New Delhi : The Sri Lankan team has shown some superlative performances in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 after they defeated England in the last encounter to boost their chances of going into the semi-finals. As per ICC rules, visiting teams have to wear a different coloured jersey in case of a clash during televised tournaments.Sri Lanka was seen wearing a yellow colour dominated kit when they were playing as the visiting team against Afghanistan and England, also the two matches that they have won in the tournament so far. The Sri Lankan team seems to take a liking to the yellow kit and has asked the ICC permission to keep wearing it.”The Sri Lanka team considers yellow jersey to be their lucky one. They put in a formal request if they could wear it against any other team in the competition. The ICC saw that it’s not clashing with colours of other teams and hence they have been allowed,” an ICC source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.While Sri Lanka’s second choice jersey did not create any controversy, India’s bowling coach Bharath Arun was asked about his take on the colour of the second choice jersey which has been politicised in some quarters.”To be very honest, we are not even aware of which colour we are going to be wearing.So, we have not given any thought on that. All our focus is on the match tomorrow,” Arun said.In Mumbai, Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi Wednesday said India cricket team wearing orange jersey could be “saffronisation”.Asked about the politicisation on this issue, Arun simply said, “We bleed blue and blue is going to be predominantly the colour tomorrow. That is it.” For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Sri Lanka to wear yellow jersey in remaining World Cup games.Sri Lanka won their last game against England. Sri Lanka has won one 50-over World Cup.
ATHENS, Greece (AP): A group of refugee athletes will march together in the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in a symbol of hope for the world’s migrants, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said yesterday. On a three-day visit to Greece, Bach also said a refugee would carry the torch during the Greek leg of the flame relay and that the route would include a stop at an Athens refugee camp. The flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia will take place on April 21. “We want to turn the attention of the world to the fate and the problems of the 60 million refugees in our world and their suffering,” Bach said. He visited the refugee camp in Athens, played football with a group of young men, and met potential candidates who could compete for the first time as refugee athletes at the Rio Games. “They have no hope, no flag to march behind, and no anthem,” Bach said. “We have invited them to participate, and these athletes will march behind the Olympic flag” at the August 5 opening ceremony. Bach said he expected between five and 10 refugee athletes to qualify for the Olympics. He said he spoke to two potential Olympic competitors in Athens, who could compete in shooting events and karate. The IOC has already pledged US$2 million to help refugees, and is asking authorities in refugee camps to identify any top-level international athletes. Three athletes found The IOC said in December that three potential Olympic athletes had been identified so far from among the wave of refugees and migrants. Greece has been hard hit by the migration crisis that escalated dramatically in 2015 when more than 850,000 travelled in dinghies and mostly unsafe boats from Turkey to the Greek islands. Despite growing European pressure on Athens to toughen border controls, Bach described Greece’s assistance to refugees as “really extraordinary” and promised funds for planned sports facilities on the Greek island of Lesbos. Bach praised progress in Brazil’s Olympic preparations despite the country’s serious financial downturn and outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. “Brazil is in financial and political crisis, and is facing a great corruption scandal,” he said. “And under these circumstances, it is even more remarkable what the Brazilians have done.” Bach said the timing of the games, during Brazil’s winter, could limit difficulties caused by the virus outbreak, and he promised to have consultations with national Olympic Committees on safety guidelines by late today. Before leaving Athens yesterday, Bach said he would visit the marble Panathinian Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.