Serena to miss Rogers cup due to injury
Our favorite female tennis player Serena Williams, has announced that she will not feature at the Canadian Rogers cup, due to an inflamed shoulder.
The 34-year old follows suit after Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have also pulled out of the Toronto based tournament.
7 time Wimbledon winner, Serena, is expected to feature in next month’s Olympics to defend her singles and doubles titles.
“Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not play in the tournament this year,” said Toronto tournament director Eugenie Lapierre.
“Because this is an Olympic year, the players have very full schedules. Sometimes your body needs rest. We hope that Serena will recover quickly and wish her much success for the rest of the season.
James targets first team opportunities at Real Madrid
Colombian star James Rodriguez, has been linked to a move away from Santiago Bernabeu, as many speculated over his future, but now he insists he hopes to do better this season at Real Madrid.
The talented midfielder, made a switch to Real Madrid in 2014, after he gave an outstanding performance at the World Cup in Brazil.
He replicated that same form in the 2014/2015 season, scoring 13 goals in 29 appearances, much to Carlo Ancelotti’s pleasure.
However, Ancelotti left after that season and he was replaced by former legendary footballer Zinedine Zidane. 25-year old James, is yet to impress the Frenchman, as he failed to find form last season and has since been forgotten on the second team.
Though reports claim several big English clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea are set to launch a bid for James, he has now dismissed the rumors as he shares his hopes for the next season.
“At Real Madrid this season I hope to play more,” he told Caracol TV.
“I want it to be a good season, and to perform at a high level.”
Russia narrowly escapes complete Olympic ban
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not issue a blanket ban to Russia, as many feared for the forth coming Olympics.
A few days ago, Russia was found guilty of running a government sponsored doping program between 2011-2015 after a report was shared by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.
The blanket ban basically means not all Russian athletes with be banned. However, those that would like to compete in the Olympics, which begins on August 6, will have to meet up strict criteria from the IOC.
Also, any athlete that has already been given a doping ban, will not be allowed to feature in the Olympics.
IOC president Thomas Bach said: “We have set the bar to the limit by establishing a number of very strict criteria which every Russian athlete will have to fulfil if he or she wants to participate in the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
“I think in this way, we have balanced on the one hand, the desire and need for collective responsibility versus the right to individual justice of every individual athlete.”
A number of athletes have expressed their displeasure at the news. Olympic athlete Sharon Davies said:
“I’m just sad that they’ve passed the buck, as they so often do, down to the governing bodies, and I don’t think the governing bodies have the time to be able to do very much about this.
“I think the only way to send an incredibly strong message to a state-run doping programme is a blanket ban.”
Individual governing sports have been give the task to ascertain which Russian athletes are clean enough and dope free for the competition.
Rooney talks about life after retirement
Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney is already thinking about the future and making plans towards it. The 30-year old, has revealed that he would like to be a football manager, once he retires from the game.
Rooney, who began his professional football career in 2002 with Everton, said he would like to be a manager when he hangs his boots for good and also revealed he is in the process of taking his coaching badges, which should be completed by the time he retires.
“I would like to be manager when I finish playing,” Rooney said as part of a Facebook Q&A session with team-mate Ashley Young.
“Football is what I’ve done my whole life. I’m currently in the process of taking my coaching badges so hopefully when I finish playing I’ll have that complete.”
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan