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LATEST SPORTS NEWS: TOUR DE FRANCE TO BEGIN IN AUGUST.
The Tour de France will start on 29 August, with the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana overlapping during October, the UCI has announced. Cycling’s three Grand Tour races are part of a packed schedule across just over three months from 1 August. The Tour de France – pushed back from June – had been cast into doubt when the French government said it was “not sure” the country would be ready.
France last week extended a ban on mass gatherings until September. That was because of the coronavirus pandemic, and French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu cast questions over the Tour de France’s viability for 2020 when she said on Tuesday: “We do not know what the epidemic will be like after lockdown.” The Tour had been scheduled to run from 27 June to 19 July originally; that start date was pushed back last week by the UCI, world cycling’s governing body. It will stick with that adjusted schedule, starting on 29 August and ending on 20 September.
PREMIER LEAGUE MAY BE PLAYED IN 80 MINUTES.
Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has suggested halves of less than 45 minutes could be considered when football resumes. Discussions about the Premier League’s return are ongoing but Taylor says players are “concerned” about safety. “They are not stupid,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program. “They would have to be satisfied that it is safe.” The Premier League said the idea is “not on the table”.
Football League chairman Rick Parry said “there haven’t been any discussions about it”, but did tell a Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport committee hearing: “I don’t think we should be ruling out any creative ideas.” The Premier League is hopeful of a potential 8 June resumption. No set date has been given for the EFL, but Parry said the current season must be concluded by July 31.
LATEST SPORTS NEWS: ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND PLAYERS MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS TO NHS.
The England men’s team have made a “significant donation” to the NHS, using match fees dating back to September 2018. The move comes in conjunction with the #PlayersTogether movement involving Premier League players. Last month England women announced they would donate to the fund.
The Scotland men’s and women’s teams have also made a “substantial donation”, joining England’s men in giving to NHS Charities Together. The donations come with the NHS on the frontline in Britain during the global coronavirus pandemic. “We stand united as England players behind the nation during this crisis,” the players said in a statement. “Our collective prayers and thoughts remain with all those affected.”
BARCELONA PLAYERS TO BE TESTED BEFORE SEASON RESUMES.
Barcelona players will be tested for Covid-19 at the club’s training ground on Wednesday before resuming individual work “in the coming days”. La Liga teams have been given permission to return to training this week following the easing of some restrictions by the government. Barca says the league “gave the go-ahead” for testing after inspecting the facilities at their training ground. La Liga organizers are aiming for a June restart to the season.
Players from the top two divisions will train individually after an agreement with Spain’s sports and health authorities that guaranteed the safety of both players and staff. Football in Spain was suspended indefinitely in March amid the coronavirus pandemic and all players must be tested before they can return to training facilities.
LATEST SPORTS NEWS: PREMIER LEAGUE RETURN WILL LIFT THE SPIRIT OF THE NATION.
The United Kingdom’s foreign secretary confirmed talks regarding the return of professional sports have been held with relevant bodies Discussions relating to the return of Premier League football have been held in “constructive meetings”, according to the United Kingdom government’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab.
“I think it would lift the spirit of the nation,” Raab said in the government’s daily briefing on Tuesday. “I think people would like to see us get back not just to work and get to a stage where children can safely return to school but also enjoy pastimes, sporting in particular.
I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO CONVINCE A PLAYER TO KOIN ARSENAL SAYS ATERTA.
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has said he is only interested in recruiting players who don’t have to be convinced to play for the Gunners. The north London side has been linked with several players in the transfer market, though the coronavirus pandemic is likely to limit the amount they will be able to spend. Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard is one of the players tipped to move to Arsenal as are Ryan Fraser and Willian, who will be free agents when the 2019-20 season ends.
LATEST SPORTS NEWS: FORMULA ONE BOSSES MAKE FINAL BUDGET TO TEAMS.
Formula 1 bosses have made the last offer to teams of a sliding scale budget cap reducing from $145m to $130m over the next three years. The proposal is part of changes aimed at addressing the financial impact of the coronavirus in a letter to teams from F1 managing director Ross Brawn. F1 has proposed a cap of $145m (£116m) in 2021, reducing to $140m in 2022 and $135m for the period 2023-25. Teams will spend the coming days assessing the ideas before a vote.
The proposals – which also include a sliding scale of allowance for aerodynamic research according to a team’s success, and compensation for the manufacturer teams recognizing the value of research and development of parts sold to customers – are billed as a final submission after weeks of negotiations ended in impasse last month.
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