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SNQ Daily, 28 July: Mariano, Hugo Boumous, ATKMB, Roger Federer, Ajay Thakur

Updating our readers with major sports news and updates of 28 July 2020.

28 July Bulletin

Mariano Diaz tested positive for COVID-19

Mariano Diaz tested corona positive on 28 July

Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz has tested positive for the coronavirus, club announced. The announcement came when players returned to training camp for upcoming Champions League draw to Manchester City. Madrid said that Mariano was in perfect health condition and was following health protocols. The 26-year-old Mariano will be in a self-isolation and will miss Champions League clash with Manchester City.

Hugo Boumous to Mumbai City?

Hugo Boumous’ free transfer speculations are over as club issues official statement denying contract termination. City Football Group franchise Mumbai City FC reportedly ready to splash 1.6 crore transfer fees for playmaker. Boumous had signed a three-year extension just last season and still has two more years left on his contract at Goa. Boumous won Golden Ball last season as he is only player in ISL history to score double digit goals and assists in same season. FC Goa going through transition period as most their key players left to join coach Sergio Lobera at Mumbai City FC.

Salary cap removals on ISL teams?

Newly merged ATK Mohun Bagan have approached the Indian Super League with proposal to remove salary cap. Salary cap of Rs16.5 crore per team/per season has been set by Football Sports Development Ltd. Salary cap is the maximum overall expenditure that can be spend by a club for the player inclusion and it includes annual salary, bonuses, and signing-on fee. According to sources, ATKMB also had support from Mumbai City FC for proposal.

Ajay Thakur worried about India’s performance in continent

Ajay Thakur worried about India's performance on 28 July

Indian Kabaddi team captain told that The PKL has raised the profile of the individuals but we shouldn’t lose our grip at the continental level. India’s men failed to retain the gold at 2018 Jakarta Asian Games for the first time since 1990. India participated in the South Asian Games in Nepal but the under-20 team missed the inaugural junior World Kabaddi Championship in Iran. “The sooner we find a solution to all the legal issues, the better for the development of the sport”, Arjun award winner added.

Roger Federer hinted at retirement

Roger Federer hinted at retirement on 28 July

Swiss living legend Roger Federer hinted that he is considering retirement. He told that he is at the end of career and he can’t say what will be in next two years. And the age factor is reason behind him setting plans for only a year. Federer holds the record for men’s Grand Slam singles titles on 20, one more than Rafael Nadal. He revealed that he is desperate to play and win another Olympic medal because Olympics are always special for him.

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