सामयिक विषय: Sports Miscellaneous

Winter Paralympics Games

Question: Which of the following countries won the highest gold medal in Winter Paralympics Games 2018, held during March 9th– 18th, 2018?
(a) Japan
(b) Norway
(c) UK
(d) America
Answer: (d)
Related Facts:

  • 12th Winter Paralympics Games-2018 concluded in Pyongchang South Korea (March 9-18, 2018).
  • In these games, held at the Pyongchang Olympic Stadium, approximately 569 athletes from 49 countries participated in 80 competitions of 6 sports.
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in has officially inaugurated the Paralympic Games.
  • The official slogan of 12th Paralympics Games was Passion Connected.
  • The mascot of the 12th Paralympic Games Suhorong, a white cheetah and Bandabi was an Asian black bear.
  • In the 12th Paralympic Games, the US topped the medal table which got 13 gold, 15 silver and 8 bronze medals, including a total of 36 medals,.
  • Top 3 countries in medal table
Rank Country / Organization Gold Silver Bronze   कुल
1.  America 13 15 8 36
2. Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA) 8 10 6 24
3. Canada 8 4 16 28
  • The host, South Korea, secured 16th position jointly with New Zealand and Finland.
  • They received 1 gold, 2 silver and total of 3 medals.
  • Para Athlete of Slovakia, Henrieta Farkasova, received the maximum five medals (4 gold and 1 silver) in the Pyongchang Paralympic Games.
  • Russia was a restricted country in the 12th Winter Paralympic.
  • Russian athletes have participated in Paralympic as ‘Neutral Paralympic Athletes’ (NPA) under the Paralympic flag.
  • The 13th Paralympic Games will be held in China’s Beijing National Stadium (Beijing) during 4th-13th March, 2022.


Video Referral Decision in Football

Question: In the recently concluded FIFA Council meeting, it was decided to use video referrals in football too. From which event its use will be started?
(a) FIFA World Cup, 2018
(b) FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2019
(c) FIFA U-17 World Cup, 2019
(d) FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2019
Answer: (a)
Related Facts:

  • FIFA Council Meeting concludes in Bogota, Colombia (March, 2018)
  • At the meeting, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was approved for FIFA’s football competitions.
  • It will be used in Russia in June-July, 2018, in the FIFA World Cup, 2018.
  • The VAR will be used to ascertain whether the goal is scored or not and the penalty should be given or not.
  • The technique will also decide on the red card and if the player has got a wrong punishment then will improve it.
  • From the year 2016, 20 federations used this new technology.
  • It was also used in the Confederations Cup, 2017.
  • At the same meeting, FIFA removed the three-decade-old ban on hosting international matches in Iraq.
  • Also, FIFA allowed the organizing of international matches in Iraq’s Arbill, Basra and Karbala.


South Asian Cross Country Championships

Question: Which of the following countries won the gold medal of the men and women’s section of the recently concluded South Asian Cross Country Championship, 2018?
(a) Bhutan
(b) Nepal
(c) India
(d) Sri Lanka
Answer: (c) 
Related Facts: 

  • South Asian Cross Country Championship, 2018 concluded in 2018 Thimphu (Bhutan). (March 27, 2018)
  • India won gold medal in both men and women category.
  • Contest Results 
  • Men’s category (8km) 
  • Gold Medal – Pradeep Singh Chaudhary (India), Time -33: 52: 20
    Silver Medal-Shankar Mana Thapa (India), Time 34:01:64
    Bronze Medal- Don Lional (Sri Lanka), Time -34: 15: 47
  • Women’s category (10km) 
  • Gold Medal-Sanjivani Jadhav (India), Time -32: 00:64
    Silver Medal-Vishwarupa (Nepal), Time-32 : 18: 47
    Team Championship 
  • Men’s category (10km) 
  • Gold medal- India
    Silver medal- Sri Lanka
    Bronze medal- Bhutan
  • Women’s category (8km) 
  • Gold medal- Sri Lanka
    Silver medal- India
    Bronze- Nepal


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