Following a decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe of 2 June 2021, the International Federation of Sports Officials (IFSO) became the 26th member of the Advisory Committee (CC) of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport ( APES).
A pioneering international federation in the field of sports arbitration, the mission of IFSO has been – since its creation in 2019 – to improve arbitration in all sports. It offers a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences and good practices. As a member of the Advisory Board, IFSO will be invited to attend CC plenary meetings, webinars and other activities aimed at fostering dialogue among members of these sports organizations. The next opportunity to meet other CC members will be in the plenary on June 14, 2021, followed by a joint board / advisory committee meeting on June 15-16.
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport is made up of three statutory bodies – the Board of Directors, the Advisory Committee and the Statutory Committee – all of which strive to implement the program of activities to make sport more ethical. , inclusive and secure. the Consultative Committee is made up of European sports organizations representing the sports movement.
Sport officials in Canada are asking Canadian athletes traveling to Japan to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics to get priority access to the vaccination program and receive two doses before leaving for Tokyo.
“If most Canadians need to get the vaccine by Canada Day, at least a first injection, then why don’t we take care of these, not just the athletes, but also the coaches and staff of support, which go into a potential Petri dish? David Bedford, CEO of Athletics Canada, told CBC Sports.
Bedford said it was in Canada’s “national interest” to have all athletes and support staff vaccinated because they represent the country on the world’s biggest sporting stage.
“We are not asking for something that is not happening all over the world. Even Kenya has vaccinated its athletes,” he said. “I would love to see the government say it is in the national interest, these athletes represent all of us, so let’s take care of that so that everyone is safe and healthy.”
On Tuesday, the Australian government said all of its athletes and support staff would be vaccinated, ahead of many others, to allow them to compete safely at the Games. Many other countries have also done the same.
“It has to be a lot more urgent because time is running out,” said John Atkinson, High Performance Director for Swimming Canada. “We must do whatever we can do as a nation to provide them with the safest experience while representing our country.”
Atkinson also called on the government and the Canadian Olympic Committee to vaccinate athletes as soon as possible.
“It’s different now than it was earlier in the pandemic,” Atkinson said. “And by that I mean there are variations. We must leave nothing to chance to protect the health of every member of the team representing Canada.
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Calls for Canadian athletes to receive priority vaccines follow Wednesday’s second “playbook” announcement by the International Olympic Committee.
As parts of Japan, including Tokyo, are in a state of emergency and a third wave ravages the country, the IOC has unveiled its second of three manuals outlining how it will attempt to protect athletes and support staff during the Tokyo Games.
The biggest change from the first playbook, released in February, is that athletes will now be tested daily, one change every four days, and will be required to provide two negative tests before leaving their home country for the Games.
Other restrictions include athletes, coaches and support staff will not be allowed to use public transport and will have to eat in specific places with special hygiene measures.
Vaccines are not mandatory and while athletic officials in Canada demand priority treatment, the Canadian Olympic Committee says its stance has not changed on vaccines.
“We maintain that Canada’s front-line workers and the most vulnerable populations should be the priority for vaccinations,” said David Shoemaker, COC CEO. “With the increasing number of vaccines available to Canadians, we hope athletes will have access to them before Tokyo, which would provide an additional layer of protection to the important countermeasures that have been put in place.”
Earlier this year, when the athlete vaccination debate erupted in Canada, many Olympic athletes made it clear that they didn’t feel comfortable skipping the line to get the jab.
Georgia Simmerling travels to Tokyo to compete in cycling competitions and has competed in three previous Games. She says she doesn’t feel comfortable skipping the line ahead of other Canadians who urgently need the vaccine.
“This is serious business”
“I don’t think jumping through loopholes in terms of cutting the lines with people who serve others and work in healthcare doesn’t need to happen,” Simmerling said. “If we could get the vaccines the right way before we left, I think that would be a great idea and something that would only improve our safety.”
Infectious disease specialist Dr Isaac Bogoch said upgrades to the testing manual are an improvement, but he adds that the plan is still not foolproof and is not immune to epidemics during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“This is serious business. We are admitting younger and younger people to the hospital all the time,” he told CBC Sports. “That’s the real deal. We know how to control this infection. It’s done. If you have the resources available, it’s much easier to control.”
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Bogoch said the timeline of when a person contracts the virus is an important education on how COVID-19 is spread.
“Let’s say someone is exposed to COVID, it can take anywhere from two to five days for people to start shedding the virus,” he said.
Bogoch said this means an athlete could test negative twice before leaving but be positive upon arriving in Tokyo due to the incubation period.
Earlier this week, Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 despite two negative tests before leaving for an event in Madrid.
“You are still incubating the virus but you might have a negative swab,” Bogoch said. “If you test positive, you can shed the virus for several days after infection. Positive cases should be isolated for 10 days. If you are exposed to a positive case, you can do frequent testing to see if people will get COVID.
“The goal is to be able to detect positive COVID tests very, very early on where maybe people are positive but are not passing it on as much because you caught it early. It’s not perfect but it helps and can help prevent an epidemic. “
While testing plays an important role, Bogoch said vaccination is another key piece of the Games safety puzzle. More than 15,000 athletes between the Olympic and Paralympic Games will compete.
“Even though vaccines aren’t perfect for stopping COVID-19, they’re still a huge benefit. “
“Vaccinations for all athletes,” Bogoch said. “We are in the age of vaccines. It is not foolproof but again it is serious. The worrisome variants are more transmissible.”
MINSK, March 17 (BelTA) – Viktor Lukashenko held his first official meeting as President of the Belarusian NOC with Russian Olympic Committee Head Stanislav Pozdnyakov and Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin in Moscow on March 17. During the talks, the parties discussed a wide range of issues related to the upcoming Olympic Games, BelTA learned from the NOC’s press service.
The central theme was the preparation of the athletes for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo. The chronobiological and climato-geographical adaptation to the conditions of the Games is in the spotlight in the last stage of the preparations for the Games. Equally important are the infrastructure, scientific, methodological and technological capabilities of training camps and joint camps. The parties also discussed the vaccination of athletes and other members of delegations, in accordance with the health safety recommendations of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and the IOC.
Viktor Lukashenko and Stanislav Pozdnyakov discussed programs dedicated to the exchange of experiences with the participation of the Belarusian NOC, the Olympic Committee of Russia and other countries, including projects promoted by IOC Olympic Solidarity. The aim was to expand the possibilities for the involvement of Belarusian specialists in the programs of the International Olympic University of Russia, the participation of young Belarusian athletes in the International Forum of Young Olympians and the preparations for the Forum of leaders of the NOCs of the countries of the CIS, the Baltic States and the countries of Georgia which are due to take place in Tashkent this fall.
President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov noted that the visit of the Belarusian delegation is important as the parties discussed new measures to develop and strengthen cooperation.
“We are pleased to welcome colleagues from the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Olympic Committee. We have discussed various topics today and I want to stress that the dialogue has been constructive and useful. Our neighbors, colleagues, who organized a wonderful 2nd European Games, continue to prepare for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, guided, like all participants in the Olympic movement, by the interests of the athletes, and create the most comfortable conditions for their athletes. . Our positions are quite the same on this point. That is why we have devoted a lot of time to a detailed discussion of the joint training of athletes for the Olympic Games, not only in summer but also in winter. We would also like to invite our Belarusian colleagues to participate in educational, youth and other projects which aim to promote Olympism, Olympic values and the unity of our entire Olympic family ”, underlined Stanislav Pozdnyakov.
Such meetings make it possible to exchange experiences and develop intelligent approaches to solve any problems, he added.
The Belarusian National Olympic Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee have always maintained close friendly relations and have similar positions on many issues concerning the development of sport and the Olympic movement, stressed Belarusian NOC President Viktor Lukashenko.
“The upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing will undoubtedly be extremely important for our countries. We like the proposals from the Russian Sports Ministry, especially the idea of organizing joint training camps in Siberia and the Russian Far East. For its part, Belarus is ready to help organize training camps for Russian athletes, if necessary. I want to stress that our sports facilities are always ready to welcome athletes from fraternal Russia. Your athletes actively use Belarusian Olympic training centers, such as Staiki, Raubichi, Freestyle Ski Center and other sports facilities as they prepare for important international events, ”said Viktor Lukashenko.
He thanked the Russian Olympic Committee for its cooperation, its support in the field of Olympic education, the opportunity to participate in the programs of the Russian International Olympic University and for the invitation to participate in the International Forum of Young Olympians. “I am sure that our sports organizations will continue to strengthen their ties,” noted Viktor Lukashenko.
According to Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin, Russia and Belarus are reliable sports partners, which contributes to fraternal and friendly relations. He believes that the exchange of experiences in professional and general sport as well as joint research projects facilitate the development of sport in Russia and Belarus.
“Russia and Belarus signed the cooperation program in physical culture and sport for 2021-2022 in Brest in October 2020. We cooperate in the scientific and methodological support of our national teams and organize joint training camps. We are ready to consider organizing a joint training camp at our training centers in Siberia and the Russian Far East, which have the necessary infrastructure and equipment for the successful training of our teams. national before major international competitions, ”said Oleg Matytsin.
The two bodies are the Myanmar Traditional Chinlone Federation and the other is the Myanmar Chinlone Federation.
There have been problems in the Myanmar Traditional Chinlone Federation’s (MTCF) efforts to develop the sport due to the split, MTCF officials said, adding that they have been around much longer than their rivals.
Meanwhile, Myanmar Chinlone Federation (MCF) officials said that the formation of additional chinlone subcommittees while there are already regional chinlone subcommittees in the Mandalay region has led to disunity between referees and players.
“The formation of traditional lower-level Chinlone committees in Mandalay and other regions and states has resulted in friction between the two federations,” U Tin Win Naing, an MCF referee, told the Myanmar Times in an interview this week. last.
“The reasons for the creation of new sub-committees are that the MTCF is unwilling to cooperate with existing Chinlone sub-committees on matters concerning the development of sport,” said U Tin Win Naing.
“To be frank, the chinlone became popular after the sport’s inclusion at the 2013 SEA Games and its image was strengthened in the region. But due to the presence of two federations in Myanmar, progress was halted. If this continues, the image of the sport will be tarnished, ”said U Tin Win Naing.
The development of new generation chinlone players has been hampered by opposition from the MTCF in events like the President’s Cup tournament hosted by the Myanmar Chinlone Federation.
Letters calling for help in resolving the issue have been sent to the president’s office, state councilor, and the health and sports ministry, though there have been no responses yet, said U Tin Win Naing.
“The Myanmar Chinlone Federation was established in 1953 and has also trained many athletes in this sport. They have the capacity and have organized tournaments at the ASEAN level, ”he said.
“Due to the problem, even the President’s Cup tournament had to be renamed the Regional and State Chief Ministers’ Cup. It was also really sad that the Philippines SEA Games couldn’t include a chinlone.
“Big tournaments cannot be organized as easily as a small street game. A lot of hard work and expense is required to make a great tournament a success, said MCF referee U Aung Kyaw Oo.
The sports governing body elections were held at Thuwunna Chinlone Stadium in Yangon on December 30, 2018.
However, the elections did not yield a definitive result. Due to the impasse, the Myanmar Sports Federation Executive Committee Member Selection Administration Commission was invited to assist.
The commission decided to hold another election on January 18, 2019, but one of the candidate groups resigned en bloc, which led to the founding of the MCF in March 2019.
U Win Tint, vice president of MTCF, said: “It does not mean a separation, but we had to organize a new federation.
“We have transferred the responsibility for the organization of international matches to the MCF as they have experience in organizing such events,” said U Win Tint.
“The traditional regional and state sub-committees of Chinlone will continue to cooperate with the Department of Sports and Physical Education to try to develop the sport,” U Win Tint added. – Translated
A delegation from U Sports, formerly known as Canadian Interuniversity Sport, recently met with their US counterparts from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
One of those who made the trip was Glen Grunwald, director of athletics at McMaster University in Hamilton.
“Oliver Luck, executive vice president of strategic partnerships at the NCAA, came to visit the USport AGM last summer,” said Grunwald. “We started to build relationships and talked about sharing information and understanding each other’s best practices, which led to a trip to Indianapolis, where the NCAA headquarters are located.”
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Usually Canadians watch American colleges and see huge crowds at soccer games, lots of excitement in men’s basketball, and various sources of income that make everything look rosy.
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As Grunwald pointed out, not all is what it seems.
“The main distinction between the NCAA and Canadian college sports is men’s basketball and football. They get a lot of income from these two events, which allows them to manage all of their programming, ”he said.
Most of the NCAA’s budget comes from men’s basketball, Grunwald explained. Most conferences, schools, and bowls organizing committees keep all the football money.
Outside of those two sports, however, we’re pretty much alike, he said.
Grunwald pointed to a recent example. The McMaster men’s volleyball team swept across Ohio State in the Nike Team North America two-game team challenge at McMaster’s Burridge Gym.
The victory improved McMaster’s record against the reigning two-time NCAA champions to 5-2, including wins in each of the teams’ last five games.
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The victory was McMaster’s second sweep against Ohio State and the second of the team’s last three games. The Marauders also faced the Buckeyes in straight sets in the inaugural Nike Team Challenge on December 30, 2016.
“When we spoke with the NCAA, they realized that we are doing a great job for our student-athletes here,” he said, adding that Canadian teams have beaten NCAA teams in a certain number of sports.
“Carleton has often had a number of wins over NCAA schools that visit for exhibitions (games),” he said. Sometimes everyone sees everything in the NCAA as the Final Four of men’s basketball, but it isn’t. What we do here in Canada is very similar to what they do there in most sports. “
Mihran Harutyunyan hopes sports officials won’t turn a blind eye to outrageous injustice
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YREVAN, AUG 22, ARMENPRESS. A member of Armenia’s Olympic wrestling team at “Rio-2016”, Olympic Games silver medalist Mihran Harutyunyan spoke about the injustice committed against himself. “Armenpress” presents his ideas, citing Mihran Harutyunyans official “VK” page.
“I don’t know where to start but first of all I would like to thank those who did not avoid speaking out about my wrestling during the final of“ Rio-2016 ”. I am grateful for your tremendous support. I also feel tremendous support from my nation. Every professional athlete dreams of standing on the Olympic podium and listening to his country’s national anthem and I am no exception.
I have fought for the Olympic summit my whole life. I dreamed of an opportunity to fight for a gold medal at the Olympics and that long-awaited moment has finally arrived. I encountered many injustices on the way to Rio, but I had patience and did not react to it because I was impatiently awaiting “Rio-2016”. And this time again, a miracle did not happen. I was again deprived of the gold medal. This act depressed me, which is why I was unable to calm down.
Will the sports world turn a blind eye to this crime? Not only me, but many others were denied medals. I was deprived of the title of Olympic champion because Serbia or perhaps other countries have a decisive voice in the field of wrestling. But I am proud to be Armenian.
We are a small but a big nation at the same time. I would like to congratulate my friend, Artur Aleksanyan, for winning a gold medal. He deserved this victory. I congratulate weightlifters Simon Martirosyan and Gor Minasyan for winning silver medals.
I don’t want to offend the Serbian wrestler. He’s not a bad wrestler and he has good defense. He will remember my name every morning. Every time he looks at the gold medal he will think it’s mine, ”Mihran Harutyunyan wrote.
Four Emirati members of the growing family of ATCUAE motorsport volunteers became the first UAE nationals to qualify as officials to race and judge at national and international motorcycle events held in the Emirates.
Mohammed Al Shatri, Saeed Al Marzouqi, Mohammed Al Hashmi and Tuaiba Al Darmaki have each received race director licenses issued by the FIM, the international motorcycling federation.
The licenses were presented by Dr Mohammed bin Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates, the national motor sport authority and official representative of FIM in the country.
“This is another important step forward in our efforts to make the UAE fully autonomous in the management of motorsport, even by the highest international standards, with an emphasis on the safety of all. those involved, ”Sulayem said.
Al Shatri, Al Marzouqi, Al Hashmi and Al Darmaki obtained their FIM licenses after completing a demanding two-day course supervised by FIM in the United Arab Emirates last month.
“It was a thorough examination of their knowledge of the latest FIM rules and regulations for international events,” said Sulayem. “They were trained here in the United Arab Emirates, and we are as proud of their accomplishments as they are all.”
The four Emiratis, and a growing number of other UAE nationals, are among the more than 1,000 volunteers of the UAE Motorsport Marshals Club, established by ATCUAE in 2009 to manage and promote the growth of a national cadre of motorsport officials and organized events.
FIM licenses now allow them to operate in motorcycle events as Clerk of the Course, the key official in charge of all track operations, including the management of safety and rescue teams.
They are also able to work as stewards, who interpret incidents and decide whether penalties or fines should be imposed, while overseeing the activities of the Clerk of the Course.
The UAE has a growing calendar of competitive motorcycle events, highlighted by the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, a round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, but also including 600 cc classes and rookies, as well as the National and Club Motocross series.
Tuaiba Al Darmaki, Middle Management Programs Specialist in the Leadership Programs Department at the General Secretariat of the Executive Council, Abu Dhabi, is one of the few Arab women to have obtained the FIM license.
She was introduced to motorsport marshaling by a friend in 2011 and was convinced that she should volunteer when she heard Sulayem speak in a first training session.
“He inspired me,” she says. “It is my passion to volunteer, help others and help my country.
I am so happy and proud to be the first Emirati woman to have the FIM license. I hope others will follow.