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Mbappé Not at Photo Shoot French Team Due to Conflict
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Mbappé Not at Photo Shoot French Team Due to Conflict

A conflict has flared up at the national football team of France over the portrait rights of the players. As a result, Star player Kylian Mbappé refuses to participate in a Tuesday photo shoot with the internationals. The attacker thus puts pressure on the French football association FFF. He wants the agreements on portrait rights to be changed. Mbappe said in a statement that "he and his representatives deeply regret that an agreement could not be reached, as requested, in the run-up to the World Cup". The conflict has dragged on for months. In March, Mbappé already refused to participate in a sponsorship campaign, indicating that he disagreed with the existing agreement between the internationals and the union. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker wants to maintain control o...
Verstappen Skips First Practice on Wet Silverstone
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Verstappen Skips First Practice on Wet Silverstone

Max Verstappen has skipped the first free practice for the Great Britain Grand Prix. Shortly before the start of the hour-long session, it started to rain heavily at Silverstone. Verstappen drove out a few times in his Red Bull car but always went straight back into the pits without setting a time. About half of the Formula 1 drivers tried to put in some time on the wet asphalt. The Finn Valtteri Bottas was the fastest in the Alfa Romeo in 1.42,249, and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was half a second behind in the Mercedes. The Briton took the time to wave from the pits to his compatriots in the stands, who got little to see due to the rain. In the final minutes of training, some drivers, including Verstappen, tried to drive a quick lap on slicks on the drying track. Canadi...
19-Year-Old Athlete Succumbs to Severe Training Injury
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19-Year-Old Athlete Succumbs to Severe Training Injury

The Cuban hammer thrower Alegna Osorio dies of the consequences of a bad training accident. At the Olympics in Tokyo, the dismay is great.   The Cuban hammer thrower Alegna Osorio died as a result of a serious training accident. According to consistent media reports, the incident occurred in Havana in April. Accordingly, the fourth of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and third of the U20 Pan American Games 2019 were hit by the hammer of a training colleague and suffered serious injuries. Now the 19-year-old has succumbed to this. "We share the endless pain with your family," wrote the president of the Cuban national sports institute on Twitter on Thursday. In Tokyo, the hammer throwers were very concerned. On Twitter, the American Gwen Berry was shocked: "I'm sending love to your fam...
Tokyo Olympics Open Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
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Tokyo Olympics Open Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Tokyo Olympics opened with an eye to and an apparent reference to the coronavirus, which still grips the world. In Tokyo's almost empty Olympic Stadium, the Olympic flame was lit by tennis star Naomi Osaka.   The opening was in stark contrast to the Rio de Janeiro Games opening, which opened even more festively in 2016. "It will be sober but with beautiful Japanese aesthetics. It will be very Japanese, but also in line with today's sentiment, the reality," Marco Balich, the adviser for the ceremonies at the Games in the Japanese capital, already announced. The ceremony kicked off with three "lone athletes" cycling, running and rowing secluded from each other and "resolutely training for the Olympics despite the pandemic." "We understand that people are looking at the ceremony f...
Three Members of Formula 1 Team McLaren Test Positive
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Three Members of Formula 1 Team McLaren Test Positive

Three members of Formula 1 team McLaren, including team boss Zak Brown, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.   The Formula 1 circus prepares for the Great Britain Grand Prix at Silverstone, the tenth race of the season. Drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo have not been in contact with the infected persons and can continue their preparation without any problems. The Great Britain Grand Prix will be held in front of 140,000 fans in the stands next Sunday. The first sprint race will take place on Saturday.
Formula 1 Weekend at Zandvoort Also Gets A Women’s Race
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Formula 1 Weekend at Zandvoort Also Gets A Women’s Race

The W Series, the racing class for women, has a race linked to the Dutch Grand Prix of Zandvoort next year. This means that Beitske Visser will also take action on the racetrack of the seaside resort on the weekend of 3 to 5 September.   Under the motto #WeRaceAsOne, the W Series is now officially a support race for 8 of the 23 Formula 1 races in 2021. The pairing would actually have taken place at two Formula 1 races last year, but due to the corona pandemic, no W Series races were held all year. "We are delighted to be partnering with Formula 1 for 2021 and beyond," said Catherine Bond Muir, CEO of the W Series. "The eight races we are now part of allowing our fast and fearless female drivers to showcase their skills on some of the most iconic race tracks in Europe and America."...
Number of Participants in the Olympic Games Remains the Same
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Number of Participants in the Olympic Games Remains the Same

The number of participants in the Tokyo Olympics remains the same. Olympic driver John Coates has said the corona measures would not lead to fewer athletes.   The event in the Japanese capital was postponed for a year due to the pandemic last summer. "The precise measures in the fight against the virus will become clear in the coming months," continued Coates. "But we are sure that we can organize the Games in a very safe way. We see the event as a kind of light at the end of the tunnel, in these challenging times for all of humanity." Coates, Chairman of the Coordinating Committee of the International Olympic Committee, visited Tokyo for the first time since February this year.
Russell Has to Start At the Back of the GP of Turkey for Punishment
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Russell Has to Start At the Back of the GP of Turkey for Punishment

British Formula 1 driver George Russell already knows that he has to start at the back on Sunday in the Grand Prix of Turkey.   The 22-year-old Williams driver has had various engine parts replaced for the fourth time this season, resulting in a grid penalty. The drivers may, among other things, replace the combustion engine and turbo in their car three times a year, after which a penalty will follow. Russell already knows before Saturday's qualifying that he is on the starting grid at the back. The Briton, like his Canadian teammate Nicholas Latifi, is still waiting for his first World Cup point this season. Last year, Russell remained at zero points. Williams drives old engines from Mercedes, the racing stable that secured the world title with the manufacturers two weeks ago. L...
Question Marks at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Formula 1
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Question Marks at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Formula 1

Formula 1 still has a question mark about the Brazilian Grand Prix. The race is scheduled for November 14 at Interlagos in São Paulo in 2021.   But the top-class management has not yet signed a contract with Autódromo José Carlos Pace, where Max Verstappen triumphed last year. The contract with Interlagos, where Formula 1 has been racing since 1990, expired this year. Rio de Janeiro presented itself as a replacement. A completely new circuit would be built there, but construction has been delayed. According to the BBC, there is no permit yet for the clearing of a large piece of forest. The return to São Paulo is far from being done in jugs, as Formula 1 owner Liberty Media does not want to do business with the old Grand Prix promoter. He would be too close to Bernie Ecclestone, ...
Tennis Player Djokovic Takes the Title in Rome for the Fifth Time
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Tennis Player Djokovic Takes the Title in Rome for the Fifth Time

Tennis player Novak Djokovic has won the Masters tournament in Rome for the fifth time. The number 1 in the world defeated the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman within two hours in two sets: 7-5 6-3.   With his triumph in Rome, Djokovic took an act of sporting revenge for his failure at the US Open at the beginning of this month. In sheer frustration over a lost game, he accidentally hit a ball against the throat of a line judge during his match in the fourth round. Djokovic was then disqualified and also lost his earned prize money and ranking points in New York. For Djokovic (33) it was his fifth victory in as many mutual duels with the five years younger Schwartzman, the number 15 in the world. Both met last year in Rome in the have finals. Djokovic triumphed in three sets at the t...