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ALGIERS- Minister of Youth and Sports Sid Ali Khaldi said the decision to hold national sports events behind closed doors and to postpone international events hosted by Algeria, because of the coronavirus (Covid-19), are temporary and aimed to protect the health of citizens.

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ALGIERS- Professional Football League (PFL) announced Wednesday the creation of an emergency committee, to handle the organization of the coming professional championship matches, which will be held in exceptional conditions because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 

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BECHAR-The International Diwan Music Festival will be relocated to the province of Bechar, announced Tuesday evening Minister of Culture Malika Bendouda.

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JOHANNESBURG-The Algerian wheelchair basketball team (men) qualified for the final of the Tokyo-2020 afro-Paralympics qualification tournament after they defeated Egypt 79-44 (halftime 41-19) in the semi-final game played Friday in Johannesburg.

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TUNIS (Tunisia)- Algerian table tennis player Larbi Bouriah has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, as he defeated his main rival, Tunisian Kerem Ben Yahia, in a men's singles match at a qualifying tournament that wrapped up Saturday in Rades, Tunisia.

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ALGIERS- Nearly one hundred tennis players from 29 countries will compete in the ITF international youth tournament of Ben Aknoun, to be held March 2-7 at the Tennis Club Les Palmiers of Algiers, the Algerian Tennis Federation told APS on Sunday.

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DAKAR- Algerian boxers Mohamed Flissi (52 kg) and Younes Nemouchi (75 kg), qualified for 2020 Summer Olympics of Tokyo, won the gold medal on Friday in the finals of the pre-Olympic tournament which took place in Dakar (Senegal).

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CAPE COAST (Ghana)- Algerian fencers won Wednesday two new medals (1 silver and 1 bronze) on the third day of the Africa Youth Fencing Championships, to run until February 29 in Cape Coat, Ghana.

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ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in a Council of Ministers meeting on Sunday, stressed the need to speed up the execution of sports facility projects ahead of the regional and international events, such as the Mediterranean Games, to take place in Oran (432-km west of 2Algiers) in 2021, and African football championship in 2022.

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ALGIERS- About 100 tennis players from 29 countries are to participate in the ITF International Junior Tournament Mehdi-Bouras, to be held from 24 to 29 February in Hydra, in Algiers, said Sunday the Algerian Tennis Federation (FAT).

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