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“Re-starting matches ... is unrealistic. Tomorrow I will propose to extend the ban on all sports competitions, of all levels and types, to the whole of April,” Vincenzo Spadafora told daily la Repubblica in an interview.

Italian minister to propose extending sports ban to whole of April – paper

Italy’s sports minister said he will propose extending the ban on all competitions to the whole of April in an effort to contain the coronavirus.
Formula One could shorten grand prix weekends and race into January if that helps salvage a season ravaged by the coronavirus, according to Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.

Mattia Binotto: F1 could race into January if necessary

Formula One could shorten grand prix weekends and race into January if that helps salvage a season ravaged by the coronavirus, according to Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.
A global shortage of condoms is oncoming as the world’s largest manufacturer was forced to shut down production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shortage of condoms approaching due to coronavirus lockdown

Karex Bhd has not produced a single condom in its three Malaysian factories for more than a week because of a lockdown imposed by the government to halt the spread of the virus.
Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the championship trophy at the Top of the Rock Observatory the day after winning the Women's Singles finals match against Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File Photo

Naomi Osaka: We’ll be stronger than ever in 2021

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, the poster girl of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, took to social media on Saturday to show her support for the decision to postpone the Games until next year
Police and army officers patrol streets following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rabat, Morocco March 23, 2020. Reuters-Youssef Boudlal

Morocco to spend $200 million to brace health system for coronavirus

Morocco will spend an initial 2 billion dirhams ($200 million) to help its health system cope with the coronavirus outbreak, the finance ministry said on Friday as the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 333.
Premier League chiefs are now working towards restarting the season on June 1.

English leagues say facing difficult decisions over virus impact

England’s Premier League and Football League said on Friday they faced “difficult decisions” about the financial fall-out of the coronavirus but would not re-start until it was safe to do so.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

World Bank, IMF urge debt relief for poorer countries hit by coronavirus

The heads of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on Friday underscored the need to provide debt relief to poorer countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and said official bilateral creditors would have to play a major role.
Energy minister Gwede Mantashe on Thursday tweaked regulations for generators with a capacity of less than 1 megawatt (MW), effectively exempting them from the need to obtain a licence from the regulator

South Africa tweaks rules for small-scale power producers

South Africa has eased regulations govening small-scale power producers as part of efforts to tackle the country’s energy problems, but industry experts said the changes did not go far enough.
A member of the South African National Defence Force keeps watch as shoppers leave the Shoprite grocery store after being ordered by law enforcement, on the first day of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Alexandra, South Africa, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa struggles with lockdown as it records first coronavirus death

Bustling streets and long queues at supermarkets highlighted South Africa’s struggle to adapt to a new lockdown on Friday, as the country recorded its first coronavirus death.
A member of the South African National Defence Forces looks on as a homeless man walks carrying his belongings during the first day of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa struggles to adapt to lockdown after first coronavirus deaths

South Africans struggled to adapt to new confinement rules on Friday, with many city streets no less crowded than normal as a strict lockdown regime took effect and the country recorded its first coronavirus deaths.
Ethiopia said on Friday the National Bank of Ethiopia plans to inject 15 billion Ethiopian birr ($456 million) as liquidity for private banks to cushion the economy over the impact of the coronavirus, state-affiliated Fana news agency reported.

National Bank of Ethiopia to inject $450 million as liquidity for private banks

Ethiopia said on Friday the National Bank of Ethiopia plans to inject 15 billion Ethiopian birr ($456 million) as liquidity for private banks to cushion the economy over the impact of the coronavirus, state-affiliated Fana news agency reported.
Handout picture taken on January 29, 2019 and released by the Venezuelan Presidency on January 30 shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaking at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to hold negotiations with the US-backed opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday. (Photo by Francisco BATISTA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO – Venezuelan Presidency / Francisco BATISTA” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Venezuelan president slams Donald Trump

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro slammed President Trump as a “racist cowboy” as he defied a $15 million bounty by the US to face drug-trafficking charges.
Homeless people react as members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) patrol the streets of Johannesburg on the first day of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa coronavirus cases exceed 1,000, first two dead reported

Cases of coronavirus in South Africa passed 1,000 on Friday, the health ministry said, while also reporting its first two deaths on the first day of a three-week, nationwide lockdown.
Glencore PLC on Thursday halted a number of smaller mines due to government restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus but added its larger operations were not materially impacted.

Glencore closes some operations in four countries over coronavirus curbs

Glencore PLC on Thursday halted a number of smaller mines due to government restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus but added its larger operations were not materially impacted.
A shopper packs her groceries at a Makro Store at Strubens Valley, ahead of a nationwide lockdown for 21 to try to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 24, 2020. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa reports first two coronavirus deaths as cases breach 1,000

Two people have died from coronavirus in South Africa, the health ministry said on Friday, adding that the total number of cases in the country have risen to more than 1,000, from 927 a day earlier.
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Leaked FIFA document states contracts should be extended until end of current season

A leaked document from world football’s governing body FIFA states that player and coaches contracts should be extended until the end of the current season whenever that will be according to a report from news agency Reuters.

Rafael Nadal calls on Spain’s athletes to raise €11 million to fight coronavirus

Rafael Nadal has issued a rallying cry and called on Spanish athletes to help raise 11 million euros ($12.07 million) to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

South African Airways rescue plan deadline extended to May 29

Creditors of cash-strapped South African Airways (SAA) have authorised an extension of the deadline for the airline’s business rescue plan until May 29, the airline’s administrators said on Thursday.

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Serbian footballer Aleksandar Prijovi has been sentenced to three months’ home detention for flouting a coronavirus curfew in Belgrade.

Serbian striker sentenced to three months’ home detention for flouting coronavirus curfew

Serbian footballer Aleksandar Prijovi has been sentenced to three months’ home detention for flouting a coronavirus curfew in Belgrade.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police demote sergeant for assaulting medical doctor on duty

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Saturday, demoted one Edidiong Alexander attached to Safer Highway from the rank of Sergeant to Corporal for assaulting one Dr Daniel David Edet of University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, of the state.
Bruno Fernandes has been won the Premier League Player of the Month award for February.

Pedro Neto: Bruno Fernandes has revolutionised Manchester United

Wolves attacker Pedro Neto has hailed the impact of Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United.
The State Commissioner for Health, Lar Ndam, who confirmed the death in an interview with newsmen, said late Dewus had been in coma for two weeks at the Jos University Teaching Hospital due to some health complications and not COVID-19.”

Plateau speaks on national assembly staff suspected to have died from coronavirus

The Plateau State Government on Sunday confirmed that the death of a National Assembly staff, Joel Dewus, was not from COVID-19 as suspected but from other health complications.
In the wake of the Day One of the 14-day- lockdown in Ogun State, two young men believed to be members of two rival cult groups have been reported dead during a supposed supremacy clash between them in Ifo community of the state.

Coronavirus lockdown: Two die in Ogun community

In the wake of the Day One of the 14-day-lockdown in Ogun State, two young men believed to be members of two rival cult groups have been reported dead during a supposed supremacy clash between them in Ifo community of the state.