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4 world titles up for grabs as Joshua defends against Povetkin

Anthony Joshua’s four world heavy weight titles, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO may be up for grabs on September 22 when he defends against Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn announced the impending match on Monday

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Anthony Joshua’s four world heavy weight titles, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO may be up for grabs on September 22 when he defends against Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn announced the impending match on Monday.

Joshua takes on his WBA mandatory challenger Povetkin as he returns to Wembley for the first time since his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans in 2017.

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring. The end of March feels a long time ago now,” Joshua, who boasts an unbeaten 21-0 record, told British media.

“Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for, he has serious pedigree, and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.

“Training hasn’t stopped for me, but the next 10 weeks ahead will be intense both mentally and physically.

“I will push myself to breaking point to make sure I am in peak condition for another huge night for British boxing at Wembley Stadium.”

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Povetkin expects a memorable fight with a fellow Olympic medallist.

“The battle for the World title has always been my goal,” Povetkin said. “I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the World and on Sept. 22 I get my opportunity.”

The 38-year-old Russian has suffered one defeat since his professional debut in 2005, losing to Klitschko in Moscow in 2013.

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Egypt announces plans to bid for 2036 Olympic games. Will they get it?

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Egypt’s youth and sports minister has revealed that the North African country will apply to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2036.

According to a statement by the ministry on Saturday, the bid would make Egypt the first Arab or African nation to host the event if successful.

The Minister, Ashraf Sobhi, and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gave the green light to apply. He added during a reception for International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Cairo.

Although the process of applying to host the 2036 Olympics has not begun, there are reports of interest from countries including Germany, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, India, and Qatar.

The Olympic bidding process begins with the submission of a city’s application to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by its National Olympic Committee (NOC) and ends with the election of the host city by the members of the IOC during an ordinary session.

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Zambia FA launches investigation into alleged sexual abuse in women’s national team

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The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), has set up a probe panel to investigate allegations of sexual assault in the women’s national team after several claims by the media citing some players.

The Secretary General of the Federation, Adrian Kashala, who inaugurated the panel on Friday, said its mandate was to unravel the truth behind the allegations that have rocked the country’s women’s game.

In the past few weeks, accusations have been rife on social media with claims that some players of the Shepolopolo were selected to play in the national team after allegedly being asked to give “sexual favours” to unnamed officials in the football association.

“Although at FAZ we have no record of official complaints brought from anyone on the allegations, we consider the allegations very serious and have opened an inquiry into the matter,” Kashala said in a statement.

“We shall collaborate with the Zambia police and other stakeholders in dealing with this matter,” he added.

The statement asked anyone with useful information and evidence of sexual abuse among female national team’s players to report to the association.

“We have since written to the Zambia police to invite anyone with evidence to help with investigations. The nation shall be notified of the outcome of the inquiries once concluded. Until then we shall provide no further comment,” Kashala said.

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