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Breaking: Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi cured of Coronavirus – ghanapublisher.com

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Chelsea’s full squad went into self-isolation after winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive to the coronavirus, the club said in a statement. Hudson-Odoi displayed cold symptoms on Monday morning and has stayed away from the club since then.

A video sited by ghanapublishser.com which Callum Hudson-Odoi was seen healthy and saying he has been cured has surfaced online.

The Blues attacker was confirmed to be suffering from the virus on Thursday evening, when Arsenal also announced that their manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive.

All matches in the Premier League are expected to be called off this weekend, with a potential suspension halting football in the UK for a number of weeks.

Hudson-Odoi posted a video on social media on Friday in which he made clear that he had already recovered.

“Guys, as you may be aware, I’ve had the virus for the last couple of days which I’ve recovered from,” he said.

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Many international sports events in China have been postponed, moved and even cancelled amid the novel coronavirus outbreak that has killed at least 1,523 people on the mainland and infected more than 67,000 people globally.

The new type of virus – now named COVID-19 – was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December and has since spread to two dozen nations.

Many countries have evacuated their citizens from Wuhan and other affected areas of China, while travel restrictions have been imposed and flights suspended to and from cities in China.

As the virus continues to spread and the death toll rises, major sporting events, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, are under threat.

Here are some of the competitions that have been affected by the epidemic:

Football

Asian Champions League matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG have been postponed until April and May.

Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were due to play away against Perth Glory and Sydney FC but Australian officials sought to reschedule matches after their government imposed a travel ban on foreign nationals arriving from China.

A four-team women’s Olympic qualifying tournament involving China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand was moved from Wuhan to Australia by the AFC.

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Vietnam’s government said it would not allow the country to host sporting events in February, meaning home AFC Cup group stage matches for Ho Chi Minh City and Than Quang Ninh will have to be moved to away fixtures.

Ho Chi Minh City will now face Yangon United in Myanmar on February 11 while Than Quang Ninh meet Ceres-Negros on February 25 in the Philippines.

The Chinese Football Association also postponed domestic games at all levels.

Athletics

The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which had been scheduled in Nanjing from March 13 to 15, were postponed until next year.

World Athletics is working with organisers to settle on a date to host the biennial event in 2021.

The Asian Athletics Association cancelled its February 12-13 indoor championships in Hangzhou.

Tennis

The International Tennis Federation moved the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event featuring China, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and Uzbekistan out of Dongguan to Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan.

But the February 4-8 event was later postponed and relocated to Dubai after Kazakhstan declined to serve as substitute hosts.

Golf

The elite women’s LPGA golf tour in Hainan – an island on China’s southeast coast – cancelled the Blue Bay tournament that was scheduled to be held from March 5 to 8.

The PGA Tour Series-China moved its February 25-28 global qualifying tournament to Lagoi, Indonesia, from Haikou, a town in Hainan.

Motorsport

Formula One organisers have postponed the Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled in Shanghai on April 19.

Motorsport federation FIA said, along with Formula One, it had accepted a request from the promoter to postpone the race.

A potential alternative date later in the year will be looked at if the health situation improves, a statement said.

The all-electric Formula E motor racing series also abandoned plans for a race in Sanya, China, on March 21.

Boxing

The International Olympic Committee announced Jordan as hosts of the boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania after an event in Wuhan was cancelled. It will now take place in Amman from March 3 to 11.

Basketball

The International Basketball Federation moved the February 6-9 Tokyo Olympics qualifiers to be held in Foshan to Belgrade, Serbia.

The FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifying match between China and Malaysia, to be held in Foshan on February 24, will be rescheduled.

Badminton

The China Masters tournament in Hainan, scheduled to take place from February 25 to March 1, was postponed after several players withdrew.

The Badminton World Federation was hopeful the flagship Badminton Asia Championships could still go ahead in Wuhan from April 21 to 26.

Hockey

Hockey Pro League matches between China and Australia, scheduled for March 14-15 in Changzhou, will not be played.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) had previously postponed China’s match against Belgium that was to be played on February 9 at the same venue.

The FIH is looking into the possibility of China playing its games at an alternate venue.

Tokyo 2020

With some Olympic qualifying events cancelled or relocated, the virus has stoked concern about the Tokyo Summer Games, which begin on July 24.

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A total of 219 people on board a quarantined cruise ship docked off Yokohama, south of Tokyo, have tested positive for the virus so far. Forty-one cases have been reported in the country.

Olympic organisers have set up a taskforce to coordinate with health authorities on how to respond to the epidemic.

“We are extremely worried that the spread of the virus could pour cold water on momentum for the Games,” Toshiro Muto, chief executive officer of the Tokyo Organising Committee, said last week.

Despite concerns, organisers have repeatedly said the Games will be held as scheduled.

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BREAKING NEWS: Sports Ministry wants Kotoko vs Hearts in London Cancelled

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Credible reports gathered from highly placed sources in the Ghana FA and Sports Ministry indicate that the much anticipated Independence Anniversary clash between Kotoko vs Hearts of Oak in London, UK, is in doubt following an attempt by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to push the match to a latter date.

It has been gathered that, despite all arrangements for the London game perfectly in order awaiting visas, the ministry rather wants the two clubs to feature in an Independence Day match at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi to coincide with the country’s 64th anniversary celebrations.

It must be recalled that, the government of Ghana’s decision to rotate the annual independence celebrations has led to the Ashanti Regional capital being earmarked for this year’s celebration.

The Sports Ministry, therefore wants the two fierce rivals to clash in Kumasi instead, to climax the occasion.

This move could scuttle the plans to fly the two teams to the United Kingdom, in what could have been the first Super Clash outside the country

Despite the Ghana Football Association and the two clubs overwhelming endorsement for the 7th March London clash at the Barnet Stadium, the latest development will leave a lot of fans disappointed.

The match, dubbed, the Clash in London, is being organised by Proball International Limited, a football agency in United Kingdom, in collaboration with Nana Yaw Amponsah and Justin Addo, two world acclaimed football managers.

According to them, the encounter is, among things, intended to take the Kotoko/Hearts brand to the international arena.

Messrs Amponsah and Addo said a number of Ghanaians are residing in London, and so they deserve to watch Kotoko/Hearts clash live.

With mouth-watering prizes at stake, the organisers say the match will be watched by top European agents, offer a great exposure to the Ghanaian League as well as project the GFA’s highly commendable #BringBackTheLove campaign.

But with the latest development and intervention by the Sports Ministry, the future of the match is highly unclear.

 

Source: Kickgh.com

 

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Boxer Patrick Allotey finally arrested for assaulting a Kotoko supporter – ghanapublisher.com

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A report sited by ghanapublisher.com on footballghana.com indicates that Ghanaian boxer Patrick Allotey has been arrested by the Police as a result of assaulting a supporter of Kumasi Asante Kotoko last weekend at the Accra Sports Stadium during a Ghana Premier League match.

On the match-day where Hearts of Oak was hosting Kotoko, the WBO Africa Super welterweight champion was captured on video having a confrontation with a fan who looked like he was jubilating.

The boxer who was boiling with anger ended up throwing punches that wounded the supporter identified as Michael Siaw close to his eye. The deep cut wound forced him to seek medical attention as he filed a case against Patrick Allotey at the Odorkor Police Station.

While efforts to get the boxer arrested proved futile, the case was later moved to the Police Headquarters. It is now understood that the boxer has been apprehended by the Police today.

An eyewitness told Ghanacrusader.com: “He [Patrick Allotey] is in the police custody as at this afternoon, He was with the Regional Crime Officer in Accra.

“He has been referred to the Regional police headquarters in Accra for interrogation”.

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