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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Islandstats.com Sports Show Wednesday's @ 8pm

www.islandtats.com is producing a weekly Sports Show which will air on Wednesday Nights at 8pm, this Wednesday May 27th, the show will see an update on Swimming in Bermuda, also we will be talking to two Legends in Sports in the USA as well and much more..

Join host Earl Basden, Jason Ford and Gary Moreno as they will reflect on recent sporting events and what’s ahead both domestic and internationally.

Sports reporters throughout the Caribbean will bring you up to date weekly on Sports in their countries.

Sunday, May 24, 2020
FIFA Offering Online Refereeing Courses

Much of FIFA’s competition calendar for 2020 has been impacted by COVID-19, and three tournaments have so far been re-scheduled for 2021. Consequently, all FIFA referees' preparatory seminars for those competitions have been temporary suspended and will be rescheduled appropriately.

In 2019, FIFA, together with its Member Associations and six Confederations, organized a total of 288 courses worldwide, to support refereeing development.

Due to ongoing social distancing restrictions around the world, and to overcome the restriction to run these activities in-person, FIFA are offering online courses, with FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina and FIFA Director of Refereeing Massimo Busacca having written to all 211 Member Associations including Bermuda, to inform them.

The circular letter explained: “Due to the major impact of the virus, FIFA has been searching for alternative ways to continue our mission of supporting and improving refereeing globally. We understand how important it is to provide solutions that allow referees to develop and train as safely and effectively as possible.

"Therefore, we are pleased to inform you that FIFA Refereeing will now offer courses via an online classroom tool. This solution is designed to provide ongoing support to your referees, assistant referees, video assistant referees, instructors and assessors.

“In cooperation with your refereeing department, online courses will be organized to best meet your needs. We hope that this new training format will be of value to you.”

Each session will involve between ten and 30 participants. The courses are designed to develop and train referees remotely in order to be as safe as possible. They will involve video presentations, online polls and questions-and-answer sessions. Furthermore, officials from football, futsal and beach soccer can choose how often they wish to participate.

Topics will include changes to the Laws of the Game, Video Assistant Referee (VAR), challenges, handballs, penalty-area incidents, tactical fouls and offsides.

Additionally, football referees will cover positional subjects such as anticipation, playing the advantage, set-pieces, fast pressing and assistant referees.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Bach - Tokyo 2020 would be Cancelled if not held in 2021

Thomas Bach has acknowledged that Tokyo 2020 would be cancelled should the Olympic Games not be held in 2021, while the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President confirmed that different scenarios are being considered over the potential impact of coronavirus on the postponed event.

Bach made the comments in an interview with the BBC, nearly two months after Tokyo 2020 and the IOC announced the postponement of the Games until next year.

The rescheduled Olympic Games are due to take place from July 23rd to August 8th in 2021, with the Paralympic Games following from August 24th to September 5th.

Concerns remain over whether the multi-sport events will be able to take place due to the ongoing global health crisis, with more than five million coronavirus cases and 330,000 deaths now reported since the outbreak began.

Opinions have differed on whether a vaccine would be required for Tokyo 2020 to take place, with Japan Medical Association President Yoshitake Yokokura suggesting last month it would be hard to host the Games without this in place.

Bach has repeatedly sought to quell "speculation", with the IOC President telling the BBC the organization is relying on experts.

"For this question, we are relying on the advice of the World Health Organization," he said.

"We have established one principle: to organise these Games in a safe environment for all the participants.

"Nobody knows what the world will look like in one year, in two months.

"So we have to rely on [experts] and then take the appropriate decision at the appropriate time based on this advice."
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Islandstats.com Sports Show Tonight @ 8pm

The islandstats.com Sports Show tonight features host Earl Basden and co-host Jason Ford and Gary Moreno.

Following the global halt of sports back in March, the show will be detailing the slow reopening of Bermuda sports.

Also the conversation will center around sports that have resumed and how they have adjusted to the new rules announced by the respective Governments.

Caribbean reports will also give an update of sports in their countries during the show.

Friday, May 15, 2020
Thailand set to enter race to host 2026 Youth Olympic Games

Thailand is set to become the latest country to enter the race to host the 2026 Summer Youth Olympic Games.

The committee analyzing a bid for the event today proposed a joint candidacy from Bangkok and Chonburi.

According to Thai newspaper the Daily News, Kongsak Yodmanee, Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, said they plan to send their intention to bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) within the next week.

Yodmanee said this "has to be done urgently" for the Thai bid to "catch up with India", which has emerged as one of the favorites to land the hosting rights for the 2026 Games.

A slogan of "Youth Olympic Games by Youth with Youth for Youth" was also announced following the meeting.

Thailand had been widely expected to join a list of potential bidding nations for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games, which also includes Colombia and Russia.

Bangkok will likely be the main hub of the bid, with Chonburi, located 100 kilometres southwest of the capital, also staging events.

The IOC has not yet revealed when it plans to name the hosts of the 2026 Youth Olympic Games.

Cities are usually awarded the Games either four or five years prior to the event, so a decision could come as early as 2021.

Under reforms initiated by the IOC in response to a recent decline in the number of bidders, the organisation is targeting host cities it considers able to stage its events.

The Colombian Olympic Committee confirmed in February that it had approved Medellín as a candidate for the 2026 Games, while Kazan has also reportedly expressed an interest.
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