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In the world of football, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has expressed “profound sorrow” about violence in Israel on behalf of the footballing community in Europe. Indian shuttler Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who created history at the 19th Asian Games received a grand welcome at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad. Apart from that, the 22-Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal is set to make his comeback on the tennis court at the Australian Open 2024.

In today’s sports wrap, we talk about several major happenings in the sporting world.

Football

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin expresses “profound sorrow” about violence in Israel

The President of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin has expressed “profound sorrow” about “the tragic acts of violence”  in a letter sent to the Chairman of the Israel Football Association, Moshe Zuares, on behalf of the footballing community in Europe. Notably, the Euro 2024 qualifier for Israel against Kosovo on October 15, Sunday, has been postponed, with the authorities not allowing the national team to travel abroad in the aftermath of the attacks in the country.

Lionel Messi to not join another team on loan at the end of Major League Soccer season

According to the journalist Guillem Balague, the FIFA World Cup winner and the captain of Inter Miami, Lionel Messi will not join another team on loan at the end of the ongoing Major League Soccer (MLS) season. Notably, the 36-year-old has played only a handful of minutes in the MLS since September, due to injury, which has been cited as a major reason for Inter Miami missing out on play-off contention in the regular season.

Harry Maguire threatens to leave Manchester United amidst struggles for regular first-team football: Reports

The former captain of Manchester United, Harry Maguire has reportedly threatened to leave the club if he continues to struggle for regular first-team football under the current manager Erik ten Hag. Notably, in his previous match for Manchester United, Harry Maguire provided a key assist to help the team secure vital three points against Brentford with a 2-1 win in the Premier League, after putting in a shift at Old Trafford alongside the veteran Jonny Evans in defence.

Jesse Lingard boosts his chances for Al-Ittifaq move after impressive outing in a friendly: Reports

Jesse Lingard has reportedly boosted his chances for a move to Al-Ittifaq, after an impressive outing for the club in a friendly, scoring a goal for Steven Gerrard’s team. The 30-year-old, who has been a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest this summer, is currently on a one-month-long training contract with the Saudi Arabian club.

Some major results in football are as under:

International Friendlies 2023-24

Wales 4-0 Gibraltar

Copa Del Rey 2023-24

Pradejon 1-2 Atletico Lugones

Mijas Las Lagunas 0-1 Chiclana

Tennis

Rafael Nadal to make comeback at  Australian Open in January 2024

Tennis star Rafael Nadal is set to make his comeback at the Australian Open in January 2024. Nadal underwent hip surgery at the beginning of this year and has been out of action since then. The 22 Grand Slam winner’s comeback was confirmed by the tournament director Craig Tiley.

Tiley said, “We can reveal exclusively here that Rafa will be back.  He’s been off for most of the year and in talking to him over the last few days he confirmed he will be back, which we’re really excited about, the champion of 2022. That’s awesome.”

Jannik Sinner’s been a little bit overlooked:  Rachel Stuhlmann on Carlos Alcaraz and Sinner’s rivalry

Tennis influencer Rachel Stuhlmann said that Jannis Sinner has been overlooked due to the dominance of Carlos Alcaraz. She said, “Jannik Sinner’s been a little bit overlooked. It’s been all about Carlos Alcaraz. Jannik’s the one that really gives Alcaraz that tough battle. Besides Djokovic, he’s that player. It’s his toughest competitor.”

She went on to say, “I feel like he has been overlooked, but, he’s young. He got that big win in Canada; he got this win last week. I think he’s really starting to prove himself.”

Badminton

I wasn’t even sure if we would be playing a match the next day: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy

Indian shuttler Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who created history at the 19th Asian Games received a grand welcome at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad. The shuttler revealed the struggles he faced at the tournament along with the importance of being positive in life.

“When we were playing in the Asian Games, Chirag had fever. I was thinking about what to do, I wasn’t even sure if we would be playing a match the next day. I was thinking that if Chirag comes to the court and stands, that will be enough. I will play in such a way that I will cover for him.”

“I stayed in a positive mindset, I didn’t panic much. Being positive changes everything. And the next day, Chirag took to the court with me and even played better than me! I knew there was no problem and that I had to focus only on myself.”

Athletics

Manikanta Hoblidhar sets world record at  National Open Athletics Championships 2023

Another Indian youngster created a world record at the National Open Athletics Championships 2023 on October 11, Wednesday. The 21-year-old created a  national record in the men’s 100m by clocking 10.23s at the contest. The previous national record for India in the men’s 100m race belonged to Amiya Kumar Mallick, who clocked 10.26 in New Delhi seven years ago.

Other Sports

IRONMAN 70.3 participant collapsed during race, dies next day

A 26-year-old participant of IRONMAN 70.3 collapsed 500m before the finishing line and died at the hospital the next day.  Kamakhya Siddharth, hailed from Patna, suffered a multiple organ failure. Siddharth collapsed during the last leg of the race and was immediately taken to a nearby hostel, where he died the next day.

 Athletics, Badminton, Tennis

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