Friday, September 16, 2005

MindSqueeze - 5

The Fortnightly Sports Quiz 1. During the early days, the winners of the Olympic Games were awarded a silver medal, an olive branch and a diploma. Those in second place were given a copper medal, a branch of laurel and a diploma. From which edition of the Olympic Games was the tradition of ‘Gold-Silver-Bronze’ started? 2. “Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?” is a book by which NBA legend who once said “Racism is the biggest cancer of my lifetime. And I know I can't cure the cancer, but doesn't somebody have to attack it?” and used this book as a weapon to address the issue? 3. Nicknamed the “Baby Faced Assassin”, he joined Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson failed to sign Alan Shearer in 1996. He is the inspiration behind many Man United football chants including the most famous one “Who put the ball in the German's net?”. Who am I talking about? 4. Vikram Solanki made cricket history when he became the first ever super substitute in July’05. Whom did he replace? 5. Originally called “Mintonette” which sport was invented by William G. Morgan, a student at Springfield College and a director of the YMCA at Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1895? 6. When Milkha Singh won the 200 meters Gold at the 1962 Asian Games defeating Abdul Khaliq (a Gold Medallist in the 100 meters at the 1958 games), which political leader gave him the sobriquet “The Flying Sikh”? 7. What unique distinction connects the following stadiums - Råsunda fotbollsstadion of Stockholm and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California? 8. What is the significance of the obituary “English Cricket Which Died on The Oval on 29 August 1882” written by London journalist Reginald Brooks and published in "The Sporting Times"? 9. In 1998, she became a “Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit”, the youngest New Zealander since Sir Edmund Hillary to receive such an award. In between her charity work she is also a professional speaker in motivation and inspiration. She has won the World Championships 4 times between 1985 and 1992. At the time of her retirement in 1992, she was the Australian, British, French, Hong Kong, Irish, New Zealand, Scottish and Swedish open champion apart from being the World champion. Identify her and the sport. 10. He was killed in a practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix (1982) at Zolder. In 1997 Canada issued a stamp to honour him. Also the circuit in Montreal is named after him. Who? 11. This edition of the Olympic Games marked the first use of the Olympic flag with the five rings signifying the union of five continents, created by Baron de Coubertin. The first time a competitor took the Olympic oath in this edition and the first release of doves as a symbol of peace took place as well. Which year? 12. Rajiv Gandhi, defying the bans imposed against this nation, promoted a Davis cup tie with them in 1987 to normalise relations. Which country? Answers on 23rd September - Compiled by Saby


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