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A game‑changing broadcast deal announced for FA Women’s Super League

The Football Association (FA) has announced a ground-breaking multimillion pound broadcast deal with BBC and Sky Sports for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League football (WSL). This is the first time the rights to WSL have been sold separately from the men’s game, with a percentage of the revenue going to the clubs in the league. “Visibility and investment are such key factors in growing any women’s sport,” says Kelly Simmons, FA director of the women’s professional game. “We’re delighted to w

International fans banned from the Olympics

And now, banning all the international spectators from overseas. That’s the 2021 Tokyo Olympics summed up for you… After a virtual meeting of the Five Parties this morning (the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Organising Committee Tokyo 2020 and the Government of Japan), an announcement was made that the Japanese parties would not allow entry into Japan for overseas spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Games th

Six Nations: France vs. Scotland game postponed

Six Nations have postponed the upcoming Round 3 match between France and Scotland, after another player tested positive for Covid‑19 in the French camp this morning. The whole French team is now isolating and the new date is yet to be decided. The decision has been taken on the unanimous advice of the Six Nations Testing Oversight Group. A Six Nations Rugby official statement said: “The Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) met today to review the situation in the French Camp. “They unan

Six Nations: France vs Scotland to go ahead as planned after Covid‑19 outbreak

France’s Six Nations match in Paris against Scotland this weekend has been given a green light after the whole squad tested negative in the recent rounds of coronavirus tests. Today, the Six Nations released a statement saying: “Further to a meeting of the Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) this morning to review the latest tests results of the French Squad, the Six Nations confirm the plans to stage the France v Scotland match as originally scheduled this coming Sunday. “We continue to

New Tokyo 2020 Olympic President announced

Seiko Hashimoto has been appointment the new president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee, just five months before the “due date”. This decision came a week after the resignation of Yoshiro Mori (83), who was forced to resign after making a sexist comment about women. The 56‑year old Hashimoto has performed as an athlete in four winter and three summer Olympics as a track cyclist and speed skater and won a bronze medal at the 1992 Albertville Games in speedskating. Hashimoto said

Music reviewed ★☆☆☆☆: What the hell, Sia?

As you may or may not heard, the Australian singer‑songwriter and newly a director Sia, released her directorial debut Music, a story of a young girl on the spectrum, and oh boy, where do we begin… I really tried to do this review open‑minded, after all, I am one of the girls that would swing from the chandelier and live like tomorrow doesn’t exist. That being said, within the first two minutes of this movie my open‑mindedness was gone. It was obvious that this film was not made for the people

Tokyo Olympics chief forced to resign over sexist comments

It seems that a new discipline has been added to this year’s Games, in which the head of the Tokyo Olympics, firstly makes sexists remarks about women and then stubbornly dodges any consequences for over a week. And the gold medal goes to… It’s been over a week since Yoshiro Mori (83), the President of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee, has been called out for making “inappropriate” remarks about women. During an online meeting of the committee’s board of trustees earlier this month, the

Stirling Women’s Rugby fundraises in memory of a lost teammate

Stirling University Women’s Rugby Football Club (SUWRFC) are raising funds in ‘Team Relay’ for Killin Mountain Rescue charity in memory of their lost teammate, Eilidh McNab. As a team, SUWRFC will be completing a relay every day throughout February. Each team member will complete either a 5km run, walk or cycle before passing the ‘baton’ to the next person. Angharad Hopwood, SUWRFC Secretary, says: “It started off as us wanting to do something, [because] our season [got] cancelled and we wan

IOC publishes first ‘Playbook’ for Tokyo 2021

The international Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020), have published first out of four ‘Playbooks’, which aim to ensure safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. The series of Playbooks aim to provide a framework of basic principles for participants to follow this summer. These ‘Playbooks’ outline the responsibilities of stakeholders before traveling to Japan, when entering the country, d

Clansmen’s 2000km challenge for local charity

30 players, five coaches, 2000km and 28 days… that’s the challenge the University of Stirling Clansmen decided to take up this month, in order to support Start Up Stirling. Members of the American football team decided to challenge themselves in their own month‑long Clansman Challenge, to give back to the Stirling community. Hamish Gornall, the Clansmen team president said: “We obviously haven’t been allowed to play this year, so going into the second semester we haven’t done much as a team, h

Hungary and the Netherlands off to Tokyo

After five days of intense matches at the Women’s Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste, Hungary and the Netherlands successfully secured their places to the Tokyo Olympics this summer. This week’s tournament presented the last chance to secure a place at the games, with two nations (the finalists) out of the eight going through. Everything was decided during the ‘Super Saturday’ semi-finals, when the Netherlands faced Greece, while Hungary took on Italy. With its 7‑4 v

Pepsi to sponsor Pakistan women’s national cricket team

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announces a one‑year agreement with Pepsi as the principal partner for Pakistan women’s national team. The beverage company has been sponsoring the Pakistan men’s national cricket team since the 1990s, but has only now agreed to also sponsor the women’s team. Babar Hamid, the Commercial Director of PCB, stated: “The PCB strongly believes in the growth and promotion of women’s cricket and this partnership with Pepsi is a major indication of our commitment in this re

Tokyo 2021: Last two water polo spots up for grabs

Today marks the beginning of the Women’s Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste, Italy. After originally scheduled to take place in March 2020, the tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and now takes place this month from 19‑24th of January. The stakes are high; in this six‑day sporting event, eight teams will face each other to secure their place at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. The eight teams were divided into two groups. The finalists will join US

Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as planned, organizers say

Despite the pandemic, the public opposition and without mass vaccination, Tokyo Olympics organizers affirm the public that the Games “will take place this summer.” Masa Takaya, a spokesperson for the Tokyo Organizing committee said: “Our position remains – we will deliver the Games.” He told BBC Scotland’s The Nine that the Games will take place without the athletes, judges, referees or even the viewers needing to vaccinate. However, the number of spectators allowed inside the venues is to be

What’s happening with the 2020/2021 Olympic Games?

To be or not to be; the age old question is yet again directed on the 2020 Olympic Games, as Tokyo see a record peak in daily Covid‑19 cases. Last week, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a state of emergency in Tokyo area, after the capital see days of record coronavirus counts and rapid death toll. The deaths in Japan have doubled in less than two months and the number of infected people in Tokyo has now surpassed 76,000. John Coates, the Vice‑president of the International Olym

Swimmer Sun Yang’s eight‑year doping ban overturned by Swiss court

According to the World Anti‑Doping Agency (WADA), Sun Yang’s swimming ban was overturned by the Swiss federal court on the bases of racism. The eight‑year ban was imposed on the swimmer in February, after the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) found him guilty of refusing to cooperate with sample collectors during a home visit in September 2018, after he smashed a sample with a hammer. Switzerland’s top court upheld an application by Yang and overturned CAS’ ruling from earlier this year. Th

Movember 2020 reaches the finish line

The annual Movember campaign has officially come to an end, with the University of Stirling raising £37, 263 for the cause. This year, 47 teams from the University of Stirling (UoS) not only doubled the amount of money raised last year, but exceeded it. Camy Rosen, the Movember Ambassador for Stirling said: “Our initial target was £15,000. We then moved in to £20,000 and then ended at a goal of £30,000. I was blown away that Stirling just didn’t stop working for the foundation over the entire

Football clubs offer help with distributing Covid‑19 vaccine

Scottish football clubs are offering their stadiums to help deliver the Coronavirus vaccine. Following last week’s formal request for emergency meeting with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the SPFL announced that Scotland’s clubs are “ready, willing and able” to help NHS with the roll‑out of the coronavirus vaccine. SPFL’s Chief Executive Neil Doncaster says: “All the arguments in favour of bringing back fans safely, outdoors and socially distanced, are exactly the same reasons why our clu

The wait is finally over – the new Sports Centre is here

Stirling University’s new £20 million sports facilities are finally opening after over two years of construction. The long-awaited new sport centre complex, which was meant to be in operation by Summer 2020, is opening its door to public on Monday November 16th after a pause in construction due to Covid‑19. Shannon Moses, a fitness officer at the UoS Sport, says that it was “totally worth the wait.” “I can’t even describe the feeling when I got my tour around the facility. I think I kept repe

Emerging from lockdown

The light warm breeze announces the arrival of a new day. All creatures are slowly waking up from their sleep. Their fur is too long to notice their characteristics straight away and their claws have been left unattended for far too long. It is time to finally leave the den. One might think that this is the description of animals waking up from their hibernation sleep. One might be wrong. The creatures in questions, are indeed human beings waking up from their ‘lockdown’ hibernation. After man
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