"Ensuring a safe return to international table tennis has been our utmost priority ever since the pandemic broke out. We have managed to get events back up and running before the end of 2020," ITTF president Thomas Weikert said. Enditem
"Elite athletes like Xu Jiayu, Ye Shiwen and Wang Shun have already reached a high level. They set goals for themselves, and the attention from media and the public encourages them. Their desire to win and to fight at the Tokyo Olympics propels them forward."
Both sides posed threats to the other, but no goals were scored in the first half. Shijiazhuang once got a good chance to score in the 33rd minute when forward Liu Xingyu was clean through on goal but his low volley was easily saved by the keeper.
Indeed the worry for some must be that last season saw the beginning of diminishing returns for Simeone and although he has always been able to maintain his team looking refreshed and motivated, 2020-21 might just be a season too far for Simeone's defensive style unless he is willing to be more proactive in attack. Enditem
Finishers got their running medal in their hand, not on their neck.
Saba also sent his best wishes to his compatriot Eran Zahavi, the last season's CSL top scorer who left Guangzhou R&F to join the national team recently. "I miss him. We have a great understanding on the pitch. I hope he could play well to help the Israeli national team achieve good results," he noted.
Hazard could be Madrid's 'signing' of the summer. The winger arrived unfit 12 months ago and struggled with injuries all season, but anyone who has seen him play for Chelsea knows what Hazard can do, and if the Belgian returns to his best he will add another dimension to Madrid's front line in terms of movement, dribbles, assists and goals.
It was Atletico's fourth win from six matches this campaign and lifted Jorge Sampaoli's side to third in the 20-team standings, four points behind leaders Internacional.
Although they face a tight schedule with another seven internationals until mid-November, Loew is adjusting his traditional approach to his new generation.
After Hamilton peeled off after one racing lap to serve his penalty, Gasly assumed the lead ahead of the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi who were followed by Sainz, as Stroll fell down to sixth after a poor start and almost took Raikkonen out as he overshot the Roggia chicane.
SIPG remain unbeaten with six wins and two draws before the match. They kept offense flowing and had a point-blank chance on 34 minutes, while captain Hulk blasted a close-range shot that was saved by China Fortune keeper Bao Yaxiong.