Sports — International

Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021: IOC

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AFP) — The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday. The Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after telephone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a historic joint decision was taken for the first postponement of an Olympics in peacetime. Abe had earlier said […]

Fate of Olympic torch relay in balance as virus worsens

  TOKYO, Olympics (AFP) — The Olympic torch relay, due to begin Thursday from a symbolic site in Fukushima, will proceed as scheduled but organizers said they would re-assess in the coming days given the “worsening” coronavirus situation. “The torch relay will start on March 26 in Fukushima, the plan has not changed,” Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told reporters, a day after the International Olympic Committee said it was considering postponing the Games due […]

NBA launches global campaign to help cope with virus shutdown

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The NBA launched a global social engagement campaign Friday aimed at educating, inspiring and helping people respond to the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down the league season. The “NBA Together” program will include daily Instagram interviews with players and others in the NBA, educational programs, online content aimed at youth who can’t play with friends and a call for “one million acts of kindness” through volunteering and community […]

NBA’s Gobert details coronavirus effects

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, whose positive coronavirus test prompted the NBA to shut down its season, says the virus has caused him to lose his sense of smell. The French big man, whose defensive talents earned him the nickname the “Stifle Tower,” tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11, the result bringing the NBA season to an abrupt halt. In social media posts since then, the 27-year-old had […]

Saints coach Payton tests positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the first person from the National Football League known to have contracted the disease. Payton said he is feeling tired but resting at home after going into self-quarantine. “I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky,” Payton told American sports broadcaster ESPN on Thursday. […]

‘Super Spreader’ NBA players test positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Two members of the Los Angeles Lakers have tested positive for the new coronavirus on Thursday as the Philadelphia 76ers also confirmed that three of their players had contracted the disease. The Lakers said they tested their players because on March 10 they played the Brooklyn Nets, who had four players previously test positive for the virus. The Lakers said team doctors are closely monitoring the two players. “We […]

NBA Nuggets announce coronavirus positive in ‘organization’

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A member of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets organization tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus on Thursday, the club announced in a statement. The club did not specify whether the individual was a player or member of the organization’s staff. “A member of the Denver Nuggets organization tested positive for COVID-19,” the team statement said. “The person, who was tested after experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on March 16th, is […]

Durant among Brooklyn Nets players diagnosed with COVID-19

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant is reportedly among four Brooklyn Nets players who have tested positive for the new coronavirus and are in isolation.The injured Durant, who has yet to play for the Nets since signing for the club last year, confirmed to The Athletic website he had tested positive for the virus. “Everyone is careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant was quoted as […]

Four Brooklyn Nets players diagnosed with COVID-

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the new coronavirus and are in isolation, the NBA team said Tuesday. The announcement comes with the NBA — and all other major US sports — on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” the team said in a statement. “Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. […]

Players treated like ‘guinea pigs’ over coronavirus: Rooney

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney claims the British government and football authorities have treated players like “guinea pigs” during the coronavirus crisis. While the rest of European football was shutting down due to the growing threat of the global pandemic, Rooney is angry it took several days for the Premier League and Football League to postpone their matches until April 3. It was only when Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta […]

Pistons player tests positive for coronavirus

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Detroit Pistons player Christian Wood has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the third NBA player to contract COVID-19. The Pistons, without identifying Wood, issued a statement on Saturday saying that one of their players had tested positive. Woods’ agent Adam Pensack told the Detroit News on Saturday that his client is the one, adding “he feels 100 percent fine.” “A player on the Detroit Pistons, who is […]

NBA coronavirus shutdown likely to be ‘at least 30 days’ – Silver

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday the league shut-down because of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last “at least 30 days”. That would see the league shuttered through what would have been about the last month of its regular season. “What we determined today is that this hiatus will be, most likely, at least 30 days,” Silver said on TNT’s “Inside The NBA” program. The NBA suspended play […]