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Akram Raza

Former Pakistan Test spinner Akram Raza, fined in a match-fixing inquiry 11 years ago, was arrested over betting on Indian Premier League ( IPL ) matches.

Alastair Cook

Opening batsman Alastair Cook was on May 5th, 2011 named England’s new OD1 skipper and young paceman Stuart Broad was appointed Twenty20 captain. Cook took over from Andrew Strauss, who has retired from ODI cricket while Broad replaced Paul Collingwood, who had led the national side to World Twenty20 title last year. England is the only team to have different captains for all three formats of the game.

Alberto Contador

Spain’s cycling federation on February 15th, 2011 cleared three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of knowingly using a banned substance in a dramatic U-turn in the case that means he can ride in this year’s race. The 28-year-old’s future has hung in the balance since he had tested positive for minute traces of the banned substance clenbuterol during last July’s Tour de France.

Andrew Flintoff

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu were awarded honorary life membership by the Marylebone Cricket Club ( MCC ) on February 9th, 2011. Widely known as a cricket enthusiast, the reverend Tutu was the first speaker to be drawn from outside the circle of international cricket to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in 2008. Flintoff, who retired from the game last year, joins a select group of former players including Sir Garfield Sobers, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Sir Ian Botham, who are already life members of the club.

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Annu Raj Singh on May 17th, 2011 became the fifth Indian shooter to book a berth in next year’s London Olympics after clinching the 10m Air Pistol silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in USA. Singh joins rifle shooters Ronjan Sodhi, Gagan Narang, Hari Om Singh and Sanjeev Rajput, to clinch a quota place for the London Olympics.

Baichung Bhutia

India’s former football captain Baichung Bhutia announced his retirement from international football on August 24th, 2011. Bhutia started his career at East Bengal Club 1993. He is currently contracted by the club he owns, United Sikkim. The 34-year-old Bhutia was the first player from the sub-continent to sign a professional contract with a European football club when he signed for Bury in 1999. He is also the only footballer to play more than 100 matches for the country during his distinguished 16 – year career.


Karim Bencherifa was named the best coach for the 2010 – 11 football season by the All India Football Federation on October 18th, 2011. He was instrumental in Salgaocar winning both the Federation Cup and I – League.

Bharat Chetri

Bharat Chetri was on September 30th, 2011 named captain of the 22-member team which will play in a four-nation nine-a-side international super series followed by a three nation-tournament involving Australia and Pakistan. This is the first time that 27-year-old Chetri, with 114 International caps will lead the country.

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans of Australia won the Tour de France cycling race for the first time as the three-week race ended on the Champs Elysees in Paris on July 24th, 2011. The BMC Racing Team rider, who finished second in 2007 and 2009 finished ahead of Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck ( Leopard Trek team ).

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese goal-machine Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the all-time league record of 38 goals with a brace in Real Madrid’s 3 – 1 victory at Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga football.

Duncan Fletcher

The former Coach of England cricket team, Mr. Duncan Fletcher ( 62 – year – old ), of Zimbabwe has been appointed coach of the Indian cricket team for a period of two years. He takes over from the highly successful Gary Kirsten. Duncan Fletcher was a path-breaking coach for the England cricket team for 8 years from 1999 to 2007. During his tenure, England registered its first Ashes victory in 18 years and recorded significant Test series victories in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa.

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Elton Chigumbura

Elton Chigumbura has resigned as Zimbabwe cricket captain to focus on improving his own form. The 25 – year – old all-rounder was appointed captain in May last year.


World No. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland began his season in formidable fashion by beating Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko to win the Qatar Open at the at the Khalifa Tennis Complex in Doha on January 8th, 2011.

Gagan Narang

Double world record holder, rifle shooter Gagan Narang, was on July 22nd, 2011 selected for the 2010 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by a committee. Narang, who currently holds the world record in men’s 10 metre air rifle event, won four golds for India at the 2010 New Delhi-Commonwealth Games { 10m Air Rifle Individual, 10m Air Rifle ( Pairs ), 50m Rifle 3 Positions ( Individual ) and 50m Rifle 3 Positions ( Pairs ) }. At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, he won two silver medals in 10 metre air rifle. He also won gold medals in at the ISSF World Shooting Championships 2010 in Munich and ISSF World Cup 2010 in Beijing in 10 metre air rifle event. He had earlier won four gold medals at the Melbourne Olympics.

Gaganjeet Bhullar

Gaganjeet Bhullar of Kapurthala won the PGTI Players’ Championship – his third title of the season – at the RCGC in Kolkata on February 5th, 2011. His four-round total of 275, which is 13-under par, earned him Rs. 4, 84,950 as prize money. Kolkata-based golfers, S.S.R Chowrasia and Rahil Gangjee, finished joint second.

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Gary Kirsten, who guided India to the ICC World Cup title, was named coach of his native South Africa on June 6th, 2011. The former opening batsman will have the official title of head coach and team director and be assisted by ex-South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald.

Geoff Marsh

Sri Lanka appointed former Australian batsman Geoff Marsh as its national cricket team coach on September 23, 2011. Sri Lanka Cricket ( SLC ) said that Marsh had been offered a two-year contract starting from September 27. The 52-year-old has played 50 Tests and 119 ODIs for Australia and coached the Australian and Zimbabwe teams. He has also been a selector for Australia. Sri Lanka has been without a permanent coach since the World Cup when Trevor Bayliss quit.


Australia’s David Gleeson scored a record-setting winning tally of 20-under 268 to win the $1.25 million Hero Indian Open at the Delhi Golf Club course on October 16th, 2011. Gleeson collected $198,125 while the second placed Chiragh Kumar of India received $135,625.

Harbhajan Singh

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on July 7th, 2011 became the third Indian bowler and 11th overall to take 400 wickets in Test cricket. Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) are the other two Indian bowlers to have recorded the feats. Playing in his 96th match, Harbhajan achieved the feat when he bowled Carlton Baugh on the second day of the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies at Roseau, Dominica.

James Strong

Cricket Australia ( CA ) and New Zealand Cricket ( NZC ) on August 16th, 2011 appointed businessman James Strong as the chairman of the organising committee for 2015 Cricket World Cup, to be jointly hosted by the two countries. Strong is the chairman of Australian supermarket chain, Woolworths and heads the board of various companies, besides being a member of the board of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation that stages the Australian Fl Grand Prix and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

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McLaren driver Jenson Button beat Red Bull’s Formula One World champion Sebastian Vettel to win the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal on June 12th, 2011. Mark Webber of Red Bull finished third

Jo – Wilfried Tsonga

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sent six-time champion Roger Federer spinning to a landmark defeat at Wimbledon on 29th June 2011, to set up a semifinal showdown with Novak Djokovic.


Austrian climber Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner became the first woman to conquer all Fourteen 8,000-metre summits without artificial oxygen on August 23rd, 2011, when she reached the top of the K2. Kaltenbrunner is the third woman only to climb all 14 highest summits but the first to do so without artificial oxygen.

Krishna Poonia

Ace Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia recorded her season’s best performance to win a gold medal in the Annual Athletic Meet at Portland in the United States. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Poonia, taking part in the first competition of her training stint in the USA, hurled the discus to 58.88m, her best effort of the season, to bag the yellow metal. She had four throws above 58m while her two efforts recorded 57.61m and 57m. She was qualified for London Olympics 2012.

Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara has been named the captain of the world team that was chosen by a select group of experts who were given the task of picking a balanced side for sub continental conditions on the basis of performances in the tournament.

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Lee Westwood

Britain’s Lee Westwood on May 1st, 2011 clinched the Ballantine’s Championship by a stroke at Seoul and consolidated his world number one ranking. Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain came second while Park Sang-hyun of South Korea finished.

Li Na

Li Na made history at the French Open on June 4th, 2011 when she became the first player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title. The 29-year-old Na defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Team India captain M.S. Dhoni was named winner of the ‘Spirit of Cricket Award’ at the annual International Cricket Council ( ICC ) awards in London on September 12th, 2011. West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was chosen the ICC Emerging Player of the Year award and Aleem Dar was again chosen as the ICC Umpire of the Year.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni was commissioned as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army on November 1st, 2011.


Argentina legend Diego Maradona took over as coach of Al-Wasl Sports Club at Dubai, on 17th May 2011. Al-Wasl Sports Club is proud about the appointment of Diego Armando Maradona as head coach of Al-Wasl Football Club for the next two seasons.General Studies Question Bank CD

Mary Kom M.C.

Five-time World champion M C Mary Kom ( 48kg ) clinched her first gold medal of the year by finishing on top in the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournarnent in Haikou, China in May 2011. Kom claimed the gold after beating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4-3 in the final. This was her first tournament since her bronze medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.


Lionel Messi has won the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe award for the 2010 – 11 Season. Messi beat his Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid in a poll of journalists from across Europe. Messi scored 53 goals, as he and Xavi led Barcelona to the Champions League and Spanish titles. The award was given in Monaco on August 27th, 2011.

Michael Nobbs

Australian Michael Jack Nobbs was appointed as the coach of Indian men’s hockey team for period of 5 years, thus becoming the 4th Non-Indian coach to take up the mantel of renovating Indian hockey team. Jack Nobbs, succeeds Spaniard Jose Brasa.

Michael Phelps

Olympic Champion Michael Phelps broke his gold medal drought in Shanghai with a convincing 200m butterfly win to claim his third straight world title in his favourite event. The world record-holder stormed ahead over the early stages and had enough left in the tank to fight off a late challenge by Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda, clocking a winning time of lmin 53.34sec. Matsuda timed 1:54.01 while, China’s Wu Peng claimed bronze in 1:54.67.

Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan is back on the Formula One grid after he has signed •up with the Hispania Racing Team, on a sponsorship offered by the Tatas. Narain first appeared on the F-l circuit came in 2005 for Jordan Team. He completed the 2010 season as the Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Super League ( Camping World Truck Series ) as a member of PSV Eindhoven ( The Netherlands ).

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat World No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain in the Men’s Singles title at ATP Indian Wells Tennis on March 20, 2011. Novak Djokovic also beat Rafael Nadal to win the Madrid Open final in straight sets on May 8, 2011. Novak Djokovic took his unbeaten start to 2011 to 37 matches as he stunned world number one Rafael Nadal to win the Rome Masters on May 15th, 2011. Novak Djokovic defeated defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final to win his first Wimbledon title on July 3, 2011 in London. Djokovic has won all eight tournaments he has played this year.


Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, one of India’s greatest cricket captains ever and whose flair and acumen inspired a generation of cricket players, passed away on September 22nd, 2011. Pataudi was the youngest Test captain.

Patrick Makau

Kenya’s Patrick Makau set a new World record in the Berlin Marathon in an official time of 2hr 03min 38sec at Berlin on September 25th, 2011. The 26-year-old defending champion smashed the old mark of 2hr 03 min 59 sec set by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie in the same race in 2008.

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England all rounder Paul Collingwood announced his retirement from test cricket on January 6th, 2010. Collingwood has scored 4,259 runs in 68 test matches at an average of 40 since his debut against Sri Lanka in 2003.


Football legend Pele on July 27, 2011 accepted an invitation from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to act as an honorary ambassador for the 2014 World Cup. Pele won the World Cup three times – 1958, 1962 and 1970 and is the top scorer of all time with 1,281 goals throughout his career.

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova stunned favourite Maria Sharapova to win her first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the women’s singles final at The Championships in Wimbledon on July 2nd, 2011. The 21-year-old became only the third Czech woman to triumph at Wimbledon after nine-time champion Martina Navratilova’ and Jana Novotna.

Prakash Singh Karhana

Shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana has qualified for the World championships and the London Olympic Games with a personal best performance of 20.04 metres at an international meeting at Szombathely, Hungary. Om Prakash achieved this feat, bettering the mark of 20.00 metres, set as the qualification standard for both World championships to be held in Daegu, Korea, from August 27, and the London Olympic.
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Prerna Bhambri

Prerna Bhambri blasted her way to the title as she outplayed the top-seeded Keren Shlomo of Israel 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the $10,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex.

Rafael Nadal

Spain’s Rafael Nadal was chosen for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2011 in Abu Dhabi. Nadal came ahead of FIFA Ballon d’ or winner Lionel Messi and youngest-ever Formula One World champion Sebastian Vettel to the title in a close battle. Nadal won three consecutive Grand Slam titles and completed a career Slam in 2010. Rafael Nadal won a 10th Grand Slam title, and equalled Bjorn Borg’s record of six French Open titles, when he defeated Roger Federer on June 5th, 2011.

Rahul Dravid

Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid on 6th August, 2011 announced his retirement from both the versions of the game – Test and ODI. His announced his retirement after he was chosen for the ODI and T20 series in England. He was recalled to the Indian squad for the one-off Twenty20 and five match One-Day International series against England on 6 August 2011 two years since his last appearance in an ODI.

Ramakant Achrekar

Ramakant Achrekar, who had guided Sachin Tendulkar in his formative years, was conferred the ‘Lifetime achievement’ award at the Sports Illustrated India awards function in Bangalore on February 10, 2011.

Ronjan Sodhi

Champion double trap shooter and Asian Games gold medallist Ronjan Sodhi has become the only Indian marksman to grab the top spot in the latest ISSF world rankings. Ronjan, who was earlier ranked second behind American Joshua Richmond by three points, attained the summit by virtue of his bronze medal-winning feat at the World Cup earlier this month in Maribor, Slovenia.

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Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar was on April 13th, 2011 named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2010. The Indian batsman is the seventh recipient of the Wisden award. Unlike the winners of Wisden’s coveted five cricketers of the year, it is possible to be named the world’s best in the almanac more than once. Tendulkar is making it an Indian hat-trick, after Test opener Virender Sehwag took the honour in each of the last two years.

Saina Nehwal

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal notched up her first title of the year, clinching the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold trophy with a straight-game victory in the summit clash against Ji Hyun Sung of Korea in Switzerland on March 20th, 2011. Saina Nehwal also regained the number three place in the latest world ranking behind Shixian Wang and Yihan Wang of China.

Sammy Wanjiru

Reigning Olympic Marathon Champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya died after falling from the second floor of his home in the town of Nyahururu.

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Sri Lankan all rounder Sanath Jayasuriya retired from international cricket after playing the final match of his career as a one-dayer against England at ‘The Oval’ in Southwest London on June 29th, 2011. A member of the Sri Lankan cricket team since 1989 and Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1997, Jayasuriya is the only player to score more than 13,000 runs and capture more than 300 wickets in One Day International Cricket.


Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina won the WTA Family Circle Cup doubles trophy with a straight-set triumph over Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy at Charleston ( USA ) on April 11th, 2011.

Sebastian Vettal

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel easily won the Turkish Grand Prix, clinching his third win of the season ahead of his teammate Mark Webber to extend his overall lead. Vettel became the youngest Fl champion last year, and is odds-on favorite to defend his title. After a stunning start, he already leads McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by 34 points and Webber by 38.

  • Vettel had been crowned as the 2011 drivers World champion after finishing third in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on October 9. Vettel won the 2011 Indian Grand Prix on 30th October, 2011.

Severiano Ballesteros

Former World No. 1 golfer Severiano Ballesteros of Spain passed away at the age of 54 on May 7th, 2011. One of the sport’s leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid – 1990s, Ballesteros won five major championships between 1979 and 1988, the Open Championship three times, and the Masters Tournament twice.

Shane Warne

Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne played his last professional cricket match on May 20th, 2011 leading his team ‘Rajasthan Royals’ to a 10 – wicket win over Mumbai Indians in their final Indian Premier League game.

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Shane Watson

Shane Watson capped an outstanding playing year by winning Australian cricket’s top individual award, the Allan Border Medal, for the second straight year on February 7th, 2011 in Melbourne. Watson hit a record 15 sixes on his way to making the highest one-day innings by an Australian as Bangladesh were beaten by nine wickets in the one-day international at Mirpur on April 11th, 2011.


Athlete Preeja Sreedharan, who won gold and a silver medal at the recent Asian Games, was picked as the ‘Newsmaker 2010’ by the Manorama News channel on January 11th, 2011. Preeja was chosen from among four finalists in the poll. Jnanpith winner O N V Kurup, writer Arundhati Roy and Kerala Congress leader K M Mani were the other finalists. Preeja had won gold in 10,000 metre event and silver in the 5,000 metre race in the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010.

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Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka beat Xavier Malisse of Belgium in the final to win the Chennai Open tennis tournament on January 8th, 2011. India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won the doubles title with a win over Robin Haase and David Martin of the US in the final on January 9th, 2011.

Steve Rixon

Former New Zealand coach Steve Rixon was appointed Australia’s new fielding coach for the upcoming tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa. The former Australian wicket – keeper replaces Mike Young, who is now working with South Africa.


Thailand’s Passakorn Suwannawat beat India’s Aditya Mehta to win the title in the Asian snooker championship at the Yeshwant Club, Indore on April 30th, 2011. This was the maiden continental title for the 25-year-old Thai, who bagged the winner’s purse of $3,500. Mehta got $1,750 as the runner-up. The losing semifinalists, Pankaj Advani and Mohammad Rais Senzahi, took home $500 each.

V.V.S. Laxman

V.V.S. Laxman reached the 8000 run milestone in Test Cricket in his 85 run knock in India’s first innings of the second test of the three-match series, against hosts West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on June 28th, 2011. Only Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar have scored more runs for India.

V.V.S. Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar

V.V.S. Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar won the awards for best batting performances in Tests and ODIs respectively, while Dale Steyn bagged the top prize in Test bowling in the fourth annual ESPN cricinfo Awards, in Bangalore On February 14th, 2011. The awards were voted on by a jury that included Manjrekar, Chappell, Geoffrey Boycott, Martin Crowe, Ramiz Raja, lan Bishop, and Sambit Bal, editor of the cricket website.

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Indian swimmer Virdhawal Khade on 27th July, 2011 became the second Indian swimmer to qualify for 2012 London Olympics clocking 50.34s in the 100m freestyle event at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai. He qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in the 100-metre freestyle event.

Virdhawal Khade

Virdhawal Khade became the second Indian swimmer, after Sandeep Sejwal ( 100m breaststroke ), to qualify for next year’s London Olympics by clocking 50.34s in the 100m freestyle event at the 14ih FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

Vishwanathan Anand

World champion Viswanathan Anand completed a comprehensive victory over Alexei Shirov of Latvia to claim the Leon Masters rapid chess title for the eighth time at Leon, on June 5th, 2011. This was Anand’s record eighth triumph at this annual rapid chess destination. Anand’s previous triumphs came in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Waugh statue

Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh was immortalised in a bronze sculpture unveiled during the final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5th, 2011. Waugh is shown holding aloft his bat and baggy cap in celebration of his 29th and perhaps most famous Test century, which he completed off the final ball of a day’s play against England at the ground in 2003.

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