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Top five events that stunned the sporting world in 2016

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 04, 2017, 08.12 AM (IST) WION Edge

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Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense Real' plane crash was one of the saddest moments for the sporting world. (Getty)

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Lionel Messi retires from international football

After a shocking defeat, Lionel Messi decided to retire from International football. (Getty)

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After missing a penalty in the shootout defeat to Chile in this summer's Copa America Centenario final, Argentinian star Lionel Messi decided to hang up his boots.

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Iceland beats England in EURO 2016

The underdogs Iceland defeated England in the round of 16 of the UEFA EURO 2016. (Getty)

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Iceland, ranked 34th in the world, were surprise qualifiers for Euro 2016. But a bigger surprise came after they beat England to storm into the quarterfinals. Needless to say, the win ensured that the players would return home as heroes.

 

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Serena's shocking Olympics performance

Serena's loss to Elina Svitolina in the third round of the Rio Olympics left the fans shocked. (Getty)

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Defending champion Serena Williams was knocked out at the Rio Olympics after losing to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the third round of the women's singles event. What's worse, Serena and her sister Venus also suffered a shock defeat in first round of women's doubles event.
 

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Maria Sharapova faces two-year ban

Maria Sharapova receives a two-year ban for failing a drug test (Facebook)

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The Russian tested positive for meldonium, a banned substance that she had been taking since 2006. This resulted in a two-year ban for Sharapova. Later on, she went ahead and got admitted to the Harvard Business School to pursue a business degree.

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Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense Real's plane crashes

Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense Real's plane crash was one of the saddest moments for the sporting world. (Getty)

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The sporting world was left stunned when a plane carrying 22 members of the Brazilian Chapecoense team to the finals of the Copa Sudamericana in Colombia crashed in Medellín, killing all but three members of the team. 

(Contributors: Maharshi Nagori, Vidur Narang)

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