Here are the top sports stories of 2022:
Novak Djokovic flew to Melbourne in January hoping to win his 10th Australian Open title. However, the famously unvaccinated Serb had his visa canceled and held in a hotel for refugees. before being deported on the grounds of “good health and order”.
Djokovic was also banned from the United States, knocking him out of the US Open but he won his seventh Wimbledon title in July.
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Djokovic has been allowed to attend the 2023 Australian Open, where he will pursue his 22nd Grand Slam.
TEENAGER KAMILA INTO NET DOPING
Kamila Valieva was at the center of the doping scandal at the Beijing Winter Olympics. The Russian, then 15 years old, became the first woman to perform a four-step jump in the Olympic competition, helping Russia win a gold medal in the team event. Then it was reported that she had tested positive before the Olympics for trimetazidine, a drug used to treat angina but banned for athletes because it can boost strength. durable.
The CAS International Court of Sports allowed Valieva to continue competing at the Olympics, citing her young age, although without eradicating doping. Valieva fell several times in the individual final and finished in fourth place.
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The tragic death of SHANE WARNING
Legendary Australian cricketer Shane warned died at a luxury resort in Thailand in March of a suspected heart attack, aged 52. Credited for reviving the art of spinning, Warne made 708 Test shots as part of the dominant Australian team in the 1990s and 2000s before becoming a respected commentator.
“Wishing a future without Shane is unthinkable,” said heartbroken father Keith. “But we take comfort in knowing that Shane has packed into her life of 52 years, 5 months and 19 days more than most people have in two lifetimes.”
RUSSIA, BELARUS BANNED Athletes
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February saw them and their ally Belarus become world sports outcasts. Russia was excluded from the soccer World Cup and the world athletics championships while tennis players from both countries were banned from Wimbledon. However, Elena Rybakina, a native of Russia, representing Kazakhstan, won the women’s singles championship at the All England Club. Tensions were also evident at the US Open when Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine refused to shake hands with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chaos
The final on May 28 at the Stade de France in Paris turned into chaos as thousands of Liverpool fans were unable to enter the stadium to watch the match against Real Madrid. The ticketed fans, who were attacked by police with tear gas and became victims of street crime, were initially charged with attempting to enter the stadium illegally. These allegations were dismissed and the organizers and security chief were cursed for poor organization.
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An investigation by the French Senate has contradicted assertions by UEFA and the French government that Liverpool fans without proper tickets were primarily responsible for the incident. Instead, the investigation cited a “chain of dysfunction” that included a lack of preparation by the authorities and UEFA, as well as poorly executed security arrangements.
When the American synchronized swimmer was 25 years old Anita Alvarez unconscious at the end of her solo routine at the World Championships in Budapest in June, her coach Andrea Fuentes rushed to the rescue. Wearing shorts and a T-shirt, Fuentes dived to the bottom of the tank and pulled Alvarez to the surface. “I think she stopped breathing for at least two minutes because her lungs filled with water,” Fuentes said. Alvarez quickly recovered but was unable to play again in the championship.
LIVE GOLF DISCOUNT
Backed by the deep pockets of the Saudis, LIV Golf was under way in July, splitting the sport as it attracted big winners like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau with pledges to pay multi-million dollars for zero 54-hole tournaments. cut. The new circuit has been accused of “cleansing sport” Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, and the US tourney has responded by suspending any players from competing in LIV events.
FEDERER ORDER ADIEU
Tennis said goodbye to its two greatest stars. Federer, unable to escape a lingering knee injury, had to give up at the age of 41 in September after a career winning 20 Grand Slams – a number now surpassed by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Federer won 103 titles and earned $130 million in prize money.
To my tennis family and beyond,With love,Roger https://t.co/1UISwK1NIN
– Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1663247919000
SERENA KEEP FANS GUESSING
Serena Williams refused to use the word “retired” when she played what could be her final tournament at the US Open. Now 41 years old, the American tennis player said she is “evolving” away from tennis. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, topping 319 weeks and, according to Forbes, worth $260 million in 2022.
CARLSEN vs NIEMANN
American Grandmaster Hans Niemann charged by world champion Norway Magnus Carlsen cheat.
Niemann filed a lawsuit, demanding $ 100 million from Carlsen, Play Magnus Group company, Danny Rensch of Chess.com, the world’s leading online chess platform, and American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura.
Carlsen publicly accused Niemann of cheating, and Chess.com alleges in a report that the 19-year-old American athlete “probably cheated more than 100 times” in online games.
GO TO THE ROYAL FOR Messi’s ARGENTINA
Lionel Messi led Argentina to World Cup glory with a penalty shootout victory over France after an epic final in Doha that ended 3-3 in extra time. Messi’s virtuosic performances have made him one of the all-time greats, joining icons Pele and Diego Maradona in an elite group. The final has become a modern classic, taking place at the end of one of the most controversial tournaments ever held.