What happened in sports across the world in last 24 hours?

The sporting saw several major developments across October 23 and October 24 with Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam sacking manager  Maurice Steijn after four back-to-back losses. Whereas the Greek Super League saw the anticipated match between  Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos was called off. 

Another big development saw FIFA and UEFA cancel Israel’s upcoming games postponed due to the Gaza conflict. Whereas in the world of raquet sports, PV Sindhu reentered the top 10 while Tennis star Karolina Muchova withdrew from the WTA Finals.

Here are major sporting developments from October 23 and October 24:

Badminton

PV Sindhu returns to World Top 10 after six months

Star Indian shuttler and two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu made her way back into the Top 10 rankings jumping two places in the latest BWF Rankings. She make a return after dropping to 17th place in August after a series of early exits in the competitions this season. 

Tennis

Karolina Muchova withdraws from WTA Finals with wrist injury

Karolina Muchova on Tuesday, October 24 announced her withdrawal from the 2023 WTA Finals owing to a wrist injury. She took to Instagram to announce her decision stating, “I am heartbroken to announce that I will miss my first WTA Finals in Cancun. Together with the team and doctors we tried everything till the last moments to resolve my wrist injury. Unfortunately, the time needed for the recovery is longer that we would’ve hoped for and therefore I had to make this unpleasant decision.”

Carlos Alcaraz surpasses Novak Djokovic in world’s most searched athletes of 2023

The young tennis ace, Carlos Alcaraz might not have aced the 24-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic on the tennis court, but has edged over in the list of most searched athletes of 2023. Notably, Alcaraz is seventh in the list with 60 million searches with Novak taking the eighth spot with 58.4 million searches. 

Others

Asian Para Games 2023: India firm at fourth place with 24 medals

India firmed its position in the medal tally after adding seven more medals on Day 2 of the Asian Para Games on October 24. India’s medal tally has now 24 medals, eight gold, eight silver and eight bronze so far. 

National Games 2023: Services, West Bengal men and women team takes gold in Gymnastics

The Services Sports Promotion Board and West Bengal clinched the men and women’s artistic team gold medals on the opening day of the gymnastics competition. Notably, the 37th National Games are underway at the Peddem Indoor Sports Complex in Goa. Around 10,000 athletes are set to take part across 43 disciplines at the Games this time. 

Football:

Ajax sack Maurice Steijn after four consecutive losses

Ajax Amsterdam have sacked manager Maurice Steijn after the Eredivisie after a run of four league defeats left them second from bottom. The 49-year-old Steijn joined Ajax in June on a three-year deal after a season at Sparta Rotterdam but their only league win came against promoted Heracles at the start of the campaign. The development was confirmed by the club on Monday.

Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos called off after player hit by firecracker

A Greek Super League match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos was abandoned on Sunday after a player was attacked by a firecracker. Panathinaikos full back Juan ‘Juankar’ Carlos was warming up on the sideline after halftime and was hit by the firework and needed to be taken off the pitch on a stretcher. The game at the Georgios Karaiskakis Football Stadium was called off at 1-1.

FA slaps $48,924 fine on Leeds United after Eddie Howe incident

The English FA has fined Leeds United with a fee of 40,000 pounds ($48,924) after Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe was ambushed by a supporter during the Premier League game at Elland Road in May, the FA said on Monday. The fan received a 12-week prison sentence and a lifetime ban by Leeds following the incident in the 2-2 draw on May 13. Leeds were also warned about their future conduct as per the FA’s statement, with 20,000 pounds of the fine suspended until the end of the 2024-25 season.

FIFA and UEFA to post Israel games amidst Gaza conflict

Four of Israel men’s and women’s national teams have been rescheduled for November as per FIFA on Monday. UEFA called off all matches scheduled in the country earlier this month due to the Israel-Hamas conflict. The rescheduled games will be played around the existing November international windows as per FIFA. Israel’s games against Kosovo and Switzerland (Euro 2024 Group I qualifiers) will now take place on November 12 and November 15 respectively.

Major Football Results:

Premier League:  Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 Fulham

La Liga:  Villareal 2 – 0 Cadiz

Serie A:  Fiorentina 0 – 2 Empoli

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