Women players’ livelihoods at stake due to COVID-19 shutdown: FIFPRO

first_imgBERN,  (Reuters) – Many female footballers are at risk of losing their livelihoods due to the global soccer shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a report by global players’ union FIFPRO said yesterday. The report said specific measures were needed to help women’s football during the crisis, which has brought world sport to a standstill and caused the postponement of major international events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Otherwise, it said, the women’s game could be facing an existential threat.In the report, FIFPRO said women’s football was especially exposed to the crisis due to its less-established professional leagues, lower salaries, narrower scope of opportunities, uneven sponsorship deals and less corporate investment. “The lack of written contracts, the short-term duration of employment contracts, the lack of health insurance and medical coverage, and the absence of basic worker protections and worker’s rights leaves many female players at great risk of losing their livelihoods,” it said.Many were “teetering at the margins” even before the current crisis, it added.FIFPRO also said there was a wide disparity in how much information players were receiving about the status of football where they were playing. “Some get frequent updates; some get almost none,” it said, adding that being left in the dark and placed in isolation in a foreign country was “extremely unsettling”.Players were also worried that recent progress in the women’s game could be undermined by the fallout from the pandemic.“They have been part of the industry growth, from the emergence out of amateur and semi-professional status into this transition towards professionals,” said the report. “It has been a long journey, and it is difficult for players to see that hard-earned recognition and visibility at risk.”With an average contract length of 12 months, many women players would not be protected against lost wages if competitions were called off, the report said. It called for more investment in women’s football and the creation of “working environments whereby players are not exploited, their rights are valued, and they are accorded full respect”.It said women’s football should have “priority access to facilities, times and situations that enable fans to attend games, sponsors to drive revenue, broadcasters to reach wide audiences, and players to perform in optimal conditions”. It also suggested that global industry standards should be created for working conditions in women’s football.The report stressed that international rather than club football had driven growth of the women’s game and that this should be given priority in the rebuild of the women’s football industry.“This all points to the need for FIFA and the regional confederations to better coordinate the women’s international match calendar with leagues, and the current crisis presents an extraordinary opportunity to do so,” it said.last_img read more

Column: PGA Tour gets a new version of Tigermania

first_imgTiger Woods hits from the first fairway during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Dante Carrer)NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ The latest comeback by Tiger Woods, this one following a 10-month absence from a fourth back surgery in three years, was sure to cause some disruption in the workforce with the weekday television coverage.That included the commissioner’s office at the PGA Tour.“I would consider myself to be among the highly distracted as Tiger played his first round,” Jay Monahan said Tuesday.Monahan was at the Hero World Challenge the day before it began and stayed for the pro-am dinner, where he said Woods spoke from the heart about his foundation, thanked the other 17 players for coming and reminded them they had a chance to compete against a player at No. 1,199 in the world ranking.“That broke up the room,” Monahan said with a laugh.Indeed, it’s rare for a player to tie for ninth and move up 531 spots in the world ranking _ Woods now is all the way up to No. 668 _ but such were the circumstances. The field featured eight of the top 10 in the world, and it included one guy who had earned ranking points at only two tournaments over the last two years.There’s no way to go but up.That’s what Monahan took away from the holiday exhibition, only he wasn’t talking about the world ranking.“We had such a strong year with great, young players stepping forward,” he said. “You add Tiger back in the mix, and we all go away from it with a lot of excitement.”How much Woods is in the mix remains to be seen, although this was as strong as he has looked in four years. Next up is figuring out a schedule that Woods said would be geared around the four majors. He hasn’t played all four since 2015, and he hasn’t made the cut in all of them since 2013.Most of the young players at Albany Golf Club _ Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger _ know more about the legend of Woods than what it’s like to have him at tournaments.Thomas got a taste of it.He is the FedEx Cup champion and PGA Tour player of the year after winning five times, including his first major at the PGA Championship. He started the new season by winning the CJ Cup in South Korea.And when he sat down for a news conference, his first six questions were about Woods.Thomas was paired with Woods for the first and final rounds, and while Woods had the largest gallery, there was rarely more than about 250 fans. It’s the Bahamas. So when Thomas was asked if felt the effect of Woods on the golf course or in his news conference, he smiled.“I would say more of the fact that I just won the FedEx Cup, player of the year, and all I get asked about is Tiger Woods,” he said. Thomas was not the least bit irritated, even though this was the 10th out 12 consecutive questions he fielded about Woods on that day.“I thought it was bad the questions I got asked about Jordan,” Thomas said.Golf wasn’t suffering without Woods, not inside the ropes.Dating to when Woods had his first back surgery, Rory McIlroy won two majors in 2014; Spieth got halfway to the calendar Grand Slam in 2015; Dustin Johnson fulfilled his potential with his first major in 2016 and was voted player of the year. And this year brought the emergence of the 24-year-old Thomas.None can draw attention to golf like Woods _ not individually, maybe not collectively. That’s no surprise.“The keen golf fans will know Tiger moved the needle and brought people in that might be sports fans, but not golf fans,” Henrik Stenson said. “But everyone who follows golf closely, I don’t think they’ve been home thinking, `Oh, this is not exciting anymore,’ when all the guys at the top have been winning. It’s been a healthy couple of years, even though he’s not been on the scene.“I don’t think he can make it less good, having the old Tiger back and trying to charge through the field,” Stenson said. “It would make it even more exciting.”There’s also the danger, especially in today’s social media climate, to gush so much over Woods that it seems no one else is playing and tournaments that Woods doesn’t play are not worth watching.This is nothing new. The PGA Tour has been facing questions like this for 20 years.Monahan sees only an upside now.“We have such a deep bench of young, international players, combined with a great group of veterans. All have accomplished a lot in their own right, week in and week out. The story lines will be strong,” Monahan said. “You take a strong PGA Tour and just make it stronger. And it doesn’t just apply when Tiger is playing. The fact he’s back is bringing more attention, more eyeballs, and that’s going to benefit everyone.“It’s great to be back in that situation.”last_img

Real target Juve star Dybala in a swap deal with Isco

first_imgAdvertisement bq3cNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8b8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9x8m3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ccq8Would you ever consider trying this?😱6ss3Can your students do this? 🌚4ir0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Serie A giants Juventus have shown interest in signing out of favor Real Madrid star Isco, who fell out under interim manager Santiago Solari since his appointment as in charge at the Bernabeu. The La Liga side plan to take advantage of this happenstance and have asked for Dybala’s involvement in a swap deal. Advertisement The 26-year old Real playmaker fell down the pecking order in the Spanish capital following the arrival of Solari all the way back in October last year, after he put on a series of questionable displays on the pitch. In an attempt to solve their midfield and creativity crisis, which has plagued the Los Blancos since the start of the season, the multiple La Liga champions have attempted to rope in Dybala, valued at €100m, from Turin.The Bianconeri are hoping to maximize the output of star Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived in Turin just last summer from Madrid, and while his former teammate Isco has never started a game under new head coach Solari, yet enjoyed heavy success in the past regime, Juventus hope to provide him with an escape route out of Spain, as per reports in Italy.Advertisement However, president Fiorentino Perez has insisted, any deal for their player will have to involve the 25-year old Dybala, whom Juve are not keen no departing with.While Real have won all the games which did not feature Isco, the addition of Dybala to their squad will mean more creativity and chances on the field.Advertisement Read also:-Isco on the verge of leaving Real Madrid? Advertisementlast_img read more

Ballal rips the Bears apart

first_imgBy Nick Creely DDCA TURF 1 REVIEW – ROUND 6 North Dandenong star Akshay Ballal is emerging as one of the DDCA’s most…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nitehawks halt Leafs five-game winning streak

first_imgIt was the first goal Williams had allowed in four games.McBean, with is second of the night, completed the scoring in the third period for the Hawks, now winners of four straight.The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Leafs and drops Nelson into a first-place tie with Castlegar Rebels.The Rebels defeated Grand Forks Border Bruins in the Boundary City Friday night.Nelson, leading Beaver Valley by 10 points in Murdoch standings, out shot the Hawks 31-25.The Leafs, dropping to 26-7-1-0-2, now host Grand Forks Friday before traveling to Beaver Valley to continue a game Sunday that was postponed December 29th due to a power failure at the Fruitvale Arena. Not so fast Nelson Leafs.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks registered a statement win Friday against Murdoch rival Nelson Leafs as all teams began the stretch run to the end of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.The defending KIJHL Champs scored twice in the second period to dump the Nelson Leafs 4-1 in KIJHL action at the NDCC Arena.Kevan McBean, netting the winner on the power play, and Aiden Browell, scored in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and send the Hawks en route to the victory.Sawyer Hunt had given the Leafs a 1-0 lead in the first period.However, the Leafs were unable to get out of the frame with the lead as Karsten Jang beat Josh Williams in the Leaf nets with just over two minutes remaining in the period.last_img read more

Marc Ludden signs new contract with Galway United

first_imgMarc Ludden has signed a contract extension with Galway United that will take him into his fifth season with the club.The 27-year-old was an ever-present in 2017, making 36 appearances, scoring one goal against Sligo Rovers at Eamonn Deacy Park.The attacking full-back has made 113 appearances over the last four seasons with Galway United and he was a key member of Shane Keegan’s starting eleven in 2017.Yesterday it was announced that Ryan Connolly had rejoined the club and that Eoin McCormack had penned a new deal at Eamonn Deacy Park. Shane Keegan has heralded Ludden’s re-signing as an another important piece of business ahead of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League First Division season.“Marc was one of our steadiest performers last season and I thought he was very consistent for us throughout the year.“The way we were trying to use our full-backs was slightly more attacking than they had been in previous years, Marc loved that. That’s when he is at his best.“His deliveries from when he got into the final third and his movement was top notch. In terms of assists, I believe he was one of our highest last season. He had a fantastic year and it’s brilliant to have him back again.“He’s a tremendous player, I don’t think I’m overstepping the mark by saying we’re heading into the First Division season with arguably the best full-back in the First Division based on what I’ve seen.“He’s a fantastic signing for the club and one I think our supporters will be very happy with.”Marc Ludden has only one ambition for the 2018 season, a serious tilt at the First Division title with his hometown club.He told www.galwayunitedfc.ie: “When I initially began speaking to Shane about re-signing, the main thing I said was I wanted to see good players signing back or new players coming in. The only reason I would be signing back would be to win that First Division title, that’s my only aim next season.“On a personal level, I was happy with how I played last season. I want to bring what I did last season into 2018 and up it even further. I was specifically happy with the second half of the season. The first half, it took us a while to gel as a team.“I want to bring in more assists to my game and a bit more of senior leadership to the younger players that will be brought in. Myself and Ryan (Connolly) have been around for a while and I know Shane is looking for other senior players to carry these young lads, to bring them to a level where we can win the First Division.“Next year, personally the one aim will be to win the league. For that, you need to go out and attack and win games. It’s all about the number one spot.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Nelson Hoops hosts Canada Basketball coaching clinic

first_img“This (clinic) is geared towards new and inexperienced coaches such as teachers and parents, as well as seasoned coaches instructing younger age groups,” a Nelson Hoops Association spokesperson said.“We’re encouraging parents, present coaches, teachers, senior players, and anyone who may be keen to learn some new skills and drills to attend.”Organizers said training at the younger levels is key to growing grassroots basketball in Nelson that will bring teams one step closer to increasing participation and competition in the region. The clinic is set for Saturday, November 3rd at the L.V. Rogers gymnasium from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The clinic is divided into two categories —  Grades 1-4 from 9:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m, and Grades 5-8 from1-4:30 p.m.For more information contact Jeremy Phelan at [email protected] or Cheryl Closkey at [email protected] Nelson Hoops Association is hosting a basketball camp in November geared to promote coaching at the younger levels.Organizers of Nelson Hoops Association said Anthony Luyken of Canada Basketball is coming to Nelson to facilitate a coaching clinic geared towards skills and drills for Grades 1-8.last_img read more