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LATEST SPORTS NEWS – 20TH APRIL 2020

In our latest sports news segment, we have another round of sports news for you. The news transcend from boxing to football. In today’s news key personalities like Mayweather, Hazard, Djokovic and others make up the news. Read the details of the news below.

BOXING.

LATEST SPORTS NEWS: FLOYD MAYWEATHER JNR RUNNING IN THE DESERT.

In what could be a hint of another comeback, Floyd Mayweather Jr. posted a video clip of him running in the desert with a whole pack of his bodyguards/entourage following him on bicycles. The 43-year-old Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) is staying in shape during the pandemic. This sudden burst of energy by Mayweather in beginning training is a sign that he could be returning to the ring soon after the lockdown stops. However, if Mayweather is hoping to sell his next “fight” against some hapless MMA fighter on pay-per-view, he might want to pick a better time.

A picture of floyd mayweather jr in today's sports news.
A picture of floyd mayweather jr in today’s sports news.

All the workouts that Mayweather has been doing lately is a clear signal that he’s going to be returning to the ring soon. He’s made it known that he wants to fight Conor McGregor again and take on UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov. Boxing fans still want to see Mayweather fight despite the fact that he hasn’t fought a quality opponent in five years since his victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2015. In Mayweather’s fights since then, he’s beaten over-the-hill Andre Berto, Conor McGregor, and Tenshin Nasukawa.

ANTHONY JOSHUA NAMES 6 BOXERS HE WANTS TO FACE BEFORE HIS CAREER ENDS.

Anthony Joshua has named six opponents he wants to fight before the end of his career. During a lockdown interview with Sky Sports, the unified WBA, IBF & WBO heavyweight champion reeled off a list of figters he hopes to square off with in the coming years. He hopes to battle with Oleksadr Usyk, Deontay Wilder, and Tyson Fury before he retires. Luis Ortiz, Adam Kownacki and Jarrell Miller are the remaining six names he hopes to face off in the ring.  

TENNIS.

DJOKOVIC DOESN’T WANT TO BE FORCED INTO TAKING COVID-19 VACCINATION.

Throughout the past few days, Novak Djokovic has been an open book when answering questions during a series of social media chats. After co-hosting entertaining sessions with Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, the world No. 1 organized a Facebook live discussion Sunday with Serbian athletes, including fellow tennis players Dusan Lajovic, Filip Krajinovic and Viktor Troicki, and former pro Janko Tipsarevic. During their dialogue, Djokovic disclosed his stance on the likelihood of athletes undergoing mandatory immunization before returning to competition.

A picture of Novak Djokovic in today's sports news.
A picture of Novak Djokovic in today’s sports news.

“Personally, I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” Djokovic said in a translated quote. “But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision. I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.”

LATEST SPORTS NEWS: EVENTS IN GERMANY, FRANCE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN MAY.

The tennis tours are suspended during the coronavirus pandemic, but some independent organizers are planning to start circuits of their own during the hiatus. There could be professional tennis played in May 1, with Tennis Point Exhibition Series in Germany. According to The Telegraph, there will be 32 matches played across four days at a club in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of the southwest. Bordered by France, Belgium and Luxembourg, the region is having some of its lockdown lifted by the German government next week, and local authorities have approved the competition if some safety protocols are followed. The eight-player field includes Germans Dustin Brown and Yannick Hanfmann; no Top 100 players are scheduled to compete. There will be no spectators, but PlaySight video will allow the competition to be broadcast. The series will also allow online betting, having secured approval from the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU). “The TIU is aware of proposals from a number of organizers to stage new tennis events and exhibitions during the current lockdown of the professional game. We encourage them to discuss their plans with us,” a TIU spokesperson told The Telegraph.

ATHLETICS.

NIGERIA’S AJUNWA ADVISES ATHLETES TO REMAIN FOCUSED DESPITE POSTPONEMENT OF GAMES.

Nigeria’s first Olympic Games individual gold medallist, Chioma Ajunwa, has advised the country’s athletes to continue with their training programmes despite the recent postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Ajunwa became the country’s first individual gold medallist when she won the women long jump at the Atlanta 1996 Games. The former member of the senior women national football team said the COVID-19 lockdown should not stop the athletes from maintaining their training routine indoors, adding that such exercises would condition their bodies for success when the games eventually hold. She reminded the athletes that winning Olympics medals requires many sacrifices and hard work. “The athletes should realize that when they relax their training because of the lockdown, it would be difficult for them to get back to full fitness before the Olympics. “We pray the COVID-19 is eradicated so that the athletes will have more opportunity to train with the right facilities for their sports. Nigerian athletes are hard working and determined to succeed in every championship, and winning medals will not be difficult at the Olympics if they used the right approach to prepare before the Games,” she said

LATEST SPORTS NEWS: HAZARD RECOVERING WELL FROM ANKLE SURGERY.

The forward’s transition from Chelsea to Real has been hampered by injury, but things are looking up following his recent operation. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has revealed that Eden Hazard is on the mend after ankle surgery, although he refused to put a date on the Real Madrid star’s return to action.  Hazard’s debut season in La Liga has been badly interrupted by injuries which have limited him to just 14 starts in all competitions.  Having spent three months on the sidelines with a foot issue, the forward suffered a fractured ankle in February against Levante which forced him under the knife.
 
A picture of hazard in today's sports news.
A picture of hazard in today’s sports news.
 
According to Martinez, though, the former Chelsea star’s recovery is on track.  “I know he is recovering well. He is not far from running again and there are no complications,” Martinez told reporters. “Everything went well with the operation, but you also hope that everything goes well in the four to five weeks afterwards without complications, and there were none. “We know he will return stronger. We were also fortunate, of course, to have his surgery take place just before the coronavirus outbreak. “Otherwise he would not be able to travel or be treated outside of Madrid. I have a positive feeling that Eden will be back soon.”

PJANIC FLIES BACK TO ITALY AHEAD OF A POSSIBLE SERIE A RETURN.

The Serie A has been on hold since last month due to the coronavirus outbreak, but May 4 has been set as a possible date to get the ball rolling again Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic flew back to Italy ahead of the possible resumption of Serie A. Serie A was suspended indefinitely in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has already stated that the campaign will not resume until the health and safety of all concerned can be guaranteed. Italy’s minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora is hoping to confirm a May 4 date for the return to Serie A training as soon as possible, with the current restrictions on movement and outdoor activities set to end on May 3.
 
When the season was halted, Bosnia-Herzegovina star Pjanic returned to his homeland, like superstar team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo – who retreated to Portugal, while the likes of Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro and Danilo made their way back to Brazil. But Pjanic announced via Instagram on Sunday that he was returning to Italy, with the caption: “Back To The Business”.
 

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