sports wrap up april 4

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Tokyo Olympics silver medallist and reigning Commonwealth Games champion, Mirabai Chanu on Monday, April 1 qualified for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics. Indian chess legend Viswanathan Anand opened up on India’s chances at the Candidates 2024 and weighed in on the importance of experience. 

Read below to learn more about latest happenings in the sporting world.

Weightlifting

Mirabai Chanu qualifies for 2024 Paris Olympics

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist and reigning Commonwealth Games champion, Mirabai Chanu on Monday, April 1 qualified for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics. The 29-year-old, who finished third in Group B of the women’s 49kg division at the IWF World Cup, became the first and only weightlifter from the country to qualify for the Games. Chanu finished at third place in Phuket, Thailand after a total lift of 184kg. The Indian weightlifter made her comeback at the international level on Monday, April 1 after a six-month injury-forced break. 

All my attention is on making a mark at the Paris Olympics: Mirabai Chanu

Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu opened up after her six-month injury break and spoke about her expectations from Paris Olympics. Chanu said, “It feels incredible to come back after an injury. Almost every lift I made today felt clean, clear, and powerful, and I’m leaving this competition feeling strong and confident. The rehabilitation was tough and demanding, but with the support of everyone involved in my rehab and recovery, I pushed through all the complications.” Chanu added, “The goal was to secure my spot for the Paris Olympics, and now that I am almost through for the Paris Olympics, all my attention is on making a mark at the Paris Olympics.” 

Tennis

Unfortunately, 10 years made a huge difference: Grigor Dimitrov about ‘Fountain of Youth’

Grigor Dimitrov went down to Jannik Sinner in the final of the 2024 Miami Open. After the match, he said, “Thank you. I should have had maybe one more glass of that juice. Unfortunately, 10 years made a huge difference today (smiling). But overall, I just want to focus on the positives this week. It's been a tournament I have not been able to do well I think in the past years. In a way, it was also a goal of mine to come out here and give my best shot.” 

Chess

Indians are a long shot: Viswanathan Anand on India’s chances at Candidates 2024

Indian chess legend Viswanathan Anand opened up on India’s chances at the Candidates 2024 and weighed in on the importance of experience. The tournament will kick off in Toronto on April 3, and Anand feels that the three Indian participants still have some way to go before participating to win the tournament. The five-time champion said, “The Indians are a long shot. If they can keep the tournament going that’s good enough. If a late opportunity presents itself, they can grab it. They should first settle into the tournament and try to play good games. Let the big decisions come later."

Football

Pep Guardiola separates Erling Haaland and Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes during rift

Former Spain midfielder and Man City’s manager Pep Guardiola was seen giving his No.10 Jack Grealish a dressing down publicly after Man City’s goalless draw against Arsenal. After the final whistle, as soon as the 52-year-old Man City boss caught his No.10, he broke animatedly furious on him and gave a brief public flank to the winger before he stepped in between Erling Haaland and Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes’ bursting. After hampering down Grealish for more than 20 seconds, Guardiola had to break up the duo’s disagreements which happened during the game as well.

I took a shower last night: IShowSpeed on female worker calling him "stinky" after a hug

After IShowSpeed brought the Cristiano Ronaldo-themed Lamborghini car to Waffle House, he had a female worker walk away from him after a hug while putting her hand on the nose. In a viral video on social media, the American YouTube star was spotted next to his car, seemingly ready to leave the parking lot of the Waffle House restaurant. They captioned their video post to promote his Cristiano Ronaldo-themed Lamborghini car, “This worker was so happy to hug Speed then she noticed Speed was stinky & walked away,” but he was having none of it. IShowSpeed took to his official X account to comment on the post to deny that he was stinky during the interaction with the Waffle House worker. He wrote, “How tf u my updated page shutting on me ong i don’t stink wtf i took a shower last night and put deodorant that morning so stop playing with me”.

Barcelona teenager Gullie Fernandez beats Lamine Yamal’s record on debut

Barcelona teenager footballer Gullie Fernanded became the youngest footballer to feature for Barcelona Atletic after playing as a substitute. Fernandez was featured in Barcelona’s 3-2 comeback win over Osasuna Promesas. Lamine Yamal holds the record for being the youngest scorer in La Liga, the Champions League, and for Spain. He held the record for being the youngest debutant in Primera RFEF at the age of 15 years, 9 months, and 23 days. However, Fernandez surpassed Yama’s record by just 10 days.

AIFF suspends Deepak Sharma until further notice for physically assaulting two women players

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) suspended an executive committee member of the federation Deepak Sharma for allegedly assaulting two women footballers. Sharma misbehaved with two players of a club during their stay in Goa for the Indian Women’s League 2. AIFF released a statement on Tuesday and stated that the federation has decided to suspend Sharma until further notice. The official statement read, “The AIFF Executive Committee has decided to suspend Mr. Deepak Sharma from participating in any football-related activities until further notice.” Apart from this, the Goa police arrested Deepak Sharma along with registering an FIR under sections 323, 341 and 354A of the IPC.

Major Football Results

Spain- LaLiga

Villarreal 1-2 Atletico Madrid

Italy-Serie A

Inter 2-0 Empoli

Chile-Primera B

Santiago Morning 3-1 Barnechea

England Championships

Leeds 3-1 Hull