News – August 2020

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Egypt celebrates the first sports achievement after the return of sports activity

Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports,  praised the achievement made by Mohamed Taher Zeyada, player of Egypt’s equestrian team, who won the “Csi lier” title of the World Equestrian Championship.  Mohamed Taher Zeyada is the first Egyptian player to win a title of an international championship after the return of the sports activity, and he is one of the Egyptian equestrian team stars, and he holds a joint sponsorship from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Wadi Degla Clubs Company, the National Bank of Egypt, and Rawabit Sports.

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Qatar interested in bidding for 2032 Olympics, Paralympics

Qatar is keen on on hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation has expressed an interest in hosting the world’s biggest sporting events in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. Qatar is turning its focus to bringing the Summer Games to the Middle East for the first time as it prepares to host the region’s first World Cup in 2022.

 

Top-ranked squash player Raneem El Welily ends her career

Top-ranked women’s squash player, Raneem El Welily, announced her retirement on Thursday. The 31-year-old Egyptian was the first Arab woman to be world No. 1 in any sport, the Professional Squash Association said. El Welily first took the top ranking in 2015, and won her only world championship two years later. She was a three-time runner-up. “Squash has been my life for the past 25 years but the time has come for me to say goodbye,” El Welily said in a statement on her social media accounts.

 

Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in 2020 due to coronavirus

The Ballon d’Or will not be awarded this year due to the extraordinary conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic, organizers France Football announced on Monday. It will be the first time the trophy given for the world’s best men’s footballer has not been awarded since Englishman Stanley Matthews won the inaugural edition in 1956. “There will be no edition in 2020, because it turns out, after thoughtful consideration, that all the conditions are not met,” said Pascal Ferre, the editor of the magazine.

Hamilton roars to record Hungarian GP win and top spot in title race

Lewis Hamilton equaled one of Michael Schumacher’s many records on Sunday when he delivered a classic drive to become the first driver to complete a hat trick of Hungarian Grand Prix victories. The defending six-time champion, who won at the Hungaroring in 2018 and 2019, enlarged his overall total of Hungarian triumphs to eight, drawing level with Schumacher’s eight wins at the French Grand Prix, the most by any driver at a single race venue.

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SFA launches Saudi Arabia’s first walk-run event in the summer

The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) has announced its first outdoor event of the summer season, a series of competitive walk-runs called Step Together.
The first Step Together virtual walk-run is open to individual and teams. Participants can register from July 17 until the closing date of July 26.
Adults taking part can choose to complete either a 42 kilometer full marathon or a 21 kilometer half marathon over a period of 10 days, commencing on July 17. Children under the age of 15 taking part in the challenge will complete a shorter 10 kilometer race over the same period

Egyptian Premier League set for late summer restart amid coronavirus pandemic

The start of August will see the Egyptian Premier League become the latest football competition to resume the 2019-20 season after the interruption brought about by the spread of the Covid-19. The league had been suspended since March 14, 2020 as fears of pandemic brought almost all sporting competitions around the world to a halt. Days earlier, it had been announced that the league would carry on behind closed doors, but that decision was quickly amended to suspend all matches indefinitely as the gravity of coronavirus spread became apparent. But now football fans in Egypt can at last have something to look forward to, albeit through their television screens.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Juventus wins ninth straight Serie A title

Ronaldo scored his 31st league goal of the season as Juventus won its ninth consecutive Serie A title with a 2-0 victory against Sampdoria. It extends the club’s record streak in the Italian league with two games to spare despite holding a slim one-point lead when games were suspended amid the coronavirus. Ronaldo, who has now won seven top-flight titles in his career, opened the scoring in Sunday’s game before Federico Bernardeschi prodded in a parried shot from the Portuguese forward to wrap up the Scudetto.

Tennis tournaments canceled in China until next year amid coronavirus fears

Eleven tennis tournaments set to be played in China this year have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Both the WTA and ATP have had to scrap all their remaining meetings in the country after China’s General Administration of Sport announced it would not hold any international sporting events until 2021.

 

It was a very special match: Trezeguet on West Ham’s match

Aston Villa player Mahmoud Hassan “Trezeguet” expressed his satisfaction for his contribution to the survival of his team in the Premier League. Aston Villa tied at home to West Ham United with a goal for each team, a result that was enough to remain in the Premier League. The Egyptian star added: “I was fighting throughout the season, sometimes I participate and sometimes I do not participate, but I believed that the opportunity would come to me.”

 

Zamalek waits for Moroccan duo to continue preparations

Ashraf Bencharqi and Mohamed Onajem are expecting to be back to Cairo on Wednesday or Thursday, to participate in the team’s training. Amir Mortada revealed through the club’s official website, “We have been in touch with the Moroccan authorities and the Egyptian embassy in Morocco for the past two days, for the duo’s return.” He continued, “We’ve finished all the paper work for both players, It depends on if there is a flight to Tunisia or any other Arab country,” he said. He concluded his remarks, “The delay of the duo’s return to Egypt due to the lack of a flight from Tunisia that coincides with the flight to Egypt.”

Italy could allow fans into stadiums from September

Italy could allow spectators back into football stadiums in September if the COVID-19 situation allows, sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Friday, adding that capacity would be limited. The top two divisions of the Italian league, Serie A and Serie B, resumed in June following a three-month stoppage. However, all matches have been played behind closed doors since then. “If the epidemiological curve allows, fans can return to stadiums in September,” Spadafora told state broadcast Rai in a radio interview. “Obviously, we cannot fill the stadiums as we did before, but we will have to respect a whole series of measures that are being studied at the moment.”

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