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Pedro calls on sports stars to keep helping amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Pedro believes the sporting community must help wherever possible during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Chelsea forward Pedro has called on the entire sporting community to come together and help people through the coronavirus pandemic in any way possible.

The vast majority of sport across the globe is on hold as governments attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, which has accounted for over 28,000 deaths worldwide.

Premier League and English Football League (EFL) officials have agreed to postpone 2019-20 until at least April 30, with the situation under constant review.

Chelsea stood fourth in the table when the Premier League season was put on hold after one of their players – Callum Hudson-Odoi – tested positive for COVID-19, as did Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta.

Many football stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, have made sizeable donations in an attempt to assist the fight against coronavirus and Pedro believes sportspeople must play a key part in helping the world recover from the pandemic.

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“I think the whole sporting community can help, not just football, and there are many areas where it’s possible to help in some way,” Pedro said in an interview on Chelsea’s official website.

“People can give money, even if it’s a small amount, because that can help a lot of people.

“Clearly there have been lots of people in football and sport making donations like Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and other players who have gone out and given money, not only in Spain but around the world.

“Pep Guardiola has also donated one million euros to fight coronavirus so lots of people in sport are helping with the situation.”

Pedro is currently observing the British government’s guidance to remain at home apart from for essential trips and exercise, a situation the 32-year-old acknowledged is tough.

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“It’s hard not to be seeing your children, your parents, your siblings, not having them close by at a complicated, difficult time for us all,” Pedro added.

“We are in permanent contact on the phone, keeping in touch about what we are up to in isolation and trying to be as close as possible.

“Of course, we would have liked to be there but for safety reasons that isn’t possible so for now we are going to stay where we are and try to get through it as best we can.”

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Ghana’s Premier League matches could be played behind closed doors

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Ghana’s Premier League may not be allowed to have fans back inside stadiums SHOULD the Government give greenlight for Football activities to resume per proposal submitted by the GFA’S Medical Committee to the GFA.

And per Ghana- Kumasi Base Radio Station Oyerepa FM Sports report,  Dr Adam Baba led committee have adviced the GFA as follows

The resumption should be gradual
-starting with the men premier league then the others(Division One,Women’s league etc) follow when convicted all is well.This is because if we take too much, it can overwhelm us

That all players, officials, coaches,referees and match commissioners undergo mandatory test*
-The FA must arrange for them to be tested at various laboratories.They were identified into High and low risk groups
-The High risk group comprised of referees, match commissioners and technical persons who have close contact with players.

A plan that could see all matches for the remainder of the season played in empty stadiums
-The only persons to be admitted will be the press to cover the games and most of the matches shown live on TV.
-Those that can’t be shown live should be shown immediately after the matches not to make supporters miss the game so much.

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To observe social and physical distance as we enjoy the game of Football

Speaking to Oyerepa FM Sports, the Chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Medical Committee Dr Adam Baba said.

”To cancel or continue will all depend on the dynamics of the pandemic.As the medical committe of the GFA, we were asked for a proposal on the best practices SHOULD the Government give the go ahead to resume Football activities and our advice was based on the records of the pandemic, the death and recovery rates and cases recorded.
All that we are doing will hinge around the Ghana Health Service’s final approval, the go ahead or could tell us to wait for a while”

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Portsmouth FC suggests Zorbing to resume EPL !!!

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Zorbing Balls

As an exit to the current Corona Virus trap for the EPL season a weird suggestion came up from Hampshire

• The Portsmouth club administration proposes to complete the season by wearing each zorb player to limit the spread of Corona

• Also, they suggested that the fans wear it, too!

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Rashford edging closer to full fitness: I feel 10 times better now

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He has been out since mid-January but Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford says he is edging closer to a return to training.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is in a “much better place” than a month ago as he nears a return to full fitness.

Rashford has been out since mid-January due to a back injury, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying earlier this month the club would not rush his comeback.

The England international is making good progress, though, and suggests he will be ready to resume training once the squad are cleared to go back to work after the coronavirus pandemic.

“I feel much better,” Rashford told Sky Sports News. “I have a scan in another couple of days and that should solidify it, but I feel much better compared to two or three weeks ago.

“I feel 10 times better now. For me, now it’s just about getting ready to build back up to training and then playing games for the team.

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“I’m in a much better place. I’m much happier than I was about a month ago, so things are looking positive.”

 

Rashford says his recent rehabilitation has been carried out at home due to the restrictions put in place to control the impact of COVID-19.

“Everyone is just dealing with the circumstances as well as they can,” he added.

“I’ve just been in my house doing my gym work and recovery, reading books, watching Netflix and just doing what I can do to make the time pass further.

“There’s not really anything you can do that comes close to being in the changing room and being in the team, so I’m not trying to chase that high.

“I had to have time off anyway because of my injury, but I’m fortunate enough to have a bike in the gym downstairs. Not much in that sense has actually changed for me because I can still do my daily routine that I was doing.”

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Rashford is also heading up a campaign for the FareShare charity, which aims to raise £100,000 to help supply food to children who usually have free school meals but are currently unable to access them.

“I didn’t know how high the numbers were of kids not eating at home other than school meals. That number kind of shocked me,” Rashford said.

“And then I remember speaking to a friend who was saying there was an opportunity where we can help these people and FareShare allowed us to make it work.

“I don’t think I’ve actually ever done something at such short notice before. I thought let’s try and get to £100,000 and right now we’re on £97,000.”

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