The Indian mixed badminton contingent claimed its maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal on April 9, 2018, thrashing three-time defending champions Malaysia in the final at Gold Coast, Australia.
Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj was named ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ at the Telangana Sports Journalists Association annual awards for 2017 in Hyderabad on March 31, 2018. The award was conferred by B V Papa Rao, Advisor to the Telangana government. It was received by Mithali Raj’s parents on her behalf, as she was not present on the occasion.
Indian tennis star Yuki Bhambri on April 16, 2018 broke back into the top-100 of ATP men’s singles ranking for the first time since February 2016. As per the latest ranking, he jumped 22 places to his career-best rank of 83. This is also the best rank that any Indian has achieved in the ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high of 62 in July 2011.
The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of April 2018 ranked current world champions, Germany at the top despite one draw and defeat in March.
In the international friendly matches that were played last month, Germany had lost 1-0 to Brazil and drew 0-0 with Spain. The nation with 1533 points still has quite a lead over Brazil, which is ranked at the second position with 1384 points.
The historic event of 8th Theatre Olympics concluded on April 9, 2018 in Mumbai after a glorious run of 51 days across 17 cities of India.
Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Chief Minister, was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony.
Over 400 artists from various parts of the country took part at the closing ceremony.
The Day 7 of Commonwealth Games 2018 started with Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharwal bagging the Bronze in the finals of the men’s 50m Pistol event. This was followed by an exemplary performance by Indian shooter Shreyasi Singh, who shot her career-best score to clinch the gold medal in the women’s double trap final. Singh beat Australia’s Emma Cox to take the top spot.
India has added another Gold to its medal tally in the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games as weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam won the coveted Gold medal by winning the men’s 77kg weightlifting event at the 21st Commonwealth Games.
Sivalingam defeated England’s Jack Oliver by lifting a total 317 kg (114 kg + 173 kg). Oliver won Silver with a total lift of 312 kg (145 kg + 167 kg).
World champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on April 5, 2018 smashed the records by winning India’s first Gold Medal on the opening day of the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
The 21st Commonwealth Games concluded on April 15, 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia. Legendary boxer Mary Kom was the flagbearer for the Indian delegation at the closing ceremony.
India with a final haul of 66 medals including 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze finished at the third place. Australia stood first with 198 medals including 80 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze followed by England with 136 medals including 45 gold, 45 silver and 46 bronze.
Renowned Gujarati poet Sitanshu Yashaschandra was on April 28, 2018 chosen for the 2017 Saraswati Samman for his collection of verses (poetry) titled ‘Vakhar’, published in 2009. The collection ‘Vakhar’ engages with larger and more immediate human conditions.
Yashaschandra was selected for this 27th edition of the award by a high level Chayan Parishad Selection Committee, presided over by former secretary general of Lok Sabha Subhash C Kashyap.