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Round-Up: Fifa rejects Infantino investigation, Thai and Malaysian MotoGPs off, NBA reviews China training programmes, and more

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

Fifa said there is “no reason” for the Swiss criminal investigation into president Gianni Infantino, and he will continue in his role as normal. In a statement on last week’s opening of criminal proceedings against Infantino, the organisation said: “There was and is absolutely no reason to open any investigation because nothing remotely criminal has happened and there is nothing at all to suggest any form of criminal wrongdoing.” It added: “Fifa and the Fifa President categorically deny any implication or suggestion that the Fifa President would ever have attempted to exert any form of improper influence on the Swiss Federal Prosecutor.” – Reuters/CNA

Health authorities in Madrid urged the Madrid Open tennis tournament to be called off due to escalating Covid-19 cases in the city. The tournament is a top-tier event on both the ATP and WTA tours – Reuters/Straits Times

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Ashleigh Barty, and China’s Wang Qiang, withdrew from this year’s US Open tennis grand slam, citing travel restrictions and safety concerns linked to Covid-19 – Vavel.com

Formula 1 team McLaren is “financially healthy” after taking a series of measures to address the Covid-19 business challenge, chief executive Zak Brown said – Reuters/CNA

Formula 1 drivers may need to stay in isolated ‘bubbles’ for the rest of the season, the chief executive of the Racing Point team, Otmar Szafnauer, said. Racing Point driver Sergio Perez withdrew at least temporarily from this season after developing Covid-19 following a visit to his home in Mexico – Reuters/CNA

The MotoGP races in Malaysia, Thailand and Argentina this year were cancelled due to Covid-19. One more European race will be added to the calendar in November – Reuters/CNA

The NBA is re-evaluating its youth training programmes in China following an ESPN report alleging abuse of young players and harassment of foreign staff at a facility in Xinjiang – Reuters/CNA, ESPN

Chinese internet group and streaming platform Tencent released data about consumption of its NBA services. It said Tencent NBA had 139.2m users in 2019, and those watching its live streams of NBA games spent an average of between 21 and 22 minutes watching each game – SportsMoney.cn

World Athletics confirmed Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium will host an athletics meet on August 23, featuring athletes based in Japan – Japan Times

World Athletics is making contingency plans for Covid-19 disruption to its calendar throughout 2021, that increase focus on national championships – NewsWorld Press, IANS

The Nippon Professional Baseball game between the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and the Seibu Lions on Sunday was postponed after Hawks player Yuya Hasegawa tested positive for Covid-19. It is the first positive test in the league since its restart on June 19 – Japan Times

The inaugural China Tennis Tour, a new series for domestic players, began at the weekend. The tour announced Kalmay as the official apparel sponsor – Xinhua, SportsMoney.cn

Chinese social media platform Bilibili obtained exclusive streaming rights for League of Legends events in a three-year deal with games publisher Riot Games, covering 2020 to 2022. The 2020 and 2021 League of Legends Global Finals are both to be held in China – SportsMoney.cn

South Africa’s cricket tour of the West Indies in September was postponed indefinitely, and the South African board does not expect the national team to be back in action until at least November. South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith said, “Financially we are in a lot of trouble. We need to get our broadcast rights in, support from corporate sponsorship and get the right content (series) in place” – Reuters/CNA

The Pakistan Cricket Board appointed accountant Javed Murtaza as its chief financial officer – Dawn

Allegations of psychological and physical abuse of gymnasts in New Zealand prompted Gymnastics New Zealand to begin an inquiry – Stuff.co.nz