Beijing virus outbreak deals further blow to Chinese Super League

first_img The spokesman added: “A fundamental principle is that we won’t have a season in split years.” State media previously said that the CSL would begin in late June or early July, but the middle of next month now looks the earliest possible date. However, a new outbreak in the capital Beijing has renewed concerns of a “second wave” in the country where the pandemic emerged late last year. The Chinese Super League has been suspended indefinitely Read Also: Guardiola praises health workers as Premier League relaunches “The new coronavirus outbreak in Fengtai district of Beijing in June may further cloud the restart of the league,” Global Times said, adding that last season’s CSL runners-up Beijing Guoan have been training in the same district. The squad – whose French coach Bruno Genesio has been unable to return to China because of coronavirus travel restrictions – will take some time off before reassembling at a different location, Beijing Youth Daily said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The delayed Chinese Super League (CSL) season is “shrouded in uncertainty”, state media warned on Thursday, as a fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing throws the campaign into even further doubt. Medical workers in protective equipment take a break at a testing centre for COVID-19 in Beijing this week after a new outbreak whch is also casting fresh doubts over the suspended Chinese Super League football season The CSL in January became one of the first sporting casualties of coronavirus when its February 22 start date was postponed indefinitely. Football leagues in many countries have resumed in recent weeks behind closed doors and the Chinese Basketball Association season will restart on Saturday, also without fans. But the Chinese Football Association (CFA) is yet to get its epidemic control plans approved by the government’s highest sports authority and a start date remains elusive. Time is running out because the CFA is determined to hold the season during a calendar year. “The CFA is actively preparing for resumption of the professional football leagues,” a CFA spokesman told the Global Times in a story headlined: “Return of Chinese Super League still shrouded in uncertainty.” Loading…last_img read more

NFF: Abba Kyari was a colossus

first_imgRelatedPosts Buhari to Okorocha @ 58: Your large heart will always stand you out Buhari to Kaduna indigenes: Without peace there can’t be development Buhari mourns Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed profound shock and a sense of deep sorrow at the passage on Friday of Mallam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. “Mallam Abba Kyari’s death is a big loss to the NFF, Nigerian Football family and the entire country as a whole,” NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, said in a statement on Sunday. “Nigeria’s football industry has lost a friend and a great man who showed tremendous interest in the progress of the country’s game. He was, indeed, a colossus.” Olajire said the NFF retains abiding fond memories of Kyari’s love and support for the various National Teams, accentuated by the passion, energy and resolve with which the Cambridge-educated lawyer and former banking titan attended to and presented to President Buhari matters concerning the teams. He said: “The NFF never had reason, even for one day, to doubt Mallam Kyari’s commitment to the development of Nigerian football and the National Teams. He had keen interest in the teams and treated matters concerning them and Nigerian football generally with his well-known empathy and utmost sense of duty. “In his interactions with the leadership of NFF and even the teams, Mallam Kyari was an embodiment of simplicity, humanity and integrity. His personal presence at the airport in Abuja to receive the victorious Super Falcons’ contingent to the Women Africa Cup of Nations competition in Ghana in December 2018 only underscored his passion and keen interest in matters of the National Teams and Nigeria football. “We loved him, but Almighty God loves him more. We can only pray that God grants his soul eternal rest and also grants his immediate family, President Buhari, top officials of Government, his friends and indeed the Nigerian Football family the fortitude to bear the big loss.”Tags: Abba KyariNFFNigeria Football FederationPresident Muhammadu Buharilast_img read more

3rd set comeback propels Syracuse to win in ACC opener

first_imgWith the match tied at one set apiece, Syracuse found itself down 23-18 in the third set. To win and go up two sets to one, Boston College needed just two more points. The Eagles never got one.A 7-0 run by the Orange — thanks in part to five of Kendra Lukacs career-high 18 kills on the match — not only won the set for Syracuse, but it tipped the rest of the match as well. Lukacs’ dominance paired with two timely substitutions keyed the Orange run, and SU (9-5, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat BC (3-8, 0-1), three sets to one, on Wednesday night in the Women’s Building. Syracuse changed its setter and one of its middle blockers in the midst of a third set run by the Eagles and immediately saw results. The new setter was Jalissa Trotter, Syracuse’s opening-day starter at the position. Trotter had been injured for the past couple weeks and Annie Bozzo replaced her for the last few non-conference games.“We just felt, with the tempo of the game, we have to change,” said head coach Leonid Yelin. “We didn’t (plan) this … it just happened. We have to make these kind of changes, because the whole goal is winning.”Trotter tallied 20 assists in just two sets on Wednesday, good for second on the team, but wasn’t the only change to the Orange rotation in the third set. Freshman middle blocker Dana Gardner, having only played 14 total sets in Syracuse’s first 13 games, was thrust into the spotlight to play in the biggest match of her career. The Knoxville, Tennessee native only had one kill in three sets, but Yelin thought her production went further than the box score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Dana, she did exactly what we asked,” he said. “We know she’s not gonna jump through the roof, but she does a solid job.”If not for Lukacs’ heroics, though, the surprise effectiveness by Trotter and Gardner would’ve been all for naught. Lukacs’ five kills during the pivotal Orange comeback included three in a row to end the third set. And she wasn’t done. The sophomore added four more kills in the fourth set, two of which came consecutively to break a 22-all tie and give Syracuse two match points. “One of the hardest things is coming back after a break or after a timeout and coming back with that same mentality,” Lukacs said. “A huge part of whether you’re up or down is just making sure you maintain that momentum and bring it into the next set.”Anastasiya Gorelina also set a career-high in kills with 20, and for her, a deficit like the one the Orange faced against BC changes how she plays.“I start playing with my heart,” she said. “Like I jump higher. I don’t know exactly what changed inside, but it’s something like…” Gorelina snapped her fingers. “… and (then) I (know I) need to be more aggressive.”Whatever happened inside Syracuse on Wednesday, it translated into the first conference win of the season for the Orange. “It’s a two-part season,” Yelin said. “Hopefully three parts.” He smiled. “It’s the preseason, then there’s the conference. It’s the second part. “Winning today was very important.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34last_img read more