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What did we learn from UKAD’s 2021 Clean Sport at the Front Line?

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UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) Clean Sport at the Front Line (CSFL) took place on 14 & 15 September 2021 online. 

The event was tailored towards practitioners in sport and was free to attend. More than 100 delegates attended on each day of the virtual event.  

This year’s CSFL2021 looked at the importance of clean sport education for athlete support personnel and coaches. The forum presented recent research studies into coach and athlete support personnel anti-doping knowledge. UKAD introduced their new Insight and Innovation Team, who will be leading the development of research into prevalence studies, drug detection, monitoring & evaluation and data analytics.

Statement on the International Match Calendar

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In light of the range of predisposed decisions and communications made by FIFA recently in amending or planning future reform of the International Match Calendar (IMC), in direct and unilateral breach of certain legal obligations, ECA – as the voice of professional football clubs of Europe – feels compelled to issue the following.

Players, unions and competitions support new guidelines for rugby contact training load

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  • Best-practice contact training load guidelines aim to reduce injury risk while maintaining or improving performance
  • New guidelines set out advised weekly limits for full contact training (15 minutes), controlled contact (40 minutes) and live set piece (30 minutes) training
  • Guidelines follow global consultation, including feedback from almost 600 players across elite men’s and women’s competitions, and input from leading strength and conditioning, medical and performance experts
  • They will be underpinned by a review and research programme to drive continuous learning and improvement, and to encourage consistent application across the professional game
  • Guidelines and follow-up research welcomed by players, national unions, global competitions
  • Elite teams, including Leinster, Clermont Auvergne and Benetton Treviso, have signed up to a trial measuring their training and match contact using instrumented mouthguards to monitor effectiveness and inform future advancements

LawInSport Weekly News Recap - 17 September

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Welcome to LawInSport’s weekly News Roundup.  This recap highlights this week’s news pieces from across the world of sport. For further updates, please visit our news section.

We hope you find this useful. If you have any related questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Five reasons why Romanian football needs to be fixed

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FIFPRO is appalled by the employment situation of professional footballers in Romania and the lack of urgency shown by the country’s football association (FRF) to find adequate solutions for this disturbing situation.

World Rugby launches Tackle Ready to educate players on safe tackle technique

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  • New programme forms key head injury prevention initiative within World Rugby’s six-point player welfare advancement strategy 
  • All coaches at all levels will have access to a five-stage framework for coaching effective technique that promotes prevention
  • World Rugby and national unions currently examining tackle height limits in key closed trials to aid welfare outcomes

Statement on CAF interclubs preliminary fixtures: Guinea Clubs

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After monitoring the political and security situation in Guinea and following careful consideration, the CAF Interclub Committee has decided that all three fixtures involving clubs from Guinea in the preliminary stages will be played in a single leg at the opponent’s territory in accordance to Article 2.1 of the CAF Interclub Regulations. 

Edleen John writes for the England Programme about ongoing fight against racism

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It’s been a difficult year for many of us and as we experienced this summer, football can serve to remind us of some of the things we’ve been missing out on.

Major tournaments are a brilliant opportunity to unite friends, families and the country. They are a hugely exciting time for everybody, and your collective support is what spurs our team on during matches, giving them the best chance of succeeding.

Sport Integrity Australia announce Corporate Plan 2021-2025

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Australia is a nation of sports lovers. Sport plays an important role in Australia’s culture. Our love of sport is reflected in the large numbers of people who play and participate in sport, attend sporting events or passionately watch their teams on television.

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.

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

Afghanistan athletes unable to attend Paralympics due to unrest

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Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes will not be competing at the Tokyo Games due to the unrest in the country.

Taekwondo competitor Zakia Khudadadi and track athlete Hossain Rasouli were due to arrive in Tokyo for the Games on Tuesday with Khudadadi set to become the first female athlete to represent Afghanistan at the Paralympics.

Concussion protocols being used at 2021 SCL

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MIAMI, Florida – Concacaf is using the IFAB additional permanent “concussion substitutes” in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf League with the implementation of Protocol B enforced throughout the competition.

This follows the successful application of Protocol B throughout the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

FIFPRO Americas division makes organisational changes

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FIFPRO’s division in the Americas has made organisational changes with a view to strengthening the representation of professional footballers across the region. The division is also taking another step towards becoming more diverse and inclusive after two women were elected to its regional board.

LawInSport Weekly News Recap - 24 September

LIS News Roundup

Welcome to LawInSport’s weekly News Roundup.  This recap highlights this week’s news pieces from across the world of sport. For further updates, please visit our news section.

We hope you find this useful. If you have any related questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Hungary sanctioned after racist behaviour towards England players

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a ban and a substantial fine on the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) in relation to the racist behaviour of numerous supporters during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying match between Hungary and England on 2 September 2021.

International Match Calendar – New consultation phase

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FIFA has reached out to its member associations and other stakeholders (representatives of the players, clubs, leagues, confederations) marking the beginning of a new phase of consultation around the International Match Calendar for women and men, set to expire at the end of 2023 and 2024 respectively.

PHF announces Cleveland Clinic as official medical team

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The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) is proud to announce a new two-year relationship with Cleveland Clinic through the 2022-23 season. Bringing extensive Sports Medicine and Orthopedic expertise in both the United States and Canada, Cleveland Clinic will support the Federation with consultation on various initiatives by providing strategic guidance and expertise as the Official Medical Team of the PHF.

FIFPRO calls for proper negotiation on reforms of international match calendar

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FIFPRO today stresses once again that any plans to change the men’s or women’s International Match Calendar must address the players’ concerns such as an expanding workload at the top of the game, the need to protect and improve jobs for the majority of our members around the world and protecting the promising advancement of the women’s professional game. Proposals isolating further expansions such as a biennial World Cup – as well as other competition reforms under discussion – are inadequate in the absence of solutions for existing problems. Without the agreement of the players, who bring all competitions to life on the pitch, no such reforms will have the required legitimacy.

FIBA statement regarding independent Integrity Officer report on allegations of systemic sexual harassment within the Mali Basketball Federation

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Following several allegations of systemic sexual harassment within the Mali Basketball  Federation (FMBB) received on June 10, the report of the independent Integrity Officer has been delivered to FIBA.

In addition to the suspension on June 14 of coach Amadou Bamba, coach Oumar Sissoko, official Hario Maiga and on July 23 of FMBB President Harouna Maiga, after carefully reviewing the document and following the recommendation of the Integrity Officer, FIBA will be issuing additional suspensions against three other members of the FMBB, pending the opening of disciplinary proceedings: coach Fanta Diallou, Secretary General Seydou Maiga and Vice President Amadou Traore. Further decisions will be taken in due course by the competent FIBA bodies.

New Zealand, Iran withdraw teams

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The New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation has withdrawn its men’s U20 and women’s U18 national teams from the events the teams were previously entered. The other teams for the events in spring will remain entered with no decision taken yet.

Furthermore Iran has withdrawn from participating in the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division III Group B. The men’s national team at the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division IV remains entered for a first-time participation.

Ghanian Player Union helps defender Nicholas Opoku win legal case

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  • Ghana National team player Nicholas Opoku wins legal case against Club Africain
  • Opoku wins extra compensation under a new FIFA rule that can be triggered in extreme cases
  • Black Stars player was supported in three-year case by Ghanaian player union and FIFPRO

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.

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.

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

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.

NFL and AWS Launch Artificial Intelligence Challenge to Crowdsource Ways to Automate Player Identification using NFL Game Footage

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Challenge is next step in the NFL's Digital Athlete initiative, designed to improve the long-term health and safety of players

$100,000 in total prize money available; open through November 2, 2021

New York, August 10, 2021 – The National Football League (NFL) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) today launched a new artificial intelligence challenge to create ways for computers to automatically identify players using NFL game footage. New computer vision models created through the challenge will accelerate the NFL's work with AWS to better understand, and aim to reduce, injuries in the NFL. Prize money totaling $100,000 will be awarded to data scientists with winning models. The contest will be open through November 2, 2021.

OFC have taken the pledge to improving safeguarding for all across Oceania

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August 8 marks international Safer Sport Day and OFC are joining International Safeguards for Children in Sport in their aim to raise awareness of safeguarding.

There are eight safeguards that should be in place by any organisation working with children in sport while encouraging organisations to “take the pledge” and commit to improving safeguarding in their organisation.

Heat countermeasures protecting athletes at Tokyo 2020

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Organisers of summer sports events have to plan carefully to prevent heat-related illnesses. A group of medical experts have developed a suite of tools for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, to counteract the effects of high temperatures and keep the competitions safe for athletes.

MENTAL HEALTH DOMINATES THE AGENDA IN URUGUAY

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•Four Uruguayan footballers have taken their own lives in the last six months

•FIFPRO spoke with Diego Scotti, president of MUFP, the country's professional footballers' union

•‘We aim to put tools in the hands of the footballers,’ he says.

Uruguay's football community had not yet fully recovered from the suicide of Santiago ‘Morro’ Garcia in February when another blow was dealt on 17 July: Williams Martinez, a 38-year-old veteran defender who had become a historic symbol of his local league, playing for Villa Teresa in the second division, had also decided to take his own life.

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