Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

336/365 – Gagan Narang

Name: Gagan Narang

Born: 6 May 1983 (age 29), Chennai

Nationality: Indian

Occupation: Rifle shooting

Gagan Narang is an ace Indian shooter, especially in Air rifle shooting, supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. He was the first Indian to qualify for the London Olympics.

He won the Bronze Medal in the Men’s 10 m Air Rifle Event at the 2012 London Olympics with a final score of 701.1.

Gagan Narang’s family hails from Panipat in Haryana. His grandfather lived at Samalkha in Panipat district, later on the family shifted to Hyderabad.

Gagan Narang is a gold medalist in the Afro Asian games, 2003 in Hyderabad on October 26, 2003 in Men’s 10m air rifle competition.

He had won an air rifle gold medal at the World Cup 2006 and followed that event in April 2010.   In a pre-Olympic event in Hannover, Germany, Gagan shot an air rifle score higher than the world record, 704.3 as opposed to 703.1 set by Thomas Farnik of Austria in the World Cup 2006.

Gagan Narang added 4 gold medals to the Indian tally at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. In the Men’s 10 m air rifle singles event, he shot a perfect 600 which was a new record.

Gagan also clinched a silver medal in his pet event at the Asian Games 2010. He also combined with Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to provide the country with another silver, in the team event behind champions China.

Both of his silvers were won on the opening day of Asian Games.   Gagan Narang won the bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event at the 2012 London Olympics with a total score of 701.1 becoming India’s first medal winner at the 2012 games.

Gagan was just behind the silver medallist Niccolo Campriani of Italy who scored 701.5, while the gold medallist Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania was at 702.1.



323/365 – 2012 Summer Olympics

Host city: London, England, United Kingdom

Motto: Inspire a Generation Nations

participating: 205

Athletes participating: 10,500 (estimated)

Events: 302 in 26 sports

Opening ceremony: 27 July

Closing ceremony: 12 August

Stadium: Olympic Stadium

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, also known informally as London 2012 (for example on the official logo), are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012.

Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe and the then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating bids from Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris.

London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

Construction has involved considerable redevelopment, particularly themed towards sustainability. The main focus of this is a new 200 hectare Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford in the east of London.

The Games also make use of many venues which were already in place before the bid.


251/365 – Basketball

In the very beginning the color of the basketball was brown, but later it was changed into a brighter color; that is orange.

The first basketball game took place in 1982, where the court was half the size of today’s courts, and only one point was scored during the match.

The NBA (National Basketball Association) was founded in 1949, after the combination of the NBL (National Basketball League) and the BAA (Basketball Associate of America).

Basketball was first played by a soccer ball untill it was changed in 1929.

Michael Jordan is considered one of the best basketball players around the world. The record score of 5,987 made him a legend in the world of basketball.

The reason why a backboard was added is because the audience in the balcony used to interfere in the game by handling the ball.

In 1967, slam dunks were considered illegal; nine years later it was legalized again.

The first hoop was like a peach with a bottom and every time a team scores, the referee would climb a ladder to get the ball.

Women’s basketball began in 1892, and some rules were modified to fit women.

The game was made an official Olympic game in berlin Germany, 1936.


Categories: General Knowledge, Sports

196/365 – Ice Skates

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The oldest pair of skates known date back to about 3000 B.C., found at the bottom of a lake inSwitzerland. The skates were made from the leg bones of large animals, holes were bored at each end of the bone and leather straps were used to tie the skates on. An old Dutch word for skate is “schenkel” which means “leg bone”.

Around the 14th Century, the Dutch started using wooden platform skates with flat iron bottom runners. The skates were attached to the skater’s shoes with leather straps.

Poles were used to propel the skater. Around 1500, the Dutch added a narrow metal double edged blade, making the poles a thing of the past, as the skater could now push and glide with his feet (called the “Dutch Roll”).

In 1848, E. V. Bushnell ofPhiladelphia, PA invented the first all steel clamp for skates.

In 1865, Jackson Haines, a famous American skater, developed the two plate all metal blade. The blade was attached directly to Haines’ boots.

The skater became famous for his new dance moves, jumps and spins. Haines added the first toe pick to skates in the 1870’s, making toe pick jumps possible.

The first artificial ice rink (mechanically-refrigerated) was built in 1876, atChelsea, London,England and was named the Glaciarium. It was built near the King’s Road inLondon by John Gamgee.

In 1914, John E. Strauss, a blade maker fromSt. Paul, Minnesota, invented the first closed toe blade made from one piece of steel, making skates lighter and stronger.

The largest outdoor ice rink is the Fujikyu Highland Promenade Rink inJapan, built in 1967 and boasts an ice area of 165,750 square feet– equal to 3.8 acres.


Categories: General Knowledge, Sports

147/365 – Jallikattu

January 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Jallikattu or Manju Virattu is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations usually on Mattu Pongal day.

This is one of the oldest living ancient sports seen in the modern era. Although it sounds similar to the Spanish running of the bulls, it is quite different.

In Jallikattu, the bull is not killed and the ‘matadors’ are not supposed to use any weapon. It is held in the villages of Tamil Nadu as a part of the village festival.

The festivals are held from January to July, every year.Madurai is very famous for this Jallikattu. Jallikattu’s been played first in Palamedu, a village located near madurai on January 15 which was getting famous in recent years followed by the world-famous “Alanganallur-Jallikattu” in Alanganallur, another village near Madurai on 16 January.


Jallikattu, which is bull-baiting or bull fighting, is an ancient Tamilian tradition called Eruthazhuvuthal, popular amongst warriors during the Tamil classical period. According to legend, in olden days the game was used by women to choose their husbands. Successful “matadors” were chosen as grooms.

The term Jallikattu comes from the term Salli Kaasu (coins) and Kattu (meaning a package) tied to the horns of the bulls as the prize money. Later days during the colonial period this term got changed to Jallikattu which is the term currently used.

It is said that the Tamil people hold on to their tradition forever. It is interesting to note that there is a seal from the Indus Valley Civilization depicting the sport. It is currently preserved in the Delhi museum.


There are three versions of jallikattu:
– Vadi manju virattu
– Vaeli virattu
– Vadam manjuvirattu


Categories: General Knowledge, Sports

126/365 – Polo

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Polo is a team sport played on horseback in which the objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Sometimes called, “The Sport of Kings“, it was highly popularized by the British.

Players score by driving a small white plastic or wooden ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet.

The traditional sport of polo is played at speed on a large grass field up to 300 yards long, and each polo team consists of four riders and their mounts.

In arena polo, only three players are required per team and the game usually involves more maneuvering and shorter plays at lower speeds due to space limitations of the arena.

The modern game is played on horses. Polo is played professionally in 16 countries. It was formerly, but is not currently, an Olympic sport.


The game first played in Persia (Iran) at dates given from the 5th century BC, or much earlier, to the 1st century AD and originated there, polo was at first a training game for cavalry units, usually the king’s guard or other elite troops.

Sultan Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the Turkic Emperor of North India, ruled as an emperor for only four years, from 1206 to 1210 but died accidentally in 1210 playing polo.

Later on Polo was passed from Persia to other parts of Asia including the Indian subcontinent and China, where it was very popular during the Tang Dynasty and frequently depicted in paintings and statues. Valuable for training cavalry, the game was played from Constantinople to Japan by the Middle Ages. Known in the East as the Game of Kings.

The name polo is said to have been derived from the Tibetan word “pulu“, meaning ball.


Categories: General Knowledge, Sports

93/365 – Dronacharya Award

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Name: Dronacharya Award
Type: Civilian
Category: Sports Coaching (Individual)
Instituted: 1985
First Awarded: 1985
Last Awarded: 2011
Awarded by: Govt. of India
Cash Award: 500,000

Dronacharya Award is an award presented by the government of India for excellence in sports coaching. The award comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a scroll of honour and a cash component of Rs.500,000. The award was instituted in 1985. As the best sportsperson award is named Arjuna Award, it is appropriate that the coaching award is named after Dronacharya, as he was the Guru of Arjuna.


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துரோணாச்சாரியா விருது, சிறந்த விளையாட்டு பயிற்சியாளர்களுக்கு இந்திய அரசால் அளிக்கப்படும் உயரிய விருதாகும். இவ்விருதை பெறுபவர்களுக்கு ஐந்து லட்ச ரூபாயுடன் ஒரு வெண்கல சிலையும் பரிசாக அளிக்கப்படும். 1985-ல் இருந்து இந்த விருது வழங்கப்பட்டு வருகின்றது. சிறந்த விளையாட்டு வீரருக்கான விருது “அர்ஜுனா விருது” என்றும், அவ்விளையாட்டினை பயிற்றுவிற்க்கும் குருவிற்கு ” துரோணாச்சாரியா விருது” என்றும் இந்திய அரசு பெயரிட்டுள்ளது.


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