Wimbledon cancelled, tennis seasons now suspended until July 13

Wimbledon was cancelled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won’t be played.

Britain imposed a nationwide lockdown just over a week ago, and the All England Club announced after a two-day emergency meeting that the event it refers to simply as The Championships is being scrapped for 2020. That hadn’t happened since 1945.

Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the club’s grass courts on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.

Instead, the next edition of the tournament will be June 28 to July 11, 2021.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer surely spoke for many with a one-word message on Twitter: “Devastated.”

Also Wednesday, the ATP and WTA announced that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13, bringing the number of elite tennis tournaments affected by the coronavirus to more than 30. The top tours already had been on hold through June 7. Lower-level events on the Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour also are called off through mid-July now.

Wimbledon first was held in 1877 and has been contested every year since, with the exception of two stretches: from 1915-18 because of World War I, and from 1940-45 because of World War II.

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars,” club chairman Ian Hewitt said in a news release,

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UAE Pro League launches #SkillDonation drive to support The Fund of the United Arab Emirates: Homeland of Humanity

The UAE Pro League announced the launch of a new social responsibility initiative titled #SkillDonation, to support The Fund of the United Arab Emirates: Homeland of Humanity dedicated to combat the COVID-19 virus.

The initiative is part of the UAEPL’s efforts to boost collaboration with the various state institutions to limit the impact of the virus on all sectors.

#SkillDonation is a 10-day long football challenge, where fans film videos of them juggling with the ball 10 times and post it on social media, tagging the UAEPL’s account, @AGLeague on social media platforms. The UAEPL – organisers of the Arabian Gulf League – will contribute a donation for each video posted online.

The UAEPL called on its followers to take part in this humanitarian initiative and contacted the professional clubs to share the challenge with its affiliates and to contribute to the The Fund of the United Arab Emirates: Homeland of Humanity.

UAE Pro League Chairman Abdulla Naser Al Junaibi emphasised the importance of the UAEPL’s participation in social initiatives taking place in the country. “These initiatives show the humanitarian side of football.

“It is not just a game, but a noble message. Involving football fans of all ages and nationalities in humanitarian work embodies the spirit of solidarity between the government’s initiatives and people’s responses to them to achieve their objectives.”

The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the UAE authorities for their efforts in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reserving special praise for medical and healthcare workers who are sacrificing their time to provide safety and health to the community, adding; “We organise this initiative in collaboration with the UAE Red Crescent.

“It is aimed to emphasize the importance of following the authorities’ instructions and staying at home, while maintaining fitness by playing sports and participating in a group

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Team Lakay fighters make Top 25 by weight class list

Joshua Pacio celebrates after successfully defending his ONE strawweight world title against Alex Silva in the main event of ONE: Fire & Fury on Friday, January 31, 2020, at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Team Lakay continues to be benchmark in Philippine mixed martial arts.

Reaffirming its status, five Team Lakay fighters, led by ONE strawweight world champion Joshua Pacio, made the Top 25 MMA rankings by Weight Class, as per sports-ratings.com.

“Who would imagine that a small humble gym from the Cordillera mountains would prove to the world that Philippines too can make a remarkable spot in international MMA scene,” Team Lakay headmaster Mark Sangiao posted on Facebook Tuesday.

“We have multitude of reasons to keep going, to keep fighting.”

Pacio is ranked No. 5 on the 125-pound limit list—that has fellow ONE Championship star Demetrious Johnson on top—followed by Danny Kingad at No. 6 while rising flyweight Lito Adiwang is at No. 16.

In the bantamweight class, former ONE champion Kevin Belingon is at No. 14 while Stephen Loman, who rules the division in the Bahrain-based Brave Combat Federation, is at No. 15.

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