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BRIEFS: Djokovic said if coronavirus vaccination becomes compulsory, he will have to make a decision whether to do it or not
Novak Djokovic of Serbia during his ATP World Tour Finals tennis match against John Isner in London

TT Bureau & Agencies   |   Calcutta   |   Published 21.04.20, 08:55 PM

Novak Djokovic has reiterated he is against taking an anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes mandatory to travel once the pandemic subsides, but says he’s open to changing his mind. Djokovic said in a statement on Tuesday: “If it becomes compulsory, I will have to make a decision whether to do it or not.” 

Contribution

Real Kashmir FC have provided 500 PPE kits, 50,000 masks, 3,000 sanitisers and 8,000 gloves to frontline medical professionals and sanitation workers in Srinagar and parts of Jammu & Kashmir.

Demise

Former Mohammedan Sporting goalkeeper Shakil Ahmed passed away after battling a prolonged illness in Gaya, Bihar. 

Football training

La Liga’s grassroots football development programme in India, La Liga Football Schools, is providing e-training to kids during the lockdown in India.

So far over 1500 kids have attended the programme from eight cities across India. 

Chess Nations Cup

The international chess federation and chess.com announced the Online Nations Cup where six teams will take part from May 5-10. The participating teams include Russia, US, Europe, China and India, led by Viswanathan Anand. 

Player dies at training

n Moscow: Lokomotiv Moscow defender Innokentiy Samokhvalov died during an individual training session forced by the coronavirus lockdown, the Russian club has announced. “He felt bad during an individual training session, the circumstances (surrounding his death) are still being clarified,” Lokomotiv said in a statement. 

Amnesty warning

n London: Amnesty International has warned the Premier League that it “risks becoming a patsy” unless it takes a serious look at Saudi Arabia’s human rights record in connection with the proposed takeover of Newcastle. The Magpies are on the verge of being sold to a Saudi-backed consortium that involves Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for £300 million ($368 million). 

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