Olympic gold medalist Wladimir Klitschko has joined Ukraine’s fight against the IOC’s plan to field some Russians at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
In a video message released Monday, the former heavyweight champion suggested that sports leaders would join the war if athletes from Russia and its military ally Belarus could compete at the next Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee last week announced a priority pass for Russians and Belarusians who do not openly support the war to qualify for Paris and compete within 18 months as neutral athletes without a flag or anthem. Qualifying events will likely take place in Asia.
The softening of the IOC’s recommendation last February that sports bodies should exclude Russia and Belarus from international competitions has angered Ukraine and warned it could boycott Paris.
Klitschko’s one-minute statement, filmed by a bombed-out building, launched “Dear Thomas Bach” as a direct challenge to the IOC president.
“The world is watching you, history will judge you.
Ecole: The Maine Mariners have completed two future consideration deals with the ECHL team, acquiring forward Zach Pochilo from the Allen Americans and Chase Zekey from the Wheeling Nailers. In an additional move, defenseman Nate Cullen left the team and signed for Slovakia.
Tracking: Kenyan runner Georgina Rono, who finished third at the 2012 Boston Marathon, was given a four-year ban for evading a doping test.
Rono, who also finished on the podium in the Eindhoven and Frankfurt marathons, was suspended until 25 January 2027. All results since 27 May have been stripped from the record due to a ruling by the Kenyan Anti-Doping Agency.
Kenyan authorities are battling a doping crisis, with more than 50 athletes from the East African country currently suspended.
Manchester United: Midfielder Christian Eriksen could miss most of the rest of the season due to an ankle injury, the team said.
The 30-year-old Danish international was injured during United’s 3-1 win over Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.
United said he will be out for a “long period”, possibly until late April or early May.
The former Tottenham and Inter Milan player suffered a cardiac arrest on the field of the 2021 European Championship and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.
He was fitted with a defibrillator and returned to top flight football a year ago when he joined Premier League club Brentford.
His performances at the London club led to a move to United last summer.
Bayern Munich: Bayern Munich bolstered their struggling side with the loan deal of Joao Cancelo after Portugal left Manchester City on the final day of the transfer window.
Bayern said the 28-year-old Cancelo has joined “on his first contract until the end of the season”. The German club has the option to make the transfer permanent for a fee of €70m ($76m).
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said the deal was “very spontaneous” and was finalized after Bayern’s final match on Saturday.
Research: German tennis player Alexander Zverev will not be disciplined after an investigation into domestic violence allegations against him found “insufficient evidence” to support the allegations, the men’s professional tour said.
The ATP had requested an investigation in October 2021 after Zverev’s ex-girlfriend Olya Sharipova accused the 2020 US Open runner-up of abuse.
“Based on the lack of credible evidence and eyewitness reports, in addition to conflicting statements by Sharypova, Zverev, and other interviewees, the investigation does not substantiate allegations of abuse, nor does the ATP’s onsite offense or We were also unable to determine a player major offense violation and the rules have been enforced,” the ATP said in a statement.
U.S. Women: Diana Taurasi’s USA Basketball career isn’t over yet.
The five-time Olympic gold medalist will attend training camp for the varsity team in Minnesota next month. injured his quadriceps shortly afterwards and did not participate in the FIBA World Cup, which the American won in Australia.
Taurasi attends the camp, but Brittney Griner does not. While she’s still part of the pool from which the 2024 Olympic team will be selected, Griner has seen less than a few since her return from Russia in a prisoner exchange in December after a ten-month ordeal that captured the world’s attention. Not in public. Greiner said he plans to play in the WNBA this year.
NBA G League: The Maine Celtics acquired guard Tony Snell from their available player pool.
Snell, 31, has played in 601 games in his NBA career and is the most experienced NBA player on the roster.
Maine also waived guard Trey Davis, who chose to pursue basketball opportunities abroad. Davis leaves the team as his franchise leader with 109 games. He ranks third all-time in points scored (1,413) and second all-time in assists (451) and steals (104).
Red Sox Notes: Washa seeks 2-year contract at free agency