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SPORTS - September 2020

Sep 2020

Sep 29, 2020

Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay to Start its Journey on March 25

  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the Olympic Torch Relay will start its journey on March 25, 2021, from the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima Prefecture, and then traverse all 47 prefectures across Japan over a period of 121 days.
  • In principle, the route and the schedule of the Relay will remain as originally planned. As 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will aim to showcase the recovery of the areas worst affected by the disaster, in line with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay concept of "Hope Lights Our Way".
  • The torch will reach Tokyo on July 9 in time for the flame to light the cauldron in the Olympic Stadium at the Opening Ceremony of the Games on July 23.

Sep 27, 2020

Neetu David New Head of Women's Selection Panel

  • Neetu David, one of India's finest woman cricketers in the late '90s and early 2000s, has been appointed chairman of the women's selection committee replacing Hemalata Kala.
  • The other members of the panel are Mithu Mukherjee, Renu Margrate, Arati Vaidya and V. Kalpana, all former India players.
  • The four-year term of the previous panel, led by Kala, ended in March 2020. It had Sudha Shah, Anjali Pendharkar, Shashi Gupta and Lopamudra Banerjee as other members.
  • Their last assignment was selecting the team for the women's World T20 in Australia, where India ended runners-up.
  • Neetu David holds the world record for best bowling figures in an innings in a Test – 8/53 – against England in Jamshedpur in 1995.

Sep 26, 2020

Rafael Nadal Unhappy with French Open choice of Wilson Balls for 2020 Edition

  • French Open organisers have had enough problems dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the dwindling number of fans on site and inclement weather but they faced another controversy -- criticism of the choice of ball for this year`s edition.
  • Roland Garros has switched to Wilson balls for the 2020 tournament after using Babolat for many years and 12-times champion Rafa Nadal was not impressed.
  • As per Nadal, you have to take care because with these conditions you can`t practise that much because the ball is super heavy.

Sep 25, 2020

French Open to Allow Just 1,000 People a Day at Roland Garros

  • A maximum of only 1,000 people will be allowed each day at Roland Garros after the French government insisted on tougher restrictions to counter the resurgence of the coronavirus.
  • Organisers of the French Open, which gets underway four months later than planned in Paris, had hoped for a maximum of 5,000.
  • That figure had already been reduced from 20,000 and then 11,500.
  • The decision by the French government will be a huge blow to Roland Garros which last year attracted on average around 37,000 fans a day.
  • French Prime Minister Jean Castex insisted that the Grand Slam tournament must be subject to the same restrictions imposed Thursday on sports events taking place in designated 'red zones' where the coronavirus is showing signs of resurgence.

Uruguay Striker Luis Suarez Joins Atletico Madrid from Barcelona

  • Atletico Madrid have signed striker Luis Suarez from Barcelona, bringing to an end his six-year stint at the Camp Nou.
  • Barca`s statement said Atletico will pay the Catalans six million euros ($7 million) in bonus payments to sign the 33-year-old.
  • The Uruguay striker, who is Barca`s third all-time top scorer with 198 goals in all competitions, had a year left on his contract with the club.
  • Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Luis Suarez, subject to a medical and the formal agreement of a new contract for the Uruguayan striker with our club," Atletico said in their statement.
  • Suarez will replace Alvaro Morata in Atletico`s front line after the Spanish striker was loaned to Juventus for a season.

Sep 24, 2020

Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer on UEFA Player of Year Shortlist

  • According to European football`s governing body, Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer have been shortlisted for the UEFA men`s Player of the Year award.
  • Lewandowski guided Bayern Munich to their sixth Champions League title, finishing as the competition`s top scorer with 15 goals.
  • The Polish striker netted 55 goals in 47 games in all competitions as Bayern won the treble.
  • Neuer, also part of Bayern`s treble-winning squad, kept six clean sheets in the Champions League and missed just one game the entire season.

Howzat Appoints Cricketing Legends as the Official Brand Ambassadors

  • Howzat, India's most trusted Fantasy Sports App, roped in cricketing legends Kumar Sangakkara, Keiron Pollard and Irfan Pathan, as the official brand ambassadors. The association will cement the integrity and passion that millions of fans look for in a fantasy app. The tie-up is also timed with Howzat's next growth phase, as the fantasy app is looking to expand its presence pan-India. Irfan Pathan will be featuring in advertisements online.
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