Tokyo 2020 Olympic: Nigeria athletes to camp in Kisaraz City

first_imgRelatedPosts Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame unveiled Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium near completion  As Nigeria firms up preparations towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the organic Japanese City of Kisarazu as camp venue for Team Nigeria.The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, made the disclosure in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Kola Daniel.He said that the MoU was jointly signed by Nigeria and the Mayor of Kisarazu City, Yoshikuni Watanabe, who noted that the development tallied with the new direction of early preparation for tournaments.Dare said he was happy to have started the preparation towards the Olympics early enough which was a sign good things to come.“About three weeks ago, Nigeria started in earnest its Olympics preparations. We had waited for the completion of the Doha Athletics Championship before starting officially our preparations.“We have less than 9 months and where the pre-games camping will take place is critical to our preparations for Tokyo 2020.“I’m glad that this morning we are able to follow up on initiatives of previous Ministers and Ambassadors who have acted rightly on behalf of this country,” he said.The Minister also expressed gratitude to the mayor for keeping faith with the proposal initiated under the previous administration, adding that Nigeria with the rest of the world looks forward to Tokyo 2020.“This meeting offers us an opportunity to formalize the pre-games camping with the city of Kisarazu, so even after the MOU, there are still a couple of issues we have to work on together.“The MOU establishes an understanding with the City and also the country of Nigeria. I have read the MOU, it is in good faith and we trust that good faith will pervade the entire period that would be engaged.“We are still coming up with a list of sports that would be camped in Kisarazu, so we will provide needed information going forward.“We should perhaps from now on a weekly basis try to maintain the feedback so as to be on the same page,” he said.Dare praised Japan for the country’s preparedness to host the world, saying though he had yet to visit Japan, everyone who visited had brought back nice words about the beauty of the country.“It is also about the preparedness to host the Olympics and the world, and that the Ministry looks forward to a successful pre-games camping and also a very successful Olympics itself,” he said“Mayor Yoshikuni Watanabe, expressed gratitude to the Minister for hosting the delegation, adding that his city is proud identify with Nigeria because of its football loving nature.Tags: Tokyo 2020 Olympiclast_img read more

Krul keen on a happy Christmas

first_imgTim Krul believes Newcastle can keeping looking up the table if they replicate their performance at Crystal Palace over the duration of the Christmas period. The Magpies eased to a 3-0 win against strugglers Palace to stay sixth in the Barclays Premier League as a strike from Yohan Cabaye, a Danny Gabbidon own goal and a late Hatem Ben Arfa penalty secured another three points on the road for Alan Pardew’s side. Krul, who was awarded the Premier League player of the month ward for November, has now kept six clean sheets so far this season and feels if the players can keep up their recent form they can enjoy their festive schedule. “We are over the moon [with the performance],” he said. “It is a quick recovery for Thursday but what a confidence boost and we can keep looking up. “You have so many games, this was the first of five in two weeks. It is exciting times, especially when you win like that and now I’m looking forward to two home games.” The comprehensive victory follows impressive wins at Tottenham and Manchester United, meaning Newcastle have now won five games away from home this season. At this stage last year Pardew’s side were still searching for their first away success and Krul believes it is the strength in depth which has made the difference. “To win 3-0 at Crystal Palace in these conditions we can be proud of ourselves,” he added. “It is the spirit and confidence in each other. We have fantastic players, even coming off the bench and giving us extra spark. It makes the difference. “It is a great confidence boost again, this season we feel we can beat anybody and in these game we showed our footballing quality and bossed it really.” Press Association The loss also brought to an end a run of good results at home for Palace, who had won both previous games under Tony Pulis at Selhurst Park. Pulis welcomed Dean Moxey back from injury for the game but was missing central midfield duo Stuart O’Keefe and Kagisho Dikgacoi, which meant Joel Ward was deployed in an unfamiliar role in the middle of the park. Newcastle exploited that and the majority of their chances in the first half stemmed from attacks down Palace’s left-hand side, with Pulis hauling Moxey off at the interval. The former Stoke boss insists all players have games they would rather forget and is keen for everyone involved with the club to keep their heads up following the defeat which leaves them 18th in the table. “We will have bad runs and good runs,” he said. “It happens and it is all about dusting yourself down. We’re very unfortunate that we lost two players in the same position and we put Ward in there and he has played really well at left-back. “If you look at the first half they had so much play down our right-hand side. We had to make a change in that respect at half-time so it cost us a little bit. “Players have those games, that is part and parcel of it, since I have walked in he [Moxey] has been smashing for us and he is a good player for this football club.” The Eagles have taken just three points away from home so far this campaign and face trips to face Aston Villa and Manchester City in the coming days. last_img read more

City’s winning run continues

first_img Press Association Manchester City made the ideal start to 2014 as second-half goals from Yaya Toure and Aleksandar Kolarov saw them beat Swansea 3-2 to record a fifth-straight Premier League win. Fernandinho had fired City into an early lead, only for Wilfried Bony to head Swansea level in first-half stoppage time. But Toure put the visitors back in front with his 12th goal of the season and Kolarov got their third with an excellent solo effort. Bony got his second in time added on to give Swansea hope, but City held on. City’s previous visits to Swansea had ended in a defeat and a draw but, after a difficult period either side of the break, they recovered to claim victory on this occasion. City have now dropped points in just one of their last nine games and this three points moved them top of the table, at least until Arsenal face Cardiff. It did not take long for Manuel Pellegrini’s side to threaten the home goal as Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas combined, with the Bosnian firing wide from the edge of box. Bony smashed a fierce effort just wide at the other end during a lively opening before Swansea suffered the misfortune of losing Pablo Hernandez to injury in just the eighth minute. The winger, so often hindered by injuries since joining from Valencia, went down clutching his left hamstring and was in tears as he left the field to be replaced by Roland Lamah. Matters got worse for Swansea when they fell behind in the 14th minute as Fernandinho scored the first Premier League goal of 2014. Samir Nasri’s corner struck Jonathan de Guzman, and the Brazilian midfielder made no mistake in hammering the loose ball beyond Gerhard Tremmel. Swansea responded well to going behind, with Jonjo Shelvey firing wide and De Guzman failing to beat Hart after a lovely flowing counter involving Lamah and Bony. At the other end Jesus Navas beat Ben Davies with an outrageous dummy which led to Dzeko seeing his volley deflected wide off Chico Flores. Swansea continued to press and referee Phil Dowd waved away penalty claims against Vincent Kompany when an Ashley Williams shot struck the Belgian’s arm. The hosts were given two scares when Negredo and Dzeko failed to capitalise on sloppy play in the Swansea defence, and the failure to take those chances as Bony, enjoying one of his best days in a Swansea shirt, gave Joe Hart no chance with a header from De Guzman’s pinpoint cross. Flores and Tremmel almost undid all Swansea’s good work six minutes into the second half. The pair hesitated dealing with Nasri’s lofted pass and Negredo nipped in, only to shoot straight at the keeper. There was no such reprieve for the hosts in the 58th minute when they failed to clear a Nasri cross and Toure pounced to fire past Tremmel with the aid of a deflection off Williams. Eight minutes later the clinching goal arrived. Kolarov robbed Wayne Routledge just inside the City half and drove forward unchallenged before cutting inside on to his right foot to beat Tremmel, who ought to have done better. The excellent Bony worked Hart at the other end before the keeper got a stroke of luck after he came for, and got nowhere near, a De Guzman corner which Williams could only prod wide of an empty net. Bony pulled one back in stoppage time with a superb low drive, but it was not enough for Swansea. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The NHL has fined Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella $25,000 for his conduct during a media session after his team was eliminated from the playoffs.Following the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 5 victory over the Blue Jackets, Tortorella ended his video news conference after two questions and walked away. VIRUS OUTBREAK-USAIN BOLTJamaican official says Usain Bolt tests positive for COVIDKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s Minister of Health says legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. UNDATED (AP) — The Indians will recall Mike Clevinger to pitch Wednesday against the Twins. It will be Clevinger’s first start for the Indians since he and teammate Zach Plesac were demoted for breaking team rules and Major League Baseball COVID-19 protocols.The right-hander last pitched on Aug. 5 at Cincinnati. Three days later, he and teammate Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) violated the Indians’ code of conduct by leaving the team’s hotel in Chicago and risking exposure to the coronavirus. Elsewhere in the majors:— The Astros-Angels game that was scheduled for Wednesday in Houston has been postponed because of Hurricane Laura. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 5 in Anaheim. — The Orioles have placed left-hander Wade LeBlanc on the 60-day injured list with a season-ending elbow problem. LeBlanc walked off the mound in the first inning of Sunday’s game against Boston after experiencing elbow tightness. Ron Cohen, president and COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow, says the decision was reached after consulting with Native American groups and extensive research into the etymology and history of the term “squaw.” The new name is expected to be announced next year. — Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has been voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year, finishing ahead of Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the balloting. Antetokounmpo is the fifth player to win Defensive Player of the Year and MVP honors in a career, joining Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon (ah-LAH’-zhoo-wahn), David Robinson and Kevin Garnett. The “Greek Freak” also ended the two-year reign of Utah center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) as Defensive Player of the Year.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AP PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMParsons, Sewell among AP preseason All Americans not playingUNDATED (AP) — Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 11 players selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first-team team who will not be playing this fall. Voters considered all Division I players, even those who had already opted out of the season or whose teams had postponed football. Penguins reacquire Kapanen from Maple LeafsPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have begun their roster retooling by acquiring Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-ah-nehn) from Toronto in a multiplayer swap.The Penguins also get well-traveled forward Pontus Aberg and defensive prospect Jesper Lindgren from the Maple Leafs for Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in this year’s draft as well as forward Evan Rodrigues, defenseman David Warsofsky and Swedish forward Filip Hallander.NHL-BLUE JACKETS-TORTELLA FINENHL fines Tortella $25,000 for conduct in media session — The Minnesota Vikings will play at least their first two home games without fans in the stands. Current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines specify an indoor venue capacity of 250 people.NFL-BROWNS-DELPITBrowns: Delpit out for the seasonBEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie safety Grant Delpit ruptured his right Achilles tendon and is out for the season. The team also announced Delpit will need surgery. Delpit is the third Browns defensive starter to sustain a significant injury in the past week, along with linebacker Mack Wilson and nickel back Kevin Johnson. NBA-NEWSPorzingis out, Lillard to miss Wednesday’s gameLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) is missing his second straight game tonight in a first-round series against the Clippers because of right knee soreness. The 7-foot-3 Latvian was ruled out a few hours before Game 5. He had been a late scratch for Game 4. And the Portland Trail Blazers will be without guard Damian Lillard against the Lakers Wednesday. Lillard has a sprained right knee and will be sidelined for the game as the Blazers attempt to force a Game 6. He got hurt while driving to the basket and drawing a foul with 7:16 left in the third quarter of Monday’s game.In other NBA news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEJavier, big inning carry Astros over AngelsHOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have back-to-back wins after being swept in a three-game series against the San Diego Padres. Associated Press Court documents said the defensive standout had sought counseling to fight depression, but Davie overruled a therapist’s recommendation that Flowers take some time off. NFL-LIONS-BLAKELions skip practice in protest over Wisconsin shootingALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions decided not to practice on Tuesday, protesting after a Black man was shot by police in Wisconsin.Lions coach Matt Patricia opened the team’s morning meeting by allowing players to share their thoughts on the shooting of Jacob Blake, who is paralyzed from the waist down. Blake was shot Sunday, three months after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-FANSTeams announce initial home games without fansUNDATED (AP) — Individual NFL teams continue to set guidelines for allowing fans to attend their games amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Buffalo Bills will play their first two home games without fans present, while not ruling out the possibility of allowing some into the stadium before season’s end. The San Francisco 49ers will play their season opener against Arizona without fans in attendance. The team said it would work with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe to allow fans to attend games later this season. Another 12 second-team All-Americans will not be playing in the fall, including Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEW MEXICO-LAWSUITFamily of late New Mexico lineman sues former coach, schoolRIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges the University of New Mexico, former football coach Bob Davie and the NCAA didn’t protect 21-year-old Nahje Flowers, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in November. The suit alleges that Davie ignored a player’s plea for help in his fight against depression and instead made the lineman play a game before he took his own life. But the club hinted that a legal battle could be coming and said it won’t automatically grant the Argentine star his wishes. The dispute centers around a clause in Messi’s contract. SQUAW VALLEY-NAME CHANGECalifornia ski resort changing name, citing offensive wordTAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Officials say California’s popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort will change its name because the word “squaw” is a derogatory term for Native American women. The site was the scene of the 1960 Winter Olympics. August 25, 2020 The Browns selected Delpit in the second round out of LSU. Elsewhere in the NFL:— Two-time Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker has agreed to terms on a four-year, $59 million, four-year contract extension with the Cardinals. Baker’s agent David Mulugheta confirmed the terms and that $33.1 million is guaranteed. — Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith’s surgery to repair an enlarged heart has gone as planned. Smith’s genetic defect was discovered earlier this month, only after a false positive COVID-19 test. Coach Mike Zimmer said Smith was “in good shape” after the procedure Monday in Philadelphia. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEE Update on the latest sports Bolt said he’s trying to be responsible and will stay indoors and self-quarantine. He said he has no symptoms.The world record holder in the 100 and 200 meters retired in 2017.SOCCER-BARCELONA-MESSIMessi tells Barcelona he wants to leave the clubBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. Cristian Javier pitched into the sixth inning and the Astros put together a five-run first to take Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels, 6-3. Javier struck out five and allowed three runs and three hits over 5 2/3 innings, including Tommy La Stella’s solo homer. Jack Mayfield hit a two-run single to cap the first-inning rally, and Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) drove in a pair with a single and a double.Elsewhere in the majors:— The Braves and Yankees were rained out in Atlanta, delaying the debut of Braves top prospect Ian Anderson and the return of Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. Gerrit Cole was scheduled to be on the mound for the Yankees as he tries to tie an American League record of 21 straight victories.MLB-NEWSClevinger back with Indians Reduced crowd planned for Tennessee home gamesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season.The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fansUniversity officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. NHL-MAPLE LEAFS-PENGUINS TRADElast_img read more

Bo’s boys kick off season Sunday

first_imgForward Keaton Nankivil will try and exert his will on a smaller IPFW team.[/media-credit]After a pair of dominating exhibition victories, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team is set to begin its regular season Sunday as the Badgers host Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne at the Kohl Center.Last time the two teams squared off, the Mastodons made things interesting in the first half, leading the Badgers 27-16 with eight minutes remaining in the period. It was the speed, aggressiveness and lack of size of IPFW that caused the UW defense to struggle early on.After playing a similar team in UW-Superior this week, head coach Bo Ryan hopes his team will be better prepared than two years ago.“When we played Fort Wayne, for example, two years ago, they were a little smaller than us and they did a lot of things that gave us some problems,” Ryan said Wednesday night. “So hopefully tonight’s action will help us for Sunday.”Fortunately for Wisconsin, the team’s struggles did not last long in the last matchup, as the Badgers reeled off a 22-5 run to end the half en route to an 83-55 victory.That team featured former Badger forwards Brian Butch, Greg Stiemsma and Marcus Landry, as well as guard Michael Flowers. The only current Wisconsin Badgers who played significant minutes against IPFW two years ago were senior guards Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes, who led the team with 25 points.Fortunately for Wisconsin, those two have been excellent in the team’s exhibition games.“They’ve been solid,” Ryan said. “But now you’ve got to get to the next part of the schedule. You’ve got to continue to do the same things, you can’t be a guy that picks up the stat sheet and goes, ‘ooh, wow, look at that.’”IPFW was picked to finish sixth in the Summit League with Wisconsin’s next opponent after the Mastodons, Oakland, picked to win the conference.The Mastodons leading returning scorer is junior guard Ben Botts, who also led the Summit League in free throw percentage. They also return senior guard Nick Daniels, who finished second in the league with a 47.4 percent clip from beyond the arc.They will be without reigning Summit League Sixth Man of the Year Deilvez Yearby, however, who has been suspended for the Mastodons’ season opener.“Deilvez is a great kid who made a bad decision,” Fife said in a statement. “We have rules, and if anyone chooses to break them they must pay the price. We hope D.Y. will learn from this mistake and develop the necessary leadership skills that he will need to achieve his goals in life.”The loss of Deilvez is a big hit to the Mastodons’ depth, as he is the team’s third-leading returning scorer from a year ago.Wisconsin, on the other hand, has shown in its first two games that depth will likely be one of its strong points throughout the season. With such depth, they expect to be able to match the speed of the Mastodons.“We have depth this year, and we want to push the ball,” Hughes said. “Since we have more depth, I’m not worried about getting tired. I’m going to go out there and give it my all.”Now that the Badgers have completed their exhibition season, it’s time for the team to begin answering the questions that have surrounded it in the last six weeks.In particular, Wisconsin has to determine just how it will replace Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft. Based on the combined 30 points and 11 rebounds from forwards Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil, it appears the Badgers are ready in that aspect.In fact, according to Leuer, the Badgers expect to have a stronger post presence this season than last, even with the losses of Landry and Krabbenhoft.“We’ve just come so far from where we were at last year,” Leuer said of himself, Nankivil and redshirt freshman Jared Berggren.Nankivil even thinks they’re more ready than they were a year ago at this time.“I think the way our team has played these last two games is a big difference from how we played the exhibition games last year,” Nankivil said. “I think you can see that we’re a little more ready to attack the season than we were last year.”last_img read more

Badgers try to defend 2011 national title

first_imgAfter claiming the NCAA Great Lakes Regional title for the 11th-consecutive year, the Wisconsin men’s cross country team heads to Louisville, Ky., to defend its national championship this weekend.The Badgers, who have qualified for every championship meet since 1972, go into the weekend as surprising underdogs, but that is a position this Wisconsin team is more than comfortable in.“There are a lot of teams out there this year,” senior Reed Connor said. “Right now it looks like Colorado and Oklahoma State are a little bit better than everyone else. Knowing the past, however, one of those teams is going to blow up completely and there’s going to be the BYUs, the Ionas and the Wisconsins, who are just as good and will be ready to take advantage.”Perhaps the toughest part about championship weekend is the mentality one must have going in to avoid a collapse could be on the horizon – something Connor alluded to.“For these guys (Mohammed Ahmed, Maverick Darling and Connor) it’s their fourth national championship so they’re seasoned veterans,” head coach Mick Byrne said. “As a coach you trust that they’ve learned something each of those years. For the new guys, well, we have to work on them a bit more and it’ll just be trying to keep those guys relaxed and that’s where the older guys come into play.”Byrne explained it would be up to Ahmed, Darling and Connor to make sure the younger guys stay “relaxed and do not overthink the meet because you don’t want them to spend the entire week thinking about the enormity of this event.”A mental sport, as Connor called it, cross country meets are often just as much of a test of mental ability as they are physical, and the Badgers are prepared to meet the challenge this meet presents with everything they have.“If you can keep it a normal week, you’re going to do well in the meet,” Connor explained. “Some teams go to nationals and all of a sudden they have a solemn look on their face like it’s some sort of death march and that’s not going to get you a national title. Last year we had a lot of fun, and we all know how that turned out.”If having fun is what it will take to earn a national championship, then this group of Badgers should be the favorites instead of the underdogs. “I recently started playing video games so I think that’s made my demeanor a little bit better,” senior Maverick Darling said with a smile. “Everyone has their thing that they do but it’s important for us all to go to that place where our minds are free of everything.”There is, however, some thinking and planning that must go in preparation-wise in the days leading up to the meet if the Badgers want to match last year’s success. “Oklahoma State is the team to beat and they are the favorite with the most talent,” Darling said. “Colorado is a good team also, but the team that everyone tends to forget about – besides us – is Iona, Mick’s old team.”“They’ve won two of the past three championships and they’re coming off a good showing at regionals,” Byrne said of Oklahoma State. “So the pressure is on those guys right now and they’re in a little bit of unfamiliar territory, and for us it’s just the fact that anything can happen and I think our guys know that.”Connor simplified the Badgers’ strategy for this weekend’s meet and gave their secret for locking up a second national title in as many years.“When we’re in the race,” Connor said, “we look for orange jerseys and we start counting to position ourselves. Oklahoma State is orange, Iona is yellow, BYU is tricky but they’re white. We love to pick out colors and figure out where they are so that we can strategize. Last year we were fortunate enough to have only two guys in orange in front of us so all we had to do was not let anyone pass us and we knew we were going to win.”While this year’s team – currently ranked fourth in the nation – may not seem as serious a threat when compared to last year, Byrne said it has the momentum and the passion necessary to pull off the upset.“Right now our guys are feeling pretty confident,” Byrne said. “We just have to take advantage of that heading into the weekend.”“This year, it’s safe to say we’re coming from behind,” Connor admitted. “While we are underdogs, it will be fun to shock a lot of people. We are Badgers, and there’s a tradition to protect.”Wisconsin will make its attempt at a repeat Saturday, Nov. 17, at 12:15 p.m.last_img read more

GVC posts 10% NGR growth despite major tournament absence

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC Holdings has reported a Group net gaming revenue (NGR) increase of 10% from the first half of last year (€441.8 to €484.8m), even in the absence of a major football tournament.Issuing its combined H1 and Q2 trading update, GVC also showed that Group NGR per day was up 10% from H1 2016 and 8% for Q2, even though sports wagers during the last quarter were down 2%, with sports NGR experiencing a similarly minor decline (1%).However, the sports betting and gaming specialist countered that if you exclude Euro 2016 revenues, daily Group wagers and NGR were at +10% and +15% respectively versus Q2 2016.Within Sports Brands, the gross win margin for the period was 10.1% (9.9% Q2 2016), which was in line with GVC’s expectations of the long-term sustainable average. Daily wagers were broadly flat in constant currency, but with adjusted growth of 10% without wagers for last summer’s showpiece football tournament in France.Meanwhile, the sale of its payment processing business Kalixa to Senjō Group was completed on 31 May, contributing H1 2017 revenues of €6.1m against €7.6m for pro forma H1 2016.GVC Holdings CEO Kenneth Alexander said: “The Group continues to perform well with positive momentum across our core businesses. Achieving Q2 constant currency NGR growth of 10% in the absence of a major football tournament is particularly pleasing.“As demonstrated at our recent Capital Markets Day, the organic opportunity is significant, whilst we are also well positioned to pursue further acquisition opportunities should they arise. This combined with an increase in marketing investment in the second half to more normalised levels gives the Board confidence of GVC delivering another year of strong progress.”last_img read more

Sweden’s BOS criticises regulator’s proposals to combat match fixing

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Sweden’s online gambling trade association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) has criticised the regulator’s proposals to prohibit operators from offering certain markets on individual performance.Yesterday, Spelinspektionen revealed that it had drafted proposals, currently awaiting review, which would mean that betting operators must not offer betting markets on ‘a rule violation or loss in parts’. For example, an operator would not be allowed to offer bets on whether a football player should receive a yellow card or if a tennis player will make double fault.In a statement, BOS argued that the introduction on such legislation would prevent the regulator from effectively being able to police betting corruption, and would in fact ‘hand over important parts of the market to unlicensed gaming companies’.Gustaf Hoffstedt, BOS secretary general, explained: “Of course, it is unfortunate if you open the door in this way for a decriminalization of the manipulation of sports events. Spelinspektionen should, on the contrary, guard the games from cheating and pursue new opportunities to combat match fixing.“The rhetoric is that the new regulations should prevent match fixing, but in reality it prepares its way. When you rob Swedish-licensed gaming companies of having complete betting portfolios, you hand over important parts of the market to unlicensed gaming companies. To contribute to the decriminalization of some manipulation of sporting events is to ask for intensified problems with match fixing.”During 2019, Swedish betting leadership urged Spelinspektionen to provide definition and clarification on market wagering restrictions, as the inspectorate fined multiple licensed operators for offering betting markets on ‘the individual performances of under-18 players during football matches’. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020last_img read more

Hayatou denies allegations

first_imgIssa Hayatou, head of the African Football Confederation (CAF) and vice-president of FIFA, has “categorically” denied allegations in Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper that he received gifts and money to support Qatar’s bid for the 2022 Soccer World Cup.The newspaper claimed it had obtained millions of documents which they say show Qatari former FIFA executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam made payments totalling around $5 million to football officials in return for votes for Qatar.A statement released by CAF said the allegations against Cameroonian Hayatou were “fanciful”, “ridiculous” and formed part of a “smear campaign” against him.”Issa Hayatou has denied categorically the allegations of corruption published by the UK Sunday Times in its edition of 1st June 2014,” the statement said.”Mr Hayatou will not allow journalists once again to attack his integrity and reputation.”Such allegations are meant to discredit not only him as a person but the whole continent.” Qatari organisers of the 2022 World Cup have “vehemently” denied accusations their successful bid was corrupt, saying Bin Hammam played no “official or unofficial” role in the bid.FIFA have referred all questions about the newspaper allegations to the independent “Ethics Committee” led by American lawyer Michael Garcia.Hayatou is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was reprimanded by that body in 2011 for receiving 100,000 French francs from FIFA’s scandal-ridden former marketing agency International Sport and Leisure (ISL).The IOC accepted that he was not member of the Olympic movement at the time of the offence in 1995.The 67-year-old former athlete, who has held his post as the head of African football since 1987, was also accused by the Sunday Times of corruption relating to the 2022 World Cup vote in 2011. “Like in 2011, the CAF president is waiting for the famous evidence from the Sunday Times and reserves the right to take legal action against any of those responsible for the smear campaign against him,” the statement concluded.last_img read more