Australia grants tennis star Novak Djokovic visa to play in 2023 Australian Open

Novak Djokovic has been granted a visa to play in the Australian Open in January, Guardian Australia and state broadcaster ABC reported on Tuesday. Djokovic, who is Serbian, was deported from Australia in the leadup to the Grand Slam in January after he declined to be vaccinated. The former world No. 1 was originally barred… Read More Australia grants tennis star Novak Djokovic visa to play in 2023 Australian Open

U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner transferred to Russian penal colony

Russian authorities last week transferred U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner from a detention centre outside Moscow and she is now on her way to an undisclosed penal colony, her legal team and Washington’s top diplomat said on Wednesday. The two-time Olympic gold medallist was arrested on February 17 – a week before Russia invaded Ukraine… Read More U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner transferred to Russian penal colony

Qatar scraps COVID entry test requirement for World Cup fans

World Cup host Qatar has scrapped a requirement for visitors to obtain a negative COVID-19 test before departing for the Gulf Arab state, its health ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Previously, Qatar had told fans attending the World Cup they must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test regardless of their vaccination status,… Read More Qatar scraps COVID entry test requirement for World Cup fans

Russian appeal court upholds sentence of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner

U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner’s Russian lawyer said on Tuesday that she and her team hoped she could be released in a prisoner exchange with the United States. Speaking to reporters after an appeal court near Moscow upheld Griner’s nine-year jail sentence for possessing and smuggling vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, lawyer Alexander Boykov said:… Read More Russian appeal court upholds sentence of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner

Scores dead, injured following stampede during football match in Indonesia

At least 174 people were killed and 180 injured in a stampede and riot at a soccer match in Indonesia, officials said on Sunday, in one of the world’s worst stadium disasters. When frustrated supporters of the losing home team invaded the pitch in Malang in the province of East Java late on Saturday, officers… Read More Scores dead, injured following stampede during football match in Indonesia

Former El Salvador soccer chief Reynaldo Vazquez jailed for sixteen months in FIFA corruption case

The former president of El Salvador’s soccer federation was sentenced on Thursday to 16 months in U.S. prison after pleading guilty to a charge arising from a global soccer corruption probe involving the payment of bribes to stage and broadcast matches. Reynaldo Vasquez, 66, the former president of the Federacion Salvadorena de Futbol (FESFUT), or… Read More Former El Salvador soccer chief Reynaldo Vazquez jailed for sixteen months in FIFA corruption case

Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge shattered his own marathon world record on Sunday, winning the Berlin race with a time of 2:01.09 to shave half a minute off his previous world best set in the German capital four years ago. The 37-year-old, who has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, including two Olympic triumphs and… Read More Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

Emotions sway as career of tennis star Roger Federer comes to end

Roger Federer’s trophy-laden career ended with defeat on Friday, but for once the result hardly mattered as the Swiss maestro headed into retirement with tears in his eyes and cheers ringing in his ears. With a sellout crowd of 17,500 at London’s O2 Arena willing him on, the 20-time Grand Slam champion returned after more… Read More Emotions sway as career of tennis star Roger Federer comes to end