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Tokyo governor pledges to hold Olympics despite virus spike


November 25, 2020

TOKYO: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike remains firm about being able to safely hold the Olympics next year despite growing concerns about Japan’s recent resurgence of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections. Japan has experienced an uptick of the infections this month with a nationwide daily total exceeding 2,000 as the government tries to balance preventive measures and business activity without further hurting the …

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Ali Qambrani boxing stadium being fully renovated


November 25, 2020

KARACHI: The ongoing renovation work of Ali Mohammad Qambrani Boxing Stadium at Kakri Ground, Lyari has entered the final stage of completion on the direction of Deputy Commissioner and Administrator South Irshad Ali Sodhar. The work of boxing ring, mat foam, corners, ring rope and ring pool had been completed. Besides, the water connection in the boxing stadium had been …

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Run-machine Smith warns India he is back in top gear


November 25, 2020

SYDNEY: Australia batting superstar Steve Smith warned India on Tuesday that his game had finally ‘clicked’ and he was ready to justify his ranking as the world’s top Test batsman. Smith admitted he was unhappy with his recent displays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, saying: “I never really got into a good rhythm.” But he believed something …

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PCB invites Afghanistan on first official tour


November 25, 2020

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited Afghanistan’s national team on a full-fledged tour for the first time, a senior board official said on Tuesday, following a visit to Kabul by Prime Minister Imran Khan — one of the game’s greatest players. “We’ll try to look for a possible window for this tour — and if not 2021, we’ll …

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NZ series will be tough, but I am ready for the challenge: Babar Azam


November 25, 2020

KARACHI: Pakistan’s young skipper Babar Azam has said that captaincy is a tough job but he is ready for the challenge and will play aggressive cricket. Speaking in an exclusive interview ‘Replay’, Babar said the New Zealand series will be a challenging one for sure but added that he is confident about facing the challenge. “Yes indeed, the New Zealand …

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PCB terminates contract of Khaleef Technologies over series of breaches


November 24, 2020

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday terminated yet another contract of HBL Pakistan Super League, this time with WMTR, Fantasy and Clip rights holders, alleging the decision is taken due to a series of contractual breaches despite issuance of repeated requests and constant reminders for compliance with obligations. “The PCB had entered into three-year agreements with Khaleef Technologies …

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Rabada reveals bizarre training regime for England series


November 24, 2020

CAPE TOWN: Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada revealed on Monday that the South African cricket team are training in two groups to minimise the risk of further coronavirus (Covid-19) infections ahead of their white-ball series against England. Two members of the South African squad have tested positive for Covid-19 since the squad assembled last week and two other players had to …

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KP trounce Central Punjab, Northern fall short of incredible win


November 24, 2020

KARACHI: While Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as expected, condemned struggling champions Central Punjab to defeat, the remaining two fourth-round fixtures in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy produced contrasting draws here on Monday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa didn’t waste much time at the UBL Sports Complex in their chase for the remaining 63 runs as Central Punjab suffered their third loss to stay firmly rooted at the …

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FIFA ban African football head for five years after ethics investigation


November 24, 2020

MANCHESTER: The head of African football, Ahmad Ahmad, has been banned from football for five years by FIFA following an ethics investigation by world soccer’s governing body. Ahmad, who is president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), had intended to stand in an election in March in which he would have faced a number of challengers. FIFA said in …

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PM’s move to make country’s sports structure effective


November 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday directed the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination to come up with recommendations for making the country’s basic sports structure effective in consultation with stakeholders. He gave this direction during a meeting with Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr Fehmida Mirza who called on him here and exchanged views about administrative matters relating to sports activities …

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