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Sunday, March 29, 2020F1 World C'ship could finish in January: Ferrari boss

London, March 29 (IANS) As Formula 1 seeks to salvage the 2020 season affected severely by the cornavirus pandemic, the world championship could be extend into January next year, says Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.

"We're assessing various ideas -- races closer together, maybe doing two or three races in January, cancelling (Friday) practice," he said as quoted by BBC.

Speaking to Sky Sports


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: BFI motivates boxers through video conferencing

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) became the first national sports federation in the country to reach out to its players through video conferencing to guide and motivate them during the 21-day lockdown as India battles COVID-19.

BFI President Ajay Singh spoke at length on Sunday and checked on the health, training regimen, nutrition and mental well-being of all th


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: England captain Knight joins NHS volunteer scheme

London, March 29 (IANS) England captain Heather Knight said that she has joined UK's National Health Service's (NHS) volunteer scheme amidst the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Knight said that she will be helping in transporting medicines and spreading awareness about the pandemic in the United Kingdom.

"I signed up to the NHS' volunteer scheme as I have a lot of free time on my hands


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: Olympic flame to be kept in Tokyo

Tokyo, March 29 (IANS) The Olympic flame will be displayed in Fukushima for a month before being kept in Tokyo, local reports said on Sunday.

Japanese broadcaster NHK said that the flame, which arrived in Japan from Athens on March 20, will be on display in J-Villiage, Fukushima from April, according to a Xinhua news agency report.

"The show will be managed carefully to avoid coronavirus sp


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: Manjrekar reminds everyone of Sunday

Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar reminded the people of the country that it is a Sunday and also showed how he believes technique is the key to attain perfection in life.

Manjrekar posted a video showing him cutting vegetables and explaining how the knife should be held properly. "Everything in life has got to be perfect, not imperfect," Manjrekar said while cuttin


Sunday, March 29, 2020Our responsibility to maintain hygiene, stay at home: Chhetri

Kuala Lumpur, March 29 (IANS) India's all-time leading scorer Sunil Chhetri featured in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) campaign to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and requested people to do all they can to overcome "these challenging times".

In the latest instalment of the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) #BreakTheChain campaign, which was launched earlier this week to combat the spread


Sunday, March 29, 2020Atletico Mineiro boss Sampaoli eyes Santos quartet

Rio de Janeiro, March 29 (IANS) Atletico Mineiro's new head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, could sign up to four players from his former club Santos, as he attempts to bolster his squad for the 2020 Brazilian Serie A season.

Sampaoli has identified goalkeeper Everson, central defender Lucas Verissimo, attacking midfielder Carlos Sanchez and forward Eduardo Sasha as transfer targets in the coming weeks


Sunday, March 29, 2020Trying to keep myself positive and busy: Hanuma Vihari

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari has said he is utilising the time he has got during the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak in trying to improve his fitness. Vihari had last played for India in their second Test against New Zealand that ended on March 2.

He, like teammate Cheteshwar Pujara, was expected to play in the English County circuit this year which he hopes


Sunday, March 29, 2020Cricketer Richa donates Rs 1 lakh in fight against COVID-19

Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) All-rounder Richa Ghosh, who represented India in the Women's T20 World Cup earlier this month, on Sunday donated Rs 1 lakh to the Bengal Chief Minister's relief fund in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 16-year old's father handed over a cheque of Rs 1 Lakh to Siliguri District Magistrate Sumanta Sahay.

"When everybody is fighting COVID-19 and the chief mini


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: Ajinkya Rahane to donate Rs 10 Lakh

Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has decided to donate Rs 10 lakh to the Maharastra Chief Minister's Relief Fund as the country fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

A source close to Rahane confirmed the same to IANS. "He is donating Rs 10 lakh," the source said.

Rahane joined the list of high-profile cricketers to contribute towards the cause. Batting legend Sachin


Sunday, March 29, 2020Stay home like the Pujara family, says BCCI

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday posted images of batsman Cheteshwar Pujara with his family at his home.

"Stay home with your near and dear ones like the Pujara Family," said the caption of the post.

Pujara had earlier spoken about life in quarantine. "It's a welcome change for me," Pujara told Sportstar. "I like spending time with myself


Saturday, March 28, 2020Suresh Raina pledges Rs 52 lakh in fight against COVID-19

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) India and Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina has pledged Rs 52 lakh in the fight against coronavirus. While he is set to give Rs 31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund, he will hand Rs 21 lakh to the UP CMs Disaster Relief Fund.

In his message to his followers on Instagram, he further asked everyone to do their bit and stay at home as the world fights the pandemic that h


Saturday, March 28, 2020Rohit wants citizens to do their bit for the planet on Saturday

Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) Even as the coronavirus outbreak has seen the world come to a standstill, leading to a healthier atmosphere due to less pollution on roads, Indias limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma has requested the citizens to go a step further and do their bit on Saturday for Earth Hour.

Taking to Twitter, Rohit wrote: "These are challenging times & while we #stayathome, we still can


Saturday, March 28, 2020Half my time goes in taking care of my daughter: Pujara

Rajkot, March 28 (IANS) Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said that most of his time at home during the lockdown goes in taking care of his daughter. Pujara like all Indian cricketers is at home during the 21-day lockdown that has been declared by the Indian government in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak.

"It's a welcome change for me," Pujara told Sportstar. "I like spending time wi


Saturday, March 28, 2020Delhi Police doing commendable job in testing times: Manika Batra

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Star India paddler Manika Batra on Saturday praised the Delhi Police, saying they are doing a commendable job amid the testing times which the country is going through due to coronavirus pandemic.

"In these testing times, I have seen lot of photos and videos of the staff of Delhi Police doing a commendable job, be it maintaining lockdown or ensuring food to the needy


Saturday, March 28, 2020Bhutia to be part of AFC's #BreakTheChain campaign

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Former India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia will be an integral part of the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) efforts to create awareness among the general public about the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak has seen the world come to a standstill with sporting activities around the world being suspended.

The #BreakTheChain campaign by AFC features some of the legends o


Saturday, March 28, 2020I support 'brave decision' to postpone Olympics: Osaka

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Rising tennis star Naomi Osaka on Saturday said Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) took a brave decision of postponing 2020 Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, IOC postponed the Tokyo Olympics to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed more than 27,000 lives


Saturday, March 28, 2020Absolutely love the way Raina does his business at CSK: Hogg

Sydney, March 28 (IANS) Former Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Brad Hogg has picked countryman David Warner and Chennai Super Kings deputy Suresh Raina as the best batsmen in the powerplay overs when it comes to the Indian Premier League.

Taking to Twitter, Hogg posted a video where he said: "At the top is David Warner. He is very strong on the offside, he runs hard between the wickets, he is a


Saturday, March 28, 2020Uruguayan football federation lays off 400, including coach Tabarez

Montevideo, March 28 (IANS) The Uruguayan Football Federation (AUF) has laid off 400 members of its staff, including men's first team coach Oscar Tabarez, who has led the side since 2006 and won a Copa America title with them.

The AUF has thus laid of almost all of its staff as it deals with the economic ramifications of coronavirus that has brought football to a standstill around the world.


Saturday, March 28, 2020Kohli wasn't the only one to struggle in NZ: Hesson

Bengaluru, March 28 (IANS) Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson feels that India were probably the best equipped team to have played a Test series in New Zealand in recent years even though they ended up losing 2-0. India were completely outplayed by the Kiwis, losing the first Test by 10 wickets and the second by seven. But the former Kiwi coach begs to differ and feels that the conditions were


Friday, March 27, 2020ECB mulls coronavirus checkpoints at cricket grounds

London, March 27 (IANS) The England and Wales Cricket Board might install coronavirus checkpoints and isolation units at grounds as they look to resume the game behind closed doors.

"We're mapping out what international matches would look like behind closed doors," ECB director of events Steve Elworthy told the Guardian as reported by BBC.

Until May 28, English cricket has shut shop as the


Friday, March 27, 2020European shooting Olympic qualifier cancelled: ISSF

Munich, March 27 (IANS) The European Shotgun Championship and European Rifle/Pistol Qualification Championship for the 2020 Olympics have been cancelled, the International Shooting Sport Federation said on Friday.

"Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the European Shotgun Championship, which should have taken place in Chateauroux, France from 6th till 20th of May, and the European Rifle/Pistol Qualificat


Friday, March 27, 2020COVID-19: Barcelona cut wages of players

Madrid, March 27 (IANS) Barcelona have become the first Spanish football club to officially announce a pay cut for players and club staff as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

Sports in Spain has come to a standstill and Barcelona had to make the move so as to pay their support staff. "Faced with this scenario, the Board of Directors has decided to implement a series of measur


Friday, March 27, 2020Great boost to human race: Ashwin on 101-year-old corona survivor

Chennai, March 27 (IANS) Ravichandran Ashwin said that the story of a 101-year-old man in Italy recovering from coronavirus is a "great boost to human race."

Italian news reports said that the man, referred to only as "Mr P", is believed to be the oldest person to recover from the disease.

"Resolve shown in adversity great boost to our human race," Ashwin tweeted.

According to Gloria Lis


Friday, March 27, 2020Opening the batting with Tendulkar was like a dream: Finch

Sydney, March 27 (IANS) Australia's imited-overs captain Aaron Finch has named Harbhajan Singh as his favourite Indian bowler.

Finch was asked a wide range of questions during a Twitter chat as he stayed indoors like all others to fight against the deadly coronavirus which on Friday infected even UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"Loved Harbhajan Singh during his prime, specially on spinning


Friday, March 27, 2020Fight not easy, request all to maintain social distancing: Kohli

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) With some Indian citizens failing to abide by the lockdown rules implemented by the government, India skipper Virat Kohli has made an appeal to all to strictly follow the guidelines that have been set by not just the government, but also medical experts in our fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

Taking to Twitter, Kohli said: "Hello, I am Virat Kohli. Today I am


Friday, March 27, 2020Harbhajan joins hands with CRY to help children and healthcare workers

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) India and Chennai Super Kings spinner Harbhajan Singh has collaborated with CRY to help 3.5 lakh underprivileged children and grassroots healthcare workers in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak that has seen the world come to a standstill.

Taking to Twitter, Harbhajan wrote: "CRY and I has started this amazing campaign to help 3.5 lakh underprivileged childre


Friday, March 27, 2020Don't make COVID-19 patients feel embarrassed, unwanted: Tendulkar

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Friday urged people not to look down upon those infected with novel coronavirus, adding that its responsibility of the society to make sure that proper care of COVID-19 patients is taken.

In a video posted on his Twitter handle, Tendulkar said: "As a society, it is our responsibility to make sure that people who have been tested p


Friday, March 27, 2020Am committed to my team despite the uncertainties: Bindra

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra said that he is committed to his undertakings despite the uncertainty due to the coronavirus situation. The country is under a 21-day lockdown since Wednesday to deal with the pandemic that has taken 20 lives thus far in India and over 20,000 around the world.

"I can't claim to do much as India fights the corona pandemic but, des


Friday, March 27, 2020Gambhir foundation feeds needy amidst coronavirus outbreak

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The Gautam Gambhir Foundation is looking to help the poor and needy and that has seen his team come out and distribute food to the underprivileged ones who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Taking to Twitter, Gambhir wrote: "Humanity is our identity and feeding the needy is our responsibility. GGF... Together we will win. Jai Hind #GGF #IndiaFightsCoron


Friday, March 27, 2020BWF chief slams athletes for criticism during COVID-19

Kuala Lumpur, March 27 (IANS) Badminton World Federation (BWF) secretary-general Thomas Lund said that the criticism that it has received from top players over the past few months is "disappointing" to see.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) had come under significant criticism from the players over the past two months as it went through with a number of competitions including and most promi


Thursday, March 26, 2020Ensure Coronavirus crisis doesn’t turn into water crisis: PHE urges public

Stresses on judicious use of water, establishes toll free number for public grievances

JAMMU, MARCH 26: Public Health Engineering Department today issued an advisory and urged public to ensure judicious use of water following the Coronavirus scare in Jammu and Kashmir.
Stressing on maintaining the hygiene by washing hands with soap for twenty seconds, the advisory said it is incumbent upon every individual to ensure that tap water remains closed for those twenty seconds so that


Thursday, March 26, 2020Turkish boxers test positive after Tokyo qualifier, IOC draws flak

Istanbul, March 26 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been labelled "irresponsible" after the Turkish Boxing Federation revealed two fighters and a coach who took part in a Tokyo 2020 qualifying event in London earlier this month had since tested positive for COVID-19.

Turkish Boxing Federation president Eyup Gozgec told BBC Sport that organisers failed to take the outbreak s


Thursday, March 26, 2020Was really itching to get back to playing cricket: Rohit

Mumbai, March 26 (IANS) Star Indian batsman Rohit Sharma is holed up in his apartment like everybody else due to the three-week lockdown that was declared in the country on Tuesday as it grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. Rohit said that he is making do with running up and down the stairs of his building to stay fit.

"Its very hard actually (to stay fit)," said Rohit in a live interaction


Thursday, March 26, 2020FIDE stops Candidates Tournament in Russia midway

Chennai, March 26 (IANS) Global chess body FIDE on Thursday stopped the ongoing Candidates Tournament at Russia's Yekaterinburg owing to the country's decision to interrupt air traffic with other countries over the Coronavirus spread.

In a statement, FIDE President Arkady Dvorovich said: "Today, the government of the Russian Federation announced that starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts


Thursday, March 26, 2020Still looking forward, fingers crossed for IPL 2020: Rohit

Mumbai, March 26 (IANS) Star Indian opener and Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma felt that the time he spent with Ricky Ponting at the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise was "magic."

Ponting was captain of MI in 2013, when they were yet to win an IPL title. He resigned from the post and handed it over to Rohit but stayed on as part of the coaching staff. His contribution is often seen ins


Thursday, March 26, 2020After Oly postponement, athletes can now calm down a bit: Bindra

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) 2008 gold medallist Abhinav Bindra believes the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was prompt in its action as they took a timely decision to postpone T0kyo 2020 Games by a year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"It is nice to see that the decision was taken quite promptly because there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding whether the Games would happen or no


Thursday, March 26, 2020You just don't know: Vaughan on T20 WC amid COVID-19 threat

London, March 26 (IANS) Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes the coronavirus pandemic has created "unprecedented times" which can also hit the men's T20 World Cup slated to be held later in the year in Australia.

The COVID-19 outbreak has claimed over 20,000 lives across the world so far and has brought the entire world to a standstill. It has affected all the major sporting events,


Thursday, March 26, 2020Former NZ pacer turns to crowdfunding to get back to family

Auckland, March 26 (IANS) Former New Zealand fast bowler Iain O'Brien is looking to get back to his family in the United Kingdom and for that, he has started a crowd funding project on Twitter.

O'Brien, who played 22 Tests, 10 ODIs and four T20Is for New Zealand, tweeted that he is ready to talk cricket over video call with anyone provided they are willing to spare some money that he can use t


Thursday, March 26, 202013th edition of TCS World 10K Bengaluru rescheduled

Bengaluru, March 26 (IANS) Procam International on Thursday announced the 13th edition of ‘World Athletics Gold Label Race, Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru, which was scheduled to take place on May 17, will be rescheduled to a later date.

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting millions of lives world over, and the rapidly changing scenario, it was imperative to take the action for