Novak Djokovic has apologized for hitting a line judge with a ball at the US Open, saying he is “extremely sorry for creating her such stress”. The world number one was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. The Serb, 33, who had just had his serve broken, took a ball out of his pocket and hit it behind him, striking the woman in her throat.
India and Russia have been declared joint winners of a major international chess tournament after two Indian players lost their internet connection during the final round. An online version of the Chess Olympiad contest is being held for the first time this year because of coronavirus. India appealed after two of its players lost connection to their games and forfeited on time. Officials said these were “unprecedented circumstances”.
Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. The club confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Argentina great sent a document expressing his desire to leave. The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst defeats in the player’s career and in the club’s history.
The owner of Washington’s NFL team had vowed this day would never come, but in the face of calls for racial justice and a threatened loss of sponsors, the team on Monday said it’s dropping the name “Redskins,” which many see as a slur against Native Americans. The team, in a statement, said it “will be retiring the redskins name and logo” after 87 years.
Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin has died while spearfishing in his native Australia, local officials have confirmed. Pullin, 32, was found unresponsive off a beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Wednesday. Nicknamed “Chumpy”, Pullin was Australia’s flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The athlete had previously shared pictures online of himself spearfishing, swimming and surfing.
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.