Nov 20, 2017
Welcome Back To Our USASC Newsletter.
Highlighting important and relevant information on sports and the Olympic movement from WADA to the latest in emerging sports federations and sports culture. This time we're looking at a roundup of news from our member sports, and sports news from late October to mid November.
- Russia "Non-Compliant" Ahead of Pyeongchang
- Smaller World Beach Games
- ECJ Rules Bridge is Not a Sport
- Communique of the Olympic Summit
- Inside the FIFA Trial
Russia Remains "Non-Compliant" with the WADA Code.
"The decision is likely to add more pressure on the IOC to ban Russian athletes from the 2018 Winter Games, which are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea."
Inaugural World Beach Games Will Be Smaller Than Planned.
"Only around 2,000 athletes from a limited number of countries are now set to feature at a slimmed down inaugural edition of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games in San Diego in 2019."
European Justice Court Rules That Bridge is Not a Sport.
"The court concludes that an activity such as duplicate bridge, which is characterised by a physical element that appears to be negligible, is not covered by the concept of sport," a statement said.
Details from the Communique of the Olympic Summit.
Leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met in Lausanne, Switzerland during the Olympic Summit and discussed crucial topics including:
- PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
- Protection of Clean Athletes
- Targeted Pre-Games Testing
- Schmid/Oswald Commissions
- Founding of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA)
- Development of eGames/eSports
- Athletes' representation
FIG to Introduce AI Tech to Assist with Tokyo2020 Scoring?
"The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) is planning to introduce the AI technology to assist with scoring at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (as long as the IOC partner’s for timekeeping and results approves, the plan is good to go). Japanese IT giant Fujitsu, which is developing the 3D sensory system, says the product will help make scoring easier, assist coaches and athletes in training, and offer broadcast viewers in-depth, unparalleled coverage that already has Japanese pundits gushing." via the Guardian.
FIFA Trial: A Mob Affair.
From Play the Game: "For years, reporters have been fond of saying 'FIFA mafia', 'Mobsters of Football'. It has made for good copy, sold lots of media space – but what words do we use now that there really is a trial that focuses on the widespread criminal activity inside FIFA?"
French Charge IOC Member Fredericks in Rio Probe.
The AP Reports that "Fredericks, a four-time Olympic medalist, has said he is innocent. The Namibian sprinter is suspected of receiving a $299,300 payment on the same day that Rio was awarded the 2016 Games."
IN OTHER NEWS...
- Toolkit to Safeguard Athletes from Harassment & Abuse unveiled at ANOC GA.
- IF Forum 2017 convenes in Lausanne, Switzerland.
- Aly Raisman calls for major changes within USA Gymnastics.
- Shalene Flanagan finishes NYC Marathon in 2hrs, 26min, 53sec.
- Catch up with the latest US Bocce Federation Western Sector Newsletter.
- ICU hosts 1st ever Pan-American Cheerleading Championship in Colombia.
- Updates on the IPF-sanctioned 2018 USA Parkour Cup in Tampa, Florida.
- USJJF's 6th Annual Martial Arts Expo at UNM.
- Learn more about the World Skate Federation.
- Recap of all the action at the 2017 IMMAF World Championships.
- Florida Netball Classics expected to have at least 20 teams competing.
- US Twirling Association's "Catch It!" features latest news in baton twirling.
- A look at this year's Pan Caribbean International Martial Arts Games.
- Details on the 2018 World Adventure Golf Masters in the Czech Republic.
- 170 women skateboarders to participate in Exposure 2017 in Encinitas, California.
- Why Democracy Matters in movement and sports cultures.
- World Sailing breaks into Esports. Will other federations follow?
- Countdown to Pyeongchang begins with less than 100 days left.
- Best moments from the LA84 Foundation's Annual Summit.
- An athlete's advice to his daughters.
OVERHEARD ON SOCIAL MEDIA...
"Congratulations to @HofstraCheer and @HUDanceTeam for bringing home two GOLD medals from the first ever Pan American Cheerleading Championship this weekend!" -@usacheer
"We are all in this together. If we are going to create change I need all your help." - Olympian @Aly_Raisman
"Go the extra mile, it's never crowded." - @SloaneStephens
"It really happened!!!! Pure Joy." - Runner @ShalaneFlanagan
"WHAT WHAT WHAT MY FIRST LOVE" - Paralympian @laceysyourfriend on article about ParaCheer.
"A bet's a bet, @SylvesterTurner, so get ready for great tacos from @kogibbq and great local beers (plural) from LA brewers." - LA Mayor @ericgarcetti after the Dodgers loss to the Astros in the 2017 World Series.
"Thanks Mayor. Can't wait to taste the bbq and drink the beer." - Houston Mayor@SylvesterTurner replying.
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