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Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or

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Cristiano Ronaldo a Portuguese professional football player who plays as forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and is the captain for Portugal national team win the trophy over Lionel Messi & Manuel Neuer.

After receiving the trophy he said,” I would like to thank all of those who voted for me. It has been an incredible year. I would like to continue the work that I have done so far.

“I want to try to improve, to become better as each day goes by. I never thought that I would bring this trophy back home on three occasions. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time.”

He won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2008 and this is the third time he wins the award of best player.

The FIFA Ballon d’Or is an annual association football award given by FIFA to the player considered to have performed the best in the previous calendar year.

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IPL 2021 put on hold after several players test positive for COVID-19

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(Last Updated On: May 4, 2021)

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been postponed, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday after several players tested positive for COVID-19.

“The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect,” BCCI said in a statement.

“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind,” the statement read.

Two Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a CSK travel team support staff member are among those who have tested positive for the virus, NDTV reported.

As per IPL protocol, CSK squad was put in isolation.

“These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times,” the BCCI statement added.

“The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.

“The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.”

A total of 29 out of the scheduled 56 league games were played this season – the last match played was between Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals on May 2.

The match on Monday between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed after COVID-19 cases were reported among the KKR team members.

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IPL reschedules match after 2 players test positive for COVID

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(Last Updated On: May 3, 2021)

Monday’s IPL cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad has been postponed after two KKR players — Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a statement issued by the IPL, Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days.

All other team members have tested negative for COVID -19.

“Both the players have isolated themselves from the rest of the squad. The Medical Team is in continuous touch with the duo and are monitoring their health. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases and treat them at the earliest,” the statement read.

“The Medical Team is also determining the close and casual contacts of the two positive cases during the 48 hours prior to collection of the sample that returned the positive test results,” the IPL stated.

The match will be played some time later during the tournament, which is scheduled to end on May 30.

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National futsal team sportsman speaks out about financial struggles

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(Last Updated On: April 27, 2021)

Afghan National Futsal Team goalkeeper, Alireza Ghorbani, has spoken out about the hardships local sportsmen face – despite putting everything into their chosen sport.

Afghanistan proved a strong side during the 2017 Asian Indoor Games, making it all the way through to the semi-finals, before being knocked out by Japan.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ghorbani, was a key player during this tournament, as goalkeeper but feels his achievements at the games have been forgotten about.

Ghorani today works as a laborer on a construction site in Iran in order to provide for his family.

In a telephonic interview with Ariana News, Ghorbani criticizes the government for not supporting Afghan athletes.

“I already have done everything for my country, what disturbs me is that no one gives importance to what I did, even nobody asked me how are you doing,” Ghorbani said.

Athletes who are on the Afghan National Team – except for the cricket players – each receive a 1,000 AFN (about $15) a month. However, athletes have questioned this stating government pays the cricket players a lot more.

Reports indicate that the Afghan government had allocated 100 million AFN for the Afghanistan Cricket Board for the year 1400 while only 50 million AFN had been allocated for the remaining 34 remaining federations including Football.

The Afghanistan Football Federation says its players have to be financially reliant on domestic leagues.

But according to the organization, no organized league is being held in Afghanistan due to a lack of financial support.

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