Paris marathon cancelled as COVID-19 cases pick up in France

first_imgThis year’s Paris marathon has been cancelled, organizers said on Wednesday, as France battles against a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus.The marathon was originally due to take place on April 5 but had been postponed to Nov. 15 because of the pandemic.”After having tried everything to maintain the event, we, alongside the City of Paris, feel obliged to cancel the 2020 edition of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris and the Paris Breakfast Run,” organizers said in a statement. “Faced with the difficulty that many runners, especially those coming from abroad, had in making themselves available… it was decided that it would be better… for those concerned if we organized the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris in 2021.”We will be working side-by-side with the City of Paris to put on a 2021 edition that brings together the most passionate runners on the most beautiful streets in the world.”The Paris marathon, one of the most popular events on the global running calendar which routinely attracts over 40,000 participants, is the latest to be disrupted by the worldwide novel coronavirus outbreak.In June, the New York City Marathon was cancelled while the Boston Marathon was also scrapped for the first time in its 124-year history.Marathon majors in Berlin and Chicago were also cancelled while the London Marathon, originally set for April, was postponed to Oct. 4 and will be run as an elite-only event.France has reported over 236,000 infections and more than 30,000 deaths from COVID-19. Topics :last_img read more

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AJ Long reportedly expects to redshirt sophomore season

first_imgRising sophomore quarterback AJ Long expects to redshirt this upcoming season, he told a group of reporters at Tuesday night’s media availability. News Channel 9’s Shannon Shepherd was the first to report it via Twitter.Long made his collegiate debut against then-No. 1 Florida State on Oct. 11 and threw two touchdowns, becoming the first true freshman in SU history to do that.In six total games in 2014, Long threw for 935 yards and ran for a net loss of four. SU only won one game during that time, a 30-7 victory over Wake Forest on Oct. 18.If Long is to redshirt, the Orange’s crop of quarterbacks would consist of rising senior Terrel Hunt, rising junior Austin Wilson, incoming freshman Eric Dungey and preferred walk-on Zack Mahoney. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on March 3, 2015 at 8:12 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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How Have The Azzurri Fallen So Badly?

first_imgIn just over a decade, Italian football has suffered a lot of political, sporting, economic and socio-cultural hardships. The Calciopoli scandal of 2006 sent shock waves all over the Italian peninsula as three of the four biggest clubs in Italian football – Juventus, AC Milan, Internazionale and Lazio – were relegated and deducted points after being indicted for match-fixing. Only AC Milan managed to stay up with a 9-point deduction in the Serie A.Juventus was hit as much as a 30-point deduction to stay rock bottom in the second tier and they were also stripped of the 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 Scudetto titles as well as being banned from participating in the 2006/2007 UEFA Champions League. This led to the exits of big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Vieira, Gianluca Zambrotta and Fabio Cannavaro as Italian football surely hit rock bottom.Italians went to Germany in the summer of that year with little hopes of achieving anything at the World Cup but Marcelo Lippi and his team of MEN did a fantastic job of alleviating all the travails at home by defeating France in the final in Berlin. Italy were back on top of the world in just a matter of months but as they say, ‘The higher you climb, The harder you fall’.In 2010, On another stint as Italy’s manager after replacing Roberto Donadoni, Marcelo Lippi chose to rely on the old guard instead of bringing in fresh faces and it all worked to no effect. Cannavaro who was 36 at the time was a shadow of his old self and Italy could not get out of a group that had Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia.Cesare Prandelli’s Italy knocked out Germany enroute the final of Euro 2012 but were taught a footballing lesson by Spain who were at the peak of a world domination that started immediately after Italy’s last World Cup – a period where Italy could and should have tried to consolidate on the 2006 triumph.The U-21s though, led by David Mengia, were in a fantastic mood in the 2013 U-21 European championship in Israel. The core of the team had three youngsters from Pescara – Lorenzo Insigne, Marco Verrati and Ciro Immobile. It was not to be though as Spain’s productive youth system had produced the likes of Thiago, Alvaro Morata, David de Gea and Isco who once again found Italy’s number.The key point was that after a period of stagnation in the production chain, the second tier teams were beginning to produce young and exciting players who seemed ready to make the leap. But Antonio Conte came in after successive group stage exits and things did not exactly work as planned.Meticulous, fiery and no-nonsense mentality as was already shown in the now rejuvenated Juventus, Conte came in and made the hard decisions. Went to France and even though his heavily scrutinised 23-man squad were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Germany, the grits and the fight that came with Conte was evident in the team. He laid the foundations for the Azzuri to build on but the Federation chose to hand that over to a 69-year old Gian Piero Ventura.Renowned to be one of the biggest journeymen in Italian football, his greatest achievement in his 40 years of coaching was winning the Serie C title! He promised to blood in youth and give the remnants of the class of 2006 – Buffon, De Rossi and Barzagli – a proper send off in Russia 2018.Throughout the qualifiers he displayed tacid stubbornness and non-inventive coaching as should be expected of a manager with such a pedestrian resume. His failure to qualify the Azzuri for the World Cup – first time in 60 years – is definitely a call on the Italian football administrators to embrace the models that have brought successes to the likes of Spain and Germany.Serie A clubs need to embrace the idea of running professional B teams in the second and third tiers and to also enhance coaching at youth levels. They also need to allow for the progression of young and innovative managers as is being seen with the great work done by Eusebio de Francesco at AS Roma.The expected overhaul that was due after Calciopoli should begin with now as Year Zero as Italy need to take advantage of this setback to strategize and ultimately return to becoming a top footballing nation in the World – as is always expected.[tps_header][/tps_header]Related”Scared” Gattuso On The Brink After Napoli Lose 3rd Straight GameJanuary 19, 2020In “Italy”Pirlo Joins Sky Sports Punditry Team In ItalyJuly 23, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: Juventus Go Top With Chievo Win As Atalanta Hit Top 7 With Big WinJanuary 28, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

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