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There is almost no sport to watch at the moment. Anyone who loves football, cricket, tennis, hockey, and more, have nothing to watch for at least another 3 months. Though there is some sport still going on, and if you love watching the NRL, or A-League football, you are in luck.

The Warriors have decided to stay in Australia to play the season out, although they said that if circumstances change they may have to come back to NZ. A-League football is also going ahead, but the Phoenix have had their next game postponed as they have to isolate themselves for 14 days, the new rule when entering NZ. Their next game is on the 4th of April against Adelaide United, being played in Wellington.

Coronavirus has also had a big effect on money in sports, and many football clubs have lost millions of dollars, and some even, like Manchester United, have lost close to a billion.

For all sport-lovers, it is going to be a boring next few months.

The New Zealand Warriors have started the 2020 season with a 20-0 loss to Newcastle.

It is the first time the Knights have kept a team scoreless in six NRL seasons.

The Knights were far too strong for the Warriors. They kept the Warriors to just 993 running metres from 46 percent of the possession.

By comparison, they made 1376 metres with 54 percent of the ball.

Not helping the Warriors was a lack of discipline, as they gave away 13 penalties and had one yellow card.

The Warriors will now look to bounce back with a game against the Raiders this weekend.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay got underway on Thursday of last week.

As in previous years, the flame was lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia.

Actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of high priestess, used a parabolic mirror at the site of the ancient Greek Olympics to ignite the torch, before handing it to Greek Olympic shooting champion Anna Korakaki, the first woman to ever launch an Olympic relay.

Korakaki subsequently lit the torch of Japanese runner Mizuki Noguchi, the 2004 Olympic marathon champion.

The torch will be handed over to Tokyo Games organizers in Athens on March 19 after a seven-day relay in Greece. However, this year the torch will complete a scaled-down relay around the world.

Tokyo Games organizers as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have insisted the Games will go ahead as planned on July 24- Aug. 9.

However, there is speculation that they could be cancelled or postponed as coronavirus spreads rapidly across the globe.

The Black Caps have been beaten by Australia in the first One Day International in Sydney.

New Zealand lost by 71 runs after reaching 187 all-out chasing down 259 to win.

The match was played at an empty Sydney Cricket Ground after Cricket Australia confirmed fans would not be admitted for all three matches in the series because of the coronavirus.

After the game, it was announced that the series was cancelled and the New Zealand team will return home.

Earlier in the day, Australia had batted well on a slow pitch, scoring 258. Openers David Warner and captain Aaron Finch put on 124. However, when they both left the Black Caps pulled back the run rate and got into the game.

Needing 259 to win on a slow pitch New Zealand was never really in the contest. They prodded to 96 for 5 at the halfway point of the chase before an attacking sixth-wicket partnership between Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme briefly provided hope.

But the loss of Latham for 38 off 40 immediately after the second drinks break, ending the partnership at 51 from just 45 balls, put Australia back in the box seat.

The UCL and Europa League was back on this week, the UCL in the Round of 16 second legs, and the Europa League in the first leg stage. I’ll only talk about the best matches in these tournaments since overall there were 10 matches. I’d also like to know, if you do support a club, who do you support?

In the Europa League, Man United destroyed Austrian club Lask 5-0, some stunning goals from Odion Ighalo and Andreas Pereira the highlights. Another big game was a close game between Wolves and Olympiacos, a 1-1 draw even though Olympiacos had to survive most of the game with 10 men after a red card sent off one of their defenders.

In the Champions League, the big game was between Atletico and Liverpool, a massive upset with Atletico scoring 3 goals in extra-time to win the tie and knock out the Champions from last year.

I’m sure most Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, United, and City fans are very happy with their rival club losing. Even if Liverpool are dominating the Premier League.

An 11-year-old Syrian table tennis player has qualified to go to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Hend Zaza qualified, after winning last week’s West Asia Olympic qualification tournament in Jordan.

Zaza is set to become one of the youngest Olympians in history if she takes part.

According to the International Table Tennis Federation website, Zaza was born on January 1, 2009, and is ranked 155th in the world.

She’ll become the fifth-youngest known Olympian in history and the youngest since Romanian figure skater Beatrice Hustiu in 1968.

The youngest documented Olympic competitor was Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras at the first modern Games in Athens, 1896. At 10 years 218 days he remains the youngest medalist in Olympic history.

As well as one of the youngest Olympians ever, Zaza will become the first male or female table tennis player to represent Syria at the Olympics. 


The Australian women’s cricket team have won the 2020 T20 World Cup.

They demolished India by 85 runs to win their fifth Women’s T20 World Cup title in front of 86,174 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

It was a near-perfect cricket from Australia. They scored 184-4 after a brutal 75 from Alyssa Healy and opener Beth Mooney’s unbeaten 78.

In reply, India slid to 18-3 and they were never in the game.

Megan Schutt was the best bowler, claiming 4-18 as India were out for just 99 with five balls left.

Australia are now heavy favourites to win back the 50-over World Cup title from England in 2021.

Joe Skipper and Teresa Adam were the winners at Ironman New Zealand held over the weekend in Taupo.

Both had finished runner-up twice in Taupo, but both finished on the top podium in 2020.

Skipper came out the of the water 6mintes behind the leaders but quickly dominated on the bike leg. He biked the 180km in 4hours 13minutes. Out in the lead, there was nothing stopping the British athlete as he held on to win from Mike Phillips and Braden Currie.

In the women’s race, Adams was superb in winning her first Ironman New Zealand title. Her success, like Skipper, was built on a superb bike. She set a new bike record of 4hrs 36 minutes – beating the old mark by nearly 13 minutes.

Five-time champion Meredith Kessler (USA) finished in second place, with Judith Corachan Vaquera (ESP) in third.

Finally, in the 40-44 year old 70.3 race (2km swim, 90km bike and 21km run), Kiwi Kids editor Shem Banbury will be slightly disappointed with his showing.
Following an okay swim of 33minutes, he produced a solid bike effort of 2hr 39minutes for the 90km course. However, his legs let him down on his usually favoured run leg to finish in a time of 5hrs and 8 minutes. Banbury will no doubt continue his quest for the perfect half ironman next year.

The Football Ferns have beaten Belgium in a penalty shootout.

The result means that they move to the semi-finals of the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

New Zealand led 1-nil for the majority of the game after Olivia Chance scored a late first-half goal.

However, Belgium scored the equaliser with only minutes of normal time remaining.

New Zealand went on to win the shoot-out 7-6 and will now play either Portugal or Italy in the semi-finals.

Sarah Gregorius made her 100th international appearance when she came on as a second-half replacement.

Belgium are ranked six places higher than New Zealand on the world rankings with Belgium at 17 and the Football Ferns 23rd.

The Breakers will make history in the next Australian NBL season after the appointment of their first female coach.

The Breakers have signed former Tall Fern Chanel Pompallier as an assistant coach.

Pompallier has already been involved in the club, working as the Breakers’ community coach recently.

Breakers guard Corey Webster says Pompallier’s knowledge of the game is something that deserves to be seen in the NBL.

The Breakers finished short of reaching the playoffs this season.