‘How Would You Avoid Direct Contact?’ FIFA Medical Chief Wary of Resuming Season Amid Covid-19 Threat

FIFA logo (Photo Credit: Reuters) FIFA’s medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe said he would propose to not play competitive football in the coming weeks. AFP Last Updated: April 29, 2020, 9:01 AM IST London: The chairman of FIFA’s medical committee has said he is “sceptical” about restarting league football during the coronavirus pandemic and suggested national competitions concentrate on getting ready for next season instead. There has been talk of Germany’s Bundesliga and England’s Premier League resuming behind closed doors. But Michel D’Hooghe, the head of global governing…

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Divided Beliefs Over Ligue 1 Fate After French PM’s Announcement, League Delays Decision

Paris: French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said on Tuesday he thinks the Ligue 1 season is over due to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had announced the competition could not resume until September. France’s sports ministry told AFP after Philippe’s speech that sports fixtures could not take place even behind closed doors before the end of July, leaving open the possibility that some matches could still be played in August. “We informed the executive board, what it already knew, that Ligue 1 and Ligue…

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Divided Beliefs Over Ligue 1 Fate After French PM’s Announcement, League Delays Decision

Paris: French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said on Tuesday he thinks the Ligue 1 season is over due to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had announced the competition could not resume until September. France’s sports ministry told AFP after Philippe’s speech that sports fixtures could not take place even behind closed doors before the end of July, leaving open the possibility that some matches could still be played in August. “We informed the executive board, what it already knew, that Ligue 1 and Ligue…

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Ex-Refugee Bayern Munich Star Alphonso Davies Raises Funds for Those Forced to Flee

Alphonso Davies (Photo Credit: Reuters) Alphonso Davies, who started his life in a refugee camp in Ghana, said it would be disastrous if coronavirus reaches any of the world’s many refugee camps. AFP Last Updated: April 29, 2020, 8:04 AM IST Berlin: Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies says it would be a “disaster” if the coronavirus reaches one of the world’s many refugee camps — like the one he was born in. The 19-year-old started life in a refugee camp in Ghana after his parents fled the civil war…

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Pakistan Test Skipper Azhar Ali puts bat, jersey on auction to raise funds for COVID-19 | Cricket News

New Delhi: Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali on Tuesday (April 28, 2020) announced that he will auction his jersey and a cricket bat to raise funds for the coronavirus relief. The right-handed batsman revealed that the jersey is from the famous 2017 Champions Trophy final which Pakistan won in England. The jersey also has autographs from the then Pakistani squad which featured in the showpiece event. “I put 2 of my closest belongings on auction with a base price of 1 million PKR each to support people suffering due to…

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2020 British Grand Prix to take place behind closed doors amid COVID-19 scare | Motorsports News

The 2020 British Grand Prix would take place behind closed doors as coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. The Grand Prix organisers have confirmed that the race will not take place in front of fans given the current situation of the pandemic in the country. “I am extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year`s British Grand Prix in front of the fans at Silverstone,” said Silverstone chief Stuart Pringle in an official statement. “We have left this difficult decision for as long as possible, but…

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Sri Lanka Cricket helps clubs, umpires affected due to COVID-19 outbreak | Cricket News

Delhi: With the game of Cricket coming to a complete halt due to the COVID–19 outbreak across the world, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday (April 27, 2020) decided to provide aid to the affected segments of Sri Lanka’s Cricketing community. In an official press release, the Sri Lankan Cricket board said, “The SLC Executive Committee took a decision to grant its member clubs (ones, which maintain cricket grounds) a sum of LKR 100,000, each, for the months of March and April 2020 to help upkeep the standards of…

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Waqar says saliva must for swinging the ball, Holding finds no logic in legalising ball-tampering | Cricket News

Michael Holding feels legalising ball tampering in the post COVID-19 world is a bit “self contradictory” while Proteas great Allan Donald is completely on the opposite end of the spectrum on a subject that has divided opinions. The International Cricket Council (ICC), during its recent CEC meeting, considered the use of artificial substances on the ball instead of saliva. “I have read that ICC is contemplating preventing people from using saliva on the ball due to COVID-19 and allowing them to use foreign substances on the ball to keep the…

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On this day in 2007: Adam Gilchrist hit a quickfire ton to help Australia lift their fourth 50-over WC title | Cricket News

It was on April 28, 2007, when Australia went on to lift its fourth 50-over World Cup title. Ricky-Ponting led Australia defeated Sri Lanka in the rain-affected finals by 53 runs on the basis of Duckworth-Lewis to lift the World Cup title at Kensington Oval in Barbados. In the match, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden put on 172 runs for the first wicket. Their partnership saw Gilchrist going berserk and he went on to play an unbeaten knock of 149…

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T20 WC shouldn’t go ahead, it will be a logistical nightmare, says Australia batsman Chris Lynn | Cricket News

Australia batsman Chris Lynn feels that the T20 World Cup should not go ahead as planned this year in the country as it would be a logistical nightmare to arrange for the visiting teams amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to ‘Fox Sports’, the 30-year-old said that administrators would do well to accept the enormity of the crisis, which has claimed over 2 lakh lives the world over.“My personal opinion is no,” Lynn said. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in October-November and there is intense speculation about…

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Sachin Tendulkar toyed with Shane Warne, it was like playing cat and mouse: Brett Lee | Cricket News

Former Australia speedster Brett Lee believes batting legend Sachin Tendulkar used to play “cat and mouse” with legendary spinner Shane Warne during their playing days. Speaking on Star Sports` show Cricket Connected, Lee said that Tendulkar was very comfortable batting against Warne and in fact on his days, the Master Blaster just toyed with the Australian leggie, which was a rare sight. “He (Tendulkar) used to advance down the wicket a few times and invited Warne to bowl a fraction too short. Sometimes, he would wait patiently on the back…

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Japan would ‘scrap’ Olympic Games if not held in 2021, says Yoshiro Mori | Other Sports News

Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said that the Olympic Games, already postponed to 2021, would be “scrapped” if they could not take place then, according to an interview published on Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government last month postponed the Games until July 2021 because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. With the epidemic`s worldwide infection rate climbing and experts suggesting a vaccine is still a long way off, questions are being asked about whether the huge setpiece event might need to be delayed further. “No.…

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