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Euro 2020 finals could move from Wembley after UEFA threat over Covid rules

Under current UK guidelines, travellers arriving from ‘amber’ and ‘red-list’ countries must quarantine upon arrival for 10 days. The semi-finals of Euro 2020 will be on July 6 and 7, and the finals on July 11.

Ministers are tabling plans to allow around 2,500 UEFA and FIFA VIPs to skip the quarantine period in order to attend matches at Wembley stadium.

They would also be allowed to attend training sessions and meetings with the UK government.

It is understood ministers are fearful UEFA could move the semi-finals and finals of the Euro 2020 tournament to Hungary if they do not ease restrictions.

Hungary will have no restrictions for travel within the Schengen zone from next week, and would host the games with full stadiums if hosting the tournament.

READ MORE: UK Covid cases spike by 11,000 in biggest daily surge for months

However, Boris Johnson is said to be drawn to the idea as the UK could boost joint Home Nations bidding efforts for the 2030 World Cup.

Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA president, also told the Government last week that Britain’s border restrictions were too strict compared with those in the EU.

He warned other European cities were willing and able to host matches scheduled to be played at Wembley.

DON’T MISS…

On Thursday, another 195,565 first doses and 234,834 second doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered.

So far the UK has given out 42,216,654 first doses and 30,675,207 second doses, equalling 80.1 percent and 58.2 percent of the population respectively.

Thursday also saw another 11,007 cases and 19 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test recorded.

In total, the UK has seen 4,600,623 cases and 127,945 deaths.

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Wimbledon finals to be played in front of full stadium after Boris Johnson announcement

The men’s and women’s finals at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships will have a full capacity crowd, the government has confirmed. Boris Johnson addressed the country on Monday evening to confirm that ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 would now be delayed until July 19 over concerns of rising cases in the Delta variant of coronavirus.

But the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have now confirmed that restrictions will be eased for Wimbledon this year.

The tournament, which was postponed last year, is scheduled to start on June 28 with the world’s best players in action.

The All England Club had originally announced plans to operate at 25 per cent capacity for the two-week Grand Slam.

But that will now be increased to 50 per cent, meaning 21,000 spectators will be able to attend every day.

It means 45,000 fans may be allowed to watch the Euro 2020 final and potentially England in the last-16.

Gareth Southgate’s side must win their group to play at Wembley in the first knockout stage match.

And if they top Group D, then England could face Portugal, France or Germany for a place in the quarter-finals.

It will be the largest sporting crowd in the UK in more than 15 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are also discussions ongoing about increasing capacity at the British Grand Prix as well as The Open golf championships.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the government had identified close to 20 pilot events for sport and entertainment.

“The expansion of trials of the NHS app and lateral flow testing will mean that bigger crowds will be able to attend a limited number of major sporting and cultural events early this summer as part of our events research programme.

“In the next few weeks, this means more fans enjoying the Euros and Wimbledon, and some of our biggest cultural and sports events.”

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10-year-old Round Rock girl to compete in Drive, Chip & Putt finals at Augusta National Sunday

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) – Before Round Rock’s Ava Frazier takes a swing, she steps back and takes a few deep breaths.

Like any serious golfer, it’s all about the process. The process will lead to results as Frazier’s dad always tells her.

“Me and my dad believe that the better your process, setup and swing is…the better that you’ll hit it,” Frazier said Wednesday.

For this 10-year-old, already with dreams of playing golf professionally, the process led her all the way to Augusta National Golf Club for the 2021 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals.

The Drive, Chip & Putt competition is a fairly new endeavor for youth golf, but it’s already a prestigious opportunity. Created in partnership with the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, golfers from seven to 15-years-old compete in four age groups in the three facets of the game for the right to call themselves No. 1 for the year.

Think of it like golf’s version of the punt, pass and kick competition put on by the US National Football League.

The event started in 2014 and ramped up interest quickly with thousands of kids competing across the world. This year’s event had qualifiers from 30 US states, two Canadian provinces and France.

Reaching the national finals, earns you and your family a trip to Augusta National Golf Club’s hallowed grounds to compete against the best just seven days before the Masters Tournament awards its Green Jacket.

Just getting to the finals to see the green of Augusta is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Though, it’s felt like a lifetime since Frazier qualified for her trip to Georgia.

Frazier’s journey to the national finals

Frazier started her path to the finals nearly 22 months ago, advancing through a local qualifier at Whistling Straits in June 2019 and a sub-regional qualifier at Wisconsin’s Sentry World in August 2019.

In September 2019, Frazier went to Minneapolis’ Interlachen Country Club for the regional qualifier.

Frazier started the overall competition against hundreds of seven to 9-year-old girls. At the regional qualifier, she finished No. 1, becoming just one of 10 girls in her age group set to compete in Augusta on Sunday.

“I had no idea that I was going to win. I was really surprised because there were lots of other people that were just as good as me or better than me,” Frazier said.

Then, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the event set for April 2020.

As the entire sports world shut down due to the pandemic, Frazier wondered if she’d lost her chance to play at Augusta.

The 2020 Masters tournament was delayed until November. The organizers for Drive, Chip & Putt didn’t overthink the situation, opting not to hold 2020 competitions and invite the 2019 finalists for the 2021 event.

“I was really disappointed [at first]. I thought they were just going to cancel the whole thing, but no. I’m glad they didn’t,” Frazier said. “It took me several months to get here. It’s been hard, but it’s been fun.”

Frazier says putting is her favorite part of golf, but, based on the videos in this story, she can do it all on the course.

Nervousness will be a natural feeling Sunday when Frazier prepares to compete against the best of her age group. She says, as long as she follows the process, she’ll be happy with doing her best.

How to watch

The 2021 Drive, Chip & Putt will be aired live from Augusta National Golf Club on Golf Channel Sunday at 7 a.m.

You can find more information on the 2022 event on the Drive, Chip & Putt website.[3]

Texans competing in the Drive, Chip & Putt

There are eight Texans representing the state in this year’s Drive, Chip & Putt national finals.

Name Hometown Age Group
Ava Frazier Round Rock 7-9
Henry Guan Irving 10-11
Avery Zweig McKinney 12-13
Duff Mckay Dallas 12-13
Finn Burkholder The Woodlands 12-13
Maye Huang Katy 12-13
Jaivir Pande Houston 14-15
Samantha Straight Lewisville 14-15

Andrew Schnitker