Firstpost Spodcast Episode 2: Reaction to Mesut Ozil's retirement, Sri Lanka's series win and more on our daily sports podcast
Mixed reactions to Mesut Ozil's Germany snub, Sri Lanka's series win, AIFF awards and Ryan Lochte's suspension – we discuss all this and more on Spodcast, Firspost's daily sports podcast.
Welcome to Spodcast, the sports update on Firstpost, where we do a quick run of the big sports news of the day.
Today, we are touching upon the mixed reactions to Mesut Ozil's decision to leave the German national football team, Sri Lanka's Test series win over South Africa, the AIFF awards and American swimmer Ryan Lochte's suspension.
The big news on Sunday was Mesut Ozil’s retirement and his accusations of racism that left fans shocked and German football administrators a little embarrassed.
Cricket news now, and Sri Lanka have won the test series against the South Africa 2-0.
The Saffers were bundled out for 290 during the second session on day four, 200 runs short of their target of 490. This is South Africa's first Test whitewash since they lost 2-0 in a two-match series against Sri Lanka almost 12 years ago.
Meanwhile, India’s football captain Sunil Chhetri was awarded as the All India Football Federation’s best player of the year, while Yumnam Kamala Devi won the award for the best female player. Elangbam Panthoi Chanu won the Emerging Woman Footballer of the Year award, while Chennaiyin FC's Anirudh Thapa won the Emerging Player of the Year for men.
Lastly, a high profile Olympic swimmer has tested positive for a doping violation and has been banned for 14 months. Six-time Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte was suspended by the US Anti-Doping Agency, or USADA, after a photograph, did the rounds on social media showing him receiving an intravenous infusion of a permitted substance without a therapeutic use exemption.
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Given the trajectory of the China relations — Sri Lanka’s ‘India First’ policy will obviously be confined to bilateral security issues and New Delhi’s concerns in the matter.
The England and Wales Cricke Board said Wednesday that three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals will take place behind closed doors in Cape Town and Paarl starting in November.
In a huge relief for India U-17 World Cup footballer Anwar Ali, who has a congenital heart condition, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed him to carry on playing until the national federation arrives at a final decision.