A few days separate us from the end of 2022, which witnessed many prominent sporting events, the most important of which was the crowning of Argentina in the FIFA World Cup led by the star Messi.
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The year 2022 began with the deportation of Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic from Australia, and ended with the dedication of the greatness of Argentine Lionel Messi by leading his country to its third world title in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The most prominent sporting moments of 2022.
Djokovic traveled to Melbourne in January 2022, hoping to defend his title and crown the tenth cup at the Australian Open, the first of the four major tournaments, but his visa was canceled for not receiving the anti-coronavirus vaccine, and therefore his failure to comply with the laws imposed on arrivals, and he was detained in a hotel that houses refugees before his deportation. from the country.
He was also prevented for the same reason from traveling to New York, which also prevented him from participating in the US Open Championship, after winning his seventh title at Wimbledon last July.
He was allowed to participate in the Australian Open in 2023, seeking his 22nd Grand Slam title to equal the number of Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who was crowned in 2022 in Melbourne and Roland Garros.
Valieva and the doping scandal
Teenager Kamila Valieva stole the spotlight at the Beijing Winter Olympics due to a doping scandal.
The 15-year-old Russian became the first woman to achieve a quadruple jump in the history of the Olympics, helping Russia win the gold medal in the team competitions in figure skating.
But in the midst of the action, I learned that a doping test she underwent in late 2021 came back positive for trimetazidine, which is used to treat angina pectoris but is banned for athletes because it enhances endurance.
However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport allowed her to participate in the individual competitions, which were the most prominent candidates for winning her gold, as she was considered a minor, but without acquitting her of doping, and she fell several times due to psychological pressure and finished fourth.
Russian media reported that Valieva drank from the same cup as her grandfather, who is taking medication for heart disease.
Exclusion of Russia from the world of sports
The Russian war on Ukraine in February 2022 led to the exclusion of Russia’s athletes and their Belarusian allies from global sports, and Russia was excluded from the qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup, and Russia and Belarus from the World Athletics Championships, while tennis players from both countries were banned from participating in the Wimbledon Championship. .
Russia-born Kazakh Elena Rybakina won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon. Some matches were tense, like at the US Open when Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine refused to shake hands with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Champions League final chaos
Chaos erupted in the UEFA Champions League final on May 28 in the French capital, Paris, when thousands of English Liverpool fans were unable to get to the stadium to watch the match against Real Madrid.
Ticket-holding fans were attacked with tear gas by the police and initially accused of trying to enter the stadium illegally.
Real Madrid won 1-0, achieving its fourteenth title.
In a breathtaking scene, American Anita Alvarez was dramatically rescued from the bottom of the pool by her Spanish coach, Andrea Fuentes, after she fainted while performing in the rhythmic swimming competitions at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Fuentesin dived in her shorts and T-shirt to the bottom of the pool, and pulled Alvares to the surface. “It was terrifying. I had to jump because the lifeguards wouldn’t do it. I think she lasted at least two minutes without breathing because her lungs were full of water.
Alvarez recovered, but was not allowed to continue her participation in the tournament.
Goodbye, Federer and Serena
Tennis sport bid farewell to two of its greatest legends, as Swiss Roger Federer, who succumbed to a knee injury, retired at the age of 41 in September after a career during which he won 20 major titles, 103 titles in total, and prize money of $ 130 million.
He played his last match, alongside his eternal rival and Spanish friend Rafael Nadel, in the doubles competitions in the Laver Cup, and the two players cried side by side in an emotional scene during the farewell ceremony on the field.
Serena Williams refused to use the word “retire” when she played what was likely her final tournament at the US Open.
The American (41 years old) said: She wants to “evolve” away from tennis after she won 23 major titles, and according to Forbes magazine, her fortune amounted to $ 260 million in 2022.
Messi finally lifts the World Cup
Having carried the burden of an entire country throughout his career, Messi led Argentina to win the World Cup in the World Cup in Qatar for the first time since 1986, after a dramatic final against defending champion France 4-2 on penalties, following the end of the original and extra time in a 3-3 draw.
Messi’s stunning performance, which enabled him to win the tournament’s best player award, confirmed his status as one of the greatest players of all time, and in the eyes of many, as he joined legends who lifted the coveted trophy like compatriot Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Pele.