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F1 figures pledge safety first over Vietnam GP if coronavirus spreads

McLaren chief Zak Brown will not put personnel at riskChinese GP was postponed on WednesdaySenior figures in Formula One believe the sport would be right to once more put its participants first if it had to postpone or cancel the Vietnam Grand Prix as …

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F1’s Chinese GP set to be called off due to coronavirus with Vietnam race at risk

Race unlikely to be rescheduled due to busy calendarInaugural Vietnam GP on 5 April also in doubtThe Chinese Grand Prix is expected to be postponed after the outbreak of the coronavirus. There is a possibility that the race, which is due to take place …

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Tokyo Olympics chief says coronavirus could disrupt Games

Toshiro Muto ‘seriously worried’ about spread of virus with 170 days to goA senior Olympic official in Japan has warned that the coronavirus outbreak could “throw cold water” on preparations for Tokyo 2020, although organisers insist that there are no …

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Tokyo 2020 organisers ‘seriously worried’ about impact of coronavirus on Olympics – video

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers fear that the coronavirus outbreak may begin to dampen enthusiasm for the Games as the 24 July date of the opening ceremonies approaches. The Tokyo 2020 chief executive officer Toshiro Muto said he was seriously worried th…

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World Indoor Athletics and Chinese Grand Prix at risk over coronavirus outbreak

• Team GB expected to pull out of next month’s championships • F1 race on 19 April in Shanghai at risk, says virus expertThe Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus …

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World Indoor Athletics and Chinese Grand Prix at risk over coronavirus outbreak

• Team GB expected to pull out of next month’s championships • F1 race on 19 April in Shanghai at risk, says virus expertThe Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus …

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World Indoor Athletics and Chinese Grand Prix at risk over coronavirus outbreak

• Team GB expected to pull out of next month’s championships • F1 race on 19 April in Shanghai at risk, says virus expertThe Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus …

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Japan in raptures as outsider wins sumo contest – and bursts into tears

The 188kg wrestler Tokushoryu bulldozes his way into the hearts of a nation unaccustomed to displays of emotionSumo fans in Japan are celebrating after the lowest-ranked wrestler beat incredible odds to emerge victorious at the first main tournament of…

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Olyroos miss first chance to qualify for Tokyo Olympics, losing to South Korea 2-0

Australia can still qualify for the 2020 Olympics if they beat Uzbekistan in the third place playoff on SaturdayA marauding South Korean frontline lead by Kim Dae-won has cut strips through a timid Olyroos defence to seal a 2-0 victory in their AFC U-2…

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Silver Ferns beat England Roses 64-48 in first netball international of 2020

Coach Noeline Taurua got all players out on court in a match where NZ were without four key veteransThe Silver Ferns have beaten the England Roses netball team 64-48 in their first international of 2020.Without retired Maria Folau and Casey Korpua, and…

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Sonny Bill Williams follows Mesut Özil in support of Uighur ethnic group

Williams risks backlash from China with his political tweet‘Sad time when we choose economic benefits over humanity’Sonny Bill Williams has tweeted his support of the minority Uighur ethnic group, mirroring the stance of football star Mesut Özil which …

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Sonny Bill Williams follows Mesut Özil in support of Uighur ethnic group

Williams risks backlash from China with his political tweet‘Sad time when we choose economic benefits over humanity’Sonny Bill Williams has tweeted his support of the minority Uighur ethnic group, mirroring the stance of football star Mesut Özil which …

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China’s Arsenal blackout highlights Premier League’s ethics problem

Özil’s Uighur comments have angered China, but the world’s most famous league has remained tight-lipped so farAcross the street from the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing, the venue of Arsenal’s first ever match in China in 1995, shoppers at an Adidas store …

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Mesut Özil should be able to say what he likes about subjects he cares about | Eni Aluko

Sportsmen and women cannot and should not be censored. Sometimes, they are the changemakers we needSince I first found myself, as a high-profile footballer and England international, in the public eye one of the rules I have tried to live by is this: s…

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The Guardian view on Özil, Arsenal and Liverpool: football with a conscience | Editorial

The clubs have taken very different stances on human rights issues this week. Commercial interests do not absolve them of social responsibilitiesTwo of England’s most prestigious Premier League football clubs, both owned by US investors, have been conf…

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Mesut Özil China row: western brands be warned, self-censorship won’t protect you | Frances Eve

The Arsenal player was right to speak up, and western companies should remember that staying silent is no guarantee of China’s favourArsenal star Mesut Özil tends to cause controversy on and off the pitch. That is why he should be applauded for speakin…

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Mesut Özil row: China’s Arsenal fans burn shirts in anger at Xinjiang post

Player, who has 4 million followers on Chinese microblog Weibo, is called a ‘dirty ant’ for attacking ChinaChinese football fans have burned Arsenal football shirts and called on the club to fire star player Mesut Özil after he publicly criticised Chin…

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Mesut Özil row: China’s Arsenal fans burn shirts in anger at Xinjiang post

Player, who has 4 million followers on Chinese microblog Weibo, is called a ‘dirty ant’ for attacking ChinaChinese football fans have burned Arsenal football shirts and called on the club to fire star player Mesut Özil after he publicly criticised Chin…

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Craven Arsenal abandon Mesut Özil over his stance on China’s Uighur persecution | Sean Ingle

The midfielder is in tune with a United Nations panel and human rights groups over the imprisonment of millions of Uighurs but the club chose to raise a white flagArsenal might not be any good at parking the bus. But they sure know how to throw Mesut Ö…

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Craven Arsenal abandon Mesut Özil over his stance on China’s Uighur persecution | Sean Ingle

The midfielder is in tune with a United Nations panel and human rights groups over the imprisonment of millions of Uighurs but the club chose to raise a white flagArsenal might not be any good at parking the bus. But they sure know how to throw Mesut Ö…