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Son Lukashenko Chairman Belarusian Olympic Committee
12:25 pm The son of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been elected new chairman of the Byelorussian Olympic Committee. Viktor Lukashenko succeeded his father on Friday, the Belarusian state news agency Belta reports.
The controversial Alexander Lukashenko has been chairman of the National Olympic Committee since 1997. Belarus has been unsettled since his re-election last summer. 66-year-old Lukashenko won with 80 percent of the vote, but according to the opposition, fraud has been widespread. There are many protests and athletes have also been active. They were labeled traitors by the president.
At the end of last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to suspend Lukashenko for the time being, so that he is not welcome at Olympic events as long as the case is not dealt with. “The IOC has come to the conclusion that the current leaders in Belarus have not adequately protected athletes from political discrimination within the national Olympic committee, the sports federations and the sports themselves,” explained IOC president Thomas Bach. The IOC also imposed a suspension on Lukashenko’s son Viktor, then still in office as vice-chairman.
Tennis: KNLTB postpones spring competition
11:36 am Tennis association KNLTB has temporarily postponed the spring competition until the beginning of May. This is because of the measures the cabinet has taken against the spread of the corona virus. According to the union, the uncertainty about the situation in April is still too great.
“The enthusiasm to play competition is very high, more than 30,000 teams have registered,” says the KNLTB. “Everyone is looking forward to the games. We therefore do everything we can to ensure that full competition continues safely and responsibly within the applicable corona measures.
Football: Contract for goalkeeper Velthuizen at Fortuna until the end of the season
11:09 am Goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen has committed himself to Fortuna Sittard until the end of the season. The one-time international already trained with the Limburgers, who were looking for an extra goalkeeper.
Velthuizen (34) was last under contract with Telstar in the spring of 2020. According to Fortuna, the native Nijmegen is immediately available.
Fortuna was looking for a goalkeeper because Yanick van Osch is struggling with a serious bone bruise and the Moldovan reserve keeper Alexei Koselev is about to leave the club.
Football: Liverpool captain Henderson had surgery successfully
10:25 am Jordan Henderson of Liverpool has had surgery on a groin. The club announces that the intervention at the captain has been successful. Henderson was injured last week in the lost derby against fellow townsman Everton.
It is expected that Henderson (30) will not be able to play for at least three weeks, although Liverpool did not give specific details.
Liverpool are currently ranked sixth in the Premier League. The defending champion has been plagued by injuries from the start of the season.
Tennis: Swiatek reaches final in Adelaide
10:15 am Tennis player Iga Swiatek was the first to qualify for the final of the WTA tournament in Adelaide, Australia on Friday. The Polish, placed fifth, defeated Swiss Jil Teichmann in the semi-final: 6-3 6-2. The game lasted an hour and 21 minutes.
On Saturday, Swiatek will play for the overall victory against the American Cori Gauff or the Swiss Belinda Bencic. The latter is placed second.
The 19-year-old Swiatek stunted last year by writing Roland Garros to her name. It was her first and only title at WTA level to date. At the Australian Open, Swiatek recently went out in the eighth finals against the Romanian Simona Halep.
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