Covid-19: China orders compulsory military training for footballers

first_img Loading… The order was made on Friday, and clubs had until Tuesday (today)  to tell the CFA how they would adhere to it. They will also face random inspections to make sure they’re following the instructions. The CFA said the training was designed to help realise Xi’s grand plans, launched in 2016, to make China a major footballing nation. At the same time, players must also do their bit to fight the deadly coronavirus, which emerged in central China in December and has since spread across the world Read Also Milan donate €250,000 to support the Coronavirus emergency “Achieve epidemic prevention and control on one hand, and focus on training and battle preparations on the other,” the CFA said.”Both hands must be strong and both battles must be won. “Men’s and women’s national teams and professional football clubs are requested to strictly follow the notice,” the CFA added. The results of the surprise checks will be made public and clubs will be ranked to shame underachievers into action. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chinese football clubs and national teams must undertake “spring military training” to defeat the coronavirus and help fulfill President Xi Jinping’s dream of making the country a force in the sport, officials said. Matches in China are indefinitely suspended over the outbreak but the football association has issued detailed orders, telling clubs how long players must train each week, what exercises they must do and even how slim they must be. The strict instructions, the latest in a series handed down by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) in recent years, are likely to be met with surprise by coaches such as Rafael Benitez and Fabio Cannavaro with a background in European football. But Cannavaro, at Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande, and Benitez at Dalian Pro are among the coaches who will be held directly responsible for incorporating the training regime into their pre-season programmes. Chinese League defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?last_img read more

Spurs stumble in Watford draw

first_imgPochettino, despite his side’s poor recent run, might have taken some comfort from Watford’s home form against other leading Premier League clubs.For all they beat Arsenal 2-1, Watford have leaked 13 goals against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United. And that tally increased when Watford were opened up all too easily for Spurs’ equalising goal.Christian Eriksen beat the offside trap and his cross was perfectly weighted for Son to slot home home in the 25th minute.Abdoulaye Doucoure fired just past the far post in the 37th minute and Watford continued to pose a threat, with Richarlison causing Spurs all kinds of problems.Another burst forward from the Brazilian saw him contribute towards Sanchez’s early exit in the 52nd minute, with the Colombian meeting his fellow South American with a raised forearm.Watford wanted a red card while Pochettino pleaded the case for Sanchez’s defence. Eventually, referee Martin Atkinson showed Sanchez a red card, deeming the elbow was intentional, in a decision which had a big impact on the outcome of this game.Doucoure met Cleverley’s corner but his 25-yard shot bounced off the inside post and agonisingly out. It was a major escape for Spurs, who had really gone into their shell, with Watford now dominating as a result of their numerical advantage.Watford were piling forward with Etienne Capoue forcing Lloris into a routine save from distance. And the Hornets finished the more frustrated of the two side.A handball shout against Spurs’ Eric Dier was waved away moments before the final whistle, with Atkinson booed off by both sets of supporters at full-time.Share on: WhatsApp Watford, United Kingdom | AFP | Ten-man Tottenham Hotspur stopped the rot with a 1-1 draw at Watford on Saturday but this result did little to revive an already faltering Premier League title bid.Christian Kabasele’s early opener for Watford was cancelled out by Son Heung-Min’s equaliser in the first half.center_img But Davinson Sanchez’s red card moments into the second second period changed the course of this game.Spurs were pegged back but to settle for a draw, meaning they’ve now won just two points out of a possible 12.This result might have halted a run of three successive away defeats, but Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will have been frustrated by a share of the spoils.With Tottenham having already lost four league games, as many as they did throughout the whole of last season to all but end their Premier League title hopes, they could ill-afford another setback at Vicarage Road.An on-out-of-sorts Spurs had never previously lost to Watford in eight previous Premier League meetings and they would keep that unbeaten record intact.But Watford will be wondering just how the match ended in a draw. Kabasele had made an important block to deny Harry Kane early on but the Belgian defender made another telling contribution at the other end of the pitch to head Watford into a 13th minute lead.Tom Cleverley’s corner saw Kabasele escape from his marker to nod home beyond Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.last_img read more

Amnesty urges AC Milan, Juve to shun Italian Super Cup in Saudi

first_img“We’d urge these Italian clubs to think twice about the signal this sends out to sports fans across the world and the brave activists who stand up for human rights in Saudi Arabia,” Hogarth said.Gruesome reports have alleged that Khashoggi’s body was dismembered by a team sent from Saudi Arabia to silence the journalist, whose columns were frequently critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The murder has dealt a serious blow to Saudi Arabia’s image, which Prince Mohammed has sought to improve since his appointment as heir to the throne last year. He has ended a ban on women driving and loosened other restrictions in the kingdom.The 2018/2019 Italian Super Cup is scheduled for January 2019 in the Saudi capital Riyadh, and pits last year’s Italian Cup winner — Juventus — against the runner up, AC Milan.Share on: WhatsApp Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Amnesty International on Saturday urged football clubs AC Milan and Juventus to shun the Italian Super Cup — a game Saudi Arabia is set to host in January — over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.“Even before the horrific killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia had a truly appalling human rights record,” said Allan Hogarth, Amnesty International UK’s head of policy.“Big clubs like Juventus and AC Milan need to understand that their participation in sporting events in the country could be used as a form of ‘sportswashing’,” Hogarth said.Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist critical of his government, was killed after entering his country’s Istanbul consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee.last_img read more

Leafs snap two-game slide by thumping Grand Forks 7-2

first_imgBut a power play goal by Luke Jones followed by Hayden Pasacreta’s first goal of the season less than two minutes later tied the contest at 2-2.In the second the Leafs responded to a lively pep talk during the intermission to throw 23 shots at the Grand Forks net.The result saw Nelson score three times as Colton McCarthy, Cam Weir and Bryce Nielsen on the power play gave the hosts a 5-2 advantage after 40 minutes.In the third, Boyczuk and Colton Schell with one second remaining in the game concluded the Leafs scoring. Nelson finished the game out shooting the Bruins 50-21.Brett Soles had an easy time in the Nelson net to earn the win.Robert Dunsmuir started the game before being relieved by Dominic Stadnyk after injuring his hand.The win moved Nelson up the Murdoch standings to within two points of idle Castlegar Rebels.Castlegar hosts Sicamous Eagles Sunday in the Sunflower City.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs boarded a bus following Saturday’s game for Spokane in preparation for Sunday’s afternoon tilt . . .. The goal by Colton McCarthy is his team-leading 11th of the season. Only Brendan Burge of Fernie has scored more times — 12 . . ..Nelson defenceman Cole Arcuri missed the game due to an upper body injury. . . . North Okanagan Knight won its second game on the Murdoch road trip edging Beaver Valley Nitehawks 3-1. For the second consecutive game the Nelson Leafs struggled in the first period.But this was the Grand Forks Border Bruins Nelson was playing are not the North Okanagan Knights.The Leafs overcame the slow start, scoring five times in the final two frames to dump the lowly Bruins 7-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snaps a two-game slide for the Leafs.Nelson concludes the three-game weekend with a game Sunday afternoon in Spokane.“It was good but we struggled again in the first period,” said Leaf winger Jacob Boyczuk, named the game’s first star.“We got it going in the second but have to start better.”Matti Jmaeff and Seth Schmidt staked the Leafs to the 2-0 lead nine minutes through the opening period.last_img read more