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‘Premature to postpone Olympics’ ‘Premature to postpone Olympics’
WASHINGTON: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said it would be “premature” to postpone the Tokyo Games Thursday but admitted the body was “considering different scenarios” as the coronavirus pandemic advances. The IOC will act on advice from its own taskforce and the World Health Organization, Bach told the New York Times, after a week when the IOC has weathered criticism ...
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Footballers could face mass layoffs over coronavirus, warns FIFPRO Footballers could face mass layoffs over coronavirus, warns FIFPRO
LONDON / LONDON: Football is facing its first economic crisis for decades with the prospect of mass layoffs of players if nothing is done to bail out clubs left without matches by the coronavirus pandemic, the global players’ union FIFPRO said on Tuesday. Professional football has been wiped off the map for weeks, maybe months, after all the major leagues, cups and international competitions we...
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Trump praises Tokyo Olympic preparations after suggesting delay Trump praises Tokyo Olympic preparations after suggesting delay
WASHINGTON DC: US President Donald Trump late Thursday praised Tokyo’s Olympic preparations and their “magnificent” venue just hours after he suggested delaying the Summer Games for up to a year due to the coronavirus. Trump’s apparent change of heart came after a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “Just had a great conversation with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. I told him t...
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Afghan wheelchair basketball captain hopes peace gives team a shot at Paralympics Afghan wheelchair basketball captain hopes peace gives team a shot at Paralympics
KABUL: One of thousands of Afghans badly injured during years of conflict, Nilofar Bayat hopes for peace so that her wheelchair basketball team can take part in the Paralympics but fears a return to power by the extremist could quash her dreams. Bayat, now 26, suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of two when a rocket hit her house, killing her brother. Her injury limited her ability to run ...
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Hamilton chases Schumacher as virus-hit F1 season roars into life Hamilton chases Schumacher as virus-hit F1 season roars into life
MELBOURNE: Lewis Hamilton believes his all-conquering Mercedes is even better than last year as he begins his bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s record seven world crowns at an Australian Grand Prix given the green light despite coronavirus fears. The British driver has been the dominant force in recent times, winning five of the previous six titles, including in 2019 when he bettered legendary ...
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Ferrari wants to put 'smiles on faces' as Italy locks down Ferrari wants to put 'smiles on faces' as Italy locks down
MELBOURNE: Ferrari Formula One boss Mattia Binotto Tuesday urged his team to “put a smile on people’s faces” at the Australian Grand Prix as Italy went into lockdown to combat coronavirus. Most teams, including the Scuderia, are already in Melbourne or en route for the opening race of the year on Sunday, which organisers have said will go ahead as scheduled in front of packed grandstands despit...
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Ronaldinho under investigation for more crimes Ronaldinho under investigation for more crimes
LONDON: Ronaldinho Gaucho, the former Brazil and Barcelona soccer star being held in a Paraguayan jail for using a falsified passport, is being investigated for additional crimes, the prosecutor leading the case said on Sunday. Osmar Legal did not clarify what the crimes were but told the Brazilian news site Globoesporte that “there are indications that other crimes were committed” by Ronaldinh...
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Amir, Babar star as Kings east past Zalmi in HBL PSL 5 Amir, Babar star as Kings east past Zalmi in HBL PSL 5
A stunning spell of seam and swing bowling from Mohammad Amir helped Karachi Kings record their second successive victory in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium as Peshawar Zalmi faltered with both bat and ball in the night game played on Monday. Kings who defeated Islamabad United by five wickets last night owed their win to the leader of their pace attack, the...
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Kenin loses again, Barty eases through in Doha Kenin loses again, Barty eases through in Doha
DOHA: Sofia Kenin suffered on Tuesday her third defeat since winning the Australian Open earlier this month, losing to Ukrainian youngster Dayana Yastremska in the Doha second round, while world number one Ashleigh Barty cruised to victory. World number five Kenin, who defeated Garbine Muguruza to claim her maiden Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne, went down 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to Yastremska. ...
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New Zealand thrash India by 10 wickets to clinch first Test New Zealand thrash India by 10 wickets to clinch first Test
New Zealand completed a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over India before lunch on the fourth day of the first Test at the Basin Reserve on Monday to give them a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Tom Latham finished seven not out while Tom Blundell was two as they knocked off the nine runs needed for victory in just 10 balls after the visitors were dismissed for 191 in their second innings. ...
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