Women’s strategy revealed
FIFA on Tuesday announced a new global strategy for women’s soccer in a bid to create revenue streams and increase grassroots participation. FIFA said in a statement that it would work closely with member associations through workshops and special initiatives to “encourage female empowerment” through soccer. “The women’s game is a top priority,” FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura said. FIFA said it would look to double the number of female players to 60 million by 2026 and ensure all member associations have developed “comprehensive women’s football strategies” by 2022. It also hopes to broaden female representation in their regulatory framework, with at least one-third of FIFA committee members to be women by 2022.
FA probed ‘bully’ staffer
The English Football Association (FA) said it has investigated concerns about the conduct of a staffer who was a key part of the national team’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia. The Daily Telegraph late on Tuesday reported that FA head of strategy and performance Dave Reddin was linked to a culture of bullying and fear. In a statement, the FA said it “took all of the allegations raised very seriously and undertook and investigation. We are entirely satisfied that the matters were appropriately investigated and concluded.” It did not say how the investigation concluded.
Steelers’ Brown sued twice
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing two lawsuits stemming from an alleged incident in April, media reported on Tuesday. The lawsuits are for “damages in excess of US$15,000,” ESPN said. Brown is accused of yelling at security and throwing items from the balcony of a South Florida apartment. He was allegedly upset over US$80,000 and a gun he reported missing. Brown was not charged following the incident, police said. One of the lawsuits was filed by Ophir Sternberg, who alleges that his 22-month-old boy was emotionally traumatized after several of the thrown items landed near the boy and his grandfather. “The falling objects included two very large vases ... as well as a large, heavy ottoman and other pieces of furniture,” the lawsuit says. Brown is also being sued by the unit’s landlord for damages and breaching the apartment agreement, the reports said.
Norman gets statue, holiday
Australia is to erect a statue of sprinter Peter Norman, who backed two Americans in their famed Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, with authorities describing the honor as “seriously overdue.” Norman, 200m silver medalist in Mexico City, stood on the podium alongside US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who put a black-gloved fist in the air in a civil rights protest. Norman quietly showed his solidarity by wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge. As a result, he was frozen out of Games selection and airbrushed from Australian Olympic history. Athletics Australia said a bronze statue of Norman, jointly funded with the Victoria State Government, would be erected outside the Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne. Australia would also recognize Oct. 9, the date of Norman’s funeral, as Peter Norman Day, it added.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven