Ten­nis fi­nal to go ahead in Bel­gium

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LON­DON: The Davis Cup fi­nal is set to go ahead as planned in Ghent this week­end with in­creased se­cu­rity mea­sures be­cause of the on­go­ing terror alert in Bel­gium, the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion said yes­ter­day.

Af­ter de­lay­ing the trip by a day, Bri­tain’s team flew into Ghent yes­ter­day ahead of the three-day fi­nal against Bel­gium, which be­gins on Fri­day. Ghent is about 35 miles (56 kilo­me­ters) from Brussels, which is on the high­est state of alert be­cause of what the Bel­gian gov­ern­ment calls a “se­ri­ous and im­mi­nent” threat.

“The ITF and Royal Bel­gian Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion in con­sul­ta­tion with the rel­e­vant of­fi­cials and our risk as­sess­ment and se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers, are closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Bel­gium and specif­i­cally in Ghent,” the ITF said in a state­ment. “As of to­day there are no changes to the pre­vi­ously pub­lished start times ... we are tak­ing ev­ery nec­es­sary step to en­sure the safety of the teams, the spec­ta­tors, the me­dia and all work­ing staff.”

Among ad­di­tional se­cu­rity mea­sures be­ing im­ple­mented is a com­plete ban on fans tak­ing bags into the 13,000-seat Flan­ders Expo in­door clay court. Bri­tain is play­ing in its first Davis Cup fi­nal in 37 years and is aim­ing to win its first ti­tle since 1936. — AP

LYON: Gent’s Bel­gian coach Hein Van­haeze­brouck (L) speaks next to Gent’s Bel­gian mid­fielder Thomas Foket (R) dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on the eve of the Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball match be­tween Olympique Ly­on­nais and KAA Gent, yes­ter­day at the Ger­land sta­dium in Lyon, south­east­ern France. —AFP

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