal in the compound men's individual section in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 competition at Wroclaw, Poland.
The Asian Games silver medalist defeated Esmaeil Ebadi of Iran 148 -145. At the Incehon 2014 Asian Games, Ebadi defeated Verma 141-145.
Apart from this, India's recurve mixed pair of Deepika Kumari and Mangal Singh Champia won silver at the World Cup stage 3. The duo faced defeat by Mexican pair of Aida Roman and Juan Rene Serrano.
World Badminton Championship: Saina became 1st Indian shuttler to win silver medal
India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on 16 August 2015 became the first Indian to win silver in the World Badminton Championship.
She lost the women's singles summit clash to Spain's Carolina Marin 16-21, 19-21 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina had reached the finals of the event on 15 August 2015 by defeating Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri.
Indian Men's Hockey team won European series against Spain 2-1
Indian Men's Hockey Team on 13 August 2015 won three match series of their European Tour 2-1 after registering second win in the third and final match of the series. Indian team defeated Spain 4-2 at Teresa in Spain.
For India, Rupinder Pal scored the first goal in 24th minute followed by Akashdeep Singh in 45th minute and the third and fourth goals by Ramandeep Singh.
The first match of the series was won by Spain 4-1. The second match was won by India 2-0.
Copenhagen Archery Championships: Indian women's recurve team clinched silver medal
Indian women's recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly on 2 August 2015 won a silver medal at the World Archery Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In the Summit clash, the Indian trio lost the World Championship final to top seeded Russians 4-5 to settle for the silver at the Christiansborg Palace.
The Russian team that defeated the Indian trio was comprised of Inna Stepanova, Ksenia Perova and Tuyana Dashidorzhieva.
It is India's second silver in the ongoing World Archery Championships where compound archer Rajat Chauhan opened the account with a historic individual medal on 1 August 2015.
Copenhagen Archery Championships was held from 26 July to 2 August 2015.
Victorian Open WSA: Joshna Chinappa won squash title
Indian champion Joshna Chinappa won the women’s squash title in the 15000 US Dollar Victorian Open WSA Event in Melbourne, Australia on 2 August 2015. In the final clash, Chinappa defeated second seed Line Hansen of Denmark 11-5, 11-4, 11-9.
This was tenth WSA title for 28-year-old Joshna, the last being the Richmond Open title win in April 2014.
The title in the men's section went to Ryan Cuskelly of Australia who defeated Greg Lobban of Scotland 12-10, 13-11, 11-9.
Beijing chosen to host 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics
Thomas Bach, the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 31 July 2015 announced that Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Chinese capital was chosen ahead of Almaty, Kazakshtan at the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
With this, Beijing became the first city to host both the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics. It hosted Summer Olympics in 2008.
Beijing was confirmed to host the Winter Olympics 2022 after Chinese bid beat Almaty by 44 votes to 40 with one abstention.
The IOC said that Beijing was awarded the Games because it fitted its new agenda for a stronger focus on sustainability, legacy, and transparency.
The 2014 Winter Olympics was held in Sochi, Russia and at 51 billion US dollars was the most expensive Olympics in history.
In 2018, the Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won Hungarain Formula One Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and the Ferrari driver on 26 July 2015 won the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest. This was Vettel’s second win of the season and it came only days after the funeral of the Mercedes French former test driver Jules Bianchi.
Also, this win was Vettel’s 41st overall, putting him level with the late triple champion Ayrton Senna on the all-time list, and first in Hungary.
The second and third place was taken by Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat of Russian and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia respectively.
Although the leader of the 2015 F1 season Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain came in at sixth position but he still remained on top of the overall drivers standing with 202 points.
In the constructers standing, Mercedes leads the board with 383 points followed by Ferrari and Williams at second and third position respectively.
Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome of Britain won 102nd Tour de France
Chris Froome, a cyclist from Team Sky of Britain, on 26 July 2015 won 102nd Tour de France in a three-week slog of furious race around the Champs Elysees, Paris. With this, Froome became the first Briton to win the Tour de France for the second time.
Froome made his mark in the mountain stage to La Pierre St Martin in the 10th stage before riding defensively to leave behind Nairo Quintana Rojas, a Colombian racing cyclist, by 72 seconds. The third-place was secured by Alejandro Valverde, cyclist from Spain.
The Team Sky now has three victories in its pocket. The first vistory was marked by former Team Sky leader Bradley Wiggins claiming the 2012 edition, followed the two victories of Froome in 2013 and 2015. British riders now have three Tour de France victories out of the last four Grand Boucles.
Bangladesh won 3-match ODI series against South Africa 2-1
Bangladesh on 15 July 2015 won the three-match One Day International (ODI) series against South Africa 2-1 played in Bangladesh.
This was Bangladesh’s fourth straight ODI series win at home.
In the third and final match of the series, South Africa after winning the toss elected to bat first. Batting first, South Africa scored 168 runs in 40 over at a loss of 9 wickets and in reply to the target Bangladesh scored 170 runs in 26.1 over at a loss of 1 wicket.
Bangladesh defeated South Africa by 9 wickets Duckworth–Lewis method (D/L method).
1st Match: Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on 10 July 2015, South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 53 balls remaining). K Rabada of South Africa was declared as the Man of the Match.
2nd Match: Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on 12 July 2015, Bangladesh won by 7 wickets (with 134 balls remaining). Soumya Sarkar of Bangladesh was declared Man of the match.
3rd Match: Played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong on 15 July 2015, Bangladesh won by 9 wickets (with 83 balls remaining) (D/L method). Soumya Sarkar of Bangladesh was declared Man of the match.
• Man of the Series: Soumya Sarkar (Bangladesh)
Now, the two teams will play two test matches on 21 July and 30 July 2015.