US Open champion Bianca Andreescu became the first tennis player to win Canada's athlete of the year award on Monday.
The title is awarded each year to Canada's top athlete, and Andreescu, 19, put together a strong case throughout her revelatory 2019 season, during which she won her first WTA title at the BNP Paribas Open - a Premier Mandatory tournament - and her second at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, a Premier 5 event that Andreescu grew up attending.
The youngster later became the first from her country to win a Grand Slam singles title in the US Open, where she upset 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the final.
Andreescu was nominated alongside compatriots Brooke Henderson (golf), Jordan Binnington (ice hockey), Andre De Grasse (sprinter) and Mike Soroka (baseball).
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – Bangladesh made the record of achieving most gold medals in a South Asian Games securing 19 gold medals in the ongoing 13th SA Games in Nepal, featuring all the 10 gold medals in archery.
Celebrated archer Mohammad Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun have displayed a brilliant show in archery securing three gold medals each -- two in team evenst each and one in singles events -- in the Nepalese tourist town of Pokhara on Monday.
Riding on their outstanding performances, Bangladeshi archers secured all the 10 gold medals in archery enabling the country to achieve the record of clinching 19 gold medals in an edition since the games was introduced in 1984 also in Nepal.
The previous best performance of the country in the SA Games was 18 gold medals earned in 2010 in Dhaka. But, Bangladesh’s highest number of gold medals won in a single game held outside Bangladesh was 7, in the Madras Games in 1995.
Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun were the best performers of Bangladesh in the regional games after swimmer Mosharraf Hossain Khan, who secured a record five gold medals for Bangladesh in a single edition—three in individual events and two in relay--in the 2nd SAF Games (presently SA Games) in Dhaka in 1985.
Bangladeshi archers brought the glory for the country in the ongoing games on Sunday clinching all the six team event gold medals -- men’s recurve, women's recurve, mixed recurve, compound men’s, compound women’s and compound mixed –with Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun bagging two gold medals each.
Thereafter, Bangladeshi archers proved their worth displaying cent percent accuracy in the discipline as Suma Biswas, Mohammad Sohel Rana, Mohammad Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun bagged the remaining four gold medals in archery on the 9th day of the regional meet on Monday, in absence of Indian archers, who was banned by International Archery Federation.
Bangladeshi archer Suma Biswas clinched the day's first gold beating Anuradha Karunarante of Sri Lanka by 142-134 scores in the women’s compound singles final.
Sohel Rana bagged the day's 2nd gold in men’s compound singles beating Tandin Dorji of Bhutan by 137-136 scores, while Ruman Shana, who became the first Bangladeshi archer to qualify for the Olympic Games, clinched the day’s 3rd gold beating Kinley Tshering of Bhutan by 7-1 set points in men’s recurve singles.
Eti Khatun bagged the day’s last and the 10th archery gold for the red and green beating Sonam Dema of Bhutan by 7-3 set points in the women’s recurve singles to raise country gold tally to 18 golds, equaling the record of 2010 Games in Dhaka.
Finally, Bangladesh Men’s Cricket team created new chapter in the SA Games history presenting Bangladesh their record 19th gold medal winning the men’s cricket title beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the final on Monday.
The achievement was even more remarkable considering Bangladesh never won gold previously in the South Asian Games archery. Their previous best performance in the SA Games archery was the three silver medals in Guwahati in 2016.
Apart from Sunday’s six gold medals in Archery, the Bangladesh women’s cricket team also clinched their first-ever gold medal in the history of the competition beating Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh men’s recurve team comprising of Mohammad Ruman Shana, Mohammad Tamimul Islam and Hakim Ahmed Rubel clinched the Sunday’s first gold medal in the men’s recurve team of archery beating Ravien Kavisha Dalpatadu, Sajeev De Silva and Kumara Herath of Sri Lanka by 5-3 sets in the final.
Bangladesh women's recurve team comprising of Eti Khatun, Mehnaz Aktar Monira and Beauty Roy beat Thisari Madushika Silva, Rehana Tayabally and Malsha Dilhani of Sri Lanka in the women's recurve team event final by 6-0 sets points to bag the 2nd gold for the country on the day.
Thereafter, Bangladesh recurve mixed team comprising Mohammad Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun beat Sonam Dema and Kinley Tshering of Bhutan by 6-2 sets in the final for the third gold.
Bangladesh also continued their success in the compound team events.
The compound men’s team comprising Md Sohel Rana, Ashim Kumar Das and Mohammad Ashikuzzaman secured the gold beating Phuntsho Wangdi, Tandin, Dorji and Karma Sherab of Bhutan 225-214 in men’s compound team event final.
Bangladesh women’s compound team comprising of Suma Biswas, Susmita Banik and Shyamoli Roy bagged gold beating Anuradha Karunarante, Harshani Shalika and Damayanthi Thakshila of Sri Lanka 226-215 in the women’s compound team final.
Bangladesh compound mixed team comprising of Sohel Rana and Susmita Banik clinched the day’s last gold beating Lmayung Rai and Sanatah Malla of Nepal 148-140 scores in the compound mixed team final.
Earlier last Saturday, Bangladeshi athletes earned three more gold medals -- two in weightlifting and one in fencing -- on the 7th day of the 10-day seven-nation 13th Asian Games in Nepal.
Famed lifters Mabia Akhter Simanta and Jiarul Islam bagged two gold medals in weightlifting events of the games in Nepalese tourist town of Pokhara while Fatema Mujib clinched the first-ever gold medal for Bangladesh in women’s fencing at Kirtipur Covered Hall in Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.
Bangladesh’s athletes also clinched three gold medals in Kumite events of Karate of the 13th South Asian Games last Tuesday apart from Dipu Chakma’s first gold medal for Bangladesh in Taekwondo last week.
The Russian flag and national anthem were banned from next year's Tokyo Olympics and other major sports events for four years on Monday.
Russia's hosting of world championships in Olympic sports also face being stripped after the World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee approved a full slate of recommended sanctions as punishment for state authorities tampering with a Moscow laboratory database.
Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in major events only if they are not implicated in positive doping tests or if their data was not manipulated, according to the WADA ruling.
Still, it is unclear how the ruling will affect Russian teams taking part in world championships such as soccer's World Cup.
Russia's anti-doping agency can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days.
Legal fallout from the WADA ruling seems sure to dominate preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, which open on July 24.
Evidence shows that Russian authorities tampered with a Moscow laboratory database to hide hundreds of potential doping cases and falsely shift the blame onto whistleblowers, WADA investigators and the International Olympic Committee said last month.
"Flagrant manipulation" of the Moscow lab data was "an insult to the sporting movement worldwide," the IOC said last month.
However, WADA's inability to fully expel Russia from the Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Games frustrated the doping watchdog's vice president.
"I'm not happy with the decision we made today. But this is as far as we could go," said Linda Helleland, a Norwegian lawmaker who serves on WADA executive committee and has long pushed for a tougher line against Russia. "This is the biggest sports scandal the world has ever seen. I would expect now a full admission from the Russians and for them to apologize on all the pain all the athletes and sports fans have experienced."
Handing over a clean database to WADA was a key requirement for Russia to help bring closure to a scandal that has tainted the Olympics over the last decade.
Although the IOC has called for the strongest possible sanctions, it wants those sanctions directed at Russian state authorities rather than athletes or Olympic officials.
That position was opposed by most of WADA's athlete commission. It wanted the kind of blanket ban Russia avoided for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games after a state-run doping program was exposed by media and WADA investigations after Russia hosted the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
"This entire fiasco created by Russia has cheated far too many athletes of their dreams and rightful careers, for far too long," the WADA athlete panel said in a statement ahead of the meeting.
Russia previously signaled it would appeal the ruling. That must be filed by the Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA. That body was declared non-compliant on Monday, 15 months after it was reinstated by WADA in defiance of athlete opposition.
The decision to appeal has been stripped from RUSADA chief executive Yuri Ganus, an independent figure criticizing Russian authorities' conduct on the doping data issue. Authority was passed to the agency's supervisory board after an intervention led by the Russian Olympic Committee.
The ROC on Saturday labeled the expected sanctions as "illogical and inappropriate."
Russia has stuck to its claim that deceptive edits in the data were in fact made by WADA's star witness, Grigory Rodchenkov. The former Moscow lab director's flight into the witness protection program in the United States was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary.
Technical reasons were claimed — and debunked by WADA investigators — for why the data appeared to have been edited shortly before the delayed handover in January.
Bangladesh secured their record 19 gold medals in the ongoing 13th South Asian Games in Nepal when Bangladesh Men’s cricket team (U-23) beat Sri Lanka (U-23) by seven wickets at Kritipur, Nepal on Monday.
Bangladesh’s best performance in the SA games was winning 18 gold medals back in 2010 when Bangladesh was the host of the event.
Winning the gold for the second time in men’s cricket, Bangladesh also strengthened their best SA Games performance outside the country. In 1995, Bangladesh had won seven gold medals in Madras SA Games, which was Bangladesh’s best SA Games display abroad.
In the final of SA Games Men’s cricket, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to field first. Sri Lanka posted 122 runs all-out in 20 overs. The tremendous efforts of the Bangladeshi bowlers set the foundation to win another gold in the event.
Sri Lankan openers posted 36 runs in the first wicket stand which was indicating a big total. But before posting 100 runs on the board, Sri Lanka lost seven wickets.
Hasan Mahmud was the best bowler for Bangladesh taking three wickets conceding 20 runs only in four overs. Fast bowler Sumon Khan and spinner Mehedi Hasan were also imperious with the ball.
Both of them bowled four overs each and conceded 16 and 18 runs respectively to take one wicket each. Along with them, left-arm slow bower Tanvir Islam scalped two wickets conceding 28 runs in four overs.
Shammu Ashan was the best batsman of Sri Lanka scoring 25 off 20 balls with three fours. Apart from him, Pathum Nissanka (22), NishanMadushka (16) and Charith Asalanka (12) also reached two-digit scored but failed to make big impacts.
In reply, Bangladeshi openers Saif Hassan and SoumyaSarkar added 44 runs in the first wicket stand and it was enough to lay down a solid base for a big win. Soumya fell for 27 off 28 with four fours while Saif posted 33 off 30 with three fours and two sixes.
After the dismissal of the openers, captain Najmul Hossain Shanto took the responsibility to guide the team to victory. Yasir Ali also contributed scoring 19 off 16 deliveries. Shanto remained unbeaten for 35 off 28 with two fours and one six while AfifHossain also remained unbeaten for five off seven balls.
Eventually, Bangladesh ended on 125 for three in 18.1 overs and completed winning the gold medal in both Women’s and Men’s cricket events of SA Games. Earlier, Bangladesh Women also beat Sri Lankan Women to win their first gold medal in SA Games.
The Bangladeshi contingent at the ongoing South Asian Games have secured a record18 gold medals in an edition of the regional games held outside the country.
The archers created history securing all 10 gold medals in the archery discipline on Monday at Pokhara Stadium in Nepal, pushing the country’s tally to 18.
Bangladesh’s best performance at the SA Games remains 18 gold medals in 2010, when it was held in Dhaka. The number of most number of gold medals won in a single edition of the competition held outside Bangladesh was 7, in the Madras Games in 1995.
Archers Suma Bishwash, Md Sohel Rana, Mohammad Ruman Shana and Eti Khatun won all 4 gold medals in all individual archery events on the ninth day of the regional meet.
Bangladeshi compound archer Suma clinched the day's first gold beating Anuradha Karunarante of Sri Lanka by 142-134 scores in the women’s compound singles final.
Another compound archer Sohel bagged the day's second and 16th gold for Bangladesh in men’s compound singles beating Tandin Dorji of Bhutan by 137-136 scores in the final.
Shana, who became the first Bangladeshi archer to qualify for the Olympic Games, clinched the third gold beating Kinley Tshering of Bhutan by 7-1 set points in men’s recurve singles.
Eti Khatun clinched the last archery goldbeating Sonam Dema of Bhutan by 7-3 set points in the final of the women’s recurve singles.
Besides, Ashim Kumar Das bagged bronze medal beating Kumara of Sri Lanka by 145-135 scores in the bronze deciding match.
Earlier, Bangladeshi archers brought glory for the country winning all six team gold medals –men’s recurve, women's recurve, mixed recurve, compound men’s, compound women’s and compound mixed – at the same venue on Sunday.
Apart from the day’s six gold medals in archery, Bangladesh women’s cricket team also clinched their first-ever gold in the history of the competition beating Sri Lanka.
Bangladeshi athletes earned three more gold medals – two in weightlifting and one in fencing – on the 7th day of the 10-day seven-nation 13th Asian Games in Nepal.
Famed lifters Mabia Akhter Simanta and Jiarul Islam bagged two gold medals in weightlifting events of the games in Pokhara while Fatema Mujib clinched the first-ever gold medal for Bangladesh in women’s fencing at Kirtipur Covered Hall in Kathmandu.
Bangladesh’s athletes also clinched three gold medals in kumite events of karate on Tuesday apart from Dipu Chakma’s gold in taekwondo on Monday.