Round-Up: AFL and LaLiga resume, Diack trial revelations, IPL hopes, and more

IAAF president Lamine Diack attends the IAAF and Local Organising Committee (LOC) press conference during the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing (by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images for IAAF)

The Australian Football League resumed its 2020 season on Thursday evening, with defending champions Richmond Tigers drawing with Collingwood Magpies during a match played at an empty Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australian newspaper The Age reported on the television coverage provided by free-to-air commercial broadcaster Seven – Channel News Asia/Reuters, The Age

Spanish football’s LaLiga resumed its 2019-20 season on Thursday evening, with Sevilla beating Real Betis in the Seville derby, at an empty Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. Fans gathered outside the stadium before the match, there was a minute’s silence in memory of those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic, and artificial crowd noise was used by the broadcaster covering the match – BBC

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack said he had interfered in the handling of suspected athletics doping cases between 2011 and 2013 to avoid scandal and protect the governing body’s financial position, while giving evidence at his own trial in a French court yesterday. Diack also accused his son, Papa Massata Diack, of behaving like “a thug”. Father and son are on trial on charges of corruption, money laundering and breach of trust. Papa Massata is not at the trial, having fled to Senegal in 2015 – Fox Sports AU

MotoGP will start its 2020 season with back-to-back races in Jerez, Spain on July 19 and 26. The series has announced a 13-round calendar of races in Europe. It will decide in July whether to extend the season to include races in Malaysia, Thailand, the US and Argentina – Autosport

The Board of Control for Cricket in India still hopes to stage the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament during the September to October period this year. BCCI president Saurav Ganguly communicated this to India’s state cricket associations on Wednesday night, adding that matches behind closed doors are being considered – Times of India

The Spanish football association has signed a 10-year agreement with three Chinese companies to help build five football training facilities in cities including Beijing – SportsMoney.cn

The Indian cricket team has postponed its planned tour of Sri Lanka later this month due to Covid-19 fears. India was due to play three one-day internationals and three T20s – The Hindu

Fifa is relaxing its rules temporarily to allow players to play for up to three clubs in a season, as part of efforts to ensure players remain employed during the Covid-19 downturn. Transfer windows for the 2020-21 season can also be opened before the 2019-20 seasons end – Channel News Asia/Reuters, Fifa

World Athletics is advising meeting organisers to put disinfectant in water jumps and sand pits, and clean relay batons after each use, in a 22-page set of guidelines addressing the Covid-19 challenge – The New York Times, World Athletics