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COVID-19: ‘Baba Ibeji’ in no hurry to return to action!

first_img The event lost a bit of its appeal, but eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic did well to win a fifth crown in Dubai on the leap day of the year. That incidentally turned out to be the final competition on the ATP Tour before being shut at least till the middle of July. Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II and Nadal’s favourite Grand Slam at Roland Garros has been pushed back for a September 20 start. “I am not playing tennis, I do not have a court at home and I miss it a little,” Nadal admitted to Federer. “I am sticking to my physical routines. From the gym of my academy, they were able to bring me some machines when lockdown began – so I try to work a little in the morning, a little in the afternoon. It is very important to have both the head and the body focused and it is what I am trying to do at all times,” he added. Read AlsoSeyboth Wild emulates Nadal with ‘Golden Swing’ titleFederer it will be recalled married tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec in 2009 same year they were blessed with identical twin girls and in 2014 another identical twin boys. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone Movies5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Tennis great and Swiss icon Roger Federer popularly called ‘Baba Ibeji’ his Nigerian fans, has admitted to his friend and arch rival Rafael Nadal that he is in no hurry to make a return on Tour. Two of the greatest tennis exponents of this generation caught up in a live Instagram chat late Monday in a freeflowing and candid chat even as Covid-19 continues to force lockdown.“There is no stress, no rush. If there is anything positive (about being in lockdown) that’s the only thing really. I just want the knee to be good, it doesn’t matter when I return,” Federer told the Spaniard. “I’ve been hitting a bit against a wall, (doing) rehab with the knee. It’s OK, I had a really good first six weeks, then it was a bit slower, now it’s getting better again, but I have plenty of time,” the Swiss ace said, indicating that he’s not keen on forcing a hurried comeback on the ATP Tour.Federer underwent knee surgery in the middle of February just when he was scheduled to travel to Dubai for the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open. Roger Federer and arch rival and friend Rafael NadalAdvertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

The Latest: Baseball Hall of Fame cancels induction ceremony

first_img April 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has voted unanimously to cancel the induction ceremony due to safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned.This year’s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the country’s participation.Dutch organizers say the project “had been designed as a big summer party” which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vuelta’s original dates. They say they “preferred to request the official departure’s cancellation.”Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands “in the very near future.”This year’s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. That means Serie A could resume playing games in June.But Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian television channel LA7 that “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.”He adds that he sees “the path to restarting Serie A getting ever narrower” and that if he was among the presidents of soccer teams “I would be thinking about next season.”The French government called off the season in that country on Tuesday and Spadafora says that could push Italy to do the same.___ ___Switzerland’s federal government says professional sports teams can resume training on May 11, with a view to playing games in empty stadiums four weeks later. The government is set to make a final decision on May 27 as to whether games can resume in June. That will depend on the coronavirus pandemic. Games will have to be played in empty stadiums because of a federal order banning gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August.The Swiss top-tier soccer league was paused in February with 13 rounds left. St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. It is still unclear whether the Aug. 20 Diamond League track meet in Lausanne or the European Masters golf tournament at the end of August at Crans-Montana in the heart of the Swiss Alps can be staged. The Latest: Baseball Hall of Fame cancels induction ceremony Other competitors include Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, model Gigi Hadid and singer Seal.Participants will each pick a charity to receive a $25,000 donation. The winner of the tournament will choose who gets an additional $1 million donation.The event will be streamed on Facebook.The Madrid Open set up a video game tournament for this week, with Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber among the entrants.All professional tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled until at least mid-July. Last week the NCHSAA canceled remaining winter championships and spring sports for the 2019-20 season. That followed the announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper that public schools in the state would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the school year.The basketball championship games were originally scheduled for March 14. ___ Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to compete in a video game tennis tournament for charity called the “Stay at Home Slam.”The IMG agency says Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are also among the tennis players participating Sunday. ___A leading medical official at UEFA says soccer competitions should be able to resume this season.Soccer has been brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with some leagues — including France and the Netherlands — canceling their 2019-20 seasons following government orders. FIFA’s medical committee chair has also expressed doubts about completing this season.Tim Meyer, chairman of UEFA’s medical committee, says all soccer organizations planning for resumptions need to produce “comprehensive protocols dictating sanitary and operational conditions” to ensure the health of those involved in the games is protected.Meyer says “it is definitely possible to plan the restart of competitions suspended during the 2019-20 season” under these conditions and if local legislation is respected.center_img Associated Press The IOC president cautions in a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports.Bach says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.The IOC has proposed saving money on staging the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 to help offset the Olympic body’s extra costs of hundreds of millions of dollars because of the postponement.___The Italian sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume. Coe also says he doesn’t “know enough to even speculate about vaccines.”Japan Medical Association president Yoshitake Yokokura said Tuesday it would be difficult to hold the Olympics unless effective vaccines are developed.___IOC President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events.Bach cited “financial pressure” on organizers and the need to address climate change and says “we may also have to look more closely into the proliferation of sports events.” The Class of 2020 consisting of Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker will be inducted July 25 of next year alongside any new members elected as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2021. The awards presentation also will recognize the Hall of Fame’s 2020 and 2021 winners. This year’s honorees include J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Nick Cafardo, Ford C. Frick Award winner Ken Harrelson, and Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner David Montgomery. Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark says the board took the advice of government officials as well as federal, state and local medical and scientific experts. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan called it a very difficult decision, but with so many unknowns facing the world, he says the board felt strongly it was the right decision. ___The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has declared co-state champions for men’s and women’s basketball after the title games were canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The NCHSAA announced the decision Wednesday after a meeting by its board of directors. There are five women’s majors. The Evian Championship and the Women’s British Open are both scheduled for August and have yet to be postponed.___Sebastian Coe says he is “genuinely hoping that the pandemic will have been curtailed” by next year so the Tokyo Olympics can open in July 2021.Coe is the president of World Athletics. He says “it’s pretty clear though that you couldn’t go on forever postponing an Olympic Games. There comes a point where you do have to start posing questions. I hope we’re a little way off that yet.”IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last month when the delay was announced that the Tokyo Games would not be held beyond the summer of 2021. Meyer also is chairing the newly established UEFA medical sub group which is examining the health issues surrounding a return to football.___The Women’s PGA Championship has been rescheduled for Oct. 6-11 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The major championship was to be played from June 23-28 at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania.The ANA Inspiration and the U.S. Women’s Open are the other U.S.-based majors in the women’s game. They have already been rescheduled. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Former All Black Dylan Mika dead, aged 45

first_imgThe 45-year-old played two Tests for Samoa and then, following a three-year stand-down, seven for the All Blacks, including against South Africa at the 1999 World Cup.A statement released by Mika’s family on Tuesday says he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, NZME reports.”Dylan was a very much-loved husband and father to Tracy and their daughter, Marley, and dearly loved son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.”He was a hugely talented athlete, well-respected in the Samoan community and abroad, but just as importantly to his friends and family a warm, wonderful and caring man.”Gone far too soon at the age of just 45.”last_img