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Plastic cutouts to replace live fans for German club

Berlin, Mar 31 (AP/UNB) — A German club’s supporters are planning to replace real-life fans with plastic ones when the Bundesliga resumes — and raise some money for a child’s medical treatment in the process. Borussia Mönchengladbach supporters have come up with a novel way to support their team, even though they probably won’t be allowed to attend games for ... Read More »

The countdown clock is clicking again for the Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The countdown clocks have been reset and are ticking again for the Tokyo Olympics. The model outside Tokyo Station, and others across the Japanese capital, were switched on almost immediately after organizers announced the new dates — July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. The clocks read 479 days to go. That seems a long way away, but ... Read More »

BCB announces one-time monetary support for women cricketers

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a one-time monetary allowance of BDT 20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Taka) per person to assist women cricketers who had appeared in the 2018-19 Women’s NCL and were part of the BCB’s selection camps in 2019-20. All cricketing activities of the BCB including women’s tournaments and training camps have been postponed indefinitely due to outbreak of ... Read More »

Juventus,Ronaldo agree to forgo 90M euros in wages

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates along with coach Maurizio Sarri agreed to forgo 90 million euros ($100 million) in wages on Saturday to help the club during the coronavirus crisis. The club said the money amounted to four months worth of wages, a third of players’ salaries. The first agreement of its kind in Serie A since play was ... Read More »

Football Federation election postponed

Dhaka – The much-talked about election of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), scheduled for April 20, has been postponed for indefinite period due to outbreak of deadly Coronavirus in the country and elsewhere in the world. The Executive Committee of Bangladesh Football Federation on Friday (March 27) has decided to postpone the ‘BFF Election and Congress 2020’ due on April 20, 2020 ... Read More »

With Olympics on hold, Phelps worries about mental health

Michael Phelps has been open about his mental health struggles, even as he became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Now, with the Tokyo Games on hold because of the coronavirus, the retired swimming great worries that some athletes may have trouble coping with this unprecedented postponement. “It’s a total bamboozle,” Phelps told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “There’s ... Read More »

Coronavirus: Tigers to donate 50pc of one month’s salary

Dhaka — Top 27 cricketers of Bangladesh have expended their hand to help fight against deadly coronavirus. Under the initiative by Tamim Iqbal, cricketers opted to donate 50 percent of their salary for one month to the government. All of 17 players who are in the central contact will donate 50 percent of their salary, and other 10 players, who ... Read More »

Mashrafe urges youths to stay home for safety

Dhaka  – Immediate past captain of Bangladesh ODI team Mashrafe bin Mortaza, MP, on Monday urged country’s young generation to stay home to be safe amid the outbreak of deadly coronavirus. He made the call in a Facebook post made on Monday. “Ekhon Joubon Jar, Bashai Thakar Tar Sreshtho Somoy Tar (Now is the best time for the young men ... Read More »

All signs point to Tokyo Olympics being postponed

IOC members, national Olympic committees and athletes were all racing toward the same conclusion Monday: The Tokyo Olympics are not going to take place this summer. Craig Reedie, a longtime member of the International Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press that everyone can see where things are headed, with the coronavirus pandemic spreading and Olympic hopefuls around the world unable ... Read More »

Abe says IOC agrees ‘100%’ that Olympics should be postponed

TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday. Abe said after his telephone talks with Bach that he requested a postponement “taking into consideration the current circumstances” and to secure an environment ... Read More »

All domestic football leagues postponed

Dhaka – All the football leagues, including ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football, under the Professional Football League Committee (PFLC) of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) have been postponed for an indefinite period due to the outbreak of deadly coronavirus in the country. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of PFLC held on Tuesday (March 24) at the BFF ... Read More »

Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are going to happen — but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. This became clear after the IOC on Sunday announced it was considering a postponement. Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia have added pressure by saying they will not go if the games are staged this year. ... Read More »

Aussie Olympic chiefs advise athletes to prepare for 2021

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Olympic Committee is advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021. Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, on Monday said “It’s clear the games can’t be held in July” because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty ... Read More »

As virus spreads, next casualty could be Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged that a postponement of the crown jewel of the sporting world could be unavoidable. Canada and Australia then added ... Read More »

Former Olympic swimming champion van der Burgh has virus

Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh said he has contracted the coronavirus and added his voice to concerns for athletes’ well-being if the Tokyo Games go ahead as scheduled. Van der Burgh, who retired from competitive swimming in 2018, posted a series of messages on social media on Sunday describing how he had been ill with the virus ... Read More »

Infantino eyes reboot for soccer to avoid crisis

GENEVA (AP) — The future of soccer could be fewer games and fewer top competitions to help avoid a financial crisis, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a newspaper interview published Monday. With soccer around the world in near-total shutdown and no end in sight because of the coronavirus pandemic, Infantino said the sport risked going into recession. “Maybe we ... Read More »

Former Real Madrid president dies from coronavirus

MADRID (AP/UNB) — Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died Saturday from the new coronavirus, his family said. He was 76. Sanz had been in intensive care since the beginning of the week while being treated for the virus. Sanz presided over Madrid from 1995 until 2000, leading the club to two European titles, a Spanish league title and a ... Read More »