Eriksen in 'good spirits', remains under observation, says agent

The agent of Christian Eriksen says that the Danish player is in “good spirits” but anxious to find out the cause of his cardiac arrest during his country’s opening Euro 2020 game in Copenhagen. “We all want to find out what happened, him included. The doctors are conducting detailed tests, it’ll take time.” Denmark’s team doctor on Sunday confirmed that the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder had suffered a cardiac arrest. “He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation,” doctor Morten Boesen told a press conference. “How close were we? I don’t…

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Asahi daily, an official Tokyo Olympics partner, urges Games cancellation

Japanese newspaper publisher Asahi Shimbun, an official partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, called for the Summer Games to be cancelled in an editorial on Wednesday, citing risks to public safety and strains on the medical system from the COVID-19 pandemic. Several polls have shown the majority of the public is opposed to holding the Games this summer, concerned about tens of thousands of athletes and officials descending on a country where vaccinations have proceeded slowly. Doctors’ associations have protested holding the Games, investors have talked up the benefits of…

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Aguero close to Barcelona deal

Sergio Aguero is close to agreeing a move to Barcelona that would unite him with fellow Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. City’s record goalscorer, who has spent a decade at the Etihad, scored a quickfire double in the champions’ 5-0 win over Everton in his final Premier League appearance for the club on Sunday. The goals took his Premier League tally to 184 – the most by any player for a single club. The 32-year-old forward is set to leave the Etihad as a…

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Messi given early holidays, could have played final Barca game

Lionel Messi has been given permission by Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman to miss this weekend’s final La Liga match of the season against Eibar and take holiday, the club confirmed on Friday, meaning he may have played his last game for Catalan side. The Argentine’s contract expires at the end of June and there has been no announcement on an extension. He requested to leave the club last year and was linked by British and Spanish media with a move to Manchester City or Paris St Germain, but ultimately stayed…

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Man City owner to fund fans’ trip to Champions League final

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour will cover flight and transfer costs for a section of their fans to attend the Champions League final against Chelsea on May 29, the Premier League champions said today. The game was due to be played at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul but was moved to the Estadio de Dragao in Porto after Turkey was added to the British government’s red list due to the Covid-19 pandemic. City said in a statement that Mansour would fund the official club trip to Porto, adding that the…

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Tokyo doctors call for cancellation of Olympic Games due to COVID-19

TOKYO: A top medical organisation has thrown its weight behind calls to cancel the Tokyo Olympics, saying that hospitals are already overwhelmed as the country battles a spike in COVID-19 infections less than three months from the start of the Games. “We strongly request that the authorities convince the IOC (International Olympic Committee) that holding the Olympics is difficult and obtain its decision to cancel the Games” A jump in infections has stoked alarm amid a shortage of medical staff and hospital beds in some areas of the Japanese capital, prompting…

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Transgender women allowed to play women's rugby in France

The French rugby federation (FFR) will allow transgender women to play women’s rugby as of next season, going against governing body World Rugby’s guidelines, it said on Monday. Last year, World Rugby said that after months of research, it had “concluded that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans women in contact rugby”, however allowing national federations to implement grassroot policies. The FFR said that transgender women “must certify that they have been on hormonal treatment for at least 12 months” and “must not exceed…

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The location of the Champions League final has been changed

The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29 will take place in Portugal with 6,000 fans from each club allowed to attend. The game was moved from Turkey to the city of Porto in Portugal due to coronavirus restrictions. “We accept the British government’s decision to list Turkey as a red zone to visit with an open heart to protect the community from being infected with the virus as well as the challenge of hosting the final between the two English clubs,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin…

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Have Madrid and Barca blown La Liga title chances?

The 2020-21 La Liga season has been one of the most competitive in years, and things may just be as tight as they possibly could be during the final stretch of the season. After Barcelona‘s scoreless draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday, a result that neither side would have wanted. They haven’t fallen short in this season’s title race. They’ve had more than one opportunity to deliver a knockout blow to their LaLiga Santander rivals, but they haven’t know how to do it. Now, with three Matchdays left, they don’t appear to have much…

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Whatever it is, a decision must be made soon

The Malaysia Open, a Super 750 event and one of badminton’s oldest tournaments, is set to be the second last event on the calendar this year to offer Olympic qualifying points. Slated for May 25-30 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, it is also expected to be the first international tournament to open its doors to fans since Covid-19 hit its peak last year. The deadly B.1.617 variant, which caused a “Covid tsunami”, in India has reached our shores. Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican recently said…

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