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Oceania Rugby Statement On Cancellation Of 2021 Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy


Following consultation with Lakapi Samoa and Tonga Rugby Union, who were due to contest the title, Oceania Rugby announced today the tough decision to cancel the Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy scheduled to take place on Saturday 22 May 2021.

Oceania Rugby Competitions Manger, Wayne Schuster, cited ongoing travel restrictions, relevant government and public health authority advice and continued challenges in guaranteeing the successful hosting of this tournament during the current COVID landscape as major factors in this difficult but appropriate decision.

“Unfortunately rescheduling or postponing this year’s event would also not be realistic under the current circumstances”, said Schuster.

Samoa will retain the Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy title following a 36-3 defeat of Tonga during the 2020 event.

Oceania Rugby continues to adjust the 2021 tournament schedule and looks forward to regional competitions returning when it is logistically possible.

“We will be ready to roll out our 2021 competitions when border restrictions are lifted, and competitions can be held with player, team management and tournament staff welfare our top consideration”, Schuster added.

Source : OceaniaRugby

Oceania sport sector set to benefit from milestone ONOC-SPC partnership


24 March (SUVA) – A partnership agreement signed today between the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
and the Pacific Community (SPC) has set the stage for the Pacific’s sporting sector to strengthen career pathways,
technical expertise and administration skills across the region.

The Memorandum of Understanding commits ONOC’s Oceania Sport Education Programme (OSEP) to accredit its courses
against the Pacific Qualifications Framework (PQF). The accreditation process and the registration of OSEP’s
realigned training courses on the Pacific Register of Qualifications and Standards will be implemented with the
 assistance of SPC’s education division, the Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP).  

ONOC President Dr Robin Mitchell highlighted the significance of the agreement saying, “This milestone is critical to the Pacific islands in two ways, first in positioning
sport as a key enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Pacific island countries, a fact already recognised by the United Nations and linked to the Olympic Movement.
And secondly, as a core part of global  recovery plans from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

OSEP is a regional sports education programme designed to build the capacity of Pacific based coaches, administrators and trainers utilising a regional
approach of collaboration. It is currently delivered across 15 Pacific island countries and is only community-based sport education programme of its kind.
With this agreement, the training programs will move towards even greater international recognition.

The global sporting sector was worth USD500 billion in 2020 and the Pacific can engage in increasing its stake through professionally recognised qualifications.

SPC’s Director-General Dr Stuart Minchin emphasised the benefits of ensuring those who invest time and resources to learn are rewarded with appropriate qualifications.  

IOC and IPC respect and accept Japanese decision on overseas spectators


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
were today informed by the Japanese parties in the five-parties meeting about their conclusion regarding
overseas spectators at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer.
For the reason of the safety of every Games participant and the Japanese people, their conclusion is
fully respected and accepted by the IOC and the IPC.


World Rugby Paves the Way for Future Leaders In Rugby with 12 New Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarships Awarded


Leaders from Fiji and Papua New Guinea amongst twelve new World Rugby Executive Leader Scholarship in 2021.
World Rugby investment to date for the transformational programme stands at almost £500,000.
Forty-nine global recipients have been awarded scholarships since 2018.
Programme directly delivers against ambitious women’s strategic plan.
On International Women’s Day, World Rugby has reconfirmed its commitment and investment into the acceleration of women in
leadership positions in rugby through its transformational World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship programme,
with 12 new recipients identified across the globe for 2021.
Aligned to #IWD2021’s theme of #Choosetochallenge, World Rugby has invested £490,000 in the Executive Leadership Scholarships
since the programme’sinception in 2018, with successful candidates receiving a £10,000 grant to support professional development. In addition,
recipients benefit from informal mentoring and are connected with inspirational leaders, both male and female, from the wider global rugby family.

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IOC and IPC respect and accept Japanese decision on overseas spectators


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
were today informed by the Japanese parties in the five-parties meeting about their conclusion regarding
overseas spectators at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer.
For the reason of the safety of every Games participant and the Japanese people, their conclusion is
fully respected and accepted by the IOC and the IPC.



Brisbane and AOC invited to targeted dialogue for the Olympic Games 2032


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) today decided to follow the recommendation of the Future Host Commission for
the Games of the Olympiad to enter into a targeted dialogue for the Games of the XXXV Olympiad. The IOC will start more detailed discussions
with the Brisbane 2032 Committee and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) about their potential to host the Olympic Games 2032.

Under the IOC’s new, more targeted and flexible approach to future host elections, the two Future Host Commissions (Summer and Winter) are
permanently open to exploratory, non-committal continuous dialogue with interested parties and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on their
ambitions to host future Games. The Future Host Commission gave the opportunity of a presentation and a discussion to the interested parties
in the continuous dialogue, which resulted in meetings on 3, 8 and 9 February 2021. The Commission has also engaged with those NOCs that have
chosen not to be in the continuous dialogue at this stage.

IOC Executive Board meetings and 137th IOC Session - Information for the media


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) will meet remotely by video conference through a secure electronic system on
Wednesday 24 February 2021.

The EB is scheduled to receive updates on the activities of the IOC administration, as well as reports from the Organising Committees for the upcoming Olympic Games.


IOC Executive Board proposes Olympic Agenda 2020+5 as the strategic roadmap to 2025


The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has proposed a new strategic roadmap, Olympic Agenda 2020+5, to the upcoming IOC Session. It consists of 15 recommendations. The new roadmap follows Olympic Agenda 2020 and will guide the work of the IOC and the Olympic Movement for the next five years. Olympic Agenda 2020+5 will be submitted to the IOC Members for discussion and adoption at the 137th IOC Session in March this year. The title, Olympic Agenda 2020+5, has been chosen to reflect the fact that this new roadmap is the successor to Olympic Agenda 2020 and will guide the work of the IOC and the Olympic Movement until 2025.

Olympic Agenda 2020+5 builds on the results of Olympic Agenda 2020 which, in the six years since it was adopted in December 2014, has had a profound impact. It has strengthened the IOC and the Olympic Movement by introducing changes intended to make the Olympic Games fit for the future; safeguarded the Olympic values; and strengthened the role of sport in society. These achievements have laid solid foundations for the future (see IOC press release from 11 December 2020 and the full Closing Report of Olympic Agenda 2020).

Now, as the world continues to battle the global health crisis and its likely consequences for society at large, the IOC and the Olympic Movement need to seize on the successes of Olympic Agenda 2020 and continue to drive change for tomorrow.
The 15 recommendations that make up Olympic Agenda 2020+5 have been developed though an inclusive and collaborative process. They are based on key trends that have been identified as likely to be decisive in the post-coronavirus world. They are also areas where sport and the values of Olympism can play a key role in turning challenges into opportunities.
The key trends include:

Each of the 15 recommendations, which have been inspired by these trends, are tangible with key deliverables. The recommendations call upon the IOC and the Olympic Movement to:

Commenting on Olympic Agenda 2020+5, IOC President Thomas Bach explained: "When we adopted Olympic Agenda 2020 in 2014, we did so under the adage of 'change or be changed'. This still holds true today. The world around us has continued to evolve. Nothing illustrates this better than the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences for society. As challenging as the circumstances may appear right now, if we draw the right conclusions, we can turn these into opportunities. To do so, we must address this future environment without delay. We need to carry forward Olympic Agenda 2020. This is why we have developed Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and its recommendations with the IOC Executive Board and based on the feedback we received from stakeholders following the Olympism and Corona messages."

The IOC EB has also finalised the Closing Report of Olympic Agenda 2020. This report describes in detail each of the 40 recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, the different activities carried out to implement them, and their impacts on the IOC and the Olympic Movement.
The EB concluded that 88 per cent of the recommendations have now been achieved. This represents a slight increase from December when the EB determined that 85 per cent had been achieved. This increase demonstrates that Olympic Agenda 2020 is an ongoing process. The changes it introduced are continuing to evolve and will carry on having an impact going forward.

The Closing Report of Olympic Agenda 2020 will also be submitted to the IOC Session in March for final approval.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Global South Voices on Sport for Development and Peace


Global South Voices on Sport for Development and Peace
A book to be submitted to Routledge for consideration in the book series Routledge Studies in Sport Development

Organizers: Billy Graeff; Simona Safarikova, Gerard Akindes and Lin Cherurbai Sambili
According to Schulenkorf et al. (2016), 'although the majority of SFD2 projects are carried out in Africa, Asia, and
Latin America, 90% of SFD authors are based in North America, Europe, and Australia' (p.1). This data poses a serious question for everyone in the field: where are the SFD Global South voices? How can we make sure that they are listened to in the process of actively analysing and improving these projects? This book aims to precisely address
this gap in the literature. Thus, researchers, administrators, volunteers, participants and promoters of projects and programs linked to the SDP field in the Global South are invited to submit proposals of chapters to this book.

It is our intention that this book will raise the voices of relevant and critical experiences carried out in a range of countries that belong to the 'Global South'. More importantly, the book aims to highlight the practices and theories created by people who belong to the communities where these sporting experiences have been taking place in the
past decades, whose critical reflections and experiences are yet to gain systematic attention in the international academic and practitioner's communities in the English language. Views of diverse stakeholders, participants, promoters, teaching staff, and other actors that have been difficult to access for researchers who do not usually speak
Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi, several African and Asian languages, among other languages, are expected to be found in the book. Theoretical and comparative issues hitherto little explored or little known due to linguistic and cultural
matters also may receive attention in this book. If you identify yourself with the previous text, you are a potential chapter author in this book.

Here it seems to be important to clarify that this book also aims to highlight perspectives of knowledge that may come to question, contradict or conflict with the dominant set of knowledge in the field, contributing to its decolonizing process (Ndlovu-Gatsheni, 2013; Quijano, 2000). For Asher, 'eurocentric modernity obscures the specificities' of race and place, and invisibilized other epistemes to masquerade as universal and total' (2013, p. 832); in turn this book intends to offer an opportunity to Global South authors to give visibility to issues as epistemes,
cases, perspectives, and specificities identified with their places. This book initiative can also be a chance for researchers, editors and publishers located in the Global North to 'step outside of their privileged positions and challenge research that conforms to the guidelines outlined by the colonial power structure and root their work in.

  1. https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Studies-in-Sport-Development/book-series/RSSPD - This outline proposal has been read by Simon Whitmore, Routledge's Senior Publisher for Sport, and Richard Giulianotti, Routledge Studies in Sport Development Series Editor, who are keen to see a full proposal.
  2. One way of referring to this field of research and intervention (Sport for Development), besides Sport for Development and Peace (SDP), Sport and Development (SaD), among others.
  3. The politics of decolonization and anticolonialism' (Simpson, 2004, p. 381). Thus, we are aware that this publication does not follow the guidelines of several international systems, including the international aid system, that 'depoliticizes themes, transforming them into purely technical or administrative problems' (Sogge, 2019, p. 104). This is a political-scientific initiative that aims to cause a decolonial impact in the field of knowledge production in several areas, mainly areas such as sport sociology, sport anthropology, sport for development and peace, international development, international aid, geography, among others. Thus, this book will contribute in a fundamental way to the development of a more globally balanced and even more 'diverse in epistemologies' (Giulianotti et al., 2019, p.414) field of SDP studies.


People interested in contributing to this book may address the following topics, but do not need to be limited to them:


As a way to encourage colleagues in the Global South, we will initially accept abstracts in English, Portuguese,
Spanish, Swahili, French and Russian. However, final versions of the abstracts must be submitted in English by the
author(s) (see timeline below).

Abstracts need to contain chapter title, a 300-word summary of the chapter content (theme, focus, empirical or
conceptual base, methodology, and central argument), author(s) name(s), affiliation and contact details, and 60-word
author(s) bio until 31/02/2021. Versions of abstracts in languages other than English must be submitted by the
authors by 31/01/2021. Such abstracts will be returned to the authors until 15/02/2021 so that there is enough time
for them to translate the abstracts into English and proceed with the final submission until 31/02/2021.
This can be e-mailed to the editors using the addresses given below.

We embrace articles with diverse structures and references in languages other than English.
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  1. Billy Graeff (billygraeff@furg.br) is a senior lecturer of the sociology of sport at the Federal University of Rio Grande - Brazil. His research focus is sport and development, with particular interest in sport mega events impacts on communities directly affected and on Human Rights. Currently, he is researching sport for development initiatives in South America.
  2. Simona Šafaříková (simona.safarikova@upol.cz) earned a Masters in Physical Education and Geography and PhD in Kinanhtropology at the Faculty of Physical Culture at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. Currently she works as assistant professor at the Department of Development and Environmental Studies. Her teaching work focuses on qualitative research and sport for/and development. She is interested in the role of sport in international development and its impacts. She has been active internationally doing research about sport impacts in Uganda and Colombia. Since 2009 she has taught the subject "Sport and Development" to development studies students as well as to sport studies students. She is a member of the Advisory Board of ISSA.
  3. Gerard Akindes (gakindes@gmail.com) earned a Masters in Sports Administration and PH.D. in Media Studies at Ohio University where he taught Sport Management. He has co-edited a book and published several journal articles and book chapters, He has also co-created the Sports Africa conference series.(the 14th was held in Senegal in July 2019) He is a board member of the Sports Africa Network and advises sports for development programs and sport governing committees in Africa.
  4. Lin Cherurbai Sambili- Gicheha (cherurbai@gmail.com) holds a PhD in Sociology of Sport at Loughborough University with a particular focus on Sport for Development in Preventing the spread of Violent Extremism (SDPVE). Lin graduated from the International University of Monaco (IUM) in 2013 with a Master's degree in Sustainable Peace through Sport (MSPS). This innovative degree was jointly designed by experts in the field of peace, sport, and academia to equip students with specific skills and knowledge in Sports for Development and Peace (SDP). Lin is also the Executive Director with Sports with A Goal Africa (SWAGA). SWAGA is a grassroots sports organisation in Kenya that uses sport to Reach-Connect and Empower both individuals and communities with opportunities through sport.

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IOC and IPC praise engagement and optimisations central to Paris 2024’s plans to deliver new era of Games


On 1 and 2 December 2020, a joint Delivery Partners Meeting, a Coordination Commission update and a Joint Steering Forum, involving the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Paris 2024 and its local stakeholders, were organised remotely. This gave the Organising Committee the opportunity to provide updates on its preparations to deliver an iconic, new model for the Games - fit for a post-corona world.
Numerous topics were discussed as the Paris 2024 organisers outlined the development of their vision. With sport as the core, hosting spectacular and sustainable Games that leave a lasting legacy for Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis, the Paris region and the wider French population remains the priority for the Organising Committee.
One important component of this is being delivered through an increasing number of engagement activities organised by Paris 2024. Another is through further optimisations and simplifications being incorporated into the Games delivery concept, following similar efforts undertaken for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Speaking after the meeting, IOC Coordination Commission Chair Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant said: "Planning towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 is not only on track; it's really going above and beyond, fully embracing the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the New Norm. The creativity and flexibility shown by all delivery partners is significantly contributing to further efficiencies, all of which will help strengthen key elements like the sports programme and legacy initiatives. Paris is confirming its commitment to deliver a new era of Games, fit for a post-corona world, in a convincing way."
He continued: "The impressive progress being made by Paris 2024 is thanks to close collaboration between all stakeholders - further proof that we're stronger together. Such unity is reflected in Paris 2024's far-reaching engagement activities, which are playing a particularly important role for society during this challenging period. This positive and progressive thinking will be key for all of us over the coming months as the spotlight turns to Paris upon the handover of the Olympic flag from Tokyo 2020 next August."

Craig Spence, the IPC's Chief Brand and Communications Officer, said: "Paris 2024 continues to make tremendous progress and is certainly living up to its promise to deliver revolutionary Games. The Organising Committee is assessing every single aspect of the Games in order to drive efficiencies that will not only save money, but also make the Games better for all stakeholders.
"With just under four years to go, Paris 2024 is in a strong position for 2021, when the eyes of the world will turn to the French capital following the Tokyo 2020 Games."
Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, added: "We would like to thank the IOC and the IPC for their attentiveness, advice and support of our aim to hold Games in line with the challenges of our era: sustainable, spectacular and with strong local roots. This is an important step; after six months of work with all of our stakeholders, we are prepared to achieve our objectives. And despite the ongoing pandemic, we are on schedule. We are keen to present the Olympic and Paralympic concepts to the IOC and IPC decision-making bodies over the next few days, before they are approved by the Paris 2024 Board of Directors on 17 December."
With several topics being covered across the two days of meetings, one of the highlights was the positive impact of numerous Paris 2024 engagement activities. These are being delivered through dedicated programmes including "Terre de Jeux 2024", for institutional partners throughout France such as local sports clubs, and "Le Club Paris 2024", which since July has enabled people from across France to enjoy a unique experience with iconic French champions. Both initiatives have already reached more than half-a-million people via school projects and participation activities with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, held both in person and virtually.
The meetings also provided the Paris 2024 team with an opportunity to summarise their "Impact 2024" initiative, which will provide more than EUR 1.7 million to support projects across France that use sport as a tool for positive social impact.
Looking ahead, the Paris 2024 organisers shared plans for the next Olympic and Paralympic Week, which aims to get more than half-a-million school children active between 1 and 6 February next year. This year's focus will encourage schools to get children physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, on top of their regular physical education classes.

In addition, the Paris 2024 team covered the proposed updates to their venue concept and the status of the Paralympic Games, and gave updates on their legacy and sustainability plans, the cultural programme, plans for Games-time mass participation events, and the Olympic and Paralympic Village.

IOC Sanctions Three Athletes For Failing Anti-Doping Tests At London 201


The IOC has delegated the selection of samples to be reanalysed and the results management to the International Testing Agency (ITA), and the ITA thus brings forward these cases.
The notification sent by the ITA to the athletes concerned when initiating proceedings gives them the choice to have their case heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) or an IOC Disciplinary Commission. This choice is given as the Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) for the Olympic Games London 2012 still apply for cases that arise from the current reanalyses. In the cases at hand, the athletes did not choose to go to the CAS, so the cases were automatically handled by the IOC Disciplinary Commission.
As part of this process, the IOC today announced that three athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. The details follow.
Razvan Martin, 28, of Romania, competing in the men's 69kg weightlifting event at the Olympic Games London 2012, in which he ranked 3rd, has been sanctioned. Reanalysis of Martin's samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Metenolone and Stanozolol.
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Messrs Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ingmar De Vos, decided the following:
I. The Athlete, Razvan Martin:

  1. i. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete's bodily specimen);
  2. ii. is disqualified from the event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the men's 69kg weightlifting event, in which he ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded the bronze medal;
  3. iii. has the bronze medal, diploma and pin obtained in the men's 69kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  4. II. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  5. III. The Romanian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  6. IV. The Romanian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the bronze medal, diploma and pin awarded in connection with the men's 69kg Weightlifting event to the athlete.
  7. V. The decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.
Roxana Cocos, 31, of Romania, competing in the women's 69kg weightlifting event at the Olympic Games London 2012, in which she ranked 2nd, has been sanctioned. Reanalysis of Cocos' samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances Metenolone and Stanozolol.
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Messrs Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ingmar De Vos, decided the following:
I. The Athlete, Roxana Cocos:

  1. i. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete's bodily specimen);
  2. ii. is disqualified from the event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the women's 69kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked 2nd and for which she was awarded the silver medal;
  3. iii. has the silver medal, diploma and pin obtained in the women's 69kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  4. II. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  5. III. The Romanian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  6. IV. The Romanian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the silver medal, diploma and pin awarded in connection with the women's 69kg weightlifting event to the athlete.
  7. V. The decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.
Gabriel Sincraian, 31, of Romania, competing in the men's 85kg weightlifting event at the Olympic Games London 2012, in which he did not finish, has been sanctioned. Reanalysis of Sincraian's samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances Metenolone and Stanozolol.
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Messrs Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ingmar De Vos, decided the following:
I. The Athlete, Gabriel Sincraian:

  1. i. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete's bodily specimen);
  2. ii. is disqualified from the event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the men's 85kg weightlifting event, in which his result was that he did not finish the event.
  3. II. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  4. III. The Romanian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  5. IV. The decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.
This is part of the IOC's efforts to protect clean athletes and the integrity of the competition. The IOC has been storing samples from the Olympic Games since Athens 2004, and has reanalysed them systematically. The fight against doping is a top priority for the IOC, which has established a zero-tolerance policy to combat cheating and to make anyone responsible for using or providing doping products accountable.

Oceania Rugby Pathways Development Model


The Rugby Pathways Development Model can be found Media Contact: Biutoka Kacimaiwai, Oceania Rugby, Ph: +679 7485143 or E: biutoka.kacimaiwai@oceaniarugby.com BACKGROUND Oceania Rugby: Oceania Rugby is one of - external-link-new-window>HERE
In line with World Rugby's vision of promoting the game's diversity and inclusivity for all, Oceania Rugby has developed a Pathways model for All stakeholders in the game including players, coaches, match officials, volunteers, parents and spectators.
The developed rugby pathways model illustrates examples of player pathways that indicate a "lock-step" approach that not only outlines player pathways but is also a pathways blueprint for all other stakeholders of any age and ability.
Oceania Rugby Participation and Pathways Manager Tihrani Uluinakauvadra said, "There are various sports development pathways model that exist with some still having that traditional pyramid model that only depicts pathways for those aspiring to play at the elite level."
"In consultation with some of our rugby Unions, Oceania Rugby staff have developed this simple Rugby Development Pathways model that is inclusive, simple, and flexible for anyone to select his/her pathways. This rugby development models also serves as a blueprint for any rugby union to develop their own," he added.
The sustainability of the game at the various levels (Participation, Domestic, Performance and Recreational) is led by players and supported by a strong workforce to better service the different programs and competition within the four levels.
"The model also reflects the vast area of work the rugby development officers in our region do, in ensuring that all the four levels of the game (participation, domestic, performance and recreational) are serviced well with qualified administrators, coaches and medical personnel through World Rugby coaching courses," Uluinakauvadra said.
As the game has evolved, World Rugby has taken on the responsibility to ensure that the pinnacles of the game are achieved through elite performance are driven higher, and the grass root foundations of the game broadened and deepened.
The potential in the strong symbiotic relationship of the game in its development and performance, cannot be reached without the other.
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WTT Macao broadcasting Table Tennis to the world!


World Table Tennis (WTT) is on show for the very first time this week, as WTT Macao hits screens across the globe. After months of anticipation, Wednesday 25 November 2020 marked the first day of the promotional showcase, which is enabling players, fans and media to experience a taste of what to expect when WTT launches its first calendar of events in 2021.

There has been increasing demand to witness the world-class action at WTT Macao. The matches, which run until Sunday 29 November 2020, are being broadcast live to 141 countries across Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Americas. This includes new opportunities in Australia, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, Germany, Laos, Latin America, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. Fans are able to stream the action on YouTube and Twitch in the remaining markets.

Introducing a thrilling playing format, scoring system and a dynamic prize money structure, WTT Macao marks the start of an exciting new direction for the sport and is placing many of the biggest table tennis stars under the spotlight of brand-new WTT surrounds.

New Elearning Platform Launched To Enhance Knowledge Within Athletics


Did you know that athletes competing in the shot put are not allowed to tape two or more fingers together?
Or that long jumpers are forbidden from doing a somersault during their run up, take off or landing?
For anyone wanting to know more about our sport, World Athletics today launches an innovative eLearning platform designed to educate everyone from newcomers to experts.
World Athletics eLearning platform
The creation of this platform is part of World Athletics' continuing drive to make the sport more accessible to our global community.
The platform, hosted by the World Athletics website, will provide educational courses and webinars for those with a general interest in our sport, such as school teachers and club volunteers, as well as key stakeholder groups, including Member Federations, technical officials, coaches and medical professionals.
The initial courses available include those for budding technical officials, organisers of athletics at club and community level and anyone who wants to know more about the rules of the sport.

Over the next year, modules to be introduced include: sustainability and gender leadership training for Member Federations, health and science courses for medical specialists, and coaching certification.

The eLearning platform will push boundaries and go beyond a simple online experience. It aims to be a unique education hub, improving peoples competencies through self-regulated learning.
"This platform will provide a window into our world," World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said. "Among other objectives, it aims to provide the answer to any technical question about our sport that people might have wondered about but hesitated to ask."
"We want to make it as easy as possible for people to learn about our sport and to get more involved, whether as a technical official, elite, club or school coach or fan. Some 2000 people complete technical official and coaching courses in athletics every year, but people have busy lives and having to attend a course in person can be a barrier to participation.

"This online knowledge centre will give many more people around the world the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our sport, and to complete courses at their convenience and in an easily digestible format. I am confident that this platform will prove to be an invaluable resource for everyone interested in our sport over the coming years."
Elite coach and educator, Professor Cliff Mallett of the University of Queensland and the Technische Universität München, added that the digital platform was "a significant development for the sport's learning systems".
"This eLearning platform, which is a significant investment, will contribute in substantive ways to the operations of World Athletics, including the ongoing professionalisation of coaches, technical officials, and sports medicine practitioners," he said.

"A key aim of the digital platform is to increase quality engagement with coaches, officials, and athletes, to build a stronger learning organisation and also to engage meaningfully with the athletics community to bring the sport closer. Two key features of this innovative and engaging system will be increased accessibility across Member Federations worldwide, and quality assurance through standardised delivery."

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Running Research


Barefoot running and hip kinematics: good news for the knee? (2015)
Patellofemoral pain and iliotibial band syndromes are common running injuries. Excessive hip adduction (HADD), hip internal rotation (HIR), and contralateral pelvic drop (CLPD) during running have been suggested as causes of injury in female runners. This study compared these kinematic variables during barefoot and shod running.

Is There an Economical Running Technique? A Review of Modifiable Biomechanical Factors Affecting Running Economy (2016)
Running economy (RE) has a strong relationship with running performance, and modifiable running biomechanics are a determining factor of RE. The purposes of this review were to (1) examine the intrinsic and extrinsic modifiable biomechanical factors affecting RE; (2) assess training-induced changes in RE and running biomechanics; (3) evaluate whether an economical running technique can be recommended and; (4) discuss potential areas for future research. Based on current evidence, the intrinsic factors that appeared beneficial for RE were using a preferred stride length range, which allows for stride length deviations up to 3 % shorter than preferred stride length; lower vertical oscillation; greater leg stiffness; low lower limb moment of inertia; less leg extension at toe-off; larger stride angles; alignment of the ground reaction force and leg axis during propulsion; maintaining arm swing; low thigh antagonist-agonist muscular coactivation; and low activation of lower limb muscles during propulsion. Extrinsic factors associated with a better RE were a firm, compliant shoe-surface interaction and being barefoot or wearing lightweight shoes. Several other modifiable biomechanical factors presented inconsistent relationships with RE. Running biomechanics during ground contact appeared to play an important role, specifically those during propulsion. Therefore, this phase has the strongest direct links with RE. Recurring methodological problems exist within the literature, such as cross-comparisons, assessing variables in isolation, and acute to short-term interventions. Therefore, recommending a general economical running technique should be approached with caution. Future work should focus on interdisciplinary longitudinal investigations combining RE, kinematics, kinetics, and neuromuscular and anatomical aspects, as well as applying a synergistic approach to understanding the role of kinetics.

Nutrition for Ultramarathon Running: Trail, Track, and Road(2019)
Ultramarathon running events and participation numbers have increased progressively over the past three decades. Besides the exertion of prolonged running with or without a loaded pack, such events are often associated with challenging topography, environmental conditions, acute transient lifestyle discomforts, and/or event-related health complications. These factors create a scenario for greater nutritional needs, while predisposing ultramarathon runners to multiple nutritional intake barriers. The current review aims to explore the physiological and nutritional demands of ultramarathon running and provide general guidance on nutritional requirements for ultramarathon training and competition, including aspects of race nutrition logistics. Research outcomes suggest that daily dietary carbohydrates (up to 12 g·kg-1·day-1) and multiple-transportable carbohydrate intake (∼90 g·hr-1 for running distances ≥3 hr) during exercise support endurance training adaptations and enhance real-time endurance performance. Whether these intake rates are tolerable during ultramarathon competition is questionable from a practical and gastrointestinal perspective. Dietary protocols, such as glycogen manipulation or low-carbohydrate high-fat diets, are currently popular among ultramarathon runners. Despite the latter dietary manipulation showing increased total fat oxidation rates during submaximal exercise, the role in enhancing ultramarathon running performance is currently not supported. Ultramarathon runners may develop varying degrees of both hypohydration and hyperhydration (with accompanying exercise-associated hyponatremia), dependent on event duration, and environmental conditions. To avoid these two extremes, euhydration can generally be maintained through "drinking to thirst." A well practiced and individualized nutrition strategy is required to optimize training and competition performance in ultramarathon running events, whether they are single stage or multistage.

Optimizing beat synchronized running to music (2019)
The use of music and specifically tempo-matched music has been shown to affect running performance. But can we maximize the synchronization of movements to music and does maximum synchronization influence kinematics and motivation? In this study, we explore the effect of different types of music-to-movement alignment strategies on phase coherence, cadence and motivation. These strategies were compared to a control condition where the music tempo was deliberately not aligned to the running cadence. Results show that without relative phase alignment, a negative mean asynchrony (NMA) of footfall timings with respect to the beats is obtained. This means that footfalls occurred slightly before the beat and that beats were anticipated. Convergence towards this NMA or preferred relative phase angle was facilitated when the first music beat of a new song started close to the step, which means that entrainment occurred. The results also show that using tempo and phase alignment, the relative phase can be manipulated or forced in a certain angle with a high degree of accuracy. Ensuring negative angles larger than NMA (step before beat) results in increased motivation and decreasing cadence. Running in NMA or preferred relative phase angles results in a null effect on cadence. Ensuring a positive phase angle with respect to NMA results in higher motivation and higher cadence. None of the manipulations resulted in change in perceived exhaustion or a change in velocity. Results also indicate that gender plays an important role when using forced phase algorithms: effects were more pronounced for the female population than for the male population. The implementation of the proposed alignment strategies and control of beat timing while running opens possibilities optimizing the individual running cadence and motivation.
Conflict of interest statement: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist (2017)
There is currently no evidence that the intervertebral discs (IVDs) can respond positively to exercise in humans. Some authors have argued that IVD metabolism in humans is too slow to respond anabolically to exercise within the human lifespan. Here we show that chronic running exercise in men and women is associated with better IVD composition (hydration and proteoglycan content) and with IVD hypertrophy. Via quantitative assessment of physical activity we further find that accelerations at fast walking and slow running (2 m/s), but not high-impact tasks, lower intensity walking or static positions, correlated to positive IVD characteristics. These findings represent the first evidence in humans that exercise can be beneficial for the IVD and provide support for the notion that specific exercise protocols may improve IVD material properties in the spine. We anticipate that our findings will be a starting point to better define exercise protocols and physical activity profiles for IVD anabolism in humans.

Injuries in runners; a systematic review on risk factors and sex differences (2015)
The popularity of running continues to increase, which means that the incidence of running-related injuries will probably also continue to increase. Little is known about risk factors for running injuries and whether they are sex-specific.

Is There a Pathological Gait Associated With Common Soft Tissue Running Injuries? (2018)
Previous research has demonstrated clear associations between specific running injuries and patterns of lower limb kinematics. However, there has been minimal research investigating whether the same kinematic patterns could underlie multiple different soft tissue running injuries. If they do, such kinematic patterns could be considered global contributors to running injuries.

Genes and Elite Marathon Running Performance: A Systematic Review (2019)
Genetics has long been considered to associate with many exercise-related traits and sport performance phenotypes. A genetic basis for elite international marathon running performance exists due to the heritability of endurance-related traits. This has prompted a generation of genomic study to identify marathon success. The aim of this study was to systematically review the evidence of genes, and their polymorphisms, that may play a role in marathon running performance. A search strategy was implemented on systematic databases following PRISMA guidelines. Studies were case-control, cohort or genome-wide association designs and provided data on the genotypes associated with elite marathon athlete status and/or marathon running performance. The search identified 241 studies, from which, 14 studies were deemed suitable for inclusion. A total of 160 different polymorphisms in 27 genes were identified in 10,442 participants, of which 2,984 were marathon distance runners. The review identified a possible 16 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 14 genes associated with marathon running performance. While multiple genes and their polymorphisms have been associated with marathon running performance, predicting future marathon success based on genomic data is premature due to the lack of replicated studies. There is limited replication of genotype-phenotype associations and there is possible publication bias, thus, further studies are required to strengthen our understanding of the genes involved in marathon running. Future research utilising genome-wide technologies in large cohorts is required to elucidate the multiple genetic factors that govern complex endurance-related traits and the impact of epigenetics should be considered.

Effects of step rate manipulation on joint mechanics during running (2011)
The objective of this study was to characterize the biomechanical effects of step rate modification during running on the hip, knee and ankle joints, so as to evaluate a potential strategy to reduce lower extremity loading and risk for injury.

The Proportion of Lower Limb Running Injuries by Gender, Anatomical Location and Specific Pathology: A Systematic Review (2019)
Running is associated with a higher risk of overuse injury than other forms of aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming and cycling. An accurate description of the proportion of running injuries per anatomical location and where possible, per specific pathology, for both genders is required. The aim of this review was to determine the proportion of lower limb running injuries by anatomical location and by specific pathology in male and female runners (≥800m - ≤ marathon). The preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses guidelines were followed for this review. A literature search was performed with no restriction on publication year in Web of Science, Scopus, Sport-Discus, PubMed, and CINAHL up to July 2017. Retrospective, cross-sectional, prospective and randomised-controlled studies which surveyed injury data in runners were included. 36 studies were included to report the overall proportion of injury per anatomical location. The overall proportion of injury by specific pathology was reported from 11 studies. The knee (28%), ankle-foot (26%) and shank (16%) accounted for the highest proportion of injury in male and female runners, although the proportion of knee injury was greater in women (40% vs. 31%). Relative to women, men had a greater proportion of ankle-foot (26% vs. 19%) and shank (21% vs. 16%) injuries. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS; 17%), Achilles tendinopathy (AT; 10%) and medial tibial stress syndrome (MTS; 8%) accounted for the highest proportion of specific pathologies recorded overall. There was insufficient data to sub-divide specific pathology between genders. The predominate injury in female runners is to the knee. Male runners have a more even distribution of injury between the knee, shank and ankle-foot complex. There are several methodological issues, which limit the interpretation of epidemiological data in running injury.

Hip muscle loads during running at various step rates (2014)
To characterize hip muscle forces and powers during running, and to determine how these quantities change when altering step rate for a given running speed.

Leisure-Time Running Reduces the Risk of Incident Type 2 Diabetes (2014)
The physiological demands of marathon and ultra-marathon running are substantial, affecting multiple body systems. There have been several reviews on the physiological contraindications of participation; nevertheless, the respiratory implications have received relatively little attention. This paper provides an up-to-date review of the literature pertaining to acute pulmonary and respiratory muscle responses to marathon and ultra-marathon running. Pulmonary function was most commonly assessed using spirometry, with infrequent use of techniques including single-breath rebreathe and whole-body plethysmography. All studies observed statistically significant post-race reductions in one-or-more metrics of pulmonary function, with or without evidence of airway obstruction. Nevertheless, an independent analysis revealed that post-race values rarely fell below the lower-limit of normal and are unlikely, therefore, to be clinically significant. This highlights the virtue of healthy baseline parameters prior to competition and, although speculative, there may be more potent clinical manifestations in individuals with below-average baseline function, or those with pre-existing respiratory disorders (e.g., asthma). Respiratory muscle fatigue was most commonly assessed indirectly using maximal static mouth-pressure manoeuvres, and respiratory muscle endurance via maximum voluntary ventilation (MVV12). Objective nerve-stimulation data from one study, and others documenting the time-course of recovery, implicate peripheral neuromuscular factors as the mechanism underpinning such fatigue. Evidence of respiratory muscle fatigue was more prevalent following marathon compared to ultra-marathon, and might be a factor of work rate, and thus exercise ventilation, which is tempered during longer races. Potential implications of respiratory muscle fatigue on health and marathon/ultra-marathon performance have been discussed, and include a diminished postural stability that may increase the risk of injury when running on challenging terrain, and possible respiratory muscle fatigue-induced effects on locomotor limb blood flow. This review provides novel insights that might influence marathon/ultra-marathon preparation strategies, as well as inform medical best-practice of personnel supporting such events.

Plantar pressure measurements and running-related injury: A systematic review of methods and possible associations (2016)
Pressure-sensitive measuring devices have been identified as appropriate tools for measuring an array of parameters during running. It is unclear which biomechanical characteristics relate to running-related injury (RRI) and which data-processing techniques are most promising to detect this relationship. This systematic review aims to identify pertinent methodologies and characteristics measured using plantar pressure devices, and to summarise their associations with RRI. PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, ScienceDirect and Scopus were searched up until March 2015. Retrospective and prospective, biomechanical studies on running using any kind of pressure-sensitive device with RRI as an outcome were included. All studies involving regular or recreational runners were considered. The study quality was assessed and the measured parameters were summarised. One low quality, two moderate quality and five high quality studies were included. Five different subdivisions of plantar area were identified, as well as five instants and four phases of measurement during foot-ground contact. Overall many parameters were collated and subdivided as plantar pressure and force, plantar pressure and force location, contact area, timing and stride parameters. Differences between the injured and control group were found for mediolateral and anteroposterior displacement of force, contact area, velocity of force displacement, relative force-time integral, mediolateral force ratio, time to peak force and inter-stride correlative patterns. However, no consistent results were found between studies and no biomechanical risk patterns were apparent. Additionally, conflicting findings were reported for peak force in three studies. Based on these observations, we provide suggestions for improved methodology measurement of pertinent parameters for future studies.

Pulmonary and Respiratory Muscle Function in Response to Marathon and Ultra-Marathon Running: A Review. (2019)
The physiological demands of marathon and ultra-marathon running are substantial, affecting multiple body systems. There have been several reviews on the physiological contraindications of participation; nevertheless, the respiratory implications have received relatively little attention. This paper provides an up-to-date review of the literature pertaining to acute pulmonary and respiratory muscle responses to marathon and ultra-marathon running. Pulmonary function was most commonly assessed using spirometry, with infrequent use of techniques including single-breath rebreathe and whole-body plethysmography. All studies observed statistically significant post-race reductions in one-or-more metrics of pulmonary function, with or without evidence of airway obstruction. Nevertheless, an independent analysis revealed that post-race values rarely fell below the lower-limit of normal and are unlikely, therefore, to be clinically significant. This highlights the virtue of healthy baseline parameters prior to competition and, although speculative, there may be more potent clinical manifestations in individuals with below-average baseline function, or those with pre-existing respiratory disorders (e.g., asthma). Respiratory muscle fatigue was most commonly assessed indirectly using maximal static mouth-pressure manoeuvres, and respiratory muscle endurance via maximum voluntary ventilation (MVV12). Objective nerve-stimulation data from one study, and others documenting the time-course of recovery, implicate peripheral neuromuscular factors as the mechanism underpinning such fatigue. Evidence of respiratory muscle fatigue was more prevalent following marathon compared to ultra-marathon, and might be a factor of work rate, and thus exercise ventilation, which is tempered during longer races. Potential implications of respiratory muscle fatigue on health and marathon/ultra-marathon performance have been discussed, and include a diminished postural stability that may increase the risk of injury when running on challenging terrain, and possible respiratory muscle fatigue-induced effects on locomotor limb blood flow. This review provides novel insights that might influence marathon/ultra-marathon preparation strategies, as well as inform medical best-practice of personnel supporting such events.

Running on A High: Parkrun and Personal Well-Being (2017)
Sporting or physical recreation event participation can affect different domains of mental and social well-being if sufficiently frequent, yet previous research has focused mainly on the physical health benefits of single-location or infrequent mass-participation events. We examined overall and domain specific subjective well-being of adult participants of "parkrun", a weekly, community-based, highly accessible and widespread running event.

Short Trail Running Race: Beyond the Classic Model for Endurance Running Performance (2018)
This study aimed to examine the extent to which the classical physiological variables of endurance running performance (maximal oxygen uptake (V˙O2max), %V˙O2max at ventilatory threshold (VT), and running economy (RE)) but also muscle strength factors contribute to short trail running (TR) performance.

The effects of beetroot juice supplementation on exercise economy, rating of perceived exertion and running mechanics in elite distance runners: A double-blinded, randomized study (2018)
Purpose : Nitrate-rich beetroot juice supplementation has been extensively used to increase exercise economy in different populations. However, its use in elite distance runners, and its potential effects on biomechanical aspects of running have not been properly investigated. This study aims to analyze the potential effects of 15 days of beetroot juice supplementation on physiological, psychological and biomechanical variables in elite runners.

2019 The implications of time on the ground on running economy: less is not always better
A lower duty factor (DF) reflects a greater relative contribution of leg swing versus ground contact time during the running step. Increasing time on the ground has been reported in the scientific literature to both increase and decrease the energy cost (EC) of running, with DF reported to be highly variable in runners. As increasing running speed aligns running kinematics more closely with spring-mass model behaviours and re-use of elastic energy, we compared the centre of mass (COM) displacement and EC between runners with a low (DFlow) and high (DFhigh) duty factor at typical endurance running speeds. Forty well-trained runners were divided in two groups based on their mean DF measured across a range of speeds. EC was measured from 4 min treadmill runs at 10, 12 and 14 km h-1 using indirect calorimetry. Temporal characteristics and COM displacement data of the running step were recorded from 30 s treadmill runs at 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 km h-1 Across speeds, DFlow exhibited more symmetrical patterns between braking and propulsion phases in terms of time and vertical COM displacement than DFhigh DFhigh limited global vertical COM displacements in favour of horizontal progression during ground contact. Despite these running kinematics differences, no significant difference in EC was observed between groups. Therefore, both DF strategies seem energetically efficient at endurance running speeds.

[Free Course] Quality Physical Education in the Pacific on USP Global - [Starts: 2 November 2020]


Quality Physical Education in the Pacific
About this Course

The University of the South Pacific is offering a free massive open online course (MOOC) on Quality Physical Education in the Pacific designed for teachers across the Pacific to better understand the fundamentals of physical education to develop active and healthy students.
The online course will run over four weeks with at least four hours of learning materials, practical activities and resources that participants can complete in their own time each week. Each week the course will focus on a key topic designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills on quality physical education to help teachers across the Pacific to provide inclusive, flexible and interactive lessons.
The course is tailored to the Pacific experience of human movement and culture and explores traditional sports and games. Recognising the diversity within classrooms across the Pacific, the course also includes specific content on inclusive physical education with tips for teachers on adapting and modifying to suit the learning needs of every student.
The content has been designed by Dr Aue Te Ava (USP), Dr Dean Dudley (Macquarie University) and Ms Jackie Lauff (Sport Matters). Participants will have access to professional mentors from the Pacific Islands with a range of experience across physical education, physical activity and sport and participants will also be able to connect and interact with each other through the online platform to discuss, share and learn together.

FIH Launches Website Version of Watch.Hockey


Lausanne, Switzerland, Cheseaux-sur Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA - With the continuing return of the FIH Hockey Pro League featuring a series of 14 matches between October 27 and November 15, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and NAGRA are providing hockey fans with even greater access to the sport with today's launch of the website version of Watch.Hockey (https://Watch.Hockey).

In addition to the Watch.Hockey mobile app launched mid-September, which has garnered over 20,000 active users in just one month, this browser-based solution delivers a smooth and slick user experience with live matches and scores, replays, on-demand, news, statistics and more. For example, fans will have the option to watch live matches on their laptop.

Using the same account as for the mobile app, hockey fans will also see personalized recommendations such as 'Continue Watching,' 'For You,' and what is 'Trending' as part of the service.
As FIH's digital 'Home of Hockey' builds out, this is the next exciting phase in a raft of ideas that the International Hockey Federation is implementing to bring greater visibility and growth to hockey.

World Athletics Awards Goes Virtual for 2020


This year's finest athletics achievements will be celebrated at the World Athletics Awards 2020, to be staged as a virtual event on Saturday 5 December and streamed live on the World Athletics YouTube channel.

This year's ceremony will recognise exceptional achievement in what has been an extraordinary and unprecedented year, both on and off the fields of play, and celebrate the athletes who met the challenges of 2020 head-on to produce some of the finest performances in the history of our sport.

Once again, athletics fans from around the world will be invited to help select the male and female athletes of the year.

Commenting on the Award, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: "In a disruptive year our athletes continued to train hard and our event organisers went above and beyond to deliver four full Diamond League events and four Diamond League exhibition meetings, seven Continental Tour Gold events, a World Half Marathon Championships and a number of innovative virtual events including the Ultimate Garden Clash. Whilst this was not the year any of us had planned for, I am proud of our athletes, our meeting organisers and the World Athletics team for their tenacity and determination. This is what we will celebrate at this year's Annual Awards."

Eight awards, including those in three new categories, will be presented:

  1. Male and Female Athlete of the Year
    These awards recognise the top-performing athletes of the year. A three-way voting process - split between the World Athletics Council, the World Athletics Family, and the worldwide community of athletics fans - will determine the five men and five women finalists. The nominees for Male Athlete of the Year will be announced on Monday 2 November and the nominees for Female Athlete of the Year on Tuesday 3 November.
  2. President's Award
    This award recognises and honours exceptional service to athletics.
  3. Coaching Achievement Award
    Given to a coach who has helped athletes thrive, particularly in this difficult year.
  4. Covid Inspiration Award
    This award will recognise an individual or group of individuals whose efforts, despite the challenges of 2020, have resulted in the delivery of a particularly inspiring athletics event or experience.
  5. Member Federations Award
    Like the Covid Inspiration Award, this honour will recognise a member federation that has managed to deliver an uplifting athletics event, development event or experience in spite of this year's challenges.
  6. Athletes Community Award
    A special award from the athletes to a group of individuals who have helped and supported them and their communities throughout trying times.
  7. Athletics Photograph of the Year
    Awarded to the best athletics photograph of 2020, as decided by an expert panel of judges.

The voting process for the Athlete of the Year awards will open next week. Further information about the World Athletics Awards 2020 will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

World Athletics

Death of IOC Honorary Member Lee Kun-Hee



The Chairman of the Samsung Group since 1987, Mr Lee was responsible for growing the company from a local business in the Republic of Korea into one of the global leaders in technology and a Worldwide Olympic Partner.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: "Lee Kun-hee made a great contribution to the Olympic Movement and the success of the Olympic Games by not only making Samsung a TOP Partner of the IOC, but also by promoting the Olympic Games worldwide and by fostering the bond between sport and culture. This Olympic legacy of Lee Kun-hee will continue to live on. To commemorate him, the IOC will fly the Olympic flag at half-mast in Lausanne."

The son of Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull, Mr Lee joined the group in 1968 as an Executive Director of Joong-Ang Daily News and Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation after completing an economics degree at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and an MBA at George Washington University in the US. He moved to the role of Vice-Chairman of the Samsung Group in 1978.
Mr Lee also held a number of distinguished positions in the Republic of Korea, such as Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries (since 1987), Vice-Chairman of the Korea-Japan Economic Committee (since 1981), member of the Korea-US Wisemen Council (since 1991), Director of the Korean Youth Association (since 1982), and Vice-Chairman of the Korean Alumni Reunion of Waseda University (since 1997).

One year after Mr Lee's rise to the position of Chairman, Samsung began its legacy with the Olympic Games as a local sponsor at Seoul 1988. With the Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998, the partnership elevated to the worldwide level, which continues to today.
Starting with the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Samsung expanded its Olympic partnership category from Wireless Communication to include Computing Equipment, enhancing its commitment to the Olympic Movement.
Mr Lee practised wrestling as his sport of preference and was President then Honorary President of the Korean Amateur Wrestling Federation from 1982 to 1997. In this capacity, he was also a member of the Korean Olympic Committee, later becoming Vice-President (1993-1996) then Honorary President.
Mr Lee was elected as an IOC Member in 1996 - joining the Cultural (1997) and Finance (1998-1999) Commissions - and became an IOC Honorary Member in 2017.

He was the recipient of several national athletics awards, the Olympic Order (1991), the Légion d'Honneur of the French Republic (2004), and the "Van Fleet Award" from Korea Society in New York (2006).
The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Lee Kun-hee's family. As a mark of respect, the Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast at Olympic House.

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A Creative Writing Case Study of Gender-Based Violence in Coach Education: Stacey's Story

Creative nonfiction writing is the literary technique employed in this article to explore insights and assist our understanding of an "alleged" sexual assault in a sport coach education environment. Creative nonfiction employs various narrative tools- characters, setting, figurative language, sequences of events, plot, sub-plot, and dialogue-designed to render the sensitive and controversial elements of sexual assault significant. Readers are, therefore, invited to engage with Stacey's Story and reflect on the actions of both the perpetrator(s) and the victim. While there are risks associated with the sharing of stories, especially those which are considered dangerous, it is envisaged that Stacey's Story will be viewed as an opportunity to develop more critical responses and advance our understanding of gender-based violence in sport.

Lewis, C. J., Roberts, S. J., Andrews, H., & Sawiuk, R. (2020). A Creative Writing Case Study of Gender-Based Violence in Coach Education: Stacey's Story. Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal, 28(1), 72-80.

Preventing Sexual Violence on College Campuses: An Investigation of Current Practices of Conducting Background Checks on Student-Athletes

Sexual violence against women remains a major area of concern on college campuses. A number of studies have shown between 10% and 26% of college women experienced some form of nonconsensual sexual contact during their college career.

Cintron, A., Levine, J., & McCray, K. (2020). Preventing Sexual Violence on College Campuses: An Investigation of Current Practices of Conducting Background Checks on Student-Athletes. Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, 30(1), 41-62. https://athleticdirectoru.com/articles/preventine-sexual-violence-on-campus/

An Examination of Dating Violence Among College Student-Athletes

College students are at increased risk for dating violence (DV) perpetration and victimization. One group of college students who may be at elevated risk is college student-athletes.

Cantor, N., Joppa, M., & Angelone, D. J. (2020). An Examination of Dating Violence Among College Student-Athletes. Journal of interpersonal violence, 886260520905545. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520905545

Sporting Women and Social Media: Sexualization, Misogyny, and Gender-Based Violence in Online Spaces

This study investigated gender-based violence targeting high-profile women in virtual environments through the case of women's tennis

Kavanagh, E., Litchfield, C., & Osborne, J. (2019). Sporting Women and Social Media: Sexualization, Misogyny, and Gender-Based Violence in Online Spaces. International Journal of Sport Communication, 12(4), 552-572.

Perception of Gender Bias in the Professional Sport Setting From the Female Athletic Trainer's Perspective

Purpose: To understand the perception of gender bias in the professional sport setting from the female athletic trainer's perspective.

Lovse, S., Mazerolle Singe, S., Paloncy, K. A., & Carr, W. D. (2020). Perception of Gender Bias in the Professional Sport Setting From the Female Athletic Trainer's Perspective. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care: The Journal for the Practicing Clinician, 12(5), 221-226.

Barriers to the Role of the Head Athletic Trainer for Women in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and III Settings

Context: Very few women assume the role of head athletic trainer (AT). Reasons for this disparity include discrimination, motherhood, and a lack of interest in the position

Mazerolle, S. M., & Eason, C. M. (2016). Barriers to the Role of the Head Athletic Trainer for Women in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and III Settings. Journal of Athletic Training (Allen Press), 51(7), 557-565.

Masculinities, Sport, and Violence Against Women: The Contribution of Male Peer Support Theory

Although there are active debates about the nature and role of masculinities and a rise of new masculinity formations in modern society, feminist analysis of the relationship between sport, masculinities, and violence against women has been somewhat quiescent lately

Schwartz, M. D. (2020). Masculinities, Sport, and Violence Against Women: The Contribution of Male Peer Support Theory. Violence Against Women. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801220958493

Biased Voices of Sports: Racial and Gender Stereotyping in College Basketball Announcing

The words of sportscasters-repeated hundreds, even thousands, of times by different announcers in similar ways-provide a conceptual frame for the sports experience, and that mental frame has particular importance because fans often apply it to nonathletic situations.

Gender-Based Violence in EU Sport Policy: Overview and Recommendations (2016 Study is also included in the folder)

Policy on or relating to gender-based violence (GBV) in sport settings has a relatively recent history. This paper traces developments in this area at a European level and within individual EU member states' national frameworks. In doing so, it draws on data gathered in 2016 as part of a study commissioned by the European Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency to, among other things, describe the current situation regarding GBV in sport at the EU member state, European Union and international levels. The paper also identifies key issues with existing policy and practice across the EU, and makes recommendations for European organisations, EU member states and sports organisations to raise awareness of and implement initiatives to manage and prevent GBV in and through sport.

Lang, M., Mergaert, L., Arnaut, C., & Vertommen, T. (2018). Gender-based violence in EU sport policy: overview and recommendations. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 2(1), 109-118.

Gender Relations, Gender-Based Violence and Sport for Development and Peace: Questions, Concerns and Cautions Emerging from Uganda

Synopsis In this study we discuss how gender relations are influenced by a 'girls only' martial arts-based sport, gender and development (SGD) programme that aims to improve young women's discipline, leadership skills and self-defence capabilities in a rural Ugandan community with widespread domestic and gender-based violence (GBV). The results of our qualitative research with a Ugandan non-governmental organization (NGO) staff members and martial arts instructors demonstrate that the young women's participation in the martial arts programme challenged gender norms and improved their confidence. However, the exclusion of boys and men from the programming, combined with the cultural inaptness of girls practicing martial arts, may have contributed to the girls' subordination. Our data also revealed that young men were also the targets of GBV. Overall, we argue that an exploration of the relational impact of gender in the context of SGD, and sport for development and peace terrain more broadly is necessary in order to: (1) understand how social relations shift and change in the face of variable and fluid gender dynamics; and (2) challenge gendered assumptions about prescribed/predetermined gender relations by acknowledging that young women may not be the only targets of violence.

Hayhurst, L. M. C., MacNeill, M., Kidd, B., & Knoppers, A. (2014). Gender relations, gender-based violence and sport for development and peace: Questions, concerns and cautions emerging from Uganda. Women's Studies International Forum, 47(Part A), 157-167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2014.07.011

Gender-Biased Communication in Physical Education

Purpose: This study examined physical education teachers' awareness of gender equitable practices as well as the language and behaviors they employed in the physical education environment.

Valley, J. A., & Graber, K. C. (2017). Gender-Biased Communication in Physical Education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 36(4), 498-509.

Are Head Coaches in Intercollegiate Athletics Perceived as Masculine? An Evaluation of Gender Stereotypes and the Effect of Sexism on Intercollegiate Coaches

This study focused on determining if gender stereotypes existed in intercollegiate athletics in relation to coaches, and if the discourse was enveloped within sexist beliefs.

Aicher, T. J., & Sagas, M. (2010). Are Head Coaches in Intercollegiate Athletics Perceived as Masculine? An Evaluation of Gender Stereotypes and the Effect of Sexism on Intercollegiate Coaches. Gender Issues, 27(3/4), 165-174. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12147-010-9092-x

Women, Men, And Five Olympic Rings: An Examination Of Chinese Central Television's Broadcast of The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

This study conducts a content analysis on Chinese Central Television's broadcasting of figure skating, short track speed skating, and freestyle skiing-the three most popular winter sports in the People's Republic of China-at the 2018 PyeongChang . Winter Olympics from the perspective of biological sex.

Xu, Q., Billings, A., Wang, H., Jin, R., Guo, S., & Xu, M. (2020). Women, men, and five Olympic rings: An examination of Chinese Central Television's broadcast of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 55(6), 747.

Beyond X's & O's: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women's College Sports

This nationwide online survey, the largest of its kind to-date, was designed to generate facts and analysis of the workplace experiences and views of both female and male coaches of intercollegiate women's sports.

Sabo, D., Veliz, P., Staurowsky, E.J., & Women's Sports Foundation. (2016). Beyond X's & O's: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women's College Sports. In Women's Sports Foundation. Women's Sports Foundation.

Online Public Shaming of Professional Athletes: Gender Matters

Public shaming - a common practice with historical roots - is defined as an individual's public communication of disapproval or contempt for the behavior of another individual.

MacPherson, E., & Kerr,G. (2020). Online public shaming of professional athletes: Gender matters. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101782.

Exploring Empowerment and Gender Relations in a Sport for Development Program in Papua New Guinea

There is a growing body of research that has started to carefully consider the increased presence of girls and women in sport-for-development (SFD).

Seal, E., & Sherry, E. (2018). Exploring Empowerment and Gender Relations in a Sport for Development Program in Papua New Guinea. Sociology of Sport Journal, 35(3), 247-257.

Decolonizing Sport Science: High Performance Sport, Indigenous Cultures, and Women's Rugby

To date, there is little research focusing on the role of culture and Indigenous ways of knowing in Western science-dominated high performance sporting environments. This paper takes inspiration from the emerging field of Postcolonial Science Studies and feminist Indigenous scholars to explore how Aotearoa (New Zealand) Black Ferns Sevens players from Māori and Samoan descent make meaning of their bodies within Westernized high performance sporting spaces

Thorpe, H., Brice, J., & Rolleston, A. (2020). Decolonizing Sport Science: High Performance Sport, Indigenous Cultures, and Women's Rugby. Sociology of Sport Journal, 37(2), 73-84.

New Initiative To Use Rugby To Prevent Violence Against Women And Girls In Oceania

Using rugby to prevent violence against women and girls and promote gender equality is the goal of a new initiative for the Pacific region launched on Thursday by the European Union, Australian Government, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office and Oceania Rugby.


'Representing' the voices of Fijian women rugby players: Working with power differentials in transformative research

The politics of research practice has been discussed extensively in ethnographic and methodological literature, and increasingly in sport research literature. In this article we intend to contribute to the growing body of transformative research in the sociology of sport with reflections on our experience as dominant group researchers in a post-colonial, sub-cultural sporting environment; women's rugby union in Fiji

Kanemasu, Y., & Molnar, G. (2020). "Representing" the voices of Fijian women rugby players: Working with power differentials in transformative research. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 55(4), 399.

Exploring The Complexities Of Community Attitudes Towards Women's Rugby: Multiplicity, Continuity And Change In Fiji's Hegemonic Rugby Discourse

Negative societal pressures against women's participation in traditionally male-dominated sports like rugby are widely acknowledged, but little empirical research has investigated community attitudes associated with such participation, especially in non-Western contexts.

Kanemasu, Y., & Johnson, J. (2019). Exploring the complexities of community attitudes towards women's rugby: Multiplicity, continuity and change in Fiji's hegemonic rugby discourse. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 54(1), 86.

Coaching Whiteness: Stories of "Pacifica Exotica" in Australian High School Rugby

The intersection of sport and education is a potentially powerful site for the production of class and gender. This paper examines how the relationship between sport and education can also serve to (re)produce ideas about "race".

McDonald, B. (2016). Coaching Whiteness: Stories of "Pacifica Exotica" in Australian High School Rugby. Sport, Education and Society, 21(3), 465-482.

White Women Smiling? Media Representations of Women at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In this article we analyze images of sportswomen from four media outlets over the course of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Pavlidis, A., Kennelly, M., & Rodriguez Castro, L. (2020). White Women Smiling? Media Representations of Women at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sociology of Sport Journal, 37(1), 36-46.

How Do Sporting Organisations Conceptualize and Operationalise the Prevention of Violence Against Women

Sport settings have great potential to influence social change and are therefore important

locations to engage in the prevention of violence against women

Hamilton, G., Liston, R., & Mortimer, S. (2020). How Do Sporting Organisations Conceptualize and Operationalise the Prevention of Violence against Women. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 53(1), 121-136.

Introduction: Sport, Feminism and the Global South

Feminist scholars have long been at the forefront of advancing the study of sport to address the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality and ability in framing sporting encounters and experiences

Toffoletti, K., Palmer, C., & Samie, S. (2018). Introduction: Sport, Feminism and the Global South. Sociology of Sport Journal, 35(3), 193-196.

Muslim Sportswomen as Digital Space Invaders: Hashtag Politics and Everyday Visibilities

This article examines the ways Muslim sportswomen are using social media to challenge stereotypical representations and to build community

Ahmad, N., & Thorpe, H. (2020). Muslim Sportswomen as Digital Space Invaders: Hashtag Politics and Everyday Visibilities. Communication & Sport, 8(4/5), 668-69.

***If you would like any of the above articles, please contact OSIC at osic(at)onoc.org.fj. You may also visit our website at https://www.usp.ac.fj/osic and fill out a form under "contact us."***

IOC Executive Board meeting – Information for the media


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) will meet remotely by videoconference through a secure electronic system on Wednesday 7 October 2020.

The EB is scheduled to receive updates on the activities of the IOC administration and reports from the Organising Committees. Please click here to see the schedule.

The IOC will be holding a press conference open to the media with the IOC President at the end of the meeting. Photos of the beginning of the IOC Executive Board meeting will be available on Flickr.

All media are welcome. Please pre-register here to receive the link to the IOC President's press conference.

Please click here to access the instructions on how to log in and ask questions during the videoconference.

The press conference will also be LIVE streamed on @IOCMEDIA YouTube Channel.

*We will inform all registered media of any delay via email and on Twitter @IOCMEDIA.

Badminton Oceania launching Pacific Umpire Course in October 2020


Badminton Oceania is looking for enthusiastic people from the Pacific Islands who are interested in becoming umpires.
The Umpire is an essential role in the badminton world. They have authority over a particular match and is in charge of the court and its immediate surroundings. It is the responsibility of the umpire to ensure that the matches assigned to them abide by the laws, code of conducts and rules and regulations of the BWF.
The role also involves keeping track of the score and announcing in between each point, along with making calls on service faults, other player faults and lets. Any incidents must also be noted by the umpire and reported to the referee. The umpires jurisdiction exists from the time that players enter the court before starting to the match until the time that they leave once the match is complete.The umpire reports to and acts under the authority of the referee.
Currently, there are over 30 Umpires from Oceania with varying levels of experiences and accreditations. For Pacific Islanders, there are Pacific Accredited and Pacific Certificated Umpire routes, before progressing as an Oceania Accredited/Certificated and BWF Accredited/Certificated Umpire. Find out more on our Technical Officials Page.
In October, one of Oceania's Certificated Umpires (former BWF Certificated Umpire) and London 2012 Olympic Games Umpire, David Turner, will be leading the weekly sessions:

Funding is available for data costs on application.
To register, please email office@badmintonoceania.org

Badminton Oceania

INVITATION AND MEDIA ALERT: Oceania Safe Sport webinar on Wednesday 30 September


Dear all,

You are invited to the inaugural Oceania Safe Sport interactive webinar next Wednesday 30 September at 10am AEST (GMT+10).

The webinar is being hosted by the Australian Government-funded Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP), in partnership with the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC), Organisation of Sports Federations of Oceania (OSFO), Pacific Games Council (PGC), and Oceania Paralympic Committee (OPC).

The event will feature: Dr Robin Mitchell (FIJ), who is president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), president of ONOC, and an International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board member; Paralympic gold medallist Paul Bird (AUS); Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ryan Pini (PNG); and representatives from sporting organisations across the region.

The webinar will see presenters share practical examples of safeguarding in sport in the Pacific, and offer an introduction to key safeguarding concepts and resources. Part of a global series facilitated by the International Safeguards for Children in Sport Working Group, this event will be the first in a series of Oceania-specific safeguarding webinars and workshops.

Speaker and presenters include:

  1. Dr Robin Mitchell - ONOC
  2. Ryan Pini MBE, OL, OLY - OSFO/PGC
  3. Paul Bird - OPC
  4. Sainimili Saukuru - Oceania Sports Education Program
  5. Tihrani Uluinakauvadra - Oceania Rugby
  6. Nancy Miyake - Oceania Swimming Association
  7. Maria Rarawa - Solomon Islands Football Federation
  8. Andrew Lepani - GHD

The webinar is targeted at representatives from sporting organisations, sport ministries, child rights and protection agencies, and schools. To sign up, please email ASPP@GHD.com by Monday 28 September. Pre-registration is essential and places are limited.

We have attached portrait and landscape versions of a poster promoting the webinar and you are encouraged to share these through your platforms and with your networks.

Suggested social media wording to share the poster:

Facebook/LinkedIn post wording:

Join representatives from sporting organisations across the Pacific to learn more about safeguarding in sport at this interactive webinar next week. Places are limited so pre-registration is essential and closes on Monday 28 September. To register email: ASPP@GHD.com #SafeinSports.

Organisations to tag on Facebook:

Twitter post wording:

Learn more about safeguarding in sport at this interactive Oceania webinar next week. Registration essential: ASPP@GHD.com #SafeinSports

Organisations to tag on Twitter:

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact: ASPP@GHD.com

Kind regards,

Joanna Lester

Media & Strategic Communications Adviser - Pacific Sports Partnerships

Kiribati: Only country in the world to play badminton across all four hemispheres


Kiribati: Only country in the world to play badminton across all four hemispheres

Despite having a population of 120,000 and a land mass of 811 squared kilometres, there is almost 4000 kilometres between the easternmost and westernmost parts of Kiribati - which is almost as wide as Australia!
At its highest point, Kiribati stands at a mere height of just eight metres above sea level. Once combined, the 33 stunning, paradisiac islands and atolls make Kiribati the only country in the world to cross all four hemispheres.
With such remoteness comes great challenges. However, since becoming a member association in 2010, the federation have made encouraging progress in their effort to bring badminton to a small nation.

Leading the charge for badminton is Kiribati's Shuttle Time Co-ordinator Tongoboo Beero, who first came across Shuttle Time in 2012 as a participant. Since then, Tongoboo has powered through the ranks.
In 2019, he was one of 10 trained Shuttle Time teachers who inspired over 600 participants into getting fit and active within their communities with badminton. Earlier this year, he was part of a leadership team who delivered teacher training to expand Kiribati's Shuttle Time teacher pool. His combined efforts earned his a space in the BWF's Humans of Shuttle Time campaign.
Moreover, other teachers from Kiribati have noticed a significant rise in popularity. Taonibeia Mwakuti has delivered to more than 50 kids in her local community, which has made a big difference to their lives where there are only a limited number of other activities to keep them engaged.

"We both enjoy the game and can say that we have improved a lot especially with our grips and serving technique" say Mwakuti's students, Biritia Peter and Eimwa Obwaia.
The complex logistics involved in sending and receiving badminton equipment is one issue for the remote nation. However, finding a suitable badminton court to play on is another.

To combat the lacking badminton facilities, many of the Pacific Islands play outdoors. However, Shuttle Time teachers and students came together recently to paint the lines of a badminton court under a shelter to give a better understanding of the game.

The growth of badminton has provided some exciting opportunities for aspiring players from Kiribati. Women's doubles pair, Teitiria Utimawa and Tinabora Takeiaki (pictured below), were part of the representatives to play at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games. Since then, they have competed in a handful of domestic tournaments in Australia and BWF Grade 3 events, winning their first international match at the Perth International 2019. News of their success rippled across the Pacific and is inspiring more women to pick up a racket.

Women's doubles winners at the Ballarat A Grade tournament

"The interest this has generated in Kiribati is outstanding. We know that there are more women involved than ever before, from little kids to elderly women. I hope that we have inspired these women to participate. We hope that we can be role models for the kids too as they continue their journey in sport"
"We're eager to go back and help deliver Shuttle Time activities and also upskill the teachers, coaching kids and correcting skills early so they don't repeat the mistakes we made", says Tinabora and Teitiria.
The pair are among many exciting developments for Kiribati leading into 2021, which includes Utimawa being a potential contender for a place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (through the Tripartite Commission) and increased Shuttle Time activity.

Keep up to date with latest news and updates from Kiribati Badminton Federation on their Facebook page.

Source : Oceania Badminton

Watch.Hockey App: FIH & NAGRA create digital home of hockey


The International Hockey Federation (FIH), the world's governing body for the sport of hockey, and NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen video solutions, announced today the launch of "Watch.Hockey", a ground-breaking fan engagement app that creates a new digital "home of hockey" to the millions of hockey fans, players and officials worldwide.
"Watch.Hockey" will be available starting September 17, 2020, free of charge, on the App Store and on Google Play.

The timing of the Watch.Hockey launch coincides with the gradual resumption of international hockey, with the FIH Hockey Pro League re-starting on September 22, 2020 (Germany-Belgium). Through the app, FIH expands support for its global fan base by providing access to live matches on web, mobile and smart TVs. Other features of the app include live scores, results, statistics, personalized content in a "For You" section, and trending content, as well as access to replays, highlights, archived content, and news.

"Our fans and community are at the center of everything that we do, and now we can bring the sport that unites all of us to them in an innovative way to enable a new level of engagement. Launching Watch.Hockey in the current context makes it particularly meaningful. I encourage the global hockey community to download the app now and start enjoying its rich, diverse and exciting content. I want to thank our partner NAGRA, whose teams have been by our side all these months to make this project a reality," said FIH CEO Thierry Weil.

"The application is very good. It enables you to see all the information about hockey from all over the world and, at the same time, watch international hockey when you want and from where you want. It is a way to be closer and more updated about what is going on in the hockey world, and it's available to everyone, fans, players, coaches, etc." said Argentina's player Carla Rebecchi.

"This is a great initiative by FIH which really brings hockey to your fingertips. It is an easy way to find live match action, replay old matches and watch and re-watch highlights. It is also very informative, you can quickly find match schedules, results and hockey news from all parts of the world," said PR Sreejesh, India's goalkeeper.

"We applaud the FIH for reaching this milestone and giving a new dimension to the sport of hockey in a time of so much change, when engaging with fans, players and the hockey community at large is more important than ever before," said Jean-Luc Jezouin, SVP Sales Development for NAGRA. "We are grateful to be a part of the return of hockey to the pitch, bring the best hockey content to millions of fans worldwide, and deliver a digital platform to help hockey grow and prosper."

The "Watch.Hockey" app is powered by NAGRA's "sports-as-a-service" platform, which allows the FIH to harness the power of the sport's passion and unite the leagues, clubs, and players for greater fan engagement to create an all-embracing sports experience in line with FIH's vision.

Download the Watch.Hockey app as of September 17 on.


Source :FIH

IOC initiates International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate


As part of its ongoing efforts to promote athletes' safety and wellbeing, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the establishment of the "International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate".

The course leading to certification is set to commence in September 2021. This is a first of its kind because there is currently no certificate or minimum standard of education or training for safeguarding officers in sport on an international level. The five-month education course will be developed by an International Advisory Board of experts, under three Programme Directors, and will be fully aligned with other international efforts to protect athletes and align sports policies and programmes with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

It will be hosted on sportsoracle. The course will include a final examination, which must be passed in order to receive the certification.
Registration for this course - which will be open to anyone, but aimed in particular at International Federations (IFs), National Federations (NFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) - will incur a fee. Successful candidates proposed by the NOCs will be able to apply for Olympic Solidarity scholarships to enrol in this course.
"The safety and wellbeing of athletes are paramount to the IOC and the Olympic Movement. We need to make every effort to keep athletes safe and to guard their rights. I am pleased that we can today initiate this certificate to enhance awareness and education in this important area of athlete welfare, reinforcing the stance against all forms of harassment and abuse in sport," said IOC President Thomas Bach.


Oceania Unstoppable - Women in Rugby month this September


Oceania Rugby launches its Oceania Unstoppable - Women in Rugby Month today as it celebrates the progress of women and girls in rugby and inspires the next generation.

With a global increase of more than 200% of registered female rugby players over the last six years, the exponential growth of the sport among women and girls has been earmarked to be one of the biggest stories.

The launch of the Women in Rugby month comes at an opportune time as September also marks 12 months until the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Growing the support for women in rugby is a key component of the campaign which will showcase the success and contributions of women in all aspects of the game as players, officials, coaches and leaders in decision making, and illustrates that rugby is no longer just a 'men's game'.

Oceania Rugby General Manager Bruce Cook said that there is a lot of excitement around the launch of Oceania Unstoppable - Women in Rugby in September.

"Our Member Unions, partnerships and programs, have been dedicated to changing attitudes, making rugby safe and accessible to girls, providing a full competition pathway and growing female representation in all roles on and off the field," Cook said.

"The initiatives are bearing fruit with unprecedented rates of participation by girls in Get into Rugby across the region, a growing supporter base among both males and females and escalating numbers of women Coaches, Match-Officials and Board Members," he added.

"Oceania Rugby is committed to supporting women in rugby through making the successes visible, shared learning, inspiring women and men to be unstoppable together, and creating dialogue about girls in rugby. This month gives us all the opportunity to focus our efforts on these worthy objectives," Cook said.

Oceania Rugby Activities
Throughout September, Oceania Rugby will drive women-focused regional webinars, training and media activities that will address different Women in Ruby themes: Players, Leaders, Match Officials and Coaches.

Women's Professional Development and Networking is a priority with Zoom Sessions and Online 'Leading Rugby Courses'. Governance and Leadership will be enhanced through an invitation-only forum with current and aspiring leaders in governance.

With modules that address safeguarding and inclusion, Oceania Rugby's new Get Into Rugby Integrated Training will be launched (in Fiji).

Oceania Rugby Local Union Activities
Most countries and member unions in Oceania are joining the campaign delivering local girls/women's focused initiatives, participating in the Oceania Rugby led forums, professional development networks and training opportunities and sharing stories of their local Women in Rugby champions.
Details of the Women in Rugby month activities that will be delivered this September will be available on the Oceania Rugby website.

First APC webinar heralded a success


The first of the Asian Paralympic Committee's webinars took place on August 27 with over 135 registered participants from NPCs and future Asian Para Games organising committees taking part.
The webinar was led by World Para Powerlifting's Performance and Development Manager Dillon Richardson who provided an introduction to the LiftED video educational database.

Speaking after the webinar had concluded, Richardson said: "It was our pleasure to deliver the first session to kick-off the Asian Paralympic Committee's Webinar Series. The group of coaches, athletes, technical officials, administrators and classifiers who attended from throughout the region were enthusiastic, engaged and keen to be connected in these times. We hope they learned more about how to use World Para Powerlifting's Lift Educational

Video Database and its benefits so they can continue their education now and ahead."
APC CEO Tarek Souei commented: "We are delighted with how the first seminar went and that it was so well attended. Throughout all our virtual meetings with NPCs across Asia, we have heard how they are determined to make the most of the enforced downtime created by the pandemic. This is what gave us the inspiration to host the webinar series and ensure our region continues to strengthen, develop and maintain a sense of connectedness. We thank

Dillon and World Para-powerlifting for getting us off to such a strong start and look forward to the next webinars in the series."
Yi Sopheaktra of the Cambodian NPC commented after the webinar: "On behalf of National Paralympic Committee of Cambodia, I would like to thank the APC for inviting us to participate this course. I hope that there will be more courses that provide for us and we are happy to learn more."

Mr Nob Rea, Para-Powerlifting Coach from Cambodia said: "Thanks to the Asian Paralympic Committee and World Para-Powerlifting, I've learnt a lot and can now find out about new techniques for Para-Powerlifting and also can see famous athletes in action which will help our athletes."

A recording of the webinar will be made available to all participants and any registered attendees who were unable to attend on the day. A further nine webinars on Para-rowing, Wheelchair Dance Sport and Wheelchair Rugby are planned throughout September and October.


IOC sanctions one athlete for failing anti-doping tests at London 2012


The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC's strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. The IOC has been conducting additional analyses on the samples collected from the Olympic Games London 2012. This programme, which uses the latest scientific analysis methods, aims to test samples for all the substances prohibited in 2012.

The IOC has delegated the selection of samples to be reanalysed and the results management to the International Testing Agency (ITA), and the ITA thus brings forward these cases.
The notification sent by the ITA to the athletes concerned when initiating proceedings gives them the choice to have their case heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) or before an IOC Disciplinary Commission. This choice is given as the Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) for the Olympic Games London 2012 still apply for cases that arise from the current reanalyses. In the case at hand, the athlete did not choose to go to the CAS, and so the case was automatically handled by the IOC Disciplinary Commission.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that one athlete has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. The details follow.
Erol Bilgin, 33, of Turkey, competing in the men's 62kg weightlifting event at the Olympic Games London 2012, in which he ranked 8th, has been sanctioned. Re-analysis of Bilgin's samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Oral Turinabol) and Stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Messrs Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ingmar De Vos, decided the following:
I.The athlete, Erol Bilgin:

The full decision is available here.
This is part of the IOC's efforts to protect clean athletes and the integrity of the competition. The IOC has been storing samples from the Olympic Games since Athens 2004, and has reanalysed them systematically. The fight against doping is a top priority for the IOC, which has established a zero-tolerance policy to combat cheating and to make anyone responsible for using or providing doping products accountable.

You can find at the following links the full list of anti-doping rule violations at the Olympic Games, established during or after each edition and the detailed results of the IOC reanalysis programme from 2004 to today.
Please note that, for legal reasons, the IOC will not give detailed information on possible cases. This would follow in due course.

Further changes to the international match calendars due to the COVID-19 pandemic unanimously approved by the Bureau of the Council


In addition to the previous decisions by the FIFA Council, the Bureau of the Council has unanimously approved a set of further changes to the men's and women's international match calendars in response to the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which persists in most parts of the world.

These changes follow a thorough consultation process with the confederations and football stakeholders. This process resulted in proposals via the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group that maintain the previously agreed principle that a tailor-made and flexible approach between confederations is required, reflecting the varied circumstances of the pandemic across the world. The main changes are the following:

Men's international match calendar

  1. to replace the window from 31 August to 8 September 2020 with a window from 24 January to 1 February 2022 for all confederations except UEFA. This means that there is no mandatory release of players for member associations from these confederations in September 2020;
  2. to include the new period of January 2022 for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), with the exact dates to be determined at a later stage; and
  3. to include the new dates of the Concacaf Gold Cup 2021 (preliminary rounds from 2 to 6 July 2021 and final tournament from 10 July to 1 August 2021) with a mandatory release starting on 28 June 2021.

Women's international match calendar

  1. to replace the dates for the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, originally scheduled from 22 July to 7 August 2020, with new dates of 21 July to 6 August 2021;
  2. to finalise the dates of the originally scheduled Type I window in June-July 2021 as 7 to 15 June 2021;
  3. to cancel the existing window of 14 to 22 September 2020 for all confederations except UEFA;
  4. to include alongside the existing Type I window from 13 to 21 September 2021, an alternative option of a Type III window from 13 to 25 September 2021 for all confederations except UEFA;
  5. to finalise the dates of the existing Type II window in June-July 2021 as 7 to 16 June 2021 for all confederations except UEFA;
  6. to remove the current blocked period for the Women's AFCON from 23 November to 20 December 2020; and
  7. to include UEFA in the blocked period from 4 July to 7 August 2022.

The FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group will continue to monitor the situation in each confederation and if required make additional proposals to the FIFA Council.
The latest version of both the Men's and Women's International Match Calendars are now available on FIFA.com.

Death of IOC Honorary Member Flor Isava Fonseca


It is with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has learnt of the death of IOC Honorary Member Flor Isava Fonseca, at the age of 99.

A member of the Venezuelan Olympic equestrian team at the Olympic Games in 1956, she was a pioneer in the promotion of gender equality in sport as one of the first two women elected as IOC Member in 1981 – serving the organisation in this position for 20 years – and the first female member of the IOC Executive Board (EB), from 1990 to 1994.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Ms Flor Isava Fonseca was a great lady of Olympic sport. As one of the first female Members of the IOC and the first female EB member, she was a strong promoter of the Olympic values in her home country, Venezuela, and beyond. She was very well appreciated, in particular for all the many initiatives she undertook with regard to education through sport. The entire Olympic Movement will remember her as a personality with a great human touch.”

Born in Caracas in 1921, she studied in France and Belgium. Isava Fonseca had a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in modern languages, and worked as a journalist and an author, but her passion for sport developed as soon as she returned to her native country in 1939 and devoted herself to tennis, equestrian sport, hockey and swimming, the sport in which she became the captain of the national team.

She was a national champion in equestrian and tennis, and won a silver medal in the latter at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Baranquilla, Colombia, in 1946. Later, at 48 years of age, she also took up golf, reaching the highest levels in national competitions.
In 1947, Isava Fonseca founded the Venezuelan Equestrian Federation, of which she was President from 1962 to 1965. She was a member of the National Olympic Committee from 1964 to 1968 (joining the Board of Directors in 1965); President of the Sports Confederation of Venezuela from 1977 to 1981; and a sports advisor to the President of the Republic from 1989 to 1995.

A daughter of two philanthropists, Isava Fonseca was very much committed to charity herself. The holder of a diploma from the Venezuelan Red Cross, in 1990 she established a foundation bearing her name to offer education and sport to male and female prisoners and disadvantaged communities in Caracas.
For her work in sport and society, she received numerous awards, including the Order of the Liberator in Venezuela (1990), the Order of Civil Merit in Spain (1992), the title of Knight of the Legion of Honour in France (2001) and the Olympic Order (2002).

At the IOC, in addition to being a member of the Women and Sport Commission from 1995 to 2001, Isava Fonseca also contributed to the following commissions: International Olympic Academy and Olympic Education (1981-1991), Olympic Movement (1991-1994) and Centennial Olympic Congress – Congress of Unity, Study (1994-1996).
In 2016, in recognition of her achievements in the advancement of gender equality in sport, she was chosen as one of the faces of the One Win Leads to Another programme, created by the IOC and UN Women to build the leadership skills of adolescent girls through sport.

The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Flor Isava Fonseca’s family. As a mark of respect, the Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast at Olympic House.

IOC has already provided around USD 100 million of financial support to Olympic Movement


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already supported the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations (IFs) with around USD 100 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis.
To date and as needed, USD 63 million have been allocated to IFs and USD 37 million to NOCs.

In addition, it has been confirmed today by the IOC Executive Board (EB) that the IOC will continue supporting the NOCs with the TOP Programme allocation amounting to USD 150 million payable by end of this year. Furthermore, the IOC is committed to ensuring funding for the IOC-Recognised Organisations.

The IOC, as the leader of the Olympic Movement, is playing a critical role in supporting its stakeholders during the COVID-19 outbreak. The organisation has swiftly delivered on its commitment to allocate an aid package programme for the Olympic Movement.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: "The Olympic Movement is facing an unprecedented challenge. The IOC has to organise postponed Olympic Games for the first time ever, and has to help its stakeholders come through this global crisis. This new situation will need all our solidarity, creativity, determination and flexibility. We shall all need to make sacrifices and compromises. Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. This situation requires every one of us to do our part, and this applies to all of us, including the IOC. We are glad to be able to help with our support programmes."

The IFs are facing financial hardship due to the cancellation of sports events and the impact on the sporting calendar of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 being held in 2021. Due to the urgency of the situation, payments to IFs started in June 2020, and the programme is still continuing. The IOC's support comes in different forms, and is decided after an assessment of needs and on a case-by-case basis.
International Federations that have received a loan from the IOC (in alphabetical order)*

International Basketball Federation, International Golf Federation, International Gymnastics Federation, International Hockey Federation, International Judo Federation, International Modern Pentathlon Union, International Swimming Federation, International Tennis Federation, Union Cycliste Internationale, World Archery, World Athletics, World Rowing, World Rugby, World Sailing, World Taekwondo
International Federations that have received a donation from the IOC (in alphabetical order; these Federations do not participate in the revenue distribution from the Olympic Games)
International Federation of Sport Climbing, International Surfing Association, World Baseball Softball Confederation, World Karate Federation,World Skate
Additionally, IFs based in Switzerland can benefit from the financial support of the Swiss government under the Federal COVID-19 F1 and F2 credit programmes, provided they meet the relevant criteria.

The NOCs are also experiencing a significant financial impact from the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the COVID-19 outbreak.
All NOCs have incurred additional costs. Like most organisations across the world, NOCs are facing uncertainty relating to their long-term planning and cash flow due to the disruption in existing business arrangements with national sponsors and the diversion of government funding away from sport. This has resulted in many uncertainties relating to the NOCs' capacity to fulfil their responsibilities towards their athletes, coaches and national stakeholders.
As a trusted long-term partner of the 206 NOCs, Olympic Solidarity has been responsive to this new global environment and adapted its programmes and working methods where needed, and within the budgets available. Following consultation with the Olympic Solidarity Commission, the following actions have been taken, and these were communicated already in mid-April:
All the 2017-2020 programmes and budgets with a direct link to Olympic Games preparation and participation will be extended to the Olympic Games in 2021. This includes:

To meet the specific needs relating to NOC costs incurred due to the postponement of Tokyo 2020, Olympic Solidarity has increased the total budget allocated to the IOC subsidies for NOC participation in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 from USD 46.7 million to USD 57 million.

In addition, in June 2020, the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) agreed to make available a budget of USD 11.65 million that had been allocated to ANOC by Olympic Solidarity from the 2017 - 2020 plan for a specific ANOC Tokyo 2020 fund. This fund is available to all 206 NOCs to assist them in facing exceptional costs relating to athlete and NOC preparation for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in particular, and the COVID-19 crisis in general. It will be distributed to the NOCs by the NOC Continental Associations under the coordination of Olympic Solidarity, to avoid duplication of existing programmes and subsidies and to take into consideration continental specificities.

In relation to the Recognised Organisations, the IOC is conducting ongoing discussions with them to better understand the impact of the Olympic Games' postponement and COVID-19 to ensure their continued funding.
On 14 May, the IOC EB had approved a substantial financial plan, including an envelope of USD 150 million for IFs and NOCs to help them overcome the significant financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This funding is intended to help them continue their mission to develop their sports, prepare for the Olympic Games and support their athletes.

In order to be able to deliver all this support, the IOC had to ask the Olympic Foundation for its assistance. The Foundation Board decided to allocate an amount of up to USD 300 million to assist the IOC in its efforts to support the actions of the Olympic Movement.

* Whilst the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) made initial request to the IOC about the advance of the olympic funds in 2020, they decided not to request the loan proposed by the IOC. Therefore the IOC statement has been adjusted accordingly.

Source : IOC

Senegal and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have mutually agreed to postpone the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Dakar 2022 to 2026


President Macky Sall's proposal was welcomed by IOC President Thomas Bach, following in-depth discussions on the subject. This postponement meets the requirement of responsibility and the concern for efficiency imposed by current circumstances.

The postponement of Dakar 2022 allows the IOC, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the International Federations (IFs) to better plan their activities, which have been strongly affected by the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, by the subsequent postponements of major international sports events, and by the operational and financial consequences of the global health crisis.

At the same time, it allows Senegal to carry on the excellent preparations for the Youth Olympic Games. The two leaders, who praised the progress made so far, have jointly renewed their confidence in Dakar 2022 President Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye, IOC Member in Senegal, and both remain fully committed to the great success of these Youth Olympic Games, the first Olympic event ever to be organised in Africa.

The IOC and Senegal understand that this news will be disappointing for many young athletes. Both parties can only appeal to their understanding. This agreement results from the large scale of the operational challenges which the IOC, the NOCs and the IFs are facing following the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. With this in mind, the IOC will continue to offer all IFs and NOC Continental Associations the full content of the educational programmes of the Youth Olympic Games. This will allow for the objectives of this very important and much-appreciated component of the YOG to be maintained through the many events organised between now and 2026, in particular during the Continental Youth Games.

“This amicable agreement illustrates the mutual trust between Senegal and the IOC. I would like to express my sincere thanks to President Macky Sall, a great friend and supporter of the Olympic Movement, for this exceptional relationship of trust and quality. For all these reasons, I am sure that, together, we will organise fantastic Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026 for Senegal, the entire African continent and all the young athletes of the world,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“I would like to reiterate that the IOC has my full support for the organisation of the Youth Olympic Games, postponed to 2026. I take this opportunity to reaffirm my confidence in the Executive Board and welcome the commitment of its teams, working side by side with us, to make Dakar 2026, the first Olympic event in Africa, a successful and memorable occasion”, said President Macky Sall.

The agreement was approved today by the IOC Executive Board, and will be submitted to the IOC Session for ratification this Friday, 17 July 2020.

Source: IOC

World’s biggest digital Olympic workout introduces half a billion people to #StayActive on Olympic Day


Olympic champions, rising stars, world figures and fans young and old came together across five continents and 20 time zones on Olympic Day 2020, 23 June, with an innovative, global 24-hour digital workout. Olympic champions, members of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, sporting legends and Tokyo 2020 hopefuls came together to do what Olympic Day is famous for: getting people active.
Over 141 athletes from 47 sports disciplines took part in both live workouts and a special edition Olympic Day video showcasing a range of moves to challenge all abilities, from squats with Canadian Olympic ice hockey champion Natalie Spooner to headstands with USA gold medalist gymnast Kyla Ross.

Source: IOC

The annual celebration of sport and Olympic values on 23 June will bring together Olympians from around the world.


Olympic Day 2020 will see Olympians, athletes and fans all over the globe get active in the world’s largest 24-hour digital Olympic workout. Twenty-three Olympic athletes have already joined the recording of an official Olympic Day workout video, and on Olympic Day, athletes from around the world will lead live workouts at 11 a.m. local time across 20 time zones on @olympics Instagram live.
As the world gets ready to take part in #OlympicDay, Olympic champions, ranging from Kenya’s 1500m gold medallist Faith Kipyegon, to France’s most decorated Olympian of all-time, Martin Fourcade, teamed  up with Tokyo 2020 hopefuls such as Dina Pouryounes, a taekwondo athlete hailing from Iran aiming to represent the Olympic Refugee Team, and the USA’s 13-time Paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer Jessica Long. (The full list of athletes can be found below.)
Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world into lockdown and the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, close to 5,000 Olympians have engaged with a remarkable 243 million people online across more than 50 countries in the IOC’s #StayStrong, #StayActive, #StayHealthy campaign by sharing their daily workouts and uplifting tips on how to stay healthy in body and mind. Olympic Day 2020 will take this campaign to the next level.

The entire Olympic Movement has been mobilised to join the online activities on 23 June. The IOC and its partners, including Olympic Games Organising Committees for Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028 and Milano-Cortina 2026, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs), Worldwide Olympic Partners and rights-holding broadcasters, will be among those encouraging fans to join the virtual workouts.
For example, Worldwide Olympic Partners Coca-Cola, Samsung and Toyota have supported the campaign by encouraging their athlete ambassadors around the world to host workout sessions. In addition, Alibaba will support a #StayStrong live stream organised by the Chinese Olympic Committee and Beijing 2022, featuring over 350 Chinese athletes and medallists of different generations.
Follow all the action throughout the 24 hours on 23 June.


ONOC Athletes’ Commission Chairperson appointed to IOC Commission


The Chairperson of the ONOC Athletes’ Commission, Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Karo Lelai has been appointed as the Oceania liaison on the International Olympic Committee’s(IOC) Athletes’ Commission.

“I’m privileged to represent Oceania athletes at the highest level,” Lelai told ONOC Media.

“My appointment is evidence that anyone can excel within the Olympic Movement in an administrative role,” she added.

Leilai is now the second PNG female sports administrator on an IOC Commission. Current PNG National Olympic Committee (PNGNOC) Secretary General and IOC Member Auvita Rapilla serves on four IOC Commissions.
The IOC said in a statement last week that the composition (of IOC Commissions) has once again shown a year-on-year progression towards gender equality, with 47.7percent of positions across the 30 commissions now held by women, coming from45.4 percent in 2019.

“Advancing women in leadership roles in sport is truly a team effort, and I want to thank all those who have contributed to this for their continued support, commitment and inspiration,”said IOC President Thomas Bach in the statement.

President Bach continued: “By increasing female participation in IOC commissions and the number of female chairs on IOC commissions, the IOC is hearing the female voice more and more and ensuring that women and girls can be empowered by using the powerful platform that sport provides to promote gender equality.”
ONOC President Dr Robin Mitchell said he is pleased and proud that Karo has been appointed as a liaison within the Athletes’Commission particularly as she is representing the Oceania continent.
“She’s always played a key role in promoting the work of athletes in the time that she’s been on our ONOC Athletes’ Commission,” Dr Mitchell added.

(R-2) PNG NOC Secretary General Auvita Rapilla with a few ONOC Executives: (L) Dr Chris Milne, James Tobin, Minister Baklai Temengil (Vice-President), Dr Robin Mitchell (President) and Ricardo Blas (Secretary General).
“Karo is also listed as representing basketball, which is also good for team sports and with her legal background, she has not only contributed to the athletes work but also through her role as well as on our ONOC Executive,” he said.
Dr Mitchell said Karo has also continued the tradition set by New Zealand’s Barbara Kendall, in also being appointed chairperson of the ANOC Athletes’ Commission since its inception.

“This shows the good work they are doing not only locally but worldwide as well,” Dr Mitchell added.
For Lelai, this appointment further strengthens the cause and the mandate set out by the Commission. “I encourage all athletes to join, support and promote their NOC Athletes’ Commission,” she said.
“Be active ambassadors for our region especially in these challenging and unsettling times,” she mentioned.
The two other Oceania members who serve on the IOC Athletes’ Commission are Australian Olympian James Tomkins who was elected in 2013 and New Zealand Olympian Sarah Walker.

Aligned and modelled after the IOC Athletes’Commission, the ONOC Athletes’ Commission was established in 2005.
The Commission serves as a link between the athletes of Oceania and the ONOC Executive, to ensure that the athletes’ voices are heard at all levels of decision making.

The Commission has been recognised globally for numerous trailblazing activities including the signature “Voices of the Athletes” (VOA)program. Similar Commissions are set up to provide a platform for a unified“Voices of the Athletes” in all 17 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in Oceania.

ONOC Media


IOC Coordination Commission and Paris 2024 agree to examine new Games delivery opportunities


The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 met today (3 June 2020) by video-conference with the Paris 2024 Organising Committee and its partners, including representatives from the City of Paris, the Métropole du Grand Paris, Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Région Ile de France and the French Olympic and Paralympic Committees.

The meeting was held virtually due to the current COVID-19 situation, with members of the Commission expressing their sympathies for the considerable challenges faced by the French population over the past few months.
Since the candidature, the Paris 2024 Games preparations have been innovative and responsible. The presentations made by the Paris team to the Commission reaffirmed their commitment to this strategy as the first Organising Committee to fully implement the measures outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020 and its New Norm. They also acknowledged a shift in approach in recent months, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new approach is inspired by the recent letter from the IOC President, which was then echoed in the message from Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet to all Paris 2024 stakeholders, that called for creative and sustainable optimisations in the context of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Coordination Commission fully supported this vision and committed to working closely with the organisers to achieve this ambition.
An example of the positive outcome that has already been delivered through close collaboration amongst delivery partners was the reduction in the number of beds required in the Olympic and Paralympic Village from just over 17,000 to approximately 14,000. This ensures that the Village is fitted to the needs of the athletes and National Olympic Committees, while controlling the amount of investment required and still leaving an important housing legacy for the Seine-Saint-Denis area of Paris. It has also been visible in the optimisation of the Aquatic Centre concept.
The enhanced Games delivery strategy will involve building on the work already completed, adapting plans and considering many of the developments being used to optimise the postponed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Speaking after the update, IOC Coordination Commission Chair Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant said: “The COVID-19 situation has impacted everyone around the world, and our sincere thoughts are with all those affected, particularly in France, which has been hit hard. This makes Paris 2024’s continued progress over the past few months incredibly inspiring.

Paris continues to illustrate its determination to deliver an innovative and responsible new model for the organisation of the Games. The postponement of Tokyo 2020 to 2021 and the call from our President to look to ‘further strengthen the sustainability and feasibility reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 with a new phase of the New Norm’ provide the impetus for all stakeholders to take that ambition even further. We look forward to exploring more opportunities and breaking new ground in preparing Games for the future.”

Paris 2024 President Estanguet said: “The Coordination Commission meeting is always a privileged time with Commission members. This moment of exchange allows us to present our latest advances, to challenge and enrich our project in contact with experienced Commission members. Despite the current context, it was important for us to maintain this time of exchange in order to present the latest advances in our project.

From the start, our common purpose has been to create the Games of a new era: Games that are responsible, sustainable, socially conscious, and open for everyone to take part. The current context and the unprecedented crisis we are experiencing means we need to go even further in the directions we chose together. We are pleased to know that we can once again count on the support of the IOC and IPC and the members of the Coordination Commission in the construction of a new model of Olympic and Paralympic Games”.
During the meetings, Paris 2024 reiterated its focus on delivering its Olympic and Paralympic Games according to the agreed schedule of 26 July to 11 August 2024 and 28 August to 8 September 2024 respectively. It also outlined the progress made since the last Coordination Commission meeting in June 2019 and provided an insight into its plans for the upcoming months.

In addition, the Commission was updated on the status of Games-related construction projects. The Commission congratulated Paris and its partners on the recent awarding of contracts for two Olympic venues in recent weeks, and the start of demolition works on the site of the Olympic and Paralympic Village.
The Olympic Aquatics Centre will leave a long-lasting impact on the Seine-Saint-Denis community. The state-of-the-art sustainable building will provide increased swimming and leisure opportunities for the local community, helping to deliver on Paris’ commitment to leave infrastructure that will help to improve swimming proficiency in an area where only half of local children know how to swim.
The construction of the Arena La Chapelle building, which was also recently announced by the City of Paris, will also help rejuvenate part of the city, providing the Porte de la Chapelle neighbourhood with a multi-use sports facility for the community to use for many years to come.

Paris 2024 also covered the status of the Paralympic Games, the progress of a number of other venues, the unveiling of Paris’ new emblem, the launch of the Terre de Jeux 2024 initiative and the Club 2024 project, as well as giving updates on its legacy and sustainability plans.


Female membership of IOC Commissions reaches an all-time high of 47.7 per cent - two new female chairs



The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today the composition of its commissions for 2020. The composition has once again shown a year-on-year progression towards gender equality, with 47.7 per cent of positions across the 30 commissions now held by women, coming from 45.4 per cent in 2019.

It is another all-time high and a concrete manifestation of one of the key focuses of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms – to encourage the whole Olympic Movement to advance gender equality both on and off the field. Since 2013, as a result of Olympic Agenda 2020, female participation in the IOC commissions has more than doubled (coming from 20 per cent in 2013). This year’s IOC commission week is scheduled from 2 to 8 November 2020. It will be decided at a later stage if the meetings are going to be held in person or remotely.
The 2020 IOC commissions’ composition, which is established by the IOC President working closely with the IOC Executive Board, also includes the appointment of two new female chairs. Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, IOC Member in Thailand, has been appointed Chair of the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission; and Zhang Hong, IOC Member in China, will be the Chair of the newly-formed IOC Coordination Commission for the 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024.
This brings the total number of commissions chaired by women to 11 out of 30, some 36.7 per cent.

Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul became the first Thai woman to be elected as an IOC Member at the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru, in 2017. She currently holds the position of Deputy President of the Badminton World Federation and is Chair of the Culture Committee at the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). She has been a member of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission since 2018, and brings a wealth of experience from both the sporting and cultural domains to her new role.

Zhang Hong won the first ever speed skating Olympic gold medal for China at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. In 2015, she became a Promotion Ambassador for Beijing's bid to host the Olympic Winter Games 2022. At the 132nd IOC Session in PyeongChang, Zhang was elected onto the IOC Athletes' Commission. She is also a member of the Athletes' Entourage Commission and was a member of the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026.

“Advancing women in leadership roles in sport is truly a team effort, and I want to thank all those who have contributed to this for their continued support, commitment and inspiration,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “There is always more that can be done, and we can make progress only if we work on this together.”
President Bach continued: “By increasing female participation in IOC commissions and the number of female chairs on IOC commissions, the IOC is hearing the female voice more and more and ensuring that women and girls can be empowered by using the powerful platform that sport provides to promote gender equality.”
Another highlight of the announcement is the unveiling of the composition of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024. This new Commission will support the organisation of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Asia.

The Commission comprises six members – five out of the six of whom are women. They come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and they all bring with them wide-ranging experience from different Olympic Games editions, gained most recently during the extremely successful hosting of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020.

Chair Zhang will be joined by IOC Member in Afghanistan Samira Asghari; President of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee Virginie Faivre; two representatives from Winter International Federations, Heike Groesswang and Sarah Lewis; and a National Olympic Committee (NOC) representative, José Luis Marco, from the Argentinian NOC.

Source : IOC

World Rugby creates access to optional domestic law trials to further reduce COVID-19 risk


Rugby united in its commitment and evidence-based approach to reducing overall COVID-19 transmission risk.

Optional and temporary COVID-19 law trials identified for domestic use following a detailed analysis of more than 60 matches. Trials available for unions and competitions who require them based on the overall national prevalence of infection and additional government directives. Trials could reduce scrum contact exposure by more than 30 per cent, reduce contact exposure at the ruck by up to 25 per cent and reduce maul contact exposure by at least 50 per cent Additional hygiene measures recommended, including ball sanitisation and no spitting.

Source : World Rugby



FIBA publishes Guidelines for the Return to Basketball


MIES (Switzerland) - FIBA has published recommendations on returning to basketball, with the Return to Basketball – Restart Guidelines for National Federations, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A basketball-specific Risk Assessment Tool has also been produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).
FIBA's guidelines, published in English, French and Spanish, are primarily for National Federations that are seeking direction and advice on the restart of basketball activities and competitions, with the vast majority around the world having been halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. The guidelines and risk assessment tool will serve as a checklist to ensure any decisions on basketball events are based on an assessment of risks and the best chance of a successful restart. This publication is not intended to replace the guidance and restrictions of governments and public health authorities. The risk assessment tool is a live document and will be updated regularly.

The guidelines have been developed by FIBA Medical Commission Chairman, Dr. Peter Harcourt of Australia, following his consultation with the FIBA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group (MAG), and also both the FIBA Medical and Players Commissions. Along with being Chair of FIBA's Medical Commission, Dr. Harcourt holds numerous positions within other sports organizations as well as with WADA and the Commonwealth Games Federation Medical Commission.
Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General, said: "I wish to sincerely thank the FIBA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, FIBA's Commissions involved and the World Health Organization for their invaluable work, expertise and continued contribution towards protecting our national federations, players, officials and basketball event organizers. This set of guidelines will be very beneficial for the basketball community in their return to our game. We all miss our sport being played and as the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, FIBA remains committed to providing guidance for a safe environment for the 'Return to Basketball'."
The FIBA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group was set up in April, with the purpose to review the latest scientific knowledge regarding COVID-19 and to advise on the return of international basketball competitions. Members of this special advisory group include the Chair and Deputy Chair of the FIBA Medical Commission, the NBA Director of Sports Medicine, the Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization's Executive Director, a University of Melbourne Professor of Medicine specialized in immunology and vaccine research, and, as an observer, the IOC Medical Director.
Dr. Harcourt said: "In these challenging times, on behalf of FIBA's Medical Commission, I would like to share our heartfelt support and solidarity with the basketball community across the world. I have witnessed that FIBA has been working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of national federations, players, officials and other partners. Rest assured that our Medical Commission will keep working and collaborating closely with WHO and will endeavor to assist FIBA to safeguard the basketball community from the current pandemic crisis based on the scientific knowledge."

Source : FIBA

Oceania Rugby Under 20s Championships Cancelled


The 2020 Oceania Rugby Under 20s Championships scheduled for the 27th of May to the 6th of June has been cancelled after consultation with Rugby Australia over the last month.

Extended travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to numerous countries, and concerns over adequate player preparation time, mean that any sort of cross-border international rugby competition cannot be hosted in the next few months.

In a statement last week World Rugby said all decision-making will be entirely contingent on national government travel, quarantine and health advice.

“All parties, including member unions, international competitions, professional club competitions and International Rugby Players, will be involved in the evaluation of potential contingency options with a view to achieving an aligned calendar for the remainder of the year,” it said.

Monitoring of the potential impact on the remaining 2020 international windows continues in collaboration with international rugby stakeholders and the respective authorities.

The Oceania Rugby Under 20s Championships was scheduled to be hosted at Bond University in Queensland Australia with New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and host-nation Australia competing for the regional title.

World Rugby has also announced the cancellation of the World Rugby U20s Championships that was to be hosted in Italy for July this year.

Source: Oceania Rugby

ANOC and Korean Sport & Olympic Committee announce Seoul 2020 ANOC General Assembly moved to 2021



Lausanne; 18 May 2020: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) today announced the joint-decision to cancel this year’s ANOC General Assembly in Seoul, Korea and reschedule it to take place in Seoul in 2021.  
ANOC and KSOC mutually-agreed that given the current global pandemic and wide-spread restrictions on international travel, it was in the best interests of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and all Olympic stakeholders to cancel this year’s ANOC General Assembly. ANOC and KSOC will announce the dates for the rescheduled General Assembly after further review.  

ANOC is currently assessing alternative options for ensuring NOCs are provided with the opportunities to express their ideas and opinions and receive all the necessary reports and updates they would have been presented at this year’s General Assembly.

Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said:  
“We are of course disappointed that we will not be hosting our General Assembly this year, but we believe that given the current global circumstances, it is the right decision to take. We would like to thank our partners at the KSOC for all their hard work and for the flexibility they have shown. We will continue to work closely with the KSOC and look forward to welcoming the world’s NOCs to Seoul in 2021.”
KSOC President Kee Heung LEE said:
“Considering the health and safety of the global sports delegates, we took the joint-decision to postpone the ANOC General Assembly to 2021. It will be a great pleasure to host the ANOC General Assembly in Seoul in 2021. We believe that the current situation should not stop or hinder the Olympic Movement. We will do our best to prepare for a safe and successful event for the 206 NOCs to discuss the future of sports.”


Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification System revised.


After the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and in agreement with the International Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation has revised the Qualification System for the Karate competition at the Olympic Games.
After the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and in agreement with the International Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation has revised the Qualification System for the Karate competition at the Olympic Games.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the critical circumstances arising because of the outbreak, and with the Tokyo Games still on schedule, urgent decisions had to be made in order to secure the well-being and safety of Karate athletes all over the world.
These resolutions affected the progress of the Olympic qualification pathway since the qualifying events Karate 1-Premier League Rabat and the EKF Senior European Championships in Baku (Azerbaijan) were cancelled by the local authorities, and the four athletes per category qualifying to the Games via the Olympic Standings had to be announced as the Olympic Qualification tournament was fast approaching.
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021 and the approval of the new Olympic qualification principles by the IOC on April 1st, compelled the World Karate Federation to review the Qualification System in order to adjust the system to the new situation and to normalise the process which was dramatically affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
With the preservation of the essence of the original Olympic Qualification System and the allocation of the same number of events in the qualification pathway as the main principles, the following procedures are to be implemented:

1. To include missed opportunities in the initial Olympic Standings which were affected by the COVID-19, as defined below:
a) The 2021 Karate 1- Premier League Rabat in replacement of the 2020 Karate 1- Premier League Rabat. However, the WKF Executive Committee keeps the possibility of replacing this event by other Karate 1-Premier League tournament to be held before the Qualification Tournament in 2021.
b) The 2021 EKF Senior Continental Championships to be held in Gothenburg (Sweden) in replacement of the 2020 EKF Senior Continental Championships in Baku (Azerbaijan).

2. To reschedule the Qualification Tournament for 2021. The exact date of the Olympic Qualification tournament will be confirmed at a later stage.

Source: WKF

IOC Executive Board meeting – Information for the media


In light of the postponement of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and the current measures being implemented in Switzerland and around the world to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) will meet remotely by video conference through a secure electronic system on Thursday 14 May 2020.
The EB is scheduled to receive updates on the activities of the IOC administration and discuss holding the 136th IOC Session remotely on Friday 17 July 2020.





The IOC has delegated the selection of samples to be reanalysed and the results management to the International Testing Agency (ITA), and the ITA thus brings forward these cases.  The notification sent by the ITA to the athletes concerned when initiating proceedings gives them the choice to have their case heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) or before an IOC Disciplinary Commission. This choice is given as the Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) for the Olympic Games London 2012 still apply for cases that arise from the current reanalyses. In the case at hand, the athlete did not choose to go to the CAS and the case was automatically handled by the IOC Disciplinary Commission.As part of this process, the IOC today announced that one athlete has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. The details follow.Gulcan Mingir, 30, of Turkey, competing in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event at the Olympic Games London 2012, in which she ranked 27th, has been sanctioned. Re-analysis of Mingir’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turabinol).The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Messrs Denis Oswald (Chair), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ingmar De Vos, decided the following:

I. The athlete, Gulcan Mingir:i) is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence of prohibited substances or their metabolites or markers in the athlete’s bodily specimen), andii) is disqualified from the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the 2012 Olympic Games, namely, the women’s 3000m steeplechase event.

II. World Athletics is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.

III. The National Olympic Committee of Turkey shall ensure full implementation of this decision.IV. The decision enters into force immediately.The full decision is available here.he full decision is available here.The reanalysis programme for the samples from the Olympic Games London 2012 will continue until the end of the statute of limitations period is reached in August 2020*.You can find at the following links the list of anti-doping rule violations during or after the Olympic Games and the detailed results of the IOC reanalysis programme from 2004 tothe present day.This is part of the IOC’s efforts to protect clean athletes and the integrity of the competition. The IOC has been storing samples from the Olympic Games since Athens 2004, and has reanalysed them systematically. The fight against doping is a top priority for the IOC, which has established a zero-tolerance policy to combat cheating and to make anyone responsible for using or providing doping products accountable.


Ministry of Health stresses that all sporting events in the country remain temporarily suspended



FIJI - The Ministry of Health says although restrictions have been lifted to allow gatherings of 20 people or fewer, they wish to remind the public
that all sporting events in the country remain temporarily suspended.The Ministry says this includes events organized by sporting bodies as well as those organized at community levels by community members.
The Health Ministry further says this is in line with the measures announced by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to contain the spread and local
transmission of the virus.They add the risk of person to person transmission of COVID- 19 is high when there is a large gathering of people and at places such as sporting
facilities, stadiums or even village playgrounds where maintaining a safe physical distance can be a challenge.The Ministry adds while sporting events are not permitted at this stage, Fijians however are free to undertake their own exercises.
They says these could be simple exercises such as jogging or walking adding regular exercises and healthy diet is key to a stronger immune system.
Fiji currently has 7 active cases while 11 patients have recovered.
The Health Ministry says Fijians should not be complacent and should continue to take heed of the COVID-19 measures adding that the Government remains
on the highest alert level and will advise the public as soon as possible if more cases are found.

IOC and TOKYO 2020 Joint Statement


The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met today for an Executive Project Review via teleconference.
IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates and Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi joined Tokyo 2020 President MORI Yoshiro and CEO MUTO Toshiro for the meeting. During the productive discussion, Tokyo 2020 and the IOC agreed on the following framework, that will govern preparations for the postponed Games:

The process to deliver the Games in 2021 is overseen by a Joint Steering Committee which is led by IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates and Tokyo 2020 President MORI Yoshiro. The Committee will include Tokyo 2020 CEO MUTO Toshiro and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi.
The meetings of the Joint Steering Committee will be held whenever necessary, in order to ensure permanent coordination and efficient decision-making.
Supporting this Joint Steering Committee, Tokyo 2020 and the IOC will each have their own respective task forces: the “Here we go” Task Force on the IOC side, and the “New Launch” Task Force on the Tokyo 2020 side.


The key elements of the planning for 2021 should replicate the existing Games Delivery Plan for 2020. Particular focus will be placed on the venues and the competition schedule, which were originally agreed by all stakeholders as the best plan for the 2020 edition. On this basis, the Japanese side including Tokyo 2020 will request that each planned venue owner organises the Games according to this schedule on the new dates in 2021. The Japanese side will also seek understanding for these preparations.
On the basis of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all Olympic and Paralympic Movement stakeholders, in conjunction with Japanese side including the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, will explore all opportunities to optimise and streamline the scope and service levels at the Games, and reduce the costs that have been caused by the postponement. The IOC and the Japanese side, including the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, will continue to assess and discuss
jointly about the respective impacts caused by the postponement.
A number of measures addressing the potential impact of COVID-19 will be incorporated into the Games Delivery Plan for the Games in 2021.

The details of planning for Tokyo 2020 in 2021 are being examined this month with a view to establishing a new roadmap for the Games by May 2020, in order to then align resources and priorities accordingly.
Speaking after the meeting, IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates said, “Since the postponement of Tokyo 2020 to 2021 was agreed a few weeks ago, the strong spirit of collaboration between the IOC, the IPC, the Olympic Movement, Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese authorities has already allowed us to bring some clarity and certainty to athletes, fans and stakeholders around the world. The principles outlined today will allow us to continue in this spirit, and to answer the many questions that remain, in as efficient a manner as possible.

We believe that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times, and that the Olympic flame can be the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. The Joint Steering Committee will give its all to ensure that this is the case.”

Tokyo 2020 President MORI Yoshiro commented, “Soon after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games on 24 March 2020, Tokyo 2020 established a ‘New Launch’ Task Force on 26 March and we have been working since then to create a structure capable of overcoming these unprecedented challenges. We believe that today's new step is an important achievement in advancing over the coming year what we have prepared over the past five to six years. We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the success of the Games.”



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Invitation to the ONLINE conference 'The impact of the COVID-19 crisis in the sports industry' - March 27


Dear friends,

For the past two weeks, we all have experienced a significant change in our personal and professional life. Over these past days many industry events were cancelled or postponed, competitions suspended or re-scheduled, leagues and clubs announcing important numbers of revenue losses. As well as many startups and tech companies had to find new ways to adapt their business models and strategies to survive in this difficult period.
Nevertheless, many could manage to reinvent themselves and resist this crisis, many have come up together to face it. We have seen a bunch of great initiatives rising across the sports industry and this Friday, March 27 at 09:30 am (CET) we want to bring up an open discussion about everything that’s going on right now in the world and how it is affecting our industry
Join us in the ONLINE conference on this link!
You can also register on this LINK to get the calendar invite to this conference.
We have invited top-ranked experts to discuss the current impact on the sports organizations and sports tech, as well as to explore what business opportunities we all can discover in this crisis
Chris Robb, Author, International Keynote Speaker and Advisor.
Chris is a 35-year Mass Participation veteran which has seen him at the helm of events for over 1 million people including the 60,000 runner Singapore Marathon. He is also the as well as being an international speaker who has spoken in 15 countries.
Marcus John, CEO at Sports Capital Advisors
For almost 3 decades now Marcus has advised many Fortune 500 companies, Federations, Governments and Investors on all issues around investments into the world’s most significant sports & entertainment properties, including The Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, Formula 1, Formula E, UEFA, Clubs, Players and Media Platforms.
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Communique from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020





Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) continued its consultations with all the stakeholders of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The first took place with the International Olympic Summer Sports Federations. Those with the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the athletes’ representatives, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), other International Federations (IFs) and other stakeholders will follow in the coming days.
This communique* sets out the principles established by the IOC Executive Board (EB), together with their implementation in cooperation with all the stakeholders concerned. The IOC will continue to act as a responsible organisation. In this context, the IOC asks all its stakeholders within their own remits to do everything to contribute to the containment of the virus.
This is an unprecedented situation for the whole world, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis. We are in solidarity with the whole of society to do everything to contain the virus.The situation around the COVID-19 virus is also impacting the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and is changing day by day.
The IOC remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage; and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.
The IOC encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as best they can. We will keep supporting the athletes by consulting with them and their respective NOCs, and by providing them with the latest information and developments, which are accessible for athletes worldwide on the Athlete365 website and via their respective NOCs and IFs.The IOC has confidence that the many measures being taken by many authorities around the world will help contain the situation of the COVID-19 virus. In this context, the IOC welcomes the support of the G7 leaders as expressed by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, who said: “I want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics perfectly, as proof that the human race will conquer the new coronavirus, and I gained support for that from the G-7 leaders.”
We will continue to act in a responsible way and have agreed the following overriding principles about the staging of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:
1. To protect the health of everyone involved and to support the containment of the virus.
2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.
The IOC will continue to monitor the situation 24/7. Already in mid-February, a task force was set up consisting of the IOC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The purpose of the task force is to ensure coordinated actions by all stakeholders. It has the mission to keep a constant appraisal of the situation to form the basis for the ongoing operational planning and necessary adaptations. The task force also monitors the implementation of the various actions decided. The IOC will continue to follow the guidance of this task force. The IOC’s decision will not be determined by financial interests, because thanks to its risk management policies and insurance it will in any case be able to continue its operations and accomplish its mission to organise the Olympic Games.
A number of measures have been taken.The format of all the test events in March and April has been altered to allow for the testing of essential Games elements; the lighting of the Olympic torch in Greece and subsequent elements of the Torch Relay in Japan are being adapted; the entire Games preparation supply chain has been analysed; and alternative plans are in place in the event of anticipated disruption.
At the same time, the topics and issues which were identified by the IOC Coordination Commission for the Games as priorities continue to retain the full attention of Tokyo 2020, the IOC and the Olympic stakeholders. In this respect, work is ongoing for the preparation of athletics road events in Sapporo; heat countermeasures continue to be detailed and refined on a sport-by-sport basis; and transport and crowd movement planning remain a key focus of attention.
Concerning the next meetings, especially the upcoming Coordination Commission visit and various project reviews, adjustments have been made to the agenda and participation. While the activities remain planned on the same dates, the participation in Tokyo will be reduced while ensuring the Coordination Commission members can attend the most important part of the meeting by teleconference. The same will be done for any subsequent visits until further notice.
The day-to-day work between all organisations continues, although on a remote basis.
Currently, all Olympic Movement stakeholders and the athletes face significant challenges around securing the final qualification places for the Games. In some countries, athletes are even finding it hard to continue their regular training schedules. The IOC is reassured by the solidarity and flexibility shown by the athletes, the IFs and the NOCs, that are managing these challenges across a number of sports.
To date, 57 per cent of the athletes are already qualified for the Games. For the remaining 43 per cent of places, the IOC will work with the IFs to make any necessary and practical adaptations to their respective qualification systems for Tokyo 2020, in line with the following principles:
1. All quota places that have already been allocated to date remain allocated to the NOCs and athletes that obtained them.
2. The possibility remains to use existing and scheduled qualification events, wherever these still have fair access for all athletes and teams.
3. All necessary adaptations to qualification systems and all allocation of remaining places will be:
a) based on on-field results (e.g. IF ranking or historical results); and
b) reflect where possible the existing principles of the respective qualification systems (e.g. use of rankings or continental/regional specific event results).
Any increase in athlete quotas will be considered on a case-by-case basis under exceptional circumstances, with the support of the Organising Committee Tokyo 2020.
The IFs will make proposals for any adaptations to their respective qualification systems based on the principles outlined above. The adaptations need to be implemented sport by sport because of the differences between qualification systems. The IOC has already put in place an accelerated procedure to solve this situation. Any necessary revisions to the Tokyo 2020 qualification systems by sport will be published by the beginning of April 2020 and communicated to all stakeholders.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The health and well-being of all those involved in the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is our number-one concern. All measures are being taken to safeguard the safety and interests of athletes, coaches and support teams. We are an Olympic community; we support one another in good times and in difficult times. This Olympic solidarity defines us as a community.”
The President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Francesco Ricci Bitti, added: “I would like to thank all those involved in the organisation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and all the athletes and the International Federations for their great flexibility. We share the same approach and the same principles as the IOC, and we are as committed as the IOC to successful Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We will keep in touch and have further consultations with all stakeholders concerned.”
After its consultations with the IFs, the IOC will follow up with the NOCs and the athletes’ representatives in the coming days.
* This communique was unanimously approved by the IOC EB and all Olympic Summer Sports Federations.

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Oceania Sports Events Cancelled as a result of Coronavirus


Oceania Sports Events Cancelled or suspended as a result of Coronavirus

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 Tournaments, workshops, training and courses scheduled overseas until 6 May


Oceania Archery

Championship scheduled to be played from the 6 - 9 of next month at Albert Park in Suva and also served as a qualifying tournament to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. International Archery Events 14.03.2020  also cancelled ( NZ)Olympic Games.


The Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC) 

The Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC) advises due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the most recent advice from the Australian Government, State Governments and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the 2020 Oceania Road Championships, scheduled for Brisbane, 5-6 April as part of the Tour de Brisbane will be postponed. This follows confirmation last Friday that the 2020 Oceania BMX Championships, scheduled for 25 March in Tasmania would also be postponed.


Oceania Tennis Federation

 2020 Regional Qualifying and POJC Dates Changed. revised dates as follows
North Pacific: Guam- Monday 13th – Friday 17th July
West Pacific: Port Vila, Vanuatu- Monday 20th – Friday 24th July
East Pacific: Apia, Samoa- Monday 27th – Friday 31st July
POJC: Fiji- Thursday 15th -Saturday 24th October


Oceania Weightlifting Federation

Oceania Championship and Commonwealth Championships. To be held in Nauru from April 21-25 is postoned Maybe in September or October (TBC)


Updates on Coronavirus and the impact on qualification events


WHO position on COVID-19

As you are no doubt aware, the World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday declared that COVID-19 has become a pandemic due to the speed and scale of transmission rather than the severity of the disease. A pandemic is defined as “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people”

You can find the full WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the Mission briefing on COVID-19 – 12 March 2020 here.

Olympic flame for Tokyo 2020 provides beacon of hope following lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia


The Olympic flame for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was lit today in Ancient Olympia, Greece. This marks the start of its journey to Japan where, in only 134 days, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will begin. As a symbol of peace and hope, the Olympic Flame will now travel on towards Tokyo, conveying the Olympic Values.

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach and several guests joined the lighting ceremony, showing their unified support for the Games. These included the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee acting President, Toshiaki Endo, IOC Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission Chair John Coates and Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos.

“This ceremony demonstrates once more our commitment to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Nineteen weeks before the Opening Ceremony, we are strengthened in this commitment by the many authorities and sports organisations around the world which are taking so many significant measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“At the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 we will stand together, united in all our diversity. We will be united by our commitment to the Olympic values. We will be united by our emotions. This makes each and every one of us a member of this unique Olympic community. This Olympic community will show the entire world that our shared humanity is stronger than all the forces that want to divide us,” he added.

In his speech during the Olympic flame-lighting ceremony, President Bach also praised the Organising Committee: “Our Japanese friends are interpreting the noble mission of the Olympic Games in an outstanding way. Japan will demonstrate its ground-breaking innovation and boundless creative energy with regard to sustainability, technology and human-centred growth,” said the IOC President.

Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee acting President Toshiaki Endo said: “The Olympic Torch Relay in Greece is the origin of so many wonderful episodes and stories, and I very much hope that the torch relay that begins today will engender many dreams and aspirations, and bring hope for tomorrow.”

Held near the Temple of Hera, the traditional ceremony celebrates the Olympic Games Greek heritage, reaffirming the connection between the modern Games and their historic origins.

During his visit, President Bach also offered his gratitude to the Hellenic Olympic Committee and its President, IOC Member Spyros Capralos, for the close cooperation with the Greek government to ensure the flame lighting could take place despite the COVID-19 virus. Given the unprecedent circumstances the world is facing, the health and safety of the thousands of torchbearers, spectators and staff will be the first priority along the route of the Olympic Torch Relay both in Greece and Japan.

Following the ceremony, the Olympic torch began its journey with Olympic gold medallist from Rio 2016, Anna Korakaki from Greece. It was then passed to Japanese athlete Noguchi Mizuki, the winner of the women’s marathon race at the Olympic Games Athens 2004.

A week-long tour of Greece then follows before the Japan leg of the Olympic Torch Relay begins on 26 March. There, supported by four Presenting Partners, including Worldwide Olympic Partners Coca-Cola and Toyota, around 10,000 torchbearers will carry it through all 47 prefectures, incorporating 859 local municipalities, for a period of 121 days, before arriving in Tokyo for the Opening Ceremony.

Once the flame is lit at the Olympic Stadium on 24 July, just over 11,000 athletes, representing 206 National Olympic Committees and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team will compete in what will be the first gender-balanced Olympic Games in history.


FIBA competitions suspended


MIES (Switzerland) - Considering the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans, FIBA today has announced that all FIBA competitions, including the Basketball Champions League, are suspended as of tomorrow, Friday, 13 March 2020.
FIBA will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will evaluate the options for the continuation or not of the respective competitions when and if the situation allows for it.



The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games will be “climate positive” from 2030 onwards


In addition, the IOC will create an “Olympic Forest”, which will contribute to the UN-backed Great Green.

This decision was announced today at the IOC’s Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. It builds on the efforts taken so far by the IOC, working with the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games to ensure that all upcoming Olympic Games are carbon neutral, and have a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

“Climate change is a challenge of unprecedented proportions, and it requires an unprecedented response,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Looking ahead, we want to do more than reducing and compensating our own impact. We want to ensure that, in sport, we are at the forefront of the global efforts to address climate change and leave a tangible, positive legacy for the planet. Creating an Olympic Forest will be one way in which we will work to achieve this goal. ” 

Climate-positive Olympic Games

From 2030 onwards, each Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) will be required to go beyond the current obligation of reducing and compensating carbon emissions directly related to their operations.

This means that the OCOGs will be required to:

- minimise and compensate their direct, as well as indirect, carbon emissions; and

- implement lasting zero-carbon solutions for the Olympic Games and beyond.

This way, the Olympic Games will become climate positive, meaning that the carbon savings they create will exceed the potential negative impacts of their operations.

These requirements will be included in the Host Contract – Operational Requirements, which constitutes the contractual commitment between the host city, the National Olympic Committee and the IOC. The IOC will work closely with each OCOG to help with the implementation.

“Olympic Forest”

As part of its ambition to become climate positive as an organisation, the IOC will contribute, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to the Great Green Wall project – Africa's flagship initiative to combat the effects of desertification.

The contribution will include the planting of an Olympic Forest, from 2021 onwards. It will allow the IOC to support communities in Africa's Sahel region working towards the sustainable use of forests, rangelands and other natural resources. It will help to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The IOC’s participation in the initiative will create an opportunity for other organisations and athletes within the Olympic Movement to also contribute to it. Further details will be defined later this year.


Sustainability at the heart of Olympic Agenda 2020

Sustainability is one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020, the reform programme introduced by President Bach in 2014. In line with its recommendations, the IOC is working to ensure that sustainability principles are embedded across its activities as an organisation, as the owner of the Olympic Games and as the leader of the Olympic Movement.

All upcoming Olympic Games editions have committed to being carbon neutral.

Tokyo 2020 has committed to prioritising the use of renewable energy and compensating unavoidable emissions. Its carbon offsetting programme considers the full scope of emissions related to the Games. This includes the construction of permanent and temporary venues, as well as Games operations, including the transportation of athletes, officials and spectators. Worldwide Olympic Partner Toyota will provide zero-emission vehicles, including hydrogen cars, for the official vehicle fleet of Tokyo 2020.

- Carbon neutrality is also the objective of Beijing 2022, which has committed to using 100 per cent renewable energy for all Olympic venues.

- Paris 2024, which is the first Olympic Games edition to fully benefit from Olympic Agenda 2020, will go a step further. From the outset, each stage of this edition of the Olympic Games has been designed with sustainability in mind. This has allowed for the reduction of its estimated carbon footprint to 1.5m t, compared to the footprint of the Olympic Games London 2012: 3.3m t.

Paris 2024 will use 95 per cent existing and temporary venues, and any new permanent construction will be low in carbon. Paris 2024 will also maximise the use of public transport and use its influence to push innovation in zero-carbon technologies.

- Milano Cortina 2026 and LA 2028 have committed in the Host City contract to achieve carbon neutrality and the IOC will work with them to go beyond their direct emissions by implementing innovative sustainability solutions.

In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is a carbon-neutral organisation, thanks to its carbon reduction measures and an innovative carbon mitigation programme developed and implemented by its Official Carbon Partner Dow.  The organisation’s estimated carbon emissions between 2017 and 2020 – approximately 250kt – have already been offset. The IOC’s new headquarters in Lausanne, Olympic House, is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. It is mostly powered by renewable energy.

The IOC’s vehicle fleet in Lausanne includes eight hydrogen cars, provided by Worldwide Olympic Partner Toyota. A refuelling station installed at Olympic House supplies it with hydrogen sourced from renewable energy sources. The hydrogen-powered vehicles and fuelling station are winning local acclaim, generating discussion, and inspiring further developments in the local hydrogen sector.

About the Great Green Wall

The Great Green Wall, or Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel, is Africa's flagship initiative to combat the effects of desertification. Led by the African Union, the initiative brings together more than 20 countries.  Its aim is to transform the lives of millions of people by creating a mosaic of green and productive landscapes across North Africa, improving food security and helping communities mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Fiji’s Sprinter, Heleina Young, Awarded Inaugural Scholarship



Congratulations to Heleina Young on being awarded the inaugural Griffith University Oceania Australia Foundation Athletics Business Scholarship.

Heleina has been creating waves in the athletics arena around the region and caught the eye of OAA when she became the fastest high school athlete in Fiji to go under 12 seconds at the 2018 Coca-Cola Games. A feat which has her sitting No.2 on the Fiji all-time list behind Makelesi Bulikiobo.

Since then, Heleina has continued to threaten the dominance of Papua New Guinea female sprinters at various regional meets, more recently at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. She is fast becoming a household name for Pacific sprinting. Heleina has shown a lot of promise for Fiji and the region.

Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) High- Performance coordinator, Allison Fairweather said in a statement that the panel of judges was unanimous in their decision and they were very impressed with Heleina’s conduct throughout her interview.

“Athletics Fiji can be very proud of Heleina, her application was outstanding, and she had obviously done her homework regarding the scholarship and was well prepared for the phone interview.”

Alison Fairweather

Given her outstanding track record of being able to balance her role as a national athlete as well as the expectations of being a student, it’s no surprise that Heleina was awarded the scholarship.

We look forward to welcoming Heleina to Australia and our training centre to commence this exciting opportunity.

Source : Oceania Athletics

Gymnastics empowering women in Fiji





In 2019 the Oceania Gymnastics Union (OGU) – in partnership with Gymnastics Australia (GA) and the Gymnastics Federation of Fiji (GFF) – launched a new initiative to compliment the very successful Australian Government Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) funded AeroGym Fiji program.

AeroGym Fiji is a fun and exciting activity to encourage women to want to get active and improve their fitness. It is conducted either in or outdoors, in villages and communities, and requires no equipment other than a speaker and music, which are provided by GFF Sport Development Officers.

Building on the continuing community AeroGym programs, a three day workshop series has been introduced, leading to the annual Showcase Performance event later in the year. Using Aerobic Gymnastics as a conduit, training was facilitated by Australian expert, Debbs van Hagen, supported by Cook Islands Gymnastics Federation President, Raukura Ellison, Gymnastics Federation of Fiji Secretary General, Mherina Ahmed, and Sport Development Coordinator, Selevasio (Stino) Lebaiwasa – a true collaboration of skills and experience from across Oceania.

UN Women recognise sport as an important vehicle to achieving gender equality and the “Building Leadership Capacity of Women in Sport in Fiji” workshop series focused on two priority development objectives; increased and improved leadership opportunities for women, and increased participation in regular exercise to assist in preventing non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors.

The facilitators worked with 30 Fijian women selected from AeroGym communities, with the goal to empower them as leaders in sport and other aspects of their lives. Ongoing mentoring is provided to participants following the initial training, aimed at achieving the goals of their individual action plans, providing the support they need in order to reach their own versions of empowerment. To identify successes, learnings, opportunities and empowerment gained as a result of the activities, baseline and post event interviews are compared. On the final day, it was an honour to have Deputy High Commissioner, Anna Dorney, and Third Secretary, Mark Tamsitt, present certificates recognising the skills of the participants and the training completed.

Source : OSFO

Competitors from five of Oceania’s sailing NSOs represented this summer



This summer of sailing saw international entrants come to Australia to compete in Olympic class sailing events, many of which also served as qualification events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Many international competitors also came to compete in Olympic feeder events, where future generations of medallists are certain to be found.

From Oceania it was largely the New Zealanders who popped over the ditch in large numbers to compete against their Australian counterparts, however it was also exciting to have some other Oceania sailors competing. Entrants came from Fiji, New Caledonia and the American Samoa Sailing Association to compete in a number of the Olympic class and feeder regattas.

Tyler Paige and Adrian Hoesch from American Samoa competed in Sail Melbourne in the 470 – an Olympic class – against the only other entrant, which was sailed by Sophie Jackson and Josh Galland from Australia. The battle was intense though with each crew taking turns in winning alternate races.

The Laser 4.7s, being an Olympic feeder class, had two Fijian representatives at Sail Melbourne; Sophia Morgan and Nelle Leenders. Sophia placed fourth, with Nelle placing 10th. Sophia competed in three of the Australian summer regattas, the 2020 Australian Laser Championships, the Youth Championships and Sail Melbourne. She placed well with the big fleets and in what was tricky weather with the Australian bushfires affecting many of the race areas.

New Caledonia was represented in the 29ers, also an Olympic feeder class, at the Youth Championships, by entering six boats in the 48-strong fleet. The results from this even were as follows:

14th Emille Bouchet/Robin Chantrelle

17th Tron Fleur/Hautier Thomas

24th Corentin Goulon/Valentin Alakiletoa-Pinault

28th Lila Patarin/Victor Goyard

35th Camille Goulie/Francois Gboyah

42nd Verge Lola/Ori Valentin

The Oceania Sailing Federation is proud of the efforts of the Pacific Island nations and their sailors who travelled and took on some of the worlds future Olympians.

Source: OSFO



Series of Olympic qualifiers demonstrates Jordan's sporting ambitions


The Tokyo 2020 Western Asia Table Tennis qualifier today kickstarts a series of major Olympic qualification events in the Jordanian capital of Amman, highlighting the Kingdom’s sporting ambition and event hosting capability.

The Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC) and its National Federations, the leading organisations committed to the development and growth of sport in the Kingdom, will host the Tokyo 2020 Western Asia Table Tennis qualifier (24-26 February), the Tokyo 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier (3-11 March) and the Tokyo 2020 Asian taekwondo qualifier (10-12 April).

“We are honoured and excited to be welcoming hundreds of the world’s best athletes to Jordan over the next few months. Hosting a series of Tokyo 2020 qualifying events not only underlines Jordan’s sporting ambitions, it also demonstrates that the Kingdom has the experience to host world-class international sports events,” said Nasser Majali, Secretary General of the JOC and CEO of the Local Organising Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier.

“On behalf of the Jordan Olympic Committee, I would like to wish all athletes, coaches and officials travelling to Amman the very best of luck in their events.”

By hosting these major Olympic qualifiers, the JOC continues to inspire the next young generation of athletes at grassroots and elite levels, which is a key pillar of Jordan’s National Strategy for Sport.

The events will see up to 500 athletes from over 45 countries travel to Jordan’s capital.


Source: Around the Rings

IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne – Information for the media


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) will meet at Olympic House on 3 and 4 (5 TBC) March 2020.

The EB is scheduled to receive reports from the Organising Committees of the upcoming Olympic Games and various IOC commissions, as well as updates on the activities of the IOC administration.

Tuesday 3 March – IOC Executive Board meeting - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Press briefing with the IOC Spokesperson, Mark Adams – 6.30 p.m.

Wednesday 4 March – IOC Executive Board meeting - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

IOC President’s press conference               

Thursday 5 March – TBC

Media representatives who will not be in Lausanne will have the possibility of watching the press conferences live on Periscope and YouTube. Please regularly check @iocmedia, where we will send updates on timings.


Media accreditation:

Accreditations will be processed online. Media representatives wishing to cover the meetings are requested to register on the IOC website by Friday 28 February.

If you have already registered for previous meetings, please access your profile using your email address, and tick the box for the March 2020 Executive Board meeting. For journalists who have not yet registered, please follow the instructions provided. Should you have any issues when registering, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Click here to access the media accreditation system.

Accreditation cards will be distributed at Olympic House as of 8 a.m. on 3 March.


Media facilities:

A media working room will be set up at Olympic House and will be equipped with free wireless internet access. Media catering will be provided to cover lunches and coffee breaks.

Opening hours:

3 and 4 March from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

5 March from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. TBC


Media representatives are requested to make their own arrangements.

 Source : IOC


World Rugby Statement: Singapore and Hong Kong Sevens rescheduled


World Rugby, the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Sport Singapore have taken the decision to reschedule the Hong Kong and Singapore rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in response to continued health concerns relating to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority. This prudent decision has been taken in order to help protect the global rugby community and the wider public and was taken based on the World Health Organisation and relevant public authority travel and health guidelines. The decision is fully supported by stakeholders, including unions and commercial partners.

Both events will be rescheduled to conclude the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 with the HSBC Singapore Sevens now taking place on 10-11 October and the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens completing the series on 16-18 October.

Hong Kong and Singapore will host HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 tournaments as per usual in April.

Fans who have purchased tickets for Singapore and Hong Kong via official channels are advised that their tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled events and a full refund will be provided in the event fans are unable to attend the rescheduled events.

Hong Kong ticket information: www.hksevens.com

Singapore ticket information: www.singapore7s.com.sg

 Source : world Rugby

Belgium and Nigeria on the rise, USA maintain top spot in FIBA World Ranking Women



MIES (Switzerland) - The updated FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike saw USA maintain their status as the top-ranked country ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament draw, with a number of teams using successful FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to boost their positions.

Having booked their ticket to the Olympics at home in Ostend, Belgium (585.7) were the biggest winners as they jumped two spots into seventh place after registering wins over Japan and Sweden.

Their rise came at the expense of Serbia and China, who lost a spot each despite seeing their overall ranking point tally increase as they too locked in Olympic berths. As the ranking considers the results from the past eight years, these changes are also in part to do with the gradually shifting weighting for previous years.

Meanwhile, Nigeria (366.6) leaped three positions to establish themselves at #14 after clinching Olympic qualification in Belgrade, Serbia. The top-ranked African team topped continental rivals Mozambique and came close to forcing upsets against two Top 10 ranked teams in USA and Serbia.

The 19th-ranked Korea (333.3) closed the gap to Great Britain (333.5), one position above, after edging them to the Olympic spot in Group B in the Serbian capital.

In general, most of the teams participating in the FIBA Women's Olympic Basketball Tournaments 2020 also grew their overall points total, even if it did not translate to positions gained.

The two other teams that did make upward moves were Sweden (315.0) and Mozambique (153.1). Sweden rose two positions to enter the Top 20, while Mozambique got a seven-position bounce and are now ranked #36.


Source : FIBA




[Nur-Sultan. 8 February 2020] The Board of Directors of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) met on 7/8 February in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, to formulate policy and approve action plans for 2020.

The IMMAF Directors agreed to step up efforts to gain official recognition from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF) while continuing to strengthen IMMAF’s operational capacity.

The membership of IMMAF Commissions was approved, as was a new IT platform designed to ensure efficiency of communication. In addition, a 2020 Action Plan for each team was approved.

IMMAF was also pleased to welcome a new member from Uzbekistan (with Observation status).

The formation of Area commissions for Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and Americas were also approved and appropriately, a Central Asian commission, made up of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, was also launched in Nur-Sultan.

IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said:

“The creation of these Area and Regional Commissions, under the IMMAF umbrella, will allow our policies and values to develop more quickly at local level, where the impact on the development of amateur MMA will be greatest.”

The Board also approved a revamp of the IMMAF Brand, Website and a new IT strategy, the latter of which will be managed by a new consultant Tobias Sahlin.

Densign White, IMMAF CEO said:

“We have had a very productive couple of days of meeting, and the Board has set out clear project guidelines for our teams to activate and deliver. We will be focusing on building an efficient commercial unit to untap the potential of IMMAF to generate significant revenues.”

IMMAF’s Continental Championships will kick off with the Oceania Open at the Gold Coast from 6-8 March, while registration is now possible for the IMMAF Africa Open Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa from April 15-18th.

The Asian Open will be taking place at the state of the art Palace of Combat and Martial Arts in Nur-Sultan in June.

Source: Aroundtherings

Pound rejects claims IOC is restricting athletes' freedom of speech


 International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Richard Pound has rejected claims the organisation is restricting athletes' freedom of speech through Rule 5

The IOC and President Thomas Bach have come under heavy criticism for their repeated warnings to athletes about staging podium protests at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Rule 50 states that "No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas."

American footballer Megan Rapinoe was one of many athletes to criticise the rule and insinuate freedom of speech was being curtailed. 

"So much being done about the protests," she said on Instagram

"So little being done about what we are protesting about. 

"We will not be silenced."

Pound has responded to the criticism in a column for the Canadian newspaper The Star, defending the use of Rule 50.

"There is a perfectly simple explanation for such a rule, but in some quarters it has been harshly criticised as an unjustifiable incursion into the rights of free speech enjoyed by Olympic athletes," he said.

"First, this is not a new rule and, second, it is one wholly consistent with the underlying context of the Olympic Games, during which politics, religion, race and sexual orientation are set aside. 

"The guidelines causing the furor were produced by athletes themselves, after extensive consultations. 

"It is athletes who bear the risk of losing the moment they have trained for their whole lives by a protest on the podium."

He went on to claim that the IOC was not restricting freedom of speech, with athletes able to espouse their views in interviews and on social media.

"Everyone has the right to political opinion and the freedom to express such opinions," he said. 

"The IOC fully agrees with that principle, and has made it absolutely clear that athletes remain free to express their opinions in press conferences, in media interviews and on social media. 

"But, in a free society, rights may come with certain limitations.

"Rule 50 restricts the occasions and places for the exercise of such rights. 

"It does not impinge on the rights themselves. 

"Many other governmental and sporting organisations have similar rules restricting demonstrations. 

"Remember, too, that allowing protests on the podium means accepting all protests, not just those with which you may agree."

The IOC Athletes' Commission also attempted to differentiate between protests and "expressing views" when the body established specific guidelines on Rule 50 last month. 

The guidlines, published following a joint meeting of the IOC Executive Board and the Athletes' Commission, prohibit protests and demonstrations at "all Olympic venues", including medal ceremonies, the field of play and the Olympic Village.

There were two protests in the space of 24 hours by American athletes at the 2019 Pan American Games, when fencer Race Imboden - an Olympic bronze medallist - knelt during the American national anthem and called for change in the United States, citing racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants and his opposition to President Donald Trump.

Hammer thrower Gwen Berry later staged her own protest, raising her right fist at the conclusion of her medal ceremony.

Ethiopian's Feyisa Lilesa made an anti-Government gesture when crossing the line at the end of the marathon at Rio 2016. 

Lilesa, who won silver at the Games in the Brazilian city, crossed his arms in a gesture used to oppose the Government's crackdowns on protests in his home region of Oromia.   

Source : Insidethegames


Tongan athletes remain in quarantine in Wuhan due to coronavirus outbreak


Tonga National Olympic Committee secretary general Takitoa Taumoepeau confirmed there are Tongan athletes currently quarantined in Wuhan due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the Chinese city. 

Fifty-two Tongan athletes and officials from swimming, table tennis, boxing and weightlifting are currently in Wuhan, as reported by Radio New Zealand

Their flights back to Tonga, via Hong Kong, were cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the city. 

So far the illness has killed 722 people in China and has also spread to 28 countries, infecting just under 35,000 people. 

Taumoepeau confirmed that the athletes were all well and the Tongan Government was working on bringing them back.

"They are good, they didn't contract the virus and they are in a very remote place from Wuhan," he said.

"But I think our Government here is trying to negotiate and uplift them from where they are instead of going to Wuhan where all the flights are uplifting the various citizens from."

He also revealed that the situation would not affect Tonga's preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with only one athlete among the group aiming to qualify. 

"The team that went to China, they were in the development level so apart from the swimmers, the female swimmer, the other sports they're not trying to qualify," he said. 

A large number of sporting events in China have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Sports affected include boxing, football, wrestling, basketball, tennis, hockey, badminton, diving, equestrian, golf and biathlon.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships, initially scheduled for March in Nanjing, is the most high-profile sporting event to be postponed because of the virus so far.

It has been delayed by a year until March 2021.

The opening test event for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, an Alpine Ski World Cup in Yanqing, was also cancelled.

This year's SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit in Beijing, scheduled for between April 19 and 24, is another major gathering under threat.

Source : InsidetheGames

Estanguet claims Tahiti offers best guarantee of waves for Paris 2024 surfing


Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet has claimed Tahiti offered the best guarantee of waves for competition, following the approval of the South Pacific island as the venue for surfing

Tahiti - the largest island in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France - was selected by the Paris 2024 Executive Board in December as the preferred venue.

Biarritz Pays Basque, Lacanau-Bordeaux Métropole, La Torche and Hossegor-Seignosse-Capbreton had also submitted a bid to host surfing at the Games.

Tahiti is located 15,700 kilometres from Paris, which would make it the furthest distance between two Olympic competitions being held as part of the same Games in the history of the event.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach had appeared to cast doubt on the possibility of surfing at Paris 2024 taking place in Tahiti last year, when he claimed the organisation preferred a venue "closest to the centre of the Games".

Paris 2024 have since confirmed Tahiti as the proposed venue, which still needs to be rubber stamped by the IOC Executive Board.

Estanguet, speaking at Global Sports Week Paris here, claimed the choice of Tahiti had been well supported by both athletes and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

The Paris 2024 President claimed Tahiti offered the best guarantee of spectacular waves for competition during the Games period.

Surfing was one of four additional sports chosen by Paris 2024 for the Games, along with breaking, skateboarding and sport climbing.

"As you know we chose surfing, which will be completely validated by the IOC by December 2020," he said.

"Our proposal for the venue if confirmed is Tahiti.

"It is a French wave and the most spectacular wave.

"It is also the guarantee that the competition will be able to organised.

"At this time of the year, there is an 85 per cent chance to have the perfect wave, according to the International Federation.

"We asked for advice from the International Federation and to the athletes community.

"They were all supportive in having the venue for surfing on the waves in Tahiti."

Surfing at Paris 2024 could take place on the Teahupo’o wave, world renowned for its conditions and surf, if the proposal is approved by the IOC.

Temporary modular houses would form the Athletes' Village for surfers competing in Tahiti - a 23-hour flight from Paris - if the plan is given the green light.

Paris 2024 revealed these would be dismantled after the competition and rebuilt in Tahiti and the islands as social housing.

All 48 surfers due to would compete in the first week of the Games, would have the opportunity to spend the second week of the Games in the Olympic Village in Paris.

They would also participate in the Closing Ceremony.

Last month World Rowing confirmed it planned to propose coastal rowing as an additional discipline at Paris 2024.

Coastal rowing, described as the "extreme and adventure side" of the sport, involves rowing along a sea coast and out into the sea.

Tahiti has been mooted as a potential location, should coastal rowing been included on the programme for the Games

Source: Insidethegames


The Legend of Kobe Bryant (Tribute) - 20 Minutes of Kobe's TOP 50 NBA Highlights


A Tribute to a legend. Kobe Bryant was lethal from all areas of the court. Pull-ups, fadeways, game-winners... you name it. However you wanted it is how you got it! In honor of #MambaDay here are 20 minutes of No.8/24's top 50 plays of his career.[click on hyperlink and click video]

THE timing of Chinese funded projects earmarked for Solomon Islands will be delayed a bit due to the current novel coronavirus outbreak in China


Counsellor (Political) and Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Papua New Guinea Yao Ming told the local journalist yesterday in Honiara.

He said the outbreak will affect the ongoing progress of work on some of the big projects earmarked for this year between the government of China and Solomon Islands.

It was understood that since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two governments last year numbers of big projects were year marked to be kicked off this year.

One of them is the national stadium for the Pacific Games 2023 which will be hosted in Honiara.

Counsellor Ming told the local journalists that initially they have been expecting an official delegation from China’s government in charge of these projects to arrive in Honiara this week.

“But it has to be reschedule due to all the travel restrictions caused by coronavirus outbreak,” Ming said.

They were supposed to be in the country to meet with the government to further foster the arrangements for the big projects.

When asked about the timing, Ming said at the moment they are not sure how long the work to curb the coronavirus will take.

“As we know China’s government is doing all its best to contain and treat it so that it did not reach the countries with weak health system,” he added.

Source : Solomon Star

Athletics Integrity Unit continues to seek candidates for two positions on its Board


December 2019, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced it was seeking candidates for two positions on the AIU Board.

The AIU Board governs the AIU, which was established by the International Association of Athletics Federations (now World Athletics) in 2017. Its role is to protect the integrity of Athletics. It does this through education and testing and by investigating and prosecuting anti-doping rule violations and other breaches of integrity within the World Athletics Rules and Regulations including the Integrity Code of Conduct and Rules based on the World Anti-Doping Code.

The AIU Board is responsible for approving the AIU?s strategy, annual plan, policies, and procedures for the Unit. It also monitors the overall performance of the Unit and is required to report to the World Athletics Congress annually and to the World Athletics Council.

To enable wider circulation of these vacancies, the AIU Board Appointments Panel has decided to extend the closing date for applications by a further week to Friday 14 February 2020.

The Panel welcomes applications from any person (whether or not associated with athletics) who has significant experience in either anti-doping, other sport integrity matters (such as match fixing, fraud, corruption) or the law, and also has governance experience.

For a detailed Position Description and information about the application process, click here.

World Athletics

?L?Unit? d?int?grit? de l?athl?tisme poursuit sa recherche de candidats pour deux postes au sein du Bureau de l?UIA En d?cembre 2019, l?Unit? d?int?grit? de l?athl?tisme (UIA) annon?ait qu?elle recherchait des candidats pour pourvoir deux postes au sein de son Bureau.

Le Bureau de l?UIA r?git l?Unit? d?int?grit? de l?athl?tisme qui a ?t? cr??e en 2017 par l?Association Internationale des F?d?rations d?Athl?tisme (maintenant d?nomm?e World Athletics). Le r?le de l?UIA est de prot?ger l?int?grit? de l?athl?tisme. Pour ce faire, elle met en ?uvre des actions ?ducatives et des contr?les. Elle diligente des enqu?tes et engage des poursuites en cas de violation des r?gles antidopage et autres manquements ? l'int?grit? dans le cadre des R?gles et des R?glements de World Athletics, y compris le Code de conduite en mati?re d?int?grit?, et les r?gles d?coulant du Code mondial antidopage.

Organe r?gissant l?Unit? d?int?grit? de l?athl?tisme, le Bureau l?UIA est charg? d?approuver la strat?gie de l?UIA, son plan annuel, les politiques et les proc?dures de l?Unit?. En outre, il supervise les r?sultats d?ensemble de l?Unit? et doit faire rapport annuellement au Conseil ainsi qu?au Congr?s de World Athletics.

Le Panel de nomination au Bureau de l?Unit? d?int?grit? de l?athl?tisme a d?cid? de proroger la date de cl?ture des candidatures au vendredi 14 f?vrier 2020, accordant ainsi une semaine suppl?mentaire pour permettre une plus large diffusion de l?avis de vacance de postes.

Le Panel encourage les candidatures de toute personne (issue ou non du milieu de l?athl?tisme) ayant une solide exp?rience en mati?re de droit, dans la lutte antidopage ou dans d?autres domaines concernant l?int?grit? du sport (tels que les trucages de matchs, la fraude et la corruption). Les candidats doivent ?galement poss?der une exp?rience en mati?re de gouvernance.

La description d?taill?e du poste et les informations concernant le processus de candidature sont disponibles ici.

Source : World Athletics

Mohamed Moustahsane: RBF gives high standard of work for AIBA National Federations


AIBA Interim President Dr Mohamed Moustahsane and AIBA Executive Committee members became guests of second All-Russian Boxing Forum in Kaliningrad. For two days all the 85 Russian regional boxing federation discussed important issues leaded by Secretary General of Russian Boxing Federation, AIBA EC member Mr Umar Kremlev.

Dr Moustahsane claimed he supports the idea of such events for all the AIBA members.

“It’s a pleasure to take part in such united boxing events. Now we see how ABA Continental Forums were born. Mr Kremlev initiated this event in Russia and spread his experience for the whole boxing family. I’d love to see each of our members doing so good with internal communication. Based on that, we will create a powerful foundation of our organisation, which will help us moving forward. I appreciate efforts of Mr Kremlev to inspire other countries to put new developing programs with all the stakeholders”, said Interim President.

He also admit good level of organisation and conducting the event, who gathered around 500 participants and guests.

“We are AIBA Family, we should build bright future for AIBA all together”, added he.

Kremlev, who is also a chair of AIBA Marketing Commission, in his speech to the participants underlined that every boxing leader should start with history of the sport. He also noted that he would be happy to see AIBA National Federations conducting its own local forums.

“I am sure each boxing federation in the world can do much better with such events as forums. You can listen to real problems and offer good solutions. One forum is more effective than dozens of e-mails and phone calls. Leaders should see themselves what is going on in their continent, country or region. And now AIBA has this format as well conducting Continental Forums. It will inspire NFs to progress”, said Mr Kremlev.

 Source : AIBA




Weightlifting queen aims to score points for Olympics


Solomon Islands Weightlifting queen Jenly Wini Tegu remains confident she can score points to qualify for the Olympic Games despite just coming off her injury.

Wini competed in the recent 2020 World Cup in Rome, Italy where she lifted 75KG in the snatch before lifting a massive 102 KG in the clean & jerk for a 3rd place ranking in the Women’s 59 KG B competition. 

This is her first competition after her injury and though she was not really impressed with her performance she remains optimistic she will do so in her remaining two qualifying competitions.

This is also her debut in the Weightlifting World Cup tournament and she is happy to have scored points.

“This is my first World Cup and I am competing after recovering from an injury and I am happy with the result though not really impressed with my own performance.

“This is my fourth qualifying event for the Olympic Games and I’m just impressed that I scored a total.

“I am the only Oceania athlete competing in our group and I know I could have done more if I was in top form like I used to be  but I know I can do better in the two remaining competitions.

“I’m not so worried because I have scored a big total in my first event in Thailand last year.

“I just need to play safe and score more points on these last events,” she said.

Wini has two more competition left and aims to perform to her best to get maximum points to qualify for the Olympic Games.

She admitted that it will be tough but refused to take that as an excuse as she eyes a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games.

“I have two more competitions, one just two weeks from now and the other final qualifying event is in April.

“The next competition is the Australian open Weightlifting competition which is just a few weeks away followed  by the final event the Commonwealth Oceania Championship in April.

“All competition counts so I just have to work hard and score points.

“It will be tough but it will be no excuse for me, I won’t give up,” she said. 

Source : Solomon Star

Solomon Islands NOC holds one-day planning session for 2020


The National Olympic Committee of the Solomon Islands (NOCSI) Executive Board held a one-day planning session to prepare for the year head.

Officials reviewed activities in 2019 and also discussed the 2020 operation plan, which is linked to the NOCSI strategic plan.

According to the NOCSI, key aims are improving internal and external communications and strengthening National Federations.

The session was facilitated by members of the NOCSI Training and Development Commission. 

Solomon Islands have competed at every Summer Olympics since Los Angeles 1984, and are yet to win a medal.

A team of three represented the country at Rio 2016, including 5,000 metres runners Rosefelo Siosi and Sharon Firisua.

Jenly Tegu Wini also competed in weightlifting.

 Source :Insidethegames

Guam to host FIVB-sanctioned beach volleyball tourney March 5-8


Some of the best women's beach volleyball teams from around the world will converge on Guam in March.

The Guam Volleyball Federation will host its first Fédération Internationale de Volleyball-sanctioned beach volleyball tournament, the Guam Beach Cup, March 5-8 at Jimmy Dee's Paradise Beach Resort. The FIVB is the world governing body for volleyball.

The tournament is for two-woman teams.

Federation vice president Kaz Endo, also the Guam commissioner for beach volleyball, said that among a wealth of firsts for Guam, players can earn Olympic qualifying points as countries around the world whittle down their representatives to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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"With the beach program making its mark here, we are particularly proud it's a women's event," said Endo. "There are not enough women's programs out there and we are happy to showcase the sport that can inspire our younger generation of players.

He said the federation hopes to offer both a men's and women's tournament in 2021.

Teams already registered for the March tournament include Denmark, Finland, Sweden, the U.S. and several teams from Japan. Registration for qualified teams will continue for the next few days, he said.

As the host country, Guam is allowed to enter teams for pool play and one team could even qualify for the main draw, he said.

Kendra Byrd, left, and Tatiana Sablan represented Guam in beach volleyball at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu. (Photo: Courtesy of Tatiana Sablan)

"It's all good timing, and things falling into place. Guam gets to see pros from all parts of the world, not just from our regional neighbors. I think that these teams — which are also hoping to qualify for the Olympics — are looking forward to playing in weather that's similar to Tokyo," he said.

Endo says this is a one-star event, the designated rating for a federation's first FIVB event. Events reach as high as five stars depending on the quality of the event.

Source : Pacific Daily News


Tokyo 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier moved to Amman after coronavirus outbreak


The Asian and Oceania boxing qualifying event for this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo will now be held in Amman in Jordan, it was announced today.

It is due to take place from March 3 to 11, having originally been scheduled for Wuhan, China, from February 3 until 14.

However, it has been moved as a response to the coronavirus outbreak reported in the Chinese city.

The International Olympic Committee Boxing Task Force (BTF) confirmed the news, following the cancellation decision by the BTF and the Olympic Chinese Committee.

After a careful review, the BTF approved the proposal of the National Olympic Committee of Jordan (JOC), in order to confirm competition dates and location as soon as possible, in the best interest of the athletes involved.

IOC Boxing Task Force: Asian / Oceanian Tokyo 2020 boxing qualifying event to be held in Jordan.


VASANOC acknowledges the Olympic solidarity for training support


Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee( VASANOC) acknowledges their main funding sponsor the Olympic Solidarity for the successful completion of the three days Sports Medicine training.

The three days training culminated at the Tennis Club on Monday with 16 participants completing the course.

VASANOC Sports Development officer and Course coordinator James Kalo Malau was impressed with the modules covered for participants helping them to be first responder on the sports field and arena with the absence of medical officials.

“Injury in sports is common, knee injury, ankle injury, shoulder, etc.Most times, no medical practitioner is nearby in training venues or in competition venue but coach or development officer are always on site every time since they are with athletes every-time.

“Being a first responder when one of their athlete is injured is very important.

“Even to prevent the injury from happening or making it worse that is why VASANOC is taking this direction to train and equip them with these skills that is facilitated by these top presenters,” Malau said.

Facilitators Dr Maria Constantinou who is the Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia and Assistant Professor Mark Brown who is the Health Clinics Coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia; Assistant Professor in Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia.

Now onus is on the 16 participants to implement it on the field when it matters.

“Now it is up to the participants to apply put the training and knowledge into practise and help our athletes to train and prepare them to better performance and to achieve better results.

“As part of competency the participants have a five months assessments period to complete some tasks and submit their monthly reports to the office of the SDO of VASANOC.

“The participants have receive a certificate of participation after the training on Monday and will receive a Certificate of attainment after they submit the workbook after the 5 month period,” he added.

VASANOC have identified a few of the participants who have the capabilities and will find ways to support them in the future and may involve them in further higher level training.

“We thank Maria Constantinou and Mark Brown for facilitating this training and also appreciate the support from the Olympic Solidarity for funding this training,” Malau added.

Vanuatu Daily Post

Tokyo 2020 celebrates the arrival of the Olympic rings



The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has celebrated six months to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. As the Games draw closer, excitement is building throughout the city, and the illumination of the Olympic rings in Odaiba today is just the latest addition to the growing Olympic atmosphere.

Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya commented, “With the Olympic year finally here, everything is coming together. We’ve spent the last seven years working toward this, and now with just six months to go we’re excited to see the pieces falling into place. From venues to volunteers to ticketing, preparations are exactly where we want them to be at the six-month mark.”

As the Olympic Rings are unveiled in Odaiba, key indicators show preparations for a successful

Games are on schedule. To mark the six-month milestone, Tokyo 2020 announced the latest updates to key facts and figures on the progress being made towards a successful Tokyo 2020 Games.

Tokyo 2020 Venues

A total of 43 venues—eight new permanent venues, 25 existing sites and 10 temporary venues—will be used at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. All but one of the new permanent venues are already complete and the overall preparation of all venues is progressing on schedule. Last month, the new Olympic Stadium – a state-of-the-art venue that will serve generations of athletes and spectators to come – was officially opened to the public and on New Year’s Day hosted its first official sporting competition.

After the Games have ended, the Village Plaza, constructed completely from timber donated from 63 local municipalities in all 47 prefectures, will be dismantled and the timber returned to the donor municipalities to be reused in local projects, connecting communities throughout Japan to the legacy of the Tokyo Games.

Olympic Ticketing

Over 8.2 million people In Japan have registered so far for a Tokyo 2020 ID. At the close of the second phase of ticket sales, a total of 4.48 million tickets had been purchased by the general public in Japan. There will be one final round of sales worldwide on a first-come, first-serve basis, to take place this spring.
People living outside of Japan are able to purchase tickets through Authorised Ticket Resellers

(ATRs) in their home countries. ATRs are Tokyo 2020-approved sales channels outside of Japan appointed by National Olympic Committees with the exclusive right to sell Games tickets in their respective countries and regions. Overseas ticket sales commenced on 20 June 2019. The sales launch date in each territory may vary depending on each ATR’s sales plans and schedules.

Source :IOC

FIBA announces hosts for Oceania Youth championships in 2020, 2021 and 2022.


GOLD COAST (Australia) - FIBA officially announced the hosts for the regional Youth Championships in Oceania in 2020, 2021 and 2022 awarding the rights to Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Guam respectively.

FIBA opened the bidding process in May 2019 for the FIBA Oceania Youth Championships.

'We are delighted to announce and award the hosting rights to Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Guam - their expertise and experience in hosting FIBA events in the last cycle, gives us the confidence in their ability to host the FIBA Youth championships in their respective countries,' said FIBA Oceania Executive Director, David Crocker.

The FIBA U15 and U17 Oceania Championships serve as the first step in the qualification process to the FIBA U17 and FIBA U19 World Championships.

The top two finishers of each tournament will guarantee a spot to the FIBA U16 and FIBA U18 Asian Championship - the final qualifier to the World Championships.

Papua New Guinea's recent hosting experience includes the 2015 Pacific Games, 2017 FIBA Melanesia Cup, and the 2018 FIBA U15 Oceania Championship

Samoa hosted the inaugural FIBA Polynesia Cup in 2018 and the recently concluded 2019 Pacific Games.

Guam hosted the inaugural FIBA U17 Oceania Championship in 2017 and will host FIBA Asia Cup Qualifying games for their Senior Men's team in Feb 2020 and Dec 2020, along with away games in Feb 2021.



Acting ANOC President hails "outstanding" Winter Youth Olympic Games.


Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Acting President Robin Mitchell has praised Lausanne 2020 for delivering an "outstanding" Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Mitchell said the third edition of the event had been a "fantastic success" and organisers had created "a fantastic atmosphere of elite sport and shared Olympic values".

"The Youth Olympic Games has always been about more than sport and in Lausanne we have once again witnessed how the event provides the perfect platform for innovation and education," Mitchell, who will remain Acting President until a Swiss court case against Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is resolved, said.

"Athletes have competed in many innovative sports events, providing a testing ground for their potential inclusion in future competitions. 

"We have seen pioneering sustainability initiatives that will leave a lasting legacy for the city and region."

Mitchell added: "We have seen how sport can educate and teach young people positive values and life skills that will equip them in their futures in and out of sport."

The acting ANOC head also highlighted the increased number of athletes and National Olympic Committees which competed at the event, compared with the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer.

Nearly 2,000 athletes - a 40 per cent increase on Lillehammer 2016 - participated at the Games, while eight more NOCs were present here than four years ago.

Twelve NOCs made their Winter Youth Olympic debuts at Lausanne 2020 - Albania, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Haiti, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Trinidad and Tobago.

Lausanne 2020 concluded with a short Closing Ceremony last night, bringing the curtain down on an event International Olympic Committee officials have consistently praised.

Source: Insidethegames

FASANOC hoping to send up to 50 athletes to Tokyo 2020



The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) is hoping to send a team of around 50 athletes to this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Fiji's squad is set to leave the country for Japan on July 17, while the men's and women's rugby sevens team are expected to head to a pre-Games training camp slightly earlier.

The nation's men's and women's rugby sevens teams are the only Fijian athletes to have secured a place at Tokyo 2020, where the men will aim to retain the Olympic title they won at Rio 2016.

Fijian athletes are also attempting to also qualify in athletics, archery, judo, shooting, table tennis and swimming.

Patrick Bower, Chef de Mission for Fiji at Tokyo 2020, will lead an advance party which is due to travel to the Japanese capital before the arrival of the full team.

Last year, FASANOC chose Ōita as the site for Fiji's pre-Tokyo 2020 training camp.

FASANOC’s sponsorship and marketing manager Ritesh Ratiram said the organisation would cooperate closely with the Japanese Embassy in Fiji in the lead-up to the Games, due to open on July 24.

"Discussions included possible collaborations for cultural programmes among other things," he said.


Source : Insidethegames


Tokyo 2020 unveil ticket designs


Tokyo 2020 have revealed the ticket designs for this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Organisers said the designs are based on the "look" of the Games and the "visual identity" of Tokyo 2020.

There are 59 designs for Olympic tickets and 25 for the Paralympics, with those who have secured seats set to receive them from May.

All of the tickets feature a sport pictogram, a venue pictogram and the Tokyo 2020 logo.

hey are colour-coded according to the venue and area hosting the event.

According to Tokyo 2020, the tickets have been inspired by the three types of rectangle used in the Games emblems.

Inspiration has also been taken from the Japanese technique "kasane no irome", a colour scheme used in the creation of fabrics for kimonos. 

Four "traditional Japanese" colours have been used which are said to reflect the four seasons.

Red, or kurenai, is often used during celebrations while blue, or ai, has been picked as it is "globally known" as a colour representing Japan.

Blue is also the prominent colour of the Tokyo 2020 logos.

Purple, or fuji, is the colour of Japanese wisteria, regarded as a "beautiful Japanese flower".

A pine needle shade of green, or matsuba, is another colour which is used in celebrations.

"We are very proud of the design of the Tokyo 2020 tickets, embodying as it does Japanese traditions and skills, and we hope they will please both Japanese and international spectators at the Tokyo 2020 Games," said Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya. 

These tickets will not just be the door-opener to the venues for them, they will become memorabilia that they will cherish long after the Games come to an end."  

A free exhibition of the tickets opened in Tokyo today at Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower.

It will run until January 29.  

Organisers have reported huge demand for tickets in Japan, with lotteries for those in the host nation taking place.

Source : Insidethegames



Study delves into Pacific athletes' mental health


Young Pasifika athletes in elite New Zealand rugby codes are aware of mental health issues, but tend not to seek help or use support services available to them.

That’s what University of Auckland PhD candidate, Caleb Marsters, has found in his research into Pasifika men, mental health and elite sports.

He has interviewed professional and semi-professional athletes in rugby league and rugby union as part of that research.

“A few of them it was their first time really having a deep discussion about mental health and even emotions and stuff like that, but the majority of guys that have been in the elite system for a while, they get so much support and services and people coming in to talk to them about mental health and where they can go,” Marsters said.

“They’re very informed about it, but the gap we’re seeing is the information they have versus the actions we’re seeing around help-seeking.”

“They know where the support is, they know what depression is, but actually making that first step to seek help or use these services.”

He said for almost all the players he talked to, their main motivation was to get a professional contract to help their family.

“The pressure associated with that, the obligations and whatnot to give back, for whatever reason, sports I guess has that visibility with these young guys… there’s a lot of pressure on them to succeed to give back,” Marsters said.

“That’s where we found a lot of the fear of failure, the massive impact from when you’re dropped from a team or maybe you miss out on a contract, it’s usually that feeling of letting the family down.”

And that pressure is often self-imposed; players perceiving high expectations from their family.

“For those boys who did overcome their mental health struggles after those experiences, it was usually sitting down with their parents, and their parents giving them that reassurance that helped them feel better, and got them to a better place mentally,” Marsters said.

He also found that the interview subjects mental wellbeing tended to be very closely related to their athletic performance, a dangerous phenomenon.

“They’re coming through these systems from a young age, and sports is their whole life, especially rugby and league,” Marsters said.

“The reality is that even if you do well, even if you become professional, there are losses and everyone leaves the sport eventually.”

When one only thinks of themselves as an athlete, and that is taken away from them, that leads to a loss of self-worth.

Source : Samoa observer


Australian Olympic Committee praise "inspiring" athletes for bushfire response



The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has described the response of athletes to the country's bushfire crisis as "inspiring".


A number of stars have pledged money and support after blazes destroyed thousands of homes and left 25 people dead.

"Although the fires continue to burn, seeing the Australian community come together to support those affected by the fires has been inspiring, with many Aussie athletes pledging to do whatever they can to help," the AOC said.

Double Winter Olympic snowboarder Ben Mates, who competed in the halfpipe competition at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010, has been on the front line as a firefighter.

He has risked his life despite only undergoing ACL surgery 14 weeks ago.

Olympic swimming siblings Emma and David McKeon were forced to flee their home in Lake Conjola as fires overran the town.

Emma, winner of an Olympic gold medal in the women's 4x100 metres freestyle relay at Rio 2016, called for donations and said: "It is so hard to truly understand the level of devastation and suffering happening right now across the country."

At the ongoing ATP Cup tennis tournament in Australia, being held in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, players including Nick Kyrgios have pledged money for every ace they serve.

Ashleigh Barty will donate her entire prize money from the ongoing Brisbane International tournament, a sum of AUD$360,000 (£188,000/$247,000/€222,000) if the world number one wins the event.

Nick Kyrgios has pledged cash for every ace he hits at the ATP Cup ©Getty Images

Football Federation Australia has dedicated two rounds of the A-League and W-League seasons to raising funds for the cause and Australia's rugby sevens sides have pledged $AUD500 (£260/$340/€310) for every try scored at the Sydney 7s in February.

Among other fundraisers are triple Olympic equestrian gold medallist Andrew Hoy, who has appeared at six Games.

He has donated the official Olympic blanket used by horse Rutherglen at London 2012 for auction, alongside a signed photo and personal note.

Double Olympic medal winning canoeist Jess Fox has also raised money by making handmade Christmas cards and selling them online.

Meanwhile, an auction set-up by Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, who is selling his baggy green Test cap, has attracted bids over AUD$500,000 (£262,000/$343,000/€309,000).

"While the entirety of Australia feels the same despair, the bravery and generosity that has come out of these bushfires has been a true reflection of Aussie spirit, mateship and resilience," the AOC said.

More than 6.3 million hectares has burned so far, with high temperatures and drought causing the fires.

The fires have been particularly intense in the east and south, where a large number of people live.

Source : Insidethegames



Paris 2024 approve Tahiti as site for Olympic surfing events


Tahiti has moved a step closer to hosting surfing competitions at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris after French organisers approved the South Pacific island as the venue for the events.

The Paris 2024 Executive Board chose Tahiti, located 15,700 kilometres from the French capital, ahead of four other bidders to stage surfing at the Olympic Games in less than five years' time.

It would be the furthest distance between two Olympic competitions being held as part of the same Games in the history of the event, should the proposal be accepted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruling Executive Board.

Biarritz Pays Basque, Lacanau-Bordeaux Métropole, La Torche and Hossegor-Seignosse-Capbreton also submitted a bid to host surfing at the Games.

In a statement, Paris 2024 claimed Tahiti "particularly stood out because of the exceptional competition conditions it offers athletes".

Surfing at Paris 2024 could take place on the Teahupo’o wave, world renowned for its conditions and surf, if the proposal from organisers, which has the support of the International Surfing Association (ISA), is rubber-stamped by the IOC Executive Board.

Temporary modular houses would form the Athletes' Village for surfers competing in Tahiti - a 23-hour flight from Paris - if the plan is given the green light.

Paris 2024 revealed these would be dismantled after the competition and rebuilt in Tahiti and the islands as social housing.

Source : Insidethegames

Declaration of the 8th Olympic Summit

9 December 2019

At the invitation of the International Olympic Committee, the leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met in Lausanne over the last two days for the 8th Olympic Summit. 


The Olympic Summit forms part of the ongoing consultation process on important issues of significance for the future of the Olympic Movement.


The main areas under discussion were as follows: 

Athlete Support

The Olympic Summit restated the priority of putting athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement.

This principle leads to the IOC distributing the equivalent of 90 per cent of its revenue to the Olympic Movement. This means 5 billion US dollars for the last Olympiad, which is distributed to the Organising Committees of the Olympic Games, to the athletes and their teams (all 206 National Olympic Committees) and their sports (the International Federations governing their sport).

The structure and financial model of the Olympic Movement is based on worldwide solidarity. It is different from purely commercial organisations and events and it is important that this clear difference is communicated to athletes and public authorities. The Olympic Summit agreed on the need to provide clarity and transparency on the support given to athletes by the Olympic Movement.

In this respect, it was agreed that International Federations and National Olympic Committees should make transparent how they support their athletes, both directly and indirectly. The programmes include anti-doping efforts, medical assistance, harassment and abuse prevention, career programmes, coaching and others.

The IOC will work with the individual International Federations, with ASOIF and AIOWF and with ANOC for the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), to run a pilot project in 2020 with some International Federations, with the aim of covering all these Olympic organisations, starting in 2021.

Growing Politicisation of Sport

The Summit called on public authorities and governments to respect the mission of the Olympic Movement to bring the world together in peaceful competition through sport.

In this respect, the participants expressed serious concerns over the growing politicisation of sport. Examples include: governments calling on athletes and teams not to participate in competition in specific countries; calls for boycotts; the non-issuance of visas for athletes wanting to participate in international competitions; the resistance by organisers to raising particular national flags and to playing national anthems; and the repeated interference of governments in the basic operations of national sports bodies. All these measures disrespect the political neutrality of sport.

The growing politicisation of sport prevents events including the Olympic Games or World Championships from realising their mission.

All the participants restated their determination to convince governments to respect the political neutrality of the Olympic Movement, which must be strictly maintained in order to guarantee the universality of the Olympic Games and international competitions.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

The Summit welcomed the advanced preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, describing them as the best prepared Olympic Games at this stage. This was underlined by the extremely high interest in the Games, with over 200,000 people applying to volunteer, more than eight million residents of Japan registering to buy tickets, and a record-breaking national marketing programme.

The Summit also noted that Tokyo 2020 will be more youthful, more urban and more female than any previous Olympic Games. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will see gender equality achieved, with women representing around 49 per cent of the participants.

One of the biggest-ever reforms of the sports programme with five news sports, Skateboarding, Surfing, Sports Climbing, Karate and Baseball/Softball, as well as new urban and youthful disciplines like Basketball 3x3. This will deliver an innovative sports programme bringing the Games closer to younger generations.

Following the IOC request for sustainable organisation of the Games, there is a strong Sustainability Plan, “Towards Zero Carbon”, aiming for a carbon-neutral Games, and a comprehensive legacy plan.

The fight against doping

Following a presentation to the Olympic Summit by WADA President Sir Craig Reedie, the Summit discussed the forthcoming WADA Executive Committee meeting. For this part of the Summit, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), was not present.

The participants in the discussion strongly condemned those responsible for the manipulation of the data from the Moscow Laboratory data before it was transferred to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in January 2019. It was agreed that this was an attack on sport and that these actions should lead to the toughest sanctions against those responsible. It was stressed by the participants that full justice must be finally done so that the guilty ones can be properly punished and the innocent ones are fully protected.

The Russian authorities were requested to deliver the raw data on which this case is based. The delivery of the fully authenticated raw data will ensure that full justice can finally be done, with the guilty properly punished and the innocent new generation of clean Russian athletes fully protected from suspicion.

The participants of the discussion fully endorsed the IOC statement from 26 November 2019.

At the same time, the Summit looked forward to clarification of the proposed implementation of sanctions.

The Summit welcomed the IOC’s decision to give up to an extra 10 million US dollars to the fight against doping. The IOC has initiated a global long-term storage and re-analysis programme, also for samples collected during the pre-Games testing period. To make this step possible, the IOC is financing the necessary storage facilities for the IFs and NADOs for the tens of thousands of samples collected during the pre-Games testing period.

The IOC has also asked the ITA to collect the appropriate samples during the Games to be analysed by the new genetic sequencing. The analysis will be carried out as soon as these methods are fully validated. The Summit welcomed the fact that the pre-Games testing programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be the most extensive programme ever, aimed at maximising both detection and deterrence.

The IOC is giving another 2.5 million US dollars to the latest research programme, to bring some of these projects, like the new genetic sequencing and the Dried Blood Spot Test, to full fruition.

The IOC also proposes to strengthen the investigative powers of the WADA Intelligence and Investigative Unit. Governments have been invited to join the programme, to which the IOC would then commit another 2.5 million US dollars for the next Olympiad.

Following a presentation by Valérie Fourneyron, Chair of the International Testing Agency, the Summit welcomed the fact that the International Testing Agency (ITA), whose creation was supported by the Olympic Summit four years ago, is already working with more than 40 International Federations, and 11 IFs have handed over their sanctioning to the newly created anti-doping division of CAS.

“Future of Global Sport” study

The Summit welcomed the findings of the “Future of Global Sport” study presented by Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).  The report addresses the changing role of the International Federations and the consequences of this with regard to their authority and governance.  The report stresses that IFs are not just event organisers but must also ensure the long-term development of their sports by investing in youth, education, anti-doping and other social activities.

The study notes that IFs must demonstrate an exemplary standard of governance in order to maintain the confidence of the media, governments, business and the public at large, while also protecting the integrity of their sports. It found that IFs will need to develop a more proactive, creative, commercially driven and collaborative mindset, re-evaluating their role and strategies in favour of increased partnership with the private sector;

In order to attract new people to participate in and consume their sports, it noted that IFs must adapt their strategies to a changing society and to how, in future, people will discover and consume content.  IFs should adapt to remain widely accepted as unique bodies effectively capable of governing and administrating their sports on a worldwide basis as custodians of the rules, training of judges, managing the events calendar and coordinating and funding global development initiatives, etc.

The Summit welcomed the report, and encouraged the IFs to implement its recommendations.

Esports and Gaming

The Olympic Summit received a report from the Chair of the Esports and Gaming Liaison Group, UCI President David Lappartient, on the recommendations to promote the Olympic sports and the Olympic values in Esports and gaming.


The Summit agreed on a two-speed approach:

- With regard to electronic games simulating sports, the Summit sees great potential for cooperation and incorporating them into the sports movement. Many sports simulations are becoming more and more physical thanks to Virtual and Augmented Reality which replicate the traditional sports.

The International Federations are encouraged to consider how to govern electronic and virtual forms of their sport and explore opportunities with game publishers.


- With regard to other electronic games, the Summit concluded that, at this stage, the sports movement should focus on players and gamers rather than on specific games. This focus on individuals should promote the participation in sport and its benefits as well as healthy lifestyle at all levels, including a health management model for elite esports competitors including both physical and mental health. 

- A continuous dialogue between the Olympic Movement and Esports and gaming communities should be fostered to develop strategic partnerships, including platforms and events as appropriate. The participants also agreed that guidelines for sustainable relationships between sports stakeholders and Esports communities should be developed.

Good Governance

The summit noted a report by the IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer which is the result of consultations with several Chairs of various Ethics Commissions of sports organisations from the Olympic Movement. The following principles were outlined:

Ethical behaviour of IOC Members cannot be divided into sports related and non-sports-related issues. On the other hand, an Ethics Commission might not have to intervene if the alleged behaviour is considered by the IOC Ethics Commission as only administrative in nature or as purely politically motivated.

Any decision of the IOC Ethics Commission on IOC Members will have an effect on any other sports organisation mentioned in its decision.

Digital Strategy

The Summit agreed that the sports movement must continue to adapt to the digital world, in particular with regard to the organisation of events as well as communication.

The aim of the digital strategy is to allow more effective and sustainable organisation of major sports events.

Digital communication can create direct contact with all the sports fans and interested people, and will bring great benefits for the athletes, the International Federations, the NOCs, and Organising Committees of Olympic Games, and provide a new spectator experience. In this context, the Summit appreciated the interim report on the IOC’s digital strategy.



The overall winner of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship will be determined tomorrow (Tuesday 26 November) in the third round of the competition.
After the first two rounds of competition, New Zealand (Black Ferns Development) tops the overall standings with 10 points, Samoa (Manusina XV) with 5 points and also Fiji (Fijiana XV) with 5 points.
Concluding the two matches of Round 3 tomorrow, there will be a match presentation to declare the winner of the Oceania title before the non-qualified teams play another round on Saturday 30 November to determine direct qualification.
The revised qualification process by World Rugby for the team that qualifies to the repechage tournament can be found 
From the non-qualified teams, Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea’s placing in this round will determine the fixtures for the qualification spot on Saturday November 30.
After the first two rounds of competition for the non-qualified teams, Samoa leads with 5 points (by match points difference), Fiji with 5 points and Papua New Guinea with 4 points.

Draws for Round 3: 

Draws for Round 4:

Round Three Permutations:
New Zealand wins Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships

Samoa wins Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships 

10.10 seconds sprinter Trae Williams to make sevens debut for Australia


While it's been billed as the clash of the fastest men in rugby, Australian sevens coach Tim Walsh has low-key expectations for debutant Trae Williams in the Dubai tournament this week.

The men's team will ramp up preparations for the Tokyo Olympics with the opening round of the world rugby sevens series, while Dubai is the second round for the women's team.

Sprinter-turned-footballer Williams will make his debut just seven months after being recruited from athletics.

In Australia's third pool game he will go head-to-head with American flyer Carlin Isles, who believes he owns the fastest player title.

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 25 November 2019

This year will mark the biggest Fiji National Girls Provincial Championship (NPC) to be held at the Churchill Park in Lautoka across two days, on 29 & 30 November 2019.
With only 180 players and match officials recorded since its inception two years ago, this year’s competition boasts upto 600 players and match officials from across 14 provinces in Fiji.
Oceania Rugby Participation and Pathways Manager Tihrani Uluinakauvadra said that the NPC has been a great opportunity for girls who have started playing rugby in the hopes to one day, represent Fiji.
“We believe this championship is the missing link between primary schools and high schools to serve as the pathway to the elite level of playing rugby,” Uluinakauvadra said.
“The Get Into Rugby (GIR) program is heavily involved with the primary schools so this is an opportunity where we are creating pathways for those who are coming up and looking at opportunities to represent Fiji in the future,” he added.
With the Get Into Rugby program providing pathways for girls to play rugby, the NPC has also served as a selection opportunity for the Fiji Rugby Union to select girls to join their development side over the last two years.
“I believe Fiji Rugby Union is using this opportunity to select some of their girls to represent Fiji in one of the Under 18 sevens tournament coming up, so I see this as a great opportunity for these girls,” Uluinakauvadra said.
Fiji Rugby Union Development Manager Koli Sewabu said that the successes from last year has seen some of the girls playing in the NPC, represent Fiji this year in the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships.
“It’s been exciting seeing some successes from last year where two of our girls coming out of our Under 19 Sevens last year that have got picked up by the Fijiana Sevens team and one of them played for the Fijiana XV's team that participated in the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships,” Sewabu said.
“We are thankful for Oceania Rugby and the support from UN Women for providing us with the platform in enabling the girls to showcase their talent, as we try to build a good base knowing the spike in participation for women rugby all across the world, including Fiji,” he added.
The National Girls Provincial Championships will run for two days at the Churchill Park in Lautoka from the 29 & 30 November and will serve as the curtain raisers to the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships’ Round 4.


19 November 2019

The Oceania Rugby Women's Championships kicked off yesterday at Churchill Park in Lautoka with the first win of Round 1 belonging to the Manusina XV which beat the ANZ Papua New Guinea Palais.
Competing for the 2021 Rugby World Cup Qualification spot, both teams arrived determined to make a good start in Round One.
Samoa proved too strong as they raked up 9 tries over the 2 tries from the Palais.
Manusina XV Captain Nina Foaese said that she was pleased with the results as they “achieved what they wanted” from the game.
“We just got to get quicker on our attack and just our reactions,” Foaese said.
In the second match, the Black Ferns Development executed a brilliant display of running rugby that saw the team score 9 tries and kept the hosts scoreless for the whole match.
A brace of tries were scored by Natahlia Moors and Leilani Perese,  with Joanah Ngan-Woo, Grace Brooker, Lauren Balsillie, Hazel Tubic also adding their names to the list.
Fijiana Captain Sereima Leweniqila said that the team expected it to be tough as there were a lot of new players on their side as they tried to gauge themselves against great competition.
“We were trying to work on our set pieces, our defensive line and all of this is really a psyching up to the game on Friday, which is the Rugby World Cup qualifying one,” Leweniqila said.
“The main focus on Friday is to come away with a win and hopefully we can do that,” she added.
Round two of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships will kick off on Friday 22 November, 2019.
The tournament serves as a 2021 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers where the winner wins a direct qualification and the runners up a qualification spot in the repechage tournament.
The non-qualified teams in the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship are Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Tonga

IOC and Airbnb announce major global Olympic partnership

19 November 2019

- Airbnb joins the TOP programme and will support the sustainability objectives of the Olympic Movement

- Economic opportunity for athletes to develop revenue streams through new Airbnb Olympian Experiences

- Hundreds of thousands of new Airbnb hosts will support and participate in the Olympic Movement by providing accommodation and experiences through to 2028

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Airbnb today announced a significant agreement to support the Olympic Movement through to 2028. The nine-year, five-Games partnership is designed to create a new standard for hosting that will be a win for host cities, a win for spectators and fans, and a win for athletes.

In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future, and Airbnb’s mission to promote sustainable travel, the agreement supports the sustainability objectives of the Olympic Movement. These joint efforts will be in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to provide travel options that are economically empowering, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The agreement includes accommodation provisions that will reduce costs for Olympic Games organisers and stakeholders, minimise the need for construction of new accommodation infrastructure for the Olympic Games period, and generate direct revenue for local hosts and communities. Working together with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Airbnb will also promote accommodation that supports accessibility for people with disabilities or other accessibility needs.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “This innovative partnership underpins our strategy to ensure that the efficient staging of the Olympic Games is sustainable and leaves a legacy for the host community. With Airbnb’s support, we will also develop new opportunities for athletes around the world to develop their own direct revenue streams through the promotion of physical activity and the Olympic values. Through this partnership, there will also be a direct benefit for athletes over and above the USD 5 billion the IOC is distributing during this Olympiad for their benefit to Organising Committees and sports organisations around the world.”

Airbnb Co-Founder Joe Gebbia said: “Airbnb and the IOC have a strong track record in creating and accommodating the world’s greatest events. Our Olympic partnership will ensure that the Games are the most inclusive, accessible and sustainable yet, and leave a lasting positive legacy for athletes and host communities. Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and we are proud that the Olympic spirit will be carried by our community.”

Creating new Airbnb hosts

The partnership will generate hundreds of thousands of new hosts over nine years, giving community residents the opportunity to earn extra income by providing accommodation and local experiences to visiting fans, athletes and other members of the Olympic Movement. For visitors, the Airbnb community will offer a more local and authentic way to immerse themselves in the host cities and engage with the local communities. For the cities themselves, the Airbnb community represents a more environmentally sustainable way of accommodating a surge in visitors.

Airbnb Olympian Experiences

The IOC and Airbnb will launch Airbnb Olympian Experiences to provide direct earning opportunities for athletes, underlining the IOC’s efforts to support athletes and put them at the heart of the Olympic Movement. To be launched in early 2020, this new category will bring Airbnb’s goal of providing economic empowerment through hosting to athletes across the globe – beyond the timeframe and geographical location of the Games. Promoting sport and physical activity, these experiences will include everything from the chance to train with an Olympian to exploring a city with an elite athlete. In the coming months, Airbnb and the IOC, through the IOC Athlete365 platform, will provide support and training to athletes interested in becoming a host on the Airbnb Experiences platform.

In addition, the IOC will make at least USD 28 million worth of Airbnb accommodation available over the course of the partnership to athletes competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games for competition- and training-related travel.

Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, said: “On behalf of the Athletes’ Commission, I am delighted that our new global agreement with Airbnb will benefit the athletes directly. This includes direct revenue opportunities from sharing their passion for sport through Airbnb Olympian Experiences, as well as direct support for their accommodation needs. We work to empower athletes around the world on and off the field of play, and this agreement is another example of how we are supporting and advocating for athletes throughout their career.”

Support for refugee athletes

Airbnb will also support the IOC in continuing to address the challenges faced by refugees around the world. The IOC has a long-standing commitment to refugees, including cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) since 1994, the creation of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, and the creation of the Olympic Refuge Foundation in 2017. Airbnb has been supporting refugee initiatives since 2015 through its “Open Homes” programme, which connects generous hosts with those in need of temporary accommodation, including refugees. To date, more than 35,000 people have been housed in times of need. Over the course of the partnership, the IOC and Airbnb will establish further programmes to provide long-term support to refugees.

Airbnb has previously supported the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as a domestic sponsor. A recent World Economic Forum study found that during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the additional capacity provided to visitors to Rio through Airbnb’s platform was equivalent to 257 hotels, saving the city in terms of materials use and carbon emissions, while also providing approximately USD 30 million in direct revenue for hosts and generating an estimated total economic activity of USD 100 million in three weeks. Similarly, during the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Airbnb hosts earned a collective USD 2.3 million in income providing accommodation to 15,000 visitors who would have required 46 hotels. And most recently, in Japan, Airbnb hosts across the country welcomed more than 650,000 travellers during the Rugby World Cup period, earning more than USD 70 million in host income.

Airbnb becomes the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the exclusive category of “Unique Accommodation Products and Unique Experiences Services”. Worldwide Olympic Partners support every National Olympic Committee and their teams, and every organiser of the Olympic Games, as well as providing support for athletes and the development of sport at all levels around the world. In addition, Partners promote the Olympic values and help create memorable experiences for fans worldwide. 

Jiri Kejval, IOC Marketing Commission Chair, said: “Since it was founded in 2008, Airbnb has grown to become a global household name. This partnership supports the future sustainable operations of the Olympic Movement and demonstrates the ongoing appeal of the Olympic commercial programmes to the world’s leading brands.”

As a global Partner, Airbnb will support the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the Olympic Games Paris 2024, the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 and the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028.

Pacific Sports Partnerships Funding Opportunity

13 Novermber 2019

 GHD will be hosting upcoming information sessions and application readiness workshops for the Australian Sports Partnerships Program (ASPP). The ASPP is the Australian Government’s flagship sport for development program that will begin on 1st July 2020 and supersede the previous Asian Sports Partnerships (ASP) and current Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) programs, the latter of which finishes on 30th June 2020.

The information sessions and application readiness workshops are open to representatives from organisations (for example disability organisations, women’s organisations, NGOs and a wide range of development, media and sport organisations) who have an interest in applying to be part of the first phase of the ASPP (2020-2022). This includes organisations that are existing PSP partners, former ASP partners, and organisations that have not been part of previous programs. For further information on the ASPP, please find attached the ASPP Overview, which also includes the program’s Theory of Change.

The information sessions and application readiness workshops will be held as follows (venues to be confirmed):



Applications will open following the final workshop in Papua New Guinea and close at the end of February, allowing for the Christmas/New Year period.


The workshops will be broken into three sessions. Representatives from interested organisations have the option of attending sessions 1, sessions 1 and 2, or all three sessions. The sessions will be scheduled as follows:


-          This session will focus on all aspects of the ASPP, including overview, key components, timelines, how to apply and conclude with open questions

-          This practical workshop will focus on understanding the key thematic areas of the ASSP - gender and disability inclusion

-          This practical workshop will focus on understanding the underpinning philosophy of ASPP’s approach - partnerships


*Note: Session 1 will also be re-run in an evening timeslot on Day 1, for individuals unable to make the daytime session. This will only be run in the Pacific islands for Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. 


Pre-registration is compulsory (closing one week prior to the event) for catering purposes and as spaces are limited on a first in, first served basis. Spots will be limited to the following per organisation:



To register for information sessions and application readiness workshops, click here.


Please note: each attendee is required to register and will receive email notification that their registration was accepted.


For further information, please contact the ASPP team via email: ASPP@ghd.com


Further information on the Australian Government’s investment in sport for development, including the Australian Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy, please visit:


-          https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/sports-diplomacy-2030.pdf

-          Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Sport for development in the Pacific): https://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/sport/sport-for-development/pacific/Pages/sport-for-development-pacific.aspx

-          Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Sport for development in Asia): https://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/sport/sport-for-development/asia/Pages/sport-for-development-asia.aspx

-          Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Global sport for development partnerships): https://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/sport/sport-for-development/Pages/global-sport-for-development-partnerships.aspx

-          Australian Sport for Development Investments 2014-17: independent evaluation: https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/psp-asp-independent-evaluation.pdf

-          Australian Sport for Development Investments 2014-17: independent evaluation management responsehttps://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/psp-asp-mgt-resp-to-independent-evaluation.pdf

International federations discuss consensus on establishing rules for transgender athletes

1 November 2019 

A group of international federations have discussed a consensus on establishing rules that will allow transgender athletes to enter elite female competition.

The meeting on transgender eligibility, hosted by the IAAF in Lausanne on 19 October and attended by representatives of a number of international federations, heard from a range of invited experts in relevant disciplinary fields and from both cis and trans athletes.

After a full day of presentations and discussions, the international federations, which include the International Paralympic Committee, the International Tennis Federation, World Rowing, the International Golf Federation, and the IAAF, agreed on the following:

The meeting established two working groups, which will help interested international federations to draft their own transgender eligibility rules and establish a medical and scientific network to promote research in the area of transgender athletes.

The full report of the meeting can be found here.


28 October 2019

Highlighting the continued growth of Rugby in Oceania, and in-line with Constitutional reform during 2018/19 Oceania Rugby are pleased to announce the re-appointment of Ms. Cathy Wong and the appointment of Mr. Craig Meagher to the positions of Women’s Director and Independent Director respectively.
Cathy Wong and Craig Meagher will join the newly elected Executive Committee to continue the growth and development of the organisation during the transition into a new strategic outlook for the region.
Cathy Wong is a humanitarian scientist who graduated from Fiji School of Medicine in 1984 in physiotherapy, she now owns and manages the largest private rehabilitation centre in Fiji. Her professional experience within the sport medicine field has seen her join a number of National and Regional Boards in Sport and Medicine to continue to contribute to the growth of sports medicine within the region. Cathy’s achievements have seen her appointed as Chef de Mission for Team Fiji to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and appointed to World Rugby Council, for Oceania Rugby, in 2018, the first women to have held either position.
“I believe we have achieved a significant amount of growth in women’s rugby, both on and off the field in Oceania over the past four years and I am looking forward to continuing on this development pathway with the members of Oceania Rugby” Wong said.
Craig Meagher has over 25 years’ experience as a CEO, General Management and Director that has included managing and marketing global brands, sponsorship, commercial revenue streams and global events across a variety of sports and professional teams Basketball, Cycling and including Rugby Union. Craig managed the commercial and marketing department for Rugby Australia in the late 1990s and also negotiated and managed the Unisys global IT sponsorship of the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Craig is looking forward to the next two years with Oceania Rugby.
“I look forward to working with the Member Unions, Oceania Board, sponsors and stakeholders to help promote the growth and development of Rugby throughout the entire Oceania Region” incoming Oceania Rugby Independent Director Craig Meagher said.
Richard Sapias, Oceania Rugby President, noted the calibre of applications submitted for the two positions from around the region when making the announcement. The increase in interest for these positions provides confidence for the organisation that the changes we have been working towards on governance reform is understood and appreciated by the wider community.
“Craig’s experience as a Director and CEO on boards ranging from the sporting sector, non-for-profit sector and professional leadership at both a National and International level will bring a wealth of knowledge we hope to utilise for the benefit of our members” Sapias said.
Adding to this “We are delighted to have Cathy re-appointed to the Oceania Rugby Executive Committee and are looking forward to seeing her continued contribution to the promotion of women’s rugby within the region and globally through her position on World Rugby Council” said Richard Sapias, Oceania Rugby President.
In welcoming Wong and Meagher to the Executive Committee Sapias also noted the contribution of departing Independent Director Ms. Aloma Johansson.
“Aloma’s time with the regional body over the past four years has seen her extensive board membership experience utilised as Oceania Rugby undertook wide-ranging Constitutional and Governance reform, her professional accounting background was invaluable during a period of funding challenges. We wish her the best in her ongoing commitments with the University of the South Pacific as Deputy Pro Chancellor”

28 October 2019

United against manipulation of competitions - IOC welcomes a string of new measures at the International Forum for Sports Integrity

The third edition of the International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) today brought together key leaders from sports and international organisations. More than 100 stakeholders representing the Olympic Movement, intergovernmental agencies such as the Council of Europe, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL* and EUROPOL**, as well as sports betting operators, national regulating authorities, academics and other experts met at the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s new headquarters, Olympic House. All of the participants reaffirmed their determination to protect clean athletes and fair competition.

During the opening speech, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “This gathering today reflects the very nature of the IFSI, which is cooperation and partnership. We are a community which shares a common goal to protect competitions from manipulation and from related corruption.”

At the Forum, a new publication, “IOC-UNODC Reporting Mechanisms in Sport: A Practical Guide for Development and Implementation”, was launched. The guide provides information on good practice for sports organisations with regard to receiving and handling reports of wrongdoing, including competition manipulation, harassment, doping and corruption.

In his speech, President Bach praised the close cooperation with the many stakeholders. “In the spirit of this cooperation, we have taken many measures together since the launch of the IFSI in 2015,” he said. “The most obvious example is the Council of Europe Convention on the manipulation of sports competitions, which came into effect last month and is already being implemented in a large number of countries. This is an example of the IFSI in action.”

Ronan O’Laoire, the Global Coordinator for UNODC’s Global Programme for Safeguarding Sport from Corruption and Crime, pointed to the importance of developing effective reporting mechanisms in sport, “It is crucial for government agencies and sports organisations to identify and apprehend those responsible for wrongdoing in sport, including competition manipulation. Having effective reporting mechanisms in place to facilitate this is essential, and we believe that the Guide on Reporting Mechanisms in Sport, developed through our partnership with the IOC, sets out a highly effective basis to do just that,” he said.

President Bach also welcomed the launch of a Sports Investigators Network. “With this network of 200 trained investigators from International and National Federations, National Olympic Committees and sports disciplinary bodies, we can really go to the heart of the problem, which is having access to information as soon as possible and, in some cases, even before the problem occurs. Having this investigators’ unit in place will allow us to address issues from the roots,” Bach outlined.

Click here to read the full speech.

During the Forum, the IOC and EUROPOL also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will establish a mutual cooperation framework between the two organisations. This will facilitate the exchange of expertise, the dissemination of information and the engagement in joint endeavours related to the field of manipulation of competitions and related organised crime.

On the signing of the MoU, Europol’s Deputy Executive Director, Wil van Gemert, said: “Corruption in sports is a global criminal phenomenon perpetrated by organised crime groups operating cross-border and often involved in other crimes. Working closely together in coalition with key partners, like the IOC, is crucial in the fight against corruption in sports. Combating sports corruption means not only defending the integrity of sports, but also protecting the public from criminals who cause significant damage to the safety, security and wellbeing of the EU citizens.”

The Forum later heard first-hand testimonials from four-time Olympian hammer thrower Jennifer Dahlgren. Dahlgren acts as an ambassador for the “Believe in Sport” campaign, led by the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (OM Unit PMC).

Launched last year, the “Believe in Sport” campaign aims to raise awareness about the threat of competition manipulation among athletes, coaches and officials. It will again be activated at the Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 in January and, in collaboration with the various Olympic International Federations (IFs), in the run-up to and during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

In addition, all accreditation-holders at next year’s Olympic Games will have to respect a Code of Conduct and the “Tokyo 2020 Betting Rules”. The Olympic competitions will be monitored closely in real time. Should any potential breaches be detected by the OM Unit PMC’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS), disciplinary processes are in place to follow up swiftly. Furthermore, the IOC’s Integrity Hotline enables everyone to report suspicious activities, including ones related to competition manipulation and any other infringements of the IOC Code of Ethics.

Also actively involved in reaching out to her fellow athletes at the recent Pan-American Games, Dahlgren said: “There are a lot of athletes who are vulnerable because they simply lack information about competition manipulation, an issue that can put them at serious risk. I accepted to be one of the 17 Believe in Sport Ambassadors as I realised athletes need to be more aware of this topic. We are engaging them directly during international and regional competitions, and these interactions prove to be beneficial for all of us.”

Panel discussions and expert presentations at today’s Forum covered important topics such as: information exchange and investigative procedures; how to ensure impartial and effective reporting mechanisms; the activities of the OM Unit PMC created as a result of the last IFSI; the implications of the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions; collaboration between betting entities and sports organisations; and the coordination between sport and criminal investigators.

Please find here all the conclusions of the third IFSI.

* The International Criminal Police Organization

** The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation

Decisive day looms for Group A in Suva

Early pacesetters Solomon Islands and New Zealand will be both looking for back-to-back victories in order to secure their passage to the semi-finals of the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifier tournament with a match day to spare, while Samoa and American Samoa must produce upsets to keep their qualifying dreams alive when Tuesday’s Group A action gets underway at Suva’a ANZ Stadium

On the back of a comprehensive 6-0 win over American Samoa, the U-23 Solomon Islanders will go into their second match against Samoa knowing that another win would all but guarantee a top-two finish in the group and a place in the knock-out stage of the competition.

Meanwhile New Zealand, equally impressive and clinical in their opening match, will carry a hot favourite tag in their later kick-off against an American Samoa side which similarly to Samoa face the risk of an early exit from the competition.

Spoilt for attacking options with the likes of  Darold Kakasi, Augustine Waita, nPatrick Taroga and Adrian Mara, most pundits believe the Solomon Islanders will prove a bridge too far for Samoa in Tuesday’s opening encounter.

However, Des Edward’s outfit, which showed plenty of encouraging signs despite a 6-1 defeat to New Zealand in their opener, will be determined to get something out of the game and stay alive in the competition.

Every game is a final for us, against Solomon Islands it will not be an easy game, another tough challenge but we are here to compete at this level,” said the defiant Samoa coach.

“We saw them play against American Samoa and we need to prepare well against them if want to compete,” added Edward.

Meanwhile Solomon Islands coach Batram Suri insists his side cannot afford to be complacent.

“We will prepare the same way we have prepared against American Samoa and I told the boys not to underestimate any of the teams, but we hope to get another good result another win," he said.

“I know Samoa are capable of causing an upset and we need to be cautious,” insisted Suri.

Regional giants New Zealand have also signalled their intentions by kicking off  their Olympic Qualifier campaign with a dominant display, but coach Des Buckingham is refusing to get carried away ahead of his team's next assignment.

“We approach the next game the same we approach all of our games, we take nothing for granted,” he said.

We watched them against the Solomon Islands and it was a good game, so we will approach it the same way, with a focus on us.”

The New Zealand coach has also hinted of wholesale changes to test the depth of his squad going into the second match of their campaign.

“We have a lot of fresh players really waiting to come and play for their country and they will get their opportunity to do that to make sure that everybody gets some game time leading up to that final group game," said Buckingham.

His American Samoa counterpart Stephen Settle admits New Zealand will likely to pose a daunting challenge for his side, however he insists his players are looking forward to measure themselves against one of the top sides in Oceania.

“New Zealand are quality and these are the types of challenges and adversities that we want to face, iron sharpens iron and the only way we are going to get better is to continue to play better teams and to get that sense of urgency in our play and continue to work,” the American Samoa coach explained.

Additional Information

Samoa vs. Solomon Islands
Tuesday 24 September
ANZ Stadium
Suva, FIJI KO: 12: 00

Click on link for the live stream


Match Officials
Referee: Joel HOPKEN (VAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy GARAE (VAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Avinesh NARAYAN (FIJ)
Fourth Official: Norbert HAUATA (TAH)
Fifth Official: Jimmy WARAI (PNG)

SAMOA – 1. Eti FATU (GK) 2. Tauati TANOAI, 3. Harlen RUSSELL, 4. Osa SAVELIO, 6. Vaa TAUALAI, 7. Willie SAUILUMA, 8. Michael TUMUA LEO, 9. Kawasaki SAOFAIGA, 10. Jay POPESE, 11. Ronnie BOURNE, 12. Sean ATHERTON, 13. Dilo TUMUALEO, 14. Samuelu MALO, 15. Christian ALUNI, 16. Darcy KNIGHT, 17. Fomai EUTA, 18. Jefferson FAAMATAU, 19. Jerrymiah MAIAVA, 20. Tavita GALUVAO (GK)
Head Coach: Desmond EDWARD (Samoa)

SOLOMON  ISLANDS – 1. Desmond TUTU (GK), 2. Junior DAVID, 3. John AETA, 4. Aengari GAGAME, 5. William KOMASI, 6. Rodney SURI, 7. Augustine WAITA, 8. Patrick TAROGA, 9. Adrian MARA, 10. Darold KAKASI, 11. Tuita MAEOBIA, 12. Harold NAUANIA (GK),  13. Alick KITALO, 14. Steve MAELASI, 15. George LEAGA, 16. Frank KABUI17. John OGE,  18. Molis Junior GAGAME, 19. Raynick LAETA, 20. Joel NANAGO (GK)
Head Coach: Batram SURI (Solomon Islands)

New Zealand vs. American Samoa

Tuesday 24 September 
ANZ Stadium
Suva, Fiji KO: 15:00

Click on link for the live stream


Match Officials
Referee: David YAREBOINEN (PNG)
Assistant Referee 1: NoahKUSUNAN (PNG)
Assistant Referee 2: Folio MOEAKI (TGA)
Fourth Official: Mederic LACOUR (NCL)
Fifth Official:
 Rakesh VARMAN (FIJ)  

NEW ZEALAND – 1. Cameron BROWN (GK), 2. Jordan SPAIN, 3. Dylan DE JONG, 4. Hunter ASHWORTH, 5. Robert TIPELU, 6. Dane SCHNELL, 7. Myer BEVAN, 8. Jake PORTER, 9. Logan ROGERSON, 10. Clayton LEWIS, 11. Ollie WHYTE, 12. Conor TRACE, 13. Liberato CACACE, 14. Billy JONES, 15. Sean LIDDICOAT, 16. Gianni STENSNESS, 17. Callan ELLIOT, 18. Ben WAINE, 19. Noah BILLINGSLEY, 20. Alex PAULSEN (GK)
Head Coach: Des BUCKINGHAM (England)

AMERICAN SAMOA  - 1. Hengihengi IKUVALU (GK), 2. Milo TIATIA, 3. Mark TAGA'I, 4. Gabriel TAUMUA, 5. Walter PATI, 6. Takai POULI, 7. Austin KALEOPA, 8. Ueli TUALAULELEI, 9. Chris FAAMOANA, 10. Michael SETTLE, 11. Matthew TAGA'I, 12. Roy LEDOUX, 13. Joseph COLLINS, 14. James SETTLE, 15. Afa SIONE, 16. Xavior LEATUALEVAO, 17. Gogo POASA, 18. Mark ASHLEY, 23. Ken UTI (GK)
Head Coach: Stephen SETTLE (USA)



The throne is vacant: France and Australia complete Semi-Final field

SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

BEIJING (China) - A new champion will be crowned at the end of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China after France derailed the title defense of the back-to-back champions USA in the Quarter-Finals.

Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier orchestrated France's first-ever victory against the top-ranked team in the World, 89-79, to headline the four teams moving to the Semi-Finals in Beijing to fight for the famed Naismith Trophy, with Argentina, Australia and Spain.

After eliminating the title-holders, Les Bleus will take on Argentina in the next phase of the competition after the South Americans registered a memorable upset of their own, beating Serbia 97-87 a day previously, also in Dongguan.

The other side of the bracket will pit Australia and Spain against each other in the Semi-Finals.

The Boomers punched their ticket to Beijing with a convincing 82-70 victory against Czech Republic in Shanghai, extending their winning streak in China to six games and ensuring their best-ever finish in the competition.

Also unbeaten, Spain topped Poland in their Quarter-Final 90-78 on Tuesday.

From the four teams still in contention for the FIBA Basketball World Cup title, only Argentina and Spain have captured the Naismith Trophy in the past. The South Americans won the inaugural edition of the competition in 1950, while the Spanish lifted the trophy the last time the World Cup was organized in Asia in 2006.

Both Semi-Finals will take place on Friday, September 13 in Beijing, with the champions crowned at the Wukesong Sport Arena on Sunday, September 15.

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