Athletics Olympics qualifiers to be shifted to Patiala?

New Delhi: Olympics qualifying athletics events — Indian Grand Prix 4 and National Inter State Championships — scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from June 15 to 25 are likely to be moved to another city due to logistical issues caused by Covid-19 and the unavailability of a track. “AFI is working on to shift the venue of IGP-4 & Inter-State Championships in June from #Bengaluru to other venue,” the Athletics Federation of India said in a tweet. “Patiala is being considered,” it added.

Messi to skip Barcelona’s final game of La Liga

Barcelona: Lionel Messi might have played his final game for Barcelona. The Argentina star has been given permission to skip the team’s final game of the Spanish league season — at Eibar tomorrow — so he can have extra rest ahead of the Copa América, Barcelona said. Messi didn’t train today. Barcelona are out of contention for the league title. His contract expires at the end of this season, and he hasn’t given an indication he will sign a new one.

Colombia removed as co-host of Copa America

Sao Paolo: South American soccer body CONMEBOL has announced that Colombia will not co-host next month’s Copa America, a decision reached less than a month before the opening match and amid a wave of street protests against the Colombian President. It would have been the first Copa America hosted by two countries. Hours earlier on Thursday, Colombian authorities asked CONMEBOL to postpone the tournament, which is also organised by Argentina. Copa America is scheduled to be played between June 13 and July 10.

Halep out of French Open due to calf injury

Bucharest: Third-ranked Simona Halep has withdrawn from the French Open, which begins on May 30, due to a calf injury. The 29-year-old Romanian, who won the women’s singles title in Paris in 2018, tore a muscle in her left calf at the Italian Open and said it needs more time to heal. Halep is the defending champion at Wimbledon, having won the title in 2019. Last year’s tournament was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s Wimbledon tournament is scheduled to start on June 28.

FIFA to carry out study on holding WC every 2 years

Manchester: FIFA will carry out a feasibility study on holding the World Cup and the women’s World Cup every two years after backing a proposal at its annual congress. Agencies

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