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Dhawan, Shreyas among four team members test positive ahead of WI series

Four Indian team players, including Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, and three support staff have tested positive for Covid-19 in Ahmedabad, with the three-match ODI series against West Indies starting on February 6. The Indian Express understands that Dhawan, Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Navdeep Saini (who is a reserve player) tested positive along with three support staff. The Indian board conducted RT-PCR tests on January 31, February 1 and February 2. It is learnt that Dhawan and Saini tested positive after the first test while Gaikwad and Iyer were found infected in the second and third tests respectively. There is no clarity at the moment whether the BCCI will name replacements of the above players, or wait for a few days. However, a BCCI release stated that Mayank Agarwal was added ...
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I-League to resume on March 3

The Hero I-League 2021-22 season will resume on March 3 in Kolkata after a brief pause to ensure the safety of all the players and officials involved in the league, the All India Football Federation said on Tuesday. On January 3, the I-League was suspended by the AIFF after a fresh COVID-19 outbreak hit the participating teams inside the bio-bubble here. The league will be played from within the safety of a bio-bubble, which will begin on February 20, with the players and officials needing to travel with three negative RT-PCR tests before joining the bubble. Additionally, every players will also be required to do a 12 lead ECG before arrival. Once inside the bio-bubble, each individual needs to serve 7 days in quarantine, with three more tests being done. On receiving three negative RT-...
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We are planning to hold Ranji Trophy in two phases: BCCI treasurer Dhumal

BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal on Thursday said that the board intends to hold the Ranji Trophy in “two phases” after they were forced to postpone the premier first-class competition due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the country. The Ranji Trophy comprising 38-first-class teams was scheduled to start on January 13 but was postponed indefinitely due to the third wave of COVID-19. With the BCCI planning to start the IPL from March 27, it is practically impossible to hold the tournament in one go but after requests from many state units, the brass held a meeting to discuss the way forward. “We are exploring the possibility of staging Ranji Trophy, cases were going up when it was postponed, now they seem to be coming down. The operations team is working on whether we can do the league stag...
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Djokovic could play in France under latest vaccine rules

Top-ranked player Novak Djokovic could be allowed to defend his French Open title under the latest COVID-19 rules adopted by the French government, even if he is still not vaccinated when the clay-court Grand Slam starts in May. Djokovic was deported from Australia and barred from playing in the Australian Open this month for not meeting the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination rules. It initially appeared that the Serb tennis star would not be welcomed at Roland Garros either under a new law intended to exclude the unvaccinated from stadiums, restaurants, bars and other public places. As questions quickly arose about Djokovic’s status in France following his deportation from Australia, Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu previously said that as soon as the law was passed the country’s ...
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U-19 World Cup: India’s Vasu Vats approved as COVID replacement player

The ICC’s Event Technical Committee of the ongoing U-19 World Cup on Saturday approved all-rounder Vasu Vats as a replacement for Manav Parakh in the India squad. Vats is a temporary replacement for Parakh who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is undergoing a period of isolation. “A COVID replacement can be temporary, in that once the player has recovered he would be eligible to return to the squad in position of the player that replaced him,” the ICC said in a statement. The Indian camp had been hit by the virus ahead of the team’s second match on Wednesday. Six players including skipper Yash Dhull, his deputy Sheikh Rasheed had tested positive for COVID-19. The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement can be offic...
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Asian Cup: Two members of Indian team test Covid positive on eve of tournament

COVID-19 breached the Indian women’s football team’s bio-security bubble here on Wednesday ahead of the AFC Asian Cup with two players testing positive for the virus, forcing the organisers to shift them to a medical facility for isolation. “Two members of the Indian Women’s Senior National Team for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 have tested positive for COVID-19, and are currently in isolation at a designated medical care facility,” the All India Football Federation (AIFF) tweeted. “The AIFF prioritises the health and safety of its players, and are following all,” the organising federation wrote in another tweet. The AIFF prioritises the health and safety of its players, and are following all the necessary health protocols as have been laid down by the AFC. (2/2) — Indian Fo...
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Long-format journeymen hit hard by Ranji postponement, financially and cricket-wise

With the 2021-22 season of the Ranji Trophy currently postponed due to the pandemic, after the tournament was cancelled last term, it has hit hard particularly those domestic players who only play the long format of the game. Not only do they lose out on earnings, their cricketing development is stalled also. Bihar captain Ashutosh Aman is one of them. A left-arm spinner by trade, Aman bagged 68 wickets in the 2018-19 domestic season, surpassing Bishan Singh Bedi’s 44-year-old record – the former India skipper had 64 scalps during the 1974-75 season – in the process. But two years without first-class cricket has made it a distant memory for the 35-year-old. A lucky few in domestic cricket have IPL contracts, but Aman is not one of them. “It doesn’t matter if a cricketer is playing the ...
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Consternation after Arsenal-Tottenham is latest EPL game off

Arsenal’s request to call off its north London derby match against Tottenham because of a lack of senior players available was granted by the Premier League on Saturday. “We know how much this match means to our fans around the world,” Arsenal said of the decision to postpone Sunday’s match which will cause some consternation among rival teams. It was reached because Arsenal has fewer than the required number of players — 13 outfield and one goalkeeper — because of a combination of COVID-19 cases, injuries and players away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations. However, Arsenal has recently decided to let two players go out on loan and has one player out suspended in Granit Xhaka. In Arsenal’s most recent update, there were not many coronavirus-related absences for this g...
Covid-19: Ranji, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & senior women’s T20 League postponed
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Covid-19: Ranji, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & senior women’s T20 League postponed

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the postponement of the Ranji Trophy, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & Senior Women’s T20 League for the 2021-22 season in the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases in the country. The Ranji Trophy & Col C K Nayudu Trophy were scheduled to begin this month while the senior women’s T20 League was scheduled to commence in February. The BCCI press release stated, “BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff, match officials and other participants involved and hence, has decided to put the three tournaments on hold till further notice. The BCCI will continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments accordingly.” 🚨 NEWS 🚨: BCCI postpones Ranji Trophy, Co...
Italian league set to resume despite 10% of players positive
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Italian league set to resume despite 10% of players positive

One out of every 10 players in Serie A is positive with the coronavirus as the Italian league prepares to resume after a two-week break for the holidays. Still, despite about 60 players reported as having contracted COVID-19, full slates of 10 matches involving all 20 clubs are scheduled to be played both Thursday and Sunday. Last-place Salernitana is the hardest hit with nine of its players having COVID-19, while clubs like Inter Milan (Edin Dzeko), Napoli (Victor Osimhen) and Juventus (Giorgio Chiellini) are each missing leading players because of the virus. 🚨 The first return round of Serie A, scheduled to take place on Thursday, is at risk of being postponed as more than 50 COVID-19 cases have so far been recorded among Serie A players [@LaStampa] pic.twitter.com/4N1xQ...
CAB president Avishek Dalmiya tests positive for Covid-19
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CAB president Avishek Dalmiya tests positive for Covid-19

Cricket Association of Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya was on Tuesday admitted to a city hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. He developed COVID-19 symptoms like fever and his RT-PCR report “has come positive with high viral load”, he stated in a Facebook post. “As a precautionary measure, he was shifted to the Woodlands Hospital where he will receive Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail therapy and is currently in a stable condition,” an official told PTI. Last week, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly too was admitted to the same hospital where he was treated for four days after testing positive. Former Bengal captain Shukla also tests positive Laxmi Ratan Shukla (File) Former Bengal captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who is also the current Under-23 coach of the state team, ha...
Liverpool: Klopp in COVID isolation, absent for Chelsea game
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Liverpool: Klopp in COVID isolation, absent for Chelsea game

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp will miss the Premier League match at Chelsea on Sunday after what the club called a suspected positive coronavirus test. Klopp has mild symptoms and is now isolating, Liverpool said Saturday. Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders will be on the touchline leading the team at Stamford Bridge but three other members of the backroom staff have also reported suspected COVID-19 infections. Klopp announced Friday that three unnamed players had tested positive. Jürgen Klopp will miss our meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive COVID-19 test result. — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 1, 2022 FRANCE Seven Monaco players have tested positive for the coronavirus, the club said Saturday on the eve of its French Cup game. The match at s...
BCCI U-16 tournament postponed after virus surge
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BCCI U-16 tournament postponed after virus surge

The U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy has been postponed due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in India. In its email to all its affiliated units on Thursday, the Indian cricket board’s secretary Jay Shah, informed that domestic cricket had started off well, with the completion of 748 matches till date, however, the sudden spike in cases has forced the board to postpone its junior tournament. “The cases across lndia are spiralling and despite being a large number of adults doubly vaccinated, they have still been infected. We have been closely monitoring the situation in lndia and across the world, and it is estimated that the caseload will shoot up in the immediate future if the situation is not controlled now,” Shah wrote an email, accessed by The Indian Express. Further addi...
I-League suspended for at least a week after 8 players test positive for Covid-19
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I-League suspended for at least a week after 8 players test positive for Covid-19

I-League was on Wednesday suspended for at least a week after COVID-19 breached its bio-bubble as eight players and three officials have tested positive for the dreaded virus. Five players and three team officials from Real Kashmir FC, one player each from Mohammedan Sporting, debutants Sreenidi Deccan FC and Aizawl FC returned positive in the tests conducted on Tuesday. “The next round of matches (on December 30 and 31) will be rescheduled. We will review the situation on January 4,” I-League Chairman Subrata Dutta told PTI after an emergency meeting. The first round matches were played on Sunday and Monday while the third round games are scheduled for January 4 and 5. Sreenidi, Mohammedan Sporting, NEROCA and Aizawl FC have matches scheduled for Thursday while RKFC have...
Virus stopped Life
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Virus stopped Life

Written by Nitin Sharma, Mihir Vasavda, Shahid Judge, Shashank Nair, Devendra Pandey, Shivani Naik, Gaurav Bhatt The Pandemic year locked them in quarantines but athletes around the world found resilience to call time on people-pleasing and discovered their moral voice to say NO. Gymnast Simone Biles, tennis star Naomi Osaka and Virat Kohli spoke their minds and defied convention. The year also saw athletes discover the full potential of social media – not just the big names but even the hitherto unknowns from small towns became stars in their own right. There were also some breakthrough performances that will stand the test of time. The hockey captain who reawakened a country’s nostalgic pride, a Mumbai-born New Zealand cricket returned to his roots to create history, a ba...
Covid-19 outbreak claims another Premier League match
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Covid-19 outbreak claims another Premier League match

A coronavirus outbreak at Everton has forced the postponement of the club’s match at Burnley, the Premier League said Friday. It’s the third match of the Boxing Day lineup to be postponed as part of a Sunday program that still features six games. The Premier League has now called off 13 matches because of coronavirus issues in two weeks, with players having to isolate after testing positive or if they are unvaccinated and a close contact of a COVID-19 case. Everton’s request to postpone their Boxing Day away fixture at Burnley has been approved following a Premier League Board meeting this morning More details: https://t.co/oNHwf360qZ#BUREVE pic.twitter.com/Laf0S4Ay0g — Premier League (@premierleague) December 24, 2021 Everton had asked for the postponement citing virus ca...
Premier League to plough through festive schedule despite Covid surge
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Premier League to plough through festive schedule despite Covid surge

Premier League clubs have agreed to continue playing games scheduled over the festive period despite several fixtures being postponed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the league announced after a meeting between all teams on Monday. Ten Premier League games have been postponed this month due to outbreaks amid a busy schedule where teams are set to play three times between Boxing Day and Jan. 3. The Premier League released a statement shortly after the meeting saying that a record 90 new COVID-19 cases were detected among players and staff in the past week, a significant increase from its total of 42 in the previous round on Dec. 6-12.”The safety of everybody is a priority and the Premier League is taking all precautionary steps in light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases...
Premier League loses another game to a Covid outbreak
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Premier League loses another game to a Covid outbreak

The Premier League lost another match to a COVID-19 outbreak in a squad when Aston Villa’s home game against Burnley was postponed around two hours before kickoff on Saturday. Villa said it did not have enough players to field a team following more positive tests in its squad that were reported early Saturday. The league approved Villa’s request to postpone the match “based on the number of COVID-19 cases, injuries and illness.” Five matches scheduled for this weekend had already been called off because of coronavirus outbreaks in squads amid a worsening health emergency in Britain as the omicron variant spreads. Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League fixture with Burnley has been postponed due to an increased amount of positive Covid-19 test results within ou...
Emma Raducanu positive for Covid; US Open champ out of exhibition
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Emma Raducanu positive for Covid; US Open champ out of exhibition

U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu tested positive for COVID-19 and pulled out of an exhibition match in the United Arab Emirates on Monday. Organizers of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship announced Raducanu’s withdrawal, saying the British teenager is isolating and following protocols. A replacement for Raducanu is being sought to fill in and play Belinda Bencic in Abu Dhabi. Mubadala World Tennis Championship organisers regrettably confirm that @EmmaRaducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from this week's Championship. (1/4)#MWTC pic.twitter.com/tNuF2Jb09V — Mubadala World Tennis Championship (@MubadalaWTC) December 13, 2021 Raducanu won the U.S. Open in September to become the first qualifier to claim a Grand Slam singles title. Ranked just 150th ...
COVID-hit Tottenham risks forfeit as UEFA scraps Rennes game
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COVID-hit Tottenham risks forfeit as UEFA scraps Rennes game

Tottenham’s postponed Europa Conference League game against Rennes will not be played, UEFA said Saturday, putting Spurs at risk of having to forfeit the match and be eliminated from the competition. Tottenham said this week it couldn’t play Thursday as scheduled because of its COVID-19 outbreak that also forced the postponement of the team’s Premier League match at Brighton on Sunday. The French club accused Tottenham of making an “unilateral decision” to postpone the game, and UEFA announced early Saturday that the clubs had not been able to agree on a date to reschedule the match. UEFA have released the following statement regarding our Europa Conference League fixture against Stade Rennais. We shall continue to update supporters as matters progress. — Tottenham Hotspur...