Kuala Lumpur: The response by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Member Associations (MA) and Regional Associations (RA) was celebrated and supported by the AFC’s Social Responsibility Committee at their second meeting of the 2019-2023 cycle, chaired by Zaw Zaw.
Athlete representatives from 14 countries join forces with 14 leading National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) to collectively call on meaningful reform at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). As individual organisations, we have repeatedly submitted formal proposals for change. Now we speak collectively to elevate our call for more independence, transparency, and accountability at WADA.
A few days ago, the German Sport University in Cologne presented the results of a survey that demonstrated the financial impact that Covid-19 has had on elite German athletes. The research team showed that on average, German Olympic and Paralympic athletes have lost 25% of their regular income since the begin of the pandemic. One can only assume that athletes worldwide are facing similar impacts and the situation is expected to worsen next year.
Pressure is growing on the Premier League to allow five substitutions during matches with the chief medical officer of players’ union FIFPRO calling the decision “peculiar”.
FIFPRO notes the accumulated workload for players in the first quarter of European football’s 2020-2021 season and the mental and physical burden they are facing until 2022. The current handling of the match calendar during this emergency period lacks sufficient considerations for their health, well-being and performance and requires an urgent and ongoing revision by competition organisers.
FIFA has today published for the first time the annual report of the Players’ Status Department.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published its Accessibility Guide to support the staging of Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as other events to promote inclusion.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed plans to send up to six athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as part of a Refugee Paralympic Team (RPT). The IPC will work with its commercial partners and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to create awareness of the plight faced by refugee athletes and send a message of hope to the almost 80 million forcibly displaced worldwide.
In accordance with the guidelines of the FIFA and CAF health protocols against CoVID-19 and for the resumption of competitions, players testing positive for the virus are not allowed to participate in matches.
As a person who loves football and has given decades of service to our game, it is right that I put the interests of football first.
The future of athletes in the decision-making process in sport panel takes place on 12 November 2020 at 2pm GMT/9am EST. The panel will discuss athlete activism and empowerment, looking at what the future role of athletes in decision-making processes looks like. Athletes' views have often been a second or tertiary consideration, particularly where it’s not mandated via a collective-bargaining agreement. But have recent global events including the black lives matter movement and campaigns against the IOC’s Rule 50 started to change the status quo?
FIFPRO is disappointed and concerned by the lack of consultation of professional footballers in the scheduling of the AFC Champions League in Qatar and the planning of COVID-19 protocols. These matters have implications for their mental and physical health as well as their participation in domestic leagues.
The Board of Appeal of Classification (BAC) – the independent body that considers, and where deemed appropriate, conducts hearings regarding athlete classification appeals – has added Jennifer Oghenewaire from Nigeria and Felipe Cárdenas from Colombia to its panel of members.
As part of its ongoing investigation into a breach of the COVID code of conduct that took place on 21 October, the RFU has today discovered there was an earlier undisclosed breach that took place on 20 October when a number of Barbarians players left the hotel bubble without permission and without informing organisers about their whereabouts.
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