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  1. Dublin to stage European Qualifiers draw on 2 December 2018


    The Convention Centre Dublin will be the venue for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw on 2 December 2018.

    All 55 UEFA member nations will be involved in the European Qualifiers running from March to November 2019. The ten groups of five or six teams will decide 20 finalists, with the remaining four contenders emerging from the play-offs, for which teams will qualify via the new UEFA Nations League.

    UEFA selected the Republic of Ireland as the venue for this draw following an invitation to bid issued to the host cities of the final tournament of this unique European Football Championship. UEFA EURO 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of UEFA's prestigious national-team competition, and matches will be hosted in 13 cities across Europe on a one-off basis. 

    The Irish capital is set to stage three group games and one round of 16 tie at the Dublin Arena. The other host cities for UEFA EURO 2020 will be Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg.




  2. World Rugby hails RWC 2023 bids

    2017-09-25 20:31

    Cape Town - World Rugby chairperson Bill Beaumont hailed the Rugby World Cup 2023 bids after the three unions presented their vision and plans in London on Monday.

    The bid teams from France, Ireland and South Africa were each given 30 minutes to present their hosting proposition to Council members before fielding questions from them.

    "Today represented an important and exciting milestone in the host selection process for Rugby World Cup 2023," said Beaumont.

    "It’s clear from the presentations that we have three exceptionally strong, impressive and exciting bids with full government support. Each, I believe, is capable of hosting a superb Rugby World Cup.

    "I would like to thank our friends from the respective union bid teams for their hard work, commitment and for sharing their vision and detailed hosting plans. My Council colleagues and I have much to consider and we look forward to the outcome of the thorough and independent evaluation process next month before we consider and select the Rugby World Cup 2023 host union."

    A key phase in the three-stage host selection process, the presentations follow the submission of detailed bids for detailed evaluation and analysis by World Rugby and independent experts.


    Within their submissions, the candidates were required to outline their vision and mission for hosting rugby’s global showcase event.


    This included confirmation of guarantees from governments and other appropriately empowered entities, the hosting agreement and detailed responses to core hosting requirements in line with World Rugby’s seven hosting objectives:


    - Venues and infrastructure commensurate with a top-tier major event
    - Comprehensive and enforceable public and private sector guarantees
    - A commercially successful event with a fully funded, robust financial model
    - Operational excellence through an integrated and experienced delivery team
    - A vision that engages and inspires domestic and international audiences and contributes to the growth of rugby at all levels
    - An enabling environment of political and financial stability that respects the diversity of Rugby World Cup’s global stakeholders
    - An environment and climate suited to top-level sport in a geography that allows maximum fan mobility


    All bids are currently being reviewed in detail by a specialist technical review group, evaluated against weighted criteria and will feature independent economic, financial and commercial assessment by expert advisors.

    The Sports Consultancy is independently assessing the group’s application of the evaluation criteria to ensure a fair and consistent approach to the decision-making process. A recommendation will then be made by the Rugby World Cup Board on October 31, before Council votes to select the host union for Rugby World Cup 2023 at its November 15 meeting.






    Fire-hit Rio velodrome to be repaired in time for 2018 Para-cycling Track World Championships


    Rio de Janiero has been awarded the 2018 International Cycling Union (UCI) Para-cycling Track World Championships after it was revealed damage caused by a fire at the Olympic Velodrome in July was not as bad as first feared.

    The award was one of two editions of the Para Track World Championships made by the governing body, with Apeldoorn in The Netherlands handed the 2019 event.

    A balloon was found to have caused the fire at the velodrome in Rio de Janiero in July, with damage caused to the roof and a section of the track.

    The Governing Authority of the Olympic Legacy in Brazil confirmed the cooling system of the venue had not been affected after making their initial assessment, when they also confirmed a legal case had been opened.

    Brian Cookson, the UCI President, confirmed the damage to the track was not as bad as first thought. 

    The governing body have been informed repairs to the roof will shortly be completed.

    "We are assured it will be up and running again, the damage was not as bad as some people reported," he told insidethegames here during the UCI Road World Championships.

    "The damage to the track itself was quite superficial, it was really just soot from the roof.

    "We are assured by the Brazilian Government that the repairs to the roof will be completed in the next couple of weeks.

    "We are told the Velodrome will be back in action in good time."








    Kejval forced to postpone election as IOC member after financial allegations made in Czech Republic


    The election of eight new members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was confirmed here today but the Czech Republic's Jiří Kejval must wait for his place to be confirmed following allegations of financial impropriety against him in his home country.

    The 49-year-old former rower, now President of the Czech Olympic Committee, had been recommended for membership of the IOC last month. 

    He arrived in the Peruvian capital, where his position on the IOC was due to be confirmed, but returned home yesterday.

    An anonymous letter was apparently sent to IOC President Thomas Bach claimed Kejval should not become a member because of allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him.

    It allegedly refers to redistribution of money from the Ministry of Youth and Sports to Czech sport, according to reports in the country.

    He denies the allegations.

    Kejval claimed his election will be up for discussion again at the next IOC Session in Pyeongchang on the eve of the Winter Olympic Games next year. 





  5. IOC elects eight new Members



    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today elected eight new Members as well as a new Vice-President and three new Members of its Executive Board during the IOC Session.

    Ms Anita L. DeFrantz (USA), who joined the IOC in 1985, was elected as an IOC Vice-President. She already occupied this position from 1997 to 2001.

    Dr Robin E. Mitchell, IOC member in Fiji, Mrs Nicole Hoevertsz, IOC member in Aruba, and Mr Denis Oswald, IOC member in Switzerland, were chosen by the Session to join the IOC Executive Board. They will serve a four-year term.

    Earlier in the day, the IOC Session elected eight new Members, who were proposed by the Executive Board in August.

    Four members, three of them women, were elected in the category of Individual Members: Baklai Temengil (PLW); Kristin Kloster Aasen (NOR); Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul (THA); and Luis Mejia Oviedo (DOM).

    President of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) Neven Ivan Ilic Alvarez (CHI) and President of the Oman Olympic Committee Khalid Muhammad Al Zubair were elected as representatives of a National Olympic Committee (NOC) or continental association of NOCs.

    President of World Rowing Jean-Christophe Rolland (FRA) and President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Ingmar de Vos (BEL) were elected as Members representing an International Federation.

    Sixteen Members were subject to re-election after eight years of membership, and were re-elected en bloc: Franco Carraro (ITA); John Coates (AUS); Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (DEN); Iván Dibós (PER); Habu Gumel (NIG); Ser Miang Ng (SGP); Lydia Nsekera (BDI) Richard Peterkin (LCA); Richard W. Pound (CAN); Princess Nora of Liechtenstein (LIE); Craig Reedie (GBR); Juan Antonio Samaranch (ESP); Pál Schmitt (HUN); Austin L. Sealy (BAR); Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (KUW); and Shamil Tarpischev (RUS).

    In addition to being re-elected, Mr Coates got his status changed from member representing an NOC to Individual Member.

    In light of the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Mr Tsunekazu Takeda’s important role in their preparations, the IOC Session agreed to extend the age limit for Mr Takeda, the President of the NOC of Japan, until the end of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

    Long-standing IOC Members Gerhard Heiberg (NOR) and Kun-Hee Lee (KOR) were elected as IOC Honorary Members after both resigned from their positions as Members.

    As the former Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, Youssoupha Ndiaye (SEN) was granted the status of IOC Honour Member.






    Olympic Winter Games 2018  Competition Schedule Announced


    Olympic Winter Games 2018 
    Competition Schedule Announced

    On your marks, get set, go to PyeongChang 2018!

    Olympic Winter Games 2018  Competition Schedule



    PyeongChang, September 14 – The competition schedule* for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 was launched today on the PyeongChang 2018 website with less than 150 days to go until the world’s best winter sports action kicks off.

    LEE Hee-Beom, President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)  said, “The countdown to the Olympic Winter Games continues, and now with the launch of the competition schedule, the excitement and anticipation for everyone involved is really building. 

    “Spectators can now see which sports will take place on which day, and the specific timing of the session. This will help in the planning of their Olympic journey and give them the opportunity to buy tickets for a range of sports in one day to make the most of their visit to PyeongChang 2018.” 

    There are six new medal events for the Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 – Snowboard Big Air (M/W), Speed Skating Mass Start (M/W), Curling Mixed Doubles and the Alpine Team Event. This takes the total of gold medal events to 102 – making it the largest number of events ever contested at an Olympic Winter Games to date.

    The process of compiling the schedule for all seven sports and 15 disciplines began back in 2013 in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), all seven International Federations, and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS).

    All of the Short Track Speed Skating sessions will be held in the evening as will most of the Speed Skating sessions, along with the outdoor events of Luge, Ski Jumping and Biathlon which will look spectacular under the lights.

    In contrast, the Alpine Skiing competitions will all be held in the daytime, allowing spectators to take in several Olympic activities in one day.

    Alpine Skiing is being held across two venues for PyeongChang 2018 – Jeongseong Alpine Centre for the Speed events namely Downhill, Super G and Alpine Combined; and Yongpyong Alpine Centre for the technical events of Giant Slalom, Slalom and Team Event. This allows for the competitions to run on alternate days instead of one after the other that has been the case at previous Games. 

    To accommodate the packed and exhilarating schedule on both snow and ice, the competitions for Mixed Doubles Curling and Ski Jumping will begin on the 8th February – one day before the Opening Ceremony. Figure Skating, Curling, and Freestyle Skiing will take place on the day of the Opening Ceremony, which will make for a great day out for those looking to see some sporting action before heading to the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium for the official opening.

    As Figure Skating shares a competition venue with Short Track Speed Skating, their team events that will be held on the opening day, and the Gala Exhibition will take place in the morning of the Games closing - 25th February. Another hotly sought after session – the Ice Hockey Men’s Final- will also take place on the last day of competition, along with Curling and Cross-Country Skiing to serve as the perfect finale to the Games. 

    The honor of receiving the first and last medals of the Games will go to athletes from Cross-Country Skiing late afternoon on Day 2 and late afternoon of Day 16. Commonly referred to as a ‘marathon on snow’ it is apt that the competition runs from opening to closing of the Winter Games.

    Competition event ticket holders will have access to the free Games public transport system and also get free access to the Olympic Park and Olympic Plaza where they can spend a full day out to experience a wide range of cultural activities, try new sports, see the Olympic Flame burning in the cauldron, watch live coverage of the Games and concerts at the live sites, and enjoy so much more!





  7. Sainz's Renault switch agreed as McLaren deal looms


    Carlos Sainz has signed a deal to join Renault, Motorsport.com has learned, in a move that will trigger a series of dominos to secure McLaren the French car manufacturer’s engine for 2018.

    While news of McLaren’s progress in its efforts to switch from Honda engines has not been forthcoming in public, behind-the-scenes developments appear to show it has succeeded.

    High level sources have confirmed that Sainz’s deal has been agreed as part of a sweetener for Renault to end its Toro Rosso contract early.

    With the Sainz deal agreed, that has opened the way for Toro Rosso to finalise a switch to Honda engines next year, which in turn ensures McLaren gets hold of its supply of customer Renaults for 2018.



  8. Andrew Parsons elected new IPC President


    Andrew Parsons of Brazil was elected as the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) new President on Friday (8 September) following one round of voting at the 18th IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    Parsons was chosen ahead of fellow presidential candidates Patrick Jarvis, John Petersson and Haidi Zhang.



  9. South Africa vs. Senegal World Cup qualifier to be replayed in November



    The Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers ordered a replay of the qualification match between South Africa and Senegal held on 12 November 2016. This decision follows the confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban of match referee, Jospeh Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees. The match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.

    As stated in the FIFA World Cup regulations, this decision shall come into effect immediately but shall be subject to confirmation by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions at its next meeting, scheduled for 14 September.


  10. Tokyo 2020 organizers considering moving women’s soccer final to new National Stadium



    The final of the women’s soccer competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may be held at the new National Stadium in place of the men’s final, which is likely to be moved to another venue, a source close to the matter said Monday.

    Games organizers are considering staging the women’s final at the main Olympic stadium on Aug. 7 or earlier, while the men’s final, which had been scheduled there on Aug. 8, may be held possibly at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama or elsewhere, the source said.

    The move is aimed at easing the concentration of events at the National Stadium, currently being constructed in central Tokyo, toward the end of the 17-day Summer Olympics through Aug. 9.

    Under initial plans, the men’s soccer final was scheduled at the stadium during the day on Aug. 8, with track and field events set for that night. On the last day of competitions, the venue is scheduled to be used for men’s marathon in the morning before the closing ceremony in the evening.

    Organizers have determined that staging the men’s soccer final there was difficult considering the many setup changes that have to be implemented at a time when preparations and rehearsals for the closing ceremony must also be held, according to the source.

    But the Japan Football Association wants a soccer game to be played at the national stadium, which is set to be used exclusively for team ball sports like soccer and rugby after the games are over


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