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BWF suspends all its tournaments till July

NEW DELHI: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Monday suspended a host of its flagship international, junior and para tournaments scheduled from May to July in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It comprises many Grade 2 and 3 events including HSBC BWF World Tour, BWF Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments. According to a BWF release, the decision was taken in “close consultation and consensus” with the Host Member Associations (HMA) and Continental Confederations (CC).

China football team ends quarantine after testing negative

BEIJING: April 6 (IANS) China’s men’s football team has ended its 14-day medical quarantine on Monday after all the players tested negative for COVID-19. The 25-man squad, which concluded their overseas training camp in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and returned back to Sanya, China’s Hainan Province on March 23, followed the requirements of the local epidemic control department to self-isolate at a hotel upon their arrival, reports Xinhua news agency. Many Chinese Super League sides have already begun pre-season training behind closed doors, despite not knowing when the postponed new season will start.

Former NZ cricketer Jock Edwards passes away

WELLINGTON: Big-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman Jock Edwards, who represented New Zealand in six Tests and eight ODIs, has passed away. He was 64. Central District Cricket Association, for whom he played 67 first-class matches and 31 one-days in the 1970s and 80s, confirmed his death on Monday. He was also a member of the Nelson side that held on to the Hawke Cup for 14 matches between February 1979 and February 1983. In his international career, Jock scored 377 runs in Tests and 138 runs in ODIs which he played against Australia, England and India.

V Anand to play online chess to raise funds

DUBAI: Six Indian chess players, including former world champion Vishwanathan Anand, will play online chess with fans on April 11 to raise funds to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Along with Anand, India’s men and women champions such as Koneru Humpy, P Harikrishna, B Adhiban, Vidit Gujrathi and Dronavalli Harika will play against global chess fans and players (at UAE time 5 pm) on Saturday through the portal and generate money for Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund set up to combat coronavirus pandemic in India. 

Vihari picks Rohit Sharma as best ODI opener

NEW DELHI: With the coronavirus outbreak bringing the world to a standstill, Indian cricketers have taken to social media to interact with fans as they spend 21-day in lockdown. And batsman Hanuma Vihari in a Twitter session named Sachin Tendulkar as his favourite cricketer. When it came to naming the best captains, Vihari used the diplomatic card and named both current captain Virat Kohli and former India skipper MS Dhoni. As for the best opener in ODIs, the Test specialist picked ODI deputy Rohit Sharma.

Chinese high jumper Zhang Guowei retires

BEIJING: China’s star high jumper Zhang Guowei has made the decision to retire, the 28-year-old athlete has confirmed. “Sorry, I can’t jump anymore, I’ve decided to retire,” Zhang wrote on his Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform on Sunday, without disclosing further details surrounding his decision, reports Xinhua news agency. Born in east China’s Shandong Province, Zhang was well known for his playful style among track and field fans. In 2013, he cleared 2.32 metres to break Zhu Jianhua’s 27-year-old national indoor record.

Gabriela Sabatini doubts return of tennis in 2020

Buenos Aires: Argentinian tennis great Gabriela Sabatini has cast doubt over whether the professional tennis circuit will resume this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Sabatini said the sport must address other priorities before restarting its packed international calendar, possibly in 2021, reports Xinhua news agency. “In the coming months I think it will be difficult to hold any sporting event,” Sabatini told the Subidos a la Red podcast, published on Sunday. “I have my doubts that something can be done this year in tennis,” added the 49-year-old, who retired in 1996 after a career that included the 1990 US Open title and 11 Grand Slam singles semifinal appearances.

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