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Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini has been forced to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics with a muscle strain, the Italian Olympic Committee announced on Sunday.

World number eight Berrettini picked up the injury in London where he became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final, losing in four sets to Novak Djokovic.

Berrettini was forced “to renounce participation in the Olympic Games, due to the after-effects of a muscle injury, an unwelcome legacy of his historic exploit at Wimbledon,” CONI said.

The 25-year-old was spearheading an Italian team of Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Lorenzo Musetti in the men’s tennis and Sara Errani, Jasmine Paolini and Camila Giorgi in the women.

“Matteo got this muscle trouble when he crashed during the Wimbledon semi-final,” his coach Vincenzo Santopadre told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

“Then obviously he pushed himself in the final and already felt pain from Monday. Fortunately it is not the abdominal problem he has suffered from in the past. In that case the recovery would have been much longer and more delicate.”

CONI added that because the Italian Tennis Federation does not allow substitutions of players to their Olympic roster Team Italia in Tokyo would now comprise 384 athletes — 197 men and 187 women.

 

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BOS YOUTH CUP: SCREENING EXERCISE COMMENCES ACROSS LAGOS

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… Competition will promote Sports, address youth restiveness, says Coker

… Player: ‘I believe this competition will help me realise my dream of playing in Europe’

Hundreds of youths on Wednesday stormed the Agege Township Stadium to take part in the screening exercise for the first edition of BOS Youth Cup being organised by the Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu under the BOS Academy.

The youths who converged on Agege Stadium for the screening exercise were part of over 5,000 youths across the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas taking part in the exercise held across 20 centres in the State to select players and teams that will take part in the football tournament.

The trials of eligible players with LASSRA cards and shortlisting of 23 players, comprising three goalkeepers and 20 outfield players for the BOS Youth Cup took place at Local Governments (LGAs)/Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) level for Intra-scouting matches among the councils to select All Star Players for the 20 LGAs for the competition.

The BOS Youth Cup, a football competition for youths under 21 years across all councils within the State, is part of efforts by the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration to curb restiveness and promote sports and youth development in Lagos State.

Speaking to journalists during the screening exercise at the Agege Stadium, the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association Technical Committee, Mr. Dotun Coker, said the BOS Youth Cup has been well accepted by the target youths. He said the turn-out of young people for the competition at every location is encouraging.

According to Coker, the BOS Youth Cup is one of the events for grassroots football development, noting that professionals are not allowed to play in the tournament that it is strictly for participants who are residents of a local government.

Coker disclosed that some scouting agencies and corporate organisations within and outside Nigeria would be involved in the BOS Youth Cup tournament for football development and academic scholarship to players participating in the competition to bring glory to themselves, families, local governments and Lagos State.

Also speaking to journalists during the screening exercise, a grassroots coach in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area, Mr. Alao Suraju, commended the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration for the development of football at the grassroots level.

Suraju who commended the organisers of the BOS Youth Cup for organising the football tournament, said the competition will add a lot of value to the development of football at the grassroots level and therefore urged them to make it a continuous exercise.

One of the players selected for the BOS Cup, Umeh Cornelius, a resident of Ketu in Kosofe Local Government Area, said he hopes to achieve his dream of playing professional football in Europe through the competition.

He said: “I am here for the BOS Youth Cup and this is actually my first time in this kind of screening. I am happy and thank the organisers of the competition for the opportunity they have given to us.

“My expectation is for me to do my best, play well and show my strength during the competition. I believe that I would be connected to the world through the competition. I want to play for PSG of France because my football mentor, Neymar is playing there.”

Another youth taking part in the competition, Kehinde Olawale said: “I am going to become star after the competition. I hope to play in the national team and also play professional football in Europe.”

He also commended the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration and the organisers of the BOS Youth Cup for giving him and other youths a platform to showcase their talents with the hope of becoming a professional footballer in future.

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Breaking: Cristiano Ronaldo Agree Deal To Join Manchester City, Will Undergo Medicals Today

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Renowned football journalist Fabrizio Romano has took to his social media to revealed that Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday agreed to join Manchester City in a two-year deal from Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City, HERE WE GO! Paperworks signed tonight between Juventus and City. €25m final fee, contract also signed until June 2023,” Romano said in a tweet.

Cristiano will undergo his medical in Manchester on Friday morning in order to complete the deal.”

SkySport, through its Italian reporter Di Marzio, stated that a deal has not been agreed yet.

However, he disclosed that Ronaldo has told Juventus management that he doesn’t want to play for the Italian club anymore.

It was gathered that Juventus are now preparing themselves for a bid from Manchester City.

Recall that Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had a few days back dismissed report of Ronaldo’s possible move as gossips, asserting that the talisman would remain with the Old Ladies.

The return of Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, to EPL will worsen the rivalry between the two Manchester clubs.

The former Manchester United returns to England in a move that is sure to draw flak from the Red Devils fans who would be disenchanted that he is joining their city rivals.

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