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IFAB confirms five substitutes rule will be extended into 2020-21 season

(Reuters) - Football's rule-making body IFAB on Wednesday said teams will be allowed to continue to use up to five substitutes next season, in a bid to cope with potential fixture congestion in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Badminton

Players can breathe easy as two meets are axed

PETALING JAYA: Good sense finally prevailed as the Badminton World Federation decided not to add more tournaments to the already-congested calendar, with the season slated to resume on Sept 1.

Football

AFL scraps third-tier M3 football league

PETALING JAYA: The third tier of the Malaysian football league – the M3 – has been cancelled. Amateur Football League (AFL) chairman Datuk Wira Mohd Yusoff Mahadi said the decision was made due to the health and safety of the football community and also the financial impact on teams in the M-3.

Rugby

Lions tour dates for South Africa could depend on global calendar

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The British & Irish Lions series against the world champion Springboks remains pencilled in for July next year but South African Rugby have confirmed there is a "slight chance" it could be moved to align with a new global calendar.