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Murray shrugs off Zika fears ahead of Rio Olympics

Updated: Aug 03, 2016 13:53 IST      
Murray shrugs off Zika fears ahead of Rio Olympics

Johannesburg, Aug.3 (ANI): World number two Andy Murray has played down the potential threat of Zika virus as well as the absence of two of his leading rivals namely Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka as he is looking forward to defend his Olympic medal at Rio de Janeiro.

The Briton, who clinched his second Wimbledon title last month, said that he had a discussion with his doctor, who had assured him that nothing would happen.

Murray believes that the situation is not that bad as it has been stated while adding that he hopes he doesn't get too many mosquito bites in Brazil, Sport24 reported.

Murray and world number one Novak Djokovic are considered to be the favourites to win gold in Rio, with their paths to a potential final showdown being cleared after the withdrawal of Wawrinka and Federer due to their respective injuries.

Reflecting on the same, the 29-year-old said that it was quite unfortunate to lose two great players of capability and experience of Federer and Wawrinka.

Murray, however, felt that it is still a pretty strong field because of the presence of top-20 players in the Summer Games.

Earlier, tennis players such as John Isner of the United States, Austria's Dominic Thiem, Australian duo of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios as well as Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez have withdrawn from the global spectacle citing various reasons, with Zika virus being one of them.

Brazil has been most affected by the mosquito-borne virus that has spread rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean. It is known to cause the head-shrinking microcephaly and other birth defects. (ANI)

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Coaches Draft concludes for Ultimate Table Tennis

Updated: May 30, 2017 09:34 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 30 (ANI): Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) on Monday concluded the draft for selecting coaches for each franchise in the presence of consulting agency, Ernst & Young.

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Ernesto Valverde replaces Luis Enrique as Barca coach

Updated: May 30, 2017 09:20 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 30 (ANI): Barcelona have named Ernesto Valverde of Spain as their new coach for the 2017/18 season.

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Legendary sports commentator Frank Deford dies at 78

Updated: May 30, 2017 06:38 IST     

New York [USA]. May 30 (ANI): Frank Deford, the legend in the world of sports journalism and sports commentary, took his last breath at 78, in Key West, Florida.

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Biju George named Indian Women's team fielding coach

Updated: May 29, 2017 21:08 IST     

Mumbai [India], May 29 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the appointment of Biju George as the fielding coach of the Indian women's cricket team.

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Djokovic, Nadal kick start French Open with a bang

Updated: May 29, 2017 20:47 IST     

Paris [France], May 29 (ANI): World number two and defending champion Novak Djokovic kicked off his French Open campaign on a positive note as he thrashed Marcel Granollers of Spain in straight sets in opening round of the men's singles event here on Monday.

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BCCI, PCB delegations meet in Dubai

Updated: May 29, 2017 20:03 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 29 (ANI): Top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday met in Dubai to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.

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New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): India's junior shooting squad returned with a rich haul of 11 medals from the recently-concluded 27th Meeting of the Shooting Hopes, a renowned international shooting competition for future stars in the Rifle and Pistol disciplines, held annually at the Czech city of Plzen.

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Reykjavik [Iceland], May 29 (ANI): Indian fencer Bhavani Devi made the country proud on Saturday after she bagged the gold medal in the sabre event of the Women's World Cup Satellite Tournament held here in Reykjavik.

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Tendulkar lone Indian in Younis' best Test XI

Updated: May 29, 2017 18:02 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 29 (ANI): Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian to have been named in former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan's all-time Test XI.

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Surprised at being asked to open batting: Luke Ronchi

Updated: May 29, 2017 17:01 IST     

London [UK], May 29 (ANI): New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi has admitted that he was surprised to be handed the opening slot along with Martin Guptill during his side's 45-run defeat at the hands of India in their Champions Trophy warm-up game at the Oval on Sunday.

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New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): Justice Mukul Mudgal has backed the central government's decision not to play bilateral cricket series with arch-rivals Pakistan.

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New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official Rajeev Shukla on Monday reiterated that India will not play any bilateral series with Pakistan without getting consent from the central government.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], May 29 (ANI): Former South Africa batsman Richard Levi has been recovering well after being hit on the head during a county match in England.

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IPL has helped Stokes to mature as cricketer: Botham

Updated: May 29, 2017 14:19 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 29 (ANI): With just three days left to the commencement of hosts England's Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh, former skipper Ian Botham has said that in-form all-rounder Ben Stokes has developed mentally as a player after his successful maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) stint.

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New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) prepares to meet the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries in 2014, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday asserted that there cannot be a bilateral series between the two nations until there is terrorism from the Pakistani side.

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 29 (ANI): Indian men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh has insisted that the upcoming 3 Nations Invitational Tournament in Germany will provide them with the opportunity to assess their performance and get ready for the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi Final to be played in London.

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Asian Junior Tennis Championship begins in Pune

Updated: May 29, 2017 11:40 IST     

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], May 29 (ANI): Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, which is the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the under 18 category, has today begun in Pune, Maharashtra.

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Ibrahimovic's agent unsure about forward's Man Utd return

Updated: May 29, 2017 11:29 IST     

London [UK], May 29 (ANI): Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has admitted that he doesn't know whether the striker will be back at Manchester United next season.

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London [UK], May 29 (ANI): Manchester City are close to signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes for a fee reported to be 34.9 million pound.

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