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COVID-19: Canadian athletes will not compete at Tokyo 2020 Games

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) say they will not send athletes to compete in Tokyo if the Games — set to begin July 24 — go ahead as scheduled. Backed by the Athletes’ Commissions, National Sport Organizations and the Government of Canada, the COC and... read more

China gymnasts pull out of Australia WC due to virus travel ban

The Chinese gymnastics team entered into next week’s World Cup Gymnastics 2020 in Melbourne has pulled out due to Australian government travel restrictions put in place to limit the coronavirus outbreak, organisers said on Saturday. The restrictions on foreign nationals travelling from China were introduced in early February and extended... read more

Olympics to go ahead; organisers slam misinformation on coronavirus

Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers said Thursday the Games would “go ahead as planned”, slamming misinformation over the new coronavirus for triggering panic. Chief executive officer Toshiro Muto revealed that organisers have set up a task force to combat the fast-spreading disease that has killed over 560 people and infected at... read more

Kamran Butt- The super hero

“I have always been fascinated by superheroes and their strength,” says power-lifting champion Ather Kamran Butt. “As a child I used to hear stories about Hercules and Samson from my grandfather. My grandfather himself enjoyed and even indulged in a bit of bodybuilding and wrestling in his day. Then my... read more

Asia Cup Hockey: Federation concerned over practice match

SportsOnly Desk: Bangladesh is ready to host the 10th edition of Asia Cup Hockey-2017, after 32 years of arranging its second edition in 1985.   The eight-nation tournament is scheduled to kick off on October 11 with the opening match between India and Japan at Maulana Bhasani Stadium in Dhaka.... read more

Bangladesh going to host Asia Cup Hockey after 32 yrs

SportsOnly Desk: Bangladesh is going to host the 10th edition of Asia Cup Hockey-2017, after 32 years of arranging its second edition in 1985.   The tournament will kick off on October 11 with the opening match between India and Japan, and end on October 22 with the final match.... read more

Siddikur Rahman, once a poor boy from Bangladesh, contending for 1st Euro Tour win

SportsOnly Desk: Not many would have bet on Siddikur Rahman’s name appearing near the top of the $2.35 million Porsche European Open leaderboard. That won’t bother the 32-year-old Bangladeshi. He’s been overachieving his entire life. Rahman is 8 under through 36 holes thanks to a second round 6-under 66. He’s... read more

PM to confer awards to best swimmers Thursday

SportsOnly Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday will confer awards to the best 60 swimmers who were selected in five categories by the talent hunt programme titled ‘Bangladesh in search of the best swimmer’. [বাংলায় পড়ুন: সেরা সাঁতারুদের পুরস্কার দেবেন প্রধানমন্ত্রী] The programme was organized by the Bangladesh Swimming... read more

Mirpur swimming pool finally getting modern scoreboard

SportsOnly Desk: Syed Nazrul Islam National Swimming Complex in Dhaka’s Mirpur, the country main swimming pool, is finally getting a new and modern electronic scoreboard. Though an electronic score was set up in the pool in 1993 ahead of Dhaka South Asian (SA) games, since then it was not useable... read more

Laura Muir and Richard Kilty win gold in Belgrade

Britain’s Laura Muir and Richard Kilty won gold at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade. Muir, 23, broke Dame Kelly Holmes’ British record and the championship record as she won her first major title in the 1500m. Defending champion Kilty, 27, finished the 60m in 6.54 seconds after team-mate... read more

Olympic long jumper Greg Rutherford ‘cheated’ by ex-manager

A man with a gambling addiction has been jailed for taking £48,000 from Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford. Gaby Stone, 34, from Edgware Road, north-west London, managed the long jumper’s appearances, merchandise and sponsorship contracts for a 20% cut. He claimed to have lost the athlete’s money in a bad... read more

IAAF official quits taskforce role over corruption claim

Four-time Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks has stepped down from a key role at athletics’ world governing body after corruption claims. IAAF council member Fredericks, also a member of the International Olympic Committee, has left a taskforce helping Russia as it bids to be readmitted to international competition. His decision... read more

Muir targets 1500m & 5,000m world double

Briton Laura Muir’s double gold at the European Indoor Championships has convinced her to race in both the 1500m and 5,000m at the World Championships in London this summer. The 23-year-old Scot won her first senior medals in the 1500m and 3,000m in Belgrade at the weekend. “We went for... read more

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