Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus after hosting a controversial tennis tournament across eastern Europe. The men’s world number one tennis player confirmed his COVID-19 diagnosis in a statement – and defended his decision to host the tour despite the continued prevalence of the disease around the world. In April, Djokovic had revealed he was an anti-vaxxer.
Tokyo 2020 will be a “simplified” Olympics, according to the chief executive of the organizing committee. The Games, scheduled to start in July, were postponed for a year in March because of fears over the Covid-19 pandemic. Organizers said that they are working on more than 200 ideas to simplify and reduce costs for the rescheduled Games.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be canceled altogether if a COVID-19 vaccine is not found soon, Japan’s chief medic has warned. In March, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) announced the Games, due to be held this July, would be postponed for a year. Scientists working on a vaccine have said it will take at least a year but most likely more time to develop a safe vaccine.
The 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment by the US Department of Justice. The indictment accuses Nicolás Leoz, the Paraguayan then president of Conmebol, South American football’s governing body, and the former Brazil federation president Ricardo Teixeira of being paid bribes to vote for Qatar at the decisive Fifa executive committee (exco) meeting in December 2010.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the biggest sporting event in the world. The International Olympic Committee postponed the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, officials announced Tuesday. The event was scheduled to start July 24 in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he and the head of the International Olympic Committee agreed to delay the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo for about a year.
Canada and Australia will not send athletes to the Summer Olympic Games this year if the games aren’t delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday. In a statement, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committee said it was “urgently” calling on the organizations that organize the games to postpone the event for one year. “This is not solely about athlete health — this is about public health,” the group said.
NBA legend Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven other people. The 41-year-old, who played for the LA Lakers throughout his glittering 20-year career, died after the aircraft crashed on a steep hillside in thick fog. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people on board when the helicopter crashed on Sunday morning, about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
Iran’s only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, says she has defected. Alizadeh, 21, posted on social media that she had left Iran because she didn’t want to be part of “hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery”. Alizadeh did not say where she was, amid reports that she has been training in the Netherlands. She made history for Iran in 2016 when she won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Rio Olympics.
A world-renowned American free solo climber has died attempting to descend the side of a cliff face. Brad Gobright, 31, fell around 300m (1,000ft) to his death in El Potrero Chico in northern Mexico. Gobright was best known for free soloing, or climbing without any safety gear, but at the time the two were abseiling, a technique using ropes.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers won a courtroom bid Thursday to block a Nevada woman accusing the soccer superstar of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009 from digging into the validity of their 2010 confidentiality agreement and $375,000 hush-money payment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts told Kathryn Mayorga’s attorney that it will be up to a higher-level judge to decide if her effort to obtain more money advances to trial or is diverted to closed-door arbitration.