30 July 2020
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GB wheelchair basketball player considers leg amputation to continue his career. George Bates, a wheelchair basketball player on the Great Britain team, has said that he may consider a leg amputation as his particular disability now makes ineligible to play the sport. The International Paralympic Committee told the wheelchair basketball's governing body that it must comply with their classification code which ranks athletes between 1.0 (most impaired) and 4.5 (least impaired). Those players who rank between 4.0 and 4.5 (Bates is a 4.5) must be reassessed meaning he may now have to get a leg amputation to be able to compete.
Tennis world number 1 Ash Barty pulls out of US Open. Ashleigh Barty, the world number one in women's tennis, has announced that she is pulling out of the US Open amid virus fears. The Australian is the biggest name to have pulled out of the tournament which is starting in New York on 31 August, but has also pulled out of the Western and Southern Open, which both also take place in the US. The coronavirus situation in the country is quite severe at the moment having just surpassed 150,000 deaths, and the risk for Barty is not worth it.
Irish centre back Louise Quinn signed by Fiorentina. Louise Quinn, the senior Irish centre back, has confirmed her signing with Italian side Fiorentina. This comes as the 30-year-olds contract with Arsenal ended this year after three years with the club. Quinn is joining the team on a one-year contract.