Happy in Qatar but dreaming of one day coaching Barca, says Xavi******
MADRID, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Former FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has once again said that his ambition is to one day coach the club.
The 41-year-old who was one of the architects of Barca's passing game under Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola is currently coaching Al-Sadd in Qatar and is thought to have already turned down offers to return to the Camp Nou.
However, speaking to Spanish newspaper '20 Minutos' on Friday, the former player insisted that his ambition was to lead his former club.
"My idea is to coach Barcelona. I have never hidden that it is my objective and my dream," said Xavi, who has admitted turning down the job at the end of the 2019-20 season, before the incumbent Ronald Koeman was appointed.
"I don't know if it will happen, or if they will need me or not, but at the moment I am happy at Al-Sadd and very proud of that," continued Xavi.
Xavi has guided his current club to the Qatar Stars League in the 2020-21 season, while winning the Qatar Cup twice, as well as the Supercup and the Emir of Qatar Cup, winning 62 of his 93 games in charge.
"If an offer comes (from Barcelona), we would evaluate it and then try to come to a decision, but for the moment, I am happy here," he explained. Enditem
Blanket travel bans will not prevent int'l spread of Omicron variant: WHO****** A woman waits in the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, on Dec. 21, 2020. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)。
The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, even as dozens of countries have already introduced such restrictions.。
Although labeling Omicron as a "variant of concern," the WHO said blanket travel bans will only place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods, while also "disincentivizing countries to report and share epidemiological and sequencing data."。
The Omicron variant was first reported to the WHO by South Africa last week. So far, several countries and regions have confirmed cases of infection with Omicron.。
"It is expected that the Omicron variant will be detected in an increasing number of countries as national authorities step up their surveillance and sequencing activities," WHO said in an updated travel advice.。
As of November 28, 56 countries were reportedly implementing travel measures aimed at potentially delaying the importation of the new variant, according to the WHO.。
At a member states session on the Omicron variant on Tuesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked Botswana and South Africa for detecting and reporting this variant so rapidly. It is deeply worrying that these countries were being penalized by others for doing the right thing, he said.。
He called the "blunt, blanket measures" introduced by some member states "not evidence-based or effective on their own." He urged countries to take "rational, proportional risk-reduction measures, in keeping with the International Health Regulations."。
Meanwhile, the WHO advised that persons "who are unwell, or who have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and are at increased risk of developing severe disease and dying, including people 60 years of age or older or those with comorbidities that present increased risk of severe COVID-19 (e.g. heart disease, cancer and diabetes) should be advised to postpone travel to areas with community transmission."。
"Studies are ongoing to understand more about these mutations (of the Omicron variant) and their impact on transmissibility, virulence, diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines," it said.。