Leagues speak out over World Cup

first_img A proposed December 23 date for the World Cup final, backed initially by UEFA, would have come as an even greater blow to the English leagues had it been confirmed by FIFA. The approved tournament dates should at least allow the Premier League to open again for business for a Boxing Day round of games, with the top flight and Football League both knowing the value of the lucrative festive fixture programme. And, as FIFA’s director of communications Walter De Gregorio said in Zurich: “You have enough time to do your Christmas shopping.” It was already known that neither league body would welcome a World Cup in the middle of the English season, but also that the climate in host country Qatar meant a summer tournament was not considered feasible by world governing body FIFA. An inconvenient tournament had appeared an inevitability long before FIFA confirmed in Zurich on Thursday that its 2022 showpiece will run from November 21 to December 18. Press Association The Premier League and Football League put their shared disappointment on record on Saturday following FIFA’s announcement that the 2022 World Cup will be played in November and December. The emphasis will now fall on ensuring disruption is kept to a minimum in the 2022/23 season, and in the campaigns either side. The Premier League said in a statement: “While we remain very disappointed with the process and the outcome for deciding the timing of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, at least we now have fixed dates to work with. “The Premier League’s sole focus now is ensuring that the impact on our season is as limited as possible. This means there is still some discussion and accommodation required over call-up periods, international dates and other competition organisers’ schedules.” While it seems certain the Premier League will have to shut down for close to two months, to allow players to head away to training camps, participate in the tournament, and return from Qatar, the same may not apply to the Football League. Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “While we remain disappointed that the 2022 World Cup will be staged during the playing season, having certainty over the dates will at least now give us the opportunity to consider the implications for the domestic league and cup fixture calendar both during the World Cup itself and elsewhere in the 2022/23 season.” Harvey added: “We will now seek prompt clarification as to whether domestic competitions will be permitted to continue during the period of the tournament, if that ultimately proves to be the choice of our clubs, and whether any such matches could be broadcast on television. “There will also be any number of other practical issues to address with our clubs and other stakeholders.” Football League clubs may yet object to their season running through the World Cup, given the increasing number of international footballers at teams in the Championship, League One and League Two, who could be left weakened by call-ups. last_img read more

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Sanjeev Rajput misses out on finals by a point at the World Cup

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago Biggest-ever Indian squad look to end on high in World Cup Finals Sanjeev Rajput missed out on making it to the finals by a point as Indian shooters fell short of the last round on day one of the ISSF World Cup Final (Rifle/Pistol) in Putian, China, on Tuesday. Rising Czech star Filip Nepejchal and Briton Seonaid Mcintosh took day one honours, winning the Men’s and Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P) gold medals respectively. Sanjeev, aiming for his third Olympics in Tokyo, shot 1153 to claim a ninth spot in a low-scoring qualification round. Polish shooter Tomasz Bartnik took the eighth and final qualification spot with an effort of 1154.Read: Gautam Gambhir holds MS Dhoni responsible for missing out on World Cup 2011 final tonRead: World Cup Qualifiers: India’s qualification status after another drawAkhil Sheoran becomes the second Indian to reach ISSF season-endingSanjeev would have made it through even if he had tied with Tomasz, given he had two more inner 10s than the Pole. Akhil Sheoran, the second Indian to have made the cut in this prestigious ISSF season-ending showpiece, finished further back on 13th with a score of 1147. In the Women’s 3P, India’s Anjum Moudgil also finished outside the top eight final qualifying spots, shooting a score of 1147 to finish in 13th position overall. The day two on Wednesday also has two finals on the schedule, the Women’s 25m Pistol, and the Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol. Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker will carry India’s hopes in the women’s event while Anish Bhanwala has made the cut in the Men’s event.Read: Oman vs India, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier live streaming details, team updateRead: Biggest-ever Indian squad look to end on high in World Cup Finals COMMENT 9 months ago World Cup Qualifiers: India’s qualification status after another draw LIVE TV Last Updated: 19th November, 2019 15:42 IST Sanjeev Rajput Misses Out On Finals By A Point At The World Cup Sanjeev Rajput missed out on making the finals by a point as Indian shooters fell short of the last round on day one of the ISSF World Cup Final in China. FOLLOW US First Published: 19th November, 2019 15:42 ISTcenter_img 9 months ago Oman vs India, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier live streaming details, team updates WE RECOMMEND Suman Ray Written By WATCH US LIVE 9 months ago Gautam Gambhir holds MS Dhoni responsible for missing out on World Cup 2011 final ton 9 months ago World Cup Qualifiers: Afghanistan vs India player ratings and match resultlast_img read more

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