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ITU suspends all events due to coronavirus

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has suspended all activity until April 30 including all events in the World Triathlon and Continental calendars due to the coronavirus outbreak, the governing body said on Saturday. All world rankings, Olympic qualification rankings, paratriathlon rankings and Paralympic qualification rankings will be frozen from Monday as a result, it added. […]

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Danish world champion Pedersen pulls out of Paris-Nice

World champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark has pulled out of the Paris-Nice race before the start of Saturday’s final stage after his country asked its nationals to come home amid the coronavirus outbreak. “As a team we always said that we would respect the authorities in this emergency,” the Trek-Segafredo rider said in a team […]

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Greece cancels Olympic torch relay over coronavirus fears

Greece’s Olympic Committee said it had cancelled the remainder of the Olympic Torch relay through the country on Friday to avoid attracting crowds that could raise the risk of coronavirus contagion. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay got under way on Thursday when the flame was lit by the rays of the sun in ancient […]

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Formula One aims to rev up virus-hit season in May

Formula One plans to start its coronavirus-ravaged season in May after cancelling this weekend’s opener in Australia and postponing the next three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China. Formula One and the governing FIA said on Friday they expected to begin the championship in Europe at the end of May, subject to regular review. “The […]

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ATP suspends men’s tennis tour for six weeks over coronavirus

The ATP suspended its professional men’s tennis tour for six weeks on Thursday, citing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, which has upended major sporting events across the globe. The announcement came moments after Miami-Dade County said it would suspend the Miami Open and on the heels of Sunday’s last-minute cancellation of the Indian Wells tournament […]

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McLaren withdraws from Australian GP after virus positive

McLaren withdrew from the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Thursday after a team member tested positive for coronavirus, fuelling concerns about the race going ahead. The British-based team, whose drivers are Spaniard Carlos Sainz and Briton Lando Norris, did not reveal details about the employee. “The team member was tested and […]

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Judge rules Ronaldinho must remain in Paraguayan jail

Former Brazil player Ronaldinho Gaucho, who was arrested for possessing a fake Paraguayan passport, must remain in jail in the South American country after a judge on Tuesday refused a request for him to be released into house arrest. The former Barcelona forward and his brother and business manager Roberto Assis were arrested last Friday […]

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Holder McIlroy looking to make history

For Rory McIlroy there are good and bad top five finishes but anything except a win at this week’s Players Championship would be a disappointment as he looks to make history by becoming the first man to retain his title at golf’s unofficial fifth major. It has been a remarkably consistent season for McIlroy, who […]

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Cancelling Giro and Tour de France would be disaster

Cancelling the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France would be a disaster for cycling, says UCI president David Lappartient whose sport has already been badly hit by the coronavirus crisis. Several races, including the Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo, have been called off as Italy deals with rapidly escalating numbers of infections and deaths. The Giro […]

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Olympics or not, Japan wheelchair dancer has message: diversity is cool

Whirling, spinning, reaching, grasping – Japanese wheelchair dancer Kenta Kambara’s emotive performances are wordless testimony to artistic passion and possibility. Born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, Kambara aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies, seeking to send a message to disabled and able-bodied people alike: […]

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