Richard Branson is a big inspiration to many Here are some tips and more to get you going on your journey to become the next successful African entrepreneur. They may sound basic but they are very crucial to your success. 1. Love what you do.Most of us live with this impression that we don’t really have control over what we do, over what happens to us, over our happiness and our unhappiness, and that we are victims, and of course, as victims, all we know how to do, is defend ourselves. Because we spend so much time in the defending mode, we forget who we really are, we forget that we do have a choice, and that we do have the ability to shift our lives in the right direction.2. Build a team immersed in your vision.Teamwork is the single most important reason why organizations succeed or fail. One of the biggest barriers to building a successful team is the lack of investment by an organization in team development, whether that investment comes in the form of time or money. Building a thriving team is hard work and time consuming, which can pose a challenge for business leaders today as they want a return on their investment too quickly. It takes the commitment of the organization, team leadership, and team members to build winning teams.3. Come up with innovative ways to solve problems.To qualify as creative problem-solving, the solution must solve the stated problem in a novel way, and the solution must be reached independently. Creative problem-solving usually begins with defining the problem. This may lead to a simple non-creative solution, or to finding a “textbook solution”. The creative problem-solving process may also lead to the discovery of prior art and of creative solutions by others. The process, in these cases, may then be abandoned, if the discovered solution is “good enough”.4. Create a delightful customer experience.5. Quickly learn from your mistakes.6. Rely on people smarter than you.7. Never sacrifice quality.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is hoping to hear some positive news about his pursuit of Cesc Fabregas within the next couple of days. And, speaking at a press conference to preview Saturday’s encounter with the A-League All Stars at ANZ Stadium, Moyes for the first time endorsed the fact United had made a bid for Fabregas. “I couldn’t tell you exactly,” said Moyes, when asked for a progress update. “I am in contact with the chief executive who has been dealing with it. I will hopefully know a little bit more in the next day or so.” Although Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova claimed earlier this week that Fabregas had informed him of a wish to remain at the Nou Camp, a position which was subsequently endorsed by Arsene Wenger, United are working on an alternative assessment of the situation. They are of the opinion Fabregas is open to the idea of a move, and Barcelona might well be too given their need to balance the books following Neymar’s £50million summer arrival. Speculation about a mammoth bid for Gareth Bale continues to swirl too, while Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines have also been the subject of repeated links. So far, United’s only signing of the Moyes era has been Uruguay Under-20 defender Guillermo Varela, who is now on a break after competing at the recent World Cup tournament in Turkey which England were so poor at. With less than a month remaining before the Premier League opener at Swansea, followed closely by meetings with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, Moyes is aware he is behind schedule. He is hopeful of addressing that situation quite soon. “We are trying very hard to make some additions to the squad,” he said. “Hopefully there will be some good news in the not too distant future.” Yet, in exactly the same way as they hope no means yes in Fabregas’ case, the Red Devils are in the same position with Wayne Rooney. Currently back in Manchester for rehabilitation work on the hamstring injury that forced him home less than 24 hours after his arrival in Thailand last week, there has been no indication Rooney is any less angry about being depicted as Robin van Persie’s understudy than he was when he became aware of Moyes’ comments at the weekend. If there is no softening of attitude towards words Moyes did not intend to be reported the way they have, it is impossible to see how the 27-year-old can remain at Old Trafford without being a divisive presence at a time when the new manager is trying to make the transition process as smooth as possible. The intricacies of Rooney’s situation have been debated around the world, including Australia, where fans have turned out in their droves to catch a glimpse of United’s players at any given opportunity. Around 20,000 paid 15 Australian dollars (£10) to watch them train, with Saturday’s game an 83,500 sell-out in the same stadium in which the British and Irish Lions sealed their momentous series win a fortnight ago. Moyes has confirmed his intention to hand Phil Jones a start for the game, but last season’s top scorer Van Persie is only set to be a substitute after a hard first week’s training following an extended summer break. Press Association As United’s week-long stay in Sydney took them to a public training session at the Allianz Stadium, which attracted more support than the seasonal average of any side that plays there regularly, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward set to work on the urgent transfer business that demanded his early return to Europe. Given Woodward was due back in the UK on Sunday anyway, it was a significant move on his part which suggested a major piece of business.
DOHA, Qatar (Reuters) – The 2026 soccer World Cup could be split between up to four countries, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said yesterday, announcing the organisation would encourage applications to co-host the tournament.“We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we are reasonable and we have to think about sustainability long-term,” Infantino said.“(We could) … maybe bring together two, three, four countries who can jointly present a project with three, four, five stadiums each. We will certainly encourage it. Ideally the countries will be close to each other.”His remarks could open the way to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, which have already said they intend to hold discussions over the possibility.At the end of last year Victor Montagliani, president of the CONCACAF federation that the three countries belong to, said he expected formal discussions to start once “all the rules and regulations” related to the bid were announced.Concern has been raised about the financial burden placed on a single tournament host, and the bad publicity generated by stadiums built and then abandoned after use.The only time FIFA has previously sanctioned co-hosting was in 2002 when Japan and South Korea staged a tournament that was widely heralded as a success.The idea has taken off at the European Championship, with Belgium and the Netherlands co-hosting in 2000, Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and Poland and Ukraine in 2012. The next tournament in 2020 has been designated as Pan-European and is due to be staged in 13 cities in 13 counties.Swedish FA chair Karl-Erik Nilsson quickly backed co-hosting for the World Cup too.“It’s a good idea, and Europe has of course previously worked in this way on the European Championships,” he said.“We are used to it and it works well, it makes it possible for more countries to arrange (tournaments), and in that way it is positive.”But there is likely to be opposition from fans’ groups, given the higher cost involved in following a team through different countries.Joint hosting could also raise security concerns.Brazil’s Maracana, which staged the last World Cup final in 2014, has become unusable in recent months, sitting with rusting gates and with a badly damaged playing area following a dispute over repair costs and redevelopment.
All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m. The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___ ___7:10 p.m.The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings. 4 p.m.Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access.The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are.Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):12:15 a.m.The Kontinental Hockey League says it’s suspending the playoffs for a week, but only to continue in a new format. The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus. The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___ The British government has said emergency services are being withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings in the country from Tuesday, so the Jockey Club “has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage” the Grand National Festival.Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club, says “we were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but … this is not a viable option.” ___4:10 p.m.Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people. Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29.The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct.Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice.Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America.___ The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___ The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.” 12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said. March 16, 2020 12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___ ___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.” Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___ The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4. The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___1:20 p.m. 10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country. 2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors. The Latest: KHL suspends playoffs for a week The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest ice hockey league outside of the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.Two of the last eight teams in the playoff bracket — Finland’s Jokerit and Kazakhstan’s Barys— have withdrawn due to concerns about the virus outbreak and related security measures. One game last week was played in an empty arena.The league says in a statement that it will talk with Russian authorities about a way forward. The KHL spans six countries but all of the remaining teams in the playoffs are Russian.The league adds that “the start date, the period and the detailed format of competition will be decided in the near future.”___ Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m. — Reporting by AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow___8:50 p.m.The Grand National Steeplechase, one of the iconic sporting events in Britain, has been canceled following the stringent measures put in place during the virus outbreak.The Jockey Club says the horse racing meeting at Aintree, Liverpool, from April 2-4 will not take place. Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments. The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg. The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3.USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California. The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak. 11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too. Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday. Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m. British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. 4:45 p.m.A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that the American Hockey League is allowing its players to return home while determining it won’t be able to resume its season until May at the earliest.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the league has not announced the decisions reached by the AHL’s executive committee during a conference call.The move follows last week’s decision by the 31-team AHL to suspend its season until further notice. The decision coincides with the NHL placing a roster freeze on player movement, as well as pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not more than a month.Previously, players were encouraged to remain with their teams. The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.___1:50 p.m. Associated Press
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says team employees have been tested after exhibiting symptoms for the new coronavirus. German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms.The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain.The center will open on Saturday.___ ___The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures. The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition.The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%.It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___ He says no players or members of the coaching staff have shown any symptoms or been tested. Pierce said Friday he doesn’t know the identity of those who were tested. He said at least 18 or 19 days have passed since any members of the team would have had contact with the employees.“Everyone that has been tested, the symptoms they had or reported, they do feel better,” Pierce said. He said he has “become a master of this Zoom app” while having video conferencing with players, assistants and other NBA coaches.___The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts are giving season-ticket holders the option to defer April’s payment until June 15. More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman.The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals.Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___ The Latest: Hawks employees tested after showing symptoms ___The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___ The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17.Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May. Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing.___Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons. April 3, 2020 Associated Press On Friday, team officials emailed letters to those with payment plans, giving them a Wednesday deadline to accept the offer.The final two installments were initially due April 15 and May 15. The Colts have not announced any changes about the May payment.“In light of the unique circumstances right now, we have decided to modify the payment options for members of our season ticket family on payment plans,” the letter reads in part.The move comes one day after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the entire spring sports season. State officials had previously announced all schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.___ The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start.The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27.Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title.Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.” World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates.___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year.The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has insisted that Chelsea’s players are behind him.The former Blues midfielder shrugged off reports he is no more popular among the squad than Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked last weekend following dismal results and reports of player unrest. Chelsea beat Birmingham on Tuesday in his first match at the helm, leaving Di Matteo feeling upbeat ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Stoke.AdChoices广告He said: “I have spoken to all the players individually over the last five days. They know what the task is and they are all on board.“I think you saw that from the reaction of the players on Tuesday. We now have to carry this on until the end of the season.”Di Matteo added: “It’s a collective responsibility when things aren’t going well. It touches everyone from the manager to the players and everyone at the club.“The players and I are confident and we believe we have the power and strength to achieve fourth place. ”Meanwhile, Di Matteo has confirmed that skipper John Terry could feature against Stoke after recovering from a knee problem.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 19, 2015 at 6:47 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @SamBlum3 Syracuse forward Emil Ekblom will not return to Syracuse for his junior season, SU head coach Ian McIntyre confirmed in a text message to The Daily Orange on Monday evening.He is no longer in Syracuse, and is currently trying out for professional teams in his home country of Norway, McIntyre said. Ekblom was Syracuse’s top scorer in his first two seasons with the Orange, with 10 and eight goals, respectively.Ekblom has yet to make a roster, but McIntyre said he will not be returning to Syracuse in the fall. During the 2014 postseason, Ekblom was replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Alex Halis, who will return to the Orange next season along with sophomore forward Chris Nanco.Ekblom is the third player this offseason to leave Syracuse early. Junior goalkeeper Alex Bono received a Generation Adidas offer from Major League Soccer and was eventually drafted sixth overall by Toronto FC on Thursday. Junior midfielder Stefanos Stamoulacatos has left a season early to play professionally in Greece. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments
It’s claimed Cech would like to join rivals Arsenal, while Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly also keen.It’s believed Chelsea would prefer to sell to the French champions for a fee of around eleven million pounds.Cech, who has been at Chelsea for eleven seasons, has one year left on his contract.
Andy Murray is bidding for a third appearance in a Wimbledon final when he faces Tomas Berdych in the single’s semi-final later today.In the other semi-final, seven-time champion Roger Federer will take on Canada’s sixth seed Milos Raonic on Centre Court.Both matches begin at 1pm.
StumbleUpon Share Share Opening the week, industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners offers its insight into some of the topics facing the gambling industry over this last week, including SportPesa’s decision to withdraw from Kenya, the closure of Towcester racecourse, and the privatisation of FDJ.Kenya: taxation and regulation – hard lessons from a game overKenya’s tempestuous few years of gambling ‘reform’ has now apparently permanently driven out its erstwhile posterchild and market leader. SportPesa (until recently a c. €200m net revenue business, sponsor of Everton and Hull, F1 Racing Point team partner and official partner of Chester Racecourse) has stated that it is not going to seek to reapply for a licence as the government announced a further tax hike (an additional 10ppts to a 20% Excise Duty on stakes, voted through last week) – this is now much more than posturing, with the group laying off over 450 employees in Kenya (only two months after stating it would not be shut down or driven out of the country). Betin, another major market participant, has also reportedly given up and opted for closure and redundancy.Kenya’s rise demonstrates the power of online betting in an emerging market where payments are not a problem – in this case due to M-Pesa (mobile money), a mass market solution to the banking crisis. The Kenyan betting sector reached reported stakes of over KS200bn in 2018, implying revenue – pre disruption – of c. €500m (including player winnings taxes collected by operators) – a very significant market given the country’s size (50m) and relative wealth (US$1.8k GPD per capita). In this context, understanding local connectivity and ecommerce provides a clear commercial guide to success. However, the issues that led to Kenya’s volte face on a once strong sector are even more instructive, in our view. We identify four key takeaways.The most obvious issue – sometimes too obvious to notice – facing Kenya was the very rapid nature of the growth. This meant that the key operator (and others), regulator and government were constantly playing catch-up. While rapid growth might be highly attractive on some levels, it is too easy to ignore the systemic risks that are typically built up – especially for the operators enjoying the success (nobody welcomes a voice of caution within a business until it is too late, especially in ‘entrepreneurial’ cultures). Equally, while there was ample evidence that the government did not fully think through its fiscal or social policies when applied to the burgeoning betting sector, this is only to be expected under rapid growth circumstances. The minute the understanding and expectations of the government and regulator diverged from the operators, risk was created – a risk stoked by an increasingly confrontational attitude. Preventing or bridging this gap can be extremely tough – but the failure to do so can be much more painful.Aggressive marketing goes hand in hand with rapid online-led growth. In an environment where gaming is limited or landbased, marketing too tends to be niche and so broadly out of sight for those not looking for it. Conversely, online gambling tends to want to be as mass market as possible, with a full panoply of advertising and sponsorship to drive this. Gambling operators should always bear in mind that even when commercial online gambling reaches truly mass market status (c. over 10% of adult participation), that still leaves 80-90% of adults either uninterested or anti- and big concerns for children and vulnerable groups. Gambling will never be an FMCG or insurance – marketing it as if it has mass acceptance is likely to create the opposite effect – in Kenya and elsewhere.The rise of online betting in Kenya was creating visible problems, in terms of youth participation and personal debt. While these issues may be complex and the gambling sector may not have been as contributory (to the latter) as was sometimes portrayed, it is hard to shake of the criticism that the Kenyan gambling sector was more about growth than responsibility. The combination of aggressive marketing and social concerns made the sector an easy fiscal-regulatory target. This was probably exacerbated in SportPesa’s case by a high degree of foreign ownership (an understandable bugbear of many emerging market countries that struggle with investment inflows) and perhaps a belated sense that mobilising community support could mitigate this.There has been a tendency among some operators and suppliers to see emerging markets as the growth solution to maturing Western markets. On a secular and operational level, there is undoubtedly much merit in this, as Kenya until recently helped to demonstrate. However, at least one emerging market has demonstrated that it is not scared to take on and drive out one of its biggest taxpayer companies as social (and other) concerns mounted and the issues got politicised. The tobacco sector has given gambling plenty of warning that treating emerging markets principally as a source of growth and cash can go wrong at the regulatory layer. Kenya should teach gambling operators that growing an emerging market presence needs to be done sensitively if it is to be sustainable. In this context, the .com playbook can be left offshore…UK: horseracing – Chester flexes its mussels, but its toast for TowcesterChester and Bangor has stepped in to run Musselburgh (28 fixtures, c. 55k annual attendance, flat and jumps), but Towcester (down to 12 fixtures, c. 20k annual attendance, jumps) is now officially no more, with its rump fixtures going to ARC. Towcester’s demise was quite course-specific (selling off its best fixtures to invest in a dog track) while Musselburgh’s governance and management woes are also something of a course-specific saga. It would be easy therefore to consider these changes as of low relevance to the overall health of racing.However, the changes come at a time when racing is in a more precarious position than recent history might suggest, further evidenced by reports that RMG and TRP are looking for turnover-based increases to media rights deals. The cause of this issue is fairly obvious: the loss of media rights that will be caused by the closure of LBOs after the B2 ban, which is now starting to happen. However, the reductions, while relatively small in the scheme of racing’s income and costs, are likely expose three significant fault-lines, in our view. The first is that costs look variable on the way up but can appear horribly fixed on the way down – especially dangerously politicised costs like Prize Money (which has been a materially bigger beneficiary of media rights inflation than racecourse profits). Second, with the partial exception of JCR, the structure of GB racing is very much split into the ‘resilient’ (large independents: high quality racing, high attendance volumes) and the ‘fragile’ (everybody else: lower quality racing on average, much lower attendance, therefore much higher dependence on media rights), but with the partial exception of ARC, the ‘fragile’ are all individual courses which cannot share or mitigate risk as a group. These two fault lines could make what should be a relatively minor adjustment (c. 6% revenue, c. 3% total costs – even the upper end impact of £50m represents less than 2 years’ overall top-line growth) a much more serious crisis. For us, the key question now is not so much who is going to plug the hole (the conceptually easy solution which kicks the underlying productivity can down the road and likely picks more fights with the hand that feeds), but how racing’s organisation and output should respond to improve the attractiveness of the product: bookmakers and racegoers might be more willing to pay for the right answers to these questions. The tough task here, in our view, is to pivot a very supply-led industry into a demand-led one, while the supply (horsemen) is still footing most of the bill…France: gambling regulation – RNG pays out for FDJ (and the French government)?France is to see a major shake-up of its online gambling regime prompted by the privatisation of FDJ, leading to ARJEL being replaced by a new regulatory body: the ANJ. The ANJ will have reinforced powers (including in marketing) across online commercial licensees (betting and poker) and a role to combat ‘excessive gambling’ in (landbased?) casinos. The new regulation also potentially gives FDJ the exclusive right to offer ‘Article-D (321-13)’ RNG (slot) games outside casinos (FDJ has over 30,000 points of sale across France) and online (undoubtedly a significant sweetener to the market for the government’s selling of c. 70% of FDJ shares if not clearly restricted). If this squares with combatting ‘excessive gambling’ in a very French way by simply favouring a (newly privatised) monopoly, it will give FDJ massive (and potentially challengeable) commercial advantages over its rivals, as well as probably growing gambling overall in France materially (albeit to the benefit of one operator and the relative, potentially absolute, detriment of all the others). French casino associations have already registered their concern, but it is unclear yet how (if at all) the government intends to address them. Hopes that the changes will bring about a revenue (vs. turnover) tax model and commercial product liberalisation (including online casino) are possible – but feel some way off to us unless forced by an increasingly distant (in gambling matters) EU.Content provided by Regulus Partners Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Submit Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Related Articles