Sports news updates
1) India vs South Africa: Dharamsala might witness empty stands amid coronavirus outbreak
The ODI between India and South Africa on Thursday may be held in an empty stadium due to the coronavirus scare. Around 58 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported so far in the country and the picturesque stadium could wear an empty look as the two teams fight it out in the first game of the three-match series.
Close to 40 percent of tickets of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium, some 250 km from the state capital with a seating capacity of 22,000 remained unsold till Wednesday.
“Hardly two-three corporate boxes have been sold out this time,” said an HPCA functionary. The stadium, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, has 12 corporate boxes, each having a seating capacity of 20 seats. Each box costs around Rs 2,00,000 per match and they were much in demand in all the previous matches, both international and T20.
2) Olympic-bound Vikas and Simranjit enter final of Asian Qualifiers, Mary Kom, Amit ends with a bronze
Aresolute Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Simranjit Kaur (60kg) advanced to the final with impressive victories but the legendary MC Mary Kom (51kg) and world number one Amit Panghal (52kg) signed off with bronze medals at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers here on Tuesday.
Also ending with a bronze was Lovlina Borgohain (69kg). All the five boxers have already secured their tickets to the Olympic Games by making the semifinals but Krishan and Kaur will come back with at least silver medals after entering the finals.
Krishan fought with a cut sustained just below his left eyebrow before claiming a split decision victory over second seed Ablaikhan Zhussupov of Kazakhstan, a two-time world bronze-medallist.
Kaur, on the other hand, upstaged third seed Shih-Yi Wu of Taiwan in a terrific come-from-behind win.
However, in a major disappointment for India, six-time world champion Mary Kom lost to China’s Chang Yuan, a former Youth Olympics champion, in a split 1-4 verdict.
3) Manchester City vs Arsenal postponed after Gunners come in contact with Covid-19
Manchester City’s Premier League home match against Arsenal on Wednesday has been postponed because players from the London club have had contact with the owner of the Greek side Olympiakos Piraeus, who has contracted the coronavirus.
A number of players from Arsenal’s squad had met Evangelos Marinakis following their Europa League round of 32 meetings in London on Feb. 27.
Marinakis, who also owns English Championship (second tier) side Nottingham Forest, said on Tuesday he had contracted the coronavirus.
The decision to postpone tonight’s game has been taken as a precautionary measure on medical advice after it emerged that personnel from Arsenal FC have come into contact with the Olympiacos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, who has been named as a positive case of COVID-19.
4) Shivpal Singh becomes 2nd Indian javelin thrower after Neeraj Chopra to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Javelin thrower Shivpal Singh on Tuesday booked a spot in the Indian contingent that will be representing the country at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan later this year after successfully going over the qualification mark at the ACNW League Meeting in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Shivpal threw the javelin at a distance of 85.47 meters in his 5th attempt to make the cut after failing to cross the 80-meter mark with his first three throws.
He is the second javelin thrower after Neeraj Chopra to qualify for the Games and the 9th Indian athlete in Track and Field who will be participating in the quadrennial event in Tokyo.
Neeraj had managed a throw of 87.86m at the ACNW League Meet last week to seal his maiden Olympic berth. The Olympic qualification mark is 85m.