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Sport takes a break and pays its respects to the Queen to mark the state funeral

Tributes were paid by the sports world to the Queen on the day of her state funeral.

Sport came to a halt across the UK on Monday as Britons paid their last respects to the Queen, and organizations and individuals posted messages of condolence.

Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury posted a video online, in which he said: “I have been absent from social media for 10 days in mourning out of respect for our deceased queen.

“I hope the funeral goes well, my condolences to all the family and may she rest in heaven for eternity.”

The English Football League wrote on its Twitter page: “On the day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, the EFL and its clubs would like to join the nation in reflecting on the late Sovereign’s remarkable life of service to the country. , and our hearts go out to the royal family.

Northern Ireland men’s national football team manager Ian Baraclough and his assistant Jimmy Nicholl also stopped for a moment of reflection at Windsor Park in Belfast on Monday morning.

Southampton were among the Premier League football teams paying tribute and posted a photo of the Queen presenting the FA Cup trophy to captain Peter Rodrigues after the 1976 final at Wembley.

Top-flight football resumed over the weekend, with teams honoring the late monarch through moments of silence, specially curated programs and other tributes.

Running, the Queen’s favorite sport, had originally scheduled meetings in Leicester, Warwick, Hamilton Park and Wolverhampton, but they were canceled after the funeral date was announced.

The Queen was patron of many sporting institutions, including the FA, the British Olympic Association, the MCC and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

In 2012, she showcased her acting talent alongside Daniel Craig in a James Bond video for the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London.

While sport is on a home hiatus, some British teams competing elsewhere have announced plans to honor the Queen.

These include the country’s rowers at the world championships in Racice, Czech Republic, whose request to adjust the schedule to avoid a clash with the funeral was rejected by World Rowing.

A statement from British Rowing read: “We have sought to compete with the most appropriate adjustments to show our respect for HM The Queen, the Royal Family and the nation.

“The team will wear black ribbons at races during the period of mourning and will join the nation in observing the minute of silence on Sunday evening. All members of the team delegation who are not directly involved in the race will also observe the two-minute silence on Monday.”

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