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‘I’m lucky to be alive’: Tiger Woods speaks out after harrowing car accident

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Golfing legend Tigers Woods says he hopes to return to professional golf but has ruled out ever competing full-time

The 15-time major winner is recovering from a life-threatening car accident that left him fearing he would lose his leg. Woods addressed the media at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he is hosting for the week.

Tiger Woods’ future

Woods was involved in a single-car accident in California on February 23, leaving him wheel-chair bound and his future unknown.

He spent three weeks in the hospital, then three months in a hospital bed at home.

There are very few details surrounding the finer details of the incident other than that speed was a factor.

The police report revealed Woods had been traveling at almost twice the legal speed limit when he crashed. But he was later cleared of being impaired by drugs or alcohol.

He needed surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and injuries to his foot and ankle and feared that his right leg might be amputated.

“I’m lucky to be alive but also still have the limb,”

“Those are two crucial things. I’m very grateful that someone upstairs was taking care of me,

that I’m able to not only be here but also to walk without a prosthesis.”

“I don’t foresee this leg ever being what it used to be,”

Tiger Woods, American Professional Golfer

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After months of uncertainty and time away from the public eye, Woods has reassured fans he will return to professional golf, but not on a full-time basis.

He does not know when he will return to the PGA Tour but said he would love to compete in the British Open in July.

“For him to be back at the highest level of competing on the PGA Tour, is going to take a lot more work…”

“The gulf swing isn’t really the issue right now for him…

Him walking 72 holes; that’s going to be the problem for him moving forward.”

Todd Lewis, Anchor Golf Channel, NBC

A recent post to Twitter has gone viral with over 7 million views which shows Woods’ swinging the golf club, captioned “making progress.”

Hopes are high

There are doubts cast over Woods’ ability to bounce back, and clearly slowing down will mean a major career paradigm shift for the golfing legend.

Although his full-time schedule might be over, for now, there are no limits to what the sporting star can do, after all, comebacks have defined his career.

“He’s going to be 46 years of age… He has a lot of obstacles in front of him…

Many people have counted him out before and he’s obviously proved them wrong,

so there is optimism that he can come out and play at the highest level.”

Todd Lewis, Anchor Golf Channel, NBC

Lee Elder: A hero in society

The first African American golfer to play in the Masters Tournament, Lee Elder, has died at the age of 87 years of age. Elder broke down racial barriers both on and off the golf course.

He was a known inspiration of Tiger Woods and paved the way for other people of colour to follow in his sporting footsteps.

The PGA Tour announced Elder’s death, with no cause of death given. It was known he had been in poor health and wore an oxygen tube beneath his nose.

“You could easily say he was a pioneer and an inspiration,

not only for Tiger Woods but for many people to play the game of golf.”

Todd Lewis, Anchor Golf Channel, NBC

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REVEALED: reasoning behind Novak Djokovic visa decision

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Off court, World tennis ace Novak Djokovic has stolen the attention of the Australian Open underway at Melbourne Park this week

Djokovic was booted from The Australian Open over his anti-vaccine views in a controversial decision by Australia’s immigration minister.

Now there is new light into why his visa was actually cancelled.

The Federal Court in Australia has released reasons for Novak Djokovic’s visa decision

The three judges say the Immigration Minister’s decision to cancel his visa was not irrational or illogical to be concerned that the support of anti-vax groups may prompt protests and community transmission of COVID-19

The judges also say the merits or wisdom of the minister’s decision wasn’t considered, only whether or not it was lawful.

The panel of Federal Court judges dismissed the world No.1s application against his visa cancellation and he was deported on Sunday evening back to Serbia.

Novak Djokovic is preparing to sue the Australian government for $6 million dollars over his visa scandal

According to a UK report its believed the eye-watering figure of 6 million Australian dollars is due to “ill treatment”,

This figure includes the total amount of Australian Open prize money that he could have claimed had he won the tournament.

A source close to his agent added he was poorly treated in the quarantine hotel in Melbourne. His mother revealed how it was full of fleas and maggots, saying he was kept a virtual prisoner.

The debacle doesn’t stop there, the Australian Open is well underway and there are claims Tennis Australia filled out Novak’s visa forms and “paid for all of his legal fees”

A local identity claims the tennis champ was asked to “provide information” laid out by Tennis Australia” and novak “did not know” what was actually written on his documents.

Now the TENNIS Australia Boss refuted those claims that it footed the bill for Novak’s legal battle, dodging questions about the tennis body’s dealings with government.

In an interview with Newscorp The tournament director says “I have seen those reports … and we don’t really go into the detail of financial arrangements we have with players but those reports are simply untrue”

This grand slam has been nothing but a headache for all involved, it’s believed Novak’s endorsement deals that are worth more than $40 million dollars a year are on the line too.

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Novak Djokovic $6m lawsuit against Australia

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Novak Djokovic is preparing to sue the Australian government for $6 million dollars over his visa scandal

According to a UK report its believed the eye-watering figure of 6 million Australian dollars is due to “ill treatment”, as stated in the Sun.

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The tennis ace was deported out of the country just days ago and the report claims that the figure includes the total amount of Australian Open prize money that he could have claimed had he won the tournament.

A source close to his agent added he was poorly treated in the quarantine hotel in Melbourne. His mother revealed how it was full of fleas and maggots, saying he was kept a virtual prisoner.

UPDATE: The Federal Court in Australia has released reasons for Novak Djokovic’s visa decision

The three judges say the Immigration Minister’s decision to cancel his visa was not irrational or illogical to be concerned that the support of anti-vax groups may prompt protests and community transmission of COVID-19

REVEALED: REASON BEHIND NOVAK’S VISA DECISION

The judges also say the merits or wisdom of the minister’s decision wasn’t considered, only whether or not it was lawful.

The panel of Federal Court judges dismissed the world No.1s application against his visa cancellation and he was deported on Sunday evening back to Serbia.

Claims Tennis Australia supported entire visa process

Now the debacle doesn’t stop there, the Australian Open is well underway at Melbourne Park Melbourne and according to sources, Tennis Australia filled out Novak’s visa forms and “paid for all of his legal fees”

A local identity claims the tennis champ was asked to “provide information” laid out by Tennis Australia” and novak “did not know” what was actually written on his documents.

Now the TENNIS Australia Boss refuted those claims that it footed the bill for Novak’s legal battle, dodging questions about the tennis body’s dealings with government.

In an interview with Newscorp The tournament director says “I have seen those reports … and we don’t really go into the detail of financial arrangements we have with players but those reports are simply untrue”

Sponsors on the line

This grand slam has been nothing but a headache for the entire tennis world… and its major sponsors

Novak’s endorsement deals are worth more than $40 million dollars a year.

French clothing brand Lacoste says it will review recent events that sparked a two-week legal battle and prevented him from defending his Australian Open title.

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No crowds at Winter Olympics

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Tickets for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Beijing wont be sold to the general public due to fears around the pandemic.

Instead, authorities will select a small group of people who can go, and distribute tickets to them instead.

Groups of spectators will be invited on site throughout the Games and will be required to strictly comply with Covid-19 prevention and control requirements.

The International Olympic Committee says those who are chosen will be residents from China’s mainland who have the required COVID-19 countermeasures.

“In terms of the grim and complex situation of epidemic prevention and control [and] in order to protect the health and safety of Olympic personnel and spectators, we have decided to change the original plan of public ticket sales,” the committee said.

The announcement comes after Beijing reported its first case of the highly transmissible Omicron variant on January 15.

The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to begin on February 4, before the Paralympic Winter Games start March 4.
Organizers intend to hold Beijing 2022 in a closed loop system which will only be accessible for Games participants — a plan that has remained in place amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

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