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Karren Brady makes U-turn over Liverpool title claim

Karren Brady makes U-turn over Liverpool title claim
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The Tokyo Games scheduled for this summer will instead take place next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lord Coe says the decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has saved athletes from mental turmoil.

The Games have been postponed until next year in a decision supported by Coe.

“We didn’t want to have the athletes in a position where they were countering government advice, maybe even breaking the law,” the World Athletics president told TalkSport.

Lord Sebastian Coe said the decision to postpone the games saved athletes from mental turmoil
Lord Coe said the decision to postpone the games saved athletes from mental turmoil (Adam Davy/PA)

“And of course in the back of their minds was always that concern, it wasn’t just their own training programme, but that they ran the risk of infecting themselves, their families, their kids, grandparents or parents. We just wanted to take them out of that mental turmoil as quickly as we possibly could.

“We’re no different from everyone else out there but I think we just concluded that sport, on this occasion, had to take a back seat.”

Anthony Yarde’s father has died of coronavirus, the British light-heavyweight said.


The 28-year-old fighter said his father had been “fit with no health issues” and urged people to stay at home in a statement released on Instagram.

Yarde wrote: “I’m a very private person and tbh I’m still in shock but maybe this can help people stay at home.

“My dad passed away from his virus yesterday and he was fit with no health issues. The more people go out and mingle the longer this isolation will last and the more it will spread.

“I’m not a doctor but I do know if you stay home you are less likely to catch it or pass it on. It’s seriously not worth the risk.”

British light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde's father died of coronavirus
British light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde’s father died of coronavirus (Steven Paston/PA)

UK Athletics has called on West Ham to waive their tenancy rights for the London Stadium if there is the chance to stage the Anniversary Games this summer.

The event is scheduled for July 4 and 5, when any extended Premier League season could still be ongoing – giving West Ham first refusal under the terms of their tenancy.

New UKA chief executive Joanna Coates told the Sunday Telegraph: “In these unprecedented times, why is it football that always comes out – with all the money that slushes around in football – as the one that doesn’t suffer? It just doesn’t seem right to me.

“We’ve got athletes that have trained for an Olympic Games that they can’t now go on to and we’re trying our best to make sure that they still have some form of competition.

“If it’s not safe for them then that’s fine. But it doesn’t seem wholly fair that football can have carte blanche – because of the money involved and broadcast deals – and push every sport out.”

The Anniversary Games provides a lot of revenue for UK Athletics
The Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium provides a lot of revenue for UK Athletics (Adam Davy/PA)

Darts player Kyle Anderson has tested positive for the virus after travelling back to Australia to be with his family during the pandemic.

His manager Mac Elkin said on Twitter: “I have just had a FaceTime call off Kyle telling me he tested positive for Covid-19, he is in good spirits but is now back in isolation on his own in a farm house in Mount Morgan.

“I will be having regular calls with Kyle so will keep everyone updated, it goes without saying that we all wish him a speedy recovery but it also stresses the need to follow the guidelines set out by the government, we need to beat this disease together as one.”

Australian darts player Kyle Anderson has been diagnosed with Covid-19
Australian darts player Kyle Anderson has been diagnosed with Covid-19 (Steven Paston/PA)

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has returned to South Korea for personal reasons with the Premier League season on hold.

Son, who is recovering from a broken arm, left London on Friday with his parents and will spend two weeks in isolation as per the South Korean government’s requirements after travelling from the UK.

Steven Bergwijn has also returned to Holland due to the impending birth of his first child.

A statement from Spurs read: “Both players will continue their individual rehabilitation and training programmes during their time away.”

Son Heung-Min is recovering from a fractured arm
Son Heung-Min is recovering from a fractured arm (Nick Potts/PA)

The Premier League, English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association met on Friday to discuss the economic implications of the suspension of the season.

There will be further talks in the coming week, with the projected restart of the season currently being April 30.

There remains a consensus to try to complete the current campaign, with the possibility of matches being played initially behind closed doors when it is deemed safe to do so.

Karren Brady
Karren Brady admits the Premier League could run into July (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin accepts any firm forward planning is almost impossible given the current uncertain outlook.

Ceferin told Italian media outlet La Repubblica: “There is a plan A, B and C. We can start in May, in June or the end of June. If we can’t do it on any of those three dates then the season probably would be lost.

“There is also the possibility to finish the season at the start of next season, with next season starting a little late. It would have to work with respect to the players and the signing periods.”

In Italy, Juventus players have agreed to waive four months’ wages due to the pandemic.

Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates, along with manager Maurizio Sarri, have agreed to a reduction in pay “equal to the monthly payments of March, April, May and June 2020”, the Serie A giants said in a statement.

If the remaining games of the current campaign are rescheduled, Juventus said they would negotiate increases in pay for the squad.

Closer to home, no professional cricket will be played before May 28, which means the traditional start of the County Championship season – which was due to begin on April 12 – faces a lengthy delay.

The Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States is scheduled to be played at Whistling Straits in September, but still remains in doubt.

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto feels Formula One could bring in shorter grand prix weekends and push on into January 2021 to put together a meaningful season.

Binotto told Sky Sport Italia: “We are assessing various ideas; races closer together, maybe doing two or three races in January, considering also the option of cancelling (Friday) practice.”

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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