PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, February 25, 2020/ -- Rugby Union Mauritius (http://MauritiusRugby.org) launched its 2020 rugby season with a 100% feminine plateau around QuikRip this Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Northfields. The Fit-Touch and Tackle players were able to play Quikrip together, a non-contact rugby game format. Since 2018, the Mauritian federation has used Quikrip, a New Zealand version of the Tag which has enabled significant transmission from “touched” to “tackled” in New Zealand and also in Mauritius. About 70 girls under the age of sixteen came to rugby 7.
While the eagerly awaited tournament might still feel a long way off for fans, 136 out of 900 qualifying matches have already been played, and the tournament infrastructure can be seen rapidly evolving in and around Doha. Two stadiums are fully operational: Khalifa International and Al Janoub. Three more venues – Education City, Al Rayyan and Al Bayt – will be inaugurated this year, with the remaining three set to be launched well in advance of the tournament.
ACCRA, GHANA. 24 February 2020./ - The golden thread throughout the Ghana Rugby 2020 Stakeholder Congress (GRSC) ( https://ghanarugby.org/2020-stakeholder-congress/ ) was the Union’s ability to fund its operations in light of the increased demands brought about by its rapid development.
Mr James N.A. Nunoo, Vice President and Board Member of Ghana Rugby, acted as Chairperson of the GRSC and expressed his hopes that the Congress will result in constructive inputs for the revised strategic direction of Ghana Rugby.
In the opening address Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, said that Ghana Rugby has come a long way since its previous Stakeholder Congress in 2014.
“Since 2014 when we started with a clean slate an enormous lot has changed. The changed “State of Ghana Rugby” is demanding huge sums of money and the situation where the President is playing banker for the Union is not sustainable. The stakeholders of Ghana will have to find a solution in 2020 to change the funding model of the Union, or the Union may be heading for a disaster,” Mensah said.
The second 2020 AIBA Forum was held in the city of Nadi, Fiji, on February 22nd. In total, 16 out of 17 Oceanian National Federations attended the event. New Boxing Academy on Fiji and development programs for Oceania’s coaches and officials are the main results of the meeting.
The forum was led by AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane and AIBA Marketing Commission chairman Mr. Umar Kremlev in the presence of Permanent secretary Youth&Sports of Fiji Mr. Jone Nemani Maretino, OCBC President Mr. Ted Tanner, Boxing Fiji President Mr. Manasa Baravilala and ONOC President Dr. Robin Mitchell.
Iconic Brands to Offer Fans Engaging Experiences and Essential Gameday Food OptionsToronto, Canada – (February 21, 2020) – Major League Soccer Canada and Kellogg Canada announced today a multi-year partnership to become the league’s official snack. As part of the agreement, beloved Kellogg’s®brands including Cheez-It®, Pringles®, Rice Krispies®, Pop-Tarts®, Eggo®, Nutri-Grain® and more, will become an integral part of the gameday experience and feed fans’ love for the sport.
The partnership is anchored in a joint, multi-touchpoint marketing campaign designed to connect MLS fans across Canada with Kellogg’s portfolio of iconic brands. Together, MLS and Kellogg will bring Canadians exclusive opportunities including a series of exciting sweepstakes with premium MLS prizing. Programming will also extend to the in-stadium fan experience and retail locations nationwide.
“We are proud to welcome Kellogg, a company with more than 100 years of history delivering quality products and innovation, as an official partner to MLS Canada,” said Diego Moratorio, MLS Canada’s General Manager. “Canada is a vibrant soccer nation with a passionate, multi-cultural and national MLS fanbase. Our dedicated MLS league staff based in Toronto looks forward to working with Kellogg for years to come.”
Miss Cormen Bruce Annan, Corporate Affairs Manager of GNPC who represented Dr. K. K. Sarpong, CEO of GNPC at the launch of the 2020 edition of the Ghana Fastest Human said, their outfit is motivated by the principal objective of projects that unearth talents and nurture them to represent Ghana at international competition like the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.
GNPC started sponsoring the initiative in 2014 and Ms. Bruce Annan praised Reks Brobbey, the brain behind the initiative, for being a passionate person and a man of integrity in what he engages in.
Ms. Bruce Annan was hopeful more athletes would qualify to the quadrennial biggest sporting event which currently has only Joseph Amoah qualifying alongside some disables athletes for this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Brobbey, inventor of the Ghana Fastest Human project, expressed appreciation to his team who are working tirelessly to the success of the project.
Brobbey, an Olympian who represented Ghana at the 1984 Games said, the concept was his biggest achievement in life and that, he has been able to hold the fort for seven consecutive times.
Kate Agyeman, the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games 100m women’s champion with a time of 11:86secs has confidently disclosed her ambition and desire to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to represent her mother land, Ghana.
Kate, a student at University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale who has won the Ghana's Faster Human in 2016 and again in 2018 told Yours Truly that she is capable and can make it because she is preparing big time and taking her training very serious.
According to Kate, her dream now is to qualify to Tokyo 2020 to make herself, family and the entire nation proud.
When Facebook makes friend suggestions, it usually recommends complete strangers or people from your past that you’d rather not reconnect with.
Sporting legends, however, rarely pop up as a friend suggestion on the social network.
So when Ivan Pedroso’s profile picture appeared on Yulimar Rojas’s Facebook feed alongside the question, ‘Add Friend?’ back in 2015, Rojas didn’t hesitate.
She clicked the button and waited. Soon after, the 10-time global long jump champion accepted her request.
“I dared to contact him and told him how much I admired him and that I dreamed of training with him,” recalls Rojas. “He said he had followed my career and believed I had a great talent.”
South Africa have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against Australia in the first Twenty20 International in Johannesburg yesterday.
Andrew Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanctions after Quinton de Kock’s side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
Stafanie Taylor’s all-round class helped West Indies survive a scare against debutants Thailand in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 opener in Perth.
Thailand chose to bat first on their global debut but struggled to score heavily at the WACA, leaving teenage keeper-batter Nannapat Khoncharoenkai to step up and anchor the innings with 33 from 48 balls.
Captain Taylor held their Group B opponents to 78 for nine with her three wickets, but Thailand’s fielding strength came to the fore with Lee-Ann Kirby, Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin all departing before the seventh over to spark thoughts of an upset.
But Taylor and Shemaine Campbelle stayed firm and their unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 53 sealed the win.
Stafanie Taylor says West Indies are breathing a collective sigh of relief after surviving a scare against Thailand in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup opener in Perth.
Taylor’s side beat the tournament debutants by seven wickets in the first game to be held at the WACA Ground, but the win was not as flattering as the scorecard may suggest.
West Indies looked to be on their way to a comfortable victory when restricting their opponents to 78 for nine from the full 20 overs.
But Thailand’s impressive fielding display saw three quick wickets fall before the seventh over – including that of the dangerous Deandra Dottin – to set the nerves racing in the dugout.
Many captains would fear facing England in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 opener but Dane van Niekerk certainly isn’t one of them.
Instead the South Africa skipper is relishing the task – nearly three years on from when the Proteas were denied a place in the Women’s Cricket World Cup Final by Heather Knight’s side.
The two meet again at the WACA on Sunday, with Van Niekerk thrilled to have the chance to call upon all her key names for the first time since they went to England.
“I think the last time we had a full-strength side was in 2017 and we did really well there,” she said.
“So hopefully that counts in our favour and we still have to play really good cricket and stay true to the brand of cricket we want to play
Trisha Chetty says South Africa will be keen to avenge past shortcomings when they meet England in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup opener on Sunday.
Memories of facing England on the global stage are far from fond for the Proteas, having lost to them in both of their recent semi-final appearances - first at the 2014 Women’s T20 World Cup before missing out on a 50-over final to the eventual champions in 2017.
But 31-year-old Chetty, who was on the losing South African side on both occasions, believes her side are stronger than ever and will be able to enact revenge at the WACA.
“England have always had the upper hand against us,” she said. “They’ve beaten us in two World Cup semi-finals across the two formats now so we’re determined to start the tournament on an improved note against them.
Ghana's Omar Abdul Wahid scored an unanimous points victory over Kenya's Joseph Shigali at the African Olympic Qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.
According to reports reaching Yours Truly, the stocky Kenyan put up a gutsy show, but the experienced Ghanaian's ring generalship won him the fight as he poked at the Kenyan with his jabs and timely combinations against the flat-footed Kenyan cop.
Before, Ghana national boxing team, the Black Bombers captain, Sulemanu Tetteh has qualified for the Quarter Final stage of the Men's Flyweight (-52) Category at the 2020 Olympics qualification at the Dakar Boxing Arena after outclassing his Egyptian opponent Mostapha Mohammed.
With her final attempt of the evening, Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas bounded out to a world indoor triple jump record of 15.43m* at the Meeting Villa de Madrid, the final World Athletics Indoor Tourmeeting of the season, on Friday (21).
The two-time world champion opened with a foul but then registered a valid 14.65m in round two to immediately move into the lead. After another foul in round three, she sailed out to 15.29m in round four, breaking her own South American indoor record and moving to second on the world indoor all-time list.
The inaugural World Athletics Continental Tour, a series of leading international one-day meetings around the globe, kicks off this weekend with back-to-back meetings in Sydney and Auckland.
The Tour, which will span six continents over the next seven months, is designed to provide athletes with more high calibre competitive opportunities to earn prize money and world ranking points while reaching fans in nearly every corner of the world.
The Tour will be divided into three levels – Gold, Silver and Bronze – whose status will be determined by the quality of competition and prize money on offer.
World Athletics is investing in the Gold level meetings, which will each offer $US200,000 in prize money. Area associations will be responsible for managing the Silver ($US75,000 prize money) and Bronze level competitions ($US25,000).
Saturday's Sydney Track Classic, a popular fixture in Oceania dating back to the 1990s, will launch the Tour and will feature athletes from 12 countries.
‘Don’t be scared’ is the advice Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch received ahead of leading her country in their maiden ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 match.
But the ever-smiling skipper needs no reminding to enjoy her debut on the biggest stage of all.
The 33-year-old, a former softball player who didn’t know the rules of cricket 13 years ago, will lead Thailand in a global event for the first time against the West Indies on Saturday.
And what better way to finalise the preparations than getting the opportunity to share some tips with two of the world’s best batters, Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates.
Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh smashed the world record* to win the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on Friday (21), clocking 1:04:31 at the World Athletics Gold Label road race.
Marathon world record-holder Brigid Kosgei was a distant second in 1:04:49, but her time was also inside the previous world record of 1:04:51, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei in Valencia in 2017.
Kosgei led for the first half, taking the field through five kilometres in 15:07 and 10 kilometres in 30:18. By this point, only Yeshaneh was able to stick with the Kenyan as Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yelahun led the chase pack some 11 seconds behind.
With five modules taking place across five different continents over the next 13 months, the 26 participants coming from different confederations, national associations, clubs leagues and players’ unions all around the world enjoyed their first taste of the course at Concacaf HQ.
With very few matches having been played on the international front in the first month of the year, there is little movement in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2020.
Only 15 friendlies have taken place since the last ranking update in December – including two games in late 2019 – so it is little surprise that the top 20 remains unchanged with Belgium, France and Brazil still making up the top three.
Some minor movement in the top 50 sees both Wales (23rd, down 1) and Paraguay (41st, down 1) fall a spot, while Ghana (46th, up 1) rise ever so slightly.
Tokyo, 21 February 2020 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today welcomed Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung) as a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Gold Partner in the category “Wireless Communications Equipment”. Its addition brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Partners to 78.
By becoming a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Gold Partner, the highest tier of the domestic sponsorship programme, Samsung will provide valuable support to the successful delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Stafanie Taylor is ready to spoil Thailand’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup debut, saying her West Indies side will show no mercy in Saturday’s opener at the WACA.
When it comes to competing on the global stage, the two sides couldn’t be much further apart, he West Indies having won the tournament back in 2016 and Thailand making their debut in Australia.
Thailand may have already won hearts but Taylor insists her side won’t be playing nice in Perth and will instead be treating the debutants like any other opponent.
“We’ll be looking at it exactly like playing Australia or India,” said Taylor. “We’re taking it very seriously, for sure.
“We can’t think in the back of our minds that they know nothing about cricket because we haven’t played or seen much of them.
Ghana national boxing team, the Black Bombers captain, Sulemanu Tetteh has qualified for the Quarter Final stage of the Men's Flyweight (-52) Category at the 2020 Olympics qualification at the Dakar Boxing Arena after outclassing his Egyptian opponent Mostapha Mohammed.
The boxing Road to Tokyo 2020 kicks off in Dakar, Senegal, where the firstd of the five boxing qualifying events for the Olympic Games will be held from 20 to 29 February. It will be live streamed on the Olympic Channel.
The Olympic Channel will cover all five Boxing Qualifying Events, including live streaming of all women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories from the first day of competition through to the finals for each event.
In addition to live streaming with commentary in multiple languages, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event from its Madrid headquarters.
News, photo galleries and Olympic Channel videos will also be posted on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner, along with all relevant competition information such as the rules, schedules, draw-sheets and results. Video News Releases (VNR), including highlights of the competition, will be published daily on the IOC Newsroom.
…2020 Edition Of Ghana Fastest Human Launched
Six young budding local athletes have been named to join the 2019/ 2020 GNPC Speedsters Club.
They are Abdul Rasheed Samini, Grace Obuor, Latifa Ali, Edwin Gadayi, Kate Agyeman and Afaxoe Harry Remember.
They were mentioned and some were introduced at the impressive launch of the 2020 edition of the GNPC Ghana Fastest Human at the Press Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday.
Reks Brobbey announced that they are the fourth batch to be inducted into the Speedsters Club, and knows that his dream of getting a Ghanaian to win an Olympic medal in the sprint events will come to pass.