It was another week of headlines which should cause concern in Premier League circles. The club severed its ties with Russian companies and Usmanov in March 2022, but fresh questions have arisen over his involvement prior to that. "Mr Usmanov has never owned any shares in and did not exercise any control, either directly or indirectly, over the football club." After the country staged the FIFA World Cup last year, Qatar Sports Investments is reportedly seeking a stake within a Premier League club ©Getty ImagesIn other Premier League news this week, Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) are reported by The Financial Times to be seeking investment in a Premier League club, although this would have to be as a minority shareholder as the organisation currently owns French club and UEFA Champions League regulars Paris Saint-Germain. Yet in the eyes of critics, the Premier League has already become a facilitator of sportswashing through the takeovers of Newcastle United and Manchester City.
In 2003, two Zimbabwean players decided to display black armbands during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup. The 2003 ICC World Cup was mostly staged in South Africa, but matches were also held in Kenya and Zimbabwe. pic.twitter.com/XkgmxozVJq — MDC Education, Sport & Culture (@education_mdc) February 11, 2020Zimbabwe's cricket team had first taken part in the final stages of the men's cricket World Cup in 1983. The Zimbabwe Cricket Union, which listed Mugabe as a patron, immediately reported the pair to the ICC. Both men emigrated and Flower later played for Essex in the English County Championship before eventually coaching the England team.2 months ago InsideTheGames
World Bowls has announced the launch of the inaugural Oceania Challenge following the sport’s exclusion from this year’s Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands. World Bowls Oceania regional director Brett O’Riley revealed that the concept had previously been raised by several Oceania-based nations and is pleased to help bring the idea to fruition. O’Riley is optimistic the event will help to fill a void on the international calendar before the 2025 World Bowls Championships in Hong Kong and the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. Bowls has featured in the last two editions of the Pacific Games at Port Moresby 2015 and Samoa 2019, but is not part of Solomon Islands 2023. "I am really grateful for the leadership shown by both Bowls NZ and Bowls Auckland in supporting this kaupapa (concept) .19 days ago InsideTheGames
Mike Rowbottom: Not every comeback ends in ignominy - but it ain't an easy roadNever come back, they say. But he returned to the fray in 2000, playing six more seasons and helping his country win Olympic gold at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games. But in 1982 he was back, this time with McLaren, and earned a third world title in his first season for his new team before retiring for good in 1985. Dara Torres wasn't the only outstanding female swimmer from the United States to seek a comeback at the London 2012 Games. Having retired after the 1996 Atlanta Games, Janet Evans, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, competed at the 2012 Olympic trials, but failed to qualify.3 months ago InsideTheGames
Fourteen venues have been shortlisted to stage matches as part of the United Kingdom and Ireland's bid to stage the men's UEFA European Championship in 2028. Eight of the stadiums shortlisted are in England, two are in Ireland, with one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Wembley held the final of UEFA Euro 2020, which was pushed back to 2021, while Hampden Park also staged matches. Villa Park and St James' Park join England's two biggest stadiums on the list of shortlisted venues that were also used at Euro 1996. Germany is set to host UEFA Euro 2024.2 months ago InsideTheGames
Melbourne 1956 "Blood in the Water" still relevant todayThis week at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Seoul, there were heated exchanges as the debate on the readmission of Russia to international sport reached a crescendo. "We hope those who have withdrawn from the Melbourne Games will reconsider," IOC President Avery Brundage said days before the Games in Melbourne began. By the time of the Melbourne Games, she was already 35 years of age but she produced the performances of her career. Half of the Hungarian Olympic team defects during the Melbourne games. It ends with the emotional scene as the Hungarian flag was raised in Melbourne after the Olympic water polo final in 1956.3 months ago InsideTheGames
It is now less than a month until Qatar face Ecuador in the opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In 1956, the Winter Olympics in the Italian resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo had been fixed to open in late January. Scheduling the World Cup has not always been straightforward, even when it was held in its traditional place in the calendar. "Neither the World Cup nor the Olympic Winter Games would get the full attention they deserve," Bach said. In this tournament like no other, it would also be good to see the World Cup itself lifted by a team outside the usual suspects3 months ago InsideTheGames
The United States are set to seek a record-breaking sixth consecutive women's team title at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, which are set to begin in Liverpool tomorrow. The American team is without Simone Biles for the first time since her debut at the 2013 World Championships. Japan's team features Olympic all-around champion Hashimoto Daiki, while Zhang Boheng of China is the defending world all-around champion. The medal winners in the men's and women's team events will each earn a place at the Paris 2024 Olympics. "Since the last World Championships in Kitakyushu 12 months ago, fascinating new talents have emerged all over the world.3 months ago InsideTheGames