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The Latest: Sevilla says a player tested positive for virus

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Spanish soccer club Sevilla says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus. July 29, 2020 ___Three riders competing at the Vuelta a Burgos cycling race in Spain have been dropped from the event after being in contact with someone with the coronavirus.UAE Team Emirates says Colombian riders Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila will not start the second stage.The team says they were in contact with a person who turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. They have been isolated and sent home in accordance with protocols by the team and international cycling body UCI.The team says the three riders returned two negative tests three days before the race. The club has not disclosed the name of the player. It says he has not shown symptoms of COVID-19 and is in good health and isolated at home.Sevilla says the positive result was discovered on Monday. It immediately informed sports and health authorities and temporarily suspended the team’s training sessions. It also disinfected the club’s facilities in accordance with the strict protocols in place because of the pandemic.Sevilla is scheduled to face Roma on Aug. 6 in the Europa League.___FIFA has ratified a coronavirus relief plan that will make $1.5 billion available to soccer communities and national associations around the world. The Latest: Sevilla says a player tested positive for virus Associated Press All of the 211 FIFA member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million.Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer during the plan’s third phase.The massive spending plan aims to help men’s and women’s professional soccer as well as youth and grassroots soccer through a system of grants and loans.Each of the six soccer confederations will also receive a grant of $2 million.FIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021. ___The first two stops on the 2021 World Sevens Series rugby circuit have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says the joint events in Dubai from Nov. 26-28 and in Cape Town from Dec. 4-6 have been cut because of the “ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.”The 2020 series was curtailed and New Zealand declared champions of the men’s and women’s titles after sports around the world were shuttered in March.Planning for the remaining qualifiers for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is ongoing. Twenty-one of the 24 places in the Olympic tournaments have been confirmed. A dozen teams are set to play in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments in the first half of next year for the remaining spots in Tokyo.The last five stops in the 2020 series were canceled in June.___More AP sports: and read more

African Games: Morocco 2019 team meets Ghana 2023 team

first_imgA delegation of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 12th African Games to be hosted by Morocco this August at Rabat met with Ghana 2023 Project Team on the sidelines of the recent 6th AIPS Africa Conference held in Accra.The delegation led by Mustapha Elbayoudi, the LOC’s Press Attache explored various areas Ghana’s Team would benefit from best practices and participate in the coming Games by attending all pre-events as well as the Games itself as partners in the organization and administration of the Games.He stressed on the fact of the Games being a touristic attraction, especially as it coincides with the peak season and implored the Ghana Team to use their CO-HOSTING approach to reposition the selected cities on the global market through the Games.He, on behalf of the Rabat 2019 LOC, extended an open invitation to the Ghana 2023 Project Team to see the Games primarily as an African platform for Africans, organised and hosted by Africans and therefore looked forward to greater participation by all the nations of Africa.Replying, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, the Technical Advisor (Sports) at Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports and member of the Ghana 2023 Project Team thanked the delegation for accepting to explore further collaboration between the two host nations of the Games to strengthen its brand globally.He assured the LOC of Ghana’s total participation in the Games as it will assist the nation to build on the success story of 2019 to showcase an even better Games in 2023. Dr. Owusu-Ansah intimated that the Ministry will look forward to other areas outside sports, especially the youth sector, towards empowering future generations of both nations to be more than competitive globally in all fields of endeavour.Mr. Ben Nunoo-Mensah, the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and a member of the Ghana 2023 Project Team also added his voice to the call for greater collaboration between the two nations and stressed that it was important for the Games to give the African Youth the opportunity to express themselves as well as develop their talents not only on the continent but also at the Olympics in 2020 Tokyo.Mr. Magnus RexDanquah, a sport business expert and the CEO of the Ghana 2023 Project Team in his contribution, re-emphasized the need for African nations not to see themselves as so much in competition but consider the possibilities of joining forces to bid to co-host say a future Olympic Games or FIFA World Cup as these offer the next stage in our collective desire to showcase our joint capacities, talents and skills as equals on the world stage, given every possibility against rest of the world. He reiterated the fact it was one of the considerations at the 3rd Specialised Technical Committee for Youth, Culture and Sport (STC-YCS-3) of the African Union Commission Meeting held in October last year at Algiers, Algeria. He assured the Moroccan delegation of the readiness of Ghana to place its expertise in those areas of competitive advantage so that Africa co-hosts the next Olympic Games to give the youth more opportunities to develop and grow their talents.last_img read more