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Sport Events in December 1999

Dec. 2

Former India opening batsman, Navjot Singh Sidhu announced his decision to retire from International and domestic cricket at a press meet in Chandigarh.

Dec. 4

Leander Paes won the ATP Challenger tennis title in Lucknow.

Former West Indian opening batsman, Conrad Hunte (67) passed away in Sydney.

Salgaocar Club defeated East Bengal 3-2 via tie breaker to win the Durand Cup football tournament in New Delhi.

Dec. 5

Former West Indian fast bowler Sylvester Clarke died in Bridgetown.

Dec. 6

Australia regained the Davis Cup after a gap of 13 years beating France 3-2 in the final in Nice.

Steffi Graf, winner of 22 Grand Slam titles and 1988 Olympic gold medal received the Olympic movement's highest honour. IOC chief Juan Samaranch presented her with the `Olympic order' in Lausane.

Dec. 11

Leander Paes capped a brilliant year with his successive Challenger title, this time in Jaipur, beating Barry Cowan in the final.

Dec. 14

India lost to Australia by 285 runs in Adelaide in the first cricket Test.

Dec. 16

Michael Johnson's 400m world record (43.18s) set up in the Seville World championship was ratified by IAAF. Other records also ratified were

Kenyan Noah Ngeny's 1000m mark (2

11.96, Reiti, Italy) and Moroccan Hicham el Guerrouj's 2000m (4

44.79, Berlin)

Dec. 18

Indian tennis duo Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhuapathi were named The Sportstar's Sportpersons of the Year-1999. Sunil Kumar, the teenaged National hardcourt tennis champion and Aarthie Ramaswamy, the world under-18 girls chess champion are to receive the `Young Achiever award' while hockey wizard Leslie Claudius will be honoured with the Legend of Indian Sport award.

Dec. 21

Diego Maradona was voted Argentina's Sportsperson of Century by that country's sports journalists in Buenos Aires.

North Zone won the Duleep Trophy, defeating West on first innings lead in Calcutta.

Dec. 24

Mohammed Azharuddin was presented with The Sportstar's Sportsperson of the Year-1998 award in Chennai. Billiards legend Wilson Jones (The Sportstar's Legend of Indian Sport awardee) and chess prodigy Koneru Humpy (The Sportstar's Young Achiever awardee) were honoured in absentia.

Koneru Humpy won the under-12 boys' title and P. Harikrishna, the Under-14 boys' title, in the Asian Youth Chess Championship in Ahmedabad.

Dec. 26

Former Indian Davis Cup star Ramesh Krishnan was appointed non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup team.

Dec. 27

The National equestrian championship concluded in Chennai with OTA's Rohit Dagar finishing with six medals.

PSCB's Prathima Kumari shattered the National clean and jerk mark twice in the women's 58-kg class on the second day of the senior National weightlifting championship in Kalyan.

Dec. 28

Khonidevi (Police Sports Board) created a new mark in the women's 69-kg clean and jerk event at the senior National weightlifting championship in Kalyan.

Events 1999