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Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Restrictions — Organisers

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MOSCOW, July 6  — Australia’s Formula 1 Grand Prix race has been cancelled over restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reported Sputnik, quoting the organisers on Tuesday.

“We regret to announce that the 2021 #AusGP has been cancelled due to restrictions & logistical challenges relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” F1 Australian Grand Prix tweeted.

The race was scheduled to take place in Melbourne on November 18-21.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Tokyo Paralympics: Different Fates For Two National Swimmers Despite Missing Finals

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TOKYO, Aug 27 — Two national swimmers suffered different fates despite failing in the qualifying stage on the third day of the Tokyo Paralympic Games today.

Despite finishing in last position in the second qualifying heat of the S5 women’s 50 mm butterfly (physical disabilities) category, Brenda Annellia Larry put on a commendable performance by improving on her personal best in the competition held at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

The 16-year-old Sabahan clocked 1 minute 00.62 second (s) to finish seventh.

The country’s youngest athlete to the Tokyo Paralympics previously had recorded a personal best of 1: 09.72s in Singapore in 2019.

Chinese swimmer Dong Lu won the heat in a time of 40.74s followed by her compatriot Jiao Cheng who did 43.05s while third place went to Brazilian swimmer Joana Maria da Silva Neves Euzebio (46.32s).

Brenda finished 13th out of 14 swimmers from the two qualifying heats with only the top eight making the cut for the final.

Meanwhile, another national swimmer, Jamery Siga, was clearly frustrated when his dream to at least renew his personal best in the men’s category of the same did not materialise after clocking 40.32s.

His previous best personal best was 38.28s done at the World Swimming Championships in London in 2019.

The 36-year-old Sarawakian admitted that a poor start in today’s competition resulted in him finishing in last place in the third qualifying heat.

Jamery, for whom this is his third Paralympic appearance, finished sixth in the heat while Tao Zheng from China topped the competition and also broke the world record with a time of 32.34s, followed by Yaroslav Semenenko of Ukraine with 34.55s while host swimmer Kaede Hinata took third place with a time of 37.8s.

Meanwhile, Jamery, who was stricken by polio at the age of five, which caused his right arm to shrink, also revealed that his campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics is probably his last given his advanced age if he wants to compete in Paris in 2024.

“I apologise to all Malaysians for not being able to do my best, maybe this is my last Paralympics, age is also catching up,” he told Bernama in a tearful voice.

However, he is still interested in continuing to represent the country and will return to focus on his next missions in tournaments as well as other sporting events, including the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China next year.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Results of Events Involving Malaysians On Second Day of Tokyo Paralympics (Aug 26)

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TOKYO, Aug 26 — Results on the second day involving Malaysian athletes at the Tokyo Paralympics today (Thursday):

SWIMMING:

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Men’s 100-metre Freestyle (S5):

Heat 1:

1. Daniel de Faria Dias (BRA) 1:13.02 seconds (s)

2. Antoni Ponce Bertran (ESP) 1:13.33s

3. MUHAMMAD NUR SYAIFUL ZULKAFLI (MAS) 1:16.33s

(Note: Best eight athletes progress to the Final)

TABLE TENNIS:

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Qualification:

Men’s singles (TT9) Group C: Joshua Stacey (GBR) bt CHEE CHAOMING (MAS) 11-6, 11-8, 11-9

Sources: BERNAMA

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English Premier League Club Won’t Release Players For Internationals In Red-List Countries

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LONDON, Aug 25 — The 20 clubs from the top flight of English football won’t allow their players to play international matches in a country on the UK’s red list next month, announced the Premier League on Tuesday.

According to Xinhua, nearly 60 players from 19 Premier League clubs were due to travel to 26 red-list countries in September for international matches, but all the clubs have unanimously decided not to release the players and the clubs’ decision “is strongly supported by the Premier League.”

“Extensive discussions have taken place with both the FA and the Government to find a solution, but due to ongoing public health concerns relating to incoming travellers from red-list countries, no exemption has been granted,” read the statement released by the Premier League.

Under the current rules in the UK, all travellers from red-list countries such as Brazil and Argentina are required to quarantine for 10 days at a hotel which means that the players would have missed a few matches if they returned from international duties.

The decision means that Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and goalkeeper Ederson, as well as their compatriots Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino from Liverpool and Leeds United’s Raphinha, will not be able to represent Brazil to play a home match against Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers next month.

“Premier League clubs have always supported their players’ desires to represent their countries – this is a matter of pride for all concerned. However, clubs have reluctantly but rightly come to the conclusion that it would be entirely unreasonable to release players under these new circumstances,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.

“Quarantine requirements mean that players’ welfare and fitness will be significantly impacted. We understand the challenges that exist in the international match calendar and remain open to workable solutions.”

Sources: BERNAMA

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