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Premier League targets June return

London: The English Premier League is tentatively targeting a resumption on June 1 with a view to completing the season over six weeks before making an August start to the 2020-21 campaign, the Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday. The report said the sketchy plan was a “best-case scenario” aimed at mitigating the heavy losses clubs are sustaining as they continue …

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Now, Indian athletes join call for Olympics to be delayed

New Delhi: Some Indian athletes have joined the clamour for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because they have no access to training facilities, which are under lockdown to arrest the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Calls from athletes and federations for a delay in the Games, which is scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9, have intensified …

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Ex-teammates greet jail-bound Ronaldinho on his 40th birthday

Rio De Janeiro: Former teammates of Brazilian football great Ronaldinho took to social media to wish him a happy 40th birthday.   The retired attacker celebrated the day with inmates at a Paraguayan prison, where he and his brother, Roberto Assis, have been held since March 6 for using fake passports.   Those to pay tribute included Ronaldinho’s 2002 World Cup-winning teammates …

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India’s sports fraternity applauds COVID-19 warriors

New Delhi: India’s sports fraternity joined the nation on Sunday in saluting its essential services providers engaged in the fight against COVID-19 by clapping for them and sharing messages and videos of gratitude on social media. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged Indians to observe ‘Janta Curfew’ and express gratitude towards the health care workers and other basic service providers, …

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Neymar’s Barca return now looks real

Paris: Ace Brazil footballer Neymar’s Barcelona return saga seems to be set for a second round this summer with reports in Spanish media stating that his camp has let the La Liga giant know that he is interested in the move. Neymar had left Barcelona for Paris St Germain in 2017 for a world record fee of over 200 million …

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Olympics must wait: Norway Olympic Committee

AFP Oslo The Norwegian Olympic Committee wants the Tokyo Games only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide. The NIF laid out its position in a letter sent to IOC President Thomas Bach on Friday, entitled “Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and COVID-19” and signed by its president and secretary general. The body said it urged …

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Players’ body urges IOC to review Games plans

REUTERS London The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should review plans to go ahead with the Tokyo Olympics during the coronavirus pandemic and ensure dialogue with athletes, the Sport and Rights Alliance (SRA) and the World Players Association (WPA) said on Saturday. The flu-like virus, which originated in China last year, has infected over 274,000 people globally and caused more than …

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Chinese footballer tests positive for COVID-19 in Spain

REUTERS Hong Kong Spain-based China international Wu Lei has confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus but says he is on his way to making a full recovery. The Chinese Football Association announced on Saturday that Wu, who plays for Espanyol in La Liga, had contracted the coronavirus and the 28-year-old confirmed he is now self-isolating. “Dear fans, as you …

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UEFA yet to take a call on renaming Euro in 2021

IANS Zurich The European Championships, which has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak, is yet to be given a name. “The tournament will still be known as UEFA Euro 2020,” UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, had said after the month-long event was pushed back by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But later …

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Dhoni unlikely to make a comeback, feels Gavaskar

HT MEDIA New Delhi Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni won’t be part of India’s T20 World Cup squad. The multi-national event is scheduled to be played in Australia later this year and Gavaskar believes Team India have moved on from Dhoni and his presence in the squad for the showpiece tournament remains highly unlikely. …

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