Horseback riding and mortality: German riders are particularly affected by the herpes virus originating from Valencia. According to the German Equestrian Federation (FN), eight horses have died so far. Four animals died from the viral disease in Spain or were euthanized, and four others died after returning to Germany. Among the victims were six foals that died before or shortly after birth.
The worst affected was the African Nations Cup contestant, Sven Schlosselburg, who traveled in Valencia until mid-February and transmitted the virus without his knowledge to his farm in Elsfeld in Baden-Württemberg. Two of his horses died, and six of his mares fell, as it is called in the jargon. Rahde’s show jumper Tim-Uwe Hoffmann also lost two horses to a herpes infection.
Football, Sweden: The return of the ‘King’: Zlatan Ibrahimovi is back in the national team for the first time since the European Championship 2016. Coach Jan Anderson called the 39-year-old on Tuesday for the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo (March 25-28) and the international match against Estonia (March 31) ). “The return of God,” Ibrahimovi commented on his return in an indecent manner on Instagram as usual. The post containing a picture of the ex-captain in the blue and yellow Swedish jersey broke the 100,000 likes mark within four minutes. Striker Ibrahimovic played his last 116 caps (62 goals) in the European Nations Cup nearly five years ago against Belgium (0-1). Anderson said, “It is great that he wants to return,” praising the striker from Italian club AC Milan, describing him as “the best player in Sweden ever.”
Siegeln, Americas Cup: The decision will be made at the 36th America’s Cup on Wednesday at the earliest. Because the wind was very light, the race management postponed the second of the two races scheduled for Tuesday between hosts New Zealand and Italy by one day. New Zealand leads 6: 3, the seven successes necessary to win the battle for the oldest international sports cup.
In the ninth race Tuesday morning, the Italian competitors led for long periods before the defenders took a strong lead in the New Zealand Cup in the final race. Te Rehutai crossed the finish line 30 seconds after the final race over Luna Rossa.
Football, UEFA Women’s Champions League: The women’s soccer champion VFL Wolfsburg will play the Champions League quarter-finals against Chelsea in Budapest. As the double winner was announced late Monday evening, due to current travel restrictions, the round trip (24 and 31 March) will be held against the English champions at Szusza Ferenc Stadium in the Hungarian capital. In the men’s first division, Bundesliga clubs Borussia Moenchengladbach and RB Leipzig have also avoided Budapest due to coronavirus restrictions. Finalists from Wolfsburg last year had to play three Hungarian matches as a guest in a row. The second leg of the round of 16 against LSK Kvinner / Norway (2-0) was already played in Györ.
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