20 Must Know Sports Current Affairs of 2015 for competitive exams

20 Must Know Sports Current Affairs of 2015 for competitive exams

Here are the top 20 Sports Current Affairs of the year 2015, summarised with relevant information from an examination perspective. The top 20 sporting events include all the important news events of 2015 that are relevant for competitive exams, like the UPSC IAS Prelims, SSC, CDS, and other competitive exams. These include major sporting events internationally and major achievements made by India in different sporting fields like Cricket, Tennis, Football and Hockey among other sports. Questions relating to such sporting events are asked in various competitive and entrance exams, and candidates preparing for such exams should take note of this.

20 Must Know Sports Current Affairs of 2015 for competitive exams

1. Cristiano Ronaldo won Ballon d’or
Cristiano Ronaldo football player and captain of Portugese Football team won the prestigious Ballon D’Or Footballer of the year award for 2014 on January 11, 2016. He won the award for the 2nd consecutive time. Ballan d’or is an award given annually by FIFA (Federation Internationale De Football Association) which is the global governing body for football to the best performing male football sportsperson for the whole year.

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2. Novak Djokovic won Australian Open Men’s singles title
Serbian Tennis professional player Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray of England on January 31, 2015 to win the Australian open’s Men’s Singles campaign. This was the 5th major Tennis title won by Novak Djokovic.

3. Karnataka won Ranji trophy
Karantaka Cricket team won the Ranji Trophy once again on March 11, 2015 by defeating Tamil Nadu in the final match. This was the 8th time that Karnataka won the Ranji Trophy title. By winning the title Karnataka became the team to win the title maximum times behind Mumbai cricket teams. Mumbai cricket team has won the Ranji Trophy about 40 times.

4. Australia won its 4th Cricket world cup
The Australian team won its 4th ICC (International Cricket Council) World Cup on March 29, 2015 by defeating New Zealand in the final match played in Australia. This was the 11th Cricket World Cup which was held by the ICC. The 2011, World Cup was hosted and won by the Indian Cricket team, however India was defeated in the semi-final of the World Cup by Australia.

5. Sania Mirza ranked no.1 in tennis doubles ranking
Indian Professional women tennis player Sania Mirza was ranked at the 1st position as per the rankings released by the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) on April 12, 2015. Sania Mirza thus, became the 1st Indian women tennis player to be ranked at 1st position in the WTA women’s doubles rankings.

6. American Boxer Floyd Mayweather Junior defeated Manny Pacquiao
Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Junior of the United States of America (USA) won the Welterweight Unification Championship by defeating Manny Pacquiao of Philippines at Las Vegas on May 2, 2015. The fight was termed as one of the most watched boxing match around the world and was even called as the ‘Battle of the Century’. Floyd Mayweather Junior was a five division world champion and Manny Pacquiao who was an 8 division world champion.

7. Abhinav Bindra won Gold medal at International Shooting Championship
Indian Professional shooter Abhinav Bindra won the Gold medal at the International Shooting Championship held at Hannover, Germany on May 3, 2015. Abhinav Bindra won the Gold medal in the individual as well as the team level category.

8. Serena Williams won French open Women’s singles
American Women tennis player Serena William won the French Open singles title on June 5, 2015 for the third time defeating Lucie Safarova. This was the 20th major title won by Serena Williams.

9. Barcelona won the UEFA Champions league
Spanish football club Barcelona won the UEFA (Union of European Football Association) Champions league on June 6, 2015 by defeating Juventus in the final match held at Berlin, Germany. This was the fifth time that Barcelona won the Trophy and the victory made the team qualify automatically for the 2015 FIFA CLUB FOOTBALL WORLD CUP as the official representative of the UEFA.

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10. Stanis Wawrinka won won French open
Stanis Wawrinka of Switzerland won the 1st French open Men’s Singles title and his 2nd Grand Slam by defeating Novak Djokovic in the final match on June 6, 2015. This was the 114th edition of French Open being played.

11. First Indian selected in NBA team
Satnam Bhamara became the first Indian ever to be selected in the NBA (National Basketball Association). He was selected in the Dallas Mavericks team and became the first Indian professional basketball player to be selected in a NBA team. Satnam Bhamara had earlier represented the Indian team in the 2011 and 2013 FIBA Asian Championship.

12. India won Canada open women’s doubles title
Indian pair of women badminton players Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa won the Canada Open women’s doubles title on June 28, 2015. They defeated the pair of Eefie Muskens and Selena Piek of Holland. This was the maiden title for the Indian pair, they had earlier played together in the 2012 olympics game.

13. Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon
Serbian Tennis player Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon tennis tournament on July 12, 2015 after defeating Roger Federer. This was the third time that Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

14. Sumit Nagal of India won Wimbledon junior doubles title
Indian junior Tennis player Sumit Nagal won the Wimbledon Boys doubles title along with his partner Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam on July 12, 2015. He became the 6th Indian to have won the title. He defeated Reily Opelka of the United States of America (USA) and Akira Santillan of Japan in the final match.

15. Sebastian Coe became the President of IAAF
Great Britain’s Sebastian Coe was elected as the President of International Association of Athletics Federations on August 19, 2015. He is a British politician and a former athlete, and had won 4 gold medals in Olympics games representing Great Britain.

16. Sania Mirza awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
Indian tennis player Sania Mirza was conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on August 29, 2015. She became the second tennis player of India after Leander Paes to receive the highest sporting award of the country.

 17. Shashank Manohar took over as BCCI President
Shashank Manohar took charge as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on October 4, 2015. He was elected as the President as the former President of BCCI Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away on September 20, 2015. BCCI is the richest cricket board registered with the ICC (International Cricket Council) and controls all the activities relating to Cricket in India directly or through affiliated boards.

18. R. Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler to take 150 wickets
Indian cricketer and Bowler Ravichandran Ashwin became the 1st Indian player to pick up 150 wickets International Test cricket on November 6, 2015. He took 150 wickets in 29 test matches that he had played representing India. He picked up the 150th wicket during the 2nd day of the 1st test match being played between India and South Africa. Before him Anil Kumble held the record for having picked up 150 wickets in 34 test matches.

 19. Andy Murray won the Davis Cup for the 1st time in 79 years
Britain’s tennis player Andy Murray won the Davis Cup for the 1st time since 1936, after he defeated Belgium’s David Goffin in the final match held on November 29, 2015. This was the 10th time that Great Britain won the title, and surpassed France, which had also won the Davis cup 9 times since its beginning.

20. India won Bronze medal at World Hockey League
The Indian Hockey team won the Bronze medal at the World Hockey League tournament being hosted by India on December 6, 2015. Indian Hockey team defeated the Netherlands team in a shoot out to win the Bronze medal. This was after 33 years that the Indian Hockey team won a medal in a major Hockey tournament. Last time India had last won the Champions trophy in 1982 by defeating Pakistan.