IOC working toward July-August Olympics in 2021: Yomiuri

first_imgCoates, who is also president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), said the summer scheduling would be dependent on avoiding clashes with the world championships for swimming (July 16-Aug. 1) and athletics (Aug. 6-15).World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe has said the world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon could be moved back to 2022 if necessary.Coates told the newspaper the hope was to follow the same arrangements next year that had been planned for 2020, including holding the marathon in the northern city of Sapporo instead of Tokyo to escape the heat.The AOC confirmed the Yomiuri report’s veracity and also told Reuters in a statement that Coates had “proffered a view but confirms a range of options are on the table for the IOC”.The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world on Tuesday, agreeing to push back the Games by as much as a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday that “all options” were on the table for rescheduling, including holding the Games before the Japanese summer. Topics : The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports bodies to arrange a July-August window for the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and hopes to confirm the schedule within a month, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday.John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Commission chief for Tokyo, told the Yomiuri the Games would have to be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, slated to end in mid-July, and the US Open, which starts in late August.”We want to more or less finalize the dates in four weeks’ time,” the paper quoted Coates as saying.last_img read more

Institutions urge action by food companies on water management

first_imgThe largest asset owner signatory, the $191.4bn California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), said that water management could have a “material impact” on portfolio value.Referencing the ongoing drought hitting the western US, the fund’s director of corporate governance, Anne Sheehan, said: “In California, we are keenly aware of how water scarcity can impact lives and businesses, as our state struggles to manage a depleting water supply.”Hervé Guez, director of research at asset management signatory Mirova added: “Better disclosure of water risks is the first step, but ultimately we’d like to see the companies in our portfolios moving from risk to opportunity with innovative water management strategies.”Water management has gradually risen in prominence as a matter to be tackled by institutions. Sweden’s AP4 in July tendered a water scarcity equity mandate.Additionally, investors including the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System have previously spoken of the advantages of greater transparency over water management, and asset owners have been urged to set a more proactive tone when engaging over water risk.Read more about why asset owners should monitor water risk,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to letter organised by US Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Investors worth $2.6trn (€2.3trn) are urging over a dozen of the world’s largest food companies to better assess risks associated with water management, stemming both from direct operations and supply chains.Backed by 60 institutions, including the £5bn (€6bn) Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) and BT Pension Scheme-owned Hermes Investment Management, the letter urged companies to tackle the risks it argued were having a “profound near-term business impacts”.It added that the risks could increase capital expenditure and operating costs, thus putting future revenue at risk.As a result, it asked for the firms – including Kraft Heinz, Fresh Del Monte Produce and drinks manufacturer Dr Pepper Snapple – to disclose if the board was responsible for water management and what steps were taken to monitor the water usage of suppliers.last_img read more

Ugandans neglect of female condom becomes a problem

first_imgLow usage of the female condom in Uganda is becoming a major concern for health officials. After a successful campaign to reduce HIV and Aids in the country, prevalence rates have started to rise again.While the male condom is a success story, the female ones are struggling, especially among men, largely due to cultural biases.Health officials are now worried that these sentiments could reverse the country’s gains in the fight against HIV and Aids.Recent government statistics show a reversal in HIV prevalence rates from 6.4% previously to 7.3% currentlyCulturally in Uganda, men tend to make the decisions regarding sex. This is something that activists say has exposed women more to the virus.HIV prevention campaigners believe that empowering women and encouraging them to use female condoms will help them to protect themselves.Experts say if the country is to roll back rising HIV prevalence, the female condom must be a major part of Uganda’s HIV prevention strategy. Related Egyptian woman becomes one of the first female Mesaharaty Ugandans leading pork eaters in Africa Egyptian Woman Becomes First Female Football Refereelast_img read more

Kida, Ahmedu Appointed into FIBA Commissions

first_img“I wish to thank all my board members for their support since we assumed office in 2017. Without their support, all the successes achieved would not have been possible. The latest appointment is a recognition of what we have achieved as a board.“FIBA has continued to evolve and introduce more international competitions which means more money will be needed. I hope I can use my contacts to financially help FIBA which will directly and indirectly benefit Nigeria as one of the affiliated National Federations.”Ahmedu, a retired army colonel now a legal practitioner stated that being in the Legal Commission would afford him the opportunity to contribute to the legal aspect of the game in an era where there is conflict between FIBA laws and that of the national federations.“Apart from conflict resolutions, the issue of eligibility of players would be one of his focal points to enable African teams to secure the services of their players born outside the continent,” remarked Ahmedu in his reaction to the appointment.Ahmedu who is a Central Board member of FIBA Africa is also the President of FIBA Africa Zone 3 comprising Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Niger Republic.Echoing the same sentiment, NBBF Vice President, Babs Ogunade said the appointments are a validation of the good works being put into basketball development in Nigeria and the continued rise of Nigerian basketball on the global stage.“We are really excited about these appointments. For FIBA to have deemed Kida and Col. Ahmedu worthy of their membership of these important commissions, I think it’s a welcome development which must be celebrated by all Nigerians.”Ogunade enjoined all basketball stakeholders in Nigeria to come on board the moving train being piloted by Kida to accelerate the development of the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The duo of Amadu Musa Kida and Sam Ahmedu have bagged FIBA appointments after being appointed into the Finance and Legal Commission respectively.The NBBF President Kida and Ahmedu (NBBF board member) who have continued to steer the affairs of basketball in Nigeria since 2017 will serve on the commission for a period of four years.While breaking the news to the board, Kida said the latest appointment is a call to service towards development of basketball on the global stage. Amadu Musa Kida last_img read more