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Wikki players in bus fire accident

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Players of Wikki Tourists of Bauchi escaped death on Thursday when the bus they were travelling in was engulfed by fire.

The team was travelling to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for a Nigerian Professional Football League match fixture against Dakkada, when the incident happened.

Secretary of the club, Abdullahi Ibrahim, said the accident occurred at Hawan Kibo, Plateau State.

He said, “One of the tyres of the bus exploded and the vehicle was engulfed in fire. Fortunately, the vehicle did not somersault and all the players and other occupants were able to escape through the windows of the bus. No one was hurt, but the players and the occupants are in shock.”

He said the bus left Bauchi about 4am and was moving smoothly before the accident.

He added that the kits and other belongings of the players and officials were completely burnt.

“Thank God no one was hurt, but the players are in shock because they all escaped through bus the windows, but all their match kits, jerseys, and boots were burnt to ashes.

Plateau United reportedly provided the stranded Wikki team a bus for their return to Bauchi.

 

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French Open: Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win 19th Grand Slam

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Novak Djokovic on Sunday came from behind to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6-8) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 to win the 2021 edition of the French Open.
The Serbian top seed Djokovic by the victory has claimed his 19th Grand Slam title.
His opponent, the Greek fifth seed Tsitsipas, was appearing in maiden major final.
“I tried my best,” says Stefanos Tsitsipas, but his speech is almost drowned out by the fifth seed’s adoring fans in the Chatrier crowd.
He says, “I had a good run and am happy with myself, but let’s give it to Novak because he has shown us over the past couple of years what a great champion he is.
“I am inspired by the things he has achieved and I hope one day I can maybe do half of what he has done so far!
“I would like to thank the Greek fans who came, my team who have been constantly backing me up and helping me achieve my dreams. It is a difficult journey and takes a lot of work every day.
“I hope to be back next year and put out a good show again.”

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Eriksen may not play football again, after recovery– Cardiologist

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Christian Eriksen is not likely to play football professionally again after his collapse during the Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland, an expert has said.
The former Spurs midfielder suddenly fell to the ground just before half time and was treated on the pitch before being taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.
Sanjay Sharma, a professor of sports cardiology at London’s St George’s University, said there were several reasons Eriksen could have suffered a cardiac arrest, such as high temperatures or an unidentified condition.
“Clearly something went terribly wrong,” he said. “But they managed to get him back, the question is what happened? And why did it happen?
“This guy had normal tests all the way up to 2019 so how do you explain this cardiac arrest?”
Sharma also said that it would be up to both the player and the club to assess the risks of continuing to play but claimed that the English FA would probably not allow him to play.
“I don’t know whether he’ll ever play football again,” he added. “Without putting it too bluntly, he died today, albeit for a few minutes, but he did die and would the medical professional allow him to die again? The answer is no.
“I think the Football Association will be very strict about whether he plays again or not. In the UK he wouldn’t play. We’d be very strict about it.”
One of the doctors who treated Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba said it would take time to establish whether Eriksen could make a complete recovery.
Cardiologist Dr Sam Mohiddin told BBC News, “It sounds like he has had successful CPR and he has regained normal cardiac rhythm because of defibrillation but there are other things that will have to be worked through.”
He said that some stars with underlying heart disorders have had to stop playing sport because they are considered to be at risk.
Dr Mohiddin added, “The moment of extreme peril is the time of the cardiac arrest and treating that is a matter that requires people to promptly recognise what is happening and really address it quickly with CPR and a defibrillator.
“CPR saves lives. Most of us should learn how to perform CPR for all sorts of reasons and not just because cardiac arrests can affect sportspeople. Many other people will die of cardiac arrest.”
Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during the first half of Bolton’s FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur in March 2012.
He recovered but announced his retirement from professional football six months later, aged 24. More recently he has worked as a youth coach.

 

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Federer pulls out of French Open

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Roger Federer has withdrawn from the French Open after winning and qualifying to the fourth round, citing a desire not to rush his return from injury.

The 39-year-old Swiss prevailed 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 over Dominik Koepfer on Saturday night.

It was the longest match he has played in 18 months, following double knee surgery. The contest lasted three hours and 35 minutes.

The 20-time grand slam winner has played few tournaments over the past 18 months and said a need to rest his body was behind his decision to withdraw.

Federer was due to play the ninth seed Matteo Berrettini in the last 16 on Monday.

In a statement released by the French Open, Federer said, “After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today (Sunday).

“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery.

“I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.”

Tournament director Guy Forget said, “The Roland Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night.

“We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

Federer entered the clay-court major with a 1-2 win-loss record for the year, most recently losing to Pablo Andujar in Geneva last month, and little was expected from him.

However, three wins on the spin showed he is not finished yet at the highest level.

His withdrawal suggested he wants to preserve himself for Wimbledon, which starts at the end of the month.

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