QPlay: Nadal Withdraws From Wimbledon, Amir Gets UK Visa & More

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Rafael Nadal. (Photo: AP)

1. Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of Wimbledon Due to Wrist Injury

Former two-time champion at SW19, Rafael Nadal withdrew from this month’s Wimbledon on Thursday due to the same wrist injury that forced him to pull out midway through the French Open in May.

The former world number 1 announced his decision on his Facebook page.

Hi everybody. I’m sad to announce that after talking to my doctors, and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon this year. As you can all imagine, it’s a very tough decision, but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to join in the pre-tournament event #TheBoodles at #Stokepark‬ that I attended in previous years. Thank you all for your support, especially my fans. Your kind messages mean so much to me.
Rafael Nadal

2. Pakistan Confirms Amir’s UK Visa for Test series

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

Pakistan cricket authorities on Thursday confirmed that fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been issued a British visa, clearing him to play in England for the first time since being convicted of spot-fixing six years ago.

The 24-year-old was named in Pakistan’s squad for the four-match Test series due to start at Lord’s from July 14, the same venue where his deliberate no-balls caused a furore in the cricket world in 2010.

Amir, along with then Test captain Salman Butt and new-ball partner Mohammad Asif, were charged for bowling deliberate no-balls in return for money.

The trio were banned from playing cricket at all levels for five years and jailed for six months in the UK in 2011.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had made a special request for Amir’s visa, which was accepted.


3. Visakh Becomes First Indian to Win Mayor’s Chess

Tamil Nadu teenager and International Master NR Visakh made history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Mumbai Mayor’s International Open Chess Tournament and lead a top-three sweep on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Visakh drew his final round match with fellow Indian and GM Diptayan Ghosh and was tied for the top place on 8 points with Ghosh and Chandigarh’s Himal Gusain in a three-way tie.

The arbiters declared Visakh (ELO 2400) as the champion on a better tie-break as he drew with Ghosh in 16 moves.

Gusain also finished on 8 points after a final round win over IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni.

Visakh thus became the first Indian to capture the title in its nine-year history and won Rs 3 lakh, while Ghosh took home Rs 2 lakh and Gusain Rs 1 lakh.


4. France Takes on Romania in Euro 2016 Opener Today

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

France kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Romania on Friday with the host nation desperate for a ray of sunshine after being hit by strikes, floods and scandals in the build-up.

Protests against a labour law and torrential rain that has caused the Seine river to rise to levels not seen in decades have created a bleak backdrop to the tournament where France will start as favourites.

A state of emergency is also still in force after last November’s Islamist attacks killed 130 people in Paris at several sites including the Stade de France, the venue for Friday’s opening game.

Romania have struggled in front of goal, but their resolute defence could make them a difficult side to break down.

The hosts, by contrast, have plenty of attacking talent with Coman, Antoine Griezmann and in-form Olivier Giroud, who struck twice in a 3-0 win over Scotland in their final warm-up game.


5. Messi Lacks Character to Be a Leader: Maradona

Lionel Messi. (Photo: AP)
Lionel Messi. (Photo: AP)

Football icon Diego Maradona has claimed that current Argentina skipper Lionel Messi is a good player but does not have the character to be a leader.

Argentina’s Maradona was caught on microphone talking about the Barcelona star forward with Brazil legend Pele at an event in Paris today.

He’s a really good person, but he has no personality. He lacks (the) character to be a leader.
Diego Maradona

Pele then responded:

Ah, I get it, he’s not like we were back in the days. In the 70s we (Brazil) had really good players like Rivellino, Gerson, Tostao.

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