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Kasparov lashes at Djokovic

SPORTS EYE - Raffy Uytiepo - The Freeman

Former chess world champion Gary Kasparov of Russia lambasted Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, who critized the move of All England Club’s banning players from Russia and Belarus in Wimbledon. Although Kasparov has been vocal aboutthe Ukraine-Russia conflict, he criticized Djokovic for supporting Russian athletes. Kasparov said “Russia may play by ranking but they kill by nationality, Russian athletes do not condemed  President  Vladimir Putin’s war of extermination in Ukraine and supporting in silence”. Djokovic is all set to defend his Wimbledon title. He was deported over his vaccination status in the Australian Open and is one title away from tying Rafael Nadal, who has 21 major titles. He remains without an ATF title after losing to Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the Serbia Open. Meanwhile, two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal said the ban is unfair to collegues Daniil  Medvedev of Russia and last year’s semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who will be out of the tournament.

Teenager breaks Usain Bolt's records

American Erriyon Knighton broke his own 200m to record the fourth fastest in history. The 18-year old eclipsed Usain Bolt’s junior world record and beat his own U/20 world mark of 19:84 seconds in an amazing run at Baton Rouge. He made waves last year when  he ran 19:93 world junior record.  He finished fourth in the 200m behind Canada’s Andre de Grasse at the Tokyo Olympics. Knighton’s 19:49 places him behind Bolt (19:19), Yohan Blake (Jamaica 19:26) and American Michael Johnson  (19:32) as the fastest men over 200m.

Boris becker jailed

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker is currently behind bars in HMP Wandsworth, serving a 30-month jail term for bankruptcy fraud. He could also be deported from UK since he does’nt have a British passport. Becker 54, has lived in West London since 2012. He was found to have hidden 2.5 milion pounds worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts. He declared bankruptcy in June  2017, owing creditors 50 million pounds of an unpaid loan, 3 million pounds on his estate in Mallorca, Spain. He could work as gym instructor in prison. Novak Djokovic said he was heartbroken at the jailing of Becker who was his coach for three years. Wimbledon to Wandsworth Prison.


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