Doctors who carried out the player’s autopsy referred to a “cardiac arrest without a visible explanation, in all likelihood due to a bradyarrhythmia (slow heart rate)”, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport reported.“We won’t have the definitive diagnosis for two months (and then) we will be able to say with certainty that there was no detectable cause or any other element of any type,” Udine prosecutor Antonio de Nicolo said.De Nicolo was quoted Sunday as saying Astori died of “natural causes” after a “cardiac circulatory collapse” — a type of heart attack, which the autopsy appears to confirm.Fiorentina players and staff paid tribute on Tuesday to their captain Astori at the club’s Artemio Franchi stadium, where dozens of messages, banners and scarfs adorned fences outside the ground.Croatian Milan Badelj, the team’s vice-captain, left a white rose in memory of his team-mate, and the players hung up two signed Astori jerseys as well as a large photo of the defender.They then observed a minute’s silence which concluded with a round of applause led by Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli, as the players returned to training just two days after the tragic death.Astori’s body on Wednesday will be taken to the Italian football association’s national training centre in Coverciano, Florence, where people will be able to play their last respects to the defender.His funeral will be held at the Santa Croce basilica on Thursday before his burial near Bergamo, in northern Italy, where Astori grew up and his parents still live.All seven Serie A matches were postponed on Sunday following the news of Astori’s passing, while all the midweek games in the Champions League and Europa League will be preceded by a minute’s silence. Fiorentina will make an emotional return to action this weekend at home to bottom side Benevento, who will wear shirts carrying the message “Ciao Davide” on the sleeve.Astori, who leaves behind a wife and a two-year-old daughter, began his career at AC Milan, also playing for Cagliari and Roma before joining Fiorentina in 2015.He made 14 international appearances for Italy, scoring once against Uruguay in the 2013 Confederations Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 31 © AFP/File / Claudio GIOVANNINIRome, Italy, Mar 6 – Italian footballer Davide Astori likely died from a cardiac arrest linked to the slowing of his heart rate, local media reported on Tuesday following the initial results of his autopsy.Fiorentina and Astori’s former club Cagliari announced they will retire his number 13 shirt in honour of the 31-year-old Italy international, who was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday ahead of a Serie A match at Udinese.
(EDS: Repeating a correcting spelling in para 7) New Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) Indian shuttlers have a great chance of winning a medal at next months World Championship provided they play consistently well throughout the prestigious tournament, feels Kidambi Srikanth, who won back- to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia. Three Indians — Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram — qualified in mens singles category for the BWFs World Championship slated to be held at Glasgow from August 21-27. “I think we all are playing well. I cant really say if we will definitely win a medal. We have a chance for sure but we have to be 100 per cent on that day and every match,” Srikanth told reporters on the sidelines of a felicitation program by Sports Minister Vijay Goel. “We have to play consistently well, because it is such a big tournament and everyone prepares really hard.” Talking about the level of competition, Srikanth said: “I think everyone in top 30-35 are playing well. If you actually see HS Prannoy was 29 before Indonesia Open and see how he beat Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei in successive matches. So everyone in the top 35 are playing well.” “The game now is definitely physical for sure. You have to be really alert on the court, move well, for an hour, so it is more physical then skills. But I think the level of the game is growing in the other players as well.” Srikanth, who reached three successive Super Series finals, believes he is peaking at the right time for the prestigious World Championship. “It has been fantastic the last one month. Right from Singapore Open, it has been great. I have received more than what I have asked for, so I am very happy. I dont know how to express,” said Srikanth, who also won the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series. “Im picking at the right time. I am really happy how I played last one month. I really want to train hard for the next few weeks ahead of the tournament and play consistently at the World championship,” he said. The 24-year-old said he never stopped believing in himself during the injury lay-off after the Rio Olympics and it helped him make a successful comeback. “I never lost the chance of being in team. After winning the China Open I won the India Open in 2015. I managed to win the Syed Modi in 2016 and then lost the Olympic quarters by just a point. So I have been playing well in the important tournaments,” he said. “The matches I lost were very close one, three sets. It is not easy but I always believed that if I can continue working hard, I can do well and I am happy everything worked for me,” he added. The Guntur-lad, however, said the post-Olympics injury changed his life and he thanked chief coach Pullela Gopichand and Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo for the turnaround. “The injury part changed me. My approach towards training and the way I trained with Gopi sir and our new Indonesian coach Mulyo, it really worked for me,” Srikanth said. “I think we only had Gopi sir before and now we have Mulyo, who has seen the highest level of badminton and with both of their inputs, it has really helped me. “Now two people are working to improve Indian badminton and it is really working for us.” Talking about his match against Chen Long in the Australian Open final, Srikanth said: “Against Chen Long, I think how I was playing before that match gave me the confidence. “Our last few matches were close, so I thought to give 10 per cent more. All earlier matches helped me to give that 10 per cent.” Srikanth considers the semifinal clash against World No. 1 Son Wan Ho of Korea as one of the toughest match. “Semifinal match in Indonesia Open was a tough match. Son Wan was playing well. It was challenging. My strategy worked. Everything worked well for me,” he said. PTI ATK SSC SSCadvertisement