TOKYO (Agencies): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Monday that the Olympic Games will be held on July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, while the Paralympic Games between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5, 2021. “The leaderships of the key parties came together via telephone conference earlier today, joined by IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori…

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Lausanne (Agencies): The world championship could extend into January next year as Formula 1 seeks to salvage the 2020 season, says Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto. The first eight races have been called off and the British Grand Prix in July is one of the next events under threat. Binotto said teams are in “constant dialogue”…

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PARIS (Agencies): With careers spent scratching around dusty outposts, sometimes with “just $100” in their pockets, tennis’ unheralded army of foot soldiers claim they are struggling to afford food after being made unemployed overnight by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Georgian player Sofia Shapatava is pleading with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to dig deep and…

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TOKYO (Agencies): Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus. Given the ongoing pandemic and need for preparation time, the most likely plan would be for the Games to begin on July…

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KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): Karachi Kings’ Head Coach Dean Jones is unhappy with Pakistan’s domestic system over lack of opportunities for talented spinner Umer Khan. While speaking in a YouTube video, Jones slammed the First-Class (FC) structure in Pakistan for not giving the slow left-arm spinner, who has been one of the most promising players for…

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SYDNEY (Agencies): A two-year leadership ban slapped on Steve Smith after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa ended Sunday, leaving the master batsman free to skipper Australia again. The 30-year-old captained the team until he was suspended for 12 months over a brazen attempt to alter the ball with sandpaper under his watch during a…

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KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): Boxer Amir Khan has promised to donate Rs40 million for the welfare of the poor during the lockdown in Pakistan. “Amir Khan Foundation will make sure to distribute ration and other necessary things among the poor,” said Amir. He has also offered to use his boxing academy in Islamabad as a quarantine…

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