Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine shows 97.6% efficacy

Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine shows 97.6% efficacy

The Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have reported that the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine showed a 97.6% efficacy. This was based on the analysis of data on disease infection rate among people receiving both shots of the vaccine. The vaccine, which is based on an established and well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors, uses two different vectors for the two jabs for vaccination. Data from 3.8 million Russians who received both components of Sputnik V from 5 December last year…

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Madrid Open: Russia’s Andrey Rublev continues to impress

Madrid Open: Russia’s Andrey Rublev continues to impress

Russia’s Andrey Rublev overcame a tough challenge on his Madrid Open debut to beat the United States’ Tommy Paul 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 for a place in the third round on Tuesday. Paul put forth a brilliant effort while Rublev struggled to control the ball in the unfamiliar high altitude, according to atptour.com. “It’s important to win when you’re not (playing) your (best) game and things are not going well,” the Russian said. “So it’s really important to win this match to have more confidence. I’m happy that I turned it…

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Lewis Hamilton Ready to Join Sports Social Media Boycott Against Racism

Lewis Hamilton Ready to Join Sports Social Media Boycott Against Racism

World champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he is ready to join this weekend’s widespread sports boycott of social media in a stand against racism even if Formula 1 is not convinced. “I think I probably will follow and support this weekend,” said Hamilton on the sidelines of the Portuguese Grand Prix. A coalition of football organisations including the English Football Association and Premier League revealed they would not post on their channels this weekend and the boycott has grown, with other sports bodies, sponsors and broadcasters joining in. On…

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Tokyo Olympics Could Be Held Without Fans, Says Games Chief Seiko Hashimoto

Tokyo Olympics Could Be Held Without Fans, Says Games Chief Seiko Hashimoto

This summer’s virus-postponed Olympics could be held behind closed doors, Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto told AFP on Friday, pledging to ensure the Games will be safe. Former Olympian Hashimoto said the Games could only be a success if organisers “completely protect” athletes and people in Japan, and that she is hopeful people will “be glad” the event went ahead. Overseas spectators have already been barred from the Games, and this week a decision on domestic fans was delayed until June, with organisers citing a new wave of infections in…

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DJOKOVIC WINS HISTORIC 9TH AUSTRALIAN OPEN CROWN

DJOKOVIC WINS HISTORIC 9TH AUSTRALIAN OPEN CROWN

Novak Djokovic won a historic ninth Australian Open title on Sunday at Melbourne, becoming just the second player in history to lift nine trophies at one Grand Slam championship. Djokovic breaks a tie with Roger Federer for the second-most victories at a single major, and now the Serbian only trails Rafael Nadal’s 13 crowns at Roland Garros. Next year, Djokovic will try to become the second man in history to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam. Novak Djokovic won his 18th grand-slam title after he defeated Daniil Medvedev…

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NAOMI OSAKA WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2021: IT FEELS REALLY INCREDIBLE, SAYS 4-TIME GRAND SLAM CHAMPION

NAOMI OSAKA WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2021: IT FEELS REALLY INCREDIBLE, SAYS 4-TIME GRAND SLAM CHAMPION

Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the women’s singles final Osaka’s victory at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena gave the Japanese her fourth major crown. Osaka has won her past 21 matches at all tournaments dating to last season Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title by pulling away to beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final. Osaka used a six-game run from 4-all in the opening set Saturday to take control and improve to 4-0 in major finals. She is the first woman…

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LEADERS OF G7 COUNTRIES SEND MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPIC & PARA OLYMPIC GAMES 2020

LEADERS OF G7 COUNTRIES SEND MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPIC & PARA OLYMPIC GAMES 2020

IOC President Thomas Bach has thanked the G7 for their strong support for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the communique following the meeting of G7 leaders today. The communique issued at the end of the virtual meeting of G7 Leaders supports the “commitment of Japan to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a safe and secure manner this summer as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19”. Welcoming the statement, President Bach said: “We welcome the message of support from the G7 Leaders for the…

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International Olympic committee approves Russia’s new Olympic team name as ROC and it’s flag for the next 2 Olympic Games

International Olympic committee approves Russia’s new Olympic team name as ROC and it’s flag for the next 2 Olympic Games

With Russia’s name banned from the next two Olympics, the country’s team and athletes will be officially branded as “ROC,” the International Olympic Committee said Friday. The team name — an acronym for Russian Olympic Committee — has been agreed on by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency, which has accused the country of running a state-backed doping program. Russia’s team name, flag and national anthem were banned from this year’s scheduled Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The…

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FOOTBALL LEGEND DIEGO MARADONA DIES OF HEART ATTACK AT 60

FOOTBALL LEGEND DIEGO MARADONA DIES OF HEART ATTACK AT 60

Diego Maradona, one of the greatest footballers of all time, died Wednesday at the age of 60, plunging his sport and his native Argentina into mourning. Renowned along with Pele as one of the greatest players ever to play the game, the Argentine World Cup-winning captain died of a heart attack, having undergone brain surgery earlier this month, a member of his entourage told AFP. Maradona will forever be known for his “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final in Mexico, when he appeared to use his…

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Ana Belac of Slovenia wins Carolina Golf Classic

Ana Belac of Slovenia wins Carolina Golf Classic

Ana Belac of Slovenia won the Carolina Golf Classic at Pinehurst No. 9 for her first Symetra Tour title, wrapping up an LPGA Tour card with the breakthrough victory. The former Duke star closed with a 2-over 74 for a four-stroke victory. Six strokes ahead entering the day after rounds of 66, 71 and 70, she finished at 7-under 281. ‘Grateful’ “It hasn’t set in yet. I am just really excited and happy,” Belac said. “I am just really grateful to compete at this level on this amazing course.” Belac turned…

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