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Premier League to restart on June 17

Premier League to restart on June 17

  • May 29, 2020
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All 20 Premier League clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to return to communication training and officials met again to discuss issues such as the date to restart and refund to broadcasters on Thursday.The Premier League season will resume on June 17, three months after being suspended due to the Covid-19 epidemic.With restrictions on broadcasting Saturday matches lifted at 3 pm, the League said the remaining 92 matches would be streamed live in the UK by existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport, and Amazon Prime.“Today we tentatively agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday, June 17. This date cannot be confirmed until we fulfill all the necessary safety requirements, because the health and well-being of all participants and supporters are our priority,” said Richard Masters, CEO of the Premier League.All 20 Premier League clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to return to communication training and officials met again to discuss issues such as the reboot date and refunds to broadcasters on Thursday.The official broadcasters of the Premier League in Britain, Sky Sports and the BBC, said that English football will return with a dual card in which Manchester City plays against Arsenal and Aston Villa to host Sheffield United.The first two games will be Aston Villa against Sheffield United and Manchester City against Arsenal. A full list of games will be played on the weekend of June 19-21.To date, positive coronavirus test results have proven 12 people after taking 2,752 Premier League tests.Since Leicester City defeated Aston Villa 4-0 on March 9th, no matches have been played in the English Premier League. The league was officially suspended on March 13.Liverpool is looking for its first league title in 30 years, topping the standings by 25 points. Bournemouth, Aston Villa, and Norwich City are located in landing areas.Article Source: Indianexpress.comRead More: Serie A gets green light for June 20 restart

World TeamTennis to Allow up to 500 Fans at Matches

World TeamTennis to Allow up to 500 Fans at Matches

  • May 27, 2020
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Tournament organizers announced on Tuesday that the World Tennis Championships, an innovative mixed-gender professional tennis league, will begin on July 5 at the Greenbrier, West Virginia, and up to 500 fans will be allowed to attend matches during its three-week season. .WTT said it would adhere to all the health and safety protocols required by the authorities to ensure the safety of its players, coaches, and key personnel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Grand Slam champion Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens will participate in the event, which will consist of a regular season of 63 games followed by the playoffs.WTT plans to stage at least three matches per day at the Greenbrier's 2,500-seat outdoor stadium, while an indoor court will be installed for back-up."The overwhelming feedback of our players is that they want to play WTT and feel comfortable doing it in a safe environment, which is our first priority," said Carlos Silva, WTT CEO.WTT also said it would increase the prize money to a record $ 5 million, with an additional $ 1 million awarded in compensation from the WTT Qualifiers.All the matches will be streamed or streamed live on CBS, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel and ESPN+, tournament organisers said.Major professional tennis tours, ATP for men and WTA for women have been closed since March 8 due to a novel coronavirus outbreak.Since then, tournaments have been held in the US and Germany with strict social distance measures and without the support of fans.New Zealand will host a team tennis tournament for local male players from June 3, while world number one Novak Djokovic hosted a tournament in the Balkans from June 13 to July 5.Read More: How to reschedule T20 World Cup? ICC committee debates in BCCI's absence

Indian shooters in a spot after Olympic

Indian shooters in a spot after Olympic postponement

  • Apr 02, 2020
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There can never be a perfect formula for choosing a winning team. It becomes more difficult for the Olympics.However, the NRAI almost finished the best possible team for the Tokyo Games two weeks ago. But before the chosen names were sealed, the Tokyo Games were postponed for a year.The shooting was the best medal bet in India over the last four Olympic Games. Last year was an exceptional game for Indian shooters, with three shooters ranked first in the world. India also impressed with its victory in 15 places for Tokyo, its best moments. With 21 golds, six silvers and three bronzes, India ranked first in archery in the ISSF ranking last year. For most holders of other Olympic sports, delaying means another year of training. For shooters, who earn the quota place for the country and not for themselves, an additional 365 days of uncertainty, insecurity and possibly excessive training.NRAI will have a hand in hand. They have to choose the perfect team for the 2021 games without compromising the safety of the archers.The federation can have two options: go ahead and announce the team based on the tests taken over the past 15 months, or continue testing for another year and wait to find the best archers right before the games.NRAI has not yet shared her plan with archers. Repeated attempts to obtain the views of the President of the Federation on the subject were futile.Whatever the NRAI option, it will not be the same.If they decide to go ahead with the first scenario, which is to select the team based on previous tests, they will have no control if the shooters run out of shape before the actual games.If they continue to test for another year, this means 27 months of continuous testing and the possibility of archers burning.Apurvi Chandela, who won the stakes in 2018, said he would keep shooters on hold by not announcing that the team would put too much pressure on them. "I feel that if the team is announced now, shooters can focus on the Olympic Games and train with only positive pressure," Apurvi told TOI."I agree that the current model is important, and to ensure that the chosen shooters are in good condition before the games, the federation can check the archers' performance, for example in December or January, if they do not find that." The performance of the archers is satisfactory, you can replace it with the following lead-in Arrangement. They will have time. "Abhishek Verma, who got the stake in the 10-meter pistol, also echoed, thinking about Apurvi. "In the past two years, prospects have won medals at most major events. There is nothing else they can prove next year," said Verma.Gagan Narang, former world bronze medalist and former London games, while supporting Apurvi and Abhishek reviews, feels that well-chosen archers should be watched and a set of reserve archers should be ready. "The main challenge is to always be able to choose the best" suitable "shooting game within a year in the hope that it will peak at the right time. We can only hope that the system will provide a fair opportunity for the best shooter to be the determinant."Read More: Coronavirus Pandemic Affects On Sports Events

COVID-19: Lord's Cricket Ground giving parking space to medical staff

COVID-19: Lord's Cricket Ground giving parking space to medical staff

  • Apr 06, 2020
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LONDON: Cricket Breeders, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), decided to provide parking and storage spaces available at the popular Cricket Ground for National Health Service (NHS) employees fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.Coronavirus outbreaks have infected more than 7,000,000 people and caused more than 35,000 deaths worldwide. In the UK, about 23,000 people have been injured, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles, and more than 1,400 deaths have been reported."The proximity of the various hospitals to Lord’s gives the club an opportunity to assist the medical staff so that they can focus on their ongoing battle against the virus," MTC said in a press release.The club provided 75 parking spaces for NHS employees at the nearby Wellington Hospital, University Hospital, San Juan Hospital and Santa Isabel."MCC has now provided 75 parking spaces for the staff of Wellington Hospital, University Hospital, St John Hospital and St. Elizabeth."In addition, cricket statues provide food for a city-based charity."The MCC has provided food to City Harvest London, which helps to use surplus fresh food well in a sustainable manner, by redistributing it to organizations that are feeding the hungry," the statement said."We continue to work closely with our local community, hospitals, and organizations to provide support to the best of our abilities during this period."Read More: Coronavirus Pandemic Affects On Sports Events

Ronaldo and Mendes donate USD 1.08 m to hospitals fighting coronavirus in Portugal

Ronaldo and Mendes donate USD 1.08 m to hospitals fighting coronavirus in Portugal

  • Mar 26, 2020
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Cristiano Ronaldo and agent Jorge Mendes have donated €1 million to help three intensive care units in Portugal in their fight against coronavirusCristiano Ronaldo and soccer agent Jorge Mendes unite on Tuesday to donate life-saving equipment to Portuguese hospitals struggling to treat patients with Coronavirus.The hospital said in a statement that the two would donate equipment for two wards at the Santo Antonio Hospital in Lisbon to provide the wards with ten beds each, ventilators, heart monitors, pumping pumps and syringes.In Porto, the country's second-largest city, the Portuguese couple will equip award at Santo Antonio Hospital with 15 ICU beds, ventilators, monitors and other much-needed equipment. The three rooms will be named after the men."We want to thank Ronaldo and Mendes for this very useful initiative at a time when the country badly needs everyone," Paulo Barbosa, head of the Santo Antonio administrative board, said in a statement.Although Portugal only reported 2,362 HIV infections and 29 deaths, which is much lower than Italy and Spain, the country's health system is already under stress.Prime Minister Antonio Costa said in an interview with TVTV on Monday that the country's public hospitals have 1,142 fans and 250 private hospitals.To deal with the crisis, the government bought 500 fans and four million masks from China."We (the health system) will never lose control of the situation," Costa said.However, health professionals in the field have expressed doubts, especially regarding the lack of protective equipment.The country's medical association, Ordem dos Médicos, warned on Monday that Portuguese hospitals lacked masks, gloves, and protective masks.The nurses' association, Ordem dos Enferiros, echoed the concerns of doctors and said that some nurses wore swimming goggles to protect themselves.Among the injured so far, 165 are health workers, according to the Minister of State for Health, Antonio Sales. Portugal declared a state of emergency on Wednesday with restrictions on popular movements.Read  More: Coronavirus Pandemic Affects On Sports Events

IOC looking at postponing Tokyo Olympics; Canada pulls out

IOC looking at postponing Tokyo Olympics; Canada pulls out

  • Mar 23, 2020
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The IOC is planning meetings with Japanese public authorities, global sports officials, broadcasters and sponsors that will deal with scenario planning for the Olympics, which are scheduled to start July 24. Canceling the games is not under consideration.It will take the International Olympic Committee up to four weeks to consider postponing the Olympic Games in Tokyo amid increasing criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes Canada, saying it will not send a team to the games this year and the track and field leader, the most important sport in matches that also require delay.The International Olympic Committee is planning meetings with Japanese public authorities, global sports officials, broadcasters and sponsors who will be responsible for planning the Olympic Games scenarios, which are scheduled to begin on July 24. The cancellation of the games is not under consideration.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has sent a message to athletes explaining the decision and why it could take so long while acknowledging that an extended schedule may not be popular."I know this unprecedented situation leaves many of your questions open," he wrote.“I also know that this rational approach may not be consistent with the feelings that many of you must go through.”But just hours after the announcement, World Athletics President Seb Coe sent a message to Bach saying that hosting the Olympics in July "is neither feasible nor desirable".He revealed a number of reasons, including competitive fairness, the possibility that athletes will be overly trained if given a tight schedule, and the uncertainty caused by orders in many countries that ban people from gyms and other training venues."No one wants to postpone the Olympics, but ... We cannot hold the event at any cost, and certainly not at the expense of athletes' safety," he wrote."The decision about the Olympics can become very, very clear." Then on Sunday evening, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that it would not send athletes to Tokyo unless the matches were postponed for a year, making it the first country to threaten such a move. The committee said in a statement that it is not safe for athletes to continue training."In fact, it is against public health councils to urge all Canadians to follow it," the committee said.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also urged the International Olympic Committee to take a speedy decision, adding that the delay would be inevitable if the games were not fully implemented.But it is possible that a decision will not be made before next month.The International Olympic Committee said the scenarios under consideration "relate to amending the current operational plans for the Games to continue on July 24, 2020, as well as changes in the start date of the Games."The change in strategy came after Bach's phone call with members of the Executive Council.Bach has steadfastly said that the organizers are fully committed to opening the games on July 24th although athletic training, qualification events and game preparations are increasingly disrupted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.Criticism of the situation has increased in recent days by Olympic gold medalists and the International Olympic Committee member last Tuesday before Bach finally recognized the possibility of developing an alternative plan.The National Olympic Committees of Brazil and Slovenia later called for a delay until 2021. The Norwegian Olympic Committee said it did not want athletes to go to Tokyo until the global health crisis was brought under control.The governing bodies of swimming in the United States and tracking two of the top three sports in the summer games have asked their national Olympic officials to push for a delay."There is a significant increase in cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 in different countries on different continents," the International Olympic Committee said."This (Council) led to the conclusion that the International Olympic Committee must take the next step in planning its scenario."The International Olympic Committee said last week that nearly 4,700 of the 11,000 Olympic Games venue had not yet been allocated.Bach acknowledged the problems that come with a compact or radically changed classification table, but also outlined several reasons why the IOC was unable to rush to make a decision.It included the availability of venues that are scheduled for use this summer but might not be available at a later time and the disruption of future events in the individual sports.“A decision about a postponement today could not determine a new date for the Olympic Games because of the uncertain developments in both directions: an improvement, as we are seeing in a number of countries thanks to the severe measures being taken, or a deteriorating situation in other countries,” Bach said.Read More: Tokyo Olympics 2020 Updates

For Formula One, Coronavirus Means Less is More in 2020. Here’s How

For Formula One, Coronavirus Means Less is More in 2020. Heres How

  • Mar 20, 2020
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Formula One races in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Netherlands, and Spain have also been shelved but F1 organisers are hoping to shoehorn them into a breathless finale after the coronavirus passesIt was supposed to be the world record in 22 races, but with the postponement or cancellation of seven major races, Formula One in 2020 became a shorter, more compact and economically challenging race for the title.The season's opening in Australia has been removed and the magnificent Riviera masterpiece at F1 in Monaco.Races have also been frozen in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands and Spain, but regulators are still hoping to put an end to them as soon as the risk of coronavirus subsides.The season that should have started in Melbourne on March 14 will not start until Azerbaijan on June 7 at the earliest."It is very difficult to recalibrate because it is not known when everything will be operational," Alfa Romeo F1 team manager told AFP."It is imperative that we have a global vision. England is not very affected at the moment, but it may be when Italy is less affected," he added, referring to the two countries hosting most of the world championship teams.There are still 15 races in the calendar before the final race in Abu Dhabi on November 29.Last weekend, Ross Brown, the sporting director of the F1 team, said he was optimistic about the "17-18 race " championship.However, this was when only Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam and China were eliminated.On Thursday, the Dutch Grand Prix, which was due to return to the calendar for the first time since 1985 on May 3, was postponed, and the Spanish event, scheduled for May 10, was postponed.The Monaco GP race, an annual show since 1955 and scheduled for May 24 this year, has been completely canceled.UNCHARTERED territory"We are in an unknown area. I am very optimistic that we can have a good professional championship ranging from 17 to 18 or more," Brown told Sky Sports."I think we can put pressure on them. But it depends on when the season starts." There is room for action.The traditional three-week summer shutdown was canceled in August to replace a 21-day break in March and April, with the race season down.The tournament is now a hectic six-month race instead of a nine-month marathon.To save the schedule, there are two races chosen at the end of the week itself."This is possible," Brown said, as he watched the three weeks between Hungary's Hungarian race on August 2 and the spa in Belgium on August 30."One thing we've been talking about is two-day weekends too, so if we had a triple head on two-week weekends, that might be an option," F1 tried three races in a row in 2018, but support was tepid from sweating The difference from staff fatigue."I think what we need from teams this year is flexibility, and I think they should be given some time to do these things," Brown added."Because we are in very unusual circumstances and we have to make sure we have a season that provides a good financial opportunity for the teams.""We will definitely get off to a smooth start. I'm sure the teams will be flexible to allow us to adapt these things." More than ever, bank balances and income will be essential in 2020 as teams and regulators face the effects of a shorter and more crowded season."The costs are not necessarily much lower if you run 18 races instead of 22," Vasier said."In addition, our income will be less: we will run fewer races, and we will have fewer commercial rights."Read More: Coronavirus Pandemic Affects On Sports Events

Coronavirus: ATP, WTA Seasons Suspended Until June 7

Coronavirus: ATP, WTA Seasons Suspended Until June 7

  • Mar 19, 2020
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ATP, WTA SeasonsThe announcement temporarily closes the men's and women's European season, one day after the French Open was postponed to September.The ATP and WTA announced the extension of their seasons until June 7 due to the coronavirus epidemic, the tour operators announced on Wednesday. "The professional tennis season is now suspended until June 7, 2020, including the ATP Challenger Tour and the ITF World Tennis Tour," said the ATP and World Tennis Association in a joint statement. Currently, tournaments scheduled for June 8, 2020 and beyond are still planning to move forward according to the published schedule. "The announcement temporarily closes the men's and women's European season, one day after the French Open was postponed to September.It also delays the resumption of the tennis season, as the two rounds have already been closed, as the ATP originally suspended the proceedings last week until April 27 and the WTA announced non-play until May 2 on Monday."In these difficult times, it is more important than ever that our sport meets to provide the greatest possible degree of certainty to all those affected by these delays," said ITF president David Haggerty."We are aware of the huge impact this will have, but ultimately, the health and safety of players, officials and spectators must be our primary concern."Events affected by the closure include ATP / WTA tournaments combined in Madrid and Rome, WTA events in Strasbourg and Rabat and ATP events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva, and Lyon.Read more: Coronavirus Pandemic Affects On Sports Events