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    Novak Djokovic looking to defend the french title

    Only after the French government relaxed vaccine passport regulations, Novak Djokovic's chances of competing in the French Open in May have risen. From March 14, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that vaccine passports will no longer be required to enter venues. After being deported from Australia in January, Djokovic defended his right to refuse the coronavirus vaccine in February. In the United States, vaccination is still required play. As a result, Djokovic, who lost the men's world number one status to Daniil Medvedev on Monday, is scheduled to miss the Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami in March. Djokovic's next tournament might be the Monte Carlo Masters in April after France's Castex declared "the conditions are met" to "halt the vaccination permit wherever it applies."

    Rohit wins toss and elects to bat in India face-off with Sri Lanka in Virat Kohli’s 100th test match

    Virat Kohli will play his 100th Test match, and he is expected to be the centre of attention for the next five days.When Virat Kohli walks out on the pitch against Sri Lanka in Mohali, he will become the 12th Indian player to play 100 Tests. Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, and Virender Sehwag are among a select group of Indian batsmen who have accomplished the feat.

    KL Rahul has been ruled out due to injury, while Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have been withdrawn from the side. Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, and Shubman Gill can all play in the starting XI if three key players are unavailable.Coming to Sri Lanka, the team will include Niroshan Dickwella, who is making a comeback after serving a one-year suspension. Kusal Mendis' fitness has been questioned, and he is unlikely to play in the first Test. Wanindu Hasaranga will also miss the Test series after missing the first two T2OI games

    Russian and Belarusian athletes barred from competing in Paralympics

    The IPC was roundly chastised for its initial ruling. It was described as a betrayal, sending the incorrect message to Russia's leadership. Many athletes refused to compete against Russians or Belarusians, according to the IPC, causing instability at the Paralympics and undermining the country's reputation.

    The U-turn comes less than 24 hours after the IPC stated on Wednesday that Russian and Belarussian competitors would be allowed to compete when the Games begin on Friday, but only as neutral athletes with no national colours, banners, or other emblems.

    Bangladesh defeats Afghanistan in T20I

    Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 61 runs in their first Twenty20 match on Thursday, with left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed claiming a career-best 4-10.

    Afghanistan was unable to recover from the early setback and was eventually dismissed for 94 in 17.4 overs in response to Bangladesh's 155-8

    Abramovich on the verge of selling Chelsea

    Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch, has decided to sell Chelsea, according to an official statement released by the Chelsea Twitter account on Wednesday. The statement read “I would like to address the speculation in media over the past few days in relation to my ownership of Chelsea FC. As I have stated before, I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the Club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the Club, the fans, the employees, as well as the Club’s sponsors and partners,” Abramovich said.

    China told Russia to hold off the invasion of Ukraine until the end of the winter Olympics- NYT

    The New York Times reported earlier today that senior Chinese officials warned senior Russian officials not to invade Ukraine before the end of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing Biden administration officials and a European official who referenced a Western intelligence analysis. The intelligence analysis, according to the New York Times, suggested that senior Chinese officials were aware of Russia's plans or intentions to attack Ukraine before Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated the operation last week. China had made the request, according to a source familiar with the situation, but the source declined to disclose further specifics. Due to the sensitivity of the situation, the source declined to be identified.

    Maharashtra government allows 25 per cent Spectators in the IPL, teams will begin practising in mid-March.

    The state government said that while COVID-19 instances are on the decline, the audience restriction has been set at 25%, and only fully vaccinated fans will be allowed into the stadiums, according to an official statement released in the evening here. This came after the Maharashtra government met with the BCCI and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Wednesday to discuss the smooth running of the IPL, which is now a 10-team affair. The meeting was attended by state ministers Aaditya Thackeray and Eknath Shinde, as well as MCA chairman Vijay Patil, apex council members Ajinkya Naik and Abhay Hadap, and treasurer Jagdish Achrekar.

    WTA Monterrey open: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine defeats Anastasia Potapova of Russia.

    Elina Svitolina wore the yellow and blue of Ukraine to beat Anastasia Potapova of Russia 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Monterrey Open, concluding that participating rather than boycotting the match would be more beneficial to her country.Top-seeded Svitolina had previously stated that she would not face Potapova in Mexico, or any other Russian or Belarusian opponent, until the International Tennis Federation and the men's and women's tennis circuits prohibited participants from those nations from using national insignia, flags, or anthems.

    Milan Derby: Inter draws level with 0-0 with Milan in the first leg of Italian cup Semifinal

    Inter Milan's poor form continued on Tuesday when the first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal against city rival AC Milan ended...

    Series of sanctions mounted against Russian and Belarusian Sports Teams

    Following the International Olympic Committee's plea, an increasing number of sports are prohibiting Russian athletes from competing in the aftermath of the country's invasion of Ukraine. Russia was excluded from international ice skating, skiing, basketball, track and field, and several tennis events on Tuesday, a day after being barred from football and hockey, Vladimir Putin's favourite team sport. The decisions come in response to the Foreign Olympic Committee's request that international sports federations keep Russian competitors out of their tournaments.

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