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The Beijing Olympic Tower stands lit in the Olympic Green at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, January 24, 2022.

China plans ambitious Olympic bubble to keep out Covid

'Having experience of the Tokyo 2021 bubble… I’m expecting a very different experience'

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai reacts during her women's singles match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, on October 5, 2016.

Peng Shuai messages banned at Australian Open

Tournament-goers wore shirts and carried a banner that read "Where Is Peng Shuai?"

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Residents look at a Beijing Winter Olympics decoration on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, January 18, 2022.

Beijing 2022 official warns of human rights protesting

'We're advising athletes not to speak up. We want them to compete and use their voice when they get home'

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New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch of the women's +90kg weightlifting final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, April 9, 2018.

New IOC transgender rules criticized by medical experts

IOC says it should not be assumed a transgender athlete automatically has an unfair advantage in female events

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This photograph taken in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 17, 2022 shows a trophy of a FIFA Best Football Award prior to the ceremony at FIFA Headquarters.

Lewandowski, Putellas win top FIFA 'Best' awards

The win marks the second time Robert Lewandowski wins a FIFA 'The Best' award

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Novak Djokovic looks at his racquet during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open at the Melbourne Park tennis center in Melbourne, Australia, January 12, 2022.

Novak Djokovic loses fight against Australia deportation

'The orders of the court are that the amended application be dismissed with costs'

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Le Serbe Novak Djokovic en conférence de presse à l'Open d'Australie de Melbourne le 27 janvier 2019

Australia again cancels visa of tennis star Djokovic

The world number one now faces deportation and ban on entry to Australia

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes part in a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 13, 2022.

Djokovic drawn to play Australian Open as deportation threat looms

Unvaccinated Serbian tennis star's chase for 10th title in Melbourne could be halted if visa revoked again

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes a break during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open at the Melbourne Park tennis center in Melbourne on January 12, 2022.

Djokovic admits 'errors' as he fights to avoid Australian deportation

'We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur'

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A resident is silhouetted as she exercises with a colored ribbon in Beijing, China, January 11, 2022.

China: Millions more locked down ahead of Winter Olympics

'There are around 20 million people in total under lockdown in China,' said i24NEWS contributor Patrick Fok

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A mural depicting Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic on a wall in Belgrade, Serbia, January 6, 2022.

Novak Djokovic wins battle to stay in Australia

Australia's Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is considering personally revoking Djokovic's visa again

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic, (L), shakes hands with Spain's Rafael Nadal after their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, June 11, 2021 in Paris.

Nadal says Djokovic knew the risks: 'He made his own decisions'

Tennis star's visa to enter Australia canceled for failing to meet Covid vaccine-entry requirements

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Novak Djokovic celebrates a victory during a Davis Cup quarter-final match at the Madrid Arena stadium in Madrid, Spain, December 1, 2021.

Novak Djokovic to play at Australian Open after vaccine exemption

Djokovic has nine Australian Open titles under his belt, including the last three

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PSG's Lionel Messi during the French League One soccer match between FC Lorient and Paris Saint-Germain at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France, December 22, 2021.

PSG star Lionel Messi tests positive for Covid-19

Will miss Monday's Coupe de France match against Vannes while recovering from virus

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic during a tennis semi-final match at Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, on December 3, 2021.

Novak Djokovic withdraws from ATP Cup in Sydney

Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer - considered the 'Big Three' in tennis - might not play in the Australian Open

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Le Néerlandais Sven Kramer lors du 5000 m en patinage de vitesse, à Gangneung, le 11 février 2018

Olympic speed skater legend Kramer may miss Beijing Games

Kramer is the most decorated male Olympic speed skater of all time, with nine medals

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The NHL logo on a goal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, February 24, 2021.

NHL players won't compete at Beijing Winter Olympics

The NHL plans to reschedule paused games during the same time as the Olympics take place

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Algeria's players celebrate after winning the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 final against Tunisia in the Qatari city of Al-Khor on December 18, 2021.

Soccer: African champions Algeria win Arab Cup

Victory comes a day after 3 Algerian players boycotted a friendly match due to involvement of Israeli coach

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L'Israélienne Anastasia Gorbenko à la finale du 200 mètres quatre nages dames aux Championnats d'Europe à la Duna Arena de Budapest, en Hongrie, le 22 mai 2021

Gold for Israel's Anastasia Gorbenko at Abu Dhabi World Championships

This is the first victory by an Israeli swimmer at the Short Course Championships

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In this file photo taken on May 31, 2021 former Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero poses on the pitch of the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, as a new player for FC Barcelona.

Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero retires due to heart problem

Aguero says 'I made the decision 10 days ago after doing everything possible to have some hope of playing on'

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Ollie Watkins (R) and Patson Daka fight for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, December 5, 2021.

English football launches plan for players' brain health

The joint action plan will focus on research, education, awareness, and support for players

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Peng Shuai serving the ball during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, January 13, 2019.

WTA suspends tournaments in China over Peng Shuai situation

The whereabouts of Peng became a matter of international concern for nearly three weeks

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A man wearing a face mask walks outside the SL Benfica stadium in Lisbon, Portugal on November 29, 2021.

Portugal: Soccer team responsible for omicron outbreak

One of the players recently returned from South Africa, where the omicron variant was first detected