World Photography Day is celebrated every year on the 19th of August dedicated to the science, history and art of photography. The first photographic process was invented in 1837 by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce. On this day, the contributions of great photographers are remembered for embodying a range of emotions and feelings.
In particular, photography has captured historical events of the past in the game of sports. It has helped people to relive those moments with a brief glance of a single picture.
Here are the best pictures from the World of Sports:
1. Neeraj Chopra wins first-ever athletics Gold medal for India in Olympics 2020
In Tokyo 2020, Neeraj Chopra scripted history by winning the maiden Gold medal in track and field events for India in the history of the Olympics. Although he failed to qualify for the Rio 2016, Chopra made a fighting comeback in the latest iteration of the event. Chopra’s best attempt in Javelin throw of 87.58m beat Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (86.67m) and Vitezslav Vesely (85.44m).
2. Indian cricket team breached fortress Gabba in 2021
India became the first cricketing nation to beat Australia at Gabba, Brisbane after a gap of 32 years. This victory was sensational in terms of defying all odds to secure a Test series victory in a foreign land.
Australia took a nominal lead of 33 runs in the first innings, and then posted a target of 328 for the visitors. The knocks from Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant helped India to chase down the total and finish the series 2-1.
3. Messi leaves Barcelona in 2021
The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi took a shocking exit from FC Barcelona in August 2021. He started to represent the club in his under-14 days and rose to prominence while playing for them. The 35-year-old could not continue due to the Spanish LaLiga regulations on player registration.
Despite the star footballer agreeing to take a 50% cut in his salary, a strict Spanish league salary cap due to COVID concerns forced him out of the club.
4. PR Sreejesh sits on a Goalpost to celebrate the Olympic bronze medal in Hockey
Indian goalkeeping great P R Sreejesh sat on the goalpost to celebrate the historic Olympic bronze medal in Tokyo 2020. The Indian team emerged victorious against Germany 5-4 for a podium finish.
The Indian contingent ended a 41-year-old jinx in Olympics by winning the first coveted medal, after winning the gold medal against the Spanish team in Moscow 1980
5. Abhinav Bindra scripts history by winning Gold in Olympics 2008
In the 2008 edition of the Olympics in Beijing, Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian player to win an individual Gold medal in the history of the event. The last shot of 10.8 in the men’s 10m air rifle shooting sealed the yellow metal for Bindra.
With a total score of 700.5 in the 10m event, he surpassed the Gold medalist of Athens 2004 Zhu Qinan, who won a silver medal.
6. Vishwanathan Anand becomes first Indian to win World Chess Championship 2000
It was in 1988, Vishwanathan Anand became the first Grandmaster of India. Since then, he never looked back and began to dominate the game for the years to come. The year 2000 witnessed him defeating Alexei Shirov in a six-game match and becoming the first Indian player to win the World Chess Championship,
7. Anju Bobby George’s longstanding national record in Olympics 2004
In her first round of the main event in Athens 2004, Anju Bobby George jumped 6.83 m. Although she could not fetch a medal, she created a national record with the magnitude of the jump. Her record is still not broken by any women athlete.
Furthermore, George was the first Indian to win a medal in the World Athletics Championship 2003.
8. Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes in 2007 World Cup
It was a crucial fixture for the Indian team against England in the 2007 World Cup. The win would ensure that India manages to stay hunt for the semi-finals of the tournament. In the 17th over of India’s innings arrived Yuvraj Singh, who hit six sixes off Stuart Broad’s single over to help India finish with a big score of 218.
Yuvraj’s knock of 58 off 16 balls helped India to secure a victory and ultimately the World Cup title.
9. Saina Nehwal becomes first shutter to win an Olympics medal in 2012
In London 2012, Saina Nehwal became the first Indian shuttler to win a medal in Olympics history. Although her opponent Xin Wang secured a victory in the first game 21-18, the injury concerns forced her to retire from the game, and ultimately secure a bronze medal.
Her podium finish helped the badminton fraternity to believe in their abilities, resulting in PV Sindhu clinching medals in the 2016 and 2020 editions.
10. Usain Bolt slows down and smiles for the cameras in 2016 Olympics
During the 100m final event of the Rio 2016, Usain Bolt smiled cheekily at the cameras, which left the fans surprised. Bolt finished the finale in 9.81 seconds, and also became the first sprinter to win Gold in three successive 100-meter races in the Olympics.