The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.
The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.
The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.
The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.
The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.
A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus.
Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.”
Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.
Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years.
Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions.
Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.
The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.
Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.
The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.
Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups.
Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.» The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”
German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.
No German league games have been played since March 8.
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