UNESCO Online Panel Discussion on Youth and Sports In Africa to feature CEO of Africa Sports Ventures Group along with Ghanaian Winter Olympian Akwasi Frimpong.
As the world grapples with the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the lives of people around the world the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) having organized a Sports Challenge against COVID-19 along with Partners such as Africa Sports Ventures Group and African Sports Media Network will host an Online Forum and Panel Discussion on Thursday April 30th 2020 to discuss a host of issues having to do with youth and wellness in Africa.
It is April 23rd 2020, and the world is completely encapsulated in the throes of the COVID-19 Pandemic which has literally brought it to a complete standstill.
Brave health workers - frontline soldiers in the battle against the Corona Virus, wage war undaunted against the unseen foe as young boys and girls remain hopeful about a future beyond COVID-19 with dreams at a chance and an opportunity to play their preferred sport at the highest level in front of millions of fans.
Houston, Texas USA April 20th 2020: Officials with UNESCO Africa have agreed to work with Africa Sports Media Network producers and publishers of African Sports Monthly Magazine and the Africa Sports Report Podcast in promoting their Sports Challenge against COVID-19 which has been running since April 6th 2020.
UNESCO which champions the Sports for Peace and Development UN Initiative where critical community issues particularly related to youths are addressed using sports as vehicle for education and engagement decided to use this years International Day of Sports for Peace and Development on April 6th 2020 to address the Corona Virus Pandemic ravaging communities around the world.
Ghana’s Winter Olympian Akwasi Frimpong Named African Sports Monthly Athlete of the Month of April 2020
Ghana’s Winter Olympian Akwasi Frimpong who achieved a major feat and milestone in sporting history for Africa in Late February, early March of 2020 by becoming the first African Athlete to ever win a Skeleton Race at any level during a Race in Utah is the African Sports Monthly Athlete of the Month.
In observance of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April), the Pan-African Youth Network for a Culture of Peace (PAYNCoP) in partnership with UNESCO and the African Peer Review Mechanism Youth Network is inviting young people from across Africa to take part in the Sports Challenge against COVID-19.
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 6 as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). Since then, organizations and citizens across the world have organized events and activities in their respective communities to show the power of sport in fostering peace and understanding, driving social change, and promoting community development. In The 2020 celebration comes at a time when the whole world is fighting the Corona Virus (COVID 19) pandemic, which has affected millions, claiming thousands of lives and displaced communities and forced billions of peoples in confinement. In such circumstances, sport remains a powerful tool for recalling human values of respect, solidarity, healthiest responsibility, teamwork, equality, motivation and resilience, all essential in the individual or collective fight against COVID-19, and for building foundations for resilience and peace in a troubled period.
Accra, Ghana April 20th 2020: Officials with UNESCO Africa have agreed to bring Africa Sports Ventures Group onboard their ongoing Sports Challenge against COVID-19 to help boost the campaign and explore possibilities of current and future collaboration and partnerships with the Pan African Private Sports Company in the delivery of their sports related programs and projects.
UNESCO is championing the Sports for Peace and Development UN Initiative where critical community issues particularly related to youths are addressed using sports as vehicle for education and engagement.
Winning player to select charity beneficiary to receive $100,000 donation in support of coronavirus relief efforts
NEW YORK, United States of America, April 5, 2020/ -- Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young among NBA (www.NBA.com) players competing in NBA 2K20 tournament premiering April 3 on ESPN; Winning player to select charity beneficiary to receive $100,000 donation in support of coronavirus relief efforts.
2K, the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced the “NBA 2K Players Tournament,” an NBA 2K20 gameplay tournament between 16 current NBA players. Beginning Friday, April 3 on ESPN and ESPN2, players – including top seeds Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks – will compete in a single- elimination, player-only tournament on Xbox One. The winner will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K20 champion and select a charity beneficiary to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts.
ACCRA, GHANA. 06 April 2020/ - The Ghana Rugby Football Union (Ghana Rugby) has issued a “Ghana Rugby 2020 Blueprint” (https://ghanarugby.org/2020/03/ghana-rugby-blueprint-2020/) for study and input by its stakeholders.
The Blueprint follows the election of a new Board on 4 February 2020 at a Special General Meeting that was overseen by the Electoral Commission of Ghana and observed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Sports Authority and Rugby Africa.
The re-elected President and Board Chairman, Mr Herbert Mensah, immediately after the election ordered that the 2020 Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Congress (GRSC) be called to inform and consult with all stakeholders. This event was held in Accra, Ghana on 22 February 2020.
Following the GRSC a team from the Board was tasked to compile a Ghana Rugby Blueprint that should focus the Union’s activities for the following five years.
The Corona Virus May have the world on edge and down in spirit but we shall prevail in the end.
African Sports Monthly and the Team at ASMN and the Africa Sports Report Podcast Celebrates International Day of Sports for Peace and Development this April 6th 2020.
World Athletics welcomes the decision of the IOC and the Japanese Government to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to 2021. It is what athletes want and we believe this decision will give all athletes, technical officials and volunteers some respite and certainty in these unprecedented and uncertain times.
Athletics will continue to do whatever we can to preserve and create an outdoor season of one-day meetings in 2020, starting and ending later than usual, so athletes, when they are able and it is safe to, will have access to competitions in every region. This will help them benchmark their performances and adjust their training accordingly for an Olympic Games in 2021. In light of this announcement, we will also expedite our current review of the Olympic qualification system, in cooperation with the IOC, and release any changes to the process as soon as possible so athletes know where they stand.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC), THOMAS BACH, AND THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN, ABE SHINZO, HELD A CONFERENCE CALL THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS THE CONSTANTLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENT WITH REGARD TO COVID-19 AND THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020.
They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.
President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.
In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.
Captain Sornnarin Tippoch believes Thailand’s final ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 innings is a statement of what to expect in their cricketing future.
Openers Natthakan Chantam (56) and Nattaya Boochatham (44) led the way in a stunning exhibition at the Sydney Showground, their partnership of 93 setting the foundations for a total of 150 for three.
Their bid to defend the score and pick up a maiden Women’s T20 World Cup win was curtailed by the rain but the bad weather didn’t dampen the skipper’s spirits in their tournament closer.
Watching Australia and New Zealand battle it out in front of a brilliant Junction Oval crowd has really capped off a superb ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 group-stage.
From the opening game between the hosts and India at Sydney Showground, we’ve seen what it means to have big support and it’s only going to get better.
Looking ahead to the final, I think the tournament is on track to get a huge crowd at the MCG which will be a fitting end to an already amazing tournament.
Young amateur boxer, Samuel Takyi has confidently disclosed his desire to win an Olympic medal when he represents Ghana at the upcoming Games come July and August.
The 19 year old enterprising pugilist who found his way into the Black Bombers team this year said he is very sure of winning an Olympic medal, because the exposure his first international exposure has given him means he can do better and more for his country.
Samuel Takyi, a product of the Discipline Boxing Gym at Ussher Town in Accra missed the gold medal at the finals of the Dakar Qualifications dubbed ‘Road To Tokyo 2020’, but was marvelous at the third place match and settled for bronze as well as his ticket in a grand style against Isaac Masembe of Uganda in the Men's Featherweight (52-57kg).
NEW YORK (Monday, March 2, 2020) – Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for the opening week of the 2020 MLS season.
Morris started the match on the bench but came on at halftime to score two goals in Seattle’s 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire FC at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, ensuring the defending MLS Cup winner’s championship celebration was not spoiled. The 25-year-old academy product recorded his second career MLS brace on opening day, one of four players in League history to accomplish the feat twice, and first to do so in back-to-back years. Morris is currently tied for the league lead with two goals scored, while Seattle sits tied atop the Western Conference standings with three points.
The Blitzboks had a tackle completion rate of 69,2% in Los Angeles and have a season average of 68%
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 2, 2020/ -- What to do when your coach calls you off the bench with one second (and basically one play) left on the clock and your side trail the World Series champions by seven points in the final of the HSBC LA Sevens?
If your name is Branco du Preez, you first execute the perfect restart to hand your side the possession, then you score a try and convert it from a tight angle two minutes into injury time.
And then, in extra time, you again run strongly, make a crucial tackle and celebrate when the team pull off one of the most unlikely victories seen in the 21 years of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
If Hollywood, and Los Angeles in particular and the USA in general, are the places where dreams come true, Du Preez, South Africa's most capped player in the World Series, can tell you all about it.
Black Stars Head Coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor will hold a press conference on Tuesday, March 3 to announce his squad for Ghana's back-to-back games against Sudan later this month.
The senior national team is set to host Sudan at Cape Coast Stadium on March 27 in Group C of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
The game, which will be followed by a reverse fixture in Omdurman within three days is Akonnor’s first as Black Stars coach.
The Sport Programme for Trinbago 2021 has now been confirmed with eight exciting sports set to feature at the Commonwealth Youth Games next year.
Trinidad and Tobago were awarded the right to stage the seventh edition of the Games by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in June last year with the competition set to take place from 1-7 August 2021.
Second tournament victory in the 2019/20 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 2, 2020/ -- The Springbok Sevens team claimed a dramatic 29-24 win over Fiji in the final of the HSBC LA Sevens in Los Angeles early Monday morning (SA time) for their second tournament victory in the 2019/20 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The sudden death victory in the final – in which they trailed 19-0 after five minutes – came in extra time after the Blitzboks scored a converted try deep into injury time to draw level with Fiji, with Branco du Preez kicking a brilliant conversion to extend the match.
The Blitzboks then scored the golden try – when Sako Makata was worked into space – in extra time to claim 22 tournament points, closing the gap on the World Series log leaders, New Zealand, to four points (match report here). (http://bit.ly/3cpiQLi)
The New Zealanders have 93 points as the teams head to the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver next weekend, followed by South Africa (89), Fiji (72), France (67) and England (64).
The score of 39 to 19 is a bit misleading as it was a tough match that could have gone any way in the second half after a half-time score of 15 for Hurricanes and 9 for Griffons
ACCRA, Ghana, March 2, 2020/ -- Dansoman Hurricanes RFC was crowned as the 2019/20 Ghana Rugby (www.Ghana.Rugby) Club Men’s Fifteens Champions when the beat Griffons RFC by 39 points to 19 on Saturday 29 February 2020 at the St Thomas Aquinas Park in Accra, Ghana.
The President and Board Chairman, Mr Herbert Mensah, was delighted with the conclusion of the domestic league and congratulated both teams for the camaraderie displayed after the match from his home in London (https://youtu.be/k0hl_SWgubo). (http://bit.ly/3clcGff)
Mensah also congratulated all the members of the Organising Committee with special reference to Board Member and Tournament Commissioner, Mr Steve Noi.
Mention was also made by Mensah that Ghana Rugby is looking at a Super Club Championship between neighbouring countries as part of the WARS (West African Rugby Series) subject to funding thereof.
The score of 39 to 19 is a bit misleading as it was a tough match that could have gone any way in the second half after a half-time score of 15 for Hurricanes and 9 for Griffons.
Hurricanes, however, took control in the second half and ran in a number of tries.
MIES (Switzerland) - FIBA has decided, after careful consideration, to change several events due to the ongoing developments of the COVID-19 virus.
FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualification Tournament postponed
The FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualification Tournament, which was scheduled to be held in Bengaluru, India, from March 18 to 22, 2020, has been postponed.
FIBA is now working in close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, on the best solution possible in the circumstances, considering that this tournament needs to take place before the FIBA 3x3 Universality Olympic Qualifier Tournament scheduled to be played in Budapest, Hungary, from April 24 to 26, 2020.
ACCRA, GHANA. 27 February 2020/ - The Ghana Rugby Football Union (Ghana Rugby) will once again embrace International Women’s Day in 2020, this time with a competition whereby all the ladies of Ghana rugby or from anywhere in the world will be invited to take part.
The International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual. The organisation describes this year’s theme as follows on their website (https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme).
“Equality is not a women's issue, it's a business issue.
Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious - so what's not great about that?
On the day of the fourth anniversary of his election as FIFA President, Gianni Infantino published The Vision 2020-2023: Making Football Truly Global, his proposed action plan for the organisation over the course of the coming years.
“This document lays out a plan to further modernise the football world, make it increasingly inclusive and pave the way to a landscape in which, one day, we will have at least 50 national teams and 50 clubs from all continents at a top competitive level,” said President Infantino.
The Vision 2020-2023: Making Football Truly Global is a blueprint for FIFA to pursue the objective of making football truly global while navigating a fast-changing world. It revolves around 11 key goals:
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) today paid tribute to Maria Sharapova after the Russian star announced her retirement from professional tennis, having firmly established herself as one of the sport’s all-time greats.
After winning her first WTA title at Tokyo [Japan Open] in 2003, Sharapova etched her name into the history books at Wimbledon in 2004 when, at only 17, she defeated Serena Williams to become the first Russian champion at the All England Club. Later that same year she overcame Serena again to become the first from her country to win the WTA Finals season finale, and by the following summer had become the first Russian woman to achieve the WTA World No.1 ranking.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 is off to a flying start, with new crowd, broadcast and digital coverage benchmarks set across the first six matches and four days of competition.
India is the only team to have two wins at this stage of the tournament and remains undefeated following their 18-run triumph over Bangladesh on day four at the WACA Ground in Perth. In the earlier match in Perth as part of a double-header, hosts and defending champions Australia recorded their first win with a thrilling final-over victory over Sri Lanka.
Action will continue on Wednesday 26 February at Manuka Oval in Canberra with a double-header featuring England v Thailand followed by West Indies v Pakistan.
The following is a summary of highlights from the first four days of the event.