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Coronavirus latest: What the sporting world has been saying on March 29

Coronavirus latest: What the sporting world has been saying on March 29
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Ilkay Gundogan would be 'OK' with handing the title to Liverpool.

The sporting world is continuing to get to grips with life on lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the things that were said on March 29.

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan believes it would be fair to give the Premier League title to Liverpool if the season was scrapped.

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Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan feels it would be just to award Liverpool the title (Martin Rickett/PA)  

All elite-level football has been postponed in England until April 30, with an extension likely.

City trail Liverpool by 25 points and, before the league was suspended, the Reds needed just two wins to wrap up a first league title for 30 years.

"For me, that would be OK, yes (if Liverpool were handed the title). You have to be fair as a sportsperson," he told German broadcaster ZDF.

"There are different opinions. For clubs who have had a very good season, it obviously wouldn't be nice if it was cancelled now.

"On the other hand, for clubs who aren't doing as well and are maybe in the relegation places, an abandonment would obviously suit them."

England cricket captain Joe Root treated fans to a listen to his newfound guitar-playing skills.

"Hope you're all staying very safe, staying inside, looking after yourselves, keeping yourselves active," he said in a video message on England Cricket's Instagram.

"One thing I try to do to keep my mind off things and to distract myself, keep myself busy, is try to learn to play the guitar..." he added, before strumming a tune.

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto believes the Formula One season can be extended to January.

The first eight races of the campaign have been postponed, with the British Grand Prix in July under threat.

"We're assessing various ideas – races closer together, maybe doing two or three races in January, cancelling (Friday) practice," Binotto told Sky Sports Italia.

"I have felt, along with the other team principals, that these are decisive moments.

"We've decided to give complete freedom to (Formula 1 chairman Chase) Carey and the FIA to put together as soon as possible a timetable for us to get racing again, we are willing on our side."

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Rustu Recber has been diagnosed with coronavirus. (Dave Thompson/PA)

Former Turkey goalkeeper Rustu Recber has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The ex-Barcelona and Fenerbahce player, 46, won 120 caps and helped his country reach the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.

"We convey our wishes for a speedy recovery to our former national team goalkeeper, who sported our jersey for many years; we wish for him to regain his health as soon as possible and hope to receive good news from him," Fenerbahce posted on Twitter.

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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· 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)

SWIMMING
· 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)

RUGBY SEVENS
· 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)

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

CYCLING
· 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)

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

EQUESTRIAN
· 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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