Press Association Diakali took full advantage of the absence of Our Conor to win the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown. The trainer said: “He’s a horse who can be a bit hard on himself, but he jumped well today. “We’ve a lot more work to do at home to teach him to settle, but the hood certainly helped today. He’s very keen, but I think there’s a lot more to come if we can get him to settle properly.” Having seen the rear end of Dessie Hughes’s Triumph Hurdle winner the last twice,. the Willie Mullins-trained grey made every yard of the running to give Ruby Walsh another winner at the big meeting. Sent off the even-money favourite, Diakali looked vulnerable turning in as his three stablemates queued up behind him, but Walsh had plenty up his sleeve when Blood Cotil attacked at the final flight and scored by two lengths, with Dogora in third and Djakadam fourth as the Mullins horses filled the first four places.
Guwahati: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially declared that 13 personnel including two players among the touring party for the IPL in UAE have tested positive for COVID-19. The Board, however, did not name the personnel, the players, or the teams.As per reports, they belong to the Chennai Super Kings camp, with the players being Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad.”13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team,” BCCI said in a statement.As per reports, Chennai Super Kings were all set to prepare for IPL 2020 on Friday but the plan had to be scrapped after 13 members of the contingent tested positive..According to the protocols, all players and members of the support staff will remain in quarantine and will only be able to kick off the preparations for IPL 2020 starting from September 1.During this period, all the players and coaches will also have to undergo more rounds of testing.It is to be noted that the members of the Yellow Army joined in a one-week camp in Chennai before landing in UAE. As per the rules that have been issued, all the players and coaches remained in quarantine for six days following their arrival in UAE. They examined three tests during this period. The source of the virus is yet to be confirmed.The BCCI informed that a total of 1,988 tests were conducted from August 20 to 28.Besides players and coaches, the members of BCCI’s staff, IPL, hotel, and transport staff were also tested for the dreaded virus.IPL 2020 is scheduled to kick start on September 19 with the final round to be played on November 10.It is to be mentioned that the matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.ALSO WATCH: #LetsTalk: The Environment