Valentino Rossi tests positive for Covid-19

Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi said on Thursday (Friday in Malaysia) he has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss this weekend’s Grand Prix of Aragon. The 41-year-old Italian said he could also miss next week’s Teruel Grand Prix at the same circuit in Spain. “Unfortunately, this morning I woke up and I was not feeling good. My bones were sore and I had a slight fever, so I immediately called the doctor who tested me twice,” said Rossi in a statement on Instagram. “The quick PCR test result…

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Father of MMA star Nurmagomedov dies as result of coronavirus

The father and former trainer of Russian Mixed Martial Arts star Khabib Nurmagomedov has died at 57 after contracting coronavirus, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced on Friday. “I’ve received sad news, friends, that Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov has left this world,” Kadyrov wrote on Telegram messenger, saying he was expressing the condolences of the “whole Chechen people.” The fighter’s father was first hospitalised in April in his native North Caucasus region of Dagestan and was later transferred to a Moscow clinic. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the 31-year-old UFC lightweight champion, in May urged people…

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National rugby teams to focus on next year's challenge

KUALA LUMPUR: tournaments this year. MR honorary secretary Amrul Hazarin Hamidon said the Asian body’s decision did not come as a surprise considering that the Covid-19 pandemic has yet to subside. The cancelled Asian-level tournaments are the Asia Rugby Championship (15s), Asia Sevens Series, Asia Under-19 15s Championship and the Asia Rugby Under-20 Sevens. “I think it was better to cancel rather than postpone because then we would have to think about playing on later dates,” said Amrul on Sunday. “We will now focus on preparing for the 2021 season.…

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Shape up or ship out, told Moto3 racer, Khairul Idham

National Moto3 racer, Khairul Idham Pawi will be removed from the Petronas Sprinta Racing team if he fails to reach the top 15 position in the World Motorcycle Grand Prix Championship (MotoGP) this season. The warning was issued by the team’s principal, Datuk Razlan Razali who was disappointed with the performance displayed by Khairul who is fondly known as Super KIP after three Moto3 races this season. He said that the remaining 11 Moto3 World Championship races this season will determine whether the 21-year-old rider will continue to represent the team next…

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Outcome of Sea Games appeal in November

MANY question marks remain regarding next year’s Vietnam Sea Games. The finalised list of sports for the games will only be known by November this year at the earliest. Hosts Vietnam said during the Sea Games Federation (SEAGF) Council virtual meeting yesterday that they need time to consider the 22 sports, appealed by member countries, for inclusion. Malaysia appealed for 11 sports: indoor hockey, tenpin bowling, saiing cricket, skateboarding, sambo, floorball, netball, lawn bowls, squash and rugby sevens. Muay, triathlon, taekwondo, traditional boat race, jiujitsu, esports, arnis, obstacle course sports,…

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Boost for sports

The national sports associations, clubs, and recreational activities in the country are set for a windfall of RM10mil, as the country tries to get the sports industry going again after the Covid-19 pandemic. The Youth and Sports Ministry has set aside the amount to help the associations and clubs get back on their feet after being hit by the pandemic and three-month layoff. Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said RM2mil would be allocated for administrative grants ranging between RM5,000 and RM10,000 to almost 200 national sports bodies registered…

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Swimmers unhappy they’re not allowed back into the pools

Gyms, snooker centres and indoor sports venues like futsal and badminton courts can reopen from next Monday. However, all swimming pools, even those at residential condominiums, remain off limits. And those in the swimming industry can’t help but feel let down by the situation. The Youth and Sports Ministry have only given an exemption to swimmer Welson Sim to train at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil as he is under the Road to Tokyo programme. He will have Sebastian Soon and Khiew Hoe Yean for company and sparring.…

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Bowlers eager to return to action

THE Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) will hold a meeting with the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil tomorrow following the latest decision by the government to allow more outdoor and indoor sports activities under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Its secretary-general Maradona Chok said the bowlers will adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the National Security Council (NSC) when they return to training. “The team are excited with the announcement and looking forward to returning to the lanes once the NSC approves it,” said…

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Mercedes F1 boss backs Hamilton on racial injustice

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has given six-times Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton his full backing for the passionate condemnation of racial injustice after the death of George Floyd. Hamilton spoke to millions of followers on social media of his rage and disbelief at the killing of the unarmed black man, who died in Minneapolis after a white U.S. police officer knelt on his neck. Wolff told reporters that his racing driver, Formula One’s first black champion, had taught him a lot about racial inequality. “He has asked me the…

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Muscles first for Mun Yee

The national divers will be back at the pool next Monday but four-time Olympian Leong Mun Yee will not be heading for the water – she will be at the gym first. For her, it’s all about building the foundation for what will is going to be a challenging final year of her illustrious career. “I lost muscle mass without proper training and will need to gain it back before doing proper diving. I have been waiting for the green light to get back to training. “I have been out…

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