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Camavinga joins Real Madrid, while Emerson leaves barca and transfers to Tottenham

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On the final day of the transfer window, Real Madrid finalized the signing of Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga for about 45 million euros.

The 18-year-old, who has previously made three appearances for the French national team, signed a six-year contract and becomes the club’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of defender David Alaba on a free transfer from Bayern Munich.

Camavinga’s arrival will bolster Madrid’s midfield after Martin Odegaard left for Arsenal and Toni Kroos was sidelined indefinitely with a groin injury.

In other deadline-day transactions, Barcelona agreed to transfer right-back Emerson Royal to Tottenham Hotspur less than a month after presenting him at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona sold Emerson after only 29 days and after featuring in all three of the club’s league games this season, playing 24 minutes against Real Sociedad, 13 minutes against Athletic Bilbao, and 63 minutes against Getafe last weekend, when he was in Ronald Koeman’s starting 11.

“Emerson has a release clause of 300 million euros, and we hope that he will be with Barca for many years,” stated Barca president Joan Laporta during his presentation.

laix Moriba, an 18-year-old midfielder, has also left Barcelona and joined RB Leipzig for 22 million euros after failing to agree on a new contract.

Brighton and Hove Albion also signed Marc Cucurella from Getafe for 18 million euros, while former Alaves striker Lucas Perez has joined Elche and Unai Lopez has joined Rayo Vallecano on loan from Athletic Bilbao.

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Pele is no longer in intensive care

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Pele, the legendary Brazilian footballer, has been transferred out of intensive care 10 days after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his colon, according to the hospital where he is being treated.

According to a statement made by Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, the 80-year-old will continue his recovery in a general room. It didn’t specify when he might be released.

Pele took to social media to thank supporters for their support and assure them that he is “ready to play 90 minutes.”

“Don’t believe for a second that I haven’t seen the thousands of beautiful comments I’ve received around here,” the three-time World Cup champion posted on Instagram.

“Thank you so much to everyone who took a minute out of their day to send me happy vibes. Love, love, and more love!”

Pele has struggled with a number of health issues in recent years, including complications after hip replacement surgery, as well as kidney and prostate issues.

 

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A stadium built with Chinese assistance strengthens Sino-Cambodian ties

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Tourists passing along National Road 5 in the northern suburbs of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, may notice a massive “sailing ship-shaped” construction out there, the China-funded Morodok Techo National Stadium.

When Cambodia organizes the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games for the first time in May 2023, the 60,000-seat stadium will be the focal point for tournaments. The project, designed by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) with grant funding from China, began in August 2017 and was finished last month.

The stadium was handed over to Cambodia on Sunday, in the company of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Thong Khon, Cambodian Tourism Minister and President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia said the stadium is a tremendous achievement in Cambodia’s sports sector and a new emblem of Cambodia and China’s unshakable ironclad friendship.

The 39.9-meter-tall tower was created in the shape of a “sailing ship,” with two 99-meter-tall prows, and it was surrounded by an ancient Angkor-style moat.

“The sailing ship represents a long-standing traditional friendship between Cambodia and China since Chinese people used to visit Cambodia by sailing ships in ancient times,” Thong Khon explained.

He claims that the 99-meter-tall prows of the sailing ship-like stadium symbolize the “Sampeah” gesture (in Cambodia, placing both palms together in a prayer-like fashion as a greeting or a method of showing respect), which really embodies Cambodian culture and tradition.

The five-story stadium, which covers a 16-hectare plot of the 85-hectare Morodok Techo National Sports Complex, was built using innovative technology and high-quality materials, he said.

“The CSCEC was very cautious, and it used high-end technology for the stadium’s construction while adhering to all technical standards,” he stated. “The stadium has a seating capacity of 60,000 and is designed to enable for a complete evacuation in seven minutes in the event of an emergency.”

QR codes have also been embedded on each seat, according to him.

The stadium, which was roughly 18 kilometers north of the city, also included a hotel, sportswear and equipment shops, food courts, and other facilities, he claimed. “It would not only help the growth of the sports sector, but it will also operate as a magnet to draw tourists, particularly Chinese visitors, to Cambodia in the post-COVID-19 period.”

The stadium is one of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation projects between Cambodia and China aimed at increasing sports, cultural exchanges, and people-to-people contact.

Hun Sen remarked at the occasion that the stadium was the result of tight cooperation between Cambodia and China and that he never imagined the kingdom would have such a beautiful stadium.

“It’s a new record of Cambodia and China’s unshakable friendship,” he remarked. “Without China’s backing, we would not have had this stadium.”

“I can say that this is only the fruit of our unshakable friendship from the start of the season,” Hun Sen continued.

Meanwhile, Wang said that the stadium was the largest sports complex that China has ever donated to its foreign partners.

“We built this very enormous stadium in Cambodia because our two peoples’ friendship is really deep,” he explained. “I hope that Cambodian citizens and athletes enjoy their sporting activities at this stadium and that Cambodian athletes achieve even greater success at the 2023 SEA Games.”

Phay Siphan, the Cambodian government’s main spokesman, stated that the stadium clearly highlighted China’s special interest in assisting Cambodia’s sports growth.

 

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At China’s 14th National Games, Hunan shooters win two trap gold medals

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Liu Yingzi of Hunan won the women’s trap gold medal in the shooting event at China’s 14th National Games on Wednesday after a duel with compatriot Wang Shuying.

Liu finished first on the podium with 43 hits out of 50 tries. Wang won the silver medal with 42 hits.

“My performance isn’t as fantastic as those younger shooters,” admitted Liu, 50, who is competing in her seventh National Games. “Perhaps it was my experience and good fortune that helped me win the title.”

“I’m pleased with my performance today,” Wang stated. “It’s my first time competing in the National Games, so I’ve put in a lot of effort. I had completed several rounds of specialized training prior to the qualification and final.”

Despite missing only one of her first 15 shots, Zhu Jingyu had to settle for bronze after hitting 34 of 40 attempts.

Military World Games gold medalist Guo Yuhao of Hunan, 30, won gold in the men’s event with 47 hits from 50 tries.

Zhao Yunkai of Qinghai finished second with 45 hits, and Qi Ying of Shandong ended third with 34 hits in 40 shots.

“I kept reminding myself that I couldn’t miss any shots in the event, and I did,” Guo remarked.

“Tomorrow will be a fresh new day with new activities,” he added, “so I won’t indulge myself in the euphoria of victory but will be prepared for the following competitions.”

 

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