WHO certifies South Sudan free of polio

A coach (C) demonstrates at a basketball court in Juba, South Sudan, Nov. 25, 2019. Some are victims of land mines, others of gunshot wounds and some are survivors of polio. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

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‘Beijing used Covid-19 pandemic to launch misinformation campaign

Washington DC [USA], June 19 (ANI): While the is world grappling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and its tragic repercussions, China has used the outbreak to launch a global campaign of misinformation, further its economic coercion through the Belt and Road Initiative and continue military expansion efforts in the South China Sea, according to US-based think tank.

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AIFF organises age-group coaching webinar with KNVB

New Delhi [India], June 18 (ANI): As part of the All India Football Federation’s MoU with KNVB, the Indian federation on Wednesday organised a webinar with their KNVB counterparts in order to “develop coaches to deal with age-specific coaching”.

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EXCLUSIVE | Former All Blacks star Joe Rokocoko chats to Sport24

Joe Rokocoko: A few months before the World Cup, everyone was talking about New Zealand, England and Ireland as the favourites but no one actually spoke about the Springboks. Their win in Wellington made a big impact for me but most people were still looking at all the other teams. Leading up to Japan, I felt that the Springboks were sleeping giants. They had slipped under the radar and had just concentrated on training and nailing down their team. Rassie Erasmus has been the glue in their side. He showed in other teams he has coached that he boasts the ability to bring players together. He gelled the Springboks together and made them believe in themselves. You could see that they were playing for a purpose. I still remember he coached the Stormers one year when us as the Blues played them at Eden Park and they killed us. “We were like, what is this team?” He was all for the players and somebody they wanted to play for as they enjoyed training. You can tell he is a special coach because of what he had done with previous teams. For him to take over the Springboks was on another level. I always knew the Springboks would reach the play-offs but the question was would they last for the whole World Cup? They ultimately showed that they had the intensity and physicality to go all the way. The Springboks’ game plan was on point as they knew when to kick and when to run. The Boks have players now who are very mobile and they have the skill-set of offloading and keeping the ball alive. It’s hard enough trying to tackle a big guy but when he smashes you and offloads to another big guy, it carries some serious momentum. When the All Blacks lost their semi-final against England, I was rooting for the Springboks to win the World Cup.

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