Ukraine’s sports ‘thrown back’ after invasion | The Express Tribune

MUMBAI: Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina does not agree with the US Open decision to allow players from Russia and Belarus to compete as neutrals and hoped the Grand Slam organisers would take a firmer stand following Moscow’s invasion of her country. Russian and Belarusian players are banned from competing at Wimbledon, which starts on June 27, … Read more

Bale at a crossroads: Take Wales to World Cup or retire?

It is now all or nothing for Gareth Bale — win or bust, it’s his “Last Dance.” The Wales captain will either realise a lifetime ambition and end a 64-year wait for his country by qualifying for the World Cup on Sunday, or it will be the end of the line for a glorious but … Read more

For Ukraine the World Cup looked unthinkable. Now they’re 1 game away after spirited win over Scotland

GLASGOW, Scotland — Ukraine are 90 minutes away from the World Cup. For a country that is fighting for its very existence following Russia’s invasion in February, to even think about the insignificance of qualifying for a football tournament is difficult to comprehend, but Ukraine’s 3-1 win against Scotland in their World Cup play-off semifinal … Read more

Ukraine dream of World Cup boost | The Express Tribune

GLASGOW: Ukraine’s national team are dreaming of a place at the World Cup to bring some relief to a war-torn nation as they face Scotland in a playoff semi-final on Wednesday. Oleksandr Petrakov’s side have not played a competitive match since Russia’s invasion in February. Their trip to Scotland was postponed in March to give … Read more

Russian and Belarusian players barred from competing at Wimbledon tennis tournament | CNN

CNN  —  Wimbledon organizers announced on Wednesday that Russian and Belarusian players will not be allowed to compete at this year’s grand slam following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Given the profile of The Championships in the United Kingdom and around the world, it is our responsibility to play our part in the widespread efforts of … Read more

Ukraine plays first match since Russian invasion

Ukraine men’s team players applaud their fans after playing a friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach. Getty Images The Ukraine men’s national team returned to action Wednesday for the first time since the invasion of their country by Russia, beating Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 in a charity fundraiser. The friendly was a chance for the Ukrainians to … Read more

A tennis star returned to Ukraine to help fight the Russians. He didn’t tell his kids | CNN

CNN  —  Ukrainian tennis star Sergiy Stakhovsky was vacationing with his family in Dubai when Russian forces invaded his home country. He made a tough decision to leave his wife and three young children at their home in Hungary and return to his homeland to join the fight. He’s now a member of the army … Read more