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Round-Up: Djokovic ‘deeply sorry’, Australia and NZ PMs support World Cup bid, F1 sells chequers for charity, and more

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Novak Djokovic said he was “deeply sorry” after becoming the fourth tennis player to test positive for coronavirus following the exhibition tournament he hosted in the Balkans, admitting he and organisers “were wrong” to go ahead with the event. World number one Djokovic joined Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki in contracting Covid-19 following the Adria Tour event which saw minimal social distancing – CNA/AFP

Formula One fans can buy individual squares on the race-ending chequered flag, starting with next month’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix, to help raise money for charity. F1 said 56 of the black and white squares will be available for fans to have their name printed on, with the remaining 24 allotted to the race promoter, as part of the #WeRaceAsOne initiative. The squares, which will be mounted and framed afterwards, will be sold for $250.50 (€348.00) each – Reuters

The prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand have sent a letter to Fifa emphasising their support for a joint bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup as football’s global governing body prepares for the final vote this week. Fifa’s Executive Council will make a decision on hosting rights on Thursday, June 25. Colombia is the only other bidder after the Japanese Football Association withdrew on Monday – CNA

New Zealand’s cricket test tour of Bangladesh has been postponed due to health and safety concerns amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Tuesday. Kane Williamson’s side were due to arrive in August for the two-match series as part of the ICC World Test Championship. The BCB and New Zealand Cricket will work on identifying a suitable time to reschedule the series, the Bangladesh board said – CNA/Reuters

This year’s Karate World Championships in Dubai have been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The World Karate Federation executive committee approved a one-year delay to the event, which had been scheduled to take place from November 17 to 22, during its meeting yesterday – WKF

India’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, wants to restart sporting events in his country in August. Rijiju held a virtual meeting with representatives of the Indian Olympic Association and 15 national federations to discuss the way forward in terms of training of athletes, participation in national and international competitions, and organising sporting events– InsideSport

Seven more Pakistan cricketers due to tour England in August have tested positive for Covid-19, the country’s cricket board said Tuesday, taking the total to 10 since the first results were announced this week. Pakistan are due to depart for England on Sunday ahead of a series that will see them play three Tests and three Twenty20 internationals, starting in August – CAN