2012 THE YEAR THAT WAS
Anand retains world
Viswanathan Anand successfully defended his
World Chess Championship title after beating
aside by the Andhra Pradesh high
court. The court lifted the ban, saying
there was no evidence against Azhar
to prove that he succumbed to any
pressure while playing cricket.
Testing times for
The Indian cricket team was at an
all time low with a Test series whitewash against Australia (in January),
and the series loss against England at
home in December.
clinches Denmark Open
India’s Olympic bronze medalist shooter Gagan Narang waves the flag as Red Bull
driver Sebastian Vettel crosses the line to fin-
Saina Nehwal clinched her fourth title this year, with
the Denmark Open Super Series Premier trophy and a
dominating win against sixth-seeded German Juliane
Schenk, October 21.
Soccer legends’ India visit
A first in F1
Former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin
was a relieved man November 8 after the life ban imposed
on him for alleged involvement in match-fixing, was set
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Court strikes down life ban
Leap of faith
Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda gave India its first medal, a
silver, at the Paralympic Games in London, September 3. The 24-
year-old with a leg impairment finished second in the men’s high
India should have dominated the World
Twenty20 — given that the team won the
50-overs World Cup last year, and many
from that team played in the tournament
in Sri Lanka — but India failed to qualify
for the semi-final, even after defeating
South Africa by 1 run October 2. The only
silver lining was the team’s Test series win
against New Zealand in September.
India’s best-ever Olympic outing...
India won six medals, including two silvers and four bronzes in the London Games.
Shooter Gagan Narang, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, boxer Mary Kom and shuttler Saina
Nehwal won bronze medals. Wrestler Sushil Kumar and shooter Vijay Kumar bagged silver
in their respective events.
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...Could be last
The International Olympic
Committee suspended the
Indian Olympic Association
December 3, claiming it was
unhappy with the Indian government’s interference in the
association’s election process.
As a result India’s athletes
will be barred from competing in Olympic events under
the national flag, but they can
participate under the IOC
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