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World Rugby partnering with unions and regions to grow the sport

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  • Participation is one of the three core pillars of World Rugby’s strategic plan launched in April
  • Plan is focused on empowering the 128 member unions and six regions by increasing their capacity and capability
  • Ambition to increase the total global playing population to over 10 million by 2025
  • In line with strategic commitment to grow the women’s game, this plan aims to increase active female players by a further 10 per cent
  • Successful Get into Rugby and Impact Beyond programmes to be expanded

Checking your medication – a guide for athletes

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MEDICATIONS THAT ATHLETES USE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY ARE PURCHASED OVER THE COUNTER OR RECEIVED WITH A PRESCRIPTION FROM A DOCTOR, MAY CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT ARE PROHIBITED IN SPORT. THESE PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES (AND METHODS) ARE LISTED OUT IN A DOCUMENT CALLED THE PROHIBITED LIST. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ATHLETES AND THEIR SUPPORT PERSONNEL UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT SUBSTANCES ARE PERMITTED, IN WHAT DOSAGE AND UNDER WHICH CONDITIONS. REMEMBER, THE PRINCIPLE OF STRICT LIABILITY MEANS THAT ATHLETES ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY INGEST. TO HELP ATHLETES AND ATHLETE SUPPORT PERSONNEL SAFELY NAVIGATE THIS PART OF THE ANTI-DOPING SYSTEM, WE HAVE PREPARED THIS ARTICLE WITH BRIEF EXPLANATIONS OF KEY TERMS, USEFUL TIPS AND RESOURCES.

Afghan women cyclists brought to safety in Europe cpa cycling

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We are delighted to share the following Road to Equality press release from the Association of the Italian Professional Cyclists ACCPI.

A small group of Afghan women cyclists has managed to reach Italy on board a C-130 of the Italian Air Force that landed at Fiumicino (Rome) on 27th August. Six athletes are currently observing the required quarantine, alongside a male athlete and several family members. Joy, but also concern about those who are haven’t yet been able to leave Afghanistan.

Álvaro Dionisio on football trafficking in Portugal: 'I was too trusting and they tricked me'

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  • In July 2019 Álvaro Dionisio arrived in Portugal from Argentina, excited at developing his career but after a year he had still not been paid
  • He remained confined to a house for months, with no money, along with about 10 other footballers in the same situation
  • With the help of the Portuguese player union SJPF he decided to take legal action against the club that brought him to Europe

World Rugby unveils six-point plan to cement ambition to be the most progressive sport on player welfare

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  • Former players, current players and a specific focus on the women’s game at the heart of six-point action plan developed by the game, for the game
  • World Rugby to continue to engage, listen and consult to secure the future growth of the game – everyone in the game will have a say and role to play
  • First series of initiatives include new global law trials with a continued focus on player welfare, introduced from 1 August; and the introduction of Independent Concussion Consultants to support the elite game’s Graduated Return to Play protocols
  • World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont addresses rugby family in open letter

Portuguese PLayer Union is fighting back against trafficking

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  • Portuguese player union is working with the national government and football federation to fight trafficking of footballers.
  • Fake agents or scouts routinely trick semi-professional or amateur players into travelling to Europe only to find humiliating conditions
  • The player union SJPF is seeking much stricter legislation to punish scammers

Tokyo Olympians elect four new members to IOC Athletes’ Commission

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The athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 have elected Pau Gasol, Maja Włoszczowska, Federica Pellegrini and Yuki Ota to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission (AC), for a term ending at the Olympic Games LA28. The newly elected members join the Commission to represent the athlete voice within the Olympic Movement.

FIFPRO AFRICA APPROVES MOVE FOR MORE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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More than two years after its last continental meeting, FIFPRO Africa held its 2021 congress on Tuesday 27 July in Accra, with the participants physically present. The reunion was marked by the approval of its new articles of association.

 

CZECH PLAYERS BANNED FROM THEIR FIRST TEAM

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FIFPRO wants to remind clubs and professional football players that it is prohibited to exclude players from the first team through coercive methods.

Two players in the Czech Republic informed player union (CAFH) that they have been separated from the first team squad.

EU Athletes Response to the Lobby for a ‘European sport model’

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EU Athletes reiterates that athletes have the same fundamental rights as every other person, citizen and worker. These rights are guaranteed by national and European laws, as well as internationally recognised human rights instruments and standards. They cannot be restricted or redefined by sport organisations.

Belarus: Drop Charges Against Sports Group Founders

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The Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all criminal charges against Aliaksandra Herasimenia and Aliaksandr Apeikin, chair and executive director of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation (BSSF), the Sport & Rights Alliance said today. On April 6, 2021 the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus opened a criminal case against the group’s founders. If convicted, they risk up to five years in prison.

UEFA anti-doping education drive

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UEFA has launched a new anti-doping education strategy – based on financial support which will enable its 55 member associations to run education activities to help footballers stay clean.

EFL releases League-wide anti-discrimination video

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The EFL has produced a League-wide anti-discrimination video as part of its ‘Together Against Discrimination’ campaign, which calls on all in stadiums to call out abuse, report discrimination and to respect players and one another.

Welfare-focused rugby law trials to be implemented globally

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  • Rugby united in its ongoing commitment to enhance welfare outcomes
  • Five welfare-focused trials to be adopted globally from 1 August, 2021
  • Truly collaborative process has involved players, coaches, competitions and medics
  • Players and competitions welcome trial
  • Outcomes will be evaluated in 2022 in inform decision on adoption into law

Group evacuation of women football players and athletes from Afghanistan

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We are grateful to the Australian government for evacuating a large number of women footballers and athletes from Afghanistan. These young women, both as athletes and activists, have been in a position of danger and on behalf of their peers around the world we thank the international community for coming to their aid.

IOC launches investigation into case of Belarusian sprinter

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The International Olympic Committee has launched a formal investigation into the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus (NOCRB) after sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya alleged officials from the country had taken her to the airport against her will.

Tsimanouskaya took refuge in the Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday, a day after refusing her team’s orders to board a flight home from the Olympic Games. Warsaw has offered her a humanitarian visa.

GLOBAL ATHLETE CALLS ON THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE TO IMMEDIATELY SUSPEND THE BELARUS NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

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2 August 2021: Global Athlete calls on the International Olympic Committee to immediately suspend the Belarus National Olympic Committee and allow all Belarusian athletes to compete as neutral athletes under the Olympic flag. The alleged kidnapping of Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya by the Belarus National Olympic Committee (NOC) is yet another example of the alarming athlete abuse occurring in Belarus.

World Players welcomes the formal establishment of the Centre for Sport & Human Rights: work to meaningfully address global sport’s human rights crisis is just beginning

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The Centre for Sport & Human Rights (CSHR) was formally established today as an independent non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. It has also appointed a diverse nine-person board of outstanding individuals to oversee its work including former UNI Global Union General Secretary, Philip Jennings and past World Players Association Executive Director, Walter Palmer.

Prominent Barrister Appointed Chair to Panel of Female Experts

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Chris Ronalds AO SC will head the independent panel of female experts to investigate issues relating to women and girls' experience and the advancement of swimming for all athletes across the sport.

Ms Ronalds is a prominent Sydney barrister who is highly regarded in discrimination and harassment law, employment law and administrative law. She played a pivotal role in the development of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

The panel has been formed to assist Swimming Australia to promote a culture of continuous improvement and accountability.

"I am pleased to have been appointed in this role as Chair," Ms Ronalds said.

Significant increase in UCI Women’s WorldTeams’ salaries and budgets for 2021

Significant increase in UCI Women’s WorldTeams’ salaries and budgets for 2021

A year after the creation of the UCI Women's WorldTeams, the first division of women's road teams, by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the evolution of the riders' salaries and the teams' budgets confirm the ongoing professionalisation and development of the sector, according to a report by the auditing firm EY Lausanne, the external auditor appointed by the UCI as part of the teams' registration for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

USOPC AAC and USADA Joint Statement and Summary of Recommendations: ONDCP Report on WADA Governance Reform

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The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Advisory Council (USOPC AAC) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) welcome the latest reportreleased by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) today into the state of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Governance Reform efforts. ONDCP issued the report as requested by the United States Congress as a condition of continued U.S. funding of WADA.

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