IAAF suspends Fredericks in payment probe

first_imgMONACO (AP): Four-time Olympic medallist Frank Fredericks has been suspended from duty by track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), while he is investigated for alleged corruption suspected of being linked to the 2016 Olympics hosting vote. The independent Athletics Integrity Unit said on Monday that its request for an interim ban on Fredericks, a former sprinter from Namibia, was granted by the IAAF disciplinary panel. Fredericks, who is also an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, is separately being investigated by the IOC ethics commission over a near-$300,000 payment he received on October 2, 2009 the same day Rio de Janeiro won the 2016 Olympic hosting vote in a four-city contest. French daily Le Monde alleged in March that the payment came from a Brazilian businessman and was channelled through a sports marketing company created by Papa Massata Diack, the son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack. Both Diacks are implicated by French prosecutors in a corruption case that includes extorting money from athletes to cover up doping. NO WRONGDOING Fredericks denies wrongdoing, claiming that the money was for contracted consultancy work. He previously offered to step aside from his IOC work and his IAAF duties, but has opted not to give up his seat on the ruling Council. “I am not prepared to voluntarily consent not to undertake my duties in respect of the position I hold as IAAF Council Member,” Fredericks wrote to the disciplinary panel. However, he did agree to avoid attending a meeting in London next month on the sidelines of the August 4-13 World Championships. Fredericks plans to contest the suspension at a hearing, the integrity unit says. In its published interim ruling, the IAAF disciplinary panel said Fredericks had the presumption of innocence while under investigation. Still, the panel chairman noted that “Fredericks has not, in the answers and explanations he has provided to date, disturbed the prima facie case of matters warranting investigation.” Those matters include “whether there was any connection between the payment and the IOC vote to award the 2016 summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro,” the IAAF panel said. Fredericks was seen as a rising star in Olympic circles until the case was reported. He had to resign as chairman of the IOC panel evaluating the bids of Los Angeles and Paris to host the 2024 Olympics, and agreed not to take part in that hosting decision due in September. The 49-year-old official won silver medals in 100 and 200 metres at both the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.last_img read more

Nile Basin, U-23 added to Cecafa menu

first_imgThe two events that will run annually join the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and Club Championships on the regional football menu.GOtv Shield winners, AFC Leopards, will represent the country at the inaugural Nile Basin Cup that runs from May 20 to June 5 with SC Victoria University and Azam FC representing Uganda and Tanzania.“This year we are spreading our competition across the region and we have lined up four tournaments despite the fact we have a tight schedule which has the FIFA World Cup.“We have tried to squeeze our events so that we run our programmes as much as possible and enable our teams and clubs to play football at any level,” Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, said Thursday during the launch of the 2014 calendar.“The purpose of introducing new competitions is to enable our teams improve on performance. It is our responsibility as Cecafa to look for more competitions for our teams.“All our teams are out of the CAF Champions League and Confederations cups which is not a very good scenario so we are trying to reverse it by having many competitions and engaging our teams to the highest level,” the regional body boss added.He continued: “It creates a bad sign of football in this region and it’s very sad when all the 12 countries have no team in the group stage. You saw how Gor Mahia and Leopards were turned round like amateurs and yet these are big teams.”The Secretary General confirmed this year’s Senior Challenge Cup will take place in Ethiopia in November and December. “Our delegation will visit Addis Ababa after the World Cup to finalise arrangements and sponsorship,” Musonye underlined.This will be the first time for Ethiopia to host the event since 2006.Rwanda will host the Club Championship in August that is usually sponsored by country’s President Paul Kagame with TP Mazembe and Vita Club both from DRC Congo taking part as guest teams.“This year’s Club Championships will be a big one since it will be part of the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide and we must stand with the people of Rwanda,” the secretary general underscored.Kenya will be represented by Gor who were crowned last season’s champions for the first time in 18 years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 24 – The Cecafa Nile Basin Cup Winners Cup and Under-23 tournaments have been added to the regional football calendar by the governing body.Nile Basin competition will feature teams that finished second or won their respective domestic cups in the 12 member countries while the September Under-23 tourney is aimed at getting Cecafa teams ready for the Rio 2016 Olympics with both events running in Sudan.last_img read more

Feel the Diski Rhythm: it’s time to celebrate 2010!

first_imgSA national brand custodian and Tourism body launch invigorating 2010 marketing campaignToday The International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa launched its 2010 FIFA World Cup™ marketing campaign that celebrates two global football spectaculars. The campaign is engineered to ignite the nation and the continent behind both the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the global football spectacular and South Africa’s status as the first African host nation.The campaign is a collaboration between the International Marketing Council (custodian of the South African national brand); South African Tourism (destination marketing organisation); and the 2010 Organising Committee (custodians of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM event).These organisations had their South Africa and African 2010 World Cup™ campaign launch today at the 30th annual Tourism INDABA in Durban. The central campaign theme is that this is Africa’s World Cup™. South Africa hosts it on behalf of the continent.The IMC/South African Tourism/OC collaboration will provide a holistic approach to marketing the World Cup. The domestic focus is to celebrate the active involvement of South Africans in the 2010 event. The campaign gives South Africans ideas on what they can do to prepare themselves to welcome the world next year, and be warm, hospitable and generous hosts.At the heart of the Africa campaign is an invitation for Africa to unite and rally behind the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, while the domestic focus is on celebrating ordinary South Africans as champions who will make the 2010 event a reality and a stunning success. Both campaigns celebrate Africa’s passion for football. This celebration drives excitement for a football championship that is going to be colorful, vibrant, intoxicating and alive with a fusion of cultures, dance, song and music.There will also be an extensive online campaign component that includes a web site, online social networking and mobisites to complement the television commercials. An extensive global editorial and public relations campaign is also in place.“The campaign is uniquely South African. It exudes warmth, is inspirational,involving and makes you feel proud. The campaign is about celebration, solidarity and it encapsulates the African and South African spirit of Ubuntu,” says Paul Bannister, IMC acting Chief Executive Officer.The campaign was launched domestically at INDABA today with an invitation to the nation to learn the diski dance and to start feeling the excitement that’s burgeoning all over the world for the biggest showcase of capability and hospitality in the history of the country.“From the onset, we have said that this World Cup does not belong to South Africa alone, but to all of Africa. In developing a communication campaign specifically targeting this aspect, and communicating in a manner that is widely appreciated, fun and contagious, we are firmly positioning this event and the host continent as alive and vibrant,” says, South African Tourism acting CEO Didi Moyle.Says Bannister: “It’s time for citizens, guests, fans and the world to start to celebrate the 2010 World Cup with passion and with enthusiasm. We believe that this campaign will begin to ignite the nation. South Africa is going to generate and have fun. If we host this event to the very best of our ability and show the world real South African hospitality the country and the continent will benefit enormously, and the World Cup will be the springboard that it has always promised to be. Ke Nako -it really is time for this continent to celebrate and deliver to the world the spectacular party and celebration it’s been waiting for.”Moyle: “INDABA was the perfect place to launch the campaign as it is one of the largest travel trade shows in the world. Attended by national and international media, tourism bodies and industry stakeholders, the exhibition offers the ideal platform to show that we are ready and excited to welcome and host 2010 visitors.”The adverts will start flighting in South Africa on May 11 on numerous television channels. The campaign also launches this week on the continent.For more information, please go to www.southafrica.info and to www.southafrica.net.EndsIssued by FD Beachhead on behalf of South African Tourism For further information contact:Margaret Dingalo – Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 403 0122Mobile: 083 390 8584Email: margaretd@brandsouthafrica.comWebsite: www.brandsouthafrica.comLebo Zulu – FD BeachheadTel: +27 11 214 2404Mobile: 076 716 6677Email: Lebo.Mbuso@fd.comlast_img read more

Nintendo Just Wants To Watch You Sleep

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Nintendo#Quality of Life#Satoru Iwata#Sensor#sleep#Sleep sensor#sleep tracking lauren orsini 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Game company Nintendo has developed a fatigue and sleep deprivation sensor (via GameSpot) that functions without ever touching your body. Instead, Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata says, the sensor can be placed on a nightstand to monitor you while you sleep. Its hands-free approach to health tracking has the company calling the device the first of its kind. These are the first details we’ve heard about Nintendo’s “quality of life” suite of products, due to be released in 2016. See also: Nintendo’s Next Big Idea: A “Quality Of Life” Console“Inside the QOL Sensor is a non-contact radio frequency sensor, which measures such things as the movements of your body, breathing and heartbeat, all without physically touching your body,” Iwata said, speaking to investors at the company’s second-quarter earnings results briefing Thursday. The device is able to function without physical touch because it uses radio waves to monitor a user’s heart rate, movement, respiration and fatigue. Once it collects the data, it transfers it  to Nintendo’s servers for analysis. And since this is the company that brought us Mario and Luigi, Iwata said Nintendo’s ultimate goal is to find a way to gamify sleep tracking for users. “We expect the QOL-improving platform to provide us with new themes which we can then turn into games that operate on our future video game platforms too,” Iwata said. “Once we have established such a cycle, we will see continuous positive interactions between the two platforms that enable us to make unique propositions.”Photo courtesy of Shutterstock; graphic from Nintendo (via GameSpot) 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

IPL 2012 Schedule

first_imgIt’s going to be the fifth season for the BCCI established Indian Premier League (IPL) that started in 2008. The present IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla has already announced the dates of the much awaited glam tournament and it will be held between April 4 and May 27. IPL 5 would be having its opening ceremony a day prior to start of the tournament on April 3, 2012 in Chennai. American pop sensation Katy Perry will perform during the opening ceremony making it a must-watch event. Chennai Super Kings, the IPL 4 champion has been declared to commence the opening match in their home ground, Chepauk Stadium which is also said to be hosting the IPL 5 finals.IPL 5 schedule Wed Apr 4 8 pm1st match – Chennai v MumbaiMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, ChennaiThu Apr 5 8 pm2nd match – Kolkata v Delhi Eden Gardens , Kolkata Fri Apr 6 4 pm3rd match – Mumbai v PuneWankhede Stadium, MumbaiFri Apr 6 8 pm4th match – Rajasthan v PunjabSawai Mansingh Stadium, JaipurSat Apr 7 4 pm5th match – Bangalore v DelhiM Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreSat Apr 7 8 pm6th match – Hyderabad v Chennai ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, VisakhapatnamSun Apr 8 4 pm7th match – Rajasthan v KolkataSawai Mansingh Stadium, JaipurSun Apr 8 8 pm8th match – Pune v PunjabSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PuneMon Apr 9 8 pm9th match – Hyderabad v Mumbai ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, VisakhapatnamTue Apr 10 4 pm10th match – Bangalore v KolkataM Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreTue Apr 10 8 pm11th match – Delhi v ChennaiFeroz Shah Kotla, DelhiWed Apr 11 8 pm12th match – Mumbai v RajasthanWankhede Stadium, MumbaiThu Apr 12 4 pm13th match – Chennai v BangaloreMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, ChennaiThu Apr 12 8 pm14th match – Punjab v PunePunjab Cricket Association Stadium, MohaliFri Apr 13 8 pm15th match – Kolkata v Rajasthan Eden Gardens , KolkataSat Apr 14 8 pm16th match – Pune v ChennaiSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PuneSun Apr 15 4 pm17th match – Kolkata v Punjab Eden Gardens , KolkataSun Apr 15 8 pm18th match – Bangalore v RajasthanM Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreMon Apr 16 8 pm19th match – Mumbai v DelhiWankhede Stadium, MumbaiTue Apr 17 4 pm20th match – Rajasthan v HyderabadSawai Mansingh Stadium, JaipurTue Apr 17 8 pm21st match – Bangalore v PuneM Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreWed Apr 18 8 pm22nd match – Punjab v KolkataPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, MohaliThu Apr 19 4 pm23rd match – Delhi v HyderabadFeroz Shah Kotla, DelhiThu Apr 19 8 pm24th match – Chennai v PuneMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, ChennaiFri Apr 20 8 pm25th match – Punjab v BangalorePunjab Cricket Association Stadium, MohaliSat Apr 21 4 pm26th match – Chennai v RajasthanMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, ChennaiSat Apr 21 8 pm27th match – Delhi v PuneFeroz Shah Kotla, DelhiSun Apr 22 4 pm28th match – Mumbai v PunjabWankhede Stadium, MumbaiSun Apr 22 8 pm29th match – Hyderabad v KolkataBarabati Stadium, CuttackMon Apr 23 8 pm30th match – Rajasthan v BangaloreSawai Mansingh Stadium, JaipurTue Apr 24 4 pm31st match – Pune v DelhiSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PuneTue Apr 24 8 pm32nd match – Kolkata v Hyderabad Eden Gardens , Kolkata Wed Apr 25 4 pm33rd match – Punjab v MumbaiPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, MohaliWed Apr 25 8 pm34th match – Bangalore v ChennaiM Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreThu Apr 26 8 pm35th match – Pune v HyderabadSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PuneFri Apr 27 8 pm36th match – Delhi v MumbaiFeroz Shah Kotla, DelhiSat Apr 28 4 pm37th match – Chennai v PunjabMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, ChennaiSat Apr 28 8 pm38th match – Kolkata v Bangalore Eden Gardens , Kolkata Sun Apr 29 4 pm39th match – Delhi v RajasthanFeroz Shah Kotla, DelhiSun Apr 29 8 pm40th match – Mumbai v HyderabadWankhede Stadium, MumbaiMon Apr 30 8 pm41st match – Chennai v KolkataMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, ChennaiTue May 1 4 pm42nd match – Hyderabad v PuneBarabati Stadium, CuttackTue May 1 8 pm43rd match – Rajasthan v DelhiSawai Mansingh Stadium, JaipurWed May 2 8 pm44th match – Bangalore v PunjabM Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreThu May 3 4 pm45th match – Pune v MumbaiSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PuneFri May 4 8 pm46th match – Chennai v HyderabadMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, ChennaiSat May 5 4 pm47th match – Kolkata v Pune Eden Gardens , Kolkata Sat May 5 8 pm48th match – Punjab v RajasthanPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, MohaliSun May 6 4 pm49th match – Mumbai v ChennaiWankhede Stadium, MumbaiSun May 6 8 pm50th match – Bangalore v HyderabadM Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreMon May 7 8 pm51st match – Delhi v KolkataFeroz Shah Kotla, DelhiTue May 8 4 pm52nd match – Pune v RajasthanSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PuneTue May 8 8 pm53rd match – Hyderabad v PunjabRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, HyderabadWed May 9 8 pm54th match – Mumbai v BangaloreWankhede Stadium, MumbaiThu May 10 4 pm55th match – Hyderabad v DelhiRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, HyderabadThu May 10 8 pm56th match – Rajasthan v ChennaiSawai Mansingh Stadium, JaipurFri May 11 8 pm57th match – Pune v BangaloreSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PuneSat May 12 4 pm58th match – Kolkata v Mumbai Eden Gardens , Kolkata Sat May 12 8 pm59th match – Chennai v DelhiMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, ChennaiSun May 13 4 pm60th match – Rajasthan v PuneSawai Mansingh Stadium, JaipurSun May 13 8 pm61st match – Punjab v HyderabadPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, MohaliMon May 14 4 pm62nd match – Bangalore v MumbaiM Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreMon May 14 8 pm63rd match – Kolkata v Chennai Eden Gardens , Kolkata Tue May 15 8 pm64th match – Delhi v PunjabFeroz Shah Kotla, DelhiWed May 16 8 pm65th match – Mumbai v KolkataWankhede Stadium, MumbaiThu May 17 4 pm66th match – Punjab v ChennaiHPCA Stadium, DharamsalaThu May 17 8 pm67th match – Delhi v BangaloreFeroz Shah Kotla, DelhiFri May 18 8 pm68th match – Hyderabad v RajasthanRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, HyderabadSat May 19 4 pm69th match – Punjab v DelhiHPCA Stadium, DharamsalaSat May 19 8 pm70th match – Pune v KolkataSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PuneSun May 20 4 pm71st match – Hyderabad v BangaloreRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, HyderabadSun May 20 8 pm72nd match – Rajasthan v MumbaiSawai Mansingh Stadium, JaipurTue May 22 8 pmQualifier 1 – TBC v TBC (1st v 2nd)Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PuneWed May 23 8 pmEliminator – TBC v TBC (3rd v 4th)M Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreFri May 25 8 pmQualifier 2 – TBC v TBC (Winner Eliminator v Loser Qualifier 1)MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, ChennaiadvertisementadvertisementSun May 27 8 pmFinal – TBC v TBClast_img read more

Squash gains popularity in India, National Squash Championships attracts record entries

first_imgManchanda – Indians need more exposureA few years ago, squash was a ritual which busy executives used to dutifully perform for 20 minutes every evening before going home to their chhota pegs. But times have changed. Though streets behind other more commercialized racquet sports, squash is fast gaining in popularity.The,Manchanda – Indians need more exposureA few years ago, squash was a ritual which busy executives used to dutifully perform for 20 minutes every evening before going home to their chhota pegs. But times have changed. Though streets behind other more commercialized racquet sports, squash is fast gaining in popularity.The recently concluded National Squash Championships in Bombay attracted record entries in the men’s event (100 against the usual 50 to 60) and in the juniors’ section, 40. As expected, defending champion, Major Raj Manchanda, 34, and former US National Champion Anil Nayar, 32, cake-walked into the final.The clash between the two colossuses of Indian squash produced a classic 90-minute encounter laced with spectacular retrieving shots. Ultimately, Manchanda’s superior physical fitness and fighting spirit (he was down 6-8 and 9-10 in the second game before winning 9-10, 10-9, 9-5, 9-4) saw him through.The tournament was enlivened by the participation of Sanjit (Bunker) Roy, better known, perhaps, for his rural development project in Rajasthan. A former triple national champion, Roy put in two months of hard practice before this year’s championships. His come-back bid was, however, brought to a swift end by Vikas Kapoor in the last eight.Another participant whose progress was followed with keen interest, though very possibly for different reasons, was the tall, svelte, 17-year-old model, Anita Kulkarni. But the long-limbed teenager, one of India’s more promising women squash players, came a cropper in the quarter-finals of the women’s event. Said Kulkarni, after her defeat: “My modelling assignments keep me away from serious practice.”advertisementNormally, the Squash Nationals are run by large, established clubs. This year, however, the fledgling (six-month-old) Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra (SRAM) organized the tournament-and by all accounts, did a good job of it.Wider Participation: According to SRAM officials, the association’s aim is to bring squash to the masses. “We want to make courts available to the general public,” says Ghulam Mohammed, a member of the tournament committee, “so that everybody and not only members of clubs get an opportunity to play.”Squash, despite its recent progress, is still a backwater sport-ignored by the media, step-mothered by officialdom and patronized mainly by Services personnel. There are only 250 squash courts in the country and barely 5,000 ‘active’ players.Says Manchanda, who won the Services Squash championships on his first attempt in 1968-69, but played second fiddle to Nayar in the Nationals till last year: “Indian squash players are more talented than Westerners. However, our players lack physical fitness and fare badly in international tournaments.”That defect, Manchanda feels, can only be remedied by having more domestic championships (currently there are six major ones) and exposing Indian players to international competition more often than is done now.last_img read more