Tuesday, November 30News That Matters

Tag: Sports

FIFA Arab Cup 2021 kicks off in Qatar

FIFA Arab Cup 2021 kicks off in Qatar

Breaking News, Sports, World
Qatar hosts 16 best teams from the Arab world, as matches kick off 12 months ahead of the World Cup.Qatar will host the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 from Tuesday, just 12 months ahead of the World Cup 2022 which will be the first to take place in the Middle East. Tunisia takes on Mauritania in the tournament’s opening fixture with Iraq, the most successful team in the competition with four titles, locking horns with Oman in the second match. Hosts Qatar will play Bahrain and the UAE will take on Syria in the other matches on Tuesday. Here is what you need to know about the tournament: How many teams are taking part? A total of 16 teams, divided into four groups, are taking part in the tournament. Group A: Qatar, Iraq, Oman, BahrainGroup B: Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, MauritaniaGroup C: Mor...
Manchester United appoints Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Manchester United appoints Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

Breaking News, Sports, World
The 63-year-old German, who joins from Lokomotiv Moscow, will be United’s interim manager until the end of the season.Manchester United has named Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, the Premier League club announced on Monday, eight days after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 63-year-old German steps in to replace Solskjaer, who was removed after United’s 4-1 defeat by Watford this month, their seventh loss in 13 games across all competitions which left them eighth in the Premier League standings. “Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements. Following this period, Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further...
Key questions answered as Qatar 2022 starts one-year countdown

Key questions answered as Qatar 2022 starts one-year countdown

Breaking News, Sports, World
Al Jazeera answers some key questions with Middle East’s first football World Cup just one year away.Qatar 2022, the Middle East’s first football World Cup, is only 12 months away. The opening match of the next World Cup, which was awarded to Qatar in 2010, will be played on November 18, 2022, at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor, located north of the capital Doha. Al Jazeera answers some of the key questions related to the tournament and the host Qatar: What are the tournament dates? The tournament will kick off on November 21 next year with the final taking place on December 18, which is also Qatar’s national day. Which teams have qualified for Qatar 2022? So far, 13 teams have qualified for the World Cup, including hosts Qatar. ArgentinaBelgiumBrazilCroatiaDenmarkEnglandFranceGermanyNether...
Peng Shuai: Videos, photos of missing Chinese star posted online

Peng Shuai: Videos, photos of missing Chinese star posted online

Breaking News, Sports, World
World Tennis Association says the new videos and pictures are ‘insufficient’ and do not address its concerns about her safety.The editor of a Chinese Communist Party newspaper has released a video that he says shows missing tennis star Peng Shuai watching a match in Beijing. Hu Xijin of the Global Times posted the video online on Sunday as international pressure mounted for information about Peng’s whereabouts after she accused a senior Chinese leader of sexual assault. The 37-second video shows Peng standing with five other people at what Hu said was the opening ceremony for the final match of a youth championship in Beijing. China Open, which organised the tournament, also posted pictures of Peng at the event on its official WeChat page. Peng Shuai showed up at the opening ceremony of a...
US, UN demand proof of missing Chinese tennis star’s wellbeing

US, UN demand proof of missing Chinese tennis star’s wellbeing

Breaking News, Sports, World
The UN and the United States on Friday demanded proof of Peng Shuai’s whereabouts, amid rising concern for the Chinese tennis star’s wellbeing.The player has not been seen in public since alleging on November 2 that she was sexually assaulted by China’s former vice-premier. Tennis stars, sports bodies, governments and human rights defenders have all spoken up in support of the 35 year old who said in a now-deleted Weibo post that Zhang Gaoli had forced her to have sex. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s administration wanted China to “provide independent, verifiable proof” of Peng’s whereabouts and expressed “deep concern” about the former world top-ranked doubles player. The United Nations has insisted on a fully transparent investigation into Peng’s claims. ...
Edouard, Ferland Mendy slam media mix-ups with accused Benjamin

Edouard, Ferland Mendy slam media mix-ups with accused Benjamin

Breaking News, Sports, World
Footballers complain about media using their images to accompany stories about Benjamin Mendy, who is accused of rape.Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy have complained about media outlets using their images to illustrate news reports about Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy, who has been accused of rape and sexual assault. Benjamin Mendy, a France international, has been charged in the United Kingdom with six counts of rape and one of sexual assault. He has not yet formally entered a plea, but his lawyer said the player has denied the allegations. The Premier League club has suspended the 27-year-old defender, who has been in custody since August. Edouard Mendy took to Instagram to express his frustration at how ‘for some, Black people have neither names nor distinct fa...
WTA questions email allegedly from Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai

WTA questions email allegedly from Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai

Breaking News, Sports, World
WTA chief says hard to believe email published by state media came from Peng, who disappeared after she accused top official of sexual assault.The head of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has questioned the authenticity of an email published by China’s state media in which tennis star Peng Shuai said she was “resting at home” and that an allegation of sexual assault was “not true”. Peng has not been seen since she accused a top official of sexual assault earlier this month. WTA chief Steve Simon said the email, which was shared on state media on Wednesday and sent to the WTA, has increased his concern for the player. “I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is attributed to her,” Simon said in a statement. The email, shared by ...
Ecuador’s Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez shot dead

Ecuador’s Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez shot dead

Breaking News, Sports, World
Officials mourn Quinonez’s murder which comes as violence spiked dramatically in Ecuador in recent months.Ecuadorian Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been shot dead in the port city of Guayaquil. Quinonez, 32, and another person were found dead close to midnight (05:00 GMT) on Friday, according to police, with the killing sparking an outpouring of grief in a country struggling to contain a surge in violence. Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso promised to bring his killers to justice. “Those who take the lives of Ecuadoreans will not remain unpunished. We will act with force,” Lasso tweeted. “No one will rest until @PoliciaEcuador captures the culprits. We are facing a war against drug gangs that intend to subdue us,” Pablo Arosemena, the governor of Guayas province, whose capital is Gua...
Cricket: India, Pakistan lock horns at T20 World Cup

Cricket: India, Pakistan lock horns at T20 World Cup

Breaking News, Sports, World
On Sunday, the two sides will meet in Dubai to get their T20 World Cup campaign underway.Pakistan and India launch their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign in Dubai on Sunday, the first time the two sides will lock horns since the 2019 World Cup league match in Manchester more than two years ago. The rain-disturbed encounter at a packed Old Trafford ended in a routine win for India. But on Sunday, a completely different environment – from gloomy Manchester to dry and sunny Dubai – awaits the two sides as they meet for the eighth time in T20 cricket. Tickets for the game, as expected, were sold out within hours of going on sale. Titles Both sides have won the tournament once. India were the winners in 2007 when they beat Pakistan in the final. Pakistan went one better in the 2009 tournament, beat...
Cricket: Super 12 round of T20 World Cup gets under way

Cricket: Super 12 round of T20 World Cup gets under way

Breaking News, Sports, World
Australia v South Africa and West Indies v England to be played on the opening day of the Super 12 round.The Super 12 round of cricket’s T20 World Cup starts in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday with holders West Indies taking on 2016 runners-up England in the evening match after Australia and South Africa, both chasing their first T20 World title, get the stage under way in the afternoon. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Scotland and surprise package Namibia have joined the world’s top eight teams in the second round, with the 12 teams divided into two groups. Australia will look to David Warner to get them off to a flying start. A proven match-winner, Warner has endured a miserable time in the format recently. He was dropped by his Sunrisers Hyderabad team at the recently concluded Indian Premi...