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Eighty fans file complaints after Champions League final
8:22 PM Eighty English and Spanish fans have filed a complaint with the French judiciary after the chaotic final in the Champions League between Real Madrid and Liverpool. The thefts mainly took place after the match, on the route between the Stade de France in Paris and public transport. Especially luxury watches were stolen.
The final between Liverpool and Real Madrid started with more than half an hour delay because a large number of fans were stuck in front of the entrance gates. Footage showed fans trying to get in without a ticket. The French police made frequent use of tear gas. More than 100 people were arrested and 230 people were injured.
Real Madrid won the match.
British sports minister does not want transgenders in women’s competitions
7:28 PM British Sports Secretary Nadine Dorries has said she expects sports organizations to “open women’s competitions only to those born with the female gender.” She made the statement after a meeting with several government organizations. She believes that in this way fair competition can be guaranteed.
“It’s unfair to ask women or teenage girls to compete against someone who was born biologically male,” Dorries said on Twitter. “My position is therefore clear and I expect the sports associations to follow my policy.”
Recently, the international swimming federation FINA announced strict rules for the participation of transgenders in women’s competitions. Only boys who have completed their transition to girlhood before their twelfth birthday are allowed to participate in the women’s competition. The FINA is having a working group investigate whether it is possible to set up a so-called open category for transgenders.
According to the International Olympic Committee, it is up to each sports association to make rules about the participation of transgender people.
Van Aert fit in time for Tour de France after knee complaints
6.47 pm: Jumbo-Visma rider Wout van Aert is fit in time for the Tour de France, which starts on Friday. The 27-year-old Belgian was struggling with knee complaints, but Van Aert writes on sports app Strava that he can cycle again without pain. “I’m ready for my fourth Tour de France.”
Due to the complaints that the cyclist suffered when he hit a knee on his handlebars during a training session, Van Aert missed the Belgian championship on the road last week. “Since Saturday I have been back on my bike, after four days of forced rest,” said the Belgian. “It seems that the pain has subsided at the right time. The irritation to my kneecap has disappeared and I can pedal with full power again.”
Steven Kruijswijk is the only Dutch cyclist to be included in Jumbo-Visma’s selection for the Tour. Nathan Van Hooydonck and Tiesj Benoot are next to Van Aert the Belgians in the selection. The team will also take Primoz Roglic, Jonas Vingegaard, Sepp Kuss and Christophe Laporte along.
Van Hooydonck and Benoot longer at Jumbo-Visma
12.38 pm: The Belgian cyclists Nathan Van Hooydonck and Tiesj Benoot have extended their contract with the Dutch team Jumbo-Visma. The 26-year-old Van Hooydonck extended his expiring contract by two years. His 28-year-old teammate Benoot adds two seasons to his one-year-long contract. Both riders will start in the Tour de France on Friday.
“We were already there at the beginning of the year. I was very happy with that”, says Van Hooydonck about his contract extension. “It gave me a lot of confidence going into the spring. I can play for the best team in the world for two more years. I believe in what we do and in the leaders we have. There is a lot of science behind our method. I feel like I am treated in the same way as the leaders, with the same facilities and preparation for the important periods. That is not the case everywhere. In this team I can become the best version of myself,” he says.
Benoot, who has only been under contract with the Dutch formation for six months, is also happy with his contract extension. His contract with the team now runs until the end of 2025. „If the first months had not gone so well, I would not have extended now. I am honored that it has already been suggested to discuss a contract extension. Everything went very well from the first moment and that is why I am very happy that I can commit myself to the team for longer”, says Benoot. In the spring he finished in second place during Dwars door Vlaanderen and third in the Amstel Gold Race.
Sprinter Martina is missing from the relay team for the World Championships in athletics
12.02 pm: Churandy Martina is missing from the relay team on the 4×100 meters that will participate in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene next month. The 37-year-old sprinter, Dutch record holder and five times participant in the Olympic Games, is not one of the group that has been selected for the global title fight from 15 to 24 July in the United States.
Martina announced at the start of the summer season that he does not want to end his career for the time being and he even hinted at participating in the 2024 Games in Paris. He also wanted to be of added value for the relay team, which belongs to the world top in the 4×100 meters. However, the coaching staff passes him before the World Cup. Joris van Gool, Raphael Bouju, Hensley Paulina, Elvis Afrifa, Taymir Burnet and Xavi Mo Ajok are included in the squad.
The four athletes who stunted at the Olympics last summer with a silver medal in the 4×400 meter relay have also been selected for the World Championships in Athletics. Liemarvin Bonevacia, Tony van Diepen, Ramsey Angela and Terrence Agard are part of the team that is chasing new success. Jochem Dobber, who ran in the series at the Tokyo Games last year and therefore also received a medal, is missing from the World Cup team.
Femke Bol and Lieke Klaver are the leaders of the team for the 4×400 meters, in which there is no place for Lisanne de Witte. Marije van Hunenstijn, sisters Naomi and Zoë Sedney and veteran Jamile Samuel form the core of the team in the 4×100 meters. Dafne Schippers is not part of the relay team. The two-time world champion in the 200 meters has already indicated that she will not participate in the World Cup.
The Athletics Union will later announce the names of the athletes who will compete individually at the World Cup. There are athletes who have qualified by reaching the required limit, but there are also athletes who can still obtain a starting ticket thanks to their position in the world ranking. That ranking will be published on Wednesday.
It is clear that Sifan Hassan is participating, even though she has not yet run a competition this year. Hassan is defending champion in the 1500 and 10,000 meters. Bol is a great asset for a medal in the 400 meter hurdles.
Barcelona plans legal action against AS Roma
11 a.m.: FC Barcelona is considering legal action against Italian football club AS Roma. The Italians announced that they will not participate in the annual battle for the Trofeu Joan Gamper, the opening game of Barcelona. The Catalans are not happy with that decision and have put their legal team on the case.
The match was scheduled for August 6, but according to the Italian club, the match does not fit in the season preparation. “This decision has been taken to guarantee our main objective of the best possible preparation. We will be preparing for the season closer to home,” AS Roma reports. Both the men’s and women’s teams would meet in Barcelona.
According to the Spanish team, AS Roma has “unilaterally and without reason” decided to terminate the contract signed by both parties. “The club’s legal department is studying possible steps against the Italian club to claim damages that the unexpected and unjustified decision could cause to Barcelona and its fans,” the Spanish club said in a statement.
FC Barcelona, meanwhile, is looking for a new opponent for the match.
Irving to stay with Brooklyn Nets for an additional $37 million for years
8.16 am: Basketball star Kyrie Irving opts for a longer stay with the Brooklyn Nets. The guard has the option in his contract to play an extra year at the NBA club from New York for $ 37 million, American media reported. Irving, 30, has been associated with other teams in recent times.
Irving has played ‘only’ 103 games for the Nets in the past three seasons. He was often injured and was not allowed to participate in many home games last season because he had not been vaccinated against the corona virus. In the 29 games he did participate, he achieved an average score of 27.4 points.
Suspension of Nigerian athlete Okagbare rises to 11 years
07:57 am: Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare has been banned for another year than she already was. Her exile from athletics has increased from ten to eleven years. The integrity unit of the global athletics federation AIU did an extra year after the 33-year-old Okagbare had evaded a doping control just before the Olympic qualifiers in her country last June.
Okagbare won silver in the long jump at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, and won silver in the long jump and bronze in the 200 meters at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. She was caught using a banned growth hormone during the Tokyo Olympics in July last year and barred from further participation. She was given a 10-year suspension in February this year for multiple doping violations.
The new penalty also has negative consequences for the Nigerian team in the 4×100 meter relay. Okagbare was part of the quartet that qualified for the World Championships in Athletics during the Olympic qualifiers in her country, which will be held next month in Eugene, USA. Her additional suspension means Nigeria will not be allowed to compete in the 4×100 meters at the World Cup. “In a relay team, if one member breaks the anti-doping rules, everyone will be the victim of the results being scrapped. They’re all paying the price,” AIU chief Brett Clothier said.