Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Banka re-elected for a second three-year term as WADA President
Witold Banka was unanimously re-elected on Friday for a second three-year term as president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at a meeting of the foundation board in Montreal. Speaking ahead of his re-election, Poland’s Banka said while there has been a lot of progress in his first term, there is still a lot to be done in the fight against doping.
Doping – WADA expects CAS decision on Valieva to ‘take time’
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Friday it would push sport’s highest court CAS to make a speedy decision on the doping case of Russian Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva, but expects it “takes a while” to come to a conclusion. Valieva tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine during the Russian national championships in December 2021, but the result was not announced until February 8, a day after helping her team win a gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing.
Tennis-Rublev disagrees with Tsitsipas’ ‘few tools’ claim after ATP Finals win
Andrey Rublev said he disagreed with Stefanos Tsitsipas’ assessment as a player with “few tools” after a win from behind over the Greek in Friday’s ATP Finals. Rublev fought back from a set down to beat world number three Tsitsipas 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the round robin phase of the season-ending championship.
Football-No sale of alcohol allowed at World Cup stadium venues in Qatar
Alcoholic beer will not be sold at World Cup stadiums in Qatar, world football governing body FIFA announced on Friday. The announcement comes two days before the World Cup kicks off on Sunday, the first to be held in a conservative Muslim country with strict controls on alcohol, the consumption of which is banned in public.
Basketball-US lose top spot in FIBA Rankings after 12 years as Spain take over
The United States men’s basketball team has been knocked out of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) world rankings for the first time in more than 12 years, with Spain taking over. Spain, who have enjoyed success in recent years, including winning the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and FIBA EuroBasket 2022, top the November standings ahead of the United States.
Tennis-Rublev returns to beat Tsitsipas and reach last four of ATP Finals
Andrey Rublev produced a stunning victory from behind to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6 6-3 6-2 and reach the last four in the ATP Finals, while Novak Djokovic remained unbeaten in the round-robin phase with a victory on Daniil Medvedev on Friday. Tsitsipas came out firing to dominate the first set, bounding a shallow ball from Rublev to crush a forehand winner for the early break and a 3-1 lead as the Russian’s fiery temper began to boil over.
Horse racing – Court of Appeal declares horse racing safety law unconstitutional
A law aimed at making horse racing safer by creating and enforcing national rules governing the use of drugs and the treatment of animals is “fascinatingly unconstitutional,” a Louisiana federal appeals court ruled Friday. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) was created by Congress in 2020 to replace the patchwork of state-by-state regulations following a series of high-profile doping scandals and horse deaths that rocked the industry .
Tennis-Djokovic says he struggled physically against Medvedev
Novak Djokovic said beating Russian Daniil Medvedev in the round robin stage of the ATP Finals on Friday was a tough physical battle that cost him dearly. Djokovic remained unbeaten in the red group beating Medvedev 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(2) in a grueling clash at the Pala Alpitour in Turin to take the lead.
Soccer-Qatar’s moment of truth has arrived
The moment of truth for Qatar’s ability to stage the World Cup after years of failed openings and criticism over labor rights and strict laws has come. Difficulties began to escalate as early as December 2010 when it was announced that Qatar would host the final amid a storm of international criticism.
Tennis-Medvedev seeks to put a “catastrophic” end to the season behind him
Daniil Medvedev’s 2022 season came to an inauspicious end on Friday with a crushing defeat at the hands of Novak Djokovic in the ATP Finals, but he has vowed to bounce back next year. For the second game in a row, the Russian squandered a lead late in the third set, losing 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(2) to the Serbian to finish winless in his three phase matches of groups at the prestigious end of the year. championships in Turin.
(With agency contributions.)