Football News River Plate refuse to play twice-postponed Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors in Madrid

first_imgBuenos Aires: River Plate said Saturday they have refused to play the Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors in Madrid. The match between the Argentine arch-rivals has been moved to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium after it was twice postponed last weekend after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus. The match is due to be played in the Spanish capital on December 9, but River Plate said they “confirmed their rejection of the change of location”.Read More | Real Madrid beat Valencia, close gap on Barcelona in La LigaIn a statement on the club’s website, River said it was “incomprehensible” that the game had been moved to Spain. River said the club bore no responsibility for the “faults in the security operation” for the high profile fixture in Buenos Aires.Read More |Manchester City extend lead, Manchester United held to a draw”It is incomprehensible that the superclasico cannot take place as normal in the same country where a G20 summit is currently taking place,” the club added. World leaders including US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are attending the G20 summit in the Argentine capital this weekend.     “The club believes this decision demeans the competition, prejudices those who have bought tickets and makes it unfair,” River continued.     Several hours before River put out their statement, Boca Juniors said they were going to appeal against the decision to move the match to Madrid to the South American football federation CONMEBOL, and eventually to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).     Several Boca Juniors players including Pablo Perez needed hospital treatment for injuries caused by shards of glass and others complained about the effects of inhaling teargas.     FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Saturday that “idiots ruined the party” for everyone at the Copa Libertadores.     “I was here last Saturday,” Infantino said at a press conference at the G20 summit. “It was a sad moment for everyone. It is a football match. It is not a war, not even a battle.We have to work to find out who are the people to blame. You have to identify them and get them out (of football). I hope this does not happen any longer. This story must mark the end of one chapter and the start of a new one.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Amit Panghal inspired by Olympic champ Vasyl Lomachenko, aims to breach best of defences

first_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 13th August, 2020 18:51 IST Amit Panghal Inspired By Olympic Champ Vasyl Lomachenko, Aims To Breach Best Of Defences Indian boxing star Amit Panghal has cited two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko as his inspiration as he prepares for his maiden Olympics in Tokyo. Indian boxing star Amit Panghal has witnessed a quick rise to prominence since bursting onto the scene in the 2017 National Boxing Championships. The 24-year-old is one of the six Indian boxing stars to have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics which were postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amit Panghal is currently the world No.1 in the 52kg category and recently revealed that Ukrainian legend Vasyl Lomachenko is the ringmaster he looks up to.Also Read: Deepa Malik Believes India’s Medal Tally Will Be In Double Digits At Tokyo ParalympicsAmit Panghal boxing: Indian boxing star hails Vasyl Lomachenko as his inspiration Speaking to the Olympic Channel, Amit Panghal said that he came across Vasyl Lomachenko’s boxing videos a few years back and was instantly impressed by his style. The Ukrainian legend won two Olympic gold medals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 in the featherweight and lightweight categories and is the current holder of the WBA and WBO titles. Amit Panghal said that after knowing that the 32-year-old was a two-time Olympian, he started watching him closely and tried emulating his style. Vasyl Lomachenko is known for his aggression and lightning-fast reflexes and has the ability to breach the best of defences.Also Read: Sushil Kumar Gets Nostalgic On 8th Anniversary Of Winning Olympic Silver Medal In LondonAmit Panghal boxing: Indian boxing ace admits to imitating Vasyl Lomachenko’s punching styleTraits of Vasyl Lomachenko’s boxing style can be seen in Amit Panghal’s bouts, particularly during the 2019 India Open final. Facing off against Sachin Siwach, who is seven inches taller than Panghal, Siwach was no match for the 24-year-old’s aggressive punching and conceded the gold. Amit Panghal admitted that he tried to emulate Vasyl Lomachenko’s style and especially his combination of punches while attributing other details to his own style. The 24-year-old added that he loves how the Ukrainian trains and hopes to meet him one day. Also Read: Abhinav Bindra Clinched India’s First Ever Individual Olympic Gold Medal OTD In 2008Amit Panghal boxing: Indian boxer gearing up for Tokyo Olympics Amit Panghal booked his maiden Olympic berth after edging past Philippines’ Carlo Paalam in the quarter-final of the Asian Boxing qualifiers in Amman. However, the World Championships silver medallist fell short against China’s Hu Jianguan in the semi-final. The 24-year-old said that with the Tokyo Olympics postponed, he had the time to sharpen his game as he had lost a bit of strength after moving from the 49kg to 52 kg weight category.Amit Panghal added that the postponement gives him time to work on his weakness, and will compete with a better fitness level and an overall level. Panghal can hope to see his idol in action as soon as October with Vasyl Lomachenko slated to take on Teofimo Lopez Jr. in a highly awaited fight, where three of the four lightweight world titles will be at stake.Also Read: India’s First-ever Olympic Gold Medal Win After Independence Completes 72 Years: Watch(Image courtesy: Amit Panghal, Vasyl Lomachenko Instagram) Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago Boxer Amit Panghal begins with win in World Military Games Sreehari Menon WE RECOMMEND 5 months ago Amit Panghal qualifies as 6 Indian boxers confirm their tickets to Olympicscenter_img FOLLOW US COMMENT WATCH US LIVE First Published: 13th August, 2020 18:51 IST 5 months ago Olympic-bound Amit Panghal, Lovlina Borgohain end with bronze medals at Asian Qualifiers 11 months ago Amit Panghal wins World Silver in India’s best-ever campaign 11 months ago Amit Panghal’s boxing career, achievements and plans for Tokyo 2020last_img read more