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Cornavirus: April 29 News Overview

9:06 a.m. Sprinter Gaviria trains again after corona infection

The Colombian bike sprinter Fernando Gaviriawho had tested positive for the corona virus started training again. “I am relieved and start training sessions at home.” Gaviria, 25, had been quarantined in the United Arab Emirates after the UAE canceled tour in March after complaining of a high fever. He came to Colombia in early April. He warned, “We thought it was a game, but no. It got me and I spent a few days of anxiety. But I was able to return home.” The Colombian from the UAE Emirates team is considered one of the best sprinters in the world.

9 a.m. Trump adviser says USA is not ready for professional sports

The health advisor from US President Donald Trump the USA does not see the corona crisis ready for a return to professional sports. “I would like to have all sports back,” said director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, in a published interview with the New York Times. “But as a health official, doctor and scientist, I have to say that if you look at the country, we are not yet ready for it.” In some sports it is possible to do this. “But at the moment we are not.”

No country in the world has more coronavirus cases than the United States with over a million confirmed infected people. The major sports leagues have either been interrupted since mid-March or have postponed their start to the season. The only exception is the NFL, which only starts in September, but at least the season preparation has to be different than usual.

In the MLB in particular, there are increasing ideas being discussed in public about how the league could play its season. The NBA had recently told their teams that they could allow their players to access the training facilities on May 8 at the earliest. President Trump recently wished that the sport in his country should start again soon.

Fauci emphasized the need for a vaccine to be able to think about spectators in the stands. But even without a spectator, protecting the players and people involved is a difficult task, he said. “If you can’t guarantee safety, you’ll have to bite the bullet and say,” We may have to do without this sport this season, “” he said.

Coronavirus: April 28 News Overview

9:55 p.m .: League canceled in France

In France, the 2019/20 football season is not over due to the coronavirus pandemic. With Ligue 1, the first of Europe’s five top leagues falls victim to the virus.

The cancellation came from the highest level. France’s Prime Minister announced on Tuesday afternoon Edouard Philippe on the occasion of the National Assembly in Paris that “the 2019/20 season in professional sports, especially in football, cannot be resumed”. Philippe ended the hopes of a continuation of the football season in France, which had been suspended since mid-March.

7.50 p.m .: Championship in Argentina canceled

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the current football season in Argentina was stopped early. All competitions, including the 1st division, will be discontinued, as the Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced on Tuesday. Because of the corona crisis, the Superleague had been paused since mid-March. The new season is scheduled to begin in January 2021.

By 2022 there will be no ascents or descents. Football legend Diego Maradona, who was at risk of relegation with his club Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, benefits from this. The places for the international competitions Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana in the coming year will be allocated according to the positions of the clubs in the table.

7.40 pm: Again worried about the Tour de France

The start of the Tour de France, which has been postponed until the end of August, is apparently at risk again due to the coronavirus pandemic. prime minister Edouard Philippe said in a speech to the National Assembly on Tuesday that major sporting events with more than 5,000 participants could not take place before September.

The tour of France was only postponed by two months on April 15 and should now be from August 29 to September 20 will be held. However, Philippe did not explicitly go into cycling in his explanations.

If the restrictions actually apply to the most important cycling race in the world, the start date would hardly be tenable – not even as a race without spectators. Because just the tour team with drivers, team members, responsible persons, journalists and security guards comprises several thousand people. In addition, Tourchef had Christian Prudhomme a so-called ghost tour always rejected.

3:15 p.m .: World Athletics Association helps the athletes

The World Athletics Association has an aid fund from its IAF foundation $ 500,000 (460,745 euros), with which professional athletes who are in need due to the Corona crisis are to be supported. Like World Athletics President Sebastian Coe explained that help would be given to athletes who had lost most of their income through the suspension of international competitions.

The International Athletics Foundation, founded in 1986 to promote charitable causes, provides funds from its budgets for 2020 and 2021. Coe will chair an expert working group to assess aid requests that could be submitted through the six continental associations, the release said. The group of experts includes, among others, 1,500 m world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco and pole vault Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi from Greece.

“I have been in constant contact with athletes around the world and I know that many of them have been in financial need due to the cancellation of most international sports competitions in the past two months,” said Coe. “Our professional athletes rely on prize money as part of their income, and we are aware that the pandemic will severely affect our competitive season, both on the track and on the road.”

1:20 pm: UEFA puts pressure on the leagues

The European Football Union (UEFA) wants to receive information from the national leagues by 25 May about their plans to restart the season interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Because UEFA is planning for the European Cup competitions for the upcoming 2020/21 season, the UEFA president decided Aleksander Ceferin a deadline in a letter to the 55 member associations.

Ceferin wants to know from the associations a date of the planned restart and the format. Should a national championship be canceled, the participants in the club competitions would also have to be submitted to UEFA by May 25, the Slovenian wrote. In addition, if the season was canceled, the reasons that would justify this would have to be communicated.

UEFA has made it clear that it is calling for the national leagues to continue. She also hopes to finish the Champions League and Europa League, where the quarter-finalists have not yet been determined.

12th.40 clock: Chicago fires its president

The Chicago Blackhawks NHL team unexpectedly broke up with one of its key officials: President and CEO John McDonough (66) had to go on Monday after 13 years at the extremely successful club, especially in the middle of his term. The Blackhawks said so.

Chicago has been waiting for further play-off participation since 2017. In the previous years, the team won the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015) for the championship in the best ice hockey league in the world. Interim, the son of team owner Rocky Wirtz, Danny Wirtz, Take on McDonough’s duties.

10.41 a.m .: Champions League without group stage

The Champions Hockey League (CHL) postponed its start by around a month to October 6 due to the coronavirus pandemic and also changed the mode: there will be no group games, only knockout games. The CHL announced on Tuesday. Austria is represented by Red Bull Salzburg and the Vienna Capitals. The “premier class”, in which 32 teams from 13 countries are participating again, will begin with the sixteenth final. Including up to the semi-finals, the promoters will be determined in the return game. The finale is scheduled for February 9, 2021.

8:00 a.m .: If the games do not take place in 2021, there will be none

According to the organizers, the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed by a year to the summer of 2021 due to the corona pandemic, are to be canceled if the pandemic continues. The games could not be postponed beyond 2021, said Japanese chief organizer Yoshiro Mori the newspaper “Nikkan Sports” on Tuesday. “In that case, they will be canceled.”

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7.30 p.m .: UEFA pays the associations 240 million euros

The European Football Union (UEFA) supports its 55 member associations in the corona crisis with millions of euros. The governing body released a 236.5 million euro release to “address the challenges of Covid-19”. The money is paid out as part of the HatTrick program, which usually supports the associations with running costs and the development of specific programs. In view of the pandemic, the associations can now decide more freely on the use.

“Our sport is facing an unprecedented challenge caused by the Covid 19 crisis,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. “UEFA wants its members to act according to their specific circumstances, so we agreed that up to € 4.3 million per association will be paid for the rest of this and the next season, as well as part of the Investment funds can be used to rebuild the football community at the discretion of our members. “

6.30 p.m .: German sports ministers can imagine Bundesliga continuation from mid-May

The German Conference of Sports Ministers (SMK) has again spoken out in favor of resuming the Bundesliga season from mid-May at the earliest. “The SMK continues to consider it reasonable from mid or late May to continue playing in the Bundesliga before empty spectator stands,” said the SMK chair, the Bremen Senator for Sports Anja Stahmann (Green).

“The German Football League has to create and enforce the strictest hygienic and medical conditions and check it with suitable measures.” A final agreement was reached at the conference of the Ministers of Sport the federal states did not come, it says in the message.

Such should be submitted to the Federal Chancellery by Tuesday evening. It is intended as the basis for the Chancellor’s deliberations Angela Merkel serve with the Prime Ministers on Thursday about the further opening of society in the corona pandemic from May 4.

17:56: Heavy blow for the DTM

Audi will no longer be involved in the German Touring Car Masters after this season. The car manufacturer announced. The decision of the board was also made against the background of the economic challenges resulting from the corona pandemic. Audi plans to concentrate on the Formula E electric racing series in the future.

“Today is a difficult day for motorsport in Germany and Europe. I greatly regret Audi’s decision to withdraw from the DTM in 2021,” said Gerhard Berger, the head of the DTM umbrella organization ITR. The future of the DTM will depend very much on how partners and sponsors will react to this decision.

The season opener planned for the end of April in Zolder, Belgium, was last postponed to the Norisring until July 11th and 12th. In addition to Audi, only BMW is the second manufacturer in the racing series for this season.

14.10: Catalonia tour canceled

The initially postponed Catalonia tour will not take place this year. Originally the race should have been held in March. On Monday the organizers decided that the 100th staging of the World Tour competition should not take place until 2021.

“We want to celebrate the anniversary edition with the best conditions and the biggest stars,” said the organizers. In the reduced racing calendar, it would make no sense to organize the tour during the Tour de France, the Giro or the Vuelta.

The world association has planned to hold the most important races from the beginning of August and within a good three months.

12.20 p.m .: Nadal hopes that it will not take years

Rafael Nadal do not believe that tennis will soon return to normal. Because of the corona pandemic, professional tournaments will not take place until the end of July at the earliest. “I am very pessimistic that the circus will go back to normal. In tennis you have to travel every week, you are in hotels and you have to go to different countries,” said the Spaniard.

From the Grand Slam tournaments, that was in Wimbledon canceled the French Open were postponed to the end of September US Open postponed. “This is a difficult time for everyone. Step by step it looks like things are a little less bad, but we have been through a very tough one and a half months. We have suffered a lot of losses that cannot be made good.”

He hoped that it would be months, not years, because it was also an economic problem. “A lot of people will lose their jobs. It’s a sad moment when you see that so many people are dying.” There are currently more important things than tennis, but he hopes that he will be back on the court soon. It will be a difficult task to get back to fitness level.

20.07 clock: Belgian league adjourned decision to cancel

The Belgian football league has postponed its final decision about an early end to the season due to the Corona crisis. After the government on Friday had not made any clear stipulations, it should not be decided at the assembly on Monday, the Belga news agency reported, citing a spokesman for the Pro League football association.

According to the report, the association wants to await a decision by the National Security Council with a view to sporting competitions. The board of directors will therefore propose to the general assembly on Monday to decide at a later meeting about a possible termination of the championship, probably on May 4, said the Pro League spokesman.

The clubs originally wanted to vote last Friday about whether they would follow the league commission’s proposal from the end of March and stop the season due to the corona pandemic. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin had threatened to exclude the Belgian clubs from the 2020/2021 European Cup.

5.50 p.m .: Dennis took the final stage of “Digital Swiss”

To Stefan Küng on Saturday too Rohan Dennis at the end of the virtual racing series “The Digital Swiss 5” celebrated the second victory. The Australian time trial world champion won the 5th stage over 36 kilometers and 950 meters in altitude from Camperio to Disentis-Sedrun with a lead of twelve seconds ahead of the Irish Nicholas Roche, the winner of Friday. This time it was a lot harder than winning the first stage, Dennis told Swiss television. So the drivers had to overcome the Lukmanier Pass. The Dane Jonas Vingegaard completed the podium.

“The Digital Swiss 5” was created as a temporary replacement for street racing. There was no overall rating, each section was rated as a single event. The organizers of the Tour de Suisse were behind the project. The drivers were digitally connected to each other on their role at home. The program put the respective resistance on the pedals – adapted to the real topography of the route. The plan is to run a digital Tour de Suisse in June.

12.48 p.m .: Sharapova whistles on strict corona rules

That could be a replay for Maria Sharapova to have. The Russian was now photographed at a party on a terrace in Los Angeles – even though there are strict exit restrictions in California. The 33-year-old, who has settled in a modern dream beach house in LA, basked in the sun with her boyfriend, the 40-year-old millionaire and businessman Alexander Gilkes, with friends on the terrace. The required distance of two meters from each other is hardly met on last Friday …

12.40 p.m .: BVB boss Watzke fears great damage if the league is abandoned

chief Executive Officer Hans-Joachim Watzke von Borussia Dortmund fears that German professional football will suffer immense damage if, after the interruption due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is not possible to play without spectators again soon. “If we don’t play for the next few months, the whole Bundesliga will drown,” said the 60-year-old on Sky on Sunday.

Watzke believes that some clubs could go bankrupt. “You can assume that,” said the BVB boss. “And everyone knows that if there are bankruptcies, the so-called White Knights also come and say we give you money, but you have to make sure that 50 + 1 falls,” said Watzke. “You have to be careful that developments in football that we can never get back are not happening now. If we didn’t finish the season on June 30th, we are facing huge recourse claims.”

12.29 p.m .: German Labor Minister against mandatory mask at league games

A mask requirement for German Bundesliga soccer players is off the table for the time being. Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil spoke against the suggestion of employees of his house in the event of a continuation of the season. “I don’t think games with masks are imaginable,” the SPD politician told the “Bild am Sonntag”.

Heil also said: “In discussions with the German Football League, constructive work is currently being carried out on other practical solutions.” Previously, the “Spiegel” had reported that the Ministry of Labor is checking to let professionals play with mouth and nose protection against the corona virus.

Coronavirus: April 25 News Overview

5:31 pm: Spain’s league boss faces fines if they do not compete

Spanish league boss Javier Tebas has warned football clubs that despite the Corona pandemic, they will have to play again as soon as the authorities allow it. If refused, sanctions would follow.

“Against such a club, the Spanish football association RFEF would initiate disciplinary proceedings, cut three points for not appearing, and in the end he would be able to go home,” the sports newspaper Tebas quoted on Saturday.

Tebas further refuses to cancel the season completely due to Corona. La Liga will lose a billion euros if the season is finally canceled. If played without a spectator, 350 million euros would still be lost. When and under what conditions the game can be resumed is currently a heated debate in football enthusiastic Spain. One only agrees that it could only be ghost games without spectators.

Due to the pandemic, football has not been played in the Spanish stadiums since March 11th. With more than 220,000 infected and almost 23,000 dead from the Sars CoV-2 virus, Spain is one of the countries most severely affected by the lung disease.

A very strict emergency plan has been in force across the country since mid-March and at least until May 9th. Outdoor sports are prohibited. However, the measures are slowly beginning to take effect: for the second day in a row, more people recovered from the lung disease than those newly infected with the coronavirus were registered on Saturday, as the Ministry of Health announced. The number of corona deaths per day has also fallen sharply.

5:30 p.m .: Premier League is scheduled to continue on June 8

According to the English newspaper “The Times”, the Football Premier League is scheduled to continue on June 8th. Those responsible had already submitted a concept for the resumption to the government last week, it said. According to this, the remaining 92 games are to be played in “approved stadiums” – a maximum of 400 people are to be admitted.

The Premier League has ceased to play since March 13 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Liverpool are still missing two victories for the first championship title in 30 years.

16:21: Lazio President calls for an early start to the league

After an almost two-month football break due to the Corona crisis, the President of Lazio Rome has called for the early resumption of play in the Italian Serie A. Claudio Lotito mentioned above all financial and psychological reasons. “Football in Italy is a big industry and guarantees the state treasury 1.2 billion euros in tax dollars,” said Lotito.

Other sports and the Italian Olympic Committee would also benefit from a restart of the league, the entrepreneur told TV station Rai 3. “The CONI is financed with 460 million euros, football generated billions of euros in earnings.”

In addition, the president of the second in the table, one point behind Juventus Turin, also reminded of the social role. “Football has huge social value, and our history, the history of the Romans, is characterized by bread and games.” He thought that this aspect should be taken into account.

Italy was badly hit by the corona virus and public life has been largely paralyzed for several weeks. Football, as the Italians’ favorite hobby, was completely stopped.

The 20 Serie A clubs hope the government will ease curfews in early May so that they can at least train again. The Italian association handed over a plan to politicians last week.

15:18: Poland wants to play football again at the end of May

The resumption of the football championships is under discussion in numerous European countries. Such signals also come from Poland. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that it would restart in late May. The games are said to be carried out as ghost games. The plan was coordinated with the Ministry of Sports and health authorities, Morawiecki said.

After 26 of 37 rounds, eight points ahead of Piast Gliwice in the Legia Warsaw championship.

1:50 p.m .: Lazio President calls for end of football break

After an almost two-month football break due to the Corona crisis, the President of Lazio Rome has called for the early resumption of play in the Italian Serie A. Claudio Lotito mentioned above all financial and psychological reasons. “Football in Italy is a big industry and guarantees the state treasury 1.2 billion euros in tax dollars,” said Lotito.

In addition, the president of the second in the table, one point behind Juventus Turin, also reminded of the social role. “Football has huge social value, and our history, the history of the Romans, is characterized by bread and games.” This aspect should be taken into account, he decided. The 20 Serie A clubs hope the government will ease curfews in early May.

1:07 p.m .: World Athletics Association will “Dopers get caught”

World Athletics Association leader Sebastian Coe has warned potential operas of sports fraud in times of the Corona crisis. “I would like to send a very clear message to the athletes: Don’t sit there and think that this is a test-free period! It is not,” said the President of World Athletics in an interview with Deutsche Welle. He also announced financial injections for athletes.

The doping control program has been shut down in many countries since the pandemic broke out. This may open the door to suspected fraudsters. “If you choose to step outside the rules and integrity of our sport, you will be caught,” Coe said.

The world association is also currently considering financial injections for athletes who have encountered difficulties due to the Corona crisis. “If there are no competitions, there is no prize money, so the first goal is to try and get the competitions back,” said Coe. “We all strive to help the athletes whenever possible. In the next few days we will look at some kind of support system,” he announced.

It’s not just about the fact that there are currently no competitions. “The athletes have their own personal sponsorships and contracts. There are also problems with the transmitters,” said Coe. “I sincerely hope that we can get the athletes back into training this year. Many have already trained on balconies, on hotel corridors and on the street.” World Athletics wants to get the athletes back into the competition as quickly as possible, but only if we can do it safely.

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