Legendary Andriy Shevchenko could not hold back tears when he mentioned his family and the current situation of Ukraine. “My mother, sister and other relatives are still in Ukraine. I talk to them every day. They choose to stay,” Shevchenko said on Italian TV channel RAI .
Shevchenko cried on television
He was emotional as he continued: “I can’t help but cry every time I see what’s happening in my hometown. My relatives tell me the truth about what’s going on. We need to try to find an external solution. assigned to this matter”.
Shevchenko is a legend of Ukrainian football, having scored 48 goals in 111 matches for the national team. Last summer, he led the country’s team to the Euro quarterfinals for the first time. After parting ways due to the expiration of his contract, he accepted to coach Genoa in Serie A. However, Shevchenko only served for two months as the club only won one and lost seven matches.
During his playing days, Shevchenko played seven brilliant years in Italy when he played for AC Milan. He won the Champions League from 2002 to 2003 and Serie A from 2003 to 2004. The 2004 Golden Ball called on the people and country of Italy to open their arms to help Ukraine as it had done with him.
“When I came to Italy, your country opened up to me, made me feel like one of you. I consider Italy as my second home. Now, I ask you to open your heart. to the people of my country. We need your help. Give them the feeling that I have. I know there has been a lot of help from everyone, but I hope there will be more,” Shevchenko said.
Djokovic hopes to compete in US Open
Novak Djokovic is likely to compete in the US Open, after the New York government removed the vaccine passport rule for athletes.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams revoked an executive order banning unvaccinated athletes from March 25. This is one of the decisions to restore community and economic activities, based on the development of the Covid-19 epidemic in New York.
A series of unvaccinated American sports stars, most famously basketball player Kyrie Irving, will be competing from this weekend. Irving previously only played away games of the Brooklyn Nets. He will play at home for the first time on Monday, March 28, when the Nets take on the Charlotte Hornets.
The decision of the New York Mayor also means that Novak Djokovic has increased his chances of competing at the US Open, which kicks off at the end of August. Djokovic is currently not eligible for entry, missing two Masters 1000 in the US this month. But the entry regulations may be relaxed by the US authorities in the coming months, because the epidemic has been controlled. The number of Covid-19 infections in the US has decreased continuously for the past two months, averaging 30,000 cases per day, a deep decrease compared to the peak of nearly 1 million cases on January 15. Particularly in York, which is hosting the US Open, the average number of infections over the past seven days is only 2,600.
Djokovic has only played three matches since the beginning of the year, in Dubai – where there is no regulation on vaccination. The long break caused the Serbian tennis player to lose his world number one position to Daniil Medvedev for three weeks, and was surpassed by Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam race.
Djokovic is expected to go to Monaco next week to practice, preparing for the Monte Carlo Masters to start on April 10. Thanks to the European Union (EU) easing epidemic prevention measures, the 34-year-old tennis player can play in France, Spain and Italy during the clay season if the test result is negative. Djokovic does not even need mandatory isolation as previously prescribed.
Djokovic also doesn’t need vaccinations to play at Wimbledon. The UK – a non-EU country – only requires unvaccinated people to provide a negative test within 48 hours before entry, and perform a re-test on the first day of arrival in the foggy country. Djokovic has won Wimbledon six times after reaching the final seven times, including the last three.
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