Beijing to fly in Olympians on chartered, temporary flights

BEIJING: The Beijing Winter Olympics will mainly rely on temporary and chartered flights from cities such as Tokyo and Singapore to bring in athletes for the Games due to China’s tight travel curbs and amid concerns over Covid-19, an official said today. “The Omicron variant has already spread to over 50 countries, according to WHO data,” said Zhang Liang, an official with the Beijing Olympics organising committee, at a briefing. “The epidemic prevention situation is still severe and complicated.” The Beijing Olympics, which are due to begin on Feb 4,…

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Peng Soon reunites with BAM to fight for Paris 2024

Peng Soon BAM KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Chan Peng Soon has rejoined the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) a day after he parted ways with mixed doubles partner Goh Liu Ying. BAM president Norza Zakaria in a statement today said that after thorough deliberation, the national body reached the decision to absorb the accomplished 33-year-old to strengthen the mixed doubles department. Norza said Peng Soon, who alongside Liu Ying left BAM in 2018, will report for duty on Jan 1. “We are delighted to be able to add a player of…

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Eriksen starts training at Denmark youth club after cardiac rehab

Christian Eriksen received life-saving treatment on the pitch during the Denmark-Finland game in June COPENHAGEN: Denmark’s Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen has begun working out at the training ground of his youth club in Denmark following his rehabilitation after suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, a spokesperson for the club said on Thursday. Eriksen, 29, has not played since suffering from a cardiac arrest while running near the left touchline during Denmark’s opening game of the tournament against Finland in June and received life-saving treatment on the pitch. “Eriksen reached…

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Messi sets up PSG comeback win marred by Neymar injury

PARIS: Paris St Germain overturned an early deficit to beat 10-man St Etienne 3-1 away in Ligue 1 today, with Lionel Messi setting up all three goals. The match also featured the long-awaited PSG debut of Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, while Neymar left the pitch sobbing in agony, stretchered off with an ankle injury. Still in November, the result leaves PSG on 40 points, 14 clear of second-placed Nice, who lost 1-0 at home to struggling Metz yesterday. St Etienne took a surprise lead when Denis Bouanga beat the offside…

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Leicester win to keep Europa League hopes alive

LEICESTER: Leicester City beat Legia Warsaw 3-1 on Thursday to leap from bottom to top of Europa League Group C and keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. The Premier League side have eight points from five games, one more than Spartak Moscow and Napoli and two ahead of Legia, with all four teams still in contention to advance ahead of the last round of games. Napoli, beaten 2-1 at Spartak on Wednesday, host Leicester while the Russian side visit Legia on Dec 9. Patson Daka fired Leicester…

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Maradona is dead, long live Maradona! World honours ‘Golden Kid’

BUENOS AIRES: The world will on Thursday mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Diego Maradona, regarded by some as the best player of all time and a man adored in his home country Argentina despite, or perhaps because of, his human flaws. Argentine club matches are to mark a minute of silence and players will arrange themselves in a “10” formation on the pitch to honour Maradona’s famous jersey number, while special masses will be held — including in the Buenos Aires slum where Maradona grew up, to…

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Barcelona on thin ice after Benfica stalemate

MADRID: Benfica held Barcelona to a scoreless draw in the Champions League at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, meaning the second team to qualify for the Round of 16 from Group E behind Bayern Munich will be decided in the final game of the group stage. Barca are two points ahead of Benfica with one game still to play, but they face a daunting task in the last group when they travel to Germany to take on Bayern, who have a perfect winning record so far. Benfica, meanwhile, host winless…

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China urges ‘certain people’ to stop ‘malicious hyping’ of tennis star Peng Shuai

BEIJING: China’s foreign ministry said today that “certain people” should stop the “malicious hyping” and “politicisation” of the issue of tennis star Peng Shuai, as foreign governments and organisations continue to raise questions around her wellbeing. The whereabouts of Peng, a former doubles world No 1, became a matter of international concern for nearly three weeks after she posted a message on social media alleging that China’s former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her. She re-appeared over the weekend in Beijing and held a video call with International Olympic…

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AFF Cup: Dion Cools expected to join Harimau Malaya

Malaysian-Belgian mixed parentage player Dion Cools is expected to join the national squad when Malaysia play against Indonesia in the fourth Group B match on December 19 in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup 2020 in Singapore. Team manager Datuk Mohd Yusoff Mahadi said the 25-year-old defender will be the last player to join the Harimau Malaya in Singapore after completing his duties for his club, FC Midtjylland in Denmark, who are expected to face Brondby in the quarterfinals of the Danish Cup on December 13. Football competitions in Denmark…

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Malaysia Cup: Melaka top Group C to avoid quarter-final clash against JDT

Melaka United FC advanced into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup in style when they topped Group C after defeating Kedah Darul Aman (KDA) FC 2-0 at the Hang Jebat Stadium last night. What makes the win sweeter for coach Zainal Abidin Hassan’s squad is that they are through to the knockout rounds with an unbeaten record, having only drawn once to accumulate 16 points, as well as the fact that it means they avoid meeting title favourites Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in the last eight. In last night’s action,…

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