Weekly digest: From Wimbledon cancellation to Premier League players rejecting wage cut

A round-up of news from the world of sport, from Wimbledon being cancelled for the first time since World War II to Premier League players rejecting wage cut.

Wimbledon has been cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic, leaving Roger Federer 'devastated'   -  AFP

CRICKET

All South African players who returned from their incomplete ODI tour of India were found to be symptom-free of COVID-19 and those who underwent tests returned negative, according to the team's chief medical officer Dr. Shuaib Manjra. (REPORT)

The Pakistan Cricket Board wishes to host a major cricket tourney to make up for the financial loss suffered due to India’s refusal to play a bilateral series against Pakistan. (REPORT)

The Warwickshire County Cricket Club on Friday announced that it was handing over the Edgbaston stadium to the government to create a drive-through COVID-19 testing station for the National Health Services staff battling the pandemic. (REPORT)

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has admitted he didn’t handle Kevin Pietersen well during his time at the helm as the flamboyant batsman should have been given some space despite not exactly adhering to the team ethos. (REPORT)

A whopping 9.02 million fans in India watched India take on Australia in the ICC Women’s World T20 final, breaking all viewership records across TV as well as digital platforms. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

FIFA has extended the age limit for the men’s football tournament at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic. (REPORT)

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (REPORT)

Premier League players reject 30 per cent wage cut as stand off between players unions and the clubs continue. (REPORT)

Premier League announced that the league will not resume in May and will only return ‘when it is safe and appropriate to do so’. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich’s turnaround in form has seen the club reward interim boss Hansi Flick with a three-year deal. (REPORT)

The All India Football Federation has officially submitted its bid to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup, general secretary Kushal Das said on Sunday. If it wins the bid, it will be the first time that India hosts the continent tournament. (REPORT)

Liverpool joined Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Bournemouth in furloughing their non-playing staff with the Premier League season remaining suspended. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

Isolated swimming, tennis with a saucepan England's hockey player Samuel Ward has posted a bunch of hilarious videos of what he calls “Isolated Olympics” on social media to deal with postponed Olympics. (REPORT)

Belgium men’s hockey team captain Thomas Briels said that postponing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 was the right thing to do, keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone involved. (REPORT)

Hockey India has announced that it will set systems in place for both women's and men's teams' preparations to be on track for the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
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The FIH has withdrawn any geo-blocking on its online streaming platform for the last two seasons of the Pro League in its bid to increase engagements with the fans during the COVID-19 lockdown. (REPORT)

SHOOTING

Manu Bhaker has donated Rs 1 lakh to the Haryana government to help the state combat the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic. (REPORT)

Former shooter Abhinav Bindra pointed out that it was important “to tune the policy" quickly to ensure the best team represents India in Tokyo 2021. (REPORT)

Suma Shirur, high-performance coach with the Indian junior rifle team, feels competitive shooters can make the most of self-isolation during the current lockdown by building up physically, wherever they are at present. (REPORT)

TENNIS

The Wimbledon Championships have been cancelled this year. (RELATED)

ATP and WTA have jointly announced the extension of suspension of top-level tennis until July 13. (RELATED)

The Lawn Tennis Association, which governs the game in Britain, has pledged about £20 million pounds to ensure a healthy revival of the sport in England, Scotland and Wales. (RELATED)

MOTORSPORT

Formula One teams have been barred from developing this year the new cars they will line up in the 2022 World Championship following a ruling from the World Motor Sport Council. (RELATED) 

Mercedes has helped to develop a breathing aid that could keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care units and ease the pressure on Britain's strained health service. (RELATED)

McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz took voluntary pay cuts as part of the cost-cutting measures to help the team amid the financial burden due to the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED)

Aston Martin has confirmed its return to F1 in 2021 as a constructor after Racing Point will be rebranded. (RELATED)

In MotoGP, the French Grand Prix was postponed due to the COVID-19 threat. The race was originally scheduled to be held in Le Mans from May 15 to 17. (RELATED)

ATHLETICS 

The Athletics Federation of India will frame a new calendar following the suspension of global sporting events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (REPORT)

Narinder Batra interview: The IOA chief addresses the impact of COVID-19 on Indian sports and his plans to tackle it as the leading sports administrator of the country. (REPORT)

WRESTLING

Andrew Cook, a coach of the Indian women’s wrestling team, has left for the U.S. after the national federation suspended the camps in Lucknow and Sonepat in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (REPORT)

TABLE TENNIS

The entire staff of the International Table Tennis Federation has opted for a voluntary pay cut to deal with severe financial challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic. (REPORT)

In a chat with Sportstar, former coach Massimo Costantini spoke about the progression of Indian table tennis since his departure, Olympic dreams and his undying love for India. (REPORT)

The ITTF has announced that its world rankings remain the same as released in March due to the current suspension of ITTF events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (REPORT)

SWIMMING

After new dates were announced for the Tokyo Olympics, the FINA is looking for new dates to hold the biennial World Championships. It was originally scheduled to be held from July 16 to August 1, 2021. (REPORT)