Evening Sports Update

OLYMPICS

The Olympic Federation of Ireland says they’ll canvas its various member associations and athletes before deciding on its participation at Tokyo 2020.

Norway joined Canada today in calling for the games to be postponed

Australian athletes have already been told to prepare for a summer 2021 games.

The IOC have given themselves a four-week window on a decision, but are adamant the games themselves will not be cancelled outright.

Irish boxer Kellie Harrington would have been a medal contender in Tokyo and she feels the games should be postponed

SOCCER

UEFA has officially postponed this season’s Champions League and Europa League finals, and the Women’s Champions League final.

No decision has been made on their potential rescheduling.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he feels “fully recovered” from COVID-19.

The 37-year old announced his diagnosis on March 12 which led to the suspension of the Premier League the following day.

Meanwhile, Arsenal say they’ll continue to pay their casual matchday staff during the suspension of football in England.

AFL

A number of Irish players are to return home after the Australian Rules season was suspended indefinitely.

Tyrone’s Conor McKenna, Derry’s Anton Tohill and Cork’s Mark Keane are all homeward bound after the AFL and clubs agreed 50 per cent pay cuts.

Round one games took place behind closed doors at the weekend, but the decision’s been made to halt the season.

Dublin pair Sinead Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy have also travelled home ahead of potential travel restrictions after the AFLW cancelled the final two games of the regular season.

RACING

The Irish flat season got underway behind closed doors at Naas this afternoon.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Numerian pipped last year’s Epsom Derby favourite Sir Dragonet to claim the Devoy Stakes.

O’Brien came away with a double with favourite Russian Emperor winning the final race of the day.